Monday, February 27, 2006

ACLU: Saving Our Children From The Bible

Jay over at Stop the ACLU posted an important heads up about the ACLU's latest attack on The Bible. The ACLU are so threatened by this book. Here's the story...
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Gary Harris isn't seeking converts.
Still, the Bible is his business as he spends his days leading classes on its history at Laney and Hoggard high schools. The more students learn, the more complete an experience the Bible becomes, Harris said.
He's teaching, not preaching, however. The classes are academic courses open to the students who choose them, he said. His 8:30 a.m. New Testament class at Laney has barely an empty seat.
But recent inquiries from the American Civil Liberties Union have raised questions about whether the classes and others like it at Ashley and New Hanover high schools violate the constitutional separation of church and state.
Is a class as secular as courts require if it says, for example, that the Bible's fulfilled prophecies give testimony to the fact of God's existence? What if local churches pay the teachers' salaries? And what if only believers teach?
The civil rights group says only that it is gathering information. But its interest alone may bring significant changes as educators examine what the classes teach and, perhaps more importantly, who teaches them.
The classes will continue this semester, but beyond that will be a school board decision, said Rick Holliday, the district's executive director of instructional services.
Losing the classes would be worse than canceling calculus, said Don Vigus, the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Bible, the church-supported group that hires and pays the teachers.
The book is at the roots of this country, inspiring people from the creation of the Bill of Rights to the unfolding of the civil rights movement, he said. For most kids who don't go to church, the classes are their one chance to learn the Bible, he said.
The Executive Committee has been paying for classes in New Hanover County for more than 50 years. And left to a vote, it might easily do so for 50 more. Just a whiff of the ACLU's involvement brought out a long line of speakers to last month's school board meeting, all opposed to removing lessons about the "anvil on which our Constitution was formed."
Superintendent John Morris said he couldn't recall any complaints about the classes in his years atop the school system.
"You get to know the history of the Bible and the background of where it came from," said Ashley Hebert, a junior in one of Harris' classes. "He's not trying to cram Christianity down your throat or any religion."
The school board supports the classes as well. Even the area's senior rabbi finds them inoffensive. continue reading
The ACLU is trying to silence the Bible as a book of history, geography, poetry, and philosphy even though it is more than just the Word of God. Students can learn from it's history. So why does even that much scare the ACLU?

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Quote Of The Day

"Sometimes it takes a storm to really know the light."

-- Fernando Ortega

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ACLU & CAIR Promoting Islam While Suppressing Christians & Jews

Originally Appeared on Gribbit's Word on 28 August 2005

For a year now, Stop The ACLU has been bringing information to you about the evil ways of the ACLU. We've been telling you about their war on religion, the Boy Scouts, Christmas, religious icons in public, the 10 Commandments, children, and the United States. But are you listening?

Judging by the comments that we receive, I'd say the only people listening are our own members and those who are poised to argue the ACLU cause. But we must have some readers who are in shock or out-right disbelief that any organization called "American" Civil Liberties Union would be fighting for causes contrary to the best interests of this nation. But they are.

Their latest alliance is with CAIR (Council on American - Islamic Relations). Op/Ed writer Sher Zieve had this to say in The American Daily.

ACLU Alliance with CAIR?
By Sher Zieve (08/26/05)

For those who are still not familiar with the group CAIR - the Council on American - Islamic Relations - I'll provide some background information. Founded in 1994, CAIR is headquarted in Washington, DC and has thirty-one chapters and regional offices in the United States and Canada. Of note, CAIR was founded by Nihad Awad, Omar Ahwad, Rafiq Jaber and other former members of the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP). Jaber is also the current spokesman for the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation in Illinois; a mosque tied to the IAP and the Quranic Literacy Institute that were named in the 2004 drive-by murder of David Boim. The IAP and Quranic Literacy Institute were ordered by the court to pay Boim's family $156MM in restitution; money that had previously been raised in the US (as "charity" donations) by these Islamic organizations. *US donations used to finance terrorist activities and, subsequently, for the results of said terrorist activities - most interesting.

