By Hal Lindsey
The Hal Lindsey Report
Well over two weeks into the manufactured chaos that finally reveals the true nature of the "Arab Spring," the US administration is now grudgingly beginning to admit what everyone else has known all along: the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist act. It was not a spontaneous mob reaction to a movie promo. The President himself finally admitted as much, but it took the girls of "The View" to coax it out of him. The mainstream media was apparently incapable of doing so.
Fortunately for America, though the President didn't have time in his busy schedule to meet one on one with any other world leader at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week, he did have time to sit on the couch at "The View" and do a little dishing! Otherwise, how would we have known that he no longer thinks it was a mob of insulted Muslims who spontaneously converged at the consulate in Benghazi with heavy weapons, mortars, and rocket-propelled grenade launchers to wage a 12-hour gun battle that resulted in the deaths of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other embassy personnel. And all because they were angry over a 13-minute movie promo that's been on YouTube for several months.
That's precisely what every government spokesperson from the President on down has been saying for two weeks. And they've been doing it with disturbingly straight faces. I'm hoping they were simply trying to stonewall the issue to cover up massive foreign policy failures, because if they really believe what they've been saying, then we're in deep trouble, folks.
But even though the President did do a little backtracking on "The View," when he got to the United Nations for his speech, he spent about five minutes apologizing for and condemning the cheesy, amateurish video promo that's being used across the Muslim world as a pretext for anti-Western violence. On the other hand, he devoted all of about 90 seconds to al-Qaeda and the jihadists who perpetrated the attack. He completely missed the opportunity for a "teachable moment" in which he could have defended free speech and explained to the gathered nations that in real democracies, we tolerate freedom of opinion and expression.
I think the most obvious lesson we can learn from the events unfolding across the Middle East is that it accomplishes nothing to apologize to or attempt to appease Islam. In spite of all the apologies and all the expressions of disgust, American flags are burning around the world.
"There Is a Massive Effort Underway to Criminalize Criticism of Islam"
Another danger that is quickly taking shape because of this wave of September violence, is the elevation of Islam as the only world religion that cannot be criticized. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is happening because governments and leaders are afraid of Muslims. And why shouldn't they be? Say the wrong thing and your embassy goes up in flames or you have to go into hiding with a fatwa hanging over you. I'm certainly thankful that Islam is, as they claim, a religion of "peace, love, and tolerance," or we'd really be in trouble!
You know, if we Christians took a page out of the Koranic playbook, the world would really be in for it. When I think about some of the truly blasphemous works of "art" that have been proudly foisted on the American public, like "The Last Temptation of Christ," Christ in a jar of urine, the elephant dung Virgin Mary, or "The Da Vinci Code," Christians could manufacture a pretty good excuse to wreak some major havoc and do some really dramatic rioting. Fortunately for the world, Christianity really is a religion of peace, love, and tolerance!
I'm guessing that by now you're getting an idea of what this week's show is about.
However, I want to warn you that what's happening across the world today is only the beginning. I'll discuss this more on future programs, but there is a massive effort underway to criminalize criticism of Islam. Not Christianity or Judaism or Hinduism or Buddhism, just Islam. And the concerted international campaign, which is part of a ten-year plan, is getting frighteningly close to realization. In fact, resolutions have been passed by United Nations agencies to this effect. And our State Department seems to be signing on to them. Folks, that will be a game-changer. Once that happens... well, you can only guess.
Look around you. See how rapidly conditions are developing precisely as predicted by the ancient prophets. It's almost over, folks. Literally, at any moment we could hear our Lord Jesus shout, "Come up here!" and we'll be gone. Don't put off accepting the gift of pardon for sin that He purchased by His death on Calvary. Accept His atoning sacrifice today and become a part of God's forever family. Trust me, you'll be eternally glad you did.
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- Egyptian President Urges Limits on Free Speech • Christian Post
- Free speech is a cherished American right (unless it offends Muslims) • Daily Caller
- Denouncing Jihad Is ‘Hate Speech’? • FrontPageMagazine.com (Mark Tooley)
- The Benghazi scandal widens • Human Events (John Hayward)
- Pastors to practice freedom to address political issues • OneNewsNow.com (Charlie Butts)
- Free Speech Threatened at United Nations • Heritage.org