Archive for August 29th, 2006

Ahmadinejad Says Iran Is Not a Threat To the World

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

It’s really hard to type when you are laughing hysterically. The Head Nut in Iran has been quoted as saying that “we are a nation which is not aggressive and not a threat to others; our nation is a nation of mercy, the messenger of peace and calm and the lover of all nations”.
Go ahead and take a minute to compose yourself. “Lover of all nations”???? Is he kidding? He just might be schizophrenic! He hates Israel so much he is willing to lose half his country to see them wiped off the map. Iran is a messenger of war and confusion not a messenger of peace and calm.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that Iranian nation is not aggressive and does not pose a threat to others.

“I have repeatedly declared that we are a nation which is not aggressive and not a threat to others; our nation is a nation of mercy, the messenger of peace and calm and the lover of all nations.

When we tell them not to invade, it is to their benefit. Anybody committing a crime, will definitely be the one who will suffer,” said Ahmadinejad in his press briefing on Tuesday.

The president said the Iranian nation is for logic and friendship with nations but has never been and will not be subject to force and intimidation. “Certainly, we will not return to that condition,” he made it clear.

Ahmadinejad said that issuance of resolution against Iran is a sort of bad-temperedness. “We were studying the proposals positively and carefully when they started once again to feel that they are the masters of the world; they issued a resolution and changed everything for the worse.”
He added, “The UN Chief Kofi Annan called me to say they were in haste and took a wrong step, so you do your own job.”
The Iranian nation too does its own job proudly, he noted.

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Arnold Signs Bill Condoning Homosexuality

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I know his roots are in Hollywood, but I really didnt think he would go this far. Governor Arnold has signed a bill requiring all institutions that recieve state funding to condone homosexuality. That includes Christian schools. Why he runs on the Republican ticket, I will never know. He is far from conservative and this is a mistake that will prove to be detrimental in more ways than one. God help California – they need it really badly.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has tossed out all sexual moral conduct codes at colleges, private and Christian schools, daycare centers and other facilities throughout his state, if the institutions have any students who get state assistance.

The governor yesterday signed a bill that would require all businesses and groups receiving state funding — even if it’s a state grant for a student — to condone homosexuality, bisexuality and transsexuality.

There is no exception for faith-based organizations or business owners with sincerely held religious convictions, critics note.

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Pope prepares to embrace theory of intelligent design

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Hey, it looks like the Pope has remembered his statistics classes and realizes that there is no way in the universe that humans, or any life, happened by accident. Oh yeah, maybe he read his Bible too. I wonder when the biologist are going to join the rest of the scientific community on this issue?

Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican’s view of evolution.
There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of “intelligent design” taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism.

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Court favors Christian literature on campus

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Schools cannot stop you from Exercising your religion. By the way, expressing your religion is just one facet of exercising your religious rights. Other ways of exercising your religious rights can be by not supporting, programs you find to be in contention with your faith and by opposing agendas that are contrary to Biblical teachings.

A federal court of appeals unanimously struck down a Florida school board policy barring students from distributing religious literature on campus.
Represented by the public-interest group Liberty Counsel, student Michelle Heinkel of Cypress Lake Middle School in Fort Myers had sought permission to distribute religious and pro-life literature about the “Day of Remembrance,” set aside to remember unborn children killed by abortion.
But Superintendent James Browder of the Lee County School District denied the request, citing a board policy prohibiting students from distributing literature that is political, religious or proselytizing.
The next year Heinkel repeated the request – this time joined by Nate Cordray, a student at Riverdale High School – and was turned down again.
A federal district court upheld the policy, but the court of appeals found it unconstitutional.
In its unanimous decision, the upper court ruled that the policy’s ban on all political and religious literature was an unconstitutional content-based restriction.
The court also ruled the policy gave too much unrestricted discretion to school officials to deny speech.
Erik Stanley, chief counsel of Liberty Counsel, pointed out public school students have a right to free speech outside of class sessions.
“A school’s desire to squelch speech because of discomfort with the message is unconstitutional,” he said.
Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman Mathew Staver, who argued the case before the district court and on appeal, said “religious and political speech are twin sisters, without which we have no freedom.”
“Public schools may ban obscenity and libel, but religious and political speech does not stop at the schoolhouse door,” he said. “Banning religious speech sends the wrong message that religion is taboo or second class, which proposition neither this court nor the Constitution is willing to tolerate. Educators need education about American history and the Constitution.”

