Archive for January 16th, 2006

Nagin says God mad at U.S., New Orleans will be ‘chocolate’ again

Monday, January 16th, 2006

You remember New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. He’s the mayor who let hundreds of buses sit idly by and waited until the White House got on his case before ordering the evacuation of New Orleans, all the while blaming Governor Blanco and President Bush for not doing enough to evacuate New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina making landfall. He can point his finger at the nearest person in a split second and say “he did it” if you say so much as “Good morning.” Well, Nagin’s mouth has been moving again. If you’ll recall, Pat Robertson made headlines and “caught hell” for suggesting that God used natural disasters to punish the United States. Nagin gets to do the same thing with apparent impunity.

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor Ray Nagin suggested Monday that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and other storms were a sign that “God is mad at America” and at black communities, too, for tearing themselves apart with violence and political infighting.

“Surely God is mad at America. He sent us hurricane after hurricane after hurricane, and it’s destroyed and put stress on this country,” Nagin, who is black, said as he and other city leaders marked Martin Luther King Day.

“Surely he doesn’t approve of us being in Iraq under false pretenses. But surely he is upset at black America also. We’re not taking care of ourselves.”

Not only does Nagin believe that Hurricanes were God’s way of punishing the U.S., but he also believe that God wants New Orleans to be predominantly black…

“It’s time for us to come together. It’s time for us to rebuild New Orleans – the one that should be a chocolate New Orleans,” the mayor said. “This city will be a majority African American city. It’s the way God wants it to be. You can’t have New Orleans no other way. It wouldn’t be New Orleans.”

Can you imagine if Mayor Bloomberg suggested that God wants New York to be a primarily white city? Imagine him saying that God wants a vanilla New York. He would be branded a racist, and would rightly be critized for such comments. Yet while Nagin’s comments made the news, there’s not a whiff of criticism about this remarks. It’s the double-standard of liberals and the MSM.

Gore suffers convenient amnesia; calls for independent counsel investigation over wiretaps

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Former Vice President and presidential loser Al Gore criticized the NSA wiretapping practice which has stopped terror attacks. While Gore called for an independent counsel to investigate the administration, contending that laws were violated, he seems to forget the same practice occurred under the Clinton administration while he was vice president. A deputy attorney general during the Clinton Administration argued that the president had the authority to authorize no-warrant surveillance. In fact, during the Clinton Administration, this practice went beyond tapping phones and monitoring email. CIA spy Aldrich Ames was caught during the Clinton administration when federal agents raided his home and searched it without a warrant. This information, and the fact that this program has stopped terror attacks, was not mentioned by sore loser Gore.

WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore called Monday for an independent investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying program, contending the president “repeatedly and insistently” broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval.

Speaking on Martin Luther King Jr.’s national holiday, the man who lost the 2000 presidential election to Bush was interrupted repeatedly by applause as he called the anti-terrorism program “a threat to the very structure of our government.”

Gore charged that the administration acted without congressional authority and made a “direct assault” on a special federal court that authorizes requests to eavesdrop on Americans. One judge on the court resigned last month, voicing concerns about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of e-mails and phone calls.

Gore’s speech was sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and The Liberty Coalition, two organizations that have expressed concern about the policy.

On CNN’s “Larry King Live,” Gonzales said Gore’s comments were inconsistent with Clinton administration policy.

“It’s my understanding that during the Clinton administration there was activity regarding physical searches without warrants,” Gonzales said. “I can also say it’s my understanding that the deputy attorney general testified before Congress that the president does have the inherent authority under the Constitution to engage in physical searches without a warrant. And so, those would certainly seem to be inconsistent with what the former vice president was saying today.”

Anti-Christian UC System Moves for Dismissal of Suit

Monday, January 16th, 2006

The University of California system has petitioned a court to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) on behalf of Calvary Chapel Christian School of Murietta and several student plaintiffs. The lawsuit alleges that the UC system discriminates against Christianity in declining to give credit for certain high school classes taught from a Christian perspective. Some things I find notable about this: 1) the UC had no problem with the content of some Christian-based science textbooks OTHER than the fact that they contained Bible verses and taught that the Bible was divine revelation; 2) when challenged, the UC could not show that students from Christian schools did worse in college science courses than their counterparts from secular schools; and 3) the UC awarded credit to classes based on other religions, such as Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. This final point shows a hostility toward Christianity over other religions. While both sides are expected to appeal an unfavorable ruling, I believe the UC system will eventually be found to be unconstitutional.

On behalf of a Christian school in California and several student plaintiffs, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the University of California’s prohibition on high school students receiving academic credit for courses that are taught from a strictly Christian perspective. According to the lawsuit, a Christian school in Murrieta — the Calvary Chapel Christian School — was informed that its courses were rejected because they used textbooks printed by two conservative Christian publishers: Bob Jones University Press in South Carolina and A Beka Books in Pensacola, Florida. The UC system has asked that the suit be thrown out.

According to an ACSI summary of the case, UC representatives — when asked if their decision was prompted by poor college performance by students from religious schools — acknowledged they had no objective evidence that such students were deficient in science upon their arrival for their first year of college. In addition, says ACSI, those same representatives indicated they had not qualms with the “material facts” found in a BJU physics text — but that if the scripture verses preceding each chapter were removed, the text would likely be approved for the UC system’s science lab course requirement.

Attorney Robert Tyler, who is representing some of the student plaintiffs, contends the UC system is engaging in viewpoint discrimination. He explains his reasoning.

“The UC [system] has approved numerous other courses, including introduction to rabbinic — or Jewish — literature,” Tyler says. “Islam and various other religions have also received credit, such as Buddhism. Yet when it comes to Christianity, the university system apparently finds it too appalling to give it credit.”

The attorney says the suit aims to preserve the rights of Christian students not just in California, but across the country. “So it’s an important case to help further the requirement that government cannot prevent Christian viewpoints while allowing numerous other religious viewpoints, all to the detriment of Christianity,” Tyler explains.

See full article at Agape Press

Cross-posted at The Scriptorium