The Enemies of the Cross

Both history and the Holy Scriptures speak about the story of the Savior’s death, beginning from the prophecies that foretold the event unto the last words of His death; everything are well- documented. Historical evidences were recovered and added credibility to the biblical records of the crucifixion.

In fact, a certain record relating to the administrative term of the Pontius Pilate can be found in the writings of a Roman historian named Tacitus, where he said;

“Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite punishments on a class hated for their disgraceful acts, called Chrestians by the populace. Christ, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty (i.e., Crucifixion) during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.” (Cornelius Tacitus, Annales Charles Dennis Fisher, Ed. p. 44)

For every religious groups that profess their belief to the Bible, the death of Christ was the most precious gem of faith and the central doctrine of Christianity. This was the reason of  Christian worship and the only key of their salvation. Without this doctrine, Christianity is nothing but a waste of time.

But despite of the evidences of Christ’s death, there still some religious groups that reject this biblical record. They formulated some  stories and beliefs that does not only refute the prime doctrine of the Church but even demote Christ from being the Son of God. Among these groups, the Muslims are the largest group and the foremost enemy of the Cross of Christ. According to the Islamic belief, Allah deceived the Jewish persecutors of Christ who boast that they held him and crucified upon the cross. It was said that when the soldiers came to arrest Jesus, a substitute with a close resemblance to him was arrested in his stead. The man was crucified by the populace without knowing that they crucified an impostor. Ibn Kathir explained;

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Ibn `Abbas said, “Just before Allah raised `Isa to the heavens, `Isa went to his companions, who were twelve inside the house. When he arrived, his hair was dripping water and he said, `There are those among you who will disbelieve in me twelve times after he had believed in me.’ He then asked, `Who volunteers that his image appear as mine, and be killed in my place. He will be with me (in Paradise)’ One of the youngest ones among them volunteered and `Isa asked him to sit down. `Isa again asked for a volunteer, and the young man kept volunteering and `Isa asking him to sit down. Then the young man volunteered again and `Isa said, `You will be that man,’ and the resemblance of `Isa was cast over that man while `Isa ascended to heaven from a hole in the house. When the Jews came looking for `Isa, they found that young man and crucified him. (al-Nisa 4:157 Tafsir Ibn Kathir)

That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
—Qur’an, sura 4 (An-Nisa) ayat 157-158

Since then, Jesus had never seen again by the Jews.

According to the Quran, Allah is the best deceiver or schemer among the deceivers of the world. Anyone can deceive and be saved from deception, but no one can escape when Allah deceives them. This attribute of the Islamic god was declared in the Quran, saying;

And they cheated/deceived and God cheated/deceived, and God (is) the best (of) the cheaters/deceivers. (al-Imran 3:54 Ahmed Ali)

In the case of Jesus crucifixion, (if we will follow the Islamic account), it was very evident that Allah used his clever deception to save Jesus from the cross, and in his stead, the Islamic deity put a substitute to suffer the pain of death. This account was regarded as one of the major differences of Quran with the Bible. Though considered by the Islamic Scripture as a word of God, the Hebrew Scriptures were totally ignored when the crucifixion is concerned.  But granting that Jesus was never crucified, we can consider that Christianity was a religion accidentally founded upon the lies of Allah. Certainly, it is by Allah’s deceit that brought many people into believing to a false Jesus.

Going back to the time when sin is about to invade the world (according to the Quran), we will clearly see how Allah became the prime factor of man’s fall. Accordingly, Allah commanded his angels to bow down before the first man he created (a thing never done the true God of the Bible). But since he was not an angel but a Jinn, Satan (Iblis) refused to bow down. But Allah asked him to do so, and Satan refused. By this reason, Satan was cast off from heaven and regarded as a rebel. Granting that this history was true, how come that the people of this world be safe when Allah deceives them cunningly if a more powerful spirit has been deceived easily?

But despite of Muslim’s ardent and keen defense for what they regarded as truth, error will remain an error. Reality proves the authenticity of the Scriptures and history have plenty of evidences to support the biblical claim about His death. But with regards to Quran, the Islamic teachings was found wanting when it comes to credible evidences. This might be the reason why the Islamic circle itself was divided about the matter of the crucifixion. While Muslim theologians of our time are debunking the story of the Savior’s death, many early and credible Islamic scholars gave way not only to the possibility of the crucifixion, but to the authenticity of this event. One example of these respected scholars is al-Tabari. According to his writing;

According to Ibn Humayd- Ibn Ishaq- an impeccable authority– Wahb b. Munabbih al-Yamani: GOD ALLOWED JESUS, THE SON OF MARY, TO DIE AT THREE O’CLOCK IN THE DAY; then He took him unto himself.

According to Ibn Humayd- Salamah- Ibn Ishaq: The Christians assert that God granted him death for seven hours of the day, and then resurrected him saying, ‘Descend upon Mary Magdalene on her mountain, for nobody wept for thee as she did, nor did anybody grieve for thee as she did. Let her assemble for thee the apostles, and send them forth as preachers for God, for you have not done that.’ God let him descend to her; the mountain was aglow with light as he descended, and she gathered the apostles. Jesus sent them out and commanded to tell men IN HIS NAME of the divine injunction. Then God raised Jesus unto Himself, gave him wings of an angel and dressed him in radiance. No longer did Jesus relish food or drink; he was flying along with the angels, around the throne.

He was (both) human and angelic, celestial and terrestrial. The apostles then dispersed, as commanded. The night on which he was sent down is celebrated by the Christians with frankincense.”

“According to Ibn Humayd- Salamah- Ibn Ishaq- ‘Umar b. ‘Abdullah b. Urwah b. al-Zubayr- Ibn Sulaym al-Ansari al-Zuraqi: One of our women was under a vow to appear on al-Jamma’, a mountain in ‘Aqiq near Madinah, and I went with her. We stood on the mountain and, lo and behold, there was a huge grave with two huge stone slabs over it- one at the head, one at the feet. On them was an inscription in the ancient script (musnad) which I could not decipher. I carried the slabs with me halfway down the mountain, they proved too heavy, however, so I threw one (down) and descended with the other. I showed it to readers of Syriac (to determine) whether they knew its script; but they did not. I showed it to psalm (zabur) copyists from the Yaman and those versed in reading the musnad script; but they did not recognize it, either.

As I found nobody who recognized it, I threw it under a coffer we had, and there it lay for years. Then people from Mah in Persia cam to us looking for pearls, and I said to them, ‘ Do you have a script?’ ‘Yes,’ they said. I brought out the stone for them and lo and behold, they read it. It was in their script, ‘This is the tomb of Jesus, son of Mary, God’s messenger to the people of this land.’ They were its people at that time. Among them HE DIED, SO THEY BURIED HIM ON THE MOUNTAINTOP.

According to Ibn Humyad- Salamah- Ibn Ishaq: The rest of the apostles were assaulted, viciously exposed to the sun, tortured, and dishonorably paraded. The Roman king, who ruled over them and who was an idol-worshiper, heard this. He was told that a man among the Israelites, subject to his rule, WAS ASSAULTED AND SLAIN. The man had announced to them that he was God’s messenger. He performed miracles, revived the dead and healed the sick. He created a bird of clay, breathed into it, and it flew, by God’s permission. He told them of hidden things. The king exclaimed, ‘But why did you not mention this to me, about him and them? By God, had I known, I would not have let them have a free hand against him!’ Then he sent for the apostles and snatched them from the hands of the Israelites. He asked the apostles about the faith of Jesus and about his fate. They told him, whereupon he embraced their faith. The king released Sergius, and concealed him. He took THE WOODEN CROSS WHICH JESUS HAD BEEN CRUCIFIED, AND HE HONORED AND PRESERVED IT BECAUSE JESUS HAD TOUCHED IT. The king became thus became an enemy of the Israelites, and killed many of them. From this arose Christianity in Rome.

(The History of Al-Tabari: The Ancient Kingdoms, translated by Moshe Perlmann [State University of New York Press (SUNY), Albany 1987], Volume IV, pp. 120-124)

Meanwhile, commenting about the substitution theory, Yusuf Ali, in a footnote of Surah 19:33 stated;

“… Christ was not crucified (iv. 157). But those who believe that he never died should ponder over this verse.” (Ali, The Holy Quran [The Holy Koran Publishing Company], p.774, f. 2485)

These documents show that the Quranic account about Christ are less credible indeed. It only shows that the Muslim apologists of our time should not boast in front of Christians since their very own scholars doesn’t have  the ability to establish a concrete conclusion regarding the issue. In fact, they didn’t corroborate with one another when it comes to some branches of this topic. While majority of Islamic people say that Christ was substituted by someone in the cross, another group of Muslims believe that Jesus didn’t die on the cross, but merely fell unconscious (“swooned”), and was later revived in the tomb in the same mortal body.  Perhaps the biggest proponent of this Swoon Hypothesis (as it was called) over the past 20 years has been Muslim scholar Ahmed Deedat of South Africa whose book “Crucifixion or Cruci-fiction” has been widely printed and distributed all over the Muslim World. But lastly, some Muslims hold to a different belief which teaches that Jesus, according to Muhammad, died in Kashmir at the age of one hundred and twenty years. Ahmadiyyas have advocated this view for over 100 years. Muslim and Persian sources purport to trace the sojourn of Jesus, known as Isa, or Yuz Asaf (“leader of the healed”) along the old Silk Road to the orient. The books, “Christ in Kashmir” by Aziz Kashmiri, and “Jesus Lived in India “by Holger Kersten, list documents and articles in support of this view. They believe Yuz Asaf to be buried at the Roza Bal shrine in Srinagar, India. (Wikipedia). However, at the end of all these contradicting Islamic interpretations, Shabir Ally stated;

For Sunnis the end of Jesus’ career is a mystery. The traditional interpre-tation of Quran 4:157 has been almost universal in saying that someone else was on the cross. But some modern interpreters are willing to accept that what was really meant was that Jesus did not die on the cross. It seems to me that this latter approach is more likely to be correct.” (The Review of Religions by Arif Khan)

Adding to these horrible contradictions, some Muslim writers say that it was a disciple of Jesus who was placed on the cross in His stead. Another Muslim writer, Tabari, quoting Ibn Ishaq, said it was a man by the name of Sargus,
or Sergius, who was placed on the cross. Another Muslim writer by the
name of Baidawi, said it was a Jew named Titanus who was placed on the
cross. Another, Ath-Tha-‘labi, says it was a Jew named Fal Tayanus, who
was placed on the cross. And still another Muslim writer. Wahb ibn
Munabbah, said it was a Rabbi of the Jews, Ashyu, who was placed on the
cross. Then, others feeling that it might be a little unfair to put an inno-
cent man there, say, well, it must be Judas Iscariot who was placed on
the cross. These contradictions are clear evidences that the Islamic teaching which debunks the biblical account is certainly spurious and incredible. In the court, one cannot be considered as truth without a single clear statement backed by concrete evidences, and this actually what happened to the Islamic teaching.

