Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rick Santorum's Voting Record

This is a series of articles which gives voting record information about 2012 presidential candidates.  Most of the references given are from, an official government website which is part of the Library of Congress.  Hopefully, this information will help you to make a decision about who you are going to vote for.  Also included is a brief biography and information about endorsements made by the candidate.  Today's candidate is Rick Santorum.  Click here to read part 1.

Rick Santorum served in the U.S. House from 1990-1994 and Senate from 1994-2006.  He was a Republican Deputy Whip.  Santorum is Catholic.


Santorum voted for the partial birth abortion ban. [1] 

He voted for the Hyde Amendment to prevent most abortions from being federally funded. [2]  But he voted [3-5] for at least three Department of Health and Human Services appropriations bills which allowed taxpayer money to be used to pay for some abortions (for example, in cases of rape and incest).  These bills contained no provision that abortion providers (such as Planned Parenthood) could not also obtain these funds also for other purposes. [6-8]

Santorum did not cosponsor the Right to Life to Act [9-10] or the Life at Conception Act [11] or any other bill protecting or recognizing the personhood of the unborn from conception.

[6] (Title V., section 509--click on “Operating Expenses” and scroll down to section 509.) Similarly find the same in the other two bills under the same title and section.

Economy and Jobs

He has consistently declined to support the National Right to Work Act which would prevent workers from being forced to join a union. [1-4] 

Santorum voted [5-6] to give China “Most Favored Nation” status [7] at least twice, and voted [8-9] against repealing this status twice.


Santorum voted to prohibit foreign students on F-1 visas from obtaining free public elementary or secondary education. [1] He voted to establish a pilot program to collect information relating to nonimmigrant foreign students. [2]

But Santorum voted for the blatantly unconstitutional No Child Left Behind Act, which increased federal funding and control over the public school system. [3]

He voted for the Goals 2000: Educate America Act (more unconstitutional federal meddling in the education system), “A bill to improve learning and teaching by providing a national framework for education reform; to promote the research, consensus building, and systemic changes needed to ensure equitable educational opportunities and high levels of educational achievement for all American students; to provide a framework for reauthorization of all Federal education programs; to promote the development and adoption of a voluntary national system of skill standards and certifications, and for other purposes.” [4]

Gun Rights

He voted [1] no on the Brady handgun law [2].  But he voted yes on imposing instant background checks [3] and yes [4] to ban the manufacture or importation of armor-piercing bullets [5] (a clear violation of both the 2nd and 10th amendments).

(see also Taxes, Spending, and Budget Issues)


Santorum voted [1-2] for the unconstitutional prescription drug benefit, Medicare part D [3].

(see also Social Security)

Illegal Immigration and Border Control

Santorum voted [1] for Secure Fence Act of 2006. [2]  He voted to prohibit illegal and undocumented aliens from receiving benefits under the FEMA's emergency food and shelter programs except when there is a presidentially declared disaster.

Judicial Appointments

Santorum voted to confirm John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.

Marriage and Gay Rights

Santorum voted [1-2] in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act [3] and the Federal Marriage Amendment. [4]
He voted yes on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military [5]. 


Santorum voted [1-2] to convict President Clinton on the impeachment counts against him (perjury, corrupting witnesses, and obstruction of justice). [3]

Monetary Policy

Santorum voted [1] for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 [2] which was an unconstitutional and dismal failure to regulate public accounting firms.

National Sovereignty

Santorum voted against NAFTA.

Religious Freedom and Freedom of Speech

Santorum did not cosponsor the Veterans' Memorials, Boy Scouts, Public Seals, and Other Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006, which would have prevented the ACLU and other similar groups from receiving lawyer’s fees from the taxpayers when they win cases having to do with supposed violations of the “Separation of Church and State”.

Social Security

Santorum voted “no” on the Off-budget Lockbox Amendment to protect Social Security and Medicare funds from being raided for other purposes.

Taxes, Spending, and Budget Issues

He voted [1-2] for the Bush tax cuts [3-4].

Santorum voted at least four times [5-8] to fund the unconstitutional and very wasteful and intrusive Department of Housing and Urban Development.  He voted against [9] transferring $20 million from the HUD Office of Policy Development and Research account to the Selective Service System account [10].

