Archive for July 1st, 2009

Jesus; God’s Salvation to the Ends of the Earth

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.

Light of the World

I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 49:6 (New International Version)

Update: Ark of the Covenant Not To Be Revealed After All

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Last week we posted that the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia was prepared to unveil the actual Ark of the Covenant, that was reportedly removed from the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago, and secretly relocated to Ethiopia.
It now turns out that he will not actually be showing it to anyone, but was merely reporting what he had seen.

If initial reports were to be believed, the patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ethiopia would have unveiled the Ark of the Covenant by now. Friday June 26, is almost over in Ethiopia. According to one blogger’s account, it appears there is some misunderstanding between what was first reported in Italian and later translated to English. It appears that, adnkronos, the Italian paper that first reported the news, run a clarification in Italian, which you can read here.

Here is what Abuna Pauolos has said as reported in adnkronos

“Non sono qui per dare delle prove che l’Arca sia in Etiopia, ma sono qui per dire quello che ho visto, quello che so e che posso testimoniare. Non ho detto che l’Arca sarà mostrata al mondo. E’ un mistero, un oggetto di culto.”

Translation courtesy of Google as follow. Another translation of the above statement is also posted here

“I am not here to give evidence that the Ark is in Ethiopia, but I am here to say what I saw, what I know and I can testify. I did not say that the Ark will be shown to the world. E ‘a mystery, an object of worship.”
via Google Translation

Another translation

“I am not here to give proofs that the Ark is in Ethiopia, but I am here to say what I saw, what I know and I can attest to. I didn’t say that the Ark would be revealed to the world. It is a mystery, an object of veneration.”
Translation from freerepublic.com

Another interesting read is from Baltimore’s Examiner, you can read it here.

The story has generated huge interest in cyberspace which caused nazret’s server to crash several times, we had a huge traffic spike that crippled our server in the past 24 hours. So there you have it, The Ark of the Covenant will NOT be revealed.

Now the other story, perhaps of interest to Ethiopians is, did Abune Paouls really see the Ark of the Covenant? Or is that a misunderstanding as well?

So we continue to wait for God to reveal Himself to us, in His time.

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Previous Posts:
Ethiopian Patriarch Tells Pope He Will Show ‘Ark of the Covenant’ to the World.
Is the “Ark of the Covenant” Real – That is the Question.

“Equality on Trial” by Thomas Sowell

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

For the fourth time in six cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed a decision for which Judge Sonia Sotomayor voted on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. If this nominee were a white male, would this not raise questions about whether he should be elevated to a court that has found his previous decisions wrong two-thirds of the times when those decisions have been reviewed?

Is no one supposed to ask questions about qualifications, simply because this nominee is Hispanic and a woman? Have we become that mindless?

Qualifications are not simply a question of how long you have been doing something, but how well you have done it. Judge Sotomayor has certainly been on the federal bench long enough, but is being reversed four out of six times a sign of a job well done?

Would longevity be equated with qualifications anywhere else? Some sergeants have been in the army longer than some generals but nobody thinks that is a reason to make those sergeants generals.

Performance matters. And Judge Sotomayor’s performance provides no reason for putting her on the Supreme Court.

Although the case of the Connecticut firefighters is the latest and best-known of Judge Sotomayor’s reversals by the Supreme Court, an even more revealing case was Didden v. Village of Port Chester, where the Supreme Court openly rebuked the unanimous three-judge panel that included Judge Sotomayor for “an evident denial of the most elementary forms of procedural due process.”

Longevity is not the only false argument for putting Sonia Sotomayor on the Supreme Court. Another is the argument that “elections have consequences,” so that the fact that Barack Obama won last year’s elections means that his choice for the Supreme Court should be confirmed. This is a political talking point rather than a serious argument.

Of course elections have consequences. But Senators were also elected, and the Constitution of the United States gives them both the right and the duty to say “yes” or “no” to any president’s judicial nominees.

It is painfully appropriate that the case which finally took the Sotomayor nomination beyond the realm of personal biography is one where the key question is how far this country is going to go on the question of racial representation versus individual qualifications.

Too much that Sonia Sotomayor has said and done over the years places her squarely in the camp of those supporting a racial spoils system instead of equal treatment for all. The organizations she has belonged to, as well as the statements she has made repeatedly — not just an isolated slip of the tongue taken “out of context”– as well as her dismissing the white firefighters’ case that the Supreme Court heard and heeded, all point in the same direction.

Read the rest of the article here.

“Are Environmentalists Scaring Your Kids?” by Marcia Segelstein

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

There’s a video currently making the rounds among schools (and on the Internet) [called “The Story of Stuff”, created and narrated by Annie Leonard], which purports to explain to children how America’s consumption of “stuff” is destroying the planet. Specially made to appeal to kids, with child-like animation, enough adults have bought into the message that it’s being shown in classrooms across the country.

