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Did Jesus Predict the Great Earthquakes of Our Age & A Culminating Pole Shift?

01.18.2010 By Chase Hunter, with supporting quotations from an anonymous Christian writer on the web.

Another site author writes:

“If earthquakes are not on the increase, then what shall we make of the biblical evidence that earthquakes will increase in the last days? As noted above, Hal Lindsey says that earthquakes will continue to increase “just as the Bible predicts for the last days.”50 If earthquakes are not increasing, does this mean that the return of Christ cannot be near? Closer examination of the New Testament evidence will reveal that Lindsey’s statement is wrong on both counts. Not only are earthquakes not increasing, but also the biblical text never indicated that they would. The popular conception that an increase of earthquakes in frequency and severity is a key sign of the temporal nearness of the end results from a misreading of the biblical text.

Earthquakes in Biblical Literature. Earthquakes and other cataclysmic events often carry theophanic significance in Scripture, demonstrating God’s awesome power. At Mount Sinai the LORD’s presence was indicated by smoke and the shaking of the mountain (Exod. 19:18; cf. 1 Kings 19:1151 ; Ps. 68:8; Job 9:6; Hab. 3:6).
When the New Testament church prayed “the place where they had gathered together was shaken” and the Spirit’s presence was manifested (Acts 4:31). Paul and Silas were freed when God’s power and presence was manifested in an earthquake (Acts 16:26). The most unusual earthquakes were associated with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. When Christ died on the cross, an earthquake shook the temple and rent the curtain of the temple from top to bottom (Matt. 27:51). No human agency rolled away the stone that sealed Christ’s tomb; it was the angel in the presence of the earthquake (Matt. 28:2).

More specifically, many seismic theophanies are manifestations of God’s anger and righteous judgment (cf. 1 Sam. 14:15; Ps. 18:7,8; Isa. 5:25; 13:13; 29:6; Joel 3:16; Amos 1:1,2; 8:7,8; Mic. 1:3-7; Nah. 1:5,6; Hag. 2:6, 21). The Day of the LORD is the most elaborate judgment motif of Scripture. That day is without fail marked by earthquakes and associated celestial disturbances (Isa. 2:19, 21; 13:13; 24:18; 29:5-6; Ezek. 38:19-22; Joel 2:10; Zech. 14:4, 5). For example, Isaiah’s description of the destruction of Babylon has cosmic overtones:

Therefore I shall make the heavens tremble,
. . . And the earth will be shaken from its place
At the fury of the LORD of hosts
. . . In the day of His burning anger.

( Isaiah. 13:13 ).

Yet during the awesome shakedown of heaven and earth, “The LORD will have compassion on Jacob” (Isa. 14:1), and all creation will recognize God’s working (Isa. 14:3-8). When Israel is attacked by the armies of Gog, those armies are demolished at the decree of the LORD by earthquake and cosmic hailstones (Ezek. 38:17-23). Zechariah is even more explicit about the extraordinary geologic upheaval in the Holy Land associated with the Day of the LORD. A final earthquake at the LORD’s return will split the Mount of Olives, uplift Jerusalem on its site, and depress the surrounding Judean Mountains (Zech. 14:1-10).”

What may come to this world with the theoretical arrival of Planet X Nibiru and any subsequent geologic pole shift would transcend our present comprehension of most all of the world’s religious texts which have been accepted as DIVINE REVELATIONS. It is my belief that such an event would be a possible precursor to the eventual actual Second Coming of Christ. This real and actual second coming is not to be confusd with the present day apostasy of Maitreya and his false claims of being the Christ returned. Only a Divine Super Being, an authoritative Divine Overseer and Spiritual Universe King, such as the Christ, (not the many false Christs who will precede him) ,also known as The Creator Son, could set straight the affairs of a planet so utterly devastated by Apostasy, laid to ruin by war, shattered by earthquake and pole shift, and seared by the lack of faith left for those who had survived such catastrophes.

