The Mohammed-Cartoon Controversy, Israel, and the Jews: A Case Study

by Manfred Gerstenfeld

This well considered study from the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs raises some good points over the whole kerfuffle on the Danish cartoons affair and it’s consequences – past, present and future.

Excerpt of headlines:

“In the Mohammed-cartoon controversy, the Western world faced fundamental questions that will continue to evolve in the coming years. These include: the nature of Western identity; the internal solidarity of the Western world; to what extent Western societies can be intimidated; how Muslim violence should be confronted; whether a Western Islam can evolve; to what extent some of the Muslims living in the West are a fifth column for a violent non-Western culture; and whether right-wing trends in the West will increase.

Israel and the Jews were drawn – almost inevitably – into the controversy between Muslims and the West once the violent protests against the cartoons rapidly accelerated in the first week of February 2006. This was yet another manifestation of the hard core of anti-Semitism that portrays the Jews as responsible for all evil in the world.

Western media contrasted Muslims’ sensitivity about the cartoons with the stream of far more offensive anti-Semitic cartoons published in Muslim media. The Middle Eastern boycott of Danish firms also raised some questions about Danish boycotts of Israel.

Israel faces a serious risk of Western scapegoating as the Muslim-Western controversy develops over the coming years. In an increasingly unpredictable world, Israel may need to establish a rapid-analysis force to assess emerging global events.”


Autum & Her Discontent

by Gabriel Garnica

“Autum Ashante was invited to perform at the public middle and high schools in Peekskill, New York, for Black History Month and perform she did. Spewing lines laced with black separatist rhetoric from a poem entitled White Nationalism Put U in Bondage and a Black Panther offering entitled a Black Child’s Pledge, Autum gave the phrase “darndest things” a whole new meaning. Ashante softened up the audience with the Bondage piece and finished the one-two rant with the Pledge. These two pieces scribble a tale so distant from constructive truth that one has to wonder if anyone speaking their message or applauding their themes has any grasp of reality.

Lines in Bondage speak of the “mis-education of she and Hegro” and related lines in the Pledge call on black children to “develop my mind ”, “learn all that I can” and “discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them on idle hatred.” As someone who has taught inner-city black children I can assure you that for every hard-working African-American child supported by devoted parents there are many more black children so steeped in the venom of victimization and the epidemic of entitlement that they have surrendered all responsibility for themselves and their future.”

This is an excellent article on how the leftists will happily use the victim culture for their own purposes. This is bad enough, but what brought tears to my eyes was the thought of a little girl being brought up to hate those that are in essence her neighbours. It’s something one would expect in a Palestinian school preaching and teaching hate against the Jews. That children are being taught to hate so early is an evil beyond measure to me. To me, it is just a different form of child abuse.
To see that someone is tearing away a child’s innocence for the sake of their own hateful agenda makes me furious!

Conversion is a Miracle of God, Not a Method of Man

Saw this on the Slices of Laodicea blog tonight and it struck a chord.

“It is not our way of putting the gospel, nor our method of illustrating it, which wins souls, but the gospel itself does the work in the hands of the Holy Ghost”

I’ve seen and been in churches where different ‘formulae’ have been tried to bring souls to the Lord, but every soul where Gods Word has ‘fallen on good ground’ has always been a work of the Lord alone that I have ever seen.

I’ve heard Christians comment that God doesn’t do miracles any more, which is a silly statement anyway. Every time a soul is born again into the Kingdom of God it is a miracle of the awe inspiring kind. A heart that was dead in it’s sin has been given new Life. How can that be anything but a great miracle?

Islam and moral equivalence

This is an excellent article by Greg Swann. Those who use moral equivalence are those who want to see all other systems of thought as being sheep, like themselves. They seem to be quite unable or unwilling to see that there are absolutes of good and evil in thought throughout our world, and that there are genuinely evil systems and people who are wolves – willing and able to rend the sheep. Refusing to see the wolf as anything else other than a sheep will change nothing when the wolf’s fangs are at your throat. I find with people that they find the Islamic ways of thinking so alien they just tend to bury their heads in the sand over it. Wake up, people – either Islam conquers the West, or we will have to conquer them, absolutely. There is no middle ground way of dealing with them. For our part as Christians we need to continue to pray that the Lord will change hearts and draw Muslims out of their cult.

