Archive for September, 2007

Quote of the Day by Iran’s Ahmadinejad

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

“In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that like in your country. … In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.”
-Iranian President Ahmadinejad.

This is why…

Outed

Outed

Quotes by Iran’s Ahmadinejad.
Cox and Forkum.
Mere Rhetoric (warning, images are graphic in nature).

The silence about this, from the U.S. homosexuals activist and liberal left, is deafening.

“Homosexuality Is Not a Civil Right” by Mychal Massie

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

While the nation’s news outlets are riveted on the Jena 6 and O.J. Simpson, an insidious undermining of the workplace advances virtually unnoticed.That creeping darkness is the federal Employment Nondiscrimination Act, or ENDA, H.R. 2015. If the proposed measure becomes law, it will add “actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity” as a category to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It would give special employment rights to homosexuals and the transgendered that would not only harm the integrity of faith-based organizations, but it would specifically undermine an employer’s ability to grow his/her business in a productive and profitable way.

Civil rights and homosexual rights are not synonymous. Civil rights focus on the right to vote, the guaranteed access to public accommodations, and the desegregation of public facilities and schools. They have never been, nor should they ever be, about attempting to have the federal government mandate acceptance of a particular lifestyle.

Homosexuals and cross-dressers may in fact be a lot of things, but an oppressed minority they are not. And I, for one, resent their temerity in suggesting that a rejection of their chosen lifestyle is in any way equivalent to what truly oppressed peoples in this country went through for the right to vote, sit at a lunch counter and/or stay in the hotel of their choice.

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Quotes by Ahmadinejad

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose remarks were translated from Farsi.

_ On a critical introduction by Columbia University president Lee Bollinger, who called him a “petty and cruel dictator”:

I think the text read by the dear gentleman here, more than addressing me, was an insult to information and the knowledge of the audience here, present here. In a university environment we must allow people to speak their mind, to allow everyone to talk so that the truth is eventually revealed by all.

_ On the Holocaust:

Why is it that the Palestinian people are paying the price for an event they had nothing to do with?

_ On Holocaust deniers:

My question was simple: There are researchers who want to approach the topic from a different perspective. Why are they put into prison? Right now, there are a number of European academics who have been sent to prison because they attempted to write about the Holocaust or research it from a different perspective, questioning certain aspects of it. My question is: Why isn’t it open to all forms of research?

_ On Israel as a Jewish state:

“We are friends of all the nations. We are also friends with the Jewish people. There are many Jews in Iran living peacefully with security. You must understand that in our constitution and our laws and the parliamentary elections for every 150,000 people we get one representative in the parliament. For the Jewish community one-fifth of this number they still get one independent representative in the parliament. Our proposal to the Palestinian plight is a humanitarian and a democratic proposal. What we say is that to solve this 60-year problem, we must allow the Palestinian people to decide about its future for itself.

_ On nuclear research:

Some big powers create a monopoly over science and prevent other nations in achieving scientific development as well. This, too, is one of the surprises of our time. Some big powers do not want to see the progress of other societies and nations. They turn to thousands of reasons, make allegations, place economic sanctions to prevent other nations from developing and advancing, all resulting from their distance from human values and the teachings of the divine prophets. Regretfully, they have not been trained to serve mankind.

_ On 9/11:

If the root causes of 9/11 are examined properly — why it happened, what caused it, what were the conditions that led to it, who truly was involved, who was really involved — and put it all together to understand how to prevent the crisis in Iraq, fix the problem in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

_ On executions of homosexuals in Iran:

In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country. We don’t have that like in your country. … In Iran we do not have this phenomenon. I don’t know who’s told you that we have this.

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“PROPOGANDA SHOW AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

The hallowed halls of New York City’s premiere Ivy League institution of higher learning, Columbia University will never be the same for today the world’s leading despot graced its presence. Today, the master of propaganda, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the podium at Columbia’s World Leaders Forum and spewed forth his own brand of vituperative against America and Israel, while sprinkling in generous doses of lies and gross distortions of facts. Today, a Holocaust denier and executor of dissidents exploited the cherished freedoms of American society, all the while smiling like a Cheshire cat. Today, the new generation of progenitors of “freedom of speech” and “academic freedom” heaped praise upon themselves as they reveled in their latest victory.

There is no doubt that today’s performance at Columbia was a political windfall of great magnitude for Ahmadinejad. Completely cognizant of the controversy that swirled around him, the cunning politician relished in the fact that he exploited the momentum of his adversaries to further his own agenda. The 5000 outraged demonstrators provided him with the number one news story of the day, as he used the global television coverage to score points with the Ayatollahs back home. Under enormous pressure from alumni and various and sundry other detractors, Columbia President, Lee Bollinger, (who was responsible for extending the invitation to the Iranian leader to speak at Columbia), introduced Ahmadinejad armed with a laundry list of accusations of human rights violations along with a perfunctory excoriation of his infamous remarks on Holocaust denial. He called him a “petty and cruel dictator” and referred to him as “astonishingly uneducated.”

