Sunday, September 9, 2018

Mark Armstrong on Criticism of Trump and "the Worldwide Queer Priest Situation"

Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, son of Garner Ted Armstrong, grandson of HWA, has released another weekly update (September 7, 2018.) Let us see what he has to say this time.

In this weekly update Mark Armstrong denounces criticism of his preferred president and delights in hoping that Pope Francis may be compelled to resign over instances of clerical abuse.

First he speaks up in defense of his preferred president.
Greetings from Tyler, 
In the case of the “Senior Administration Official” who saw fit to write an unsourced editorial for the New York Times.  Not only was the writer hidden away, so were all the members of the “resist” movement he (the NYT called the writer “he”) claims are working tirelessly inside the Trump administration to “protect” Americans from the most lunatic, unhinged directives of the president they despise.
Then he discusses Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House.
Odd that no one who we know for sure works in close proximity to President Trump in the White House will vouch for any of the outlandish claims in the article.  It's also interesting that it was published alongside the release of Bob Woodward's book.  But the book does name names to go with the quotes.  He's got first-hand quotes attributed to General Kelly, General Mattis, the President's lawyers and others saying that Trump is like a big baby when he doesn't get his way; he's crazy; he's going to end up in an orange jump suit; and on and on.
There is no need to take their concerns seriously, Mark Armstrong assures his audience. It is all merely an echo chamber to slur Mark Armstrong's preferred president. If they all say the same thing it must be false.
The claims are nearly identical to those made in the Wolff book, those “reported” on CNN, MSNBC and mainstream outlets too numerous to mention.  They're the same “talking points” that have been trotted out daily for longer than we care to remember.  It's a lot like what they've done with the fake dossier and subsequent investigations.  They corroborate their own nonsense, and then claim it's further “proof” of what they've heard and known all along.
Mark Armstrong dismisses the the concerns raised about the administration of his preferred president by suggesting that these rumors spread by officials with a proverbial ax to grind.
It is pretty unusual to have men of the stature of those quoted come out and say it's not true, none of it, but that's just what has happened.  Maybe the author had sources, but apparently they had an ax to grind.  Maybe you've noticed how many in high positions have been willing to take enormous personal risks to rid the White House of one Donald Trump.  The number of officials willing to break rules, regulations and for that matter the law, is nearly endless.  They're like kamikaze pilots who expect to survive and win the war.
Mark Armstrong assures his audience that scare mongering about an alleged "deep state" cabal is true.
After two years of denying that there is any such thing as the Deep State, somebody (in the NYT editorial) is telling us that it not only exists, but that we should be comforted in the knowledge.  We should feel secure in the knowledge that there are “adults in the room,” and that many are working hard behind the scenes to counter the Trump agenda.  There's even the claim that papers have been pilfered from the resolute desk before the president could sign them, thus preventing actions intended to proceed.  And they (members of the Deep State) are proud, so proud to be able to serve their country in such a way.
Mark Armstrong ends this discussion by stating his hope that whoever wrote the New York Times op-ed will be exposed and face negative consequences.
Needless to say, there is now a furious hunt for the identity of the author and others he mentions as part of the cabal.  Rand Paul made news when he said lie-detector tests for all these employees would be justified.  The President himself questioned whether their actions were tantamount to “treason.”  Maybe not in the strictest definition, but sedition, maybe.  May they all be identified and subjected to the same kind of “justice” they've visited on the president's allies.  Hopefully the President will declassify the warrants and papers that will expose their sedition and we won't have to wait forever for resolution.
Mark Armstrong then discusses ongoing issues regarding clergy abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Shamefully he implies that the problem of clergy abuse is because they are, he implies, gay once again reinforcing the vilification of LGBT peoples which is so common among the Armstrongite COGs. Some of the more inflammatory portions of his bitter tirade are highlighted.
The pope may be in a heap of trouble.  When offered the opportunity to respond to accusations from within the Catholic hierarchy, that he was personally informed of the hideous activities of certain high-ranking priests he did nothing.  In the case most visible, he allowed the offender to represent the Vatican in high profile missions and international negotiations.  When asked about it, the pope said he would “not say one word about this.”  And with good reason.  It appears that there is, and has been for decades, an epidemic of child molestation and rape of the homosexual variety
He continues with these words.
We haven't seen much in the way of follow-up to the police raids upon priestly residences within the Vatican, where men of the holy robes were engaged in “drug-fueled, gay” orgiastic behavior.  Presumably the “church's” superior power and wealth have been brought to bear to squelch further mention of the reports in the Italian media.  It's beginning to look as though the whole procession of ridiculous hats and frocks, hands held in a steeple and mournful facial expressions, are a bunch of screaming queens when they're not shuffling around in slow motion.
For some reason Mark Armstrong insists on calling Pope Francis a "twerp" once again. Shamefully Mark Armstrong calls the clergy abuse crisis within the Roman Catholic Church as "the worldwide queer priest situation" once again vilifying LGBT communities as is so often done within the Armstrongite COGs.
 Now there's another one that we might never have heard of were it not for all the crush of unresolved scandal and the pope's trip to Latvia.  It's too evil, too filthy for description in these pages.  It involves an elderly priest having a mentally deficient young man, the “victim of human traffickers” delivered to him.  It's beyond ugly, and will hopefully result in criminal charges and convictions.  But the pope?  He's in this up to his goofy hat.  Maybe not the Latvian situation, but the worldwide queer priest situation.  Might this twerp be driven from his velvet perch? 
He ends his tirade by condemning Pope Francis as being "pro-gay, pro-global warming, pro-immigrant, pro-socialism and anti-Western civilization" and strangely refers to the Vatican City as a "powerful nation state".
Who knows.  Usually, there are angry apologists who go on TV and threaten and warn any outlet of severe consequences for any “defamation” of the powerful nation state or its “holy” leaders.  Lately however, they're nowhere to be seen.  Maybe it's different this time.  The metastasizing scandal could be so huge that the pope will be forced to resign just to change the subject.  In that case there would be three living popes at the same time, an historical oddity to say the least.  We know this pope's posture.  We probably know more about his social posture than anything to do with his religious beliefs.  He's pro-gay, pro-global warming, pro-immigrant, pro-socialism and anti-Western civilization.  Trouble is he was chosen by Collage of Cardinals at the Vatican, and it was no accident.  Given the opportunity to choose a successor the pious so and sos might do even worse. 
When Mark Armstrong talks of "angry apologists who go on TV and threaten and warn any outlet of severe consequences for any “defamation” of the powerful nation state or its “holy” leaders" it sounds almost like he is describing how he himself talks of anyone who happens to criticize his preferred president.

