Archive for November 16th, 2007

Sedition in Olympia, Washington

Friday, November 16th, 2007

A story that is hardly making it into the headlines is happening in Olympia, Washington. Anti-war protesters have resorted to trashing the port of Olympia in order to stop troops returning from Iraq. OK, maybe you are as confused as I am, but I can’t quite grasp why they are trying to stop the troops from returning. I thought that’s what the peacniks wanted. The mind of a liberal must be a really confusing place to live. Glad I’m not there.

None Dare Call It Sedition
But that’s what it is, as anti-war moonbats in Olympia, Washington block streets to prevent military shipments through the Port of Olympia. (Click the photo to watch the video.)

UPDATE at 11/16/07 9:56:25 am:

To make it even more disgusting, they’re using children as human shields.

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Annapolis Peace Summit Another ‘Lynching of Israel’?

Friday, November 16th, 2007

I believe that nothing good will come out of this summit. The pali terrorist will show up, demand the world from Israel while offering nothing in return. Meanwhile, the other participants will waste no time condemning Israel for everything imaginable, while her “allies” sit on their hands and force her to make concession after concession.
We will need to watch this closely and see just how close my predictions really are.

The head of a pro-Israel ministry says the upcoming peace summit in Annapolis, Maryland, will just be another installment payment in the sellout of Israel and of American interests in the Middle East.

The founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries in Minnesota predicts that, as with every negotiation session, Israel will once again be pressured to make concessions for peace that will not be reciprocated by its Islamic enemies.

Markell says it is foolish that the Israeli government is willing to discuss the carving up God’s Holy city of Jerusalem. “That’s his city. That’s the city he’s going to return to rule and reign out of,” she states. “The King of kings is coming back to this city — and yet the secular humanists are willing to put the Holy City on the chopping block and give large portions of it away to the Arab world.”

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Climate Scientist Survey Reveals Little Consensus

Friday, November 16th, 2007

The global warming myth is finding less and less traction as more people choose to step outside of the mainstream media and research the issue on their own.

(CNSNews.com) – A new survey of American members of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that there is not firm scientific consensus on global warming, as proponents of swift action to curb carbon emissions have suggested.

DemandDebate.com, a Web site skeptical of global warming “alarmism” that advocates more debate on the topic, released the results of its poll on Nov. 8. The group attempted to survey the 345 American scientists affiliated with the IPCC.

Of the 54 scientists who completed the survey, less than half said a 1-degree Celsius increase is “flatly undesirable.” Sixty-one percent of the respondents said there is no such thing as an “ideal climate.”

While as many as 90 percent of respondents said man-made carbon emissions “are driving or helping to drive global climate change,” only 20 percent said human activity is the “principle driver of climate change.” Sixty-three percent said human activity is a driver but that “natural variability is also important.”

Former Vice President Al Gore and other leading proponents of strong government action to reduce carbon emissions – who cite catastrophic predictions of the effects of climate change – have repeatedly said that “the debate is settled” and that there is “scientific consensus” on the causes and potential effects of warming.

But Steve Milloy, the writer of the blog Junk Science and the executive director of DemandDebate.com, told Cybercast News Service Wednesday that his survey casts doubt on that claim.

The 2007 IPCC Assessment Report, published in three sections by three separate working groups, is written by selected IPCC members. Some members who have criticized the reports complain that their objections to some of its claims are ignored.

“There’s reason to ask these people more questions,” Milloy said. “I don’t think the debate is over. Al Gore is rushing to close the debate because the more data we get … the flimsier the science gets.”

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Editorial: U.S. must speak up for Muslim women

Friday, November 16th, 2007

WASHINGTON (Map, News) – Except for a brief period in the months before the U.S. deposing of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, too little attention has been focused in this country on the routine brutalities visited upon women in Muslim countries simply because they are women. During the run-up to the Taliban’s fall, millions of people around the world saw a dramatic video of a young woman being executed in a sports stadium with one shot at close range in the back of the head.

