Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
I'll just let the following link speak for itself:
The Canadian Sentinel: WH Gatecrashers, Rashid Khalidi, Bill Ayers And Obama
The connections described in that post are quite disturbing...to say the least! Remember the LA Times and the cover-up of the Khalidi-Ayers-Obama video?? Go read about it at the link.
Oopsie...looks like the Internet scrubbing of articles and photos that might implicate Obama and cohorts in nefarious relationships [that has meticulously been done over the past two years by obedient ObamaBORG Bots] missed a photo...yet again!
The Canadian Sentinel
Oh yeah...in case you might be one of the 10% leftist die-hard Obama supporters who might happen to think... "that's crazy talk...there isn't any Internet scrubbing by Obots going on"...please see RepubX: Dinner Gate "Crasher" member of American Taskforce on Palestine (see Pre and Post scrub Web captures)
Also, see this post at RepubX: WH PARTY CRASHERS HAVE TIES TO HAMAS! Reality TV story just an Immelt/NBC cover! Web info scrubbed!
Lord God Almighty...please help us out of this nightmare of an administration! Help and guide us towards restoration of our Constitutional Republic!!!
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
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The Obama File for explanation of next court case and where the case will most likely end up - The Supreme Court.
I know that many people are sick of this issue. But don't you think that it is extremely important to know whether or not Obama genuinely qualified as a Natural Born Citizen before elected as POTUS?
As I have stated many times before at this blog - there is an intense and increasing interest in the "Birther" claims. Of course, the same people who refuse to face facts will scoff at this. However, those who previously did not know the facts, but are now seeing them meticulously laid out (via the Kerchner et al vs. Obama et al case and other cases) are now realizing that there is something terribly wrong. Why would Obama shell out 2 million dollars to lawyers to hide his bona fide COLB and other records?
Every day, my site meter stats show that someone has reached this blog via a search with the phrase, "Barack Obama birth certificate truth." That is all that people are trying to find out - THE TRUTH about this issue.
Here is one of my previous blog posts that has drawn a lot of interest lately:
Where's Obama's Birth Certificate? Within the post, there is proof that the timeline of his mother's activities and the birth of Obama Jr. don't seem plausible.
Why is there so much mystery about this man?
Heck - former president George W. Bush was scrutinized beyond belief by the media and all that they could come up with to use against him was a past DUI and the phony story about his National Guard Service.
Look at all of the nefarious characters surrounding Obama! The Obama File website has complete documentation of all things Obama - the good (which there is VERY LITTLE), the bad (A LOT!) and the UGLY (the terrible policies run up the deficit, take jobs away, and that put our national security in danger!). The Obama File site has been selected to be included in the Library of Congress records! What is being reported there is not trivial!
Look at all the effort that is going into destroying this nation by Obama and cohorts. They are doing it in any which way they can!
Sooner or later - the truth will be made known to all. I just continue to hope and pray that it will be SOONER, rather than later. I don't know how much more our Constitutional Republic can withstand before it reaches the disastrous breaking point.
OH BOY! Just visited Mario Apuzzo's blog (Kerchner's lawyer) and found the following graphic that sums up the cover-up on Obama's ineligibility:
The Three Enablers:
Here is a link to view the entire ad which will appear in the 11/30/2009 issue of the Washington Times National Weekly - pg 9:
Obama's Lack of Eligibility - The Three Enablers Ad
One theory about why Obama is hiding all of his records is because some, (like, for instance, Andy Martin), speculate and believe that Frank Marshall Davis was Obama's biological father. You can read more at his blog:
Andy Martin discloses Barack Obama’s “family secrets”
This guy is seriously following the issue. He even has a conference set up!
If Davis IS Obama's biological father, then Obama Jr. would be considered a "natural born citizen."
However, the fact that Obama is a flaming Marxist - inflicting horrible policies against our nation - doesn't make most Americans feel any better.
So....which is it?
One day we will know the truth. Again, I hope that it is sooner rather than later.
Conclusion: Obama either LIED about his true father (if his bio dad was Davis), or, he hid his COLB so that people would not find out that he isn't a natural born citizen (because Obama Sr. was never a citizen of the U.S. ). If the second scenario is the truth, then Obama Jr. was never eligible to serve as POTUS in the first place.
How ANYONE could trust this guy is amazing...
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I, as well as every Christian, am most thankful for Jesus Christ. Everything else that I am thankful for...my family, friends, fellow Christians, and acquaintances proceed from Christ.
This morning, I read a portion of Dr. David Jeremiah's new book, "Living With Confidence in a Chaotic World" where he explains the importance of focusing on Jesus' connection to you (me, us).
Dr. Jeremiah writes:
Colossians 3:1-4 reads, "If then you were raised with Christ....your life is hidden with Christ...you also will appear with Him in glory" (emphasis added).
I've highlighted the word with to show just how critical it is in this frame of thinking. With is a word of connection, our lifeline to Christ. When He died, we died with him. When He was buried, so were we. And we shared in His glorious resurrection, so that now we can be seated in the heavenlies with Him.
When the Bible says that Jesus died for us, it doesn't mean simply that He died in our behalf; it means He died in our place. He died where we should have died. Just as Adam was the personal embodiment of our fall into sin, Christ is the personal embodiment of our salvation and glory. "For as in Adam all dies, even so in Christ all shall be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:22). We fell with Adam, but we were resurrected with Christ.
Do you see the importance of that little word with in our spiritual destiny? The great Chinese Christian preacher and writer, Watchman Nee, grasped it. In 1927, he had been struggling with issues of temptation and his sinful nature. One morning he was sitting upstairs reading the book of Romans, and he came to the words, "Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him..." (6:6). For Nee, it was as if the words had come to life on the page. He leaped from his chair, ran downstairs, and grabbed a kitchen worker by the hands. "Brother," he shouted. "Do you know that I have died?"
The worker only stared in puzzlement. Nee blurted out, "Do you not know that Christ has died? Do you not know that I died with Him? Do you not know that my death is no less truly a fact than His?"
It was all Watchman Nee could do to keep himself from running through the streets of Shanghai, shouting about his death and new life. From that day on, his faith was confident and strong. His biographer wrote that it was impossible to say anything that might offend Nee. Why should he be offended? That Watchman Nee was long since dead!"
How powerful is Nee's testimony? Extremely powerful!
I think that this is where the divide between liberal Christian thought and Biblical Christian thought (that was partially articulated in the Manhattan Declaration) takes that proverbial 180 degree turn. If one hasn't died to self in Jesus Christ, then one cannot possibly experience the amazing phenomenon of dying with Christ.
