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Jesus and his Apostles taught
The Kingdom of GOD to the Jews.
Apostle Paul taught the Salvation through Jesus Christ to the Body of Christ.

GOD's name is being abused and put to shame by so called Priests and Ministers, as well as by politicians on a permanent basis.
This has to stop.

GOD does NOT support war or killing.  Feel free to look at the Commandments and be aware that the Old Testament is the history of the Jews and is to be seen as such. Being Christian, it does not apply to us. Our teachings come directly from GOD, Jesus and the Apostle Paul.
And no, we don't spread any hate, ever. We spread Love and Facts.
If you consider Love and Facts to be something evil, you might be another neo-con or right wing nut and you should keep listening to Fox News and ignore Christ.

We want to make a clear distinction between “moderate Muslims” and “radical Islamists and Jihadists.” We expect that immigrants who come voluntarily to Europe or the US accept our culture and its framework, which is - or should be - characterized by democracy, pluralism, equal rights, no discrimination of gender, race and religion, freedom of speech and free media.  We believe that moderate Muslims can accept these principles without losing their identity. The majority of our population is ready to integrate these people.

On the other hand, we have to fight against the radical Islamists and Jihadists as well as radical Christians who want to abolish our constitution, our laws and rules as well as our way of life.

We are defending in our commentaries the moderate Muslims, which are almost all Muslims, NOT the small group of mislead terrorists that want to destroy our way of life.

Going to church
doesn't make you
a Christian anymore
than standing in a garage
 makes you a car

Pastor Fred counseling and blessing a woman in Tingo Maria, Peru

Current Comments by Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast | How do the deeds of Politicians who claim GOD for themselves hold up to GOD's will? Church and Political topics commented from GOD's viewpoint, not through the eyes and wallets of religious fascists!

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I speak out because GOD wants you to know that HE cares!


I speak in the name of GOD to bring you the truth! GOD is LOVE, PEACE and UNDERSTANDING! 

Rev. Alexander's News & Views

To the Teabaggers, and other right wing Christian fascists:

Titus 1:15
-16 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Funny story - Obama invades Texas?

The Operation Jade Helm 15 has really scared the totally crazies... While I was pondering the possibility of a (probably right wing) government in the future to rely on the experience of this maneuver for crowd and citizen control, the crazies totally took off. They think that President Obama has come to conquer Texas.Texas Governor Greg Abbott is helping fan the flames by ordering the Texas National Guard to monitor the operation so that “Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed.” Yeah, don't mess with Texas, Ted Nugent and the KKK. Amazing, which level of racism and basic stupidity is possible in the US of A of 2015.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, May 7, 2015
 


Are the gun nuts right after all?

The US is an interesting phenomenon. When you ask people to keep the crazies away from guns, they feel their freedom is at stake and in danger. If you ask to keep the guns away from those who accidently shoot little children and innocent bystanders, they are ready to go to battle with you. In civilized (and many less civilized) countries, gun ownership is regulated. More than 10,000 gun deaths in our country per year compared to double digits in other countries show that it might be a good idea to do so. Now, I am having second thoughts, if the gun-nuts might actually have a point and if it might be a good idea to keep a weapon close. Our friends at www.WantToKnow.info who are usually in possession of reliable information that they gather from news sources all over the world, found this article:

Why Operation Jade Helm 15 is freaking us out
March 31, 2015, Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2015/03/31/why-the-new...

Elite service members from four branches of the U.S. military will launch an operation this summer in which they will operate covertly among the U.S. public and travel from state to state in military aircraft. Texas, Utah and a section of southern California are labeled as hostile territory, and New Mexico isn’t much friendlier. That’s the scheme for Jade Helm 15, a new Special Operations exercise that runs from July 15 to Sept. 15. Army Special Operations Command announced it last week, saying the size and scope of the mission sets it apart from many other training exercises. The exercise has prompted widespread conspiracy theories that the United States is preparing to hatch martial law. In particular, some have expressed alarm about this map, which outlines events for the exercise in unclassified documents posted online last week. The Washington Post verified them to be legitimate by speaking to Army sources. They appear to have been prepared for local authorities. It’s also worth noting that the military has routinely launched exercises in the past in which regions of the United States are identified as hostile for the purpose of training.

Note: This Washington Post article is clearly playing down some important facts and developments. Why is the US military spending so much time and money preparing for scenarios where US soil and citizens are considered enemies? Read and educate yourself with this excellent article on Operation Jade Helm 15, one in a string of US exercises planning for mass civilian arrests under a variety of scenarios.

An interesting development, especially now, that some of the 9/11 backgrounds are beginning to come to light. Since 9/11 was an inside job for the benefit of Halliburton, and the military industrial complex, there is no doubt in my mind, that the powers that be would be willing to use our own military against us. The National Guard is already being used against certain minorities, and if the economic situation gets worse, an uprising might not be out of the question. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and instead of addressing this problem by fixing the economy, the military might be the preferred option of the people in power. If they call themselves Christians, they should at least waste a few thoughts of what Jesus would do. Kill the civilians, or help them to live a decent life? We will see how Christian the decision will be.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, May 5, 2015
 


Stop destroying the earth in GOD's name

No, the Lord is not pleased with us humans. We were not supposed to destroy the earth, Mother Nature, or ourselves in such a short time. Greed and arrogance are still the causes for our demise. GOD sent Jesus to change the message from hate to love. Why don’t we listen? Mohammed taught love. Why don’t we listen?

Because the people who spread the word, use the word for their purposes. And they lie to their world. The Christians to the Christian world – Millions have died in the name of the Christian GOD. When people used other people for their greed. Millions are still dying and will die in the name of GOD, since all teachings of Jesus are turned around to the opposite. No, Jesus does not want war, Jesus loved peace. No, there are no exceptions. War is a means to enrich the rich even further. Nothing else. You shall not kill. You shall not lie, you shall not steal. Look at the so called “followers” of Jesus. They kill, lie and steal in HIS name. Against his will. For their greed.

Humanity is committing suicide by ignoring climate change, by exhausting GOD’s gifts to us, like the destruction of Mother Nature. The deforestation of the Amazon, drilling for oil in areas that die as a result of it, the systematic extinction of animals, plants and ultimately ourselves was not in GOD’s plan. We were supposed to take care of his gifts, not destroy the Garden of Eden in the short span of a few generations.

Solar, Wind and other renewable sources could power our peaceful civilization. The Greed of Big Oil, of the War machine, the military industrial complex, and the corporations that ruthlessly extinguish man and animals alike without any thought of survival of our species, are destroying us. And since the PR is so good that too many fall for it, politics remains in the hands of the corporations. And they don’t care about survival. They care about money.

You can’t eat, drink or breathe money.

And please don’t destroy humanity in GOD’s name. Do it in your own. You really deserve the credit.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, April 3, 2015


ISIS - Unholy Alliance

The world is currently in chaos. More and more it becomes clear that the Bush years have let us in chaotic circumstances for decades to come. ISIS is born out of the vacuum that Cheney's "Blood for Oil and Trillions for Halliburton" politics have left the middle east with, after he orchestrated 9-11 to start the war in the middles east. Have a look at the "Lone Gunman" pilot episode that gave him the brilliant idea. Together with Bush's friends (the Bin Laden family)in Saudi Arabia it was easy to pull off (the information is slowly creeping into the mainstream media), even though Bin Laden inititally refused to take responsibility for 9-11, his own or the Bush family convinced him to ultimately admit to something he had not done. The FBI never "wanted" him for 9-11. For many other attacks that he had actually committed yes, but never for the 9-11 attack that was pulled off under Dick Cheney's leadership. But I digress.

