Archive for November 19th, 2009

Hamas: Terrorism to Eliminate Israel is a ‘Principle’

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Only foolish, politically correct people believe anything a terrorist says.

(IsraelNN.com) In an interview published Thursday in the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat, a Hamas spokesman said that the jihadist movement is loyal to “Palestinian principles” in its policy of terrorism against the Jews until Israel ceases to exist.

Palestinian Authority Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas claimed earlier this month that Hamas had agreed to the establishment of a Palestinian state within temporary borders. Osama Hamdan, a Hamas spokesman in Lebanon and close associate of powerful Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal, rejected the idea, however.

Hamas, Hamdan explained, has never agreed and will never agree to any recognition of Israel’s legitimacy as a sovereign state. An agreement to temporary borders contradicts this position, as it would constitute acceptance of Jewish sovereignty over the pre-1967 borders of Israel, he added.

The Hamas plan is based on obtaining a Palestinian state by force of arms, Hamdan said, “not by way of agreements, a path that has failed.” In fact, the Hamas spokesman told Al-Hayat that negotiations between his movement and Abbas’ Fatah group reached an impasse over acceptance of the Quartet’s call for an end to Arab “resistance” operations; i.e., terrorism. The Quartet – the European Union, the United States, the United Nations and Russia – is involved in pushing for negotiations between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Hamdan emphasized further that, in fact, it is Hamas that is remaining loyal to “basic Palestinian principles” in fighting against any agreements with Israel.

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Freedom for Imprisoned Christian ‘Apostates’

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Maryam And Mazrieh

We blogged about this some time ago, but at last, there is good news for the two Christian women who were imprisoned, in an Islamic prison in Iran, for being Christians, or as Islam refers to them “apostates”. They have been freed.

After millions of prayers and numerous petitions from around the world, two Iranian women jailed for no other reason than being Christian have been released from a Tehran prison today.

Maryam Rustampoor, 27, and Marzieh Amirizadeh, 30, have been imprisoned for 259 days – since March 5. They were repeatedly told to recant their faith and that they would be executed as “apostates,” solely because they are Christians.

But now Open Doors USA has confirmed the women have been released from the notorious Evin prison with no bail, a rarity for Christians released from prison in Iran.

“I am glad to let you know that Maryam and Marzieh are now set free without bail and they are currently at home,” an Open Doors field worker announced.

In a statement to Elam Ministries, the women declared, “Words are not enough to express our gratitude to the Lord and to His people who have prayed and worked for our release.”

Open Doors said it is still unknown whether there are conditions on their release.

“Praise the Lord for the great news out of Iran today of the release of Maryam and Marzieh,” Open Doors President and CEO Carl Moeller said in a statement. “Literally millions of Christians around the world have been praying for their release.”

He continued, “Their future is still uncertain. So we must keep these two brave women in our prayers – and all the Christians who are imprisoned in Iran and other countries.”

Compass Direct News noted that the women may still face charges of proselytizing and “apostasy,” or leaving Islam.

An Iranian source told Compass the Iranian government faced intense public pressure for imprisoning the women.

“It was from the international pressure, and also the government couldn’t handle it anymore,” said the source. “Already their detention was illegal. At the same time, the government wasn’t ready to prosecute them for apostasy. They already have many headaches. They cannot handle everything.”

According to Facebook groups that support the women, Rustampoor and Amirizadeh had been participating in religious gatherings and handing out Bibles prior to their detention. Iranian security officials searched their apartments in March, confiscated their Bibles and arrested them.

As WND reported, Rustampoor and Amirizadeh appeared before a court in Iran and were charged with “crimes of apostasy, and propagation of the Christian faith.” In a display of raw courage, they told a government prosecutor that not only are they Christian, it is up to God, not a bureaucrat, to whom He talks.

According to Elam, a dramatic part of the hearing came when they refused to deny their Christian faith.

They explained that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit.

