Christian rights groups urges support for UN inquiry into crimes against humanity charges in North Korea
Marshall Ramsey II, Worthy News US Correspondent
08/28/10 UK -- Worthy News has learned that the Christian human rights group, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is urging all European Union (EU) foreign ministers to call for
the formation of a United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry to investigate claims of crimes against humanity in North Korea. In a letter written to the EU foreign ministers, CSW is claiming that crimes against humanity abound in the country even as three Christians are said to have been executed and several others imprisoned.
CSW reports that prisoners face "dire" living conditions, chronic food shortages, systematic and severe" torture, and "brutal punishments." They also state that relatives of
prisoners are considered guilty by association, putting as many as 200,000 people in danger of being incarcerated in a North Korean prison camp.
"The barbaric system is calculated to cause extreme fatigue and sickness, and refugees have stated that imprisonment in the camps amounts to nothing more than a harsh, drawn-out death sentence," CSW reported. "Life expectancy in the camps is one to two years -- the same as that in Nazi concentration camps 70 years ago."
Worst persecutors of Christians
The anti-persecution group Open Doors has rated North Korea as the world's worst persecutor of Christians for eight years in a row. All forms of worship are outlawed in North Korea except for the worship of Kim Jong-il and his late father and predecessor, Kim il-sung.
"A Commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against humanity is an essectial step towards justice and an end to impunity, and we urge the EU to support this recommendation and work proactively to achieve it," CSW's National Director Stuart Windsor said. "The regime in North Korea is committing the most barbaric violations of human rights and it is time that the UN General Assembly took meaningful action to prevent the continuing suffering of the North Korean people."
As many as 400,000 Christians are forced to worship behind closed doors as they face imprisonment, torture, or public execution if the authorities discover their faith.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Christian rights groups urges support for UN inquiry into crimes against humanity charges in North Korea
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
UPDATE: Due to an apparent offense received by one of the persons mentioned in the article below, I am posting this update so that whoever reads this knows that one of the persons involved, Peter Sagos, claims his innocence, and that I do not in any way accuse him of guilt. Any presumption otherwise is on the part of the reader only.
South Carolina sailor on trial for drug a sign Christians to be killed for their faith?
Marshall Ramsey II, Worthy News U.S. Correspondent
Hamilton, Bermuda (Worthy News) -- A man from Charleston, SC is going on trial this week for charges of drug smuggling, Worthy News has learned.
Andrew "Steve" Blatchley was arrested Oct 3, 2009, on charges of drug smuggling whle
sailing in the Atlantic Ocean about 14 miles off the coast of the island of Bermuda. If
convicted of the charge, along with a money laundering charge, he faces a life prison
Mr. Blatchley had recently launched form Bermuda and was about 14 miles off the Bermuda coast heading for Jamaica when his boat, the "Bomba Shack," was stopped and boarded by men dressed in black and claiming to be Bermuda police. Mr. Blatchley, along with Jeannie Harden, presumably from America, Edide Plourd, and Peter Sagos both from Canada, were taken back to port and put in jail. Miss Harden and Mr. Plourde were released from custody without charges being filed.
What they are accused of
Mr. Blatchley & Mr. Sagos, arrested separately, are charged with trying to smuggle $30
million worth of marijuana. The family and friends of Mr. Blatchley said the charges
against him don't seem to fit.
In a note written by Mr. Blatchley from West Gate prison in Bermuda, where he is being
held, he said he can't understand how the case being levied agains thim came about.
"They said they wanted to search the boat for drugs," Blatchley said. "I find this
peculiar as I was leaving!"
A similar situation happened last year as well, although in a different part of the
world. A Russian-manned cargo ship was boarded by men dressed in black riding in a black rubber raft like the kind used by special forces groups, who claimed they were searching for drugs. The ship was said to contain $1.8 million worth of lumber bound for Algeria, but was, in fact, laden with weapons bound for Iran.
Sandi Blatchley, Mr. Blatchley's wife, does not plan to attend the trial. She is,
however, optimistic that he will be acquitted, saing that her husband's arrest was in
error. She says she has faith the court will see the charges are groundless and that her
husband will be released soon. "He said he's coming home," she said.
Christians looking to be killed for their faith in Jesus?
Here is where it gets interesting. It is no secret that Christians have been persecuted
for their faith in Jesus christ. That in itself is no different than other religions.
Christians, Jews, even Muslims have been persecuted for their faith. So what does this have to do with the case of Steve Blatchley? The answer is in the names of the defendants and one of the persons released.
The names Peter, Andrew, and Steve, a form of Stephen, are the names of three of Jesus Christ's 1st century followers: Peter and Andrew being apostles of Jesus, and Stephen being the first martyr.
