Archive for March, 2008

Community Rallies Around Fired Librarian

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

We blogged about this before. For those of you who might have missed it, a librarian at a library in California noticed a man looking at child pornography on one of the library computers. She told the police about it. They arrested the guy and found large amounts of child porn at his house.
As a result of turning this criminal into the authorities, she was fired from her position. The reason she was given was that she violated some library policy.
In a nut shell, she was punished for doing the right thing.
Now she is suing to get her job back.

Brenda Biesterfeld, a single mother of two, was fired from her job at the Tulare County Library in Lindsay, California, on March 6 — two days after she told police that 39-year-old Donny Chrisler had been viewing child porn on library computers. Chrisler was arrested, and police later found on his home computer thousands of explicit images involving children.

Recently, more than 100 people turned out on the lawn of the library in a prayer vigil for Biesterfeld and also for the safety of local children. Karen Stoffers, a minister at the First United Methodist Church, helped organize the rally. During an interview on Fresno Fox TV affiliate KMPH, Stoffers spoke of her admiration for Biesterfeld.

The fired librarian is being represented by Liberty Counsel, which is asking county officials to give her back her job. County officials say Biesterfeld was fired for not following library policy.

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Obama Camp Remembers Monica Lewinsky

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Remember the good old days? The days when the Dems would never dream of turning on each other. Me neither. Looks like Obama needs to put a muzzle on all his advisors (even though this time they are speaking the truth).

Gordon Fischer, the former director of the Iowa Democratic Party and a senior adviser for Sen. Barack Obama’s efforts in the Hawkeye State, is still very much involved in making sure Obama gets delegates as the caucus process continues.

He’s also quite fired up about former President Bill Clinton’s comments in front of a North Carolina VFW Hall, which the Obama campaign took to be an impugning of Obama’s patriotism.

In his blog, Fischer writes:

“B. Clinton questions Obama’s patriotism. In repsonse (sic), an Obama aide compared B. Clinton to Joe McCarthy. This is patently unfair. To McCarthy.

“When Joe McCarthy questioned others’ patriotism, McCarthy (1) actually believed, at least aparently (sic), the questions were genuine, and (2) he did so in order to build up, not tear down, his own party, the GOP. Bill Clinton cannot possibly seriously believe Obama is not a patriot, and cannot possibly be said to be helping — instead he is hurting — his own party. B. Clinton should never be forgiven. Period. This is a stain on his legacy, much worse, much deeper, than the one on Monica’s blue dress.”

That’s not quite the kind of comment that keeps with Obama’s pledge to focus on policy differences instead of personal attacks, I think it’s safe to say.

– jpt

UPDATE: Fischer writes to say, “On my individual blog, I made a stupid comment. I sincerely apologize for a tasteless and gratituous comment I made here about President Clinton. It was unnecessary and wrong.

“I have since deleted the comment, and again apologize for making it. It will not happen again.

“I hope my readers will accept my apology and we can move on to the very important issues facing our state and country. Thank you.”

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Obama’s Pastor ‘Crucified Like Jesus’

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

These people have real nerve. Comparing Jeremiah Wright’s self-inflicted drama to the curcifixion of Jesus is absurd at the least. These people would do well for Obama if they would simply keep their mouths shut. Although, I have to say that it has been good for the American people to hear the true story behind Obama’s church.

The new pastor at Barack Obama’s church says his predecessor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was in a sense crucified just like Jesus Christ at the hands of the Romans.

According to Fox News, Rev. Otis Moss III titled his Easter sunrise sermon “How to Handle a Public Lynching,” focusing mainly on the media firestorm over the Chicago church attended by the Democratic presidential candidate.

Moss reportedly did not specify Wright by name, but told the congregation at Trinity United Church of Christ
that Wright, who has delivered sermons in which he likened the U.S. to the Ku Klux Klan and saying it is damned for its state-sponsored terrorism, is facing the same challenges Jesus did.

Moss said: “No one should start a ministry with lynching, no one should end their ministry with lynching. The lynching was national news. The RNN, the Roman News Network, was reporting it and NPR, National Publican Radio had it on the radio. The Jerusalem Post and the Palestine Times all wanted exclusives, they searched out the young ministers, showed up unannounced at their houses, tried to talk with their families, called up their friends, wanted to get a quote on how do you feel about the lynching?”

