Oct 18, 2017

Sanctions Are Precursors to War and Usually Lead to War

Sanctions-01.jpgAmerica has a war based economy and sanctions are a vital part of the strategy to condition people to accept and embrace wars that invariably get started afterwards. In this podcast, Chuck Carlson discusses, with members of We Hold These Truths, what sanctions are and how they are used to propagandize both sides. A fascinating example of sanctions used by the US against Japan bfore World War II, is looked into in this podcast. Also discussed, is the war willingness of millions of evangelical Christians.  Referenced in the podcast, is Chuck Carlson's article, "'Sanctions' Is 'Doublespeak' for War." (20 minutes)

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Oct 5, 2017

US Proxy Israel is Declaring Unlimited War on Iran, and Maybe Russia

Eisenhower-MIC-01.jpgBoth the United States and its proxy, Israel, have war based economies. It's no secret that the US gives Israel $10,000,000 every day to support its military, and, to bolster the US' own Military/Industrial Complex (MIC). We Hold These Truths' Chuck Crlson discusses recent military actions by Israel in Syria that could lead to a disastrous expansion of the wars in the Middle East. In this 21 minute program, Chuck Carlson also explains the connection between the MIC and the Federal Reserve System, and, coins a new acronym, FED-MIC. (For background, see Chuck's article, "US Proxy Israel Is Declaring Unlimited War on Iran, and Maybe Russia.")  

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Oct 5, 2017

Iktashef: Holy Land Trust Experience in Palestine

HLT-2017-01.jpgIn the US, the Israeli side of the Israel/Palestine conflict is the predomnant narrative presented by our main stream media and government. After all, the US government gives Israel over $10 million every day. Besides, we Americans have been educated that the Palestinians are terrorists and that they launch rockets against Israel and don't want peace. We Hold These Truths' Arizona Outreach Director, Tom Compton, spent a month in Palestine and Israel, based in Bethlehem, to find out more about what's really happening there. The Holy Land Trust, offered a unique, on the ground experience called Iktashef (Arabic for "discover"), that presented voices from both sides of the conflict. In this 22 minute podcast, Tom Compton, gives an overview and highlights of his adventure and explains the upcoming series "Voices In Palestine Crying Out For Peace and Justice" from We Hold These Truths. (Picture: Tom Compton and Ophelie, an intern from France at Holy Land Trust)

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Sep 18, 2017

WHTT and Two Jewish Activist Groups Challenge Christian Zionist Event at SF Synagogue

CUFI-Emanu-El-01.jpgCUFI-Emanu-El-03.jpgTwo groups of Jewish activists from Jewish Voice for Peace and IfNotNow, in addition to members of We Hold These Truths, challenged a program, "“Christian Zionists-Why Evangelicals Support Israel,” presented by David Brog and sponsored by the Israel Action Committee at the Congregation Emanu-El synagogue in San Francisco. David Brog has been associated with Christians United For Israel, whose leader, John Hagee has publicly prayed for war against Iraq and called for pre-emptive strikes on Iran. In this podcast, Chuck Carlson interviews vigil leader, Craig Hanson and members of WHTT about the importance of this milestone vigil. (24 minutes) [References: IfNotNow: "Urge Temple Emanu-El to Cancel Their Event, 'Christian Zionists-Why Evangelcals Support Israel'," J.-The Jewish News of N. CA: "Opposing CUFI Isn't extreme, it's part of envisoning a future future," J.-The Jewish News of N. CA: "Christian Zionist group has 'noble' motives, leader tells S.F. crowd."]

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Sep 4, 2017

Voices in Palestine Crying Out for Peace & Justice: Qavi

Mohammad Abdul Qavi was an activist for peace and justice for Palestinians. We met Qavi at the El Beit Guest House in Beit Sahour, the city next to Bethlehem, Palestine, where a group of us on the month long, Iktashef experience, sponsored by the Holy Land Trust, were staying. Qavi, who was from London, had chosen the El Beit Guest House as his retirement home and had been living there for over 6 years. This interview with this remarkable and compassionate man, who practiced only non-violent resistance, was conducted on August 14, 2017, less than two weeks before his passing on August 27, 2017. Qavi, a true friend to Palestinians will be sorely missed (26 minutes)

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Aug 30, 2017

Pro-Peace Jewish Activists To Join WHTT Vigil for Peace at S.F. Synagogue

Sign-Where_Are_The_Peace_Makers-1.jpgCraig Hanson, We Hold These Truths' California Outreach Director discusses an upcoming vigil at Congregation Emanu-El in San Franciso on September 7, 2017. Congregation Emanu-El is hosting a talk by David Brog: "Christian Zionists-Why Evangelicals Support Israel," sponsored by the Israel Action Committee. David Brog is the author of Standing with Israel: Why Christians Support the Jewish State (2006), In Defense of Faith: the Judeo-Christian Idea and the Struggle for Humanity (2010), and Reclaiming Israel's History: Roots, Rights, and the Struggle for Peace (2017). David Brog is executive director of the Maccabee Task Force, which combats anti-Semitism and the anti-Israel BDS movement on college campuses. Previously he served as Executive Director of Christians United for Israel (CUFI). The Forward newspaper listed Brog as one of the 50 most influential Jews in America. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Our message to attendees to the event will include: Coose Life Not War, Dump Trump's Wars, Jewish Brothers: Stop the Trillion Dollar Wars Race in the Middle East. (5 minutes)

