Archive for January 4th, 2008

Story of 2007: America Distances God by Jan Markell

Friday, January 4th, 2008

It gives me no joy to report on what I think is one of the most prominent stories of 2007. America is the most blessed, prosperous nation on earth. God raised this young nation up for several reasons. We have been a gospel light to the world and that remains. We have been Israel’s “off-and-on” ally. Our Christian heritage has made us a compassionate nation.

But I see a nation pulling away from the one true God and giving a voice to those who hate God or who have a skewed view of Him. This was personified in 2007.

Why would a nation of Judeo-Christian principles give one of the highest honors to the Dalai Lama who received the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor in October? He snowed his adoring admirers, most of them the highest of America’s leaders, by saying, “There can be no world peace without first obtaining inner peace.” Where’s the Prince of Peace and did anyone stand up for Him?

In July, a Hindu opened the U.S. Senate with a Hindu prayer. This same man is opening in prayer at state senates in many places.

The first Muslim imam delivered a prayer for the U.S. House of Representatives, even though he is on record saying, “Take my word–if 6-8 million Muslims unite in America, the country will come to us.”

This year saw an unprecedented push to convince Americans that Jews, Christians, and Muslims celebrate similar roots. Interfaith gatherings have taken place so that in unity all may celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Muslim Hajj Festival. Pulpits filled with men who should know better telling us that God and Allah are one and the same.

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Maine School District Allows Boy Into Girls Restroom

Friday, January 4th, 2008

What about the rights of the girls who may not want a boy in the bathroom with them? I guess some people will do anything to cater to the homosexual crowd.

A school district following Maine’s Human Rights Law and providing special accommodations to a 10-year-old with “sexual orientation or gender identification” issues is being accused of discrimination by a man whose grandson is being denied those same accommodations because of his sexual orientation – that of heterosexuality.

The dispute at Asa C. Adams Elementary School in Orono has the school committee on the defense, the grandfather on the march, and the local Bangor News newspaper trying to set rules for “Christian” behavior for the community.

At the heart of the issue is the treatment being provided an unidentified 10-year-old at the elementary school, according to documentation from the Christian Civic League of Maine.

The organization is reporting Paul Melanson found out his grandson’s school was allowing another boy to use the girl’s restroom, and decided that wasn’t right. He told his grandson to follow the other boy into the girl’s restroom whenever he saw the other boy doing it, and when he did, the boy was confronted by school officials and warned against such behavior, and the grandfather was confronted by police.

However, Melanson responded to those concerns by alleging the school was discriminating against his grandson by depriving him of the accommodations allowed others, simply because of his sexual orientation, an action banned under state law.

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Forced Female Circumcision Destroying Young Women’s Lives in U.K.

Friday, January 4th, 2008

It is known by a variety of names, the most common of which are female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision, or simply “cutting” – a word which somehow conveys the raw pain its prepubescent victims suffer.

Most people will be unfamiliar with this practice, which involves removing part or all of the clitoris, the surrounding labia (the outer part of the vagina) and sometimes the sewing up of the vagina, leaving only a small opening for urine and menstrual blood.

It is carried out for a variety of cultural reasons. Such is the secrecy that surrounds the practice that even those aware that it occurs in large swathes of Africa and Asia will be shocked to learn that it is prevalent in Britain.

During a highly disturbing, four-month investigation, however, we uncovered evidence that thousands of British-African girls, in towns and cities throughout the country, have been forcibly “cut”. By conservative estimates, 66,000 women and girls living in Britain have been mutilated. This figure, accepted by the Metropolitan Police, came in a report by a volunteer organisation funded by the Department of Health and carried out with academics from the London School of Tropical Hygiene and the City University.

And thousands more girls are at imminent risk as families club together to fly professional “cutters” from Africa to Britain.

These women “elders” perform the crude operation for up to £40 a time, often on kitchen tables or floors, without anaesthetic, using filthy, blunt knives, razor blades or scalpels.

Many readers will be distressed by our report, but this practice is an abomination which has no place anywhere, let alone in a civilised society, and if it is to be expunged then this is a story that must be told.

Attempts are also made to justify this iniquitous practice on religious grounds. Some hard-line Muslims insist that women must undergo genital cutting to remain faithful to the purest teachings of Islam – although, in truth, it is not even mentioned in the Koran (as if that fact has ever stopped Muslims from doing unspeakably evil acts. -ed), and only ambiguously in the Hadith (a collection of oral traditions about the life of the prophet Mohammed).

