Archive for September, 2006

“Jihadists don’t care about logic” by George Jonas

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

To counter any suggestion that Islam is a violent religion, Muslims attacked churches in the West Bank, Gaza and Basra this week. In Somalia a religious leader named Abubukar Hassan Malin echoed a British religious leader named Anjem Choudary who seemed to be in agreement with a religious leader from India called Syed Ahmed Bukhari that Pope Benedict XVI had to be forced to apologize.

Forced? Bukhari left it open how, but Choudary felt that subjecting the Pontiff to “capital punishment” may be persuasive, while Malin was inclined to think that the situation called for hunting down the Holy Father and killing him “on the spot.” And, perhaps to indicate that these were no idle threats, as the week wore on, an Italian nun was murdered in Somalia, along with two Assyrian Christians in Iraq.

What did the Pope do? As most readers know, he quoted a remark made by the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

Was the anointed of Byzantium on to something? The Pope certainly didn’t say so. He just quoted the beleaguered emperor, who — being squeezed between hostile Turks and demanding Venetians at the time — had vented about the Prophet and his bellicose followers in conversation with a Persian scholar. Little did he suspect that his words would hit the fan nearly 600 years later.

“The infidelity and tyranny of the Pope will only be stopped by a major attack,” announced al-Qaeda from its cave on the Afghan-Pakistani border. Al-Qaeda’s political arm in New York, a.k.a. the United Nations, took no position, only using the opportunity to condemn Israel for one thing or another.

Why do some Muslims have such an uncanny talent for proving the case of their critics? When accused of violence, they threaten violence. Better still, they engage in it. “Call us unruly and we riot,” they say, in essence. “Call us murderers, and we kill you.” Don’t they see that this makes them a joke?

Well, no, they don’t — and they’re right. Saying such things may make someone a joke in a debating society, but Islamofascists fight in a different arena. They don’t care about winning the debate; what they want to win is their Kampf, better known these days as Jihad.

Lo and behold, they’re winning it. By now the whole world tiptoes around the sensibilities of medieval fanatics. We take pains not to offend ululating fossils who cheer suicide bombers. Or raise them. We prop up rickety regimes whose sole contribution to modern times is to nurture ancient grievances and revive barbaric customs. We worry about the feelings — feelings! — of people who stone their loved ones for sexual missteps. We pussyfoot to protect the delicate psyche of oily ogres who amputate the hands of petty thieves, issue fatwas on novelists and cover up their hapless wives and sisters to the eyeballs.

We do this, obviously, not because we’re impressed by the logic of the Islamofascist line — “call us murderers and we’ll kill you” — but because we’re intimidated by it. The Jihadists don’t care about the quality of their argument. One doesn’t have to, if one’s aim isn’t to persuade, but to coerce. The mullahs of militant Islam aren’t worried about proving their critics’ case. So some pundits think we’re proving Benedict XVI or Manuel II right, imams Choudary and Malin might say. Big deal. Logic may be essential for pundits. It isn’t essential for our followers who are willing to blow themselves up to get their way.

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Condi Rice: Clinton lying about bin Laden

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

This surprises us how? Slick Willie lies about everything.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday accused Bill Clinton of making “flatly false” claims that the Bush administration didn’t lift a finger to stop terrorism before the 9/11 attacks.
Rice hammered Clinton, who leveled his charges in a contentious weekend interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel, for his claims that the Bush administration “did not try” to kill Osama bin Laden in the eight months they controlled the White House before the Sept. 11 attacks.
“The notion somehow for eight months the Bush administration sat there and didn’t do that is just flatly false – and I think the 9/11 commission understood that,” Rice said during a wide-ranging meeting with Post editors and reporters.
“What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years,” Rice added.
The secretary of state also sharply disputed Clinton’s claim that he “left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy” for the incoming Bush team during the presidential transition in 2001.
“We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda,” Rice responded during the hourlong session.
Her strong rebuttal was the Bush administration’s first response to Clinton’s headline-grabbing interview on Fox on Sunday in which he launched into an over-the-top defense of his handling of terrorism – wagging his finger in the air, leaning forward in his chair and getting red-faced, and even attacking Wallace for improper questioning.

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‘Voices of Heaven’ ordered not to sing sacred music

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Once again…let me remind everyone that it is not against any law to have religious songs sung at school.

The all-star choir visiting from Europe was called “Voices of Heaven” but members were told by a Michigan school district not to sing sacred songs while on campus, leaving the artists bewildered and district parents enraged that the German singers would return home with such an impression of the United States.
The order came recently from Supt. Charles Breiner of the Howell School District in Michigan just as the Eberbach, Germany, choir arrived for its scheduled concert at Howell High School.
In a report in the Livingston County Press, parents said Breiner’s administration had ordered the choir to leave out music deemed too religious.

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Officials told the local newspaper that the censorship was imposed to bring the program into line with a policy of Howell Public Schools that limits the amount of sacred music in any performance.
“I don’t know if I would call it ‘scaled back’ or ‘censored’ – and that word scares the heck out of me,” Donna Hoornstra, a parent of two Howell choir students said. She hosted two members of Voices of Heaven during their recent visit.
“I’m appalled, I’m embarrassed and I’m ashamed,” she said.
She said one of the choir members was distraught by the ruling.
“He felt discriminated against in our community,” she told the newspaper.
Even the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan confirmed that including religious music in a high school’s choir program is allowed.
“The courts have said that having some religious music in serious choral concerts in public schools is OK, as long as the purpose is not to promote religion,” said Michael J. Steinberg, of the ACLU.
“That evening (before the concert), we were all sitting at (the) kitchen table having dinner, and one of the two choir members who were staying with us said, ‘I’m very upset,'” Hoornstra related. “I asked him what was wrong, and he said, ‘Our director was told by your Mr. Breiner that there was to be no sacred music.’ My mouth dropped open.”
“I told him that this is not what our community believes,” she said.

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But other parents said the choir members staying with them also were disturbed.
“They were really disappointed,” Diane Schenkel told the newspaper. “A few of them said that this was the first and only school where they had been asked to do that. Some of the kids had solos in some of the songs that they couldn’t sing.”

