Archive for September, 2009

FBI Arrest 19-Year-Old Jordanian Muslim Terrorist, In U.S. Illegally, For Attempting to Set Off a “Car Bomb” Near Downtown Dallas

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Hats off to the FBI for foiling another Muslim Jihadist terrorist. Are you awake yet, America?

DALLAS — James T. Jacks, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and Robert E. Casey, Jr., Special Agent in Charge for the Dallas Office of the FBI, announced today that Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, 19, has been arrested and charged in a federal criminal complaint with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. Smadi, who was under continuous surveillance by the FBI, was arrested today near Fountain Place, a 60-story glass office tower located at 1445 Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas, after he placed an inert/inactive car bomb at the location. Smadi, a Jordanian citizen in the U.S. illegally, lived and worked in Italy, Texas, (approximately 45 miles south of Dallas). He has repeatedly espoused his desire to commit violent Jihad and has been the focus of an undercover FBI investigation.

“The highest priority of the FBI and the Department of Justice remains the prevention of another terrorist attack within the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Jacks. “In that effort, it is the job of the FBI to locate and identify individuals intent upon carrying out any type of attack upon this country and its citizens/residents. Whether as part of a group or acting alone, persons contemplating such acts need to know that all components of the government are working together to ferret out their activities and to insure that such individuals face the full measure of the law. The identification and apprehension of this defendant, who was acting alone, is a sobering reminder that there are people among us who want to do us grave harm,” Jacks continued.

Special Agent in Charge Casey said, “Today’s arrest of Hosam Maher Husein Smadi underscores the FBI’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice persons who attempt to bring harm to citizens of this country and significant danger to this community. Smadi made a decision to act to commit a significant conspicuous act of violence under his banner of “self Jihad.” He will now face justice. The many agents, detectives, analysts and prosecutors who helped to bring about Thursday’s arrest deserve special thanks for their efforts. This case serves as a reminder of the continuing threats of terrorism we face as a nation and the FBI’s resolve to meet those threats. The arrest of Smadi is not in any way related to the ongoing terror investigation in New York and Colorado.”

“The criminal complaint alleges that Hosam Smadi sought and attempted to bomb the Fountain Place office tower, but a coordinated undercover law enforcement action was able to thwart his efforts and ensure no one was harmed,” said David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

Smadi will make his initial appearance tomorrow in U.S. District Court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Irma C. Ramirez, at 11:00 a.m.

According to affidavits filed today with the complaint and search warrants:

Smadi was discovered by the FBI espousing his desire to commit significant acts of violence. Smadi stood out because of his vehement intention to actually conduct terror attacks in the U.S.

The FBI developed an investigative plan to determine Smadi’s true intent while also protecting the public’s safety. Smadi made clear his intention to serve as a soldier for Usama Bin Laden and al-Qa’ida, and to conduct violent Jihad. Undercover FBI agents, posing as members of an al-Qa’ida “sleeper” cell, were introduced to Smadi, who repeatedly indicated to them that he came to the U.S. for the specific purpose of committing “Jihad for the sake of God.” Smadi clarified that he was interested in “self-Jihad,” because it was “the best type of Jiihad.” Smadi was interested in violent Jihad against those he deemed to be enemies of Islam. The investigation determined Smadi was not associated with other terrorist organizations.

Throughout the investigation, undercover FBI agents repeatedly encouraged Smadi to reevaluate his interpretation of Jihad, counseling him that the obligations a Moslem has to perform Jihad can be satisfied in many ways. Every time this interaction occurred, Smadi aggressively responded that he was going to commit significant, conspicuous acts of violence as his Jihad.

In June 2009, Smadi identified potential targets in the Dallas area; but in mid-July, he notified an undercover FBI agent that he had changed his mind regarding the targets. On July 21, 2009, Smadi met with an undercover FBI agent and directed the agent to drive them to a Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Dallas. Smadi and the undercover FBI agent then drove to 1445 Ross Avenue where the Fountain Place office tower is located. A Wells Fargo Bank is located in that building. Smadi went into the building where he conducted his own reconnaissance.

In late August 2009, while meeting with one of the undercover FBI agents in Dallas, Smadi discussed the logistics and timing of the bombing, stating that he would have preferred to do the attack on “11 September,” but decided to wait until after the month of Ramadan, which ended on September 20, 2009. At the conclusion of the meeting, Smadi decided that a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) would be placed at the foundation of the Fountain Place office tower. Unbeknownst to Smadi, the FBI ensured the VBIED contained only an inert/inactive explosive device which contained no explosive materials.

A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged, and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The offense of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction carries, upon conviction, a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the FBI in conjunction with members of the FBI-sponsored North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson is in charge of the prosecution. The Counterterrorism Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division is assisting in the prosecution.

Original Link.

Also see this article about an unrelated case, but very similar; this time a ‘home grown’ Muslim convert trying to blow up buildings.

Two Men Accused in Separate Cases of Plotting to Bomb U.S. Buildings.

“The America’s Right ‘Know Your Protesters’ Quiz” by Jeff Schreiber

Friday, September 25th, 2009

A humorous twist to what we’ve been saying here for years…

There is something going on in America. Supporters of President Barack Obama and the Democrats decry what they call a newfound display of partisanship, as if they were somehow elsewhere during the eight years prior to the inauguration of the Marxist Messiah, as if they forgot completely about the hatred spewed toward former President George W. Bush, the hateful signs displayed at street-corner protests, the movies made and books written about his hypothetical assassination.

