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  • The Scriptorium

    5/27/2005

    Tendency to be prejudiced is a form of common sense, hard-wired into the human brain

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:20 pm

    Good grief! Secularists/evolutionists will stop at nothing to remove all accountability for our own actions and sinful ways. Satan is truly the master deceiver and one of his favorite tactics is to make men believe evil is a natural and unchangeable part of who we are. The list of excuses continues to grow: Murderers aren’t evil, they’re mentally unbalanced or forced into crime because of societal ills; homosexuality isn’t a choice, it’s genetic and natural; prejudice and bigotry aren’t evil, they’re a form of common sense hardwired into our brains to protect our prehistoric ancestors from danger. Give me a break.

    Contrary to what most people believe, the tendency to be prejudiced is a form of common sense, hard-wired into the human brain through evolution as an adaptive response to protect our prehistoric ancestors from danger.

    So suggests a new study published by Arizona State University researchers in the May issue of the “Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,” which contends that, because human survival was based on group living, “outsiders” were viewed as – and often were – very real threats.

    “By nature, people are group-living animals — a strategy that enhances individual survival and leads to what we might call a ‘tribal psychology’,” says Steven Neuberg, ASU professor of social psychology, who authored the study with doctoral student Catherine Cottrell. “It was adaptive for our ancestors to be attuned to those outside the group who posed threats such as to physical security, health or economic resources, and to respond to these different kinds of threats in ways tailored to have a good chance of reducing them.” . . . . .

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    News-Medical.net

    Soldiers Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:30 am

    All of us need to remember our troops in our prayers. God answers prayer, so remember to raise these brave men and women up in prayer for their safety. They voluntarily fight and give their lives to protect us, and their families endure hardship and grief in service to their country. Also, pray for success in this operation along the Syrian border. If successful, it could save a lot of lives – both American and Iraqi. God bless our troops and their families.

    Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their helicopter was shot down and crashed in central Iraq, the military said Friday, as the government prepared to ring Baghdad with tens of thousands of security forces to curb the rampant insurgency.

    U.S. officials were investigating Thursday’s crash of a two-seat OH-58 Kiowa helicopter near Buhriz, a former Saddam Hussein stronghold about 35 miles north of Baghdad.

    The armed U.S. reconnaissance helicopter was supporting combat operations in Buhriz. The slain soldiers were with Task Force Liberty, under the command of the Tikrit-based 42nd Infantry Division.

    The military said small-arms fire downed the helicopter, while another returned to base safely despite being hit. . . . .

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    Associated Press

    Student barred from singing ‘Awesome God’

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:02 am

    It never ends. Congress is proposing Islamic blasphemy laws in the U.S. while courts bar a little girl from singing a religious (interpreted Christian) song in a school talent show. Interestingly, if not predictably, a Wiccan play WAS allowed in the talent show. I’m feeling a little disenfranchised and offended here. . . . . .hello?. . . . .free speech?. . . . .can we get a bill written to protect my rights here?. . . . [*crickets chirping*]

    A New Jersey family is suing a school district for barring a second-grader from singing the Christian song “Awesome God” at a talent show.

    Frenchtown school district officials said 8-year-old Olivia Turton could not perform the song because its religious content was inappropriate for a school event.

    Parents Maryann and Robert Turton, claiming the action violated the First Amendment, are represented by the Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund.

    “This school’s singling out of our client for censorship is a blatant violation of the First Amendment,” said Jeremy Tedesco, ADF litigation staff counsel. “Contrary to what the school district thinks, the Establishment Clause does not give schools license to cleanse private religious speech from school events. That’s called viewpoint discrimination, which clearly violates the Constitution.”

    On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Chesler denied ADF a temporary restraining order, allowing the school to prevent Olivia Turton from performing the song at the “Frenchtown Idol” talent show that evening.

    The student instead sang a song from the Broadway hit “Annie” with her friends. . . . . . .

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    WND

    20 Killed in Bomb Blast at Muslim Shrine

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:42 am

    Where’s the outrage from those who routinely accuse U.S. troops of damaging Islamic holy sites and killing thousands of innocent Muslims in Iraq? Rule number one in anti-American, leftist propaganda: If a Muslim blows up a mosque and slaughters his own people, one must remain silent or direct your attention toward the actual truths coming from anonymous sources and detained terrorists. However, any damage done to a mosque or the people inside the mosque by an American must be protested vehemently, even if said American was acting in self defense against terrorists who use mosques as fortresses from which to launch attacks and murder innocents.

    A suicide bomber set off explosives Friday in the midst of Shiite Muslims reciting the Quran, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens gathered for a religious festival at a shrine near the capital.

    The motive was not immediately clear, but there are frequent sectarian attacks in this Islamic country by extremist elements of the Sunni and minority Shiite sects.

    An AP photographer at the scene counted at least 20 bodies, many in pieces. An intelligence official said at least 20 people were killed and 150 were wounded.

    The bomb ripped through hundreds of worshippers as they were reciting from the Muslim holy book beneath tents at the Bari Imam shrine outside Islamabad. . . . .


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    Associated Press

    Pentagon says detainee retracts Koran allegation

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:30 am

    As if further proof was needed that the “Koran desecration” story run by Newsweek was bogus, the detainee that made the allegations has now retracted his made up claim. The obvious has been made even more obvious. Don’t trust the propaganda that spews forth from the mouths of terrorists who’s only goal in life is to kill as many of us as possible. Also, don’t expect the Left or the MSM to ever understand this logical conclusion.

    The Guantanamo detainee who told an FBI agent in 2002 that U.S. personnel there had flushed a Koran in a toilet retracted his allegation when questioned this month by military investigators, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

    “We’ve gone back to the detainee who allegedly made the allegation and he has said it didn’t happen. So the underlying allegation, the detainee himself, within the last two weeks, said that didn’t happen,” chief Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita told a briefing.

    An FBI document, dated Aug. 1, 2002, contained a summary of statements made by the detainee in two interviews with an FBI special agent at the prison for foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The names of the detainee and the agent were redacted. . . . .

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    Al Reuters

    Congressman comes to aid of Quran

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:13 am

    A U.S. Congressman wants to bring the blasphemy laws of Islamic countries to the United States. Completely forgetting that Democrats believe in a complete separation of church and state, Rep. John Conyers Jr. has proposed a bill banning defamation of the Quran or the Islamic religion.

    You can’t read the newspaper in the U.S. today without coming across an attack on Christianity. Bibles are banned in classrooms and many other public places, the ACLU demands that school officials who dare to pray at school functions be locked up in jail, and Christians are regularly portrayed as extremists who want to create a theocracy in America. In response, this elected hypocrite wants to make it illegal to criticize the “Religion of Peace”, or in any way defame their “holy book”.

    The potential for abuse of such a law should be obvious to all. Just recall the reaction from the media and the left when Christian radio hosts and public figures have criticized the violence and jihadist doctrines in the Quran. When anyone criticizes the hate filled sermons coming out of mosques right here in the U.S., the left stops screaming “free speech for all” and demands that certain speech be punished. Those who dare speak the truth about the Pakistani style indoctrination into Jihad going on right here in our own country are labeled bigots, and their reputations are trashed by the MSM. With a law like this on the books, does anyone really believe these “Religion of Peace” activists wouldn’t seek to make any free speech they disagree with criminal and punishable?

    The first amendment states that CONGRESS shall make no LAW respecting the establishment of religion. This legislation proposing that criticism or disrespect for the Quran be made illegal comes far closer to an establishment of religion than allowing people of faith to pray in public and hold to their religious beliefs even while in the public square.

    Responding to the Middle East riots allegedly sparked by the retracted Newsweek Quran-in-toilet story, Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. has proposed a congressional resolution that condemns defamation of Islam’s book.

    According to Conyers’ weblog, the resolution was drafted to “oppose religious intolerance.”