Dr. Jeremiah continues:
Charles Spurgeon had his own way of explaining this:
I suppose that, if you were to meet your old self, he would hardly know you, for you are so greatly altered. I dare say he would say to you, "Come, old fellow, let us go to the theater, or turn into this beer-shop, or let us go home, and find out some way of amusing ourselves."
You would reply, "No, sir; I cut your acquaintance a long time ago, and I do not mean to have anything further to do with you, so you may go about your business as soon as you like. I am not what I was, for I have been crucified with Christ, and I am dead, and my life is hid with Christ in God."
That is what the Cross of Christ achieves for every believer! The old you is dead and in the grave; the new you is raised to walk in newness of life, and to live victoriously for Christ.
It is for this reason that no matter what transpires on this earth - we can have the utmost confidence to stay centered with Jesus Christ in our hearts; as our lives are hid in Him in God!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Drafted on October 20, 2009
Released on November 20, 2009
Christians are heirs of a 2,000-year tradition of proclaiming God's word, seeking justice in our societies, resisting tyranny, and reaching out with compassion to the poor, oppressed and suffering.
While fully acknowledging the imperfections and shortcomings of Christian institutions and communities in all ages, we claim the heritage of those Christians who defended innocent life by rescuing discarded babies from trash heaps in Roman cities and publicly denouncing the Empire's sanctioning of infanticide. We remember with reverence those believers who sacrificed their lives by remaining in Roman cities to tend the sick and dying during the plagues, and who died bravely in the coliseums rather than deny their Lord.
After the barbarian tribes overran Europe, Christian monasteries preserved not only the Bible but also the literature and art of Western culture. It was Christians who combated the evil of slavery: Papal edicts in the 16th and 17th centuries decried the practice of slavery and first excommunicated anyone involved in the slave trade; evangelical Christians in England, led by John Wesley and William Wilberforce, put an end to the slave trade in that country. Christians under Wilberforce's leadership also formed hundreds of societies for helping the poor, the imprisoned, and child laborers chained to machines.
In Europe, Christians challenged the divine claims of kings and successfully fought to establish the rule of law and balance of governmental powers, which made modern democracy possible. And in America, Christian women stood at the vanguard of the suffrage movement. The great civil rights crusades of the 1950s and 60s were led by Christians claiming the Scriptures and asserting the glory of the image of God in every human being regardless of race, religion, age or class.
This same devotion to human dignity has led Christians in the last decade to work to end the dehumanizing scourge of human trafficking and sexual slavery, bring compassionate care to AIDS sufferers in Africa, and assist in a myriad of other human rights causes - from providing clean water in developing nations to providing homes for tens of thousands of children orphaned by war, disease and gender discrimination.
Like those who have gone before us in the faith, Christians today are called to proclaim the Gospel of costly grace, to protect the intrinsic dignity of the human person and to stand for the common good. In being true to its own calling, the call to discipleship, the church through service to others can make a profound contribution to the public good.
We, as Orthodox, Catholic, and Evangelical Christians, have gathered, beginning in New York on September 28, 2009, to make the following declaration, which we sign as individuals, not on behalf of our organizations, but speaking to and from our communities. We act together in obedience to the one true God, the triune God of holiness and love, who has laid total claim on our lives and by that claim calls us with believers in all ages and all nations to seek and defend the good of all who bear his image. We set forth this declaration in light of the truth that is grounded in Holy Scripture, in natural human reason (which is itself, in our view, the gift of a beneficent God), and in the very nature of the human person. We call upon all people of goodwill, believers and non-believers alike, to consider carefully and reflect critically on the issues we here address as we, with St. Paul, commend this appeal to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
While the whole scope of Christian moral concern, including a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, claims our attention, we are especially troubled that in our nation today the lives of the unborn, the disabled, and the elderly are severely threatened; that the institution of marriage, already buffeted by promiscuity, infidelity and divorce, is in jeopardy of being redefined to accommodate fashionable ideologies; that freedom of religion and the rights of conscience are gravely jeopardized by those who would use the instruments of coercion to compel persons of faith to compromise their deepest convictions.
Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense. In this declaration we affirm: 1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image.
We are Christians who have joined together across historic lines of ecclesial differences to affirm our right - and, more importantly, to embrace our obligation - to speak and act in defense of these truths. We pledge to each other, and to our fellow believers, that no power on earth, be it cultural or political, will intimidate us into silence or acquiescence. It is our duty to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in its fullness, both in season and out of season. May God help us not to fail in that duty.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Although public sentiment has moved in a pro-life direction, we note with sadness that pro-abortion ideology prevails today in our government. The present administration is led and staffed by those who want to make abortions legal at any stage of fetal development, and who want to provide abortions at taxpayer expense. Majorities in both houses of Congress hold pro-abortion views. The Supreme Court, whose infamous 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade stripped the unborn of legal protection, continues to treat elective abortion as a fundamental constitutional right, though it has upheld as constitutionally permissible some limited restrictions on abortion. The President says that he wants to reduce the "need" for abortion - a commendable goal. But he has also pledged to make abortion more easily and widely available by eliminating laws prohibiting government funding, requiring waiting periods for women seeking abortions, and parental notification for abortions performed on minors. The elimination of these important and effective pro-life laws cannot reasonably be expected to do other than significantly increase the number of elective abortions by which the lives of countless children are snuffed out prior to birth. Our commitment to the sanctity of life is not a matter of partisan loyalty, for we recognize that in the thirty-six years since Roe v. Wade, elected officials and appointees of both major political parties have been complicit in giving legal sanction to what Pope John Paul II described as "the culture of death." We call on all officials in our country, elected and appointed, to protect and serve every member of our society, including the most marginalized, voiceless, and vulnerable among us.
A culture of death inevitably cheapens life in all its stages and conditions by promoting the belief that lives that are imperfect, immature or inconvenient are discardable. As predicted by many prescient persons, the cheapening of life that began with abortion has now metastasized. For example, human embryo-destructive research and its public funding are promoted in the name of science and in the cause of developing treatments and cures for diseases and injuries. The President and many in Congress favor the expansion of embryo-research to include the taxpayer funding of so-called "therapeutic cloning." This would result in the industrial mass production of human embryos to be killed for the purpose of producing genetically customized stem cell lines and tissues. At the other end of life, an increasingly powerful movement to promote assisted suicide and "voluntary" euthanasia threatens the lives of vulnerable elderly and disabled persons. Eugenic notions such as the doctrine of lebensunwertes Leben ("life unworthy of life") were first advanced in the 1920s by intellectuals in the elite salons of America and Europe. Long buried in ignominy after the horrors of the mid-20th century, they have returned from the grave. The only difference is that now the doctrines of the eugenicists are dressed up in the language of "liberty," "autonomy," and "choice."
