Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Freedom of speech attacked on campus

Yesterday I received a newsletter entitled “Silencing Faith on Campus” which said:
Five years ago, Emily Brooker enrolled at Missouri State University (MSU) to study social work. For her, college was a time of spiritual growth and testing that climaxed during her last semester, when her professors ordered Emily’s class to become “lobbyists” for homosexual behavior by writing letters to the Missouri legislature, encouraging lawmakers to recognize adoption by same-sex couples. Emily respectfully asked for an alternative assignment, explaining to her professor that this one ran counter to her deep religious beliefs. The request was not well received. Her professor filed a ‘level 3’ grievance against Emily—the stiffest charge a faculty member can make against a student.”

“To answer the grievance, Emily was required to appear alone—no parents, no lawyer—before a department ‘ethics’ committee.”
The committee apparently had the authority to not only fail her in the class, but to keep her from graduating. Fortunately, the Alliance Defense Fund stepped and put a stop to it.

The newsletter also listed other examples of blatant anti-Christian attacks in our publically funded universities: “At Savannah State, members of a Christian club were put on suspension for washing each other’s feet during a worship service—school officials called that ‘hazing’ and harassment.” [Isn’t it interesting how some state colleges are using tax payer money to fund Muslim footwashing facilities, but when Christians do it, its is “hazing.”]

“At the University of Wisconsin—Superior, administrators denied InterVarsity Christian Felloswhip…access to campus facilities after accusing the members of violating the school ‘anti-discrimination’ policy by not allowing non-Christians to serve in leadership positions.” [Hmmm, I wonder if the brilliant administrators at the U. of Wisconsin required Muslim groups to have Christian leaders or for Atheist groups to have Muslim leaders, or for Democratic groups to have Republican leaders! How stupid—or hateful—can some people get?]

“At the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, university officials forbade RAs…to lead a Bible study—even with just one other person—in their own dorm room. (Beer parties were permitted.)”

The newsletter said that “In at least 230 public universities across the country, institutional policies are in effect that can sharply curtail Christian activity and limit the spread of the Gospel."

It is amazing that university officials, who undoubtedly think of themselves as tolerant and liberal-minded, can be so intolerant, hateful, and un-liberal. It is also amazing that we have such full-blown assault on freedom of speech and freedom of religion going on in state-run institutions, and yet the major media outlets are totally asleep at the switch.

Fortunately, Alliance Defense Fund is helping to fight such university fascism. If you give to charity, the Alliance Defense Fund is a worthy organization.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

PETA: People executing tame animals

According to Newsweek:

"...what many animal lovers don't realize is that PETA...has practiced euthanasia for years. Since 1998 PETA has killed more than 17,000 animals, nearly 85 percent of all those it has rescued."

If PETA is going to kill them anyway, why not give them to research facilities that will contract to treat them humanely? That way at least the lives of these animals won't be wasted and people may benefit from the research.

War with Iran

For a depressing assessment on the increasing prospects for war with Iran, see Dan Rabkin's excellent article in FrongPage. Those who want to avoid such depressing articles may prefer to click here instead :-)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Do you support Jeremiah Wright?

Below are some excerpts from an excellent article published in the Washington Post by Dana Milbank:
Speaking before an audience that included Marion Barry, Cornel West, Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party and Nation of Islam official Jamil Muhammad, Wright praised Louis Farrakhan, defended the view that Zionism
is racism, accused the United States of terrorism, repeated his view that the
government created the AIDS virus to cause the genocide of racial minorities,
stood by other past remarks ("God damn America") and held himself out as a
spokesman for the black church in America.

Wright suggested that Obama was insincere in distancing himself from his pastor. "He didn't distance himself," Wright announced. "He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was anti-American."

Explaining further, Wright said friends had written to him and said, "We both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said, he would never get elected." The minister continued: "Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability, based on sound bites, based on polls."

That significantly complicates Obama's job as he contemplates how to extinguish Wright's latest incendiary device. Now, he needs to do more than express disagreement with his former pastor's view; he needs to refute his former pastor's suggestion that Obama privately agrees with him.

Jeremiah Wright has been Obama's pastor for 20 years. Presumably that means Wright knows Obama reasonably well. So if Wright says that Obama is just distancing himself from Wright and Wright's beliefs solely for the purpose of political expediency, shouldn't that raise a big red warning flag in the minds of those who would support Barack Obama? Unless, of course, they also support the views of Jeremiah Wright.

Forget freedom of religion in Canada

An e-mail from the Family Research Council reports:

"As Ontario's Christian Horizons ministry knows all too well, standing up for your religious beliefs has its price. Last week, the organization was fined $23,000 by Canada's Human Rights Tribunal for asking employees to sign onto a "morality statement" which included a promise not to engage in homosexual relationships. Connie Heintz, a Horizons employee, agreed to the statement, only to reveal later that she was a lesbian. Heintz filed a complaint with the Tribunal claiming that she was "subjected to a poisoned work environment and threatened with the loss of her job." In response, officials ordered the organization to pay Heintz two years' wages, cease all applicant screenings, develop an "anti-discrimination" policy, and send all employees to a "human rights training program." It sounds unfair, yet this is the same rationale that's fueling the U.S. employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) debate. ENDA would mandate employer tolerance of all forms of sexual orientation in hiring, firing, promotion, and many Christian-oriented businesses (such as bookstores and radio stations) may not be protected by the bill's limited religious exemption."

Barack Obama is a strong ENDA supporter.

Qur'an Sura 23

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an Sura 23 is now available on Hot Air.

Abortion and the civil rights struggle

Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, is calling for the govenment to stop funding Planned Parenthood. She said "defending human life is part of the civil rights struggle." Read the entire article on Christian Newswire.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A plan to destroy America

Various versions of the following speech are making the rounds on the internet. The speach was entitled, "I have a plan to destroy America" by Richard D. Lamm, former governor of Colorado:

I have a secret plan to destroy America. If you believe as many do that America is too smug, too white bread, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America . It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'' Here is my plan.

First, to destroy America , we must make America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bicultural country. History shows, in my opinion, that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual. The historical scholar, Seymour Lipset, put it this way:

'The histories of bilingual and bicultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada , Belgium , Malaysia , and Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, Corsicans and Muslims."

Second, I would then invent multiculturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal; that there are no cultural differences. I would declare it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due solely to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.

Third, we could make the United States an 'Hispanic Quebec ' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently:

'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multicultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentriy and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'

I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural subgroups living in America enforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.

Fourth, having done all this, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.

Fifth, I would then get big foundations and big business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think that their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.

Sixth, I establish dual citizenship, and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity. Diversity is a wonderfully seductive word. It stresses differences rather than commonalities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other. A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precept. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together, and we can take advantage of this myopia. Look at the ancient Greeks. World history tells us

The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic games. A common enemy, Persia! ,threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to overcome two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions.

If we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'Unum,' we will 'Balkanize ' America as surely as Kosovo. '

Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits. Make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'xenophobe' halt discussion and debate.Having made America a bilingual/bicultural country, having established multi-cultism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant symmetric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.

Lastly, I would censor Victor Davis Hanson's book 'Mexifornia.' His book is dangerous. It exposes my plan to destroy America . If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, please, please, don't buy this book. This guy is on to my plan.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Obama terrorist ties?

Imagine a terrorist fundraiser with ties to Hamas having a link on Obama's official web site. Imagine Michelle Obama listed among the "friends" of this terrorist fundraiser. Go to LGF and check it out.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Imagine no possessions

The famous John Lennon song, Imagine says, “Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger. A brotherhood of man. Imagine all the people, sharing all the world.”

Apparently Yoko Ono doesn’t believe all that stuff about no possessions, greed and sharing. She is suing the makers of the movie, Expelled for using a short clip of the song without her permission. The producers of Expelled claim their use is legal under the the fair use clause of copyright law.

Ben Stein commented, “Maybe instead of wasting everyone's time trying to silence a documentary she should give the song to the world for free. After all, 'imagine all the people sharing all the world …” (WND).

