Friday, November 28, 2008

LIFECHAIN tomorrow!

Back in March, 2008, we were part of a LIFECHAIN, to protest peaceably against abortion in South Africa.

Tomorrow we will be doing it again!

It will be on the corner of Hendrik Verwoerd and the Old Johannesburg Rd in Centurion (Pretoria, South Africa).

We will start at 09:00 until 12:00. See this map for directions. Everybody is welcome to join us and to hand out leaflets and protest peaceably with posters.

See some of the photographs below from our March 2008 LIFECHAIN.

You will notice that there were all kinds of people present!





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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The West is losing itself

According to Victor Davis Hanson:

"California is now a valuable touchstone to the country, a warning of what not to do. Rarely has a single generation inherited so much natural wealth and bounty from the investment and hard work of those more noble now resting in our cemeteries—and squandered that gift within a generation. Compare the vast gulf from old Governor Pat Brown to Gray Davis or Arnold Schwarzenegger. We did not invest in many dams, canals, rails, and airports (though we use them all to excess); we sued each other rather than planned; wrote impact statements rather than left behind infrastructure; we redistributed, indulged, blamed, and so managed all at once to create a state with about the highest income and sales taxes and the worst schools, roads, hospitals, and airports. A walk through downtown San Francisco, a stroll up the Fresno downtown mall, a drive along highway 101 (yes, in many places it is still a four-lane, pot-holed highway), an afternoon at LAX, a glance at the catalogue of Cal State Monterey, a visit to the park in Parlier—all that would make our forefathers weep. We can’t build a new nuclear plant; can’t drill a new offshore oil well; can’t build an all-weather road across the Sierra; can’t build a few tracts of new affordable houses in the Bay Area; can’t build a dam for a water-short state; and can’t create even a mediocre passenger rail system. Everything else—well, we do that well."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

History should not be forgotten

My daughter is finishing grade 7 (7th grade for our American neighbours) in 2 weeks time. Yup! Here in South Africa our academic year runs from January to December.

She mentioned that she hated history. On the other hand, I love history. I told her that if more people paid attention to history we would see less mistakes of the same type being made over and over.

Star Parker has some interesting ideas about the bailout being sought by the Detroit auto makers and how it relates to history:

"We just had a presidential election that in some circles produced a lot of euphoria. But I believe that at some point -- I hope sooner rather than later -- many Americans are going to wake up and realize that this election was not a cure for our problems but a symptom of the disease.

"I think this is what our crashing financial markets are telling us.

"There is a well-known quote from a less well-known philosopher -- George Santayana -- that those who don't remember history will repeat it.

"The failure of communism and socialism is not that far behind us. Yet Americans cannot seem to recall that it happened -- and why it happened."

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

How Obama got elected



Ever wonder how some people get elected? It is amazing how little some people know about the people they vote for, but purely due to misinformation on the opponents, they continue to vote for their "man."

HT: Copious Dissent

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Is your English this bad?

Are yor English these worses?

Wilson Watson was a lecturer in English at the Catonsville Community College. He collected sentences from his students as a hobby like other people might collect stamps, or rare coins.

Here are some of the sentences he collected:
"People who murder a lot of people are called masked murderers."
"Benjamin Franklin discovered America while fling a kite."
"Michaelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sixteenth Chapel."
"My brother and I took a fairy across to Martha’s Vineyard."
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

South Africa: Christian Unity & the Ballot Box

I received the following email from the Family Policy Institute here in South Africa.



Christian Unity & the Ballot Box

Attacks on Churches from those who preach tolerance have increased dramatically over the past few months. Intolerance and outright contempt for the beliefs and principles of Bible believing Christians have skyrocketed.

A Church in Pretoria was sued recently for dismissing a practicing homosexual and was forced to apologize for 'violating his human rights'.

The rights of the Church to maintain its Biblical integrity were completely ignored. A Stellenbosch Church was attacked by six naked students who stormed into their meeting disrupting the evening service and desecrating the sanctuary.

In the US voters overwhelmingly supported 'proposition 8', the state constitutional amendments in Arizona, Florida and California that protects marriage as the union between a man and a woman.

Following the defeat same-sex 'marriage' proponents poured onto the streets of California attacking several Churches and hurling racial abuse at African Americans who voted overwhelmingly to support the measure.

An elderly bespectacled lady holding a wooden cross was attacked by homosexual activists spewing hate and scorn in full view of TV cameras. They ripped the cross from her hands and stomped on it all the while screaming obscenities at her.

The liberal media's biased reporting of the outpouring of violence and intimidation from 'gay' activists portrayed Christians as hate-mongers and bigots bent on denying 'gays their civil rights.

