America at War: Let Us Reclaim Our Independence Day

Understanding theThreat, by John Guandolo, July 3, 2017:

Tomorrow – Tuesday – is July 4, 2017.  It is America’s anniversary of declaring its independence from tyranny and oppression.

The first war America fought after the Revolutionary War was the war against the muslim states – the Barbary States.  Now, in 2017, America is again at war with Islam.  Unlike when President Thomas Jefferson sent Marines to Tripoli, today the enemy is not only on some far off shore.  The Islamic Movement operates inside the United States and has insinuated itself into our power structure.  It infects our education system, blinds our clergy, walks hand in hand with our willingly seditious media, and wages war in many ways in which average Americans remain unaware.

As the former manager at the Combatting Terrorism & Technical Support Office (CTTSO) inside the Pentagon said on national radio last July (2016):  “When you look at the deliberate decision-making process inside the U.S. government as it relates to radical Islam, that deliberate decision-making process is control by the Muslim Brotherhood.”

In UTT’s interactions we have experienced:  law enforcement leaders who ask us if there is a way to host our training “under the radar” so they do not have to deal with static from the Souther Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and other anti-American Marxist organizations, as well as their local media;  citizens involved in grass roots movements who want to spread the message about the Islamic movement’s activities in the U.S. and the danger they pose, but do not like confrontation; elected officials who want to avoid all controversy, but know the Islamic Movement is operating in their local communities; and state and local officials who are sure “someone else is taking care of this problem.”

UTT (Understanding the Threat) would like to state, emphasize, and clarify two critical points:

  1.  We are in a war for the soul and survival of our Republic against the Islamic Movement and their collaborators in the hard-left Marxist movement.
  2. This war will be won or lost at the local level because no one else is “taking care of this problem,” and no one else is coming to our rescue.

When point (1) is understood, that means enduring minor hardships and inconveniences, being called names, encountering nasty/ignorant neighbors giving us grief, engaging family members who don’t understand and simply want peace, and dealing with friction thrust on us by the media or others are all a part of this war.

This is the leading edge of the war, but this is where a preponderance of the war will be fought, and is especially difficult when those who stand against us are those we expect to be allied with us in this war.

The enemy wants all of us to tire of these attacks, grow weary of the public slanderous comments made about us, and fear for the safety of our families.  The enemy want us to throw in the towel and cry “enough.”

The enemy wants us to latch onto the lie that all of this is simply not worth it.

The enemy wants us to quit.

But we will not quit.  The “WE” is all of us linked together in this war who understand the threat, see it for what it is, and refuse to be beaten.  We don’t want to NOT lose.  We want to win.  We want our nation back.

We will not surrender.  We will stand and fight.  We will take back ground from the enemy.

We will not tire.  We will pray for greater strength, step back onto the battlefield, and give the enemy all we have and then some.

We will fight the enemy in our schools.  We will fight them in town hall meetings.  We will fight them at our State Capitals.

We will name names, identify collaborators with the enemy, and deal with them appropriately.

We will give the enemy no quarter and we will expect none.

We will remember we are at war for the heart and soul of this great Republic.

We will realize there is no easy way out of this dangerous situation our national leaders put us in.

We will remember this war will be won or lost at the local level.

It will be won or lost with the men and women in our neighborhoods.  It will be won or lost with our local police and our local officials.  It will be won with the help of our state legislators or by having them stay out of the way.

It will be won or lost by our veterans who we ask to step up one more time.

This nation – at every local level – needs a sense of urgency to set a fire under every community in America.

This war will be won at the local level.

Or…this war will be lost.

Let us reclaim our Independence Day and fight for liberty once again.

Let us take the fight to the enemy at every level, and put freedom back on the offensive where it belongs.

The Foundation of America Cannot Be Compromised

Understanding the Threat, by John Guandolo, Oct. 21, 2015:

America has so strayed from its bedrock foundation, that simple discussions and policies seem complicated by the emotions of the day, people’s perspective, and a host of ideas swirling about our social and political world today.

