This issue looks at the recent twists and turns in Syria, Egypt, and Turkey, the escalating war against Christians, Obama’s latest backdoor moves, ammo rationing, and more evidence of America’s moral decline.
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Public approval of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hit an all-time low in March, though the electoral consequences of his unpopularity are unclear given disunity among the Egyptian opposition. The Muslim Brotherhood-linked president garnered only 47 percent approval in the poll, alongside 45 percent disapproval. The figures represent a dramatic drop from the 78 percent approval rate Morsi enjoyed shortly after his first 100 days in office.
Al Qaeda’s Iraqi wing is merging with an Islamist opposition group in Syria that the Washington Postdescribes as “the most aggressive and successful” of the rebel forces fighting in the country.The announcement of a formal merger between Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Syria-based Al Nusra Front was made in an online audio posting by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State in Iraq. It follows a video published earlier this week of Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calling on rebels fighting in Syria to establish an Islamic state.
What activists are describing as rocked Egypt over the weekend, leaving six dead and almost a hundred people injured. Four Coptic Christians and a Muslim were killed at the beginning of the weekend in a suburb north of Cairo. A Muslim mob subsequently attacked the Sunday funeral procession held for the four at Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox cathedral, with rioters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails as mourners took cover in the cathedral compound.
Secretary of State John Kerry met Sunday with his Turkish counterpart amid concerns that Ankara is backtracking on commitments it made to Israel during a phone call arranged last month to facilitate rapprochement between Turkey and the Jewish state.
The Syrian government has redeployed as many as 20,000 troops from areas around the country’s Golan Heights border with Israel to areas closer to Damascus.Along with the increasingly precarious status of the United Nations peacekeeping force that has monitored the area since 1974 – citing security concerns, multiple nations have reduced or withdrawn their force contributions – the moves will deepen concerns over the emergence of a power vacuum along the border. Al Qaeda-linked jihadists have taken advantage of the regional chaos to infiltrate areas where Syrian and international forces have reduced their footprints. These groups have come within striking distance of seizing portions of Syria’s chemical and biological weapons arsenal, which analysts believe they would use against Israel.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
Army Training Session Lists Evangelicals, Catholics, Mormons as ‘Extremists’
Godfather Politics reports: An Army Reserve unit undergoing training on religious extremism recently in Pennsylvania was told by an Army instructor that Evangelical Christians, Catholics, Mormons and Orthodox Jews are on the same level with Hamas, al-Qaida and the Ku Klux Klan. The training was part of the Army Reserve Equal Opportunity program. The slide that listed examples of “religious extremism” put Evangelical Christianity as the first entry and included the Jewish Defense League, Catholicism and even “Islamophobia” alongside the Muslim Brotherhood, Sunni Muslims and Hamas. Read more.
Obama Quietly Signs Executive Order Enabling Voter Fraud and Nationalizing Elections
America’s Conservative News reports: (Constitution School) Following rampant allegations of voter fraud in last November’s Presidential election, President Barack Obama defied his harshest critics this past week, by quietly signing an executive order establishing a Presidential administration dedicated to, among other things, registering non-English speaking citizens to vote. When confronted with the news, one Virginia local elections official called the move, “Frightening,” adding, “Because of my position, I’m non-partisan, which is precisely why I find this to be so troubling.” Read more.
Obama Ends State Rights: Seeks To Abolish 10th Amendment
Conservative Daily reports: Obama has stated he will completely disregard the Tenth Amendment rights of states who have passed legislation to nullify Obamacare. States that refuse to comply based on legislation or their state constitutions will see their entire health insurance industry taken over by agents of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Ammo Rationing Is Here
Teapartyeconomist reports: Ammunition is in such short supply (at today’s prices) that police departments in east Texas are not able to buy it. Officers are not issued ammunition. They have to buy their own. Read more.
Pedophilia Is a Sexual Orientation Under CA Bill
Conservativebyte.com reports: This is sick. Liberals are just disgusting. Check it out.
One in Three Americans Say the Bible is the Answer
Though beliefs about the Bible and its role in society are becoming increasingly polarized, the Bible remains a highly valued, influential force in America.
Breaking Christian News reports: A new report released today finds Americans overwhelming (77%) believe morals and values are declining in the U.S. The most-cited cause for the decline? A lack of Bible reading. (I think they’re on to something.)
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
Notice in church bulletin:
The eighth graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the church basement Friday at 7 p.m. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.