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Now a parents group says it’s time for Breiner to resign.
“We are outraged at Mr. Breiner’s most recent antics. He has apparently moved from promoting a gay agenda to embarrassing our community internationally,” said Vicki Fyke, a spokesperson for the Livingston Organization for Values in Education committee.
“We have endured two years of controversy with Mr. Breiner as the common denominator to each incident and feel the community would be better served if Mr. Breiner would simply resign,” she said yesterday.
Fyke also noted that Breiner had ruled that the Scouting programs that meet in district buildings would not be allowed to send information home with students at the beginning of a school year, as they have in the past and as other groups were allowed to do.
The parents’ group also noted that in the past Breiner had formally recognized the hanging of a “gay pride” flag in the school, but banned the national motto, “In God We Trust,” from school walls.

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Fyke said the decisions by Breiner, finishing with the censorship of the concert, are part of an “in-your-face hostility” to community values.
“We are also embarrassed for Ms. Falls, the Three Fires choir director, who planned this diverse event,” Fyke said. “Mr. Breiner continues to throw his staff under the bus.
“This latest action is an embarrassment to our entire community and to those that have worked so hard in the name of diversity. If having a youth choir come from Germany to perform isn’t diversity, then I don’t know what diversity means.”
Steinberg said much of traditional choral music is religious in nature, and alternatives are limited.

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Hamas and Fatah call off unity talks

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Well, the slimy pali terrorist are getting ready to fight the other slimy pali terrorist. Step back and watch the feathers fly.

JERUSALEM – Rivals Hamas and Fatah called off top-level talks Monday on forming a Palestinian unity government that might ease crippling international sanctions, the latest indication of difficulties in bridging their ideological differences.
With the Palestinians stuck, another channel for Mideast progress appeared to open when Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had a secret meeting with a senior official from Saudi Arabia. Both sides predictably denied the reports, as they have no official relations.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the head of Fatah, postponed his planned trip to the Gaza Strip for talks with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, and both sides said no new date has been set.
Since a Hamas government took office last March, a cutoff of Western aid has brought the Palestinian Authority to its knees, leaving most public sector workers without pay for months and shutting down vital projects.
Israel and the West insisted that Hamas must recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept previous peace accords, but the Islamic militant group has refused to comply.
Hamas trounced Abbas’ Fatah in January parliamentary elections, a reflection of voter dissatisfaction with decades of inefficiency, corruption and high-handed rule rather than an endorsement of the Hamas ideology rejecting the existence of Israel.
Thrust into power for the first time, Hamas has refused to bend its main goal — an Islamic Middle East without a Jewish state. During the past decade, dozens of Hamas suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis.

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GOP Leaders Call for Border Security First, Then Other Aspects of Problem

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Make sense to me. Except I think a “real” fence is needed, not this “virtual” thing they keep going on about.

WASHINGTON, DC (AgapePress) – In Washington, DC, House Republican leaders say a series of public hearings across the country have given them a clear message on what needs to be done to secure the country’s borders.
House Majority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri says the hearings led to the conclusion that a “comprehensive” bill on immigration is not necessary to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. The term “comprehensive immigration bill” is code for an amnesty-based, “guest worker” program — which the GOP leader maintains will not happen if his party maintains control of the House in the upcoming mid-term elections.
According to Blunt, great strides are already being made toward fixing the problem of illegal immigration. “We spent over twenty-million new dollars for fencing, for Border Patrol agents, [and] for detention facilities,” he explains. And Blunt says the U.S. no longer has a “catch and let go” policy, but rather a “catch and send back” policy. He says a new House bill will allocate even more money to further secure the border.
He says the legislation would designate “another twenty-two billion new dollars for the virtual fencing of the border, for the kinds of things that need to be done that secure the border.” Such legislation, he contends, would mean “we don’t have to have a comprehensive bill to get to the important first step, which is to stop the problem from getting bigger.”

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“Who Makes the Terrorists Hate Us?” by David Limbaugh

Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

What other nation in history has obsessively investigated itself during time of war? When are we going to quit beating ourselves up and move down the road?
Just a few weeks ago, we were treated to Phase 2 of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report analyzing our failures of prewar intelligence for the millionth time. The Committee — with a nominal majority of Republicans and a working majority of antiwar members — reported that the administration had been wrong in alleging a relationship between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda.
As Republican Chairman Pat Roberts made clear, the working majority cherry picked the evidence to conclude there was no relationship when the weight of the evidence indicated there was — going back 10 years, no less. Condoleezza Rice confirmed that there were always dissenting opinions, but that the prevailing view among our intelligence agencies was that there was indeed a relationship.
The committee demonstrated its absurdity elsewhere, too, when it concluded, preposterously, that Saddam didn’t consider the United States an enemy because he said so during his debriefing. The committee chose to believe that obvious lie from a lying, murderous tyrant over his consistently contradictory statements and behavior over the previous decade.

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Democrats have been telling us nonstop that President Bush’s policies — his alleged unilateralism in general, and his attack on Iraq specifically — have caused an otherwise loving enemy to hate and wage war against us. If that’s true — which it isn’t — how much more true is it that the feelings of the Muslim world (and the European left) toward the United States have deteriorated as a direct result of the Democrats’ constant lies about President Bush?
If they truly believe our policies have intensified the hatred of Islamic extremists toward the United States, then why don’t they quit telling the world — when they know better — that President Bush lied about Iraqi WMD and about Saddam’s relationship with Al Qaeda? Why don’t they quit falsely charging that it is the covert policy of this administration to torture enemy combatant detainees at Gitmo? Why don’t they quit saying that President Bush attacked Iraq for its oil?
Easy. They either don’t believe negative world opinion of the United States spawns terrorism as they claim, or they don’t care whether it does or not — at least they don’t care as much about that as they do regaining political power.

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Abbas gives Hamas last chance

Monday, September 25th, 2006

People, Hamas is NEVER going to allow Israel to exist, even if they say they will.

