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Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US

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Sudan woman who faced death over faith lands in US http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268743/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=i9kjjWLs (from @AP)

Great the pope loving woman is here in the US. Perfect timing for November midterm elections. Some ghost writer is doing the happy dance right now (I’m sure a book deal is in the works).

The Athiest Class President of A “Christian” University: Eric Fromm: Lifting the Curtain | Beacon Bolt

I thought it fair use to post his article:

http://beaconbolt.com/2013/10/30/798/
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Eric Fromm: Lifting the Curtain
Posted by Brandon McGinnis
My name is Eric Fromm. I am Senior at NCU majoring in communications, and I am an atheist.

Yes, you read that correctly, I am an atheist. For those of you who didn’t already know about my nonbelief, this news may be a bit shocking, but I was an atheist long before I came to NCU. I was baptized Lutheran, and raised Methodist, but as time went on I slowly came to the conclusion that God wasn’t real. For me, church was an empty ritual that I participated in so I could see friends, scripture was largely mythological, and Jesus was a great moral teacher, but he wasn’t God.

Now you may ask, “Well, if you’re not a Christian, why did you come to NCU?” Truth be told, I came to NCU not because of its religious affiliations, but because it had a solid communications program. I knew that the school catered to Christian thinking, so before I enrolled, I visited the campus to make sure that the chapel services were comfortable enough that I could fulfill the requirement. No one was speaking in tongues or handling snakes, so I decided to stay.

I was very excited to begin my freshman year. I was starting a new life in a new city, I was growing up, and I was making friends. Because of my friends, NCU became a place that I could actually call home. I was comfortable. I was accepted. But I wasn’t at peace. I struggled with religion constantly throughout my freshman year. I would attend chapel, see all the energy and community, and want to be a part of it, but I knew I couldn’t because I couldn’t force myself to believe in God.

I didn’t actually tell anyone I was an Atheist until my sophomore year. While my close friends accepted my atheism, others were not so kind. When people found out that I was an atheist, they started treating me differently. Sometimes they would verbally attack me, sometimes they would give me the cold shoulder, and sometimes they just gave me dirty looks. I find it ironic that some NCU students will talk about how they were ridiculed in high school because for their faith, but now, when the roles are reversed, they are doing the very things that hurt them. Matthew 7:5, right?

Every day I’m burdened by the fact that my peers might reject me because I’m different from them. I won’t be rejected because of my race or social class, but simply because of the fact that I don’t believe in God – because I am an atheist. I’m writing this primarily because I don’t want to keep my atheism a secret any longer, but I’m also writing this because I want to take my peers to task on their inability to accept those who don’t fit their Christian pattern. Growing up in church I heard a lot of lessons about how Christians shouldn’t judge others, but it seems like some people slept through that lesson.

If you would like to ask me any questions or have anything you would like to say about this matter, please communicate with me directly as efromm@nwcu.edu ” End of Quote

Co-written by Eric Fromm and Brandon McGinnis

□ N4TM Commentary:
The above is a story on Drudge Report and all the MSM.
Example ABC
The story isn’t so much that the “Class President” of North Western University (A Christian school) is a non believer, as much as it is about the Christian School accepting him in his atheism and allowing him to continue to be the class president.
So the world loves this story. Why wouldn’t they. Why is it a shock that Christians still love him and support him. He should not feel “fearful” of us, but I often find myself feeling very uncomfortable around people who are in blatant sin and try to not be around them. I’ve met a “pagan” once. She was a cashier at a burger joint. I went up to her and asked if she worshiped Satan (she was wearing a pentagram), her first question was if I did as well and I said “no, quite the opposite. Can I ask you something?” Her next question was “are you going to hit me?” I thought these questions were strange. I could tell her coworkers thought I was a joke. I told her, “those people aren’t your friends and Satan is not for you, his whole point is to destroy you. You were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) God loves you, Satan hates you.” That was it. I didn’t give the gospel of Jesus, I didn’t ask her to repeat a prayer. I left. I saw her again a few years later at same burger joint- no pentagram. I didn’t talk to her but I’ll never forget her. When we meet people who are in the midst of hating God we need have the Holy Spirit in us ready to do a work if circumstances allow. Be the light in a dark and dying world. Don’t be afraid of them. Greater is He who is in you then he of this world. They other thing, this University’s big fat compromise, well that doesn’t surprise me either. The Church looks more and more like the world everyday-save the remnant. Long live the remnant, keep pointing people to Christ Jesus.

