Archive for December 28th, 2005

Ex-ACLU attorney: Group ‘terrorizing’ U.S.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Please support the organizations you see in my blog post who oppose the ACLU.

An attorney who once worked for the American Civil Liberties Union has slammed the organization for “perverting” federal law by successfully threatening government officials into getting rid of public expressions of religion.
Rees Lloyd made the comments in an online podcast hosted by
Rep. John Hostettler, R-Ind., in which the two discuss the congressman’s legislation, the Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA (H.R.2679). The bill would prohibit judges in civil suits involving the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause from awarding attorney’s fees to those offended by religious symbols or actions in the public square – such as a Ten Commandments display in a courthouse or a cross on a county seal.
Lloyd, a California civil-rights attorney, is an officer with the American Legion who wrote a resolution passed by the national organization supporting Hostettler’s bill.
As WorldNetDaily reported, Hostettler’s proposal would amend the Civil Rights Attorney’s Fees Act of 1976, 42 U.S.C. Section 1988, to prohibit prevailing parties from being awarded attorney’s fee in religious establishment cases, but not in other civil rights filings. This would prevent local governments from having to use taxpayer funds to pay the ACLU or similar organization when a case is lost, and also would protect elected officials from having to pay fees from their own pockets.
In the podcast, Hostettler explains that the 1976 statute was meant to help “the little guy” who is going up against a governmental entity so he won’t be impoverished when working to guarantee the liberty to express or practice his faith. But, says the lawmaker, the ACLU has used the law to enrich itself at the expense of taxpayers and as a means to silence public officials who don’t want to be sued personally.
Hostettler says some organizations have created a new civil liberty – a right to be protected “from religion, which is found nowhere in the Constitution, nowhere in the Bill of Rights.” The Indiana congressman blames “a very select group” for “perverting” the original statute, including the ACLU, People for the American Way and Americans United for the Separate of Church and State.
“They use this statute to extort behavior out of individuals,” the congressman said, citing the Indiana Civil Liberties Union threatening local educators. The group sent a letter to officials saying they would be sued and be forced to pay attorney’s fees should any graduation prayers be offered at commencement ceremonies. The threat sent the message, Hostettler said, that individuals tied to school districts could be impoverished personally.
Said the lawmaker: “When officials see the potential threat of a lawsuit, they stop allowing children to write papers for English class – when they’re asked to write about the most important person in their life and they decide to write about Jesus Christ.”
Hostettler’s bill would allow cases to move through the courts without public officials worrying about being held personally liable for thousands in attorneys fees.
“Let’s let these cases go forward; let’s let the courts decide what’s constitutional and what’s not, and let’s not leave it up to the ACLU,” he said.
Hostettler explained that while government entities can pay attorney’s fees charged to individual elected officials, they don’t legally have to, which puts the politicians on the hook.
Saying most taxpayers are in favor of allowing public religious expression, the congressman noted the irony of those same taxpayers being forced to pay the ACLU to sue their local governments.
“The current threat to public officials is very real; it’s ongoing,” Hostettler stated. “It’s been the case for several years that public officials are scared to death to suggest any type of public recognition of our Christian roots. It’s a problem that needs to be addressed in Washington, D.C.”
PERA would prohibit damages, court fees and attorney’s fees from going to plaintiffs in establishment-clause suits while keeping the original purpose of the civil-rights law, Hstettler says, to provide a means for those whose religious liberties have been blocked to find justice.
The congressman wonders why the ACLU would oppose his legislation since it still provides for “injunctive relief” – e.g., a court can rule in the ACLU’s favor and force the removal of a Ten Commandments display – but takes out the monetary incentive for lawsuits.
“If they’re not out for the money but are really out to preserve our civil liberties … then the ACLU should not be opposing my bill,” Hostettler commented.
Hostettler mentioned the case of Judge Roy Moore in Alabama, whose colleagues on the state Supreme Court ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments display because, the congressman says, they didn’t want the state’s taxpayers to have to pay anymore than they did – $500,000 – to the ACLU as a result of the case.