ISIS or ISIL is a product of the Bush/Cheney greed to make more money, regardless of the cost. And we are paying now. The world is paying now for the big cheat that started with a false 9/11. Last night Chris Matthews asked the question on TV why we invaded IRAQ when 15 of the 9/11 Terrorists were from Saudi Arabia (the home of the Bin Ladens). Good question Chris, just a bit late...

The world and we here in the US are in deep trouble. How can 50% of a "Western Civilisation" governing body deny science? It is unbelievable and shameful that 50% of the US congress are complete idiots (some may say that this is not news, but nonetheless, it is hard to believe).

How stupid can you get? And the problem is that they are playing dumb with our future at stake, with our children's future at stake, just to make a few dollars more for their unscrupulus owners, or donors, however you want to call their bosses. Corporations are not people. That's why they don't breathe, they don't eat and they don't care. Our lives will soon end with this absolutely insane governing of our being. Putting corporations before people. And claiming Jesus for their BS at the same time.  Jesus was on the side of the poor, critizising the rich, the powerful, the greedy. Yes, the exact bad people that are trying to tell you that Jesus Christ was a CEO.

God bless America. We really need it now.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, February 2, 2015


Suppressed Truth in the US -
Here are the 25 Top Articles of 2014

It is a tradition for me to publish this annual list of the most censored subjects in the US press.

To give you a heads up what is going on in the Media department, here is another article from our friends atwww.WantToKnow.info, who keep track of the Truth and are worthy of your support.

Project Censored specializes in covering the top stories which were subjected to press censorship either by being ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media each year. Project Censored is a research team composed of more than 300 university faculty, students, and community experts who annually review many hundreds of news story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources, and national significance.

The top 25 stories selected are submitted to a distinguished panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. The results are published each year in an excellent book available for purchase at their website, amazon.com, and most major book stores.

A summary of the top 25 press censorship stories of 2014 provided below proves quite revealing and most informative.Each summary has a link for those who want to read the entire article. For whatever reason the mainstream media won't reportthese stories. Yet thanks to the Internet and wonderful, committed groups like Project Censored, the news is getting out. By revealing these examples of press censorship, we can stop the excessive secrecy and work together for a brighter future. And don't miss the "What you can do" section. Please help to spread the word, and take care.

Note: Thanks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian and Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez for use of excerpts from their summaries. To find all of these stories and their sources on the Project Censored website, click here. The press censorship stories below actually cover a 12-month period spanning 2013 and 2014.

Top 25 Stories of 2014 Subjected to Press Censorship


1. Ocean Acidification Increasing at Unprecedented Rate (For full story, click here)

Our oceans are acidifying — even if the nightly news hasn't told you yet. It’s well known that burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the air. Less understood is that 25% of this carbon dioxide is absorbed by oceans. The average acidity of surface ocean waters worldwide is more than 30% greater than at the start of the industrial revolution. The rising carbon dioxide in our oceans burns up and deforms the smallest, most abundant food at the bottom of the food chain. One vulnerable population is the tiny sea butterfly. In only a few short decades, the death and deformation of this fragile species could endanger predators all along the oceanic food web, scientists warn. This "butterfly effect" threatens fisheries that feed over 1 billion people worldwide. Our oceans may slowly cook our food chain into new forms with potentially catastrophic consequences. Scientists initially believed that fish would not be directly affected by ocean acidification, but recent research indicates otherwise. From clownfish (remember Nemo?) to walleye pollock (got fish sticks?) scientists have found that exposure to high levels of carbon dioxide scramble fish’s sense of smell, hearing, and sight. There is little funding for research on ocean acidification and its affects.

Sources: Julia Whitty, “10 Key Findings From a Rapidly Acidifying Arctic Ocean,” Mother Jones report, May 7, 2013. Craig Welch, “Sea Change, The Pacific’s Perilous Turn,” Seattle Times article, September 12, 2013. Eli Kintisch, “Snails Are Dissolving in Pacific Ocean,” ScienceNOW report, May 1, 2014.


2. Top Ten US Aid Recipients All Practice Torture (For full story, click here)

Sexual abuse, children kept in cages, extra-judicial murder. While these sound like horrors the US would never support, the reverse is true: The top ten nations receiving US foreign assistance in fiscal year 2014 all are known to practice torture, and at least half are reported to be doing so on a massive scale. Yet, the US is a signatory of the United Nations' Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Israel received over $3 billion in US aid for fiscal year 2013-14, according to a Congressional Research Service report. Israel was criticized by the country's own Public Defender's Office for torturing children suspected of minor crimes. The next top recipients of US foreign aid were Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. All countries were accused of torture by human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. When the US funds a highway or other project that it's proud of, it plants a huge sign proclaiming "your tax dollars at work." When the US funds torturers, the corporate media bury the story, or worse, don't report it at all.

Sources: Daniel Wickham, “Top 10 US Aid Recipients All Practice Torture,” Left Foot Forward article, January 30, 2014.


3. Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secret Deal to Help Corporations (For full story, click here)

On Nov. 13, 2013, WikiLeaks published a section of a trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty, or TPP. On the surface, the treaty is meant to facilitate trade among Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam. However, there are a number of red flags. Eight hundred million people, and one-third of all world trade, stand to be affected by the treaty, yet only three people from each member nation have access to the entire document. Meanwhile, six hundred “corporate advisors,” representing big oil, pharmaceutical, and entertainment companies, are involved in the writing and negotiations of the treaty. The lack of coverage in corporate US media is disconcerting. Japanese, Australian, and Russian media discuss the TPP openly, while American news sources remain silent—even as the Obama administration attempts to fast-track it through Congress. Many criticized the secrecy surrounding the TPP, arguing the real world consequences may be grave. Doctors Without Borders wrote, "If harmful provisions in the US proposals for the [TPP] agreement are not removed before it is finalized, this trade deal will have a real cost in human lives."

Source: “Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP),” WikiLeaks release, Nov. 13, 2013. John Robles, “The TPP is a Corporate Coup D’état,” Voice of Russia report, Nov. 15, 2013. Zachary Keck, “Congress May Have Just Killed the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” Diplomat article, Nov. 18, 2013. John Robles, “Trans Pacific Partnership is Like SOPA on Steroids,” Voice of Russia report, Nov. 23, 2013.


4. Corporate Internet Providers Threaten Net Neutrality (For full story, click here)

As this year's book from Project Censored went to press, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had just publicly revealed its proposed new rules for Internet traffic. A 3–2 vote by the FCC opened a four-month window for formal public comments on how strict those rules should be, and galvanized corporate media attention on the issue of net neutrality. By contrast, for months leading up to this development, independent journalists had been informing the public about the anticipated showdown over net neutrality and the stakes in that battle with virtually no media coverage. Since then, Verizon v. FCC has been well covered by both corporate and independent media. However, corporate outlets such as the New York Times and Forbes tend to highlight the business aspects of the case, skimming over vital particulars affecting the public and the Internet’s future.

Sources: Paul Ausick, “Verizon Goes After FCC in Court Monday,” 24/7 Wall St. report, September 9, 2013. Cole Stangler, “Your Internet’s in Danger,” In These Times article, October 2, 2013. Jennifer Yeh, “Legal Gymnastics Ensue in Oral Arguments for Verizon vs. FCC,” Free Press article, September 10, 2013.


5. Bankers Remain on Wall Street Despite Major Crimes (For full story, click here)

Bankers responsible for rigging municipal bonds and bilking billions of dollars from American cities have largely escaped criminal charges. Dominick Carollo, Steven Goldberg, and Peter Grimm were dubbed a part of the "modern American mafia," by the Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi, one of the few journalists to consistently cover their trial. Every day in the US, low-level drug dealers get more prison time than these scheming bankers who rigged auctions of municipal bonds, essentially stealing from projects intended to build public schools, hospitals, libraries, and nursing homes in virtually every US state. The three had been convicted in 2012 for this. However, in November 2013, those convictions were reversed on a technicality: Because it took federal prosecutors so long to build the massive case, the statute of limitations ran out. Meanwhile, disturbingly uninformed cable media "journalists" defended the bankers, saying they shouldn't be prosecuted for "failure," as if cheating vulnerable Americans were a bad business deal. Over the course of decades, the nation's bankers transformed into the modern mafioso. Unfortunately, our modern media changed as well, and are no longer equipped to tackle systemic, complex stories.

