Monday, December 11, 2017

Overview of the January 2018 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine to try and gain more tithes paying converts. (January 2018.) Let's take a look at what they have to say this time.


The editors for this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad Macdonald, Richard Palmer, Robert Morley, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

This issue has a circulation of 247,255 issues. November-December 2017's circulation was 246,769. October 2017's circulation was 245,780. September 2017's circulation was 245,925 issues. August 2017's circulation was 255,897 issues. July 2017's circulation was 267,569. May-June 2017's circulation was 263,551. April 2017's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure).

The cover is illustrated by Gary Dorning. The cover features portrayals of the leaders of Russia, China, Japan, Turkey, Austria and Hungary. It should be noted that PCG often scare mongers about Russia, China and Japan. PCG's leaders do not talk of Turley as much Turkey but PCG does teach that the Turkish people are fated to be annihilated by PCG's pathetic parody of God based on the erroneous assumption that the Turkish people are descendants of the ancient Edomites.

Gerald Flurry has a personal article which shamelessly labels the recent victories against the criminal network known as ISIL as a defeat for the United States and a victory for Iran. This is done to promote his claim to be able to see the future since he has taught that Iran is the King of the South since 1994. This prediction gives PCG's 1% a strong motive to vilify Iran as much as possible to glorify their leader as one who can see the future. Widespread concern about the criminal network known as ISIL makes this harder to do. How easy it is for Flurry to shamefully downplay the frightfulness of the criminal network called ISIL when he has never had to flee his home or see his homeland get shattered by an armed insurgency. This is a particularly disgraceful article.

Stephen Flurry has an article saying that the world is becoming dominated by authoritarian strongmen. PCG's writers complain about those they label as authoritarian strongmen and yet their own leader, Gerald Flurry, boasts of implementing "one-man rule" within PCG.

Richard Palmer has an article discussing the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. PCG teaches that in the future a European Empire led by Germany will conquer the United States and take Americans as slave labor back with them to Europe in the days just before Christ's return.

Jeremiah Jacques has articles about the leaders of China, Russia, Japan and the Philippines. Even though Japan has been closely allied to the United States since the end of World War II PCG's leadership continues to portray Japan as a threat to their predominantly American audience.

Brent Nagtegaal has a little article about the president of Turkey.

Anthony Chibarirwe has an article about the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

The Infographic discusses methods of politicians gaining a large amount of power over their nations.

Brad Macdonald and Joel Hilliker has an article insisting that the sexual harassment currently being exposed after the revelations concerning Harvey Weinstein is because people are not living their lives in accordance with PCG's teachings. This seems rather unhelpful considering how widespread this problem is within society, including churches.

Andrew Müller has an article condemning far left protesters labelled Antifa, crudely linking them to German Communists of Weimar Germany who opposed the Nazis.

Christopher Eames has an article insisting that Abraham was a genius in astronomy and mathematics citing Josephus and Philo of Alexandria overlooking the issue that Genesis, which was written centuries before the time of these individuals, said nothing about these alleged events. That indicates that these are legends that arose after Genesis.

Gerald Flurry has an article saying that science cannot help humanity solve its problems.

Joel Hilliker has an article calling for children to obey their parents.

WorldWatch mentions commemorations for the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation to scare monger about ecumenicism; the State of Israel's purchase of submarines from Germany; al-Shabaab's terrorist bombing in Mogadishu, Somalia which killed 512 people on October 14, 2017; a claim that Osama bin Laden worked with Iran; an ISIL sympathizer's terrorist attack in New York which killed eight people on October 31, 2017; an Iranian proposal to stop using the US dollar for transactions involving oil; China further building up artificial islands in the South China Sea; and restoration of full diplomatic relations between China and South Korea.

SocietyWatch mentions scare mongering about social security running out of money in 2036 (which could be easily solved by just making more than the first $100,000 of income applicable to paying into Social Security); scare mongering that young people are becoming witches; that deaths from drug overdoses have tripled since 1999 in the United States; and scare mongering that doctors in Britain are being encouraged to make children change genders as part of PCG's denigration of transgender people.

Andrew Müller has an article praising PCG's God as the true and righteous strongman who must be followed by PCG's followers.

There are letters. One letter implies that PCG has the only media outlet worth listening to.
There is a great comfort with the Trumpet, when everything else is empty.
One letter from North Carolina boasts of knowing PCG's dogmas while the rest of the world knows not.
Yes, the good thing is, we are all still here. The bad thing is, the world is in confusion and will continue to publish garbage based on the imagination of man’s heart. The brilliant thing is that God has blessed our eyes and ears to receive the truth grounded in the sure Word of God. I am so consumed by all the excellent articles and broadcasting on the Trumpet.
One letter from Rarotonga, Cook Islands seems to indicate agreement with PCG's negativity towards the well known phenomenon of climate change caused by human activity.
I sincerely thank you for the two Philadelphia Trumpet magazines, August and September 2017, which I received today. I was extremely interested in the article in the August issue on the subject of climate change. This has been a major worldwide topic that I have tried to follow over several years, and I have to say I agree with you 100 percent on what you say.
One letter from California compliments them on their illustrated covers. Back in 2012 PCG's strongman leader, Gerald Flurry, authorized the creation of an art department.
The cover designs to the Trumpet magazine are top-notch and always interesting to look at. The articles are well written, and Stephen Flurry’s Principles of Living articles are an inspirational read.
And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain more tithes paying converts and to keep their followers in awe of them as being able to see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. But despite such a poor record of predictions their talk of doom and gloom has gone well for PCG's leadership. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according to a booklet by their leader, Gerald Flurry. Even as early as 1996 PCG claimed to have more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane. But PCG's many failed predictions clearly reveal that PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mark Armstrong on Pope Francis, Jerusalem Controversy, California Wildfires, Immigration, the Homeless, Trump-Russia, etc.

Intercontinental Church of God's leader, Mark Armstrong, has another weekly update posted online. (December 8, 2017.) Let's see what he has to say this time.

