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  • The Scriptorium


    Schindlers: Impeach Fla. Judge

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:19 pm

    Judge Greer must be impeached. There can be no dispute that he broke the law. Florida Statute 744.3215 (Rights of Persons Determined Incapacitated) requires that incapacitated people cannot be deprived of food and water. Yet, Greer ordered that the family may not introduce oral nutrition and hydration following the removal of Terri’s gastric feeding tube. This is a clear violation of Florida law and even judges must follow the law.

    A spokesman for the family of Terri Schindler Schiavo said Wednesday the Florida judge presiding over her case “ignores the state’s laws and orders the premeditated killing of a disabled Florida woman by her husband.”

    Pamela Hennessy, media director for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, in a press release Wednesday called on disability and eldercare advocates to press for Circuit Judge George Greer’s “immediate impeachment.”

    “If there is a single person following this who doesn’t believe Judge Greer has legislated from the bench, trampled Florida’s laws and deprived Terri Schiavo of her retained rights, they are simply not paying attention,” Hennessy said in a statement.

    According to the foundation’s press release, on Tuesday and Wednesday Greer issued three orders that the foundation said all but assures Schiavo’s death. First, Greer ordered that the family may not introduce oral nutrition and hydration following the removal of Terri’s gastric feeding tube. . . . . . . .

    New Max Article

    Planned Parenthood Thanks Anti-Terri Voters

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:03 pm

    You know you’ve done something very, very wrong when planned parenthood thanks you. If you needed proof that the starvation of Terri Schindler was about more than euthanasia, here it is. The biggest abortion provider in the country thanks those Senators who helped murder Terri. Perhaps their hoping to expand their death mills? A new service: “Have your wife starved to death here. We guarantee a torturous 2 week dying process for any healthy ‘useless eater’”.

    On Thursday, March 24, the director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida sent an e-mail to advocates for the abortion operation telling them how to “express your appreciation” to Florida Republican senators who split with the GOP leadership by voting against a bill intended to save Terri Schiavo, according to David Bereit, national director of American Life League’s STOPP International.

    The message listed the names and contact information for the six senators.

    In a Wednesday, March 30, phone conversation with David Bereit, the Planned Parenthood executive admitted to sending the e-mail and said, “We just felt that it was pretty courageous of them (the six senators) to do what they did, and it’s always a good idea to thank legislators when they do something you like.”

    When asked by Bereit about the specifics of the measure, the abortion clinic employee admitted, “I really am not sure exactly what the legislation said,” but explained that she sent out the e-mail because, “I think probably the majority of our supporters feel that there should not be government intrusion, that the court should be the ones handling this issue, as it has, and so that’s why I did it.” . . . . . .

    News Max Article

    Tom Delay Promises Action

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:25 am

    All the politicians are making statements today about the tragedy of Terri Schiavo. The one I found most encouraging, because it calls for action, is by Tom DeLay:

    “Mrs. Schiavo’s death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change,” DeLay said in a statement. “The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo’s friends in this time of deep sorrow.”

    Let’s hope he means it.

    Senator: Schiavo judges should be ‘held accountable’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:55 am

    At least one U.S. Senator gets it. The judges who ignored Congress and believe we have no power over their dictatorial rule must be punished. Both Greer and Wittmore should be held in contempt of Congress and removed from the bench.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think our leaders are going to grow a spine over night. Oh sure, they’ll talk about holding the judges accountable and teaching those judges a lesson, but when it comes to actually doing something, they’ll hide. It’s easier to crawl back under your rock and believe you still have some power and authority left than it is to actually do your job. Normally, I would say it’s up to us to let our leaders know we won’t stand for that. However, I think we’ve all seen how much the will of the people means to power hungry thugs and the gutless wonders in Congress. I think the answer is at the ballot box. If our leaders won’t lead, we can always elect new leaders. I certainly won’t be voting for a Bush again. The Bush’s seem to have all the confidence and conviction in the world when it comes to saving the people of another country (especially if that country is run by the religion of peace), but that leadership quickly vanishes when an American is in need. We can do better.

    Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., contends action should be taken against two judges who ignored congressional orders in the Terri Schiavo case.

    Referring to U.S. District Judge James Whittemore’s decision last week to reject a request for emergency intervention, Santorum said, “For this judge in this district to ignore that is tantamount, I believe, to an offense that should be discussed in the Congress.”

    Santorum was speaking with the Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity in an interview last night at the Wooside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., where Terri Schiavo is now in the 13th day without nutrition and hydration since her feeding tube was removed by court order March 18.

    The senator led an effort in Congress that resulted in a bill, signed by President Bush, intended to trigger a federal court review and a quick restoration of the feeding tube.

    “What we asked for in the Congress was a new finding of fact,” Santorum said. “And this judge in this district ignored it, snubbed his nose at Congress, I think against the law. I think he should be held accountable for it.” . . . . .

    WND Article

    Terri Schiavo dies of thirst

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:35 am

    The U.S. succeeded in starving and dehydrating their first disabled person to death. The spineless Bush brothers can come out of hiding now. As a final parting shot at the family, Michael Schiavo barred her parents and family from being by her bedside in her hour of death. Michael will get his money and he’ll be able to marry his other wife now, but he will also face judgment one day.

    It’s a sad day for Terri’s family and for all those who fought against torturing her to death. Let’s not let her death be the beginning of more torture. Hold the weak, gutless politicians accountable and do all you can to turn the judicial tyranny in this country around.

    God bless you Terri. You can open a window now and go outside, and you can finally get that drink of water.

    Terri Schiavo, the brain-injured Florida woman at the center of an intense euthanasia battle played out on a national stage, died shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern time.

    The news came after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected yet another appeal by her parents, Robert and Mary Schindler.

    The Schindlers had pleaded with son-in-law Michael Schiavo to allow them to be with their daughter in her final hours, but according to initial reports, they were not present when she died.

    The decision by the Supreme Court last night to not intervene was the sixth since 2000. The emergency request argued the federal courts did not consider whether there was enough “clear and convincing” evidence that Schiavo had expressed a wish to not live in her current condtion. The trial court in Pinellas County, Fla., determined she was in a persistent vegetative state. The Schindlers countered that assessment with statements from neurologists who claimed she was in a “minimally conscious state,” able to respond to stimuli.

    Fr. Frank Pavone, a Catholic priest, told reporters he was in Terri’s room about 15 minutes before she died.

    But Pavone said he was instructed to leave 10 minutes before her death by order of Michael Schiavo, who was with Terri when she died.

    “His heartless cruelty continues until this very last moment,” Pavone said of Terri’s estranged husband.

    After Terri died, immediate family was allowed in the room, the priest said.

    “This is not only a death with all the sadness it brings, this is a killing,” Pavone said. “We not only grieve for Terri, we grieve that our nation would allow such a thing.” . . . . .

    WND Article


    Don’t Worry…In the “Judge” We Trust

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:53 pm

    This article really sums up how I feel about those who can’t see the judicial crisis in this country – especially those who think we should be ruled by unelected judges, and there is nothing wrong with someone starving to death for WEEKS before dieing. The humor in this piece emphasizes well how absurd their position is.

    We can all rest easy. Clearly the judges have everything under control, including who is worthy of a right to life finally. Now that they have successfully protected and preserved our right to die, we can rest assured that they will tend to all our other rights with equal vigor…

    It was close there for a while, some judges taking almost 24 hours to decide to defend our right to be starved and dehydrated to death once we have lost our usefulness to society. But in the end, they all stood tall, even in the face of enormous pressure from the governor of Florida, the state and US congress, the President and even the American people.

    At last count, they had arrested and jailed 47 hardened criminals who shamefully attempted on numerous occasions to derail a woman’s right to die, by sneaking her a glass of life sustaining water. It turns out the secularists were right, we can trust in men and man’s laws to preserve and protect our way of life…at least when it comes to death.

    See, all you people on the religious right with your high-minded morals had nothing to worry about. These judges are such progressive free thinkers that in the process of defending death, they managed to solve a few other major issues facing our nation today.

    When it comes to social concerns, none are bigger than the solvency of Social Security and accessible health care. Everyone knows that when people get older, they tend to require more health care and guess who is sucking up all the Social Security funds? Right, the elderly…

    Well, both problems have just been solved. Now when people pass the point of self-reliance, requiring “heroic measures” like food and water in order to sustain life, we can simply offer them their right to die. That will eliminate their need for expensive medical attention and their drain on the Social Security trust fund…

    The best part is they don’t even have to agree to accept the offer. If they ever made an off the cuff comment to anyone at any point during their life, that they would not like to live like some comatose vegetable they saw in a movie once, that’s good enough. No need for all the cumbersome paperwork of a living will or anything, we just need someone to come forward who remembers the statement they made during Terms of Endearment.

    The judges even found a fast and painless way to assure that we go on to meet our maker in peace. Once again, the secularists were right. Just because they now have Terri Schiavo on morphine to stop her convulsions doesn’t mean she is actually in any pain mind you. Like the videos of her responding to her parents, the convulsions just look painful…They aren’t really, the judge ruled on that too.

    This case also answered another nagging medical question. Just how long can one live without food and water? I have always heard it stated that the human body can’t last much more than a week without food, even less without water. Now we know. Even a woman who “wants to die” with a God who “wants to bring her home” is at 12 days and counting…

    All you right-wing religious fanatics were wrong again. There is nothing slow and painful about being starved and dehydrated to death. It hasn’t even been a month yet. You people just can’t comprehend what a true act of compassion looks like… It’s a good thing secularist judges can.

    When are you people who only trust in God going to learn that men know better? That no God can protect you like a good secular judge can? When will you learn that if you just trust in the laws specifically made for you, morals aren’t necessary? Justice is in the eye of the beholder. It’s only what’s legal that matters…

    Besides, if you must have a set of moral standards, we can get a judge to make some up.

    The progressive judiciary has solved another major problem. There is no more need for lengthy expensive legislative processes just to enact laws. Why waste our resources with all those people in all those expensive buildings just to pass laws when a single judge can accomplish the same thing with a single ruling…?

    Really, we don’t even need a legislative branch of government anymore. It’s just too expensive and they spend most of their time fighting and bickering anyway. Just let the judges do it! After all, when a judge doesn’t like how law makers wrote it, they simply use a liberal interpretation to re-write it. So what’s the point?

    Some of you people are slow to catch on. You should have known you could place your trust in the judge once he erected that wall of separation the founders forgot to install. If it wasn’t for judges, we’d still be living in the Stone Age, trying to apply some obscure outdated idea of right and wrong.

    Many of you folks are still whining about some bogus right to life for the unborn that a judge resolved almost 40 years ago. Get over it. Move on and catch up here. We’re talking about life outside the womb now… Man you people are slow to accept change. Why rehash old judgments rendered long ago? The judge decided…now get in line!

    You gotta get with the program. We’re solving big problems here with progressive ideas that will save us all a lot of money. You can’t keep letting all those hang-ups over morals and founding principles get in your way.

    Keep in mind that it was progressives who gave us the HMO, alternative lifestyles along with a new definition of marriage and demanded justice even for terrorists imprisoned at Abu Ghraib. It’s progressives who are concerned about the rights of terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, a fair trial for Saddam Hussein and even Osama Bin Laden.

    If all these people can trust in the judge, why can’t you?

    Come on… Climb aboard the progressive secular love train. People all over the world, join in! In the Judge we now trust, and the judge has spoken! Several of them as a matter of fact… So what are you waiting for?

    We have big plans for changing America. The wall separating God, morality and decency from American society is almost complete. Don’t you want to be a part of the solution?

    USA Sentinel
    Written by JB Williams


    What is Wrong with Alan Colmes

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:22 pm

    For those of you who, like me, can’t stand Fox News’ Alan Colmes, David Limbaugh’s blog is pretty entertaining today:

    I’m sitting here watching Hannity and Colmes and I hear Alan ask an incredibly dense question of one of Terri Schiavo’s attorneys, Barbara Weller. Alan asked, “If you and the priests have said Terri raised her arms and even partially spoke the words, “I want to live,” why would the priests have administered her last rites? I yelled at the TV louder than I’ve done in years. Can Alan really be this obtuse?

    The fact that Terri may be responsive and want to live in no way contradicts giving her last rites when you consider that she is being killed. Does Alan think that a will to live will keep Terri alive indefinitely without food and water?

    This could be the dumbest thing I’ve witnessed on TV in years — and that’s a mouthful.

    The Coming War on Blogs

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:09 pm

    I’ve never been more disgusted with the MSM as I am after watching their coverage of the Terri Schiavo story. The MSM is nothing more than a propaganda machine, and if not for the blogs, I’d be completely uninformed and misled on the Schiavo murder. I imagine there are many others who would say the same thing. This is why liberals (who love the liberal MSM) and the MSM itself will be going after bloggers. This is about our freedom of speech, folks. We might want to avoid sleeping through this one.

    Pay close attention in this article to the quote by John Kerry. Doesn’t it sound an awful lot like he supports state run and sanctioned media much like in China or most Muslim countries?

    It’s a universal law of capitalism: when an industry faces a new and significant threat to its profits and powers it turns to the government for protection. Well, bloggers who write on current events are challenging the mainstream media (MSM), the most politically well-connected industry in America. Watch for the MSM to start using their political influence to burden bloggers.

    But won’t the First Amendment protect blogs? Unfortunately, courts already hold that many governmental restrictions on speech don’t violate the First Amendment, and I can think of three areas in which the MSM might successfully change laws and regulations to hinder their blogger competitors:

    1. Campaign Finance Reform — Blog entries in support of a candidate could be considered political contributions to that candidate. The danger for most bloggers would lie not in contributing more than the legally permissible amount to a candidate, but rather in having to fill out the paperwork necessary to report their “political contributions”.

    The MSM, of course, would never permit their editorials in favor of a candidate to be considered political contributions. So to use campaign finance reform against bloggers, courts would have to distinguish between bloggers and the “legitimate” media. Any definition of bloggers will be imprecise, but this won’t stop courts because most legal categories already have fuzzy boundaries. To define a blogger, courts could simply use the “I know it when I see it” approach famously employed by Justice Potter Stewart to determine whether something constituted hard-core pornography.

    2. Libel Law — The MSM used to fight aggressively against any expansion of libel law, but I predict this soon will change. The MSM can handle the burden of defending itself from libel suits much more easily than bloggers can. By increasing the scope of libel law the MSM would impose costs on all journalists which they, but not bloggers, could absorb.

    3. Copyright Law — Blogs often use information from other sources and, from what I have observed, sometimes flagrantly violate copyright laws. Imagine if Congress increased the complexity and penalties of copyright laws. Non-lawyer bloggers could never be sure what constituted legal fair use of MSM stories and information. Enhanced copyright laws could have a chilling effect on blogging. . . . . .

    Quote from John Kerry on the dangerous blogosphere:

    “The mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there’s a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?”

    What, indeed? You’ll likely get the all powerful courts behind you and the liberals together with the RINO’s, and then convince the gullible public, who still believe everything the MSM says, that it’s unconstitutional to have an opinion, support a candidate, and especially to put any of that in print. Iraq will be moving toward a free press and freedom of speech while America moves toward regulated news and censorship. If only we were a Muslim country, our politicians might actually try to protect our freedoms.

    TCS Article

    Top court rejects appeal of Idaho abortion law

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:04 pm

    You’ve probably heard many in the pro-death crowd arguing that Terri Schiavo should be allowed to die because the government must stay out of personal, family business. Where are those people in this case? Here we have another judge ruling that parents in Idaho don’t have to be notified when their children have an abortion – an invasive medical procedure. Isn’t this government butting into a personal family decision? Shouldn’t this decision remain with the family? Many states require that children get permission from a parent before having their ears pierced. States also require that a parent be notified when a child is taken to the hospital, and in many cases the parent must authorize any medical intervention or care. All laws and parental rights change, however, when someone is being murdered. Nothing must hinder a persons “right” to be murdered, either by having their brains sucked out or their limbs torn off in the case of an abortion, or by starvation and dehydration in the case of the disabled or “useless eaters”.

    The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday to reinstate a state law requiring girls under age 18 to get parental consent for abortions except under the most dire of medical emergencies.

    Without comment, justices let stand a lower court ruling that struck down the Idaho law because its provisions on emergency abortions were too strict.

    The Supreme Court in its landmark 1973 case, Roe v. Wade, ruled that a woman has a constitutional right to abortion before the fetus is viable and to terminate her pregnancy if it poses a risk to her health.

    At issue was whether the Idaho law was unduly burdensome on young mothers by limiting abortions without consent to “sudden and unexpected” instances of physical complications.

    The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yes, saying there was no reasonable explanation for the restriction. Other emergency medical procedures are allowed on minors without parental permission that do not fit the “sudden and unexpected” category, it said.

    The court said the rest of the law could not be salvaged because the emergency provisions were too important. . . . .

    MSNBC Article

    Jeb Bush: ‘I’d love to help, but I can’t’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:43 pm

    We are in deep, deep trouble when our elected leaders believe they have no power over the courts in this country.

    Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the man said to be the last hope for Terri Schiavo, says he’s powerless to help the brain-injured woman who has been without nourishment for more than nine full days.

    “I cannot violate a court order,” Bush told CNN following Easter church services. “I don’t have powers from the United States Constitution or – for that matter from the Florida Constitution – that would allow me to intervene after a decision has been made.”

    To Terri’s parents, Bush said, “I can’t. I’d love to, but I can’t.”

    Speaking to the media for the first time in three days, the governor added, “I’m sad that she’s in the situation that she’s in. I feel bad for her family. My heart goes out to the Schindlers and, for that matter, to [her husband] Michael,” Bush said. “This has not been an easy thing for any, any member of the family. But most particularly for Terri Schiavo.”

    Meanwhile, protests have continued outside the hospice where Terri is being cared for. With security having been doubled, five people were taken into custody as pastors tried to bring Schiavo Easter communion.

    A handful of people in wheelchairs got out of them and shouted, “We’re not dead yet!” as they lay in the driveway.

    Larry Klayman, founder of the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch, said Bush has the power to grant her clemency, just as he would in a death-row case. . . . .

    The governor and President are not powerless in the face of a court order. What if presidents and governors throughout our history had believed this? Slavery was upheld by the courts. The courts ruled that black people were not people, but property. The courts ruled UNANIMOUSLY that blacks were 3/4ths of a human. Thank God we had leaders who understood the balance of powers and did not let the judiciary rule over them like dictators. Unfortunately, we have no such leadership today. We are at the courts mercy and it is now legal to not only pull a disabled person’s feeding tube, but to order that food and water not be given in any form. Be prepared for more mercy killings in this country, and don’t expect your government to do anything about it. They only make political sacrifices to save Muslims in other countries. An American life is not worth the same concern or risk.

    WND Aritcle


    Testimony of Michael Schiavo During Malpractice Suit

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:41 pm

    Below is a quote from the testimony of Michael Schiavo given during the malpractice trial that resulted in him receiving one million dollars to be used for Terri’s long term care.

    Q. How do you feel about being married to Terri now?

    Schiavo: I feel wonderful. She’s my life and I wouldn’t trade her for the world. I believe in my marriage vows.

    Q. You believe in your wedding vows, what do you mean by that?

    Schiavo: MS. I believe in the vows I took with my wife, through sickness, in health, for richer or poor. I married my wife because I love her and I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I’m going to do that.

    Why isn’t it obvious to everyone that he is a liar who only “remembered” Terri’s death wish AFTER he was awarded one million dollars?

