Archive for November 12th, 2008

“Media Have a Proposition for Calif. Churches: You’re Bigots” by Brian Fitzpatrick

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

The liberal media worked overtime against California’s marriage amendment, Proposition 8, which the voters passed 52 to 48 percent. After the Nov. 4 vote, the media quickly jettisoned professional objectivity – and respect for democracy – to spin a yarn about the pain of victimhood. Now they are working to elevate angry gay protesters who are vilifying opponents and targeting churches.

As reported by CMI’s Colleen Raezler, ABC, NBC and CBS aired a total of 13 news stories on Prop. 8 in the five days following the vote. Six of the stories, nearly half, emphasized the reactions of the roughly 18,000 same-sex couples whose California “marriages” have been invalidated. Only four Prop. 8 supporters made it on air, compared to 15 opponents. None of the networks could spare even 15 seconds of precious air time to explain why keeping intact the foundational institution of human society might be a good idea.

The worst example we’ve seen of TV reporting on Prop. 8 protests came from the local CBS station in Palm Springs, Calif. On the grounds of City Hall, furious “gay” protesters knocked a Christian cross out of an elderly woman’s hands and stomped on it. The woman remained calm and collected. When reporter Kimberly Chang tried to interview her, protesters screamed and blocked the camera with their signs. Hilariously, the station identified the victimized woman as “Phyllis Burgess, Involved in Prop 8 Rally Altercation.” That’s like saying Poland was involved in a border altercation with Nazi Germany. In a masterpiece of moral equivalence, CBS anchor Kris Long told viewers, “There’s a lot of anger and a lot of hate, quite honestly, on both sides.”

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Gay Marriage Legal in Connecticut, Judge Clears Way

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

More liberal judges legislating from the bench. The only way that homosexual “marriage” will become legal in this country.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A judge cleared the way Wednesday for gay marriage in Connecticut, a victory for advocates stung by California’s referendum that banned same-sex unions in that state.

Minutes after a judge entered a final ruling, the New Haven city clerk’s office issued its first marriage license to a gay couple. It went to Barbara and Robin Levine-Ritterman of New Haven, one of the eight couples who successfully challenged a state law prohibiting gay marriage.

“It’s a great day for Connecticut,” Robin Levine-Ritterman said after a brief hearing in court.

Others couples planned to celebrate by immediately marching to New Haven City Hall to get marriage licenses. At least one ceremony was scheduled Wednesday morning on the New Haven green.

The judge’s order marks “the end of a very long journey toward equality,” plaintiffs’ attorney, Bennett Klein, said earlier. “Each of the plaintiffs asked me to convey to the court how proud they are to be citizens of this state.”

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a civil union law designed to give them the same rights as married couples.

Peg Oliveira, 36, a yoga teacher and educational consultant, and Jennifer Vickery, a 44-year-old lawyer, planned to wed on the New Haven green Wednesday. They have a 3-month-old baby.

“We’re thrilled and we don’t want to wait one minute,” she said earlier. “I want to show the folks who worked so hard to make this possible that we are very grateful and we don’t want to wait any longer to be able to say the words `We are married.”‘

Manchester Town Clerk Joseph Camposeo, president of the Connecticut Town Clerks Association, said clerks were advised by e-mail shortly after 9:30 a.m. they could start issuing the licenses.

“The feedback I’m getting from other clerks is that we’re all at the ready, but no one really has a sense yet of what kind of volume we’re going to get,” he said.

According to the state public health department, 2,032 civil union licenses were issued in Connecticut between Oct. 2005 and July 2008.

The health department had new marriage applications printed that reflect the change. Instead of putting one name under “bride” and the other under “groom,” couples will see two boxes marked “bride/groom/spouse.”

Only Connecticut and Massachusetts have legalized gay marriage. The unions were legal in California until a statewide referendum to ban gay marriage narrowly passed last week. The vote has sparked protests and several lawsuits asking that state’s Supreme Court to overturn the prohibition.

Constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage also passed last week in Arizona and Florida, and Arkansas voters approved a measure banning unmarried couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents.

However, Connecticut voters last week rejected the idea of a constitutional convention to amend the state’s constitution, a major blow to opponents of same-sex marriage.

The Family Institute of Connecticut, a political action group that opposes gay marriage, condemned the high court’s decision as undemocratic. Peter Wolfgang, the group’s executive director, acknowledged banning gay marriage in Connecticut would be difficult but vowed not to give up.

“Unlike California, we did not have a remedy,” Wolfgang said. “It must be overturned with patience, determination and fortitude.”