Santorum voted [11] for foreign giveaways: over $1.2 billion for “Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad”, $60 million for “Payment to the American Institute in Taiwan”, $14 million for “The Asia Foundation”, $2.8 billion for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”, over $3 billion for the U.N., $1.3 billion for “Contributions for International Peacekeeping Activities”, $600 million for “Fulbright Academic Exchange Programs”, other educational and cultural exchange programs, nearly $1.3 billion for “International Broadcasting Activities”, $38 million for “Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange between East and West” and $22.7 million to carry out the Arms Control and Disarmament Act [12].

War on Terrorism

Santorum voted [1] for the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) in Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks [2]. He also voted for the AUMF in Iraq [3].  He voted for the Patriot Act [4-5].

Santorum’s (Worst) Endorsements

Rick Santorum endorsed and campaigned for Arlen Specter [1], one of the most God-hating Senators we have ever had.  Pro-abortion [2], pro-gay rights [3] Specter spearheaded the effort to kill the nomination of strict constructionist Robert Bork to the Supreme Court when Reagan was President.  [1] “He's with us on the issues that matter," said Santorum.  [4]  Specter has always been openly in favor of abortion funding (for example, he voted “no” on restricting UN funding for population control policies [2]).  After Specter switched parties, he voted for Obamacare. [5]

Santorum has also endorsed and campaigned for partial birth abortion supporter Christie Todd Whitman. [6]

Santorum was also a campaign volunteer for Senator John Heinz. [7] Heinz was a liberal. He supported normalizing relations with Cuba during the Nixon administration. He also criticized the deployment new weapons as a tactic in arms limitations talks with the Soviet Union. He was also a supporter of many socialist programs in education, human welfare, health care and housing.  He got caught accepting $6,000 in illegal corporate campaign money from Gulf Oil during his successful campaign for the U.S. Senate.  [8] After Senator Heinz died, his wife Teresa, heiress of the H.J. Heinz (the catsup company) fortune married the Senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry. [9]

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Did you know 400K people took part in Monday’s D.C. Pro-Life March for Life?

I saw very little coverage of this growing annual event in the main stream media. However, I did watch online and saw a huge turnout. The weather was cold and rainy. The commitment of the Pro-Life supporters is phenomenal. The dying old mainstream media refuses to present honest accounts of any Pro-Life or Pro-Conservative cause(s). There is a distinct bias in the media against the right. In fact, the media is one of the chief campaigners for the current occupier of the White House.

NewsBusted: NBC – The Big Bias Broadcaster!

NBC finished in eighth place in the TV ratings last Thursday night.

“However, NBC was still number one in biased, pro-Obama coverage for the third year in a row!”

--- NewsBusted, Episode1/24/2012

NewsBusted is a conservative comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday. Their newest NewBusted episode includes the excerpt above.

See right panel of this blog and click on the picture to watch this 2-3 minute comedy YouTube video.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hopefully, Tonight Will Be President Obama’s Last SOTU Address!

I googled this question, “Is this President Obama’s Last State of the Union Address?” The first response that I received was an article, “Obama's last State of the Union?In part the answer I received embedded in that article was, “

Pending the outcome of the presidential election in November, Tuesday night’s State of the Union address could very well be Barack Obama’s last.
Will President Obama bring up the federal budget tonight? This is really one of the key failure that the President shares with his fellow Democrats in the Senate. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), made the following key criticism in his op ed, “Obama needs fiscal 'courage'” in the 1/24/2012 edition of the U.S.A. Today.

The President ignores the scandal plaguing the Democrat Senate. His State of the Union actually marks a milestone:  1,000 days since we last saw a budget plan form the Senate’s Democrat majority.
On their website the U.S. House Republican Study Committee (RSC) posted this video:

My congressman, who is the Chairman of the RSC , Jim Jordan suggested that Americans will be looking for answers to three big questions when listening to President Obama's SOTU and revved up campaign stump speech tonight:
1.   Where are the jobs?

