The Failed Heretical Crusade

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“Let no one consider themselves the ‘armour’ of God while planning and carrying out acts of violence and oppression,”

These two 60 Minute episodes must be read in order to understand how and why the American People were suckered by false prophets and right-wing politicians into going on a Crusade in Iraq. We have to be careful we are not fooled again.

Pope Francis uses the term “Orthodox Christians” knowing full well that the Evangelical Rapture and Tribulation is a full blown heresy that led to the total unrest we see throughout the Middle East today. Evangelical Political Extremists have shut down the greatest democracy on earth, and declared a War on the Poor.  They deliberately create fear and chaos in regards to the National Debt that they claim God anointed them to fix. They claim their religion founded this Democracy in 1776, when in truth it was not invented until 1836 – in Ireland. The Founding Fathers knew nothing about The Rapture that is now being titled a ‘Heresy’ by scholars.

“Asked specifically about Islamic State last month when returning from a trip to South Korea, Francis endorsed action by the international community to stop “unjust aggression”.

In Tirana, Francis lauded the mutual respect and trust between Muslims, Catholics and Orthodox Christians in Albania as a “precious gift” and a powerful symbol in today’s world.”

“This is especially the case in these times where an authentic religious spirit is being perverted by extremist groups and where religious differences are being distorted and instrumentalised,” said Francis.”

For the last five days I have been resisting the temptation to summon the spirit of the Knight Templars that owned the Shroud of Turin, gather the righteous around them, and launch them against ISIS dressed in the Armor of God.  I can not do this because these Templars, who my be my ancestors, led the Fourth Crusade that looted Constantinople, and established the Kingdom of Athens in order to tax the populace.  Even though I might gain some prestige and credibility, even author a best seller, I can not in good consciousness support anything that looks like a concerted Christian effort to destroy ISIS who is doing dark and evil things to Disbelievers and the “ungodly”, a word Tim Lahaye uses when comparing what he is selling to the Democrats, who are real, while he is the author of a murderous fantasy based upon a heresy.

“I’m not accusing my Democratic friends of being ungodly. But I’m just saying statistically, people that attend church frequently, at least once a week or more — two thirds of them vote Republican,” says Bauer. “Those voters that say they seldom if ever attend religious services, two thirds of them vote Democratic.”

Lahaye then goes on to claims 911 is a god-send because it might cause the frightened “ungodly” to turn to their heretical brand of their End Time “Killer Jesus.”  This National Fear can further reap converts via the extended Crusade in Iraq. I would like to launch a class action suit against LaHaye who invented the Apocolyptic blueprint ISIS uses today. Consider Blackwater.  On October 8th. Catholic television will broadcast a series on the Crusades.

It was remarkable to see our President relaxed and in good company at the United Nations, he out of reach of his evangelical enemies in Congress who have demonized him, depicted him as Satan and the Anti-Christ. But, take a good look at Tim LaHaye, and despair. Here is Beezlebub – in the flesh!

Above is a black and white photo of John Darby looking like The Devil. From his fictional religion came a real attack by real evil, a true Satan, a name that means “adversary” who cost the American Taxpayer trillions of dollars. Monsters like this always go after the treasure of the lands they infect. Our Commander in Chief bombed the oil wells these parasites attached themselves to. As for the millions of white folk who are having an identity crisis, you can only blame the false religion you follow that bid you not to use your mind, but, grovel in a dank hole in fear.

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“For evangelicals, the war in Iraq is seen not merely as a war against terror. Last year, Lt. Gen. William Boykin, a deputy undersecretary of defense, and an evangelical, made headlines when he publicly described the war on terror as a religious mission. Of one Muslim warlord, he said, “My God is bigger than his. My God is a real God.”


“With the president, what he says he believes as a matter of faith also seems to be reflected in many of the policies in his plan to distribute social services through religious institutions.”

And the events of Sept. 11 gave an even greater urgency to believers and some non-believers?

“9/11 was a wake up call to America. Suddenly, our false sense of security was shaken. Now we realize we’re vulnerable. And that fear can lead many people to Christ,” says LaHaye.

“I see many signs of the Lord’s return. This could be the generation that’s going to hear Jesus shout from the heaven, and we’ll respond, to be with him. And you don’t want your loved ones to be left behind.”

Prior to 1830, no church taught it in their creed, catechism or statement of faith.
4. Darby has had a profound impact on religion today, since Darby’s “secret rapture” false doctrine has infected most conservative, evangelical churches. While the official creeds and statements of faith of many churches either reject or are silent about Rapture, neither do they openly condemn this doctrine of a demon from the pulpit.”

The latest of the “Left Behind” novels, “Glorious Appearing,” has been a phenomenal success at the book stores.

Its central audience are the estimated 100 million Americans who call themselves evangelical Christians – and their influence on politics is undeniable. In the last election, 40 percent of the votes for George W. Bush came from their ranks.

Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win any national election. Well, they are fast becoming the fringe of the GOP, based on recently released research from focus groups conducted by Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert for Democracy Corps.

The GOP is now roughly split into three factions: one-third Evangelical, one-quarter Tea Party and one-quarter moderates. These focus groups, which were purposely assembled homogeneously to encourage participation, were chosen because they comprise the base of the Republican Party.

