Hollywood Heroes: John Rhys-Davies

Hollywood Heroes sounds like it could be a series and it would be a good one but honestly, I’m not sure I could find even a handful of “heroes” in Hollywood despite the comic book obsession that is sweeping the industry.

Nonetheless, John Rhys-Davies, famous for his roles in Indiana Jones and The Lord of The Rings film series, has spoken bold truth about the sad, sorry state of Western culture and threat of Islam:

Perhaps John Rhys-Davies was channeling Gimli, his character from The Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, because the Welsh actor delivered a soliloquy late Monday about good and evil and even warned of the end of days courtesy of radical Islamic terrorism and political correctness.

“There is an extraordinary silence in the West,” said Rhys-Davies on Adam Carolla’s podcast posted Monday night. “Basically, Christianity in the Middle East and in Africa is being wiped out — I mean not just ideologically but physically, and people are being enslaved and killed because they are Christians. And your country and my country are doing nothing about it.”

Carolla elicited laughter from Rhys-Davies when he asked him when it became fashionable to refrain from judging outsiders.

“This notion that we’ve evolved into a species that’s incapable of judging other groups and what they are doing, especially when it is beheading people or setting people on fire or throwing acid in the face of schoolgirls — I like that kind of judging. It’s evolved!” said Carolla.

Carolla joked that if Bill Maher had been around during World War II, Americans would not have fought the Nazis because the comedian would have been “screaming” about tolerance.

“This is a unique age. We don’t want to be judgmental,” said Rhys-Davies, who’s also known for his role in the Indiana Jones franchise. “Every other age that has come before us has believed exactly the opposite. I mean, T.S. Eliot referred to ‘the common pursuit of true judgment.’ Yes. That’s what it’s about. Getting our judgments right.”

Rhys-Davies was on Carolla’s podcast — which has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most popular podcast — to promote the DVD release of Return to the Hiding Place, a film about Jews in Holland during World War II that was directed and written by Peter C. Spencer, also a guest on Monday night’s podcast.

“It’s an age where politicians don’t actually say what they believe,” said Rhys-Davies. “They are afraid of being judged as being partisan. Heaven forbid that we should criticize people who, after all, share a different value system. ‘But it’s all relevant. It’s all equally relative. We’re all the same. And God and the devil, they’re the same, aren’t they, really? Right and wrong? It’s really just two faces of the same coin,’ ” he said, mocking what he sees as politically correct doctrine.

“We have lost our moral compass completely, and, unless we find it, we’re going to lose our civilization. I think we’re going to lose Western European Christian civilization, anyway,” said Rhys-Davies.

Listen to the podcast here. The discussion of politics, good and evil and Islamic terror begins around the 14-minute mark.

Rhys-Davies seems like an eloquent guy and on these issues he has nailed it to the wall – let’s hope that people wake up so the West doesn’t get nailed to the wall by Islam.

The Christian hope in Jesus Christ holds us firm though so even if the West goes under (it just about deserves it in my opinion), we need not fear or despair because the Kingdom of God will surpass all earthly kingdoms and that includes Islam, even if it reigns once again in bloody violence for a short while.

“And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”” ‭‭Daniel‬ ‭2:44-45‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.’” Daniel‬ ‭7:27‬ ‭ESV‬‬

“Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭2:1-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬




Why The West Cannot Understand The Middle East

There was a time when the West fought many a war against the various Islamic empires because they understood that their existence was quite literally at stake.

Not so today, where people like Barack Obama and organisations including but not limited to the United Nations, the entire mainstream media and one and a half gazillion NGOs all demand that we respect an ideology that is motivating Muslims to behead, crucify, blow up, blow themselves up, terrorise, and generally be unpleasant.

Today, Islam is “the religion of peace” no matter how many are pilled on the already somewhat high death toll of anywhere between 240-270 million people, and much of that in the last century or so.

How can so many people be so blind? And how is it that so many of these people are all in positions of significant power, whether politics or the media?

The answer is: by deliberate and careful intention.

Yes, the leftists who go by the title “progressives” are the same who went by the titles “socialist”, “communist” and “Marxist” in decades past and the plan has always been the same:

  1. Stir up dissent and conflict between social groups within a society
  2. Rise to power as they fight it out, promising to end the conflict
  3. Become the saviours of humanity by establishing a “utopia” and executing resistors

It’s simple and it works because our fallen nature naturally inclines us to hate each other and simple differences are enough to drive wedge between groups of people collectivied by features like skin colour or sex. 