2.   Why aren’t we using all the energy resources we have available?

3.   How can we stop this crazy spending and borrowing?
I, along with Representative Jordan and many other Americans, especially conservatives, think that the President is more interested in campaigning against House Republicans than in any bipartisan problem-solving. Will we merely hear more campaign rhetoric and empty, flimsy promises? Will there be anything substantive in the President’s TelePrompTed words? Will Valarie Jarrett and his speech writer give us anything for the good of the nation as a whole, or continue to provide assurances to the Democrat Party’s and President’s radical base and to giving sole support for his re-election effort?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Roe v. Wade 39th Anniversary:

Hat tip goes to the which produced the video below. This is certainly timely in light of the recent 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

YouTube description:

An industry whose revenue is based upon killing innocent lives naturally is predicated upon lies. We expose them, calling a spade a spade. Or evil, evil.

Find out much more at

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Crowning Rewards

The most important part of human life is the Lord Jesus Christ.  With Him we have eternal life.  Without Him there is only eternal death, permanent separation from God.  As John the Apostle has written:

And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God (I John 5:11-13).

With Jesus we can do good works which glorify God.  Paul wrote that God has before ordained works for us to do. 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

One day we shall all stand before the Judgment seat of Christ (Romans 4:10c). For it is written:

As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Romans 14:11-12).

For the good works we do we shall receive rewards.  Among these are crowns:

1.       The Crown of Righteousness  II Timothy 4:8

2.      The Crown  of Life Revelation 2:10; James 1:12

3.      The Crown of Glory I Peter 5:4

4.      The Crown of Rejoicing I Thessalonians 2:19

Would you like a Crown?  First, you need to receive Jesus into your heart.  Then, we are to live in obedience to Him.  A sample prayer to receive Jesus is, “Lord Jesus Christ, forgive me of my sin and come into my heart.”

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Tawdry ‘Religious’ Left

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, here comes the irreligious left to  ‘celebrate’ of all things the heinous Roe v. Wade SCOTUS decision, touting the joys and wonders of murdering innocent babies!

76 people or organizations donated to place a banner ad (see below) on website this morning. They have scheduled to place additional ads in major newspapers in Ohio including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cincinnati Inquirer, and Columbus Dispatch in ‘honor’ of the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade! That is downright despicable!
These so-called ‘religious’ people would fit in well in wartime Germany, wouldn’t they? Just yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the infamous Vannsee Conference.  Vannsee in Berlin, Germany is where in 1942 the infamous meeting of Nazi officials was held which decided upon the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.” According to the Anti-Defamation League website “Many religious people in Germany at that time either stood aside while their fellow human beings were being murdered for no other reason than they were unwanted and despised and inconvenient or they participated in this tragedy.”  You can read about that Conference here:

30 years after the vile Vannsee Conference in Germany was held, our own black-robed grim reapers in a courthouse in Washington, D.C. issued a capital punishing sentence to 54+ million innocent babies, black, white, Hispanics, Native Americans, female and male. These babies, too, were condemned to death for being unwanted, despised, and inconvenient.  And much of the American church and ‘religious’ people not only stand by, but support and encourage this legalized genocide.

This ad is disgraceful, shameful and not at all representative of the tenets of most faiths, especially that of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Notice their wicked message, which is written with the blood of slaughtered millions of innocents. Hitler and the secular humanist religious of his day would have agreed. But I bet the babies wouldn't agree!
"We Believe Reproductive Freedom is a vital part of Religious Liberty and Human Dignity."

A picture perfect finish for South Carolina GOP Primary

Rick Santorum  –  31%
Newt Gingrich  –  29%
Ron Paul  –  21%
Romney  –  19%

Wouldn’t a finish like the one imagined above in today's South Carolina Republican Primary just frost the Left, the Main Stream Media, Organizing for America, and the GOP establishment?

After Romney's poor performance in Monday's Fox News debate, and with strong performances by both Gingrich and Santorum and the typical steady Paul performance, in Thursday's CNN debate, the above scenario is very possible. South Carolina is a very conservative state and hopefully the conservatives will all show up today and vote. However, above result is not the outcome that the Media and the Obama Campaign has orchestrated, but it is realistic.

With Santorum and Gingrich finishing one-two in South Carolina, along with Paul all finishing ahead of Romney, it would really put conservatives in a great position going into the Florida Primary. It would be an especially big blow to the moneyed candidacies of Willard Mitt Romney and Dr. Ron Paul. Most of America does not want Romney, who is perceived to be weak and wishy-washy, just another John McCain, or worse. My top choice of the candidates that remain are: Santorum or a CTBNL (a conservative-to-be-named-later). Gingrich, Paul, and especially Romney and Obama are all unacceptable candidates for one reason or another.