But looking back into the Bible and in historical accounts, we will see a clear and stable record of the crucifixion. The testimonies of those very witnesses in the New Covenant are well-supported by the prophecies of the early servants and prophets of God. Outside of the Bible, both history and archeological evidences support the biblical account. The Talmud itself, though stand critical to Jesus, speaks about the crucifixion. The Tractate Sanhedrin (43a) contains this passage:

Jesus was hanged on Passover Eve. Forty days previously the herald had cried, “He is being led out for stoning, because he has practiced sorcery and led Israel astray and enticed them into apostasy. Whosoever has anything to say in his defense, let him come and declare it.” As nothing was brought forward in his defense, he was hanged on Passover Eve.

All in all, the accounts of Christ’s death in the Calvary are well-supported and authenticated by the records of reality and well-elaborated in the Holy Scriptures. The Muslim world refutes this story intensively, though not by abundance of evidences from non-religious references, but by all means of philosophical reasoning and assertions, despite the fact that their very own Quran speaks about the truthfulness of the Hebrew Scriptures and the gospel. It only shows that while the Quran is claiming to be a word of God, in reality, this book commits a self-destruction.


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The Water Against Cancer

By Shang Wang

 

Shang Wang (engineer, scientist, and inventor)

MBC, a South Korean TV network, launched several scientific investigations on the effects of alkaline water on chicks and mice. Their research is shown on the Internet Website “youtube,” and search for “Alkalark”. The narration is in Korean with English subtitles. Below is a summary of the video.

The MBC investigation team prepared an unusual experiment using 40,000 chicks. The team separated the chicks in two groups, 20,000 each and put them in two separate farm buildings, A and B.

These chicks were raised for one month and given the same amount of feed, but the drinking water supplied was different. The group in building A was supplied with normal ground water, the group in building B was supplied with alkaline water made by minerals added to the water, including magnesium. Alkaline water is known to have reducing power to get rid of excess acidic wastes created by human metabolism.

Though a cold wave of bird flu hit the country, the chicks here seemed to all be healthy and full of energy.

The team wanted to know what the difference between the two groups was as the result of drinking ordinary water and alkaline water.

First, they inspected the survival rate:

Building A (ground water): 18,900 survived in 30 days: (94.5% survival rate.)
Building B (alkaline water): 19,860 survived in 30 days: (99.3% survival rate.)

The mortality rate of chickens drinking alkaline water is about 1/8 of the ones drinking ordinary ground water.

Next, the team randomly selected 100 chickens from each group and measured the average weight.

Alkaline water group: 1720g, ground water group: 1590g.
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For the next experiment, the MBC team used OlletTF mice which develop diabetes due to genetic obesity. 16 mice were divided into two groups; again, one with general water and the other with alkaline water, but with the same feed. At the beginning, the mean blood-sugar levels of these mice were 69 and 53.

For the next two months the team collected blood samples; levels of blood sugar, neutral fat, and cholesterol were checked regularly. As these mice raise blood-sugar genetically, the key point of this experiment is how much alkaline water influences the increase of blood sugar level.

It was confirmed that alkaline water has the effect of restraining about 34% of blood-sugar level compared with general water.

General water group:

Initial blood-sugar level               69 mg/dL

Two months later                        203 mg/dL

Alkaline water group:

Initial blood-sugar level               53 mg/dL

Two months later                        153 mg/dL

Below is the change of neutral fat value. In this, alkaline water also has the effect of restraining about 30% of neutral fat value compared with general water.

General water group:

Initial neutral fat value                77 mg/dL

Two months later                        356 mg/dL

Alkaline water group:

Initial neutral fat value                70 mg/dL

Two months later                        285 mg/dL

What is the value change of cholesterol combined with unhealthy cholesterol, that is LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein)?

General water group:

Initial cholesterol value                17 mg/dL
Two months later                        56 mg/dL

Alkaline water group:

Initial cholesterol value                15 mg/dL

Two months later                        24 mg/dL

This experiment proves that alkaline water has an effect not only on restraining blood-sugar value, but also on various kinds of adult disease such as hardening of the arteries, etc.

The experiment of alkaline water’s anti-cancer effect

After injecting melanoma as a malignant skin cancer cell strain into the abdominal cavity of the experimental mice, the team observed the tumor size and the speed of spread. There were two groups of mice; one was made to drink alkaline water and the other the general water. The same feed was distributed.

After 15 days:

Compared with the tumor size of 10.78mm on the mice drinking alkaline water, the tumor on the mice drinking general water, were doubled in size to 20.11mm.

