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Iran’s only female Olympic medalist, Kimia Alizadeh, defects with blistering attack

kimia-alizadehIran’s only female Olympic medalist announced she has defected from the Islamic Republic — posting a blistering online letter over the weekend describing herself as “one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran.”

Taekwondo champion Kimia Alizadeh, 21 — who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics — attacked the “hypocrisy, lies [and] injustice” of her homeland Saturday as she revealed she’d fled to Europe.

“I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran whom they’ve been playing for years,” she wrote in an Instagram post accusing Iranian officials of sexism and other mistreatment.

“I wore whatever they told me and repeated whatever they ordered. Every sentence they ordered I repeated,” she said, adding that she was angry at being forced to wear her country’s mandatory hijab headscarf while competing.

“None of us matter for them, we are just tools,” she raged.

The athlete said that while Iran’s government took advantage of her medals politically, officials would also humiliate her, making remarks such as, “It is not virtuous for a woman to stretch her legs!”

Alizadeh reportedly fled to the Netherlands, though said she has yet to be asked by another country to continue to compete in her sport.

“But I accept the pain and hardship of homesickness because I didn’t want to be part of hypocrisy, lies, injustice,” Alizadeh wrote.

Still, she assured the “dear Iranian people” that she would remain “a child of Iran,” wherever she is.

News of her disappearance shocked Iran.  (For the rest of the story, click here.)

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downloadChristianity Today was one of three magazines that I subscribed to as an Evangelical Protestant. Full of insightful articles, biblical discussions and conservative morality, Janet and I always looked forward to its arrival each month. It was long considered the “voice” of the Evangelical world. It was started by the Rev. Billy Graham who had a huge impact on my parents and also on me.

After my conversion to the Catholic Church, I have continued over the last 25 years to renew my subscription to keep updated on the happenings, the movers and the shakers and the ideas permeating the Evangelical world. It was still interesting to peruse its pages to keep on eye on the world I used to thrive in.

But today I am calling their offices to cancel my subscription after 40 years. I will also express my profound disappointment.

Like so many good meaning periodicals and organizations, they could not resist the slide to the Left, to become a mouthpiece of the liberal Democratic camp and to abandon the common sense and morality of historic Christianity. Yesterday they posted an editorial calling for the removal of President Trump. Their words could have been written by Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff. You can read it here.

Screen Shot 2019-12-20 at 9.11.42 AMThe Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham who founded the magazine, wrote a powerful and astute response to Christianity Today Magazine. This is not only a scathing rebuke to Christianity Today but also a discerning review of the current situation, Christians and President Trump and common sense. Bravo Rev. Graham!

Here is the first paragraph of Graham’s response:

Christianity Today released an editorial stating that President Trump should be removed from office—and they invoked my father’s name (I suppose to try to bring legitimacy to their statements), so I feel it is important for me to respond. Yes, my father Billy Graham founded Christianity Today; but no, he would not agree with their opinion piece. In fact, he would be very disappointed. I have not previously shared who my father voted for in the past election, but because of this article, I feel it is necessary to share it now. My father knew Donald Trump, he believed in Donald Trump, and he voted for Donald Trump. He believed that Donald J. Trump was the man for this hour in history for our nation.

Whether you like President Trump or not is not the issue. He is the duly elected president of the United States and to attempt his removal by this Pelosi/Schiff scam of an impeachment process is unconstitutional and bordering on hysteria.

The name “Evangelical Protestant” used to mean something. In my earlier years, I considered myself an Evangelical Protestant – one who held to the historic truths and morality of biblical Christianity. Today, however, the word “evangelical” has lost its meaning and is claimed by groups across a vast spectrum. Christianity Today has lost its way and has also lost a loyal subscriber. My guess is that my cancellation will only be one of thousands.

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Carol M. Swain and Dr. James Dobson write eloquently against Galli’s cheap editorial against Trump in CT Magazine.