The natural, God-given role of government is to punish wrongdoing so when a society is at war within itself, the government must exercise its strength to end the conflict and this is the precise goal of leftists: powerful government with excessive reach and any opportunity to come down hard on “dissenters”, which are always their political and ideological enemies, especially genuine Christians and the church.

So while these leftist pretend that Islam is no threat, there is an abundance or truth about the matter: namely, that Islam and indeed the entire Middle East will never adopt our ways because in their mind they are antithetical, just as biblical Christians will never accept the false promises of the humanist left.

Consider the following response to the immigration problems experienced by Europe from an immigrant who has decades experience living in both the Middle East and the West:

On this morning’s translated op-ed about the European immigration crisis, our Arabic translator ritamalik left an excellent comment that is worth reproducing in its entirety. It has been edited slightly for punctuation and clarity:

I certainly disagree with you on so many levels, RonaldB. First let me say that I am an Iranian ex-pat, and I want to tell you my perspective on these issues as an outsider to Western culture:

As I have observed you Westerners now for close to twenty years that I have lived amongst you, I have learned that you are a people that think you are responsible for all the things that go on in the world.

You are obsessively solution-oriented people, which means you think for any problem that we have in this world, there must be a solution, and you implement various solutions to international problems that you see around you. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.

You also are a highly responsible people, and when even the slightest thing goes wrong, you are very angry and indignant about it and you quickly want to find the one responsible for it and punish him. You quickly look for someone to sue.

Being a guilt-oriented culture (as oppose to shame- and honour- oriented) also you are very quick to take responsibility when you feel (real or imagined) that you did something wrong and quickly start to beat your chests in a public mea culpa and engage in proverbial self-flagellation.

All of the above make you incapable of understanding people from my neck of the woods, and your and our tendencies have made a really toxic combination on the world stage.

Why? Because we in the Middle East are a very irresponsible and fatalistic lot. When things go wrong for us (as they often do) we never fuss too much over why they went wrong. We expect things to go wrong all the time as part of the natural process of things, and when they do we don’t try to find the guilty party to sue him. Analysis and self-reflection and making sure it will never happen again and stuff like that are highly alien activities to us.

Unless of course what went wrong causes us shame and embarrassment, in which case we will do anything possible to deflect blame from ourselves, especially if we have a hunch that it actually was our fault. We will make a lot of noise, give lots of excuses and engage in a lot of blame-shifting. We roll up in a fetal position and pretend that we are actually the prime victims of what went wrong, all the while knowing full well that we have caused the damned thing to go wrong ourselves!

All of that dysfunctional behaviour is highly exacerbated if there is a willing person (or country or culture) who is gladly taking all the blame for our behaviour on himself and has the peculiar tendency to totally disregard our role in what went wrong.

Now this toxic mix applies to the politics and wars in the Middle East and in the Third World in general in this following way:

We in the Middle East have a problem. For example we have a brutal dictator like Saddam. Then you see that we are suffering and people are being tortured in his prison and you wonder how you could help. Then Saddam invades Kuwait. You decide, enough is enough, and attack and free Kuwait, but you decide not to go all the way in and remove Saddam. Then Saddam, angrier than ever, lashes out even more at his own people and kills lots of dissidents and gasses the Kurds.

Now all of this becomes your fault, because you didn’t finish the job and didn’t remove Saddam. Then Saddam continues his bad behaviour and now he is even trying to develop WMDs. This time you say, enough is enough, and you go in and remove him. You offer democracy and financial aid on a platter to the Iraqis. Now in post-Saddam Iraq, Shias and Sunnis start to fight and chaos starts to reign, and no matter how much you try you cannot properly pacify the country.

So now all of this chaos becomes your fault. Everybody says that you should not have intervened and removed Saddam because even though he was brutal, he was keeping everyone in line and preventing Shias and Sunnis from killing each other. So now what do you do? You say OK! Enough is enough, we leave and won’t intervene again because we just made a mess. So you pull out your troops, and now what? The Shia vs. Sunni fight is exacerbated, and even war and chaos spreads to the rest of the region. In Syria you decided not to intervene and now ISIS has taken over. So now you assume that the rise of ISIS was somehow your fault as well. But had you actually intervened and tried to put in a regime that was a bit more manageable than ISIS, you would have been blaming yourself for having installed a puppet regime that would predictably torture everyone and make people miserable and want to leave their country. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t seems to be the destiny of any policy that you pursue in the Third World.

