Archive for June 26th, 2006

70% of Israelis oppose West Bank withdrawal

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I sure hope Olmert listens to his people. This really says it all.

JERUSALEM – Seventy percent of Israelis oppose Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s planned withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, and most here who supported last summer’s evacuation of the Gaza Strip now say it was a bad idea, according to a poll released yesterday.
Olmert has been repeatedly claiming – including during speeches several times this past week – the majority of Israelis support his withdrawal plan, citing his election last March as a referendum on the proposed Judea and Samaria evacuation. Olmert’s Kadima Party won parliamentary ballots by a slim plurality.
Judea and Samaria is also commonly referred to as the West Bank. Olmert is seeking to withdraw from more than 95 percent of the territories, which are within rocket-firing range of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport.
The poll, commissioned by a local company and supervised by American strategist Arthur Finkelstein, revealed 70 percent of the general Israeli population oppose a Judea and Samaria withdrawal. Some 65 to 70 percent of those who backed last summer’s Gaza evacuation now object to Olmert’s Judea and Samaria pullout plan.
In addition, the survey showed 70 percent of Israelis who backed the Gaza pullout would have been against it today.
Yesterday’s poll was the latest demonstrating dwindling support for the Judea and Samaria withdrawal and for Olmert’s government. Another poll commissioned by the Haaretz newspaper and released two weeks ago found only 35 percent of the Israeli public is pleased with Olmert’s performance as prime minister. Israeli leaders typically enjoy wide public support in the early stages of their terms.
Just this week, Olmert claimed several times the majority of Israelis back his government and its withdrawal plan.
At an address Wednesday to the Zionist Congress, a meeting of world Jewish leaders, Olmert, discussing his plan, stated, “I have absolutely no doubt that the majority of citizens of Israel will give me their support.”

Ummm…doesn’t look like it.

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Iranian president calls for strengthening relations with Turkey

Monday, June 26th, 2006

This all fits in with end-times predictions. If one reads the Bible, Iran (Persia) will be part of the alliance of Northern nations (Turkey included) that attack Israel.

Tehran, June 24 (KUNA) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Saturday for the strengthening of Iranian-Turkish relations in all fields.
The presidential office said in a statement that Ahmadinejad described in a telephone call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the two countries were tied through culture, history and religion.
Furthermore, he said that two countries played an important role on the regional and international levels, and stressed that they had to increase deliberations in order to consolidate international peace and security.
For his part, Erdogan expressed content with developments on the Iranian nuclear issue, noting that relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the upcoming visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to Tehran.
The Turkish Foreign Minister is expected to arrive in Tehran later tonight and is to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual concern.

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Bill Would Drop Lawyer Fee Damages in Religious Battles

Monday, June 26th, 2006

As many of you know, the ACLU uses judicial terrorism to keep religious displays out of public, especially around Christmas time. Many municipalities, when faced with the prospect of having to pay exorbitant legal fees to the ACLU if they were to loose the case, they choose not to stand up for their legal rights instead. A bill has been introduced to eliminate the payment of these legal fees in cases of litigation over religious expression. This would remove the “threat” from the ACLU’s arsenal. It’s also interesting to note, that in almost all the cases where municipalities did decide to fight the display question in court, the ACLU backed down. They know that they don’t have the law on their side. They are guilty of pure, unadulterated judicial terrorism.