For another article written by my friend Thomas Williams of Breitbart News on this issue with lots of comments and discussion, click here.

Jerry Falwell, another “Evangelical Protestant” tweeted on this also, see here and here.

Read here for a great rebuttal to the CT editorial by Jenna Ellis. I recommend you also read Dr. Michael Brown’s and Samuel Sey’s.

Hugh Hewitt: Christianity Today took aim at Trump, but it only hurt itself

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downloadAttorney General Bill Barr:

“This is not decay. This is organized destruction. Secularists and their allies have marshaled all the forces of mass communication, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion & traditional values.”

impressive AG William Barr interview

Here are 10 great quotes from his speech. Read the whole thing here.

1: Why Religious Freedom?

“The imperative of protecting religious freedom was not just a nod in the direction of piety. It reflects the Framers’ belief that religion was indispensable to sustaining our free system of government.”

2: Freedom, sin, and virtue.

“The Founders decided to take a gamble. They called it a great experiment. They would leave ‘the People’ broad liberty, limit the coercive power of the government, and place their trust in self-discipline and the virtue of the American people.”

download (1)3: Govern yourself.

“This is really what was meant by ‘self-government.’ It did not mean primarily the mechanics by which we select a representative legislative body. It referred to the capacity of each individual to restrain and govern themselves.”

4: Religion’s role.

“[I]n the Framers’ view, free government was only suitable and sustainable for a religious people — a people who recognized that there was a transcendent moral order antecedent to both the state and man-made law and who had the discipline to control themselves according to those enduring principles.”

5: Religion’s realism.

“Modern secularists dismiss this idea of morality as other-worldly superstition imposed by a kill-joy clergy. In fact, Judeo-Christian moral standards are the ultimate utilitarian rules for human conduct. They reflect the rules that are best for man, not in the by and by, but in the here and now. They are like God’s instruction manual for the best running of man and human society.”

6: Secularism’s failure.

After citing the terrible record of family breakdown, mental illness, drug overdose, suicide and violence: “I will not dwell on all the bitter results of the new secular age. Suffice it to say that the campaign to destroy the traditional moral order has brought with it immense suffering, wreckage, and misery. And yet, the forces of secularism, ignoring these tragic results, press on with even greater militancy.”

7: Christianity’s vapor trail.

“We hear much today about our humane values. But, in the final analysis, what undergirds these values? What commands our adherence to them? What we call “values” today are really nothing more than mere sentimentality, still drawing on the vapor trails of Christianity.”

8: Secularism’s all-out assault.

“First is the force, fervor, and comprehensiveness of the assault on religion we are experiencing today. This is not decay; it is organized destruction. Secularists, and their allies among the ‘progressives,’ have marshaled all the force of mass communications, popular culture, the entertainment industry, and academia in an unremitting assault on religion and traditional values.”

download (2)9: Personal responsibility?

“Christianity teaches a micro-morality. We transform the world by focusing on our own personal morality and transformation.  The new secular religion teaches macro-morality. One’s morality is not gauged by their private conduct, but rather on their commitment to political causes and collective action to address social problems.”

10: Forced disbelief.

“The problem is not that religion is being forced on others. The problem is that irreligion and secular values are being forced on people of faith. This reminds me of how some Roman emperors could not leave their loyal Christian subjects in peace but would mandate that they violate their conscience by offering religious sacrifice to the emperor as a god.”

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Pope Francis Fired Theologian Muller Who Now Explains the Faith – Excellent!

