Dutch televangelist orders devotees to break with family, friends

Dutch televangelist David Maasbach

David Maasbach is a Dutch Pentecostalist fundamentalist Christian televangelist. On Sundays, he preaches on SBS6 TV network. He inherited a religious business empire from his father Johan Maasbach. The million euro empire includes nine churches in the Netherlands, two in Brazil and one in Switzerland.

The ‘Reverend’ Maasbach calls himself The One Anointed by the Lord, a July 20-6 report by Robin de Wever in the Netherlands says. He preaches that the Last Judgment is near. In these our times, when the End is at hand, Satan is extremely active. The devil tries to undermine obedience to The One Anointed by the Lord, to Maasbach. Even the smallest criticism of Maasbach is supposedly proof that the critic is a tool of Satan.

Robin de Wever interviewed seven ex-Maasbach devotees, who all confirmed that it is Maasbach’s policy that his followers should break with their family and friends; as Maasbach’s cult-like empire is suppossedly their True Family. Eg, Marcel van Dam used to make videos for Maasbach’s empire. When his mother became ill, he wanted to spend less time on the videos as he wanted to care for his mother. David Maasbach considered that rebellion against Jesus and The One Anointed by the Lord. In a sermon, with Van Dam present, he warned against Satan, naming Van Dam as influenced by the devil. Later, Maasbach expelled Van Dam; meaning that people still in the church were banned from talking or any other form of contact with Marcel van Dam.

American religious fundamentalist threatened to murder scientist Stephen Hawking

This video says about itself:

24 September 2014

The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has labeled himself as an atheist, clearly stating that he doesn’t believe God exists at all.

Hawking reportedly made the announcement in an interview at the start of the Starmus Festival taking place at Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

El Mundo, a Spanish newspaper, was able to get an exclusive interview with Hawking and headlined the story with the scientist’s statement about his beliefs.

Hawking is quoted in the interview saying: “What I meant by ‘we would know the mind of God’ is, we would know everything that God would know, if there were a God, which there isn’t. I’m an atheist.”

But this isn’t the first time that Hawking has mentioned his lack of faith in a divine higher power.

In his book entitled The Grand Design, he says that the laws of science are in place and do not require a creator to have started everything.

Hawking has also previously said he doesn’t believe in heaven or an afterlife.

When asked in the interview if he thought space exploration was a good thing to invest billions of dollars in, he said that colonizing other planets might be humanity’s only hope for insurance of our long-term survival.

From daily El Pais in Spain:

US woman held in Tenerife for death threats against Stephen Hawking

“I am right next to you and I can kill you,” read one of the messages sent by the suspect, who traveled to the Spanish island to be near her target

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1 JULY 2016 – 16:55 CEST

Spanish police have arrested an American woman for issuing death threats against the astrophysicist Stephen Hawking at a science event on the island of Tenerife.

The 37-year-old suspect was detained in the municipality of Arona, on the most populous of the Canary Islands, on Wednesday – the same day that Hawking delivered his first lecture at the Starmus International Festival.

The woman, who has no prior record and had traveled to Tenerife by herself, could be facing a six-month prison sentence and immediate deportation for harassment and issuing serious threats against the famous scientist, legal sources told the Efe news agency.

The same sources said that one of the cosmologist’s children alerted authorities after detecting over 100 threatening messages on Twitter and in e-mails on Tuesday. The messages contained sentences such as “I am going to kill him.” …

Police investigators who searched her hotel room found a collection of esoteric items linked to religious extremism and contrary to Hawking’s theories denying the existence of God. They also found notes and documents detailing the scientist’s residence and workplace, and notebooks outlining precise plans on how to approach her target.

Hawking’s Wednesday address had attracted long lines of people at the science and arts festival. The astrophysicist arrived on stage flanked by two members of the Spanish National Police, an unusual sight that caused some alarm among members of the audience. Outside the venue, other officers checked visitors’ bags.

That same day, the police arrested the alleged stalker at a hotel located very near the festival venue, the Pirámide de Arona, which contains one of the biggest auditoriums in Europe.

The woman had apparently been issuing threats against Hawking for years, but the situation got out of hand in recent days, when the threats proliferated over e-mail an in the social media.

“I am going to kill you.” read one of the messages. “I am right next to you and I can kill you,” said another.

The e-mails included specific plans to end the scientist’s life, the police said.

According to this source, the suspect is 41 years old.

According to La Opinión de Tenerife, the suspect is Jenny Theresa C. These names sound Christian to me. If the suspect would have had a Muslim name like Fatima, then probably she would have been all over the Murdoch and other corporate merdia, not just in this Canary Islands local paper.

Fundamentalist Pat Robertson claims Orlando massacre victims ‘deserved it’

This video about a right-wing fundamentalist Christian in the USA says about itself:

Pat Robertson:Let Them Kill Themselves‘ In Jesus Name, Amen

15 June 2016

Today on “The 700 Club,” televangelist Pat Robertson reacted to the massacre at an Orlando gay club by making the absurd claim that liberal LGBT rights advocates have aligned themselves with radical Islamists and are now reaping what they have sowed.

Read more here.

See also here.

Christian fundamentalist schools teach misogyny, homophobia

Textbooks seen by The Independent depict biblical passages and advice among science and maths worksheets (Image from Accelerated Christian Education textbook)

A passage from an Accelerated Christian Education textbook about the role of a 'homemaker' woman

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Christian fundamentalist schools teaching girls they must obey men

Former pupils reveal homosexuality is being taught as unnatural, while Creationism is favoured over evolution in science lessons

Siobhan Fenton

Sunday 5 June 2016

Christian fundamentalist schools are teaching children creationism is fact, that gay people are “unnatural” and that girls must submit to men, according to a series of claims.

Former pupils and whistle-blowers have told The Independent that the schools, which originated in the US but are now dotted around the UK and registered as independent or private schools, teach children at isolated desks separated by “dividers” from other students. It is thought more than a thousand children are being taught at dozens of schools, although little is known about them.

“No one outside the schools knows about what happens inside them, that’s why they’ve been able to go on like this for so long,” a former pupil said.

More than a decade after leaving, she says she is now horrified at the education she received.

Called Accelerated Christian Education schools (ACE), the schools originate from an education system developed in southern Baptist

The Southern Baptist church in the USA originated because white southern Baptists did not like criticism of slavery by northern Baptists.

states in the US which has developed off-shoots around the world including in Britain. Between 20 and 60 pupils aged between four and 18 attend each one.

The Independent can reveal a number of serious concerns have been raised about the schools, including allegations that children are given no formal educational qualifications beyond “Christian certificates”, thereby failing to equip them for opportunities and employment beyond the Church.

Former pupils claim a key aspect of the schools’ ethos comes from a belief in individualistic self-salvation, whereby people must actively accept God’s salvation to enter heaven.

By extension, it is believed that children must teach themselves in order to get closer to God. Children are therefore expected to spend the first half of each school day teaching themselves by reading textbooks in silence, while facing the classroom walls in specially designed booths, which mean they cannot see children around them or interact with them. …

Former pupils say this self-teaching format resulted in poor education standards, with pupils who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia often particularly struggling. A number said they felt socially isolated by the segregated booths and failed to develop social skills by interacting with peers.

One former pupil said: “By the time I left the school, I hadn’t really learnt anything that was of any relevance. I was taught facts and figures from reading the books, but there was no social learning in terms of interaction.”

The textbooks used by the schools have also been criticised for providing allegedly inappropriate material. A number of textbooks seen by The Independent and which are reportedly used in schools appear to include worrying content about gay people, women’s rights and also appear to teach creationism as fact.

One textbook says: “Homosexual, adjective: having unnatural sexual feelings towards one of the same sexHomosexual activity is another of man’s corruptions of God’s plan.

Accelerated Christian Education textbook which former pupils say are used in the schools

Textbooks say of the role of women and girls and society: “God has given both the husband and the wife certain areas of responsibility in the home. The husband is to be the leader of the home, loving his wife even as Christ loved the church… The wife is to obey, respect and submit to the leadership of her husband, serving as a helper to him… She is available all times day or night.”

A section titled ‘Testimony of a Homemaker’ in one textbook reads: “God desires for me to submit to my husband, train up my children, see that my house is properly supplied, pray without ceasing, teach other women to love their husbands and children, and be discreet, pure and a keeper of my home.”

Former pupil Cheryl Povey who attended an ACE school in Bath, said: “I came across a lot of sexism. I remember as a girl finding it quite shocking. We were taught that if you’re a woman, you should be subservient to men; your husband, your pastor and other male figures.

“There was a strong culture of men being revered and women being dangerously sexual and having to cover up. It made me self-conscious of being a woman.”

Dr Pocock said attitudes towards women and ethnic minorities in the ACE curriculum also worried him. He said: “It taught me men were superior to, and should be in charge of, weak women, that the various different ethnic and social groups were ordained by God to have different roles and positions.”

Another textbook warns that anyone who has sex outside marriage “will someday face God’s judgement”.

Other textbooks seen by The Independent, and which the former pupils claim were widely used as part of the curriculum during their time at ACE schools, appear to state creationism as fact and describe evolution as “absurd”.

One biology textbook states: “Although man’s characteristics are unique, evolutionists still insist that man descended from apes. Even from a strictly scientific standpoint, the theory of evolution is absurd. …

Another textbook states as ‘scientific fact’ that the sun is six thousand years old and the world was created in six days.

Former pupil Peter* (name changed to protect identity) said: “A huge amount of time and effort was given over to arguing against evolution and for creation, it’s a fundamental building block of the curriculum. The curriculum is stuck in the past like the rest of the fundamentalist southern Baptist churches it was born out of.”

Another concern raised about the schools is that the children are allegedly not entered for formal education qualifications such as GCSEs or A-levels.

Former pupils say they are instead taught towards an ICCE- an International Certificate of Christian Education. The ICCE is not an officially recognised qualification meaning those who hold it can struggle to find employment or to be accepted into higher education such as university. Former pupils say this disadvantages children and deprives them of opportunities later, unless they retrain as adults to gain additional, mainstream qualifications as well as the ICCE.

Jonny Scaramanga is a writer and campaigner who has extensively researched the ACE school system. He is a former pupil of an ACE school in England and recently completed a PHD thesis about ACE at the UCL Institute of Education, which included analysis of the ACE textbooks illustrated throughout this article.

He told The Independent: “I have read numerous Ofsted reports in the course of my research, and the issues most commonly raised by former ACE students are almost never mentioned, let alone satisfactorily addressed. In allowing ACE schools’ failings to go unchecked for decades, the government has failed in its duty of care to students in ACE schools. In future, inspectors should be specially briefed on the issues frequently found in ACE schools.”

He added that he is concerned by the ‘Christian certificates’ children sit instead of official qualifications, telling The Independent: “Since 2014, the Advertising Standards Authority has upheld three complaints against ACE schools for exaggerating the acceptability of the certificates [International Certificate of Christian Education] they offer. I have met numerous former ACE students who have had to return to college as adults to gain qualifications that they would have earned as a matter of course in mainstream schools. All English secondary schools should be required by law to prepare and enter students for qualifications recognised by Ofqual, the exam watchdog.”

When The Independent contacted forty UK universities to ask whether they have or would accept pupils on the basis of ICCE awards, none of them said they officially accept the qualification other than in exceptional circumstances or if a student had other additional qualifications such as GCSEs or A levels to support their application.

Trump adviser miraculously ‘stops’ tsunamis, ‘heals’ cancer

This video from the USA says about itself:

Trump‘s Christian Policy Adviser Stops Tsunamis & Heals Cancer

30 May 2016

Last week, Time reported that Frank Amedia, a televangelist, had recently organized a meeting between Donald Trump and Hispanic evangelicals. The magazine noted that Amedia was the Trump campaign‘s new “liaison on Christian policy.”

Read more here.

God ordered me to murder liberal minister, fundamentalist Christian says

Bart van U. on trial, ANP drawing

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

Man who killed [liberal Dutch government minister] Els Borst reiterates murder was ‘commanded by God’

Today, 10:46

Bart van U., the man who killed former minister Els Borst and his own sister, reiterated to the court in Rotterdam that he was on a “divine mission”. He pointed out at the beginning of the trial that Ms Borst was responsible for the [liberalisation of the] euthanasia policy in the Netherlands. …

About the knife that he used van U. said he always had a knife with him. He does not want to answer the question where he left it. …

Van U. is on trial in two murder cases. He has admitted that he killed Borst and his sister.

Van U. murdered his sister Loïs because she had more liberal views than him on euthanasia and abortion.

Another, surviving, sister of Bart van U. was a witness today at the trial of her brother, whom she called ‘the murderer’. She said that because of Bart’s murders, her children are still afraid to go out shopping.

Let us suppose that this ‘pro-life’ murderer would not have been fundamentalist Christian Bart van U., but ultra-orthodox Muslim Mohamed U; committing the same crimes for the same reason.

Then, western corporate media and United States Republican politicians Donald Trump and Ted Cruz would not have stopped talking about what U.’s crimes supposedly say about Islam in general. Now, however, that Bart van U. is not a Muslim, (correctly) you don’t hear that all Christians are supposedly like him.