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    8/30/2005

    SHOCKER: Poll finds that few view the Democrats as religion-friendly!

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 6:05 pm

    Well, I could’ve told you that! Sometimes what is painfully obvious to most people does not become obvious to the mainstream media until after someone takes a poll. For instance, when the Democratic Party hired religious consultants to polish their image for religious voters, I knew that it would come across as insincere. Americans were just too smart to believe that the Democratic Party somehow suddenly cared about all that “God stuff.”

    Democrats’ efforts to improve their image with religious voters after the 2004 presidential election appear to be getting off to a bumpy start.

    Fewer people see Democrats as friendly to religion now than felt that way a year ago, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

    That number has dropped from 40 percent in August 2004 who thought the Democrats were friendly to religion to 29 percent now.

    “The change is seen across all groups,” said Scott Keeter, director of survey research for the Pew Research Center, which conducted the poll for the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

    A much higher number – 55% – saw the Republican Party as being friendly toward religion. While the poll is powerful confirmation, it wasn’t really necessary for most people to come to this conclusion. The Democratic Party is a staunch defender of abortion – even late term abortion. This practice of ending an innocent human life is repugnant to most who know what the Bible says and believe it. The Democrats have the ACLU as the unaffiliate tip of their spear. Anyone who follows religious freedom cases in the courts knows that the ACLU can usually be referred to as the Anti-Christian Lawyers Union. Democrats consistently oppose abstinence-based sex education programs (for being too religious, because it’s obviously religious to not fornicate before marriage) and are typically strong advocates for gay marriage. By and large, if the Bible says “don’t do ____”, that blank can often be filled in by a plank from the Democratic Party platform.

    If the Democrats want to appeal to the “religious” voters, they might want to take a revise their platform and practices and stop wasting money on public relations shills from liberal denominations.

    AP Article

    8/29/2005

    Military Opinions on Sheehan, Bush, and Iraq

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 7:45 pm

    The media circus surrounding Cindy Sheehan has stirred up the media reporting on public opinion with regards to the war in Iraq and support for President Bush. What has been noticably absent is any reporting on the opinions of those whose opinions we’re SUPPOSED to care about – those of our troops. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines are the ones who are risking their lives. Cindy Sheehan, though understandably grieved over the death of her adult son, is not risking her life. Neither is President Bush, Larry King, Bill O’Reilly, or the “journalists” over at the New York Times.

    Remembering my time in the service, I knew that the publications of the Military Times Media Group (Air Force Times, Army Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times) could be good resources. These publications are not government owned, and subscribers largely consist of active duty military and veterans. Because it is not government owned, military members who respond to surveys are able to do so honestly without fear of reprisals. The first thing I found is a non-scientific poll on their respective websites, asking if Cindy Sheehan’s protest is appropriate or inappropriate. As of this evening, more than 3300 people have responded to the poll. Just over 27% of respondants feel her protest is appropriate, while more than 69% feel it is inappropriate. This echoes the common sentiments of the servicemembers in the field who have let their families know that Sheehan’s protest is bad for morale.

    The other item of interest on the website is the results of the 2004 comprehensive survey. Each year the Times group surveys a random group of subscribers on a variety of issues. The survey for 2005 hasn’t been conducted yet (it’s a year-end survey), but the 2004 survey included questions about President Bush and the War in Iraq (among other topics). Respondents were mostly on active duty. As of year-end 2004, 63% approved of the way President Bush was handling the war in Iraq, while only 20% disapproved. 71% approved of the way President Bush was handling his job as president, and a mere 16% disapproved. The troops were asked if the United States should have gone to war with Iraq. Now realizing that this was after the reports that no WMD’s had been found in Iraq, 60% believed this war is a just cause, while only 21% disagreed. That’s nearly a 3 to 1 margin!

    We here in the United States have a level of comfort from which we can presume to judge the appropriateness of the war and how it’s conducted. We have a nice, soft, recliner from which to do our armchair quarterbacking. The media is beatifying Cindy Sheehan. Saint Cindy is afforded unparalleled air time, and her detractors are branded as uncaring and hateful for even questioning her motives and her financial backers. In this circus, how many have stopped to consider how the troops feel? Shouldn’t we ought to care?

    New Orleans spared the worst

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 7:01 pm

    Hurricane Katrina fortunately weakened before hitting the U.S., but damage will still change the lives of many people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Media coverage since the storm has gone overboard in expressing their relief that New Orleans wasn’t hit, in my opinion. Flooding and wind damage have destroyed many homes, businesses, and livelihoods in less populated areas, and several reports, especially on Fox News, have made it sound as if their suffering is an acceptable loss. I agree that New Orleans’ geographical layout and location make it one of the worst places for a hurricane to hit, but I think the media could point that out without sounding like the destruction of small towns in Mississippi and Alabama isn’t just as tragic.

    In addition to thanking God that the storm weakened and didn’t do more damage, I will be praying for those who were affected. I would also encourage all who have the means to help to donate to a reputable charity that will be helping people rebuild and start over. I usually donate to the Salvation Army, or Mercy Corp because I know the money will go where it’s supposed to.

    It seems like a miracle at the moment, but New Orleans has been spared the worst of the storm. Reports indicate damage at the Superdome and the city pumps are down. However, the levies seem to be holding. It is still too early to tell whether they will breach, but so far the situation looks a lot better than it could have been. The latest recon reports a central pressure of 926 mb and winds are likely in the ballpark of 130 mph. The fact that the hurricane passed in its current track is very lucky for everyone. Things could have been much worse. With that said, there have already been reports for three storm related deaths.

    Katrina deals Mississippi ‘grievous blow’

    Floods downtown Mobile, beaches, bayous

    Reports of looting in New Orleans

    WIRE: Storm could slow economy

    What a Mess. . . .

    French Quarter War Zone. . . .

    Missing Able Danger ‘Atta’ Chart in 2002 Video

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:38 pm

    The government and the 9/11 Commission may have to stop trying to cover up evidence that they had been warned about Mohamed Atta a year before the 9/11 attacks. There is now proof, in the form of a video tape, that Able Danger existed and a military intelligence unit did in fact know Atta was in the U.S. and a terrorist threat before we were attacked. Unfortunately, the media probably won’t ask the questions that need to be asked. I’d like to hear from the U.S. Senators and Commission members who claimed the two witnesses that came forward (there are now 5) were lying about an intelligence chart that included the complete architecture of Al Qaeda and information on Atta. Now that there is video evidence it exists and was presented to the heritage foundation before 9/11, what’s their story?

    A copy of the Able Danger chart that identified lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta as a terrorist operating inside the U.S. a year before the 9/11 attacks is clearly visible in a video of a 2002 speech by delivered by Rep. Curt Weldon to the Heritage Foundation.

    The Pentagon, the 9/11 Commission and the Senate Intelligence Committee are currently seeking evidence that the bombshell chart, featuring a photo Atta, ever existed – as claimed by three members of the Able Danger team, along with Rep. Weldon. But so far, no physical evidence of the controversial document has surfaced.

    Until now.

    A third of the way through his May 23, 2002 address on data fusion techniques, the video shows Rep. Weldon unfurling a copy of the now missing document and displaying it to the Heritage audience.

    “This is the unclassified chart that was done by the Special Forces Command briefing center one year before 9/11,” he explains. “It is the complete architecture of al Qaeda and pan-Islamic extremism. It gives all the linkages. It gives all the capabilities. . . .”