The team cut the tumors and measured the weight:

It was 2.3 g for the mice drinking alkaline water, and 4.8 g for the mice drinking general water.

The team injected skin cancer cells into the tails and observed cancer spreading to the lungs, and they noticed a big difference in the number of colonies between the 2 groups. What appears as black dots on the white lungs are cancer cell colonies. The number of cancer cell colonies in the mice drinking general water was 260, while that of the mice drinking alkaline water was 145. This shows that alkaline water has an anti-cancer effect of restraining tumor spread.

These experiments, published by the MBC network, Korea, are very informative. It clearly indicates that alkaline water helps restore and maintain good health in animals. It is unfortunate that the examining team did not publish the pH values of the general water and alkaline water used. If the pH of the alkaline water was much higher, the end results could have been much more significant.

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Sang Whang is a Korean American community leader and politician in Florida. He has self-published a book entitled Aging and Reverse Aging, about the alleged health benefits of high-alkaline water and other alternative health practices.

Behind the General’s Death (2nd Part)

The unnamed powerful man behind Maj.Gen. Carlos Garcia

By Ellen Tordesillas

From left: Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Late General Angelo Reyes, Commodore Rex Robles, Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia, Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

The mysterious powerful man behind Maj. Gen. Carlos Garcia is once again mentioned in the news following the outburst of retired Commodore Rex Robles after the suicide of former Armed Forces Chief Angelo Reyes.

Robles, who belongs to Philippine Military Class ’65 said his closeness to Reyes goes back to PMA days because he was the yearling, the academy lingo for mentor, of Reyes who was in Class ’66.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV yesterday said investigations into alleged diversion and conversion of the military budget might lead to Malacañang during the administration of former president and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo.

“Masyadong malaki yung perang involved na imposibleng nasa level lang ni late General (Angelo) Reyes…sa Malacañang lang nagre-release ng ganung level,” Trillanes said.”

Source: Malaya

The following version of that controversy which has now involved Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV , PMA Class ’95, is the result of my interviews with Robles, Trillanes and talk with other sources even before the Ombudsman entered into a plea bargain agreement with Garcia, the subject of the congressional investigation which has led to more revelations of corruption in the military.

Last Jan. 12, Trillanes, a few weeks after his release from a 7-and- a- half- year detention was quoted in media to have said, “”I believe General Garcia is only a front for somebody powerful. At some point in late 2009, he was actually willing to talk and reveal the story behind his enormous wealth. But I don’t know, maybe he got afraid.”

Trillanes refused to identify the person he believed is protecting Garcia but he said he has told Malacañang about it.

Trillanes and Garcia were both detained at the Camp Crame Custodial Center. Garcia, who was accused of a non-bailable crime of plunder, was released on bail last Dec. 16 on the strength of the plea bargain agreement which the Ombudsman said has not yet been approved by the Sandiganbayan.

On Jan. 14, Reyes wrote Trillanes asking him to reveal who that “powerful person” behind Garcia. He said,”And knowing you to be a forthright and just person, I am confident that when you do name this powerful person, you would be able to substantiate the allegation.”

The letter was hand carried to Trillanes by a his PMA classmate on Jan. 18. This letter was a subject of Gloria Arroyo’s call to Reyes a few days before he killed himself.

Robles said that Trillanes told his mistah,””Mistah,hindi si Reyes.” That’s why Robles said he could not understand why Trillanes said it was Reyes in a media interview last Feb. 1, the day after Reyes published the letter through a paid advertisement in major newspapers.

Trillanes said Reyes was one of the “principals” behind Garcia based on the revelations of former military budget officer George Rabusa.

Take note that the delivery of the letter to Trillanes happened before Rabusa’s Senate appearance on Jan. 27. It was in that hearing that Rabusa revealed that he personally delivered to Reyes, together with then military comptroller Jacinto Ligot, P50 million send- off gift when AFP chief retired sometime in March 2001. Rabusa also said that Reyes was receiving P10 million monthly for his personal allowances when he was AFP chief.

Trillanes admitted that at the time he met his mistah, the “powerful man” he was referring to was not Reyes.

But Trillanes revealed that his mistah delivered a message from Reyes which indicated that he also knew who that powerful man that the senator was referring and he wanted him (Trillanes) to disclose it in public so he (Reyes) would be cleared.

Trillanes said his mistah told him that Reyes admitted “May dumadaan sa akin. Pero wala akong kinukuha. Wala ako diyan. (Some pass through me. But I don’t benefit from it. I didn’t get anything.”

Trillanes’ said his mistah relayed to him Reyes request “to absolve him.”

Trillanes said, “I couldn’t do that.” Instead he told his mistah that since the former AFP chief and also former defense secretary himself said the deal just passed through his desk and he knew there was a higher destination, “Ituro na niya.” Identify the ultimate beneficiary.

The mistah said it’s unlikely that Reyes would do that.

Presumably, Trillanes’ information who the powerful person behind Garcia came from the former military comptroller himself. The problem is, during that Jan. 27 hearing, Trillanes asked Garcia if he was willing to cooperate with the government in eradicating corruption in the military. Garcia firmly declared, “I am not applying to be a state witness.”