Stephen is mentioned in the book of Acts, chapters 6 and 7. After being brought to
religious leaders on false charges, they stoned him until he died. Both Peter and Andrew
were also killed for their faith, by crucifixion.
What is even more interesting is the name of the woman than was released, Jeannie Harden. The word Jeannie is similar to the word djinni, which is the plural form of the word
djinn, the Muslim word for 'unclean spirit,' or, as Christians would call them, demon, or
devil. Harden means to make more dense. So what we have here is three names synonimous with Christians being persecuted and killed for their faith, while devils are being let go, being made tougher by the killing of them.
Be ready, Christian world, because persecution is coming.
Monday, August 23, 2010
"Emergency contraceptive" gets FDA approval
Marshall Ramsey II, Worthy News US Correspondent
A new drug has been released onto the US market. The drug 'ella' has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, Worthy News has learned.
Ella is touted as a successful anti-pregnancy pill that will reduce a woman's chances for getting pregnant by about 2/3 for at least 120 hours. The decision to allow the sale of Ella is hailed by supporters as a vital new option to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but critics of the decision say that approving Ella as a contraceptive is misleading because it can also be used to induce an abortion.
Ella is known by its generic name, ulipristal acetate, which blocks a woman's progesterone activity, delaying the ovaries from producing an egg. RU-486 works the same way. It prevents a fertilized egg from implanting and dislodges growing embryos.
Supporters of the drug
Vanessa Cullins of Planned Parenthood Federation of America says, "Ella will become an important option for women."
Erin Gainer, CEO of HRA Pharma of Paris, which produces Ella (ellaOne as it is known in Europe), says Ella is "an effective and well-tolerated new generation emergency contraceptive, fulfills a significant and previiously unmet need in this filed by reducing pregnancy risk up to five days after intercourse."
Opponents of the drug
Wendy Wright, President of Concerned Women for America said, "The FDA underscored the point that this decision was driven by politics by releasing it late on a Friday when people are not paying attention. The meager trials done on ella indicate it may cause miscarriages and birth defects. Yet the FDA allowed the HRA Pharma to avoid fully testing the drug so women will be kept in the dark on what kind of serious complications it may cause to her and her baby."
The FDA itself warned that it was unsafe for women to use ella more than occasionally because they did not have any data on long-term safety. It also warned that women should be ruled out as being pregnant before taking the drug, indicating that it could cause fetuses already in development to be killed and aborted.
"By misclassifying ella as emergency contraception, this administration has paved the way to covertly allow federal funding for abortion through Medicaid, Title X, and international family planning programs," said U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the Congrassional Pro-Life Caucus, a bi-partisan organization.
"The FDA is supposed to protect people from dangerous drugs and deceptive marking. Instead, today they have proven they are willing to be complicit in this abortion cover-up," said Smith. "At a minimum the drug should be classified as an abortion drug. Women deserve to know that these pills they belive prevent pregnancy could actually kill their unborn child by withholding vital nutrients and effectively starving the child to death."
"Make no mistake about it, ella is a dangerous abortion drug," said Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for LIfe of America, which has called on the FDA to review and reverse its decision. "The FDA's approval of ella for sale within the U.S. shows that the FDA has not done its job protecting women, particularly young women whom SFLA serves on a daily basis."
Alternative forms of contraception
Other forms of contraception are available to the public without having to harm the life of the child such as condoms and spermicidal sponges. Other forms of birth control work by releasing large amounts of progesterone into a woman's body which suppresses ovulation, inhibits sperm migration, and reduces sperm capacity for fertilization. The danger with this, however, is that it changes the womb's lining, preventing the newly conceived child from implanting and being brought to term. It should be noted that except in the case of abstinance, no contraception is 100% effective, nor 100% safe.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
|Here's the link to my latest article. God's reminding us that he is still in control! Blessed be God forever and ever! http://www.worthynews.com/8953-youth-pastor-who-was-arrested-for-sharing-his-faith-vindicated|
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Here's the link to my latest article:
Let's pray for them. Atheists need salvation just as much as we do.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Here's a copy of my latest article. Let us pray for the Christians in Pakistan that God would give them boldnes to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that God would give them peace and rest from their enemies.
Christians protest persecution in Pakistan, calling 'Minority Day' 'Black Day'
Marshall Ramsey - Worthy News US Correspondent
Lahore, Pakistan ([url="www.worthynews.com"]My link[/url])
Pakistani Christians observed August 11, 2010, as 'Black Day,' meant as a protest of the persecution and suffering they go through, Worthy News has learned.
