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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
The Barmen Declaration
In the 1930s, a group of Christians fighting against the Nazi takeover of their churches wrote the Barmen Declaration. The document, which has become a centerpiece of Protestant theology since World War II, warns Christians not to allow their churches to be used as instruments of the state.

Sadly, a network of pastors in the West Bank and Gaza have failed to heed the warnings of the Barmen Declaration and have handed the symbols of Christianity over to the cause of Palestinian nationalism, with ominous consequences for the Jews of Israel and for Christianity itself. In an effort to serve the cause of Palestinian nationalism, these pastors assert they are the new inheritors of God’s covenant with the Jews and are entitled to the land of Israel. Moreover, some of these pastors have introduced Islamic concepts of jihad and violent martyrdom into their teachings.

To make matters worse, a group of politically motivated pastors in mainline Protestant churches in the U.S. have embraced the narrative of Palestinian Christians in a blatant attempt to delegitimize the state of Israel. In 2004, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to divest from Israel after listening to Mitri Raheb, a Lutheran pastor from Bethlehem speak at its general assembly. Raheb, a Palestinian nationalist who has wrapped his one-sided condemnations of Israel in the garb of Christian theology for over a decade, has offered Protestants in the U.S. a story of Jewish savagery and Palestinian suffering clearly intended to weaken support for Israel in the U.S.
Read the whole thing: Jews and Christians Blast Presbyterian Anti-Israel Policy; New Report Says PC(USA) is Megaphone for PLO

(a shot of cognac to ploome hineni)
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kianb in Pahlaver:
French Freedom of Expression Blog Award with Shady Candidates
When it's hype, you have to do something about it:
Reporters Without Borders is calling on Internet-users to vote online for award-winners from among 60 blogs defending freedom of expression. There are six categories : Africa and the Middle East, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Iran and International.

Blogs have become significant sources of news for millions of Internet-users. In repressive countries they represent an alternative news source to state-controlled media. In regimes that show greater respect for freedom of expression, they can relay comments, articles and opinions that are not necessarily broadcast by the major media.

These awards will be in tribute to webloggers who defend free expression and sometimes pay heavily for it. Two of them are, for example, still in prison in Iran.

Reporters Without Borders has made a first selection of blogs, according to their interest and some basic criteria (See : http://www.rsf.org/article.php3 ?id_article=12326). There are blogs in English, French, Russian, Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and German.

Now it is up to Internet-users to decide. They may only vote for one blog per geographical category (The International category is of blogs that have a general interest in freedom of expression on the Internet).

Voting closes on 1st June 2005 and the prize-winners will be announced two weeks later.

To register a vote, click here
I checked their Iranian selection: Mojtaba Saminejad (3rd option in their list) is still in jail and his blog is also hacked. Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi (last option) is just released from jail. But apart from those bloggers who were arrested in Iran or sentenced to the jail, the rest is The Army of Liberal Zombie-Bloggers (democrats and mullah-reformists) that runs through Iran, Europe, Canada and United States.

Someone should give these french guys a second opinion.
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evariste in Discarded Lies:
Mae Magouirk's fate rests with 3 cardiologists' decision
WorldNetDaily: Georgia 'Grandma's' life in hands of 3 cardiologists
The fate of Ora Mae Magouirk rests in the hands of three cardiologists, whose court-assigned task is to decide whether the 81-year-old widow should be transported from the hospice in LaGrange, Ga., where she has been a patient since March 22, to the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center for treatment of an aorta dissection.

Under the terms of an April 4 court order, La Grange cardiologists James Brennan and Thomas Gore, and Dr. Raed Aquel, of UAB Medical Center, Birmingham, are to evaluate Magouirk and decide what treatment would be best and where it should take place.

But while the doctors ponder her condition, it is not certain if Magouirk has had a nasal feeding tube inserted for nourishment or an IV for hydration. According to Magouirk’s nephew, Ken Mullinax, 45, his aunt has been without substantial food or hydration for 10 days.

[...]

Ken Mullinax hoped that publicity about the case would result in a feeding tube being inserted so she could begin receiving nourishment, but he told WorldNetDaily this has not happened.

WorldNetDaily has not been able to verify if food is still being denied, but if it is it would be in contradiction of the court’s ruling.

In his order, Probate Judge Douglas Boyd permitted Gaddy to continue as Magouirk's temporary guardian, but in a formal letter attached to the order stated that her powers were limited. One of the conditions of her guardianship is "To see that the ward [Magouirk] is adequately fed, clothed, sheltered and cared for, and receives all necessary medical attention, including placement in a nursing home, if appropriate."
So she's still being denied water and nutrition, 10 days later. I hope you make it, Mae. The decision by the cardiologists is supposed to come at any time.

UPDATE by zorkmidden: MAE MAGOUIRK HAS BEEN AIR LIFTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM MEDICAL CENTER and receiving IV fluids and nourishment.

A cold Heineken to Marine Momma for bringing us the good news.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
A Lack of Fear
You know the one thing I love most about America? The fact that I don't have to be afraid of what I say. I discovered that here by the way, it was not a concept I was familiar with. My first attempt at free speech was half-assed and too full of myself but I loved every minute of it: while I was in university in the U.S. I was president of the Greek club on campus and the Armenian club asked me to write an article about the Armenian Genocide for their campus newspaper. So I did.

I wrote this three-column polemic against Turkey and the U.S. I was very proud of it and sent a copy to my parents in Greece. I thought they'd be proud of me too but when my dad read it he had a fit. "How can you write these things against the U.S.? They'll kick you out! Do you have any idea what you're doing? You'll get an FBI file!"

My dad didn't know about freedom of speech, he never had any. So he grew up with fear, as I grew up with fear. And here I am in this country and I'm not afraid. I write my weird opinions and thousands of people see them and I'm not afraid. The ones of you who have been born and raised in the U.S. may take this lack of fear for granted, I don't know. I think some of you do because I see calls for people to be banned or deleted from blogs - us, the ones who are supposed to keep the media on their toes. The American constitution gives us the most precious gift in the world - free speech - a gift we're trying so hard to export because we recognise its value. And in this country it's given to us on a silver platter, we don't even have to think about it. Except when it comes to blogs, I guess.

From my first day on bloggie, way before it was bloggie, when we were still LGF Watch Watch (and so self-important we were ;-) one thing I insisted on was we wouldn't ban anyone. I had to fight my ex-teammates on this and I had to do it every day. Actually, here was my philosophy, a little excerpt from our first team meeting:
Do we really want people to discover us? Yes. What if they don't like us? They'll love us. What if we don't like them? We still gotta be nice to them. Can we kick them out? No. Why? 'Cause we want them to stay and argue with us and come back and argue some more. Why? 'Cause we're strange people. But can we ban them? No. Can we delete them at least? No. But why? Because zorkmidden is your webmaster and you're her webslaves.
Okay, I've changed my mind about that a little: I really don't care if people discover us.

Anyway, what does this mean? It means we get people like "panzer faust" coming to inform us of what inferior beings we are. It means we get Iranian people who argue on some old thread about things I don't even understand and are threatening to sue each other. It means we talk about cheese in the middle of a religious discussion. It means we have funny people saying funny things and strange people saying strange things. It means we have people who love us and people who hate us and people who are indifferent. It means take a mix of all of the above, and throw in a few extras for good measure. You know what bloggie feels like to me? Like my mom's kitchen on a holiday, when all my weird Greek and Italian relatives come over. Not my kitchen, that's an empty room but my mom's kitchen is where all the arguments and all the good things happen.

But I digress. This post is about not being afraid not about my mother's kitchen even though there, like bloggie, is where I felt free to say anything. I certainly couldn't say it out in the street because the neighbours may be informers or someone might overhear or a thousand other possibilities. And there was no law in Greece to guarantee me that I could say "The Greek Prime Minister is stupid" and not go to jail.