    A Freeper makes a very good point. Why couldn’t the insurance company that paid the malpactrice award sue Michael Schiavo? He testified that he would care for Terri for the rest of his life – in sickness and in health, til death do us part. He was given the amount of one million dollars based on this testimony. He obviously lied and won’t be caring for Terri for the rest of his life. He should have to give the money that’s left back and also return the money he used for legal fees that should have gone for Terri’s care. A liar and a murderer should not be allowed to get rich on the death of the woman he pledged to care for and didn’t.

    More of Schaivo’s Testimony

    Frank Rich Rants: Schiavo’s Supporters Are Like the Taliban

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:04 pm

    Frank Rich went on another anti-Christian tirade in the New York Times’ opinion page. This time he equates pro-life Christians who support Terri Schiavo’s right to live with the Taliban. Why is it liberals always use the Taliban, Hitler, or terrorists in their religion rants? Rich wins the prize for the most absurd case of moral equivalence ever seen in print. In Rich’s mind, this:


    Arts editor and columnist Frank Rich, soon to make his debut on the Sunday opinion page, equates people who support Congress’s intervention in the Terri Schiavo case to the Taliban.

    Rich’s column appears in the Sunday paper, but is posted to the Times website on Thursday. In his latest, “The God Racket, From DeMille to DeLay,” he argues: “…an ABC News survey last weekend found that only 27 percent of Americans thought it was ‘appropriate’ for Congress to ‘get involved’ in the Schiavo case and only 16 percent said it would want to be kept alive in her condition. But a majority of American colonists didn’t believe in witches during the Salem trials either — any more than the Taliban reflected the views of a majority of Afghans. At a certain point — and we seem to be at that point — fear takes over, allowing a mob to bully the majority over the short term.”

    Taking Rich’s bizarre conflation seriously, one could point out that while women were being put to death in Salem and Afghanistan, the people he’s so afraid of are trying to save a woman’s life. . . . . .

    Times Watch


    Schiavo judge’s other ‘right-to-die’ case

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:51 pm

    Judge Greer is a real piece of work. I guess a husband or wife’s exclusive right to decide is only upheld when they choose to kill their spouse. In another case he ruled against a wife who was desperately trying to keep her husband alive. Greer doesn’t support the spouses right to decide, he supports the culture of death where you kill the undesirables and the disabled. And our government is impotent to do anything about it.

    Judge George Greer, the Florida county jurist at the center of the Terri Schiavo case, ruled against a woman who was fighting to keep her husband alive in 2000.

    While Greer has ruled consistently with husband Michael Schiavo, who seeks to terminate his wife’s life by depriving of her of food and water, the parallel case suggests the judge may have a predisposition to removal of any life-support devices rather than an inclination toward the legal guardian.

    The 2000 case heard by Greer involved the life of St. Petersburg lawyer Blair Clark, a University of South Florida professor. After suffering a heart attack Sept. 9, 2000, his children, who stood to inherit much of his estate, claimed they wanted to honor his wishes to remove him from a ventilator and feeding tube and allow him to die. His wife, Ping, however, believed his condition could improve with therapy and claimed only one month later treatments had not been given enough time. . . . . .

    WND Article

    Gov. Bush Requests Custody of Schiavo After Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Case

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:37 am

    My question is, why is Jeb asking permission from the courts. He doesn’t need it. He said as much in a news conference yesterday. DCF has the legal authority to take Terri into protective custody if abuse is suspected. There have been several nurses who have testified to this abuse. Asking judge Greer to give him permission is pointless. Greer is determined to see this woman dead. Jeb is Terri’s last chance it looks like, since the SCOTUS turned down the appeal. So much for representative government. In all cases the courts determine what our constitution says and it is mere wax in their hands.

    Florida Gov. Jeb Bush filed a request to take custody of Terri Schiavo on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court once again refused to order the severely brain-damaged woman’s feeding tube reinserted.

    Circuit Court Judge George Greer, who has almost consistently ruled that Schiavo did not want to be kept alive artificially, is expected to decide by noon on Bush’s request. He also barred the Department of Children & Families in an emergency order from taking custody of the woman.

    Turning custody of Schiavo over to the state would be an unprecedented and highly unlikely move. . . . . .

    That’s the understatement of the year. Judges have made it clear that the other branches of government have no power and they’re determined to keep it that way. Overturning anything in the Schiavo case goes against their mission to usurp power and rule over the executive branch.

    Fox News Alert

    Apparently Greer can only rule on whether DCF has the authority to take custody of Terri, which it clearly does under the law. When Greer does the usual and ignores that fact, Jeb will appeal it. Apparently he is exhausting every legal avenue first. At some point, if Terri is to live, the executive branch will have to do as the judiciary has done for years and prove judges don’t have power over the executive branch. It’s either now or later. The judicial branch is out of control.


    Mother arrested after woman kidnaps her daughter for an abortion

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:42 am

    Welcome to the culture of death. You can now get arrested for trying to find your daughter in an abortion clinic after a woman has posed as a relative, kidnapped her, and taken her to get an abortion. To top it off the woman who kidnapped the 14 year old girl is the mother of the boy that raped her, but it’s the victims mother who gets arrested. Why am I not surprised?

    A Sothern Illinois woman was arrested last week (March 17) after trying to intervene on behalf of her 14-year old daughter’s effort to have an abortion. The girl was allegedly taken to an abortion clinic by the mother of the man allegedly to have impregnated the 14-year old.

    According to the girl’s mother, her 14-year old daughter was called off from school in Madison County by a woman posing as the girl’s “grandmother.” The woman took the girl from her home only minutes before the girl’s mother returned home from work.

    It was later determined that the woman who had posed as the “grandmother” to the school authorities was the mother of the male who had fathered the unborn child the 14-year old girl was carrying. The age of the male has not been released.

    When the parents were notified their pregnant daughter was not at school, they suspected she had been taken to the Hope Abortion Clinic in Granite City. The parents and grandfather were the only persons authorized to request school absence for the fourteen year old female.

    “My husband and I rushed to the abortion clinic where we saw our daughter’s name on the roster and the time she had checked in,” the mother said. She then went into the clinic and searched a room filled with young women awaiting abortions but did not see her daughter.

    She took a seat near the main desk and said, “I was told I could not prove my daughter was there so I began calling her name. A medical tech at the clinic told me , ‘It’s your daughter’s rights, it’s her body. You have no rights.’”

    After continuing to call out her daughter’s name and telling her “don’t do it,” authorities were called and the mother was arrested.

    The 14-year old told her mother she could hear her but when she asked employees to give her mother a message, they came back to the room and told her that her mother had left. . . . . . .

    The Illinois Leader


    Abu Ghraib Dems Mum on Terri

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:15 pm

    Liberal Democrats who were beside themselves with rage over what they called the “torture” of terrorist suspects by GI guards at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison have been totally silent on the starvation torture of Terri Schiavo.

    As the prison abuse scandal unfolded last May, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton could barely contain herself, calling the actions of U.S. soldiers “depraved.”

    “I’m not satisfied yet that we understand fully what caused this depravity that was so shocking to Americans and such a violation of our values,” she complained to NBC’s Gabe Pressman.

    “I have a problem that goes far beyond the disclosures of the horrible behavior and misconduct in the prison,” she added, saying that Bush administration officials encouraged Abu Ghraib through “a pattern and practice of misjudgments that add up to incompetence and lack of credibility.”

    On the starvation torture of Terri Schiavo, however, Sen. Clinton’s reaction has been muted. On the day Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed, for instance, Clinton said … well, nothing. And she’s been silent ever since.

    Failed presidential candidate John Kerry was likewise exorcised about mistreatment at Abu Ghraib, using some of the same language employed by Hillary.

    Commenting on photos of the prison mistreatment, Kerry told the New York Times, “They are sickening and appalling, depraved and sad.”

    But on the starvation execution of Terri Schiavo, the Massachusetts senator is apparently still searching for the right words.

    Last May House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the Abu Ghraib prison photos “reinforce my belief that a full congressional investigation is necessary.” So far, however, Pelosi has yet to lend her support to subpoenas issued by Congress last week to probe the abuse of Schiavo.

    Sen. Ted Kennedy was outraged by the Abu Ghraib scandal, calling it America’s “greatest fall from grace.”

    “Who gave the green light for the violations of the Geneva Convention?” Kennedy demanded.

    But on Terri Schiavo, the Democrats’ foremost defender of young women has been, you guessed it, completely silent. . .. .

    News Max Article

    Media Bias in Terri Schiavo Case at Extreme Levels in AP, Reuters Reports

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:01 pm

    This is kind of “duh”, but does a good job of pulling together how the MSM is contributing in so many ways to the murder of Terri Schiavo.

    With the world’s attention focused on Terri Schiavo, the media has picked up on the story of her plight. However, some say the bias in the news reporting has reached extreme levels as media outlets attempt to shape public opinion in favor of starving her to death.

    One Associated Press article released Monday, “World Opinion Divided Over Schiavo,” did less to gather the opinion of world leaders on the controversial case and more to paint a false picture that world religions universally oppose the actions of President Bush and Congress to save Terri’s life.

    While the news article mentioned the Vatican’s opposition to Terri’s starvation, the rest of the piece interviewed Islamic and Jewish thinkers who favor starving Terri.

    The Monday AP report closed with comments from a leader of a Dutch pro-euthanasia group and quoted a German newspaper accusing American political leaders of using Terri’s case for political gain.

    Other than a couple of comments from a Vatican newspaper, the article contained no quotes or attributions from world leaders or religious thinkers who oppose starving Terri.

    Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic outreach director for the National Right to Life Committee, has been following the Terri Schiavo sage closely.

    “The press has the facts wrong, they have consistently used the wrong language, and there is a repeated effort in all that you read and here in the media an urgency to sway the American people that Terri is somehow less then human,” Rojas told LifeNews.com. . . . . . . . .

