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War on Terror

“But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will appoint over you sudden terror…”

Leviticus 26:14-16


Search for the Ark of the Covenant

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Since the temple’s primary purpose had been as a resting place for the ark, and since there can be little doubt that the ark mysteriously disappeared from the temple, it follows that any search for the ark must begin in the temple. There, cloaked in the thick darkness of the Holy of Holies, sprinkled with blood, it lay hidden until some unknown date between the tenth and sixth centuries B.C.

When precisely did the ark disappear? And where did it go? A belief popular among rabbis and Jewish scholars holds that it was likely taken by force during one of several military catastrophes Israel suffered after the death of Solomon. King Solomon had earned God’s wrath by following the foreign gods of his thousand wives and concubines. Though Solomon escaped the consequences of his apostasy, not long after his death disaster struck Israel. The first hit came in 926 B.C., when Solomon’s son, King Rehoboam, saw his kingdom overrun by the armies of Shishak, king of Egypt, who looted the temple and stole priceless treasures of gold and silver (1 Kings 14:25–26). The last saw Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar invade Israel in 598 B.C. and in two separate attacks penetrate deeply into the temple court (2 Kings 24:10–13), carting off all the temple treasures and destroying the bronze furnishings of the sanctuary. In between came frequent invasions, when barbarian hordes helped themselves to minor temple treasures; still, in none of the biblical accounts does the ark turn up among the spoils of war.

It is possible, of course, that the ark might have been stolen or destroyed during one of these incursions, without its disappearance ever being noted in the public record. Rank-and-file Jews never saw it anyway, and no one but the high priest ever entered the Holy of Holies to minister before the ark, and then only once a year. More likely, full disclosure of the ark’s loss came much later, when Jews returning to Israel from the Babylonian exile attended the dedication of the second temple.

This temple, completed between 517 and 515 B.C. and built above the razed foundations of the first,[1] differed from the original primarily in that its sanctuary did not contain: the ark and the mercy seat. When it became known that the centerpiece of temple worship could not be returned to the second temple, the Hebrews must have understood the ark had not been taken to Babylon. To the horror of the returning exiles, the most precious object of the Jewish faith had simply vanished. Its disappearance could now be positively traced to the time of the first temple.

Jewish traditions offer several possibilities for how and when this might have happened. The Talmud states that the ark was “buried in its own place” by King Josiah between 640 and 609 B.C., a mere decade before the Babylonian invasion.[2] This supports the popular notion that the ark took its leave before Nebuchadnezzar’s looters arrived, likely hidden by Levite priests below the Holy of Holies, deep within Mount Moriah’s labyrinth of secret caverns.[3] Others believe Solomon himself, foreseeing the first temple’s destruction, built these caches (known collectively today as the Well of Souls) as a hiding place for the ark.

Some fringe Jewish traditions credit the ark’s sudden disappearance to rescuing angels, descending just prior to the destruction of the first temple to whisk it off to heaven. Other groups believe one of the prophets, who, forewarned by God of the Babylonian invasion, buried the ark in the mountains outside Jerusalem. Second Maccabees, a work excluded from the Hebrew Bible but included in the canon of the Greek and Latin Christian churches, reports that the prophet Jeremiah stowed the ark in a cave on Mount Nebo, the same mountain Moses climbed to see the promised land. Jeremiah indeed lived at the time of the destruction of the first temple, and, say some scholars, he may have anticipated Nebuchadnezzar and concealed the ark, the tabernacle, and the altar of incense on Nebo, some thirty-five miles east of Jerusalem.[4] Another early compilation of ancient Jewish law known as The Mishnah, reports that Levite priests buried the holy relic “under the pavement of the wood house (a fuel repository for burnt offerings kept somewhere on temple grounds) so that it might not fall into the hands of the enemy.”[5] Despite the provocative nature of these reports, most contemporary scholars have rejected them as thinly veiled attempts to propagandize expatriate Jews (perhaps in a post-exilic effort to fan Hebrew interest in their national homeland).

