A court found Kambakhsh, 24, guilty on Jan. 22 of distributing an article that questioned the Muslim practice of polygamy. It handed him the maximum sentence on the charge of insulting Islam – death. …
AP: PUL-E CHARKHI, Afghanistan – The prison uniform Sayed Parwez Kambakhsh wears is emblazoned with crudely painted black scales of justice, but the young journalist insists on the eve of his appeal that he has yet to see justice done..
The judges found him guilty of handing out a report he printed off the Internet to fellow journalism students. The article asked why under Islam men can have four wives but women cannot have multiple husbands.
Kambakhsh said the article accused Islam of violating women’s rights, but he was hesitant to discuss details. He insisted he had no knowledge of it until government officials accused him.
The verdict sparked an international outcry, with a number of organizations demanding that the case be annulled and Kambakhsh set free.
A U.S. State Department spokesman expressed concern that Kambakhsh was sentenced to death for “basically practicing his profession.” –excerpted from an article on The New English Review website in The Iconoclast column 5.17.08
Kids Say, “Enough with the ‘Gay’ Stuff”
Something extraordinary happened on the way to the brainwashing.
On April 25, adult homosexual activists with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) held their annual “Day of Silence” (DOS) propaganda push. During DOS, teachers and students in roughly three thousand middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country are cynically used as culture war pawns in an effort to legitimize conventionally immoral, objectively deviant and demonstrably high-risk sexual behaviors.
Kids and teachers are encouraged on DOS to disrupt the school day by refusing to speak in class as a show of support to students who self-identify as “GLBT” (No, GLBT has nothing to do with bacon, lettuce and tomato; it’s liberalese for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender”).
DOS purports to confront the alleged systematic harassment and bullying of sexually confused students who consider themselves “GLBT.” …However, the reality is that DOS has very little to do with “bullying” and has everything to do with pro-homosexual, anti-Christian indoctrination…
But this year, something extraordinary happened on the way to the brainwashing. Kids at schools all over the country stood tall and said, “Enough is enough!” Untold thousands of students participated in a peaceful, pro-family counter effort called the “Day of Silence Walkout.” –excerpted from an article at www.cwfa.com by J. Matt Barber, 5.1.08.
Spanking ban put in time-out
The advance of AB 2943, known as the “no-spanking” bill, which is sponsored by Democrat California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, has been halted for now and placed in a “suspense file” status as of Thursday’s meeting of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
The Committee’s move with AB 2943, essentially tabling the matter for now, was said to be a result of budget prioritizations as it looked to reconcile a $10 billion deficit against the expected enforcement costs for the proposal… —excerpted from an article by Ed Thomas at OneNewsNow 5.4.08
California’s Gift to McCain.
Eight years ago, 4,618,673 California voters–61 percent of those casting ballots–approved an initiative that stated: “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” Last Thursday, four of the seven justices of the California supreme court struck down that law, ruling that it violates the “fundamental constitutional right to form a family relationship.”
California chief justice Ronald George, writing for the majority, declared that “an individual’s sexual orientation–like a person’s race or gender–does not constitute a legitimate basis upon which to deny or withhold legal rights” and therefore “the California Constitution properly must be interpreted to guarantee this basic civil right to all Californians, whether gay or heterosexual, and to same-sex couples as well as to opposite-sex couples.”
“It looks like a fairly conventional liberal judicial activist decision,” says Princeton professor of jurisprudence Robert P. George. “These guys had the votes, and they rammed it through. They don’t regard the will of the people of California as worthy of their particular concern.” —excerpted from an article by John McCormack in The Weekly Standard 5.26.08 Volume 013, Issue 35
Fired for differentiating between sin and rights?
In an outrageous act the President of the University of Toledo has suspended his Associate Vice President of Human Resources (with worse penalties to come if she doesn’t grovel penitently before him) for daring, as a black woman and Christian, to question in print the absurd equation of self-affirmed homosexual attraction-and-practice with the benign condition of being of African descent. Although identifying herself in passing in the newspaper editorial as an employee of the university, she did not claim to be representing the official university stance on homosexual practice. Apparently President Jacobs thinks that he can control the public expression of religious and moral values of his employees, not only in the workplace environment (that would be bad enough) but also outside the workplace.
Here I offer evidence from some scientific studies and philosophical arguments as to why Ms. Dixon is correct to reject a comparison between homosexuality and race. Of course, if I worked under Jacobs’ totalitarian regime I would be suspended or fired for daring to make these arguments that President Jacobs does not have the ability to answer.
When will Christians wake up to the seriousness of the threat to our civil liberties posed by the homosexual agenda and vote accordingly? Jacobs can attempt such outrages only because he lives in a political culture that on a state, local, and increasingly national level is becoming bold in affirming homosexual practice and abridging the liberties of those who disagree. Just ask yourself whether it makes sense to vote for someone who thinks that you are a hateful, ignorant bigot and the moral equivalent of a racist because you believe that it is unloving to support the dishonoring of one’s maleness or femaleness through same-sex intercourse. Ask yourself whether it makes sense to vote for someone who will work to pass legislation (and/or appoint judges) that can get you or your children fired, fined, incur massive court costs, denied educational opportunities or career advancement, denied adoption rights, and/or be forced to teach or be taught the homosexual agenda.
Note: Jacobs later fired Ms. Dixon. She is being legally represented by the Thomas Moore Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Ms. Dixon was apparently offered a reassignment out of Human Resources that involved both a demotion and a pay cut (May 5). She refused on the grounds that she had done nothing wrong. On May 9 she was notified of her termination. —excerpted from an essay by Robert A. J. Gagnon Associate Professor of New Testament at The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, as found on his website (www.robgagnon.net) and as submitted here by Muriel McConnon.
Mugabe: Violence fault of his foes
HARARE, Zimbabwe (Agence France-Presse) – President Robert Mugabe turned the tables on the opposition yesterday, accusing his foes of being behind political violence that has erupted in the country since the March 29 elections.
Mr. Mugabe, who was defeated in the first round of the presidential election for the first time since he rose to power in 1980, admitted the result was “disastrous” and blamed the party for being “unprepared.”
In a related development, the election commission yesterday announced the runoff vote will be held June 27, the Associated Press reported. The opposition had insisted the runoff be held next week amid fears further delay would mean even more violence. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, speaking to reporters in Belfast yesterday, said setting the June date was illegal, but “we will contest.” He said the date was an example of Mugabe officials “changing goal posts to suit themselves.”
Despite numerous independent reports from human rights and civil society groups stating the contrary, Mr. Mugabe accused the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and white farmers of fomenting post-election violence. “The MDC and its supporters are playing a very dangerous game,” he said.
Zimbabwean doctors, unions and teachers have reported a campaign of terror conducted by pro-government militias in rural areas against supporters and activists of the MDC since the elections. These reports have been bolstered by the United Nations and rights group Amnesty International. –excerpted from an article in The Washington Times, 5.17.08
Editor’s note: the inflation rate in Zimbabwe has been “guessed” to be above 200,000 percent per year. The agricultural economy is in a shambles and the world’s premier herds of high altitude cattle (once numbered at over 2 million head) are in danger of extinction.
Aside from any of this, the people (and that means the Christians too) are starving; as has been the case with all other socialist dictators, only Mr. Mugabe and his cronies have any money, means, or resources. And he has no intent of letting go; or in doing anything but holding on to his power through force and coersion.
Prayers are in order, and aid should be offered. May God save the good people and overthrow the minions of Satan.