Archive for January 10th, 2006

Rest for the Weary

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Matthew 11:28-30
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Mexico Demands U.S. Allow More Immigration

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

This would almost be funny if it wasn’t so sad. Where do these other countries get the idea that they can demand anything from the United States? When did we suddenly own them everything? What have they done for us except weigh our economy down with a bunch of illegal immigrants? Why are our tax dollars going to support every other country in the region because they can’t get their acts together? Read about this insanity here.
(hat tip: Jennifer at the Scriptorium)

Diplomats from Mexico and Central America on Monday demanded guest worker programs and the legalization of undocumented migrants in the United States, while criticizing a U.S. proposal for tougher border enforcement.
Meeting in Mexico’s capital, the regional officials pledged to do more to fight migrant trafficking, but indirectly condemned a U.S. bill that would make illegal entry a felony and extend border walls.
“Migrants, regardless of their migratory status, should not be treated like criminals,” they said.
The countries represented at the meeting _ including Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Belize and Panama _ created a working group to design a regional policy to avoid migrant abuse and to follow the course of the legislation.
“There has to be an integrated reform that includes a temporary worker program, but also the regularization of those people who are already living in receptor countries,” Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez said.
Derbez has called the measure – which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last month but still must go before the Senate – “stupid and underhanded,” but was somewhat more restrained on Monday, saying “it’s not the Mexican government’s position to tell the U.S. Senate what to do.”
The U.S. proposal has caused widespread resentment in Mexico, where some have accused President Vicente Fox’s administration of not being assertive enough in opposing it. Fox has called the bill shameful.
Mexicans working in the United States are a huge source of revenue for Mexico, sending home more than $16 billion in remittances in 2004, Mexico’s second largest source of foreign currency after oil exports according to the country’s central bank.
Fox’s spokesman, Ruben Aguilar, defended the administration’s record on Monday, telling reporters that migration has declined in recent years, though official figures show it remains at historically high levels.
Aguilar also said migrants “don’t emigrate because they lack work, but rather for a series of other reasons, cultural reasons or better living conditions.”

New ‘Arafat’ rocket to target major Israeli cities

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

Somehow the world thought that giving the palis a bunch of new territory was going to make them peaceful? Once a slimy, scumbag terrorist, always a slimy, scumbag terrorist.

JERUSALEM – Palestinian terror groups have a new rocket named after late PLO leader Yasser Arafat that is capable of reaching Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, a senior terror leader involved in rocket-making told WorldNetDaily, warning his group’s missiles will be launched regularly from Judea and Samaria into major Israeli cities.
“Our new rocket, called Arafat 1, will prove to the Israelis that Arafat’s spirit is still alive and that he is continuing to fight them and hit them even after his disappearing,” said Abu Oudai, a leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades responsible for coordinating the group’s rocket network in Judea and Samaria.
Judea and Samaria are referred to by some as the West Bank, the name coined for the area by Jordan after it annexed the territories in 1948.
The Al Aqsa Brigades was founded in 2000 as the military wing of Arafat’s Fatah party and has carried out scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks from Gaza.
Palestinian terror groups have launched hundreds of Qassam rockets from Gaza into nearby Jewish communities the past few years but largely have refrained from firing rockets in Judea and Samaria, which are within range of Israel’s major cities. Also roughly 200,000 Jews live within Judea and Samaria.
Qassams are improvised rockets that can travel approximately three miles. Some have traveled further. Israeli officials repeatedly have warned a rocket attack from Judea and Samaria would be met with a large-scale military response.
Israel last week announced a rocket was fired from northern Samaria, claiming it was the first-ever launching from the area. It said the weapon was a Jenin-1, a less advanced rocket that can travel about one mile. Israeli Defense Forces military censors had delayed publication of the incident for three weeks. The IDF did not carry out a large-scale retaliatory raid in response to the rocket firing.
Oudai told WND his group already has fired six rockets – not one – from northern Samaria.
“[The rocket in the news last week] was not the first time we shot rockets from Jenin to the settlements of the enemy inside the green line. It is the enemy who for the first time has admitted that these rockets exist in [Judea and Samaria] and that they were shot against Israeli targets. We have launched six times and with the help of Allah we will launch these rockets regularly and there will no calm, no cease fire until the occupation leaves our land.”
Israeli security officials confirmed to WND at least three rockets so far have been launched from northern Samaria.
Oudai said his group’s new Arafat-1 rocket is stockpiled in Judea and Samaria for future use and is the most advanced Palestinian rocket yet, warning it can hit Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
“The Arafat can reach every goal we want all over the enemy state. … I don’t need to tell you that the aerial distance from Jenin to Netania, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities is not big without telling what are all our plans concerning hitting Israeli settlements [in Judea and Samaria]. We can reach any point inside Israel, but I will not mention what are the regions we are ready to shoot from.”

Read the rest here.

Airline bans Bibles to avoid offending Muslims

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

It still amazes me that everyone in the world bends over backwards to accomodate and show such great tolerance of the most intolerant religion in the world, islam.