That video came to represent in the minds of many the barbarity of the Islamic extremist regime that had given aid and comfort to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. But once the Taliban were ousted and a more moderate regime took over in Afghanistan, concerns about the plight of women in Muslim countries faded from the minds of many in the West.

The tragedy is that the brutalities have continued as a matter of daily life in too many places throughout the Muslim world. In Saudi Arabia, women are required to be covered from head to foot when in public, they must always be escorted by a male relative, and they are not permitted to drive. In effect, Saudi women are prisoners in their own homes.

According to the World Health Organization, every day millions of young women in Muslim countries like Egypt and Somalia experience the horrific pain and disfigurement of female genital mutilation. With a few exceptions (Turkey and Iraq, for example) these illustrations are uncomfortably close to the norm in too many Muslim countries.

There are stirrings of reform in many places among Muslim women, even in the most repressive regimes. Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) has been in existence for more than two decades and describes itself as “an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam.”

The group links individual women and like-minded groups “in more than 70 countries ranging from South Africa to Uzbekistan, Senegal to Indonesia and Brazil to France.”

In short, wherever there are Muslim women, be they in Muslim or non-Muslim countries, it is likely there are at least some women linked to WLUML. But these brave women cannot do it alone. America should aggressively support and encourage such organizations and put the rights of women in Muslim countries front and center on the world stage at the United Nations.

Every Muslim member nation has signed a charter that among much else affirms “the equal rights of men and women.” It’s time the men in these countries practice back home what they promise at the United Nations.

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“Is Bible Teacher Jimmy Carter an Old-Fashioned Jew-Hater? But How Can a True Christian…” Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Is Jimmy Carter an anti-Semite? Even some of his critics concede that his biased views about Israel might not necessarily rise to the level of Jew-hatred. Surely, one can be critical of the Jewish state without necessarily being a Jew-hater, right?

Well—not exactly. Seven years ago I began writing about the ways in which anti-Zionism is indeed today’s “new anti-Semitism” and about how left-liberal progressives in the west were increasingly, perhaps unwittingly, allied with Islamist propagandists and terrorists in their joint betrayal of both the truth and the Jews.

The savage denunciation of the Jewish state has become an almost psychotic world-wide phenomenon. In fact, this coming weekend, the Hudson Institute is hosting a conference about the demonization of Israel at the United Nations. SEE HERE.

Now, back to our former President Jimmy.

In the late 1990s and into the twenty-first century, President Jimmy taught a series of Bible classes titled Sunday Mornings in Plains. Simon and Schuster has published a three volume set of compact discs that are available for sale online. A student at Columbia, Michael Miller, listened to these CDs and partially transcribed them with commentary galore.

Miller told me that he was so alarmed by what he heard that he tried to interest many major Jewish organizational leaders and journalists. For whatever reason, no one got back to him. Miller tells me that he focused on material that critics of Carter’s work have not yet discussed. Miller also points out that Carter has backtracked on some of what he has written: (I didn’t exactly mean that, perhaps that was a poor choice for a title, etc.). Here, while Carter may have said these things spontaneously, in a Bible class, he has nevertheless allowed a publisher to release the CDs for widespread use. He stands by what he has said.

I must admit, getting into the selected transcription and commentary was a daunting task. I nevertheless persevered. HERE is a brief excerpt from the transcription with Miller’s commentary.

I still believe—and have written as much many times—that now is the time for Jews and Christians to forge a radically new alliance. (I am not at all opposed to similar alliances with moderate Muslims). So, what I am about to say does not represent a change-of-policy on the subject.

Nevertheless, Carter sure sounds like one heck of a Jew-hater. Invidiously, almost hypnotically, he uses ancient Jesus-era history in order to demonize current day Jewish Israel and Israelis. He also uses this painful and tragic history as the basis for scapegoating contemporary Jewish Israelis for the the Islamic persecution of Christians in the Arab Middle East. Carter repeatedly whips up hatred towards modern-day Israeli Jews by telling lies, half-truths, and ancient, out-of-context truths. For example, he insists that (all) Jews view (all) Christians as “dogs” and despise and persecute (all) Christians because they are “unclean, uncircumcised.”

