America, Britain Have a Self-Destructive View of Sex

America, Britain Have a Self-Destructive View of Sex

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A lesson from the scandals

When it comes to sex and relationships, there is a general perception that Britain and America have got it right. While they have their issues, these nations are thought to be progressive and sophisticated, the cultural leaders in possession of the keys to sexual and familial freedom and happiness.

This is really quite astounding. Especially when you consider the pile of evidence showing that endemic in both nations is a deeply flawed, catastrophically self-destructive view of sex and family.

Right now the top news stories in both America and Britain revolve around high-profile sex scandals. That makes this an opportune time to investigate the question: Is our cultural view of sex and family correct?

First, some history. The origins of the current view of sex and relationships lie in post-war America, particularly the 1960s sexual revolution. Herbert Armstrong was on the scene during this time and evaluated the emergence of this “new morality.” This term describes the liberal, permissive, boundary-less approach to sex and marriage that was taking off in the ’60s and that underpins British and American culture today.

Right from the start of the sexual revolution, Mr. Armstrong warned that the “new morality”—which, he said, had already “completely ko’d Western civilization”—would ultimately have catastrophic consequences for America and Britain. His warning over the years was consistent: The new morality will destroy America and Britain!

Five decades have passed since Mr. Armstrong’s exposé of the “new morality.” The “new morality” has had 50 years to mature, to produce fruit, and to make good on its promise to lead the world to a better place. And advance it has. Today the “new morality” has moved way beyond demolishing prejudices against promiscuity, infidelity and divorce. Culturally, we’ve come to accept and even embrace virtually every form of sex, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and even same-sex “marriage.”

The shackles of tradition—sex only in marriage, monogamy, homosexuality is wrong—have been shed. America just elected its first lesbian senator. It already has multiple homosexual congressmen. And last week, for the first time ever, voters approved homosexual “marriage” at the ballot box.

Point is, both nations, for decades now, have embraced—boldly, proudly, wholeheartedly—the new morality.

So, what are the results? Has our embrace of this new liberal view of sex made us, made you—made our marriages, our families, our children, our societies, our governments—healthier, happier, stronger, more stable?

Here in Britain, the top news story for weeks now has revolved around grotesque sex scandals. First came the news that Jimmy Savile, a popular television personality, had been sexually abusing children for decades. Now dead, Saville had as many as 300 victims. The scandal has since engulfed the bbc after it emerged that a report exposing Saville had been buried. Since the story broke and investigations initiated, other high-profile figures have been arrested, suggesting the possible existence of a network of high-profile child abusers.

In addition to the Saville affair, the news over here has been dominated by reports of sexual abuse in nursing homes, in orphanages, in schools. The scandals are consuming the attention of the highest leaders in government. Last week, Prime Minister Cameron was presented on national television with a list of alleged high-profile child abusers and then asked if he was going to chase them down! I’ve been here for two weeks, and every time I’ve turned on the news radio there has been a discussion or announcement about some act of sexual abuse, and often the sexual abuse of children. It’s putrid, putrid stuff.

And it’s everywhere!

Meanwhile, the top story coming out of America over the past week has been an embarrassing and toxic sex scandal involving one of the nation’s top military generals, high-ranking government leaders and critical government agencies. The scandal is taking up the time and attention of America’s president, who, I’m sure we’d all agree, has more than enough other crises to address. There’s also the reports about secret service agents and U.S. congressmen partying with prostitutes.

What is going on? The world is crumbling around us, and America and Britain are consumed with crises precipitated by sexual impropriety!

More importantly, there is a larger lesson in all this that we just aren’t getting. Think about it. The essence of each of these crises is individuals’ rejection of traditional morality and selfishly pursuing personal gratification.

In other words, these crises are the result of men and women living the new morality.

While it’s true that sex scandals have long been a feature of politics, such incidents are more common and pervasive today. Moreover, we have not witnessed the level of cultural acceptance of these acts that we see today. Take the uproar surrounding General Petraeus’s incident. While the political angles of this story are significant, and need to be reported on, so is the act of adultery. Yet, who is condemning this man for his adulterous affair? Very few, because the negative stigma once attached to adultery no longer exists!