Despite the trashing of Churches by homosexual activists 'proposition 8' succeeded because the Body of Christ reached across the denominational divide to protect the sanctity of marriage.

Post-apartheid South Africa desperately needs a united Church that's prepared to reach across the denominational divide to defend and protect Faith, Family and Freedom.

Same-sex 'marriage' proponents were defeated at the ballot box in the US because the majority of Americans still value the sanctity of marriage and the family. The same is true for most South Africans who hold to the traditional view of marriage and the family.

That means that we can restore the sanctity of marriage and the family - the way God intended - by Voting our Values on Election Day. If Christians voted exclusively for pro-life and pro-family political parties we would defeat the pro-death and anti-family movements in one election.

Is this possible? With God all things are possible! - With God!

The key to the ballot box defeat of same-sex 'marriage' in three US states was prayer & Christian Unity, (Where God commands the blessing, Psalm 133). The key to righteous government in South Africa can be won at the ballot box but it also demands prayer & Christian Unity!

The question is: will the Church in South Africa transcend the man-made denominational divide and link arms to defeat corrupt and self-serving politicians at the ballot box? That is a question only we can answer.

The life of the unborn and the health of the family depend on your prayers & vote.

P.S. Please forward this to a friend
Family Policy Institute
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www.familypolicyinstitute.org
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Even Hitler suffered in the real estate "downfall"


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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Tyranny of the EU

An interesting site I saw today describes how the EU is on its way to becoming a tyrannical state such as the former USSR was and many current Islamic countries still are.

The site shows how the U.K. is slowly signing its rights away to the EU, disregarding its own citizens!

"The EU arrest warrant (signed by the Queen on 18th November 2003) allows us to be arrested without charge and held indefinitely with no right to see a solicitor, make a phone call, or even a right to a trial. You can simply disappear.

"Under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (SOCPA) 2005, we can now be arrested and held in the cells by any police officer for any petty offence, like dropping litter. Before it had to be an offense that carried a 5 year jail term. This also applies to all of the EU's 107,000 regulations. Do you know them all?

"The Civil Contingences Act 2004 allows government to confiscate anything you possess permanently; you have no right to object. This includes your house. It also gives government the right to forceably move its population around to different locations; you can be left with no place to call your own and live like a refugee. The only check and balance here is a Minister just needs to utter the words 'This is a national emergency.' If a demonstration or strike government doesn't like is being organised, they can cut off all communications in a town - phones, mobiles, the internet, TV, and block all access to that town including closing roads and railways. It has all the powers and more of Hitler's Enabling Act of 1933."

I do not know whether this is correct or not. However, if it is, it would become known as one of the greatest atrocities of modern man.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Nut jobs limb-ping!

The human race will never cease to amaze me! It doesn't surprise me, though!

There are people out there that would like to have their healthy limbs amputated! Yip! You heard right! This psychological disorder is called BIID (Body Integrity Identity Disorder).

Now, if you think this is strange or wacko, there are actually psychos psychiatrists that say that the proper way to treat these people would be to acquiesce to their BIID demands! That is almost unbelievable!

The reason that I am not surprised at this lunacy of limb-ping, or even with those that want to "treat" them, is that I know what is in the heart of man. The Bible tells us that the heart of man is desperately wicked. It also tells us that we are born in sin. The difference between the Biblical diagnosis and the humanistic diagnosis is that the humanistic diagnosis does not offer any help here. It simply sees it as a psychological disorder. The Biblical diagnosis sees the heart of the problem as a matter of sin. That mankind can sink to such low levels as wanting to amputate itself, points to a culture that has become enamored with deviancy and death. Nihilistic tendencies abound, and limb-ping is just one of them.

The solution is not to consent to limb-ping, which simply exacerbates the problem, but to provide a deliverance from this "disorder." Love doesn't cut off a healthy limb! Only self-loathing can lead a person to limb-ping! Love will point to the Creator, Jesus Christ, and the fact that He alone can bring people to deal with their problems.

(13) For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. (14) I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psa 139:13-14)

When we tell God that He made a mistake, and that we know better about ourselves, we effectively tell God that He failed. He doesn't!

Instead of destroying people's lives, real compassion will lead these people to a loving Christ, and not to a hop-along Cassidy life!

HT: Wesley J. Smith

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A once economic giant atrophies to a quivering midget

Now that the midget has committed suicide, perhaps Pat Buchanan's article is an apt warning:

"Great nations do not have trade partners. They have trade competitors and rivals. Trade surpluses are superior to trade deficits. Tariffs on foreign goods are preferable to taxes on U.S. producers. Manufacturing, not finance, is the muscle of the nation.

