Archive for February 12th, 2007

Who’s Who List of Those Challenging Darwin Grows

Monday, February 12th, 2007

It looks like more and more ‘scientific minds’ are coming to the conclusion that Darwin’s theory of evolution is wrong. It’s about time that these people come to the conclusion that there is no ‘missing link’. The links to creation are all present and accounted for in the Bible.

The list truly is a “Who’s Who” of prominent scientists in the world today, and now another 100 ranking leaders have added their signatures to a challenge to Darwin’s theory of evolution.

It’s for those who have reached the epitome of their fields, but still are questioning the validity of the Darwinian philosophy and want to put their concerns in writing.

The names include top scientists as MIT, UCLA, Ohio State, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, Harvard, the College of Judea and Samaria, Johns Hopkins, Texas A&M, Duke, University of Peruglia in Italy, the British Museum and others.

“Darwinism is a trivial idea that has been elevated to the status of the scientific theory that governs modern biology,” said Michael Egnor, a professor of neurosurgery and pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, and an award-winning brain surgeon who was picked as one of New York’s top doctors by “New York Magazine.”

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Temple’s Location Found, Says Israeli Archaeologist

Monday, February 12th, 2007

More interesting news about Temple Mount.

Using maps created in 1866 by a British explorer and passages from the Jewish Mishnah, an Israeli archaeologist and professor at Hebrew University says he has pinpointed the location of the sacred Jewish Temple, twice built and twice destroyed in ancient times.

While popular consensus places the Temple, built by King Solomon in the 10th century B.C. and rebuilt by Jews who returned from Babylon in the 5th century B.C., on the site of the present Muslim Dome of the Rock, Prof. Joseph Patrich says archaeological remains show its exact location – and the consensus is wrong.

According to Patrich, the Temple, its corresponding courtyards, chambers and gates were oriented in a more southeasterly direction, sitting diagonally on what is the modern Temple Mount. The difference in orientation and the placement further eastward varies from the east-facing orientation of other scholars who believe the Temple was closer to today’s Western Wall.

However, that difference is why, Patrich says, the Temple did not sit over the rock believed by Jews to be the site where Abraham was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac and where Muslims believe Muhammad ascended into heaven.

Patrich’s siting of the Temple is derived from information collected by British engineer Sir Charles Wilson in 1866 on behalf of the Palestine Exploration Fund. Wilson mapped a series of ancient cisterns below the present Temple Mount platform. One of those, Patrich says, preserves a vestige of the Temple that stood until it was destroyed by Rome in A.D. 70.

The cistern mapped by Wilson, approximately 15 feet wide, 170 feet long and 45 feet deep, was located near the Temple Mount’s southeast corner. It was oriented in a southeasterly direction with branches extending north and south.

“Until now no one has ever thought that the location of the cistern on the Temple Mount and its unique shape were derived from the shape and location of the altar and sanctuary,” Patrich told YNetNews.

According to the archaeologist, this cistern is the only one found on the Temple Mount that corresponds to descriptions in the Jewish Mishnah – the rabbinic oral tradition compiled in the 3rd century A.D. – of daily purification and sacrificial duties carried out by the priests on the altar in the Temple courtyard.

The Mishnah says water was drawn by a waterwheel mechanism from a cistern and held in a large basin, or laver, for daily purification by the Temple’s priests before they ascended the nearby ramp to the altar to offer sacrifices.

Patrich believes the placement of the waterwheel and laver can be reconstructed from Wilson’s map of the giant southeast-trending cistern and from that, the location of the altar and the Temple itself.

Patrich’s siting has the Temple further east and south of locations proposed by other scholars and diagonal, rather than perpendicular to the Temple Mount’s eastern and western walls. It also leaves the rock in the Dome of the Rock outside of the confines of the Temple itself.

Patrich said his research on the Temple’s location is strictly academic, and political connotations should not be attributed to it.

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Research: God Did Speak World Into Existence

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Interesting. Although, it usually does take science quite awhile to catch up with those of us who knew this all along.

A science student in Kentucky says when the Bible records God spoke, and things were created, that’s just what happened, and he can support that with scientific experiments.

“If God spoke everything into existence as the Genesis record proposes, then we should be able to scientifically prove that the construction of everything in the universe begins with a) the Holy Spirit (magnetic field); b) Light (an electric field); and c) that Light can be created by a sonic influence or sound,” Samuel J. Hunt writes on his website.

