Assisted Suicide for Adults and Children & Islamic Adult and Child Suicide Bombers

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The recent bombing at a Turkish wedding which killed 54, brought the horror of Islamic children suicide bombers to our attention again.  While the age of the perpetrator is still under investigation, it reminded us of the fact that Islamic minors are indeed being trained for this.1

We are naturally appalled at a practice which deliberately teaches children that such heinous actions are good.

But how much morally superior are we westerners?  Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland in addition to the states of Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and, most recently, California permit assisted suicide.2,3  The Netherlands and Belgium even allow assisted suicide for teenagers who are vulnerable to the natural emotional upheavals of that age group.4  So, instead of protecting them and helping them through their sensitive years, these jurisdictions indirectly encourage them to kill themselves with laws saying that this is a good option.

When it comes to the safety of minors, the promoters of young assisted suicide are just as reprehensible as jihadists who indoctrinate children to kill themselves and others.  The intrinsic evil of suicide is the same regardless of the age group; only the number of victims varies.

 

 

 1 – “The boy looked scared and younger than 16 when Iraqi police grabbed him on the street in the northern city of Kirkuk.  Pulling off his shirt, they found a two-kilogram bomb strapped to his skinny frame.”

“That was last Sunday.  Less than a day earlier, Turkey was less fortunate: a teenage bomber detonated his suicide vest among dancing guests at a Turkish wedding party, officials say, killing 51 people, nearly half of them children themselves…”

“In Afghanistan, the Taliban has long used children.  One 14-year-old bomber on a bicycle hit the Kabul NATO base in 2012 killing six people; two years later a teenager blew himself up at French cultural center in the Afghan capital…”

“Hisham al-Hashimi, an analyst and author who advises the Iraqi government on Islamic State, says militants this year had reactivated their Heaven’s Youth Brigade, in reaction to the group’s battlefield losses in Iraq and Syria.”

“’Teenagers are easier to recruit for suicide missions, especially in moments of suffering or despair having lost loved ones,’ he said. ‘They also attract less attention and less suspicion than male adults.’”

From “Child Suicide-Bombings Increasingly Used in Militant Attacks,” by Patrick Markey, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/child-suicide-bombings_us_57bb87aae4b00d9c3a19a62f, 8/22/2016.

2 – “Canada joins handful of countries, U.S. states in allowing assisted suicide,” http://www.reuters.com/article/us-canada-euthanasia-jurisdictions-factb-idUSKBN0LA26Z20150206, 2/6/2015.

3 – “California’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law Goes Into Effect,” by Melanie Hunter, http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/melanie-hunter/californias-physician-assisted-suicide-law-goes-effect, 6/9/2016.

4 – “ In the Netherlands, a competent patient between the ages of 16 and 18 may request euthanasia or assisted suicide. The parent or guardian does not have a veto, but must be consulted. Competent patients aged between 12 and 16 may also qualify, but only if their parent or guardian consents.”

“ In Belgium, a competent patient under the age of 18 may request euthanasia with parental consent. Additional scrutiny of the child’s competence is required, and suffering based on a psychiatric disorder is excluded.”
From “Assisted dying: What does the law in different countries say?” by Penney Lewis, Professor of Law, King’s College London, http://www.bbc.com/news/world-34445715, 10/6/2015.

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“Burkini” Ban Accomplishes Nothing Positive

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There are many things a nation can do to protect its culture, but France’s ban on the burkini (full-body bathing suit) only adds to a perceived image of bigotry and does nothing to help the plight of Muslim women.

Lionnel Luca, the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet:  “In France, one does not come to the beach dressed to display one’s religious convictions, especially as they are false convictions that the religion does not demand.”1

To quote the famous duo of Perry Mason and Hamilton Burger in the 1950’s and ‘60’s television series, “Perry Mason”:  “This is incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial.”  While some in the West may view this garment as another example of Islam’s “enslavement of women,”2  there are many other Islamic traditional mistreatments of women far more deserving of our concern.

The ban on burkinis says something else about common western attitudes.  It’s not enough that today’s hedonistic society wants no restraint on immodesty, now they have to stretch to complaining about excessive modesty?

OK, if an ISIS sympathizer uses this bathing suit to hide weapons used in an attack, then some sort of security measures may need to be put into place.  Until then, worry about real dangers like Euro open borders, homegrown terrorists, “honor” killings, etc.

 

 1 – “France PM backs burkini bans as three more towns consider outlawing garments,” by Samuel Osborne and Alexandra Sims, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-pm-backs-burkini-bans-as-three-more-towns-consider-outlawing-garments-a7195136.html, 8/17/2016.

2 – “France’s Prime Minister [Manuel Valls] has backed the banning of burkini swimsuits, saying they are not compatible with French values and are based on the ‘enslavement of women’.” He also said he was not in favor of a national law on this subject of burkinis. Ibid.

