Archive for February 26th, 2009

Prediction: California Supreme Court will Negate Proposition 8

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

I don’t think any one issue has polarized the people of California and the United States as a whole.
Last year, California passed a ballot initiative, Proposition 8, that defines marriage as only between a man and woman and would amend the California Constitution to reflect that.
Every previous attempt to pass similar amendment propositions were thrown out by the California courts.
I predict that the California courts, who have done everything within their power in the past to force homosexual “marriage” down the throats of Californians, will also negate Proposition 8.
Here’s how they will do it:
There are two ways to change the California Constitution, one being a “revision” and the other being an “amendment”.
A revision requires approval of 2/3 of the California State Senate, 2/3 of the California State Assembly, and 2/3 of the voters on Election Day. A revision is defined as a “substantial alteration of the entire constitution”.
An amendment, on the other hand, only requires the majority from the voters and is defined as “a less extensive change in one or more of [the constitution’s] provisions.
Proposition 8 was passed as an amendment. It added Article 1, Section 7.5 to the California Constitution, wich said, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”
So is this a revision or an amendment?
My guess is that the courts, who, as I stated above, has tried to impose the homosexual agenda on Californians, will decide that Proposition 8 is a revision instead of an amendment and therefore void.
Let’s continue to watch this issue and see if I’m correct.

Several members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee filed a friend-of-the-court brief last week asking the California Supreme Court to overturn [Proposition 8]. The Associated Press reports the committee voted 7-3 to support a resolution saying citizens lacked the authority to put the homosexual “marriage” ban directly to voters.

Karen England of Capitol Resource Institute says they have taken another step. “[They are having] the legislative branch intervene and encourage the judicial branch in its ruling,” she explains. “So, basically they’re thumbing their nose at the will of the people and trying to tell the court how it should rule in the upcoming decision on whether Proposition 8 should be a valid amendment to the constitution.”

Lawmakers also argue that the amendment declaring marriage to be between one man and one woman discriminates against homosexuals. One assemblyman compared the situation to racial equality, saying that interracial marriages might still be illegal if the issue were left to public opinion rather than the courts.

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Iranian Reactor Highlights World’s Failure to Act

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Speaking to my friends in Israel, we are all in agreement that the world is expecting the Iranian president to act as a westerner would act, in other words, with restraint and some level of sanity. We (my friends and I) do not expect this. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has stated his goal of eliminating Israel quite publicly. He will continue to feed the western diplomats platitudes, while he continues to develop enough nuclear materials to build a nuclear weapon. A weapon we believes he intends to us on Israel.
Starting up their first reactor is a major step toward realizing Ahmadinejad dream of a second Jewish holocaust.

The activation of the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran demonstrates the international community’s failure to stop the Islamic republic and the possibility that it will obtain a nuclear weapon, senior defense officials said Wednesday.

“If they were not stopped until now, it is very possible that Iran will succeed in becoming a nuclear country,” one senior defense official told The Jerusalem Post. “Israel, though, is not the only country that needs to be concerned. Iran is also a threat to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and other countries in the Gulf,” the official added.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday that the test run at Bushehr and Iran’s claims that it had increased the number of centrifuges enriching uranium to 6,000 constituted an existential threat to Israel.

“Israel’s policy is clear: We are not ruling out any option regarding the Iranian nuclear [program] and we recommend that others don’t rule out any option either,” Barak said in an address at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, in a hint to US President Barack Obama’s administration. “A dialogue with Iran should be defined and limited in time.”

“Time is running out. Clear and decisive sanctions against the Iranian regime, alongside readiness to consider necessary actions in case the sanctions don’t work, are necessary,” Barak said. He added that Russia has had a crucial role in pressuring Iran, and that sanctions without Russia’s participation would be meaningless.

The power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr, built with Russian help, is meant to be the first in a number of reactors for an energy program. But the opening of the 1,000-megawatt light water reactor has long been delayed by construction and supply glitches. The United States for a time tried to dissuade Russia from helping the project.

It’s unclear when the reactor could be switched on.

The tests, which began 10 days ago, “could take between four and seven months,” Iran’s nuclear chief, Vice President Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, told reporters at Bushehr. It was not known how long after the tests the reactor could start up.

The plant, which will run on enriched uranium imported from Russia, has worried the West because the spent fuel could be turned into plutonium, a potential material for nuclear warheads.