Another school of thought contends that, had the ark been hidden in or around Mount Moriah (site of both temples and the current Temple Mount), it would almost certainly have been dislodged in A.D. 70 and removed by the Romans at the razing of the second temple. From there it would have been taken to Rome with the other temple treasures and, once Christianity became the dominant religion of the Roman Empire, placed in the hands of the Catholic Church. To be sure, some purported eyewitnesses claim that it remains locked in the crypts below the Vatican.[6] Others say the ark and the temple treasures one day will be found in the recently excavated Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, in underground vaults of the ancient Nea (“New”) Church, built in the sixth century A.D. by emperor Justinian.[7]

A common thread runs through each of these scenarios: While the ark certainly disappeared and remains hidden somewhere, it was never proven to have perished. If the ark really had been destroyed, even the most liberal critics argue that the catastrophe certainly would have been noted in the Bible. Yet Scripture never even hints at such a terrible event; the ark simply ceases to be mentioned.

Still the ark continues to tantalize the imagination. Some say evidence of its significance can still be seen, and felt, in the New Testament. No less than the Book of Revelation seems to affirm the importance of the earthly ark by its clear reference to the heavenly prototype (Rev. 11:19), which, in turn, gives reason to contemplate that the ark has a future role to play in God’s divine purpose. “The Ark,” says Bible prophecy scholar Randall Price, “is most likely hidden in some secret location, awaiting the proper time on God’s calendar to make its reappearance.”[8]

Here again, the story circles back to the ageless question: Where is the ark? The bulk of Jewish scholarship argues that the ark lies hidden somewhere within the holy city or, failing that, in Israel proper. This prejudice explains why history’s most prominent ark excavations have focused on Jerusalem or on one of Israel’s Old Testament landmarks. The reigning theory among rabbis maintains that the ark lies buried beneath the Dome of the Rock, probably in one of the subterranean passages honeycombing Jerusalem’s Temple Mount (or the Haram al-Sharif, one of Islam’s holiest places).

This theory has been almost impossible to test since the ultimate Jewish sacred site has admitted no Jewish worship since the destruction of the second temple in A.D. 70. And with the construction on the Dome of the Rock in the seventh century A.D. — effectively placing the entire Temple Mount under Islamic control — access to the site has evaporated. Even when the Six-Day War of 1967 briefly returned the Temple Mount to Israel, jurisdiction quickly reverted to the Muslims, who to this day aggressively guard the site (as well as caves and structures beneath) against outside contact.

For religious Jews — who look to the discovery of the ark as a prophetic signpost of Israel’s return to splendor — it seems tragic (and a bit ironic) that, in an era of technology that might lend itself to successful exploration of the Mount, opportunities to explore do not exist. Or do they?

In 1867, a young lieutenant assigned to Britain’s Royal Engineers cut a tunnel under the exterior walls of the Temple Mount in a clandestine maneuver to secure the ark. Predictably, the clamor of sledgehammers and pickaxes below the Al-Aqsa Mosque disturbed the prayers of the Muslim faithful above, triggering a hail of stones and ending in a bloody riot.

Years later, in 1910, another Englishman, Montague Brownslow Parker, paid hefty bribes to gain secret access to the southern part of the Temple Mount. A clandestine excavation ensued, in which Parker and his team used ropes lashed to the Shetiyyah, or “foundation stone” (floor of the Holy of Holies), to lower themselves into the Well of Souls. Yet once again the racket alerted a mosque attendant, who, inspecting the ruckus, recoiled to see foreigners hacking at holy ground with picks and shovels. He sounded the alarm, bringing enraged Muslim vigilantes racing to the scene. The explorers fled Jerusalem with an angry mob at their heels.[9]

The next reported attempt took place nearly a half century later, in the days immediately following the Six-Day War. Israeli forces ejected Jordanian troops from Jerusalem to regain control of the Temple Mount for the first time in almost two thousand years. For one brief month (June 1–July 7), the chaplain of the Israel Defense Forces, Rabbi Shlomo Goren, enjoyed complete jurisdiction over the site, though, regrettably, he didn’t know what to do with it. His team of engineers spent two weeks surveying and mapping the Mount, but the mostly military detail had no clue how, or why, they should access the subterranean structures beneath. “I put them (engineers) inside the Temple Mount the first day after the liberation,” he said, “but I didn’t know what to look for! We could enter the Dome of the Rock to investigate beneath the rock itself; we could go everywhere, but we didn’t.”[10]

A month later, thinking to appease the Arab League and stave off a bloody jihad (holy war), Defense Minister Moshe Dayan returned the Mount to Islamic authority. His decision infuriated religious Jews, who already had initiated plans to tear down Islamic structures on Judaism’s most holy site and start the process of building the third temple. An unprecedented opportunity clearly had been squandered, and fifteen years passed before another opportunity arose.

