The Scriptorium

10/27/2004

IRS: Churches can’t pray for Bush victory

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:56 pm

Now the IRS is telling us what we can and can’t pray for!! It was bad enough when they told us we couldn’t include anything in our sermons that remotely looked like an endorsement of one candidate over another. For those out there who love to scream “separation of church and sate”, that unconstitutional chant goes both ways. It’s a violation of the separation of church and state for the government to dictate matters of conscience and tell us what may be included in our prayer life. When the government starts policing thought and prayers, we all need to rise up and let our voices be heard. If this doesn’t cause outrage among Christians, then Christians in this country need to wake up.

WorldNetDaily

Canadian Muslims Explain Anti-Israel And Anti-Jewish Remarks

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:53 pm

Two prominent Canadian Muslim leaders issued clarifications for recent anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli remarks, in the wake of calls for their resignations and a formal complaint filed by the Canadian Jewish Congress.

During a recorded lecture on October 22, Sheikh Younus Kathrada, the head of Dar al-Madinah Islamic Society in East Vancouver called the Jews “brothers of monkeys and swine.”

TruthNews

Jihad and rape go hand in hand

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:40 pm

“Each of us was raped by between three and six men. … One woman refused to have sex with them, so they split her head into pieces with an axe in front of us.”

This happened in Darfur, from which Sudanese military personnel actually airlifted women to Khartoum to serve as sex slaves.

WorldNetDaily

Discrepancy Found in Explosives Amounts

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:18 pm

Kerry is going to regret making the missing explosives story the center of his campaign for the last few days. In addition to the breaking story that Russia helped Sadam move his weapons, ABC and others are reporting that the amounts the Iraqi Ministry claimed were missing were seriously overstated. IAEA documents now prove that it wasn’t 377 tons of explosives, but rather 138 tons, and it was removed from the facility in question long before the U.S. invasion.

Kerry is going to have to either try and come up with something to change the subject, or try to somehow blame Bush for the Russian involvement in Sadams WMD programs and their shipment to Syria. Good luck Kerry. I don’t think even the New York Times or CBS can help you now.

ABC News

Russia Hid Saddam’s WMDs

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:12 pm

On March 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the U.S.-led “aggression” against Iraq as “unwarranted” and “unjustifiable.” Three days later, Pravda said that an anonymous Russian “military expert” was predicting that the United States would fabricate finding Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov immediately started plying the idea abroad, and it has taken hold around the world ever since.

As a former Romanian spy chief who used to take orders from the Soviet KGB, it is perfectly obvious to me that Russia is behind the evanescence of Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction…..

FrontPage magazine.com

Russia tied to Iraq’s missing arms!

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:41 pm

Russian special forces troops moved many of Saddam Hussein’s weapons and related goods out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the March 2003 U.S. military operation, The Washington Times is reporting.
John A. Shaw, the deputy undersecretary of defense for international technology security, said in an interview that he believes the Russian troops, working with Iraqi intelligence, “almost certainly” removed the high-explosive material that went missing from the Al-Qaqaa facility, south of Baghdad.
The article also points out that Russia will be able to tell us what happened to Sadam’s WMD programs, and where the chemicals for his chem weapons program were transferred to.

This causes 2 problems for Kerry. One, it proves that Russia NEVER would have supported the Iraq war, no matter how much diplomacy. Their only interest was in covering up their involvement in Sadam’s WMD programs. Second, it proves Kerry was working with CBS and the New York Times to distort facts and trash our military based on lies and false information. If the MSM does what they should do tomorrow, Kerry will have some answering to do. Let’s hope Bush takes advantage of this.

The Washington Times: Nation/Politics

Kerry tied to beastly number

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:26 pm

It seems Kerry’s fans understand Kerry’s Character quite well. Is this a biblical warning perhaps?

Is it a Biblical warning?

AP preparing to ulogize Yasser Arafat

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:39 pm

Yasser Arafat is said to be in critical condition and possibly nearing death. The MSM, specifically AP, is already preparing the Eulogy. Of course none of Arafat’s terrorist past will be mentioned. Already the AP is saying things like this:

From his small window, Arafat looks out on rubble and heaps of cars flattened in previous Israeli raids.
- AP

Oh, poor Arafat. The Israelis have tortured him so. Now that he’s ill he won’t be able to sign the checks for Hamas, or hand out rewards to the families of suicide bombers. I wonder if Yasser can see the blown up discos in Israel from his window.