America wants and needs a conservative in 2012 if she has any hope to change our slide toward total European socialism and eventual oblivion. This South Carolina GOP Primary could be a turning point, a real trend-setter.

NewsBusted: The New Math of the Left

“According to a new poll, conservatives remain the largest self-identified group in America.

“Or, as MSNBC calls them, the smallest.”

--- NewsBusted, Episode 1/20/2012

 NewsBusted is a conservative comedy webcast about the news of the day, uploaded every Tuesday and every Friday. Their newest NewBusted episode includes the excerpt above.

See right panel of this blog and click on the picture to watch this 2-3 minute comedy YouTube video.

Friday, January 20, 2012

First Vannsee in Germany, then Roe v. Wade in America!

Twin Evils: The Jewish Holocaust (L) and the American Holocaust (R)

The Jewish Holocaust

Dr. Juergen Buehler, Executive Director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), wrote the following item, which I read this morning in the Capitol Hill Prayer Partners daily briefing that I received.

11 million. That was the number of Jews sentenced to death (during) a brief 90-minute lunch meeting at a beautiful lakeside villa near Berlin 70 years ago. Over the course of the next two days the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem will be hosting a high-ranking delegation of German and Austrian Christian leaders for a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the infamous meeting of Nazi officials which decided upon the "Final Solution of the Jewish Question."

Held on January 20, 1942 and attended by 15 high-ranking Nazi bureaucrats, the Wannsee Conference set in motion the implementation of a plan to for the systematic, industrial murder of all the Jews within Germany's reach in Europe and north-west Africa.
The fate of 11 million Jews, followed by a glass of Cognac.
It is important that we remember that the Nazi officials who deliberated at Villa Wannsee over their ghastly plans for exterminating European Jewry were all well-educated, with at least half of them holding doctorate degrees. Some were also the sons of Protestant ministers, yet not one of them raised any moral objections to this heinous plot…

German Christian leaders have come to Jerusalem to deliver a critical message to the world that the abhorrent evil of Nazism represented by the Wannsee Conference must never be allowed to rise again…

For more information read the more extensive article by David Parsons, who is also of the ICEJ, in the article, German Christians mark the 70th Anniversary of the 'Final Solution' at Yad Vashem.”

The American Holocaust

Isn’t it ironic that the Jewish Holocaust of 70 years ago was launched almost exactly 30 years before America’s own on-going Holocaust? One was started by an elite group of Nazi officials and bureaucrats in Germany. The other, more recent genocide was decreed in black-robed grim reapers in a courtroom in Washington, D.C. 30 years later.

As evil and heinous as the original Jewish holocaust was, in terms of numbers, the murder of 11 million persons the Jewish Holocaust, it pales by comparison to the bloody American Atrocity of aborted lives (54 million or 5 times as many casualties as the Jewish Holocaust). In America, one of our key founding documents clearly states that all persons have been endowed by the Creator with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, we stand by while 54 million innocent babies (and counting) are viciously murdered. This bloodshed is the a direct result of the wicked, unethical, unnatural, inhumane ‘legalizing of abortion’ decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton made by the so-called U.S. Supreme Court!   

So during this weekend, it is good take time to remember and to contemplate the great evil that man is capable of doing. It is also a good time to review what steps one can take to reverse this perverse situation.

Personal Plan of Action

We can join in on any of the planned March for Life or memorial services taking place this weekend across the nation.

We can join in on Family Research Council’s Pro Life Con on Monday January 23, 2012 in Washington, D.C. or on the Internet.

We can educate ourselves of this critical issue.

We can offer financial or volunteer support to Pro-Life organizations such as:

·         Abortion No Center for Bioethical Reform

·         Americans United for Life

·         Care-Net

·         Created Equal

·         Concerned Women for America

·         Heartbeat International

·         Ohio ProLife Action

·         Life Dynamics

·         Life Legal Defense Fund

·         Missionaries to the Preborn

·         National Pro Life Alliance

·         Personhood USA

·         Personhood Ohio

·         Pro Life Ohio

·         Students for Life

We can pray for an end of abortion in the USA by individually repenting of our apathy and/or direct participation in this sinful practice.