We will be united and untiring in our efforts to roll back the license to kill that began with the abandonment of the unborn to abortion. We will work, as we have always worked, to bring assistance, comfort, and care to pregnant women in need and to those who have been victimized by abortion, even as we stand resolutely against the corrupt and degrading notion that it can somehow be in the best interests of women to submit to the deliberate killing of their unborn children. Our message is, and ever shall be, that the just, humane, and truly Christian answer to problem pregnancies is for all of us to love and care for mother and child alike.
A truly prophetic Christian witness will insistently call on those who have been entrusted with temporal power to fulfill the first responsibility of government: to protect the weak and vulnerable against violent attack, and to do so with no favoritism, partiality, or discrimination. The Bible enjoins us to defend those who cannot defend themselves, to speak for those who cannot themselves speak. And so we defend and speak for the unborn, the disabled, and the dependent. What the Bible and the light of reason make clear, we must make clear. We must be willing to defend, even at risk and cost to ourselves and our institutions, the lives of our brothers and sisters at every stage of development and in every condition.
Our concern is not confined to our own nation. Around the globe, we are witnessing cases of genocide and "ethnic cleansing," the failure to assist those who are suffering as innocent victims of war, the neglect and abuse of children, the exploitation of vulnerable laborers, the sexual trafficking of girls and young women, the abandonment of the aged, racial oppression and discrimination, the persecution of believers of all faiths, and the failure to take steps necessary to halt the spread of preventable diseases like AIDS. We see these travesties as flowing from the same loss of the sense of the dignity of the human person and the sanctity of human life that drives the abortion industry and the movements for assisted suicide, euthanasia, and human cloning for biomedical research. And so ours is, as it must be, a truly consistent ethic of love and life for all humans in all circumstances.
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Genesis 2:23-24
This is a profound mystery - but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:32-33
In Scripture, the creation of man and woman, and their one-flesh union as husband and wife, is the crowning achievement of God’s creation. In the transmission of life and the nurturing of children, men and women joined as spouses are given the great honor of being partners with God Himself. Marriage then, is the first institution of human society - indeed it is the institution on which all other human institutions have their foundation. In the Christian tradition we refer to marriage as "holy matrimony" to signal the fact that it is an institution ordained by God, and blessed by Christ in his participation at a wedding in Cana of Galilee. In the Bible, God Himself blesses and holds marriage in the highest esteem.
Vast human experience confirms that marriage is the original and most important institution for sustaining the health, education, and welfare of all persons in a society. Where marriage is honored, and where there is a flourishing marriage culture, everyone benefits - the spouses themselves, their children, the communities and societies in which they live. Where the marriage culture begins to erode, social pathologies of every sort quickly manifest themselves. Unfortunately, we have witnessed over the course of the past several decades a serious erosion of the marriage culture in our own country. Perhaps the most telling - and alarming - indicator is the out-of-wedlock birth rate. Less than fifty years ago, it was under 5 percent. Today it is over 40 percent. Our society - and particularly its poorest and most vulnerable sectors, where the out-of-wedlock birth rate is much higher even than the national average - is paying a huge price in delinquency, drug abuse, crime, incarceration, hopelessness, and despair. Other indicators are widespread non-marital sexual cohabitation and a devastatingly high rate of divorce.
We confess with sadness that Christians and our institutions have too often scandalously failed to uphold the institution of marriage and to model for the world the true meaning of marriage. Insofar as we have too easily embraced the culture of divorce and remained silent about social practices that undermine the dignity of marriage we repent, and call upon all Christians to do the same.
To strengthen families, we must stop glamorizing promiscuity and infidelity and restore among our people a sense of the profound beauty, mystery, and holiness of faithful marital love. We must reform ill-advised policies that contribute to the weakening of the institution of marriage, including the discredited idea of unilateral divorce. We must work in the legal, cultural, and religious domains to instill in young people a sound understanding of what marriage is, what it requires, and why it is worth the commitment and sacrifices that faithful spouses make.
The impulse to redefine marriage in order to recognize same-sex and multiple partner relationships is a symptom, rather than the cause, of the erosion of the marriage culture. It reflects a loss of understanding of the meaning of marriage as embodied in our civil and religious law and in the philosophical tradition that contributed to shaping the law. Yet it is critical that the impulse be resisted, for yielding to it would mean abandoning the possibility of restoring a sound understanding of marriage and, with it, the hope of rebuilding a healthy marriage culture. It would lock into place the false and destructive belief that marriage is all about romance and other adult satisfactions, and not, in any intrinsic way, about procreation and the unique character and value of acts and relationships whose meaning is shaped by their aptness for the generation, promotion and protection of life. In spousal communion and the rearing of children (who, as gifts of God, are the fruit of their parents’ marital love), we discover the profound reasons for and benefits of the marriage covenant.
We acknowledge that there are those who are disposed towards homosexual and polyamorous conduct and relationships, just as there are those who are disposed towards other forms of immoral conduct. We have compassion for those so disposed; we respect them as human beings possessing profound, inherent, and equal dignity; and we pay tribute to the men and women who strive, often with little assistance, to resist the temptation to yield to desires that they, no less than we, regard as wayward. We stand with them, even when they falter. We, no less than they, are sinners who have fallen short of God's intention for our lives. We, no less than they, are in constant need of God’s patience, love and forgiveness. We call on the entire Christian community to resist sexual immorality, and at the same time refrain from disdainful condemnation of those who yield to it. Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts. Jesus calls all who wander from the path of virtue to "a more excellent way." As his disciples we will reach out in love to assist all who hear the call and wish to answer it.
We further acknowledge that there are sincere people who disagree with us, and with the teaching of the Bible and Christian tradition, on questions of sexual morality and the nature of marriage. Some who enter into same-sex and polyamorous relationships no doubt regard their unions as truly marital. They fail to understand, however, that marriage is made possible by the sexual complementarity of man and woman, and that the comprehensive, multi-level sharing of life that marriage is includes bodily unity of the sort that unites husband and wife biologically as a reproductive unit. This is because the body is no mere extrinsic instrument of the human person, but truly part of the personal reality of the human being. Human beings are not merely centers of consciousness or emotion, or minds, or spirits, inhabiting non-personal bodies. The human person is a dynamic unity of body, mind, and spirit. Marriage is what one man and one woman establish when, forsaking all others and pledging lifelong commitment, they found a sharing of life at every level of being - the biological, the emotional, the dispositional, the rational, the spiritual - on a commitment that is sealed, completed and actualized by loving sexual intercourse in which the spouses become one flesh, not in some merely metaphorical sense, but by fulfilling together the behavioral conditions of procreation. That is why in the Christian tradition, and historically in Western law, consummated marriages are not dissoluble or annullable on the ground of infertility, even though the nature of the marital relationship is shaped and structured by its intrinsic orientation to the great good of procreation.