In July 1981, Rabbi Meir Yehuda Getz began construction on a new synagogue behind the Western Wall, facing the Temple Mount, when he accidentally broke into an underground catacomb known as the Warren’s Gate cavern. This large, vaulted room, dating from the first temple period, once had been used for bringing in wood and materials for sacrifices and other temple rites. More importantly, according to Jewish tradition, Warren’s Gate stood west of the temple and opened almost directly in front of the Holy of Holies.

Suspecting he’d stumbled upon a direct access to the deep caverns that once served as a cistern to the Mount, Getz mustered a ten-man excavation team and began clearing the great hall. For the next year and a half, his team worked feverishly in secret, wary of Muslim backlash and going to great lengths to avoid detection. The work progressed rapidly until, days before the team sensed it might penetrate the Holy of Holies, the local media broke the story. Outraged Islamic “Wakf” authorities dispatched a mob to attack the excavators; the Muslim Council called a general strike to halt the search, and the passage was quickly sealed.[11] To this day the vaults beneath the Temple Mount remain off-limits, as Israel and PLO engage in a vicious fight over Palestinian statehood and Sovereignty over these holy sites. The Mount itself continues its legacy as perhaps the world’s preeminent archaeological riddle.

Other Site, Other Searches

Faced with such a state of affairs, it’s not surprising that archaeologists, explorers, and fortune hunters have bundled up their picks and shovels and taken their excavations elsewhere. One such expedition involved an American named Larry Blaser, who searched the caves of Ein-Gedi, where, Jewish tradition tells us, David once hid from Saul. Another American, Vendyl Jones, dug among the caves of Wadi Jafet Zaben, north of Qumran, and unearthed a stash of reddish material thought to be a special incense used in temple worship. Neither excavation yielded evidence of the ark.[12]

In the 1920s, American Antonia Frederick Futterer looked for the ark on Mount Nebo, where the Book of Maccabees suggests Jeremiah buried the sacred relic just prior to the Babylonian invasion. During his survey. Futterer claims to have found a secret passage blocked by a wall etched with an ancient hieroglyph, which a Hebrew translator supposedly interpreted to read: “Herein Lies the Golden Ark of the Covenant.” Curiously, Futterer never named the translator nor reproduced the inscription. And he never returned to the “secret passage” to retrieve the ark.

Sixty years later another American explorer, Tom Crotser, borrowed the Futterer sketch to launch yet another search of Mount Nebo, by now located just inside the border of the modern state of Jordan. Though he found nothing resembling Futterer’s secret passage, his team moved on to neighboring Mount Pisgah, where Crotser said he found a gully blocked by a sheet of tin, concealing a narrow passage. From the gully the team hacked its way through a rock wall into an underground crypt, containing, insisted Crotser, a gold-covered, rectangular chest with carrying poles matching the biblical description of the ark. Predictably his color photographs of the object remained off-limits to all but a select circle of friends, who curiously refused to comment on the images. One who did, the respected archaeologist Siegfried H. Horn, rudely dismissed Futterer’s so-called “ark” as nothing more than a modern, machine-fabricated, brass-plated box that had no relation to the ancient artifact.[13]

At least one modern-day inquiry placed its bets on the caves of the Mount of Olives, located directly across from the Temple Mount. While it’s true that the Mount of Olives features many caves dating from the first temple era, the mountain, on both sides of the Kidron Valley, is riddled with Jewish, Christian and Muslim Crypts. Owing primarily to Jewish laws of purity, it remains highly doubtful that Israel’s Holiest object would have been buried in the midst of a Future cemetery.[14]