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Aug 22, 2017

Voices in Palestine Crying Out for Peace & Justice: Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Qumsiyeh_Mazin-04.jpgOn a month long trip to Palestine and Israel, I was very fortunate to meet Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian, who came back to Bethlehem from a career in the US at Yale and Duke Universities, teaching and researching in the field of genetics. He now teaches and does research at Bethlehem and BerZeit Universities in Palestione. He is the director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Institute for Biodiversity Research. This 6 minute video about Dr. Qumsiyeh by Existence Is Resistanc pays honor to a trully remarkable individual.

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Aug 20, 2017

Exposing AIPAC & John Hagee’s CUFI As Unregistered Agents For Israel

Pence_Mike-01-CUFI.pngCUFI-BIBI-2017.pngCraig Hanson, We Hold These Truths' California Outreach Director, reports on the recent 2017 Christians United For Israel (CUFI) annual conference held in Washington, DC. Craig reveals in his analysis what should be obvious: AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and CUFI should fall under the US government's Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). "FARA is a disclosure statute that requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.  Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the statements and activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents." In attendance at the CUFI conference were Vice President Mike Pence and Israeli Prime MInister, Benjamin Netanyahu (via live video conferencing). (22 minurtes )

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Jul 17, 2017

At Arizona Mosque Christ Follower Explains Christian Zionism

Al-Quds-Day-2012-2017-06c.jpgWe Hold These Truths representatives have been invited to speak at numerous mosques about our Christian ministry that challenges Christian Zionism, a form of Neo-Christianity that is less than 150 years old. Christian Zionists hold fast to the belief that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of biblical prophecy. In 2012, Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths was invited to make a presentation at the Al-Mahdi Islamic Center in Tempe, Arizona for their International Day of Al Quds (Jerusalem) program. An audio recording was made of the PowerPoint presentation. In this video version, the original audio recording was used using additional photos and videos to bring the challenges being made to Christian Zionism, up to date. For background on the subject, our award winning documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I" exposes Christian Zionism's false theology. We are encouraged to see that there is a very gradual turning away from Christian Zionism and a greater awareness of this Un-Christ like theology. 28 minutes.

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Jun 29, 2017

US Supra Gov Syria Policy Is Clear But Evil

Syria-04.jpgChuck Carlson of We Hold These Truths contends that the US war policy is obvious and transparent, but is hidden from us in the confusion created by respected media, like the Financial Times of London, that allow us to be puzzled by the obvious.  Why is US  policy deliberately widening the 26-year old war in the Middle East? Find out in this dynamite, 15 minute program. (Related article: here)

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Jun 19, 2017

WHTT Asks Southern Baptist Convention Messengers To Choose Life Not War

SBC-2017-Phoenix-09.jpgMembers of the vigil team from We Hold These Truths greeted messengers to the 2017 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), held in Phoenix, Arizona. The vigilers were armed only with signs like "Choose Life, Not War," "Blessed Are The Peacemakers," "Where Are The Peacemakers?" and "No More Wars For Israel," and two fliers: "Choose Life Not War" and "Does The Bible Require Followers of Jesus to Support the Jewish State of Israel?" After over 200 vigils around the country, in terms of people engaged and fliers distributed, this vigil turned out to be one of our most effective ones, since we started them in Nov. 2002 at the First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale [AZ]. Listen to our report about the vigil and find out if we can argue a case for Divine Providence when we encountered Dr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, at the First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale, where he gave the sermon on the Sunday before the start of the annual meeting. We told Dr. Moore, after his excellent sermon, that we hope that the SBC becomes part of the turning as described in our award winning documentary, Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I. We told Dr. Moore that he had to watch our documentary to understand what we mean by the "turning". Hold onto your hats when listening to this 31 minute podcast.

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Jun 7, 2017

Is the God of Today’s Judaism the Same as the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob?

