Archive for December 28th, 2007

Georgia Congressman Hails Latest Stem-Cell Breakthrough

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I love this. Now the abortion mills have one less reason to supply abortion on demand.

In November, Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University and colleagues announced they succeeded in directly reprogramming human skin cells to turn into embryonic-like stem cells. The researchers produced what are called “iPS” cells by adding four genetic factors to a human skin cell.

Now a team led by George Daley of the Children’s Hospital in Boston reports it has been able to use the same four genes to derive iPS from fetal lung and skin cells, from neo-natal skin cells as well as from skin samples taken from a healthy human volunteer. No embryos are created or destroyed, and no cloning or eggs are needed in the process of producing iPS cells.

Representative Dr. Tom Price (R-Georgia) says two years ago he took to the House floor and told members of Congress if they were patient, scientists would solve the ethical dilemma surrounding embryonic stem-cell research — and now his words have been validated.

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“R.I.P Benazir: A Modest Proposal For Preventing Islamists from Killing the Rest of Us.” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Yesterday, I wrote about societies choosing to jail anti-Islamist dissidents and innocent Muslim civilians who are being threatened with honor murder or with other atrocities. I asked how big the jail would have to be and whether societies could actually afford to protect the innocent from the fanatically murderous. Clearly, we can not afford to sacrifice them to a political death-cult either.

Today, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination forces me to re-frame the question. When will societies finally start jailing the assassins en masse? And those who teach and fund them to blow their opponents up, to “speak” with the sword not the pen?

Today, Benazir Bhutto’s death also forces me to remind us all that the world chose not to stop suicide killers when their targets were mainly Jews and Israelis. That method has proliferated globally. A suicide killer has now assassinated a westernized Muslim woman leader—one who, wearing a headscarf, bravely returned to Pakistan with a vision of democracy.

I have no illusions about Benazir’s feminism or moral innocence. She was far from perfect—who is?—but on her head and in her blood I must say: It is time for the West to offer asylum to those innocent Pakistani civilians who wish to flee (and make sure they are who they say they are), and then fence all Pakistan in, run a wall up to the sky, include Waziristan and the tribal lands between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Just wall them in and wait for them to turn on each other; they surely will.

Muslim-on-Muslim violence is the largest untold story in the politically correct West.

If it works with Pakistan—let’s consider continuing the wall country by country. In the end, it may actually cost less to jail the assassins than to jail their innocent prey.

To Taslima Nasreen I say: If you value your life, return to Scandinavia while you have the chance.

Benazir: Rest in Peace. May your death be a turning point, may it inspire your long-suffering people and their leaders to finally say NO! to death cult suicide killers; NO! to Islamism; NO! to despotism.

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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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Barton on Article VI: Citizens Free to Apply Religious Test for President

Friday, December 28th, 2007

I will always use the Bible as a template when contemplating who I should vote for.

Christian author and historian David Barton says he disagrees with the premise being advanced in some conservative circles that it isn’t appropriate to use a religious test when selecting a presidential candidate.

“Article VI has nothing to do with Romney’s faith anymore than it had anything to do with Kennedy’s faith,” states the Christian historian. “It has to do only with preventing the establishment of a national church, and citizens are free to use religion or any other criteria they want in choosing whoever they want for president.”

According to Barton, Article VI is a limitation only on the federal government — not on the rights of individual citizens. “It was one of the clauses to make sure that there was no national denomination,” he explains. “So if the federal government can’t have a religious test — such as the federal government [saying] you have to all be Mormons, or Anglicans, or Baptists, or Methodists, or whatever — then there’s no chance of having a national church.”

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