“Named plaintiffs have suffered, inter alia, dyspepsia, symptoms of depression, headaches, anxiety, and mental pain and anguish from the knowledge that they are made to feel officially excluded from the ranks of citizens who were directly injured by the 9/11 attack and the lack of acknowledgement of the more than 1,000 non- Christian individuals who were killed at the World Trade Center.”
Meanwhile atheist organizations continue to try legal means to get the cross banished from the memorial arguing that it is a violation of Church and State and promotes one particular religion. What’s more, some would like their own atheist symbol included in the display even though it was not found in the wreckage or part of the site and history of the event.
Response: The 9/11 Cross found in the wreckage of the World Trade center was an inspirational symbol of hope to the rescue workers and survivors of the terrorist event on 9/11/01. It was part of the story and the history of what actually happened at the site.
It really does belong in the museum since the whole reason for the museum in the first place is to tell the story of what actually happened there and display actual artifacts and pictures from the site and saga of the 9/11 terrorist event which killed and injured thousands. To take the cross out of the story would be a rewriting of history for a particular set of philosophical positions. Ironically that action would closely reflect the same type of radical rigidity in thinking that caused the 9/11 terrorist tragedy in the first place. *Top
With all of the Valentine celebrations going on in the West, an important anniversary came and went with very little acknowledgement. On February 14, 1989 Ayatollah Khomeini, the ruler of Iran issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for his supposed anti Muhammad novel -The Satanic Verses. Khomeini called for the killing and execution of Rushdie along with "all those involved in the publication who were aware of its contents."
This was the first time that sharia law was attempted to be imposed in a Western country and on a world-wide level. Rushdie was a resident of the UK and had no connection at all with Iran. Since then fatwas have been issued against cartoonists, video producers, blog writers, Quran burners, and anyone else who publically dares to speak against Islam or Muhammad.
Salman Rushdie is now 66 years of age and survived the constant threat of death but his career as a writer was essentially over since no one wanted to be involved with publishing another Rushdie book for the obvious reasons and threats of violence.
Since this initial fatwa Westerners have been constrained in their ability to freely discuss and give honest opinion about Islam and Muhammad. This impairment of free speech has come to be known as the ‘Rushdie Rules. The latest addition to the Rushdie Rules is the current political correctness dictum that negative criticism of Islam must be avoided at all costs in order to curtail the spread of Islamophobia.
It was the following excellent article by Daniel Pipes that called my attention to the 25 year anniversary of the Rushdie saga which marked the beginning of Islamic intimidation of Western thought: “The Rushdie Fatwa 25 Years Later”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow a German homeschooling family, who has long been seeking asylum in the U.S., to stay in the country. This comes just one day after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the family’s case. …
HSLDA started a petition in 2013 urging the administration to let the family stay in the United States. More than 127,000 people signed it.
“We believe that the public outcry made a huge impact,” Farris explained. “What an amazing turnaround — in just 24 hours.”
DHS granted the family “indefinite deferred status.”
Response: This is really great news. The Obama administration had received a huge amount of criticism over this case including some from this site. Plus over 120,000 had petitioned the White House site in support of this family. For once the administration listened to the people. It is really good to see mercy extended to the Romeikes. *Top
The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear an appeal from the Romeikes, a German homeschooling family that had asylum in the United States. The U.S. Justice Department sought to deport them back to Germany where they could lose custody of their children due to their religious beliefs. …
The Romeikes chose to homeschool because they believed the public schools were teaching their children values inconsistent with their Christian views. …
The Romeikes were initially granted asylum by a federal judge in 2010 after they fled Germany in 2008. In 2012, though, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement appealed that decision.
The U.S. Justice Department sided with ICE, arguing that there is no fundamental right to determine the education of one’s children…
Response: We have been following this case since it first came up. A federal judge initially gave the family asylum in this country based upon religious liberty. However the Obama Justice Department does not recognize the right of parents to educate their own children and found another judge that would agree to have them deported back to Germany where they will face the loss of their children and the dissolution of their family along with the possibility of prison for the parents.
The Romeikes appealed the decision and were supported by Home School Legal Defense Association. Now the SCOTUS has rejected to take their case so their future is bleak since the current administration opposes their continued asylum in this country in spite of the fact that over 127,258 have signed a petition to the White House in the family’s favor. As a last ditch effort the HSLDA plans to pressure Congress for help in the matter.
