STUDENTS TAUGHT CANNIBALISM ALLOWED

University where Obama spoke instructs in ‘this type of violence’

scared_face-275x275The curriculum for Egyptian students at Sunni Islam’s “most reputable school” worldwide includes permission for them to use Christians and other non-Muslims as lunch, according to a startling report.

The institution is Cairo’s Al Ahzar University, the site of Barack Obama’s speech to the Muslim world in 2009.

In a television interview cited in the report, an Egyptian Islamic scholar told the interviewer, “Listen also to what they teach to kids.”

The curriculum says, according to the scholar: “We allowed the eating of the flesh of dead humans … under necessary conditions. It (human flesh) must not be cooked or grilled to avoid Haram (evil) … and he can kill a murtadd (apostate) and eat him.”

The scholar complained “this stuff is being taught to kids at al-Azhar.”

“This is what is being taught to kids right now,” he said. “When they teach them this kind of stuff, their minds cannot accept civilization any more.”

The Shoebats say the university finds its support for cannibalism in Islamic authority.

The justification comes from Al-Shafie, considered a founder of Islamic jurisprudence, who wrote: “One may eat the flesh of a human body. It is not allowed to kill a Muslim nor a free non-Muslim under Muslim rule (because he is useful for the society), nor a prisoner because he belongs to other Muslims. But you may kill an enemy fighter or an adulterer and eat his body.”

The Shoebats’ report points out that it was at Al-Azhar in Egypt, regarded as the chief center of Arabic literature and Islamic learning in the world, that Obama gave a 2009 speech “which empowered the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The report says the Egyptian scholar “also added that the support for cannibalism from Al-Azhar will give the justification for ‘the establishment of committees for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice that’ll carry out this stuff.”

The scholar said the book he was referencing is used in the Azhari Colleges Section, Central Administration for Books, Libraries and Teaching Aides for third-year high school students.

The Shoebats point to an incident in the Palestinian Territories in 2000 that shows the teaching on cannibalism is not just theory.

“If one thinks that the Muslims have evolved into a modern mindset, one must remember what took place in Ramallah in which two Israeli soldiers were beaten and tortured to death, their bodies thrown down a window to the sounds of ‘Allahu Akbar,’ and their flesh then chewed by the crowd,” they wrote.

“Muslims in Ramallah held body parts of [an] Israeli while they cried out, ‘I eat the flesh of my occupier!’”

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In ancient Egypt, the Shoebats’ report recalls, human sacrifice was followed by ritual cannibalism.

“On the temple of Edifu, all lands foreign to Egypt are pictured as being under the feet of the pharaoh, as four men, their arms bound, are about to be ritually sacrificed. As the sacrificial victims are awaiting their deaths, a person hovers over them, reciting the ‘Book of the Subduing of the Nobility.’

“This rite was part of an annual fertility ritual, the depictions of which have netted birds, fish, and mortals, as representing the enemies of the pharaoh – Asiatics, Bediun, Nubians, and others – which were to be eaten for ‘breakfast, lunch, and supper,’” the report says.

“By consuming the flesh of their enemies, the Egyptians believed that they would absorb their desired qualities.”

The report notes the increase in vicious attacks by Islamists in Egypt since the Muslim Brotherhood came to power last year.

In November, for example, “mobsters” entered a shopkeeper’s store to use his restroom. Owner Ahmed Gharib told them they needed to ask permission, so a few minutes later 30 bearded men arrived to “discipline him for insulting a religious figure,” the report says.

They tried to cut off his hand, but he fled.

“Egypt’s new constitution already establishes that the nation will be having a Saudi-style Shariah police which will be implementing not only this sort of violence, but the eating of human flesh,” the Shoebats say.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s “coming ‘moral’ mafia and mere Egyptian individuals will be given the power to partake in such barbarism,” the report says.

The Shoebats note the nation’s new constitution “mandates that any Islamic edict coming from the government must first go through Al-Azhar University scholars.”

“This means that the OK for cannibalism will be observed in Egypt.”

Ted Shoebat reported a few months ago a case in Egypt in which two brothers slaughtered their mother, sister and aunt.

They reportedly said their sister’s behavior was contrary to morality.

The incident was followed shortly by a report “of a butcher in Egypt who had killed his wife, flayed her flesh off the bone, and put it for sale as lamb in his market.”

