Archive for July 31st, 2007

Film Spoofs The Ten Commandments

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

If this film were a spoof of the Quran, we would be seeing Muslims rioting and burning things (they always burn stuff for some reason) in the streets.

A new movie set to be released this Friday will feature the Ten Commandments from the Bible in a very unflattering way.

”The Ten,” written by the same director of Wet Hot American Summer, is a compilation of ten different stories, each depicting one of the ancient commandments given to Moses by God.

Christians have expressed their concern about the film and how it degrades and insults God and His laws. Many critics, however, believe the movie will have little influence.

“The Ten Commandments have been a cornerstone of our society for nearly one hundred years,” explained “The Ten” director David Wain on the film’s website. “If you’ve ever taken a Sunday off, or if you’ve ever stopped yourself from murdering someone, then you yourself have been following the Ten Commandments without even knowing it.”

The film has a number of stars in it including Paul Rudd, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Winona Ryder, Oliver Platt and Jessica Alba. Each of them either stars or plays minor roles in each of the short scripts. Each uses the Bible to create a foundation for an often inappropriate caricature.

A main example of one of the acts tells the story of a virgin librarian who takes a trip to Mexico and experiences a sexual awakening with a local named Jesus H. Christ.

Other shorts include a prisoner coveting his inmate’s “wife,” a woman who steals a ventriloquist doll after she falls in love with it, and a police detective who covets his neighbor’s Cat Scan machine.

Some Christian leaders feel that the film is part of a larger trend of increasing antagonism toward Christianity and religion in America.

“This is going to be a very negative attack on faith and values,” said Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission, to World Net Daily. “It’s very sad society has descended into this attack mode.”

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Is Love for Sodomy ‘God-Given’? by Les Kinsolving

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Some great points here.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the newly named Catholic archbishop of Baltimore, Edwin F. O’Brien, in 1978, “helped found Courage, a group in New York that ministers to those with same-sex attractions and encourages them to lead celibate lives.”

The Sun’s Stephen Kiehl also reports:

“But Sam Sinnett, president of Dignity USA, a group for gay and lesbian Catholics, said:

“‘They keep talking about people changing their God-given sexual orientation. That’s just not a possibility. And any professional knows that. To live in willful ignorance of that is a terrible thing, particularly for a moral teacher.'”

Welcome to the Sun-world, Archbishop O’Brien! This Sun-printed statement suggests that you, as a moral teacher, are willfully ignorant and terrible.

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UMC Ripped for Partnership with Muslim Aid

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

What on earth is up with this??

The United Methodist Church is being blasted for partnering with a Muslim group that is blatant about its mission.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief, or UMCOR, recently announced a partnership with Muslim Aid, a British-based relief organization. The Muslim group is very clear about its Islamic mission — and on its website there are numerous references to the Koran and to Allah, says Mark Tooley with the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD).

“In its materials and on its website, it talks about the need to serve Allah,” he continues, “and one of its programs is to help Muslims around the world fulfill their Islamic obligations, which include an annual animal sacrifice, which Muslim Aid will assist them with.”

Tooley expects the denomination to spend more than the $15 million dollars already proposed on joint relief projects worldwide. “Even prior to this recently announced partnership, they had been working together in Sri Lanka in relation to tsunami victims there,” the IRD spokesman observes.

Tooley points out that while Muslim Aid is vocal in its beliefs, UMCOR has virtually no mention of God, Jesus Christ, or the Bible on its website. “No wonder there is such easy agreement between them,” he comments.

UMCOR’s operating budget last year was nearly $90 million, according to Tooley. He suggests that United Methodists and others might want to “ponder” why one of its denominational agencies appears hesitant to mention Jesus Christ, but seems to have no problem affiliating with a Muslim group that freely professes its service to Allah.

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US Scholars See Qualified Success for US Iraq Surge

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Here’s something you won’t hear from the Democrats and main stream press.

Two prominent US political scholars just back from Iraq said Monday the US troop surge strategy was making strides in some areas, but warned the Iraqi government was making “zero” progress.

The findings by independent Brookings Institution analysts Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack, who have recently criticized White House strategy, furthered enflamed the heated political debate in Washington over Iraq.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives is due this week to hold more symbolic votes on bringing US troops home, in the latest of a string of so-far unsuccessful attempts to dictate President George W. Bush’s war strategy.

Pollack and O’Hanlon returned from eight days of meetings with US generals, diplomats and Iraqis saying they were more hopeful than they had expected.

They noted progress in the US battle against Al-Qaeda in Iraq in western Al-Anbar province, and said there had been impressive stabilization in the northern cities of Tal-Afar and Mosul.

But they warned that southern Iraq and the city of Basra were like the “Wild West,” pummeled by violence, and that security in the capital was uneven, with some neighborhoods returning to normal and others like a “war-zone.”

“This is the first trip I have taken to Iraq that I actually came back more hopeful than I went over, (but) again that is a more qualified hopefulness,” Pollack told a small group of reporters.

“We saw considerably greater progress on the security side than I would have expected,” Pollack said, adding that some economic and political strides were evident at local levels.

But he warned he saw none of the critical, top-down political momentum from the Iraqi central government that US policy is designed to promote, describing it as “a complete mess.”

“Iraqi high-level politics remains completely log-jammed, we saw zero evidence of progress there,” Pollack said.

O’Hanlon said he was impressed by progress of US troops in fighting Al-Qaeda in Iraq after a tie-up between US forces and tribal sheikhs in Anbar.

But he warned the strategy to surge nearly 30,000 extra troops into Iraq, may simply be keeping the lid on other violence.

“The civil strife is something that we have more suppressed than solved,” he said, but added he would favor following the surge strategy for a few more months given new signs of momentum.

Pollack also cautioned some progress appeared to depend on the continued presence of US troops, the subject of a furious battle between Democrats in Congress, who want to bring most of the 159,000 soldiers home, and the White House, which rejects withdrawal timelines.

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