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Jan 29 07:14

Holocaust Deceit, ‘Remembrance,’ and Reality

Lurid falsehood and outright lies are routinely promoted, even by supposedly reputable media, as part of the seemingly endless campaign of "Holocaust Remembrance." A recent item in Canada's most prestigious daily newspaper about the wartime German concentration camp of Buchenwald is a good example. Specific falsehoods are cited, and discredited. Such historical deceit is a routine part of the relentless "Holocaust" campaign, which plays such an important role in our society because it's an expression of Jewish-Zionist power, and is meant to further Jewish-Zionist interests.

Jan 29 07:12

The secular religion of “the Holocaust”, a tainted product of consumer society

The religion of "the Holocaust" is a secular one: it belongs to the lay world; it is profane; in actuality, it has at its disposal the secular arm, that is a temporal authority with dreaded power. It has its dogma, its commandments, its decrees, its prophets and its high priests. As one revisionist has observed, it has its circle of saints, male and female, amongst whom, for example, Saint Anne (Frank), Saint Simon (Wiesenthal) and Saint Elie (Wiesel). It has its holy places, its rituals and its pilgrimages. It has its sacred (and macabre) buildings and its relics.
Note: People have been and are put in jail for not believing, some have been executed because of this monstrous lie. Holocau$t....prove it! Can't be done because it never happened!

Jan 29 07:06

Holocaust Memorial Day: 'Shocking' levels of denial remain

Five per cent of UK adults do not believe the Holocaust took place and one in twelve believes its scale has been exaggerated, a survey has found. The poll of more than 2,000 people was carried out by Opinion Matters for the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT). Meanwhile, people have gathered across the country to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. More than 11,000 activities took place, including a national commemorative ceremony in Westminster. In the survey, 45 percent of those polled said they did not know how many people were killed in the Holocaust, while one in five (19%) believed fewer than two million Jews were murdered.
Note: holocau$t the biggest lie ever perpetrated in the history of mankind and it takes only a couple of hours to expose the lie. 6 million, 6 million!

Jan 26 12:10

Pope condemns 'senseless' stigmatizing of migrants

Pope Francis said on Friday it was “senseless and irresponsible” to stigmatize migrants and see all of them as threats to society, weighing in again on one of the most divisive issues in the United States.

Jan 25 11:15

Pope Heads To Caravan Country To Push Central American Migration

Pope Francis is the most pro-Islamic, subjugated Pope in modern history. Yet they still threaten to kill him, which is further proof that submission and accommodation to Islam is perceived as weakness and gives way to more demands, more conquest, more attacks in the cause of Islam.

This Pope is a disgrace. He is selling out his people, condemning them to futures of unimaginable misery.

Jan 24 12:41

The evolving response of the Church in Kentucky to Covington Catholic incident

However, both statements, along with the entire websites of the Diocese of Covington and the high school, have since been taken down, after subsequent, longer footage and additional information complicated the original interpretation of the video.

In longer videos, the students appear to have first been provoked by a group called the Black Israelites, who were shouting disparaging remarks at them largely about the Catholic Church and Trump. The videos also showed that the students were approached by the demonstrators from the Indigenous People’s March, including Phillips, which contradicted prior reports that the students had surrounded them.

As additional information emerged, the Diocese of Covington released a new statement on Monday, Jan. 22, in which they announced both the temporary closing of Covington Catholic High School and a third-party investigation into the events at the Lincoln Memorial.

Jan 23 13:05

Former Minneapolis rabbi avoids jail time after being snared in online child-sex sting

A former rabbi at a Jewish learning center in Minneapolis won’t serve jail time for making arrangements online with someone he thought was a child for sex.

Aryeh Cohen, 44, received a stayed 30-day sentence from a Ramsey County district judge at his sentencing hearing Wednesday afternoon.

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Posted for those who claim I only pick on the Catholics.

Jan 21 10:29

Vatican 'knew paedophile Argentine bishop who Pope Francis treated as his 'spiritual son' had taken naked selfies and performed sex acts in public'

The actions of an Argentinian bishop who allegedly sexually abused his Catholic students, took naked selfies and performed sex acts in public was known to the Vatican, it has emerged.

Pope Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta's resignation in August 2017, after priests in a remote northern Argentine diocese complained about his behaviour.

Other colleagues also reported allegations of abuses of power and sexual harassment of adult seminarians, said former vicar of the same parish Juan Jose Manzano.

The new reports undermine Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago.

Jan 21 10:16

Pope Francis: World Government Must Rule U.S. ‘For Their Own Good’

Pope Francis’s idea that Americans would be better off under a world government doesn’t stop there. The radical leftist pontiff also went on record stating that Europe should become one country under one government.

In the same interview, according to La Repubblica, Pope Francis said that Europe must take on a “federal structure,” resembling feudal times when the peasants were ruled by unimpeachable monarchs.

Jan 18 09:54

Terror-free Slovakia completely refuses Islam and won’t allow a single mosque

Slovakia is the last EU Member State without a single mosque, TRT World reports. Previous attempts to build have been halted by politicians.

The country does not recognise Islam as a religion and only have a few thousand Muslim residents. Islam must not be taught in schools and the 5,000 Muslims, mostly European ones, who reside in the country are not officially recognised. They account for only 0.1% of the population.

In 2007, politicians changed the country’s laws so that 20,000 signatures from members were required to be recognised by the state. In 2017 they more than doubled the number of necessary signatures.

Not being officially recognised poses major difficulties for the group. Among other things, they are not allowed to have official religious leaders, conduct Muslim marriages or receive financial contributions from the State, rights which 18 other recognised religions have.

Jan 17 12:18

Israeli Museum To Take Down 'McJesus' Statue After Christians Clash With Police

The controversial artwork features McDonald's mascot Ronald McDonald nailed to a cross - something the author views as a touch of consumerism on Christian values. The artist himself, however, asked the museum to withdraw the statue from display after joining a pro-Palestinian movement.

