Archive for August 2nd, 2010

Praying Outside Abortion Clinic Gets Man Disorderly Conduct Charge

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

More persecution of Christians at the hands of the infanticide providers at Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood 'Disorderly Conduct'

A Chicago man says he’s fighting charges of disorderly conduct for simply standing on a public sidewalk and praying.

Joseph Holland, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern University, says he was standing still praying the rosary outside a Planned Parenthood facility in downtown Chicago July 3 when police arrested him for violating the city’s new “Bubble Zone” ordinance.

The law, passed in October, states that a person cannot approach within 8 feet of another person without consent “for the purpose of passing a leaflet or handbill to, displaying a sign to, or engaging in oral protest, education or counseling” within 50 feet from any health care facility.

It also says a person cannot “by force or threat of force or by physical obstruction” intentionally interfere with any person entering or leaving any health care facility.

But Holland says he didn’t approach or interfere with anyone.

“I was just standing by the building praying the rosary and one of the Planned Parenthood volunteers came up to me and started yelling at me that I needed to move 8 feet away, but the thing is I didn’t actually approach anyone; I was just standing by the building and the building doesn’t actually have a bubble,” Holland told FoxNews.com.

Holland said he never responded to that volunteer or said a word to any Planned Parenthood staffers or anyone entering the building, but he still got arrested.

“I tried to talk to the officer first and explain that the building doesn’t have an 8-foot bubble and that I didn’t talk to anyone,” Holland said. “I said, ‘I’m praying, I’m praying to God, not talking to people’ and basically he said me praying was a type of approaching people and violated the bubble zone ordinance.”

Chicago police spokesman Roderick Drew told FoxNews.com that, according to the report, Holland “stood within an inch of the victim, prayed out loud at a high volume for over 10 minutes” but ultimately got arrested for blocking the entrance.

“The offender refused two requests to move, and continued to block customer access to the establishment after being asked to clear the entrance by the person in charge of the facility,” he said.

Holland’s attorney, Peter Breen, says since it was the volunteer who approached Holland and not the other way around, Holland couldn’t have violated the ordinance no matter how close to him she stood.

In response to the allegations that Holland was blocking the entrance, Breen says, they’re “absolutely false.”

“If he was actually blocking the entrance to the clinic, then that would be a federal felony, that would not be something the Chicago police would be placing in an ordinance violation,” Breen, executive director and legal counsel of the Thomas More Society told FoxNews.com. “…This arrest was about one thing: trying to scare pro-life people away from Planned Parenthood.”

Breen, who also is representing a man who was arrested for allegedly violating the ordinance outside the same facility a few days later, says the fact that any arrests were made for alleged bubble zone violations is itself cause for concern.

“This ordinance doesn’t have a jail penalty, so normally for an ordinance like that the Chicago police would show up, if they believe a violation had occurred they would write you a ticket, and you would show up a month or two later at an administrative hearing,” Breen said. “It would be like getting a ticket for having a beer on the subway.”

“In these cases cops are actually taking these men, taking them into custody, booking them – that’s an arrest that goes on their record — keeping them for five hours, then finally releasing them,” he added. “So there are a couple of facets to this and our alarm bells really went off when we saw this treatment.”

Drew confirmed that Holland was arrested, photographed and kept in jail until he posted bond roughly four hours later.

But Planned Parenthood says it’s a good thing that the law is being enforced with a heavy hand.

“Our patients have the right to safely access the reproductive health care services they need to stay healthy,” Planned Parenthood spokesperson Lara Philipps told FoxNews.com. “…The bubble zone ordinance is critical to ensuring that those giving and seeking health care can safely enter and leave medical facilities without harassment and intimidation. We hope the law is robustly enforced.”

As for whether or not Holland actually was in violation of the ordinance, Phillips said, “We leave it to the court to determine the facts of the case.”

Holland says that will hopefully happen Tuesday.

