Open Thread, Friday 14 February 2014

Wildflowers on Mount Rainier, Washington, Frommers Beautiful Mou


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48 Responses to Open Thread, Friday 14 February 2014

  1. freedom1781 says:

    Wow. What a beautiful photo!

  2. Harvey says:

    I am stunned at the journey environmentalism has taken from Silent Spring (saving the birds) to callously murdering them with wind farms and the new “mirror” project in California. Everything the Left touches gets turned around and perverted.

  3. freedom1781 says:

    Judge’s same-sex marriage decision mixes up Constitution, Declaration of Independence

    • That’s how you know he’s a Democrat. 🙄

      • freedom1781 says:

        She. The decision was “breaking news” last night on the 11 o’clock news. I counted 5 times that it was mentioned in the newscast. The first few paragraphs of her decision were read on the air last night. I shook my head when the mistake was read, even the anchorette who read it, paused for a second. (This anchorette leans conservative.)

  4. Volcano eruption looking bad in SE Asia islands.

    Happy V-Day, everybody! This is one of those holidays we circumvent like the plague at the Grunt household, preferring to go out to dinner (or other romantic stuff) before or after the 14th. Romance and circuses don’t always go together, you know? But happy, happy anyways! 🙂

  5. texan59 says:

    If anyone needs reminding of why the “Establishment” needs to be kicked out on their collective asses, here you go. 👿

  6. freedom1781 says:

    Friday funny via ace of spades

    The 39 funniest animal photobombs of all time

    Yikes! I think that’s one of Bob’s cats! 😉 – Grunt

    That’s definitely one of Bob’s wild jungle cats right there. -Grunt

    This photo of Oprah peeking through the window is a little creepy, but I displayed it anyway.

    Forget the goat. What’s that in the doorway??? 😯

  7. Please take note of todays Verse of the Day. This is what seperates US from the others. This is what will draw others (of good will) into being a brother. This is the “motto” of what Christ left for US. This is His/our gift to the world. This is also what they will never understand about US. This is our strength, our coat of arms, our shield and what we must live and die for.
    God Bless You All brothers/sisters!

  8. freedom1781 says:


    Oh boy! Here we go… 🙄 😦

  9. texan59 says:

    A liberal really did get mugged.

    View story at

  10. Obama and Karzai have no relationship. Great. Hey, where do WE sign up to cancel our relationship.

  11. Horrible ideas for Valentines gifts. Warning: One of them has something to do with Al Franken.

    • barnslayer says:

      The effort and expense expended to sell oblamercare is inversely proportionate to it’s quality and desirability. Take a hint @ssh@ts.

  12. I was just watching “Timeline” the other day and afterwards came across this quote from one of the actors, Gerard Butler, who would go on to be a lot more famous in Phantom of the Opera & Olympus Has Fallen, etc.

    “In Scotland I’m just like a lot of other guys, but in America I’m seen as a very strong, masculine guy.” – Gerard Butler

    Umm. I think what he’s trying to say is: “I’m kind of a sissy boy, really. Hell, I have a law degree from Glasgow. But American men have become so girlish and feminized that even I look like a Greek god. In fact, I played King Leonides in ‘300’, and it don’t get no more Molon Labe than that, suckers.”

    Man, that pretty boy sure knows how to rub it in! 👿

    • barnslayer says:

      Meh. I’m an old fart dentist and my arms are bigger than his.

    • Knight4GFC says:

      Too much prog tv for him. His conclusions are the result of the liberal socialistic, and progressive media feed.

      True Americans here must be strong to be willing to die for what they believe in… for you! And they do! Are you? Get off your duff and do some work! 👿

  13. Harvey says:

    We thought Chicago politics were bad (and they are)! My husband has been reading about the 1948 primary for US Senate in Texas. Lyndon Johnson flat-out stole the election, was caught at it, but got away with it all the same by playing the legal system. And went on to become President. Geesh.

  14. Now since this is an AP news flash I can’t say if this is accurate or not. But where there is smoke there is a fire somewhere, so I suspect this and this is certainly a sign that there is going to be retaliation and an attitude that is well deserved which may be just what this is. They are sick of it and are’nt going to put up with it anymore.

  15. USA: Christian Rapper Faces Death Threats for Song Opposing Gay Marriage
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Mark Felder, a Christian music artist based in Houston, Texas, is receiving death threats after the release of a song opposing homosexual lifestyles and gay marriage. Felder’s song was a direct response to a popular track entitled “Same Love” released by artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The highly intolerant response Felder is receiving to his music is emblematic of a prevailing culture in the United States which is increasingly critical of Christians and orthodox Christian values. ICC continues to monitor incidents of anti-Christian sentiment throughout the United States. 

