Archive for February 1st, 2006

Row deepens over Danish cartoons

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

If you haven’t been following this, apparently this is a really big deal to the muslims. Seems a bit out of hand, but hey, I’m not muslim (thank God) and can’t relate. People all over the world desecrate images of Jesus and you don’t see Christians rising up in arms. Well, it just continues to show the real theology behind the RoP (or islam,sarcastically called the Relgion of Peace, which it is far from being).

Arab foreign ministers have condemned the Danish government for failing to act against a newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. At the Arab League conference in Cairo, they said they were “surprised and discontented at the response”. Islam forbids any depiction of Muhammad or of Allah.
The Jyllands-Posten newspaper published a series of 12 cartoons showing Muhammad, in one of which he appeared to have a bomb in his turban. The Arab League’s ministers council said the cartoons were an insult to Islam. The government’s response “was disappointing despite its political, economic and cultural ties with the Muslim world”, it added.

Death threats
Danish Muslim community leaders held talks with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen in July to complain about press coverage of Islam. At the time, Mr Rasmussen said he could not tell newspapers what to print – or what not to. Arab ministers also said they were unhappy that European human rights organisations have not taken a clear position on the issue. There have been street protests both in Denmark and in Muslim countries following the publication of the cartoons. The newspaper insists on freedom of expression and says it has the right to print whatever words and pictures it chooses. It said both the paper and the cartoonist had received death threats.

If you haven’t been following this, read this article from FrontPageMag.com.

Last September, Danish author Kåre Bluitgen was set to publish a book on the Muslim prophet Muhammad, but there was just one catch: he couldn’t find an illustrator. Artistic representations of the human form are forbidden in Islam, and pictures of Muhammad are especially taboo — so three artists turned down Bluitgen’s offer to illustrate the book for fear that they would pay with their lives for doing so. Frants Iver Gundelach, president of the Danish Writers Union, decried this as a threat to free speech — and the largest newspaper in Denmark, Jyllands-Posten, responded. They approached forty artists asking for depictions of Muhammad and received in response twelve cartoons of the Prophet — several playing on the violence committed by Muslims in the name of Islam around the world today.
Danish Imam Raed Hlayhel was the first to react. “This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims,”
he fumed. “Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world. We demand an apology!” Jyllands-Posten refused. Editor-in-chief Carsten Juste refused: “We live in a democracy. That’s why we can use all the journalistic methods we want to. Satire is accepted in this country, and you can make caricatures. Religion shouldn’t set any barriers on that sort of expression. This doesn’t mean that we wish to insult any Muslims.” Cultural editor Flemming Rose concurred: “Religious feelings,” he observed, “cannot demand special treatment in a secular society. In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.”

Cox & Forkum Editorial Cartoons really spells it out well with this cartoon…

Jesus Prays for All Believers

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
“Theglory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My Glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

John 17:20-26 (New American Standard Bible)

Jesus’ Mother and Brothers

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.
A crowd was sitting around Him, and they said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”
Answering them, He said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”
Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!
For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Mark 3:31-35 (New American Standard Bible)

Nigerian Churches Marked for Demolition in Zamfara State

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria and other countries where they face very bad persecution for their beliefs.