Note: The IAP has often been referred to as the American wing of Hamas - a terrorist group that has vowed to destroy Israel. Of interest, Hamas senior leader Mahmoud al-Zahar said in a recent interview with Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat: "We do not and will not recognize a state called Israel. This land is the property of all Muslims in all parts of the world. Let Israel die!" Suffice it to say, this is not an organization that has any desire or any plans for peace.

CAIR currently has enough political and "PC" (political-correctness) clout to cow the US political and business establishment. Even though three of its (now former) members were convicted of federal terrorism charges, CAIR has greatly increased its influence in the US. Of note are CAIR's intimidation of the publication National Review to stop [its] running advertisements for the books "The Life and Religion of Mohammed" and "The Sword of the Prophet" and the recent firing of talk-show host Michael Graham from ABC-Disney Radio for making anti-Islamo-fascist comments. Is a trend being established, here? Are all Radio talk-show hosts no longer going to be able to speak against Islamic terrorism? Watch out Rush, Praeger and Hannity! You may be next.

Islamic education in the US (are these Wahabee schools?) also appears to be in the process of attempting to take over US private school organizations - at least in Texas. In 2004, the Islamic Education Institute of Texas sought inclusion into TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools). As reported by the Houston Chronicle, Edd Burleson (Director of TAPPS) had the 'extreme audacity' to ask questions of the Islamic educational organization. Quoting the Islamic Quran, which calls upon Muslims to be violent against Christians and Jews, Burleson asked in a letter containing ten questions to the group: "Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is basically in total disagreement with your religious beliefs?" and "Why do you wish to join an organization whose membership is basically in total disagreement with your religious beliefs?" As if asking these questions weren't cheeky enough, Burleson went on to ask about the Islamic organization's position on "the spread of Islam in America" and the objectives of the school "in this regard." A week later, Burleson sent another letter that included the question "Do you teach your students to 'Make war on them (Christians and Jews) until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme' (Koran 8:37)?" These questions were enough to bring the ACLU flying to Islam's defense. The ACLU and CAIR demanded an apology from Burleson! It appears that questions directed to Islamic organizations are no longer to be allowed in the USA. However, as we already know, reverse situations are allowed. Christians may be asked any and all questions and are allowed to be brow-beaten unmercifully by both Islam and the ACLU. Christians are not liked nor accepted by Islam. And if we have learned anything at all from its myriad suits against the teaching or even displays of Christianity, neither does the ACLU. Remember the ACLU's threatened suit against the County of Los Angeles, for merely having a small cross on its County Seal? One has to wonder if the ACLU would have threatened the county if the Islamic crescent had been present. Doubtful. But then, the ACLU is increasingly joining with CAIR on a number of battlefronts and lawsuits. A few of these include the following:

* The ACLU is working with CAIR and Amnesty International (a decidedly in-my-opinion Marxist group) to defend Ghassan Elashi and his brothers who were convicted of terrorism.
* In 2001, the ACLU joined CAIR and other Islamic support groups to challenge the detention of potential terrorists.
* In 2003, the ACLU joined CAIR and other Muslim advocacy groups to challenge portions of the Patriot Act.
* Also, in 2003, the Ohio chapter of the ACLU awarded its yearly "Liberty Flame Award" to the Ohio chapter of CAIR "for contributions to the advancement and protection of civil liberties."
* In 2004, the ACLU joined CAIR in demanding the FBI make its files public as to [its] surveillance of Chicago Muslim groups and 'expressed special concern today over the FBI's targeting of Muslims and Arabs in the Chicago community'. Note: Remember it was two Illinois groups (the IAP and Quranic Literacy Institute) that were convicted of terrorist murder.
* In North Carolina 2005, the ACLU joined forces with CAIR toward including swearing on the Koran (as opposed to the Bible) for Muslims. Note: The push for Shari'a law in Canada has already become a strong force. Will the US be next?

