Archive for 09/26/2012

The “Perfect Human Being”: Can An Islamic Antichrist Present Himself As God And Receive Worship, Yet Remain A Servant Of ‘Allah’?

09/26/2012 78 comments


2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, “Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.”

With great anticipation, the Islamic world awaits a “savior.” They call him “The Mahdi.” They believe that he will unite the Muslim world together against all who refuse to submit to Islam, creating peace and lasting security by leading all nations into a new era of global Islamic “justice.” In 2012, at the annual United Nations General Assembly and in front of millions of people around the world, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that we would soon witness a new “global management” ruled by the “perfect human being” Imam Al-Mahdi along with his deputy, the prophet “Jesus Christ.”

The world of Biblical eschatology has undergone a major shift over the past few years. Many discerning Christians now recognize immediately this “Islamic messiah” as a prime candidate for the Biblical Antichrist. But despite all that has happened and continues to happen in the Muslim world as of late, there are still many others who continue to resist any notion that Islam is the religious ideology of the Beast in Daniel and Revelation and that the Biblical Antichrist could be a Muslim or be associated with Islam in any way. In their way of thinking, the argument always begins with the premiss that the Antichrist will be someone who will literally announce to the world that “I am God” and will then demand to be worshipped as God. Since no Muslim would ever dare claim to be God (under accusation of blasphemy and penalty of death) and since no Muslim would ever dare to worship a mere man who made such a claim (under accusation of blasphemy and penalty of death), Islam must, they believe, either be all but destroyed before a non-Islamic Antichrist comes to power or undergo a significant theological metamorphosis, making it virtually unrecognizable to the Islam that we have today. But there is something very significant that many are missing, and it involves the premisses upon which their conclusion is derived.

There Can Be Only One …

When someone assumes even one or two false premisses as true, the wrong conclusion will more often than not be the end result. And the belief that the Antichrist must say “I am God” is one example in particular.  Read more…

How ‘Religious Defamation’ Laws Would Ban Islam

09/26/2012 8 comments

The Catch-22 here is that Islamists would then accuse you of defaming Islam if you tried to enforce a law prohibiting the defamation of any religion upon Islam itself. And judging from the decrepit and frightened response we’ve been seeing from the West recently, many would still choose to agree. Because Muslims don’t need to abide by any set of rules outside of Islamic jurisprudence. They just need to enforce them …

By Raymond Ibrahim – “As the Islamic world, in the guise of the 57-member state Organization of Islamic Cooperation, continues to push for the enforcement of ‘religious defamation’ laws in the international arena—theoretically developed to protect all religions from insult, but in reality made for Islam—one great irony is lost, especially on Muslims: if such laws would ban movies and cartoons that defame Islam, they would also, by logical extension, have to ban the religion of Islam itself—the only religion whose core texts actively defame other religions.

To understand this, consider what ‘defamation’ means.  Typical dictionary-definitions include ‘to blacken another’s reputation’ and ‘false or unjustified injury of the good reputation of another, as by slander or libel.’ In Muslim usage, defamation simply means anything that insults or offends Islamic sensibilities.

However, to gain traction among the international community, the OIC maintains that such laws should protect all religions from defamation, not just Islam.  Accordingly, the OIC is agreeing that any expression that ‘slanders’ the religious sentiments of others should be banned.

What, then, do we do with Islam’s core religious texts—beginning with the Quran itself, which slanders, denigrates and blackens the reputation of other religions?  Consider Christianity alone: Quran 5:73 declares that ‘Infidels are they who say Allah is one of three,’ a reference to the Christian Trinity; Quran 5:73 says ‘Infidels are they who say Allah is the Christ, [Jesus] son of Mary’; and Quran 9:30 complains that ‘the Christians say the Christ is the son of Allah … may Allah’s curse be upon them!’

Considering that the word infidel (or kafir) is one of Islam’s most derogatory terms, what if a Christian book or Western movie appeared declaring that ‘Infidels are they who say Muhammad is the prophet of God—may God’s curse be upon  them‘?  If Muslims would consider that a great defamation against Islam—and they would, with the attendant rioting, murders, etc.—then by the same standard it must be admitted that the Quran defames Christians and Christianity.

Similarly, consider how the Christian Cross, venerated among millions, is depicted—is defamed—in Islam:  according to canonical hadiths, when he returns, Jesus supposedly will Read more…

California: Clear Channel Bows To Allah, Muzzles KSTE’s ‘Armstrong & Getty’ For Promoting Freedom Of Speech And Expression

09/26/2012 5 comments

In the mind of Clear Channel, when Barack Obama stated that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” he must have inadvertently neglected to begin his statement with “starting today.” Now, after promoting the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and expression, the future of popular KSTE radio hosts Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty is, well, not so clear …

By Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee – “Popular talk radio show hosts Armstrong & Getty were absent from Clear Channel’s live programming Tuesday amid controversy around one of the hosts’ on-air comments about Muslims.

KSTE (650 AM) aired a previously recorded ‘Best Of’ morning show on Tuesday instead of its regularly scheduled live program featuring Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty. Officials for the Sacramento station and its owner, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, offered no explanation for the change, sparking questions and heated comments among fans on the show’s Facebook page.