The state’s 2005 civil union law will remain on the books, at least for now. Same-sex couples can continue to enter civil unions, which give them the same legal rights and privileges in Connecticut as married couples without the status of being married.

State Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven, co-chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, said lawmakers will have to decide the fate of the civil union law.

“We’ll definitely be taking this up,” he said. The new legislative session opens in January.

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‘Apartheid’ Israel, Islamophobia on the Agenda for U.N. Racism Meeting

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

(CNSNews.com) – Seven years after the United States and Israel withdrew in protest from a United Nations racism gathering, the drafters of the primary document for a follow-up conference next spring have included sentiments that prompted the earlier walkout.

Most glaringly, the draft text declares that Israeli policies and practices in territories claimed by the Palestinians constitute “a new kind of apartheid, a crime against humanity [and] a form of genocide.”

Critics of the U.N. process are urging European governments in particular to announce that they will boycott the conference that some are calling “Durban II.” It is planned for five days next April in Geneva. Earlier this year Canada and Israel said they would not take part.

The United States voiced disquiet and has not taken part in preparatory meetings, but has made no announcement about attending or not. A senior State Department official told lawmakers early this year it would be the next administration’s decision.

The 2009 conference aims to review the progress made since the U.N. World Conference on Racism (WCAR) in Durban, South Africa in 2001, which critics said was so focused on Israel that other issues of serious racial discrimination around the globe were all but ignored.

Despite the controversy that dogged that event, the Israeli-Palestinian issue is once again looming, while another topic promising to make waves at the event is “defamation” of religion – primarily Islam.

Both are being promoted by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), the bloc of Islamic states that accounts for one-third of the members of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, the body overseeing preparations for the racism conference.

A 20-country preparatory committee is chaired by Libya, and members include Iran and Pakistan.

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Pink Gift Bag Bomb Explodes at Christian Missionary’s Home

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Who would do such a horrible thing?

Missionary Family Bombed

Christian missionary Gary Stevenson thought the pink, gift-wrapped bag he found on his doorstep was a present left for one of his toddler daughters, but when he brought it inside his home, the bomb within the bag exploded.

Stevenson suffered multiple lacerations and burns, deep cuts on his head and chest, and underwent surgery to remove shrapnel from his liver. But he is expected to make a full recovery.

His daughters, age 1 and 3, were away with their grandmother at the time, the Vancouver Province reports about the attack in Langley, British Columbia, but his wife and three others who were helping the family in the process of moving to a new home were in the house. Only Gary was injured in the blast, which scattered pink tissue paper throughout the residence and punched shrapnel holes in the walls.

“What’s really terrifying is who would put a bomb in a gift bag that was in pink?” Miles Forrest, a friend of the Stevensons told the Province.

Was somebody trying to kill his daughters? He was going to give it to them but … luckily, in a way, he opened it ahead of time,” said Forrest.

Stevenson is a missionary with Power to Change, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ Canada, serving on the campus of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Twenty neighboring units in the Stevenson’s townhome complex were evacuated and searched following the explosion, but police bomb squads and dog teams were unable to find any other explosives.

“At this point in the investigation,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Holly Marks said in a statement, “police have not yet determined whether this incident was targeted or random.”

Guy Saffold, executive director of ministries at Power for Change told CTV British Columbia that Stevenson is recovering well, asking for chocolate and his Bible to be by his side.

The ordeal, however, has left the Stevenson family shaken, reports Saffold.

“You understandably feel very unsafe when you don’t know why you were targeted or if you were targeted and what may have happened,” Saffold told The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Saffold said Stevenson “was asking people to pray that he gets better soon, [and he is] also asking people to pray that police would find some leads, to know why this was done and have some closure.”

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A Poem by Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Honored Killed Sarah and Amina Said

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Sitting alone, crying out Your name,
Father, I need you…I am not the same!
Please, precious Father, I need You so,
For this feeling of anger, consumes me so!

Lord, it’s so foreign, this confusion of mine,
That’s why I need You, at this aweful time!
You are my ROCK, my strength and my Lord,
Lend me Your truth…help me walk with Your Sword.

For Your sword of truth, it always prevails,
O’er the darkness,deep in my heart which dwells.
Take this from me, Oh Lord I pray!
There’s no room in my heart, for this hate to stay!

Heal me Oh Lord, my Savior, My King.
For my heart desires, with You, to sing!
Restore, my joy and let me find peace.
Walk with me Lord, let this hatred cease.

For God, I am weary and this is a load,
Please draw me near, in Your arms to hold.
I love You, Lord, more everyday!
Heal me, Jesus, for this, I pray.

Gail Gartrell
2008

See “Abandon us not Oh God of Creation” A Poem by Gail Gartrell.

