Archive for April 25th, 2006

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.

( – 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.”

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)

23 Dead in Egypt Bombings

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

One thing the MSM (main stream media) has neglected to report (or as in this story, buried it pretty deeply in the article) is that the majority of those hurt and killed are Christians.

DAHAB, Egypt – Three nearly simultaneous bombings hit this Egyptian beach resort popular with foreigners Monday, killing at least 23 people on streets filled with vacationers and Egyptians enjoying a long weekend marking a national holiday.
Interior Minister Habib el-Adly said those killed included 20 Egyptians and three foreigners. Sixty-two people were wounded, many of them Westerners.
The explosions came a day after Usama bin Laden issued a call to arms to Muslims to support Al Qaeda in fighting what he calls a war against Islam.
The bombings – the third terror strike on a Sinai resort in less than two years – hit Dahab at 7:15 p.m. when the streets were jammed with tourists strolling, shopping or looking for a restaurant or bar for evening festivities by the tranquil waters of the Gulf of Aqaba.
The first bomb exploded outside a seaside restaurant called Al Capone, one of the area’s most popular spots. The second bomb went off outside a supermarket and the Mona Lisa jewelry store. The third detonated at the entrance of a bridge where tourists take strolls next to the sea.
Mohammed Gadallah, who works at a hotel coffee shop near the bridge bomb, said he initially thought a power cable had blown up. After the explosion, he ran outside and carried a Russian boy to safety.
“The scene out there was horrific,” the 27-year-old said. “Blood was everywhere. People’s limbs were blown off. I don’t know who could have done this – they are people who know no religion and have no conscious.”
Hani Sadeq, 24, who worked at the Mona Lisa store, said: “We ran toward the scene and we found people, our friends, lying on the ground. some were already dead. Some were alive, with arms broken. We took them to the hospital.”
Looking up at a shrapnel-scarred hotel, he added, “Dahab is dead now.”
Hotels and guesthouses were filled with foreigners and with Egyptians celebrating the long Coptic Christian Easter weekend that coincided this year with Shem al-Nessim, the ancient holiday marking the first day of spring. The attacks also came a day before Sinai Liberation Day, a national holiday marking the return of the peninsula to Egypt from Israel as a result of the 1979 peace treaty.
Dahab, which means “gold” in Arabic, was for years a popular, low-key haven for young Western and Israeli backpackers drawn by prime scuba diving and cheap hotels, which mainly consisted of huts set up along the beach. In recent years, a number of more upscale hotels have been built, including a five-star Hilton resort.
At least three Israelis were hurt in the attack, which sent a steady stream of cars back to Israel some 65 miles to the north. Israeli authorities said 1,800 of their citizens were in the Sinai at the time of the blasts. However, there were far fewer Israelis vacationing in Sinai than during last week’s Passover holiday.
Israel’s ambassador in Cairo, Shalom Cohen, said the Israeli government had warned repeatedly against visiting the Sinai. “Unfortunately, the warnings came true,” he told Israel’s Channel 10 TV.
President Hosni Mubarak, whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism, called the blasts a “sinful terrorist action.”
President Bush also condemned the attacks.
“Today we saw again that the terrorists are willing to try to define the world the way they want to see it,” Bush said in Las Vegas.
The Interior Ministry said the wounded included 42 Egyptians and 17 foreigners – including three Americans – while police put the number of wounded at more than 150. The discrepancy could not be immediately be explained. An interior ministry official who refused to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media said Italians, French, Danes, Britons, Germans and at least one Australian also were among the injured.
The official said a German child was among the dead. Police said one Russian and one Swiss were also killed; el-Adly would not confirm those nationalities.
Terrorist attacks have killed nearly 100 people at several tourist resorts in the Sinai Peninsula in the past two years – each timed to coincide with a major holiday in Egypt.
Bombings in the resorts of Taba and Ras Shitan, near the Israeli border, killed 34 people in October 2004, a day before a holiday marking the start of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war. Suicide attackers killed 64 people – mainly tourists – in an attack on the resort of Sharm el-Sheik last July. It happened on the day Egyptians commemorate the 1952 revolution overthrowing the king.
The Egyptian government has said the militants who carried out the bombings were locals without international connections, but other security agencies have said they suspect Al Qaeda.
El-Adly said it wasn’t immediately clear if Monday’s attack could have been carried out by a group as organized as those who detonated the earlier bombs in the other resort towns.
“The devices used were not of the types which would have caused big destruction,” he said. “It is clear from examination and the marks left as a result of the explosion, that they were mild marks which reflect the type of the explosive devices.”
In Washington, a U.S. counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in compliance with office policy, said it was unclear who was behind Monday’s attack.
Officials there have not ruled out Al Qaeda involvement, but have no evidence showing that is the case, the official said. Nor do they have any evidence that bin Laden’s tape was linked to the attack.
Bruce Hoffman, a RAND terrorism expert, agreed in a telephone interview from Washington.
“It’s an extraordinarily short turnaround – it’s impossible to say at this point.”
Hoffman said Egypt was one of the most proficient Middle Eastern countries in dealing with terrorist groups, so this attack showed “how adept and innovative these groups are.
“It may be that the Sinai Peninsula is (Egypt’s) Achilles Heel. They’ve gone up and down the coast and hit the main tourist resorts,” Hoffman said.
In his taped warning Sunday, bin Laden accused the United States and Europe of supporting a “Zionist” war on Islam by cutting off funds to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.
Ghazi Hamad, spokesman for the Hamas-run Palestinian Cabinet, condemned Monday’s bombings as a “criminal attack which is against all human values. We denounce the attack, which harmed the Egyptian national security.”
By contrast, Hamas had refused to condemn last week’s bombing that killed nine people in an Israeli fast-food restaurant.
After Monday’s attack, Egyptian television footage showed body parts scattered on the streets, bloodstained pavement and destroyed shops littered with broken glass.
Jamie Gibbs, a Briton, told Sky News that the streets of Dahab were chaotic after the bombings so he and a friend walked back to their rooms along the beach.
“We met a couple of Egyptians we know, and one was crying. He had lost one of his friends – he died,” Gibbs said. “And everyone is very upset because of their livelihoods. If the tourists stop coming they’re going to be poorer than they already are.”