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Just keep repeating to yourself: “Islamophobia” is the real problem!

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Nigeria: Bomb explodes outside church during worship service, wounding five

Just keep repeating to yourself: “Islamophobia” is the real problem. “Islamophobia” is the real problem. “Islamophobia” is the real problem. “Bomb near car explodes in Nigeria, wounding 5,” by Bashir Adigun and Jon Gambrell for the Associated Press, February 19:

SULEJA, Nigeria — A bomb planted by an abandoned car exploded outside a church in the middle of a worship service Sunday near Nigeria’s capital, wounding five people amid a continuing wave of violence by a radical Islamist sect, authorities and witnesses said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast outside the Christ Embassy church in Suleja, a city near the nation’s capital Abuja. However, the area has been targeted in the past by the sect known as Boko Haram – including the Christmas Day car bombing of a Catholic church nearby that killed at least 44 people.

The explosion happened just after 10 a.m. as the church began its service, Pastor Uyi Idugboe told journalists. Security guards at the church had noticed something suspicious by the abandoned car, prompting the pastor to call everyone inside the church before the service began, he said….

Members of the sect have been blamed for killing at least 289 people this year alone, according to an Associated Press count. The group’s leader says its campaign of violence also is aimed at avenging Muslim deaths and pushing for strict Shariah law across multiethnic Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people….

Bombs have struck Suleja in the past. During Nigeria’s April election, a bomb planted at an election office in the city killed 16 people. Another bomb at a church exploded in July in the city, killing three people.

In nearby Madalla, another town in Niger state, a car bomb exploded outside St. Theresa Catholic Church there, killing at least 44 people. Authorities have blamed all the previous attacks in Suleja on Boko Haram.

They also kill fellow Muslims who don’t see eye-to-eye with them:

Meanwhile, authorities blamed the group for killing two people Saturday in Nigeria’s northeast. There, gunmen shot dead an Islamic cleric and a local politician in separate attacks, police said.

Posted by Robert on February 19, 2012 8:45 PM

Is IRS Targeting Obama’s Enemies?

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Is IRS Targeting Obama’s Enemies? |  
Written by Raven Clabough
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 15:31
In 2010, American Thinker posted an interesting defense of a flat tax, noting that it would help preserve privacy and freedom of speech by eliminating the need for the federal government to know virtually every aspect of a taxpayer’s financial assets. Two years later, some people are seeing truth in the magazine’s assessment that the administration may be using the Internal Revenue Service to silence its opposition.

Ohio Liberty Council, for instance, says they are being made to jump through hoops by the IRS, which has demanded certain documents in order for the group’s process of acquiring non-profit status to move forward. OLC President Tom Zawistowski posted a letter on the organization’s website detailing the difficulties:

My own Portage County TEA Party has been waiting for over a year just to get a response from the IRS so we can file our 2010 tax return! In the attached PDF I share with you, the “Additional Information Requested” of the Ohio Liberty Council from our June 30th, 2010 application which we just received on January 30, 2012. Yes, they took a year and a half to respond to our application and they are giving us two weeks to respond back. As you will see, this is no simple request.

Besides its 19-month delay in answering the OLC, the IRS is requiring such a large amount of documents and information that a small organization such as the OLC would likely have to stop all other operations in order to comply.

The following are the IRS demands of the OLC:

• A hard copy printout of the website — A pdf file emailed to the IRS will not suffice

• A list of all social media outlets being used (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) including hard copy printouts of every posting

• A narrative description of every activity of [the] organization since June 30, 2010 (filing date). [The IRS does not want a mere description of an event, but full details, including who conducted it, their qualifications, who was allowed to take part in the activities and how they were selected, and if there was a fee, how much it was.]

• Details of the [OLC’s] members, including their names, addresses, roles, plus a corporate federal ID of all organizations which are members of the Ohio Liberty Council.

