Archive for June 14th, 2006

7 Year Old Beaten Because Father Opposes Homosexuality

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Apparently there is no minimum age requirement for homosexual activism. A seven year old boy in Massachusetts has been beaten by his first grade classmates because his father took a stand against homosexuality being taught in schools. The father simply stood up to school officials when they made it a requirement for his kindergarten age son to take classes that discussed homosexuality. It is an outrage that children so young are taught to hate those who love God and stand for His principles. I am sick and tired of hearing how Christians hate homosexuals and how we teach our children to be intolerant. This story proves that the intolerance is not taught by the Christians, but actually quite the opposite.

LEXINGTON, Massachusetts, June 14, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) – On May 17—the two-year anniversary of same-sex “marriage” in Massachusetts—the first-grade son of a prominent pro-family advocate was dragged and beaten behind the Estabrook Elementary School in Lexington during recess, receiving multiple blows to the chest, stomach, and genital area.

Jacob Parker, the 7-year-old who was attacked, is the son of David Parker. LifeSiteNews.com readers will recall that David Parker objected to homosexual curriculum in his son’s kindergarten class. At a meeting with the principal of the school last year Parker requested that the school inform him of when homosexual discussions would take place, so he could exclude his son from the activity. The principal refused and Parker said he would not leave until his request was granted. School administration called the police and had Parker charged with trespassing. (see coverage: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2005/apr/05042910.html)

The school system has since continued to refuse to notify parents of such material being presented in class. On April 27, 2006, Parker, his wife, and another family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the school system.

LifeSiteNews.com spoke with Mr. Parker about the incident. According to Mr. Parker, school authorities determined from an investigation into the assault that the beating was indeed planned and premeditated.

Mr. Parker described the incident at the school saying: “During the recess period, a group of 8-10 kids suddenly surrounded Jacob and grabbed him. He was taken around the corner of the school building out of sight of the patrolling aides, with the taunting and encouragement of other kids. Jacob was then positioned against the wall for what appeared to be a well planned and coordinated assault.”

Parker told LifeSiteNews.com, his son related that one student in particular performed the actual physical assault while, “many children stood, watched silently, and did nothing as the beating commenced.”

Parker added: “The group of kids surrounded Jacob and he was beaten and punched. Then, as he fell to the ground, another child was heard saying to the group of children, ‘Now you all can finish him off,’ and as he was down on his hands and knees, the beating continued on his back. Then, fortunately, one little girl ran to contact the oblivious playground aides to stop it.

“Four of the attackers were from Jacob’s first-grade class; the others were from other classes at Estabrook.

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Dixie Chicks Migrate North

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

My wish has come true. The Dixie Chicks have had to reschedule or cancel concert dates in the US due to low ticket sales. I am sure you will remember that they blasted President Bush a few years ago in a concert overseas and they were practically blacklisted here in America. Recently they planned a comeback and made it clear that they have no remorse for their derogatory remarks about our country and president. Dixie Chicks, it seems that America has spoken — no one cares about your political position.

After poor ticket sales in at least 12 cities, the politically provocative Dixie Chicks have put their U.S. tour on hold and added more dates in Canada.

Although concert promoters say the shows have not been cancelled yet, the slow sales likely will lead to stops being dropped or rescheduled in cities such as Houston, Memphis and St. Louis, the Tennessean newspaper reported.

Some arenas have sold only about 5,000 tickets in contrast to 2003, when the venues mostly were sold out within a few hours. The pop-country group has sold a little more than half of the 14,000 tickets available for a planned Oct. 3 concert in Nashville. When the Chicks played in the city in 2003, tickets were sold out in the first week, the paper said.

In response, the group has added more dates in Canada, including two in Toronto. Tickets in northern U.S. cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia are selling better than in southern and Midwest markets.

Many country music fans turned on the Texas trio in 2003 after lead singer Natalie Maines made disparaging comments about President Bush in front of a London audience.

“Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the Unites States is from Texas,” Maines said.

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NSA “Spying” May Save Your Life

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

I know that there is a lot of controversy over the NSA’s domestic spying program, but it may prove to hinder the plans of al-Quaeda terror cells in the United States. I just have to wonder why certain people (or groups of people – i.e. democrats) are so against the domestic spying program if they are not involved in some form of illegal activity. Maybe its just me, but I don’t have a problem with someone tapping my phone line in order to protect me and my family from terrorists who want all Americans dead.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. intelligence and law enforcement authorities are discovering new home-grown cells of Islamist radicals in the United States that draw inspiration and moral support from al Qaeda, officials said on Tuesday.