"Economic independence is vital to political independence...

"As America plunges into recession and our industry hollows out, while China is still growing at 9 percent, as the 20th century's greatest creditor nation now borrows from Beijing to pay for booster shots for its sick economy, may we hear once again the Bush-Clinton refrain about how the terrible danger we all face is from 'protectionism.'"

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

In remembrance of ...


HT: The Constructive Curmudgeon

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

The speedy decline of a culture

Dr. James White has done an incredible video commentary of the election of Barack Obama as U.S. president.


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Friday, November 07, 2008

Obama glides into office on the blood of an entire slaughtered generation

The fact that people all over the world, yes, not just America, are so elated that an African-American has been elected as president is quite amusing. What has race got to do with running a country? Did everybody suddenly forget of Obama's white heritage? Why do they insist on calling him an African-American (which he is not!), and not a coloured European? He is half the one and half of the other. Half-n-half! I suppose no-one is as blind as he who does not want to see!

Should we even mention how African states have been run? into the ground?

So, running a country has nothing to do with the colour of one's skin. However, it has everything to do with the colour of one's heart!

Tim Bayly, wrote a very interesting commentary on the election of Obama as president. Tim:

"Blacks in our nation gain absolutely nothing with Barack Obama, except the coming damning indictment of history that one of their own took his place in promoting and providing the killers' propaganda for the most awful oppression of the helpless this world has ever known--an oppression that dwarfs the oppression members of his race have suffered."
Continue reading Tim's post, Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...

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Happy violence against Christians who said 'Yes' on Prop 8

Oh, I am sorry! Not that type of 'gay!' So, these 'gays' aren't really happy!

I suppose tolerance only goes that far, then it runs out.

Here are some 'happy' people who would love to kill Christians.

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

South Africa: Why your vote counts!

Your Biblical Duty to Vote

As responsible citizens, Christians must strive to honour God in all areas of life (Matthew 5:14-20). We are to oppose evil (Isaiah 59) and work for righteousness. Christians therefore have a Biblical duty to vote.

"Select capable men from all the people - men who fear God; trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain - and appoint them as officials..." Exodus 18:21

"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" Proverbs 14:34

Does your one vote really count?

Contrary to what people may believe, election histories prove that just one vote is often the difference between victory and defeat for a party, candidate or issue. Consider these historical examples:
• In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.
• In 1649, one vote caused Charles I of England to be executed.
• In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German.
• In 1845, one vote brought Texas into the Union.
• In 1868, one vote saved US President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.
• In 1875, one vote changed France from a monarchy to a republic.
• In 1876, one vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the U.S.
• In 1923, one vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.

When you do not vote, by default you cast your vote against the person or proposal you would prefer. When you do not vote, that vote is one less the opposition has to overcome, thus your "no vote" is a vote for anti-Christian policies.

70% of South Africans confess that they believe in God and see themselves as Christians. In 2004, the ANC however got only ±30% and the other parties ±8% of the votes of all people who could have voted. 50-60% eligible voters did not vote. This means that South Africa is governed by the minority! It also means that the Christians who did not vote and those who voted for the ANC have allowed the ANC to get into power!

Dr. Pieter Mulder, president of the Freedom Front believes, "It is in the interest of South Africa that the big political majority of the ANC should be reduced. Following the firing of President Mbeki, this is possible for the first time since 1994." He went on to say:
"The first step is to get the voter support for the ANC down to below 66% at the next elections in 2009.

"A second step is to, through sensible cooperation between opposition political parties, prevent that the ANC govern in all nine provinces.

"To get the support for the ANC in the next election under 66% as a first step, it is very important that opposition voters turn out in large numbers to register to vote. In the previous election, the ANC had 70% of the votes. As a result of the current divisions within the ANC, the party’s support can easily drop to 66% as a result of the stay-away-votes. Opposition voters who do not go and vote out of protest or recklessness, however only once again increase the ANC’s support."

"Who will rise up for Me against the wicked? Who will make a stand for Me against the workers of iniquity?" Psalm 94:16

South Africa’s Proportional Representation System
South Africa has a proportional representation system, which means that the more votes a party gets, the more seats they will get in parliament.

Dr Mulder went on to explain:
"With simple maths it can be explained why opposition voters who do not vote in our proportional electoral system increase the ANC’s support. For the sake of the example, we accept that only ten voters had cast their votes. The percentage of parliamentary members which each party receives is then calculated out of ten votes. If the ANC had obtained six votes and the opposition four, the ANC will get 60% of the parliamentary members in Cape Town or in a provincial legislature and the opposition gets 40%.