November 30, 2019

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, who was recently fired by Pope Francis, recently wrote a magnificent “Manifesto of the Faith.” This video was written and produced as a response to the unfortunate confusion in the Vatican today. It is an excellent audio-visual presentation of the […]

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Fr. Mitch Pacwa SJ of EWTN Condemns the Pachamama Idol

November 6, 2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., condemned idolatry on his weekly program on EWTN, Scripture and Tradition. He spends about 10 minutes talking about the idols that were praised and blessed at the recent Synod on the Amazon in the Vatican.   He says the introduction of the pachamama idol at the synod on the […]

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My Talk on Pope Francis is now available

October 24, 2019

A few weeks ago I gave a controversial talk entitled “How Does a John Paul 2 Catholic Survive in a Pope Francis World.” The talk was given to a 6-state gathering of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre with a number of bishops in the audience. Al Kresta spoke first with the same topic […]

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Pagan Idols into the Tiber River: It Wasn’t a Stunt

October 22, 2019

Whatever that was, it wasn’t a ‘stunt’ By Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer October 22, 2019 A few days ago men removed some female figurines (centerpieces for several weird ceremonies in Rome the last few weeks) from a church and tossed them into the Tiber River. Vatican spokesman Paolo Ruffini dismissed the act as a “stunt”. […]

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Did the Pope Deny Jesus was God?

October 10, 2019

According to an interview he gave (see below) the Pope denied the divinity of Jesus. If he did we have a serious problem. If he did not, then why doesn’t he step forward, clarify what he said and clearly affirm the teaching of Scripture and the constant teaching/dogma of the Church? Either way — if […]

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My Respectful but Honest Radio Show concerning Pope Francis

September 13, 2019

Today I was invited on the Terry & Jesse Show to discuss the uncomfortable situation we Catholic find ourselves in with Pope Francis. Hope you appreciate the show. My interview starts 15 minutes into the hour.

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New Olympic’s Controversy: Should an XY person compete against XX persons?

June 24, 2019

Controversies have always swirled around the Olympics: race, politics and performance-enhancing drugs. The new controversy will be interesting to watch. Can a person with XY chromosomes compete against persons with XX chromosomes? In other words, can men complete against women in women’s sports? It seems crazy, but this is the real debate for Tokyo in […]

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World Population and Muslim Demographics – A Scary Projection

April 26, 2019

This 5 1/2 minute video describes the rise in Muslim population worldwide. With graphs and maps, it makes the case that Muslims are populating the planet, leaving other demographics behind.

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Do They Know the Cause of the Fire at Notre Dame? Only Speculation…

April 18, 2019

Update: Another article along the same vein in the Catholic World Report: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2019/04/18/notre-dame-isnt-the-only-french-church-imperiled-this-year/ ******************************************* Veteran broadcaster Lou Dobbs noted Tuesday that the decision to dismiss any notion that the Notre Dame fire could have been a deliberate act was based on politics, rather than any investigation of the facts. “One thing authorities are ruling out, however, […]

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Is Paganism Making a Comeback? Steve on The Catholic Current with Fr. McTeigue SJ

April 5, 2019

Based on my talk “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World,” Steve and Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ discussed how paganism is coming back in a big way in the Western World. Christianity is being abandoned and alternative “spiritualities” are filling the void. It was a lively discussion about what paganism is, why the West […]

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Powerful Movie: Pass the Word, Watch the Movie, Support Life, Shut Down Abortions

March 22, 2019

This is a powerful movie that should have all Christians and people of goodwill behind it 100%. Please go see the movie, take a friend, pass the word and let shut down Planned Parenthood and their whole Evil Empire.

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Why Stay with the Church? Make Rome Catholic Again! Steve Ray Talks Straight with Teresa Tomeo

March 9, 2019

Steve’s segment starts 24:00 minutes into the show. The questions are multiple. What is happening to the Church? Why aren’t Rome and the bishops doing something about homosexual clergy? Why should I stay with the Church with all the confusion and lack of action with Pope Francis and the Vatican? I am angry and don’t […]

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Finally a Bishop Refuses Communion to a Pro-Abort Senator

February 26, 2019

This should be the norm, not an extraordinary event. Bishops should act more like shepherds than politicians. Finally a bishop steps up and says, “NO!” Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois says Senator Dick Durbin is “cooperating in evil” and persisting in “manifest grave sin” because of his abortion advocacy and must therefore “not […]

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