Newsletter: Israel's Government, Recent ECHR Ruling in Europe, Muslim Women Elected to Congress (November 30, 2018)

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Newsletter: Israel's Government, Recent ECHR Ruling in Europe, Muslim Women Elected to Congress (November 30, 2018)

Postby Linda O'Donnell » Mon, Dec 03, 2018, 11:26 am

News from Hal Lindsey Media Ministries (This was copied from an email that I received on November 30th)

November 30th, 2018

Israel is in crisis.

Not only has it recently teetered on the brink of another war in Gaza, it is facing a collapse of its government and the need for new elections.

Of course, Israel faces many of the same problems we face in America. Israel's Left controls much of its media, cultural, and academic institutions. Even the upper leadership of the IDF has an insidious lean to the Left that causes it to resist many of the government's efforts to protect Israel's security and sovereignty. Its judiciary and law enforcement is riddled with anti-conservative bias.

So when Avigdor Lieberman, Israel's outspoken and very conservative Minister of Defense, resigned the governing coalition in protest of Israel's current ceasefire with Hamas, it left Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition with only 61 of the 120 Knesset seats.

Netanyahu assumed the Defense portfolio himself, so, for the time being, the governing coalition remains intact. But just barely.

Folks, when I urge you to pray daily for Israel, we need to understand that many of the same forces that are seeking to destroy America's Judeo-Christian heritage are plotting to destroy Israel's spiritual and religious heritage, too.

I believe President Trump is right to declare that America will stay in the Middle East to stand side-by-side with Israel. I don't know whether or not the President understands that by doing so, he is claiming God's blessing on our own nation. But even if that promised Biblical blessing is not his motive, I believe he understands that it's important for the democracies of the world to support and defend the only remaining democracy in the Middle East.

I thank God that we have a President who understands that our Judeo-Christian heritage is the preserving force in this world, and he seems committed to standing with those nations who share it with us.

On the other hand, there is Western Europe.

More specifically, the European Union.

The EU seems determined to undermine, then destroy, every trace of the moral, spiritual, and political principles that allowed its member nations to flourish for so long.

Recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that, in Europe, freedom of expression no longer applies to anyone who says anything negative about Mohammed -- even if it's true.

It's like we've stepped into the middle of George Orwell's novel, 1984. It's a case of what Orwell called "doublethink." The ECHR simultaneously holds two contradictory positions.

In the past, the ECHR affirmed that "freedom of expression" doesn't just protect "the information or ideas that are favorably received or regarded as inoffensive or as a matter of indifference, but also those that offend, shock or disturb."

That's the opinion that protects what we call "freedom of speech." Our speech may offend, but as long as it doesn't physically damage anyone, then you have a right to say it. Of course, that means you also face the social consequences of voicing unpopular opinions. But that's your decision to make. The government can't stop you.

But now, the ECHR is saying that those protections don't apply to those who criticize Mohammed or, by extension, Islam.

In 2011, an Austrian woman was convicted by an Austrian court of "denigrating religious symbols of a recognized religious group."

She didn't deface a synagogue with Nazi swastikas. She didn't burn a cross in front of a church. Or burn the church itself. She didn't destroy a statue of Buddha. She didn't throw a pig carcass onto the steps of a mosque.

She spoke the truth.

She SPOKE the truth!

She SPOKE the TRUTH!

Do you get my point?

She SAID something. Something that is true!

At a small seminar of less than 30 people, none of them Muslims, she was talking about Mohammed's documented marriage to a six-year-old girl. She said, "...a 56-year-old and a six-year-old? ... What do we call it, if it is not pedophilia?"

I say, "documented," because one of Islam's holy books, or hadiths, describes it! It says that Mohammed "married Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old." (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 5, Book 58, Number 236)

In a brilliant defense of their religion's founder, many of Mohammed's supporters point out that he didn't actually have sexual relations with his young wife until she was 9 years old.

But is that really a defense? That means it was a 59-year-old and a 9-year-old!