What the American political left cannot come to grips with, however, is that those of us concerned for the future of our nation are not crazy, are not prone to violence. Time after time we’ve seen leftist political activists destroy whatever downtown district in which the G-20 and other world economic meetings take place. We see store windows broken, cars flipped over, rocks hurled at police officers, multiple arrests, and somehow that’s all accepted by the mainstream press. Yet when a few thousand people get together in a town square in Anytown, U.S.A. or a few hundred thousand get together in Washington, D.C. without a single arrest, it’s suddenly the epicenter of racism and political violence.

Think about it, for a moment. In New Hampshire, outside a contrived town hall-style meeting conducted by Barack Obama, a concerned, employed American stood with a sign in his hands and a pistol lawfully strapped to his thigh. In Arizona, a black man fielded questions at a tea party-type rally with an AR-15 lawfully slung across his shoulder and an extra magazine tucked neatly into the back pocket of his dress pants. The media went absolutely crazy, obsessed with the assassination of their president. Both men were bona-fide assassins in the eyes people like MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. The black gun owner found, even, that MSNBC refused to show his skin color because it was the gun which fit into that network’s interpretation of the American uprising, while his skin color worked against the point they were trying to make.

Consider for a moment what might have occurred if the same pistol and rifle were in the hands of some of the protesters in Pittsburgh yesterday. Somehow, I don’t think the result would be the same.

When I first saw video and images of the protests in Pittsburgh yesterday, all I could do was shake my head and laugh. Radical leftists were once again doing their thing, while even litter was hard to come by after the throngs of tea party patriots left Washington, D.C. to go back to their lives and jobs.

It’s time for America to come to grips with reality, to understand the bill of goods being sold to them by the Progressives and the mainstream press. It’s time for America to see that we have a president who errs on the side of totalitarianism, and a Congress more than willing to help him get there. And it’s time for America to see that there are real, true patriots willing to stand up and fight for their uniquely American freedom and God-given natural rights.

Look at the distinction between the two groups. Who are the violent ones? Who are the divisive ones? Who are the radicals? Know your protesters. See the difference. And make sure your friends and neighbors do, too.

Read the whole article (and take the quiz) here.

U.S. to Accuse Iran of Building Secret Nuke Plant

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Well, it’s no surprise at all that Iran has a secret nuke plant. It’s been talked about for, oh let’s say, three to five years or so. The U.N. surely pass a resolution or two about it, condemning Iran for being naughty and not ‘fessing up to the fact they are trying to make nuclear weapons. Although if one were to think about it (and Google this blog), one will find many instances where Iran pretty much came out and stated 1) that they wanted a nuclear bomb, 2) they were working on making a nuclear bomb and missile system to carry it, and 3) they intend on using it on Israel someday.
So in light of those facts, please don’t act surprised about this. You’ve had tons of warnings.

Iran revealed the existence of a covert uranium enrichment facility to the U.N. nuclear watchdog this week after it discovered the project’s secrecy had been breached by Western intelligence agencies, FOX News has learned.

The U.S., Britain and France will accuse Iran on Friday morning of building the facility underground in secret and charge that it has hidden the facility for years from international weapons inspectors, a senior White House official said.

At an announcement before the opening of the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh, President Obama, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will demand weapons inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency be granted immediate access to the facility.

An official told FOX News that Iran revealed the existence of the second plant in a letter sent Monday to IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

Iran is under three sets of U.N. Security Council sanctions for refusing to freeze enrichment at what had been its single known enrichment plant, which is being monitored by the IAEA.

A senior administration official told FOX News that the U.S. has been tracking the secret project for years, but Obama’s announcement comes after Iran discovered in recent weeks that the West had been monitoring the project.

Iran’s letter to the U.N. contained no details about the location of the second facility, when — or if — it had started operations or the type and number of centrifuges it was running.

“They [Iran] have cheated three times, and they have now been caught three times,” an unnamed official with access to the intelligence told The New York Times.

But one of the officials, who had access to a review of Western intelligence on the issue, said it was about 100 miles southwest of Tehran and was the site of 3,000 centrifuges that could be operational by next year.

Iranian officials had previously acknowledged having only one plant — the one under IAEA monitoring — and had denied allegations of undeclared nuclear activities.

The last IAEA report on Iran in August said Iran had set up more than 8,000 centrifuges to churn out enriched uranium at the cavernous underground Natanz facility, although the report said that only about 4,600 of those were fully active.

The Islamic Republic insists that it has the right to the activity to generate fuel for what it says will be a nationwide chain of nuclear reactors. But because enrichment can make both nuclear fuel and weapons-grade uranium, the international community fears Tehran will use the technology to generate the fissile material used on the tip of nuclear warheads.

The revelation of a secret plan further hinders the chances of progress in scheduled Oct. 1 talks between Iran and six world powers.

At that meeting — the first in more than a year — the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany plan to press Iran to scale back on its enrichment activities. But Tehran has declared that it will not bargain on enrichment.

While Iran’s mainstay P-1 centrifuge is a decades-old model based on Chinese technology, it has begun experimenting with state-of-the art prototypes that enrich more quickly and efficiently than its old model.

U.N. officials familiar with the IAEA’s attempts to monitor and probe Iran’s nuclear activities have previously told the AP that they suspected Iran might be running undeclared enrichment plants.

The existence of a secret Iranian enrichment program built on black-market technology was revealed seven years ago. Since then, the country has continued to expand the program with only a few interruptions as it works toward its aspirations of a 50,000-centrifuge enrichment facility at the southern city of Natanz.

Original Link.

Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Check out the latest blasphemy to come out of our public schools:

“One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children,’ though Jesus’ name is replaced with Obama’s: ‘He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.'”

