A threat to National security
The Pentagon has revoked permission for a Christian ministry to produce Bibles for different branches of the military, marked with those insignias, after an anti-Christian group called them a threat to national security.
In 2003, B&H Publishing, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, was given authorization to use the official seals of the U.S. military branches on a line of Bibles. No government funds were used in the production of the Bibles, which contained devotional material unique to each service branch in much the same way they are tailored to other groups such as teens or children.
As part of the features, the Bibles featured the Pledge of Allegiance, the first and fourth verses of the Star Spangled Banner, Patton’s famous Christmas prayer card from 1944 as well as testimonials from the Officers’ Christian Fellowship.
Nowhere in the Bibles did they state that they were endorsed by any government entity or military branch. Despite this, last year the Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta demanding the military rescind its authorization to use the service emblems, saying it was a violation of church and state separation.
The request by the group was subsequently granted. Marty King, communications director for LifeWay said, “We received notice last year from the various branches withdrawing authorization.”
While the group was told it would be able to sell its existing stock, last week it was announced that the Department of Defense was pulling all known copies of the Bibles from exchange stores.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is taking credit for the removal of the Bibles from service exchanges and removal of the service insignias.
“Once again our foundation has decisively beaten back those who would see the wall separating church and state reduced to rubble,” said Mikey Weinstein, MRFF spokesman. “The very fact that the Pentagon – or ‘Pentacostal-gon’ – had allowed for the insignias of the Navy, Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force to be used for such a clearly evangelical fundamentalist agenda should sicken anyone with any inkling of respect for the ‘sacred’ principle of religious freedom as enshrined by the foundational documents of our nation, namely the U.S. Constitution.”
While the group claims that it is not an atheist organization and that many of its members are Christians, Weinstein admitted the group was opposed to evangelical Christianity. In an interview with Anti-war.com, he said, “We’re fighting a Fundamentalist-Christian-Parachurch-Military-Corporate-Proselytizing-Complex.”
Additionally, the group says that placing service logos on Bibles is a “national security threat.”
“If their logos are being placed on a particular version of Christianity – particularly when we are engaged in a war with fundamentalist Muslims that are trying to view this as a cosmic war between Jesus and Allah – it’s a security threat,” he said. “It’s neither a problem, it’s not an issue or a challenge. It’s a national security threat.”
The group claims the military Bibles are also in violation of the law, but they have no problem with other Bibles being sold. “The Bible by itself is fine to be sold,” Weinstein told Fox News Radio.
The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty said it was outrageous that the DoD prohibited the publisher from printing the Bibles with the emblems.
“DoD regularly allows vendors to use branch insignia for other books, for paintings and other items,” the group said.
“From General George Washington until today, military personnel have taken counsel, received comfort, and been encouraged by biblical texts,”said Col. Ron Crews, executive director for the Chaplain Alliance. “These Bibles cost the Department of Defense nothing, and their presence is legally legitimate; therefore, no reason exists for the DoD to retreat in the face of the small anti-religious group that demanded removal of the Bibles.”
The group said the decision is another attempt by the DoD to create a “religion free” zone in the military and is calling on Congress to investigate the issue. - Source – WND
JCPenny is celebrating the sin of Sodomy
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20)
After commemorating Mother’s Day with an ad featuring two lesbians, JCPenney released a Father’s Day ad depicting two gay men and their children.
The recent ad, published in their June catalog, states that a father is a “swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver – all rolled into one. Or two.”
Below the picture of a smiling homosexual couple playing with a little boy and girl, the ad reads: “Real-life dads, Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”
Last month’s Mother’s Day ad, published online and in the company’s May catalog depicted lesbians Wendi and Maggie alongside Wendi’s mother and two daughters.
The LGBT lobby, overjoyed at the most recent positive portrayal, is calling for supporters to open their pocket books to thank the company.
“You’d have to be crazy not to see the people in this JCP ad as the proverbial (and in this case, real) family next door,” enthused Jenny Block, a blogger at The Huffington Post.