Additionally, the IRS required the following from the OLC:

• Time, location and content schedule of each scheduled public event

• Copies of any and all handouts

• Names and credentials of all instructors and copies of any workshop materials used

• Identification of all speakers and copies of every speech

The letter sent to the OLC also indicates that the IRS will make public and post on the Internet all information received from the OLC. The Blaze views this statement as a threat: “Anyone who is part of a non-profit or even has attended a gathering held by a non-profit will have their information posted on the internet by the government. It makes you wonder if the same information will be asked of other non-profits?”

Zawistowski notes that by the same logic, names of all buyers of Girl Scout cookies as well as all who attend church each week would have to be posted online.

According to The Blaze, the OLC’s ordeal with the IRS is not an isolated incident:

Tea Party groups across the country have written to us sharing similar information. One Texas group filed their application for non-profit status in late 2007, but only received the information demand letter last month. As stated above, the Ohio Liberty Council submitted paperwork over 18 months ago[;] their demand was received at the end of January. Florida groups (who we have spoken with, but have requested anonymity) report similar experiences.

Many different groups applied for non-profit status at very different times — (over a three year period) and yet, they all seem to have gotten the IRS replies within the last month.

As mentioned earlier, some critics charge that the Obama administration is attempting to silence its opposition — opposition, for instance, to the ObamaCare contraceptive mandate. In a recent press release, the OLC indicated that it stands with the Catholic Church in that battle:

The Ohio Liberty Council (OLC) announced today that it supports the decision of the Catholic Church to refuse to comply with the ruling by the Health and Human Services Department concerning mandatory insurance coverage. The ruling says that under ObamaCare, Catholic institutions — including charities, hospitals and schools — will be required by law, to provide and pay for insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, abortion-inducing drugs and sterilization procedures. If they do not, they will face fines in the millions of dollars which will put organizations like catholic hospitals and schools out of business. This decision has the full support of President Obama and his Administration.

Meanwhile, the timing of the IRS’s seemingly absurd requests for documentation coordinates with the announcement of the Obama campaign’s plans to mobilize its “Truth Team” members across the country, who will also seek to silence opposing voices.

During Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, a similar group of his supporters in Missouri took their agenda too far, vowing to arrest anyone who told “lies” about Obama, and did what they could to intimidate anyone who criticized him or his policies.

The Detroit Free Press reported on September 30, 2008,

A local television station’s coverage of a Missouri campaign “truth squad” on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has touched off a national Internet frenzy. What has prompted all the furor is that several members of the Obama’s “truth squad” in Missouri are prosecutors or members of law enforcement. They include St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. All are Democrats.

Missouri’s then-Governor Matt Blunt responded,

What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words. The party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment. This abuse of the law for intimidation insults the most sacred principles and ideals of Jefferson. I can think of nothing more offensive to Jefferson’s thinking than using the power of the state to deprive Americans of their civil rights.

Because of possible political retribution — by way of an IRS audit — by the administration against its foes, American Thinker believes the federal tax code should be abolished in favor of a simple flat tax:

The fact that we have a tax system so vast and complex that it may be vindictively used as a political tool is unconscionable. Couple that with the fact that we have a president with a Chicago-brass-knuckles political background, and we have an environment chilling to free speech.

How many of Obama’s political “enemies” have been cowed into silence due to fear of retribution via an unfriendly IRS tax audit? How many signatures are missing from petitions against the administration out of fear of arbitrary retribution? The IRS can ruin a completely innocent person by forcing an expensive and time-consuming defense against a vindictive audit.

As i comb through the headline news i become weary  of how this administration have trodden the  American values,and how they are trying to rid of the constitution, and they are getting away with it. t is a frightening thought to realize your government is trying to destroy You, and every thing you and your country stands for. Wake up America and Vote Obama OUT!

Army defends chaplain intervention over letter criticizing contraceptive mandate

Published February 07, 2012

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    Oct. 31, 2011: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is seen in the Oval Office at the White House.

The Army said Tuesday that a request for chaplains not to read a letter in Sunday Mass that expressed disapproval of a new regulation in the Obama administration’s health care law was not an attempt to “censor,” but rather a cautionary move to preserve “military order and discipline.”

The Army acknowledged that Chief of Chaplains Donald Rutherford had asked chaplains to only distribute, but not read, the Jan. 26 letter sent by Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. The concern was apparently over a single line.