Billy Graham’s final Sermon: The Cross **not an Endorsement of Billy Graham

Let me start by saying:

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:”

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15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” i John 4:2 and 15

I do not have a bit of admiration for Billy Graham. I  have never watched him preach on tv or elsewhere. I’ve never listened to his old sermons. I know who he is; he is a registered Democrat, a liberal pastor who has preached to millions of people and several US presidents. I know that Billy Graham once stated that there were/are many paths to God and in doing so pluralized God and widened the Ecumenical road to hell. I know that there is high speculation that Billy Graham is/was a Mason. I know that Billy Graham has revered a few Pontiffs which is again in my view heretical and ecumenical. Billy Graham is highly influential in Crusade evangelism and hence grew close to the Calvary Chapel movement and many pastors in Calvary Chapel. I know that every time I hear “Billy Graham” referenced in church (and it’s happened at every church (and one women’s retreat) I’ve ever attended, often if not every time in a positive) I cringe and can only think of the detriment he’s caused. Stating all this, admitting my bias against Billy Graham, I still wanted to watch this ‘show’ to hear what he had to say for his last public sermon. I am after all a wannabe journalist, someone who seeks to provide the news story whether I agree or not, but I’m also a very biased blogger and I have the right to also state my perspective.

Thus I set out and I watched the above Youtube video. I did not watch the show that aired on who knows what channel so if this thing was longer I am unaware.

Setting the obvious aside Billy Graham presented the Gospel of Jesus Christ without deviation and both of the personal testimonies did as well. (not yet getting to the gritty bits and pieces of where some of these people hang their hats–wait for it people)

I’ve gotten a lot of comments condemning me for exposing things about Calvary Chapel and Chuck Smith et.al., and I’ve been wanting to write a piece in response to that issue; however, I’m still thinking about it. For now some of what I would have said in regards to Mr. Smith can be applied to Mr. Graham as well. Is Billy Graham my brother in Christ? Is he a false prophet, a false professor, a heretic? I bid you revisit 1 John 4:2 and 15. I’ll let you think about that one. If he is my brother I’m told I must love him as a brother in Christ:

20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. 1 John 4:20

I do love God. I do not hate my brother(n) or my sisters in Christ.  I love those who are completely and totally saved-born again-regenerate people but don’t look like me or fit the mold I think they should. I love even those who are in Christian cults (like Calvary Chapel) where Christ is preached and the Gospel proclaimed; and although some are saved, they are then fed false doctrines, teachings, and teachers . Prayerfully as they grow in Christ and read His word they will see and hear and get discernment and leave. I love my brothers and sisters at Calvary Chapels all across this planet. Is that clear enough?

I will go a step further than that, and say, “I also love my enemies.” Yes, I love my enemies. My God also commands me, beside loving my brothers and sisters in Christ, I must also love my enemies who seek to destroy me.

38Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? 48Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:38-48

If Billy Graham, Lecrae, and Lacey Sturm (Flyleaf lead singer) are all not saved and they are lost, then I must love them anyway.

I watched the video, knowing a few things about Billy Graham (and a tiny bit about Lecrae’s background); although I didn’t know who “Lacey Sturm” was at first I know a little about ‘Flyleaf'; and as I watched the video, I tried to focus on what they were saying instead of my preconceived judgment calls. I could identify with both personal testimonies. I was saved from a lot, delivered from many of the same sins, and my growing up was not safe and cushy in a church culture it was the street of hard knocks, a dark place that God rescued me from. I could empathize with their testimonies. I heard clearly sinners who were saved by recognizing that they are sinners and they sounded like repentance was present, praise God. What I don’t understand is how someone can meet a great and Holy God and continue to look so dark and continue to stay in that dark lifestyle, propping up images of death and symbols reserved for Satan’s minions. Despite my coming from a “liberal, evangelical, non-denominational” church at my beginnings, I was still impressed that yes, God makes all things new and the old man (in my case the old chick who sinned without conviction) is now a new creature; and I put off the old things, and that included my dress, my music, and my paraphernalia. Perhaps I was pendulum swinging, and I went full throttle into being a “Christian” both on the inside and on the outside, but that’s what God did in my life. Over the years I’ve learned to let go of my Pharisaical ways but now I’m just old and dogmatic about things because I’m older and dogmatic about things.

For instance, how do you justify this:

Lacey Strum Flyleaf concert with whosoevers 2012lacey Strum with the Whosoevers

whosoevers junk

A picture is worth 1,000 words they say, so I’ll let these images do their own speaking.

I get that not everyone can receive the message of Christ from a pew, in a clean sterilized “sin-free” zone. I mean really, there is no such place. I trust that God can call His own in unique ways and when He does it’s always a miracle. I heard the gospel at Calvary Chapel for goodness sakes, my salvation is true and real, I didn’t lose my salvation when I walked out of the dove laden doors. I didn’t have to get saved again; because as I grew in Christ I grew up to an understanding that there were deep rooted false teachers in the system that is Calvary (Chapel), and I most certainly don’t think that everyone who gets saved has to look like me, or talk like me. I’m not better than any of my fellow Christians.

I do think however that Satan likes to keep people chained to darkness although they have had encounters with the light. I do believe children (state of maturity in Christ) need to grow up and get out of feeling the need to prop up pop culture within the church body and show the next generation how to become mature Christians. Getting tattoos and wearing Satanic symbols is not going to preach the Gospel of Christ to the heathen, it only encourages them to stay as they are. Calvary Chapel used a mantra back in the day, I’m not sure if they still say this, “Come as you are,” but that was never a license to stay in a permanent state of defilement!

That young lady Lacey had a beautiful story of redemption. I was impressed by her 180 degree turn to a loving God and recognizing that she was “so not good.” Then as I pieced together that this was the same head singer of fly leaf I was thinking, why does she continue to look so dark and sad and stuck in bondage? Why put on the cloak of all the emotional baggage she claims God delivered her from? I don’t get it, but maybe that’s good.

I scrolled through images of her and noticed that her tattoos change and appear and disappear in different photos. Is it merely an image, a facade, acting? Certainly she was dramatic in the Billy Graham video and she apparently is very often emotional. (fruit of self control?) The hanging of the hat with elk like “The Whosoevers?” I think there’s a verse about bad company corrupting good morals. The Whosoevers emblems are down right demonic and another blogger has written sufficient enough about them that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.

See here. http://galatiansfour.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-whosoevers-christian-band-and-their.html (and there are much more on the same site)

If this is Billy Graham’s last sermon, extracting what his company said and who they are, the message of what Christ did for us on the Cross is true. It’s a shame that you have to muck through all this other stuff. The unsaved person wouldn’t know a lick about Flyleaf, or Lacey Sturm, or understand or question Lecrae’s emblem on his shirt in this piece. The lost person won’t understand why a supposed Christian Pastor who proclaims Jesus Christ alone is shown shaking hands with the Pope (Paul ll now deceased), or ever heard that Billy Graham once stated “All roads lead to Heaven.”

If this is all the sinner saw and heard, I pray they heard the Gospel, the Word of God that was strategically interwoven through the mud and that God’s two edged sword, His word, His love penetrated through the marrow and the despair and saved a soul. Jesus Christ does want to save the Lost, to redeem the cold hearted sinner and give new life to people who are dead in their trespasses. Get to the Cross of Calvary, meet Jesus, know that he died for you, but he’s not dead; He’s ALIVE! He’s risen! He makes intercession for you. He wants to change all of you in a dramatic way and He can if you allow Him. All this other stuff, the crazy tatt’d up Christians the ones who continue to cry in misery, don’t look to them, look to a victorious Lord and Savior. Learn about who He is from His word.

