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Some Things Said… (Aug 05) (2)

Debate Brews Over Use of Koran in Court Traditionally, witnesses taking the stand in court are sworn in by placing their hand on the Bible. But when Muslims in Guilford County, NC, tried to donate copies of the Koran for courtroom use, judges turned them down. Chief District Court Judge Joseph Turner says taking an oath on the Koran is not allowed by North Carolina state law, which specifies that witnesses shall place their hands on the "holy scriptures," which…

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Some Things Said… (Aug 05)

The definition of the word cult (From Merriam Webster online at www.m-w.com) Function: noun, Usage: often attributive, Etymology: French & Latin; French culte, from Latin cultus care, adoration, from colere to cultivate. 1: formal religious veneration: worship, 2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also: its body of adherents, 3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents. This last week Brent Kercheville located a website for "recovering" former members of the churches of Christ.…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (3)

Line of Cards Makes Light of Adultery Put this one in your "You've got to be kidding" file. Cathy Gallagher, after working in advertising and marketing for 20 years, has launched a new line of greeting cards aimed at expressing the heartfelt feelings of adulterers, reported the Los Angeles Times. Gallagher said she noticed that many people she knew had been in affairs and no card company had taken advantage of this untapped fragment of human emotion. "I'm not making…

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Some Things Said… (July 05) (2)

Jihad is Knocking The slaughter in London is another grisly wake-up call that likely will go as unheeded as earlier ones. Already the standard narrative is being trotted out: evildoers created by what the New York Times predictably called the "root causes of terrorism": autocracy, or economic stagnation, or Palestinian suffering, or globalization's dislocations, or Western historical sins, or the war in Iraq (the cause will depend on the political prejudices of the pundit) have "hijacked" Islam and distorted its…

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Some Things Said… (July 05)

Allstate manager fired for writing columns critical of homosexuality Allstate has fired a manager because he expressed his Christian beliefs concerning homosexuality. Matt Barber was a manager in Allstates Corporate Security Division. On his own time, and without identifying himself as an employee of Allstate, he wrote a column posted on several websites which was critical of same-sex marriage. An outside homosexual group complained to Allstate about the column. Because of their support for the homosexual agenda, Barber was immediately…

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Some Things Said… (June 05) (2)

An unnoticed incident of Koran destruction? On the very day the braying mob in Pakistan demonstrated over the false Koran report in Newsweek, a suicide bomber blew up an Islamic shrine in Islamabad , destroying not just innocent men, women and children, but undoubtedly many Korans as well. Not a word of condemnation. No demonstrations. --Charles Krauthammer, from his column "Gitmo Grovel: Enough Already," in The Washington Post, 06.03.05 Gods Word changed (yet again) This long-awaited revised text of the…

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Some Things Said… (June 05)

California defeats 'gender neutral' marriage The California Assembly has defeated a bill to make marriage "gender neutral," dashing hopes among homosexual-rights groups that lawmakers in the nation's most populous state would become the first to legalize same-sex "marriage" without a court order. On Thursday, the last of three votes on the "marriage equality" bill…fell four votes short of the 41 needed to pass the Assembly. --By Cheryl Wetzstein from The Washington Times 06.04.05 Going nowhere We read wordy books and…

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Some Things Said… (May 05)

Man accused of defacing "Mary image A man was arrested for allegedly scrawling "Big Lie" over a stain on an expressway underpass that some believed was an image of the Virgin Mary. Authorities then painted over the stain because it had been defaced, police spokesman David Banks said Friday. Authorities charged Victor Gonzalez, 37, of Chicago with criminal damage to state supported property, a misdemeanor… A steady stream of the faithful and the curious, many carrying flowers and candles, had…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (3)

Earth Day and Mother Earth [Last week] marked the 35th anniversary of the founding of "Earth Day" by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It [was] also V.I. Lenin's birthday -- which is no coincidence. Nelson modeled his anti-capitalist protests after anti-Vietnam War demonstrations of that era. Today, the so-called "environmental movement" he helped spawn has devolved from a gaggle of unwashed adolescent peaceniks into a slick cadre of leftists, lobbyists and lawyers. The result of this devolution has been an…

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Some Things Said… (Apr 05) (2)

Prayer Punishment The ACLU has asked a federal judge to punish school officials for allowing a pre-game prayer at a high school baseball game. Louisianas ACLU director called the brief prayer for player safety "un-American and immoral" and says that school board members should be fined or jailed for failing to stop it. Last month a Louisiana judge ruled against the same school board for letting an elementary school student recite the Lord's Prayer before a meeting. That ruling has…

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