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“The Chief of Chaplains was concerned that one line in the 456-word letter could be misinterpreted as a call to civil disobedience within our nation’s military ranks,” the statement said.

A senior Army official separately confirmed that the offending line stated: “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law.” The official confirmed that “there was a worry that would be a call for civil obedience.”

The Army statement went on to say that the chief of chaplains was not rendering a judgment on the letter’s message, but acted only out of “concern that a single line might run counter to proper military order and discipline.”

“Any suggestion that he or the Army were attempting to censor the clergy is not supported by the facts,” the Army said.

According to the Army, Secretary John McHugh was not involved in the issue until after Rutherford sent out his request. The Army said McHugh later spoke with the archbishop, who offered to remove the offending line, and that the “amended letter” was redistributed and read on Sunday at Army chapels.

“We consider this matter closed,” the Army said.

In the letter, Broglio writes to pastors telling them that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rule that requires coverage of sterilization, abortifacients and contraception be included in virtually all health plans is a direct violation of the First Amendment allowing religious liberty.

“As a result, unless the rule is overturned, we Catholics will be compelled to choose between violating our consciences or dropping health coverage for our employees (and suffering the penalties for doing so),” he wrote.

“We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law. People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens. We are already joined by our brothers and sisters of all faiths and many others of good will in this important effort to regain our religious freedom.

“Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God-given rights. In generations past, the Church has always been able to count on the faithful to stand up and protect her sacred rights and duties. I hope and trust she can count on this generation of Catholics to do the same. Your children and grandchildren deserve nothing less,” he wrote.

Click here to read more on this story from Fox News Radio.

Broglio then urged pastors to “learn more about this severe assault on religious liberty and how to contact Congress in support of legislation that would reverse the administration’s decision.”

That legislation is already in the works. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and 20 cosponsors filed the the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2012, which would repeal the mandate that Rubio says “violates the religious liberties and conscience rights of faith-based institutions by forcing them to offer employees insurance coverage for contraceptives.”

“As Americans, we should all be appalled by an activist government so overbearing and so obsessed with forcing mandates on the American people that it forces such a choice on religious institutions,” Rubio wrote in an editorial Friday in The New York Post.

The Obama administration defends the decision to require Catholic groups fund reproductive medications and procedures by saying that many lay individuals work in these institutions.

“There are tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of women who work in these hospitals and universities who are not Catholic or they may be Catholic but they use birth control and the question is whether they will have the same, the same package that every other woman in the country has, the same right and access to basic preventive care,” Obama senior adviser David Axelrod told MSNBC on Tuesday.

But the administration could shift its maneuvers. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that besides the year the Catholic institutions were given to comply, lost in the coverage is the effort “to work with those religious institutions to try to implement this policy in a way that ensures that women have access to preventive care, but tries to allay the concerns of these institutions.”

Democratic senators on Tuesday were planning a full-throated defense of the administration policy, calling it a “protection of women’s health.” Some see a concerted GOP attack on women’s health starting with efforts to shut down the government last year over abortion policy, the Komen Foundation-Planned Parenthood flap over breast cancer funding and now the controversy over the decision to require Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives free of charge.

But Jordan Sekulow, director of policy and international operations at the American Center for Law and Justice, told FoxNews.com that the legislation may win support from the few Democrats who are either pro-life or have large Catholic constituencies.

“I don’t think it’s as partisan as people think,” Sekulow said. “Bob Casey from Pennsylvania is probably key there. Joe Manchin of West Virginia I think would be someone who would side on this quickly. He already said he’s already concerned about this. So if Rubio can get enough support from that community then you could handle this. It would obviously pass through the house and hten the Senate and then the president would have to make a decision on his desk, not on (Health and Human Services Secretary) Kathleen Sebelius issuing the order.”

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has released a poll from the Democratic firm, Public Policy Polling, that says 53 percent of Catholics surveyed agree with the decision to require Catholic hospitals and universities to provide prescription birth control without no additional out-of-pocket fees. According to the poll, 37 percent are opposed.