Monica Cole, director of the conservative watchdog group One Million Moms, told LifeSiteNews.com that her organization is calling for a boycott of the company until they stop promoting homosexuality.
She asks supporters of traditional marriage to return their JCPenney catalogs marked “REFUSED…RETURN TO SENDER.” Cole also urges customers to unsubscribe from its mailing list and close store credit card accounts with a note politely explaining the reasons for your action.
OMM, a project of the American Family Association that combats immoral messages in the entertainment media, criticized JCPenney earlier this year when the company hired comedian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman.
JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson defended the decision, calling DeGeneres—who is openly homosexual and a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood—a person with “extraordinary values.”
“JCP’s homosexual ads are desensitizing our children by normalizing this sinful lifestyle choice,” Cole told LifeSiteNews. “The Bible clearly states that marriage is between a man and a woman. No one, including JCP, can redefine it.”
“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.” Isaiah 17:1
U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists, U.S. officials said.
Syria’s arsenal remains vulnerable as the result of the internal conflict currently underway in Syria between government forces and opposition rebels, one official said.
“Everyone suspects Syria maintains an active chemical weapons program; and it would be dangerous not to plan accordingly,” the official said.
As for concerns the weapons will be captured or transferred, the official said: “Most countries that have CW stocks view it as a strategic, not tactical, tool—and strategic tools are usually pretty well protected and aren’t given away lightly.”
However, other U.S. officials said special operations forces are prepared to take action inside Syria in the event the regime falls and the country spirals further into chaos. The teams would seek to secure or destroy stockpiles of chemical arms to keep them from being taken over by terrorists. Hezbollah has been very active in Syria, and there are reports that al Qaeda terrorists have moved into Syria during the current crisis.
The exact size of the Syrian chemical arsenal is not known. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reported several years ago that Syria has stockpiled 500 to 1,000 metric tons of chemical agents. The weapons are said to include long-lasting VX nerve agent and less-persistent Sarin nerve agent, as well as mustard blister agents.
Most but not all of the weapons stockpiles are known to U.S. intelligence agencies.
The New York Times reported Thursday that CIA operatives are working in southern Turkey to coordinate foreign assistance to Syrian rebel forces.
Recent statements by senior Israeli military officials prompted U.S. concerns over an Israeli strike on Syria.
Senior officials in Israel told the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that if Syria’s army gave chemical weapons to Hezbollah or other terrorists an Israeli attack would be needed.
The newspaper reported May 31 that Israel failed to prevent Syria’s transfer of M-600 rockets to Hezbollah and the weapons can now threaten central Israel. One military source was quoted as saying that mistake would not be repeated.
Israeli Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, commander of forces deployed on the Syrian and Lebanese front, was quoted in press reports expressing concerns about Syria being used as “a warehouse for war materiel that feeds terrorist elements in the region.”
Golan also said there were reports that al Qaeda terrorists are working against the regime in Damascus and those terrorists eventually would target Israel, perhaps in the coming months.
IDF Deputy Chief Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh also said June 11 that Israeli forces must be on alert because Syria’s military has “the largest chemical weapons arsenal in the region, which can reach any spot in Israel.” He expressed worries that the weapons could “fall into the hands of the rebels or the terrorists.”
A State Department arms compliance report from 2010 stated that Syria is also believed to have an offensive biological weapons program in addition to the chemical arms.
Calls for military intervention could increase if Syrian forces begin using the deadly chemical weapons in battling opposition forces.
A Syrian rebel leader, Col. Riad al-Asaad of the Syrian Free Army, told Al Jazeera June 8 that Syrian military aircraft had dropped chemical bombs that poisoned people, and that government forces had distributed gas masks to troops 10 days earlier in preparation for the use of the weapons against northern areas of the country.
State Department cables disclosed last year revealed Syria had obtained large quantities of chemical weapons precursor agents from China, Italy, and other states.