Yet when we look at the world through the lens of our founding principles, we come to the quick realization that “compromise” cannot be reached with those who seek to implement rules, systems, and laws which undermine these founding principles.  These people are called enemies and must be defeated.

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Because our schools have done such a poor job of teaching what was common knowledge among young children a hundred years ago, many of our citizens have little grasp of the basic unyielding principles that ensure our liberty and, therefore, our prosperity.

In today’s America:  Presidential candidate Mrs. Clinton has to answer questions about the killing of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya; jihadi armies are moving across the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere; the President of the United States and his State Department are negotiating with the number one state sponsor of terrorism on the planet – Iran; U.S. leadership has surrendered Syria and the greater Middle East to Russia, and therefore Iran and China; U.S. Islamic organizations are intimately involved in National Security matters despite the fact they are Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front groups; America stands over $20 trillion in debt; an avowed Socialist is running for President (unconstitutional); this Administration continues to abuse the power of the Executive branch while Congress still talks of “compromise” and “coming together”; and on it goes.

There are over 1.2 million abortions in America every year which are granted “legal” status by a Supreme Court ruling, and not by the Legislative branch of the federal government.  Businesses and individuals who stand firm against homosexual marriages in their private and public lives are finding the weight of the federal government coming down on them.

All of these issues seem divergent and unrelated, yet they represent the predictable outcome of a nation which strays far from its founding.  Our Ideals are found in the Declaration of Independence which states:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them…”

The foundation out of which our nation was born has a standard – The Law of Nature and the Law of God.

The right to defend oneself, the argument against homosexuality, the right to liberty, and many other self-evident truths all exist in the Law of Nature.  There is no slavery in nature.  The places we find homosexuality in nature are aberrations not the rule.  Defending yourself is the rule in nature – try to approach new born puppies, bears, or some other animal and see how the mother defends her own.

The Law of God naturally confirms what we see in nature, but where the Law of Nature in not clear, we look to the Law of God – the Bible.  Not only do we see where incest, rape, and other foul acts are unlawful, we see how governments are to be established ensuring sovereignty and authority are not shared.  God’s sovereignty is God’s.  Man’s is man’s.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

When America’s founders designed a nation like no other in human history, they did so by declaring self-evident truths – all human beings are created equally by God born with unalienable rights.  Unalienable rights come from God and, therefore, cannot be taken away by the government, a majority vote, or any other maneuver of the people.  The Declaration does not list all of the unalienable rights God gives us, but those can be found elsewhere including in the Bill of Rights.

FIRST, God gives us the right to life.  Because this right comes from God, no government, nor any man can remove this right because it is a right that belongs to the sovereignty of God alone.  When we allow millions of the most innocent in our society who have objectively done no wrong to be killed, we are surrendering a God-given right to the government it neither has the authority nor capacity to hold.

Secondly, the founders declared we are all born free as children of God (Liberty).  The founders understood liberty is our birthright, and they also knew the weight of the Ideal of the Declaration would make it impossible for slavery to continue.  In the end, slavery was abolished in America, yet it continues in many nations across the globe today.

Finally, the third unalienable right mentioned in the Declaration is the right to property (“happiness”).  Of this right William Blackstone, whose legal writings were considered the final authority in American courts for over 150 years after the ratification of the Constitution, stated: “So great moreover is the regard of the law for private property that it will not authorize the least violation of it – no, not even for the general good of the whole community.” (Commentaries on the Laws of England (Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1771), Vol. I, p. 139).

Yet, today we see the government taking people’s private property to create bike paths, townhouse complexes, or some other “need of the community.”

We as Americans enter into a social compact to surrender our right to self-government to form a government whose sole duty is to protect our unalienable rights – the rights God gave us.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Out of this framework came an American government rooted in Natural Law and the Bible.  From this place, our laws come.  Any laws contrary to Natural Law or the Bible are not valid laws.

From a society based in the rule of law and understanding it owes its life and liberty to God, comes prosperity.  It is no accident America is the most prosperous nation in the history of the world.

