Archive for September 25th, 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

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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.