Obama Administration Invites Terrorism — to a Community Near You?

From the answers many Democratic voters give to roving reporters these days, it is not surprising that no protest marches have filled our streets this evening against Jeh Johnson’s temporary amnesty to 8,000 Syrian refuges.  The declaration gives “permanent resident status, work permits, and other documents that would allow these migrants to remain without fear of deportation.”It also covers some who are here illegally, a staple of recruiting for Democrats.

It means that “almost anyone from Syria who is in the United States on an expired visa can stay here for at least another 18 months” as Syria has been given “temporary protected status” [TPS] because of its war-torn situation. 2

 To make matters worse:

“The background checks run on TPS participants are less stringent even than the screening of foreigners entering on some types of visas, let alone the multilayered vetting that refugees receive — procedures that FBI Director James Comey and other top government officials have said are insufficient to guarantee that terrorists cannot slip through.”3

Today, Trish Regan of Fox Business asked why does Hillary Clinton want to increase the immigration of those who “promised to seed with Islamic jihadists”?  Ms. Regan reminded us of the 1200 women who were sexually assaulted, mostly in Cologne and Hamburg, on New Years by migrants of Islamic nations.  This and the news of numerous attacks in Europe point to a reason why the UK left the organization which requires open borders in this time of war against radical Islamic jihadists.

Is this a case of taking political correctness to an extreme as Trish Regan offered?

It could be that reason or simply to create more chaos, thus “justifying” more big government control.  Any way we look at it, Obama and Hillary are welcoming the Trojan horse in to the cheers of the Left.  Because of their generosity (at our risk) these refuges can even apply for drivers licenses, too.4

Those of us who object will be reminded that we are not living up to the Christian directive to welcome the stranger.  The President and Ms. Clinton are thus following Hillary’s hero, Saul Alinsky and his 4th rule for radicals: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules [emphasis retained].”5

To them, it is irrelevant that Christian charity does not require that we lead with our chin either.  Or as Pope Francis said recently regarding the question of how Europe can handle its wave of immigrants: “[it is] a fair and responsible question, because one cannot open the gates wide unreasonably.”6

Assuming Obama and Clinton continue to follow Alinsky, the only question left is where and when will one of these guests, or future guests if Hillary wins, strike us next?

 

1 – “DHS Gives 8,000 Syrian Refugees Temporary Amnesty,” by Matt Vespa, http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/08/01/dhs-gives-8000-syrian-refugees-temporary-amnesty-n2200850, 8/1/2016.

2 – “Obama Grants Protected Status To Syrians In U.S. Illegally,” by Leo Hohmann, http://www.wnd.com/2016/08/obama-grants-protected-status-to-syrians-in-u-s-illegally/, 8/1/2016.

3 – “Thousands of Syrians Get Back-Door Amnesty,” by Brendan Kirby, http://www.lifezette.com/polizette/thousands-syrians-get-back-door-amnesty/, updated 8/2/2016.

4 – “Called Temporary Protected Status, it is anything but temporary.  The program basically works like this: big event, like a natural disaster or war, happens in a country, US then says anyone already in the US from that country doesn’t have to go home.  They can be here on a Visa or for some other reason (illegally?) and they then can apply for TPS and virtually never go home!

“They can work, get drivers licenses, do anything a legal citizen can do except vote (and they are probably doing that too!).”  https://refugeeresettlementwatch.wordpress.com/tag/temporary-protected-status/

5– From “Rules for Radicals,” by Saul Alinsky, Vintage Books, New York, 1971.

6 – From “Pope: Conscientious Objection Is a Human Right,” by CAN/ EWTN News, National Catholic Register, May 29-June 11, 2016 issue.

 

Lesson for ISIS: Murdering the Priest Sent Him Straight to Heaven as a True Martyr! [1]

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A French priest, Fr. Jacques Hamel (age 85), was killed while saying Mass two days ago and the terrorists further insulted the God they pretend to honor by filming “themselves preaching in Arabic by the altar.”2

The irony is that those who mistakenly think they can become martyrs3,4,5 by suicide bombing or being killed while murdering “infidels” actually assisted in achieving that glorified status for a fellow human whose faith they despise.  Now, the priest in heaven will be interceding on their behalf for their conversions!6

 

1 – “But some people do go directly to heaven–certainly as in the case of martyrs. Our Lord told the ‘good thief’ [that] he would be in heaven that day (Luke 23:43).”  — Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P., http://forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=667156, 4/19/2012.

2 – “France in shock again after Isis murder of priest in Normandy,” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/26/france-shock-second-isis-attack-12-days, 7/26/2016.

