Archive for November 10th, 2006

Blessed are Those Who Have Not Seen and Yet Have Believed.

Friday, November 10th, 2006

24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:24-29 (New International Version)

Most of us have heard the term “Doubting Thomas”. It comes from this passage of scripture and portrays a person who will not believe something without complete and total proof.
In this case though, Thomas got his proof and then felt like a fool for not believing the testimony of the other trusted disciples.
Jesus clearly tells us “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. All of us who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior have believed even though we have not actually seen the person of Jesus. What we do see is the fruit of His works in people around us. He shows us His presence in our hearts and comforts our souls. We often times feel like we can reach out and touch Him.
Jesus is so very real and stands with us every day.

Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Cancelled

Friday, November 10th, 2006

The gay pride parade which was scheduled for today in Jerusalem has been cancelled. Due to security concerns, it was decided that in lieu of a parade, they would have a rally instead. Thankfully the people of Jerusalem were spared the grotesque display that is characteristic of gay pride parades. Hopefully the message has been sent that gay pride parades are not welcome in the Holy City.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A few thousand gays and their supporters rallied in Jerusalem on Friday under heavy security, going ahead with a festival that has sparked religious protests and highlighted deep divisions in Israeli society.

Gays, lesbians and civil rights activists waved rainbow flags representing gay pride and held up banners in a small stadium where the rally took place. Dance music echoed across the stadium, creating a carnival atmosphere.

Two men dressed as sperm handed out condoms.

Organizers had planned a gay pride street parade but canceled it after police said they needed to beef up security to guard against threatened Palestinian attacks following a deadly Israeli army shelling attack in Gaza this week.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews had also threatened to disrupt the march through the holy city. There have been nightly protests in Jerusalem’s religious neighborhoods against the parade.

“Why are they pushing us back in the closet? There is more than one way to be a Jew,” said Yossi Gilad, 36, from Tel Aviv, who works for a non-governmental organization.

One woman held a poster that read: “I am a proud Jewish lesbian.”

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Mideast Media Cheer Democratic Takeover in Congress

Friday, November 10th, 2006

That’s right folks. The terrorist of the world are cheering the Democratic takeover of congress. Why you may ask? Because the Democrats are the poster child of surrender and appeasement.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – Many in the Middle East cheered the Democratic takeover of Congress and Defense Minister Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation although views appeared mixed as to whether the shift would lead to significant changes here.

In Iran – facing the possibility of U.S.-led international sanctions against Tehran for its nuclear development – the English-language Iran News said most Americans had “finally caught up with the rest of the world in rebuking the irresponsible, militaristic, arrogant, belligerent and entirely destabilizing policies of the Bush administration.”

It warned against “expecting a sea change in American foreign policy,” however.

“Bush’s wrong strategy in the Middle East,” was responsible for the Republican defeat, Iranian state television said in a commentary, which also cited corruption.

The conservative Iranian paper Siyasat-e Rouz predicted that there would be “tangible changes” toward Iran and other “opponents of America’s policies,” but because Bush was still in the White House, there would be no “major change” in American foreign policy, it said.

Another daily, Kayhan – which is linked to Iran’s supreme leader – predicted that Bush would be obliged to take “more cautious steps.”

The English-language Lebanese Daily Star said it had taken American voters six years, but now they knew like everyone else that “George W. Bush is a dangerous cowboy who needs to be restrained.”

It remained to be seen, it said, “whether the rebuke delivered by American voters will be reflected in U.S. policies overseas, and there is little reason for optimism.”

In Jordan, considered one of America’s staunchest Arab allies in the region, newspaper editor Nabil al-Sharif said that Bush’s policies are “dangerous to the region and to the world.”

“We are delighted that the American voters have at least disassociated themselves from these dangerous policies,” al Sharif was quoted as saying.

Other Arab and Muslim reaction was even stronger. Syrian lawmaker Suleiman Hadad said Bush “is no longer acceptable worldwide” while Pakistani opposition parliamentarian Hafiz Hussain Ahmed said the president “deserves a Saddam-like death sentence.”

Officials in Afghanistan and Iraq, where Rumsfeld played a key role in the wars that changed those countries, had mixed reactions to news of his departure.

The government of Afghanistan said it was sad to see Rumsfeld resign.

President Hamid Karzai’s chief of staff Jawad Ludin was quoted by wire services as saying the country was “very pleased and very grateful” for his support.

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Students at CA College Ban Pledge of Allegiance

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Student leaders at a small college in California have voted to ban the pledge of allegiance from their meetings. They say they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government. We all know that college campuses have become so liberal they will do anything to take God off campus, but this is a little ridiculous. We pledge our loyalty to God because He created us and sent His son as Savior to die for us. These students are free to say what they want because of men and women who have died for their right to free speech, but I also have the right of free speech. So, to these students I would say, “If you dont like pledging allegiance to our country, move to another one”.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Student leaders at a California college have touched off a furor by banning the Pledge of Allegiance at their meetings, saying they see no reason to publicly swear loyalty to God and the U.S. government.

The move by Orange Coast College student trustees, the latest clash over patriotism and religion in American schools, has infuriated some of their classmates — prompting one young woman to loudly recite the pledge in front of the board on Wednesday night in defiance of the rule.