US concerns over the reactor softened after Iran agreed to return spent fuel to Russia to ensure Teheran does not reprocess it into plutonium. Washington largely dropped its opposition to the project and argued instead that the Russia fuel deal showed that Iran did not need its own domestic uranium enrichment program. Russia’s fuel deliveries to Iran began in 2007.

Enrichment is a concern because while low-enriched uranium is used as fuel for a reactor, higher-enriched uranium can be used to build a bomb. In the enrichment process, uranium gas is pumped through a series of centrifuges and spun at supersonic speeds to remove impurities.

Aghazadeh announced that 6,000 centrifuges were now operating at Iran’s enrichment facility in Natanz. He said Iran hoped to install more than 50,000 centrifuges there over the next five years. “We are doing what we need to do in Natanz on the basis of a specific time schedule,” he told a press conference.

Iran says it intends to use the enriched uranium fuel in its first domestically-built nuclear power plant in Darkhovin, which it wants to start operating in 2016. Aghazadeh said any delay in enrichment would mean a delay in opening Darkhovin.

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Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

Veteran Group Home Counselor Suspended for Six Weeks for “Exposing Teenagers to Christian Music”

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Do what? Are these people serious? This woman was suspended because the teenagers she was taking care of actually overheard Christian music for a few minutes? Have these officials lost their minds?
Oh wait…Orange County, California. Ah…that explains a lot.

A lawsuit has been filed against Orange County by a veteran group home counselor who was suspended six weeks for exposing four teenagers to Christian music. The counselor is represented by affiliate and staff attorneys of Pacific Justice Institute.

The lawsuit states that, in the summer of 2006, the counselor took four teenage girls from the Orangewood Children’s Home on an approved field trip to a 5K run and then to the beach. At the beach, the group encountered a “Surf Jam” taking place at the Huntington Beach pier. The group also overheard Christian music for about ten minutes while they were eating.

Following the beach outing, the counselor, an eighteen-year employee, was summoned to a disciplinary meeting focusing on the Christian music. Several months later, the same incident was brought up again and the counselor was slapped with a six-week suspension for “exposing children to unapproved religious activities.”

After many months of exhausting state administrative remedies, the counselor filed suit late last week in Orange County Superior Court to recover the financial losses she suffered from the suspension and to vindicate her constitutional rights. The counselor is represented by John and Laurie Messerly Stewart, attorneys in Orange, California, and the Pacific Justice Institute.

Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, commented, “What happened to this counselor was insane and unjust. Allowing teenagers to overhear a few minutes of Christian music while at the beach should not result in a six-week suspension.”

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“Obama Administration Betraying Israel” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

If you thought things were bad and getting worse here in the United States of America before President Obama took office, I have some more discouraging news for you. The future isn’t looking any better and this time? The discouraging news doesn’t have a thing to do with poor lending practices by banks, bailouts needed or anything of that nature. Today’s commentary is about a stern promise God made to Abraham long ago concerning the nation of Israel and our new president’s willingness, based on reports, to overlook it.

Genesis 12:3: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

It doesn’t get much plainer than that, does it? If you want your nation to be blessed, bless the nation that God has asked you to. If you prefer to be cursed by God, roll with Satan and those who bow to his desire to see Israel wiped from the face of the earth and take your lumps! That’s it, simply put.

So, how is the Obama administration performing in relation to blessing Israel? It depends on who you ask – and who you believe. While the Obama administration is paying lip service to being concerned with the welfare of Israel, from the outset of President Obama’s term in office he has been cuddling up to Israel’s enemies. His first telephone call to a foreign head of state, for example? Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinians. His first television interview? On an Arabic television station, but there’s more to consider.

Israel National News is reporting that Chas Freeman, “former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, considered a sharp critic of Israel, is to be named to a top intelligence post in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama.” The headline of that story? New U.S. Intel Chief: Support of Israel Not a U.S. Interest

Support of Israel not a U.S. interest? Clearly, assuming INN‘s story is accurate, the Obama administration doesn’t understand God’s promise of blessing and curse found in Genesis 12:3!

The INN report contains two excerpts of speeches made by Freeman, both of which make it clear to me that he has bought into the precise logic that I have stated in the past is going to lead the world into isolating Israel as foretold in Bible prophecy. The logic of which I speak is this in a nutshell:

Radical Islamic terrorists hate Israel. They pose a threat to the United States primarily because we support Israel in its stubborn refusal to cease to exist as a nation. Therefore, theoretically, if the United States would care less about Israel, terrorists would be less interested in targeting and attacking us.