Sources: Matt Taibbi, “Another Batch of Wall Street Villains Freed on Technicality,” Rolling Stone article, Dec. 4, 2013. Max Stendahl, “Former GE Execs Freed from Prison after Convictions Nixed,” Law360 article, Nov. 27, 2013. Janine Jackson, “Why Aren’t Big Bankers in Jail?” Extra! (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Jan. 1, 2014. Matt Taibbi, “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” Rolling Stone, Feb. 14, 2013.


6. The Deep State: Government “Without Reference to the Consent of the Governed” (For full story,click here)

Concerned citizens are condemning the US government’s lack of transparency, accountability, and honest constituent representation. Mike Lofgren, a congressional staff member for 28 years specializing in national security, addressed the issue of the “deep state” that undemocratically orchestrates unchecked private agendas, while corporate media distract the public’s attention by focusing on traditional Washington partisan politics. Lofgren contended that, although the deep state is “neither omniscient nor invincible,” it is a “relentlessly well entrenched,” association of elements of government and parts of top-level finance and industry that is effectively able to govern the US without reference to the consent of the governed.” Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), the House Financial Services Committee incoming chairman in 2010, openly flouted constitutional rights when he stated, “My view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks.” Corporate media do little to draw attention to the hidden wealthy elites who undemocratically control our government, because these elites own the major media.

Sources: Mike Lofgren, “Anatomy of the Deep State,” Moyers & Company report, February 21, 2014.


7. FBI Dismisses Murder Plot against Occupy as NSA Cracks Down on Dissent (For full story, click here)

In October 2011, when the Occupy movement arrived in Houston, protesters were subject to local and federal surveillance, infiltration by police provocateurs, and police assault. Months later, a document obtained in December 2012 from the Houston FBI office shows that the agency was aware of a plot to assassinate Occupy movement leaders—and did nothing about it.And in Arizona, law enforcement collaborated with JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon divulging Occupy plans. The CEO claimed he was simply avoiding possible protests, and local law enforcement was happy to help. Government documents from the National Security Agency and other government offices revealed a grim mosaic of ‘counter-terrorism’ operations and negative attitudes toward activists and other citizens.

Sources: Dave Lindorff, “FBI Document—‘[DELETED]’ Plots to Kill Occupy Leaders’,” WhoWhatWhy article, June 27, 2013. Beau Hodai, “Dissent or Terror,” Center for Media and Democracy’s SourceWatch/DBA Press, May 2013. Alex Kane, “How America’s National Security Apparatus—in Partnership With Big Corporations—Cracked Down on Dissent,” AlterNet report, May 21, 2013.


8. Ignoring Extreme Weather Connection to Global Warming (For full story, click here)

News analyses have found mainstream media frequently report on severe weather changes without discussing global warming as a possible cause. A study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting found extreme weather events in 2013 spurred 450 broadcast news segments, only 16 of which even mentioned climate change. National news outlets have fallen on the job as well, as The New York Times recently shuttered its environmental desk and its Green blog, reducing the number of reporters exclusively chasing down climate change stories. Unlike many journalists, ordinary people often recognize the threat of our warming planet. Over 400,000 protested in the People's Climate March in New York City alone, while simultaneous protests erupted across the globe, calling for government, corporate, and media leaders to address the problem.

Sources: Peter Hart, “Weather—Without Climate,” Extra! report (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Dec. 2, 2013. Dahr Jamail, “The Climate Change Scorecard,” Tomdispatch report, Dec. 17, 2013. Jamie Henn, “In the Wake of Haiyan, We Must Divest from Fossil Fuels,” YES! Magazine article, Nov. 12, 2013.


9. US Media Hypocrisy in Covering Ukraine Crisis (For full story, click here)

The US battle with Russia over Ukraine's independence is actually an energy pipeline squabble, a narrative lost by mainstream media coverage. Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn fire from the media as a tyrant, without complex analyses of his country's socio-economic interests. As the media often do, they have turned the conflict into a cult of personality, talking up Putin's shirtless horseback riding and his hard-line style with deftness missing from their political analysis. Secretary of State John Kerry declaimed the Russian intervention as “a nineteenth-century act in the twenty-first century.” What Russia’s US critics seem to forget is the United States’ own history of overthrowing democratic governments, including the invasion of Iraq, which Kerry supported. Corporate media also fail to acknowledge that Putin ordered the occupation of Kiev after a coup led at least partly by neo-Nazis—conditions arguably less criminal than the US invasion of Iraq, which the US legitimized with false claims.

Sources: Robert Perry, “America’s Staggering Hypocrisy,” Consortium News article, March 4, 2014. Stephen F. Cohen, “Distorting Russia: How the American Media Misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine,” article in The Nation, March 3, 2014. Nafeez Ahmed, “Ukraine Crisis is about Great Power Oil, Gas Pipeline Rivalry,” Guardian article, March 6, 2014.


10. World Health Organization Suppresses Report on Iraqi Cancers and Birth Defects (For full story,click here)

The United States' legacy in Iraq possibly goes beyond death to a living nightmare of cancer and birth defects, due to the military's use of depleted uranium weapons, a World Health Organization study found. Iraq is poisoned. Much of the report's contents were leaked to the BBC during its creation. But the release of the report, completed in 2012 by WHO, has stalled.Critics claim the US is deliberately blocking its release, masking a damning Middle East legacy rivaling the horrors of Agent Orange in Vietnam. But Iraq will never forget the US intervention, as mothers cradle babies deformed from the womb, the continuing gifts of our invasion.

Sources: Denis Halliday, “WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition,” Global Research article, September 13, 2013. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, “What’s Delaying the WHO Report on Iraqi Birth Defects?” ZNet article, June 12, 2013.


More of the Top 25 Press Censorship Stories of 2014

11. Wealthy Donors and Corporations Set Think Tanks’ Agendas (For full story, click here)

Think tanks provide information and analysis to policy makers and the public, making them increasingly influential institutions in our political process. However, many think tanks—including the Brookings Institution, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Cato Institute, and the RAND Corporation, among others—receive significant financial backing from extremely wealthy corporations and/or individuals. Because the law does not require public disclosure of donors’ identities, these relationships raise the issue of whether think tanks’ analyses and recommendations are tainted by donor agendas.

12. Pentagon Awash in Money Despite Serious Audit Problems (For full story, click here)

Congress is expanding the Pentagon’s 2014 budget by $32 billion. The Pentagon currently receives over $600 billion, when its current budget is combined with supplemental war funding. One out of every five US tax dollars is spent on defense. Where does the money go? “The exact answer is a mystery,” wrote Dave Gilson for Mother Jones. “That’s because the Pentagon’s books are a complete mess.” As the Government Accountability Office dryly noted, the Pentagon has “serious financial management problems” that render its financial statements “inauditable.”

13. Lawsuit Challenges Nuclear Power Industry Immunity from Liability in Nuclear Accidents (For full story,click here)

A lawsuit filed by lawyers on behalf of 1,415 plaintiffs, including 38 residents of Fukushima and 357 persons from outside Japan, holds not only the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) but also Toshiba, Hitachi, and General Electric responsible for the 2011 meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Historically, manufacturers and operators of nuclear power plants have been granted immunities in liability for accidents. The Fukushima case is a landmark challenge to nuclear power plant manufacturers’ immunity from liability in nuclear accidents.