    The bill would have the House “condemning bigotry and religious intolerance, and recognizing that holy books of every religion should be treated with dignity and respect,” according to Conyers, who has one of the nation’s larger Muslim communities in his Detroit-area district. . . . . . .

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    WND

    5/25/2005

    Won’t be posting for a bit

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:55 pm

    I apologize for the absense of new posts lately. I’ve had quite a few doctors apointments and will be having knee surgery in the morning. I should be back at the computer within the next few days and back to work on CM and the Scriptorium full time very soon. I’m no stranger to surgeries and heal very fast, so I may even be back to work tomorrow. God is good! :)

    5/21/2005

    Bethlehem Christians Worry About Islamic Takeover in Jesus’ Birthplace

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:41 pm

    I find it sad that so many areas in the Middle East that were historically peopled with Christians now find their Christian populations dwindling as people run from Islamic oppression and the poverty caused by corrupt governments. Bethlehem is one of those areas. Churches in the West need to take a lesson from stories like this as does our government.

    The U.S. gives billions in aid to the P.A., and the people it’s intended to help never see a dime of it. Instead, Hamas hands out money to those Muslims suffering under a corrupt government, and by doing so recruit new members and take over large areas of Palestine. Since the Christians remain poor and their local governments are taken over by radical Muslims, they’re eventually forced to leave.

    If our government won’t send aid directly to these people, perhaps our churches should. We can counter our government’s ignorant policy of funding terrorists in the Middle East by funding our brothers and sisters in Christ. The answer is certainly not to let Islam wipe out any and all Christianity in the Middle East, and especially in places like Bethlehem – the place where our Lord was born and a home for Christians in the Middle East for centuries.

    Christians in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, are concerned that their city may slowly become an Islamic stronghold following recent municipal elections in which radical Islamic groups took a number of seats.

    For the first time ever, Bethlehem’s municipal council now includes members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, both on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations. With seven seats between them, Muslims have a near majority in the 15-seat council.

    Christian candidates from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and the Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine share the remaining eight seats that are allotted to the Christians.

    Christians are upset because the newly elected members will want to give a more Muslim religious tone to the municipality, said one Christian Arab with ties to Bethlehem.

    People voted for Hamas because it is “being perceived as more pure, more clean,” said the Christian from Jerusalem, who asked not to be named. “[People] are angry over the corruption [in the P.A.].”

    Bethlehem, a once-thriving, predominantly Christian town with a booming tourist trade and easy access to jobs in neighboring Jerusalem, now has high unemployment, cut off as it is by more than four years of violent uprising and now by Israel’s security barrier.

    During what should have been the busiest time of the day, there were few people on the streets. Even though the sun was shining, many shops were shuttered.

    Such circumstances provide fertile ground for Hamas, which draws the needy into the fold by providing social, educational and other services.

    One Christian leader in Bethlehem said he was “very concerned” about the radical Islamic win in the municipal council.

    “It will affect [the community] in the future,” said the man, who asked not to be named. “Slowly, slowly they will take over [and] have Palestine as an Islamic state.”

    Hamas is working very aggressively on gaining control, he said. “That’s dangerous.”

    Thirty years ago no one in the city had ever heard of Hamas; now more than 30 percent of the city is Hamas and it’s growing every year. They have the money. They help people open shops and build apartments, he said.

    “They have the means to draw people close to them,” he said, and once the people begin to attach themselves to Hamas, then they fall under its influence.

    “The Christians are sleeping. I blame the West for that. They are encouraging these groups in an indirect way,” he said. . . . . .

    Talk to your churches and pastors about this. It is our responsibility as Christians to help those in need, especially within the body of Christ.

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    CNS News

    Christian doctors condemn stem-cell experiments

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:18 pm

    Very interesting article. There are quite a few facts in here that you’ll never hear from the media. For example, have you ever heard from the media or people who support embryonic stem cell research that embryonic stem cells have been shown to be highly unstable and difficult to control, and they tend to form tumors? I’d also never heard that adult stem cells – obtained, without ethical objections, from sources such as cord blood – already have provided treatments for patients suffering from more than 50 diseases. Yet, embryonic stem cells are always held up as the answer to cancer and other diseases. Lies, deception, and exaggerations are too often used by the left to entice new followers into their death cult.

    The nation’s largest faith-based group of physicians condemned human cloning experiments by Hwang Woo-suk of South Korea and Ian Wilmut of Britain’s Edinburgh Medical School, saying they should be halted for ethical and medical reasons.

    “In just a few short years since the cloning of Dolly the sheep, we have witnessed a breathtaking jump to cloning and destroying human beings,” said Dr. David Stevens, executive director of the Christian Medical Association. “These researchers don’t seem to recognize the difference between human beings and barnyard animals.”

    Hwang reportedly cloned and destroyed the world’s first human embryos for stem cells last year, and Wilmut cloned ‘Dolly’ the sheep in 1998. Thursday they announced a partnership in cloning experiments. . . . . . .


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    WND

    Bush Temple Mount visit fuels Jewish group’s anger

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:53 pm

    I can understand the Jews anger here. The Temple Mount is the Jews holiest site. It only became Islam’s THIRD holiest site, centuries after Islam’s beginning, in order to claim Jewish lands. To honor Islam at the Jews holiest site is bound to be insulting to religious Jews. It also lends legitimacy to the Palestinian’s rewritten version of history and their plans to take control of the Temple Mount and Jerusalem.

    A group that led a Jewish protest at the Temple Mount last month in hopes of reclaiming the site from its Islamic custodians has expressed disappointment that U.S. First Lady Laura Bush, who arrives here tomorrow, plans to visit the Mount to honor Muslim tradition.

    Bush, touring Jordan today, arrives in Israel tomorrow as part of a wider Middle East tour aimed at advancing regional peace and encouraging Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in accordance with the U.S.-backed road map.

    According to Israeli media reports, the First Lady will visit the Temple Mount, among other religious sites.

    U.S. officials said Bush had requested activities to honor Israel’s three religions during her Israel visit. She will tour the Western Wall to pay respects to Judaism, visit a church in Jericho to honor Christianity, and ascend the Temple Mount to express good will toward Islam, said an official.

    But David Ha’ivri, director of Revava, a Jewish Temple Mount activist group, said he is concerned Bush’s visit will be perceived as official American recognition of Islamic control of the Mount.

    “It’s a major misconception,” Ha’ivri told WND. “Many think the Temple Mount is the holy place of Muslims and the Kotel (Western Wall) is the holy place for Jews. No, the Kotel is only holy because it’s part of a retaining wall for the Temple Mount, which itself is the holiest place for Jews. It was the location of our first and second Temples, and will be the site of our third.” . . . . . .

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    WND

    5/19/2005

    Mexicans go to Ariz. for medical help

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:01 pm

    We MUST wake up to this problem. As long as Vicente Fox can get free medical care for his people, he will never enforce immigration laws and will continue to threaten law suits and retribution any time we do something about illegal aliens. Americans in border states are losing their jobs and tax payers are paying billions so Mexico doesn’t have to provide medical care or build hospitals for its citizens. If we sealed our borders, it would force them to do so. That’s better for the Mexican people and better for us. I just can’t understand why our government chooses to hide from this problem.

    Antonio Valenzuela Gomez, a retired factory worker who boasts 49 grandchildren, lifts his shirt to show the giant scar where American doctors cut into his chest a year ago.

    Gomez, 79, was at his house in the dusty Mexican border town of Naco near here when his heart began to fail. There is no hospital in that part of Mexico, so family members loaded Gomez in a car and drove him a short distance to the U.S. checkpoint.

    An ambulance arrived from the Arizona side and rushed Gomez 7 miles to Copper Queen Community Hospital here. Emergency room workers stabilized him and sent him 80 miles north to Tucson Medical Center, where heart surgery was performed.

