The Vatican said yesterday that Chinese authorities have carried out a new series of arrests of officials from China's illegal Roman Catholic Church.China's glitzy third-world dictators once again displayed their flair for timing by arresting more real (illegal) Catholics, no doubt to disappear into the Chinese gulag system. One of the imprisoned is an 86-year old bishop. The only Catholicism they tolerate is phony-baloney government Catholicism.
The most recent arrest occurred Wednesday, when a priest was picked up in Hebei, the same diocese whose bishop was arrested Jan. 3.
In a prepared statement, the Vatican said security forces also detained the 86-year-old bishop of Wenzhou, Monsignor James Lin Xili, on March 20 and, two days later, a lay official of the diocese.
China broke ties with the Vatican in 1951 and demands that Catholics worship only in churches approved by the state-controlled church group. Government churches do not recognize the pope's authority, although they acknowledge the pope as a spiritual leader.
Many Chinese Catholics remain fiercely loyal to Rome and risk arrest by worshipping in unofficial churches and private homes.
The state church claims 4 million believers, but the Cardinal Kung Foundation, a U.S.-based religious monitoring group, has said the unofficial church has 12 million followers.
The pope's deteriorating health was front-page news across much of Asia, but not in China, where the state-run newspapers ignored it before the pope's death last night.
Liu Bainian, vice chairman of the officially recognized church, the Catholic Patriotic Association, said the pope's name was evoked routinely in official religious services. He said several dozen Chinese students had joined about 40 religious leaders in praying for the pope yesterday.
The Holy See recognizes Beijing's diplomatic rival, Taipei on Taiwan.
Beijing has said in the past that it is ready to improve ties, but only on condition that the Vatican cuts ties with Taiwan. The Vatican, which estimates it has about 8 million followers in China, has repeatedly accused Beijing of repressing religion and cracking down on Roman Catholics.
Last September, it accused China of detaining eight priests and two seminary students, the latest in a long series of Catholics seized by China in recent years.
Involvement of Israeli Arabs in terrorism: In 2004, 25 cells were uncovered in which 50 Israeli Arabs were involved. Since the beginning of the Israeli-Palestinian violent confrontation (September 2000), 112 cells that perpetrated or planned to perpetrate terrorist attacks have been uncovered; 236 Israeli Arabs were involved in the activity of these cells. 136 Israelis were killed and 790 were wounded as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated by these cells.so how does an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza make Israel safer when there are hostile Arabs inside Israel? They have a pie chart at the bottom that shows that 15 of 25 cells in 2005 were directed by Palestinian terror groups, 3 by Hezballah, and 7 were homegrown. It's the homegrown ones that you have to worry the most about, because they can operate in the most secrecy, not needing to communicate outside the country.
On 16th February of this year, Pourmand was convicted before a Tehran military court of deceiving the Iranian armed forces about his conversion nearly 25 years ago. Paramoud allegedly failed to declare that he was a convert from Islam to Christianity when he acquired officer rank. Under the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is illegal for a non-Muslim to serve as a military officer.Persecution Watchdogs Protest Against Iran Pastor Trial
According to the Centre for Religious Freedom, Pourmand’s lawyer reportedly produced evidence that Pourmand’s military superiors recognised several years ago that he was a Christian and had given him exemptions from participating in Muslim fasts. However, that the evidence was rejected as false and Pourmand was sentenced to three years in prison with the loss of all benefits.
"Hamid Pourmand has already been stripped of his freedom and his job, and his family has been made destitute," commented Stuart Windsor, CSW's National Director. "He now faces a death sentence if the shari’ah court finds him guilty. CSW calls on the international community to do all it can to put pressure on the Iranian authorities to safeguard his life."
In a situation recalling the recent death of Terri Schiavo in Florida, an 81-year-old widow, denied nourishment and fluids for nearly two weeks, is clinging to life in a hospice in LaGrange, Ga., while her immediate family fights desperately to save her life before she dies of starvation and dehydration.I'm just sick to my stomach, and I don't know what to say. (Thanks, Mary in LA.)
