STREETS COULD BECOME WAR ZONES IN EUROPE AS CONTINENT DESCENDS INTO CRISIS
It comes after months of warnings from experts, including top military brasses, that massive economic issues, mass immigration, and terrorism will lead to a full-scale crisis. They have predicted this will affect the entire continent, eventually leading to civil war on the streets. In December 2015, one of the most apocalyptic warnings came from Andre Blattmann, the Swiss head of the armed forces. Blattmann, who left his job just weeks later, said the combination of hybrid wars, the economy, and the refugee crisis would have “unforeseen dimensions”. He then claimed social unrest was something Europe’s leaders and armies had to be prepared for. Blattmann was writing in a newspaper just days after France had been rocked by one of the worst terror attacks in the country’s history.
On November 13, 2015, Islamist gunmen went on a shooting rampage at various locations in the capital of Paris, massacring 130 people. It sparked a wave of ISIS-linked terror attacks in Europe’s major cities, including Berlin, Munich, and Nice. One of the most high profile was the Nice lorry attack, where Islamist fanatic Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel drove a huge cargo truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in the seaside city, killing 86 and injuring a further 434 people. Just weeks ago, French scholar of Islam, Gilles Kepel, told German newspaper Die Welt that the goal of Islamic terrorism was not to simply murder western people in Europe. He explained the purpose of bloody and vicious attacks on innocent people is to incite hatred among the general population of Muslims in general.
By doing this, he said they would encourage more young believers to take up arms against westerners which would eventually lead to civil war on the streets.Professor Kepel said their goal is to build a caliphate from the ashes of crumbled European cities. The looming threat of major civil unrest on Europe’s streets is also heightened due to recent political earthquakes that make the collapse of the European Union more likely. After the UK’s historic referendum result to leave the bloc, other European powers have been moving in a similar direction. In France, Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National, could potentially seize power in next year’s Presidential election.
The firebrand politician, who has spoken of her hatred for the EU, is hugely popular in France, but will face stiff competition from centre-right Republican nominee Francois Fillon. And last month in Italy, one of the biggest upsets in political history happened when the country’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi resigned after being defeated in a constitutional reform referendum. This paves the way for one of Italy’s more extreme parties to take power, such as the Five Star Movement which is making huge poll gains and has promised to hold a referendum on bringing the country out of the Euro. It has previously been forecast that if any EU member left the single currency, it could signal one of the final nails in the coffin of the entire European project.
PROSECUTION OF DUTCH POLITICAL LEADER BACKFIRES AS HE SOARS IN POLLS
The Liberal elite’s decision to prosecute Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders for hate speech has spectacularly backfired as his anti-immigrant party soared to a commanding lead in the polls. Voters have rallied to the Freedom Party (PVV) after its controversial chief was convicted for saying there were “too many Moroccans” in the Netherlands in a case critics had feared would only boost his popularity. His party has opened up a daunting nine point gap on its rivals, putting it on track to scoop 36 out of the Dutch parliament’s 150 seats in next Spring’s elections. The bombshell poll, released by the Maurice de Hond Institute, is the first indication of how voters will react to the controversial decision to prosecute Mr Wilders under discrimination laws.
And it will send shockwaves through Brussels, which is already reeling from the loss of Europhile Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and which is facing a year of crunch elections which could finish the bloc for good. The Freedom Party are on course to become the biggest party in the Dutch parliament. Mr Wilders has courted controversy with his incendiary remarks on Islam. Last month Mr Wilders was found guilty of insulting a specific group of people and inciting discrimination, but was cleared of the more serious crime of hate speech, with three judges deciding not to impose any punishment. The field work for the poll was carried out during his trial, which the far-right leader described as “insanity”, but before he was controversially found guilty.
In a tweet after the verdict Mr Wilders said that the “elite”, including Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, had prosecuted him out of “panic”, adding: “It just makes me and the PVV stronger.” And reacting to the poll, he added: “The Dutch people will acquit me on election day.” In the last poll before the trial began, the PVV was predicted to take 27 seats in the Dutch parliament with 18 per cent of the vote. But Mr Wilder’s popularity has soared during his controversial trial whilst the conservative People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), led by Mr Rutte, has slumped to just 15 per cent and left wing parties are facing electoral oblivion. Such a result on March 15 would leave the PVV in a hugely strong position to form a coalition Government, making it by far the largest party in the country.