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To pull the great foundational block of the Law of Nature and Nature’s God out from under America, is to destroy America and all that it is.  The natural outcome will be the kind of tyranny and despotism about which our Founding Fathers cautioned us.

For the younger generation, the result is Panem.  No cell phones, no video games, more rules, no freedom, and no joy.

The federal government in America at the political and bureaucratic level has failed to rule within its authority and has usurped God’s sovereignty as defined in our founding document.

There is no compromising with socialists, jihadists, communists, or marxists.  These are systems which enslave mankind and nullify the very principles upon which America was founded.

Our strategy must be one which is consistent with ensuring victory of future generations:  We win, they lose.

It is now up to the States and the people to stop the abuse of power of the federal level.

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In Light of Jeremiah Wright’s Comments UTT Asks: Was Jesus a Muslim?

UTT, by John Guandolo, Oct. 12, 2015:

Saturday at the Nation of Islam event titled “Justice or Else!” President Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright stated Jesus was a “Palestinian.”  This is historically untrue, but it opens up a door for a deeper discussion.

In light of a nationwide push by Muslim Brotherhood organizations to propagate the message that Jesus of Nazareth was a Muslim, it is time to bring some much needed light onto this subject.

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Since Islamic jihadis attacked the United States on 9/11/2001, the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood has led a large-scale information operation (“propaganda campaign” if you prefer) to convince Americans – especially religious leaders – Islam is a one degree off from Christianity and Judaism.  Almost the same really.

We are told by leading Muslim scholars in America (who just happen to be members of the Muslim Brotherhood), there is “One God” and “Three Abrahamic Faiths” – Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.  We are also told “Muslims respect Jesus too.”  The first is a lie according to Islamic doctrine.  The second is true if you understand Islam through the lens of Islam.

Islam and Sharia

Islam divides the world into the Dar al Islam (“House of Islam” where Sharia is the law of the land) and the Dar al Harb (“House of War” – everywhere else).  The purpose of Islam is to eliminate the Dar al Harb until the entire world is under the Dar al Islam.  The vehicle to do this is called Jihad.  Once the entire world is under Sharia, there will be “Peace.”

Islam defines itself as a “complete way of life governed by Sharia (Islamic Law).”  Sharia comes from the Quran and the Sunnah (the way of the Prophet Mohammad).

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The Quran can only be understood if “Abrogation” is understood.  The Quranic concept of Abrogation comes from Quaran 16:101 and 2:106, and is understood by all Sunni Islamic scholars to mean that whatever comes chronologically last in the Quran overrules what comes before it.

It should be noted that all Islamic scholars agree Sura (Chapter) 9 of the Quran is the last (chronologically) to discuss Jihad, and Sura 5 is the last to discuss relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

An example:  the Quran says “Let there be no compulsion in religion” (Quran 2:256).  However, that is abrogated when Allah says all people who do not convert to Islam will go to hell (Quran 3:85), which is why Muslims are commanded never to take Jews and Christians for their friends (Quran 5:51).  Therefore, Muslims are commanded to “Fight and slay the unbelievers wherever you find them and lie in wait for them in every strategem of war.” (Quran 9:5)  In addition to converting to Islam or being killed, people of the book (Jews, Christians, and Zoroastians) get the third option of submitting to Islam, paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya), and living under Sharia with lesser rights than Muslims. (Quran 9:29)

Sunnah

In Islam, Mohammad is considered the al Insan al Kamil – the perfect example for all Muslims to follow. His sayings, actions, and example are codified in authoritative Hadith and in the Sira (biographies of Mohammad).  The most authoritative Hadith scholar is Bukhari.  This is critical to understanding Islam and how Muslims relate to the world.