The above cites are only a few examples of the ACLU's increasing alliance with CAIR; an association that does not appear to have any indications of disbanding. Yet, the ACLU's affinity towards Christian groups and Christianity as a whole is nonexistent. Although some may wonder at the ACLU's agenda, I don't. Its current and past actions speak louder than any possible words. Don't believe me? Check the Net, yourself, for ACLU-CAIR alliances. The alignments are there for anyone willing to take the time to do so. I, for one, find it exceedingly troubling.

Sher Zieve is an author and political commentator. Zieve's Op/Ed columns are widely carried by multiple Internet Journals and sites and she also writes hard news. Her columns have, also, appeared in The Oregon Herald, Dallas Times, Boston Star, Massachusetts Sun, Sacramento Sun, in International news publications and on multiple University websites. Ms. Zieve has been a guest on several radio shows, including The Alan Colmes' Show, and is currently working on her first political book: "The Liberal's Guide To Conservatives"

Zieve firmly believes that if Leftists ran the country (and left to their own inane devices), it would be the end of the United States as a sovereign nation.

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As large of a threat as radical Islam as practiced by al-Qaeda is to the security of the United States, the ACLU is a larger threat. Why do I say that? Because the ACLU is doing to America what the Soviet Union couldn't. They are making good on the promise that Kruschev made at the UN when he proclaimed that the Soviet Union would bury us. They have been doing it slowly and silently over an 85 year period. They do it by opposing everything that is America.

In radical Islam and al Qaeda, the ACLU sees a method by which they can accomplish their goals more quickly. They see the measures being taken to secure the country as a way to further exploit the American public's fears of losing their freedoms. And this is a misconception that the ACLU is feeding. By creating a reason to fear the loss.

The ACLU has been going around telling America that the Patriot Act is an infringement on the Constitutional right to privacy. No such right exists. The only people that should fear the provisions of the Patriot Act are those wishing to do harm to the nation either knowingly or unknowingly.

If you are involved in a terrorist cell you should fear it. If you are involved in funneling money to a terrorist cell, you should be afraid. If you are involved in donating monies to organizations which funnel funds to terrorists and terrorist cells you should be worried. But if you are doing nothing to harm your country, the Patriot Act isn't something that you should fear. The ACLU is.

The ACLU would have you believe that designating 2 minutes at the beginning of the school day for school children to pray, meditate, study, read, or sleep is state promotion of religion. But they think nothing of teaching classes on understanding Islam.

The ACLU objects to the presence of the 10 Commandments on the walls of a court house. But yet they call for the Koran to be used in the court house for swearing in Muslim defendants and witnesses.

The ACLU has a problem with displaying a nativity scene in the town square but they see nothing wrong with witches performing ceremonies there.

The ACLU has launched an assault on religion in America. With just a few exceptions. Islam, Wicca, and the Church of Satan are all ok with the ACLU. But Christianity and Judaism are taboo.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

No Direction, No Problem

The democrats haven't had direction for a while. I don't think that this is a secret. They haven't even claimed to have a plan. When people ask about their plan they stutter around for awhile and then somehow they end up again on "Bush's illegal war."

So you'd think that this would be the death of a party. Political parties were built on ideals. Some were in opposition to other parties but still the foundation was a vision of how things ought to be run and accomplished. Yet the democrats seem to be running and thriving on the anti-Bush foundation. Can they keep this up?

How in the world is Hillary going to be able to save the party that is wandering like a lost donkey in the desert? After her anti-Bush-at-any-cost stance, Her only expressed vision is "taking things away from you for the common good." This is not going to be an easy ideal to sell to the American people. Maybe she should stick to the current party line of hatred.

