Archive for June 13th, 2007

Man Seeking Asylum to Avoid Forced Conversion to Islam

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Islam, the so called “religion of peace and tolerance” is ordered by their so-called prophet, Mohamed, to convert people to Islam, or kill them if they will not convert.
This man will face of these situations if he is deported to Egypt.

A Coptic Christian from Egypt is battling for a court ruling to allow him to remain in the United States and avoid the sure torture he would face under Egypt’s Islamic law, according to his supporters.

Sameh Khouzam, 38, who has been in the United States for about nine years already, is facing a court date June 18, when a decision will be announced on that deportation order.

His supporters say the issue is the torture he would face if returned to Egypt, which he fled under threats from Muslims who demanded that he and his family members convert to Islam.

“We need your help right NOW!!!” says a campaign being run by an organization called Coptic News.

A spokesman, Sam Grace, said because Egypt’s constitution says that laws derive from the Quran, the persecution of Christians there is not only allowed, but endorsed, by government officials.

“In the last 10 years, more than 5,000 Christians have been massacred in Egypt,” he told WND. “Hundreds of businesses and homes first have been looted, then burned and destroyed. Churches have been burned and destroyed.

“And you know what? Not one Muslim has been indicted, let alone convicted,” he said.

The campaign is calling for Christians in the United States to e-mail or call:

* Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20520
202-647-4000
Or by e-mail

* Michael Chertoff, Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
202-282-8000
Comment Line: 202-282-8495

* Attorney General Alberto Gonzales
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20530
202-353-1555

“When it comes to [Egyptian] Christians asking for asylum in the U.S., very frequently, the U.S. administration lies … and deceives by saying when it comes to Christians suffering from persecution … there is no proof that Christians are persecuted in Egypt,” said Grace.

However, such cases have been documented over and over by international Christian ministries as well as groups such as Human Rights Watch, he said. In fact, a recent court ruling in Texas, in another immigration dispute, included a statement from Judge Roxanne Hladylowycz that an Egyptian man would face such persecution.

“If the respondent is removed to Egypt, he will be surely tortured or killed,” the judge said in that case.

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“Dreaming Of A World Without God” by Ben Shapiro

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

There is a curious void in the modern American left. That void is the empty spot where God should be. The American left — and the Democratic Party, as its political representative — has worked tirelessly over the course of decades to cast God from the public square, all the time disclaiming their mission by invoking “tolerance” for all beliefs.

But now the cat is out of the bag. In the aftermath of John Kerry’s electoral defeat in 2004, Democrats explained that they wished to re-enter the arena of moral values. During the two Democratic presidential debates, God was mentioned just once, by scurrilous panderer John Edwards; ethics was mentioned once, by Barack Obama, who was disclaiming his association with a lobbyist; morality was mentioned only in the context of America’s international “immorality”; values were invoked only by Joe Biden (ironically enough, in touting Roe v. Wade ). When Democrats talk about moral values, they mean the Planned Parenthood brochure.

Where’s God in the liberal moral equation? Nowhere to be found — and with good reason. The American left now stands for the wholesale displacement of traditional religious morality and the utter rejection of the Divine. “We believe with certainty that an ethical life can be lived without religion,” atheistic commentator Christopher Hitchens writes in his new best seller, “God Is Not Great.” Hitchens, consciously or unconsciously, speaks for the liberal movement.

A recent Gallup poll showed overwhelming liberal support for homosexual activity (83 percent), premarital sex (89 percent), illegitimacy (83 percent), abortion (67 percent) and doctor-assisted suicide (73 percent). Liberals support polygamy, adultery and cloning humans at an exponentially higher rate than conservatives. The top moral issue on the liberal agenda seems to be global warming. (“It is a moral issue, it is an ethical issue,” spouts Al Gore.) Liberals seem far less comfortable discussing the moral implications of a precipitate withdrawal from Iraq.

This, then, is the “ethical life” proposed by the liberals who echo Hitchens: the unethical life of moral lassitude. It is a collective program of moral abdication on the international and domestic fronts. It is the substitution of libertinism for liberty, accompanied by the substitution of enforced fairness for individual freedom.

Liberalism’s morality is philosophically bankrupt. Its atheism precludes the human capability for free will — without a soul, we are nothing but mechanistic products of genetics and environment — yet it simultaneously insists on an infinite capability for individual and societal perfection. It asserts the potentiality for a triumph of the will, while obliterating the basis for willpower. It champions the “natural,” while maintaining that nature need not dictate social relations. It weds deterministic Darwinism to Marxist utopianism.

Despite liberal ethics’ internal contradictions, they have largely triumphed in America over the past 40 years. The same Gallup poll showed that Americans now believe in the moral acceptability of premarital sex (59 percent to 38 percent), illegitimacy (54 to 42) and doctor-assisted suicide (49 to 44). Large minorities believe in the moral acceptability of homosexuality (47 percent) and abortion (40 percent).

A morality promoting licentiousness is a powerful temptation. As a societal morality, however, it is doomed to failure. The consequences of legitimating illegitimacy and abortion have been dire — the plague of fatherlessness combined with the vast killing of the unborn is crippling America economically and demographically. Excusing homosexuality and premarital sex has bred cynicism, jadedness, illness and broken homes.

Forty-three years ago, Ronald Reagan explained that the time had arrived for choosing. “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right,” Reagan explained. “Well, I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down — up to a man’s age-old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”

We have witnessed four decades of a punctuated slide down to the ant heap, thanks to the morality of those who reject the possibility of the soul and the righteousness of the Divine moral mission. But it is not too late. It is never too late, as long as the Divine spark smolders in the human heart — the spark that is always ready to burst into a renewed flame of enlightened morality. And no amount of liberal obfuscation and atheistic bluster can extinguish that spark.

Ben Shapiro is a regular guest on dozens of radio shows around the United States and Canada and author of Brainwashed: How Universities Indoctrinate America’s Youth.

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Fear and Loathing at the Creation Museum

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

It is interesting to see the different views being espoused by Christians and non-Christians concerning this museum.

On Monday, May 28, the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky opened to more than 4,000 guests. The privately funded, $27 million facility is dedicated to representing a literal six-day creation account of Earth’s history. The media coverage surrounding the grand opening was global in nature: approximately 130 media credentials were issued representing news outlets in the United States, Switzerland, Britain, France and Russia. As swarms of people descended on this small town 20 miles southwest of Cincinnati and with emotions running high among admirers and detractors alike, one reporter could only conclude: “a circus like atmosphere surrounded the grand opening.”

According to press reports, most people, like Faith Grosz, commended the museum for its unashamed portrayal of a literal, biblical six-day understanding of creation: “It’s exciting to go to a museum that actually does hold to the theory of creation … It gives honor to the Creator, who we believe in.”

Not surprisingly, however, many people protested against the museum, arguing that it is subversive to science at best and dangerous at worst. For example, dozens of people rallied outside the museum on opening day. Some held signs, at least one of which asked mockingly, “Do you deny gravity 2?” while another stated, “Religion is the root cause of all terrorism.” Overhead, an airplane flew pulling a banner that read, “Thou Shall Not Lie.” And Lawrence Krauss, an author and physicist at Case Western Reserve University, when asked how he would rank the museum on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best, stated, “I’d give it a 4 for technology, 5 for propaganda. As for content, I’d give it a negative 5.”

One would think the secularist free-thinkers would want everyone to see the creationist account of origins, for the very sake of the contrast with what they would see as a more viable model. I can even understand Darwinist ridicule of a narrative that is so strikingly at odds with the current scientific consensus. What I cannot understand is the attempt to suppress the debate itself, whether through attempted zoning regulation mischief or through noisy planes overhead on opening day. Whatever happened to postmodernism?

For example, Moore observed that at the museum “Darwinism … was everywhere, and fairly presented. In virtually every exhibit, on the ‘Lucy’ fossil or the carbon-14 dating or on the fossil record or on the Big Bang, the information included both the Darwinist-materialist explanation for the scientific data along with how the same data are interpreted by the Museum’s biblical creationist grid.” Clearly the founders of the Creation Museum are not afraid of Darwinism or angry at Darwinists—they do, however, offer a competing story.

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Indonesian Christians Say Imprisonment “Worth It”

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Most Americans have no idea what it means to be persecuted for the cause of Christ. These Sunday School teachers from Indonesia were put in prison because of their faith and they say that their time in prison was “worth it” because it cannot compare to God’s love and what He has done for them. These are people who are not concerned with whether Paris Hilton is in or out of jail. The price of gas does not cause them stress. They know what is important in life and what isn’t.

