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VETERANS STORM OUT during AOC’s Anti-AMERICAN Remarks; Office DENIES Walkout!

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Former Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Testifies Before House Oversight Committee
VETERANS STORM OUTduring AOC’s Anti-AMERICAN Remarks; Office DENIES Walkout!

In a private meeting in the Bronx with community leaders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did not make friends amongst the veteran community. Two military veterans reportedly were so upset and insulted by AOC’s remarks that they stormed out, according to the New York Post.
Silvio Mazzella, a Vietnam War vet who served in the war from 1966-1968, and treasurer of Community Board 11 said “she knocks the country, she knocks the president. And that’s not what America is about.” Another vet, Anthony Vitaliano, who worked in the NYPD for 38 years and commanded the Bronx’s homicide detectives was sitting between AOC and one of her staffers. “I just couldn’t hear her BS anymore,” said Vitaliano. “I just got up, got my umbrella in my hand and walked right out.
The closed-door meeting was a rare visit to the Bronx part of her district and there were about a dozen attendants made up of board members.  Tensions rose when a Middle Eastern board member brought up the conflict in Yemen. The Post reported “The progressive firebrand slammed the US policy of providing bombs to Saudi Arabia, which has supported Yemen’s government in a brutal civil war, according to attendees. Some blamed her for not including the roles of other nations in explaining the volatile region’s violence.”
One attendee who did not want their name published said they were “revolted” When Israel came up later in the meeting, and OAC suggested President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are autocrats. Although one member said it was not all hostile, that “there were a lot of people that really adored what she was saying,” the three members quoted above walked out of the room in disgust.
The kicker? According to AOC’s office, NO ONE stormed out of the meeting. “The only person that left the meeting while it was underway was someone who had to go pick up their children,” said AOC spokesman Corbin Trent. Veteran Anthony Vitaliano’s response? “That’s bulls**t.”

Here’s why we should never trust China on climate change

Scientists have finally solved an environmental mystery.

After following the trail of a gaseous emission that has been banned for over 30 years, they found the culprit: factories in the People’s Republic of China.
On top of under-reporting carbon emissions and downplaying the poor air quality, a new study in the scientific journal Nature found that 40 to 60% of total global emissions of the chemical compound Trichlorofluoromethane, better known as CFC-11, came from China, specifically the eastern province of Shandong. The mystery was solved a year after scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association discovered that global emissions of the chemical compound Trichlorofluoromethane rose by 25% since 2012.
So just how damaging is Trichlorofluoromethane to the environment?
Trichlorofluoromethane is a chemical used in refrigeration and foams, which causes significant ozone layer depletion. In fact, CFC-11 has an ozone depletion potential of 1.0, the highest of any chlorocarbon because it has three chlorine atoms in the molecule. It’s 5,000 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The compound was on a list of chemicals to be phased out in manufacturing and production under the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which the United States followed through on in January 1996.
This is not good for the planet. It’s also a very, shall we say, inconvenient truth, for a lot of environmentalists on the Left.
Amid all the criticism of Trump’s move, a favorite line was that China was becoming a leader in fighting climate change.
Former Vice President Al Gore told ABC News, “The rest of the world is moving on climate […] China’s reduced emissions four years in a row. We’re seeing a massive shift in solar and wind.”
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown justified his state working separately with China after Trump backed out of the Paris climate agreement by saying, “We’re going to do more with China, and we’re going to link closely together because it used to be China and the United States as the pillar. Now China is that pillar and California is very much going to be working with them to achieve our mutual goals.”
Former Obama administration official John Kirby said, “In just the last 15 years, there’s 2.5 million jobs in the United States dedicated to the clean energy industry and that number is continuing to climb and that’s the future and that’s where frankly look that’s where China wants to go. So, we’re going to be losing jobs here in the United States. We’re going to be hurting our economy. And we’ll be ceding that territory to China going forward.”
And it didn’t stop there.
The Washington Post declared “As U.S. backs away from climate pledges, India and China step up.” A CBS News headline read, “U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord offers China chance to lead world on climate change.” And Bloomberg News declared, “China, Germany Step Up as U.S. Retires from World Leadership.” The New York Times even ranked China as the top country for “filling the void” of being a climate change leader.

