Archive for December 7th, 2007

Imam’s Christian Convert Daughter Hiding after Death Threats

Friday, December 7th, 2007

“But, but, but,” the Muslims sputtered, “anyone can choose to leave Islam. We are a tolerant religion who offers freedom to all whom seek it”.
Yeah Right!!

The daughter of a British imam is living under police protection after receiving death threats from her father for converting to Christianity.

The 31-year-old, whose father is the leader of a mosque in Lancashire, has moved house an astonishing 45 times after relatives pledged to hunt her down and kill her.

The British-born university graduate, who uses the pseudonym Hannah for her own safety, said she renounced the Muslim faith to escape being forced into an arranged marriage when she was 16.

She has been in hiding for more than a decade but called in police only a few months ago after receiving a text message from her brother.

In it, he said he would not be held responsible for his actions if she failed to return to Islam.

Officers have agreed to offer her protection in case of an attempt on her life.

Last night the woman said: “I’m determined to live my life the way I want to because I should have that freedom in this country.

“If you make the choice to come to this country, as my parents did from Pakistan, you have to abide by the laws of this country and that means respecting the freedoms of other people.

“I know the Koran says anyone who goes away from Islam should be killed as an apostate, so in some ways my family are following the Koran. They are following Islam to the word.

“But I do not think every Muslim would act on that.

“My situation is frightening, but I’m not going to let it frighten me to the extent I can’t live my life.

“I pretty much feel like I’ve lost my family and that’s very hard.

“Some days I feel very low and what my father might do preys on my mind. But I regularly change my phone number to avoid him catching up with me.’

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Media Coverage of Mall Shooting Fails to Reveal Mall’s Gun-Free-Zone Status

Friday, December 7th, 2007

I know the gun control advocates are going to once again be screaming that we need more gun control because of the Omaha mall shootings. What they will fail to understand is how many lives could have been saved if just one concealed handgun owner had been allowed to have his/her gun that day.
You see, the criminals know that they can enter a gun free zone, like a mall or school and shoot for quite some time before anyone shows up who can stop them. They don’t care that they can’t bring a gun into this “gun-free” zone. Only the law abiding people are hurt by gun control.

The horrible tragedy at the Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb. received a lot of attention Wednesday and Thursday. It should have. Eight people were killed, and five were wounded.

A Google news search using the phrase “Omaha Mall Shooting” finds an incredible 2,794 news stories worldwide for the last day. From India and Taiwan to Britain and Austria, there are probably few people in the world who haven’t heard about this tragedy.

But despite the massive news coverage, none of the media coverage, at least by 10 a.m. Thursday, mentioned this central fact: Yet another attack occurred in a gun-free zone.

Surely, with all the reporters who appear at these crime scenes and seemingly interview virtually everyone there, why didn’t one simply mention the signs that ban guns from the premises?

Nebraska allows people to carry permitted concealed handguns, but it allows property owners, such as the Westroads Mall, to post signs banning permit holders from legally carrying guns on their property.

The same was true for the attack at the Trolley Square Mall in Utah in February (a copy of the sign at the mall can be seen here). But again the media coverage ignored this fact. Possibly the ban there was even more noteworthy because the off-duty police officer who stopped the attack fortunately violated the ban by taking his gun in with him when he went shopping.

Yet even then, the officer “was at the opposite end and on a different floor of the convoluted Trolley Square complex when the shooting began. By the time he became aware of the shooting and managed to track down and confront Talovic [the killer], three minutes had elapsed.”

There are plenty of cases every year where permit holders stop what would have been multiple victim shootings every year, but they rarely receive any news coverage. Take a case this year in Memphis, where WBIR-TV reported a gunman started “firing a pistol beside a busy city street” and was stopped by two permit holders before anyone was harmed.

When will part of the media coverage on these multiple-victim public shootings be whether guns were banned where the attack occurred? While the media has begun to cover whether teachers can have guns at school or the almost 8,000 college students across the country who protested gun-free zones on their campuses, the media haven’t started checking what are the rules where these attacks occur.

Surely, the news stories carry detailed information on the weapon used (in this case, a rifle) and the number of ammunition clips (apparently, two). But if these aspects of the story are deemed important for understanding what happened, why isn’t it also important that the attack occurred where guns were banned? Isn’t it important to know why all the victims were disarmed?

Few know that Dylan Klebold, one of the two Columbine killers, closely was following Colorado legislation that would have allowed citizens to carry a concealed handgun. Klebold strongly opposed the legislation and openly talked about it.

No wonder, as the bill being debated would have allowed permitted guns to be carried on school property. It is quite a coincidence that he attacked the Columbine High School the very day the legislature was scheduled to vote on the bill.

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Remember Our Fallen – Pearl Harbor Day

Friday, December 7th, 2007

“Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”

Pearl Harbor Attack

“The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.”

Pearl Harbor Attack

“The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.”

Pearl Harbor Attack

“As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.”

