Archive for May 9th, 2008

“FIREPROOF” The Movie – From the Creators of “FACING THE GIANTS”

Friday, May 9th, 2008

From the same folks who brought us the hit movie “Facing the Giants”, Sherwood Pictures has another potential hit on their hands.

“At work, inside burning buildings, Capt. Caleb Holt lives by the old firefighter’s adage: Never leave your partner behind. At home, in the cooling embers of his marriage, he lives by his own rules.After seven years of marriage, Caleb and Catherine Holt have drifted so far apart that Catherine wishes she had never married. Neither one understands the pressures the other faces—as firefighter and she as the public relations director of a hospital. Regular arguments over jobs, finances, housework, and outside interests have readied them both to move on to something with more sparks. As the couple prepares to enter divorce proceedings, Caleb’s father challenges his son to commit to a 40-day experiment he calls “The Love Dare.” Wondering if it’s even worth the effort, Caleb agrees, but more for his father’s sake than for his marriage. When Caleb discovers the book’s daily challenges are tied into his parents’ newfound faith, his already limited interest is further dampened.While trying to stay true to his promise, Caleb becomes frustrated time and again. He finally asks his father, “How am I supposed to show love to somebody who constantly rejects me?” When his father explains that this is the love God shows to us, Caleb makes a life-changing commitment to love God. And—with God’s help—he begins to understand what it means to truly love his wife. But is it too late to fireproof his marriage? His job is to rescue others. Now Caleb Holt is ready to face his toughest job ever … rescuing his wife’s heart.”

Kirk Cameron and Erin Bethea bring their extensive entertainment experience to the big screen in this family friendly film. Full of action and in depth dynamics between the characters, “Fireproof” shows how God’s infinite love can overcome any seemingly insurmountable problem.
I’m very much looking forward to the release of this film. I have no doubt it will meet and exceed the success of “Facing the Giants”.

“YOM HA’ATZMAOUT MARKED BY PROTESTS” by Fern Sidman

Friday, May 9th, 2008

As Jews around the world celebrated the 60th anniversary of the birth of Israel as a modern state, the annual Yom Ha’Atzmaout (Israeli Independence Day) festivities in New York took place amidst a backdrop of controversy and protest outside of Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday evening May 7th.

At a gala, star studded musical event sponsored by the UJA-Federation, thousands of supporters of Israel filed into the landmark edifice to hear a historic mix of all star talent including Israeli stars David Broza, Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, Habanot Nechama and Yael Naim. Also appearing on the bill were top American performer and Hasidic reggae phenomenon Matisyahu, recent MacArthur Genius Award winner John Zorn and “Late Show With David Letterman” bandleader Paul Shaffer. The event also included a moving tribute to Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror as part of Israel’s Memorial Day.

Outside the hall, a vitriolic cadre of anti-Israel protestors staged a boisterous demonstration; excoriating both Israel and the United States for their ostensible “oppression” of the Palestinian people. An organization called “Palestinian Action – Union Square East” sponsored the protest along with members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, an anachronistic Maoist organization who saw its heyday back in the 1960s as an agitating force behind the Vietnam war protest movement. The 75 demonstrators expressed their opprobrium for the Jewish State by chanting such slogans as “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free” and “Not a Nickel, Not a Dime, No more Money for Israel’s Crimes” while drawing parallels of the plight of the Palestinian people to the “racist” verdicts in the Sean Bell case in which several New York City detectives were exonerated of the shooting in April 25th.

“We are calling for the absolute right of return of the Palestinian people to their homeland”, said Myka Abramson, 23, a protestor representing the Palestinian cause. Abramson, who identified herself as Jewish added that, “a two state solution to the Middle East conflict is not acceptable. We are rallying our forces to demand a one state solution, a secular democracy in which the Palestinians are masters of their own fate.” None of the protestors addressed the issue of incessant rocket attacks launched against southern Israel by Hamas in Gaza, but rather chided the IDF for committing “genocide” against Palestinians living in Gaza. Another demonstrator who was selling copies of the Revolutionary Communist Party newspaper, formerly titled “The Revolutionary Worker” said, “from Harlem to Palestine to Haiti we call for a revolutionary struggle for freedom for all oppressed peoples and we call for an end to the Israeli apartheid regime.”

