Archive for April, 2006

Citizen-built border fence gains steam

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006


Until we close our borders, homeland security is a joke. Not only shouldn’t we reward illegal immigrant aliens with amnesty programs, but our borders must be closed and controlled.
What is really sad though is that we pay billions of dollars in taxes, yet our federal government, whose job it is to secure our borders, can’t get the job done without volunteers and private individuals footing the bill. I think I’ll ask for a refund.

Taking matters into their own hands, some activists are working to build a fence along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S. southern border – with or without government participation.
Using the slogan “American Citizens Securing the Borders Themselves,” The Border Fence Project hopes to raise enough money to build a fence along 90 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border that currently has no physical barrier.
According to the effort’s website, the “fencing solution” will include the use of near-wholesale raw materials and use volunteer labor to build the structure.
Leaders from both parties in Washington have been reluctant to advocate a fence along the entire border, with some saying a “virtual fence” using high-tech surveillance equipment and drones can do the job of stemming illegal immigration.
States the Border Fence Project website: “Because Washington officials have consistently shown apprehension and outright consternation of the idea of a complete fence, it is unlikely they will ever cooperate, assuming the public continues to vote for special-interest candidates. Furthermore, most estimates show that because of the inefficiency of government labor and high markup on raw materials, the cost is likely to run $9 billion, only 23 percent of the Department of Homeland Security annual budget, but enough to receive grief from the open-borders lobby.
“We know we the civilian volunteers, in cooperation with Minuteman-like groups already on the border, can do the job for 1/400 of that cost!”
The organization, led by Jim Wood of Running Springs, Calif., believes an effective fence can be built for between $1.50 and $4 a foot. It would consist of a barbed-wire fence guarded by “solar motion lights with sirens, other motion sensors, electronic sensors that determine if the wire has been cut and a television-camera-unit for up to every quarter-mile of fencing depending on landscape,” the site states.
Last week, Chris Simcox, leader of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a civilian border patrol group, said if the government was not going to build a fence, volunteers would do so.
”We’re going to show the federal government how easy it is to build these security fences, how inexpensively they can be built when built by private people and free enterprise,” Simcox told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, an Arizona state lawmaker is proposing legislation to allow ranchers who lease state land along the border to build fencing on government property.
State Rep. Russell Pearce told KVOA-TV the bill is still being drafted.
“I’m interested in helping to do that,” Pearce said. “We don’t have authority over federal land but we do over state land.”
Simcox, who hopes to begin the fence project May 25, says he is supportive of the proposed legislation.
Minuteman spokeswoman Connie Hair called the response to the fence proposal unbelievable – “people wanting to donate, to help build a fence, people wanting a fence on their land,” according to AP.
Said Simcox on the Minuteman website: “We have chosen a fence design that is based on the Israeli fences in Gaza and on the West Bank that have cut terrorist attacks there by 95 percent or more. In order to be effective, a fence should not be easy to compromise by climbing over it with a ladder, cutting through it with wire cutters, ramming it with a vehicle, or tunneling under it undetected.”
The design includes a double fence with a six-foot trench on both sides and surveillance cameras. Simcox says the fence would cost no more than $150 a foot.
Border-area ranchers have long been active in opposing illegal immigration, since the entrants often vandalize their property and commit other crimes as they make their way north.
Meanwhile, WeNeedAFence.com, a leading organization in the effort to erect a fence, is hailing recent comments by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., supporting a physical barrier on the border.
“A physical structure is obviously important. A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,” Clinton is quoted by the New York Daily News as saying.
“We commend Senator Clinton for supporting a secure physical barrier along our southern border,” said WeNeedAFence.com President Colin Hanna. “We welcome the opportunity to work with senators on both sides of the aisle to build consensus in favor of a state-of-the-art border fence.”

What bin Laden’s saying: It’s all-out war on civilians

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

That’s right people, the mouthpiece of islam, ol’ Osama himself, has just told all those self-proclaimed, peace lovin’ muslims out there, that you are now a target. Every American man, woman and child, young and old, is now fair game in “kill the infidel”. If even a fraction of the muslims around the world follow through on Osama’s invitation, then we could very well get a taste of what Israel faces every day.

The latest tape from Osama bin Laden, aired by al-Jazeera Sunday, is a call upon all Muslims to take part in a new jihad against the United States, Israel and Europe that will include the killing of more civilians.
The al-Qaida leader said the American people, including women and children, have become fair targets because they continue to support the decisions of the Bush administration.
“The war is a responsibility between the people and the governments,” bin Laden said. “The war goes on and the [American] people are renewing their allegiance to its rulers and masters. They send their sons to armies to fight us and they continue their financial and moral support while our countries are burned, our houses are bombed and our people are killed.” In an exclusive interview with G2 Bulletin, Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in the wake of 9-11, said the issuance of the tape was necessitated by Europe’s rejection of al-Qaida’s offer of a truce two years ago, and the subsequent rejection of a similar truce that was offered to the United States.
Mir had predicted bin Laden’s imminent release of a message on al-Jazeera in a report published by G2 Bulletin and WND just days before.
“There was only one positive response from America,” according to Mir. “Douglas A. Borer wrote an article in The Christian Science Monitor on January 24, 2006, [in which] he argued that the British had made peace with the IRA and the U.S. had come to terms with Libya’s terror-sponsoring leader [Moammar] Gadhafi. Then why not al-Qaida? The American government said that talking to terrorists is not their policy.”
Mir contends this rejection has served to give rise to increased support for bin Laden throughout the Muslim world and widespread belief that the only recourse against alleged Western aggression is total war, including attacks on civilian populations.
Asked about the current opinion of bin Laden in the Muslim world, Mir said: “Osama bin Laden has become more popular only after 9-11. Incidents like the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail, the desecration of the holy Quran in Guantanamo Bay prisons, and then the publication of the blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark spread a lot of hatred against the West in the Muslim world. This hatred is the real strength of Osama bin Laden.”
Mir believes that bin Laden has become the hero of anti-American Muslim youth by default.
“Many Muslims,” he says, “are of the view that America played a role in implementing the U.N. resolutions on East Timor. This Christian majority province of Indonesia got independence through the U.N., but the Muslim majority Kashmir area of India is denied the same right because the West is biased against the Muslims. Now, the Muslim youth is getting allergic [to] Islamic clerics who oppose al-Qaida. More than 1,500 tribal elders and Islamic clerics have been assassinated by pro-al-Qaida militants in the South Waziristan area of Pakistan in the past two years. These 1,500 elders and clerics cooperated with the Pakistan army and opposed the presence of foreign fighters in their area.”
He believes the issuance of the tape will result in a new wave of violence, particularly in Egypt and the Darfur province of Sudan.
“Bin Laden wants the West to send more troops into Darfur,” he claims, “and then the al-Qaida fighters in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries will have an opportunity to test their jihadi spirits against the ‘enemies of Islam.'”
The Pakistani journalist claims bin Laden needs another Iraq in Africa to serve as a breeding ground for al-Qaida and a bleeding ground for American troops.
Mir further maintains that bin Laden remains in control of all aspects of al-Qaida and that al-Zawahiri, who has been called “the real brains” of the terrorist organization, only serves in a subservient role.
“Dr. Zawahiri was not aware about the 9-11 planning,” he says. “He was not present in the meeting of Osama and Mullah Omar, which took place in southern Afghanistan in August 2005. Suicide bombings in Afghanistan were approved by Mullah Omar in that meeting. How can Zawahiri be the brain of Osama? The real brain was Muhammad Atef who was killed in November 2001 in Ghazni by American predators. Osama himself has a very sharp mind. America has failed to nab him. The failure of America proves that Osama is clever.”
Concerning the present whereabouts of the elusive emir, Mir maintains that bin Laden found shelter in the frontier regions of Pakistan in the wake of the bombing of his mountain fortress at Tora Bora. Among the Pashtun tribes, bin Laden remained protected by the Islamic code of milmastia, which demands protection for fellow Muslims who seek shelter in their country – even if such shelter means risking their lives.
From 2002 to 2004, bin Laden spent most of his time in the valley of Dir, about 50 miles from the Afghan border on the Kunar Province. Dir remains within the Malakand Pass, the site of some of the fiercest skirmishes under the British Raj. A Pakistani fort still stands where the young Winston Churchill shot down rebels and received a citation for heroism. The fort is presently occupied by Maulvi Sufi Mohamad, an old and revered Muslim scholar, who maintains a Taliban-style rule of the area with public executions of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates and Christian infidels. It was an area in which bin Laden felt quite at home.
Despite the $25 million bounty the U.S. government placed on his head – a bounty that is proclaimed by thousands of Pashtu-language leaflets that are dropped by U.S. aircraft on a regular basis – bin Laden felt secure enough to travel to other parts of Pakistan, including periodic trips to Peshawar and the smuggler-infested bazaar town of Rabate J’ali, north of Zahedan, within the center of “the Devil’s Triangle,” the conjunction of the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
In 2004, according to Mir, bin Laden resettled in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan, only to return to the tribal regions of Pakistan in 2005.
Mir maintains that bin Laden now regularly moves from both locations with little fear of capture. The Pakistani journalist says that his beliefs in this regard have been confirmed by Gen. Richard Myers and other leading American military officials.
Mir’s account of the present whereabouts of the elusive emir confirms an Aug. 6 report WND.

