The Voice of the Martyrs USA recently posted a touching video clip of Uzbek believer, Dmitry Shestakov, and his young daughter, Vera, dancing and laughing together. This video was taken prior to Dmitry’s arrest in 2007 for his religious activities (click here to find out more).
As VOM’s blog writer, Stacy Harp, put it, the video is “a great reminder to remember that our brothers and sisters who are imprisoned for their faith have families, and often children, they have to leave behind.”
BY Mark Tooley, Weekly Standard:
For most Christians, Lent is a season of penitence and devotion in remembrance of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion. For Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP), Lent is an organizing tool for rallying U.S. Christians against Israel.
CMEP is releasing a series of Lenten devotionals, culminating with the current Holy Week, that supporters are urged to disseminate to their local churches. Each devotional has an explicit or implicit critique of modern Israel or message of solidarity with Palestinians.
Members of CMEP include several eastern Orthodox communions, the Maryknollers and Franciscan orders, the National Council of Churches, the Quakers and Mennonites, and the lobby offices of Mainline Protestant denominations such as the United Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians (USA), United Church of Christ (UCC), and Evangelical Lutherans. CMEP partners with Friends of Sabeel, an American support group for Palestinian Christian liberationists who specialize in organizing U.S. Christians behind pro-Palestinian causes.
Marxists in robes.
By Anthony Kang, NewsBusters:
Jason Mattera, author of “Obama Zombies” and newly appointed editor of Human Events, said “members in the media treat leftist politicians as though they are at a Jonas Brothers concert.” He also had rather choice words for young Obama supporters stuck in a “brainless slumber” on Fox Business Channel’s April 2 broadcast of “Imus in the Morning.”
“Somebody about your age – mouthpiece of Franken – is trying to dissuade you from continuing that,” host Don Imus noted upon viewing his guest’s recent confrontation with Sen. Al Franken.
“Yea, he had his hands all over me like Eric Massa,” Mattera joked.
And – in usual politically-correct fashion – he went on to address the devastating consequences that journalists and media bias has on the young generation.
“I just think that we know that members of the lame-stream media aren’t gonna grill politicians,” Mattera said. “Al Franken, Senator Smalley had no idea what was in the bill – and I’m not gonna sit down and play patty cake with the dude…So I mean I gotta go and confront the dude because we know members in the media treat leftist politicians as though they are at a Jonas Brothers concert. They’re just fawning licking the heels of their favorite teen idol.”
Rick Moran, AT:
We know now that no one was arrested, that the Capitol Police were unaware of any such incident, and that Cleaver is a liar.
It won’t change anything, of course, A year from now liberals will still be throwing up the “spitting” incident as a sign of the racist tea partiers. And Cleaver’s weasel words about denying it ever happened will be forgotten.
By THE WASHINGTON TIMES:
Blog sites have been buzzing about the National Medical Device Registry, a new office in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that was created in the Obamacare reconciliation package. Concern centers on the registry’s authority to conduct “postmarket device surveillance activities on implantable medical devices,” including those that feature radio-frequency identification. The word “surveillance” conjures ominous images of government tracking and reporting. Some have suggested the law lays the groundwork for compulsory microchip implantation so the state can keep tabs on everyone – for their own good, naturally.
By KATE SHELLNUTT, HOUSTON CHRONICLE:
Just as Christmas for many has become less about the miracle of the virgin birth, Easter may be losing its connection to the resurrection.
Fewer than half of Americans mentioned Jesus’ death and resurrection when asked about the significance of Easter, according to a survey released last month by Christian researchers the Barna Group.
At the same time, the National Retail Federation reports we’ll spend more than $13 billion on the holiday for food, clothes, candy and greeting cards.
Although the holiday is meant to be the central celebration of the church, disassociating Easter from the biblical narrative of the resurrection or seeing it in symbolic terms makes Christianity “safer” for con-temporary churchgoers, some local Christian leaders say.