Judaism-Strange-Gods-01.jpgMany Christians, especially Christian Zionists, believe that the religion of Judaism today is the same as was the religion of the Israelites of the Old Testament, except there are no animal sacrifices now. We Hold These Truths' Craig Hanson does an excellent job delving into the subject and analyzing Michael Hoffman's book, "Judaism's Strange Gods." In the book, Christian scholar Michael Hoffman documents his provocative thesis that Judaism is not the religion of the Old Testament, but the newly formalized belief system of the Pharisees, which arose in Babylon with the commitment of the formally, oral traditions of the elders to writing, in the wake of the crucifixion of Israels Messiah and the destruction of the Temple. Basing his findings on authoritative Judaic sources, Hoffman demonstrates that Judaism is a man-made religion of tradition and superstition, which represents the institutionalized nullification of Biblical law and doctrine. Liberating the reader from the accumulated shackles of decades of misinformation, this book that shows that Judaism's god is not the God of Israel, but the strange gods of Talmud and Kabbalah, and the racial self-worship they inculcate. (23 minutes)

 

 

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May 30, 2017

US Federal Reserve Bank, Ponzi Scheme and Mechanism to Finance Wars

Federal_Reserve-06.jpgRelatively few Americans know that the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve System, is a private banking cabal, put into place in 1913 thru subterfuge. In this podcast, Craig Hanson and Chuck Carlson, founder of We Hold These Truths and former stock broker, discuss how the Federal Reserve funds our wars through the process of creating money out of thin air. Also, Chuck reveals some startling information that he gleaned from the 2016 "Federal Reserve Banks Combined Financial Statement." Resources mentioned in the podcast: "Secrets of the Federal Reserve," "The Creature from Jekyll Island," "Century of Enslavement" and "The Jewish Story Behind the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank." (22 minutes)

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May 25, 2017

John Hagee Alledges A Copyright Claim On His Prayer For War-Update

In 2012, shortly after posting our video "John Hagee with Benny Hinn:  Praying For War In The Name of Jesus" (you can still watch the video on our site), John Hagee Ministries (JHM) forced YouTube (part of Google) to remove it, claiming they had the copyright on the prayer, offered by Hagee at the end of the program, This Is Your Day, hosted by Benny Hinn. that was used in our video.  How does a prayer offered to God in public, and aired on commercial TV, have a claim to a copyright? The copyright on the whole program actually belongs to Benny Hinn Ministries from the 2003 show where the Un-Christlike prayer was uttered.  We're grateful that we caused some feather ruffling in the radical Christian Zionist camp after getting over 25,000 views on YouTube in less than a month.   In this podcast we also talk about another potentially dangerous phenomena, coming in on the radar screen, known as Messianic Christianity, where God is being promoted as a racist.  The Messianic movement is converting Christians into followers of Judaism. PS, May, 2017: We have learned about "Fair Use" laws that allow the use of coprighted material without permission of the copyright holder, for purposes like educational criticism. We have released a new video, "Challenging A War Willing Church" to YouTube that contains Hagee's "War Prayer."

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May 19, 2017

Who Funds ISIS and Are We Headed To War With Russia

ISIS-09.jpgISIS-11.jpgThere's no doubt that US gets good intelligence from all its spy agencies. But why is the US flondering with its perpetual wars in the Middle East and edging toward a war with Russia? Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths look into these issues in this thoughtful podcast. For background resources check our "By Hook or Crook," "Report: U.S., British Forces Enter Southern Syria Alongside Terrorists; Is A Bigger Battle Shaping Up?" and "Who Funds ISIL Mystery Army." (21 minutes)

 

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May 17, 2017

Worldwide Reaction To Palestinian Hunger Strike

Hunger-strike-Palestinian-03.jpgHunger-strike-Palestinian-01.jpgIsrael's prime enabler, the United States government and its complicit, main stream media have virtually ignored the hunger strike being conducted by Palestinian prisoners. Many of these prisoners languish in Israeli prison under an Israeli policy known as administrative detention, where prisoners, who have not been charged with a crime, can be held for years. Elsewhere around the world. others have shown support for the Palestinian prisoners on a hunger strike. In this podcast, we look at some examples of support like that Archbishop of Antioch, Gregory III Laham of Damascus (see here) and the city government of Dublin, Ireland (seer here) with the Palestinian hunger strikers.  (16 minutes)

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May 10, 2017

Chuck Carlson on the Ongoing War Against Islam

100_0300a.jpgChuck Carlson, founder of We Hold These Truths was invited onto the respected, alternative network, Republic Broadcasting Network and their "National Intel Report with John Stadtmiller" program to talk about the over 25 year war on Islam. Many patriotic Americans have been uninformed about the nature of this ongoing war on Islam. In this 11 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson gives an overview of his two hour appearance on RBN. To listen to hour 1 of the RBN program: Click Here. Hour 2: Click Here.

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Apr 28, 2017

Trump Tosses Bone To Christian Right But At What Price?

Trump_Donald-04b.jpgSign-Choose_Life_Not_War-01.jpgPresident Trump again shows us that he is a master of deal making. He signed a bill that seems to reduce Planned Parenthood’s funding, which will help cement to Trump the support from the Zionist wing of Christian Evangelicalism.  And, he did it at the very time he has taken selective killing into his own hands in bombing our one time ally, Syria. Chuck Carlson and Craig Hanson delve into the perplexing "pro life" sentiment of millions of evangelical Christians who are, paradoxically, "war willing" in their supprt for America's serial wars. Articles referenced in this thought provoking podcast: here and here. (21 mins.)