Christians need to be angry about this and demand firings. Enough with sitting on our hands.

Some parents in a New Jersey school district are up in arms after a class of elementary school students was videotaped singing the praises of President Obama, an activity that has been criticized as “indoctrination.”

The tension at B. Bernice Young Elementary School escalated to such a degree Thursday that the school was placed temporarily on lockdown after its principal received death threats over a YouTube video that showed nearly 20 children being taught songs lauding the president, though back-to-school night events continuing as planned Thursday night at the school.

Video of the students at the Burlington, N.J., school shows them singing songs seemingly overflowing with campaign slogans and praise for “Barack Hussein Obama,” repeatedly chanting the president’s name and celebrating his accomplishments, including his “great plans” to “make this country’s economy No. 1 again.”

One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual “Jesus Loves the Little Children,” though Jesus’ name is replaced with Obama’s: “He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama.”

The video has set off some families in Burlington, who said they were horrified that their children at the being “indoctrinated” to view the president like a cult figure.

“I’m stunned — I can’t believe it’s our school,” said Jim Pronchik, who told FOXNews.com his 8-year-old son Jimmy was one of the 18 students in the video. “We don’t want to praise this guy like he’s a god or an idol or a king or anything like that. That’s the wrong message to be sending.”

Click here to see the full lyrics to both songs.

Pronchik said he and his wife were never informed about the lesson, which the superintendent of Burlington Township schools says was held in February as part of Black History Month “to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country.”

But Andrea Ciemnolonski, the parent of another one of the students in the video, said the song was part of a second-grade project on a variety of topics related to the month of February, such as Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents Day.

“They did songs about President Washington, Lincoln, and they did do one about President Obama,” Ciemnolonski said. “My daughter was in the class that did the songs about Obama. It was black history month. … It was something for the kids to celebrate.”

Ciemnolonski said she “just can’t look at it as indoctrination,” though she added, “The comparisons made were a little exuberant.”

Superintendent Christopher Manno said in a written statement Thursday that the taping itself was out of order, but failed to address whether the lesson was approved. “The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized,” he wrote in a note to parents and the media.

Other families arriving at Bernice Young Elementary to pick up their children said they were outraged at the songs, which also tout a fair-pay bill Obama signed in January: “He said we must be clear today/Equal work means equal pay.”

“I felt this was reminiscent of 1930’s Germany, and the indoctrination of children to worship their leader,” said Robert Bowen, father of two children at Bernice Young Elementary.

“I thought that if this was a civics class in say high school or upper level middle school, in might be appropriate to discuss policies or politics, but as far as children in first grade, second grade — those types of levels — it’s inappropriate to discuss how a president is changing the world after only six weeks in office.”

Parents said the songs were performed in Elvira James’ second grade class. James, who refused to comment to FOXNews.com, retired at the end of the previous school year on a full pension in New Jersey.

Bowen said he thought there should be consequences for having provided such a one-sided lesson to impressionable students there.

“It’s something that there should be serious repercussions for … the administration here, and I think the school board needs to be answerable to the parents of the community,” said Bowen. School board members did not respond to requests for comment.

Though the school was not planning to address the tape during back-to-school-night events, many parents were heading in with with a lot of questions about the tape.

“This video is disturbing,” said a grandparent named Sandy, who spoke on the condition that her last name not be included. “We don’t teach politics in pre-school — or kindergarten or first grade.”

“This has no place in the classroom,” said Sandy, added Sandy, who told FOXNews.com she has two grandchildren attending Bernice Young Elementary. “It may have been the opinion of one or two, and someone should pay the consequences for it.”

The author of the songs is unknown, but a woman — possibly a teacher — can be heard in the beginning of the video correcting and helping a student who has forgotten the words. Another woman, the person holding the camera, cheers the students on: “All right,” she says. “I like that.”

“Alteredbeat,” the YouTube user who posted the video on the Internet, told FOXNews.com that the video was first put online by Charisse Carney-Nunes, an activist and author of the children’s book “I Am Barack Obama,” which her Web site says “allows children to see themselves through the inspirational story of President Obama.” Carney-Nunes has been promoting the book during visits to schools on the east coast.

A poster for the book can been seen near the stage of the auditorium in the video of Bernice Young Elementary, but it is unclear whether Carney-Nunes had visited the school or was present during the filming.

“Alteredbeat” told FOXNews.com that he reached out to Carney-Nunes, who insisted that the program had been filmed in June as part of a Father’s Day tribute to President Obama. “The kids made up the songs on their own,” she wrote, according to the YouTube user.

“Alteredbeat” originally posted the video Sept. 6, two days before Obama made an address to the nation’s schoolchildren in which he praised the American education system as the best in the world and urged students to stay in school.

“At the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, and the best schools in the world,” Obama said.

Original Link.

Urgent: Westboro ‘Church’ Members to Target Brooklyn Jews

Friday, September 25th, 2009

The ‘Westboro Wackos’ are up to their same old routine again, this time in my good friend, Fern Sidman’s neighborhood, Brooklyn.
As I said here, “OK, I’m not an expert on cults, but I am officially declaring the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, a cult. To call them a “Baptist Church” is akin to calling Madeleine Murray O’Hare an advocate of school prayer. These people are so far away from the teachings of Jesus and, for that matter, the Bible as a whole, to call them Christians is a slap in the face of our Lord, Jesus Christ and all who diligently follow Him.
I rebuke them and pray that God will open their eyes to the folly they are committing.”

