Archive for February 13th, 2007

Quote of the Day

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.

-Theodore Roosevelt, 1907

“Morality: The Old Faithful of End-Time Signs” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

One of the most important tasks for Bible prophecy watchers is the ability to know the direction that world events are trending. Because everyone wants to know how close we are to the rapture, its important to keep track of events that were determined by God to act as signposts.

Most end-time signs do not move in a straight line. They go through periods when they seem to be moving towards the fulfillment of prophecy, and they go through periods when they seem to be moving away from their prophetic destiny.

The nuclear arms race is one good example. From the 1950s to the mid 1980s, the Soviet Union and the United States built up a massive number of atomic weaponry. Once President Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev decided to great reduce their stockpiles, the threat of nuclear war went into a sharp decline. It is now moving up as nations like Iran and North Korea seek to join the nuclear club.

The end-time indicator that probably has the most turbulent history is the European Union. During the 1970s, prophecy scholars such as Hal Lindsey, Dave Hunt and John Walvoord were very excited about the formation of this political and economic entity. They knew the Bible had predicted the Roman Empire would some day reform. I doubt any of these men would have thought that the EU would later experience such a bumpy road. After the rejection of the EU constitution by France and the Netherlands, it looked like the organization was headed for the scrap heap. Despite all the setbacks, the process of integration moved on.

Morality is a rare end-time indicator that has not had any major ups and downs. It has been in steady decline for all of my adult life. Morality’s relentless slide in the wrong direction is the reason I dub it the “Old Faithful of End-Time Signs.”

There have been times when some groups have tried to retake the moral high ground, but they have always failed to accomplish their goal. I have to go back to the 1950’s to find a trace of a significant revival movement.

Once a new form of immorality invades the land, it is very hard to remove it. Unless immediate action is taken to deal with wickedness, people quickly become desensitized to its presence. With time, even the vilest of sins can become part of the mainstream culture.

The Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade fits this pattern. When the Court legalized the killing of unborn children, conservatives dedicated themselves to overturn that evil act. They had to wait nearly 20 years before there was a conservative majority in the Supreme Court. When Planned Parenthood v. Casey came before the Court in 1992, a majority of the justices refused to turn the tide. In 2000, they even failed to strike down a Nebraska law that would have banned partial birth abortions. In both rulings, the common view was that abortion was untouchable because it was now part of the law of the land.

To see the momentum in action, one only has to look at the news headlines of any given week. Here are four examples from the past few days.

* “Grey’s Anatomy” actor Isaiah Washington got into hot water when he called one of his fellow homosexual cast members a “faggot” at a Golden Globe Awards backstage press conference. To save his job, he checked into a treatment center to address his “homophobic issues.” At one point, a person having same-sex relationships was regarded as being in need of mental health. It blows my mind to think that the gay person is now seen as the sane one.

* An ad company working for the Cartoon Network sparked a terrorism scare in much of central Boston on January 31. The advertising campaign featured blinking electronic devices wired to battery packs, and planted them in the transportation infrastructure, leading police to fear they were bombs. The devices were placed in 10 cities as part of a guerrilla marketing campaign to promote the cartoon, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force.” With all the coverage this story received, few people in the media took note of the fact that the cartoon figure represented in this ad was giving the finger.

* During the Super Bowl, singer Prince decided to give viewers a phallic halftime show. While in silhouette behind a screen, he stroked an appendage on his guitar that resembled a penis. Critics were thrilled that the only potentially offensive section of the game was a man pretending to masturbate in shadow box form. The NFL produced the halftime show, and spokesman Greg Aiello said the league has received no complaints.

* The sudden death of Anna Nicole Smith sparked a media frenzy. The Drudge Report posted no less than 12 news items about her. CNN and Fox News had nearly 24-hour coverage of every small detail of Smith’s death. With so much attention being paid to her passing, a visitor from another planet might assume she was once a great political leader, a famous author, or maybe a renowned military commander. Unfortunately, the fanfare was for a one-time topless dancer who gained fame by marrying an 89-year-old billionaire. Judging by the video loops the media constantly ran while talking about Smith, it would appear that her main calling in life was to show up at various media events and look pretty for the camera. The issue here is not that journalistic standards have hit a new low. The Michael Jackson molestation trial still holds that the record for tackiness. The new benchmark here is for a lack of remorse in the face of profound personal tragedy. Here we have a celebrity who wasted her life away on perverse living, and the media has no regrets about influencing the young girls that might be following in Smith’s footsteps.