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Clinton (Hillary) Lies About Bosnia ‘Sniper Fire’ Account

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

In a very lame attempt to bolster her sagging poll numbers, Hillary Clinton pulls out yet another lie. I’m not sure how she thought this was going to help her, but she wanted everyone to believe that when she toured Bosnia, as First Lady, she had to land under fire from snipers. Apparently, this is just another lie, as none of the reporters who were with her remember this at all.

Sen. Hillary Clinton has used a story of arriving in Bosnia under sniper fire to bolster her foreign policy bona fides, but the Washington Post retrieved a photo showing that upon landing, she actually was greeted in a customary tarmac ceremony, complete with a kiss for a native child.

Clinton has declared on the campaign trail that a welcoming ceremony for the March 25, 1996, arrival in Tuzla was canceled, and she had to run from the airplane into an awaiting vehicle for safety. The then-first lady’s traveling party included 15-year-old daughter Chelsea, the comedian Sinbad and singer Sheryl Crow.

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton recounted. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

But the Post’s Michael Dobbs says that “as a reporter who visited Bosnia soon after the December 1995 Dayton Peace agreement, I can attest that the physical risks were minimal during this period, particularly at a heavily fortified U.S. Air Force base, such as Tuzla.”

Dobbs’s report in the Post’s “Fact Checker” column has been noted by weblogs Newsbusters and HotAir.com but virtually ignored by mainstream media.

“Had Hillary Clinton’s plane come ‘under sniper fire’ in March 1996, we would certainly have heard about it long before now,” Dobbs writes.

He pointed out that numerous reporters, including the Post’s John Pomfret, covered Clinton’s trip, and a review of nearly 100 news accounts of their visit “shows that not a single newspaper or television station reported any security threat to the first lady.”

Pomfret declared, “As a former AP wire service hack, I can safely say that it would have been in my lead had anything like that happened,”.

Dobbs says Clinton and her entourage were greeted by smiling U.S. and Bosnian officials, and an 8-year-old Muslim girl, Emina Bicakcic, read a poem in English.

The actor Sinbad had a different account of the trip than Clinton, telling the Post’s “Sleuth” column Monday the “scariest” part was worrying about whether “we eat here or at the next place.”

Clinton defended her story on the campaign trail this week and dismissed the actor’s contention, saying, “Sinbad is a comedian.”

Clinton repeated the Bosnia story, saying she remembers “landing under sniper fire” and that “we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

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After Sucking City Dry, ACLU ‘Hate Machine’ To Be Honored?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Where but in California could this possibly happen…

The ACLU at times has battled San Diego in court over a historic cross on a veterans’ memorial and the use of city facilities by the Boy Scouts, collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars of money from city taxpayers for its efforts.

Now the city is considering a plan to honor the organization.

“San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins and Council President Scott Peters have placed on the city council docket one of the most despicable and anti-Christian items in recent years. They are planning to declare American Civil Liberties Union Day in the city of San Diego,” warned James Hartline, who himself is a candidate for the city council this year.

“The American Civil Liberties Union has done everything possible to destroy Christianity in the American culture and government. From tearing down crosses on public property to removing crosses and the Ten Commandments from governmental buildings, there has been no greater hate machine against our constitutional right to free religious expression in America than the ACLU!” Hartline said.

“The idea that radical lesbian San Diego City Councilwoman Toni Atkins and her leftist council partner Scott Peters want to honor the ACLU by declaring a day of honor IN OUR NAME in the city of San Diego is just plain evil,” he said.

Hartline, a longtime activist for family values in his city, said the ACLU has a history there of running a long-term battle to kick Boy Scouts off public property in Balboa Park that other organizations are allowed to use, forcing homosexual marriage on society, attacking pro-life protesters at abortion clinics and restricting the rights of school children to have Bible studies or pray on school grounds.

Hartline said the meeting is tomorrow, in an apparent effort by city officials to load the item onto a council agenda and adopt it with little public notice.

