Archive for January 26th, 2007

In Spite of Losses, Ford Still Sponsoring Homosexual Activism

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I am sure that everyone has heard by now that Ford is experiencing record losses (the national news last night equated the amount to a Mustang per minute). According to several reports I heard yesterday, the company will soon be cutting over 50,000 jobs and will not likely turn a profit again until 2009. Despite all its losses, Ford Motor Company still refuses to stop publicly supporting homosexual activism. I am not saying that the AFA (or any other group that is boycotting Ford) has caused the substantial loss that Ford has experienced; however, I think it would be very arrogant on the part of Ford Motor Company to discount that these boycotts have contributed to Ford’s financial losses. It is pure foolishness on the part of Ford to forget that Christians still have a major voice in America.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A one-year boycott of the Ford Motor Company by pro-family groups is nearing an end but could be extended because the company has done little, if anything, to address concerns over its support of homosexual activism, a spokesman for the American Family Association says.

AFA and more than 30 other conservative groups launched the boycott March 13, urging Christians not to buy cars from Ford or its seven other brands: Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Aston Martin and Mazda. The groups pointed to Ford’s financial support of organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, its sponsorship of “gay pride” events and its advertising in homosexual magazines and television programs.

But nearly one year later, little seems to have changed at the company, despite a significant drop in sales — which the boycotting organizations take at least a partial credit for. Last year Ford lost $12.7 billion, the largest single-year loss in its 103-year history.

“At this time we continue to monitor Ford’s activities,” Randy Sharp, AFA’s direct of special projects, told Baptist Press. “Most recently, Ford has continued advertising in homosexual magazines such as Out and the Advocate…. However, as we monitor we may extend that boycott to a continuance of a longer period of time.”

There is little debate the boycott has had an impact. Last June more than 75 Texas Ford dealers signed on to a letter urging then-Ford CEO Bill Ford to “cease” advertising in homosexual “media and events.” The dealers told Ford the boycott was “affecting our business.”

Although the dealers argued that other automobile companies were just as guilty, Sharp disagrees.

“We have researched the automakers, and Ford is head and shoulders above the others in their financial support and contributions,” Sharp said. “While it is true that others do [support homosexual causes], they don’t do it to the extent that the Ford Motor Company does. We looked at all the automakers and other companies, and it was quite clear to us that Ford was the top offender of family values.”

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Poor Villagers Don’t Need Development, Say Foreign Green Activists

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Environmentalist typically talk out of both sides of their mouths. You know, things like “down with the oil companies” as they climb into their Ford Excursion SUV’s. Things like that. Here is just one more example.

(CNSNews.com) – Villagers, coal miners and peasants beware! Western environmental activists “intolerantly devoted” to misguided views that stymie progress are opposing improvements to your standard of living and greater economic vitality.

This is the view of Thor Halvorssen, founder of the Moving Picture Institute (MPI), a New York-based non-profit organization whose goal is to promote liberty, freedom and prosperity through film.

He was speaking Wednesday at the Washington D.C., premier of a new documentary, designed to expose what Halvorssen and his colleagues call “the real agenda of global environmental activists.”

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The movie, made in association with MPI, focuses on communities in Rosia Montana, an impoverished Romanian village, where a Canadian company wanting to develop a new goldmine has run into strong opposition from environmentalists.

While investigating the impact of the environmental movement, McAleer, who narrates in the movie, meets George Lucian, an unemployed miner in the village.

Lucian sees little hope for economic revival if environmentalists succeed in halting the mine project, which offers to bring 600 jobs to an area where unemployment runs to 70 percent.

Environmental advocacy groups claim that the mining development by Toronto-based Gabriel Resources will undermine the ecosystem of Rosa Montana.

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Gabriel Resources intends to buy up and demolish houses in the already-polluted village and create an open cast mine. Company officials say they will to preserve the village’s historic center and build a new, modern village nearby.

Alan Hill, the company’s CEO, appears in the film and attended the premier. He told Cybercast News Service the advocacy groups opposed to the project have “no conscience about telling the truth.” Hill also said he would continue to pursue a vigorous debate about the development plans.

