Archive for October 16th, 2007

Ban on Words ‘Mom’ and ‘Dad’ Signed Into Law

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

I continue to pray for the few remaining moral people left in California. You folks face a situation that few can imagine.
California now has a law that bans “discriminatory bias” against homosexuals and others with alternative sexual lifestyles. This can include the words “mom” and “dad”.
I feel for the parents in California. Many cannot afford private school. It is a very sad state of affairs.

A call is being issued to Christians who have been engaged in the culture wars in California’s schools to abandon the system, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a ban on “discriminatory bias” against homosexuals and others with alternative sexual lifestyles.

“We’re calling upon every California parent to pull their child out of California’s public school system,” Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, told WND.

“The so-called ‘public schools’ are no longer a safe emotional environment for children. Under the new law, schoolchildren as young as kindergarten will be sexually indoctrinated and introduced to homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality, over the protests of parents, teachers and even school districts,” he said.

The law at issue went through the California legislature as SB 777, and now bans in school texts and activities any discriminatory bias against those who have chosen alternative sexual lifestyles, Meredith Turney, legislative liaison for Capitol Resource Institute, said.

There are no similar protections for students with traditional or conservative lifestyles and beliefs, however. Offenders will face the wrath of the state Department of Education, up to and including lawsuits.

“SB 777 will result in reverse discrimination against students with religious and traditional family values. These students have lost their voice as the direct result of Gov. Schwarzenegger’s unbelievable decision. The terms ‘mom and dad’ or ‘husband and wife’ could promote discrimination against homosexuals if a same-sex couple is not also featured.

Karen England, chief of CRI, told WND that the law is not a list of banned words, including “mom” and “dad.” But she said the requirement is that the law bans discriminatory bias and the effect will be to ban such terminology.

“Having ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ promotes a discriminatory bias. You have to either get rid of ‘mom’ and ‘dad’ or include everything when talking about [parental issues],” she said. “They [promoters of sexual alternative lifestyles] do consider that discriminatory.”

“There will be no exemptions to this indoctrination,” Thomasson told WND. “Private schools and homeschool will be the only sanctuary left for parents in California who love their children and want to protect their sexual innocence.”

Ray Moore, a spokesman for Exodus Mandate, which advocates Christians give up on public schools and either school their children at home or send them to Christian schools, agreed with Thomasson, and went further.

“This really is a call to conservative and Christian pro-family groups to give up this absurd idea of public school reform,” he told WND. “It can’t be done. The longer they talk about saving public schools, the longer they prolong this agony, when they could be setting up new schools.”

He said such plans to indoctrinate children in sexual alternatives is not a surprise at all. “The pagans are simply obeying their god,” he said.

But he said how Christians educate their children is part of their walk of faith and obedience to God.

“You are being irresponsible as a parent to put your child in a public school,” Moore said. “There’s no stopping this movement. I think they’re going to take over the entire system in the next two to five years.

“I can’t predict how fast the virus will run throughout the public school system, but I think it cannot be stopped,” he said.

“If traditional minded people abandon that system in enough numbers, it will implode. By leaving your children there as a Christian you’re exposing them to extreme moral danger. You can’t immunize them with a few hours of Bible study during the week,” he said.

And he warned that the rest of the nation could feel the impact of the decision, because California is known as a trend-setter in educational practice and policy.

“California always has been on the cutting edge of trends, sometimes good and sometimes bad,” Moore said. “What happens in California sometimes can spread nationwide.

“I do know textbook publishers blow with the wind,” Thomasson added, “whether they blow from Texas or California, because those are the biggest states. That’s how they sell books.”

He said textbook editors now have a new agenda to satisfy if they want to sell their products in California. “We could see those [new] books within a year or two.”

The result, he said, probably will look like good texts. But they will be just like “cultic translations” of the Bible, which have “bitten” people who get them.

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Artist Continues to Receive Death Threat Over Drawing of Mohammed

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

CNN, the friend of Islamic terrorist everywhere had this title on their article: “Artist defiantly draws Prophet Mohammed”. Pretty normal for them to side against everyone by the Islamic terrorist.

HOGANAS, Sweden (CNN) — Swedish artist Lars Vilks says all he’s doing is taking a stand in the name of artistic expression. But because of that stand, on this afternoon he’s lying low — on the ground, in fact — looking for bombs under his car.

Al Qaeda has put a $100,000 price on his head and offered an extra $50,000 for anyone who murders him by slitting his throat after the eccentric artist and sculptor drew a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed as a dog.

“I don’t think it should not be a problem to insult a religion, because it should be possible to insult all religions in a democratic way, ” says Vilks from his home in rural Sweden.

“If you insult one, then you should insult the other ones.”

His crude, sketched caricature shows the head of Prophet Mohammed on the body of a dog. Dogs are considered unclean by conservative Muslims, and any depiction of the prophet is strictly forbidden.

Vilks, who has been a controversial artist for more than three decades in Sweden, says his drawing was a calculated move, and he wanted it to elicit a reaction. Video Watch “I should slaughter you” »

“That’s a way of expressing things. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. And if you look at it, don’t take it too seriously. No harm done, really,” he says.

