Save Some Green in 2017!

Yep!  That’s right!

In 2016, a lot of people paid a lot of money unnecessarily just because they didn’t have the proper information.  Some overpaid in purchasing automobiles.  Some overpaid in signing contracts that they should not have signed.  Some overpaid in getting credit cards that were so plentiful.  And, many overpaid in getting child custody, child support, or in getting a divorce.

Well, 2017 can be the year where many can save some green!  There is a report that I can send to anyone who will send me their email address.  This report shows that everyone can now have access to legal advice even when they didn’t know that they could have such access by getting the proper information. Here is some of the information from that study:

A national probability sample of males and females aged 18 to 64 was drawn from American Consumer Opinion® Online, Decision Analyst’s worldwide panel of over eight million consumers. The sample was balanced by geography and selected demographics such as gender, age, ethnicity, and household income. Panelists were invited by email to the screening survey, and those employed full-time were invited to Decision Analyst’s DAISurvey™ website to participate in the study.

Decision Analyst is one of the largest marketing research and analytical consulting firms in North America, and serves an array of Fortune 500 companies around the world. The firm specializes in strategy research, product testing, advertising testing, and marketing optimization using advanced simulation techniques. The firm is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Legal Needs Of American Families Study (Legal Needs Study) shows that working Americans and their families face a myriad of legal issues on almost a daily basis. The study shows that 57 million full-time working Americans experienced at least one significant legal event in the past 12 months, but only 60% of those who experienced such an event actually sought out the services of a lawyer to help them.

For the full study sent to you by email, request it by email, and it will be sent to you right away.  After reading the study if you have questions, email me your questions and I will be glad to give you answers to your questions.  In the meantime, plan to save some green in 2017!

 

 

WINTER HOLIDAYS

I don’t know all of the winter holidays around the world, but I do appreciate the three holidays that affect millions in America, and many around the world.  Those three are Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  I discovered much of this from Wikipedia, so take what I am sharing with a little salt!

This year, December 24, 2016, Hanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukkah, or spelled Hanukah) is a Jewish holiday custom based on facts, celebrated for eight days and nights, beginning  on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev.  This year, Hanukah begins tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.  The Jewish word “Hanukah” means  “dedication,” and is a reminder to commemorate the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.  The Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus wanted to kill any Jews who observed Judaism. To enforce the new religious law over Jews, a high-ranking occupation officer  ame to a village to enforce rules that Jews needed to worship Greek gods, and to eat the flesh of a pig.  The residing high priest stood his ground and refused, but another villager told the officer he would speak on behalf of the village and would obey.

This residing priest, Mattathias, killed that villager, killed the high-ranking officer, and his five sons and other resistant villagers helped to kill all of the other officers and soldiers of this occupation military.  When the Greek army invaded and retaliated, the high priest, his sons, and others went into hiding, but trained all who were tired and wanted to take back their land.  They eventually won their war, took back their land, and became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.  When they went to purify their temple that had been desecrated by the invaders who also worshiped pigs in the temple, they discovered it might be impossible to follow the ritual of burning oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days.  There was only enough oil for one day, but miraculously, the oil burned for the required eight days, leading to the celebration of lighting one candle in a menorah each night for eight nights, lighting one candle the first night, two the second night, and adding a candle each night until all eight candles have been lit.  Although there are many different types of menorahs, and from seven branches to nine branches, and many parents give their children gifts so they don’t feel left out of the Christmas cultural holiday time around many of them.  Much of the material for this came from these web sites: http://judaism.about.com/od/holidays/a/hanukkah.htm, and from Hanukah’s videos from http://www.history.com.

The second holiday, Christmas, officially beginning on December 25th (but may be celebrated by merchants right after Halloween, or before Thanksgiving) is based on more fiction than facts.  This holiday, or holy day, was started by the Catholic Church, and is now spread over much of the Western world, and even celebrated in some form in many eastern countries.  The real (?) story began when a somewhat thin, tall, dark-skinned wealthy priest, Nicholas, would go around at night on a horse being led by a somewhat short, chubby fair-skinned servant.  Born in 280 AD, in a place called Patara, which is a city of Lycia in Asia Minor (now Turkey).  This amazing man was known as the gift giver of Myra.  He is also the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia, and Greece as his influence spread from Asia to Europe.

