Archive for November 28th, 2005

Texas-Like Commandments Monument Under Attack in Sooner State

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The Anti Christian Litigation Union, I mean the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is at it again. Even though they’ve been handed a defeat on this issue in Texas, they’re going to try it in Oklahoma.

(AgapePress) – The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against another city over a public display of the Ten Commandments as part of a historical exhibit.
Last November officials in Haskell County, Oklahoma, erected a marble monument depicting the Ten Commandments on one side, with the Mayflower Compact on the other. The monument sits in Stigler, Oklahoma, the seat of Haskell County. Now the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking removal of the monument. The suit, Green v. Haskell County, was filed on behalf of Stigler resident Jim Green, a disabled 68-year-old veteran, who claims the monument constitutes government interference in individuals’ religious freedoms.
“[W]hen the government starts dictating what religious ideas are ‘right,’ it interferes with a person’s choice,” Green said in a statement released in connection with the lawsuit. He contends that placement of the monument near the courthouse “sends the message that if you don’t subscribe to this specific thought, you will have no access to the government.”
The Ten Commandments display sits on county grounds along with other memorials dedicated to those who died in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
Erik Stanley is with
Liberty Counsel, which is representing the county. He says the ACLU is fighting a tough battle in light of last summer’s Supreme Court ruling over a similar monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin.

Erik Stanley”The ACLU is going to argue that because the [Haskell County] monument was erected only a year ago that it’s different than Texas because Texas’s monument has been on the Texas state capitol grounds for about 40 years,” the Liberty Counsel attorney says.
According to Stanely, Supreme Court Associate” Justice John Paul Stevens provided the swing vote in the Texas case. “[Stevens said] that basically because the monument had been there for 40 years it was constitutional — that was really the only ground that he decided the case on,” Stanley explains. “So that’s going to be the battle.”
But the lawyer insists that Haskell County’s public display of the Decalogue will be defended.
“We are going to argue that this Ten Commandments is constitutional,” he says. “That if Texas is allowed to have on its state capitol grounds a monument that is essentially identical to what Haskell County has, then Haskell County should be able to have the exact same monument on its grounds.”
Stanley contends that there should be no “constitutional distinction” between the two monuments. “We’re going to take this case up,” he adds, “and if we have to, we’ll take it to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to clarify this issue.”
Liberty Counsel represents more than a dozen governmental displays that include the Ten Commandments.

OK, so the only difference they can find is how long the display has been in place. I sure hope congress can put a stop to these people filing frivolous law suits.
See the Stop the ACLU website.
The Ten Commandments.

Update:
Man-Fish was kind enough to send me this link to the American Center for Law and Justice.
They are kinda like the anti-ACLU 🙂 Take some time to view their site.
Also drop by and say “hello” to Man-Fish at his blog.

PETA Tells Kids to Run From Daddy

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Just to show how low some people and groups will go, PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) has really gone over the edge. The are publishing a comic book that demonizes fathers as homicidal maniacs.
Who are the maniac fathers killing? Fish. For food. Like people have done for thousands of years.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has begun a campaign to scare children into becoming vegetarians.
The group, which formed to stop animal testing of consumer products but made its name by attacking women in fur coats with fake blood, is producing comic books that portray fathers as homicidal maniacs.
The handout, titled “Your Daddy Kills Animals,” features a grinning lunatic gutting a fish, and warns kids to keep their puppies and kittens away from Dad because he’s “hooked on killing.”
Click on the video box above to watch a report by FOX News’ William LaJeunesse.
“PETA is trying as hard as it can to portray the ordinary angler as a demonic, sadistic, cruel killer. This is what PETA does – it paints caricatures of ordinary people to try to convince the rest of us that we shouldn’t want to emulate them,” said
David Martosko, of the industry lobbying group Center for Consumer Freedom.
But PETA insists that its comic is not outlandish.
“The scientific facts are that fish feel pain in the same way as dogs and cats. It’s no more acceptable to hook a fish through the mouth and drag them into your boat and slice them in half than it would be to do the exact same thing to a dog or a cat,” said
Bruce Friedrich, vegan campaign coordinator for PETA.
Publicity stunts are nothing new for PETA, which has run ads featuring naked women in cages and people dressed in animal suits warning about the dangers of eating meat. But some critics feel the kid-targeted campaign goes too far.
“This is traumatizing kids by the thousands. There’s going to be long-term psychological damage from these kids being exposed to the material that PETA puts in front of them on a regular basis,” Martosko said.
But, Friedrich countered, “They can certainly find stuff that is more in your face on the Internet, more in your face on Saturday morning cartoons. We don’t need to shelter our kids quite that much.”
The pamphlet follows a previous one that painted Mom as a “chicken killer.” PETA claims its only goal is to reduce meat consumption by changing children’s eating habits. Critics insist alienating children from their parents isn’t in anyone’s best interests – human or animal.