“There are several documented and currently taught laboratory experiments that accurately portray the events in Genesis in sequential order, the most important being that of sonoluminescence,” he wrote.

That, he described to WND, is the circumstance in which sending a sonic signal into bubbles in a fluid causes the bubbles to collapse and they release photons, or create light.

That aligns with one of the earlier descriptions of the creation by God, when, in Genesis 1:1-3, the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the deep, which generally is considered water, and said “Let there be light,” he explained.

God was sending a sonic influence into the waters, and basically creating light, Hunt said. He’s documented his theory, and the experiments he believes back it up, in his “Episteme Scientia, the Law of All That Is.”

Researchers at institutions no less than UCLA and the University of Chicago have verified the production of light from bubbles when sound is passed through a liquid, called sonoluminescence.

Hunt said he was spurred on in his work because the advanced physics and other courses he was taking were advancing propositions that sometimes didn’t match up.

“The further I went, the more my questions seemed to be being answered in the Genesis record,” he told WND.

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Sen. Obama Formally Announces Plans for White House Bid

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Well, now we know why he ran for Senate. As we get closer to 2008, I think we’re going to learn a lot of things about this man…things that people aren’t going to want in a president. Stay tuned.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill — Barack Obama announced his bid for president Saturday, a black man evoking Abraham Lincoln’s ability to unite a nation and a Democrat portraying himself as a fresh face capable of leading a new generation.

“Let us transform this nation,” he told thousands shivering in the cold at the campaign’s kickoff.

Obama, 45, is the youngest candidate in the Democrats’ 2008 primary field dominated by front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and filled with more experienced lawmakers. In an address from the state capital where he began his elective career 10 years ago, the first-term U.S. senator sought to distinguish himself as a staunch opponent of the Iraq war and a White House hopeful whose lack of political experience is an asset.

“I know I haven’t spent a lot of time learning the ways of Washington. But I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change,” Obama said to some of the loudest applause of his 20-minute speech.

Obama is looking to cap his remarkable, rapid rise to prominence with the biggest political prize of all — the presidency. His elective career began just 10 years ago in the Illinois Legislature. He lost a bid for a U.S. House seat, then won the Senate seat in 2004, a relatively smooth election made easier by GOP stumbles.

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A report from “End Israel Apartheid Week”

Monday, February 12th, 2007

As usual, our fine liberal bothers and sisters spin sensational verbiage in order to paint an issue as something it is not and try to influence as many uninformed people as possible. Let’s fact check this a moment.
An “Apartheid” is defined as:
The policy or practice of political, legal, economic, or social discrimination, as against the members of a minority group“.
How exactly is Israel doing this? The last time I checked, everyone, who is a legal citizen of Israel, has the right to vote, hold office, own property, get a job and live a fairly normal life.
I’ll bet the organizers of this event are talking about the so called “Palestinians”. But wait, the Palestinians are a quasi-nation, having their own government, their own services and their own laws.
I’ll bet then that the organizers are talking about the “wall”.
But wait…the last time I checked, it was allowed, by international convention, for sovereign nations (in this case, Israel) to build barriers between themselves and other countries and territories. Is this not true?
Look Libs, you can’t have it both ways. Are the “Palestinians” going to be a country or are they going to be a part of Israel? By definition, you can’t claim that Israel is an “apartheid” unless you are willing to give up the idea that Palestine is it’s own sovereign territory and soon becoming it’s own country.
Quit playing with words in order to make a headline.

Yesterday evening kicked off End Israeli Apartheid Week in NYC, part of this year’s nation-wide effort by anti-Zionists to install the “Israel is a racist apartheid state” meme into the mental plumbing of as many people as possible. (The next event is tomorrow (Monday) at Judson Memorial Church, if you want to check it out. And you can witness the last gasp of the divestment movement at the same venue on Thursday. More on divestment at an Episcopal church (natch!) on Friday with mediocre Columbia professor Joseph Massad and virulent Chomsky protege professor Tanya Reinhardt. And oh joy! A teach-in in Jersey City.)

Kesher Talk friend Pamela Hall was there with others from the David Project. (Pamela’s previous report was from an event sponsored by Rabbis for Human Rights):

We were there as were a bunch from The David Project. PLUS Ms. Charlotte (very scary Marxist) Kates.

It was a tedium. A really boring BORING 3 hours. Two speakers whose accents were so thick mostly what I heard was and in 1967….1967….the four days in 1967…yadaydadyada. The settlers (instead of the Israelis) and the history of why the Holy Land is Arabic. Saw o Mosque of Abraham and then we were reminded that Abraham is THEIR holy father (as the room had a good laugh at the expense of those nasty Jews who think Abraham is THEIR father). The Holy Land belongs to palis. They’ve been there since…couldn’t understand her, but we all know what she’s claiming….

Showed the maltreatment of holy ruins by the settlers …Israelis… (that was rich) by showing the foundation of a modern building build over a ruin. Wasn’t touching the ruin. It was still there…whatever… The history time-line that shows the land has always belonged Palis includes…Hebron …it’s is an Arabic word so I guess that’s ‘proof’.

[Judith: It seems to be one of many Hebrew/Arabic cognates. But if they say the city has always “belonged to Palestinians,” that’s of a piece with the egregious historical revisionism they are pedaling. Well, “revisionism” doesn’t really describe it, it’s baldfaced replacement theology.]

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Senator Clinton Condemns Palestinian Textbook Bias

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I really hate having to agree with Hillary Clinton, but it does happen from time to time. Here, we both agree, that the Palestinian textbooks are indoctrination tools to further the death cult culture of pali-land against Israel. To call these books “textbooks” is a far reach indeed.

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) on Thursday called for a rejection of new Palestinian textbooks that portray a world without Israel, refer to Jews as “Zionist gangs” and rewrite the Holocaust to ignore atrocities committed against Jews.

“We must stop the propaganda to which Palestinian children are exposed,” Clinton said in a news conference in Washington, D.C. “These children deserve an education that instills respect for life and peace instead of glorifying death and violence.”

Clinton, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, called the conference to release a report by Palestinian Media Watch, a Jerusalem-based group that monitors Palestinian media for anti-Israel bias. She said the books “do not give Palestinian children an education, they give them an indoctrination.”

The report found that 12th-grade textbooks issued in November by the Palestinian Authority “repeatedly reject Israel’s right to exist, present the conflict as a religious battle for Islam, teach Israel’s founding as imperialism, and actively portray a picture of the Middle East, both verbally and visually, in which Israel does not exist at all.”

According to the report, the textbooks refer to the establishment of Israel as “a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and expelled its people from their cities, their villages, their lands and their homes, and established the State of Israel.”

The textbooks repeatedly refer to “Palestine” in terms that would make the existence of Israel impossible. Maps used in textbooks throughout the Palestinian educational system do not recognize Israel.

The report found that the textbooks also avoid describing the atrocities committed by Nazis against Jews during World War II.

“The new book writes selectively about the issues of the Holocaust, citing Nazi racist ideology and restrictions the Nazis placed on ‘inferior’ non-Aryan nations, yet it makes no reference to the Holocaust or to Jews,” it states.

“The schoolbook even teaches about the post-war trials of ‘senior Nazi leaders as war criminals’ but make no mention of the crimes for which the ‘war criminals’ were on trial,” the report says of the textbook’s coverage of the Nuremberg trials.

Clinton called the textbooks “disturbing,” adding that the content “profoundly poisons the mind of these children.”

“Hate has no place in the curriculum of schools and the glorification of violence has no place in the education of children,” she said, calling on the Palestinian Authority to repudiate the texts it has already approved.

“I believe education is one of the keys to lasting peace and security in the Middle East and the greater region,” Clinton said. “You cannot build a peaceful, stable, safe future on such a hate-filled, violent and radical foundation.”

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Clashes by Jerusalem Holy Site Continue

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Unbelievable. You palis really are ignorant, knowing only what your hear in mosque. Unbelievable.
You are so brainwashed that you can’t see that Israel is trying to make it safer to go up on Temple Mount, not desecrate anything. And since we’re on the topic of safety, may I point out that the muslim occupiers of Temple Mount have done more to undermine the foundation, with the construction of the new open area “mosques” inside of the mount. These massive voids are just a collapse waiting to happen.
Here’s what I think:
The keepers of your muslim sites really don’t care if the open area mosques collapse or if the walkways collapse. You see, they can always blame it on Israel. They don’t care if several hundred (if not thousand) innocent women and children get killed, they’re only property anyway, and on top of that, think how well they can use these deaths to demonize Israel.
An occasional, rational, logical thought from the muslim world would be a refreshing change. But let’s not look for that from a group of ignorant people who believe everything they hear in mosque. They are too busy being puppets to their religious masters.

