Monthly Archives: February 2012

Today’s Posts

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Michigan Muslims for Ron Paul
Censure of lesbian minister within PC(USA)’s rights
Romney and Santorum collide in Michigan primary
Communist China Loves Lin (While Persecuting Lin’s Fellow Christians
Judge Dismisses Charges Against Offended Muslim Who Assaulted Atheist

Michigan Muslims for Ron Paul

A U.S.-born Israeli author and Middle East expert isn’t surprised that some Muslims in Michigan are supporting Ron Paul.

Recently Muslims in Dearborn, Michigan, stood outside a mosque passing out Arabic-language flyers supporting Ron Paul. Heading into Tuesday’s Michigan GOP primary, the Texas congressman has been in third place behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in most polls. But according to Yahoo News, some Arab and Muslim residents like his foreign policy statements that favor non-intervention in the Islamic world.

David Rubin is the former mayor of the Israeli city of Shiloh, and author The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama. He says it is no shocker that some Muslims would like Paul.

“He has said on numerous occasions that the Iranians just want to have nuclear power because they need it for their national pride,” notes the author. “That’s total nonsense.”
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Censure of lesbian minister within PC(USA)’s rights

The highest court in the Presbyterian Church (USA) is censuring a retired lesbian minister who officiated over a handful of same-gender “weddings” in California.

The General Assembly Permanent Judicial Commission (GAPJC) in San Antonio, Texas, censured Jane Spahr of San Francisco for violating the denomination’s constitution. Spahr was convicted in 2010 but appealed the decision, which landed her in the GAPJC.

Spahr, who came out as a lesbian two years after being ordained, officiated the weddings of 16 same-sex couples in California during the brief window when homosexual “marriage” was legal in The Golden State. She said she married the couples because church ordinances permitted her to do so, and the PC(USA)’s teachings on diversity encourages homosexuality.
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Romney and Santorum collide in Michigan primary

WASHINGTON – Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum collided Tuesday in a rancorous Michigan presidential primary that tested the clout of the GOP establishment against conservative and tea party rebels as well as the candidates themselves.

Arizona Republicans voted in the second primary of the night, and Romney was favored by far in that race that drew less attention.

Two other candidates in the race for the GOP nomination, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul, made little effort in either Michigan or Arizona, pointing instead to next week’s 10-state collection of Super Tuesday primaries and caucuses.
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Communist China Loves Lin (While Persecuting Lin’s Fellow Christians

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…While Communist officials were quick to note the birthplace of Jeremy Lin’s ancestors, they were silent about Lin’s Christianity. In fact, Lin’s great-grandfather converted to Christianity under the auspices of American missionaries in the early 20th century, making Lin a fourth-generation Christian.

None of the Chinese coverage of Lin’s exploits mentioned his faith. As a result, relatively few Chinese citizens know about Lin’s faith. After all, for the Communist Chinese to acknowledge Lin’s Christianity would be, to put it mildly, awkward.

The press here in the United States, however, is less reticent. In its reporting of Lin’s impact in China, the Times described China’s Christian minority as “often-persecuted”-as well as the various efforts the Communist government has used to contain the spread of Chrsitianity. While there is a lot more that can be said about the subject, the Times deserves credit for at least pointing out the irony in Beijing’s embrace of Lin.

What is even more ironic is that the Lin story broke around the same time that China’s next leader, Vice President Xi Jingping, was touring the United States. Among the people who protested Xi’s visit was the writer Yu Jie, who recently moved the United States after being tortured and held under house arrest by Chinese authorities.

Yu, like many prominent dissidents, is a Christian. Similarly, most of the Chinese lawyers brave enough to take on the government are Christians. To talk about human rights in China without mentioning the role played by Chinese Christians makes as much sense as talking about Jeremy Lin without mentioning his faith.

Despite the efforts of the government, it appears that Chinese Christians are learning about Lin’s faith and drawing inspiration from it. That’s great.
What I hope happens here in the United States is that even more Americans learn about the faith of Chinese Christians and the price they pay for that faith. With all due respect to Lin and the Knicks, those are the underdogs I’m rooting for.