See the previous posts about Sarah and Amina Said:

  • Honor Killing in Dallas
  • “The Story is Bigger Than an Honor Murder in Dallas or What Happens in Dallas Stays in Dallas; Who Knew?” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Human Sacrifice in Dallas: No One Saved These Girls” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Raging Muslim Taxi Drivers in North American Cities” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Murderous Mothers. The Hidden Female Face of Honor Killing” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • “Still Dead in Dallas. An Update on the Double Honor Murders” by Dr. Phyllis Chesler
  • FBI Calls Dallas Murder Case an ‘Honor Killing,’ Upsetting Muslim Group
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 1.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 2.
  • Gail Gartrell, Great-Aunt to Sarah and Amina Said, Speaks About The “Honor Killing” Part 3.
  • “The Struggle against Same-Sex Marriage Isn’t Over” by Albert Mohler

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    The challenge of defending marriage as the union of a man and a woman was on full public display on November 4. The immediate news was very encouraging indeed. Voters in Arizona, Florida, and California all passed measures defending marriage and prohibiting same-sex marriages in their states. These three states, added to the over twenty others that had already passed similar constitutional amendments or similar provisions, have made a massive public statement in support of marriage.

    Without question, that is good news. The vote in California was especially significant, as Proposition 8 allowed the citizens of the nation’s most populous state to take the issue back from the state’s Supreme Court, which had arrogantly usurped the authority of the people in a 4/3 decision back in May. The 52-48 vote was a clear win for marriage, and a geographical vote distribution chart shows that same-sex marriage has support mainly in the Bay area of San Francisco and neighboring communities. The win in Florida was important because the measure needed 60 percent of the votes in order to pass. It received 62 percent of the votes cast. The Arizona vote was similarly significant — in this case because that state had been the only state to date to have turned down a similar measure in a previous election.

    Nevertheless, legal challenges were quickly filed in California. The most threatening of these asks the California Supreme Court to rule the measure as unconstitutional because it “revises” rather than “amends” the state’s constitution. The claim is specious, but so was the argument accepted by the court back in May. This much is clear — any court that would overrule a mandate from the people in this manner will undermine its own legitimacy.

    In other developments, statements from two prominent politicians made news on the issue. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraged same-sex marriage advocates to press ahead. He even expressed hope that the state’s Supreme Court would overrule the voice of the people. “It’s unfortunate, obviously, but it’s not the end,” Schwarzenegger told CNN. “I think that we will again maybe undo that, if the court is willing to do that, and then move forward from there and again lead in that area.”

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    “Confronted with Truth at King Solomon’s Mines” by Mark Earley

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    Since its publication in 1885, the novel King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard has inspired a literary genre—“lost world” fiction—and some of the worst movies you would ever care to watch.

    What’s been lost amid the adventures of this great story is that King Solomon’s mines weren’t an invention of the late-Victorian imagination—they actually existed, as the Bible said they did.

    In what one newspaper calls a “discovery straight out of an Indiana Jones movie,” archaeologists in modern-day Jordan believe that they have found the real King Solomon’s mines.

    The area, located south of the Dead Sea, contained 100 buildings, including a fortress, and was the site of intensive copper-mining activities. How intensive? The mine works are “big enough to be seen on Google Earth’s satellite images.”

    That raises an obvious question: If the mine works were so intensive, why weren’t they discovered earlier? As a matter of fact, they were, but at the time, evidence of mining there was believed to date from long after the reign of King Solomon in the 10th century B.C.

    But in new study, archaeologists Thomas Levy and Mohammed Najjar date the site to the 10th century B.C. That was the time that, according to Scripture, King Solomon reigned in Jerusalem, and Edom, the area where the mine is located, was a vassal of Israel’s.

    This period represented the height of Israel’s power and prosperity—a prosperity that, as Scripture says, was partially built on mining.

    As Levy told CNN, the newly discovered “evidence . . . brings us back to the debate about the historicity of the Hebrew Bible narratives related to this period.”

    That is an understatement. The past few decades have witnessed a marked shift in scholars’ attitudes towards the biblical narratives. When the area was first explored in the 1970s, many archaeologists doubted whether biblical figures such as David or Solomon ever existed, and they certainly didn’t believe biblical accounts about their accomplishments.

    To them, the Bible was a collection of stories that illustrated theological points, while containing little that is historically accurate.

    Then as archaeologists found evidence for the existence of figures like David and Caiaphas and events like the Exodus, attitudes began to change.

