Archive for May 4th, 2007

Ford Shareholders to Hear Proposal Against Pro-Homosexual Policies

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Ford has a history of promoting the homosexual agenda and some of the shareholders are not happy about it. My bet is that Ford will continue their support of homosexuals regardless of losses and plant closings. I hope I am wrong.

An advocate for family values in corporate policy will return to Ford Motor Company’s annual shareholders meeting next week seeking a vote on a resolution to remove “sexual orientation” from its company employment policies. Ohio pro-family activist Tom Strobhar also wants to discourage Ford’s support of the homosexual agenda.

Strobhar read the proposed resolution from Ford shareholder Dr. Robert Hurley of St. Louis at last year’s meeting. But only five percent of shareholders supported it. Strobhar says the resolution points out that Ford has been giving money to homosexual advocacy centers, cutting retirement benefits while paying domestic-partner benefits, and advertising in homosexual magazines, all while closing plants and laying off employees.

“That’s beside the fact that the company had lost $50 billion in market value, a tremendous amount of the market share — and even J.P. Morgan and Company said they had a 43 percent chance of bankruptcy,” the activist notes.

Strobhar says he hopes to present “those things and more” at the upcoming meeting, where he and Hurley say Ford “can’t duck it” and “they have to sit there and listen to what we say.”

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Illegal Immigration Movement Teaching Kids Lawlessness

Friday, May 4th, 2007

A pro-family group called Biblical Family Advocates is speaking out against illegal immigration. The leader of this group says that the protests and lack of enforcement surrounding illegal immigration are teaching children principles of lawlessness and entitlement. I suppose I have never thought of it in these terms, but it makes perfect sense. When children see a group with the word ‘illegal’ in their title getting away with what they are doing, they learn disregard for the law.

These immigrants believe they are entitled to live in America and they will stand their ground and beat the system every way they can to stay. I am not in any way opposed to immigrants coming here to live and work, but I am opposed to those who refuse to go through the proper channels to get here.

A pro-family group says demonstrators demanding amnesty for the estimated 12 million illegal aliens in the United States are teaching their children lawlessness.

Open-borders proponents are once again ratcheting up their calls for the U.S. Congress to provide a so-called “path to citizenship” for millions of illegal aliens. But Phil Magnan, director of Biblical Family Advocates, says the illegal immigrant movement in America is teaching children that they do not have to submit to the governing authorities.

“I’d considered the issue for quite some time and thought about the impact of parents actually ignoring the loss of the land and actually thinking in terms of that they were somehow entitled to the United States and what kind of lessons that actually teaches children,” Magnan notes. “And what I had seen was, in reality, their parents are, by their actions and their attitudes, actually teaching children that it’s okay to steal and that it’s okay to covet your neighbor’s goods,” he says.

Mexico and other foreign government are wrong to use the United States as a “stopgap for their poverty” by encouraging their citizens to enter the U.S. illegally, the Biblical Family Advocates spokesman asserts. In addition, he says proponents of illegal immigration are wrong to teach children to disregard American laws.

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“A Cup of Drunkenness” by Jack Kinsella

Friday, May 4th, 2007

An Israeli-Arab member of the Israeli Knesset resigned his seat recently under suspicion that he aided Hezbollah during the 2nd Lebanon War last summer.Azmi Bishara is suspected of transferring information to Hezbollah during time of war, maintaining contacts with a foreign agent and money-laundering.

Bishara has a long record of treason against the government of which he is a member.

Bishara was born to Palestinian-Christian parents in Nazareth, where he attended the Nazareth Baptist school before going on to attend Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1997, Bishara received a kidney transplant at the Jewish Hadassah Medical Center in a operation performed by Israeli doctors.

He demonstrated his gratitude by working actively to destroy the state that gave him so much.

It is one of the peculiar ironies of the Israeli-Arab conflict that Israel is not only willing, but is expected, to treat its enemies better than its enemies treat each other.

If Bishara had been born in a Palestinian ‘refugee’ camp in Jordan, Lebanon or Syria, he would still be languishing there today, assuming he was able to live another ten years without the kidney transplant.

How did an Arab enemy of the Israeli state manage to get himself elected to the Israeli Parliament? That is another of the peculiar ironies of the region.

