Dec 05

Austria has not voted for the Elite!

Alexander van der Bellen

Alexander van der Bellen

Austria has seemingly embraced an EU-friendly, migrant-welcoming view of the world in electing Alexander Van der Bellen as its President and rejecting the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer.

Herr Van der Bellen, a former leader of the Green party, said he would be an “open-minded, liberal-minded and above all a pro-European president”.  Herr Hofer might feel aggrieved at that.  He was not exactly campaigning for an Austrian exit from the EU either.

THE ANTI-ELITE MOOD IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL

Austrians are said to be pro-European Union, but despite the sense of relief in Eurocrat corridors of power, we should not think the prevailing anti-elite mood has had an abrupt about-turn.

Crucially, mainstream politicians were not in the running.  The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) and Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) candidates came fourth and fifth in the April 2016 first round, behind Herr Hofer, who won, Herr Van der Bellen, second, and independent Irmgard Griss in third place .  This allowed the Green Party’s avuncular Herr Van der Bellen to claim to be an ‘outsider’, just like Herr Hofer.

Norbert Hofer

Norbert Hofer

The significance of the first round was that parties winning over 50% of the vote for the Parliament in 2003 (see below) were soundly rejected by the electorate.

So when Werner Kogler, a Green party politician, described the result as a “small global turning of the tide in these uncertain, not to say hysterical and even stupid times”, he missed the point, as well as casting voters in the UK and USA as stupid.

VOTING PATTERNS IN AUSTRIA

The Freedom party secretary, Herbert Kickl, was more astute.  He acted as Hofer’s campaign manager and was well aware that the establishment had swung behind Herr Van Der Bellen, but quietly.  He said: “In this case the establishment – which pitched in once again to block, to stonewall and to prevent renewal – has won.”

In the 2003 Austrian Parliamentary elections, the Greens polled 12.42% of the vote, winning 24 seats.  Hofer’s Freedom Party, the FPÖ, polled 20.51% and won 40 seats.  Between them, the SPÖ and ÖVP had over 50% of the vote and 99 seats.  Clearly, many of their supporters voted for Herr Van der Bellen.  But equally, a good number voted for Norbert Hofer, concerned about immigration and jobs.

An analysis of the voting patterns in May is highly revealing.  Men voted considerably more for Hofer, women for Van der Bellen.  The young were somewhat more inclined to go for Van der Bellen. The working class were overwhelmingly for Hofer.  Cities voted for Van der Bellen, the countryside for Hofer.  This time around is likely to have returned similar results.

ONE MAN’S REFUGEE …

Herr Hofer was castigated  by some for apparent antipathy to “the weak, poor and vulnerable  – who today particularly include refugees and foreigners”.  The barb had significance in the country which gave birth to Adolf Hitler.  Indeed, so well did the ‘far-right’ label stick (but was Hitler actually far-right or far-left?) that Herr Hofer’s posters were routinely defaced with little moustaches.

But one man’s refugee is another man’s economic migrant and yet a third man’s terrorist infiltrator.  After an initial welcoming stance, and also lying on the Hungary to Germany route, the Austrian Government clamped down, and today caps applications for asylum at 37,500 per year.

A Christian position may well remember the Holy Family were refugees in Egypt, but they did not go there to subvert the Egyptian government, start a wave of crime or begin a campaign of terror.

There is a theological balance to be struck between hospitality and security, as I show in this video:

 

 

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Dec 01

Irresponsible BBC promoting transgenderism

Victoria Derbyshire interviewing 'Jason' and her mother Leanne

Victoria Derbyshire interviewing ‘Jason’ and her mother Leanne

Hard on the heels of ‘I am Leo‘ and its ‘Just a Girl‘ series, the BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire Programme’ has joined its irresponsible campaign to promote transgenderism among primary school children.

The morning TV show is today telling the story of ‘Jason’, a girl who wants to be a boy.

VIDEO CLIP

In a video clip on a BBC webpage the child says: ‘I felt like a boy trapped in a girl’s body and it just really didn’t feel right, it was horrible.’

Miss Derbyshire asks: ‘What do you remember about when you were treated as a girl and had a girl’s name?’

The child answers: ‘Well I was treated like any other, anyone else was but I just didn’t feel like the same as everyone else so I felt different and I felt that I was a boy and I am a boy. I came home, I think as, pretty much every day I came home sort of crying because I didn’t know how to explain it. If I was to carry on living as a girl I don’t think I could do it I just I probably wouldn’t, I wouldn’t let anyone see me, I probably wouldn’t come out of my room.’

‘Jason’s’ mother Leanne tells Victoria Derbyshire she and her husband fully support Jason’s wish to be a boy. She says: ‘I think it’s really hard for a parent or anybody on the outside looking in to understand that they are trapped in the wrong body and that is how they feel and it’s like torture for them every day.’

‘WRONG BODY’ MANTRA WITH NHS TREATMENT

Leuprorelin is marketed under the brand name Lupron

Leuprorelin costs £1000 per monthly injection and is available on the NHS

What we see is the popular ‘trapped in the wrong body’ mantra coupled with emotional blackmail.

Disturbingly, we learn that 120 children who identify as being transgender have had NHS treatment to pause their puberty over the last five years and that ‘Jason’ ‘is one of the youngest.