And then there are claims by amateur archaeologist Ron Wyatt, author of Discovered – Noah’s Ark, of finding the ark of the covenant under the escarpment of Mount Calvary. Wyatt suggests that when Jesus died on the cross, his blood ran through the socket hole to Mount Calvary, dripped through a crack in the mountain, and finally landed on the mercy seat of the ark, located in a cavern below. In so doing, he said, Jesus’ death consummated, in the most literal and exalted terms, the final blood atonement of God’s ultimate High Priest — Jesus Christ! Wyatt says he broke through a layer of rock in a cave to reach the ark in a secret chamber. But when his Polaroid snapshots of the object didn’t turn out, he said he had to return at a later date with a borrowed “colonoscope” to drill a hole through the stone case surrounding the ark. This time, he claimed, he probed the case to conclude he had, indeed, found the sacred object.[15] Here I must say that my good friend, Bob Stuplich, accompanied Wyatt to this site and saw nothing.

So while many searchers have released numerous books and videos of their “discoveries,” suffice it to say there is no hard evidence to suggest that the ark still resides in Jerusalem, under the Temple Mount, in a cave on Mount Calvary, or anywhere else in modern-day Israel.

Not until I began evaluating some of the theories, then visiting the relevant sites, did I seriously begin to doubt that any of these excavations would ever produce the ark. Even so, the more I learned, the less feasible it seemed that, after centuries in which these ancient landmarks had been repeatedly looted, explored, and excavated, the ark hadn’t been found by someone. As in my searches for Mount Sinai and Noah’s ark, a fresh look at the subject convinced me that the so-called experts had it wrong and that the ark of the covenant likely lay someplace few suspected.

I discovered that the bulk of the theories, in fact, had been based more on legend and myth than a clear and unbiased reading of the Bible. While I had hoped I might find unexamined clues by searching Scripture, it was while reading The Sign and the Seal that I found myself entertaining an altogether different scenario, one that proposed a bizarre set of propositions—the weirdest being that the ark had been either abducted or smuggled out of Jerusalem in the years before the first temple burned and then taken to a foreign land.

In the same way I’d learned to trust my instincts in my years as a police investigator, this notion struck me as far more plausible than the other theories. Of all the ideas tossed about by scholars and archaeologists, it was a curious legend from the biblical land of Cush that caught my attention, then caused my heart to swell. From among an endless collection of legends and theories, I found my gaze slowly turning to North Africa, to a country whose national identity seemed intertwined with the holy ark.

This excerpt is from Robert Cornuke’s book Search for the Ark of the Covenant, available from the K-House Recourse Center.

Original article: Search for the Ark of the Covenant

One Hundred Years Too Late

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In every measurable metric, Hollywood is one-hundred years behind the rest of human civilization.

They are one-hundred years behind the rest of us creatively, economically, politically, philosophically, sexually, scientifically, racially (and of other sectors of wild inequality), and structure. Hollywood is still built in the image of the Marxist ruins of the early decades of the 20th century. California thinks the worst ideas of the 19th century are still vogue.

Like Detroit, Hollywood is a moonscape of airless ideas and predatory practices. And like Detroit and all other centralized Far Left strongholds, it is a closed system specifically designed not to redistribute wealth among those whom it enslaves, but to consolidate all wealth into the hands of an elite few.

Read history: same song, five-hundredth verse.

This is why closed systems like communism always implode (after decades of genocide, of course) and why open systems like capitalism and Christianity always thrive, grow and prosper.

Recently, the world has become aflutter with scores of allegations of sexual assault, sexual blackmail, payoffs, sexism, and the predation of men, women, teens, and children.

Did it really take the world one-hundred years to notice?

No, of course not. It just took the world one-hundred years to care.

Correction: it took liberals one-hundred years to care. Conservatives have been outraged from the beginning, not that you hear much from Conservatives in Hollywood because they are effectively chased underground, being openly marginalized by people who traffic in molestation and those millions of minions who protect them.

Like everything else in Tinsel Town, this recent outrage is fake — not from the victims, but from the medieval bureaucracy (producers, investors, directors, and stars) that tirelessly stalk them. Read the memoirs of virtually any silent era film actress and you will find the identical charges levied against the predators of that age as well.

Hollywood. Washington DC. Wall Street. The Vatican — all indistinguishable one from the other in their never-ending train of exploitation, injustices, and perversion. These industries are exactly what you get when Man no longer fears God or His Laws.