Trillanes said he was puzzled why Reyes even came out with a full page ad with his letter even after the Rabusa expose. He said he named Reyes based on the Rabusa testimony. He said that’s why he asked for procurement papers of military equipment because purchases for the armed forces pass through the office of the defense secretary.

Robles said in his last conversation with Reyes, which was the day before he killed himself, the latter confided to him that Arroyo called him up about his letter to Trillanes. Robles said Reyes sounded concerned about Arroyo’s probe about the letter telling him about it in conspiratorial way. “Pare, tinawagan ako ni GMA,” Reyes told him half-whisper over the phone.

Robles said one of the things that Arroyo wanted to know was the identity of Trillanes’ mistah who delivered the letter.

Does this mean now that Arroyo will grill that young officer? Was Arroyo worried that it was her former aide, nor LCDR Christopher Magdangal, who delivered the letter? Was she worried that Magdangal would talk? No, it was not Magdangal.

There is also there is also the question why Reyes was challenging Trillanes to name the “powerful person” behind Garcia, who apparently he also knew. He knew that coming up with proofs to pin down this powerful person would be difficult. Was he laying a trap for Trillanes?

With Reyes gone, that powerful person may think that as long as Garcia adheres to his code of omerta, he is safe. But we got information that Garcia has written a letter, copies of which were given to three persons he trusts, with the instruction that it be made public in case something unnatural happens to him.

Uneasy must be the head that sleeps on stolen comforts.

CIA; The Militia of the Church?

“Dr. Stephen Mumford of New Jersey, a secular humanist, documented how the CIA was founded by an Irish Roman Catholic, Bill Donovan (who was a member of the Knights of Malta.  Donovan was chief of the Knights of Malta in North America for some years.  The Knights of Malta are a military order that date back to and were composed of Crusaders.  Mr. Donovan was awarded a medal for his services to the Vatican–and that while he was overseeing theformation of the CIA.).  Mumford also records how the CIA has several times meddled in covert operations, explicitly for the benefit of the Vatican’s agenda.

 

Avro Manhattan

Avro Manhattan documents how that the CIA worked very closely in tandem with the Vatican, in his monumental book “The Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance.”  It was the CIA, for example, that secretly aided the Hungarian Freedom Fighters in 1956, at Pope Pius XII’s behest–even though the majority of Hungarians did not favor the Freedom Fighters’ cause.  Why? Because the Freedom Fighters–a front group for the CIA and the Vatican–were putting Cardinal Mindzenty as the head of the country.  That, of course, would have made Hungary a Roman Catholic country.

But Hungary is not a Roman Catholic country!  It is Reformed.  Before Austria took them over, the State Church of Hungary was the Hungarian Reformed Church.  I personally know this, because I lived in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the leader of the Hungarian Reformed Church at that time had emigrated.  He explained how that the whole Hungarian Freedom Fighters movement was a trick of the Vatican to force Hungary to become a Roman Catholic country.  It was the CIA that organized the entire rebellion.

It seems that Pius XII, in his old age, was under the influence of powerful psychotropic drugs, adminstered to him in the Vatican for his chronic depression.  (according to Avro Manhattan, in the “Vatican Moscow Washington Alliance”).  Under the influence of these drugs, he had visions of Christ and the saints.  During this time of “visions,” he came to believe that Mary was about to fulfill the Third Vision of Fatima, in which she would give to him [the Pope] Russia.  For this reason, Pius XII was solicitous to escalate the Cold War between Washington and Moscow into an outright hot war, in which Communism would be defeated, and in which the Vatican could then move in, under CIA auspices, to take over the religious machinery of the country.  Pius was hoping the whole Hungarian affair would spark an outright war between the US and Russia, and would result in the downfall of Stalin’s government, thus destroying the power of the Russian Orthodox Church, and opening the door for the Vatican to move in.

It was for this reason, says Avro Manhattan, that Stalin then began employing his KGB agents in an active recruitment movement for a Socialist/Marxist Pope to replace Pius upon his death.  The KGB settled on Roncalli, who subsequently was elected in 1957, and became John XXIII. (Much bribe money was paid to Third World cardinals to effect this election.  The Vatican conclaves bring the term “simony” to new and dizzying heights.)

In 1960, the CIA, again under the auspices of the Vatican, and particularly under the rabid support of Cardinal Spellman, supported the Roman Catholic takeover of South Vietnam by the Roman Catholic tyrant Diem.  South Vietnam at the time was a Buddhist country.  Of course, later, under Paul VI, a Socialist Pope, and Pedro Arrupe, the Marxist Black Pope appointed by Paul, the Vatican reversed its strategy.

By the way General Westmoreland, head of the US Armed Forces in Vietnam, is Roman Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Malta.

It is not without reason below that Dr Mumford says: “The CIA serves as an agency through which secret “assistance” to the Holy Mother [Roman Catholic] Church can be provided by secret American society members acting as her defenders…”

These “secret American society members” are primarily the Knights of Malta and Opus Dei.  The current director of the CIA, Gilbert Tenet, is Roman Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Malta.  So is William F. Buckley, a famous former CIA agent, and proponent of supposedly “conservative” causes. So was Allen Foster Dulles, the first major chief of the CIA, and later, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York City.  (His nephew is currently a Jesuit professor of theology at the Jesuit Fordham University in New York City.)

