Archive for July 16th, 2007

“Perspectives: Teaching Denial and Ignorance” by Jane Jimenez

Monday, July 16th, 2007

America is caught in a battle for the health of our youth. When left to the common sense of parents, informed and supported by medical facts, clearly the health of our youth depends on their ability to maintain sexual abstinence until marriage.

Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms this sexual abstinence message … although … to avoid public castigation by liberals bent on social re-engineering, the CDC couches their approval in careful linguistics: The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected.

The average person attests to the wisdom and truth of this message, citing their own life experiences … both the bad … and the good. Sex is a wonderful gift, if treated with respect. Boundaries for behavior are protective. But wait.

If liberals could have their way, young people would be taught that all sex is created equal (uninhibited), and that you can do anything (absolutely anything) you feel you are ready to do with another person (or persons) who feel they are ready to do it, too (consensual sex), hiding behind a bit of latex (protection), without fear of consequences (free and natural).

If liberals could have their way, this message would begin early … in kindergarten … and be legally mandated and federally funded.

But wait. The only way to proceed with the liberal message of free sex is to live in denial and ignorance about the costs of free sex. And, yes, if liberals could have their way, they would have our children do just that.

The battle over sex education, from the liberal perspective, is really a battle to deny truth and live in ignorance. Truth about sex is being reaffirmed by research. Only a person who insists on living in denial can escape the reality of the cost to our youth of promoting “free sex.”

  • Condoms do not adequately protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Incurable virus and infectious bacterium live on areas of the body not covered by condoms and not visible to the human eye.
  • Even when treated and cured, STDs can exact a permanent cost. Infertility is a painful, lifelong consequence of several STDs that wreak havoc on the reproductive system.
  • Incurable genital herpes, a virus that condoms cannot claim to prevent, now infects at least one in six over the age of 12. This is one facet of an epidemic of STDs that infect over 70 million Americans today and leads to 19 million new cases each year.
  • Victims of STDs are not created equal. Women, with their internal reproductive system, are more susceptible to STDs and their serious consequences. Teen girls are at an even greater risk, with their still-developing tissues and organs especially vulnerable to STDs.
  • Emotional consequences of sex are rooted in the chemical makeup of human beings. Oxytocin, a chemical released during sexual activity, creates emotional bonds and vulnerability for women which may explain the higher rates of depression in female teens.
  • In spite of all the HIV/AIDs awareness campaigns over 20 years, HIV infection continues to occur, with approximately 40,000 new infections annually. Seventy percent of new infections are in men, and half of all new infections are in people age 25 or under. Condoms are not recommended by manufacturers as “safe sex” for anal intercourse.
  • The CDC reports that “[i]n the United States, HIV infection and AIDS have had a tremendous effect on men who have sex with men (MSM). MSM accounted for 71 percent of all HIV infections among male adults and adolescents in 2005 (based on data from 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting), even though only about 5 percent to 7 percent of male adults and adolescents in the United States identify themselves as MSM.”
  • The list could go on … and on … and on. Yet, safe in their world of denial, liberals chide medical experts and educators for speaking the truth about the costs of sex. Preferring denial to truth, liberals dismiss these facts with epithets such as “fear-based”, “shame-filled” and “morality-driven.”

    Further still, not content to live in denial themselves, liberals insist on teaching denial to our children. The consequence of their educational plan is to send our children into the world totally ignorant of the truths that could motivate and help young people make the healthiest choice to abstain from sex until marriage.

    No wonder that college students Dr. Miriam Grossman (Unprotected) counsels at UCLA are surprised when they realize their emotional and physical pains are linked to current and past sexual activity. Reared in a liberal culture that spent years cultivating ignorance, these students were denied the information they needed to make the best possible choices for health and happiness.

    America is caught in a battle for the health of our youth. If you want to know where you stand in this battle, consider the cost. Who is the winner when we teach denial and ignorance?

    Jane Jimenez (speakout@fromthehomefront.org) is a freelance writer and former elementary school teacher dedicated to issues of importance to women and the family. She writes a regular column titled “From the Home Front.” Jane and her husband Victor live in Phoenix and have two children. Opinions expressed in ‘Perspectives’ columns published by OneNewsNow.com are the sole responsibility of the article’s author(s), or of the person(s) or organization(s) quoted therein, and do not necessarily represent those of the staff or management of, or advertisers who support the American Family News Network, OneNewsNow.com, our parent organization or its other affiliates.

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    Israel Signs Amnesty Deal with Fatah Terrorists

    Monday, July 16th, 2007

    Israel, Oh Israel!! Why are you so bent on your own self destruction??
    Pray for Israel and God’s Chosen People, the Jews, that He will provide them His Divine Protection and give His People Wisdom.

    RAMALLAH, West Bank – Scores of Fatah terrorists in the West Bank have signed a pledge renouncing attacks against Israel in return for an Israeli promise to stop pursuing them, a Palestinian security official said Sunday.

