Thursday, May 19, 2005

The "wall of separation between church and state" is to protect religion from the state, not the state from religion

But facts never deter liberals from pursuing their agenda: ACLU asks jail for Tangipahoa school officials.

The "separation of church and state" is nowhere to be found in either the Declaration or the Constitution. It was a statement of reassurance by Thomas Jefferson to a group of pastors that the government would not interfere with their (and our) Constitutionally-guaranteed Freedom of Religion.

That enemies of American Liberty have been so successful in completely perverting the meaning of this "wall" is testament to America's ignorance of its Constitution and its lack of will for defending it.

An Iranian Christian is facing the death penalty for the unspeakable crime of ...

... becoming a Christian and sharing that faith with others: Christian convert waiting for his apostasy trial asks for prayers.

The Qur'an is very clear--"...kill the unbelievers wherever you find them...," and "...fight until all religion is for Allah." The only other options allowed by Islam's god are submission (feeling "humiliated" and paying the Jizya), enslavement, or conversion.

Apparently, in addition to being peaceful, Islam is tolerant too.

Please pray for this man and his family. Pray that those in power (government, media, academia) start telling the truth.

Monday, May 16, 2005

An intolerant, right-wing, religious extremist

"...brood of vipers!"

"...white-washed sepulchres!"

"...den of thieves!"

Who would have the insensitivity to say such things?

Who would be so intolerant as to judge someone else's "truth"?

Who would dare to call someone's "personal choice" "sin"?

Jesus -- the same person who ate with outcasts, forgave sinners, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, and raised the dead.

He is kind and compassionate to those who admit their sin and turn to Him for mercy, but with those who will not, Jesus is direct.

Some people think that it is impolite or rude to tell a necessary but unpleasant truth. And there are many times when it is proper to ignore others' everyday failings, for as the Scriptures say, "We all stumble in many ways," and, "Love covers over a multitude of sins."

But when failing to speak up allows someone to be harmed, it is a Christian's duty to tell the truth, with gentleness and respect.

Today, many Christians are worried about offending people. Many are afraid to be called names. Many would choose popularity with the ungodly over pleasing God.

Jesus said that when men speak well of us we should be concerned, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.

But when men speak ill of us because we are doing and saying what Jesus would have us say and do, we should rejoice, for that is how their ancestors treated God's prophets.

Christians need to stop worrying about offending people and to start telling the truth, because people are dying. The eternity that awaits those whose sin is still on their own heads is hell (and I'm not speaking figuratively).

God grant His people the courage -- and the love -- to tell the truth.

Reformists imprisoned in Dar al-Islam

I thought democracy and Islam were compatible, but how can one have democracy without freedom?

The latest from our "ally" in the War on Terror: Saudi reformists get harsh penalty.
"RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- In a stunning setback for reformists in Saudi Arabia, a Riyadh court yesterday sentenced three detained Saudi reformists to jail terms ranging from six to nine years for sowing dissent and disobeying the ruler.

Three judges at the court, which was ringed by security forces, issued their verdict after a nine-month trial, which was conducted almost entirely behind closed doors.
The court sentenced Ali Al-Dumaini to nine years in jail, Abdullah Al-Hamed to seven years in jail, and Matruk Al-Faleh to six years in jail.

The academics have been imprisoned for more than a year after being arrested in March 2004 for calling for a constitutional monarchy, an independent judiciary and freedom of speech. The prosecutors had accused them of using Western terminology in calling for their reforms. "
In case there was any doubt that this is more than just a tyrant trying to retain power, consider this:
"Mr. Al-Dumaini reportedly received the harshest sentence because of his criticism of the Saudi educational system, which he said was responsible for producing terrorists."
The government maintains the rule of Sharia. If the government did not have a king, but was still ruled by Islam, would it be any different? It doesn't seem likely.

Whether the tyrant is a god (Allah) or a man (Saud), there is no room for those who disagree.
"I'm in shock," said Jamila Al-Ukala, the wife of Mr. Al-Faleh, as she spoke with supporters and reporters yesterday outside the courthouse.

"They didn't commit a crime. From the beginning, there was no evidence against them," said Ameer Al-Faleh, the 23-year-old son of Mr. Al-Faleh. "The whole case is just about thoughts that were just ink on paper."
The Qur'an's words are "just ink on paper," yet they have directly resulted in the enslavement, rape, and murder of millions of non-Muslims throughout Islam's history.
"Mr. Gothaimi said the panel of judges found that the men had overstepped the bounds by speaking to the foreign press, supposedly with the intent to incite people against the government The men also were accused of challenging the independence of the judiciary. "
Does anyone else get the irony here? A democratically-elected President and Congress would facilitate American justice with the additions of much-needed judges who respect the U.S. Constitution, but the Democratic Party instead is trying to circumvent the will of the people using the same terminology.
"This verdict is a reflection of how bad our courts are," said Mohammed Alanezi, a supporter of the reformists. "They are centuries behind. We are now going downhill."
That would be about fourteen centuries behind, wouldn't it?
"The Saudi regime is determined to stifle reasonable and peaceful voices for reform in the country," said Ali Alyami, the Washington-based director of the opposition Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia. "Surely, it is time for the Bush administration and the U.S. Congress to stop regarding the Saudi royal family as sacrosanct and start holding them accountable for their violations of human rights".
Yes, it is time for accountability, but not only for the House of Saud. It is time to hold Islam accountable.

How can you defeat an enemy you do not recognize?

Secretary of State Rice, whom I hold in extremely high regard, this weekend made some very disturbing comments in her address to some of our military overseas.

Besides apologizing for our "desecration" of the Qur'an (how do you desecrate that which is by nature profane?), Dr. Rice said that "the lack of freedom" in the Middle East is what motivates the "ideology of hate."

This is not true. It is the Qur'an and the sayings and doings of Mohammed that inspire the hate. Allah commands it. (Are any of our military dying with the belief that their sacrifice will help Islam love us? I hope not.)

I have been disappointed, frustrated, and angered to hear President Bush repeatedly refer to Islam as "one of the world's great religions" and a "religion of peace." I was outraged to hear him equate the Qur'an with the Bible in his Second Inaugural Address. I thought he was, for what he deemed necessary political gain, knowingly misrepresenting Islam.

After hearing Dr. Rice express the same dangerous beliefs on what motivates our enemy, I am led to hope that perhaps our leaders are only ignorant of the breadth and depth of the danger of Qur'anic Islam, and not actually lying to us.

Is ignorance better than lying? At least with ignorance there is the possibility that one will realize the truth before it is too late.