Byron York: Law enforcement, media changed standards for Trump

Byron York: Law enforcement, media changed standards for Trump
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One of the more unfortunate effects of the Trump-Russia investigation — and there have been many — is the weakening of traditional standards of argument and proof in the public debate over allegations that the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the 2016 election. (Just for the record: It didn’t.)
In particular, angry disputes about the president have done terrible harm to the principle that an investigator, be it a journalist or a prosecutor, should meet at least some standard of proof before leveling an accusation.
Two examples. First is the so-called Steele dossier, the collection of wild allegations against Trump compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee
Steele’s unfounded accusations — that there was a years-long “well-developed conspiracy” between Trump and Russia, that Trump accepted “a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin,” and that Russian spies taped Trump watching prostitutes perform a kinky sex act in a Moscow hotel room in 2013 — circulated throughout law enforcement and political circles starting in the summer of 2016. That just happened to be the time the Clinton campaign and some in the media began accusing Trump of “colluding” with Russia to gain an advantage in the election.
Top Clinton staff received updates on Steele’s material. Then, they accused Trump of collusion. FBI investigators, who also had the dossier, were trying to confirm it. They failed.
Without evidence to prove any of the dossier’s most serious allegations, a new standard of proof emerged: The allegations were legitimate because they had not been proven untrue.
Leading figures in politics and journalism adopted the new standard. “Not a single revelation in the Steele dossier has been refuted,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “[I’m] aware of nothing in the Christopher Steele dossier that has been shown to be false,” said Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. “So far with this dossier, nothing yet has been proven untrue,” said Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The new Trump standard turned the old standard — can an allegation be proven true? — on its head.
It’s not surprising that commentators, especially those with partisan motives, would adopt such a low standard. It was surprising when — and this is example number two — Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller upended the justice system’s traditional norms by declaring that his investigation, while not accusing the president of committing a crime, also could not exonerate him.
“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state,” Mueller said in his 448-page report. “Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

Mueller repeated the point in his recent public statement. “If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

It was a mind-blowing moment for some Justice Department veterans. Since when do prosecutors hand out certificates of exoneration to the people they investigate? (Answer: They don’t.) Since when has “not exonerated” been an accepted legal outcome — as in “How does the jury find the defendant? We find him not exonerated.” (Answer: Never.)

Mueller, like Feinstein and Tribe and Todd before him, changed widely accepted standards, casting the shadow of guilt on Trump without formally accusing him of wrongdoing. Except Mueller, unlike the senator, the law professor, and the journalist, wielded the prosecutorial power of the United States. Given the length and thoroughness of his investigation, Mueller’s no-exoneration verdict carried a lot of weight in the public debate. Except that it didn’t mean anything, while at the same time suggesting to the public that the president had committed some unspecified offense.

Trump’s critics often accuse him of violating the norms that make our society and government work. Yet in their discussion of the dossier, some of those critics violated essential norms of fairness and accuracy. And in Mueller’s no-exoneration gambit, a storied figure in American law enforcement abandoned one of the most important standards of justice. The damage done could last a long time.

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Inside the DNC’s plan to defeat Trump