    The deal would grant amnesty to 178 Fatah gunmen who will join the official Palestinian security forces, and Israel will remove them from its lists of wanted terrorists, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge details of the agreement.

    An official in Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office confirmed the deal would extend to wanted terrorists who openly renounce terrorism, and was part of a series of measures to bolster Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The moderate president set up a Fatah-led government in the West Bank after his rivals from the Islamic group Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June. Israel and the international community back Abbas in his struggle against Hamas.

    Olmert will meet Abbas on Monday, Olmert’s office said, in the first meeting between the two leaders since a June 25 summit that followed the Hamas victory in Gaza. At the meeting, Olmert is expected to present a list of 250 Fatah prisoners Israel will release.

    And in another gesture of support, Israel agreed to Abbas’ request to allow Nayef Hawatmeh, an exiled Palestinian terrorist leader, to enter the West Bank this week for a meeting of a top Palestine Liberation Organization policy-making body, a step that Abbas hopes will provide him added legitimacy among Palestinians.

    Hawatmeh heads the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a small and nearly forgotten PLO faction best known for commandeering a school in the northern Israeli town of Maalot in 1974. The attack left 24 Israelis dead, most of them children, and helped shaped the attitudes of a generation of Israelis about the Palestinian leadership.

    The amnesty document began circulating Saturday among members of Fatah-allied militia groups dedicated to fighting Israel.

    The Palestinian official said an “overwhelming majority” of the militants have already signed. The Palestinians asked that another 200 militants be included in the amnesty, he said.

    An Arabic text of the document obtained by The Associated Press reads in part: “The Israeli security and judicial authorities will refrain from arresting or pursuing me after I sign this document. I must be committed to the decisions of the Palestinian Authority and its security apparatus … and refrain from carrying out any military or security activities against the Israelis.”

    Abu Obeida, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, slammed Fatah for the amnesty agreement, saying it was meant “to destroy the spirit of the resistance” and allow Israel to focus on Hamas.

    Kamel Ghanam, a Fatah militia leader in Ramallah, said all 40 of the its men in the city have signed the pledge.

    “We feel that we have a new political atmosphere. We are optimistic,” Ghanam said.

    In Bethlehem, Amjad Khalawi, a 35-year-old Fatah gunman, signed the document and came out of hiding after six years. Khalawi said he planned to get his hair cut for the first time since going underground to evade the Israelis, and would become a member of the Palestinian Preventive Security organization.

    “I am happy for this end,” he said.

    In other moves aimed at helping Abbas, Israel has begun transferring Palestinian tax revenues that were frozen after Hamas won a Palestinian election in 2006, drawing an international boycott. The money has allowed Abbas’ government to resume paying salaries to civil servants.

    Denouncing Abbas’ rule of the West Bank as unconstitutional, Hamas called a Sunday meeting of the Palestinian parliament. But with dozens of Hamas lawmakers in Israeli prisons, only 30 of the 132 members showed up, all from Hamas, and the meeting was postponed because of the low attendance.

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    Al-Qaida Infiltrating America as Patients

    Monday, July 16th, 2007

    Yet another example of the lengths the Islamic terrorist are willing to go to in order to kill us as we go about our business of peacefully living our lives.

    Medical clinics across the country have been flooded with requests from foreign nationals from Pakistan and other Muslim countries to help them gain visa entry into the U.S. as patients.

    The post-9/11 trend concerns authorities who fear al-Qaida could be using the medical industry to infiltrate terrorist cells into the country.

    Some clinics have sponsored foreign patients only to have them fail to show up at their facilities.

    The Caster Eye Center in Beverly Hills, Calif., for example, stopped granting such foreign requests after a couple of no-shows.

    “In the last few years, we have granted this request only twice. The first was for someone in Uganda, and the other was for someone in Sri Lanka,” said Diane Sylvester, surgery coordinator at the Caster Eye Center, one of the leading Lasik eye surgery clinics in Los Angeles. “On both occasions, we issued the letter of invitation, and on both occasions the patient in question never showed up at our facility.”

    Sylvester told WND the clinic recently has received additional requests for letters from nationals in Pakistan and other al-Qaida hotbeds. Foreign nationals can use the letters to obtain B-2 visitors visas from the State Department to receive medical treatment.

    Requests sent to the Caster Eye clinic via e-mail, copies of which were obtained by WND, show nationals have not only requested letters for themselves but for groups as large as a dozen people.

    “My concern is that our facility is helping people we cannot personally vouch for to gain entry into the U.S. – or even worse, helping people get visas which are then given or sold into the wrong hands,” Sylvester said.

    “How many other medical facilities are churning out letters like this under similar circumstances?” she added.

    A spokesperson for the State Department, which grants U.S. visas through its embassies abroad, said there are no post-9/11 restrictions on medical facilities issuing invitation letters to foreign nationals. Nor has the department issued any cautions to the health-care industry.