Like local terrorism cells that have recently come to light in Canada and Europe, officials said the groups are comprised of disaffected young men in their teens and 20s who rely on the Internet to try to organize and plan potential attacks on the U.S. homeland.

Concern about attacks inside the United States gathered pace after the arrest earlier this month in Canada of 17 men — all Canadian citizens or residents — accused of planning al Qaeda-inspired attacks across densely populated southern Ontario.

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Al Aqsa official: Jewish temples existed

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Now this article took me surprise. I’m not surprised about the fact that the Jewish temple existed, but I am surprised that a Muslim, a former Al Aqsa official at that, had the courage to make this statement. I do hope he can survive. Muslims are notorious for killing people who make these types of claims. Pray for this man.
Kind of a long article, but I want to post the whole thing here.

JERUSALEM – Contradicting most of his colleagues, a former senior leader of the Waqf, the Islamic custodians of the Temple Mount, told WorldNetDaily in an exclusive interview he has come to believe the first and second Jewish Temples existed and stood at the current location of the Al Aqsa Mosque.
The leader, who was dismissed from his Waqf position after he quietly made his beliefs known, said Al Aqsa custodians passed down stories for centuries from generation to generation indicating the mosque was built at the site of the former Jewish Temples.
He said the Muslim world’s widespread denial of the existence of the Jewish temples is political in nature and is not rooted in facts.
“Prophet Solomon built his famous Temple at the same place that later the Al Aqsa Mosque was built. It cannot be a coincidence that these different holy sites were built at the same place. The Jewish Temple Mount existed,” said the former senior Waqf leader, speaking to WorldNetDaily from an apartment in an obscure alley in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The former leader, who is well known to Al Aqsa scholars and Waqf officials, spoke on condition his name be withheld, claiming an on-the-record interview would endanger his life.
While the Islamic leader’s statements may seem elementary to many in the West, especially in light of overwhelming archaeological evidence documenting the history of the Jewish temples and description of services there in the Torah, his words break with mainstream thinking in much of the Muslim world, which believes the Jewish temples never existed.
“I am mentioning historical facts,” said the former leader. “I know that the traditional denial about the temple existing at the same place as Al Aqsa is more a political denial. Unfortunately our religious and political leaders chose the option of denial to fight the Jewish position and demands regarding Al Aqsa and taking back the Temple Mount compound. In my opinion we should admit the truth and abandon our traditional position.”
The leader said his conclusion that the Jewish temples existed does not forfeit what he calls “Islamic rights” to the Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Mosque.
“Yes, the temple existed. But now it is the place of the mosque of the religious who came to complete the divine religion [that started with Judaism] and to improve humanity,” said the leader.
“We believe that Islam is the third and last religion. It came to complete the monotheistic message. The mosque is here at the place of the temple to serve for the same purpose, for the work Allah”

Al Aqsa Mosque built by angels?
The First Temple was built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. It was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. The Second Temple was rebuilt in 515 B.C. after Jerusalem was freed from Babylonian captivity. That temple was destroyed by the Roman Empire in A.D. 70. Each temple stood for a period of about four centuries.
The Jewish Temple, mentioned hundreds of times in the Torah, was the center of religious Jewish worship. It housed the Holy of Holies, which contained the Ark of the Covenant and was said to be the area upon which God’s “presence” dwelt.
The temple served as the primary location for the offering of sacrifices and was the main gathering place in Israel during Jewish holidays.
The Temple Mount compound has remained a focal point for Jewish services over the millennia. Prayers for a return to Jerusalem have been uttered by Jews since the Second Temple was destroyed, according to Jewish tradition. Jews worldwide pray facing toward the Western Wall, a portion of an outer courtyard of the Temple left in tact.
The Al Aqsa Mosque was constructed in about 709 to serve as a shrine near another nearby shrine, the Dome of the Rock, which was built by an Islamic caliph. Al Aqsa was meant to mark what Muslims came to believe may have been the place at which Muhammad, the founder of Islam, ascended to heaven during a dream to receive revelations from Allah.
Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Quran. Islamic tradition states Mohammed took a journey in a single night from “a sacred mosque” – believed to in Mecca in southern Saudi Arabia – to “the farthest mosque” and from a rock there ascended to heaven. The farthest mosque later became associated with Jerusalem.
Muslims worldwide deny the Jewish temples ever existed in spite of what many call overwhelming archaeological evidence, including the discovery of Temple-era artifacts linked to worship, tunnels that snake under the Temple Mount and over 100 ritual immersion pools believed to have been used by Jewish priests to cleanse themselves before services. The cleansing process is detailed in the Torah.
According to the website of the Palestinian Authority’s Office for Religious Affairs, the Temple Mount is Muslim property. The site claims the Western Wall, which it refers to as the Al-Boraq Wall, previously was a docking station for horses. It states Muhammed tied his horse, named Boraq, to the wall before ascending to heaven.
In a previous interview with WorldNetDaily, Kamal Hatib, vice-chairman of the Islamic Movement, claimed the Al-Aqsa Mosque was built by angels and that a Jewish Temple may have existed but not in Jerusalem. The Movement, which works closely with the Waqf, is the Muslim group in Israel most identified with the Temple Mount.
“When the First Temple was built by Solomon – God bless him – Al Aqsa was already built. We don’t believe that a prophet like Solomon would have built the Temple at a place where a mosque existed,” said Hatib.
“And all the historical and archaeological facts deny any relation between the temples and the location of Al Aqsa. We must know that Jerusalem was occupied and that people left many things, coins and other things everywhere. This does not mean in any way that there is a link between the people who left these things and the place where these things were left,” Hatib said.

‘True’ Islamic tradition affirms temples
But the former senior Wafq leader told WND “true” Islamic tradition relates the Jewish temples once stood at the site of the Al Asa Mosque. He said Al Aqsa custodians passed down history over the centuries indicating the mosque was built at the site of the former Jewish temples.
“[The existence of the Jewish Temple at the site is obvious] according to studies, researches and archaeological signs that we were also exposed to. But especially according to the history that passed from one generation to another – we believe Al Aqsa was built on the same place were the Temple of the Jews – the first monotheistic religion – existed.”
He cited samples of some stories he said were related orally by Islamic leaders:
“We learned that the Christians, especially those who believed that Jesus was crucified by the Jews, used to throw their garbage at the Temple Mount site. They used to throw the pieces of cotton and other material Christian women used in cleaning the blood of their monthly cycle. Doing so they believed that they were humiliating, insulting and harming the Jews at their holiest site. This way they are hurting them like Jews hurt Christians when crucifying Jesus.
“It is known also that most of the first guards of Al Aqsa when it was built were Jews. The Muslims knew at that time that they could not find any more loyal and faithful than the Jews to guard the mosque and its compound. They knew that the Jews have a special relation with this place.”

Temple Mount: No-prayer zone
Currently, even though the Jewish state controls Jerusalem, the Waqf serve as the custodians of the Temple Mount under a deal made with the Israeli government that restricts non-Muslim prayer at the site.
The Temple Mount was opened to the general public until September 2000, when the Palestinians started their intifada by throwing stones at Jewish worshipers after then-candidate for prime minister Ariel Sharon visited the area.
Following the onset of violence, the new Sharon government closed the Mount to non-Muslims, using checkpoints to control all pedestrian traffic for fear of further clashes with the Palestinians.
The Temple Mount was reopened to non-Muslims in August 2003. It still is open but only Sundays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and not on any Christian, Jewish or Muslim holidays or other days considered “sensitive” by the Waqf.
During “open” days, Jews and Christian are allowed to ascend the Mount, usually through organized tours and only if they conform first to a strict set of guidelines, which includes demands that they not pray or bring any “holy objects” to the site. Visitors are banned from entering any of the mosques without direct Waqf permission. Rules are enforced by Waqf agents, who watch tours closely and alert nearby Israeli police to any breaking of their guidelines.

The former senior Waqf leader said the Jewish temples have lost their purpose:
“As we are the religion who are here to correct everything that was before us there is no need for the Temple. Allah chose Islam as its final and favorite religion.”

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ADF Celebrates Oregon High School Student’s Free-Speech Victory

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

A victory for free speech! Way to go ADF!!