Conservatives Look to June Vote on Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Contact your congressperson or senator and let them know how you feel about this. Let’s protect the traditional family, which has been the sucessful building block of society for centuries.

(CNSNews.com) – Religious conservatives are trying to increase support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to the traditional one man, one woman concept. A vote on a Senate bill dealing with the amendment is expected to take place on June 6.
“The amendment is not against anyone. It’s to protect marriage,” said Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Roman Catholic archbishop for Philadelphia, during a conference call briefing on Tuesday. He added that the “institution of marriage is suffering.”
The legislation to prohibit homosexual marriage, most recently introduced by Republican Wayne Allard in the Senate and Republican Dan Lungren in the House, has been a favorite issue for religious conservatives for several years. But the legalization of homosexual marriage in Massachusetts and the gender non-specific policies of several other states plus the District of Columbia have increased the stakes of an already intense legal fight.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996, allows each state to prohibit same sex marriage and 45 states have done so, according to the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign, with either laws or state constitutional amendments.
Any amendment to the U.S. Constitution would require a two thirds passage in both the U.S. House and Senate. It would also need to be ratified by three fourths of the nation’s state legislatures, but the 45 states that have already banned homosexual marriage on the state level are seven more than the 38 that would be needed to amend the U.S. Constitution and enact a national ban.
However, the federal Constitution has been amended only five times since 1951. The most recent case — the 27th Amendment, dealing with the pay for senators and House members — was ratified on May 7, 1992, but had originally been proposed on Sept. 25, 1789.
The language of what is popularly known as the Federal Marriage Amendment states that “marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.”
It further clarifies that “neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State, nor State or Federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.”
The second clause of the amendment could eliminate the legal benefits of domestic partnerships and civil unions for heterosexual and homosexual couples. Vermont is the only state with legalized civil unions that apply to homosexuals.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, senior pastor of the Hope Christian Church in Lanham, Md., said the various pro-homosexual policies around the country mean that marriage is being “devalued.”
“This devaluation needs to not spiral south,” he said, urging passage of the amendment.
Rigali argued that it is “not only a question of religious principles,” which he said “figure in prominently.”
“We’re talking also of the tenets of civilization for thousands of years,” he added.
However, Brad Luna, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, argued that “the Constitution provides equality for all Americans.” He told Cybercast News Service that the marriage amendment that conservatives want passed “would destroy that equality by re-writing the Constitution and treating one group of Americans different from others.”
Luna said Americans are not interested in such an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Affordability of health care and the war in Iraq — those are the issues that they want the U.S. Senate and the Congress to be prioritizing as the top issues,” he said.
“This issue of the amendment ranks dead last on a list of priorities for voters,” said Luna.

Church Takes Stand for Sexual Morality, Outreach to Homosexuals

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Please pray for the homosexuals and the people who are trying to reach them. Pray that God will help the ones who are trying to leave this sinful and dangerous lifestyle behind.

(AgapePress) – First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, is taking a pro-active step to reach the homosexual community with the truth of the gospel. On Saturday, May 6, the church is hosting a one-day conference titled “More Than Words” (MTW). The conference is an event that features Tim Wilkins, founder of Cross Ministry in 1996 and creator of the MTW conference.
Wilkins himself left the homosexual lifestyle more than 20 years ago, so he is able to empathize with those who are trapped in homosexuality and feel there is no hope. Wilkins, his wife and three daughters live in North Carolina where Cross Ministry is based in Wake Forest.
“No one has ever been argued out of homosexuality,” said Wilkins. The focus of MTW is on building bridges to the homosexual community, offering hope and help for those who wish to leave the lifestyle. Wilkins said MTW wants to walk (versus talk) people out of homosexuality.
He is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas. He has spoken for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Amsterdam 2000), at Saddleback Church, and at Christian and secular universities across the country. MTW conferences will be at Eagle Rock Church & Lakewood Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio, July 8-9; and at First Assembly of God in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 12. Over the past five years, Wilkins has conducted more than 30 MTW conferences.
“People do not consciously choose to be attracted to the same sex,” Wilkins said. “One of life’s mysteries is that we don’t get to choose what we are tempted by.” But Wilkins does make the distinction that acting on those attractions is a conscious choice and is sin, just as adultery is a sin.
Wilkins, whose articles and commentaries have been featured in numerous publications, was the first person ever to make a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) asking the convention to develop resources for reaching homosexuals with the gospel. Since that motion in 1997, literature has been created to evangelize homosexuals, numerous testimonies have been given at annual conventions, this area of ministry has been spotlighted at the 2003 and 2005 SBC annual meetings, an exhibit specific to reaching homosexuals has been featured at annual SBC conventions, and an SBC Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals was created.
LifeWay Christian Resources, an arm of the SBC, has created The Way Out, a highly-identifiable name for this area of ministry. Some Southern Baptist seminaries have begun to recognize the need to specifically address this issue in training its students.
“Homosexuality crosses denominational lines and so does Cross Ministry,” Wilkins said. “Denominations that invite us include United Methodists, Assemblies of God, Independent Baptists, General Baptists, Lutherans, and Southern Baptists.”
Conference topics include: If a Friend Says “I’m gay”; Loving and Reaching the Gay Community; “What’s a Parent to Do?”; Untwisting “Gay Theology”; “They didn’t teach me this in Seminary!” and The Church: “Walking by Faith, not by Fright.”
Don Schmierer, author of An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing the Homosexual Condition in Today’s Youth, will also speak at the Dallas event. His book is the first ever dealing specifically with prevention. Schmierer speaks extensively around the world and has been involved in interpersonal ministry for more than 20 years.

Martyrs’ Children Suffer as Indonesia’s Anti-Christian Persecution Escalates

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Please join me in actively praying for the believers who are persecuted.

(AgapePress) – A ministry that was formed to increase awareness of the persecuted Church worldwide is helping orphans in Indonesia, one of many nations around the globe where Muslim persecution against Christians has increased dramatically in recent years.
Some of the children of Christians martyred for their faith in Indonesia become homeless, while others are often left with poor relatives who may or may not be able to care for their needs. For this reason, the Indonesian office of Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) established a safe house for orphans. Still, VOM’s Todd Nettleton notes, many of these orphans face an uncertain future.
“Children whose mother and father are killed by radical Muslims — what do they do? How do they continue to get their education?” Nettleton asks. The answer, he points out, is a well-meaning but frequently impractical generosity on the part of relatives.
“The Indonesian culture has a great love for children, and so it’s very common for family members to take in the orphans and to allow them to live with them,” the ministry spokesman says. “But obviously that’s a financial strain, and to continue your education costs money.”
Orphans that are taken in by family members may be wanted and loved, Nettleton asserts, but the care and education of these children are still expensive. “So if the family is very poor, that’s a very difficult thing,” he says. “And if there is no family, obviously that’s a difficult thing,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the persecution of Christians is ongoing, with government officials in Indonesia helping to drive the violence and intimidation tactics being used against the Church. In the past 12 months, VOM reports, dozens of Christian places of worship have been closed by government decree.
“I think that the radical Muslims have gained more and more political power,” Nettleton says, “and they have used that to pressure the government to support their efforts to close down the churches.”
Indonesia’s constitution purportedly guarantees religious freedom, and “the government talks a good game about religious freedom,” the VOM spokesman contends, “but more and more in the last 12 months, we’re seeing [that government officials] don’t actually step up to the plate and protect Christians.”
Voice of the Martyrs, headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is a non-profit, international and interdenominational organization that seeks to aid, support, and advocate for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. The ministry also works to fulfill the Great Commission and to educate the world about ongoing persecution of believers all over the world.

North Carolina Christians Take a Stand, Evil Flees

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Come on Church, stand up for what you believe in. Take the Word of God to the streets. Present the Words of God’s Grace through Jesus to the unsaved. Contend for the Lord!

(AgapePress) – Christians in North Carolina have taken a stand against the pro-homosexual agenda — and they’re winning some of the battles.
Churches in the Charlotte area have taken on homosexual activists recently, and the results have been encouraging. Flip Benham of Operation Save America says he is elated. “As the Church comes out of the closet, we are finding out that many of the enemies of God are moving back into the closet,” he says.
A case in point, Benham says, was the recent cancellation of the “Charlotte Pride” parade, a springtime gathering that in past years has featured transvestite dancers, homosexual comedians, and vendor booths pushing sadomasochism (S&M) merchandise. He credits the activist members of Operation Save America and their supporters with the turnabout.
“They just got so fed up with us that many of them left,” he says. “And by the way, many of them came to know Christ through the witnessing of hundreds of Christians who came out in the street.”
In another example 900 Christians showed up at a school board meeting where a proposal for a homosexual club in a local high school was denied — because churches took a stand, says Benham.
“I hope that this sends a bright ray of hope out to our entire country that many of the battles can be won if we, the Church, will simply come out of the closet, come out of the four walls, and just live our faith out in the streets,” the ministry leader says.
The Bible is right, says Benham, adding that it is great to see the Church take a stand. “We’ve found out that it’s true that when the church of Jesus Christ arrives at the gates of hell, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it,” he exclaims.

Ten Commandments Ruling Hailed as Evidence of Tide Turning Against ACLU

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I sure hope this is true. I too have grown weary of hearing about this so-called “wall of separation” between church and state. Quite honestly, only someone, who’s agenda is an attempt to remove Christianity from the public square, could interpret the first amendment the way the ACLU and it’s ilk do.

(AgapePress) – Pro-family attorneys are hailing the decision of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a three-judge panel’s prior ruling allowing the Ten Commandments to remain on display at Kentucky’s Mercer County Courthouse.
Last December the Sixth Circuit panel unanimously ruled the Mercer County Ten Commandments display constitutional on the grounds that its purpose is historical rather than religious. The Sixth Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan.
In yesterday’s 19-5 vote by the full court, the majority of the judges refused to rehear the case of ACLU of Kentucky v. Mercer County, Kentucky, rejecting arguments by the American Civil Liberties Union that the Commandments display violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court’s ruling allows the panel’s previous decision to uphold the constitutionality of the display to stand.
According to an Associated Press report, in the December 2005 ruling the panel cited the fact that the courthouse’s biblical laws are displayed alongside replicas of nine other historic documents, including the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. The judges also noted that the font size is the same for all the documents, and no attempt was made to put the religious document at a higher level.
A dissenting judge on the Sixth Circuit Court argued that the Mercer County display was similar to two other Kentucky counties’ displays that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional last year. However, Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice, one of the legal groups representing Mercer County, says the full court’s ultimate decision demonstrates the majority’s belief “that its three-judge panel ruled correctly in upholding the constitutionality of this display.”
An ‘Important Defeat’ for Secularists, A ‘Great Victory’ for Religious Liberty
Yesterday’s ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court is “an important defeat,” Sekulow contends, both for the ACLU and for other groups “committed to removing our religious heritage and traditions from the public square.” If the case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he adds, he and his group stand ready to defend the Ten Commandments display “and remain confident that the constitutionality of the display will prevail.”
Mercer County was also represented by Liberty Counsel, another legal organization that specializes in defending religious freedom. Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Counsel’s president and general counsel, is hailing the Sixth Circuit’s decision as a great victory that has begun to “turn the tide against the ACLU.”
The ACLU has been on what Staver calls a “search-and-destroy mission to remove all vestiges of our religious history from public view.” But whether that liberal civil liberties organization likes it or not, he asserts, “history is crystal clear that each one of the Ten Commandments played an important role in the founding of our system of law and government.”
The Liberty Counsel spokesman believes federal courts are beginning to reject extreme notions of the so-called separation of church and state. After all, he notes, the Sixth Circuit expressly rejected the ACLU’s “repeated reference” to the Establishment Clause, saying that this “extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome” and noting, “The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”
It is about time, Staver insists, that courts start interpreting the Constitution of the United States according to its original purpose. And with the recent changes of personnel on the nation’s highest court bench, he says, “the trend toward a more historical approach to the First Amendment is well under way.”
The original, three-judge panel in ACLU of Kentucky v. Mercer County adopted the reasoning of the Seventh Circuit Court in Books v. Elkhart County, an earlier Liberty Counsel case in which the court upheld an identical Ten Commandments display. Liberty Counsel notes that public displays of the biblical laws have enjoyed unprecedented favor in courts and legislatures since two Ten Commandments cases were argued at the Supreme Court last year.
Last week, the legal group notes, Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue signed House Bill 941, a law permitting the exhibit of the Ten Commandments as part of a “Foundations of American Law and Government” display in public buildings across the state. Liberty Counsel defended this same display last year before the U.S. Supreme Court, and two federal courts have upheld it in the past several months.
Likewise, on April 10, 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a bill allowing the posting of the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, has upheld a stand-alone Ten Commandments monument.
Also, a federal district court in Toledo, Ohio, upheld a Commandments display that had been on the courthouse lawn for 50 years. So far, the ACLU has not asked the Supreme Court to review these cases. Liberty Counsel’s president believes the reason is obvious.
“The tide is turning against the ACLU’s war on the Ten Commandments,” Staver says. “The courts and history are working against the ACLU.”

Targeting Youth With ‘Silence’ and ‘Truth’

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Give the kids the truth about homosexuality and they will make a good decision and reject it.

(CNSNews.com) – A homosexual advocacy group says half a million students at some 4,000 schools will take part in the tenth annual “Day of Silence” on Wednesday.
The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network describes the National Day of Silence as an effort to “draw attention to discrimination and harassment faced by gays daily in the nation’s schools.”
Participating students will avoid speaking during the school day “to symbolize the silencing of LGBT students by harassment and bullying,” GLSEN says on its website.
On Thursday, counter-protesters will have their say.
The Alliance Defense Fund, a group that is pushing for passage of a federal marriage amendment, is sponsoring its second annual “Day of Truth” on April 27.
The ADF event is intended to oppose the promotion of the homosexual agenda in the nation’s schools and to “express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.”
Last year more than 1,100 students from over 350 schools “shared the Truth” with their classmates, the ADF says on its website.
“The Day of Truth provides an opportunity for participating students to express a different perspective than the Day of Silence,” said ADF Litigation Counsel Timothy Chandler in a blurb on the ADF website.
“Students can’t be expected to make good, well-informed decisions if they’re only being told part of the story. Allowing the communication of one viewpoint and claiming it’s the only viewpoint is advocating, not educating,” he said.
While some advocacy groups fight to make homosexuality normal and accepted, and other advocacy groups fight acceptance of homosexuality on religious and moral grounds, many Americans in the middle think the subject of sex has no place in the nation’s schools — period.

Hospital to ‘kill’ sick woman?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

A lot of us warned that once we started down the road to “death”, that soon anything could be possible. Looks like it’s happening, folks!

An ill woman in Houston could die within days because a hospital ethics committee has voted to take her off life support – this despite the fact the 54-year-old is not in a coma, is not brain dead and wants to go on living, her family says.
On April 30, Andrea Clark is scheduled to be on the receiving end of a Texas law that allows a hospital ethics committee to terminate care with 10 days’ notice, giving the patient’s family that length of time to find a different facility.
“They just say, ‘Well she’s miserable.’ Well, to me that’s a quality of life decision that is up to her and her family,” Lanore Dixon told KHOU-TV. “That is not a medical decision.”
Dixon recently protested at the St. Luke’s Hospital on behalf of Clark, her sister, who has been hospitalized there since November.
In January, Clark underwent open-heart surgery and later developed bleeding on the brain. A ventilator, which the committee voted to remove Sunday, helps her breath.
Talking about the Texas law, Dixon told KHOU: “”If their ethics committee makes a decision, it doesn’t matter what the patient wants. It doesn’t even apparently matter what the patient’s condition is, because our sister is not in a coma; she’s not brain dead.”
Clark’s family says though she cannot speak, they are able to communicate with her by moving her lips and blinking her eyes.
Columnist and attorney Wesley J. Smith, who wrote extensively on the Terri Schiavo case in Florida, chimed in on his blog:
“Note that the treatment is apparently being removed because it works, not because it doesn’t – which means, in effect, that the hospital ethics committee has declared the patient’s life to be futile.”
Noting that the family wants Clark to live, Smith noted, “It is as if Michael Schiavo and the Schindlers wanted Terri’s care continued but the hospital said no.”
Smith described the Texas law as allowing “private decision-making that will result in death without even the right to a public hearing, to cross examine witnesses or a formal appeal.”
Some have charged the law is meant to benefit insurance companies who want hospitals to get critical patients “off the books.”
According to the TV station report, Clark’s family is doing all it can to find another facility that will treat Andrea.

‘Tangible proof’ al-Qaida deploying nukes

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Most of us have been of the opinion that it’s only a matter of “when”, not of “if” we get hit with some kind of a nuke here in the U.S. With open borders, it’s a joke to think we can protect ourselves against this type of thing.

A terrorism symposium featuring leading experts will begin with presentation of “tangible proof” al-Qaida not only has developed an arsenal of tactical nuclear weapons but also has begun to deploy them for use in its jihad against the United States and Israel.
Paul L. Williams, author of “The Al Connection” and “The Dunces of Doomsday,” will present his findings at the National Press Club in Washington at the conclusion of a public debate with Wall Street Journal correspondent Richard Miniter on al-Qaida’s nuclear weaponry.
The debate, Friday at 10 a.m., will be moderated by Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard and regular contributor to the Fox News Channel. The public is invited to attend.
The organizers say the event is timely, “with increased anxiety over demands for a pullout from Iraq, the nuclear developments in Iran and North Korea, the failure of our government to secure the borders and our country’s fledgling, incomprehensive effort at homeland security.”
Epstein believes the majority of Americans disapprove of both the “cut-and-run policy” proposed by many leading Democrats and the “compassionate conservative” approach of the Bush administration, favoring instead a “firm and decisive military action with no apologies to Russia, China, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia or the United Nations.”
“I am convinced that the threat we are currently facing from radical Islam greatly surpasses that which was posed by the Third Reich,” Epstein said.
Anyone interested in attending, Epstein added, should contact America’s Truth Forum at its website or by calling 866-709-3474.
The event offers the following speakers:
* James Woolsey, who previously held presidential appointments in two Democratic and two Republican administrations, served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1993 to 1995.
* Kenneth Timmerman, author of “Countdown to Crisis: the Coming Nuclear Showdown with Iran,” has been nominated for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
* Daniel Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum and a prize-winning columnist for the New York Sun and The Jerusalem Post. Pipes was one of the few analysts who warned of the threat of radical Islam to the U.S. before 9-11, writing in 1995, “war has been unilaterally declared on Europe and the United States.” The Boston Globe stated, “If Pipes’s admonitions had been heeded, there might never have been a 9-11.”
* Robert Spencer, director of the weblog Jihad Watch, is an author and researcher who has studied Islam for more than 20 years. His book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (And The Crusades)” spent four months on the New York Times best-seller list. Spencer is an adjunct fellow with the Free Congress Foundation and has written a selection of critically acclaimed books on Islam. He has appeared on CNN and Fox News and has been heard on Vatican Radio.
* David Horowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture is the author of “Unholy Alliance,” which contends America’s Left is giving aid and comfort to its enemies in the terror war, and “The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America.”
* Richard Miniter, author of two New York Times best-selling books, “Losing Bin Laden” and “Shadow War,” and an internationally recognized expert on terrorism.
* Walid Phares, professor of Middle East Studies, Ethnic and Religious Conflict at Florida Atlantic University and an expert on terrorism and jihadism.
* Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorist, converted to Christianity and now warns of the imminent threat of radical Islam to Western civilization.
* Harvey Kushner, noted author, lecturer, professor and internationally recognized authority on terrorism. Kushner has advised and provided training to numerous agencies, including the FBI, FAA, INS and U.S. Customs. He is a frequent guest of all major television networks and often is quoted by news media worldwide.
* Dr. Andrew Bostom, editor of the newly released book “The Legacy of Jihad,” a compendium of writings, both modern and ancient, on the uniquely Islamic institution of jihad. Bostom is a physician specializing in epidemiology. Since 1997 he has been part of the full-time medical faculty at two hospital affiliates of Brown University.
* Bruce Tefft, founding member of the CIA’s Counter Terrorism Center, has trained more than 12,000 law enforcement officers and first responders and has served as the New York Police Department’s counter-terrorism and intelligence adviser since 9-11.
* Brigitte Gabriel, a former anchor for world news in the Middle East and a prominent Arab-American journalist, survived a bombing in which her family’s home was reduced to rubble by radical Muslim forces.
* Laura Mansfield, an author and counter-terror analyst, uses her knowledge of the Arabic language and Islamic culture to investigate jihad and jihadis in the U.S. and abroad.
* Joe Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate. He also is an investigative journalist for Frontpage Magazine and host of “The Politics of Terrorism” radio show.
* Paul Williams, award-winning journalist and author of “Al Qaeda Connection,” “Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11,” and “The Dunces of Doomsday,” has served as a consultant for the FBI, editor, adjunct professor of humanities at the University of Scranton and correspondent for WorldNetDaily.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for April 24th (Part 2)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Zola Promoted!

It was at the Sherlock Bali prophecy conference at Branson, Missouri, a number of summers ago. Several of us were standing around the hotel lobby just outside the main conference room where the lectures and presentations were taking place. My great friend, Zola Levitt, was finished with his presentation, and was making his way through the lobby.

Someone of our group had just asked where in the Bible it explains when the Old Testament saints will be resurrected. About that time, Zola grabbed me, and smiling, with that little laugh he always had, answered the question instantly, when one of us asked it directly of him. He went into detail. He was one who was tremendously qualified to go into detail. There were few with the knowledge Zola had. Then, when he was asked when he might be coming out with another book, he patted my back, and said, “Ask Terry, he’s my publisher.” (Zola wrote many chapters for me in my books of compilation.)

That bit of kindness, I assure, could have caused a mighty swelled head -if it hadn’t caused such a lump in my throat, from the emotion in my humbled heart. That’s just the kind of friend Zola was, and I loved him very much. And will, for all eternity. He was and is my brother forever.

Zola, of course, died last Wednesday, April 19, after a brief battle with one of the most virulent forms of cancer. He had been diagnosed in February of 2006.

When asked about the cancer that -barring a decision by the Lord to perform a miraculous physical healing-would end his life on earth, Zola, with that typical little humorous chuckle he was famous for, said “If the Lord wants to give me a promotion, I certainly don”t object.” He wasn’t being flippant. He meant it with all his heart.

Zola received his promotion last Wednesday. Now his assignments will far exceed even the things to do for God’s service he was assigned while in this mortal flesh. His gifts were far beyond those given most of us. Perhaps that was because God knew His servant, Zola, would make full use of what he was given. Zola Levitt certainly did that, and the world is a more eloquent realm for his having performed his services as a very special royal ambassador.

Iran Leader Uses Prophetic Language

Thinking about Zola made the recent, vitriolic talk by the Iranian leader all the more significant. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ranted about the thing Zola Levitt loved most, second only to His Lord and Savior–the nation Israel. About God’s chosen people, the Iranian tyrant said: “The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm” (“Iran Leader: Israel Will Be Annihilated,” April 14, 2006, Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press writer).

Those who follow the “Zola Levitt Presents” TV program or “The Levitt Letter” know Zola many times addressed Israel as the “fig tree.” He specifically dealt with the following prophecy, given by the Lord Jesus, himself:

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors” (Matt. 24: 32-33).

Those of us who recognize Israel as the key indicator of the lateness of the hour know that far from being “a rotten, dried tree,” like the Iranian dictator proclaims, the nation Israel is putting forth the new growth of its modern nationhood. It is the most productive nation in the Middle East by far, and takes second place to no country in the world, so far as contributing to the advancement of civilization is concerned.

So, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s vile words are the antithesis of God’s prophetic truth. Israel is, rather than a dried-up tree, a live, vibrant one that is the center of the world of nations, especially from the viewpoint of international media and the international community. The Iranian president’s declaration that Israel “will be eliminated by one storm” will one day be proven satanically false by a Persian tyrant’s own forces. We see the prophecy concerning this in the following:

“Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land” (Ezek. 38:9-12).

We are told what will happen in this “storm” against God’s chosen people:

“And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone” (Ezek. 38: 18-22).

The modern-day Persian leader, Ahmadinejad, is deceived and deluded by the same creature that leads all who oppose God in the direction opposite of the Lord’s ways. My great friend Zola knew there is only one way, and that is Jesus Christ, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

That’s why the newly promoted Zola Levitt, even before his elevation to a higher position, always ended his time before us with words about the Prince of Peace: “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”
–Terry

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for April 24th (Part 1)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

A Growing Pile of Dead Canaries

Last year, I produced the article entitled The Bird Cage, which addresses the spirit of apathy that is sweeping over the world. I listed several examples to illustrate how society has become totally indifferent to all manner of ungodly behavior.

Since writing the article, the state of apathy has only gotten worse. The coal mine canaries seem to have died vain. In recent days, I’ve noticed levels of depravity that go beyond the nine toxins cited in The Bird Cage. Here are two more signs of the time that I’ll probably need to add to the roster just to keep it relevant.

Comedy Central’s South Park cartoon program has a habit of airing some of the most disgusting things the human mind is capable of conceiving. I remember one show made the news by simply seeing how many time it could mention the s-word in a single episode.

During Easter week, South Park went after one its favorite targets. It featured an image of Jesus Christ defecating on President George W. Bush and the American flag. The show had an extra twist of offense when it was revealed that the network refused to allow the South Park’s creators to also present an image of Muhammad, as a reference to the recent controversy caused by two Danish newspapers.

The airing of Jesus in such an offensive manner generated very little reaction from Christian groups. The media reports I read indicated that reporters had to hunt Christian leaders down to get their reaction. One has to wonder what level of blasphemy it would take to spark outrage among believers.

Another indication of the deepening state of apathy is how the public reacts to the demonstration put on by Pastor Fred Phelps and his small band of followers. Phelps initially became famous for picketing the funerals of people who died from AIDS. As mourners walked into the church, his group would wave signs that told them their loved one was burning in hell.

Starting about a year ago, Phelps began targeting the funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, waving signs saying, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers,” “Thank God for IEDs [improvised explosive devices – roadside bombs],” and “God Hates Cripple Soldiers.” One possible reason for his protests against fallen soldiers is his belief that the military is filled with “fags and dykes.”

A very reliable way to determine state of moral standards is to use the past as a reference point. There would be a very different reaction if the South Park episode had aired in 1975, and if Mr. Phelps had protested at the funerals of soldiers from the Korean War.

I’m sure The FCC would have pulled the broadcast license of Comedy Central. The angry mob that stormed the New York headquarters would ensure that the network was physically unable to continue with its daily operations.

As far as Phelps’ fate goes, I seriously doubt his first funeral picket would have a chance to lead to a second one. Even if he wasn’t found hanging from a tree somewhere, public hostility would make it impossible for him to continue his pickets. No hotel would rent his group a room, restaurants would turn him away, and local law enforcement would probably lock him up for his own protection.

This weekend I was watching a program on the History Channel about a 1937 gas explosion at a New London, Texas School. At that time, natural gas was odorless and colorless. During the school day of March 18, no one know that the building was filling up with gas until a spark in the wood shop triggered a huge blast. As a direct result of this devastating catastrophe, the United States government passed a law that the chemical “Mercaptan” be put into natural gas to give it an identifying smell.

The profound state of indifference and moral numbness is the perfect setup to the tribulation hour. Without biblical discernment we have no canary or odorous chemical to warn us of impending doom. It’s not until the shocking event of the rapture that people will realize their error.
— Todd

New Zealand Researcher: No Denying, Abortion Harms Women

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

“Abortion Harms Women”. No really? Who would have guessed! Hats off to this researcher who has the guts to call it like it is. It’s a shame the rest of the scientific community is behind. Sometimes I wonder where all these really stupid smart people came from. They have a knack for trivializing the important and complicating the uncomplicated.

(AgapePress) – A self-described pro-choice atheist and rationalist set out to prove that abortion does not have any psychological consequences. He found the opposite, and the results were so profound that they cannot be ignored in the scientific field or the political arena.
Professor David Fergusson, New Zealand researcher at Christchurch School of Medicine and Health, said, “[F]rom a personal point of view, I would have rather seen the results come out the other way — but they didn’t. And as a scientist you have to report the facts, not what you’d like to report.”
Fergusson and his colleagues were surprised by the study that followed 500 women from birth to age 25 and revealed that abortive women were one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer mental illness.
“Those having an abortion had elevated rates of subsequent mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal behaviors and substance use disorders,” according to the research published in the Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology.
Numerous journals refused to publish the research, but Fergusson defended its relevance saying it would be “scientifically irresponsible” to overlook the findings. “To provide a parallel to this situation, if we were to find evidence of an adverse reaction to medication, we would be obligated ethically to publish that fact,” he explained.
“Fergusson’s study underscores the fact that evidence-based medicine does not support the conjecture that abortion will protect women from ‘serious danger’ to their mental health,” added Dr. David Reardon, a seasoned researcher of abortion’s impact on women. “Physicians who ignore this study may no longer be able to argue that they are acting in good faith and may therefore be in violation of the law.”
As a result, the study is heating up the political debate over abortion in the United States while having a more profound effect on countries such as New Zealand and Great Britain where abortions are certified based on what was once thought to be in the best interest of the woman’s health.
“If we were talking about an antibiotic or an asthma risk, and someone reported adverse reactions, people would be advocating further research to evaluate risk,” Fergusson explained. “I can see no good reason why the same rules don’t apply to abortion.”

Easter Candy Ban May Have a Bitter Ending for School

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I’m sure getting tired of our Christian kids being discriminated against.

(AgapePress) – The mother of a North Carolina second-grader is threatening to sue a public elementary school for prohibiting the boy from passing out Easter candy displaying religious messages.
Natalya Hill alleges her son Robert was barred from handing out Easter candy with an attached religious message to his classmates at Leesville Elementary School in Raleigh. Hills’ attorney, Delia Van Loenen with the Alliance Defense Fund, has penned and sent a letter to the school demanding that it end its “censorship of student religious expression.”
According to Van Loenen, the youngster was told he could not distribute the candy during class time, at lunch, or even during recess. The attorney says that violates the U.S. Constitution.
“The school needs to know that the students have a right to religious expression — that’s protected under the First Amendment,” Van Loenen says. ” And basically the school has treated this student’s religious speech as second-class speech, and it’s a blatant violation of his constitutional rights.”
Van Loenen says the school has yet to respond to the letter demanding that the student’s free-speech rights be restored. “I am assuming that that is probably why they have forbidden this student from passing out candy,” he says, “because they think there’s going to be some kind of violation of the so-called ‘separation of church and state.'”
Principal Edward Gainor would not comment on the alleged incident.

Second Time Around — Massachusetts Elementary School Shows Its Rainbow Colors

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Attention parents living in Massachusetts:
Texas has plenty of room for you, lots of jobs and currently we still have some (mind you I said “some”) sanity left in our school systems.
Why don’t you come on down and join us.

(AgapePress) – Some parents in Massachusetts are fed up with Lexington school officials who are defending a second-grade teacher’s decision to read students a book about homosexual romance and “marriage” in class.
Estabrook Elementary School teacher Heather Kramer read her students the book King & King, a story about a prince who spurns a number of eligible princesses to marry another prince. The story ends with the two men marrying and sharing a kiss. When parents Rob and Robin Wirthlin complained about what took place, the school’s principal told them no parental notification was required, nor would it be given before future discussion on homosexual “marriage.”

Read AgapePress’ March 2004 story about King & King

Brian Camenker with the Article 8 Alliance in Massachusetts says Kramer and school officials violated the state’s parental notification law, which he wrote. “At this meeting the teacher and the principal were rather insulting,” he says. Camenker contends the school officials basically told the Wirthlins “We’re not going to give you notification on this — we’re not even going to tell you after it happened, and you can’t opt your child out.”
The Alliance spokesman says the approach being taken by the school toward the law is ridiculous.
“The law talks about human sexuality issues,” he explains. “[School officials are] saying ‘Well, homosexuality isn’t a human sexuality issue, it’s a human rights issue.’ So they’re saying it doesn’t apply here, ‘and so we’re not going to notify you.’
“It’s monstrous that they can just blatantly redefine the English language like that,” he says.
According to Camenker, Kramer attend a presentation last year conducted by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) on promoting homosexuality in the classroom.
One year ago, Estabrook Elementary School was the site of an arrest of the father of a kindergarten student who had been attempting for several months to get his son opted-out from discussions portraying homosexuality as acceptable. Last April, following a meeting with the school principal, David Parker was handcuffed, spent the night in jail, and appeared before a judge the next morning. Trespassing charges were eventually dropped against Parker, but a ban preventing the six-year-old’s father from school property remained in effect.

Court Tells Christian Club Its Mission Not Harmed by Non-Believing Leaders

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Unbelievable! So now the court believes it can tell Christians what beliefs they can hold to and what values they can keep? Amazingly arrogant.

(AgapePress) – An attorney with the American Family Association says a Christian club at a university in California likely will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a state law school can discriminate against the club.
The University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, one of the largest law schools in the U.S., is located just off Market Street in the heart of San Francisco. Last week a federal judge ruled that the school can deny funding as well as official recognition to a Christian student club that requires its members and leadership to sign a statement of faith. Hastings claimed that statement violated the school’s anti-discrimination policy. The club, in return, argued that the law school had violated its rights of free speech, free exercise, free association, due process, and equal protection.
The club also claimed it could not comply with the school’s anti-discrimination policy without abandoning its Christian mission. But U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White did not see it that way, finding instead that the club did “not demonstrate how admitting [as members] [unrepentant and/or practicing] lesbian, gay, bisexual, or non-orthodox Christian students would impair its mission.”
Brian Fahling, senior trial attorney with the AFA Center for Law & Policy, says Judge White’s ruling was astonishing and troubling.
“The court had said that there was no evidence that the Christian mission of the club would be impaired by the admission of voting members who were practicing homosexuals or members of different faiths,” Fahling summarizes — then offers this observation: “The court took upon itself the role of determining for a particular religion what is important to it in terms of those who subscribe to it or those who are in fact a part of that faith.”
In effect, says the attorney, the court said “I know better than you, or two millennia of Christian teaching, about what your faith requires.”
According to Fahling, the club permitted anyone to attend meetings and to participate in club events — but in order to preserve its “distinctly Christian mission and character,” felt it necessary to limit membership and leadership roles to professed Christians. But the attorney is concerned that, because of the school’s decision — now bolstered by the court’s ruling — other universities may follow suit and re-evaluate Christian clubs on their campuses.
Fahling expects that other schools — “certainly in the Ninth Circuit,” he says — will examine the reasoning behind Hastings’ move and perhaps apply it to their own funding and recognition of campus Christian clubs.
“And I think the result of this,” he continues, “… is that you will find other universities and law schools who are going to say, ‘We’re not going to fund you because your requirements that people be Christians and live a life in accordance with that before they can become members is a violation of our anti-discrimination policy.'”
Fahling believes it is likely that the Christian club will appeal the decision of the district court. The case is CLS Chapter of University of California, Hastings College of the Law v. Kane.

Re-Post: So, Where ARE all the Moderates? by Jack Kinsella

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Less than two hours before the new Israeli Knesset was sworn in, another Palestinian terrorist blew himself up outside a falafel stand in Tel Aviv.