“We cannot ignore this terrible attack on our faith and values by allowing our name to be used to honor the horrific and hateful ACLU,” Hartline said.

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Internet Co. Suspends Web Site for Film Critical of Islam

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

Far be it that anyone say anything critical of Islam or even allow anyone else to say anything critical of Islam. It’s only freedom of speech that we’re sacrificing.

(CNSNews.com) – A U.S.-based Internet company has pre-emptively suspended access to a Web site on which a controversial Dutch lawmaker was planning to post a short film examining links between Islamic terrorism and the Koran.

For the past several weeks, anyone typing into their Web browser the URL fitnathemovie.com would have reached only a black screen, an image of the Koran, and the words, “Geert Wilders presents Fitna. Coming Soon.” No other pages were accessible.

At the weekend, however, the hosting company, Virginia-based Network Solutions, replaced the screen with a message saying it had received “a number of complaints” about the site and had suspended it while investigating whether the “content” violated its acceptable-use policy.

Wilders, leader of the right-wing Freedom Party which holds nine of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament, registered the site late last month ahead of his planned release of a 15-minute film which he said aimed to show how Islam’s primary text has been the inspiration in parts of the world for “intolerance, murder and terror.”

Media reports on the film — whose title is an Arabic word used in the Koran, translated as “strife” or “ordeal” — prompted street demonstrations in several Islamic countries, diplomatic protests, and warnings from the Dutch and other European governments about an expected, possibly violent, backlash.

Earlier this month, a spokeswoman for Network Solutions said anyone unhappy about any site it hosts could complain, and the company would assess the content against its acceptable-use policy.

The policy includes a broad prohibition on obscene or harmful material that includes “hate propaganda” and anything “profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable.”

The spokeswoman also sounded optimistic that the company, which manages some seven million Internet domain names, could handle any denial-of-service or other electronic attacks that may come its way “from anywhere for any reason.”

Wilders said last week he planned to release the film on the Internet “before April 1, and no, this is not an April 1 joke.” His earlier attempts to get Dutch broadcasters to screen it were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile an Islamic organization in the Netherlands has asked a district court in The Hague to assess the film with a view to banning it. So far, Wilders has refused to let Dutch government officials see the film.

Earlier, the lawmaker wrote that the controversy already caused by a film that has yet to be seen by the public supports his argument that Islam is an intolerant ideology with ” no room for matters like self-reflection and self-criticism.”

Some European governments have voiced concern that Muslim anger over the film could trigger a repeat of the violent protests that erupted in several countries in early 2006 over the publication of cartoons of Mohammed.

Statements posted on the Web sites of Dutch embassies in a number of foreign capitals make it clear that Wilders’ views on Islam do not “represent the perspective or policy of the Dutch government in any way.”

In another damage-control effort, senior Dutch church leaders plan a visit this week to Cairo, where they will seek an audience with Mufti Muhammad Sayyed Tantawi, one of Sunni Islam’s leading religious authorities.

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Egypt to Sign Nuclear Pact With Russia

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak heads for Russia on Monday where he is expected to get assurances of Russian assistance to build a nuclear facility.

A bilateral nuclear power deal was outlined last week and is expected to be signed during the visit.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit said the pact would enable Egypt to tap into Russia’s extensive experience in the field of nuclear energy.

The deal could allow Russia to participate in a tender to build nuclear reactors in Egypt.

The pact coincides with international efforts to pressure Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. Iran insists its program is for civilian purposes of manufacturing energy, but Western countries are concerned Teheran is covertly making an atomic bomb.

The technologies for creating nuclear energy and nuclear bombs are similar and involve many dual-usage elements and substances.

Egypt is one of several Middle Eastern countries seeking a nuclear program. Cairo wants to revive its atomic energy program, which was aborted in the wake of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, when the dangers of such a program became apparent.

Other countries in the Middle East and North Africa region seeking nuclear programs include Jordan, Yemen, Morocco, Algeria, the Gulf countries and possibly Syria.

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Is Obama Anti-Israel?

