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Faith, Freedom & Citizenship Class Kempsville Presbyterian Church August 31, 2003
The views expressed herein are the views of the Editor, Vernon Fix


by Don Richardson

"Being a lover of freedom, when the (Nazi) revolution came, I looked to the universities to defend it, knowing that they had always boasted of their devotion to the cause of truth; but no, the universities were immediately silenced. Then I looked to the great editors of the newspapers, whose flaming editorials in days gone by had proclaimed their love of freedom; but they, like the universities, were silenced in a few short weeks...Only the Church stood squarely across the path of Hitler's campaign for suppressing truth. I never had any special interest in the Church before, but now I feel a great affection and admiration for it because the Church alone has had the courage and persistence to stand for intellectual and moral freedom. I am forced to confess that what I once despised I now praise unreservedly." --Albert Einstein from Kampi und Zeugnis der bekennenden Kirche quoted in the Federalist 8-25-03 "Our Senate always opens with a prayer, followed by an investigation." --Will Rogers


Along with the plunder and ransom money Mohammed and his followers amassed were captive women. What rules did he give to govern the behavior of male captors with their female captives? Mohammed knew that men who are responsible for female orphans, let alone feminine slaves, might be tempted to violate them sexually. He advised men thus tempted to marry "other women. . . two, three or four of them" (Koran 4:3) to help them keep their thoughts distracted from comely young adoptees. Note that two is the minimum number Mohammed suggested. Monogamy, apparently, was not even to be considered. And because Mohammed mentioned four, everywhere in the world that Islam's Sharia law supercedes other laws, Muslim men are permitted four wives. M. M. Ali, eager to excuse Mohammed's failure to urge self control or monogamy instead of polygamy as a solution for male temptation, assures monogamous Western readers: "This passage permits polygamy under certain circumstances; it does not enjoin it." If that is true, why couldn't at least one wife be listed in 4:3 as one of the options? Still, in spite of Mohammed's failure even to mention monogamy in 4:3 as acceptable, Ali wants us to believe that the Koran favors calling human societies away from polygamy toward monogamy. Polygamy for the strong, monogamy for the weak is clearly Mohammed's policy! MOHAMMED, MARRIAGE AND SLAVES In Mecca, Mohammed was not violent, nor was he a robber or polygamist. In Medina, by his own choice, he became all three and more. A man known for self-control is even more contemptible if he abandons self-control than a man who lived as a rake and a scoundrel from his youth. What were Mohammed's reasons for changing? Every indicator following Mohammed's arrival in Medina points to his decision to build up a fighting force that would not only plunder Mecca's caravans and expel or kill Medina's Jews, but also eventually be large enough to defeat the hostile Arabs who expelled him from his hometown, Mecca. Prescribing his original monogamy as a standard for pagan men would, of course, have turned away many a pagan man Mohammed coveted for a rapid buildup of his fighting force. Or did he feel that 25 years of monogamy in Mecca earned him the right just to live it up in Medina? Verse 33:50, interestingly, admits a need to shield Mohammed from blame for having sex with so many women. Concerning "God" and Mohammed, one wonders which was
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...The Mississippi Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling that recognizes an unborn child as a person with rights. The ruling paves the way for wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of unborn children to proceed. The court's decision said that a child who has developed so that he or she moves in the mother's womb is a legally defined person protected by Mississippi law. Pat Cartrette, director of Right to Life of Jackson, says the ruling is definitely a step in the right direction. She says 3,500 "quick" babies -- babies that can swim inside of the womb -- were aborted in Mississippi in 2001, but the court's 2003 ruling pushes the issue out to society and challenges what she calls the nation's "schizophrenic attitude toward unborn babies." Cartrette insists that individuals must look at the facts and decide to protect "these little humans." She adds that pro-abortion forces are in an uproar because, more than anything, they fear any ruling that reinforces the personhood of an unborn child. From the AGAPEPRESS.

Federal Budget Deficits Explode

A recent update from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) projects a fiscal year 2003 deficit of $455 billion, followed by a $475 billion gap in 2004. These 1
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the servant and which was the master? Mohammed reduced his God virtually to the level of a procurer, a mere auxiliary to himself.