People are still blaming the West for not having intervened in Rwanda in the ’90s when 800,000 people were killed, while simultaneously blaming the West for intervening in Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere.

In all of these blame and regrets one thing is missing: assigning responsibility to the people of the Third World themselves, who are actually the primary causes of the chaos and mayhem in their own countries. As if we are passive objects that if you push the wrong button in us we will inevitably act in a certain way. The West was not at fault for the genocide in Rwanda! The Rwandans were! The West is not at fault for the chaos in the Middle East, we Middle Easterners are! We are the ones who have a bloodlust and long to shed each other’s blood for silly reasons. Your “failure” to stop us from destroying ourselves IS NOT YOUR FAULT!! We are a confusing and hard to deal with lot! Please get that!!

In dealing with us, the people of the Middle East, you have had, and will have one long series of lose-lose options. There are no win-lose options! None! When dealing with irresponsible and bloodthirsty cultures you cannot have good outcomes, no matter how much you wrack your heads and try to come up with a policy that would work and bring peace and prosperity to us. It will not happen! We are the ones who have to change and do some self-reflection and soul-searching in order to maybe… just maybe, learn to be a bit more civilised!

Meanwhile, all that I ask of you is that, whether you decide to intervene or not in our affairs, keep your expectation of the outcome low. Accept no responsibility for the outcome. Put the blame for the negative outcome of whatever policy you pursued where it belongs (on us!) so that we won’t have the chance to save face despite our countries’ being in an embarrassing mess, and feel like victims when we should be soul-searching. And, for the sake of anything that you hold holy and dear, please don’t wreck your nice and orderly and civilised societies and advanced cultures by taking millions of refugees, in order to save us from the mess that has nothing to do with you and came about despite your best efforts, that we have caused with our own hands, and given half the chance, we will cause in your countries as well as soon as we settle down here, or even sooner!

Thank you!

It’s a necessary and timely warning but likely one that will remain unheeded by the leftist establishment that now dominates the West.

Islamic Terrorism In IKEA, Sweden: Asylum Seekers Murder Two Citizens, Another Critical

I waited on this story to learn more information but it seems my instincts were correct – Islam!

These men were “asylum seekers” in Sweden and this is sadly an all too common narrative, with significant crime occurring at the hands of guests to this country and many others across Europe.

Here’s the initial report:

Two people have been killed and one has been seriously injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in Sweden.

The attack took place in the city of Vesteras, about an hour west of the capital Stockholm, Swedish media reported on Monday.

Police said they received a call reporting injuries at the IKEA store about 1:00pm on Monday (local time).

They found three stabbing victims in the kitchenware department.

“We found a man and a woman who had knife injuries and who later died of their wounds,” Vastmanland police said in a statement.

A man aged around 35 was seriously injured.

He immediately underwent surgery at local hospital, spokeswoman for the regional health care authority Eva Lindahl said.

The police said two suspects had been arrested over the attack.

One of the suspects was arrested at the scene and the second, who was seriously injured, was picked up at a hospital a few hours later, commanding police officer Per Agren said at a press conference.

How the suspect was injured was not clear.

The suspects were two men born in 1992 and 1979 who probably knew each other, Mr Agren said.

They had no connection with the victims and the motive for the attack was not known, he said.

The victims had been shopping at IKEA and were known to each other, police said.

Police said they had yet to establish a motive for the killings.

Local daily VLT, quoting the store manager, reported the victims were “ordinary shoppers” and the attack took place in the store’s kitchen accessories section.

These guys couldn’t find a “motive” if it hit them in the face!

Perhaps the reason people have to seek asylum from the Middle East is because of men like this, who murder you as you try to buy furniture – only this time, the murderers slipped through.

It gives some credit to those who demand tight border security, doesn’t it?!

Here’s the consequent fallout:

Police in central Sweden have increased security at asylum lodgings, fearing a backlash after two Eritrean asylum seekers were detained on suspicion of murdering two people at an IKEA store.

A man and a woman were killed in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the city of Vasteras on Monday.

Two suspects were detained by police, one of whom was seriously injured.

One suspect has denied involvement, while the other is hospitalised. Both had been staying in the same asylum centre, police said.

Police said there was no evidence of any political motive. The victims did not have any connection to their attackers, police said.

