Archive for January 12th, 2007

The Conan O’Brien Show Portrays Jesus as a Homosexual Voyeur

Friday, January 12th, 2007

More trash from network television.

NBC has plummeted to the level of CBS, with a late-night skit that blatantly mocks Christianity by portraying Jesus as a homosexual voyeur, a stunt that would have been instantly condemned nationwide if it had focused on any subject other than Christianity, according to a pro-life leader.

The show, an episode of “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” was taped and aired this week, and featured a skit with a character called “the homophobic country western singer,” according to Douglas R. Scott Jr., the president of Life Decisions International.

It also was Scott, as WND reported then, who alerted people to the CBS portrayal during the Christmas season of a character singing about sex to the tune of “Joy to the World.”

The latest exhibition by NBC is just as bad, he said.

“The NBC and CBS television networks may be rival corporations, but they have one thing in common,” he said. “Both networks have allowed programming that blatantly mocks Christianity.”

He told WND in an interview that the fact that such ridicule is allowed in the U.S. reflects more on Christians than on non-Christians.

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Navy Chaplain Who Prayed in Jesus Name Dismissed From Duty

Friday, January 12th, 2007

This is absolutely unreal. A chaplain’s job is to minister to the troops and their families. This chaplain did his job and our government fired him because he spoke the name of Jesus. Someone should remind our military officials that we are still “One Nation Under God”. Please pray for this man and his family as they are now jobless and homeless thanks to our United States government.

A U.S. Navy chaplain who prayed “in Jesus’ name” as his conscience dictated is being ejected from the military service “in retaliation” for his victorious battle to change Navy policy that required religious rites be “non-sectarian.”

“This fight cost me everything. My career is over, my family is now homeless, we’ve lost a million dollar pension, but Congress agreed with me and rescinded the Navy policy, so chaplains are free again to pray in Jesus’ name,” Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt told WND. “My sacrifice purchased their freedom. My conscience is clear, the fight was worth it, and I’d do it all again.”

Klingenschmitt, as WND has reported, has fought an extended battle with the Navy over its restrictions on religious expression by its chaplains. He appeared and delivered a public prayer “in Jesus’ name” at a White House rally last winter and was court-martialed for that. The Navy convicted him of failing to follow a lawful order because his superior didn’t want him praying “in Jesus’ name.”

He’s also launched a legal battle that he said he hopes eventually will result in his reinstatement, alleging the Navy assembled a “civic religion” by ordering its chaplains to pray in a certain way.

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‘Moderate’ Abbas Tells Supporters to Use Their Guns Against Israel

Friday, January 12th, 2007

More “rabid dog syndrome” from the so-called “moderate” slimy pali terrorist.

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – On the eve of a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the region, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told supporters on Thursday that they should turn their guns on Israel and not on each other.

One Israeli expert said Abbas has proved that he is not a moderate, and the analysts said the U.S. and Israel should have nothing to do with him.

Rice is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Saturday evening on the first leg of a seven-day Middle East tour. Among other things, she plans to “explore ways” of moving forward on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Addressing a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah in honor of the 42nd anniversary of the founding of the Fatah party, Abbas said the Palestinians would continue their struggle until they had established an independent state with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.

Abbas said that although Fatah was accused of treason when it was first established, the organization would continue growing.

“We will not give up our principles, and we have said that rifles should be directed against the occupation,” Abbas was quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post.

Abbas urged Palestinians to avoid civil war, and he said his “top priority” was to “preserve national unity.” Inter-Palestinian fighting and bloodletting are a “red line that must not be crossed,” he said.

Fatah and Hamas have been engaged in sporadic street battles in recent months as they vie for control of the Palestinian Authority and the people’s hearts and minds. Hundreds of Palestinians have been killed in the internecine fighting.

On the other hand, Abbas said, attacking Israel was perfectly legitimate.

“We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation. It is forbidden to use these guns against Palestinians,” he said.

There was no immediate response from Israel on the speech. But one government spokesman said Israel has a clear policy of fighting terrorists and defending its citizens.

It is in the interests of the Palestinians to work hand in hand with Israel for the purpose of fostering a better future for the Palestinians themselves, said the spokesman who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Now is not the time for unnecessary and dangerous rhetoric,” he told Cybercast News Service.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Abbas last month, promising to release Palestinian tax revenues held by Israel since the Hamas-led government came to power.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev said earlier this week that Israel’s policy concerning the Palestinians was to isolate the “extremists” (Hamas and others) and strengthen the “moderates,” i.e. Abbas and other Fatah leaders.

