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Christianity, Islam Double Standard

Posted by Joshua Price on September 29, 2007

The following is a story from CNSNEWS.com:

Pelosi: Sadomasochistic Last Supper Ad Doesn’t ‘Harm’ Christianity
By Nathan Burchfiel
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
September 28, 2007

(CNSNews.com) – A controversial advertisement for a San Francisco festival that depicts the Last Supper as a sadomasochism party falls within the First Amendment and is not harmful to Christianity, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday.

The ad for the Folsom Street Fair – to be held in Pelosi’s district on Sunday and which is partly funded by San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts program, which is funded by the city’s hotel tax – sparked outrage from Christian groups because it mirrors Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting of “The Last Supper” but replaces Jesus and his apostles with scantily leather-clad men and women sitting at a table adorned with sex toys.Folsom Street Fair Ad

A spokesman for Pelosi told a San Francisco publication yesterday that the ad would not harm Christianity. Cybercast News Service put Pelosi herself on the spot at a news conference in the U.S. Capitol Friday. Here’s the exchange between the reporter and Pelosi.

CNSNews.com:
“I’d like to get local for a second and talk about what’s going on in San Francisco. Your spokesman told the Bay Area Reporter that the Folsom Street Fair advertisement mocking the last supper would not harm Christianity. I’m wondering if you find the advertisement personally offensive.”

“And as a follow up, the city’s Grants for the Arts program, funded by the city’s hotel tax, subsidizes the fair. Do you think that it’s fair to tax everyone who visits San Francisco and stays in a hotel to support the fair?”

Pelosi:
“Well that’s not really a local question. That’s a constitutional question. That’s a religious question. That’s as big a global question as you can ask. I’m a big believer in First Amendment and therefore, as I said in my statement, I do not believe that Christianity has been harmed by the Folsom Street Fair advertising.”

Now I ask you this: How does this not “harm” Christianity yet the Danish cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad deeply harmed Islam and Muslims? Because there is a double standard between Christianity and–to quote Michael Savage–the “practitioners of the religion of peace.”

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=/Nation/archive/200709/NAT20070928c.html

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Another Piece of “Hate” Crime Legislation

Posted by Joshua Price on September 28, 2007

If you want to understand part of why our government is screwed up just look at what is allowed in the process of putting together a piece of legislation. Take the defense spending bill currently in the Senate as an example. The so-called “Dream” Act was initially attached to this bill. Now, what exactly does granting amnesty to a certain illegal population segment have to with defense spending? Answer: nothing!

Well now that the defense bill has passed it comes another catch–no, not the “Dream” Act, but rather more so-called “hate” crime protections for homosexuals. Again, what in the world does this have to with defense spending? Again, absolutely nothing.

Something is terribly wrong with a process that allows members of congress to attach amendments to bills that have absolutely nothing to do with the crux of the original legislation. This is the primary vehicle for earmarks.

On to the “hate” crime issue. We are getting to a point in this country where we are not going to be able to say certain thing about homosexuals, transgenders, the sexually confused–did I hit them all? You wait, we are eventually going to see people prosecuted under “hate” crime laws for simply speaking religious beliefs or voicing opposition to the homosexual lifestyle.

We must not lose site of the fact, however, that it is the system that needs changing. The “Dream” Act and this “hate” crime amendment should first be isolated and then debated, not sneaked in the back door–although that is ironic, isn’t it? It’s kind of what the illegals are to do us literally.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070928/NATION/109280110/1001

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So-called “Dream” Act Dead for a few more Weeks

Posted by Joshua Price on September 28, 2007

Finally some good news. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) has decided to take the so-called “Dream” Act off of the defense spending bill currently in the Senate. He has, however, made a promise to revive it before this year’s session ends in November.

Here is the link to the update from The Houston Chronicle:

 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/immigration/5168101.html

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Big Thanks to The Investigative Project on Terrorism and Steve Emerson

Posted by Joshua Price on September 28, 2007

We would just like to thank Steve Emerson and the staff over at his personal site and that of The Investigative Project on Terrorism for putting up our interview with Mr.Emerson and linking to the blog.

Check the sites out here:

 
http://www.steveemerson.com/

www.investigativeproject.org

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FBI Orders Internal Investigation of the Bureau’s Handling of Probe into Former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pennsylvania)

Posted by Joshua Price on September 27, 2007

As you may recall, former Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pennsylvania) was investigated and his daughter’s office was raided just before the 2006 midterm elections. Well many of us thought the timing was very interesting, and now that it appears that Mr. Weldon has been cleared of any violations, the timing and motives become even more suspicious.

In fact, the situation is so suspicious that FBI directer Robert Mueller has ordered a probe into the Bureau’s handling of the investigation of Mr. Weldon.

According to an article in The Washington Post today:

The internal probe was disclosed in a Senate Judiciary Committee report containing the FBI’s written answers to questions posed by committee members.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, asked why FBI agents searched the office of Mr. Weldon’s daughter and a business associate three weeks before the elections.
The publicity from the raid contributed to the Pennsylvania Republican’s defeat and led to the election of retired Navy Vice Adm. Joe Sestak, a former Clinton administration national security official.
Mr. Grassley said in his questions to the FBI that the timing of the raid “left the FBI open to criticism and speculation about whether there was an attempt to influence an election.” He also wrote that after the investigation was disclosed in the press, the FBI was forced to conduct the searches to prevent the destruction of evidence.
“It appears that the FBI would not have executed these search warrants until after the election except for the fact that someone — possibly an employee of the Justice Department or FBI — leaked the fact of the investigation to the media,” Mr. Grassley said.

Mr. Weldon declined to comment on the probe, but a person familiar with the former congressman’s thinking said he believes the Justice Department and FBI deliberately sought to sabotage his re-election bid by disclosing the probe in the press within days of the election.

The article continues:

Mr. Weldon suspects that careerists and Democratic Party sympathizers in the Justice Department worked covertly with former Clinton administration officials to defeat him and to elect Mr. Sestak, according to the person.

 

Mr. Weldon had played a key role in several high-profile investigations of the Clinton administration, including its role in a 1996 illegal transfer of missile technology to China, the 1990s loss of nuclear secrets to China, and the investigation of Clinton National Security Adviser Samuel R. Berger, who in April 2005 pleaded guilty to illegally removing classified documents from the National Archives related to counterterrorism efforts.

The federal investigation of Mr. Weldon and his daughter was requested by Melanie Sloan, a former assistant U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration, who heads the liberal watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

 

Miss Sloan said in an interview that her request was sent after a Los Angeles Times report in 2004 suggested Mr. Weldon, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, helped steer defense contracts to his daughter’s business consultancy. He was later cleared of the charges by the House Standards of Official Conduct Committee.

 

Miss Sloan said in an interview that she was unaware the FBI in 2006 had started its investigation, and that she had no contact with Justice Department officials or the news reporter who broke the story about the investigation Oct. 13.

Something is definitely up here. It will be very interesting to see what the FBI finds in its internal investigation, but in the end I’m sure they will cover their own tracks–that’s what government agencies do.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070927/NATION/109270065/1001

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