Four Palestinian armed groups on Sunday threatened to target any Palestinian government that recognizes Israel’s right to exist and attacked Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas for “succumbing” to US pressure.
The latest threat came as Abbas was preparing to travel to the Gaza Strip for another round of talks with PA Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh over the formation of a joint Hamas-Fatah government.
Abbas is demanding that the political program of the proposed government recognize Israel and honor all previous agreements signed between the Palestinians and Israel. Hamas leaders have rejected Abbas’s demand, saying they would never join a government that recognizes Israel and the Oslo Accords.

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“Relations between Fatah and Hamas are very bad,” said Ahmed Abdel Rahman, a senior Fatah official closely associated with Abbas. “Hamas is now talking about civil war and this is very worrying. Hamas must realize that there is no other alternative but to accept a political program that would win the backing of the international community.”
PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Hamas of scuttling efforts to form a unity government. “Shortly after reaching an agreement with President Abbas, Hamas leaders began issuing statements that violated the agreement and embarrassed him,” he said. “They made these statements at a time when the president was trying to convince the world to accept the national unity government.”

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At a press conference in Gaza City, masked gunmen representing four different militias warned that they would attack any government that accepts Abbas’s demand to recognize Israel.
“Any government that recognizes Israel will be a legitimate target for our fighters,” said Abu Abir, spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the groups that issued the threat. “We will fight against such a government with all means and we will consider it as part of the Israeli occupation.”
The groups also criticized Abbas for insisting that a unity government recognize Israel and urged him to halt his attempts to overthrow the Hamas-led government. Two of the groups that were represented at the press conference claimed that they were affiliated with Abbas’s Fatah party.

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‘Border baby’ boom strains S. Texas

Monday, September 25th, 2006

An ever growing problem here in Texas.

RIO GRANDE CITY — First it was a trickle, now it’s a flood.
Rising numbers of undocumented immigrants from Mexico and Central America are streaming into Texas to give birth, straining hospitals and costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, health officials say.
Doctors and health officials say they are overwhelmed by both the new arrivals and those immigrant mothers who already are in the state. Even Houston’s feeling the pinch. An estimated 70 percent to 80 percent of the 10,587 births at Ben Taub General Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital last year were to undocumented immigrants, administrators say.
Also feeling the strain is Starr County, an already poor South Texas county that has the region’s only taxpayer-supported hospital district.
Immigrants “want a U.S.-born baby” and know that emergency room staffers don’t collect any money up front, said Dr. Mario Rodriguez, an obstetrician in Starr County.
“The word is out: Come to Starr County and get delivered for free. Why pay $1,000 in Mexico when you can get it for free?” Rodriguez said.
”When we are separated only by the distance of the river, it’s easy to do,” Starr County hospital administrator Thalia Muñoz said. “It’s gotten worse, and it’s because the economy in Mexico is not good and because we provide all these benefits.”

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God’s Grace

Monday, September 25th, 2006
    Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
    You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.

    You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

    You will be true to Jacob,
    and show mercy to Abraham,
    as you pledged on oath to our fathers
    in days long ago.

Micah 7:18-20

Repost: “The Pope, Islam and the Harlot Church”

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI has become the center of a media firestorm over a statement that strikes me as common as saying the sun will rise tomorrow. During a speech in Germany at a university where he used to teach, he quoted Manuel II Palaeologus, a 14th-century Byzantine Christian emperor, who said: “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.”

I’m not sure what event sparked Manuel II Palaeologus to make his comment. I have to wonder what his majesty would say today about the more recent accomplishment of the followers of Muhammad. Here is a very, very abbreviated list:

* The 9/11 attack that killed more than 3,000 people
* The murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh for making a film that criticized Islam’s treatment of women
* The 7/7 London bombings – more than 40 dead
* The 1994 rush-hour bombings in Spain that killed 202
* The terror bombings in India that killed 500
* The Darfur Humanitarian Crisis that left 200,000 dead
* In a single month, violence between Islamic groups in Iraq kills 7,000
* The British police’s halt of a plot to blow up a dozen aircraft
* Iran’s call for a new holocaust against Israel
* Al Qaeda’s death threat against all non-Muslims in Iraq

The ironic thing about Pope Benedict’s statement is the reaction it generated in the Muslim world. When confronted by their history, they rioted in the street. One Islamic group came up with the novel idea of protesting “violence against Muslims” by fire-bombing two churches in the West Bank — neither of which were Catholic. One should not forget the brutal murder of Sister Leonella in the Somali capital of Mogadishu.

Western leaders make the mistake of blaming Al Qaeda for all the terrorist acts. Every day there are some new Islamic groups that take responsibility for some gruesome act of terrorism. To find the root cause, you need to go to the source – the Koran:

* Surah Muhammad [47]:3 says, “When you meet the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads….”
* Surah Anfal [8]:12 says, “I shall cast terror into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the tips of their fingers.”
* Surah al-Nisa’[4]:74 says, “Let those who would exchange the life of this world for the hereafter, fight for the cause of God….”
* Surah al-Nisa’[4]:56 says, “The true believer fights for the cause of God, but the infidel fights for the devil.”
* Surah al-Nisa’[4]:101 says, “The unbelievers are your inveterate enemies.”
* Surah al-Ma’idah [5]:51 says, “Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.”

I think a review of the DVD “Is Islam itself violent?” says it best: “Through an examination of the Koran, other Islamic texts, and the example of the prophet Muhammad, this documentary establishes, through a sober and methodical presentation, that violence against non-Muslims is and has always been an integral aspect of Islam. ‘Jihad,’ while best translated as ‘struggle,’ as represented in the Koran and the life of Muhammad, means nothing less than organized warfare against unbelievers. Furthermore, Muhammad’s life is the sacred and holy model that all faithful Muslims must follow today. Just as Muhammad waged war throughout Arabia in the 7th Century, his followers continued to conquer, enslave, and devastate other peoples and cultures on three continents.”

I do not look for a conflict between Islam and Christianity. Bible prophecy tells us that in the last days all major eligions will set aside their differences and join together to form a global religious alliance. The Antichrist will use this organization as a stepping stone for his own plan to set himself up as the world’s savior.

Pope John Paul II is credited for holding history’s largest pan-religious meeting. In October 1986 and 1995, at the Italian city of Assisi, Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, pagans, Jews, Muslims; Hindus; Shintos; Animist Snake Worshippers, Native Americans, and other religions converged to pray for peace.

