Category Archives: Religion

Egyptian imam says it’s OK to be a peeping Tom

Usama al-Qawsi

Usama al-Qawsi

Damien Gayle reports for the UK’s Daily Mail, Aug. 19, 2014, that a hardline Islamic imam from Egypt this week made waves in the Middle East after he issued a fatwa or religious edict allowing a man to watch a woman while she is taking a shower, so long as your intentions are “pure,” whatever that means.

Usama al-Qawsi is a cleric in the Salafi movement, a minority strain in Egyptian Islam, which encourages believers to look back to the earliest Muslims as the epitome of good religious practice. His sermon was broadcast on Egyptian-based Mehwar TV Channel and translated into English by al-Arabiya.

Al-Qawsi preached: “If you were really honest and wanted to marry that woman, and you were able to hide and watch her in secret, see the things that she wouldn’t usually let you see before marrying her, then it is acceptable as long as your intentions are pure.”

In fact, al-Qawsi claimed that one of Prophet Mohammad’s companions did exactly that, that is, was a peeping Tom. Al-Qawsi said although “some disapproved,” the Prophet himself gave permission, saying, “If you can see something that would make you want to marry her then go ahead and do it.’

But al-Qawsi appears to run counter to traditional Muslim teachings, which encourage both men and women to dress modestly and “lower their gaze” when faced with members of the opposite sex. That prompted Egypt’s Minister of Religion, Mohammad Mukhtar, to quickly move to reject al-Qawsi’s fatwa.

Mukhtar said, “Where is the glory and masculinity in watching a woman shower? Would you allow this to happen to your daughter? If it was OK with you then it isn’t with the conservative, civilized Muslim and Christian societies – they disapprove of it. Besides, Islam preaches that modesty should be in our nature and all religions concur.”

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Obama: The Genocide President


Genocide is a term that means the extermination of a specific group of people. It doesn’t simply mean murder and other forms of abuse by a government, which may also taking place at the same time. Here are a few identifiable examples that are related to the Obama regime. The links below are from simple Google search results: “Obama and Jihad” etc. I don’t stand behind every word, but show them to demonstrate that the Obama regime’s connections to genocide are increasingly well documented.


Hint: What do you think Obama and Hillary were covering up in Benghazi?

Death Panels

Yes, they exist. But keep in mind the fact that “Progressives” always cover their real plans with euphemistic names like “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” and “The Affordable Healthcare Act.”


Race WAR

Possible hidden agenda for FEMA

Now we on onto a subject that is not as clear, but substantially real enough to raise concerns. I’ll begin with a video segment by Rachael Maddow, somebody who is on the opposite side of the political spectrum from me, who is equally troubled about these developments.

On this subject, we have many strident voices, but few conclusions. However, the structure has been put in place, and is ready to use whenever an American president decides that an entire category of people in America are becoming too troublesome.


The current president of the United States has built up an alarming track record.

Stay informed.
Don’t be fooled.

Creation: The amazing woodpecker

woodpeckerA woodpecker (l) and the holes it drills in trees (r)

Woodpeckers are found worldwide, except for Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, Madagascar, and the extreme polar regions. Most species live in orests or woodland habitats.

The diet of woodpeckers consists mainly of insects and their grubs taken from living and dead trees, and other arthropods, along with fruit, nuts and sap from live trees. Ecologically, they help to keep trees healthy by keeping them from suffering mass infestations.

There are about 200 species in the Woodpecker family. Sadly, many are threatened or endangered due to loss of habitat or habitat fragmentation. Two species of woodpeckers, the ivory-billed woodpecker and the imperial woodpecker, have been considered extinct for about 30 years.

This video by Exploration Films asks how the woodpecker could have become a woodpecker via evolution (h/t FOTM’s Trail Dust):

We humbly ask Richard Dawkins and other evolutionists to please explain how, through the evolutionary process of incremental adaptations to the environment, a bird somehow “grew” all the following and so became the Woodpecker:

  1. the thickest skull of all birds (so as not to get a headache from pounding and drilling);
  2.  a very long (10 inches!) tongue with barbs to extract bugs from the deep holes it drills in trees (see #1);
  3. just the right kind of glue on its very long tongue (see #2) which sticks to bugs but not to the bird’s own beak;
  4. a solvent in its mouth that dissolves the glue (see #3) so that it can swallow the bug but not swallow its own very long tongue (see #2);
  5. closes its eyes during drilling (see #1) because if it didn’t close its eyes, the force of the drilling is so great its eyeballs would pop out.

