Archive for May 8th, 2007

Bible Story Murals

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

I want to take the remaining days this week to highlight a Christian artist, Doug Westbrook, and his Bible Story Murals.

Mr. Westbrook is a graphic designer and artist located in the Katy, Texas area. As a graphic artist, he put his skills to use painting the walls of the children’s department at Central Baptist Church in Houston. Now I’m not talking about painting walls like I paint walls. I slap a coat of paint up and hope that none of the other colors show through. No, Mr. Westbrook hand painted murals of different Bible stories on each wall.

Here, a picture is worth a thousand words:
Doug Westbrook Painting

OK, that doesn’t show very much. But how about these…

Noah's Ark 1
Noah's Ark 2
There are many more. See his website Bible Story Murals for pictures of all of his murals. I’ll showcase other murals later this week.

But it gets better. Mr. Westbrook thought it would be a cool idea if other churches could have these murals too, but of course that just isn’t possible to do with hand painted murals. That didn’t stop Mr. Westbrook. As a leading Houston graphic designer, he developed a way to reproduce the murals on vinyl wall paper!!
Now, if your church is looking for a unique way to bring the Word of God to it’s children and young people, take a look at Mr. Westbrook’s Bible Story Murals available on durable vinyl wallpaper for easy installation.

Look, I can’t do it justice in a blog post, so go to his website and check out his murals. They are remarkable!!

Also, if you are going to be in Springfield, MO this weekend, you can meet him and see samples of his murals at the Baptist Bible Fellowship International being held at Baptist Bible College. Here are the details:

Baptist Bible Fellowship International
2007 Fellowship Week
Baptist Bible College
628 E. Kearney
Springfield, MO 658007
Booth 33

Bible Story Murals

Islamic Terrorist Arrested in New Jersey for Plotting Attack on Ft. Dix

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Details are slowly coming out concerning a plot by Islamic terrorist, living in New Jersey, to attack and kill as many soldiers as they could at Ft. Dix. As usual, the mainstream media is bending over backwards to avoid calling them “Islamic terrorist” even though the evidence shows them training with their weapons and yelling “Allah Akbar” (God is great) and confessing that they were doing this “for Allah”.
Another interesting facet of this story is the immigration status of the accused. Michelle Malkin says this:

Update: The names of the suspects via one of the filed complaints:
Dritan Duka (illegal alien); Eliver Duka (illegal alien); Shain Duka (illegal alien); Serdar Tatar (the pizza deliverer…his family owns a pizzeria near Ft. Dix); Mohamad Shnewer; Agron Abdullahu.
According to CBS News, Shnewer is from Jordan and is the lone (naturalized) U.S. citizen of the six; Tatar, from Turkey, and Abdallahu, from the former Yugoslavia, are legal permanent residents. The illegal alien Duka brothers are also from the former Yugoslavia.

According to the FBI affidavit, from a Joe Doe, (the very same type of concerned citizen that CAIR is attempting to silence through their lawsuit for the six “Flying Imams“) the FBI was tipped off when the terrorist asked for a tape to be converted into a DVD. The video store thought the content was strange and talked to the FBI.
More of my comments at the bottom. Here’s the news story from Fox News:

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. — Six Islamic militants from Yugoslavia and the Middle East were arrested on charges of plotting to attack the Fort Dix Army post and “kill as many soldiers as possible,” authorities said Tuesday.

In conversations secretly recorded by an FBI informant over the past year, the men talked about killing in the name of Allah and attacking U.S. warships that might dock in Philadelphia, according an FBI criminal complaint.

“This was a serious plot put together by people who were intent on harming Americans,” U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie said Tuesday. “We’re very gratified federal law enforcement was able to catch these people before they acted and took innocent life.”

One suspect reportedly spoke of using rocket-propelled grenades to kill at least 100 soldiers at a time, according to court documents.

“If you want to do anything here, there is Fort Dix and I don’t want to exaggerate, and I assure you that you can hit an American base very easily,” suspect Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer said in one conversation secretly recorded by a government informant, according to the criminal complaint.

“It doesn’t matter to me whether I get locked up, arrested or get taken away,” a suspect identified as Serdar Tatar said in another recorded conversation. “Or I die, it doesn’t matter. I’m doing it in the name of Allah.”

Another suspect, Eljvir Duka, was recorded saying: “In the end, when it comes to defending your religion, when someone is trying attacks your religion, your way of life, then you go jihad.”

White House spokesman Tony Snow said Tuesday there is “no direct evidence” that the men had ties to international terrorism.

The FBI was tipped off in January 2006 when a shopkeeper alerted agents about a “disturbing” video he had been asked to copy onto a DVD, according to court documents. The video showed 10 men in their early 20s “shooting assault weapons at a firing range … while calling for jihad and shouting in Arabic ‘Allah Akbar’ (God is great),” the complaint said.

Six of the 10 men on the tape were identified as those arrested in the plot. They were arrested Monday trying to buy automatic weapons from an FBI informant, officials said.