The Haifa Museum of Art has been forced to take down an artwork which offended the country's Arab Christian minority community.

The exhibit called "McJesus", which depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, will be removed "as soon as possible", Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch-Rotem said, as quoted by the Haaretz newspaper.

Jan 13 10:47

Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's key accuser has met with New York City prosecutors as part of sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in which 1,000 priests sexually abused children

The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church.

James Grein gave testimony last month to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Sara Sullivan, who is investigating a broad range of issues related to clergy abuse and the systematic cover-up by church superiors, Grein's attorney, Patrick Noaker, told The Associated Press.

The development is significant, given that the Vatican investigation against McCarrick has already created a credibility crisis for the Catholic hierarchy including Pope Francis, since it was apparently an open secret that McCarrick slept with adult seminarians. Grein's testimony, however, includes allegations that McCarrick, a former family friend, also groomed and abused him starting when he was 11.

Jan 12 10:03

Researchers Establish a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

Neuroscientists looked at how authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism

Jan 10 12:03

Democrats Embrace Anti-Catholic Bigotry

“The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” —Article VI, U.S. Constitution (emphasis added)

Pushed increasingly leftward by a cadre of new members who demand it, the Democrat Party’s animus toward organized religion is becoming impossible to hide. In one of the more ugly displays of that animus, Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) attempted to impose their own religious test on Brian Buescher, an Omaha, Nebraska, lawyer nominated by President Donald Trump to sit on the U.S. District Court in that state. Both women asserted that Buescher belonged to an organization that promoted “extremist” views.

Jan 10 10:08

British Parents Removing Children from Lessons on Islam, Report Finds

A report that found that parents in Essex are removing their children from Religion Education (RE) lessons on Islam and school trips to mosques.

The Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) has found that parents in Thurrock, South-East England, “have objected to the teaching of Islam and withdrawn children from lessons and visits to places of worship,” the Thurrock Gazette reports.

SACRE, which recommends the teaching of religion in schools, said that it would need to launch an investigation into how many parents are pulling their children from aspects of religious education teaching.

Jan 10 10:07

EU Grants University Researchers 10 Million Euros to Study Islamic Qur’an

The European Union has granted 10 million euros to university researchers studying the role of the Islamic holy book in the intellectual and religious development of countries across the continent.

The large sum of cash comes from the European Research Council, a European Union body focused on scientific and technological research with researchers working on the hypothesis that the Qur’an has had a major impact on Europe throughout history, Il Giornale reports.

The aim of the research is said to be to “determine how the sacred text of Allah incorporated into the thought of Christians, medieval and modern, Jews, freethinkers, atheists, and European Muslims.”

Jan 10 09:41

SHARIFA ALKHATEEB TALKS ABOUT USING PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO CONVERT AMERICA TO ISLAM

In the video below, Sharifa Alkhateeb talks about using U.S. public schools to convert America to Islam. Her talk is an example of when Muslims aren’t shy about stating the nature of the threat:

Jan 08 22:53

video - Israel Shahak: The Laws Against Non-Jews

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Jan 08 19:17

ADL To The Woodshed: ADL, is Terrorist and Mafia connected Defending a Pedophile Rapist and Murderer from its Inception

Many of you know that a B’nai B’rith organization gave birth to the ADL while defending its Atlanta chapter president Leon Frank, who raped and murdered a 13 year old girl who he was also employing along with many other teens, against child labor laws.The ADL was formed to defend him. The details were disgusting. Watch and follow link in description for detail!

Jan 07 12:26

China passes law to make Islam 'compatible with socialism'

China has passed a new law that seeks to "Sinicize" Islam within the next five years, the latest move by Beijing to rewrite how the religion is practised.

China's main English newspaper, Global Times, reported on Saturday that after a meeting with representatives from eight Islamic associations, government officials "agreed to guide Islam to be compatible with socialism and implement measures to Sinicize the religion."

The newspaper did not provide further details or the names of the associations that agreed to the decree.

Jan 06 09:41

Stunner: Vatican said to have deemed McCarrick sex acts with 16-year-old altar boy as ‘consensual’

“The credible evidence has been dropped because the altar boy went to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to solicit sex from McCarrick,” according to James Grein, another man whom McCarrick had abused as a boy. As a newly ordained priest, McCarrick had baptized Grein when he was an infant and then molested him repeatedly for 18 years beginning when Grein was just 11 years old.

“He was 16 years old,” so “he was a consensual adult,” added Grein in his recent interview with Taylor Marshall. “There was no crime.”

Despite the fact that the United States views a 16 year old as a minor, Canon law views a young person of that age as having reached the age of majority.

Jan 05 10:48

Cardinal Marx urges change in tradition ahead of celibacy discussion

German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising called for change in long-standing church tradition as the German bishops’ conference prepares for a workshop debate to “review” the issue of celibacy for priests.

In his homily at New Year’s Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady in Munich, Cardinal Marx said the Church must, “in light of the failure” surrounding the clergy sex abuse crisis, modify tradition in response to changing modern times.

“I believe the hour has come to deeply commit ourselves to open the way of the church to renewal and reform,” Cardinal Marx said, according to a text of the homily posted on the archdiocesan website. “Evolution in society and historical demands have made tasks and urgent need for renewal clear to see.”

Jan 04 09:52

Investigation reveals Roman Catholic dioceses have named more than 1,000 priests and others for sexually abusing children in just four months

Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found.

Nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders have publicly identified child-molesting priests in the wake of the Pennsylvania report issued in mid-August, and 55 more have announced plans to do the same over the next few months, the AP found. Together they account for more than half of the nation's 187 dioceses.

The review also found that nearly 20 local, state or federal investigations, either criminal or civil, have been launched since the release of the grand jury findings. Those investigations could lead to more names and more damning accusations, as well as fines against dioceses and court-ordered safety measures.

Jan 04 09:02

Vatican Knew About Legionary Founder Maciel’s Abuse From 1943

Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, has disclosed that the Vatican had documents on the abusive conduct of the disgraced founder of the Legionaries of Christ, Father Marcial Maciel, from as long ago as 1943.

The Brazilian cardinal said “those who covered it up were a mafia, they were not the Church,” according to the Spanish Catholic online magazine Vida Nueva.

Cardinal Bráz de Aviz did not give any more details about the documents, which he mentioned in a talk he gave at a Madrid conference late last year, but said the Legionaries currently have “nothing to do” with such a coverup and now follow “a very good process.”

Jan 03 10:43

1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Stabbing Attack at ‘Church of Scientology’ Headquarters In Sydney

One person is dead and another is wounded following a stabbing attack at the ‘Church of Scientology’ headquarters in Sydney, officials say.

Police were called to the scene on Greville Street, in the Chatswood district around 12:20 p.m. local time.

According to police, a 16-year-old suspect is in custody. The extent of the second victim’s wounds were not known.

A motive for the crime remains under investigation by police.

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Leah Remini, time for a new episode of your show!

Jan 03 10:31

"The secret not yet told": Women describe alleged abuse by nuns

The Catholic Church has been plagued with high-profile abuse scandals but "pedophile nun" is a phrase many people have probably never heard before.

"That's really a shame. Because there's a lot of them out there … it's the secret not yet told," Cahill said.

Jan 02 14:46

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance

James Dorsey highlights Saudi Arabia’s courting of European far-right groups, including Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, the Danish People’s Party, the Swedish Democrats, and Europe of Nations and Freedom, a bloc of far-right parties in the European parliament. >>

Dec 31 09:18

Baltimore archdiocese changes name of fundraising drive to reassure donors, as Catholics worry about costs of sex abuse scandal

As part of an effort to reassure Catholics concerned about the implications of the sex-abuse scandal that has roiled the church, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has changed the name of its annual fund-raising drive.

Long titled the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, the drive will be renamed the Annual Appeal for Catholic Ministries starting in January. The change is meant to reassure donors that the campaign pays for ministry efforts of the archdiocese, not to defray costs associated with the scandal.

Dec 28 23:11

Project Blue Beam

What are the goals of Project Blue Beam?

1. To abolish all Christian traditional religions in order to replace them with a one world religion based on the cult of man.

2. To abolish all national identity and national pride in order to establish a world identity and a world pride.

3. To abolish the family as known today in order to replace them with individuals all working for the glory of the new one world government.

4. To destroy all individual artistic and scientific creativity to implement a one world government, one-mindset.

Dec 28 10:25

Swedish State TV: Virgin Mary cloned herself, and Jesus was transgender

The birth of Jesus, which is celebrated on Christmas Day, occurred without his having a biological father. State owned SVT, however, has solved the mystery of the virgin birth.

Jesus or Virgin Mary may have been transsexual, they reason. Was Jesus born as a girl? SVT asks and believes they have found support for that theory in science.

SVT’s claim is not the Biblical account of the virgin birth, but that Mary became pregnant with Joseph or someone else. But the highly biased, left-wing channel has launched a more gender-modern theory:

A phenomenon known as parthenogenesis. It occurs among algae, fish and frogs and means that an embryo develops without fertilisation. The offspring then becomes genetically identical to the mother – which means that it must have the same gender.

As both the name and pronoun of Jesus are described as male in the scriptures, it can also be concluded that Jesus was a transvestite / transsexual according to the channel.

Dec 28 09:00

Indian nations ask Pope Francis to rescind Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrine of Discovery, Pope Alexander VI's papal bull, permits any Christian coming upon land inhabited by non-Christians to claim it all. It was published on May 4, 1493, and on May 7, 2018, representatives from the Confederacy of Haudenosaunee, the Assembly of First Nations Canada, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Yakima nation visited the Vatican to request a retraction.

Dec 27 12:25

Muslim leader who said polygamy is a civil right, demands “democratic representation” in Italian Government

Hamza Piccardo is one of Italy’s most prominent Muslim leaders. In the past he has claimed that “polygamy is our civil right” and now he has written to Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini requesting he “establish an electoral process leading to the election of a democratic representation of Italian Muslims.”

He is the founder of the Union of Italian Islamic Communities (UCOII) and is known for his assertion that Italians should not “undervalue polygamy’s demographic effect,” which he believes would help Italy’s low birthrate and the need for foreign workers and should be considered a civil right as much as gay marriage is.

So, now he is asking that Italian government to bring Islam into the political establishment: “Let the government organise a consultation that can bring order to Italian Islam, we are fed up with this anarchy.

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To Italian Prime Minister Salvini: this is absolutely the camel's nose (or should I say, noses?!?) under the tent.

If you allow this to happen, with at least a (nominally) Christian population in Italy, please get ready for the full frontal onslaught of pure Sharia law in your country, which I would suggest may cause violence, and riots.

Mr. Piccardo is completely free to change his residence to that of any country which currently does honor Sharia law, and so do his followers, should they wish it.

Dec 26 12:23

PALESTINE PULSEGaza's Christians blocked from travel to Bethlehem

Palestinian Christians in Gaza are feeling a damper on the Christmas spirit this year as Israeli authorities have blocked many from receiving exit permits to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Bethlehem in the West Bank.

While Western Christians celebrate, following the Gregorian calendar, Dec. 25 of every year, Eastern churches — to which the majority of Palestinian Christians belong — follow the Eastern calendar and celebrate on Jan. 7.

The international organization Middle East Concern, which advocates for the rights of Christians in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a Dec. 10 statement that most of the applications by Christian Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for permits to participate in Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem had been rejected by Israeli authorities. It noted that "nearly all" of the requests were rejected, "with only Christians over the age of fifty-five being allowed to travel."

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JUST when I think I have seen the Israeli government at its most xenophobic and apartheid worst, it will surprise me all over again, by going to a depth of "hubristic smarmy" that I cannot possibly un-see.

And to all those Evangelicals who cannot praise Israel enough; if you knew the degree of contempt they have for you, you would be shocked to your very core.

I don't know what the Hebrew equivalent for "useful idiots" is, but I am very sure that phrase gets used frequently, when various Zionist organisations get together, and ridicule you.

Dec 26 11:53

Dec. 26th: Feast of St. Stephen, the first martyr, who was killed by the Jews

Today is December 26th, the Feast of St. Stephen. Stephen was one of the first seven Catholic deacons and the first martyr. The apostles had ordained seven deacons to help with the daily care of the poor and widowed. Stephen was stoned to death by the Jews around A.D. 34-35 for exposing their wrongdoing. (Outlined in Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 7.)

Dec 26 09:28

Satanists Wage War on Christmas By Erecting Statue That Mocks Jesus

The Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple has erected a “Snaketivity” statue next to the large Christmas tree in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda.

When we think of the War on Christmas, it’s often people being being politically correct about certain language or words, but this group literally represents the polar opposite of the reason for the season.

The statue features a hand holding an apple with a snake wrapped around the hand, an obvious representation of the temptation in the Garden of Eden from the Old Testament. The Satanist display is not only close to the Christmas tree, but also a Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah.

The title of the Satanic display is “Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift,” which is meant to mock Christianity.

Dec 26 07:06

Canadian Imam Claims Saying 'Merry Christmas' Worse Than Murder, Twitter Seethes

A video of Imam Younus Kathrada's sermon for the Muslim Youth of Victoria in the Canadian province of British Columbia was provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute and came ahead of Christmas celebrations around the world.

Those Muslims who congratulate Christians on the Christmas holiday are committing crimes which are even worse than murder, according to Sheikh Younus Kathrada from the Canadian province of British Columbia.

During his sermon at the Muslim Youth of Victoria, which came ahead of Christmas celebrations across the globe, Kathrada expressed regret over Muslims' perception of what he described as a "false holiday", claiming that they "must be offended" by the beliefs of Christians.

"There are those who will say to them 'Merry Christmas'. What are you congratulating them on? Congratulations on the birth of your Lord? Is that acceptable to a Muslim? Are you now approving of their beliefs? By saying that you are approving of it", he noted.

Dec 26 05:21

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

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There is something beautifully sacred about the moment in the Quran when the angels inform Mary she is about to give birth to Jesus.>>>

Dec 25 16:03

Humility Saves Us From Foolishness

Dec 25 14:14

Incoherent Thoughts from the Yankee Capital: Papua New Guinea Looks Better and Better II

Having just returned from two weeks in the curious environs of Washington, DC, I offer a few observations on the national lunacy deposit:

The de-Christianization of the country, or at least this part of it, is almost complete. I can think of hearing the word “Christmas” only twice in two weeks of trough-inciting retail advertising.

Culture shock: We stayed with friends who for various reasons, such as being in the business, always had a television on. At home in Mexico we got rid of the lobotomy box some fifteen years ago, seeing little advantage in paying seventy dollars a month for 250 channels, none worth watching, adorned with twenty minutes an hour of stupid commercials. Coming back to this was like jumping into raw sewage. Perhaps the worst of it was the contempt for the public manifested in running the same ad twice in one commercial break, and in the loving close-ups of pizzas with dripping cheese. Buy, buy, buy.

Dec 25 10:32

Christmas: The Greatest Gift for All

In our culture the individual counts. This permits an individual person to put his or her foot down, to take a stand on principle, to become a reformer and to take on injustice.

This empowerment of the individual is unique to Western civilization. It has made the individual a citizen equal in rights to all other citizens, protected from tyrannical government by the rule of law and free speech. These achievements are the products of centuries of struggle, but they all flow from the teaching that God so values the individual’s soul that he sent his son to die so we might live. By so elevating the individual, Christianity gave him a voice.

Formerly only those with power had a voice. But in Western civilization people with integrity have a voice. So do people with a sense of justice, of honor, of duty, of fair play. Reformers can reform, investors can invest, and entrepreneurs can create commercial enterprises, new products and new occupations.

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Paul, I am going to gently call you out on this. And in the most enlightened instances of Christianity, what you have said here, has generally been true.

However, that being said, have been times when the Christian church did not curb power, or protect the weak. In fact, for centuries, the Catholic church has covered up abuses against children, and not protected them at all, but did a marvelous job in "blaming the victim".

Dec 25 09:46

Head of 'God's Church' Announces Date for Jesus Christ's Second Coming

Church leader Ronald Weinland has announced that Jesus Christ will come back to establish a 1,000-year kingdom on Earth, and that this will happen sooner than one may expect.

"God has revealed that this final end-time count to Christ's return must fully align with the timing of certain annual Holy Days and that within that alignment there must be the fulfilment of very specific segments of time", reads a statement on his webpage.

He believes that the second coming should coincide with the holiday of Pentecost, which falls on the 7th Sunday after Easter. He earlier predicted that Jesus Christ would return either on 27 May, 2012 or 19 May, 2013. However, there were no news reports of the second coming on either of those dates.

Dec 25 09:39

Charlie Hebdo Journalist: ‘Islam Must Submit to Criticism’

Charlie Hebdo journalist Zineb El Rhazoui has received rape and death threats for saying “Islam must submit to criticism”.

The journalist, who has lived under police protection since a number of her colleagues at the satirical magazine were murdered by radical Islamic terrorist for satirising the Prophet Mohammed, said she has received “Insults, racist insults, [and] threats of death or rape” since she insisted: “Islam must submit to criticism, submit to humor, submit to the laws of the Republic, submit to French law.”

“I have not changed my mind since,” she added defiantly in an interview with the Europe 1 radio station.

Dec 25 09:38

Biblical City Of Bethlehem Boasts Largest Christmas In Years

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city's largest Christmas celebrations in years.

Hundreds of locals and foreign visitors milled in Manger Square as bagpipe-playing Palestinian Scouts paraded past a giant Christmas tree. Crowds flooded the Church of the Nativity, venerated as the traditional site of Jesus's birth, and waited to descend into the ancient grotto.

Palestinian Tourism Minister Rula Maaya said all Bethlehem hotels were fully booked, and the city was preparing to host an "astounding" 10,000 tourists overnight.

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Dec 24 11:09

UK Taxpayers Funded Pakistani Death Courts As They Handed Down "Blasphemy Law" Sentences

New details from a secretive UK aid program reveal controversial Pakistani death sentence courts have been funded by the UK government for the past few years, even while Christians languished on death row as a result of the country's notorious "blasphemy laws". And while the program began as a "counter terrorism" initiative with a British ally, it's come under increased scrutiny after a Pakistani Christian woman was recently acquitted following 8 years on death row for "blasphemy charges". The Guardian reports:

British taxpayers are funding prosecutions in Pakistan that have led to dozens of death sentences, according to newly disclosed details of a secretive UK aid programme.

The documents reveal that the Foreign Office is supporting specialist civilian courts that prosecute terrorist suspects in what the UK government’s global security strategy calls a “rule of law” programme in Pakistan.

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Absolutely...horrifically... amazing!! And one of the myriad reasons that I never will travel to Islamabad this lifetime.

Dec 24 07:59

Pondering the Fate of Syria and the Will of God

All people, religious or not, who care about humanity will take strength from the resilience of the Syrian people in the face of overwhelming odds.

"In my lifetime, there has never been a greater force of evil than the terror rained down on Syria by foreign nations. Its cruelty and savagery have had no bounds. Nonetheless, Syria has defended itself against the economic might of 2/3 of the world’s great powers and has beaten them all. As a career military officer and student of military affairs, I cannot explain how Syria could accomplish this if it were not the will of God.”

These were words spoken by U.S. Virginia state Senator Richard Black during a recent visit to Syria. Here is a link to more of what he said.

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Dec 23 10:26

Greece: Massive increase of attacks on Christian symbols and Orthodox churches

Each year there are more attacks on churches, chapels, atypical places of religious worship, religious monuments, synagogues and even cemeteries, Greek newspaper Eleftheros Typos reports.

Specifically, according to the Greek Aggressional Secretariat of Religions, last year the attacks on religious buildings (includes vandalism, burglaries, thefts, sacrifices, fires, etc.) rose by 159 per cent, while the primary target appears to be the Orthodox Church.

Dec 21 12:28

Catholic priest, 73, who had 2,000 images and videos of child porn, discussed raping and murdering young boys in chat rooms, and once admitted to peeing in the wine for Mass is sentenced to 25 years in prison

A Catholic priest who had more than 2,000 photos and videos of child pornography on his computer and phone has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Thomas Faucher, a well-known priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise, will not be eligible for parole and must register as a sex offender.

Faucher, 73, pleaded guilty to five felony crimes after investigators discovered thousands of disturbing images and chats about raping and murdering young boys.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials, and one count of drug possession.

Dec 21 11:35

Biohacker INJECTS himself with Bible & Koran DNA in bizarre experiment, his leg swells up

To err is human, to inject oneself with DIY DNA is divine… apparently? At least, that may have been the thinking behind one of 2018’s most sensational science experiments.

Teenager Adrien Locatelli from the French city of Grenoble translated the names of Jewish characters from the book of Genesis in the Bible and the entire 13th chapter of the Koran, the Surah Ar-Ra'd, into DNA code, all the while asking himself: “Is it even possible to do this?”

Locatelli switched every Hebrew character in the Book of Genesis with DNA code, made up of the letters “ACGT.” He did, however, exclude the certain passages he considered “controversial.”

Using an online tool, the teenage biohacker was able to translate the nucleotide (building blocks of DNA and RNA) information into protein sequences which he then injected into each of his thighs.

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That is just plain stupid.

Dec 21 08:54

SADIQ SPEAKS AT EVENT HOSTED BY ANTI-GAY CHURCH EMBROILED IN PAEDOPHILE CONTROVERSY

Guido can reveal that London Mayor Sadiq Khan spoke on Sunday at a Christmas event hosted by a highly controversial church which discriminates against gay people and is embroiled in a paedophilia cover-up. The deeply evangelical Hillsong Church, founded in Australia, has a policy of actively excluding gay people from roles within the church, with founder Brian Houston explaining:

“Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.”

It gets worse. Brian Houston is also facing an investigation in Australia over his alleged role in covering-up child sexual abuse by his father, Frank Houston, also an evangelical preacher who was accused of molesting nine children.

Dec 21 07:54

Toblerone is halal and the far right is furious

In April, the Bern, Switzerland factory that makes Toblerone—the triangular-shaped chocolate bars wildly popular in airport duty-free shops—received a halal certification. A halal designation means that a product’s ingredients and manufacturing process conform to dietary laws followed by some Muslims, such as no pork products or alcohol. Toblerone’s 110-year-old recipe already met all of those requirements.
Note: But not a complaint about the Kosher Jewish tax scam!

Dec 20 18:51

The Child-Rape Assembly Line

Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg—who is 63 with a long, graying beard—recently sat down with me to explain what he described as a "child-rape assembly line" among sects of fundamentalist Jews.

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Posted for those who think I only pick on the Catholics.

Dec 19 15:32

Illinois Finds Catholic Church Hid Abuse Accusations Against 500 More Priests

Preliminary findings from the Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, in an investigation into abuse at Catholic churches in the state, were released on Wednesday.

The attorney general's findings revealed that the state's six Roman Catholic dioceses have withheld the names of 500 clergymen accused of misconduct, local media reports. The report is said to be highly critical of the state's six Roman Catholic dioceses, ripping into them for failing to properly investigate sexual abuse allegations against the clergymen and in some cases not investigating the claims at all.

"In the four months since the Office opened this investigation, the Illinois Dioceses have acknowledged that they are aware of an additional forty-five previously undisclosed clergy who they deemed to be 'credibly' accused of sexually abusing minors," the report says.

Dec 19 10:33

Pakistan Sentences Two Christians to Death for Blasphemy

A Pakistani court has sentenced two Christians in Punjab to death for the crime of blasphemy, following their arrest in 2015.
The two brothers, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, were accused in 2011 of posting material offensive to Islam on their website, and subsequently sent to the Jhelum prison in Lahore in 2015. Qaisar testified that he had shut down the offending website in 2009 but that a Muslim acquaintance of his had resurrected the site keeping the copyright in Qaisar’s name.

On December 13, Judge Javed Iqbal Bosal heard the case in the Jhelum prison for security reason, and there declared the brothers guilty and sentenced them to death. The men are both married and Qaisar is the father of three children.

Dec 19 09:49

LA bishop accused of misconduct with a minor resigns as Vatican releases statement saying Pope Francis will allow Monsignor Alexander Salazar to step down

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Monsignor Alexander Salazar, following historic allegations of misconduct with a minor.

The Vatican announced the resignation in a one-line statement, giving no details of the alleged incident.

The current archbishop of Los Angeles, Most Rev. Jose Gomez, said the archdiocese was made aware of the claim in 2005, which dates back to the 1990s.

Gomez said prosecutors declined to bring charges, but that the archdiocese forwarded the complaint to the Vatican office that handles sex abuse cases.

Gomez said that office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, imposed precautionary measures against Salazar and that a further investigation by the archdiocese's independent review board found the allegation to be credible.

Dec 18 10:55

Does Archbishop Welby's pride matter more than an elderly lady's pain?

This Christmas I would like you to think of the plight of a 94-year-old woman, who has been atrociously mistreated by the Archbishop of Canterbury.Her name is Mrs Barbara Whitley. More than three years ago, the Church of England publicly accused her beloved long-dead uncle of the filthy crime of child sex abuse.

The charge was based on the word of a single accuser, more than half a century after the supposed offence. The Church had presumed his guilt and made no serious effort to discover the truth. Key living witnesses were neither sought, found nor interviewed. A senior bishop admitted soon afterwards that they were actually not convinced the claim was true.

Yet by some mysterious process, a number of newspapers and BBC stations, all on the same day, felt safe in confidently pronouncing that Barbara’s uncle had been a disgusting paedophile. No ifs or buts. Who told them?

Dec 17 08:34

Pope Says Western World "Has Moral Responsibility" To Let In More Migrants

“It is the “moral responsibility” of the outside world to accept even more migrants,” Pope Francis explained in a speech on Thursday.

This year it is 70 years since the globalist organisation that is the UN adopted the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights”.

It was for that reason that Pope Francis urged the outside world to open its doors to even more migrants.

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"We need more Catholics from the third world to start tossing their cash into western collection plates so we can make bail!" -- His Popeness

Dec 17 08:14

Ukrainian far-right MP declares ‘hunt’ for Moscow-loyal priests after split

A Ukrainian MP and ex-head of ultra-nationalist Right Sector has called for all priests loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church to ‘hunted down’ and ousted. It came after Kiev proclaimed its church to be independent from Moscow.
Until last weekend there were three Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is an internationally-recognized autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. The two others were self-proclaimed and universally considered schismatic.

Dec 16 09:49

Preacher with Joel Osteen's Lakewood church who worked with Donald Trump now under fire for giving his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary gift

A South Carolina pastor who still preaches occasionally at Joel Osteen's famed Lakewood Church became emotional defending his extravagant purchase of a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for his wife's wedding anniversary gift after coming under fire for its excess.

John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, received a social media backlash after a video of him presenting his wife, Aventer Gray, with the keys to the luxury vehicle during their 8th anniversary vow renewal was posted online.

'Pastor buys his wife, you know, this expensive car,' The pastor said in an impassioned Instagram video now taken down. 'First of all, it wasn't a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car. Get that in your spirit.'

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Note the attempt to drag Trump into this mess.

Dec 15 12:31

SUPER INJUNCTION SILENCES NEWS ABOUT VATICAN OFFICIAL'S CHILD MOLESTATION CONVICTION, AND THAT'S BULLSHIT

George Pell, the Vatican's CFO and often called the "3rd most powerful person in the Vatican" was convicted on all charges that he sexually molested choir boys in Australia in the 1990s. However, the press is barred from reporting on it based on one of those gag orders. The Herald Sun in Australia did post a brilliant, Streisand Effect-inducing front page display about how it was being censored from publishing an important story:

Front page of Thursday's edition of Australia's Herald Sun: "CENSORED"

"A statement to our readers...The world is reading a very important story that is relevant to Victorians. The Herald Sun is prevented from publishing details of this significant news." https://t.co/bzFOluucy9 pic.twitter.com/J0vSkBrB1g

— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 12, 2018
Though, if you click on the link in that tweet it now shows an error message reading Error 400 and "Content is deleted, expired or legal killed." Legal killed.

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Pope Francis, you and I have never met; but unless you want the Catholic Church to ultimately get sued out of existence, from the huge numbers of cases like this ready to break, you have got to acknowledge that there is an institutional cultural illness in the Church, which has to be rooted out like a cancer.

Priests should NEVER believe that their positions in the hierarchy EVER give them the right to abuse children, period, end of discussion.

Now, if you know your church's history, you know that there was a time when priests could marry, as stated in the following: The Church was a thousand years old before it definitively took a stand in favor of celibacy in the twelfth century at the Second Lateran Council held in 1139, when a rule was approved forbidding priests to marry. In 1563, the Council of Trent reaffirmed the tradition of celibacy.

Your Holiness, I would like to politely point out that since that time, this policy has not worked out very well, either for the priests who were doing the abusing, or the children abused; in fact, one could, reasonably, characterise this policy as a multi-generational epic fail.

The big difference, in the 21st century, is that those children who were abused now have a voice against those they accuse of doing this foul deed, in a court of law.

But if we are going to stop this practice, for future generations, I would suggest that the Church only recruit future priests from men who are married, and have happy, thriving, emotionally healthy wives and kids. Start elevating women in your communities, and give them voices which they still do not have, even in this part of the 21st century.

You are welcome, Pope Francis!!

Also, there is a companion piece from globalresearch.ca: The Conviction that dare not speak its name: the Conviction of Cardinal George Pell

Dec 15 10:57

Ancient cathedral plans to install a 40ft helter skelter... to reverse the slide in visits

Congregation numbers across the country are already spiralling downwards.

So plans by a cathedral to introduce a helter skelter to boost visitors could be seen as, well... an ironic twist.

The 40ft traditional fairground ride will be installed in the western end of the nave at Norwich Cathedral in August.

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If you really want church attendance to soar, bring back temple prostitution! :)

Dec 15 09:05

'I just wanna make God proud': Texas boy gives up his own visit from Santa to provide gifts for homeless kids

Eleven-year-old Jaxson Turner is making headlines over his decision to forego a visit from Santa Claus this year, in order to redirect his would-be presents to kids less fortunate. He's rallied his hometown of Plano, Texas, to join in him providing gifts to homeless children in their community because, he says, "This year, my Christmas wish is to help others who are in need."
What are the details?

Dec 15 07:57

Survey shows nearly one-third of respondents want to change Santa Claus' gender

Nearly one-third of the people surveyed on rebranding Santa Claus believe he should be either female or gender neutral, WSYX-TV reported.

The recent survey conducted by a graphic design group found that 17.2 percent of those polled would prefer the jolly old elf to be gender neutral and more than 10.6 percent said he should be a woman.

Dec 13 10:14

Church of England introduces baptism-style ceremony for gender ‘transitions’

While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity.

In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be a powerful moment in the service.”

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Anything to keep those collection plates filled!

Dec 13 08:39

Vatican Calls for ‘Urgent Action and Urgent Decisions’ to Stop Climate Change

The Vatican delegation to the U.N. Climate summit in Katowice, Poland, has issued an “urgent call for ambition, action, and true solidarity” in battling climate change.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Monsignor Bruno-Marie Duffé, coordinator of the Holy See delegation, said that the climate crisis has economic, social, and financial aspects, while insisting on the call of Pope Francis to listen attentively to the cries of the earth, which is “groaning out in travail.”

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"Pay no attention to that Cardinal who just got convicted of child sexual abuse... Global warming gonna GITCHA!!!!"

Dec 13 08:21

Australian Court Finds Cardinal Pell Guilty of Sexual Abuse

A Melbourne court has reportedly convicted the Vatican’s finance chief, Cardinal George Pell, of sexually abusing two choir boys in the 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne.
After more than three days of deliberations, the court handed down a guilty verdict Tuesday by a unanimous consent of the jury. If the verdict is confirmed, it will be the highest-ranking condemnation of a Church official for a crime of sexual abuse.

Last year, Cardinal Pell requested a dispensation from his duties in Rome to travel to Melbourne to defend himself against the charges against him, which he has always denied. The Holy See has not yet commented on the reports.

The trial has been kept under strict secrecy, after a judge placed a gag order on all press coverage of the trial in Australia. Now, however, several Australian media outlets have reported that Pell has been found guilty of all charges.

Dec 13 08:21

Pastor's microphone cut off by city staff as he reads Christmas story from Bible: 'This is intentional'

He told CTV News the microphone was cut off three times: once during a German Bible reading and twice when he was reading the story of Christmas. LifeSite News said a grandmother was doing the German Bible reading.
Reaume said during an interview with Kitchener's CKGL-AM that he saw three or four city workers who seemed "really mean-spirited" and who grinned at him after cutting off the microphone, LifeSite News reported, adding that he told CKGL he didn't recognize them from last year's festival.

Dec 12 15:58

Senior Cardinal removed from Vatican role with Council of Cardinals

Australian Cardinal George Pell has been removed from Pope Francis’ inner circle of advisers.

The Vatican has confirmed Cardinal Pell, 77, is one of three cardinals who was not reappointed to the Council of Cardinals, known as the C9, which provides high-level international advice to the Pope.

A former Archbishop of Melbourne and Sydney, Cardinal Pell retains his role as Treasurer to the Vatican, its third-highest position, although he has been on a leave of absence for 18 months.

Chilean Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz and Congolese Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya were also not reappointed.

Dec 12 08:40

Pope Francis poised to redo translation of Lord's Prayer

Pope Francis, showing once again his willingness to turn over liturgical tables, is expected to approve a change in the translation of the Lord’s Prayer, the famous biblical petition recited by Christians billions of times a day.

The Italian Episcopal Conference [CEI] has submitted the proposed change to the Vatican for approval, changing the line “lead us not into temptation” to “abandon us not when in temptation,” reported the Italian newswire service Ansa and the [U.K.] Express.

A year ago, the pope brought the issue to the forefront when he described the petition widely used for centuries in many languages, including English and Italian, as “not a good translation.”

Dec 10 10:22

Google Approves App For Muslims To Report People Who Commit Blasphemy

A new Android app has launched with the focus of allowing Muslims to report individuals who commit blasphemy, or insult Islam.