One last question for evolutionists:

Please explain how the remarkable and most unique European Green Woodpecker “somehow” incrementally, via evolutionary “adaptation” to the environment, grew a tongue that grows from the back of its throat, goes down the throat, out the back of its neck, up over the top of its head, comes out of a hole in its eyes, goes in and through its nostril, then comes out of its beak!

European Green Woodpecker


Sunday Devotional: Salvation is from and also for the Jews

Salvation came from the Jews


In his book, Salvation is from the Jews (a quote from John 4:22), Roy H. Schoeman, a Jewish convert to Catholicism, explains the critical salvific role played by Jews and Judaism. From pp. 20-21:

…three of the roles that the Jewish people were called upon to play in salvation history — first, to give themselves completely to God, resulting in a uniquely intimate covenant between them and God; second, by their loyalty and virtue to bring blessing, and eventually the ultimate blessing of the Redeemer, to all of mankind; and third, to foreshadow prophetically later salvation history in their own history.

Yet this does not exhaust the role that the Jews were to play. The Jews were also to host the Incarnation itself, to be the people among whom God would become man. If God were to be on a uniquely intimate basis with the Jews and eventually to incarnate among them, they would have to be free from all involvement with other deities, free from all spiritual pollution. Hence the severity of the restrictions in the Old Testament against any form of idolatry or sorcery, both of which establish ties between the practitioners and fallen spirits. This purity, and the development of virtue and piety among at least some of the Jews, would have to reach its ultimate fruition later in producing an individual of such devotion and virtue that she could give her flesh to be the flesh of the God-man, that she could be His human mother. This individual was, of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Salvation is also for the Jews


I love St. Paul because he, though a Jew, was the apostle who most championed the bringing of the gospel — the good news of Jesus Christ — to non-Jews or the Gentiles. Christians through the ages and throughout the world have St. Paul to thank. (See “The saint whom Christ struck blind”)

In a powerful passage in his Letter to the Romans, however, St. Paul specifically addresses unbelieving Jews. That should be a reminder to us, however difficult, that we are to pray for, not curse, them.

Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking to you Gentiles.
Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,
I glory in my ministry in order to make my race jealous
and thus save some of them.
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world,
what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.
Just as you once disobeyed God
but have now received mercy because of their disobedience,
so they have now disobeyed in order that,
by virtue of the mercy shown to you,
they too may now receive mercy.
For God delivered all to disobedience,
that he might have mercy upon all.


In His peace and love,


Angel over Cape Coral

“For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.” -Psalm 91:11

Angel over Cape Coral, FL 8-2014

The above picture of a unique cloud formation was taken by a Huffington Post employee and uploaded to HufPo on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.

The picture and story were also shared on UK website The Daily Mail, where some commentors expressed skepticism while others saw the divine. A California woman wrote on Twitter: “The figure could be a build up of clouds or Maybe of God in robes and his angel gabe.” (Source: Christian Today)

Florida seems to have more than its share of interesting cloud formations.

Last month, driving on I-75 during a Florida rainstorm, musician Joe Zuniga captured this awesome pic of a square-shaped pocket of sunlight surrounded by stormy clouds.

storm clouds over FL, July 2014

Zuniga told Fox13, “I was actually on the phone with my sister. It was her birthday. I told her I had to call her back. I had to take a picture. It had been storming really badly in Florida, and it looks as if [God] parted the clouds. They looked almost like something spiritual coming through the storm, and the Lord has got your back. It was very peaceful.”