A July 10, 2008, cable said: “While Syria proclaims its desire to cooperate with the IAEA in investigating serious evidence of a covert nuclear program and allowed an extremely restricted June 22-25 IAEA visit to investigate a covert nuclear program, Syria has never accounted for its [chemical weapons] stocks, refuses to join the Chemical Weapons Convention, and is modernizing its long-range missile systems in cooperation with Russia, North Korea, and other countries.”
“There remain suspicions Syria could be sharing missile technology with Hezbollah,” the cable said, noting, “Just as Washington has done in past demarches regarding Syrian WMD and missile programs, Post believes a new scrub of releasable intelligence would strengthen our arguments regarding the gap between Syrian rhetoric and actions.”
A June 20, 2006, cable reported that Iran was assisting Syria’s chemical warfare program with construction of four to five precursor chemical production facilities. “Iran would provide the construction design and equipment to annually produce tens to hundreds of tons of precursors for VX, sarin, and mustard,” the cable said. source – Free Beacon
Seeking to distract you
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13
The bible clearly teaches that major, sobering, hard-hitting events are about to engulf the globe. Prophecy shows us that the next major event will be the Rapture of the Church, followed hard by the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble, otherwise known as the Great Tribulation, leading to the appearing of the Antichrist. These are facts. Unavoidable, undeniable, inescapable facts according the Holy God of Israel.
Believing it or not believing what has been written in no way affects the outcome. So it is only natural, being so close to the end, that the Devil would seek to influence Hollywood to create a movie that turns the hard reality of the coming end days into a “romantic comedy” to make you think these things are not going to really happen. And how this movie smugly winds itself up with a happy ending in no way resembles the coming terror of the Wrath of the Lamb that will destroy this present world system.
And, of course, Jesus is not mentioned at all in this movie except to mock Him and those who have believed on Him…
Review from Fox News: What would you do if there were only three weeks left in the world? Would you lose all your inhibitions? Rob a bank? Seek out your soul mate? Eat every bag of Skittles left in town?
In the unconventional and very funny “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” charismatic Steve Carell and Keira Knightley find an enchanting calm before the final storm.
This isn’t your typical apocalypse movie. There are no killer robots or zombies. The bleakness of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is gone, replaced by the hopefulness and vitality of Carell and Knightley’s charming relationship. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is more a budding flower among the hordes of bleak and explosive sci-fi apocalyptic movies of late. Writer Lorene Scafaria’s (“Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”) directorial debut is a bold and clever romantic comedy. It’s an apocalypse movie, a road trip movie and a romantic comedy all in one.
source – Fox News
In addition to needing people to watch countless hours of videos of targeted individuals’ private lives taken by spy drones, the Pentagon is conducting a recruitment campaign for 1400 more people to operate its growing fleet of flying surveillance robots, a violation of Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
After Air Force leaders’ complaining for months that their “number one manning problem … is manning our unmanned platforms,” the Pentagon is now hiring new outside instructors and initiating two new educational programs to satisfy its thirst to spy on peoples’ private lives, according to Wired Magazine Thursday, of particular concern to Targeted Individuals.
Article 12 of the Declaration of Human Rights to which the United States is a signatory states: “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”
To meet its demand of 1400 more people to the spy program, the U.S. Navy’s new education program will “first create a new military undergraduate courses, which will complement existing training programs for pilots and sensor operators. The second is to increase the capacity of its training crews,”Wired Magazine reports.
“The Pentagon now has about 7,000 aerial drones in its inventory, compared with fewer than 50 a decade ago,” New York Times reported a year ago.
“The numbers are overwhelming: Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the hours the Air Force devotes to flying missions for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance have gone up 3,100 percent, most of that from increased operations of drones. Every day, the Air Force must process almost 1,500 hours of full-motion video and another 1,500 still images, much of it from Predators and Reapers on around-the-clock combat air patrols.
Spy robobug biomedical research and development: the new informant
Micro-air vehicles pose further abuse of Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They also make it trickier to spot informants among crowds of protesters.