Rules for Making a Female Slave an "Honest Woman"

Occasionally a Muslim man would decide that a captive woman whom Mohammed had given him to use as a sex slave should be his wife instead. Chapter 4 in Mohammed's Koran lays down three conditions that had to be fulfilled before a mere slave could be the wife of a Muslim man. M. M. Ali lists them: 1. The slave must be a believer (see Koran 4:25). 2. A man must persuade the community that he cannot afford the bride price for a free woman (Koran 4:25). 3. The man is afraid he will fall into sin if he does not marry that pretty slave. All a male Muslim need do is admit a little weakness. Could this be the reason their God had to cater so obeisantly to Mohammed's desire for sex? In Chapter 70 of the Koran, Mohammed invited male Muslims to descend to the same lower marital standard his God had already authorized for him. First, though, posing as a guard for morality, Mohammed commended male Muslims who "control their desires" (Koran 70:29, Rodwell). Then he added indulgently, "Save with their wives and slave girls; for these are lawful for them" (Koran 70:30; see also 23:5). The slaves mentioned in these two verses are not included in the category of wives. How Muslims Justify Mohammed's Polygamy How do Muslim apologists defend Mohammed's polygamy? The previous quotes show that for Mohammed himself, "God let me do it" was defense enough. M. M. Ali, ever ready to strengthen what Mohammed left weak, adds a reason Mohammed and his God both forgot to give 1,400 years earlier in the Koran. . Ali claims that Muslim male casualties in battle left many women widowed. Mohammed prescribed polygamy, Ali suggests, because so many widows needed care and there were no single men to wed them. Ever so many cultures throughout history have had an excess of widows following wars, but have not found it advisable to resort to polygamy for their care. Of course, a majority of Muslims do not want to harm non-Muslims. Unlike their so-called prophet, they do not plunder other people's homes nor do they exploit female captives as sex slaves. God forbid that any reader of this critique of the Koran should think that Muslims must be punished for being misled by a bad prophet and his bad book. May God defend people in every nation from vigilante justice-including Muslims in Western nations and Christians and other minorities in Muslim nations! I will continue to sample the Secrets of the Koran for a few more weeks. You really should buy Mr. Fichardsons book. This is just the teaser. Editor. 2

projected deficits would far surpass the previous record of $290 billion in 1992. Accumulated deficits out to the end of fiscal year 2008, when the OMB forecast ends, total $1.9 trillion. As bad as these figures appear, the situation is actually far worse, because Congress will continue to steal from the temporary Social Security surpluses, which it has been doing for years, to help fund budget increases. Ironically, it is a Republican-controlled Congress, with its image of fiscal conservatism, delivering the largest budget deficit in history. ACTION: We need to keep writing our Congressmen and asking them to cut government spending. The amount of PORK in the last budget set a new record.

The Armed Citizen

A Reno, Nevada, woman had just dropped off her children at a local clinic and was returning to her minivan when she saw a man vandalizing the vehicle. The woman yelled at the vandal, who then approached her in a threatening manner. That's when the 39-year-old mother of four drew a .32-caliber pistol from her purse and told the man to stop. When he continued to advance toward her, she shot him once in the chest. Her attacker, Karan-Vir Singh, was expected to be charged with destruction of property. Gazette-journal, Reno, NY, OS/21/03) ACTION: Write to our elected representatives and tell them to protect the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

U.S. on Permanent War Footing?

Speaking on the August 3rd edition of NBC's Meet the Press, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge put the matter quite plainly: "I guess one of the challenges we have to understand is that our job is, first of all, to reduce risk [T]he president intuitively realized we are at war. It is a permanent condition. That's why they made permanent changes in the government. That's why we have a Department of Homeland Security." (Emphasis added.) Ridge's department is rapidly becoming the locus of a "consolidated" (a word he used repeatedly) law enforcement and intelligence system - precisely the variety of centralized, militarized, garrison-state apparatus the Constitution is designed to prevent. But as the Roman maxim informs us, inter arma, enim silent leges "In time of war, the laws fall silent." "I can see down the road the additional capacity that we'll be able to build," predicted Ridge on Meet the Press. "We are far safer, far more secure. We're not where we need to be, because it's an ongoing threat, but we will get there." In truth, the "additional capacity" would not make us "far safer, far more secure," but it would extinguish our liberty in the name of safety and security. See FBAs on the Web---


Faith, Freedom & Citizenship Class Kempsville Presbyterian Church September 7, 2003


by Don Richardson (Misc. comments from Chapter 6Ed.)

The Muslims urge everyone who decides to investigate the Koran to feel reverential awe for the book, even before reading it. Millions of people who never open a Koran hear from Muslims that it is a marvelous book. Even some secular scholars extol it. Grill them, though, and most admit to browsing a few pages. Some professors are reticent to say anything that would cause Muslim college students to boycott their classes. With so much hype praising the Koran, a novice expects to feel inspired as he begins reading. Boredom quickly chills expectation. Mohammed, the illiterate Arabian religious leader who dictated the Koran to various scribes in the early 600s,acknowledged himself as "unlettered" (Koran7:157). In 7:183 he described his role as "that of a plain warner" (Koran). An illiterate with limited intellectual horizons - to fill hundreds of bits of parchment with teaching - does indeed need help from a mind better informed than his own. Or, he must rely heavily on repetition just to fill space. Then he has a problem. How can he repeat, repeat, repeat without boring his readers?

That was precisely Mohammed's quandary.

