Prophecy News Watch - Week In Review/Sep 28- Oct 2
Keeping You Informed of World Events From A Biblical Perspective
Prophetic Trends & Headline News
1. Where is the United States in Bible Prophecy?
Obama Brings 1,500 Terrorists To U.S.
The Obama administration allowed 1,519 "inadmissible" foreign terrorists into the U.S. last year because the crimes were committed "while under duress."
The administration last year eased federal rules related to terrorist connections for refugees and asylum seekers. Under the old rules, these foreign nationals would have been banned from entering the country because they supported terrorist causes.
But under the new rules for vetting refugees the secretary of Homeland Security has "discretionary authority" to waive certain cases of inadmissibility relating to terrorist activity.
A person could have provided shelter or sold a weapon to a terrorist, for instance, then claimed he did not know that the person being helped was a terrorist.
"We've seen this discretionary authority abused in the last few years and in fact, the administration has eliminated a zero-tolerance policy for granting asylum or residency to individuals who have provided any sort of terrorism-related support," said a release from Judicial Watch Tuesday.
The watchdog agency said the federal government's latest available figures for granting asylum or residency to foreigners participating in terrorist causes are "incredibly disturbing, especially since the agency charged with keeping the nation safe, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), appears to downplay the seriousness of the crimes."
Judicial Watch obtained the numbers from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services annual report to Congress on the DHS secretary's application of discretionary authority.
The biggest chunk of exemptions was processed for refugee applicants and lawful permanent resident status with 806 and 614, respectively.
The U.S. took in 70,000 foreign refugees in fiscal 2015, which ends Sept. 30, and Obama has decided to increase that number to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017.
The rest of the terror-connected persons were processed under other DHS programs such as temporary protected status or TPS, which allows asylum seekers here as students, tourists or other reasons to stay beyond their visa expirations due to natural disasters or wars in their homelands.
"The bottom line is that the U.S. government is allowing them all to stay in the country with rights and benefits afforded to legal residents despite their terrorist connections and associations," said Judicial Watch.
More than half of the candidates rewarded by DHS last year provided material support to terrorist organizations, according to the DHS report. The others received military-type training from a terrorist organization, voluntarily provided medical care to members of a terrorist group and solicited funds or individuals for membership in a terrorist organization.
After a case-by-case review, Obama's DHS Secretary, Jeh Johnson, determined that the recently admitted terrorists only participated in these activities "while under duress."
This effort was officially launched last year when the administration quietly changed the Immigration and Nationality Act (INS), implemented decades ago to govern immigration and citizenship in the United States.
The law includes a ban on admitting refugees and asylum seekers who may have provided terrorists with any sort of material support, even the kind that may be considered trivial by some.
"In other words, the federal law rightfully had a zero tolerance for any kind of involvement with terrorist elements," Judicial Watch reported. "But a joint effort by DHS and the State Department created an ‘Exercise of Authority' that allows ‘an alien who provided limited material support' to a terrorist organization to stay in the U.S. if the powers that be in our government believe they pose no threat."
"The administration seems to have a soft spot for terrorists," Judicial Watch concluded. "A few months after the INS change was exposed, a frustrated U.S. senator revealed that the administration appears to have a terrorist ‘hands off' list that permits individuals with extremist ties to enter the country.
"The lawmaker obtained the information from internal DHS documents that include communication between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asking whether to admit an individual with ties to various terrorist groups. The suspect had scheduled an upcoming flight into the U.S. and was believed to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and a close associate and supporter Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad."
Muslim Immigration Impact On American Culture And Politics
Europe continues to be ground zero for the immigration crisis, but little attention is being given to the demographic shift that Muslim immigration is slowly having on US culture and politics.
Currently there are an estimated 3 million Muslims living in the US (before the current migration crisis Muslims living in EU nations were estimated to be at 20 million) with permanent residency status, but that will quickly change as the US welcomes 280,000 Muslim immigrants annually, and looks to make special provisions to take in even more Syrian Muslims feeing the civil war.
With a potential 6.4 million Muslims living in the United States by 2030 due to high birth rates and immigration - are we underestimating the speed by which this nation could develop substantial and influential populations of Islamic extremists or even the impact from moderate Muslims who support the idea of being governed by Sharia Law?
Sharia, in its strictest definition, is considered in Islam as the infallible law of God. Sharia Law espouses the ultimate supremacy of Islam above all non-Muslims and governs all aspects of a Muslim's daily life.
One only needs to look to Saudi Arabia to see a culture in which Sharia reigns triumph. This U.S. ally has beheaded almost twice as many prisoners as ISIS in 2015 and may be on pace to achieve a record-breaking number of executions.
