Radio interview

My interview on Generation Radio with Kevin Swanson regarding my book on Mormonism is now live.

Click on the sermon audio link to listen to the program. There is some news and introductory material first.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=31517252251

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The Religion That Started in a Hat

mormon-cover-flatlrThis blog is for readers of my book to post comments and reviews.

For information and how to buy the book, go to:

http://thereligionthatstartedinahat.com/

PDF of front and back cover of the book with hyperlinks

The book will be for sale January 31st, 2017!

God Bless,

Jack Kettler

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By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission A review by Jack Kettler

By The People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission
by Charles Murray
Crown Forum, New York

Charles Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His first work was published in 1984, Losing Ground and in 2012, Coming Apart.

What others are saying:

“By the People is a study in contradictions. It is simultaneously depressing and inspiring, technical and profound, infuriating and charming, but always compelling. Charles Murray plays the role of a liberty-loving Lenin asking the question, ‘What is to be done?’ To this end, he offers a practical guide to repairing our broken constitutional order. It is that rarest of books: a populist manifesto grounded in fact and logic.” – Jonah Goldberg

“A road map to recapture true American exceptionalism. With passion, brilliance, and a keen sense of the radical essence of what America means, Murray dismisses what passes for political debate today and offers an audacious plan to restore the liberty our founders bequeathed to us.” – Edward Crane, president emeritus, Cato Institute

“Liberty without permission? Selective civil disobedience? I’m in! At first I balked, but Murray makes a convincing case that a Madison Fund might scrape away the sclerosis of the suffocating state. As usual, his original arguments expand the way I think. When law is so complex that it’s indistinguishable from lawlessness, when the tax code is 4 million words long, something like systematic disobedience is badly needed.” – John Stossel

By The People is logically divided into three parts:

Part 1 Coming To Terms With Where We Stand
Part 2 Opening a New Front
Part 3 A Propitious Moment

In part I, Murray chronicles our broken Constitution, and our lawless legal system to lay the ground work for what follows. Murray notes; “Civil law that is sufficiently arbitrary and capricious is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (36) He follows with; “Law that is sufficiently complex in indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (37) He continues; “Law that is sufficiently discretionary is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (41) And finally he says; “Law that permits the state to take private property without compensation, or to force the transfer of private property to other private individuals, is indistinguishable from lawlessness.” (44)

In part II Murray sets forth and lays down ground rules for selective civil disobedience. He creatively comes up with a workable reasonable way to capitalize on public support to engage in selective resistance to bureaucratic over reach and tyranny. Establishing what he calls the Madison fund is a concrete effective way to fund resistance to fed gov tyranny. While it is true the fed gov has deep pockets, Murray demonstrates that each fed gov regulatory agency has limited resources when coming to number of attorneys. (142) This means there are limits to how many cases an agency like the EPA can try and prosecute. Murray’s proposals are well thought out and clearly within the tradition of the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification.

In part III Murray provides hope for a return to relief from bureaucratic tyrannical overreach.

In Murray’s work you will learn how far our government is systemically broken. We’ve all heard about legislation and how it could not make it out of committee or the speaker or majority leader will not allow a bill come up for a vote. Murray introduces the reader to the corrupt practice of the “tollbooth” and how it works. (93) In short, no legislation moves without money being extorted to fund political campaigns. This happens no matter which party is in power.

In addition, Murray demonstrates how persuasive and corrupt the lobbying system works and how it is near to impossible to reform. When moving from a congressional staff position into lobbyist work is called “cashing in.” (92) Out of touch politicians have no incentive to reform this corruption because they believe that cannot attract quality staffers unless they have the opportunity making a financial killing by working for foreign interests instead of American interests.

This book is truly and eye opener. It certainly deserves wide distribution since it provides serious proposals to reclaim liberty. That battle will not be easy since in the words of Milton Friedman: “Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.”

Mr. Kettler is the owner of the website Undergroundnotes where his political and theological articles can be read.

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An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints

An Earnest Plea to Latter-day-Saints
http://www.lds.video/

This video/streaming presentation is much more than a Presbyterian response to the accusation of Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church that the Presbyterian Church was not true.

This presentation is a thorough-going penetration and analysis of Mormon theology with a careful meticulous response to Mormon truth claims.

The presentation is divided into two logical parts:

Part One: An examination of the History of the Mormon Church. In this section, polygamy is covered along with blacks and the priesthood, prophecies, the Mormon war in Missouri and Mountain Meadow Massacre.

Part Two: An examination of the LDS and the Bible. In this section, the doctrine of the Godhead and the doctrine of salvation are covered, along with the last judgement and the false restored gospel of Mormonism.

This the finest video/streaming presentation on Mormonism I have ever seen. It most certainly deserves wide distribution and viewing. The biblical references used in this presentation to counter Mormon claims, clearly expose and refute the false gospel of Mormonism. This presentation would be perfectly suited for an adult Sunday School class or preparation material for those with a burden to share the good news with the LDS people.

This presentation was produced by Christ Presbyterian Church, A Congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City, Utah. If the reader is ever in Salt Lake City on the Lord’s Day, they would be blessed to attend Christ Presbyterian Church for worship.

Christ Presbyterian Church website:
http://www.gospelutah.org/home.html

Christ Presbyterian Church sponsored debates:
http://www.gospelutah.org/debates.html

The Ancient Paths website; a gold mine of information:
http://www.ancientpaths.tv

A review by Jack Kettler, Author of The Religion That Started in A Hat: A Reference Manual for Christians Who Witness to Mormons.

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Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016)

Jeff Beck; The Legend, Still Standing Strong: Loud Hailer (2016) a review by Jack Kettler

Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born 24 June 1944) now 72 is an English rock guitarist. In Beck’s early career he formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. In March of 1965, Beck joined The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton as the lead guitar player.

The musical genres Beck has mastered are: Pop/Rock; Blues; Jazz; Fusion. He is a true guitar virtuoso. Not only is Beck a virtuoso on the guitar, he is superior auto hot rod mechanic and builder. See his crazy about cars (2 parts). Today, many of Jeff’s musical contemporaries can barely stand up, yet Beck is standing strong and is good as ever.

If you are a Beck fan, you will not be disappointed in Jeff’s latest studio recording, Loud Hailer. Jeff has an ability to re-cast himself, break new musical ground and surround himself with fresh faces and extraordinary talent. This is most certainly the case with Beck collaborating with co-guitarist Carmen Vandenberg and on vocals, Rosie Bones. Loud Hailer was produced by Beck, along with Filippo Cimatti. Also appearing on the CD are drummer Davide Sollazzi and bass player Giovanni Pallotti.

Loud Hailer as the title indicates is music to be played loud! Jeff’s masterful guitar wizardry is interspersed throughout the recording and featured front stage and center. Beck is touring the U.S this summer with blues legend Buddy Guy. I have tickets to see him in Denver the first part of August. I hope Rosie and Carmen are with him and they perform some of the material on this recording. I am proud to have Loud Hailer in my music collection.

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The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad

The Reluctant Road Warrior: The adventures of a Silicon Valley engineer in the U.S. and abroad
https://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Road-Warrior-adventures-engineer/dp/1523900075?ie=UTF8&qid=1467474519&ref_=la_B00WT8E430_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1
By Dan P. Bullard
San Bernardino, CA
ISBN-13: 978-1523900077
A review by Jack Kettler

Having done a fair amount of business traveling, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

First off, a little respecting Mr. Bullard’s resume. Mr. Bullard has worked in the Automated Electronic Test business. He has written programs in C, C++, Pascal and other languages that test devices such as Op Amps, V/F convertors, MEMS accelerometers, PC Video chips (RAMDACs, Video Accelerators, etc), automotive chips and wireless devices like TV tuners. He has specialized in analog and mixed signal testing, memory tests, analog with laser trim and RF test as well as plain old digital test. Mr. Bullard is an award winning technical instructor for many years before doing programming. In addition, Mr. Bullard is a patented inventor.

Mr. Bullard’s book while covering several technical issues remains easily readable to those not familiar with Silicon Valley technology. The book is informative on the global competition and network of high tech engineering companies. What makes this book uniquely special are the entertaining stories of travel, hotels, restaurants, good food, bad food, work colleagues, conflicts challenges and successes.

Mr. Bullard is semi-retired, enjoying life exploring the Columbia River in a houseboat. Mr. Bullard lives free, everyday. If you need a break from your normal reading schedule, do yourself a favor and enjoy this book.

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Who are the Good Followers of Mohammad?

Who are the Good Followers of Mohammad? By Jack Kettler

A true Muslim and one who represent true Islam, are ones who follows and obeys Allah’s words from the Koran completely. In Islam, the prophet Muhammad is the greatest example for the faithful to follow. It is a basic principle of Islam to please Allah that a Muslim must follow the example of the prophet Mohammad.

He [Mohammad] demonstrated good examples in all aspects of life, Allah says: ‘You have indeed in the Apostle of Allah a beautiful pattern of (conduct) for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Final Day and who engages much in the praise of Allah.’ (Koran, 33:21)

The astute reader will notice the fallacy of circular reasoning at the foundation of Koranic thinking.

How does a Muslim know how to be a good Muslim? Consider:

Those who deny Allah and His Messenger and those who seek to separate Allah from His messenger saying, “We believe in some, but reject others,” therefore seeking a middle ground, these are truly unbelievers. And for the unbelievers We have prepared a disgraceful punishment. But those who believe in Allah and His messenger and make no distinction between them, they will be rewarded by Him. Allah is forgiving and merciful! (Koran 4:150)

You have an excellent example in Allah’s Messenger for those of you who put your hope in Allah and the Last Day and who praise Allah continually. And when the believers saw the confederates they said, “This is what Allah and His Messenger promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth,” and this served to increase their faith and devotion. (Koran 33:21)

In light of the above two citations from the Koran one can ascertain, the Prophet Muhammad is the perfect leader and it is the obligation of every Muslim to imitate him. The faithful follower is “to make no distinction Allah and His messenger.”

So it is natural for a Muslim to ask: what did Mohammad do, or what would Mohammad do? If Muhammad practiced it and Muhammad is the perfect example of Allah, the conclusion is, the good Muslim must follow Mohammad’s example.

Jesus said: Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

In a similar way, we learn from the following verses i the Koran what is expected of the faithful Muslim:

The punishment for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and strive after corruption, making mischief in the land is murder, execution, crucifixion, the cutting off of hands and feet on opposite sides, or they should be imprisoned. That is their degradation and disgrace in this world. And a great torment of an awful doom awaits them in the hereafter. Except for those who repent (and become Muslims) before you overpower them and they fall into your control. (Koran 5:33)

Believers, take not Jews and Christians for your friends. They are but friends and protectors to each other. (Koran 5:5)

Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’ (Koran 8:7)

So fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief ) and all submit to the religion of Allah alone (in the whole world). (Koran 8:39)

The infidels should not think that they can get away from us. Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them. They are your enemy and Allah’s enemy. (Koran 8:59)

Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war. (Koran 9:5)

Fight those who do not believe until they all surrender, paying the protective tax in submission. (Koran 9:29)

Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you. (Koran 9:123)

When you clash with the unbelieving Infidels in battle (fighting Jihad in Allah’s Cause), smite their necks until you overpower them, killing and wounding many of them. At length, when you have thoroughly subdued them, bind them firmly, making (them) captives. Thereafter either generosity or ransom (them based upon what benefits Islam) until the war lays down its burdens. Thus are you commanded by Allah to continue carrying out Jihad against the unbelieving infidels until they submit to Islam. (Koran 47:4)

The modern day media is constantly droning on about moderate and radical Muslims. This distinction completely misses the point when trying to understand Islam. The real question is, who are faithful or unfaithful followers of Allah and his prophet Mohammad?

The doctrine of abrogation:

Another thing the present day media miss in understanding Islam is their doctrine of abrogation.

Basically what this means when dealing with Koranic teaching is that when the two passages are in dispute, the later takes precedence. The earlier passages would still be true, but the more recent takes priority.

The moderate or peaceful Koranic passages occur before Mohammad conquered Mecca. When Mohammad was at a disadvantage, he made treaties and alliances and spoke of peace and tolerance. After he became more powerful he began uttering the verses of the sword and went back or broke his alliances. Some Muslim get stuck in earlier parts of the Koran, while other keep reading and find instruction for war against the infidels.

What about taqiyya in Islam?

Lying to non-believers that are permitted, which is known as taqiyya. This typically is to advance the cause of Islam for the purpose of gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Some examples:

“…Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters…” The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway. (Koran 9:3)

A man is introduced as a believer, but one who had to “hide his faith” among those who are not believers. (Koran 40:28)
And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers. The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means ‘deceit’. (Koran 3:54)

If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for saying that Muslims are not allowed to be deceitful and lie.
The so-called moderate or peaceful Muslims are basically irrelevant in the war that being waged against the non-Muslim world by the so-called radical Muslims. The moderate Muslims for a large part are just by-standers. This is not an unusual phenomena. In the past, not all Germans were Nazis. The problem is not with the by-standers, they are not trying to kill us. And for the most part, the Muslim by-standers do nothing to stop the faithful followers of Mohammad.

For those threatened by followers of Mohammad, what do we do?

For non-Muslims or so-called infidels in American the problem is political Sharia Islam, which is a subversive ideology and falls under the constitutional warning to be on guard against enemies both foreign and domestic. As an enemy by its very nature, its goal is to subvert constitutional freedoms in the Bill of Rights and install a foreign legal system. For example, Sharia law forbids anyone to speak ill of the false prophet of Islam under penalty of death. How will that work with the 1st Amendment? Therefore, Sharia Islam should be banned and its adherents expelled from the country.

We are facing the determined evil from evil men. Let’s consider the following thoughts:

According the Egyptian Press, narcissist Barry Soetoro (a.k.a. Barack Obama) is a member of the the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization. Many members of the Muslim Brotherhood are a part of His administration. His brother, Malik Obama, is an investment advisor for the Muslim Brotherhood.
“The Muslim Brotherhood builds Islamic Centers across America to be the “axis” of their Movement to “supply (their ) battalions.” These Centers are not simply places of worship. On the contrary their own documents say it is a place for all activity surrounding the Muslim Brotherhood’s mission here and the place from which they will launch their military assault at “Zero Hour.”1

1. John Guandolo, “Jihadi Raising a Jihadi Generation: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in America,” (Kepanto Publishing, Vienna, Virginia), p. 21. This information should at the very minimum, warrant a Congressional investigation.

Some interesting thoughts and descriptions of Islam:

“Mahomet established a religion by putting his enemies to death; Jesus Christ by commanding his followers to lay down their lives.” – Blaise Pascal

“I would never regard Islam with anything but horror and fear because it is fundamentally committed to conquering the world for Islam… it is, I think, best described in a Marxian way as the uniting and justifying ideology of Arab imperialism. Between the New Testament and the Qur’an there is (as it is customary to say when making such comparisons) no comparison. Whereas markets can be found for books on reading the Bible as literature, to read the Qur’an is a penance rather than a pleasure. There is no order or development in its subject matter…. The Prophet, though gifted in the arts of persuasion and clearly a considerable military leader, was both doubtfully literate and certainly ill-informed about the contents of the Old Testament and about several matters of which God, if not even the least informed of the Prophet’s contemporaries, must have been cognizant… one thing I’ll say in this comparison is that, for goodness sake, Jesus is an enormously attractive charismatic figure, which the Prophet of Islam most emphatically is not.” – former atheist, Anthony Flew

“Islam was not a torch, as has been claimed, but an extinguisher. Conceived in a barbarous brain for the use of a barbarous people, it was – and it remains – incapable of adapting itself to civilization. Wherever it has dominated, it has broken the impulse towards progress and checked the evolution of society.” – Andre Servier

“If the people of this religion [Islam] are asked about the proof for the soundness of their religion, they flare up, get angry and spill the blood of whoever confronts them with this question. They forbid rational speculation, and strive to kill their adversaries. This is why truth became thoroughly silenced and concealed.” – Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi

“I studied the Quran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

“How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property—either as a child, a wife, or a concubine—must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die. But the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science—the science against which it had vainly struggled—the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” – Winston Churchill

Mohammad instructs his faithful followers:

Make war on the infidels who dwell around you. (Sura 9:123, 66:9)
Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day. (Sura 9:29)
Strike off the heads of infidels in battle. (Sura 47:4)
If someone stops believing in Allah, kill him. (al-Bukhari 9:84:57)
Never be a helper to the disbelievers. (Sura 28:86)
Kill the disbelievers wherever we find them. (Sura 2:191)

In contrast, the words of Jesus:

If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to them the other. (Matthew 5:39)
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. (Matthew 5:44)
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (Matthew 5:7)
Blessed are the peacemakers. (Matthew 5:9)
Forgive and you shall be forgiven. (Matthew 6:14)
Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. (Luke 6:27-36)

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Mr. Kettler is the owner of http://www.Undergroundnotes.com web site where his theological, philosophical and political articles can be read.

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