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Re-Post: Christmas Victory (from Rapture Alert)

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Christmas Victory
by Gloria Reed of Hal Lindsey Oracle

Would He be pleased with the progress made on His behalf in keeping Christmas alive and well with each victory gained in overcoming the ACLU and the Christmas Grinches?
As I finished my purchase at a Wal-Mart store the cashier associate smilingly said to me, “Merry Christmas.” I was shocked by this since I had read all the news articles on Wal-Mart’s choice of greeting (Happy Holidays) this Christmas season. I replied to her, “Thank you for saying that and Merry Christmas to you too.”
She commented further, “Well, that is the reason we have this shopping season. If it weren’t for Christmas there would be no reason to doing all this.” I agreed with her.
Without Christmas there would be no reason to be out spending a fortune on gifts for everyone from grandma to the family dog. Stores would not have a year end rush to getting rich or breaking even or whatever excuse they have for making more money to keep going another year.
I left the store pleased that the efforts by Christians and friends of Christians were beginning to pay off. People were no longer afraid to stand up and say “Merry Christmas.”
At a different store I was again shocked and surprised to see a group of employees parading around the store singing Christmas carols. Yup, that’s right. Christmas carols. Right out there in front of all the customers shopping for CHRISTMAS.
Those employees didn’t seem to have a problem singing about Christmas and neither did the customers shopping that night. It was something magic, something good. They sang a variety of Christmas songs…secular and religious as well. No one seemed to mind and no one protested.
There’s nothing wrong with the endless singing of “Jingle Bells” or “White Christmas” or the many other secular Christmas songs. Christian songs are important too, and need to be part of the public Christmas.
After all, all the Christian carols are centuries old – Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, O Come, All Ye Faithful, O Holy Night. This was good to hear in a public place.
I smiled inside. I smiled outside as I thought of all the people all over America who took a stand for Jesus Christ and His Holy Day and fought against the politically correct crowd. I thank God many believers are not silent anymore. We can’t let those against Jesus Christ take away our right to worship Him just because it may be offensive to someone else. We have to stop being ridiculous in our thinking that we don’t want to offend this one or that one.
The whole reason for Christmas is “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. Of course, that is also the very reason why so many are against Christmas as well. Without Christ there is no Christmas.
It matters not the actual date of His birth whether it was December or some other time of the year. What matters is He came. He was born. For without His birth there is no death and no resurrection and therefore no salvation. But the very reason that He was born is what makes the world hate Christmas. So I am rejoicing this year that believers all over America are standing up and shouting out for Christmas.
Keep shouting, for Christ is worth shouting about. His love, His promises, His salvation, His blessings, are all gifts given by God the Father to us in the form of the most blessed Gift…His Son.

Email Author: Gloria Reed

Court Asked to Rehear Case Over Calif. Schools’ ‘Becoming Muslim’ Exercise

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

We hear quite often how our school systems refuse to allow any semblance of Christianity to be taught in the schools, but in California, they can teach your child how to be a muslim. This is very worrisome that a court can mandate this type of thing and be so obviously hypocritical. The liberal, activist courts are not even trying to hide themselves anymore. Read below about the continuing struggle to have this wrong made right.

