Saturday, July 05, 2003 :::
Boy, is THIS an EYE-OPENER!!!!!!!(NYTimes, partial))
NYTimes.com > International > Asia Pacific
Kemal Jufri/Imaji, for The New York Times
Atep Arofiq said he did not fit in at an austere school in Jakarta run by Saudis who teach Arabic and the strict Wahhabi form of Islam.
Saudis Quietly Promote Strict Islam in Indonesia, By JANE PERLEZ
AKARTA, Indonesia, July 4 — In high school, Atep Arofiq was fascinated by Islamic studies, and with meager means for higher education, a free institution financed by Saudi Arabia in this bustling capital seemed like a natural choice. There was an added attraction: the best students could graduate to further study in Saudi Arabia, all expenses paid.
Mr. Arofiq, 25, entered the Educational Institution of Indonesia-Saudi Arabia, housed in a gleaming building on a main thoroughfare. He lasted in the austere environment for two years.
"There were too many forbidden things," he said of the school where the Arabic language, taught by teachers from Saudi Arabia, is the focus of the curriculum. "You were not allowed to join any other student organization. Jeans were out, and they preferred that you wear a beard and long Arabic clothes."
Mr. Arofiq did not feel at home at the Saudi-run school, where he said the strict Wahhabi form of Islam was the basis of the teaching. But he was the exception. Most students persevered for the full five years, he said. From the financing of educational institutions to giving money for militant Islamic groups, the influence of Saudi Arabia, and Saudi charities, has been growing steadily here in the world's most populous Muslim country.
Until recently, Indonesia has been famously relaxed about its religion. But slowly Indonesians are becoming more devout and in the battle for the soul of Islam here the Saudis are playing an important though stealthy role, Indonesian scholars say.
::: posted by diana at 7:00 PM
SO IT'S OUR FAULT THAT IRAQIS ARE BLOWING UP IRAQIS, HUH? AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL NEEDS TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE, ITSELF! Romans 2 really speaks to this ridiculous accusation by A.I. Oh, thou that judgest, YOU'RE DOING THE SAME THINGS...or it takes one to know one!
And Hey! If they want to blow one another up with rice and TNT, WHO can stop them? BROTHERS, indeed! iraqi anger is as old as Ishmael, for Heaven's sake! Don't these people read the Holy Bible?????? Guess not..........
Also Saturday, the human rights group Amnesty International issued a report lambasting the United States and Britain for failing to bring Iraq's postwar lawlessness under control. The report said "millions of Iraqi men, women and children are paying a terrible price" for the failure to control rampant crime, and demanded urgent action. (AP News)
::: posted by diana at 4:06 PM
Monday, June 30, 2003 :::
Check out the Gay PRIDE parade, some 300,000 strong in Atlanta. (Now, remember, you can't call ME a homophobe. I'm the one who has friends who are still choosing to be gay...and have seen God set others free forever! Also, you must not require me to agree with that lifestyle; only controlling spirits do that.)
But....don't these people have any clothes to wear? Why are they half-naked on floats in Mid-town Atlanta? Who is paying them to act like that? Do they know their behavior is an abomination to God and a stench in His nostrils??? Why are they PROUD, when SHAME is ...oh, well, if they MUST sink their own boats, fine, but don't recruit, please. Captions from ajc.com pics follow:
Dozens of parade-goers crowd the sidewalks as a parade float passes by Blake's, a bar with a mostly gay clientele, on 10th St. in Midtown.
Hundreds of thousands spectators attended Sunday's Pride parade through Midtown Atlanta.
Members of Dykes on Bikes reach out to the crowd during Sunday's parade
A parade attendee holds a pride flag and a fan with a photo of a drag queen Sunday. In previous years, the Atlanta PRIDE festival has drawn over 300,000 to the city.
::: posted by diana at 6:13 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2003 :::
At 1 a.m. on June 21, Anna Waterman, 8, dressed as Harry, reads the new sequel while her sister Molly, 6, rests.
OK, this little 8-year-old has on a witch's hat; she's reading a book that exalts witchcraft, but ignores Jesus, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Humm-m-m, let's see.....do you reckon she's ever read LEVITICUS or DEUTERONOMY??????? Or the Book of ACTS????????? Probably not. WHO'S gonna tell her????????????????????
::: posted by diana at 6:52 PM
Well. Britany's shirt says 666 and "Ruff Yoga" supposedly calms your pooch's stress. Can the End of Time be much farther off???????????????
::: posted by diana at 5:43 PM
Morality v. Immorality
"Today's decision represents yet another instance of the Court not merely declaring the law, but actually making it," says Crampton, who had argued that issues of morality are under the authority of states, not the federal courts. "Under our constitutional republic, it is the place of the state legislature, acting through its duly elected representatives, to decide what is moral," he says. "For a handful of un-elected judges to impose their views of morality is not law, it is tyranny."
Appearing on CNN, Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council says today's decision means the courts no longer recognize immoral behavior. "The fact is that homosexual behavior is immoral -- it is wrong," Schenck says. "And what the court has said today is that right and wrong -- morality versus immorality -- no longer matters in the law. That is wrong. It undermines our concept of justice and it demoralizes our culture." (These quotes were gathered by Bob Splerlazzo..... Not incidently, my husband and I just got back from a lovely restaurant luncheon honoring our 39th anniversary as guests of a wonderful friend who has been set free and out of the homosexual lifestyle for 9 years. The thanks, praise and glory go, of course, to Jesus, the Lord. (Here's Paragraph 1 of the above article; I reversed them to keep you reading!
"Increasingly, the Supreme Court is less about true law and more about policy and politics." That is the opinion of Steve Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association's Center for Law & Policy, which filed a brief in support of the State of Texas on behalf of numerous pro-family organizations.
::: posted by diana at 2:52 PM