Archive for November, 2006

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the LORD

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Psalm 98:1-6 (King James Version)

I chose the King James Version of the Bible today because I love the way this passage reads in it. “Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord”!! Wow…what a way to describe how to praise God for all the wonderful things He has done for us.
What things has the Lord done for us? Let me quote from the New International Version of the Bible for a moment:
“The LORD has made his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.”
As we approach Christmas, I urge all of you not to get caught up in the commercialism; the need to get a bunch more stuff that you really don’t need or have room for anyway. Keep the true meaning of Christmas in your thoughts constantly.
Jesus, being sent to earth, to eventually die for our sins, He is the “Reason for the Season”.

Gay Jewish Rabbis?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Looks like there is a move among Jewish leaders that may soon allow openly gay Jewish rabbis and same-sex unions.

CHICAGO – The Conservative Jewish movement, the faith’s American-based middle ground between liberalism and orthodoxy, is nearing a leadership decision that seems likely to permit openly gay rabbis and same-sex unions.

The Rabbinical Assembly Committee on Jewish Law and Standards which last tackled the issue in 1992 meets in New York next week, its 25 members reviewing an issue that has already rent many Christian churches and simmers across Judaism.

“The way it looks, it will be decided on a more liberal understanding of the law,” Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of the National Jewish Centre for Learning and Leadership, told Reuters. “It would be a very big, big surprise if that’s not the case.”

Rabbi Joel Meyers, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Assembly, said: “I really don’t know what will happen. Many of my colleagues are betting they will have two opinions at the end — that rabbis can maintain the prohibition on homosexual behaviour and another that says it normalises homosexual behaviour.”

The assembly said in announcing the December 5-6 meetings that the committee’s function is to advise rabbis on Jewish law or Halakha affecting Conservatives, who number 2 million of the world’s 13 million Jews. The rabbis are not bound by its statements which in the past have sometimes offered multiple interpretations on issues.

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Openly Gay Man to Speak at Saddleback

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Okay, I have kept my opinions about this to myself for as long as humanly possible. Unless you live under a rock, you probably know who Rick Warren is, but for all rock-dwellers let me fill you in. Rick Warren is the pastor of Saddleback Church in California, which is one of the largest “seeker-friendly” churches in America. We have all heard the news that “Barack Obomination”, a pro-abortion Senator, spoke at Saddleback Church. Now, Pastor Warren has asked Mark Dybul, Global AIDS Coordinator, to speak at Saddleback. Dybul, who is an open homosexual, was recently appointed by Condoleeza Rice. You may remember that when Dybul was sworn in, Ms. Rice referred to his lover’s parents as his ‘in-laws’. This man’s lifestyle proves that he is not interested in the things of God, so what purpose will it serve to have him speak in God’s church? Pastor Warren’s desire to help victims of AIDS is a noble cause, but compromising Christian values will not help anyone.

Well, it only gets worse. In all our focusing on the Barack Obama-nation (that one came from Janet Folger), we have not focused enough on the rest of the sordid line-up at Saddleback’s AIDS Show. With his gay lover watching, Mark Dybul was recently sworn in by Condoleeza Rice as global AIDS coordinator. Here’s the story from the Washington Blade of the swearing in ceremony where Dybul’s gay lover Jason held the Bible while Dybul was sworn in as “Ambassador” to AIDS. Now Rick Warren thinks he has answers for Christians at his Global Summit on AIDS and the Church. It is the homosexual rebellion against God’s Law that started the AIDS crisis in America over 20 years ago in San Fransisco. Let’s see: Rick Warren is bringing in a radical abortion loving Senator, a homosexual Ambassador and a Fidel Castro loving Calvin Butts. Stay tuned…

Here’s another story about it from the New York times that further describes how gay compromised the Republican Party is at the highest levels.

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Parents, Not Industry Must Protect Kids from Violent Video Games, Says Group

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

This should go without saying, but in today’s world, I’m afraid me must say it.

(CNSNews.com) – With parents rushing out to buy video games for their kids this holiday season, the National Institute on Media and the Family claims the video industry is exercising more responsibility, but that it remains up to parents to protect their children from the violence contained in the games.

“Video games are becoming a key part of our entertainment culture,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) said at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday. But, he said there should be restrictions on what kids can access. He compared the games to alcohol, cigarettes and pornography.

“Media violence has a negative effect on children, with a greater correlation than between smoking and lung cancer,” he said.

Lieberman pointed to an annual survey and report card released Wednesday on video games, which showed that while video game consoles now have parental controls and ratings that are more comprehensive and better enforced, parents are not doing enough.

“It’s really time to focus on the parents,” he said. “Pay attention to the games your kids — our kids — are playing. Watch what your kids watch. Play what your kids play,” he said.

However, David Walsh, president of the National Institute on Media and the Family, said that over the last ten years there have been “significant changes.”

“For the past ten years, we have used this annual report card to challenge the video game industry to improve its record of attending to the welfare of younger players,” he said. “More recently, we urged retailers to step up their responsibility to keep adult games out of the hands of children and youth.

“This year we acknowledge the strides taken by both sectors of the industry,” he said. “This report has been an effective tool to bring about voluntary change.”

The group gave game console manufacturers as well as to big retailers such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target an “A” grade. The industry has “really given parents the tools. They’ve taken this seriously,” Walsh said.

Parental response, he warned, has been “inadequate.”

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Liberal Christians Going Head-to-Head with Conservative Christians

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Yes we are. I love everyone. Even Bill Clinton. I especially love my Christian Bothers and Sisters. But we will have issues if they reject sound Biblical teachings in favor of the politically correct, world view. And that is exactly what many liberal Christians are doing.

(CNSNews.com) – “Progressive” (liberal) Christian groups, attempting to dilute the political influence of their conservative brethren, are speaking up when conservative Christian leaders speak out.

The most recent example came on Wednesday, a week after Dr. James Dobson, the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, discussed faith, sexuality and liberalism on CNN’s Larry King Live.

The Institute for Progressive Christianity — a new group — accused Dobson of making “highly inaccurate statements” and “crackpot assertions” during his conversation with Larry King. (typical liberal mantra. insult the person not the issues. -ed.)

In a lengthy news release on Wednesday, the IPC rebutted Dobson’s comments one by one. But it’s not so much what the liberal Christians are saying — it’s that they’re saying it at all.

Until now, conservative Christian leaders have been largely ignored by liberal groups and the mainstream media, except in cases where their controversial statements are held up for condemnation and ridicule.

Point, counterpoint

The Institute for Progressive Christianity describes itself as a “think tank comprising mainstream liberal Christians.” On Wednesday, it took exception to Dobson’s remarks that liberals “are often those who have no value system” and who embrace “moral relativism.”

The group also attacked Dobson’s beliefs on homosexuality. (Dobson rejected the notion that homosexuals are born that way and have no choice in the matter. He said he believes it’s a developmental disorder.)

The IPC also took issue with Dobson’s “serious misstatement” on “the separation of church and state.”

As Dobson told Larry King, the so-called separation of church and state is not found in the U.S. Constitution.

“The only place where the so-called ‘wall of separation’ was mentioned was in a letter written by Jefferson to a friend,” Dobson said. “It has been picked up and made to be something it was never intended to be. What it has become is that the government is protected from the church, instead of the other way around, which is that church was designed to be protected from the government.”

The IPC argued that Dobson’s comments are not supported by history. “While it is true that the phrase ‘separation of church and state’ is not found in the Constitution or the First Amendment, the concept was well understood by the leading thinkers of the time,” IPC Director Frank Cocozzelli said.

He added that Jefferson’s letter is considered by historians, legal scholars and the U.S. Supreme Court to be Jefferson’s “definitive statement on the meaning of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.”

Many conservatives, however, disagree with those interpretations.

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‘Humanists’ Challenge Voting Booths in Churches

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

So let me get this straight. If one votes in a church (as has happened for countless years in this country), one may have to walk past a cross. And if one votes in a library, one may have to walk past (gasp) books!! And even worse, if one votes at a municipal building, one may even have to walk past (scream of horror) the County Assessors Office!! No!! Say it isn’t so!!
Churches have crosses. Libraries have book. Municipal buildings have County Assessor offices. Humanist…deal with it.
Maybe the Humanist need a hobby. It just seems that if they have this much time on their hands, that they need to find something worthwhile to do.
Hey, maybe they could get with the Muslims and work on methods of establishing world peace (sarcasm, in case anyone missed it).

(CNSNews.com) – The American Humanist Association on Wednesday announced the launch of the first “nontheistic” legal center in the nation’s capital — a direct response, it said, to the “influence exerted by the religious right under the Bush administration.”

The group said it is particularly concerned about “damage” to Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of church-state separation.”

The AHA’s first legal project (lawsuit) stems from the midterm elections. The group is challenging the location of polling places in churches. While some churches cover their religious symbols on Election Day, others do not, and the AHA sees that as a major problem.

Humanists plan to argue that religious proselytizing took place at the polls. “We put out a call to our members whose polling places were churches, asking them to report what they saw,” said AHA President Mel Lipman. “The response was shocking.”

An Illinois humanist says he voted in a church that displayed a four-foot wooden crucifix right above the election judges,” said AHLC attorney James Hurley.

“Another member in California was confronted with a large marble plaque dedicated to the ‘unborn children’ who are ‘killed’ by abortion and containing a quote from the Bible justifying the notion that the soul is alive in the womb.

“And a New York member voted in a room featuring large religious slogans on the wall behind the voting machines.”

But the AHA said it would pursue “one of the most egregious and well-documented cases” — that of plaintiff Jerry Rabinowitz who was assigned to vote at Emmanuel Catholic Church in Delray Beach, Fla.

The case, Rabinowitz v. Anderson, alleges that to enter the polling place, Rabinowitz had to walk past a church-sponsored “pro-life” banner framed by multiple giant crosses. In the voting area itself, “he observed many religious symbols in plain view, both surrounding the election judges and in direct line above the voting machines. He took photographs that will be entered in evidence,” the attorney Hurley said.

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See my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?

Legal Group Tells IRS to Back Off Intimidating Churches

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

About time too.

(AgapePress) – A religious liberties group says it has had enough of the Internal Revenue Service bullying pastors, and wants those pastors and churches to know that the U.S. Constitution trumps IRS regulations about what can and can’t be said from the pulpit.

The Washington, DC-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says the First Amendment — which forbids the government from prohibiting free speech or establishing an official religion — take precedence over regulations established by the IRS concerning political speech from the pulpit of a house of worship. Anthony Picarello, vice president and general counsel for the Becket Fund, says the first mistake most churches make when they are confronted with an IRS investigation is keeping quiet about it. He recommends they go public.

“Make sure that the world knows about what’s going on,” he suggests. “I think that’s one of the best approaches that a church can take when it’s confronted with this sort of investigation.” The attorney believes the federal agency does not have the resources to fight drawn-out battles against churches and cannot afford the kind of negative publicity such cases generate.

Picarello says groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State frequently file complaints against churches when their pastors address politics from the pulpit. Those churches, he says, should call his group.

“What we’ve taken a stand on is the ability of any minister of any faith to preach on any topic — political or otherwise, short of an incitement to violence — from the pulpit,” he explains. “That is precisely the kind of freedom that the First Amendment protects.”

The Becket Fund spokesman says if the IRS pursues penalizing churches, synagogues, or mosques for what their ministers say from the pulpit, “then the IRS is going to have a fight on its hands.” He says his firm will defend any pastor’s statement from the pulpit that does not involve an incitement to commit violence.

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“Can We Talk? (Well, we can, but we shouldn’t)” by Andrew C. McCarthy

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

This is a war of will. If we lose it, the historians will marvel at how mulishly we resisted understanding the one thing we needed to understand in order to win. The enemy.

In Iraq, we’ve tried to fight the most civilized “light footprint” war of all time. We made sure everyone knew our beef was only with Saddam Hussein, as if he were a one-man militia — no Sunni Baathists supporting him, no Arab terrorists colluding, and no Shiite jihadists hating us just on principle.

No, our war was only with the regime. No need to fight the Iraqis. They, after all, were noble. They would flock to democracy if only they had the chance. And, once they hailed us as conquering heroes, their oil wealth would pay for the whole thing … just 400 billion American dollars ago.

This may be the biggest disconnect of all time between the American people and a war government.

In the wake of 9/11, the American people did not care about democratizing the Muslim world. Or, for that matter, about the Muslim world in general. They still don’t. They want Islamic terrorists and their state sponsors crushed. As for the aftermath, they want something stable that no longer threatens our interests; they care not a wit whether Baghdad’s new government looks like Teaneck’s.

To the contrary, Bush-administration officials — notwithstanding goo-gobs of evidence that terrorists have used the freedoms of Western democracies, including our own, the better to plot mass murder — have conned themselves into believing that democracy, not decisive force, is the key to conquering this enemy.

So deeply have they gulped the Kool-Aid that, to this day, they refuse to acknowledge what is plain to see: While only a small number of the world’s billion-plus Muslims (though a far larger number than we’d like to believe) is willing to commit acts of terrorism, a substantial percentage — meaning tens of millions — supports the terrorists’ anti-West, anti-democratic agenda.

Islamic countries, moreover, are not rejecting Western democracy because they haven’t experienced it. They reject it on principle. For them, the president’s euphonious rhetoric about democratic empowerment is offensive. They believe, sincerely, that authority to rule comes not from the people but from Allah; that there is no separation of religion and politics; that free people do not have authority to legislate contrary to Islamic law; that Muslims are superior to non-Muslims, and men to women; and that violent jihad is a duty whenever Muslims deem themselves under attack … no matter how speciously.

These people are not morons. They adhere to a highly developed belief system that is centuries old, wildly successful, and for which many are willing to die. They haven’t refused to democratize because the Federalist Papers are not yet out in Arabic. They decline because their leaders have freely chosen to decline. They see us as the mortal enemy of the life they believe Allah commands. Their demurral is wrong, but it is principled, not ignorant. And we insult them by suggesting otherwise.

Democratizing such cultures — in anything we would recognize as “democracy” — is the work of generations. It is a cultural phenomenon. It is not accomplished by elections and facile constitution writing … especially, constitutions that shun Madisonian democracy for the State Department’s preferred establishment of Islam and its adhesive sharia law as the state religion.
Elections, in fact, play to the strengths of Islamic terrorists. Jihadists are confident, intimidating, and rigorously disciplined. They are thus certain to thrive in the chaos of nascent “democracies.” Consequently, it should be unsurprising to anyone with a shred of common sense that terrorist organizations are ascendant in the new governments of Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian territories.

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For our own sake, we need to respect the enemy. That means grasping that he’s implacable, that he means us only harm, and that he must be subdued, not appeased. Negotiating with such evil is always a mistake, for any accommodation with evil is, by definition, evil.

Rejecting the democracy project is about respecting the enemy. Declining to talk to the enemy is about respecting ourselves.

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Christians Must ‘Let Go’ of Some Beliefs for Sake of Peace, Theologian Says

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

He’s got to be kidding, right? Nope, he’s serious.
Let me remind everyone of what Paul, writing in Galatians 1:6-10 (New International Version), has to say about this:

6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

So there you have it. Paul is very plain about what we are to believe. Some of us will never “let go” of our Christian beliefs in order to appease Islam or any other group.

To live peacefully with Muslims and Jews, Christians must put aside the notion that their faith requires the creation of a Christian kingdom on Earth, a Lipscomb University theologian told an interfaith gathering at the university.

“We are not going to get very far in our relationship with Jews or Muslims if we do not let go of this idea,” Lipscomb professor Lee Camp said at Tuesday’s conference.

The unusual gathering of several dozen clergy and lay people was devoted to resolving religious conflict in Nashville and around the world.

“We need to forsake the Christendom model,” Camp said. “The most basic Christian commitment … is that we say we believe in the Lordship of Jesus. But, if we claim that, how can a Muslim or Jew trust us, if we say Jesus is the Lord of all Lords?”

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For Kahled Sakalla, a spokesman for the Islamic Center of Nashville, some of the answers lie in better education about Islam in the non-Muslim world.

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Sakalla said there may never be reconciliation on the fundamental theological divisions.

“Every religion has different teachings,” he said. “For Muslims, it’s: Do you believe in one God and that Muhammad” is his prophet? “I don’t think we can teach individuals that the way you go to heaven in other religions is OK. You have to teach differences.”

No question on where the Muslims stand on this issue. Everyone else must give up what is dear to us, but not the Muslim.
Well, I have one thing to say to Sakalla and the Muslims: “Lan astaslem; I will not submit to Islam”.

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Prophecy of Scripture

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. 13 I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, 14 because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

16 We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” 18 We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.

19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

2 Peter 1:12-21 (New International Version)

Jesus has promised to return. That is fact, testified by many who followed Him while He was here on earth. I am convinced more than ever that we are in the final “season” before the Lord’s return.
Christians, we must be vigilant and hold to the truth of the Bible, God’s Word.
It will happen. With a shout, and all of His faithful will be caught up in the air!! Keep Looking Up!!

Iranian President Sends Letter to U.S. People; Readers Become Nauseous

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Well, at least I did. What a joke! As if Ahmadinejad cares about Americans. He has called us “The Great Satan” and called for us to be attacked and killed more often than not.
There are a few people who will read this and actually believe him, but I’d hazard a guess that the majority will see him for what he is; a madman terrorist bent on our destruction.
Here is a copy of his letter, you have the stomach to get through it.

Sharia (Islamic) Law is Spreading as Authority Wanes

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

This is an interesting article from the U.K. We in the United States, often think that this type of thing cannot happen over here. We are so vey wrong in that respect.

Islamic sharia law is gaining an increasing foothold in parts of Britain, a report claims.

Sharia, derived from several sources including the Koran, is applied to varying degrees in predominantly Muslim countries but it has no binding status in Britain.

However, the BBC Radio 4 programme Law in Action produced evidence yesterday that it was being used by some Muslims as an alternative to English criminal law. Aydarus Yusuf, 29, a youth worker from Somalia, recalled a stabbing case that was decided by an unofficial Somali “court” sitting in Woolwich, south-east London.

Mr Yusuf said a group of Somali youths were arrested on suspicion of stabbing another Somali teenager. The victim’s family told the police it would be settled out of court and the suspects were released on bail.

A hearing was convened and elders ordered the assailants to compensate their victim. “All their uncles and their fathers were there,” said Mr Yusuf. “So they all put something towards that and apologised for the wrongdoing.”

Although Scotland Yard had no information about that case yesterday, a spokesman said it was common for the police not to proceed with assault cases if the victims decided not to press charges.

However, the spokesman said cases of domestic violence, including rape, might go to trial regardless of the victim’s wishes.

Mr Yusuf told the programme he felt more bound by the traditional law of his birth than by the laws of his adopted country. “Us Somalis, wherever we are in the world, we have our own law,” he said. “It’s not sharia, it’s not religious — it’s just a cultural thing.”

Sharia’s great strength was the effectiveness of its penalties, he said. Those who appeared before religious courts would avoid re-offending so as not to bring shame on their families.

Some lawyers welcomed the advance of what has become known as “legal pluralism”.

Dr Prakash Shah, a senior lecturer in law at Queen Mary University of London, said such tribunals “could be more effective than the formal legal system”.

In his book Islam in Britain, Patrick Sookhdeo, director of the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity, says there is an “alternative parallel unofficial legal system” that operates in the Muslim community on a voluntary basis.

“Sharia courts now operate in most larger cities, with different sectarian and ethnic groups operating their own courts that cater to their specific needs according to their traditions,” he says. These are based on sharia councils, set up in Britain to help Muslims solve family and personal problems.

Sharia councils may grant divorces under religious law to a woman whose husband refuses to complete a civil divorce by declaring his marriage over. There is evidence that these councils are evolving into courts of arbitration.

Faizul Aqtab Siddiqi, a barrister and principal of Hijaz College Islamic University, near Nuneaton, Warwicks, said this type of court had advantages for Muslims. “It operates on a low budget, it operates on very small timescales and the process and the laws of evidence are far more lenient and it’s less awesome an environment than the English courts,” he said.

Mr Siddiqi predicted that there would be a formal network of Muslim courts within a decade.

“I was speaking to a police officer who said we no longer have the bobby on the beat who will give somebody a slap on the wrist.

“So I think there is a case to be made under which the elders sit together and reprimand people, trying to get them to change.”

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NJ Lawmaker Pushes For Traditional Marriage Definition

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I like this comment from New Jersey state senator Gerald Cardinale:
“The court does not have the authority – as I read the constitution – to order the legislature to pass a bill. They can do a lot of things, but they are not the whole government.”
I think that a lot of people are products of our liberal education system and therefore mistakenly believe that the court has more power then it really has. The courts are just one branch of three equal parts of government.
Good Luck to you, Senator. We are praying for your success.

(CNSNews.com) – A New Jersey state senator is pushing for a constitutional amendment that will limit marriage to a union between one man and one woman.

Republican Gerald Cardinale’s move follows a New Jersey Supreme Court ruling that gave the state’s legislature six months to allow same-sex couples to “marry” or to enter into civil unions that hold the same legal benefits as marriage.

“The court does not have the authority – as I read the constitution – to order the legislature to pass a bill,” Cardinale said. “They can do a lot of things, but they are not the whole government.”

“We’re dealing with a decision of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the court has indicated that we need to do certain things within a certain period of time, so I thought this was a good thing to do in response to the court decision.”

Cardinale told Cybercast News Service that the proposed amendment would “clearly set forth that marriage is a term, or a state, that can only be applied to a union of one man and one woman, and add that to our constitution so that it is not subject to the vagaries of the personal biases of a judge’s decision in the future.”

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Cintas Warned Against Firing Immigrant Force

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

More liberal Dems trying to protect people who break the law by threatening the people who are upholding the law.
Good Job Folks!! (sarcasm)
Thanks to your votes, we have several more years of this nonsense to put up with!!

A Mississippi Democrat in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has warned the nation’s largest uniform supplier it faces criminal charges if it follows a White House proposal to recheck workers with mismatched Social Security numbers and fire those who cannot resolve the discrepancy in 60 days.
Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a letter to Cintas Corp. it could be charged with “illegal activities in violation of state and federal law” if any of its 32,000 employees are terminated because they gave incorrect Social Security numbers to be hired.
“I am deeply troubled by Cintas’ recent policy change regarding the Social Security Administration’s ‘no match’ letters,” Mr. Thompson said in the Nov. 2 letter. “It is my understanding that hundreds of Cintas’ immigrant workers have received these letters. I am extremely concerned about any potentially discriminatory actions targeting this community.”
In June, President Bush proposed new guidelines concerning “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration, saying he wanted to make it easier for employers to verify workers’ eligibility and continue to hold them accountable for those they hire.
The Department of Homeland Security followed up on that announcement yesterday, formally releasing new regulations to help businesses comply with hiring requirements intended to reduce the hiring of illegal aliens — including setting guidelines for businesses when handling “no-match” letters from the Social Security Administration.
The proposed regulation is subject to a 60-day public comment period.
“Most businesses want to do the right thing when it comes to employing legal workers,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “These new regulations will give U.S. businesses the necessary tools to increase the likelihood that they are employing workers consistent with our laws.
“They also help us to identify and prosecute employers who are blatantly abusing our immigration system.”
But Mr. Thompson called the “no-match” letters a threat to workers who fail to reverify their information and called Cintas’ actions a “rash enactment of a proposed DHS regulation.” He said that by implementing “this incomplete regulation,” Cintas could be in violation of federal immigration law.
The seven-term congressman also said before the proposal becomes law, it must go through a rule-making process, “which could radically change the regulation or kill it all together.”
Cintas has issued letters to 400 employees in five states telling them they will be indefinitely suspended if they cannot resolve their mismatched Social Security number within 60 days.
“Cintas, like all employers, has a legal obligation to ensure all employees are legally authorized to work in the U.S.,” the firm said in a statement. “Cintas has not terminated any employees due to the Social Security mismatches and plans to continue its policy of placing these employees on indefinite leave until they produce the required documentation.”

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Suit Claims Detroit Police Trampled Pro-Lifers’ Rights at Super Bowl Protest

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

It’s sad to see the police acting in this way. At least be fair and make eveyone leave or let everyone stay. Don’t single out any one group because of their message.

(AgapePress) – In Michigan, a lawsuit has been filed against the Detroit Police Department by pro-life supporters who claim their constitutional rights were violated outside the Super Bowl. The lawsuit filed by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) claims the police singled out and squelched pro-lifers’ speech last February as the championship game took place.

Ted Hoppe is an attorney working with the ADF on the lawsuit. He points out that he finds the facts of the case, as well as their broader implications for freedom of expression in the public square, more than a little disturbing.

“Our clients were demonstrating in favor of pro-life issues on the streets and sidewalks near the stadium when they were confronted by the City of Detroit Police,” Hoppe notes. “They were told that they couldn’t stand there with the signs that they had, that they had to leave and they had to take their signs down and get out of the area.”

This challenge from the local authorities created “a kind of a tough situation” for the pro-lifers, the attorney points out. After all, he contends, “There were a lot of other people up there with signs conveying other messages; so this was clearly an action directed by the City of Detroit Police at our clients’ pro-life message that day.”

Hoppe says the officers did not approach any of the other people who were carrying signs with other messages during the Detroit incident. “I think one of the concerns that comes out of this case is one that we see throughout the country,” he notes, “and that is the situation where police officers are acting in ways that are contrary to … what most Americans would understand are just basic First Amendment principles, like the right to free speech.”

Constitutional rights must be protected, the ADF affiliate insists. “We need to send a message to the police up in Detroit that free speech is a right that all Americans have, not just a select few,” he says.

The lawsuit filed by ADF on the pro-lifer demonstrators’ behalf seeks unspecified damages. Also, Hoppe adds, the suit requests that the court find that the actions of the Detroit Police violated the pro-life demonstrators’ constitutional rights.

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The Prayer of Faith

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

James 5:13-16 (New International Version)

God will hear your prayers. Pray to Him often, praising Him and thanking Him when He answers you. Praise Him!! The Lord will answer your prayers!!

Fake News from Iraq

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Update 11/30/2006: See the email from CENTCOM at the bottom of this post.

Michelle Malkin and Curt at the Flopping Aces Blog have been covering a story, for the last several days, about bogus news report from “officers” in the Iraqi army and police force, concerning the violence between the various Muslim sects.
One individual, a police Capt. Jamel Hussein, is sited in numerous AP and Reuters (among others) articles as an official source.
In one of the latest events reported by Capt. Hussein, six people were pulled from a mosque, dosed with kerosene and set on fire. When Iraqi troops investigated the incident, they not only did not find any physical evidence that it ever happened, but were told by numerous residents that it didn’t happen.
The “icing on the cake” in my mind was this message from CENTCOM:

BAGHDAD — Contrary to recent media reporting that four mosques were burned in Hurriya, an Iraqi Army patrol investigating the area found only one mosque had been burned in the neighborhood.

Soldiers from the 6th Iraqi Army Division conducted a patrol in Hurriya Friday afternoon in response to media reports that four mosques were being burned as retaliation for the VBIED attacks in Sadr City on Thursday.

The Soldiers set up a checkpoint near the Al Muhaimen mosque at approximately 2 p.m. and found the mosque intact with no evidence of any fire at the location.

While investigating the Al Meshaheda mosque, the patrol received small arms fire from unknown insurgents. The patrol returned fire, and the insurgents broke contact and fled the area. A subsequent check of the mosque found the mosque intact with no evidence of a fire.

At approximately 3:50 p.m., a local civilian reported to the patrol that armed insurgents had set the Al-Nidaa mosque on fire by throwing a gas container into the mosque. The patrol pursued the insurgents but lost contact with them.

The Soldiers called the fire department and set up a cordon around the mosque. Local fire trucks responded to the scene and extinguished the fire at approximately 4:00 p.m. The mosque sustained smoke and fire damage in the entry way but was not destroyed.

An alleged attack on a fourth mosque remains unconfirmed. The patrol was also unable to confirm media reports that six Sunni civilians were allegedly dragged out of Friday prayers and burned to death. Neither Baghdad police nor Coalition forces have reports of any such incident.

Link to CENTCOM press release.

Followed by this email that Curt at Flopping Aces Blog got from CENTCOM:

Got an update from Centcom. I sent them an email asking if they had any information on this Capt and I received:

“We are checking with the Iraqi Government to verify that Capt. Jamil Hussein is a legitimate Iraqi Government spokesperson. We haven’t heard back yet. Unfortunately, people posing as government officials often do call the media to make statements.

We have no confirmation that this event happened; so it is very likely that this is not a legitimate source. In addition, of the four mosques that were suppose to have been burned/destroyed at that time; we only confirmed one mosque was damaged by a fire that lasted an hour and then was extinguished with no casualties.”

———–

Just received another email from Centcom in Iraq from a Lietenent at the MNC-I Joint Operations Center. Pretty important stuff in this email: (MOI = Iraqi Ministry of Interior)

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Sir:

Unfortunately, we do not have a direct contact into the MOI so we cannot provide you with that. We have to work through a CF organization called the CPATT (Coalition Police Assistance Training Team), an MNFI organization that seems to be made up of retired police officers.

Since September we have been engaging CPATT to verify the legitimacy and employment status of various MOI/IP spokesmen. Our contact at CPATT has been quite helpful, however, I know helping us is not his full-time job. Interestly, MOI has apparently issued an edict that no one below the level of Chief can speak to the media. We have reminded AP of this but without proof that these spokesman are not employees, they have pretty much ignored us. (If you were a reporter, would who give up a primo source because of rank? Probably not.)

I personally engaged CPATT about Capt. Jamil Hussein’s legitimacy within an hour of seeing the burning alive story — which we cannot verify from any source, but how do you prove a negative.

Of note, we definitely know that one IP spokesman – Lt. Maithem Abdul Razzaq of the city’s Yarmouk police station (a.k.a. police Lt. Maitham Abdul-Razaq) is not authorized to speak on behalf of the IP and the MOI supposedly issued a warrant for his questioning. That happened a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t seen his name recently.

Below is an incomplete list of MOI spokesmen we are tracking since the middle of November and trying to verify.

Very respectfully,

LT Dean

So in a nut shell, we have false reports, or at best unconfirmed third party hearsay being passed off as facts by the mainstream media. Not to beat the dead horse, but between all three wars (Afghanistan, Iraq and the recent Israel-Lebanon conflict) the MSM’s have shown that they no longer rate as news organizations, but rather as propaganda machines for the enemy.
Be aware of this as you read and watch the news every day. You are not getting the facts about Iraq.

Michelle Malkin “Fake news vs. real news from Iraq“.
Michelle Malkin “The media fog of war“.
Flopping Aces “Getting The News From The Enemy“.

Update 11/30/2006:
Email from CENTCOM via Little Green Footballs:

From: MNC-I PAO Victory Main JOC
[mailto:MNF-IPAOVictoryMainJOC@iraq.centcom.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:14 AM
To: [deleted]
Cc: MNC-I PAO Victory Main JOC
Subject: RE: [U] RE: Could you confirm that the letter below was sent
by CENTCOM

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Sir:

I have just learned from Mr. Costlow, mentioned below, that Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, the official Ministry of Interior spokesmen, will begin his regularly scheduled press conference at noon tomorrow with a statement that Capt. Jamil Hussein, is not a Baghdad police officer or an MOI employee.

Yesterday, coincidently, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior issued a press release warning of spreading propaganda aimed at broadcasters. The text of this statement follows:

A Statement from the Ministry of Interior

After media became free in Iraq and expressed the will of all without the government interfering, unfortunately, some satellite TV channels began misleading public opinion and disclosing chaos for a particular political agenda, by broadcasting propaganda that harms people and tries to shake the trust in security forces.