Articles of interest:

Billy Graham Is No Longer Saying Mormonism Is a Cult For Some Reason- source Slate.com

Billy Graham’s Website Removes Mormons from Cult Page, After Graham Endorses Mitt Romney- source Opposing Views.com

Billy Graham Magazine: Mormons Aren’t Christians- Source Talk to Action

Loving the sinner, the lost, and the misdirected saved born again Christian is not the same as saying the lost unregenerate Christ denier can get to heaven. Saying I love my brothers and sisters in Christ doesn’t translate to me endeavoring with them in their false teachings. Love is not license to love them to hell, which is what we do if we do not tell them that there is Only One Way to God the Father and that is through Jesus Christ LORD and Savior. So then, this message of Billy Graham above is not the same as what he’s said in the past:

http://youtu.be/-gtR8rp4ozw  Billy Graham says all roads lead to Heaven, even non-believers. That is not the gospel message that is ecumenical at best heretical at worst. It’s a lie from the pit of hell. Did Billy Graham change his tune, back toward a solid gospel?  Or is he merely trying to redeem his missteps and false teachings? I don’t have the answer to that.

I do know that Christ warned us of false teachers, rising from among ‘us.’ We are to know them, to recognize them, and know our Bible enough to rebuke false teachings when we hear them.

39 minute Interview with Dan Reidy on his wife’s Rebuke of Congress

Dianne Foster Reidy facebook image unblurredThis picture was taken from Google images and is available through the “Facebook” account of “Dianne/Diane/Holly/Molly Foster Reidy.”

Pictured are Diane Reidy with her husband Dan Reidy and twin daughters.

Dan Reidy is said to be a former pastor of 20 years. I cannot find any information on him as a pastor. I have yet to read or hear of what denomination he is from, one report was he was a “non-Denominational Christian” pastor, but still no name of the church he pastored nor the name of the city or state. That’s a long time to pastor a church with no record.

In this interview the name of the church the Reidys currently attend was mentioned: National Church of God, formerly pastored by TL Lowry.

The interview I have listened to will be shared as a link because I do not have it uploaded to a video. The link is for “TruNews.com.” This is in NO way an endorsement of this site. I have not heard of “TruNews.com” before today when searching for more information on this story.

I listened to the first 39:49 minutes of this interview, it appears the audio goes further but I didn’t bother to listen passed the interview with Dan Reidy.

I ask that you listen to the interview with DISCERNMENT. I will try to not put my interpretation or commentary on this and let you come to your own conclusions about this story.

LINK TO AUDIO INTERVIEW OF DAN REIDY VIA TRUNEWS.COM 10.18.2013

The photo here appears to be old. According to the Daily Beast their twins are 7 years old, the picture shows younger girls being held by the two parents. The Daily Beast conducted their own interview with Dan Reidy. Here is the link to that article. Reports of her, Dianne, waking up for “2 weeks” prior to her rant also appear to conflict with Dan’s two interviews where both interviews he recounts her being awakened for a month (“4 weeks”) before declaring the “House” (of representatives) as being divided, and that the US is not a Nation Under God. Using the time reference of 4 weeks instead of 2 weeks takes us long before the apparent “Government Shutdown;” this would indicate that her ‘breakdown’ was not agitated by the government shutdown. Dianne’s statement to the House floor was on October 16th, her husband’s claim that she was “wrestling” with something in the middle of the night for four weeks would take us to September 18th or there about. There was another event near Washington D.C. close to that date, if you remember, the Naval Yard Shooting took place on September 16th. Other notable events as I reported on here on N4TM during the course of those four weeks were: Eye in the Sky: Navy research Blimp hovering over Maryland and the Miriam Carey shooting on October 3rd, as well as a man who self-emulated (set himself on fire) on the National lawn October 4th.
Also see: http://wp.me/piGVw-1Yt N4TM post on Diane Reidy including video captured near elevator where audio was taken then later dubbed to Cspan video.

guaThere have been a string of strange events on or near the Capitol.

table of events near capitol 2013 Click on image to enlarge.