At the time, Ted Shoebat warned, “The perverseness which has evidently possessed the Egyptian masses, who have recently elected Mohamad Mursi, an open member of the Muslim Brotherhood, will only escalate as time moves on.

“The multitude of maniacal Egyptians is only gradually turning into a crowd of zombies.”

Note: This article was posted as a WND exclusive, January 30, 2013

I too have Become Disillusioned

By Matt Patterson (columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)

A brilliant commentary out of none other than the Washington Post.

Finally, the Washington Post speaks out on Obama! This is very brutal, and timely. As I’m sure you know, the Washington Post newspaper has a reputation for being extremely liberal. So the fact that its editor saw fit to print the following article about Obama in its newspaper makes this a truly amazing event and a news story in and of itself. Once again, the truth about our President and his obvious socialist agenda are starting to trickle through the “protective wall” built around him by our liberal media. Patterson’s post follows.

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s “spiritual mentor”; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected president?

Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz addressed the question recently in the Wall Street Journal: To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an outspoken hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like Bill Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black, and therefore entitled in the eyes of liberal Dom to have hung out with protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit extreme, he was given a pass. Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass – held to a lower standard – because of the color of his skin.

Podhoretz continues: And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also so articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said) “non-threatening,” all of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president and thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?

Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama phenomenon – affirmative action. Not in the legal sense, of course. But certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action laws and regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.

Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat themselves on the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they are not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don’t care if these minority students fail; liberals aren’t around to witness the emotional devastation and deflated self-esteem resulting from the racist policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist. Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of his skin – that’s affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn’t racism, then nothing is.

And that is what America did to Obama. True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but why would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he was good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois; he was told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.

What could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every time Obama speaks? In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications nonetheless raved about Obama’s oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those people – conservatives included – ought now to be deeply embarrassed.

The man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that’s when he has his Teleprompters in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his mouth – it’s all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and over again for 100 years.

And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I inherited this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to advertise his own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really, what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for anything, so how do we expect him to act responsibly?

In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither the temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand that, and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty and prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man in the Oval Office.

Obama’s Secret Pledge for Jerusalem

We remember the pledge Obama made to the Russian diplomat. In essence he said let me get through the election and then we will deal with you. It appears the Russians are not the only who have been waiting for the results of our recent elections.

WND has recently published Obama’s secretly pledged regarding Israel’s capital. AARON KLEIN has posted the following article on January 27, 2013.

easternjerusalem-340x170TEL AVIV – Now that he has secured his second term, President Barack Obama has already secretly pledged to the Palestinians he will press Israel into a new round of so-called land-for-peace negotiations, a top Palestinian Authority negotiator told WND.

The negotiator said top members of the Obama administration told the Palestinians the U.S. president will renew talks aimed at creating a Palestinian state in the so-called 1967 borders – meaning in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and, notably, eastern Jerusalem.

The negotiator further revealed when it comes to dividing Jerusalem, Obama wants to rehash what is known as the Clinton parameters.

That formula, pushed by Bill Clinton during the Camp David talks in 2000, called for Jewish areas of Jerusalem to remain Israeli while the Palestinians will get sovereignty over neighborhoods that are largely Arab.

WND previously reported how Palestinians are building illegally in Jewish-owned areas of Jerusalem, changing facts on the ground and resulting in Arab majorities on certain neighborhoods.

This is not the first time the Palestinians are claiming Obama will push for new talks during a second term.

Just before November’s presidential election, a senior PA negotiator claimed to WND if Obama secures another four years in office, he will use his second term to target Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the main party to blame for the collapse of Mideast peace talks.

The negotiator further claimed Obama quietly pledged to the Palestinians a campaign at the United Nations to renew U.N. Security Council Resolution 242, which calls for a Palestinian state in the “1967 borders.”

The negotiator further said Obama had promised the PA that the establishment of a Palestinian state will be one of the main priorities for a second term.

“We were told that the negotiations for a Palestinian state will be a main goal for Obama,” said the negotiator. “Netanyahu will be declared the main person responsible for the collapse of the peace process.”

The Islamist Strategy For Victory Over the West

This is the first of two articles written by Ryan Mauro, January 21, 2013

One of the mistakes that the West makes is that it doesn’t listen to what the Islamists are saying. If only we listened, we could hear their strategy. In November 2011, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the top Muslim Brotherhood theologian and arguably the most influential Sunni cleric in the world, called onMuslims to embrace “gradualism.”