“Local police across the region have been tasked with taking these measures, to be there for safety purposes for everyone there – those who work there and those who live there,” Vastmanland police spokesman Per Agren told Sweden’s TT news agency, referring to asylum centres in central Vastmanland county.

Sweden has been one of Europe’s most generous recipients of asylum seekers. In 2014, it received 81,200 applicants, 13 per cent of the total in the European Union.

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, who in 2010 took seats in parliament for the first time, have become the third-biggest party, arguing that record numbers of asylum seekers are undermining the country’s cherished welfare model.

The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention said this week the number of suspected hate crimes — attacks motivated by the victim’s religious, sexual or racial identity — hit a record level last year.

In one of the latest incidents, two homeless migrants were shot at as they slept in a car in the northern Swedish town of Boden last week.

It’s interesting that the reference at the end there to the “number of suspected hate crimes — attacks motivated by the victim’s religious, sexual or racial identity — hit a record level last year” seems to suggest that it’s the immigrants who are the victims when it’s actually the native Swedish female population who are being raped because they are white.

Even though these asylum seekers have murdered people, the ABc can’t help but turn the blame back on the Swedes – that sounds a lot like racism to me, and from the left, defenders of racial justice in all the cosmos!

God is clear that we should be merciful to the alien and the foreigner and indeed, Sweden has a massively generous welfare system and immigration policy that makes it very easy for people to escape the hellhole of the Middle East and find safety in beautiful and peaceful Scandinavia.

At the same time, wisdom says that opening your borders to anyone is a dangerous game. While I am not claiming this to be a direct parallel, at least  consider the foolish actions of king Hezekiah in Israel:

“At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah, for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses. There was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say? And from where did they come to you?” And Hezekiah said, “They have come from a far country, from Babylon.” He said, “What have they seen in your house?” And Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon. Nothing shall be left, says the Lord. And some of your own sons, who shall be born to you, shall be taken away, and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Then Hezekiah said to Isaiah, “The word of the Lord that you have spoken is good.” For he thought, “Why not, if there will be peace and security in my days?”” ‭‭2 Kings‬ ‭20:12-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hezekiah was exploited and even when he is told of coming disaster, he is unmoved because he won’t be there to deal with the coming catastrophic consequences.

That sounds a bit like the West’s lax approach to Islam – even now we are being terrorized in our own nations but still they claim that we just need to be even nicer and Muslims will come around to secularism. Certainly, many do but a vast number equally disdain our freedom in the West because to them, Islam and sharia are “freedom”.

One day, when the Muslim populations have grown in the West, we might find our temple being plundered and perhaps that generation (which is closer than people seem to think) will look back at the leftist, open-the-border Marxist types of our generation as the dangerous, short-sighted fools that they are.

As Christians, we can show love and welcome to Muslims and many will come to Christ, glory be to God, but what’s happening here is bigger than individuals – it’s the next phase of the clash of cultures.

It took many wars and stern determination by the church of medieval Europe to hold off the invading Islamic forces then and I don’t see that same constitution in the West today.

Jesus still wins and he rules over all but I would prefer to live in peaceful times rather than during a world war. How about you?

Tony Abbott Is The Prime Minister We Need: Keeps Election Promise, Judgment Is Excellent

As per the leftist playbook, they are slinging mud and ad hominems at Tony Abbott because he did not bow to their pressure and instead stayed true to the election promise that he made about refusing to redefine marriage for a tiny minority who largely have no interest in marriage as we know it.

Abbott is exactly the kind of man we need at this hour and the leftists hate it, hence the attacks on his “judgment” and character.

It’s funny how they love throwing his broken election promises at him – the ABC keeps a permanent record of it on display – but on redefining marriage, they want Abbott to break his promise to the public:

 Conscience vote on gay marriage defeated

The Coalition’s marathon same-sex marriage debate ended in a short-term fix which has reignited internal doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgement and leadership.

Two thirds of the joint party room supported traditional marriage and binding MPs and senators to the status quo.

But the Prime Minister said in a late-night press conference this was the last term in which his party could be bound, although the policy it would take to the next election was yet to be settled.

“Our position going into the next election should be that in a subsequent term of Parliament this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people,” Mr Abbott said.

It is yet to be decided whether the popular vote will be a plebiscite, where a question can be carried by a simple majority, or a referendum-style vote which would set the far higher bar of needing to be carried by a majority of people in a majority of states.

In the eyes of those in the party who support change, that position resolves nothing.

Even supporters of traditional marriage said the Prime Minister’s handling of the day’s events was “messy” with one senior Liberal describing it as “madness”.

