Archive for February 14th, 2006

Muslim Mob Targets Western Businesses in Pakistan

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

More violence from the so called RoP (religion of peace, aka islam) in the so called LoP (land of the pure, aka pakistan). You RoP’ers are really hurting your image with the riot thing. You might want to rethink this a bit.
Wake up world and get a clue about what islam really is.
By the way, here is a link to the “offensive” cartoons. Since they can’t be found in the MSM (main stream media, except looking like this on CNN), I thought I would help out. They can also be seen here.

LAHORE, Pakistan — Thousands of protesters rampaged through two cities Tuesday, storming into a diplomatic district and torching Western businesses and a provincial assembly in Pakistan’s worst violence against the Prophet Muhammad drawings, officials said. At least two people were killed and 11 injured.
Security forces fired into the air as they struggled to contain the unrest in the eastern city of Lahore, where protesters burned down four buildings housing a hotel, two banks, a KFC restaurant and the office of a Norwegian cell phone company, Telenor.
U.S. and British embassy staffers were confined to their compounds until police dispersed the protesters, some of whom chanted, “Death to America!”
Witnesses said rioters also damaged more than 200 cars, dozens of shops and a large portrait of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf. Vandals broke the windows of a Holiday Inn, Pizza Hut and McDonald’s.
Two movie theaters were torched, and clouds of tear gas and black smoke from burning vehicles drifted through streets in the city center.
A security guard shot and killed two protesters trying to force their way into a bank, Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said, adding that paramilitary forces were deployed to restore order.

Read the rest here.

Jesus Is the Vine–Followers Are Branches

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.
Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

John 15:1-11 (New American Standard Bible)

Publish or Perish: The Lessons of the Cartoon Jihad

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

An excellent writeup by Robert Tracinski concerning what is being hailed in the blogshere as the “Cartoon Jihad”.

The central issue of the “cartoon jihad”—the Muslim riots and death threats against a Danish newspaper that printed 12 cartoons depicting Mohammed—is obvious. The issue is freedom of speech: whether our freedom to think, write, and draw is to be subjugated to the “religious sensitivities” of anyone who threatens us with force.
That is why it is necessary for every newspaper and magazine to re-publish those cartoons, as I will do in the next print issue of The Intellectual Activist.
This is not merely a symbolic expression of support; it is a practical countermeasure against censorship. Censorship—especially the violent, anarchic type threatened by Muslim fanatics—is effective only when it can isolate a specific victim, making him feel as if he alone bears the brunt of the danger. What intimidates an artist or writer is not simply some Arab fanatic in the street carrying a placard that reads “Behead those who insult Islam.” What intimidates him is the feeling that, when the beheaders come after him, he will be on his own, with no allies or defenders—that everyone else will be too cowardly to stick their necks out.
The answer, for publishers, is to tell the Muslim fanatics that they can’t single out any one author, or artist, or publication. The answer is to show that we’re all united in defying the fanatics.
That’s what it means to show “solidarity” by re-publishing the cartoons. The message we need to send is: if you want to kill anyone who publishes those cartoons, or anyone who makes cartoons of Mohammed, then you’re going to have to kill us all. If you make war on one independent mind, you’re making war on all of us. And we’ll fight back.
But the issue of freedom of speech is too clear, and too well settled, in the West, to be worth spending much time debating it. What is far more interesting is the fact that such a debate is occurring, nonetheless.
This is a fact from which the Western world can draw some crucially important conclusions.
The West has long been aware that, while we hold freedom of speech as a centerpiece of our liberty, the Muslim world does not recognize this freedom. Before now, however, our worlds have rarely collided. The Muslims have not usually dared to extend their dictatorial systems to control our own behavior within our own cities. The Salman Rushdie affair—the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1989 death edict against the “blasphemous” novelist—was an ominous warning, but Americans did not take it seriously.
Now, seventeen years later, the Muslim fanatics are making it clear: you don’t have to come to our country, you don’t have to be a Muslim. Even in your own countries and under your own laws, you will not be safe from our intimidation.
For the whole Western world, this is an opportunity to learn an important truth about the goal of the Islamists. Their goal is not to achieve any specific political demand or settlement. Their goal is submission: our submission to their will, to their laws, to their dictatorship—our submission, not just to one demand, but to any demand the Muslim mobs care to make.

Read the rest here.

Expectations of Middle East Peace Drop Following Hamas Victory

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Maybe people are starting to see the pali terrorist as what they are. One can hope anyway.

Growing sympathy toward Israelis evident
by Jeffrey M. Jones
Following the election of Hamas as the Palestinian Authority’s ruling party, Americans have grown more pessimistic that peace will ever be achieved in the Middle East, and increasingly sympathetic toward the Israelis. Americans believe the United States should not give any financial aid to the Palestinians, and a plurality say the United States should conduct diplomatic relations with the Palestinians only if they recognize Israel as a nation.

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Pakistan: Muslim Women Vandalize Catholic Church

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Pray for the Christians in these countries. They need our prayers so much. They know what real persecution is all about.
As a side thought…
With all the destruction and violence going on in the world about the mohammed cartoons and previously about the supposed koran desecration that was later found out to be false, why are we not seeing widespread violence and destruction from the Christians about the desecration of a church and the burning of Bibles? Oh yeah, Christians don’t do that. We matured past the three year old, temper-tantrum stage several hundred years ago. I wonder when the muslims are going to catch up? Probably never.

A crowd of Muslim women and a few men attacked a Catholic church in Pakistan’s Punjab province recently, injuring two Christian women – one 70 years old – and vandalizing the building.
At least three men and 20 women attacked the Kawanlit village chapel on February 3, leaving 70-year-old Veero Mehnga Masih with broken legs and also injuring Saleema Mazir Masih, 50. The mob broke windows, smashed the altar and burned Bibles.
Despite prompt condemnation of the violence from church leaders across Punjab, police refused to file an official complaint. Kawanlit’s Christians told Compass today that they are powerless to pursue a court case and plan to seek extra-legal reconciliation.
On February 6, wealthy village landowner Mohammad Iqbal opened a case against eight of Kawanlit’s Christian’s for starting a fight that led to the church destruction. But according to Franciscan parish priest Bernard Bhatti, the eight accused “were not even there” at the time of the church attack. He said the incident stemmed from a property dispute with Iqbal, whose relatives were involved in the attack.
Catholic Archbishop of Lahore Lawrence John Saldanha and Hindu National Assembly Member M.P. Bhandara condemned the attacks in statements on February 3 and 4. Bhandara called on the government to investigate the incident, saying it was a matter of “urgent public importance” that was causing “great concern in the Christian community.”
But speaking from a meeting today with Punjab Provincial Assembly Member Joseph Hakim Din, representatives of Kawanlit’s Christian community of 14 families said that they plan to seek extra-legal reconciliation with Iqbal and the village’s 200 Muslim families. The day after the church attack, Din agreed to form a committee of Christians and Muslims to help the two sides find a peaceful solution.
“I want to emphasize that we are slowly coming to a consensus [with the Muslims],” Fr. Bhatti told Compass from Lahore. He said that there had been problems but that the Christians had no choice but to “struggle for reconciliation.”
Kawanlit’s Christians decided to pursue reconciliation after police refused to register a First Information Report about the church attacks. The report is standard procedure in Pakistan for any criminal complaint lodged with police.
Approached by Fr. Bhatti and members of the National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) the day after the attacks, district police officer Tariq Khokhar claimed that the incident had only been “a scuffle between women.” A February 4 statement from Lahore-based NCJP reported that the police were “ignoring that the outcome of the incident warranted a criminal proceeding.”
According to Fr. Bhatti, officer Khokar argued that opening a case would be a waste of time and money because the Muslims would file a counter-case. “He said, ‘It will take a very long time in the court, maybe two, three, or even five years – who will spend the money?'” Fr. Bhatti told Compass from Lahore.

Read the rest here.

‘3rd intifada on its way’

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

What do pali terrorist do when they loose to the opposing party in elections? How do they protest this turn of events? You guessed it!! They start planning new ways to kill lots of Israeli civilians. What scares me is that we are trying to give these nutcases a country of their own.

With Hamas now in power, the long-ruling Fatah party and its “military wing” Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades forced into the opposition, and Israel announcing it will soon withdraw from the West Bank, Palestinian terror leaders tell WorldNetDaily recent events here are leading them to launch what they call a third intifada – or violent confrontation – against Israel consisting of suicide bombings, rocket attacks against Jewish communities and “a few new surprises in our arsenal.”
Some terror leaders, particularly from the Al Aqsa Brigades, whose associated Fatah party scored poorly in last month’s parliamentary elections, say they are planning massive violence against Israeli civilians mostly to revolt against the new Hamas-controlled Palestinian government.
“The new intifada is only a question of time and this will be the hardest and the most dangerous one. It’s just about timing until the order to blow up a new wave of attacks will be given,” Abu Nasser, a senior Al Aqsa Brigades leader from the Balata refugee camp in northern Samaria told WorldNetDaily in an interview.
Israel expecting new wave of terror
In the last 10 days Israeli forces intercepted 12 potential suicide bombers and have stopped several dozen bombings the past few months, prompting fears of “a new and worrisome wave of terror,” said Yuval Diskin, head of Israel’s Shin Bet security services.
Hamas last month catapulted to power, winning Palestinian parliamentary elections by a large margin and wresting control from Fatah. Israel has warned the losing terror groups, particularly Fatah’s Al Aqsa Brigades, will try to stymie efforts by Hamas to form a new government and sign a long-term cease fire with the Jewish state. Also, members of the Islamic Jihad terror group expressed disappointment their organization decided not to run in elections, and have warned they will stop Hamas from imposing a truce.
Last week, acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announced his Kadima party, leading overwhelmingly in the polls for next month’s Israeli elections, will seek to “change Israel’s borders” by withdrawing from most of the West Bank. Some security officials told WND they fear terror groups will increase attacks to claim credit for an Israeli West Bank pull-out.
After Israel announced its withdrawal from Gaza, which it carried out this past summer, terror organizations, mostly led by Hamas and the Popular Resistance Committees umbrella group, increased attacks in the area, at one point firing an average of seven rockets per week at Gaza’s Jewish communities.
Diskin warned that Iran and Syria, currently under mounting international pressure, are streaming large sums of money to Palestinian terror groups to spur on local cells to carry out attacks in hopes of starting regional violence.
The Palestinians launched their first intifada in 1987, which developed into a well-organized violent rebellion orchestrated by Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization from its headquarters in Tunis. The so-called second intifada was initiated in 2000 after Arafat rejected at Camp David an Israeli offer of a Palestinian state on most of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and sections of eastern Jerusalem. Some 993 Israelis and 3,781 Palestinians have been killed so far. Many say the second intifada is still being waged.
The terror groups themselves say they are planning a new wave of violence against Israelis, which some terror leaders are calling a “third intifada.” They detailed for WorldNetDaily how they will carry it out.
Al Aqsa Brigades: ‘We’ll kill Israelis to revolt against Hamas’
The Al Aqsa Brigades was formed in 2000 by then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat as a military offshoot of the Fatah party. PA President Mahmoud Abbas signed a cease fire with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last February, to which the Brigades was party – but the terror group continued carrying out attacks.
Al Aqsa’s Abu Nasser claims Israel put Hamas in power, and says his group is preparing a new terror onslaught as a result.
“For the last 10 months we respected a cease fire expecting to see changes in the lives of the Palestinian people, but we received from the Israeli side more assassinations … and above all we received the Hamas victory, which seems to be the result of an Israeli and international conspiracy. They believe that Hamas will give up easier our lands and rights. I think that they are right, but we will not allow this to happen. We will fight and we will blow up the new intifada,” Abu Nasser told WND.
Sources close to Al Aqsa say Abu Nasser was involved in preparing the last three suicide bombings in Israel, including the attack last month at a Tel Aviv shwarma restaurant that injured more than 30 Israelis.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal over the weekend said his group might sign a long-term cease fire with Israel, but told reporters he will not ask other Palestinian group to stop attacks.
Abu Nasser told WND the Brigades will not respect any cease fire agreed to by Hamas and will not halt attacks at Hamas’ request.
“I am sure Hamas will start arresting us, but it will not be that easy [for them],” said Abu Nasser. “We are preparing ourselves for the worst scenario.”
Asked if Al Aqsa’s new terror war will be launched less out of aggression toward Israel and more to revolt against Hamas, Abu Nasser replied, “This is partially true. When we were in power, we were obliged to be more sensitive and more obedient to the instructions and policies of our leadership. Now that we lost the elections, why should we obey the leaders and just who do we obey? The Hamas?
Continued Abu Nasser: “I am sure once [Hamas is] in power it is only that power that is really important for them. They will be ready to give up things that President Arafat refused to do. The proof for what I am saying is that in the last days when the Israeli army killed more than 15 Palestinian activists, most of them from our Brigades, we did not hear the voice of Hamas. Where are their resistance principles? Did they disappear after the elections?”
Abu Nasser warned the so-called third intifada will be a combination of suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Jewish towns.
“The Al Aqsa Brigades recently unified most of our cells and groups and we will wait for the most suitable moment to launch our resistance acts. As for the acts, there will be suicide attacks but there will be a massive use of rockets. These rockets will be launched against Israeli settlements in the West Bank, but also if needed against Israeli cities inside the green line.”

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Face It! — The Spiritual Problem With Teens: They’re Following Us

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

There is a lot of truth to this. Churches need to leave the “touchy-feely” world view behind and get back to basics: Biblical Truth and Moral Absolutes.

(AgapePress) – Recent sociological studies are revealing a growing scandal within American Christianity. Many of our churchgoing teens are not Christian or, perhaps, are marginal believers who profess religious ideas that represent an astonishing departure from historic Christianity.
In fact, large swaths of our teens hold to views that are decidedly pagan, according to study results from University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) sociologists Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton.
See earlier installments of this series:

A Strange Faith — Are Church-Going Kids Christian?
God, Religion … Whatever — Are Our Churchgoing Youth Falling Away from the Faith?
The pair of researchers reported their findings in a stunning book, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. They said, for example, that “57% of Catholic youth maybe or definitely believe in reincarnation, 46% in astrology, 48% in communicating with the dead, and 32% in psychics and fortune-tellers …. On the other hand, 33% of conservative Protestant youth maybe or definitely believe in reincarnation, 33% in astrology, 31% in communicating with the dead, and 21% in psychics and fortune tellers.”
When compared to the clear teachings of Scripture and Christianity, Smith and Denton said numbers like these were “astounding.”
Just as disturbing, according to the Barna Research Group, a polling firm that focuses on religious trends in the U.S., 63 percent of self-professed Christian teens do not believe that Jesus is the Son of the one true God, and 58 percent believe all faiths teach equally-valued truths.
How did this spiritual sickness happen — and, equally as important, how can it be cured? Many of the problems and solutions can be found in the same places.
Home-Grown ReligionIf “home is where the heart is,” then home is also where the religious heart of a young person is often shaped.
While many parents probably doubt that they have much influence on their teenagers — especially as compared to that of friends or the media — the opposite is actually true, Smith and Denton said.
“Most teenagers and their parents may not realize it, but a lot of research in the sociology of religion suggests that the most important social influence in shaping young people’s religious lives is the religious life modeled and taught by their parents,” the researchers said.
Even in the research for Soul Searching, Smith and Denton found “that the importance of faith for teenagers fairly closely tracks the importance of faith for their parents. Parents for whom religious faith is quite important are thus likely to be raising teenagers for whom faith is quite important, while parents whose faith is not important are likely to be raising teenagers for whom faith is also not important.”
Understanding this truth might be empowering to parents, or even alarming, they said. But it should not be ignored. The state of teenage religious beliefs in this country should be “understood as largely reflecting the world of adult religion, especially parental religion, and are in strong continuity with it. Few teenagers today are rejecting or reacting against the adult religion into which they are being socialized.”
So if the religion of churchgoing teens is increasingly non-Christian, and if their religious beliefs are to a large extent shaped by parents and other Christian adults, what does this say about the religious beliefs of the adults themselves?
In his book, Real Teens: A Contemporary Snapshot of Youth Culture, pollster and researcher George Barna reaches the obvious conclusion: “Without a doubt, teen America’s confusion regarding truth is a reflection of the distorted and contradictory teaching …” they get from the adults in their lives.
Moreover, beyond simply what adults say about religion is the manner in which adults live their lives in front of teenagers. “We may conclude that teenagers don’t think about moral truth often or deeply because they are neither challenged to do so nor is such behavior modeled for them,” Barna said. “Their attitudes suggest that they have a sneaking suspicion that this is a vital issue, but without the people they can trust and imitate devoting themselves to the matter, they have no trouble ignoring the issue.”
The critical importance of parents, then, is why Smith and Denton suggested that “the best way to get most youth more involved in and serious about their faith communities is to get their parents more involved in and serious about their faith communities” (emphasis in original).
That would mean, they said, that instead of thinking of youth ministry in isolation, “our findings suggest that overall youth ministry would probably best be pursued in a larger context of family ministry, that parents should be viewed as indispensable partners in the religious formation of youth.”
In the end, they insisted, parents “most likely will get from teens what they as adults themselves are.”

Read the rest here.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for February 14th (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Ahmadinejad’s Apocalypse

The perfect human being is on the way to manifesting his presence in a chaotic world, over which he will exert absolute control, according to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Israel-hating leader believes the twelfth Imam will assume his prophesied place upon the world stage, at a time of cosmic upheaval, earthly war, bloodshed, and destruction on a global scale. “The Mahdi,” as the miracle man is also called, will, Ahmadinejad proclaims, bring universal peace– Utopia.
One news item reports: “The man in charge of hoodwinking the Western powers about Iran’s now 18-year-old secret nuclear program believes the apocalypse will happen in his own lifetime. He’ll be 50 in October. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Shi’ite creed has convinced him lesser mortals cannot only influence but hasten the awaited return of the 12th Imam…” (Arnaud de Borchgrave, “Later than we think,” Washington Times, February 6, 2006).
And within that brief excerpt, we find the frightening difference between just another Mid-East dictator’s ludicrous rantings and an ominous reality that is smoldering within the satanically-inspired thoughts of an endtime tyrant.
Ahmadinejad doesn’t just plan to sit around while his religious prophetic belief of apocalypse comes to pass. The Iranian leader intends to be an active participant in its coming to pass. The bellicose Iranian president believes that the twelfth Imam is the heir to all prophets (all will be fulfilled in him). According to his reported statements, Ahmadinejad believes the coming of the final prophet is only two years away. The news item further enlightens us on Ahmadinejad’s portentous view of the immediate future.
“Mr. Ahmadinejad is close to the messianic Hojjatieh Society, which is governed by the conviction the twelfth Imam’s return will be hastened by ‘the creation of chaos on Earth.’ He has fired Iran’s most experienced diplomats and scores of other officials, presumably those who don’t share his belief in apocalyptic conflagration” (Borchgrave).
It is more than just interesting to understand that the one leader who is moving with all diligence and speed to develop nuclear weaponry has such an apocalyptic grand design in view. The Iranian could have his finger on the nuclear trigger at any time in the near future, with the thought toward drawing Israel’s IDF into a conflagration. Such a war, he openly surmises, could well be that which will fulfill the prophecy he perceives as the consummation of international rule by a western industrial-military complex, and the predestined installation of Allah on Planet Earth.
I believe with all that is within me that such an all-out war scenario as Ahmadinejad envisions cannot occur while the Church of Jesus Christ is still in the world. That level of holocaust is reserved for the time of God’s wrath. However, there could certainly be some troublesome confrontations and lesser conflicts than all-out war in the Middle East before the era of horror described in Revelation from chapter 6 through chapter 19, when Jesus Christ returns in great power and glory.
It could be just such angst over these building prospective nuclear confrontations, in the near term, that will be the catalyst for galvanizing agreement to consider peace. Likelihood of atomic war might be the future reason for the covenant of Daniel 9: 27, which Antichrist will confirm –promising to bring in supposed peace and prosperity.
Another aspect of all of this is the treatment of those of us who believe in the coming Apocalypse, as given in the Book of Revelation and Old Testament books, as opposed to how Ahmadinejad is treated for his apocalyptic view.
We are seen as Christian fundamentalist warmongers who want to bring Christ’s rule to earth by convincing our leaders to start war in the Middle East, thus bringing in Armageddon. This, despite the truth that we simply look at the world situation under the microscope of God’s prophetic light and try to determine and report where this generation stands on God’s prophetic timeline. We go out of our way to put forward the Prince of Peace. Ahmadinejad clearly says “bring it on” so Allah can pick up the pieces of a totally trashed planet, and the news media, overall, ignores that he craves Armageddon. We want to do all we can to prevent people from having to endure such a war. The Iranian dictator-master wants to start such war.
Ahmadinejad –and no other diabolist—can bring on man’s final war, thankfully, until Christ’s born-again believers are called to be with the Lord Jesus. That stupendously thrilling coming moment gets nearer by the second!


Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for February 14th (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Why Moral Protests and Boycotts and Don’t Work

NBC has been the frequent target of Christian watchdog groups. Over the past few years, I recall hearing about three major incident involving the Peacock network:
The first one was the sitcom, “God, the Devil and Bob.” The show had God portrayed in the image of the late Jerry Garcia (of Grateful Dead fame). The Grateful Dead were notorious drug addicts and their recordings included lyrics such as “A friend of the devil is a friend of mine” and “I am going to Hell in a bucket but at least I’m enjoying the ride.”
The second one was the show, “The Book of Daniel.” The main character, Daniel, is a pill-popping Episcopal priest who lives with a variety of daily problems. His wife is an alcoholic, one of his sons is a homosexual and another, his adopted son, is having sex with a young girl. The show also features a blasphemous portrayal of Jesus. The Christ in the “The Book of Daniel” glosses over the son’s sexual romps with the comment, “He’s a kid; let him be a kid.”
The third uproar occurred before the show aired. Christian groups forced NBC cancel to an episode of “Will & Grace” that featured Britney Spears as a conservative who hosts a cooking segment called “Cruci-fixin’s” on a Christian TV network. According to one report, “Spears was to appear as a sidekick to the regular character Jack, who hosts his own talk show on the homosexual network Out TV, which is bought by a Christian TV network. The episode was to air April 13, just before Good Friday.”
The American Family Association has been given the most credit for forcing NBC to cancel each of these examples of moral degeneration. The AFA may have won a few battles, but they are not winning the war. In fact, morality in America has been in a steady swan dive.
While Christians were venting their displeasure over the “The Book of Daniel,” the movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” was breaking new ground at the theater. For the first time ever, a movie with a homosexual sex scene was number one in box office ratings.
Regarding the on-screen sex between actors Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie, “pro-family” reviewer Ted Baehr predicted that the audience would be so sickened they would flee the theater vomiting. With the movie playing on over 2,000 screens and having earned $64 million so far, I don’t think his prediction has come to pass.
The primarily reason protests and boycotts don’t work is Satan’s strategy attacking on multiple fronts. The devil has so many agents in this world, he can afford a loss like the early demise of “The Book of Daniel.” Right now, I’m sure some writers in Hollywood are working on a screenplay for a new sitcom that will be equally as blasphemous as any of the examples I’ve cited.
If Christian groups are going to have any lasting impact in the moral struggle, they need to focus on changing the overall culture. Where they choose to spend their money is a good place to start. If Christians applied a more godly approach to their buying habits, corporations that support and promote immoral activities would quickly get the message.
At one point, Burlington Coat Factory was the only national advertiser still standing with NBC’s “The Book of Daniel.” I don’t recall any Christian group highlighting this company’s willingness to support the sitcom. Most of the angry letters were to NBC or its parent company, General Electric.
You don’t need to send a letter to NBC or the Burlington Coat Factory. If enough Christians refused to buy outerwear from BCF, the retailer’s earnings would drop and the CEO would be out on his ear.
I hardly ever watch any network prime-time TV. I simply cannot relate to the values presented by NBC and the other major networks.
Last week, I ran across a news article that pointed out how many evangelicals demand higher standards for TV, while at the same time, they contradict their wishes by watching shows that are full of sex and violence.
In this late hour, we may not be able to prevent the world from sliding into tribulation judgment. The least we can do is not become part of the problem.

— Todd

Comparing Islamic Fascists to Christian Conservatives

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

As this article points out, there is no comparison between Christians and Islam. Christ taught Love, Mercy and Hope. Islam teaches hate, death, violence and destruction on anyone not muslim. The press needs to get a clue and stop these insulting comparisons, or I’ll have to do something radical. I may have to pray for them.

(AgapePress) – It has become a world crisis. Cartoons printed by a Danish newspaper depict the Prophet Muhammad in a way that Muslims say is blasphemous. In retaliation, Muslims are violently protesting by burning flags, attacking embassies in Syria, Lebanon, and Iran. Riots have broken out in Beirut, Indonesia, the Palestinian territory, and Afghanistan. Muslim clerics continue to stir the flames of Islamic indignation, calling upon Muhammad’s followers to enforce respect for the prophet’s name with their own blood. People are being seriously injured and killed.
The media has often compared Christian conservatives in America to violent Islamic radicals. Bob Norman in the New Times Broward-Palm Beach once wrote: “The underbelly of the Christian right is as scary as anything that ever dwelled in a Tora Bora cave.” Robyn E. Blumner in the St. Petersburg Times, once compared conservative Christians with the Taliban saying: “The religious right has spent more than 20 years chipping away at the wall of separation between church and state, trying in Taliban-like ways to inject religion into public schools and the operations of government.”
Drew Pierce with E-volve Now has argued: “I agree with Bill Clinton when he said, ‘Our number-one threat abroad is fundamentalism, absolutism. Terror is their tactic, but it is their ideas, their hatred, their absolute certainty that they are so right that they can kill people who disagree with them — that is our enemy.’ …How true. This is not rocket science. But what about this same terrorism, fundamentalism, and absolutist mentality as a threat from within here at home? I suggest that the threat from within created by a stampede of millions of fundamentalist Christians is far more dangerous than a handful of terrorists.” Even former President Jimmy Carter has alluded to comparisons between fundamentalist Christians and Islamic fundamentalism in his latest book, Our Endangered Values.
Such comparisons are common today by those on the left, but nothing less than asinine — and recent events on the world stage prove it.
In 2001, The Brooklyn Museum featured Yo Mama’s Last Supper, a color photograph by Renee Cox, which depicted 12 black men and a nude woman at Christ’s Last Supper. Cox posed as the woman, who was supposed to represent Jesus Christ. Yet there were no riots by offended Bible-believing Christians — no burning of the Brooklyn Museum with fire bombs. There were lawful protests, but people weren’t being killed — no placards saying “Butcher those who insult Christ,” or “Behead those who blaspheme the Savior.”
Piss Christ, by American photographer Andres Serrano, has been around since 1987. It’s a close-up photograph of a crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine. It’s been the subject of much controversy. Christian people have deplored its support by the National Endowment for the Arts. But there have never been any riots by fundamentalist Christians over the matter.
What about when New York Performance Works, a downtown New York theatre that staged 12 performances of Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, which portrayed the Virgin Mary as a prostitute? The play was advertised with postcards containing an illustration of the Holy Mother with the Immaculate Heart and the inscription “Tis a Pity She’s a Whore,” written across her. Did conservative Catholics violently storm the theatres? Were Catholic Priests whipping up a frenzy of hatred and violence against the play’s performers and sponsorships? They were rightly incensed, but expressions of opposition were non-violent.
