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The Opthalmologist Politician

He’s the second son of a politician father. He’s an opthalmologist. He’s Bashar al-Asad, not Rand Paul. I was trying to draw more parallels, but information is sparse out there. For example, Bashar al-Asad is known for having a hot wife, and I can’t find a picture of Rand Paul’s wife. Why do Muslims Christians keep their wives under wraps?!

Also, Bashar al-Asad speaks three languages. Rand Paul, just the one. Bashar al-Asad was instrumental in introducing the internet to Syria. Rand Paul is an endless internet comedy machine.

TSA screeners and Arizona policemen should note al-Asad’s stereotypical swarthy foreigner looks. He’s as dark as a, well, a sheet. His eyes are, uh, blue. And he’s a diminutive, uh, six foot two. Hmm. May have to rethink.

The internet is a wondrous thing. I was looking around for good photos to illustrate this post, and supplemental information about Rand Paul and Bashar al-Asad, when I found pages dedicated to outing al-Asad as the Antichrist. Furreal.

The first week of March 2009, I started checking on the internet for videos that support the “Truth About Islam” paper I had been writing. I’ve discovered what I believe is at least 51% chance to be “The Beast=The Antichrist of Revelation.” He is Bashar Al-Assad the President/ Dictator of Syria. Please Google “al-wahash Syria” and see what you come up with!

The first part of March 2009 when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Israel, the Obama administration said that they wanted to re-establish diplomatic relations with Syria and have Syria sign a peace treaty with Israel. Thus, I think there is a 51% chance that Syria will sign a 7 year treaty with Israel by 2012 (the year Obama runs for re-election) which means Jesus Christ may set foot back on earth at least by 2019. Syria is the main sponsor of both Hamas and Hezbollah. Both terrorist groups have their headquarters in Damascus, Syria. Isaiah 17:1 says . . . the city of Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins.

When and if I determine that my educated guess is wrong I will post it. Until that time comes all my studying about “Islamic Truth” and the end of times points to Bashar Al Assad, President/Dictator of Syria! Email this to all your Christian friends.

Oh internet, when it comes to cuckoo yip-yap, you never run out.

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UPDATE: Asked around a bit and found out that Patrick Seale, a journalist who specializes in the Middle East, wrote a biography of Hafiz al-Asad. On the first page of the biography, available at Amazon.com, it says:

Around the turn of the century, an itinerant Turkish wrestler came one day to a village in the mountains of north-west Syria and, in a voice which rang around the hamlet, offered to take on all comers. A powerfully built man already in his forties stepped forward, seized the wrestler by the middle, and threw him to the ground. ‘Wahhish!‘ , the villagers cried admiringly. ‘He’s a wild man!’ Their champion’s name was Sulayman. From then on he was known as Sulayman al-Wahhish, and Wahhish remained the family name until the 1920s. This was Hafiz al-Asad’s grandfather.

The first time I read that I thought the Turkish wrestler was the grandfather, but now I’m pretty sure that the villager was the grandfather. At any rate, if the origins of this name are true, it makes the apocalyptic theories of unhinged Christians look a little more ridiculous than they already did.

The reason I care is that the apocalyptic Christian argument that Bashar al-Asad is the antichrist partially rests on the claim that his family’s name was originally al-Wahash, ‘the Beast.’ So this anecdote that opens Seale’s book pulverizes that line of thinking. Well, I guess it wouldn’t for some people.

The Hans Wehr dictionary’s full entry on the noun/adjective وحش reads as follows:

waste, deserted, lonely, dreary, desolate; wild, untamed (animal);–(pl. وحوش and وحشان ) wild animal; wild beast; game; monster; beast (fig., also term of abuse)| الوحوش الضارية the predatory animals, the beasts of prey

Which is just one more illustration of how people who only know one language (average Americans) leap to wrong assumptions when confronted with words and terms from another language.

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UPDATE: Rand Paul isn’t an opthalmologist in the strictest sense of the word. He is not accredited with the American Board of Ophthalmology, but rather by a small board of his own creation, which is not recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties – the governing group for two dozen medical specialty boards. Huff Post story here.

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Children in the Hands of an Angry God

“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”–Exodus 22:18 (for a long and interesting story about how “witch” here should be “poisoner,” check here).