John Paul did much to advance the ecumenical movement, but in an odd way, he eventually became one of its biggest obstacles. His support for “inter-faith dialogue” with other world religions was always based on the notion that he, the head of the Catholic Church, must remain supreme. The Russian Orthodox Church was one faith that would have nothing to do with his supremacy talk. Another stumbling block to the harlot church was John Paul’s stance on moral issues; liberal faiths could not stomach his strong conservative positions on abortion and gay rights.

Pope Benedict XVI, by getting himself into trouble with the Muslims, may clear away the Catholic roadblocks. He is already singing a new tune about how he respects the Muslim faith. With nearly every other faith yielded to the spirit of comprise, we may soon see the Vatican setting aside doctrinal truth for the sake of unity.

“And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH” (Rev. 17:5).

— Todd

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He doth protest too much

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Read Michelle Malkin’s post “He doth protest too much” about the Chris Wallace (Fox News) interview of Bill “Slick Willie” Clinton.
Here is the link to the Fox News Artilce.
Now let me go wash my hands with a strong anti-bacterial soap since I had to type the words “Bill Clinton” (twice).

NEW YORK — Former President Bill Clinton accused Chris Wallace of carrying out “a conservative hit job” on him after the “FOX News Sunday” host asked him about his administration’s handling of the growing Al Qaeda threat in an interview.
The interview, taped Friday during Clinton’s three-day Global Initiative conference in New York, got heated after Wallace asked why Clinton didn’t “do more to put Bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business” when he was in office.
A visibly agitated Clinton chided Wallace for ambushing him with questions about his anti-terrorism policy when Clinton wanted to talk about the Global Initiative project, which looks to create movement on issues including poverty, disease and climate change.

Clinton math:
“He had eight years to confront Islamic extremism, four years to address Bin Laden’s declaration of war on the U.S., and two and a half years to respond to the embassy bombings, yet somehow Republicans had “three times” as long as Clinton did to get him.”
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Police to brief Muslims before terror raids

Monday, September 25th, 2006

Two articles I ran across at Little Green Footballs this morning.

Police to brief Muslims before terror raids
Apparently police in the U.K. must brief and get permission from Muslims before conducting terror raids! Of all the half-brained ideas I’ve heard lately, this one takes the cake!
To quote part of the article:
“Members of the panel will offer their assessment of whether information police have on a suspect is too flimsy and will also consider the consequences on community relations of a raid.”
“Flimsy” information? “Consequences on community relations”?
Going on:
“Members will be security vetted and will have to promise not to reveal any intelligence they are shown. They will not have to sign the Official Secrets Act.”
Oh, well now if they promised not to “reveal any intelligence”, that sure makes it better…NOT!!

Why is this a problem, you may ask?
Check out this next headline:
One in 10 Muslims ‘ignore terror’

That’s right folks, the very people who will be “consulted” before the raids, 10% of them are unwilling to turn in terrorist. Can you say “leak” and “tipster”? Especially since they have no legal obligation to keep the information a secret!!

If there are any sane British left, we have lots of room here in Texas. We’d love to have you come live here. But leave the nutcases who make these stupid rules behind.

See the Little Green Footballs posts here and here.

Buy a Fatwa!!

Monday, September 25th, 2006

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The Muslim world has erupted in religious indignation over everything from cartoons of the prophet to the pope’s comments last week. But in India, which boasts the world’s third largest Muslim population, that indignation can be bought for a small fee.
An Indian TV network broadcast a sting operation against several prominent Muslim clerics who were shown demanding bribes to issue religious decrees, or fatwas. Among them? Bans on the use of credit cards, sleeping in double beds, using cell phones with cameras, acting in films, donating organs, or teaching English to Muslim children. Time magazine reports one cleric even issued a fatwa against watching TV while another issued a fatwa in support of watching TV.

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Execution of Three Christian Militants Leads to Violence in Indonesia

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

My brothers and sisters in Christ…
I know that you are upset at the death of these men, but you must not reduce yourselves to the same level as the Muslims, who are violent for no reason at all.
God will demand an account from the people who did this. It is not for us to do that. Jesus commands us to forgive and to turn the other cheek to those who harm us.
I know it is easy for me to say these things, while sitting safe in Texas, but please pray for grace and for the protection of Jesus Christ. Stand firm in His Word. Do not debase yourself and do as the world does to you.
Pray for the families of these men and know that they are now under the altar in Heaven.
And for those of us here, pray for those who face real persecution every day.

PALU, Indonesia — Three Christian militants convicted of leading attacks that killed at least 70 Muslims six years ago were executed by firing squad Friday, sparking fresh sectarian violence in central and eastern Indonesia, officials and witnesses said.
Christian mobs torched cars and police posts in restive Sulawesi province. Elsewhere, security forces fired warning shots to disperse crowds who blockaded roads, looted Muslim-owned shops and burned a prison, freeing hundreds of inmates. Four people were reported injured.
On the island of Flores, the executed men’s birthplace, machete-wielding mobs ran through the streets, sending women and children running in panic, police and witnesses said.
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla appealed for calm, saying the deaths of the Roman Catholic men had nothing to do with religion.
“It’s a matter of law,” he told reporters in the capital Jakarta. “If the people resent the law, we are doomed.”
Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 48, and Dominggus da Silva, 42, were taken from their tightly guarded prison and executed at 1:45 a.m. local time (1745 GMT Thursday) on the southern outskirts of Palu, said I Wayan Pasek Suartha, a spokesman for the attorney general.