 

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Apr 24, 2017

The Israeli Emperor Has No Clothes-Part II-Exposing the Facts

Netanyahu_B-18.jpgIsrael-Crucifixtion.pngIt's official. Israel is an apartheid state according to the well researched report released by the UN, "Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid." It concludes that Israel is guilty of policies that constitute apartheid and, therefore, crimes against humanity. In "The Israeli Emperor Has No Clothes-Part I-The Unveiling" we expose the cover up to hide the report from world scrutiny. In this report Craig Hanson delves into the damning facts in the defamed report. (39 mins.) 

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Apr 20, 2017

The Israeli Emperor Has No Clothes-Part I-The Unveiling

Netanyahu_B-18.jpgIsrael-Crucifixtion.pngIsrael continually gets away with its brutal, military occupation of Palestine, often by getting the US to intercede for them. A recent event demonstrates this. The release of a 74 page UN report, "Israeli Practices Toward the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid" concludes that Israel is guilty of policies that constitute apartheid and, therefore, crimes against humanity. Most of the world understands this. US Ambassor Nikki Haley quickly condemned the report and the UN was forced to remove it, two days after it was released. In this fascinating report, Craig Hanson looks under the covers as to what is going on. In his analysis, Craig references an article by Richard Falk, "Richard Falk: Anger at my Israel 'apartheid' report puts free speech at risk," one of the authors of the well researched report. Curiously, Israel makes no mention that Richard Falk is Jewish. Falk is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for 40 years. In 2008 he was also appointed by the UN to serve a six-year term as the Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. In Part II, Craig will analyze the contents of the report in depth in "The Israeli Emperor Has No Clothes-Part II - Exposing The Facts." (29 mins.)

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Apr 6, 2017

Visiting Palestine and the Holy Land as Pilgrim Not Tourist

Garcia_Isai-01.jpgIsai Garcia, a seminary student at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary gives a remarkable account of his recent,  eyeopening pilgramage to Palestine and the Holy Land. Sadly, the majority of American Christian who go to Israel, just go as tourists looking at Biblical sites. And, most often, they come away with no idea about the obstacles their Palestinian Christian brothers and sisters in Christ face in a country of military occupation that is rife with discrimination, even towards the arab citizens of Israel. In this program, Isai recites "The Pilgrim's Prayer" that started every day on their travels through the Holy Land. (31 minutes) In the photo, Isai is standing in front of the Israeli separation wall that is surrounding and choking off places like Bethlehem (see "Keep Bethlehem Open and Help Palestinian Christians Stay")

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Apr 3, 2017

US Continues Extra-Judicial Killing Policy Targets 8 Year Old American Citizen in Yemen

 al-Awlaki_Nawar-Abdurahman.jpgPresident Donald Trump has carried on with what President Bush started and President Obama expanded: Extra-Judicial Executions that include American citizens. In the first such action by President Trump, a Navy Seal incursion team in Yemen killed 8 year old, American citizen. Nawar Al-Awlaki in a raid against "terrorists." In a cruel twist of irony, Nawar's older brother, Abdulrahman, was killed in a 2011 drone attack authorized by President Obama just two weeks after his father, Anwar Al-Awlaki, was killed by a drone attack. In this podcast Chuck Carlson and members of WHTT discuss the ramifications of these deadly actions. For background inforamation, see "Please, Trump, Stop Extajucicial Killings." (24 mins.)

 

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Mar 19, 2017

What Catholics Need To Know About Christian Zionism A War Apologetic Sect

Chuck Carlson was interviewed by Judith Sharpe of ISOC, a traditional Catholic organization, to help Catholics understand the false theology of Christian Zionism. In this revealing interview with the founder of We Hold These Truths, several background resources are mentioned: "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I" and "Christian Zionism Is A War Based Religion." (73 mins.)

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Mar 6, 2017

Where Are The Peace Makers As U.S. Warms Up For Another Cold War

Cold_War-II-03.jpgThe U.S. desperately needs new enemies to keep its war based economy on high alert. It should be intuitive obvious to the casual observer, including Christians who claim to follow Jesus, the Prince of Peace, that the U.S. prefers war to peace. In this podcast we look at the massive NATO military build up in eastern Europe rivaling the Berlin crisis of 1961. Russia is being moved into America's "Number One Enemy" slot. For background material, read Chuck Carlson's article, "Massive Army Deployment is Deliberate Restart of ‘The Cold War’" and listen to our podcast "Christian Zionism is a War Based Religion." (27 mins.)