When it’s suggested that might prove an arrogant — if not insulting — way to engage Muslims, he is unrelenting, even defiant.

“No one actually loves the truth, but someone has to say it,” he says.

Vilks, a self-described atheist, points out he’s an equal opportunity offender who in the past sketched a depiction of Jesus as a pedophile.

Still one could argue Vilks should have known better because of what happened in Denmark in 2005, when a cartoonist’s depictions of the prophet sparked violent protests in the Muslim world and prompted death threats against that cartoonist’s life.

Vilks’ cartoon, which was published in August by the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda, hasn’t reached that level of global protests, although it has stoked plenty of outrage.

Muslims in Sweden demanded an apology from the newspaper, which has stood by Vilks on his freedom of expression stand. Pakistan and Iran also lodged formal protests with Sweden.

Swedish police, who declined CNN’s request for an interview, have advised Vilks to abandon his home.

But the artist still works there by day and travels to a safe house by night. Vilks knows his defiance could get him killed, but he says his art is worth dying for.

As he sits at his computer, his phone buzzes with a text message. Another death threat has just come in, this one from Pakistan.

“I will kill you, you son a bitch,” he reads.

There are hundreds of threats just like this one on his mobile phone, on his answering machine and in his e-mail inbox.

“You get used to it,” he says. “It’s a bit of hide and seek. It’s like living in a film.”

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Taliban Use Hostage Cash to Fund UK Blitz

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

This is why we kill terrorist, not negotiate with them.

Millions of dollars handed over to secure the release of South Korean hostages in Afghanistan have been used to buy weapons deployed against British and American forces in the country, the Taliban claims.

Major Alexis Roberts, 32, Prince William’s former platoon commander at Sandhurst, was one of the victims of the Taliban offensive funded by the hostage money.

According to Taliban fighters interviewed by The Sunday Telegraph, the money has also been used to train recruits to carry out terrorist attacks in Britain and America.

South Korea has repeatedly denied claims by Afghan officials that it paid cash to secure the release in August of 21 Christian volunteers who were held for nearly six weeks. But in a recent meeting, three Taliban fighters involved in the conflict with the British in Helmand province said that $10 million cash handed over in two instalments had been used to boost operations in Afghanistan and abroad.

“It was a God-sent opportunity,” said Mullah Hezbollah, 30. “It has helped us to multiply our stockpile of weapons and explosives to wage battle for at least a year or so.”

He said the money had been paid in August, shortly before the Taliban’s fugitive spiritual leader, Mullah Omar, ordered Operation Nusrat (victory), an offensive against coalition troops which ran throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which finished last week. During the operation, four British soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan, including Major Roberts.

“We were really concerned when we received orders to launch Operation Nusrat, because we had hardly any funds to buy weapons to carry out such a major offence,” said Mullah Hezbollah. Thanks to the ransom payments, however, the operation proceeded with “full vigour”.

Hezbollah and his two companions said they were emissaries of Mullah Mansoor, who took over as the Taliban military commander in southern Afghanistan after his one-legged brother, Mullah Dadullah Akhund, was killed by Special Boat Service troops in May.

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S-CHIP Update

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Here’s an interesting comment concerning the Democrat’s attempt to override the presidents veto.

In a tacit admission that perhaps the Frost family wasn’t the best representation of their argument for the expansion of SCHIP, Democrats went back to the well and found the Wilkersons:

This week, Democrats have brought forth the Wilkerson family, whose two-year old daughter Bethany is covered by SCHIP and had life-saving heart surgery when she was an infant. On Monday the Wilkerson family held a conference call, sponsored by USAction, a liberal grassroots advocacy group lobbying in favor of the $35 billion SCHIP expansion.

For the record, the Bo and Dara Wilkerson say they make $34,000 in combined income from restaurant jobs in St. Petersburg, Fla. They rent their house and the couple owns one car, which Bo calls “a junker.”

Sounds like a family for which the program was originally designed. And lo and behold they’ve already used it. Under the present law their child would remain covered.

Question: How do to the Wilkersons argue for the expansion of the program that the Democrats are trying ram through that could include families 400% over the poverty level and “children” who are 25?

They don’t.

So other than emotional appeal and an attempt to pretend the Wilkersons are the sort of family the fight is about when it is not, why are we seeing the Wilkersons at all?

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“Interview with Carol Gould” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Carol Gould is a very funny woman. She is as witty as she is heartbreaking and she is quintessentially theatrical. When I first met her, I found myself laughing out loud as she shared the most painful details of her expatriate London life. I suggested that she take her show “on the road.” Gould’s hilarious imitations of her various self-righteous sparring partners in the British media would alone be worth the price of admission. You may see her in performance HERE and you may read her website HERE.

Gould is currently working on a play, a film, and a book about her experiences in London as a Jewish-American expatriate playwright, filmmaker, and journalist for the last thirty years.

She is also looking to “get out of town” before it’s too late. If anyone is interested in owning a lovely flat “over there, over there,” please contact either of us.

