Thursday, March 27, 2008

Catholic League News Release

POPE’S GIFT:
SURVEY OF NON-PRACTICING CATHOLICS


Just in time for the pope’s visit, The Journal News has decided to conduct an online survey of non-Catholics. The newspaper, which covers the Lower Hudson New York counties of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam, posted the following online survey on March 25 and March 26:

· Are you a lapsed Catholic? As part of The Journal News’ coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to New York next month, we’re hoping to interview Roman Catholics who consider themselves lapsed or non-practicing on their views about the pope’s visit. If you’re willing to be interviewed please contact Ernie Garcia at
elgarcia@lohud.com

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“This is a gift the pope will surely cherish—knowing how ex-Catholics feel about their former religion. We’d like to return the favor and that is why we have secured the e-mails of 134
Journal News employees, ranging from the Publisher, Michael J. Fisch, to the Gardening & Horticultural Editor, Gayle Williams (sorry, Gayle, but someone has to be last). We are sending them the following survey:

Protestants: Given that no religious group switches denominations more than Protestants, can you tell us what it feels like to bounce around from one contiguous neighborhood to another in search of the ideal church.

Jews: Given that the vast majority of Jews do not attend synagogue and that 52 percent of them intermarry, can you tell us what it feels like to be a non-Jewish Jew.

Muslims: Given that Muslims who convert may be murdered, can you tell us if you’ve at least fantasized about converting.


“Please vet your remarks by first reporting to Ernie Garcia. We have appointed Ernie The Journal News liaison to the Catholic League.”

Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

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Pope's baptism of Muslim journalist queried by Islamic leaders

Luigi Sandri
Rome (ENI). Pope Benedict XVI's baptism of an Egyptian-born Muslim Italian journalist, known for being a strident critic of restrictions of religious freedom in Islamic countries, has been questioned by Muslim leaders in Italy.

Magdi Allam, a columnist and deputy editor of the Milan-based Corriere della Sera newspaper, was one of seven people from five countries baptised by the pontiff at the Easter Vigil Mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on 22 March.

"What shocked me is the high profile the Vatican gave to the conversion," said Yaha Sergio Pallavicini, vice president of the Religious Islamic community, one of Italy's Muslim groups. He questioned why Allam had not been baptised in Viterbo, the city 100 kilometres north of Rome where the Egyptian-born journalist lives.
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h/t: Pope Benedict XVI News

Inhofe Suggests Solutions

Friday, March 21, 2008

By DawnDee Bostwick
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — It’s no secret that consumer prices are on the rise. A quick stop at any gasoline pump or the grocery store will demonstrate that.

But for many, the central focus of the issue is what will be done about it, if anything?

To Sen. Jim Inhofe, the situation is not a hopeless one. In fact, to him, the solution may come following the results of the November presidential election.

“On the price of oil and gas, it really frustrates me when I listen to Obama and Hillary talk about our dependence on foreign countries. In fact, I chaired the committee called Environment and Public Works up until a year ago when we lost our majority. We tried to increase our production and exploration in Alaska and offshore,” he explained. [
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Nancy Reagan Endorses McCain

Tuesday, March 25, 2008 9:59 PM

BEL AIR, Calif. -- Former first lady Nancy Reagan endorsed John McCain for president Tuesday as the Arizona senator continued to collect backing from leading Republicans who might help him unite the party and win over critical conservative voters.

The GOP nominee-in-waiting, in the midst of a West Coast fundraising swing, stopped by the Southern California home of President Reagan's widow to accept the endorsement from the Republican matriarch he called beloved and wonderful.

"I'm very pleased and honored to have the opportunity again to be with Mrs. Reagan and to receive her endorsement for the nomination of my party and for president of the United States," McCain said in a five-minute appearance with the former first lady in the driveway of her gated home. "President Reagan and Mrs. Reagan remain an inspiration to all of us, as an example of honorable and courageous service to the nation." [read more]

Court Backs Texas in Dispute With Bush

By MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press
March 26, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush overstepped his authority when he ordered a Texas court to reopen the case of a Mexican on death row for rape and murder, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

In a case that mixes presidential power, international relations and the death penalty, the court sided with Texas and rebuked Bush by a 6-3 vote.

The president was in the unusual position of siding with death row prisoner Jose Ernesto Medellin, a Mexican citizen whom police prevented from consulting with Mexican diplomats, as provided by international treaty.

An international court ruled in 2004 that the convictions of Medellin and 50 other Mexicans on death row around the United States violated the 1963 Vienna Convention, which provides that people arrested abroad should have access to their home country's consular officials. The International Court of Justice, also known as the world court, said the Mexican prisoners should have new court hearings to determine whether the violation affected their cases.

Bush, who oversaw 152 executions as Texas governor, disagreed with the decision. But he said it must be carried out by state courts because the United States had agreed to abide by the world court's rulings in such cases. The administration argued that the president's declaration is reason enough for Texas to grant Medellin a new hearing.

Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, disagreed. Roberts said the international court decision cannot be forced upon the states.

The president may not ''establish binding rules of decision that pre-empt contrary state law,'' Roberts said. Neither does the treaty, by itself, require individual states to take action, he said. [read more]

FBI: New Internet Threat Growing

Monday, March 24, 2008 8:29 AM

By: Ronald Kessler

Criminals who seize control of tens of thousands of home and office computers through what are known as "botnets" are a dramatically growing threat, Shawn Henry, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division, tells Newsmax.