Take a look at this AP article and see if it doesn’t make you ill. They paint Arafat as a freedom fighter who spent a lifetime fighting terrorism, rather than the terrorist and murderer we all know he is. I’m just waiting for Bubba to come out with a speech about all the good times he had with Yasser during his numerous stays at the White House.

O’Connor praises international law

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:42 pm

There goes our constitution and our National Sovereignty. It seems our supreme court now things we need to observe and abide by international law. Now we will not only be governed by unelected dictators in black robes, but they will make their decisions based on what the rest of the world thinks. Global tests all over the place.

WorldNetDaily

Weblog: Beyond the Episcopal Church’s Pagan Eucharist

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:01 pm

Guess what’s no longer linked on the Episcopal Church USA’s page for Women’s Worship Resources? Both items highlighted in yesterday’s Weblog: “A Women’s Eucharist: A Celebration of the Divine Feminine” and the “Liturgy for Divorce.” You can actually still read both, but they’re now orphan pages, apparently unlinked from within the Episcopal Church website. (Though Weblog should add that they’re now linked from just about every conservative Anglican weblog in the country.)

Christianity Today Magazine

Recall of Christian Board Trustee Falls Short

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:53 pm

A Christian board trustee who refused to adopt a pro-homosexual non-discrimination policy for her Southern California school district has survived a union-financed recall effort.

Westminster School Board member Judy Ahrens found herself the target of a recall after she and two other trustees rejected a California law that requires school districts to allow students to define their own “perceived” gender, regardless of physical anatomy. However, organizers failed to collect the 7,200 signatures needed to get the recall initiative on the November 2 ballot.

News from Agape Press

Christian Tourists Overcome Fear, Return to Israel

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:51 pm

Jerusalem – After a nearly four-year hiatus sparked by the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, Christian tourists are coming back to the Holy Land.

Their presence can be felt on the streets of downtown Jerusalem, where tour buses are again making an appearance; in large restaurants that can accommodate tour groups; and in local hotels, virtually all of which were forced to lay off staff after the September 2000 uprising. Many hotels, particularly in Bethlehem in the West Bank and Nazareth in northern Israel, were forced to close their doors completely.

Beliefnet.com

Address to U.N. on Religion as a Value for Coexistence

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:50 pm

Here is the address that Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations, delivered before the 3rd Commission of the U.N. General Assembly on Item 105b: “Elimination of All Forms of Religious Intolerance.”

Zenit News Agency – The World Seen From Rome

Kerry’s Tax hypocrisy

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:13 pm

Sen. John Kerry keeps telling us that “the rich” need to pay more in taxes. The senator and his wife are among the 400 richest Americans. He says that he has “a plan to tax the rich.” Under the senator’s tax plan, what percentage of the Kerrys’ income do you think they would pay the IRS? (a) 50 percent, (b) 40 percent, (c) 30 percent, (d)15 percent. The correct answer is (d) 15 percent.

townhall.com

Iraqi Christians ‘in constant fear’ want green zones

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:06 pm

Growing violence against Iraq’s estimated 700,000 Christians could mean the creation of “green zone” style enclaves to protect against attacks by Muslim extremists.

Muslim extremists bombed five churches in Baghdad on 16 October in the second attack on the Christian community in the past three months.

No casualties were reported in the pre-dawn blasts, which struck churches across the capital over the course of an hour at the start of the holy month of Ramadan. But the attacks have been seen as a final straw by Iraq’s Christian and have lead to calls for the creation of safe havens in Iraq to protect families from mounting hostility.

greatreporter.com

Survey: Priests in favour of changing celibacy rule

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:04 pm

Up to 57% of Irish priests would like to see the rule of compulsory celibacy changed, although they do not think this would affect vocations.

A major survey by the Irish Catholic newspaper also found that three quarters of priests disapprove of eulogies or speeches by laity at funerals.

Over 1,100 priests responded to the confidential poll.

Nearly 75% of those questioned believe priests should not be involved in the management of schools.

Two thirds think Sunday schools would be a good idea to prepare children for sacraments.

This reflects the growing trend towards non-denominational schooling.

Other findings include lower attendance at confessions, and a support among half of all priests for a reduction in the number of masses on Sundays in response to falling vocations.

online.ie: News

New Bush Guard Papers Leave Questions

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:51 pm

Here we go again. The media is desparate. Their “raided weapons depot” story didn’t work, so they’re moving back to the National Guard stupidity.