    Gomez, who spent three weeks in U.S. hospitals, thinks the bill was about $20,000 — likely a fraction of the actual cost. He offers gratitude along with small monthly payments that will never cover the expense. “They saved my life,” he says. “They treated me well.”

    Along the border from Chula Vista, Calif., to Brownsville, Texas, U.S. hospitals serve as a medical safety net for undocumented immigrants and residents of northern Mexico. Each year, their care costs American medical centers, consumers and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. During 2002, 38 Arizona medical centers surveyed by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association reported losses on foreign-national patients of $153 million. . . . . . .


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    USA Today

    Iraq Qaeda leader defends slaying of Muslims

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:34 pm

    Religion of Peace alert!

    Al Qaeda’s leader in Iraq defended the killing of “innocent Muslims” in suicide bombings against U.S. forces, saying it was legitimate under Islam for the sake of jihad (holy war), according to an audio tape attributed to him on Wednesday.

    “The killing of infidels by any method including martyrdom (suicide) operations has been sanctified by many scholars even if it means killing innocent Muslims. This legality has been agreed upon … so as not to disrupt jihad,” Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said on the tape posted on an Islamist Web site.

    The Jordanian militant, Washington’s biggest foe in Iraq, quoted Muslim scholars to justify the loss of Muslim lives in suicide attacks in Iraq. His message appeared aimed at winning Sunni Muslim support for the insurgency.

    “Protecting religion is more important than protecting (Muslim) lives, honour or wealth,” said the man who sounded like Zarqawi. “The shedding of Muslim blood … is allowed in order to avoid the greater evil of disrupting jihad.”

    The authenticity of the tape could not be verified and it was not clear when it was recorded.

    More than 400 people have been killed in an escalating cycle of violence and suicide attacks since a new Iraqi government was named late last month. Zarqawi’s group has claimed responsibility for most of those attacks.

    The speaker said it was crucial to step up suicide attacks to weaken his enemy’s modern military might. “These operations are our lethal weapons against the enemy.

    “God knows that we were careful not to kill Muslims and we have called off many operations in the past to avoid losses … but we cannot kill infidels without killing some Muslims. It is unavoidable,” he added.. . . . . . .


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    MSN

    Driver allowed to keep Christian vanity plate

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:31 pm

    This is another example of our education system’s success in adding certain “rights” to our constitution. Too many people today (especially in places like WA) actually believe they have a constitutional right not to be offended. They feel they have a legal right to never have to look upon anything they don’t like or agree with, listen to something they disagree with, or be exposed to an opinion that awakens their education induced hatred and bigotry. A personalized license plate reading “JOHN 316″ according to these people should be illegal. Why? It offends them!! Free speech only applies to them and those they like and agree with. There was a time when I never would have believed people could be so brainwashed and dumbed down as to not recognize the hypocrisy in that definition of “free speech”.

    Vanity may be a sin, but a Christian message on vanity license plates is OK with the state of Washington.

    The Department of Licensing yesterday dismissed a complaint against a vanity plate imprinted with “JOHN316.”

    “The plate is not offensive under our rules and was never in danger of being canceled,” said Licensing Department Director Liz Luce.

    The plate refers to the verse in the New Testament that says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    Someone filed a complaint about the plate in April, and the department’s vanity plate review committee called an early meeting to deal with it because of the public interest. The department did not identify the owner of the plate or the person who complained.

    Seattle PI

    Students and faculty to protest Christian school’s commencement speaker

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:15 pm

    This quote from the article is priceless:

    “I’m definitely worried about a Christian school being affiliated with the Christian right,” said Elise Elzinga, a 22-year-old Lambertville resident who will graduate Saturday with a degree in political science and international relations.

    Who does this girl think Christians should be associated with? secularists? Atheists???? Should Christians be associated with liberals who support gay marriage and ban Christianity from the public square whenever they get the chance? Sadly, some “Christians” think so. They agree with those who believe Christians should have to hide their faith unless they adopt the ecumenical position that all paths lead to God, and evangelism is intolerant and divisive. Do they teach the Bible or Christian history at Christian schools anymore?

    The Christian perspective aside, I think it’s ignorant to feel that the President of the United States shouldn’t be allowed to give a College commencement speech just because a minority of students don’t like him. This kind of thinking is a result of our liberal education system. Kids are being taught that any speech they don’t agree with should be banned. In their brainwashed minds tolerance means agreeing with everything they believe and never forcing them to hear, see, or encounter something they don’t like. They honestly believe they have a constitutional right to not be offended, and every right to be as offensive as they want to be. Do they still make kids read Orwell’s “1984″ in English class now days? They should! Wait a minute. It would probably just give them ideas.

    Calvin College may be predominantly Republican, but a visit from President George W. Bush on Saturday is stirring up some discontent among students, faculty and alumni.

    One-third of the faculty members have signed a letter of protest that will appear in a half-page ad in the Grand Rapids Press on Saturday, the day Bush is to deliver the commencement address to 900 graduating seniors at Calvin. The ad cost $2,600.

    “As Christians, we are called to be peacemakers and to initiate war only as a last resort,” the letter says. “We believe your administration has launched an unjust and unjustified war in Iraq.”

    More than 800 students, faculty and alumni also have signed a letter protesting Bush’s visit that will appear Friday as a full-page ad in the Grand Rapids paper. The ad cost more than $9,500.

    “We are alumni, students, faculty and friends of Calvin College who are deeply troubled that you will be the commencement speaker at Calvin,” the letter states. “In our view, the policies and actions of your administration, both domestically and internationally over the past four years, violate many deeply held principles of Calvin College.”

    And about 100 students are expected to adorn their graduation gowns with armbands and buttons bearing the slogan: “God is not a Republican or Democrat.”

    “I’m definitely worried about a Christian school being affiliated with the Christian right,” said Elise Elzinga, a 22-year-old Lambertville resident who will graduate Saturday with a degree in political science and international relations. . . . . .

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    Detroit Free Press

    Union rep: U.S. troops killing journalists

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:47 pm

    This is just laughable. As if they can’t find enough ways to demonize our troops, they have to accuse them of intentionally killing journalists. It’s absurd to think that our troops would actively go after a bunch of loser reporters when they have terrorists coming across the borders and trying to kill anyone in sight.

    Probably closer to the truth would be that the anti-American reporters are embedded with the other side, documenting the war from the terrorists point of view, and counting themselves among what civilized people consider the enemy. If you’re filming and reporting while standing next to a murdering terrorist, don’t whine when you get caught in the crossfire. It’s the equivalent of a reporter laying on train tracks next to a suicidal person in order to cover the story, and then the media getting mad when the train hits the reporter too.

    Echoing a claim that led to CNN executive Eason Jordan’s resignation, the president of the 35,000-member Newspaper Guild asserted U.S. troops deliberately are killing journalists in Iraq.

    Linda Foley, speaking Friday in St. Louis, said the American attacks are focused particularly on Arab journalists, according to a tape aired by Sinclair Broadcasting’s “The Point,” a commentary segment by Mark Hyman.

    The remarks came as Newsweek magazine continued to manage fallout for a report in its May 9 edition that sparked protests and rioting across the Muslim world resulting in at least 17 dead, scores injured, relief buildings burned down and a setback to years of coalition-building against terrorists.

    Earlier this year, Jordan, CNN’s chief news executive, suggested at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that some of the 63 journalists killed in Iraq had been specifically targeted by U.S. troops. Jordan quickly backed off his suggestion, but constant exposure from political weblogs led to his resignation. He also admitted last year that CNN withheld news of atrocities taking place in Iraq under the regime of Saddam Hussein because the network was afraid it might lose access to the country. . . . . .

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    WND

    Saudis Shred Bibles, Rights Campaigners Claim

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:24 pm

    Wow! Muslims have quite the double standard on respecting sacred books don’t they? Get caught with a Bible in Saudi Arabia, and the Bible will be shredded. If you have too many Bibles in your possession, you get 70 lashes. Such tolerance from the religion of peace.