That’s the most tragic part of all this: Amid all the debate and politicking, both in America and Britain, have you heard anyone stop and consider that these incidents are the product of a nation with a perverted and wrong view of sex and family? How many have considered what is going on morally and culturally in America and Britain to create the conditions in which these horrible incidents occurred?

We haven’t even explored all the other national crises caused by the “new morality”: the hundreds of thousands of unwanted pregnancies, the staggering abortion rates, the millions of fatherless children and single mothers, the epidemics of sexually transmitted diseases, the pervasive child abuse, the divorce rate, the drug use among children and teens. Consider also, that each of these problems cause other problems, like crime, gangs, violence, depression, unemployment and welfare dependency.

These are the fruits of our cultural embrace of the new morality.

It’s not that people don’t see some of these problems. In fact, many sincere, well-meaning people are working hard (and spending a lot of money) trying to solve many of them. Our nations have all sorts of working groups, government programs, education programs, entitlement programs. But they don’t work—they’re not preventing sex scandals; they’re not stemming the rise of single mothers and fatherless children; nor are they preventing unwanted pregnancies and stds.

Here we are, gripped by sex scandals as our economies crumble and as the world turns against us. We are totally incapable of solving these problems. Why?

Because despite the mountain of evidence, America and Britain have yet to admit that their fundamental view of sex and family is wrong!

It’s astounding, really, the way the failure of the “new morality” parades before us daily, and we just don’t see it.

The Arab Spring Arrives in Israel

The Arab Spring Arrives in Israel

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Emboldened by the ascendency of radical Islam, Hamas draws Israel into another war.

As quiet as it was in Israel during the Arab Spring, you had to know it wouldn’t last. It was only a matter of time before the radical Islamists turned their wrath on Israel.

Over the past 24 hours, Israel has been bombarded by 200 rockets fired from Gaza. Three Israelis were killed in Kiryat Malachi, after a Grad rocket blasted the roof off the top of a four-story apartment building.

Of course, many will claim these attacks are in response to Israel’s “Pillar of Defense” operation, which began yesterday with the assassination of Hamas’s top military chief, Ahmed Jaabari. But operation “Pillar of Defense” only began after Hamas started a non-stop barrage of rocket fire into Israel.

In 2010, before the Arab Spring, Hamas fired 231 rockets into Israel. Last year, that number nearly tripled to 627. So far this year, the rocket attacks are somewhere around 900 and there is still more than a month to go.

Three weeks ago, on October 23, the emir of Qatar visited with Hamas representatives in Gaza. It marked the first time a national leader has landed in Gaza since the Hamas takeover in 2007. To mark the occasion, Hamas launched 79 rockets at Israel.

On the same day Hamas celebrated the emir’s visit by attacking Israel, the terrorist organization received another hearty endorsement from an Arab leader—Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. “We cannot rest or relax if we see our Palestinian brothers and sisters attacked, blockaded and cornered,” Morsi said. “We are not declaring war on anyone. But we announce clearly that the Palestinian people will not be abandoned. We stand with them against any aggression.”

So leading up to Israel’s “Pillar of Defense” operation, Hamas was clearly feeling pretty good about itself. As Yaakov Lappin wrote this morning in the Jerusalem Post, “With Hamas feeling confident over the ascendancy of its fellow Islamists in the region, and the emergence of a new patron in Cairo, it and Islamic Jihad chipped away at Israeli deterrence, attempting to set new rules by preventing the idf from carrying out vital security missions on the Gaza border.”

Now that Israel has responded powerfully by pounding terrorist targets in Gaza, Lappin believes Hamas might have overplayed its hand—mistaking Israel’s restraint for weakness. That might be true. But the much bigger concern here, looking at it from Israel’s perspective, is how Egypt reacts to this conflict.

Yesterday, President Morsi recalled Egypt’s ambassador to Israel in protest against Israel’s military operation. According to a statement released by Morsi’s spokesman, “President Morsi has followed the Israeli brutal assault in which a number of martyrs and sons of the Palestinian people were killed. On this basis he has recalled the Egyptian ambassador from Israel; has ordered the Egyptian representative at the United Nations to call for an emergency meeting at the Security Council … and summoned the Israeli ambassador in Egypt in protest over the assault.”

Added to this, Egypt’s Freedom and Justice Party—the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood—has threatened to get involved in the conflict. According to a statement released by the Brotherhood, Egypt “will not allow the Palestinians to be subjected to Israeli aggression, as in the past” (emphasis added).