Either way, I like the direction the democrats are headed!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Faith That Inspires: Horatio Spafford

This is the true story of the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul". I got it from the Cedarville website . It is a truly inspiring tale...

"It Is Well With My Soul"

"Go on ahead, dears. I will be right behind you and will see you in a few days. Safe journeys. I love you."

Those were the last words Horatio Spafford said to his four, dear daughters. In November of 1873, only 2 short years after the Chicago Fire of 1871 where Mr. Spafford lost a great amount of investment in real estate, the Spaffords planned a relaxing trip to Europe. This was a much needed event and the whole family was looking forward to it. They were all packed to go and ready to leave for England when some unexpected business came up that Mr. Spafford had to take care of. Mr. Spafford, not wanting his family to lose valuable vacation time, sent his wife and four daughters to Europe without him. He was to arrive only a few short days later.

The girls were having so much fun on the S.S. Ville Du Havre. They had never sailed before and were so excited to travel to a foreign land, but they missed their daddy. "Mama, how much longer until we see Daddy?" little Liza would ask her mother.

"He will be arriving a few days after we do, my dear," Mrs. Spafford would assure her little ones.

"I can’t wait to be in England, Mama! We will have such a sweet time together as one big happy family," Liza ended.

That very night, November 22, 1873, something terrible and unexpected happened. The S.S. Ville du Havre – the Spafford’s ship – was struck by the Lochearn, an English vessel. It sank in 12 minutes. Only Mrs. Spafford survived. She, along with all the other survivors, were shipped and landed in Cardiff, Wales. There, Mrs. Spafford sent a cable to her husband that simply said, "Saved Alone."

On his way to meet his griefstricken wife, Mr. Spafford wrote what has become one of the most beloved hymns of all time. It is said that he began to write the words just as his ship passed the area where his daughters had drowned only a short time earlier. In his grief and on the ocean itself he wrote the words, "When sorrows like sea billows roll. . ." As he arrived to meet his beloved wife, he shared with her the words he had just written in memory of his loved ones and in honor of the One who carried him through.

"When peace like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll –

Whatever my lot,

Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul."

Even in times of the most horrible grief, we can learn from people like Mr. Horatio Spafford that all is not lost. There is hope. For if a man who lost all his children, could immediately say to the Lord, "It is well with my soul," could we not wake up each morning saying the same thing no matter what our situation? Sometimes we complain too much. Sometimes we whine and think we’ll never make it. But, cheer up! We can make it! Jesus Christ has come that we can have life eternally with Him and His Father in heaven someday. What greater hope is there? What better reason to say, "It is well with my soul" and smile all the day long!

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Happy Birthday To Stop The ACLU

Crostposted from Stop the ACLU

Today I turn 29 years old, and Stop the ACLU turns one. We started out on blogsnot. Here is our first post. Enough about that...on with the blogburst.

Top Ten Myths of the ACLU:

10. The ACLU is non-partisan:

The Truth: Not only were they founded on Communism, they are about as liberal an organization in existence. The public saw first hand in 1988 how the ACLU was involved in politics. "The portrayal of the ACLU as a radical liberal lobby reached its climax in the 1988 presidential campaign when George Bush used ACLU membership as a black mark against his opponent Michael Dukakis. The perception had taken root that the ACLU of 1988 has about as much to do with civil liberties as the AT&T of 1988 has to do with telegraphs."

"Social reform, in a liberal direction, is the sine qua non of the ACLU. Its record, far from showing a momentary wavering from impartiality, is replete with attempts to reform American society according to the wisdom of liberalism. The truth of the matter is that the ACLU has always been a highly politicized organization."William Donahue

They may take a token case here and there for the other side to bolster its non-partisan claims, but those cases are far outweighed by their numerous other cases that are clearly intended to further its partisan agenda. They even keep scorecards on Congressmen and Representatives. Their claim of non-partisanship is what gives them their tax-exempt status, and nothing is further from the truth. They have split their organization into two in order to lobby their causes to the legislative branch.