Saudi Arabia is beheading so many people that the government recently announced advertising looking for eight new executioners to keep up with the demand.
The list of practices under Sharia would horrify most Americans. The right of husbands to beat their wives or restrict them from leaving the house, execution for homosexuals, stoning for adulters, and the death penalty for those who leave Islam (apostates).
Most Americans would like to think such practices are a world away. However a poll conducted by the Center Center for Security and Policy in May of this year found that 51% of American Muslims desire to have their own Sharia courts outside of the normal court system. This builds upon a previous Pew Poll in 2007 indicating that about 20% of Muslim Americans want to remain “distinct from the larger American society.”
The same Pew poll details that half say they think of themselves first as a Muslim, second as American.
Despite the recent surge in Muslims migration from many areas of the Middle East and North Africa due to ISIS - it is estimated that approximately two fifths of Muslim immigrants between now and 2030 will be from just three countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Iraq.
What is disconcerting about these numbers is the extreme beliefs of those held by Muslims in those countries.
Another Pew Poll taken in April of 2013 reveals three quarters of Pakistanis and more than two fifths of Bangladeshis and Iraqis think that those who leave Islam should be put to death as apostates and non-Muslims who insult Muhammad should also face the same fate.
A large majority support honor killings where more than 1,000 Pakistani women die every year from this brutal crime. A quarter of Bangladeshis and one in eight Pakistanis think that suicide bombings in defense of Islam are justified. More than 80 percent of Pakistanis and two thirds of Bangladeshis and Iraqis not surprisingly regard Sharia law as the revealed word of God.
Unfortunately one of the biggest factors helping Muslims immigrants to hold onto their extremist views are American mosques funded by the Wahabi branch out of Saudi Arabia. The Saudis are believed to have funded more than 80 percent of the Wahhabi-influenced mosques built in the United States within the last 20 years.
The Islamic mosque serves as the center point for any local Muslim community and is one of the biggest influences for how that Muslim community will determine it's worldview. This worldview is often shaped to lament the evils of the West and the dangers of Western practices and habits - such as democracy, but also literature, art, media, music and everything in between that does not comply with 14th century Arabian culture.
Christians and Jews are denounced as infidels but the Jews especially are presented as enemies of Islam and of all Muslims worldwide. "Muslims may not befriend them, nor emulate them in any way, lest that lead to love and friendship which is forbidden", states one such commentary on the Quran from a Islamic 8th grade textbook.
The Saudi's influence over the Islamic community throughout the United States is revealed in their own official data which shows funds have been used to build and maintain over 1,500 mosques as well as 202 colleges and 210 Islamic Centers.
We can be hopeful that such beliefs will become more moderated once they adjust to American life. However the desire for Sharia was recently put quite simply by basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with surprisingly little public controversy in a September 23 interview with MSNBC when he said “Sharia law is for Muslims. So if there is a Muslim majority state then it has to be run by Sharia.”
Abdul-Jabbar was speaking out against Presidential candidate Ben Carson's comments regarding opposing a Muslim President due to the incompatibility of Sharia and the US constitution. However Abdu-Jabbar only confirmed many American fears that a Muslim majority will drastically change the direction of this country. It is clear that a Muslim majority would expect and desire to live under Sharia. Americans have to ask themselves is this the type of government, culture and law they want to live under.
Unless the U.S. government takes the time to examine the beliefs of those it is letting into the country, as well as conduct a systematic investigation of the teachings of U.S. mosques - the influence of Sharia law will spread and it is only a matter of time before radicals take action in our own backyard.
The current polices of the current US government are unlikely to change anytime soon if political pandering dictates immigration policy. Recent polling indicates Muslims represent a voting bloc that is almost exclusively Democratic leaning (less than 11% of Muslims vote GOP). However without change the US will be radically different in the next 20 years as a new generation of Muslim youth grow up under the influence of Sharia and radical mosques but now with the added numbers and political power of millions of immigrants.
Ominous words were uttered last week by an enraged parent who was upset that the New Jersey School board would not close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The parent gave a warning that should be a heeded by all concerned about Islamic influence, “We’re going to be the majority soon”.
Learn more about the Muslim immigration crisis facing Europe and how a similar situation could impact America with the new DVD series "Europe's Last Stand: America's Final Warning"
2. Israel - God's Timepiece
A UN Resolution Setting The Parameters For A Palestinian State Is Still In Play
Because nothing happened in the days immediately following the start of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 15th, most people seem to think that we are not going to see a UN resolution formally recognizing a Palestinian state any time soon.