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ADF: School District Misleads Parents About Pro-Homosexual Diversity Training

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

More judical terrorism from the ACLU.

(AgapePress) – A pro-family attorney is accusing a Kentucky school district of being “less than forthcoming” about its sexual diversity training video that attempts to legitimize homosexuality.
Boyd County Public Schools has sent a notice to students who did not attend the diversity training program last spring, telling them they must complete a writing assignment to make up for not watching the pro-homosexual video.
However, attorney Kevin Theriot says the district failed to inform students that they could refuse to take the one-hour training class and receive an unexcused absence for that period. Theriot is with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), which filed a lawsuit on behalf of parents who objected to the mandatory diversity training.
The ADF-affiliated lawyer says he is “advising the parents to simply ignore the notice.” He claims there is no need for the students to do the writing requirement, although they can if they so choose; but there is “certainly no need,” he insists, for any of the parents to “have their kids subjected to this pro-homosexual propaganda.”
Theriot says Boyd County Public Schools implemented its diversity training after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the district for not permitting a Gay-Straight Alliance club to meet on its campus. He believes school officials are concerned that if they inform parents of all of their options, the ACLU will accuse them of not complying with the court order.
“But the court order is very clear,” the attorney explains. The order states that if any students fail to attend the training, they receive an unexcused absence for that period, he says. So the school’s recent notice stating that those students who opted out must complete a writing assignment to make up for their failure to attend “really is misleading,” he says.
This notice “definitely is something that has a lot of parents concerned — and rightfully so,” Theriot adds. But Boyd County Public Schools’ diversity training program is phony, he asserts, not only because the district is misinforming students about its requirements, but also because it offers zero tolerance for biblical opposition to homosexuality.

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ACLU Lawsuit Targets School Prayers in Tiny Missouri Town

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

See our article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?” for more information.

(AgapePress) – A small Missouri school district is staring down a lawsuit over school prayer. The suit alleges that teacher-led prayer during two school assemblies violated the constitutional rights of students.
Two students and their mother have filed suit against the Doniphan School District in southeast Missouri. Filed on their behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Eastern Missouri, the lawsuit claims that on two successive days in May 2005, school assemblies at Doniphan Elementary School began with teachers leading a prayer. The ACLU notes in a press release that the family bringing the suit is “not Christian,” while both prayers were “Christian.”
According to the ACLU, when the district superintendent was contacted about the matter, he offered to remedy the matter by telling school administrators they should invite a student, not a teacher, to lead school prayers in the future. That response, says the ACLU, demonstrates the superintendent’s “lack of understanding” of both the Constitution and the district’s own policies.
“Such religious activities are not only inconsistent with the policies of the Doniphan R-I School District,” states the lawsuit, “but also constitute an establishment of religion in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.” The suit seeks an injunction preventing both teacher- and student-led prayer during in-school assemblies to prevent what the ACLU describes as “irreparable harm” to students who are “coerce[d]” into participating in “religious exercises.”

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Study Finds Aborting Brings Teens More Problems Than Giving Birth

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

There are so many reasons not to have an abortion.
Most often, teens can put their baby up for adoption before it is even born, and in many cases, the potential adoptive parents will cover the expense associated with the pregnancy and birth. I’m trying to find a down side to this, but so far, it seems that in every case, the only loosers to not aborting a baby are the infanticide facilities (abortion clinics) who, of course, wouldn’t make any money without abortions. Yeah, we can really count on them to have the best interest of a young, confused teen at heart, can’t we…NOT!!

(AgapePress) – An assistant professor at Bowling Green State University says even in the event of an unintended teen pregnancy, giving birth is better for teenagers than abortion. A study conducted by BGSU research psychologist Dr. Priscilla Coleman determined that abortion can cause severe mental health problems in young women.
Coleman says she took data from a longitudinal survey of more than 1,000 women to find out the difference between teens who gave birth and teens who aborted an unexpected pregnancy. Her study, published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, evaluated adolescent girls with unintended pregnancies and found that those who aborted their babies were five times more likely to seek help for psychological and emotional problems afterward than those girls who carried their pregnancies to term.
A teenage mother’s bringing of a child into the world is undoubtedly an experience that will afford her some hardships, the researcher acknowledges. “But there are more psychological problems with abortions, even more than with delivering a baby,” she asserts.
The research “speaks pretty loudly,” Coleman observes. “Specifically, we found that only one adolescent who delivered an unintended pregnancy, for every five adolescents who aborted, sought counseling for psychological problems,” she says.