Fred Smith, president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), praised Hill for a stance he said was all too rare among business leaders. At a time when the free market system is under assault, Smith said, too many CEOs opt for appeasement rather than confronting their critics.

Smith said the documentary exposed how “transparent, paternalistic and elitist, the modern environmentalist movement is.”

Critics have highlighted the fact that Gabriel Resources provided funding for the documentary, which they say is nothing more than paid-for misinformation.

McAleer was reportedly approached by the company several years ago and asked to write promotional material for the company’s project. He refused, but said if Gabriel gave him editorial independence, he would make a documentary.

McAleer told Cybercast News Service that while making the film he came around to reassessing his own perspective, which he admitted had been skewed by “the liberal environmentalist” views that dominate European thinking.

Consequently, the film he had initially set out to make could no longer proceed as originally envisioned, McAleer explained, because the facts told him that environmental activism in this instance was leading to “a massive human rights abuse.”

“I hope the film makes casual environmentalists think more about the consequences of their campaigns,” he said.

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In the movie, McAleer and McElhinney featured a number of anti-development activists including a Stephanie Roth, who claims the people living in the Romanian village don’t need the development but “can get by through agriculture and tourism.”

Although she claims to speak on behalf of Rosia Montana, the filmmakers point out that Roth actually lives in a city that is a three-hour drive away.

Interviews with local residents yield opinions favorably disposed toward the new mine. “Without gold, we would be dead here,” one man says.

Another environmentalist featured in the film, Francoise Heidebroek, claims the people of Rosia Montana prefer to use their horse-and-carts rather than motor cars. The people in town respond incredulously. “We are in the age of speed, are we not?” asks one resident.

Like Swiss-born French and Swiss citizen Roth, Heidebroek does not live in the village. She is a Belgian and lives in the capital, Bucharest.

Wednesday night’s screening took place amid protests by Greenpeace activists, who gathered outside the National Geographic Auditorium and described the film as “propaganda.”

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Federal Investigation Sought into Abortions

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Anything that can be done, to bring an end to abortions on demand, for anything less than life threatening situations, should be done.

Another four-day protest, “Pray in May” has been scheduled in Wichita, Kan., where late-term abortion special George Tiller has a business, as a pro-life activist group weighs its legal options in an effort to have criminal charges against Tiller heard in a court of law.

The state’s former attorney general, Phill Kline, had filed 30 criminal counts against Tiller just days before Christmas, but the local prosecutor, Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Tedesco Foulston, worked with a local judge to have the counts dismissed before they could be heard.

That’s despite the fact they resulted from a multi-year investigation by Kline, which had been reviewed and approved by the state Supreme Court, and the counts themselves had been reviewed and approved by two separate Kansas judges.

“This is far from over,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. “Viable babies who should have the protection of Kansas law continue to be illegally killed at George R. Tiller’s infamous late-term abortion mill. We must continue to seek justice, as our Christian faith demands, as long as this gross injustice continues.”

The charges against Tiller had alleged that he performed illegal late-term abortions on girls as young as 10 years of age, and he failed to have the state-required medical diagnoses for those abortions. The local judge dismissed the counts on Foulston’s motion over a dispute in jurisdictions; she alleged the state’s top law enforcement officer had no right to file charges in her district unless she approved.

The recent 4-day protest, called “Cry for Justice,” was held after Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly called for such an action.

O’Reilly had presented a series of programs about the Tiller clinic, and then concluded: “You know, I’ve been covering the news in American for 30 years and this Kansas situation is the worst thing I’ve ever seen … Americans cannot turn away from this; cannot ignore it. There should be thousands of people demonstrating outside Tiller’s abortion clinic in Wichita.”

Foulston declined requests to meet with the protesters, and in fact sent a letter to them saying if they tried to “influence” her decision their actions could be considered criminal conduct.

“Operation Rescue has attempted to ‘petition the government for a redress of grievances,’ a right protected by the First Amendment, but was notified last week that such action could violate a Kansas law,” a statement from the group said.

Leaders of the protest now are traveling to Washington, D.C., to request a federal investigation into concerns Kansas laws are being enforced selectively, Operation Rescue said.

“The situation here in Kansas is outrageous in the extreme and is one that simply cannot and will not be tolerated. We have some of the finest attorneys in the nation seeking a remedy for this injustice,” Newman said.

“Even if Tiller was to have the charges reinstated against him today, the case would still be ongoing in May, and would still require our attention and prayers,” he said.

He said the May 17-20 event is being left “open-ended” for now because plans still are developing. The earlier event also involved leaders from the Christian Defense Coalition as well as the Center for Reclaiming America.

After the counts were dismissed, Kline appointed a special prosecutor, Don McKinney, to handle the case, but as soon as new Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison took office, he dismissed McKinney. Morrison had benefited from campaign mailings linked by a regional newspaper to the same address as a group funded by Tiller, and he had campaigned on the statements that Kansas’ abortion industry didn’t need to be investigated.

His dismissal of McKinney, however, was not before McKinney filed with the state Supreme Court a request for an order to reinstate the case with a ruling that Foulston must allow it to be heard. That filing, a writ of mandamus, was based on the grounds that Foulston and District Judge Paul Clark, who dismissed the Tiller counts, “unlawfully usurped” the authority of Kline and state legislature by improperly terminating the case, McKinney said.

“The judicial system of this state cannot function properly if loose cannon local prosecutors can hijack a case from the attorney general and then dismiss the charges to protect their friends or political allies,” McKinney told WND at the time. “Such extraordinary conduct destroys equal justice, interferes with the attorney general’s ranking position, and snubs the authority of the legislature to mandate prosecutions by the attorney general.”

Newman noted the two state judges who reviewed the counts and allowed them to move forward en route to a court hearing. And he said the “smoking gun” in the situation is that a former Tiller business associate, Ann Kristen Neuhaus, had been listed as a witness for the prosecution. “She was the person signing off on these abortions,” he noted.

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Jimmy Carter: Too Many Jews on Holocaust Council

Friday, January 26th, 2007

Oh my goodness!! Just when I think Carter couldn’t have said anything nuttier then he already has, he goes and actually does it.
OK, one question…how can there be too many Jews on a Holocaust Council??? What total nonsense from this man!!

TEL AVIV – Former President Jimmy Carter once complained there were “too many Jews” on the government’s Holocaust Memorial Council, Monroe Freedman, the council’s former executive director, told WND in an exclusive interview.

Freedman, who served on the council during Carter’s term as president, also revealed a noted Holocaust scholar who was a Presbyterian Christian was rejected from the council’s board by Carter’s office because the scholar’s name “sounded too Jewish.”

Freedman, now a professor of law at Hofstra University, was picked by the council’s chairman, author Elie Weisel, to serve as executive director in 1980. The council, created by the Carter White House, went on to establish the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Freedman says he was tasked with creating a board for the council and with making recommendations to the White House on how best to memorialize the Holocaust.

He told WND he sent a memo to Carter’s office containing recommendations for council board members.

He said his memo was returned with a note on the upper right hand corner that stated, “Too many Jews.”

The note, Freedman said, was written in Carter’s handwriting and was initialed by Carter.

Freedman said at the time the board he constructed was about 80-perent Jewish, including many Holocaust survivors.

He said at the behest of the White House he composed another board consisting of more non-Jews. But he said he was “stunned” when Carter’s office objected to a non-Jew whose name sounded Jewish.

Freedman said he could not provide the historians name to WND because he did not have the man’s permission.

“I got a phone call from our liaison at the White House saying this particular historian whose name sounded Jewish would not do. The liaison said he would not even take the time to present Carter with the possibility of including the historian on the board because he knew Carter would think the name sounded too Jewish. I explained the historian is Presbyterian, but the liaison said it wouldn’t matter to Carter.”

Freedman said he was “outraged by this absurdity.”

“If I was memorializing Martin Luther King, I would expect a significant number of board members to be African American. If I was memorializing Native American figures I’d expect a lot of Native Americans to be on the board.

“I do not for a moment consider it inappropriate to build a Holocaust council with a significant majority of the board being Jewish,” Freedman stated.

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