Archive for November 9th, 2007

“Bad Girls, Islamist Style Or Paris Hilton It Is Time for You to Join the Marines” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Western middle-class rebel-girls are fashionably anorectic, more concerned with shedding inches from their own bodies than with changing history even by a few inches. (I in no way mean to mock or minimize the real epidemic of eating disorders among girls and women and am focusing here on the epidemic’s larger cultural dimensions).

Western rebel-girls are often drug addicts, alcoholics, self-mutilators, “cutters;” they dabble in “nervous breakdowns” and pen Memoirs about their asylum stays before they are 25. They also “slum” as a way of passing as rebels. Thus, unlike the children of poverty, girls with educations and high-income families, “act out” by becoming strippers, pornography stars, prostitutes. Or, they merely dress as if they had been trafficked into sexual slavery, and wear incredibly tiny skirts and blouses with plunging-necklines right down to their be-jeweled navels. (Yes, this is taking place in the West even as other girls and women are religiously modest, have joined the Armed Forces, or are running corporate entities. All these realities are taking place simultaneously.)

Their female counterparts in the Islamist world are quite different. On the one hand, some of the bravest freedom-fighters in the world today are Muslim and ex-Muslim anti-jihadists. But then, there are Muslim women jihadists, like twenty-three year old Samira Malik, who worked at London’s Heathrow Airport and who has just been convicted as a “lyrical terrorist” under under Britain’s terrorism legislation.

Police found documents in which Malik said she wanted “the opportunity to take part in the blessed, sacred duty of jihad.” She not only stashed manuals about hand-to-hand combat, bomb-making, and rocket-launching, she also wrote poems in which she praised “be-heading.” (“It’s not as messy or as hard as some may think/Its all about the flow of the wrist.”) And, on internet social networking sites, Malik described her favorite television shows as the “be-heading” videos, bin Laden videos, and “videos which show massacres of kaffirs (infidels).”

In America, Malik would be lauded as a warrior of “resistance.” First Amendment groups would protest her having been convicted merely for her words and ideas (or for “thought crimes”). She would become yet another instant hero, find a publisher, perhaps even land a job teaching poetry at an Ivy League university.

I can’t believe that I am actually praising Britain—but in this instance, they have forced my hand.

My good friend and colleague, Dr. Nancy Kobrin, views Malik as a “high functioning” sociopath, similar to the “high functioning serial killer mass murderer jihadi doctors who allegedly fit in on the surface but who lack empathy.”

She has a point. Malik is not using her literary skills to empathize with humanity. Au contraire. Perhaps the only aggression that a Muslim woman is allowed to exhibit is in the service of jihad and religiosity; perhaps this is the only career path to glory for otherwise subordinated Muslim women.

The interviews done with Palestinian women whose suicide killing missions were intercepted by the Israelis (and who have been written about by Dr. Anat Berko, and filmed by both Pierre Rehov and Shaun Beyer), confirm the nature of their culturally empowered hatreds. Yes, perhaps some of these women are “mentally ill” but this is not relevant. Their potentially murderous deeds have full cultural approval and they are treated (and view themselves) as religious heroes with moral agency.

Dr. Kobrin makes one other important point. Such jihadis “subvert” our common social norms. They turn their destructive thoughts into destructive deeds. “Just like flying planes into buildings, they subverted the globally accepted norm that planes are for transportation not to be turned into bombs.” In Samira Malik’s case, “so too do they seek even to destroy and strip language from us, throwing us back into a horrifying world similar to that of an autistic person.”

Thus, on our side , our civilian (not our warrior) icons include Britney Spears, Madonna, Paris Hilton, Courtney Love, and countless western wannabees. On the jihadi civilian team, we have young women who are ready to kill and die for Allah, for bin Laden, and for jihad.

What’s wrong with this picture?

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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.

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Israeli Rabbis Warn Bush of Disaster if Annapolis Not Canceled

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Fasten your seat belts and hang on for dear life…

A group of rabbis from Israel have sent a letter to US President George W. Bush warning him that if the planned Annapolis Middle East parley is not cancelled, a disaster will befall US citizens, just as Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans after Israel’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip in August 2005.

Among the rabbis who signed the letter were Kiryat Arba-Hebron Chief Rabbi Dov Lior, Chabad Rabbi Meir Druckman of Kiryat Motzkin, and Rabbi Dov Wolfa.