Only the Lord knows how long we can continue on this downward projection. The history of great civilizations tells us we will reach a point when society decides to reforms itself or we will eventually disintegrate from corruption.

I’ve long given up hope that calamity can be avoided. My conclusion is not based on the feeling that mankind deserves judgment. It is simply the realization that apologetics is dead and there is nothing to prevent us from moving closer to the abyss.

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“The Guy Who Disproved the Scriptures” by Jack Kinsella

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

The Scriptures say, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)

The Bible is under attack in this generation unlike any generation in history. The entire American school system is dedicated to eliminating the superstitious notion that God created the earth and replacing it with the godless theory of evolution.

Even though evolution is a THEORY. And, because it IS a theory, the ‘facts’ change with each new ‘discovery’.

The Christian is at an extreme disadvantage when discussing the truth of Scripture with a skeptic. The Christian has the Bible as his only source of information, and is bound to follow its teachings. The skeptic, however, is under no such restrictions. While the Christian is bound to ‘thus saith the Lord’ the skeptic counters with ‘thus saith everybody’.

‘Everybody knows’ is one of the most difficult argument to overcome, since ‘everybody’ cannot be cited, whereas we are bound by Scripture, chapter and verse.

In short, the Christian is bound by rules, the skeptic gets to make them up as he goes along. It is for this reason, more than any other, that gives rise to the assertion that the Bible is a ‘difficult book’. Bible ‘difficulties’ like, ‘who did Cain marry?’ have left many a Christian speechless before his adversary.

The skeptic loves to cite ‘contradictions’ contained in the Bible, especially since Christians teach that the Bible interprets itself and that God’s Word never contradicts itself. ‘Who did Cain marry?’ is but a single example.

The critic generally falls back on one of a number major assumptions, all of which sound logical until you take a closer look.

The first mistake is assuming the unexplained is unexplainable. That this is a mistake is self-evident. The skeptic is more than confident that science will continue to unlock the mysteries of the universe. Science has mapped the human genome — it is only a matter of time before man will successfully clone a human being.

But where the Bible is concerned, unless and until we find an autographed picture of King David of Israel in a cave somewhere, the skeptic will argue David never really existed.

The second mistake made by the skeptic is assuming the Bible ‘guilty til proved innocent’ — that is, unless a Scripture can be exonerated by archeological or other supporting evidence, it is not true.

Skeptics long claimed Pontius Pilate never existed, so the Passion story is untrue. Until a plaque bearing Pilate’s name dedicating an arena to the Roman procurate was uncovered near Ceasarea Phillipi in 1965.

Another mistake is failing to understand a passage in context. Perhaps the most common mistake is when a critic carelessly rips an isolated passage out of its proper context.

Or, they interpreted it in a way that the author never intended. Taken out of context, one can use the Bible to prove almost anything. (We see that done by certain preachers on TV all the time)

A skeptic can do the same thing to DISprove almost anything. As the wise man said, a text without context is a pretext for error.

Another error is assuming that if two accounts differ, it means that they are mutually exclusive or contradictory.

“And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.” (1 Kings 4:26)

“And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses and chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen; whom he bestowed in the chariot cities, and with the king at Jerusalem.” (2Chronicles 9:25)

Is this an error? The word ‘stalls’ has two meanings. In one instance, it refers to the place where a horse is kept. On the other hand, the teams of horses that pulled Israeli chariots were also called ‘stalls’.

A Hebrew chariot was drawn by ten horses. Forty thousand ‘stalls’ would be necessary to house enough horses to pull four thousand Hebrew chariots.

Another mistake is to assume that the Bible approves of all it records. Solomon was a polygamist, but that doesn’t mean that God approved of the practice. God didn’t approve of Israel having kings, either.

Another common assumption is that God wrote the Bible, without noting that He used human authors. It is a human book, written by human authors, using human literary devices. Every word is divinely inspired, but every word was written down on paper by a human being.

Consequently, James had a different writing style, used different examples and imagery than did Paul. James says ‘faith without works is dead’ whereas Paul writes, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

A contradiction? No. James preached to the Hebrew Israelites who had tremendous faith in their laws and religion. Paul preached to the Gentiles who until then, had no living God to have faith in.

Who was Cain’s wife? The Bible doesn’t say. Did he marry his sister? Probably not. Undoubtedly, Cain married a relative of some sort, maybe a distant cousin, or possibly a niece. Adam lived for 930 years, and Genesis says that he had many other children.

When a man and women live to be 100 years old, there can be as many as 4 or 5 generations existing within their family. If we do the math, by the time Adam died, multiplying 4 generations for the first 100 years, assuming that 5 children would be produced by each couple, by Adam’s death, there would be a population of over 7,812,500 people on earth.

