Archive for December 13th, 2005

AIDS Researcher: European and U.N. Anti-Abstinence Bias Will Cost Lives

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Folks, this is a much more fundamental problem then most people think. You see somehow the abstinence only stance, which, by the way, is the only surefire method for not getting sexually transmitted diseases, has been associated with Christians. As most of us have come to realize by now, anything even remotely Christian is almost immediately rejected by the E. C. and U. N.
So it’s kind of like cutting off one’s nose to spite his face. It may be the best idea in the world, but because Christians endorse it, the idea must be rejected out of hand.

(AgapePress) – A Harvard researcher who studied how Uganda cut its AIDS/HIV infection rate says the European Union is giving Africa bad advice on that topic. Led by the United Kingdom, the EU issued a statement for World AIDS Day on December 1, urging Africans not to listen to a message from the U.S. emphasizing abstinence to prevent spread of the AIDS virus.
Dr. Edward Green says although that message came in reaction to a perceived shortage of condoms in Uganda, the EU and the United Nations apparently believe the U.S. is trying to force the African nation to bow to an abstinence-only agenda. But that idea, he asserts, is the result of a misunderstanding.
“I think how the story got started, I mean the factual part of it, is that a number of condoms were recalled because they were defective,” Green explains. “This happened when Uganda got their supply of public sector condoms. It was not the usual source, and they were poor-quality condoms that then deteriorated, so they had to be recalled.”
Also, the researcher contends, the EU and the UN are under the misguided impression that the abstinence focus in Uganda’s AIDS prevention program comes from the Bush administration when, in fact, the Bush administration’s model for AIDS prevention comes from Uganda. As a result, the Europeans are asking for broader ideas to fight AIDS but are, in reality, promoting a narrow message, the doctor points out.
“All the EU wants to promote is condoms and other contraceptives and drugs and testing,” Green asserts, “and what Uganda did was all of the above, plus strong components of trying to influence people’s sexual behavior in the direction of safer and less risky.” Obviously, he adds, “ABC” — a combination of emphasis on Abstinence, Being faithful, and using Condoms — “is broader than ‘C’ alone” for preventing AIDS.
Green says the EU wants to push things like combating poverty and empowering women to prevent the spread of the deadly sexually transmitted disease, but he insists that none of those efforts have made any marked improvement in reducing the rates of infection. And when governments change from the “ABC” model to just emphasizing “C” in their other social programs, he predicts AIDS/HIV infection rates will only increase.

There is a reason that God told us to wait until we got married. If the couple has never been with anyone else prior to getting married, there is little, if no chance, that they will bring diseases to the marriage. Abstinence works. Geeez, this stuff is so basic, I can’t understand what is so hard about understanding it. Pretty much a “no-brainer”. Hummm…maybe that explains it.

Palestinians Crack Down on Islamic Jihad

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Well, if you’re a palestinian terrorist(s) pretending to get elected to office so that the world will accept you more then they already do, what else are you to do in order to insure your election but “remove” the other palestinian terrorist(s) running against you?

NABLUS, West Bank — Masked Palestinian security forces have arrested dozens of Islamic Jihad activists in a series of overnight raids across the West Bank in recent days — an operation the Palestinian Authority says is aimed at bringing those behind attacks on Israel to justice.
However, the biggest crackdown on militants since Palestinian leader
Mahmoud Abbas took office a year ago has netted only low-level operatives, and some suspect the goal is to appease the United States and Israel rather than crush the militant group.

Oh I see, the only thing they’re taking out is the “muscle” of the organization (which can be easily replaced from the pali jihad indoctrination, I mean summer, youth camps). The “brains” of the organization are allowed to come and go just like they always have, free to plan the deaths of more innocent Israelis.

At the same time, analysts and Israeli security officials said the arrests have sent an important message to the Palestinians — and Israelis — that militant groups can no longer operate with impunity.
“It is a symbolic way to tell everybody, ‘I am serious,'” said Israeli security analyst Boaz Ganor.
The last major Palestinian crackdown on militant groups took place four years ago when former leader Yasser Arafat, under intense pressure from Israel to stop attacks, ordered his security forces to arrest more than 200 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants, placed
Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin under house arrest and closed down many Hamas offices in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Since Abbas took office in January following Arafat’s death, he has resisted calls by Israel and the United States to dismantle the armed groups, fearing it would touch off a civil war. Others are concerned that his myriad and competing security forces, devastated after five years of fighting with Israel, would be unable or unwilling to take on the militants.

OK, so he fears a civil war if he does the right thing. Do we know of any countries today who braved civil war to do the right thing? Hummm…think about it. I’ll give you a couple of hints; taxation without representation and abolishment of slavery.

Instead, Abbas negotiated a shaky cease-fire with the militants to end attacks on Israel. It greatly reduced violence but has been repeatedly violated by Islamic Jihad.
After Islamic Jihad carried out its fifth suicide bombing since the truce took effect in February, killing five Israelis outside a mall in the Israeli city of Netanya last week, Abbas suddenly promised to take action.
“The Palestinian Authority will not go easy on whoever is proved to be responsible for this operation,” Abbas said in a statement.
In the following days, Palestinian security forces, many of them masked to protect themselves from reprisals, fanned out across the West Bank, surprising Islamic Jihad members at their houses in the middle of the night and arresting about 100 people.
Islamic Jihad has demanded an end to the raids. “These fighters were arrested to appease Israel,” said an Islamic Jihad leader known only as Abu Majd, who implied that more arrests could spark retaliation from the militants.

