Jihad Report: Congress to Investigate Obama Scheme
Investigation to focus on Rhodes, senior Obama officials
Adam Kredo The Washington Free Beacon December 20, 2017
Lawmakers are launching an investigation into Obama-era efforts to thwart a longstanding U.S. investigation into the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, according to multiple congressional officials and insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
The Obama administration worked behind the scenes to thwart a decade-long Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into Hezbollah and its highly lucrative drug trade in Latin America, according to a report in Politico. These officials are believed to have run interference on the investigation in order to avoid upsetting Iran and jeopardizing the landmark nuclear accord.
Senior Obama officials in the Treasury and Justice Departments are said to have undermined the DEA’s investigation at multiple junctures in order to avoid angering Hezbollah’s patron Iran, which could have jeopardized the landmark nuclear agreement.
Congress is now taking steps to formally investigate the reports, which multiple sources described to the Free Beacon as part of a larger Obama administration effort to overlook Iran’s global terror operations in order to cement the nuclear deal…
Clarion Project Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Clarion Project’s National Security Analyst and Shillman Fellow Prof. Ryan Mauro reacts to the explosive Politico story about how the Obama Administration’s impeded counter-terrorism investigations into Hezbollah in order to protect the nuclear deal with Iran…
Clarion Project Tuesday, December 19, 2017
CIA Director Mike Pompeo met on Monday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Mohammed Bin Salman has made a slew of changes in Saudi Arabia since becoming crown prince, most notably pledging to eradicate extremism in Saudi Arabia. Rumors have been flying that King Salman intends to abdicate in favor of his son during his lifetime.
For the current Saudi leadership, like many neighboring Sunni states, the number one enemy is Iran. This has been compounded since the Iran Deal made by the Obama administration, which saw Iran gain regional influence at the expense of America’s Arab allies. As a result, Saudi Arabia is moving closer to its old enemy Israel, as mutual fears of the ayatollahs prompt a re-evaluation of national priorities.
A recent Saudi video showed a simulation of Saudi forces conquering Tehran and capturing a terrified Major-General Qassem Suleimani, one of Iran’s top generals.
The Trump administration has been vocal about its goal of reigning in Iran. In October, the president refused to certify that Iran is keeping the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iran deal), pushing the issue off to Congress to strengthen the deal. Since Congress has not acted on the deal, the matter will return to Trump in January. At that time, he will need to decide whether to tear up the deal or not.
National Security Adviser H.R. MacMaster and Pompeo have also warned about Iran’s growing influence, especially in Syria. Pompeo’s presence in Saudi Arabia may indicate bilateral coordination on the issue of Iran…
Clarion Project Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Iran officially introduced a new ballistic missile the Islamic Republic says is not detectable by radar. Ballistic missiles can be used to deliver nuclear warheads. The missile, dubbed the Zulfiqar, was unveiled December 17, at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, according to the Iranian Fars News Agency.
According to Shiite tradition, the Zulfiqar was the legendary sword of Ali ibn Abi Talib given to him by Islam’s prophet Mohammed, his cousin and son-in-law. Ali was also the fourth caliph of Islam and the first imam of Shiite Islam. According to tradition, the sword was given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel.
The missile’s range is reportedly between 435-466 miles (700-750 kilometers) and uses solid, conventional fuels. It is 29 feet (8.86 meters) long with a two-foot diameter (61 centimeters) and weighs 992 pounds (450 kilograms). (It) is part of the generation of Fateh missiles, which Iran claims are highly accurate and can negate electronic waves used to divert missiles from their targets. (It) was used by the Revolutionary Guards to destroy ISIS sites in Deir ez-Zor in Syria in June…
Clarion Project Sunday, December 17, 2017
While executives from U.S.-aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing jet off to Iran next week to pursue multi-billion dollar deals, members of Congress, who have evidence that commercial planes have been used in the past for illicitly transporting arms and fighters across the Middle East, are stunned, reported The Washington Free Beacon.
“The reports of Boeing and Airbus executives traveling to Tehran to sell aircraft to the Iranian regime’s airliner are outrageous,” Rep. Peter Roskam told the Free Beacon. “In the past month, IRGC-backed forces have threatened to attack U.S. forces in Iraq, and Iran’s military leadership has threatened Europe with ballistic missiles.
“No American company should be doing business with this regime, let alone be selling militarily-fungible jets to the terror-supporting transport-arm of the IRGC.”
Roskam was behind the provision in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act which required the government to provide Congress with an annual report detailing Iran’s use of commercial aircraft for illicit purposes.
Sen. David Perdue, who was behind the same provision in the Senate, said, “Iran Air has been using their sanctions relief money from Obama’s nuclear deal to fly weapons, material and fighters directly into Syria.”…
Clarion Project Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Political analysts commenting in Iraqi media have cautioned that at least four jihadi groups in the country are poised to take over from the defeated Islamic State. The terror groups are mainly operating in the areas south of Kirkurk and the northern part of the Diyala region. Sources have also not negated the possibility that al-Qaeda is resurfacing in Iraq and that these new groups are part of al-Qaeda.
The foothold these groups are acquiring has been made possible mainly by the withdrawal of Kurdish forces in the Kurdistan region. Armed Kurdish units were forced to withdraw by the overpowering Iraqi army in the aftermath of the Kurdish vote for independence at the end of September 2017. Fighting alongside the Iraqi army were the Popular Mobilization Forces, or Hashd al-Shaabi, Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militias hostile to the Kurds. The militias entered areas where sizable parts of the population were Shiite and burned the houses of the Kurds, causing the Kurds to flee.
American experts, who are also aware of the situation on the ground, warn that these new terror groups are no less dangerous than ISIS. At present, these groups are conducting attacks almost daily at checkpoints and small army bases in the region in addition to perpetrating numerous kidnappings on the roads. The groups are…
Elliot Friedland The Clarion Project Thursday, December 21, 2017
The U.S. Defense Department acknowledged “multiple ground operations” in Yemen for the first time on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Until now, U.S. operations in the country were shrouded in mystery.
“U.S. forces have conducted multiple ground operations and more than 120 strikes in 2017,” U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida, said in a statement.
U.S. military operations in Yemen aim to “disrupt the ability of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS-Yemen to use ungoverned spaces in Yemen as a hub for terrorist recruiting, training and base of operations to export terror worldwide,” the statement continued. Operations have scaled up in Yemen along with the presence of ISIS in the country. The Defense Department believes that ISIS has doubled in size in Yemen…
Juliana Taimoorazy Fox News December 21, 2017
At this time of year American Christians are free to celebrate Christmas in any way they like, because freedom of religion is a cherished right in the U.S. for people of every faith. But in many predominantly Muslim nations in the Middle East, the Christian minority is threatened and persecuted 365 days a year.
As an Assyrian Christian who fled my native Iran in 1989 I know about this harassment and persecution from first-hand experience.
And as the founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council I know about this persecution because of the work my nonprofit does to assist persecuted Christians throughout the Middle East and in other nations where they have taken refuge.
The Iraqi Christian Relief Council has been operating since 2007 and last year alone we helped 110,000 displaced Christians. We offer food and medicine, job training, home rebuilding and other services. With more support, we could help many more Christians.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit the Middle East in January. His visit would be a good time to speak up about the persecution that his fellow Christians endure and to press nations to do more to protect the Christian minority in the region where the faith first took root some 2,000 years ago…
As is usual with the Mainstream Media…
…the Muslim identity of the man is concealed…
The print story doesn’t describe the attacker in any way…
One has to watch the video to find out that he is a Somali…
…and then figure out that 99.9% of Somalis are Muslim… Dave
ABC Channel 5 Eyewitness News December 20, 2017
A Minneapolis woman who was stabbed 14 times while walking to her Uptown home said she is doing better and is focused on helping police catch her attacker. Twenty-six-year-old Morgan Evenson said she was attacked Dec. 13 while walking home from her job at the Apple store on Hennepin Avenue.
Evenson told KSTP she struggled with her attacker at the corner of 32nd Street and Fremont Avenue and she considers herself lucky to be alive: “It was horrifying, because I could feel something that felt like it was stinging me, but it was him stabbing me… Doctor’s told me I had 14 wounds that needed stitches, including a lacerated kidney.”…
Neil Munro Breitbart News 20 Dec 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested Tuesday he will only bring an immigration bill to the Senate floor if it matches President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. The proposed re-alignment with Trump and his populist supporters was included in a Wednesday statement by McConnell, and undercut retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake’s claim on earlyWednesday that McConnell had agreed to an amnesty vote in January…
McConnell’s statement also shuts down Democrats’ promise to their ethnic lobbies that they will push the huge DREAM Act amnesty in January. Their DREAM Act amnesty would provide a no-strings amnesty to 3.25 million illegals, and put them on a fast track to welfare, grants, and voting rights. The DREAM Act would also deliver residency to millions of the illegals’ relatives, including the illegal-immigrant parents who brought them into the United States. The DREAM Act amnesty would cost taxpayers at least $26 billion in just the first 10 years, according to a December 15 report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The “Secure Act” touted by McConnell is being led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, in cooperation with Texas Sen. John Cornyn and the two authors of the RAISE Act, Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotten and Georgia Sen. David Perdue. Grassley’s SECURE Act incorporates the RAISE Act which would end chain-migration and the visa lottery.
If chain-migration is ended, immigration will fall by roughly 50 percent. That change would help push up wages for Americans and help get nine million sidelined Americans into jobs. The change would also slow the nation’s politically chaotic slide into diversity and cultural conflict, and force Democrats to shift their electoral emphasis from immigrants’ concerns back towards Americans’ priorities. Trump has repeatedly backed the RAISE Act…
Bradford Betz Fox News December 21, 2017
A player for the NBA’s New York Knicks has ignited controversy in his home country, Turkey, with tweets criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A Turkish prosecutor indicted Enes Kanter on Wednesday, calling for him to be jailed for up to four years for insulting Erdogan in a series of tweets from May and June 2016, the state-run news agency Anadolu reported, according to Reuters.
Kanter responded with a tweet that translates to: “I have said less than that honorless (man) deserves. Add another 4 years for me, master.”
Kanter, who has some 526,000 Twitter followers, has previously found himself at odds with the Turkish government. Earlier this year, the government revoked Kanter’s passport and issued an arrest warrant for him because of his support for U.S.-based imam Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen, who has been accused of playing a pivotal in the failed Turkish coup of July 2016, has been living in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999 and denies any involvement in the attempted coup.
In May, Kanter was detained at a Romanian airport for several hours after authorities learned his passport had been revoked. He was eventually allowed to return to the U.S., where he gave a press conference in which he described Erdogan as the “Hitler of our century.”…
Ran Meir The Clarion Project Thursday, December 21, 2017
Away from the watchful eyes of the world media and under the guise of attending a conference in Mauritania, prominent members of the international Muslim Brotherhood will meet openly on Friday, December 22, 2017, for the first time since the downfall of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s failed president from the Brotherhood’s party.
Even though the terror organization Hamas allegedly separated from the Brotherhood, it will be represented at the three-day meeting by group’s top official in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, a well-known member of Hamas’ politburo. Turkey will also send representatives from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (the AKP). Other Muslim Brotherhood political parties and organizations will attend from Kuwait, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mali, Senegal and other locations in Africa.
The ostensible conference the Brotherhood members will attend is the annual rally for the Reform and Development Party in Mauritania, or Tewassoul, the Brotherhood affiliate in the African nation.
Speaking to Albawabh News, Tarik Al-Bashabishi, a former member of the Brotherhood, commented on the unusual meeting, saying the fact that the Brotherhood is gathering in Mauritania means they are not able to hold such a meeting in any of their home countries. The Brotherhood doesn’t dare hold meetings in Qatar right now because of Qatar’s crisis with the Arab countries, Bashabishi added. Turkey is also not an option, as the Brotherhood wishes to remain out of the spotlight. He noted that Mauritania is a thus good option for the Brotherhood, as it is far from the eyes of the international media and offers a place where high-level members of the Brotherhood can freely move about and discuss how to get the Brotherhood out of its current crisis.
He expected the first thing on their agenda will be the crisis caused by U.S. President Donald Trump when he recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Bashabishi said this current issue is perfect for the Brotherhood to cynically leverage for popular support to rejuvenate the organization…
There may be times when we have interests that align with certain Islamic nations…
…but we can never be true allies…
The same cannot be said about Israel…
…which is in no way a threat to the United States or the West, nor ever will be…
Our relationship with Saudi Arabia has always been awkward…
…and sooner or later it will become much more so… Dave
Conor Beck The Washington Free Beacon December 21, 2017
King Salman of Saudi Arabia assured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday that Saudi Arabia continues to support Palestinian claims to Jerusalem.
King Salman reiterated his support for “the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital city,” the Associated Pressreported.
Abbas’s visit to Riyadh, where the meeting with King Salman was held, came a week after heads of state of Muslim countries met in Turkey to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinians and Turks are accusing the U.S. of intimidation after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned the U.S. “will be taking names” during a vote on condemning the Trump administration’s Jerusalem announcement.
Trump has aligned his administration with Saudi Arabia, though it sharply and quickly criticized his Jerusalem decision…
UN approves resolution condemning US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital
128 member states of the UN General Assembly voted against America…
Good! We are going to save ourselves so much aid money…
…especially when it comes to Turkey, Yemen, and the rest of the Islamic world…
The most laughable part of this vote is when Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs accused the U.S. of bullying…
…simply because we’re deciding for ourselves where we spend our money…
The real bullies are the countries that try to tell the U.S. where it can put its embassy…
…which is none of their business… Dave
Andrew O’Reilly Fox News December 21, 2017
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted on Thursday to condemn President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 128 member states of the UNGA voted to condemn Trump’s move, with just seven other states joining the U.S. and Israel in voting against the resolution. There were 35 abstentions.
The vote was taken shortly after the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, issued a strong warning to states who support the resolution — reminding the General Assembly of the financial aid Washington provides to both the UN and many member states.
“We will remember it when we are called upon once again to make the world’s largest contribution to the United Nations,” she said. “And we will remember when so many countries come calling on us, as they so often do, to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley added that Thursday’s vote “will make a difference on how Americans look at the U.N. and on how we look at countries who disrespect us in the U.N., and this vote will be remembered.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by Turkey, chair of the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and Yemen, chair of the Arab Group at the U.N.
Haley’s threats — both on the floor of the General Assembly and on Twitter — drew sharp criticism from supporters of the resolution, who accused the U.S. of intimidation.
“This is bullying,” Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. “It is unethical to think that our votes are for sale.”
Çavuşoğlu added that the U.S. “may be strong, but that does not make you right.”
Trump’s decision, which he announced earlier this month during a speech ordering the State Department to begin moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, rankled many in the global community. Critics worry that the president’s words will inflame tensions throughout the Middle East and doom any hope of a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians for control of Jerusalem…
With Justin Trudeau, Canada stands with the Islamists against America…
Canada Decides to Abstain from, not Oppose, Anti-American Vote at UN: Canada abstained Thursday from a U.N. General Assembly resolution criticizing the United States for recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and for deciding to move its embassy there.
The Prime Minister believes reformed Jihadists will help prevent radicalization.
Emily Zanotti The Daily Wire December 21, 2017
In a year-end interview with one of Canada’s state television networks, CTV, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that he believes returning Jihadists — like those ISIS members headed back to Canada after losing the fight abroad — can be rehabilitated into “powerful” voices against radicalism within Canada.
To say that’s wishful thinking, well, that might just be an understatement.
Now that ISIS is nearly 98% defeated — a product of an increased offensive line against the Jihadists in Iraq and elsewhere — Canada anticipates that some of their departed brethren who left to join in the fight for the Caliphate, will return to their motherland. Unlike the United States, apparently, Canada plans on welcoming the ones who claim to be reformed back with open arms.
And Trudeau thinks that’s a good thing.
Given the magnitude of what the imam said, this is a mere slap on the wrist…
It has no deterrent value… The Imam is being punished by his mosque for getting caught…
New Jersey Imam Who Called for Death to Jews Gets One Month Suspension: A Jersey City imam was suspended after delivering a sermon in which he called for the death of Jews, calling on Allah to “kill them down to the very last one.”
The same anti-Jewish rants are happening all over the country and the world…
Why? The imams are all reading the same unholy Islamic scriptures… Dave
Clarion Project Thursday, December 21, 2017
A Texan cleric has become the latest American imam to call for Muslims to kill Jews. Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan, founder of the Tajweed Institute of Houston gave the incendiary speech at his mosque on December 8 that has just emerged.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated the video, which was shared and reported on by Algemeiner.
Al-Rousan was objecting to President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move America’s embassy there.
“Judgment day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews,” Sheikh Raed Saleh Al-Rousan thundered, quoting a famous hadith (saying of the Islamic prophet Mohammed.) “The Muslims will kill the Jews, and the Jews will hide behind the stones and the trees, and the stones and the trees will say: Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew hiding behind me, come and kill him, except for the Gharqad tree, which is one of their trees.”
“The hour [i.e. Judgment Day] will not start until Muslims fight the Jews there, in Palestine. And they know that fact. And the Muslims will have the victory.”
Earlier in the speech he said Jews “killed the prophets and the messengers of Allah” and altered the Torah. He also accused Jews of having no connection to the land of Israel.
Al-Rousan is a Jordanian national who arrived in the United States in 2007. He founded the Tajweed Institute “to spread the skills of Tajweed [proper recitation of the Qur’an] to all Muslims, young and old.”…
Tillerson signed U.S.-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding in July after Arab powers severed ties
Natalie Johnson The Washington Free Beacon December 21, 2017
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are demanding the Trump administration provide greater transparency of an agreement brokered between the United States and Qatar to combat terrorism financing in the Gulf state.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to Doha in July to sign the U.S.-Qatar Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) just one month after several Arab powers severed ties with Qatar over alleged support for Iran and Islamist terrorist groups.
Members of Congress have lamented the deal’s secrecy and are calling on the State Department to declassify the document.
“I read the letter and didn’t believe that the letter contained anything that shouldn’t be made transparent and readily available to the American people,” Rep. Jim Banks (R., Ind.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday. “If the MOU is made transparent and public, Congress would be able to more effectively and objectively measure the progress of the agreement.”
In a letter to Tillerson on Dec. 14, Banks joined three other lawmakers to urge the State Department to reconsider the classification of the agreement so Congress can better assess Qatar’s compliance…
Jeff Sessions Says It’s Not Over and Reportedly Orders a Fresh Look Into Hillary and Uranium One: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reportedly opening up an investigation into the Uranium One deal. He is asking the investigators from the previous investigation to explain their findings to see if there is any real criminality connecting Bill and Hillary Clinton and other government employees.
Rand Paul is no friend of President Trump… Their relationship got very tense during the primaries…
For him to speak out on Trump’s behalf, there would have to be a good reason, and there is… Dave
Kristina Wong Breitbart News 21 Dec 2017
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Thursday called for an investigation about “high ranking Obama government officials” who might have worked together to stop the election of President Trump: “Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!”…
Paul’s call adds a high-profile voice to the chorus of Republicans who are calling for a special counsel to investigate whether Obama officials tried to stop Trump’s election, in the face of mounting evidence.
So far, congressional investigators have found out that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for the Trump dossier, through their law firm Perkins Coie. Clinton campaign and DNC officials have denied knowing about it. Perkins Coie initially denied funding the dossier, before they were forced to admit it after the House intelligence committee subpoenaed for financial records.
The dossier was then given to the FBI in the summer, when the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign began, and when it applied for a surveillance warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Congressional investigators are finding out whether the dossier — an unconfirmed piece of anti-Trump opposition research — was used as evidence to launch the investigation and get a spy warrant.
There are also reports that the FBI reached an agreement to pay the dossier author, Christopher Steele, and did end up reimbursing some of his expenses. Steele reportedly paid some of his sources, including Russian intelligence officials. So far, the dossier’s accusations of collusion have not been verified.
Also during that time, over at the Justice Department, a senior DOJ official, former associate deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, met with the dossier author and Fusion GPS, the firm that produced the dossier. In addition, his wife Nellie began working for Fusion GPS. Ohr reportedly obscured those connections from his superiors at the DOJ until recently, resulting in a demotion.
Around that same time, senior FBI official Peter Strzok — who played a major role on the Clinton email investigation, watered down language that exonerated her from wrongdoing, and signed off on the FBI’s initial Russia probe — discussed in deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s office the possibility of Trump’s election. “I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” he had texted another FBI official with whom he was having an extramarital affair. He was later assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel, but was removed in July over those and hundreds of other anti-Trump texts…
Parody? Not as much as we would like to think…
What this story does is point out the absurdities we accept from Islam’s defenders…
…which would be laughable in any other context…
Americans must come to realize that there is fundamentally no difference between…
…killing someone according to the Aztec religion to make the sun rise…
…and killing someone according to Sharia law to prevent them from blaspheming against Allah or Muhammad…
…let alone killing someone because they tried to escape the faith…
…which is the telltale sign of a dangerous cult… Dave
Elliot Friedland The Clarion Project Thursday, December 21, 2017
An Aztec sacrifice. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
The following is a fictional interview with Barry Braiselthwaite, High Priest of the Reconstituted Temple of Huizilopochtli. Barry grew up in Des Moines, Iowa in a Pentecostal family but was dissatisfied with the religion of his birth. After a bad break up sent him on a spiritual journey, he found Huizilopochtli in the late 1990s. He moved to southern Arizona to attend the prestigious Quezelcoatl Seminary and entered the clergy in 2002. Since then he has moved through the ranks, becoming High Priest of the Reconstituted Temple in 2009. He is frequently in the media defending his religion against bigotry and has been published in Slate, The New York Times, The Guardian and Al Jazeera.