During an on-air discussion Monday, Armstrong criticized the United States for what he characterized as apologizing for a crude YouTube video that mocked the Prophet Muhammad and sparked anti-U.S. uprisings around the globe. He urged listeners to make their own ‘anti-Muhammad ads’ and post them to Al-Jazeera, the Arabic news network. ‘We need to bombard them with ads until they grow up,’ he said.

Armstrong did not return a phone message from The Bee on Tuesday, and Clear Channel spokesman Dave Milner said, ‘We do not have any information at this time’ about the hosts and their future at KSTE.

The program, which airs weekday mornings, features the hosts taking calls from the public and offering social commentary and humorous anecdotes about everything from celebrity sex to politics.

The show’s fans spoke out on Armstrong & Getty’s Facebook page Tuesday, questioning why they were absent from the live broadcast and accusing the channel of censorship.” Read more.

Tip of the hat to Kurt J. for the link …

No Future for ‘Those Who Slander the Prophet’? – “So, what are we to make of the President of the United States speaking before the United Nations and declaring: ‘The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam…’ What does it mean, ‘the future must not belong to’ a particular group? Does it mean these people won’t be around in the future? That in the future, their viewpoint will be marginalized? Out of style? Unpopular? Suppressed? That sometime between now and ‘the future,’ they will have changed their mind? That at some point in the future, no one will feel like slandering the prophet of Islam? Is the First Amendment still in effect in this envisioned future, or has it been rewritten or modified on this topic? How does ‘the future’ belong to one group instead of another?” Read more.

Senior Jihadi Writer Says Muslims In America And Europe Should Slaughter Non-Muslims, Put Their Decapitated Heads On Display

09/26/2012 5 comments

Green isn’t the only official colour of the Religion of Peace. If this man and others like him had their way they’d ensure that it was also mingled with a deep, crimson red. But then again, they’re doing that already aren’t they …

By Robert Spencer – “But don’t you dare call this ‘savage,’ or Mona Eltahawy will come after you with a can of pink spray paint.

‘Senior Jihadi Writer Suggests Killing Westerners, Putting Their Decapitated Heads On Display To Silence Attempts To Mock Prophet Muhammad,’ from MEMRI, September 19 (thanks to all who sent this in):

On September 18, 2012, Muhib Ru’yat Al-Rahman, a senior writer on leading jihadi forum Shumoukh Al-Islam, suggested that Muslims living in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S. slaughter people, and display their decapitated heads along roads with a statement reading: “This is the punishment of those who insult our prophet.”

Source – Jihad Watch.

Egyptian Cleric Issues Fatwa To Muslim Youth In America: Kill The Cast, Crew And Everyone Who Supported Anti-Mohammed Film – “A Salafist cleric in Egypt is calling for the deaths of all those involved in the making of an anti-Muslim film that has outraged the Islamic world, SITE Intelligence Group said on Monday… ‘I issue a fatwa and call on the Muslim youth in America and Europe to do this duty, which is to kill the director, the producer and the actors and everyone who helped and promoted the film,’ he said. ‘So, hurry, hurry, O Muslim youth in America and Europe, and teach those filthy lowly ones a lesson that all the monkeys and pigs in America and Europe will understand. May Allah guide you and grant you success.’” Read more.

Hawaii: Mystery Surrounding Mass Coral Die-Off Prompts Scientists To Investigate Cause, ‘I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This Before’

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RSOE EDIS – “A mysterious coral die-off on Kauai’s north shore is prompting a team of scientists to take a closer look at what may be killing large areas of coral reef. Marine biologist Terry Lilley has been monitoring and documenting Kauai’s marine environment for the last decade or more. This summer he was struck at how fast he was seeing something kill off what he estimates are millions of coral colonies. Lilley contacted scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey who’ve determined the diseased coral is different from what killed coral heads in Kaneohe Bay last year. The Kauai outbreak is believed to be due to a type of cyano bacteria and fungus which has compromised the health of the reef, according to researcher Thierry Work. Work said he took samples from the reef earlier this month and will be back to collect more coral and fish to conduct toxicology tests. Lilley has sounded the alarm which he hopes will trigger action to get the disease in check, and prevent its spread. ‘We have a billion dollar industry tourist industry in Hawaii with snorkels who want to see the reefs. If we let them die on the north shore of Kauai, that’s going to be a huge impact financially on the resources, and the money coming in,’ said Lilley. The Kauai resident is also concerned about what he saw on a recent dive where he documented evidence of diseased turtles and fish.” Source – RSOE EDIS Event Report.

Categories: Pestilence

US: Parasitic Infection Causing Insects To Lurch Around Until They Die Spreading Across America

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By MARK PRIGG – “The infection is as grim as it sounds: ‘Zombie bees’ have a parasite that causes them to fly at night and lurch around erratically until they die.

And experts say the condition has crept into Washington state.

‘I joke with my kids that the zombie apocalypse is starting at my house,’ said Mark Hohn, a novice beekeeper who spotted the infected insects at his suburban Seattle home.