    8/28/2005

    California Religious Schools Sue University Over Creationism

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:51 am

    Students who go to Christian high schools are being denied admission to universities in California because science courses at those schools use text books that point out the flaws in evolution and teach American Christian history. There ARE unanswered problems in evolutionary theory, and there HAS BEEN a strong Christian influence on the history of our country. These universities are denying admission to students because they were given too much factual information. They prefer to accept students who have been indoctrinated and prevented from thinking outside liberal group-think. Their aversion to facts aside, it’s unconstitutional to discriminate against students because of their religion. How many Muslim students, educated in Islamic schools, do you think are being denied admission because of their beliefs? Learning Jihad and Sharia law in school is fine, but Christian history knowledge or an awareness of the holes in evolutionary theory is an immediate disqualifier. Fortunately, there are many excelling Christian Universities where students can continue to get a better education than any student attending the University of California.

    A group representing California religious schools has filed a lawsuit accusing the University of California (search) system of discriminating against high schools that teach creationism (search) and other conservative Christian viewpoints.

    The Association of Christian Schools International (search), which represents more than 800 schools, filed a federal lawsuit Thursday claiming UC admissions officials have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin’s theory of evolution (search). Other rejected courses include “Christianity’s Influence in American History.”

    According to the lawsuit, the Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta was told its courses were rejected because they use textbooks printed by two Christian publishers, Bob Jones University Press and A Beka Books.

    Wendell E. Bird, a lawyer for the association, said the policy violates the rights of students and religious schools.

    “A threat to one religion is a threat to all,” he said.

    UC spokeswoman Ravi Poorsina said she could not comment, because the university had not been served with the lawsuit. Still, she said the university has a right to set course requirements.

    “These requirements were established after careful study by faculty and staff to ensure that students who come here are fully prepared with broad knowledge and the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed,” Poorsina.

    8/27/2005

    EU Envoy Otte: Withdrawal is the Model for Jerusalem

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:40 pm

    The push for more concessions from Israel began while Jews were still being thrown out of their homes, and it continues. Piling on more demands, the EU is not just asking for Israel to hand over East Jerusalem, it’s demanding that Israel evacuate Jerusalem and the rest of Samaria and Judea. Thanks to Sharon, the world knows that it’s easy to throw Jews out of their homes and give away land. In their anti-Semitic minds, there should be nothing to stand in the way of Israel giving up more for NOTHING. All of these demands are made while Abbas is warning that more terrorism is inevitable. Any mention of the obligations the PA has under the Road Map have been long forgotten. Disarming terrorists is no longer a requirement because it’s easier to get rid of the Jews. Terrorism really does work. What will they do when Israel has given up all it can? Probably this. And, when Israel is gone, they can move on to New York.

    The EU envoy to the Middle East, Mark Otte, said in an interview appearing this weekend that Israel’s recent uprooting of Jewish communities is a model for the rest of Samaria, Judea and Jerusalem.

    “Our position regarding the West Bank and east Jerusalem is identical – they are occupied territories, and the future of Jerusalem will also be discussed in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians,” Mr. Otte told Al-Quds, a Jerusalem-based Arabic-language newspaper.

    Otte dismissed statements by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that Israel will retain large blocs of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in any permanent arrangement with the Palestinian Authority. Such commitments, the European Union envoy asserted, are nothing more than “spin” intended for internal Israeli consumption.

    The EU also does not take seriously Israel’s demand that the PA fulfill its commitments to disarm Arab terrorist groups. According to the Al-Quds interview, Mr. Otte said the EU does not demand that the PA confront terrorist groups militarily, or that the PA initiate a civil war in order to carry out its obligations. . . .

    Arutz Sheeva Article

    8/20/2005

    Judicial Victories – Ten Commandments and Christian T-Shirts

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 5:44 pm

    In an age where the American judiciary is actively anti-religious rather than constitutionally sound, it’s a nice opportunity to celebrate some judicial victories for religious expression. A recent Supreme Court decision is largely responsible for one of these victories:

    St. Louis, MO – In an en banc ruling, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned a lower federal court order requiring the removal of Plattsmouth, Nebraska’s Ten Commandments monument. The court had earlier vacated a three judge panel’s decision which upheld the lower court’s order….

    In its opinion, the court likened the Plattsmouth monument to the Ten Commandments monument at issue in Van Orden v. Perry, where the Supreme Court recently held that the State of Texas did not violate the Establishment Clause when it accepted a Ten Commandments monument from the Eagles. The monument was installed on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

    The other decision overturns a school district desire to restrict free expression of religious speech:

    A federal judge has told an Ohio school district it can no longer bar a middle school student from wearing a t-shirt with a Christian message.

    Judge George Smith has ruled that Sheridan Middle School in Thornville violated the constitutional rights of student James Nixon by prohibiting him from wearing a t-shirt bearing a quote from the Bible verse John 14:6. The front of the shirt reads: “Jesus said, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’” The back of the shirt contains the statements: “Homosexuality is sin. Islam is a lie. Abortion is murder.”

    Although no complaints were filed over Nixon’s t-shirt, a few school officials — described by the student’s attorney as “overzealous” — deemed its message may be “offensive” to some individuals and “potentially disruptive,” and thus could not be displayed.

    These are great victories, but I stress that such victories are rare these days. The judges that rendered these decisions were strictly applying the constitution of the United States rather than actively legislating their own agendas from the bench. This highlights the importance of getting strict constitutional constructionist justices appointed to the federal bench. The Democratic senators and the liberal special interest groups to whom they are beholden will fight tooth and nail against this. Let your senators know that you want them to allow judicial nominees to receive a vote from the full senate. Filibustering judicial nominees who might actually apply the consitution is unacceptable!

    AFA Article on Ten Commandments Decision
    Agape Press Article on Christian T-Shirt Ruling
    Contact Your Senators

    ELCA Works on Gender-Neutral Hymnal

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 1:55 pm

    Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
    Praise It, all creatures here below;
    Praise It above, ye heavenly host.
    Praise Holy Eternal Majesty, Holy Incarnate Word and Holy Ghost.

    Sound a little different to you? Yes, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is pushing for a new gender-neutral hymnal, so the doxology may be undergoing some changes soon.

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has approved development of a new, more gender-neutral hymnal. At its 2005 national convention, the denomination gave the nod to the plan, already under way, for an update of the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship, which will eliminate the “Father” terminology and male pronouns used in reference to God. The hymnal overhaul will include other gender-neutralizing and diversity-affirming changes to traditional Lutheran worship lyrics and liturgies as well.

    The new hymnal’s intentional use of gender-neutral language will encompass not only the lyrics of many songs, but also the proposed liturgical texts, in which there are options for prayers that refer to God and Jesus as “holy eternal majesty” and “holy incarnate word” instead of “father” and “son.” Also, while some traditional songs have been left alone, others have undergone minor changes, such as exchanging male terms for humanity with terms that include both men and women. In some cases, both a traditional version and an alternate, gender-neutral version of certain songs have been included.

    The ELCA has already departed from other Lutheran synods in compromising biblical doctrine for a socially progressive acceptance of homosexuality. For example, some openly gay people may be ordained as ministers in the ELCA provided they commit to a long term relationship with their “partner” and meet other requirements. This move is opposed by a minority of the ELCA that has the audacity to believe that the Word of God should not be compromised. Now the ELCA’s socially “progressive” feelings toward diversity and inclusiveness will affect many of the hymns heard in church.

    While I believe that God transcends human concepts of gender, HIS Word refers to Him using masculine pronouns. To water this down for the sake of social inclusiveness is to place modern social thinking above eternal truth and orthodox doctrine. When Jesus taught us how to pray, He did not lead off with, “Our Divine Paternal Figure who art in heaven…” The ELCA’s slippery slope apprently does not feel slick enough, so they obviously feel the need to add some apostasy lubricant to the surface.

    Agape Press Article

    Teaching witchcraft at Vacation Bible School

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 12:56 pm

    The Episcopal Church has irked me quite often the last few years with their progressive abandonment of biblical doctrine in favor of a liberal social doctrine (e.g. acceptance of homosexuality). Now they’ve found a new way to irk me – at least in one parish.

    Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania decided the theme for this summer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) should be “Wizards and Wonders: The Journey with Harry Potter.”

    …preschoolers take flying lessons on miniature broomsticks at a makeshift Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft. Older students play a game of Quidditch, and more than 100 youngsters get Bible verse in their daily owl mail.

    A minister said the Bible and the Harry Potter stories have what she calls “a slew of parallel lessons.”

    A “slew of parallel lessons”?!!! I’ll tell you what lessons we’ve learned from Harry Potter. I have not read any of the books, but Jen and I did watch the Harry Potter movies. One one level, they’re fun fantasy stories akin to the Chronicles of Narnia. Unlike the Narnia series, however, the Harry Potter series teaches that witchcraft and wizardry can be good, fun, and something to strive for. We have observed an enormous increase of young people getting drawn into Wicca since the Harry Potter series hit store shelves. Not only have concerned Christians emailed us from all over the world about this, but we’ve received emails from hundreds of young Wiccans (teenage and below) who have become Wiccans after becoming fascinated with Harry Potter. That a Christian Church would feel it appropriate to perpetuate this influence through VBS is frightening to say the least. These children will learn that witchcraft and wizardry can be “fun.” They will eventually investigate it further, and many of them will be drawn into Wicca as a result. There’s even a movement called “Christian Wicca” that claims a goddess as part of the Trinity.

    At a time when parents and church leaders should be COUNTERING the lessons of Harry Potter with youngsters, Saint John’s Episcopal Church has decided to reinforce them.

    AP Story
    Agape Press Article
    St. John’s Episcopal Church Contact Info

    8/17/2005

    Creationists and I.D. proponents in the majority… SERIOUSLY!

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 9:25 pm

    Court cases over advisory labels in science textbooks and debates over whether or not to teach intelligent design in public schools have resulted in loud public discourse over the question of Darwinian evolution. In one corner stand creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design (I.D. purports that the design found in nature is evidence of a creator, but I.D. does not label the creator). In the other corner are evolutionists. The latter camp has become so dogmatic about their doctrine of evolution that they bitterly and loudly shout down the former group as religious nuts, quacks, and fringe fanatics. After President Bush opined that public school students should be exposed to the I.D. debate in addition to evolution, newspaper editorial pages were filled with commentaries and letters-to-the-editor shrieking about the “fringe” element that refuses to believe in evolution. I fear many people are beginning to believe that creationists and I.D. proponents ARE in a minority. However, this is simply not true, as a recent Harris Poll reveals. This poll, conducted in mid-June, reveals that evolutionists are actually in the minority. Some of the questions follow….

    “Do you think human beings developed from earlier species or not?”
    Did: 38%
    Did not: 54%
    Unsure: 8%

    “Do you believe apes and man have a common ancestry or not?”
    Do: 46%
    Do not: 47%
    Unsure: 7%

    “Please tell me whether you agree or disagree with the following statement. Darwin’s theory of evolution is proven by fossil discoveries.”
    Agree: 46%
    Disagree: 48%
    Unsure: 6%

    “Which of the following do you believe about how human beings came to be? Human beings evolved from earlier species. Human beings were created directly by God. Human beings are so complex that they required a powerful force or intelligent being to help create them.”
    Evolved From Earlier Species: 22%
    Created Directly By God: 64%
    Powerful Force/Intelligent Being: 10%
    Unsure: 4%

    “Regardless of what you may personally believe, which of these do you believe should be taught in public schools?”
    Evolution Only: 12%
    Creationism Only: 23%
    Intelligent Design Only: 4%
    All three: 55%
    None: 3%
    Unsure: 3%

    This poll of 1000 adults nationwide has a margin of error of +/- 3%

    Hello politicians? Are you paying attention? Only 12% of American adults favor the current practice of teaching only evolution in schools. It turns out the “fringe element” is actually in the majority! That being so, why do we seem so quiet on this issue? We’re behaving like a minority, rather than the majority! The “fringe” evolutionists will argue that those with scientific education are the minority who support evolution, and the majority is simply uneducated. They neglect the fact that there are MANY intelligent people – many with advanced scientific degrees – who support creationism or I.D. Yet the dogmatic evolutionists resist any attempts to even teach school children of some of the scientific evidence AGAINST evolution! What are they afraid of? They’re afraid, I’m convinced, of admitting the possibility that they’ll have to answer to a creator one day. It’s sad, but in this current debate, we must act like the majority we are and lobby our education boards and legislators to allow for a greator educational diversity on theories of origins. In the 1925 Scopes trial, ACLU lawyer Clarence Darrow said, “It is the height of bigotry to teach only one view of origins.” Well, the current practice is to teach only one view of origins – evolution. Where is the ACLU now? It’s up to us to buck the status quo!

    Harris Poll

    8/16/2005

    Winter Break to Christmas Break…then back again

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 8:44 pm

    In a bold move marked with constitutional awareness and a disregard for the political correctness favored by an extremist minority, the Kitsap County (Washington) School Board voted in May to change the name of “Winter Break” back to the original “Christmas Break.” In a recent display of spinelessness, the school board caved to pressure from the extremist minority and reversed itself – changing the name back to “Winter Break.”

    Christmas has long been a federal holiday in the United States, as codified in Title V of the United States Code (5 U.S.C. 6103). Christmas is also a state paid holiday in Washington State. Culturally, Christmas has been long recognized as a time for vacations and family togetherness, in addition to religious observances. It is part of the historical and cultural fabric of the United States, even when separated from its religious significance. To not recognize this is the most extreme form of political correctness. This move is simply another example of the extremist anti-Christian left’s successful campaign against any public acknowledgment of all things Christian.