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Mystery of Life

I just finished watching a DVD entitled, Unlocking the Mystery of Life. It was quite possibly the most amazing documentary I’ve ever seen. The computer animations showing the complexity of the inner workings of the cell were phenomenal, almost like something out of science fiction.

The DVD convincingly demonstrates--through remarkable computer graphics and interviews with scientists--how impossible it is for life to have originated and evolved purely by natural selection.

Click on the link and purchase a copy for yourself.

Obama's hard core Marxist.

According to LGF, Barack Obama's official blogger, Sam Graham-Felsen, is such a hardcore Marxist that even some on the Left are disturbed by his presence on the Obama staff.

Maybe its time Democrats start probing a little more deeply into exactly what kind of "change" Obama has in mind.

Sexual insanity

One News Now is reporting that Children's Hospital Boston is offering sex change operations to children as young as 10 years old! Where will the insanity end?

Obama terrorist connection

According to the PowerLine blog (via LGF):

When Illinois State Senator Alice Palmer decided to retire in 1995, she hand-picked local left-winger Barack Obama as her successor. In order to introduce Obama to influential liberals in the district, she held a function at the home of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. This was, really, the beginning of Obama's political career, and it linked him forever with Ayers and Dohrn, with whom, as his campaign has acknowledged, he continues to have a friendly relationship.

Ayers and Dohrn were famous radicals, and fugitives from the law, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Dohrn, actually, was the more famous of the two; she was the head, as I recall, of Students for a Democratic Society or one of its factions. Dohrn was crazy. She is the only public figure, to my knowledge, to approve publicly and enthusiastically of the Charles Manson murders.

Please read the entire article and listen to the audio at PowerLine.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Obliterate Iran

The quiz for today is, who said:

"I want the Iranians to know that if I'm the president we will attack Iran...In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them."

"We should be looking to create an umbrella of deterrence that goes much further than just Israel. Of course I would make it clear to the Iranians that an attack on Israel would incur massive retaliation from the United States. But I would do the same with other countries in the region ... . You can't go to the Saudis or the Kuwaitis or UAE and others who have a legitimate concern about Iran and say, well, don't acquire these weapons to defend yourself unless you're also willing to say we will provide a deterrent backup" (WND).

If you said, John McCain you would be wrong. The answer is Hillary Clinton. Wow! Whodathunk Hillary would out-hawk the Republicans?! Code Pink is not going to be pleased.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Bombing Israelis

On that tiny radical Muslim minority:

"Palestinians who support bombing attacks against Israeli civilians rose from 44.8% in June 2006 to 48% in September 2006 and to 50.7% now."

"Again, more Gazans support these operations (65.1%), compared with 42.3% of Palestinians in the West Bank" (LGF).

Qur'an Sura 22

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 22 is now available on Hot Air.

Slavery in the name of Islam

From the Associated Press via Dhimmi Watch:
Most of the boys — 90 percent, the study found — are sent out to beg under the cover of Islam, placing the problem at the complicated intersection of greed and tradition. For among the cruelest facts of Coli's life is that he was not stolen from his family. He was brought to Dakar with their blessing to learn Islam's holy book.

In the name of religion, Coli spent two hours a day memorizing verses from the Quran and over nine hours begging to pad the pockets of the man he called his teacher.

It was getting dark. Coli had less than half the 72 cents he was told to bring back. He was afraid. He knew what happened to children who failed to meet their daily quotas.

They were stripped and doused in cold water. The older boys picked them up like hammocks by their ankles and wrists. Then the teacher whipped them with an
electrical cord until the cord ate their skin.

The article says there are over a million "Coli's" in the world. Read the entire article.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Expelled, the Ben Stein movie

I just finished watching Expelled, the movie by Ben Stein. The movie was sometimes funny and sometimes sober and powerful, but always provocative and informative.

One of my favorite parts was the interview with renowned atheist, Richard Dawkins, in which Dawkins admitted that neither he nor any other scientists had a clue how life began, but he conceded that life could have began as a result of intelligent design from outer space—as long as we’re clear that such alien intelligent designers could not possibly be God.

Now that’s real science, isn’t it?

Please, take time to see this powerful movie. Bring your family and friends.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Lou Dobbs: Amnesty Bill Provisions

Absolutely unbelievable! This your Democratic Congress at work. Hang on to your wallet!