Hohn returned from vacation a few weeks ago to find many of his bees either dead or flying in jerky patterns and then flopping on the floor.

He remembered hearing about zombie bees, so he collected several of the corpses and popped them into a plastic bag. About a week later, the Kent man had evidence his bees were infected: the pupae of parasitic flies.

‘Curiosity got the better of me,’ Hohn said.

The zombie bees were the first to be confirmed in Washington state, The Seattle Times reported.

San Francisco State University biologist John Hafernik first discovered zombie bees in California in 2008.

Hafernik now uses a website to recruit citizen scientists like Hohn to track the infection across the country.

Observers also have found zombie bees in Oregon and South Dakota.

The infection is another threat to bees that are needed to pollinate crops.

Hives have been failing in recent years due to a mysterious ailment called colony collapse disorder, in which all the adult honey bees in a colony suddenly die.” Read more.

Flashback: Honeybee Populations — Responsible for 90% of All Commercial Pollination — Continue to Disappear, Will Impact Humans – “Best known for prompting shrieks and swatting of air, bees rarely receive proper recognition for their contributions to humankind. But now that they are disappearing by the thousands, it will be up to humans to ensure their survival. Over the past five years, about 30 percent of the yearly captive honeybee population has died every winter, according to CNN, and about 10 percent of bees simply vanish… Though some crops such as wheat are pollinated by the wind, honeybees are responsible for the 90 percent of all commercial pollination, according to an article in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.” Read more.

Canada: New Type Of Swine Flu Virus Discovered In Ontario, Unrelated To US Outbreaks

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The Canadian Press – “Ontario has found a case of an infection with a new swine flu virus, in a man who had close contact with pigs.

The infection was caused by an H1N1-variant virus, which is not the swine flu virus that has been jumping from pigs to people in the United States this summer.

That virus was an H3N2-variant, and has caused 305 infections this year in the U.S. but has not been spotted in Canada to date. Most infections with the H3N2-variant flu have been in people who visited pig barns at state and county fairs.

The Ontario case was announced by the province’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Arlene King on Tuesday morning.

Ms. King said the man is being treated in hospital in southwestern Ontario. She did not indicate whether that is as a precaution or because he is seriously ill.

Health Minister Deb Matthews said the fact that the case was detected in Ontario demonstrates that the province has a strong surveillance system for infectious diseases.

‘It’s one case, the first we’ve seen in Ontario, but not really unexpected because there have been cases in the States,’ Ms. Matthews told reporters on Tuesday.

Ms. Matthews said health care providers in Ontario learned a lot about infectious diseases from the earlier outbreaks of SARS and H1N1.

‘Our hospitals know exactly what to do when they get a case,’ she said.

Ms. King said this new virus is one that rarely spreads from animals to people, and human-to-human spread is also rare.

She stressed the discovery of the infection does not trigger food safety concerns. ‘Proper cooking of meats, including pork, kills all bacteria and viruses.’

She also urged people to remember that hand washing and getting a flu shot are the best way to protect against contracting the flu.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

Denmark: Danish Officials Put Middle East Visitors On Notice After Hospitalizing Five Men With Mystery Respiratory Virus

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China Daily – “COPENHAGEN – Five persons showing symptoms of infection from a SARS-like virus have been admitted to Odense University Hospital (OUH), central Denmark, the hospital said in a press statement Tuesday.

The five patients are currently being examined for symptoms of infection from a new corona virus, which can lead to severe respiratory disease.

Corona viruses are a large family of viruses including those which cause the common cold, as well as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), an outbreak of which killed some 800 people in 2003.

The new corona virus is thought to have an incubation period lasting seven to 10 days, and has previously been found among patients who had traveled from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

OUH Director Jens Peter Steensen said to Danish media late Tuesday that the five patients, who are all Danish residents, will be tested for the new corona virus and for a range of more common triggers of respiratory infection.

The results of these tests will be released Wednesday afternoon, Steensen said, adding the patients will be kept in isolation until then.

On Monday, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority advised persons who had traveled to Qatar or Saudi Arabia to seek medical advice if they experienced fever, cough or difficulty breathing within ten days of their return from these countries.” Read more.

Saudi Arabia Adopts Measures to Limit Virus Infection During Haj – “Saudi Arabia has taken precautions to prevent disease spreading among Muslim pilgrims next month after a Qatari man was infected with a virus related to the deadly SARS, a health ministry official said on Wednesday. The World Health Organisation put out a global alert on Sunday saying a new, previously unknown, virus had infected a 49-year-old Qatari man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia, where another man with an almost identical virus had already died… Muslims from some 160 countries flock to Mecca and Medina during the annual Haj pilgrimage, which begins in late October.” Read more.

Categories: Pestilence

Hubble Astronomers Capture Deepest View Yet Of Night Sky

09/26/2012 3 comments

Uni = one. Verse = a spoken sentence. God said, “Let there be” and there was …

Luke 1:31,68,  “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS… Blessed [is] the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people”

Isaiah 40:22,24, “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth… Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in… Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself And spreading out the earth all alone”

Colossians 1:16, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

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