Hello! It's still pedophilia!

Other Mohammed defenders say that we are abhorred by that because societal norms have changed in the last 1,400 years.

That's true. For most people. But not for Muslims who see Mohammed as their example. One to be emulated.

You say it can't happen now? Not in our "modern" world?

Consider this. Earlier this year, a man in Cleveland, Ohio, married a 9-year-old girl. He justified it by citing Mohammed's example.

Two years ago, a prominent Canadian Muslim scholar and imam pronounced that a man of 50 marrying a girl of nine is "legitimate" in Islam.

But back to the ECHR ruling. How did the Austrian authorities learn that this woman had exercised her ECHR-protected "freedom of expression" when she spoke the truth about Mohammed to a room full of non-Muslims?

You guessed it. A magazine reporter was present and had surreptitiously recorded the comments. Muslims didn't file the complaint, a magazine did.

Nonetheless, an Austrian court convicted her of "disparaging religious doctrines." She appealed to the European Court of Human Rights. I'm sure she was confident that she would be exonerated because of the ECHR's previous defense of "freedom of expression."

What she probably didn't count on is how intimated Europeans have become by the Islamic threat within their midst.

This time, the ECHR decided that the Austrian court had "...carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected, and served the legitimate aim of preserving religious peace in Austria."

Did you get that?

No longer is the TRUTH important. No longer is FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION important. What's important to Europeans now is that RELIGIOUS FEELINGS be protected and RELIGIOUS PEACE be preserved.

And this is the important takeaway for Americans: What happens in Europe soon happens in America!

Let me repeat that just to make sure you get it: What happens in Europe soon happens in America.

But it can't happen here, you say.

Don't be too sure.

The recent mid-term general elections just sent the first two Muslim women to Congress. One celebrated by dancing with a Palestinian flag. She claims her strength comes from being Palestinian. Not Palestinian-American. Palestinian.

The other supports anti-Semitism, female genital mutilation, homophobia, and suppression of women's rights. In short, the Islamic/Sharia agenda. And both support the anti-Israel Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement, but lied about it during the campaign.

As I described on this program just a couple of weeks ago, as Islam's influence grows within a society, that society inevitably buckles to the demands of the Muslims and their insistence on Sharia law. And it takes only a shockingly small percentage of the population for the Muslims to exert enormous pressure to meet their demands.

Folks, as a watchman on the wall, I am warning America and the West that we cannot let Islam, with its unbending and repressive political system known as Sharia, exert undue influence on our culture and our society. If we do, we will lose everything -- all of the rights, the privileges, the peace, and the security -- that our founding fathers gave their fortunes and their lives to create for us.

To be fair, we must recognize that some Muslims are "cultural" or nominal Muslims. Just like many "Christians" are Christian in name and heritage only. Other Muslims are more radical or "devout." In fact, they sometimes fight each other within Islam.

As Christians and Americans, we must treat every individual Muslim with respect and care. But we need to understand that their ideas, and many of their beliefs, are radioactive. Islam is at odds with any governing constitution other than Sharia.

I think Judith Bergman from The Gatestone Institute sounded the warning that is cogent for America and the West. She wrote, "The real message the ECHR sent, as it succumbed to fears of 'disturbing the religious peace,' is that if threats work, keep threatening!"

Jesus said that in the last days before His return, we would be hated in all the world because of His name. That means that those of us who follow Jesus Christ will be hated and persecuted and prosecuted because the world hates Him. Not us, but Him. So if we believe in Jesus and stay true to Jesus, then we know that hard, dangerous times are coming for us.

So when it becomes illegal to speak the truth about a false religion, and illegal to speak the truth about a true religion, then you know that those hard, dangerous times are here.

Get as close to God as you can get.

And get ready!

Don't miss The Hal Lindsey Report on TBN, Daystar, CPM Network, various local stations, http://www.hallindsey.com or http://www.hischannel.com. Please check your local listings.

God Bless,


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