    In the interest of fairness, let’s apply political correctness to other holidays:

    Labor Day – the first holiday for many in the school year, this can remain as-is. Many labor unions have had (or still have) socialist ties and/or objectives.
    Columbus Day – Nope, this has to go. Christopher Columbus was a bad man who oppressed the native Americans.
    Halloween – This is okay to celebrate so long as we keep the focus on the pagan aspect. Paganism is a minority religious tradition that should be taught and cherished in schools.
    Thanksgiving – NOPE! Gotta go. This holiday is politically incorrect on two levels. First, it forces vulnerable students to feel they must give thanks to a higher power. This defies educational humanism. Secondly, this hearkens to the white pilgrims who exploited the Native Americans who welcomed them.
    Christmas – discussed above.
    New Years Day – This is okay. Drunken debauchery is a matter of personal choice.
    Martin Luther King Day – Suprisingly, we’re going to have to nix this holiday. This celebrates the birthday of REVEREND Martin Luther King. We cannot celebrate the life of any member of the clergy.
    Presidents’ Day – This jointly celebrates the birthdays of President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. President Washington had slaves. This holiday must go, or be dedicated solely to President Lincoln.
    St. Patrick’s Day – This isn’t a day off, but is often celebrated in the classroom. Have our teachers forgotten that “St.” is an abbreviation for “Saint”? Obviously a violation of the separation of church and state, which we all know is in the constitution. Ignore this holiday, or call it “Green Beer Day.”
    April Fool’s Day – Once again, not a day off, but often noted in schools (and in the workplace). The name should be changed as it can offend the intellectually or judgmentally impaired.
    Good Friday/Easter – Time off is not given, but no mention should be made of this holiday in schools. Church & State, Church & State!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!
    Memorial Day – This day celebrates the needless deaths of Americans sent to fight wars and kill children. Or… it celebrates as martyrs the baby killers we call soldiers. Therefore, this should not be celebrated.
    Independence Day – For those in summer school… Independence Day pressures children to display patriotism and nationalistic flag-waving. This should at least be toned down.

    Oviously, this list above was tongue-in-cheek, but is it so unbelievable if we’re willing to ignore the real reason for the “winter break”?

    KOMO TV Story

    Israeli Forces to Forcibly Remove Gaza Settlers

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 7:57 pm

    “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’” – Exodus 33:1

    “In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.” – Isaiah 11:11-12

    REIM, Israel — Israel dispatched soldiers to the Gaza Strip at the crack of dawn Wednesday, beginning the next and possibly final phase of the pullout: forcible removal of Jewish settlers who continued to cling to their homes. More than 100 Israeli military vehicles left a huge staging area at 6 a.m. (11 p.m. EDT) and headed toward the main crossing point to Gaza. About 50 people protesting the withdrawal managed to delay the convoy by blocking the streets, forcing soldiers and police to drag them out of the vehicles’ path.

    “O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. Come, they say, let us destroy them as a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more.” – Psalm 83:1-4

    On Tuesday, soldiers marched through the gate and fanned out through the village. Commanders carried maps, and troops took up positions near the industrial zone, linking arms to form a cordon. Other soldiers went house-to-house, trying to persuade residents one last time to leave voluntarily.

    At times, settlers and soldiers were reduced to tears as they argued over the wisdom of abandoning Gaza, Israeli-occupied land for 38 years and the focus of deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades.

    One woman was overheard telling a soldier how her mother was forced to flee Nazi Germany. “Just remember that you are the evil one who is throwing me out of my house,” the woman said, rebuffing the soldier’s offer of help.

    Moments before midnight, scores of settlers were in synagogues in several Gaza communities, dancing around sacred Torah scrolls. They waved flags and sang nationalist songs, protesting the eventual handing of the land to Palestinian control.

    “I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.” – Joel 3:2

    Ariel Sharon’s biggest mistake is underway. He will be remembered for surrendering Israeli land to Palestinian Arabs in the false hope that this will bring peace. The Palestinian Arabs will continue to be unable (and, perhaps, unwilling) to control terrorist organizations such as Hamas, who have already stated that this is their first step. They have vowed to keep fighting until they take Jerusalem. Muslims do not want to live peacefully alongside Israel — they want to destroy Israel. Sharon is giving them a hand. The Bush administration, in supporting this move, is displaying an agonizing hypocrisy – rewarding the terrorist actions of Hamas while claiming to oppose all terrorists and those who support them. I suppose as long as those being killed are Jews, it’s not really “terrorism.” I shudder when I know that God is just, and this betrayal of His promised land will not go unpunished.

    By the way, the Gaza Strip sits in the ancient land of Judea — part of the Promised Land.

    Fox News Article

    Contender Ministries articles on Israel and the Middle East

    8/12/2005

    Iraqi Spies Reportedly Arrested in Germany before 9/11

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:36 pm

    The 9/11 Commission was a fraud, but their cover-up campaign is falling apart as blogs continue to cover their failures and omissions. Captain’s Quarters points out an Iraq connection to Al Qaida that was completely left out of the 9/11 Commission’s report.

    Iraqi Spies Reportedly Arrested in Germany
    16 March 2001

    Al-Watan al-Arabi (Paris) reports that two Iraqis were arrested in Germany, charged with spying for Baghdad. The arrests came in the wake of reports that Iraq was reorganizing the external branches of its intelligence service and that it had drawn up a plan to strike at US interests around the world through a network of alliances with extremist fundamentalist parties.

    The most serious report contained information that Iraq and Osama bin Ladin were working together. German authorities were surprised by the arrest of the two Iraqi agents and the discovery of Iraqi intelligence activities in several German cities. German authorities, acting on CIA recommendations, had been focused on monitoring the activities of Islamic groups linked to bin Ladin. They discovered the two Iraqi agents by chance and uncovered what they considered to be serious indications of cooperation between Iraq and bin Ladin. The matter was considered so important that a special team of CIA and FBI agents was sent to Germany to interrogate the two Iraqi spies.

    Yet, the Left will continue to insist there was no connection between Saddam and our terrorist enemies.

    Middle East Intelligence Bulletin

    ELCA votes down same sex blessings, but doctrinal waters still muddy

    Filed under: — Ben Rast @ 1:03 pm

    Like many “mainstream” Protestant denominations, the Evangelical Lutheran Conference of America (ELCA) has been immersed lately in a battle between orthodox biblical doctrine on homosexuality and an emerging liberal social theology. Issues such as gay marriage, same-sex unions, and ordination of gay clergy have become issues of debate in the ELCA, even though the Bible clearly indicates that homosexuality is a sin. A new vote by the ELCA seems to offer a glimmer of hope, but the ELCA doctrinal waters on this issue are still muddy.

    Today the ELCA is voting on three recommendations with regards to homosexuality. In a small victory for the biblically orthodox, the church chose to NOT adopt a resolution that will allow for the blessing of same-sex couples who will commit to living in long-term relationships. It is a small victory because the ELCA is still expressing trust in the local pastors to determine how to effectively minister to gay and lesbians in their congregations – allowing those who live in sin to serve as active members. Moreover, a vote still needs to be taken that will decide the synod’s position on ordaining gay clergy who commit to living in a long term relationship. As you can see, despite the small victory, the waters are still muddy. They decided it would be improper to offer same-sex blessing ceremonies. At this rate, they’ll likely be ready to approve the teachings of the Ten Commandments and the existence of Jesus Christ in the next couple of years!

    The ELCA wants to have its cake and eat it too. It distinguishes between homosexual “conduct”, which it admits is a sin, and homosexuality as an attraction, which it does not consider a sin, in spite of clear biblical teachings to the contrary.

    On a day when the weeklong meeting focused on gays’ role in the church, delegates stripped language from a same-sex blessings measure that many Lutherans thought would give local pastors leeway in deciding whether to conduct the ceremonies.

    Once the language was removed, the proposal then became an affirmation of current church practice, which bans such blessings and expresses “trust” in pastors ministering to gays and lesbians. It was approved overwhelmingly.

    Earlier in the day, delegates voted 851-127 to keep the church unified despite differences over homosexuality.

    The issue that was expected to be the most contentious still hadn’t been decided – whether to allow ordination for partnered gays.

    A proposal before the assembly would affirm the church ban on ordaining sexually active gays and lesbians, but allow bishops and church districts called synods to seek an exception for a particular candidate if that person is in a committed relationship and meets other conditions.