First, the civics lesson — a la Leonard. It’s the government’s job to watch out for us and take care of us. But the government has become more interested in taking care of big, bad corporations. The government is naughty for not doing enough for us. And big business is just plain evil.

Now the story of how stuff is made. We start with extraction which, according to Leonard, “is a fancy word for natural resource exploitation which is fancy word for trashing the planet.” Trees get chopped down, mountaintops are blown off so we can get metals out, and “we use up all the water and we wipe out the animals.” Hmmm. I guess I missed the news that we’d used up all the water and wiped out the animal population. But just in case any school children in the audience were having the same thoughts, Leonard assures them that despite the fact that it’s hard to hear, “it’s the truth.”

Next we move on to the lesson in anti-Americanism. We, apparently, use up more than our share of natural resources. “My country’s response to this limitation [of natural resources] is simply to go take somebody else’s,” says Leonard. “This is the Third World.” Evidently American are just plain selfish. And cruel to poor countries, too.

Read the complete article here.

Planned Parenthood Shuts Doors on Seven Clinics

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Awesome!! More baby killers put out of business. Praise God!!

Seventy-two years ago Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger visited El Paso, Texas, delivered a speech proclaiming the need for the acceptance of birth control and helped found the city’s first family planning clinic.

But last week, Analinda Moreno, Planned Parenthood of El Paso’s interim executive director, announced all seven of the organization’s clinics in the El Paso area would permanently close today. She cited financial reasons.

“There were many factors that came into the decision,” Moreno told the El Paso Times. “We knew eight days ago that there was just absolutely no other way other than to close.”

Rita Diller, national director of the American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood project, was encouraged by the closings, and sees them as part of a larger trend.

“We expect many more closures in the days to come as people become aware of Planned Parenthood’s sex-crazed birth control and abortion business,” Diller said in a statement. “One by one, with hard work and prayer, these facilities are closing down, no matter how entrenched Planned Parenthood may seem to be in a particular community.”

El Paso’s reaction to the news was mixed:

“I was sick to my stomach,” said Kathleen Staudt, a political science professor at the University of Texas at El Paso. “I was shocked. How could the 21st largest city in the United States – El Paso – not have Planned Parenthood clinics?”

Barney Field, an abortion protester and executive director of El Paso for Jesus, however, told the El Paso Times that even though the Planned Parenthood clinics weren’t active medical abortion providers, the organization’s advocacy for abortion overshadows its other offered services.

“I am sure Planned Parenthood has done a lot of good, but they also recommend and encourage abortions,” Field told the newspaper. “From that perspective, it seems very good news that they are closing. It seems miraculous.”

Jim Sedlak, vice president of American Life League, further explained to WND why his organization celebrates the closing of the clinics’ doors.

“They didn’t perform medical or surgical abortions, what the general public considers ‘abortions,'” Sedlak said, “but … they did distribute various drugs and devices that prevent implantation of a conceived child in the womb, which causes what we call ‘chemical’ abortions.

“Our STOPP project focuses on every Planned Parenthood facility in country, regardless of whether they do medical, surgical or chemical abortions,” he continued. “Our objective is to cause such discontent with Planned Parenthood programs that it will have no choice but to close its doors. The reason we do that is Planned Parenthood is the financing behind the abortion industry in the country. They hire the lawyers and bring the cases that keep the abortion industry thriving.”

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The Ten Commandments in Hebrew and English – Made from Holy Land Olive Wood – from the Jerusalem Gift Shop

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Weekly I highlight items being offered by the Jerusalem Gift Shop. Today it’s the The Ten Commandments in Hebrew and English Made from Holy Land Olive Wood.

The Ten Commandments in Hebrew and English

Display stand sits on a desktop, table or shelf

Laser engraved on olive wood in Bethlehem

* size: 6 x 5.5 inches

In these days when the Ten Commandments is being removed from public view in many places, put The Word of God back on display in your home, office or workplace

Take a moment to see all of the other interesting items they stock.

The Jerusalem Gift Shop 234x60

Christian Gifts from Israel – The Jerusalem Gift Shop

“Obama’s Cairo Speech Inspires Islamic Group to Give Qurans to US Leaders” by Jennifer Rast

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

As Jennifer suggest below; let a Christian group attempt this and see just how fast it would be shot down by the “separation of church and state” groups.

CAIR was so inspired by Obama’s recitation from the Quran during his Cairo speech that they have launched a campaign to give all state and federal leaders in the U.S. a copy of the Quran in English. They say the move is purely educational, and is in no way proselytizing or a campaign or project to convert people to Islam. Sure it’s not. And I’m sure the ACLU will see that way, as well. Christian organizations should organize a campaign to do the same with the Bible, and see how fast the ACLU files a “separation of church and state” law suit against everyone involved. Of course, such a Christian campaign would never happen. Christians are too busy not reading their Bibles, not teaching their kids, and being afraid to contend for their faith. Sad, but true.