BY JONATHAN EASLEY – 

Hundreds of young Democrats will arrive in Atlanta next month to be trained as field organizers in an effort to prepare the party’s next generation of operatives to join the eventual nominee’s presidential campaign in seven battleground states.  The field organizing program is one of several new initiatives the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has implemented under Chairman Tom Perez, whose two-year-long overhaul of the national party has focused on building out the DNC’s campaign infrastructure, data and cybersecurity programs.
That means the potential for more paid staff on the ground in the states that will determine the outcome of the 2020 election, a revamped “war room” with a focus on President Trump’s first-term record and a cybersecurity system the DNC hopes will withstand Russian hacking efforts.  In an interview with The Hill from the Democrats’ national headquarters in Washington, Perez detailed the DNC’s 2020 battle plan and core mission, which he said is twofold: To ensure that primary voters have confidence in the nominating process and to hand the eventual nominee the resources and infrastructure he or she will need to defeat Trump from the moment that person walks off the stage from the convention in Milwaukee.
All of that will have to be accomplished with a budget that is only a fraction of what the Republican National Committee will spend, and Perez acknowledged that taking out an incumbent president “won’t be easy.”  “I don’t underestimate him for a moment,” Perez said, lighting up with anger as the conversation turned to Trump. “I don’t underestimate their capacity to lie, cheat and steal to get elected. … This is going to be a challenge.”  The DNC has launched an institution called Organizing Corps 2020, which will train 1,000 college-aged students to be the next wave of Democratic operatives and to prepare them to potentially join the 2020 presidential campaign.
Perez will address the first round of 300 participants at a five-day national training seminar next month in Atlanta, where the group will be coached by campaign veterans on field organizing and data analytics.  Attendees are paid $4,000 over the course of the eight-week programs, which will also take place in Charlotte, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Milwaukee, Orlando, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Tampa.  Seventy-five percent of program entrants are people of color, and 90 percent come from one of seven potential swing states: Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. After training, the young Democrats will return to their home states ready to join the field team for the eventual nominee, although positions on the campaign are not guaranteed.
The organizing principle behind the training program is that voters will be more receptive to Democratic outreach if it’s coming from locals within the community who intimately know the culture and nuances of their own neighborhoods.  “Hillary Clinton was handed a very substandard infrastructure writ large, including, but not limited to, a lack of organizing infrastructure,” Perez said, relaxing on the brown leather sofa in his office overlooking South Capitol Street.  “In 2008, Barack Obama … had the capacity to build his own organizing and technological infrastructure,” Perez continued. “He had the resources and the human capital to do it. Fast forward to 2020 and in a field that’s as large as we have, there’s nobody in a position to do what Obama did in 2008. That’s why the role of the DNC is so important.”
Perez broke into a smile when he brought up Obama. The DNC chairman was a civil rights attorney in the Obama Justice Department, and there’s a picture in his office of himself and the former president in the Oval Office.  Elsewhere, Perez has repurposed the DNC’s war room to battle Republicans over the narrative of the Trump presidency.  The DNC claims to be in possession of the world’s most comprehensive trove of research on Trump. The war room is staffed by dozens of operatives, many of whom are veterans of Clinton’s 2016 campaign and have been building opposition research files on Trump since he first burst on to the political scene in 2015.
Their files include more than 7,000 lawsuits, volumes of Freedom of Information Act requests and hours of video footage. The DNC claims its war room has placed bombshell stories in the press that have derailed Trump administration nominees and has introduced key themes, such as Trump’s conflicts of interests around his business empire, into the mainstream.  In 2020, Perez says the focus will be on holding Trump accountable for the promises he made on the campaign trail in 2016, such as lowering prescription drug prices, making health care more affordable and keeping factories open.
“A lot of Obama-Trump voters saw [Trump] as a change agent,” Perez said. “They saw him as a different kind of politician who was going to bring about change … and what they’re seeing is that yeah, he’s a different kind of politician in the sense that … he is perhaps the most corrupt politician in American history … and now he has a record and a trail of broken promises.”  The DNC has also overhauled its data platform as it seeks to close the gap with the Republican National Committee, which invested heavily in data under former Chairman Reince Priebus.
When Perez took over in early 2017, the national party was using an antiquated system that was four years beyond its shelf life and required users to understand complicated coding language to access voter information files.  The DNC now has access to a state-of-the-art data warehouse and a Google-run cloud-based infrastructure that has added millions of new cellphone numbers in just the last year.  “If we had 40 people running for president, we’d have the capacity to handle their data and deal with their data and tech needs,” Perez said. “And the data warehouse isn’t simply for the presidential candidates, it’s for every [Democratic] candidate running up and down the ballot.”
That means an enormous investment to safeguard the data and avoid a repeat of the 2016 hacking fiasco, which undermined confidence in the national party and continues to hamper the DNC’s fundraising efforts.  Last year, the DNC hired Bob Lord, a veteran cybersecurity officer at Yahoo and Twitter, to oversee its data security.  Reminders to DNC staff to be mindful of their passwords and potential hacking attempts are everywhere — even in the men’s bathrooms, where signs hang on the walls with the steps workers must take to keep their data safe.  The DNC’s cyber tripwires were triggered at one point last year. It turned out to be a false alarm, but Perez said the dry run was executed seamlessly, giving him confidence that the DNC is ready to deal with an attempted breach in the real world.
The Hill asked Perez if he could guarantee the DNC would not be hacked this cycle.
“Anyone who tells you they’re hermetically cyber secure is fooling you,” he said. “Cybersecurity is an arms war. What we’ve done, I believe, is make it a lot more difficult and expensive for the bad guys to try and infiltrate.”

The personal blog of Mateen Elass – Very educational Article on Islam.

Can Islam Be Defeated?