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Hamas Rejects Palestinian Unity Government Plan Requiring Israel Recognition

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

And why am I not surprised. Once a slimy pali terrorist, always a slimy pali terrorist.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The Palestinians’ ruling Hamas group will not join a planned coalition government if recognizing Israel is a condition, a close aide to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas said Friday.
At the United Nations on Thursday, the moderate Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said the planned national unity government between his Fatah Party and Hamas would recognize the Jewish state.
But Haniyeh’s political adviser, Ahmed Yousef, told The Associated Press on Friday that “there won’t be a national unity government if Hamas is asked to recognize Israel.”
The two parties announced last week that they would team up to govern, in an effort to ease crushing international sanctions imposed on the Hamas government to pressure it to soften its violent anti-Israel ideology.
Their preliminary agreement says the new government would strive to establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel — implying recognition of the Jewish state.
But coalition talks have faltered because the West and Israel want Hamas to clearly state its willingness to recognize Israel, renounce violence and accept existing peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinians.
Yousef said instead of recognizing Israel, Hamas was prepared to agree to a “long-term truce for five or 10 years (which the pali terrorist will uphold for maybe about a day and half, if even that long. -ed.), until the occupation withdraws.” (“The occupation withdraws”? The only “occupation” is the pali occupiers or “squatters” living in Israel’s Holy Land. They need to move back to Egypt, Jordan and Syria where they originally came from. -ed.) He was unclear on what Hamas would do if coalition talks break down.
In the past, Hamas has demanded that Israel withdraw from the West Bank and east Jerusalem, captured in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel rejects that demand.
Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting Thursday that the national unity government would abide by all past agreements between the Palestinians and Israel, including letters exchanged by the two sides in 1993 that call for mutual recognition and the renunciation of violence. (yeah right! Like that’s really going to happen!! They have such a great record of “renouncing violence” already…NOT!! -ed.)
Yousef said renouncing violence was a clause of the agreement underlying the planned coalition government.
Hamas swept Palestinian parliamentary elections in January and came to power in March. It currently rules alone.

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“THE DAY THE TERRORISTS CAME TO TOWN” by Fern Sidman

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

It has been an exciting week here in the Big Apple. In the spirit of freedom of speech, New York City was the site for the UN sponsored convocation of worldwide terrorists to espouse their demonic views. As we know, diplomatic immunity was granted to the likes of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjehad and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

New York City had just concluded its remembrance of the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that saw the destruction of the World Trade Center and the commemoration of close to 3,000 lives that were snuffed out on that day by the ilk of terrorists whose philosophy bears close resemblance to those who took the rostrum at the UN.

While attempting to tone down his usual incendiary rhetoric, Ahmadinejad took aim the United States for spearheading a campaign of international sanctions against Iran for its uranium enrichment program and its development of a nuclear arsenal. In a transcript of Ahmadinjehad’s speech at the UN, published on the National Public Radio web site, he states:

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is a member of the IAEA and is committed to the NPT. All our nuclear activities are transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eyes of IAEA inspectors. Why then are there objections to our legally recognized rights? Which governments object to these rights? Governments that themselves benefit from nuclear energy and the fuel cycle. Some of them have abused nuclear technology for non-peaceful ends including the production of nuclear bombs, and some even have a bleak record of using them against humanity.

Which organization or Council should address these injustices? Is the Security Council in a position to address them? Can it stop violations of the inalienable rights of countries? Can it prevent certain powers from impeding scientific progress of other countries?

The abuse of the Security Council, as an instrument of threat and coercion, is indeed a source of grave concern.

Some permanent members of the Security Council, even when they are themselves parties to international disputes, conveniently threaten others with the Security Council and declare, even before any decision by the Council, the condemnation of their opponents by the Council. The question is: what can justify such exploitation of the Security Council, and doesn’t it erode the credibility and effectiveness of the Council? Can such behavior contribute to the ability of the Council to maintain security?”

Moreover, Ahmadinjehad states: “The question needs to be asked: if the Governments of the United States or the United Kingdom who are permanent members of the Security Council, commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law, which of the organs of the UN can take them to account? Can a Council in which they are privileged members address their violations? Has this ever happened? In fact, we have repeatedly seen the reverse. If they have differences with a nation or state, they drag it to the Security Council and as claimants, arrogate to themselves simultaneously the roles of prosecutor, judge and executioner. Is this a just order? Can there be a more vivid case of discrimination and more clear evidence of injustice?

Regrettably, the persistence of some hegemonic powers in imposing their exclusionist policies on international decision making mechanisms, including the Security Council, has resulted in a growing mistrust in global public opinion, undermining the credibility and effectiveness of this most universal system of collective security.”

In this clear reference to the United States as the chief opponent of nuclear development in Iran, Ahmadinjehad excoriates the United States for the development and use of nuclear weapons and refers to its support of other countries that have developed these weapons as well. It is time to make a clear distinction. While it is futile to debate the moral issue of nuclear weapon development, the United States and other countries that have this weaponry do not have the same track record of President Ahmadinjehad. He is a terrorist. His lexicon and vernacular are replete with promises to destroy the western world, and his most venomous words are aimed at his arch nemesis, Israel.

Ahmadinjehad’s track record deserves closer examination. According to journalist Joseph Farah in his report posted on September 20, 2006, on the World Net Daily web site, Ahmadinjehad’s hands are not free of blood. He states the following facts concerning the terrorist past of the Iranian President:

  • He has been identified by at least six U.S. hostages as a ringleader in the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover.
  • He has been identified by former Iranian President Bani Sadr as Ayatollah Khomeini’s liaison with the hostage takers.
  • He’s been accused of the murder of Kurdish leader Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou in Vienna by officials in Austria who say they have compelling evidence and want an arrest warrant sworn for him.
  • As mayor of Tehran, he was one of the principal forces behind a campaign to recruit and train suicide bombers specifically to attack the U.S., Israel and Britain.
  • So much for the man who stands before the world at the United Nations and speaks of such lofty concepts of peace, justice, love and equality. He states: “Today, humanity passionately craves commitment to the Truth, devotion to God, quest for Justice and respect for the dignity of human beings. Rejection of domination and aggression, defense of the oppressed, and longing for peace constitute the legitimate demand of the peoples of the world, particularly the new generations and the spirited youth, who aspire a world free from decadence, aggression and injustice, and replete with love and compassion. The youth have a right to seek justice and the Truth; and they have a right to build their own future on the foundations of love, compassion and tranquility.”

    While these words play well in front of the cameras, they are in stark contrast to the normally jingoistic and hateful statements he had made in the last two years. His hatred for the western world, and the United States in particular is common knowledge. His demonization of the forces of democracy and justice are well known. His vituperative against all non-Muslims and the labeling of these people as satanic is the cornerstone of his agenda. The term “Islamofascist” has become a rather ubiquitous one as of late, as we hear President Bush make use of it on some occasions. If anyone in this world could be named as the international leader of this ominous movement and philosophy, Ahmadinejad would be the leading contender.