Christopher Dorner Manhunt Makes a Good Case for Drones in America

arial shot of burnt cabin where dorner standoff ended Big Bear CAAreal photo of the burned out cabin where Cop Killer Christopher Dorner standoff ended in Angelus Oaks California, minutes away from Big Bear, CA.


February 7th was the day the world heard about Christopher Dorner. A man with a manifesto, killed two innocent people in Irvine days before and had a hit list of LAPD officers. He was no ordinary lunatic. Dorner had not only police tactical training as a former LAPD officer he was also a Naval Officer trained in A-Symmetrical warfare. He was caught off guard in Corona, CA where he quickly then fled to Riverside of the 15 fwy and ambushed two Riverside Police Officers, killing one, and severely injuring another. All points bulletin, Code Blue. Armed and dangerous, trained in killing and confusing the enemy. When Dorner’s burned out truck was discovered atop of Big Bear Mountain in a small community the manhunt had already began and it was about to take further twists and turns. Every Law Enforcement agency in Southern California wanted this man. He had just killed one of their own and he published a hit list of many LAPD officers. When Dorner’s truck was located in Big Bear media was restricted from showing the areal shots while searches were under way in the mountainous area for this killer. This fact led many to speculate that Drone(s) were being used to comb the area for Dorner. I cannot confirm that Drones were used. The FBI was on the manhunt as well, and although no MSM would touch the fact that the US Government remained deathly silent on one of their own soldiers going off the ranch, we have to know they were fully aware and perhaps even aiding in the search. (My own speculation). We do know that the FBI utilized a Drone to monitor the “Bunker” guy in Alabama just weeks prior to Dorner’s rampage. The Feds closed in after allowing the circus to go on for five or six days and stormed the bunker, shooting the man to death. He was witnessed killing a bus driver and kidnapping a young five year old boy. He was reported to be anti-government. Dorner was not Anti-Government, his philosophies were more aligned with Liberal Agenda talking points (per his own Manifesto). While he hypocritically espoused to be anti-gun and petitioned Barbara Boxer to pass her Anti-Gun laws Dorner was buying up guns, suppressors, and ammo to go on his killing spree of law enforcement officers. We know this administration does all it can to not let a good crisis go to waste. The case for using drones would be easy in a situation like the Manhunt for Dorner, and it would be also in a situation like Sandy Hook. Is it coincidence that the 16 page Memo leaked about CIA director nominee Brennan on the use of Drones on US soil in search for Domestic Terrorists came out on February 4th 2013 and Dorner’s rampage began on February 3rd with the killing of daughter of Randy Quan former LAPD DA who was one of Dorner’s listed targets? People have to feel fear and helplessness first to be willing to trust unconstitutional means of providing safety to the public (e.g TSA, Nude Scanners, Gun prohibition, and now Drones). Perhaps now that our eyes have been manipulated to see a need for Drones, as in the case of Dorner and the Bunker guy, we can recognize that there has already been significant strides in implementing Drones in the US. We just hadn’t paid much attention to what the US Government under the Administration of Obama has been doing to activate Domestic Drones.

Are They Already Watching You (us)?

Drones near you map of drones in use in AmericaDo not be ignorant folks, Drones are in use in America already.

“In April 2012, the FAA released a shorter list of entities that had applied for permission to fly drones in the U.S. Although some of those requests were listed as disapproved or expired, the new list does not include either distinction.

An additional 20 U.S. entities that have requested drone authorization have been added to the previous list. Newly listed applicants filed their requests between July 2011 and October 2012, Lynch said, adding that the FAA did not provide the statuses of the requests on the latest document, even though EFF had requested that information.