Then there was the angel in the clouds above southern Florida on March 13, 2013. Here’s one of many pics taken by residents:


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President Lucifer golfs while the world burns


  • The only Pro-Infanticide president in American history
  • Planned Parenthood’s greatest supporter
  • Secretly supporting jihadists across Africa and the Middle East with military supply, training and logistics
  • Declared America is a Muslim nation
  • Single handedly destroyed the American economy
  • Used NSA and IRS to target conservative opposition
  • Has deliberately worked toward criminalizing the Christian faith in the US military
  • Has promoted and perpetuated racial hatred in America
  • the list goes on, but you get the point





While President Obama works on his golf swing, British Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his summer holiday short to preside over an emergency crisis meeting about the Islamic State in Iraq. Perhaps Cameron’s mind has been concentrated by stories like this one – a transcript of an interview with a British-born jihadist on the popular teenage chat-room

Here are some of the questions British kids were dying to ask of this exciting role model – together with his somewhat terrifying answers.

Q: Are there gun stores there? A: Yep, u can buy loads of stuff.
Q: Are bulletproof vests hard to get where you are? Would a person be better buying it in Turkey and then crossing over with it? A: You can buy it here easily, like any random military store in Raqqah u’ll find it.. they’re like $100.
Q: Do you use night vision goggles? A: Of course, we even have spy planes.
Q: Are Nikes sufficient footwear? A: I brought one pair of Adidas high-tops. You’ll get what you need here. You won’t enter the battlefield unless ur kitted up and you have ammo etc.
Q: Are there a lot of bugs there? Like if I’m sleeping, are they gonna crawl on me? Sorry if this is a weird question. May Allah reward you. A: Nope inshallah, you’ll be fine. Even if there was bugs, there’s those bug eliminators. It’s not bad, only thing is mosquitoes really.
Q: Is there internet at your homes? A: Sometimes your house can be near an internet cafe so you can use internet from there.
Q: Are there jobs to be an executioner, like when you capture kuffar [non-believers]? A: Yep.

I’m sure we’ll all be able to sleep much more comfortably in our beds at night now that we know the young British recruits out fighting for the Caliphate are not being unduly troubled by unpleasant insect life and that when they go about their holy business of chopping innocent villagers’ heads off that they’re all protected by very-reasonably-priced bullet proof vests…

Read the whole story at

Vacations? Take them while you can Mr. President. Hell goes on for a long time. 


Idaho gun road-sign is a photoshop

Idaho sign

Did you receive an email with this pic, or seen it on a blog (here and here)?

If so, please don’t forward the email, because the sign is fake. How do I know? Because:

  1. The governor of Idaho is C. L. “Butch” Otter, not Nick Waite.
  2. Idaho has never had a governor named Nick Waite:

I’d received this as an email. That Idaho’s governor is not Nick Waite is easily verifiable, and yet many people fell for this hoax.

Truth is sacred. Please don’t perpetuate this hoax by forwarding your email to others.


China to “nationalize” Christianity

Dr. Eowyn:

Christianity is thriving in China, despite the Communist Party’s oppression, forcing those Christians unwilling to submit to the state’s control and supervision to go underground. Now, the government means to persecute Christians even more with a new campaign to “nationalize” Christianity. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Originally posted on Consortium of Defense Analysts:

Beginning in 1979, China opened itself to interactions with the West — economic, political, and social/cultural. Almost immediately, U.S. academics began prattling that China inevitably would liberalize its political system, that democratization is in the cards.

It’s now 35 years later.

None of the optimistic predictions came true. Instead, it’s “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (The more things change, the more they remain the same).”

Here’s the latest example: The Chinese government means to tighten the noose on Christians and Christian churches by “nationalizing” Christianity, which means Christians in China must serve “Caesar” (the Communist Party) before God.

Zachary Keck writes for The Diplomat, “Why Is China Nationalizing Christianity?,” Aug. 12, 2014:

China will redouble its efforts to nationalize Christianity, a senior Chinese official announced on last Thursday.

“The construction of Chinese Christian theology should adapt to China’s national condition and integrate with…

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Some cool stuff about the Exodus


Exodus of Israel from Egypt – REVEALED – Hard Evidence in Red Sea

If you have an hour and a half to watch a documentary, you might like this one.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams

"The Crazy Ones" Press Conference

We’re all in shock over actor-comedian Robin Williams’ death at age 63 by apparent suicide.

