Archive for April 9th, 2008

Bauer, Hagee Urge Israel to Keep Control of Jerusalem

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I hope that Israel will not bow to pressure from the United States and the international community on this issue. Giving control to the Pali terrorist would be a horrible mistake.

Pastor [John] Hagee, founder and national chairman of Christians United for Israel (CUFI), recently took hundreds of backers on a solidarity trip to the Holy Land and joined keynote speaker and former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a rally in support of Jerusalem remaining united and under Jewish control.

Gary Bauer, a founding member of CUFI and a member of its executive board, says swapping land for peace has never worked. “At some point the United States should stop pressuring Israel to make these moves. And the Israeli government ought to stiffen its resolve and remind itself that it’s facing enemies that won’t be satisfied until it has all the land of Israel,” Bauer contends.

He also believes the country is ready for new leadership. “Public opinion in Israel has swung heavily toward no more concessions, and it’s understandable why. And I think Benjamin Netanyahu is sort of personifying that resistance among the Israeli people to giving up any more land, and [he is] seeing it correctly … as a threat to their national security,” Bauer says.

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Dutch Court Rejects Ban on Anti-Islam Movie

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Some of you might not be aware of the controversy surrounding this film. It is a short, internet only film on the violent nature of Islam. Of course, since it is critical of Islam, it has been “protested” (read that as violent death threats against it’s creators).
I would like to find a copy of it, just in case is does become scarce on the internet. If anyone has it, please let me know.
In the meantime, I’m going to link to it through the LiveLeak website.
Warning: The film contains graphic images. Not suitable for Children.

(IsraelNN.com) A Dutch court has upheld a conservative’s legislator’s right to express his opinion of Islam’s violent tendencies in a film that sparked a wave of Islamic rage. The Islamic Federation sought to ban the film.

The court ruled that the film, Fitna, does not incite to hatred. In rejecting the petition by the Islamic Federation to ban the film, the judge said that although Member of Parliament Geert Wilders’ comments might be provocative, they did not break the law.

Concerning Wilders’ comments that the Muslim prophet Mohammed was a “barbarian,” the judge said the Islamic Federation was unable to disprove the fact that the Muslim religion includes non-democratic principles.

“A Member of Parliament must be able to express his standpoint, if necessary, in sharp terms,” said the judge in his decision, reported AFP. “Wilders’ right to freedom of expression is the deciding factor here.”

Dutch television has, however, not aired the film.

The film runs about 15 minutes.

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Bible Club Wins Equal Access to California Elementary School

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

I think this is most probably the most important statement from the article.
“The Supreme Court has previously ruled that Christian groups must be granted the same access to public school facilities and resources for non-instructional activities as secular clubs.”
Do not let your school tell your children that they cannot exercise their constitutionally protected right of Freedom of Religion.

According to Liberty Counsel founder Matt Staver, the Carmel, California, United School District did not initially refuse requests by the Good News Club to send flyers home with students, but he says the requests would mysteriously become “lost.” And he states that attempts to rectify the situation would be met with a lack of response or resistance.

But after several contradictory responses from the school, and a resulting denial of the Good News Club’s request, the after-school Bible club for elementary-age children contacted Staver’s organization.

“We then sent a demand letter, brought this to their attention, and [they] realized … that if they didn’t resolve it, it would result in a suit,” he reports. “The good news is — no pun intended — they did resolve the matter, and the Good News Clubs can operate on campus.”

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Navy SEAL Who Sacrificed His Life Receives Medal of Honor

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Join me in celebrating the exceptional life this man. Also, pray for his family and friends as they deal with their loss.

(CNSNews.com) – Michael Anthony Monsoor, the petty officer of the U.S. Navy’s Special Operations Command (SEAL), who saved the lives of his three SEAL colleagues and three Iraqi soldiers on Sept. 29, 2006, but died from a grenade blast in Ramada, Iraq, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday at the White House.

Blogger Cassy Fiano condoled Monsoor’s family with words of encouragement and challenge. “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. May we be worthy of your son’s sacrifice,” he said.

The Medal of Honor, the highest honor for military valor, is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty” by a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during combat against an enemy.

President Bush praised Monsoor for his valor and selfless service to the nation. “Michael had two options,” said the president, “save his life or those who were with him, but he chose to lay down his life for them.”

Monsoor had suffered asthma at a young age, but braved the limitations of the disease to succeed in his studies and other endeavors. He brought the same courage and resilience into every area of his life, including his military service.

