August 04, 2016

Eyewitness to Christian genocide, PLUS: Pokemon GO and our sad, shallow culture

Faith GoldyRebel Host

I never wanted to rant about Pokemon GO, believe me. Until recently, my stance on this augmented reality game was like the Left’s on guns: I’ve never tried it, people who participate terrify me, and I’m pretty sure the activity is dangerous.

That is until a friend of mine sent me a photo of herself wandering through Toronto on a mission to find the game’s imaginary animals. Her photo was accompanied by the words, “Pokemon is taking over my life.”

My friend is a smart woman, university educated, fiercely opinionated, a white collar professional. And yet, here she was, a forty year old, spending her summer days roaming the streets like some sort of vagrant, addicted to “catching” cartoon characters.

Grown adults just like her, by the millions, are staring at their phones, collecting digital creatures. It’s perfectly apocalyptic.

But it’s also the latest example of our focus on digital distractions rather than other human beings and the pressing problems of the world.

NEXT: The contrast between that topic and my next one couldn't be greater.

I had the great honour of talking with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. He's made a rare trip to Canada to raise the alarm about the genocide of Christians taking place within his archdiocese.

He tells me the real story about what life is like for Christians in the so-called Islamic State, and why Justin Trudeau needs to start focusing our taxpayer dollars on those in the region who need it most.

PLUS: We've got your week's top headlines and Quote of Honour!

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commented 2016-08-14 01:56:50 -0400
Jay Kelly , I guess you consider the facts, bias? BTW speaking of bias, I’m sure you are well acquainted with the CBC and all of it’s affiliates which pretty much makes up the entire Canadian news media roster??
commented 2016-08-14 01:52:11 -0400
Alfredo Marinara, Well said!!
commented 2016-08-06 19:03:43 -0400
Jay Kelly;While I do not wholeheartedly disagree with your position regarding tolerance and respect for others, please do not post on the website of an organization that is an advocate for free speech and hypocritically criticize those who comment as they see fit.
As far as I can see, no one has threatened you personally, so if you don’t like it, grow a thicker skin or stick to the CBC website, where you will find more people who share your views and where public comments on news items (when permitted), are heavily moderated so as not to offend your delicate sensibilities.
commented 2016-08-06 01:05:20 -0400
Ethan i see you are back, and still can’t figure out why you are a virgin.
commented 2016-08-06 01:04:15 -0400
You do know what frustrates occasional readers of a site like this?

Rather than entering into a helpful discussion of some current issues and aiming toward a good view or opinion, we jump in with a hard-hearted opinion, and even hatred of the others who have come on here.

The Rebel is an independent source of stories and opinion. There is a bias, of course.

If we comment on here surely it should reflect our own views, and should be said with respect and tolerance.
commented 2016-08-05 13:51:33 -0400
- I never had any interest in Pokémon Go. My main concern about it is that you’re agreeing to give all your information to 3rd party sources.

- Expect the genocide against Christians & others in the middle east to be ignored by the Liberals & their drooling lapdogs in the mainstream media. They’ll cry buckets of crocodile tears if it suits their cause but when you bring something like this to their attention you can see just how phony they really are.
commented 2016-08-05 02:49:31 -0400
People like Jay Kelly are pathetic they blame the victims for being murdered, then berate and falsely label those who speak out , then they are offended when no one believes in their fallacies and false assumptions.
commented 2016-08-05 02:40:09 -0400
I guess you guys are speaking about me . Sorry for being such a burden.
commented 2016-08-05 02:14:07 -0400
What DJ Oats said.
Brief enough?
commented 2016-08-05 02:11:14 -0400
Sometimes ,it is easier to make no sense, have no purpose and swear a lot. I like it this way because I never have to worry about being called a fool. This is just me. I don’t really give fuck about what you think . Then we have a Lady ,a beautiful lady—- a very deep thinking Lady—- This Lady lays it all on the line. She doesn’t hold back. The problem is - besides being beautiful— she is also smarter than most people ,including me and you. I don’t think we give her credit. Pokemon Go ! - It was a masterpiece—- if you are an old coot like myself that needs perspective.
commented 2016-08-05 01:34:10 -0400
Probably time for some Rebel commenters to reflect on what they are saying.

Does it make sense?

Is there a purpose to what I am saying?

Could I make my comment more brief, without expletives, and in a way that conveys my views clearly?
commented 2016-08-05 00:52:53 -0400
Vajay jay……just when i think your not as fucked as i thought ….WHAM, you prove what i have thought all along….your not well mentally.
commented 2016-08-05 00:46:03 -0400
JAY KELLY – The moment focus is on Middle Eastern Christians you immediately move the topic to race in it’s actual form because previously you hammer on racism in the context of “Islamophobia” and that The Rebel is “racist” for it’s content regarding Islam. Clearly you can’t do that in this instance so you outright call The Rebel racist without a shred of evidence, in fact the evidence in light of Faith’s article points to the contrary. I try to keep comments here to a minimum because frankly I don’t have the time, but your constant idiotic nattering sometimes compels a response; logical fallacy after logical fallacy, it’s like you never had to think critically a single time in your entire life, but simply continuously drop road apples of stupidity down whatever narrative path you seem to be ignorantly and constantly clinging to. Good God man, up your game, because right now you’re an irrelevant twat. Makes one think of Lincoln’s quote on the merits of remaining silent or to speak and remove all doubt. Without a doubt, you’ve become a fool on these comment boards.
commented 2016-08-05 00:19:09 -0400
Faith ain’t the military John Williams—- she just talks in code.
commented 2016-08-04 23:59:34 -0400
Pokemon GO, a modern day equivalent of “bread and circuses”, a remark by a Roman satirist to explain Rome’s decline resulting from the government keeping the Roman populace happy by distributing free food and staging huge spectacles.
While it is appropriate to take Justin Trudeau to task for “playing politics” with respect to the genocide of Christians taking place, how about the Roman Catholic Pope Francis recently rejecting the notion that Islam is violent and saying, contrary to what was said by Archbishop Bashar Warda and others like, Rev. Franklin Graham, that it is not a war of religion:
commented 2016-08-04 23:55:53 -0400
You are searching— Jay Kelly. Just say what you think or feel. Be blunt , Be brave.
commented 2016-08-04 23:49:32 -0400
I also have Faith Goldie’s SIX———— but, in a much much different way than you—John Williams.
commented 2016-08-04 23:47:56 -0400
I suspect that if any of us took a test that reveals racism, we would score high: that we are indeed aware of, and critical of, racial differences among us.

Many Rebel readers would deny being anti-Christian, but would also be willing to condemn a Christian based on the colour of her skin or her complexion.
commented 2016-08-04 23:38:17 -0400
Based on your audience ,Faith, you should have focused on that Archbishop—— that would have been interesting—- You were tired—— you were not interested—- It showed.
commented 2016-08-04 23:22:35 -0400
Great show as always Faith. I noticed you said at the end “We’ve got your six”. and though where did that come from? So for those who don’t know:

In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position. If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face, the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock. Six o’clock is what lies behind you. On a battlefield, your “six” is the most vulnerable. So, when someone tells you that they’ve “got your six,” it means they’re watching your back.
We’ve got your six too Faith.
commented 2016-08-04 23:13:17 -0400
Jay Kelly, your “stock-in-trade” argument (and I have to stretch my imagination far, far beyond the breaking point to call it an argument) has long ago fallen completely apart, very much like the proverbial leper on a Pogo stick.
Seriously, Junior; we still have a few weeks of summer ahead of us. For God’s sake, boy, get yourself out of your mommie’s basement and take your first few baby steps toward exposing yourself to the real world, before it’s too late.
commented 2016-08-04 23:12:18 -0400
It is true that The Rebel demonizes these swarthy Middle-Easterners and would like it readers to join in a chorus of “crucify them” or, in the language of the United States, “hang ’em high”.

The Christian bishops of Iraq and Syria see the anguish of their people, and how the Christian population of Iraq and Syria is trying to flee at a greater rate than even Muslims.

But The Rebel continues happily along, painting all these foreigners with the same brush, that they are evil incarnate.

Thankfully, by opening their country and their homes, Canadians have shown we believe there is a better way.
commented 2016-08-04 22:51:04 -0400
I thought you liked the Rebel Jay, you even sing its praises sometimes. Or was that you practicing taqiyya? Just can’t take a word out of your mouth as authentic. Forked tongue.
Your comment here to Faith is the true Jay.
commented 2016-08-04 22:44:17 -0400
Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil is diplomatic to a fault. I guess he has to be, but if he thinks Jesus Christ alone is going to save the persecuted Christians in the middle east from genocide, well lets just say he has more faith than I do.
commented 2016-08-04 22:44:05 -0400
If she wants greater care shown the Christians of Iraq and Syria, Faith Goldy should be ashamed of being part of The Rebel.

The Rebel makes its stock-in-trade demonizing all these swarthy characters from the Middle East. The Rebel would have us believe that every man from this region is out to rape women and children, and that those families who are seeking refugee status in Canada are trying to subvert Western way of life.

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, is just like all the others demonized by The Rebel.
commented 2016-08-04 22:35:36 -0400
Christian Genocide does not matter to left wing fools, but you offend a Muslim and they lose their friggin minds.
commented 2016-08-04 22:34:22 -0400
Society gets dumber because they choose to. I like video games as much as the next guy, but i do not have my head stuck in a phone all the time. Geez people act like a text is some emergency they have to deal with that very second and they take their eyes off the road or walk into things. GET A GRIP! I still remember a video form Brazil i believe where some woman dropped her phone on the tracks at a transit platform when the train was coming in, she actually went to get the damn thing, she would have died had 2 men not pulled her up onto the platform. IT IS A DAMN PHONE!!!
commented 2016-08-04 22:20:47 -0400
Those that control everything understand that you need to keep the masses stupid to have 100% control. That is what is happening in the west , especially in North America.
commented 2016-08-04 22:19:28 -0400
Pokeman, like all these types of games are just designed to stop people from thinking about what is going on in the real world. They are electronic brainwashing devices, designed to prepare people for Global Order.