Archive for January 3rd, 2006

First TBN drops Lindsey, now Lindsey drops TBN

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Good for him. I guess even Christian networks can censor their content. Probably is a good move on his part though.

Hal Lindsey, considered the best-selling non-fiction writer alive today, has notified the Trinity Broadcasting Network he will not return to his twice-weekly Christian commentary program, “The International Intelligence Briefing,” because of what he considers to be efforts to muzzle his opinions about radical Islam.
Lindsey, author of “The Late Great Planet Earth” and many other best-selling books and a
weekly columnist for WND, has anchored the program for the last 12 years on the world’s largest Christian network.
The announcement follows an abrupt six-week suspension of the popular TBN-sponsored program by Jan Crouch, TBN’s vice president for programming.
Though John Casoria, TBN’s general counsel
first told WorldNetDaily the show’s suspension was simply a traditional hiatus in lieu of seasonal programming, that statement was later revised to confirm that the network believed Lindsey’s program “placed Arabs in a negative light.”
Lindsey responded to this allegation: “I don’t have to cast radical Muslims in a bad light. If the intimidation and persecution of moderate Muslims makes radical Islam look bad, that is because it is bad – not that I ‘cast’ them in a bad light. But I have never cast the Arabs as a race in a bad light.”
“I also seek to show that radical Islam poses the greatest danger ever faced by the United States,” he added. “I believe that God called me as ‘a watchman on the wall’ to warn America and I must obey – although it is sometimes unpopular.”
On the other hand, Casoria told WND he believes the extremists are not Muslims at all but have “hijacked the religion.”
Lindsey contends that “the extremists are the ones most literally following the Quran and the Hadith, which are the most holy and authoritative books of the Muslim religion. This is why violence has erupted from Muslims in virtually every century since its birth.”

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Re-post from Rapture Alert: “People wonder: Is God trying to get our attention?”

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

People wonder: Is God trying to get our attention?
by Michael G. Mickey
(1-2-06)

I couldn’t begin to count how many times in my life I have heard someone make a comment along these lines, “It’s enough to make you wonder whether God’s trying to get our attention!”
A Yahoo News story dated December 23rd, 2005, reflecting on what has taken place in the course of one short year, opens with the following words – words I hope everyone wondering whether God is trying to get the world’s attention will take into consideration:
“In the space of a year, a tsunami, an earthquake, brutal storms and floods have claimed more than 300,000 lives and cost at least 100 billion dollars in damage.”
In the space of a year, as in ONE year! It’s truly enough to make you wonder whether God’s trying to get our attention, isn’t it?
The tsunami of December 2004, you may recall, was triggered by an undersea earthquake so powerful news reports written weeks later quoted scientists as saying much of the earth was still ‘ringing like a bell.’
A look at the US Geological Service’s global earthquake activity list indicates there have been 38 earthquakes since 2006 started, at least as of the moment I’m writing this. Ten of the 38 have been 5-magnitude or greater quakes! Below are a pair of 2006 quakes in the news:
A moderate earthquake rattled Indonesia’s tsunami-ravaged Aceh province on New Year’s Day, as seen in a Fox News story.
A 7.1-magnitude undersea earthquake hit near Fiji in the South Pacific today, according to a Fox News story. Undoubtedly, there are many in the South Pacific who won’t sleep well tonight, in spite of the fact no tsunami event is anticipated to take place as a result of the massive quake.
And then there was the Atlantic hurricane season of 2005 – the one that started in June of 2005 and, supposedly, ended November 30th. You remember that one, right? Did you know it still hasn’t physically ended, after having set all kinds of records? Tropical Storm Zeta is churning out in the Atlantic right now, at least as I write this commentary! It’s been well over a full month since hurricane season officially ended and yet it continues!
A Yahoo News story tells us other violent weather across the United States has brought a “tempestuous start to 2006”, due in part to wildfires sweeping across Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico brought on by drought conditions. The story quotes Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City as saying he fears that “the worst is yet to come” as there is no rain in the forecast. There hasn’t been any significant rainfall there since October, according to the story. According to a Fox News story, authorities are now conducting house-to-house searches in burned-out towns in the region looking for victims.
As the southern United States burns with no let-up in sight, California is being drenched with floodwaters. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared seven counties in the San Francisco area as disaster areas and there’s no immediate relief in sight. Forecasters are predicting there will be another inch of rain in the region in the days ahead, adding to the crisis.
In spite of the fact 2006 is picking up where 2005 left off, people still wonder whether God is trying to get our attention. I believe, in no uncertain terms, the answer is, “Yes! God is trying to get our attention!”
Jesus said, concerning the end times, as documented in Mark 13:8, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.”
He also told us, as documented in Luke 21:25, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;”
As bad as 2005 was in terms of destruction and the loss of life, 2006 is off to a similarly tumultuous start. While there are those who would suggest the things I’ve documented in this commentary are commonplace in the world today, I would counter that they are indicative of a continuing pattern of bizarre, violent weather and powerful earthquakes, within all of which there is a message for a lost and dying world, at least for those willing to receive it. The message?Jesus Christ is coming soon!