He ends his weekly update announcing who will gave the sermon on Saturday and mentioning the upcoming Feast of Trumpet to be observed this Monday. Mark Armstrong's grandfather, HWA, appropriated the beautiful and ancient Jewish festival that is named the Feast of Trumpets and turned it into a festival to promote his teaching that (his heretical, non-trinitarian version of) Christ would soon return.
Dr. Ricks is in town for our annual board meetings along with others, and will deliver the main message at tomorrow's Sabbath service.  As you know, this Monday is the Feast of Trumpets, remembering Israel's ancient plight and picturing the return of Jesus Christ to earth. Have a wonderful Sabbath and Holy Day.

And so Mark Armstrong's missive ends.

HWA was but a false prophet. Predictions based on his false prophecies are bound to fail.

Mark Armstrong on John McCain's Funeral

Mark Armstrong, leader of the Intercontinental Church of God, son of Garner Ted Armstrong, grandson of HWA, had released another weekly update (August 31, 2018).

In this weekly update Mark Armstrong focuses on John McCain's funeral and once stir up xenophobia against Middle Eastern peoples by citing an incident in Chemnitz, Germany.

He begins by mischaracterizing the mourning for Senator McCain as some sort of "deification" of him.
Greetings from Tyler, 
For a week now we've witnessed the deification of departed Senator John McCain.  The mainstream media has fallen all over themselves in praise and glorification.  Odd, they weren't feeling so magnanimous toward him when he ran for president against Barack Obama.  He certainly wasn't depicted as the saint they've presented upon his death. 
When Senator McCain ran for the there is of necessity much debate and contention about how the nation is to be governed. But when Senator McCain passed away naturally everyone who knew him mourned his passing away. Somehow Mark Armstrong does discuss the difference of the two different situations.