The reason it is okay for a 60 year old Lebanese Muslim man to marry an 8 year old girl, is because Mohammad married a 6 year old and consummated the relationship when she was only 9.  The reason Muslims wage war on non-Muslims until Islam rules the world is because Allah commanded it (9:5 et al), Mohammad repeated this command as related by Bukhari, and then Mohammad waged war on non-Muslims and made them convert, submit, or die.  This is why there is no disagreement among the scholars on these matters.

One God, Three Abrahamic Faiths?

So let us go back to the question:  Can Allah be the same God of the Christians and Jews?  Can the same God who calls the Jews his chosen people (Deuteronomy 7:6-8 for example) be the same God who calls for a holocaust of the Jews?

“The Prophet said, ‘The hour of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. It will not come until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees. It will not come until the rocks or the trees say, ‘O Muslim! O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.’ (Al-Bukhari: 103/6, number 2926).

How can the God of the Bible who calls us to love one another (Leviticus 19:18 and John 15:12) be the same God (Allah) who calls Muslims to “Fight them (non-Muslims), and Allah will punish them by your hands, cover them with shame, help you (to victory) over them.” (Quran 9:14)

Allah will “punish” non-Muslims through the hands of the Muslims.  This verse (9:14) creates a requirement for Muslims to punish non-Muslims.

Is Jesus a Muslim?

As seen through the eyes of Islam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and others are Muslim prophets.  How can that be?  We must first begin by understanding Islam teaches that no authentic Torahs, Old Testaments, or New Testaments exist on the planet today.

Islam teaches the Quran has existed for all time in Paradise.  When the authentic Law of Moses was given to the Jewish people, those who did not follow it were lost (condemned).  When Jesus brought the Gospel, those who did not follow it were lost.  When Mohammad came with the “final” revelations as the “seal” of the prophets, those who did not follow Islam were lost.

“And We sent, following in their footsteps, Jesus, the son of Mary, confirming that which came before him in the Torah; and We gave him the Gospel, in which was guidance and light and confirming that which preceded it of the Torah as guidance and instruction for the righteous.” (Quran 5:46)           [emphasis added]

Islam teaches that corrupt Jews and Christian priests changed the original Old and New Testaments which, according to Islam, predicted the coming of Mohammed.

“And if only they upheld [the law of] the Torah, the Gospel, and what has been revealed to them from their Lord, they would have consumed provision from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them are a moderate community, but many of them – evil is that which they do.” (Quran 5:66)

Historical accounts, biblical manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, archeology, and other tangible sources of evidence be damned.  This is what Islam teaches.

To the point…

Can the Jesus who said to his followers “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6) be the same guy about whom this is said:  “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, son of Mary (Jesus) will shortly descend amongst you people (Muslims) as a just ruler and will break the Cross and kill the pig and abolish the Jizya. Then there will be abundance of money and nobody will accept charitable gifts.” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 3, Book 34, Number 425)

No one comes to our Father in heaven except through Jesus OR will Jesus return to cast all Christians into hell for not converting and kill the Jews (pigs)?  It cannot be both.

Can it be true that Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30 and 14:9), the Holy Spirit guides his disciples since Jesus ascended to heaven, and can disciples of Jesus say the Apostles Creed with integrity while this is true:  “They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity: for there is no god except One Allah. If they desist not from their word (of blasphemy), verily a grievous penalty will befall the blasphemers among them.” (Quran 5:73)

Jesus was either the Messiah and the Son of God who was crucified, died, resurrected and ascended as Christians teach and believe or he is merely a prophet as Islam believes.  It is one or the other.  He cannot simply be a “nice” guy.  Jesus himself claimed to be the Son of God and the Son of Man.  If that is not true he was a liar.

This is not a theological debate.  This is a discussion of logic and reason.  These two worlds are completely incompatible with one another in the realm of Logic 101.

Christians believe God is the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  One God, three persons in a heroic fellowship into which mankind was invited to participate relationally.  God promises his inheritance and his Kingdom to his children whom he loves because he created them in his image.  Jesus gave all who believe in him all the authority his Father in heaven gave him to continue his work (John 14:12, Mark 16:17-18), and lifted all believers, spiritually, to sit with him at the Father’s right hand in heaven when he ascended.

