Archive for January 26th, 2006

World Taken by Surprise by Hamas Victory

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

I don’t know what planet these people have been on lately. Hamas winning the election was no surprise to me at all. They actually were pretty much in before it started. The pali people were tired of the corruption associated with the PA’s Fatah and also bought into the “victory over the Zionist” nonsense from the evacuation of the Gaza Strip. They voted for reform. What they are getting is a slimy terrorist organization who will only bring more bloodshed to the region.

As foreign governments attempt to formulate their reactions to the Hamas victory, informal talks are underway for a joint Hamas-Fatah government. Fatah is not enthusiastic.
Amidst reports that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is considering resigning – Prime Minister Abu Ala already resigned this morning – initial contacts are being made for a future PA government. Leading Hamas official Khaled Meshal, who works from Damascus, has asked Abbas to stay on and agree to a unity Hamas-Fatah government. This would serve Hamas’ interests, as its experience until now has added up only to waging terror attacks and running charity organizations – but not running a state government. Fatah, however, has not shown great enthusiasm in joining such a regime.

Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in one of his first decisions today following the Hamas victory, ordered the ministers in his government not to discuss publicly the developments in the PA. He plans to hold an emergency meeting this evening with Foreign Minister Tzippy Livny and Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz to discuss the developments in the Palestinian Authority.
The Hamas victory took the world by surprise. Reports about the elections all predicted a Fatah victory, acknowledging only that it might be narrower than thought. Analyses of the U.S. approach discussed whether the Administration would engage in dialogue with Hamas ministers of a Fatah-led government, but barely noted the possibility that they might have to consider talking with a government led by Hamas.
U.S. President George Bush told the Wall Street Journal this week, “And so you’re getting a sense of how I’m going to deal with Hamas if they end up in positions of responsibility. And the answer is: not until you renounce your desire to destroy Israel will we deal with you.
“The Washington Post reported early this week that the U.S. had, relatively secretly, spent $2 million in recent weeks to promote Fatah.
Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yigal Pressler said today that he does not expect Israel to re-enter Gaza, even if Hamas continues its terrorist attacks, as long as it heads the Palestinian Authority. Pressler is a former advisor to Israeli Prime Ministers on terrorism.
Pressler predicted that Israel’s refusal to talk with Hamas would last only as long as Hamas says it does not recognize Israel. “I don’t see a big difference between Hamas and Fatah,” he said. “Israel until now spoke with Fatah because Fatah recognized Israel after the Oslo Accords, but if Hamas decides to recognize Israel, Israel will negotiate with Hamas.
“Labor Party Chairman Amir Peretz said today that his party would never conduct negotiations with a terror organization that has set out to destroy the State of Israel. Observers said that this position is not so much hawkish as a declaration of intent to promote further unilateral withdrawals.
Former General Security Service director and current Labor Party Knesset candidate Ami Ayalon said, “We have to rely on ourselves; we must continue building the fence, something that is in total [sic] consensus in Israel… We absolutely must not talk with Hamas, unless they totally change their entire approach to Israel – not just if they call another hudna or the like…”

Jesus Turns Water into Wine

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”
Now there were six stone waterpots set there for the Jewish custom of purification, containing twenty or thirty gallons each.
Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” So they filled them up to the brim.
And He said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.” So they took it to him.
When the headwaiter tasted the water which had become wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom, and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first, and when the people have drunk freely, then he serves the poorer wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.”
This beginning of His signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.
After this He went down to Capernaum, He and His mother and His brothers and His disciples; and they stayed there a few days.

John 2:1-12 (New American Standard Bible)

Hell is Not Just a Four Letter Word

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

John Funk has posted an excellent article over on the Rapture Alert site about the word “hell” and what it means both to today’s society and in the Bible. Take a moment to read the whole article.

How many times a week, nay, a day do you hear the word “hell” used as an epithet? In the current vernacular it seems that this word is used in many different ways. It is used as a curse and it is used as a point of emphasis. It is even used as an interrogative but very seldom is it used as what it truly is, i.e. a place or a destination. Yet, this is a word that denotes that very thing. It is a word that has been corrupted and compromised throughout the centuries and now we fail to recognize it for what it is. It is a warning.
I had the opportunity to attend a concert recently where the Beatles’ song “Imagine” was played. You may remember that some of the lyrics to that particular song state:
Imagine there’s no heavenIt’s easy if you tryNo hell below usAbove us only skyImagine all the peopleLiving for today
Falling in line with that reasoning and contrary to the Biblical record, there are those who dispute the existence of hell. They want to dismiss the idea of an actual “hell” as a place of torment. They will not confront what Jesus taught about hell as a place created for those who are separated from God. The fact of the matter is that Jesus said more about hell than He did about heaven during His ministry on earth. While the idea of “hell fire and brimstone preaching” has largely fallen into disrepute in many circles, it is still important to understand what the Bible says about it.
Jesus gave a detailed explanation of life after death when He spoke about the beggar, Lazarus, and the rich man. In this particular story He vividly illustrated the difference between the existence to come for those who sought after God and those who did not while they were alive.

Continue here.

Pro-Family Attorney Sees Tide Turning Against ACLU’s Anti-Religion Efforts

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Maybe us Christians are finally waking up and asserting our constitutional rights. The tide may be turning against the ACLU (what I like to call the Anti-Christian Litigation Union). I hope that people will continue to put pressure on the courts and government to promote free speech, not silence it.