We understand that many of our fellow citizens, including some Christians, believe that the historic definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is a denial of equality or civil rights. They wonder what to say in reply to the argument that asserts that no harm would be done to them or to anyone if the law of the community were to confer upon two men or two women who are living together in a sexual partnership the status of being "married." It would not, after all, affect their own marriages, would it? On inspection, however, the argument that laws governing one kind of marriage will not affect another cannot stand. Were it to prove anything, it would prove far too much: the assumption that the legal status of one set of marriage relationships affects no other would not only argue for same sex partnerships; it could be asserted with equal validity for polyamorous partnerships, polygamous households, even adult brothers, sisters, or brothers and sisters living in incestuous relationships. Should these, as a matter of equality or civil rights, be recognized as lawful marriages, and would they have no effects on other relationships? No. The truth is that marriage is not something abstract or neutral that the law may legitimately define and re-define to please those who are powerful and influential.
No one has a civil right to have a non-marital relationship treated as a marriage. Marriage is an objective reality - a covenantal union of husband and wife - that it is the duty of the law to recognize and support for the sake of justice and the common good. If it fails to do so, genuine social harms follow. First, the religious liberty of those for whom this is a matter of conscience is jeopardized. Second, the rights of parents are abused as family life and sex education programs in schools are used to teach children that an enlightened understanding recognizes as "marriages" sexual partnerships that many parents believe are intrinsically non-marital and immoral. Third, the common good of civil society is damaged when the law itself, in its critical pedagogical function, becomes a tool for eroding a sound understanding of marriage on which the flourishing of the marriage culture in any society vitally depends. Sadly, we are today far from having a thriving marriage culture. But if we are to begin the critically important process of reforming our laws and mores to rebuild such a culture, the last thing we can afford to do is to re-define marriage in such a way as to embody in our laws a false proclamation about what marriage is.
And so it is out of love (not "animus") and prudent concern for the common good (not "prejudice"), that we pledge to labor ceaselessly to preserve the legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman and to rebuild the marriage culture. How could we, as Christians, do otherwise? The Bible teaches us that marriage is a central part of God's creation covenant. Indeed, the union of husband and wife mirrors the bond between Christ and his church. And so just as Christ was willing, out of love, to give Himself up for the church in a complete sacrifice, we are willing, lovingly, to make whatever sacrifices are required of us for the sake of the inestimable treasure that is marriage.
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1
Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's. Matthew 22:21
The struggle for religious liberty across the centuries has been long and arduous, but it is not a novel idea or recent development. The nature of religious liberty is grounded in the character of God Himself, the God who is most fully known in the life and work of Jesus Christ. Determined to follow Jesus faithfully in life and death, the early Christians appealed to the manner in which the Incarnation had taken place: "Did God send Christ, as some suppose, as a tyrant brandishing fear and terror? Not so, but in gentleness and meekness..., for compulsion is no attribute of God" (Epistle to Diognetus 7.3-4). Thus the right to religious freedom has its foundation in the example of Christ Himself and in the very dignity of the human person created in the image of God - a dignity, as our founders proclaimed, inherent in every human, and knowable by all in the exercise of right reason.
Christians confess that God alone is Lord of the conscience. Immunity from religious coercion is the cornerstone of an unconstrained conscience. No one should be compelled to embrace any religion against his will, nor should persons of faith be forbidden to worship God according to the dictates of conscience or to express freely and publicly their deeply held religious convictions. What is true for individuals applies to religious communities as well.
It is ironic that those who today assert a right to kill the unborn, aged and disabled and also a right to engage in immoral sexual practices, and even a right to have relationships integrated around these practices be recognized and blessed by law - such persons claiming these "rights" are very often in the vanguard of those who would trample upon the freedom of others to express their religious and moral commitments to the sanctity of life and to the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife.
We see this, for example, in the effort to weaken or eliminate conscience clauses, and therefore to compel pro-life institutions (including religiously affiliated hospitals and clinics), and pro-life physicians, surgeons, nurses, and other health care professionals, to refer for abortions and, in certain cases, even to perform or participate in abortions. We see it in the use of anti-discrimination statutes to force religious institutions, businesses, and service providers of various sorts to comply with activities they judge to be deeply immoral or go out of business. After the judicial imposition of "same-sex marriage" in Massachusetts, for example, Catholic Charities chose with great reluctance to end its century-long work of helping to place orphaned children in good homes rather than comply with a legal mandate that it place children in same-sex households in violation of Catholic moral teaching. In New Jersey, after the establishment of a quasi-marital "civil unions" scheme, a Methodist institution was stripped of its tax exempt status when it declined, as a matter of religious conscience, to permit a facility it owned and operated to be used for ceremonies blessing homosexual unions. In Canada and some European nations, Christian clergy have been prosecuted for preaching Biblical norms against the practice of homosexuality. New hate-crime laws in America raise the specter of the same practice here.
In recent decades a growing body of case law has paralleled the decline in respect for religious values in the media, the academy and political leadership, resulting in restrictions on the free exercise of religion. We view this as an ominous development, not only because of its threat to the individual liberty guaranteed to every person, regardless of his or her faith, but because the trend also threatens the common welfare and the culture of freedom on which our system of republican government is founded. Restrictions on the freedom of conscience or the ability to hire people of one's own faith or conscientious moral convictions for religious institutions, for example, undermines the viability of the intermediate structures of society, the essential buffer against the overweening authority of the state, resulting in the soft despotism Tocqueville so prophetically warned of.1 Disintegration of civil society is a prelude to tyranny.
As Christians, we take seriously the Biblical admonition to respect and obey those in authority. We believe in law and in the rule of law. We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral. The biblical purpose of law is to preserve order and serve justice and the common good; yet laws that are unjust - and especially laws that purport to compel citizens to do what is unjust - undermine the common good, rather than serve it.