This is another situation in which the Obama administration has shown itself to be probably the worst ever when it comes to religious freedom. Meanwhile President Obama and his administration are ignoring and failing to enforce most immigration laws in an effort to allow the legalization of over 12 million folks who are illegally in the country but this one German family who initially received legal asylum must go? Not exactly ‘equal justice under the law’ in this case. *Top
Last night at the Oscars Matthew McConaughey won the award for best actor for his unique performance in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Even more unique was his acceptance speech where he made a point of thanking God for putting him in that position in the first place:
“First off, I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or of any other human hand. He has shown me that … it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton who said, ‘When you’ve got God you’ve got a friend — and that friend is you.’”
Watch the whole speech above. He also went on the express how important his family was to his life and success.
Response: The whole thing caught me by surprise since his ‘thank God’ was not a perfunctory throw away line but a heart felt acknowledgement.
For years the Oscars had become famous for controversial comments and political statements but recently the rulers of ‘the academy’ have gone out of their way to eliminate or play music over them. This is as close as it got to ‘controversial’ last night. You could have heard a pin drop in the auditorium when he seriously mentioned God and the lack of response was telling.
I saw the movie on cable a couple of weeks ago during ‘movie night’ with my wife (her choice) and found it rather depressing but McConaughey’s performance was impressive. The character he played brought on a number of different strong emotional responses including revulsion, pity, and surprisingly some respect. It is not a film I would watch again or recommend seeing but I surely do respect Matthew McConaughey’s performance. Even more so after his comments last night at the Oscars. *Top
Yesterday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed bill 1062 from the state legislature that easily passed both houses but quickly became a major national skirmish in the American culture wars.
It started out as a bill to protect the religious freedom of business owners in Arizona but quickly became a national symbol of bigotry and discrimination. In this case perception trumped the truth and a lock-step major media won the day.
Gov. Brewer quickly vetoed the bill under considerable pressure from a national outcry including protests from major businesses, the NFL, and others who promised to avoid having conventions, the Super Bowl, and expansion in the state if the bill became law.
The major media in newspaper print and over the air is celebrating today and glorying in their influence which was clearly demonstrated in the bill’s demise.
Response: Perception is everything anymore in America. The bill was characterized as anti-homosexual discrimination and the product of the worst kind of bigotry since the ‘Jim Crow’ era. Fact: The two page bill did not even mention homosexuality.
What we just observed was the beginning of the end for religious freedom as we have known it in the USA for the last 200+ years. Look for homosexual rights to trump religious liberty in any future conflict regardless of where one might live or any laws to the contrary.
You might say that it was only an Arizona issue but you would be entirely incorrect. It became a national firestorm with every state politician and judge across America as witnesses. There will be no more bills protecting religious freedom forthcoming in any state after what just happened in Arizona. Also, do not expect any judge this side of the Supreme Court to stand up for religious liberty in any conflict with homosexual rights and same-sex marriage. *Top
A coalition of black pastors is seeking to bring about the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder over the administration’s strong arm tactics in support of same-sex marriage. Here’s the story from CBS DC:
A coalition of African-American civil rights leaders and pastors announced a campaign to gather 1 million signatures to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder for attempting to undermine states’ authority to “coerce states to fall in line with same-sex marriage.”
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) is calling for Holder’s impeachment…
“What we have in Attorney General Holder is a man so political in his zeal to redefine marriage that he is willing to run roughshod over the rulings of the Supreme Court, binging federal law, and the United States Constitution along with the constitutions of a majority of states,” the Rev. Bill Owens, founder and president of CAAP, said in a statement.
This comes as Holder announced on Tuesday that state attorney generals are not obligated to defend laws in their states that ban same-sex marriage if they do not believe in such legislation.
Response: Finally a group is challenging the actions of the Obama administration and particularly AG Eric Holder. The fact that it is a coalition of black pastors lends credibility to the campaign. Here’s a link to their online petition.
In reality it will probably never happen even if they do get a million or so signatures. The current GOP Congressional leaders have very little guts when it comes to challenging the Obama administration and as long as the Senate is in the ‘democratic’ hands of Harry Reid the task is pretty much impossible. Even if the Senate gets a GOP majority after the November elections the numbers would still be decidedly against a successful impeachment. Nevertheless the petition does allow the people to voice their opinion against the illegal actions of AG Holder. The fact that the campaign was initiated by a group of black pastors is icing on the cake. *Top