“It is impossible for God to speak with humans,” Haddad, a deputy prosecutor identified only by his surname, stated.

“Are you questioning whether God is Almighty?” Amirizadeh asked him.

To which Haddad then replied. “You are not worthy for God to speak to you.”

“It is God, and not you, who determines if I am worthy,” she said.

Haddad earlier had asked if the women were Christian.

“We love Jesus,” they replied.

“You were Muslims and now you have become Christians,” Haddad stated.

“We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims,” the women said.

The deputy prosecutor asked about their regrets, and they said, “We have no regrets.”

“You should renounce your faith verbally and in written form,” he warned.

They refused.

According to various reports, both woman suffered from lack of proper health care after they became sick and lost weight during their prison stay. They were subjected to solitary confinement and extended interrogations, with health problems resulting. According to an October Elam report, both women had become frail with ill health, and Rostampour recently had a severe bout with food poisoning. Amirizadeh suffered from ongoing problems with her spine, an infected tooth and severe headaches. Mission Network News reported the women have been in an overcrowded cell with more than 20 women.

Evin prison is notorious for its hanging executions and brutal torture tactics. It is the same facility where Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died only three weeks after she was arrested for simply photographing the prison during a student protest in 2003. According to CBC News, Iranian officials claimed she had died after suffering a stroke while she was being interrogated. Kazemi showed signs of torture, including evidence of a brutal rape, skull fracture, broken fingers, missing fingernails, crushed toe, broken nose, severe abdominal bruising, head swelling, bruising, deep scratches on the neck and evidence of flogging on her legs.

Under Shariah law, the penalty for apostasy often is death or life imprisonment. According to reports about the punishment system within Iran, for women the execution often is preceded by rape. Open Doors USA reported that the U.S. State Department designated Iran, and seven other countries, as “countries of particular concern” on Oct. 26 due to their track records of religious repression.

Carl Moeller with Open Doors told Mission Network News, “This is a highly problematic case for [Iran] because if they treat these women inhumanely and the world watches, the whole world will call Iran what it is – a horrible regime. If they let them go, or in some way are seen internally as being soft on this, they’re going to face a domestic backlash. So it’s really a difficult situation.”

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Parents Not Notified When 12-Year-Olds Obtain Abortions

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

This cartoon sums it up perfectly. It completely defies common sense how our society has arrived at the point where our kids can get an abortion, which is a major medical procedure, yet they can’t even take an aspirin without our written consent.

Abortion

SACRAMENTO – A 12-year-old girl is prohibited from bringing aspirin to California public schools without a note from her mother or father – but in many California districts she may sign herself out of classes, leave her junior-high campus without parental permission, secretly have an abortion and return to school before the end of the day – and her own family may be none the wiser.

Parents and educators across the state have been in heated debate over school policies allowing children to be excused during class time without parental notification for “confidential medical services” such as abortions, birth control, and drug and mental health services.

California’s San Juan Unified School District sought to change its own policy from one that prohibits students from being absent without parental knowledge except during medical emergencies to guidelines that would allow a student to leave for a “confidential medical appointment.”

Brad Dacus, founder and president of Pacific Justice Institute, a legal nonprofit, addressed the board at a school-district meeting in Carmichael on Nov. 17 to discuss the policy, along with hundreds of concerned parents who flooded into the meeting and filled the district building lobby.

After much debate and input from the public, the San Juan Unified School District voted 3 to 2 against the policy change. Parents clapped and cheered when they heard the decision.

“We are pleased that the San Juan school board listened to the community and abandoned this disastrous proposal,” Dacus said in a statement. “This is a victory for everyone who believes in parental responsibility and local control of school decisions.”

They were debating changing the current policy to reflect school administrators’ interpretation of California Education Code 4601.1, which states:

Commencing in the fall of the 1986-87 academic year, the governing board of each school district shall, each academic year, notify pupils in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, and the parents or guardians of all pupils enrolled in the districts, that school authorities may excuse any pupil from the school for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without the consent of the pupil’s parent or guardian.

