Archive for December 19th, 2008

Jesus ‘Not Banned’ From Public Schools

Friday, December 19th, 2008

[Hattiesburg, Mississippi, sixth-grader Andrew White] wrote a poem titled “A Great Christmas” that reads: “The best Christmas ever is when everyone is there. It is when everyone is laughing here and there. That is the Christmas I want to share. Christmas is about Jesus’ birth. About peace on Earth. This is what Christmas is about. It is when He lay in a manger. And the three wise men come to see. That’s what it means to me.”

After Andrew referenced Jesus in his poem, his teacher Latasha Atkins docked his grade and told him that mentioning Jesus was not allowed. She then instructed him to write a new poem.

Matt Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, disagrees with Atkins’ point-of-view. “The good news is that the principal, Carrie Hornsby, eventually sided with Andrew and his parents, changing his grade to a 100 and conceding that there was nothing improper in using the name of Jesus,” he notes.

The most horrifying part of the story, according to Staver, is that this sixth-grader was told that Jesus is not allowed in public school. “I think some educators need education that the story of Christmas, and the birth of Jesus, is not banned from our public schools,” he points out.

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Palin Church Burning – ‘Hate Crime’ Virtually Ignored?

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Investigators say the fire that destroyed Wasilla Bible Church in Alaska on December 12 was likely the work of an arsonist, but the mainstream news media, with the exception of The Associated Press, has largely ignored the story.

Terry Mattingly is the editor of the website GetReligion.org, a Scripps Howard columnist, and director of the Washington Journalism Center. He says because the fire occurred in a remote area, major networks may not want to fly reporters in from Los Angeles, Washington, or New York. Mattingly believes a regional bias could be at play, but adds that he has no doubt that if a fire occurred at the church of a socially accepted victim group, the coverage would have been more extensive.

“To give you an example: right now in a parallel case down in California, we have demonstrations and some vandalism and stuff at Mormon churches….We’re beginning to see some coverage of that,” he points out. “Yet I think that if you had some sort of corresponding mirror image situation, say, conservative crowds that were doing vandalism and picketing, say, a congregation in the gay-friendly Metropolitan Community Church, you’d be seeing that on page one of the Los Angeles Times.”

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Hamas Declares End to Ceasefire with Israel in Gaza, Fires More Rockets

Friday, December 19th, 2008

With a new U.S. president, whom is perceived as sympathetic to the Palis, the terrorist can see light at the end of the tunnel. They know that all they need to do is step up the violent attacks against innocent Jewish women and children and new U.S. president will pressure Israel in giving in to them.

GAZA (Reuters) – Hamas on Thursday declared an end to a six-month-old Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel in the Gaza Strip, raising the prospect of an escalation in cross-border fighting.

“The calm is over,” Hamas official Ayman Taha said in an announcement after concluding talks with Palestinian factions in the coastal enclave controlled by the Islamist group.

He said the ceasefire, which Hamas says was scheduled to expire on December 19, would not be renewed “because the enemy did not abide by its obligations” to ease a crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip and halt all attacks.

Hamas stopped short of threatening an immediate escalation against Israel, which had hoped to extend the truce and appears wary of a confrontation that could cause heavy casualties on both sides.

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Twenty-three Kassam rockets pounded the western Negev on Wednesday as the IDF went on high alert ahead of the official end of the cease-fire on Friday.

One of the rockets struck next to a shopping center in Sderot, wounding three people and causing extensive damage to storefronts and parked cars. The wounded were evacuated to Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.

Following the attack, the IDF bombed two rocket launchers in the northern Gaza Strip, next to Beit Hanun. The military said the launchers were ready for use. Moments later, two more Kassams hit the Sdot Negev region and another struck the Sha’ar Hanegev region.

Defense officials said the escalation in rocket fire came after Hamas instructed Islamic Jihad to increase its attacks ahead of the end of the cease-fire. The officials predicted that Hamas would eventually agree to an extension of the truce but was “posturing itself” in an attempt to gain a commitment from Israel and Egypt to reopen the crossings into Gaza.

In response to the ongoing violations of the cease-fire, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned of impending Israeli military action.

“The rocket fire is just clarifying what we’ve been saying all along, that we can’t have a situation where supposedly there is an agreed-upon cease-fire, while the reality on the ground is completely different,” Olmert said after voting in the Kadima primary. “Of course this demands that we address the situation, and we will.”

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