She is now having monthly injections of hormone blockers, which effectively and temporarily halt the progress of puberty.

In ‘Just a Girl’, aimed at children 6-12, the fictional ‘Amy’ wears girl’s clothes and explains to viewers that he was born as a boy, Ben. He too is already in the process of halting puberty by drugs.

The treatment costs the taxpayer something like £1000 per month and the NHS even produced a ‘Guide to Hormone Therapy for Trans People’. The Guide makes clear that in addition to the hormone blockers, a child will need to take regular injections of the hormone appropriate to their ‘chosen’ gender.

This will obviously lower fertility, and if the patient embarks on surgery to have either testicles or ovaries removed, infertility will be permanent. ‘Jason’ and ‘Amy’ will not have children, and ‘Jason’s’ mother Leane will not have the joy of grandchildren from her.

Frank Godwin's representation of Treasure Island's Long John Silver

Frank Godwin’s representation of Treasure Island’s Long John Silver

PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT

If someone really and truly believed he was Long John Silver, would the NHS chop off his leg and buy him a parrot? No, his doctor would refer him to a psychiatrist.

Medicine is there to cure, not to harm. Hormones, let alone surgery, are undertaken with the intent of impairing or destroying a natural bodily function. That is contrary to medicine.

A more mature society would deal with the underlying psychological and emotional problem, with the aim of making the child feel at home in the body the good Lord gave him or her. Indeed, the problem could even be spiritual.

The extent to which transgenderism is now becoming fashionable, aided in the UK by our state broadcaster, promoted by materials on the NHS website, means many more small children will fall for it year by year, trotting out the ‘trapped in the wrong body’ line.

Bob McCoskie of New Zealand’s ‘Family First’ reports that ‘the overwhelming majority of such children – from 75 to 98 percent – who experience gender dysphoria grow out of it by the time they reach puberty. … The leading clinics seeing such children – such as those in Canada and the Netherlands – do not recommend parents and schools facilitate gender changes in such children for various reasons. The push in culture today to embrace and affirm such children’s wishes is founded more upon a political ideology than it is in careful science and experience.’

It may be argued that political ideology is bent on societal and individual self-destruction.

Leading clinicians working in the Netherlands report ‘the results unequivocally showed that gender dysphoria remitted after puberty in the vast majority of children.’ They refer to this switch back to the child’s natal gender as “desisting”. Thus, most such children are indeed not ‘transgender’. The Amsterdam Gender Identity Clinic, one of the largest clinics in Europe treating gender dysphoric children, does not recommend that parents, teachers, or clinicians facilitate pre-adolescent sex transitioning, cross-dressing or name-changing.

Children find it hard to reverse the momentum that was created for them by well-intentioned but enabling adults.

Rupert Everett. 'After I was 15, I never wanted to be a woman again'.

Rupert Everett. ‘After I was 15, I never wanted to be a woman again’.

STATE-SPONSORED CHILD ABUSE

Going along with such a child’s apparent wishes to adopt the opposite gender could mar them for life and could be seen as state-sponsored child abuse.

British actor Rupert Everett has also warned parents and clinicians against encouraging children who believe they should be the opposite sex. Speaking from his own experience as a boy, Everett, who is homosexual, said, ‘I really wanted to be a girl. Thank God the world of now wasn’t then, because I’d be on hormones and I’d be a woman. After I was 15, I never wanted to be a woman again.’

Schools going along with transgenderism in the liberal West really ought to carry out a full risk-assessment if they are encouraging immature children into life-changing decisions they will regret later.

Schools and parents should ask themselves:

How will any amount of ‘transitioning’ change the child’s chromosonal and genetic structure?
How will a male to female child produce eggs or a female to male child sperm?
How do they know the child wil not afterwards regret the ‘transition’ and sue?

WE ARE MARRING GOD’S IMAGE OF MALE AND FEMALE

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Proverbs 14:12 (&16:25) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

 

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Nov 30

EU’s Woman on the Beast

Europa on the Bull outside the Council of Ministers building in Brussels

Europa on the Bull outside the Council of Ministers building in Brussels

The European Union faces a crisis this weekend, with a referendum in Italy and Austria re-running its presidential election.  But is the entire EU project doomed?  Is the heart of God against the EU just as he was against the antichrist Roman Empire?  If so, have the Eurocrats been hiding their true intentions in plain sight?

ITALIAN REFERENDUM

A vote against the reforms proposed by Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, could dent confidence in Italy’s banking system and spell disaster for the Euro.  At the very least, it could sweep the Five Star Movement’s anti-EU leader Beppe Grillo into power.

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, wants more power.

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, wants more power.

Signor Renzi wants more power for whoever forms the ruling party, and Italians fear he, or someone in the future, could act like Il Duce of old.

Commentators say there is also more than a whiff of the same anti-establishment feeling in the air which resulted in the Leave vote in Brexit and the election of Donald Trump (and, although he hates to admit it, the election as Labour leader of Jeremy Corbyn).

AUSTRIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Meanwhile, a triumph for Nobert Hofer, of the Freedom Party, could result in a referendum on Austria’s membership of the European Union.