Pacific Justice Institute staff attorney Matt McReynolds told WND the statute is ambiguous and only says the districts may dismiss students, not that they are required to do so.

“If you use general principles of statutory construction, as we lawyers do in interpreting these things, ‘may’ is very different than ‘must,'” he said. “It doesn’t say they must dismiss them, which is how the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the National Youth Law Center interpret it. It is a district-by-district decision on whether they will tell parents.”

McReynolds said a district is not required to become an “accomplice” when children opt for these services without their parents’ knowledge.

“It doesn’t mean students have to be dismissed during the school day to go do it,” he said. “They’ve got afternoons and weekends if they’re bent on doing that. You don’t have to make the school a party to it.”

McReynolds questioned how children as young as 12, 13 or 14 would be transported to clinics for “confidential medical services” if they are unable to drive and choose not to inform their parents.

“They can’t drive themselves anywhere, so some adult or somebody with a driver’s license would have to get them to those so-called ‘confidential’ medical appointments that aren’t so ‘confidential’ after all when you really think about it,” he said. “You’re talking about an older boyfriend, a boyfriend’s parents, maybe even a school official? Somebody has to get them there when they’re that young.”

McReynolds argues that hiding medical issues from parents may endanger the health and wellbeing of a child.

“A parent who is 100 percent legally and morally responsible for taking care of their minor child may have no real ability to do so if they don’t know that their child just had a major medical procedure,” he said. “Or in the case of counseling, they may have no idea their child is dealing with substance abuse or suicidal thoughts or any number of other things.”

Asked whether a parent might successfully sue if any school district that releases a child for a “confidential medical appointment” and a child’s life is endangered, McReynolds replied, “I think they would. We have raised that possibility.”

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“19th ANNUAL YAHRZEIT HELD FOR RABBI MEIR KAHANE, ZTK”L” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Several hundred people gathered at the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center on Sunday, November 15th to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L, founder of the Jewish Defense League and member of the Israeli parliament. Bom in Brooklyn in 1932, Rabbi Kahane was the son of Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga HaCohen Kahane, a prominent and erudite Torah scholar. He received his rabbinical ordination at the renowned Mirrer Yeshiva and obtained a law degree from New York Law School. In 1968, he founded the Jewish Defense League; an activist organization dedicated to protecting Jewish lives throughout the world. The ideology of the movement was predicated on Torah precepts and the JDL educated young Jews to comprehend and act upon the concept of Ahavat Israel (love of Jews). Among the issues that the JDL championed was the cause of Soviet Jewry; organizing massive political demonstrations at Soviet consulates, embassies, trade offices and airlines, demanding that the Jews of the Soviet Union be allowed to emigrate to Israel.

The JDL is considered by many as an intrepid movement that “changed the course of Jewish history” through it’s willingness to confront anti-Semites of all stripes including neo-Nazis, the Black Panthers and radical Islamists. On a local level, the JDL organized street patrols throughout the New York area when Jewish homes, businesses, cemeteries, yeshivos and community centers were under siege by the changing demographics of the area. Young people in the JDL also learned to appreciate their heritage as Jews as the movement sponsored classes and seminars on Jewish identity, Jewish history, and Torah concepts as part of a larger campaign to wage battle against the rising tide of assimilation, intermarriage and alienation.

In 1984, Rabbi Meir Kahane was elected to the Israeli Knesset as part of the Kach party and propounded the vision of removing the malignant Arab population from Israel in order to preserve the Jewish character of the state. On November 5, 1990, Rabbi Kahane was assassinated at the age of 58 by El Said Nosair, an Egyptian terrorist who was later implicated in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

Among the speakers memorializing the legacy of Rabbi Kahane were Rabbi Herbert Bomzer of the Young Israel of Ocean Parkway, Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Berg of the Ocean Avenue Jewish Center, Meir Jolowitz, former national chairman of the Jewish Defense League, Yossi Alon, a Jewish activist and the featured speaker was Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH ministries in Harlem.