Even hospitals and police departments may be at risk from the threat.

Since last spring, the FBI has arrested 11 individuals who allegedly infected and commandeered 1 million personal computers and turned them into robots that did their bidding, Henry says.

While the FBI has been making inroads, the number of such cyber crimes grows alarmingly each year, costing tens of billions of dollars. Consumers need to take preventive measures to minimize the danger to their computers.

Besides technical precautions like using antivirus programs, spyware protection programs, and firewall programs and keeping them updated, Henry advises computer users to think of the Internet as they would a dangerous neighborhood where their personal safety may be threatened. [
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Monday, March 24, 2008

Wisconsin's Future Access To The Great Lakes


Living just off of Lake Michigan I am acutely aware of how the lake affects our city's everyday life, but we also have to keep in mind that it affects our entire state. I hope everyone is following the latest developments on the Great Lakes compact. We must look out for the interests of the whole state and not just the communities included in the Great Lakes basin. The following article points out some very legitimate concerns.


State struggles on where to draw the line
Plan to protect Lake Michigan water will leave some communities out


By DAN EGAN
degan@journalsentinel.com
Posted: March 23, 2008


Mary Lazich is familiar with the water crisis in Atlanta, and she says Wisconsin could learn from Georgia's mistakes.

"That is just a perfect, perfect example of what can happen here," said the Republican state senator from New Berlin.

The drought-plagued and fast-growing Atlanta region has come perilously close to draining the water supply for many of its 5 million residents.

Lazich is not talking about the dangers of unbridled development in an area with evaporating water supplies. She's talking about Georgia's political leaders not being foresighted enough decades ago to secure a safe, reliable water source for future generations. And she's talking about not being too quick to limit Wisconsin residents' future access to Great Lakes water by passing what she sees as a fatally flawed Great Lakes compact. [read more]


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Three Priests

Here is a great tribute to those who answer the Priesthood call. Far too many take what the Priesthood requires for granted. MSM stories and the actions of a few have clouded the honorable service of those who have been good and faithful servants. A Catholic Mom in Hawaii , a friend of this blog, created this video and others you might enjoy.

Democrat Detroit Mayor Charged By Wayne County Prosecutor

Here is yet another Democrat embroiled in a sex scandal and as usual the MSM is most leaving out his Party affiliation.

Detroit Mayor Charged With Perjury

By COREY WILLIAMS,AP
Posted: 2008-03-24 18:00:19

DETROIT (March 24) - Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was charged with perjury and other offenses Monday — and got a stern lecture about the importance of telling the truth — after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide.

The 37-year-old "Hip-Hop Mayor" who brought youth and vitality to the job in this struggling city of 900,000 could get up to 15 years in prison for perjury alone and would be automatically expelled from office if convicted.

Ignoring mounting demands that he step down, Kilpatrick said: "I look forward to complete exoneration once all the facts have been brought forth. I will remain focused on moving this city forward."

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy brought charges of perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct against the popular but polarizing mayor. In announcing the charges, she delivered something of a civics lesson on the importance of telling the truth under oath. [
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Catholic League News Release

BIN LADEN LASHES OUT AT POPE

According to several news reports, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has released a statement accusing Pope Benedict XVI of triggering a “new Crusade” against Muslims. The accusation comes amidst the recent republishing of the Danish cartoons that inflamed Muslims in 2006; several Danish newspapers decided to rerun the cartoons in question.

Referring to the republishing of the cartoons, bin Laden said, “Your publications of these drawings—part of a new Crusade in which the pope of the Vatican had a significant role—is a confirmation from you that the war continues.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows:

“On February 4, 2006, the Vatican said of the Danish cartoon controversy, ‘The right to freedom of thought and expression cannot entail the right to offend the religious sentiment of believers.’ Five days later, I issued a news release saying, ‘The decision of most mainstream media outlets not to reprint or show the controversial cartoons is the right one: the Catholic League sides with the U.S., Britain and the Vatican in denouncing the inflammatory cartoons.’ I concluded by saying, ‘As for Muslims offended by the cartoons, they should learn what a civilized response entails.’

“In other words, bin Laden’s latest salvo against the Vatican is wholly unwarranted. So why is he trying to drum up hatred against the pope? He knows this is Holy Week and he knows that the pope has recently embarked on a series of interfaith sessions with Muslims; he also knows that the Holy Father will be meeting with representatives of other religions—including Muslims—on April 17 in Washington D.C. As any student of terrorism will confirm, nothing scares terrorists more than the prospect of peace: If they sense that their side is prepared to engage in détente, they will seek to foment enmity.

“The latest bullying by bin Laden, then, is a sign that his grip on Muslims is slipping. Looks like it’s time for him to crawl back into one of his lovely caves.”


Kiera M. McCaffrey
Director of Communications
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
catalyst@catholicleague.org
New York, NY 10123
212-371-3191
212-371-3394 (fax)

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1407
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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Reflections On Easter

Happy Easter to all of our readers. I find these videos powerful and I hope they help you reflect on the true reason we celebrate Easter.