Despite doing an excellent job of pretending otherwise, Ahmadinejad was not rattled. He professionally posited himself as the proverbially misunderstood academic, unjustly criticized by the West. While he chided Bollinger for being “discourteous” and making unfair accusations even before he took the microphone, he continued his well practiced manifesto. The gospel according to the President of Iran went like this: “Women in Iran enjoy the highest levels of freedom,” and “In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country.” He also refused to address the issue of state sponsored terrorism that manifests itself in the form of executions of academics and dissidents along with juvenile offenders. On the subject of his infamous track record of Holocaust denial, the Iranian president queried, “If the Holocaust is a reality of our time, a history that occurred, why is there not sufficient research that can approach the topic from different perspectives?”

Concerning the looming nuclear threat emanating from Iran, Ahmadinejad said that Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the world’s central nuclear technology governing body, and has submitted many times to IAEA inspections. “Over and over again the agency’s reports indicate that Iran’s activities are peaceful, that they have not detected a deviation,” he said. He did not address why Iran has vehemently defied international demands that Iran halt production of enriched uranium. He also did not deny his country’s involvement in trafficking explosives and weapons to Shiite Muslim militias in Iraq’s sectarian conflict, which have been used against U.S. troops in the four-year-old war. U.S. commanders have said they have captured Iranian agents involved in supplying those weapons to the militias, some of which have longstanding ties to Iran.

In regard to Israel which Ahmadinejad has said should be “wiped off the map,” he recently added the following to his repertoire, as reported on September 12, 2007: “Israel is an invader and is cruel, and it hasn’t got a united public. All other nations are against it,” he said. “We do not recognize them. They are attackers and illegal.” While he would not respond with a “yes” or “no” when asked Monday if he sought the destruction of Israel, he said the status of Israel should be determined by a free election. “Let the people of Palestine freely choose what they want for their future,” he said. Clearly aware that time is on the side of the Palestinians with the demographic time bomb that ticks away each day in Israel, Ahmadinejad knows that the Arab birthrate in Israel far exceeds the Jewish one and very soon the State of Israel can be democratically voted out of existence by the Palestinians.

Ahmadinejad also stressed repeatedly that Iran wants to negotiate with the United States and other nations, several times describing Iran as a “cultured” and “civilized” nation. “I think that if the U.S. administration, if the U.S. government puts aside some of its old behaviors, it can actually be a good friend for the Iranian people, for the Iranian nation,” he said. “For 28 years, they’ve consistently threatened us, insulted us, prevented our scientific development, every day, under one pretext or another.” There is no question that he knows that sooner or later the United States will have to modify its policy of politically isolating Iran, and will eventually have to come with its tail between its legs to Iran, who he sees as a key player in the Middle East. He eagerly looks forward to the idea when the “giant” will be brought to its knees, humbly negotiating with its sworn enemy.

The circus atmosphere of Ahmadinejad’s appearance did not limit itself to the auditorium. On the campus of Columbia University several hundred Columbia students protested Ahmadinejad’s appearance while thousands more gathered outside the campus to express their views. A potpourri of Jewish student organizations representing New York area colleges such as Brooklyn College, Queens College, Rutgers University of New Jersey gathered on Broadway and 115th Street. Other organizations such as the Zionist Organization of America, Amcha led by Rabbi Avi Weiss, and Stand With Us among others took aim at Columbia’s decision to invite Ahmadinejad to speak and and some demanded that Ahmadinejad be served with papers as a war criminal.

Christine C. Quinn, speaker of the New York City Council, said Columbia should not be giving Ahmadinejad a platform. “All he will do on that stage … is spew more hatred and more venom out there to the world,” she said. Hamid Dabasi, a professor of Iranian studies at Columbia called the whole forum “misguided.”

The Jewish organizations squared off in raucous debates with other groups of demonstrators who came to support Ahmadinejad’s appearance at Columbia and his political agenda. The American-Iranian Friendship Committee decried the media as a Jewish owned propaganda tool and held signs saying “Ban Israel’s Atomic Bombs” and “Stop the War on Iran”. The Revolutionary Communist Party was also represented with a large banner that said, “Ahmadinejad is bad but Bush is worse. No war on Iran”. Among the groups present that stirred the most controversy and raised the ire of the pro-Israel demonstrators were the ultra-Orthodox Jewish organization called “Neturei Karta” whose representatives attended a conference dedicated to the subject of Holocaust denial in Teheran last year. Group members held signs that read “Judaism Condemns Zionist Provocations Against Iran” and “Judaism dictates Jewish subservience to ALL nations from the US to Iran”. Shouting matches ensued between the two groups as the self-haters of Neturei Karta were eventually drowned out.

And the insanity rages on. Next stop for the Iranian president in the United Nations General Assembly. G-d help us !!

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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ENDA (H.R. 2015) Could Enshrine “Sexual Orientation” in Federal Law

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Call Your U.S. Representative today to oppose ENDA

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) H.R. 2015 is likely to be voted on this week in the U.S. House. ENDA is aimed at providing heightened protections for a particular sexual behavior- homosexuality. It would grant special consideration on the basis of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity” that would not be extended to other employees in the workplace. That could spell trouble for Christian business owners, churches and faith-based groups. Proponents of the bill quickly point to “religious exemptions” in the bill, but most agree that it is a sham.

Here is more information about ENDA H.R. 2015 from our friends at the Family Research Council:

  • ENDA affords special protection to a group that is not disadvantaged.
  • The issue is not job discrimination: It is whether private businesses will be forced by law to accommodate homosexual activists’ attempts to legitimize homosexual behavior.
  • The first “religious exemption” clause is very narrow and offers no clear protection to church-related businesses: Religious schools or charitable organizations, religious bookstores, or any business affiliated with a church or denomination fall outside this narrow definition, and could presumably be required to hire homosexual applicants.
  • The second “religious exemption” clause fails to offer protection for all hiring by church-related organizations or businesses. The position of a teacher of religion at a church-related school would be exempt, but, e.g., that of a biology teacher would not. Thus, most of the teachers and staff at a religious school would be covered by ENDA, which means that the church would be forced to hire homosexual applicants for such positions-despite the fact that their lifestyle would be in direct opposition to the religious beliefs of the organization or company.
  • It is unlikely that the “religious exemption” included in the bill would survive court challenge: Institutions that could be targeted include religious summer camps, the Boy Scouts, Christian bookstores, religious publishing houses, religious television and radio stations, and any business with fifteen or more employees.
  • ENDA violates employers’ and employees’ Constitutional freedoms of religion, speech and association. The proposed legislation would prohibit employers from taking their most deeply held beliefs into account when making hiring, management, and promotion decisions. This would pose an unprecedented intrusion by the federal government into people’s lives.
  • ENDA would approvingly bring private behavior considered immoral by many into the public square. By declaring that all sexual preferences are equally valid, ENDA would change national policy supporting marriage and family.

Muslim War on the West – Greed Opens the Gate

Monday, September 24th, 2007

The one point that I wish I could get people to understand is that a Muslim is a Muslim first and everything else second.
I made this point to try to make people realize that when one invites a Muslim into the financial or government arena, that eventually, when they have suitable control, they will begin to impose their Muslim agenda on everything they control.
We in the West continue to sit back and allow this to happen.
It is important to understand, that because of our Western greed, the London Stock Exchange is now majority owned by Qatar and Dubai. Also in the news, the Nordic Exchange, OMX, is in a takeover bidding battle between Gulf rivals Dubai and Qatar. On the surface, this looks like good news; two Muslim countries “fighting” against each other, but here is going on below the surface: Borse Dubai and the U.S. Nasdaq have joined forces to acquire OMX together in a deal that would give Borse Dubai 19.99 percent of Nasdaq and 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange.
The Muslim invasion of the West continues, and greed has further opened the gate.

Qatar, Dubai gain control of London Stock Exchange

QATAR has upped its share in London’s Stock Exchange to nearly 24 per cent, giving the gulf state and neighbour Dubai a controlling stake of nearly 52 per cent.

Quoting LSE sources, a Qatari newspaper reported the gas-rich Gulf state bought an additional 3 per cent of shares on Friday, a day after it bought a 20 per cent slice of Europe’s oldest stock exchange.

The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the investment unit of the Qatar government, initially bought a 20.8 per cent stake off two hedge funds.

This would put the QIA’s overall share in the LSE at nearly 24 per cent.

The United Arab Emirates’ group Borse Dubai meanwhile agreed to buy a 28 per cent LSE holding from Nasdaq, meaning the two now hold nearly 52 per cent of the stock exchange.

The US-based Nasdaq, which was the LSE’s biggest shareholder with a 31 per cent holding, said last month that it wanted to sell up after a failed hostile takeover attempt.

Bidding war expected as Qatar buys into OMX

Nordic market operator OMX looked set Thursday to become the centre of takeover bidding battle between Gulf rivals Dubai and Qatar.

In a deal announced early Thursday, Dubai market operator Borse Dubai and US group Nasdaq said they had joined forces to acquire OMX together in a deal that would give Borse Dubai 19.99 percent of US-based Nasdaq and 28 percent of the London Stock Exchange.

“Ahmadinejad is in, ROTC is out” By Dinesh D’Souza

Monday, September 24th, 2007

We should stop calling colleges “Insitutes of Higher Learning” and start calling them “Institutes of Leftist Indoctrination”.

President Lee Bollinger of Columbia University is a very open-minded guy, in his own opinion. In inviting the Iranian prime minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia, he issued this statement. “Columbia, as a community dedicated to learning and scholarship, is committed to confronting ideas…Necessarily on occasion this will bring us into contact with beliefs that many, most of even all of us will find offensive and even odious. We trust our community, including our students, to be fully capable of dealing with these occasions, through the powers of dialog and reason.”

So why won’t Bollinger allow the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to recruit on the Columbia campus? ROTC was expelled from Columbia in the late sixties. In 2003 a majority of students said they wanted ROTC back, to give students the choice to serve their country in this way. The Columbia faculty opposed the measure, however, and Bollinger sided with them against the students.

What is the problem with ROTC as far as Columbia University is concerned? Apparently Bollinger and other left-wingers on the faculty can’t stand the U.S. military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy concerning homosexuals. Yet this policy, devised and introduced by the Clinton administration, respects the privacy of homosexual soldiers on the condition that they aren’t open or flagrant about being gay. The objective of the policy is to maintain morale in the barracks.