No, this is not a joke. The app, “Smart Pakem”, which launched in Indonesia last month at the request of the Indonesian government, will allow users and government officials to uphold Sharia law and target and report people who hold “misguided” beliefs in violation of Islamic law, which forbids insults of Islam, insults against the Prophet Mohammed, or the recognition of any other religion besides Islam.

Dec 10 09:37

Duterte Tells Philippines: ‘Kill Bishops,’ ‘90% of Priests Are Gay’

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte used the occasion of an award ceremony for “Child-friendly Municipalities and Cities” on Wednesday to call on his population to “kill bishops” for being “good for nothing.” On Friday, at a labor event, Duterte disparaged priests as being “90 percent gay.”

Dec 10 09:02

Christian groups invested $65 million to Israeli settlements

Evangelical Christian groups have invested up to $65 million in projects in the “Biblical Heartland” over the past decade, however, that doesn’t include services they provide free of charge, such as volunteer laborers, according to a Haaretz investigation, Maan News Agency reports.

Haaretz news outlet reported that about 1,700 volunteers were sent by Christian Evangelical groups to the illegal Israeli settlement of Har Brakha, south of the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus.

Dec 09 08:36

99 Interesting Facts About Christmas

Christmas is celebrated in many countries all over the world and in a wide variety of ways. Many of the customs and decorations we use to make the holiday special have developed in interesting ways and their origins may be hidden in history. With these interesting facts about Christmas, test your knowledge of Christmas trivia as you read through.

Dec 07 08:56

Watch live: Trump speaks at White House Hanukkah reception

President Trump: "Throughout history we have seen that no darkness can overcome the light of the Jewish faith and that no evil can overcome the unbreakable spirit of the Jewish people -- so true." (Video here .)

Dec 07 06:35

The twisted logic of the Jewish ‘historic right’ to Israel

Even when I believed, mistakenly, that the "Jewish people" was exiled by the Romans in 70 C.E. or 132 C.E., I didn't think that this conferred on the Jews some sort of imagined "historic right" to the Holy Land. If we seek to organize the world as it was 2,000 years ago, we will turn it into one big madhouse. Why not bring Native Americans back to Manhattan, for example? ... As I pursued my research, my realization that the Exodus from Egypt never happened and that the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Judah were not exiled by the Romans, left me nonplussed. There is not one study by a historian who specializes in antiquity that recounts that "exile" or any serious historiographic study that reconstructs a mass migration from the place. The "exile" is a formative event that never took place

Dec 06 10:45

Catholic priest, 77, from Ohio is arrested in the Philippines and will be deported to the US for 'sexually abusing seven altar boys while taking a bath with them at his home' on the island - and telling them THEY would be jailed if they reported him

An American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in the Philippines has been arrested.

The Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines, was arrested in a church in Naval town in the island province of Biliran on Wednesday.

An Ohio court had issued a warrant for the arrest of 77-year-old Hendricks, who has been living in the Philippines for 37 years, Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said Thursday.

Dec 06 09:15

Baby Jesus Held In Steel Cage As Part Of Church’s Immigration-Themed Nativity Scene

The church says it is hoping to spark a conversation about how immigrants are being treated at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Boston Globe reports.
“We thought we would kind of put a mirror image of what it would look like if this happened 2,000 years ago,” Father Stephen Josoma told the Globe. “It’s kind of a mirror image of where we are at today.”

Dec 06 08:54

Satanic Statue Mocking Christmas Up In Illinois Statehouse; Sign Near It Explains It's Not Officials' Fault

The Chicago chapter of the Satanic Temple is clearly very proud of its "Snaketivity" statue it successfully forced officials to display next to a huge Christmas tree in the Illinois Statehouse rotunda just in time for the holiday season.
The statue, which features a hand holding up an apple with a serpent wrapped around it, is now included alongside a Nativity scene and a Hanukkah menorah. It's title, "Knowledge Is The Greatest Gift," overtly mocks the idea of Christ as God's great gift to the world.

Dec 06 07:09

US To Send $7,000 Per MINUTE To Israel

The title speaks for itself!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=ONXKxL3px50

A stack of 3.8 billion dollar bills would reach the International Space Station. The new package to Israel will give Israel ten times that much money. An Israeli official gloated that the package was obtained “despite budget cuts, including defense cuts, in the U.S.”

Dec 05 05:47

Holocaust: Dutch rail firm NS to pay families compensation

The Netherlands' state-run rail company NS has agreed to set up a commission to compensate Holocaust survivors and their relatives for transporting Jews to a Nazi transit camp. Its decision to "learn, honour and remember in an enduring way" followed a campaign by Salo Muller, whose parents were murdered at Auschwitz. Some 107,000 Jews were taken to Westerbork and deported, mainly to deaths camps at Auschwitz and Sobibor. Only 5,000 survived. NS said it had decided to avoid a legal battle, years after French rail company SNCF was ordered to pay compensation for its role in deporting 76,000 French Jews during World War Two. SNCF eventually apologised for its role in 2010, and later agreed a compensation fund after US lawmakers threatened to bar the state-run company from rail contracts.
Note: There were no death camps. So, here we go again...holocau$T $$$$

Dec 04 09:03

Ukraine police raid three Russia-linked Orthodox churches

The Ukrainian police have raided three Orthodox churches aligned to Russia amid mounting political and religious tensions between the two countries.

Police and security services also searched the homes of priests who had declared their allegiance to the Russian branch of the Orthodox Church, regional police spokeswoman Alla Vashchenko told AFP on Monday.

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was recently granted independence from Moscow in a controversial ruling that prompted cheers from Kiev but anger in Moscow.

The raids on churches in northern Ukraine were part of a probe into the possible violation of a law on equality of religious belief, the spokeswoman said without providing details of the investigation.

"Nobody has been arrested," Vashchenko added.

But Archbishop Kliment Vecherya, a spokesman for the Russian-aligned Ukrainian church, compared the raids to the crackdown on religious freedoms during the early Soviet period.

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