Hummm…all this fuss over fish. Seems to me there was a man I know of who fished. One day a guy came by and added to his job description. “I will make you a fisher of men”. He said. I wonder how he and that wonderful man he follows would feel about being called homicidal maniacs”?

Matthew 4:18-22 New International Version (NIV)
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Georgia Baptists Initiate Break with Mercer Univ.

Monday, November 28th, 2005

It’s good to see a group that is not afraid to put it’s money where it’s mouth is.

(AgapePress) – Southern Baptists in Georgia are disassociating themselves from a historically Baptist school that employs two Christianity professors and several other faculty members who support homosexual student activism on campus.
By a 98 percent vote, the
Georgia Baptist Convention recently decided to sever ties with Mercer University in Atlanta because of the school’s endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle. The school hosted a “gay pride” event whose supporters reportedly included faculty and members from the school’s Department of Christianity. If the Convention votes in a similar fashion next November, Mercer will no longer be considered a Georgia Baptist school or receive $3.5 million a year in funding from the Convention.
Dr. Tony Romans is the pastor of North Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta. He says theological liberals are at home in an academic setting — and likely could not survive in the pulpit.
“A lot of the men who go through seminary and get the academic training who are liberal in their theology cannot make it as a pastor in most of the local churches,” Romans exclaims. “They can’t go to their pulpit and preach that liberal theology; the people won’t stand for it.”
To support his point, he notes that pastors’ sermons in “even the most liberal congregations [that] vote in a liberal way on a lot of issues” are not as “overtly liberal as some of these types of things are.”
Part of the problem at Mercer, he explains, is that the Georgia Baptist Convention has been prevented from determining who is nominated to the school’s board of trustees. “Basically Mercer has a board that is self-perpetuating in that sense,” Romans says.
“So the ideology that has come to the campus, as we’ve seen through these recent events, just demonstrates that the people who are leading that institution do not share the historical Baptist roots or the historical Baptist beliefs that we as Georgia Baptists do.”
Romans recommends that Georgia Baptists who want their college-age children to receive a solid Christian education consider schools like Shorter College in Rome and Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon. Mercer currently has approximately 7,000 students.

To take away 3.5 million is no small thing. The school might want to reconsider how it portrays itself. Especially to the people providing the funding.

Supreme Court Marble Facade Crumbles

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Here’s a little humor for today. As much as I dislike the decisions the Supreme Court has been handing down recently, the byline “Supreme Court Crumbles” caught my eye, but I didn’t think it would be literately. 🙂

Anyway, the building had some problems today, but no one was hurt.

Is God trying to tell them something?? 😉

Read about it here.

Christian Activist Foresees Uphill Marriage Protection Battle in Maine

Monday, November 28th, 2005

This needs to be prayed about…Hard.

(AgapePress) – A spokesman for the Christian Civic League of Maine (CCLM) says the recent rejection of pro-family values by a majority of Maine voters indicates a spiritual void in the state. The voters there said no to a “people’s veto” that would have nullified a bill passed by the legislature giving special rights to homosexuals.
Maine voters had rejected special rights for homosexuals in 1998. However, pro-homosexual activists are celebrating across the state today, after citizens recently opted not to use a people’s veto to repeal the bill pushed by the state’s liberal governor and legislature — a measure conferring special rights on gays and lesbians.
CCLM legislative liaison Tim Russell believes the voters in his state need to be made aware that “Pandora has been let out of the box.” Concerned that this victory by the homosexual lobby will pave the way for the approval of same-sex marriage statewide, he asserts, “Clearly, we’re going to have to address the officials that we elect. We’re going to have to start to educate the Maine citizens.”
One of the first issues to be addressed, Russell contends, is the spiritual climate in the New England state. “We have throughout this campaign spoken God’s word, his truth, in love; and it’s been turned around and spouted back that we are bigots,” he says. “And clearly, scripture tells us that we can expect this.” The anti-family opposition has been so vicious, he notes, that pro-family voters have been accused of hate speech simply for wearing buttons supporting traditional marriage.
The CCLM spokesman concludes that, if there is to be any hope of shoring up traditional marriage against its attackers, pro-family forces are going to have to take political action. “We could never hope to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a man and a woman in this state — and it must be done through the legislature in the state of Maine — until we change the House and the Senate here in the state — and, actually, the governorship,” he says.
Russell says Maine’s voters must get mobilized to get rid of legislators who continue to support reckless agendas promoting unhealthy, anti-family lifestyles. “We’ve got to get men and women who subscribe to traditional family values,” he asserts, “and clearly we have got to turn our attention back to scriptural values in God’s word.”