Two of the questions I am most often asked are, “Why does Islam seem so attractive to converts?” and “Can Islam be defeated?” Not surprisingly, these two questions are interrelated.
There are many elements to Islam that attract Western converts today, including its seeming clarity on right/wrong, its unwavering commitment to monotheism and its appeal to anti-Jewish and anti-Christian sentiments in our post-Christian culture. But I believe there is an even greater appeal to the heart of fallen human nature.
In the New Testament, the apostle Paul speaks of the fallen human heart as the life of the “flesh.” This stands in opposition to “life in the Spirit,” the new nature born in the human heart upon conversion to Christ, when the Spirit of God takes up residence within a person’s spirit and begins transforming him/her into the likeness of Jesus Christ, a lifelong process theologians refer to as “sanctification.”
Islam knows no such process, because it does not believe that human nature is fallen or inherently flawed by a sinful bent, but teaches instead that humans tend to be forgetful and just need regular reminders that their rightful role in life is submission as slaves to Allah. As such, Islam has no equivalent to Paul’s teaching that believers are to “put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature” (Col. 3:5; see also Rom. 8:13), but rather proposes that our natural earthly desires are to be harnessed in service to a very “fleshly” Allah.
Islam is such a powerful movement because it is the perfect religion to appeal to the flesh. Our fallen hearts naturally lust after the fulfillment of certain basic cravings. Chief among these are three: ego (hubris); power; pleasure. In our natural state, we want to favorably compare ourselves to others, to show that we are better than those around us; we want power to be able to shape the world for our benefit or according to our whims and appetites; we want to enjoy a variety of pleasures the world affords and avoid its pains. Islam caters to these cravings.
As to hubris, the Qur’an teaches Muslims that they are “the best of all peoples ever raised up for mankind” (3:110), and that by contrast the rest of the world (all those who reject Islam, including Christians, Jews, pagans, etc.) are “the worst of all creatures” in Allah’s sight (98:6).  This theme woven throughout the Qur’an has produced the supremacist attitude so apparent in Islamic thought down through the centuries, an attitude central to its drive to conquer the world so as to justify the belief that Islam is better than any alternative and that Muslims are better than all non-Muslims.
As to power, Islam preaches a god of absolute might and sovereignty who routinely resorts to force when his creatures refuse to willingly comply with his will. The cry of Muslim armies, Muslim terrorists, and Muslim protagonists all over the world, Allahu akbar, does not mean “God is great,” as so many mistranslate it, but rather “God is greater!” It is not merely a metaphysical claim about a certain god, but rather an in-your-face challenge to all who follow someone or something other than the god of Islam. “Our Allah is greater than whatever you cherish and value most highly, and we will wipe your idols off the throne of your lives and replace them with Allah, if you don’t voluntarily submit to Islam.” The Qur’an calls Muslims to “kill and be killed” for the cause of Allah (9:111), and Allah promises his warriors supernatural aid (angels will fight alongside them and strengthen them) so that twenty jihadis will defeat two hundred infidels, and a hundred will defeat a thousand (8:65). According to Islam, the true prophets have always fought and killed for the advancement of Allah’s kingdom. In Sura 8:67, Muhammad declares (as Allah’s mouthpiece), “It is not for a prophet to have captives [of war] until he inflicts a massacre [upon Allah ‘s enemies] in the land.” Allah harnesses the fallen human heart’s penchant for power over others by givingMuslims free rein to slaughter all who will not bow before Islam’s command to submit to Allah. Such violent compulsion is not a sin when used in Allah’s cause.
Lastly, with regard to pleasure, Islam gives Muslim men (who are the masters of their women and children that, as a result. have no say in the matter) the booty they collect from their wars against unbelievers, both in terms of material goods and those they have captured as slaves. Slaves can be sold off for financial gain or kept for service. Conquered females can be turned into sex slaves, whether married or virgin. These are part and parcel of the “benefits” Allah grants his faithful jihadis. But of course the greatest pleasure he promises his devotees is that if they are faithful enough to him on earth, he will grant them entrance to an eternal paradise on the Day of Judgment. And what characterizes this Paradise? All the earthly pleasures a fallen heart could ever desire: gardens filled with an unlimited variety of fruit-bearing trees, watered by streams of clear water, wholesome milk, pure honey and robust wine flowing between shaded banks covered with soft mossy rises; an abundance of foods considered rare delicacies in the desert reaches of Arabia; boys available as servants to do the Muslim master’s bidding, whatever that might be; houris (young, beautiful, buxom virgins created by Allah for the dwellers of Paradise, women panting with desire for their respective masters and available at a moment’s notice for sexual coupling, after which they miraculously return to their virginal state (Muslim commentators differ on the minimum number of houris assigned to each Muslim man in Paradise, from dozens to thousands), and if you think that this sexual gymnasium might become tiresome, there are commentators quick to assure readers that in Paradise Muslim men will be capable of ceaseless erections. Allah, of course, is not present, because in his loftiness he cannot condescend to hobnob with his rutting subjects, but he has provided them this erotic elysium as a reward for their unflagging service on earth.
