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Muslims for Obama

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have never been an Obama fan, but this makes me even more leary of the guy!

With God’s Name ~ Quran 49:13 Oh Mankind! We have created you male and female, and have made you nations and tribes that you may know one another. The best of you, in the sight of God, is the best in conduct. Allah is the best knower, aware.

As Salaam Alaikum, (The Peace of God Be Upon You)
and welcome to Muslim Americans for Obama’08.

Muslim American for Obama’ 08 is a grassroots initiative to support the presidential campaign for Barack Obama 2008. Our sincere intention is to serve as a resource for Muslim and non-Muslim Americans to get involved and learn more about the political process and Barak Obama as a person and presidential candidate.

Muhammad the Messenger of God (pbuh) –
Quote from Last Sermon:
All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor a black has any superiority over white except by piety and good action…

We Support Barack Obama because he believes in one United America with Freedom, Justice and Equality for All.

Senator Obama Quote: ” There is not a black America, and white America, and Latino America, and Asian America, there’s the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” – 2004 Democratic Convention Speech

National and International Muslim American Leader Imam W.D. Mohammed endorsed Sen. Barack Obama saying “He is the best candidate for the Presidency.”

Muslim Congressman Keith Ellision endorsed the 2008 presidential campaign of Sen. Obama saying “”He speaks with a unifying spirit.” He said he supports “Obama’s message of an open and fair economy, a balanced prosperity and clear opposition to the war in Iraq.”

The primary elections begin in early 2008 we can’t wait until NOVEMBER 2008 to get active. May God reward our efforts and bless the United States of America.

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Florida Schools to Ban Facts That Contradict Evolution

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

The state of Florida is considering a new science teaching standard that presumes the accuracy of the theory of evolution, much to the consternation of parents and other leaders who say society too often already has been embarrassed by such “Flat Earth Society” thinking.

At issue is a set of standards that will be considered by the state Board of Education that will mandate the teaching of evolution as fact and, essentially, forbid the discussion of facts that may contradict that theory.

“The proposed standards [for evolution] … presume ideas to be facts and leave no opportunity to study them beyond their narrow presentation,” Fred Cutting, a retired aerospace engineer, said. He served on the state’s Science Standards Framers Committee because of his expertise in biology, specifically species origins and the human genome project, and found the treatment of evolution “very one-sided, bias[ed] and narrow in its final views.”

The standards, he said, “are dogmatic and not scientifically neutral. … In the biology standards for evolution that were proposed, there was no room for any critical thinking or criticism of prevailing science theories. Students are not encouraged to do any critical thinking or evaluations within the proposed standards being questioned. The life sciences subcommittee refused to distinguish between what can be observed, tested and objectively verified, on one hand, and what is speculation and/or mere hypothesis on the other.”

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California Students Forced to Endure Homosexual Agenda Unless Parents Rescue Them

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

If you care about your children, then you should homeschool, find a Christian school, participate in a homeschool co-op, pay the tuition, drive an older car, or do whatever is necessary to keep them out of California’s public school system. That’s the message from a new campaign, assembled under the Rescue Your Child slogan.

And it’s all because the California Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger worked together to establish Senate Bill 777 and Assembly Bill 394 as law, plans that institutionalize the promotion of homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism and other alternative lifestyle choices.

“First, [California] law allowed public schools to voluntarily promote homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality. Then, the law required public schools to accept homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual teachers as role models for impressionable children. Now, the law has been changed to effectively require the positive portrayal of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality to six million children in California government-controlled schools,” said Randy Thomasson, chief of the Campaign for Children and Families and a leader in the movement to withdraw what supporters pray will be up to 600,000 children from public districts in the state.

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‘Philly 11’ Christians Appeal Lawsuit Over Arrests

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Continue to pray that justice will be forthcoming in this case.

The 11 individuals were arrested in 2004 at Philadelphia’s “OutFest,” a pro-homosexual event held on public property. The Christian activists were charged with various crimes for quoting scriptures while walking on a public street set aside for the event. Charges were dropped almost immediately against all but five of the Christians, and those five were later found not guilty of all charges.

gavel smallAccording to attorney Joseph Infranco, those actions paved the way for a civil suit against the City of Philadelphia and the OutFest participants, claiming that his clients suffered constitutional harm as a result and arguing no one else should be subjected to such actions. “So this is a civil suit now, to make them accountable for their actions — and filing those criminal charges was part of that,” he adds.

Infranco, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, was at Monday’s hearing, which asked appeals court judges to reinstate the lawsuit dismissed by the initial civil trial judge. The consensus at that time, he shares, was that the judges were more sympathetic to his clients than to those accused of violating their constitutional rights.

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Shari’a Not Just About Stoning and Amputation

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

(CNSNews.com) – Although Islamic law is often associated with stoning and amputation, its expansion in Britain would also have more mundane consequences that would affect the most vulnerable members of Muslim society, a scholar warned. Marriages could be annulled and women could lose access to their children or inheritance.

Dr. Rowan Williams, head of the Church of England and titular leader of the world’s Anglican Communion, said in a lecture and radio interview late last week that aspects of shari’a could be accommodated in Britain.