Planned Parenthood has been promoting “Choice on Earth” Christmas cards for four years. The cards, whose inscription is a play on words taken from the Gospel of Luke 2:13,14, have degraded the Christmas message of God’s sending a redeemer for man’s sin to an argument for the murder of millions of innocent pre-born children. Have pro-life Christians essentially called for a jihad — a literal holy war on Planned Parenthood? No, they have used their lawful rights to try and stop the violence perpetrated and celebrated by such organizations — they have not incited violence on them or anyone else.
Countless are the depictions of Jesus in the movies and on television that are incredibly offensive to conservative Evangelicals. From Martin Scorsese’s film, The Last Temptation of Christ, where Jesus explains that he makes crosses for the Romans so his fellow Jews will be crucified and God will hate him; to NBC’s failed TV drama, The Book of Daniel, where the Lord was essentially portrayed as a powerless wise-cracker. Yet no conservative Christian organization, group of churches, or Christian activists have led their faithful to attack movie studios or destroy the broadcasting towers of NBC affiliates! No producers of such programming have been killed or beaten.
In fact, what we are witnessing at this hour is a clear presentation of the vast differences between Christianity and true Islam. Granted, there have been exceptions to the case, where some misguided individual or group that, in the name of Christ, performed some atrocity on those who disagreed with them. But such is an exception to the rule at best and never in line with the commands of Christ.
Nevertheless, Muslims around the world are now obeying Muhammad through violence.
Randall Terry, president of the Society for Truth and Justice, has spent considerable time studying Islam, beginning with his Arabic studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in doing research in Islamic primary sources for a lengthy project comparing Christ and Mohammed,. Terry notes: “If we are going to understand the Islamic mind, we must study the life of Muhammad. ‘What would Muhammad do?’ needs to be the grid through which we view Islamic culture, law, and acts of terrorism …. Muslims who attack or threaten death to those who mock Muhammad are following in the footsteps of Muhammad himself.” Terry goes on to point out that Muhammad ordered the assassination or execution of individuals who satirized him, and this is the basis for why its a criminal offense in Islamic law to belittle the prophet.
One of the controversial cartoons of the prophet shows Muhammad with a lit bomb in is turban. In an insightful editorial, Culture Clash Over Cartoons, columnists Monte Kuligowski muses: “I wonder what the Christian equivalent (cartoon) would look like. In the present case, a cartoonist apparently believed that because Muhammad was a man of war, Islam has evolved (or always has been terroristic) into its present state of suicidal/homicidal terrorism. With Christianity, Jesus walked the earth healing the sick and feeding the hungry. What might a cartoonist place in Christ’s turban? Maybe a hospital or a loaf of bread?”
Indeed, as J. Grant Swank, Jr., argues in his recent piece, Cartoon Protests: Messenger = Message, it is the sword that rules in Islam. “In Christianity,” he says, “there is the cross not the sword. The cross is where the sinless sacrifice, Jesus, offered Himself to satisfy the justice of eternity. All repentant souls may find forgiveness through that sacrifice. Their eternity is forever bliss and holiness in heaven. In the meantime, Jesus calls His own to live the Good Samaritan example — love your neighbor as yourself. Muhammad calls his own to slaughter: ‘Fighting is prescribed for you … it is good for you. Koran 2:216.’ Slowly the free countries are coming to realize this horror.”
Let’s hope and pray that they do realize it. Moreover, let’s hope some in the American media will realize it, too, and stop erroneously comparing conservative Christians to Islamic fascists. To do so is like comparing Billy Graham and Mother Teresa to Adolph Hitler and Saddam Hussein! All the James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, D. James Kennedy and Don Wildmon types in America would never be lowered to the reprehensible moral equivalent of the reaction we see by Muslims around the globe to a bunch of cartoons.