    This kind of disrespect for Christians and Christianity in the Muslim world isn’t something thinking people didn’t already know about, but it’s disgusting that so many liberals and media propagandists are completely blind to their own hypocrisy.

    Bibles found in the possession of visitors to Saudi Arabia are routinely confiscated by customs officials, and in some cases copies allegedly have been put through a paper shredder, according to religious rights campaigners.

    Reports from the Islamic world of the abuse of Bibles and other items important to Christians emerge from time to time, but generally have little impact – in contrast to the wave of Muslim anger sparked by a Newsweek report, since retracted, of Koran desecration by the U.S. military.

    “The Muslims respect the Koran far more than Christians respect the Bible,” says Danny Nalliah, a Sri Lankan-born evangelical pastor now based in Australia.

    During the 1990s, Nalliah spent two years in Saudi Arabia, where he was deeply involved with the underground church.

    “It’s a very well-known fact that if you have a Bible at customs when you enter the airport, and if they find the Bible, that the Bible is taken and put in the shredder,” he said in an interview this week. . . . .

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    CNS News

    5/18/2005

    Exclusive: Kabbalist Blesses Jones to Uncover Holy Lost Ark

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:49 pm

    For those who study prophecy, this is a must read.

    An unnamed Kabbalist has granted blessing to famed archeologist Dr. Vendyl Jones, to uncover the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Jones plans to excavate the Lost Ark by the Tisha B’Av Fast this summer.

    The famed archaeologist, who is the inspiration for the “Indiana Jones” series, has spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. The ark was the resting place of the Ten Commandments written by Moshe (Moses) on Mount Sinai, and was hidden just before the destruction of the First Temple.

    The Talmud says the Ark is hidden in a secret passage under the Temple Mount. Jones says that in fact, the Ark was brought through a secret passage beneath the mount – and that same natural tunnel in fact continues 18 miles into the Judean Desert.

    Throughout the many years of his quest, Jones has been in close contact and under the tutelage of numerous Rabbis and Kabbalists. Jones, who is extremely knowledgeable in Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah, has now received permission from both known and hidden Kabbalists to finally uncover the lost ark.

    Dr. Jones, who divides his time between Texas and Israel, has been here since March 9th ready to finally reveal the Ark. However, Jones has been waiting for permission from a mysterious Kabbalist, as well as for project funding to come through.

    Jones’s daughter Sarah converted to Judaism many years ago and currently lives in the Shomron. She has been in touch with a great unnamed Kabbalist from whom she requested a blessing on behalf of her father to merit finding the ark.

    As recently as last month, the rabbi, who only communicates via messenger, told Jones that the time was not yet right to discover the Temple vessels.

    Last Thursday, Dr. Jones received a communication from the rabbi reading, “The time is right.”. . . . . . .

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    Arutz Sheva

    Palestinians used Bible as toilet paper

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:32 pm

    Well, isn’t this interesting in light of recent riots. Muslims claim to also revere the Bible as sacred. They usually make this claim along side the claim that they respect “the people of the Book”.

    I also don’t remember the media working themselves into a lather about this incident as they’re doing now.

    While Muslims have responded with deadly outrage to the now-retracted report by Newsweek of alleged Quran desecration by U.S. interrogators, there was little outcry three years ago when Islamic terrorists holed up in Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity reportedly used the Bible as toilet paper.

    Catholic priests in the church marking the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born said that during the five-week siege, Palestinians tore up some Bibles for toilet paper and removed many valuable sacramental objects, according to a May 15, 2002, report by the Washington Times.

    Newsweek is under fire for a report in its May 9 edition that sparked protests and rioting across the Muslim world resulting in 17 dead, scores injured, relief buildings burned down and a setback to years of coalition-building against terrorists. . . . .

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    DeLay guiltier than bin Laden?

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:28 pm

    I’m soooo glad they made Dean the chairman of the DNC. It’s a gift that just keeps on giving. This is even better than the scream heard ’round the world.

    Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean extended the American tradition of presumption of innocence to terror kingpin Osama bin Laden, but reiterated today that Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay – who has neither been indicted nor convicted – is “guilty.”

    On Saturday, in an address to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention, Dean said DeLay ”ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence,” referring to allegations of unethical conduct against the GOP leader.

    Today, the Democratic chief reiterated his comments – which were condemned by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. – telling the Arizona Republic: “There’s corruption at the highest level of the Republican Party, and they’re going to have to face up to that one of these days, because the law is closing in on Tom DeLay.

    “I think he’s guilty … of taking trips paid for by lobbyists, and of campaign-finance violations during his manipulation of the Texas election process.”

    Though Dean has already convicted DeLay and figuratively sent him to jail, during last year’s presidential campaign, the former Vermont governor made it a point to give bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist on the planet, the benefit of the doubt.

    “I’ve resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found,” Dean said during the 2004 Democratic primary campaign. “I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials.” . . . . .


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    5/16/2005

    Newsweek called treasonous over ‘Quran-in-toilet’ report

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:07 pm

    Is anyone else growing weary of what passes for journalism in the U.S. now days? One anonymous source, as long as it agrees with your political agenda, is enough to declare a rumor true and run with it, no matter the consequences. News Week’s most recent lie about guards in Guantanamo Bay flushing a Koran down the toilet also swirled 15 lives down the toilet and left scores more injured. Their half hearted non-apology ran yesterday, but did little to comfort the mobs of angry Muslims around the world. Naturally, those who hate the U.S. assume News Week was pressured to recant, and their “apology” made it easy to believe that. As you can sea from this report, the Holy War is still on.

    The damage to the U.S. has already been done. Typical of the MSM, even though News Weeks admits to an error, they refuse to retract the story. It’s another case of “fraudulent but accurate”.

    In addition to placing blame on the treasonous, anti-American, U.S. media, blame should also be placed on the rioters. Muslims have burned down Christian churches, all of which certainly contained Holy Bibles, in countries across the globe. Yet, Christians didn’t riot in the streets, kill people, and burn down their own cities. Being so blood thirsty that you’ll take any opportunity to murder and maim even your own people should also be condemned.

    Fifteen dead, scores injured, relief buildings burned down.

    Years of coalition-building with the Muslim world against terrorist fanatics set back.

    That’s the toll to date for a brief story about a U.S. prison guard throwing a Quran down the toilet – a story Newsweek now admits it got wrong, and one being blasted as “criminal” and “treasonous.”

    Pentagon officials are scrambling to figure out how to put the genie back in the bottle, but it seems it might take more than a correction and an apology from Newsweek.

    It all started with the May 8 issue of the news magazine. The Periscope column written by Michael Isikoff and John Barry included a brief item about U.S. military investigators finding evidence that interrogators placed copies of the Quran down the toilet in an effort to get prisoners to talk.

    Days after the magazine hit the street, before the issue date, Imran Khan, a Pakistani cricket legend, read the report to a crowd in an effort to incite opposition to President Pervez Musharraf.

    Riots ensued and spread to Afghanistan and other parts of the Islamic world. . . . . .

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    MORE:

    Muslims skeptical over News Week Backtrack

    White House says News Week Report Damaged U.S. Image

    Radio Station Cancels News Week show

    Anti-withdrawal protesters cripple Jewish state

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:33 am

    When the Israelis withdraw from the “occupied territories” the boundaries of what is called occupied will simply move. Consider these Palestinian comments:

    “The withdrawal, if it is implemented, is an important achievement by the Palestinian people, its intifada and armed struggle, its determination and great sacrifice, and confirms the willingness, correctness and usefulness of employing an armed struggle and its ability to attain political objectives,” wrote al-Zahar.

