Pope Francis’ Jihad On Christianity
FrontPageMag.com, 5/20/16, “Pope Francis’ Jihad on Christianity” [Excerpts]: The man known as the “Catholic Pope” and the “Vicar of Christ”—but who in light of what follows is probably best referred to by his real name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio—recently gave an interview demonstrating why “so many people think he is the anti-Christ.”
[The Pope] claims that: “It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s Gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.”...To state the obvious: Yes, both Christianity and Islam seek to win converts. However, Jesus’ call to his disciples to “go forth and make disciples of all nations” in Matthew’s Gospel was understood and practiced peacefully. Disciples preached, people converted. No violence, no coercion.
Conversely, Muhammad said, “I have been sent with the sword between my hands to ensure that no one but Allah is worshipped—Allah who put my livelihood under the shadow of my spear and who inflicts humiliation and scorn on those who disobey my commandments (The Al Qaeda Reader, p.12).” Unlike the spread of Christianity, Islam spread through the sword.
Israel: Subterranean Success
StrategyPage.com, 5/10/16, “Israel: Subterranean Success” [Excerpts]: In the West Bank and Israel the Fatah sponsored “knife terrorism” campaign appears to be ending even though opinion surveys in the West Bank and Gaza still show a lot of support for the attacks, especially among the young (15-29) people who most often participate. Yet attacks have sharply declined (by over 70 percent) since the first ones last October.
Israeli police have, so far this year, disrupted 77 terror attacks. These included 15 bombings (five using a suicide bomber), seven kidnappings and 34 shooting attacks. For all of 2015, 239 attacks were disrupted indicating that terror activity was declining this year. Suicidal “knife terrorism” attacks have lost their popularity despite Fatah still pushing them energetically in all the Palestinian media.
Israel finally made public its plans to deal with Hamas tunnels. This has become a big issue in Israel....The military managed to keep much of this dispute quiet as it sought a solution. Now the military believes it has one. The main result of this is a new security fence being built along the Gaza border. Costing several billion dollars, it won’t be complete until 2018. The effectiveness of the new tech has been confirmed by tests against new Hamas tunnels. Two of these have been found in the last month. Also very helpful was the capture and interrogation of several Gaza men with experience in the tunnels. One of those captured had a lot of experience building the tunnels and supplied lots of details, which are being confirmed with the new newly discovered tunnels.
“Snake Pastor” Drives Car Over Congregants
ChristianPost.com, 5/18/16, “Controversial ‘Snake Pastor’ Drives Car Over Congregants to Show ‘Power of God’” [Excerpts]: A controversial South African pastor who received a backlash last year for feeding his congregants snakes and rats as a test of their faith has contrived a new way of “demonstrating the power of God”—by driving over people with a car.
Pastor Penuel Mnguni of the End Times Disciples Ministries in Soshanguve was featured [on] Facebook...conducting a “demonstration of power” by driving his car on top of sleeping congregants....He commanded both of the members to sleep followed by moving the car over them.
After the pastor reversed the car and backed off the congregants, the post claims that the congregants began dancing and praising God along with other congregants who witnessed the ordeal.
The South African government had previously accused Mnguni of “abusing” the faith of his congregants after he fed members snakes that he claimed God turned into chocolate.
After the ministry posted photos on Facebook last summer showing Mnguni feeding snakes to his congregants, he was arrested on charges of animal cruelty.