Sometimes in our comfort, we forget that there are those who have to live in fear because of their faith. We need to pray for our brothers and sisters all around the world who are being imprisoned, tortured, and killed because they claim Jesus as their Savior.

Three Indonesian Sunday school teachers who were found guilty of “Christianisation” reflected on their prison sentence and said it was worth it after being freed on Friday.

“This is nothing compared with the suffering and persecution faced by others,” Dr. Rebekka Zakaria said to Open Doors U.K. “Compared with the Lord’s love and what He has given me, it is worth it.”

On May 13, 2005, Zakaria, Ratna Bangun and Eti Pangesti were arrested for allegedly converting Muslim children to Christianity through their “Happy Sunday” program. The Sunday school program – which included Christian songs, games and Bible studies for children in the neighbourhood – was popular among Muslim children.

Although the Muslim children reportedly had the full approval of their Muslim parents, a court four months later found the women guilty of operating the Sunday school. The three served two of their three-year sentence and were released on parole from Indramayu State Prison in West Java at 6 a.m. local time on June 8.

The Christian women reportedly transformed the prison environment during their stay including cleaning the facilities and cells, gardening and even painting walls of the room they used for church meetings bright yellow and blue, according to Open Doors.

They are also credited with calming the women’s section, which previously was filled with quarrelling.

On their release date, the women rode on a bus provided by Open Doors and were escorted by seven cars to the neighboring town of Cirebon to report to the prison administration office and obtain necessary documents for their release.

During the imprisonment, the father of one of the women had passed away.

“It was a great loss to me, as we used to be very close,” Bangun said, according to Open Doors USA. “Had he been still alive, this is what he would tell me upon my release: ‘I’m very proud of you, my child, because you were jailed because of Jesus.’ It was a struggle to lose him, but I submit all to Jesus despite this grief.”

Bangun’s father passed away just two months before her release.

“We still need your prayers,” Zakaria said, according to Open Doors USA. “First, please pray for the congregation. We are still looking for a place to conduct worship services. We might hold them in Haurgeulis, just like before – and I’m sure God will allow this to happen – but Muslim radicals are still scrutinizing us. We must be very cautious about this.

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Solana: EU Would Consider Military Action In Gaza If Asked

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

The European Union would consider participating in an international force in Gaza if asked by the major players in the region, the EU’s foreign policy chief Javier Solana said Wednesday.

“If we are asked, of course, we will consider the possibility,” Solana told reporters.

He spoke in response to a suggestion by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that international forces could be stationed along the Gaza Strip’s volatile border with Egypt to prevent arms from reaching Palestinian militants.
The EU, which has police officers already helping to monitor the Gaza-Egypt border, has long said it would examine a possible peacekeeping role in the region if there is an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Solana stressed that as yet there had been no decision among players in the region to seek EU help.

“We are far from a decision,” he said. “We’ll see how things go, and what is the decision to be taken by the important players, that have to take a decision, which are … the Israelis, the Palestinians and the Egyptians.”

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Whistleblower Says Imam Suit Aimed at Intimidating ‘John Does’

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

What better way to get away with terror in the United States than to scare the average citizen into not reporting suspicious activities? That’s exactly what the Islamist at CAIR want to happen.

A whistleblower who was recently vindicated for telling authorities about suspicious activity on a Northwest Airlines flight says she’s concerned about the intimidation taking place through a lawsuit filed by six Islamic imams and supported by a well-funded Muslim activist group.

Annie Jacobsen is the author of Terror in the Skies: Why 9/11 Could Happen Again (Spence Publishing). The government recently confirmed that she did indeed witness a terrorist “dry run” on Northwest Airlines Flight 327 on June 29, 2004 — events detailed in her book, which was published on September 11, 2005.

Recently US Airways asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota to dismiss a lawsuit filed in March by six imams who were taken off a November 20, 2006, flight in Minneapolis bound for Phoenix after someone complained they were acting suspiciously. The lawsuit alleges that US Airways engaged in “intentional discrimination.”