Even if you disagree with the military, Bollinger himself says that Columbia is open to allowing ideas that are “offensive and even odious.” This is the whole point of tolerance. Tolerance means, “I disagree strongly, but I will put up with you.” If I agreed with what you have to say then there is no question of tolerance. Whatever Bollinger’s ideological disagreement with ROTC, surely students are capable of hearing his concerns and then making up their own minds about whether to enroll.

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Ahmadinejad Arrives in New York

Monday, September 24th, 2007

He will speak at Columbia University today and address the U.N. General Assembly tomorrow. Why the United States is giving this madman a forum I will never know.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tehran is neither building a nuclear bomb nor headed to war with the United States in a television interview ahead of an appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

The public-relations push appears aimed at presenting his views directly to a U.S. audience amid rising strains and talk of war between the two nations.

Ahmadinejad is to speak and answer questions at a Columbia forum Monday, followed by a scheduled address to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Columbia’s invitation has drawn howls from politicians, religious groups and other organizations. But the university has not backed down, and its president, Lee Bollinger has promised to grill Ahmadinejad on subjects such as human rights, the Holocaust and Iran’s disputed nuclear program.

Tensions are high between Washington and Tehran over U.S. accusations that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons, as well as helping Shiite militias in Iraq that target U.S. troops – claims Iran denies.

“Well, you have to appreciate we don’t need a nuclear bomb. We don’t need that. What need do we have for a bomb?” Ahmadinejad said in the “60 Minutes” interview taped in Iran on Thursday. “In political relations right now, the nuclear bomb is of no use. If it was useful it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union.”

He also said that: “It’s wrong to think that Iran and the U.S. are walking toward war. Who says so? Why should we go to war? There is no war in the offing.”

Before leaving Iran, Ahmadinejad said the American people have been denied “correct information,” and his visit will give them a chance to hear a different voice, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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“King of Lies – doing business as Planned Parenthood” by Jane Jimenez

Monday, September 24th, 2007

In one of the greatest public relations scams of modern times, America is being duped by the King of Lies — doing business as Planned Parenthood.

From the inception of grassroots programs in the 1990s bringing abstinence education to teens, Planned Parenthood has fought to extinguish the abstinence message. In the first years, they were very direct with us. They hated abstinence education. Why? Because sex was a natural right … even for teenagers. If teens wanted to have sex, they were merely exercising their natural born right to enjoy having sex.

But with escalating birth rates and a new generation of sexually transmitted diseases, parents and public officials were hard-pressed to accept this line of reasoning. Planned Parenthood and its friends needed to find a new tactic. Putting on their creative hats, they added water and stirred, creating …”medical accuracy.”

Read the rest of the article here (CAUTION: Content not suitable for children).

Church Group Protests BET Programming

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Black Entertainment Television shows the double standard applied to Black and White rights. Imagine, if you will, what would happen if there was a White Entertainment Television network. The outcry from the ACLU, the NAACP, the Mainstream Media, the Reverend Jessie Jackson and the Reverend Al Sharpton would be heard in every house in America.
Whew. Glad to get that off of my chest.
A Baptist pastor has formed a group to protest the way “modern” television, especially BET, “sexually objectifies black women and portrays black men as ‘pimps’ and ‘gangsters.'”

WASHINGTON – A Baptist pastor has begun a series of weekend protests, demanding that media outlets and corporations stop portraying blacks in demeaning and offensive ways. The first demonstration was at the home of Black Entertainment Television’s chief executive.

[Rev.] Coates [the organizer of the protest], 34, said he requested a meeting with Lee in an Aug. 23 letter but got no response until last week. Lee said she received the letter only after she read about the protest in a news release.

“Her people made a meeting conditional upon canceling the rally at her house,” Coates said.

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Bible Story Murals, A Unique Ministry

Friday, September 21st, 2007

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Episcopal Church Faces Large Departures Over Gay Bishops

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Many faithful in the Episcopal Church cannot abide with how far the leadership has moved away from what the Bible teaches, especially in the area of homosexuality, and would rather leave this fellowship than risk supporting something the Bible says is a sin.
Pray for the people in the Episcopal Church.

A spokesman with the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) says the U.S. Episcopal Church is at a crossroads.

This week, the House of Bishops plans to meet with conservative leaders in the church –known as primates. The conservative leaders will ask for assurance, that by September 30 the church will no longer approve the consecration of bishops living in homosexual relationships, or approve same sex blessings.

Ralph Webb is IRD director of Anglican Action and he says liberal leaders have not given any indication they will meet demands of the conservative leaders. “They have expressed dismay at the primates, for making such requests of the church. And, so, sadly, it doesn’t look like we’re going to see something positive,” he says.

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US-Iran Confrontation Heating Up

Friday, September 21st, 2007

I fear that this situation will come to a boil very soon. We need to pray for our President and those brave people who defend our country.

With the Iranian president on his way to the United Nations, the confrontation between America and the Islamic Republic is ratcheting up in Iraq and Washington.