But according to the Jerusalem Post, such a resolution is still very much in play. France is still very much interested in introducing such a resolution, but they are not going to do it unless they have the support of the United States. In other words, the fate of a UN resolution setting the parameters for a Palestinian state is in the hands of Barack Obama.
For years, most observers have believed that a Palestinian state would only come into existence through direct negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. But negotiations have totally broken down and there does not seem to be any hope that they will resume any time soon.
In a desperate attempt to move the peace process forward, France wants to introduce a new Security Council resolution that would formally recognize a Palestinian state once and for all and set the framework for what a final peace deal would look like. The following comes from a Jerusalem Post article that was published on September 26th…
The idea behind the French move for a new Security Council resolution is to set internationally agreed parameters for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The aim would be to reassure the Palestinians on what a final peace deal might look like and put international pressure on Israel to participate in serious and focused negotiations.
A UN resolution of this kind would bypass the need for consensus between the parties on terms of reference for final peace talks, which is precisely where the American- mediated peace effort broke down in early 2014.
But as I mentioned above, France will not introduce such a resolution unless it is already a done deal.
And the key to it being a done deal is to get the support of the Obama administration. Here is more from the Jerusalem Post…
The French have not yet finally decided on whether to go the Security Council route.
It will depend on the degree of international support, especially American, they have.
Even though 136 nations already recognize a Palestinian state, the U.S. government has always stood in the way of a UN Security Council resolution. But now that there seems to be little hope of peace talks resuming, Barack Obama is indicating that he may not stand in the way this time around. The following excerpt comes from a Los Angeles Times article…
"President Obama took a step toward a tougher line with Israel in an interview released Tuesday, raising the possibility that the U.S. will allow a United Nations vote on issues related to the Palestinians if the two sides make no meaningful movement toward peace.
In an interview with an Israeli television station, Obama noted that his administration has “up until this point” quashed such efforts at the U.N. while insisting that the Israelis and Palestinians must negotiate a resolution. But he said it is a challenge for the U.S. to keep demanding that the Palestinians negotiate in good faith if no one believes the Israelis are doing the same.
“How do we move off what appears right now to be a hopeless situation and move it back towards a hopeful situation?” Obama asked in the interview. “That will require more than just words. That will require some actions. And that’s going to be hard work, though, because right now I think there’s not a lot of confidence in the process.”
So if France does introduce such a resolution, what should we expect it to look like?
Well, the Jerusalem Post is reporting that it would likely look very much like the November 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan…
But if they do, the proposed resolution will likely refer to the November 1947 UN General Assembly partition plan, which called for the establishment of two states, one Jewish and one Arab, and which was jubilantly hailed by the Israeli state-in-themaking at the time. It will also seek to replace the 1967 UN Security Council Resolution 242, which called for land for peace without going into details as the preeminent international document on peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians.
The proposed resolution will call for two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace; Jerusalem as the capital of both; borders along the 1967 lines with land swaps; and a satisfactory security package for Israel.
Obviously, surrendering any sovereignty over Jerusalem is something that the Netanyahu government will never, ever agree to.
So if the UN does adopt such a resolution, it will just raise tensions in the region. The Palestinians will feel legally entitled to east Jerusalem, and Israel will insist that it never agreed to give it up.
In the end, such a situation would inevitably result in war.
Personally, I believe that Barack Obama very much wants to see the establishment of a Palestinian state by the time he leaves office, and I also believe that we will definitely see a Palestinian state recognized by the UN at some point.
But I don’t believe that the “peace” that our global leaders are hoping for will last very long. In fact, I believe that an unprecedented war is coming to the Middle East.
If Barack Obama decides to go along with the UN resolution that France is pushing, I am convinced that the consequences for us will be absolutely disastrous as well. Trying to divide the land of Israel is one of the most foolish foreign policy decisions that we could possibly make.
So let us hope that the decision to formally recognize a Palestinian state at the United Nations is put off for as long as possible.
Threats Of A New Intifada As Abbas Prepares To Give Israel Ultimatum In UN Speech
Speculation continues to abound as to what Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will say during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.
Mahmoud Habbash, Abbas's confidant and a former minister of religious affairs, had previously threatened a "bombshell" would be dropped at the UN by Abbas but appears to have scaled back such rhetoric as the day of the speech approaches.
Analysts speculate that much of Abbas speech will focus on the Oslo accords and Palestinian demands that Israel meet it's obligations from the accord. At the center of Palestinian demands will be that all Israeli building expansion in Judea and Samaria be frozen in order to move forward with negations.
How far Abbas will go in his threats if Israel does not meet his demands remains to be seen but it is presumed the Palestinians have reached a tipping point after almost a year of no negotiations at all. Even the World Bank warned this week that the status quo between the two sides was unsustainable and there was a "high risk" of renewed conflict.
