At Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft brings us a story of yet another tolerant Imam:

When you say: “Merry Christmas,” you are saying: “Congratulations on your false religion,” “Congratulations on your false understanding of life.” You are congratulating them on the most evil of polytheism and heresy.

As Ibn Qayyim said, this is worse than fornication, drinking alcohol, and killing someone, because you are approving of the biggest crime every committed by the children of Adam – polytheism.

Pam Geller nailed it:

More interfaith dialogue and mutual understanding

But at least they are in line with some in the US Army

Two weeks ago, a routine meeting was held at the Mississippi base with various leaders of the 158th Infantry Brigade. During the meeting, they discussed an upcoming Christmas football tournament. The equal opportunity officer immediately objected to the usage of the word “Christmas.”

“Our equal opportunity representative stopped the briefing and told us that we can’t say Christmas,” the soldier told me. “Almost the entire room blew up. Everybody was frustrated. The equal opportunity rep told our commander that not everyone celebrates Christmas and we couldn’t say Christmas celebration. It had to be holiday celebration.”

The soldier said there was a brief, but heated discussion about political correctness. At one point, the equal opportunity representative tried to deflect the criticism by pointing out it was the Army’s rules – not hers.

But apparently this ban on Christmas embraced by this Imam & the “equal opportunity representative” of the Army is not shared by all as evidenced by this e-mail I received this week.  Subject line Merry Christmas:

My friends, I wish you very merry Christmas, happy holidays & a very prosperous new year.May God bless you & your families with health wealth prosperity & long useful lives.Amin. Sincerely Bashir U Mehmud & family.

You might remember the name Bashir Mehmud if you were reading this site back in Aug of 2010.

His sermon was a no nonsense one about the start of Ramadan next Wednesday and the need for spiritual renewal, the rewards of fasting and the need to avoid sin and temptation. The basic thrust of the sermon could have been given in any Catholic Church in preparation for Lent. He also asked the congregation to pray for the members of their community that were killed in the May 28th Mosque Attacks. (Their Branch of Islam the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community are rejected by many mainstream Muslim groups). His sermon also touched on a denouncement of violence. Not surprising as his sect has been the target of radical Islam

We spoke for 45 minutes after the service. He has lived in Fitchburg for almost 30 years and has seen the change in the town. His opinions on the direction of the city and the cultural decay of the country could have been said by my mother.

He has since retired but the local Mosque remains the same, and the most hopeful sight you can see in Fitchburg is every 4th of July where you see this.

Did you ever think you’d see the day when an Islamic Sect is more friendly toward Christmas than a representative of the US Army?

Under any other administration I would not have believed it.

by AP Dillon

In the last installment, I laid out the back story and one of the main players pulling the multiple strings in North Carolina — NC Justice Center via their non-profit outfit BluePrint NC (BPNC). I left off the last entry introducing Reverend Barber as the face of ‘Moral Monday’ — the most recent series of BPNC campaigns and that is where I pick up this week.

The Reverend Doctor William Barber

Barber is the President of the NC NAACP, which in NC is a 501(c)(4) organization. Barber has a Masters in Divinity from Duke and a doctoral degree from a New Jersey university. He is pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro. Per his bio from the summit held in 2011″A NORTH CAROLINA SUMMIT:  POVERTY AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE IN A TIME OF CRISIS“:

Rev. Dr. William Barber, President, NC NAACP

Rev. Dr. William Barber is president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP. He serves as pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, a 120-year-old congregation with over 400 members and 30 active ministries. He is chairperson of the Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization involved with building affordable single family homes and senior citizen 
housing and providing job training, affordable child care, and inner city revitalization in Goldsboro.

Barber has held adjunct faculty positions at both Duke University and  North Carolina Central University, and is the author of the book Preaching Through Unexpected Pain. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Public Administration from NC Central University, earned his Master of Divinity from the Duke Divinity School, and his doctoral  degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He has served as executive director for the NC Human Relations Commission, appointed by Governor James B. Hunt, and is a noted advocate for social justice issues in North Carolina

Be sure to check out all the speakers bios; it’s a who’s who of the organized Left in NC.

To be clear, the NAACP in North Carolina is 100% in the bag for the Democrats. There isn’t even an attempt to put on appearances otherwise.  Over the years, Barber has used his position as a ‘Reverend’ to claim rights to the moral high ground which, of course, is whatever ground the Democrats are standing on. The use of the church, religion and morality used over and over by this man in order to score political points is shameful.

It should not be surprising to learn that Reverend Barber sits on the Board of Directors at the NC Justice Center, which we learned in my last article was the group that started BluePrint NC. It should also be noted that Reverend Barber is a big fan of… Reverend Barber. If there’s a t.v. camera in a 10 mile radius, you’ll find Barber in front of it, especially if it’s MSNBC as Sister Toldjah notes:

As does the beat with the North Carolina NAACP, who started the whole “Moral Monday” anti-GOP policies march tradition in late April, with initially just a few dozen who protested at the NCGA – including our own version of Rev. Al Sharpton: Rev. William Barber, who has become a frequent guest on MSNBC (surprise!).  – Sister Toldjah

Reverend Barber has managed to insert him into every hot button topic coming down the pike in North Carolina and he usually ends up being arrested. To Barber, everything is a civil rights issue, every thing is racist and everything he says has to be delivered in a bellowing sermon-like voice. In a nutshell, Barber is well-known for his theatrics and his race baiting. You’ll see an example of just how far Barber pushes the envelope as we proceed.