3 – first definition of “martyr” by this source:  “a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion,” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martyr

4 – “Sacred Scripture attests to the courage of men and women who were willing to die as martyrs rather than renounce their faith or be unfaithful to God’s law.” “What is the Church’s Teaching on Martyrdom?”http://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-is-the-churchs-teaching-on-martyrdom/

5 – “Suicide contradicts the natural inclination of the human being to preserve and perpetuate his life.  It is gravely contrary to the just love of self.  It likewise offends love of neighbor because it unjustly breaks the ties of solidarity with family, nation, and other human societies to which we continue to have obligations.  Suicide is contrary to love for the living God.”  Paragraph 2281 from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 25th printing, November, 2013.

6 – “The witnesses who have preceded us into the kingdom, especially those whom the Church recognizes as saints, share in the living tradition of prayer by the example of their lives, the transmission of their writings, and their prayer today.  They contemplate God, praise him and constantly care for those whom they have left on earth.  When they entered into the joy of their Master, they were ‘put in charge of many things.’  Their intercession is their most exalted service to God’s plan.  We can and should ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world.”  Paragraph 2683, Ibid.

 

 

Terrorists Aren’t Really “Responsible” for Their Crimes

In the 1960’s, when jet hijackings and other acts of terror became more common, it took a while for newscasters to learn how to report these events.  It’s hard to believe that, initially, reports of such evil acts were described that a certain terror group was “claiming credit” for their crimes.  This was eventually changed to “claiming responsibility” which we hear to this day.

But is this accurate? Those claiming to be truly responsible must have several qualities as listed in http://www.dictionary.com/browse/responsible.  One is to be answerable or accountable to someone.  Some terrorists claim to be answerable to a god, they believe, who wants torture and destruction for those who won’t discard their beliefs and submit to Islam (the meaning of Islam is “submission”).1  Interesting view of the Deity.

Being “responsible” also means “having the power to control and manage” along with being the cause of something.  Terrorists would qualify here.

But the similarities between terrorists and being responsible spiral downward with “having a capacity for moral decisions and therefore accountable” plus “able to discharge obligations or pay debts.”  Terrorists may believe they are able to distinguish between right and wrong.  If so, then they had better hope their displays of ignorance regarding true virtue were caused by their upbringing and forces beyond their control.  Otherwise, their eternity is in severe jeopardy.

As far as paying debts are concerned, there is no doubt that they feel no obligation to atone for their crimes.  In fact, they believe acting heinously is somehow glorious.

The use of the word “responsibility” gives Islamic jihadists an undeserved air of decency.

Jihadists are not preoccupied in the civil spreading of spiritual good news.  For fourteen centuries, they have put a lot of energy in destroying all who disagree with them and establishing a worldwide caliphate.

Recommendation:  to avoid giving the slightest respect to terrorists, we should simply report that a specific group claims “involvement” with the atrocities.  Unfortunately, that word leaves out the horrible immorality of their acts and is too dignified for them.  There ought to be a more appropriate word.

 

1 – “The root word for Islam is “al-Silm,” which means “submission” or “surrender.” There is no disagreement about this among Islamic scholars. al-Silm (submission) does not mean the same thing as al-Salaam (peace), otherwise they would be the same word.”  https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110819104302AA2UHLT

 

Murders in Nairobi Must Strengthen Our Resolve Against Evil

The heinous events beginning over the weekend at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi bring great sadness to people of good will.  It must also bring a renewed determination to not become fearful.  The battle against Evil did not begin with the World Wars of the 20th century or with the greed accelerated by the Industrial Revolution or with Attila the Hun, etc.  It started with the serpent in the Garden of Eden.  The effects resulting from the fall from Paradise will be with us until the Second Coming of Christ.

Despite pre- and post-election claims by the Administration to the contrary, Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are anything but conquered.  Events of the last few years and from all over the world should make this obvious.  That most of these terrorists believe their murderous actions belong to a fight-to-the-death worthy cause is just part of our post-Fall plight.

As St. Paul reminded (bishop) Timothy:

“In fact, all who want to live religiously in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
But wicked people and charlatans will go from bad to worse, deceivers and
deceived.  But you,  remain faithful to what you have learned and believed,
because you know from whom you learned it… I charge you in the
presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who judge the living and the dead,
and by His appearing and His kingly power:  proclaim the word; be
persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand,
encourage through all patience and teaching.  For the time will come when
people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and
insatiable curiosity,  will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to
the truth and will be diverted to myths.  But you, be self-possessed in all
circumstances; put up with hardship; perform the work of an evangelist;
fulfill your ministry.”  (2 Timothy 3: 12-14 and 4: 1-5)1

Evil is most effective in scaring those who believe that this earthly life is the only thing that matters.  We have been assured that Good will triumph over Evil once and for all.  We are not empowered to set the timetable, but to remain steadfast in our mission.

Let’s make sure we are not intimidated by Evil and that we continue to persevere.  Then, the day will come when we will be able to say, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4: 7)1

1 – from “The New Catholic Answer Bible,” Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, KS, 2005