“For your information, the state Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Sani, has ordered that your church should be demolished before his arrival in this town tomorrow. So, we shall carry out this directive tomorrow morning.”
On October 10, 2003, the Rev. Seth Saleh, then pastor of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Bakura town in Zamfara state, received a Bakura town councilor as an unexpected guest in his house with the above message. The following day, the local government demolished St. Peter’s Anglican Church.
The demolition of that church in Bakura marked the beginning of an assault by Islamic fundamentalists in Zamfara under the leadership of Gov. Sani through imposition of sharia (Islamic law). In Gusau town alone, 14 churches have been marked out for demolition.
Those 14 churches have already received demolition notices, according to Rev. James Obi, pastor of Channel of Blessings Church and secretary of the Zamfara state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria. They include Eternal Life Bible Church, Christian Faith Bible Church, Chapel of Grace, Christian Evangelical Fellowship of Nigeria, National Evangelical Mission, Assemblies of God Church, Channel of Blessings and Living Faith Church.
Other Zamfara state churches earmarked for demolition are the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Christ Embassy, Church of Christ in Nigeria, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, Colgate Church and Deeper Life Bible Church.
The government demolished Rev. Obi’s Channel of Blessings church in 1997, and it has marked his rebuilt church for destruction as well.
“We have been served with demolition notices and even then, there have been announcements over the radio and television on the churches to be demolished,” Rev. Obi lamented. “It is just a matter of time, and these churches will be no more.”

Champion of Jihad
John Garba Danbinta, Anglican bishop of Gusau, said the demolition of St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Bakura came on Gov. Sani’s orders.
“The governor is from Bakura, and because he is the champion of Islamic jihad in Nigeria, he felt it will be unwise for a church to be seen in his hometown,” Bishop Dabinta said.
The bishop pointed out these arbitrary demolitions to refute those in Nigeria who declare Christians face no opposition from the state.
“The news outside Zamfara state is that everything is okay with Christians here,” he said. “Some claim that the governor is good and treating Christians well, that Christians do not have problems – but this is false. The problem of persecution of Christians here is a reality. It is a major problem facing us today in Zamfara state.”
St. Peter’s Rev. Saleh, now pastor at St. John’s Anglican Church in Kaura Namoda, recalled how officials often had promised that sharia would only be applied to Muslims. Sharia had long been in effect in civil matters, as in all of Nigeria, but its imposition in criminal matters in 12 northern states has thrown the country into a constitutional crisis.
“When sharia was introduced by the government of Zamfara state, we were told that it is meant to guide Muslims in their faith and that it has nothing to do with us Christians,” Rev. Saleh said. “Surprisingly, sharia is now a weapon being used against the church in Zamfara state.”

Killing Infidels
Sharia as a weapon has been particularly sharp on Kabiru Lawal, a former Muslim who four months ago received Christ. The Hisbah Commission, Zamfara state’s agency for the enforcement of the sharia, is gunning for his life.
In late December and early January, agents of Hisbah invaded the Lawal family’s house three times looking for the 29-year-old man. Agents told family members that whenever Lawal is found, he should be prepared to pay the supreme price of abandoning Islam – death.
Each time the Hisbah arrived, Lawal was at the Federal Medical Centre in Gusau town due to illness.
He is now in hiding, no longer free to walk the streets of Gusau. His father, Mallam Lawal, comes from a family of Islamic clerics.
In 2002, Lawal read in the Quran about the second coming of Jesus into the world. Lawal, who holds a diploma in business administration from Kaduna Polytechnic in northern Nigeria, said his decision to investigate the life of Christ was informed by his desire to know whether “Jesus was coming as a Muslim or a Christian.”
Tunde Adebayo, a relative, gave Lawal a pocket size New Testament in 2003, which he hungrily read.
Lawal said the Holy Spirit revealed to him that Jesus is coming back not as a Muslim, as Muslims believe, but to take those Christians who believe in Him. He began to attend church services. Last September 3, he went to the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) church in Gusau town and asked to receive Christ into his life.
“The Bible clearly presented who Jesus Christ is and provided answers as to why he will be coming back into the world,” Lawal said. “The Spirit told me that unless I receive Christ into my heart, I will perish with other Muslims because they do not know the true God.”
His family stiffly opposes his conversion, but Lawal said there is no returning to Islam.
“Nothing on earth will make me turn away from Christ,” he said, “not even if I will be slaughtered like a ram.”