When Nicholas heard of three sisters unable to marry due to the low economic standard of their father, he arranged to get into their house and dropped bags of gold into their stockings that were hanging up by the fireplace to dry.  When the sisters awoke and found the gold, they now had a dowry so they could be married.  As this story was told across the globe, children became glad to get to bed early so that Saint Nicholas (later made a Bishop) would bring them a present (which became a family tradition for families to buy or make gifts for children, then for each other, and later, for others).

The name “Nicholas” became pronounced “Sinter Klass” by the Dutch who brought their traditions to New York (earlier known as Amsterdam).  Such a pronunciation morphed into Santa Klass, and then became Santa Claus. The clothes of Bishop Nicholas morphed from mitre, jeweled gloves and crozier into a red suit which we see now.  There is more history on how an emperor wanted him worshiped as a god, but Bishop Nicholas rejected the idea and went to prison for several years.  When he was released by Constantine, the new emperor, and power controlled by the Catholic Church, Bishop Nicholas continued his former work of giving to others; the Eastern Catholic Church recognized him as a saint in 800; France made December 6 a day of celebration in the 1200s; and by the end of the 1400s, Bishop Nicholas was the most beloved holy figure after Mary and Jesus with over 2,000 chapels and monasteries named after him.  However, the English people stopped seeing Bishop Nicholas as their saint and chose to give more loyalty to Father Christmas, ignoring the Catholic tradition that Christmas means “the Mass of Christ.”  It was also at this time that the Catholic Church used artists to create drawings, statues, and all art to depict biblical characters that looked more like them.  The Lutherans followed deceptions in their art, as did the Swiss Christians, the English Christians, the American Christians, and even the original Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) morphed from brown and black and other pigmentations of the Asians, Africans and others into colors that matched those who were more European-looking.  Thus, Christmas and much of modern Christianity is based on some facts, mixed with legends and fiction, which is covering most of the world. [based on information from several web sites, including Wikipedia]

The history of Kwanza, celebrated on December 26th is based on the travels and research of a former African American militant from the 1960s— Dr. Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett), July 14, 1941, the 14th child and the 7th son of Baptist preacher.  After helping his father with sharecropping duties, Ron later moved to Los Angles to join an older brother who was a teacher.  Ron attended Los Angeles City College (LACC) where he was active in several African American groups, becoming very interested in Black Studies and African History, connecting with Jamaican anthropologist and Negritudist Councill Taylor who contested the Eurocentric view of alien cultures as primitive. Ron was soon named the first African American student president of  LACC, earned BA and MA degrees at UCLA.  While in college and active with several African American and African organizations, Ron took the name Karenga (Swahili for “keeper of tradition”) and the title Maulana (Swahili-Arabic for “master teacher”).  He was awarded his first PhD in 1976 from United States International University (now known as Alliant International University) for a 170-page dissertation entitled “Afro-American Nationalism: Social Strategy and Struggle for Community,” and a second Ph.D., in social ethics, from the University of Southern California (USC), for an 803-page dissertation entitled “Maat, the moral ideal in ancient Egypt: A study in classical African ethics.”

Dr. Karenga verbalized a set of principles called Kawaida, a Swahili term for normal, and called on African Americans to adopt his secular humanism and reject other practices, including Christianity, as mythical.  He fell in disfavor with the Black Panther Party, but was a champion of the sayings and work of Malcolm X.  He was imprisoned for what he felt were injustices based on lies told by other African Americans, but was pardoned after four years of a ten-year sentence.

Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as America’s first pan-African holiday. Looking at Christmas, his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” However, one might find some similarity between Kwanzaa and Hanukah.  Kwanzaa is inspired by African “first fruit” traditions, a name from the name for the Swahili first fruit celebration, “matunda ya kwanza.” The ceremonies of the holiday promote African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” that Karenga described as “a communitarian African philosophy”:

  • Umoja (unity)—To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (self-determination)—To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (collective work and responsibility)—To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (cooperative economics)—To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (purpose)—To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (creativity)—To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (faith)—To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Dr. Karenga is the Chair of the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. He is the director of the Kawaida Institute for Pan African Studies and the author of several books, including his “Introduction to Black Studies”, a comprehensive Black/African Studies textbook now in its fourth edition. He is also known for having co-hosted, in 1984, a conference that gave rise to the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, and in 1995, he sat on the organizing committee and authored the mission statement of the Million Man March. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Maulana Karenga on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

This is the only holiday of the three where the founder is still very much alive, and can be contacted directly.  Dr. Karenga still speaks at various functions and is available as a special speaker on things involving African history. [based on various web sites, including Wikipedia, and my own personal knowledge of this holiday.]

