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Editor’s Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.

We are used to hearing that America defends Israel. President Obama assures Israel that he has their back. That may be convincing talk in the `hood, but it rings hollow from this invertebrate administration to talk about anyone’s back. Actually, we may have all that backward. It may well be that Israel that is defending us. Israel may yet prove America’s Shield.

All the usual chin-pullers and deep thinkers are warning of the parade of horribles that will descend on the world if Israel strikes Iran to prevent the mullahs from getting nuclear weapons. Why, says Georgetown University think tanker Anthony Cordesman, “a strike by Israel will give rise to regional instability and conflict as well as terrorism.”

What else, Dr. Cordesman, do we see daily in that region? Our TV sets seem to have “Mideast Turmoil” painted on their screens. Instability? Where is the stability? Conflict? What elsedoes the region export but conflict? Terrorism? Sen. John McCain tries to assure us that the young Egyptians in Tahrir Square all idolize Mark Zuckerberg. The truth is Mark Zuckerberg, or anyone else who is Jewish, could not last a day in Tahrir Square today.

We have been fed a line of rubbish by the talking heads and Mideast “experts” for twenty years. Let’s start with legitimizing the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). The idea that Yasser Arafat or Mahmoud Abbas could ever reform and behave like true democrats was always an illusion. They are terrorists plain and simple. Arafat even inventedairline hijacking for terror purposes. It did not matter that he got a Nobel Peace Prize, or that he was welcomed to the White House by Bill Clinton. He was always a mass murderer.

And the Saudis? They are our special friends, are they not? President Obama even bowed to the Saudi King Abdullah in London. Well, we can find evidence of their friendship in the official 9/11 Commission Report. There on page 122 we learn that then-Vice President Al Gore went to Saudi Arabia in 1998 to ask then-Crown Prince Abdullah for access to Madani al-Tayyib. The Saudis were holding this finance director for al Qaeda and we wanted to talk to him. Madani al-Tayyib was said to have been the key figure who had to approve every al Qaeda expenditure over $1,000. The report deadpans the next line. The United States never obtained access to Tayyib. This man might have unraveled the entire attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, if only our friends the Saudis had let us at him. They declined. With friends like the Saudis, who needs enemies?

Instead of more of this tripe from experts who should long ago have been discredited and disregarded, we recommend reading Columnist David P. Goldman in Asia Times.

Writing as “Spengler” Goldman lays out the case for what will happen if Israel does not strike the Iranians. It is a far more realistic and compelling picture than the “save Mideast stability” crowd offers.

Goldman warns that withoutan Israeli strike, we will likely see:

A nuclear-armed Iran;

Iraq’s continued drift towards alliance with Iran; An overtly hostile regime in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood government will lean on jihadist elements to divert attention from the country’s economic collapse; An Egyptian war with Libya for oil and with Sudan for water; A radical Sunni regime controlling most of Syria, facing off an Iran-allied Alawistan ensconced in the coastal mountains; A de facto or de jure Muslim Brotherhood takeover of the Kingdom of Jordan; A campaign of subversion against the Saudi monarchy by Iran through Shi’ites in Eastern Province and by the Muslim Brotherhood internally; A weakened and perhaps imploding Turkey struggling with its Kurdish population and the emergence of Syrian Kurds as a wild card; A Taliban-dominated Afghanistan; and Radicalized Islamic regimes in Libya and Tunisia.

Suddenly, the case for Israeli action begins to look a lot more persuasive than the tired old “stability” arguments.

Goldman writes that Israeli action may actually slow America’s slide into impotence. Whoever wins the presidential election here, it seems no military action against Iran by the U.S. would be possible in the next 4-6 months, and by then it could be too late.

Once before, from May to August 1940, America’s fate was being decided “over there.” In the Cabinet War Rooms in London during those fateful days, Winston Churchill made the decision not to negotiate with mass murderers, notto give in. Despite being bombed on a daily basis, Churchill and his War Cabinet colleagues stood firm–and in that process, this Dreadnought Democracy was America’s Shield. Churchill’s courage protected us, too.

Before Osama bin Laden ever dreamed of flaming towers collapsing in Manhattan, Adolf Hitler dreamed the same dream. He even took steps to equip Nazi suicide bombers, to bring about the destruction of what he then regarded as a Jewish Citadel. We can thank God that Winston Churchill stood between Hitler and us. And we will thank God if Benjamin Netanyahu does the same thing for us now.

Don’t wait, Israel: Shield America. Strike Iran’s nuclear weapons program before it’s too late for all of us.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the new  bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..

http://townhall.com/columnists/kenblackwell/2012/09/22/israel_is_americas_shield/page/full/

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So much has been made of whether Mr. Obama is a Muslim or not. This question persists in spite of the fact that he repeatedly claims to be “Christian.”

This particular conclusion on the part of many has been drawn from his extraordinary sympathies to Islamists and apparent bias that has tipped the scales toward the Muslim world and against Israel. This is something new among U.S. Presidents.

Many point to the fact that he has flown over or near Israel on numerous occasions while on official visits to Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc., but never stopped in Israel.

What most people have failed to recognize is that Obama’s religion is the same religion of a vast growing number of contemporary church-going Americans.