    Discussion on that measure began late Friday afternoon.

    See AP article here.

    8/11/2005

    250,000 and Counting at Tel Aviv Anti-disengagement Rally

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 6:00 pm

    Opposition is growing and the protests are setting records. Sharon must be hoping these crowds plan on staying in Tel Aviv. I doubt his military roadblocks and IDF human chains are any match for protests this large, unless of course he really is willing to use violent force against his own people. I wouldn’t be shocked I suppose.

    More than 250,000 people have crowded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and countless thousands are trying to join one of the largest-ever demonstrations in Israel. A rally several years ago during the Oslo agreements and proposed withdrawal from the Golan Heights filled the square and surroundings with more than 250,000 people, according to media estimates.

    “There are people as far as the eye can see,” said one participant. Dr. Avi Zelba, police spokesman for foreign reporters, said the police do not estimate crowds and that all press reports of police estimates are not authoritative.

    Arutz Sheva

    Bush: Pullout will be good for Israel

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:35 pm

    President Bush’s comments today on the disengagement displayed both his ignorance of the situation on the ground in Israel, and his willingness to treat terrorism inflicted on Jews as a lesser evil than terrorism suffered by Americans or any other country.

    Bush offered as evidence that the disengagement is the best hope for peace a dramatic decline in violence and death since the Gaza pullout plan began being implemented. There’s just one problem with this rationalization Mr. President. In reality (not the one you choose to create when speaking on the topic of Palestinian terrorism), July marks an 18 month high in Palestinian terrorist attacks on Israel!

    While I applaud President Bush for at least mentioning that there was an “intifada, killing, and death” in the Middle East before this fictional decrease in violence, I wonder if he noticed at all who was doing most of the dieing and who was waging the Jihad? Depicting the situation in the Middle East in general terms without naming names is his way of spreading the blame. It makes his weird reality, where the Palestinians say “thank you” and spontaneously form a Democracy, seem possible. I wonder if he realizes he’s handing a port of entry into the Middle East and the land for a new terror base over to the friends of our worst enemy. Al Qaida needed a new home, and they got one.

    On the eve of disengagement, one of the most traumatic episodes Israeli society has ever faced, US President George W. Bush tried to assure the country Thursday that it was doing the right thing.

    “Disengagement is I think a part of making Israel more secure and peaceful,” Bush said in a Channel 1 interview from his ranch in Crawford, Texas. “I believe that the decision the prime minister has made and will follow through on will be good for Israel.”

    [..]Bush said that he understood that Israelis were concerned that disengagement would create a “vacuum into which terrorism will flow.” However, he said, “I happen to disagree, I think this will create an opportunity for democracy to emerge, and democracies are peaceful.”

    Bush said that the US, “as an active participant in this process,” would encourage the formation of Palestinian security forces to fight terror, “just like the road map calls for.” (Riiiight, he rejects the rest of the worlds reality and substitutes his own. – Scriptorium ed.)

    Asked why he was so confident that the plan would enhance security, Bush said, “First of all the previous system wasn’t’ working – there was an intifada, there was death, there was killing. If you notice there has been a calm in attacks. One attack is too many, but there have been fewer attacks.”

    Bush said that in the long run the ultimate solution for Israel’s security was “two states living side by side in peace.” In the meantime, he said, “we have to work to dismantle terrorist organizations, and that is precisely what the roadmap calls for.” (and that’s precisely what never actually happens – .ed). . . .

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    Anti-pullout Evangelicals may try to block US aid

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:06 pm

    I’m not sure how much good this can do, but I can understand not wanting the U.S. to pay for the eviction of Jews from Gaza. The bigger problem, however, is the billions of dollars thrown down the rat hole that is the Palestinian Authority. Aid to the PA is not only supporting the “disengagement”, it’s funding the terrorists that will use Gaza as a terrorist base once the Jews have been successfully evicted.

    A coalition of pro-Israel Evangelical groups is to meet in Washington in the near future to discuss whether to actively oppose US financial
    aid for Israel tied to disengagement, according to Richard Hellman, head of the Christians’ Israeli Public Action Committee.

    Israel and the US are currently talking about a $2.2 billion package, spread over four years, to offset disengagement costs and facilitate development of the Galilee and Negev.

    Hellman, head of a small Christian-based pro-Israel lobbying group who brought a group of CIPAC members here this week, said he was not sure
    Evangelical groups could support such aid and may even actively oppose it.

    If so, they would not be alone. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon charged that a leading member of the so-called Likud rebels
    opposed to disengagement went to Washington last week and lobbied an influential congressman against military aid for Israel tied to the plan.

    Hellman said that there was opposition among Evangelicals to aid to the Palestinians “because they have not accounted for tens of billions
    of dollars they have already received,” and opposition to disengagement-linked aid for Israel because it would mean the US is “inadvertently funding something that may be bad for US national
    security.”

    Hellman said his group was asking the administration and Congress to “look twice before supporting disengagement because of what it would
    mean for US security interests.”

    “If Israel, with all respect, is so foolish as to do this – pull its settlers and troops out of Gaza, and thereby give Hamas, Fatah and Islamic Jihad reason for cheering and exultation that they defeated you again – that is your decision. But we say that America should not endorse this, police it or possibly pay for it,” Hellman said. . . . .

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    Gaza Watch

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 4:52 pm

    Charles at Littlegreenfootballs has started a Gaza photo blog here. There are some great pictures sent in from people in Israel.

    More:

    Jerusalem Post

    Yahoo

    Arutz Sheva

    ACLU Terrorists Collect More of Our Tax Dollars

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 3:11 pm

    I’ve ranted many times on this blog about the tax payer dollars that go to the ACLU for their judicial terrorism against the American people. Many of you out there may not believe our tax dollars are really funding that non-profit organization. This story is a perfect example of how the ACLU’s attacks on Christian values pay off, and pay off big. When you consider the number of cases just like this one all over the country, it becomes obvious that the ACLU has no reason to ever stop its mission to ban Christianity in the public square, provide aid and comfort to our terrorist enemies, and destroy our constitution through judicial activism. Suing Americans for exercising their constitutional rights is big business.

    Nearly two years after an anonymous resident sued the county to remove a framed copy of the Ten Commandments from the courthouse breezeway, Barrow County commissioners authorized a payment of $150,001 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the resident to be paid today with taxpayer dollars.
    Commission Chairman Doug Garrison said the county will write two checks, one for $1 to John Doe and the other to the ACLU. The identity of the person who sued the county has remained a secret.
    “I hope he signs it and endorses it so when it comes back, we’ll know who he is,” Garrison said of the check to John Doe. “I don’t expect it ever to be cashed.”

    The county has spent $414,748.54 on the lawsuit, including the settlement. Garrison said attorney Herb Titus has not sent the county a bill since April, but they may still see one, adding to the county’s total fees. Titus charges $300 an hour.

    Of the total funds spent, $213,436.14 has been paid by Ten Commandments-Georgia Inc., a group dedicated, in part, to funding the county’s court case. The county has used $93,747.49 in taxpayer dollars and Ten Commandments-Georgia has pledged to reimburse all of it, though President Jody Hice has said previously that they will not pay for the settlement. . . . . .