He has since been defending his controversial comments, telling a meeting of the church’s synod in London Monday that much of the reaction has been based on misunderstanding.

Williams said he was not suggesting that shari’a operate in parallel with English law. He also made it clear “that there could be no blank checks in this regard, in particular as regards some of the sensitive questions about the status and liberties of women.”

Although Williams did stress from the start his opposition to the “kind of inhumanity that sometimes appears to be associated with the practice of the law in some Islamic states,” some of the critical reaction to his comments has pointed to the gruesome punishments.

But Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund, an organization working among Christians living under Islam, said that punishments for leaving Islam also impact on family law — “the very part of shari’a which the archbishop wants to see applied in the U.K.”

They can include loss of inheritance, loss of access to children, and the annulment of marriage, said Sookhdeo, a scholar of Islam who also heads the Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity.

He said Williams seemed “blissfully confident” that those who would implement the shari’a law structures in Britain would be enlightened.

But experience showed that such institutions were usually taken over by extremists, “backed by the almost unlimited resources of oil-rich Wahhabism and the various forms of Islamism it supports,” Sookhdeo said.

“Embedding shari’a in British law will negatively impact many vulnerable members of the Muslim community: women, children as well as secularists and liberals,” as well as Muslims from repressive states who had found refuge in the U.K.

Sookhdeo also voiced concern that “seemingly innocent and gracious concessions [regarding shari’a] … contribute to building up an Islamization trend which could become unstoppable.”

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“Brave Partisan” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I write books, I read books, I review books. I am one of the People of the Book—and I happily live surrounded by bookshelves filled with thousands of treasured volumes. This means that I do not “read” books on a small screen or “listen” to books while I exercise or drive. I represent a dying breed.

I am now away on a very quiet, hopefully placid vacation. In my absence, I will be posted some book reviews that I have recently penned and published elsewhere. This review appeared in City Journal.

Brave Partisan
The many lives of Edith Kurzweil

Phyllis Chesler
City Journal | January 9, 2008

Full Circle: A Memoir, by Edith Kurzweil (Transaction Publishers, 312 pp., $34.95)

Edith Kurzweil has lived many lives and prevailed against tremendous odds. As an Austrian Jew, she was not meant to live at all; as a first-generation immigrant in America, she wasn’t expected to succeed; as a woman, who was also a 1950s-style wife and mother, she was not supposed to become a scholar in her own right. But Kurzweil refused to identify herself as a victim, choosing instead to view adversity as a useful challenge. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology, became a professor, and published a number of thoughtful books including The Freudians: A Comparative Perspective, The Age of Structuralism, and Nazi Laws and Jewish Lives: Letters from Vienna. She also married three times, the final time to William Phillips, the founder of Partisan Review. Kurzweil served as executive editor of this highly influential magazine from the late 1970s until its demise in 2003.

Thus she knew and worked with many of the leading intellectuals of her time: Saul Bellow, Ralph Ellison, Doris Lessing, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Norman Podhoretz, Cynthia Ozick, and many more. She was privy to the great disputes of the era, and her memoir Full Circle recounts them all, from battles about communism and fascism to splits over Zionism and the nature of American power—battles that, in different forms, continue to the present day.

Kurzweil’s life, like a play, has had many distinct acts. Act One: “Ditta” Weisz is born in Vienna to wealthy Jewish parents. For 13 years, she enjoys a charmed and sheltered existence, which world events then shatter. Solely responsible for her younger brother, Hansl, she flees Austria to join her parents, who are already settled in America, and travels through at least 11 cities and villages in Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, and Portugal.

Her flight is grueling and perilous: she dodges bombs, enemy soldiers, hostile civilians, and Catch-22-like diplomatic restrictions. Strangely, the idea of “being sold into slavery” (as opposed to being simply incinerated) terrifies her. At one point, Kurzweil rides in a boxcar together with other Jewish children. For eight days, they have little food, no light, no ventilation, no bathrooms—and no parents. She writes: “The younger children got sick first and some of them threw up; we had no toilet facilities and had to use the odd containers … since boxcars have no windows … the putrid smell of excrement mingled with that of perspiration and vomit… . By the fifth day our limbs were black and blue from the bumps we got when the train was careening.”

These painful memories occupy only three paragraphs in the hellish travelogue. Still to come is a long period of hiding in the French countryside and long lines to navigate at the Spanish, Portuguese, and French consulates as Kurzweil desperately tries to get a visa. Aided by a kind stranger, she makes it to the S.S. Excalibur just as it pulls up anchor in Lisbon. Seeing two children approaching, the ship’s crew halts and lets them aboard.

Act Two: Kurzweil’s new life as a teenage immigrant in New York City begins. Her sadistic father and self-involved mother control and exploit her. Kurzweil the memoirist does not complain; she merely shows us how things were. Her writing is fresh, leavened with the endearing Americanisms that she acquired. She “moseys” along, wants the “low-down,” relates best to people “on the ball.” For those, like me, who remember the Manhattan of this era, her descriptions bring back a lost world: here is the dear departed automat, the Cafe de la Paix, the Éclair, and the Konditorei. Kurzweil dubs these last two “Vienna on the Hudson.”