See how twisted their minds are? They agreed not to attack Israel and then, after numerous violations of the agreement, get mad when someone starts to hold them accountable for their actions. Appease Israel? How about “doing what is right”? And these people are going to get their own country one day? Oh boy, I can hardly wait!! (sarcasm)

Read the rest of the article from Fox News here.

‘Jesus Christ Dancers’ Asked Not to Perform at Holiday Festival Event

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Apparently in some places in California, this is enough to get you un-invited from a “Holiday Festival”. Read more about it below.

SAN DIEGO (AgapePress) – An official with the City of Chula Vista (California) Recreation Department asked a local Christian hip-hop dance group to not perform at a city-sponsored “Holiday Festival” last weekend.
The dance group was scheduled to perform at the city-sponsored event on December 3, but was told after the program began that it could not perform. The six-girl dance troupe — with participants ranging in age from 8 to 12 — wore shirts identifying themselves as a “Jesus Christ Dancer.” AgapePress was told of the incident by Phil Magnan of
Biblical Family Advocates.
John Gates, senior supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Commission of the City of Chula Vista, declined to comment on the reasoning for his decision to cancel the performance. When asked about the decision, Gates said that he “was asked to refer the matter to the city attorney’s office.” Four calls were made to the city attorney’s office with no response.
An eyewitness to the event and a father of one of dancers, Al Reyes, questioned the supervisor’s decision. Reyes told WorldNetDaily that Gates was asked about a Hawaiian dance group that, according to Reyes, performed “Feliz Navidad,” “The First Noel,” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and a Hawaiian prayer song that was sung in another language.
After challenging a city representative on this point, Reyes said Gates told him that, “I don’t understand those songs, but I do understand what those shirts say.”
(Emphasis mine – ed.)
The dance group, which normally numbers 11 dancers, is headed up by dance instructor Lita Ramirez. Ramirez said she is “disappointed with the decision to stop the performance,” adding that she “made it clear to city officials that this was a Christian hip-hop dance group and that they would perform a Christian hip-hop dance.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Islamists call for elimination of Christians

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Please pray for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ who are daily finding themselves persecuted for being Christians.

Militant Islamists in Pakistan have called for the elimination of Christians and the public hanging of a Christian accused of blasphemy.
According to a news release from human rights organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide, or CSW, about 3,000 Muslims gathered for Friday prayers at the Jamia Mosque in Sangla Hill on Dec. 2. It was at that location three weeks earlier that three churches, a school, a convent and Christian homes were attacked in Pakistan’s worst outbreak of anti-Christian violence since 2002.
CSW reported that Islamic leaders using loudspeakers urged Muslims to rise up and eliminate Christians. They also passed a resolution demanding that Yousaf Masih, a Christian accused of desecrating the Quran, be publicly hanged.

Read the rest from WorldNetDaily here.

Angel Tree Plants Positive Seeds in Lives of Inmates’ Children

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

This is a very worthy cause and I recommend supporting it as much as possible.

(AgapePress) – More than half a million children of inmates in America’s prisons will receive Christmas gifts, thanks to an international ministry.
For more than 20 years, Prison Fellowship has organized the “
Angel Tree” program, which gives prisoners the chance to sign their children up to received Christmas gifts given by Angel Tree volunteers. Those volunteers then contact the children’s care-givers to find out their wishes and needs. Literally thousands of churches across the nation have enrolled to participate in the effort to recognize the needs of children whose parents are incarcerated.
Mark Earley, president of Prison Fellowship Ministries, which oversees Angel Tree, says the program has a huge impact. He says that this year, more than 500,000 prisoners’ children will be served through about 15,000 local churches.
“The idea is that each child will get from a lay member a gift in the name of their parent –and we’ll share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them,” Earley adds. “We have found not only is that a tremendous ministry in the lives of those children, but it’s one of the greatest ways we can demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ and the gospel of Christ to their mother or father who is prison.”
According to Earley, the initiative taken to reach out to prisoners and their families can help break a vicious cycle. He explains that over the last three decades the number of people in American prisons has increase ten-fold, to 2.3 million. He says that increase introduces another increase.
“It has brought with it two-million prisoners’ children who are in the U.S.,” he explains, “and we know from statistics that these kids are five to six times more likely to end up in prison than their peers. In fact, it is the greatest predictor of whether a child ends up in prison.”
The positive impact is obvious, he says. “This program is not only effective in bringing prisoners and their kids to Christ, but quite frankly it’s very effective at changing our neighborhoods across the United States.”
Since its inception, Angel Tree has provided more than seven-million children of prisoners with gifts nationwide.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

I know that the Twelve Days of Christmas actually starts on December 25th and ends on January 5th, but I think it would be fun to use it as a countdown to Christmas this year.

On the First Day of Christmas my true love gave to me…
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

The Birth of John the Baptist

Tuesday, December 13th, 2005

Luke 1:57-66 New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of John the Baptist

When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.
On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”
Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”

Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue was loosed, and he began to speak, praising God. The neighbors were all filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.