Who is Huizilopochtli? Huizilopochtli, the Turquoise Prince, Our Lord, may his strength endure forever, is the Aztec god of the Sun and of war. His name in Nuahatl means Resuscitated Hummingbird Warrior of the South and when he visits the earth he takes the form of an eagle. We, his followers, are the People of the Sun.
Why does he need hearts freshly cut from the chests of sacrificial human offerings? If he doesn’t get his hearts, the Turquoise Prince will lack the strength to lift the sun into the sky in the morning. Obviously this is a big deal because then the endless night will overtake the world and there will be nothing but coldness and darkness. No one wants that to happen. That’s why he needs a constant diet of blood for those who sacrifice themselves for his sake, to keep him strong.
Those who give themselves to our lord in this way are “the eagle’s people” and after death will live forever as hummingbirds by his throne. It’s actually an honor to be sacrificed to him.
Illustration of a sacrifice. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
This sounds like you actually cut out people’s hearts. Do you? Not at all! Huizilopochtli is a god of peace. Even though he is a god of war, he’s the god of war in self defense, which is a legitimate way to preserve peace. There are a lot of people who are prejudiced against the Turquoise Prince who always want to delegitimize and slander us by repeating the unfounded slur that we want to cut out people’s hearts. We are the victims of a vicious media campaign and we call on all Americans to stand up for our constitutionally-guaranteed rights of freedom of religion.
However, I am grateful for this opportunity to debunk some common myths. Let me take a common example. There’s a moment at the height of our ceremonies, when the drummers are drumming their loudest where the priest (usually me) screams “cut out of the heart of the sacrificial offering!” The congregation responds by chanting “blood for the blood god!” This should not be taken literally.
It’s the soul-energy of a person that nourishes our god, not the physical heart per se. No one is physically sacrificed. Instead, selected devotees lie on the altar and offer themselves to Huizilopochtli. He then absorbs their hearts over the course of the ritual as they sublimate themselves to him. It’s actually a very powerful and moving experience. I invite you to come to a temple service and experience it yourself some time, we are open to all.
Illustrative picture from an Aztec codex. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Surely you acknowledge that historically the Aztecs did cut out the still beating hearts of thousands of prisoners in sacrifices. Is that not true? Were they not true People of the Sun? Yes, the original People of the Sun did do that. But even at that time the spiritual offering of the heart’s energy was more important than cutting open the chests of captives, ripping out their hearts and holding them aloft and draining the blood into the sacred vessels. Those practices were only ever secondary, but in any case are no longer applicable in the modern generation.
Why not? Does Huizilopochtli not really need the physical heart and blood? Did those people die for nothing? No, he does need the blood. Those sacrifices were offered righteously to stave off the endless night.
So what changed? Why does he only need the spiritual energy now but he needed the physical heart before? It’s all about context. Although his teachings are timeless and he himself of course is an immortal deity, the context in this world changes over the centuries. What is suitable for one age is not necessarily suitable for another. How to tell is a matter for the scholars. You have to be able to read and interpret the sacred texts in the original Nuahatl, in accordance with our oral tradition, to explore the depth of this question. We do not have time to go into it in this short interview.
Picture of Huizilopochtli, Aztec sun god. From a contemporary codex. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
If it’s all about context, why do so many young People of the Sun carry portraits of Moctezuma, who personally cut out the hearts of thousands of captives during the inauguration of the Great Temple in Tenochtitlan? Why do they call to restore the original purity of the faith and constitute an ‘Authentic Aztec Government’? Isn’t that going backwards?
You are talking about the ‘New Dawn of the Sun’ movement. They yearn for the days when the People of the Sun were strong and powerful, and not oppressed and marginalized by Western imperialism. Then we had dignity and independence, not like today when we are a despised minority at risk from the increasingly authoritarian and bigoted Trump administration. The reason for this loss of power is complex (and mostly the fault of colonialist militarism) but the ‘New Dawn of the Sun’ feel that if we restored the piety and purity of worship we had in those days, we could regain some of that lost self-respect and respect from others. I don’t support them personally but I can understand their frustrations and motives…
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