Archive for February 18th, 2006

City reverses ‘religious art’ ban

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

I am just so tired of this fallacy of “no religion in the public square” mentality. Glad that Christians are finally going on the offensive.

Just hours after being served with a lawsuit, a Florida town today reversed its decision to censor an artist’s paintings from a Black History Month display at City Hall because they were deemed religious.
Lloyd Marcus filed the lawsuit this morning in federal district court after the city of Deltona refused to respond to a letter from the public-interest legal group
Liberty Counsel demanding the paintings be reposted.
Due to the lateness of the day, Marcus will bring the paintings back to City Hall Monday morning, where they will be displayed for the rest of Black History Month, Liberty Counsel said.
Marcus, a Deltona resident and president of the Deltona Arts and Historical Center, is a well-known artist, entertainer and composer.
His artwork, displayed in the lobby of City Hall, included a partially covered Bible and church sign. Another picture depicts a festive New Orleans funeral and a third shows a Christmas basket. The paintings are a published series reflecting Marcus’s childhood in his father’s Baltimore church.
The city has continued to display works of other local artists that do not contain religious viewpoints, including a charcoal sketch of three famous African-Americans and a pastel rendering of jazz artist B.B. King.

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Philippines Landslide Death Toll at 1,800

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

Please join me in praying for this people.

GUINSAUGON, Philippines (AP) – Rescue workers held little hope Saturday of finding survivors from a devastating landslide, saying this farming village was swallowed whole by a wall of mud and boulders.
Lt. Col. Raul Farnacio, the highest-ranking military officer at the scene of Friday’s disaster, estimated the death toll at about 1,800 – nearly every man, woman and child who lived in Guinsaugon.
“Out of a population of 1,857, we have 57 survivors and 19 bodies,” a grim Farnacio said as search efforts resumed Saturday in a drenching rain and high winds that made the task even more miserable. “We presume that more or less that 1,800 are feared dead.”
Soldiers were being shuttled to the disaster zone in the shovels of bulldozers that carried them across a shallow stream. With the mud estimated to be 30 feet deep at some points, they were given sketches of the village so they could figure out approximately where the houses used to be.
Farnacio said the troops were digging only where they saw clear evidence of bodies because of the danger that the soft, unstable mud could shift and claim new victims.
“We can only focus on the surface,” he said. “We cannot go too deep.”
Low clouds hung over the area, obscuring the mountain that disintegrated Friday morning after two weeks of heavy rains, covering the village’s 375 homes and elementary school. Rescue workers trudged slowly through the sludge, stretchers and ambulances waiting for survivors or the bodies of victims.

Textbooks Proselytize for Allah

Saturday, February 18th, 2006

This type of thing has been a problem in California schools for some time now. They feel it’s OK to keep Christianity out of the schools, but islam gets a free pass.

Muslim organizations have not only used California schools and textbooks to proselytize for Allah, but they now seek to portray other religions through an Islamic prism, claim the modern Jews do not have an historical connection to the nation of Israel, and reintroduce the charge of deicide to American textbooks. At least three major publishers whose textbooks are under consideration for adoption by the State of California – Ballard & Tighe, Houghton-Mifflin, and McDougal Littell – have enlisted Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director of Council on Islamic Education (CIE), as content consultant. Publishers shared their pre-print edition of textbooks with CIE, thereby facilitating the sanitizing of Islam before the textbooks made it to the public domain. But that was apparently not enough for CIE; they have submitted an additional set of edits that would help seventh grade Californians understand their respective religions from an Islamic perspective.

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