“With every mitzvah that Rabbi Kahane performed he created angels to protect the Jewish people” declared Rabbi Bomzer, and “we too, who are gathered here today to continue the work that he dedicated his life to; namely the survival of the nation of Israel and the Jewish people are also creating angels” he continued. Meir Jolowitz called Rabbi Kahane a man of “courage, prescience and fortitude” who defied the slings and arrows of his detractors and stood up for what was right in the eyes of G-d and for Torah. Yossi Alon, a Jewish activist who had been influenced by the teachings of Rabbi Kahane said, “He always took a personal interest in me and when I wanted to make aliya to Israel he helped me in every way, irrespective of his demanding schedule. He truly loved each and every Jew in such a personal way.”

The featured speaker of the yahrzeit was Pastor James David Manning, a minister with a church in Harlem, whose impassioned address drew frequent audience applause. “Since I was a young man, I always respected and admired Rabbi Meir Kahane. I never considered him to be a racist or any of the pejorative labels that were cast on him by the black community. He was a man of G-d, a man who loved Zion, and we gentiles should know that the bible enjoins us to bless the Jewish people, for whoever blesses them will be blessed and whoever curses them will be cursed”, intoned Pastor Manning. “This is the first time that I am speaking in a Jewish synagogue and I am so proud to be here honoring Rabbi Kahane; a man who had the strength and tenacity to stand up for what for his people and his G-d.”

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“Will We Be Microchipped?” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Bible prophecy foretells a time coming in the prophetic future when the prophesied Antichrist is going to cause “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)

All of us familiar with bible prophecy know what the preceding Scripture specifically refers to, namely the mark of the beast, but do we fully realize that right now, buried within a Democratic party-endorsed bill that most of us overwhelmingly stand in opposition to, the precursor to the mark of the beast, at the very least, may be lurking, largely unseen by the public?

The following is an excerpt from a Canada Free Press article dealing, in part, with ObamaCare and the Democratic Party’s greatly sought health care reform bill:

The Obama Health care bill under Class II (Paragraph 1, Section B) specifically includes in its lists of things that must be registered in the NATIONAL MEDICAL DEVICE REGISTRY: ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable.”

Then on page 1004 it describes what the term “data” means in paragraph 1, section B:

‘‘(B) In this paragraph, the term ‘data’ refers to information respecting a device described in paragraph (1), including claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.”

What is meant by the term, “class II device that is implantable”?

According to the FDA, a class II implantable device is a “implantable radiofrequency transponder system for patient identification and health information.” The purpose of a class II device is to collect data in medical patients such as “claims data, patient survey data, standardized analytic files that allow for the pooling and analysis of data from disparate data environments, electronic health records, and any other data deemed appropriate by the Secretary.” In other words an RFID chip such as are used in a number of dogs and cats. Just like Obama’s dogs.

Humans being marked in the manner domestic pets and livestock presently are? That’s precisely what bible prophecy seems to foretell coming, does it not?

Numerous times in the past I’ve directed my readers to consider the possibility that the implantable microchip, the VeriChip, could be the prophesied mark of the beast in the making or a precursor to same. The information above does nothing to discredit that possibility. To the contrary, it raises the possibility dramatically, especially when we consider the course VeriChip Corporation recently embarked on.

In an article entitled “VeriChip Buys Steel Vault, Creating Micro-Implant Health Record/Credit Score Empire” we read the following, in part:

VeriChip (CHIP), the company that markets a microchip implant that links to your online health records, has acquired Steel Vault (SVUL), a credit monitoring and anti-identity theft company. The combined company will operate under a new name: PositiveID.

The all-stock transaction will leave PositiveID in charge of a burgeoning empire of identity, health and microchip implant businesses that will only encourage its critics. BNET previously noted that some regard the company as part of a prophecy in the Book of Revelation (because the HealthLink chip carries an RFID number that can be used as both money and proof of ID) or as part of President Obama’s secret Nazi plan to enslave America.