It is believed Abbas will give the US one last chance to take a direct role in moving forward with peace negotiations but expectations will be high for a clear path to Palestinian Statehood and that the US will not oppose proposals in the UN Security Council that establish such a path - including resolutions that call for an end to "Israeli occupation".
According to Palestinian sources Secretary of State John Kerry has indicated he is open to moving forward with negotiations but not until they have finalized everything with the Iranian nuclear accords. This time frame is estimated to take another 6 months.
Such a timeframe may be factored in if Abbas decides to include a deadline by which Israel must meet before he will declare the Oslo Accords null and void.
If that happens it is expected both Israel and the Palestinians will make unilateral moves on their own which are almost sure to bring them into conflict.
Abbas speech comes upon the backdrop of increased violence and tensions surrounding the temple mount which is happening on almost a daily basis. The status of Jerusalem and it's holy sites including the Temple Mount area continue to be one of the largest stumbling blocks to a final peace accord.
For the past few weeks Islamic leaders including Jordan's King Hussein and Mahmoud Abbas have been warning that Israel's actions on the temple mount could lead to a third intifada.
Such sentiments are echoed in a new poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
According to the poll, 57% of Palestinians support a new armed uprising, which stood at only 49% just three months ago before the increased tensions at the temple mount.
The first intifada died down with the death of Yasser Arafat (who was replaced by Mahmoud Abbas) in 2004 while the 2nd intifada lasted nearly 5 years and resulted in the death of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians in a tit for tat battle that no side really won.
Ironically the same poll revealed that 65% of Palestinians want Abbas replaced as they don't feel he has done enough to push Palestinian demands and 51% of Palestinians reject the idea of a two-state solution completely.
The next 6 to 12 months will prove to be a critical time in determining the future of Israel and it's relations with the Palestinian people. Bible prophecy experts expect that one day Israel will reach a 7 year peace accord (Daniel 9:27) that will start a period of time known as "The Tribulation".
The Book of Daniel suggests this accord will involve the "confirming" of an existing agreement and be guaranteed by a world leader (known typically as the Antichrist).
In the event the Palestinians and Israelis finally move forward with peace negotiations it will be interesting to watch if they "confirm" the Oslo accords as part of such a final peace deal and have it mediated/guaranteed by a special envoy from the Quartet on the Middle East (United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia). Tony Blair resigned as the Quartet's Special Envoy in May of this year after serving in this capacity for 8 years and has yet to be replaced.
6. The Rise of Islam
Islam Quiz Has US Parents Outraged
Hundreds of irate parents are planning to attend the Walton County, Georgia, school board meeting Oct. 10 to convey their outrage over their children being taught the religious beliefs of Islam in middle-school social studies.
The outrage erupted over a quiz handed out to students asking them to answer questions related to the five pillars of Islam, the Quran as the "holy" book of Muslims, and the Muslim conversion prayer known as the "shahada," which states, "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger." Perhaps most disturbing to Christian parents was the "correct" answer that the Muslim god Allah is the "same god" that is worshiped by Christians and Jews.
At the same time Islam is being studied in detail, the beliefs of Christianity are glossed over, parents say. They now have more than 2,200 parents and concerned citizens who have joined a Facebook group dedicated to opposing the school system's methods of teaching comparative religions.
"I believe my children are my responsibility, and I believe I need to be the one teaching them what we believe instead of the school," Bill Green told News 95.5.
Watch local TV report from Fox 5 News below:
'Nothing about 10 commandments'
Parent Michelle King told WSB-TV she's upset because students seem to spend a lot more time learning about Islam than any other religion.
"My daughter had to learn the (shahada), and the five pillars of Islam, which is what you learn to convert," King said. "But they never once learned anything about the Ten Commandments or anything about God."
"What they are learning goes against my religion completely," she said.
Kim Embry, spokeswoman for the Walton County School District, said in an interview with Fox 5 that some Christian students may need to learn more about Islam than Christianity since they're already familiar with the Christian faith.
Watch Embry's comments below:
Breece launched the Facebook page in an attempt to get school officials to alert parents to upcoming lessons on religion or other sensitive topics. They say that would give them a chance to opt their children out of assignments with which they disagree.
Breece said he pulled his sixth-grade daughter out of recent lessons on Islam, and her grade suffered as a result. He doesn't think that's right.
"We need to see the assignments, and we need to be able to opt out without any grade negativity on our children," he told News 95.5, adding that he expects hundreds of parents to attend the Oct. 10 board meeting with similar demands.