Norbert Hofer

Norbert Hofer; the slogan roughly translates as ‘Austria, again and again.’

Hofer is described by the BBC as ‘far-right’, although his opponent, the Green Party’s Alexander Van der Bellen, may be equally far-left.  If Herr Hofer wins, there would surely be demands for reform of the EU super-state.

But does the EU need mere reform, as Mr Cameron famously proposed (although I was never sure whether he thought he had already achieved reforms or whether he thought he was going to secure reforms after a Remain vote in the Brexit referendum), or is the purpose of God for it to be broken up?

EUROPA ON THE BULL

This spring, I went to Brussels to look for a mythological woman who has become a symbol of Europe.  I found her outside the Justus Lipsius Building, which houses the EU council of Ministers (above).  She is also the subject of a statue in Strasbourg (below) and her image is just about everywhere in the EU.  By placing Europa on the Bull all over the European Union, were the Eurocrats secretly telling us something about the destination and purpose of the EU, but doing so right out in the open?  And if I am right about what they propose for the people of Europe, wasn’t the result of the UK’s Brexit referendum a real token of the grace of God?

Europa on the Bull outside the rear entrance of the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg.

Europa on the Bull outside the rear entrance of the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg.

In the Greek myth, their top god Zeus became infatuated by Europa, a Phoenician princess.  He changed himself into a bull and enticed her onto his back.  Once she had sat upon him, he made off to Crete with her.  In Crete he changed back into his human form, flung the bull into the heavens, where it became the Taurus constellation, and raped her. Like Europa, are the people of Europe being lied to about the purpose of the trip and the eventual destination?

EUROPA WRITING THE EU CONSTITUTION

The disturbing tale of the rape of Europa is all over the EU, not just in the statues outside the EU Parliament in Strasbourg and the Council of Ministers Building in Brussels.

Europa writing the EU Constitution on an Italian 2-Euro coin.

Europa writing the EU Constitution on a commemorative Italian 2-Euro coin.

Europa on the Bull has been on an Greek and an Italian 2-Euro coin.  On the latter, she was writing the EU’s failed constitution – how scary is that?   Europa herself is on the ‘Europa’ series of banknotes and the Bull, with a bit of astrology thrown in, is on every EU residence permit.

Going deeper, is there a parallel between Europa on the Bull and the Woman on the Beast of Revelation chapter 17? The woman, the whore, sits on the beast just as Europa sits on the bull.  She goes where the beast, or the bull, wants to go.

The woman in Revelation 17 appears to be an earthly power (she personifies the Roman Empire of the time) and the beast seems to be a demonic spirit empowering her.  In the same way, Europa seems to personify Europe and its peoples, and the bull she is riding is the demonic spirit of Zeus, whose altar is referred to in Revelation 2:13 as Satan’s seat.

I could go on, but it’s all in this short video (less than 4 minutes).  Click and see for yourself:

 

 

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Nov 28

Brexit and the EEA

A 'Remoaner'

A ‘Remoaner’ in full cry

The ‘Remoaners’ are at it again.  As part of their anti-Brexit campaign for the UK to stay in the EU, they intend to launch a legal challenge.

This one is not over Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty but over a certain Article 127.

Confused? Article 127 is the exit clause for the European Economic Area.

The so-called ‘Hard Brexit’ involves leaving the European Union’s Single Market and its Customs Union. A ‘Soft Brexit’ would stay in them, making the vote in June to ‘Leave’ the EU of no consequence.

So just where does the European Economic Area fit in?

OK.  Let’s draw it all together.

CUTTING THROUGH THE JARGON

The EU’s own website says: ‘The Single Market refers to the EU as one territory without any internal borders or other regulatory obstacles to the free movement of goods and services. … The European Single Market is one of the EU’s greatest achievements. … The Single Market is at the heart of the European project …’  It also allows the free movement of people, but they are a bit coy about admitting that.

The BBC explains: ‘A customs union is a form of trade agreement between two or more countries.  It means they decide not to impose tariffs (taxes on imports) on each other’s goods and agree to impose common external tariffs on goods from countries outside their customs union.  Setting common external tariffs is what distinguishes a customs union from a free trade area.’

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states: ‘The European Economic Area (EEA) unites the EU Member States and the three EEA EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) into an Internal Market governed by the same basic rules. These rules aim to enable goods, services, capital, and persons to move freely about the EEA in an open and competitive environment, a concept referred to as the four freedoms.’

The UK Government confirms the EEA allows Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to be part of the EU’s Single Market.  It goes on: ‘Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market – this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.’

THE UK IS A CONTRACTING PARTY TO THE EEA AGREEMENT

The UK signed the EEA Agreement in Porto on 2nd May 1992 and ratified it on 15th November 1993.  It came into force on 1st January 1994.  The UK is a ‘contracting party’ to the EEA Agreement.

Article 127 of the EEA Agreement says: ‘Each Contracting Party may withdraw from this Agreement provided it gives at least twelve months’ notice in writing to the other Contracting Parties.
‘Immediately after the notification of the intended withdrawal, the other Contracting Parties shall convene a diplomatic conference in order to envisage the necessary modifications to bring to the Agreement.’

In the face of the legal challenge about to be launched by a pro-single market think tank with no working website called ‘British Influence‘, the Government has maintained that EEA membership ends when the UK leaves the EU.  But that is not what the Agreement says.  So a bit like the Roundheads in the book ‘1066 and all that‘, the Remoaners in this case are ‘Right but Repulsive’.  (The Cavaliers, you will remember, were ‘Wrong but Wromantic’.)

Where does this leave the UK Government? Quite simply, they must just get on with it and bring a short Bill before Parliament to leave the EU and trigger both Article 50 and Article 127.  Or they can add all that to the bill they have promised, dubbed the ‘Great Repeal Bill’. which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972.

And if they lose the vote, they will be able to call a General Election and win it.

WE DO NOT NEED TRADE AGREEMENTS TO TRADE

The Bible reminds us that nations do not need trade agreements to trade.  Ezekiel 27 is an important chapter which sets down in minute detail the extensive network of ocean-going international trade 2,600 years ago.  It was centred around the wicked city of Tyre and included metals from the British Isles:

Ezekiel 27:12 Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of all kind of riches; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they traded in thy fairs. 

All trade agreements do is reduce tariffs, which may or may not be of benefit.  The EU exports more to the UK than it imports from us, and German car-makers will not want a trade war.  The Bible also reminds us that leaders have to trust God and make decisions.  First Moses then the Lord told Joshua:

Joshua 1:6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.

In particular, rulers have to take the initiative, set a standard and lead the people:

2Chronicles 20:3  And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

PRAY that Theresa May, David Davis, Boris Johnson and Dr Liam Fox will get on with it and take the UK properly out of the European Union with its pretensions to continue the antichrist project of Babel.  View our video:

 

 

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Nov 26

Pray for Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

The Bible tells us to pray for our leaders, but there is an urgent need to pray for Donald Trump, especially as he embarks on his ‘Thank You’ tour with all the security challenges that presents.

TRUMP IS NOT YET ‘PRESIDENT-ELECT’

Despite the generous words of President Obama, Donald Trump is not yet, at this time of writing, the ‘President-Elect’ of the United States.

He will only become President-Elect when the fifty US electoral colleges have met, in their own states, on 19th December 2016 and that when the President of the US Senate counts up the votes, 270 or more state electors have voted for him.

Each elector has two votes, one for President, one for Vice-President.  Remember, ‘faithless’ electors (those who do not ‘keep faith’ with the state’s electorate) could change the outcome.

What would happen were Donald Trump to become President-Elect but be assassinated after 19th December and before his swearing in?  His running mate, Mike Pence, having been elected Vice-President-Elect, would become President on 20th January.

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

But what would happen were Donald Trump to be assassinated before 19th December?  Then, as I understand it, the electors would be free to vote for whomsoever they wished.  Mike Pence might be elected.  But so might the runner-up, Hillary Clinton.

CHANCES OF ASSASSINATION

A Mrs Clinton Presidency would be a green light to the Neo-Conservatives, hawks and interventionists in the State Department and the Pentagon to bomb far-away places and increase NATO aggression against the Russian Federation.  It would also be bad news for Israel, and great news for abortionists, gay rights groups and those who paint transsexual signs on toilets.  Her judicial appointments to the Supreme Court would entrench the antichrist agenda, and the effects of all that would undoubtedly be felt this side of the Atlantic and across the world.

Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt in 1981

Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt in 1981

There is a lot of money and ideology at stake and we should be under no illusion about that.  There are dark forces already at work trying to undermine Mr Trump.  An assassination attempt on him is not beyond the bounds of reason.  Joe Tex says the chances are:

‘about 1 in 4 that he will be killed, injured or narrowly escape an assassination attempt. There is a 90% chance that at least one attempt will be made, since one attempt has been made on 9 of the last 10 Presidents.’

Before the election, we prayed for a Trump rather than a Clinton victory on grounds of world peace. There is far less chance of tensions building up between the US and Russia, although we must still pray hard.against the warmongers.

HOPE FOR WORLD PEACE

By working with Russia, President Trump will also be the best hope for peace and for Christians and Christianity in the Middle East.  It was President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair who were responsible for the ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan, which began in 2001. The same two took their countries into war on false pretences against Saddam Hussain in Iraq in 2003, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and sowing the seeds of Islamic State.

Even on President Obama’s watch, the US, the UK, under David Cameron, and France threw Libya into chaos in 2011 and the same year, with the help of funding from financier and agitator George Soros, destabilised Syria, bringing about today’s refugee crisis across Europe.  The civil war in Syria saw jihadists Al Nusra Front and Islamic State finally become established.  This BBC timeline video is helpful.

Mike Pence

Mike Pence

Depending on who Mr Trump appoints as Secretary of State, there is hope we shall hear far less of the Soros-inspired ‘Responsibility to Protect’, which in practice means organised destablisation and fake news from establishment media followed by regime change, followed by anarchy.

We must pray especially against the appointment to that office of the war-monger John Bolton.  Having said that, Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney are each of them anti-Russia insiders.  The delay in the appointment must mean the Trump team are still looking for someone who shares his views.

(03/12/2016 Update: On his ‘Thank You’ tour, Mr Trump has said “We will destroy ISIS. At the same time, we will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments, folks.”)