Going back to the earliest days of the church, Christians have refused to compromise their proclamation of the gospel. In Acts 4, Peter and John were ordered to stop preaching. Their answer was, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard." Through the centuries, Christianity has taught that civil disobedience is not only permitted, but sometimes required. There is no more eloquent defense of the rights and duties of religious conscience than the one offered by Martin Luther King, Jr., in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Writing from an explicitly Christian perspective, and citing Christian writers such as Augustine and Aquinas, King taught that just laws elevate and ennoble human beings because they are rooted in the moral law whose ultimate source is God Himself. Unjust laws degrade human beings. Inasmuch as they can claim no authority beyond sheer human will, they lack any power to bind in conscience. King's willingness to go to jail, rather than comply with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.
Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's.
1Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
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Professor, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
Professor, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Founder, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Lansdowne, Va.)
Signers (as of November 19, 2009)
Dr. Daniel Akin
President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, N.C.)
Most Rev. Peter J. Akinola
Primate, Anglican Church of Nigeria (Abika, Nigeria)
Founder and Director, Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM) (Sandy, Ore.)
Rt. Rev. David Anderson
President and CEO, American Anglican Council (Atlanta)
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Monday, November 23, 2009
I am waiting for the site to put up the video. You have GOT TO VIEW IT!
VIDEO LINK CLICK HERE!
Transcript of Video:
Shannon: "A father for one of the 9/11, excuse me, - a lawyer for one of the 9/11 suspects who will be tried here in New York is saying the defendants admit their roles in a plot but they still plan to plead "not guilty" so they can use the courtroom as a platform to criticize the U.S.
This is part of a worst case scenario envisioned by the father of 9/11 hero Todd Beamer. Todd Beamer led a passenger revolt against terrorists aboard United Flight 93 which then crashed in Pennsylvania short of its presumed target. Now Todd's father David is questioning Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try the 9/11 suspects in civilian courts. Running a Wall Street Journal Op Ed in which he called it "September 11th the sequel." He joins us now, sir thank you so much for joining us today.
Mr. Beamer: Good morning Shannon.
Shannon: I understanding you were in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week where the attorney general was questioned quite a bit about this decision. What did you take away from that day?"
Mr. Beamer: "Well Shannon, it's really great to be with you this morning and I wanna say it first Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and to remind everyone that we still have a Happy Thanksgiving because of so many who continue to serve and protect and lead and provide intelligence that is; there's been more than eight years now since September 11th...so let's continue to thank and pray for all those were are doing that. I also want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with the family members of Fort Hood. The most recent people who've been impacted by radical ideals.
I had the opportunity last Wednesday to attend the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Mr. Attorney General Eric Holder where he was to describe his decision. It's a fact of matter that most Americans weren't able to be there that day because they were either working or unfortunately, so many of them were looking for work. But you really had to see and hear it with your own eyes to believe what is happening. I had my eyes and ears open and great concerns coming out of that session.
It was really showing our political system. And when you get to a point where instead of not only a majority party, you have a ruling party across our Congress Legislature and in the White House what can really happen. The decision that the attorney general has made to try the terrorists in civilian court as opposed to military, I believe is a violation of the oath that he took, I believe that the violation of the oath that the commander in chief took, when they said that they were duty bound to defend our country and uphold our Constitution. At the heart of the matter the decision flies in the face of both of those things.
It's. It's to me unimaginable that the risk attendant to a civil trial versus a military trial are so casually taken on the part of the attorney general. To convey rights under our Constitution to enemy combatants, to people sworn to kill us, to people that have confessed their crime is beyond unreasonable. When you think about the potential consequences we're taking risks with this decision that are unnecessary. These evil people pleaded guilty already, they acknowledge their crimes, they asked to be executed in the military proceedings. We should quickly grant their wish.
Instead, the attorney general has taken a different approach for reasons that I can only surmise really have to do with, "Let's prove to the world - let's show to the world that indeed, some of America's practices and procedures and harsh interrogation - let's see if we can't get them convicted even by dismissing any and all evidence obtained under that rationale."
When I called this the September 11th, the sequel, if you consider the impact on New York, the impact on our country, the risks associated with this decision both near term and long term; it is September 11th revisited.
I've heard that - you know - that the attorney general and maintained that "we'll make sure that no classified information comes out due to devulge further our intelligence procedures and systems. We'll make sure they don't have a platform to air their grievances."
We've seen already today that lawyers for Ali Ali and the lawyer for K.F. Mohammed have already decided "we have a new avenue, a new platform, we get to go back to New York."
We consider the impact on not only all the families who lost their loved ones. (By the way Todd Beamer would have been 41 years old tomorrow.) Not only the impact upon the families -- but the impact upon our economy - they attacked the center of commerce; consider the disruption associated in Manhattan with this sort of show trial. It's been said that preliminary costs is only 75 million for extra security we all know that that's a very very low number. But we know that sure one of the quickest affirmative answers that attorney general offered up was "not to worry Senator Schumer, the federal government will put some more money and send it to New York in effect what I would call -- a blank check."
Haven't even considered what might an enemy do given this kind of a platform and that place. How about, how about just one of the sympathizers coming across the Brooklyn Bridge with a shoe bomb. So good people of New York think about your morning commute, taking off all of your shoes on the train and in the plane and there your car is coming across the bridge...this is horrible to give these kind of enemies such a platform. I was further most dismayed with the dynamics of the Judiciary Committee. And to my fellow Americans I would say the dynamics go like this. The ruling party the Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee would praise Attorney General Holder for the decision. Then, a member of the minority party, a Republican, would ask a serious question about the decision. All too often, the answers to those questions were "I never imagined that," "I'm not an expert." But people, that does not give us great confidence in considering the impact of this decision.
To convey Constitutional rights on enemy combatants what does that mean for subsequent enemies? What does that say about how are soldiers are supposed to treat enemies captured on the battlefield? Should they be read the Miranda rights? Do they have the right to remain silent? Do we need to export lawyers? Good people, the only answers to these serious questions put to rest about the matter and it came from the minority party. His answers were woefully inadequate. I believe, I believe it's your responsibility for the Attorney General to understand the impact of this left-minded decision to ask his boss, the commander in chief, "Can't I please change this course of action and put it back in the military's hands?"
I'm certain that the administration would be able to come up with appropriate spin for this proper decision and how to set about doing it.
Shannon: Mr. Beamer...
Mr. Beamer, The other thing that I observed..."Yes?
Shannon: ... I'm sorry I'll let you wrap this up...
Mr. Beamer: I have now adopted a mantra of "hope and change" but to me that's spelled 2010 and 2012. I call upon my fellow Americans let's put the house back in order. And I thank you very much Shannon for the opportunity to share with all of you, and let's try to have an even happier Thanksgiving in November, 2010 because of a regime change.
