Archive for May 3rd, 2007

Former Governor McGreevey Accepted to Seminary

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

You guys remember James McGreevey, right? He’s the former governor of New Jersey who resigned his position because he had a homosexual affair with one of his aides. Well, now he has decided to become an Epsicopal priest. Yes, that’s right folks, McGreevey, a self-proclaimed “gay man”, has been accepted to the General Theological Seminary. Isn’t that a wonderful name for a seminary –General Theological Seminary? I suppose that means that they accept people regardless of their sexual orientation and they teach them general (a.k.a. “false”) theology. What exactly is general theology? I have to wonder if they use the actual ‘Holy Bible’ there or if they have a ‘General Bible’ they study from. Guess McGreevey will let us know when he graduates.

McGreevey applied to study at the General Theological Seminary in New York, the oldest one of the Episcopal church.

McGreevey resigned from office in August 2004 after admitting he is gay and had cheated on his wife with a man he had hired to be his homeland security adviser. He is currently going through the “discernment” phase that precedes joining the seminary, Rev. Kevin Bean, vicar at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan, told The Star-Ledger.

“This process that he’s in right now, is not going to be some snap of the finger, overnight process. That will not happen. That’s not how it works. He knows that,” Bean said. “And so at the parish level, and at the diocesan level, everyone knows that this is a process that … intentionally is deliberate. You don’t enter into it unadvisably.”

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More Calls for Gun Control in Aftermath of Virginia Tech Shootings

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

The gun control advocates just don’t get it at all. The only people who will respect more gun laws are the law abiding people who currently respect the ones we have now. The criminals, no matter how many gun laws are passed, will continue to get their guns to commit crimes with. This sums up gun laws very well:

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(CNSNews.com) – Calling the shooting of 32 students at Virginia Tech last month a wake-up call, a leading gun control group called Tuesday for more restrictions on purchasing firearms – drawing criticism from a gun rights advocate who said the tragedy was being exploited to further an anti-gun agenda.

“Thirty-two people were murdered at Virginia Tech,” Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

“That number, in and of itself, was not extraordinary. Every day in our country, on average about thirty-two people are murdered with guns,” he said.

“When you add suicides and unintentional shootings, the death toll from guns in America each day is about eighty people. And for every death there are another two or three seriously injured,” Helmke continued.

“The gun epidemic is our monthly 9/11, our weekly Katrina, a continuing Iraq war on our streets and in our schools. It is our daily Virginia Tech,” he declared.

A student at the Blacksburg, Va., campus on April 16 killed 32 students and faculty members before shooting himself.

Helmke attributed the situation to what he called “the insane, weak gun policies we have in this country,” adding that “even the few laws we have are not adequately enforced.”

He called for effective background checks on would-be gun owners, for law enforcement agencies to be provided with “the best technology available,” and for the assault weapons ban to be reinstated.

Congress in September 1994 passed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, prohibiting the sale of semi-automatic assault weapons manufactured after the ban. It expired in September 2004 under the law’s sunset provision, lacking the votes necessary to reauthorize it.

“Most Americans believe that guns are too easily available to dangerous people,” Helmke argued. “Most Americans believe that we should have tougher gun laws. Most Americans, including most gun owners, support the policy proposals I’ve suggested.”

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, had strong words for the gun control lobby and others.

“All that seems to be on the minds of many in the media and at the offices of gun control extremists is figuring out how to exploit this horrible tragedy to erode and eventually destroy the right, and the means, of self-defense,” he said Tuesday.

“Good Americans possess the strength of heart and the ardor to protect their fellow human beings from being harmed,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “That is not the view that Washington anti-gun lobbyists hold.

“In the aftermath [of the tragedy] they seek to capitalize on the situation in order to further their agenda, of the disarmament of the American people,” Gottlieb added. “They seek to make it a law, that the good people of the world are not even able to do anything in the face of evil.

“These tragedies should never happen, but they do when people are denied the means to fight back,” he said. “If we learn anything from this, it is the value of the Second Amendment and self-defense.”

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The Sanhedrin’s Peace Initiative

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

This is interesting…

Jewish group devoted to rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem to send letters to all world leaders, including Arab ones, inviting them to take part in project, attend conference on Temple Mount in Israel.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been gearing up for an Israeli offensive in recent months, is bound to be surprised by the peace feelers he is set to receive from Jerusalem soon.

Without Saudi mediation or diplomatic procedures, the president will get a “Letter of Love and Peace”, accompanied by a historic invitation to visit Jerusalem, from The Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People, better known as the Sanhedrin.

After having tried their luck with the High Court of Justice and the government, the members of the Jewish group have set out on a new track in their struggle for the Temple Mount, aimed at rebuilding the Temple in the Jewish capital.

In recent days, the group members have drafted a letter that will be translated into 70 languages and sent to all government institutions in the world, including “the sons of Esau and Ishmael” who do not hold diplomatic ties with Israel.

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Will Turkey Become an Islamist State?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

In end time events, Turkey will be a key player. Continue to watch what transpires over the next several months.

Turkey, the world’s prime example of a mainly Muslim country as a secular democratic state, may be losing that status. For the first time, a member of an Islamic party stands poised to win the presidency. And the upcoming parliamentary elections are likely to result in yet another victory for the Islamic-oriented government.

The ruling Justice and Development Party, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has selected the party’s No. 2 leader, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, as its candidate for the presidency. Secularists fear this may be the beginning of the end for the secular nature of the republic, as established by president Mustafa Kemal Ataturk more than 80 years ago.

While Turkey has twice had a prime minister from an Islamic party, the president is looked on as a bulwark of the secular system. The president plays an important role in Turkey. He appoints the prime minister, the military’s chief of staff, university rectors, and members of the country’s highest court.

The other institution safeguarding the status quo is the Turkish army, which has brought down governments on several occasions.

True, Gul has promised to maintain the state’s values of secularism and democracy, as well as to keep up Turkey’s good relations with the United States and Israel, and its pursuit of membership in the European Union. But some of his past actions worry secularists, including Gul’s meeting with Hamas leader Khalad Mashaal at the Justice and Development Party headquarters in Ankara in 2006. And Erdogan advocated a law to make adultery a crime, in 2004.

As a result, many secularists, including the chief of staff, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, argue that Gul and Erdogan are merely paying lip service to secularism. They vividly recall Erdogan saying before he was premier, “Thank God, I am a servant of the Shari’a,” or Islamic law, and, “We will turn all our schools” into Islamic ones.

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