    Kenneth Bae: ‘I have not lost hope’
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Kenneth Bae, an American missionary, has been held by the world’s most despotic regime for over a year after being arrested for allegedly trying to “overthrow” the government. Kenneth is a devout Christian and was leading tour groups into North Korea before being arrested and sentenced last May to 15 years of hard labor. Pro-North Korean media recently revealed that he had been moved out of a hospital where he was being treated for various ailments back to a secret labor camp in an unknown location. North Korea is considered to be the world’s worst persecutor of Christians, with as many as 70,000 Christians currently believed to be held in concentration like camps where they face starvation and execution on a daily basis. 

    Egypt: 60 Cases of ‘Contempt of Religion’ in 3 Years
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    The book Silenced by Paul Marshall has  documented the abuse of legal structures to persecute religious minorities has documented its use, in Egypt and elsewhere. Over the past 3 years there were more than 60 cases of “contempt of religion” charges brought against those who have spoken out against the specific interpretation of the majority religion. 

    Sudan Carpet Bombs Christian Areas of Nuba Mountains Killing Christian Civilians
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    The Sudanese government continues to indiscriminately bomb Christians areas of the Nuba Mountains regions. Claiming to be fighting a rebel movement operating in the area, Sudan for months has been bombing mainly Christian villages, killing Christian civilians. Many suspect this indiscriminate bombing campaign could be a part of Sudanese President al-Bashir’s plan to make Sudan a purely Islamic and Arabic society.

    Congress Hears Testimony on ‘Flagrant’ Christian Persecution in Middle East
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Lawmakers listened to testimony from experts and religious leaders highlighting the persecution of Christians that is rampant across the Middle East. As a representative from the Vatican stated, Arab Christians “find themselves the target of constant harassment for no reason other than their religious faith.” The United States has an important role to play in leading the conversation to find solutions to religiously based discrimination and persecution.

    Christian Man Tortured and Killed by Police in Pakistan
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Police in Islamabad, Pakistan have been accused of torturing and killing a Christian they took in for interrogation relating to a thief charge earlier this week. Police claim that the Christian man hung himself in his cell, but initial investigations into the death say that the man died because of severe internal injuries caused by torture and abuse. Christians arrested for any crime in Pakistan are often singled out for extra abuse and torture due to their religious identity. Please pray for justice in this case.

    Kazakh Christian in Detention After Attempting to Leave Country for Religious Conference
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    When a well-known Pastor in Kazakhstan attempted to board a plane to the US with his wife to attend a religious conference, government agents intervened and threw them into detention, which is just “another example of growing government restrictions against religious freedom.”

    Religious Restrictions in Tajikistan at Alarming Rates and Worsening
    Friday, February 14th, 2014
    Recent research reveals that the already strict limits on religious freedom in Tajikistan are sure to worsen with time. Some of the strict limitations currently present include one from 2011, when “the government enacted the ‘Parental Responsibility Law,’ which prohibits almost all religious activity, including attendance at worship service, by children. The law also restricts parents from choosing certain names for their children.”

    Christian Reportedly Tortured in Custody in Central China
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    New details have emerged on the treatment of three Christians taken into custody in Shaanxi Province, China. One of the detained Christians, Feng Tiandong, was placed in a torture chair called a “tiger bench” and, according to his attorneys, still bears scars from his brutal initial arrest. The three believers have been detained for more than two months for “organizing an evil cult,” a charge commonly used in China to harass religious minorities.  

    13 Beijing Christians Held for More than Two Weeks
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Across China, Christians continue to face harassment, detention, and imprisonment at the hands of the Chinese government. While China does allow for Christians to worship in “Three-Self” Churches, these are regulated by the government, forcing many Christians to worship in illegal house churches. Many Christians connected with pro-Democracy movements also face arrest, including the 13 Christians arrested in Beijing two weeks ago. Lawyers for the group have just been allowed to visit for the first time after the Christians were charged for taking part in “illegal assemblies and demonstrations.” 

    Iraqi Christians Feel ‘Forgotten’ Amid Violence
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    The violence in Iraq has shown no signs of slowing. January was the deadliest month in some six years with more than 1,000 killed in violence across the country. Iraq remains divided along religious and ethnic lines. The influence of extremists groups has also made the situation of the Christian community even more precarious. There is a fear among many that Iraq’s Christians have been forgotten by the church and the international community.

