Incredible Catholic Add

Once again Catholics remind us that the ways of men and governments sometimes violate the eternal laws of God. God in his wisdom has allowed us the ability to be wrong. Congress can pass whatever laws it believes to be politically expedient, our Supreme Court can hand down decision that simply do not pass God’s standards of morality, yet the time will come when God says, “enough!” God’s law will trump our highest court, will put down the resolutions of our congress, and will look with disdain at our executive branch of government, and America will cry out, “where is God?”

The Catholic Church has it right. See their awsome add for morality! We Must Do the Same.

I Can See Clearly Now

Indiana company scraps plans for expansion over ObamaCare device Tax

By  Published July 27, 2012 FoxNews.com catscan_graphic.jpg

An Indiana-based medical equipment manufacturer says it’s scrapping plans to open five new plants in the coming years because of a looming tax tied to President Obama’s health care overhaul law.

Cook Medical claims the tax on medical devices, set to take effect next year, will cost the company roughly $20 million a year, cutting into money that would otherwise go toward expanding into new facilities over the next five years.

“This is the equivalent of about a plant a year that we’re not going to be able to build,” a company spokesman told FoxNews.com.

He said the original plan was to build factories in “hard-pressed” Midwestern communities, each employing up to 300 people. But those factories cost roughly the same amount as the projected cost of the new tax.

“In reality, we’re not looking at the U.S. to build factories anymore as long as this tax is in place. We can’t, to be competitive,” he said.

Company executive Pete Yonkman first revealed the scuttled plans in an interview with the Indianapolis Business Journal. The company later confirmed the decision to FoxNews.com.

The Affordable Care Act imposed a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices beginning in 2013. It is projected raise nearly $30 billion over the next decade.

But the Cook Medical spokesman said the impact is greater than just a 2.3 percent uptick in taxes. He said the impact on actual earnings is another 15 percent, and he projected the company’s total tax burden next year will rise to over 50 percent.

Republicans and medical device makers have been railing against the tax all along, with the GOP-controlled House approving a bill last month to repeal it. The Senate, though, hasn’t taken it up.

A recent study by the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, though, said the complaints by the industry are exaggerated.

“The tax will not cause manufacturers to shift production overseas. The tax applies equally to imported and domestically produced devices, and devices produced in the United States for export are tax-exempt,” the study said. It also said repealing the tax would “undercut health reform” by requiring Congress to offset the repeal by potentially killing spending provisions in the law and by potentially encouraging similar repeals.

Cook Medical is part of a family of companies that produce medical devices for surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and other fields.

Come November, Remember this!!!

THIS TELLS THE STORY, WHY BUSH WAS SO BAD AT THE END OF HIS TERM.

Some people aren’t aware of all of this. Don’t just skim over this, please read it slowly and let it sink in. If in doubt, check it out.

The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3, 2007… the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.

The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.

For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is “Bush’s Fault”, think about this: January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress.

At the time: The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77 The GDP growth for the previous quarter was 3.5% The Unemployment rate was 4.6%. George Bush’s Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB GROWTH.

Remember the day…January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.

The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!

Unemployment… to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

FIASCOES!

Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie – starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy.

And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from FannieMae AND FreddieMac? OBAMA And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA and the Democrat Congress

So when someone tries to blame Bush..REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007…. THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!”

Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.

Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush belatedly got tough on spending increases.

For 2009 though, NancyPelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.

And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.

If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.

If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself. In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is “I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.”

There is no way this will be widely publicized unless each of us sends it on!

Remember this in November!!!!!!!

Billy Graham Cheers Cathy Family, Chick-Fil-A

                    Billy Graham

Recently I posted an article noting the radical intolerance of the gay community when anyone objects or speaks against their agenda. They have proven many times their intent to crush an opposing view to theirs. Their latest onslaught against a company that seeks to operate on Christian principles is worth observing carefully. That company is Chick-Fil-A. Bob Unruh of WND posted the following article today.

