Putin Vs. the Global Homosexual Juggernaut

Putin Vs. the Global Homosexual Juggernaut


After 14 years of tyrannical behavior, Russia’s strongman appears to have finally incited a vast and genuine moral backlash.

Five years ago this month, Vladimir Putin dispatched Russian troops to Georgia in an invasion that killed 300 people, destabilized the region and set off an international crisis. Throughout his career, Putin has participated in and initiated other unpleasant escapades, including the killing and displacement of more than 150,000 Chechens, supporting deadly regimes in Iran and Syria, and violently oppressing opponents in pursuit of personal ambition and power.

In each exploit, Putin has violated human rights and inflicted terrible suffering, even death. How has the West responded? Generally the response has come only from Western governments (and some media voices), and has been one of restrained reproach and halfhearted condemnation. Despite all the misery and instability Putin has caused, there’s never been a significant, wholehearted moral backlash. Never has there been a fiery, genuinely furious reaction from the spectrum of Western leaders and institutions, from governments, the media, intellectuals and businessmen, Hollywood and higher education, and the public.

That is, until now.

Vladimir Putin is currently facing enormous international criticism. Not just from fellow world leaders, including President Obama, who stated last week that “nobody’s more offended than me” by what’s happening in Russia. (Mr. Obama is so upset he called off a scheduled meeting with Putin.) But also from the mainstream media, from intellectuals and popular figures, and even from the public.

Around the world, thousands are turning out at organized protests to vent their fury. Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are joining an international boycott of Russian-made vodka and other Russian-made products. Cities in America and elsewhere are severing relations with “sister” cities in Russia. In California, Democratic politicians are trying to ensure state funds are not invested in Russia. Last week, the International Olympic Committee received an international petition with 300,000 signatures demanding the boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

President Putin is being compared to Adolf Hitler and his actions to that of pre-war Nazi Germany. “I’m surprised this is not a huge story,” lamented Jay Leno to President Obama last week. “I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews; let’s round up the gays; let’s round up the blacks. I mean, it starts with that …. Why is not more of the world outraged at this?” Putin’s actions come “straight from the Nazi playbook,” wrote Harvey Fierstein in the New York Times. In Britain, Stephen Fry likened Putin to Hitler, and wrote that “an absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 is simply essential.”

After years of tyrannical behavior, it seems Putin has finally incited vast and genuine outrage. What action was so despicable, so atrocious, so morally reprehensible and offensive, that it roused the normally tolerant and imperturbable West?

He signed a law banning the dissemination of homosexual propaganda to minors.

Yes, that’s all. Never mind the years this man has engaged in domestic and international bullying—invading nations, brow-beating others; beating, imprisoning and even murdering opponents; undermining the West and supporting genocidal regimes. It’s when Putin intruded on the right of Russian homosexuals to indoctrinate children that the world flipped.

This is the state of Western morality: Vladimir Putin can tyrannize the world, but the moment he interferes with the right of Russian homosexuals to educate children in their lifestyle, the world screams condemnation!

There’s no denying Russia has a measure of intolerance of homosexuality. In Russia it’s illegal to advocate homosexuality to people under 18, to engage in homosexual behavior with a person under 16, and for homosexual couples to adopt children. But do we seriously believe these laws are the equivalent of Nazi Germany’s pre-war treatment of Jews? As recently as a decade ago you could find similar legislation in Britain and America.

While Putin clearly isn’t a fan of homosexuals, and Russia can be a dangerous place for homosexuals (generally only those who flaunt their sexuality), the man isn’t rounding them up and tossing them in prison. He hasn’t shuttered homosexual bars, or banned homosexual pornography, or made it illegal to practice homosexuality. Russian law does not explicitly ban participation in gay pride parades, or the promotion of lgbt equality online. It’s entirely legal to be homosexual in Russia. All this admittedly vague “anti-gay” law does is make it illegal to propagandize homosexuality to minors.

Homosexual advocates are protesting against Russia in defense of human rights, specifically the right of Russians to freely engage in the homosexual lifestyle. (The violent persecution of homosexuals in Russia, although the problem has been greatly exaggerated, is unfortunate.) But what about the human rights violations occurring daily that are 100 times worse? Where’s the fervent international moral backlash—the global protests, the celebrity outcries, the international boycotts, the cancellation of high-level meetings—in protest of Bashar Assad, or America’s black-on-black violence, or the mistreatment of women by Islamists? In each instance, tens of thousands have suffered horribly and been killed.

The international brouhaha surrounding Russia’s laws governing homosexuality reveals the rapidly growing power and influence of the global lgbt movement and agenda. More significantly, it testifies to the collapsing moral state of the West. The violent persecution of any human being is wrong and it’s unfortunate some homosexuals are suffering in Russia. But let’s be honest. The laws Mr. Putin is creating and the moral standard he seeks to preserve aren’t historically anomalous. (Eighty-five percent of Russian adults strongly oppose homosexual marriage. A large majority oppose homosexuality altogether.) Truth be told, when it comes to homosexuality, Putin is in moral territory that was until quite recently inhabited by America, Britain and virtually the entire world.

Considered against the long history of Western morality, Putin isn’t the anomaly. We are.

Mideast Peace Talks Hinge on Jerusalem

The status of Jerusalem is among the core issues being discussed at the U.S.-brokered peace talks that began on August 14 between Israel and the Palestinians. This is the first direct negotiations between the two sides after five years of diplomatic stalemate.

Israel’s government considers Jerusalem its political and religious center, and is unwilling to divide it. The government holds to the 1980 Israeli Basic Law, which states that “Jerusalem, complete and united, is the capital of Israel.”

However, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas argues that no agreement can exist with Israel without a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is central to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The al Aqsa mosque in the Old City is Islam’s third-holiest site. The mosque is located on the Temple Mount, which Jews consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.

Jordan occupied East Jerusalem until 1967, when Israel captured it during the Six-Day War. Since then, Jewish neighborhoods have been interwoven within the Arab core of East Jerusalem. The Jewish population now numbers 200,000, which nearly equals the number of Arabs in East Jerusalem.

Wednesday’s meeting marks Israel and the Palestinians’ third attempt since 2000 to agree on the terms of a Palestinian state.

[SOUNDBITE: Mahdi Abdul Hadi, Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs]

“It is a very unique city. People believe that this is the shortest spot on Earth to heaven. People believe in this whether they are Muslim or Christian or Jews. So it is faith, it is people, it is religion, and then comes to the political side of it. It cannot be and should not be under any circumstances exclusive to one people at the expense of other people. That is why the Palestinian position should be an open city, a shared city, two capitals, two flags, two municipalities. Jerusalem cannot be and should not be a closed city.”

The Bible prophesies that half of Jerusalem will be taken captive. This indicates that Israel will not willingly give up sovereignty over East Jerusalem. The captivity of half of Jerusalem is the first domino to fall leading to the return of Jesus Christ. To understand these pivotal events surrounding Jerusalem, read Zechariah—The Sign of Christ’s Imminent Return.

A Fatal U.S.-German Economic Love Affair

A Fatal U.S.-German Economic Love Affair


How the subjugated is to become the subjugator

Last year the German government trade and investment elites attended 64 international trade shows. This year they are focusing particular attention upon China, Japan and other Asian markets. Their actions are in cooperation with international German Chambers of Commerce.

The United States ranks number one in German foreign direct investment (fdi) projects, with 133 established in Germany in 2012. A total of 854 fdi projects were initiated in Germany, generating 3,032 new jobs.

Germany is the fourth-largest investor in the U.S., with German companies employing close to 570,000 American workers. In 2010, German businesses accounted for 11 percent of in-sourced jobs, with almost half of those jobs being in the manufacturing sector. As such, German influence in American industry policy has increased. Germany’s presence in the country’s most powerful markets such as New York, California, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania reinforces the strength of its economic prowess. German-generated jobs across the U.S. expand the reach of Europe’s most dominant economy in a flagging, spendthrift governing administration amid a highly vulnerable economic climate.

Since World War ii, Germany’s economic ties with the U.S. have grown to the point where today over 100,000 Americans reside, are educated or employed in Germany. With over 40 million locals speaking English, it comes as no surprise that last year almost 2 million U.S. tourists visited Europe’s most prosperous country. Across the country, Americans also work in such fields as science, IT, education, finance and media.

For those relocating, the majority chose to live amid the beauty and prosperity of Bavaria. The U.S. has established more than 50 schools in the country. In addition, there are 30 international schools spread within its borders. The number of students choosing Germany for their higher education grew by 27 percent between 2006 and 2010.

So what’s so bad about this economic love affair? The pages of history are replete with examples of Germany’s nationalistic vulnerabilities, tendencies and proclivities. It wasn’t that long ago that that nation held the world by its throat and Adolf Hitler’s vision of a thousand-year Reich lay before humanity.