Monday, March 24th, 2008

The Bible tells us that those who curse Israel with be cursed. I am not saying that Obama hates Israel, but there is a question of his loyalty to Israel. Do we really want a president that will not back Israel?

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama is currently hiding his anti-Israel views in order to get elected, according to a well-known anti-Israel activist. The activist, Ali Abunimah, claimed to know Obama well and to have met him on numerous occasions at pro-Palestinian events in Chicago.

In an article he penned for the anti-Israeli website Electronic Intifada, Abunimah wrote:

“The last time I spoke to Obama was in the winter of 2004 at a gathering in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He was in the midst of a primary campaign to secure the Democratic nomination for the United States Senate seat he now occupies. But at that time polls showed him trailing.

“As he came in from the cold and took off his coat, I went up to greet him. He responded warmly, and volunteered, ‘Hey, I’m sorry I haven’t said more about Palestine right now, but we are in a tough primary race.
I’m hoping when things calm down I can be more up front.’ He referred to my activism, including columns I was contributing to the The Chicago Tribune critical of Israeli and US policy [and said:] ‘Keep up the good work!'”

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Jewish Man Attacked in Brooklyn By Muslims Yelling ‘Allah-hu Akbar,’ Media Silent

Monday, March 24th, 2008

More duplicity from the media and government. Their take on it? I imagine it’s something like this:
“It’s only a Jew, who cares anyway?”
Pathetic!!

On March 19th, I found a story on The Jerusalem Post detailing an attack by muslim youths on a rabbinical assistant that occurred at a Brooklyn, New York subway station. The youths grabbed Uria Ohana’s yarmulke off his head then ran off yelling “Allah-hu Akbar,” which is Arab for “God is great.” I have waited four days to report this story myself to see what other news outlets decide to cover the incident and how they would cover it. So far, the only U.S. news outlet that covered it was the New York Post. It has been nearly ignored by the rest of the media.

The dearth of coverage is curious because it seems a natural story for the left to get their “hate crimes” dander worked up over. After all, we have a Muslim gang attacking a lone Jew right in the middle of Brooklyn! Yet, the news gives us zip for coverage.

And this story is no mere he-said story as an arrest was made of an Arab man who was one of the attackers.

Of course, many in the media are cowled by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that claims that anti-Muslim hate crimes are on a wild tilt upward. CAIR claimed that the number of reported cases from 2005 to 2006 increased at a rate of 25.1 percent from 1,972 cases to 2,467. CAIR also claimed that true “hate crimes” rose from 153 cases in 2005 to 167 incidents in 2006.

But these claims by CAIR neither comport to the FBI’s statistics, nor do they come close to the anti-Jewish statistics in this country.

The FBI, for instance, reports that in 2006 there were 1,750 documented cases of anti-religious hate crimes. Of that number nearly 66 percent was anti-Jewish with only just under 12 percent being anti-Muslim. The FBI’s reported numbers do not match CAIR’s claims at all.

Anti-Jewish crime is up all across the world these days, yet the media stay silent. Of course, the media is all agog when ABC claimed they “discovered” anti-Muslim sentiment even though they had created it themselves, but where are the MSM stories about this real incident of anti-Jewish sentiment?

So, why has the media ignored this story? Isn’t a hate crime a hate crime? Isn’t news of a gang of Muslim youths attacking an innocent man in the middle of one of our largest cities the sort of news that people should know?

Can anyone doubt that the media would be all over this story if it had been a Muslim youth attacked on the streets of Brooklyn?

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Iraq War Protesters Disrupt Chicago Mass

Monday, March 24th, 2008

It amazes me how militant “peace” protesters can be.

CHICAGO – Six Iraq war protesters disrupted an Easter Mass on Sunday, shouting and squirting fake blood on themselves and parishioners in a packed auditorium.

Three men and three women startled the crowd during Cardinal Francis George’s homily, yelling “Even the Pope calls for peace” as they were removed from the Mass by security guards and ushers.

One Mass attendee, Mike Wainscott of Chicago, yelled at the anti-war protesters.

“Are you happy with yourselves?” he said. “There were kids in there. You scared little kids with your selfish act. Are you happy now?”