    Discoveries that corroborated biblical details, like the going price for slaves in ancient Egypt, obliged them to at least approach the biblical accounts with an open mind. As Levy put it, while “we can’t believe everything ancient writings tell us . . . this research represents a confluence between the archaeological and scientific data and the Bible.”

    Openness to the possibility of “confluence” is all believers ever ask. Christians have nothing to fear from this kind of scientific inquiry. In fact, we welcome it. Unlike other faiths, biblical faith is rooted in history. It’s the account of how God has acted in human history to accomplish His purposes, and we are confident that the biblical account reflects this fact.

    That the result is discoveries “straight out of an Indiana Jones’ movie” just goes to show how truth, in the end, really can top fiction.

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    “Pastor to Presidents” Replaced by Gay Bishop?

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    No surprise here, folks. In fact, I daresay by the time the Obama administration leaves office, absolutely nothing will surprise us. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    A conservative Christian activist says it’s a sad omen for the Obama administration and the United States that Barack Obama has been seeking guidance from the Episcopal Church’s first openly homosexual bishop.

    The Times of London reports that the president-elect sought out New Hampshire homosexual bishop Vicki Gene Robinson for advice three times during his presidential campaign. Robinson, whose ordination in the Episcopal Church has caused a deep rift within the Anglican Communion, was reportedly sought out by Obama to discuss what it feels like to be “first.”

    Robinson notes in their three private conversations, Obama voiced his support for “equal civil rights” for homosexuals and described the election as a “religious experience.” Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, believes Obama’s consultations with Robinson show the true tenor of his upcoming administration.

    “It looks like Billy Graham has been replaced by a gay bishop. We’re moving to, perhaps, our first anti-Christian president; it’s beyond post-Christian. Gene Robinson advocates homosexuality as part of the Christian experience,” he explains. “Now Bible-believing Christians cannot accept that. Homosexual practice is sinful, as taught by the scriptures. This man [Obama] pretends to be faithful to Christianity, even as he works very hard to undermine it.”

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    Gay/Lesbian Group Infiltrates Church During Worship

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    This is so ridiculous, but what else do you expect in a country where “alternative lifestyles” are glorified. This type of thing is only going to get worse.

    Worshippers at a Bible-teaching church in Lansing, Mich., were stunned Sunday when members of a pro-homosexual, pro-anarchy organization named Bash Back interrupted their service to fling propaganda and condoms around the sanctuary, drape a profane banner from the balcony and feature two lesbians making out at the pulpit.

    According to a blog posting by Nick De Leeuw on Right Michigan, the Bash Back organization orchestrated a protest in front of Mount Hope Church to draw the church’s security staff away from the sanctuary.

    Then Bash Backers who had dressed up and mixed in with church worshippers took action.

    According to De Leeuw, “Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony.

    “‘Jesus was gay,’ they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss,” he wrote.

    He cited the Bash Back organization’s own announcement of other items members brought into the church, including “a megaphone, noise makers, condoms, glitter by the bucket load, confetti, pink fabric. …”

    According to the alternative Lansing City Pulse – which reported it was notified of the protest ahead of time and sent a reporter along instead of warning the church – the protesters also screamed at parishioners and pulled the church facility’s fire alarm. Printed material protesters distributed said, “We specialize in confronting homophobia, transphobia and every and all other forms of oppression.”

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    13 Yr Old Girl Sentenced to Stoning for Being Raped

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

    If you see anything peaceful about stoning a 13 year old girl who was gang raped, please let me know. I pray for the day that the blinders fall off the people who still believe that Islam is the religion of peace!!!

    Britain’s MI6 intelligence service has identified a group that raises funds with impunity in London as the organization whose militia members in Somalia imposed a death sentence on a 13-year-old rape victim, according to a report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

    Known as the Shabaab, the ruthless militia is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department. The group’s leadership was targeted by missile strikes earlier this year.

    However, MI6 has revealed that the group operates without restriction in London, funding the fierce guerrilla war against Somalia’s long-time enemy, Ethiopia, which invaded Somalia last year.

    Until last week, the war attracted little attention in the West. All that changed after a Shariah court in the Somalia southern town of Kismayo handed down a brutal punishment.

    A 13-year-old girl, described in an intelligence report as “little more than a pretty child,” was sentenced to be stoned to death by the all-male court.

    Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin is the premium, online intelligence news source edited and published by the founder of WND.

    It imposed the sentence on Aisha Ibrahim Duhulow after she had complained to the local Shariah court that she had been gang-raped by, among others, her cousins.

    But the court found her guilty of adultery and sentenced her to death by stoning.

    She was taken from the courthouse to a local sports stadium. There she was buried up to her neck in sand and then stoned in front of a 1,000-strong crowd, the number the local soccer team attracts.

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