First he rants about Pope Francis. He also mischaracterize immigration as "a third word invasion ... of Western nations" in his feelings of xenophobia which are often expressed in these weekly updates.
Some weeks you hardly know where to start, and this is one of those.  First, the pope has made a big stink about changing the wording of the Lord's prayer!  And why not?  He, and his predecessors have changed everything else about the Bible, what it says and what it means.  Since when are Catholics authorized to read and understand anything in the Bible?  They chant in Latin, pass out wafers every Sunday, defend homosexuality, promote a third world invasion (especially Muslim "refugees") of Western nations, and despise American patriotism.  Since when did they encourage the reading or understanding of the Bible? 
He crudely implies that Pope Francis is desperately seeking attention.
All that said, there are plenty of clumsily translated passages in scripture, otherwise there would be no need for the commentaries and handbooks that put things into historic and linguistic perspective.  What's the pope going to do, find every passage that might be better translated?  Probably not!  The only ones authorized to study the Bible have been the backward, effeminate cardinals and priests.  Mere parishioners have never been encouraged to read and understand the scriptures by the Catholic church.  It just wouldn't be healthy to whatever is left of a flock told that their "vicar" is infallible!  It's almost as if the pope was looking for any pitiful excuse to command the spotlight.
He also calls Pope Franics a "little twerp." After that ad hominem insult he praises President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel even though just about every other national government views East Jerusalem as territory occupied by the State of Israel because it was captured in the Six Day War in 1967 and governments tend to be very reluctant to recognize altered borders.
The little twerp also condemned the truly important news of the week, and that is that President Trump announced that the American Embassy is moving to Jerusalem, finally.  December 2017 will become one of a handful of historic, watershed events in Israel's relatively short history, as Prime Minister Netanyahu just said.  But the Palestinians are rioting!  They're burning tires, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at police!  Oh no!  That's only happened a couple of thousand times before.  The fact is, it goes on constantly and never stops.  They've been raised to battle Israeli police and that's what they do.
He mentions that rockets had been fired from the Gaza Strip. Then complains that "the mainstream media, Hollywood notables and European political elite"  are afraid of President Trump's influence upon political affairs.
But they've fired rockets at Israel from Gaza!  Yes, three.  Two fell short, inside Gaza, and another landed on open land, far from any target.  It's not exactly the first time they've done that either.  Every president going back to Reagan promised to do it, Trump did it.  But, as we all hear from the mainstream media, Hollywood notables and European political elite, Trump is burning down the world.  It's even been suggested he's responsible for the California fires!
He then moves on to the fires in California. He has his own politically charged idea about how the fires started.
A more likely conclusion is that California is burning up due to its own self-congratulatory non-sense.  These fires didn't start themselves, based on the admissions of Fire Chiefs.  There have been no storms, no lightening.  But they've got homeless camps growing out of control, and more illegal aliens than they can count.  Whose money will pay to rebuild all the multi-million-dollar homes going up in flames?  Do you pay for fire insurance?  Do those same companies insure California homes? 
He charges that Californian officials are trying to hide what caused the wildfires. To him it is obvious that undocumented immigrants are to be blamed.
Officials refuse to discuss the likely source of the fires, they're too busy dealing with the heart-breaking tragedy of smoldering properties and altered lives to engage in any discussion that might burn a hole through the logic of a sanctuary state that refuses to hold illegal aliens responsible for any and all crimes destructive to public safety.  We just saw them pat themselves on the back for the mind-blowing acquittal of Kate Steinle's killer.  It wasn't REALLY his fault.  He didn't even know he was holding the gun when it went off!
He seems to imply that homeless people may have started the fires. The highlighted phrase below sounds sarcastic to me.
The liberal media went crazy about the story of Park Rangers catching the illegal leaving a fire he'd admittedly set for warmth in remote park in Sonoma County.  The Sherriff said that story was totally irrelevant.  There's no word on what happened, if anything since he was jailed after having been caught red-handed.  But, as officials have said, these fires didn't start themselves.  Whatever you do, don't suspect the homeless or the illegals who are carving out refuge on the outskirts of nearly every city and town in the state.  They are the proof of California's superior empathy toward the poor.  They're are the pope's sacraments, for crying out loud!
He then insists that climate change is a hoax designed to take away the people's freedom.
And then there is this.  Global warming scientists just got caught "red-handed" (again!) "phonying" up sea level measurements.  It seems that the global authorities on such matters, known to evaluate and publish sea-level data were able to take readings showing long-term STABLE measurement data and alter, or "realign" it before releasing it as scientific proof of global-warming and rising sea levels.  The organization is known as the PSMSL the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level.  It was exposed by two Australian scientists in a paper for Earth Systems and Environment, and it joins the jumble of bogus "scientific proof" that global warming is something that should panic everybody into giving up freedom to "save the planet."
He then tries to discredit the ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia by insisting that "the lawyers, FBI investigators and Justice Department personnel who have been leading the charge" are "utterly corrupt".
Lastly, maybe you've heard the expression, Fruit of the Poison Tree.  It may sound Biblical, but it has legal connotations.  It means that false, or falsely obtained evidence taints an entire case, and it's been used in reference to the Russia-collusion case that is tried and analyzed endlessly by the mainstream media.  If you haven't been able to keep up with the tiresome giddiness with which media hacks cheer-lead the president's downfall you may not yet know how utterly corrupt are the lawyers, FBI investigators and Justice Department personnel who have been leading the charge.  So many scandals are coming to the surface that it may be bigger news than the accusations of inappropriate behavior burning up the headlines.  Well, almost that big.  If CNN had to retract all the false, breathless reports they've made over the past year (including last night!), we might well not live long enough to see it all straightened out.
He then talks about the latest ICBM test from North Korea and scare mongers that something wrong may occur during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, South Korea next year.
But we'll close with some pretty good news.  The report last week of North Korea having successfully completed a test of an ICBM that could reach anywhere in the United States wasn't entirely accurate.  Turns out it broke up on re-entry and was not a successful test.  But the Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in South Korea, and the North wouldn't need an ICBM to ruin them.
He then ends with these words.
Other than that, everything is looking up!  Have a great Sabbath.   
Mark
What must it be like being in an organization where a man who writes like this is in charge?

Iraq "Fully Liberated" from ISIL Terrorists



CNN reports that Iraq has declared itself to be "fully liberated" from the terrrorists and murderers of the criminal network known as ISIL.
The Iraqi military has "fully liberated" all of Iraq's territory of "ISIS terrorist gangs" and retaken full control of the Iraqi-Syrian border, it said Saturday in a statement. 
"Our heroic armed forces have now secured the entire length of the Iraq-Syria border," Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi said on his Twitter account. "We defeated Daesh (ISIS) through our unity and sacrifice for the nation. Long live Iraq and its people." (CNN, December 9, 2017.)
May there be peace in Iraq.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Mark Armstrong Condemning a Jury's Verdict

Intercontinental Church of God's leader Mark Armstrong has another weekly update. Let's take a look. (December 1, 2017.)

Here he complains that a jury found Jose Inez Garcia Zarate not guilty.
When Governor Jerry Brown declared California a sanctuary state, he wasn't kidding!  No doubt millions reacted with astonishment and anger at the “not guilty” verdict issued for the illegal idiot who shot and killed beautiful Kate Steinle.  My TV may never be the same after the tongue lashing it got last night.  And then these slime ball lawyers came out and warned first the President, Vice President and Attorney General, and then all of the rest of us who might be tempted to be critical of the jury's verdict, that we all enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  While it wasn't conclusive about the first lawyer, the second had a serious speech impediment that he seemed to play up, leaving no doubt about his proclivity. 
He assumes he better understands the situation than the jury.
Now we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the state of California has embraced insanity.  They’re soooo righteous in all their empathy for illegal aliens, that a jury will declare an habitual criminal innocent if he kills someone, and there's some doubt about his intent.  Assuming he didn't intend to take the innocent life of Kate Steinle, he still killed her.  That's involuntary manslaughter at the very least! 
He expresses the hope that his readers will share his opinion.
If this doesn't get the rest of the nation to recognize the depth of stupidity that infects, not just the California state leadership, but in this case a jury of San Francisco citizens who UNANIMOUSLY found the killer innocent, then nothing will. 
He then takes comfort in the thought that of the leftists he despises have been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein.
Many may not yet recognize the boomerang effect of the left's air of righteous superiority.  But it's coming back upon them, time and again.  They got so excited about destroying Judge Moore and gaining a seat in the Senate, the scandal they set in motion is taking down a who's who of their own beloved hierarchy.  Their biggest Hollywood financial benefactors, some of their reliable network propagandists, their favorite former president, and some of their biggest heroes in government are dropping like flies.
He then hopes that some similar misfortune will occur to leftists reporting on the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal.
Self-righteous promoters of socialism and political correctness don't have the slightest bit of shame in accusing others of things that they themselves are guilty of.  Wait until their Russian “collusion” obsession comes full circle.  Much of the information is already out, though the mainstream media hasn't yet had its face rubbed in it.  Odd, isn't it, how the “facts first” network is blissfully unaware of information already in the possession of millions?  They know nothing of the financing of the fake dossier, for which their ideological friends paid millions.  They never heard of uranium sales to Russia, approved by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. 
He complains of calls for President Trump to be removed from office.
They throw little tantrums about what a lunatic President Trump is, between “facts first” adds about an apple still being an apple even if someone says “banana, banana, banana.”  Facts first!  Then they go back to wondering when Trump's family will stage an “intervention” due to his obvious diminished capacity.  They can't understand why Congress hasn't invoked the 25th Amendment to have Trump relieved of his duties, due to his inability to faithfully execute them.  Facts first, my left foot.
He charges that the Trump-Russia scandal is leaving Americans unaware of problems with North Korea and Iran.
North Korea just demonstrated its ability to launch a full-blown ICBM with a range to hit anywhere in the United States, and carry a nuclear warhead.  Maybe they don't yet have the nuclear warhead, but then nobody thought they had an ICBM of that magnitude either.  There is little dispute over the fact that the world is in grave danger as the radical rogue regimes, such as North Korea and Iran, start to brandish nuclear weapons.  But in the midst of mainstream fury over the election and apparent success of the Trump administration, nuclear threats are a footnote.  The BIG NEWS is that President Trump is almost caught “colluding with the Russians.”  He's been almost caught every day and night for nearly a year now.  They seem to have no recognition that their false reporting and obvious bias is a major reason he was elected in the first place! 
He then crassly accuse those sympathetic to the plight of refugees of causing Europeans and Americans to exposed to terrorist attacks from Al Qaeda like extremists. This is a vicious accusation against those who wish well to those who happen to be less fortunate.
Europe is on red alert for more “holiday terror,” similar to the attacks last year.  Terrorist bombs and massacres are a way of life for much of the Middle East, and as we all know, the danger is all over Europe and all over the United States due to the overwhelming goodness and empathy of those willing to sacrifice all God's blessings and their children's future, assuming they have any, so they can brag about their lofty ideals.  The “goodness” of these godless socialists is liable to be end of Western culture.
He ends this missive against immigrants, those wishing to welcome them, those concerned about the Trump-Russia scandal and jurors doing their duty with a little statement of encouragement.
May God grant all of us the patience and the gumption to recognize what is important and what is not.  We're being pulled in all directions.   
Mark
He then adds a postscript.
P. S. The December letter was mailed two days ago and should be in your mailbox directly.  We have another edition of Twenty-first Century WATCH laid out and on its way to print.  We've also seen very effective results with some of our internet “boosts,” and will continue testing material on the Sabbath, what happens after death, and concentrating on strategies that work.   Have a great Sabbath.
Shouldn't the paragraph above be the weekly update?

PCG's 1%'s Cover-up of the Watergate Scandal



Since around late 2015 some within PCG's 1% have minimized the Watergate scandal (as may be seen herehere and here) despite the weighty evidence indicating otherwise, not least the famous testimony of former White House Counsel John Dean.

While reading Dean's account of what happened in those days I was struck by his reaction to Nixon's resignation speech on August 8, 1974.
By the time he had finished, my pity had given way to dismay. He never admitted a ... thing, I thought. He went out with a campaign speech. Oh, well, I thought, at least he's consistent, but why? Why is he taking Watergate with him? ... 
The cover-up had been a stupid error. Lying about it had been deadly for him. It was over now. He'd been caught in his lies, so why didn't he confess? Was he really far wiser than most would give him credit for? Would history say he'd been unfairly forced from office? Was he planting seeds of doubt? Or did he fear prosecution and jail? (John Dean, Blind Ambition: The White House Years, 1976, p. 357.)
But at least Nixon's seeds of doubt have failed to sprout for the most part and most people know that Nixon was guilty. But these seeds of doubt have sprouted within PCG's 1%. Gerald Flurry and Joel Hilliker have minimized the criminal cover-up. It was a Communist attack. It was revenge for Nixon's prosecution of Alger Hiss. PCG's leadership have been trying to cover-up the Nixon Administration's attempted cover-up of its involvement in the activities of the Plumbers.

We must embrace facts instead of just believing what we want to believe.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What if There was War with China?




Renowned journalist John Pilger in his latest film, The Coming War on China, discusses the possibility of war between the United States and China and what might happen in such a nightmarish situation. This documentary was first released on December 5, 2016 in Britain and can now be viewed on Al Jazeera.

The COGs have often scare mongered about China but if such a dreadful thing as war with China should occur (may that day never dawn) in actual fact the United States is quite well positioned for such an eventuality. The United States have many military bases located in nations neighboring China ready to respond if such a thing were to occur. The COGs have failed to notice that rather pertinent fact.

Those of us who with a COG background have often been encouraged to interpret news not to learn what is happening but to convince ourselves that the COG is right and can see the future. I believe for many of us who were or are involved with the COGs it would be good to learn from one who is not blinkered with COG dogma discuss and confront this important issue.

Roy Moore Implied George Soros is Going to Hell

Just appalling.
Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Senate candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump, said George Soros’ agenda is “not our American culture” and suggested the Jewish billionaire philanthropist was headed to hell. ...
“He is pushing an agenda and his agenda is sexual in nature, his agenda is liberal, and not what Americans need,” said Moore, not explaining what it is about Soros’ agenda that is “sexual.” He added, “It’s not our American culture. Soros comes from another world that I don’t identify with.” ...
“No matter how much money he’s got, he’s still going to the same place that people who don’t recognize God and morality and accept his salvation are going,” Moore said. “And that’s not a good place.” (JTA, December 5, 2017.)
There is nothing wrong with honest disagreement over political matters. But this sort of exclusionary talk is dreadful. How does implying that a Jewish individual as being not a part of "our" culture not sound like anti-Semitism? We need to treat people with equality, dignity and respect.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

LCG's 11,600 Members

According to Living University's 2017-8 catalog LCG has about 11,600 members.
Living Church of God membership around the world is about 11,600 (approximately 6,300 in the USA and 5,300 internationally). The Church has international regional offices in Australia, Barbados, Canada, France, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Kingdom. Average weekly church service attendance is about 9,000. The Church’s Tomorrow’s World television program airs on more than 118 stations in 206 countries. The potential number of people reached by the telecast is over one billion. Its Tomorrow’s World magazine circulation is over 409,000 in 162 countries. (pp. 23-24.)
Banned by HWA reports that LCG's Living University is to shut down after the Spring 2018 semester.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Overview of the November-December 2017 Issue of LCG's Tomorrow's World

LCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine. (November-December 2017.)


The editors of this issue are Gerald Weston, Richard Ames, Wallace Smith, Gary Ehman, Robert Tyler, Stuart Wachowitz and Adam West.

This issue has a circulation of 273,000 issues. For September-October 2017 it was 293,000. For July-August 2017 it was 282,000. For May-June 2017 it was 355,000. For March-April 2017 it was 417,000. For January-February 2017 it was 412,000. More circulation figures may be seen in a previous post.

Gerald Weston has a personal article saying that God is the best teacher.

The magazine continues its reprinting of the late  Roderick Meredith's 1958 thesis condemning the Protestant reformers as too much like Catholics to be "true Christians."

Jonathan Riley has an article talking about the necessity of learning to adapt to differing situations citing Roald Amundsen's journey through the Northwest passage in northern Canada.

Gerald Weston also has an article condemning various trends in society.

John Meakin has an article discussing the Balfour Declaration a hundred years after it was first issued.

Stuart Wachowitz has an article denouncing efforts to legalize marijuana.

J. D. Crockett III has an article denouncing the observance of Christmas.

Wallace Smith has an article discussing the dream of terraforming other planets to make them suitable for human habitation. LCG's dogmas insists that after Christ returns LCG's followers will be changed into God beings able to traverse the universe at the speed of thought.

The Questions and Answers discusses the Johannine Epistles discussion of the spirit of antichrist.

Sheldon Monson has an article calling upon youth to persevere to gain one's goals.

There are letters. Even though most LCG members are in the United States in this issue they have cited in this issue are from other countries, namely Mozambique, Japan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Canada and the Philippines.

The letter from Mozambique is from a person who had gone to seminary but is nevertheless impressed with LCG's writings.
I have been studying the Bible for quite some time. I even have an undergraduate degree from a respected seminary, but the truth that I am finding from your literature since I became a subscriber is quite amazing. To be frank, I am learning a lot more from you than I did during my seminary education. What I am getting from you is nothing but SOLID TRUTH. It’s a pity that we don’t have a congregation of your church here in Mozambique.
The letter from Mozambique also praised the current reprint of Roderick Meredith's 1958 thesis condemning the Protestant reformers.
Your first article on the 500 years of the Protestant Reformation (March-April 2017) is a marvel. I did a course during my seminary education on the Reformation, but I have to admit that I have learned more from your publication than I did during my time in seminary. I am waiting eagerly to receive the second part of the series.
The entire narrative by Meredith condemning the protestant reformers as false Christians which he made back in 1958 may be seen here and here.

There is also a letter from South Africa from a former member of LCG's grandparent organization, WCG, seemingly wishing to get back into an organization like HWA's WCG.
Greetings! I have become aware of your organization recently via the magazine with its articles on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation. Please add me to your mailing list. I was a member of the Worldwide Church of God many years ago. I would also be interested in getting your pamphlets on Restoring Original Christianity and God’s Church Through the Ages.
And so we see that LCG's leadership has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain new converts and to keep their followers convinced into thinking that LCG is especially blessed by God and deserves to be followed.

Mark Armstrong on Australian Referendum, Immigration and Climate Change

ICG's Mark Armstrong has released another weekly update of his (November 17, 2017). This time he grouses about the 7,817,247 Australians who voted to legalize same sex marriages.