Mark Armstrong then parrots how he says the mainstream media negatively characterized Senator McCain's presidential campaign in 2008.
No, he was the candidate who “surrounded himself with ideological and political extremists.”  He was the warmonger who would commit America to endless war in Iraq and probably attack Iran.  His presidential campaign, in fact his whole career was “riddled with lobbyists and special interests.”  He sided with supporters, “who believe Islam is evil and gays are immoral.”  He would pack the Supreme Court “with extreme conservatives” to see abortion banned.  He had a notoriously volatile temper, and had frightened members of his own party.
Mark Armstrong adores the president. So much so that even though so many were in mourning upon the occasion of Senator McCain's death he condemns him for opposing Mark Armstrong's preferred president.
That was 2008, when Senator McCain was running for president with the lovely and outspoken Sarah Palin, who he later snubbed repeatedly.  But on this week-long occasion of ceremonial speeches he's a saint who was less than perfect.  Certainly everyone must respect his military service, the injuries he sustained and the brutality he suffered at the hands of the North Vietnamese.  But where he really earned his stripes in the eyes of the mainstream media was his bitterly “Never-Trump” posture and the recent actions he took in resistance to the Trump administration.  One of his last votes in the Senate was to stop the abolition of Obamacare, when his was the deciding vote.  But he really propelled himself into the stratosphere of sainthood when he dis-invited the President from attendance at his funeral.  Talk about mainstream rehabilitation! 
Mark Armstrong often says that mainstream media outlets are engaged in some sort of "massive conspiracy" to oppose his preferred president. He continues this theme by citing the coverage of Senator McCain's death.
Maybe you've seen the tone of the week-long coverage and some of the headlines, but just in case… From the New York Times, How McCain Got the Last Word Against Trump;, John McCain funeral was 'unmistakable rebuke' to Donald Trump; Business Insider, DC is going all-out for John McCain's funeral, but Trump's not invited;, Trump BANNED in final SNUB; NBC news, McCain doesn't want Trump at funeral; CNN, McCain didn't want Trump...Fox News, Sarah Palin not invited to McCain funeral; The Hill, Trump won't attend McCain's funeral, (and a personal favorite), Trump sits alone sulking as Washington pays respects… 
Mark Armstrong fantasizes about this "massive conspiracy" among the mainstream media outlets will collapse and face retribution.
Having witnessed one of the more rousing rally appearances ever last night (Evansville, IN), Trump wasn't sitting alone, and he was anything but “sulking.” But we've become mighty accustomed to the relentless spin (and worse) from the mainstream media.  It seems all the practice they've put in is actually hurting their effectiveness.  In their desperate campaign to see President Trump charged with a crime or impeached and removed, they've employed the sloppiest of tactics.  They've used anonymous sources by the score, and it seems likely that one day (if not soon) we will learn that their secret sources are often household names.  In some cases, they were the same individuals being used as on-air intelligence experts. 
He continues with his fantasy of the defeat of mainstream media for opposing his preferred president.
CNN really bit one off with the farcical tale of Clinton hack Lanny Davis, now representing the(“Trump fixer”) beleaguered Michael Cohen.  Now they've become the story, and look to be stubbornly clinging to an impossible position.  But hey, it’s CNN, the least trusted name in news.  We can't begin to deal with all the twists and turns of the media-wide mission to “dump Trump.”  Let's just say that everything that looked to be evident last year is being borne out through documentation, revealed communications and testimony.  What will be most entertaining, if and when the time finally comes, will be watching the mainstream admit the hoax they've been salivating over, force-feeding whatever audience remains with their “Russian-collusion” fantasy about the Trump campaign.  Here's hoping we all live long enough to see it happen.
At this point Mark Armstrong changes topics to once again stir up xenophobia about immigrants in Europe. Mark Armstrong often scare mongers about the immigration situation in Europe. He often bring up this issue in a crude and sensationalist manner. This time he mentions tensions in Chemnitz, Germany.
There's been another “incident” in Europe's immigrant disaster.  A couple of Middle Easterners (Syrian and Iraqi) were hassling German girls in the city of Chemnitz in southern Germany recently when three German young men happened along. They intervened to tell the “migrants” to leave the girls alone, and were attacked by the immigrants wielding knives.  Two of the German men were slashed and injured, one was killed having been stabbed to death.  But that's not the story, in fact it was probably never to have been reported at all. 
He makes the inflammatory accusation that the German government is hiding crimes committed by migrants.
The story is that someone leaked the information, including the arrest warrant identifying the “migrants.”  That's just not supposed to happen anywhere in Europe, but particularly not in Germany.  So they've had demonstrations in Chemnitz every day for a week, which has seriously upset Angela Merkel and the European media.  The most grievous crime committed apparently wasn't the murder of a young German man at the hands of Middle Eastern “migrants,” as you'll see if you search the subject.  The real crime was leaking information regarding the circumstances of the murder.  And authorities are all over it.  They've got to find out who was responsible for letting the information out.
Mark Armstrong then indulges in some Islamophobic revisionism by saying that "the Nazi's [sic] were allied with the Muslims during WWII, both having a visceral hatred of Jews." This is a dreadful mischaracterization of the situation in World War II that slurs a major world religion as being somehow allied with Nazism.
According to reports the protesters numbering close to ten thousand people have clogged the streets of Chemnitz every day this week.  They are “Nazis” according to the press, and some have been arrested for having given the “Nazi salute.”  Funny thing is the Nazi's were allied with the Muslims during WWII, both having a visceral hatred of Jews.  That aspect of history is readily available.  Now however, anyone worrying about the immigrant crisis in Europe is automatically labeled a hate filled Nazi.  Sound familiar?
Mark Armstrong ends this weekly update insisting that major changes will soon occur as Armstrongites have constantly insisted since the 1930s.
With the Catholic church mired in a scandal of monumental proportions, now rising to include the pope himself in having supported and hidden out abusive (in the worst sense of the word) priests;Europe in the middle of a Muslim immigration crisis of its own making, and the press trying its level best to manage (withhold) information to the masses, something is going to give.  Bible prophecy indicates that major changes are coming in Europeand to the Middle East, and when they do it will be no secret.  
Armstrongites have been waiting since the 1930s for America to be conquered just before Christ's return and yet that has never happened. HWA was merely a false prophet so making predictions based on his false prophecies are bound to fail.