    “We will emphasize our people’s right to resist the occupation [outside the Gaza Strip] so long as the occupation of the land and the aggression continue, with the understanding that withdrawal from Gaza is not the end of the story and occupation is still present in the rest of the lands and that not all rights and holy sites have been returned yet,” the memo stated.

    Sharon’s disengagement plan does nothing but reward terrorism and encourage more attacks. Only, now the attacks will be closer to the heart of Israel. Would the U.S. evacuate parts of California, Arizona, and New Mexico, and move the Mexican border in order to stop illegal immigration? Not only would that do nothing but encourage illegal immigration, it would ruin our economy. Yet we’re pressuring Israel to do exactly that – move the terrorists closer, give up businesses and some of the best agricultural lands in Israel, and put hundreds of “settlers” on the unemployment rolls. Not to mention the civil war it’s about to start.

    Participating in a civil-disobedience campaign that blocked traffic and nearly shut down the main entrance to Jerusalem and several other Israeli towns, hundreds of activists gathered at locations throughout the country today to protest Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s planned evacuation of Jewish communities from Gaza and parts of the West Bank this summer.

    In a coordinated effort that began at 5 p.m. Jerusalem time, protesters around the country blocked about 40 major roads and highways while chanting anti-evacuation slogans.

    At Jerusalem’s main entrance, several dozen young activists sat in the middle of the road, completely blocking all incoming cars and bringing traffic on the main highway leading into the city to a total standstill. . . . . .

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    Creationist: Darwinists Growing Desperate to Defend Theory

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:54 am

    Anyone who’s kept up on the evolution debate is already aware of the evolutionist crowd’s tactics. They mirror the tactics of the Democratic party and the secularists. Make your opponent look like an extremist, religious nut and you won’t have to present any evidence or debate your bad science. I’m amused to see that one evolution activist has actually admitted to this childish tactic. Not that it makes much difference. Demonizing the “religious right” is a popular sport in our society today and the fact that evolutionists are playing dirty and are scared to debate the facts isn’t that surprising.

    If Christians are so dumb, Intelligent Design has no scientific proof, and evolution is so obviously the answer, then stop acting like two year olds and prove it. To hear them talk about ID scientists, you would think it would be an easy task. Yet, they refuse to talk about science. Instead, they boycott debates and hide. Think about it. There’s obviously a reason evolutionists have been unwilling to even engage in the debate on Intelligent Design. No one has ever forced them to explain the many problems with evolution, and their scared. Mostly, they’re scared that the public will finally be allowed to hear the SCIENTIFIC evidence for Intelligent Design. They’ve been working for decades to keep that away from students. If they hear it now, they might (gasp) ask questions about the theories for human existence. The horrors!

    Intelligent design advocates are drawing attention to what they call a “smoking gun” memo that outlines the strategy of pro-Darwinian forces in the debate over science standards in Kansas.

    At issue is an Internet post by Liz Craig, a spokeswoman from the group Kansas Citizens for Science. In it, she delineates her plan for dealing with those on the Kansas Board of Education who fall on the creationist side of the science standards debate.

    In the online discussion, Craig described how she intended to use the press in an effort to portray creationist and intelligent design advocates as uninformed and foolish. Her strategy, she remarked, is “the same as it was in 1999: notify the national and local media about what’s going on and portray [critics of evolution] in the harshest light possible as political opportunists, Evangelical activists, ignoramuses, breakers of rules, unprincipled bullies, etc.”

    Dr. John West of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, the nation’s largest intelligent design think tank, believes Darwinists do not want to talk about science but instead want to demonize their opponents. What is happening in Kansas is “supposed to be a science debate,” he says, “but the pro-Darwin groups seem allergic to talking about the science. They’d rather sling mud, and it makes you sort of wonder whether they have any scientific arguments offer at all.”. . . . . . .

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    Family Advocates: Judicial Activism Runs Amok in Nebraska

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:28 am

    This is further proof that we are no longer living in a democracy. Seventy percent of Nebraska voters voted for a marriage amendment banning gay marriage. That’s an overwhelming majority. But, a majority vote means nothing to an activist judge. A federal judge struck down the majority vote and awarded the victory to the thirty percent minority. This SHOULD strike fear into the hearts of all Americans. Even if you agree with the dictates of arrogant judges in the current political climate, you can be sure at some point you won’t. By the time people realize they have no say in our government anymore, it may be too late. Now is the time to reign in these arrogant dictators and remind them that there is supposed to be a balance of power in this country.

    With an almost unanimous voice, family advocacy groups across the U.S. are decrying Thursday’s decision by a federal judge in Nebraska that negates the marriage protection amendment that was approved by voters in the Cornhusker State almost five years ago. The ruling has reinvigorated those groups’ calls for the necessity for a marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution — and given immediacy to their push for an end to the months-long Senate filibuster against conservative judicial nominees.

    A federal judge has struck down Nebraska’s ban on homosexual “marriage.” Judge Joseph Bataillon says the constitutional amendment, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman, violates the rights of same-sex couples, foster parents, adopted children and people in a host of other living arrangements. Despite the fact that 70 percent of Nebraska voters approved the marriage protection amendment in November 2000, Bataillon’s decision effectively nullifies the votes of 477,000 Nebraskans — and awards the election results to the 203,000 who voted against the measure.

    In his ruling, Bataillon states that, as written and applied, the ban “imposes significant burdens on both the expressive and intimate associational rights of plaintiffs’ members” — and that the language of the amendment “potentially prohibits or at least inhibits people, regardless of sexual preference, from entering into numerous relationships or living arrangements that could be interpreted as a same-sex relationship ‘similar to’ marriage.”

    The judge did not stop there. “Section 29 also interferes with individuals’ abilities or incentives to join together in pursuit of a common endeavor … [and] erects significant burdens on the promotion of, or lobbying for, any legislative or governmental action that would eventually extend rights or recognition to gays and lesbians ….”

    Furthermore, Bataillon asserts that the “intent and purpose of the amendment is based on animus against [homosexuals].”. . . . .

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    5/12/2005

    Senate approves bill to hinder porn from being shown on roads

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:31 pm

    Before I even read the article, I knew the ACLU would be against this legislation. They’ll spend as much money as it takes to ban anything Christian from being seen in public, but it’s suddenly a violation of free speech laws when legislators want to protect children from hard core porn. Several states now have laws against talking on your cell phone while driving. Does the ACLU really think perverts should have a constitutional right to watch X rated movies while they drive?

    The Michigan Senate on Tuesday approved a bill intended to stop motorists from showing pornography in a vehicle so it can seen by others on the road.

    The bill would prohibit the “reckless” display of sexually explicit material inside a vehicle.

    The Senate voted 36-2 to send the legislation to the House. Democratic Minority Leader Bob Emerson of Flint and Democratic Sen. Burton Leland of Detroit voted “no.”

    People would be guilty only if a member of the general public had to watch the video unwillingly and was incapable of taking reasonable steps to avoid being exposed to it.

    The first offense would bring a possible $1,500 fine, the second a $5,000 fine. A third violation would be a misdemeanor — punishable by a maximum 93 days in jail and a $10,000 fine.

    The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Alan Sanborn of Richmond, says he introduced the “commonsense” legislation after hearing from a constituent who was stuck in traffic with her children behind a motorist showing porn in the vehicle ahead of them. . . . . . . .

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    Investigators Find Evidence of Voter Fraud

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:13 pm

    The far left (DU types) have been screaming voter fraud since the election. They claim mass voter fraud turned Ohio for Bush and won him the election. Of course, they present no evidence. Then they completely ignore a case like this where there is actual proof that a blue state saw 4,600 more votes cast than there are registered voters. Similar to the stolen governors election in WA, dead people voted, hundreds of convicted felons voted, and hundreds more voted twice. The Liberal’s idea of a fair election is to count every vote (even the illegal ones) in blue states, and in the red states keep recounting until you get the result you like. If that doesn’t work, scream stolen election and create your own reality.