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Feb 26, 2017

Christian Zionism Is A War Based Religion

Armageddon-05.jpgChristian Zionism is a war based, political religion wrapped around the notion that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. It is a form of dispensational Christian theology (less than 200 years old) where war figures into its end times theology. In this podcast, Chuck Carlson, Tom Compton and Craig Hanson delve into various aspects of this war based religion including numerous, prominent evangelical Christian leaders like Henry Blackaby, Chuck Colson (deceased), Bill Bright (deceased) of Campus Crusade, D. James Kennedy (decesead), Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Conference, Ted Haggard, John McArthur, Dr. Wayne Grudem (author of "Politics According to the Bible") and John Hagee who have blessed the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, both before and after the wars started. They've gone so far as to say these wars are "just wars" according to their intrepretation of the Bible. WHTT's Chuck Carlson warned his fellow Baptists in 1990 about not going to war against Iraq ("Iraq: Americans Prepped For 'War'." Also, before the 2003 Gulf War on Iraq, WHTT opposed going to war, again (see here). An excellent article from 2004 in antiwar.com exposes evangelical Christians who support unjust wars:  Pro-War Christians Should Come Clean.

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Feb 17, 2017

Christian Zionists Practice Israel Worship

CUFI-01.jpgThis excellent and balanced news report from Australia exposes the war based religion that is known as Christian Zionism. Even though this program was originally aired in 2007, it is still accurate and applicable now. The reporter from the Australian Broadcasting Company interviews Christian Zionist. mega church, Pastor John Hagee who founded the pro-Israel lobby, Christians United For Israel (CUFI), the Christian Zionist version of AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee). A Jewish rabbi in Hagee's home town of San Antonio, TX, that is interviewed expresses that Hagee's agenda is detrimental to Jews in America and to Israel. Also interviewed is the Palestinian Ambassor. who is a Christian, and who says that Hagee's brand of Christianity is an embarassment to Palestinian Christians. (17 mins.)

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Feb 7, 2017

Keep Bethlehem Open And Help Palestinian Christians Stay

Open_Bethlehem-08.jpgVictories for the struggle for peace and justice for Palestinians come slowly, but are coming more frequently. We discuss the inspiring documentary Open, Bethlehem by Palestinian filmmaker, Leila Sansour. and her Bethlehem passport project designed to put wings to her film. We also talk about a recent, major victory in Boulder, Colorado where a resolution to make the Palestinian city of Nablus a sister city to Boulder was passed by the city council over strong opposition from vocal, local Zionists. It's of a few sister city projects in the US with a Palestinian town in the West Bank. In 2009, the city of Sacramento, Ca passed a sister city resolution with Bethlehem. (16 mins.) For examples of the turning, click here.

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Jan 30, 2017

Palestinian Pastor Confronts His Fellow Southern Baptist Church Leaders

Bishara_Jamal-02.pngJamal Bishara, a Palestinian Christian and Sputhern Baptist pastor spoke out against a "Pray for Israel" (but not for Palestinians) resolution passed at the annual Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meeting in St. Louis. Dispensational and outright, Christian Zionist theology is widely held among prominent, Southern Baptists leaders and pastors, like Richard Land, Adrian Rogers and Charles Stanley. Pastor Jamal reveals in this inspirational podcast that he remains a Southern Baptist so that he can be "Salt and Light" to other SBC pastors by challenging the pro-Israel theological bent prevalent in the SBC. (36 mins.). References: "Southern Baptists Reject Peace Plea by Palestinian Pastor," "The Cause of Our Conflict, Part I: Fixing the Blame," "A Theological Response to Christian Zionism" aand "Will Southern Baptists Become Peacemakers?"

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Jan 19, 2017

Will Southern Baptists Become Peacemakers?

Sign-Where_Are_The_Peace_Makers.jpgFive months before the war against Iraq in 2003 started, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) declared that a war against Iraq would be a "just war" according to his and other evangelical leaders' interpretation of the Bible. Fast forward to 2016 and it still appears that Southern Baptists have a way to go before they can be called peacemakers. However, there are some encouraging signs from some peacemakers within the SBC who asking to be heard. Listen and find out what's going on. (23 mins.)

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Jan 10, 2017

Why ISIS Never Attacks Israel, But All Around It

Eretz_Israel-02.jpgThis 5 minute, podcast zinger loaded with dynamite, could set off a "AH..HA!" moment. Find out what "Eretz Israel" means and its implications from WHTT researcher, Craig Hanson. Referemces: "Future Israel," "New UN report reveals collaboration between Israel and Syrian rebels."