14. Evidence of Ongoing Wireless Technology Health Hazards (For full story, click here)

Wireless phones emit radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMFs) when in use. In May 2011, after the consideration of laboratory studies, studies of long-term use of wireless phones, and data on the incidence of brain tumors, the World Health Organization (WHO) determined RF-EMFs to be a “possible” human carcinogen. Other studies have shown an association between long-term mobile and cordless phone use with glioma and acoustic neuroma.

15. Reporting Miscarriages, Criminalizing Pregnant Women’s Bodies (For full story, click here)

A proposed bill before the Kansas state legislature would require women to report miscarriages at any stage in pregnancy. This has been described as the first step along the path to criminalizing pregnant women’s bodies. Under an amendment attached to House Bill 2613, doctors would be required to report all of their patients’ miscarriages to the state health department.

16. The Beef Industry Supports Feeding Cattle Chicken Poop (For full story, click here)

The beef industry increasingly feeds cattle “poultry litter,” scraped from chicken coop floors, a practice that risks the spread of mad cow disease—yet the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has done nothing to stop it. In 1997, the FDA made it illegal to feed dead cows to living cows, the main cause of the disease. In response, the beef industry teamed up with the poultry industry to exploit a major loophole in the 1997 law. The poultry industry feeds the dead remains of cattle to chickens and other poultry; the mess created by poultry, known as “litter,” is then sold to the cattle producer who feed it to cattle that the public eats.

17. Gaza Running Out of Drinking Water (For full story, click here)

In Gaza, 1.7 million Palestinians currently live without clean drinking water. Over 80 percent of Gazans buy their drinking water, with some families paying as much as a third of their household income. Gaza relies on a single aquifer for all of its fresh water. It is contaminated with sewage, chemicals, and seawater. A recent United Nations report warned that “the aquifer could become unusable as early as 2016, with the damage irreversible by 2020.”

18. National Database of Police Killings Aims for Accountability (For full story, click here)

Although the FBI tracks how many police officers die in the line of duty, it keeps no such record for how many civilians are killed by police each year. Recognizing a significant gap in the public records of civilian deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers, D. Brian Burghart, the editor of the Reno News & Review and a journalism instructor at University of Nevada, decided to create a public database. Burghart has compiled a list of police agencies across the country to facilitate public record requests about fatal incidents.

19. Agribusiness Giants Silence and Discredit Scientists Whose Research Reveals Health Threats of Herbicides (For full story, click here)

Big Agriculture giants Monsanto and Syngenta have silenced the findings and destroyed the reputations of scientists whose research shows that the companies’ herbicides pose serious threats to human health. As one example among many, in Sept. 2012, Dr. Gilles-Éric Séralini published research in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology. His findings showed the toxic impact of Monsanto’s herbicide and genetically modified corn. However, after publication, the journal made the unprecedented decision to retract the study. A new connection between the journal and Monsanto might account for the retraction.

20. Estonia a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security (For full story, click here)

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

21. Questioning the Charter School Hype (For full story, click here)

Charter schools have been heralded as the antidote to “failed” public schools, especially in poor urban communities of African-American and Latino/a students. Politicians and celebrities alike now advocate charters schools. However, charter schools have come under fire for not fulfilling the roles or achieving the results that their proponents have claimed. Instead of providing positive teaching and preparing children for the future, recent news reports have indicated that charter schools are subjecting students to padded cells, public shaming and embarrassment, poor instruction, and the negative consequences of financial corruption.

22. Corporate News Media Understate Rape, Sexual Violence (For full story, click here)

Media analysts observe how journalists refrain from using the word “rape” to describe incidents of sexual assault. Instead, news outlets downplay the humiliation and cruelty entailed in these acts by referring to them as “sex crimes,” “inappropriate sexual activity,” or “forced sex,” even though such acts are legally recognized as “rape.”

23. Number of US Prison Inmates Serving Life Sentences Hits Record (For full story, click here)

The number of prisoners serving life sentences in the US state and federal prisons reached a new record of over 150,000 in 2012. Of these, 49,000 are serving life without possibility of parole, an increase of 22.2 percent since 2008. Keeping these prisoners locked up for life costs taxpayers around $1.8 billion annually.

24. Restorative Justice Turns Violent Schools Around (For full story, click here)

Last year when American Paradigm Schools took over Philadelphia’s infamous, failing John Paul Jones Middle School, rather than beef up the already heavy security to ensure safety and restore order, American Paradigm stripped it away. During renovations, they removed both metal detectors and barred windows. The police predicted chaos. But, instead, new numbers seem to show that in a single year the number of serious incidents fell by 90 percent.

25. US Military Balancing Budget on Backs of Disabled Veterans (For full story, click here)

The US military has been engaged in a policy of forcing wounded and disabled veterans out of service to avoid paying benefits and to make room for new able-bodied recruits. Identifying injured combat soldiers as delinquent and negligent has lead to a practice called “chaptering out” which results in those soldiers being forced to leave the military without an honorable discharge. Because of this, thousands of soldiers have been discharged without federal benefits including health care, unemployment, and educational programs.

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Suppressed Truth in the US -
Here are the 25 Top Articles of 2013

It is almost a tradition for me to publish this annual list of the most censored subjects in the US press. To give you a heads up what is going on in the Media department, here another article from our friends at www.WantToKnow.info, who keep track of the Truth.

Top 25 Stories of 2013 Subjected to Press Censorship


1. Bradley Manning and the Failure of Corporate Media (For full story, click here)

Untold stories of Iraqi civilian deaths by American soldiers, US diplomats pushing aircraft sales on foreign royalty, uninvestigated abuse by Iraqi allies, the perils of the rise in private war contractors — this is what Manning exposed. They were stories that challenge the US political elite, and they were only made possible by a sacrifice. Manning got a 35-year prison sentence for the revelation of state secrets to WikiLeaks. The failure of our media was not in the lack of coverage of Manning, but in its focus. Though The New York Times partnered with WikiLeaks to release stories based on the documents, news from the leaks have now slowed to a trickle — a waste of over 700,000 pieces of classified intelligence giving unparalleled ground level views of America's costly wars. The media quickly took a scathing indictment of US military policy and spun it into a story about Manning's politics and patriotism. As Rolling Stone pointed out, Manning initially took the trove of leaks to The Washington Post and The New York Times, only to be turned away. Alexa O'Brien, a former Occupy activist, scooped most of the media by actually attending Manning's trial. She produced tens of thousands of words in transcriptions of the court hearings, one of the only reporters on the beat.

Sources: Kevin Gosztola, “The US Press Failed Bradley Manning,” FireDogLake, Feb. 28, 2013, available here. Glenn Greenwald, “Bradley Manning: The Face of Heroism,” Guardian, Feb. 28, 2013, available here. Janet Reitman, “Did the Mainstream Media Fail Bradley Manning?,” Rolling Stone, March 1, 2013, available here. “The Case of the US vs. Bradley Manning,” Al Jazeera English, March 9, 2013, available here


2. Richest Global 1 Percent Hide Billions in Tax Havens (For full story, click here)

Global corporate fatcats hold $21-32 trillion in offshore havens, money hidden from government taxation that would benefit people around the world, according to findings by James S. Henry, the former chief economist of the global management firm McKinsey & Company. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists obtained a leak in April 2013, revealing how widespread the buy-in was to these tax havens. The findings were damning: government officials in Canada, Russia, and other countries have embraced offshore accounts, the world's top banks (including Deutsche Bank) have worked to maintain them, and the tax havens are used in Ponzi schemes. Moving money offshore has implications that ripped through the world economy. Part of Greece's economic collapse was due to these tax havens. US Senator Carl Levin, D-Michigan, introduced legislation to combat the practice, SB1533, The Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act, but so far the bill has had little play in the media. This hidden wealth is a huge black hole in the world economy that has never been measured, and which could generate income tax revenues between $190-280 billion a year.