Draconian Decrees
Since the introduction of the sharia in January 2000, Zamfara authorities have banned Christians from sharing their faith or building churches, said Anglican Bishop Danbinta.
Officials are keeping Christians from building churches, he said, by making it impossible for them to acquire land. “We cannot get land, because there is a deliberate government policy to deny Christians land to build churches,” Bishop Danbinta said.
There are about 4,000 Anglicans in Zamfara, yet Bishop Danbinta said that in almost all parts of the state the government has refused to allow the church land to build places of worship.
“Sharia, it would seem, is being implemented to curtail Christianity, since it is only targeted at Christians,” he said.

70 Mosques, 0 Churches
The Rev. Barnabas Sabo, pastor of the ECWA church in Gusau town, concurred that local governments are using sharia to deny churches land.
Towns denied lands for building churches include Mada, from which Rev. Sabo’s church members have to trek more than 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) to Talata Mafara to attend worship services.
Other towns and villages where the ECWA church has been denied land are Kasuwa Daji, Dansadau, Tsibiri in Talata Mafara, and in the Bakura area.
“Gov. Sani, in six years of introducing sharia in the state, has used public funds to build well over 70 mosques,” Rev. Sabo said. “Yet no single church has been built by this same government. How fair is this?”
Apart from denial of lands to churches in Zamfara state, Christians have encountered difficulties in other sectors, such as education, where discriminatory school fees have been forced on Christian students and pupils, and there is no teaching of what is known in Nigerian schools as Christian Religious Knowledge.
There is no employment for Christians in the public service, and a ban has been placed on Christian radio and television programs.
The imposition of sharia in criminal matters in 12 northern states has resulted in numerous conflicts bringing death to thousands of persons, most of them Christians.
“If there is anything anybody can do to hurt me, it is for such a person to stop me from serving God the way I want and to stop me from sharing my faith,” Bishop Danbinta said. “This is precisely what we as Christians are experiencing in Zamfara state.”

SUPREME FRAUD, Unmasking Roe v Wade, America’s most outrageous judicial decision

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

“I yearn for the day … when somebody is asked what their position is on abortion, they just look right at the person who asked them and said, ‘Abortion is an abomination in the eyes of God, and there’s nothing in the United States Constitution that protects it,’ and not just dance around, tiptoe around the issue.”
-Sen. Zell Miller

Wouldn’t it be something if people had the courage to do this? I hate the fact that the dems believe this issue has to be the only valid test of if a court justice or federal judge is acceptable to them. Says a lot about the democratic party, doesn’t it?

For months, Americans have watched the “abortion dance” on TV. First, Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, and later Samuel Alito politely fended off prying questions – couched in code words like “privacy” and “super-precedents” – about their views on Roe v Wade.
But the one thing that was left completely out of the high-profile national debate was the issue of abortion itself, or the actual merits of the infamous court ruling that delivered unrestricted abortion to America.
But what if this nation finally had, for the first time ever, a real national dialogue about abortion?
What would happen if we stopped the “abortion dance”? What if Supreme Court nominees did what Sen. Zell Miller advised on Hannity & Colmes when questioned about the Samuel Alito hearings:
“I yearn for the day … when somebody is asked what their position is on abortion, they just look right at the person who asked them and said, ‘Abortion is an abomination in the eyes of God, and there’s nothing in the United States Constitution that protects it,’ and not just dance around, tiptoe around the issue.”
In an effort to jump-start that national dialogue, this month’s groundbreaking issue of Whistleblower, titled
“SUPREME FRAUD,” exposes the fraudulent, immoral and unconstitutional reality of Roe v Wade.
“Readers will be amazed at what they read in this issue,” said Whistleblower Managing Editor David Kupelian. “Roe v Wade is simply a judicial hoax – one that has cost the lives of tens of millions of innocent American children and destroyed millions of American women.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Takeover of Egypt part of Hamas’ plan?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Does anyone really doubt this??