"If one opposition voter stays away, the ANC has still obtained six votes while the opposition now only has three votes. The calculation is then done out of nine and no longer ten. The ANC has six out of nine votes or 66%. Without the ANC obtaining more votes, the ANC suddenly has 6% more parliamentary members in Cape Town or in a provincial legislature. The stay-away-voter therefore caused the ANC to improve its performance!

"The opposite also holds true. If the aggrieved Mbeki supporters stay away in the next election, as is being expected, while opposition voters turn out to vote, the ANC’s support will fall dramatically below 66%. With the uncertainties about a future Zuma-government, it is important get the support for the ANC below 66% in order to prevent the ANC from being able to change the Constitution on their own."

Preferably the aim should be to replace them with a coalition of parties committed to pro-life, pro-family, free enterprise policies.

SAVOTERSGUIDE.COM

The South African Biblical Issues Voters’ Guide aims to inform Christians about how the different political parties have voted on legislation that affects these important issues.

Africa Christian Action has been producing Voters’ Guides since 1992. Africa Christian Action is currently updating the Voters’ Guide.

The 2006 Voters’ Guide is downloadable from www.savotersguide.com in English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.

Register to Vote!
8-9 November 2008 - Voting stations open 08:00 to 17:00 - SMS your ID to 32810 to check whether you are registered.

Click below to check if you registered:
https://www.elections.org.za/amregister/amregister.aspx Please enter your ID number and then click 'Submit' to see if you are registered to vote.

Where do I register to vote? This page is designed to assist a voter to find a map of the correct voting station at which he or she should register and vote: http://www.elections.org.za/SearchVD.asp

For more information please contact the IEC toll-free on 0800 11 8000. You may vote in an election only if your name appears on the Voters’ Roll.

Requirements for registration
To be entered on the roll you must:
• apply for registration in person
• be a South African citizen
• possess and show a valid barcoded identity document (ID) or valid temporary identity certificate (TIC)

Important
You may apply to register only for the voting district in which you are ordinarily resident. Where you are "ordinarily resident" is defined as the home or place where you live or to which you regularly return after any temporary period of absence.

Where and when do I register?
The Voters' Roll, which contains over 20 million names, has to be maintained on a continuous basis. The Voters’ Roll can be inspected and voters may update their registration details either at the office of their Municipal Electoral Officer (MEO) during office hours or at their voting station on registration days before the close of the voters’ roll for a particular election. The voters’ roll closes for an election on the day that the date of the election is proclaimed in the government gazette.

"I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before Me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it…" Ezekiel 22:30

Compiled by Taryn Hodgson
Africa Christian Action
PO Box 23632
Claremont
7335
Cape Town
Tel: 021-689 4481
E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za
Web: www.christianaction.org.za

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Day of mourning: God's judgement ensues

It is a day of mourning. 4 November 2008, the day that Barack Obama was elected president of the United States of America.

Here in South Africa, it was at about 06:30 (5 November), that I heard the news. It was truly bad news. At the time of this post, Obama had 51% and McCain 48% of the popular vote. However, the way that the American federal system works, Obama now has 338 and McCain 156 electoral votes. A total of 270 electoral votes are needed for a win. With about a similar margin of the popular vote in 2004, Bush had 286 against Kerry's 251 electoral votes. It all depends which states have been won.

Anyway, Obama's win will indeed bring about change in America. CNN's headline on their main page right now says, "Change has come to America." Obama may hold to that historic designation as the first black president of America, but it is my belief that this historic event will be overshadowed by the fact that he will prove to be the president of America to bring that once great nation's morality to its knees.

Obama's record in the Illinois state senate and also in the U.S. senate will prove to that nation that he was absolutely the wrong choice. His rhetoric of change will prove true. Yet, it will not be change for a better America. Sure, it may become a better America for baby killers (abortionists), for sodomists (homosexuals), for the communists/socialists, for terrorists, but it will not be a better America for those who want to live good or Godly lives.

It still boggles my mind, how such a once proud and good nation, could be duped by a man, who in my mind will bring God's judgement to a nation that once held to living good lives. The tide has swung, and unrighteousness will become the law of the land.

America is a nation where so many claim to be Christian, even evangelical. The question that arises in my mind is, "How can a nation with so many Christians let the country fall into the hands of evil." All I can say is that the clergy, the church, are to be blamed for this travesty! How so many so-called Christians could look past Obama's past (his advocacy of horrors like partial-birth abortion, homosexual marriage, connections to terrorist groups, his communist/socialist leaning ideas), and then vote for him is beyond the scope of insanity. It is like voting for the devil because he will make it nicer for people to live on the earth. When you turn your back on God's laws in a vote such as this, you turn your back on God. You cannot divorce God from His statutes. It is both or nothing!