(Watch embedded YouTube video on this page, “Robot birds set to fly.”)
The New York Times reported that Greg Parker, an aerospace engineer, admitted a year ago, “We’re looking at how you hide in plain sight,” holding a prototype of a mechanical hawk aimed for espionage or killing people.
A Wright-Patterson base indoor “microaviary” flight lab is researching and developing tiny drones that replicate moths, hawks and other inhabitants of the natural world, theTimes reported, stating in its article title that the new technology is “Poised to Alter War.”
A flurry of recent comments Friday under what could be a photo-shopped image of a bug spy on Facebook posted by Wake Up World via Veritas, similar to photographs that the New York Times posted in its slideshow of new drones, might indicate public outrage over the privacy violation that the Pentagon’s new technology is fostering. Within less than 24 hours, 638 people have commented on the spy bug image and surveillance drones.
Veritas reports that recent sightings in New York and Washington DC have “raised question over whether the government has secret miniature spy drones.
“New York college students attending an antiwar rally in Lafayette Square last month were convinced they saw small flying machines that were ‘definitely not insects’ hovering above.
Only five years ago, Cornell University research had shownthat insect flight was is “theoretically impossible.” While the FBI then officially denied having robobugs, DARPA had declared that they were working hard to implant moth pupae with computer chips to make “cyborg moths” when the pupae emerge from their protective casing, according to Daily Tech.
“The Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems hopes to allow researchers to grow insect nerves into silicon computer chip connections to allow the insects to be remote controlled like RC airplanes. DARPA researchers also are raising cyborg beetles.”
Protesters in Washington and New York claimed five years ago that there were robobugs hovering around them. At that time, entomologists interviewed believed that the entities were black dragonflies.
“The dragonfly population of Washington ‘can knock your socks off,’ according to one entomologist,” reported the Daily Tech.
“Unfortunately, the entomologists could not explain the bulb shape attachments to their tails that many reported seeing; nor could they explain their organized flight which was widely reported by observers. Dragonflies do not fly in packs, according to entomologists.”
Washington lawyer Bernard Crane who saw the robobugs said he’d never seen anything like them in his life, accordingto the Washington Post in 2007: ”They were large for dragonflies. I thought, ‘Is that mechanical, or is that alive?’ ”
The Washington Post article had then stated, “Some federally funded teams are even growing live insects with computer chips in them, with the goal of mounting spyware on their bodies and controlling their flight muscles remotely.
“The robobugs could follow suspects, guide missiles to targets or navigate the crannies of collapsed buildings to find survivors.”
As robobug research and development continues, the military’s at least 64 different bases to house its drone fleet is not enough airspace. According to an April 2012 report, “airspace required already exceeds what’s available and the problem will only get worse as more bases are built around the country,” Wired Magazine states.
“In fact, many of the new bases won’t have access to the airspace necessary, both civilian and military, unless the Federal Aviation Administration changes its rules about flying drones domestically.”
All weapons of war must first be tested on humans. Retired Air Force colonel Tom Ehrhard, who specializes in unmanned aerial vehicles, “admitted that the U.S. government can be pretty sneaky.”
The CIA, according to The Washington Post, developed an “insectothopter,” a simple dragonfly snooper in the 1970s. At the time, agency spokesman George Little had said that he could not talk about what the CIA may have done since then.
“The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service also declined to discuss the topic.”
“More C.I.A. drone attacks have been conducted under President Barack Obama than under President George W. Bush,” reported the New York Times in October.
Adding to outrage about America’s drones, earlier this week, a drone made by Northrup Grumman, mistaken for a UFO, fell from the sky and landed on a Maryland highway.
“Last year, residents of Cowley County, Kansas mistook a similar flying machine,” reported Fox News.
In November, an innocent Targeted Individual gave his account to the Examiner of seeing a drone in New York, and having what was described as high-tech “less-than-lethal” directed energy weaponry applied to him. source – Examiner
WASHINGTON — Last summer, gays in the military dared not admit their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking gay pride month just as it marks other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.
