Archive for January 2nd, 2009

Licensing Proposal Could Require Lawyers to Endorse Homosexuality

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

One of the top lawyers in the nation in the battle to protect traditional marriage, historically Christian lifestyle choices, parental rights and the key freedoms provided by the U.S. Constitution is warning that there eventually could be no lawyers left to take up those disputes.

That’s because of a recommendation before the State Bar of Arizona – the organization that licenses attorneys – to require all new lawyers to swear they won’t let their personal religious perspective on homosexuality affect their representation of any client. Mathew Staver, chief of Liberty Counsel, warns that the proposal is just the “tip of the iceberg.”

According to reports in Arizona, the state bar is considering a major change to its existing oath that requires lawyers to affirm they won’t “permit considerations of gender, race, age, nationality, disability or social standing to influence my duty of care” to clients.

The proposal in Arizona is to add “sexual orientation” to that list.

The concept would demand that Christian lawyers affirm they would pursue child custody cases for lesbians and “marriage” rights for homosexuals just as they would pursue any other issue for clients, regardless of their religious perspective.

Not agreeing to the demand would end a Christian lawyer’s career before it even starts, since attorneys cannot practice law without bar association permission.

Already, several dozen attorneys have sent a letter objecting to the plan, and concern has been raised by the online Catholic.org report.

“Are these lawyers going to be excluded from their profession because of their religious beliefs? Or will they have to give up their beliefs in order to continue practicing?” the report asked.

“The Catholic Church teaches that: ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.,” Catholic Online continued. “Does this mean that all Catholic lawyers in the state of Arizona will now either have to apostatize from the faith or lose their jobs?”

Staver has argued in courts across the nation, including the U.S. Supreme Court, on a wide range of fundamental constitutional questions. He’s appeared to discuss constitutional issues on “The O’Relly Factor,” “Hannity and Colmes,” “Good Morning American,” the “Today” show and others. He said Arizona’s plan isn’t unique, citing controversial provisions already in force in Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

But he said Arizona’s proposal is broader, and therein could lie considerable discrimination against Christians.

“It is a disturbing trend,” he said.

“It opens a wide door (against) people like us who defend traditional marriage,” he said. “We’re not going to represent someone who’s engaged in the homosexual lifestyle and the issue deals with that matter.

“Obviously from our perspective, we would take that into consideration,” he said.

Staver said the change actually would require Christian lawyers to endorse and support the homosexual lifestyle choice that their deeply held religious beliefs may not allow.

“What if you represent someone in a divorce and you’re the attorney of record. Afterwards this person enters into a lesbian lifestyle and wants a change of custody. They want the child. That presents Christian attorneys with a conflict with their religious beliefs. Would (that Christian lawyer) want to continue to represent that person?” he asked. “It would be pushing that child into a homosexual lifestyle.”

Staver said he’s seen the threat to lawyers coming for some time already.

“We’ve talked about the fact one of the major threats coming down the road as Christian attorneys is bar regulations with regard to homosexuality,” he said. “What we’re seeing in Arizona is the tip of the iceberg.

“If they can license you out of defending traditional morality, they can eventually capture the whole court system. There would be nobody left to defend traditional marriage,” he said.

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“Forcing Israel To Take Action” by Todd Strandberg

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

The year 2008 ends with Israel and the Palestinians engaged in their bloodiest warfare in more than 20 years. When Hamas militants fired as many as 80 rockets and mortar shells across the border in a single strike, the Israelis had finally had enough. On Saturday, Israeli warplanes and combat helicopters pounded the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing at least 300 people.

The fighting in the Gaza strip is a minor taste of what we could be seeing in the coming new year of 2009. Because Gaza is an isolated refugee camp without the capabilities of producing major weapons, the conflict should remain limited to that strip of land. However, there is the danger that news reports of the carnage could trigger fighting elsewhere.

Israel faces far greater danger from three other fronts. In addition to the operations in Gaza, Israeli war planners have to deal with Hezbollah in southern Lebanon, Syria bordering the Golan, and regional neighbor Iran.

Hezbollah is said to have tens of thousands of rockets that can go deep into Israel. So far, they have not engaged Israel since the 2006 war. Since Hezbollah has three times the weaponry it had in the last conflict, one should roughly expect a three-fold increase in the carnage for any future war.

Last week, a new flare-up was narrowly avoided. Lebanese army troops happened to discover seven Katyusha rockets set up with timers that were on the verge of firing into Israel. The rockets were dismantled in the nick of time.

Syria has made several threats to Israel that it might use force to win back territory it lost in the 1967 Six-Day War. Although there has been no border tension, Syria has been raising concerns by rapidly building up its military.

Despite all the danger on Israelʼs immediate border, Iran is the Jewish state’s top concern. Tehran is rapidly working on a nuclear program. Given that the Iranian leadership has recklessly threatened to destroy Israel, there is painfully little time to stop Iran from firing an atomic bomb.