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    9/11 panel hammered for ignoring Atta intel

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 12:41 pm

    It turns out the 9/11 Commission’s report, and what we thought we knew about intelligence failures prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center were based on lies and political cover-ups. As most intelligent people on the Right feared, the 9/11 Commission, established to prevent any government failures that may have contributed to 9/11 from ever happening again, was used to cover up the mistakes of the Clinton administration and protect the liberal ideology that continues to put us in danger today.

    I can’t imagine how angry the families of the 3,000 victims of 9/11 must feel right now. Our government, under the tolerant, politically correct Clinton administration had received intelligence from a classified military intelligence unit known as “Able Danger” over a year before the September 11 tragedy. The intelligence identified Mohamed Atta as part of an al-Qaida cell in the U.S. and suggested Atta and three others be deported. The Clinton Administration’s response to this warning was the same response supported by anti-Patriot Act, terrorist supporting liberals today. They did nothing and allowed terrorists to live comfortably under the protection of our constitution, while plotting our death free of any fear of being questioned, investigated, or deported. To prevent something so “Islamophobic” and “racist” as sharing information about terrorist activities in the U.S., a wall of separation was created under Clinton that prohibited intelligence sharing with federal law enforcement. What it comes down to is, our country was put in danger, and ultimately attacked, to appease the anti-war, anti-American, ACLU supporting, PC crowd on the left.

    Jamie S. Gorelick can take much of the credit for the restrictions on intelligence sharing, yet she is one of the members of the 9/11 commission tasked with investigating pre-9/11 intelligence failures. Gorelick used her position to protect her previous boss and the commission cooperated in withholding information from the American public that would have exposed the danger we are still putting ourselves in by listening to the terrorists at the ACLU and their leftist minions. The mentality that says we can’t use racial profiling to identify terrorists and we can only preserve our freedoms by allowing terrorists to operate freely within our own borders is provably dangerous and it was the job of the 9/11 Commission to shine a light on such ideology and the policies that sprang from it.

    There should be consequences for putting politics before the safety and lives of the American public. It’s high time aiding the enemy and endangering the American public through the abuse of power became a crime again. I also think we can point out once again to the left that, when a President spends more time with interns than he does on intelligence briefings, bad things happen.

    Online commentators are taking aim at the 9/11 commission for its failure to include in its report that intelligence officials reportedly ID’d hijack ringleader Mohamed Atta as part of an al-Qaida cell in the U.S. over a year before the September 11 tragedy, saying the panel was acting politically instead of factually.

    One commentator specifically points his finger at former Clinton staffer Jamie Gorelick, a member of the panel who has been accused in the past of acting to protect her ex-boss from any political fallout of the commission’s work.

    Members of the commission now are calling for a review of the matter, saying they knew nothing about a classified military intelligence unit known as “Able Danger” identifying Atta and three of his accomplices in 1999. The information was shared publicly this week by Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa. vice chairman of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees. . . . .

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    8/9/2005

    Biblical Pool of Siloam uncovered in Jerusalem

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:03 am

    This is another example of the amazing historical accuracy of the Bible. I love to see critics and “scholars” hit with irrefutable evidence, especially when they’re forced to change one of the many revisionist theories that have corrupted our Seminaries.

    Workers repairing a sewage pipe in the old city of Jerusalem have discovered the biblical Pool of Siloam, a freshwater reservoir that was a major gathering place for ancient Jews making religious pilgrimages to the city and the reputed site where Jesus cured a man blind from birth, according to the Gospel of John.

    The pool was fed by the now-famous Hezekiah’s Tunnel and is “a much grander affair” than archaeologists previously believed, with three tiers of stone stairs allowing easy access to the water, according to Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archeology Review, which reported the find yesterday.

    “Scholars have said that there wasn’t a Pool of Siloam and that John was using a religious conceit” to illustrate a point, said New Testament scholar James H. Charlesworth of the Princeton Theological Seminary. “Now, we have found the Pool of Siloam … exactly where John said it was.” A Gospel that was thought to be “pure theology is now shown to be grounded in history,” he said.

    The discovery puts a new spotlight on what is called the pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a trip that religious law required ancient Jews to make at least once a year, said archaeologist Ronny Reich of the University of Haifa, who excavated the pool.

    “Jesus was just another pilgrim coming to Jerusalem,” he said. “It would be natural to find him there.”. . . .

    There’s a lot of really good information in the rest of the article, so be sure to read it all.

    Los Angeles Times

    Court Rules School Board Members May Open Meetings With Prayer

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:39 am

    Praise God!! Another victory against the terrorists at the ACLU.

    A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging prayers at school board meetings in Delaware. The lawsuit was filed against members of the Indian River School District Board of Education, a group that regularly opens its business meetings with prayer.

    Judge Joseph Farnan ruled that the school board meeting prayers are not a violation of the constitutional provision often referred to as the separation of church and state or the “Establishment Clause,” as the ACLU had argued. He also determined that the school board members are immune from the ACLU’s liability claims.

    In dismissing the case against the individual board members, the judge stated that opening a session of the legislature or other deliberative public body with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause. He also declared that absolute immunity extends to legislators at all levels of government, including school board members in Delaware.

    Unfortunately, the ACLU had launched a three pronged attack on the school. They will still be going forward with suits filed against the school to stop prayers at graduation ceremonies and school events. So, the ACLU lawyers still have a couple of chances to get the District’s money and take revenge on the evil religious people at the Indian River School District. How it must eat at them, though, to know that school board members will still be praying before meetings. :)

    American Christians roughed up in China

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:24 am

    While the U.N. is holding conferences and writing resolutions on the dangerous societal problem of “Islamophobia” (a fear of angry Muslims exploding and killing you), they’ll ignore the daily persecution of Christians in China. Things like this happen with regularity in China, but you’ll never see a resolution, a condemnation, or even a sign that the rest of the world noticed. The fact that American Christians were the victims this time certainly won’t change that. Christians in the U.S. and Britain are just as good at ignoring it as their governments.

    Two Americans were roughed up by plain-clothes Chinese police during a raid of a house church in the Communist state, reports Christian-persecution monitor China Aid Association.

    According to the group, the raid came during a crackdown on house churches that has seen 210 Chinese house pastors and members arrested since last month.

    On Aug. 2, the two Americans, students believed to be from Westminster Theological Seminary campuses in Texas and California, were in their host family’s home in Lutou Town, Zaoyang City, Hubei Province with 41 pastors and other Christians when approximately 30 Chinese plain-clothed police officers rushed in.

    According to several eyewitness reports, the two Americans were handled “very unprofessionally,” China Aid Association stated. One sustained injuries to his wrists after being handcuffed because he wanted to put his shoes on before he was forced into an unmarked police car.

    The two Americans were neither permitted to contact the U.S. Embassy nor permitted to show their U.S. passports and other identification cards. Both were taken to a government “hotel” for interrogation and were released after a seven-hour interrogation. Some of the Americans’ belongings, including their personal bibles, notebooks and books on the Westminster Confession of Faith, reportedly were confiscated. . . . .

    Read the whole thing
    WND

    If you feel like letting someone know what you think about this, CAA recommends writing to the Chinese Embacy in D.C.

    Abortion, breast cancer linked in UK

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:03 am

    This information has been out there for a while. How many studies and deaths from breast cancer do secularists need before governments and organizations like Planned Parenthood stop killing babies and their mothers?

    A British researcher tomorrow will present data from the UK that shows a connection between abortion and breast cancer in British women.