For those of you who are not regular readers of our blog, I want to assure you that we do not have anything in common with the people at Westboro. Nothing at all. They are truly evil and are a pawn of Satan, despite their claim to be “Christians” and “Baptist”. They are anything but.
If you are reading this and live in Brooklyn or the surrounding area, please consider organizing or joining a counter protest. Please show up in massive numbers and show support for our Jewish brothers and sisters, and let’s show Westboro how much God hates those who pervert His Word!!

Topeka-based hate group Westboro Baptist Church is targeting Brooklyn Jews with a barrage of hate-filled demonstrations this week.

“These guys are really sick; they’re filled with hatred for Jews and a lot of other people,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park). “We have to make their lives miserable when they come to Brooklyn.”

The anti-Semitic, anti-gay organization plans to picket five synagogues in the borough Saturday, the day before Yom Kippur, the most important religious holiday for Jews.

The group is on a four-day visit to New York, where they’ll demonstrate at 19 locations, mostly synagogues, around the city and Long Island.

They will start today at Brooklyn Tech High School in Fort Greene to bring their message to students.

The group’s members think the end of the world is coming, and frequently picket churches, temples and even funerals to try to spread their beliefs.

About 10 extremists drove from Topeka to New York for this week’s demonstrations. They plan to assemble on sidewalks and sing anti-Jewish songs and display signs with slogans such as “God Hates Jews” and “America is Doomed.”

“We’re not looking for any welcome wagon,” said Shirley Phelps-Roper, 57, a Westboro organizer. “We just hope the police will keep the peace.”

She said the group has visited New York for protests 34 times since 1994, and has never had a violent incident.

Westboro members have visited Brooklyn twice previously, most recently to picket the Christian Cultural Center on Flatlands Ave. in 2006. They have now decided to target Jews in the borough because “there are 1.6 million Jews in New York and Brooklyn so we need to go there,” Phelps-Roper said.

The first of the five temples the group plans to picket on Saturday is Temple Shomrei Emunah in Borough Park.

“I’ll be there, and so will many members of the Jewish community,” said Hikind. “I think there will be a lot of anger.”

The police have been notified of the group’s plan to picket Shomrei Emunah and the other sites.

Borough President Marty Markowitz, City Councilman Bill de Blasio, Rabbi Andy Bachman of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, community leader and politician Brad Lander and the Lambda Independent Democrats issued a joint statement yesterday that read, in part:

“While we support the right to peacefully gather, we must denounce hate in any form – especially hate from a fanatic cult based in Kansas that has shamefully selected these sacred days observed by the Jewish community around the world to spew its intolerance.”

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Jesus Appears to Thomas

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

Jesus' Hands

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

John 20:24-29 (New International Version)

Holy Temple Mikveh (Ritual Bath) Discovered Near Western Wall

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Another interesting archeological find from the Holy Land.

(IsraelNN.com) A 2,000-year-old mikveh (ritual bath) has been uncovered just 20 meters from the Western Wall.

Given its location just outside the Holy Temple – where untold numbers of Jews regularly immersed before entering – the newly-revealed pool is among the largest ever discovered in Jerusalem.

The mikveh was found at the site known as the Western Wall Tunnels, which has long been under excavation and study by the Israel Antiquities Authority, with the support of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

It is located about 30 meters past the entrance to the Tunnels, in the general direction of the Western Wall. Once it becomes open to the public, the 11 broad steps leading down to the mikveh will be seen approximately 8 meters below floor level.

Josephus, the famous turncoat general and historian of the period, wrote that the administrative and governmental center of Jerusalem was located at the foot of the Temple, and that among the buildings there were the National Council and the Lishkat HaGazit, Chamber of Hewn Stone, where the Sanhedrin – Israel’s Supreme Court – convened. The archaeologists feel that it is possible that the luxurious hall aside the mikveh was originally one of these structures.

Archaeologist Alexander Ohn, the director of the dig, explains: “It is interesting to note that in the middle of the first century, changes were made in the grand structure. It was no longer used for public administrative purposes, and in its western wall a large mikveh was installed – with 11 steps descending into the immersion pool. It appears that Jerusalem was growing at this time, and with it the need to provide a solution for the increasing numbers of people who came en masse to Jerusalem, especially on the pilgrimage festivals (Passover (Pesach), Pentecost (Shavuot), and Tabernacles (Sukkot)). Ritual immersion in a mikveh and precise observance of the laws of purity were an inseparable part of Jewish life at this time; the importance of a mikveh, especially in this location, was great.”

Parts of the mikveh had been uncovered in the past, but now another hall – one of three – has been revealed. The structure was built of smooth stone hewn in a particularly intricate manner, with high-quality decorations and architectural style. Its importance can be determined by the fact that it is similar to other luxurious structures built by King Herod such as the Temple Mount, the Machpelah Cave, and one in Elonei Mamreh.

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Persecuted Pakistani Christian Couple Granted Asylum After Muslims Kidnaps and Beats Them

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Pray for Christians who face real persecution.

A Christian couple has been granted asylum in the U.K. after a Muslim man kidnapped them for several months, beat them and tried to force them to recant their faith.

A Pakistani Christian married a Muslim woman who converted to Christianity. The two endured persecution from the woman’s Muslim family because of their marriage and Christian faith. Her uncle attacked the couple in their home, detained them in his home for several months and sought the services of a Muslim cleric to teach the couple about Islam, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, or ACLJ, the nation’s top conservative civil liberties law firm.

The European Centre for Law and Justice, or ECLJ, international affiliate of the ACLJ, helped the couple seek asylum in the U.K.