The group, which calls itself Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War, said in a statement after the arrests that they targeted the Holy Name Cathedral on Easter to reach a large audience, including Chicago’s most prominent Catholic citizens and the press, which usually covers the services.

Kevin Clark of International Solidarity Movement told the Chicago Tribune that he attended the Mass to serve as a witness for the protesters.

“If Cardinal George is a man of peace and is walking the walk and talking the talk, he should have confronted George Bush and demanded an immediate end to the war,” Clark said.

Speaking after the service, George said, “We should all work for peace, but not by interrupting the worship of God.”

Police charged each of the six protesters with one count of felony criminal damage to property and two counts each of misdemeanor simple battery.

The six were scheduled to appear in bond court on Monday to face the felony charge, police said. They have court date set for March 31 on the misdemeanors.

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Saudi Anti-“Islamophobia” Plan Misfires

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Our “friends”, the Saudis, have been trying, for the last several months, to get the U.N. to sign on to their “say nothing bad against Islam or else” campaign. Last week, it hit a little snag.

(CNSNews.com) – An Islamic initiative to establish an international convention against the “defamation” of religions ran into an unexpected hurdle this week in Saudi Arabia, where members of a government advisory body argued that the move could force Muslims to recognize pagan beliefs.

The drive to outlaw offenses against religions and religious figures is being spearheaded by the 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as a response to Western depictions of Islam and Mohammed in ways that Muslims consider insulting.

Although protecting Islam is the goal, in order to win support at the United Nations, the OIC is pushing for a convention against insulting all faiths. Last December, an OIC-led resolution on the “defamation of religions” passed in the U.N. General Assembly by a 108-51 vote, with almost half of the support coming from non-Muslim states.

As a key player in the OIC, Saudi Arabia has a leading role in the campaign.

Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council — an appointed body that advises the kingdom’s unelected government — this week considered a recommendation that the foreign ministry should coordinate with various groups at the U.N. “to adopt an international convention that prohibits offending religions and religious figures in any way.”

The proposal sparked some dissent. Members of the council argued that a convention protecting all religions from defamation would oblige Muslims to tolerate other religious beliefs.

Council member Khaleel al-Khaleel was quoted by the Saudi Gazette as warning against a “trap,” and saying that religious concepts differ from country to country and from civilization to civilization.

“Should Muslims be committed to respect and not criticize any deviant creed that some people consider a religion?” he asked.

Another member, Talal Bakri, said a convention against “offending religions” could lead to calls for Muslim countries to allow temples of pagan religions.

Saudi Arabia, which is listed by the State Department as one the world’s most egregious violators of religious freedom, does not permit non-Muslim places of worship, including churches and synagogues.

The member of the council who introduced the resolution, Mohammed al-Qowaihis, agreed to replace the words “religious figures” with “prophets and God’s Messengers.” (In Islam, the term refer to a series of biblical figures from Adam to Jesus — all of whom are considered prophets of Islam — as well as Mohammed, the “final prophet.”)

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“On the Testimony of Eyewitnesses. . .” by Jack Kinsella

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Each Easter season, TIME or Newsweek trots out their Jesus Seminar talking points from last year and dutifully report the following conclusions that the Jesus Seminar says are based on scientific, historical analysis: the resurrection didn’t happen; the miracles are myths; there is no authentic prophecy in the Bible; the Gospels were written long after the events took place; they were not written by eyewitnesses; the testimony of the early church Fathers can’t be trusted.

However, the Jesus Seminar doesn’t ARRIVE at those conclusions; that is their starting point. When one begins at with a predetermined conclusion, the conclusion arrived at in the end is meaningless.

There is no “new evidence” supporting the idea that the miracle-working Son of God was the result of an evolution of myth over a long period of time. To the contrary, recent discoveries have given more credibility to the content of the Gospels themselves.

Recent finds in archaeology, for example, show us that funerals were conducted differently in Galilee than in Jerusalem, consistent with the details in the Gospels. A person concocting a story generations after the fact wouldn’t know this because of the Roman decimation of Galillee in AD 70.