Prompted by President Obama’s speech directed to the Muslim world in Cairo in early June, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today launched its “Share the Quran” campaign distributing free Qurans to local, state, and national leaders across the United States.

The organization’s spokesperson said it will also send a copy to Obama and Vice President Biden.

“This is pure educational. I want to make it clear that this is not proselytizing or a campaign or project to convert people to Islam,” said CAIR’s director Nihad Awad today at a press conference. “We want people to be aware and informed about Islam.”

Awad said the idea to gift high-end Qurans ($78 each) to American legislators, law enforcement officers, media leaders, governors, local elected and public officials, was directly inspired by Obama’s Cairo speech:

“We were astonished he quoted the Quran.” Awad told ABC News. “We know it. But I think the majority of Americans have no idea that maybe these quotes are direct from the Quran, they’re unequivocal, and they cover the issues of . . . values we need today, in order to work together, fight extremism and terrorism, and turn the page. And bring the relationship to its rightful position between the American and Muslim world.”

The “rightful position”, according to the Quran, is for Islam to be the only religion on Earth. Bringing this about is to be every good Muslim’s goal. I’d say they are off to an effective start, wouldn’t you? Just look at the number of Sharia courts now established in Britain.

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‘No Truth’ in Obama’s Speech Before Homosexuals

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

President Obama promised LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) supporters Monday at a White House “gay pride” celebration that he “will continue to be an ally and a champion” for their agenda, once again vowing he will repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“There’s absolutely no truth in anything he said, from beginning to the end,” says [Ken Hutcherson, senior pastor of Antioch Bible Church in Washington state]. “There is no such thing as [a] biblical stance for homosexuality, if you use the Bible. If you want to use any other denomination, feel free — but where I stand is…biblical; it is marriage between one man [and] one woman, and that is the relationship, heterosexual, that is ordained, blessed, and called by God.”

In his talk, Obama acknowledged that many Americans still disapprove of homosexuality. “There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors or even family members and loved ones, who still hold fast to worn arguments and old attitudes,” he stated. (See related article) Hutcherson says those comments demonstrate the president has contempt for more than just conservative Christians.

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San Francisco Chronicle Using False ‘90% of Mexican Guns From US’ Line

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

More liberal media lies.

The San Francisco Chronicle is proving the old bromide true. That’s the one that goes: “a lie can be half way ’round the world before the truth can pull its boots on” (often incorrectly attributed to Mark Twain). Then there is another one Twain didn’t originate but aptly fits here, “there are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies and statistics.” The subject of this scoffing is that factoid the Old Media has been promulgating like gospel where “90% of Mexico’s confiscated guns are from the U.S.”

The problem with this “90%” refrain is that it just isn’t true. There is no truth in the claim that 90% of the guns Mexican officials confiscate from drug dealers in Mexico are from the U.S.A. But, true or not, the Old Media use this line as if it were received truth. Suspicions are easily raised that they do so because it fits their ideological matrix perfectly and the truth of the matter does not fit the approved story line.

This 90% line appeared in The New York Times and many other sources earlier this year and still crops up even after William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott proved the claim to be fraudulent.

And now the SFChron can add its name to the list of fraudulent reporters using this discredited claim. In a story about how BATF and ICE officials are making plans to team up to more easily coordinate investigations of cross-border gun trafficking, the SFChron slipped in this paragraph:

Last year, Mexican authorities seized more than 12,000 weapons that were submitted to ATF for tracing. That compares with about 2,900 such weapons in 2007 and about 2,650 in 2006. Ninety percent of those weapons could be traced back to the United States, ATF spokesman Drew Wade said.

The SFChron simply got it wrong. The 90% is true, of course, but affixed to the 12,000 guns it is not. As La Jeunesse and Lott discovered back in April, the 90% number pertains to those guns that are “tracable” and that is not 12,000 guns but more like 6,000. You see, of the 12,000 guns given to the BATF, only 6,000 proved tracable and of that 6,000 5,114 were found to come from the U.S.A.

But the bigger fact is that of all the guns collected by the Mexican government, only 17% were traced to the U.S.A. According to La Jeunesse and Lott between 2007 and 2008, Mexico took in over 29,000 illegal guns and of that number only 5,114 proved to be from the U.S.

These facts make the bald 90% claim seem far less shocking. So why use the false numbers when the truth is easily known? Why do the denizens of the Old Media continue to use these discredited claims? That would be a good question, wouldn’t it?

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