“This represents a critical victory in the ongoing challenge to protect those who take great risk in proclaiming their Christian faith,” Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the ECLJ and ACLJ, said in a statement. “At a time when so many Christian converts face real persecution – including the threat of death – it’s encouraging that this couple can now stay in the U.K. We’re delighted we were able to provide assistance in this very important case.”

While Pakistani law neither prohibits nor allows religious conversion, the country’s blasphemy laws often subject people who convert to beatings and death.

The ACLJ said the couple’s identity is being withheld for their safety. The husband and wife attempted to flee several times and finally escaped to the U.K. and applied for asylum there.

Initially, their asylum claim was denied by the U.K. Border Agency, but they were allowed to appeal the decision.

In a critical report, the ECLJ and ACLJ detailed the danger facing interfaith couples and Christian converts in Pakistan. The law firms urged the couple be granted asylum in the U.K. On Sept. 2, the U.K. Asylum and Immigration Tribunal granted asylum to the persecuted Christians, allowing them to stay in the U.K.

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“More Indoctrination” by Jeff Schreiber

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Praise Obama, sure. Praise God, however, and risk expulsion.

And all you right-wing extremists were worried about the president’s address to schoolchildren early this month, and about the accompanying worksheets which asked students to “write letters to themselves about how what they can do to help the president.” Gosh, you people were obviously over-reacting.

Sure thing. This video, linked to late yesterday evening on the Drudge Report, was apparently shot in a school in South Jersey. How lovely.

It’s 12:30 a.m. and I’ve got a ton of work to do still for school today before I can even go to bed. Still, I want to reiterate something I said yesterday and something I’ve been saying for a while now: this is a marathon, not a sprint.

If my child were in that school, she’d be home TOMORROW and would not return until the school district answered some questions. If at all. Given what we’ve seen in the past few days, I think it’s about time that we start getting even more involved and aware of what our kids are doing and learning in school. Arrange to sit in for a period or two. Obviously, be respectful, but don’t be afraid to get a little political with teachers on parent-teacher night. Ask what kinds of civics lessons they’re learning. Look through their history books. Join the PTA, and make sure that other parents who think as you do join as well.

And when something like this occurs, demand answers from the school board. Go to the local media. Go to the local papers. Come to me. It’s time for educators to be held responsible, and it’s time for parents to become responsible for deprogramming our children when they return home every day.

It’s easy to stand up and point at a video like this one and yell at your computer screen. It’s not so easy to step out of your comfort zone, risk some anger from the carpooling group or the other parents on the soccer team, and stand up for the future of not only your child, but everyone else’s as well.

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Obama Science Czar: Sterilize Welfare Recipients

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

The Obama administration has to be one of the most, if not the most, radical administration this country has ever seen. The things we keep finding out about Obama’s Czars is disturbing at best.

Obama science czar John Holdren stated in a college textbook that compulsory, government-mandated “green abortions” would be a constitutionally acceptable way to control population growth and prevent ecological disasters, including global warming, because a fetus was most likely not a “person” under the terms of the 14th Amendment.

Holdren further suggested government-mandated population control measures might be inflicted in the United States against welfare recipients, writing on page 840: “There has been considerable talk in some quarters at times of forcibly suppressing reproduction among welfare recipients (perhaps by requiring the use of contraceptives or even by involuntary sterilizations). This may sadly foreshadow what our society might do if the human predicament gets out of hand.” (Parenthesis in original text.)

As previously reported, WND has obtained a copy of the 1970s college textbook “Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment” that Ehrlich co-authored with Malthusian population alarmist Paul R. Ehrlich and Ehrlich’s wife, Ann. The authors argued involuntary birth-control measures, including forced sterilization, may be necessary and morally acceptable under extreme conditions, such as widespread famine brought about by “climate change.”

Writing on page 839 of the textbook, the authors state: “The common law and drafters of the U.S. Constitution did not consider a fetus a human being. Feticide was not murder in common law because the fetus was not considered to be a human being, and for purposes of the Constitution a fetus is probably not a ‘person’ within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. Thus under the constitution, abortion is apparently not unlawful, although infanticide obviously is.”

In the next sentence, the authors continued to insist that this “is a very important distinction, particularly since most rights, privileges, and duties in our society are dated from birth and not from some earlier point in time.”

On page 760, the authors categorically state that from the point of view of biology, “a fetus is only a potential human being, with no particular rights.” (Italics in the original text.)

And, again: “To most biologists, an embryo or a fetus is no more a complete human being than a blueprint is a complete building.”

The authors further insist that because “the moment of birth is easier to ascertain than the moment of conception, implantation, or quickening,” constitutional rights should begin only at birth: “Such an easily ascertainable point in time [the moment of birth] is a sensible point from which to date Constitutional rights, which should not depend on imprecisions.”

As WND has previously reported, Holdren has argued the U.S. Constitution would permit compulsory birth control methods, including involuntary abortions, government-imposed sterilizations and laws limiting the number of children permitted to be born as steps justified under the banner of “sustainable well-being.”

State-funded sterilizations

On page 715, the authors stated a central thesis of the textbook: “The maximum size the human population can attain is determined by the physical capacity of the Earth to support people.”

The authors argued that a federal statute should be enacted to prohibit “any restrictions on safe, voluntary contraception, sterilization, and abortion, and the dissemination of information about them” because “legalized abortions can contribute to a reduction in birth rates.”