The poll showed 53 percent of Catholics also agree that women employed by Catholic hospitals and universities should have the same rights to contraceptive coverage as other women while only 39 percent say these institutions should be exempted because contraception runs counter to Catholic teachings.

Democrats also pointed to a similar poll from the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, which says 49 percent of Americans say that religiously affiliated colleges and hospitals should be required to provide their employees with health care plans that cover contraception or birth control at no cost. Forty-six percent say they should not have to provide this type of coverage.

With 300,000 Catholics serving in the Armed Forces not hearing the letter in services, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer of the Center for Advanced Defense Studies said he hopes the White House “backs down.”

“Clearly, the Army’s job is to be a military organization, not be in the middle of a social values conflict,” he told Fox News. “This is something we’ve got to resolve quickly. Otherwise it will diminish our ability to fight as a military.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/07/military-chaplains-told-not-to-object-to-contraceptive-mandate-as-senators-look/?cmpid=NL_FNTopHeadlines_20120207#ixzz1ll2eWRGD

Inbreeding as an explanation to Muslim violence and irrationality (via The Western Experience)

Little Muslim Girls

Inbreeding Muslims, now this a subject that will raise few eyebrows, about time America know the truth. Thank you The Western Experience

I’ve made this point before and it nearly called a fainting spell and a fight. A few liberals (actually I’d say they were just generally really uninformed and, therefore, defaulted to a liberal take) gasped in disbelief and were shocked I would utter such a thing. No matter that it is well documented proof. For example, Saddam Hussein married his first cousin. The fight that almost happened was because someone insinuated I had no room to talk bei … Read More

via The Western Experience

Good News for Catholics, or is it?!

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My wife found this in all places, in Arabnews.com. I did not know or even heard about this, if you have heard it before please leave a comment, for I’m just dump founded.

 

European court: Crucifix acceptable in classrooms

 

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: Mar 18, 2011 23:22 Updated: Mar 18, 2011 23:22

 

PARIS: The European Court of Human Rights ruled Friday that crucifixes are acceptable in public school classrooms, and its decision will be binding in 47 countries. The ruling overturned a decision the court had reached in November 2009 in which it said the crucifix could be disturbing to non-Christian or atheist pupils. Led by Italy, several European countries appealed that ruling.

 

The case originated in Italy, and Friday’s final verdict was immediately welcomed in Rome. “The popular sentiment in Europe has won today,” said Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.

All 47 countries that are members of the Council of Europe, the continent’s human rights watchdog, will be required to obey the ruling.

The European Court of Human Rights, which is based in Strasbourg, France, said Italian public schools did nothing wrong by hanging crucifixes in their classrooms, in a case that divided Europe’s traditional Catholic countries and their more secular neighbors.

Friday’s final decision by the court’s Grand Chamber said it found no evidence “that the display of such a symbol on classroom walls might have an influence on pupils.” The case was brought by Soile Lautsi, a Finnish-born mother who said public schools in her Italian town refused to remove the Roman Catholic symbols from classrooms. She said the crucifix violates the secular principles the public schools are supposed to uphold.

Massimo Albertin, Lautsi’s husband, said Friday that the family was disappointed and “disillusioned” by the ruling, saying it showed that the court didn’t respect the principles on which Italian society is built.

“Freedom of religion, freedom from discrimination, freedom of choice are fundamental principles and in this case they weren’t respected,” Albertin said by phone from Abano Terme near Padua, where the family lives.

A self-described atheist, Albertin said he didn’t think the family had any further recourse, saying the ruling showed “the Vatican is too strong for individuals.” The children, who were 11 and 13 at the time the case began, are now 20 and 22 and in university. He said while Lautsi’s name was on the court documentation, it was very much a joint initiative.

The original case was heard by a seven-judge panel. The appeal hearing was heard by a “grand chamber” of 19 judges.

The case set up a confrontation between traditional Catholic and Orthodox countries and nations in the north that observe a strict separation between church and state.

Italy and more than a dozen other countries fought the original ruling, contending the crucifix is a symbol of the continent’s historic and cultural roots.

The ruling came as Vatican officials announced the Holy See is reaching out to atheists with a series of encounters and debates aimed at fostering intellectual dialogue and introducing nonbelievers to God.