Several leadings Imams have openly condemned the practice. This, though, does not deter its proponents, who maintain that it is their inalienable right to live according to their traditional beliefs and customs, rather than conform to British values. Indeed, some argue that the freedom to carry out FGM is a fundamental principle of our multi-cultural society.

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Oil and Gold Flirt with Record Highs

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Oil Prices Ease After Soaring Briefly Above $100 a Barrel on Supply Concerns.

SINGAPORE (AP) — Oil prices eased Thursday after soaring briefly to a record $100 a barrel overnight on escalating violence in Africa’s leading oil producer, a weaker U.S. dollar and a view that global demand for oil will outstrip supplies.

Traders were awaiting the release of a weekly U.S. petroleum supply snapshot later Thursday, and some expected crude futures to breach the $100 a barrel level if the government reported crude inventories fell by more than expected, analysts said.

“We’re so close to $100 right now,” said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz in Singapore.

“If the U.S. inventory report indeed shows stockdraws, and particularly bigger than expected draws, plus a heightening of geopolitical risks and a falling U.S. dollar, all these factors could push pricing beyond $100.”

Surging economies in China and India fed by oil and gasoline have sent prices soaring over the past year, while tensions in oil producing nations like Nigeria and Iran have increasingly made investors nervous and invited speculators to drive prices even higher.

Violence in Nigeria helped give crude the final push to $100. Bands of armed men invaded Port Harcourt, the center of Nigeria’s oil industry Tuesday, attacking two police stations and raiding the lobby of a major hotel.

Light, sweet crude for February delivery fell 38 cents to $99.24 a barrel in Asian electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, midmorning in Singapore.

The contract rose $4.02 to $100 a barrel Wednesday before slipping back to settle at a record close of $99.62, up $3.64.

Gold soars to record above $850 an ounce.

LONDON (Reuters) – Gold swept to a record high on Wednesday driven by surging oil, a weaker dollar and simmering geopolitical tension, also ushering platinum to a record peak.

Other metals jumped on bullion’s bandwagon with silver at its highest since mid November and palladium at two-month highs.

Spot gold surged to $859.30 an ounce — its highest since January 1980 when gold prices were fixed at a record $850.

It later backtracked slightly to $846.30/847.00, compared with $832.70/833.50 quoted late in New York on Monday.

“It’s not surprising given that gold’s a safe haven asset. It’s reflective of the fact there is risk aversion in the market in the new year,” said Phylis Papadavid, strategist at Socgen.

“Right now the market is wanting more clarity on the U.S. economy,” she added.

Gold gained more than 30 percent in 2007, in its biggest annual gain since 1979.

Buy a Poinsettia, Fund an Abortion!

Friday, January 4th, 2008

When Christian churches flooded their facilities with poinsettias to celebrate the Christmas season, odds are that at least some of the money they paid for the blooms will be dedicated to paying for abortions, a new report reveals.

According to the Corporate Funding Project assembled and released by Life Decisions International, the Paul Ecke Ranch business of Ecinitas, Calif., has been added to its Boycott List because of its support for Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion advocacy organization in the world and the largest U.S. provider in the abortion industry.

Other corporations newly added to the list are BBJ Linen, which produces home products, and Carlson Companies, including its travel agencies and brand names Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson and Regent, according to Life Decisions.

Also added to the list released this week are restaurant chains T.G.I. Friday’s and Pick Up Stix, auto services provider Midas and InterContinental Hotels, including brand names Candlewood, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Indigo and Staybridge, the group said.

Officials at Paul Ecke Ranch declined to return multiple WND messages requesting comment. But on their website, they boast “approximately 70 percent of all the flowering poinsettias in the USA and more than 50 percent worldwide get their start at the Paul Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California.”

The organization says it ships “several million vegetative cuttings” to growers in four dozen nations “and finishes thousands of potted flowering plants for Christmas.”

Its website explains how the family ownership team saw the flowers growing wild in the early 1900s and worked for decades to connect the bloom to the Christmas holiday season to build their business, including working with set designers for Bob Hope’s shows to make sure they were included each Christmas season.

LDI, which was incorporated in 1992, is “dedicated to challenging the Culture of Death” and concentrates “on exposing and opposing the agenda of Planned Parenthood.”

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Clinton Struts For Iowa Church Pulpits – Churchgoers Don’t Buy Her Song and Dance

Friday, January 4th, 2008

It amazes me that Clinton thinks that people are too dumb to realize that Clinton and religion are about as far apart as God and Satan. I guess the Iowa Christians reminded her that they are not dumb at all.