So in case you haven't guessed, I'm a firm believer in freedom of speech. Which means you can say pretty much anything you want but please no racial epithets and keep insults to a minimum if possible; mama reads bloggie and if she sees you being mean to each other you'll all be in big trouble. My mama yelling at you is not a pleasant experience, ask evariste.

Anyway, about free speech: people have been doing just that. They come to bloggie and say their opinion and we don't delete it. Sometimes we even make a guest author post of it which makes some people really-really mad. And we write posts that people don't like, I remember when what's-his-name took us off his bookmarks, I'm still heartbroken about that. But I'll get over it with time, I'm sure.

You know what else hurts me a little? That by accepting this gift that this country has given me and by cherishing it and protecting it, I've become the enemy. So be it. I'll get over that as well.

So no matter how irritating some of you may find HTW, or point of order or any other person that some LGFer considers a nemesis, we're not banning them and we're not muzzling them. It's their opinion and they have a right to say it. Just like you have a right to come tell them you think they're wrong. They came here to a possibly hostile audience. They could just as well spend their time talking to like-minded people on a million other blogs - but they're not preaching to their choir, they're here to take whatever you can dish out.

Freedom is a good thing, so quit being crybabies about speech you don't like and act like the fearless, free people that you are. (I'm pretty sure our regular readers understand this about us by now but I just had to get it out ;-)
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
An Exercise by the Americans to Demolish Islam
The last time I posted about Asra Nomani we got this comment:
The woman behind this, Asma Norani, is by her own admission mother of an illegitimate child. What does that say about her? This is simply an excercise by the americans to demolish Islam as is their formation of a gay muslim group, again in NY.
So, continuing with our demolition of Islam, here's another post about Ms Nomani. Read carefully and wear appropriate headgear; bloggie will not be responsible for injuries from falling suras. American Muslim Author Wants to Shake Up Faith
American Muslim journalist Asra Nomani wants to shake up the Muslim faith to allow women to take leadership roles and to end the extreme views she believes led to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America.

Already branded a criminal by traditional members of her faith for having a child out of wedlock, Nomani received death threats last month for organizing prayers led by a woman.

"This is the bullying mentality that has allowed the extremists and Osama bin Laden and all of the rest to claim Islam as only their mandate in this world," she said.

The former Wall Street Journal reporter has written a book called "Standing Alone in Mecca" that documents her internal struggle as a Muslim woman in America after 9/11, her pilgrimage to Mecca for the Haj in 2003, and her return home to take on the Muslim hierarchy in her local mosque.

She has campaigned for the right to pray in the same space as men, and even for women to lead prayers -- actions that earned her rebukes from the top authority on Islamic law in Egypt as well as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

"A man like him will consider this a challenge because leadership in our Muslim world is so much defined by tyranny right now," Nomani said, citing a 7th century precedent for a woman being designated to lead men and women in prayer.
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zorkmidden in Discarded Lies:
Salam-Shalom
Two can tango: Arabs and Jews play Argentina’s music together
Anibal Jaule, a well-known tango singer, has performed throughout his native Argentina and as far away as the United Arab Emirates

But the 54-year-old baritone, whose ancestors came from Lebanon, never imagined that one day he’d sing in a synagogue.

Along with three other Argentine musicians of Arab descent and seven Jewish musicians, Jaule forms the nucleus of Salam-Shalom, the world’s first Arab-Jewish tango orchestra.

The idea is simple: to promote peace and understanding between Arabs and Jews through tango, Argentina’s beloved national music.

Naming the orchestra Salam-Shalom — “peace" in Arabic and Hebrew — was the brainchild of Segismundo Holzman, a concert promoter and lifelong tanguero who last year established an all-Jewish tango orchestra called Inspiracion.

“I have very good friends of Arab origin," Holzman said. “In this country, Arabs and Jews have had good relations for many years, so I thought, why not have an orchestra that adapts both Arab and Jewish music to the tango?"

Holzman registered the name Salam-Shalom in June 2003 and quickly won the sponsorship of both the Centro Islamico de la Republica Argentina, the country’s leading Muslim entity, and AMIA, Argentina’s largest Jewish organization.
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