Foreign Office ‘unrelentingly pro-Palestinian’ says Israel

Monday, November 28th, 2005

I realize that the Israelis have done their fair share of things to annoy people. Look at how many times they got “spanked” in the Bible. But I have to wonder, when are they going to be able to quit bending over backwards, making all the concessions and also getting hurt the most while the palestinians do little or nothing to uphole their end of the bargain.
Where is the world outcry toward the palis? The silence is deafening.
Now check out yet another example of Israel getting “slapped” while the palis get off scott free.

Israel has reacted angrily to a confidential Foreign Office document accusing it of illegally expanding Jewish settlements and routing the West Bank barrier to prevent east Jerusalem from becoming the Palestinian capital.
Officials described the document, drafted for an EU foreign ministers meeting earlier this week, as “anti-Israeli” and said it was further evidence the Foreign Office is “unrelentingly pro-Palestinian”. Britain makes more formal protests to Israel over its actions in the occupied territories than any other country.
The document warns Israeli actions are jeopardising peace and risk radicalising Palestinians. It recommends several measures to resist the Israeli tactic, including politically symbolic actions such as moving meetings with Palestinian officials from Ramallah to east Jerusalem.
An Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Mark Regev, said: “We would see that as problematic. There are agreements with the Palestinians where that isn’t supposed to happen. It would not be the actions of those who support Israel.”
An Israeli source said: “We are not in the slightest bit surprised that this should have come from the British. On the one hand they always say they understand Israel’s problems and want to be an intermediary and on the other they are accusing us and attempting to embarrass us. They cannot be trusted,” he said.
No 10 played down the document, saying it was “drawn up as part of the EU process, reflecting not just British views but the collective views of the head of missions in Jerusalem”. Although it was written by British diplomats at the UK’s consulate in east Jerusalem, one diplomat said “there are others who agree with it”.
Israeli officials contrast what they see as Foreign Office hostility with the views of some British ministers. In September the Middle East minister, Kim Howells, shocked UK diplomats when the former chair of Labour Friends of Israel told the Jerusalem Post that rocket and artillery attacks on the Gaza Strip were a “measured” and “proportionate” response to Palestinian mortar attacks on Israel.
At the time British diplomats were lodging complaints over dozens of attacks on Gaza that destroyed schools and homes and the use of sonic booms to intimidate Palestinian civilians.
The Jerusalem Post observed Mr Howells’ support for Israeli actions was only tempered by a note from an FO aide who reminded him to mention UK objections to the spread of Jewish settlements
.

In light of all the violations of agreement the palis have made, no one could blame (although they would do so anyway) the Israelis if they threw the palis out and reclaimed all of their (Israel’s) territory. I mean all of them, thrown out, that is. Every last one of them. Let their so called peace loving islamofacist neighbors find homes for them.

Charity cash for Palestinian poor was siphoned to suicide bombers

Monday, November 28th, 2005

And why does this not surprise me. (Hat tip LGF)

Millions of pounds donated by British and other European charities to help the Palestinian poor were unwittingly diverted to fund terror and support the families of suicide bombers, Israeli prosecutors claimed yesterday.
Ahmed Salatna, 43, a Hamas activist from the West Bank town of Jenin, was remanded in custody by a military court charged with distributing €9m (£6.2m) (over 10.5 million dollars U.S. -ed.) for such purposes over the past nine years. The recipients are alleged to have included the family of a young man who blew himself up at the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem in August 2001, killing 15 people and wounding 107. Hamas and Islamic Jihad acknowledged responsibility.
The charge sheet names two British charities, Human Appeal International and Interpal. Human Appeal is a broadly based fundraising organisation, currently helping victims of the Pakistani earthquake. Interpal describes itself as “a non-political, non-profit-making charity that focuses solely on the provision of relief and development aid to the poor and needy of Palestine”. No one was available for comment at its London office yesterday. Other charities mentioned were the French CBST, the Italian ABSPT and the Al-Aqsa Foundation, which operates in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden.

