Archive for December 2nd, 2005

Jewish Group Condemns Anti-Christian ‘War on Christmas’

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

It’s wonderful to see Jewish organizations coming out in support of Christians in the War on Christmas, especially from a group that doesn’t celebrate it.

(AgapePress) – A group of Jewish Americans says its members are fed up with the war being waged against Christmas. Yesterday, at a National Press Club gathering in Washington, the group’s president, Don Feder, voiced his organization’s feelings when he declared, “Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation is here today to say, ‘Enough already. If you’re offended by a municipal Christmas tree or Santa Claus in a holiday parade or a manger in a park, get over it.'”
Feder went on to say that banning the word “Christmas” and other references to Jesus makes no sense in the United States. “This is an overwhelmingly Christian nation, and it’s a matter of simple courtesy to acknowledge a holiday celebrated by 96 percent of the American people,” he asserted.
In a recent column for GrasstopsUSA.com, Feder confessed to being among the four percent of Americans who do not celebrate Christmas. But he also admitted that while growing up, he sang Christmas carols and made Christmas ornaments. “And, guess what,” he said. “I wasn’t emotionally scarred for life.”
While speaking at the National Press Club, the head of
Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation (JAACD) called on Jews across the U.S. to rise in defense of Christians’ right to say “Merry Christmas” and to celebrate the birth of Jesus according to their faith and traditions without the threat of being prohibited or censured because of political correctness.
“Why would a group of Jews who don’t celebrate Christmas care about the disappearance of Christmas?” Feder asked, anticipating the question from his listeners. “Because Christmas is disappearing,” he proceeded to explain. “It’s disappearing from our culture at an alarming rate, disappearing from stores, disappearing from schools, and disappearing from the public square.”
The JAACD spokesman noted his group called the press conference because it wanted to speak out against what he calls the “War on Christmas” — ongoing efforts to purge Christmas from the nation’s public events and sites, retail establishments, and the culture in general. He went on to emphasize his organization’s contention that Jews and, indeed, Americans of all faiths need to be concerned about this phenomenon.

Maybe Jews and Christians are closer then people think!!

Read the rest here.

PM: Iranian nukes unacceptable

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

The government of Israel says that letting the Iranians have nuclear arms is “unacceptable”.

Israel “can’t accept a situation where Iran has nuclear arms” and “is making all the necessary preparations to handle a situation like this,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Thursday.
Iran’s enemies have “the capability” to use military force to disrupt
Iran’s bid for nuclear arms, he said at the annual Editor’s Committee gathering in Tel Aviv, adding that “before exercising it, every attempt should be made to pressure Iran into stopping its activity.”
Sharon stressed that “Israel doesn’t lead the struggle” to keep Iran nuclear-free, and he hoped the UN Security Council would neutralize “this great danger.”
Sharon’s comments raised Israel’s rhetoric against Iran and came on the heels of assessments by IDF brass that, after March, diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program will be pointless.
“Israel is not without hope and is taking all necessary measures, as it should,” he said.

OK, this is a no brainer, folks. The nation who has been a rouge and who’s president said “Israel must be wiped off the map” cannot have nuclear arms. Period. End of the story.

Anyone who thinks that Israel wouldn’t be their first target is just plain nuts. Anyone who thinks Iran won’t use their nukes when they get them is even nuttier. Think about it.
Also, what is the chance they wouldn’t try to use them or some of the radioactive byproducts in “dirty bombs” on the U.S. or any other country they didn’t like?

Read the rest of the article here.

Dutch commission to set rules on baby euthanasia

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

Hat Tip: Jack at Rapture Ready News

The European’s lack of sanctity of life is frightening. And yet there are those in this country who would have us imitate our neighbors across the pond. I think there was a reason we all left and came over here so many years ago.