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Jan 2, 2017

Israel Is Walling Off Bethlehem, The Birth Place of Jesus

Millions of American Christians are unaware of the plight of the city of Bethlehem and its Palestinian inhabitants in the West Bank of Palestine. The Israeli built separation wall snakes its way around Bethlehem, even cutting off Palestinians from their own land and nearby Jerusalem. This story is courageously told by Palestinian filmmaker, Leila Sansour in her Open, Bethlehem documentary that is part of a campaign to educate her fellow Christians and the world about the stranglehold by Israel that is slowly causing Palestinian Christians to leave the Holy Land because of the hardships imposed by the military occupation. To increase the awareness of what is happening to Bethlehem, a Bethlehem Passport is being issued by the OPEN BETHLEHEM campaign in partnership with the Governorate of Bethlehem.  So far, the passport has been granted to more than 500 people around the world, including church leaders and heads of states, such as Archbishop Rowan Williams, Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter. The passport states: “In that the bearer of this passport is a citizen of Bethlehem; that they recognize this ancient city provides a light to the world, and to all people who uphold the values of a just and open society; that they will remain a true friend to Bethlehem through its imprisonment, and that they will strive to keep the ideals of Bethlehem alive as long as the wall stands; we ask you to respect the bearer of the passport and to let them pass freely.” Showings of Open, Bethlehem are starting in the United States after a successful introduction in the UK. Check the website for showings, or the complete documentary can be seen on line (Click Here). This is the 4 minute trailer.  For more information on Liela Sansour's campaign to bring down the wall around Bethlehem check out the Huffington Post UK article.
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Nov 22, 2016

Jesus Left Behind at Christian Zionist Bash

Christian_Zionism-01.jpgWhen attending a Christians United For Israel (CUFI) don't expect Jesus to be invited even when held at a venue like the Lakeview Assembly Church in Stockton, CA. We Hold These Truths' CA Outreach Director, Craig Hanson, conducted a one man vigil recently at a CUFI "Night to Honor Israel" event held at Lakeview. Then, Craig went into the lion's den claiming to be a Christian to find out that Jesus was left behind and not mentioned. Craig's report is most interesting and informative. Be sure to also listen to Craig Hanson's "Confessions of a Former Christian Zionist" to better understand how Christian Zionists' theology work. (28 mins.)
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Oct 20, 2016

Confessions of a Former Christian Zionist

Christian Zionism beliefs influence over 40 million American Christians. We Hold These Truths' California Outreach Director, Craig Hanson, has been a dedicated follower of Jesus for over 40 years. During most of that time, Craig was deceived by the Christian Zionist belief that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and that this doctrine was never to be challenged by a dedicated, true believing, premillenial dispensationalist (PMD) Christian. To do or say anything against Israel and its actions toward Palestinians would be a sin against God, according to Christian Zionist dogma. Craig reveals how, over three years ago, he was challenged to re-evaluate his Christian Zionists beliefs that led him to realize that they are very divisive and dangerous to followers of Jesus Christ, and, everyone else. Craig's story is most revealing and eyeopening.  To gain further insight into Christian Zionism, be sure to watch our award winning documentary, "Christian Zionism: The Tragedy & The Turning, Part I"  and, listen to our interview with Pastor Rob Dalrymple about his book, "These Brothers of Mine: A Biblical Theology of Land and Family and a Response to Christian Zionism." (40 mins.)
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Aug 25, 2016

ELCA Lutherans Palestinian Peace Not Walls Campaign-Major Breakthrough

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved a resolution calling on the U.S. government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building settlements and “enable an independent Palestinian state." Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended recently, the church also sought a halt to all investment in companies that profit from Israel’s occupation and called on the president of the United States to recognize the State of Palestine. The ELCA has joined several other mainline Christian denominations in calling for a just and peaceful resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. Chuck Carlson and Tom Compton discuss this encouraging development and look at the greater context of it in this 16 min. podcast. Ref. ECLA's Peace Not Walls campaign.
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Jul 26, 2016

Creating and Demonizing America’s Enemies

Changing-enemies.jpgSince the fall of communism in the Soviet Union in 1990, Islam has become America's number one enemy. In 1990, before the first war on Iraq was started, Chuck Carlson wrote a groundbreaking letter to his fellow Southern Baptists, urging them not to take the bait of hate and the drums of war being directed against Saddam Hussein and Iraq, a predominantly Muslim country (but with over a million Christian citizens). This fascinating, 19 minute program traces the ongoing war against Islam to the current time.

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Jul 11, 2016

Vigil To Punch A Hole In The Israeli Separation-Apartheid Wall

Dr. Dan Tirza was appointed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be the Chief Architect of the Israeli "Security Barrier" (more accurately known by honest observers as the "Separation/Apartheid Wall"). Christians United For Israel (CUFI), the Neo-Christian/Christian Zionist organization, has been showcasing Dr. Tirza at their "Standing With Israel" events that are held in churches around the country. Tom Compton of We Hold These Truths talks about the effectiveness of his one man vigil to challenge The Oasis Church's CUFI event in Tucson, AZ. It wasn't planned to be a one man vigil, but that's how "organizing" goes sometimes. Tom is joined by fellow one man vigiler veterans, Craig Hanson and Chuck Carlson to talk about our vigils of conscience. The New York Times article exposing the myth that Israel built a "Security Barrier" is "Smugglers in West Bank Open Door to Jobs in Israel, and Violence" and the revealing, Mondoweiss story that fills in the holes the NY Times left out is "Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier." Also, mentioned in the 23 minute podcast, is "These Brothers of Mine" by Rob Dalrymple.

Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/exposes-security-barrier/?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=4e63dcdaec-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-4e63dcdaec-398411178&mc_cid=4e63dcdaec&mc_eid=57a5890bcf#sthash.oULsEFbv.dpuf
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Front-page article in ‘NYT’ exposes the lie that wall is a security barrier - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/06/exposes-security-barrier/?utm_source=Mondoweiss+List&utm_campaign=4e63dcdaec-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b86bace129-4e63dcdaec-398411178&mc_cid=4e63dcdaec&mc_eid=57a5890bcf#sthash.oULsEFbv.dpuf
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Jun 30, 2016

The War Of Words Against Russia Could Turn Hot

It should be obvious to an honest observer that the United States has a war based economy that needs creditable enemies to keep the war machine well oiled. With the continued demonetization of Vladimir Putin and Russia, is the US trying to provoke a hot war with Russia? The two articles mentioned in the program are "America's Biggest of All Big Lies. We're Not Threatening Russia" and "U.S. State Department Officials Call For Strikes Against Syria'a Assad." Also, the documentary, "All Wars Are Bankers' Wars" is worth watching. Also, worth reading is the book, "Secrets of the Federal Reserve" by Eustace Mullins. (21 mins.)
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Jun 20, 2016

Call Them Neo-Christians

Neo-Christianity is defined as a reinterpretation of Christianity in terms of a current philosophy. The Neo-Christian movement is dominated by Christian Zionism, that is the largest Christian sect in America, whose belief system has been formalized within the last 110 years. Christian Zionist belief is wrapped around the idea that the modern state of Israel is a fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and that anything said or done against Israel constitutes a sin against God. It's a tightly held belief as evidenced by a recent encounter by Chuck Carlson at a street fair in Denver. Craig Hanson and Tom Compton join Chuck to discuss the pitfalls of talking to Christians with Neo-Christian leanings in this revealing program. For background information, see Chuck Carlson's article, "Call Them Neo-Christians." (30 minutes)
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Jun 11, 2016

Neo-Christians Use Scofield Bible To Justify War

Neo-Christian, cult-like Christian Zionism is being exposed more frequently for what it really is, an aberrant version of traditional Christianity. In this program, Chuck Carlson, Tom Compton, Craig Hanson and Glen Lesnick of We Hold These Truths discuss an insightful article, "Zionism's Un-Christian Bible" by Maidhc O Cathail, a journalist from Ireland. Mr. O Cathail's article concludes with this thought, "But it is the people of the Middle East who have suffered most at the hands of an expansionist Israel, emboldened by the unswerving allegiance of America’s Christian Zionists who were led to believe that Scofield’s words were God’s will." Here are the references mentioned in the program: "These Brothers of Mine: A Biblical Theology of Land and Family and a Response to Christian Zionism" (book and interview) by Dr. Rob Dalrymple. (27 mins.) Kudos to Maidhc O Cathail.
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May 30, 2016

Neo-Christian Churches Are Missing Out On Righteous Indignation

Neo-Christians support America's unjust wars without question and seem oblivious to what the famous Catholic theologian, Thomas Aquinas (1224-1275 AD) said, "He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And, if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust." The unjust military occupation of Palestine by Israel is an example where there is a lack of knowledge and righteous indignation, for the most part, by Neo-Christians. We Hold These Truths' Tom Compton recently learned from Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid AreiKat (Chief Representative of the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States) about their new understanding that educating American Christians to the plight of Palestinians, is vitally important. Don't miss this powerful, 17 minute program. [Photo: Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat (r.) and Tom Compton (l.)]
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May 24, 2016

Romans 13 Neo-Christians Sorry Excuse for War

Christian Zionists and Neo-Christians routinely justify the wars of aggression by the United States of America by citing the thirteenth chapter of the book of Romans, written by the Apostle Paul. We Hold These Truths' award winning documentary, Christian Zionism: The Tragedy and The Turning, Part I  was recently challenged by a veteran, who wrote in part: "I am not a Christian Zionist...Charles E. Carlson (at the ~4:00 mark) does not know his bible either. He does not understand Romans 13, and the fact that the State does wield the power of the sword." In this podcast we look at Romans 13 and what should be our take away from it based on a ground breaking article, "Romans 13: Neo-Christians Sorry Excuse for War" written by Chuck Carlson a few years ago. Did Romans 13 give German Christians the authority to follow Hitler wherever he led them? (29 min.)
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May 19, 2016