    Life News

    Israel bans Temple Mount ascent of 10,000 Jews

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:55 pm

    Is it possible for a Jew to be anti-Semitic? If it isn’t Sharon does a really good job of impersonating one. His government becomes more anti-Jewish all the time, while rewarding the palestinian terrorists for every bomb, missile, and threat. I suppose every country has their immoral, secularist liberals who are determined to do in their own country. Israel’s just happen to be in power.

    Police here decided today to ban a grassroots Jewish organization from bringing 10,000 Jews to the heavily restricted Temple Mount to spark Israeli dialogue about reclaiming the holy site from its Islamic custodians, while the city police department told WorldNetDaily the Israeli government would allow a similar group of Muslims.

    ”We will not let so many Jews up at once. This is not the usual habits on the Temple Mount. We have to ensure that every Jewish group is going up in safety and will go up quietly,” Shmulik Ben Ruby, Jerusalem police spokesman, told WorldNetDaily.

    I see, so they can only visit their religion’s holiest site if they go quietly, don’t pray (or even appear to be praying), and don’t carry anything with evil Hebrew writing on it. Do they also need to present their papers and where a Star of David on their arm. It’s pretty sad when the Israeli government is in the running with France for the worst persecution and oppression of it’s Jewish citizens.

    Revava, a group with the stated mission of ”restoring self-esteem to the state of Israel by restoring national pride and values” had planned to bring 10,000 Jews to the Temple Mount April 10.

    Ben Ruby said the current police restrictions of only allowing small groups of about 30 to 50 non-Muslims to ascend the Temple Mount, the holiest site for Jews, will apply on the day of the scheduled gathering. The Jewish ascent, first reported by WorldNetDaily, would be the largest Jewish presence at the Temple Mount since the Ancient Temple period according to Revava.

    But Ben Ruby said the Israeli police would allow a similar group of Muslims.

    ”We would and we do allow 10,000 Palestinians to go up,” he said. “They are going up there to pray in their mosques.”

    He recognized Jews cannot pray on the Mount: ”Yes, those are the restrictions.” . . . . . .

    WND Article

    Judge Rejects Schiavo Appeal

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:54 am

    This is why judicial appointments are the most important issue facing this country. The Clinton Appointed federal judge who took his sweet time reviewing Terri’s case, finally got around to handing down yet another death sentence by starvation. Why the evil dictator couldn’t have made this ruling before Teri was another day closer to death, I don’t know. Terri’s parents will, of course, appeal to the 11 circuit court of appeals, but it’s not looking good for Terri.

    I keep thinking the Schindler’s should petition the courts to at least allow Terri to eat and drink on her own. Michael Satan Schiavo has barred her from doing so, and the courts have thus far backed him up. Eating and drinking can’t be considered life support, and I can’t see how it can be legal to forbid a person to eat or drink. I guess what’s lawful means little to a liberal judge, though. Promoting the culture of death and devaluing human life is far more important.

    I’m ashamed to be an American today. The conservative majority better start acting like a majority and making changes in this country. If they continue to be guttless wonders when it comes to appointing judges, we can always replace them with leaders who have a spine.

    A federal judge early Tuesday morning refused to order the reinsertion of Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube, leaving the fate of the severely brain-damaged Florida woman unresolved.

    U.S. District Judge James Whittemore said the 41-year-old woman’s parents had not established a “substantial likelihood of success” at trial on the merits of their arguments.

    Schiavo’s tube was removed Friday after the appeals of her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler, to keep the tube in failed in state court. Tuesday marked the fourth day without her feeding tube.

    Rex Sparklin, an attorney with the law firm representing the Schindlers, said lawyers were immediately appealing to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta to “save Terri’s life.”

    That court was already considering an appeal on whether Terri Schiavo’s right to due process had been violated.

    However, Whittemore found that Schiavo’s due process rights had been upheld throughout the litigation process.

    Reaction from the handful of protesters outside the woman’s hospice early Tuesday came quickly.

    “It’s terrible. They’re going to talk and talk and she’s going to die,” said Miriam Zlotolow, 59, of Venice, Calif.

    Whittemore’s decision comes after unprecedented action by President Bush and Congress over the weekend to enact legislation allowing the Schindlers to take their case to federal courts. . . . . . .

    Fox News

    FEC Considers Restricting Online Political Activities

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:11 am

    The liberals, the Rinos, and the FEC are panic stricken. The internet has become a medium whereby the American people can voice their opinions on political matters, and diminish the ability of the MSM to filter the news and brainwash the public. Too many facts and information are getting through to people, and it’s causing no end of headaches for politicians. The answer? Blogs must be regulated!! And what better avenue for doing so than campaign finance reform.

    From the Washington comPost:

    The Federal Election Commission has begun considering whether to issue new rules on how political campaigns are waged on the Internet, a regulatory process that is expected to take months to complete but that is already generating considerable angst online.

    The agency is weighing whether — and how — to impose restrictions on a host of online activities, including campaign advertising and politically oriented blogs.

    Restrictions?!! What part of a blog are you going to restrict without infringing on their first amendment right to freedom of speech? Let me guess. . . .posting opinions on the internet that are flattering or supportive of a particular candidate will be considered a campaign contribution. Well then, dang it, there are a whole lot of people out there with bumper stickers plastered all over their cars who need to be restricted as well. Those candidates are getting all kinds of advertising that isn’t applied to their contribution limits. This must be regulated immediately!

    It gets worse. More from the comPost:

    “We are almost certainly going to move from an environment in which the Internet was per se not regulated to where it is going to be regulated in some part,” said FEC Commissioner David M. Mason, a Republican. “That shift has huge significance because it means that people who are conducting political activity on the Internet are suddenly going to have to worry about or at least be conscious of certain legal distinctions and lines they didn’t used to have to worry about.”

    Does this make anyone else shudder. Joe citizen is being warned that there may be legal worries and lines that can’t be crossed for those who dare to engage in political activity. You may be thinking I’m being too paranoid – maybe they’re only thinking of regulating paid campaign workers who blog, right? Unfortunately, they aren’t interested in those kind of baby steps toward silencing the blogs. Exhibit A:

    Questions posed by the FEC in the comPost article:

    What if a campaign supporter links his Web site to a candidate’s home page? Is that considered a campaign contribution subject to government regulation? What if an independent blogger endorses a candidate? Or posts a campaign’s news release? Are those contributions?

    I guess I would have crossed the “political activity line” several times last election. I linked to the White House’s website, Bush’s campaign site, and the GOP website several times in the course of blogging. Of course I also linked to Kerry’s website and other Dem sources. Those links usually pointed out some idiotic claim the Demonrats were making, or some other such embarrassing misstep, though, so that would probably still count as a campaign contribution to Bush.

    This is absurd. Is all speech eventually going to be considered a campaign contribution if it favors one candidate over another? What about e-mails. What if I forward a campaign e-mail I found particularly interesting, or even just write an e-mail that is supportive of my candidate. By their logic, e-mail must also be regulated. I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Churches aren’t even allowed to pray for a candidate without risking their non-profit status. Incidentally, this is exactly why Contender Ministries is not set up as a non-profit.

    One FEC commissioner tried to tone the rhetoric down and cover for the other commissioner’s insane rantings by saying, “We regulate campaign finance. We don’t regulate speech in the abstract. We only regulate when money is spent. One of the great things about the Internet is that it’s really cheap, and if people are not spending money, then it’s really none of our business. Most of the time when people are sitting at their home computers, blogging, e-mailing — whatever they’re doing — there really isn’t any money being spent.”

    Well that clears it all up for me. Not! If all that’s required is money being spent for the FEC to shift into regulate and censor mode, bloggers are in trouble. Ms. Weintraub is obviously completely ignorant of how blogs and the internet work. Blogs and most websites are not free. In order to publish your blog on the internet, you need a web hosting company and enough bandwidth to cover your site traffic. The internet fairy doesn’t just hand out server space and bandwidth to whoever wants to put stuff up on the internet. If the campaign finance police are really that ignorant of how the internet works, should they really be allowed to regulate it?

    The article sums up with this:

    The commission is not expected to reveal its agenda until later this month, when it releases its “notice of proposed rulemaking.” The FEC is scheduled to then invite public comments on that draft, hold a public hearing on the proposed rules and, later this summer, vote on the final regulations.

    I think the FEC can expect more than a few comments from the blogosphere. The MSM won’t be able to spin fast enough to keep up. What a country. We starve the undesirables to death, and think China has the right idea about the internet.

    Washington comPost Article


    Florida’s State Senate Has the Power to Act for Terri

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:37 pm

    There are nine state Senators in Florida who are presently against saving Terri Schiavo’s life. If even a few of these Senators changed their minds, the Senate could act to save Terri from starvation. I just finished faxing the Senators who provide a fax number and will be calling the others in the morning. While you’re waiting to hear what the federal court will decide, send a fax or call these Senators. E-mails are good, but a fax or phone call really gets there attention. We can do something to help, even if we can’t go to Florida, and this is it.

    Larcenia J. Bullard
    850-487-5127 (Tallahassee)
    305-668-7344 (District Office)
    305-668-7346 (Fax)

    Walter Campbell Jr.
    850-487-5094 (Tallahassee)
    954-346-2813 (District Office)

    Mandy Dawson
    850-487-5112 (Tallhassee)
    954-467-4317 (District Office)
    954-467-4331 (Fax)

    JD Alexander
    850-487-5044 (Tallhassee)
    863-679-4411 (District Office 1)
    863-679-4413 (Fax 1)
    863-386-6016 (District Office 2)
    863-298-7677 (District Office 3)
    863-298-7680 (Fax 3)

    Nancy Argenziano
    850-487-5017 (Tallahassee)
    352-860-5175 (District Office 1)
    352-402-6664 (District Office 2)

    Lisa Carlton
    850-487-5081 (Tallahassee)
    941-486-2032 (District Office)
    941-486-2050 (Fax)

    Paula Dockery
    850-487-5040 (Tallahassee)
    863-413-2900 (District Office)
    863-413-2902 (Fax)

    Evelyn J. Lynn
    850-487-5033 (Tallahassee)
    386-676-4000 (District Office)
    850-487-5542 (Fax)

    Burt L. Saunders
    850-487-5124 (Tallahassee)
    239-417-6220 (District Office 1)
    239-417-6223 (Fax 1)
    239-338-2777 (District Office 2)
    239-338-2779 (Fax 2)

    Renowned neurologist: Schiavo can eat with aid & is not in ‘persistent vegetative state’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:38 pm

    This makes me about as angry as I’ve been in a while. Terry Schiavo can eat and drink on her own and has no problem swallowing. She is on a feeding tube by court order because of her husband. She doesn’t need it. Terri could be eating and drinking right now, but her “husband” has forbidden her to receive food or water in any form other than through a tube. She can’t even have ice chips to ease the painful death by dehydration.

