Archive for June 2nd, 2008

“Tornadoes: Stranger than Strange” by Todd Strandberg

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

One of the most important factors in understanding Bible prophecy is the linkage between end-time events. As we get closer to the tribulation hour, various birth pangs will become more numerous and give us a strong indication that the piece of the prophetic puzzle is coming together.

Two weeks ago, I posted an article about the massive earthquake in China. In the article, I noted that “it is very strange to have written an article about the sharp increase in natural disasters last week, and now, seven days later, to find myself compelled to comment about another major natural calamity.” Of course, the first calamity I was referring to was the cyclone that struck Myanmar.

Less than a month after I wrote the first article, I have yet a third disaster to add to the chain. If my assessment of the second one was “strange,” I guess we are now in the realm of “stranger than strange.”

In the U.S., we are having a brutal season for tornadoes. So far this year, at least 115 people have died, and we have a preliminary count of 1,300 twisters. The record for the most tornadoes in a year is 1,817 in 2004. In the past 10 years, the average number of tornadoes has been 1,254. With seven months to go for the year, we could have a harsh summer drought and still break the record.

I have a personal reason to think the tornado count will continue to soar. As I’m writing this article here in Omaha, tornadoes are occurring all around me. The same thunder cell that caused widespread damage in Kearny, Nebraska just passed right over my neighborhood. Praise God, the storm dissipated before it got here.

The folks who live out in Parkersburg weren’t so lucky. That community was devastated by a rare category 5 twister–the first in the U.S. since a tornado nearly obliterated Greensburg, Kansas, just over a year ago. The Parkersburg tornado was the strongest to hit Iowa in 32 years. The tornado killed five people in Parkersburg and two in nearby New Hartford.

Meteorologists are unable to explain why we are seeing so many twisters. “Global warming cannot really explain what is happening,” said Greg Carbin at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. “While higher temperatures could increase the number of thunderstorms, which are needed to trigger tornadoes, they also would tend to push the storm systems too far north to form some twisters,” he said.

La Nina, the cooling of part of the Central Pacific that is the flip side of El Nino, was a factor in the increased activity earlier this year–especially in February, a record month for tornado activity–but it can’t explain what is happening now, according to Carbin.

Most people have no idea that tornadoes have a “Goldilocks” issue. To make a tornado, the conditions have to be just right. If there is too much or too little of one ingredient, there is no tornado. For example, wind shear–when upper and lower level winds are at different speeds or coming from different directions–is crucial in creating a funnel cloud. If there is too little wind shear, there is no spin. Too much and the tornado falls apart.

Tropical storms and earthquakes have their own “Goldilocks” issues. Tropical systems need light winds aloft with good convection at sea level to form. Most of those that do develop are confined to the open sea or strike sparsely populated areas. Earthquakes need to hit three bull’s eyes to cause major destruction: they need to be of a high magnitude, in a populated area, and close to the earth’s surface.

I think we are at a point where skeptics need to take a good look at the statistics for natural disasters. The law of averages cannot explain why we are seeing so many today. Either we are in an amazing period of bad luck, or we are witnessing the advanced stage of the end-time warning signs.

Some might say we are having a 1 out of 100-year fluke with these tropical storms, earthquakes, and tornadoes. Of course, that is being very generous with the odds. Because they are occurring at the same time, they need to be multiplied together, giving us a 1 out of a million chance. Considering so many other last-days factors as well, the math of unlikelihood is too massive for my poor little calculator.

— Todd

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Quote of the Day

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

“Christians aren’t any better, we’re just forgiven.”
-Unknown Author

Texas Students Taught Islamic Training by CAIR

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Students at Friendswood Junior High in the Houston were taught that “There is one god, Allah” and the Five Pillars of Islam, among other Islamic tenants, by CAIR, a group accused of supporting Islamic terrorist.

Public school students at Friendswood Junior High in the Houston area have been roped into Islamic training by representatives from the Council on American-Islamic Relations during class time, prompting religious leaders to protest over Principal Robin Lowe’s actions.

Pastor Dave Welch, spokesman for the Houston Area Pastor Council, confirmed the indoctrination had taken place and called it “unacceptable.”

“The failure of the principal of Friendswood Junior High to respect simple procedures requiring parental notification for such a potentially controversial subject, to not only approve but participate personally in a religious indoctrination session led by representatives of a group with well-known links to terrorist organizations and her cavalier response when confronted, raises serious questions about her fitness to serve in that role,” the pastors’ organization said.

According to a parent, whose name was withheld, the children were given the Islamic indoctrination during time that was supposed to be used for a physical education class.

“I am simply trying to get the word out to those whose kids may not have told them about an Islamic presentation that all kids were required to attend,” wrote the parent, who was working to assemble protests to the school board.