Unearthed under legal pressure, three-decade-old documents portray President Bush as a capable and well-liked Air National Guard pilot who stopped flying and attending regular drills two-thirds of the way through his six-year commitment — without consequence.

Associated Press Article

Report from David Dolan in Israel

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:31 pm

Reports on Israel television at midnight say that longtime Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is at death’s door. His wife, Suha, is being rushed from her hotel home in Paris to be at his bedside. Arafat’s top aides, quoted in the Israeli and Palestinian media tonight, say the notorious PLO chairman is either in “critical” or “very critical” condition. Political analysts say this is an official admission that he is probably near death. However, some caution that the infamous Arab leader has appeared to be “checking out” a few times before, and is yet still with us.

Arafat lapsed into unconsciousness earlier in the day, but was reportedly revived from that state—although some Israeli analysts say he is likely still in a coma. Doctors from nearby Jordan, which formally signed a peace accord with Israel exactly ten years ago today, have been rushed to his bedside.

The main question here tonight is what Arafat’s apparently imminent passing will mean for this volatile region; already convulsing from the turbulent situation in Iraq and the pending unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Late reports from Ramallah say Arafat has appointed a three man committee to run the Palestinian Authority “for the time being.” However, Israeli analysts say the “committee” was probably formed by the three men themselves, without Arafat’s actual knowledge or consent. Many expect the chaos that has been recently escalating in the Palestinian zones to explode when he finally dies, with the likelihood that a bloody power struggle, and possibly even a civil war, will follow. Typical of regional and world dictators, the veteran Palestinian leader has allowed no obvious successor to arise in his despotic wake.

Ironically, Arafat slipped into a coma exactly nine years to the day, according to the Hebrew calendar, when Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv. I was out tonight having dinner at a restaurant just around the corner from the one I was at when Rabin was gunned down in early November, 1995. I was telling my Israeli and visiting American dinner partners about that, while wondering what might lie ahead for tiny Israel following the momentous and divisive Knesset vote on Tuesday night to empower the Sharon government to uproot all Jewish residents from the Gaza Strip and four communities in northern Samaria.

I mentioned to them that late last night—just hours after the Knesset approved the acrimonious withdrawal plan—I watched from my living room window as bright streaks of lighting struck the very area that is to be evacuated north of Jerusalem. It was the first such electrical storm since last winter, I noted. The Arab city of Ramallah is also located in that direction as well, where Arafat is seemingly preparing to meet his maker tonight.

Experts: Electoral College Tie Possible

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:22 pm

What could be more maddening than the 2000 election recounts in Florida, or enduring four more years of whining about who was elected under the constitution, and who won the (meaningless) popular vote? Answer: A tie in the Electoral College. And some experts think it’s entirely possible.

NewsMax.com

Flip-flopping On WMD?

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:45 pm

Wait a minute — so there were WMDs in Iraq? The Kerry campaign, the media, assorted pundits, and others are making much of the disappearance of the 380 tons of explosives from the al Qaqaa storage facility south of Baghdad. According to the IAEA, the U.N. watchdog agency now apparently in the service of the Democratic National Committee, some of the explosives could be used to detonate nuclear weapons. Wow — nuclear-weapon components were in Iraq? Shouldn’t the headline be, “Saddam Had ‘Em?”

CBS News

Saddam Possessed WMD, Had Extensive Terror Ties — 10/04/2004

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:37 pm

Now that even Democrats are admitting Sadam had dangerous and easily movable weapons that vanished from storage depots, perhaps we can all start asking what else might have been moved. Wouldn’t now be the perfect time to ask the Democrats why they can admit these weapons depots were emptied, but they ignore and cover up the CIA reports of convoys of 18 wheelers heading into Syria before the war started?

CNS News

Postal Experts Hunt for Missing Ballots in Florida

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:25 pm

U.S. Postal Service investigators on Wednesday were trying to find thousands of absentee ballots that should have been delivered to voters in one of Florida’s most populous counties, officials said.
The issue evoked memories of the polling problems that bedeviled the Florida election in 2000 and which the state has been trying to address before next Tuesday’s presidential election, which is again expected to be a very tight race.

Reuters Article

Two charged with voter registration fraud in Denver

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:10 pm

Denver prosecutors today charged two people with filling out multiple voter-registration forms and said they were investigating “reams” of documents for potential problems.