Rev. Billy Graham, at 93 the senior statesman among Christian leaders in America today, says he’s rooting for his longtime friends, the Cathy family, in a nasty public blowup over their religious beliefs.

Over the past few days, the Henson Co., creator of the Muppets characters, said it no longer would work with Chick-fil-A. The mayor of Boston publicly bashed the restaurant chain. Chicago officials said they would not want the company to operate in their wards. And “kiss-in” protests were announced in front of company outlets on college campuses.

All brought on by advocates for homosexual behavior because Dan Cathy, whose father, Truett Cathy, founded the $4 billion-plus a year business, gave an interview to the Baptist Press.

“We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” Cathy said.

In a separate radio interview, Dan Cathy said, “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, ‘We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage. ‘I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think we can try to define what marriage is all about.”

“Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s word,” Graham continued. “I appreciate the Cathy family’s public support for God’s definition of marriage.

“I also appreciate Gov. Mike Huckabee’s leadership and for encouraging Americans to support Chick-fil-A on August 1. As the son of a dairy farmer who milked many a cow, I plan to ‘Eat Mor Chikin’ and show my support by visiting Chick-fil-A next Wednesday,” he said.

Officials said Graham rarely inserts himself into such public disputes, but will when the issue primarily is moral, not political.

The longtime evangelist, author, speaker, leader and counselor to presidents last took to his podium earlier this year when he urged North Carolina voters to support an amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Voters approved that measure, resoundingly, May 8.

At the time, Graham said in a report by the AP, “Watching the moral decline of our country causes me great concern. I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.

“At 93, I never thought we would have to debate the definition of marriage,” he said at the time on the same issue as that being raised now. “The Bible is clear – God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.”

The report quoted William Martin, the author of Graham biography “A Prophet With Honor,” saying that while Graham often preached about the need for sexual purity, he rarely spoke about same-sex marriage.

Graham last preached at a crusade in 2005, but in 2010 Barack Obama “made a pilgrimage,” according to the AP, to meet him.

That continued a tradition of presidents consulting with Graham that began with Dwight Eisenhower.

See what the biggest companies in the nation are doing to promote homosexuality.

Among the recent attacks on the Cathy family:

  • Boston’s Democrat Mayor Thomas Menino wrote to Dan Cathy, “I was angry to learn on the heels of your prejudiced statements about your search for a site to locate in Boston. There is no place for discrimination on Boston’s Freedom Trail and no place for your company alongside it.”
  • Chicago officials said they wouldn’t allow the permits needed for a Chick-fil-A to be built in their district.
  • Homosexual “kiss-in” protests were planned at college campus locations of the store.
  • The Henson Co. announced it would not longer work with Chick-fil-A.

But as WND reported, hundreds of thousands of people across America are pledging to support Chick-fil-A restaurants.

A Facebook campaign has been launched by Huckabee seeking to build support for the chicken-sandwich chain famous for closing its stores on Sundays so employees can attend church if they choose.

Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential candidate, invited Americans to join him Wednesday, Aug. 1, for a “Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.” Some supporters are advocating showing support every Wednesday.

He noted the company now is a $4 billion a year effort with more than 1,600 stores.

“The militant homosexual advocates have launched an all out assault on Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A, pushing for a boycott because the Cathy family has contributed to traditional marriage organizations. The attempts to hurt or destroy Chick-fil-A is nothing short of economic bullying. In the name of ‘tolerance,’ there is an effort being mounted to put pressure on people to stop eating at Chick-fil-A. Even worse is the vilification of the company and its employees. The Christian world view of Dan Cathy is being met with intolerance and vicious hate speech,” Huckabee’s announcement said.

“I ask you to join me in speaking out to your constituency via Facebook, Twitter, email, broadcast, etc., to make Wednesday, August 1 ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.’ No one is being asked to make signs, speeches, or openly demonstrate. The goal is simple: Let’s affirm a business that operates on Christian principles and whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values we espouse by simply showing up and eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.”

