December 14, 2005
Volume 1, Number 39
1) New York Times Ad
2) Thought Police Harrass British Author
3) "Chronicles of Narnia"
What Cinema Should Be
4) Noted in Passing
Did President Forget Israel?
It's Okay to Say
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The War on Christians
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NEW YORK TIMES AD VILIFIES PRESIDENT
A full-page ad in Monday’s New York Times speaks volumes about the hysteria and smear tactics of the radical left especially those opposed to US policy in Iraq.
Headlined “The World Can’t Wait; Drive Out The Bush Regime,” the ad is vile, contemptible, slanderous and typical of the tactics of its signers.
According to the broadside, the U.S. government is “openly torturing people,” “waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq" and “moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.”
Then comes the coup-de-smear: “People look at all this and think Hitler and they are right to do so.”
Did Hitler fight to bring democracy to a Third World country? Did Hitler liberate people under the rule of an odious tyrant and then hold free elections? Was Hitler a Christian? (The Nazi tyrant was in fact neo-pagan who often expressed his hatred of Christianity.)
The ad is signed by the likes of Martin Sheen, Margot Kidder, Ed Asner and (of course) Jane Fonda along with anti-Zionist Cindy Sheehan, Professor Ward Churchill (who called those who died at the World Trade Center “little Eichmanns”), Frances Kissling of the pro-abortion Catholics for Free Choice and a number of Muslim spokesmen.
Even fools can do the Lord’s work. If anything, ordinary people who see this will rally around the president. The ad paints a clear picture of the enemy within and it’s not a pretty sight.
THOUGHT POLICE HARASS BRITISH AUTHOR
If you want to understand the danger of hate-crimes legislation pending in Congress, consider a recent incident in the United Kingdom.
Author and family advocate Lynette Burrows was interviewed on Radio Five Live, a BBC affiliate. During the program, the mother of 6 questioned the wisdom of adoption by homosexuals. She compared placing a boy with two homosexual men to placing a girl with two heterosexual men.
That brought the police to her door. A listener complained to the authorities of a “homophobic incident.” Britain is a pioneer in hate-crimes laws. All such charges are personally investigated. Naturally, it has a chilling effect on speech. Who wants to have the police knocking on their door, demanding that they explain their views?
A feisty lady, Burrows said: “I was astounded. I told her (the investigating officer) this was a free country and we are allowed to express opinions on matters of public interest.” But for how long, if hate-crimes laws continue their march unimpeded?
In Sweden recently, the nation’s supreme court overturned the lower-court conviction of Pastor Ake Green, for preaching a sermon on the Biblical view of homosexuality. However, the court implied that if Green had not been a minister expressing his views in a sermon, the case might have turned out far differently.
As we’ve noted before, the goal of the so-called gay rights movement isn’t to secure anyone’s rights, but to suppress speech that questions the legitimacy of homosexuality or the gay agenda.
Americans should let their elected officials know that hate-crimes legislation is a clear and present danger to the First Amendment and the freedoms Americans have fought for throughout our history.
“CHRONICLES OF NARNIA” -- WHAT CINEMA SHOULD BE
“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe,” which just opened nationwide, is what cinema should be -- enchanting, inspiring and values-affirming.
Based on the beloved children’s classic by C.S. Lewis (one of the greatest Christian writers of the 20th century), it tells the story of 4 children who stumble into the magical realm of Narnia.
Beautifully filmed, with a fine cast, the movie is about courage, compassion, sacrifice and redemption. While the underlying Christian theme of the Lewis book is somewhat downplayed, it’s hard to mistake the symbolism of the heroic lion Aslan, who allows himself to be killed for the sins of another.
Audiences are flocking to the film. In a culture starved for real entertainment, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe,” deserves its popularity.
NOTED IN PASSING: DID THE PRESIDENT FORGET ISRAEL?
In a speech this week to the Council on Foreign Relations, President Bush mentioned those nations that have suffered the scourge of terrorism, including England, Spain, Bali and Jordan. Curiously, he neglected a nation that suffered more than any other from terrorism -- brave little Israel.
The day before the president’s address, a suicide bomber in the Israeli city of Netanya killed five and wounded more than 60. Since 1993, more than 1,700 Israelis have been murdered and over 10,000 maimed. Based on Israel’s population, that is the equivalent of 73,000 dead Americans.
This oversight on the president’s part should be corrected in future speeches on terrorism.
1. Mother Jones Magazine
The leftist magazine "Mother Jones" mentioned Vision America in a piece called the "Expanding Universe: The Religious Right's Orbits of Influence." Vision America is listed alongside Focus on the Family, American Family Association and Family Research Company. We're honored by the company "Mother Jones" put us in, and honored to be on the magazine's hate-list.
2. Feder on Fox And Friends
Vision America Communications Director Don Feder will be on Fox News "Fox And Friends," tomorrow morning at 6:45 CT, discussing the War on Christmas. Besides being VA's communications director, Don is also the president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation.