Munich Frauenkirche in 3-D

December 30, 2016

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I was cleaning out some of my old photo files and came across this monochrome 3-dimensional view of the Munich Frauenkirche. The photograph was taken by G. Gru[e]ler about March 1979. The photos are separated by a distance of 35mm and when viewed together with a pocket stereoscope, the church can be seen in 3-dimension.  This majestic church built in 1468-94 was partly destroyed by Churchill’s firebombs during WW2. Amazingly, the 325-foot towers survived, despite the Devil’s Footstep!

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What Christians Don’t Know About the Holy Land

December 14, 2016

By Grace Halsell

American Jews sympathetic to Israel dominate key positions in all areas of our government where decisions are made regarding the Middle East. This being the case, is there any hope of ever changing U.S. policy? American Presidents as well as most members of Congress support Israel — and they know why. U.S. Jews sympathetic to Israel donate lavishly to their campaign coffers.

The answer to achieving an even-handed Middle East policy might lie elsewhere — among those who support Israel but don’t really know why. This group is the vast majority of Americans. They are well-meaning, fair-minded Christians who feel bonded to Israel — and Zionism — often from atavistic feelings, in some cases dating from childhood.

I am one of those. I grew up listening to stories of a mystical, allegorical, spiritual Israel. This was before a modern political entity with the same name appeared on our maps. I attended Sunday School and watched an instructor draw down window- type shades to show maps of the Holy Land. I imbibed stories of a Good and Chosen people who fought against their Bad “unChosen” enemies.

In my early 20s, I began traveling the world, earning my living as a writer. I came to the subject of the Middle East rather late in my career. I was sadly lacking in knowledge regarding the area. About all I knew was what I had learned in Sunday School.

And typical of many U.S. Christians, I somehow considered a modern state created in 1948 as a homeland for Jews persecuted under the Nazis as a replica of the spiritual, mystical Israel I heard about as a child. When in 1979 I initially went to Jerusalem, I planned to write about the three great monotheistic religions and leave out politics. “Not write about politics?” scoffed one Palestinian, smoking a waterpipe in the Old Walled City. “We eat politics, morning, noon and night!”

As I would learn, the politics is about land, and the co-claimants to that land: the indigenous Palestinians who have lived there for 2,000 years and the Jews who started arriving in large numbers after the Second World War. By living among Israeli Jews as well as Palestinian Christians and Muslims, I saw, heard, smelled, experienced the police state tactics Israelis use against Palestinians.

My research led to a book entitled Journey to Jerusalem. My journey not only was enlightening to me as regards Israel, but also I came to a deeper, and sadder, understanding of my own country. I say sadder understanding because I began to see that, in Middle East politics, we the people are not making the decisions, but rather that supporters of Israel are doing so. And typical of most Americans, I tended to think the U.S. media was “free” to print news impartially.

‘It shouldn’t be published. It’s anti-Israel.’

In the late 1970s, when I first went to Jerusalem, I was unaware that editors could and would classify “news” depending on who was doing what to whom. On my initial visit to Israel-Palestine, I had interviewed dozens of young Palestinian men. About one in four related stories of torture.

Israeli police had come in the night, dragged them from their beds and placed hoods over their heads. Then in jails the Israelis had kept them in isolation, besieged them with loud, incessant noises, hung them upside down and had sadistically mutilated their genitals. I had not read such stories in the U.S. media. Wasn’t it news? Obviously, I naively thought, U.S. editors simply didn’t know it was happening.

On a trip to Washington, DC, I hand-delivered a letter to Frank Mankiewicz, then head of the public radio station WETA. I explained I had taped interviews with Palestinians who had been brutally tortured. And I’d make them available to him. I got no reply. I made several phone calls. Eventually I was put through to a public relations person, a Ms. Cohen, who said my letter had been lost. I wrote again. In time I began to realize what I hadn’t known: had it been Jews who were strung up and tortured, it would be news. But interviews with tortured Arabs were “lost” at WETA.

The process of getting my book Journey to Jerusalem published also was a learning experience. Bill Griffin, who signed a contract with me on behalf of MacMillan Publishing Company, was a former Roman Catholic priest. He assured me that no one other than himself would edit the book. As I researched the book, making several trips to Israel and Palestine, I met frequently with Griffin, showing him sample chapters. “Terrific,” he said of my material.

The day the book was scheduled to be published, I went to visit MacMillan’s. Checking in at a reception desk, I spotted Griffin across a room, cleaning out his desk. His secretary Margie came to greet me. In tears, she whispered for me to meet her in the ladies room. When we were alone, she confided, “He’s been fired.” She indicated it was because he had signed a contract for a book that was sympathetic to Palestinians. Griffin, she said, had no time to see me.

Later, I met with another MacMillan official, William Curry. “I was told to take your manuscript to the Israeli Embassy, to let them read it for mistakes,” he told me. “They were not pleased. They asked me, “You are not going to publish this book, are you?” I asked, “Were there mistakes?” “Not mistakes as such. But it shouldn’t be published. It’s anti-Israel.”

Somehow, despite obstacles to prevent it, the presses had started rolling. After its publication in 1980, I was invited to speak in a number of churches. Christians generally reacted with disbelief. Back then, there was little or no coverage of Israeli land confiscation, demolition of Palestinian homes, wan ton arrests and torture of Palestinian civilians.

The Same Question

Speaking of these injustices, I invariably heard the same question, “How come I didn’t know this?” Or someone might ask, “But I haven’t read about that in my newspaper.” To these church audiences, I related my own learning experience, that of seeing hordes of U.S. correspondents covering a relatively tiny state. I pointed out that I had not seen so many reporters in world capitals such as Beijing, Moscow, London, Tokyo, Paris. Why, I asked, did a small state with a 1980 population of only four million warrant more reporters than China, with a billion people?

I also linked this query with my findings that The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post — and most of our nation’s print media – are owned and/or controlled by Jews supportive of Israel. It was for this reason, I deduced, that they sent so many reporters to cover Israel — and to do so largely from the Israeli point of view.

My learning experiences also included coming to realize how easily I could lose a Jewish friend if I criticized the Jewish state. I could with impunity criticize France, England, Russia, even the United States. And any aspect of life in America. But not the Jewish state. I lost more Jewish friends than one after the publication of Journey to Jerusalem — all sad losses for me and one, perhaps, saddest of all.

In the 1960s and 1970s, before going to the Middle East, I had written about the plight of blacks in a book entitled Soul Sister, and the plight of American Indians in a book entitled Bessie Yellowhair, and the problems endured by undocumented workers crossing from Mexico in The Illegals. These books had come to the attention of the “mother” of The New York Times, Mrs. Arthur Hays Sulzberger.

Her father had started the newspaper, then her husband ran it, and in the years that I knew her, her son was the publisher. She invited me to her fashionable apartment on Fifth Avenue for lunches and dinner parties. And, on many occasions, I was a weekend guest at her Greenwich, Conn., home.

She was liberal-minded and praised my efforts to speak for the underdog, even going so far in one letter to say, “You are the most remarkable woman I ever knew.” I had little concept that from being buoyed so high I could be dropped so suddenly when I discovered — from her point of view — the “wrong” underdog.

As it happened, I was a weekend guest in her spacious Connecticut home when she read bound galleys of Journey to Jerusalem. As I was leaving, she handed the galleys back with a saddened look: “My dear, have you forgotten the Holocaust?” She felt that what happened in Nazi Germany to Jews several decades earlier should silence any criticism of the Jewish state. She could focus on a holocaust of Jews while negating a modern day holocaust of Palestinians.

I realized, quite painfully, that our friendship was ending. Iphigene Sulzberger had not only invited me to her home to meet her famous friends but, also at her suggestion, The Times had requested articles. I wrote op-ed articles on various subjects including American blacks, American Indians as well as undocumented workers. Since Mrs. Sulzberger and other Jewish officials at the Times highly praised my efforts to help these groups of oppressed peoples, the dichotomy became apparent: most “liberal” U.S. Jews stand on the side of all poor and oppressed peoples save one — the Palestinians.

How handily these liberal Jewish opinion-molders tend to diminish the Palestinians, to make them invisible, or to categorize them all as “terrorists.”

Interestingly, Iphigene Sulzberger had talked to me a great deal about her father, Adolph S. Ochs. She told me that he was not one of the early Zionists. He had not favored the creation of a Jewish state.

Yet, increasingly, American Jews have fallen victim to Zionism, a nationalistic movement that passes for many as a religion. While the ethical instructions of all great religions — including the teachings of Moses, Muhammad and Christ — stress that all human beings are equal, militant Zionists take the position that the killing of a non-Jew does not count.

Over five decades now, Zionists have killed Palestinians with impunity. And in the 1996 shelling of a U.N. base in Qana, Lebanon, the Israelis killed more than 100 civilians sheltered there. As an Israeli journalist, Arieh Shavit, explains of the massacre, “We believe with absolute certitude that right now, with the White House in our hands, the Senate in our hands and The New York Times in our hands, the lives of others do not count the same way as our own.”

Israelis today, explains the anti-Zionist Jew Israel Shahak, “are not basing their religion on the ethics of justice. They do not accept the Old Testament as it is written. Rather, religious Jews turn to the Talmud. For them, the Talmudic Jewish laws become “the Bible.” And the Talmud teaches that a Jew can kill a non-Jew with impunity.

In the teachings of Christ, there was a break from such Talmudic teachings. He sought to heal the wounded, to comfort the downtrodden.

The danger, of course, for U.S. Christians is that having made an icon of Israel, we fall into a trap of condoning whatever Israel does — even wanton murder — as orchestrated by God.

Yet, I am not alone in suggesting that the churches in the United States represent the last major organized support for Palestinian rights. This imperative is due in part to our historic links to the Land of Christ and in part to the moral issues involved with having our tax dollars fund Israeli-government-approved violations of human rights.

While Israel and its dedicated U.S. Jewish supporters know they have the president and most of Congress in their hands, they worry about grassroots America — the well-meaning Christians who care for justice. Thus far, most Christians were unaware of what it was they didn’t know about Israel. They were indoctrinated by U.S. supporters of Israel in their own country and when they traveled to the Land of Christ most all did so under Israeli sponsorship. That being the case, it was unlikely a Christian ever met a Palestinian or learned what caused the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This is gradually changing, however. And this change disturbs the Israelis. As an example, delegates attending a Christian Sabeel conference in Bethlehem earlier this year said they were harassed by Israeli security at the Tel Aviv airport.

“They asked us,” said one delegate, “Why did you use a Palestinian travel agency? Why didn’t you use an Israeli agency?” The interrogation was so extensive and hostile that Sabeel leaders called a special session to brief the delegates on how to handle the harassment. Obviously, said one delegate, “The Israelis have a policy to discourage us from visiting the Holy Land except under their sponsorship. They don’t want Christians to start learning all they have never known about Israel.”


About the Author

Grace Halsell (1923-2000) was a distinguished American journalist, war correspondent, author and columnist. She was the author of 13 books, including Journey to Jerusalem and Prophecy and Politics.

Source: IHR


Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

December 12, 2016

Breaking News (March 8, 2017): Amazon.com has just banned several thousand books, including this book by Hon. Gerard Menuhin. Amazon obviously wants to participate in the latest “fakenews” and prevent people from learning the truth. But the author has kindly provided a link and you can read it FREE. By the way, I just received my hardcopy of the book from UK before Amazon closed the door.

Francis Bacon said this about books: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”

“Chew and digest” this book by writer and novelist Gerard Menuhin, son of world renowned violinist Yehudi Menuhin.  menuhin-gerard-telltruthshamedevil-2nd-ed-feb2016978-1-59148-141-6-telltruth-2nd-cover-cs_large

http://holocausthandbooks.com/dl/978-1-59148-141-6-TellTruthShameDevil-2nd-LowRes.pdf

Gerard Menuhin tells you what the world’s media don’t want you to know. And if the elite have their way, you won’t be able to get it on the internet for very long. Educate yourself now while you have the opportunity.