Chapter 1in the Koran is only eight verses long, hence the main text begins with chapter2's 286 verses. Readers encounter banal repetition immediately. In verse 7, Mohammed warns non-Muslims about a "great punishment"; i.e., punishment in hell. Three verses later, in verse10, he again warns of a "painful chastisement" (Koran, Shakir). Thirteen verses later he writes of "the fire whose fuel is men. . . [it is] prepared for the unbelievers" (v. 23). This in turn is echoed in verse 39 where infidels are described as "inmates of the fire; and there they shall abide forever." Still another warning of damnation comes up in verse 48.Verse 81 again warns that evildoers "shall be inmates of the fire, there shall they abide forever." Four verses later he writes of "grievous punishment on the day of resurrection" (v. 79), followed in verse 86 by "Their punishment shall not be mitigated," and a grim warning of "God's curse" falling upon infidels (v.89)! Verse 90 includes the phrase "wrath upon wrath" resulting in "a disgraceful punishment for unbelievers"(Shakir).Verse96 warns of God's "scourge," followed two verses later with the threat: "God is the enemy of the unbelievers" (v. 98).

We have allowed our constitutional republic to deteriorate into a virtually unchecked direct democracy. Today's political process is nothing more than a street fight between various groups seeking to vote themselves other people's money. Individual voters tend to support the candidate that promises them the most federal loot in whatever form, rather than the candidate who will up hold the rule of law." --Rep. Ron Paul Comment: There are three basic forms of government; 1. Rule of Law. (Constitutional Republic) 2. Democracy. (Called Mobacracy) 3. Dictatorship, Tyranny or some form ofism. (Socialism, Communism etc.) When you study the changes in government they will go slowly from no. 1 to no. 2 and then quickly to no. 3. The danger to the US is we are slowly moving from no. 1 to no. 2. If we do not stop this movement we will end up quickly in no. 3. God forbid Ed. A federal judge overturn a nearly 60 percent majority of California voters who passed Proposition 187 in 1994, but another single federal judge in Sacramento is at this moment threatening to cancel the California recall election! Rep. Robert Aderholt's (R-AL) Ten Commandments Defense Act (H.R.2045), declares the display of the Ten Commandments on state property to be within the powers the Constitution reserves to the states, thereby removing challenges from federal court jurisdiction. His bill passed the House in 1999 (but not the Senate), and currently has64co-sponsors.

It is possible that the Supreme Court may use procedural grounds to duck the issues in the lead cases on the Pledge of Allegiance, the Ten Commandments, and the definition of marriage. The dozens of cases arising all over the country make it imperative for Congress to withdraw jurisdiction on these three issues from all federal courts, and any Member of Congress who defaults in this duty should be defeated in 2004. from the Eagle Forum. Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado has given Americans a method to restore our religious liberties by introducing a bill, S. 1558, called the "Religious Liberties Restoration Act." S. 1558 is a legislative statute which would nullify the authority of federal courts to make judgments regarding the public display of the Ten Commandments, the National Motto and the Pledge of Allegiance. A simple majority and the signature of the President is all that's needed for this bill to pass. No constitutional amendment is needed. From the American Family Association. Note that both of these bills gives authority back to the States and takes the authority from the Federal judiciary. See the 10thAmendment. Any state can then set limits its citizens desire. Action: Write to all three of your elected Federal officials, one Congressman and two Senators and insist they support bills H.R.2045&S. 1558 to rein in the courts.
The views expressed herein are the views of the Editor, Vernon Fix

The United Nations Wants America's Armed Forces

That American blood and taxes are being used for military operations unrelated to U.S. defense? A May, 2000 Joint Chiefs of Staff report states that since 1990 more than 55 "Operations Other Than War"(military engagements now called "peacekeeping" or "humanitarian" missions)have cost U.S. taxpayers over $21 billion - more than $4 billion in 2000 alone. Of course, there is no price tag imaginable for American soldiers who have been killed in UN-sanctioned, UN-led "Operations Other Than War" such as Somalia. That the UN is being given control of our military? U.S. forces have been sent to the Persian Gulf and Somalia to carryout UN resolutions. And they were sent to the Balkans under the authority of NATO, a regional subsidiary of the UN. In the Balkans and Somalia, they have been placed under foreign commanders who view the secretaries-general of the UN and NATO not the U.S. president as their commander in chief. That U.S. military personnel are being prepared to become United Nations soldiers? Approximately 300 U.S. Marines stationed at Twenty-Nine Palms, California, got a reality check in 1994 when they were required to participate in a "Combat Arms Survey" asking how they felt about statements such as: "[T]he President of the United States has the authority to pass his responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief to the UN Secretary General"; "I would swear to the following code: 'I am a United Nations fighting person"'; and "I would fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the U.S. government. From the New American. Comment: Write to your electeds. It is time we got out of the UN and rescind all treaties with the UN. Our very soveriengty is at stake. Ed.

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