To advance the population control agenda, the authors also suggested the following measures:

* State and federal governments should subsidize voluntary contraception, sterilization and abortion; laws should require birth-control clinics be opened at public expense in “all suitable locations”;

* Group and individual health insurance policies should cover the costs of abortion and sterilization; tax laws should provide incentives for late marriage;

* Tax disadvantages for single, childless persons should be eliminated; state and federal laws should make sex education, including instruction about contraception, mandatory in schools;

* Government should sponsor public education programs designed to encourage people to want fewer children;

* Federal support and encouragement should be increased to provide for the development of more effective birth-control drugs and devices.

Still, the authors acknowledged, even these measures may not be enough to prevent ecological disaster resulting from over-population.

“If these relatively uncoercive policies should fail to maintain a low American birth rate, more coercive laws might well be written,” the authors wrote on page 840.

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Home Sick Today

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

I’ve caught a bad cold and am taking the day off to rest. I’ll catch up with everyone tomorrow.
God Bless!!
-Steve

Poll: Americans Angry at Government and Both Parties

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Washington better start to listen…

Americans are overwhelmingly angry at the U.S. government and is nearly as let down by the lack of ideas from both political parties, a new poll by Rasmussen Reports revealed Tuesday.

Sixty-six percent of voters in a national poll said they’re angry at the policies of the federal government, including 36 percent who counted themselves as very angry.

Thirty percent are not really angry, including 10 percent of whom say they aren’t angry at all.

Among those most angry are Republicans — 90 percent of whom say they are somewhat or very angry. Seventy-seven percent of independents are angry and just 44 percent of Democrats are peeved.

Among those suggesting anger abounds falls a majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents — 59 percent overall — who say the anger is greater now than it was during the Bush administration.

But few believe that the political parties have an answer. Of those surveyed, 60 percent said neither Republicans nor Democrats understand what is needed and among those who claimed to be very angry, that number rises to 80 percent.

Forty-three percent of people say they are at least partly concerned that the anger could turn violent. That fear breaks down among party lines with 63 percent of Democrats saying they are concerned and 71 percent of Republicans saying they are not concerned. Sixty-one percent of independents are also not concerned.

Additionally, those who are most angry are least concerned about violence. Among the 36 percent who are very angry at the government, only 15 percent say they are very concerned about the possibility of violence. But 51 percent of those who are not angry at all say they fear violence.

The poll of 1,000 adults was taken Sept. 20-21 and has a margin of error of 3 points.

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Many Will be Made Righteous

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:19 (New International Version)

Obama Promises Jewish Homes to Palestinians

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

JERUSALEM – President Obama is “fed up” with Israel while his administration has given the Palestinians guarantees they will eventually take over Jewish homes and buildings throughout most of the West Bank, a top Palestinian Authority official claimed to WND.

“We heard from the U.S. that no matter what Israel is building in the West Bank, it will not affect a final status agreement to create a Palestinian state,” said the PA official, who spoke on condition his name be withheld.

“The Americans told us (Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu might construct in the West Bank for now but we (Palestinians) can enjoy these houses later. The evacuated homes will not be destroyed like some were when Israel pulled out of Gaza,” the official said.

The official said Obama has adopted the position of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who presented a plan to create a Palestinian state within two years based largely on the 1967 borders, meaning Israel would retreat from the West Bank and eastern sections of Jerusalem.

The official said the U.S. would back Israel retaining what are known as main settlement blocs, a reference to certain large Jewish West Bank communities such as Gush Etzion.

The official, however, said the U.S. does not support Israel retaining the E1 area in Jerusalem, referring to Maale Adumim, a Jewish community in eastern Jerusalem.

The issue of Jewish construction is contentious. Obama has demanded Israel halt all settlement activity, or Jewish building projects in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem.

Obama’s Mideast envoy, George Mitchell, is in the region attempting to negotiate a settlement freeze. Talks between Netanyahu and Mitchell, which continued today, failed to reach an agreement. A deal could allow for a tripartite meeting between Obama, Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week.

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Iranians Turn to Christ After Prayer Initiative

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Continue to pray for these people.

The executive director of Mission Network News says the gospel is making inroads into Iran.

Mission Network News (MNN) recently concluded a prayer initiative for Muslims that coincided with Ramadan. Greg Yoder, executive director of MNN, says many Muslims in countries such as Iran are turning to Christianity after they have realized that religious leaders have dictated and crafted governmental policies.

“So they’re thinking to themselves, ‘We don’t really like the government in Iran. We don’t really like what’s happening; there must be some other truth’ — and that’s why they’re turning to Christian television, satellite radio, and many are turning to Christ,” he notes. “We’re seeing a new generation in Iran coming to Christ, and they’re even developing churches around radio and TV today so they can grow in their faith.”

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Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

We are continuing to follow the story of a girl, Rifqa Bary, 17, who ran away from her Muslim family after converting to Christianity, out of fear for her life. Here are the latest developments:
Her family is pressing for the custody case to be transferred to Ohio, where, in my opinion, they would have a better chance of swaying a judge to rule in their favor.
Also, W.L. Cati, the founder of White Horse Ministry, Inc., is concerned that since Bary is not a U.S. citizen, her parents might decide to send her back to Sri Lanka, where she would be in grave danger for converting to Christianity. She would most likely be killed and U.S. authorities would be powerless to stop it.
Cati, is suggesting that Bary’s lawyer should begin the asylum process.

Fathima Bary

The head of a Christian ministry dedicated to exposing the truth about Islam believes that the attorney for a 17-year-old Christian convert from Islam should begin the process of seeking political asylum for his client who is not a U.S. citizen and is fearful of being returned to her native Sri Lanka by her parents.