 

 

OH, MY ACHING BACK!

Ever since I got hurt in high school intramural football by having a very heavy guy fall on me after I caught a TD pass, I have had back issues. As a former agricultural worker, I was hurt again on two job projects, and was laid up for 40 days a few years ago with my back.

 

One doctor told me that I had a 50/50 chance of doing better if I had back surgery. After prayer, discussions with family and others, I chose not to have the surgery. Other doctors encouraged me to build up my back muscles through special back exercises, improved diet, more water, and more general exercises.

 

Dealing with a lot of different health issues myself while watching my mom deal with more serious health issues than what I had increased my desire to read more about health and nutrition. As I moved around across the country, I noticed that a LOT of people suffered from health issues that could have been prevented if they would have had access to better resources. This led me to want to share with what I had learned myself, and from my ongoing health readings.

 

If you have trouble with your back, here is some good news from Todd Sinett, DC, Midtown Integrative Health & Wellness, and author of 3 Weeks to a Better Back…:

  1. Check your stool — if it is hard, eat more fiber from organic fruits and vegetables (fewer pesticides and inflammatory chemicals, and more antioxidants to reduce free radicals that damage cell molecules), and drink 4 to 10 more glasses of water (the less water you drink, the more you will lubricate your spinal discs and can reduce  fissures and cracks in your discs that can cause pressure against nerves);
  2. Drink little or no coffee — the hormone cortisol from coffee increases inflammation, and along with caffeinated beverages can cause muscle cramps and spasms;
  3. Stop using sugar in soft drinks, desserts, and packages foods like white bread, salad dressing, ketchup, and pasta sauce to cut back on cytokines in proteins that increase inflammation, and irritates your digestive tract which can cause back pain

The Trump Revolution

American voters have elected their 45th president—Donald Trump—a political revolutionary, and the most least likely person to have been elected to preside over a much divided, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-agenda people.

When the dust has settled and pundits examine how a person with better political experience, and more money—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—could have lost, they may find that the general mood of the American public was distaste.  There was distaste for the debt that the professional politicians have allowed America to fall into.

Such distaste has had many fronts.  Distaste for the in-fighting and long-term control professional politicians have had among themselves, without showing much interest for the mass of Americans not connected to the political machinery.  Distaste for how the professional politicians have allowed such poor treatment of its veterans.  Distaste for the debt that many American students have found themselves in, while the professional politicians have grown rich with their connections.  Distaste for the ever-increasing employment and support for illegal immigrants while native-born Americans lose homes, cars, and even their own self-respect due to severe underemployment, or growing unemployment.  Distaste over the abundance of goods bought from other countries, making some American retailers very wealthy, while American factories continue to shut down and/or fail to regain profitable operations.  Distaste over how many foreign governments America has helped without a sufficient reciprocal return on the investment of capital and loss lives.  And, distaste on the inability of America’s professional politician’s inability to negotiate the safe return of American citizens taken captive by ruthless dictatorial groups.

The win for Donald Trump for President may have been a vote against the professional political machinery, as well as a vote FOR the Republican Party.  Many Republicans did not (do not!) like Donald Trump.  However, many faithful Republicans voted Republican which helped to carry Mr. Trump into the White House.  They might not like Donald Trump, but they would rather have any Republican as President as an attempt to have a return to more sensible and historic American values that honor the traditional nuclear family; hard work up rather than a weak hand down; strong economic development over socialist-type social programs; a stronger military; favor for 2nd Amendment rights; and an opportunity to use one’s potential to make as much money as possible without the frustrations of government controls that inhibit such.

Donald Trump has made a lot of mistakes as a husband; some serious mistakes in dealing with contractors; created serious human rights’ errors in dealing with immigration, Muslims, and Latinos; angered women with his statements and too much “hand’s on” with them; frustrated the Republican Party; and made many in the media turn against him.  However, he presented himself as a much-needed (and wanted!) political revolutionary that the masses of the American populace wanted.  And, these voters were willing to take him with all of his personal and social faults in order to join him at snubbing their bruised noses at the professional pollsters, professional politicians, and even the professional media.  Only time will tell if they made the right choice—beginning with his cabinet choices, advisors, his first 100 days in office, and his positive accomplishments during his term (or terms) in office!

Angry at all Because of a Few

Over many years I have noticed how quick and easy it is for us to blame, hate, and/or despise an entire group because of wrongs done by a few in that group.  For example, history has proven that many people involved in the group called “the police,” have been fairly good people.  However, when a few beat, maim, or kill someone outside this group, the public is often quick to speak ill of that group, throw rocks at them, or even plot to hurt any within that group.  Yet, the public is often very slow in thanking those in the group known as “the police, when they go about daily doing the best job they can, serving and protecting.

Yesterday, I had the occasion to watch a police “take down.”  I call it a “take down” when an officer with “the police” group has the car siren blaring, telling those he/she is after to stop, put their hands up, lay down, walk toward them, or give some other control command.  Sometimes such a “take down” is accompanied by the officer pulling his gun out, and hollering other commands.  This “take down” yesterday was quite different.

When I heard the siren, my natural instinct was to follow the sound and see what was going on.  Since I was close by when the officer’s vehicle stopped, I followed.  In front of the officer’s car were two young African American men.  In light of all the uproar of recent killing of young African American men by members of the police, I hasten my pace in order to be a quiet observer in case this “take down” turned deadly.

Thankfully, the two young men stopped and faced the officer.  One was on a bike, and the other was on a skateboard.  When confronted by the officer, they quickly obeyed his commands without question.  Whew!  I was so glad they did not become confrontational or make any move that would cause the officer to fear for his life.  Coming up from behind me was a plainclothes person that I had met earlier from a nearby store.  “Good,” I thought, “now there are two witnesses present in case anything goes wrong!”

As the two young men stood with their hands where the officer could see them, the officer continued his dialog.  He soon handcuffed and frisked one of the young men when the plainclothes person explained to the officer what he had observed from his security office cameras over a period of about two hours.  Earlier, I had noticed one of the young men riding a bike and wondered why he wasn’t in school since it was early in the day.  Later, I notice the young man come riding by again.  This time he was accompanied by another young man on a skateboard.  This other young man was carrying a backpack.  I had a funny feeling when I observed these African American young man but I wanted to keep a positive thought about them.  Now I was watching them being arrested for shoplifting as witnessed by the plainclothes person.  I felt sadness for the young men as I continued to observe their arrest.

The officer quickly handcuffed the smaller youth on the bike after frisking him, and placed him in the back of the squad car.  As the plainclothes man shared what he had observed, the officer asked one of the young men with a  bulging backpack if he had anything that he did not pay for.  As the young man struggled for an answer, the officer encouraged him to tell the truth in order to avoid more serious consequences.  The young man finally admitted that he had taken some things.  The officer informed him of his search and asked him to put the backpack down.  Thankfully, this taller youth complied, was handcuffed and frisked.  Then the officer and the plainclothes person opened the backpack, finding snack food, and something else.

As I continued to watch this “take down,” I was so happy that these youth did not become confrontational.  Neither of them said anything, but answered the officer when he asked them questions.  When the officer went through the backpack, I noticed what I thought was a 45 caliber gun in one of the pockets of the backpack.  The officer had seen it I later found out.  When asked by the plainclothes person if he saw the gun, the officer said he did.  After the officer went through other parts of the backpack, he then pulled out the gun.  He then pulled out his own gun and allowed the plainclothes person and I to look at the two guns side-by-side.

I was so glad that the young man had not pulled this gun on this officer.  Then the officer told the plainclothes person and myself that the gun found in the backpack was a BB gun!  As I carefully looked at the BB gun, there was nothing to indicate that it was NOT a real gun.  There was not a red cap on the end of the BB gun.  Then the plainclothes person told the officer he was going to go and find some other merchandise that the young men had stashed in a place for them to get later.

When the plainclothes person returned, he showed what the young men had hidden, including other snacks, and another gun.  He also brought the two packages that the guns had been wrapped in.  As I looked at those guns, I mentioned that if someone had pulled those guns on me, I would have shot first if I was armed in order to protect my life.  The plainclothes person asked the officer why manufacturers were allowed to make toy guns look so realistically.  The officer just shook his head.

Another car soon pulled up.  It was another officer in a plain car and in plain clothes.  When he was told everything was under control, he left.  It was then that the officer explained to me that he had called a constable to take the young men in.  We had a good conversation.  I found out that this officer had been a police person for over 30 years on the streets, but was now doing more administrative work.  He was able to respond so quickly because he was about a block away, checking out a false burglary alarm.