Breece said Tuesday he has been granted a private meeting with the school board Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.
"Fox News will be there," he wrote on the group's Facebook page. "Please come and gather in the parking lot or lobby to show your support. Now it's time for us to show we all care about this issue."
The Board of Education building is at 200 Double Springs Church Road, Monroe, Georgia.
The education standards being used in Walton County are the same standards used in all of Georgia and there have been complaints in the past. Last year, parents from Cartersville Middle School in Cartersville, Georgia, contacted WND and said their school was inviting Islamic teachers to come and indoctrinate their children about the tenants of Islam.
The controversy was touched off when Youth Middle School gave a fill-in-the-blank test on the basics of Islam as one of several examples of controversial lessons (correct answers in parenthesis):
"In 610, Muhammad was told by the angel (Gabriel) that he was a (prophet) sent to Earth by (God)
"He began preaching a new monotheistic faith called (Islam) – (Surrender) to God"
"Basic beliefs of Islam:
"Followers of Islam are called (Muslims) who believe in (one) God, called (Allah)
"Allah is the (same God) worshiped by Jews & Christians
"Muslims believe Muhammad was the (last) of God's prophets
"The teachings of Muhammad were written down in the (Quran) ..., the holy (book) of Islam."
Other assignments delved into the five pillars of Islam – pilgrimage to Mecca, giving of alms, fasting and prayer five times a day, along with the associated Arabic words and phrases.
Arabic is the fastest-growing language in U.S. public schools, likely due to the 70,000 foreign refugees, the majority of them Muslim, who are being resettled annually by the Obama administration in cities and towns across the U.S.
Just latest in long line of complaints by parents
This type of parental uproar over Islamic teachings in public schools has become endemic across the U.S. in recent years, with complaints by parents popping up in school districts nationwide since 2011.
Christina Michas, founder of Operation Jericho Project and co-founder of Citizens United for Responsible Education, has been tracking the encroachment of Islam into public schools for several years, and she says it's obvious that atheist groups are not nearly as concerned about Islam in the schools as they are about Christianity.
"It's everywhere," she said, noting that a teacher in Texas who gave students a more accurate history of Islam got fired. She was referring to the case of Dale Wolverton in Richmond, Texas.
Wolverton was forced to resign on April 8 when the Hamas-supporting Council for American-Islamic Relations filed a complaint against him for handing out brochures detailing the bloody history of Islam, ABC News reported.
Tennessee pastor Greg Locke in Mt. Juliet recently encouraged students to "take an F" on their test about the Islamic religion over what he described as "absolute brainwashing of religion," EAGnews reported.
Locke pointed out in a viral video that local history books include about 28 pages on Islam, but only "a half-page of watered down Christianity," according to the Tennessean.
Dozens of teachers and administrators in Pennsylvania's Lebanon School District attended a taxpayer-funded workshop at a local mosque to learn about Islam, EAG News reported in June.
About 50 staffers from the district attended the workshop led by former district Arabic translator Mohamed Omar, who "took time off from his new job as a case worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia to share his knowledge of Islam with the staff, which included Superintendent Marianne Bartley and several other administrators," the Lebanon Daily News reports.
Afterward, they headed to the nearby Lebanon Valley Mosque to join an Islamic prayer service with the congregation, according to the Daily News.
This is the second year the school district has held the mosque workshop.
"There was no mention of objections or threatening letters sent to the school district by atheist groups that typically scream foul with religious-themed school events," EAG News reported.
Teachers and staff from Pennsylvania's Lebanon School District bow to Allah inside a local mosque.
Teachers and staff from Pennsylvania's Lebanon School District bow to Allah inside a local mosque.
For the teachers it appeared to be all about comparing cultures and conveying them as equal.
"It's important that we educate ourselves about cultures that are different from our own and that we try to eliminate some misunderstandings," English as a second language teacher Lara Book said. "Although our cultures are different, the fundamentals of them are similar and we all want the same things: happiness for our families health, and success. Although we might go about finding those things in our lives differently, from a cultural standpoint, we all want the same thing."
Meghan Frick, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Education, said school systems in Georgia have "pretty broad freedom" in how they teach the required Georgia Performance Standards in social studies.
"They have that standard and it's just a couple of sentences, and they can teach that to students however they choose," she said. "We don't dictate a curriculum, we don't tell them what worksheets to hand out or what textbooks to use."
In Castle Rock, Colorado, earlier this year, the Douglas County School System required middle-school girls to comply with a special dress code suitable for visiting a mosque in Denver. The school system sent a note home to parents that read:
"THERE IS A DRESS CODE FOR THIS TRIP: All students must wear appropriate long pants. Ankles must be covered. Girls must bring wide scarves or hooded sweatshirts for the mosque."