Shannon: Mr. Beamer, thank you so much for your time today I would not be surprised if someone tries to tap you on the 2010 or 2012 ballot. You make excellent points -- we thank you for sharing your time with us we hope that you will come back as we follow. These -- and the decisions as they play out and a very happy Thanksgiving to you when your family and as you recognize Todd's birthday as well. We thank you so much for his sacrifice. And to all the other families who suffered a loss because of 9/11.
Mr. Beamer: Thank you Shannon.
*******End of Transcript*******
We need people like Mr. David Beamer in Congress in 2010!!!
Until I find the new video, here is an earlier video of David Beamer speaking about United Flight 93.
Related posts about why trials in NYC should NOT HAPPEN - ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THEY WILL BE USED AS PROPAGANDA FOR, AND BY THE ISLAMIC TERRORISTS!
Nice Deb: Confirmed: NYC Show Trial Will Be Platform For Terrorist Propaganda
The five men facing trial in the Sept. 11 attacks will plead not guilty so that they can air their criticisms of U.S. foreign policy, the lawyer for one of the defendants said Sunday.
Scott Fenstermaker, the lawyer for accused terrorist Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, said the men would not deny their role in the 2001 attacks but “would explain what happened and why they did it.”
Fox News article:
9/11 Suspects to Plead No Guilty, Seek Show Trial
Critics of Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try the men in a New York City civilian courthourse have warned that the trial would provide the defendants with a propaganda platform.
There is no doubt in my mind anymore that ObamaFRAUD and that traitor Holder are doing this for a specific purpose. They want to try the former Bush Administration and their foreign policy decisions. This is so outrageous and sickening...
Fox News: Charles "Cully" Stimson - 4 Reasons Holder Failed to Convince Me on Terror Trials
Eric Holder's stumbling performance before Congress on Wednesday exposed the administration’s scattershot approach to detention and prosecution of terrorists.
In his recent appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder had the opportunity to outline clearly the Obama administration’s approach to the vexing legal issues surrounding the war against terrorists. More importantly, he had the chance to explain his decision to send Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorists to New York for a civilian trial in federal court. A distinguished prosecutor, Holder needed to put to rest the many legitimate concerns that have arisen lately about the administration’s approach to terrorism, and rebut each one with ready facts and irrefutable logic.
His performance was, to be blunt, a failure.
Indeed, his stumbling performance exposed the administration’s scattershot approach to detention and prosecution of terrorists.
Holder made four basic arguments for his decision to send KSM and others to federal court. In each instance, however, when pressed for the strategic reasons for doing so, the attorney general dropped the ball. In a few instances, the AG literally stuttered and did not even have an answer to the easy, predictable questions.
Continue reading here.
Maggies Notebook has a post up with some of Mr. Beamer's comments. A good read!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Many people have wondered whether or not Obama is secretly (or, as his actions favor Islam - now viewed as openly) a Muslim. Or, is he just highly sympathetic to their cause? How much evidence does one need to formulate a well thought out conclusion on this subject? Do actions speak louder than words? Do words matter? These are the questions that I would like readers to consider while reading this post.
Back during the election campaign of 2008, I wrote a post where I asked the question, Is Obama Really a Christian? My own individual conclusion is that Obama is not a Christian. You can read the evidence that has exposed this truth to me at that link and through other links at this blog. Be sure to read through the comments for additional insight, too.
The day that Obama covered up the cross of Christ behind the podium at a church where he was "speaking" is something that no true Christian would EVER DO!! PERIOD!!
Since Obama isn't a Christian - what is he? Many people have noticed that he has had a Muslim upbringing (via his stepfather). He also claims that his mother was an atheist.
However, since election day, what have we observed about Obama that might give us hints as to his religious affiliation?
There are numerous articles, videos, and blog posts that I could include here. In order to not make this post too lengthy, I will choose just a few of the more recent ones that could give us a good sense of where Obama's loyalties really lie.
1. Over at RepubX there is a compilation video entitled: Wondering if Obama is Muslim? Wonder no More.
2. In the comment section of this Citizen Wells post a commenter wrote the following:
Please forgive for going off the subject but I wanted to share this post with you.
“I WILL SIDE WITH THE MUSLIMS”
Khalied Sheik Mohammed along with four other animals have been scheduled to be brought to New York, for a “show the world trial”, according to Attorney General, Eric Holder who claims it is his sole decision. (Though Mr. Eric Holder claims it is his and only his choice. Every one knows very well Mr. Holder has no authority to mandate such a decision. Therefore, it was President Obama’s decision.)
Bringing the Muslim animals for trial in New York is being done against loud and clear public protest. This is not in the highest and best good for America. Besides revealing a consistent track record of ignoring the voice of America when it protests vital issues, the President’s administration clearly shows it favors Muslims over non Muslim Americans. The President is living true to his words when he said in one of his books—
“If the winds turn against the Muslims, I WILL SIDE WITH THE MUSLIMS.”
Mr. Eric Holder’s primary defense of this heinous decision is it is an opportunity to “show the world how great the American judicial system is.” The world already knows about the American judicial system. (That is why we are over run with illegal’s and constant victims of terrorist attacks.) Why in God’s –not Allah’s—world at this time in our history do we need to grand stand America’s legal system? Honestly, with America’s economic crisis as it is, who gives a fart about what the world thinks how we handle five disgusting Muslims who terrorized and murdered innocent Americans. The detainees to be tried have already admitted their guilt. They have already chosen the death penalty. (They are anxious to meet their 72 virgins.) If they must be tried, there are military tribunals to do so who can do the job with considerably less cost and notoriety. There was one already set up at Gitmo until Obama had it shut down. (I think because the judge refused Obama’s orders to post pone a trial in progress.)
Governor Patterson, Rudy Giuliani, don’t want it. Carl Rove, Dick Morris, Michele Malkin, Senators Jon Kyle, John McCain, Orrin Hatch, Sarah Palin (Yes, I value her opinion.) question this decision. The New Yorkers and most Americans don’t want it. Staging that trial in New York will incur many problems the President seems to ignore—holding quarters for the detainees, security problems transporting them to and fro the court, security problems in the court, the length and cost of the trial at you know whose expense? The president is placing New York and America in imminent danger and triggering excruciatingly painful memories to the families of the nearly 3000 victims? The entire trial will decriminalize the terrorist while Janet Napolitano’s Homeland Security Report criminalizes patriotic dissenting Americans.