We can work for, support elect 100% Pro-Life candidates this spring and this fall. Pro-life advocates and representatives such as:

·         Rick Santorum for President

·         Josh Mandel for U.S. Senator for Ohio

·         Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate from Texas

·         Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate from Indian

·         David Lewis for U.S. Congress from Ohio

·         Karen Harrington for U.S. Congress from Florida

We can lobby our current federal and state members of Congress on behalf of a constituency-yet-to-be-born.

Roe v. Wade, 39 Years Later

Every year, since the 1973 SCOTUS decision to legalize the murder of innocent children, there has been some formal recognition of this tradegy. Pro-Life proponents have conducted annual March for Life events ever since 1973. Many churches will be participating in National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, where special messages will be presented recognizing the great evil of abortion that has been allowed to grow and fester in this nation.

This Sunday, January 22, 2012 is the 39th Anniversary of the infamous Roe versus Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision. I saw the embedded video below today and was impressed with its timely and informative message.

The video captures Allan Parker’s, attorney and President of The Justice Foundation, reflections on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton, and the Word of God. He discusses the history of Operation Outcry and his foundational scripture. He discusses the three major court cases influenced by Operation Outcry women's testimony. He also discusses the future of Roe and where he thinks the Pro-Life Movement will be in 2013.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Please, Not Willard Mitt Romney in 2012!

Enjoy this long, but funny and informative YouTube video on Willard Mitt Romney, as I did. Mitt Romney is soooooo unqualified to be President, only Barack Hussein Obama may be less qualified … Gov. Romney by far is the worst GOP candidate of the five remaining. He has absolutely no core convictions, except maybe that he'll do or say anything to become President of the United States.

Hat tip goes to where I came across this video.

Islam the three stages of Jihad, Part 2

Putting Islam Under the Microscope

Americans, unfortunately, are woefully ignorant about the so-called ‘religion’ of Islam. First, it is not merely just another religion like Christianity, Judaism, or Buddhism. It is much more. Islam is a political, militaristic, and religious system. Second, the intent of Islam is to eventually rule, to subjugate the entire world. The video that will be the focus of this series of articles is called, “Three Stages of Islam.” It was created by It is extremely insightful and educational. It lays bare the purposes and the schemes of this cruel and insidious fascist system. It is every bit as pernicious, threatening, and evil as communism.
I would encourage every American to educate himself or herself on this vital subject. The fact is that Islam is the enemy of the United States. Like Marxism and secular humanism that have crept into our culture and taken over many of our institutions, including our education system and has corrupted it beyond recognition, Islam is the second battlefront we face. It is one we must engage. Islam has begun to infiltrate our culture and to indoctrinate Americans as to its real purpose and intent.

Watch and listen carefully to this video and read the transcripts of the video as they are presented here. You will be better equipped to confront the evil and to curtail its advance in this nation. Today we examine the first of the three stages of Jihad. You can see the first part of this series here.

Transcript 2:40 –9:18 minute mark on the video:
Barack Obama is quoted, “The partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t.”

