Archive for April 22nd, 2008

“EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed” The Movie

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed took in $3.2 million on opening weekend. The movie stars Ben Stein, who interviews scientists and professors who have been blacklisted, lost tenure, and in some cases were fired for questioning Darwinian evolution and wanting to teach intelligent design. (See earlier story)

Mark Mathis, executive producer of the movie, says the strong showing will get Hollywood’s attention. “There’s a lot of garbage out there in our theaters, and when investors stick their necks out and risk their hard-earned money to see a movie like this produced, they’re taking a big risk — and they’re hoping that people will honor that and actually go see it,” he shares.

Mathis points out that Expelled opened on 1,052 screens — about half the number of screens of other Top 10 movies.

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Controversy Resolved Over Religious Song in School Talent Show

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Parents and students need to completely understand that it is not against the law to express your religious beliefs in school. The Supreme Court has ruled on this and no school can prohibit the exercise of your First Amendment right to the Freedom of Religious Expression.

Earlier this month, students at Spanish Fort High School, in the Baldwin County Public School System, were invited to take part in a talent show. Senior Timothy McCarty turned in two songs to perform, and both contained religious messages. A teacher, who was in charge of the show, and the principal told McCarty that he and another student could not perform the songs because they were supposedly too religious in content.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) were contacted and subsequently sent a letter [PDF] to school officials, outlining the constitutional issues at stake. ADF attorney Jeremy Tedesco explains that students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.

“Christian students shouldn’t be treated differently simply because of their religious beliefs, and here the school decided to prohibit … a student from singing in the talent show and singing a song that he wrote based solely on the fact that the song contained religious lyrics. That’s unconstitutional,” Tedesco contends.

After the school received the letter, McCarty was allowed to perform both songs. He co-wrote and co-performed a song, which won first place honors. The ADF attorney applauds both the school’s decision and the outcome of the event.

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Carter Claims Terrorist Group Hamas Accepts Jewish State – Hamas Disagrees

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The terrorist of Hamas seem to in disagreement with what they told former President Carter. Carter is under the impression that Hamas is ready to give up their founding declaration of attempting the complete destruction of Israel and the genocide of the Jews.
Hamas disagrees. They didn’t actually mean that they were ready to actually give up the idea of destroying Israel. That’s just something they told Carter to make him feel useful and needed.

JERUSALEM – Contrary to claims by former President Jimmy Carter, Hamas refuses to recognize Israel but will offer the Jewish state a 10-year truce if it evacuates the entire West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, Hamas chieftain Khaled Meshaal announced today.

A number of Hamas officials told WND Meshaal’s statements – which followed meetings over the weekend with Carter – do not annul the terror group’s stated goal of annihilating Israel.

Hamas officials also said to reach truce status the Jewish state must also allow the “right of return” for millions of “Palestinian refugees,” a formula Israeli officials across the political spectrum warn is code for Israel’s destruction by flooding the Jewish state with millions of Muslim Arabs, thereby changing its demographics.

“We agree to a [Palestinian] state on pre-67 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital with genuine sovereignty without settlements but without recognizing Israel,” Meshaal said today.

Pre-1967 borders refers to an Israeli withdrawal from eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Old City; from the strategic, mountainous Golan Heights, which looks down on Israeli population centers and was twice used by Syria to attack Israel; and from the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket-range of Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport.

Speaking to WND, Hamas spokesman Fawdi Barhoum clarified that for any truce to take effect, Israel would need to evacuate “every centimeter of the West Bank and every centimeter of east Jerusalem.”

No Israeli-Palestinian peace plans, even those drafted by extreme leftist Israeli parties such as Meretz, call for the Jewish state to evacuate the entire West Bank, citing security concerns as reason to retain some of the territory.

Contrary to media accounts and statements by Carter, Barhoum said Meshaal’s remarks do not imply Hamas will ever recognize Israel.

“We stand by our line, which means no recognition of Israel,” he said.

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Muslim Leaders Want Mecca to Be Center of World Time Zones

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

We in the West may look at this as ridiculous, but Islam is serious about all of this. They will continue to press for world domination, in every facet, by Islam while we sit back and accept dhimmitude. Like sheep to the slaughter, we Westerners just don’t believe it can happen. Let me burst your bubble; it can and probably will happen, unless we wake now and realize how dangerous Islam is to the world.

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) could be replaced by “Mecca Time,” if a group of Muslim leaders get their way.

At the conference, “Mecca, the Center of the Earth, Theory and Practice,” Muslim scientists and clerics called for the change, arguing that the holy city in Saudi Arabia is the center of the Earth and should be the reference point for world time, not Greenwich, England, the British Broadcasting Corp. reports.

One geologist at the Qatar conference said Mecca’s longitude is perfectly aligned with magnetic north and should therefore replace the English city, which has been measuring time zones since 1884, the BBC reports.

Attendees of the conference also reviewed the “Mecca Watch,” an invention by a French Muslim which reportedly rotates counter-clockwise and displays Mecca’s direction from any point in the world, the BBC said.

The conference is part of a trend called “Ijaz al-Koran” or “miraculous nature of the holy text,” which tries to find precedents for modern science from passages in the Koran, the BBC reports.

But its critics say Ijaz al-Koran confuses spiritual truth — which depends on constant faith — with empirical truth, which depends on ever-changing science, the BBC said.

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