In fact, by the time Adam was 500 years old, the earth would have had a population of over 250,000. Maybe more. This model assumes five children per family. But people lived hundreds of years and there was no birth control.

Most importantly, it should be noted that the Bible never said when Cain took a wife. But as pointed out from mathematics, by the end of the second century of Adam’s life, Cain would have had thousands of choices.

The Bible is true. We can have confidence in its teaching and its promises. The skeptics are always there, nipping away at the edges, but consider this. The Bible has been under more or less constant attack by the smartest guys in every generation since it was compiled.

Think about this. If a single thing in Scripture were conclusively disproved, a named person who didn’t exist, a place that never was, an event that didn’t take place, then the Word of God is broken.

Of all the thinkers and philosophers who have lived during the last two thousand years, not one has been able to claim the title of the man who proved the Bible wrong. Because it isn’t.

“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him.” (Ephesians 3:12)

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Egypt: “Only Nukes Will Erase Israel”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Well, the fruit never falls very far from the tree and soon everyone’s real “colors” will be revealed. Not much of a surprise to me.

A member of the Egyptian Parliament from President Hosni Mubarak’s ruling party said Monday that nothing short of a nuclear bomb would “work” with Israel.

“That cursed Israel is trying to destroy Al-Aksa Mosque,” Mohamed el-Katatny of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party (NDP) told the Egyptian Parliament, adding “nothing will work with Israel except for a nuclear bomb that wipes it out of existence.”

The harsh statement was uttered during a heated discussion of Israel’s renovation of the Mughrabi walkway near the Temple Mount. Egyptian parliamentarians claimed that Israel was destroying the Al-Aksa Mosque.

During the session some parliament members urged a cancellation of all agreements with Israel saying the war between Egypt and Israel was continuing even though treaties were signed.

Israel and Egypt ended 30 years of war with an historic peace treaty in 1979 brokered by the United States between then Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

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Legal Battle Over Same-Sex Unions Taken to the Supreme Court

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

This is a very sad case, especially for the child involved.

The question of whether one state can be forced to recognize the same-sex civil unions of another state — even when the first state’s citizens have voted overwhelmingly against civil unions and homosexual “marriage” — will come before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Christian public-interest law firm Liberty Counsel is asking the high court to take two cases known as Miller v.Jenkins. They pit Virginia law, which does not recognize same-sex unions, against Vermont law, which does.

The cases involve Lisa Miller, her biological child, and Janet Jenkins, Miller’s former homosexual partner. Miller and Jenkins traveled to Vermont to obtain a civil union while living together in Virginia. Miller gave birth to a child through artificial insemination.

The relationship ended when Miller became a Christian and left the homosexual lifestyle, after which Jenkins allegedly became abusive. Miller now lives with her daughter in Virginia.

Vermont courts declared that Jenkins had parental rights over the child equal to those of Miller and ordered visitation. In what she described as an effort to protect her daughter from the immoral influence of her former lesbian partner, Miller defied the order. She is relying on Virginia law, which does not recognize any rights Jenkins claims, because the former couple’s Vermont civil union is invalid in Virginia, and because Jenkins made no effort to adopt the child.

Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver says the case is unique.

“These cases involving the same individuals with two different state laws really represent the tip of the iceberg in what’s coming down the pipe,” Staver said.

Staver points out that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act allows each state to define its own marriage policy.

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Urban Outfitters Still Marketing Pali-Terrorist Clothing

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Now marketing it as the “Shemagh Scarf“, Urban Outfitters continues to offer the Palestinian kaffiyeh, the symbol of the intifada and pali terrorism.

Pali Terrorist Scarf Offered by Urban Outfitters

So now one can show their support of the slimy pali terrorist who have murdered thousands of innocent Israeli women and children. Well, at least a person who owns this will be in good company.

Slimy Pali Terrorist Leader

Let Urban Outfitters know what you think about this.