How it came to be that so much of the science, geology and astronomy pertaining to a possible Geological POLE SHIFT in our generation was included in the Christian Bible’s Book of Revelations, is one of God’s most profound mysteries, and must be relegated to absolute DIVINE PROVIDENCE and the Hand of God Himself. Theologians well know that the present day version of Bible scripture was altered and edited more than 22 times since the Ascension of Christ and the times shortly thereafter when the first scriptures about His life and teachings were written. Any religious text which includes prophecy that foretells of such a catastrophic and species altering event must be looked at with a certain degree of reverence and respect. If the religious text(s) that you study under your present spiritual belief system include any reference to this event, then consider that somewhere along the line, AUTHORITATIVE SUPERVISING DIVINE HEAVENLY FORCES made sure that the information was kept in the scriptural text so that people of our day and generation could find it, read, comprehend and try our best as a species to act on it. The hidden Hand of God has been at work all along, apparently, as 2000 years of tinkering with Christian scripture by religious and political demagogues has failed to omit the telltale passages in the Bible that clearly warn of these events to come. It’s worth pondering, even for the hardened agnostic or the outright nonbeliever.If this prophecy is true, regarding a pole shift on or around 2012-2017 then there is certainly no time left for various groups and individuals to argue back and forth about whose science, geology, prophecy or astronomy found Nibiru first, who gets the credit, whose name might appear in the New York Times or Washington Post, or other such spiritually immature childishness. The populations of the world would need to move quickly and invisibly to work around their corrupt controlling NWO backed governments to make provisions for personal and collective survival and the rebuilding and repopulating of the world. This pole shift event has been prophesied repeatedly in ancient times and modern times, by diverse indigenous cultures around the world.


earthquake destruction

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place” (vv. 12–14).

From Zephaniah: The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers. (Zephaniah 1:14-16)


Joel 2:10-11: The sun and moon grow dark, and stars diminish their brightness . . . for the day of the
Lord is great and terrible; who can endure it?


native american warriorThese passages of scripture above quoted above from the Christian Holy Bible are describing what will occur geologically and scientifically during a complete pole shift, as will occur with the imminent return of Nibiru, or Planet X between 2012 and 2017.
The pole shift will be preceded by a worldwide earthquake of staggering magnitude, possibly a 9.0 or even 10.0+ on the Richter scale. Looking skyward during the pole shift itself, it will appear that the stars are “falling from heaven” as the planet careens wildly out of it’s former fixed rotation and re-aligns itself and it’s poles due to the gravitational pull of brown dwarf star Nibiru as it makes it’s closest pass to the earth. If you already know, and have known, about this event, then God bless and keep you as you:

“Work While You Have the Light.”

I will add that those in government, military and scientific circles, who have known of this event for years or even decades, who have refused to share this knowledge with the innocent populations of the world, will bear the full brunt of KARMA and God’s Wrath once the Divine Hammer comes down in the not too distant future and God’s Heavenly Justice System finally swings into session for the final reckoning of all events from this last dispensation of 500,000 years in our sector of the local universe neighborhood. Begin educating yourself by following these links.

Related videos:

http://2012poleshift.wetpaint.com/page/2009+Nibiru+News%2C+Sightings%2C+Videos+from+Around+the+World

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j-Zg4bRjp0&feature=related – credible scientist commentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIDlqR1jnKA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3bxymRd3WA&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtxGqZ6XNYE&feature=related
http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/3008/Nibiru___Planet_X_photos_taken_January_2008/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j-Zg4bRjp0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kur36SWZhsA&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rrelv96nCQ&NR=1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3KlTvH8xSw&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZZwuAtypEg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DHnBE4pwCg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkv4chj47XY&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAADkaqySS4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEZrI5gozj0&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDXtSDEewKU&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZz1FOWHpWU&feature=related

For the young people, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vh08xtztNI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEFi-AjdELI&feature=related details the massive expenditures of world
governments to track the approach of Nibiru with taxpayer dollars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOwotFYXoic&feature=related – History Channel Confirms Planet X

See how some ethnic and racial groups are “teaching their own” ahead of time, about Nibiru, through video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD87XsLPYFY&feature=related

Links, Notes, Insights, Interpretations, Comparisons, Scientific Documents, Astronomy, Theories:
See: http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/cgi-bin/tw/tw-mag.cgi?category=Magazine23&item=1104165518

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Bible Prophecy, Book of Revelations, 2012 Pole Shift Theories The Divine Imperative The Urantia Book: The Fifth Epochal Revelation of God to Man
The Son of Man, is a title, not a son of man 2012 Prophecy, Bible Revelations, Urantia Wisdom The date of change is 5th May 2012
Excerpt from a conversation with member WildeBill pole shift Current Earth Changes Links
Earth Changes, Eathquakes, Pole Shift Indicators How 2012 Pole Shift Witness Began Author Miriam Delicado Predicts Natural Disaster Calamities in 2010

The Woman Who Intimidated the Antichrist

The Woman Who Intimidated the Antichrist: Kathleen Keating on Coast to Coast Am Radio, Interviewed By Art Bell on March 5th 2001

This historic radio interview is segmented into 12 parts. The playlist should play all 12 in sequence. Set aside a quiet time, with a couple of hours to yourself, without kids, elders or teens around, during the day, on a sunny day, and have your Bible close at hand while you listen. I am NOT promulgating fear or hate. I am supporting and re-posting access to a historic radio interview with Art Bell of one of the bravest Christian journalists and authors I have ever met, Mrs. Kathleen Keating.  Kathleen had been an associate, friend and professional peer to Father Malachi Martin. She also, ten years ago,  had something VERY important to say to America and the world, just a few months before the Illuminati elite became quite frantic.

They were frantic due to the publication of Kathleen’s famous second book: “Final Warning”, and they were frantic due to the public pressure being applied by Dr. Stephen Greer and his DISCLOSURE UFO research and historic press conference.

So what happened after this heart stopping radio interview? Maitreya crept  away again to hide, and in America, we got 9-11. Think it all over. There are HUGE dots to connect here folks, huge dots.

It’s time for the world to know what’s made a nest in London just a few blocks down the street from one the main Masonic Temples in town. It’s time for America’s Great Spiritual Awakening to move to the next level, which is for the Calls for Divine Intervention to begin being made in prayer, and I mean getting down on one’s hands and knees and praying for this nation and the world like you have never prayed in your life.

It’s time for America turn aside from the false apostasy of Maitreya’s global advertising “sell job”, and to embrace her REAL destiny as God’s Spiritual Warriors who will stand against this coming apostasy with everything they’ve got spiritually: In the Name and for the sake of the REAL King of Kings who IS and will forever be our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Call to HIm for instructions after you listen to this interview.

Chase Hunter

ART BELL’S INTERVIEW WITH Author KATHLEEN KEATING PTS 1 OF 12

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=38C693E0C3574984&search_query=kathleen+keating+interview+art+bell+march+5th+2001

Popular Chase Hunter Links for Spiritual Truth Seekers

Note from Chase Hunter: Alot of people show up at one of my blogs and they are just looking for quick spiritual information and insights. It is getting really confusing out there in the world of deceptive religiosity and absolute hatred being sold as religion. Just always keep in mind, a truly religious person, or a truthful and Holy Spirit inspired and nurtured, Christ centered religious practice which is founded on God’s laws will not have hatred of anyone or anything associated with it. That is a sad fact that pretty much knocks most modern day “religions” out of contention, doesn’t it?

Remember: Jesus told us to “Love one another.” That’s the Divine standard. Those three words practiced with devotion could change the world.

Anything falling  away from that is a falling away lie, a falsehood, and is not of God, no matter how they package and sell it. God is LOVE. Period.

I am still building and linking all blogs, so these links below should be helpful.

You can sign up for free RSS feeds from any Chase Hunter popular blogs right here.

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http://alligatorfarm.wordpress.com/

http://333crucible.wordpress.com

http://333crucible.wordpress.com/about-blog-name/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/biblepolehiftprophecy/
http://333crucible.wordpress.com/chase-hunters-warning/

http://333crucible.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/maitreya-bright-star-propaganda/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/usatakebackyournews/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/rfid-human-lab-rats-unaware-chips-cause-cancer-tumors/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/about333/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/2010bluebeamhoax/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/spirit-led-journey/

http://333crucible.wordpress.com/about-this-blog/
http://333crucible.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/islam-iman-mahdi/

http://2012poleshift.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/4234/

A Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Journey to the Edge of the Universe

Judy Collins Is Right: “The Rising of the Women Is the Rising of the Race”

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Spring 2009 Copyright 2009-3009 by Chase Kyla Hunter, All Rights Reserved, Re-posts permitted leaving content and links intact.

Until acts of animalistic barbarism like the one described in the www.salon.com article below become a thing of the past, the world we live in is doomed to remain in servitude to the violence erupting within it’s own species toward the sacred beings who bear it’s children.

Any man who would do this to his spouse for simply wanting to further her education is not a man; in fact he is not even rising to the dignity of a wild animal. Even animals living in the wild with their chosen mates to not act out this kind of insane senseless violence onto them. This so called man should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps he should pay by losing his face as well. “Losing face” now portends a much darker meaning, having read this piece. How utterly sickening that in our day and age, with machines now trolling the surface of mars for photos and scientific evidence, that so called men back on earth still splash acid in the faces of spouses who desire an education. How far we all have to go, as a species, for this kind of deranged violence against women to end. How disheartening.

This article ia a gut wrenching example of why radical Islam must never be allowed to take root in the civilized west. it does not matter if the wealthier upper crust of the Islamic world can now build cities reaching to the sky; it does not matter if they pump ten quadrillion barrels of oil per day to sell to the west. If even just a few radical Islamic men are still acting out such acts of evil barbarity on their own spouses, there remains NO CIVILIZED LIFE emerging  from radical Islamic countries. If it has been done to her, then spiritually speaking, then it has been done to the entire species.

This violence against women must end. All acts of reckless violence and life killing savagery against women must end, and it must end now.

I have never been made so sick in my life as I was to have to read this essay. But if we do not speak out, and speak out strongly, against vicious acts of hatred like this, the world will never ascend out of it’s genetically regressive tendencies to desecrate the very beings who give and nurture life and allow for the world to have a population at all.

When you attack any woman with hatred and violence, you are doing no less than attacking yourself, your own future, and the very future of the species itself.

New laws must be created bringing forth the harshest penalties possible against those who believe that their own spouse is so worthless that she deserves to be splashed inthe face with acid for desiring, and rightly so, to educate herself and expand her knowledge. God (Allah) bestowed intelligence upon humankind because the fundamental human urge to know more is a gift from God. Without that urge, your spouse would still be foraging for herbs and small game and feeding it all to you raw.The urge to learn, to know more, is the fundamental driving force that civilizes and inspires the species to move forward into unknown intellectual territory. I can assure the reader that the woman who endured this is a much more civilized being than the evil animal male that did this to her. In God’s grand universe, eventually final  justice will be done. I can assure you that.

This was an act of pure evil. The man who perpetrated it needs to pay. The criminal justice systems in these countries will be held spiritually accountable if they allow this man to walk free, while his wife lies in a bed with her face burned off for wanting to read a book.

Chase Hunter

Article courtesy of salon.com:

Where Have All the Women Gone?A manifesto against gender apartheid.

By Johann HariUpdated Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at 7:16 AM ET

Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.As soon as I started reading this cry against the global wasting of women’s lives, I could smell Shahnaz‘s face—what was left of it—again. By the time I met her in a hospital in Bangladesh, Shahnaz’s face flesh was a mess of charred meat: Her skin, the soft tissue of her cheeks, and the bones beneath had been burned away. Her nose was gone, replaced by two flared holes. Her lips hung down over her chin like melted wax. Her left eyelid couldn’t close, so a trail of tears was forever slowly tracking down over the wounds. Shahnaz was 21 years old, and her husband had just thrown acid in her face.

Her “crime”? To insist on continuing her studies—she loved science and poetry—when her husband wanted her to have babies. She smelled of a day-old barbecue left out in the rain.

In much of the world today, it is Shahnaz, not her husband, who would be judged to be in the wrong. For them, a woman is there to be a servile baby machine, and if she refuses, she can be beaten, raped, or burned with impunity. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his Chinese-American wife, Sheryl WuDunn, have written an impassioned exposé of this subjugation—and a roadmap to equality.

They start with an extraordinary fact that shows how deep this abuse runs. Today, now, more than 100 million women are missing. They have vanished. In normal circumstances, women live longer than men—but China has 107 males for every 100 females in its overall population, India has 108, and Pakistan has 111. Where have these women gone? They have been killed or allowed to die. Medical treatment is often reserved for boys, while violence against women is routine. More girls are killed in this “gendercide” each decade than in all the genocides of the 20th century. This year, another 2 million girls will “disappear.”

But this isn’t considered a story. While we rightly roared at racial apartheid, we act as though gender apartheid is a natural, immutable fact. With absolutely the right Molotov cocktail of on-the-ground reporting and hard social science, Kristof and WuDunn blow up this taboo. They ask: What would we do if we believed women were equal human beings, with as much right to determine their life story as men? How would we view the world differently?

We would start by supporting the millions of women who are fighting back. This isn’t merely a story of victims; it is predominantly a story of heroines. Mukhtar Mai is a 37-year-old woman who was born to a peasant family in southern Punjab, Pakistan. She was never sent to school because there were no schools for girls in her area: Why would girls need to read? In July 2002, her younger brother was kidnapped and gang raped by a higher-status clan. In order to cover up the crime, the gang accused him of having raped one of “their” girls. A tribal council heard the case and found him guilty—and ruled that, as punishment, his sister Mukhtar should be gang raped.

After she was dragged into a barn and raped by four men in turn, Mukhtar was supposed to kill herself to remove the “shame” from her family. As she explains: “They know that a woman humiliated in that way has no other recourse but suicide. They don’t even need to use their weapons. Rape kills her.”

But Mukhtar did something a woman wasn’t supposed to do: She went to the police and demanded justice. Unusually, the police arrested the attackers. Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf heard about the case and sent $8,300 in compensation. She used it to build a school for girls, saying it was the only way to start eroding the attitudes that led to her rape. But once she started speaking out—saying rape was a systemic problem in rural Pakistan—Musharraf declared that she was “embarrassing” Pakistan and had the secret services order her to shut up. She refused—so she was placed under house arrest and then kidnapped by Musharraf’s goons.

Even then, Mukhtar wouldn’t give up. She got word out to her supporters—and they ensured that she was released. Her campaign is working. As Kristof and WuDunn explain, “Rape is no longer a penalty-free sport, and so it seems to have declined considerably in the Punjab.” Thanks to her, thousands of girls are in school, and tens of thousands now will not be raped.

It’s a humbling story in a book full of humbling stories. An illiterate woman from a middle-of-nowhere village stood up to her country’s president and security services, in the name of the most basic human value of all, equality—and she won. It forces you to ask: What have I done, with almost none of the odds stacked against me that Mukhtar had?

Perhaps that sounds depressing. But on the contrary, Kristof and WuDunn’s book is empowering for the reader. It shows that, while there is a mountain of misogyny to be climbed, it is being ascended, woman by woman, day by day. The authors are constantly pointing readers toward practical things they can do, from giving to the best charities to volunteering for Mukhtar’s schools in Pakistan.

They take the reader on a grand tour of all the issues that are ignored because women are ignored. For example—who has heard of fistula? It is today’s leprosy, causing 2 million women to live and die as despised outcasts—yet it is virtually unknown. When a woman has a long, obstructed labor with no doctors to help her deliver, the blood supply to her vagina, bladder, and rectum can be cut off. The tissues die, and a hole is ripped in her flesh. From that hole, shit and piss will leak for the rest of her life in one long incontinent streak. Because she stinks, she is rejected by her husband and her community, and forced to live scavenging on the streets.

In every African town, you see fistula-stricken women, wandering aimlessly, their heads down in shame. They are the saddest people I have ever met. But this problem is cruelly easy to treat. For $300, a fistula can be repaired in 90 percent of cases. Fistula can be beaten, if only we value women enough to do it. There used to be a fistula hospital in Manhattan. Today, it is the Waldorf-Astoria.

Or how about the enslavement of women in brothels, which is now far larger than the trans-Atlantic slave trade at its height? Some 3.5 million women are being jailed, drugged, and raped for cash today. This brutalization of women doesn’t have to happen any more than the enslavement of Africans did in the 18th century. As the authors write: “The tools to crush modern slavery exist, but the political will is lacking. That must be the starting point of any abolitionist movement.” International pressure—set in motion by the acts of ordinary citizens—works.