In fact, almost all the heads and major ranking officers of the CIA have either been Knights of Malta or FreeMasons (as was George Bush Sr–here’s that FreeMason/Roman Catholic alliance again).

Also: the head of the FBI who ordered the siege of Waco is Roman Catholic, and a member of the Knights of Malta.  That is Louis Freeh.  Freeh is also a member of Opus Dei.

Lon Horiuchi, the sniper who shot members of the militant Randy Weaver’s family under very questionable circumstances–and who was also reputed to have shot people in the Waco compound–is a Japanese Roman Catholic.

J. Gordon Liddy, who led the raid into the Watergate Hotel in 1972–breaking into the Democratic Party’s headquarters for Richard Nixon–he was a CIA agent, Roman Catholic, and also a member of the Knights of Malta.  By the way, the Vatican owns the Watergate Hotel, according to David Yallop, author of “In God’s Name” (the book on the murder of John Paul I).”

Source:  PURITAN NEWS 12/26/02

Behind the General’s Death (1st Part)

Retired Gen. Angelo Reyes


MANILA, Philippines – Former Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes was made a scapegoat of a powerful group that is out to hide the real protector of former military comptroller Carlos Garcia, retired Navy Commodore Rex Robles said on Tuesday.

Robles said Reyes was linked to the Garcia plea bargain deal to divert the focus of the Senate investigation on military corruption instead of identifying the people who benefited from Garcia during his time  as military comptroller.

He said Garcia “helped congressmen, senators and crooked businessmen to launder their money abroad.”

In a separate interview, Robles said Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez actually know the identity of Garcia’s mysterious benefactor. He challenged the 2 lawmakers to identify Garcia’s protector following Reyes’s death on Tuesday.

“The people who are really protecting Garcia, who Golez and Trillanes know but they have lied blatantly to the public, are the ones also behind this. The sooner that Golez and Trillanes reveal the names that they know about, the true names, instead of the lies they are peddling, the better,” he told ANC’s Dateline Philippines.

Garcia is facing separate congressional probes after a plea bargain deal with the Office of the Ombudsman allowed him to plead guilty to bailable charges and return P135 million in assets to the government. The former military comptroller is accused of salting away P303 million in kickbacks during his time in the military.

Congressman Golez earlier accused Reyes of protecting Garcia, a charge that Reyes vehemently denied. Trillanes later backed up Golez’s claim.

(Robles identifies Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez. Robles says that Golez has been protecting Garcia as early as 2004 when as the head of the House defense committee then looking into corruption charges against Garcia, Golez disregarded further leads on Garcia’s questionable activities.

He said that in 2004, Golez intentionally ignored him and his information that Garcia was a citizen of the United States facing four money laundering and racketeering charges before the US Attorney General’s Office. It is a rule in most military establishments that military men must be citizens of the country in whose army they serve.

Robles was invited to the Golez committee hearings seven years ago. Why did the House committee under Golez refuse to dig deeper into Garcia’s activities?

At the very least, Golez and the members of his committee in 2004 should be investigated too for possible involvement in covering up the manipulation of AFP funds. Robles also wonders why Golez seems to be more concentrated on Reyes, rather than on Garcia and his plea bargain.

Why, in his statement last January 15, was Golez the first to assert that Reyes was the “powerful man” behind Garcia, weeks before retired Lt. Col. George Rabusa testified at the Senate and before Senator Antonio Trillanes IV joined the fray by echoing Golez’s claim.

What Golez and Trillanes are saying, that Reyes is the “powerful man” behind Garcia doesn’t ring true. Reyes neither appointed Garcia as AFP comptroller nor did Garcia serve as comptroller under Reyes as AFP chief.Malaya/Feb.11,2011)

Robles said that before Trillanes linked Reyes to the Garcia plea deal, the

Top: Commodore Rex Robles, Mid: Rep. Roilo Golez, Below: Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV

former defense chief sent a letter to the senator asking him to reveal the name of the person who was protecting Garcia. (Read the letter),

Robles said the letter was handcarried by a mistah of Trillanes in the Philippine Military Academy who asked the senator to identify Garcia’s protector. Robles said that under PMA tradition, a mistah cannot lie to a fellow mistah.

He said Trillanes told his fellow PMAer: “‘Mistah, hindi si Reyes ito.”

Reyes died of a gunshot wound after visiting his mother’s grave in Marikina City Tuesday morning. Police said the death was a suicide.

Before his death, the former defense chief was accused of pocketing P50 million in “pabaon” (send-off money) before his retirement as Armed Forces chief in 2001. His wife also allegedly received “shopping money” of up to $10,000 from the Office of the Military Comptroller during her various trips abroad.

Arroyo called Reyes before death

Robles, meanwhile, revealed that former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo called up Reyes inquiring about the handcarried letter he sent to Trillanes.

“He told me that he just received a phone call from [former President] Arroyo asking him about this Trillanes thing.  The former president wanted to know certain things. I will talk about it at the right time. I don’t think I should,” he said.

Robles said Reyes sounded worried after Arroyo’s phone call.

“I will expect GMA to call him up and assure him of assistance of help or moral whatever. Yung impression ko, he was cross-examined by GMA,” he said.

