Friday, July 11, 2003 :::
General Franks, we don't care that you freed two entire nations - Afghanistan and Iraq - from the horrors of the Taliban and Saddam. We don't care that, when we warned you would lose upwards of a thousand personnel. We don't care that you are one of the most successful military commanders in the hi story of the planet. What we want to know is - DID YOU WRITE THE PRESIDENT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS!? (Pretty funny "gag" caption as the General was being grilled by Ted Kennedy in the Congressional Hearing....from Rich Galin of mullings.com - almost ALWAYS hilarious and informative at the same time.)
Close Calls: Divine Protection for Christians in Israel
By C. Hart
Middle East Correspondent (CBNNewswatch)
July 7, 2003
In cities like Jerusalem, buses are the cheapest mode of transportation. Those who take the bus, risk being in the next suicide bombing. And that includes Christians who live in the land.
CBN.com – JERUSALEM - Despite the fact that Palestinian and Islamic suicide bombers continue to blow up buses in Israel, many residents, especially in cities like Jerusalem, do not own cars. Buses are the cheapest mode of transportation. Those who take the bus, risk being in the next suicide bombing. And that includes Christians who live in the land.
It is estimated that more than 8,000 born-again Bible-believing Christians live in Israel. Many of them are volunteers who feel called to serve God in the Holy Land, despite the dangers of living here. Others are Messianic Jewish immigrants who have returned to their homeland, Israel.
Those Jewish and Gentile believers who work here have chosen to live in this land and show their love and support for Israel. They walk the streets of the city, and they take buses.
Since the Israeli-Palestinian conflict began in September of 2000, more than 800 people have been murdered in terrorist attacks. Two are known to have been Christian believers.
The Christian community here talks about "close calls" with death. Numerous times, believers have been close to a suicide bus bombing, but were not hurt. They speak of God's protection over their lives, and their thoughts are on those Israelis who died in a terrorist attack. (More........)
"When I get an emotional response is the next morning, when I look in the newspaper, and I see the faces and I read about the orphans and widows. That's when I feel it very deeply, and that's when I start to grieve, and that's when I feel anger and the frustration of the people who live here," said Ann Hilsden.
Ann is the wife of Jerusalem Pastor Wayne Hilsden. She was waiting with her son at a bus stop in the neighborhood of Gilo on June 18, 2002. Though they normally ride the bus, they were late for an appointment, and took a cab before the bus came. Just minutes later, the bus exploded.
Ann said, "Immediately, as soon as I realized what had happened, I said, 'Well, that wasn't a coincidence that the taxi came in time before the bus came.' And, I just thank the Lord for His hand of protection on me, and my son."
But the frequency of Christians being near a bus bombing has increased. On June 11th of this year, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in downtown Jerusalem, killing at least 16 people. Several believers were close to the bombing.
Ron Cantrell works for Bridges for Peace. He was standing with a colleague at the bus stop after work. His friend boarded a bus to go home, and Ron waited for his. The next bus in line exploded.
Ron said, "Not even two minutes later, the explosion happened. And, my first initial reaction was just to protect myself. So, eyes closed, and body hunched down. But then I looked up, because I didn't even know what it was at the time. I could see something between myself and this explosion. It was almost like a translucent pale thing that was making the shrapnel, the metal pieces and the glass go by my body on both sides. It sounded like bullets. And I remember closing my eyes again, and just thinking that 'There's a really good possibility that you're going to die today.'"
But, Cantrell's life was spared. He turned away from the bus and walked through city traffic until he reached home, where his daughter and her friends came to meet him.
"They came, and as we were walking up to the door of my apartment, they, one of them said to me, 'Ron, don't look at the back of your shirt. Just take your shirt off and give it to me.' But, there was a piece of someone's body on my back," Ron said.
Cantrell was in shock that day. (More........)
::: posted by diana at 4:06 PM
Thursday, July 10, 2003 :::
GOOD GRIEF! That little woman on the Supreme Court is tooo-o-o-o scary! Worse than H.P. (IF possible!) This is from CNS News via Worthy News: (Worthy News - Mi Favorito!! sez D.)
"Given that homosexual advocates are in a full court press to lower the age of consent as low as it can go, and pro-pedophile sitting Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 's documented advocacy of lowering the age of consent to 12 years old, parents should be horrified that there are so few politicians, like Sen. Santorum, actually defending the family," Timothy Chichester, CFAA president, said April 23. (YIKES!!!That horror fact came from the following article. D.)
. Fears Grow Over Academic Efforts to Normalize Pedophilia - CNS News
Cultural experts who agree with claims that the Supreme Court may have opened the door to legalizing pedophilia in its Lawrence v. Texas decision on private homosexual behavior point to the growing movement within academia to de-stigmatize pedophilia.
(Wanna weigh in? I recommend it. Go to CBN.com & click on Supreme Court.)
::: posted by diana at 11:56 AM
Monday, July 07, 2003 :::
I couldn't help but share the last 2 paragraphs exposing a new wave of glaring Christian persecution. Mel Gibson's film about Jesus is getting hit from EVERY angle.
Here are three amazing quotes, then the final words of The Washington Times' article,
"Mel Gibson looks right for movie on Jesus"
By Julia Duin
Published July 7, 2003
Quote #1: "But two of the most prominent Jewish organizations have attacked [Mr. Gibson]. People are trying to strangle this movie while it's in its cradle." says Michael Medved, a Seattle-based radio talk-show host and former New York Post movie critic.
Quote #2: The film shows graphic scenes of Jesus being whipped and crucified. Such violence is historically accurate, and the crucifixion was viewed by early Christians with such horror that it was several centuries before the cross was used in decorative art and in churches.
Quote #3: "I think that the true horror of 'The Passion' will surprise people," Mr. Gibson told the National Catholic Register. "Understanding what He went through, even on a human level, makes me feel not only compassion, but also a debt: I want to repay him for the enormity of His sacrifice." Boy, I have PLENTY of AMENs to write agout THAT concept!!!! D.
Last 2 Paragraphs: Others question whether the film will last a day in Hollywood. "There's a lot of feeling in the entertainment industry this is not a good movie for Mel Gibson and that it may damage his career in the long run," says entertainment publicist Michael Levine, "This film has all the makings of a [box-office] bomb."
"Plus, there's a bias in many quarters against the right, particularly in liberal Hollywood. ... It's easier to declare yourself a gay drug-addicted kleptomanic than a born-again Christian. Saying you are a born-again Christian at an elite Hollywood party is like wearing a swastika to a B'nai B'rith fund-raiser. There is visceral, palpable contempt."
Ralph Winter, the producer of the 2000 movie "X-Men" and the recently released "X2," says no one should criticize the film until after its final edit. "I'm never going to bet against Mel Gibson. Here's a guy who has enormous talent. I'm sure there's a lot of others like myself in Hollywood who feel that if Mel wanted to direct the Yellow Pages, it'd be interesting."
::: posted by diana at 11:04 AM