Sami Hamad walked up to the falafel stand, which had been hit by a suicide bomber in January. The Israeli security guard, Binyamin Hafuta, spotted Hamad and blocked his entry into the restaurant, forcing Hamad to blow himself up outside. Hafuta’s fast thinking probably saved scores of lives, but it cost him his own. He was one of the nine victims of the attack who were killed.

Five of the victims were men, four of them women. Thirty-six others were wounded, including two children and a sixteen year-old American tourist (who is listed in critical condition.)

Sami Hamad had been a member of Hamas, but switched allegiances and joined Islamic Jihad, complaining that Hamas hadn’t killed any Israelis in a long time. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the bombing. But it was Hamas’ reaction to the attack that made the headlines. Hamas member and Palestinian Authority Interior Minister said Palestinian security forces would not interfere with terror strikes against Israel.

“We will not put our sons in prison for political memberships or resisting occupation, because occupation is the reason for the problem,” Siam said.

The US condemned Monday’s attack, but WITHOUT the usual call for Israel to show restraint. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack issued a statement in which he “noted reactions by several Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas, that defend or even applaud these barbaric actions, as we have noted President [Mahmoud] Abbas’s swift denunciation of it.”

Abbas’ “swift denunciation” came in the form of a statement saying: “This attack violates the Palestinian national consensus and runs contrary to our interests, … and we as an authority and government must move to stop it … We will not stop pursuing anyone who carries out such attacks. . .”

In other words, it was ‘despicable’ because it harmed ‘Palestinian national interests’ and NOT because it killed five fathers, four mothers and wounded 36 other innocent Israelis.

The most interesting Israeli response came from Israeli President Moshe Katzav, who said he was perplexed by the silence of Islamic spiritual leaders whenever terrorist attacks were carried out against Israelis by young Palestinians.

“We are the ones who tell them that this is counter to the teachings of the Koran,” he said. “Why are the Imams not saying this? There is no religious justification for killing people of another faith.”

Katzav’s remarks were interesting because they went unanswered by any Islamic leader. We hear constantly that terrorism runs counter to Islamic teachings, that Islam is a religion of peace and love and that the majority of the Islamic world is ‘moderate’.

So, where ARE all the moderates?

Khaleel Mohammed, an assistant professor of religion at San Diego State University is an Islamic ‘moderate.’ But he is hardly a member of any Islamic majority.

In an article called, “Moderate Islam Should Not Be Ignored” carried in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, authors Ilan Benjamin and Tammy Rossman-Benjamin argued:

“Khaleel Mohammed is a courageous man. His critical analysis of contemporary Islam puts him at odds with most Muslims around the world. Scholars such as Mohammed are rare in the Arab world because those who dare to challenge the prevailing understanding of Islam may be targeted for assassination and must flee to the West.”

Hmmm. Does this mean the majority of Islam lives in the West? Take another look at the column’s title.

If moderate Islam is the majority, then why do Islamic moderates like Khaleel Mohammed have to flee to the West to prevent being assassinated?

The authors note: “. . .there is another reason why Mohammed’s scholarship, which speaks directly to the serious threat that militant Islam poses for the entire world, is not being given the fair and objective hearing it deserves at universities around the country. In the current climate of political correctness that pervades so many of our college campuses, Mohammed’s call for a return to a more tolerant and authentic Islam has, ironically, itself been labeled as a racist attack on Islam. . . ”

They noted that Mohammed came to speak at USSC last month: “Of the 10 university departments, colleges and research groups that were asked to co-sponsor Mohammed’s talk, not one agreed; one explained that Mohammed was too controversial, even though all 10 academic units had previously co-sponsored numerous talks and events vilifying America and Israel. Also, in the weeks leading up to his visit, fliers announcing his talk were systematically torn down or obscured by fliers of a Muslim student group, denouncing Mohammed and disputing the legitimacy of his scholarship.”

Why is it that ‘moderate’ Islamic scholars get the cold shoulder from US universities who find no conflict in inviting speakers that ‘vilify America and Israel’? Money.

Five million dollars was donated to USC Berkeley by two Saudi sheiks linked to funding al-Qaeda. The University of Arkansas got $20 million; $11 million went to Cornell; another $8.1 million to Georgetown.

Other recipients of Arab government largesse include UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC, American University, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Rice, Rutgers, Syracuse, Texas A&M and the University of Chicago.

Imam Siraj Wahaj is another Islamic ‘moderate’. In 1991, Wahaj was the first Muslim invited to give the invocation opening the US Congress. Not long after 9/11, he went on record saying, “I now feel responsible to preach, actually to go on a jihad against extremism.”

But Wahaj also warned that the United States will fall unless it “accepts the Islamic agenda.” He has lamented that “if only Muslims were clever politically, they could take over the United States and replace its constitutional government with a caliphate.”

In the early 1990s he sponsored talks by Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman in mosques in New York City and New Jersey. The blind sheik was convicted of conspiring to blow up the World Trade Center in 1993. Wahaj was designated a “potential unindicted co-conspirator.”

Islam is an extreme ideology that only appears to be ‘moderate’ when its adherents make unprincipled exceptions to it’s teachings. Muslims in general do not like using the term, understanding it to indicate an individual who has politically sold out to the “other” side.

In some internal intellectual debates, the term ‘moderate Muslim’ is used as a pejorative to describe a Muslim who is more secular and less Islamic than he should be. Still, it appears that there IS at least one Islamic ‘moderate’ in America.

At least, until one of his co-religionists offs him for blasphemy.

Re-Post: Top Ten Reasons For Not Being a Christian by Hal Lindsey

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Over the course of my ministry, I’ve pretty much heard all the objections to Christianity the world has to offer. Here are what I would consider the “Top 10 Objections” to becoming a Christian.

1. “Seeing is believing. I’ve never seen God, so how do I know He exists?”

Nobody has ever seen the wind, but there is no doubt of its power. Nobody has seen history, but there is no doubt of its legacy. Nobody has seen a person’s mind, but that doesn’t make us mindless. TV and radio waves are invisible, but with the proper receiver, we can see their results.

Having never seen God is not much of a reason for rejecting Him, if you get right down to it. Let’s see if we can do better.

2. “I may have broken the Ten Commandments, but I do good things for people. If God is fair, the scales will balance.”

One look at “Hollywood morality” should dispel this one. They commit adultery in their youth, and then become involved in giving to AIDS research, etc., as they grow older. In their minds, they think that they are balancing the scales. They have done bad, and now they are doing good.

It doesn’t work that way, even before an imperfect judge in a secular courtroom – if the judge is honest. An effort to bribe the judge with good works is still a bribe.

If you compare yourself with other human beings, you might be better than some, but worse than others.

But God has to judge us on the basis of His righteous character, which we have violated. This is why He gave us the “Big Ten.” They show us how good we would have to be to earn God’s acceptance by our own good deeds. This is why God cannot judge on the “curve.” God says, “Whoever keeps the whole law, yet offends in one point is guilty of all of it.” (James 2:10)

Since none of us could ever be good enough to measure up to His perfect character, God elected to come to Earth in the person of Jesus Christ and die in our place under His offended righteous character. In so doing, God purchased a pardon for every person. We only have to admit we have broken His laws, turn to God and accept His free pardon.

3. “Christianity is oppressive to women.”

This objection comes up in confusing the context of the Christian model for marriage. Ephesians 5:22 says, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as unto the Lord.” But the skeptic’s objection collapses when the passage is taken in its full context.

Ephesians 5:25 commands husbands, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it.”

It is hardly “oppression” to submit to someone who loves you with a sacrificial love. Instead, it is a textbook definition of love – a key ingredient to a successful marriage.