As for Mr Swann’s article, here are some excerpts:

“But still third, President Bush is obviously wrong in saying “Islam is a religion of peace” and “Islam means peace”. Not because the Koran is violent, and not because the Muslims of antiquity were violent. He is wrong because Islam is a creed of systemic violence right here and right now.”

“The problem is that Muslims cannot let us worship as we might want to–or not at all, if we choose. To be a Muslim is to submit to the will of Allah, and the will of Allah is that everyone must submit to the will of Allah.”

“The derision by the politically correct of Robertson and Falwell notwithstanding, it is nevertheless true that Islam is a warrior culture. It was born in war, and it remains committed to holy war down to the present day. Unreconstructed, unreformed, unrepentant. Individual Muslims may seek to live and worship in peace. But their creed–and the theocratic states seeking to advance that creed–does, must and will pursue universal submission to the will of Allah. By persuasion if possible. By coercion if not. And by murder if all else fails.
Islam is a religion of war.

To equate it in any way with the West is not just an error but an abomination.”

The ‘Liberal’ Creed

I ran across this today in searching for something else.

Keep in mind that in Aust Liberals are actually the conservatives, so the word doesn’t describe a left wing moonbat belief.

To be a good “Liberal”:

You have to believe the AIDS virus is spread by a lack of federal funding.

You have to believe that the same teacher who can’t teach 4th graders how to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

You have to believe that guns in the hands of law-abiding Americans are more of a threat than U.S. nuclear weapons technology in the hands of Chinese communists (or Islamic terrorists).

You have to believe that there was no art before Federal funding.

You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by cyclical, documented changes in the earth’s climate, and more affected by yuppies driving SUVs.

You have to believe that gender roles are artificial, but being homosexual is natural.

You have to be against capital punishment, but support abortion on demand.

You have to believe that businesses create oppression, and governments create prosperity.

You have to believe that hunters don’t care about nature, but loony activists who’ve never been outside of Seattle do.

You have to believe that self-esteem is more important than actually doing something to earn it.

You have to believe the military, not corrupt politicians, starts wars.

You have to believe the NRA is bad, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution, while the ACLU is good, because it supports certain parts of the Constitution.

You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.

You have to believe that Margaret Sanger and Gloria Steinem are more important to American history than Thomas Jefferson, General Robert E. Lee, or Thomas Edison.

You have to believe that standardized tests are racist, but racial quotas and set-asides aren’t.

You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn’t worked anywhere it’s been tried, is because the right people haven’t been in charge.

You have to believe conservatives telling the truth belong in jail, but liars and sex offenders belong in the White House.

You have to believe that homosexual parades displaying drag, transvestites and bestiality should be constitutionally protected and manger scenes at Christmas should be illegal.

You have to believe that illegal Democratic party funding by the Chinese is somehow in the best interest of the United States.

You have to believe that a crucifix submerged in urine is art, while a crucifix in a classroom is a threat to our constitutional freedom.

Pretty good description of some of the illogical beliefs the left has.

Little Johnny, castor oil and bullets

A mother rang their family doctor in a panic.

“Doctor, little Johnny has swallowed some bullets! What should I do?”

Says the doctor “Give him two tablespoons of cod liver oil. Oh, and don’t point him at anyone for at least 48 hours!”

I heard that one on the radio on the way in to work this morning. I just about drove off the road laughing..
What made me laugh even more was a young lady who had pulled her car up besides mine was also laughing fit to bust a gut as well. we looked at each other and just broke up and gave each other a visual high five..

Dubai Ports — Strategic Implications

I was alerted by Aussiegirl of the Ultima Thule blog that Dubai Pert Worlds has been looking to aquire ports in Australia, as well. After doing a search, I did not find much on that, but did run across another article of importance and very much related.

Some excerpts follow:

“The goal of Islamists, following in the footsteps of Muhammad is to create the Islamic kingdom of God on earth. The strategy to obtain this goal in our lifetime includes the control of the world’s energy infrastructure, the transportation systems, currency, media, elections, immigration and education. The control of the port facilities is hence a critical element. Foreign ownership, in and of itself, although important, is not as significant as the strategy and goals of the owner. In the case of DP World ownership, my hypothesis is that their plan for utilization of these strategic infrastructure resources is to accomplish the ultimate goal of world domination of the sea borne transportation infrastructure. In similar moves, a newly-formed Dubai consortium unveiled plans to bid for the development and operation of airports in China, India and the Middle East, a market they estimate to be worth $400 bln. The consortium comprises DAE Airports and six other top companies in the United Arab Emirates.
DAE Airports is a subsidiary of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), a recently launched holding firm that aims to invest $15 bln in manufacturing and services in the aviation sector. Its partners are real estate-based Emaar, air services supplier DNATA, aviation industry technology firm Mercator, Emirates National Oil Co, Amlak Finance and Dubai Airports Free Zone Authority (DAFZA).
In the case of DP World’s acquisition, the prices paid for acquisition cannot be justified based of strictly economic factors. The implications of Islamists creating global port control have strategic, security and religious implications.”

“The Dubai state government owns Dubai Ports World (DPW). DPW was formed in September 2005 from the combination of the Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International Terminals. This organization is responsible for the Shariah compliant port at Dubai and the Jebel Ali free trade zone as well as the new Port of Klang (Port Kelang, Malaysia) that will become Malaysia’s primary maritime and logistics hub. In January 2005, Dubai Ports International purchased the container company, CSX World Terminals, for $1.14 billion. Deutsche Bank underwrote the transaction. In September, Dubai merged its two state-owned port companies to create DP World, which operates ports from the Middle East to Romania and India.
International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer–which advised CSX Corporation on the sale of its global container terminal to Dubai Ports—was also doing work for CNOOC, which made a failed bid on the U.S. oil firm Unocal takeover last year and also worked on the United Nations Oil-for-Food brouhaha.
With the acquisition of P&O, the company will have terminals in the most important areas of the world, stretching from Australia to Canada and Argentina to Eastern Russia and the heartland of America.”

and significantly:

“Once there are Islamic financial institutions and linked transportation infrastructure, how long will it be before Muslims insist that the state and business direct all their monetary dealings with Muslims through these institutions, for example, boycotting businesses with Jewish connections en route? How long before Muslims, extending the logic of their concentration in places like Bradford and Leicester, seek to establish their own law within these areas, the germ of a state within a state? And how diverse would such a state be?
Once the international ports are controlled, how long will it be before the ports require that products shipped through the ports comply with the principles of Shariah (Islamic law)? Control of shipping and air infrastructure is a critical strategy for the progressive control of world economies.”

Not a good scenario, and unfortunately our governments seem to be quite blind to the true nature of Islam, which seeks nothing less than world domination. Even the so called moderates say that the world would be better off under Sharia law.

The article was written by By David J. Jonsson.

The Importance of Bible Prophecy

Having noted recently for myself that quite a few of my brothers and sisters in Christ have small regard for prophecy, I went looking for a good article on the matter. This one is very good and covers most of the points that need to be considered. The two main points I think most important are that it validates God’s Word and that it also validates the deity of the Messiah. The Messiah’s life also validates prophecy, as well, the Lord having fulfilled so many with His life and sacrificial death.

“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done. . . I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.” (Isaiah 46:9-11)

I don’t know how it can be said that prophecy is about gloom and doom. It excites and thrills me to see prophecy fulfilled.

Check the scriptures with a heart open to the Holy Spirit’s teaching. You may be amazed at what He will reveal to you.