This QNA is the first in my ongoing series of interviews with people whose work I believe is hugely important.

Q: Why did you move to London from America in the first place?

A: I moved to London in January 1976 to do a postgraduate course in theatre and film studies with Temple University’s London campus. I was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Temple and wanted to have the ‘European experience’ as my sister had done in Italy as a music scholar.

Q: Why, after nearly 30 years, are you planning to leave London?

A: I am leaving because I find the level of Jew-hatred and America-loathing too much to handle now. Over the years I have allowed the nasty comments from British friends and work colleagues to roll off like water off a duck’s back, but since 9/11 the comments have been tinged with a visceral anger. I feel that ugly ‘You damned Jew; you bloody Yank’ hatred rising to the surface to such a degree that I could see myself being physically attacked very soon.

This is not paranoia; just this past week I was told by a man at my storage facility that he had taken a visiting American friend into a London pub and that the verbal abuse from ordinary English people was so severe that they had to leave. To be specific, this abuse takes the following shape: ‘How does it feel to be responsible for our British lads dying every day in Iraq so your friends in Israel can have some more guns to kill Palestinians?’ or ’ How many Americans can spell ‘dog?” or ‘Who are you and your Israeli friends going to slaughter next?’

Q: What kind of life did you have there, culturally, politically, professionally, and socially?

A: In my early years in the UK I have to say I had a rich life. I worked in the top echelons of theatre and TV and was highly respected by my colleagues. In recent years, however, I have found work hard to come by; when I have been in the workplace I have been at the receiving end of nasty comments about my Jewishness, about Americans and about being a ‘Zionist.’

When I defend my heritage, otherwise intelligent media colleagues tell me to ‘get that Holocaust chip off your shoulder.’ I was asked to leave a high-profile women’s video collective way back in 1999 when the Board – women from Britain and Africa — decided I was ‘too Zionist’ to be a ‘trusted member of the team.’

Read the rest of the interview here.

Gore Peace Prize Win Called ‘A Sad Day for Nobel Legacy’

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

I still cannot understand why Gore got an award called a ‘peace prize’ for lying to the world. Seems to me that his ‘untruth’ has caused anything but peace. The only thing he has really done is line his pockets with the proceeds from his ‘convenient lie’.

While supporters of Al Gore and his stance on global warming celebrated the former vice president’s win of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, skeptics of man-made climate change dismissed the award as another example of the Nobel committee naming someone “Liberal of the Year.”

“Al Gore should probably get a prize for most travel in a private jet, but not the Peace Prize,” said Myron Ebell, director of global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). He also called the award, which was shared with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), “a sad day for the Nobel legacy.”

Giving Gore the annual prize was “an unfortunate and misguided move by the Nobel committee,” Ebell said, because “the energy-rationing policies he espouses would perpetuate the poverty and human misery associated with political instability and conflict.”

Timothy Ball, a retired climatologist who leads the National Resources Stewardship Project, told Cybercast News Service that Friday’s award “just makes a travesty of the whole concept of Nobel Prizes.”

“This tells me everything I need to know about Nobel Prize winners,” he said. “I notice they just gave one to the guy who discovered holes in the ozone layer – but there are no holes in the ozone.”

Ball also said that previous Prize recipients unfairly “trumpet” their wins. “They say 105 Nobel Prize winners say that global warming is a problem,” using the concept that “if you got a Nobel Prize in one very specialized area, somehow that makes you clever in all the areas.”

“That’s rubbish,” said Ball.

The scientist also had a basic question on Gore receiving the prize for his efforts to combat global warming: “What on earth has that got to do with peace?”

In a statement congratulating Gore on Friday, Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, addressed that issue.

“In the Nobel committee’s words upon awarding the 2004 Peace Prize to Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai: ‘Peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment,'” Pope said

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Religious Left Making Friends With the Enemy

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Some people do stupid things. Trying to make friends with Ahmadinejad is like trying to make friends with a cobra. Everything may be all right for a short time, but in the end you will die.

A United Methodist renewal advocate, reacting to what he describes as the warm reception that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad received from the religious left during his recent visit to New York, says there’s a “blossoming friendship” between theologians and Iran’s controversial leader.
Mark Tooley directs the United Methodist Committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) in Washington, DC. He recently wrote a column in the Weekly Standard about a meeting between Ahmadinejad and 150 church officials at the United Methodist Women’s Church Center for the United Nations. That meeting, he says, was touted as a “time of dialogue and prayerful reflection among the children of Abraham.”

“There is a blossoming friendship going on between American religious and church officials and Iran’s apocalyptic radical president,” he says. “The church officials say they want to avert any major conflict between Iran and the U.S., and they profess to be peacemakers. But in this process of ostensible peacemaking, they seem to want to minimize the Iranian president’s very ugly threat against Israel and the U.S.”

In his column, Tooley writes that Ahmadinejad came away from the meeting knowing that he has “reliable American friends who will oppose any strong policies aimed at his regime, while expressing limited concern about his intemperate plans” toward the U.S. and Israel.

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