The president said that Monsoor was a hero who would not be forgotten. “Time will not diminish his legacy,” the president said, and “America owes him a debt that we cannot pay.”

Monsoor was killed at age 25. He was a machine-gunner with the Navy’s SEAL Team 3, which provided security at a sniper look-out post in Ramadi. As he moved to ward off a barrage of enemy attack, a grenade hit his chest. Then, it bounced off to the floor.

In an extraordinary act of courage, Monsoor shielded three of his U.S colleagues and three other Iraqi soldiers from the imminent blast by throwing himself onto the grenade. The resultant blast killed him.

Rear Adm. Joseph Kernan, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command in San Diego, said, “Mike Monsoor exemplified the SEAL ethos.” Kernan praised Monsoor for leading by example and for protecting his teammates to the end. “We will honor him every day by upholding the values he shared with us as SEALS,” he said.

During the same deployment at which he died, Monsoor received the Silver Star award for rescuing a wounded naval combatant by maneuvering his way to a street under fire to drag his comrade to safety.

Monsoor’s parents, George and Sally Monsoor, received the award on behalf of their deceased son. The ceremony was also attended by Michael Monsoor’s siblings Sarah, James and Joseph.

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“TERROR SURVIVOR SPEAKS OUT” by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Can any of us ever imagine what our lives would be like had we personally survived a terrorist attack? In this age of ubiquitous terrorism, most of us only read about the horrific plight of victims of such attacks. We may certainly sympathize, yet we can never truly understand the emotional and physical trauma that envelopes the lives of those who are fortunate enough to survive. So is the case of a young Israeli man, whose miraculous story moved him to become a strident advocate for the rights of survivors of terrorism. Born in Jerusalem to Sephardic parents of Moroccon descent, Shlomi Azulay is a 34 year sabra, who is wise beyond his years.

Says Shlomi, “I was born and raised in Jerusalem, and even though I grew up in a traditional home, I was very much a modern secular Israeli. I had very long hair, wore an earring and was totally immersed in the ‘rebellious youth’ mode. I served in the army and when I was 23 in the year 1997, I decided to come to the United States for a short visit, perhaps 2-3 weeks and I ended up staying for six years.”

While life in New York was exciting for Shlomi, he missed his family and friends in Israel and hadn’t seen his mother for six years. For Shlomi the time had come to plan a trip back home and in the year 2002, Shlomi returned to Israel. While in Israel, a friend invited Shlomi to join him and others for an evening out at a new coffee shop in Jerusalem. It was a Motzei Shabbat, and even though Shlomi wasn’t too thrilled about accepting the invitation, he nonetheless did so. “My friend was really excited about going to the Café Moment that happened to be located right across the street from then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s house. I accompanied him because I didn’t want to disappoint him” says Shlomi. What occurred on that fateful night would change Shlomi’s life forever.

“When we arrived the club was jammed packed, literally wall to wall people, and the waitress told us that if we wished to be served we should try and come back later when perhaps the crowds would diminish. My friend knew several people at the club and stopped to talk with them. We were headed towards the exit when my friend spotted a young woman that he knew. He stopped to talk with her, however when I realized that this was not going to be a brief conversation, I excused myself and told my friend that I would meet him outside when he was finished talking.”

With pain etched on his face Shlomi continues, “I headed towards the exit and was standing at the threshold of the door when suddenly, out of nowhere, I heard a huge blast. My ears were ringing from the loudness of it. It was a bomb and it went off only three feet from where I was standing. I turned around and saw complete bedlam, total carnage, the likes of which no one could ever imagine. Body parts flying everywhere. I saw my friend’s head blow right off his body. The young woman he was talking to also died. There was not even a scratch on her body. Her insides were blown up and it looked like she was sleeping. Had I stayed inside the club, I too, would have been killed.”

In the end, eleven people were killed and over 100 were seriously injured. Shlomi was treated for shrapnel wounds to his face, three broken joints in his lower back and an injured knee. “Even though I was never really religious, in the aftermath of the bombing, I was livid with G-d. I was angry that G-d could let this happen. I really did not turn to religion at all for solace or comfort” said Shlomi.