AMSTERDAM, Nov 29 (Reuters) – The Netherlands is setting up a commission to regulate the practice of ending the lives of “seriously suffering” newborn babies, the government said on Tuesday, in a move critics say could allow more euthanasia.
Euthanasia of newborns and late abortions remain illegal, but the commission — composed of three doctors, a lawyer and a ethicist — is likely to recommend that doctors who follow certain rules are not charged in concrete cases.
Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner and Junior Health Minister Clemence Ross-van Dorp said they hoped the commission, expected to start work in mid-2006, would improve the transparency of decision making.
“We wanted to respond to the needs of doctors to create clarity in how to deal with ending the life of seriously suffering newborns as well as the legal consequences of late abortions,” the ministers wrote in a letter to parliament.
“The conventions, as well as the opinion of the commission, offer doctors the knowledge that cases will not just be seen from a legal perspective but also from a medical and ethical perspective … the uncertainty of doctors is being addressed.”
In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to legalise adult euthanasia, a move condemned by the Roman Catholic Church, but has since been followed by Belgium, while other European states are investigating allowing it.
SLIPPERY SLOPE?
Bert Dorenbos, from anti-euthanasia group Scream for Life, said the commission would effectively allow more euthanasia.
“It is a very dangerous and tragic development,” he said. “It means that doctors will have a freer hand as to whether to end the life of a child or not. It is a slippery slope.”
A study earlier this year showed that Dutch doctors had reported 22 cases between 1997 and 2004 of euthanasia of babies with spina bifida, a disabling birth defect affecting the spinal column, but had not been prosecuted after judicial review.
Prosecutors had decided against charging doctors as long as unofficial rules — dubbed the Groningen protocol after the university hospital that compiled them — were met.
The ministers want the commission to work on the basis of similar criteria, allowing euthanasia or late abortion if the baby had no chance of survival and was suffering unbearably, if the doctor consulted at least one other, the parents agreed and the life was ended in the correct medical way.
Eduard Verhagen, paediatrician at the Groningen University Medical Centre that drew up the protocol, has long campaigned for the government to create an expert commission to encourage doctors to report such cases without fear of prosecution.
“If we take this awfully difficult decision, it must happen with complete openness,” he told De Volkskrant newspaper.
“You are trained to save the life of a child but with these children the suffering can only be stopped by ending their lives. It takes courage to do that.”
The precise number of euthanasia cases in the Netherlands is not known as not all doctors report them, but the government estimates that there are several thousand each year, including about 15 to 20 disabled newborns.

Slippery Slope?? How could it be anything less. Already with the Terri Schindler-Schiavo situation, and Kevorkian (otherwise known as Dr. Death), we are seeing our country headed the same direction.
Let me ask…do you really want some court or doctor you don’t know making those type of decisions for you?

Three Engineers in a Car

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

There are three engineers in a car; an electrical engineer, a chemical engineer and a Microsoft engineer. Suddenly the car just coughs, sputters, and dies. The three engineers look at each other wondering what could be wrong.
The electrical engineer suggests stripping down the electronics of the car and trying to trace where a fault might have occurred.
The chemical engineer, not knowing much about cars, suggests that maybe the fuel is becoming emulsified and getting blocked somewhere.
Then, the Microsoft engineer, not knowing much about anything, comes up with a suggestion, “Why don`t we close all the windows, get out, get back in, open the windows again, and maybe it`ll work?”

(Thanks for the Joke, Ben!! -ed.)

The Visit of the Magi

Friday, December 2nd, 2005


Whereas the Bible doesn’t specifically give us the names of the wise men and how many came, the story of the Magi shows us just how far reaching the Christmas Star was seen. These men knew, from consistently studying the stars, that something monumental had occurred. It moved them enough that they traveled hundreds of miles to seek it’s source. It took so long to arrive that Jesus was no longer a new born baby, but was at least some months old.
As men with learning, they were familiar with the scripture, quoting Micah 5:2.
Read the story below.

Matthew 2:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[
a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[b] and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ[
c] was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'[d]”
Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[
e] went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Footnotes:
Matthew 2:1 Traditionally Wise Men
Matthew 2:2 Or star when it rose
Matthew 2:4 Or Messiah
Matthew 2:6 Micah 5:2
Matthew 2:9 Or seen when it rose