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.
We are told that the following had nothing at all to do with religion (hmm?), and you aren’t likely to read or hear about it in the mainstream media.
Addressing a gathering of atheists in his home state of Minnesota, Keith Ellison, a Democrat, compared the 9/11 atrocities to the destruction of the Reichstag, the German parliament, in 1933. This was probably burned down by the Nazis in order to justify Hitler’s later seizure of emergency powers.
“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Mr. Ellison said. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
To applause from his audience of 300 members of Atheists for Human Rights, Mr. Ellison said he would not accuse the Bush administration of planning 9/11 because “you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box – dismiss you”.
Vice-President Dick Cheney’s stance of refusing to answer some questions from Congress was “the very definition of totalitarianism, authoritarianism and dictatorship”, he added.–remarks found at Little Green Footballs, as found in an article from the UK Telegraph and likely not in many sources within this country.
Gut feelings and disturbances in the Force?
The other day, Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff said he has “kind of a gut feeling that we are in a period of increased vulnerability.”
Let me say this in the vernacular of my youth in New York: Gut feelings I can get from the very nice lady who takes in my shirts at the cleaners. From the Secretary of Homeland Security I expect facts.
From Luke Skywalker I expect to hear there may be a “disturbance in the force.” From Michael Chertoff I expect oversight of the Transportation Safety Administration. — Rich Galen
Former Navy chaplain labels Hindu Senate prayer ‘idolatry’
A former Navy chaplain says he was in the Senate gallery this morning when two Christians were escorted out of the chamber for disrupting the opening prayer given by a Hindu chaplain.
Gordon James Klingenschmitt says when he heard that the Hindu man, who is affiliated with the Indian Association of Northern Nevada, was invited to give the opening prayer for July 12; he went to the U.S. Senate in hopes of gaining equal access. On Tuesday, he went to the office of Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) office seeking permission to offer a Christian prayer in the Senate at some future date. Not being from Nevada, Klingenschmitt was turned away and directed to the office of one of his senators — Hillary Clinton (D-New York) — whose staff also reportedly declined his request.–excerpted from an article by Chad Groening as found at OneNewsNow.com 7.12.07
Florida City Officials Allow Graphic Homosexual Material in Public Library
Despite objections from Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, the City Commission voted to allow a collection of books and magazines depicting hard-core, homosexually oriented pornographic material to be placed in the city’s public library, LifeSiteNews reported.
The Stonewall gay and lesbian book archive will be moved from the Gay and Lesbian Community Center to the county-run ArtSpace library.
Jack Rutland, executive director of the Stonewall Library and Archive, said his policy is that only people 18 and older can use the library, because of the graphic nature of the material depicting homosexual sex.
Naugle said the material shouldn’t be in a library where children play.
“I fear that we’re the first city that has a hard-core porn collection in our public library,” he said. “I’m shocked that a commission majority has approved it, and I’m hoping that they’ll reconsider.” –from Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink 7.12.07 as submitted by Mark Zaveson
Maryland State School Board Advances ‘Sexual Diversity’ Above Children’s Safety
In its ruling last week regarding a controversial sexuality curriculum in Montgomery County, the Maryland State Board of Education (MBOE) has implicitly authorized local school boards to promote “sexual diversity” to students and teach about anal sex while excluding warnings of the medical dangers pertaining to such practices.
Both the MBOE and Montgomery County School Board rejected a petition from 270 local medical doctors to include warning about anal sex critical to student safety as issued by the Office of the Surgeon General and National Institutes of Health. –excerpted from an article on The Christian Newswire 7.11.07 as submitted by Muriel McConnon.