Abe cites need for Japan to fully exercise right to collective self-defense



Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Tuesday that Japan should amend the Constitution so as to give the nation power to fully exercise the right to collective self-defense.

Referring to a draft revised constitution presented by his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in April 2012, Abe said the draft is based on the view that Japan “can exercise the right, as guaranteed by international law, to firmly safeguard the lives of the Japanese people.”

Abe was responding to a question by a Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker in a Diet session regarding whether the premier thinks the government should enable the Self-Defense Forces to exercise every right to self-defense, including collectively and individually.

In September last year, Abe’s ruling coalition pushed through the Diet controversial bills that now effectuate a Cabinet decision in July 2014 that year to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense under strict conditions, such as Japan’s survival coming under threat.

Before the legislation, Japan’s previous governments maintained a self-imposed ban on collective self-defense. But after the passing of the new laws, the SDF can now defend the United States or other friendly nations under armed attack when Japan faces “a situation that threatens its survival.”

The legislation limits Japan’s exercising of the right to collective self-defense to cases such as contingencies on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korea poses a threat to the region with its missile and nuclear weapons development, and in the East China Sea where Tokyo is embroiled in a dispute with Beijing over a group of uninhabited islets.

Abe has called for increased public debate about amending the Constitution, saying it will be one of the issues to be highlighted during campaigns for a House of Councillors election this summer.

Specifically, he calls for revising the second paragraph of the war-renouncing Article 9, saying there is a contradiction between the existence of the SDF and a ban on Japan maintaining armed forces.

The second paragraph of the article says, “Land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained.”

The current Constitution has not been altered since its promulgation in November 1946.


Mark Driscoll corrupted Mars Hill’s mission with ‘institutionalised racketeering’, says lawsuit



Mark Driscoll and his chief elder Sutton Turner demonstrated a “pattern of racketeering activity” in how they ran the now-closed Mars Hill Church (MHC), according to a lawsuit filed against them yesterday.

Mars Hill, based in Seattle and formerly one of the largest US megachurches, was hit by waves of scandal leading to its closure at the end of 2014. Its pastor Mark Driscoll was found to have treated staff in a bullying and domineering fashion and to have made inappropriate social media posts. He was also accused of plagiarising parts of his books from other writers. In addition, the church was found to have artificially boosted the sales of Mark and Grace Driscoll’s book on marriage in order to improve its position in the New York Times bestseller list, and is alleged to have used funds donated for missionary work in India and Ethiopia for other causes.

Driscoll started a new church in Phoenix, Arizona, a month ago with backing from prominent evangelical leaders including Robert Morris and Jimmy Evans, two Texas megachurch pastors.


Yesterday’s suit was filed under Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations [RICO] laws designed to tackle racketeering. According to the lawsuit filed on behalf of plaintiffs Brian and Connie Jacobsen and Ryan and Arica Kildea, Driscoll and Turner “engaged in a continuing pattern of racketeering activity by soliciting, through the internet and the mail, contributions for designated purposes, and then fraudulently used significant portions of those designated contributions for other, unauthorized purposes”.

The suit alleges that this was “a pattern of racketeering activity that extended through a myriad of [sic] MHC projects, including the Global Fund, the Campus Fund, the Jesus Festival, and the promotion of Driscoll’s book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together.” It says the behaviour involved “corrupting the very mission Plaintiffs and other donors believed they were supporting”.

It also names the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and its president Dan Busby as co-conspirators, saying they conspired to deceive donors by saying MCH met its criteria when they knew it did not.

The plaintiff’s attorney, Brian Fahling, said: “Driscoll and Turner engaged in a pattern of racketeering activity so deeply embedded, pervasive and continuous, that it was effectively institutionalized as a business practice.”




The saga of Mars Hill and its aftermath is continuing to generate division in the evangelical Christian community as sharp differences emerged in response to Mark Driscoll’s decision to plant a new church.

Perry Noble, pastor of New Spring Church, has spoken warmly about Driscoll’s return to ministry in a video on his Facebook page.

Addressing questions around whether Driscoll should be starting a new church, he cites passages by St Paul from Timothy and Acts: “I’m going to choose to believe in Pastor Mark and Grace as they set out on this endeavour to plant a church.” He says he supports them 100 per cent; Driscoll might have hurt people but so has everyone. He has “learned from it” and has “ministry left in him”, Noble adds.

“Christians are the only army in the world that shoot their wounded,” he continues. “Here’s a man who messed up, made some mistakes, admitted it.” Now Driscoll is “starting over,” Noble says. Christians should stop judging each other and instead pay attention to the billions of people who do not know Jesus. He says he cannot wait to have Driscoll and his wife at his leadership conference and concluded: “The best is yet to come.”


Donald Trump donated $20,000 to group promoting gay pedophilia




Donald Trump gave $20,000 to a homosexual group promoting “fisting” and gay pedophilia.

Donald Trump donated $30,000 to homosexual activists, including a $20,000 grant to an organization that promoted “fisting” to middle school students, recommended books excusing homosexual pedophilia, and proclaimed its mission is “promoting homosexuality” in the public schools to children as early as kindergarten.

According to a 990 form filed with the IRS, the Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $20,000 to the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) in 2012 and another $10,000 to Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

GLSEN recommends children face “saturation” in its viewpoint beginning in kindergarten.

GLSEN’s list of recommended books for middle school-aged children includesseveral titles that minimize or embrace pedophilia.

In Queer 13: Lesbian and Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade, author Justin Chin describes how, as the titular 13-year-old child, he “really did enjoy” the “near-rapes” he experienced from gay adult males.

In Passages of Pride, Kurt Chandler writes about a 15-year-old who is subjected to statutory rape by a “troll” who was “almost twice Dan’s age.” Nonetheless, Chandler wrote, “everything was consensual.”

That outlook shaped Jennings’ interactions with his students. He wrote in his autobiography that in 1988, a 15-year-old boy named “Robertson” told him of having repeated sexual intercourse with an older man in a bus stop restroom. His responsewas only to say, “I hope you knew to use a condom.”

GLSEN came under the greatest scrutiny in 2000 when an undercover recording exposed the sexual advice it gives minors.

In response to a question from the audience, the presenter described “fisting” – a sexual practiced that originated with homosexuals, in which one man inserts his entire fist and sometimes his forearm into another man’s rectum.

Margot Abels, who was an employee of the Massachusetts Department of Education, told the young people that fisting “often gets a really bad rap.” She said it is merely “an experience of letting somebody into your body that you want to be that close and intimate with.” When asked why anyone would ever be interested in such a practice, Abels said it may help “put them into an exploratory mode.”

It isn’t usually about inflicting pain to its recipient, “not that we’re putting that down,” Abels said.

Now, of course, if asked about this Donald Trump might say

a) He doesn’t know anything about the group. He’d have to research it first, like the KKK.

b) His earpiece wasn’t working right the day they asked for a donation.

c) As a businessman, he had to get along with every one, even those promoting gay pedophilia

d) While not approving of the gay pedophilia and fisting, he approves of the other “good work” GLSEN does, liked Planned Parenthood.