And yet these peace loving islam palestinian organizations only help the poor, right?

Read the rest of the article from The Independent here.

Home Education Seen As Timely Solution to Failing Public Schools

Monday, November 28th, 2005

It is getting more and more tempting to bring teaching into the home. With the schools becoming more and more liberal (and immoral) in their teaching, parents are really starting to consider home schooling.

(AgapePress) – An effort to double the number of home school students in the United States is off and running, and already the response has been positive. E. Roy Moore, the man behind the launch of the “Homeschooling Family to Family” project, believes the time is right to push home education.
“Christian faith home schooling is America has come of age,” Moore says, “and it’s time now to get on offense and become more outreach- and evangelistic-oriented in our presentations.” He believes faith-based home schooling is an increasingly attractive option, especially since growing homosexual influence in public schools and the schools’ anti-parent policies regarding sex education and abortion are raising the anxiety level of many parents today.
Also, the home education advocate notes, failing standards of education, social engineering in the classroom, and drugs and violence on school campuses have led to a surge in home schooling in recent years. Meanwhile, he points out, home schooling has experienced tremendous changes, growing from its early days of being viewed with suspicion and skepticism by government and education officials to now offering large state conventions and curriculum fairs and even exerting influence with state legislatures around the nation.
Home schoolers were once outcasts, Moore asserts, “but the tide has turned, and now Christians who are public schooling their children are on defense.” Now it is those parents with kids in government schools, he says, who must “give an explanation of why their doing such a terrible thing.”

Read the rest of the article here.

If the liberals have their way, they will completely cut the parent out of the education process and then push their agenda of homosexuality and sex with anyone, anytime to our children. With parents being so busy just trying to make ends meet, the chance of them being able to catch and debate the “education” the schools are dishing out is slim.

Pray for our Children.

Momma Sheehan Book Signing & What Media Bias?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Check out the massive crowds that attended Cindy Sheehan’s book signing party at Crawford, Texas this last weekend. Why there must be..what, maybe five people.
I can only hope that this woman’s fifteen minutes of fame in the spotlight are over. It’s been shameful how she has exploited her son’s courageous death. It mades me sick how she has acted. She never met a camera she didn’t like.

As for media bias, the last picture in the set is the one Reuters ran. It’s been pointed out what a strange camera angle they used in order to avoid showing just how few people showed up.

Story Links:

Little Green Footballs
Sweetness & Light
The Scriptorium

Momma Sheehan Book Signing & What Media Bias?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Check out the massive crowds that attended Cindy Sheehan’s book signing party at Crawford, Texas this last weekend. Why there must be..what, maybe five people.
I can only hope that this woman’s fifteen minutes of fame in the spotlight are over. It’s been shameful how she has exploited her son’s courageous death. It mades me sick how she has acted. She never met a camera she didn’t like.

As for media bias, the last picture in the set is the one Reuters ran. It’s been pointed out what a strange camera angle they used in order to avoid showing just how few people showed up.

Story Links:

Little Green Footballs
Sweetness & Light
The Scriptorium

Momma Sheehan Book Signing & What Media Bias?

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Check out the massive crowds that attended Cindy Sheehan’s book signing party at Crawford, Texas this last weekend. Why there must be..what, maybe five people.
I can only hope that this woman’s fifteen minutes of fame in the spotlight are over. It’s been shameful how she has exploited her son’s courageous death. It mades me sick how she has acted. She never met a camera she didn’t like.

As for media bias, the last picture in the set is the one Reuters ran. It’s been pointed out what a strange camera angle they used in order to avoid showing just how few people showed up.

Story Links:

Little Green Footballs
Sweetness & Light
The Scriptorium

Verse of the Day

Monday, November 28th, 2005

“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”- 1 Chronicles 16:8

Today’s passage is from the New International Version.

Courtesy of BibleGateway.Com.