GCMHP Condemns Diggings Near Al-Aqsa Mosque

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) condemned Monday the diggings near Al-Aqsa mosque, warning of the ramifications of agitating Muslims’ feelings.
Well folks, they’re the ones who brought it up and you know that I don’t have enough willpower to leave it alone…
We all know what happens when you give a muslim even the slightest hint of a reason to get upset. They tend to become even more unhinged than normal and riot, kill people, burn things, tear things up…you know the usual mindless violence, even when it turns out that the reasons they are doing all this turns out to be untrue.
You know, for being the “poster child” religion of “peace and tolerance”, muslims sure are a violent and intolerant group. I’d hate to see what they would be like if they didn’t claim to be “peaceful and tolerant”.
As usual, we have the thinly veiled threat of violence that seems to be present in all their public statements. “Religion of peace and tolerance”…Yeah Right!!
What I just cannot get my mind around is why they think Israel is trying to destroy their “dome” and mosque. The ramp is nowhere near the dome. Any logical person can see that all Israel is trying to do is make a walkway leading up to the dome area safer.
I’ve said it here before, and I guess I’ll have to continue to say it. If anyone is guilty of undermining the structural integrity of Temple Mount, it’s the muslim overseers who have dug out huge open area “mosques” underneath the dome area. These huge voids are just a collapse waiting to happen.
But, also as I have said before, I think the muslim overseers really don’t care if their mosque collapse, or if the ramp collapses, or even if the “dome” falls into one of these voids. It would only kill a few thousand innocent people at best and think of how well they could blame Israel for the deaths. It would be a media bombshell. They would be patting each other on the back in elation over how much they could blame Israel and how inflamed they could cause the ignorant masses (which is every other muslim in the world who isn’t them) to become. It would be so wonderful to them.
Why would they care about the innocent women and children who would be killed? They are only property anyway, and an added bonus as the world media fell all over themselves to catch every angle of their dead and mangled bodies being recovered.
I bet the muslim overseers are almost trembling in anticipation of this major media event.
But anyway, I digress…
Everyone be sure to be nice to the poor unstable muslims. We wouldn’t want them to become agitated. We all know that a non-agitated muslim is a happy muslim.
I wonder when their own leaders are going to remember this and quit agitating them at Friday prayers all the time. Hummm…most likely NEVER!!

GAZA, February 12, 2007 (WAFA) – Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) condemned Monday the diggings near Al-Aqsa mosque, warning of the ramifications of agitating Muslims’ feelings.

In a press release, GCMHP expressed its full condemnation for this dangerous act that harms holy places and highly inflames Muslims feelings.

“The diggings and destruction to the Mosque is considered a clear provocation to Muslims worldwide and a blatant violation of the principles of the international law, particularly, the fourth Geneva Convention that prohibits the destruction of civilian properties – especially holy places,” according to the press release.

“Such acts bring memories back to what Al-Aqsa was previously exposed to of incidents that violated its sacredness and led to eruption of violence in the region.”

GCMHP stressed that Al-Aqsa Mosque represents a significant part of Palestinian and all Muslims’ identity all over the world. As a result, says GCMHP, any damage to the mosque is considered a direct harm to the identity of all Muslims, which may result in eruption of instability in many parts of the world.

GCMHP added it views this provocative act, politically supported and covered by the Israeli government yesterday, as a way of igniting feelings of anger and congestion of all Muslims, and lead to reactions that may convert the whole region and the international community into a vicious cycle of violence and counter-violence and clashes between religions and civilizations in a manner that endangers the world peace and stability.

It called upon the world governments, the UN agencies, and legal and cultural organizations to take their legal and humanitarian responsibilities and immediately intervene to stop such dangerous practices, warning of the negative repercussions of the continuation of exposure to the holy places.

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Hamas: “We Will Not Recognize Israel or Stop Violence”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Well, I almost fell out of my chair in surprise at this headline…NOT!!
Does anyone actually expect that the slimy terrorist who are Hamas (and the ruling party of pali-land) would actually change their ways and agree to recognize Israel or stop killing innocent Israeli women and children? Not anyone with at least half a brain, anyway.

A Hamas spokesman has reiterated that the new Hamas-led coalition government will neither recognize Israel nor stop terror. According to Hamas spokesman Mushir Al-Masri, Hamas interprets the Mecca agreement to mean that the Arab and Islamic worlds have accepted them as they are, and that “international legitimization” will follow.

The following are excerpts from the article:

Hamas movement spokesman, Mushir Al-Masri, said: “Hamas remains as it is: following its principles. It did not retreat, but advanced forward.” He confirmed that it will not recognize Israel, will not abandon the resistance [i.e. terror] and will not discard its principles.” He further said: “The Hamas [that existed] prior to the government, is Hamas of the government. Hamas prior to the unity [government] is Hamas after the unity.”

