Archive for February 9th, 2010

Texas Churches Torched, Spirits Remain Unquenched

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Please pray for the people of these churches and if you know anything about who may be doing this, please contact authorities immediately.

A series of church fires across Texas have been ruled the result of arson.

“It’s heart wrenching [when a church is burned down because] that’s where your church family is,” [Nancy McDonald, the secretary for the Wills Point church, one of the churches burned down] said in an interview with a local station. “But it’s just a building — you keep telling yourself that…

“And that’s evident when you go talk to the rest of the church members. They are already set up for Sunday morning, we’ve got another building that they could move into, and they’ve got it all ready to go. They’re amazing.”

So far no one has been hurt in the fires, but investigators say property losses are in the millions.

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Christian Speech Targeted as ‘Hate’

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The new “hate crimes” bill was forced through the House and Senate by the Democrats, is being used to attempt to shut down all criticism of the homosexual lifestyle choice.

A campaign has been launched in Montgomery County, Md., to classify the speech of advocates for people who choose to leave the homosexual lifestyle as “hate speech,” which then could be banned under a new law signed last year by President Obama.

“Hate speech is unwelcome in Montgomery County Public Schools,” said an e-mail to the offices of Regina Griggs, national director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, known as PFOX. “I would like to ask that you immediately cease distribution of your flyers at our public schools.

“We intend to pursue every method possible to protest your actions if you choose to continue,” the message warned.

The conflict was sparked by competing flyers distributed recently to public school students, one from PFOX and the other from the homosexual-rights group PFLAG, or Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

WND has reported on Obama’s “hate crimes” plan, which was adopted by Congress after Democrats piggy-backed it onto a defense appropriations bill.

The law was targeted just days ago by a lawsuit alleging it violates the civil rights of Christians and pastors, who according to the complaint now can become the target of federal investigations, grand juries and even charges for no more than opposing the activism of homosexuals.

The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of Pastors Levon Yuille, Rene Ouellette, James Combs and Gary Glenn, the president of the American Family Association of Michigan.

In Montgomery County, the second flyer, from PFOX, explained “former homosexuals do not think something is wrong with them because they decided to fulfill their heterosexual potential by overcoming unwanted same-sex attractions.”

The flyer offered resources to help with “tolerance for everyone regardless of sexual orientation” for parents and students such as event speakers, books for libraries and brochures.

It said, “No one shold be labeled based on the perception of others. Get smart! Explore the origins of your same-sex attraction. … The decision of a prom date, a car, or whether to super-size those fries can be based on a feeling, but important decisions should not be made on feelings alone.”

One e-mail to PFOX, purportedly from a member of the county school district staff, said, “It is called freedom of speech unless it is hate-based and you people are sadly full of only that, hate.”

“You say we are not being ‘tolerant’ of ex-gays … and PFOX says it is not anti-gay … yet you people seem to HATE anything and everything that has to do with the way God wanted gay people,” the note continued. “Separation of church and state … read the U.S. Constitution.”

The note said, “You people are like the KKK but only in the form of religion … you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

PFOX already has raised the issue with the district’s board of directors, noting, “while distributing informative flyers to students and urging tolerance for sexual orientation, PFOX was harassed by several teachers. … ”

Griggs told WND she’s concerned about the attempt to define her Christian organization’s speech as “hate speech,” which could prompt the attention of federal prosecutors.

“What we have is people saying, ‘I’m gay and I don’t like what your said,'” she told WND, “‘and I’m going to sue you.'”

At a pro-homosexual website called change.org, signatures are being gathered for a letter to the district opposing the free speech of PFOX officials.

“Handing out these [flyers] to students is damaging. In the first place it tells LGBT students that they should desire to change their sexual orientation. In the second place, it reaffirms for many the stereotypes that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is unnatural, or something that can be easily changed or manipulated,” the letter states.

“There’s no place for these [flyers] in Montgomery County Public Schools, or in any public schools. I would like … a statement that your school district will pledge to institute a process whereby [flyers] that are not based on facts – in this case scientific facts about sexual orientation – won’t be handed out to students,” the letter said.

At the web page’s forum, contributors were nearly unanimous in condemning PFOX’s brochure:

* People die as a result of these (ex-“gay”) programs. They are a threat to public health.

* This is why you cant (sic) give religious people even a nanometer because they take a friggen Astronomical Unit.

* Whenever any young gay/lesbian decides to end their lives via suicide – groups like this need to know that they have blood on their hands!!

* The county has one of the most comprehensive non-discrimination and anti-hate speech policies in the country. You’d think telling gay teenagers they can magically turn straight would fall under that.

* Free speech does not mean that groups such as PFOX should be permitted to distribute incorrect and demeaning information like this to high school students.

* There is no excuse for this. There should be an ethical policy your school can use to stop these flyers. … Telling people they can change something (sic) cannot, that uses guilt, shame, and fear, IS hate speech.

Griggs told WND her organization has watched the attacks increase since Obama took office and implemented an agenda friendly to homosexual causes.

“What it has done … we have become the targets. They feel justified. They feel protected,” she said.