Arab-Israelis enjoy the same rights and protections under the law as Jewish-Israelis, including the right to hold elective office in the Jewish state. The Palestinians, on the other hand, have an official policy of ethnic cleansing.

One of the main stumbling blocks to ‘peace’ (according to the Palestinians, the EU, the UN, etc., is the existence of Jewish settlements within the territories claimed by the Palestinians.

A Jew on the Palestinian side of the Green Line can be killed with impunity. No Palestinian-Arab has ever been prosecuted by the Palestinian Authority for killing a Jew inside its territory. The life of a Jew is of no more consequence under Palestinian rule than that of a dog.

But on the Israeli side, Bishara, an elected official who committed treason against the state is, to this point, still drawing his Knesset salary from exile in Egypt.

Bishara’s Israeli citizenship came as a result of the choices made by his grandparents. In the weeks leading up to the Israeli War of Independence, thousands of Palestinians fled to the Arab world, fully expecting to return to their homes after an early Arab victory.

As Palestinian nationalist Aref el-Aref explained in his history of the 1948 War;

“The Arabs thought they would win in less than the twinkling of an eye and that it would take no more than a day or two from the time the Arab armies crossed the border until all the colonies were conquered and the enemy would throw down his arms and cast himself on their mercy.”

Jewish leaders urged the Arabs to remain in Palestine and become citizens of Israel. The Assembly of Palestine Jewry issued this appeal on October 2, 1947:

“We will do everything in our power to maintain peace, and establish a cooperation gainful to both [Jews and Arabs]. It is now, here and now, from Jerusalem itself, that a call must go out to the Arab nations to join forces with Jewry and the destined Jewish State and work shoulder to shoulder for our common good, for the peace and progress of sovereign equals.”

On November 30, 1948, the day after the UN partition vote, the Jewish Agency announced: “The main theme behind the spontaneous celebrations we are witnessing today is our community’s desire to seek peace and its determination to achieve fruitful cooperation with the Arabs….“

Israel’s Proclamation of Independence, issued May 14, 1948, also invited the Palestinians to remain in their homes and become equal citizens in the new state:

“In the midst of wanton aggression, we yet call upon the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve the ways of peace and play their part in the development of the State, on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its bodies and institutions….We extend our hand in peace and neighborliness to all the neighboring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all.”

Did Israel keep its word? What about the Arab claims that the Palestinian refugees were forcibly deported? Bishara’s grandparents stayed in 1948 and Bishara is not only an Israeli citizen, but was a member of its parliament.

You tell me.

Despite the efforts of the revisionists, there is ample historical evidence backing up the claims that the Palestinians fled at the urging of the Arab world (in addition to the fact that Bishara’s own status as an Israeli citizen and lawmaker is lviing evidence to the fact).

The then-U.S. Consul General in Haifa, Aubrey Lippincott, wrote on April 22, 1948, for example, that “local mufti dominated Arab leaders” were urging “all Arabs to leave the city, and large numbers did so.”

The London-based Economist — then as now — was no friend of the Jewish state.

In its October, 1948 issue, it reported that “Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5,000 or 6,000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit….It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.”

Time’s report of the battle for Haifa (May 3, 1948) was similar: “The mass evacuation, prompted partly by fear, partly by orders of Arab leaders, left the Arab quarter of Haifa a ghost city….By withdrawing Arab workers their leaders hoped to paralyze Haifa.”

Another of the ironies of the Middle East conflict is the fact that, had the Palestinians accepted the UN’s 1947 Partition Plan, not a single Palestinian-Arab would have become a refugee. And an independent Arab state would already exist beside Israel.

But then, as now, the Palestinians are not interested in having a state beside Israel — they will accept nothing less than a state INSTEAD of Israel. (A Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of all Jews.)

In 1957, the Palestinian Refugee Conference in Homs, Syria, passed a resolution that clearly outlined the real Palestinian ‘peace plan’ with Israel:

Any discussion aimed at a solution of the Palestine problem which will not be based on ensuring the refugees’ right to annihilate Israel will be regarded as a desecration of the Arab people and an act of treason (Beirut al Massa, July 15, 1957).

Today, Palestinian refugee camps exist in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. There are no Palestinian refugee camps inside Israel, because any Palestinians who lived in Israel when it declared independence in 1948 were automatically granted Israeli citizenship.