Once at the mosque, the students were told to bow to Allah.
School girls in Littleton, Colorado, don the required attire as they get ready to enter a mosque in Denver.
School girls in Littleton, Colorado, don the required attire as they get ready to enter a mosque in Denver.
"Shariah in the classroom," wrote Pamela Geller, author of "Stop the Islamization of America," on her website. "Here again we see anywhere American law and Islamic law conflict, it is American law that has to give way."
Geller adds, "The subjugation and oppression of women are enshrined under the Shariah. Young school girls should not be forced to 'respect' a dress code that represents honor violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, child marriage et al."
The Jersey City Board of Education recently voted not to close schools for the Muslim holiday of Eld al-Adha. It has been reported that a Muslim woman in attendance made a veiled threat saying: "We're going to be the majority soon."
New York City schools already sanctions the closure of schools for Muslim holidays while Christian holidays such as Christmas are referred to generically as "winter recess."
In 2013 at Lumberton High School in Texas, girls were encouraged to dress up in burqas during a geography class to expose them to "world cultures, religions, customs and belief systems." There was no clothing brought for the students to experience dressing like a nun or Orthodox Jew, according to a Front Page Magazine report.
The Lumberton teacher was quoted by a student as saying, "We are going to work to change your perception of Islam" from one sullied by terrorism into one hoping for peaceful coexistence.
Thomas More Law Center is representing the father of an 11th-grade La Plata High School student in Maryland who was given a failing grade for refusing to complete assignments she considered to be Islamic indoctrination.
She had to affirm, similar to the Georgia quiz, that "there is no god but Allah" and the remaining five pillars of Islam. John Wood, a former Marine, demanded his daughter be given an alternative assignment, but the school refused and banned him from school property.
"We're talking about assignments where the right answer is, 'There's no god but Allah,' and that Allah is the same god that is worshiped in Christianity and Judaism," Michas said.
Lack of balance in teaching about Islam
But what is most troubling about these assignments is they never provide any balancing material on the dark side of Islam, Michas said.
For instance, there is no mention of the harsh treatment under Shariah law of women, homosexuals, Christians, Jews or other religious minorities. There is no teaching on the recurring strong themes of jihad throughout Islamic history, or that Muhammad personally beheaded at least 600 Jewish men and pubescent boys after they unconditionally surrendered at the Battle of the Trench in Medina, taking the women and children as slaves.
There is nothing about female genital mutilation, or the fact that a woman must have multiple male witnesses to press charges for rape or she will be blamed for the "crime." Nor are students taught that the Quran (in 4:34) says its acceptable for Muslim men to strike a disobedient wife.
"I lived in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, all over the Middle East. My father was in the Air Force," Michas said. "I saw how women are treated over there."
Women are also entitled to only half as much inheritance as their male siblings under Shariah.
But American school children are being fed a distorted view of Islam in U.S. public schools, Michas said.
She said the largest textbook provider, United Kingdom-based Pearson, has been bending for years to the will of influence agents tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.
The texts often state as fact that Muhammad was the "last prophet."
'Connect All Schools'
Michas said the Islamization of American schools has been going on since at least 2011 and just keeps getting worse.
She traces the phenomenon back to 2009 and a program called "Connect All Schools," which came out of the Obama administration's U.S. Department of Education. WND has previously reported on the program and its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood.
The stated goal of the initiative is to "connect every school in the U.S. with the world by 2016." On its website, the organization reports that 316 internationalized U.S. schools have already connected with 140 countries, the majority of them from the Middle East and Africa.
The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, partnered with the U.S. State Department and Department of Education in the launching of Connect All Schools. The QFI is closely linked to the Al Jazeera news network and the Muslim Brotherhood, WND reported.
Vartan Gregorian, a board member of the QFI, was appointed in 2009 to President Obama's White House Fellowships Commission.
WND previously exposed that Gregorian served as a point man in granting $49.2 million in startup capital to an education-reform project founded by former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers and chaired by Obama.
Documentation shows Gregorian was central in Ayers' recruitment of Obama to serve as the first chairman of the project, the Chicago Annenberg Challenge – a job in which Obama worked closely on a regular basis with Ayers.
8. Christian Worldview/Issues
More Christians Discovering Biblical Beliefs Could Cost Them Their Jobs
It should come as no surprise that Christians will encounter opposition to their Biblical beliefs in the workplace. What might surprise them is that expressing those beliefs both at work and at home (such as social media) could cost them their job.