But before talking about Australia he chooses to rubbish the Supreme Court of his own nation.
No referendum, “plebiscite,” or any other barometer of American opinion was ever undertaken in the United States. Only suspicious “polls” by think tanks and news organizations pushed the idea that Americans were clamoring for so-called “marriage equality.” A ruling by the Supreme Court decided that states' bans on legal recognition was unconstitutional, in essence a discrimination against the rights of some. And presto, as of June 26, 2015 it was suddenly, as the exuberant prime time sputterers loved to intone, the “Law of the Land.”
Even though the Supreme Court is legally empowered to make rulings on legal cases Mark Armstrong condemns the ruling.
The Supreme Court had spoken, and that was that. The entirety of civilized world history was overthrown by a contorted argument about “equality” and “discrimination.” This helped buttress the notion that only a discriminatory bigot (or hater) could now oppose what had been enshrined as the “Law of the Land” by the Supreme Court. Mind you, the ruling was a 5-4 split on a Court whose narrow majority chose to disregard religious beliefs as a valid excuse for anyone to opt out of participation in ceremonies or wedding parties, particularly bakers, photographers or clergymen. The fact that the Bible condemns every aspect of homosexual practice, and Christian believers might not want to participate apparently didn't matter at all.
Then he gets to the point: He is annoyed at the recent referendum in Australia.
Western Europe has embraced the practice across the board, while East European nations still refuse to recognize the practice. Australia was one of the last holdouts in all of western civilization, until this week. We'll probably need the insight of our Australian colleague to explain the intricacies of the “vote by mail” referendum that just transpired down under, but the homosexuals are dancing in the streets to celebrate what's been called an “emphatic” and “overwhelming” support for the legalization of so-called “gay” marriage. The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull triumphantly says that Australia will not countenance discrimination against “same sex weddings,” and promises legal action “before Christmas.” 
Seeking to distress his readers at these events he insists that these acts are slights against (the COGs') God.
That's it. The whole of the Western world has declared God wrong, and in great righteous compassion signed on with an abomination on the basis of “modern” opinion. 
He then insists to his readers that the law may yet be overturned in the United States.
Mind you, this “Law of the Land” might not stand the test of time here in the U. S. In case you haven't noticed, there is a fledgling conservative movement beyond the seething population centers of New York and Los Angeles that managed to elect a president that's just way out of step with their mainstream dogma. He's made one conservative appointment to the Supreme Court, and with any luck may get to make another one or two. Cases regarding Religious Liberty are pending, and may be adjudicated by a slightly different, hopefully significantly different set of Justices.
He talks of the "seething population centers of New York and Los Angeles." Who writes like this? With this strange and bitter turn of phrase we see his loathing of those he thinks disagrees with him.

He then complains about the various allegations of sexual harassment that have been made recently following the allegations regarding Harvey Weinstein. He alludes to the allegations against Roy Moore.
In case you haven't noticed, there are a deluge of nasty accusations thrilling breathless opinion panels on national news. The internet has also exploded with stories and photographs and suspicious yearbook inscriptions. Apparently, there is an insatiable appetite for all manner of “sexual misbehavior,” all in the light of the new, NEW morality that is changing under your feet. Some of the things that have been done and said by important people are more than the public should have to stomach. But, ready or not, here it comes.
He then complains that people on news shows should dare complain about what President Trump has done or comment about accusations concerning him.
The refrain on CNN? It's all Trump's fault. He's compromised too, and he's showing no “moral leadership!” That's priceless! When you've got these openly “gay” news-people, flaunting their unmistakable mannerisms, self-righteously condemning the president for a lack of “moral leadership.” Homosexuals are now the arbiters of morality! They're outraged that the Pentagon might not continue paying for “sex re-assignment surgery,” as if there were any such thing. They're shocked that “trans” wannabes might not be recruited for military duty. It is all the more reason to push “Russian Collusion” and cheer-lead for Trump to be impeached. 
But he insists that media are presenting misinformation.
But the media has destroyed its own credibility to the point that we know beyond doubt that we cannot believe something just because they report it. How wrong have they been, about nearly everything? They've put out false information, false analysis, faulty polls, and intricately bizarre theories for a full year, but they are flabbergasted when they learn that a large segment of the American public doesn't believe them anymore. Then they have to analyze what's wrong with these people who won't immediately act on the information they've put out and get with the program. It must be some ignorant Bible thumpers who are cut off from modern society! Yeah, that's what it is!
He once again scare mongers about the current Syrian refugee crisis accusing immigrants of increasing violent crime even though immigrants tend to have low crime rates.
Maybe you've heard the term “U. S. centric.” It implies that we Americans are so immersed in our own national concerns that we have little regard, or understanding of what's going on elsewhere in the world. And it's undoubtedly true for the majority. Most have absolutely no idea what's actually going on in Europe. Because Angela Merkel of Germany, the leaders of the EU and the pope himself are the ones demanding that Middle Eastern natives be accepted and financially supported, they are covering up the truth of what is transpiring in every Western European nation. Believe it or not, the knife has become the weapon of choice for Muslims all across Europe. Stabbings have increased 1200% in the past ten years in some of these nations, but aren't widely reported and the nationality of perpetrators is concealed when they are. Car bombings are routine.
He says "car bombings are routine" but he is quite vague about that claim. If he is talking about events in Europe then he is simply wrong.

He scare mongers that the European Union is about to become a military power.
The EU is moving ahead with something called PESCO, which stands for Permanent Structured Cooperation. It envisions bringing all the military assets of member nations under central control of the EU, which it claims as being in the interests of defense. Twenty-three nations have already signed up, and a formal “launch” is expected next month. The aim is to give the EU a measure of independence, particularly in the wake of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Oh, and they claim it will be “good for NATO.” 
He then talks of attempts to make European Union nations as more environmentally friendly and again complains about immigrants.
We'll see if there's anything “permanent” about the EU in due time. Europe looks to be heavily invested in its own destruction. There are unruly “green” factions that have doubled the price of energy in recent years and are committed to replacing all traditional energy production with solar panels and windmills in a matter of years. There are also demands for more immigrant rights, meaning that another one to two million Syrians may be taking up residence in 2018. They've made it a hate crime for anyone to say anything negative about the immigrant population, especially if it's obvious and true.
And to end his narrative he condemns Pope Francis for speaking about the problem of climate change.
And to top it all off, the pope has doubled down on man-made global warming, saying it is “perverse” to doubt the “science” on which “global warming” is based. Wow! Gay orgies at the Vatican aren't perverse, but don't get caught doubting the “science” no matter how bogus it might be proven to be. It's impossible to know the details of how this all plays out, but certainly Europe and the pope are pushing every socialist ideal into practice, and few there be that stand against the accumulating wave of thought control.  
Mark 
And so we see Mark Armstrong ends yet another one of his misanthropic screeds. And yet the members of his organization will simply accept these strange weekly updates from Mark Armstrong.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Overview of the November-December 2017 Issue of PCG's Philadelphia Trumpet

PCG has released another issue of their recruitment magazine to try and gain more tithes paying converts. (November-December 2017.) Let's take a look at what they have to say this time.


The editors of this issue are Gerald Flurry, Stephen Flurry, Joel Hilliker, Brad Macdonald, Richard Palmer, Robert Morley, Jeremiah Jacques, Dennis Leap and Phillip Nice.

This issue's circulation is 246,769. October's circulation was 245,780. September's circulation was 245,925 issues. August's circulation was 255,897 issues. July's circulation was 267,569. May-June's circulation was 263,551. April's circulation was 267,569 (which happens to be the same as July's figure).

Gerald Flurry insists that Satan is the problem and the cause of the massacre in Las Vegas, not the easy accessibility of assault rifles.

Gerald Flurry has an article insisting that God has abandoned America and is no longer listening to the prayers of the people citing the recent hurricanes to support his dire prediction.

Tyrel Schlote has a side article accompanying this article insisting that in times past prayers were heard but that this is no longer the case. Schlote seems to say that recent prayers did not talk about repentance thus somehow causing PCG's God to not protect the United States from more hurricanes.

(The problem of climate change caused by the excess emission of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases are conveniently ignored. With more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere means hotter water which means more numerous and stronger hurricanes. If they admitted that climate change is real then they could not claim that hurricanes and other such things are caused by their twisted parody of the Christian God being angry at America.)

Gerald Flurry also has reprinted a passage from his 2001 booklet, Repentance Toward God. That booklet was discussed in a previous post.

Dennis Leap has an article condemning the acceptance of the gender identity of transgender people. He scare mongers that children are being tricked into thinking that they are transgender. It has the sickeningly inflammatory title: "Encouraging Gender Fluidity is Child Abuse." He decries various therapists seeking to help people with gender dysphoria even though Leap himself was trained to be a librarian and, as far as can be determined at present, has no specialized training in this topic.

Brad Macdonald has an article scare mongering about the recent elections in Germany and the rise of the far right Alternative for Germany party.

Richard Palmer has an article insisting that Europe only needs to a strong leader to transform into the military superpower of Armstrongism's nightmares.

Richard Palmer also has an article scare mongering that continental Europe is becoming increasingly fanatical about their religious identity as Christians and using this identity to marginalize Muslims and elect politicians who play to these tropes.

The Infographic scare mongers about the military forces of the various nation states of the European Union conveniently ignoring the vast military superiority of the United States. The map also leaves Britain shaded as though it is not a part of the European Union when in fact it is still a member of it while the negotiations for its departure from the EU are underway.

Andrew Müller has an article scare mongering that problems in Latin America are negatively affecting the United States and scare mongers that such issues will get much worse later on.

Jorg Mardian has an article about avoiding chronic noncommunicable diseases.

Jeremiah Jacques has an article scare mongering about various nations no longer using the US dollar to buy oil.

Joel Hilliker has an article calling upon parents to make their children civilized.

Joel Hilliker also has an article discussing the revelations about the sexual harassment allegations concerning Harvey Weinstein and uses that topic to complain about what is shown in movies and TV shows today.

WorldWatch discusses European attempts to deal with the migrant crisis in Libya; the establishment of processing centers for migration to EU nations inside Africa; the rightward shift in Austria following its recent elections; wildfires in California; President Trump's announcement of sending more US troops to Afghanistan; a new type of battleship being made for Britain's navy which is claimed to be less effective; the State of Israel's airstrike against a chemical weapons site in Syria on September 7; scare mongering that South Korea will turn against America to make war with North Korea less likely; scare mongering that the North Korea problem is making Japan more militaristic; and recent UN sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear weapons tests which are condemned by PCG's recruitment magazine as weak.

SocietyWatch talks about how some US states are contemplating legalizing euthanasia; defends a "No to Marxism" rally in California to continue their vilification of Antifa; a wave of riots in St. Louis on September 15-17, 2017 following the acquittal of a police officer who had fatally shot an African American man; and condemning the Burning Man festival.
The bacchanalia was marked by depravity and debauchery, including wild raves fueled by hallucinogenic drugs. “Burners” wore outlandish and provocative costumes or went nude, many engaging in sexual promiscuity and perversion. (p. 31.)
There are letters. Here's one letter from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin which denounces the Catholic Church as a cult and mentions that PCG's recruitment magazine is available at a public library.
We have the Trumpet in our local library, and I am happy to see that so people can pick it up. You have one of the most informative magazines. I used to be in the Roman Catholic Church, but I left it; that is one of the biggest cults in the world. I really wish the Trumpet came out every week like Time magazine. You are covering everything so well.
Here's a letter from Karachi, Pakistan.
I like to read your world events. I would like to know more about how world events combine with the Bible, with some related Islamic events, if it is possible.
My advice to this person is: Run. Don't walk. Run.

And so we see that PCG's 1% has produced yet another issue of their recruitment magazine to gain more tithes paying converts and to keep their followers in awe of them as being able to see the future. However since its founding in 1989 PCG has made at least 52 failed predictions. But despite such a poor record of predictions their talk of doom and gloom has gone well for PCG's leadership. Back in 2012 PCG had an income of about $19.5 million according to a booklet by their leader, Gerald Flurry. Even as early as 1996 PCG claimed to have more than $5 million in annual income. Recently PCG has even bought its own plane. But PCG's many failed predictions clearly reveal that PCG's leaders are but false prophets. There is no need to fear their dire proclamations. PCG's leaders are but false prophets.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

7,817,247 Australians Vote for Same Sex Marriage

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey has ended with 61% of voters (7,817,247) choosing to vote for the legalization of same sex marriages. No doubt the COGs will disapprove and be made uncomfortable at the fact so many no longer follow their stance against the LGBT community.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fifth Woman Speaks Out About Roy Moore

Now a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, has spoken about Roy Moore's behavior and says that he sexually assaulted her. Her account is absolutely chilling.

It is so terrible that so many people are victimized in crimes like this. May all those who are guilty of such crimes, no matter how powerful such individuals may happen to be, be brought to justice before the courts of law. 

Roy Moore and a Certain Poem

Following the allegations regarding Roy Moore I took a look at his 2005 book, So Help Me God: The Ten Commandments, Judicial Tyranny, and the Battle for Religious Freedom, and saw that the preview of the Kindle version of that book discussed his time as in the Military Police during the Vietnam War in Chapter 2. While reading that section I saw the following passage:
Of course, my real strength was my dependence on God. A poem, found on the body of a dead soldier, has been in my possession all these years. Entitled, "Since I've Met You I'm Not Afraid to Die," it showed this man's dependence on God in the midst of fighting a war. I kept my Bible by my bed and often read its encouraging message, while looking forward to going home!
Curious about this passage I looked up the words "Since I've Met You I'm Not Afraid to Die." Turns out this poem actually dates back to World War II. One source states that it was written by Frances Angermayer in Kansas City on June 3, 1943. According to that source it is entitled "A Soldier's Conversion." Another source states that an interview with Angermeyer is in the November 10, 1957 edition of The Chicago Tribune. That source states the song's title as "Conversion."

But from where did the claim that this poem was found on a soldier's body originate? Turns out there is an account (as may be seen here and here) that says that on April 19, 1944 an American soldier who died fighting Axis forces in Italy was found by a Royal Army Medical Corporal to have had this poem in his possession.

One would have no clue of any of this fascinating background about this poem if one simply read this passage in Moore's book. But perhaps he does vaguely allude to its origin from an earlier era when he states that this soldier was "fighting a war" instead of the same war he was involved in.

Monday, November 13, 2017

PCG on Roy Moore

According to a recent report by The Washington Post has recently reported that the Republican Party's senatorial candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore, initiated a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl named Leigh Corfman back in 1979. It was also reported that around this time Moore dated three teenagers even though he was in his thirties at the time. One former work colleague, Teresa Jones, has since stated to CNN that it "was common knowledge that [he] dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird."

In times past he had gained attention after getting into contention with federal judges regarding his placement of the Ten Commandments in Alabama's court house. His contention with federal judges was mentioned twice by PCG's Dennis Leap.
In late August [2003], many news outlets ran a story about the controversy surrounding a 5,300-pound granite monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state judicial building. The monument, which had been placed there by State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore two years earlier, included excerpts from the Declaration of Independence and other historic documents, as well as quotations from James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and other leaders. It featured our national motto: In God We Trust
The storm over the monument began when three attorneys, backed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed a lawsuit against Judge Moore for unlawfully crossing a constitutional line separating church and state by imposing his own brand of Christianity on the state of Alabama. When Moore placed the monument in the judicial building, he said it depicted “the moral foundations of law” and reflected the “sovereignty of God over the affairs of men.” Moore has been battling to keep it in place since U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson ordered it removed in November 2002. Justice Moore has lost that battle. The monument was moved. ... 
Judge Moore appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and his case was flatly refused—meaning Judge Thompson’s ruling stands. The Supreme Court obviously agrees that our nation cannot acknowledge God! This same Supreme Court said in June of this year that sodomy is a constitutional right. Think about this. For refusing to comply with the court’s order to remove the monument, Judge Moore has been suspended as a judge because of his so-called criminal activities—and yet, sodomy is now a right? What is going on? (Dennis Leap, America’s Judicial Blackout, November 2003.)
*** 
In the latter half of 2003, a lot of publicity was devoted to the furor over Judge Roy Moore’s placement of a huge chunk of granite displaying the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state courthouse. Opposing him were judges, lawyers and leaders of atheist groups. Supporting him were well-known heads of Christian groups. There were marches to get the granite rock out of the state house. There were prayer meetings and candlelight vigils to keep it in public view. The setting was very revealing about how our Western world views the Ten Commandments and God. 
Christopher Hitchens, Oxford graduate and prolific political journalist, wrote this in an article titled “Moore’s Law: The Immorality of the Ten Commandments”: “Judge Roy Moore is clearly, as well as a fool and a publicity hound, a man who identifies the Mount Sinai orders to Moses with a certain interpretation of Protestantism. ...” The article continues in such a similar reproachful manner for all the commandments. It is not our intention to fingerpoint here, but the author obviously holds a hatred of God and established religion. (Dennis Leap, Keys to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, February 2004.)
(The passage above was later included in Dennis Leap's booklet, The Ten Commandments, which was first published in 2005.)

Recently PCG has mentioned Moore in twice in their writings. Once after he gained the Republican nomination to run for a seat in the Senate.
Stephen Flurry discusses the repercussions of the German elections and the coalition that German Chancellor Angela Merkel may not be able to form. Also on today’s program: Israel’s worry over the rise of the far right in Germany, Roy Moore’s Senate victory in Alabama, and what inequality and injustice looks like from a global perspective. (September 27, 2017.)
He is mentioned again in a brief mention of the frightening allegations.
Today’s sexual harassment revelations and accusations have been aimed at ... Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who allegedly pursued relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, nearly four decades ago. (Joel Hilliker, Sex Scandals: A Glaring Lesson People Are Missing, November 10, 2017.)
He who wishes to a senator for Alabama portrayed himself as being so devoted to God and yet he is said to have behaved in a sexual manner with an underage, 14 year old girl.