A British airline banned its staff from taking Bibles and wearing crucifixes or St. Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia to avoid offend the country’s Muslims.
British Midland International also has told female flight attendants they must walk two paces behind male colleagues and cover themselves from head to foot in a headscarf and robe known as an abaya, the Mirror newspaper of London reported.
Teddy bears or other cuddly toys also are not allowed.
Airline officials, who have sparked outrage, the paper says, explain the Islamic kingdom’s strict laws – enforced by religious police – prohibit public practice of Christianity and figures of animals.
BMI spokesman Phil Shepherd said: “In providing air services people want, demand and use, we have an obligation to respect the customs of the destination country.”
An airline employee who asked not to be named told the Mirror: “It’s outrageous that we must respect their beliefs but they’re not prepared to respect ours.”
The employee said his grandmother gave him a crucifix shortly before she died that he wears at all times.
“It’s got massive sentimental value and I don’t see why I have to remove it,” he said.
The airline’s staff handbook says: “Prior to disembarking the aircraft all female crew will be required to put on their company issued abaya. It will be issued with the headscarf which must be worn.”
The employees’ union wants staff members to be able to opt out of the flights, but the airline says the only option is to transfer from overseas staff to domestic flights, which could mean a loss of about $30,000 a year in wages.
About 40 staff members have filed complaints since the route began in September.
Some of the male members who are homosexual have called in sick, because they are afraid of traveling to Saudi Arabia, where homosexual activity is punishable by flogging, jail or death.

I didn’t know that teddy bears weren’t allowed in islam. Now I understand why islamist are always so unhappy. They didn’t have their cuddlies when they were little. Mentally scarred for life.

Coming Soon: ‘Polyamorist Rights’?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

This may seem far fetched now, but remember how far fetched gay marriage seemed ten years ago? It’s more apt to happen then not in today’s godless society of “anything goes as long as it feels good”.

(AgapePress) – It may only be in its beginning stages, but the “polyamorist movement” may be grabbing onto the coat tails of the increasingly effective homosexual movement.
“Polyamorists” are individuals who maintain more than one emotional-sexual relationship simultaneously, believing that monogamy is unnatural. Relationships can be heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual.
Paul Harris, a New York reporter for The Observer, a London, England, newspaper, writes in words that sound strangely similar to those used to describe the homosexual movement.
He said “polyamorists are coming out of the closets across America. Several groups have sprung up. In New York, Polyamorous NYC holds monthly meetings, has an e-mail list of about 800 and holds a Poly Pride Day each year in Central Park.
“A documentary, Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family, has opened at cinemas in the city, chronicling a 13-year relationship between three people living together in a relationship that produced two children.”
“Most people in the poly community are very closeted,” Justen Bennett-MacCubbin, founder of Polyamorous NYC, told The Observer. “The community is where gays and lesbians were in the ’60s.”
“We want a change in perception of what’s possible. By and large, people are not naturally monogamous, and we should be able to talk about it without prejudice,” Bennett-MacCubbin said.
Perceptions seem to have definitely changed in The Netherlands. In a nation that is arguably the most accepting of homosexuality in the world, the first polygamous civil union was recorded this fall, when a man and two women had their relationship legally recognized.
“I love both Bianca and Mirjam, so I am marrying them both,” Victor de Bruijn proudly declared in September.

American Family Association: Viewer Says We Were Wrong! Book of Daniel Is Worse Than We Reported!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2006

The latest news from the AFA concerning the NBC show “The Book of Daniel” (which I did not watch).

The Book of Daniel was aired by NBC on Friday night. Several NBC affiliates did not carry the program including those in Beaumont, TX; Tupelo, MS; Meridian, MS, Little Rock, AR; and Terre Haute, IN. In addition, NBC lost several million dollars when advertisers pulled out. NBC ended up selling the time for pennies on the dollar. The review below before sums up the emails we received by those who watched the program.
“I watched the Book of Daniel show on NBC tonight just so I could see if it was as bad as you said. Mr. Wildmon you have it wrong – it was worse than you described. The so called pastor takes drugs, smokes, drinks, takes the Lord’s name in vain. He supports homosexuality and drug use. He broke the law by giving out prescription drugs to a Bishop. Two Bishops were committing adultery. They mis-quoted the Bible. The program portrayed our Savior in a joking way. There was a corrupt Catholic priest. The maid smokes pot. The Bishop drinks, the pastor’s wife is a drunk and her sister is a lesbian and the son is a homosexual. One son sleeps around. I found this program very offensive to my Christian beliefs. They were poking fun at our Savior.”WBIR in Knoxville invited ministers in to see the program. Here are some of their comments. Rev. Brian Kearns, minister of Lighthouse Christian Church: “I think it’s very demeaning to Christianity. If this is their view of Christianity, it’s going to be as a joke. It’s an assault on the Christian faith.” Rev. Tom Seay, pastor Bearden United Methodist Church: “It’s just a pretty sorry piece of work.” Dale Powers from the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville: “You’re portraying something as normal that is just absurd.” Rev. John Stuart (no church identified): “Christ is at the center of my worship. What the show has done is demean my faith. You’ve diminished the person I worship…you’ve wounded me.” These comments are typical of those who watched the first episode. Since the tone and content of the show is now known, call your NBC affiliate and ask them not to carry any more episodes of the program. Very important: Ask your local advertisers to pull their adverting from your NBC affiliate if they continue to air the program.