Why does Islam appeal to so many in the West today? Because it gives divine approval to the pursuit of our sinful passions, making them virtuous: it encourages hubris by stroking the egos of Muslims, declaring them the best of humans in Allah’s eyes; it commands them to wield the sword and enjoy their divinely-bestowed power by lording their authority over non-Muslims, demanding that infidels serve them and accept an inferior status before their Muslim overlords; and it promises them unlimited fulfillment of the appetites of the flesh — what they can’t win for themselves through conquest on earth, Allah will supply in spades in heaven, all to be enjoyed without the least tinge of a wounded conscience.
Islam is the perfect religion of the flesh, even if it does promote the death of its followers. Death is only the gateway to infinite enjoyment of carnal pleasures.
Can such a religion be defeated? The answer, of course, is yes. But can Islam be defeated by Western civilization as it now stands? I’m afraid the answer to that is no. The post-Christian West has lost the compelling reason for its existence. We still enjoy many of the fruits of the biblical worldview that inspired the fundamentals of Western thought: the notion that all human beings are created in the image of God and therefore of equal value and dignity, and imbued with certain inalienable rights, things we today call “human rights.” Yet as Western civilization has become increasingly secular in the last two hundred years, we have consciously undermined the metaphysical framework on which our freedoms and successes were built, and assumed that the structure would remain standing. We want to enjoy the good values and practices we have, but can no longer find the deep justifications for why they must exist. We are like the inhabitants of a great tree that is dying, still enjoying the dwindling fruit that remain on its branches, wondering why the tree is so sickly as all the while we are chopping away at the base of the trunk in the desire to gather wood for our huts in the branches. We have mindlessly cut ourselves off from the life-giving roots of our majestic tree, but continue to pick the diminishing fruit and hope vainly that the tree will somehow regain her strength.
America and Europe have squandered the legacy of a worldview that brought untold blessing to humanity. We have let slip through our fingers the majestic and profound truths upon which the best of human society has been built: that the God of all creation made human beings as the apple of His eye, and stamped our spirits with His image and likeness; that this God is Love Himself, and from Him flow all things good; that He made us for a relationship with Himself and for one another, to know Him intimately and to live in  love as brothers and sisters; that sin has destroyed this harmony which will only be fully restored by His self-sacrifice to repair the breach caused by human evil; that His incarnation as one of us to bear our sins and draw us to Himself has turned the tide against evil; that we are invited to enjoy the fullness of His redeeming love and to share that with all the world until He returns to bring all things to their appointed end and cleanse His creation once and for all of evil.
This worldview once empowered our forebears and became the foundation of the greatness of Western culture and civilization. But we have gradually walked away from that and replaced it with secular humanism, a notion that there is no God behind this world, that we just exist as human beings with inherent rights granted us by a lifeless, mindless, random universe of mass and energy. We want desperately to believe that we matter, that all human beings matter, that concepts like justice, mercy, kindness, freedom, and love have inherent worth and value, but if in the end we are all just products of random acts of a mindless and uncaring universe, why should anyone care about anyone else, or about “enduring moral principles”? For in the end, everything will blink out of existence in the same way as it randomly came into existence. We may rage against the night for the brief moment of our existence, but soon enough the night wins.
Secular humanism has been hacking away at the trunk of Western civilization for quite a while now. I saw a sad but telling example of this a few months ago in the suburbs of London. Having an afternoon off on a rainy day, I took a hike along the banks of the Thames River till I came upon the town of Teddington in Middlesex. Deciding to follow the pathway into town, I spied a beautiful church rising above the nearby roofs and trees, and determined to spend some time inside. As I walked completely around the perimeter, I could find no main entrance into the sanctuary, only a side entrance into an area called the “Landmark Arts Centre,” where a few people were coming and going. Finally, not seeing any alternative, I walked through that entrance and spoke with a very helpful attendant at the welcome desk. “Isn’t this a church?” I asked. “May I see the sanctuary?”