JERUSALEM – Following Hamas’ victory by a large margin in last week’s Palestinian parliamentary elections, experts watching the terror group closely tell WND it has been aligning itself more than ever with its hard-line Islamic counterpart in Egypt and point to worrying signs the new Palestinian powerbrokers might have designs for an eventual Egyptian takeover.
Sources close to the group say a major Egyptian opposition figure has been serving the past year as spiritual leader of Hamas.
“If I were Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, I would look with great concern at the Hamas ascension to power in the territories. This has very dangerous implications for the Egyptian regime,” Reuven Erlich, director of the
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at Israel’s Center for Special Studies, told WND.
Hamas was founded in 1987 as a military offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which seeks to create an Islamic theocracy throughout the Middle East and ultimately around the world. Although ideologically connected to the Brotherhood, Hamas’ stated goal is mostly focused on the destruction of Israel by “armed struggle.” Still, Hamas leaders have long maintained anti-Western attitudes and have talked about the need for secular Arab states to be replaced with Islamic regimes.

Read the rest here.

Beware The Worm This Friday

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

This is why people perfer Linux. Well, at least people who are nerds like me and like operating systems that have lots of extra steps to go through to install hardware and software. But hey, Linux rules anyway!!

An Internet worm that’s been circulating for a couple of weeks is set to destroy files on infected personal computers this Friday, Feb 3. Security company Symantec has dubbed it “W32.Blackmal.E@mm,” but other security companies have given it different names including “Nyxem,” “blackworm,” “Grew.A,” “My Wife” and “Kama Sutra.” Whatever it’s called, it has already infected 300,000 systems, according to the Sans Institute but, by PC worm standards, it’s still considered a relatively low threat. The worm is spread by e-mail. It tries to harvest e-mail addresses from infected machines so it may appear to come from someone you know. Unlike many past worms, it is not limited to Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express — all Windows users are vulnerable but it affects only Windows — not Macintosh, Linux or other operating systems. It watches your PC’s clock and is set to delete files from infected machines on Feb. 3. (empahasis mine. -ed.)

CBS News technology consultant Larry Magid talks with security experts Vincent Weafer of Symantec and David Perry of TrendMicro about the latest worm to infect PCs.

Unlike many of the threats we’ve heard about lately, there doesn’t appear to be any financial motivation. TrendMicro spokesperson David Perry calls it “an old fashioned destructive virus. It doesn’t have any profit motive.” Symantec’s Vincent Weafer says it reminds him of the “earlier days of cyber vandalism versus crime.” It’s not spyware, it doesn’t send out spam, but it can delete document files such as those created by Word, Excel and other applications as well as MP3 music files. The worm will also try to disable your anti-virus software and, once your machine is infected, it harvests e-mail address from your PC and tries to infect people you know. The worm is attached to an e-mail that can have a variety of subject lines or messages. Subject lines could include “Hot Movie,” “Arab sex,” “give me a kiss” or “Fwd: Crazy illegal Sex!” but others are also possible. The good news is that major anti-virus software can detect and remove the worm but only if the software is up-to-date. If you haven’t already done so, use your software’s update feature to make sure you have the latest anti-virus “signatures.” Because infections, so far, have been measured in the hundreds of thousands rather than millions, Weafer calls it a “low to medium risk.” He says people with out-dated anti-virus definitions (or no anti-virus software) are at a higher risk. In addition to spreading through e-mail, Weafer says that it can also propagate via a local area network. Symantec has a Web page with a technical description of the worm. In addition to running anti-virus software, it’s also a very good idea to have a backup of your data files. Be sure, however, that your files are backed up to a drive that’s not connected to your PC, such as a removable hard drive (that’s unplugged), a CD or a DVD. As always be very careful before clicking on attached files, even if they are from someone you know. If someone does send you a file, contact them to make sure it was deliberate. If you don’t have up-to-date anti-virus software, you can use one of the free virus scanning services such as TrendMicro’s Housecall. Anti-virus companies are being uncharacteristically careful not to exaggerate the risk. “I hesitate to go out on a limb on a virus like this,” said TrendMicro’s David Perry. “I don’t know if there will be damage on Friday.” If Friday does come and go without substantial damage, we’ll never know for sure whether it’s because the worm had no bite or because we were all prepared. Either way, that would be good news.