He said the former president even asked Reyes why he (Robles) was attacking Golez. “You can draw your own conclusions,” he said.

Arroyo’s spokeswoman, Elena Bautista-Horn, meanwhile, said she was surprised by the news that Arroyo allegedly talked to Reyes before his death.

She said there was no meeting between Arroyo and Reyes in the past few days, or any conversation between the 2 over the phone.

“Pakikiramay at katahimikan ang kailangan nila sa panahong ito, hindi intriga. Ipagdasal natin si Secretary Reyes at ang mag-anak niya,” she said in a text message.

Robles said Reyes expressed the sentiment that he was being abandoned by his former allies.

“For a long time, as chief of intelligence, marami siyang hawak. Marami siyang assets who tell him what is happening also,” he said.

Asked who could be behind the smear campaign against Reyes, Robles said: “I will not speculate but I think it’s obvious. It does not matter if the group is in government or not. Sa lakas lang…do you have to be in government to be strong?”

Garcia probe was derailed

Robles said the congressional inquiries on the Garcia plea bargain was effectively derailed when issues about military corruption started cropping up.

He said that while Reyes’s case was simple graft, Garcia’s case struck at the root of good governance.

“It’s very different in quality. But the people in Congress, some of them quite deliberately, try to derail this by pointing to Reyes as a staking horse, as a whipping boy,” he said.

He also questioned why the government, through the Sandiganbayan, protected Garcia by setting him free. “Why did the former government or leadership to the highest levels (get) involved in this? Why is the justice system perverted?” he asked.

Robles said he told Reyes to just invoke his right to free speech in the congressional probes since he was considered a guest there.

“You are not a witness neither are you accused. You are just a guest. And that is just a board of inquiry. They can intimidate you to the heavens but in the end, they have to let you go,” he said.

He said he was also angry at some of the comments made by some of the lawmakers in the inquiry.

“Sabi kasi ng mga kalaban niya: ‘Hindi ka na secretary ngayon. You are just an ordinary citizen.’ Nagalit ako dun. Sabi ko ‘Ah, ibig sabihin kapag ordinary citizen ka, wala kang kalaban laban?’ Hindi ba insulto yan sa rest of the Filipino people? Na hindi ka na Cabinet member, ordinary citizen ka na, kayang-kaya ka na ng powers-that-be?” he said.

Despondent before death Robles said he was with Reyes for several nights last week to talk about the Senate Blue Ribbon committee hearing.

He said Reyes was despondent after news about the latter’s alleged involvement in military corruption cropped up in the Senate and House of Representatives inquiries.

“Hindi sila titigil, pare. Marami sila, malakas sila. At wala na silang gagawin kundi ipitin ako. Hindi ito titigil at wala akong magagawa dahil wala naman akong lakas para labanan ito,” he quoted Reyes as saying.

“This is an organized group. Mini-meeting-an nila ito. Ang lahat ng mga contact nila sa gobyerno. They will gang up against me. Hindi nila ako lulubayan. Sa tingin nila – wala na ako sa gobyerno, panahon na para yariin ako.”

He also revealed that Reyes was still recovering from an operation after allegedly suffering a heart attack.

“He had a heart attack. I don’t ask him about it. He cannot hear from his right ear. He cannot see straight because of his medication. When I have to talk to him, I have to tell 2-3 times anything I tell him before he can absorb it. And people think that when he hesitated in Congress, it’s because he was guilty. He did not want me to bring this out,” he said.

Robles admitted being close to Reyes since the latter was his yearling in the PMA.

“In the PMA, if you are a plebe, you are assigned to a squad. I was the squad leader of Angie Reyes. I was the one, in a manner of speaking, nagpadodo, nagpalit ng lampin niya…until he became a full fledged cadet,” he said.

He added Reyes was also godfather to one of his children.

Robles said he has no plans to visit Reyes’s wake at Arlington Funeral Home.

“I am not going anywhere. I am not going near Reyes’s body. It’s private. If I have a friend who died, I never look at the body. I want to remember him at his best,” he said. With a report from Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News.

ABS-CBN – Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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When Allah Gets Mad

Narrated Ash-Sha’bi:

from ‘Ali when the latter stoned a lady to death on a Friday. ‘Ali said, “I have stoned her according to the tradition of Allah’s Apostle.”

Source: Sahih Bukhari Volume 8, Book 82, Number 803:


Stoned to death with her lover: Horrific video of execution of girl, 19, killed by Afghan Taliban for running away from arranged marriage

TALIBAN SPOKESMAN: ‘Anyone who knows about Islam knows that stoning is in the Koran, and that it is Islamic law. There are people who call it inhuman – but in doing so they insult the Prophet. They want to bring foreign thinking to this country’

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT

Horrific video footage has emerged of Taliban insurgents stoning a couple to death for alleged adultery in northern Afghanistan.

Hundreds of villagers can be seen on the video standing around as the woman, Siddqa, is buried up to her waist in a four foot hole in the ground.

Two mullahs pass sentence before the crowd begins to throw rocks at her head and body as she desperately tries to crawl free.

stoning video in afghanistanBarbaric: Video footage shows Siddqa, 25, covered completely by a blue burkha, buried up to her waist in the ground as a crowd of people watches on

But the 19-year-old collapses to the ground, covered in blood – but miraculously still alive.