When Muslims are completely outnumbered and can’t possibly win in a physical confrontation with unbelievers, they’re commanded to promote peace with non-Muslims and to preach a message of tolerance.
For instance, when Mohammed and his followers were a persecuted minority in Mecca they criticized the beliefs of the polytheists, but they did so peacefully. The revelations Mohammed received during this time proclaimed a future judgment for unbelievers. Allah will one day punish those who rejected Mohammed, but in the meantime to each his own. Live and let live, co-exist.
A characteristic chapter from this period is
Qur’an 109 – Say: O unbelievers! I do not serve that which you serve, nor do you serve Him whom I serve: Nor am I going to serve that which you serve, nor are you going to serve Him whom I serve: You shall have your religion and I shall have my religion.
Muslims in the West point to passages like this, as evidence that Islam is inherently peaceful. But we know from Muslim sources that while Mohammed was calling for religious tolerance in Mecca, he was already planning to conquer the world in the name of Allah. He even tried to lure pagans to Islam by promising them victory over the non-Arabs. Let’s look at a passage. One day some of his Mohammed’s tribesmen went to his uncle Abu Talib because they wanted to arrange a truce with Mohammed. They wanted Mohammed to stop criticizing their beliefs. Watch what happens.
At Tabari, Volume VI, p. 95 – Abu Talib sent for the messenger of Allah, and when he came in he said, “Nephew here are the shaykhs and nobles of your tribe. They have asked for justice against you, that you should desist in reviling our gods and they will leave you to your god.” “Uncle,” he said, “shall I not summon them to something which is better for them than their gods?” “What do you summon them to do?” he asked…
He replied, “I summon them to utter a saying through which the Arabs will submit to them and they will rule over the non-Arabs.” Abu Jahl said from among the gathering, “What is it, by your father? We will give you it and ten like it?” He answered, “That you should say, ‘There is no deity but Allah.”
Think about this for a moment. Mohammed is walking around Mecca calling for peace and tolerance. But behind closed doors, he tells the guys, ‘join me, and we’ll rule over the non-Arabs (Jews, Christians, Persians, etc.) These groups aren’t attacking Mohammed at all, and he is already planning to conquer them.
What does he need to subjugate the non-Muslims? He needs an army. So he asks his tribe to convert to Islam.
Now, how many times have we seen Muslim groups in the world today, calling for tolerance in public, but saying something completely different in private? It goes back to Mohammed.
One of the key features of Stage One (Jihad) is TAQIYYA – CONCEALING ISLAM’S TRUE INTENTIONS IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY. This was eventually made explicit in Surah 3:28.
Qur’an 3:28 – Let not the believers (in Islam) take disbelievers as friends in preference to believers. Whoso doeth that hath no connection with Allah unless (it be) that ye but guard yourselves against them, taking (as it were) security.
Muslims are not allowed to be friends, unless they are outnumbered and they feel they are in danger from a stronger adversary. That’s when Muslims are told to pretend to be friendly. One of Islam’s greatest scholars Ibn Kathir comments:
Ibn Kathir – “In this case, such believers are allowed to show friendship outwardly but never inwardly.”
Abu Darda, one of Mohammed’s companions put it this way:
Abu Darda – “We smile in the face of some people althouh our hearts curse them.”
Another key feature of stage one is ‘victim status.’  Muslims like to pretend that Mohammed and his followers were persecuted in Mecca simply because they were Muslims. Total nonsense, they were persecuted for antagonizing the Meccans by mocking their beliefs. We read in
At-Tabari, Volume 6, pg. 93 – The messenger of Allah proclaimed Allah’s message openly and declared Islam publically to his fellow tribesman. When he did so, they did not withdraw from him or reject him in anyway … until he spoke of their gods and denounced them. When he did this, they took exception to it and united in opposition and hostility to him, except for those of them whom Allah had protected from error by means of Islam.
Notice that the pagans of Mecca had no problem with Mohammed preaching Islam. They became angry when he began attacking their beliefs and they had to put up with quite a bit. Listen to this description of what the pagans went through in their own words:
At-Tabari, volume 6, pg. 101 – “We have never seen the like of what we have endured from this man. He has derided our traditional values, abused our forefathers, reviled our religion, caused division among us, and insulted our gods. We have endured a great deal from him.”
Mohammed was condemning their beliefs and their values. He was causing division in the city. Not too extreme from a Western perspective. What’s interesting is that when the people of Mecca responded in kind and mocked Islam. Muslims said, “Oh, they’re persecuting us. What evil people, attacking us because of our beliefs. Double standards, one of the goals of the stealth Jihad stage is to give Islam a privileged status above other religions.
But Mohammed’s constant antagonism toward the Meccans did lead to actual persecution. And this persecution of the early Muslim community was the best thing that ever happened to Islam. When people heard of poor defenseless Muslims were being mistreated, they rushed to Mohammed’s aid. The Christians as Abyssinia, the Jews of Medina and various pagan groups all agreed, at one time or another, to protect Muslims from the mean bigoted Islamaphobes in Mecca.
Now keep in mind, Mohammed was already planning to conquer all of these people. But they did not know that, all they knew was that Muslims were being persecuted and they wanted to help.
Once Mohammed and his followers had formed enough alliances and were no longer at the mercy of the Meccans, the message of the Qur’an suddenly changed.
To be continued                  

Tomorrow we will look at the second stage of Jihad – Defensive Jihad