Ben Stein's movie, "Expelled"

Ben Stein's new movie called "Expelled" is opening in theaters tonight. The movie is about how some in the scientific establishment are using pressure, manipulation and force to keep alternative scientific views from gaining a hearing. Click on the link and find a theater near you. See it tonight.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Illegal prayer

It is apparently OK in America to have state-funded Islamic schools in Minnesota and New York, or tax-funded Muslim foot washing basins, at Normandale Community College, Savannah State and the University of Michigan. It is also apparently OK for public schools to require students to “roll play” Islam in California and Oregon.

But when a football coach bowed his head during a long-standing tradition of student-led prayer before a football game, a federal appeals court found that he was in violation of the law!!!

Is it any wonder that many of us think that the Left-wing’s view of separation of church and state has been an anti-Christian sham?

Mitt's top ten

At the annual correspondents dinner last night, Mitt Romney gave his top ten reasons for dropping out of the campaign:

10. There weren’t as many Osmonds as I thought

9. I got tired of the cork screw landings under sniper fire

8. As a life-long hunter I didn’t want to miss start of varmint season

7. There wasn’t room in the campaign for two Christian leaders

6. Word leaked out that nobody had bothered to search my passport files.

5. I’d rather get fat, grow a beard and try for the Nobel Prize

4. I wanted to finally take off the dark suit and tie and kick back….in a light colored suit and tie.

3. Once my wife Ann realized I couldn’t win, my fundraising dried up

2. I took a bad fall at a campaign rally and broke my hair

1. There was a flaw in my campaign theory that as Utah goes, so goes the nation.

I don't know if Mitt would have made a good president, but maybe he could have made us laugh :-)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The Hiding Place

According to the Christian Newswire:

"Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Harry Kney-Tal today presented members of the Netherlands' ten Boom family with a certificate posthumously honoring two of its members for saving nearly 800 Jewish lives during the Holocaust."

If you've never read the book about this amazing family you owe it to yourself to do so. It is called the Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Clinton, Carter and Hamas

According to Michael B. Oren, in July 2000 Bill Clinton spent nearly two weeks trying to get Israel’s Ehud Barak and the Palestinian’s Arafat to come to a peace agreement. Israel finally agreed to give away the farm: 95% of the West Bank, all of Gaza, the eastern half of Jerusalem and part of the Negev. Arafat refused (Oren, Michael B. Power, Faith and Fantasy; America in the Middle East; 1776 to the Present. New York : Norton, 2007, 579).

Palestinian leaders didn’t (and still don’t) want peace. They want to push the Jews into the Mediterranean Sea. Unless our politicians clearly understand this, we will always be at a disadvantage in negotiation.

One such totally clueless Democrat is Jimmy Carter who is now in the Middle East kissing Hamas terrorists and paying his respects to Arafat's grave!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Obama spits in America's face

Sometimes we say things we don't really mean. With that in mind I've been waiting for Barack Obama to apologize for or explain away his recent diarrhea of the mouth when he said that the people of rural Pennsylvania,

"..cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Instead of admitting that he was wrong, Obama has been trying to divert attention from the real issue by insisting that he was right about people’s frustration.

The idea that Americans are concerned about immigration, or believe in the second amendment, or “cling to their religion" (i.e. take their Christianity seriously) merely because they are “frustrated,” is so offensive, so condescending, so utterly stupid, that it is hard to imagine a politician could be so ignorant as to say such a thing publically (even if it does express his true feelings toward most rural Americans). I feel like Obama just spit in my face!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Qur'an Sura 21

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 21 is now available on Hot Air.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Israel shuts down fuel to Gaza

Ed Morrissey wrote an excellent article on Israel's recent shut down of fuel shipments to Gaza. I agree with his assessment completely.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

State-funded Muslim school

LGF has an article on a publicly funded Muslim school in Minnesota.

I have just two questions.

First, how did they ever get away with this? If Christians sought public funding for a Christian School, their chances of getting it would be less than zero.

Second, where is the ACLU when you need them?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Qur'an Sura 20

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 20 is now available on Hot Air.