Mae Magouirk was neither terminally ill, comatose nor in a "vegetative state," when Hospice-LaGrange accepted her as a patient about two weeks ago upon the request of her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, 36, an elementary school teacher.
Also upon Gaddy's request and without prior legal authority, since March 28 Hospice-LaGrange has denied Magouirk normal nourishment or fluids via a feeding tube through her nose or fluids via an IV. She has been kept sedated with morphine and ativan, a powerful tranquillizer.
Her nephew, Ken Mullinax, told WorldNetDaily that although Magouirk is given morphine and ativan, she has not received any medication to keep her eyes lubricated during her forced dehydration.
"They haven't given her anything like that for two weeks," said Mullinax. "She can't produce tears."
The dehydration is being done in defiance of Magouirk's specific wishes, which she set down in a "living will," and without agreement of her closest living next-of-kin, two siblings and a nephew: A. Byron McLeod, 64, of Anniston, Ga.; Ruth Mullinax, 74, of Birmingham, Ala.; and Ruth Mullinax's son, Ken Mullinax.
Magouirk's husband and only child, a son, are both deceased.
In her living will, Magouirk stated that fluids and nourishment were to be withheld only if she were either comatose or "vegetative," and she is neither. Nor is she terminally ill, which is generally a requirement for admission to a hospice.
Magouirk lives alone in LaGrange, though because of glaucoma she relied on her granddaughter, Beth Gaddy, to bring her food and do errands.
Two weeks ago, Magouirk's aorta had a dissection, and she was hospitalized in the local LaGrange Hospital. Her aortic problem was determined to be severe, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. At the time of her admission she was lucid and had never been diagnosed with dementia.
Claiming that she held Magouirk's power of attorney, Gaddy had her transferred to Hospice-LaGrange, a 16-bed unit owned by the same family that owns the hospital. Once at the hospice, Gaddy stated that she did not want her grandmother fed or given water.
Bill Clinton had a choice, and he made the wrong one. Period. Period. What WAS he thinking? Nothing obviously. Bad Trait for a POTUS. I am sorry, but a moderately decent looking chubby chick ( and that is being charitable) 25+ years_ your junior wants to vacuum your swinging richard, you have not much life if that is hugely irresistable.
HelloI previously posted some of these stories of the injured and disabled being targeted for euthanasia in other medical settings.
I want to tell a story of a Holocaust survivor who I watched and begged for help even to the police I went. His name is Heini Sobel, born in Vienna, Austria, in 1919, June 10. He suffered thru the Holocaust and in the end murdered by a local Lawyer, who refused to let him have his blood transfusion which Heini's best friend who is from *********, Calif. and his name is Dr. ** Rosen*********, had requested be given to him. Between the two of us we tried our best to get help but this Lawyer and Hospice overruled us. Heini, begged his self to please let him have the blood. In the process I was forced to watch him be drugged and continuously be given shots which he did not want and every time they shot him he would say it hurt him. He even said they are "murdering me"!!!!!!
Not to mention the starving and no water. I my self am from a Holocaust family from Vienna, Austria. I became so sick not one human cared and this is legal. The Angel of Death is living in America, this Death Angel left the Nazi Camps and moved to America. I find this so unbelievable that a man who suffered all his life was given to legal murders in America. In the end the Nazis got him after all.
What can be done can I speak out what?? Please let me know!!
Before 1991 it was difficult to obtain facts about the incidence of euthanasia in Holland, because the KNMG had chosen a very narrow definition of the word. The Dutch officially define euthanasia as the ending of the life of one person by another at the first person's request. If life is ended without request, as it often is, it is not considered to be euthanasia and therefore official statistics have always been lower than actual numbers. For example, Dutch doctors, for obvious reasons, prefer not to use the term "involuntary euthanasia" but call it the more sanitized "termination of the patient without explicit request". Dr. John Keown, an English legal scholar, has commented on this redefinition, "By narrowly defining euthanasia as referring only to "active voluntary euthanasia" rather than to all cases in which death is brought about on purpose as part of the medical care given to the patient, the Dutch minimize the frequency with which death is "intentionally accelerated by a doctor."The Remmelink Report of 1991 found that about 38% of deaths in Holland were due to a "medical decision at end of life" but only a fraction of these were reported as euthanasia, despite the fact that the doctors and not the patients are heavily protected under Dutch law. What this tells us is that much of the euthanasia occurs in an unregulated fashion by doctors making medical decisions without accountability. This reflects the situations in the US hospices cited above.
