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Arrested for Being Christian Preachers at Dearborn Arab Festival 2010

Don’t think Christians in this country are persecuted for their beliefs?  Think again.

Four Christian missionaries were arrested at the annual Arab International Festival on June 18, 2010.  The question is: Why?

They couldn’t have been arrested for causing a disturbance, because they did not approach anyone, in fact, everyone they spoke with approached them first.

They were not harassing anyone.  The moment anyone indicated that they didn’t want these people talking to them they stopped.

They weren’t spreading hate speech, in fact they said almost nothing about Islam at all.  Instead they repeatedly affirmed love for all Muslims. When asked “Why would you love me?” they would reply with statements like “Because Jesus loves you, and he told me to love you.”

Then the mayor of Dearborn got into the act.  The following video is their response to statements the mayor made about them.

Technorati Tags: mayor o’reilly, preaching, acts 17, persecution, last days, arrested, christian, apologetics

We The People

A message to President Obama from the freedom loving people of the United States of America.  I saw this on YouTube and I believe that it carries an important message.  One that every freedom loving American will want to echo.

Mr. Obama, you are failure.  Failure to understand that this is a Christian nation.  It always has been and it always will be.  We do not accept YOUR vision of a weakened America that bows to the wishes of every group of America hating terrorists that come along.  If they hate this country so much then they should pack their bags and leave.

Let them go someplace that welcomes their tyranny, WE The People aren’t interested!

Technorati Tags: president, national security, christian nation, impeach obama, democratic republic, go home obama, freedom, we the people, economy, sovereignty, freedom of speech, obama, obama fail, constitution

Spy Phone Reports Your Every Move

The latest thing in Big Brother technology is a rather “special” mobile phone that uses a combination of GPS technology and Software that analyzes data from the phone’s accelerometer which enables employers to track employees on an unprecedented level, even to the point of being able to tell what an employee is doing in addition to merely keeping tabs on their location.

Not only is this hideously invasive, it’s only a matter of time before governments decide that EVERYBODY needs to be tracked on this level and start requiring ALL phones to have this technology built in.

Technorati Tags: domestic spying, big brother, spying, evil government, tracking, employee monitoring, evil corporations

Kaspersky CEO Wants To End Online Anonymity

I just saw this little gem on Slashdot this morning:

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of well-known computer security
company Kaspersky Labs, is calling for an end to the anonymity of the
Internet, and for the creation of mandatory ‘Internet passports’ for
anyone who wishes to browse the Web

The very first thought I had after reading this and the articles on The Register and ZDNet Asia that it referred to was “This guy must have had an overdose of diet pills and they’ve caused his brain to shrivel up into something the size of a piece of buckshot.”  Then again of course there’s reason for him to think like that.  Just looking up the Wikipedia entry on him gives the first clue:

Kaspersky graduated from the Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science, an institute co-sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Defence and the KGB in 1987

Given his history, I suppose it’s no wonder that he wants to eliminate anonymity but it’s obvious to me that he’s not thinking quite clearly here.  You see, while it is true that there’s a lot of people that abuse anonymity either to harass people or for criminal purposes that number is actually a small but extremely vocal minority.  Those who most need to make use of anonymity are, by definition, absolutely not interested in being noticed.

I’ve seen it said many times “If you’re not doing anything illegal then you have nothing to worry about.” or words to that effect and to that I respond Bullshit!, some things are just nobody’s flipping business!

Anonymity is necessary in order to have true freedom of speech.  It is the one way that unpopular speech can truly be protected and lets be clear about something.  Just because something is unpopular doesn’t mean that it’s wrong or that somebody doesn’t have the right to say it.  They do however, have the right to express themselves without fear of reprisal from oppressive governments, corporate entities, or just plain crazy people who might decide to oppress their speech with a shotgun if they knew their identity.

Everything is NOT everybody’s business.  That old reporter’s saw “The people have a right to know everything about everyone” is a damned lie straight from the pits of hell.  I myself frequently use both anonymity and encryption tools to conceal some of my activities online, not because I’m doing (or planning) anything illegal or that I’m being an ugly troll on some message board or blog, instead it’s but because what websites I visit, whom I communicate with and what I say to them is quite simply none of anybody’s business but mine and I want to keep it that way.