If you won’t fear the laws of God you sure as hell won’t fear the laws of men. And the only thing ‘sure as hell’ in that sentence is what follows the disobedience it implies: hell.

These men pray to Darwin and worship at the altar of evolution, or any other myth that absolves them of guilt or shame. Their evangelism is ice: kill or be killed, the weak are forfeit.

Like hyenas and jackals, they protect each other and help bury each other’s victims and misdeeds.

Hollywood, however, being a Far Left bastion of most things corrosive to human civilization, has never kept its abuses limited to just sex.

Oh, no, that requires moderation and liberals are anything but moderate. In our day and age, moderation is a quaint notion held almost entirely on the political right, but not exclusively.

Hollywood is a swamp of sexual culprits and felons. We’ve known this for well over a century. Their effrontery is incurable.

But it is also the dankest pit of racism (African-Americans principally, but the Latinos and Asians have fared no better in the West Coast spotlight) and ageism: sorry, lady, you’re 40? No more roles for you.

These industry-old abuses are obvious to even the most casual observer. And right along side Hollywood’s white-hot racism and ageism, is its exploitation of young filmmakers and talent, with a never-ending roster of schemes to deprive filmmakers of their work through unfair offers, fine print, licensing scams, and insulting distribution deals.

Deceptive (“fuzzy”) accounting was virtually invented by Hollywood, as was blacklisting anyone found to still possess their soul: the ethical, the moral, the whistleblower.

Hollywood is pure assault across every spectra, a lurid abyss where the hopeful are enticed in to dark alleys, then devoured: chewed up and spat out, all while their tormentors project their sins on to their political and moral rivals — Conservatives, Libertarians, capitalists, Christians… anyone with a conscience.

And once a year, this same crowd gets together and swap gold-plated idols, lauding each other for being so enlightened — hah!

Idols in the same of Man, of course.

Now, it must be said, there are a few good people in Hollywood: studios, directors, producers, financiers, cast, crew, others. Yes, even some excellent souls.

They do exist.

If you wish to work in the film industry, especially in Hollywood, you will have to build a solid silver soul for yourself, polish it daily, and seek out those very best men and women.

You will just have to shoulder through countless battalions of bigots and beasts to find them.

100-Year Anniversary of Balfour Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed hope that peace in the Middle East could be reached after the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration that was celebrated yesterday in Britian, Israel and the United States. The declaration was a letter approved by the British cabinet that supported the establishment of a nation for the Jewish people. The declaration was ratified five years later by the League of Nations on November 2, 1922, which led to the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948. This year, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution recognizing the importance of the Balfour Declaration and its goals to support the rights of Jewish and non-Jewish communities.

While several nations such as France, Germany, and Japan had considered, or were considering, similar plans, Britian’s action is recognized internationally as leading up to the creation of modern-day Israel. With there being a strong Jewish presence in the region of Israel for the last 3,000 years, and the cultural and historic value to their community, the letter states:

“His Majesty’s Government view with favour(sic) the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.”

There are several bills in Congress to support actions that facilitate peace in the Middle East. The Taylor Force Act prohibits American tax dollars going to groups that are financially rewarding the families of terrorists. In addition, The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, which has been introduced this year in both the House and Senate, is designed to protect U.S. businesses and individuals from being pressured into an economic boycott of Israel or other friendly nations by international governmental organizations.

This year includes the anniversaries of several major events relating to Israel. These include the 50thanniversary of the unification of Jerusalem; the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls; the 95th anniversary of the League of Nations Mandate; and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel.

“The biblical and historical connection of the land of Israel to the Jewish people is undisputed,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and President of Covenant Journey. “The modern legal right to the land is also clear from the Balfour Declaration to the League of Nations Mandate. Israel is not an occupier of disputed territories but the rightful possessor of the land. This small part of the world is a beacon of hope for democracy and freedom in the Middle East. Each time I visit Israel, I am amazed by the contribution this tiny country has had on technological advances, medical breakthroughs, and agricultural improvements in the world. Every aspect of our daily lives is positively affected by Israel,” said Staver.