    “I’m not sure which I’m more alarmed by – people scamming for visas, or the casual attitude of those overseeing the granting of visas,” Sylvester said.

    The department added, however, that a letter of invitation from a medical facility does not necessarily guarantee approval of a foreign patient’s visa.

    In the wake of the recent “doctor jihad” in the UK, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security are scrutinizing foreign nationals who have applied to the U.S. for visas to attend medical school or practice medicine here.

    Two of the UK physicians who plotted to car-bomb London’s entertainment district had applied for permission to work in the U.S. One made contact with the Philadelphia-based Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

    Terrorists posing as patients also are a growing concern, federal authorities say.

    FBI case agents contacted by WND confirm al-Qaida in the past has tried to infiltrate operatives into the U.S. by claiming they need medical treatment.

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    Muslims Declare Sovereignty Over U.S., UK

    Monday, July 16th, 2007

    I’m just wondering how much louder the Muslims have to declare their intentions before we in the West wake up…

    Across town from the site of the recent attempted car-bomb attacks, several thousand Muslims gathered in front of the London Central Mosque to applaud fiery preachers prophesying the overthrow of the British government – a future vision that encompasses an Islamic takeover of the White House and the rule of the Quran over America.

    “One day my dear Muslims,” shouted Anjem Choudary, “Islam will govern Britain!”

    Choudary was a co-founder of Al Muhajiroun, the now-banned group tied to suspects in the July 7, 2005, London transport bombings and a cheerleader of the 9/11 attacks.

    “Democracy, hypocrisy,” Choudary chanted as the crowd echoed him. “Tony Blair, terrorist! Tony Blair, murderer! Queen Elizabeth, go to hell!”

    The Muslim leader’s charge, along with interviews with protesters and a “literal foaming-at-the-mouth” diatribe by another speaker, were captured on tape June 22 by nationally syndicated talk radio host Rusty Humphries.

    Humphries, who was in London with WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein, recorded angry Muslim leader Abu Saif, who kept his voice at a fever pitch through declarations such as: “Brothers and sisters, make no mistake. Make no mistake. The British government, the queen, the MPs in this country, they are enemies to you, enemies to Allah and enemies to the Muslims.”

    A protester told Humphries Abu Saif is a member of the group Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation, which states its aim is to unify Muslims and establish the rule of Islamic law over the world. Group spokesman Taji Mustafa insisted to WND, however, Abu Saif is not a member. Hizb ut-Tahrir, which casts itself as “non-violent,” also has denied testimony and British media reports charging its Cambridge cell tried recruit the Iraqi doctor now suspected of mounting the attack on Glasgow’s airport June 30. The failed car-bomb assault followed two similar attempts in London the previous day.

    Abu Saif spoke with disdain of Blair’s appointment as a special envoy to the Middle East, issuing an apparent threat.

    “Inshallah,” meaning “Allah willing,” he told the crowd, Blair will “go to the Middle East as an envoy, and he’ll come back in a box. Inshallah. What box that is, we leave that up to you.”

    Humphries estimated nearly 3,000 Muslims were gathered in front of the mosque in north London June 22, after Friday prayers, to protest Queen Elizabeth’s knighting of Indian author Salman Rushdie, the target of a death-sentence fatwa for “insulting” Islam’s prophet Muhammad in his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses.”

    For Humphries, the response of the Muslims at Islam’s largest house of worship in the UK was telling.

    “Not one said, ‘You’re not speaking for me’ or ‘Not in my name.’ They stood there and watched and applauded,” he told WND.

    Like the UK, Humphries said, the U.S. has three major vulnerabilities to patient, fundamentalist Muslims who believe their purpose for living in the West is to help fulfill Islamic prophecies: The loss of border control, the inability to say no and lack of assimilation.

    “I feel like I’m Rusty Revere. I’m out there yelling the Muslims are coming, the Muslims are coming,” he said. “But we don’t want to hear it. We don’t want to hurt people’s feelings.”

    Humphries’ interview with Abu Saif underscored the radically different vision many of Britain’s citizens have for the country’s future.

    The Muslim leader said he does not believe in democracy and insists there is no such thing as freedom of religion, “because freedom is an absolute term.”

    “Are we to say that Muslims can fully practice religion in America,” he asked in an attempt to explain. “Say, for instance, I was a Muslim in America. Could I call for the destruction of the American government and establishment of an Islamic state in America? No. So where is the freedom of religion? There is none.”

    Read the rest here and listen to parts of the interview.

    Upgrade Complete

    Monday, July 16th, 2007

    The update is complete now. Let me know if anything looks strange.
    Thanks!!
    -Steve

    Time for a Blog Update

    Monday, July 16th, 2007

    It’s that time again…time for a blog update.
    It shouldn’t take too long to do this, but if the blog goes away for bit, that’s what’s going on.
    Thanks!!
    -Steve