Over six decades ago, in February 1945, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt put their signatures to a joint document stating, “It is our inflexible purpose to destroy German militarism and Nazism and to ensure that Germany will never again be able to disturb the peace of the world. We are determined to disarm and disband all German armed forces, break up for all time the German General Staff that has repeatedly contrived the resurgence of German militarism; remove or destroy all German military equipment; eliminate or control all German industry that could be used for military production. … It is not our purpose to destroy the people of Germany, but only when Nazism and militarism have been extirpated will there be hope for a decent life for Germans and a place for them in the community of nations.”

The Trumpet has repeatedly drawn attention to the clear and present danger of today’s reversal of this avowed policy of the past. Has Germany’s military been disbanded and disarmed, and its armament industry ceased production? Just the opposite. Today, Germany is a world leader in arms production, sales, support and usage. It ranks behind only its prior subjugators the U.S and Russia. Its troops are deployed in Europe, Africa, the Mideast and Asia.

Editor in chief Gerald Flurry has drawn specific attention to the biblical whirlwind prophecy detailing the explosion of German armaments proliferation and Germany’s surrounding of Islamist countries in fulfillment of Bible prophecy (Daniel 11:40).

Economically, Europe’s most powerful nation has already disturbed the peace of the continent and the world through its ferocious fiscal influence on the euro and the financial mastering of its southern and eastern neighbors (Daniel 8:9). Recent overtures from Washington to Berlin to establish a greater economic partnership between the two reveal America’s vulnerability, weak leadership and economic desperation, amid Germany’s ascendancy and opportunism (Ezekiel 23:1-7).

Your Bible prophesies the fatal end of this attraction with, believe it or not, German subjugation of America (Ezekiel 23:8). For a fuller understanding of God’s end-time prophecies related to the U.S. and Germany, request The United States and Britain in Prophecy and Germany and the Holy Roman Empire. The message and warning in these publications is one that you and your loved ones cannot afford to ignore.

Germany—Preparing for Worldwide War

Germany—Preparing for Worldwide War

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In a reflection of German elites’ imperialist vision, a new command structure emerges in preparation for ‘worldwide war operations.’

A recent release from German-Foreign-Policy.com reveals the following: “The German Army has set in operation a new command structure for worldwide war operations. The ‘Multinational Commando Operative Command,’ based in Baden Württemberg’s Ulm, shall guide the organization of the EU Battlegroups. According to their own statement they are prepared for ‘every imaginable mission’ in an intervention area of up to 6,000 kilometers distance—including the use of ‘highly intensive’ force” (August 8; translation ours).

That should send shivers up the spine of old diehards who remember the last time that Germany prepared for the use of “highly-intensive force” in “worldwide war operations.”

The German-Foreign-Policy.com release continues, “The Battlegroups are being trained regularly within the framework of special forces maneuvers. Their agenda includes support of parties involved in civil war ….”

To the generations blinded to the historic reality of past German aspirations for imperial power by half a century of miseducation and revisionist history, such a startling revelation of this latest Bundeswehr restructuring will mean nothing. To students of Bible prophecy it has most profound meaning.

You need to read our booklet Nahum—An End-Time Prophecy for Germany to fully understand the impact of this latest imperialist move by German elites. It is a good primer for further study of this subject using our booklet Germany and the Holy Roman Empire.

We will provide more detail on the significance of the Bundeswehr’s new command structure as further details come to light.

In the meantime, as the September German federal elections approach, we continue to declare, “Watch Germany!” That nation is prophesied to soon have a powerful effect on this planet through a third and final effort at gaining global power by “worldwide war operations.” The German-Foreign-Policy.com report indicates the recent restructure of the Bundeswehr brings that prospect one more significant step closer!

Mexican Drug Cartels Continue to Invade America

Mexican Drug Cartels Continue to Invade America

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Is the U.S. becoming the next Mexico?

Chicago: the windy city. As one of the landmark cities of America, it is known for its deep-dish pizza, iconic sports teams and unique accents. But there’s one other thing Chicago is quickly becoming known for: Mexican drug cartels.

In Chicago, cartels are becoming so prevalent that officials say it’s starting to look like Texas. Jack Riley, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Chicago office, warned, “People think, ‘The border’s 1,700 miles away. This isn’t our problem.’ Well, it is. These days, we operate as if Chicago is on the border.” The city recently named one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords the city’s public enemy number one, even though the man has never set foot inside Chicago.

Chicago is just one of the many American cities plagued by the influx of the cartels. As many as 1,286 cities in America are reported to have some kind of cartel presence. In the past, Mexican cartels were content to make deals with American drug runners, saving them the danger of having to traffic the drugs themselves. But a study by the Associated Press found that cartels are starting to send their own agents into America to oversee drug operations because they’ve become so massive.