The anti-Islam leader was put on trial over his remarks at an election rally in 2014, when he asked supporters whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands”. When the crowd chanted back “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” Mr Wilders smiled and replied: “We’re going to take care of that.”During his trial prosecutors read out statements from Dutch-Moroccans, who make up around two per cent of the country’s population, and who said his comments had left them feeling like “third-rate citizens”. But Mr Wilders hit back, saying that the trial was a farce and that “millions of Dutch are sick and tired of political correctness, sick and tired of the elite which only cares about itself and ignores the ordinary Dutchman”.
A RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WIN FOR MASSACHUSETTS CHURCHES
Four pastors in Massachusetts are dropping their lawsuit against the state after the attorney general’s office revised the interpretation of a new gender identity anti-discrimination law which categorized churches as places of public accommodation. The state’s move protects the First Amendment rights of Massachusetts churches to express their beliefs about gender and sexuality and operate their bathrooms in a manner consistent with their theology. Classifying churches as places of public accommodation is unprecedented and would open them up to a variety of anti-discrimination laws that could clash with their beliefs. Recently a federal judge struck down such a categorization in Iowa noting that “state and federal courts have held that churches and programs they host are not places of public accommodation.”
In July, Massachusetts lawmakers amended the state’s anti-discrimination law to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation based on a person’s stated gender identity. The trouble for churches came in September when the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination issued a “Gender Identity Guidance” that said churches could be considered as places of public accommodation under certain conditions. “A church could be seen as place of public accommodation if it holds a secular event, such as a spaghetti supper, that is open to the general public,” said the commission. The guidance says that an individual’s gender identity can be identified “by evidence that the gender identity is sincerely held as a part of the person’s core identity.”
The guidance explains that stopping a person from using a bathroom that’s consistent with their gender identity violates the law. It also says that places of public accommodation should follow best practices, such as using pronouns that transgender people prefer, refraining from derogatory comments and avoiding gender-specific dress codes. The attorney general’s office also issued a “Gender Identity Guidance for Public Accommodations” and said that “houses of worship” are places of public accommodation. In its revision the attorney general’s guidance removes the “categorical reference to ‘houses of worship’ as an example of a ‘place of public accommodation.’” The attorney general’s office noted that the pastors’ lawsuit “caused us to focus on these issues and to make this revision.”
Trump’s former rival and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz recently held a prayer meeting with conservative pastors and members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The meeting was held to pray against Satan’s power on Capitol Hill and was organized by Wallbuilders and the Jefferson Gathering, reported by Right Wing Watch.Wallbuilders is a conservative organization, run by evangelical author and activist David Barton, and the Jefferson Gathering is a prayer organization developed by Skyline Church, where Jim Garlow is the lead pastor. “Senator Ted Cruz was eloquent as usual. He came through a bruising election,and continues to be a profound and significant voice in the Senate. Thank God for him!” Garlow wrote on Facebook.
“There are at least 5 or 6 pastors in Congress. These are the type of high quality people who are representing you,” he said in another post. “The problem has been in the White House and with 5 of the Justices of the Supreme Court. The problem is not the Congress,” he added. Pastor Dave Walker of the Tennessee Pastors Network and Dave Kistler of the North Carolina Pastors Network participated in the event as well. “If God rules in the halls of legislation, it’s to our benefit allowing us to be on site, standing up and speaking the law of God to our elected leaders and praying for them,” Walker explained. “It’s been the absence of that opportunity that is the reason why Satan has ruled in the halls of legislation.”
CAPE TOWN DECLARATION ON MARRIAGE SIGNALS START OF GLOBAL FIGHT BACK
A global movement to preserve and reclaim the definition of marriage has been launched in Cape Town, South Africa. The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) joined with dozens of leaders from pro-family groups worldwide in signing the Cape Town Declaration. “With just 23 of 190 United Nations member countries having redefined marriage in law, the new global marriage movement is determined to prevent further slippage and to win back ground that has been lost,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said. “It is exciting to be part of a global movement which is not giving up on what marriage is.” Mr Shelton said a common theme at the event, was pressure from governments to change toilet and shower policies at schools to allow boys to use girls’ facilities and vice versa.