Sources: Carl Herman, “1% Hide $21 Trillion and US Big Banks Hide $10 Trillion; Ending World poverty: $3 Trillion,” Washington’s Blog, July 24, 2012, available here. James S. Henry, “The Cost of Offshore Revisited,” Tax Justice Network, July 2012, available here.


3. Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens a Regime of Corporate Global Governance (For full story,click here)

Take 600 corporate advisors, mix in officials from 11 international governments, let it bake for about two years, and out pops international partnerships that threaten to cripple progressive movements worldwide. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement, but leaked texts show it may allow foreign investors to use "investor-state" tribunals to extract extravagant extra damages for "expected future profits," according to the Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. The trade watch group investigated the TPP and is the main advocate in opposition of its policies. The AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, and other organizations have also had growing concerns about the level of access granted to corporations in these agreements. With extra powers granted to foreign firms, the possibility that companies would continue moving offshore could grow. But even with the risks of outsized corporate influence, the US has a strong interest in the TPP in order to maintain trade agreements with Asia.

Source: Kevin Zeese, “Obama’s ... Massive Outsourcing of American Jobs,” Global Research, Sep. 10, 2012, available here. Lori Wallach, “Leaked Trade Doc Shows Obama Wants to Help Corporations Avoid Regulations,” Democracy Now!, June 14, 2012,available here. Andrew Gavin Marshall, “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: This Is What Corporate Governance Looks Like,” Truthout, Nov. 20, 2012, available here. Lori Wallach, “Bring Trans-Pacific Partnership into the Sunlight,” Yes! Magazine, Nov,r 21, 2012, available here.


4. Obama's War on Whistleblowers (For full story, click here)

President Obama has invoked the Espionage Act of 1917 more than every other president combined. Seven times, Obama has pursued leakers with the act, against Thomas Drake, Shamai Leibowitz, Bradley Manning, Stephen Kim, Jeffrey Sterling, John Kiriakou and most recently, Edward Snowden. All had ties to the State Department, FBI, CIA, or NSA, and all of them leaked to journalists. Neither party is raising hell over this. This is the sort of story that sort of slips through the cracks. And when the politicians don't raise a fuss, neither does the media. Pro Publica covered the issue, constructing timelines and mapping out the various arrests and indictments. The lack of coverage is in Obama's hypocrisy — only a year before, he signed The Whistleblower Protection Act. "Certain provisions in the Act threaten to interfere with my constitutional duty to supervise the executive branch," Obama said. "I will interpret those sections consistent with my authority."

Sources: Dana Liebelson, “Why Is Obama Bashing a Whistleblower Law He Already Signed?,” Mother Jones, Jan. 10, 2013,available here. Glenn Greenwald, “The Danger of the Still-Escalating Obama Whistleblower War,” Guardian, Jan. 27, 2013,available here. Paul Harris, “Barack Obama’s ‘Extreme’ Anti-Terror Tactics Face Liberal Backlash,” Guardian, Feb. 9, 2013,available here. Ed Pilkington, “Bradley Manning Prosecution to Call Full Witness List Despite Guilty Plea,” Guardian, March 1, 2013, available here.


5. Hate Groups, Antigovernment Groups on Rise across US (For full story, click here)

Hate groups in the US are on the rise, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. There are 1,007 known hate groups operating across the country, it wrote, including neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, black separatists, border vigilantes, and others. Since 2000, those groups have grown by over half, and there was a "powerful resurgence" of Patriot groups, the likes of which were involved in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Worst of all, the huge growth in armed militias seems to have conspicuous timing with Obama's election. "The number of Patriot groups, including armed militias, has grown 813 percent since Obama was elected — from 149 in 2008 to 1,360 in 2012," the SPLC reported.

Sources: Brian Levin, “U.S. Hate and Extremist Groups Hit Record Levels,” Huffington Post, March 8, 2012, available here. Mark Potok, Intelligence Report: The Year in Hate and Extremism, Southern Poverty Law Center, Spring 2013, available here. LaurieInQueens, “‘Patriot’ Groups At All-Time High, Hate Groups Up Again: Report,” National Memo, March 7, 2013, available here.


6. Billionaires' Rising Wealth Intensifies Poverty, Inequality (For full story, click here)

The world's billionaires added $241 billion to their collective net worth in 2012. That's an economic recovery, right? That gain, coupled with the world's richest peoples' new total worth of $1.9 trillion (more than the GDP of Canada), wasn't reported by some kooky socialist group, but by Bloomberg News. But few journalists are asking the important question: Why? Journalist George Monbiot highlights a reduction of taxes and tax enforcement, the privatization of public assets, and the weakening of labor unions. "Recent empirical and analytical work reviewed here mostly shows a negative correlation between inequality and growth."

Sources: Matthew G. Miller & Peter Newcomb, "Billionaires Worth $1.9 Trillion Seek Advantage in 2013," Bloomberg, available here. George Monbiot, “Bang Goes the Theory,” Monbiot.com, January 14, 2013, available here.


7. Merchants of Death and Nuclear Weapons (For full story, click here)

The threat of nuclear war is not strictly an example of censorship, but of a desire for media reform. A study from the The Physicians for Social Responsibility said 1 billion people could starve in the decade after a nuclear detonation. Corn production in the US would decline by an average of 10 percent for an entire decade and food prices would make food inaccessible to hundreds of millions of the world's poorest. This is not journalism in the classic sense. In traditional journalism, as it's played out since the early 20th century, news requires an element of something new in order to garner reporting — not a looming threat or danger. So in this case, what is identified is the need for a new kind of journalism – "solutions journalism." "Solutions journalism," Sarah van Gelder wrote in the foreword to Censored 2014, "must investigate not only the individual innovations, but also the larger pattern of change — the emerging ethics, institutions, and ways of life that are coming into existence."

Sources: Marc Pilisuk, “Occupying the Merchants of Death,” Project Censored, Nov. 22, 2012, available here.


8. Bank Interests Inflate Global Prices by 35 to 40 Percent (For full story, click here)

Does 35 percent of everything bought in the United States go to interest? Professor Margrit Kennedy of the University of Hanover thinks so, and she says it's a major funnel of money from the 99 percent to the rich. In her 2012 book, Occupy Money, Kennedy wrote that tradespeople, suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers along the chain of production rely on credit. Her figures were initially drawn from the German economy, but Ellen Brown of the Web of Debt and Global Research said she found similar patterns in the US. This "hidden interest" has sapped the growth of other industries, she said, lining the pockets of the financial sector. So if interest is stagnating so many industries, why would journalists avoid the topic? Few economists have echoed her views, and few experts emerged to back up her assertions. Without people in power pushing the topic, a mainstream journalist would be seen as going out on a limb to report on such important matters. If reporters raise an issue the elites are not raising themselves, then they're labelled ideological, or said to have an axe to grind. This makes mainstream journalism worthless on many important issues.

Sources: Ellen Brown, “It’s the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World,” Global Research, November 8, 2012, available here. Originally posted at Web of Debt, November 8, 2012, available here.


9. Icelanders Vote to Include Commons in Their Constitution (For full story, click here)

In 2012, Icelandic citizens voted in referendum to change the country's 1944 constitution. When asked, "In the new constitution, do you want natural resources that are not privately owned to be declared national property?" its citizens voted 81 percent in favor. The constitutional reforms are a direct response to the nation’s 2008 financial crash, when Iceland’s unregulated banks borrowed more than the country’s gross domestic product from international wholesale money markets. As Jessica Conrad of On the Commons reported, “It is clear that citizens are beginning to recognize the value of what they share together over the perceived wealth created by the market economy.”