Israel denies Temple Mount excavation

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

In response to a claim by the islamic terrorist, who occupy Temple Mount, that Israel was building a synagogue and trying to destroy a mosque there, Israel has stated that the allegations are unfounded. What Israel did build was a visitor center on their land. I wonder when Israel is going to kick the squatters off of Temple Mount?

Israel dismissed as “blatant lies” and “preposterous and unfounded allegations” claims voiced by the top Muslim religious authority in Jerusalem and the firebrand leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel Tuesday that Israel built a synagogue and was trying to destroy a mosque on the Temple Mount by its recently-completed construction of a visitor’s center near the Western Wall.
Islamic leaders have been fuming for weeks now over Israel’s recent construction of the visitor’s center, adjacent to the Western Wall tunnels, angered over the project which highlights Judaism’s connection to Jerusalem and the Western Wall.
The lavish new state of the art tourist center at the Western Wall tunnels incorporates ancient and modern Jewish history and includes an elaborate sound and light show that highlight both recent discoveries of artifacts and infrastructure dating back thousands of years.
The high-tech center, which aims to link the past with the future in an effort to reach out to Israeli youth, includes one of the world’s oldest aqueducts, a ritual bath from the Second Temple period, a First Temple wall, as well as exhibits on modern day Jewish history, such as the Holocaust and Israel’s fallen soldiers.
The top Muslim clergyman, or mufti, of Jerusalem, Ikrema Sabri, on Tuesday called the archaeological project an “aggression” that threatened the mosque compound and demanded an immediate end to the digs.
“These violations and aggression lead to tension in the region,” he said at a Jerusalem press conference.
Sheik Raed Salah, a radical leader of Israel’s Islamic Movement, who was freed from prison last year after serving a two year sentence for a series of security offenses including financing Hamas activities called the construction a “black stain” on Israel and accused the government of plotting to destroy the mosques to build a new temple.
Salah who heads the extremist northern branch of the Islamic Movement of Israeli Arabs which denies Israel’s legitimacy has repeatedly warned supporters in the past that “Al-Aksa is in danger” and that Israeli extremists intended to attack the mosque at the Jerusalem holy site.
“These are lies, and there is nothing behind what they are saying,” Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch said Tuesday.
“Archaeological excavations have never been carried out, and are not being carried out today, under the Temple Mount compound,” Israel’s Antiquities Authority said in a statement.
Though nearby, the visitor’s center is hundreds of meters away from the Temple Mount compound.
The Islamic leaders’ tirade comes just weeks after the Palestinian Authority’s official website lambasted the construction project in a report that called into question Judaism’s very connection to Jerusalem.

Rescue Workers ‘Discouraged’ in Search for Trapped Miners

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Please join me in praying for these trapped miners and their families.

