Jimmy Carter and â€˜The Eldersâ€™ To mark his 89th birthday, former South African President Nelson Mandela announced the launch of a global Council of Elders, a group boasting the alleged sagacity of nearly a thousand yearsâ€™ life experience and the belief that it can save the world. Backed in part by the resoundingly effective United Nations, â€œThe Eldersâ€ is the brainchild of businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.
Experts Call ‘The Lost Tomb of Jesus’ a ‘Titanic Fraud’
Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, will discuss on CNN’s Larry King Live a new documentary that claims to have discovered a coffin containing Jesus’ remains.
Director James Cameron said a tomb containing 10 caskets — six with names etched on them which translated, “Jesus son of Joseph, Judah, son of Jesus, Maria, Mariamne, Joseph and Matthew.” Cameron said that’s proof Jesus married Mary Magdalene — aka Mariamne — and had a son.
Donohue said Cameron — director of Titanic — is now responsible for a “Titanic fraud.”
“Not a Lenten season goes by without some author or TV program seeking to cast doubt on the divinity of Jesus and/or the Resurrection,” Donohue said… –excerpted from an article at Focus on the Family’s Citizenlink site, 2.26.07
Tomb of famed director James Cameron found in Hollywood
One hand of the skeleton clutching a copy of the novel The DaVinci Code, the other a guide to the academic text Film Marketing During Lent. –Robert Bove as quoted on the New English Review website 2.26.07
Creating a protected class
The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on HR 254, which establishes “hate crime” legislation. HR 254 will create new special rights for homosexuals under the guise of enhancing law enforcement. It would make “sexual orientation” a protected class alongside race, religion and gender. –from an e-mail sent out by the American Family Association 2.21.07
Hollywood’s ‘Amazing’ Glaze
It is rare that a Hollywood film takes up a subject like William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the British parliamentarian who devoted nearly his entire 45-year political career to banning the British slave trade. Alas, a lot of people watching “Amazing Grace,” Michael Apted’s just-released film, may get the impression — perhaps deliberately fostered by Mr. Apted — that Wilberforce was a mostly secular humanitarian whose main passion was not Christian faith but politics and social justice. Along the way, they may also get the impression that the hymn “Amazing Grace” is no more than an uplifting piece of music that sounds especially rousing on the bagpipes.
In fact, William Wilberforce was driven by a version of Christianity that today would be derided as “fundamentalist.” One of his sons, sharing his father’s outlook, was the Anglican bishop Samuel Wilberforce, who wrote a passionate critique of “The Origin of the Species,” arguing that Darwin’s then-new theory could not fully account for the emergence of human beings. William Wilberforce himself, as a student at Cambridge University in the 1770s and as a young member of Parliament soon after, had no more than a nominal sense of faith. Then, in 1785, he began reading evangelical treatises and underwent what he called “the Great Change,” almost dropping out of politics to study for the ministry until friends persuaded him that he could do more good where he was. –excerpted from an article by Charlotte Allen from the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal online column Houses of Worship 2.23.07
Jersey top court hears abortion case Somerset woman’s suit would require doc to tell patient procedure would kill a person
The state Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments on whether doctors should be required to tell a woman seeking an abortion the procedure would kill a human being and then have her sign a consent form acknowledging it.
The question arises from a long-running civil lawsuit brought by a Somerset County woman who claims her doctor did not provide enough information when he advised her to end her six- to seven-week pregnancy because it exacerbated a kidney disorder. An appeals court last spring ruled the case should go to a jury, but the high court stepped in at the request of the doctor.
The case has much wider implications than whether physician Sheldon Turkish was wrong when he told Rosa Acuna her embryo was “only blood” in response to her question about whether “the baby was already there,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a friend-of-the-court brief and joined in yesterday’s oral arguments.
“This case isn’t about what happened to her in 1996,” said ACLU attorney Talcott Camp. “This case is about what happens to every woman seeking an abortion going forward.” –excerpted from an article by Rick Hepp in the Star-Ledger 2.21.07 as submitted by Muriel McConnon
Historic Cross Out of Chapel, Sex Show In
The same campus official who said a two-foot cross in a campus chapel was too controversial has allowed a national “art” show depicting prostitution to set up shop, The Washington Times reported.
College of William and Mary president Gene Nichol said the 66-year-old cross in the Wren Chapel could be offensive to non-Christians and ordered its removal last year.
But Nichol said the “Sex Workers’ Art Show,”– which depicts both male and female strippers and prostitutes in various states of undress — was just fine.
“I don’t like this kind of show,” he said, “but it is not the practice of universities to censor or cancel performances because they are controversial.”
Randy Sharp, director of special projects for the American Family Association, told CNSNews.com that Nichol is demonstrating a “clear-cut example of anti-Christian bigotry and intolerance.” –From Focus on the Family’s Citizenlink site as submitted by Mark Zaveson