The doctrine of gradualism is successful because we fail to appreciate the ability of the Islamists to be skillful political strategists. Gradualism is an intelligent form ofjihad based on pragmatism, patience, long-term planning and self-evaluation.

The Islamists evaluate their performance and recalibrate their strategy accordingly. The West misinterprets this as being “moderate,” when in reality, not all Islamists are as reckless as Al-Qaeda.

“Gradualism in applying the Sharia is a wise requirement to follow,” Qaradawi declared, stating that Mohammed followed it.

The Islamists, especially the Muslim Brotherhood, have always worked in stages. In December, the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badi, outlined six phases:

  1. Sharia over the individual
  2. Sharia over the family;
  3. Sharia over the society;
  4. Sharia over the government;
  5. Resurrection of the Caliphate and finally,
  6. “Mastership of the world.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is in the process of completing the fourth phase in Egypt.

In this stage, the Islamists implement Sharia by describing it as their form of “democracy” and “freedom.” They will argue that each democracy is different and so we must be tolerant of their version. Sheikh Qaradawi explains, “What I am for is a genuine type of democracy, for a society driven by the laws of Sharia that is compatible with the values of freedom, human rights, justice and equity.”

200x133x5yz4n818gR8i.png.pagespeed.ic.gBHjw30sC_Muslim Brotherhood logoQaradawi admits that “our democracy is different.” Secular democracy like that in the West does not honor God and is immoral. “Democracy itself also can make what it wants as lawful, or prohibit anything it does not like. In comparison, the Sharia as a political system has limits. If we are to adopt democracy, we should adopt its best features.”

As far back as 1982, the Muslim Brotherhood had drawn up a 12-point strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth.” It was discovered when the Swiss authorities raided the home of Yousef Nada in 2001 and is referred to as “The Project.”

The document says to exercise “flexibility at the local level” and “to reconcile political engagement and the necessity of avoiding isolation on one hand, with permanent education and institutional action on the other.”

It calls for “controlling the local centers of power through institutional action” and to build alliances with other Islamic groups even if there are disagreements. It supports “temporary cooperation” with non-Muslim groups that are anti-Israel and “struggle against colonialism.”

The strategy document says the worldwide Brotherhood must “support movements engaged in jihad across the Muslim world” but “should not look for confrontation with our adversaries, at the local or the global scale, which would be disproportionate and could lead to attacks.”

It talks of constructive “self-criticism” and using the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to further its strategy, “since it acts as the keystone of the renaissance of the Arab world today.” In other words, use the conflict to radicalize the masses.

Hamas, a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, also acts in accordance with gradualism. In December, the leader of Hamasstated that it was working towards the “interim objective of liberation of Gaza, the West Bank, or Jerusalem.” The destruction of Israel, or in the Islamists’ words, the “liberation of all Palestine,” follows.

Wherever the Muslim Brotherhood and similar Islamists operate, there is a phased strategy—even in the United States. The Islamic Circle of North America, one of the most powerful Muslim-American groups in the U.S., explained its five phases in its handbook published in 2010 and it very closely follows what Badie said in Egypt.

The phases are: Educating yourself; Converting your family; Outreach into the community; “establish an Islamic society” on the state level and then a “united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws ofSharia.”

An FBI memo written in 1988 likewise documented that a source, apparently within the ranks of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S., described a six-phased plan.

At the time, the Muslim Brotherhood, specifically the International Institute of Islamic Thought and the North American Islamic Trust, were working on the first phase. It included creating “political action front groups with no traceable ties” so that it can “peacefully get inside the United States government and also American universities.”

The source told the FBI that Brotherhood operatives “claimed success infiltrating the United States government.”

In 2004, the FBI found seized another Brotherhood strategy document that describes its “work in America as a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying Western civilization within.” It describes 5 phases:

  1. The “secret establishment of leadership”
  2. “…gradual appearance on the public scene.” This phase calls for “infiltrating various sectors of government,” “gaining religious institutions,” “gaining public support and sympathy,” and “establishing a shadow government.”
  3. “Escalation phase.” This focuses on “utilizing mass media” and the document says that this stage is “currently in progress.” Unfortunately, we do not know when this was written.
  4. “Open confrontation with the government through…political pressure.” It also calls for “training on the use of weapons domestically” and says that there are “noticeable activities in this regard.” Could this have something to do with the Jamaat ul-Fuqra training camps on American soil?
  5. The final phase: “Seizing power to establish their Islamic Nation under which all parties and Islamic groups are united.”

The Islamists have a comprehensive long-term strategy for victory that’s been around for decades. It’s about time that we made one of our own.j,

Ryan Mauro is RadicalIslam.org’s National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.

This aricle appeared originally on Family Security Matters

Islamist Interfaith Deception In Virginia

ICNA's new Islamic Center (Photo: Google Maps)

ICNA’s new Islamic Center (Photo: Google Maps)

Last month, a new mosque called the ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) Islamic Center opened in Alexandria, Virginia. ICNA, an Islamist group with origins in the Jamaat-e-Islami of Pakistan, framed its inauguration as an interfaith victory, giving thanks to the three churches that let them worship on their premises as the mosque project was completed.

The two-story mosque replaced a house that was bought by ICNA in 2000. It says the facility cost $850,000 to build and can accommodate about 150 people. Good Shepherd Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Aldersgate United Methodist Church allowed ICNA’s Northern Virginia chapter to worship as the mosque was being built

ICNA’s use of Aldersgate United Methodist Church led to a favorable segment onThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which praised its pastor and mocked an evangelical critic. In one scene, the critic is seen saying mosques wouldn’t allow their premises to be used for Christian prayers. The correspondent joked about how embarrassing it’d be for him if the show cut to a clip of Christians being invited to a mosque.

Ironically, the clip shown on the Daily Show featured Mohammed El-Filali of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, a mosque with extensive ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. El-Filali led a chant comparing Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to Hitler at a rally in 2002. He also refused to condemn Palestinian suicide bombers in an interview with the Associated Press.

The pro-ICNA churches and the Daily Show apparently didn’t take the time to pop ICNA’s name into a search engine. If they did, it wouldn’t have taken long to find documentation of the group’s Islamist history.

Illustrative picture

Illustrative picture

Its origins lie with a Pakistani Islamist group called Jamaat-e-Islami. ICNA’s own publicIllustrative pictureation said in 1996 that it was founded with the “organizational development methodology” of Jamaat-e-Islami’s founder. A former ICNA president and secretary-general, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, was indicted by Bangladesh’s International Crimes Tribunal in October for his role as “chief executioner” in at least 18 horrific and brutal political assassinations in 1971. Khan belonged to the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.

A 1991 U.S. Muslim Brotherhood strategic memorandum, which says its “work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within,” lists ICNA as one of “our organizations and the organizations of our friends.” The memo refers to productive meetings between ICNA and the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood “in an attempt to reach a unity of merger.” ICNA has long held its annual conferences in conjunction with the Muslim American Society, an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, in apparent fulfillment of this objective.

ICNA has not abandoned its Islamist ideology since then. Its 2010 handbook laid out a five-level strategy towards achieving a “united Islamic state, governed by an elected khalifah in accordance with the laws of shari’ah (Islamic law),” right in line with the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine of gradualism. Its last conference in December featured at least a dozen Islamist speakers, including ones that have supported Hamas and have ties to the Brotherhood. (Among the event’s sponsorswere Turkish Airlines and the DISH Network.)

ICNA and its Islamist allies understand the power of the interfaith message. Interfaith relations have become a more prominent feature on their websites and their conferences. For example, American Muslims for Palestine had Reverend Donald Wagner of Evangelicals for Middle East Understanding speak at its conference. Major campaigns of activism are done with interfaith coalitions.

Another interfaith campaign ICNA is involved in is the placement of billboards in the Orlando and Daytona Beach areas that say, “Same Family, Same Message.” It directs readers to ICNA’s website, WhyIslam.org. These billboards aren’t just about making Jews, Christians and Muslims feel like they can relate to each other. It’s about dawah. The basis of Islam is that Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Mohammed are part of the same family with the same message from Allah. Islam is, in this view, the way all three faiths are hemmed together.

The “interfaith outreach” carried out by American Islamists runs contrary to the bloody images of the destruction of churches by Islamist terrorists. When Islamists in America (like ICNA) wear suits and ties and talk “interfaith,”  they appear to be the alternative Muslim voice we seek.

To be “moderate” is as simple as condemning terrorism and shaking hands with a pastor, and if you oppose this type of interfaith engagement and say something, then the uninformed see you as intolerant, paranoid and bigoted.