But she noted a Washington judge has ruled homosexuality is not immutable, so the attacks are just “unadulterated hate.”

“I have never seen the likes of this,” she said.

In the change.org commentary, the author wrote, “While the school district was required in 2006 to begin distributing outside organizations’ propaganda on a quarterly basis, that order did not include the propaganda of hate groups. … the MCPS does not wish to confront the obvious truth that PFOX is a hate group.”

Another e-mail warned PFOX that “Hitler was a devout Christian [that is a lie!! see here. -ed] and most Christian and evangelical religious groups are actively taking a page from his writings. … It breaks my heart that so many Christians thoughtlessly want an American version of the Taliban.”

Said yet another, “I feel that telling students not to discriminate against the ex-gay community is hurtful. … The ex-gay community should be the least of anyones (sic) concerns.”

Another who identified himself as a teacher in the district said, “Homophobia is the problem for gay-related issues, not being gay. … Stay out of our schools and leave our children alone!”

Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, said at the time the lawsuit over the “hate crimes” law was filed, “There is no legitimate law enforcement need for this federal law. Of the 1.38 million violent crimes reported in the U.S. by the FBI in 2008, only 243 were considered as motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation. Moreover, [Attorney General] Eric Holder himself testified at a Senate hearing that the states are doing a fine job in this area.”

He called it a “political payoff” to homosexual advocacy groups for support of Obama in the last presidential election.

“The sole purpose of this law is to criminalize the Bible and use the threat of federal prosecutions and long jail sentences to silence Christians from expressing their biblically-based religious belief that homosexual conduct is a sin. It elevates those persons who engage in deviant sexual behaviors, including pedophiles, to a special protected class of persons as a matter of federal law and policy,” Thompson said.

The Hate Crimes Act was dubbed by its critics as the “Pedophile Protection Act,” after an amendment to explicitly prohibit pedophiles from being protected by the act was defeated by majority Democrats. In fact, during congressional debate, supporters argued that all “philias,” or alternative sexual lifestyles, should be protected.

The law was promoted by its advocates as a crackdown on “bias” crimes motivated by a person’s “actual or perceived” “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”

Thomas More attorney Robert Muise noted, “This new federal law promotes two Orwellian concepts. It creates a special class of persons who are ‘more equal than others’ based on nothing more than deviant, sexual behavior. And it creates ‘thought crimes’ by criminalizing certain ideas, beliefs, and opinions, and the involvement of such ideas, beliefs, and opinions in a crime will make it deserving of federal prosecution.”

Obama signed the “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act” in October 2009 after Democrats strategically attached it to a “must-pass” $680 billion defense-appropriations bill.

The law cracks down on any acts that could be linked to criticism of homosexuality or even the “perception” of homosexuality. As Congress debated it, there were assurances it would not be used to crack down on speech.

Obama boasted of the “hate crimes” bill when he signed it into law.

“After more than a decade, we’ve passed inclusive hate-crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are,” he said.

The bill signed by Obama was opposed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, which called it a “menace” to civil liberties. The commission argued the law allows federal authorities to bring charges against individuals even if they’ve already been cleared in a state court.

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Pastor: Threats Against Rifqa Serious

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

We need to continue to pray for Rifqa Bary, the teen who ran away from home, in fear of her life, after she converted from Islam to Christianity. I truly believe she is very much in danger. Her father is a very devout Muslim with ties to a very radical mosque. I don’t believe he will allow this perceived “insult” she has caused him to go unpunished. For Rifqa this means, at best, a life of forced marriage and abusive servitude, or at worst, a horrible “honor killing” death.

Fathima Bary

A former Muslim who is now a Christian pastor is convinced that 17-year-old Christian convert Rifqa Bary, if returned to her parent’s custody, would be on the first plane back to her native Sri Lanka.

Pastor Jamal Jivanjee has talked with Rifqa personally about her story. He also attended several of the case hearings both in Florida and Ohio. In statements she made both to Jivanjee and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Rifqa claimed the family began making plans “to deal with her” after they found out she had become a Christian.

The pastor is fearful of what would happen if the young girl was returned to her parents, and they took her back to Sri Lanka.

“To have her dealt with in a very systematic way under Islamic law could mean killing [her]”, explains. “He [Rifqa’s father] had threatened to have her put in an institution because they said she’s crazy. There were also plans in the works for a forced marriage.

“So lots of people believe that if the court were not to take this threat seriously and she was to be sent home before her 18th birthday, I believe that they would be on the first plane out of the country with her,” he concludes. “That would be very detrimental.”

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See our previous post about Rifqa Bary.
Muslim Parents of Teen Christian Convert Renege on Custody Agreement.
Runaway Christian Convert to Remain Free of Parents, Judge Rules.
Rifqa Bary Case Takes a Positive Turn.
Court Issues Reunification Plan in Rifqa Bary Case.
Rifqa Bary Returns to Columbus.
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.
Political Asylum Suggested for Rifqa Bary, Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert.
Teen ‘Muslim to Christian’ Convert Order Back to Ohio by Florida Judge.
Rifqa Investigation Ignored Facts About Islam.