The level of urgency went up this week at the news of Russia’s sale of S-300 long-range missiles to Iran. This weapons would be very useful in defending against an airstrike on its nuclear facilities. Pentagon consultant Dan Goure says the delivery of the system “scares every Western air force.” According to Goure, the report of S-300 delivery could prompt a premature Israeli air attack.

There have been some contradictory reports about whether Russia has been supplying S-300s to Iran. Moscow denies delivering S-300 missiles; however, the Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed military source as saying the Russian defense ministry was preparing to hand the S-300s over for delivery to Iran.

Barack Obama is famously on record for wanting to have negotiations with Iranʼs leadership as a way to defuse the threat. Obama’s desire for talks has many prophecy watchers wondering if Israel will act before Obama takes office. As the old saying goes, itʼs always easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.

Something will soon have to be done to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear capability. Terry and I agree that it is highly doubtful that a nuclear armed Iran would take part in the Gog-Magog attack. Israel is such a tiny nation, one well placed nuclear strike and the Jewish state would be finished. With Iran quickly approaching the point of no return, a military or diplomatic solution will need to occur very soon.

“Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, [that] at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places [that are now] inhabited, and upon the people [that are] gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Sheba , and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?” (Ezek. 38:9-13).

-Todd

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“DEMONSTRATORS SQUARE OFF AT ISRAELI CONSULATE” by Fern Sidman

Friday, January 2nd, 2009

New York – (Dec 30) – Bellicosity and hubris filled the cold night air in New York City, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the Israeli Consulate on East 42nd Street and Second Avenue to voice their perspective on the Israeli assault on Hamas terrorist strongholds in Gaza. The Israeli air strikes continue unabated for a fourth straight day, with no clear end in sight as Hamas terrorists and their Palestinian supporters fired long range Kassam rockets into southern Israel. Today, a Kassam rocket hit a kindergarten in the city of Be’er Sheva but the building was vacant at the time. Thus far, six Israelis have been killed by the Hamas rockets; five civilians and one solider.

Protest

Protest

Over 700 pro-Hamas demonstrators, many carrying or draped in Palestinian flags held signs saying, “Stop the Genocide in Gaza” and “End Israeli Apartheid” as they chanted “Free, free Palestine” and “Palestine Will Never Die”. Comprised of several organizations including the ANSWER Coalition, the Muslim American Society, the Free Palestine Alliance, the League for Revolutionary Justice, the National Council of Arab Americans, Al-Awda, and the International Palestine Right to Return Coalition, the demonstrators expressed their support for Hamas rule in Gaza and excoriated Israel for launching a military assault. “The Zionist aggressors and their US imperialist backed supporters must stop murdering innocent Palestinian civilians” said Mustafa Jawil, 23, an American born Muslim and Columbia University student. “We are calling upon the entire world to continue exerting pressure on Israel to halt their attacks on Gaza and to allow for humanitarian aid to arrive there”, he continued.

Protest

On the opposite side of East 42nd Street, approximately 150 pro-Israel demonstrators representing the campus Zionist activist organization “Stand With Us” and other Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel gathered for a counter protest. Holding signs saying, “Hamas: Stop the Aggression” and “Israel Must Defend Itself”, the tone of the protest was decidedly more sedate as protestors chanted, “Peace: Yes, Terror: No”.
“Despite the egregious allegations being made against Israel, it is not seeking to kill Palestinian civilians, but rather it is specifically targeting Hamas terrorist centers and underground tunnels used for the transport of weapons and explosives in to Gaza” said Jesse Schorr of Yeshiva University. Tensions ran high between the two sides as small groups of pro-Hamas demonstrators crossed East 42nd Street with the intent to taunt and antagonize the pro-Israel demonstrators. Police rushed in to separate the protestors as an altercation appeared imminent.

Protest

Rabbi David Algaze of the Chavurat Yisroel synagogue in Forest Hills chided the NYPD for “capitulating to Muslim demands” and for “behaving leniently” with the upstarts. “The police have orders from their superiors not to offend the sensibilities of the pro-Hamas protestors. If Jewish protestors would have done the same thing, if we would have carried placards supporting terror and waved it in the faces of the Palestinian protestors we would have been arrested”, he angrily observed. Commenting on the Israeli military strikes in Gaza he opined, “What is happening now in Gaza is our collective punishment for expelling the residents of Gush Katif from Jewish land. We wouldn’t be conducting such an operation if we had faith in G-d and had refused to relinquish this territory to pernicious terrorists who are bent on our destruction as a nation.”

Protest

Protest

Coretta James of the Christians United For Israel organization said, “I am against a temporary truce or cease fire of any kind. Israel has the moral right and obligation to defend its citizens and should finish the job of ridding Gaza of Kassam rockets. The Jewish state must stand strong in the face of mounting international pressure”.

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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.