LCG on Roy Moore

According to a recent report by The Washington Post has recently reported that the Republican Party's senatorial candidate for Alabama, Roy Moore, initiated a sexual encounter with a 14 year old girl named Leigh Corfman back in 1979. It was also reported that around this time Moore dated three teenagers even though he was in his thirties at the time. One former work colleague, Teresa Jones, has since stated to CNN that it "was common knowledge that [he] dated high school girls, everyone we knew thought it was weird."

In times past he had gained attention after getting into contention with federal judges regarding his placement of the Ten Commandments in Alabama's court house. His contention with federal judges was mentioned three times within LCG's writings in articles by Mark Mendiola, John Ogwyn and Richard A. Wilson. Twice LCG's writers mentioned him to condemn the increasing acceptance of the LGBT community within American society.
A century ago, who would have predicted that a jurist would be prohibited from displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom? Yet Alabama judge Roy Moore has incurred the secularists’ wrath by doing so. (Mark Mendiola, Who's Winning the Culture War? July-September 1999.) 
*** 
Israel of old was told that the promised land had "vomited out" the nations that were there before them because of such perversions (v. 28) and that if they did likewise, the same results would follow. In 21st century America, it is considered acceptable for a judge who refuses to remove the Ten Commandments from his courtroom to be tossed from the bench, as was Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court. Yet, on the other hand, the media labels as "progressive" and "courageous" those magistrates who perform "marriages" between homosexuals and lesbians! Such an incredibly upside-down situation would have been unimaginable even a generation ago. (John Ogwyn, Will the Terrorists Win?, July-August 2004.) 
*** 
Three weeks ago, on a Saturday night, I attended a "special" public forum on the campus of William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where the main speaker for the evening was the former Supreme Court Justice of Alabama, the honorable Roy Stewart Moore. 
Justice Moore, as you might remember, was removed from his office as Supreme Court Chief Justice on November 13, 2003 because of his refusal to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse despite orders to do so from a federal judge. It became a national story in 2003. 
Moore's supporters regard his stand as a defense of "judicial rights" and the Constitution of Alabama. Moore continues to contend that federal judges who ruled against his actions consider "obedience of a court order superior to all other concerns, even the suppression of belief in the sovereignty of God." (Richard A. Wilson, Liberal Judge's Backlash, November 18, 2010.)
Back then it was not publicly known what he had done in his earlier days.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Futility of Denying the Watergate Scandal

Speaking of the Watergate, one wonders why PCG's writers, who seem to think President Nixon was too harshly treated during the Watergate scandal, have left unmentioned the infamous "Canuck letter" that helped to sabotage the Democratic candidate widely thought as the most likely to defeat President Nixon in the 1972 presidential election, namely Senator Edmund Muskie.

As the full dimensions of the Watergate scandal began to be revealed it was learnt that the Nixon campaign had sabotaged Senator Muskie's campaign by producing a letter that purported to reveal that he harbored prejudice against Americans of French-Canadian descent. Partly in response to the publication of this false letter the Senator led a protest against the paper that published the letter. While speaking at the rally it was reported that he had cried. Some dispute this assertion. But regardless of what actually happened the allegation caused Muskie's campaign to lose momentum and eventually he was unable to gain the Democratic Party's nomination.

Since PCG's leaders seem to think that the Watergate scandal was overblown one wonders what they would say about operatives of the Nixon campaign bearing false witness to the public by producing a letter that falsely besmirched the character of Senator Muskie. So far PCG's leaders have never specifically mentioned this aspect of the Watergate scandal.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

PCG's Attempted Rehabilitation of Nixon's Role in the Watergate Scandal

Recently I finished reading The Haldeman Diaries by H. R. Haldeman, President Nixon's chief of staff in 1969-73.


While he was chief of staff Haldeman kept a diary detailing what happened from when he started in January 1969 until he resigned due to the Watergate scandal in April 1973. It is an intriguing portrayal of events within the White House under President Nixon.

I was quite taken aback at just how crippling the Watergate scandal was from March 1973 onward. The Watergate scandal is mentioned from when it first reached public knowledge after the break in at the Watergate Hotel and yet at first the narrative presented it as merely a problem, not the problem. But in early March 1973 the situation escalated and the White House found itself caught by the scandal spending long meetings with lawyers or other persons desperately trying to navigate their way around the taint of association with the scandal and finding no way out.

Every now and then since the January 2016 issue of their recruitment magazine PCG's 1% have tried to rehabilitate Nixon from the shame of the Watergate scandal. One example of this as may be seen below.
There is a lot of evidence exposing the Communists’ deliberate effort to get inside the Democratic Party. Like Paul Kengor wrote, they wanted to transform it “from the party of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy to the party of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.” 
A book published in 2015 ... documents how President Richard Nixon worked to prevent this from happening. He was part of the effort to convict Alger Hiss, a Communist spy who worked in the U.S. State Department. For that, Nixon became a target among those on the radical left. History shows that the way Nixon was prosecuted involved law-breaking and lawlessness far more scandalous than what he himself had to resign the presidency over. (Joel Hilliker, How Did Socialism Become So Popular in America?, April 24, 2017.)
This train of thought is seen again in the passage below.
The major media are working to bring down President Trump. In one way, it is like Watergate. The real scandal then, however, was not what happened at the Watergate Hotel, but the series of lawless moves taken by Nixon’s persecutors to bring him down. .... we discuss the long-lasting effect the real Watergate scandal has had on America. (May 17, 2017.)
Well, after reading The Haldeman Diaries it should be stated that Alger Hiss is mentioned a few times in it but never as a cause of the investigations concerning the Watergate scandal. Instead Haldeman states in this book that Nixon would at times recall the hard work he went through during the Alger Hiss trial to inspire his staff to work hard. But Hiss is not mentioned as somehow causing the investigations about the scandal in this book.

At one point John Dan is quoted as saying the real problem was the cover up to prevent people knowing that the Watergate Seven were connected to the White House as during the course of the cover criminal acts such as lying to investigators and destroying potential criminal evidence occurred. The cover up had to be investigated.

Another thing to mention is that among the political right is this story that the sexual revolution was the work of the Frankfurt School led by Herbert Marcuse who devised cultural Marxism to bring it to fruition. There is no mention of Marcuse, the Frankfurt School or cultural Marxisn in this book. Little surprise there since that idea only began to spread within the political right in the 1990s.

Monday, October 30, 2017

ICG's Mark Armstrong Vilifies Clinton Again to Discredit Trump-Russia Investigation

With the news that Special Prosecutor Mueller has presented a sealed indictment as part of the investigation into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia certain Republicans have brought up the allegations regarding uranium and the Clinton Foundation. Mark Armstrong also brings this matter up in his latest weekly update (October 27, 2017).

First he begins by citing events and trends he does not like and presents it as a simple story of the the political left engaged in some sort of sinister conspiracy to bring about "the destruction of Western culture". He insists that "every imaginable left-wing cause" is part of this alleged threat.
For years we’ve been outlining the destruction of Western culture in these weekly updates, particularly in Europe and specifically here in the United States.  It appeared to be intentional sabotage of nearly all our governmental agencies, pushing for open borders, for unlimited importation of refugees, unimpeded abortion rights, homosexual marriage, trans-genders in the military and every imaginable left-wing cause.  Every governmental agency appeared complicit in this agenda, from the IRS going after conservative organizations, to the FBI lying and covering up everything from the Fast and Furious scandal to the State Department, the CIA and Benghazi.  The list is endless, and we’ve noted discrepancies between reality and the media narrative all along the way believing that it was over.
Reading this passage I cannot help but be reminded of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Back around 1898 the Tsarist secret service created a narrative of hate that presented all sorts of trends and problems as being part of a sinister conspiracy to destroy society and take it over. This narrative was created in response to the increasing difficulty of justifying the inequitable and authoritarian state of society. To prop up Tsarism scapegoats were presented by certain interests with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo to blunt the widespread calls for reforms. This narrative insisted that elements of the sinister conspiracy included the destruction of Christianity, the promotion of pornography, manipulation of the government, control of the press, etc.

But the subject of condemnation was different. Whereas Mark Armstrong condemns the political left in general this narrative of the Tsarist secret service accused one particular community, namely the Jewish community, of leading this sinister conspiracy. The accusation was complete nonsense but it would cause much pain and suffering to defamed and innocent people.

