Archive for March 23rd, 2011

Study Finds Religion May Be Heading for Extinction in Parts of World

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

All according to Satan’s plan. What he doesn’t realize is that God has another plan. The people who follow Satan’s plan, willingly or unwittingly, are in for a very big surprise.

Parts of the world are literally losing their religion, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the American Physical Society, finds that religion is dying out in nine countries.

The findings unveiled at an APS meeting in Dallas show that religion may become extinct in Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

The study, conducted by Richard Wiener of the University of Arizona, and Daniel Abrams and Haley Yaple of Northwestern University, took data stretching back 100 years for those nine countries.

“In a large number of modern secular democracies, there’s been a trend that folk are identifying themselves as non-affiliated with religion; in the Netherlands the number was 40 percent, and the highest number was in the Czech Republic, where the number was 60 percent.”

The study also found that “Americans without affiliation comprise the only religious group growing in all 50 states.”

“In 2008 those claiming no religion rose to 15 percent nationwide, with a maximum in Vermont at 34 percent,” the study says.

The study concludes that religion in these societies might one day disappear.

“The model predicts that for societies in which the perceived utility of not adhering is greater than the utility of adhering, religion will be driven toward extinction.”

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One Dead, Dozens Injured in Jerusalem Bus Explosion

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Things are really heating up in the Middle East. Keep watching.

JERUSALEM – A bomb struck a crowded bus stop in central Jerusalem Wednesday, killing one woman and wounding more than 20 other people in what authorities said was the first major Palestinian militant attack in the city in several years.

The bombing brought back memories of the second Palestinian uprising last decade, a period in which hundreds of Israelis were killed by suicide bombings in Jerusalem and other major cities, and thousands of Palestinians died in Israeli military operations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but authorities blamed Palestinian militants and threatened harsh retaliation. The attack came against the backdrop of a rising wave of violence that has threatened a lengthy period of relative calm, and made hopes for a negotiated peace ever more distant. The moderate Palestinian government in the West Bank condemned the violence.

The 3 p.m. bombing occurred near the main entrance to Jerusalem, next to the city’s central bus station and main convention center, an area that is crowded with travelers and passers-by. The bomb went off next to a food stand called, in a Hebrew play on words, “a blast of a kiosk.” The owner said the name was to remember an earlier attack at the same site.

The blast reverberated throughout Jerusalem and blew out the windows of two crowded buses. Rescuers removed bloodied people from the area on stretchers, as sirens from speeding ambulances wailed in the background.

Authorities said a 60-year-old woman was killed, while two dozen other people were hurt, several critically.

Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country will react “aggressively, responsibly and wisely” to the attack.

Netanyahu said he spent the evening huddled with top security officials to discuss the situation.

Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, rushed to the scene and urged people to return to their routines. “We will show the terrorists we are not terrorized,” he said.

Tensions have been rising in recent weeks, particularly along Israel’s southern border with the Gaza Strip. Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, has been firing rockets and mortar shells across the border, and Israel retaliating with airstrikes and other attacks.

In fresh violence on Wednesday, two rockets landed in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba, moderately wounding one man, and mortar shells struck southern Israel.

Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud Barak threatened retaliation against Hamas.

“We will not tolerate the harming of Israeli citizens, not in the south and not in Jerusalem,” Barak said. “Hamas is responsible for the firing of rockets toward Beersheba today and this responsibility has a price.”

Earlier this month, five members of a Jewish settler family were stabbed to death in their sleep at their West Bank home. And on Tuesday, an errant Israeli strike meant for Palestinian militants killed four members of a Palestinian family in Gaza.

Adding to the tensions, peace efforts between the Israelis and the Western-backed Palestinian government have been stalled since September.

The attack drew international condemnations as well. In Washington, President Barack Obama offered condolences and called on those responsible to end such attacks. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called it “unacceptable.”

Egypt, however, warned Israel against any military operation in the Gaza Strip.

“Escalation of violence will not serve the interest of any party and will not serve peace or stability,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Menha Bakhoum said in a statement.

Jerusalem’s police chief, Aharon Franco, said the bomb was about four pounds (one to two kilograms) and was planted in a small bag on the sidewalk. He said security services were on alert for additional attacks.

He said authorities had no firm leads but were investigating a possible link to a small bombing earlier this month that wounded a garbage collector as he removed the device from a trash can.

“I saw kids crying on the street, lying in blood on the side of the road,” said one man who witnessed the blast. Crying on the telephone, he frantically tried to reach his daughter, calming down a bit when he found out she was safe. The man, trembling in shock, refused to give his name.

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“‘THE CONSCIENCE OF THE OSLO ACCORDS IS CRUMBLING’ – SAYS MOSHE FEIGLIN” by Fern Sidman

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

A palpable excitement filled the air as over 1000 people gathered on Monday evening, March 21st at the Terrace On The Park catering hall in New York to attend the 9th annual gala dinner for the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) movement. This year’s dinner was dedicated to the incredible life and enduring legacy of Herbert Zweibon, ZT”L, the beloved founder and chairman of Americans For A Safe Israel (AFSI) who passed away on Tu B’Shevat, January 19, 2011, as special tributes were paid him. Considered a shining paradigm of pro-Israel activism in America, Mr. Zweibon was remembered in the fondest of terms by the Manhigut Yehudit leadership.