    How is this happening in our country? It’s illegal to starve a dog in every state, yet it’s not illegal to starve a human being if you no longer want to care for her. If this woman is allowed to die, I hope the media eventually has to tell the truth. The American people have been lied to by the MSM and they all need to be held accountable for assisting in the murder of an innocent human being.

    Wake up America. Dictatorial judges have taken over and they are determined to further the culture of death that is ruining this country.

    A doctor close to the Terri Schiavo case told the Florida Baptist Witness that the 41-year-old disabled woman could actually be fed orally if it were allowed.

    “The important thing for people to understand is that she can eat and swallow right now,” said William Hammesfahr, a neurologist who has examined Schiavo. He is in many of the videos circulated through the news media showing that Schiavo is at times responsive and aware.

    “They are truly withholding food from a person who is awake, alert, and can eat and swallow,” Hammesfahr said. After spending at least 10 hours with Schiavo several years ago, he told Florida Judge George W. Greer that she can improve with therapy.

    Hammesfahr said his credibility had been questioned at the time, but he has since been vindicated in court and currently maintains a thriving private practice in Clearwater, Fla. Despite reports attacking him, he said he has never lost his license to practice medicine and currently is involved in litigation surrounding the ordeal.

    Hammesfahr was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology in 1999 for his work in brain injury and stroke. He is a recognized expert in treating neurological disorders, having successfully treated thousands of patients using vasodilator therapy, which increases blood flow to the brain, thus healing conditions previously thought to be untreatable.

    Standing with a handful of supporters outside of the hospice late in the evening Mar. 19, Hammesfahr told the Witness Schiavo previously has swallowed pudding and daily swallows almost two liters of water by virtue of being able to process her own saliva and sinus drainage.

    “That’s liquid and that’s the most difficult thing to swallow,” Hammesfahr said of her saliva. “If she can swallow that she can swallow food or pudding.”

    Other doctors who testified before Greer in 2003 had limited exposure to Schiavo and did not complete standard evaluations for brain injuries, Hammesfahr said. The court-appointed doctors maintained Schiavo is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), with no chance for recovery.

    “Terri’s not that bad,” Hammesfahr said. “She is like a child with cerebral palsy. She can speak. At least when I saw her, she would speak very slowly. She would sort of form words, she would move her arms and legs at command. She could understand questions in English.” . . . . . . . .

    Baptist Press

    Terri Schiavo Still Responsive Despite Three Days of Starvation

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:43 pm

    Terri Schiavo is still responsive and in good spirits despite being deprived of food and water for three days, her parents said on Monday. She is also looking forward to receiving nutrition and seemed pleased to hear President Bush signed a bill helping her do that.

    Terri’s father joked around with Terri in an early Monday morning visit and told her to get ready for him to take her to breakfast, he told news outlets in an interview.

    “I told her if she was ready, to take a ride to get some breakfast, and she gave a great smile,” Bob Schindler said outside Woodside Hospice where Terri lives.

    Schindler said Terri is beginning to show signs of the effects of the dehydration on her body. He told the Associated Press that Terri appears to be tired, but eventually responded to his teasing by making a face at him.

    “It tells us she’s still with us,” he said.

    Suzanne Vitadamo, Terri’s sister, also participated in the visit and told Terri news of the president signing a bill on her behalf allowing her parents to take their case to prevent her starvation to federal courts.

    “She seemed to be very pleased, and we’re pleased,” Bob Schindler said of telling Terri the news, according to a report by the French Press Agency.

    Meanwhile, the Family Research Council says it has obtained an exclusive audiotape from Terri’s hospice room of her interacting with her family on Friday afternoon two hours following the removal of her feeding tube.

    “This authentic audio file is disturbing to hear, but it is certainly testimony that Terri Schiavo is NOT in a ‘persistent vegetative state,’” FRC president Tony Perkins said.

    The pro-life group says the audio file is located on its web site, but the site was unresponsive at press time.

    Just before representatives of her estranged husband Michael removed her feeding tube Friday afternoon, Terri Schiavo reportedly told an attorney for her parents that she wanted to live.

    Barbara Weller, one of the attorneys for Terri’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler, told reporters about her visit with Terri on Friday.

    “Terri, if you would just say, ‘I want to live,’ all of this will be over,” she told the disabled woman.

    Weller said Terri desperately tried to repeat Weller’s words.

    “‘I waaaaannt …,’ Schiavo allegedly said. Weller described it as a prolonged yell that was loud enough that police stationed nearby entered the hospice room.

    “She just started yelling, ‘I waaaannt, I waaaannt,’” Weller explained.

    At that point, police removed Weller from Terri’s hospice room and, later, her feeding tube was removed.

    Life News


    Congress Passes Terri Schiavo Bill

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:00 pm

    This is just a brief update on the Terri Schiavo matter as it’s being reported on Fox News right now.

    Congress passed the “Terri Schiavo” Bill tonight. Now the waiting begins to see whether a judge will declare it unconstitutional. This battle is more than just to save a woman’s life, although that’s the most important battle. It’s about whether we are ruled by a government of the people – an elected government, or dictatorial judges who make law from the bench.

    Right now on Fox News Terri’s parents are speaking and asking Governor Bush to ask the ambulances that are waiting outside Terri’s hospice to take her out of the facility and rush her to a hospital to have the feeding tube reinserted.

    President Bush will be awakened shortly to sign the bill that just passed (he cut short his vacation to return to the White House for this reason).

    Be praying that the federal judge who will hear this case within the next hour or so will rule that Terri’s feeding tube be reinserted. If the federal judge sentences her to death by starvation, there may be little more Congress can do.

    Read More:

    Terri’s Parents are asking a judge to okay a divorce. This seems reasonable since her husband has another common law wife and his two children with her. I thought polygamy was illegal in this country?




    DeLay Pledges Contempt Charge for Terri Judge

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:46 pm

    It looks like someone in Congress is finally mad enough at activist judges who are taking power away from the ELECTED branch of our government. I hope Delay means what he says. Most of all, I hope it’s not too late.

    House Majority Leader Tom DeLay pledged Friday to hold Florida state judge George Greer in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for Terri Schiavo’s testimony, saying, “No little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress.”

    “The Congress will pursue this, if we have to hold him in contempt of Congress,” DeLay told radio host Sean Hannity.

    Pressed on whether he intended to hold Judge Greer in contempt, the top Republican told Hannity: “Absolutely, absolutely.”

    “We will do everything to enforce the power and authority of the Congress and no little judge sitting in a state district court in Florida is going to usurp the authority of Congress,” he added.

    Earlier in the day Judge Greer rebuffed the Schiavo subpoena, telling attorneys in the case, “I have had no cogent reason why the [congressional] committee should intervene.” He claimed that the last-minute action on the part of Congress does not nullify years of legal proceedings.

    But DeLay told Hannity, “This judge and the Supreme Court of Florida are well known to be liberal judges that have a different worldview and they’re imposing their worldview on the law.”

    The top House leader said that “no sane person” could look at Schiavo and say she’s in a persistent vegetative state. . . . . . .

    News Max Article

    Girl, 5, Cuffed, Arrested, Thrown in Police Car

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:27 pm

    Not only do they starve people to death in Florida, they arrest 5 year old little girls, had cuff them, and throw them in the back of police cars for throwing temper tantrums at school. No wonder they have so much trouble with voting machines down there.

    A 5-year-old girl was arrested, cuffed and put in back of a police cruiser after an outburst at school where she threw books and boxes, kicked a teacher in the shins, smashed a candy dish, hit an assistant principal in the stomach and drew on the walls.

    The students were counting jelly beans as part of a math exercise at Fairmount Park Elementary School when the little girl began acting silly. That’s when her teacher took away her jelly beans, outraging the child.

    Minutes later, the 40-pound girl was in the back of a police cruiser, under arrest for battery. Her hands were bound with plastic ties, her ankles in handcuffs.

    “I don’t want to go to jail,” she said moments after her arrest Monday. . . . . .

    Fox News Article

    The Facts The Media Didn’t Tell You

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:50 pm

    I just came across this article on Terri Shiavo’s situation and was stunned to learn that after days of researching the history of Terri’s medical condition and care, I still didn’t know all the facts, and was in fact still very misled.

    The MSM has been misleading the American Public. Terri is far from a persistent vegetative state. I truly believe that if most Americans really knew the truth about her condition, they would not be so eager for her to starve to death. Read this article from terrisfight.org and think back to what the media has been reporting for the last several months. If only people knew the truth.

    Most Common Questions and Answers

    If Terri hasn’t recovered after all these years of therapy, why not let go?

    Terri hasn’t had meaningful therapy since 1991, but many credible physicians say she can benefit from it.

    Why can’t Terri just divorce?

    Terri’s husband/guardian speaks for her. She cannot divorce without his permission

    Does Terri have an advanced directive or any wishes about her healthcare?

    Terri never signed any directive or living will and there is no evidence that she foresaw her present situation.

    Why do Terri’s family fight to keep her alive? Shouldn’t they let her husband decide?

    Terri’s husband has started another family and probably has gone on with his life. Terri’s family want to provide her therapy and a safe home.