Islam teaches Allah is the ultimate lawgiver and humans must obey the law or suffer punishment.  Islam teaches those who do not follow the Sharia are Apostates or unbelievers and must be converted, subjugated, or killed. Islam teaches Allah is unknowable.

From a rational, reasonable, and logical perspective, there is a difference here between love and hate – good and evil.

Islam is not a one-off of Christianity.  It sits in direct opposition to it.

MUST READ: Lucky Cypress, Texas has not one, but two, mosques!

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Cypress, Texas, a suburban bedroom community in northwest Harris county, is now home to not one, but two mosques! They are the “Islamic Outreach Center” (IOC) and the “Cypress Islamic Center” (CIC). The two mosques are less than two miles apart, as the crow flies.

The Islamic Outreach Center is a project of ICNA, the Islamic Circle of North America. ICNA is a Muslim Brotherhood in North America front group whose “…work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny…”

The Islamic Outreach Center (another taqiyyah term for a mosque) opened in the summer of 2012. The address is 19025 Wilks Dr, which is off Mueschke Rd (north of Schiel Rd and south of Bauer Hockley Rd). Neighbors have already complained of the increased noise, traffic and lowering property values. In it’s one year existence, the masjid has already hosted a number of supremacist and intolerant Islamic spokesmen.

In February 2013, the masjid hosted a presentation on Islamic financing, sponsored by an Islamic bank in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which advocates strict sharia compliance. What’s the problem with sharia finance, you ask? Well, educate yourself. On the IOC’s Facebook page, they promote the ICNA Relief’s Houston banquet in June 2013, which featured speaker Yasir Qadhi, who was exposed in a video on this blog for saying “Christians are filthy, evil, impure, dirty kufar whose life and property hold no value in the state of jihad.” The masjid has recently hosted Sheihk Waleed Basyouni, who in 2006, stated that “…Muslims are “the only people who know God” and, as such, are uniquely righteous and clearly distinguishable from nonbelievers.” Are you feeling the inter-faith love, the Islamic outreach, and the Muslim-Christian understanding?

The resident imam of the “IOC” is Fahad Tasleem, who studied Arabic at Georgetown University (home of John Esposito and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding). Brother Tasleem is also very proud of his time spent in Mecca & Medina. Br. Tasleem wasted no time in engaging in deceptive dawa with the neighboring ignorant kufar, as demonstrated by his lectures given at the IOC about the Jesus of Islam and at the “Good Shepherd” church:

 

 

Here’s a little more about the good brother: “In 2007, Fahad Tasleem founded Dawah Corps – an organization with a mission to ignite, for Muslims living in the West, a passion for Islamic outreach. Fahad’s expertise in the realm of dawah stems from a number of years of experience with the various outreach efforts of MSA’s, [Muslim Students Association] Islamic centers, and Islamic organizations across North America. Fahad has also served as a khateeb [person who delivers Koran narrations] and lecturer for the Islamic Society of Greater Houston.  …   He is the founder and lead instructor at the DC [Dawa Corps] Seminary along with being an adjunct professor at various other universities and colleges.  …  Fahad Tasleem recently joined ILF [Islamic Learning Foundation] Texas, a teaching project of ICNA. He is an instructor for ILF Houston on site classes at Islamic Outreach Center (IOC-Cypress).” Coincidentally, the MSA is also a Muslim Brotherhood front group.

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Does Cardinal Dolan really believe Mother Mary worshipped Allah?

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There is great danger when prominent Catholic and Christian leaders proclaim that Allah is the same as Jehovah and that followers of Islam value the United States Constitutional liberties more than Sharia law.  Sadly, many Americans will blindly follow their lead to the spiritual and political empowerment of Islamists.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, made his first appearance at a mosque in New York City. The StatenIsland Advance reported:

  • “You love God, we love God and he is the same God,” the cardinal said of the Muslim and Roman Catholic faiths.
  • Cardinal Dolan stressed that Catholics and Muslims have a mutual love of the United States and of the religious freedom that this country affords.  Your love of marriage and family, your love of children and babies, your love of freedom — religious freedom particularly– your defense of life, your desire for harmony and unity and your care for others, your care for God’s creation and your care for those who are in need,” the cardinal said, were Islamic values also shared by Catholics and areas where there could be mutual cooperation.

