Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Terror Threat Down Under

Another nation is feeling the heat of terror and is getting flak from the opposition party.

"A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Helen Clark says New Zealand officials have been in touch with their Australian counterparts following the warning of a potential terrorist threat in Australia.

On Wednesday Australian Prime Minister John Howard said his country's intelligence authorities have received specific information about a terrorist threat in Australia. Howard refused to give details of the threat, but says it is cause for concern. The spokeswoman for Clark says New Zealand officials are not able to pass on the details of the information they received. But she says the Australian officials have confirmed there is no imminent threat of attacks and the terror threat level remains at medium.

The spokeswoman says the advice to New Zealand travellers is to heed the travel advice of Australian authorities. As a result of the information John Howard has rushed an amendment expanding the definition of a terrorist act, through the House of Representatives. The amendment will make it easier to prosecute people planning an attack. Minor political parties have accused Howard of using the threat to avoid scrutiny of the new laws. The Senate will consider the amendment on Thursday."

Source: tvnz

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Prince and Duchess in US

Famed English clown and female impersonator, Prince Chuckles is making a rare visit to the US this week. The man's best friend, Duchess, brought 50 dresses from Great Britain. Prince Chuckles will attempt to wear each one before leaving the United States setting a new Guinness World Record.

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"Stay out of our lives," says DNC Chairman

Howard Dean, DNC Chairman, claimed his party "firmly believes" government should stay out of the personal and health care decisions of American citizens. Dean appeared on the Chris Matthews show, "Hardball", on Monday night, October 31. Matthews was trying to get Dean to say the Democratic Party is pro-choice as opposed to pro-life and totally missed what I consider the more important content.

However, Stephen Spruiell of National Review Online Media Blog provides the transcript and video:

MATTHEWS: So the Democrats are the pro-choice party, period?

DEAN: The government…

MATTHEWS: The Democrats, your party, is the pro-choice party.

DEAN: No, my party respects everybody’s views, but my party firmly believes that the government should stay out of people’s personal lives.

MATTHEWS: But you’re a pro-choice party, are you not? You sound like you’re against them for being pro-life. Are you pro-choice?

DEAN: I’m not against people for being pro-life. I actually was the first chairman who met for a long, for a long time, who met with the pro-life Democrats… (but not pro-life Republicans. FAIR.)

MATTHEWS: This is a complicated thing for people. The people believe the Republican party because of its record supports the pro-life position. Does your party support the pro-choice position?

DEAN: The position we support is, a woman has a right to make, and a family has a right to make up their own mind about their health care without government interference.

MATTHEWS: That’s pro-choice.

DEAN: A woman and a family have a right to make up their own minds about their health care without government interference. That’s our position.

MATTHEWS: Why do you hesitate to use the phrase “pro-choice”?

DEAN: Because I think it’s often misused. If you’re pro-choice it implies you’re not pro-life — that’s not true. There are a lot of pro-life Democrats. We respect them, but we believe the government should…

MATTHEWS: Do you believe in abortion rights?

DEAN: I believe the government should stay out of personal, of the personal lives of families and women. They should stay out of our lives. That’s what I believe.

MATTHEWS: I find it interesting that you have hesitated to say what the party has always stood for, which is the pro-choice position…

DEAN: The party believes the government does not belong in making personal decisions.

Six times - SIX TIMES! - the Chairman of the party of intentionally high taxes, business interference, morality legislation, "cradle-to-grave nanny state" national health care, "it takes a village" child (and adult) care, "we are smarter than private American citizens on any conceivable subject" - Howard Dean says the Democratic Party believes the government should not interfere in the private lives or health care decisions of Americans.

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Monday, October 31, 2005

Islamic Reformation

Big Pharaoh is calling for the reformation of Islam and rejection of Sharia law. He wonders why this cannot be done as it has in the other great religions of the world. It may happen in the far, far future, but I don't think so.

I left a comment at BP, but as has been my experience too many times, my comments are deemed out of bounds and are deleted. What follows, where I can guarantee its survival, is the comment written at Big Pharaoh.

"Al'lah does not make mistakes because Al'lah is perfect and unchanging. The Qur'an is not the inspired word of God, but IS the word of God.

The violence verses referred to by the so-called "Islam haters" are abrogated by the verses of peace, or so say the Islam apologists. But, which came first is a matter of bias and interpretation because the recitation of the Qur'anic verses to Muhammad was random rather than chronological. Within Islam the peaceful verses are attributed to early Islam when there were few Muslims and little Islamic authority. The violence verses are given to later Islam when many had turned to Islam and the Prophet had much power, influence, and wealth.

If Muslim scholars accept the time frame of "peace verses" first and "violence verses" last, then it would stand to reason that it was the peace verses that were abrogated in favor of the violence verses by the Prophet himself. If Al'lah is perfect, unchangeable, why would Al'lah change the Qur'anic verses from peace to violence? If the Qur'an is perfect for all time, as Muslin scholars maintain, then why must we view the Qur'an in historical context? Wouldn't the context be the same today as it was in the 7th century?

Did Al'lah make mistakes in the Qur'an? Or did Muhammad (the Messenger and Perfect Man) make mistakes in the recitation? Either way, one of them was in error. Al'lah being perfect by definition and Muhammad is perfect by being the Chosen One and one of them made mistakes then one of them is NOT perfect. Since Muslims accept that the Qur'an is the word of GOD HIMSELF, NOT THE INSPIRED WORD as interpreted by Muhammad, then it can only be Al'lah that is in error. Error is in opposition to perfection, God is perfect, Al'lah is in error, Al'lah is not God.

The Bible is the inspired word of God and is subject to error and interpretation as neither God nor Son of God were the actual authors. The Bible probably is corrupted through the many translations, but the Qur'an is corrupted from the get go.

The Prophet has Al'lah saying that anyone who questions either himself or the Prophet will be killed and suffer eternity in hell. The Bible allows questioning; the Qur'an does not. Without tossing out the entire Qur'an, an Islamic reformation is not possible. All who try reformation are automatically guilty of apostasy and are subject to fatwa ordered execution by any Muslim who happens to come upon the hapless apostate.

In a telling hadith, Muhammad asks who committed the particular crime in question. Thinking he was doing the right thing, a man steps forward and admits his guilt. Startled by the mans admission, Muhammad said it would have been better to have lied and lived than to have revealed himself. Thereupon Muhammad had the man beheaded.

With the threat of death hanging over the head of every Muslim, it is better to lie than be truthful about Islam. Reformation is not possible."

At this point, I would provide some source references, but in this case I can only refer you to the Qur'an and the Hadith and wish you happy reading.

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