Christie said one of the suspects worked at Super Mario’s Pizza in nearby Cookstown and delivered pizzas to the base.

“What concerns us is, obviously, they began conducting surveillance and weapons training in the woods and were discussing killing large numbers of soldiers,” said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd.

Original Link.

OK, here’s the main points of this whole situation that every American should be worrying about:

  • Terrorist attempting an attack on our own soil.
  • Most of them in this country illegally.
  • All of them are Muslim.
  • It was a “John Doe” who found them out and turned them in.
  • I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: America, Wake Up!!!

    Poll Says Parents Overwhelmingly Back Abstinence Education

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

    We have been saying this on this blog for years. Abstinence works. Period.

    A new survey shows the majority of parents across the U.S., regardless of their economic or ethnic background, support abstinence education over comprehensive sex education. The National Abstinence Education Association is touting a new Zogby International poll that shows American parents favor abstinence education over comprehensive sex education by a two-to-one margin.

    The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is drawing attention to the Zobgy survey, which claims when parents become aware of what abstinence education teaches versus what comprehensive sex education teaches, support for abstinence programs jumps from 40 percent to 60 percent, while support for condom-based “safe-sex” programs drops from 50 percent to 30 percent.

    NAEA executive director Valerie Huber says she is convinced there has been a “misinformation campaign” about abstinence education throughout the media.

    “Once parents understood that abstinence education is really holistic and includes some of the core components, such as building healthy relationships, strengthening self-control, developing skills that will improve their chances for a healthy future marriage, and even the benefits of choosing abstinence after being sexually active,” Huber notes, “parents want that message given to their teens.”

    The NAEA official says she hopes the results of the Zogby poll will inform the debate in state legislatures and Congress over funding for sex education in schools. “Most parents do reject the so-called ‘comprehensive’ sex education approach because it promotes and demonstrates condom use,” she asserts. “They think it sends a mixed message and it crosses the line to actually encourage sexual activity.”

    Two out of three parents indicate that the mixed message of comprehensive sex education “is not something that they want their children to receive,” Huber points out. She says most parents want their kids to hear a strong abstinence message and, if there is a discussion of contraception, that it should detail the “realistic limitations” of condoms and other contraceptives in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

    Original Link.

    ABC’s Story ‘Powerful Propaganda, But Substandard Journalism’

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

    ABC tends to be a fairly major offender in the “Media Bias” game.

    A media watchdog group accuses ABC News of airing a biased and “dishonest” report on supposed “hate crimes” in the U.S. The broadcast employed a “manipulative trick” designed to present just one side of an issue, says the group — and neglected to inform viewers of a related vote pending in the House of Representatives the very next day.

    On the eve of the vote in the House on the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1592), ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson aired a report on the alleged rise of hate groups. The piece showed footage of the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads. The only source for the story was the Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal group that supports the homosexual rights agenda.

    Bob Knight, director of the Media Research Center’s Culture and Media Institute, says ABC reporter Jim Avila attempted to “present an atmosphere of a crisis in need of a government solution.”

    “This is a technique called ‘bracketing’ that you can see in After the Ball,” Knight explains. He describes that publication as “a gay propaganda manual that says show scary images and that will create a situation in which Americans will feel that gays an underdog and need to be protected — and if you can, show images of pastors saying they’re against homosexuality.”

    ABC did not go quite that far, he adds. “They didn’t actually show pastors speaking out against [homosexuality] — but they did one half of that equation,” he says.

    Essentially, says the Institute spokesman, ABC was guilty of “bias by omission” because it did not present the views of opponents of hate crimes legislation or include any information that might contradict its thesis that the country was “awash in hate crimes.” The network’s bias was obvious, he contends.

    “I think the fact that the only source they used was the Southern Poverty Law Center — and the fact that they didn’t include information on the pending hate crimes vote — shows that they wanted to create an atmosphere that was conducive to passage of the hate crimes bill,” Knight offers.

    And if ABC had acknowledged there was a vote scheduled for the next day on related federal legislation, “they would have been obligated to bring on an opponent of the hate crimes bill — but they didn’t do that,” adds Knight.

    HR 1592 was approved by the House (237-180) on May 3 and must now be voted upon by the Senate, where similar legislation has been introduced by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts). Knight maintains that coverage of the House vote on the hate crimes measure has garnered little attention from the mainstream media because more people are becoming aware of how “dangerous” the bill is.

    Original Link.

    Pandora’s Box Opened: Court Ruling Does Support Incest & Polygamy

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

    And out of Pandora’s Box…

    When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas prohibition on homosexual sodomy, leaders including then-Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., warned the decision would be used in support of incest, adultery and polygamy. While Santorum got “holy hell” for his prediction, a media leader of no less influence than Time magazine now admits that he was right.

    “It turns out the critics were right,” the magazine said in a recent article addressing the use of the precedent in a series of other cases. “Plaintiffs have made the decision the centerpiece of attempts to defeat state bans on the sale of sex toys in Alabama, polygamy in Utah and adoptions by gay couples in Florida.”