-President Franklin Roosevelt, Speech to Congress Requesting War be Declared on Japan, December 8th, 1941

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“The Golden Compass” from Plugged-In Online

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Golden Compass opens British author Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, an award-winning but theologically controversial series of children’s books. Though the series eventually finds two young protagonists and a supporting cast of witches, armored polar bears, scientists and angels confronting the Authority—a stand-in for God—those themes have been intentionally muted in this first cinematic act.

“How does one go about adapting a book that has controversial elements into a film that a very wide variety of people can enjoy, without betraying the original?” asks director Chris Weitz. “One tries to be clever about it. I realized that the overt stating of some of the themes in … The Golden Compass would never—this is important to make clear—never ever get across the goal line. There isn’t a wide enough audience for that—yet. If I wanted to popularize this series of extraordinary books and open them to a wider reading public than ever before, I was going to have to make some compromises.”

Weitz went on to say that he hopes the film will be successful enough to allow him to direct the second and third installments without minimizing those stories’ strident anti-church themes. “Whereas The Golden Compass had to be introduced to the public carefully, the religious themes in the second and third books can’t be minimized without destroying the spirit of these books. … I will not be involved with any ‘watering down’ of books two and three.”

But even watered down, The Golden Compass is still awash in a twisted worldview and dark spirituality, the anticipation of which has prompted many Christian groups to point out the damage some of Pullman’s themes can do. Even secular observers have noted that the film’s thinly veiled ecclesiastical allusions can be spotted easily. Newsweek writer Devin Gordon noted, “While references to ‘the church’ are gone from the film, no one over four feet tall could mistake the Magisterium for anything but an oppressive theocracy.” That notion is supported by church historian Dr. Quinn Fox, who observes, “The most telling aspect of His Dark Materials … is that the Reformation never happened in the world of The Golden Compass. Indeed, Pullman’s simplistically harsh view of the church and God posit a power-hungry, misanthropic institution out of control, and a detached, domineering God devoid of grace.”

One of the film’s visual high points has to be the sight of Iorek bounding through the snow in slow motion with Lyra burrowing into his shaggy white fur. And it’s scenes like this, shown in most of the film’s trailers, that have the power to spark interest and imagination in young viewers who might be unfamiliar with His Dark Materials.

Such warm and cuddly sneak peaks promise something this movie doesn’t deliver. This epic journey to a world in which a theocratic agency kidnaps and tortures children is grim and joyless. The violence may be generally bloodless, but the tale’s tone is anything but inviting. No matter what the ads may say, it fundamentally lacks the wonder and the splendor of C.S. Lewis’ and J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy creations—not to mention their grasp of spiritual truth.

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Teen Birth Rate Report Fixed to Slam Abstinence, Analyst Says

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The abortion industry is not going to let abstinence be taught without a fight. Their livelihood depends on unwanted and accidental pregnancies. They will do anything they can to make sure they continue.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a report this week indicating a slight increase in teen birth rates for the first time in 14 years. Though the rate had dropped consistently since 1991, government statisticians claimed a three-percent increase in births in 15- to 19-year-olds from 2005 to 2006. Co-author of the report, CDC’s Stephanie Ventura, said the findings, “took us by surprise.”

But Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse — senior fellow at the Beverly LaHaye Institute of Concerned Women for America — disputes those findings, saying the claims are misleading at best. “What they have done,” Crouse argues, “is lump together 15- to 19-year-olds, because the 18- to 19-year-old rate did edge up just slightly.”

The misleading “bundling” of the statistics is an obvious attack on abstinence education, she says, and an attempt to get more federal funding for condom distribution and abortion providers. “You can bet this is data that will be used to say, ‘Abstinence programs do not work,'” she says.

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“Who’s Afraid of The Golden Compass?” by Paul Edwards

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Golden Compass is Book One of a fantasy trilogy written by English author Philip Pullman in the late 1990s called His Dark Materials. Philip Pullman is an unapologetic militant atheist. For example, in a 2001 interview with the Washington Post, Pullman said: “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief.”

The title for the trilogy comes from a line in John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Pullman views his trilogy as a re-telling of Milton’s poem (which means that His Dark Materials is in reality Pullman’s re-telling of the Genesis story in fantasy form). Interest in the series has been revived as New Line Cinema is set to release their theatrical version of The Golden Compass on December 7—just in time for the holiday movie season.

The preemptive strike from the conservative Christian community, led by William Donahue of The Catholic League and Donald Wildmon of the American Family Association, has become more of a story than the release of the film itself. Donahue views the movie as an attack on Roman Catholicism, denouncing as “pro-atheist” both the movie and the book upon which it is based. He’s calling for a boycott of the film. In a recent press release The Catholic League warned their constituents that His Dark Materials was “written to promote atheism and denigrate Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism” (a charge Pullman denied in various interviews even before it was leveled). Donahue characterizes the trilogy as “atheism for kids” and the movie as “bait for the books.” The American Family Association, “because of Pullman’s clearly articulated anti-Christian motives,” is “warning all viewers to run from the film.”

In a strange twist of life imitating art, this reaction to The Golden Compass validates the image Pullman creates in his trilogy of Christians and of organized Christianity generally.