“‘Safe Schools’ style gender fluid agendas are what have quickly come next in countries where the law on marriage has changed,” he said. “In Africa, where only South Africa has redefined marriage, delegates told us of rich countries like the United States threatening to withdraw aid money if they do not implement the political agenda of LGBTIQ activists.” Mr Shelton said the minority countries which had lost marriage were inspired by Australia’s fight to preserve it. The Cape Town Declaration affirms that marriage between one man and one woman is the “bedrock of civil society” and that it is at the “heart of any just social order,” he said. Signatories pledge to “not falter or flag until the truth about marriage is embraced in our laws and honoured in our lands”.
NEW ZEALAND JUSTICE MINISTER RESISTS PRESSURE TO DECRIMINALIZE ABORTION
In the wake of several thousand calling for abortion reform legislation, New Zealand Justice Minister Amy Adams says she will not consider reforms to New Zealand’s existing abortion laws. Abortions are currently illegal under the Crimes Act except in cases where the continued pregnancy would pose an alleged threat to the physical or mental health of the mother, cases of foetal abnormality, or cases of incest. The current call for reform is due to the launching of a Change.org petition by student Sarah Batkin, who is attempting to initiate change to the illegal status of abortions. Justice Minister Adams said that “wholesale reform of abortion law is not something I’m currently looking at.”
In 2015, 13,155 abortions were performed in New Zealand, with 23 abortions per 1,000 women aged 20-24 years, according to Carol Slappendel, Acting Government Statistician. This is the lowest abortion rate the country has seen since 1994. The current abortion law is designed to discourage abortion and prevent dodgy abortion practices. Ken Orr, spokesperson for New Zealand Right to Life, told Live Action News in a statement: Right to Life applauds Justice Minister Amy Adams for rejecting pressure from Family Planning to decriminalise the killing of the unborn and accept it as “an essential part of reproductive health.” Right to Life requests that the government defund Family Planning which is at the forefront of the war on women in promoting a culture of death in New Zealand.
SLOVAKIA PASSES LAW BANNING ISLAM FROM BEING A RECOGNIZED RELIGION
Slovakia has passed a law that prohibits Islam from being a recognized religion by the state. The decision came in the wake of the refugee crisis and the influx of Muslims to many countries in Europe. Slovakia is maintaining a hard line toward the refugee crisis and is not allowing any Muslims into the country. Muslims comprise less than one percent of Slovakia’s population, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 Muslims living in the country. The recent measure passed by lawmakers mandated that, in order to be officially recognized by the government and to receive government subsidies and be able to operate its own schools, a religion must have at least 50,000 adherents.
Since Slovakia has also banned more Muslim refugees from entering the country, Islam is unlikely to reach the necessary 50,000 any time soon. “Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000-400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values of the State.” Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico said last year. The new law also prevents made-up religions such as the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster from being recognized.
MAINSTREAM MEDIA SHOCKED AT ROLE RELIGION PLAYS IN PEOPLES LIVES
Journalists don’t “get religion” and the role it plays in people’s lives, according to Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times. Baquet said that one of his goals post-election was to, “make sure that we are much more creative about beats out in the country so that we understand that anger and disconnectedness that people feel. And I think I use religion as an example because I was raised Catholic in New Orleans,” he said. “I think that the New York-based, and Washington-based media powerhouses probably don’t quite get religion.”
Franklin Graham responded to Baquet’s comments on Facebook, saying the mainstream media shouldn’t have dismissed the role of faith in people’s lives to begin with. “They were shocked by the real difference made by evangelical voters in the last election. They had dismissed the important role of faith in people’s lives and in the fabric of this country. They were counting it as a thing of the past, something that progressive thinking had finally laid to rest. But thank God they were wrong,” Graham wrote. He went on to encourage Christians to continue to pray for America because, “Turning to Christ is what can truly make America great again!”