2nd, expanded and corrected edition of 2016

Have you ever asked yourself why the world won’t come to rest?

Why your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents had to die in wars that never should have occurred in the first place?

Well, this book holds the answer…

Publisher’s Note

We have spent a lot of time with the author to identify and properly document all the sources he quotes. In that process, several corrections and deletions occurred, and the author added a number of passages to the book. As a side effect, we created an extensive bibliography listing all the works cited, and we added a name index, so readers can quickly find persons quoted or discussed in the book. All in all, this is a greatly improved edition, and we are offering it at an extremely competitive list price, because, as the author put it, “telling the truth is not a business, it’s a public service.”

This book is of monumental importance for the people of the world today. Many know that something is not right in the world. Nations engage in perpetual war while bankers and armaments makers line their pockets from the carnage. The average citizen of the world has been cut out of the decision-making process of government, whether he lives in a democracy, republic, theocracy or dictatorship. All the while, the ruling elite grow stronger and richer, as the real producers struggle to survive. Behind the scenes, events are controlled by a coterie of ethnic puppet masters who work their marionettes in high places out of public view.

How did this world get to the dark place it is today? Who could have stopped it and what can we do today?

The book consists of four sections. The first section concerns Adolf Hitler, his character and intentions, and the real causes leading up to the outbreak of WWII, including the actions of the real culprits and the rejection of the great lie.

The second section enlarges on the activities of the real culprits, provides a historical overview of their progress, their nature, their power over finance and the media, and the methods by which they achieved it. It includes insights into Freemasonry, the European revolutions, the influence and control of education and foreign policy, the creation of the EU, the New World Order and the evolution of the plan through the same powers and their proxies, since the 17th century up to the present.

The third section concerns the First and Second World Wars (what the author refers to as “the Second Thirty Years War”), their conception, funding and inescapable continuity; current laws against freedom of expression, and the evolution of the Orwellian state; the importance of U.S. support for the Soviet Union throughout the Cold War, and Communism’s significance in the plan.

The fourth section identifies the true origins of the enemy, and Palestine’s occupation and its fate as examples of our common fate.

The text is interspersed with “Memos from Today,” that emphasize its relevance by citing current events. Hundreds of quotes are included from a wide range of authoritative sources, original and translated.

The last pages of this manuscript comprise conclusions and predictions. The narrative is dense and packed with facts, and backed by expert testimony. At times, the style is personal, even casual, and absolutely non-intellectual. It has been assumed that a personal touch makes the contents more accessible. The author is the son of the great American-born violinist Yehudi Menuhin, who, though from a long line of rabbinical ancestors, fiercely criticized the foreign policy of the state of Israel and its repression of the Palestinians in the Holy Land.

Menuhin says:

“I am simply Humanity’s spokesperson, a representative of our true rights. I have voiced in this book what many feel and a few know, but haven’t been able to express.”


EXCLUSIVE: Major Russian TV Film, ‘SODOM’, Blasts LGBT (HD Video – Eng Dub)

December 11, 2016

[Originally published on Russia Insider.] Discretion advised!

This blockbuster, 1 hour documentary originally aired on Russian prime-time TV in May of 2015, causing a sensation in Russia at the time.

It has never appeared anywhere in English, until now, subtitled or dubbed. This translation is dubbed. It is available exclusively on the Russia Insider Youtube channel.

It had a substantial 6 figure budget, allowing Russian journalists to travel widely – to San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Italy, Australia, Germany, and elsewhere, to do ground-breaking, original investigation into the LGBT movement.

The film is interesting on a number of levels.  It was made by Arkady Mamontov, a popular TV host and investigative journalist famous for his ground-breaking documentaries.

Mamontov is a  conservative Christian.  His best known recent film is about the Greek orthodox monastic island of Athos (in Russian only).  He has also done a lot of work on Russian social issues, and on the Ukraine conflict.

The film relects popular attitudes towards LGBT in Russia, and is interesting in that it shows what Russians are told about LGBT and Americans in their mainstream media.