Monique Mora, 20, and Pelonne Page, 21, are accused of putting down false information on the forms or having others do it.

The two were working for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, one of numerous groups that paid people in Colorado this year to register voters.

DenverPost.com – Local Politics

Ta-Ray-Za equates homeland security with making sure children are fed before school

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:06 pm

The wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told more than 300 supporters at a union-sponsored rally in Harrisburg today –quote– “I choose to think of security in a more broad and humane way,” such as making sure a child is well-fed and ready for school.

CBS 3: Heinz-Kerry Talks Homeland Security

Palestinian sources: Arafat has lost consciousness

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:56 pm

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat’s health has deteriorated, Palestinian sources said on Wednesday night. An ambulance and a team of doctors, including the director of the Ramallah hospital, arrived at his headquarters to check on him. According to one report, Arafat lost consciousness. Senior Palestinian officials, including current Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, and the heads of various Palestinian security forces, are currently in his headquarters.

Haaretz – Israel News

Iran Threatens to End Nuclear Talks

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:24 pm

Iran’s supreme leader threatened to pull out of negotiations if European countries press their demand for total suspension of uranium enrichment, as a new round of talks ended Wednesday without an agreement to avert the possible threat of U.N. sanctions.

AP Article

NY Times Flashback: Paper Reported Saddam Transferred High Explosives

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:10 pm

The New York Times claimed this week that hundreds of tons of high explosives had been removed from the Al-Qaqaa weapons depot while the facility was under U.S. control.

But Times reporters knew way back in Feb. 2003 that the removal process was instigated – not by looters or insurgents after the U.S. liberation – but instead by the government of Saddam Hussein.

NewsMax.com

Indians Put Security Forces on Red Alert After Ben Laden Sighting in Laddakh

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:28 am

NEW DELHI, October 25: Fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been spotted in the Tibet-Laddakh region, close to the North-Eastern tip of Pakistan, bordering India and China, Indian and US officials believe.

A high-ranking official of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) flew from Islamabad on Sunday to meet top Indian officials here in Delhi after reports of Bin Laden’s presence in the region.

According to sources, following the meeting between Indian security bosses and the FBI, the New Delhi Government has put its security forces in the North Western region, specially the Kashmir Valley, on ‘red alert.’

South Asia Tribune

John Kerry’s Explosive Attack May Backfire

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:55 am

Let’s let the nervous reporters at NBC off the hook. They were obviously uncomfortable debunking their old media pals at CBS and the New York Times and that’s understandable. As it happens, the 3rd Infantry Division arrived at al Qa Qaa a week earlier on Friday April 3rd, 2003. Published Reports from the Associated Press and CBS verify this news and leave no doubt that they took a long look around the sprawling facility. In fact according to the AP, Col. John Peabody made reporters aware that the 3rd ID had “found thousands of 2-by-5-inch boxes, each containing three vials of white powder, together with documents written in Arabic that dealt with how to engage in chemical warfare.” Col. Peabody also informed CBS that, “they discovered atropine, used to counter the effects of nerve agents.” Some of you likely recall this story, as it was very big news at the time and all over network and cable news as any story that even resembled WMD captured entire news cycles.

The Washington Dispatch

ABCNEWS HOLDS TERROR WARNING TAPE

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:21 am

In the last week before the election, ABCNEWS is holding a videotaped message from a purported al Qaeda terrorist warning of a new attack on America, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The terrorist claims on tape the next attack will dwarf 9/11. “The streets will run with blood,” and “America will mourn in silence” because they will be unable to count the number of the dead. Further claims: America has brought this on itself for electing George Bush who has made war on Islam by destroying the Taliban and making war on Al Qaeda.

DRUDGE REPORT 2004?

60,000 absentee ballots missing in Florida

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:18 am

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office pointed a finger at the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday for nearly 60,000 missing absentee ballots, but took the blame for having a phone system that was being overwhelmed by calls from frustrated voters.

While the post office denied responsibility for the missing ballots, Broward County commissioners, anxious to avoid another failed election, offered to send county employees to help with the phones. Dozens of employees could begin assisting the elections office today to answer telephone calls and to process voters at the 14 early voting sites.