(CNSNews.com) – The “Christmas tree wars,” fought each year over public religious displays often end up in court, but congressional legislation taken up recently by a House Judiciary subcommittee would prohibit damages and attorney fees from being awarded to plaintiffs in such First Amendment cases.
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of the conservative Liberty Counsel, testified in favor of the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (PERA). He later told Cybercast News Service that he does not “believe the opposition presented any reasonable arguments to not move forward with this bill. I think it’s a bill that should be passed and is long overdue.”
The battles over public religious displays, which happen year-round, but are more prevalent during the Christmas season, revolve around the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
Civil libertarians often refer to the clause as “the constitutional separation of church and state,” words that do not actually appear in the Constitution. Conservatives believe the First Amendment gives them the right to practice their religion in public without interference from the government.
PERA (H.R. 2679), proposed by Rep. John Hostettler, (R-Ind.) would amend two federal laws (42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1988) that the congressman reportedly said are currently used by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “to extort behavior out of individuals.”
If PERA is not enacted, Staver said frivolous litigation by the ACLU will drain the funds that the federal government needs to spend on infrastructure and education.
Rees Lloyd, a former ACLU employee who went on to work as a judge advocate for the American Legion, also testified in favor of the bill; his written testimony stated that there is no need for the ACLU to have its attorney fees paid in religious display cases it challenges in court.
“As a former ACLU attorney, I know to a certainty that the ACLU’s litigation is carried out by staff attorneys, or by pro bono attorneys who are in fact precluded from receiving fees under the ACLU’s own policies,” said Lloyd.
He provided many instances in which he felt unjustified attorney fees were paid to the ACLU:
$1 million was given to the ACLU by the Dover, Pa., School Board in the “Dover Design Theory Case” when the ACLU claimed that teaching “intelligent design” alongside Darwinian Theory violated the Establishment Clause.
Another involved a Ten Commandments monument that was ordered removed from Alabama’s state judicial building in 2003. The ACLU and sister organizations received $500,000 in attorney fees.
Lloyd also cited the Redlands, Calif., City Council, which voted to remove the cross in 2005 from its City Seal because the ACLU threatened to sue. Lloyd said the only reason given for the vote was the fear that court-awarded attorney fees would take away taxpayer funds needed for city services.
Because the city could not afford to change all of the seals, employees who had badges — police, fire, emergency services — were called in and had holes drilled through the crosses of their badges to comply with the ACLU’s demands.
The threat of such attorney fees, according to Lloyd, “is having a chilling effect on the exercise of fundamental First Amendment rights.”
Staver added that “some government officials will back down whenever they are threatened by the ACLU, even though they are right, simply because the law is confusing and they don’t want to risk having to pay the ACLU’s attorney fees.”

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Abortion Survivor Counters Tribute to Planned Parenthood

Monday, June 26th, 2006

My hat is off to Representative Ted Harvey of the Colorado House of Representatives!!
I had to chuckle at the prowess of this man. Of course the liberals were more than happy celebrate and pat themselves on the back for having Gianna Jessen, a cerebral palsy sufferer, sing the Nation Anthem, to open their session. It really took them back, though, when it was noted that she was an abortion survivor. What really got them was that the session she opened was going to be used to celebrate Planned Parenthood (aka Abortions-2-Go).
You see, Gianna Jessen was subjected to a saline abortion halfway through the seventh month of her mom’s pregnancy (that’s approximately 83% of the way through the pregnancy). The saline solution acts as an acid and is supposed to burn the baby’s lungs and poison her system so badly that she dies in the womb. The body is then delivered through induced labor. In Ms. Jessen’s case, it failed and she was born alive. Oh yeah, by the way, the doctor thought she was dead and left her untreated for quite some time before someone noticed that she was alive. She now suffers from cerebral palsy and other ailments.
If you work at an abortion clinic or support them, I have to wonder what kind of person you are. The term “monster” comes to mind. Take a moment and look in the mirror and see if the title fits.