Former sanctuary of the Church of St. Alban the Martyr

“Oh, no, I’m sorry,” she said. “This hasn’t been a church since the 1990s. It now serves as space for our Landmark Arts Centre, which hosts art displays and social dinners and concerts as part of our effort to support local artists.” I discovered in further conversation and research that the original structure, Church of St. Alban the Martyr was built and dedicated to the glory of God in 1889. Though never formally designated a “cathedral,” it became known informally as “The Cathedral of the Thames Valley.” It is indeed a majestic building, reflecting the religious gratitude of multitudes in constructing such a monument to the grace of God.
However, as British society grew more secular and indifferent to things Christian, St. Alban’s disbanded as a congregation in 1977 (only 90 years after the cornerstone had been laid!) and the building was declared “redundant” (don’t you just love British terminology? — it means “superfluous/no longer needed”). Once a glorious edifice, St. Alban’s deteriorated for some 15 years as a derelict building until locals formed a “robust campaign” to see it restored as an English Heritage site in the 1990s. And so today, the Church of St. Alban the Martyr no longer exists, but has been replaced by the Landmarks Art Centre.

Here’s what the former sanctuary looked like the day I visited in November 2017.

A sad, real-life parable reflecting what has been going on in Western civilization as a whole. The original purpose of the structure has been lost, and it now serves a small enterprise that cannot give meaning to that original architectural masterpiece. A cathedral built for the glory of God now fronts as a warehouse to view paintings and sculptures.
Secular humanism cannot breathe meaning and purpose into a civilization built upon a biblical worldview. It can seek to maintain the structure for a while, as it has in America, but sooner or later the grand architecture of rights and blessings we have enjoyed due to the out-working of the gospel will weigh too heavily on the small enterprise of humanism, and post-Christian civilization will collapse upon itself.
So, can Western civilization defeat Islam? Hardly. It is having a hard enough time standing on its own two feet to resist a secular worldview intent on knocking it over. Certainly, the Western world has enough military power and political resources to restrain the world of Muslim nations and radical jihadi groups, but mere force cannot destroy Islam as an ideology or worldview. Secular humanism is a lightweight against the juggernaut of Islam, which is not just a set of religious beliefs but an all-encompassing worldview, informing the whole of life for its adherents. What is needed to defeat Islam is exactly what the West has jettisoned — an embrace of the worldview of Christianity.
To defeat a strong worldview necessitates an even stronger one. What is stronger than a god of hate if not a God of love? What is better than a god who uses and commands brutal force than a God who exhibits and commands self-sacrifice? What is stronger, a god who harnesses the power of temptation to advance his cause, or a God who defeats the power of sin so as to rescue human beings for a higher calling? What is stronger, a god who promises to reward those who kill and are killed in his name, or a God who conquers death by His own death, in order to offer eternal life as a gift to those who come in gratitude? What is a greater worldview: one that commands love for Muslims and hatred for infidels, or one that commands love for all neighbors, including enemies?
The religion of Islam will one day crumble into oblivion, because it is built upon a worldly spirituality that opposes the true Kingdom of God as revealed in and through Jesus Christ. It will not be other earthly powers that defeat Islam, whether military, political or religious. Only the Church has the message that sounds the death knell of Islam — but it won’t happen primarily by a frontal attack on its tenets and practices. It will come about by the conversions of massive numbers of Muslims who discover that the message of the gospel shines with a light and love and truth which Islam has never been able to match, for all its efforts.
Already, over the last forty years Muslims have been leaving Islam in droves. Many turn first to atheism, thinking that if the “final religion given to man” has proven untenable, then no religion can be true. But thousands upon thousands are being exposed to the gospel for the first time in their lives, and discovering to their irrepressible joy that the Arabian prophet cannot hold a candle to the Son of God.
Can Islam be defeated? Yes, and it will be, but only when the Church wakes up once again to her true Love, and lives out her mission with a passion to love and reach the lost, including 1.6 billion Muslims! If the last forty years are indicative of what God holds for the future, the tide is already turning.

