Archive for March 20th, 2008

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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