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Call for Jews to stop calling Jesus a bastard October 7, 2007

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Jew’s calling Jesus a Bastard and the Christians are where?  down the pubs and club celebrating.  Keep it up as Jesus died for your sins, so sin as much as you want and let Jesus pay for it.

Ben Martin – Telegraph.co.uk October 6, 2007

A senior American cardinal has asked Jews to reconsider descriptions of Jesus as a “bastard” in exchange for a softening of traditional Catholic prayers calling for Jews to be converted to Christianity.

The controversial comments, by Cardinal Francis George of the Archdiocese of Chicago, concern a prayer said during Easter celebrations by the small number of parishes or priests who celebrate a particular form of Good Friday mass.

Those version of Good Friday prayers calls for the congregation to pray for Jews to be converted to Christianity.

But Cardinal George said this prayer should be amended to ensure it did not offend Jews.
“I suspect (the amendment) probably will be (made), because the intention is to be sure that our prayers are not offensive to the Jewish people who are our ancestors in the faith,” Cardinal George said in an interview with the National Catholic Reporter.
“We can’t possibly insult them in our liturgy … not that any group has a veto on anybody’s prayers, because you can go through Jewish texts and find material that is offensive to us. But if we’re interested in keeping the dialogue strong, and we have to be, we should be very cautious about any prayer that they find insulting.”

But this should mean that Jews, in turn, consider amending their own religious texts, he said.

“It does work both ways. Maybe this is an opening to say, ‘Would you care to look at some of the Talmudic literature’s description of Jesus as a bastard, and so on, and maybe make a few changes in some of that?'”

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/10/06/wjesus106.xml

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Police ban London antiwar march October 7, 2007

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New attack on democratic rights

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain)
6 October 2007

The Metropolitan Police have banned a demonstration by the Stop the War Coalition in central London. Police spokesmen have indicated that this is in response to pressure from the Labour government of Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The march is planned to coincide with the reopening of Parliament on Monday October 8. This is a major attack on the freedom of speech. It must be condemned and opposed by all workers, young people and socialist-minded intellectuals.

The ban marks an escalation of the Labour government’s 10-year assault on democratic rights. Not content with the mass of recent legislation to curb the right to free speech, it has turned to anti-democratic legislation dating back to the 19th century.

The march has been banned under a little-known law dating from 1839, at the time of the Chartist movement—a period that was to encompass class conflict at home and colonial insurrections abroad. It was a time when the British ruling class believed they were on the brink of social revolution—a fear which was to be confirmed by the 1848 revolutions that toppled thrones in Europe and gave birth to the Marxist movement.

The bourgeoisie weathered a storm that lasted from 183,7 when the Charter was published and launched the first working-class movement, to 1858, when the “Indian Mutiny” or first War of Indian Independence was bloodily crushed. By a combination of violence and economic concessions, the capitalist class was able to maintain its hold on power.

The use of such legislation indicates that the representatives of capital once again fear a threat to their rule. In today’s economic climate, the ability of British capitalism to make the kind of economic concessions it made when it exercised undisputed world hegemony is severely limited. All that is left is its monopoly of violence, which it will not hesitate to use if it faces opposition to its fundamental interests.  [read more]

So Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby? October 7, 2007

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by Ray McGovern

“The government is pretty jumpy about Israel…the State Department even asked the Israeli ambassador if his government had any objections to McGonagle getting the medal.”

Adding insult to injury, those of the Liberty crew who survived well enough to call for an independent investigation have been hit with charges of, you guessed it, anti-Semitism.

I found myself looking out at 400 blank stares. The USS Liberty? And so I asked how many in the audience had heard of the attack on the Liberty on June 8, 1967. Three hands went up; I called on the gentleman nearest me.

Ramrod straight he stood:

“Sir, Sergeant Bryce Lockwood, United States Marine Corps, retired. I am a member of the USS Liberty crew, Sir.”

Common Dreams

Who’s afraid of the Israeli Lobby? Damn near everyone of our bought and paid for Congress.

To ask Israel if it’s “OK” to award an American the Medal of Honor is beyond disgraceful.

Above: Bush requesting permission from Israeli Lobby to go to Toilet on Live TV

Do you think Bush asks the Israeli lobby if he can go to the toilet?  Place your bets!!

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Islam: The Next American Religion? October 4, 2007

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Fastest-Growing Religion Often Misunderstood
By Barr Seitz, of ABCNEWS.com

 

Can you guess the location of these People praying?

NO NEED TO CLICK ANYWHERE, I’LL TELL YOU:

Muslim men bow in prayer on Madison  Avenue in New York at the start of the United Muslim Day Parade. Experts agree Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in America.  (Emile Wamsteker / AP Photo)

Aaron Cambel was an American kid who used to hang out with friends cruising the local mall,  picking up girls, checking out the latest fashions and getting in trouble. “I was realized if I took the same path, I would have ended up the way they did, wasting my life away,” says Cambel, who lives in Washington. So he converted to Islam. “It was the most simple and direct to understand of the religions I looked into,” says Cambel, who converted four years ago. “It taught about moral character, and ethics and the way people should be treated.”

The American Muslim birthrate is about 4.5 children per couple, versus the 1.9 child per couple national average.