On Facebook and other social media websites, there continue to be vitriolic attacks on the family and company.

Shirley Stanton of Orlando, Fla., said: “Even though I don’t live in Boston, I am proud of their mayor. Thomas Menino is truly someone Boston should be proud of and praise.”

But there also are a certain number of commenters who pinpoint the crux of the issue: Jon Untiedt noted: “Sounds like Boston is discriminating against Chick-fil-A’s CEO’s First Amendment rights.”

And Keith S. Brooks, said: “A mayor urging a company to keep its taxes and jobs out of his city is absurd. Keep the personal preferences of ones private life, private. Let the market dictate what people will or wont participate in. But suggesting to a business that the personal feelings of their CEO should be the measuring stick of whether or not they are allowed to conduct business in your city is, at the very least, a seriously slippery slope. I’m from Boston. Yes, they are prideful. They are also knuckle headed. What happens if a strong Christian becomes the mayor of Boston and he decides he doesn’t want Home Depot in the city of Boston anymore because they support gay marriage? Would it be OK for that mayor to suggest the company take its millions of dollars in taxes and hundreds of jobs and kick rocks? Dangerous stuff here. And I have many gay friends, but this kind of grandstanding by a mayor who is looking for sympathy votes for his next election is cowardly and has NO place in an intelligent society.”

“I love the double standard that Jim Henson’s company is expressing by not … accepting Christians’ belief in the biblical definition of marriage,” wrote Valorie Phillips.

John Hayward at Human Events said the attacks are reaching unhealthy levels.

“The name of the game being played against Chick-fil-A involved ending the discussion, by ruling one side of this important social debate completely out of order, and dismissing their beliefs as unworthy of respect. All resistance to gay marriage is instantly transmuted into personal hatred of gay people. On the other hand, criticism of traditional marriage proponents cannot be viewed as hateful, no matter how angrily it might be expressed. It’s a rigged heads-we-win, tails-you-lose game,” he said.

Chick-fil-A appears to have taken itself off the soapbox, at least for now, with a corporate statement that said: “The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect – regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent owner/operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”

Good News from Aurora

Petra Anderson

Last evening I attended a meeting that didn’t conclude until 11:10 pm. It was a very important night.  It was an even better morning when a friend from Colorado sent me this site.

Everything we did and considered last night was important stuff, but when seen through the prism of Aurora’s tragic night, we forget for a moment what absorbs us to see in many cases the wonder of God. One of the Aurora pastors tells the story of God’s beautiful grace, at least for Petra Anderson, one of his parishioners, a woman hit four times and left with a bullet lodged in the back of her brain. For Petra, the Joker will not have the last laugh. You simply must read her story of Petra Anderson.

Firestorm Erupts Over Representative Bachmann’s Letters

Representative Backmann and and four other representitives have called for Muslim Brotherhood Influence Investigations

  • Keith Ellison questions the ‘allegations’ in the letters, Bachmann responds with a 16 page fact laden, footnoted letter
  • Ellison appears on CNN with Anderson Cooper offering no facts to back up his assertions
  • Senior leaders McCain, Boehner defend Clinton’s aide, showing once again, the Republican party’s ability to ‘eat their own’ and losing focus on the bigger National Security threat
  • The media and progressive/left blogosphere blows up with the typical accusations aimed at Bachmann
  • This news flow overshadows the Ft. Hood Report just released that Military and FBI ignored evidence due to ‘Political Correctness

Are we headed down the same ‘Ft. Hood’ road regarding the National Security threat that Bachmann and others are calling attention to?

In the rush to jump on the ‘politically correct’ ban wagon, McCain, Boehner and others weighed into the intensifying controversy on basically one single issue: Clinton Aide Huma Abedin. This action has drowned out the dozens of other potential threats Rep. Bachmann and the other Representatives outlined in their letters. concerning the influence being exercised in the U.S. government by Muslim Brotherhood.