Ahead of the court decision, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, a top Vatican official, said the crucifix was “one of the greatest symbols in the West,” like the crescent moon is in the Muslim world, and that denying it or canceling it out risked canceling out Western identity.

The crucifix, he said “is a sign of civilization, even if you don’t recognize it theologically,” said Ravasi, who heads the Vatican’s culture office.

 

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Gay Priest Fired

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No matter where any one stands on Homosexuality, in my opinion no one should lose their job because of it; specially if they are performing their work properly.

Catholic College Fires Openly Gay Priest in Pennsylvania

Published February 26, 2011

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A Pennsylvania College professor is out of a job tonight.

Father James St. George says he was fully vetted when he was hired to teach at Chestnut Hill College, a private Roman Catholic institution in Pennsylvania. But the schools says that they did not know he was gay, and has since let him go.

Now Father St. George is wondering whether a letter from a local lawyer may have done him in.

Father St. George doesn’t exactly hide the fact that he’s gay. But he says he never brings it up in class.

“My sexuality has never come up. I’ve never once said i’m gay,” MyFoxPhilly reports.

Father St. George is part of the Old Catholic Church Of The Americas, a faction that broke away from the Vatican back in 1870. In his church, priests are allowed to marry and be gay.

A quick Google search when the college hired him would have revealed that, but the college said in a statement, “it was with great disappointment when we learned through St. George’s public statements of his involvement in a gay relationship with another man for the past 15 years.”

The college never spoke to Father St. George, he says, they sent a letter, and then refused to take his calls.

His firing coincides with an email sent to Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali and the college from James Pepper, a local lawyer who called the priest a “heretic.”

“I serve as a trauma chaplain, I help broken people. I run a parish, a small parish in Blue Bell, take care of people who have no hope. I teach kids how to become better adults,” Father St. George said.

“A school that is supposed to teach religious understanding is not even being tolerant.”

The statement from Chestnut Hill College arrived after our interview with Father St. George.
We received this response from him: He says the college president is “completely wrong and they have known all about me from the first day.”

Father St. George went on to say that to “openly admit hatred and anti-gay bias is deplorable, and I continue to be very sad that such hatred exists.”

Go Granie Go!

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It warms my heart when I read a story like this one. This
story tells me Love is still around no matter how old one be or how twisted one
get……..

70-Year-Old Woman Arrested For Allegedly Stalking Priest in
Florida

Published February 12, 2011

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70-year-old Dorothy Jones Scalise was arrested for stalking
93-year-old Father Edward Konopka in Coral Springs, Fla.

Police have arrested a woman who, officials said, has been
stalking priests in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area.

The arrest came after Father Edward Konopka, 93, of St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Coral Springs, Fla. said he has been the
victim of a stalker, 70-year-old Dorothy Jones Scalise, Fox7News reports.

Father Konopka said, Scalise has been known to pester
several other Catholic priests around the area and she frequently gets tossed
out of Catholic churches.

“She would go to the organ and take over the organ, or
she would sit in the second or fourth pew and make monkey faces,” Konopka
said.

The retired priest said he fears the 70-year-old woman.
“She’s getting ready for something to end this thing,” Konopka said.
“She’s been in every parish on University and kicked out of the parish.
They carry her out like a sack of potatoes. Between us, she’s out to do
something, this is the end.”

Konopka added that he would have to avoid Scalise, as he
exited his apartment in the mornings. “[She] would sit on that second or
third step with a pot of coffee and Dunkin Donuts waiting for me to come out to
her. Three to four times a week, and sit on those yellow stones over there and
just taunt me.”

Neighbors said they have seen the woman in the area acting
erratic. “She used to come here with a wig, and she used to scream and
carry on,” Sandra Jarvis said.

Bond court Judge John Hurley ordered a psychological
evaluation of Scalise. “You are not allowed to come within 500 feet of St.
Elizabeth or Father Konopka, do you understand that?”

The 70-year-old woman responded, “Your honor, the
pleasure is all mine.”Scalise was released to home confinement Friday after she
was charged with misdemeanor stalking.