(CNSNews.com) – Abortion rights supporters in the Colorado House of Representatives are crying foul after a pro-life legislator introduced an abortion survivor before a celebration honoring Planned Parenthood.
When Republican Ted Harvey, the assistant minority leader in the Colorado House, learned on May 8 of legislation meant to honor Planned Parenthood’s Rocky Mountain branch, he says he was disgusted. He labeled Planned Parenthood’s record a “90-year legacy of genocide.”
Harvey attended a pro-life rally the weekend before the scheduled hearing on the bill and it was there that he met abortion survivor Gianna Jessen. Jessen’s biological mother was 17 years old and 7 1/2 months pregnant she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have a saline abortion.
The abortion failed and Jessen was born weighing two pounds and afflicted with cerebral palsy as a result of the complicated birth.
Harvey approached Jessen after hearing her story and asked her if she would sing the national anthem in the Colorado House on May 8.
“I never knew anything about her (before),” Harvey said. “I thought this was an incredibly divine opportunity to meet her and ask her to stay.”
Jessen agreed and Harvey introduced her to his colleagues as a “friend with cerebral palsy.” He asked Speaker Andrew Romanoff if Jessen could sing the national anthem and the speaker agreed.
During the song, Jessen lost her balance and leaned on Harvey for support. When she began to forget the words, saying that she was nervous, legislators and guests began to sing along with her.
After she was finished, the speaker, according to Harvey, stated, “Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today but also for her advocacy work,” for cerebral palsy.
Harvey also said a reporter for a Denver newspaper told Jessen that “her rendition captured the spirit of the national anthem more powerfully than any she had ever heard before.”
Harvey then gave a speech to formally introduce Jessen, but left out the details of her being an abortion survivor. Legislators cheered loudly, and House Majority Leader Alice Madden, who had introduced the bill honoring the Planned Parenthood chapter, approached Jessen to congratulate her for overcoming her difficulties with cerebral palsy.
Finally, Harvey began to tell of Jessen’s near-abortion. At that point, he says, the mood in the House shifted. Before he could finish, Romanoff silenced Harvey with the gavel, stating, according to Harvey, “Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House.”
Harvey says he replied, “Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”
While Harvey admits that he was “pushing the line to speak about legislation before the House,” he said it was important for him to show, through Jessen, that “every child in the womb is a human being.”
He says that the silence following his speech was “deafening” and that Madden would not speak to him for the rest of the day.
Madden is quoted in the Denver Post as saying, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.” She added that Harvey “embarrassed a guest in the House, which was just despicable, for his own means.”
Jessen, however, told the same paper that, “We need to discuss the humanity of it. I’m glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb. If abortion is about women’s rights, where were my rights?”

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Conservative Anglicans Saddened by ECUSA’s Direction

Monday, June 26th, 2006

It is harder and harder these days to find fellowships that hold true to what the Bible says. So many denominations are accepting the world view and political correctness (see my article “‘Falling Away’ of the Church”). There are still a lot of people within the Episcopal church who are staying true to the Bible, Biblical Truth and Moral Absolutes. We need to pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ that their voices will be heard.

(AgapePress) – A conservative Anglican group is decrying what it believes are heretical teachings espoused by the female bishop elected to head the Episcopal Church USA.
Katharine Jefferts Schori was recently elected President Bishop of ECUSA after a stint in the Diocese of Nevada, where she supported allowing priests to “bless” same-sex unions. Schori, who claims homosexuality is inborn and thus not a sin, and that the Bible should not be taken literally, is the first female to lead the denomination.
Conservative Anglicans are expressing strong disapproval over Schori’s election to head the U.S. contingent of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Among those is Canon Daryl Fenton with the Anglican Communion Network (ACN), which includes ten conservative dioceses. Fenton says Schori’s revisionist theology is an affront to the majority of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion.
“Certainly our network of parishes and dioceses’ reaction was that the church had elected someone whose doctrines and beliefs were counter to historic faith, counter to biblical truth, and counter to the historic practice of the church,” states Fenton.
The ACN spokesman says Schori’s election is yet another indication that ECUSA does not intend to repent of its rejection of scripture, as well as a virtual “thumbing of the nose” at conservatives.
“We have voluntarily associated in the Episcopal Church in the USA, that’s true; but we have a great deal of local autonomy,” he explains. “So when this kind of thing happens, we’ve stood together as these ten dioceses, saying this is biblically wrong, historically wrong, morally wrong — and that’s why we’ve taken the stand we’ve taken, even though we’re quite a small minority.”
Pittsburgh Bishop Bob Duncan, moderator of the ACN, says although Schori’s election is troubling, “the decisive moment in contemporary Anglican history” was the Episcopal Church’s consecration of openly homosexual Bishop V. Gene Robinson.
Indeed, the debate within the Anglican Communion since Robinson’s approval in August 2003 has driven a wedge between ECUSA and the rest of the Anglican community, as well as between the two major factions within ECUSA. The American contingent wrapped up its General Convention in Ohio this week without coming close to meeting the demands of its own conservatives and other Anglicans across the globe. Duncan put it this way in a letter posted on the ACN website: “By almost every assessment the General Convention has embraced the course of ‘walking apart.'”
Associated Press points out that conservative congregations that may be considering leaving the Episcopal Church face the prospect of losing church property. But it is more likely, say some experts, that ECUSA’s membership will continue to erode, even as the American church becomes more alienated from Anglican traditionalists abroad. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, of Rochester in England, was quoted as saying “virtually two religions” now exist between conservatives and liberals.

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