Condoleezza Rice for Vice President?

According to ABC News, Condoleezza Rice is actively pursuing the Vice President position in a McCain administration. Because of McCain's age, he needs a VP who could step into the position of President at a moment's notice and hit the ground running.

I think Condoleezza Rice could do that. I suspect that she knows more about what's going on in the world than any of the Presidential candidates. I just wish she was a little more conservative.

Pregnant Pizza Hut worker

For five weeks Hillary Clinton has been telling a tragic story of a poor Pizza Hut worker, making minimum wage, who encounterd complications with her pregnancy. The woman went to the hospital but because she was uninsured and didn't have $100, she was turned away.

Ms. Clinton told this story over and over again saying, “It hurts me that in our country, as rich and good of a country as we are, this young woman and her baby died because she couldn’t come up with $100 to see the doctor” (New York Times).

It would hurt me too. The only problem is, the story is not true! The woman was not turned away and in fact, she even had insurance! So I wonder how many people Hillary convinced to buy into her socialist health care scheme all based on an emotional story which is just not true.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Muslim women and the hijab

One of the blogs I read frequently is called Muslim Matters. Today’s post was an article by Ruth Nasrullah who responds to the question, “Why don’t they dress like us? In other words, why don’t American Muslim women dress like other women in America?

Ms. Nasrullah says the question “reeks of ignorance.” Actually, I think it is a very good question, as was her answer (in spite of her defensiveness).

Ms. Nasrullah makes four main points. 1) Nuns wear head coverings which are basically like a hijab (Muslim head covering) but we don’t look down on them. 2) The virgin Mary is nearly always depicted as wearing a head covering so why don’t Christian women honor her by dressing like her. 3) Western women who dress immodestly in public have to worry about what society thinks. Muslim women only have to worry about what their husbands think. 4) Muslim women dress like they do because they are following the mandates of their religion, which takes real courage in Muslim-minority societies.

Ms. Nusrullah could have strengthened her case by mentioning that the Apostle Paul commands modesty and tells women to wear head coverings (at least while praying).

Frankly, as a Christian, I respect Muslim women in America who wear the hijab. They always dress modestly and have the courage of their convictions.

On the other hand, from a Christian perspective, I suspect that Paul’s commands about head coverings are cultural rather than universal (Mennonite and Amish women would disagree).

And I think Paul’s commands about modesty apply to both men and women, but those commands don’t require one particular type of clothing. It is possible to dress modestly and still wear contemporary, fashionable clothing (some Muslim-American women would agree).

Unfortunately, the immodest dress exhibited by many Christians shows that they are much more influenced by modern pop culture than they are by the Bible. Would that Christians (men and women) had the same courage of convictions that most Muslim women do.

Most Arabs think violence OK

A recent poll of Arabs revealed that 55% thought violence was an appropriate response to offensive words (see LGF).

I would suggest that this mindset is fundamentally at odds with American ideals of free speech and that no one should be allowed to immigrate to the United States if they are known to hold such opinions.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Carrying liquid on planes

For why you can't carry liquids unto the plane, see Jihad Watch.

The mortgage bailout

My wife and I bought a house--a duplex, actually--a couple years ago. We could have purchased a much larger, nicer home if we had bought into the various morguate schemes that allowed people to pay much less now, knowing that the mortgate would go up later.

Instead, we opted for a more modest home with a standard, fixed rate mortgage that wouldn't go up.

At the same time, many others bought homes they really couldn't afford using these convenient mortgage schemes to buy with low payments now and pay the piper later. Now that the payments have gone up, they are paying the piper. But never fear! Congress is going to bail them out!

In other words, those of us who were responsible and bought what we could afford, now get to pay taxes to bail out the greedy, "keep up with the Joneses" type who overextended themselves on homes they couldn't afford.

Isn't the nanny govenment wonderful? When you make irresponsible decisions, the government is right there to take your neighbor's money to bail you out!

See Michelle Malkin's excellent article on "The Left-Wing Mortgage Counseling Racket."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

PART II: Planned Parenthood Racism Investigation

Where is the outrage by Black leaders? Where is the media coverage?