(AgapePress) – A federal appeals court is being asked to reconsider its ruling that allows public schools to teach junior high students how to “become Muslims.” The Thomas More Law Center, a national public-interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is asking the entire Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule on what can be done in public schools with regard to teaching Islam and other religions.
Several parents sued California’s Byron Union School District for requiring their 7th-grade children to participate in a three-week class activity in which they not only had to study important Islamic figures and wear traditional Muslim attire, but were also required to observe the “five pillars” of the Islamic faith, adopt Muslim names, recite a portion of a Muslim prayer, and even stage their own “jihad” or “holy war.” The plaintiffs’ attorney, the Thomas More Law Center’s Ed White, believes the school district violated the parents’ and children’s constitutional rights to free exercise of religion.
Earlier, White had asked a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit to overturn a previous San Francisco federal district court’s ruling that the Byron Union School District did not violate the U.S. Constitution. However, the Ninth Circuit panel of judges upheld the lower court’s determination in a brief, unpublished memorandum decision.
In that ruling, however, the panel overlooked and failed to rule on the plaintiff’s claims that their free exercise and parental rights had been violated. The Thomas More Law Center has asked the three-judge panel to reconsider their decision and to issue a ruling on the claims not previously addressed. The Law Center has also asked all 24 active judges on the Ninth Circuit to consider and rule on the case.
White says the Byron Union School District never informed the parents about an exercise that would be grading their children on how well they observed the tenets of Islam. In fact, he points out, “The parents were never told that there was even a way to opt their child out of such an activity.”
Actually, the only way the parents found out about the school’s Islamic exercise, the attorney points out, was virtually by accident. He says a Byron Union District mom was “looking through her son’s book bag and asked, ‘Hey, what’s all this stuff?’ and the kid said, ‘Oh, we’re doing this in school now.’ So the parents objected, but it was after the class [activity] was over.”
So it was after the fact that parents learned how, for three weeks in 2001, their children were told they would “become Muslims” and had worn identification tags bearing their new Muslim names along with the Star and Crescent Moon symbols of Islam. The children received materials telling them to “Remember Allah always so that you may prosper,” and they made banners to hang in the classroom, inscribing them with the Basmala, a phrase from the Koran used in Muslim prayers that is translated, “In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.”
Richard Thompson, chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, was disappointed by the San Francisco district court’s ruling and the Ninth Circuit panel’s decision to uphold it. He commented that if students had been instructed on Christianity in the same manner as they were on Islam in this case, the court would most likely have found a constitutional violation.
Ed White agrees. The parents’ lawyer says the courts should not be allowing this apparent double standard on the teaching of religion in public schools. When the Byron Union School District’s teachers taught the children other religions in the seventh grade,” he asserts, “they didn’t go into any of these activities. When they taught Buddhism or Christianity, they didn’t engage in these simulations [of Islamic observances]. They didn’t have to practice the faith, memorize various parts of the Bible, et cetera.”
White has filed a petition for a rehearing of the case before the entire Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chief counsel Richard Thompson says the appellate court needs to clarify in a published opinion just how far public schools can go in teaching about religion.

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Palestinians blame WND for Bethlehem religious rift

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

The pali’s just can’t figure out why life is not so good these days. I think these people will always be in the dark.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 New International Version (NIV)

JERUSALEM – An article published Sunday by WorldNetDaily quoting Bethlehem residents as saying local Muslim persecution prompted tens of thousands of Christians to flee the city is “all lies” and the “kind of American reporting [that] is the real reason for any rift between Muslims and Christians,” a major Palestinian newspaper stated yesterday, claiming inter-religious relations in Bethlehem “have never been better.”
“There is no problem between Christians and Muslims in Bethlehem, but any problem that may exist is because of this kind of article in the American media,” stated a piece in the Al Manar Palestinian daily.
The Palestinian paper went on to quote several sections of WND’s article, “Muslim grinches steal Bethlehem Christmas,” calling the report “all lies. This is an effort to separate Christians and Muslims in Bethlehem.”
WND reported many Christians in Bethlehem say they face constant Muslim hostility, prompting the Christian population to decline from 90 percent of the city to the current demographic of less than 25 percent. The drastic decline started in 1995, the year the Palestinian Authority took control of Bethlehem.
The WND article came after world leaders took the occasion of Bethlehem’s Christmas Eve Mass to blame Israel’s recently constructed security fence in the area for Christian woes, and followed scores of American media reports about this past weekend’s festivities that seemed to find Israel’s fence mostly at fault for low tourist turnout at Christmas celebrations and the lower Christian population figures.
Christmas celebrations this year attracted about 30,000 tourists – 10,000 more than last year but down from an average of 150,000 in 1994.
“All this talk about Israel driving Christians out and causing pain is nonsense,” a Bethlehem Christian community leader told WND this past weekend. “You want to know what is at play here, just come throughout the year and see the intimidation from the Muslims. They have burned down our stores, built mosques in front of our churches, stole our real estate and took away our rights. Women have been raped and abducted. So don’t tell me about Israel. It’s the Muslims.”
The Bethlehem leader, like many Christians on the streets of the city, would not provide his name for publication for fear of retaliation.
One religious novelty-store owner cited examples of Muslim gangs defacing Christian property, the PA replacing Christian leaders on public councils with Muslims and armed Palestinian factions stirring tensions. One such incident was last week’s storming of Bethlehem’s City Hall, across the street from the Church of the Nativity, believed to be the birthplace of Jesus, by gunmen from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group.
But Al Manar claimed: “Relations between Christians and Muslims in Bethlehem have never been better. Even though Muslims now compose the vast majority of Bethlehem, the PA still allows the Christians to hold 7 out of 13 municipality seats.”
The Bethlehem Christian store owner, though, disagreed.
“We are harassed but you wouldn’t know the truth. No one says anything publicly about the Muslims.”