The world is complicated and confusing. It can be comforting to listen to someone who says he or she is sure about what the real problem is.

He insists gay rights, high immigration and integrating Muslims as threats to his audience.
It seemed that there would be no going back.  The American Congress, all the federal agencies, nearly all the educational institutions and major corporations seemed fully invested in a whole new set of “American values,” which enshrined gay rights, unlimited immigration, and particularly Muslim rights as somehow critical to America’s survival.  Our founding documents, the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights seemed minor impediments to the last administration, small hurdles which were overcome by the former president’s pen and phone. 
Being right wing in regards to politics he exults in Trump's electoral vote victory last year. Criticism of his administration is explained away by blaming the media. Widespread suspicions about alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is presented as an attempt by the media to explain away Trump's electoral vote victory.
The mainstream media has convulsed with thinly veiled outrage at the surprising election of President Donald Trump.  It must have been a mistake!  A fluke of some kind.  It couldn’t possibly have happened unless there were outside interference, such as a secret Russian plot in collusion with the Trump campaign to undermine the ascension of Hillary Clinton to her rightful position as the first female president of the United States.  You don’t need a reiteration of how it has all played out, you’ve been living it!
Criticism of President Trump is explained away as attacks by a supposedly left wing dominated media.
The mainstream media has been pushing the narrative, at a fever pitch, constantly, for the past eight or nine months.  Trump takes orders from Putin… He’s unfit, unhinged, emotionally volatile, rude, uncaring, un-presidential, and of course he’s a racist bigot who’s populated the White House with a bunch of white supremacists!  The accusations are legion, and they haven’t slowed in the slightest, even though the lid has been blown off the mainstream narrative over the past week or so, and it will only get worse.
He insists to his audience that the Steele Dossier can be ignored even though it was initially sponsored by a Republican rival to Trump.
It’s beginning to look like the whole “Russian Collusion” scandal was instigated by the Clinton campaign to affect the election’s outcome.  Many of the charges contained in the infamous “dossier” were easily debunked, and therefore not published (by an NBC subsidiary) until after Trump was inaugurated.  But, the whole world learned this week that the spurious accusations provided by current and former officials of the Kremlin, were purchased by agents of the Clinton campaign.  It was a bomb-shell that has the expert panels on the national networks shouting, squirming miserably, and trying to get to the next commercial break without a meltdown. 
Clinton lost the election in 2016. Mark Armstrong's preferred candidate sits in the White House.  Robert Mueller has issued his first indictment in the investigation in the Trump-Russia scandal. But Mark Armstrong insists to his audience that the real collusion with Russia was by Clinton.
The smirks, flirts and pouts have turned to confused deer in the headlights.  Anchors don’t seem to understand or comprehend the news of Russian bribery, exported uranium or the tens of millions of dollars routed through third countries into the Clinton foundation.  They still insist that the REAL investigation is Russia/Trump collusion, even in the face of a tidal wave of evidence blowing them right off their stools.  Some of the networks are still ignoring the bombshells exploding in their faces.  It may take another week or two before they’re forced to report the news, and it blows their entire past year’s investment in subterfuge to bits. 
As part of simplifying events he presents the Steele Dossier as a pretext for the investigation. The possibility that it is an honest attempt to investigatin allegations of possibly criminal acts is ignored.
It looks like the false Russian-inspired “dossier” may have been used to acquire warrants to tap phones and spy on the activities of private citizens, some of whom were employed by the Trump campaign.  The “dossier” may also have been used to justify the massive investigation that is under-way, the one many at the news anchor desks were sure would put an end to the Trump presidency. 
He insinuates that various investigators are tainted by the deal concerning uranium with a Russian company.
Instead, the top investigators (Comey, Mueller, Rosenstein, McCabe) and intelligence agency bosses (Clapper, Brennan) appear to have been privy to the bribery and corruption that handed the Kremlin 20% of U. S. uranium reserves, and yet allowed it to happen without notifying Congress or the American public.  Talk about the foxes guarding the hen house!
It must be stated that Comey is not one of the investigators.

He then cites Proverbs and enjoys the possibility that those investigating his preferred president are somehow guilty.
Isn’t it just perfect that those pointing the finger, promoting dark suspicions and reaching conclusions of criminality may themselves be guilty of the very crimes of which they were accusing others?
Clearly the paranoid style is alive and well in the offices of this particular organization. No good can come from this. Unlike the COGs I make no claims to know the future but it is clear that it is not good for just insist that people one does not like can be ignored. We should learn from a variety of sources and not be afraid to confront issues that we may not wish exist.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mark Armstrong Blaming Fires in California on Undocumented Immigrant

After the Armstrongite yearly conference Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, is back to authoring his strange, misanthropic weekly updates (October 20, 2017). This time he condemns the mainstream media for not agreeing with the politically charged rumor, largely assumed to be untrue, that an undocumented immigrant started the fires in California.

It has long been a common practice among the COGs to state that some sort of disaster had occurred near them but it did not directly affect them. This is assumed to be some sort of divine favor. Mark Armstrong continues that practice here.
Thanks to all who contributed to making the 2017 Feast of Tabernacles a joyous occasion from coast to coast.  Our site in Panama City Beach dodged a hurricane that might have ruined everything, but came to shore well to the west as a weakened storm, only bringing rain and some wind gusts to our site. ... The last day of the Feast (preceding the Last Great Day) at Lake Tahoe, we emerged from the morning service to see that the entire basin had filled with smoke. ... The smoke that inundated Lake Tahoe that afternoon came from two fires nearer by, and not the horrific blazes that ... took 40 some lives in Sonoma County.
The world has watched in horror at the wildfires that have ravaged parts of California including Sonoma County. And how has Mark Armstrong reacted to this crisis? Cite a rumor to scare monger about undocumented immigrants.
Did California really, "Set itself on Fire"?  That's what one headline (out of the mainstream, found at the gatesofvienna.net) reads, the story indicating that an illegal alien living under a bridge in Sonoma is the chief suspect in at least some of the fires that caused more than a billion dollars in damages and killed at least forty people.
The Gates of Vienna blog's name alludes to the Siege of Vienna by the Ottoman Empire in 1683 and it portrays itself as a continuation of that struggle. It spends a lot of its time scare mongering about Muslims. (Incidentally this Gates of Vienna blog gained infamy for being cited 86 times in a certain manifesto.)

But Mark Armstrong complains that mainstream media sources are not impressed with this rumor. The possibility that they may be right is not considered.
Contrast that with the headline in the LA Times, "Sonoma homeless man accused of arson, but no link so far to massive wine country wildfires."  It tells of the diminutive "homeless man" zipping around on a small bicycle, occasionally lighting brushfires, and caught by police after lighting a fire Sunday along a creek at a park.  But the Sonoma County Sheriff is on the job, tamping down speculation that the "homeless man" had anything to do with the raging fires that have destroyed so many lives in his district.
The Sonoma County Sherriff's warning about this rumor is not enough to prevent Mark Armstrong from using this rumor to scare monger about undocumented immigrants and to vilify sanctuary cities.
The "homeless man" is a twice deported illegal alien, who has been released on his own recognizance repeatedly (five arrests in the past year alone) despite an ICE detainer which would have meant his deportation, were California and Sonoma County not committed to sanctuary policies.  You don't suppose there would be any legal liability connected to his repeated release in the event that he is proven responsible for the blazes that destroyed the lives of so many citizens?
In the paragraph above he provides two links to the far right, Mercer funded Breitbart media outlet.

He then muses of his desire for the mainstream media to somehow fall by the information he alleges are being suppressed by them.
Likely, the mainstream media will turn a blind eye, if it's remotely possible, and never report a story so damaging to its beloved diversity dogma.  There are a series of bombshells that the dominant media is straddling, many of which would blow the news narrative of the past year sky high, along with the reputations of the organizations themselves and their ever-so-diverse anchors and reporters.  Not only that, but key players in the former administration will be implicated, assuming there is anything left of truth or justice in America's most respected institutions.
He insists that "much of what passes for news is not."
Sorting the truth from fiction has become a full-time job for anyone who tries to understand what on earth is going on.  We all know, from recent years of painful experience, that much of what passes for news is not.  The truth, meanwhile, if it should damage any of the heroes of politically correct dogma, is not even known to those who purport to be "America's most trusted source..."
He fantacizes of the possibility of the mainstream media being "run over by the very stories they refused to acknowledge". Whatever that means.
We'll have to wait and see if the awful truth will ever be acknowledged by those who purport to report it, for now.  Hopefully, it will become widely known in spite of every conceivable effort to deflect, falsely accuse and endlessly speculate.  We know that everything hidden will eventually be brought to light, but wouldn't it be nice if the mainstream media got run over by the very stories they refused to acknowledge?
He seems to imply that this alleged suppression of this rumor of an undocumented immigrant setting the fire to be "one of the greatest dangers" facing the United States.
This is a time fraught with dangers ranging from international rogue regimes like North Korea and Iran, fielding ICBM's and working to perfect nuclear weapons; to terrorists that have been planted throughout the western world and pose a continuous threat.  But one of the greatest dangers, and perhaps the one that is tearing at the fabric of the United States and other western countries, is the deception to which the news media is wholly committed.  It may well be another sign of the times in which we are living.
What hatred and loathing must exists in his heart that his response to these terrible fires in California is to blame it on an undocumented immigrant and vilify the news media for not blindly accepting this politically charged rumor.