With the immediate over whelming problems in America, why would any allegedly sane President indulge in the futile luxury of entertaining the world with a “show trial”? Perhaps the better question is who really benefits from such a farce trial? According to the many pundits who protest this choice, only the defendants and their Muslim terrorist gang would benefit. Such a trial would give undeserved glory to terrorist cause, denigrate America, antagonize public and private conflicts among many diverse groups, and will probably lead to riots between Muslims and non Muslims. (This government has no clue to how fed up the American people have become over Muslims) While the above statements are only my speculation, the strong possibility of them becoming a reality should be sufficient for any concerned President to refrain from proceeding with this—which will go down in history as one of the top ten follies of Obama’s illegal career. This leads to the next burning question. In the face of America’s vehement protest of this New York trial, what is the real reason Obama insists upon forcing this fiasco in New York?
Me thinks—or guesses: The secret reason President Obama’s Muslim puppet masters want these five sinister characters in New York is because they have something far more spectacular planned for our be leagued America. Me guesses the President is clearly and ruthlessly putting America in harms way. There are hundreds of ways terrorists could attack us. There is no security system big enough to cover all the possibilities. What great symbolism to do so while the World Trade Center pigs are on trial just blocks away from the crime scene!
Yes, I know, the following is pure speculation on my part. Yes I know it can never be proven in our life time. Yes, I know I will be called of all sorts of demeaning names, but here goes:
Based upon the President’s track record from the first day he held office, I have concluded the President is a puppet president who takes orders from George Soros and certain unknown Muslim leaders around the globe.
It was the President’s choice to hold the five animals from Gitmo in New York. Personally, what I see of the President, he could care less about the Gitmo detainees. His only primary concern is himself, his image, traveling the world bowing apologizing for America. Therefore, it appears he is merely following orders from one of his secret Muslim puppet masters or George Soros who also cavorts with Muslims. Whoooooaa! Now you are convinced I have lost what little of a mind I have left. Before you totally reject me as an off the wall over the top certifiable nut, examine with me President Obama’s track record since day one.
People imagine they have secrets from the world. They do not. The thoughts they harbor give way to action. The action gives way to habit. Soon their habits reveal to the whole world their secrets.
The President & company’s track record are beginning to reveal the secrets of his real loyalties including what seems to be his primary motivations.
From day one Obama’s first official business was to call an Arab leader and have an interview with him. (I don’t remember his name.) Then he produced and posted that insane video to Achmadinamad [Amadinijad] of Iran. The posture of the President went something like this:
“We love you. We want to be your friend. We just want to talk. We will not impose any preconditions to our talk. Come to the White House for dinner, sometime, soon.”
Well, with Iran’s nuclear missile program rapidly progressing, we know how well that went.
What about The President’s trip to Egypt, Turkey, Somalia, and Iraq? We know what he said in his long winded speech in Egypt and other countries he visited. He admitted in Egypt he is a Muslim. (He has also admitted in other public events that he is a Muslim. The Muslim world accepts him as a Muslim.) He claimed in Turkey AMERICA IS a MUSLIM COUNTRY! ! ! ! !
What we do not know is:
WHAT DID HE SAY TO CERTAIN MUSLIM LEADERS IN PRIVATE. YOU KNOW. THOSE INFAMOUS CLANDESTINE MEETINGS PEOPLE OF POWER HAVE TO PLOT NEFARIOUS CRIMES AGAINST THEIR CITIZENS.
Were you not the least bit shocked by An American President’s silence when the citizens of Iran were being beaten and slaughtered for protesting their corrupt election that kept mad man Ach-mad-inijad in office? Wasn’t the President’s silence was really loud? Those luckless and courageous protesters were begging for some words, any words of support from America. All they got was beaten, murdered and the great American Presidential silence. I wonder who shut up the President during that time. Could the silence be because the President really doesn’t believe in freedom and secretly—in his heart of hearts—loves dictatorships, monarchies, (Bowed to King of Saudi, Arabia and the Japanese Emperor)? Maybe he was simply following orders from some unknown Muslim who secretly contributed millions to Obama’s campaign?
We also know per the President’s insistence, Congress recently passed the funding of SEVERAL MILLION DOLLARS to that socially delightful group in Palestine, the HAMAS. (This is just more grist for the mill about Congress’s foolishness and the President’s Muslim passion.) The money is to assist them in relocating to America and help them establish life in America. In the interest of length, I won’t go into Barry’s anti Israel policies and actions.
The President believes if he calls a sows ear a silk purse, it then makes the ear a silk purse. (I think he gets redefining words to make them mean something else from slick, cold David Axelrod.) He calls looting America and a dirty slush fund a “Stimulus Plan” to create jobs. Hah! Then the President forbids the use of the term “war on terror” and insists it be replaced with “man made disaster.” Hah, ha! Haven’t they noticed? No one is listening to them. Doesn’t this make you wonder what they are smoking in the WH? It makes me wonder if the President, Axelrod and the rest may be truly be delusional.
Nidal Malik Hassan is a Muslim terrorist who attacked unarmed, innocent men, women, and a fetus. Under the cloak of political correctness the President is insisting upon calling the attack on Fort Hood the act of a man suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome who simply acted independently. The President thinks it makes it so because he said so in spite of all facts that contradict it. Then the President ordered a halt on the investigation? He doesn’t want to offend the Muslims. He doesn’t want to offend the Muslims? ? ? What about the 300,000,000 Americans he has offended by his “political correctness” protecting Muslims? It doesn’t seem to bother him for a single moment he has offended 300,000,000 Americans. It also doesn’t seem to bother the President that 13 and 1 on the way were killed in their line of duty. Over 30 were wounded by this good but suffering Muslim. The President didn’t even salute the photos of those who so senselessly died when he attended their memorial. Would some one please tell me what is so special about Muslims, that the world must walk on eggs so as not to offend them?
“A terrorist is a terrorist. By any other named is still a terrorist.”
This laundry list I have compiled is just the tip of the iceberg. The collection of pro Muslim anti American deeds by the President has committed since day one would fill an encyclopedia.
The following was e-mailed to me a few days ago. I have seen other versions of this. I don’t know who wrote it. Here goes:
“A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to them selves.
Absolutely No Profiling ! Pause a moment, reflect back, and take the following multiple choice test.
These events are actual events from history. They really happened!
Do you remember?