When the constable pulled up later, I watched as a very tall, well-dressed, well-developed African American man stepped out of his vehicle.  When he looked over at the young men in the squad car, I noticed he was visibly upset.  Now that many African Americans had been given opportunity to get educated, move into a great job, and live a better life, here were two young African American men not taking advantage of such opportunities.  There was no reason for them to shoplift.

When I considered how things could have gone down, I was very glad to have met another officer who not only followed the book, but he took time to explain things to the young men, did not jerk them down to the ground, and carefully placed them in his squad car.  He then turned everything over to the constable who took the young men in.  I discovered that this officer had always loved his job, and although he was no longer doing much street work, he was even happy doing the administrative tasks that had been handed to him.  To this officer, Steve Degner of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office under Sheriff Tommy Gage, I believe he deserves a great big “Atta boy!”

SO, JUST WHERE HAVE I BEEN INSTEAD OF BLOGGING?

I guess I am NOT really a blogger!

A REAL blogger is one who will write something interesting several times a month, or at least once a week.  I haven’t met this criteria!

So, what have I been doing instead of blogging?

I have been researching, doing some heavy reading regarding ancient African history, some Hebrew and Jewish history, the beginnings of the Christian church, and wondering where did Gentiles (non-Hebrew and/or non-Jewish) people, and doing some gathering of facts (and fiction!) of where people have come from.

Some of my reading and research could cause some to call me a hater if I actually blogged about my research and my subjective feelings.  So, I have been in an area of contemplation.  Some of my thoughts go back to 1954 when I dared asked why the pictures in The Holy Bible were always about Anglos.  The best answers I have received are:

  1.  they (Anglos) control the presses, and decide what is Christian art from their point of view;
  2. the Catholic Church leaders in the 3rd and 4th centuries became the controllers of what would become known as “Christianity” and trained Protestants and others their teaching by developing “Christian” art, pictures of what they imagined ALL of the biblical characters must have looked like, and they developed a world-wide “Christian” statute-making organization, placing their version of “Christian” art all over the world, including the huge statute of their version of Jesus in Brazil [Rio de Janeiro](Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain); and
  3. no one really wants to take on over 2,000 years of any lies and falsification of Christianity, one of the largest religions in the world, and lose a lot of “Christian” friends for being a “hater” of Christianity!

Well, I believe that truth will stand, even if it shakes up 2,000 years of some of the false teachings and images of Christianity!  The good news for Christianity with any of its falsehoods is that the Gospel of Yeshua (called “Jesus” by the Catholics and many from the West and most of the world) has been shared almost all over the world.  Many people have been persecuted and killed for taking a stand for their version of Christianity.  And, which ethnic group could best “sell” Christianity around the world but Anglo Christians?  I mean, can you imagine how slow Christianity would have grown if its leaders and their publishing machine would have shown Yeshua (Jesus) as an African, Asian, Native American/Indian, or Hispanic without a strong military force?

So, here is some of my research gleaned from accepted and non-accepted “proven” sources:

WHO ARE THE GENTILES? ANGLOS WHO TOOK OVER JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY!

Wikipedia Ref:

The term gentiles is derived from Latin, used for contextual translation, and not an original Hebrew or Greek word from the Bible…Following Christianization of the Roman Empire, the general implication of the word gentile became “non-Jew.”

Some of my own (and other’s words!):

Non-Christians began calling those who followed the teachings of Christ Christians  in Antioch.  This group was the first multi-cultural spiritual group since the Hebrews of ancient times.  In the Acts of Apostles is recorded the expansion of the Christian faith as Jewish people and others in Jerusalem for Passover witnessed the early followers of Jesus Christ receiving the Holy Spirit, speaking in languages of that time.  Other religions and the leaders of the Roman Empire killed and persecuted the early Christians because they would not honor other religions, pay a special tax to Rome, and would not honor the Roman leaders as being divine.

The Roman Emperor Constantine established tolerance for Christianity during his reign and established a precedent of imperial involvement in matters of the Christian faith.  Other leaders followed his lead and even appointed bishops and was in charge of this new religion, which eventually became the Roman Catholic Church when the Roman Empire collapsed, along with the persecution to those following Judaism.  Soon, this group and other non-Jews were called GENTILES.  These gentiles then began to write Christian history and develop art from their point of view.

In 301, the nation of Armenia became the first nation to adopt the teachings which became to be known as Christianity.  However, the nation of Ethiopia may have become a strong Christian nation following the conversion of an official of the Queen of Ethopia in the First century, following the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as recorded in Acts of the Apostles.