Mamontov hosting the show he started: ‘Spetsialnii Korrespondent’

The dub is by Russians who speak good English, and is not bad at all.

After a somewhat dull intro section recalling the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, the film gets interesting.

It leads with a comical interview with an unsuspecting German Lutheran priest in Berlin with a taste for sodomy who explains how Christianity does not actually proscribe this peculiar predilection.

It then profiles Scott Lively – an anti-LGBT activist who takes the Russian journos on a guided tour of lavishly funded Washington DC lobbying organizations pushing LGBT issues deep into the bowels of the the US government (no pun intended).

Next comes a spooky parade of homosexual weirdos – gays being married in Germany, an artificial insemination clinic in LA, grotesque sex freaks at a parade in San Francisco, at which a skeptical mailman tells an Adam and Steve joke, a truly disturbing video of a gay man fake-suckling newborn infants, taken from their surrogate mother minutes earlier, and a painfully awkward scene of a sodomite male couple showing how they raise their children.

Say hello to the future of humanity if the globalists get their way

We then go to Italy, to talk to a reformed homosexual who realized he had been sucked into a giant hoax and went straight while embracing Christianity, and see a profile of the massive anti-gay movement there, which brings millions into the streets to protest the advance of LGBT, as well as a smaller similar movement in Germany.

Next is Moldova, a small eastern European country sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania, and a battle-ground state in the US-Russia power struggle, where we hear about how US diplomats put heavy pressure on the local government to allow gay parades and the advancement of LGBT issues to a skeptical populace.

Next is the country of Georgia, where there is also a very strong anti-LGBT movement due to the extremely conservative attitudes towards sexual roles in society.  The film exposes how, while he was in power, the former president Mikheil Saakashvili, institutionalized sodomy as a method of torture in Georgian prisons against political opponents, showing a man being sodomized.  Unsurprisingly, Saakashvili’s popularity in Georgia didn’t last, and now he has been installed as the mayor of Odessa, Ukraine, by American neocons, much to the chagrin of certain members of the government in Kiev.

The film argues that the sodomy technique is an American export, used in Iraq, Georgia, and Ukraine by Americans and their clients deliberately in countries with conservative social mores, where such an event is the ultimate humiliation for a man, worse even than death.

The film closes with a brief profile of how Russian society rejects LGBT, quoting Christian teaching on marriage:

“A union, between a man and a woman, granted by God, gives humanity a chance to continue life.  There is a deep sense to the biblical passage ‘Be fruitful and muliply, and fill the earth'”


Protect children from religious coercion

December 8, 2016

Protect children from religious coercion

Dear Friend of Justice,
Imagine that your children or grandchildren were forced to participate in a religious ceremony at school, without your knowledge or consent.

That’s what happened to Candice Servatius, who was shocked to learn that her two children had been subjected to an aboriginal “smudging” ceremony at their elementary school.  Her daughter was told it would be “rude” not to submit to smoke being waved over her to “cleanse” her “spirit.”

The school explained in a letter to parents that “everything has a spirit and energy” and “bad energy” must be “cleansed” from the furniture, classroom and children by fanning smoke from Sage over “the body and spirit” of each child.

Agree or disagree with these beliefs as you wish, but there is no denying that these aboriginal spiritual teachings are as “religious” as any that might be found in the Bible or Koran.

John Howitt Elementary School in Port Alberni, BC, eventually apologized to Mrs. Servatius for failing to notify her of this religious ritual ahead of time.  But the School District insists it will continue with these religious rituals in the classroom.

Indeed, several months after the September “smudging,” the school held an assembly at which an aboriginal prayer was said.

On a side note, could you imagine the uproar if children had been required to recite the Lord’s Prayer in class, or at a school assembly?

The School District claims that smudging and aboriginal prayer are “cultural” practices.  This is true, but misses the point.

There is a world of difference between teaching children about Islam, and requiring children to kneel on prayer rugs in the direction of Mecca and say a prayer to Allah.

In similar fashion, students can benefit from learning about aboriginal religious beliefs without being coerced to participate in religious rituals, prayers and ceremonies.