As far as Jesus being ‘reconstructed as the Son of God generations after His death;

We know Paul was executed by Nero in AD 64. But Acts concludes before Paul’s death, and Acts is a continuation of the Gospel of Luke. And even the Jesus Seminar agrees that the Gospel of Mark predates the Gospel of Luke.

So Mark’s Gospel was already in circulation in Jerusalem only 20 years or so after the crucifixion and Resurrection.

The Jesus Seminar concludes Jesus MUST have been transformed from a humble carpenter into a wonder-working Son of God in the late first and early second century.

But the epistles were already in circulation 20 years after the fact, when plenty of disputing eyewitnesses would still be available, and there is no record of early disputes over their accuracy. So, how can this be?

Even the members of the Jesus Seminar admit that Jesus was crucified on a Cross. But why was He killed? And if He were merely a carpenter not yet elevated to mythical or legendary status, why would anyone follow Him? Or even CARE if He was crucified?

According to Robert Funk, the REAL Jesus wasn’t resurrected, but rather was buried in a shallow grave and then later dug up and eaten by dogs. That’s why there was no body, concludes the Jesus Seminar.

But they say it doesn’t matter that the Resurrection story is a lie, because, in their view, religious significance does not hinge on the historical record.”

Paul told the Church at Corinth, dealing with this exact heresy, “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1st Corinithians 15:17)

In the criminal court system, the most powerful evidence that can be offered is that of direct, eyewitness testimony. Consider cases in which the perpetrator pulls out a gun, and, in front of a dozen credible, respectable witnesses, shoots somebody to death.

Clever lawyers are capable of clever defenses, but the one defense that no lawyer would ever offer would be that his client didn’ t do it.

Absent evidence of an identitical twin somewhere, the lawyer is more likely to offer some mitigating defense, such as diminished capacity or insanity.

Carried a bit further, consider a conspiracy in which a gang leader has a dozen followers that he instructs to give false eyewitness testimony for him to the authorities. But in this case, if they comply, they themselves will face the death penalty as a consequence of that lie, even though they weren’t guilty and their leader was.

How many of that dozen will lie for their leader and take his death penalty for him?

Now we take the historical record of the 12 Apostles. If Jesus wasn’t Who He claimed to be, why would they have followed Him for three years? Supposing that He was not God, but instead a brilliant con man who had mesmerized his companions, we are still left with the dilemma that would have existed after that hypnosis was shattered by His death.

The Apostles, by continuing to preach what they claimed to have eyewitnessed, that Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and was the Messiah and the incarnate Son of God, marked themselves as outcasts from the Jewish community.

What they preached, if it were not true, was blasphemy, and to the Jews, blasphemy was more than a crime. The Apostles, by persisting, would have been disowned by their families, shunned by their friends, and lost all status in their community.

Traveling abroad, they were outside their element, preaching of an unknown God to peoples no more interested in hearing it than the Jews had been. They were arrested, beaten, harassed, persecuted, prosecuted, chronically unemployed and unemployable, and generally ostracized for what they preached.

Ultimately, each of them was given a choice between renouncing what they claimed to have witnessed, or face a horrible execution.

So, here’s the general choice offered them: “Deny your eyewitness testimony and you will live. Stick to your story and you will not only die, but in an excruciatingly painful manner.”

Every single one of them chose death. Willingly. Even cheerfully. Had one of them recanted, Christianity as a viable faith, would have died at that moment.

Now, if you had witnessed what they had; the miracles of Jesus — healing the sick, raising the dead, walking on water, stilling the wind — and His brutal death on the Cross, then met with the Resurrected Jesus after He had been killed, and watched His ascension into Heaven, what effect would the threat of death have on your decision?

I mean, think it through.

We aren’t talking about the subsequent Christian martyrs who put their faith in Jesus through the Holy Spirit — we are talking about the actual, living, breathing eyewitnesses!

We put our faith in Jesus based on their testimony and our faith. The Apostles would KNOW — through first hand experience — whether they were following the risen Son of God or whether they were propagating a myth for which they were about to give their lives.

They would either know it was all true, or they would KNOW that they were choosing death for a lie. Faith is only a secondary consideration, from their perspective. They had faith BECAUSE of what they saw.