Now based on a prophecy in Psalm 83, we have been telling you that Hamas will eventually break away from the Iranian-Egyptian camp. And this latest escalation of fighting between Israel and Gaza may well lead to that. As Stratfor noted yesterday, the interests of Egypt and Hamas “are not fully aligned and could diverge further under the stresses emerging from this situation.” Additionally, Israel will do everything it can to emphasize those differences.

But this conflict will also drive a much bigger wedge between Egypt and Israel. Anti-Israeli sentiment runs deep in Egypt, Stratfor notes. Egyptians “largely view the state of Israel as illegitimate, unjust and unfairly backed by the world’s only superpower.”

When America helped push former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of power, it made the Middle East a much more dangerous place. Egypt’s new rulers abandoned the treaty with Israel that brought peace to the region for more than 30 years. They have remilitarized parts of the Sinai. And they have sought out a new alliance with Iran.

And so, irrespective of how operation “Pillar of Defense” plays out, there are much bigger battles ahead for Israel.

Children Are Their Oppressors

What the youth vote reveals about America

Leading up to the U.S. election on November 6, many commentators predicted that young people wouldn’t turn out to vote like they did in 2008. As it turned out, those between 18 and 29 actually turned out in greater numbers than they did four years ago. One of the most revealing statistics from the exit polls this year has to be the impact that the young people had on the election.

Israel Ties With North Korea on Least Popular Poll

Israel Ties With North Korea on Least Popular Poll

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A poll measuring public opinion of several different countries recently released by the bbc ranked Israel’s popularity lower than ever. The lowest ranked nation was Iran, followed by Pakistan. After that, it was a tie between North Korea and Israel.

The Country Ratings Poll, which has been conducted on a yearly basis since 2005, has shown a continued decrease in Israel’s popularity. Of all the nations surveyed in 2012, only three nations had a majority that viewed Israel positively: the United States, Kenya and Nigeria.

While the world’s overall negative view of Israel is a bad sign for the small nation, even more concerning is the trend in its neighbor to the south. The recent radicalization of Egypt has had a drastic effect on its opinion of Israel. Eighty-five percent of Egyptians polled viewed Israel negatively. While this would come as no surprise to Trumpet readers, it should send alarm bells ringing throughout Western nations—primarily the United States, who helped usher in the new, more radical Egyptian government. Egyptian positive opinion of Israel has fallen a significant seven percent since 2011—a clear indication that its current peaceful relationship with Israel is in jeopardy.

The 2012 poll also revealed that Israel’s popularity took a big hit among European nations. Negative views of Israel in Spain and France were up eight and nine percent respectively since last year. Negative views in Britain and Germany remained steady, but high, coming in at around 70 percent.

Post-World War ii Europe has been tolerant of the small Jewish nation up until recently. Increased anti-Semitic rhetoric and demonstrations in Europe show a dangerous new trend among European nations. For more on these incidents and why Israel is perceived so negatively on the world scene, read “The Root Cause of Anti-Semitism.”

Syria Contributed to Herbert W. Armstrong’s Final Book, Mystery of the Ages

Syria Contributed to Herbert W. Armstrong’s Final Book, Mystery of the Ages

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Prime Minister Abdul-Ra’ouf al-Kassem, Minister of Culture Najah al-Attar, U.S. Ambassador William Eagleton, National Library, University of Damascus, mayor, professor and doctor honor unofficial ambassador for world peace.

Seven months before his death, and one month before being honored by the United Nations, globally respected and honored friend of world leaders Herbert W. Armstrong flew from England aboard the Gulfstream iii jet, touching down in Damascus May 6, 1985.

He was greeted at the airport by ucla Professor Giorgio Buccellati and Dr. Marilyn Kelly-Buccellati of California State University–Los Angeles. At the time, the couple were “archeologists excavating in the ancient city of Terqa in the Mesopotamia Valley on the Euphrates River on the site of Tell Mozan, possibly ancient Urkish, near the Syrian border with Turkey” (Worldwide News, May 27, 1985).

This excavation was financially supported by the Ambassador International Cultural Foundation (aicf), of which Mr. Armstrong was founder and president, and ucla, along with having cooperation from additional foundations and donors.