HERE’S THE TEST:
1. 1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by:
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. A Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40
2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by :
a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
3. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by:
a. Lost Norwegians
c. A tour bus full of 80-year-old women
d . Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
4. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by:
a. John Dillinger
b. The King of Sweden
c. The Boy Scouts
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
5. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by:
a. A pizza delivery boy
b. Pee Wee Herman
c. Geraldo Rivera
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
6. In 1985 the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by:
a. The Smurfs
b. Davey Jones
c. The Little Mermaid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
7. In 1985 TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by:
a. Captain Kidd
b. Charles Lindberg
c. Mother Teresa
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
8. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by:
a. Scooby Doo
b. The Tooth Fairy
c. The Sundance Kid
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
9. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by:
a. Richard Simmons
b. Grandma Moses
c. Michael Jordan
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
10. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by:
a. Mr. Rogers
b. Hillary Clinton, to distract attention from Wild Bill’s women problems
c. The World Wrestling Federation
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
11. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take out the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.
Thousands of people were killed by:
a. Bugs Bunny, Wiley E. Coyote, Daffy Duck and Elmer Fudd
b. The Supreme Court of Florida
c. Mr Bean
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
12. In 2002 the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against:
b. The Lutheran Church
c. The NFL
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
13. In 2002 reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered by:
a. Bonnie and Clyde
b. Captain Kangaroo
c. Billy Graham
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40
No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?
So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people. They must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss, but leave Muslim Males between the ages 17 and 40 alone lest they be guilty of profiling.
Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and other dunder-headed attorneys along with Federal Justices that want to thwart common sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have any such sense.
As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’
AND NOW “FORT HOOD” TEXAS, AND OUR PRESIDENT SAY’S DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT AS THE ACT OF “A MUSLIM EXTREMIST ”
That person certainly articulates what a lot of Americans now think about Obama. It may have taken a year longer for some (many knew what a disaster Obama would be as president before the election) to finally come to their senses and see the truth about this man. But thank God that millions more are catching on; as the Obama job disapproval stats clearly show.
More links may be added later.
Citizen Wells commenter: USA Patriots
Update: Also see this:
Obamafile: Americans Want to Know: Billboard Stirs Controversy
Supporters of the birth certificate theory, known as Birthers, have demonstrated the Certification of Live Birth produced by the state of Hawaii is counterfeit.
Sirota and the ADL have such short memories. They are outraged that Americans have reasonable questions about Obama's eligibility and mysterious background, but ignore this stuff.
Sirota contends "that conservative leaders are afraid to confront the extreme fringe of their base" -- I have a flash for Sirota, as more and more people come to understand Obama's far-left agenda and mysterious background, they question his eligibility. The "fringe" is now composed of a huge segment of the American population -- and it is growing.
An October 23rd item reported that three-in-ten Americans think their current head of state was not born in the United States, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. That's almost a third of all Americans.
Now, Goddard's Political Wire points to a new Public Policy Polling survey in Arkansas shows that only 45% of voters in the state say they believe Obama was born in this country, while 31% say they think he was not and 24% are unsure."
Arkansas is the first of four states where we've polled the birther issue (Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado were the others) and found less than half of respondents confident that Obama is a natural born citizen. The numbers are particularly dramatic among Republicans with 49% saying Obama was not born here to just 23% who grant that he was."
And it's Obama's own actions that have caused many Americans to have these questions. FReeper TigersEye lists just a few:
• Trying to curb criticism of Nidal Malik Hasan (mmmm mmmm mmmm)
• Staunchly refusing to call the Ft. Hood massacre a terrorist act
• Scheduling a civilian trial of KSM in NYC
• The "reach around for a Muslim" Cairo speech
• Bowing to a Saudi King
• Millions of dollars to Hamas so they can pay big bucks for kidnapping Israeli soldiers
• Ordering the Israelis to stop building settlements
• Inability to make a decision on Afghanistan
• Closing GITMO
• Moving terrorists to Illinois
• Calling the U.S. a "Muslim country" while in Europe
• Hiring several devout Muslims with ties to radical Muslims for security posts
• Establishing back channel ties with the Taliban
An additional blog post about the billboard:
Gateway Pundit: Denver Obama-Jihadist Billboard Stirs Debate
I found the following video link of the 2004 Illinois Senate debate between Alan Keyes and Barack Obama in the C-Span archives. I listened to the entire video, but found the section from 42:25 - 46:15 especially enlightening. At one point, Obama states, "I would like to ask Jesus whether I was going up [presumably meaning heaven] or down [presumably meaning hell]. Mr. Keyes states, "I want to know where HE [meaning Jesus] stands, so that I may follow Him! I want to know where He stands with respect to the will of the Father to whom He looks." The rest of the exchange in that four minute segment on Christian faith is interesting, too. It's a small section of the video, so you can advance it to 42:25, watch and listen up to 46:15.
Alan Keyes discusses how abortion has eliminated 25% of black population since Roe vs. Wade. He astutely analyses how and why the abortion issue should be included in the discussion of race issues and arguments - despite how uncomfortable that might be for some. Watch and listen to segment 52:00 - 54:52.
It is amazing that Obama claims in his closing arguments that "Washington is not listening to the people." Well guess what? Obama now is IN the White House in Washington - and HE IS NOT LISTENING TO WE THE PEOPLE!!
In contrast, Alan Keyes' closing arguments are almost prophetic now that we see how Obama's policies are ruining our nation.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Before I get to the subject title of this post, I wanted to point readers to
Maggie's Notebook - which has videos and a great essay about Sarah Palin's book tour stop in Grand Rapids and her appearance on Hannity.
Sarah Palin has "gone rogue" again and told Sean Hannity that the Fort Hood shooter and murderer, Nidal Hasan should have been profiled by the Military. Palin will arrive in Fort Hood for her book signing on December 4th. She is donating her book royalties to the victims of the attack on the Texas Military base.
[SEE VIDEOS AT LINK ABOVE.]
I watched most of Sean's one hour interview of Palin, but missed the announcement that she is donating her book royalties to the victims of the Fort Hood attack. What a wonderful gesture!
By the way, in Grand Rapids, Michigan about 1,500 people turned out at the Barnes and Noble today for the Palin Book Tour. "Scores more" couldn't get a wristband, awaited Palin's arrival outside, braving the cold and yelling. "USA!" and 'Sarah, Sarah!"She's a person of faith, she has a family, she has gone through a lot of the trials and tribulations we have. I'd vote for her in a heartbeat," said Lana Smith, a dispatcher at a bus company who took the day off work and had been waiting in line since 5:30 a.m.
Sarah has made ordinary people - especially conservatives and moderates - genuinely hopeful for a turn around in our fledgling nation. Under the terrible mismanagement of Obama & his evil cohorts, America is on the road to disaster.
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