“My first memory of Herb Zweibon was when a took a year off to volunteer my time to AFSI”, said Rob Muchnick, US Director of Manhigut Yehudit. “We are proud to say that we continue to work with AFSI and will continue our important work together in the future. Herb’s fighting spirit was infectious and his entire being resonated with an overwhelming love of Israel and the Jewish people”, he added.

Helen Freedman, executive director of AFSI said, “I was very touched and pleased by the fact that Manhigut Yehudit saw fit to honor our beloved Herb Zweibon, z”l at their annual dinner. Since the goals of Jewish leadership and the preservation of a whole Israel are shared by both AFSI and Manhigut Yehudit, it was very appropriate that AFSI’s Chairman should be honored at this occasion. The large turnout of AFSI members was a tribute both to Herb and to the ideology of Manhigut Yehudit.”

The recent barbaric murders of five members of the Fogel family in the settlement of Itamar on March 11th took center stage amongst dinner attendees and organizers. “Tonight we not only pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions to Jewish activism made by Herbert Zweibon but we recall with profound sorrow the horrific and tragic massacre of the Fogel family”, intoned Shmuel Sackett, international director of Manhigut Yehudit.

“There are revolutions underway in Egypt, Libya and the entire Arab world, but what about Israel?”, declared Mr. Sackett. Recalling that he and Manhigut Yehudit party chairman Moshe Feiglin led hundreds of thousands of Israelis in protests across the nation, he ruefully observed, “they did not help”. Adding that, “Israelis believe they live in a democracy in contrast to the people of Egypt who knew they didn’t live in a democracy. Israelis still believe in the democratic process and thus, we are here talking about positive change in the Israeli government. We are building a new leadership that will be committed to a complete and undivided land of Israel living to serve the one and only G-d of Israel,” he said.

“The conscience of Oslo is crumbling before our very eyes”, declared keynote speaker Moshe Feiglin, founder and co-president of Manhigut Yehudit. Regarded by many as the leading spokesman for the Land of Israel sector, Mr. Feiglin founded the Zo Artzeinu (This is Our Land) grassroots movement in 1994 which stood in vehement opposition to the Oslo Agreements, and later established the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) organization, which has since joined the Likud with the goal of “influencing from within.” Manhigut Yehudit is credited with giving the Likud, and especially its list of knesset members, a more nationalist slant than it would have had otherwise.

“After attending the funeral of the Fogel family, I realized that a dramatic shift in Israeli society was taking place”, intoned Mr. Feiglin. “When Galei Tzahal (Israeli Army Radio) broadcast the entire funeral live, I took note of the fact that this station is the second largest radio station in the country, and definitely not a right wing one, felt the need to report this event that rocked the entire nation. That means something as does the left wing journalist from the Ma’ariv newspaper who said after the slayings of the Fogels that he is “scared and frustrated that there will be no peace and that he wants to “hide under the dress of Daniella Weiss” (a leading figure in the settlement movement).

Delivering an optimistic prognostication of his future on the Israeli political scene, Mr. Feiglin declared, “The Oslo Accords had in the past engulfed the nation and caused a disconnect from reality, but now we have witnessed the fact that people are coming to terms with the abysmal failure of Oslo. It was then that I understood, that with the help of G-d, I am going to be the next prime minister of Israel and it’s going to be sooner than ever before.”

Addressing the recent ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Mr. Feiglin said, “Arab dictators are moving aside. Israelis have now come to the stark realization that they never had peace with Egypt when they saw Egyptian government opposition forces holding picture of Mubarak with the Star of David scrawled over his face.” Mr. Feiglin promised a change in Jewish leadership in Israel by carving out a new direction for Israeli youth. “For these young people, Oslo is the only language that they know. They have no concept of a true Jewish state but we are going to offer them an alternative that includes an authentic Jewish identity.”

He concluded by vowing, “When I become prime minister of Israel, no Arab will ever take a knife and slaughter a Jewish child.”

“Moshe Feiglin is a man who understands that the eternal possession of the Jewish people is a united and not divided state of Israel”, declared Pastor James David Manning of the ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem. A staunch pro-Israel advocate and ardent Christian Zionist, Pastor Manning recounted his biblical obligations to the Jewish people and the land of Israel by saying, “In the book of Genesis, chapter 12, G-d spoke to Abraham and said “whoever blesses the Jewish people shall be blessed and whoever curses the Jewish people shall be cursed”.

Recalling his youthful introduction to the “love of Zion” and the Jewish nation, Pastor Manning declared, “As a young man, I vividly remember the very clear, very resolute and very powerful words of Rabbi Meir Kahane. I was truly encouraged by his honesty and wisdom and the work that he accomplished in his life. I was so greatly impressed by his great love for G-d’s word .”

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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.