“We had our first court date last Tuesday on the 27th and our next court date is this coming Tuesday and it looks like we’re going to have a jury trial — for a $500 max fine for violating a city ordinance that I clearly didn’t violate,” he said. “Seems like a big waste of taxpayer money to me, but if that’s what we have to do to show that people are being targeted for violating a city ordinance that they’re not actually violating, then I guess that’s what we have to do.”

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“The Real Crisis” by Terry James

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Politicians currently in majority power in the United States government have steered the American ship onto the deadly, rock-strewn shores of economic ruin. They have used the rudder of crises to do this dastardly deed.

They first created, whether unwittingly or deliberately, the so-called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac housing disaster. They, in effect, made it mandatory for lenders to sell homes to buyers who had nowhere near the income or other means to secure the high-priced houses they purchased.

This led to the crisis of banks and other lending institutions facing defaults on payment, thus insolvency and/or bankruptcy in many cases. These banks and institutions were deemed too big to fail, in terms of importance to the national economy. Thus the politicians in charge, who also had the votes in Congress to do so, declared that national and worldwide economic catastrophe was inevitable if huge amounts of money weren’t immediately voted to defuse the pending calamity.

The United States has come to the point of national shipwreck by years, even decades, of political chicanery. This scuttling has progressed more swiftly as of late through the federal government taking multi-trillions of dollars from non-existent Treasury funds for bailouts and taking over some private companies, such as General Motors, Chrysler, and several large banks. Government has thereby indentured future generations of American citizens, saddling them with debt that can never be repaid.

Perhaps the following quote by presidential chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has been overused: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” But his declaration is quite telling in explaining the otherwise irrationality of this country’s being steered through crises mismanagement toward an economic crash. In my view, the whole process is to bring America to European-style socialism, a course that has in effect wrecked–or is in the process of wrecking–all of Europe.

As disturbing as is the crisis America faces in so many areas of the nation’s well being, there exists a crisis of infinitely more intense magnitude. Like the worldwide economic and other crises, this one has profound, biblically prophetic import on an even greater scale.

The crisis about which I write is the almost-total blindness the church (born-again believers; see John 3:3) suffers from while America and the nations of planet earth reel and stagger toward the time of Tribulation. America’s deliberately directed breakup, and the nations of earth tearing apart in the aftermath of her carnage, as well as the church’s deliberately directed, head-in-the-sand blindness, are major parts of the end-times picture. It’s Bible prophecy in the final, stage-setting phase.

As stated previously, the blindness of the church constitutes the far more virulent of the crises. That is because the venom it injects is done so in a benign, peaceful, even soothing way by the crisis managers–the religionists who purvey feel-good sophistry. These, like their political counterparts in the case of directing America onto the shoals of destruction, steer the people in their pews toward the inward-turning course of destructive selfism. It is theological mumbo-jumbo that sequesters God’s people within do-goodism and feel-goodism and immerses them in a Laodicean-like, financial prosperity gospel.

The words of the resurrected Christ to John are chilling, considering the churches today who fall under the Lord’s omniscient, condemning eyes.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. (Rev. 3:15-17)

This inward-turning, wealth-oriented false theology is so egregious because it blinds its adherents to the real world around them–a world that needs Jesus Christ. He is the only remedy for the crises the people of earth face. Yet the people in churches, whose leaderships seek to insulate Christians from the realities of the lost, perishing masses, can think only of ways to make their own lives comfortable and entertaining.

Again, this is not to paint all large church bodies with the same broad brush. Many strive to teach and preach absolute truth from God’s Holy Word. But the churches that fit the Laodicean mold create the crisis that is far greater than any spawned from political treacheries.

Such false teaching has dumbed down God’s people to the point that there is little discernment of the prophetic times–the end times–in which this generation finds itself. These congregants, for example, haven’t any idea for the most part that Israel is the key signal of where we are on God’s prophetic timeline. Or that the peace process Israel is being pressured to join, trying to force the nation to give up land God gave it to enemies who want to wipe the Jewish state from the earth, is the number-one signal that the Lord is very near the time when He will call the church to Himself in the Rapture.