In Book Two of His Dark Materials, The Subtle Knife, the Queen of the Witches says:

I don’t know who will join with us, but I know whom we must fight. It is the Magisterium, the Church. For all its history … it’s tried to suppress and control every natural impulse. And when it can’t control them, it cuts them out … That is what the Church does, and every church is the same: control, destroy, obliterate every good feeling. So if war comes, and the Church is on one side of it, we must be on the other.

Pullman is not completely wrong when he characterizes the Church as an organization obsessed with holding power by suppressing and controlling.

But such a Church is not the true Church as defined by Scripture. Contrary to Pullman’s depiction of the Church, Jesus never sought positions of power. On the contrary, he retreated to a mountain alone when the crowds came to make him king, and refused Satan’s offer to be granted all the kingdoms of the world. Jesus mandated that His followers deny themselves, lead by serving, humble themselves like children and achieve true greatness at the end of a path of suffering and humility.

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Pelosi Urged to Condemn Open-Air SF Sex Fair

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Don’t hold your breath. I’m reasonably sure the Congresswoman from San Francisco won’t want to upset her constituents. The fact that she has not already come out against this event speaks volumes of what she believes and supports. This is what y’all put in power in order to punish President Bush. Good Job…NOT!!

(CNSNews.com) – Leaders from three pro-family groups Wednesday called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to denounce the Folsom Street Fair – which is called “the world’s largest leather event” and is held each September in San Francisco – as a “grotesque affair” that violates laws prohibiting public nudity and child abuse.

“Because you frequently extol San Francisco’s values to the rest of America, we are compelled to call your attention to what actually takes place” at the event, wrote Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth, in a letter he hand-delivered to Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill.

“I was in San Francisco with a videographer on Sunday, September 30, and verified but a small segment of the most immoral and outrageous sexual behavior that ever disgraced the streets of any American city,” continued LaBarbera, whose group describes itself as “devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda.”

To support his perspective on the matter, LaBarbera released a six-minute DVD entitled “Tolerance Gone Wild in San Francisco” to members of the press during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.

The disc contained a number of sex-related visuals, including:

Large numbers of men walking on public streets either fully or partially naked;
Groups of men engaging in sex acts on the street as crowds walked by and snapped pictures and police officers merely watched;
Theatrical sadomasochistic whippings and floggings – drawing blood and turning the willing “victim’s” skin bright red;
Flaunting of female nudity and real or simulated sexual acts;
“Master-slave relationships” in which a man or woman “walked” a subservient “slave” with a collar and chain;
Anti-Christian imagery in the form of the “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” – men dressed in drag mocking Catholic nuns – greeting incoming attendees at Folsom; and
Young children with their parents witnessing the street scene.

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Hamas Militants Train for Attack on Israel

Friday, December 7th, 2007

In typical fashion, the Pali terrorist are training, with new weapons supplied to them by the rest of the world, to attack Israel as soon as they can. Peace is only a farce with Muslims; a way to get their enemy (the rest of us non-Muslims) off balance before they attack.

Koran 47:36: “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Armed members of Hamas are conducting practical drills for a possible attack on Israel.

FOX News had an exclusive look at the guerrillas as they trained with new Kalashnikovs in the Gaza Strip.

“The U.S. and Israel and other regional powers were generous enough to provide Fatah security with very good weapons, and now they are in our hands,” one gunman told FOX News.

The Hamas militants say they are training for an Israeli military response to their persistent rocket and mortar fire aimed at Israeli towns. The gunman wouldn’t say where they obtained the rocket-propelled grenades and roadside bombs.

“This training is part of the Hamas preparation to stop an Israeli offensive into the Gaza Strip,” another gunman said. “We will hit them bad and many of them will be kidnapped.”

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Pali Lawmakers Make Jerusalem Concessions Illegal

Friday, December 7th, 2007

The Pali terrorist, who run Pali-Land, always find a way to shoot the peace process in the foot. Here’s their latest twist.

The Hamas-dominated Palestinian Legislative Council is pushing through a bill that would make it illegal to make any concessions on Jerusalem.

The bill, which passed its first reading on Thursday, also defines such concessions as a crime of high treason.

Presented by Hamas legislator Ahmed Abu Halbiyeh on behalf of two parliamentary committees – the judicial committee and the committee for Jerusalem affairs – the bill is expected to pass in second and third readings in the coming days.

The PLC session was boycotted by many members of the rival Fatah faction in protest of Hamas’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip last June.

However, many Fatah legislators have made it known that they too support the law, which states that Jerusalem is a Palestinian, Arab and Islamic city and that it is totally forbidden to give up or conduct negotiations about any part of the city.

According to the proposed law, anyone who violates these prohibitions would be prosecuted as a traitor.

The bill still requires the approval of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, said Ahmed Bahar, acting speaker of the PLC. He said the law would be presented to Abbas after it passed second and third readings.

The law is intended to embarrass Abbas and ties his hands on the eve of the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on core issues, including the future status of Jerusalem. Hamas officials said Abbas would have no other option but to endorse the law.

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