Sources: Jessica Conrad, “Icelanders Vote to Include the Commons in Their Constitution,” Commons Magazine, November 2012, available here. Thorvaldur Gylfason, “Iceland: Direct Democracy in Action,” Open Democracy, November 12, 2012,available here.


10. A "Culture of Cruelty" along Mexico–US Border (For full story, click here)

The plight of Mexican border crossings usually involves three types of stories in US press: deaths in the stretch of desert beyond the border, the horrors of drug cartels, and heroic journeys of border crossings by sympathetic workers. But a report released a year ago by the organization No More Deaths asserts that people arrested by Border Patrol while crossing were denied water and told to let their sick die. No More Deaths conducted more than 12,000 interviews to form the basis of its study in three Mexican cities: Nacos, Nogales and Agua Prieta. The report cites grossly ineffective oversight from the Department of Homeland Security. This has received some coverage, from Salon showcasing video of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water meant for crossers to a New York Times piece citing a lack of oversight for Border Patrol's excessive force. The ACLU lobbied the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to call international attention to the plight of these border crossers at the hands of US law enforcement.

Sources: Erika L. Sánchez, “Ripped Off by Smugglers, Groped by Border Patrol: The Nightmares Women Migrants Face,” AlterNet, June 26, 2012, available here. No More Deaths, “A Culture of Cruelty,” September 21, 2011, available here.


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11. Bush Blocked Iran Nuclear Deal (For full story, click here)

According to a former top Iranian negotiator, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, in 2005 Iran offered a deal to the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom that would have made it impossible for Iran to build nuclear weapons. The continuation of these negotiations could have headed off the current political crisis over the Iranian nuclear program, if not eliminated the threat of war and the strain of strict economic sanctions.

12. The US Has Left Iraq with an Epidemic of Cancers, Birth Defects (For full story, click here)

High levels of lead, mercury, and depleted uranium are believed to be causing birth defects, miscarriages, and cancer for people living in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah. A recent study showed more than 50 percent of babies born in Fallujah have a birth defect, while one in six pregnancies ends in a miscarriage.

13. A Fifth of Americans Go Hungry (For full story, click here)

An August 2012 Gallup poll showed that 18.2 percent of Americans lacked sufficient money for needed food at least once over the previous year.

14. Wireless Technology a Looming Health Crisis (For full story, click here)

As a multitude of hazardous wireless technologies are deployed in homes, schools, and workplaces, government officials and industry representatives continue to insist on their safety despite growing evidence to the contrary. Extensive deployment of “smart grid” technology hastens this looming health crisis.

15. Food Riots: The New Normal? (For full story, click here)

Reduced land productivity, combined with elevated oil costs and population growth, threaten a systemic, global food crisis.

16. Journalism Under Attack Around the Globe (For full story, click here)

Journalists are increasingly at risk of being killed or imprisoned for doing their jobs, a situation that imperils press freedom.

17. The Creative Commons Celebrates Ten Years of Sharing and Cultural Creation (For full story, click here)

Creative Commons (CC) is celebrating ten years of helping writers, artists, technologists, and other creators share their knowledge and creativity with the world. Creative Commons and the free culture movement envision a new world in which partnership premised on shared benefits replaces the false battle between self-interest and community.

18. Fracking Our Food Supply (For full story, click here)

The effects of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) on food supply and the environment are slowly emerging. The fracking process runs contrary to safe sustainable food production. Chemicals used in the fracking process contaminate surrounding land, water, and air. Ranchers in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Louisiana, and New Mexico have been reporting health problems and incidents of dead and tainted livestock, due to elevated levels of contaminants from nearby wells.

19. The Power of Peaceful Revolution in Iceland (For full story, click here)

After privatization of the national banking sector, private bankers borrowed billions of dollars or (ten times the size of Iceland’s economy), creating a huge economic bubble that doubled housing prices and made a small percentage of the population exceedingly wealthy.

20. Israel Counted Minimum Calorie Needs in Gaza Blockade (For full story, click here)

Declassified documents reveal that the Israeli military calculated how many calories a typical Gazan would need to survive, in order to determine how much food to supply the Gaza Strip during the 2007–2010 blockade.

21. Monsanto and India’s “Suicide Economy” (For full story, click here)

Monsanto has a long history of contamination and cover-up, and in India another Monsanto cover-up is ongoing. Since 1995, nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide due to massive debt. There is clear evidence that Monsanto’s Bt cotton is implicated.

22. Pennsylvania Law Gags Doctors to Protect Big Oil’s “Proprietary Secrets” (Full story here)

In communities affected by fracking, people understand that this process of drilling for natural gases puts the environment and their health at risk. A new bill requires health professionals to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that they will not disclose chemicals used in fracking to anyone else—not even their own patients. The companies deem the chemical ingredients used in the process as “proprietary secrets.”

23. Transaction Tax Helps Civilize Wall Street, Lower the National Debt (Full story here)

In February 2013, United States senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon) introduced a bill to implement a new tax of three basis points (that is, three pennies for every hundred dollars) on most nonconsumer stock trades. If made law, the tax could generate $350 billion in federal revenues over the next ten years.

24. Did Monsanto Plant GMOs Before USDA Approval? (For full story, click here)

Monsanto introduced genetically modified alfalfa in 2003—a full two years before it was deregulated, according to recently released evidence.

25. Israel Gave Birth Control to Ethiopian Immigrants Without Their Consent (Full story here)

In January 2013, Israel acknowledged that medical authorities have been giving Ethiopian immigrants long-term birth-control injections, often without their knowledge or consent.


Healthcare is a Right to Survive
and it saves tax dollars

We are constantly hearing from the rightwing media jungle that healthcare is socialism, communism, that President Obama is a "socialist muslim"... it is amazing that these accusations come from so called christian groups. President Obama is a moderate conversative who is trying to save taxpayer dollars in order to lower government spending. The right wingnuts - and we have the best congress money can buy - are under the control of the giant  healthcare  insurance Corporations who are not willing to give up the control over a failing system. Our healthcare system is by far not one of the best in the world. It just gives the most money to insurers and shareholders. Jesus' intention was to help the poor, to help the people. He did not have much love for the ones who exploit their neighbors to make higher profits. Jesus would advocate single payer insurance, since this would save the most tax dollars and it would give the commercial insurers a nonprofit entity to compete with when it comes to rates. Many Insurers take about 30% off the top and whatever is left might be used on the healthcare of their insured.  Since they have just received 40 Million new customers, there should be joy and happiness prevailing in their ranks. And still, even though the government is paying for many of these uninsured, the country is saving money. Amazing to know that single payer healthcare would still save the most amount of money, help more people and would actually agree the most with Jesus Christ's message to help the poor. Why are we not doing the right thing then?  The next goal for the US should be single payer healthcare.

 Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, December 15, 2013


 

Telling the Truth is being punished,
Liars prevail

The "scandal" around Edward Snowden has an amazing effect on many people. Since the mainstream media is only reporting about the George Zimmerman trial - a white man who followed a black teenager and shot him - only a few channels like RT - Russian Television and Al Jazeera are reporting about the US spying on the whole world. And also about forcing the airplane of the Bolivian President to land in Austria, searching it for Snowden and upsetting South America with this insult. Our Government - that has been spying on the whole world AND on us - is trying to punish the person that told us, the people who are this country USA, that our elected officials are acting like the East German STASI, the NAZI Gestapo, or other dictatorial regimes did. We should thank Snowden that he has confirmed what some of us have suspected for a long time, and we should punish the liars and protect the ones who help us to see the truth.  
 

