The Weekly Sam: The Benefits of Homeschooling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The plain, unvarnished truth is that public education is a shoddy, fraudulent piece of goods sold to the public at an astronomical price.  It’s time the American consumer knew the extent of the fraud which is victimizing millions of children each year”  Sam Blumenfeld.    In this presentation, Sam makes an incredible case for homeschooling.

This video is one of the many from the Sam Blumenfeld Archive.  Please visit the archives, and share its content far and wide:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/

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Christian Flag Lawsuit Judge Denies the City of Boston’s Request to Dismiss…Oral Argument at the Court of Appeals

 

 

Federal Judge Denise Casper recently denied the City of Boston’s request to dismiss Camp Constitution’s lawsuit, and earlier this week, Attorney Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, gave an oral argument on our behalf art the Federal Court of Appeals in Boston.  Here is the text of Liberty Counsel’s news release sent out earlier this week:

Boston Censorship in Court
May 7, 2019
BOSTON, MA – Liberty Counsel will present oral argument tomorrow in a federal court of appeals against the city of Boston and one of its officials for censoring the Christian flag that Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, requested to fly on the city’s public forum.

The city censored the religious viewpoint of the flag in a public forum. The flag would have been raised only during the one-hour event held by Camp Constitution.

The city regularly extends to other civic and cultural organizations the freedom to raise their flags on a flagpole to commemorate whatever events are important to the organizations. The city’s application policy refers to the flagpoles as “public forums.”

However, when Camp Constitution asked the city in 2017, and again in 2018, for a permit to raise the Christian flag on Boston City Hall flagpoles to commemorate Constitution Day (September 17) and the civic and cultural contributions of the Christian community to the city of Boston, the Commonwealth, religious tolerance, the Rule of Law, and the U.S. Constitution, city officials denied the permit because the flag was religious.
Tomorrow, Mat Staver will present the oral argument at the court of appeals in Boston.

“The city’s blatant discrimination against Camp Constitution’s Christian viewpoint is an unconstitutional censorship and insult to the First Amendment,” said Liberty Counsel’s Founder and Chairman Mat Staver. “Boston’s rich heritage has a focal point of liberty and free speech at America’s founding. The city cannot close its public forums to religious viewpoints. It is tragic that a Boston official censored the flag at the event to celebrate the Constitution,” said Staver.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics. Liberty Counsel provides broadcast quality TV interviews via Hi-Def Skype and LTN at no cost

Mr. Staver is optimistic about the outcome, and prepared to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. We wish to thank Mr. Staver and Liberty Counsel for their efforts.

Our case has been receiving a fair share of media coverage both locally, nationally and even internationally.  A number of conservative legal groups have contacted Liberty Counsel and sent “friend of the court” briefs supporting our lawsuit, and the Left or, as our friend and Camp Constitution instructor  Lord Christopher Monckton  would say, “The Forces of Darkness.”  have also taken notice.   Here is a  poorly researched  article from Americans United:

CHURCH & STATE MAGAZINE

Boston Doesn’t Have To Fly Christian Flag, AU Tells Court

April 2019 Church & State Magazine | AU Bulletin
by Rob Boston

City officials in Boston should not have to fly a Christian flag on municipal flagpoles to mark a private event, Americans United and a broad collection of allies told a federal appeals court March 11.

Americans United, the Anti-Defamation League, the Sikh Coalition and 12 other religious and public policy groups filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case pending before the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerning an event that was held last year. Harold Shurtleff, a resident of West Roxbury, sought to compel city officials to fly the flag during an event he sponsors in Boston called “Camp Constitution.” When officials refused, Shurt­leff asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction requiring them to do it. A federal court ruled against Shurtleff, and the case is on appeal.

“Because religious symbols are powerful expressions of ideas, for many people it would be profoundly affirming to see a flag promoting their own religion flying outside city hall,” observes the brief. “But to those who do not subscribe to the beliefs represented by the flag, the display instead may send a stigmatizing message of exclusion from the political community. And even for adherents to the favored religion, the government’s use, for its own purposes, of their religious symbol may be demeaning to both their faith and the revered symbol.” (Shurtleff v. City of Boston)

We are optimistic about the outcome of the case.  I firmly believe that God’s hand is in this. What was planned to be a simple ceremony has become a legal case that should set a precedent and will hope to inspire people around the country.

   Camp Constitution’s 2019 Family Camp:

Our annual family camp is less than three months away.  Our class schedule is almost complete, and should be posted on our website sometime next week.    We are accepting applications with our updated on-line registration:  https://campconstitution.registration.payscape.com/    We are looking forward to the best camp in our eleven year history.  We hope that you can be part of it.

Camp Constitution is able to run an annual family camp, and engage in year round activities thanks to the efforts and generosity of our supporters.  If you haven’t already, please consider a monthly donation to help expand our efforts.   Donations may be made via our PayPal account via our website’s homepage:  http://www.campconstitution.net

 

 

 

The Weekly Sam: Marlowe vs. Shakespeare

Sam Blumenfeld  loved Shakespeare.  His library contained collections of Shakespeare’s plays, books about Shakespeare, and thanks to the influence of Calvin Hoffman, books about the authorship of Shakespeare.  But it wasn’t until 2008, when he published “The Marlowe-Shakespeare Connection A New Study on the Authorship Question.”  We recently converted and uploaded to our YouTube Channel a presentation he gave prior to the book’s publication:

 

While Camp Constitution does not take a position of the authorship controversy, Sam makes an excellent case for Christopher Marlowe.  Sam believed that next to the King James Bible, Shakespeare’s works were the best in the English language, and believed that its author should be known.

Sam left us a rich legacy and we make it available as a free on-line resource-the Sam Blumenfeld Archives:  http://campconstitution.net/sam-blumenfeld-archive/   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Constitution at the Mass Homeschool Organization of Parent Educators’ 30th Annual Convention

For the 9th year in a row, Camp Constitution had a vendor table at the Massachusetts Homeschool of Parent Educator’s (Mass HOPE)    https://masshope.org/ annual convention which was held from Friday-Saturday April 26-27 in Worcester, MA.   Our goals at this event are to promote our annual family camp, introduce them to the Samuel Blumenfeld Archives, and help the attendees learn about the U.S Constitution, and important issues that impact  the family. We had many attendees stop by our table, take our 10 question quiz, write their names with our quill pen. obtain books from Camp Constitution Press and other publications,  and  learn about Camp Constitution’s activities.  We made some new friends, and expect some folks  from this convention to attend our family camp.

We also had the opportunity to interview Josh Moore and Tiffany Johnson of the Patriot Initiative  and Mark Renehan and “Dr. Benjamin Franklin” of Step Up America.

 

 

A special thanks to David Krutov for his help working the table

 

THE TURKISH GENOCIDE of ARMENIAN, ASSYRIAN and GREEK CHRISTIANS by Dr. Peter Hammond

THE TURKISH GENOCIDE of ARMENIAN, ASSYRIAN and GREEK CHRISTIANS

To listen to this lecture as presented to the Reformation Society, click here.
To view this presentation video as given to the Reformation Society, view here.
To view this article as a PowerPoint presentation, with pictures, click here.

April marks the anniversary of the launch of the systematic extermination of the Christian Armenians by the Ottoman Turks. The Jihad began with the arrest of 250 Christian leaders in Constantinople (what is today called Istanbul) and over 800 other Christian leaders throughout the empire, on 24 April 1915. Over 1.5 million Christians were slaughtered by Muslims in Turkey during 1915. Additionally, 750,000 Assyrian Christians and 950,000 Greek Orthodox Christians were murdered in the Ottoman Turkish Empire between 1915 and 1922. That amounts to over 3.5 million Christian victims of the Turkish Empire over just 7 years.

Corruption and Cruelty
The Ottoman Empire declined into corruption and degeneracy from the beginning. When Sultan Murad III died in AD 1595, his son Muhammad had his 19 brothers murdered to prevent them from claiming “his throne”. He also had seven of his father’s pregnant concubines sown into sacks and thrown into the river. Many of his nephews were incarcerated in “the cage”. Sultan Ibrahim threw his grand Vizier into a cistern. One morning, after an orgy, Ibrahim had all 300 women of his harem put into sacks and thrown into the Bosporus. Only one survived by being picked up by a ship bound for France. When Ibrahim was finally assassinated, the Ottoman Empire was torn apart by more corruption, nepotism, inefficiency, misrule and power struggles.

A New Wave of Muslim Massacres
In the early 19th Century, after the Ottoman Empire suffered defeats at the hands of Russia and Austria and as the Greeks and Serbs mounted successful wars of national liberation, Sultan Mahmut II decided to massacre all the Janissaries (solders recruited forcefully from Christian families). The reforms and westernisation of state institutions was accompanied by escalating persecution of Christians. Despite the adopting of a Western style constitution in 1839, to placate the European powers, the last century of Ottoman rule witnessed the most thorough and complete destruction of Christian communities throughout the Middle East, Asia Minor, the Caucasus and the Balkans. In 1822, the entire population of the Island of Chios, tens of thousands of people, were massacred, or enslaved. In 1823, 8,750 Christians were slaughtered by the Turks at Missolonghi. Thousands of Assyrian Christians were murdered in the province of Mossul in 1850. It was such atrocities as these that led the Russians to demand the right to protect the Holy Places which were under Orthodox supervision, in the Middle East.

The New Napoleonic Empire of France
With the accession to power in France of Napoleon III in 1852, he sought to provoke an international crisis by demanding that the Turks place the Holy places in the Middle East under the power of the Roman Catholic church, rather than the Russian Orthodox. As Napoleon III’s new French regime was completely secular, this was a cynical and manipulative diplomatic move designed to provoke war with Russia.

Extending the Life of Ottoman Oppression
So, Napoleon III’s France assumed the role of Catholic crusader, but in aid of the Islamic crescent, effectively supporting the bloodstained, despotic and corrupt Ottoman Turkish Empire. This move led to soaking the continent in blood. Over 800,000 died in the Crimean War. Far more serious than the actual loss in lives and limbs in that war, was that the British and French actions in the Crimean War extended the worthless existence of the Turkish tyranny, who thereafter targeted the Christians who had previously been under the protection of Czarist Russia, with greater ferocity.

Russia’s Manifest Destiny
Systematically Russia had worked at freeing Christians from Ottoman Turkish control, liberating the Balkans and forcing the Turks to respect the religious freedom of their Christian subjects. As Russia extended Christian civilisation across the whole of North Asia to the Pacific Ocean, they also were pushing southward in their civilising mission, seeking to liberate the holy places in Palestine, which were then controlled by the Muslim Turks.

Propping Up Turkey
If it had not been for the untimely intervention of Great Britain and France, the Russians would have undoubtedly overrun the whole rotten, corrupt and crumbling edifice of the Turkish Empire and established Orthodox Christianity throughout the Middle East.

The Scandalous Alliance
However, Britain dreaded the establishment of a Russian superpower stretching from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean. So, to prevent Russia gaining ice-free ports for their Navy, Britain became the protector and guarantee of the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

The Greatest Threat
Turkey had been the greatest threat to the freedom of Europe throughout the centuries. The Turks had twice besieged Vienna in the heart of Europe. They had sacked Budapest, taking hundreds of thousands of Christians into Islamic slavery from the very heart of Europe.

After the Crimean War
In 1860 over 12,000 Christians were slaughtered in Lebanon. In 1876, 14,700 Bulgarians were murdered by the Turks. At the town of Batao, out of 7,000 inhabitants, 5,000 Christians were put to the sword. However, reports of these and other routine atrocities by the Ottoman Turks were generally supressed by British government of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, for political reasons. He saw it as more important to block Christian Russia’s Naval ambitions to secure an ice-free port by promoting an alliance of convenience with Muslim Turkey.

Counter Productive Intervention
So, 160 years ago, Western European powers interfered in the policies of Russia, invaded the Crimea and, as a result, strengthened the hand of radical Islam. Instead of supporting civilisation and advancing freedom, the Western powers intervention in Crimea, in the 1856-1856 Crimean War, actually undermined freedom, retarded civilisation and unintentionally led to even worse massacres of Christians in the extended life granted to the tyrannical Turkish Empire.

The Scandalous Alliance
Gladstone opposed the Turkophile policies of Disraeli in these words: “He is not such a Turk as I thought. What he hates is Christian liberty and reconstruction.” What Gladstone observed 135 years ago, could easily be applied to the foreign policies of many Western governments today: the Islamophilia in the West is not so much love of the Turk, but hatred of Christianity. As Serge Trifkovic in “The Sword of the Prophet” observes: “The great Western powers – the heirs of those who had looted Constantinople in the Crusades and refused to help when the Turks were breaking through the walls with a cannon built by an Hungarian Catholic, who forced the last Emperors to forswear their Orthodox Faith at the Council of Florence as the price of Western help that never came – those same Western powers and Great Britain in particular, actually supported the Turkish subjugation of Christian Europeans on the grounds that the Muhammadan empire was a stabilising force and a counter-weight against Austria and Russia. The scandalous alliance with Turkey against Russia in the Crimean War reflected a pernicious frame of mind that has manifested itself more recently in the overt, covert, or de facto support of certain Western powers for the Muslim side in Bosnia, Kosova, Macedonia, Chechnya, Cyprus, Sudan, East Timor and Kashmir.”

The Forgotten Holocaust
The Turks slaughtered over 200,000 Armenian Christians in Bayazid (1877), Alashgurd (1879), Sassun (1894), Constantinople (1896), Adana (1909) and in Armenia (1895 – 1896). In 1915 the Turks massacred over 1.5 million Armenian Christians in the most intensive extermination of Christians ever launched up to that point. “Passage to Ararat” describes how along the road to Adana, Turkish women were given daggers to stab dying Armenians in order to gain the credit, in the eyes of Allah, of having killed a Christian. In 1881, the Turks slaughtered the Christians in Alexandria. In 1915 – 1916, over a 100,000 Maronite Christians in Lebanon and Syria were murdered.

Anti-Christian Mass Murderers
It is no wonder that the British Prime Minister Gladstone described the Muslim Turks as: “They were, upon the whole, from the black day when they first entered Europe the one great anti -human specimen of humanity. Wherever they went, a broad line of blood marked the track behind them and, as far as their dominion reached, civilisation disappeared from view. They represented everywhere government by force as opposed to government by law.”

Slaughter in Smyrna
Even as the Ottoman Empire crumbled and was replaced by the new Republic of Turkey under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk the ancient city of Smyrna, with its 300,000 Christian population, was destroyed. The burning of Smyrna and the massacre of its Christian population marked the end of Greek civilisation in Asia Minor. On the eve of its destruction, Smyrna was a bustling port and a vibrant commercial centre. The seafront promenade was a popular tourist destination.

The Martyrdom of Chrysostomos
On 9 September 1922 the Turkish mob, organized and mobilized by the Turkish army under the command of Mustafa Kemal, attacked the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Chrysostomos. The mob ripped his eyes out and dragged him by the beard, bleeding though the streets, beating and kicking him. Every now and then, when he had the strength to do it, he would raise his right hand and bless his persecutors, repeating: “Father, forgive them.”One Turk became so infuriated at this that he cut off the Metropolitan’s hand with his sword. Father Chrysostomos was hacked to pieces by the angry mob. The burning of Smyrna began on 13 September. The inhabitants were trapped between the flames on the one side and the Turkish bayonets on the other. On 13 September 1922, the Turks burned Smyrna, the last Christian city in Asia, to the ground.

The Curse of Western Neutrality
Incredibly, British, American, Italian and French ships anchored in Smyrna’s harbour were ordered to maintain neutrality. Some of the eyewitnesses described the scene: “The pitiful throng – huddled together, sometimes screaming for help, but mostly waiting in a silent panic beyond hope – didn’t budge for days. Typhoid reduced their numbers, but there was no way to dispose of the dead. Occasionally a person would swim from the dock to one of the anchored ships and try to climb the ropes and chains, only to be driven off. On the American battleships, the musicians on board were ordered to play as loudly as they could to drown out the screams of the pleading swimmers. The English poured boiling water down on the unfortunates who reached their vessel. The harbour was so clogged with corpses that the officers of the foreign battleships were often late to their dinner appointments because bodies would get entangled in the propellers of their launches… a cluster of women’s heads bound together like coconuts by their long hair floated down a river toward the harbour…”

An Unmitigated Cultural Disaster
That was the end of Christianity in Turkey. As Trifkovic observes: “At the very time that Europe achieved its military and geopolitical advantage, the moral and religious decline that culminated in the auto-genocides of 1914 and 1939 had become evident. Having found in their grasp places their Crusader predecessors had only dreamed of reclaiming: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Antioch, Alexandria, Constantinople – effete and demoralised European governments made no effort to re-Christianise them and, within a few decades neatly abandoned them. The moral disarmament of contemporary post-Christian Europe is now nearly universal. After World War I, with the installation of nominally pro-Western governments in many Muslim countries fashioned from the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire, the West seemed to have convinced itself of the existence of benign Islam.”

Genocide
Entire Christian communities were obliterated in the Middle East. The Nestorians, the Chaldeans and other Christian communities were virtually wiped out.

Anti-Christian Riots in Istanbul
As late as 6 September 1955, Istanbul’s Christians suffered what one reporter called “the worst race riot in Europe” which, in seven hours destroyed and looted over 4,000 homes, 1,000 businesses, 73 churches, 3 monasteries, 23 schools, 110 hotels and 27 pharmacies, causing over £100 million damage to properties belonging to Christians.

The Most Fatal Enemies of Civilization
It is no wonder that William Muir, (1819 – 1905), one of the greatest Orientalist of all times, concluded at the end of a long and distinguished career: “the sword of Muhammad and the Quran are the most fatal enemies of civilisation, liberty and truth which the world has yet known… an unmitigated cultural disaster parading as God’s will…”

Intellectual Dishonesty
The persecution of Christians by Muslims and the genocide by Turkey, have become forbidden subjects in Western circles. Fourteen centuries of religious discrimination and persecution, causing the suffering, oppression, enslavement and murder of over 270 million people have been buried under a thick whitewash of myths of Islamic “tolerance.” The deceit, cowardice and silence by all too many western journalists and academics continues to facilitate religious discrimination and persecution by radical Islam to this day.

Hypocrisy
The intellectual dishonesty of those westerners who engage in academic gymnastics to justify the invasion of other peoples lands, the looting, pillaging, raping, murdering and enslaving of whole peoples, needs to be exposed. The hypocrisy of those who justify the military expansion of Muslims, but condemn those who inflicted defeats upon these Islamic invaders, needs to be challenged. The fiction that Jihad has never been an aggressive, but only a defensive concept, should be dismissed with the contempt that such deception deserves…. When Islam defines a refusal to submit to Sharia law under Islam as aggression and when they define peace as submission to Islam, then we must know that we are not talking the same language.

Jihad Seeks to Conquer our Souls
As one person described it, Jihad: “seeks to conquer our souls. That seeks the disappearance of our freedoms and civilisation. That seeks to annihilate our way of living and dying, our way of praying or not praying, our way of eating and drinking and dressing and entertaining and informing ourselves. We don’t understand or don’t want to understand that if we don’t oppose them, if we don’t defend ourselves, if we don’t fight, the Jihad will win. And it will destroy the world that for better or worse we’ve managed to build… it will destroy our culture, our art, our science, our morals, our values, our pleasures.”

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Remember the Persecuted
It is vital that we learn the lessons of History, stand up for religious freedom, speak out for freedom of conscience, expose the enemies of liberty and fight the good fight of Faith. All the darkness cannot put out the smallest light. We need to understand Islam and we need to Evangelise Muslims. Remember the persecuted. “Remember the prisoners as if chained with them – those who are mistreated – since you yourselves are in the body also.” Hebrews 13:3

Learning from History
As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: “If we do not know our own history, we will simply have to endure all the same mistakes, sacrifices and absurdities all over again.”

“Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted… now all these things happened to them as examples and they were written for our admonition…” 1 Corinthians 10:6-11

Dr. Peter Hammond
Frontline Fellowship
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
Tel: 021-689-4480
mission@frontline.org.za
www.FrontlineMissionSA.org
www.livingstonefellowship.co.za

 

 

 

Earth Day and Lenin’s Birthday– A Coincidence?

Earth Day was first observed on April 22, 1970, the 100 anniversary of the birthday of Vladimir Lenin-one of the 20th Century’s most repulsive persons.  Was it a coincidence or deliberate.  If Earth Day was founded by advocates of liberty and limited government, the day would have been designated “Wise Use Day” or Good Stewardship Day.”  Sadly, the folks who gave us Earth Day were not.  The late Gary Allen, who authored “None Dare Call it Conspiracy,” “Nixon: The Man Behind the Mask” and “The Rockefeller File,” wrote a monthly article for a now-defunct magazine called “American Opinion.”  In May of 1970, he wrote an article entitled Ecology Government Control of the Environment which exposed the people and organizations behind Earth Day.  We make that timeless article available in PDF format:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/camppictures/CampArchive/Domestic/Ecology.pdf

None Dare Call It Conspiracy But We Can Call It The Deep State

 

Back in 1972, when it was politically unfashionable to mention, in “polite company,” the influence of the powerful foundations and individuals who were working towards the creation of what George H.W. Bush called the “New World Order, Gary Allen authored  None Dare Call Conspiracy.  This mass market paperback, with less than 100 pages,  had dozens of printing and millions of copies  were distributed.   Today, it is still selling well on Amazon. It is, no doubt, one of the most influential books published in the last 50 years.   Camp Constitution has the book available as a download:  http://campconstitution.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/None-Dare-Call-It-Conspiracy.pdf 

In addition to the book, we have a speech delivered  by Gary on the subject archived on our Podomatic page:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/shurtleffhal/episodes/2017-10-01T18_26_18-07_00  

 

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The Battle of Lexington

 

For the past 20 years, I have attended the Battle of Lexington reenactment which takes place on Patriot’s Day-a holiday in Massachusetts and Maine.  Over the years, I have brought family members, friends, homeschoolers, and since 2009, Camp Constitution campers and staff.   Since the creation  our YouTube channel, we have videotaped the event, and this year was no exception.   Patriot’s Day  falls on a Monday in the week of the actual date of the event, April 19.  The reenactment, true to the actual time of the battle, takes place at 5:30 AM.   I recommend that attending the reenactment be placed  high on your  “bucket list.”  Camp Constitution will always honor the memory of the brave men who answered the alarm.