In Remembrance of Sarah and Amina Said. Stop Muslim “Honor” KillingsIn Remembrance of Noor Faleh Almaleki. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings
In Remembrance of Sarah & Amina Said and Noor Faleh Almalek.
Don’t let this become a memorial to Rifqa Bary as well. Stop Muslim “Honor” Killings Before They Happen!!

U.N. Climate Report Questioned by Own Scientists, Admits No Evidence to Support Warning About Climate-Caused North African Food Shortage

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

More information about so-called “global warming”. This time from one of the U.N. leading climatologist.

The U.N.’s controversial climate report is coming under fire — again — this time by one of its own scientists, who admits he can’t find any evidence to support a warning about a climate-caused North African food shortage.

The statement comes from a key 2007 report to the U.N., and asserts that by 2020 yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by up to 50% in some African countries thanks to climate change.

But this weekend, a key author of the team behind that report told The Sunday Times that he could find no evidence to support his own group’s claim. The revelation follows the retraction by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) of a claim that the Himalayan glaciers might all melt by 2035, dubbed ‘Glaciergate’ by commentators.

The newest controversial claim could become a very important error in the IPCC’s reporting, because it comes not only from the IPCC’s report on climate change impacts — called Assessment Report 4, or AR4 — but is also repeated in its “Synthesis Report.” That report is the IPCC’s most politically sensitive publication, distilling its most important science into a form accessible to politicians and policy makers.

Its lead authors include IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri himself, who has quoted it in speeches, as has U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

Speaking at the 2008 global climate talks in Poznan, Poland, Pachauri said: “In some countries of Africa, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced by 50% by 2020.” In a speech last July, Ban said: “Yields from rain-fed agriculture could fall by half in some African countries over the next 10 years.”

Speaking this weekend, Professor Chris Field, the new lead author of the IPCC’s climate impacts team, said: “I was not an author on the ‘Synthesis Report,’ but on reading it I cannot find support for the statement about African crop yield declines.”

This sort of claim should be based on hard evidence, said Robert Watson, chief scientist at Defra, the U.K.’s department for environment food and rural affairs, who chaired the IPCC from 1997 to 2002.

“Any such projection should be based on peer-reviewed literature from computer modelling of how agricultural yields would respond to climate change. I can see no such data supporting the IPCC report,” he said.

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Planned Parenthood Pushes Intensive Sex Education for Kids as Young as 10

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Unbelievable!!

A new report by the International Planned Parenthood Federation is advocating that children as young as 10 be given extensive sex education, including an awareness of sex’s pleasures.

The report, “Stand and Deliver,” charges that religious groups, specifically Catholics and Muslims, deny their young access to comprehensive sexual programs and education.

“Young people’s sexuality is still contentious for many religious institutions. Fundamentalist and other religious groups — the Catholic Church and madrasas (Islamic Schools) for example — have imposed tremendous barriers that prevent young people, particularly, from obtaining information and services related to sex and reproduction. Currently, many religious teachings deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex.” the report states.

The report demands that children 10 and older be given a “comprehensive sexuality education” by governments, aid organizations and other groups, and that young people should be seen as “sexual beings.”

“Young people have the right to be informed about sexuality and to have access to contraceptives and other services,” Bert Koenders, the Netherlands Minister for Development Cooperation, wrote in the foreword to the report. It was his organization that helped fund the report.

The report argues that sex education should be “recast” to show sexuality as a “positive force for change and development, as a source of pleasure, an embodiment of human rights and an expression of self.”

Much like a U.N. report released last August that advocated teaching masturbation to children as young as 5, “Stand and Deliver” has set off a wave of protest among religious and conservative groups.

Ed Mechmann, spokesman for New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, charged that Planned Parenthood was “trying to teach children sex without values and that sex is a matter of pleasure and done without consequences.”

He said religions like Catholicism and Islam teach sex as part of a much bigger picture and that Planned Parenthood was trying to de-link sex from traditional values.

“It is part of an effort to get children to reject traditional values and accept a liberal American-European view,” he said. “In many traditional countries — Catholic and Muslim — it won’t work and should be seen as cultural imperialism.”

Mechmann also charged that Planned Parenthood’s report was compromised because it has a financial stake advocating the changes. “The difference between Planned Parenthood and us is that we don’t make money off what we teach and say. They do. They make money off contraceptives and abortions,” he said.

Michelle Turner, president of the Maryland-based Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum, said Planned Parenthood was simply trying to eliminate parental say.

“What are they trying to do? They are trying to eliminate the role of mom and dad in the family,” Turner said. “For Planned Parenthood to decide that governments, private organizations and religious organizations should make decisions about kids’ sexuality is just going too far.”

“It is part of a bigger push to change the way we think about sex,” she said. That sex is all about pleasure and there are no consequences. They are wrong. No matter how much we teach children, some will make mistakes. They will forget. And Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to deal with that,” she said.

“They see religious groups, especially those that counsel abstinence and waiting until marriage, as bad guys,” she added. “We aren’t.”

Planned Parenthood said it was unable to comment because the report was issued by its European office and it was unable to contact them.

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