She encounters routine sexual harassment on the streets and on the job, of a type that these days we would regard as extreme. She describes the “leering once-overs” of foremen, the “foul language” of “sweaty men,” and the harshness of the “demanding foreladies.” Kurzweil works as a hat maker, jewelry painter, stock clerk, salesgirl, bookkeeper, and far underpaid diamond cutter. She works during all of her marriages, even while raising the children she had with two of her husbands.

Act Three: she prospers as a wife and young mother in a New York City suburb during the very decade in which Betty Friedan decided that isolated, educated housewives suffered from a “problem that had no name.” “I don’t recall my suburb as a Mecca of enlightenment nor as the nadir of Hell,” Kurzweil writes. She eventually returns to Europe and lives there happily for some time—though she shares a sobering anecdote about visiting her childhood home in Vienna. The concierge of the building, guilt-ridden about the past, is afraid that she has come back to reclaim her apartment.

Act Four: Kurzweil documents an important period of intellectual history. She confirms that intellectuals can be as ruthless as corporate titans, capturing the raw ambition, ceaseless backbiting, intimate betrayals, and anti-Americanism that have characterized so many New York and Parisian thinkers. Kurzweil describes how the New Yorkers devoted themselves to “honing their mercurial minds at each other’s expense.” She relates priceless anecdotes and both first- and second-hand thumbnail sketches of a battalion of intellectual leading lights, including Michel Foucault, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Hannah Arendt, Diana Trilling, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert J. Lifton, and Noam Chomsky, among others. She is frank about the male domination, philandering, and polygamy prevalent in intellectual circles, and about the way in which otherwise capable female job applicants were mainly viewed in terms of their “sexual potential.”

Full Circle has far too many rich anecdotes to recount, but one involving Chomsky is typical and illustrative. Kurzweil describes an enormous party that is “more like a political rally,” at which Chomsky states that students should be encouraged to protest, “even to the point of laying down on a railway track while awaiting an oncoming train.” When Kurzweil protests that a young Italian demonstrator has lost his life that way, Chomsky replies that the loss was acceptable—“if it had furthered the cause.”

Kurzweil also reveals the rather shocking attempt to destroy Partisan Review by certain “solicitous friends” who envied its success and wished to “own” its gold-standard brand name, even though they disagreed with many of its principled stands. She describes how William Phillips found himself locked out of his own office at Rutgers University, his Partisan Review papers impounded. Boston University chancellor John Silber gave the magazine a safe harbor, but after Phillips died, Silber, in Cynthia Ozick’s words, “executed” and “terminated” the magazine that Kurzweil had essentially run on her own during the years of Phillips’s declining health.

Full Circle is an ode of sorts to Phillips and to the committed intellectual life that he led, and an acknowledgment of what one must juggle, sacrifice, brave, and endure to live the life of the mind. The intellectually dazzling Phillips lost many of his closest friends when he refused to glamorize tyrannies or wholeheartedly embrace the cultural uprisings of the 1960s, which included hatred of America and Israel.

Kurzweil shared his political bravery. Immediately after September 11, in the pages of Partisan Review, she wrote: “To others, like myself, who lived through some of the real horrors of World War II, the United States was perceived as a safe haven … the United States is not truly prepared to fight its enemies. Once again, we are divided around domestic priorities and must fight enemies both outside and within our borders… . We have tried to attain our ends while holding on to our liberal values… . We will have to decide at what point the rights of the individual must be subordinated to the public good, to the ‘rights’ of the country. When do we go after the Osama bin Ladens? And how do we conduct fair trials without being so overly ‘fair’ as to encourage or condone more such activities?” Kurzweil’s perspective was prescient; her views today remain vigorous and vital.

Full circle: Vienna, 1940. As the train leaves, the 13-year-old Ditta is afraid to keep her maternal grandmother’s gold chain: “We were forbidden to take any valuables … in the end, I panicked … as the train began to move I reached out of the window to return the coveted jewel.” The real jewel is this book, and the memories and insights it contains.

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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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Palestinians Burn Joseph’s Tomb

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

The pali terrorist continue to show why they shouldn’t have their own country. I don’t expect the world to take notice though.

JERUSALEM – Palestinians yesterday tried to burn down Joseph’s Tomb – Judaism’s third holiest site – according to Palestinian security officials speaking to WND.

It marks the second time the Palestinians attempted to burn down the tomb, located near Nablus, the biblical city of Shechem.

Joseph’s Tomb is the believed burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph, the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became viceroy of Egypt.

Palestinian security officials in Nablus said yesterday they were called to the tomb to find 16 burning tires inside the sacred structure.

A Palestinian police official who inspected the site told WND today there was some fire damage to the tomb. He said the Palestinian Authority, fearing embarrassment, immediately formed a joint committee from the PA’s Force 17, Preventative Security Services and Palestinian intelligence, to find out who was behind the fire.

He said patrols were stepped up around the site.

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said the IDF was not aware of the fire or any unusual activity near the tomb but that it would immediately inquire with the PA.

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