    Referring to the United States in his speech at the UN, Ahmadinejad says: “Some occupy the homeland of others, thousands of kilometers away from their borders, interfere in their affairs and control their oil and other resources and strategic routes, while others are bombarded daily in their own homes; their children murdered in the streets and alleys of their own country and their homes reduced to rubble.”

    He also said, “Occupation of countries, including Iraq, has continued for the last three years. Not a day goes by without hundreds of people getting killed in cold blood. The occupiers are incapable of establishing security in Iraq. Despite the establishment of the lawful Government and National Assembly of Iraq, there are covert and overt efforts to heighten insecurity, magnify and aggravate differences within Iraqi society, and instigate civil strife. There is no indication that the occupiers have the necessary political will to eliminate the sources of instability. Numerous terrorists were apprehended by the Government of Iraq, only to be let loose under various pretexts by the occupiers. It seems that intensification of hostilities and terrorism serves as a pretext for the continued presence of foreign forces in Iraq.”

    Concerning Ahmadinejad’s position on Israel and the Jews, it couldn’t be clearer. Joseph Farah enumerates these words for us:

  • Oct. 26, 2005: “There is no doubt that the new wave (of terrorist attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this disgraceful blot (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world. … As the imam (Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the Islamic revolution) said, Israel must be wiped off the map. Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury, (while) any (Islamic leader) who recognizes the Zionist regime means he is acknowledging the surrender and defeat of the Islamic world.”
  • Dec. 8, 2005: “Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps. Any historian, commentator or scientist who doubts that is taken to prison or gets condemned. … Let’s assume what the Europeans say is true. … Let’s give some land to the Zionists in Europe or in Germany or Austria. They faced injustice in Europe, so why do the repercussions fall on the Palestinians?”
  • Dec. 14, 2005: “Today, they have created a myth in the name of Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets. If you (Europeans) committed this big crime, then why should the oppressed Palestinian nation pay the price? You have to pay the compensation yourself. This is our proposal: Give a part of your own land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska to them so that the Jews can establish their country.”
  • Jan. 5, 2006: “We must believe in the fact that Islam is not confined to geographical borders, ethnic groups and nations. It’s a universal ideology that leads the world to justice. We must prepare ourselves to rule the world, and the only way to do that is to put forth views on the basis of the Expectation of the Return. If we work on the basis of the Expectation of the Return [of the Mahdi], all the affairs of our nation will be streamlined and the administration of the country will become easier.”
  • Jan. 14, 2006: “They have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it to be above God, religion and the prophets.”
  • Feb. 11, 2006: “I ask everybody in the world not to let a group of Zionists who failed in Palestine to insult the prophet. Now in the West insulting the prophet is allowed, but questioning the Holocaust is considered a crime. We ask, why do you insult the prophet? The response is that it is a matter of freedom, while in fact they are hostages of the Zionists. And the people of the U.S. and Europe should pay a heavy price for becoming hostages to Zionists. We ask the West to remove what they created 60 years ago, and if they do not listen to our recommendations, then the Palestinian nation and other nations will eventually do this for them. Do the removal of Israel before it is too late and save yourself from the fury of regional nations.”
  • April 14, 2006: “Like it or not, the Zionist regime is heading toward annihilation. The Zionist regime is a rotten, dried tree that will be eliminated by one storm. Believe that Palestine will be freed soon.”
  • July 15, 2006: “Their (Israel’s) methods resemble Hitler’s. When Hitler wanted to launch an attack, he came up with a pretext. Zionists say they are Hitler’s victims, but they have the same nature as Hitler.”
  • Aug. 1, 2006: “They (Israelis) know no limitations or boundaries at all any more for killing people. Are these people still human beings or just a bunch of bloodthirsty savages? They have made all notorious criminals in the world get a good reputation again.”
  • Ahmadinejad’s words at the United Nations were not as candid as his aforementioned statements, however, without referring to Israel by name he said: “The roots of the Palestinian problem go back to the Second World War. Under the pretext of protecting some of the survivors of that War, the land of Palestine was occupied through war, aggression and the displacement of millions of its inhabitants; it was placed under the control of some of the War survivors, bringing even larger population groups from elsewhere in the world, who had not been even affected by the Second World War; and a government was established in the territory of others with a population collected from across the world at the expense of driving millions of the rightful inhabitants of the land into a diaspora and homelessness. This is a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history. Refugees continue to live in temporary refugee camps, and many have died still hoping to one day return to their land. Can any logic, law or legal reasoning justify this tragedy? Can any member of the United Nations accept such a tragedy occurring in their own homeland?

    The pretexts for the creation of the regime occupying Al-Qods Al-Sharif are so weak that its proponents want to silence any voice trying to merely speak about them, as they are concerned that shedding light on the facts would undermine the raison d’être of this regime, as it has. The tragedy does not end with the establishment of a regime in the territory of others. Regrettably, from its inception, that regime has been a constant source of threat and insecurity in the Middle East region, waging war and spilling blood and impeding the progress of regional countries, and has also been used by some powers as an instrument of division, coercion, and pressure on the people of the region. Reference to these historical realities may cause some disquiet among supporters of this regime. But these are sheer facts and not myth. History has unfolded before our eyes.

    Worst yet, is the blanket and unwarranted support provided to this regime. Just watch what is happening in the Palestinian land. People are being bombarded in their own homes and their children murdered in their own streets and alleys. But no authority, not even the Security Council, can afford them any support or protection. Why?

    At the same time, a government is formed democratically and through the free choice of the electorate in a part of the Palestinian territory. But instead of receiving the support of the so-called champions of democracy, its Ministers and Members of Parliament are illegally abducted and incarcerated in full view of the international community.

    Which council or international organization stands up to protect this brutally besieged Government? And why can’t the Security Council take any steps?”

    While Ahmadinejad reviles Israel, without even acknowledging its existence, he carefully omits mentioning the terrorist actions of Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and the other Palestinian terrorist organizations. He is a clever terrorist who uses the power of words to change the victim into the aggressor and the aggressor into the victim. He chides the world for not condemning Israel and suggests that the UN is under the thumb of the United States, who is Israel’s chief supporter. He couches his rhetoric is palatable terms that can be embraced by the proponents of “peace” in the universe known as the academia and the media.

    In response to Ahmadinjehad’s speech at the UN, over 20,000 people attended a protest rally opposite the UN organized by a multitude of Jewish organizations, ranging from the left wing Meretz party to the right wing Agudath Israel party. Speakers at the rally included Israeli Foreign Minister Tzippy Livni, US Ambassador John Bolton, New York State Governor George Pataki, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel and human rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz. According to a report from Arutz Sheva, “Also attending the rally and issuing emotional pleas for the release of their captive family members were Carmit Goldwasser, wife of Ehud Goldwasser, and Benny Regev, brother of Eldad Regev “both being held by Hezbullah after being abducted at the beginning of the recent war.”

    Arutz Sheva also reported that Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein said that, “he doubted that any of the rally’s speakers would issue calls for an attack on Iran to prevent the Islamic republic from attaining nuclear capability, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised the UN it would continue to pursue.” Hoenlein also said that,” the purpose of the rally is to show solidarity with Israel and to demand the release of the MIAs. Leaders of the world meeting across the street will have a hard time not hearing our message and Ahmadinejad will know that his threats to wipe out Israel are unacceptable. The US is obligated to let him into the country, but we are obligated to let him know what we think.”

    Little is gained in bemoaning the fact that rallies of this nature are totally ineffective. They receive very little or no media coverage and the placid and establishment nature of these rallies do not dissuade the likes of terrorists such as Ahmadinejad and his supporters. While it is commendable that people did take time out to attend this rally and to speak out against terrorism and in support of Israel’s kidnapped soldiers, there is no ongoing campaign in the American Jewish community to dramatically spotlight the issues confronting the State of Israel and the Jewish people. There is no organization that has devised and is willing to implement a ceaseless and relentless effort to vociferously counter threats against world Jewry.

    If this wasn’t enough to digest for one day, the international body ostensibly dedicated to world peace, the United Nations also presented to the world, the words of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. As we know, Chavez is a key member of the troika of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba. He endorses the brutal and tyrannical regime of Fidel Castro and provides support and succor to Iranian interests.

    When he took the stage, Mr. Chavez stunned delegates at the UN General Assembly by calling Mr. Bush “the devil himself” and saying he left the smell of sulfur hanging in the chamber from his appearance the previous day. He also said that Bush was trying to take over the whole world. According to a report by CBS News in New York, “At the start of his talk Wednesday, during which Chavez referred to President Bush as “the devil,” Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky, “Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance,” and recommended it to everyone in the General Assembly, as well as to the American people. “The people of the United States should read this … instead of watching Superman movies,” Chavez later told reporters. As of Thursday afternoon, “Hegemony or Survival,” originally published in 2003, had jumped into the top 10 of Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt, has ordered an additional paperback printing of 25,000 copies.”

    Isn’t it interesting that Chavez cites Jewish leftist, Noam Chomsky, the 77 year-old linguist and MIT professor who has been a long standing opponent of US foreign policy and classic Israel basher. It is noteworthy to mention that the decline of President Bush’s credibility in the world has been lead by Jewish liberals and leftists, “peaceniks” of all stripes. Isn’t it telling that one of the world’s greatest despots, Hugo Chavez reveres the philosophy of a Jewish anarchist?

    Chavez’s views on Israel are in sync with that of his political partner, Ahmadinejad. His flagrant condemnations of Israel were fast and furious during the summer war in Lebanon and he was quick to recall his ambassadors in Israel. According to a news report of August 7, 2006 Chavez renewed his criticism of Israel’s military offensive in Lebanon, calling it a “new Holocaust.” Chavez’s comments in his weekly radio and TV broadcast came three days after he said he was recalling Venezuela’s top diplomat to Israel to express his government’s indignation over Israeli attacks in Lebanon and its actions toward Palestinians. “Israel has gone mad,” Chavez said. “They are massacring children, and no one knows how many are buried,” he added, accusing Israel of being guilty of a “new Holocaust” and the “terrorist” U.S. government of complicity.

    And while we’re on the topic of Jewish leftists, it would appear that Iranian President Ahmadinjehad will have further opportunity to espouse his anti-American and anti-Israel hatred. He has now been invited to spew forth his vitriolic views at Columbia University in New York City. According to a report in the New York Sun, of September 21, 2006, it states: “Columbia University has invited the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to give a speech tomorrow at the Morningside campus, Columbia’s president, Lee Bollinger, announced late last night. Mr. Bollinger in a statement said he did not invite the president himself but learned yesterday that his university had extended the invitation to Mr. Ahmadinejad, who is in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly. It’s not certain, however, that the president will attend a world leaders academic summit that is taking place at the school. Because of the short notice, Mr. Bollinger said he couldn’t be sure that high-level security arrangements would be put in place in time. Columbia’s offer to the president, a Holocaust denier with nuclear ambitions who was labeled by Israel’s foreign minister yesterday as the greatest threat to the world’s values, is sure to re-ignite protest at a campus that was rocked by a controversy over its anti-Israel professors less than two years ago.

    Columbia’s last-minute offer to Mr. Ahmadinejad was evidently made under secrecy and confusion. Last night, Columbia’s vice president for public affairs, Susan Brown, denied that the invitation had been extended, saying it was “rumors, rumors, rumors.” Mr. Bollinger released a statement about it just before midnight.

    The report goes on to say that, “Although he said he strongly disagreed with Mr. Ahmadinejad’s views, Mr. Bollinger said he would not stop him from speaking at the university’s world leaders forum, which began this week and whose top-billed speakers had been the prime ministers of Croatia and Papua New Guinea.

    “I happen to find many of President Ahmadinejad’s stated beliefs to be repugnant, a view that I’m sure is widely shared within our university community,” Mr. Bollinger said. “So whether or not all of the special arrangements needed for such a visit can be made in this unusually short period of time, I have no doubt that Columbia students and faculty would use an open exchange to challenge him sharply and are fully capable of reaching their own conclusions.”