“I have never seen anything as mad as this,” the senior Liberal said.

“They were literally making it up as they went along.”

Ministers, MPs and senators told the ABC the ramshackle same-sex marriage debate and the slow dispatch of former speaker Bronwyn Bishop have rekindled the same doubts about the Prime Minister’s judgement and leadership that led to a party room revolt six months ago.

The debate began in the Liberal Party room at 9:00am yesterday, when the PM blindsided moderates by saying the issue would be decided by a joint party room vote, which includes 21 National Party MPs and senators.

In an impassioned speech, Education Minister Christopher Pyne argued that was tantamount to “branch stacking”, given the overwhelming majority of Nationals are opposed to change.

Ministers who don’t like party position should resign: Abetz

Some conservative MPs told the ABC they had decided to bring the matter to a head and that they had enlisted the Prime Minister’s support to do it.

They said party moderates should not have been surprised because they had been calling for a vote for months.

While a clear majority of the backbench supported the status quo, half of the ministry argued for a free vote, prompting Senate leader Eric Abetz to say any minister who did not like the party’s position should resign.

That sparked a caustic response from Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“One thing I did learn as leader is that it’s probably best to keep the team together,” Mr Turnbull said.

“We are eight points behind in Newspoll, 14 points behind in Morgan. Are you seriously saying that having ministers resign would be good for us?”

It is understood Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg quoted the party’s founder Robert Menzies in a passionate speech supporting a free vote, and senator Arthur Sinodinos told colleagues he could not look a gay person in the eye and “tell them they’re the son of a lesser god”.

One Coalition backbencher said “the final count was 66-33 to keep the status quo”.

I’m feeling very disappointed and … I fervently wish the vote had gone the other way.

“This was more like 75 per cent until the executive spoke up,” he said.

“It proves the disconnect between some ministers and the grassroots and why we are having such poll problems.”

Other frontbenchers expressed their surprise that the vote had been called without warning and without being discussed by either the leadership group or the cabinet.

Deputy Liberal leader and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said: “I thought we were supposed to be talking about climate change today”.

Treasurer Joe Hockey was the first member of the executive to propose a referendum in the next term, which was supported by the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister.

Conscience vote debate will be revisited: Laming

LNP MP Warren Entsch said his same-sex marriage bill would be introduced to Parliament on Monday, but accepted it would not pass if put to a vote.

“I can confirm that the Bill will be introduced on Monday morning when I intend to highlight some of the very personal and heartfelt stories that have led me to take this path,” he said.

“I have to concede however that given today’s decision, the likelihood of failure, should it come to a vote, is assured.”

Mr Entsch also said he was not “angry” about the outcome from the six-hour meeting.

“While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I am not angry and I accept the decision of the party room.”

Media player: “Space” to play, “M” to mute, “left” and “right” to seek.

Liberal councillor and Mr Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, who is engaged to a woman, said she was very disappointed with the result of the party room meeting.

“I’m feeling very disappointed and … I fervently wish the vote had gone the other way,” she told Lateline.

“For me it goes to core Liberal principles [by] which we are all equal before the law.”

Queensland LNP MP Andrew Laming said he argued strongly for a conscience vote.

“There is a very strong and emerging current for this to be revisited but it won’t be happening in this election term,” he said.

Fellow Queenslander George Christensen was pleased with the result.

“I’m very happy with where we’ve landed on this,” he said.

“It was robust in some respects, but also very healthy and everyone was very respectful.”

A Coalition MP said: “[The outcome of the meeting] proves the disconnect between some ministers and the grassroots and why we are having such problems.”

Abbott said it best here:

…this is a matter that should rightly be put to the Australian people…

Redefining the historic definition of marriage, something that will affect all of society, should not be made by politicians behind closed doors.

And really, a nation can redefine marriage all it wants but you can’t actually change what marriage is any more than you can make a dog human by calling it “human”.

So this is a momentary victory for truth and it backs Tony Abbott as sincere, something the left prove consistently to not be as they try to find legal loopholes to change an age-old institution on the whim of the tiny minority that is the LGBT lobby.

Interestingly, there are roughly the same number of Muslims in Australia as there are homosexuals so I wonder why they wouldn’t include polygamy, an acceptable practise in Islam according to Islam’s founder Muhammad, in their attempts to destroy our society. Perhaps time is all they need?

“The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” ‭Genesis‬ ‭2:20-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