Remember when the implantable VeriChip was approved by the FDA in October of 2004, supposedly for use in humans for ‘medical’ purposes, and critics of my suspicions were laughing at me, as well as others observing current events in light of bible prophecy, for speculating that the VeriChip’s applications might be expanded to include mark of the beast-like qualities? I do. The critics aren’t laughing now. Well, they may be but they’re doing it a lot more quietly, primarily because it looks like the bible prophecy-watching community had a great deal more foresight than they did.

As early as 2005, it was becoming clear the VeriChip implantable microchip was being eyed as attractive to government – and not just to store medical records. In a 2005 commentary, I included a quote of interest indicating that “these types of applications are actually being driven under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” And no, I didn’t make that quote up. I pulled it directly from a story posted on Yahoo Finance’s list of business news stories and provided a link to same as verification for my readers to review for themselves. Unfortunately, the link from the 2005 commentary is dead now, as is often the case with news items several years old, but look at where we are now!

Before our very eyes, the once innocuous-sounding VeriChip Corporation has metamorphosized into PositiveID Corporation, indicating, in my opinion, that the primary focus of this company, regardless of how much it touts the medical uses of its implantable microchips, is CLEARLY on marketing its implantable microchip as a means of IDENTIFICATION.

The term ‘positive identification’ is one I’m quite familiar with as a retired police officer with decades of experience. Establishing positive identification is critical in any case where law is going to be enforced, far more so than in any hospital emergency room I’m familiar with! As a police officer, I have seen many an individual transported to the hospital and treated for serious illnesses or injuries without anyone positively knowing who the individuals were. I have not, on the other hand, seen a lot of people go to jail without ‘positive ID’ having been established beforehand.

Now don’t get me wrong! There are any number of circumstances where I’ve seen an unidentified suspect hauled off to jail and booked as a John Doe for committing a crime, but this is the exception rather than the rule – and by far! Reason? It’s a crime in most states to fail to identify one’s self to law enforcement if one is being legally detained or arrested by a police officer having probable cause to do so. Not only is it a crime to refuse to be positively identified, it’s a major inconvenience for a suspect. Refusing to be identified is a separate criminal offense that only adds to the suspect’s troubles. Even more bothersome, one charged with a criminal offense as a John Doe is never granted bail.

What I’m trying to convey here is we may be able to tell a great deal concerning the direction a corporation’s technology may be headed based on something as simple as a name change, especially in this case.

From day one I’ve said that if the implantable microchip is the prophesied mark of the beast in the making, or even a precursor to it, we would begin to see similarities between the two. While the verdict is still out, we know the implantable microchip can serve as a positive identification, can store personal information like medical records, and even be utilized to make a financial transaction. Without drawing any final conclusions, we’re getting there, aren’t we?

Assume for a moment that the implantation of microchips becomes mandatory in the future, toss in a dictatorial leader who would connect having (or not having) the implant as an indication of where one’s political loyalties lie, and make it impossible for one to buy or sell without having the chip and what do you have? I don’t know about any of you, but I think you may well have the mark of the beast.

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Jihad Watch Seeks Realistic Handle on Terrorism

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says that despite this evidence, some elites continue to tow the PC line.

“I think there’s an increasing gap between the government and media elites and what people know just by exercising their common sense,” Spencer contends. “And the people are getting fed up with the politically correct lock-step and the misinformation and disinformation that’s coming from the mainstream media.”

Spencer does not believe there to be any prospect of U.S. elites changing their PC attitudes in dealing with Islam.

“No amount of information [and] no amount of evidence is going to convince those who’ve decided that Islam is a religion [of] peace that they’re wrong,” the Jihad Watch director explains. “And so I would hope ultimately that the American people will be able to elect different leaders who will face the Jihad threat more realistically than the ones we have now.”

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