Others require anonymity in order to be safe from retaliation because they made the mistake of telling the truth about what some governments have been up to.  A very good read on the subject is “Dissent Made Safer: How anonymity technology could save free speech on the Internet.“.  You can also find more on the TOR website’s “Who Uses TOR?” page, the TOR Overview page also goes into detail about Why we need Tor and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is another source of plenty of reasons why anonymity is important.

“Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind.” Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60, 64 (1960). Great works of literature have frequently been produced by authors writing under assumed names.  Despite readers’ curiosity and the public’s interest in identifying the creator of a work of art, an author is generally free to decide whether or not to disclose his or her true identity. The decision in favor of anonymity may be motivated by fear of economic or official retaliation, by concern about social ostracism, or merely by a desire to preserve as much of one’s privacy as possible. Whatever the motivation may be…the interest in having anonymous works enter the marketplace of ideas unquestionably outweighs any public interest in requiring disclosure as a condition of entry. Accordingly, an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” — US Supreme Court McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Comm

In closing I’ll say that I actually found it quite entertaining to read the comments on Slashdot about this story and I don’t doubt that Mr. Kaspersky has quite probably signed the virtual death warrant of his company because I have no doubt at all that this will inspire many sysadmins and IT people to look elsewhere for their security software solutions.  I know *I* will never buy his stuff.

Technorati Tags: not your business, kaspersky, tor, freedom of speech, anonymity, fear of retaliation, privacy, oppressive governments

Dec 2012 Is NOT The End Of The World

Over the last few months I’ve seen more and more talk about 2012.  People going on and on about how a Mayan calendar “runs out” in December of that year.  This, combined with some astronomical events that are supposedly going to happen then have more and more people talking about it as if the world were really going to end on or around Dec. 21, 2012.

Then, as if that wasn’t getting bad enough all by itself, along comes Hollywood with a movie titled “2012” where they’re turning this whole thing into a massive franchise opportunity.  The movie apparently pulls out all the stops and has the world suffering all of the typical “end of the world” disasters from earthquakes and meteor strikes to one scene I saw in a preview where the special effects guys go all out and have a tsunami drop an aircraft carrier on the White House!

I’ve seen plenty of websites popping up offering to sell ebooks and videos that purport to reveal the truth about 2012 and how to prepare for the cataclysmic disaster that everybody thinks will essentially be the end of life as we know it and possibly the planet itself.

Let me give you a bit of free advice, don’t waste your money.  Spend not one thin dime on such nonsense because that’s exactly what it is, nonsense.  It’s just a bunch of marketers that figure they’ll get rich off of everybody’s fears about the possible end of the world.

Next up, somebody’s going to ask, “Doesn’t the Bible predict the end of the world?” and I have to say it does and it doesn’t.  Frequently, when people talk about the Bible predicting the end of the world they’re talking about this exchange between Jesus and his disciples:

Matthew 24:3, “And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?”

What they don’t realize (and most don’t stop to look up) is that the word “world” in that verse is translated from the Greek aion {pronounced: ahee-ohn’}[strongs number 165] which refers to a period of time, an age.  In fact, the end of that verse would probably be much better translated “and of the end of the age?”.

The age in question being the “Age of grace”, which refers to the time from Jesus’ death on the cross until His return.  This is the time before the judgment during which salvation by faith is available.  When that age ends, the judgement comes when all will judged according to their works and if they’re not covered by having placed their faith in Jesus will meet their fate:

Revelation 20:15, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

As for the timing of these events, and the setting of dates, that’s never worked.  There’s been several times in recent decades when one group or another gets the idea that the world will end on such and such a date and it hasn’t happened yet.  We’re still here and life still goes on.  Setting dates for the “end of the world” or for Jesus’ return, will never work.  Jesus Himself said as much:

Mark 13:32-33, “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.”

In effect, the surest way to guarantee that Jesus will not be returning on a given date is to make a serious prediction trying to convince people that he will.  As for the world itself ending, yes, this current world will eventually be gone but only to be replaced by a new Heaven and a new Earth:

Revelation 21:1-2, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Although I have serious doubts that Dec 2012 is when that’s going to happen.

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