“America is the one thing I’m passionate about and I can’t let them take that away from me,” 18-year-old political science major Christine Zoldos told Reuters.

“The fact that they have enough power to ban one of the most valued traditions in America is just horrible,” Zoldos said, adding she would attend every board meeting to salute the flag.

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Republicans Lost Because ‘They just don’t get it’

Friday, November 10th, 2006

My opinion:
We gave the Republicans the House, the Senate and the Presidency and they did nothing with it. They continued to act like a minority party.
I doubt if any politos read this blog, but just in case any do, here is what your conservative base wants:

  1. Abortion only in cases of danger to the mother’s life, incest or rape.
  2. No new taxes and additional tax breaks.
  3. No homosexual marriage and a constitutional amendment to this end.
  4. A real solution to illegal immigration. That includes:
    1. A real wall, not some “virtual” wall that will never be built anyway because on lack of funding.
    2. No amnesty for illegal immigrants already here.
    3. No guest worker program for illegal immigrants already here.
    4. Harsher laws aginst people and businesses who hire illegal alliens

This is a start.
If y’all want to get the majority back, then you better spend the next two years addressing these issues. By then the people will be so tired of the Democrats that they will want to vote you back in. Give us something to use to support you. Don’t forget your base like you did this last time. We are the ones who put you where you are. You need to do what we ask.

The so-called “values voters” who handed both houses of Congress and the White House to Republicans in 2000 and 2004 were at this year’s election, they just didn’t see anybody promising to represent them, according to several leaders influential to that group of Americans.

“The unfortunate thing is that Republican leaders still don’t appear to get it. Sen. Arlen Spector, R-Pa., said on Wednesday that the election results represented a ‘seismic earthquake’ and that his party must become ‘a lot more progressive and a lot less ideological,'” said James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and director of its dozens of publications and broadcast service that reaches about five million Americans daily.

“Dick Armey emerged from four years in the wilderness to blame conservative Christians for Tuesday’s defeat. They were, he said, ‘too involved’ with the party. He can’t be serious! Someone should tell him that without the support of that specific constituency, John Kerry would be president and the Republicans would have fallen into a black hole in ’04,” he said.

“In fact, that is where they are headed if they continue to abandon their pro-moral, pro-family and pro-life base. The big tent will turn into a three-ring circus,” Dobson said.

“Values Voters are not going to carry the water for the Republican Party if it ignores their deeply held convictions and beliefs,” he said.

Dobson was joined on his radio program by Gary Bauer, Tony Perkins, Tom Minnery and Carrie Gordon Earll.

Bauer directs Our American Values, Perkins heads the Family Research Council, Minnery is the Focus on the Family vice president, and Earll is in the public policy division at Focus.

Minnery pointed out that in 2004, 11 out of 11 state constitutional amendments defining marriage as being between one man and one woman were passed by voters on one night. This year the record was just about as good, at seven out of eight, and the one that lost failed by only a few percentage points in Arizona, where the pro-marriage campaign had suffered several serious difficulties, including the death in an auto accident of a key leader.

“In 2004 voters handed them a 10-seat majority in the Senate and a 29-seat advantage in the House. What did they do with this advantage? Very little that values voters are concerned about,” Minnery said.

“We thought there finally was a Congress that was going to nail down the definition of marriage. It was like pulling teeth (to get them to talk about it),” he said.

Bauer noted that in Virginia, where a heavily-favored George Allen was expected to win a Senate seat easily but relinquished the battle to Democratic challenger James Webb, the marriage amendment ran hundreds of thousands of votes better than Allen.

But instead of emphasizing his support for marriage being limited to between one man and one woman, Allen spent money attacking his opponent on the concept of women in combat.

Dobson noted that the U.S. economy is as high, and unemployment as low as ever, so it couldn’t have been reaction to economics.

“There are people who have these values, values voters haven’t vanished,” said Minnery. “What they’re looking for is someone who will articulate their values, and then really importantly, to get them to come back, to act on those promises they made during the campaign.”

Perkins said exit polling showed two-thirds of the voters expressed concern over Iraq, but three-fourths of all voters said scandals were a major concern.

“That’s the values gap, the values voters. The values voters of 2004 have become the integrity voters of 2006. Values are not something you can just talk about at election time. They should guide your conduct. The Republicans failed to do that and they lost,” he said.

Bauer noted that 60 percent of the voters responded that America is headed in the wrong direction. “The evidence is overwhelming what most Americans are thinking about is not the economy. Some may be thinking about the war. A good deal are thinking about the breakdown in values, the attack on marriage,” he said.

Meanwhile, several Democrats had won great support campaigning on values: One cited was Barack Obama, who said in a recent speech about gangs that the problem is moral, that there is a “hole in that young man’s heart, a hole that government cannot fill,” said Minnery.

“Republican leaders in Congress during this term apparently never understood, or they forgot, why Ronald Reagan was so loved and why he is considered one of our greatest presidents. If they hope to return to power in ’08, they must rediscover the conservative principles that resonated with the majority of Americans in the 1980s – and still resonate with them today. Failure to do so will be catastrophic,” Dobson said.

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