Response

I was very taken by your article today. The most pertinent point being “Islam is such a powerful movement because it is the perfect religion to appeal to the flesh.” In doing so Islam eviscerates the central tenets of the Christian faith by denying Allah has a son as it is not befitting to his majesty, denying that Jesus died on the cross and denying the Trinity all with insults, curses and calls of blasphemy. (Quran 9:30, 4:157, 4:171, 5:17, 5:72-73, 19:35 ) Of course the game in so called interfaith is that Jesus is in the Quran. This was recently quoted confidently by my local CoE vicar as it that settles something. However reading the Quran reveals that the Quran’s Jesus is not the Jesus of the bible but a miraculous fatherless created being for no apparent reason but to endorse the message in the Quran and deny explicitly Christianity, all with the usual threats and insults 9:29-30 , 8:55 and 98:6. The Quran also explicitly states for Muslims to pretty well not to have any dealings with Jews or Christians 3:28, 5:51.
So why does the Quran go out of the way to deny Jesus the Son of God, to deny the cross, to deny the Trinity? To have an illegitimate Jesus without a father. That reveals a relationship with creation problem. The god of the Quran has no real relationship with the creation unlike the God of the Bible.
Your article goes beyond Islam but deals with the ills of Western society. The article also goes into what is different about the God of the Bible and His relationship with it in ‘Life in the Spirit’ using the teaching of Paul. We can get lost here in theological teaching and terms which abstract the reality. We use explanations by Paul and in the epistles which while not wrong sometimes miss the basics such as: You must be Born Again in the Spirit John 3:5-15 ( by the way that passage also explains the reason for the bronze serpent in Numbers 21:9 that prefigured Jesus on the Cross. He became sin for us and nailed it on a cross, that Jesus died for our sins is also something explicitly denied in the Quran 4:157)
Also in the article is an indication of falling away from the faith and the weakness of Christianity in the West. The church converted to an arts centre as a metaphor. Where is the salt today may you ask? Mt 5:13-14.
This is important as this explains why the Quran is so ambivalent to Jesus as the Son of God and His death on a cross.
John 14 v 16 “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
Yes the Holy Spirit is sent as a personal Helper to a believer to be with them forever and will abide with you and be in you. Who is the Holy Spirit, the Helper? He is the Spirit of Truth! Can you see why Jesus death is denied, the Spirit your Helper who will be in you denied? Can you see why Christianity is such a problem to Secular Humanism, Islam, and enemies of God? The Spirit of Truth, the Helper will teach you all things Jn 14:26, will guide you into all Truth Jn16:13. What is so lacking today: Truth! It is being suppressed/perverted at every turn. You will be in more trouble today stating plan facts and the truth than ever before.
Denying the Trinity is to deny God. Why? John 14 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
Yes the God of the Bible desires relationship with His creation as we are made in His image. God uses the term Father to illustrate that relationship. The god of the Quran would never do such a thing, can never be addressed as Father and explicitly denies anything that would lead to such a thing. Even the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has inscribed round it: Allah has no son.
Why is that relationship so precious and why is life so precious. Why ultimately is it wrong to kill for your faith? Because all men (note woman has man with a ‘wo’ in front so it is inclusive it you look ) are made in the image of God: Gen 1:26. As a born again believer you are ‘a Temple of the Holy Spirit’ 1 Cor 6:19.
Why then is the West in such decline with such an inheritance? It is all a relationship issue. People no longer know who God is and elements in society have done their best to erase God from society’s consciousness. The church has lost sight of the relationship with God and life in the Spirit. Even the charismatic churches in their pursuit of spiritual power over relationship. You can sum up the problem: The church charismatic movement has largely concentrated on the power of the Holy Spirit and not of the Person of the Holy Spirit as the Helper sent by Jesus (Jn 14:16-17). The salt is in the relationship, the power is in the relationship. That has been neglected. The Bible is full of what happens when people stop listening to God. God stops listening and He gives them over ( Rom 1 24,26,28), makes people blind and deaf Isa 6 v9-10 (quoted 6 times in the New Testament) sends a powerful delusion even: 2 Thess 2 v11.
The solution repent and turn to the throne seek Jesus John 14 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
That is why Jesus sent the Helper, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth:
John 15 26“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me
The Holy Spirit will testify about Jesus! No wonder the Quran denies the Trinity. The Quran does not want you to know the God of the Bible the Father who sent His Son Jesus. Man cannot prevent the Holy Spirit acting on your heart but can discourage you from even trying.
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