    According to the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, British researcher Patrick Carroll, director of the Pensions and Population Research Institute in London, will present his findings at the Joint Statistical Meetings at the Minneapolis Convention Center – the largest gathering of statisticians in North America.

    Carroll’s research adds to a body of evidence showing women who have had one or more abortions – especially one prior to birthing their first child – are more susceptible to breast cancer.

    The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer reports Carroll’s research cites three British breast cancer trends.

    The first trend is that upper-class women are the most likely to develop breast cancer and die of the disease. For other cancers, lower social classes experience higher incidence and mortality rates. Abortion before a first birth and delayed first birth among upper class women provide the best explanations for this trend, Carroll says. . . . .

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    8/5/2005

    Blair vows hard line on fanatics

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 5:33 pm

    I’m pleasantly surprised that Blair has done something our leaders should have done long ago, ACLU or not. Good for him. If we could get Bush and Congress to see the urgency of securing our borders, a similar crack down in the U.S. might actually prevent terrorism. We have to pull in the welcome mat first, though. A revolving door system will only annoy the terrorists, not stop them.

    Tony Blair has outlined a raft of plans to extend powers to deport or exclude foreigners who encourage terrorism.

    The UK can already exclude or deport those who pose a threat to security and Mr Blair said he also wanted to clamp down on those who advocated terror.

    The prime minister said he was prepared to amend human rights laws to make deportations more straightforward.

    But Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy said Mr Blair’s announcements would put the cross-party consensus under strain.

    The measures came as Scotland Yard confirmed they had arrested two more people in London earlier this week in connection with the 21 July attempted bombings.

    It brings the total of people still in custody over the bomb attempts to 17 – three of whom have been charged. . . . . .

    Hopefully, Blair has the will to follow through in the face of leftist propaganda and demagoguery. He’s been known to propose grandiose plans, and put minimal effort into implementing them.

    BBC Article

    Congress asked to probe ACLU

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:35 pm

    It’s about time someone made a move to counter the judicial terrorism of the ACLU. The ACLU has been using tax payer money to terrorize Christians and file frivolous lawsuits all over the country for long enough. They’ve grown in power and influence in this country by using extortion, blackmail, and threats against the American people and businesses, and they’ve been able to do it by riding on the back of an out of control judicial system. Cities have spent millions defending religious and historical landmarks, and private citizens have been harassed and hauled into court for exercising religious freedoms or their free speech rights, simply because they conflict with the ACLU’s secular, anti-Christian ideology.

    I sincerely hope Congress gives this issue the attention it deserves. We all have a right to live our lives without the fear of litigation from a non-profit organization whose main purpose has been to terrorize anyone it disagrees with politically.

    Following the ACLU’s legal action against New York City for allegedly violating citizens’ rights by random searches on subways, Congress is being asked to probe the group for “widespread use of frivolous lawsuits.”

    “The ACLU’s abuse of the legal system is criminal,” said Don Swarthout, president of Christians Reviving America’s Values, an advocacy group asking for the investigation.

    Calling it a “fund-raising stunt,” Swarthout asserted the American Civil Liberties Union’s action may also be dangerous to the citizens of New York City.

    “These searches are part of a well-thought-out security plan and may stop a terrorist from walking onto the subway trains and blowing up innocent Americans,” he said.

    The ACLU’s suit, to be filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, will claim the city’s new policy violates constitutional guarantees of equal protection and prohibitions against unlawful searches and seizures, according to New York Newsday.

    At the same time, the lawsuit argues, the policy does almost nothing to protect the city from terrorism.

    The ACLU also contends the measure allows the possibility of racial profiling, despite the requirement that officers must randomly screen passengers.

    “While concerns about terrorism of course justify – indeed, require – aggressive police tactics, those concerns cannot justify the Police Department’s unprecedented policy of subjecting millions of innocent people to suspicionless searches,” the suit states, according to Newsday.

    Notice the contradiction. On one hand, the ACLU complains that screening passengers on subways makes racial profiling possible. Then, changing directions so fast we all get whiplash, they complain that police shouldn’t be allowed to subject millions of innocent people to suspicionless searches. Which is it?!!!! The only way to prevent people from being subjected to “suspicionless” searches is to profile people and search only those who appear suspicious, in which case the ACLU will still file a lawsuit for racial profiling. What the ACLU is really saying here is, “we know you’re doing something wrong, and no matter what you do our professional extortionists are going to sue you.

    Read the full Article
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    8/3/2005

    Bush backs intelligent design

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 1:43 pm

    The I.D. vs. evolution debate has been heating up for several years now, I believe, because of the many scientific problems with evolution that can no longer be covered up. There are increasing numbers of intelligent design supporters among science professionals and scholars, and it’s easy to find scientific journals and books exposing these problems. It can only help that we now have a President who supports teaching I.D. alongside evolution in schools.

    As you would expect, evolutionists have shifted their criticism of I.D. into overdrive. They’re also working harder than ever to establish the connection between I.D. and Christianity so as to keep it out of public schools. Now that intelligent design has a following among scientists, however, they’re going to have a harder time making that connection- many of those scientists are also agnostics. The intelligent design theory doesn’t promote belief in the God of the Bible, it simply recognizes that there is a great deal of scientific support for an intelligent designer of the universe. Intelligent design also clears up many of the scientific problems in the theory of evolution.

    The response from most evolution supporters is frustrating, to say the least. John Carlson was interviewing an I.D. opponent on his radio show yesterday. He asked the caller if she would be against both evolution and I.D. being taught in public schools. The caller responded that she didn’t feel something that isn’t supported by facts and science should be taught in the classroom, and then added that I.D. is a religious teaching which should be kept out of our schools. That’s the typical response you’ll get from any evolutionist and it likely won’t change, no matter what evidence you show them. So, Carlson asked if she would accept teaching only evolution but allowing the scientific problems in the theory of evolution to be taught as well. Her response to a proposed accurate, honest, and factual teaching of evolution? She doesn’t think the problems with evolutionary theory should be taught unless it’s in a setting like a graduate program. Presenting all the facts and including where science doesn’t support evolution, is too complicated for public school students in her opinion. In other words, she prefers indoctrination over investigating the facts and learning the truth in our public schools. She prefers to dumb them down, lie about the “facts” we have to support evolution, and be sure every student believes evolution is a proven (although not using the scientific method at all) fact with no unexplained scientific problems that would render evolution an unproved theory with many flaws and missing links.

    Evolutionists are scared. They know evolution has problems, and they don’t want anyone, especially schools, exposing them and ruing decades of indoctrination and lies. These same scientists will ridicule Christians for “blind faith”, but it is they who blindly accept evolution while ignoring the facts that prove science disagrees with evolution. This is why evolutionists boycott debates with I.D. scientists. This is why educators, activists, and scientists fight so hard against any changes in text books. They don’t want the truth to get out, because it doesn’t look good for them. They’ve been pushing evolutionary THEORY as fact for decades, and they don’t want anyone to take the blinders off and examine the science behind it.

    I’m hopeful that with enough support from parents, our government, and the students themselves, the indoctrination into evolutionary thinking that goes on in our schools will stop. If Evolutionists aren’t afraid of the facts, and are so sure they’re right, then let both views be taught. Show up at a debate with intelligent design scientists instead of boycotting them. If you’re right, you have nothing to worry about. If you continue to fight it, your lack of confidence in the theory you call fact will be exposed.

    President Bush jumped feet-first into the current debate raging in many states over how evolution should be taught in the nation’s schools, when he said both the evolution and intelligent design theories should be presented to students.