Or as Mike Mickey said at his blog:

It’s always hated, at least by a certain segment of mankind, when someone indicates that God still has an interest in the affairs of mankind so I’m sure I’m going to be hearing from the boo birds for saying what I’m about to say, which is this: I totally agree with the rabbis.

Although it may not be a popular position in mainstream society that God might swat the United States of America with His hand of judgment for disregarding His law of blessing and curse as it relates to the nation of Israel or simply lift His hedge of protection from around the U.S.A. because it places the apple of His eye in danger, there is every reason for us to believe that President Bush is about to make what may prove to be a grave mistake by hosting a land for peace meeting between the Israelis and Palestinians on U.S. soil.

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Red, Green Christmas Lights too Religious – Could be Banned

Friday, November 9th, 2007

OK, I have to go over this every year, so here we go again. People have such short memories.
First: There is no mention of Red and Green colored lights, decorations, or adornments mentioned in the Bible. None. Nada. Doesn’t exist.
Second: Red and Green, aside from NOT being colors representative of Christians, is actually the colors REPRESENTING the terrorist organization Hamas.
So, if one is going to ban the colors, they need to do so for the right reasons.
Third: It is not against the law for ANYONE to celebrate ANY aspect of Christmas in the public square. Period.

A special task force in a Colorado city has recommended banning red and green lights at the Christmas holiday because they fall among the items that are too religious for the city to sponsor.

“Some symbols, even though the Supreme Court has declared that in many contexts they are secular symbols, often still send a message to some members of the community that they and their traditions are not valued and not wanted. We don’t want to send that message,” Seth Anthony, a spokesman for the committee, told the Fort Collins, Colo., Coloradoan.

He said the recommended language does not specifically address Christmas trees by name, but the consensus was that they would not fall within acceptable decorations.

What will be allowed are white lights and “secular” symbols not associated “with any particular holiday” such as icicles, unadorned greenery and snowflakes, the task force said.

The group was made up of members of the city’s business and religious communities as well as representatives from some community groups. Members met for months to review the existing holiday display policy, which allowed white as well as multi-colored lights and wreaths and garlands.

In previous years, there also was a Christmas tree at the city’s Oak Street Plaza.

A vote on the proposal will be coming up before the city council on Nov. 20, officials said.

“As far as I’m concerned, the group ended up in a very fair place in which primarily secular symbols will be used on city property,” task force member Saul Hopper told the newspaper.

Anthony told WND that there actually would be colored lights allowed.

“Colored lights would be allowed as part of holiday display inside city buildings, and as part of the multicultural display at the museum. Our recommendations allow wide latitude as far as what can be included in those displays, which are the displays the public sees and interacts with the most,” he said.

However, a copy of the actual proposal said for city building exteriors, “white lights” are allowed, and for city building interior common areas, such as lobbies, hallways and conference rooms, administrators should follow the guidelines that include allowances for “snowflakes, snowmen, snow balls, ice skates, skies, penguins, polar bears, white lights, etc.”

The new guidelines include no provision for colored lights.

The existing holiday display rules were adopted in 2006 after a rabbi requested that the city display a menorah.

The only apparent exception to the completely secular rule would be at the Fort Collins Museum, where a “multicultural display” of symbols and objects would be collected to represent Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Christmas among others.

“I expect criticism from people who feel like we are taking Christmas away. And I expect we will get criticism from people who think educational display endorses religions,” Anthony said. “(But) to the extent we can, recognizing that offending no one will be impossible, we want to be inclusive.”

City officials touted their own efforts.

“I am really delighted to see us taking this step,” Mayor Doug Hutchinson said when the task force was being assembled. “I think Fort Collins is a great city, and I think great cities are inclusionary.”

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Feds Ban Grandma’s Angel Ornament on Christmas Tree

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Update at bottom.

Time to start writing and calling our government officials again to remind that they can’t outlaw Christmas.

Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development officials have announced a ban on any decorations in HUD housing complexes that mention Jesus or represent religion for the Christmas season, and the American Family Association has responded with a petition drive to overturn the decision.

The AFA has set up a link to allow constituents to send e-mails to the HUD secretary or President Bush expressing their objections to the policy.

The issue arose at the Plant City Living Center in Plant City, Fla., where 85-year-old Mrs. Arnold was told that federal law now prohibits her from displaying anything that references religion – words, decorations and the like – in the common area of her apartment building, a HUD facility.