IT ALL HINGES ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

Clearly Mr Trump, his advisers and his running mate Mr Pence, who gives his testimony in this video, need wisdom from on high in their appointments.

But of course, much hinges on the electoral college on 19th December.  If Donald Trump makes it that far, and if the electors stay faithful to their state vote, he will at that point become President Elect and the elite will have been denied the Clinton presidency they were counting on.

So we must pray urgently for safety and protection for Donald Trump and also of course for Mike Pence.  In particular, may the Lord frustrate all attempts to assassinate Mr Trump.

Pray also that his appointments will be marked by wisdom and a desire for peace.

Psalm 140:4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

1Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

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Nov 21

The European Union’s Tower of Babel

tHE eu

The Tower of the European Parliament Building in Strasbourg is deliberately ‘unfinished’, demanding comparisons with Bruegel’s painting.

Five months after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union by the grace of God, we are no nearer to knowing what kind of relationship Theresa May’s administration intends.

Tony Blair has weighed in to what he sees as a vacuum.  He will want the closest possible association with the EU, and behind the disparaging views he is said to harbour about Mrs May and Jeremy Corbyn may lie a fear that these two are more Eurosceptic than they let on during the referendum.

News is also emerging of a pro-Euro scheme involving Blair bankrolled by Virgin boss Richard Branson.

By contrast, sixty Conservative Members of Parliament have urged a complete break with both the EU’s Single Market and its Customs Union.

Pieter Bruegel's painting depicts Babel as a Ziggurat tower 'whose top may reach unto heaven.'

Pieter Bruegel’s painting, housed in Vienna, depicts Babel as a Ziggurat tower ‘whose top may reach unto heaven.’

European Union’s Spiritual Roots

I went on a video-making tour around European capitals in the spring, trying to discover where the EU is coming from spiritually.  With all the economic and security arguments running to and fro, this aspect of the debate had been neglected.

In Strasbourg, which claims to be the ‘European Capital’, I looked at the European Parliament Building’s Tower.  I wanted to know why it was deliberately constructed as a modernist version of the Tower of Babel in Peter Bruegel’s famous painting.

What I found astonished me.  There is no reason to construct a tower with its south side missing, unless it is meant as a reference to another, earlier building.

That earlier building could be Rome’s Coliseum, itself a statement of rebellion against God.  I followed that up later.  But the stronger resemblance was the Tower of Babel painted by sixteenth-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

Europe - Many Tongues One Voice with its inverted stars was published as a [pposetre by the Council of Europe, not the EU

‘Europe – Many Tongues One Voice’ with its inverted stars was published as a poster by the Council of Europe.

Parallels with Babel

But the stronger resemblance was the Tower of Babel painted by sixteenth-century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

When we read the Biblical account in Genesis chapter eleven, we see parallels between Nimrod’s plans and the intentions of the Eurocrats.

But more than that, the Eurocrats are actually telling us, using the old Masonic trick of spiritual statements in buildings, that they are constructing a European Empire in the same spirit as that of Babel. They are trying symbolically to reunite nations which God separated.

I point out in the video that the infamous ‘Europe, Many Tongues One Voice’ poster with its satanic overtones in the stars was not published by the EU, as many suppose, but by the Council of Europe.  They run the European Court of Human Rights which is also based in Strasbourg.

But if you say the same spirit is behind both, I shan’t argue.

I had to conclude the Eurocrats are building an empire whose spiritual roots lie in the very first rebellion of globalists against Almighty God.  If I am right, and you can watch the video for yourself, Britain is not only better off out, but better off as far away as possible.  See what you think.  Click on the video below:

 

 

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Nov 18

A surer hope than cryonics

detroitcryoA teenager has won the right for her mother to freeze her body in the hope that she may be brought back to life.

The court made the ruling in October, before the girl, 14, died from a rare form of cancer. Her father had opposed the application.  Going further, he has accused the firm concerned, the Cryonics Institute, based in Michigan USA, of ‘selling false hope’.

He told the Independent: ‘I believe they are selling false hope to those who are frightened of dying – taking advantage of vulnerable people.

‘When I asked if there was even a one in a million chance of my daughter being brought back to life, they could not say there was.

‘I think it would be doubly impossible to both bring her back from the dead and cure her cancer, and companies should not hold out some false hope.’

THE ETHICS OF CRYONICS

The story, reported here by the BBC, has opened up debate on the practice and ethics of ‘cryonics’, the freezing of people with the intention of future resuscitation when and if the technology becomes available. (Cryonics is not to be confused with cryogenics, the study of extremely low temperatures. Even the BBC got them muddled up.)

So does cryonics work, and what would be a Christian view of it? Is it ethical, and if not, why not?

Cryonics is not mentioned in the Bible – obviously. But wisdom certainly is. God has given us common sense and analytical minds. If we lack wisdom, we can pray for it. Moreover, fraud and theft are mentioned quite a few times and that might be useful to us here.

Before we approach the ethics of it, what are the problems with cryonics both in the present and in the future?

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE

In the future, we are assuming not only that scientists will be able and willing to thaw people successfully but that doctors will also be able to revive what was, at the point of freezing, a dead person. Something killed him. It will still be there.