    Speaking with reporters Monday, Bush backed local control of how the origin of life is taught, but parted with the scientific establishment on its evolution monopoly.

    “I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought,” Bush said. “You’re asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes.”

    The president declined to give his personal views on intelligent design, which proposes that some features of the natural world are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.

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    Independent Investigation: Democrats intimidate voters far more than GOP

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 10:17 am

    Following the 2004 election, Democrats continued their whining that began with the 2000 election. They claimed voters were intimidated, the black vote was suppressed, and the Ohio win for Bush was stolen because lines were too long at the polls(they forget the elections board is made up of Democrats there), and more Republican intimidation and vote suppression affected the election. They demanded re-counts, re-votes, and an independent investigation to expose the evil practices of the GOP. In many cases they got their re-counts. In Washington state multiple re-counts and mysteriously appearing new ballots “won” the Governorship for a Democrat that most agree should have lost.

    Now one of their other demands has been met. An independent investigation was done by the American Center for Voting Rights. That independent investigation found that Democrats are far more guilty of intimidation tactics and suppression campaigns against voters than Republicans. OOPS!! Democrats should have been more careful what they asked for. They should have read the local newspapers in Milwaukee (or the blogs) where voter suppression and intimidation by Democrats was big news (the MSM of course avoided it). Instead of sitting in grandma’s basement and ranting and raving on Democratic Underground messageboards about how disenfranchised they all were, they should have paid attention to the misleading phone calls and mailings being generated by their own party.

    You would think something as big as widespread vote fraud and voter intimidation would be big news. Perhaps some arrests might be made in the cases where the perpetrators are known. Sadly, there won’t be any punishment for the operatives who committed these crimes, and the media won’t report this the way they would have if the GOP were found guilty. The Democratic party will hide from it, this investigation will fade into history, and the election fraud will continue. Democrats got what they wanted. The American public has lost confidence in our system of voting, and Democrats will be able to call every election they lose a stolen election. Everyone will remember the widespread problems, but most people will continue to believe the GOP is responsible because that’s what the media will tell them.

    While Democrats routinely accuse Republicans of voter intimidation and suppression, neither party has a clean record on the issue. Instead, the evidence shows that Democrats waged aggressive intimidation and suppression campaigns against Republican voters and volunteers in 2004. Republicans have not been exempt from similar criticism in this area, as alleged voter intimidation and suppression activity by GOP operatives led the Republican National Committee to sign a consent decree repudiating such tactics in 1982. However, a careful review of the facts shows that in 2004, paid Democrat operatives were far more involved in voter intimidation and suppression efforts than their Republican counterparts. Examples include:

    * Paid Democrat operatives charged with slashing tires of 25 Republican get-out-the-vote vans in Milwaukee on the morning of Election Day.

    * Misleading telephone calls made by Democrat operatives targeting Republican voters in Ohio with the wrong date for the election and faulty polling place information.

    * Intimidating and deceiving mailings and telephone calls paid for by the DNC threatening Republican volunteers in Florida with legal action.

    * Union-coordinated intimidation and violence campaign targeting Republican campaign offices and volunteers resulting in a broken arm for a GOP volunteer in Florida.

    Read the full Report

    For more information on the investigation visit Captain’s Quarters

    8/2/2005

    Democrats blasting Bush for staying fit

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 11:46 pm

    When it was announced yesterday that Bush is the most physically fit President in history, I knew the Democrats would be able to find some way to attack him for it. It seems absurd, but Liberals don’t necessarily need sane sounding arguments before they open their mouth. They’ll attack, go into hysterics, and spew bile, even if it makes them look like morons.

    So, you’re probably wondering how they managed to demonize Bush for being in shape. His education policy, believe it or not, can now be attacked. The Democrats reason that because Bush cut education, some schools have had to cut back on education programs. You know that means, right? I didn’t either. Think like a liberal for a second (I know it’s nauseating). In the liberal way of thinking, government must do everything for the people. Every problem must have a government program to fix it. Bush took a government program away, so now kids are helpless to do anything about getting physically fit. Everyone knows kids can’t exercise on their own, or have their PARENTS take care of their needs in that area. It’s the governments job to raise our children, indoctrinate them into the proper belief (evolution, homosexuality, etc.), and make sure they are healthy and getting enough physical exercise. The evil Bush has prevented the government from making sure our children get exercise!

    Give me a break!! I got more exercise outside of school when I was a kid than I ever did in school. I went running with my mom, I joined a community swim team and swam after school every day for years. I also played on a church softball team, and lifted weights at a local club my parents belonged too. I don’t need the government to regulate my eating habits, or my exercise routine, and neither do parents and their children. George Bush did not deny students in the United States the right to be as fit as he is. Okay, maybe the Liberals would need a goverment program, but the rest of us can figure it out just fine. The Democrats should really feel embarrassed on this one. But, they won’t.

    In the wake of President Bush’s latest physical exam declaring him “fit for duty” and in “superior” health for a man of his age, the Democratic Party is attacking Bush for his health-related policies.

    The Democratic National Committee claims cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes, and Bush’s efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women’s college-sports programs.

    “President Bush has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women’s athletic programs at the college level,” said DNC spokesman Josh Earnest.

    “His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don’t our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs.” . . . .

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    8/1/2005

    A Preview of Sharon’s Reward

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 9:14 am

    This is what Sharon gets for rewarding terrorism and caving in to terrorist demands:

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia announced today:

    “We are telling the entire world, today Gaza and tomorrow Jerusalem. Today Gaza and tomorrow an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital”

    He then insisted that Palestinian Arabs would never agree to end their hostility towards the Jews until the holy city was relinquished to their control.

    “Without Jerusalem there will be no peace”

    PLO chief Mahmoud Abbas

    In an effort to preemptively blame Israel for future Islamic terror attacks on the international community Abbas said the following in an interview with the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper al Khaleej.

    If Prime Minister Ariel Sharon does not follow up his planned “disengagement” from Gaza and northern Samaria by capitulating to all Arab demands, “he alone would be held responsible for disturbances that would ensue in the region and all around the world.”

    With the help of the United States, this is the border and security situation Sharon will have created for his country:

    Abbas said his regime was opposed to prematurely declaring a Palestinian Arab state in Gaza following the Israeli pullout, and was holding fast to its demand that Gaza and the “West Bank” be forged into “one geographical unit.”

    US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice supported the idea of a land bridge between Gaza and Judea during her meeting with Abbas at the weekend.

    Physically connecting Gaza and PA-controlled Judea would effectively cut Israel in half, an objective the Arab world sought but failed to achieve in three full-scale wars against the Jewish state.

    Many Israelis fear the open Gaza borders Washington is insisting on and the free flow of “Palestinian” traffic through sovereign Israel will bring an unprecedented level of terrorism.

    What the Arabs couldn’t achieve through three wars with Israel is now being handed to them on a silver platter. This is by far the biggest victory terrorism has seen, and every terrorist around the world, including those who’ve attacked the West in response to our Middle East policies, is celebrating this victory. We’ll all pay for Sharon’s appeasement, the same way we’ve paid a price for Spain’s cowardice. But, no one will pay quite so dearly as the Jewish people in Israel.


    ‘Today Gaza, tomorrow Jerusalem’ – Qureia

    Abbas faults Israel for coming global terror
    Jerusalem Newswire