Unfortunately, for most Americans, it is easier to believe that critics of ICNA are fear-mongers than to believe that these groups can simultaneously be likeable, charitable and non-violent as well as deceptive and Islamist.

85x109xbsZX5M3mgcp4.png.pagespeed.ic.PGVsX3WIGORyan Mauro is RadicalIslam.org’s National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.
This article was sponsored by the Institute on Religion and Democracy. It appeared originally on FrontPageMag.com

Sea of Galilee Waters Continuing to Rise!

by Chana Ya’ar (Israel National News)

With at least two more months to go till the end of the rainy season, the waters of Lake Kinneret, the Sea of Galilee are continuing to rise in what has been the wettest winter in the past 10 years.
Over the past 24 hours, the level of the lake has risen by another two centimeters, to 210.99 meters below sea level.
But with eight more feet (2.438 meters) to go before the lake reaches its maximum capacity, it is still unlikely authorities will need to open the Degania Dam this year in order to keep the lake from cresting.
Located in the northern part of the Dead Sea rift in the African-Syrian Rift valley, the Kinneret is Israel’s only natural freshwater lake, and a crucial source of water for the country.   It provides more than half of the country’s water demand.
The northern Jordan River provides most of the lake’s water supply, entering the Kinneret from the north and flowing out again from the south.
At its highest water level, the surface area of the lake is 168 square kilometers, with a maximal water depth of 46 meters, and a volume of 4,150 million cubic meters (MCM). The average depth of the lake is 25 meters. Much of the data collected on the operation of the lake and its drainage basin is gathered by scientists from the Kinneret Limnological Laboratory (KLL), established in 1968.

‘Gay’-pandering Dems Steamroll Religious Freedom

The homosexual community appears to have no tolerance for who differ with them, a difference based on the teachings and understanding of the major faiths. What may be far more serious is their desire to crush people of faith who disagree with their point of view.

If you thought having marriage defined in your state’s constitution as the legal union of one man and one woman would protect Christian business owners who refuse to cater to the “gay”-marriage market from destructive lawsuits, think again.

These Democrats aren’t about to let anything as trivial as a state constitution, the First Amendment or the right to conscience get in their way.

Homosexuals and trial lawyers are being licensed to plunder people of faith. Jack Minor in his excellent article “Colorado Lawmakers Endangering Religious Rights,” articulates how these lawmakers with their ‘Civil union’ strategies are pushing their state off the ‘moral cliff.’ His column is posted below.

Hickenlooper-274x275DENVER – Democratic lawmakers in Colorado are pushing their state off a “moral cliff” with a civil union bill that puts the state on record as opposing religious liberty, according to critics.

The proposal is an attempt to maneuver around the state constitution, which defines marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman, the critics charge.

 “We just hurled the state of Colorado over a moral cliff. This is a major step toward seriously eroding the practice and the concept of marriage in Colorado and the family,” said state Sen. Kevin Lundberg, one of the two Republicans on the Judiciary Committee who voted against the bill.

Lundberg said the bill proposed this year is “even more striking than last year in that they refused an amendment I put up that would exempt private child placement agencies from being impacted by this law.”

“The Democrats refused, saying anyone who is going to place a child in foster care or adoption situations in Colorado cannot refuse a same-sex couple because of moral or religious convictions,” he continued. “They must comply with this force of law.”

Kelly Fiedorek, an attorney with one of the largest civil and religious rights defense organizations in the nation, the Alliance Defending Freedom, warned the state is on thin ice.

“It’s important for all Colorado citizens to notice that this bill fails to protect religious freedom, which is a constitutionally protected right that is one of our first liberties,” Fiedorek said.

Fiedorek testified this week before the Colorado state Senate Judiciary Committee against Senate Bill 13-011, which would legalize civil unions.

Despite the states’ constitutional definition of marriage,  the committee approved the plan anyway in response to lobbying by Gov. John Hickenlooper and “gay” activists.

Supporters of the bill say it simply provides legal protections for same-sex couples to enter into contractual arrangements and will not infringe on the religious rights of anyone in the state. They point to a section in the bill stating that no priest, minister, rabbi or other official of a religious institution is required to certify a civil union in violation of their right to free exercise of religion.

However, Fiedorek says the religious exemption is so narrowly tailored it leaves vast numbers of Coloradans with no protection of their religious rights.

“This bill as currently drafted fails to protect the religious rights of conscience for Christians who are not official ministers of their church. Religious liberty is not confined to the four walls of the church but extends to everybody.”