If they had not seen what they reported, then they would KNOW their faith was in vain. And we have faith because of what they saw, and recorded as first-person eyewitnesses.

If the Jesus Seminar is right, then the Apostles were either liars who died to maintain a myth that, for all they knew, would have died with them, or they were all certifiably insane.

As the Apostle Peter explained, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2nd Peter 1:16)

“Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the Word.” (Luke 1:1-2)

The testimony of first-person eyewitnesses vs. the scholarly rantings of predetermined skeptics living two thousand years after the fact.

Hmmm.

What was the question, again?

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Happy Easter!!

Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

All of us would like to wish you a very Happy Easter!!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

Matthew 28:1-10 (New International Version)

Israeli Archaeologists Find Second Temple Coin

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Another interesting archaeological find in Israel from the Second Temple era.

Second Temple Era Coin

Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem say they’ve found an ancient coin that played a role in Jewish ritual at the biblical Second Temple.

The silver coin is a shekel denomination. In the Bible, Jews are commanded to contribute half a shekel each for maintaining the Temple in Jerusalem.

The archaeologists say the coin they found near the Old City of Jerusalem is the type the ancient Jews used to pay the tax.

The Second Temple was built in the sixth century BC and was standing in the time of Jesus.

The coin was found in a 2,000-year-old drainage ditch. The archaeologists say the coin must have been dropped there by accident – just as sometimes a coin drops out of someone’s pocket today and gets flushed down a sewer.

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Dems Want to Attach Amnesty Provision to Immigration Enforcement Bill

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Why won’t the government listen to what the majority of people want them to do? People do not want amnesty!!

The immigration reduction group Numbers USA is chastising House Democratic leaders for blocking legislation designed to reduce illegal immigration and its devastating impact on the country.

Supporters of the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act (HR 4088) need 218 signatures on a discharge petition to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. The legislation, sponsored by Congressmen Heath Shuler (D-North Carolina) and Brian Bilbray (R-California) would beef up border security, as well as crack down on illegal immigrants and employers who hire them.

Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations for Numbers USA, says Democratic leaders are blocking the bill because they do not want an enforcement-only measure to pass Congress. Those legislators, she argues, realize that the only way to get any form of amnesty or increase in visas for temporary or permanent workers is to attach it to an enforcement measure.

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Mississippi Pro-Life Bills Die in Committee

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I truly believe that the politicians are not on the same page with their constituents on this.

Two key pro-life bills passed by the Mississippi State Senate have died in a House committee. Pro-life activist Tonya Britton is outraged at the lack of action by her state’s lawmakers to protect innocent human life and young girls who’ve been the victims of sexual assault.

State Senator Alan Nunnlee sponsored the Child Protection Act, which would have required abortion providers to report sex crimes against minors; and a measure that would have prohibited the unlawful distribution of the abortion-inducing drug RU-486. Pro-life supporters were hoping for passage of the basic measures to hold abortion providers accountable for failing to disclose information on child rapists, and to restrict access to a drug that causes the death of a baby at the earliest stages of development.

“The Democratic Party in this state, and in this country, has systematically refused to honor the wishes of the majority of the people,” laments [Tonya Britton is president of Pro-Life Mississippi]. “They also don’t seem to understand that the targeted discrimination against the unborn is actually robbing them of votes.”

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Librarian Fired After Reporting Patron Viewing Child Porn

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

How messed up is this?? Punishing a person for helping to catch a criminal? Unbelievable.

A librarian assistant at the Lindsay Library, Biesterfeld was on the job late last month when she noticed 39-year-old Donny Chrisler downloading child porn on library computers. Biesterfeld told her supervisor Judi Hill, who instructed her to issue Chrisler a warning. Instead, Biesterfeld called police the next day. A few days later, Chrisler returned and Biesterfeld noticed he was once again viewing child porn. She notified police, who came and arrested Chrisler on the spot.

According to a press release, the police also confiscated the library’s computer that had used by Chrisler. Supervisor Hill confronted police, accusing them of interfering where they did not belong and assuring them that county librarians were handling the matter internally. After police explained that, since federal law had been violated, it was now a legal matter in their hands, Hill demanded to know who reported the incident. The police protected Biesterfeld’s identity. However, she was fired two days later.

