Friday, May 09, 2008

Intolerance and Israel

“The Tyrants of Tolerance”
Senate liberals indicated recently that one of their top priorities in the upcoming debate on the defense bill would not be ending the war in Iraq, but rather attaching so-called “hate crimes” legislation to provide special legal rights for individuals who engage in homosexual conduct. Exactly how our national security is related to protecting homosexual behavior is beyond me, but attaching unpopular legislation to “must pass” bills is a hollowed Senate tradition. For years, we’ve been warning about the dangers of such Orwellian legislation, which threatens religious liberty and free speech. Well, here’s yet one more example of where this will lead.

WorldNetDaily reports that Crystal Dixon, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources at the University of Toledo, was suspended from her job by the university for writing a letter to editor. Dixon was responding to an earlier column by the Toledo Free Press that equated the homosexual rights movement with the civil rights movement.

Dixon wrote, “As a black woman who happens to be an alumnus of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School, an employee and business owner, I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a black woman. I am genetically and biologically a black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended. Daily, thousands of homosexuals make a life decision to leave the gay lifestyle…”

For these remarks, University of Toledo President Lloyd Jacobs responded with his own statement, “Her comments do not accord with the values of the University of Toledo. It is necessary, therefore, for me to repudiate much of her writing.” He went on to note that he has a sticker on his door identifying the president's office at the University of Toledo as a “Safe Place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning [LGBATQ] individuals.” That it may be, but it is obviously an unsafe atmosphere for religious liberty and free speech. This is where we are headed, in the land of the free and the home of the brave, if the “tyrants of tolerance” get their way. For exercising your First Amendment freedoms, you will be branded a bigot and could lose you job.



Predictions and Public Policy
Yesterday, Dr. Walter Williams had a brilliant column on the predictions of environmental extremists and their public policy demands. Needless to say, their track record isn’t very good, yet we continue to buy into the hype and hysteria. Here are a few excerpts from Dr. Williams’ column. Remember this the next time Al Gore, or some other liberal, tries to impose bad policies that would strangle our economy in the name of “climate change.”

At the first Earth Day celebration, in 1969, environmentalist Nigel Calder warned, “The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization said, “The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed.” In 1968, Professor Paul Ehrlich, Vice President Gore’s hero and mentor, predicted there would be a major food shortage in the U.S. and “in the 1970s ... hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death.” Ehrlich forecasted that 65 million Americans would die of starvation between 1980 and 1989, and by 1999 the U.S. population would have declined to 22.6 million. Ehrlich’s predictions about England were gloomier: “If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” …

Here are my questions: In 1970, when environmentalists were making predictions of manmade global cooling and the threat of an ice age and millions of Americans starving to death, what kind of government policy should we have undertaken to prevent such a calamity? When Ehrlich predicted that England would not exist in the year 2000, what steps should the British Parliament have taken in 1970 to prevent such a dire outcome? … Finally, what makes us think that environmental alarmism is any more correct now that they have switched their tune to manmade global warming?



Israel Remembers
This week marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the modern state of Israel. For sixty years, this tiny democracy, the only homeland of the Jewish people, has been an ally of the United States and a beacon of liberty in the Middle East. It has survived in an ocean of hatred, surrounded by “neighbors” who lust for Jewish blood.

In the last 24 hours, the Israeli people marked their annual Remembrance Day for the Fallen, a commemoration of the 22,400 soldiers and terror victims who have died in the multiple wars Israel has endured since 1947. And even today as Israel marks this solemn occasion, its enemies are planning the next war.

Iran continues to advance toward nuclear weapons, and its “president,” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, regularly promises his followers that Israel will soon disappear and America will follow. Hezbollah is amassing weapons in Lebanon as it prepares to launch a new attack. In Gaza, Hamas digs in and daily fires missiles into Israeli civilian centers. And all over the Middle East another generation of Muslim children are being taught to kill the “apes and monkeys” (Jews) and the Crusaders (Christians). Meanwhile, the “world community” continues to blame Israel for the region’s problems.

Why—Israel, a country half the size of California's San Bernardino County, roughly one fifth of one percent of the land mass of the Arab world, is the only place on earth where, in 4,000 years of history, Jews have formed a majority. It is the only place where they've been able to rule themselves and defend themselves. It is the only place where Jews have been able to shape their own destiny and create a society according to their values the way everyone else does. Only in Israel can a Jew speak the Jewish language, see his holidays as national holidays, walk where his ancestors walked and continue the story those ancestors began near the dawn of human time.



Voter Fraud Watch
Back in 2006, liberal activist group ACORN was busted for voter fraud when its Washington State affiliate submitted 1,800 new voter registration forms, 1794 of which were total fakes. Apparently, ACORN workers simply invented Social Security numbers and took names from the phone book in what the Washington Secretary of State called the “worst case of election fraud in our state’s history.”

Last week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that states can require voters to produce photo I.D. before voting. Predictably, ACORN was aghast at the decision, calling it “One more strike against the basic right to vote…that further disenfranchises people of color and low income Americans.” That’s a bold remark given that if photo I.D. requirements had been in effect in Washington State two years ago, ACORN’s fraud scandal would never have happened. It’s also very revealing, since all citizens have photo I.D.s, and the only people who don’t are illegal aliens, who are, by definition, not allowed to vote. The only ones disenfranchised by the photo I.D. requirement are those who should not be voting anyway.

Even with the new Supreme Court ruling, this year’s election may be tainted with voter fraud. Women’s Voices Women Vote, a liberal Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit voter outreach group that targets unmarried women is receiving criticism in seven states for possible fraudulent voter registration practices. Mailings and phone calls from the group have confused thousands of primary voters. Arizona’s Secretary of State called the group’s mailings “misleading and deceptive” for suggesting that voters were legally required to send back the enclosed registration forms. And North Carolina voters last week received automated messages from the group informing them to expect a voter registration packet in the mail, nearly two weeks after the mail-in-voter registration deadline for the Tar Heel state’s presidential primary.

Women’s Voices Women’s Vote spokespeople say the group is working hard to correct these missteps. But something tells me that in an election that may be the most important in a generation, we have not heard the last of these types of voter fraud scandals.

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