    A task force looking into potential voter fraud on Election Day said Tuesday that it found more than 200 felons voted illegally and more than 100 instances of people voting twice or using fake names and addresses.

    The investigators found hundreds of fraudulent votes in all and counted 4,600 more ballots than registered voters in Milwaukee — but did not uncover any proof of a plot to alter the outcome of the hotly contested presidential race in Wisconsin’s largest city. They also found ballots cast using the names of dead people.

    Prosecutors have not filed criminal charges in the probe.

    “There is not the evidence of an overriding conspiracy in all of this,” U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic said.

    The task force, however, did find evidence of sloppy record-keeping and poor training for poll workers, who were overwhelmed by thousands of absentee ballots. Biskupic said the faulty records will make it tough to prosecute many of the crimes.

    Biskupic, the Milwaukee County district attorney, Milwaukee police and the FBI launched the probe after a newspaper investigation found more than 1,200 people voted from invalid addresses and that election officials were unable to process 1,300 same-day registration cards.

    Democrat John Kerry received more than 71 percent of the 277,000 ballots cast in Milwaukee in the presidential race. Kerry won Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes by about 11,000 votes.

    The review comes amid a partisan fight over plans to make voters show ID at the polls. .. . . . . .

    No wonder Democrats are so against having to show ID before you vote.

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    Internet, Radio Blamed for Discrimination

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:16 pm

    CAIR is still working hard to silence critics of Islam on the internet and radio by labeling them Islamophobes and haters. The problem is, anyone who disagrees with Islam, or criticizes Jihad, head-chopping, or terror promoting Mullahs is considered Islamophobic. The spokesman for CAIR admits that they see a rise in discrimination every time someone gets beheaded somewhere. Perhaps instead of threatening a lawsuit against anyone who thinks Islam has problems, they could spend more time reforming their religion and reigning in and condemning the Madrassas that create the head-choppers and suicide bombers. That would go much farther toward improving Islam’s image than trying to silence those who are tired of the religion of pieces.

    Anti-Muslim Internet traffic and radio broadcasts are fueling an atmosphere of hate and contributing to increased discrimination, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Wednesday.

    Hate crimes against Muslims rose 52 percent to 141 last year compared with 2003, and civil rights violations reported to the council jumped 49 percent to 1,522.

    “Whenever there is a beheading or act of terrorism overseas that involves Muslims, we see a rise in reported incidents here,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the council.

    The trend is toward “rising Islamophobic rhetoric in American society,” said Arsalan Iftikhar, the council’s legal director.

    The organization has become so concerned about anti-Muslim talk that it has launched an awareness campaign so people can contact advertisers about their concerns and file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission.

    Some Muslim leaders were surprised by the council’s findings, contained in a report entitled “Unequal Protection.”

    “I thought we were through with the high point after 9/11,” said Yaser El-Menshawy, chairman of New Jersey’s council of mosques. “My gut feeling is it may be a combination of the war in Iraq and mounting casualties, and that we’re getting better at collecting this kind of data.”

    The report divided alleged abuse into 14 categories, from unreasonable arrest — the highest number of complaints with 385 — to Internet discrimination, with four.

    Among the most prevalent complaints: There were 225 alleging religious discrimination such as community opposition to the presence of a mosque; 196 asserting employment discrimination; and 190 reported instances of verbal harassment.

    Give me a break. Christians are trashed constantly in the media, on the internet, and in the public square. That’s part of living in a country that allows free speech and a free press. If you prefer a state run media and a “ministry of thought control” move to an Islamic country. It’s not pleasant to be on the receiving end of it, but Muslims aren’t being persecuted any more than several other religions and groups.

    At least it’s not politically correct in the U.S. to harass or discriminate against Muslims. It’s a form of accepted recreation to discriminate against and verbally bash Christians. Ben works for the State of Washington and the Christians in his office are regularly called the “religious psychos” and the “Christian bleepity bleeps” by a few of the liberals he works with. If it were a Muslim on the receiving end of that, something would be done about it.

    Also, there is a good reason people oppose mosques in their neighborhoods. They see other cities having problems with the call to prayer being blasted over loud speakers throughout the day, and they read the news reports of Islamic conferences being held in mosques where anti-American hatred is promoted and terrorism is supported. Some introspection on CAIR’s part would go a long way toward solving their problems. And once again, this situation isn’t unique to Muslims. It’s a common occurence for neighborhoods to oppose churches moving into their neighborhood, or large businesses, or dairies, or any other number of building projects. Sometimes discrimination is involved, and other times the residents have good reason to be concerned.

    Newsday

    Jewish cemetery desecrated in France

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:11 pm

    Maybe we should all riot, burn down our cities, and kill each other. If putting a Koran on a toilet seat warrants it, I’m pretty sure this would qualify as desecration, too.

    Scores of tombstones were overturned in the Jewish cemetery at Sarreguemines in the eastern French region of Moselle, a police chief said on Wednesday.

    The profanation, in which about 65 of the 500 graves in the cemetery were knocked down and piled on top of one another, occurred between Sunday and Tuesday and was discovered by a municipal employee. The cover was lifted entirely off one of the graves.

    Police chief Alfred Bickel said a forensic unit was seeking fingerprints and other evidence at the scene.

    In addition, a swastika was carved at the entrance to a Christian cemetery nearby, police said.

    In February, the human rights monitoring body of the Council of Europe said it was concerned about a sharp increase in anti-Semitism in France.

    Police said the cemetery at Sarreguimines had not previously been profaned.

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    Muslims Riot and Kill Each Other over Media Report

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:01 pm

    A Newsweek reporter, using an anonymous source, reported recently that a Koran was placed on a toilet lid at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, and all hell has broken loose as a result. Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan have taken to the streets to kill each other and burn down their own cities and villages. Compare this typical response from the Religion of Pieces with the response from Christians when Muslims blow up Christian churches and slaughter innocent Christians in Jihad.

    Shouting “Death to America!” more than 1,000 demonstrators rioted and threw stones at a U.S. military convoy Wednesday, as protests spread to four Afghan provinces over a report that interrogators desecrated Islam’s holy book at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

    Police fired on the protesters, many of them students, trying to stifle the biggest display of anti-American anger since the ouster of the ruling Taliban militia 3 1/2 years ago. There were no reports of American casualties, but the violence left four dead and 71 injured in Jalalabad, a city 80 miles east of the capital, Kabul.

    Mobs smashed car and shop windows and attacked government offices, the Pakistani consulate and the offices of two U.N. agencies in Jalalabad. Smoke billowed from the consulate and a U.N. building. More than 50 foreign aid workers were reportedly evacuated.

    The protests may expand into neighboring Pakistan, where a coalition of hard-line Islamic parties said it would hold nationwide demonstrations Friday over the alleged desecration of the Quran. . . . . .

    Hey, thanks Newsweek. You killed several people and endangered our soldiers in a war zone. Nice work.

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    Palestinians to mourn Israel’s founding

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:46 pm

    These are the people the Israeli government and the rest of the world expect to have living side by side with Israel in peace. The Palestinians are having a government sponsored day of mourning complete with anti-Jewish protests to mark the “tragic day” when Israel became a nation. I wonder if Bush realizes yet how misplaced his praise was of Abbas? The PA’s constitution still states as its goal the destruction of Israel, for Pete’s sake, and they remind us of that goal on a regular basis.

    Although many leaders in the U.S. and Israel have praised Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas as a reformer willing to make peace, the PA yesterday announced it will mark the “catastrophe” of the Jewish state’s founding with a siren and anti-Israel demonstrations.

    The move follows continued Palestinian violations of a cease-fire agreement reached in February between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

    The head of the PA’s Refugee Department announced it will mourn Israel’s Independence Day, which falls on Sunday according to the secular calendar, with protests and the sounding of a siren to mourn what Palestinians call the “Nakba,” or catastrophe of the formation of Israel on May 15, 1948.