David H. Gorski is an American surgical oncologist, Professor of surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He points out that anyone being revived centuries from now would hardly know how to function (even Adam Adamant had problems, and he had only been frozen for sixty-five years). But crucially, there is the ‘question of whether some future society and scientists would even want to revivify a bunch of decades- or centuries-old bodies. They might want to do a few to prove it could be done, but after that each succeeding body would just be another burden. Sooner or later, the scientific interest would wane, as would the desire to devote resources to it.’

Clarence Birdseye invented fast-freezing of vegetables and fish. But not all materials can be frozen without cell-wall damage.

Clarence Birdseye invented fast-freezing of vegetables and fish. But not all materials can be frozen without cell-wall damage.

PRACTICAL PROBLEMS IN THE PRESENT

In the present, the advocates and customers for cryonics are placing too much faith in the freezing process. Frozen food manufacturers can freeze peas, beans, spinach, broccoli, even baby carrots, but try freezing raw potatoes or courgettes. All you will end up with on thawing them out is a mush.

That is because the ice crystals break down the vegetable’s cell walls. The Library of Congress writes about Clarence Birdsey’s invention of the quick-freezing process: ‘Before quick-freezing came along, foods were frozen at a fairly slow rate. This caused large ice crystals to form, which ruptured the cell membranes of the food. When the food was defrosted, the ice crystals melted and water would leak out, taking with it the food’s flavor and texture.’

WATER IN THE BODY

The cryonics companies say they will remove the customer’s blood and replace it with a sort of anti-freeze, but the freezing of blood is the least of their problems.

The human body is 60% to 65% water. The average weight of a human being around the globe is around ten stone. That’s 140 lbs.

So that person’s water content is more or less ninety pounds. Two thirds of it, sixty pounds, is intracellular, one third, like the blood, is extracellular. Your 8 pints of blood weigh ten pounds, just 11% percent of your total water.

Freezing tanks full of liquid nitrogen and frozen bodies at Cryonics Institute

Freezing tanks full of liquid nitrogen and frozen bodies at Cryonics Institute

It’s the intracellular water which will do the main damage, reducing the body’s cells to thawed-potato-like mush.

Put simply, you cannot freeze a human body fast enough. No-one has even frozen and revived the smallest of mammals. Small roundworms (nematodes) and some insects can survive freezing but that’s about it.

DYING HEART AND BRAIN CELLS

And that is even before we look at what happens at death. Professor Gorski writes:

‘Within minutes, the heart muscle cells, deprived of oxygen-rich blood, start really dying … and the more of them that die, the less the chance of getting the heart started again. … The problem of the dead heart, however, is minor compared to the problem of the dead brain. The brain is highly metabolically active and is thus exquisitely sensitive to interruptions in blood flow. As soon as the blood flow stops from a cardiac arrest, the brain starts losing cells, and it only takes a few minutes before severe and permanent brain damage occurs that rapidly progresses to brain death; i.e., the death of the neurons controlling the “higher’ functions.’

Over a year ago, in June 2015, the Daily Mail reported a study under the typically dramatic headline ‘Memories can survive cryonic preservation‘.  But the study was on the aforementioned nematode worms.  A more realistic view comes from the President of the Cryonics Institute, Dennis Kowalski.  Describing cryonics as ‘a roll of the dice’, he said he did not believe memories would necessarily survive after the brain had been frozen for decades.  He said patients could awake as “clones” of themselves, with no sense of their former lives, and  he added he only had a ’50-50′ belief that people enclosed in the freezing chambers would ever be revived.

RABBIT BRAIN THAWED OUT – PIG AWAITED

Will the technology ever arise to bring dead heart and brain cells back to life? And if it does, what will have happened to the memories, thoughts, impulses and daily body functioning which the brain controls? Even the heart has ‘brain’ cells. People are paying to freeze their bodies. Who will cough up the money to get their non-working heart and brain and their thawed-out squashy, pulpy body working again?

In February 2016, scientists froze and thawed out the brain of a rabbit.  The team, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate Robert McIntyre, filled the vascular system of the rabbit brain with chemicals that prevent decay and allow it to be cooled to -211 degrees Fahrenheit. When thawed, the brain was found to have all of its synapses, cell membranes, and intracellular structures intact.

The problems with the experiment, although described as a ‘success’, are that the rabbit died of something, and even if the brain looks intact, there is no way of seeing whether it would power a real live rabbit and retain memories and functionality.  The team were said at the time to be awaiting the thawing out of a pig brain, whose size is closer to that of a human being.  And what about all the other organs?  Research costs money.

CRYONICS IS A BUSINESS

Remember, the cryonics companies want sales. The ‘Cryonics Institute‘, despite its  ‘.org’ website address, is a business, albeit one claimed to be non-profit with only two paid employees, according to the Daily Telegraph. But even as a non-profit, it still has an emotional idea to defend and an empire to build.  The Cryonics Institute even plays with language, not liking to call people ‘dead’  They are instead ‘deanimated’, to give the marketing-friendly impression they might at some future date be ‘reanimated’.