By the beginning of the 4th century, what became known as Christianity had become the dominant faith in many areas. Christians accounted for approximately 1/10th  of the Roman people by 300 AD.  Because the church leaders of Christianity addressed human needs better than any other religion of its day, the Christian faith exploded, bringing many rich and powerful people into its ranks.

There were later campaigns of persecution by Christians against Christians following the calling of many synods, or church councils led by gentiles.  This further pitted the Christians of Turkey against the Christians of Rome against the Christians of Syria, against the Christians in Ethopia against the Christians in Jerusalem against the Christians in Alexandria (Africa).  Such in-fighting by Christians made it easier for the Arabian Moslem leader, Muhammad, to begin to unite all of the Arabic Peninsula to take over many former Christian nations in Africa, Asia, and throughout what would become known as the Middle East.

By the late 8th century Muslims had conquered all of Persia and much of the Eastern Roman territory including some of Africa and much of what is known as the Middle East. Over the years, the rich Christian country of Yemen, and much of the Christian world would come under Muslim rule.  While Africa may have been the first country to have the most Christians after the work of the Apostles and their followers in the 1st to the 4th centuries, over 1/3 of Africa is now under Muslims who continue to take over more of Africa and have extended its reach into Europe, Latin America, and even into the UnitedStates, a country formerly called a Christian nation.  With their population and imperilistic religious rule, Muslims may be poised to take over America within the next 50 years unless Christians become more proactive and join forces with those following Judiasm, and both groups share the whole truth about their beginnings connected with Africans, multi-ethnic Hebrews, and the Jews who were not mixed with Gentiles who flooded into Judaism through wars, conversion, and the scattering of many dark-skinned Jews who married with the dominant lighter-skinned Gentiles.

But, what do we called the Muslims?  As descendants of Abraham, it is difficult to call Ishmael’s descendants Gentiles, or even to call many of Ishmael’s descendants Muslims Gentiles.  However, as persecutors of Jews and Christians, Muslims could be characterized as Gentiles, or non-believers of Yahweh, and will suffer the same eternal fate of those other Gentiles who fought against those who were determined to follow the teachings of Moses, Abraham, the prophets, and/or Yeshua (Jesus).  According to some ancient records, it appears that early leaders of the Roman Catholic Church sent a woman to Muhammad to be his wife in order to develop a new religion to be a buffer against the Jewish people.  However, when the Roman Catholic Church lost control of those leading the Muslim religion, they have sought to have some sort of reconciliation with the Jewish leaders after centuries of fighting Jews and those Christian groups that would not come under their control (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican33.htm)

According to some ancient records, it appears that early leaders of the Roman Catholic Church sent a woman to Muhammad to be his wife in order to develop a new religion to be a buffer against the Jewish people.  However, when the Roman Catholic Church lost control of those leading the Muslim religion, they have sought to have some sort of reconciliation with the Jewish leaders after centuries of fighting Jews and those Christian groups that would not come under control of the Roman Catholic Church.  Such actions could cause Catholics and many European people to be called Gentiles.

And, there are so many writers and researchers, some hated, and some admired, who have shared their words about the prophet Muhammad.  Many are male writers; some are female writers.  Here is onewho has shared that I really liked: “According to Tamam Kahn, author of “‘Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad”‘, Khadija was “the rock upon which Muhammad built his family and religion.” She was older than Muhammad. She was a wealthy businesswoman and widow, having borne children with her previous husbands.

Khadija and Muhammad had four daughters. The youngest, and favorite, was Fatima” (http://www.lastprophet.info/untold-tamam-khan-s-book-on-the-wives-of-the-prophet).  It was amazing reading and researching, discovering so many similarites between Fatima, the Virgin Mary, and others.  Such reading material is conceived and written by those called Christians, Muslims, Egyptian writers, and those called “pagans”.  Here is one source: “…goddesses such as Aphrodite, Astarte, Cybele, Demeter, Hathor, Inanna, Ishtar and Isis” from http://www.truthbeknown.com/mary.html.Oh, what a tale is being conceived by this sl

Oh, what a tale is being conceived by this so-called wanna-be blogger!

Stay tuned for more—but probably not weekly!

 

 

 

Tamina, Texas is just one example!

Some people could not find the story that I was referring to as an example of how wealthy communities refuse to help their historic, poor communities.  Thus, here is the website: https://communityimpact.com/houston/the-woodlands/news/2015/12/09/tamina-community-faces-challenges-as-area-expands/

(picture from world hunger dot org)