Most reservists called upon to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan have paid a big price: a significant reduction of their wages as they transferred from civilian to military jobs, separation from their loved ones, and of course the risk of battle wounds or death.Phyllis Schlafly: Reservists deserve protection from family-court mischief
Regrettably, on their return home, those who are divorced fathers could face other grievous penalties: loss of their children, financial ruin, prosecution as "deadbeat dads" and even jail.
Child-support orders for reservists are usually based on their civilian wages. When they are called up to active duty that burden doesn't decrease. Few can get court modification before they leave, modifications are seldom granted anyway, and even if a father applied for modification before deployment the debt continues to grow until the case is decided much later.
Military fathers cannot get relief when they return because federal law forbids courts from reducing child-support debt retroactively. Once the arrearage reaches $5,000, the father becomes a felon subject to imprisonment and forfeiture of his driver's license, professional licenses and passport.
Likewise, there is no forgiving of interest and penalties on child-support debt even though it is sometimes incurred as a result of human or computer errors. States have a financial incentive to refuse to reduce obligations because the federal government rewards states with cash for the "deadbeat dad" dollars they collect.
Laws granting deployed service personnel protection from legal actions at home date back decades, but they are ignored in family court. Child kidnapping laws do not protect military personnel on active duty from having their ex-wives relocate their children.
This injustice to reservists serving in Iraq and Afghanistan should be remedied by Congress and state legislatures before more fathers meet the fate of Bobby Sherrill, a father of two from North Carolina, who worked for Lockheed Martin Corp. in Kuwait before being captured and held hostage by Iraq for five terrible months. The night Sherrill returned from the Persian Gulf he was arrested for failing to pay $1,425 in child support while he was held captive.
In February, a Wilkes-Barre, Pa., judge sentenced 28 men to jail for failure to pay small amounts of child support, one as little as $322. One common punishment for falling behind in court-ordered payments is to seize a man's driver's license. This can cost him his job. Yet he is still required to make child-support payments and can be thrown in jail if that proves to be impossible.
Politicians today are engaged in a spirited debate about giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants so they can drive to work. But somehow the law has already decided that a divorced father, who might have fallen behind in child-support payments, should be punished by forfeiting his license.
The New York Times recently exposed the ridiculous case of truck driver Donald Gardner, who was left penniless after a 1997 car accident put him in the hospital for three years. When he tried to return to work, he found that the state had taken suspended his driver's license because he owed $119,846 in child support.
The Times reported that, as of 2003, fathers allegedly owed $96 billion in child support. However, 70 percent is owed by men who earn less than $10,000 a year or have no wage earnings at all, so we have a $3 billion government bureaucracy working to get blood out of a turnip.
The most bizarre part of the system is that child-support payments are not required to be spent on children and are not based on any estimates of their needs or expenses. Support orders come from court-created formulas based on the income of the father, while the mother is allowed to treat child support like any other entitlement, such as welfare or alimony.
Although there are no official statistics, it is estimated that more than 100,000 fathers are jailed per year for failing to make child-support payments. Another perverse feature of the system is that child-support payments are in no way related to whether a father is allowed to see his children or whether his visitation rights are enforced.
Supporters of Egypt's newest political party are calling on the government to free their leader, Ayman Nour, who is currently being detained on what they claim are trumped up charges.
Party of Tomorrow leader Mr Nour is regarded as a potential presidential candidate.
But his continued imprisonment is damaging his chances of running against President Hosni Mubarak later in 2005.
Mr Nour has been held in custody since the end of January.
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