The drug market in America continues to be lucrative, drawing more drug cartels across the border. Last year, drug cartels made $64 billion from their sales in the United States. The National Football League, the most profitable sports league in America, only made $9.5 billion.

While the Republicans and Democrats wrangle over border security with the upcoming immigration bill, Mexico’s drug cartels are not waiting for a decision. Across America, more and more Mexican cartels are surfacing. According to the National Post, only 12 states haven’t reported the presence of one of the four Mexican cartels: Alabama, Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Even states that don’t typically see much drug activity are seeing an uptick. In May, law enforcement officials in Oregon foiled a drug operation run by a Mexican cartel. Twenty-three homes were raided and 38 people were arrested in what was the largest drug bust in Oregon. The Oregon Department of Justice Communications director, Jeff Manning, told reporters, “There is a clear connection to Mexican cartels, and this narcotics ring was an active dealing operation on a scale we have not seen previously in Oregon.”

With increased cartel presence comes increased violence. AP reported that in Chicago, “street-gang disputes over turf account for most of the city’s uptick in murders last year, when slayings topped 500 for the first time since 2008.” While the cartels aren’t the ones engaged in the territorial wars, their drugs are fueling a lot of them. Cartel hit men are also becoming a growing problem. A recently apprehended Mexican cartel member confessed to killing 30 individuals on U.S. soil.

But it isn’t just cartel members who are acting as hit men. Cartels are now working to recruit U.S. soldiers. Not only are the soldiers effective assassins, but cartels are also interested in soldiers sharing their skills with cartel members in Mexico. Ex-Lt. Kevin Corley, charged last September for conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire for the Los Zetas Cartel, admitted that he told his contact he could provide military training for members of the cartel and purchase or steal weapons for them. Also, an increasing number of U.S.-based gang members are entering the U.S. military. As of April 2011, the fbi National Gang Intelligence Center reported that at least 53 gangs have members who serve in or are affiliated with the U.S. military.

As more and more cartels infiltrate America, many fear that the U.S. will become the next Mexico. When the cartels first began to establish themselves, Mexican authorities failed to dislodge them from their country. They “didn’t nip the problem in the bud,” said Jack Killorin, head of an anti-trafficking program in Atlanta for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. “And see where they are now.” If America too fails to “nip the problem in the bud,” it faces becoming the next Mexico.

The U.S. has tried desperately to stem the flow of drugs into the country through tougher laws and tighter security. But nothing has worked. Why? While America looks to limit the flow of drugs through tighter border control, it fails to realize that this is not the real issue.

The reality that America refuses to admit is that it is hooked. America loves its drugs. Society idolizes them. Time and time again you hear about a movie star or a politician being involved with some kind of drug. High schools and colleges are rife with them. Today it’s normal to use illegal drugs “socially.” As long as this problem persists, so will the cartels.

America’s addiction to drugs has already caused Mexico to fall to the cartels. Ignorant of what their habit costs, Americans continue to selfishly consume billions of dollars’ worth of drugs at the expense of thousands of individuals whose lives are wrecked serving drug lords or by getting caught in the crossfire of drug wars. Now those problems are starting to get closer to home. As cartels strengthen their presence in America, everyone will begin to feel the effects.

As Trumpet columnist Brad Macdonald wrote last year,

The government can throw trillions of dollars at the problem, but America’s desire for drugs will never be quenched as long as its culture considers drug use trendy and sophisticated!Most importantly, America’s cultural acceptance of illicit drugs is a function of its overall rejection of absolute law and morality. …For most Americans, recreational drug use simply isn’t morally or spiritually wrong.

As long as society’s “do what feels good” mentality remains, America will never truly solve the problem of cartel thugs invading the streets. And that mentality won’t be changed by implementing tougher drug laws.

Man has tried with thousands of laws to control human nature. But human nature is naturally selfish. That is what your Bible teaches. But that selfishness––the root of so many of the world’s problems––isn’t going to be around much longer. At Christ’s return, man’s innately selfish nature will begin to be changed. At that time, man will be taught the right way to live; the right way to bring peace to the streets. Man can’t have that now because he has rejected the one thing that will bring about this kind of peace: God’s law. It is only when that law is enforced that America’s, and the world’s, drug problem––and all problems for that matter––will be solved.

Be sure to read the article “Beheading Mexico” to understand the terrifying reality that will undoubtedly spread to America from the growing number of cartels reaching into the country. But also read The Wonderful World Tomorrow for the exciting, peace-filled reality that is about to come to this Earth.

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