Original article: 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration

Lois Lerner Wants IRS Testimony Sealed Forever, Fearing Death Threats

Former IRS official Lois Lerner and her deputy are asking a federal court to keep their testimonies in the Tea Party targeting case private forever, over fear of death threats and potential harm to their families if the documents go public.

Lerner and her deputy Holly Paz filed a motion last Thursday to keep the materials—including tapes and transcripts of their depositions—sealed due to threats they have received in the past.

Court documents, reviewed by Fox News, said the “public dissemination of their deposition testimony would expose them and their families to harassment and a credible risk of violence and physical harm.”

“Whenever Mss. Lerner and Paz have been in the media spotlight, they have faced death threats and harassment,” the documents stated. “Returning Mss. Lerner and Paz to the media spotlight places them at risk, regardless of what they actually said in those depositions.”

The documents also stated that: “Public exposure will put innocent bystanders, namely Mss. Lerner’s and Paz’s family members (including young children), at risk, too.”

Lerner and Paz pointed to comments from Tea Party leader Mark Meckler that the lawsuit would “treat the IRS like the criminal thugs they are.” The court filing argued that his comments have created a “fertile environment where threats” against them have “flourished.”

Lerner and Paz argued that publicity would “renew the threats and harassment,” and said they have presented “compelling reasons” to “override” unsealing the deposition transcripts and summary judgment materials quoting them.

The request was first reported by The Washington Times.

The Justice Department told Fox News on Monday that the testimonies of both Lerner and Paz remain sealed.


Lerner and Paz’s attempt to keep them sealed comes after the Trump administration, after years of litigation, settled lawsuits with the Tea Party and other conservative groups who said they were unfairly targeted by the IRS under the Obama administration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month announced the Justice Department had entered into settlements with the Tea Party groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the IRS dating back to 2013, “based solely on their viewpoint or ideology.”

The settlements involved payments to the plaintiffs and an apology from the IRS.

“The IRS’s use of these criteria as a basis for heightened scrutiny was wrong and should never have occurred,” Sessions said in a statement at the time. “It is improper for the IRS to single out groups for different treatment based on their names or ideological positions.”

The scandal drew heavy attention in 2013, when the IRS admitted it applied extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for nonprofit status.

Lerner, who was then head of the Exempt Organizations unit responsible, became the public face of the scandal, though other IRS officials were involved as well.

Original article: Lois Lerner Wants IRS Testimony Sealed Forever

From the Obama administration, this should come as no surprise.

Remember the IRS scandal? Remember how everyone involved denied it? Remember how it was roundly denounced as “fake news” then promptly buried by all the Far Left news outlets?

Remember being told “there is no Deep State!”

“There are no unelected, elitist bureaucrats pushing one political ideology while stonewalling and persecuting others!”

All those statements were lies. We all knew they were lies at the telling, but that just proves some people are far more honest than others.

Now, Lois Lerner is afraid if her testimony is made available to the public, her life might be in danger.

You can’t make this stuff up. These bureaucratic crooks are real.

What is really sad, even depressing, is how many of my so-called “liberal” friends are completely silent on this and other injustices now emerging from the Obama administration.

If a Republican Senator sexually assaults a woman, my liberal friends shriek and demand he be thrown out of the U.S. Senate, all the while polishing the seat of their favorite Democratic Senator guilty of the exact same crime.

Here’s an idea: throw them both out.

Ultimately, there is no right or left.

There is only right and wrong.

Those Who Burn

Activists burn a flag while protest on the corner of Florence Ave and Normandie Ave against the police shootings that lead to two deaths in Louisiana and Minnesota, respectively, in Los Angeles, California

Books burning in fire

There are many people who don’t understand why so many Conservatives and Christians are against burning the flag of the United States: Old Glory.

The reason is very simple.

Conservatives and actual Christians — not imperialistic pagans masquerading as believers; you know, those bloodthirsty impostors so many fools cannot distinguish from themselves — learned long ago the people who burn flags are the same people who burn books.

And both of them are just one bloody rebellion and a little taste of power away from burning people.

The dead and the damned do not negotiate.

They destroy.

And until they can get to you, they will satisfy themselves with destroying your symbols and your scriptures.

