Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Whether you celebrate this day when Christians remember the birth of Jesus or not, I hope that you have a very good day, and that we all can look forward to a Happy New Year.

Here are two very different interpretations of the 12 Days of Christmas


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Not Just for Christians

In the U.S., Christmas Not Just for Christians reported Despite the fact that only a little more than 80% of Americans identify with a Christian faith, 93% of those interviewed in a recent USA Today/Gallup poll indicate that they celebrate Christmas.

56% are Protestant or other Christian, 25% Catholic, 2% Jewish, 0.4% Muslim, 3% other non-Christian religion, 13% None/Atheist/Agnostic, 2% no response.


Brit Hume

Brit Hume finished his tenure as "Special Report" anchor. He will remain a senior political analyst at the network, and will appear frequently on "Fox News Sunday", "Special Report", and elsewhere. I am glad he will continue to be on Fox News.


Muslims Erect ‘Allah Has No Son’ Banner in Nazareth

CNSNews reported As Nazareth’s Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, they are playing down the appearance of a confrontational Islamic banner that challenges an elemental Christian belief. Journalists visiting the city saw two large banners--one in English, one in Arabic--hanging in the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation, with a verse from the Koran (112:1-4) contradicting the New Testament proclamation that Jesus is the “only begotten” of God.
Only if you assume Allah is God. The more I hear about Islam, the more I think the Angel that appeared to Mohammad was not Gabriel, but Lucifer (Satan) in disguise, or from one of his other fallen angels, and that the Koran did not come from God, but from Satan.
“In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, Say (O Muhammad): He is Allah, (the) One and Only. Allah, the Eternal, the Absolute. He begetteth not, nor was begotten, and there is none like unto him,” the banner reads.

Nazareth Mayor Ramiz Jaraisy played down concerns that a banner effectively denying Jesus’ deity was provocative to Christians,
People don't worry about offending Christians. But post a sign that offends Muslims, and all Hell breaks loose.
although he did question its position, in front of Nazareth’s most prominent landmark.

“I don’t think that it’s provocative against anyone,”
If it was not intended to be provocative, then why not add another sign quoting John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
he said. “My point of view [is] that it’s not the right place to put it and it’s not the right way to do that.”

But Jaraisy said he would not remove the banner because some Islamic fundamentalist groups were looking to provoke a confrontation in order to promote their cause. He did not want to provide them with that opportunity.

And I certainly would not do as one Catholic Priest did, and put a mosque in Nativity scene


Monday, December 22, 2008

This is going to tick the LGBTs off

Pope likens "saving" gays to saving the rainforest - Yahoo! News reported Pope Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.
Rick Warren just said they should not marry each other. The Pope now raises the issue to something on the level of AGW.
"(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself. A sort of ecology of man is needed," the pontiff said in a holiday address to the Curia, the Vatican's central administration. "The tropical forests do deserve our protection. But man, as a creature, does not deserve any less."

The Catholic Church teaches that while homosexuality is not sinful, homosexual acts are. It opposes gay marriage and, in October, a leading Vatican official called homosexuality "a deviation, an irregularity, a wound."
I agree.
The pope said humanity needed to "listen to the language of creation" to understand the intended roles of man and woman. He compared behavior beyond traditional heterosexual relations as "a destruction of God's work." He also defended the Church's right to "speak of human nature as man and woman, and ask that this order of creation be respected."