Archive for November 12th, 2005

NRA to File Suit Against San Francisco Gun Ban

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Some day, I’ll stop being amazed at the hypocrisy of the left. When San Francisco voters passed a resolution that prohibited the sales AND ownership of handguns within the city (even requiring handgun owners to surrender their weapons by April 2006), they had do know they were violating the constitution of the United States and the laws of the State of California. Even mayor Newsome admitted that it was a largely symbolic vote that wouldn’t stand up to legal scrutiny. Now that the National Rifle Association has filed suit to overturn the unconstitutional resolution, the S.F. liberals are whining.

“It’s a measure that’s popular in San Francisco, it’s now the will of the voters, and unfortunately, the NRA is trying to thwart the will of the voters,” said San Francisco County Supervisor Chris Daley. “The ban on handguns, of course, excludes law enforcement, etc…, but it applies to all San Francisco residents evenly, and we think given that, it can withstand challenges in court.”

Someone needs to smack Daley with a clue bat. When the will of the voters is blatantly unconstitutional, it doesn’t MATTER that it had popular support in San Fran, and it SHOULD be challenged. And in spite of your legal ignorance and wishful thinking, this will NOT withstand challenges in court. Until San Francisco secedes from the United States, it is still subject to the bill of rights. So sorry to burden you so, San Fran.

Battle Brewing Over Parental Notification Measure in Massachusetts

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

The survey of 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade children in California which contained inappropriate sexual questions and resulted in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that parents do not have the exclusive right to educate their children on sexual matters is not likely to be repeated in Massachusetts if a new bi-partisan bill gets passed and signed into law.

Currently under Massachusetts law, parents are permitted to “opt-out” their children from public school programs dealing with homosexuality or sex education. However, a new bipartisan bill would change the law to an “opt-in” for parents who want their children involved in such program. Senate Bill 316, known as the “School Survey Consent Bill,” would require schools to obtain prior written consent from parents or guardians before subjecting students to surveys, analyses, or evaluations that deal with such issues as sex behavior and attitudes, political affiliations, and “anti-social, self-incriminating, and demeaning” behavior.

The bill makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, despite what the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals thinks, most Americans believe they DO have the right to control the exposure of their children to material that conflicts with their religious beliefs. However, Planned Parenthood and homosexual advocacy groups are predictably upset that they might not have unfettered access at indoctrinating the children of Massachusetts.

According to Camenker, homosexual activists as well as representatives from Planned Parenthood turned out in force at the hearing to argue against parent notification — and both groups, he says, have already begun a campaign to get the measure killed.

It’s ironic that Planned Parenthood claims to stand for “choice”, but they are opposed to giving parents a choice about material their children are exposed to. Homosexual advocacy groups claim to fight for “tolerance”, but they are intolerant of the notion that parents may want to control the sexual and values education of their own children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (NIV). This is a verse directed toward PARENTS.

Muslims torch two churches in Pakistan

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Gambling is bad enough, but gambling against Muslims is even worse – especially if you win. When some Muslims lost money while gambling with a Christian man in Pakistan, they became angry. In order to exact their revenge, they spread a false rumor that the Christian had torched a one-room Islamic school full of Qur’ans. This angered the Muslim masses who retaliated by burning two churches, a school, a student hostel, and the home of a priest. The wisdom of gambling aside, this is further evidence (as if we needed any) that Islam is NOT a religion of peace.

CNN’s Carol Lin and the French “African-Americans”

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

I can’t help but chuckle when the media gets tripped up on the politically correct obstacle course they’ve set up. David Lanza of Newsbusters reports that CNN’s Carol Lin did just that when referring to the two black youths whose deaths triggered the French intifada as “African-Americans”. The problem is that these kids were not American at all. They were French citizens of Tunisian descent. How you gonna spin this one now, CNN?

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has a unique idea – a global war on terror!

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Now that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been victimized by terrorism, it seems they now view terrorism as an actionable problem. King Abdullah II is calling on the nations of the world to wage a global war on terror. I like the idea. I even liked it when President Bush, UK Prime Minister Blair, and Auzzie PM Howard were calling for that action. While I think this is a late call for an obvious course of action, I applaud King Abdullah for this. He’s one of the few leaders in the Arab/Muslim world willing to loudly condemn terrorism and call for war against it. Too often, Muslims are complicit in terrorism because of their lack of outspoken condemnation of it. King Abdullah is making the most noise of any of his neighbors, knowing that Jordan is surrounded by terrorists and terrorist-sympathizers in Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. We’ll see if the world listens to him.