Another concern is the bill affords no protections for wedding-venue owners, clerks and recorders, bed-and-breakfast establishments, bakeries, photographers, caterers, deejays and others who may be forced to violate their consciences and actively participate in same-sex ceremonies.

gay_wedding_ad_targetFiedorek cited the case of Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Bake Shop in Lakewood, Colo., who is facing discrimination charges after he refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple even though the civil union bill has not become law.

“It’s important that all residents be able to live according to the dictates of their conscience,” she said. “He didn’t refuse service to this couple because of their sexual orientation, his refusal was based solely on his religious beliefs as to what constitutes marriage and he is now being persecuted for those beliefs.”

Hickenlooper and Democratic lawmakers attempted to pass the bill in the last legislative session but failed when Republican lawmakers essentially ran out the clock. WND reported Hickenlooper then called the legislature back into a special session in an attempt to pass the bill but failed again. This year, Democrats control both the state House and Senate chambers, so the bill is expected to pass handily.

Fiedorek argued the measure compels citizens to violate their conscience.

“You can’t compel speech,” he said. “For example it would be unfair to ask an African-American photographer to shoot a wedding where the wedding party wore white robes of the KKK. He has the right to not use his artistic abilities as a photographer in a way that compromises his deeply held beliefs. The same standard applies to a person who believes marriage is between a man and woman.”

Colorado business owners have already been forced to surrender some rights after the previous governor signed legislation eliminating gender-specific bathrooms and locker rooms.

In 2008, Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter signed “emergency legislation” that allows men to freely use women’s restrooms and locker rooms by simply asserting they are transgendered.

The bill states business owners and managers of restaurants, gyms, barber shops, massage parlors and public facilities “of any kind whether indoor or outdoor” cannot deny a person employment or access to a facility based on gender identity or the “perception” of gender.

It defines sexual orientation as a person’s orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, or transgender status or “another person’s perception thereof.”

a wedding_rings5WND has reported similar cases in which individuals and companies were told their First Amendment rights did not apply with respect to sexual orientation.

  • A Christian couple in New Mexico was fined nearly $7,000 and told by a judge that states had the right to force Christians to violate their faith as a condition of doing business. The couple had refused to photograph a lesbian “commitment ceremony.” The judge said the couple’s religious rights were not violated because they could choose to vocally condemn the women while taking pictures during the ceremony.
  • Hands On Originals was investigated by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission for refusing to print a T-shirt promoting a local “gay” pride event. The head of the commission told WND that while a “gay” printing company had the right to refuse to print literature critical of the “gay” lifestyle, the same protections do not necessarily extend to Christians.

Fiedorek said cases such as these highlight the need to ensure that everyone has protection for their religious liberties, not just members of the clergy.

“One point that is important to recognize is that the religious protections in the bill are not only inadequate and fail to protect the people of Colorado, but the extreme narrowness of those protections is prejudiced towards those who have deeply held religious beliefs about marriage.”

State Sen. Lundberg told Democrats it was hypocritical for them to refuse religious exemptions when their own bill has discrimination written into it.

“When I was calling for the exemption for child placement organizations, Sen. Pat Steadman who sponsored the bill said no to the amendment because that would be allowing discrimination to occur and he was not going to do that,” Lundberg said. “I pointed out to him the bill itself has discrimination written into it by saying that two sisters or close relatives can’t be a part of a civil union. However, it’s quite clear that they’re simply saying it’s my way or the highway in that respect.”

Fiedorek asserted that guaranteeing religious protections for individuals will not have a detrimental effect on the ability of same-sex couples to obtain service in states with civil unions or same-sex marriages.

“In every jurisdiction that has passed civil unions and same-sex marriage laws these couples are finding individuals and organizations who are willing to solemnize and certify their unions and celebrate with them,” she said. “They are not having any problems in finding people to assist them and yet they are proposing legislation that does not protect everybody. We need to protect everyone, not just a select few.”

Lundberg takes issue with those who claim the civil union bill is a reasonable attempt at compromise because it does not permit “gay” marriage.

“They insist that this is legislation does not equal marriage because the Colorado constitution says marriage is between one man and one woman, but the reality is this bill is a mirror image of marriage in Colorado law,” he explained. “It’s a very comprehensive piece of legislation that affects every area of Colorado law that makes a civil union as identical to marriage as possible within existing Colorado statutes.”