    The invitation comes a day after Mr. Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly that Israel’s creation was “a great tragedy with hardly a precedent in history” and that the Jewish nation “has been a constant source of threat and insecurity in the Middle East region, waging war and spilling blood and impeding the progress of regional countries, and has also been used by some powers as an instrument of division, coercion, and pressure on the people of the region.”

    There is no question that Columbia University is a hotbed of anti-Israel and anti-American sentiment. It has become the haven for various and sundry Jew haters and Israel bashers to promulgate their theories, all under the guise of freedom of speech and academic freedom. It has on its roster an entire panoply of anti-Israel professors. Columbia University has the dubious distinction of hosting an array of Jew haters, Holocaust denier and detractors of Israel. Several months ago notorious Jewish anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, Prof. Norman Finkelstein graced the university with his presence at the invitation of both Jewish leftists and Arab students.

    And there we have it. A neat, little recap of the day that the terrorists came to New York. As the hours approach before the onset of the Rosh HaShana holiday, as we prepare ourselves for the day of judgment, we can only look to the Almighty G-d of Israel for protection during these most dangerous times. We beseech the Almighty to inscribe us in the Book of Life, as we attempt to make amends for past misdeeds and we chant our fervent supplications to G-d to give us the strength and temerity and wisdom to battle our enemies. We ask that He give us the opportunity to return to His Torah, as we gird our loins and prepare to defend our faith.

    Now is the time to storm the gates of Heaven with our most fervent and heartfelt prayers. Now is time to glorify the name of the Creator of the Universe and to fulfill our mission in this world.

    May this Rosh HaShana be the beginning of the era of redemption and may we merit to be the harbingers of the coming of our righteous Messiah speedily in our days.

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    Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
    We are pleased to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

    Another Muslim “Honor” Killing

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    Another act of violence from the self-proclaimed “Religion of Peace”, aka Islam. This time in the name of “honor”.

    DISBELIEF FELL over an Ottawa intensive care unit yesterday when police announced they were hunting the brother of a young woman who was shot to death at an east-end mall.
    Ottawa police said last night they considered Khatera Sadiqi’s 20-year-old brother, Hasibullah Sadiqi, a suspect in the shooting that killed the 20-year-old woman early Tuesday morning.

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    The shocked and tired look on Hameed Mangal’s face yesterday spoke volumes for the dozens of family and friends who poured into the Civic campus of the Ottawa Hospital to comfort him and his family. His brother, 23-year-old Feroz Mangal, was in a coma after being shot with the same gun that killed Khatera Sadiqi.
    Feroz Mangal and Khatera Sadiqi had been engaged for about six months before a shooter pulled up to Mangal’s Honda just before 1 a.m. Tuesday at Elmvale Acres Shopping Centre and riddled the inside with bullets.

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    Sadiqi, who was in the driver’s seat, was killed when a bullet struck her head. Despite taking multiple shots to his body, including his neck, Mangal survived but was still in critical condition last night.

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    Detectives are “looking at everything” when it comes to possible motives for wanting to kill the young couple, Desjourdy said. Police are also awaiting official results from ballistics and an autopsy, he said.
    Speculation about why police consider Hasibullah Sadiqi a suspect began to snowball yesterday, but some people said the local Afghan community has been talking about the couple’s upcoming marriage.
    Hameed Mangal said he heard Hasibullah Sadiqi had issues with the relationship.
    “He wasn’t happy because they were engaged,” Hameed, 24, said.
    The possibility of Khatera Sadiqi’s death being related to an honour killing baffled Hameed as he tried to relax in the hospital’s emergency room last night.
    (emphasis mine. -ed)

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    Tony Evans: Christians’ Involvement Key to Behavioral Issues in Schools

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    I listen to Pastor Evans often and like his perspective on things.

    (AgapePress) – Churches throughout the nation are being encouraged to take an active role in improving the quality of public school education.
    Nearly 20 years ago a principal at a Dallas-area high school asked Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, to help curb gang activity in the school. Project Turn-Around was born and involved sending 12 men to the school to walk the halls. Order was soon restored.
    Now more than 65 schools take part in the Dallas-area program, which is being expanded nationwide. Dr. Evans says the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative is ready to be implemented. The program is easy, he says, and can be started at any grade level.
    “You can start at your little elementary school where it’s [easiest] because the kids are younger and the parents are more involved, all the way up to high school,” Evans says. “And if just one church will adopt one school, we can cover every community in America.”
    According to Evans, the answer to public school reform is not more federal funding, but genuine concern from Christians who are willing to get involved on a personal level.
    “The problem is that a lot of the social service issues that impede education have to be addressed up-close and personal, life-to-life, person-to-person,” the popular pastor explains.
    “When there’s a gang problem [at a school] and we bring our group of men to talk to all the boys [about that] — as we’ve done — that life-on-life touch does more than simply throwing dollars at programs can do because the church lives in the community with the school.” He then adds, “So for less money, we can have more impact.”
    Under the Dallas model, students receive tutoring, mentoring, and other services. Families are eligible for a variety of training programs.

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    Rosh HaShanah Wishes to Our Jewish Friends.

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    לשנה טובה תכתבו ותחתמו – l’shanah tova tikkatevu vetechatemu – May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!
    לאלתר לחיים טובים ולשלום – le’altar lechayim tovim ul’shalom – Immediately, for a good life and for peace.

    God Answered Your Prayers for Randy

    Friday, September 22nd, 2006

    Yesterday, I asked you to pray for our friend, Randy, who was going to have surgery to remove a tumor in his throat.
    Thank you all for the prayers. As always, God answers the prayers of His faithful.
    Up until yesterday, Randy’s tumor had continued to grow, despite intense chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It had gotten large enough that it was restricting his esophagus, making it difficult for him to eat.
    Before the surgery yesterday, the doctors decided to check the tumor again.
    Thanks to your prayers, the tumor’s size was drastically reduced, and was no longer closing off Randy’s esophagus.
    Because of this, the surgeons have decided to indefinitely postpone his surgery.
    Thank you again, Saints of God, for your prayers and petitions to the Lord.
    Please continue to pray for Randy that God will remove the tumor completely.
    -Steve