American soldiers arrested an Iranian Quds Force operative in northern Iraq yesterday, in a clear signal that the war on Iran’s terror network in the country has not abated. At a press conference in Washington, President Bush emphasized the damage international pressure and mismanagement has done to the Iranian economy as a factor he said he hoped would persuade the mullahs to end their enrichment of uranium.

The diplomatic and military confrontations this week are preview of what is in store at the opening of the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday. President Ahmadinejad yesterday told CBS News that he was withdrawing his request to visit ground zero and lay a wreath at the site of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Nonetheless, the Iranian president, who has called for destruction of Israel and whose country hosts senior Al Qaeda leaders, will speak at Columbia University.

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San Diego Mayor Changes Stance on Gay Marriage

Friday, September 21st, 2007

The mayor of San Diego said Wednesday that he has changed his stance on same-sex “marriages” after revealing that his adult daughter is a lesbian.

Although he previously said he would veto a city council resolution supporting a legal fight to overturn California’s prohibition on same-sex “marriage,” Mayor Jerry Sanders told reporters that he could no longer support the position he took during his mayoral campaign two years ago and in the end signed the resolution.

“Two years ago, I believed that civil unions were a fair alternative,” he said at a news conference.

Sanders’ spokesman, Fred Sainz, had earlier informed the press that the mayor prefers civil unions – which offer some, but not all of the legal privileges found in marriages – over same-sex “marriages.”

“Those beliefs, in my case, have since changed,” the Republican mayor said Wednesday.

Sanders, who is up for re-election next year, acknowledged that many voters who supported his earlier stance may disagree, but he said he had to do what he believed was right.

According to the mayor’s spokesman, Sanders’ daughter Lisa told her parents four years ago that she is a lesbian and is in a committed relationship.

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Prophesied destruction of Damascus imminent? by Hal Lindsey

Friday, September 21st, 2007

A stunning report published by Jane’s Defense Weekly confirms rumors of a July explosion at a Syrian military base at al-Safir, near Aleppo, in which reportedly “dozens” of Iranian engineers were killed along with their Syrian counterparts.

Syria had originally dismissed reports of the explosion by saying the blast was generated by the desert heat causing the accidental detonation of a stockpile of explosives.

Jane’s reported that the explosion was actually triggered while the engineers were fitting a chemical warhead onto a Scud-C missile. The explosion and fire released containers of the deadly nerve agents VX and sarin gas, as well as a mustard gas blistering agent.

Israeli Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter told reporters this week, “Iran has entered into strategic cooperation with Syria on conventional and nonconventional weapons development,” adding, “The Iranians are very big in Syria.”

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Muslim Religion Taught Under Guise of History

Friday, September 21st, 2007

I have seen this text book and agree. It is teaching religious tenants for Islam while not teaching them for Judaism, Christianity or any other religion.

The “Five Pillars” of Islam – charity, fasting, prayer, belief and pilgrimage – are being taught to public school students in Nyssa, Ore., under the guise of world history, the school has confirmed to WND, even though a parent raised a complaint about the same teachings a year ago.

In a letter to parents following the concerns that were raised at that point, Supt. Don Grotting and other school officials told parents that the text called “Journey Across Time” features a chapter on “Islamic Civilizations.”

As part of that, “class activities have included guest speakers (including an American soldier serving in Iraq and a practicing Muslim woman who is an American citizen living in Mountain Home) who talked about geography, dress, climate, religion, economy and culture and student skits, in which students prepare and perform three- to five-minute skits about the tenets of Islam belief: charity, fasting, prayer, belief, and pilgrimage.”

Janine Weeks, the curriculum director at the school, this week told WND that the curriculum, and class activities, are continuing.

“We’ve not made any changes,” she said. “The content standards require that we present information about the rise of Islam in the context of world history.”

The McGraw-Hill book itself, according to its online outline, heavily emphasizes the positive aspects of Islam.

“Muslims were successful merchants, in part because they had a common language and a common currency. Baghdad, Cairo, and Damascus grew wealthy from trade and became important centers of learning, government, and the arts. The cities featured mosques that served as Muslim houses of worship and centers of learning. The bazaar was a very important part of the Muslim city. Although Muslims enjoyed great success and cities grew, most Muslims lived in villages and farmed,” the book says.

“Muslims made valuable contributions in math, science, and the arts. Muslim scholars saved and translated the works of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Muslims are well known for their beautiful buildings. The Taj Mahal, which is made of marble and precious stone, is one of the world’s most beautiful buildings,” it says.

Meanwhile, in its chapter on Christianity, it notes that Christianity “attracted many followers because it gave meaning to people’s lives, appealed to their emotions, and promised happiness after death.”

It goes on to talk about the schism between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church that still exists.

For a student exercise, it suggests students study the American Red Cross.

In its chapter on Judaism, the book notes “the 12 tribes of Israel often quarreled, so they asked a prophet to choose a king to unite them against their enemies.” Then, after World War II, “Palestine was divided into a Jewish nation called Israel.”

The parent who raised the concerns a year ago, Kendalee Garner, was contacted and told WND that essentially Christianity and Judaism are not being taught. “They teach the history of Hinduism but not the tenets of its faith,” she said.

“When I asked the teacher today if they were changing the curriculum she replied there is nothing we need to change,” she said.