In a book that comes close to being a masterpiece of modern journalism, it’s sad—and a little squalid—that Kristof has allowed a discredited cause from his columns to crawl into its pages. He has long defended sweatshops, where by definition women are forced to work near-impossible hours for a pittance. He does so again here, writing: “Sweatshops have given women a boost. … Women and girls still stream to such factories because they’re preferable to hoeing fields all day back in a village. … Instead of denouncing sweatshops, we in the West should be encouraging manufacturing in poor countries.”

But Kristof surely knows that it is a false choice between having poor women hoeing the fields and having them working in dangerous conditions in factories. There is a third—and better—way. Anti-sweatshop campaigners—who he has explicitly chided—want all factories, everywhere, to adhere to certain minimum standards: No use of beatings, a maximum working day, safety precautions. Then they won’t be sweatshops; they’ll just be factories.

Whenever he is confronted with this argument, Kristof says that any country that imposes basic human conditions on sweatshops loses its trade to a country that won’t and women suffer. But this ignores an obvious truth: Anti-sweatshop campaigners want to see these rules imposed everywhere. There should be no escape clauses and no places where multinational corporations can go to cheaply abuse women for a few extra pennies of profit. Given his genuine disgust at the abuse of women elsewhere, it’s bewildering that he endorses it in this form—and as a species of feminism, too!

There is another, more subtle flaw with this book. The Kristof journalistic template is plain: He finds individual heroines in countries ignored by the United States who personify both the problem and the fight-back against it. He then tries to marshal U.S. public opinion and, in turn, U.S. governmental power behind it. It’s effective—but he uses it only when the victims are marginal to the bigger goals of American power. The U.S. government has no interest in maintaining the sex trade, or fistula, so it is relatively straightforward to enlist its support in eradication efforts.

But when it comes to crimes of commission by the United States, rather than of omission, this formula falters. One of the worst places in the world to be a woman is Saudi Arabia, where you can be imprisoned for trying to drive a car and lashed for being raped. Perhaps the very worst is Afghanistan, where—outside the Potemkin village of Kabul—women are almost invariably imprisoned in their homes and used as property-cattle in private fiefdoms run by warlords.

Yet woman-lashing Saudi Arabia is the closest U.S. ally in the region (along with Israel), and woman-crushing Afghanistan is actually occupied by the United States. The rights of women are being casually sold out in exchange for oil, military expediency, and hard geopolitics. U.S. citizens have the most responsibility for this, because it’s your government doing it—but Kristof and WuDunn choose not to focus on these places, skimming over them briskly. The closest they get to condemning a U.S. ally is the fragile regime of Musharraf, who was already widely criticized within elite U.S. circles and has subsequently been junked for a more pliable puppet. To assume the U.S. government could easily become a nuclear-armed Amnesty International if only its citizens would ask it more assertively is dangerously naive. It overlooks the massive structural changes that need to happen at home—like kicking America’s oil addiction—before the United States can consistently support women’s rights everywhere.

Even with these stains, Half the Sky—named after the Chinese proverb: “Women hold up half the sky”—remains a thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings. Yet many people who should be buying this book and supporting the women it describes are inhibited by the fear that it would be “cultural imperialism.” Isn’t it their culture to treat women differently? Who are we to judge?

This is historically illiterate. Cultures can change. It was the “culture” of Massachusetts to burn witches once; it was the “culture” of Alabama to enslave black people. A century ago, China was the worst place in the world to be a woman. Your feet would be bound into gnarled, bloody stumps. Often, you weren’t even given a name, just called “Daughter No. 4.” For all its flaws, China has left these bloody bandages far behind it. “If culture were immutable,” the authors say bluntly, “Sheryl would be stumbling along on three inch feet.”

This argument collapses even further into The Chasm of Lousy Excuses for Inaction when you speak to the women themselves. It wasn’t Shahnaz’s culture to have her face burned off or Mukhtar’s to be gang raped. No—it was the culture of their oppressors. Slaves do not love their chains; women do not love to be subordinated. There is a conflict within these cultures—and we must now pick a side or sit out the great civil rights battle of our time.