Archive for August 22nd, 2008

Christians File Suit Over Police Orders to Remove Shirt, Stop Talking about Bible at ‘Gay’ Event

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys filed suit against the City of Elmira, N.Y., after police threatened to arrest three Christians if they did not remove a shirt and stop sharing biblical messages during a “gay” pride event at a public park.

John Barnes wore a shirt with the message “Liberated from sin by the blood of Jesus” to the Southern Tier Pride 2008 at Wisner Park – a June 14 event promoted as a celebration of homosexual, bisexual and transgender lifestyles.

According to the complaint filed in a U.S. district court, Elmira police Capt. Michael Marrone ordered Barnes to remove his shirt to prevent a “negative atmosphere” at the event and arouse discomfort in other attendees.

Barnes obeyed the officer and took off his shirt so he could remain at the park without facing arrest.

Another Christian, Julian Raven, carried a Christian newsletter to the event called the Elmira Protestor. Marrone threatened to arrest Raven if he distributed the letter, saying it contained obscene or illegal material, according to the complaint. Raven complied with the order.

Capt. James Wandell and Sgt. Sharon Moyer threatened a third Christian, James DeFerio, with arrest for holding a sign on a public sidewalk adjacent to the park. The sign read: “Thousands of ex-homosexuals have experienced the life-changing love of Jesus Christ” and listed websites for more information about ministry to ex-“gays.”

DeFario complied with their demands. However, according to the complaint, officers then told him he was not allowed to talk to anyone at the event about the Bible. Police ordered DeFario to leave the event where Elmira Mayor John Tonello was scheduled to speak about democracy, telling him to cross the street.

“Christians shouldn’t be discriminated against for expressing their beliefs,” ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster said in a statement. “Police cannot threaten to arrest Christians at a city park for sharing their viewpoint at an event open to the general public. Respecting their free speech rights is not optional.”

The men are claiming officers violated their constitutional rights to free speech, free exercise of religion and equal protection under the law. They are requesting a permanent injunction prohibiting police from “arresting them, forcibly removing them, or otherwise restricting their speech in traditional public fora due to the content and viewpoint of such speech, or because of their religious beliefs.”

Oster said police harassed the men primarily because of their Christian beliefs.

“Exercising your First Amendment rights is not a crime,” Oster said. “Threatening to arrest Christians simply because they have opposing views and choose to exercise their free speech rights at a public place is unconstitutional.”

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1st Time Entire Lost Tribe of Israel Allowed “Home”

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Thought this was interesting.

After years of diplomatic wrangling, the Israeli government has given permission to a community of Indian citizens who believe they are one of the “lost tribes” of Israel to move legally to the Jewish state.

This decision, first reported in Israel’s Maariv newspaper, clears the way for the arrival here of 7,232 members of the Bnei Menashe. They believe they are the descendants of Manasseh, one of the biblical patriarch Joseph’s two sons and a grandson of Jacob.

Yesterday the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz newspapers quoted an official in Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office denying the government approved the immigration of the Bnei Menashe, stating Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit, whose office oversees the process of immigration and absorption, refused to sign off on the deal.

But a source close to the immigration negotiations affirmed to WND the Bnei Menashe indeed have been cleared to move to Israel. The source said government officials were upset the story was leaked to Maariv before the approval decision was formally announced. The source added Olmert’s office even had a press release written and ready to go announcing the decision.

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Scientific Breakthrough! No Embryonic Stem Cells Needed

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

This pretty much removes any sideline reason for justifying abortion. One more nail in the coffin of abortion.

The abortion-rights arguments that cite embryonic stem cells as the potential solution for a vast array of human diseases has taken another significant hit with an announcement from a San Francisco research and development company that it has defined and isolated an adult cell that has been shown to develop into tissues matching those in the heart, lung, liver, pancreas, blood vessels, brain, muscle, bone and fat.

The announcement this week from Medistem Inc. says its newest tests reveal the cell can regenerate failed blood vessels, allowing a restoration of health in limbs once given no alternative but amputation.

Advocates for medical research long have cited their desire for embryonic stem cells to study as a possible solution to myriad human diseases, although few results actually have been documented. Celebrities also have chimed in, such as actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. During the last election he lobbied for a Missouri plan that enshrined in the state constitution the right to clone human embryos for “research.”

Now officials with Medistem Laboratories have confirmed their Endometrial Regenerative Cell has treated an advanced form of peripheral artery disease known as critical limb ischemia successfully.

In a peer reviewed publication, the team supported by Medistem said the administration of ERC “preserved leg function and viability in animals induced to mimic the human condition of critical limb ischemia.”

“As a physician to sufferers of critical limb ischemia, I am extremely proud to be involved in developing therapeutic applications using the ERC cell. If approved by the FDA, we may one day provide this patient population with an option to amputation,” said Dr. Michael Murphy, a vascular surgeon who served as lead author.

Thomas Ichim, CEO for the publicly held company based in California, told WND that while the focus in the company’s current work is on blood vessels and specific circulation problems, the cell has been shown to regenerate into at least nine different types of tissues.

He said there are possibilities now to develop preventative or other treatments for liver disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease and others.

He said the cell, a naturally produced result of the menstrual cycle, also avoids some of the complications found with embryonic stem cells, such as a specific type of cancer.

The company has been collaborating with Murphy on its work for some time, and has filed patents covering the cells and various uses, as a sort of “universal donor” cell.

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Hallmark Embraces Homosexual ‘Marriage’

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

I suspect that if Mr. Hall was still alive, this wouldn’t be happening. As it is, the corporate types see only dollars to be earned in any way possible.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Most states don’t recognize same-sex “marriage” — but now Hallmark does. The nation’s largest greeting card company is rolling out homosexual wedding cards — featuring two tuxedos, overlapping hearts or intertwined flowers, with best wishes inside. “Two hearts. One promise,” one says.

Hallmark added the cards after California joined Massachusetts as the only U.S. states with legal homosexual marriage. A handful of other states have recognized same-sex civil unions. The language inside the cards is neutral, with no mention of wedding or marriage, making them also suitable for a commitment ceremony. Hallmark says the move is a response to consumer demand, not any political pressure. “It’s our goal to be as relevant as possible to as many people as we can,” Hallmark spokeswoman Sarah Gronberg Kolell said.

Hallmark started offering “coming out” cards last year, and the four designs of same-sex marriage cards are being gradually released this summer and will be widely available by next year. No sales figures were available yet.

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Liberal Media Up in Arms Over TX School Gun Policy

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

I don’t see the problem with this. There is more than enough evidence to show that in the case of every school shooting, even one armed teacher or administrator could have ended the situation before large number of lives were lost.

On August 15, the Harold Independent School District, located 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Texas, voted to allow teachers who are qualified to bring guns with them to class. The plan was overwhelmingly approved by parents, who understand the need for children to be protected in the isolated small town – located 30 miles from the sheriff’s office. Already there has been an outcry from anti-gun advocates and the mainstream media.

Devvy Kidd is an investigative journalist, author, and commentator. She argues that when the federal government started designating schools as”gun-free zones,” the increased incidence of school shootings began. Kidd adds that the predominately anti-gun media has been in a frenzy. She cites one example of such media reaction when, on August 16, the Fox News Channel’s Alisyn Camerotta expressed her concern about young children attending a school with armed teachers.

“Well, I guess in her small mind she thinks that these teachers are going to be wearing .357s on their hips, and they’re going to accidentally shoot the students – because that did come up during the ignoramus exchange that she had. But that has nothing to do with whether they’re kindergartners or whether they’re 10 or 12 years old,” Kidd contends. “That particular school district is in a very, very rural area, and news anchors and commentators like her on television display their absolute ignorance of what it’s like to live out in the real world. They ride around in limousines. They have no idea.”

Kidd says the liberal mantra of “call 9-1-1” does not do much for a school under fire from a madman, when they are at least 30 minutes away from any law enforcement help.

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