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Angels – Warriors of God

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Angels have always fascinated me. Even though the Bible teaches that we will some day be “judges” of angels, I catch myself being envious of these marvelous beings. They are so fortunate to be allowed to stand in the presence of God, doing His bidding. How fortunate they are. I long for the time when I will be in the presence of God and can finally do everything He wants me to do. No more human frailness, no more human failings.
I found this article about angels and it hit a note with me.

I have seen some of your paintings of angels. Not very accurate. Why do some of your artists try to make us look like lovely, soft women or cute, chubby babies? Let’s correct that idea right now. When you think of an angel, don’t think of soft clouds or little cupid-like cherubs decorating packages of bathroom tissue. Angels are terrible warriors. We are the army of the Living God, His heavenly host — a mighty, terrible host, surrounded with the blinding glory of the Almighty’s holiness. Our strength is incomprehensible to you humans. Why one night while the Assyrian army was surrounding Jerusalem, one of our host went through their camp and put to death 185,000 of their soldiers (2 Kings 19:35). Cute, chubby cherubs, ha! Every time a human actually sees one of us, he collapses in terror. That’s why we always have to start our conversations with: “Fear not!”

Like your human armies, we have ranks and orders, differing duties and tasks. Some angels are not quite so military of course, but me and my boys are a real army. We’ve been in on some of the great campaigns. Our regiment follows the Commander Himself. He has a very particular interest in earth. So many of our operations have brought us into this arena of conflict.

Earth, you know, is contested territory. Oh, there’s no real question of who really rules, but the final mop-up action is being delayed in order to compete certain rescue operations in which the Commander has taken a personal part. We look forward to the end of it all. The day is coming when the last battle will take place. All of the hostiles will gather against our Commander and will mount a terrible offensive. We (and some of you too) will be with Him when He meets the Enemy on that day! There’s no doubt at all about the outcome of that conflict.

In the meantime, our present missions are typically restraining actions related to the ongoing rescue program. We move into an area and secure a perimeter of operations from enemy interference. For instance, on one occasion, Dothan, the village of God’s prophet Elisha, was surrounded by the Syrian army. Our unit was deployed to ensure the safety of the prophet and clear the area of hostiles. Elisha knew we were there. He had notification from our Commander. But the prophet’s servant was uninformed about our presence. Elisha told his servant, “Don’t be afraid. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha requested from the Commander, that we angels be displayed for the servant’s benefit. So we executed a partial decloaking. The servant was duly impressed; as well he should be (2 Kings 6:8-17).

Most of the time, however, we remain unobserved. But we are present in fearsome power — hundreds, some times thousands of us. We’ve been there in countless operations with the Commander sometimes in warfare against the enemy, sometimes as auxiliary personnel to human endeavors.

I understand many of you may have the notion that serving in an army is a matter of grim, unquestioning duty. That may be the case in some human deployments, but it is emphatically not the case with us in the angel corps. Every last one of us serves because of love for the Commander. We would follow Him anywhere and do anything He requested. Perhaps you can get some idea of our motivation for service by remembering how the soldiers under David loved him. My squad was in the area one time when David and his command were surrounded by a band of Philistines. At that time David was in his stronghold and he casually remarked how good a drink of water from the well in Bethlehem would taste. Three of David’s men broke through the enemy lines without being discovered and I might add that one of our personnel had something to do with that. They drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David, just because they loved him. (1 Chronicles 11:15-19).

That’s how it is in this army. We love the Commander. Not one of us would hesitate in the slightest to perform any assignment that He might choose to give us. You can hear our love for Him in the songs we sing when we are on the march. How does your proverb go? There are four things that move with stately bearing: a lion, mighty among beasts who retreats before nothing, a strutting rooster, a he-goat, and a king with his army around him (Proverbs 30:29-31). You should see our King with His army around Him!

Actually, some of you did see something like that once. I mentioned earlier that our Commander has taken a very personal interest in the rescue operation on Earth. According to His own plan He left heaven and was born into your human race. It was His mission to effect a decisive blow to the key power center of the enemy, effectively opening the gates from the inside to secure the escape of the rescuees. We had been with Him in smaller companies since He joined Himself to His human mother’s flesh. We kept her under close guard during her season of pregnancy. But on the night He selected for His human birth, we were all there in full array. There was some possibility that the enemy would attempt to oppose His birth action, so we were prepared to secure the area. Of course, as it happened, the enemy was not encountered in the area that night. Only some time later did he mount a counterstrike through that King Herod. So on the night of our Commander’s birth we had nothing to do but stand watch, until we were ordered to reveal ourselves to a few shepherds. And after making the announcement about our Commanders birth, we sang.

Have you ever heard a really big men’s choir? Start with that idea, but imagine them not in choir robes, but girded for battle. Not grim draftees, but soldiers terrible in joy. Not so few you could count them if you tried, but thousands and thousands. Not bare, four-part harmony, but every voice with a slightly different song and all the voices fitting together like a million pieces of a stained-glass window into the glory of heaven. Not singing with weak human lungs, but sounding eternal chords like the ones that we used at the creation of the world. Not a song with a few words and a chorus, but a song that could not be contained even if you knew all the greatest words from all the languages of your earth. And this song, if you tried to sing it, would say, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom the Commander’s grace rests.” That is the kind of song the shepherds heard!