The Palestinian contingent was also joined by 15 members of the notoriously anti-Zionist Chareidi movement, “Neturei Karta” whose members held signs calling for the “Peaceful Dismantlement of Israel” and claimed that “Jews in Exile are Forbidden to Have Their Own State”.

As the anti-Israel and patently anti-Semitic protestors spewed forth their vituperative railing and overt canards against Israel and the United States, directly across the street, members of “Stand With Us” a pro-Israel campus organization gathered. “Stand With Us” was established to counter the vociferous anti-Israel propaganda that has become a permanent part of and endemic to the American university campus scene.
Although greatly outnumbered by the anti-Israel protestors, the members of Stand With Us proudly hoisted an Israeli flag and held signs saying, “Stop the Hamas Terror” and “End the Hamas Bloody Occupation of Gaza”.

An African-American woman named Coretta James joined the members of Stand With Us to express her unwavering support for Israel, “Israel is the only viable democracy in the Middle East and a loyal ally of the United States”, she said, adding that, “As a member of Christians United For Israel, I am here today to tell the world that Israel has every right to exist as a clearly identifiable Jewish state. Every nation of the world that has risen up to attack the Jewish people and the Land of Israel has eventually become extinct and so too, these demonstrators who dare attack G-d’s chosen people and their claim to their G-d given land will also eventually disappear. The establishment of Israel as a Jewish nation is extolled in the Bible and those who curse the Jewish people and Israel will be cursed and conversely those who bless the Jewish people and the Land of Israel will be blessed by G-d. That is why I am here today.”

Another pro-Israel demonstrator said, “the fact that Israel is celebrating its 60th year since its formation is testimony to the fact that the G-d of Israel continually provides protection and succor to His people. In many ways, it is purely illogical that Israel should still be in existence. After five major wars and unceasing terrorism, the continued existence of tiny Israel, outnumbered by adversarial forces much mightier than herself is nothing short of a Divine miracle of mammoth proportions.” He added, “I feel and I fear that the times ahead will not portend well for Israel, as a Jewish State. The entire world is turning against Israel and she is becoming more isolated and reviled. As the global influence of radical Islamists continues to dramatically escalate, our only hope lies with our return to the G-d that saved our ancestors, to the G-d that will save us, if only we will beseech Him.”

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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.

Propaganda-Driven Kids Attack Think Tank

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Students at a California public school have written a series of letters to Chicago’s Heartland Institute, which works to discover and develop free-market solutions to society’s problems, attacking its members for “destroying our planet” by refusing to endorse the politics of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” film.

According to students in the sixth-grade class of teacher Michael Steria at David A. Brown Middle School, the institute consists of “fools” and “horrible people.”

“I think your (sic) fools for denying G.W. you know it could kill us all & you’re just adding to it. I want you to help stop G.W. not increase it,” said one letter.

“We are going to tell you about global warming. I don’t care if you don’t want to read, but I’m making you read it you horrible people,” said another.

Officials at the school, a part of the Lake Elsinore School District, declined to respond to WND requests for a comment. Officials at the district office also declined to respond.

But Maureen Martin, a senior fellow for legal affairs for the institute, told WND that it was heart-breaking to see the results of such indoctrination of students.

“It’s tragic,” she said. “The kids were terrified.”

She said some of the students expressed their belief they would be dead in 10 years.

The district’s allowance of such teachings is “shameful, especially when there’s a divide in the scientific opinion,” she said.

She said the lessons reflected probably don’t even meet the requirements of the state’s educational guidelines, which for sixth graders demand lessons in earth sciences and the scientific methods of examining data.

Among the students’ other comments:

* “We feel that it is wrong what you are doing. We know that you know that global warming is NOT we repeat NOT a myth, And we think it is selfish that you would take money over yours and your peers lives.”

* “We feel upset because you are making Global Warming worse instead of helping it. We know that almost half of the country knows that G.W. is a crisis. We know that you could help the environment with the $800,000 you have.”

* “We feel that they are destroying our planet by saying G.W. is not a crisis. You think GW is not a crisis but it is; you know deep down that it’s a real thing that’s happening. Everyone has a part in helping GW, and you’re making worse.”

* “I do not think that what you are doing is right because you are telling people that global warming is not a crisis. If this is not a crisis, how come floods have occurred in asia, Mexico, and India. Plus, how can you explain why the glacier glaciers are melting. they can’t melt themselves, because they are in the coldest region in the world.”