But the Arab world has kept Palestinian ‘refugees’ interned in what are nothing less than concentration camps for almost sixty years. In 1998, five years after Oslo, a reporter for the Jerusalem Report asked a camp official why the camps were still in operation.

The reporter, Netty Gross, was told the Palestinian Authority had made a “political decision” not to do anything for the nearly half a million Palestinians living in the camps ‘until the final-status talks with Israel took place’.

The half-million Palestinians still remain interned by the Arabs themselves — and the world blames Israel.

This week, Hamas called on the Palestinian people to prepare for the NEXT war with Israel. It declared its ‘truce’ with Israel over and resumed its rocket barrages on Israeli cities along its borders. The world’s reaction was fascinating.

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Houses Passes ‘Hate Crimes’ Bill, Religious Leaders Praise Veto Threat

Friday, May 4th, 2007

There is so much wrong with this “hate crimes” bill. Here are some of the key flaws as I see it:

  • This bill allows law enforcement to decide what criminals are thinking at the time they commit a crime. I jokingly say “when did law enforcement get the tools necessary to read minds and travel through time?” But seriously, aside from a signed confession, how on earth can law enforcement know what a person was thinking at the time he/she committed a crime? The answer is: they can’t.
  • This bill will offer special protection to certain “classifications” of citizens, not all people equally.
  • Laws are already on the books to address the same crimes called out in this bill. There is no need to “federalize” the crimes.
  • And what I consider to the most dangerous, the definition of “hate crimes” is not defined in the bill. This bill, if passed into law, would give prosecutors the ability “to muzzle people of faith who dare to express their moral and biblical concerns about homosexuality.” In other words, a Christian speaking out against homosexuality, could be charged with a hate crime under this law.
  • House passes ‘thought crimes’ bill 237 to 180

    The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would punish offenders more severely if a criminal assault or murder could be proven to have been motivated by the attackers alleged hatred for the victim because of the victim’s “sexual orientation,” though that term is not defined in the legislation.

    A news release from the Family Research Council (FRC) called the legislation “a direct violation of the 14th Amendment which affords equal protection under the law.”

    Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee agreed.

    “Our criminal justice system has been built on the ideal of equal justice for all,” Smith said. “Under this bill justice will no longer be equal, but [will] depend on the race, sex, sexual orientation, disability or status of the victim.”

    FRC says the “Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007,” H.R. 1592, which passed by a vote of 237 to 180, would, “grant certain victims of crimes allegedly motivated by bias greater protection than other victims of violence.

    “Criminalizing thoughts as well as actions, and creating special categories of victims is unconstitutional,” said Tony Perkins, FRC president. “The actions of a majority of the House today undermine the promise of equal protection under the law guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

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    But Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, warned that the true intent of the bill was “to muzzle people of faith who dare to express their moral and biblical concerns about homosexuality.” If you read the Bible in a certain way, he told his broadcast listeners, “you may be guilty of committing a ‘thought crime.'”

    Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) explained his opposition to the bill in a news release issued just after the vote was taken.

    “The law should not distinguish between victims or levy higher penalties based on a criminal’s supposed motive,” Wilson wrote. “Our legal system was founded on the principle that justice is blind. It is our duty to uphold this standard.”

    But the South Carolina Republican also echoed Dobson’s concerns.

    “[C]ertain provisions of this bill would inhibit the free practice of religion and compromise First Amendment rights,” Wilson explained. “For these reasons, I could not support this legislation.”

    Houses Passes ‘Hate Crimes’ Bill, Religious Leaders Praise Veto Threat

    (CNSNews.com) – The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill that would extend “hate crimes” protection to homosexuals and other specified groups, but religious leaders were already praising the White House for issuing a threat to veto the bill if it passes.

    The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (read the bill) was passed by a 237-180 vote. The legislation seeks to provide federal assistance to local law enforcement in prosecuting hate crimes and adds “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of hate crime victims along with religion, national origin, gender and race.

    “[T]he administration believes that H.R. 1592 is unnecessary and constitutionally questionable,” the White House said in a statement. “If H.R. 1592 were presented to the president, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill.”

    The White House pointed out that “almost every state in the country can actively prosecute hate crimes under the state’s own hate crimes law.” It did not address concerns raised by religious leaders who fear that the law would have a chilling effect on their right to preach Biblical teachings, including opposition to homosexuality.

