In a Hand Basket

Pope Francis plans to recognize the non-existent “state of Palestine,” lending weight to a Palestinian push for international support for sovereignty and bypassing stalled negotiations with Israel. The announcement coincides with the church’s canonization of two Palestinian nuns, the first Arabic-speaking saints, in a Mass Sunday that President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority is to attend.

Palestinian leaders celebrated the endorsement. Israel’s Foreign Ministry said that it was “disappointed” by the Pope’s decision and that the recognition would “not advance the peace process.”

God promises blessings on those who bless Israel and curses on those who curse her in Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Recognizing a ‘state of Palestine,’ is definitely not blessing Israel.

And as jihad’s waged around the world, a ‘holy war,’ is being carried out in the U.S. in the form of sharia law. George Washington University Law School Professor John Banzhaf filed a sixty-page complaint alleging Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., creates an “offensive” environment for Muslims because of school’s statuary, crosses and other religious forms of artwork.

He claims the university “does not provide space — as other universities do — for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them instead to find temporarily empty classrooms where they are often surrounded by Catholic symbols which are incongruous to their religion.”

Banzhaf’s suit appears hypocritical after he came to the defense of a GWU student in April 2014, who posted a Sanskrit symbol on a public bulletin board that looks like the Nazi swastika. The GWU reported the incident to the D.C. police as a “hate crime.”

“While Christian, Jewish, and other students are free to openly display their religious symbols, Hindus, Buddhists, and other students can do the same only at the risk of being banned and ultimately expelled,” Banzhaf said in a written statement.

The student was eventually expelled.

Finally, at Georgetown University while discussing poverty at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit, President Obama said, “It’s important for us to guard against cynicism and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us.”

He couldn’t be more wrong as noted in Matthew 26:11 where Jesus instructed his disciples: “The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”

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About Tom Darby

French-born, American-raised, U.S. citizen, husband, father, friend, veteran, and writer.
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