(AgapePress) – A high school in Oregon has apologized to a student for censoring her Christian view on homosexuality.
Last April, an official at Springfield High School ordered several Christian students on campus to remove the T-shirts they were wearing on the “National Day of Truth,” an event designed to counter the promotion of homosexuality in schools. The T-shirts contained the message “I am a Christian, and I am against homosexuality, abortion, pre-marital sex, and drugs.”
After her shirt was banned, one sophomore contacted the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), a pro-family legal organization. ADF then sent a letter to school officials, arguing that the student’s free-speech rights were being violated. Springfield High School later apologized to the teen girl, saying she and other students will be allowed to wear their Christian T-shirts in the future.
ADF litigation counsel Tim Chandler says he is pleased the issue has been resolved. However, the attorney notes, it is discouraging that many school officials are still unaware of students’ free-speech rights. He says the school officials felt the Day of Truth T-shirt message was negative and felt they needed to suppress it.
“So often school officials are trying to create this perfect, politically correct campus,” Chandler laments, “but in doing so they end up censoring students, and they squelch any kind of debate on these issues on campus.” However, he contends that the law is clear on this issue.
“The Supreme Court has said schools have the right to censor student speech only if it’s disruptive, only if it’s vulgar, only if it’s lewd — those kinds of things,” the ADF lawyer explains. “Those are the standards that schools need to be adhering to,” he says. “They can’t ban speech just because they don’t agree with it or because it might be a little controversial.”
Chandler notes that students celebrating the pro-homosexual “Day of Silence” event on Springfield High School’s campus this year were not prohibited from expressing their support for the homosexual agenda. He says ADF applauds officials at the school who realized they cannot censor students based on their viewpoint, particularly when students promoting an opposing view are permitted to express their opinions freely.

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California Pro-Family Forces Rally Against Homosexual Education Bills

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

It’s good to see that there are some people in California who are not willing to let the radical homosexual advancers roll over them. I hope that Gov. Schwarzenegger follows through with his promised vetos of the bills.

(AgapePress) – Yesterday in Sacramento, California, more than 4,000 parents, grandparents and children rallied at the State Capitol against three bills that opponents see as sexual indoctrination legislation designed to promote homosexuality to school children.
Rally speakers thanked Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for promising to veto one of the bills, SB 1437, and urged him to pledge to do likewise with the remaining two pieces of legislation, AB 1056 and AB 606. One of the speakers, California activist Randy Thomasson of Campaign for Children and Families (CCF), told rally attendees that their government leaders need to hear the people’s voices and that each citizen must stop being a spectator and “become a player in the battle for children’s hearts, minds, and souls.”
Parental rights do not end at the schoolhouse door, and California parents have to let their governor know how they feel about bills that “teach schoolchildren to see alternative sexual lifestyles as okay, as natural, and maybe even for them,” Thomasson asserted. The pro-family activist went on to lead the crowd in loud chants that were “surely heard in the Capitol Building behind us,” he says.
Immediately after the rally, the pro-family attendees entered the Capitol en masse to lobby the offices of Governor Schwarzenegger and key legislative officials. Thomasson says the massive crowd was made up of pro-family Californians, mostly Russian and Ukrainian immigrants, who “have the will power to do what’s right” and who are willing to put feet to their faith.
Pro-family, Christian and conservative forces across the state and the nation remain hopeful that California’s governor will keep his promise to veto SB 1437, which many believe is aimed at giving homosexuals more power in the state’s education system. Opponents of the legislation hope Schwarzenegger will reject the remaining two bills as well, one of which would provide $250,000 to promote homosexuality in schools, and the other of which would withhold funding from districts that refuse to promote a homosexual agenda.
Pro-family analyst Bob Knight of the Culture and Family Institute (CFI) says homosexual indoctrination in California’s schools would suffer a broken back if the governor follows through. Schwarzenegger “did a good thing when he vetoed the marriage bill, where the legislature tried to legalize same-sex ‘marriage,'” Knight says, “and if he goes ahead and vetoes all three of these radical homosexual education bills, I think that will give a lot of people reason to look at him again.”
Many conservatives had written Schwarzenegger off as a liberal Republican, which has cut deeply into his support, the CFI spokesman observes. He believes a veto of SB 1437 would go a long way toward mending fences and that the governor realizes it.
“This radical step by the California legislature to insist that textbooks be rewritten, even for kindergarteners, to promote homosexuality is a step too far, and I think the governor recognizes that,” Knight asserts. “Parents don’t want their children inundated with the idea that homosexuality is just like race or ethnicity and that famous figures in history were good because they happened to be gay or lesbian,” he adds.
Knight credits parents across California with keeping up the pressure on Schwarzenegger and other state officials. The pro-family leader encourages these parents and other concerned citizens to keep up their push to combat homosexual indoctrination and prevent it from being mandated by liberal state legislators.

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