The post is available until Friday.

Guardian: No New Intifada Expected in Jerusalem

The Guardian has released a report meditating on the tragic divides within Jerusalem. (Hannah Ellis-Petersen, 'Fear is a fact of life': the rooftop view of Jerusalem, The Guardian, October 23, 2017.)

The article is well worth reading. Near the end it is stated that the consensus is that no new intifada is likely to occur at present.
While the current consensus is that another intifada is unlikely anytime soon, Alami says the tensions of the city are palpable. 
Will anyone in the COGs bother to mention this information to their followers?

May peace soon come to the Holy Land.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Reading Mark Mendiola's Article, Allies or Adversaries? A Unique Alliance Imperiled (2001)

The twelfth issue of LCG's recruitment magazine, Tomorrow's World (January-February 2001), featured an article by Mark Mendiola of Pocatello, Idaho entitled "Allies or Adversaries? A Unique Alliance Imperiled." (pp. 20-24.) This was the tenth of several articles Mendiola would write for this recruitment magazine. Here Mendiola discusses relations between the United States and Britain to scare monger that these nations would soon endure military subjugation by a future European power.

Mendiola talks of the United States as being created miraculously linking respect for the sacrifices of the American revolutionaries with his religion.
Through a series of obvious miracles and decisive victories, Americans were able to defeat the red-coated British troops, overcoming incredible odds and predictions of imminent defeat. Following British General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender at Yorktown, Va., in October 1781, British regimental bands appropriately played the tune—“The World Turned Upside Down.” Indeed, it was! (p. 21.)
He talks of the current friendly relations between the United States and Britain despite the history of war during the founding of the United States.
Despite what British officials considered brazen armed rebellion against royal authority, the two nations since developed a fraternal closeness unparalleled in history. That affinity has flared to prominence during times of crisis, when, invariably, Britain and the United States have come to each other’s defense like brothers. (p. 21.)
He insists that the political power of the United States and Britain is to be explained by their ancestry.
The extraordinary surge of the United States and British Commonwealth to economic and military global preeminence during the 1800s and 1900s can be explained by understanding their ancestral origins. (p. 21.)
But both nations also contain many peoples who happen to have no such blood relationship with those claimed to be modern Israelites among the Americans and the British. This problem is conveniently overlooked. Also other factors contributing to their political power are marginalized.
The United States and Britain have fulfilled remarkably God’s promise that Ephraim would develop into a multitude (a company, group or commonwealth) of nations, and Manasseh into a great superpower. History confirms unmistakably this incredible fulfillment. Collectively, the United States and Britain are modern Israel, and have been a blessing to people of all races, backgrounds and nationalities, as God promised, helping maintain peace, prosperity and civility throughout the world. (p. 22.)
Problems associated with territorial expansion of these nations are ignored. Due to the tragic fact that the Native Americans had no immunity to numerous diseases that existed among Europeans many Native Americans were killed by introduced diseases that reduced their population and rendered them unable to prevent being conquered by Europeans. Were these mass epidemics part of (LCG's) God's alleged miraculous fulfillment of this promise to Abraham as interpreted by British Israelism?

Also the conquest and dispossession of the Native American peoples are overlooked. The British Empire expanded by conquering the peoples of the territories upon which it expanded. Africans were abducted from the continent and kept as slaves in parts of the United States. These problems tend to be ignored among the Armstrongite COGs in favor of the discredited dogma of British Israelism.
Chronologically, the British Empire reached its zenith before the United States achieved its ascendancy, but just as the sun has set on that once-proud empire, the United States is now in decline, giving way to an empire forming on the European continent. ... Britain’s decline, from the most powerful nation in the world to a small offshore European island, was as swift as the rise of the United States. (p. 22.)
But why did the British Empire end? It is often assumed in COG writings that (their) God just ended it but this ignores what really happened. One of many reasons why it collapsed was that the colonized peoples could no longer believe in its claimed legitimacy. As the colonized peoples ruled over the British Empire gained more education and learned more about their colonial rulers they perceived that there was no kind of superiority that entitled the British to rule over the colonized peoples. Once a critical mass of the colonized peoples perceived this fact British colonial rule became nonviable and eventually the British government cut their losses and granted independent to the colonies in response to the widespread calls for independence. De-colonization was, among other things, a pragmatic concession to the fact that British colonial rule could no longer justify itself to the colonized.

Mendiola then talks of the various aligned interests between the United States and Britain in the 20th Century. But since this is an Armstrongite publication Mendiola then scare mongers that a future European Empire threatens Britain and the United States. He also stirs up crude sectarian hostilities by presenting this threat as part of a wider clash between Protestants and Catholics.
Since King Henry VIII’s split with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1530s, the British defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 and the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, British-descended nations have been bastions of Protestantism, most directly challenging Catholic religious supremacy throughout Europe and the western world. 
Just as the 20th century has been called the American century, the 19th century was the British century. As we enter the 21st century, the international dominance of those primarily Protestant peoples is being challenged by a resurgent Roman Catholic Europe, which for centuries has been at odds with British and American interests. (p. 23.)
HWA and many of the COG splinter groups teach that in the near future a European Empire will arise and militarily conquer the United States and Britain.

Mendiola then presents Britain as facing a choice aligning its political interests with the United States or the European Union. Note the crass appeal to anti-Catholic paranoia.
Queen Elizabeth II swore at her 1953 coronation “to govern the peoples of the United Kingdom according to their laws and customs” and “to maintain the Protestant Reformed religion established by law.” [A eurosceptic author] points out these pledges are being negated by Britain’s deeper integration with the European Union. Relations between the Vatican and London have become increasingly close in recent decades. (p. 23.)
He then scare mongers that the Britain under Prime Minister Blair was aligning itself with the European Union by helping to place some of the British armed forces under the command of the European Union. This claim is somewhat unusual among the COGs as they tend to assume that Britain and the United States will remain aligned with each until both nations are conquered by the future European Empire.
[Margaret] Thatcher has exchanged sharp words with Blair over the direction Britain should take. She favors maintaining a close relationship with the U.S., while he supports a pro-European course. Baroness Thatcher denounced Blair’s decision to commit troops to a European rapid deployment force apart from the U.S.-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has maintained peace in Europe for more than 50 years. She called it “monumental folly.” (p. 24.)
He scare mongers that British military personnel would be propping up the European Union and would be dominated by Germany.
The European Union hopes to have 60,000 ground troops ready for deployment by 2003. British troops would account for about 20 percent of that force and would bear the EU’s 12-star insignia on their uniforms and vehicles. Ultimately, the force would have at its disposal more than 100,000 troops and some 400 aircraft and 100 ships ready to respond to crises. It would be dominated by Germany, whose militaristic past has thrust it into armed conflict with Britain and the United States in two devastating world wars. (p. 24.)
It is so strange how the COGs keep living as though we are in 1938 and not today. After World War II the United States placed military bases in West Germany and those military bases are still stationed there. How could a future German government possibly conspire to militarily conquer the United States if there are US military bases within German territory? But the COGs choose to just let HWA's dogmatic statements do the thinking for them.
The future of that historic fraternal relationship—that “grand alliance” [between the United States and Britain]—will be tested to the extreme in the years ahead.
Since the 1930s HWA and his imitators have constantly insisted that catastrophe would soon occur in the United States. Often (though not always) they have insisted that Germans would be the main perpetrators of this future military conquest. And always this dire threat has always failed miserably.

In September 2006 Mendiola left LCG and joined Dave Pack's Restored Church of God. Around 2008 he left RCG and joined Don Billingsley's Church of God-Faithful Flock.