I am one of those people who believe firmly that the very core of America’s greatness and uniqueness is due to the fact that the founding fathers built this country’s foundation solely on the rock of the Christian Scriptures. Anyone who denies this is denying the very nose on their face.

With that in mind, today we find ourselves as a culture being unhinged from that foundation and floating down the river of a new form of polytheism. Today’s modern polytheism is different only in kind from that of Rome in 1st century Christianity.

This is partly because we have a significant part of the population holding tight to that core foundation, they are tiresomely trying to keep the social structure from drifting down the stream of polytheism altogether.

Obama did not invent America’s modern drift to this unique mode of polytheism, he merely articulated it, legitimized it, and gave it his very bully pulpit, but it did not originate with him.

That drift originated in many liberal churches and seminaries and has been followed now by many evangelical mega church preachers.

What is that uniquely American polytheistic drift?

It is the claim by many of those preachers that Jesus is their Savior, but He is not the one and only Savior.

Remember that this was the very dilemma for 1st century Christians. Had they been clever enough, like their 21st century contemporaries, to compromise their faith that way…they would not have been thrown to hungry lions, or boiled in barrels of oil, or dipped in tar to light up Nero’s garden.

Rome’s polytheism was a very generous one, maybe even more generous than our modern day “tolerance”. They were very happy to add another god/savior/higher power, or whatever you may call your divine being, to the list of their idols and gods.

But the sticky wicket was with those thorny Christians and their insistence that their Savior is the only one true God, and there is no salvation or blessing apart from Him, that all other religions are false imitations of the one who left heaven, which He created, died on a cross, and rose again, so that He and He alone can save people from their sins when they turn to Him.

That is what got them into trouble, and that is precisely what most of the founding fathers of America believed. This is why today’s Christians are accused of “intolerance”!

So when Mr. Obama articulates a 21st century American drift into believing that all religions are equal in value (even though he calls himself a Christian), he is in part leading that drift. In doing so he is surrounded by some well-known preachers who, again, claim to be Christians.

That shipwreck of belief has been misleading millions of lost souls and taking them down into a spiritual abyss.

True Christians in America need to learn how to articulate their faith to a very different culture from that of their forbearers.

Screaming that, “we are departing from our foundational truth”, is only stating the obvious.

In future articles I will be defining the issues, to give those of us who are troubled by the effect of this cultural hurricane, the know-how to not only stand for the truth, but to thrive.

http://www.michaelyoussef.com/michaels-blogs/obamas-religion.html


According to CNS News, the Britain’s Government is gearing up to appear in the European Court of Human Rights to argue the case that employers can compel Christians to keep their crosses out of view while on the job. The case essentially hinges on the notion that wearing a cross or crucifix is not an expression of faith, nor is it a requirement to be a Christian, such as wearing a turban or a hijab.

Personally, I believe that if your faith requires or even moves you to wear a turban or hijab, then by all means wear that which speaks to your faith. I also happen to believe the same thing about crosses and crucifixes.

Despite the usual Christmas furor over crèches and trees; despite crosses honoring State Troopers who have fallen in the line of duty being taken down, and despite ABC’s latest offering of “Good Christian B*****s” for the moment, Christianity is still standing in the United States.

Consider the following from persecution.com:

Consider a priest in Egypt who was sentenced this month to six months in jail and whose church was torched. The reason? The building ended up being two point five meters higher than in the architectural plan. Coptic Christians in Egypt marched in protest, and were fired upon by counter protestors. More casualties were caused when soldiers ran over the some demonstrators with riot control vehicles.

In Iran, Christians are routinely arrested in their homes. Converts there must worship in private homes, since leaving Islam is against Iranian law. Christians who are arrested are interrogated, detained, and pushed to renounce their faith. Authorities seized the one woman’s deed to her home, her bank account numbers, and other belongings. Families do not know what has become of those who have been arrested.

In North Korea, some 30 thousand of the 200 thousand political prisoners there are Christian.

On Christmas Day of last year, Li Ying, who is a Christian journalist and activist was released from prison after serving 12 years of a 15 year sentence in China. Her crime? Publishing an underground Christian magazine. If 15 years sounds harsh, keep in mind the original sentence was death.

In places like Egypt, the African sub-continent, Saudi Arabia and even parts of the Philippines, Christian churches are bombed or burnt; Christians are murdered or must live as second class citizens. Their property and lives forfeit at any moment.  In some of these countries, Christian women endure sexual abuse and forced conversions to Islam.

Christians are one of the most persecuted groups in the world and yet it goes unreported day in and day out. Mainly because Christians do not have the support of the mainstream media outlets across the globe. It is not “in” right now in many circles to be a follower of Christ.

As frustrated as Christians in the United States find themselves they face nowhere near the hardships as their brothers and sisters across the globe. But if they do not stand with them and with each other, the death and persecution of even one Christian no matter how remote the corner of the globe in which it occurs diminishes us all.

Lincoln Brown

Lincoln Brown

Lincoln Brown is the Program Director at KVEL Radio in Vernal, Utah. He hosts “The Lincoln Brown Show” Mondays through Fridays from 8-9 AM.