(Chuck Colson, BreakPoint commentary, February 28)

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Offended Muslim Who Assaulted Atheist

An atheist was parading down the street as “Zombie Mohammed” last year when a Muslim bystander allegedly flew into a rage and started to choke him. Watch the first clip below; it’s hard to tell what’s going on but something happened, resulting in both the victim and the attacker supposedly tracking down a cop to complain. Why would the suspect want to talk to a cop? Because, silly: He thought it was a criminal offense to insult Islam. And as it turns out, it almost is. The cop testified at the trial but despite his testimony and the video, the judge — a Muslim convert — dismissed the charge for lack of evidence. As Eugene Volokh notes, that’s arguably defensible: If he thought the cop wasn’t credible for whatever reason then he wouldn’t have much left to get him to “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Don’t get hung up on the dismissal, though. The true outrage here is in the lecture that this halfwit delivered from the bench to the victim, not the attacker.

That’s right, the judge castigated the victim (!) for his unforgivable insensitivity, and came thisclose to suggesting that he got what he deserved:

“Before you start mocking someone else’s religion you may want to find out a little bit more about it. That makes you look like a doofus…Here in our society, we have a constitution that gives us many rights, specifically, First Amendment rights. It’s unfortunate that some people use the First Amendment to deliberately provoke others. I don’t think that’s what our forefathers really intended. I think our forefathers intended that we use the First Amendment so that we can speak our mind, not to piss off other people and other cultures, which is what you did.

I don’t think you’re aware, sir, there’s a big difference between how Americans practice Christianity – uh, I understand you’re an atheist. But, see, Islam is not just a religion, it’s their culture, their culture. It’s their very essence, their very being. They pray five times a day towards Mecca. To be a good Muslim, before you die, you have to make a pilgrimage to Mecca unless you are otherwise told you cannot because you are too ill, too elderly, whatever. But you must make the attempt…What you have done is you’ve completely trashed their essence, their being. They find it very, very, very offensive. But you have that right, but you’re way outside your bounds on First Amendment rights.”
( Billy’s Thoughts- Do you believe a judge that sits on an American court would say this. It is ok for somebody to try to hurt somebody who they thought attacked their faith. Shame on the judge he should be off the bench ASAP. Read more of the above posting here. )

Today’s Posts

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5 students hurt in shooting at Chardon High School; suspect in custody
TBN hit with second lawsuit
Gingrich warns of role of “secular left”
Santorum: no apology needed for Quran burning
‘Courageous’ takes top honors at Christian film festival
Claim: Mormons baptized Anne Frank

5 students hurt in shooting at Chardon High School; suspect in custody

CHARDON, Ohio — Five students have been injured in a shooting this morning at Chardon High School.

According to the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, a suspect has been arrested. Scott Wilson of the FBI said they believe there was only one shooter, but the incident remains under investigation.

Initial reports were that four students were shot. But at a news conference about 10:30 a.m., officials said there was a fifth victim.

The youth who was arrested had fled the high school building, but was caught on Woodin Road in Chardon Township, a law officer said. The boy is being processed at the sheriff’s office, according to reports about 9 a.m.
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TBN hit with second lawsuit

A second lawsuit has now been filed against the world’s largest Christian broadcasting network, and more legal complaints are still to come.

The Orange County Register reports that McVeigh’s suit goes into detail about how charitable assets were wrongly handed to TBN’s directors for things like multiple jets, estates, and vehicles.
( Billy’s Thoughts- Do you think we might have another PTL scandal? I don’t know I do know the leaders of TBN have been preaching a non Bible based Jesus. They have preached Jesus wants people to be rich, well, and healthy. Now according to this report they have also lived that way. may God convict us all of a non Bible based Jesus that is preached in too many churches and on at least some TV programs. Read more of the above story here. )

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Gingrich warns of role of “secular left”

Newt Gingrich warned members of a Georgia church Sunday that the “secular left” is trying to undermine American principles established by the Founding Fathers as he sought to rejuvenate his presidential bid.

The former House speaker is bypassing Tuesday’s Republican presidential primaries in Michigan and Arizona and spending most of the week in Georgia, which he represented in Congress for 20 years. Gingrich said at a church north of Atlanta that Americans have faced a “50-year assault” by those trying to alienate people of faith.

“The forces of the secular left believe passionately and deeply, and with frankly a religious fervor, in their world view and they will regard what I am saying as a horrifying assault on what they think is the truth,” Gingrich said. “Because their version of the truth is to have a totally neutral government that has no meaning.”
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