Although the bill exempts members of the clergy from having to perform same-sex ceremonies, there is a loophole in the exemption that could prove problematic. The bill does not specifically prevent the government from penalizing, withholding benefits from or refusing to contract with clergy, religious organizations or institutions that adhere to deeply held religious beliefs about sexual unions.

While clergy could refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies, they might not be able to prevent “gay” couples from using their facilities for ceremonies conducted by someone else.

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel noted that after Hawaii passed a civil union bill that contained a religious exemption with language similar to Colorado’s bill, complaints were then brought against churches to the Hawaiian Human Rights Commission over their refusal to allow civil-union ceremonies.

Barber said the property loophole is an issue that legislators need to address and they should pass legislation clarifying the religious exemption applies to religious property as well.

Could churches in Colorado be forced to allow same-sex couples to use their facilities based on the language in the civil union law?

“Absolutely,”Barber said. “That’s the nature of the homosexual activist lobby; they like to use the legal system to force their radical agenda on the rest of us.”

Barber said the issue “is whether the anti-discrimination laws would be triggered if [someone] were to refuse to rent a facility to a same-sex couple.”

“The laws provide an exemption for ministers to refuse to perform the ceremonies, but there is no property exemption,” he said.

Barber said the domestic partner law, as worded, “puts churches in the crosshairs if they refuse to rent to a same-sex couple.”

“Domestic partnerships are basically marriages in everything but name, and for many religious institutions it violates their deeply held beliefs,” Barber said. “Churches and other religious facilities should have a First Amendment right to use their property and open it up for whomever they see fit when we are talking about behaviors such as homosexuality which is contrary to the Bible.”

Barber said the homosexual lobby is attempting to use civil union laws to get a foot in the door and ultimately require churches to perform same-sex ceremonies.

“This isn’t about same-sex couples having the right to marry,” he said. ‘It is about denigrating marriage and forcing the church to renounce its biblical position on sexual behavior under penalty of law.”

Lundberg also noted that supporters are being dishonest by claiming that civil union bills are a way to find compromise and common ground among people who have a disagreement over the issue.

“They will never be satisfied with a civil union,” he said. “What they want is the right to the word marriage. During the last session I asked Steadman if this bill would satisfy him. He said, ‘No, if I can get same-sex marriage passed, I will go for that.’”

The Muslim Brotherhood in AMERICA

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 About the Course

Have you ever asked yourself why, despite more than ten years of efforts –involving, among other things, the loss of thousands of lives in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, well-over a trillion dollars spent, countless man-years wasted waiting in airport security lines and endless efforts to ensure that no offense is given to seemingly permanently aggrieved Muslim activists – are we no closer to victory in the so-called “war on terror” than we were on 9/11?

Thankfully, we have been able to kill some dangerous bad guys. The sad truth of the matter is that, by almost any other measure, the prospect of victory is becoming more remote by the day. And no one seems able to explain the reason.

In an effort to provide the missing answer, on April 24, the Center for Security Policy is making available via the Internet a new, free ten-part video course called “The Muslim Brotherhood in America: The Enemy Within.” This course connects the proverbial dots, drawing on a wealth of publicly available data and first-hand accounts to present a picture that has, for over a decade, been obscured, denied and suppressed:

America faces in addition to the threat of violent jihad another, even more toxic danger – a stealthy and pre-violent form of warfare aimed at destroying our constitutional form of democratic government and free society. The Muslim Brotherhood is the prime-mover behind this seditious campaign, which it calls “civilization jihad.”

Mark Hass, Director@EducateUSA.com

Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil. Thomas Mann

Paul Ryan’s Proposed Budget Cuts

I am not writing to insinuate that Democrats are solely responsible for illegitimate government programs that make a mockery of any reasonable rational national budget.  They are not. Everyone in D.C. now, or that has ever been there is responsible for this mess. We desperately need term limits! In this past election cycle we have seen a politician’s main objective is to get re-elected, governing comes in second or tenth. The list below does not bother everyone, only those paying taxes.

A mystery of our times is that our president and those of his party can find NOTHING to cut from spending. Thomas Jefferson, in all his wisdom, accurately fore-casted the future – and that future is today!!!