JERUSALEM – Sporadic Palestinian protests, including a rock-throwing attack on a busload of Canadian tourists, broke out in Jerusalem and the West Bank on Saturday over Israel’s construction of a ramp leading to a flashpoint holy site.

The demonstrations came the day after Israeli police raided the mosque compound, firing tear gas and stun grenades at rioting Muslims. Protests have spread throughout the world as Muslim leaders accused Israel of trying to damage the Islamic shrines.

Israel denies the repair work will come anywhere near the holy site, known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as the Temple Mount.

In Jerusalem, a few dozen Palestinian teenagers threw stones at Israeli security forces at the walled Old City, burning an Israeli flag at one point. At the Mount of Olives holy site, Palestinians pelted a Canadian tour bus, but no one was injured.

“We were just driving and all of a sudden a bunch of kids started picking up rocks and whatever they could get their hands on and started throwing it at the bus,” said Dave Wood, one of the tourists. “This is our first day in the Holy City and it was quite disturbing to say the least.”

Israeli police arrested a total of 17 protesters in the Jerusalem protests that were “relatively quiet,” police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said. The Israeli crews did not work on the ramp Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath.

In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, dozens of Palestinian youths threw rocks at Israeli soldiers guarding a checkpoint into Jerusalem. The soldiers detained 30 protesters, the army said.

In a similar protest in the West Bank city of Hebron, police responded with tear gas and rubber-coated bullets. No injuries were reported in either demonstration.

In anticipation of further protests in Jerusalem on Sunday when the work will resume, police will maintain a beefed-up force and restrictions at the mosque compound, barring all Muslim men under the age of 45 from praying there, Ben-Ruby said.

On Friday, about 200 riot police streamed onto the compound shooting stun grenades and tear gas when some of the 3,000 Muslim worshippers there threw rocks at them. Clouds of tear gas rose into the sky and sharp booms pierced the air.

The compound — a catalyst for earlier rounds of Israel-Palestinian fighting — is home to the third holiest site in Islam and is believed to be the site where the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Jews venerate the compound as the site of their biblical temples, and one of its outer walls — known as the Western Wall — is the holiest site in Judaism.

The Israelis say the purpose of the construction project is to build a new walkway leading to the mount to replace a ramp that was damaged in a 2004 snowstorm. But the Palestinians say the excavations are actually attempts to damage their shrines.

Israeli officials reject that accusation and say they are not digging under the compound since the work is about 200 feet away from the mount.

The Arab League chief said Saturday the dig reflects “Israeli attempts” to tighten control over Jerusalem and urged the international community to intercede.

“There are plans to change the features of the city,” Amr Moussa said in a statement distributed to the Arab representatives at an emergency League meeting in Cairo. The statement said the construction “is threatening the security and stability in the region.”

Jordan and Egypt — Israel’s sole Arab peace partners and key U.S. allies in the region — have demanded the Jewish state stop the work, as did Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

Malaysia, which chairs the 57-member Organization of Islamic Conference, urged the international community to intervene immediately to stop the “illegal activities.”

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New Palestinian govt won’t recognize Israel: Hamas

Monday, February 12th, 2007

Why am I not surprised??

GAZA (Reuters) – The Palestinian unity government which will be formed under an agreement reached in Saudi Arabia will not recognize Israel, a political adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said on Saturday.

“The issue of recognition was not addressed at all (in Mecca),” Ahmed Youssef said. “In the platform of the new government there will be no sign of recognition (of Israel), regardless of the pressures the United States and the Quartet would exert,” he said.

Youssef said Haniyeh hoped to form the new government before a meeting of the Quartet of Middle East mediators on February 21 and urged the Quartet to lift sanctions on the Palestinians.

“The pretext by the Quartet to continue the boycott of Hamas members in the government should end because they are wrong policies that will only push toward more tension and possibly toward more conflict in the Palestinian territories,” he said.

The Quartet — the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States — on Friday repeated its demand that any Palestinian government renounce violence, recognize Israel and respect peace deals in order to receive Western aid.

In a joint statement, the Quartet withheld judgment on whether the new Palestinian unity government to be formed by Fatah and Hamas met its conditions.

The rival Palestinian factions signed an agreement to form the government on Thursday, hoping to end bloodshed between their followers and to win back Western aid halted because of the hostility of Hamas to Israel.

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