    “We will sound a siren for one minute in all our areas to express our grief on this painful occasion,” PA official Zakariya al-Agha said.

    Israel uses a siren to mourn fallen soldiers and victims of the Holocaust and celebrates its Independence Day today, the date upon which it falls on the Jewish, lunar calendar.

    Al-Agha added the Palestinians are planning a day filled with anti-Israel rallies in the West Bank and Gaza, including ceremonies demanding that any Israeli-Palestinian settlement include the “right of return for Palestinian refugees,” a formula Israel says is code for its destruction by flooding the Jewish state with millions of Arabs thereby changing its population demographics.

    Abbas’ Fatah party, together with Hamas and other Palestinian factions and terror groups, issued a statement yesterday rejecting peace with Israel unless it included the “return” of Palestinian “refugees.” . . . . . .

    There you have it. Either Israel allows millions of Palestinians to flood Israel and basically end its existence as a Jewish state, or there will be no peace. Makes you wonder how the Antichrist is going to work this all out doesn’t it?


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    Bibles banned on playgrounds

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:32 pm

    It’s really sad that our society will go to these lengths to ban Christianity from the public square. If this were a child reading a book about Wicca or any other religion during recess, not only would the school not say a word, but the ACLU would jump on the opportunity fight against an obvious case of religious discrimination.

    I feel sorry for Christian kids in public schools today. I read my Bible on breaks often when I was in school. Occasionally one of the kids who’d been raised in an anti-Christian home would complain because they were “forced” to look upon the cover of a book that offended them, but the school never would have pursued it. Today, our schools know that they have liberal, activist judges behind them, and we’re paying for the years of indoctrination into secularism. Those indoctrinated children have grown up, and are now running our schools.

    Courts have shot down this kind of discrimination many times in the past, but it’s only a matter of time before that changes too. Thank God for homeschooling.

    An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions.

    In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on “shaky constitutional ground.”

    “The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of Bibles during recess,” said Charles Pope, the ADF-allied attorney who wrote the letter to the district.

    “A school official cannot tell a student that he can’t bring his Bible to school or study it with friends during non-classroom time,” Pope stated.

    According to ADF, 10-year-old student Luke Whitson used his regularly scheduled recess time to read the Bible with a few friends on his school’s playground. After receiving a complaint from a parent, the principal reportedly ordered the students to stop their activity, put their Bibles away and cease from bringing them to school.

    “There are no ‘age discrimination’ allowances in the First Amendment of the Constitution,” said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. “The law protects these students the same as it protects all students.”

    Infranco said children “have rights of speech and association during their non-instructional time, and the school may not curtail those rights because of their age.”

    Whitson’s parents sought legal assistance from Pope, who contends “the law as it pertains to this situation is well settled.”

    “Students may have religious discussions and Bible study during non-instructional time,” he explained in his letter. “The school district should immediately issue a statement addressing the unconstitutional actions and policy and alerting all personnel to permit Luke and other similarly situated students to exercise their constitutional rights.”

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    5/10/2005

    Homosexual Democrats Clash With Kerry Over Same-Sex Marriage

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:19 pm

    I think someone plans on running for President again. Amazing how the Dems suddenly morph into pseudo-moderates when they lose elections.

    A homosexual advocacy group within the Democratic Party said Friday that they “strongly disagree” with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) over whether the Massachusetts arm of the party should put a “same-sex marriage” plank in its official platform.

    “I’m opposed to it being in a platform,” Kerry told reporters Thursday regarding a plank supporting civil marriage for same-sex couples that is likely to be accepted next week by the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

    “I think it’s the wrong thing, and I’m not sure it reflects the broad view of the Democratic Party in our state,” added Kerry, who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2004. “I’m opposed to gay marriage. I support partnerships and civil unions.”

    Those comments drew a sharp response from Eric Stern, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats.

    “The majority of people in Massachusetts have embraced reality with acceptance,” said Stern in a press release. “Kerry has been a champion for gay and lesbian families in the United States Senate for decades. That is why we are so deeply disappointed by his remarks. . . . . . .

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    Schlafly: Congress Has Power to Reign in Activist Judges

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:14 pm

    Very interesting information! Congress is not powerless to stop the judicial activism.

    One of America’s leading grassroots activists says Congress must accept the responsibility of curbing a runaway judiciary, and she suggests the legislators start by applying the powers they were given to do so in the Constitution of the United States.

    In her new book, The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It (Spence, 2004), Phyllis Schlafly says Article III of the Constitution is the answer to judicial activism. She says that is because Article III can help Congress take away federal judges’ power to legislate from the bench.

    Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum, says a whole list of issues that have been controversially ruled can be put out of the reach of the federal bench. “The first method, if we want to do this,” she notes, “is to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts over the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, the definition of marriage, and the Boy Scouts, because we don’t trust what they’re doing in those areas.”

    Another part of the strategy the conservative activist recommends is something she calls “starving” the courts; that is, limiting their power by limiting their money. “Now, we can’t cut the salaries of the judges,” she explains, “but we certainly can cut their budgets and cut off some of these perks, like traveling to foreign conferences where they get a lot of bad ideas about foreign law.”

    Schlafly says U.S. legislators need to realize that it is their job to provide a check and balance to the power of the judiciary, and they must act to restore the proper balance to America’s system of government. And, she adds, the federal legislature “has every right and power to do this under Article III of the Constitution. There’s nothing new about it. Congress has limited jurisdiction dozens of times in our history.”

    The author and head of Eagle Forum, who is also a constitutional lawyer, spells out what she calls a “battle plan for action” in her new book. Schlafly hopes The Supremacists will help pass the urgent word to the America’s leaders in Congress that it is time they used their constitutional powers to curb activist judges.

    CNS News

    Will Gaza Strip Become ‘Hamastan,’ Israeli Minister Wonders

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:09 pm

    I can’t fathom what would possess Sharon to hand over Gaza to Hamas if they win the elections there. Sharon’s motto – “Kill our people and terrorize us! You too can have a terrorist state on our land.”

    Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said on Tuesday that the planned Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip should go ahead as scheduled, no matter what the outcome of the Palestinian elections, scheduled for July.

    The terror group Hamas — an armed group that is dedicated to the destruction of Israel — already has made a strong showing in municipal elections in some Palestinian cities and some Israelis fear it could win big in the Gaza Strip this summer.

    Palestinian Interior Minister Nasser Youssef said on Monday that even though Hamas remains an armed militant group, that won’t affect its participation in the upcoming elections.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom sparked a row on Monday when he suggested that if Hamas wins the upcoming elections in the Gaza Strip, Israel should reconsider its disengagement plan rather than turn over the land to what he called “Hamastan.” . . . .

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    Republicans Mark Four-Year Anniversary of Owen’s Nomination

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:57 pm

    One of the president’s judicial nominees has been waiting 4 YEARS for an up or down vote from Congress. If there is any justice in this world, the Democrats will pay for their obstructionism in ’06.

    It’s been four years — and Republicans are counting — since President Bush first nominated Texas Supreme Court Justice Pricilla Owen to serve on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

    But Owen is still waiting for the U.S. Senate to vote yes or no on her nomination.

    On Monday, to mark the four-year anniversary, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) will address the Senate, once again urging his Democratic colleagues to allow an up-or-down vote on Owen’s nomination (and others).

    During his speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Cornyn said he “will offer his own insight into the qualifications and character of this distinguished jurist, devoted public servant, and extraordinary Texan.”

    Cornyn served with Owen on the Texas bench, and he considers her a highly qualified and experienced judge — one who “understands that a judge’s role is not to advance a political or social agenda.”

    But Owen’s liberal critics, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, have railed against her conservative, pro-life views. . . . .