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, July 10, 2013


 

HUBRIS - Documentary finally tells
some of the truth about Cheney's war

The documentary Hubris, presented on MSNBC by one of my favorite journalists (there are unfortunately not many here in our US of A) Rachel Maddow tells the American public some of the truth that is already common knowledge in most parts of the world.  No, there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. And UN Weapons Inspector Hans Blix told this to the world on time and begged the Bush administration not to go to war with Iraq because he knew better. But the motivation for the Cheney administration to wage a war was different. There was oil - which was enticing for the Oil-administration under Bush, among them Chevron Board member Condoleezza Rice who had the honor of having her name on one of the Chevron Oil Tankers which was for obvious reasons later renamed in Altair Voyager. There was also the opportunity for Cheney's company Halliburton (he was CEO before he became Bush's boss) to make Billions of Dollars. The weapons manufacturers were also very happy, since Bombs have to be replaced faster when the nation is waging a war. Even if it is a war that is only for the benefit of Big Oil, Halliburton and the weapons industry. By now 4,500 Americans and 115,000 Iraqis lost their lives in this war that was waged for Cheney's pleasure. A fact that is also highlighted in a documentary about Cheney that is currently airing on Showtime TV.  He is probably the only Vice president of the US who ever sold out one of our own spies to the enemy. An offense that is usually followed by an execution in most countries. In addition to this war crime against his own country, he is wanted as a war criminal by other countries. A man who - in spite of all knowledge and evidence to the contrary - wanted torture as a means to gather information.  I can only describe this as pure evil.  I am surprised that he is still a free man.  All the information that is coming out now was obvious and "out there".  It has just been disregarded by the Main stream media, because here in the US 95% of the so called journalism is entertainment, not actual journalism.

9-11 is another subject that has all the facts out there. And the facts do NOT match any of the official explanations given by our changing governments.  There is no doubt in my mind that 9-11 was an inside job. Too much evidence points to this fact.  Besides the fact that Osama Bin Laden denied his involvement in 9-11 in the first several month until the Bush family convinced him to officially take the blame (he was never wanted by the FBI for 9-11!), and that the Lone Gunman pilot showed the White House how to pull this off on March 4, 2001, and the fact that the WTC could not have collapsed in this "demolishing professional" fashion -  If you can send our home defense to the other side of the country for a NORAD exercise on September 11, 2001, then you are definitely involved in the events in some capacity.

And it is easy - just follow the money. Who won? The administration got their war they were trying to start for quite a while for reasons stated above, enough Americans were killed to get congress to act irrationally, all the facts were wrong about it, but the 1% pulled it off. And we, the 99% of Americans are still paying for it.

 Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, March 18, 2013


 

Pope acts responsibly -

Catholic Church should update policies!

Pope Benedict, the former German Cardinal Ratzinger, is breaking new ground for the Catholic Church.  Being the first Pope to step aside for his successor instead of waiting for death on the job in more than 700 years has earned him my respect once again. The previous time was when he “officially” recognized evolution as factual.  On the seriously bad side of issues is his previous work in the Vatican on the cases of pedophilia which protected clerical predators for far too long and did not deal with the proper punishment.

Since being celibate not only invites predatory behavior, but is also NOT an issue of faith, but is rooted in the fact that the Catholic Church did not want priest’s inheritance to be passed down to their children and so decided that the money and all belongings have to stay in the church. The Bible was searched for passages that would support this and with this excuse the celibate lifestyle was instituted.  Since celibacy is not really a faith based issue, there seems to be room for improvement. The clergy of previous centuries, including popes, lived a quite sexually infused lifestyle, so that the claimed issue of "not being distracted from GOD" does not really apply. The Catholic Church should be rich enough by now to be able to ordain Priests who are allowed to get married (instead of just living with their housekeepers) and instead of hiding their children in monasteries in Italy, those kids could be elevated from “bastards who were born out of wedlock” to church approved children who can grow up in a loving family.  The irony of it all is that these children are currently being denied priesthood by the same church that put them in this position in the first place.

Another topic that is currently on the radar is the immigration policy of the US.  The right wing is torpedoing as good as they can any effort to help keep families together, to help people out of the shadows, and to openly contribute to our country.  This is not a message that Jesus would approve of, so if you really feel that strongly about it, do not advertise yourself as being a Christian. You are definitely not a follower, you are not even a fan of Jesus.  It is sad and despicable that right wing politicians use "the Church" as a tool to get elected, since they do not subscribe to any of Jesus' messages. Jesus message was the message of love, not of hate. So please stop pretending otherwise.  Love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Jesus was by our standards a socialist and pacifist.  Here are my favorite commandments and bible quotes that deal with these issues. And please be aware that every human being is your neighbor:

1.    Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
 

  2.   Love your neighbor as yourself.

 

  3.   Honor your father and your mother.
 

  4.    You shall not kill.
 

  5.    You shall not commit adultery.
 

  6.    You shall not steal.

 

  7.    You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

 

  8.    You shall not covet anything that is thy neighbor's.
 

  9.   Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
 



Jesus said:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  (Matthew 22:36-40)

You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:43)


 [Romans 13:8-11] Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 

  
 
Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, February 18, 2013


 

US Elections a sham again?

In the year 2000 the world was more than surprised to see that only a few Americans were outraged about the election fraud when the Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, had his brother appointed president by his dependents instead of counting the votes which would have made Al Gore President of the United States. The emails from Europe that I received stated among other things that we "now live in a third world country".  That should suffice as of how our nation is viewed by the rest of the world. The same is the case with our version of the events of September 11, 2001. The US is the only country where the US Government statements are not being taken as a bad joke.  Too much evidence exists - from the Pilot episode of "The lone Gunmen" which gave our Government at the time the blueprint of what to do, which they refined and added some aspects to Bin Laden who initially declined the honor of having the event planned and executed.  Only after the US Government had an actor in Bin Laden costume confess to having planned and carried out the 9/11 attack and the Bushes spoke with their best friends, the Bin Ladens, Osama finally "confessed".  But back to the next shaky plans of the Republican operatives, who have found a new way to fix the elections. More information here from our friends at www.wanttoknow.info. They also offer many information about 9/11 and many other subjects:

Romney Family Investment Ties To Voting Machine Company That Could Decide The Election Causing Concern
October 20, 2012, Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/10/20/romney-family-investment-ties-to-voting-machine...

The [electronic voting] machines used in Hamilton County, Ohio — the county home of Cincinnati — are supplied by Hart Intercivic, a national provider of voting systems in use in a wide variety of counties scattered throughout the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Colorado and Ohio. A test conducted in 2007 by the Ohio Secretary of State revealed that five of the electronic voting systems the state was looking to use in the upcoming 2008 presidential election had failed badly, each easily susceptible to chicanery that could alter the results of an election. As reported in the New York Times, “At polling stations, teams working on the study were able to pick locks to access memory cards and use hand-held devices to plug false vote counts into machines. At boards of election, they were able to introduce malignant software into servers.” It turns out that Hart Intercivic is owned, in large part, by H.I.G. Capital — a large investment fund with billions of dollars under management — that was founded by a fellow named Tony Tamer. H.I.G. employees hold at least two of the five Hart Intercivic board seats. Tony Tamer, H.I.G.’s founder, turns out to be a major bundler for the Mitt Romney campaign, along with three other directors of H.I.G. who are also big-time money raisers for Romney. Two of those directors — Douglas Berman and Brian Schwartz — were actually in attendance at the now infamous “47 percent” fundraiser in Boca Raton, Florida. Two members of the Hart Intercivic board of directors, Neil Tuch and Jeff Bohl, have made direct contributions to the Romney campaign.

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Could e-voting machines in Election 2012 be hacked? Yes.
October 26, 2012, Christian Science Monitor
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/2012/1026/Could-e-voting-machines-in-Election-2012...