The Rhetoric Of The Moral Reverend

Let’s cut to the chase and hear it right from Barber’s own mouth.

Wherein Trayvon Martin is the same as Emmett Till, according to Reverend Barber. This video was shot at the July 15th Moral Monday in Raleigh:

In the video below, Barber has taken his Moral Monday act on the road and is in Elizabeth city.  He has called a ‘press conference’ but has no intention of addressing any questions. In the opening 30 seconds, Barber says that in response to the Voter ID law recently passed that they are bringing in the “best legal minds” but that they aren’t stopping there:

“We’re not gonna just shoot one bullet, we’re gonna shoot ‘em all.”


Read more about this incident here.

Barber hasn’t stopped with attacks just on the NC General Assembly, he’s going after another target. That target is Art Pope — the Left’s equivalent of a local Koch Brother in North Carolina. Reverend Barber’s ‘moral’ answer to those pushing back against Moral Monday is to attack their livelihood, but in doing so, Barber is also attacking those employed by Pope. How is this being accomplished? Barber is using the NC NAACP to advocate boycotting two stores owned by Pope.

The pair had a brief interaction in public recently over this very tactic. For partial video of the exchange between the two, hit ABC 11.  As the ABC 11 report says, ‘this is the first time the two have met’, one should not be surprised. Barber likes to talk at his base, not engage in actual discussion with the opposition.  If Pope hadn’t been in the vicinity, this exchange never would have happened.

You can also read a transcript of the conversation at WUNC, but the net-net is Barber wants the NC General Assembly to spend more money. Barber predictably sides with Democrats who ran up $2 billion in debt to the fed and left NC with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country.

Not Picketing Alone

Fear not, the NAACP is not going this road alone. The AFL-CIO, responsible for many of the fast food strikes in North Carolina and nationwide, are helping to provide the foot soldiers. Also engaging in this activity is Democracy NC.

The North Carolina NAACP, along with the state AFL-CIO and Democracy North Carolina, have organized pickets in 17 locations across the state in December, starting with events at Maxway and Roses stores owned by Pope in Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte. – Chris Kromm, Facing South

Remember that name, Chris Kromm and Democracy NC. You’ll see them again in this series. In the next installment, we’ll delve a little deeper into the “grassroots” movement called Moral Monday and those affiliated with it.

 

A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon’s writing can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.

Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

She replied, “No one, sir.”

Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.

John 8:10-11

On this Second Day of Christmas I’m thinking of the huge contrast between how the left has perceived Pope Francis and Phil Robertson.

Pope Francis is the head of the Roman Catholic Church has been named the Man of the Year by Time Magazine and by the gay Magazine the Advocate.  You can not turn on a television set without seeing a leftist gush over the Holy Father.

Meanwhile Phil Robertson has been condemned by GLAAD and many on the left have condemned his words concerning Homosexuality and sin as “bigoted” and hate speech.  You don’t have to go far to see elites go after Robertson over his interview in GQ magazine.

This would seem to make no sense, particularly as since day one the Roman Catholic church explicitly designated Homosexual acts as mortal sin and the Catechism is rather explicit the wages of such sin:

Jesus often speaks of “Gehenna” of “the unquenchable fire” reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost.  Jesus solemnly proclaims that he “will send his angels, and they will gather . . . all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire” ,and that he will pronounce the condemnation: “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!”

The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.  The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.

That is the official and unchanging word of the Church  Why then does the media celebrate the one and not the other?

The answer is as simple as the carrot and the stick.

Here is the biblical passage that Phil Robertson’s remarks are based on from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians:

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

This is inspired Scripture from the New Testament and more importantly written after both the Council of Jerusalem (Acts Chapter 15) and the changing of dietary laws that the shellfish brigade ignore (Acts 10 & 11) so it can’t be written off as something later changed.

As for those who claim a different interpretation consider, for 1900 years the clear meaning of scripture on Homosexuality was virtually unchallenged.  It was not until gay lobbies gained power and influence in the last 30 years that people suddenly decided that every biblical scholar since the day of Christ was universally wrong.

Talk about the sin of pride.

Bottom line, to any person who claims any form of Christianity this is not something to be disputed or even questioned.  Phil Robertson is on solid theological ground here and Pope Francis would not dispute it

Time Magazine and the Advocate not withstanding the odds of Pope Francis denouncing or retracting this passage in any way are about the same as Lynda Carter and Kaley Cuoco rushing to marry me once polygamy become legal.

However that quote, the stick, stops at verse 10.  Verse 11 follows and the message there is significant to the extreme.

That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

1 Corinthians 6:11

And that in a nutshell is Pope Francis’ message that he delivers over

and over

and over again

the message of repentance and forgiveness:

 

It’s worth pointing out that Phil Robinson would not dispute verse 11 or the Pope’s message of forgiveness and repentance any more than he would dispute this:

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.

Matthew 18:21-22

The carrot is always more popular than the stick and will always be so, but in terms of the final goal. it doesn’t matter if people get there through Pope’s Francis’ emphasis or Phil Robertson’s as long as they do.