We know that in Boehner’s case, his press secretary admitted that he had not reviewed the mountain of evidence that points to the need for an investigation. We are not sure what McCain’s excuse is. While its to be expected from Rep. Ellison, the media and the liberal/progressive blogosphere, its disconcerting that it is coming from people who should be aligned on the importance of National Security, particularly in an election year.

What we need to do now…

Courageous leaders like Bachmann, Franks, Westmorland, Gohmert and Rooney need, more than ever, to know their courageous actions are supported. Take the time to call them and write to them…they NEED to hear from us.

STEP 1. Get the full story (we have lot’s more on our facebook page)…

  • Read the complete Legislative Action Alert from ACT! for America here.
  • Listen to Hon. Fred Grandy’s radio interview breaking it all down here.
  • Obama Administration timeline of their involvement in Egypt’s elections.
  • Michele Bachmann’s detailed response to Ellison’s attack.

STEP 2. Call their offices:

  • Michele Bachmann 202-225-2331
  • Louie Gohmert 202-225-3035
  • Trent Franks 202-225-4576
  • Lynn Westmoreland 202-225-5901
  • Tom Rooney 202-225-5792 STEP 3. Write to your elected officials (this is so easy its fun!):

STEP 3. Write to your elected officials (this is so easy its fun!):
Click here and then select the first bullet point ”Support Members of Congress Calling for Muslim Brotherhood Investigation”


Sign the letter, make your voice heard…

Ask Congressman Ken Calvert to stand with the other Representatives calling for investigations into Muslim Brotherhood influence operations. To add your signature, click here.

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Proof! Establishment Media Controlled

The following is an exclusive written by Joseph Farah. In it he scorches ‘journalists’ who are ‘selling their ethical, moral souls’

Farah’s source is nothing less than the New York Times. His column follows:

There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word loosely indeed.

The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

Ads by Google How the Pros Buy Silver Smart Money’s Little Known Secret to Buying Silver Below Spot Price. www.InvestmentU.com/Silver Cloud Server Security Award Winning Cloud Server Security Free 30-Day Trial Of Halo Pro! CloudPassage.com What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”

It shows that most – not some – members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!

Even “progressive” WND columnist Ellen Ratner agrees – media under a spell!

Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:
“The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.” “They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.” “Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.”

“Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.” “Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by many top strategists and almost all mid-level aides in Chicago and at the White House – almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.” “Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.” “From Capitol Hill to the Treasury Department, interviews granted only with quote approval have become the default position. Those officials who dare to speak out of school, but fearful of making the slightest off-message remark, shroud even the most innocuous and anodyne quotations in anonymity by insisting they be referred to as a ‘top Democrat’ or a ‘Republican strategist.’” “Those [reporters] who did speak on the record said the restrictions seem only to be growing. ‘It’s not something I’m particularly proud of because there’s a part of me that says, Don’t do it, don’t agree to their terms,’ said Major Garrett, a correspondent for The National Journal.” “It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all consented to interviews under such terms.” I could go on and on. I urge you to read the entire story. This may be the most important story broken by the New York Times in years.

What it means is this: When Americans read these reports – whether in newspapers, wire services or on the Internet – they are not really reading news stories at all. They are reading approved, pre-packaged press releases from the government and politicians. But, even worse, they are not labeled as such. They are labeled as actual news.

That’s how low the national press establishment has descended. And, when you read the story in its full context, you will understand that the concerns expressed about this practice by those submitting themselves to it are not ethical concerns. They are not concerns for the truth. They are concerns about their own convenience and for the loss of “color” in their stories.

Let me state what I hope is obvious to all reading this column: This sort of willing capitulation to government censorship was not the norm five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago or 30 years ago. This is a new phenomenon – chilling and alarming to an old-timer like me who would never agree to submit his copy for approval to politicians.