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. — Tests conducted thus far to determine whether 13 trapped men in West Virginia’s Sago Mine are still alive were discouraging, mine officials said Tuesday, adding that carbon monoxide levels in parts of the mine are far above the normal limit.
“There is hope they could be at another location or they could be barricaded somewhere” else in the mine where the carbon monoxide levels aren’t as harmful, Ben Hatfield, CEO of the mine owner, International Coal Group, said during a press conference Tuesday morning.
The cause of the explosion that trapped the miners hadn’t been determined early Tuesday, but a spokeswoman for West Virginia Gov.
Joe Manchin said earlier that it may have been sparked by lightning.
The blast occurred at about 6:40 a.m. Monday, trapping the miners 260 feet below the surface of the Sago Mine, located about 100 miles northeast of Charleston.
Four co-workers tried to reach them immediately after the explosion but stopped because of contaminated air. The blast knocked out the mine’s communication equipment, preventing authorities from contacting the miners.
During the rescue effort Tuesday, rescuers who had penetrated more than 9,000 feet into the coal mine where 13 miners were believed trapped were ordered to return to the surface as a drilling crew punched into the mine with a 6¼-inch hole.
Meanwhile, a track-mounted robot brought from a federal
Mine Safety and Health Administration office was being sent into the mine. The robot is equipped with a camera and sensors to measure air quality.
Officials thought the workers should be removed from the mine in case the drilling caused the air to shift, Hatfield said. Crews were drilling the hole to test for poisonous gases and to try to detect signs of life.
But during the press conference, Hatfield said search workers penetrated a hole in the left section of the mine near where they believed the miners were trapped around 5:38 a.m. ET. They pounded on steel and listened for a response for over 10 minutes, “but the drill crew heard no response,” Hatfield said.
“No barricades or survivors were seen,” he continued, adding that the camera attached to the probe didn’t show any major damage done to the equipment inside, which could mean there was no major blast inside the mine at that location. The camera also didn’t find any bodies.
But air monitors attached to the equipment that probed the mine recorded oxygen and methane levels at acceptable levels but the carbon monoxide levels were recorded at 1,300 parts per million — that far exceeds the 400 parts per million maximum level that sustains life
Elevated
carbon monoxide levels often indicate that there has been combustion.
“This carbon monoxide level far exceeds regulatory limit of expirable air … therefore we are very discouraged by the results of this test,” Hatfield said. “While we’re very discouraged by the information we’ve received thus far, we remain determined to continue the search so long as there’s hope and hope remains.”

Read the rest here.

Illegals threaten closure of emergency rooms

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

The illegal immigrant situation has more then reached critical. It won’t be much longer before it goes into melt down. When legal citizens of this country figure out that the reason they can’t get healthcare is because the lack of paying illegals has shut down their medical facilities, they are not going to be too happy about it. Of course the dems solution will be either take more of our money to give the illegals free heathcare (which means that the doctors and hospitals get paid, but you and I are out more of our hard earned money in order to take care of people who aren’t supposed to be here anyway) or they will just want to declare all illegals instant citizens. Read the article from WorldNetDaily below.

Hospital emergency rooms in Florida may soon be closing their doors as a result of increased demands by uninsured and under-insured patients – many of them illegal aliens.
According to a new study by University of South Florida researchers, much of the demand on hospitals comes from new residents of the state. More than half of all emergency room patients in some Florida hospitals do not have insurance.
Doctors who treat uninsured patients are not compensated for their treatment.
As a result, hospitals in Florida have lost surgeons and stand to lose entire surgical departments. Some hospitals are having a hard time getting physicians to work because they are choosing to work in other areas where they will be fully compensated for the treatment they give.
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, a study by a prominent medical attorney concludes the porous border with Mexico and the resulting influx of illegal aliens poses a major public health threat to the U.S.
Madeleine Pelner Cosman, author of a report in the spring issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, is particularly concerned with increases in multiple drug-resistant tuberculosis, chagas disease, dengue fever, polio, hepatitis A, B, and C, she told Lou Dobbs on CNN in June.
“Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we’ve never seen or rarely seen in America, because they’ve always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now,” she said.
As
WorldNetDaily reported, even leprosy is suddenly on the radar of health officials.
Cosman recommends closing the border to all illegal traffic, rescinding the citizenship of “anchor babies,” those born in the U.S. to parents of illegals, and making the aiding and abetting of illegals a crime.
“We have a terrible, absolutely vicious, law called EMTALA: the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which is really the culprit that requires every emergency room, and every physician of an emergency room, to treat illegal aliens for free,” she said.
Cosman said 84 hospitals in California have been forced to close because of the high cost of treating illegal aliens with only 50 percent of all treatments reimbursed by government.
“Even physicians in those emergency rooms don’t fully get the point that by being compassionate, and generous, and gracious, they are, in essence, destroying their own livelihoods as well as their own hospitals,” she said.
While politicians often mention there are 43 million without health insurance in this country, Cosman’s report estimates that at least 25 percent of those are illegal immigrants. The figure could be as high as 50 percent.
Not being insured does not mean they don’t get medical care.
Among the organizations directing illegal aliens into America’s medical systems, according to the report, are the Ford Foundation-funded Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Immigration Law Center, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice, and Pro Bono, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the National Council of La Raza, George Soros’ Open Society Institute, the Migration Policy Institute, the National Network for Immigration and Refugee Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Because drug addiction and alcoholism are classified as diseases and disabilities, the fiscal toll on the health-care system rises.
“Today, legal immigrants must demonstrate that they are free of communicable diseases and drug addiction to qualify for lawful permanent residency green cards,” writes Cosman, a medical lawyer, who formerly taught medical students at the City University of New York. “Illegal aliens simply cross our borders medically unexamined, hiding in their bodies any number of communicable diseases.”