September 29 had been the next scheduled hearing in the case of Rifqa Bary, the Ohio teen who ran away to Florida out of fear that she would be killed for converting from Islam to Christianity. But yesterday her parents filed a motion for a hearing seeking jurisdiction of the case to be moved from Orlando to Columbus. An Ohio judge has set a hearing for October 27. The Florida judge currently supervising the case said at a hearing in Orlando on Monday afternoon that he will consult with his Ohio counterpart to settle jurisdictional issues.

“We’re talking about getting asylum for her. That’s a long process,” [W.L. Cati, the founder of White Horse Ministry, Inc.] notes. “But maybe even if her attorney would start that process, that might block some of this because there is definite cause for fear for her to go back to her country or to her parents.”

See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Hamas-Linked CAIR Supervised Police Interview of Rifqa Bary’s Parents on Abuse Allegations.
Florida Investigation Finds No Credible Threat to Teen Christian Convert.
Teen Christian Convert Who Fled Muslim Family Gets Online Threat.
Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Says Family Threatened to Kill Her.
Updated: Judge Decides Fate of Honor Student, Cheerleader Who Fears “Honor Killing” After Converting to Christianity.
Parents of Muslim Teen Who Converted to Christianity Have Ties to Mosque of Alleged Terrorist.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings

“A Core Europe and Bible Prophecy” by Michael G. Mickey

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Daniel 7:7-8:

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns.

I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn [were] eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Before I go any further, let me explain what I believe this passage of Scripture is telling us to watch for.

The future kingdom of Antichrist, which I believe to be the ever-growing European Union, the revived Roman empire if you will, is, at some point, going to have ten “horns” or primary seats of authority.

Many people believe these ten horns already exist in the form of the Western European Union (WEU), which has ten permanent member nations.

Encyclopedia Britannica describes the WEU as an “association of 10 countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom) that operates as a forum for the coordination of matters of European security and defense. It contributed to the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and works in cooperation with that organization. The WEU became the primary defense institution of the European Union in the 1990s, though it gave up that role in 2001.”

Presently, although anything could happen and turn things around on a dime, it seems that the WEU’s role as the teeth of the rising Beast government of Antichrist has been greatly diminished since 2001. Because of this, it seems unlikely that the WEU is going to be the ten horns referred to by the prophet Daniel.

Assuming the WEU isn’t going to be the ten horns among which the Antichrist will ascend to prominence, are there any other possibilities in view? Absolutely and it’s a topic that has been brought up on a number of occasions in recent years – the creation of a “core Europe” being formed within the boundaries of the larger European Union.

A “Core Europe”

The EU Observer is reporting the following concerning a “core Europe” being formed, in part:

“Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has suggested that if the Irish people vote against the Lisbon Treaty a second time, a group of European Union member states should move to create a “core Europe” in order to implement the treaty.”

And…

“Various politicians and academics have advocated the idea that an inner core of EU member states drive forward with deeper integration via the development of a new organisation, often described as a European Federation, alongside the existing European Union.”

For those of you unfamiliar with the Lisbon Treaty, it is essentially a repackaged version of the European Union’s Constitution. In 2004, leaders from all the member nations of the European Union signed the European Union’s Constitution amid great pomp and circumstance, but it ran into stumbling blocks afterward, all of the European Union’s member nations having had to ratify it through referendum for it to be official. Ireland, as the linked news story above implies, didn’t do so. Thus, the process was derailed.

After it seemed clear the EU Constitution couldn’t be passed by all EU member nations ratifying it, the Constitution was repackaged as the Lisbon Treaty and talk of a “core Europe” being formed began to make rounds on the internet, many in the European Union seeing the failure of a few nations to ratify the Constitution being a stumbling block to the EU achieving its global ambitions which brings us to where we are today.

Considering the news story linked above, could the creation of a “core Europe” or European Federation within the larger European Union be on its way to becoming a reality? Theoretically speaking, it seems a distinct possibility.

If a “core Europe” comes into existence, my suspicion is it will end up being a federation comprised of 10 members, allowing for the fulfillment of bible prophecy to occur at the appointed time. I’m not being dogmatic that this is what’s going to happen, but it is something for us to bear in mind as we await the return of Jesus Christ for His Church. Why? Because a “core Europe” being formed that would operate as the Lisbon Treaty provides for would replace the EU’s current system of rotating six-month presidencies with the creation of an actual position for an EU President to be seated, as well as an EU foreign minister with a wide swath of diplomatic powers. The foreign minister’s position, as set forth in the Lisbon Treaty, would hold such tremendous power that he could not only set EU foreign policy but implement it as well, an issue of such concern to a large number of leaders in the Union that they have vocally stated that no one person should hold such tremendous power, one prominent reason why both the EU Constitution and Lisbon Treaty have met some opposition.

Sooner or later, ten horns

Concerning the advent of the prophesied Antichrist to come, we’re told, in Daniel 7:7-8, that a group of ten “horns” (horns being symbolic of seats of authority or positions of power) will arise in the last days.

Whether these ten horns come to exist as a result of a “core Europe” being formed, the WEU being reasserted as the primary defense institution of the EU, or another ten-member association of powerful leaders yet to be revealed coming into view, we have a clear picture of what is going to transpire in the aftermath.

A “little horn” – symbolic of the prophesied Antichrist – will come up among the “ten horns”. Daniel 7:8 tells us that, before this “little horn”, three of the first horns will be “plucked up by the roots.”

The original Hebrew text for being “plucked up by the roots” is `aqar and it means just what it seems to as we read it English.

The Antichrist, most likely because these three nations (or leaders) aren’t going to go along with whatever he has in mind as he makes his ascent among them, is going to uproot them, rendering them silent.