The latest victim of workplace firing to lose his case is Urologist Dr. Paul Church who was relieved from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston earlier this year and was just recently denied a chance to appeal his case. Church's offense was warning of the health risks of homosexual behavior and questioning the judgment of a hospital promoting such unhealthy behavior.
Church was told by hospital superiors that his views about homosexuality were "discrimination" and "harassment" and that the Bible verses he used to define homosexuality were equally "offensive".
In a similar manner, Chris Routson, who spent the last 13 years with Precision Strip metal processing in Middletown, Ohio was terminated without severance due to his lesbian co-workers complaining they were uncomfortable with how he indiscriminately shared his faith - both at work and at home via Facebook. Routson points out that he was already friends with the co-worker on Facebook and not trying to force anything on her (you can block and unfriend people on Facebook, including reporting them if you feel people are harassing you).
Ironically the Facebook link he shared was to the faith-based film "Audacity" which was released this year by Ray Comfort to help show that can Christians love homosexual individuals despite not agreeing with their life choices.
Routson has these words of advice for Christians in similar situations:
"If you are put in a situation where you are going to be fired or you are going to be persecuted for your faith, never give in to the fear of man; always fear the Lord. No matter what happens, trust the outcome to God rather than trying to think about how we can stop it from happening."
Neither of these stories is an isolated incident, but rather symptomatic of the way homosexual activists are aggressively targeting anyone who even remotely disagrees with their agenda, which previously was about recognition - now it is about promoting and celebrating their way of life or else.
Former NFL football player Craig James discovered this when he found himself fired after a week from Fox Sports Southwest, where he worked as a commentator.
What is amazing about James case is that he was not fired for anything he said or did on the job. He was fired for expressing his opposition to homosexual marriage during his Senate run two years prior. Fox fired James, claiming that his statements would not "play in our human resources department", and that "he couldn't say those things here".
If you have ever said anything in your past that the left views as discriminatory to homosexuals you can expect to hear about it.
Or you could just give money to support a cause that is not in support of Homosexuality such as Brendan Eich did when he contributed $1,000 to Proposition 8 in California. Proposition 8 was a ballot initiative to write into California law that marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.
Brendan Eich was one of the co-founders of Mozilla, which is well known for the popular Firefox browser. Eich had been with the company since its founding but this didn't stop the board from forcing him out of his position as CEO due to this discovery...a "crime" he committed six years prior in 2008 as a private citizen. Ironically, President Obama was also stating his support for marriage defined the same way at that point in time.
Nowhere in the outcry against Eich was it ever stated that he tried to proselytize others into believing as he did. He was not accused of any discriminatory practices against homosexuals. In fact, Mozilla has a "same-sex partners" provisions written into their insurance policies, and Eich even stated that he would enforce these provisions, even though he didn't believe in them.
This however was not enough to satisfy those on their politically correct witch hunt and Mitchell Baker, the chairman of the board, stated after the dismissal that people had a right to be angry at Eich's appointment as CEO.
Anyone who opposes the LGBT agenda will find themselves not only branded as homophobic but “standing opposed to business interests.” Those business interests have corporate America leading the charge to do everything possible to promote the Gay lifestyle, even creating silly rainbow colored Dorito chips.
Christians however will find themselves on the front lines and will have no choice but to hide their faith in the workplace and water down their beliefs so they don't offend or join the growing ranks of their fellow brethren who have stood for truth and suffered for it.
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." John 15:18-19
Pope Francis Embraces Chrislam And Lays A Foundation For A One World Religion
Remarks made by Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan have sparked a firestorm of criticism from those that do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one world religion, and the truth is that the Pope has made other such statements in the past.
In recent years, the theory that Christianity and Islam are just two distinct paths to God among many others has rapidly gained traction all over the planet. Some religious leaders have even gone so far as to try to merge Islamic and Christian practices, and the term “Chrislam” is now often used to describe this ecumenical movement.
If all this sounds incredibly strange to you, just keep reading, because this is just the tip of the iceberg.
What Pope Francis had to say at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan has received very little coverage by the mainstream media, but it was exceedingly significant. The following is how he began his address…
I would like to express two sentiments for my Muslim brothers and sisters: Firstly, my greetings as they celebrate the feast of sacrifice. I would have wished my greeting to be warmer. My sentiments of closeness, my sentiments of closeness in the face of tragedy. The tragedy that they suffered in Mecca.
In this moment, I give assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.
He did not choose those words by accident. In Islam, Allah is known as “the all-merciful one”.