Anyone familiar with Middle Eastern realities will understand that it is Muslim fanatics who view Christians as unclean infidels and it is Muslims who persecute, exile, lynch, and be-head Christians. Palestinian Islamists have desecrated churches and murdered Christians. The very Israeli Jewish government whom Carter is railing against in his Bible classes has protected the holy sites of all religions. And, it is ethnic Arab Muslims who have been murdering black African Christians and Muslims in Darfur. Jewish Israelis have not mass-murdered Palestinian civilians or even those Palestinians who have been waging a fierce terrorist and propaganda war against them.

President Jimmy also presents the allegedly great power of Roman-occupied Jews in Jesus’ time as the emblem for the contemporary cabal of power wielded by Jewish and Israeli Zionists today. In his teachings, the stench of Messiah-murder clings to every possible Jewish deed.

Based on the transcription of these Bible classes, it seems that Carter’s Jew-hatred is classical Jew-hatred. It is theologically based. And its purpose is to stir up hatred for contemporary Israelis, not merely to teach an historical or religious lesson.

Yes, it is true: Jews did not and do not accept that Jesus is the Messiah or even the son of God. But so what? This should not be the source of resentment and enmity between Jews and Christians. Has Carter learned absolutely nothing from the Holocaust? Ah, maybe he has learned everything he needs to know: That the Jews were vulnerable, that their slaughter (in the Holy Land) might occasion no outcry until it is too late.

In my view, Carter might not be saying what he is saying in Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid because the Saudis have paid him off big-time (although the pay-off may certainly play a role). Carter may be the kind of old-fashioned Christian who believes that Jew-hatred is a sacramental article of faith. Most Christians, beginning with the Pope, have re-visited this issue. Perhaps Carter has yet to do so.

Of course, in America, anyone (Jimmy Carter, Ann Coulter, Ward Churchill) has the absolute right to express their political and religious views. And yet, Jew-hating views such as Carter’s have historically led to the persecution and mass murder of Jews.

And this man was once the President of the United States?

Maybe the crime of the Jew is that of having been there first, of being both the Mother and Father of religious monotheism. Maybe our descendents, whether they are rebellious followers or detractors, need to get out from under our looming parental shadow. But a true Christian is not supposed to hate. In fact, he is supposed to forgive even those who torment him. To demonize and scapegoat an essentially innocent people is so un-Christian that we might not only ask whether Jimmy Carter is a Jew-hater but whether he is really a good Christian.

What do you think?

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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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Cambridge Officials Put a Stop to Boy Scout Drive to Aid Troops in Iraq

Friday, November 16th, 2007

What a deplorable situation.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The city that’s home to Harvard and MIT solidified its nickname as “The People’s Republic of Cambridge” when it put a stop to a Boy Scout troop’s Election Day drive to collect care packages for American soldiers in Iraq, claiming it was “political.”

“We just wanted to make a lot of troops happy,” Scout Patrick O’Connor told the Boston Herald.

The big-hearted Scouts from Cambridge Troop 45 had placed donation boxes at the city’s 33 polling stations in hopes of collecting toiletries, magazines, candy and other items after one of O’Connor’s relatives was injured in an IED explosion while serving in Iraq.

But someone complained to the city, allegedly claiming the boxes were a “political statement,” and the boxes were removed.

Click here to read the Boston Herald story.

“I was devastated that someone would think to take (the donation boxes) out,” O’Connor told the newspaper.

“This was not about supporting the war or any politician or political view,” troop committee chairman Jamisean Patterson told the Herald. “This was supporting the brave men and women who are stationed overseas.”

Patterson said the Scouts obtained a verbal OK from the city election commission and polling station officials.

Cambridge Vice Mayor Timothy J. Toomey Jr. told the Herald that a breakdown in communication, rather than malice, led to the boxes being removed.

“Boy Scouts Troop 45’s efforts to support our troops are a benefit for the entire community, and the council will be working with them to ensure that their goals are fully realized,” he said in a written statement.

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