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The scientific evidence is now both “strong and compelling,” Coleman contends, that abortion “poses more risks to women than giving birth.” She says these findings really fly in the face of traditional pro-abortion thinking by supporting the idea that, although having a child as a teen creates definite difficulties, a teen is likely to encounter far more problems after an abortion.
In her report, Coleman states that, for “women who feel forced into abortion by others or by life circumstances, negative post-abortion outcomes become more common.” She goes on to note that adolescent girls, being generally far less prepared to assume the responsibilities of parenthood, are logically more vulnerable to being pressured to abort.
Statistics from the Planned Parenthood-affiliated Alan Guttmacher Institute, which tracks U.S. abortion rates, would seem to bear this out. According to the Institute, every year nearly a quarter of all abortions in the U.S. are performed on girls less than 20 years old.
But despite the excellent data supporting her study, Coleman complains that no mainstream news outlets have reported her findings. In fact, she says it took a while to get the Journal of Youth and Adolescence to publish her results.

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Compelling Evidence Dismissed by Pro-Abortion Crowd
Other researchers have affirmed the importance of Dr. Coleman’s distinctive study and the validity of her findings. According to LifeSiteNews, one such researcher is Dr. David Reardon with the Elliot Institute. He concurs with Coleman’s data but notes that many pro-abortion individuals and groups regularly dismiss findings that link higher rates of mental illness and behavioral problems to abortion as compared to giving birth.
Reardon says abortion “rights” proponents have long insisted that women who abort fare better than women who carry unintended pregnancies to term. “Coleman’s study addresses this argument,” he contends, “and shows that the facts don’t support abortion advocates’ speculations.”

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“Relearning Lessons in the War on Terror” by Victor Davis Hanson

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

From the recent Israel-Hezbollah war in southern Lebanon to the jihadists in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle to the repeated efforts by Islamists across the globe to trump Sept. 11, what old lessons about terrorism are we in the West finding ourselves having to relearn?

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Despite the enormous advantages of Western militaries, there is no guarantee we can keep ahead of terrorists — especially since they are becoming more adept while we seem tired and unsure about whom, why and how we should fight.
So far, the U.S. has been able to dodge the latest terrorist bullets. So far, Afghanistan and Iraq are clinging to their newfound democracies. So far, Israel has been able to survive Hamas and Hezbollah, and these groups’ state sponsors in Iran and Syria.
But unless we in the West adapt more quickly than do canny Islamic terrorists in this constantly evolving war, cease our internecine fighting and stop forgetting what we’ve learned about our enemies — there will be disasters to come far worse than Sept. 11.

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“Prozac And Extra-Thick Tinfoil Hats” by Jack Kinsella – Omega Letter Editor

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

I’ve been getting that same feeling of late as I analyze current events . . . a vague, discomfiting sense that everybody is on Prozac but me, and I am bumping into them just as their meds are starting to wear off.

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Then there is the UN’s Kofi Annan. Hezbollah invades Israel and kidnaps Israeli soldiers to hold as hostages, and Kofi Annan puts on HIS tinfoil hat to protect him from Israeli thought-control beams before blaming Israel for putting its soldiers too close to Hezbollah’s reach.
Then he accuses Israel of war crimes for retaliating against a Hezbollah action that, according to the UN’s own international conventions, IS a war crime.
He takes another Prozac and says Hezbollah started it.
When THAT dose wears off, he rethinks his statement. Kofi suddenly realizes that Lebanon is really an innocent victim of Israeli aggression — as if Hezbollah and Lebanon were two entirely different entities on opposite sides of the planet.
Kofi speaks into existence a 15,000 man peacekeeping force and then rushes Israel into withdrawing, as if the force was already there. And, even when the force is in place, Kofi says they have no UN mandate to disarm Hezbollah. How’s that again?
Without any troops, with no defined mission, no logistical system and no idea who will be in charge, Kofi starts demanding Israel provide a timetable for withdrawal, saying in advance that Israel’s unspoken timetable is unsatisfactory.
All the while citing existing UN resolutions requiring the disarmament of Hezbollah as the justification for demanding an Israeli withdrawal as if, somehow, Israel was violating it by trying to disarm Hezbollah.
Another Prozac — and now Israel is in hot water for trying too hard.
As the warm, Prozac-induced fuzziness takes hold, Annan explains that Israel has violated the ‘principle of proportionality’ and then he pretends that such a principle is a globally understood principle of warfare.

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