Origin of Black Day
'Black Day' is actually known as Minority Day, which was August 11, 1947, three days before Pakistan gained its independence from Great Britain.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, called the founding father of Pakistan, delivered a speech to Pakistan's then-newly formed constituent assembly pledging "freedom and equality" for all faiths in the new country.
Persecution in Pakistan
While officially declaring religious freedom, HRFP (Human Rights Focus Pakistan) president Naveed Walter said that the 'Black Day' protest was called to bring attention to the "increasing incidents of injustice and discrimination" leveled at Pakistani Christians. Many Christians are persecuted for their faith in Jesus in Pakistan, with some being arrested on false charges and others suffering violence.
Nazir S. Bhatti, a leader of the Pakistan Christian Congress, thinks it makes little sense to celebrate 'Minority Day,' a day that is supposed to be celebrating minorities in Pakistan while Christians are being persecuted. The rally was prompted because of Pakistan's blasphemy law, in which speaking anything against Mohammad or Allah is forbidden.
Christians from different backgrounds chose the date for its highly symbolic nature. HRFP organized the protest march on this day, which ended in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club in Lahore.
Mr. Naveed also called for electoral system changes which would grant religious minorities to select for themselves representatives in regional assemblies as well as federal parliament. A number of seats are reserved for Christians at both levels of Pakistani government, however the seats go to people who are picked out in advance, and do not depend on minority votes.
'Black Day' for Christians in Pakistan
Christians take to the streets on 'Black Day' to protest blasphemy
Christians and human rights groups marched and protested yesterday against discriminatory laws, demanding freedom and dignity for all, irrespective of religion.
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Sharing fingerprints between counties and states is a good thing, I think, but this is definitely a 'Mark of the Beast' situation.
Fingerprint sharing led to deportation of 47,000 - Yahoo! News
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Mr. Dali is known as a surrealist. He is the creator of the melting watches painting. However, there's something rotten in Atlanta.
At a glance, there seems to be nothing wrong with Salvador Dali's painting. It's a picture of James the Greater riding a white horse holding up a picture of Jesus Christ with his left hand. It's when you start to explore the symbolism behind the painting, that is you start to critique its elements, you find some very disturbing things.
For starters, look at the effigy of Jesus. We see Jesus with his arms spread out and feet together to form a cross. We also have Jesus of Nazareth with his head leaning backward, and light radiating from Jesus' belly. Jesus is seen as though he were being crucified, but where is the cross? This would suggest that Jesus was just a man who died, instead of being the sinless Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. If you take away the cross, then there's nothing to say that Jesus died horribly as the Holy Bible says.
Also, where are the holes in Jesus' feet? The Bible says "they shall look on him whom they pierced." If Jesus received the nails in his hands and feet, then why are they missing from the picture?
Another curious thing is the rider of the white horse. Although you can't see everything (mercifully,) the man is completely naked. This is similar to the Council on Foreign Relations symbol, a naked man riding a white horse.
To the Christian, God gave us clothes to cover our nakedness and hide our shame. Indeed, this bears out that most people, if conscious of being seen naked, and the viewer is not familiar, they begin to cover up their genitals (and breasts, for women) in embarrassment. This would seem to suggest that the rider on the horse rejoices in shame and perhaps a sexual deviant, seeking to cause embarrassment to those around him.
The horse is another symbol altogether. The white horse when rearing up as seen in "Santiago el Grande" would suggest that there is excitement around. Combined with the rider holding up the picture of Jesus Christ, it suggests that the rider is holding up Jesus as though a victor over him, not holding up the name of Jesus Christ as one would suppose.
Another suggestion is that the rider of the white horse is not coming to make peace, but rather war as stated by the nuclear explosion near the horse's hind legs, and that though he would father peace, war is in his loins.
Finally, we are going to take a look at the etymology of the names of the picture and its author. Santiago el Grande is Spanish for James the Greater. The word James is a form of the Hebrew word Jacob, which means supplanter, which in turn means one who takes by trickery or force.
The name Salvador means 'savior,' as in Jesus Christ, Savior of the world. Dali means part, share, portion; to divide. What this man's name would mean is "savior divided," meaning Jesus died, but he is not raised from the dead as he is. Thus "Santiago el Grande by Salvador Dali" means "Get rid of the savior and let the supplanter take his place," which is exactly what Satan wants to do. He wants to take Jesus out of the picture as the Savior of mankind and put in his own 'savior,' the antichrist. Fitting also that Salvador Dali was a Roman Catholic, because one of the title's of the Pope is 'Vicar of Christ.' Vicar comes from the Latin 'vicarius,' meaning opposite of, or against. Thus Vicar of Christ means opposite of Christ, opposed to Christ, thus anti christ.