Prove Christ exists, judge orders priest

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

And the attacks in the legal systems around the world against Jesus and Christians continues. I have a feeling that Peter, James, John, Paul and numerous others would have a bit of a problem with the fact that their testimony is considered to be irrelevant and only a matter of faith. They would have a problem with the statement “that there was no reliable evidence that Jesus lived and died”. Most courts would have no problem accepting evidence from several different people. We convict criminals on less then that.

AN ITALIAN judge has ordered a priest to appear in court this month to prove that Jesus Christ existed.
The case against Father Enrico Righi has been brought in the town of Viterbo, north of Rome, by Luigi Cascioli, a retired agronomist who once studied for the priesthood but later became a militant atheist.
Signor Cascioli, author of a book called The Fable of Christ, began legal proceedings against Father Righi three years ago after the priest denounced Signor Cascioli in the parish newsletter for questioning Christ’s historical existence.
Yesterday Gaetano Mautone, a judge in Viterbo, set a preliminary hearing for the end of this month and ordered Father Righi to appear. The judge had earlier refused to take up the case, but was overruled last month by the Court of Appeal, which agreed that Signor Cascioli had a reasonable case for his accusation that Father Righi was “abusing popular credulity”.
Signor Cascioli’s contention — echoed in numerous atheist books and internet sites — is that there was no reliable evidence that Jesus lived and died in 1st-century Palestine apart from the Gospel accounts, which Christians took on faith. There is therefore no basis for Christianity, he claims.
Signor Cascioli’s one-man campaign came to a head at a court hearing last April when he lodged his accusations of “abuse of popular credulity” and “impersonation”, both offences under the Italian penal code. He argued that all claims for the existence of Jesus from sources other than the Bible stem from authors who lived “after the time of the hypothetical Jesus” and were therefore not reliable witnesses.
Signor Cascioli maintains that early Christian writers confused Jesus with John of Gamala, an anti-Roman Jewish insurgent in 1st-century Palestine. Church authorities were therefore guilty of “substitution of persons”.
The Roman historians Tacitus and Suetonius mention a “Christus” or “Chrestus”, but were writing “well after the life of the purported Jesus” and were relying on hearsay.
Father Righi said there was overwhelming testimony to Christ’s existence in religious and secular texts. Millions had in any case believed in Christ as both man and Son of God for 2,000 years.
“If Cascioli does not see the sun in the sky at midday, he cannot sue me because I see it and he does not,” Father Righi said.
Signor Cascioli said that the Gospels themselves were full of inconsistencies and did not agree on the names of the 12 apostles. He said that he would withdraw his legal action if Father Righi came up with irrefutable proof of Christ’s existence by the end of the month.
The Vatican has so far declined to comment.

THE EVIDENCE
The Gospels say that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, preached and performed miracles in Galilee and died on the Cross in Jerusalem
In his Antiquities of the Jews at the end of the 1st century, Josephus, the Jewish historian, refers to Jesus as “a wise man, a doer of wonderful works” who “drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles”
Muslims believe Jesus was a great prophet. Many Jewish theologians regard Jesus as an itinerant rabbi who popularised many of the beliefs of liberal Jews. Neither Muslims nor Jews believe he was the Messiah and Son of God
Tacitus, the Roman historian who lived from 55 to 120, mentions “Christus” in his Annals. In about 120 Suetonius, author of The Lives of the Caesars, says: “Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, Emperor Claudius expelled them from Rome.”