According to Jacobsen, the imams are being supported by the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a prominent pro-Muslim lobby group in Washington, DC.

“The lawyers for CAIR, on behalf of the imams, filed a federal lawsuit in suing US Airways and suing the airport commission in Minneapolis — and also, they named ‘John Doe’ as a passenger,” the author explains. She contends their objective is to find out who it was on the flight who spoke up, “and they want to sue those individual passengers.”

Jacobsen, who in light of the recent government report feels vindicated about speaking out, is convinced the suit is intended to intimidate “John and Jane Does” who might be inclined to blow the whistle on terrorists’ plans.

“I was a Jane Doe before there was a Jane Doe-John Doe campaign,” she says, “which is what is now happening after the six imams backed by the organization CAIR [are] suing a passenger on that flight with the six imams who spoke up because he saw suspicious activity.” The author believes no one should be afraid to speak out when they see suspicious behavior, even under threat of a lawsuit from a group like CAIR.

Jacobsen adds that the pro-Muslim group has deep pockets to go after John Doe. CAIR, she says, recently received “a $500-million cash infusion from one of the Saudi princes — so they have an enormous pocketbook behind their lawsuit.”

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Civil War Rages in Pali Territory…Press Finally Notices

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

For several weeks now, the pali terrorist of Fatah and Hamas, who currently occupy the Israeli areas of Gaza and the West Bank, have been killing each other in open warfare, in ever increasing number.
The mainstream media (well, Fox News anyway) has finally decided to call it what it really is…civil war.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Fierce battles over key security positions spread to central Gaza early Wednesday, with Hamas fighters wresting control of the coastal strip’s main north-south road — and putting themselves in position to cut off reinforcements to beleaguered Fatah forces.

Gunmen also fought for control of high-rise buildings in Gaza City that serve as sniper positions. Six militants died in clashes near the besieged house of a senior Fatah commander in Gaza City, in addition to four killed there on Tuesday, Hamas said. Two other people died of wounds sustained in earlier fighting.

A mortar shell hit the home of a deputy Cabinet minister from Hamas in the nearby Shati refugee camp, setting it aflame, security officials said. No one was injured, and the official was not at home, officials said.

Violence in Gaza between the two factions, which nominally share power in the Palestinian government, has rapidly spiraled in the direction of all-out civil war, with more than 50 reported killed since Monday. Hamas has systematically taken control of security positions in the north and south, apparently leaving the main battle for the strip’s security and political nerve center in Gaza City for last.

On Wednesday afternoon, Hamas demanded Fatah-allied security forces in the north relinquish their weapons by 7 p.m. Friday, or risk having them taken by force. The ultimatum was delivered in text messages and radio announcements.

Shops in Gaza City were shuttered tight Wednesday, and streets were mostly empty as terrified residents huddled in homes that could at any moment turn into battlegrounds, The U.N. Relief and Works Agency announced it couldn’t distribute food to the 30 percent of the Gaza Strip that relies on international food aid.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah urged an end to the bloody confrontations.

“This is madness, the madness that is going on in Gaza now,” he said. “Whoever shoots and fires is responsible.”

Separately, Hamas gunmen opened fire from a high-rise building at about 1,000 protesters in the southern town of Khan Younis, injuring one and breaking up the protest. And a Fatah-affiliated officer was shot to death at the National Security compound in the town.

Confrontations have turned increasingly brutal in recent days, with some killed execution-style in the streets, others in hospital shootouts or thrown off rooftops. Both sides have been arming themselves in recent weeks, smuggling weapons through tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border.

On Tuesday, Hamas gunmen scored a key victory when they overran the headquarters of a Fatah-allied security force in northern Gaza. For hours, about 200 Hamas fighters fired mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns at the compound, where some 500 Fatah loyalists were holed up and returned fire.

Thirty-five jeeploads of Fatah fighters were sent as reinforcements, but never made it through Hamas roadblocks. After nightfall, Hamas seized control.

Hamas reported another strategic win Wednesday, saying it seized a Fatah post on the main north-south road, where security forces often stopped cars carrying Hamas loyalists. Hamas said it brought a bulldozer to flatten the post, made up of a mobile home and several shacks.

Hamas also seized control of a Fatah post on Gaza’s coastal road — another main artery for reinforcing Fatah troops.

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