The little horn (Antichrist) will be speaking “great things” at this time in his political ascent, his tongue being like a razor I dare say, both in its sharpness of tone and its ability to create injury to any adversaries standing in his path.

Conclusion

The idea of a “core Europe” being formed within the revived Roman empire of bible prophecy could open a doorway to the advent of the Antichrist occurring. While it is nothing more than an occasionally brought up possibility, what it demonstrates to me is how dedicated many influential leaders inside the European Union are to ensuring that the Union’s ever-growing economic power and diplomatic influence isn’t slowed by a few detracting voices. In that sense, the EU Beast is itself already much like the leader who will someday come to be its supreme leader, the Antichrist. Doesn’t this fit perfectly with how bible prophecy uses the term “Beast” interchangeably, at times describing the Antichrist himself while at other times describing his empire?

What fascinating and intellectually stimulating times we’re living in! Stay tuned, Church! There’s no telling what we’re going to see next!

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Quote of the Day – Obama’s Talk Show Circuit

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

“To be solipsistic (to bring back perhaps my favorite word to describe Barack Obama) is to believe that little if anything else exists or is relevant beyond what is in a person’s own mind. In Barack Obama’s mind, delivering a 45-minute partisan lecture filled with half-truths and wholesome rhetoric is as important as anything else in his presidency. Obama has gone through his entire life able to talk his way into and out of anything, including the Oval Office, and that his rhetoric fails to resonate with a growing number of Americans is impossible for him to understand. His solution: talk more. Hence the speech to the joint session of Congress. Hence the speech to our schoolchildren on education. Hence the speech to the hated capitalists on Wall Street. Hence the 60 Minutes interview. And hence the appearance on not one, not two, but five Sunday morning talk shows yesterday.”

-Jeff Schreiber

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Men are Without Excuse

Monday, September 21st, 2009

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Romans 1:20 (New International Version)

Born-Again Christian Gavin Mcleod Stars in New Faith-Based Film

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Awesome!!

As Murray Slaughter, he wrote for airhead anchor Ted Baxter on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” for seven years. As Merrill Stubing, he captained the “Love Boat” for nearly a decade after that. Today, iconic TV actor Gavin Macleod says “I know who my admiral is,” referring to his faith in God.

Macleod, 78, is a born again Christian now piloting a career in the Christian film industry, and starring in the movie “The Secrets of Jonathan Perry,” which opens this weekend.

“I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Gregory Peck, Mary Tyler Moore,” he told FOX News in an exclusive interview. “[But] the biggest honor I have ever had was to play the role of Jonathan Sperry in this simple but special film.”

The film is about three 12-year old boys who are best buddies in the summer of 1970. One of them mows the lawn for an elderly widower named Jonathan Sperry. The two develop a unique friendship as Sperry employs Biblical teachings to help the boy and his friends deal with a bully, a secret crush, and other life challenges.

“The film is about forgiveness,” Macleod says. “Forgiveness is one of the greatest tools God has given us.”

The movie was written by twins Dave and Rich Christiano; Rich also produced and directed. They’re part of the new breed of grassroots Christian filmmakers that include the Kendrick brothers, makers of the surprise box office hit “Fireproof.”

Instead of complaining to Hollywood about the films it produces, Rich Christiano says it’s time for Christians to put their money where their mouths are. Sperry has no big-name distributor, so Christiano, who worked with Mcleod on the 2002 film “Time Changer,” is marketing directly to churches, a technique also adopted by the Kendrick brothers.

The film has a staggered release starting September 18, showing in 118 theaters. Openings are scheduled through November 2009 with a total of 240 theaters onboard so far. Each one is sponsored by a church or group of church members. They advance $2,000 to get the film into the theater. The church will make their investment back if the film grosses $4,500. The movie’s web page www.sperrymovie.com links to a site about sponsorship.

Christiano is betting on success in targeted theaters bringing additional theaters into the fold. Hee says theater owners are already calling him because people who want to see the film are calling them, wondering why the film isn’t showing in their communities.

The key to getting churches on board is having a well-known actor to star. Like Kirk Cameron, who starred in “Fireproof,” “Sperry’s” Gavin Macleod is a true believer. Christian audiences know the actor is saying lines he personally believes.

It brings “authenticity and validation” to the film, says Mark Dupre, associate pastor at Christ Community Church in Brockport, New York — one of the churches sponsoring a theater showing. Dupre, who also teaches film at Rochester Institute of Technology, says having a strong Christian like Gavin Macleod play the lead is a built in marketing hook, “the equivalent of having the acting genius of a Meryl Streep in secular movie. Captain Stubing is someone America just loved.”

Macleod charts his religious conversion back to September 15, 1984, seven years into the popular TV series “Love Boat.” His mother had a serious medical condition and was scheduled for surgery. That morning he woke up and prayed to Jesus to “give my mother more time.”

Unknown to Macleod, his then ex-wife Patty, who he hadn’t seen in two years, had gotten involved in a Christian women’s prayer group. She’d been praying that her husband would come back to her. Right after Macleod said the prayer to save his mother, he called Patty and asked “can we see each other?” The two repaired their relationship and were remarried in 1985. Gavin’s mother lived several more years.

From the moment he said his prayer, Mcleod says the change was immediate. “My castmates knew I was different. I was hearing with different ears and seeing with different eyes.”

After “Love Boat” ended in 1987, Macleod became the spokesperson for Princess Cruises, a job he still holds today. He’s turned down several TV roles because he’s not interested in doing series work again. His passion now is for his faith and the lives he can touch. “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry” allows him to be captain of his new calling.

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