Officials said Thursday that they’re planning the first-ever event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. They declined to give details about what the event will be, but officials said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta feels it’s important to recognize the service of gays in the armed forces.
June is gay pride month in the U.S. This is the first time the Pentagon could participate, since September’s repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Under the 1993 law, troops were kicked out for talking about their sexual orientation and more than 13,000 lost their jobs. source - Washington Times
The new dark ages are upon us
In these closing days of time, as the world unwittingly prepares itself to be ruled by the Antichrist, we urge you to put your trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal and all-powerful Saviour. The bible says the end of days will be like it was in the days of Noah. Our ark is Jesus Christ. Will you trust Him today with your eternal destiny?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Even now, as you can feel the first raindrops of Judgment beginning to fall as they did in Noah’s day, listen to the words of Jesus as He bids you to get in the ark. For when the Door closes, there will be no second chances. Run to Him today, and trust Him with your life now, as well as the life to come. Jesus saves.
From Daily Mail UK: Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple. The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.
But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer. Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London.
Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
Google will use its spy planes to help create 3D maps with much more detail than its satellite-derived Google Earth images.
Nick Pickles, director of Big Brother Watch, warned that privacy risked being sacrificed in a commercial ‘race to the bottom’.
‘The next generation of maps is taking us over the garden fence,’ he warned. ‘You won’t be able to sunbathe in your garden without worrying about an Apple or Google plane buzzing overhead taking pictures.’
He said householders should be asked for their consent before images of their homes go online. Apple is expected to unveil its new mapping applications for its iPhone and other devices today – along with privacy safeguards. Its 3D maps will reportedly show for the first time the sides of tall buildings, such as the Big Ben clock tower.
Google expects by the end of the year to have 3D coverage of towns and cities with a combined population of 300million. It has not revealed any locations so far.
Current 3D mapping technology relies on aerial images taken at a much lower resolution than the technology Apple is thought to be using. This means that when users ‘zoom in’, details tend to be lost because of the poor image quality.
Google ran into trouble when it emerged that its Street View cars, which gathered ground-level panoramic photographs for Google Maps, had also harvested personal data from household wifi networks. Emails, text messages, photographs and documents were taken from unsecured wifi networks all around Britain.
Google claimed it was a mistake even though a senior manager was warned as early as 2007 that the extra information was being captured. Around one in four home networks is thought to be unsecured because they lack password protection.
Little has been revealed about the technology involved in the spy planes used to capture the aerial images.
But they are thought to be able to photograph around 40 square miles every hour, suggesting they would be flying too quickly and at too great a height to access domestic wifi networks.
Like Google Maps, the resulting images would not be streamed live to computers but would provide a snapshot image of the moment the camera passed by.
Google pixellates faces and car number plates but faced criticism after its service showed one recognisable man leaving a sex shop and another being sick in the street.
Amie Stepanovich, of the Electronic Privacy Information Centre in America, said she believed Apple and Google would be forced to blur out homes in the same way Street View pixellates faces.
She said: ‘With satellite images, privacy is built in because you can’t zoom down into a garden. Homeowners need to be asked to opt in to show their property in high definition – otherwise it should be blurred out.’
Apple has previously used Google for its mapping services but last year it emerged it had bought C3 Technologies, a 3D mapping company that uses technology developed by Saab AB, the aerospace and defence company.
At the time C3 had already mapped 20 cities and it is believed to have added more with Apple’s backing. Its photographs have been shot from 1,600 ft and one C3 executive described it as ‘Google on steroids’.
There are already 3D maps available online for most big city centres, but the images are often low resolution, meaning they are of little use for navigation and users cannot zoom in on detail.
Critics have argued that Apple and Google will face a backlash if they offer detailed 3D mapping of residential areas in suburbs and rural locations. source – Daily Mail UK