There are Christians out there who voted for Obama for seemingly good reasons, Such as Rob J. I suppose that it is obvious to them, that having people live better lives in the here and now are more important than those who are prevented from having any life at all through abortion. Since when can murder be downgraded to be only as important as some welfare system where the state will become Santa, handing out continual gifts? Where do these gift come from? From those that will be taxed because they are rich! Taxing the rich to fund the poor may seem noble, but it essentially is stealing from the rich to give to the poor, ala Robin Hood. Taxing the rich to fund the poor can also be humorous.

But, I suppose it would have been better for the allied forces in WWII to have pooled their money and given it to the poor. Surely, the death of 6,000,000 Jews and others were not that important! The same scenario is playing out right in front of our eyes right now! The only difference is that it is more than 40,000,000 babies that have been killed!

I read in a blog sometime yesterday (and I wish I noted where I read it), about people asking whether God would judge America for its evils, such as the abortion holocaust, pornography, homosexual vices and many more. The answer this blogger gave was that those very evils in America "are the judgement of God."

Obama as president, is God's judgement!

However, one thing I know, and that is that God is still in control. No matter who the president is and who has the most seats in government, there is only one Sovereign, and that is Jesus Christ. He will continue to rule this world, no matter who is president of what!

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Is Obama the anti-christ?

The questions has been asked, "Is Barack Hussein Obama the anti-christ?"

Famed Catholic-Canadian author, Michael O'Brien, says "not a chance!" But, he does not say that for the reasons you might suppose!

"From my own reading of Obama's declarations and stated positions, I knew he was an ultra-liberal, a social revolutionary with visionary pretensions. But the Antichrist? No, not possible, I thought. I felt that he was too shallow a man to be the Son of Perdition, the Man of Sin, the Beast of the Book of Revelation. And I still think so. Obama is a crowd-pleaser with just the right ethos of idealistic crusader. That the crusade and the banners under which it marches are evil does not automatically prove that he is the Antichrist.

"But now that I have seen the video of the Berlin speech I think there is more here than meets the eye. He is indeed a powerful manipulator of crowds, even as he appears ever so humble and wholesomely charming. I doubt that he is the long-prophesied ruler of the world, but I also believe that he is a carrier of a deadly moral virus, indeed a kind of anti-apostle spreading concepts and agendas that are not only anti-Christ but anti-human as well. In this sense he is of the spirit of Antichrist (perhaps without knowing it), and probably is one of several key figures in the world who (knowingly or unknowingly) will be instrumental in ushering in the time of great trial for the Church under its last and worst persecution, amidst the numerous other tribulations prophesied in the books of Daniel and Revelation, and letters of St Paul, St. John, and St. Peter."

Here are some hard-hitting quotes from O'Brien:
"I have read a number of his pronouncements, and saw the smoke and mirrors beneath the rhetoric..."

"I knew he was an ultra-liberal, a social revolutionary with visionary pretensions."

"He is indeed a powerful manipulator of crowds, even as he appears ever so humble and wholesomely charming."

"I also believe that he is a carrier of a deadly moral virus, indeed a kind of anti-apostle spreading concepts and agendas that are not only anti-Christ but anti-human as well."

"Yet when all the rhetoric is boiled down to its substance, the man is advocating unlimited state-sanctioned murder, and compounds it by indulging in habitual falsehood."
Continue reading O'Brien's newsletter here.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Clergy will be blamed if Obama wins

Randall Terry, Founder of Operation Rescue feels that if Obama wins Tuesday's elections, then the fault can be laid squarely at the feet of clergy of the American church:

"Think of the German Church During the Holocaust

"Adolph Hitler declared just after he was voted into power:

"The parsons will be made to dig their own graves. They will betray their God to us. They will betray anything for the sake of their miserable little jobs and incomes." (The Nazi Persecution of the Churches, J.S. Conway.)

"...overall, Hitler's assessment of German clergy proved true. After the war, Martin Niemoller wrote Guilt and Hope, and basically blamed the German clergy for Hitler's rise to power. If only the clergy had spoken out early on, Hitler could have been stopped. The clergy chose silence and safety; they lost the life and soul of their nation in the exchange, and the condemnation of countless generations to come.

"Heaven viewed them with tears; history views them in contempt....

"...What hardships do American Clergy face today

"To derail and defeat Obama?"

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