    Is Terri receiving life support?

    Not in the traditional sense. Terri only receives food and fluids via a simple tube.

    Isn’t removing her tube a natural and dignified way to die?

    No. Dehydration and starvation cause horrific effects and are anything but peaceful. Read more here.

    Most common misconceptions about Terri’s situation

    MYTH: Terri is PVS (Persistent vegetative state)

    FACT: The definition of PVS in Florida Statue 765.101:
    Persistent vegetative state means a permanent and irreversible condition of unconsciousness in which there is:

    (a) The absence of voluntary action or cognitive behavior of ANY kind.
    (b) An inability to communicate or interact purposefully with the environment.

    Terri’s behavior does not meet the medical or statutory definition of persistent vegetative state. Terri responds to stimuli, tries to communicate verbally, follows limited commands, laughs or cries in interaction with loved ones, physically distances herself from irritating or painful stimulation and watches loved ones as they move around her. None of these behaviors are simple reflexes and are, instead, voluntary and cognitive. Though Terri has limitations, she does interact purposefully with her environment.

    MYTH: Terri does not need rehabilitation
    FACT: Florida Statute 744.3215 Rights of persons determined incapacitated:

    (1) A person who has been determined to be incapacitated retains the right
    (i) To receive necessary services and rehabilitation.

    This is a retained right that a guardian cannot take away. Additionally, it does not make exception for PVS patients. Terri has illegally been denied rehabilitation – as many nurses have sworn in affidavits.

    MYTH: Removal of food was both legal and court-ordered.
    FACT: The courts had only allowed removal of Terri’s feeding tube, not regular food and water. Terri’s husband illegally ordered this. The law only allows the removal of “life-prolonging procedures,” not regular food and water:

    Florida Statute 765.309 Mercy killing or euthanasia not authorized; suicide distinguished. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to condone, authorize, or approve mercy killing or euthanasia, or to permit any affirmative or deliberate act or omission to end life other than to permit the natural process of dying.

    MYTH: Many doctors have said that there is no hope for her.
    FACT: Dr. Victor Gambone testified that he visits Terri 3 times a year. His visits last for approximately 10 minutes. He also testified, after viewing the court videotapes at Terri’s recent trial, that he was surprised to see Terri’s level of awareness. This doctor is part of a team hand-picked by her husband, Michael Schiavo, shortly before he filed to have Terri’s feeding removed. Contrary to Schiavo’s team, 14 independent medical professionals (6 of them neurologists) have given either statements or testimony that Terri is NOT in a Persistent Vegetative State. Additionally, there has never been any medical dispute of Terri’s ability to swallow. Even with this compelling evidence, Terri’s husband, Michael Schiavo, has denied any form of therapy for her for over 10 years.

    Dr. Melvin Greer, appointed by Schiavo, testified that a doctor need not examine a patient to know the appropriate medical treatment. He spent approximately 45 minutes with Terri. Dr. Peter Bambakidis, appointed by Judge Greer, spent approximately 30 minutes with Terri. Dr. Ronald Cranford, also appointed by Schiavo and who has publicly labeled himself “Dr. Death”, spent less than 45 minutes examining and interacting with Terri.

    MYTH: This is just a family battle over money.
    FACT: In 1992, Terri was awarded nearly one million dollars by a malpractice jury and an out-of-court malpractice settlement which was designated for future medical expenses. Of these funds, less than $50,000 remains today. The financial records revealing how Terri’s medical fund money is managed are SEALED from inspection. Court records, however, show that Judge Greer has approved the spending down of Terri’s medical fund on Schiavo’s attorney’s fees – though it was expressly awarded to Terri for her medical care. Schiavo’s primary attorney, George Felos, has received upwards of $400,000 dollars since Schiavo hired him. This same attorney, at the expense of Terri’s medical fund, publicly likened Terri to a “houseplant” and has used Terri’s case on national television to promote his newly published book.

    MYTH: Michael Schiavo volunteered to donate the balance of the inheritance to charity.
    FACT: In October, 1998, Schiavo’s attorney proposed that, if Terri’s parents would agree to her death by starvation, Schiavo would donate his inheritance to charity. The proposal came after a court-appointed Guardian Ad Litem cited Schiavo’s conflict of interest since he stood to inherit the balance of Terri’s medical fund upon her death. This one and only offer stated “if the proposal is not fully accepted within 10 days, it shall automatically be withdrawn”. Naturally, Terri’s parents immediately rejected the offer.

    Attorney: Terri cried at news

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:34 pm

    This is just sad. It’s tragic and it turns my stomach. Terri Shiavo, upon hearing the news that she was to be starved to death starting today, cried and screamed out that she wanted to live. What has this country come to that they will starve to death those they feel are not worth caring for. The abuse over the last several years – not letting her out of her room, barring her family from seeing her at times, and denying her therapy or anything that would have helped her isn’t enough. Now they have to starve her to death and let her suffer knowing that she’s dieing slowly.

    It’s time for the decent people of this country to fight back against the judicial tyranny in this country. Our elected government is powerless to stop a court judge from killing a woman by starvation!

    The liberal lunatics in this country are just as guilty as the man who has fought for years to kill her (or finish the job in my opinion). This is about abortion and the left’s crusade to devalue human life. If the law recognizes the value of a human life, the abortionists face a major setback. The pro-euthanasia, right-to-die people will lose ground. If judges can’t dictate who gets to live and who doesn’t, that means the people get to decide through our elected government. The pro-aborts have seen the polls and they know that the majority in this country don’t want our children slaughtered in the womb. We don’t want the lesser of these killed because they have a “defect”.

    I’m sorry I’ve gone on so. I’ve shed tears today for Terri and her family, and have let the anger get to me more than I should. Ben and I will be praying tonight for a miracle. I encourage all of you to do the same. Prayer works and God is more powerful than any dictator in a black robe.

    An attorney for Terri Schiavo said the severely brain-damaged woman cried and yelled out that she wants to live after being told today her life-sustaining feeding tube was about to be removed by court order.

    Barbara Weller was in Terri Schiavo’s room at the Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla., when the encounter took place, according to activist Randall Terry, who spoke with WorldNetDaily from outside the building as demonstrators continued a vigil.

    If true, the report apparently refutes the court’s finding that Terri Schiavo is in a “persistant vegetative state” and cannot currently express her wishes. Her husband, Michael Schiavo, contends she had indicated she would not want to live in such a condition, but parents Robert and Mary Schindler dispute that and suspect he is responsible for the 1990 incident in which oxygen to her brain was temporarily cut off, causing severe brain damage.

    Weller essentially told Terri Schiavo, “You had better say you want to live or they will kill you. Just say you want to live.”

    Schiavo responded with a drawn out, “IIIIII,” then screamed out “waaaaaaaa” so loudly that a police officer stationed outside the room came in.

    The officer then ordered Weller removed from the room, according to Terry.

    The event was witnessed by Terri Schiavo’s sister Suzanne Vitadamo and Suzanne’s husband Michael.

    “I talked to Suzy and Michael, and they both said it was unbelievable,” Terry said. “It was very articulate, for Terri, but they also say this is normal [for her to communicate].”

    Terry explained the family says Schiavo often is talkative, though similar to a 10-month-old.

    “The words usually are not discernable, but she’s responsive to commands, uses slow diction and her voice lilts to show emotion and context,” he said.

    Weller teared up after hearing Schiavo respond today, Terry said, and indicated Schiavo was crying.

    Terry has established a website, helpterri.com with information about how to get involved, including phone numbers of lawmakers and details of a rally and lobby-training sessions to be held next week in the Florida capital, Tallahassee, beginning Monday.

    “We need people there Monday night, people who have never lobbied before, to come, and we’re going to be begging the [Florida] Senate to get its act together,” Terry said.

    Doctors removed Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube today to carry out her estranged husband’s requested court order.

    Barring an intervention, she is expected to live another week to 10 days.

    The tube removal came after a Florida judge blocked an eleventh-hour end-run waged by members of House and Senate panels, ruling the device can be removed immediately.

    Early this morning, the House Government Reform Committee decided to launch an investigation into the case and issued subpoenas that order doctors and the administrator at the hospice facility not to remove her feeding tube and keep her alive until the investigation is complete.

    At the same time, the Senate Health Committee also requested Terri and Michael Schiavo appear at an official committee hearing March 28.

    As a result, minutes before the 1 p.m. EST deadline for the tube removal passed Pinellas Circuit Court Judge David Demers ordered the feeding tube remain in place while presiding Judge George Greer addresses the matter of the congressional subpoenas in a court hearing.

    But an hour later, Greer disregarded the subpoenas and again ordered the feeding tube pulled. . . . . . . .

    WND Article

    Judge: Schiavo’s Feeding Tube Can Be Removed

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:34 pm

    I’ve had the News on all day and Terri Shiavo has been the headline for most of that. We may be seeing the last battle to save her from starving to death, or as one blog called it – 138th trimester abortion.

    Congress is now involved, and they have already been shot down once by the Men in Black. I know some of you out there think she should be allowed to die. But, the same thing that’s keeping her alive is keeping you alive…FOOD and WATER. If the U.S. decided to execute terrorists or murderers by taking them off food and water, you would call it torture. It would sudenly be inhumane to starve someone to death.

    Ah, but she has a feeding tube. If a feeding tube qualifies as life support, then we better start yanking the oxygen machines used by thousands of old people around the world, too. Grandma better be careful who she talks to on days when she just “feels like dieing”. Someone might take her seriously and petition the court to have her oxygen tank taken away.

    Seriously, where does this stop. Should Kate Adamson have been killed? Thank God her husband was an attorney who fought to save her life rather than take it.