Hamas asks Israel for help

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

OK, so now Meshaal, who is responsible for directing dozens of suicide bombings and shooting attacks, is a “moderating influence” on Hamas and is capable of restraining “hardline elements”?? What kind of nonsense is that? If he’s a “moderate”, just what does a pali terrorist have to do to be a “hardliner”?

JERUSALEM – In what may be the first attempt by Hamas to negotiate indirectly with the Jewish state since it won last week’s Palestinian elections, the terror group has asked Egypt to petition Israel and European countries to allow its overall leader Khaled Meshaal to enter Gaza, a top Hamas official told WorldNetDaily.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Hamas is presenting Meshaal – responsible for directing dozens of suicide bombings and shooting attacks – as a “moderating influence” on the terror group who is capable of restraining “hardline elements.”
Meshaal currently operates from Syria, where he runs the organization and grants interviews to the media. He was named the most senior figure in the terror group after the assassination in March 2004 of Hamas spiritual leader Ahmed Yassin, as well as the elimination of Hamas leader Abdel-Aziz Rantisi a month later. Israel attempted to assassinate Meshaal in 1997.
On Monday, Meshaal met in Damascus with Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, asking him to negotiate with Israel and the Europeans his smooth passage from the Sinai desert into Gaza through the Rafah Crossing, the terminal at the Egypt-Gaza border, the Hamas official said.
After a deal brokered in November by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Rafah crossing now is controlled jointly by Egypt and the Palestinian Authority. It is partially manned by a rotating team of European inspectors.
Israel monitors the area by camera and under select conditions can shut down the crossing for a period of several hours.
In the past two months, the Rafah crossing has been breached several times by Palestinian gunmen. More than 15 senior Hamas terrorists have crossed unimpeded, and Israel says tons of weapons have been smuggled across the border.
Top Hamas officials say they consider the return of Meshaal crucial for their preparations to assume power, saying they want him to enter Gaza within the next three weeks. Hamas won last week’s Palestinian parliamentary elections by a large margin and will form the next government in the coming weeks.
Meshaal is due in Egypt this weekend to meet with President Hosni Mubarak and hold talks with top PA leaders. Israeli Foreign Minister Tzippy Livni travels to Cairo tomorrow.
An Israeli spokesman told WND that although the Egyptians will brief Livni on their relationship with Hamas, she will not accept any direct messages from the terror group or use Egypt to pass convey messages.
Israel is on record as opposing the entrance of Meshaal into Gaza, threatening in the past to close the Rafah crossing should he attempt to enter. However, Israel’s leading Yediot newspaper recently quoted an Israeli official who said Meshaal might be allowed to cross if Hamas agrees to recognize Israel and to extend a long-term cease fire.
Israeli security officials say Meshaal eventually wants to travel from Gaza into the West Bank.
Hamas’ request for Egypt to broker Meshaal’s return likely marks the first time the terror group has attempted to negotiate with Israel through a third party since assuming power last week.
In a widely circulated interview, Hamas chief Mahmoud al-Zahar told WND last week he would not rule out the possibility of using mediators to speak with Israel.
“If the Israelis have an offer to be discussed and [the offer includes] two very important points – the release of all [Palestinian] detainees and a stop of all Israeli aggression, including the process of withdrawal from the West Bank – then we are going to search for an effective and constructive process [that will bring this] at the end,” al-Zahar said.
But he said he would not amend the official Hamas charter, which rejects peace talks with the Jewish state and calls for the destruction of Israel by “assaulting and killing.”

If Israel is smart, they will not even allow this guy close to Gaza. If he comes in anyway, well, I guess that’s what missles are made for.