Also greeting the aicf president was Professor Zuhd, curator in chief of Syria’s National Museum, and U.S. Embassy cultural attache, Mr. Burgess. While in Damascus Mr. Armstrong stayed at the Meridian Hotel.

On May 7, the office of Syrian Prime Minister Abdul-Ra’ouf al-Kassem made available a courtesy vehicle for Mr. Armstrong and the entourage for their travels to the National Museum. During his private tour, the unofficial ambassador for world peace viewed ancient artifacts from the cusp of the second millennium before Christ, the very times of Israelite patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Some of the more notable archeological items he spied were idols of pagan gods, clay seals from various kings, Ugaritic alphabet displayed on a tablet, jewelry, gold and ivory from the Hittites.

As a result of this experience, the Worldwide News noted, “Mr. Armstrong made some additions to his book Mystery of the Ages to show how ancient cultures view deities” (ibid). He added to his final book comments such as, “The ancient pagan nations made many different idols out of clay, wood, stone and other materials. Many examples of pagan idol gods have been dug up by archaeologists and may be seen in museums today.”

From the National Museum, the group, with the addition of U.S. Ambassador William Eagleton, drove to the office of their official Syrian host for their visit, Najah al-Attar, the minister of culture. In 2006 she was appointed to the office of vice president.

During the visit, she thanked Mr. Armstrong for the aicf’s archeological support of the excavation in the ancient city of Terqa. He presented her with a special publication highlighting discoveries from the project. Thereafter, the minister presented him with a special gift of a silver set of cup holders, which he accepted and noted would be displayed in the Hall of Administration building on the grounds of Ambassador College in Pasadena, California.

Mr. Armstrong and his Syrian archeological team then drove to the middle of the old city to Azem Palace, which is located near a biblically recorded street. Anciently, the Apostle Paul was struck blind by Christ on his trip to Damascus (Acts 9:1-10).

Acts 9:11 records God’s instruction to the disciple Ananias, “And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.”

Paul met Ananias on Straight Street, and God restored his sight as promised. Mr. Armstrong and the archeological team traveled the length of the famed road prior to turning into the palace grounds. Mr. Armstrong even recalled a visit to this same location 29 years earlier with his wife, Loma, and oldest son, Richard.

After their tour of the palace, Mr. Armstrong drove to the home of Ambassador Eagleton and his wife, Kay, for a luncheon meeting which had 15 attendants, including key embassy personnel along with the mayor of Mayadin, a town located near the team’s excavation site.

Ambassador Eagleton, conversant in Arabic, French and Spanish, had served over three decades abroad in the Foreign Service, predominantly in the Middle East and North Africa. He returned to Syria filling the top diplomatic post 33 years after working as an embassy employee in the country. He served in this role until 1988.

The embassy employed a Moroccan chef, who prepared a unique lunch featuring dishes from his home country. During the meal, “Mr. Armstrong explained the activities of the Ambassador Foundation and talked about his new book, Mystery of the Ages” (ibid). After the meal, the U.S. ambassador asked the unofficial ambassador back for dinner.

Back at the Meridian Hotel, Mr. Armstrong’s afternoon was consumed by writing his personal for the September edition of mass-circulation magazine the Plain Truth. At age 92, having recovered from heart failure in 1977, now with failing hearing and eyesight, much of this type of work took the form of dictation to his personal aide.

That evening he returned to the Eagleton’s home as requested for dinner with various archeological personalities involved in their excavation. After a light meal, “The ambassador thanked Mr. Armstrong for allowing him to be part of the Ambassador Foundation’s activities in Syria. He explained that the U.S. government gets partial credit for any successful project whether the government has any official part in it” (ibid).

The following day, May 8, Mr. Armstrong and his team toured the fourth-holiest place of Islam, the Great Mosque of Damascus, or Omayyad Mosque. In 634, the Arabs conquered the city, building the mosque on the very location of the Christian Basilica of John the Baptist. The site provided a glimpse of architecture from the period a.d. 700. The mosque is believed by its congregants to be the location to which Isa, or Jesus Christ, will return. Writing in the same Worldwide News edition, his personal aide noted, “The visit gave Mr. Armstrong additional material to add to Mystery of the Ages.”