    What infuriates me the most is the lack of coverage by the media on the neglect Terri has lived under because of her husband. She’s been denied therapy and barred from going outside. Her husband won’t even allow her curtains to be opened on her window. That kind of sensory deprivation can cause a mental deficit in a healthy, normal person. Studies have shown that long periods of sensory deprivation can lead to a comatose state. I’m not saying she was deprived of outside stimulation to that extent, but her chances of recovery or improvement were undoubtedly affected. It’s hard to believe we’ve come this far. Countries are judged by how they treat the least of these. The road our judges are leading us down is a road to destruction.

    I’m praying for Terri and her family, and I’m praying for a miracle.

    On Saturday a rally of over three-hundred of Terri Schiavo’s most die-hard supporters heard the first-hand account of the sufferings and remarkable recovery of Kate Adamson. Struck down in 1995 at the age of thirty-three by a rare double brainstem stroke, Kate, then a mother of two young girls, was completely paralyzed; she was unable even to blink her eyes. Like Terri Schiavo, the medical staff treating her questioned the merit of continuing granting Kate the most basic human right of food and water.

    Terri Schiavo, although not nearly as severely disabled as Adamson once appeared to be, is slotted to have her feeding tube removed at 1:00 pm this Friday. Similarly, Kate Adamson’s feeding tube was at one point removed for a full eight days before being reinserted due to the intervention of her husband (also a competent lawyer). . . . . . . . .

    Fox News


    10,000 Jews to ascend Temple Mount

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:37 pm

    Hopefully, this event won’t start another terrorist intifada. I find it sad and disgusting that Jews are restricted from even giving the appearance of praying on the Temple Mount. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and has been a part of Jewish history for thousands of years. How is it that people can fight for human rights and the right to freedom of speech and thought, yet no one has a problem with Jews and Christians being hauled off to jail if a Muslim from the Waqf THINKS they might be praying near the Temple Mount. I guess we should expect no better from a world that supports uprooting people from their homes, businesses, and lives simply because they are Jews.

    A grassroots Jewish organization plans to bring 10,000 Jews next month to the heavily restricted Temple Mount to spark Israeli dialogue about reclaiming the holy site from its Muslim custodians.

    “The Temple Mount is the single holiest place in the world for Jews. It’s about time the Israeli government restores it to the Jewish people, where it belongs,” David Ha’ivri, chairman of Revava, the group orchestrating the gathering, told WND.

    The visit, scheduled for April 10, would be the largest Jewish presence at the Temple Mount since the ancient Temple period, said Haivri.

    The Mount is the area directly behind the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It is the site of Judaism’s first and second temples, the primary area of worship for the Jewish faith and the location in which Gods “shekhina,” or presence, is thought by Jews to reside. The area is about the size of 15 football stadiums. . . . .

    The Temple Mount was reopened to non-Muslims in August 2003. It is still open but only Sundays through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and not on any Christian, Jewish or Muslim holidays or other days considered “sensitive” by the Waqf, the Muslim custodians of the Temple Mount.

    Perhaps we should ban Muslims from visiting Mecca during the “sensitive” month of Ramadan.

    Jewish and Christian holidays aren’t sensitive days. Large congregations of Jews and Christians are too much of a temptation for the murderers and killers that visit the mosques. Rather than control the killers, they ban the victims.


    Rabbis protest ‘dangerous’ Gaza plan

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:15 pm

    This WND article summarizes the dangers of Sharon’s disengagement plan better than I’ve seen done anywhere else. Some Israelis recognize this one sided agreement for what it is – an agreement that rewards terrorism, demands far more from the Jews, and brings the enemy within missile range of major population centers and cities. I was shocked to read in quotes directly from the agreement what will be required of Israel, and what will be taken away from the Jewish people. It isn’t just land the Jews will lose. They will lose businesses, synagogues, homes, schools, and the very cemeteries where the terrorist’s victims are buried.

    Two of Israel’s leading rabbinic authorities have declared a public fast day tomorrow to protest Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s planned withdrawal this summer from Gaza and parts of the West Bank, while a group of Orthodox rabbis from across the political spectrum have issued a call for world Jewry to save them from what they say are dangerous actions by the Israeli government.

    Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Avraham Shapira and former Chief Sephardi Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu declared a day of public fasting from sunset tonight to sunset tomorrow in hopes of altering Israel’s decision to vacate Jewish settlements they worry will be used by Palestinian terrorists to stage attacks against Israel. The Ashkenazi sect represents Jewry of European ancestry; Sephardi denotes Jews of Middle Eastern decent.

    The rabbis will address a rally tomorrow at Gush Katif, the largest Gaza settlement slated to be evacuated, where they will call on the Jewish state to abandon the withdrawal plan.

    Emily Amrusy, a spokeswoman for the Yesha settlers council, explained tomorrow was chosen to hold the fast because it coincides with the date of the Jewish calander on which Moses, who commanded the Jewish nation to settle the land of Israel, is believed to have died.

    “For the first time in the country’s history, great rabbis of religious Zionism have called for a day of fasting and prayers by the authority of Jewish law,” Amrusy said.

    Meanwhile, Israel’s Rabbinical Council for Peace, a group of some of the most prominent Jewish rabbinic leaders, have issued a statement asking world Jewry to “open your eyes and see what the government of Israel is planning to do.”

    “Jewish communities that are more than three decades old will be destroyed; Torah centers and Yeshivas will be torn down; cemeteries where terror victims lie will be given over to the very hands who slew them; parents and grandparents, young children and flowering youth will be driven from their homes; business and corporations employing thousands will be closed; and most of all a victory for terror will be granted. Our enemies will celebrate in the streets and be encouraged to further acts of violence.” . . . . .

    Read the whole article. It’s an eye opener.

    GOP Congressman Seeks to ‘Restore Free Speech’ in Churches

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:50 pm

    A House bill would restore the freedom of speech that churches had before 1954 when tax laws began prohibiting churches from speaking out on elections and campaign issues. It’s hard to believe that ANY speech by ministers can be restricted, especially when our constitutional right to free speech and freedom of religion are put forth in the same amendment of the constitution. The government should never be in the business of telling religious people what they can and can’t say in their churches. This was what Jefferson was referring to when he mentioned “separation of church and state” in his letter to the Danbury Baptists. He wasn’t suggesting religion and religious people should be kept out of government and public life, he was assuring the Baptists that government would stay out of the churches.

    A U.S. House Republican wants religious leaders to be able to use their pulpits to endorse political candidates and he has introduced legislation that would do just that through a change in the tax code.

    Church leaders, in order to protect their tax-exempt status, are currently prohibited by law from taking sides in a political debate. But North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones’ bill – the Houses of Worship Free Speech Restoration Act of 2005 — would change the Internal Revenue Service code. Similar legislation may be sponsored in the U.S. Senate by Kansas Republican Sen. Sam Brownback.

    “Whatever God puts in the minister’s heart to say, he is protected by the First Amendment if this becomes law,” ” Jones told Cybercast News Service . This is the fourth time such a bill has been introduced in the House.

    Jones said churches “have a special place in America,” and should be freed from some rules typically applying to tax-exempt organizations. “When the churches qualified for a 501(c)3 (the IRS’s classification for tax-exempt organizations) back in the late 30s, early 40s, there was never any restriction of speech on them — nothing, absolutely zero.” . . . . .

    CNS News Article

    Calif. Mom’s Religious Freedom Efforts Have Wide Impact

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:31 pm

    We can make a difference if we speak up! Praise God for those who do.

    The efforts of one Christian mom have prompted a California school district to begin promoting religious freedom among its 26,000 students.

    Wendy Kinnear says her heart was broken last year when she heard her first-grade daughter Lauren comment that, of course, she could not pray at her Placentia elementary school because it is a public school.

    The concerned parent decided to talk with the principal of her daughter’s school to address her apprehension over the possibility Lauren and other children were getting the message that their faith was not welcome at school.

    Not long ago, Kinnear attended a Gateways for Better Education event. Gateways is a national organization dedicated to helping public school students and educators gain a better understanding of and appreciation for the value and contributions of Christianity to society.

    Through the event, the Christian mom became equipped with several strategies for promoting religious freedom in her daughter’s school.

    Afterward, Kinnear had an opportunity to address the entire Yorba Linda/Placentia school board with her religious liberty concerns. The response to her talk was subdued and, at first, disheartening. “I went home, and it was pouring rain that day, and I remember crying on the way home, saying, ‘Lord, I spoke for You. I did what I was supposed to do, but no one clapped or anything. Why didn’t anybody clap for me?’” . . . . .

    Agape Press Article

    Calif. Marriage Law Found Unconstitutional

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:51 pm

    A California judge ruled today that it’s unconstitutional to limit marriage to only a man and a woman. Think about that language. If it is unconstitutional to limit marriage by the sex of those marrying, it can’t be constitutional to limit marriage to only two people or to people under the age of consent. Using the equal protection clause to legalize gay marriage opens a pandora’s box of marriage law issues.

    A judge ruled Monday that California can no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman, a legal milestone that if upheld on appeal would pave the way for the nation’s most populous state to follow Massachusetts in allowing same-sex couples to wed.

    In an opinion that had been awaited because of San Francisco’s historical role as a gay rights battleground, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer said that withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians is unconstitutional.

    “It appears that no rational purpose exists for limiting marriage in this state to opposite-sex partners,” Kramer wrote. . . . .

    Question Mr. Kramer: Will limitless marriage still be rational when polygamists demand the same rights, or pedophiles demand the right to marry children? If we can’t limit marriage, will you support marriage between a man and his dog?

    It’s time to take our country back from dictatorial, unelected, liberal judges.

    Fox News Article


    Easter bunny hunted by PC police

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:25 pm

    It’s not just Christmas the ACLU is waging Jihad on now. “Easter” is now a dirty word as well in the world of political correctness. In addition to this WND article, I’ve heard several other reports of the ACLU and their PC friends claiming that the word “Easter” and the holiday that bears that name promote religion and therefore must be censored. Easter egg hunts are now egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny is now a garden bunny. Where will these anti-Christian bigots stop? What about Palm Sunday? Is there a more multicultural tree than the palm tree? Perhaps we should at least make it Palm Monday. Sunday is far too religious and would most certainly lead Congress to pass laws respecting the establishment of religion.