The firm invites potential customers to ‘imagine a world free of disease, death and aging.’ They go on:

‘At the Cryonics Institute, we believe that day is inevitably coming and cryonics is presently (sic – US usage) our best chance of getting there. Our mission is to extend human lifespans by preserving the body using existing cryogenic technologies – with the goal of revival by future science…

Fred and Linda Chamberlain, founders of Alcor

Fred and Linda Chamberlain founded Alcor

‘We provide long-term storage and security for members at our cryonics facility in Clinton Township, MI. We specialize in full-body cryo-preservation of humans and pets, DNA & tissue storage as well as cryonics outreach and public education about the cutting edge science we are engaged in. Members are afforded the opportunity to be preserved at cryogenic temperatures in hopes that future medical technology may be able to someday revive and restore them to full health.’

Another company, Alcor Life Extension Foundation, claimed in August this year to have frozen 148 ‘patients’. One of its founders, Fred Chamberlain, together with his father and mother, are among them. His wife Linda claims the company ‘is providing a realistic service that gives hope’.

HOPE OR WISHFUL THINKING?

But the ‘hope ‘of Alcor is just wishful thinking. There is no evidence that any dead person will ever be brought back to life and plenty of common sense and scientific reasoning against it.

Ethically, the companies are promoting a scam to the gullible. And that is fraudulent. It is theft. David Gorski says:

‘Perhaps what’s the worst about this is that people spend incredible amounts of money, which could be used to make their lives now better or be passed on to their heirs, chasing immortality. Cryonics is not, as its advocates say, an “ongoing medical trial”. Rather, those who choose to freeze themselves are more akin to the ancient Pharaohs, who spent enormous resources constructing elaborate tombs, so that they will one day rise from the grave and live again. Instead, they are found thousands of years later and end up in museums around the world.’

Cryonics is appealing to a human desire to live forever. The desire is good, indeed God-given. Nevertheless, there is only way to achieve it, and squandering your children’s inheritance on a false hope is not it.

REAL HOPE

The Christian life to come is not Alcor’s ‘might happen if you’re lucky’ type of hope. It rests on the promises of God Almighty. By Jesus Christ, says Paul:

Romans 5:2 … we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

The customers of the cryonics companies are chasing immortality, but they will have as much success as the pharaohs. Everlasting life is found only in Jesus:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

As to being brought back to life, resurrection is surer than resuscitation. Jesus brought Lazurus back to life, but he did it to make the point to his sister Martha that by believing in him, she would live forever in the resurrection:

John 11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he (Lazarus) shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

A BETTER PLACE

One final thought. When a Christian dies, we very often say ‘he (or she) is in a better place now’. If they are in a better place, why do we sometimes struggle, often in prayer, often with medicine, to keep them here? The only reason the Apostle Paul wanted to hang around in this life was to continue preaching the Gospel of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven:

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I know not. 23 For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 24 Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Let us fix our hopes of eternal life on Jesus and on nothing and nobody else. And if the subject of cryonics comes up in conversation, the material here might just provide you with some arguments against it.

 

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Nov 14

Peter Tatchell: Gays and Muslims Unite!

Peter Tatchell addressing LGBT Humanists at the Conway Hall

Peter Tatchell addressing LGBT Humanists at the Conway Hall

Homosexuals and Muslims must unite in solidarity against ‘oppression’, Peter Tatchell has urged.

The veteran gay activist issued his clarion call at a meeting of LGBT Humanists at London’s Conway Hall on Friday night (11th November 2016).

Over fifty attended the meeting deep in the bowels of the bastion of anti-Christian thinking.  Conway Hall is the headquarters of what was the South Place Ethical Society.  Incongruously, a tango-dancing club was meeting in the main hall.

Only about a quarter of those attending were women and around half of those were clad in Islamic dress.

Peter Tatchell firstly tried to draw an artificial distinction between Muslims, Islam and Islamism.  Islam is a religion and Islamism a political system, he suggested, while Muslims, he appeared to say, were innocent, powerless bystanders to the excesses of the one and the atrocities of the other.

The Conway Hall, bastion of 'humanist ethics,' if there is such a thing.

The Conway Hall, bastion of ‘humanist ethics,’ if there is such a thing.

The Quran, he declared, said nothing derogatory against sodomy.  It was only in the Hadith where homosexuality was outlawed and penalties prescribed.  The Hadith were the sayings of Mohammed, ‘a mortal man’, whereas the Quran was divinely-inspired.  One presumes he meant ‘according to Muslims’, as the thought of something being inspired by someone or something supernatural does not immediately appear to be a ‘Freethinking’ concept.

Therefore, what Mr Tatchell tries to tell those Muslims he comes across, and it seems he comes across many, is that homosexuality is just fine if you will only go to the roots of Islamic faith.

This is wrong for two reasons.  Firstly, the Hadith are not the ‘sayings’ of Mohammed, they are accounts of Mohammed’s life.  The word ‘hadith’ is Arabic for ‘story’.  Secondly, the Hadith carry equal authority with the Quran.  Mr Tatchell was thinking along Christian indeed along Protestant lines, where the Bible is the sole authority in matters of doctrine.  It isn’t like that in Islam.  You cannot appeal to the silence of the Quran in matters where the Hadith wax eloquent.

As to his central premise was that both homosexuality and being a Muslim are oppressed in Britain today, Mr Tatchell offered no evidence.  But to give his audience hope that gays and Muslims could indeed unite against the imaginary oppression, he told us that 17% of Iranian students claimed to be homosexual.  The figure is of course ludicrous and has been rubbished online.