Islam Liberates Black Americans

Cambel, 23, has joined one of the fastest growing religions in the United States. Experts agree Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in America. As many as five million Muslims live in the United States and in the last five years, the number of mosques in this country has increased from 843 to about 1,300. Most of the growth has come from immigration, but much of it is home-grown. For many black Americans, Islam has become the religion of choice and some one million—mostly men—have converted. “It is an American phenomenon, which started in the ghettoes of the north,” says Yvonne Haedad, a professor of history of Islam and of Christian-Muslim Relations at Georgetown University. “It is a response to racism…it is seen as the religion of liberation.” Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam has become the most prominent black Islamic group in the United States. Black men in bow ties and dark suits emphasize the strict discipline of the order, which emphasizes empowerment, a key theme of the Million Man March on Washington in 1995. But Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic remarks—calling  Jews “bloodsuckers” who took from the community to build their own—have brought controversy and publicity to the group. “It’s very visible, because Farrakhan is very visible,” says Fahhim Abdulhadi, spokesman for the American Muslim Council. “Muslims in mainstream have lots of problems with Farrakhan.”

Muslims Battle Prejudices

Many mainstream Muslims also have a problem with the tide of misunderstanding in the United States. “We always need to explain so many issues, “ says Hassan Qacwini, Imam of the Islamic Center of America in Detroit. The most common misunderstanding, according to Qacwini,  is that Islam fosters violence, a perception reconfirmed whenever extremist groups set off suicide bombs or massacre tourists in the Middle East.

“Islam is a peaceful religion,” says Qacwini. “Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.” Many Americans looked for a Muslim scapegoat when the Alfred P. Murrah building blew up in 1995. “After the Oklahoma City bombing, people said it was Middle East terrorists,” says Abdulhadi. Several Middle Eastern men were briefly detained, and there were reports of harassment against Muslims, including beatings and a mosque burning. Some Muslims point out that when Timothy McVeigh was arrested, no one accused him of bombing the federal building for religious reasons. “Nobody talks about McVeigh as Christian terrorist,” says Haedad.

Hostility Breeds Assertion

The role of women is another area of misunderstanding. For  example, while some non-Muslims see the veil as a tool of oppression, many Muslim women see it as a reinforcement of  their identity in a culture that is hostile to Islam. “It’s empowerment,” says Haedad. “Women say ‘I’m going to wear it and you’d better to put up with it.’” While many   Muslims assert their identity in a society they perceive as hostile, most have followed the pattern of practically every other ethnic and religious group in America: blending and assimilating. “Most Muslims, you wouldn’t pick them out,” says Abdulhadi. “They’re just going to work and getting along.”

“Islam is a peaceful religion. Some would try to connect terrorism to Islam, which is wrong.”  – Hassan Qacwini, Imam in Detroit

There is an estimated 1.6 Billion Muslims currently around the world today!

McCain: I would vote for Muslim president October 1, 2007

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(CNN)– GOP presidential hopeful Senator John McCain, R-Arizona, says he feels religion should play a role in one’s selection of a presidential candidate. “I think the number one issue people should make [in the] selection of the President of the United States is ‘Will this person carry on the Judeo Christian principled tradition that has made this nation the greatest experiment in the history of mankind?'”

McCain made the comments an in interview with beliefnet, a website that covers religious issues and affairs.

“I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, personally, I prefer someone who has a grounding in my faith,” he said when asked about a Muslim candidate running for president.

Mr. McCain contacted beliefnet after the interview to clarify his remarks. “I would vote for a Muslim if he or she was the candidate best able to lead the country and defend our political values,” he said.

“The Senator did not intend to assert that members of one religious faith or another have a greater claim to American citizenship over another,” Jill Hazelbaker, McCain’s communication director told CNN when asked for clarification on his comments. “Read in context, his interview with beliefnet makes clear that people of all faiths are entitled to all the rights protected by the Constitution, including the right to practice their religion freely. In the interview he also observed that the values protected by the Constitution, by which he meant values such as respect for human life and dignity, are rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. That is all he intended to say to the question, is America a Christian nation, and it is hardly a controversial claim.”

McCain also said people should not be quick to dismiss his rival in the GOP race, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, simply because of his Mormon religion. “I believe that the Mormon religion is a religion that I don’t share, but I respect,” he said. “I think that Governor Romney’s religion should not, absolutely not, be a disqualifying factor when people consider his candidacy for President of the United States, absolutely not.”

He said he did agree with a recent poll that 55 percent of Americans believe the U.S. Constitution establishes a Christian nation. “I would probably have to say yes, that the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.”

“But I say that in the broadest sense,” he said. “The lady that holds her lamp beside the golden door doesn’t say, ‘I welcome only Christians.’ We welcome the poor, the tired, the huddled masses. But when they come here they know that they are a nation founded on Christian principles.”

McCain was also asked to clarify his being identified an Episcopalian, yet recently referring to himself as Baptist. “[It was] one comment on the bus after hours,” he said. “I meant to say that I practice in a – I am a Christian and I attend a Baptist church.” McCain said he was raised Episcopalian, but has attended a Phoenix Baptist church for many years.

When asked if he was close to taking the final step, and undergoing a Baptist baptism, he said he has been in discussions with his pastor about it. “But I would not anticipate going through that during this presidential campaign,” he said. “I am afraid it might appear as if I was doing something that I otherwise wouldn’t do.”

– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford