Archive for November 3rd, 2006

Muslim Vows to Strangle Pope

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I have tried really hard, but still cannot find anything “peaceful” about the so-called religion of peace.

Police on Thursday detained a man who fired shots into the air outside the Italian consulate to protest an upcoming visit by Pope Benedict XVI, and the suspect later told a television reporter he wanted to “strangle” the pope with his bare hands.

“I don’t want him here, if he was here now I would strangle him with my bare hands,” the suspect, who identified himself as Ibrahim Ak, 26, told a Dogan news agency television cameraman as he was detained by police.

“I fired the shots for God,” Ak said as he sat handcuffed inside a police van outside the consulate. “Inshallah (God willing), this will be a spark, a starter for Muslims.”

“God willing, he will not come. If he comes, he will see what will happen to him,” Ak said.

Benedict was scheduled to visit Turkey between Nov. 28 and Dec. 1.

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Israel May Cancel Gay Pride Parade

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

I pray that it will be cancelled and never rescheduled.

JERUSALEM – A week before a planned gay pride parade in Jerusalem, the city’s religious Jews are warning of possible violence and a government minister said the march might have to be scrapped to keep the peace in the holy city.

Gay rights activists fear the parade could end like it did last year — with three marchers stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox protester — and they accuse opponents of assaulting democratic rights. But many devout Jews feel the parade has no place in Jerusalem and they want the march stopped.

“This march is a ruthless assault on traditional Jewish values and the sanctity of Jerusalem,” said Mina Fenton, an Orthodox member of Jerusalem’s City Council who has led the fight against the parade. More than 100,000 people will attend a counterdemonstration on the day of the march should it be allowed to go ahead, she said, and violence was a possibility.

“When you throw a match, you have to expect a fire,” Fenton said.

Notice boards in Jerusalem have been plastered with posters condemning the march, and prominent rabbis have issued calls to stop it.

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Let Light Shine Out of Darkness

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

1 Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (New International Version)

A relationship with God is a wonderful thing. It makes us want to turn away from our sinful nature and embrace a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
That’s the crux of this passage. Paul tells us that through our relationship with Jesus we “renounced secret and shameful ways”. In other words, we want to live like Jesus told us to.
But Christians don’t need to be untruthful in presenting Jesus’ Word. Paul admonishes us to “do not use deception, nor…distort the word of God.”
I feel that many people and fellowships are distorting the Word of God. They have accepted the world view of religion and now walk hand in hand with that world view.
Paul says: “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
Satan, the “god of this age” has blinded many people. Even Christians have become blind to his ways of corruption and strife. The very “elect” of God have fallen pray to Satan’s deceptions because they refuse to place their hearts and minds completely in the hands of God through His Word, the Bible.
The Word of God is not from man, and Paul says “For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.”
There is no excuse for perverting the Word of God. Turn to His Word and carry it forward for everyone in your life to see and hear. Let God use you to win hearts and souls to freedom through Jesus Christ.

Unemployment Rate Hits 5 1/2 Year Low at 4.4 Percent as Economy Adds 92,000 Jobs

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

FoxNews is reporting that the unemployment rate has dropped to it’s lowest rate in over five years.

WASHINGTON — The unemployment rate dropped to a five-year low of 4.4 percent in October as employers added 92,000 new jobs — flashing a picture of a strong labor market as the midterm elections draw near.

The latest report, released Friday by the Labor Department, showed that the civilian unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage point from 4.6 percent in September. It marked the third month in a row that the politically prominent jobless rate declined.

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“Saddam Was Close to Building Nuclear Bomb” or “A Dilemma for the NY Times”

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Oh my. What a bad day at the New York Times. They are having quite a dilemma. If on one hand they try to spin this story as a “Bush was negligent” story, then they have to totally reverse their mantra of “No WDM’s in Iraq”. Oh the tangled webs they weave, at the New York Times.
Of course buried down in the article, after most of the anti-Bush statements, is the crux:.

Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away.

So let me get this straight-
If we hadn’t deposed Saddam, then a year or so later they would have had a nuke. They would have used it or shared it. Then Bush would have been “negligent” for letting that happen? You libs, who are almost always duplicitous, crack me up.

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“Don’t Tread On Our Military” by David Limbaugh

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Kerry’s statements might well mark a turning point in the campaign, following which Democrats will no longer get a pass from voters on their notorious softness on national security and the war and their arrogant refusal to offer an alternative agenda on Iraq.

This heightened voter scrutiny will remind voters that it was the Democrats who conspired to disqualify military ballots in 2000. It is Democrats who embrace far-left anti-war groups like Moveon.org and leftist blogs like Daily Kos. It is Democrats who have glorified Michael Moore, who publicly rooted for the enemy in Iraq. It is Democrats who have rushed to judgment to presume the guilt of our soldiers in Iraq accused of crimes. It is liberal professors who sneer at the military and the ROTC. It is Democrats who have essentially indicted the military by saying we haven’t done enough to train Iraqi troops and haven’t wisely conducted the Iraq war, since President Bush has largely delegated the running of the war and the training of the troops to the generals.

Worse yet for Democrats, Kerry’s statement will invite voters to compare the parties’ respective positions on the war, including Iraq. Enough voters surely know that if we lose in Iraq, which we will if Democrats have their way, terrorists will be emboldened and we’ll sustain a dramatic setback in the war on terror. Kerry’s remarks have also energized Republican voters and further increased their intensity.

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Mideast terror leaders to U.S.: Vote Democrat

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

There is a reason that terror leaders want the Democrats back in control. Can anyone guess what it might be?
I’m stepping out on a limb here, but I’m going to stir the pot anyway…
A vote for the Democrats is a vote for Terrorist, Homosexual Marriage and Abortion on Demand.

JERUSALEM – Everybody has an opinion about next Tuesday’s midterm congressional election in the U.S. – including senior terrorist leaders interviewed by WND who say they hope Americans sweep the Democrats into power because of the party’s position on withdrawing from Iraq, a move, as they see it, that ensures victory for the worldwide Islamic resistance.

The terrorists told WorldNetDaily an electoral win for the Democrats would prove to them Americans are “tired.”

They rejected statements from some prominent Democrats in the U.S. that a withdrawal from Iraq would end the insurgency, explaining an evacuation would prove resistance works and would compel jihadists to continue fighting until America is destroyed.

They said a withdrawal would also embolden their own terror groups to enhance “resistance” against Israel.

“Of course Americans should vote Democrat,” Jihad Jaara, a senior member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, told WND.

“This is why American Muslims will support the Democrats, because there is an atmosphere in America that encourages those who want to withdraw from Iraq. It is time that the American people support those who want to take them out of this Iraqi mud,” said Jaara, speaking to WND from exile in Ireland, where he was sent as part of an internationally brokered deal that ended the church siege.

Jaara was the chief in Bethlehem of the Brigades, the declared “military wing” of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party.

Together with the Islamic Jihad terror group, the Brigades has taken responsibility for every suicide bombing inside Israel the past two years, including an attack in Tel Aviv in April that killed American teenager Daniel Wultz and nine Israelis.

Muhammad Saadi, a senior leader of Islamic Jihad in the northern West Bank town of Jenin, said the Democrats’ talk of withdrawal from Iraq makes him feel “proud.”

“As Arabs and Muslims we feel proud of this talk,” he told WND. “Very proud from the great successes of the Iraqi resistance. This success that brought the big superpower of the world to discuss a possible withdrawal.”

Abu Abdullah, a leader of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip, said the policy of withdrawal “proves the strategy of the resistance is the right strategy against the occupation.”

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Saudi court sentences rape victim to 90 lashes

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

This is what we have to look forward to if the liberals get their way and we appease ourselves into Islamic law.
Amazing!!

A Saudi court has sentenced a gang rape victim to 90 lashes of the whip because she was alone in a car with a man to whom she was not married.

The sentence was passed at the end of a trial in which the al- Qateef high criminal court convicted four Saudis convicted of the rape, sentencing them to prison terms and a total of 2,230 lashes.

The four, all married, were sentenced respectively to five years and 1,000 lashes, four years and 800 lashes, four years and 350 lashes, and one year and 80 lashes.

A fifth, married, man who was stated to have filmed the rape on his mobile phone still faces investigation. Two others alleged to have taken part in the rape evaded capture.

Saudi courts take marital status into account in sexual crimes. A male friend of the rape victim was also sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone with her in the car.

The court heard that the victim and her friend were followed by the assailants to their car, kidnapped and taken to a remote farm, where the raping occurred.

The victim was quoted by Okaz newspaper as saying she had expected harsher penalties for the assailants, especially as they had pleaded not guilty.

Her husband and family said that they would appeal to the court Saturday for harsher penalties for a crime which has shocked public opinion in Saudi Arabia and been the subject of months of debate.

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Hamas Urges Women, Children to Shield Gunmen in Mosque

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

What more could we expect from a slimy terrorist organization.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – At least a dozen Palestinian gunmen eluded Israeli capture in the Gaza Strip on Friday, first by taking refuge in a mosque and then by calling on women and children to shield them so they could escape.

Palestinians reported at least one women killed and a second was in critical condition after they were shot during the fray. The Israeli Army said its soldiers had fired only at armed gunmen, who were firing at them from within the crowd.

The standoff began on Thursday evening when some three dozen Palestinian gunmen – fleeing Israeli forces – took refuge in a mosque in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun. Gunmen and Israeli troops exchanged fire during the night and part of the mosque’s roof collapsed.

On Friday morning, Hamas radio put out a call for women and children to come to the mosque – to form a human shield around the gunmen so they could escape. The Israeli Army said Hamas knows that Israeli troops would not shoot at women and children.

About 3,000 protestors, most of them women, turned out to protect the gunmen — and the ploy worked. When soldiers searched the mosque later, it was empty, the army said.

This is not the first time that Palestinian gunmen have taken cover in religious buildings to escape Israeli forces. In 2002, 200 armed Palestinians spent more than a month holed up in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.

In related news, the army confirmed that it launched an aerial attack on a car carrying Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip on Friday. Four militants were killed on their way to carry out rocket attacks on Israel, Israel said.

Since Israel launched its military operation in the Gaza Strip two days ago, it has “hit” 34 armed Palestinians, the army said.

The operation in the northern Gaza Strip is intended to stop the continuing rocket fire on Israeli communities in southern Israel – an almost daily occurrence. Despite the military action, at least 15 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have landed inside Israel over the last two days, including one that struck a children’s playground.

Further north, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Israeli troops shot two Palestinians, killing one of them, as they prepared a car bomb.

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Ohio School District Accused of Discriminating Against Religious — Except Muslims

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

No surprise here. It’s OK to discriminate against Christians and other non-violent religions, but far be it for anyone to discriminate against the so-called religion of peace (aka Islam). We all know they are so peaceful and tolerant even if they kill people and burn things.

(AgapePress) – A school district in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area is being accused of discriminating against Christian students while giving special treatment to Muslims and homosexuals. Some residents of the city of Mason are outraged that Kevin Bright, district superintendent for Mason City School District, recently provided a prayer and fasting room for two Muslim students during Ramadan.

Complaining Mason residents have observed that no special room was set up for Christians or students of other religious persuasions for prayer during lunch. They also note that Easter break is now called “spring break,” and certain kinds of Christmas displays are banned from the city schools’ campuses.

Mason School Board member Jennifer Miller says the school district’s diversity panel is working to appease both Muslims and homosexuals in the school district lately. However, she notes, “Christianity was not represented on that panel. They do not tolerate any type of religious or Christian activity.”

In fact, Miller observes, far from simply avoiding any promotion of Christian faith expression or Christian activity, the panel and other school officials “discourage that from happening on our campuses.” She says there seems to be a concerted effort afoot in the district to expand tolerance for everything except Christian values.

Sharon Poe, a member of the group Citizens for Accountability and Responsibility in Education (CARE), believes students of other faiths who attend the school in Mason should be given access to the room that was provided for the Muslim students’ use. For instance, she says she would like to see Christian students allowed to use the space for celebrating Christmas.

“They can maybe bring in their Nativity scenes, and their crosses and their Bibles and hold a Christmas party — not a holiday party,” Poe suggests. “I’d also [encourage school officials] to allow the Jewish community to use the room, if they so desire, for their high holy days and light their menorah,” she says.

Nativity scenes are banned under current Mason City School District policy, Poe notes. Also, she says the district schools avoid use of the religious term, Easter, in association with that seasonal religious holiday.

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ECUSA’s Incoming Leader: Homosexuality Not a Choice, Jesus Not the Only Way

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

The Episcopal Church’s leader, here in the United States, Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori, continues to spew anti-Biblical doctrine as she prepares to take over the leadership of the church. She openly professes the Jesus is “not the only way to God” and also believes that, ”Homosexuality is not a choice”.
This is a very sad state of affairs for these Christian brothers and sisters. We need to continue to pray from them that they can retake their fellowship from these non-Bible believing leaders.

(AgapePress) – She says she doesn’t consider Jesus Christ to be the only way to God. She says she believes God makes some people “gay.” And she’s soon to be the leader of a mainline Protestant denomination in America.

In his letter to the Colossians, the Apostle Paul writes that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form” (Col. 2:9, NIV). But in an interview this week with Associated Press, Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori — who is to be installed on Saturday as the first female presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA — stated that Christians should not say that Jesus is the only way to God. “If we insist we know the one way to God,” she said, “we’ve put God in a very small box.”

In John 14:6, Jesus — in responding to a question posed by the disciple Thomas — said: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” But Jefferts-Schori says she disagrees with the idea that salvation comes only through trusting in Jesus Christ. “It’s this sense that one person can have the fullness of truth in him or herself, rather than understanding that truth is — like God — more than any one person can encompass,” stated the soon-to-be ECUSA leader.

Jefferts-Schori says she views salvation as the healing of all Creation through holy living. “I understand salvation as being about the healing of the whole creation. Your part and my part in that is about holy living,” she offered. “As Christians we understand [salvation] as relationship with God in Jesus, but that does not mean that we’re expected to judge other people’s own commitments.”

Where does she stand on the issue of homosexuality? The Episcopal Church has been embroiled for years in a debate over the ordination of homosexual clergy and “blessing” ceremonies for same-sex couples. Jefferts-Schori supports both — and in fact, she voted in 2003 to confirm her denomination’s first openly homosexual bishop, V. Gene Robinson. She told AP that she does not believe the Bible condemns “committed” homosexual relationships. God, she says, made some people “gay.”

“Sexual orientation is pretty clearly defined at a very early age, before the age of reason. It’s not a choice,” she said. “In that case, a person of faith would need to say that it’s a piece of how one is created.” Consequently, she says, the Church should offer what she calls “a sacramental container” to help homosexuals find “holy ways of living in relationship.”

Scriptures in the Bible about homosexual acts being sinful, she says, are misunderstood. “They’re not about what today we see as mature human beings entering into committed relationships with each other on a full and equal basis,” says Jefferts-Schori, who believes such “committed” relationships can be blessed. “The religious community’s job, really, is to help all human beings find healthy and whole and holy ways of living in relationship.”