Martin told WND that by searching the Internet for key phrases used by the students, she was able to read seven of the 10 articles the students reported reading.

“Three of the articles have nothing to do with global warming or greenhouse gases. Two are dire predictions from non-scientists at the United Nations disaster relief agency, the U.N. Development Programme, and nongovernmental organizations engaged in disaster aid. One article relates state efforts at monitoring greenhouse gases,” she said.

One other was an attack on Heartland for its funding procedures, accusing the organization of selling out to energy corporations.

But Institute chief Joseph Bast said such donations never have amounted to more than 5 percent of the organization’s budget and more money comes in from individuals than from companies.

The facts, however, mattered little to the students doing the assignment.

“I am very unhappy with your disgracing actions to the world, because you guys and woman are trying to hide the facts about Global warming so you can make more money. Well you guys aren’t going to fool anybody except yourself. The reason is because if you were to look at a picture of Glacier National Park 50 years ago, you would see that there is less ice now then there was fifty years ago,” said one letter.

Martin told WND one of the articles apparently came from a blog and condemned the organization’s March conference in New York, which assembled hundreds of scientists and others who are skeptical of Al Gore’s belief in the earth-threatening capabilities of temperature change, and his affirmation that man is at fault for whatever changes there are.

One phrase that appeared was “global warming denier group,” which also had been used earlier on a critical blog article headlined, “Global Warming Denier Group Funded By Big Oil Hosting Climate Change Denial Conference.”

“No. 1, no matter what people think, those who disagree ought not to be vilified,” Martin said. “More than that, schools are supposed to be teaching kids about evaluating information. It’s a life skill. We deal with it as citizens every day of our lives.”

In this case, however, the students reflect teaching that tells them anyone who disagrees is “wrong and evil.”

Martin said she currently is working on a project for Heartland to address what the United Kingdom determined was propaganda in the Gore film, and present balancing information to public school classrooms whose students now often are shown the Gore production.

“We’re looking for parents, taxpayers, in the right situations. We’re prepared to go to the schools and make a demand for equal time. We’re not trying to stifle anything,” she said.

What about the California school?

“I wrote to the superintendent. I said I’d be willing to provide information, DVDs, printed material, a book, we can send speakers… I haven’t heard back yet,” she said.

Such teaching, however, raises huge concerns.

“Global warming ‘means that if we don’t fix the climate, everything will be destroyed and we won’t be able to survive,’ two students wrote. Others found their global warming lessons similarly frightening,” Martin wrote.

The students also left no room for discussion of the scientific issue.

“We’ve read article about global warming. And we know all the facts,” said one, while another added, “Natural disasters have quadrupled in 20 years, 53 bird species face extinction, World must fix climate in 10 years, Air pollution shrinks fetus size. THIS IS CAUSED BY GLOBAL WARMING!!!” said another.

When the Heartland Institute held its conference in New York in March, WND reported more than 100 internationally prominent environmental scientists argued that global warming is, instead, a natural process and not the result of human activity.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for the hundreds of scientists, economists, and policy experts who dissent from the so-called ‘consensus’ on global warming,” said Bast.

“Is global warming ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ as Vice President Al Gore charges, or a ‘Global Warming Swindle?’ Harriet Johnson, spokeswoman for the Heartland Institute asked in a statement distributed at the conference.

“The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say – over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films,” a notice on the Heartland Institute website said. “But they have lost the debate.”

In one of the papers released, environmental scientist S. Fred Singer’s “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate” summarized a three-year international scientific research project conducted by the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC.

He said the climate is affected by many factors, but what can be ruled out by scientific evidence is that greenhouse gases are an important factor in causing global warming.

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Code Pink Protesters Try Witchcraft at Anti-Marine Rallies

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Protesters are such “interesting” people.

Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley’s controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center.

The women’s anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells and pointy hats Friday for “Witches, clowns and sirens day,” the last of the group’s weeklong homage to Mother’s Day.

“Women are coming to cast spells and do rituals and to impart wisdom to figure out how we’re going to end war,” Zanne Sam Joi of Bay Area Code Pink told FOXNews.com.

The group’s week of themed protests, which included days to galvanize grannies and bring-your-daughter-to-protest, appears to have done little to boost its flagging numbers.

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