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Pray Always

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Philippians 4:6 New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Israeli Jets Strike Militant Base in Lebanon

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Things are heating up in Israel again. Can you see that no matter what concessions Israel makes to the islamofacist, it is never enough. The only thing that will appease the arab word is the complete destruction of Israel.

JERUSALEM — Israeli jets attacked a Palestinian militant group’s training base in southern Lebanon early Wednesday, hours after an Israeli border town was hit by rocket fire, the military said.
The base located five miles south of
Beirut is operated by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command, a small group that has been waging a decades long fight against the Jewish state.
“This is in response to the firing of projectile rockets last night toward Israeli communities,” the military said.
It said it views such attacks with “extreme severity” and holds Lebanon responsible.

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French ban petrol in cans amid fear of New Year riots

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

OK, they’re kidding right? They think that getting rid of gas cans is going to stop riots on New Years eve? Hello!! Have the French ever thought about addressing the real problem. You know, the fact that radical islam has moved into the neighborhood…

Fears of a new outbreak of street violence in France have prompted many areas to ban the sale of petrol in cans.
Setting fire to cars on New Year’s Eve has become a tradition among lawless youths on estates with large immigrant populations in the Parisian suburbs and Strasbourg.
wave of rioting that swept the country for three weeks from the end of October has led to widespread concern that troublemakers may try to stage a show of strength this weekend.
The bans affect most areas around Paris and several provincial cities that suffered during the earlier riots. Nicolas Sarkozy, the interior minister, insisted that November’s state of emergency would not be lifted at New Year.
This allows local administrators to impose curfews and other restrictions, although most take the view that tensions would be heightened by putting the measures into effect.
The petrol ban is separate from the emergency powers. Mr Sarkozy has dismissed criticism of his policies by Left-wing politicians and sport and entertainment figures.
The former tennis player Yannick Noah, born in France of Cameroonian and French parents, said in a
controversially censored magazine interview that he would leave the country if Mr Sarkozy succeeded in his ambition of becoming president.
Other personalities who accuse the minister of inflaming opinion in the suburbs include Lilian Thuram, the most-capped player in France’s football squad, the film director Luc Besson and the rapper Joey Starr.
Mr Sarkozy has been roundly condemned for dismissing troublemakers as racaille, meaning rabble but often translated – and understood – as scum.
But in an interview, he said the word was not in his normal vocabulary but was used by a woman of North African origin begging him to rid her estate in Argenteuil, north of Paris, of criminals. He replied: “Yes madam, trust me, we will get rid of this rabble.”
Mr Sarkozy said that he probably had a much better idea of life on the estates than Thuram, who had not lived on one for some time but enjoyed the life of a successful, well-paid athlete in Italy.
“He is a great footballer,” Mr Sarkozy said, “but that does not make him an intellectual guru.”
Mr Sarkozy defended his handling of the riots, saying that nothing he had said or done during the unrest, or in 30 years in politics, was contrary to French republican principles.
The riots had been controlled by effective policing and had not been accompanied by anything like the bloodshed experienced abroad.
Repeating claims made in an interview on the Arabic television channel al-Jazeera, he also said no politician in France had fought harder against racial discrimination.
Mr Sarkozy described attempts by radicals to discredit him by circulating posters showing his face and the words “Vote Le Pen” – a reference to the far-Right National Front leader Jean-Marie Le Pen – as smacking of fascist tactics.

Well, the very fact that al-jazera is for Mr. Sarkozy, says a lot right there. Of course his main critics are athletes and entertainers, who else. Sounds like they still can’t get it together over there and address the real problem…Socialism. Just doesn’t work, folks. Keep in mind that our democratic party here wants us to be just like them. Think about it.