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    Calif. Teacher Suing Schools Over Religious Discrimination

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:52 pm

    Even history must now be censored from schools. Soon they’ll find a “separation of Christianity and state” violation that necessitates banning math. I wonder how dumb our children have to be before the liberal indoctrination process is considered a success?

    A California school district will be put on trial after allegedly targeting an elementary school teacher for discrimination because of his Christian beliefs. Judge James Ware has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by elementary school teacher Stephen Williams against the Cupertino School District.

    Williams, a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek Elementary School, claims his rights were violated when the district recently barred him from handing out documents relating to American history because they contained references to God and religion. The instructor had wanted to provide students with supplemental readings such as William Penn’s Frame of Government and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.

    The court’s order in the case, Stephen J. Williams v. Patricia Vidmar, et al., by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the Cupertino School District’s motion to dismiss in part, but also denied it in part. In his ruling, Judge Ware noted that the teacher had “sufficiently alleged the deprivation of a constitutional right to Equal Protection of the law.”

    Representing Williams is the Alliance Defense Fund’s Josh Carden, who contends that his client is the victim of religious discrimination. Although many people may have seen the school district in the media, “making a big deal of the fact that the Declaration of Independence is hanging in the library and that sort of thing,” the lawyer says, “that is not the issue.” . . . . .

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    No Apology from Pastor in Muslim Vilification Case

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 8:46 pm

    When a democracy we once looked at as having values similar to the U.S. starts enforcing thought crimes laws, things are really getting bad for Christians. These pastors simply stated the truth, just as Contender Ministries does in its Islam section. It is a fact that the Koran teaches an ultimate goal of Muslim domination around the world. The Koran instructs followers to work toward making Islam the religion of all governments and nations. If stating that fact is demeaning to Muslims, then the Koran must also be considered demeaning to Muslims. If freedom of speech and thought in Australia can be lost to political correctness and Orwellian thought crimes laws, it can happen anywhere.

    One of two Australian pastors found guilty of vilifying Muslims in December of 2004 says he will rather go to jail than apologize.

    At a Christian seminar in March 2002, Pastor Daniel Scot said that Muslims were aiming to take over the country and encouraging domestic violence. He also called Islam an inherently violent religion, according to the Herald Sun.

    The judge in the case has yet to assign a date to hand out a penalty, which could include a mandatory speech of apology or a fine. The judge stated that the pastors’ comments demeaned Muslims.

    “It was presented in a way which is essentially hostile, demeaning and derogatory of all Muslim people, their God, Allah, the prophet Mohammed and in general Muslim religious beliefs and practices,” said Judge Michael Higgins.

    The Islamic Council of Victoria had sought a court order that the pastors’ ministry and both pastors acknowledge religious discrimination in statements in their newsletters and website. The requested posting would also include the judge’s findings that both were not credible witnesses and that they had not distinguished between mainstream and extremist Muslims in their 2002 comments, said the Herald Sun.

    The Sun reported that on May 2, the pastor said his conscience would not allow him to give an apology or acknowledgment, and added that he was prepared for jail.

    The defendants in the case were Daniel Scot and Danny Nallilah of Catch the Fire, an evangelical ministry. They were both found guilty of violating the Victorian Racial and Religious ACT. The ministry and two defendants were criticized over a March 2002 seminar in Melbourne, where several articles in a newsletter attacked Islam, said the Age.

    In a statement a few days after the initial decision in December, Waleed Aly, the spokesperson for the Islamic Council, which had brought the case to court, said that the pastors’ comments were not conducive to dialogue. . . . . .

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    Possible Grenade Thrown During Bush Speech

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:10 pm

    I always worry when the President travels oversees. The moonbats over there are far more rabid. Looks like that worry is justified.

    Georgian officials believe a grenade was thrown at the stage where President Bush (search) was giving a speech Tuesday, prompting the U.S. Secret Service to investigate what could have been a deadly security breach.

    The Secret Service learned of the possible grenade after Bush left the former Soviet republic on Tuesday. Georgian authorities said a device was thrown within 100 feet of the stage before knocking against a spectator and falling to the ground, according to Secret Service spokesman Jonathan Cherry.

    The report stated that a Georgian security officer picked up the device and removed it from the area. The Secret Service had not seen the device as of Tuesday evening, Cherry said. It has agents in Tbilisi working with the FBI, State Department and Georgian authorities to investigate the report. . . . . . .


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    5/9/2005

    Israel Delaying Evacuation of Gaza Strip

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:10 pm

    Sharon says the delay in removing Jews from their homes is out of respect for a religious morning period, but it coincides with a rise in violence from Palestinian terrorists, and a strengthening opposition from the people who stand to lose the most.

    Typical of the biased AP this article concludes with a report of Jewish extremists on the rise in Israel. Their evidence? One man was arrested under laws used to detain Palestinian terrorists because he is opposed to the withdrawal and was found with weapons at a roadblock. When Palestinians blow up discos and markets, they’re freedom fighters. When Jews don’t want to be tossed out of their homes and have their livelihoods and businesses taken away, they’re extremists. Strange logic indeed.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that Israel will delay its evacuation of the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank until mid-August.

    Sharon told Israel television the evacuation of settlers from the 21 Gaza settlements would be delayed until after a religious mourning period, which ends Aug. 14. Israeli officials have said for weeks that a delay was likely.

    “The evacuation will be carried out, giving consideration to the mourning period,” Sharon said. The original date to start the pullout was July 25.

    Also Monday, Palestinian militants and police exchanged gunfire in two West Bank, defying Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ attempts to crack down on lawlessness and put peacemaking with Israel on a more solid footing.

    In Jenin, a militant stronghold, dozens of Palestinian gunmen and police exchanged fire for a second straight day Monday.

    In Tulkarem, near the Israeli frontier, a gang of suspected car thieves and arms dealers fired on the local police station before dawn, security officials said. Hundreds of police were hunting down the head of the gang to arrest him.

    In Jenin, Mohammed Abu Arraj, the local leader of a faction with ties to Abbas’ Fatah movement, said police shot him in the leg without provocation as he drove.

    “They shot me and I didn’t do anything,” he said. “They tried to kill me.”

    Police denied the allegation. But a dozen gunmen, responding to Abu Arraj’s claims, opened fire on police in the streets, witnesses said. Abu Arraj and his men had a shootout with police Sunday over his refusal to disarm before entering the local courthouse. . . . .

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    SPECIAL REPORT: INSIDE AN ILLEGAL ALIEN RALLY

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:05 pm

    Michelle Malkin went to a protest today put on by illegal aliens rallying for giving drivers licenses to illegals. As Michelle points out, it’s ironic that they were heard chanting “MVA obey the law”. Also ironic – police were there not to turn them in for being here illegally but to protect their “right” to be there and to keep out any legal citizens “claiming to be someone they’re not”. There are problems with the enforcement of our immigration laws in this country on SO many levels.

    Check out Michelle’s blog here.

    New York Times fights for credibility

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:46 pm

    Bwahahahahaha! The New York Times has decided it might need to stop lying and printing inaccurate information. Novel concept. They might want to rethink the notion that covering more religion news around the country will gain them credibility, though. I’m not sure telling the Bible Belt what New York liberals think of their religion is going to make them more credible or more popular.

    Still suffering from the Jayson Blair scandal and a national survey showing only 21 percent of readers believe what they read in the paper, the New York Times is fighting back with a strategy to build credibility.

    In a report today in the paper, a panel of editors suggests a variety of steps including limiting the number of unnamed sources used and responding more assertively to critics.

    The paper is also considering an increase of coverage of religion in America and more reporting from rural areas of the country.

    Bill Keller, the executive editor who charged the panel with the study said there was “an immense amount that we can do to improve our journalism.”

    The report pointed out the Times printed 3,200 corrections last year.

    The Pew Research Center study found 45 percent of Americans believe little or nothing of what they read in daily newspapers. Some 14 percent said they believe almost nothing they read in the New York Times. . . . . .

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