Below are the aforementioned excerpts of Freeman’s speeches (emphasis added mine).

“American identification with Israeli policy has also become total. Those in the region and beyond it who detest Israeli behavior, which is to say almost everyone, now naturally extend their loathing to Americans. This has had the effect of universalizing anti-Americanism, legitimizing radical Islamism, and gaining Iran a foothold among Sunni as well as Shiite Arabs. For its part, Israel no longer even pretends to seek peace with the Palestinians; it strives instead to pacify them. Palestinian retaliation against this policy is as likely to be directed against Israel’s American backers as against Israel itself. Under the circumstances, such retaliation – whatever form it takes – will have the support or at least the sympathy of most people in the region and many outside it. This makes the long-term escalation of terrorism against the United States a certainty, not a matter of conjecture.”

And…

“We destroyed the Iraqi state and catalyzed anarchy, sectarian violence, terrorism, and civil war in that country… Meanwhile, we embraced Israel’s enemies as our own; they responded by equating Americans with Israelis as their enemies. We abandoned the role of Middle East peacemaker to back Israel’s efforts to pacify its captive and increasingly ghettoized Arab populations. We wring our hands while sitting on them as the Jewish state continues to seize ever more Arab land for its colonists. This has convinced most Palestinians that Israel cannot be appeased and is persuading increasing numbers of them that a two-state solution is infeasible. It threatens Israelis with an unwelcome choice between a democratic society and a Jewish identity for their state. Now the United States has brought the Palestinian experience – of humiliation, dislocation, and death – to millions more in Afghanistan and Iraq. Israel and the United States each have our reasons for what we are doing, but no amount of public diplomacy can persuade the victims of our policies that their suffering is justified, or spin away their anger, or assuage their desire for reprisal and revenge.”

Israel is a real problem for the United States, isn’t it? It’s a burdensome stone of sorts in Mr. Freeman’s opinion. Interesting to me is Mr. Freeman’s statement above that we “embraced Israel’s enemies as our own” as though the war on terror was initiated by us as an act of allegiance to Israel! I wonder where he was on September 11th, 2001. Regardless, great to know that Mr. Freeman is going to be having a voice in the Obama administration where our relationship with Israel is concerned, huh?

And then there is the following from Forbes.com, the headline of which alone is enough to make me sweat bullets for our nation – The Obama Administration Sacrifices Israel. Again the emphasis added below is mine.

The Obama administration’s decision to join the planning of the U.N.’s Durban II “anti-racism” conference has just taken a new twist: cover-up. On Friday, State Department officials and a member of the American Durban II delegation claimed the United States had worked actively to oppose efforts to brand Israel as racist in the committee drafting a Durban II declaration. The trouble is that they didn’t.

The Feb. 20 State Department press release says the U.S. delegation in Geneva “outline[d] our concerns with the current outcome document” and in particular “our strong reservations about the direction of the conference, as the draft document singles out Israel for criticism.” One member of the delegation told The Washington Post: “The administration is pushing back against efforts to brand Israel as racist in this conference.” In fact, tucked away in a Geneva hall with few observers, the U.S. had done just the opposite. The U.S. delegates had made no objection to a new proposal to nail Israel in an anti-racism manifesto that makes no other country-specific claims.

Imagine that! A liberal State Department telling Americans what the vast majority of us wants to hear concerning our relationship with Israel yet doing the opposite behind closed doors and covering it up, endangering us all in the process. Who would’ve guessed it, especially coming from the messiah of liberalism’s cronies?

Conclusion

Zechariah 12:3: And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

It appears, from the outside looking in, that the Obama administration’s State Department has started the betrayal of Israel foretold in Bible prophecy. As we see in God’s Word, both in Zechariah 12:3 and Genesis 12:3, the Lord isn’t going to take kindly to it!

Mr. Obama campaigned on a platform of Hope and Change. If the stories above are any indication of his plans for our nation’s foreign policy and future direction, there is no Hope whatsoever that America’s current problems are going to be solved during this president’s time in office. Rather, rough waters lie ahead. Nonetheless, keep your eyes on the skies, Christians! Jesus Christ is Lord and He is coming soon!

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