Afterward, in a rare display of honor from the Syrian government, a luncheon was hosted in Mr. Armstrong’s honor by Dr. Attar on the 15th floor of the Cham Palace Hotel. The minister of culture had invited Dr. Bahassi, the director of the National Library, the dean of faculty of the University of Damascus, U.S. Ambassador Eagleton and other dignitaries.

Adding to the trip’s authenticity, the meal consisted of traditional Arabic dishes. During lunch, Dr. Attar reflected on archeological excavations in the country. Then Mr. Eagleton spoke of the humanitarian endeavors of Americans like Mr. Armstrong through the aicf in an effort to “help humanity in spite of its seemingly unsolvable problems.”

As guest of honor, Mr. Armstrong spoke last and stunned his audience by telling them he worked for the U.S. government! “Half of my salary goes to the government and another part to the state of California.” He concluded by commenting on world events of the day, telling the guests that peace was coming to their country and region but not as they might think it would.

Today, Syria is in crisis. Yet, amid the tumult, its people can be comforted in their contribution to Mystery of the Ages and its message of the way to peace, abundance, joy and well-being for mankind. They, like you, can request a free copy of Mr. Armstrong’s final and finest work and find open to light of day the spiritual archeology and excavation of the laws, principles and way to individual and ultimate world peace.

Far-Right Views Rising Fast in East Germany

Far-Right Views Rising Fast in East Germany

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New statistics give a powerful warning about Germany’s response to a dangerous world.

The number of east Germans with far right or xenophobic views has increased dramatically over the past two years, according to a report published by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation on November 12. The percentage of east Germans with a “cohesive far-right world view” has more than doubled—from 6.6 percent to 15.8 percent since 2006—with most of the increase coming in the past two years. Meanwhile, in west Germany that percentage has fallen from 9.1 to 7.3.

“This trend is alarming,” the report states.

What the report termed “Islamophobia” is prevalent in both east and west. Over 56 percent completely or mostly agreed with the statement “Islam is an archaic religion, unable to adapt to the present.” The study also examined both “traditional” anti-Semitism and what it called “secondary” anti-Semitism. To measure secondary anti-Semitism, the foundation asked questions like, “Jewish people use the memory of the Holocaust to their own advantage”—which nearly 32 percent of respondents agreed with.

The report found that those in the east were more “Islamaphobic”—41.3 percent compared to 35 percent, but there was little difference in “traditional” anti-Semitism—12.6 percent in the east, compared to 11.3 percent in the west. In fact “secondary” anti-Semitism was higher in the west—24.9 percent, compared to 18.8 percent.

But why is right-wing extremism growing in the east? One of the report’s authors blames the economic situation, saying the far-right thinking is “strongly connected to a widespread feeling of hopelessness and lack of opportunity.”

While this is probably true, the study indicates there is something more to the figures than that. The percentage of east Germans who said their financial situation was very good or good rose from 36.7 percent in 2010 to 47.9 percent today. The percentage who said their situation was poor or very poor fell from 19.1 percent to 16.2. Unemployment in east Germany, as of February this year, was going down.

East Germany is unquestionably poorer than the west. Unemployment in the west is 6.2 percent, while in the east it’s 11.9. History has shown us that when times are bad, people can rapidly pivot to the right. This is happening right now in Greece. Those figures could explain why east Germany is further to the right than the west. But it doesn’t explain why east Germany has become more right wing, while its economy is improving.

Another possible factor is the surge in immigration. The net inflow of migrants to Germany in 2011 was the largest since 1996. In west Germany, where unemployment is around 6 percent, this may not have impacted people much. But with unemployment around 12 percent, east Germans may have responded more strongly as they saw foreigners taking jobs while Germans remained unemployed.

Perhaps most importantly, world conditions have deteriorated in the last two years. The euro crisis has gotten worse. The Arab Spring has allowed radical Islam to spread into North Africa and take over Egypt.

West Germany has had nearly 70 years of stability. The east only emerged from communism 23 years ago. With a shorter history of stability, combined with higher unemployment, the easterners may be more sensitive to the new dangers.

If this reading of the statistics is true, it paints an alarming picture. It shows that as world conditions become worse, and as radical Islam spreads, the German response is to turn quickly to far-right ideas.

As the world becomes more dangerous, watch for west Germany to move in the same direction.