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Significance of the Great Sanhedrin in Israel

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:21 am

Last week it was announced that the Great Sanhedrin had been re-established in a ceremony at Tiberius (see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=70349). Rabbi Kook, first Chief Rabbi of Israel, had written that the steps leading up to the final redemption (of the Jewish people, and of the world) would follow the order of a special (and ancient) prayer called the Shemoneh Esrei (or Eighteen) — referring to the Eighteen Benedictions listed therein. This prayer is spoken 3 times every day by observant Jews worldwide.

D’var Torah (Commentary)

The media plays ‘trick or treat’

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:19 am

The media are too busy repackaging old Iraq news in an October offensive against President George W. Bush’s reelection to investigate truly startling evidence unearthed this week that the Communist Party may have been directing John Kerry’s anti-war activities in the early 1970s. The evidence, contained in captured communist records on file at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University, shows a well-coordinated effort by the Communist Party to recruit American servicemen and officers to become part of the American anti-war movement. The objective was to organize high-profile activities to undermine support for the Vietnam War, including holding hearings on alleged war crimes, lobbying Congress to oppose the war, exploiting the families of American POWs and urging servicemen to return their service medals.

townhall.com

The illegal alien swing vote

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:09 am

The right to vote is precious, the politicians preach. Our democracy hangs in the balance, the pundits screech.

Yes, but if we all value the sanctity of the voting process so highly, why is it that I’ve never once been asked to produce identification of any kind in the 16 years I’ve been a voter, from Ohio to California to Washington state to Maryland?

WorldNetDaily

Bishop attacks school condom plan

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:57 am

A Catholic Bishop in Springfield, MA protested yesterday the Holyoke School Committee’s recent decision to make condoms available to students in grades 6-12. The education department argues that they have to do something to lower the teen pregnancy and AIDS rate.

How will handing out condoms lower the teen pregnancy rate? Somehow condoning sex among 6th graders and encouraging them to have sex by handing them condoms, is supposed to have the opposite affect that more sex usually has on population statistics. The schools in Springfield could save money and spare themselves a reputation for being idiots, by teaching abstinence to their students. That is, after all, the only 100% affective method of birth control. Unfortunately, any morality or healthy lifestyle habits that might be instilled in our children by teaching abstinence comes dangerously close to a religious teaching. Next they’ll be handing the students bombs just in case they want to blow something up. After all teaching them not to commit mass murder would be another lesson in morals that comes frighteningly close to teaching the Ten Commandments in school.

Boston.com / News / Local / Bishop attacks school condom plan

Poll: Nearly 1 in 10 Has Already Cast Vote

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:32 am

While the 2004 election is locked in a virtual dead heat, for nearly one in 10 likely voters it’s all over but the counting: They’ve already cast their ballots. Nine percent of “likely” voters in the ABC News tracking poll say they’ve voted for president, either by absentee ballot or early voting, a number that’s jumped in the last week. Fifty-one percent say they went for George W. Bush, 47 percent for John Kerry.

ABC News

CNN poll has Bush ahead in Florida

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:30 am

President Bush outpolled Democratic challenger John Kerry by 8 points among likely Florida voters surveyed in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday, but other polls indicated a tighter race.

In the CNN poll, Bush had 51 percent and Kerry 43 percent among likely voters interviewed. The result was similar among registered voters: 51 percent for Bush and 42 percent for Kerry. Independent candidate Ralph Nader drew the support of 1 percent of respondents in both categories.

CNN.com

If the Democrats Can’t Win, They’ll Cheat

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:28 am

In Philadelphia, an effort by state Republicans to send letters to 130,000 newly registered voters asking them to support Republican candidates resulted in 10,000 being returned because there was “no such number” or “no such persons” at the address.
Christian Marrone, legal counsel to Pennsylvania Republicans, said some of the new registrations listed vacant lots as addresses, and others went to boarded-up buildings. He said there was “some serious fraud taking place.”

The Washington Times

Election violence surfaces in South Florida

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:18 am

Ever notice that when there are reports of vandalism and assault during an election, the Democrats are always the ones doing the vandalizing and attacking? I guess we shouldn’t expect more from a party that has no morals and attracts secularists and the anti-Christian crowd. This is what moral relativism gets us. Our country is increasingly made up of criminals who justify their own behavior the same way they justify the “resistance” of terrorists.

BocaNews.com

Religious rights group sues LA over Messianic Jews’ banner

Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:01 am

A Virginia-based religious rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against the city for its refusal to permit the display of a banner with the phrase “Jews who believe in Jesus.”
The American Center for Law and Justice maintains the city violated the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and liberty.

sacbee.com — AP State Wire News