4. “The Bible was written by men.”

As an objection, this is by far the silliest. When you write a letter, are you writing it, or is the pen? As I type this column, am I writing it, or is my computer? Clearly, the pen, or the computer, is the instrument, not the writer. The same principle applies to the writers of Scripture. They were instruments, but God’s Spirit is the author.

The Bible declares of itself that “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Timothy 3:16) and the proof is in the pudding. The writers of Scripture ranged from shepherds to kings to fishermen, but the 66 books that make up the Bible read as a single, harmonious narrative emanating from a Single Author.

God threw down the gauntlet concerning how to know whether His Word is true or not. God said to Moses, “You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.” (Deut. 18:21-22 NIV)

Every prophecy made in the Bible about specific events, places and times have come true to the letter. Some are not yet fulfilled because it is not yet the time. But the record in history is 100 percent accuracy. This is why we have only the books in the Bible that have been authenticated by fulfilled prophecy. More than 300 prophecies were fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.

5. “Churches are full of hypocrites.”

The word “hypocrite” comes from the Greek word for “actor” or “pretender.” Hypocrisy is “the practice of professing beliefs, feelings, or virtues that one does not hold.”

The Body of Christ consists of true believers – “churches” are buildings where people congregate. Sitting in a church no more makes one a Christian than sitting in a garage makes one a car.

Jesus will sort out the true believers from the pretenders in His time. The question is not what church you go to, but rather, whom do you trust for your salvation? A church? Or Jesus Christ?

6. “Christians think they are better than non-Christians.”

This is another objection borne out of ignorance of both the teaching of Scripture and the nature of salvation. Nowhere do the Scriptures say that a Christian is a better person than a non-Christian. A believer in Jesus is a forgiven sinner. The unbeliever is not forgiven. But a true Christian knows that he is forgiven by the unmerited grace of God.

Peter betrayed Jesus by denying Him three times. Judas betrayed Him only once. But Peter is infinitely better off. Peter believed and was forgiven. Judas did not.

Two murderers were crucified alongside Jesus. One repented and expressed his faith by saying, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus immediately replied, “Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

By way of analogy, consider two skydivers. One has a working parachute; the other does not. That doesn’t make the skydiver with a working parachute a better skydiver. But he is certainly wiser than the other guy.

7. “There is too much suffering in the world for there to be a loving God.”

The Bible tells us that God cursed the Earth because of Adam’s transgression. Weeds are a curse. So is disease. Sin and suffering cannot be separated. The Scriptures inform us that we live in a fallen creation. Those who understand the message of Holy Scripture eagerly await a new Heaven and a new Earth “wherein dwells righteousness.”

In that coming Kingdom there will be no more pain, suffering, disease or death. If it didn’t exist here, then its abolition then would be meaningless. The sacrifice of Christ would be unnecessary.

A loving God? John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

8. “Christianity isn’t fair. What about all those people who have never heard the Gospel? Will they all go to Hell because they haven’t heard about Jesus Christ?”

No one will be lost because he hasn’t heard of Jesus. God says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from Heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:18-20) He also promises, “You will seek Me and find me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

You see, God brings everyone to “God-consciousness” through the witness of creation. When a person anywhere, in any culture comes to God-consciousness – and then desires to know this God, He will move Heaven and Earth to get the true message to him. If he dies without hearing about Jesus Christ, it’s because he did not want to know the true God.

9. I’ve tried to read the Bible. I can’t understand it.

The Scriptures tells us that the “natural man” cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God. Most Americans would find it difficult to understand the Chinese language. However, a child who is born into a Chinese family can understand every word.

Every person is born physically alive, but spiritually dead. God is a “Spirit” and we must have the same kind of life to perceive Him. This is why Jesus said to a very religious man, “Unless a man is born from above, he cannot perceive the things of God.”

When even an uneducated person believes in Jesus and is born spiritually, he can immediately begin to understand the Bible.

10. Christians are sinners, according to their own teaching. So what is the difference between a Christian who sins and a non-believer?

This objection misses the point. A Christian receives a new nature and the Spirit of God comes to dwell in him it at the point of the “new spiritual birth.” He still has an old nature that wants to sin. When the Christian fails to say no to temptation and depend upon God’s Spirit, he sins.

The difference, however, is that a Christian cannot be happy anymore living in sin. He becomes miserable and wants to return to fellowship with God. As soon as he confesses his sin to God, he is forgiven and brought back into fellowship. But though the Christian can get out of fellowship, he cannot lose his relationship with God. That has been secured forever by the death of Jesus Christ in his place. God will not disown a child that He purchased with His own blood.

The 10 reasons for not being a Christian, therefore, are really 10 reasons why, if you haven’t already, you should be on your knees – right now – receive the gift of pardon that Jesus purchased by dying in your place.

You won’t become perfect in this life, but you will have new desires and power that will make you progressively better. And at the end, you will go to be with God forever.

Decalogue trumps ACLU again

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Wow, another defeat for the Anti-Christian Litigation Union (or ACLU). Maybe the courts are starting to read (and understand) the Constitution and what it actually means.

The American Civil Liberties Union suffered another defeat in its quest to bar the Ten Commandments from the public square today as the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled a display of the Decalogue in Kentucky is constitutional.
In the case ACLU of Kentucky v. Mercer County, Kentucky, the court voted 9-5 to uphold the Foundations of American Law and Government display at the county courthouse.
The display includes the Ten Commandments, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Charta, the Star-Spangled Banner, the National Motto, the Preamble to the Kentucky Constitution, the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, and a picture of Lady Justice.
Liberty Counsel represented Mercer County, as did the law firm before the Supreme Court last year in which two other Kentucky counties had displayed the Foundations of American Law and Government. Those two cases are ongoing.
The original, three-judge panel of the appeals court upheld the display, saying the ACLU’s “repeated reference to ‘the separation of church and state’ … [had] grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”
The ACLU then requested the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case, and the panel rejected the civil-liberties group’s arguments once more.
Mathew D. Staver is president and general counsel of Liberty Counsel.
“Today’s decision begins to turn the tide against the ACLU, which has been on a search-and-destroy mission to remove all vestiges of our religious history from public view,” Staver said in a statement. “Whether the ACLU likes it or not, history is crystal clear that each one of the Ten Commandments played an important role in the founding of our system of law and government. Federal courts are beginning to rightfully reject extreme notions of ‘separation of church and state.’ It’s about time that courts begin interpreting the Constitution consistent with its original purpose. With the changing of personnel at the U.S. Supreme Court, the trend toward a more historical approach to the First Amendment is well under way.”

Romania Legalizes Witchcraft

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Well, that’s what the world needs…more witches. NOT. We also see an example of bureaucracy operating with it’s usual efficiency.

Romania’s first official witch was registered Monday after months of negotiations with the government that finally introduced witchcraft as a legal occupation.
31-year-old Gabriela Chukur will stay in history as the country’s first legal witch, after she registered a company dealing with “astrology and contacts with the spiritual world”, media reported.
Chukur spent quite a lot of time arguing with various officials until she convinced them that witchcraft was a sound area of work. At first everyone laughed at her, but they finally caved in.
Now Chukur charges her clients GBP 3 to 6 to peek into their future, to help them get in touch with the spirits of loved ones, or to unravel what’s in the stars.
Witchcraft is quite popular in Romania as many local people believe in the occult, especially in rural areas where legends of Transilvania’s count Dracula are still taken quite seriously. All over Eastern Europe women tend to believe in the powers of witches and some often resort to their help when settling a love score, healing a broken heart, or punishing a rival.

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 (New International Version)