These so-called journalists are selling their ethical and moral souls for access to politicians. And this practice raises expectations by politicians that they can routinely manipulate the press to their

advantage. That makes the job of real journalists – independent reporters faithful to their craft – even more difficult, because they will be shut out from access.

It reminds me of the fact that, just last week, WND was denied credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention. Why do you suppose what has become one of the largest and most influential news agencies in the country would be denied access to the convention floor? Simply because the Democrats know we won’t play by their rules of control like the members of the establishment press club.

All I can say about these people I once considered “colleagues” is that I am so ashamed of them. I am mortified. They are humiliating themselves and a vital institution for any free society.

It seems the biggest threat to the American tradition of a free and independent press is not government coercion. It’s the willing submission of the press to being handled and managed by government and politicians.

Fatah and Hamas on Possible Unity Government

By Khaled Abu Toameh (Jerusalem Post)

Efforts to end the ongoing power struggle between Hamas and Fatah have reached a deadlock due to disagreements over several issues, including holding presidential and parliamentary elections. Yet despite the talk about an impasse, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was quoted as saying that he was optimistic about the prospects of ending the rivalry with Fatah. The contradictory statements are a sign of divisions among the Hamas leadership over the reconciliation process with Fatah.

Earlier this year, Mashaal and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed yet another reconciliation pact, this time under the auspices of Qatar. The latest agreement, dubbed the Doha Accord, envisages the establishment of a Palestinian government headed by Abbas and dominated by independent figures. The government is supposed to prepare for holding long overdue presidential and parliamentary elections in the Palestinian territories.

The Doha Accord drew sharp criticism from most of the Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip, who complained that Mashaal did not consult with them before signing the deal.

In recent weeks Hamas and Fatah announced that they were closer than ever to reaching agreement on the implementation of the Doha Accord. Hamas even permitted the Palestinian Elections Commission to start registering voters in the Gaza Strip in a move that was described by both parties as a major breakthrough.

They also claimed that they had made progress in efforts to form a new cabinet that would consist mostly of technocrats.

However, Hamas abruptly decided to suspend the work of the Palestinian Elections Commission in the Gaza Strip, dealing a severe blow to efforts to achieve reconciliation with Fatah. Abbas said that the decision to suspend the work of the elections commission would hinder efforts to end the dispute with Hamas. Hamas justified the decision by saying that it had good reason to believe that Fatah was planning to steal the vote. Hamas officials also cited security coordination between the PA and Israel in the West Bank as another reason for suspending the work of the elections commission.

Mahmoud Zahar, a senior Hamas official in the Gaza Strip who is strongly opposed to Mashaal’s rapprochement with Fatah, said that the continued PA security clampdown on his movement’s supporters in the West Bank is an indication that the planned elections would not be fair and free.

Zahar also claimed that Mashaal and Abbas had agreed to form a Fatah-Hamas unity government and not a cabinet dominated by independent figures. In an interview with the Algerian newspaper Al-Shurouk, Zahar accused the PA leadership in the West Bank of working with Israel and the US to forge the next elections to prevent Hamas from winning.

“The elections are a big deception,” he remarked. Zahar also charged the Palestinian Elections Commission with colluding with Fatah to forge the results of the vote. He said that commission officials had failed to register voters whom they believed were affiliated with Hamas.

In the West Bank, Zahar added, no Hamas candidate would dare run in an election because he or she would be arrested either by Israel or by the Fatah-controlled security forces. The Hamas leader boasted that his government was able to pay salaries to civil servants while the PA government in the West Bank was facing a severe financial crisis. “The debts of the Palestinian Authority are the result of corruption,” Zahar said. “We have been able to pay salaries although we don’t receive financial aid from the Americans, Europeans or even the Arab countries.”

