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National Prayer Breakfast 2015, usnews.com photo

What does he really believe and why is it important? The Bible is not ambiguous, but hearing President Obama talk about religion sure can be confusing. Without knowing much about him, too many American citizens – including people of faith – voted for a man that has become the most divisive and anti-Christian president in our history. They failed to get informed and took him at his word.

He professes to be a Christian and yet he doesn’t believe Jesus is God; he is uncertain about Heaven and Hell, takes Scripture out of context, criticizes Israel, evangelicals and conservatives; and says he draws equally from many faiths. He has also shown disrespect for the Founding Fathers while publicly supporting or defending Muslim nations.

In Cairo in 2009, the President said “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” In his Ramadan message, we forget he also stated,

I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear… Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace; America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

It happened again at the 2015 National Prayer Breakfast, not an appropriate venue to lie about Christianity in order to minimize the brutality of an ideology that has declared war on Christians, Jews, and the United States.

It happened in what was founded a Christian nation where about 75 percent of the population professes some form of Christianity; a country in which one hundred percent of our constitutional history is rooted in the Judeo-Christian ethic.

Regarding Islam, President Obama basically said, ‘Judge ye not’ as he pointed to “terrible deeds committed in the name of Christ,” such as the Crusades and more recently, slavery. What he conveniently omits is the fact that those who have done evil in Jesus’ name were not following His teachings at all! Moreover, Christians are the ones who obliterated slavery and Jim Crow; and what about modern slavery largely perpetrated by Muslims?

Author, radio host, and history professor, Peter Heck stated:

“To compare the actions of the Crusaders that he’s referencing 1,000 years ago, to the actions of ISIS militants that put people in cages and burn them alive, is so offensive to an intellect that is even remotely aware of what the Crusades are that it defies description. I cannot express to you how ignorant of a comment that is.

This is what has happened, by the way, in our universities. Taken over by leftist intellectuals, hippies now run our universities. They fabricate these lies and they repeat them so often, so frequently that they believe them themselves and certainly those who they train believe them. Barack Obama, being the product of this kind of an education – if you want to call it that – is merely regurgitating what he’s done learned.”

The Crusades erupted in defense of radical Islamists invading Europe, a continent dominated by the Christian faith at the time, from Northern Africa. Crusades were a military response to Muslim aggression and were intended to take back lands Muslims had seized and to free Christians from Muslim oppression.

Just five years after the death of Muhammad, his followers captured Jerusalem and by 732 A.D. they went into Spain. Their aggression continued for hundreds of years until finally, resistance rose up via the Crusades which began in 1095. Defenders of the president conveniently ignore true history.

Before he was elected president, Barack Obama was interviewed about his religious beliefs and said he wanted his government to operate for all faiths, including atheists and agnostics; quite a departure from our founders. He also said “sin” means being out of alignment with his personal values, and Jesus was just a historical figure. We now know much more about him by his actions and policies.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, the president also claimed “No god condones terror,” but what about Allah? Millions of terrorists are obeying the teachings of the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad, a merciless warrior bent on conquest. Jihad is a sacred duty carried out against unbelievers (in Allah), particularly against the West where Christianity has been dominant for centuries. For the president not to acknowledge the worldview of those who have openly declared to be our enemies is bewildering.

Jesus came to give His life for the sins of mankind and taught peace, forgiveness, and to love our enemies. Muhammad said ‘kill them’ and did just that by killing many innocent people. Shouldn’t we conclude Islam is not being “hijacked;” it is being obeyed? Sura 5:33 lays out how to punish those who resist Allah and Muhammad: exile from the land, “the cutting of hands and feet from opposite sides,” execution or crucifixion.

Debunking the president’s embarrassing remarks, in his article “Obama Hijacks Christianity to Defend Islam,” author and apologist, Frank Turek, wrote:

The Qur’an commands Muslims to “strike the heads” off the infidels (Sura 8:12); to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (Sura 8:60); and to “slay the idolaters wherever you find them” and to “prepare them for every ambush” (Sura 9:5).

Sura 9:29 tells Muslims to “Fight those who do not believe in Allah… until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.” (After all, the word “Islam” means “submission.” If you don’t submit and become a Muslim, you will die or pay a tax.) The next verse says, “May Allah destroy [the Christians and the Jews].”

