Archive for August 17th, 2007

Similarity to Islamic Crescent in Flight 93 Memorial Protested

Friday, August 17th, 2007

We’ve blogged about this numerous times. Now the father of Tom Burnett Jr. is going to forbid the use of this son’s name on what Alec Rawls, author of Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes of Flight 93 describes as “a terrorist memorial mosque, built around the half mile wide Mecca oriented crescent.”

The father of one of the heroes of 9/11, Tom Burnett, who led other passengers in an effort to overcome terrorists on Flight 93, is banning the use of his son’s name at a memorial planned for the heroics performed by a planeload of ordinary Americans that tragic day.

Tom Burnett Sr. told a blogger who also has been campaigning against the “Crescent of Embrace” design for the memorial that he won’t allow his son’s name to be used on any memorial with Islamic components.

“He described his own efforts to stop the crescent design, including letters to the press that were never published. With the crescent design still going forward, he has decided that it is necessary to up the ante, and has authorized me to publicize his decision to protest the crescent design by insisting that Tom Jr.’s name not be inscribed on one of the 44 glass blocks emplaced along the flight path, or used anywhere else in the memorial,” wrote Alec Rawls.

Rawls said the primary feature of the memorial is the giant central crescent of what originally was called the “Crescent of Embrace” design. He reports a person facing into this half-mile wide crescent – still present in the superficially altered “Bowl of Embrace” redesign – will be oriented almost exactly at Mecca.

“No, I cannot approve the suggested memorial, ‘red crescent of embrace.’ That was accepted without unanimity, by Jury Two, August 2005. It should be thrown out. It is unmistakably an Islamic symbol that has been used by Muslims for centuries. A jarring symbol that, inadvertently or not, commemorates – on such hallowed ground – the hijackers’ faith, and on the site where 40 Americans, 40 heroes, died,” he said.

“I would like to see a full investigation. Love to have it come from Congress. And find out why? Why Murdoch. What’s his reason here? He can’t be that dumb,” he said.

Rawls said in his book the crescent – and its orientation – are significant because it is such a “mihrab” around which every mosque is built.

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Christians Would Rather Move Than Hear Evolution

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I read an article recently, concerning evolution, and how two of the oldest supposed “evolutionary links” (one “evolved” into the other) actually are concurrent species, not “links”. One more hole to add to many others poked into the half baked theory of evolution.
Since evolution is required teaching in some (if not all) of the school systems in Canada, several Canadian families are willing to move away from their homes and jobs in order to see that their kids are not exposed to the evolutionary lie. Good for them. Please pray for them.

Fifteen Christian families from a tiny community of only about 1,300 people are making plans to leave their homes and work behind so that their children will not be forced by the Canadian government to attend “sanctioned” schools where evolution is taught.

A report in the Vancouver Sun said provincial officials have threatened the families with legal action, including the potential loss of their children to state control, if they do not abide by the mandatory education curriculum.

But leaders of the Mennonite families say they’ll leave Quebec before giving up their children to the state indoctrination.

“It’s kind of sad because we enjoy the community, we have friends and we have good rapport with our neighbors,” said Ronald Goossen, 56, who in the 1990s was among the first Mennonites from Manitoba to move to Roxton Falls, about 75 mile east of Montreal.

“But when they threaten to take our children and put them in foster homes, that’s beyond what we can accept,” he said.

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Israel To Give Up Temple Mount?

Friday, August 17th, 2007

I would say that this is an impossibility, but with the current leadership in Israel, I have to back away from that idea.

JERUSALEM — Palestinian negotiators drafting an agreement behind the scenes with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office have made clear they will not accept any final peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state forfeits the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, WND has learned.

According to a report in Israel’s Yediot Aharonot daily yesterday, Olmert is willing to discuss joint Israeli-Palestinian control over the Temple Mount complex. The report didn’t state the positions of the Palestinian side on the issue.

A chief Palestinian negotiator, speaking to WND on condition his name be withheld, said yesterday, “there can be no agreement with Israel unless we get complete sovereignty of the Mount. Once Palestinian control over the [Temple Mount] is fixed, then we will make assurances for Jewish visits to the site.”

The chief negotiator said aides from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization have been hammering out the parameters of a final status agreement for presentation in November at a U.S.-backed international summit regarding the Middle East.

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UMC Organization Files Lawsuit Against NJ Over Civil-Union Issue

Friday, August 17th, 2007

The UMC is fighting back against the homosexual activist who are attempting to ram the sinful lifestyle choice of homosexuality down Christian’s throats.

A New Jersey ministry of the United Methodist Church has filed a federal lawsuit to prevent the state from forcing it to violate its religious beliefs. The controversy surrounds use of UMC-owned property for a same-sex civil union ceremony.

The lawsuit was filed by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association of the UMC. New Jersey officials have threatened to prosecute the Association for refusing to allow two homosexual women to rent the facility for a same-sex civil union ceremony in the Boardwalk Pavilion, one of the Association’s beachside facilities.

Brian Raum, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), says this action by the state is “a gross violation” of the denomination’s First Amendment rights. The government, he argues, cannot force a private Christian organization to use its property in a way that would violate its own religious beliefs.

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