Monthly Archives: September 2012

No on The Respect for Marriage Act

The Respect for Marriage Act.

With a name like this, one might think that it was something designed to protect the sacred institution of marriage.

But, this deceptively named bill, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, really seeks to force every state to recognize same-sex “marriage.”
( Read more of the above commentary here or listen to the audio. )

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A Blessed Yom Kippur

I hope all of you who are of the Jewish faith had a blessed holiday.

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Iran’s rhetoric casts pall over Jewish holiday

NEW YORK — Murray Wasserman, 69, a retired restaurant owner, stepped out of B’nai Jeshurun synagogue on the first day of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews, to add more money to a parking meter.
“Nobody wants to start another war. On the other hand, we know from (Adolf) Hitler that when people start talking about destroying another nation, it can happen,” Wasserman said, before returning to the synagogue.
Bnai Jeshurun is a bastion of liberalism in New York City. Even here, there is much angst over whether President Obama’s policy of sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program will work against a country whose president denies the Holocaust while issuing threats that make it appear as if he is planning another.
( pall over Jewish holiday )
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived Monday in New York to address world leaders gathered for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Last year, he used the opportunity to declare the Holocaust an “excuse to pay ransom or fine to Zionists.” He has said Israel should be wiped off the map and, more recently, that it will soon cease to exist because it has “no roots” in the region.
Obama told the General Assembly on Tuesday that the United States “will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” On Wednesday, Ahmadinejad said Iran has the right to pursue nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
At the U.N., Ahmadinejad challenged world leaders to confront countries he says try to dominate others. He urged a restructuring of the United Nations in a way that gives equal say to all and eliminates the veto power of the U.N. Security Council members, which he said use their power to trample the rights of other nations.
The world body is in the grips of a “world order” that is “founded on materialism and is in no way bound to moral values,” Ahmadinejad said. “It believes in the humiliation of other nations, trampling the rights of others. It aims to monopolize power, wealth, science and technology for a limited group.”
Jews departing from prayer from both reform and Orthodox synagogues seemed to agree that time was running out and that U.S. strategy was too risky. Nuclear experts, such as David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, say that once Iran has enough uranium enriched to 20%, and missiles capable of delivering a bomb, it will be only months away from completing the weapon-making process — and that may happen without Western knowledge.
Ronald Sabban, a 33-year-old attorney who pushed his daughter in a stroller while leaving the Orthodox Fifth Avenue Synagogue with his wife, called Obama’s pledge to prevent an Iranian bomb “empty words.”
( Billy’s thoughts – I hope Jews who care about Israel will think about how Obama has dealt with Israel and Iran as they decide who to vote for.)

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SANTORUM, DEMINT ENDORSE AKIN IN MO. SENATE RACE

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A GLOBAL SCHOOL PRAYER MEETING

Millions of students gathered on school grounds this morning for “See You at the Pole 2012,” the annual global day of student prayer.

The theme for this year’s event is “AWAKEN,” taken from the prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21. At Oxford High School in Oxford, Mississippi, nearly 100 students gathered for the student-initiated and student-led movement.

Caleb Stanley, a senior at Oxford High School and president of the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, tells OneNewsNow students interceded for their leaders, schools, and families, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campus and community.
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Today’s ( Wednesday ) Posts

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General Assembly Applauds Ahmadinejad Speech
Andy Williams dead…
Is this the face of the Mormon Church
Chinese congregation faces persecution but presses on
Obama to UN: “Crude and Disgusting Video Sparked Outrage”
GERMAN COURT BACKS CATHOLIC ‘PAY TO PRAY’ RULE
A Coach in football and in life and a Godly one at that

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General Assembly Applauds Ahmadinejad Speech

Delegates at the United Nations General Assembly applauded the speech given by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday.
( General Assembly Applauds Ahmadinejad )

The U.S. delegation announced Wednesday morning it would not attend the speech.
( Billy’s Thoughts – This is sick a man who wants to destroy the nation of Israel and kill every Jewish person is applauded. This is another reason we should get rid of the UN and why the UN will never bring world peace.)

Andy Williams dead…

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Is this the face of the Mormon Church

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lashed out at Mitt Romney’s faith during a conference call with reporters, saying he is “not the face of Mormonism” and suggesting he has tarnished the religion.

Reid, a Democrat and the highest-ranking Mormon in U.S. elected office, also said he agrees with claims that Romney has “sullied” the Latter-day Saints faith.

The Nevada senator made the comments during a call Friday, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

“He’s coming to a state where there are a lot of members of the LDS Church,” Reid also said ahead of Romney’s arrival Friday. “They understand that he is not the face of Mormonism.”
( Romney ‘not the face of Mormonism’ )

The Romney campaign and Latter-day Saints officials declined Tuesday to comment. However, Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, also a Mormon, called Reid’s comments inappropriate.
( Billy’s thoughts – So the Democrats are going to bring faith into politics.We have been told faith and politics don’t mix even when we are talking about some moral issue like making people of faith pay for something which goes against their faith. Also a good question for Mormons to ask
is the face of the Mormon Church a party which backs abortion for any reason and supports same sex marriage.)

Chinese congregation faces persecution but presses on

BEIJING (BP) — The first time the government had them evicted from their rented building, they worshiped outside in a blizzard. When the police started arresting them at their outdoor services, they came back faithfully each Sunday. When their leadership was placed under house arrest and some of them were pressured to quit their jobs, they endured.
They are Shouwang Church in Beijing, a congregation that has refused official registration. For years they have absorbed the abuses of a government opposed to their belief in Jesus Christ as head of the church. Shouwang now has ventured into legal efforts to secure a regular place of worship.

“The Chinese Communist Party is always afraid of any form of organization independent from the control of the central government,” said Mark Shan, news analyst for ChinaAid, a group that monitors religious freedom and has chronicled Shouwang Church’s struggles.
In China, only churches registered as part of the official Three-Self Patriotic Movement are considered legal. But registration brings government restrictions on evangelism, Sunday School, baptizing teens and children and other activities. In addition, ChinaAid’s founder and president, Bob Fu, says government-appointed leaders, many of whom are Communist Party members, are at the helm of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement.

Shouwang Church’s refusal to place itself under the yoke of government regulators has earned it and its roughly 1,000 members consistent harassment from authorities. In November 2009, according to the church, the government had the church evicted from its rented building, forcing members to worship outside twice before they received “tacit” consent to return indoors. But authorities continued to thwart efforts by the church to rent or buy a meeting place, so beginning on April 10, 2011, Shouwang decided to return to outdoor worship until they received official permission to meet indoors.

During the church’s first service, police arrested more than 160 members. For 17 months since then, Shouwang has continued to worship outdoors, and police have consistently arrested and detained scores of believers.

Shan says most arrested church members are released within a few days, but some are terrorized verbally and physically by the police. During interrogations, Shouwang members have even faced representatives of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement who try to sway the church members with theological arguments.

“The church never gives in,” Shan said. “Every Sunday, believers try very hard to go to the worship location, and they get arrested. They get detained, put in police stations and released. Every Sunday this kind of thing is repeated.”
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