It should not surprise us many Americans are unaware of actual world history and the teachings of the major religions. It is disappointing however, the views of the president and others go virtually unchallenged by most fact checkers, the liberal media, and uninformed citizens. This is a problem. Obama’s comments reflect his worldview which supports his administration’s lack of action when it comes to national defense, and lack of wisdom regarding foreign policy.

If you believe the Bible is true and say you are a Christian and yet still support the president, this may be a good time to examine your loyalty to the Democrat party and its policies. His idea of Christianity is based on Black Liberation Theology, Marxism, and collective salvation as well as a progressive political ideology. His comments at the National Prayer Breakfast again reveal where his allegiance lies – and it is not good for America.

* More on the differences between the teachings of Islam compared to Christianity here:

*More on the president’s background and history here:

Franklin Graham: President Obama’s Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

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IRS tea party protest(photo: Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

“You are the Internal Revenue Service. You can reach into the lives of hard-working taxpayers and with a phone call, an e-mail or a letter you can turn their lives upside down. You ask taxpayers to hang onto seven years of their personal tax information in case they are ever audited, and you can’t keep six months’ worth of employee e-mails?” Paul Ryan

Media bias is one thing, but government bias toward individual American citizens is another; and in this case they go together. We’re in dangerous territory, not to mention it being a disservice to millions.

Everyone is affected by IRS tax codes and all working citizens – even liberals – are (supposedly) susceptible to potential scrutiny including a dreaded IRS audit. Some may be able to look past the truth relating to Benghazi, Fast and Furious, “green energy” scandals, government waste and fraud, ObamaCare, Common Core, the national debt, and a list of other subjects, but shouldn’t we care about what the IRS has done – and still may be doing to people just like you and me?

Similar to the press, the IRS is responsible for serving all people in the country, not just the ones they agree with politically, but where the media is concerned, too many have been on a hiatus of sorts since Barack Obama was elected in 2008. When Democrats are in charge in Washington, the media seem to relax and enjoy the run, but when Republicans run things, the media holds them accountable and their work ethic returns with greater intensity, endurance, and persistence leaving no stone unturned in their investigations and political reporting.

The Internal Revenue Service scandal actually began back in April 2010, but as evidence mounted and cover-ups were unable to be sustained any longer, the dam finally broke wide open by May 2013. As I reviewed details of the IRS investigation, I was reminded of the level of indisputable corruption within the Agency as well as the many lies told in an attempt to delay the truth from being revealed.

Sharyl Attkisson reported in September 2014 computer crashes caused the IRS to lose emails from five more employees who happen to be under investigation by Congress in the case involving the targeting of conservatives. At this time, more than twenty IRS employees have allegedly had their computers crash which caused the deletion or the loss of their emails as well as hard drives. Apparently, only conservatives and Republicans in government agencies are required by law to back-up their data on external hard drives.

A Senate subcommittee report confirmed the findings that “the IRS picked conservative groups out of normal processing, forced them to answer intrusive questions about their behavior and demeanor at meetings, and delayed their applications for multiple years.” The investigation uncovered no evidence liberal groups received the same inappropriate treatment conservative groups received. Two of the IRS agents involved worked in a Cincinnati office processing applications for tax-exempt status, and the most well-known computer crash victim is former IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director, Lois Lerner.

Under Lerner’s watch, from April 2010 to April 2012, the IRS placed holds on the processing of hundreds of applications for tax-exempt status from organizations known to be conservative. We now know some of the labels that were flagged by the IRS for special attention were those with “Tea Party,” “Patriots,” “Take Back the Country,” “We the People,” or “9/12” in their names. During those two years, the IRS only approved four applications from conservative groups while giving a green light to those whose names included “Liberal,” “Progress,” “Progressive,” or “Equality,” to name a few.

By intimidating conservative groups and limiting their ability to freely campaign and mobilize for a cause or candidate, the IRS indirectly affected the outcomes of elections across the United States. The impact of this illegal activity still has some residual effect on conservative organizations today. Many fair minded citizens believe IRS activity had an influence on the 2012 Presidential Election; we just don’t fully know to what degree.