    Turkey’s Religious Minorities Speak Out
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Religious minorities in Turkey have again raised attention to the challenges they face due to governmental restrictions. Most Christians and non-Sunni Muslim religious groups lack any legal status, preventing them from carrying out basic tasks like owning property, opening a bank account, providing formal education, and training and selecting religious leaders. Some positive steps have been taken in recent months, but there are larger structural issues that need to be addressed.

    Generations of Blasphemers: A Christian Family’s Struggle to Endure Persecution in Pakistan
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Tags:Asia, blasphemy, Pakistan

    CAN Pleads with Nigerian Government for Protection from Boko Haram
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the Nigerian government to tai the necessary steps to investigate the backing of Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups currently operating in northern Nigeria. Since the new year, CAN claims that over 100 Christians have been murdered by Islamic extremist in one state in Nigeria. According to CAN, these groups are using more sophisticated weapons when they attack Christian villages, churches and homes. Will Nigeria be able to protect its Christians? 

    Religious Tolerance in Pakistan Continues to Diminish
    Thursday, February 13th, 2014
    Pakistan continues to be ranked by the Pew Research Center as one of the most hostile nations for religious minorities. False blasphemy accusations, forced conversions, forced marriages, church bombings and widespread social discrimination are just a few of the issues faced by Christians and other religious minorities that call Pakistan home. Will these conditions ever change?

    UK Street Preacher Wins Court Case After Being Assaulted by Police
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    Across Western Europe, ICC has observed a sharply decreased tolerance over the past decade for expressions of Christianity and orthodox Christian values. In July of last year an American street preacher was detained by London police for alleged “hate speech”, though the preacher only quoted the Bible. Charges were later dropped against the preacher. In this latest cases, Bill Edwards, 73, was asked to stop preaching in front of a courthouse in Oxfordshire by police before being arrested after walking into a nearby police station.

    Christians Worldwide Rally Behind Church in Malaysia
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    For years, ICC has monitored the gradual rise of radical Islam in the Southeast Asian nation of Malaysia. While religious freedom is ostensibly protected by the government, recent events indicate that anti-Christian sentiment is rising in the country and many Christians fear that they are being stripped of their rights. Last year a court ruling made it illegal for non-Muslims to use the Arabic word for God, “Allah”, sparking a raid on a Bible society and the brief detention of its president. Malay Christians have used the Arabic word to describe God for several centuries. 

    Prayers for Christians in Afghanistan
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    The war-torn country of Afghanistan continues to be among the most dangerous places to be called a Christians. Many Afghans believe that Afghanistan is 100% Muslim, so when they discover an Afghan that practices Christianity they immediately declare that person to be an apostate. Apostasy is considered a crime against Islam and in more fundamentalist interpretations of Sharia law, apostates are sentenced to execution. Please pray for the Afghan Christians in Afghanistan.  

    Evangelism Charges Dropped against Moroccan Convert
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    The jail sentence of a Moroccan Christian who was convicted of evangelism related charges has been dropped by the Moroccan court. Mohamed El Baladi was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to 30 months in jail this past fall. The case however was not handled on the merits of the law but had other more personal motivations as well. The judge has overturned the ruling on the basis of a lack of evidence that his actions were at all dishonest or coercive. This is a positive sign for Christians in a country that strictly monitors Christians, but generally allows them to exercise their faith in private.

    Syria: Christian City Attacked by “Freedom Fighters”
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    Reports continue to stream out of Syria indicating that the situation for the country’s Christians appears to be getting worse. Residents from a well-known Christian city report that the jihadist rebels are moving into positions surrounding the town and seem poised to move on the city of Saidnaya in the coming days. The city which is home to 5 monasteries and dozens of churches has been struggling to continue “life as usual” but the prospect of an invasion by jihadist groups makes those hopes seem dim.

    Blasphemy Laws in Pakistan Creates Open Season on Christians
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    Pakistan’s abusive and controversial blasphemy laws continues to at the root of many instances of Christian persecution in Pakistan. Often used to settle personal scores or for economic gain, the blasphemy laws are often wielded as a weapon of choice when it comes to abusing religious minorities in Pakistan. Many of the critics of the blasphemy laws have come under threat from extremist groups and two of the country’s most vocal critics were murdered for calling for reform to the blasphemy laws. Will things ever change? Will Pakistan ever be able to put the issue of blasphemy in the past?

    Anti-Christian Violence Continues Unchecked in India
    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
    Following the 2008 anti-Christian violence that swept across India’s northeastern state of Orissa (now Odisha), India has done little to ensure the freedom of Christians and has been unwilling or unable to bring justice to the Christian victims of the 2008 violence. Many in India are concerned that this lack of justice will only encourage extremists to violence. Many have called on the U.S. to highlight the suffering of Christians and other religious minorities in India because of perceived inattention from the Indian government.  