“My life was a real mess. I couldn’t function. I couldn’t go to work. I couldn’t deal with the nightmarish reality of what occurred. The government of Israel remained apathetic and totally indifferent to my plight and frankly, downright callous. They not only neglected to provide services to a survivor of terrorism, but they made me feel that I had to prove that I needed help. They made me feel as though somehow I was the criminal. I started to wonder to myself, who is our bigger enemy, the government of Israel or the Palestinian terrorists groups who engage in these suicide attacks”, Shlomi recalls.

“Here I was, mired in my anger, rage and resentment, when things began to change. I wasn’t at all cognizant of it at the time, but the events that followed were orchestrated through the compassion and mercy of the One Above, by Hashem Yisborach” says Shlomi.

Shlomi’s mother felt her son’s pain quite acutely, and one day through a chance meeting at her local JCC she met a representative from Hineni, the internationally renowned Torah outreach organization under the leadership of Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis. Shlomi’s mother met Benjamin Phillips, the director of Hineni in Jerusalem who told her of Hineni’s established programs for survivors of terrorist attacks, including the sponsorship of trips to Europe, the United States and elsewhere. She urged Shlomi to contact Hineni, to speak with them about participating in their programs.

“Suffice it to say, I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in contacting Hineni or getting involved in such a program. Admittedly, I was quite cynical. After living in the United States for six years, I just couldn’t believe that an organization would give away free trips to Europe or anywhere in the world. Soon after, Benjamin called me and asked me to join the Hineni group on their forthcoming trip to England. I told him in no uncertain terms that I was not interested and literally hung up on him. Thank G-d, Benjamin persisted. He called me again and again and again and finally I relented and I agreed to come down to Hineni for an interview. I just couldn’t believe that I didn’t have to pay for anything, that everything was absolutely free. He told me that I would meet many other survivors of terrorism and that we would just relax, have fun and enjoy ourselves for a week. I was still very skeptical and extremely hesitant about making any commitments and Benjamin told me that the group is leaving for England and he’s not going without me. After endlessly tossing this around in my mind, I finally said, ‘Why not? What do I have to lose?’ So, off I was to England with Hineni”, Shlomi recalls.

According to Shlomi this was the best decision that he ever made. During his week in England he met many wonderful and kind people who understood and related to his plight. Shlomi and the other members of the Hineni group shared their experiences of surviving a terrorist attack, explored their emotions and graciously supported one another. Shlomi felt as though he made a new family with people who genuinely cared about him.

He also says that he will never forget the abundant kindness that was shown to him by the people with whom he stayed. “We all stayed with different families, who had been told our personal histories before we arrived. They were so understanding and exceptionally generous in every way” says Shlomi. He adds, “What really touched me in such a special way was our first Shabbos in England. At that time, I didn’t understand anything about Hineni or Rebbetzin Jungreis, yet the entire community came to see us on that Shabbos and talked with us and provided us with every accommodation imaginable. It was right then and there that my romance with Hineni began.”

After returning to Israel, Shlomi became totally immersed in Hineni activities. At the Hineni Center in Jerusalem, he began to give lectures about terrorism to audiences from virtually every country in the world. He even traveled to Holland where he addressed 1500 people; mostly members of a Christians for Israel organization. Shlomi became a media spokesman for Hineni in Israel and slowly but surely found himself as a chief advocate for Israeli survivors of Palestinian terrorism.

“I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Rebbetzin Jungreis on one of her trips to Hineni in Israel. We had a chance to go to the Kotel together and we talked on a deeper, more meaningful level. She really displayed such genuine empathy and inspired me to do great things for the Jewish people,” says Shlomi. About two years after joining Hineni, Shlomi began to learn Torah on a regular basis. “The person who served as my inspiration to learn Torah was my friend Amichai, a yeshiva bochur who I met at Hineni. He, too was also injured in a terrorist attack. He began to call me once a week. It was a long process until I decided to wear a yarmulke, to pray everyday at shul, to put on tzitzes, but eventually I did and I am indebted to Hashem for bringing Amichai and Hineni into my life, says Shlomi.

Shlomi recounts his experiences at Hineni by saying that 99.9 percent of all the social services he received was through the efforts of Hineni. Everything from psychological counseling to complete medical care was provided free of charge to him and other survivors. “If I needed to see any doctors, any specialists, everything went through Hineni”, says Shlomi. He says that the togetherness and love he felt at Hineni was beyond remarkable. “For us, the survivors of terrorism, the cohesive group atmosphere really aided us throughout our journey to healing and well being. We did everything as a group. We went out to a restaurant together, we went to a movie together, we learned Torah together.”