The International Currency Clique’s Attack on Savers

Chuck Carlson discusses his groundbreaking article, "ICC Puts Savers at Risk to the Dollar / Debt Bubble." To describe the machinations of the key central banks of the US (The private Federal Reserve System), the Bank of England, the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan, Chuck Carlson has coined the term "International Currency Clique." With interest rates approaching zero or negative, find out what are the ramifications and morality of these actions in this 26 minute program. For a revealing background history on the Federal Reserve System, read Eustace Mullins' book, "Secrets of the Federal Reserve."
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May 9, 2016

End Times Passover Author Joe Ortiz Challenges Christian Zionism

Joe Ortiz, author of The End Times Passover and Why Christians Will Suffer "Great Tribulation" joins Chuck Carlson, Tom Compton, Craig Hanson and Mark Horton of We Hold These Truths for a fascinating look at the misguided and dangerous theology of Christian Zionists. (27 minutes)
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May 1, 2016

Nakba - The Ongoing Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Mention the word "Nakba" to most Americans and you will get a blank stare. "Nakba" is a the Arabic word for "catastrophe" and refers to the forced expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians in 1948 from their homes, and the destruction of over 400 of their villages by the Zionists while establishing the modern state of Israel. We Hold These Truths was a co-sponsor of the North America Nakba Tour stop in Phoenix. In this 19 minute program, we lift the curtain that hides the truth about Nakba. Also, we also discuss a dubious "shared value" between the US and Israel.


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Apr 11, 2016

Erik Prince and the Hired Killers In The Regime Change Business

Chuck Carlson analyzes a curious interview with Erik Prince, founder of the infamous mercenary army, Blackwater Worldwide, in a neocon publication, Breitbart. Recall that numerous Blackwater "security guards" have been tried and convicted for killing innocent civilians in places like Iraq. Now, Prince is all concerned about the fate of Christians in the Middle East while demonizing Muslims. Conveniently, Prince makes no mention of the culpability of the US and its allies in the wars they created in the Middle East, and, the resulting blowback from them that is affecting innocent Christians and Muslims in the region. Don't miss this insightful, 19 minute program.
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Apr 4, 2016

Sharing Values - The American and Israeli Way

Cruz_Ted-AIPAC-02.jpgUS politicians love to pledge their allegiance to Israel, when given a chance. Sen. Ted Cruz demonstrated this in his address to the 2016 AIPAC convention. "Israel is a democracy that shares our values." The concept of "shared values" should include the American and Israeli governments' treatment of their respective, indigenous populations, Indians and Palestinians. Here are two examples that come to mind that are in a pdf file.
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Mar 29, 2016

Major Presidential Candidates Except the Bern Pledge Allegiance to AIPAC and Israel

US presidential candidates, without the blessings of AIPAC (American Israeli Public Affairs Committee) don't have a prayer of winning in the general elections. Front runners Hilary Clinton, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump understand this and delivered their "pledges of allegiance to Israel" speeches to the 18,000 delegates assembled at the recently held AIPAC convention in Washington, DC. Sen. Bernie Sanders was the noticeable exception. as he had declined the invitation from AIPAC to speak. Instead, he delivered some critical remarks, while on the campaign trail in Utah, about Israel's destructive policies against the Palestinians. (see here and here)  Sanders, who is Jewish, like prominent, Jewish industrialist Benjamin Freedman, challenged the Zionists on the issue of Israel. Chuck Carlson and WHTT members discuss the implications of all this in this lively, 28 min. program. The link to Benjamin Freedman's 1961 address about the Zionists' little known role in the founding of the state Israel can be heard here.
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Mar 14, 2016

Gaza Refugees Denied USA Asylum

In this revealing, 19 min. podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of WHTT discuss the cases of Hisham and Mounis, Palestinians from Gaza, who are seeking asylum in the United States, not by illegal immigration, but by turning themselves into ICE (Immigragtion & Customs Enforcement) at the Mexico/Arizona border. They have been held in an ICE detention center in Florence, AZ for over a year because Palestine is not recognized as a country by the United States (they are considered stateless people), even though Palestine is by 134 other countries around the world  (see here). A discussion about the broader issues of refugees and immigration and the culpability of the United States is included. For background stories on Hisham and Mounis see here & here. Also, for background info on the US overthrow of the democratically elected leader of Guatemala mentioned in the podcast, see here & here.
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Mar 3, 2016

Super Tuesday - Trumpomania and The Bern

ISanders-Trump-01.jpgs the 2016 primaries bought and paid for politics, or is it different this time? Our four WHTT panelists were unusually divided about Donald Trump & Bernie Sanders.  What do you think, comments welcome about our thought provoking, 18 minute program. Reference articles: here, here, Trumpomania and The Bern
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Feb 29, 2016

Jesus said “Blessed are the Peacemakers” and He meant It

In this insightful, 18 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson,, Tom Compton and Craig Hanson look into what Jesus meant by His call to His followers: "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). Christians who advocate war (for example, see our four minute video, "John Hagee With Benny Hinn: Praying for War in the Name of Jesus") send an errant message to non-Christians that contradicts the teachings of Jesus.
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