WND previously has reported how public school textbooks used across the nation have begun promoting Islam, teaching even the religious doctrines.

WND also has reported on several other schools that have taught Islam as a required subject.

In the Texas case, a school e-mail to parents provided only a half-hearted acknowledgement that such mandatory religious indoctrination might not have been the best decision.

“In hindsight, a note should have been sent home to parents indicating the purpose and content of the presentation in time for parents to contact me with questions or concerns or requests to exempt their child,” the school note from Lowe said. “This will be our practice in the future, should we ever have another presentation of a similar nature.”

School officials also said the “Islamic Awareness” presentation was “to increase understanding of the Islamic culture in response to racially motivated comments that have been made to students on campus.”

The pastors said in a statement: “According to students who were forced to attend these sessions, these Islamic evangelists taught them:

  • Adam, Noah and Jesus are prophets
  • There is one god, his name is Allah
  • The 5 Pillars of Islam
  • How to pray five times a day
  • Islamic religious garb”
  • The pastors noted that the principal’s claim there were “comments” to students on campus was unverified. Nor does that excuse or justify “this infringement upon the religious beliefs of students and parents of the community nor the violation of school policy and possibly state and/or federal law,” they said.

    “We do not believe that this unapproved action by Principal Robin Lowe represents the school district and certainly not the majority of students or parents in the Friendswood community. Our commitment is to support all appropriate administrative, legal and political remedies to assure that this will not happen again and these Islamic activist organizations are kept out of our schools,” the pastors said.

    The parent reported the presentation was 30 to 40 minutes long and handled by two Muslim women from CAIR’s Houston office. CAIR, as WND has reported, is spinoff of the defunct Islamic Association for Palestine, launched by Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook and former university professor Sami al-Arian, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

    Among the convicted CAIR staffers are former communications specialist Randall Todd “Ismail” Royer, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges he trained in Virginia for holy war against the U.S. and sent several members to Pakistan to join a Kashmiri terrorist group with reported ties to al-Qaida; and Bassem Khafagi, who was arrested in January 2003 while serving as CAIR’s director of community relations and convicted on fraud and terrorism charges in connection with a probe of the Islamic Assembly of North America, an organization suspected of aiding Saudi sheiks tied to Osama bin Laden. In October 2006, Ghassan Elashi, a member of the founding board of directors of the Texas branch of CAIR, was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for financial ties to a high-ranking terrorist.

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    ‘Sex Indoctrination Opponents are Like Hitler’

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    It’s amazing how people will minimize evil to score cheap political points.

    A school board member in California says those who oppose the state’s SB777, a law approved by last year’s legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that restricts public schools to teaching only positive perspectives of homosexuality, are “like Hitler.”

    The report comes from Karen England of Capitol Resource Family Impact, which is working on the Save Our Kids campaign to assemble enough petition signatures in the state to put SB777 on the 2008 election ballot.

    “Last night the West Covina Unified School Board took a bold stand for families and our values by voting to pass a resolution supporting the Save Our Kids initiative,” said England’s report. “This is the first local school board to publicly protest SB777 and its harmful policies.”

    “Three brave members of the school board voted to support Save our Kids: Steve Cox, Mike Spence and Camie Poulos. However, two members refused to support the Save Our Kids resolution: George Fuller and Jessica Shewmaker,” she said.

    “Just before the vote on the resolution occurred, board member Fuller actually declared that anyone who opposes SB777 and its sexual indoctrination is like Adolf Hitler. He asserted that there once was ‘a man who tried to rid the world of homosexuals; Hitler didn’t survive,'” she reported.

    “Board member Spence demanded an immediate apology from Fuller for comparing citizens with traditional values to an evil dictator like Adolf Hitler. Fuller refused to apologize,” England said.

    “We are extremely excited that the West Covina Unified School Board is supporting the protection of innocent children from sexual indoctrination,” England said. “But our victory here also revealed just how bigoted and hateful some school board members are. Board member George Fuller should publicly apologize to the citizens of his district and all Californians for comparing us to Adolf Hitler. This is shameful behavior from an elected school board member and his constituents should be very concerned this man is making decisions about their children’s education.

    “We encourage every recipient of this email to contact West Covina Unified School Board members George Fuller and Jessica Shewmaker and ask why they did not support the Save Our Kids resolution,” she said. “Also, contact George Fuller and ask him why he won’t apologize for comparing citizens with traditional values to Adolf Hitler.”

    “SB777 is a mandate for every school district, ending local control on sensitive issues,” the Save Our Kids website says. “SB777 normalizes homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality across the state, without room for local discretion on addressing these issues.”

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