Is it possible that Cardinal Dolan is unaware that the largest Islamic organizations in the country are fighting to stop dozens of state legislatures from banning Sharia law from being considered in their courts?  The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) are fervently fighting for Sharia law to be unrestricted in the United States.  Is it possible Cardinal Dolan is unaware that many provisions of Sharia law are antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution?  Or is this the “religious freedom” that Cardinal Dolan believes Islamists should have in America?

Unlike the followers of Islam who mock the Holy Trinity, Christians believe Jesus is the Son of God and believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Not so for the followers of Islam.   The Quran 004.171 states “O People of the Book! Commit no excesses in your religion: Nor say of Allah aught but the truth. Christ Jesus the son of Mary was (no more than) a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and a spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His messengers. Say not “Trinity” : desist: it will be better for you: for Allah is one Allah: Glory be to Him: (far exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth. And enough is Allah as a Disposer of affairs.”  Additionally, the Quran 5:17 states “In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to Allah belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between. He createth what He pleaseth. For Allah hath power over all things.”

Sahih Muslim, The Book of Jihad and Expedition Book 019, Number 4366:  It has been narrated by ‘Umar b. al-Khattib that he heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) say: I will expel the Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but Muslim.

The Bible proclaims numerous times “The Lord God, the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob” in Genesis 31:53, Genesis 32:9, Genesis 50:24, Exodus 3:6, Exodus 3:15, Exodus 3:16, Exodus 4:5, Deuteronomy 9:5, Matthew 22:32, Mark 12:26, Luke 13:28, Luke 20:37, Acts 3:13 and Acts 7:32.  The scriptures do not include Ishmael in this proclamation.  Ishmael was the unwanted son of Abraham and Sarah, wrongfully conceived with a concubine.  Ishmael is the father of the Arab nations most of which are populated by followers of Islam.

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Julie Aftab Honored With Courage Award At ACT For America Conference

"Those people, they think they did a bad thing to me, but they brought me closer to God," Aftab said. "They helped me fulfill my dreams. I never imagined I could be the person I am today."

“Those people, they think they did a bad thing to me, but they brought me closer to God,” Aftab said. “They helped me fulfill my dreams. I never imagined I could be the person I am today.”

Julie Aftab, Pakistani acid attack victim, triumphant survivor, was honored for her courage along with several others at the annual ACT For America Conference last Friday night. She gave an incredible speech about her ordeal and how she came to America eventually  becoming a citizen. Her story and her gratitude and love for this country brought tears to the audience.

Here is her story from the Daily Mail on Aug. 1, 2012:

With her right hand raised to take the oath of citizenship, and her left hand wiping away tears of joy, Pakistani Julie Aftab on Tuesday became one of America’s newest citizens.

Despite her tender 26 years, Julie has seen heartache and indescribable pain, has endured 31 different operations and been uprooted from her homeland… all over the sake of a small crucifix hanging about her neck.

But her years of suffering were firmly put behind her on Tuesday when she stood with more than 2,000 other immigrants in the M.O. Campbell Educational Center in Houston, Texas.

Clearly excited, Aftab said: ‘This day means so much to me… I never thought I would be the person I am today, and it is all because of God and his people.’

Aftab was 16 and working in an office in Pakistan when a man walked in and asked her if she was Christian, spotting a small cross she wore around her neck.

She replied that indeed she was a Christian, and the man became abusive – shouting at her that she would go to hell for shunning Islam.

After a while he left the office but returned 30 minutes later with a bottle of battery acid, which he poured over her head. As she ran screaming for the door a second man grabbed her by the hair and forced more of the liquid down her throat, searing her esophagus.