Such satellite channels are trying to affect Iraqi unity and claim that information was stated by a security source without mentioning the source. Information sources should be well-known and reliable, and to avoid repeating such unfair actions, MOI warns the media and insists on defending the people’s security and safety. MOI will take all immediate preventive procedures against media that broadcast propaganda, because such media intend to repress the will of Iraqis in fighting terror and crime.

We would like to mention that such procedures we do not consider as chaining true free media, but it is a legal defense for Iraqi security and the safety of our people.

If you have any additional questions, please let us know.

Vr,
LT Dean

Michael B. Dean
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
MNC-I Joint Operations Center
Public Affairs Officer

michael.dean@iraq.centcom.mil
MNCI-PAO-VictoryMainJOC@iraq.centcom.mil
Multinational Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office

Illegal Aliens Murder 12 Americans Daily

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Death toll in 2006 far overshadows total U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan.

That’s right folks. Illegal aliens have murdered more American citizens this year than the total number of military personnel killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan for the entire war!!

WASHINGTON – While the military “quagmire” in Iraq was said to tip the scales of power in the U.S. midterm elections, most Americans have no idea more of their fellow citizens – men, women and children – were murdered this year by illegal aliens than the combined death toll of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan since those military campaigns began.

Though no federal statistics are kept on murders or any other crimes committed by illegal aliens, a number of groups have produced estimates based on data collected from prisons, news reports and independent research.

Twelve Americans are murdered every day by illegal aliens, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. If those numbers are correct, it translates to 4,380 Americans murdered annually by illegal aliens. That’s 21,900 since Sept. 11, 2001.

Total U.S. troop deaths in Iraq as of last week were reported at 2,863. Total U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan during the five years of the Afghan campaign are currently at 289, according to the Department of Defense.

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‘Nativity’ Booted From Chicago Christmas Festival

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Time to sue Chicago for violating the First Amendment rights of Christians.

CHICAGO (AP) – A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film “The Nativity Story” might offend non-Christians.

New Line Cinema, which said it was dropped, had planned to play a loop of the new film on televisions at the event. The decision had both the studio and a prominent Christian group shaking their heads.

“The last time I checked, the first six letters of Christmas still spell out Christ,” said Paul Braoudakis, spokesman for the Barrington, Ill.-based Willow Creek Association, a group of more than 11,000 churches of various denominations. “It’s tantamount to celebrating Lincoln’s birthday without talking about Abraham Lincoln.”

He also said that there is a nativity scene in Daley Plaza – and that some vendors at the festival sell items related to the nativity.

The city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another, said Cindy Gatziolis, a spokeswoman for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. She acknowledged there is a nativity scene, but also said there will be representations of other faiths, including a Jewish menorah, all put up by private groups. She stressed that the city did not order organizers to drop the studio as a sponsor.

“Our guidance was that this very prominently placed advertisement would not only be insensitive to the many people of different faiths who come to enjoy the market for its food and unique gifts, but also it would be contrary to acceptable advertising standards suggested to the many festivals holding events on Daley Plaza,” Jim Law, executive director of the office, said in a statement.

Officials with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, which has organized the event for several years, did not immediately return calls for comment. The festival started Thursday.

An executive vice president with New Line Cinema, Christina Kounelias, said the studio’s plan to spend $12,000 in Chicago was part of an advertising campaign around the country. Kounelias said that as far as she knew, the Chicago festival was the only instance where the studio was turned down.

Kounelias said she finds it hard to believe that non-Christians who attended something called Christkindlmarket would be surprised or offended by the presence of posters, brochures and other advertisements of the movie.

“One would assume that if (people) were to go to Christkindlmarket, they’d know it is about Christmas,” she said.

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New U.S. Dollar Hides “In God We Trust”

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this. The new U.S. dollar coins will have a new look. Instead of saying “In God We Trust” on the face of the coin, it has been moved to the edge of the coin. Anyone want to make bets on when it is removed permanently? Here is a newsflash: AMERICA NEEDS GOD!

WASHINGTON – “In God We Trust,” the official national motto since 1956 and a familiar sight on U.S. coins and currency, will be hard to find on the new presidential dollar coins scheduled for release to the public Feb. 15, 2007.

The new gold-colored dollar pieces, featuring images of U.S. presidents, will move the inscription from the face of the coin to the thin edge, along with the year and the previous national motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” Latin for “Out of Many, One.”

The official reason for the design change? To allow space for larger portraits of the presidents on the face and the Statue of Liberty on the reverse, according to the Mint.

The new coins will be the same size as the 1979 Susan B. Anthony and the 2000-2002 Sacajawea.

For the first time the coin will also say “$1″ instead of “One Dollar.”

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