9. The ACLU Cares About Your Privacy Rights:

The Truth: Despite all the rhetoric over the current NSA program, where the ACLU opposes the U.S. listening to traitor's having conversations with terrorists, the ACLU has no room to talk when it comes to violating privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union is using sophisticated technology to collect a wide variety of information about its members and donors in a fund-raising effort that has ignited a bitter debate over its leaders' commitment to privacy rights.

Some board members say the extensive data collection makes a mockery of the organization's frequent criticism of banks, corporations and government agencies for their practice of accumulating data on people for marketing and other purposes.

Daniel S. Lowman, vice president for analytical services at Grenzebach Glier & Associates, the data firm hired by the A.C.L.U., said the software the organization is using, Prospect Explorer, combs a broad range of publicly available data to compile a file with information like an individual's wealth, holdings in public corporations, other assets and philanthropic interests.

The issue has attracted the attention of the New York attorney general, who is looking into whether the group violated its promises to protect the privacy of its donors and members. NY Times

8. It is a patriotic thing to support the ACLU.

The Truth: If you think the ACLU represents the average American values, then you are sadly misguided. Their absolutist views of liberty go far beyond what most people could ever support. They support the legalization of child porn distribution , and un-regulated prostitution. They are far from the traditional thoughts of patriotism, constantly defending Americas enemies, and fighting efforts of military recruiters.

7. The ACLU Defends The Bill of Rights.

The Truth: The ACLU defends the parts of the Bill of Rights that are in line with its agenda. What about the second, ninth, and tenth amendment?

ACLU POLICY "The ACLU believes that the individual's right to bear arms applies only to the preservation or efficiency of a well-regulated militia. Except for lawful police and military purposes, the possession of weapons by individuals is not constitutionally protected. Therefore, there is no constitutional impediment to the regulation of firearms."ACLU

And they certainly don't believe in States rights, constantly attempting to override the will of the people via the judicial branch.

6. The ACLU Defends Religious Liberty

The Truth: The ACLU claims to be the great defender of liberty, but the truth is that their definition of liberty is limited to what alligns within their agenda. As a matter of fact, the ACLU is the foremost religious censor in America. Despite the fact that this nation was founded upon the ideals of religious freedom, the ACLU has succeeded in manipulating the very founding principles through the corrupted judicial branch to repress the religious expression of America, and continues to work daily at erasing our National religious heritage from the pages of history.details

5. The ACLU's Slogan of "Keep America Safe and Free":

The Truth: What a joke! When 9-11 occurred what measures did the ACLU take to ensure our safety? None, zip, nada. This organization has done nothing to ensure our safety, in fact it has chosen to sue our government on behalf of terrorists outside of their legal jurisdiction while they were located in prisons on foreign soil.

They have since then demanded that the government release and make public top secret security information regarding not only the activities of our military, but also that of our intelligence forces. They have also initiated one lawsuit after another against the government to stop the searching of individuals for security purposes in mass transit situations, to stop what they call profiling (we will never see a Protestant white middle-aged woman as a terrorist working with an extremist Islamic organization) by race, sex and religion, and to stop the government from detaining and questioning or interrogating individuals who have ties or contact with known terrorist individuals and organizations.

They say they are for a safe and free America. Yet their actions speak very loudly the opposite of the lip service they give in this banner for a safe America.

4. They Defend the Oppressed and Helpless:

The Truth: If you count terrorists, child molesters, and murderers as oppressed and helpless, then you may think this one is true. The truly defensless are the very children being harmed by these perverts the ACLU defend. The ACLU don't believe children have any rights, unless it is to murder their own children without their parents ever knowing.

3. The word "American" in their name truly reflects what they are:

They are constantly stepping outside the bounds of America, reaching out to help the very enemy. They fight every effort by our government to protect us, and sue them every chance we get. For the ACLU, the mighty checkbook takes precendence over America's security, and many think they are rooting for the enemy. It isn't hard to believe when theytry to get admitted terrorists off the hook.