These haven’t a clue–except in the distant, disinterested sense–that Christianity has been invaded by those who make this the time of Jesus’ words:

Also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (Luke 17:28-30).

A recent news item frames the crisis created by the church’s inward-turning:

SAN FRANCISCO – Seven pastors who work in the San Francisco Bay area and were barred from serving in the nation’s largest Lutheran group because of a policy that required gay clergy to be celibate are being welcomed into the denomination… “It’s going to be an extremely glorious and festive ceremony because it’s the culmination of decades of work to welcome LGBT people into the ELCA,” said Amalia Vagts, executive director of the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, a nonprofit that credentials openly gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people for ministry. (Sudhin Thanawala, “Evangelical Lutheran Pulpits Welcome Non-celibate Gay Pastors,” 7/25/2010).

The crisis builds. There comes less and less outcry from the true church of Jesus Christ about the corruption within its ranks. It is a sure sign that the church is abdicating its assigned duty as being the salt and light in this dark, dying world. Jesus said of such a time as this:

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (Matt 24:42-44)

— Terry

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State Dept. Says Passport Records, Prior to 1968, Gone for Obama’s Mother

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

I’m not saying there is a conspiracy, but it seems odd that every possible avenue, to proving Obama meets Constitutional muster to be president, is thwarted, either by “circumstances” or Obama’s own design.
Again, if he is eligible to be president, producing the requested documents would put the issue to bed once and for all. This is something that Obama and the Democrats have spent millions of dollars preventing. This tells me that he is either not eligible to be president or he is hiding something even worse.

Last week, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the State Department released passport records of Stanley Ann Dunham, President Obama’s mother – but those records for the years surrounding Obama’s 1961 birth are missing.

The State Department claims that a 1980s General Services Administration directive had resulted in the destruction of many passport applications and other “non-vital” passport records, including Dunham’s 1965 passport application and any other passports she may have applied for or held prior to 1965.

Destroyed, then, would also be any records shedding light on whether Dunham did or did not travel out of the country around the time of Barack Obama’s birth.

The claim made in the FOIA response letter that many passport records were destroyed during the 1980s comes despite a statement on the State Department website that claims Passport Services maintains U.S. passport records for passports issued from 1925 to the present.

The records that were released, however, do contain interesting tidbits of new information about Obama’s mother, including the odd listing of two different dates and locations for her marriage to Obama’s Indonesian step-father, Lolo Soetoro.

In the released documents Ann Dunham listed both March 15, 1965, in Molokai, Hawaii, and alternatively, March 5, 1964, in Maui, Hawaii, as the dates and times of her marriage.

Ann Dunham later divorced Lolo Soetoro in Hawaii. The divorce decree took effect on Nov. 5, 1980, but the divorce papers do not list the date of the marriage.

No marriage certificate between Dunham and Soetoro has yet publicly surfaced, but a released application to amend Ann Dunham’s 1965 passport to her married name Stanley Ann Soetoro includes a checked box indicating that a passport officer had seen the marriage certificate.

The released records also document that on Aug. 13, 1968, Ann Dunham applied to have her 1965-issued passport renewed for two years, until July 18, 1970.

Under 22 USC Sec. 217a, from 1959 through 1968, passports were initially issued for three years, but they could be renewed for an additional two years.

Obama, by any other name

Also revealed by the released records is a heretofore unknown, alternative name for Barack Obama.

In the 1968 application to renew her 1965 passport, Dunham listed as her son Barack Hussein Obama, including in parenthesis below the name, “Saebarkah,” in what appears to be a variation of an Indonesian surname not previously associated in the public record with the president.

For some unexplained reason, the designation of “Barack Hussein Obama (Saebarkah)” is crossed off the 1968 application by five, handwritten, diagonal hash marks.

Ann Dunham also appears to have used two different variations of her name in obtaining and amending passports while married to Lolo Soetoro: Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro and, without her maiden name, Stanley Ann Soetoro.

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