That night was singing — a song full of terrible love for the Commander, a song full of God’s love for the earth. And if you have love for this God who joined your human race, maybe one day you will sing with our army. As we stand before the throne of our Commander there will be a million upon a million voices of praise, voices singing of endless love, voices singing glory to God in the highest!

From The Twelve Voices of Christmas by Woodrow Kroll and Keith Ghormley, based on the original Twelve Voices broadcast heard on Back to the Bible.

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Homosexual Indoctrination In Canada

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Homosexual Indoctrination Grade 12 Curriculum to Start in British Columbia Schools [Excerpts]

Result of Human Rights settlement by the government with homosexual activists

Starting [the week of September 10], British Columbia introduced its grade 12 “Social Justice” elective course that will see homosexuality promoted in BC schools as an “alternate lifestyle” equivalent to natural marriage. The course is only the first part of a larger K-12 curriculum resulting from a Human Rights complaint settlement by the government with a pair of homosexual activists.

The British Columbia Human Rights Commission ordered that Murray Corren and his homosexual partner Peter Corren be allowed to force the BC Education Ministry to accept their curriculum and that parents will not be allowed to remove their children. Murray Corren wanted the K-12 curriculum to include, “Queer history and historical figures, the presence of positive queer role models — past and present — the contributions made by queers to various epochs, societies and civilizations and legal issues relating to (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered) people, same-sex marriage and adoption.”

It was revealed in 2006 that the provincial government had signed the settlement contract with the two men giving them unprecedented control over the content of the curriculum. The contract stipulated that the education ministry would meet with the men every six months until September 1, 2007 to allow them to oversee the development process.

The Vancouver Sun reports that among the “key learning concepts” in the new course are “ableism, ageism, anthropocentrism, consumerism, cultural imperialism, extremism, feminism, fundamentalism, heterosexism, humanism, racism, sexism and speciesism.”

Heterosexism is defined as a “prejudice against homosexuals on the assumption that heterosexuality is the norm”.

Glen Hansman, president of the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association admitted in the Sun that the curriculum will require students to examine injustices to homosexuals because of the assumption that heterosexuality is normal and to “take a stand against these injustices.”

With the inclusion in the list of “speciesism”, the course will also introduce the concept of animal rights, a key issue in the world of secularist utilitarian bioethics that proposes human beings are no more important than animals. The term was coined by Peter Singer, the Princeton bioethicist who promotes infanticide and euthanasia on utilitarian grounds. Singer is generally considered the “father” of the modern extremist animal rights movement.

The pair particularly objected that the law allowed an opt-out provision in which teachers are under an obligation to advise parents when a subject deemed to be “sensitive” is raised in the classroom. The complaint demanded that homosexuality be removed from the list of issues considered officially “sensitive.”

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Jimmy Carter Says Iran Not a Threat to Israel

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Jimmy Carter needs to get back to the peanut farm and stay out of politics. His record as president shows that he has little knowledge or influence when it comes to politics. Carter continually bashes Israel while calling himself a Christian. Iran’s pesident has said that Israel must be elimintaed, that they need to be ‘wiped off the map’, etc. etc. yet Carter does not see Iran as a threat to Israel.

What planet is this guy from? It’s time for Jimmy Carter to get back to what he knows – peanuts.

Former President Jimmy Carter said that he does not think Iran poses an immediate threat to Israel, despite claims by Iranian officials that they have drawn up bombing plans if the Jewish state should attack.

Speaking on Wednesday at Emory University, Carter, who brokered the 1979 Camp David peace accord between Israel and Egypt, said Israel’s superior military power and distance from Iran likely are enough to discourage an actual attack.

“Iran is quite distant from Israel,” said Carter, 83. “I think it would be almost inconceivable that Iran would commit suicide by launching one or two missiles of any kind against the nation of Israel.”

Iran’s deputy air force commander said Wednesday that Israel is within range of Iran’s medium-range missiles and bombers and that Teheran would strike back if Israel “makes a silly mistake.”

The White House said the comments almost sound geared toward provoking a fight and Israeli officials said they take the threats seriously.
Responding to a question from an Emory student during a public forum, Carter did not dismiss the desire of the Iranian government to attack Israel, noting a nuclear program Iran’s leaders claim is to fuel nuclear reactors, not make weapons.

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“Clinging To Illusions for Dear Life” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Let me state what is painfully obvious. Despite our most hopeful illusions, people are not really “good” nor do they really practice “peace”. While power corrupts, absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely and there is no safe place, neither high nor low, for the most vulnerable of our citizens.

The world is always at war. People fight, it’s what we do. We quarrel, often in deadly ways with other family members and we fight bitter, brutal battles with anyone who is “different” in terms of gender, class, race, ethnicity, tribe, religion, and ideology. The planet is perpetually plagued by civil and national wars. Not to be outdone, persecuted peoples internalize the prejudice and hatred leveled against them and unleash it against others like themselves.