King Abdullah II called for a global fight against terrorism Saturday as Jordan acknowledged for the first time that Al-Qaeda in Iraq used three foreign suicide bombers to attack Amman hotels, killing 57 others.

The devastating strike was masterminded by Jordanian-born militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, signaling his group is able to launch terror attacks outside war-ravaged Iraq. Abdullah called al-Zarqawi a growing threat to the Middle East and put the international community on notice that it must cooperate to fight terrorists.

“Terrorism is a sick and cross-border phenomenon. Therefore, eradicating it is the whole world’s responsibility,” he told the state-run Petra news agency. “The body parts we saw in Amman we see everyday in brotherly Iraq and have also seen in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco and other countries around the world.”

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“I think that to walk into the lobby of a hotel to see a wedding procession and to take your wife or your spouse with you into that wedding and to blow yourself up (showed) these people are insane,” Abdullah said.

Bush Fires Back Against Iraq War Critics

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

In spite of the fact that investigations have determined that the Bush administration did NOT manipulate pre-war intelligence, liberals keep blowing that horn. They chant their mantra of “Bush lied, people died.” They ignore the fact that if Bush lied, then so did the majority in the Senate who voted for the war in Iraq based on the same intelligence. They ignore the fact that if Bush lied, then so did the intelligence agencies of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, etc., who ALSO believed that Saddam Hussein was continuing his efforts to rebuild his WMD capabilities. President Bush finally fired back at some of these critics. In my humble opinion, it was a shot across the bow when he should have fired a torpedo broadside at the specific liars of the left. Nevertheless, it was a good first step.

President Bush on Friday shot back at critics claiming his administration misconstrued or lied about pre-war intelligence showing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, saying “it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.”

“The stakes in the global War on Terror are too high and the national interest is too important for the politicians to throw out false charges,” Bush said. “These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America’s will.”

Bush also reiterated the need to defeat extremists seeking to destroy America and other modern governments, saying the “murderous ideology of Islamic radicals” is the great threat of the 21st century.

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But Bush shot back, saying lawmakers had the same intelligence the White House had when making the decision whether to support the resolution giving the president the authority to use military force to oust Saddam. He also noted that more than 100 Democrats in the House and Senate agreed with that resolution.

Even Kerry, Bush’s 2004 election opponent, said he believed Saddam and his weapons posed a “grave threat to our security”

“When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong, bipartisan support,” the president said. “While it’s perfectly legitimate to criticize my decision or the conduct of the war, it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began.”

Bush also blasted those who claim that his administration somehow pressured intelligence experts to formulate threat assessments more favorable to the war effort, noting that critics know a bipartisan Senate investigation found no evidence of political pressure to change the intelligence community’s judgments related to Iraq’s weapons programs.

“They also know that intelligence agencies from around the world agreed with our assessments of Saddam Hussein,” he added. “They know the United Nations passed more than a dozen resolutions citing his development and possession of weapons of mass destruction.”

The Silberman-Robb commission, formerly known as the Commission of the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, submitted its report to the president in March of this year.

“In no instance did political pressure cause them to skew or alter any of their analytical judgments,” the report states. “We conclude that it was the paucity of intelligence and poor analytical tradecraft, rather than political pressure, that produced the inaccurate pre-war intelligence assessments.”

Nevertheless, Senators Reid, Kerry, and Kennedy immediately sputtered the “Bush lied” mantra, as if they were willing it to be true. The fact is that they finally got called on their lies by the President because the MSM has failed to do so.

Conservative Anglicans Call for Split with U.S. Episcopal Church

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

“If you must make a choice between heresy and schism, always choose heresy.” Those were the words of Peter J. Lee, the Episcopal bishop of Virginia as reported in the January 31, 2004 issue of The Washington Times. He was speaking of the deepening divisions within the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A. (ECUSA) following the consecration of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson. Some in the ECUSA were mortified at this departure from Biblical truth, and threatened to leave the denomination. Conservative factions within the Anglican Communion (of which the ECUSA is a part) are encouraging the conservative Episcopalians to do just that.

An international panel of Anglican archbishops called upon a gathering of their conservative American counterparts Friday to split from the rest of the U.S. Episcopal Church.

“Yes, we will stand with you as long as you remain faithful, biblical, evangelical and orthodox,” said Bishop Datuk Yong Ping Chung, who represents South East Asia.

The seven archbishops from Africa, the West Indies, and Asia spoke at the Hope and a Future Conference organized by the Anglican Communion Network.

I’m hearted to know that there are SOME in the ECUSA that realize that homosexuality is still a sin according to the Word of God, and that Holy Scripture is not subject to “cultural relativism”.