Ismail Radwan, a spokesman for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said that the PA security crackdown on Hamas supporters in the West Bank was one of the main reasons behind the failure of the Doha Accord. He said that the elections commission would be allowed to resume its work in the Gaza Strip only if Abbas stops pursuing Hamas supporters and abides by the Qatari-sponsored agreement.

Mohammed Askoul, secretary-general of the Hamas government, said that reconciliation with Fatah has “become like a mirage – you can see it with your eyes but you don’t feel it in reality.” But Mashaal, who is currently visiting Jordan, told reporters in Amman that efforts to achieve reconciliation with Fatah have made significant progress, especially with regards to the formation of a Palestinian unity government.

He said that efforts were underway to arrange another meeting between him and Abbas to discuss ways of overcoming obstacles hindering the implementation of the Doha Accord.

Iran’s Leader: We Must Prepare for “End of Times”

By Reza Kahlil

Iran’s supreme leader, for the first time, is telling his nation that it must prepare for war and “the end of times” as it continues to develop nuclear weapons.

State-owned media outlets, in a coordinated effort, all ran highlighting Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s message on the coming of the last Islamic messiah.

Until now, the Iranian media would mostly quote clerics from seminaries on the issue of the last Islamic messiah to avoid the regime being labeled messianic. However, the wide publication of Khamenei’s statements on a need to prepare for the end of times as it confronts the West over its illicit nuclear program is alarming to Western leaders.

“The issue of Imam Mahdi is of utmost importance, and his reappearance has been clearly stated in our holy religion of Islam,” Khamenei said. We must study and remind ourselves of the end of times and Imam Mahdi’s era. … We must prepare the environment for the coming so that the great leader will come.”

Shiite theology holds that great wars must engulf the Earth, during which one-third of the world’s population will die in the fighting and another third from hunger, lawlessness and havoc. Israel is to be destroyed, and only then will the 12th imam, Mahdi, reappear and kill all the infidels, raising the flag of Islam in all corners of the world.

Under the guidance of Khamenei, several centers have been established in Iran on research and information on the coming of Mahdi, and a conference is held annually on Mahdiism.

“Today we have a duty to prepare for the coming. … If we are the soldiers of the 12th imam, then we must be ready to fight,” Khamenei said. “With the guidance of Allah and His invisible help, we shall make the Islamic civilization proud on the world stage. This is our destiny. The youth, the faithful must prepare themselves for this great move.”

Referring to the Quran, Khamenei said the coming has been promised by Allah. “There will come a time when all the oppressive powers of the world will be destroyed and humanity will be enlightened in the era of Imam Mahdi.”

As reported recently, the regime has distributed the booklet “The Last Six Months” among its military forces in preparation for the coming and its confrontation with the West. The material admonishes the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij paramilitary forces that they must be prepared to do their duties during the expected war.

The Revolutionary Guards’ media outlet, Mashregh, warned Israel and America that they will have to guess as to what type of warhead the Iranian missiles will be carrying when targeting them. In its lengthy piece, Mashregh discussed Iranian missile capability and the devastation it can wreak on potential enemies. Referring to U.S. military bases in the region, it said that in recent war games, ballistic missiles with cluster warheads destroyed targets similar to air bases and fighter craft hiding under hangers.

The piece boasts that the two-stage solid-fuel Sejil missile can pierce through Israel’s missile defense system and has had “the Zionists losing sleep.” After a decade of negotiation with Iran, the West has yet to make any inroads in stopping the regime’s illicit nuclear program.

The latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency indicated Iran continues to enrich uranium at both the Natanz and Fordow facilities and now has enough nuclear material for at least five nuclear weapons. The regime has denied an IAEA request for inspection of a military facility where it is believed Iran conducted secret experiments of an implosion-type nuclear weapon. While a majority of Iranians oppose the mullahs’ brutal regime, Western sanctions have not curtailed its pursuit of nuclear weapons, which not only could lead to the collapse of the global economy but the killing of tens of millions of innocent civilians, including those in Iran.