And this is not the first time Pope Francis has used such language. For instance, the following comes from remarks that he made during his very first ecumenical meeting as Pope…
I then greet and cordially thank you all, dear friends belonging to other religious traditions; first of all the Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer, and all of you. I really appreciate your presence: in it I see a tangible sign of the will to grow in mutual esteem and cooperation for the common good of humanity.
The Catholic Church is aware of the importance of promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – I wish to repeat this: promoting friendship and respect between men and women of different religious traditions – it also attests the valuable work that the Pontifical Council for interreligious dialogue performs.
Pope Francis clearly believes that Christians and Muslims worship the exact same God. And so that helps to explain why he authorized “Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran” at the Vatican for the first time ever back in 2014.
Catholicism and Islam are the two largest religions on the entire planet, and so any one world religion would need to incorporate both of those belief systems. Sadly, this Pope seems to be quite eager to lay the groundwork for such a one world religion.
Pope Francis made another statement at St. Patrick’s Cathedral that has shocked believers all over the planet. Apparently this Pope seems to think that the cross was a “failure”…
The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.
After he made that statement, he didn’t continue to go on and explain that the cross was ultimately a great victory. He just ended his thought and moved on to other topics.
Needless to say, many are extremely upset by this. The following comes from Leo Zagami of Infowars.com…
These words have of course outraged most true Christians around the world who cannot imagine Christianity without the value of the cross, which symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus for mankind. It’s impossible for a Christian of any denomination to imagine the very essence of their faith being discussed in this way, let alone by the Pope. The fact that blood was shed on the cross by Jesus for the ultimate self-sacrifice that could help rid mankind of all sins is one of those essentials of the Faith that should never be questioned.
The mainstream media persists with their undying affection for Pope Francis, never commenting on this outrageous statement.
But even though the Pope is saying things like this, his legend just seems to grow by the day. Even in the United States, throngs of faithful devotees are treating him like he is some sort of supernatural being…
Everywhere he goes, Pope Francis attracts worshipful crowds of people, straining and reaching to touch any part of him as if something spiritual and holy could be imparted to them by doing so. People weep, they cry, they hold up their sick children and beg him to touch them in the hopes they will be healed.
And this is even true of members of Congress. Just check out the behavior that some of them have displayed…
Representative Bob Brady, a devout Catholic and Democrat from Pennsylvania immediately made his way to the podium after Pope Francis finished speaking and grabbed the glass that was still filled with water. He then drank the water, gave some of the water to his wife Debra, and saved the rest for his grandchildren. Representative Brady took photos as well, and had his staff send them out to the press. He also shared some of the water with members of his staff and assistant, also a devout Catholic. As for the saved water, he plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
I don’t know about you, but major alarm bells start going off for me when I read stuff like this.
We are witnessing the initial stages of the rise of a one world religion, and much of the planet is ultimately going to embrace it.
9. Other Events To Watch
Doorway To A New World Order? UN Security Council Reform Could Change Global Power Structure
“The world is bigger than five,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan famously warned the UN General Assembly in his speech before the global body in 2014.
Pressure has been building for years to change the status quo regarding the US, Britain, France, China, and Russia's ability to have veto power over UN Security Council decisions.
The Security Council is made up of 15 members, 5 of them permanent. The other 10 members are elected for two year terms, but it is the permanent members who wield all the power.
Any of the permanent members can veto a resolution, which has frustrated members of the global body for deadlocking it's ability to respond to crisis situations.
Proponents for reforming the Security Council received a boost from Germany's Angela Merkel this week after she met with leaders from Brazil, India and Japan and stated, "We need a new method of work to solve problems. That makes reform of the Security Council necessary, reform which reflects the real power in the world better than the situation today."
Brazil, India and South Africa have all indicated a desire to represent their regions on a permanent basis. Germany and Japan have also indicated their desire to sit on the council as two of the most powerful financial global powers.
Previous attempts to reform the Security have all failed including a speech last year by French President François Hollande when called on the five powers to agree on a set of scenarios in which the veto should not be used.
Some Bible prophecy experts have speculated that efforts to reform the security council may lead to a scenario in which the UN body is represented by 10 permanent members who in turn give their power to one single leader to oversee the entire global body.
"The 10 horns that you observed are 10 rulers... who are to receive power and authority for a single hour, along with the beast. These have one common policy (purpose), and they deliver their power to the beast... God has put it into their hearts to carry out His own purpose by acting in harmony in surrendering their royal power and authority to the beast until the prophetic words of God shall be fulfilled." [Revelation 17:12-13, 17]
While it is unlikely that the "Big 5" are willing to share their power and become the "Big 10" anytime soon, unforeseen world events and rising pressure from developing nations may force their hand.
Keep your eye on the UN and we will keep you updated as new developments take place.