Alexander: Is Kabbalah OK to teach in public schools?

The word “kabbalah” was not mentioned in the Kester class, but its presence seemed unmistakable. Zucker and facilitator wore red knotted strings – frequently used by kabbalah practitioners to ward off the evil eye – around the left wrists. They also used terms – such as “light” and “the opponent” – that are found throughout the L.A. Center’s website and its IRS filings. – L.A. Times story, Seema Mehta reporter

Alexander Murashko asks as the LA Church & State Examiner: Is Kabbalah OK to teach in public schools?

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Dear Gays: Quit Raining on Obama’s Parade!

Still ignorant of the fact that support for traditional marriage between a man and a woman does not equate to hate towards homosexuals, gay advocates are miffed that president-elect Barack Obama chose Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Even the media is confused between what gay rights mean versus a “right to marry.” In California, for example, the passage of Yes on 8 did not take away any rights from gay civil unions. Nevermind that, Ellen believes it’s all about hate, Obama has stated he supports traditional marriage, but danced around a bit with his answer when it came to gay rights in this area.

Understanding what’s at issue is first, about understanding sin…despite whether we like being called out for our sin or not.

Dear Gays…please enjoy the inauguration and Warren’s message, after all it’s not about hate!

This from FoxNews.com:

Obama Tells Gay Community to Respect Choice of Warren at Inauguration
The president-elect’s selection of Pastor Rick Warren draws fierce responses from gay and liberal groups.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama made no apologies Thursday for asking evangelical pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration, a move that infuriated gays angry at Warren’s support for California’s Proposition 8 banning gay marriage.

Obama said he and Warren don’t agree on everything, but he’s collected a group of people to appear at his inauguration who share a variety of viewpoints.

Repeating a line from his campaign, Obama said, “We have to disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.”

Obama noted that he was invited to speak at Warren’s Saddleback Church despite Warren knowing that Obama supports gay and lesbian rights, and Dr. Joseph Lowery will give the benediction at the inaugural ceremony. Lowery holds “deeply contrasting views” with Warren on gay rights issues, Obama said.

Still, gay rights groups say they are appalled at the selection of Warren, whose church is 22,000 strong. Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solomnese sent Obama a letter asking him to reconsider what they say is a show of “disrespect” and a “genuine blow” to the gay community.

The invitation to Warren has “tarnished the view that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have a place” at Obama’s table, reads the letter.

“[W]e feel a deep level of disrespect when one of architects and promoters of an anti-gay agenda is given the prominence and the pulpit of your historic nomination,” Solomnese wrote…more.

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New American: The War on Christmas

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

Nativity scene

I normally don’t refer to, what I consider a spritual battle that goes on every day, the attempt to squelch Christmas from the U.S. culture as the “War on Christmas.” Maybe, it’s because I know how badly secularists cringe at this expression. However, this post in the New American is so good and so succinct that I will give its headline its just reward.

Be sure to click to the full story where you can get information on the steps to take “to defend against the War on Christmas.”

After all, there truly is a War on Christmas!

This by John Eidsmoe for the New American:

The War on Christmas

Because “public life” now entails virtually every part of our lives, erasing references to God entirely from public life means virtually eliminating them from America.

Imagine, if you will, a gala birthday party given in your honor. The guests will sing, dance, give presents, eat, drink, and have the merriest of times. The hitch: your name will not be mentioned, the gifts will not be for you, the celebrants won’t be thinking about you, and everyone would sort of prefer that you not come.

That’s all that will be left of Christmas if various groups have their way. All across the country, this year as in the past several years, there has been a concerted drive to remove all vestiges of Christianity from the celebration of Christ’s birthday. For example:

• Public schools increasingly call Christmas vacation something like “winter break.”

• Students and teachers are discouraged or prohibited from wishing each other “Merry Christmas,” preferring “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” instead.

• Christmas trees are either banned or called “winter trees.”

• Public-school Christmas programs, er, pardon me, “winter programs,” go heavy on “Frosty the Snowman” and “Deck the Halls,” but the traditional Christmas carols are censored.

• Retail store employees are instructed to wish their customers “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” rather than “Merry Christmas.”

• Retail catalogs tout their goods as perfect for “the season” but avoid mentioning Christ or Christmas.

• Christmas cards, if I may call them that, wish our friends the “joys of the season” but commonly omit the “Reason for the season.”

• Public buildings such as city halls, fire and police departments, etc., feature holiday displays with holly, reindeer, and candy canes, but no manger scenes and no Baby Jesus.

These practices are far from universal. But they are increasing, and they are part of a concerted drive to cleanse the public arena from any and all vestiges of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage…

Full Story/New American
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WSJ: The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace

George Bush’s crown is no longer in question. Sarah Palin is back in Wasilla, Alaska, still fielding gotchya hate…and she will soon be mocked only occasionaly. Her challenge of Bush’s crown is over…

…and Bush remains the most mocked politician ever.

This from the Wall Street Journal:

Earlier this year, 12,000 people in San Francisco signed a petition in support of a proposition on a local ballot to rename an Oceanside sewage plant after George W. Bush. The proposition is only one example of the classless disrespect many Americans have shown the president.

The Treatment of Bush Has Been a Disgrace – What must our enemies be thinking?

Prop 8′s Pink Elephant in the Room

Let’s quit walking around the pink elephant in the room. If you don’t view homosexuality as sin (and doing so is not about hating homosexuals because we all sin), then more than likely, you are going to have the views of California’s “No on 8″ supporters.

So, there you have it! The fundamental difference, one side believes homosexuality is acceptable for all of society, the other side – Yes on 8 – believes that homosexuality is a sin and should not be embraced by society.

Hate gays? No. Hate the sin. Now you can debate your view that homosexual behavior is not sin…and that is your choice, your understanding, and your belief. Hate those that believe that way? No.

Will the acceptance of gay marriage effect our society? Yes. Will all people understand that concept? No. It goes back to whether or not you believe homosexuality is a sin or not.

And even before that, whether you believe in the concept of sin or not. For if you don’t believe that sin exists, and you believe that truth is your own relevance, then this discussion is mute.

Do I fear gays, or gay marriage, or anyone siding with the normalization of homosexuality? No. In fact, your orientation has no basis on my desire to be friends with you or anyone.

I fear the Lord.

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” – Proverbs 1:7
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ADD: A quick sprint through CNN’s and the Los Angeles Times’ stories and blogs on Prop 8 Sunday morning showed that anyone wanting to leave a comment received this message or something similar: “Comments have been closed for this article.”

For so many people espousing tolerance, especially media types, where’s the dialogue about homosexuality? And for all you evolutionists out there…why haven’t we “evolved” beyond simply political campaign signs and streetside demonstrations?

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