Shlomi says that Hineni does not receive any monetary assistance from the Israeli government and is privately funded. He has also publicly challenged the government of Israel regarding funds sent to Israel by the worldwide Jewish community to help terrorist survivors and victims of the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.

“During the war, American Jews sent almost 40 million dollars to help Israelis directly effected by the war and other survivors. This money went through the UJA and Keren Hayesod and after engaging in extensive research, I found out that 39 million had vanished. The monies were never appropriated to Jews in Israel that are in such desperate need of services. As a matter of fact, I have proof that monies contributed not only did not end up assisting survivors of terrorism, but rather it was used to impede their progress. Soldiers were never given the bullet proof vests that were supposed to be provided. I have yet to receive an answer to my challenge from any government agency or representative and I think the American Jewish community must hold the government of Israel accountable”, says Shlomi.

Shlomi continues to forge ahead with his advocacy work on behalf of survivors of terrorism and is currently organizing a trip to the United States for Israeli survivors of terrorism and soldiers. Says Shlomi, “I am grateful to Hashem that I can participate in this great mitzvah and I hope that everyone reading this will want to participate as well.

Anyway wishing to contact Shlomi Azulay to arrange for him to speak or to contribute funds for the upcoming trip for survivors of terrorism can reach him at: 646-220-0826 or by e-mail at hinenimiami@yahoo.com

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

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11 Year Olds To Be Given Birth Control Patches?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

In a country where a kid can’t even get their ears pierced without parental consent, I find it hard to believe that it is lawful (I know it isn’t moral) to give 11 year old kids birth control. Our country is beyond messed up.

A middle school in Portland, Maine is considering a proposal to provide birth control pills and patches to students as young as 11 years old. King Middle School launched a reproductive health program after five of the 135 students who visited the school’s health center in 2006 reported being sexually active. The program already provides condoms to students, but the new proposal would expand this to include prescriptions for birth control pills and patches (which would then have to be purchased at a pharmacy).

The contraceptives could be dispensed without the knowledge of parents, although written permission would be required for children to receive (unspecified) services from the health center.

The proposed program has attracted controversy, with some people accusing the schools of taking away parental power and encouraging children to have sex too early. But school officials dispute these claims.

“We do certainly sit down and speak with them about why [being sexually active] is not a good choice,” said Amanda Rowe, the school’s nurse coordinator. “But there are some who persist… and they need to be protected.”

Logan Levkoff, a sexologist and relationship expert, said that while the school may be stepping into a role that would better be filled by parents, many parents do not feel comfortable enough to do so. “Parents should be the sex educator for their children,” Levkoff said. “The problem is not every parent feels empowered [to do so].”

Parents interviewed by ABC News were split on their feelings about the proposal.

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Homosexual Agenda Infiltrating the Pentagon?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

This is not surprising. Sad, but not surprising.

A conservative military watchdog says the Pentagon has set a disturbing precedent in allowing a homosexual member of Congress to take her “domestic partner” with her on a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe.
According to Politico.com, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) successfully intervened with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Tammy Baldwin’s (D-Wisconsin) “domestic partner” Lauren Azar on the military flight in question.
Under House guidelines, members of Congress may take their spouses with them on military flights if there is room for them and when it is necessary for protocol purposes. But while military officials were apparently unwilling to consider Azar a spouse within the meaning of the House guidelines, Pelosi was able to convince Gates to make an exception.
Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness calls this situation “a slippery slope.” “This sets a disturbing precedent because it tends to suggest that marriage doesn’t matter, [and that] marriage of people of same-sex or any such association should be treated as the equivalent of marriage,” she contends.
Donnelly believes this gives ammunition to those who want to change the military’s policy of not allowing homosexuals in the military. “This is an incremental step forward for the gay rights agenda,” she continues. “These things are all interconnected. This radical social change doesn’t always happen overnight with a court ruling. Sometimes it comes creeping along incrementally.”
According to the military watchdog, vigilance is in order because homosexual activists — like those who advocate women serving in combat — always seem to push their agenda with deception first. “Then they follow that with demands that the precedent that is set should be followed from that point forward,” she explains.

Those who support the law banning homosexuals from the military, warns Donnelly, must be diligent in opposing the agenda of people like Congresswoman Baldwin, who has been a forceful advocate for special rights for homosexuals.

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