With the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, courts have interpreted a Charter right to be “free from” religion.  That means not coercing children or adults to participate in any religious prayer, ritual, ceremony or practice.

Whether the aboriginal religious practices are also “cultural” is irrelevant.

In Mouvement laique quebecois v. City of Saguenay, the Supreme Court ruled that “the state must neither encourage nor discourage any form of religious conviction whatsoever.  If the state adheres to a form of religious expression under the guise of cultural or historical reality or heritage, it breaches its duty of neutrality.”

Thirty years ago, the progressive left insisted that public schools must be secular, and launched a crusade against all expression, prayer and practice of religion in our public schools.  They rejected the compromise solution of exempting students who disagreed with, or objected to, the religious practice.

So what’s going on here?

How can it be wrong to force students in a secular public school to participate in the practices of some religions, yet perfectly fine to compel participation in others?

The answer has to do with the progressive left worldview, held by many teachers and administrators in our public schools, not to mention the teachers’ unions.  This worldview is based on group identity.

Socialists and Communists divided the world into property-owning bourgeoisie (“oppressors”) and labouring property-less proletariat (“victims”).

With Communism having been discredited after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, group identity is now defined by social criteria, such as race, religions, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
As with the Communist ideology, today there are still “victim” groups and “oppressor” groups when humanity is divided along racial, sexual, religious and gender identity lines.

Today, “social justice” means using the coercive power of the state to bring “equality” to victim groups.  This “equality” does not mean equal treatment or equal opportunity for individuals.  Instead, “equality” means trampling on individual rights by favouring so-called victim groups at the expense of so-called oppressor groups.

Modern progressives define Christians as an “oppressor” group, and aboriginals as a “victim” group.

This twisted view of “equality” concludes that the practice of Christianity in schools should be forbidden, yet students should be compelled to participate in aboriginal religious practices.  It punishes one group and favours another—thereby making these groups less “unequal” in the progressive  worldview.

But treating individuals or groups unequally (even if in the name of “equality”) fundamentally undermines the rule of law.  It is arbitrary use of power, completely contrary to our free society.

What’s happening at John Howitt Elementary School in Port Alberni, BC, is not an isolated case.  And if we want to stop the rule of law from being undermined, we have to challenge abuses of power like these.

That is why the Justice Centre is representing Candice Servatius in her court action against John Howitt Elementary School.

Our fight to defend the free society, in this court action and many others, continues only through the generous support of Canadians like you, who care about protecting the dignity and freedom of each individual.

We’ve show that, when given the tools, we can get the job done.

Here’s a partial list of our accomplishments.  In 2016 the Justice Centre:

  • secured a victory for free expression against the Brandon University Student Union, which had banned a student pro-life club from campus;
  • helped secure victories for the Charter freedoms of Trinity Western University in the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, BC Supreme Court,  Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, and BC Court of Appeal;
  • secured a victory for free expression for Mary Stanko against the St. Catherines Library Board, which had censored her newsletter for referring to the “supremacy of God” in the preamble to the Charter;
  • published the 2016 Campus Freedom Index, grading the policies and practices of 60 Canadian universities in regard to free expression;
  • secured a victory for Collette Schouten against the City of Calgary when it attempted to censor a peaceful political display in a city park;
  • sued the student union at Ryerson University for banning the Men’s Issues Awareness Society student club from campus;
  • advocated for the conscience rights of medical professionals before a Parliamentary Committee, regarding “Medical Assistance in Dying” (assisted suicide) legislation; and
  • advocated for the religious freedom of Kevin Kisilowsky, stripped of his Marriage Commissioner’s license by the Manitoba government because of his commitment to traditional marriage.

None of these actions would have been possible, if not for the support and generosity of Canadians like you.

You make what we do possible.

Friend, will you help us win the legal fight for Candice Servatius and her kids?

Please support our court application with a tax-deductible donation today You can donate securely at www.jccf.ca, or mail a cheque to the address here below.
Sincere thanks,

John Carpay, B.A., LL.B.
President
Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
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