But Dr. Michael Widlanski, a Palestinian affairs analyst who is fluent in Arabic, said Abbas’ speech shows that he is not a moderate and Israel and the U.S. should not rely on him.

“Mahmoud Abbas is not a real moderate and never has been,” said Widlanski. He can’t be a Fatah revolutionary, guided by the legacy of former PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat and be a “moderate,” Widlanski told Cybercast News Service.

Abbas repeatedly referred to his predecessor Arafat as well as to those who died attacking Israel as “martyrs,” said Widlanski, a former strategic affairs advisor to the Public Security ministry here.

The second thing his speech shows is that neither the Fatah leadership under Arafat nor under Abbas has “internalized” the concept of non-violence as a means to achieve their ends, Widlanski said.

Abbas talks about peace when he is going to get what he wants, said Widlanski, but he also has rejected negotiations on the right of return for Palestinians refugees.

(Israelis across the political spectrum consider the right of return for millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be tantamount to the destruction of the state of Israel. If millions of Palestinians were to “return” to Israel, within a few years it would no longer be a Jewish State.)

Abbas’ speech also indicates that there is not much difference between Hamas and Fatah, said Widlanski. Abbas is pushing for unity between Fatah and Hamas instead of confronting Hamas, which is being boycotted by the international community for refusing to renounce violence, recognize Israel and abide by previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.

“Neither Israel nor the U.S. should rely on this guy for anything,” said Widlanski. No amount of lying about the situation is going to change it, he said.

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Grassroots “Lobbying” to be Basically Outlawed

Friday, January 12th, 2007

When I heard about this bill, I wasn’t all that worried until I found out who they are targeting.
That’s right, the Senate could keep your’s truly (and other folks like me) from encouraging you to contact your congressperson or senator. Check out this evaluation of Senate Bill 1 (Section 220) by the AFA:

Under Senate Bill 1, AFA would have to report the issues, employees, contractors and dollars spent in what is called “paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying” (that phrase is not defined). This reporting requirement is triggered by two actions: (1) a lobbying “contact” – a personal or written communication with an individual in the executive or legislative branch of the federal government concerning public policy issues, from legislation to nominations; and (2) communications with grassroots (that’s you) that “influence” them to contact the executive or legislative branches (“influence” is not defined, but it apparently doesn’t even have to include a specific “call to action.”) There is no minimum dollar spending requirement that triggers the reporting requirement by AFA for our efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying.

Once AFA identifies a “lobbying contact” that it has had (e.g., We talk with a senator about a Supreme Court nomination), then AFA will have to track all internal expenditures on that issue: AFA Journal articles, printing costs, payments to authors, etc.; AFA Online e-mailing costs; special website creations; broadcast expenses; and issue advertising (creative costs, ad buys, etc.). Cost of trips, speeches, and fundraising letters will have to be allocated to the correct “issue.” (We could be dealing with a half-dozen issues, and we will have to keep tract and expense of every issue we deal with.) The compliance costs alone will be heavy, with the hiring of perhaps as many as 8-10 new employees to track both accounting and legal oversight involved and all the paperwork required.

But of course the “big” lobbies, like Unions, will be exempt from this. This is an attempt to stop only “grassroots” efforts.
Now this is why I am really upset about this. The law is so generic, that it could keep “pro-bloggers” (those of us who pay to have our webspace instead of getting it free) could fall under this law. Check this out:

The bill makes exemptions for larger, organized groups who employ paid lobbyists, who don’t dominantly rely on public communication (to people like you) to get their messages out.

The bill defines “grassroots lobbying firms” as any organization that encourages 500 or more members of the general public to contact Congress. (That includes me easily. -ed)

AFA would be forced to file a report to the government on a quarterly basis that contains detailed information about our organization. The required report must include identification of the organization’s expenditures, the issues focused on and the members of Congress and other federal officials who are the subject of the advocacy efforts. A separate report would be required for each policy issue the group is active on.

Basically these new rules were written to isolate pro-family and conservative Christian organizations. Large corporations (which spend millions in lobbying expenses) would be exempt. Communications aimed at an organization’s “members, employees, officers or shareholders” would be exempt. That means that groups such as the AFL-CIO, MoveOn.org, National Education Association and other organized groups would be exempt.

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