The grandmother told AFA she was instructed that even an angel decoration would be disallowed by the ban, which makes her think of the restrictions in Germany during World War II.

According to the center, HUD has issued a directive banning “any religious symbols or religious words associated with Christmas,” which effectively prevents Mrs. Arnold from placing a small Christmas tree outside her door if it contains any religious symbols or words – “even an angel,” AFA said in a special alert asking for e-mails.

A spokeswoman at the center who preferred not to give her name told WND the rules now prevent displays “like a manger, like a Christ child, any religious symbols.”

“We used to have a sign outside that said, ‘Jesus is the reason for the season,’ but we can’t anymore,” she told WND. “We’re all very unhappy about that.”

The building has about 40 one-bedroom apartments for seniors who are at least 62 years old.

The spokeswoman said she didn’t know what would be used for decorations now. “I don’t know. We can probably decorate the tree, but we can’t put anything on it that symbolizes Christ,” she said.

“If the residents want to have a Christmas party in their community room, they cannot call it a Christmas party. The Center says HUD directs residents not to use the word ‘Christmas’ but to use the word ‘holiday,'” the AFA advisory said.

“A Sunday School class from a church near Mrs. Arnold’s apartment comes every year to host a Hanging of the Greens and Christmas Party for all the residents. She said the highlight of their Christmas Party comes at the very end of The Hanging of the Greens when someone places the angel on top of their Christmas tree. Their tradition is now banned by the federal government,” the AFA said.

The family group noted the federal government has become increasingly active in banning Christianity from the public square, citing the National Park Service’s efforts to conceal the words “Laus Deo,” which is Latin for “Praise Be to God” at the Washington Monument, and the move by a Veterans Administration official to ban the script of a flag-folding ceremony that mentions “Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” and “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” at 100 national cemeteries.

However, “both of these were rescinded after AFA supporters sent e-mails to proper authorities,” the AFA said. In the case of the Washington Monument dispute, Park Service officials told WND they got 26,000 e-mails in a morning.

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Update 11-12-07 06:11 AM CST:
I just received this email from AFA:

Plant City Living Center attorney Steve Edelstein issued this statement today:

“I am pleased to report that the Plant City Living Center’s recent newsletter regarding holiday decoration policies has been rescinded. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guarantees the rights of citizens to display religious symbols in public. We support that guarantee.”

“I want to take this opportunity to reiterate to you and to inform your readers that Plant City Living Center respects the religious beliefs of all of its residents. In furtherance of that policy, Plant City Living Center allows residents to decorate their apartments and the exterior areas of their apartments in any manner they choose. To use your recent Action Alert as an example, this policy allows any resident to place a small Christmas tree outside their door and to decorate their tree in any way they wish. By the way, Plant City’s policy also allows angels to be displayed in common areas.”

A Story From Iraq You Won’t Hear on the News

Friday, November 9th, 2007

It is so sad that we have to go to the blogshere to find out what is really happening in Iraq.

Thanks and Praise: I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome.

A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from “Chosen” Company 2-12 Infantry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope.

The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ” Thank you, thank you,” the people were saying. One man said, “Thank you for peace.” Another man, a Muslim, said “All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.” The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers. (Videotape to follow.)

See the image of this event here.

FBI: Al Qaeda Eyeing Mall Attacks Over Holidays

Friday, November 9th, 2007

As usual, the Islamic terrorist are still trying to figure out honorific ways of killing us. The FBI says to vigilant over the Holidays. I look for CAIR to do another setup so they can try to sue more “John Does”.

The FBI confirmed it has issued an “intelligence information report” warning of possible Al Qaeda attacks on Los Angeles and Chicago shopping malls over the holiday season.

The warning states Al Qaeda has been planning the attack for the past two years with the intension to disrupt the U.S. economy, but it notes the latest threats fit a pattern that has emerged every holiday season since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

FBI officials say details of the threat have come from a reliable source, but said much of the information is second- and third-hand, leaving FBI officials uncertain about the reliability of the intelligence received.

“This information was obtained through a lengthy chain of acquisition, and was provided to the source by a sub-source who spoke in confidence. The veracity of the information is uncertain but the threat is being reported due to the nature of the information,” the FBI said in a statement.

“In the post 9/11 era, sharing information is our top priority. Al Qaeda messaging has clearly stated they intend to attack the U.S. or its interests; however, there is no information to state this is a credible threat. We remind people to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity to authorities,” added FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.

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