Birthday of a Bloodbath

This October-November 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the launch of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia—the bloody communist state that would produce a political-ideological killing spree unlike any the world has ever seen.

And yet, communism continues to find supporters. Here are three personal anecdotes:

I did a conference this past week on the legacies of communism. One liberal professor complained that no pro-communist speakers were included. I wasn’t surprised.

Another case: a former student of mine this week told me of his professor (at a local college in Pittsburgh) who was hailing Karl Marx for his “brilliance.” Again, no surprise.

One more: A student from the University of Wisconsin called in to a talk-show I did last week insisting that capitalism is just as lethal as communism.

That all happened just this past week, and it’s not unusual in my world.

Anecdotes aside, an October 2016 poll by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation generated a stunning finding: almost one-third of Millennials “believe more people were killed under George W. Bush than under Joseph Stalin.” And it isn’t only those silly Millennials. More than one in four Americans generally believe Bush was the bigger killer.

That same report found that the vast majority of Americans (75 percent) underestimate the number of people killed by communist regimes, and a large majority (68 percent) believe Hitler killed more people than Stalin.

This begs the question: how many people did these ideological gangsters kill?

Well, here at the centenary of communism, the number “100” is fitting, given that 100 million is a good stab at the number of people annihilated by the Marxist-Leninist pathology the Bolsheviks sought to spread worldwide.

The Harvard University Press classic, The Black Book of Communism, endeavored to tabulate a communist death toll in the 20th century. It came up with a figure of 100 million. The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation also arrives at that figure. Cal-Berkeley professor Martin Malia aptly noted that the communist record offers the “most colossal case of political carnage in history.”

And even then, this frightening number—100 million dead—is actually quite conservative.

Take the figure relating to the Soviet Union, for instance, where the Black Book recorded merely 20 million dead. Alexander Yakovlev, a high-level Soviet official who became one of Mikhail Gorbachev’s chief reformers, and who was given the post-Cold War task of trying to tally the victims, estimates that Stalin alone “annihilated … sixty to seventy million people.”

Similar levels of bloodshed was wrought by China’s Mao Tse-tung, who was responsible for the deaths of at least 60 million (according to the Black Book), but more likely over 70 million, according to the latest research. And then there were the killing fields of North Korea, Cambodia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and more.

Among these, the North Korea butcher’s bill is close to 5-6 million. And we can hope and pray that the North Korea nightmare doesn’t take on a hideous nuclear dimension under Kim. Who knows how that one could end?

Really, the death generated by communist governments in the 20th century is closer to 140 million.

By comparison, Hitler’s genocide against Jews, Gypsies, the mentally disabled, and others he deemed “misfits,” was approximately 10 million.

Finally, another chilling figure for comparison: The combined dead from World Wars I and II—the most destructive conflicts in human history—was approximately 50-60 million. One must combine and then double the tolls of the two world wars to begin approaching communism’s mass slaughter.

Ronald Reagan called communism a “disease.” Actually, it’s hard to find a 20th century disease that killed as many people as this ideological pathology. Reagan put it better when he described communism as “evil” and “a form of insanity.”

And yet, so much of this evil insanity isn’t known, nor is it being taught, especially in our universities.

A frustrated James Kirchick of the liberal Daily Beast recently asked his readers, “How many times have you heard some formulation of this viewpoint? ‘Communism is an excellent idea in theory, it just hasn’t worked in practice.’ I wish that was the sort of sentiment I only remembered from college dorm room bull sessions.”

Kirchick responded, “OK. How many more millions of people have to die before we get it right?

Good question.

And so, as communism marks its centennial, we should remember it for what it did best: death.

Original article: Birthday of a Bloodbath

The reason why most evangelicals are hotly opposed to Communism (and long before that the many phases of socialism) is because it is patently antithetical to Christian doctrine.

I cannot tell you how many people — Marxists, Trotskyists, communists of all stripes — try to sell Communism as an extension of the teachings of Jesus Christ.

This proves they have never read the New Testament, or the Old one, and are militantly ignorant of God’s purposes for, and expectations of, human government.

Communism always fails because it is a false doctrine built on false premises…

and the crushed bones of the wise and the righteous, peddled by fools.

And there is no shortage of fools in the world.