“You simply don’t ignore child pornography when it’s being viewed on the Internet. It’s illegal both on the state and federal level[s] …. You don’t allow taxpayer dollars to fund that kind of illegal criminal activity,” [Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel] contends.

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Easter Threats Against Christians in Indonesia Reported

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I expect nothing less from the Muslims.

(CNSNews.com) – Easter will be “a time of great anxiety” for Christians in Indonesia, where radical Islamist have reportedly threatened to attack Christian targets.

The Barnabas Fund, a charity working among Christians in Islamic countries, cited “credible reports” of threats against Christians by Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the terrorist network blamed for a number of bombings in Indonesia in recent years.

“Jemaah Islamiah is dedicated to creating a single Islamic state throughout Southeast Asia under shari’a law,” the organization said in a dispatch on Tuesday. “It considers non-Muslims as legitimate targets and is active throughout the region.”

Threats linked to important Christian observances are not unusual in Indonesia. In 2000, 19 people were killed in a series of coordinated Christmas Eve church bombings blamed on JI, a group with suspected links to al-Qaeda.

The bombings came at a time of deadly Muslim-Christian clashes in Maluku and Central Sulawesi provinces, northeast of Indonesia’s main island of Java. Thousands died in the violence between 1999 and 2002.

Peace accords later were signed in the two affected provinces, although sporadic attacks have occurred since then. In 2005, three Christian schoolgirls in Sulawesi were beheaded by killers — some linked by police to JI — who left one of the severed heads in a bag at the door of a nearby church, with a note threatening to kill 100 more young Christians.

Elsewhere in the archipelago, Islamist attacks, threats or pressure on local authorities have forced the closure of scores of churches in recent years.

JI’s most high-profile actions were not aimed at Indonesian Christians, however. Its cells were responsible for four major attacks between 2002 and 2005, including two targeting tourists on the resort island of Bali, one at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta and one at an international hotel in the capital. Together they cost more than 250 lives.

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Discrimination Case Over Restaurant Sign Dropped

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

I feel that it is the immigrant’s responsibility to integrate into our society, not the other way around. If you are going to live in the United States, then you should learn our language, which happens to American English, and not expect us to accommodate yours.
I also like this quote from a commentator who read the article.
This story brings up an interesting point. When the owner of the restaurant said, “I’m an American-Italian” versus an “Italian-American.” In color theory when you have two colors mixed together such as blue-violet, it means that it’s more blue than violet. The dominant color comes first. The same could be said by saying you are an “African-American.” If you[r] allegiance is really to America, shouldn’t you call yourself an “American-African?”

A Philadelphia restaurant has been cleared of a discrimination complaint triggered by the owner’s sign telling patrons, “This is America. When ordering, please speak English.”

“This is a great victory,” owner Joey Vento told WND today after the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations ruled his sign could stay in the window of Gino’s Steaks South Philadelphia landmark store.

The controversy began in October 2005 when Vento put up a small bumper-sticker size sign.

On June 12, 2006, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations launched on its own initiative a discrimination case against Vento. It alleged the sign violated the city’s Fair Practice Ordinance by discouraging the business of non-English speaking people, including, most importantly, Hispanic-speaking immigrants.

“Joey is now totally vindicated,” his lawyer Al Weiss of the Philadelphia firm Blinder & Weiss told WND in a telephone interview. “The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations found Joey was within First Amendment rights to post the sign at his business.”

Weiss told WND he was surprised Vento won at this level.

“We fully expected to lose the case before this commission,” Weiss said. “The commission itself brought the complaint and heard the complaint. We thought we were going to lose and have to appeal, but the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations did the right thing.”

“There was no testimony in the eight-hour hearing that found Joey or Gino Steaks did anything that violated the law,” he said. “Joey never turned away anybody from any protected group from getting served at the restaurant.”

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The Crucifixion

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus
From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?”—which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus’ resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

Many women were there, watching from a distance. They had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

The Burial of Jesus
As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb.

Matthew 27:32-61 (New International Version)

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