This was said during a rally organized yesterday by the Islamic University student council, as part of a series of activities of identification with the university. Thousands of university students and a group of representatives from the Legislative Council and ministers participated in the rally…Al-Masri added: “Hamas received national legitimization through the gathering of masses around it and around the option of resistance [i.e., terror] and received legislative legitimization through its victory in the Legislative Council elections. It now received Arab and Islamic legitimization and will receive international legitimization.” [Al-Ayyam, February 12, 2007]

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CEN: “Fears Magazine Could Fuel Racial Tension”

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

OK, by just looking at the headline, can you figure out what this article is going to be about? Has the KKK decided to protest in a city somewhere? No. Has South Africa decided to reinstate Apartheid? No. Has a magazine published an article advocating the reestablishment of black slavery in the United States? No.
This headline is from an article talking about a student, at Cambridge University, who republished some of the Danish pictures of mohammed. You know, the ones that caused the religion of peace and tolerance (aka islam) to go on the rampage and kill a bunch of people and burn a bunch of things up, about a year or so ago.
Now the learned and enlightened folks at Cambridge and the Cambridge Evening News are calling what this student did a “racist cartoon and other vile material”. Racist??
I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to say this…Are the people at Cambridge so IGNORANT, that they can’t understand the difference between RACE and RELIGION? Apparently so.
Of course, our young student, who chose to express his FREEDOM of SPEECH, is in hiding because of threats to his life from the so-called religion of peace and tolerance (aka islam).
Britain, y’all need to follow France’s lead and haul down the Union Jack and replace it with the crescent moon of islam. Y’all have already surrendered anyway.

A CAMBRIDGE University student is at the centre of a race-hate probe after printing anti-Islamic material in a magazine.

The 19-year-old second year student at Clare College was in hiding today (Friday, 09 February) after printing the racist cartoon and other vile material.

The article is said to be so inflammatory the undergraduate has been taken to a secret location for his own safety.

Today (Friday, 09 February), senior college officials were locked in urgent talks about how the material came to be published and what action to take against the student at the centre of the scandal.

A university spokesman said police had been made aware of the incident.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: “This is a matter for the university authorities to deal with.”

He added that an investigation was not yet in progress.

The student magazine, Clareification, printed a cropped copy of the cartoon of the prophet Mohammed next to a photo of the president of the Union of Clare Students.

The cartoon was captioned with the president’s name and vice versa.

There was also comment suggesting one was a “violent paedophile” and the other was “a prophet of God, great leader and an example to us all.”

The cartoon was the same one which caused riots across the world when it was printed in a Danish newspaper.

For his own safety and that of others, the student, who is British, has been taken out of his current accommodation and put in a secure place.

The paper had been renamed Crucification for a special edition on religious satire.

The front page included headlines stating: “Ayatollah rethinks stance on misunderstood Rushdie”.

On page six, pictures were shown of Muslims holding placards reading: “Behead those who insult Islam” and “Freedom go to Hell.”

Enraged students have bombarded the Union of Clare Students with complaints and vice-president of the university’s Islamic society described it as “hugely offensive” and “crude unabashed prejudice.”

In a rare move, Clare College fellows have called a Court of Discipline which will sit in judgment on the youth responsible for sparking what is being regarded as one the most embarrassing incidents for the university in years.

The College chaplain has also been involved in talks aimed at trying to ease racial tension and is known to have met members of the Islamic Society and a local Imam to discuss how best to quell fears over potential racial clashes.

In a statement issued by Clare College, senior tutor Patricia Fara said: “Clare is an open and inclusive college. A student produced satirical publication has caused widespread distress throughout the Clare community.

The college finds the publication and the views expressed abhorrent.

Reflecting the gravity of the situation, the college immediately began an investigation and disciplinary procedures are in train.”

The Union of Clare Students also tried to quell the furore provoked by the publication.

Calum Davey, the union’s president expressed his “deep regret” over the publication and offered his sincere apologies for the offence caused.

He said: “This material does not reflect the views of Clare students.”

An insider at the college said the probe into the racist material had “gone to the very top”.

“This has caused the biggest stink imaginable,” he said.

“Some of the most senior staff are utterly distraught and disgusted at the thought of what has happened.

“It’s the first time in living memory a Court of Discipline has been set up.

“The stuff this chap printed is very inflammatory indeed. The college fears the material in the publication could be considered as causing racial incitement. It’s causing real abhorrence among the staff.”

It used to be that educators were really “smart” people. They used to know a lot of stuff and were pretty good at teaching others the stuff they knew. Gone are those days.
This just reinforces the view that educators are people who couldn’t make it in the real world. So they go meet with other people who couldn’t make it in the real word either, build great ivory towers in honor of themselves, vote themselves tenure so they can’t be fired for NOT doing their jobs, and live out the rest of their pompous and arrogant days thinking they are someone special.

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