Run, Don’t Walk
Canon David Anderson is president of the American Anglican Council, a group of conservative clergy and lay people from the Episcopal Church. Anderson says he’s not surprised at the recent comments by Jefferts-Schori, and offers what he sees as the only option for those still in churches aligned with ECUSA.

“I think they need to run, not walk, to the exit and find an orthodox Episcopal church,” suggests Anderson.

According to Anderson, the Episcopal Church cast off biblical beliefs long ago in favor of postmodernism. Jefferts-Schori’s comments, he claims, is merely in harmony with that. “Her remarks with regard to the plurality of ways to God are consistent both with what she has said before and with what the top level of leadership in the Episcopal Church has been saying now for probably a decade,” says Anderson.

Associated Press reports that eight Episcopal dioceses have asked Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, who heads the world Anglican Communion, to put them under a leader other than Bishop Jefferts-Schori. But the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas says it is not one of those dioceses asking Williams to appoint a conservative national leader to oversee them.

Dallas Bishop James Stanton said in a statement earlier this week that he still disagrees with the direction of the Episcopal Church, but that the language in the request from the other dioceses rejecting incoming Jefferts-Schori and seeking an alternate leader had “caused confusion and some anxiety” in his diocese.

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“A More Sure Word” by Jack Kinsella

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

The Bible is made up of sixty-six separate books. They were written over a period of 1600 years, roughly a span of forty generations. The human authors of the books of the Bible came from every conceivable walk of life.

Moses was a political leader who was trained in the universities of Egypt. Peter was a simple fisherman. Amos was a herdsman, while Joshua, a military general.

Nehemiah was a cup bearer to the king of Persia and Daniel, prime minister in the courts of Babylon. Luke was a physician. Solomon a philosopher-king. Matthew was a tax collector, while Paul was a converted Pharisee who made tents for a living.

For perspective, consider this. Imagine you could assemble your ten favorite writers and have each of them write a book on a single controversial subject. Now, you pull the whole thing together, unedited, as the ‘definitive’ work on that particular topic.

Would the finished product, do you imagine, flow together as seamlessly as do the books of Scripture? Would they be in harmony and without a single contradiction? Would they be accurate in all possible areas and each progressively explain and expound upon the book that came before?

Remember, you are using your ten favorite writers, all living at the same time, all addressing only one topic. The Bible is the product of 40 writers over 40 generations addressing every topic from science to medicine, from creation to the destruction of the world, from, as Norman Geisler once put it, “Paradise Lost in Genesis to Paradise Regained in Revelation.”

Moses wrote from the wilderness; Jeremiah from a dungeon. Daniel wrote from Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, Paul from within the walls of a Roman prison awaiting his execution.

John wrote from exile on the Island of Patmos when he was a very old man, while much of the old Testament was written on Israel’s battlefields by warriors and shepherds.

The Bible was written on three continents in three different languages; Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek, yet it reads as if it flowed from a single pen.

It addresses thousands of controversial subjects, ranging from the origins of the universe and the natures of both God and man to the events that will take place in the last generation before the return of Christ.

And it does so in complete harmony.

Think of it! Now return, for a second, to your ten favorite authors analogy and look at them side by side. No contest, right?

The Bible is unique in its survival against supernatural odds. Though written on perishable material, it has been faithfully copied and recopied down through the ages, while its style, correctness, or existence did not diminish.

Manuscripts discovered at Qumran and known collectively as the Dead Sea Scrolls (including the complete Book of Isaiah), testify to the accuracy of the copyists.

Compared to other ancient writings, like those of Plato or Socrates, the manuscript evidence for the Bible is greater than for any ten pieces of classical literature combined, according to Josh McDowell’s ‘Evidence that Demands a Verdict’.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Bible is the best selling book of all time, with sales of 2.5 billion copies between 1815 and 1975. By the end of the 19th century, the Bible had been translated into 337 languages. There are at least portions of the Bible now in over 2,000 languages.

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