Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mark Armstrong's Weekly Update (April 21, 2017)

Intercontinental Church of God's leader, Mark Armstrong, son of Garner Ted Armstrong, has released another misanthropic polemic. Let's take a look.

Mark Armstrong lives in Texas and leads his organization from there so why does he choose to focus most of his attention in this update on terrorist attacks in Europe?

Recently the world was shocked and saddened to see terrorist attacks committed by ISIL sympathizers in Stockholm and Paris which have killed five innocent people. But instead of offering words of sympathy and support Mark Armstrong cites the attack in Stockholm to ridicule those who advocate accepting refugees from Muslim majority countries as being driven by guilt to do so.
We saw a similar scene earlier this month, one becoming all too familiar in the ISIS-infested cities of Europe. That is shoppers and tourists running for their lives amid an unfolding terrorist attack. It happened in Stockholm, Sweden, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims have been housed and supported because Swedes have been convinced that their guilt for having lived in peace and prosperity must be assuaged by importing hordes of conscienceless zealots, deemed "the poor" by the press and by posturing politicians.
He also discusses the terrorist attack in Paris and lambaste the authorities in both France and Sweden for supposedly ignoring the perpetrators.
Last month it was London, where a vehicle was used to bludgeon pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on its way to the gates of Parliament. It should come as no surprise that terror has Paris again, this time on the famed Champs Elysee boulevard, again sending locals and tourists running for their lives. French police had the perpetrator on their radar, (just as Swedish authorities knew the beer truck terrorist and British authorities knew of the Westminster terrorist) another ISIS devotee dedicated to the destruction of Western civilization and the worldwide conquest of Islam. As terrorist attacks go, the bloodthirsty Champs Elysees killer was only marginally successful. Experience shows that a single terrorist carrying out a murderous mission in an unarmed society is often capable of taking out dozens, sometimes forty or fifty carefree civilians at a time, or, as in the case of the attack in Nice, eighty-six civilians. 
He then takes information about the murderer in Paris to make French investigators trying to learn about the terrorist to make them look stupid.
But this one targeted a random police vehicle slaughtering a Paris policeman, grievously wounding two other policemen and wounding a passing female tourist. And it's not like the French authorities didn't know all about this murderer. They think he was "radicalized" while serving a fifteen-year sentence for the attempted murder of two police officers. That little detail should tell us all we need to know about the rationalization of the Muslim situation in Europe. Let's try to get this straight. They're saying he wasn't "radical" when he attempted to take innocent lives in 2001? He only became "radicalized" while serving a sentence for attempting to murder Police officers? If that's not willful ignorance!
He shows his sympathy for the far right by condemning the media for criticizing Marine Le Pen. As is common in these Islamophobic polemics fear of Al Qaeda like terrorists is used to also demonize the left as failing to combat them.
Marine Le Pen is regarded as the "far-right" candidate, striking fear if not hatred into the hearts of the politically correct establishment. She's being accused of "taking advantage" of the attack for political gain. Oooh, that would be wrong, wouldn't it? It would be beneath elite dignity to bring up a murderous ISIS attack on the Champs Elysees a day or two before preliminary voting commences. How low can she go; her opponents want to know. What a cheap ploy!
He than falsely equates ISIL's claim of responsibility for the attack as "a Muslim thing" thus falsely equating the criminal network called ISIL with Muslims in general.
To summarize, it was a religiously motivated act. The perpetrator had material praising ISIS in his car, along with a copy of the Koran. ISIS immediately took credit for his actions and called him one of their "fighters." Funny how these sneak-attack murderers are lauded as "brave fighters." It's a Muslim thing.
Furthermore ISIL is losing on the battlefield in Syria and Iraq consequently this terrorist criminal network is eager to claim credit for anything they can to mask the fact that the long awaited day of their fall is soon coming.

He scare mongers that there are 10,000 people in France on a watch list.
The French maintain a list of terrorist suspects living in their midst. There are 10,000 names on that list, and this murdering piece of ISIS was one of them. Now, there are only 9,999 others that need to be "watched" like this guy was, and that's just in France. As one analyst recently remarked, "He wasn't a lone wolf, he was a known wolf." There are tens, if not hundreds of thousands of them currently residing in Europe, and there is little doubt that sooner or later the domestic population will have enough of "running for their lives" as dozens of terrorist attacks continue to play out. 
And then almost as an afterthought he claims the same things are happening in the United States.
The problem has grown massive in the United States as well. Would be, wannabe terrorists are everywhere. You can't go anywhere or do much of anything without being struck with the realization. 
And that is all he has to say about that in this problem in the United States in this weekly update. Mark Armstrong is based in the United States. It is seems reasonable to assume most of his followers are in the United States. Europe is far away. It is easy to imagine fearful things about places an ocean away.

He then talks about the very serious and concerning crisis concerning North Korea.

And after that he alludes to the protests in Venezuela and yet he mainly talks about multi-national corporations losing money there and uses the current crisis to condemn the American left.
It appears that the inevitable consequences of Democratic Socialism may be reaching critical mass in Venezuela. Mass demonstrations, brought about by poverty and starvation, threaten the ruler-ship of Nicolas Maduro, successor to Hugo Chaves [sic]. His government seized a General Motors plant earlier this week, which mimics similar actions against foreign corporations taken by his predecessor. An article in the New York Times lists a who's who of corporations that have done business in Venezuela and its government, and shows that they've had to write off hundreds of millions of dollars in unpaid debts. And so it goes in this Utopia of Democratic Socialism. It's a pattern we'll see play out elsewhere. It's a philosophy being taught as "fair" in American universities, and one that was preached and promoted by the losers of our recent presidential election.
He direly proclaims that we are "living in an Obama world."
The United States may have elected Donald Trump President, but we are still living in an Obama world. The media, the educational system and the big corporations are hooked on the kind of political correctness that is imploding wherever it's had time to metastasize. 
Even having a Republican as president is not enough for Mark Armstrong. This shows that he will never be satisfied at things and will constantly complain in this way. He will not change even when circumstances are more favorable for his political outlook.

And so Mark Armstrong has given the world another weekly update of his complaints. If his followers are so fixated on events far away in Europe, North Korea or Venezuela it seems likely that they will not focus as much on their own situation and the situation within Intercontinental COG and their local communities.

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