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

PAUL RYAN’S PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS

A List of Republican Budget Cuts Notice S.S. and the military are NOT on this list. These are all the programs that the new Republican House has proposed cutting. Read to the end.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting Subsidy — $445 million annual savings.
  • Save America ‘s Treasures Program — $25 million annual savings.
  • International Fund for Ireland — $17 million annual savings.
  • Legal Services Corporation — $420 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Arts — $167.5 million annual savings.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities — $167.5 million annual savings.
  • Hope VI Program — $250 million annual savings.
  • Amtrak Subsidies — $1.565 billion annual savings.
  • Eliminate duplicating education programs — H.R. 2274 (in last Congress), authored by Rep. McKeon, eliminates 68 at a savings of $1.3 billion annually.
  • U.S. Trade Development Agency — $55 million annual savings.
  • Woodrow Wilson Center Subsidy — $20 million annual savings.
  • Cut in half funding for congressional printing and binding — $47 million annual savings.
  • John C. Stennis Center Subsidy — $430,000 annual savings.
  • Community Development Fund — $4.5 billion annual savings.
  • Heritage Area Grants and Statutory Aid — $24 million annual savings.
  • Cut Federal Travel Budget in Half — $7.5 billion annual savings
  • Trim Federal Vehicle Budget by 20% — $600 million annual savings.
  • Essential Air Service — $150 million annual savings.
  • Technology Innovation Program — $70 million annual savings.
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program — $125 million annual savings..
  • Department of Energy Grants to States for Weatherization — $530 million annual savings.
  • Beach Replenishment — $95 million annual savings.
  • New Starts Transit — $2 billion annual savings. ·Exchange Programs for Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Their Historical Trading Partners in Massachusetts — $9 million annual savings
  • Intercity and High Speed Rail Grants — $2.5 billion annual savings.
  • Title X Family Planning — $318 million annual savings.
  • Appalachian Regional Commission — $76 million annual savings.
  • Economic Development Administration — $293 million annual savings.
  • Programs under the National and Community Services Act — $1.15 billion annual savings.
  • Applied Research at Department of Energy — $1.27 billion annual savings.
  • Freedom CAR and Fuel Partnership — $200 million annual savings..
  • Energy Star Program — $52 million annual savings.
  • Economic Assistance to Egypt — $250 million annually.
  • U.S.Agency for International Development — $1.39 billion annual savings.
  • General Assistance to District of Columbia — $210 million annual savings.
  • Subsidy for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority — $150 million annual savings.
  • Presidential Campaign Fund — $775 million savings over ten years.
  • No funding for federal office space acquisition — $864 million annual savings.
  • End prohibitions on competitive sourcing of government services.
  • Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act — More than $1 billion annually.
  • IRS Direct Deposit: Require the IRS to deposit fees for some services it offers (such as processing payment plans for taxpayers) to the Treasury, instead of allowing it to remain as part of its budget — $1.8 billion savings over ten years.
  • Require collection of unpaid taxes by federal employees — $1 billion total savings.WHAT THE H…. IS THIS ABOUT?
  • Prohibit taxpayer funded union activities by federal employees — $1.2 billion savings over ten years.
  • Sell excess federal properties the government does not make use of — $15 billion total savings.
  • Eliminate death gratuity for Members of Congress.WHAT???
  • Eliminate Mohair Subsidies — $1 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate taxpayer subsidies to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — $12.5 million annual savings WELL ISN’T THAT SPECIAL
  • Eliminate Market Access Program — $200 million annual savings.
  • USDA Sugar Program — $14 million annual savings.
  • Subsidy to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) — $93 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate the National Organic Certification Cost-Share Program — $56.2 million annual savings.
  • Eliminate fund for Obamacare administrative costs– $900 million savings.
  • Ready to Learn TV Program — $27 million savings..
  • HUD Ph.D. Program.
  • Deficit Reduction Check-Off Act.

TOTAL SAVINGS: $2.5 Trillion over Ten Years

My question is, what is all this doing in the budget in the first place? Maybe this is why the Democrats are attacking Paul Ryan. . Please share this good news!

Federal Appeals Court: Obama Violated Constitution

COURT: OBAMA RECESS APPOINTMENTS UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Abused powers by acting when Senate not actually in recess

(AP) WASHINGTON — In an embarrassing setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making certain recess appointments and moved to curtail a chief executive’s ability in the future to circumvent the Senate in such scenarios.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said that Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments last year to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session — and not in recess — at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions.

The court said the president could only fill vacancies with the recess appointment procedure if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the break between sessions of Congress.