    Where were they last Halloween. I saw little kids dressed up as witches! That promotes the Wiccan religion! I was offended and traumatized!! Oh yeah, it’s only Christian holidays that are offensive.

    The Easter bunny has hopped into the crosshairs of the PC police.

    It’s a rite of Spring in most suburban shopping malls for youngsters to participate in Easter egg hunts or pose for photos with the Easter Bunny with the same fervor they had for sitting on Santa’s lap during the Christmas holiday season.

    But in the name of “multiculturalism,” malls are phasing out the secular symbol of the Christian holiday.

    Taking stock of malls throughout Palm Beach County, Fla., the Palm Beach Post discovered the Easter festivities held last weekend and scheduled for this weekend are being supervised by Baxter the Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and Garden Bunny.

    “The name just complemented The Gardens of the Palm Beaches,” mall marketing director Jeannie Roberts told the paper in explanation of the third name.

    Mall officials at Town Center in Boca Raton, Fla., admitted to caving in to concern over what could be perceived as religious promotion.

    “Because we’re such a multicultural community, it’s good just to remain neutral,” mall general manager Sam Hosen said, according to the paper. . . .

    WND Article

    Christian convert gets Muslim death threat

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:56 pm

    More Coptic Christians in the U.S. are being targeted for death by Muslims. I fear this threat to Christians in the U.S. will get much worse before anyone takes it seriously. The media coverage of the recently murdered Coptic Christian family is an example of the dangers of political correctness. The Muslim connection to these murders was played down and hidden. This WND report will undoubtedly be ignored by the MSM as well. Can you imagine the outrage we’d hear coming from the media if it were Christian websites targeting Muslims for death?

    A Muslim convert to Christianity who discusses his faith with Muslims on a popular Internet chat site has received a death threat.

    The threat posted on the New York-based site PalTalk came after a WorldNetDaily column published the man’s name and comments on the slaying of four members of a New Jersey Coptic Christian family, reported the weblog Jihad Watch.

    The message is similar to others aimed at a number of Christians who are tracked systematically by a radical Islamic website, barsomyat.com.

    The target of the threat, Ahmed Mohamed, a convert to the Coptic Christian Church, uses the moniker “Ahmed_love_Jesus” on PalTalk.

    The message sent March 6 reads:

    Know this, Ahmed_love_Jesus, we tracked you and being in America will not help you. Your blood is lawful and we will kill you soon.

    If you were with me I would have killed you.

    I will know where you are and kill you someday.

    Ahmed_Love_Jesus, by the life of your mother’s [obscenity deleted], your blood is lawful. We know where you are in America and we will slaughter you like the lamb that you worship.

    A WND column March 1 by Maria Sliwa said Mohamed was one of the targeted Christians whose photo and contact information were posted on barsomyat.com because he debated Muslims on PalTalk. . . . .

    WND Article


    Council rejects transfer of Cross and Land to Federal Government

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:28 pm

    And the war on Christianity goes on. Another cross must come down because it violates California’s constitutional “separation of church and state” (replace state with anything you like, religion must not be visible). Notice this is a state constitutional issue, yet a Federal court is ruling on it. As David Limbaugh points out, the First Amendment of the U.S. constitution was created to protect states from federal government intrusion into matters of religion, even the establishment of religion. The cross could have remained where it has been since 1954 had the land been given to the National Parks Service, but the city council rejected that solution. The state constitution obviously isn’t the issue here; a visible symbol of Christianity and freedom of religious expression is what bothers these people. If it were a giant Buddha sitting on the same hill, the issue would have never been raised, and the atheists who filed the original suit would probably praise its existence as evidence of cultural diversity.

    The Mount Soledad cross must go, the San Diego City Council said yesterday.

    The 16-year saga of whether the cross would stay on public land in La Jolla came to an emotional conclusion last night as the council voted 5-3 to reject a last-ditch effort to keep it in place.

    The vote capped a six-hour public hearing that attracted 350 people, most of them Christians who urged the council to donate the cross and surrounding land to the federal government so it possibly could remain where it has stood since 1954.

    But the cross now must be moved to comply with an injunction forbidding its presence on public land. Federal Judge Gordon Thompson Jr. issued the injunction in 1991, when he ruled that the cross violated the state Constitution’s guarantee of separation between church and state. Thompson had left it to the city and the lawyers in the case to resolve the matter.

    In the latest court decision in the case, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2002 that the constitutional violation still existed when it struck down the city’s second attempt to sell the land to a private buyer.

    “This is definitely the first page of the final chapter, and I don’t expect the final chapter to last another five years,” lawyer James McElroy said last night. “I think we are at the end of the line here.” . . . . . . .

    San Diego Union Tribune

    Al-Qaida threatening at borders, says Rice

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:48 pm

    As you all know, I’m a Bush supporter. However, I’m very critical of President Bush’s immigration policy. Specifically, for example, Bush’s argument that we need illegal aliens to do the work that Americans won’t do. Baloney! If people weren’t coming across our borders illegally to work for next to nothing, those jobs would pay better and Americans would take them. Instead of having illegals who can’t pay their hospital bills or feed there families, we’d have fewer Americans living on the street who are actually willing to work, but find it pointless to work for less than they can make on welfare or by panhandling. I also find it idiotic that we have wide open borders while trying to fight a war on terror (Let’s face it…they ARE basically wide open). Which brings us to this article. How do Condi’s comments fit into the President’s open border policies?

    Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are determined to infiltrate into the United States by using the porous and insecure borders of both Canada and Mexico, said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on her first trip south of the border since assuming her new post.

    Rice today echoed warnings made by FBI Director Robert Mueller to a congressional panel earlier this week about the continuing threat al-Qaida poses at the borders.

    “Indeed we have from time to time had reports about al-Qaida trying to use our southern border but also trying to use our northern border,” Rice told reporters. “There is no secret that al-Qaida will try to get into this country and into other countries by any means they possibly can.

    She also suggested she believes al-Qaida has been successful in the past at penetrating the borders.

    “That’s how they managed to do it before and they will do everything that they can to cross the borders,” she said. . . . . .

    That’s how they managed to do it before????!! If they are already crossing our southern border, and at the same time we are receiving warnings from our intelligence community that sleeper cells are still trying to attack us here at home, why are we discussing drivers licenses for illegals, and guest worker programs? If it’s important to our security to go after Al Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan, wouldn’t it be even more important to stop them at our borders? Bush was willing to anger almost half the country in order to do the right thing in Iraq. Why so hesitant to anger Mr. Fox for the sake of national security?

    WND Article

    ACLU threat drives Scouts out of schools

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:27 pm

    I wonder what people 50 years ago would have thought? What if they’d been told there would be a time in this country when a national civil liberties group would successfully attack the Boy Scouts of America and get them shut out of public schools? I’m even shocked sometimes that this is actually happening in the country I grew up in. It’s tragic that children are threatened with lawsuits because they agree with the majority in this country that homosexuality is wrong. To punish children for pledging allegiance to God and for believing what the Bible says about homosexuality, is to create and punish “thought crimes” and take away religious freedom. Many religions and many churches also do not hire, or have as members, those who are openly homosexual. The ACLU chooses to go after little kids first because they’re easy targets and the schools have already been successfully taken over. How long before they come after homeshoolers, or perhaps churches?

    The Boy Scouts of America is pulling the charters of thousands of scouting units from public schools in an effort to spare them from lawsuits threatened by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    In a letter sent to the BSA last month, the ACLU vowed to take legal action against public schools and other taxpayer-funded governmental agencies that charter Scout groups, claiming their sponsorship amounts to religious discrimination and violates the separation of church and state.

    The ACLU specifically takes issue with the Scouts’ pledge of allegiance to God and country and the organization’s prohibition of homosexuals as scout masters.

    BSA national spokesman Gregg Shields told the Baptist Press the organization was pulling its charters from schools “as a matter of stewardship.”

    “We obviously don’t want that [expensive lawsuits against schools] to happen,” Shields told the news agency. “Instead, the Boy Scouts have tried to protect the resources of our education partners by moving our charter from public schools to other community-based organizations such as parent-teacher organizations or Salvation Army units or nearby religious organizations.” . . . .

    WND Article

    Petition: No ‘gay pride’ in holy city

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:56 pm

    Sodom and Gamorah meets Jerusalem. Homosexuals around the world will be gathering in their thong bikinis and pornographic dress, to carry banners and posters no children should ever see through the streets of Jerusalem. The previous description of a gay pride event can be seen in event pictures from Rome last year, and any other gay pride event around the world. They’ll spend several days pushing their perversion (many of them claiming to be Christian) and will take great pride in defiling the Holy Lands.

    “Part of the message of pride is that no one has the monopoly on the interpretation of the word of God,” he said. “There are many voices about homosexuality, not just one across the board.”

    But Evans says aside from the negative Israeli political and global religious implications of the homosexual event, he is worried about the perception by Orthodox Jews of what they might think are visiting Christians.

    True, there are many voices on homosexuality, but God speaks with one voice through the Bible, and no amount of twisting scripture can change the many verses that condemn homosexuality. Why must they try to corrupt Christianity and force Christians to change their beliefs? They should start their own religion. They can call it the “All perversion allowed, there are no rules” religion. I pray the Jewish people are informed enough to know that the sodomites attending the event do not represent Bible believing Christians.

    The following paragraph turns my stomach.

    Homosexual activists call Israel one of the most “progressive” countries with regard to “gay rights.” It was one of the first countries to appeal anti-sodomy laws. Same-sex unions are recognized. Tel Aviv is considered a homosexual mecca. And in December, Israel’s attorney general granted same-sex couples many of the same rights as heterosexual spouses when he decided to uphold a court decision giving homosexual partners equal rights in matters of property, taxation and inheritance.

    Be on the watch for lightning strikes if you visit Jerusalem.

    WMD Article