    Also, in Ohio, a man’s conviction of incest for having sex with his 22-year-old stepdaughter also is being challenged based on the Lawrence vs. Texas decision, the magazine said.

    Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby noted that just one of the warnings about the Texas ruling, which essentially struck down all state laws in the nation banning homosexual sodomy, came from Santorum.

    “If the Supreme Court says you have the right to consensual sex within your home,” Santorum said at the time, “then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”

    As Jacoby noted, Santorum was given “holy hell” and handed “nail-spitting” by some critics.

    “When the justices, voting 6-3, did in fact declare it unconstitutional for any state to punish consensual gay sex, the dissenters echoed Santorum’s point. ‘State laws against bigamy, same-sex marriage, adult incest, prostitution, masturbation, adultery, fornication, bestiality, and obscenity are … called into question by today’s decision,’ Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the minority,” Jacoby wrote.

    Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the Texas law “demeans” the lives of homosexuals. “The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime,” Kennedy wrote.

    At the time of the 2003 decision, Time, in its “A Yea for Gays,” said, “Lawrence v. Texas turns an issue that states have historically decided for themselves into a basic constitutional tenet.”

    ———-

    But with same-sex marriage now on the books in Massachusetts, and pending in several other states, the magazine’s position has changed.

    “Now, Time magazine acknowledges: ‘It turns out the critics were right.’ Time’s attention, like the BBC’s, has been caught by the legal battles underway to decriminalize incest between consenting adults,” Jacoby wrote.

    Original Link.

    Israeli Archaeologist Finds Tomb of King Herod

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

    King Herod (Herod the Great) was the king who ruled Israel at the time Jesus was born. Here is a biography from Wikipedia:

    Herod the Great arose from a wealthy, influential Idumaean family. The Idumaeans, successors to the Edomites of the Hebrew Bible, settled in Idumea, formerly known as Edom, in southern Judea. When the Maccabean John Hyrcanus conquered Idumea in 140–130 BC, he required all Idumaeans to obey Jewish law or to leave; most Idumaeans thus converted to Judaism.

    King Herod identified himself as a Jew and was considered as such by his contemporaries,[1] This religious self-identification notwithstanding, the Herodians were to a large extent Hellenistic in culture, which would have earned them the antipathy of observant Jews.[2] He was the second son of Antipater the Idumaean, the Idumeans having been just converted to Judaism by John Hyrcanus, and was founder of the Herodian Dynasty. Herod’s mother was Cypros, a princess from Petra in Nabatea (now part of Jordan). The family rubbed shoulders with the greats in Rome, such as Pompey and Cassius, and in 47 BC his father was appointed Procurator over Judea, who then appointed his son governor of Galilee at the age of 25.

    After his father was poisoned in 43 BC, allegedly by a tax collector, Herod had the murderer executed. After returning from a campaign, he was offered the betrothal to the teenage princess Mariamne (sometimes spelled Mariamme) from the former Hasmonean dynasty who were the titular rulers of Judaea. Although he was legally permitted to have more than one wife, he banished his first wife Doris and her 3-year-old son, also named Antipater, and married Mariamne (known as Mariamne I). In 40 BC Antigonos and the Parthians invaded Judea, and Herod fled Jerusalem to Rome for the first time. There he was elected “King of the Jews” by the Roman Senate[3] however, Herod did not fully conquer Judea until 37 BC. He ruled for 34 years.

    Herodium
    Herodium, the location of King Herod’s palace.

    Read more about King Herod in the Bible in Matthew Chapter 2. The King Herod mentioned later in the Bible, when Jesus is an adult, is the son of Herod the Great and was also named Herod.

    JERUSALEM — An Israeli archaeologist has found the tomb of King Herod, the legendary builder of ancient Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Hebrew University said late Monday.

    The tomb is at a site called Herodium, a flattened hilltop in the Judean Desert, clearly visible from southern Jerusalem. Herod built a palace on the hill, and researchers discovered his burial site there, the university said.

    The university had hoped to keep the find a secret until Tuesday, when it planned a news conference to disclose the find in detail, but the Haaretz newspaper found out about the discovery and published an article on its Web site.

    Herod became the ruler of the Holy Land under the Romans around 74 B.C. The wall he built around the Old City of Jerusalem still stands, and he also ordered big construction projects in Caesaria, Jericho, the hilltop fortress of Massada and other sites.

    It has long been assumed Herod was buried at Herodium, but decades of excavations had failed to turn up the site. The 1st century historian Josephus Flavius described the tomb and Herod’s funeral procession.

    Haaretz said the tomb was found by archaeologist Ehud Netzer, a Hebrew University professor who has been working at Herodium since 1972. The paper said the tomb was in a previously unexplored area between the two palaces Herod built on the site. Herod died in 4 B.C. in Jericho.

    Herodium was one of the last strong points held by Jewish rebels fighting against the Romans, and it was conquered and destroyed by Roman troops in A.D. 71, a year after they destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

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