Despite what has been learned about the European Holocaust, genocide has since become commonplace; it advances with arrogant impunity and is neither stopped nor punished by the “international community.” (Think Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan). Rape and repeated, public gang-rape have become calculated weapons of war. It is no longer (merely) a spoil of war to which drunken, woman-hating soldiers feel entitled. An era of gender-cleansing has begun.

Even so: World wars, especially those which may involve nuclear weapons, outclass (so to speak) this chronic buzz of destruction.

We are poised on the precipice of just such a moment. Yeats’s “rough beast” is Islamic fundamentalism and it, literally, “slouches towards Bethlehem,” intent on destroying Judeo-Christian civilization.

Whether we conceive of this moment as World War Three or Four matters little. I happen to think that the Cold War never really ended since a Palestinianized Marxist-Leninism utterly hijacked the western campuses and media where it now functions as a fifth column arguing the barbarian’s case. On the other hand, Norman Podhoretz is right: This is a new enemy, one who combines elements of fascism and totalitarianism but in fundamentalist religious form.

The Middle East and the Muslim world has, by and large, been judenrein for quite some time. It has also become increasingly Islamified. My friend, the Egyptian dissident, Tarek Heggy, recently wrote me about his recent visit to his hometown of Port Said. Now, he said, “women are everywhere sheeted and hate blares from every mosque around the clock.” Gone are the Jews and the Christians and the non-religious Muslims; gone is the cosmopolitan splendor of the colonial-era Islamic East.

The Taliban (and Taliban-like ways) continue to plague the girls and women of Afghanistan, where I once lived. (By the way: My colleague, Rosanne Klass, has just re-issued her wonderful and beautifully written Memoir of her time in Afghanistan in the 1950s. It is titled “Land of the High Flags. Afghanistan When the Going Was Good” and I strongly recommend it. While Klass does not focus on Afghan women, she nevertheless paints a charming portrait of a Muslim country in a softer, gentler, and more hopeful time.)

Al-Qaeda continues to morph and everywhere remains at large–although the battle is joined in Iraq. Bin Laden continues his career in global video-production from some cave or rat-hole in No Man’s Land along the Afghan-Pakistani border. Iran continues to call for the extermination of the Jewish state–and its President is about to be welcomed by the United Nations in New York City.

The Swedish cartoonist, Lars Vilks, against whom Al Qaeda has issued a death warrant, has just been informed by his government that he is no longer safe in his home. Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to flee Holland; the late, great Oriana Fallaci fled her native Italy; I have dear friends who are either trying to leave England, France, and Germany or who are documenting the mounting tide of Jew- and America-hatred among European and immigrant Muslims. (At the same time, I know many Muslim dissidents who have found safer refuge in Europe and many Muslim feminists who are trying to rescue women from being battered, mutilated, and murdered on European soil).

Still, both America and Israel remain the world’s last best hope. American forces continue to engage the enemy in Afghanistan and Iraq. On September 6, 2007 Israel apparently bombed nuclear weapons in Syria that were acquired from North Korea or Iran. For once, the Israelis are neither denying nor admitting
anything–nor are the Syrians.

More: As former Ambassador Yoram Ettinger pointed out in a lecture at my synagogue, Orach Chayim, during this last, awful period of permanent Intifada against Israel, Israel’s economy surged forward, Warren Buffett did not cancel his enormous investments in Israel just before the Lebanon war last summer–when he could have done so. Also, the demographic statistics have been greatly misunderstood. Based on Ettinger’s research, “the Jewish-Arab fertility gap has been reduced to one child (down from a 6 children gap in the 1960s)!”

Like Nobel Laureate, Professor Aumann, (about whom I have written before), Ambassador Ettinger is also urging that we look at the larger picture, examine the infra-structure, be prepared for the long haul.

Still, I remain distressed, uneasy, not only because the lives of both soldiers and civilians are being lost but because so many educated Americans continue to deny that we are really at war and that fundamentalist Islam (not merely terrorism) remains our Number One clear and present danger. Too many Americans are clinging to their illusions for dear life.

Fall has come in early this year and it is a soft and beautiful one here in New York City. Construction is booming, huge, new skyscrapers appear almost overnight, the long-awaited Second Avenue subway line is being dug out of the concrete. New Yorkers seem to be enjoying the weather, lingering at outdoor cafes, walking down streets and through parks, enjoying all the rich cultural offerings that characterize this great city which is also the capital of the world.

We can lose this in a second. And, we can also lose it slowly, in many seconds, if we do not fight back and fight to win. Indeed, we must win or we are doomed. As Edmund Burke has pointed out, evil inevitably triumphs when good people do nothing. We must all do something–actually, everything–if we are to save our way of life and our very lives.

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Dr. Phyllis Chesler is the well known author of classic works, including the bestseller Women and Madness (1972) and The New Anti-Semitism (2003). She has just published The Death of Feminism: What’s Next in the Struggle for Women’s Freedom (Palgrave Macmillan), as well as an updated and revised edition of Women and Madness. She is an Emerita Professor of psychology and women’s studies, the co-founder of the Association for Women in Psychology (1969) and the National Women’s Health Network (1974). She is currently on the Board of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East and lives in New York City. Her website is www.phyllis-chesler.com.
We are delighted to have Dr. Chesler as a contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.