Seven of the Muslim family of twelve wore burkas, then complained people 'lloked at them'.

Seven of the Muslim family of twelve wore burkas on their trip to Skegness, then complained when people were negative about them.

However, his relentless lobbying of the Muslim Council of Britain bore fruit in 2007 when they did not oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations. Inevitably the change of heart was fleeting.  MCB reverted to type in 2012, when they opposed same-sex marriage.

Although some homosexuals had experienced hatred from Muslims, Muslim hearts and minds were changing, Peter Tatchell claimed.  Young Muslims in schools had been positive about gays, citing some imaginary ‘love and compassion in the Quran’.  He was working with ‘British Muslims for Secular Democracy’, a fringe group if ever there was one, founded by the notorious ex-Muslim secularist and talking head Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.  He was also proud to be a patron of ‘Tell Mama’ which never stops looking around for real – or imaginary – discrimination against Muslims, such as that experienced by the Skegness twelve.

Asia Bibi: still facing execution on a trumped-up charge of blasphemy

Asia Bibi: still facing execution on a trumped-up charge of blasphemy in Pakistan

So last year his Peter Tatchell Foundation launched ‘LGBT-Muslim Solidarity – Fight All Hate’.  You really would need a heart of stone not to laugh at the infantile way ‘progressive’ people cast their political opponents as motivated by ‘hate’ – and, moreover, as if they themselves aren’t. On the other hand, Peter Tatchell is an intelligent guy. Maybe he is sending them up.

Now to demographic reality.  Atheists and Christians alike in the United Kingdom are barely replacing their population.  Homosexuals, without outside intervention, do not have children.  Because they cannot procreate they have to recruit, but that is another story.  The only group in the British population who are growing is Muslims, whose women are simply doing what their bodies were created to do.  It may be only a matter of some thirty years before Muslims, and that means Islam and Islamists, gain political control in this country.  The best advice for Christians and homosexuals alike is: ‘keep your passports up to date.’

On a positive note, those assembled did allow me to ask a question, in answer to which Peter Tatchell was gracious enough to concede, to the dismay of sections of his audience, that Christians rather than homosexuals or Muslims are indeed the most persecuted group around the globe.  He spoke in particular of Pakistan and the ordeal of Asai Bibi, who cannot find a judge with the courage simply to release her.  Judges in Pakistan are all in fear of their lives.  From Islamists, not Muslims, no doubt.

 

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Nov 09

President Trump – America does a Brexit

donaldtrumpSo it’s President Trump heading for the White House as America does a Brexit.

Our prayers for the best candidate for peace in the world to be elected have been answered.  Just as in the Brexit vote, the polls underestimated ordinary people and their votes.

Even right now, NATO is sabre-rattling against Russia.  Hillary Clinton would have exacerbated that.  We now call on President Trump to rein in the Pentagon and its assorted gung-ho generals, arms manufacturers and vested interests in war and make the world a safer place.

Hillary Clinton was solidly in the Neo-Con camp that gave us the War on Terror, incursions into Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq, the ruin of Libya, the destabilisation of Syria and the rise of first Al-Qaeda then ISIS.  Her old friend Madeleine Albright urged here to pick a ‘fight’ with President Putin.  She would have continued the George Soros doctrine of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ – or ‘Excuse to Interfere’, as it should properly be called.

NATO troops on an muscle-flexing exercise in Poland earlier this year.

NATO troops on an muscle-flexing exercise in Poland earlier this year.

At this moment, according to the Daily Mail (well, OK, but they have quoted The Times) NATO chiefs are embarking on a 300,000 troop build-up in Europe and saying: ‘Relations between Russia and the West have plunged in the last year, with Moscow’s insistence on backing its Syrian ally, President Bashar al-Assad, at all costs leading to serious tension with the US, Britain and France.’

Yes, because those like Cameron, Hague, Hammond and Fallon went along with Soros and the US to agitate for regime change in Syria.  By supporting and arming the jihadist rebels they have all but destroyed that country and caused thousands of deaths and displacement, the virtual eradication of Christians in areas where the rebels seized control and brought about the European migrant crisis.

If President Trump engages, as Sean O’Grady thinks he will, writing in the Independent, in ‘realpolitik’, de-escalation of tension is possible.  Trump understands that Russia offers no threat to the United States (or its allies, for that matter).  So if the Russians want a naval and an air base in the Med, or a presence on the Black Sea, they can have it.

Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to Tony Blair, says his “biggest fear under Trump is the United States will become more isolationist, it will be less willing to intervene in the world than it has been.”  Yes, exactly!  It’s great news!  Just maybe the world might now become a bit more stable.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour Party, has issued a statement in which he called Trump’s victory a “global wake-up call”.  Does he not understand that the spirit which saw him elected as Labour leader and delivered the Leave vote in the Brexit referendum is the same spirit that elected Donald Trump?  It’s called, ‘rejection of the global elite and the status quo.’  He that sitteth in the heavens is laughing this morning (Psalm 2!).

Praise God today for answered prayer.  And pray for protection and wisdom for President-elect Trump.

Psalm 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. 

 

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