At this point a Taliban fighter shoots her three times in the head with an AK-47The crowd can be heard shouting allahu akbar as she is killed.

Her lover, Khayyam, is then marched in front of the crowd with his hands tied behind his back.

He is blindfolded with his own tunic and crouches down close to the ground as he tried to protect his body from the stones.

Punished: Her alleged lover, Khyyam, crouches down after being blindfolded and having his hands tied behind his backPunished: Her alleged lover, Khyyam, crouches down after being blindfolded and having his hands tied behind his back

But he is battered to the floor by a barrage of rocks. He can be heard sobbing before eventually falling silent.

The stoning – the first to be documented on film since the Taliban were ousted from power – took place in the district of Dashte Archi, in Kunduz, last August.

Officials said that Siddqa had run away after being sold into an arranged marriage for $9,000 against her will.

She ran away to be with Khayyam, who was already married and had two children, and the pair eloped to Pakistan.

Charges: Khyyam was marched in front of hundreds of villagers in Dashte Archi, Afghanistan, before they hurled rocks at his head and bodyCharges: Khyyam was marched in front of hundreds of villagers in Dashte Archi, Afghanistan, before they hurled rocks at his head and body

Brutal: Men hurl chunks of rock, some bigger than a fist, during the executionBrutal: Men hurl chunks of rock, some bigger than a fist, during the execution

But it is understand that they returned to their home village after being reassured by leaders that they would be unharmed.

It was a terrible mistake. They were dragged from their families’ homes at 2am by Taliban fighters and then put before a kangaroo court before being executed.

The incident took place last October near the Afghan border with Tajikstan, a conservative district with a heavy extremist presence.

The area remains under Taliban control, but regional police have said those behind the stoning will be charged.

Extremist: The sentencing is overseen by Taliban fighters, who also shoot the woman after she somehow survives the stoningExtremist: The sentencing is overseen by Taliban fighters, who also shoot the woman after she somehow survives the stoning

Mob: The crowd continued to throw stones at the couple even after they slumped to the floorMob: The crowd continued to throw stones at the couple even after they slumped to the floor

Police chief General Daoud Daoud told the BBC: ‘Special police investigators will be sent there, we will find them and they will be brought to justice.’

Most of the video has not been shown because it was too graphic.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid defended the stoning.

He told the BBC: ‘Anyone who knows about Islam knows that stoning is in the Koran, and that it is Islamic law.

‘There are people who call it inhuman – but in doing so they insult the Prophet. They want to bring foreign thinking to this country.’

Source: MailOnline/News

The Richest Man on Earth?

 

John Paul II, "Pilgrimage of Faith"

“Remember when the pope came to the United States? How he chided us for not showing mercy? That we should give away what we have to the poor? We are such a wealthy nation. And then remember the great earthquake that took place in 1980 over in Italy? I remember when the pope came in to this ruined area, walked up to the bedside of some poor little wounded Italian man and the pope so benevolently laid his hand on his head and made the sign of the cross, blessed the man and walked off.

And the newscasters were telling of the devastation. And then we cut back to the United States and Senator Kennedy looked at the camera with sorrowful eyes and said, “Oh, we Americans, out of mercy we should send at least 45 million dollars to this devastated village so we can reconstruct it.” Remember that? Now let me read something out of THE VATICAN BILLIONS by Avro Manhattan, and I think you’re going to get as mad as I am right now. I want to bring to your attention the fact that this information was published 10 years ago, and the figures are probably even more startling today.

“The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc. At a conservative estimate, these amount to more than 500 million dollars in the U.S.A. alone.

“In a statement published in connection with a bond prospectus, the Boston archdiocese listed its assets at Six Hundred and Thirty-five Million ($635,891,004), which is 9.9 times its liabilities. This leaves a net worth of Five Hundred and Seventy-one million dollars ($571,704,953). It is not difficult to discover the truly astonishing wealth of the church, once we add the riches of the twenty-eight archdioceses and 122 dioceses of the U.S.A., some of which are even wealthier than that of Boston.

“Some idea of the real estate and other forms of wealth controlled by the Catholic church may be gathered by the remark of a member of the New York Catholic Conference, namely ‘that his church probably ranks second only to the United States Government in total annual purchase.’ Another statement, made by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest, perhaps is even more telling. ‘The Catholic church,’ he said, ‘must be the biggest corporation in the United States. We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States Government.’

“The Catholic church, once all her assets have been put together, is the most formidable stockbroker in the world. The Vatican, independently of each successive pope, has been increasingly orientated towards the U.S. The Wall Street Journal said that the Vatican’s financial deals in the U.S. alone were so big that very often it sold or bought gold in lots of a million or more dollars at one time.

“The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.

“The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe. The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.”

And I think back about how the pope, the wealthiest man on this planet, walked up to that poor little Italian man lying in that rubble, put his hand on his head, and said, “Bless you,” and then walked away and just left him there. That has got to be the height of hypocrisy. And then Sen. Kennedy, the pope’s boy over in the United States makes the big pitch to the U.S. people to foot the bill to repair that devastated village, right in the pope’s backyard. What a set-up!”

 

Source: J.T. Chick’s Smokescreen