    “It can bring about a criminalization of our message,” Bishop Harry Jackson, president of the High Impact Leadership Conference, told a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol earlier Thursday.

    President says ‘hate crimes’ plan unneeded

    One day after WND reported Christian activists were seeking a pledge from the president to veto a “hate crimes” bill now approved by the U.S. House, the White House issued a statement saying the proposal is “unnecessary and constitutionally questionable.”

    The plan, H.R. 1592 by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is feared by opponents, as WND has reported, as a means to target Christians and to demolish both freedom of speech and religion in the United States. The House voted 237-180 for it today.

    “The administration favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime, including crimes based on personal characteristics, such as race, color, religion, or national origin. However … if H.R. 1592 were presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” the White House said.

    The statement said state and local criminal laws already provide penalties for the violence addressed by the new federal crime defined in the bill, and many carry stricter penalties than the proposed language.

    “State and local law enforcement agencies and courts have the capability to enforce those penalties and are doing so effectively. There has been no persuasive demonstration of any need to federalize such a potentially large range of violent crime enforcement…” the statement said.

    It said the administration believes all violent crimes are unacceptable, regardless of the victims, and should be punished “firmly.”

    “I think it’s a good sign, for now,” said Michael Marcavage, of Repent America, an organization whose members include several Christians jailed for proclaiming their beliefs on public streets in Philadelphia.

    Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, called it a “Thought Crimes” plan.

    “It’s called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act. But this bill is not about hate. It’s not even about crime. It’s about outlawing peaceful speech – speech that asserts that homosexual behavior is morally wrong,” he said.

    Leaders at Concerned Women for America had asked for the veto promise.

    “This bill would grant individuals who engaged in homosexual behavior (“sexual orientation”) or those who cross-dress (“gender identity”) preferential treatment over other citizens by elevating them to a specially protected class of victim,” the organization said.

    “The 14th Amendment guarantees all citizens equal protection under the law, regardless of their chosen sexual behaviors. There is no evidence to suggest that homosexuals or cross-dresser do not receive equal protection under the law,” the CWFA said.

    “Victims are – and should be – treated equally in the justice system, regardless of their ‘sexual orientation,'” said CWFA President Wendy Wright. “This ‘hate crimes’ bill would overturn this balance, creating second-class victims and a federal justice system that discriminates against grandmothers, children, women and men simply because they are heterosexual.”

    “Some say we need this law to prevent attacks on homosexuals. But we already have laws against assaults on people and property,” Colson continued. “Moreover, according to the FBI, crimes against homosexuals in the United States have dropped dramatically in recent years. In 2005, out of 863,000 cases of aggravated assault, just 177 cases were crimes of bias against homosexuals…”

    Terrorist Booby Trap New Iraqi Girls’ School with Explosives

    Friday, May 4th, 2007

    Just when you think the Muslim terrorist can’t get any more evil, they do something like this.

    BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — American soldiers discovered a girls school being built north of Baghdad had become an explosives-rigged “death trap,” the U.S. military said Thursday.

    The plot at the Huda Girls’ school in Tarmiya was a “sophisticated and premeditated attempt to inflict massive casualties on our most innocent victims,” military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said.

    The military suspects the plot was the work of al Qaeda, because of its nature and sophistication, Caldwell said in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

    The plot was uncovered Saturday, when troopers in the Salaheddin province found detonating wire across the street from the school. They picked up the wire and followed its trail, which led to the school. Once inside, they found an explosive-filled propane tank buried beneath the floor. There were artillery shells built into the ceiling and floor, and another propane tank was found, the military said.

    The wire was concealed with mortar and concrete, and the propane tanks had been covered with brick and hidden underneath the floor, according to a military statement. Soldiers were able to clear the building.

    “It was truly just an incredibly ugly, dirty kind of vicious killing that would have gone on here,” Caldwell said.

    Iraqi contractors were responsible for building the school, which was intended to bring in hundreds of girls.

    “Given the care and work put into emplacing this IED, it is likely it had been planned for a long time” and it is thought that “the IED was not intended to be set off until the building was occupied,” the military said.

    Authorities intend to question the Iraqis involved in the school’s construction.

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