MSNBC reported in October:

EKET, Nigeria – The 9-year-old boy lay on a bloodstained hospital sheet crawling with ants, staring blindly at the wall.

His family pastor had accused him of being a witch, and his father then tried to force acid down his throat as an exorcism. It spilled as he struggled, burning away his face and eyes. The emaciated boy barely had strength left to whisper the name of the church that had denounced him — Mount Zion Lighthouse.

A month later, he died.

Nwanaokwo Edet was one of an increasing number of children in Africa accused of witchcraft by pastors and then tortured or killed, often by family members. Pastors were involved in half of 200 cases of “witch children” reviewed by the AP, and 13 churches were named in the case files.

Some of the churches involved are renegade local branches of international franchises. Their parishioners take literally the Biblical exhortation, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.”

Renegade branches, huh? How convenient that Christians can get away with pulling out the No True Scotsman fallacy every time and get away with it. Christ is the Prince of Peace, notwithstanding his saying, “I bring not peace, but a sword,” whereas Islam gets stuck trying to explain that no, actually, Islam specifically forbids that kind of behavior, but nobody listens.

For their part, the families are often extremely poor, and sometimes even relieved to have one less mouth to feed. Poverty, conflict and poor education lay the foundation for accusations, which are then triggered by the death of a relative, the loss of a job or the denunciation of a pastor on the make, said Martin Dawes, a spokesman for the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Good luck with that excuse, Mr Dawes. Nobody ever buys that female genital mutilation, for example, is a regional tradition and has nothing to do with Islam, so it’s only fair that nobody believe that Christianity itself isn’t the cause of killing and mutilating young children.

“When communities come under pressure, they look for scapegoats,” he said. “It plays into traditional beliefs that someone is responsible for a negative change … and children are defenseless.”

The idea of witchcraft is hardly new, but it has taken on new life recently partly because of a rapid growth in evangelical Christianity. Campaigners against the practice say around 15,000 children have been accused in two of Nigeria’s 36 states over the past decade and around 1,000 have been murdered. In the past month alone, three Nigerian children accused of witchcraft were killed and another three were set on fire.

Nigeria is one of the heartlands of abuse, but hardly the only one: the United Nations Children’s Fund says tens of thousands of children have been targeted throughout Africa.

Church signs sprout around every twist of the road snaking through the jungle between Uyo, the capital of the southern Akwa Ibom state where Nwanaokwo lay, and Eket, home to many more rejected “witch children.” Churches outnumber schools, clinics and banks put together. Many promise to solve parishioner’s material worries as well as spiritual ones — eight out of ten Nigerians struggle by on less than $2 a day.

“Pray your way to riches,” advises Embassy of Christ a few blocks away.

It’s hard for churches to carve out a congregation with so much competition. So some pastors establish their credentials by accusing children of witchcraft.

I hope this doesn’t catch on in the United States.

The Nigerian church is a branch of a Californian church by the same name. But the California church says it lost touch with its Nigerian offshoots several years ago.

I love this article because it’s not afraid to proclaim that Christians, evangelicals specifically, are killing and torturing and maiming children. The word “pastor” appears 19 times.

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On a completely different note, I recommend reading this article by Glenn Greenwald in Salon: The Joy of Airstrikes and Anonymity.

Excerpt:

Yet over and over and over, it turns out that these anonymous government assertions — trumpeted by our mindless media — are completely false. The Big Bad Guy allegedly killed in the strike ends up nowhere near the bombs and missiles. Sometimes, the very same Big Bad Guy can be used to justify different strikes over the course of many years (we know we said we killed him four times before, but this time we’re pretty sure we got him), or he can turn up alive when it’s time to re-trumpet the Al Qaeda threat (we said before we killed him in that devastating airstrike, but actually he’s alive and more dangerous than ever!!). Just like the “we killed 30 extremists” claim or the “we got Al Qaeda’s Number 3” boast, this is propaganda in its purest form, disseminated jointly by the U.S. Government and American media, and it happens over and over, compelling a rational person to conclude that it’s clearly intentional by both parties.

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Let me also a link to this post over at Gawker: US Economy Crippled by Churches.

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More and More Fanaticism

Thanks to all the lunatics coming out of the woodwork lately, I’ve added a lot to my Fanaticism page. So if you haven’t been there for a while, you’re missing some.

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