In February of 2014, it was also learned of the already-existing nonprofits flagged for IRS Surveillance, 83% were conservative. The government monitored the group’s activities, their websites, and other publicly available information. Moreover, other sources reported even citizens donating to tea party-affiliated groups were audited ten times more than average Americans.

But one of the most glaring facts revealing Democrat-control and corruption is that of all the groups the IRS selected for audit, 100% of them were conservative.

On top of the proof the IRS used “inappropriate criteria” to review applications from tea party and other conservative groups, House Ways and Means Chairman, Dave Camp (R-MI) stated:

“We now know that the IRS targeted not only right-leaning applicants, but also right-leaning groups that were already operating as 501(c)(4)s.”

In April 2014, TownHall.com’s Katie Pavlich reported that Judicial Watch released documents showing IRS officials, including Lois Lerner, not just silencing conservatives, but also discussing the possibility of bringing criminal charges against tea party groups for engaging in “political activity.” In fact, the documents showed Lerner wanted to bring charges against someone and make an example out of them in order to intimidate or squelch all of the groups in the tea party movement.

According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Lerner had a database (1.1 million pages) of tax exempt organizations sent to the FBI just before the 2010 midterm elections. It should concern most Americans that Obama’s DOJ, the IRS, and the FBI were working together to advance a scheme to criminally prosecute conservative organizations!

Even in the face of these facts, Democrats insist it was just another phony scandal Republicans were trying to extend as the November 2014 Midterm elections drew closer. Former Attorney General Eric Holder has turned down numerous requests from congressional Republicans for a special prosecutor. One of the most detailed and extensive timelines revealing the order of events relating to the IRS targeting of conservative groups is on the website of Discover the Networks, a resource you will most likely want to bookmark and research. Check out this extensive timeline and make up your own mind.

Sadly, the IRS saga continues and conveniently for Democrats in power, the whole truth will never be fully known due to the successful cover-up by government as well as the media’s minimizing of the truth. In all honesty, what kind of outcome do you suppose we would have had in this scandal had there been a Republican president in the White House and the targeting was done to liberal groups? The media would have reported on the story quite differently.

CBS was a day late covering the Lerner missing emails development and rather than give air time to the fact the IRS lied about her hard drive crashing when it was actually just “scratched,” the story appeared only on the CBS News website. NBC was the least interested in keeping its viewers informed on the developments as they failed to mention the story for an entire month!

Geoffrey Dickens at Newsbusters reported that none of the networks mentioned the latest details in the IRS scandal and summed up the network negligence in one sentence:

“The saga of Lois Lerner’s missing emails took a bunch of twists and turns this past week, but you wouldn’t know that if you only got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks.”

The fact our First Amendment rights are being threatened should concern every one of us who cares about free speech and expression, whether that be religious or political. In the midst of all this, the IRS actually proposed new regulations at the end of 2013 that would prevent 501(c)(4) groups from engaging in political activity. It seems they were not affected by the investigation or perhaps they hadn’t heard about it.

What have we learned? The IRS has operated as one of President Obama’s most powerful weapons to divert, intimidate, and punish his opposition. This corrupt government agency is no longer just collecting taxes and keeping records of revenue, nor is the IRS “serving” all Americans the way we would like to think.

This is not just about politics, it is about the freedom to share our views including the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. The effort we make to speak the truth is a God-ordained endeavor. Striving for integrity and truth in media is important, and as Christians our ultimate aim must be living for and obeying God. How soon will it be before our government punishes us for our faith and forces us to choose? It’s here; believers are already being discriminated against and silenced so we better raise awareness while we can.

 

 

 

 

Cited above:

Sharyl Attkisson, Associated Press, “IRS Says it has Lost Emails from 5 More Employees, 9/5/2014

Robert Wilde/Breitbart “IRS Targets Tea Party and Conservative Non Profits for Audit,” 2/12/2014

Katie Pavlich, “Breaking: New Emails Show Lois Lerner was in Contact with DOJ About Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups,” 4/16/2014

Discover The Networks, THE IRS SCANDAL: TIMELINE

Geoffrey Dickens, “Networks Refuse to Report Latest IRS Scandal Revelations,” 7/28/2014