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Some Things Said… (Feb 06)

The Ten Commandments, R.I.P.
The Decalogue takes it on the chin

Not since Moses smashed the original tablets on Mount Sinai have the Ten Commandments fallen on such hard times; the Decalogue is as welcome today in a public school classroom as former Chief Justice Roy Moore at an ACLU picnic. Deemed insensitive to Buddhists and Zoroastrians, insulting to atheists, offensive to secularists, and irrelevant to the irreligious, the Ten Commandments have been declared by several American legal tribunals to be harmful when viewed in the public light. –excerpted from an article by Samuel R. Lewis at found here 02.05.06

Protecting Muhammad

We see a big storm brewing, brought on by the Danish newspaper’s publication of caricatures of Muhammad. Muslim activists every day sharpen their protests. On Thursday they assailed the office of the European Union in Gaza, and Friday in Indonesia they stormed the Danish Embassy. Now they are asking that the prime minister of Denmark, no less, apologize for the publication of the caricatures in Jyllands-Posten, never mind that the government has no official ties with the tortfeasor.

Everybody in sight, including the paper, has regretted that feelings were hurt, but a line is crystallizing: Apologize for profaning Islam, but do not use language that conveys an apology for the laws of the land, which uphold a free press. –excerpted from an article by William F. Buckley at found here 02.03.06

Is it an eye for an eye, or a cartoon for a desecration?

Now the Islamic world is organizing boycotts of Denmark because one of its newspapers chose to run a cartoon supposedly lampooning the prophet Mohammed. We are supposed to forget that it is de rigueur in raucous Scandinavian popular culture to attack Christianity with impunity. Much less are we to remember that Hamas terrorists occupied and desecrated the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in a globally televised charade. –Victor Davis Hanson from an article at his website found here 02.03.06

Talking to killers

“One of the politically correct things in American politics . . . is we just don’t talk to some people that we don’t like, particularly if they ever killed anybody in a way that we hate.” — Bill Clinton

Clinton was referring to Hamas — yet even in that context, it’s stunning. Hamas hasn’t merely killed people “in a way that we hate.” They’ve deliberately slaughtered innocent men, women and children simply because they were Jewish.

Clinton’s “logic” could be applied to al Qaeda. Certainly, they’ve killed people “in a way that we hate,” specifically on 9/11. Would he favor of “a dialogue” with Osama bin Laden?

For years, far too many Americans have labored under the illusion that the terror against Israel is “different” from the terror directed at America and the rest of the world. It’s not — and “talk” has always been perceived by terrorists as a lack of Western resolve. Hamas is no better than al Qaeda — and the former commander-in-chief ought to know it. –an editorial by Arnold Ahlert in the New York Post 02.03.06

Democrats kill proposed gay ‘marriage’ ban

Maryland House Democrats yesterday killed a proposed ban on homosexual “marriage,” likely preventing any such proposal from getting on the November ballot.

“It doesn’t look good for additional action,” said Delegate Anthony J. O’Donnell, Southern Maryland Republican and minority whip. “The Democrats want to keep this from the citizenry in an election year.”

In a 78-61 vote, the Democratic-controlled House of Delegates rejected a bill for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

Nineteen Democrats and 42 Republicans voted for the proposed amendment. One Republican — Delegate Jean Cryor of Montgomery County — sided with 77 Democrats to kill the bill. –excerpted from an article by S. A. Miller in The Washington Times 02.04.06 (…and the beat goes on. RAV)

As it has always been so goes it now…

For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. –Matthew 24:38, 39

Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson

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