Yesterday, Williams was found in his Tiburon home by family members, who called for help at 11:55 a.m. He was pronounced dead at his home.

Tiburon is a town in Marin County near San Francisco. Unlike many others in the Hollywood “entertainment” industry, Williams deliberately chose to live in San Francisco, far from the glitz of Hollywood. Unlike many Hollywood stars, Robin Williams did not put on airs but treated ordinary people with kindness and consideration.

The Marin County coroner’s office has not made any conclusions about Williams’ cause of death, but preliminary findings indicated that Williams’ died of “suicide due to asphyxia,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement. A final determination is still pending, after a comprehensive investigation is completed, which would typically include toxicology screenings and an assessment of Williams’ health and state of mind in the days before his death.

Williams’s press agent Mara Buxbaum said the actor had recently battled severe depression. Williams had fought cocaine and alcohol addiction but had spoken little about mental illness.

I don’t agree with his politics but I respect Robin Williams for his humanity, support of our soldiers, charity, and lack of airs.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Williams “was a loyal and compassionate advocate for all who serve this nation in uniform.” He gave freely of himself to many charity causes, including entertaining 90 thousand service men and women in 13 countries and war zones, as well as his philanthropy that helped veterans struggling with hidden wounds of war.


Here are some accounts by non-celebrities of personal encounters with this very talented and humane man:

San Francisco Chronicle‘s film critic Mick LaSalle: “I spoke to him on the phone once and then met him once in person — in 1987 — quite a while ago — backstage at a Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park.  Offstage he seemed subdued, slightly wistful, very gentle with people, very aware of the capacity of his celebrity to do damage, and very determined not to hurt anybody.  His career was exploding then.  He had already emerged as a movie star, and he was recognized as a great and important comedian.  But there was no weirdness there, no distortion about him, no sense of someone who thinks he’s better than everyone and is pretending to be a regular guy.  If anything he seemed kind of humble.”

SFC reader techGuy: “I remember going to one of the benefit shows he used to have over at Bimbo’s in the city. He would practice his new material and give the proceeds to charity. The shows were never advertised, but they sold out almost immediately after they were announced. I asked one of the waitresses what he was like. She said that he made a point of spending a few minutes with each and every person on staff. He would talk and play around with them and ended by shaking everyone’s hand and thanking them for being there. I think that part of his comedic genius was you could get a feel for his humanity both in his comic and dramatic roles. The world lost a true comedic genius and even bigger than life human being.”

SFC reader harrylime9: “I also met Williams several times and yes, he was unimpressed with his own celebrity–he was soft spoken and polite.”

PET brain scans

PET scans of the brain showing different activity levels in a person with depression, compared to a person without depression.

Despite the twinkle in his eyes, his comedic gift, and his genius-level ability for lightning-speed ad-libbing, Robin Williams’ eyes always had a sadness that we now know was due to depression.

While life sometimes gets me blue — Weltschmerz or world weariness — by the grace of God I’ve never been depressed, i.e., clinically depressed.

Depression is more than feeling sad; instead, the depressed experience intense feelings of sadness and other symptoms, such as losing interest in things you enjoy. If that low mood lingers day after day, it could signal depression. Major depression is an episode of sadness or apathy along with other symptoms that lasts at least two consecutive weeks and is severe enough to interrupt daily activities.

Depression is not a sign of weakness or a mental illness. It is a major public health problem and a treatable medical condition. Click here for information on tests for depression.

For some reason I’d always thought Robin Williams to be Jewish. So I was surprised to read his entry in Wikipedia that he was raised in and was a member of the Episcopal Church, which he once described in a comedy routine as “Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt.” He authored the “Top Ten Reasons to be an Episcopalian.”

Aside from sadness, I’m at a loss to imagine how anyone who believes in the loving and merciful Triune God can take his own life, leaving a wife and three children behind, the youngest of whom is 22.

Maybe in the darkness of hopelessness and despair, the depressed imagines he is abandoned by God. To that I say:

Fix your eyes on our suffering Lord on the crucifix. None of our suffering can ever approach His, which He willingly bore unto death because He loves us so.