Rapid advances in the development of cyberweapons and malicious software mean that electronic-voting machines used in the 2012 election could be hacked, potentially tipping the presidential election or a number of other races. [A University of Pennsylvania] study concluded "virtually every important software security mechanism is vulnerable." Most at risk are paperless e-voting machines, which don’t print out any record of votes. Four swing states – Pennsylvania, Virginia, Colorado, and Florida – rely to varying degrees on paperless machines. Alex Halderman, a researcher at the University of Michigan, and a colleague at Princeton University hacked into a paperless touch-screen voting machine in 2010 and installed the video game Pac-Man. Similarly, he and Princeton researchers in 2006 demonstrated that if someone could get a few minutes’ unattended access to a paperless machine, that person could install a software virus that could spread to other machines and switch those machines’ votes before deleting all traces of itself. Among the 23 states that use touch-screen Direct-Recording Electronic (DREs) machines ... only California, Indiana, and Ohio were rated excellent in a national report this summer by Verified Voting. For a savvy hacker, the time and access needed to infect a machine is so small that it could be done while in a voting booth. A hacker could in theory use the Internet to target an e-voting machine company, which would then unknowingly infect its own machines when it serviced them. It's impossible to know if newer machines and software are really secure because their source code is largely unavailable for analysis. Voting-equipment makers frequently say their software is a trade secret.

Note: For deeply revealing reports from reliable major media sources on serious problems with the US elections system, click here.

Please vote and keep your eyes open if any election fraud is being committed.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, October 30, 2012


 

Islam is a peaceful Religion!

Christianity is a "non-violent" Religion per definition of the New Testament. And look how many cultures were violently extinguished in the name of "Jesus Christ", who actually told his followers to "turn the other cheek". The commandments require "to love your neighbor like yourself", not to kill, not to steal and not to lie. That is the essential message of the Bible.

And who is following these rules? Politicians and Religious leaders use Quotes from Scriptures, taken out of context, and by painting a terrible picture of the "common enemy" to stir violence, hate and fear. Ignorance and fear are the root of violence and hate in the first place. Add the holy war as a reason for the ignorant, and greed as the motive for the "ruling class".  From the crusades, the destruction of the Inca Empire, the destruction of the Native American tribes here in the US (the numbers of killed Natives vary between 150 and 250 Million), to Germany's Hitler, who pointed at the Jews as the common enemy and killed Millions of them, to the current Islamophobia, the goals and means are strikingly similar. Stirring the fear of "the other", inventing a constant threat of so called "Terrorism", our politicians are working up their way to another war, to fill the chests of the "top one percent", and to kill the "common enemy" in the name of God and country.  And the same is happening "on the other side".  In the Islamic countries the crowds are stirred up by their religious leaders, and with this they play in the hands of the western powers, or are probably even lead by them to act this way.  The CIA has started more wars "behind the scenes" than most people can imagine.  The Bin Laden family were the Bush family's only friends. Bush was holding hands with the Saudi Prince and Saddam was instated under Bush senior, while Prescott Bush - in his time - financed Hitler.  It is an interesting world where the media is used to hide the facts and feed the lies to us.  We are talking Billions and Trillions of Dollars going to the usual suspects who outfit our wars, like Cheney's Halliburton and the producers of military devices.  For that kind of money, the top one percent is willing to do whatever it takes to start a new war.  Let's see... IRAN will be next on the list. It is not about Religion, it is about big money.  The Religion is easily explained: Islam is basically a non-violent religion that has been hijacked by extremists with an agenda. Just like Christianity.

Amen
Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, September 19, 2012

 


Mormons are traditional Christians - Really?

 
I like Mormons. Mormons are usually really nice and friendly people. I like the Missionaries, because they dedicate a part of their lives to what they believe in and are on a mission that is not easy. Now I hear that Catholics support the Mormon Mitt Romney to become President of the United States with the statement that Mormonism is actually close to Catholicism and asked if the Mormon Faith was "Christian" they actually agree. Some Jewish Groups also believe that the Mormons are on the side of Israel.  Maybe we should have a look at the Mormon faith instead of following pure political ignorance. And this brief overview is not to discredit Mormons, but only to clarify some misconceptions that are out there.

Mormons believe in Jesus as a blond and blue eyed American, since he lived and performed his miracles in the US. They don't believe in Israel though, since they believe that everything that is in the Bible actually happened in the US, not anywhere near the Mediterranean area. And they have a very different view of Jesus as well.

Who are the Mormons? Are the Mormons the "real" Mormons who preached Polygamy since their founding by Joseph Smith in 1830, when he officially claimed that he found golden Plates and published the "Book of Mormon"? Are the real Mormons the ones who think that darker or black skinned people are black because their God punished them, marked and burned them for being bad? The modern Mormons "officially" changed that belief in the 1970's. Or are those the ones who believe that everything written in the Bible actually happened in "The Americas" and not in Israel. They believe that Jesus was white (Personally I refer to their depictions of Jesus as "the blonde guy") and that he was not necessarily the only savior. And the Mormon faith does not only operate on our own Planet. According to Mormon belief there are many worlds, and definitely more than one earth.

One important fact everyone should know is that the Mormons do not just change their interpretations. They change their whole belief system according to the times, laws and necessities of the moment. And they can do it legitimately, because every leader of the Mormon Church, called a prophet, is empowered to  change the current beliefs of the Mormon Church.

More information about the Mormon faith can be found here:  
http://chocr.com/Religions/mormons.htm

But wait, there is more... Mormon Leaders also claimed that Jesus Christ is only one of many Saviors: According to Joseph Fielding Smith: "We are not the only people that the Lord has created. We have brothers and sisters on other earths. They look like us because they, too, are the children of God and were created in his image, for they are also his offspring" (
Doctrines of Salvation 1:62). Brigham Young taught: "Sin is upon every earth that ever was created ... Consequently every earth has its redeemer, and every earth has its tempter" (Journal of Discourses, vol. 14, p.71).

You will find more info about the differences between how Jesus is viewed by Mormons and the Christian churches here: 
http://www.leaderu.com/offices/michaeldavis/docs/mormonism/jesus-refs.html

In closing let me say, that I agree with several teachings of the Mormon faith that do not correspond with teachings of churches of the traditional faith. I know many Mormons, I respect them, I like them and I enjoy speaking with them. I welcome Missionaries in my house and I highly admire their commitment to their faith. But their belief is not close to the Christianity that we came to know in our traditional churches.
 

If you claim to follow Jesus, know his Word!

 
GOD is still not gaining any traction with the right wing Christian fascists. While they still claim Jesus as their savior, their actions are without any doubt anti-Christian.  Let's take a look at this statement: Jesus was on the side of the poor and wanted to help them in any situation, with all the power he had. The right wingers, even though they are mostly poor, despise the poor and support the rich. Even thought they have hardly any teeth, they oppose free governmental support to fix their dental mess. Let them eat soup.

At the same time they oppose the right to choose, to decide, to speak or to live for women, even though Jesus did help men and women alike, and betrothed the leadership of his church to Maria Magdalene and not to Peter.  Peter just ran with it. And he founded a church in the tradition of the Jewish faith.  Jesus never wanted a church that included anyone but the Jewish people. And he never sent the Apostles out to found this church. He told Paul who was as well Jewish, but also a Roman citizen, to found the church for the Gentiles.

And amazingly almost all Churches are straying from Jesus path. All we have to do is follow the commandments and Jesus' word as it is stated in the Gospel of Thomas (which you will find on our church's website) and copied from there into parts of the New Testament.

Oh, and to all you racists out there: Jesus was definitely not white. He was brown and Jewish. And he loved you as well. Just work a little bit on your view of the world. And if you pray to Jesus, at least know what he actually said and wanted. Don't trust your redneck, illiterate Pastor. Read the Bible.

Amen

Rev. Dr. Alexander Hast, August 26, 2012

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