    USA: New Law Introduced to Fight ‘Climate of Intimidation’ Towards Religious Viewpoints
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
    The Marriage and Religious Freedom act, authored by Republican Raul Labrador and currently co-sponsored by 100 Congressmen, is designed to protect from intimidation those who hold an orthodox Christian view of marriage. The bill specifically blocks federal agencies from targeting or discriminating against those who espouse a traditional definition of marriage. Christians across the United States have become increasingly concerned at the level of intolerance towards Christian values and beliefs that permeate both politics and popular culture. 

    Son of Three-Self Church Founder: ‘China’s Communist Government Hates Christianity’
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
    In a seminar held late last month in San Francisco, Wu Zhongsu, the son of the founder of China’s government backed Three-Self Church movement, said that the Communist government hates Christianity. Wu also warned that the Communist Party is attempting to use Christianity as a means of furthering it’s own agenda. Other speakers at the seminar, including human rights lawyers and missionaries, spoke about the persecution that is ongoing, including the case of the Nanle County Christian Church. The Nanle church had two dozen members and the pastor of the church arrested back in November, likely because of their activism in the community. The churches pastor and a few members remain in prison. 

    Discrimination Against Christians in the Workplace Remains Common in Pakistan
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
    Discrimination against Christians in the workplace in Pakistan remains a common practice in Pakistan. Many employers in the country’s Muslim-majority refuse to hire Christians and other religious minorities. When forced to do so, these employers often mistreat minority workers and even withhold their pay at times. In Gujrat, Naveed Maqsood, a Christian man employed at a local school, has been facing this persecution for years. The principle of the school, a Muslim woman, has refused to pay Maqsood for months because of his Christian identity.

    Hundreds of Eritrean Christians Tortured and Trafficked in East Africa
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
    A report by Human Rights Watch published Tuesday has described and reported on the suffering of hundreds of Eritrean refugees caught up in trafficking rings in East Africa. According to the report and ICC’s sources on the ground, many of these trafficking victims are Christians forced to flee Eritrea due to the intense level of persecution there. Many Christians fleeing Eritrea employ smugglers to sneak them out of Eritrea only to discover they have been sold by the smugglers into slavery. Please pray for these suffering brothers and sisters.

    Pastor in Kenya Killed by Suspected Muslim Extremists
    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
    On February 2nd, a church leader from a church in the costal city of Mombasa, Kenya was killed by suspected Muslim extremists. Friends and witnesses say the pastor was killed because he was preaching Christian messages too close to a mosque in Mombasa. Others also say that the church leader had informed on radical activities taking place at the mosque which led to a police raid. Pray for this Christian’s family and church.

    Religious Violence Continues to Consume CAR
    Monday, February 10th, 2014
    Religiously motivated violence continues to consume the population of the Central African Republic (CAR). The Washington Post has reported another Christian has been lynched by a Muslim mob and killed. Revenge killings and distrust between Christians and Muslims in CAR continues to perpetuate one of the bloodiest religious conflicts in Africa’s recent memory.

    Christian Gravestones Smashed in Malaysia as Anti-Christian Sentiment Rises
    Monday, February 10th, 2014
    On Friday, cemetery workers in Pahang State, Malaysia, discovered that vandals had smashed several gravestones and broken several crosses at the Christian cemetery. The vandalism comes only a few weeks after attackers hurled small bombs at a Christian church in Penang and inflammatory banners appeared overnight in front of several churches. Christians, who are a minority in the country, fear that radical Islam has grown increasingly prevalent in the Muslim-majority nation. A recent court ruling also banned non-Muslims from using the Arabic word for God, “Allah,” although the word has been used in Malay copies of the Bible for centuries. The ban led to the raid of a Christian Bible society and the brief detention of the Society’s president.

    Religious Minorities Urge U.S. to Discuss Persecution in Talks with India
    Monday, February 10th, 2014
    A coalition of  Indian Sikhs and Christians have united to lobby the U.S. government into discussing the issue of persecution in its next round of talks with the Indian government. Both Christians and Sikhs are religious minorities in India and have faced various forms of persecution. Anti-Christians sentiment seems to be rising in India as the Hindu nationalist movement continues to gain popularity. Please pray that the U.S. doesn’t remain silent on this issue.

    I just don’t understand all this bad sentiment towards islams good cult!

    • “Good cult.” Right. Our leaders have squandered all our money on their made-up issues and on “helping” radical regimes, and they remain silent on the genocide of Christians in Africa, the ME and SE Asia. What good are they? Trick question. 👿

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