(AgapePress) – A Tennessee County is fighting to keep its Ten Commandments display in public. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit requesting a permanent injunction against a display of the biblical laws at the Rutherford County Courthouse in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Four years ago, Rutherford County commissioners voted to display historical documents relating to the founding of the United States, including the Ten Commandments. The other documents in the “Foundations of American Law and Government” tableau include copies of the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Tennessee Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner, and a drawing of “Lady Justice.”
Despite the County’s use of the Ten Commandments in a historical context, a lawsuit was filed claiming the display violated the United States Constitution. Mat Staver, president of
Liberty Counsel, is defending the display in the legal proceedings.
On the plus side for his clients, Staver contends, is a recent federal appeals court ruling that upheld an identical display in Kentucky. “This case in Rutherford County, Tennessee, will now move forward,” he explains. “But to the chagrin of the ACLU, which has now filed its motion to permanently prohibit the Ten Commandments, the case law is no longer in their favor.”
The attorney contends that the courts and history both are working against the civil liberties group. “I think in fact what has happened,” he says, “is the landscape and the court rulings have changed over the last six months.” Notably, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently declared that the First Amendment to the Constitution does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.
But despite the changing legal climate, Staver says ACLU litigators simply “can’t restrain themselves” and will keep pressing to remove representations of religious faith from the public square, “even though they see the handwriting on the wall.”
The Liberty Counsel spokesman says the civil liberties group’s attorneys “still have an anti-religious agenda,” although he believes they will probably be more careful in selecting their future cases. “They clearly realize that the landscape has changed,” he says. “They no longer can count on the U.S. Supreme Court to be their friend in their anti-God campaign.”
“The tide is turning against the ACLU’s war on the Ten Commandments,” Staver observes. “Within the past few months we defeated them when two separate federal courts of appeal upheld displays of the Ten Commandments identical to that displayed in Rutherford County, Tennessee.”
In fact, Staver adds, “Every federal court of appeals that has ruled on the Ten Commandments since the Supreme Court’s ruling has upheld such displays.” He believes it is clear, particularly with the impending confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito, that the ACLU can no longer count on the high court’s help in the liberal group’s efforts to get rid of public representations of God’s laws.

Iran: We’ll put Israel in ‘eternal coma’

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

More stupidity from Iran’s leadership. Hey Iranians, isn’t time you depose that bunch of crazies who run your country, before they get a bunch of y’all killed?

Were Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, Iran would respond so strongly that it would put the Jewish state into “an eternal coma” like Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s, the Iranian defense minister said Wednesday.
“Zionists should know that if they do anything evil against Iran, the response of Iran’s armed forces will be so firm that it will send them into eternal coma, like Sharon,” Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said.
Najjar said the United States and Israel have been trying to frighten Iran, but neither country would dare attack to Iran.
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Earlier Wednesday, Iran’s president blamed Britain and the
United States for two bombings that killed at least nine people in the southwestern city of Ahvaz on Tuesday.
“Traces of the occupiers of Iraq is evident in the Ahvaz events. They should take responsibility in this regard,” state television quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying.
The station reported that Ahmadinejad had issued a decree ordering his foreign minister and intelligence minister to investigate the possibility that “foreign hands” might have been responsible for the explosions.
At least nine people were killed in Tuesday’s two blasts in Ahvaz, the capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan province which borders Iraq, police spokesman Mohammed Ali Pour said Wednesday.
According to the official Islamic Republic News Agency, 46 people were wounded in the explosions, which took place inside a bank and outside a state environmental agency building.
Ahvaz has a history of violence involving members of Iran’s Arab minority. Last year, bombings in June and October killed a total of 14 people in the city. In April, residents rioted for two days over claims, denied by the government, that the state was planning to reduce the number of Arabs in the area.
Iran has repeatedly accused Britain of provoking unrest in the region, which borders Iraq near where 8,500 British soldiers are based.
Britain has denied any connection to the Khuzestan unrest.

Sad Day for Israel – Terrorist Hamas Wins Election

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

So now the terrorist organization Hamas controls the palestinian government. What a sad day for Israel. I am sad for the many Israeli civilians who will die because of this. I’m sad for the misled teens and young men and women who will blow themselves up to achieve an eternity in hell on the devious lie of an eternity of sex with 72 virgins. And already we hear comments like these:
“Regarding its future diplomatic policy regarding Israel, a senior Hamas official said recognizing and negotiating with Israel are ‘not on our agenda.’ “
With all the new territory to use as a base, I look for things to become very rough for Israel.

Khaled Mashal, the senior Hamas leader who is based in Syria, called Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and said Hamas is ready for a political partnership with the defeated Fatah Party.
By early Thursday morning in had become clear that Hamas had shocked prognasticators by winning virtually all of the 66 seats in electoral districts.
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“Mashal stressed the importance of a meeting with Abbas and the brothers in the Fatah movement, and all the Palestinian factions to agree on arranging the Palestinian house,” according to a statement on the Hamas web site.
Earlier, a senior official in the ruling Fatah Party reportedly called Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Hania, and congratulated him on the group’s
election victory.
Hamas plans to hold talks soon with Fatah on forging a political partnership, said Hania, adding, “this issue is going to be one of our priorities in the near future.”
He said Hamas would start consultations with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah and other parties on forming a government.
Abbas has met, according to Israel Radio, with constituents from his Fatah Party in order to convince them to accept the outcome of the vote and to keep the public order.
Regarding its future diplomatic policy regarding Israel, a senior Hamas official said recognizing and negotiating with Israel are “not on our agenda.”
However, Hamas also signaled flexibility, saying it wants a “political partnership,” presumably with Fatah.
In a surprise move the Palestinian Cabinet quickly submitted their resignations following the apparent Hamas victory, Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia’s office said, setting the stage for Hamas.
The resignations were in part a formality required after an election, but the timing of the move, hours before the release of official results, was surprising.
In the election, 132 seats were up for grabs, half chosen from party slates and half in districts. In the districts, Hamas won a vast majority of the seats, election officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the vote count was not complete.

Read the rest from the Jerusalem Post here.