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her message to the pulpit on Sunday at a Baptist church in Des Moines where she spoke in anticipation of the Iowa caucuses. While GOP contender Mike Huckabee has garnered attention for his mixing of faith and politics, Clinton’s action received scant media coverage.

And while such actions are sometimes controversial, IRS rules allow candidates to speak in churches within certain guidelines.
New York Sen. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, both spoke in Iowa churches on Sunday – part of their last-minute appeal for votes.

She made what amounted to a softened-down version of her stump speech at Corinthian Baptist Church in Des Moines Sunday, beginning her short talk with a declaration from Scripture – “This is the day the Lord has made.”

Accompanied by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, Clinton arrived at the church a half-hour late, and left before the actual sermon began, according to the Rev. Lee Maxey, the church’s senior pastor.

“She is a candidate for the office of president who wished to address the people of God at Corinthian Baptist Church, and she was given the opportunity to do that,” Maxey told Cybercast News Service. “I think the congregation, for the most part, appreciated her presence.”

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Huckabee, Obama Are the Winners in Iowa

Friday, January 4th, 2008

Maybe people are tired of “politics as usual” Maybe people are tired of having their morals and wishes trumped by a tiny minority of people using the liberal courts to do what they can’t get done through Congress and the Presidency. Guess we’ll see.

From One News Now:

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sen. Barack Obama, bidding to become the nation’s first black president, captured the Iowa caucuses Thursday night, opening test in the race for the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mike Huckabee rode a wave of support from evangelical Christians to victory in the Republican caucuses.

Obama, 46 and a first-term senator from Illinois, eased past a high-powered field that included Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, the former first lady, and former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the party’s 2004 vice presidential nominee.

Among Republicans, Huckabee, a preacher turned politician, handily defeated Mitt Romney despite being outspent by tens of millions of dollars, and deciding in the campaign’s final days to scrap television commercials that would have assailed the former Massachusetts governor.

From WorldNetDaily:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was declared the winner in tonight’s Iowa GOP caucuses with 34 percent of the vote, to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s 25 percent and former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson’s 13 percent.

On the Democratic side, Barack Obama turned in a solid victory over former first lady Hillary Clinton, with 38 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 29 percent, who was also bested by John Edwards’ 30 percent.

The vote totals reflected 93 percent of the Republican precincts reporting, and 100 percent of the Democratic caucuses already finished.

John McCain also came in with 13 percent of the vote on the GOP side and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul had 10 percent, while Bill Richardson had 2 percent of the Democratic vote.

“I wasn’t sure that I would ever be able to love a state as much as I love my home state of Arkansas, but tonight I love Iowa a whole lot,” Huckabee told supporters, including “Walker, Texas Ranger” star Chuck Norris, who was with him on the podium.

“I’m amazed, but I’m encouraged, because tonight what we have seen is a new day in American politics. … But it doesn’t end here. It ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue one year from now.”

Ed Rollins, Huckabee’s national chairman, told FOX News the victory reflected the power of Huckabee’s message.

“But more importantly the power of the messenger,” Rollins told FOX. “It’s gonna give us some momentum … this is a great, great candidate and obviously the voters in Iowa saw that,” Huckabee said.

From Fox News:

Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee emerged the big winners in Thursday night’s Iowa caucuses, besting well-organized and funded opponents and both claiming the mantle of change.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Thursday evening, Obama had 38 percent of the vote while John Edwards had 30 percent and Hillary Clinton had 29 percent. Bill Richardson had 2 percent. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden earned 1 percent.

After the caucuses Biden and Democratic Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut both announced they were dropping out of the 2008 presidential race after poor showings. Dodd registered at 0.2 percent in the Iowa polls.

On the Republican side, with 93 percent of precincts reporting, Huckabee had 34 percent and Mitt Romney had 25 percent. Fred Thompson and John McCain were in a close race for third with 13 percent each. Ron Paul garnered 10 percent of the vote, including winning Jefferson County. Rudy Giuliani pulled 3 percent, though he did not campaign there.

Huckabee told a crowd of enthusiastic supporters Thursday that the Iowa victory would “start a prairie fire of new hope and zeal.”

“I’m amazed but I’m encouraged because tonight what we have seen is a new day in American politics,” he said. “Tonight it starts here in Iowa, but it doesn’t end here. It goes all the way through the other states and ends at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”