2. The ACLU Was Founded On Noble Intentions:

The Truth: One of the great myths of the 20th - and now 21st - century is the belief that the American Civil Liberties Union was an organization that had a noble beginning, but somehow strayed off course.

That myth is untrue. The ACLU set a course to destroy America – her freedom and her values - right from the start.

From its very beginning, the ACLU had strong socialist and communist ties. As early as 1931, the U.S. Congress was alarmed by the ACLU's devotion to communism. A report by the Special House Committee to Investigate Communist Activities stated

The American Civil Liberties Union is closely affiliated with the communist movement in the United States, and fully 90 percent of its efforts are on behalf of communists who have come into conflict with the law. It claims to stand for free speech, free press and free assembly, but it is quite apparent that the main function of the ACLU is an attempt to protect the communists.

Roger Baldwin and Crystal Eastman founded the ACLU in 1920 along with three other organizations dedicated to the most leftist of causes. The histories of these two individuals belie their claims of patriotism and respect for the Constitution.

Baldwin openly sought the utter destruction of American society. Fifteen years after the founding of the ACLU, Baldwin wrote:

I am for Socialism, disarmament and ultimately, for the abolishing of the State itself … I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.

1. The ACLU Does Not Collect Taxpayer's Funds:

The Truth: The Civil Rights Act, intended to help poor people who could not afford to defend their rights, grants judges the right to award attorney's fees in civil rights cases. The ACLU have turned this on its head, often using it to threaten small schools and local governments that can not afford to defend themselves from the ACLU.

Take it from a former ACLU Lawyer, Reese Llyod:

Stated Lloyd: "The ACLU has perverted, distorted and exploited the Civil Rights Act … to turn it into a lawyer-enrichment act."

Lloyd says the American people are "oblivious" to how many millions of dollars in taxpayer funds are going to the ACLU each year.

The attorney pointed out many attorneys in cases brought by the ACLU are volunteers, so the fees the group is awarded normally do not go to reimburse an attorney but rather directly into the organization's coffers.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Death Of SNL

Saturday Night Live's obituary is written. I know, I know, critics and fans have predicted it's demise for years and it always seems to somehow make it through. But I sense that it is once again becoming cool to dis the show and that is not good. Here's why I think it's finally coming to it's end...

* Unfunny -- I don't know if they think that being weird is funny or what but SNL has been lousy at connecting with its audience for several years. We can't relate to inside jokes. Most of the skits seem like inside jokes that the writers tossed into a cheap sketch. We want to see parodies of popular culture.

* The cast is unfunny and their talent is masked behind bad writing.

* Debbie Downer? Is that supposed to be funny?

Ok that's all I can think of, But still, that show sucks now.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

This Is Why I Quit Golfing

The sand trap I can handle. It's the bear trap that I don't care for.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Chinese Theatre

Something tells me the new management is of the Asian persuasion.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Has The New York Times Violated The Espionage Act?

Courtesy of Stop The ACLU

Michelle Malkin points us to an excellent piece written by Gabriel Schoenfeld, senior editor of Commentary magazine that frames the debate on the NSA controversy.

“What the New York Times has done is nothing less than to compromise the centerpiece of our defensive efforts in the war on terrorism. If information about the NSA program had been quietly conveyed to an al-Qaeda operative on a microdot, or on paper with invisible ink, there can be no doubt that the episode would have been treated by the government as a cut-and-dried case of espionage. . . . . The real question that an intrepid prosecutor in the Justice Department should be asking is whether, in the aftermath of September 11, we as a nation can afford to permit the reporters and editors of a great newspaper to become the unelected authority that determines for all us what is a legitimate secret and what is not.”
Read the whole thing.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Taking Things Way Too Far

Something tells me that this guy is never going to have a tattoo of a girlfriend's name anywhere on there.