While universities are likely to fly drones for academic and research purposes, some police departments have said they want to use drones for law enforcement, including for surveillance and crowd control. A sheriff’s office in Texas even went so far as to say it might be a good idea to equip its $300,000 Shadowhawk drone with Tasers, tear gas and rubber bullets, The Daily reported in March.” Source HuffingtonPost.com

From Slate.com: Could the Pentagon’s 1.8 Gigapixel Drone Camera Be Used for Domestic Surveillance?

“From more than 17,000 feet in the air, it can see an object as small as six inches, tracking people and vehicles across an entire city. But the latest government-funded surveillance technology might be a violation of the Constitution if it is deployed in the United States, according to civil liberties groups.

Late last month, an episode of PBS’s series NOVA, “Rise of the Drones,” revealed for the first time the capabilities of an “ARGUS-IS”—the world’s highest resolution camera. Funded by the Pentagon’s research unit DARPA, the 1.8 gigapixel ARGUS was designed to be used on drones to monitor events on the ground below. It was developed by Jiannis Antoniades, an engineer with the defense firm BAE Systems, who told Nova the technology uses a “persistent stare” that is equivalent of having 100 Predator drones look at an area the size of a medium city at once.” Source Slate.com

2012 FAA List of Drone License Applicants. EFF has a list of the States and entities that are already using Drones in the US. Click Here for full list

Hit Lists, Drones, and Dead Men Walking.

Christopher Dorner a self proclaimed vigilante and justice seeker had a hit list. Barack Obama has a hit list too. Obama has already legalized killing American citizens at home or abroad if they are deemed “terrorists.” Remember Anwar al-Awlaki? He was an American Citizen targeted by Obama and given the ok to use a drone strike against him to kill him.

Anwar al-AwlakiBarack Obama orders killing of US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki

Barack Obama’s administration has authorized the assassination of the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a rare move against an American citizen. Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/7564581/Barack-Obama-orders-killing-of-US-cleric-Anwar-al-Awlaki.html

Perhaps you don’t recall the manhunt for this man. If you do not know this man was a target and killed via drone, your may not also know that his teenage son was killed with him.

Abdulrahman-al-Awlaki“Among the slain was also Abdel-Rahman Awlaki, Anwar’s 16-year-old son, one of his cousins Ahmed Abdelrahman Awlaki, and several of their friends, who were all teenage boys.

And despite the stereotype, the teenage boys weren’t out “doing terrorism” in some vague non-specific manner in the Shabwa Province. According to a statement from relatives, they were out to dinner, eating “under the moon light” when US missiles landed.

Though the Obama Administration seems pretty comfortable with assassinating the elder Awlaki, even though he was a US citizen and not charged with any crimes, the killing of the assorted other people, including several teenagers, seems considerably more suspect. Killing children with missiles isn’t exactly new to the president, of course, but Abdel-Rahman’s status as a natural-born US citizen who was never even suspected of a crime is likely to make it difficult to sweep his assassination under the rug.” Source Here (not an endorsement of the site) Here’s another source: The Atlantic

2009 DHS Rightwing Extremism Assessment American Citizens Enemy number oneThe United States Government already uses drones on US soil. The United States Government already targets Americans and issues green lights for those on its kill list. The United States Government has already issued defining characteristics of what it considers to be “extremist” and/or domestic terrorism. Do not be ignorant folks, YOU ARE THE ENEMY, this Administration has already said so. And don’t you ever forget it!

*note from N4TM I cannot say that I’m for the use of Drones 100%. I would have not objected to the use of a Drone to locate Dorner, but I would not be in favor of it being used to kill him especially if there were innocent people who would get killed in return. I don’t advocate the use of Drones by the US military in Pakistan. I have done a lot of research on that topic and there is extensive innocent lives lost when they use these weapons. This is not an easy call because as we all know when it’s our loved ones in danger we would want all means necessary to find the bad guy. However, our current government has identified you and me as the “bad guy,” so how we can be for it if the system be against us? This will continue to be an issue of grave importance and a matter of thoughtful prayer and consideration.