True, the Tea Party has its own goals and it’s wreaking havoc on the Republican Party and the nation. But what’s striking about the insights gleaned from the groups is that both moderate and Tea Party Republicans view the Evangelical agenda as a total distraction.

Evangelicals are apparently beside themselves over losing the culture wars. According to the memo, they “believe their towns, communities and schools are suffering from a deep ‘culture rot’ that has invaded from the outside.” Their main focus is homosexuality, but they’re also concerned about the decline of small homogenous towns.

But the Tea Party folks couldn’t care less about social issues.

Gay marriage. Abortion. “Who cares?” said one Tea Partier from Roanoke.

Another Roanoke Tea Partier agreed: “I think it’s not important.”

A Tea Party man from Raleigh who said he didn’t support same-sex marriage also said it wasn’t the job of the government to intervene.

“I personally don’t agree with gay marriage, but I don’t think the government should say who can get married and who can’t. It’s not their business,” he said.

Similar to the Tea Party faction, Republican moderates also showed apprehension about the Evangelical agenda.

“I can’t sell my kids on this party. I agree with …  some of their positions. But the stupid things …  for instance, the rape crap they were saying … I can’t sell them on my party,” said a Colorado man.

“I just tend to be a little bit more moderate on social issues. However I’m a pretty staunch fiscal conservative,” said a Raleigh woman, “so it’s kind of like, at least among my peers, there’s a change in kind of the conservative group. But it doesn’t necessarily seem like the Republican Party is changing with it.”

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When EWTN decided to produce a new docu-drama on the Crusades two years ago, most Americans had never heard of ISIS; no journalists had been beheaded in Iraq; and no Christian women and girls had been abducted or enslaved. Yet the Lord, with His perfect timing, knew that a mini-series on “The Crusades” needed to be ready to air in October – and so it is. (The mini-series airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11.)

This mention of the Knights Templar is an interesting one because it shifts the focus of Iraq from a quest for oil to that of a holy war. Remember when Pres. Bush got laughs for referring to the “war on terror” as a “crusade.” And this isn’t the only time Prince and his company Blackwater have been linked, albeit tenuously, with these shadow elements of the Catholic church and Christian fundamentalists.

The European Parliament published a report by Giovanni Claudio Fava, a Socialist Group legislator, claiming that there are connections between Blackwater and Malta. Malta is where the Knights of Malta, another right-wing element of the Catholic Church similar to the Knights Templar, once lived and still maintain control of Fort St. Angelo.

David Cameron has promised that Britain’s military would play its part to tackle the “mortal threat” posed by “murderous plans” of Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, the prime minister confirmed parliament would be recalled on Friday to secure approval for Britain to participate in US-led air strikes in Iraq against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis.


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Mr Cameron said it was right to “learn the lessons of the past” but that “past mistakes”, particularly in Iraq a decade ago, should not “become an excuse for indifference or inaction”.

“We have to learn the right lessons,” he said. “Yes to careful preparation; no to rushing to join a conflict without a clear plan. But we must not be so frozen with fear that we don’t do anything at all.”

A formal request from the Iraqi government for help combating Isis was “a clear basis in international law for action”, Mr Cameron said.

Echoing President Barack Obama’s speech to the UN earlier in the day, Mr Cameron called on more countries in the Middle East to join the coalition. He said Iran “should also be given the chance to show it can be part of the solution, not part of the problem”.

Mr Cameron met Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, on Wednesday, the first meeting between the two countries’ leaders since the 1979 revolution in Iran.

The British cabinet will on Thursday discuss participating in air strikes while Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, on Wednesday evening promised Labour support in parliament, saying the party would not “turn away from threats to our national interest”.

The British are less likely to participate in air strikes against Isis positions in Syria. On Wednesday night, aircraft from the US, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates attacked 12 oil refineries run by Isis that generate up to $2m a day for the organisation.

Mr Cameron also rejected working with Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, to counter Isis.

“Our enemies’ enemy is not our friend, It is another enemy,” he said. “Doing a deal with Assad will not defeat [Isis] – because the bias and the brutality of the Assad regime was and is one of the most powerful recruiting tools for the extremists.”

In his speech, Mr Obama framed the struggle against the extremist group in the stark moral terms that he has often been reluctant to use. “There can be no reasoning – no negotiation – with this brand of evil,” he said. “The only language understood by killers like this is the language of force.”

The warlike rhetoric represented a stark change for a president who was elected to end the conflict in Iraq and who only last year claimed at the UN that America was “shifting away from a perpetual war footing”.

The international action follows months in which Isis militants have swept across the region, seizing control of a swath of Syria and neighbouring Iraq.

Wednesday’s address to the UN was the centrepiece of a frenetic three days of American diplomacy in New York, aimed at broadening the international coalition the US is mounting to take on Isis.

Mr Obama said more than 40 countries had offered to join the coalition against Isis.

A militant group in Algeria that says it is allied to Isis separately beheaded a French hostage in retaliation to French participation in air strikes in Iraq, according to Site Intelligence Group, which tracks extremist groups.

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