Teeth fell from her mouth as she desperately called for help, stumbling down the street.

A woman heard her cries and took her to her home, pouring water over her head and taking her to hospital.

But even the hospital staff refused to treat her, because she was a Christian.

She said: ‘Even the people who took me to the hospital. They told the doctor they were going to set the hospital on fire if they treated me.’

Eventually Aftab’s family found a hospital that agreed to take her in but there was little they could do.

Aftab could not speak or move her arms and the acid had burned through her skin to leave bone-deep wounds.

As a result of the attack, Julie lost most of her esophagus, one of her eyes and both of her eyelids.

What remained of her teeth could be seen through a gaping hole where her cheek had been.

She was labelled a pariah in her neighbourhood, her family was persecuted and their home was burnt down.

But arrangements were made for her to be treated in Houston and to live with a local couple in their seventies, Lee and Gloria Ervin, whom she now calls Uncle Lee and Auntie Gloria.

Both were present at her citizenship ceremony, and, fighting back emotion, Mrs Ervin said: ‘She worked very hard for this.’

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Former Rep. Allen West was also honored for his courage and service of our country. But he was so moved by Julie’s story that he called her to the stage and, while tears streamed down his face, he gave his award to Julie. He told her that as long as there was breath left in his lungs he would continue to fight to make sure that the people that did this to her would GET THEIR NUTS CRUSHED!!!!!! The crowd roared!!!!

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The Bipartisan Folly of Our Islam Delusion

86004211-be40-42d5-8ab0-d557e539ae34By Michael Youssef:

Politicians accuse each other of failure, which is to be expected. Each side has their “narrative,” and the truth often loses out (although I am thankful for the honest and courageous ones who do speak the truth).

But since I’m not a politician, but instead have a prophetic journalistic voice, I will speak the truth and let the chips fall where they may.

There is one area in particular where it is hard to find the truth spoken by either Republicans or Democrats: namely, this whole idea that Muslim people yearn for democracy. It is a glaring short-sightedness that both sides hold in common.

To be sure, many of my Muslim friends long for Western-style democracy and freedom. But they are always thwarted (and always will be) by the majority view. That is why even those friends of mine would admit that democracy is incompatible with Islamic ideology.

Knowledgeable people will agree that democracy and freedom is a delicate rose that was planted in the soil of the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation turned the people of the dark ages back to the Bible, with its deeply-rooted respect for the individual.

The Bible unequivocally declares that God values “the individual.” God not only created a man and a woman to be compatible in every way, but God gave man the management responsibility for His creation—thus God placed “the individual” at the helm of importance.

The Christian faith testifies to the fact that although humans fell in the Garden of Eden, God saw fit to redeem them at a colossal cost to Himself—such is the value he places on us.

That is the soil that gave Western democracy its ideals.

Now enter some misguided Republicans and Democrats who think that the ideology of Islam can be rehabilitated and made compatible with Western Christian values.

Neither political side understands that, contrary to the biblical view of man, the root of Islamic ideology declares that man is of no consequence. Allah is. The human individual is of no value; he is only to serve the whim of Allah, his prophet, and the successors (caliphates) of the prophets of Islam. Democracy and freedom rise from the bottom up, whereas Islam is a top-down ideology—Allah, whose words they claim to have received, is all that matters.

So when George W. Bush often said that freedom is “God’s gift to humanity,” thoughtful people needed to ask some important questions.

Such as, which God? Yahweh, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ? Or Allah of 7th century Arabia?

As well-intentioned as his administration was, a cursory look at our effort to bring democracy to Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, and Egypt offer proof of the apparent impossibility of the task.

And when President Obama speaks of Muslims yearning for freedom as we do, one must ask: whosedefinition of freedom is he talking about?

Well over 90 percent of the Islamic states that signed the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights—and the right to freedom of religion contained within it—would immediately qualify it by declaring that “freedom” means freedom to be a slave of Allah and nothing more.

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