Wednesday, June 28, 2006
CHRISTIAN GROUPS SLAM GAY PRIDE PARADE
Tomorrow night, June 28th - 3 Tammuz, marks twelve years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.We've posted lots of information below to help our visitors learn more about the Rebbe's devotion to G-d, discover how deeply he cared for each human being, and to glean insight into his teachings.The Rebbe would frequently insist that even the loftiest of thoughts must be translated into actual deed.
Please join us on this special day in learning something additional, reciting an
additional prayer, and giving some extra charity. Let us also try and apply some of the Rebbe's care and selfless dedication to our own interaction with family, friends and total strangers. There can be no more fitting tribute to the Rebbe than millions of good deeds,mitzvot, performed on his day.May G-d help us that in the merit of our collective acts of goodness we quickly greet our righteous Moshiach, at which time we will be reunited with our beloved Rebbe and all our loved ones.
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1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
Will Canada be the first cashless society?
Canada has long been one of the most wired nations in the world, and as a nation we’ve always been among the first to adopt new technologies and adapt our lifestyles to them.Thanks to our massive, sprawling country with several thousand miles separating some of our provinces, our innovations in communication have always been one of Canada’s strong suits. But another realm Canadians seem to be slightly ahead of the pack on is cashless payments. Canada was the first place for services such as Interac to catch on, and Canadians remain the world leaders in using debit cards. It seems we’re just as willing to cut out the bank cards too, in favor of cell phones and Internet payments.
Here’s a column by tech expert Dave Chalk on the topic: Canadians letting their fingers do the paying,Not sold on the idea yet? Take, for example, this new service in Calgary, which aims to make paying at parking meters easier than ever: New parking system to scrap meters. Here’s another story on the topic, giving us a glimpse into a cashless future where cellphones act like debit cards: Cellphones will work like credit or debit cards. Once technologies like cellphone payments become the norm, will we truly be on our way to becoming the first cashless society?
And will there be some unforeseen pitfalls and forks in the road along the way?Here’s at least one article that suggests there might be:Consumers pay price for cashless trend So, what do you think about all these developments in cashless payments? Do you think they’re a blessing and a convenience, or do you have a hard time getting past all that Biblical number of the Beast stuff and warnings about no one being able to buy or sell except he that hath the mark in his right hand or on his forehead?
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
Christian groups slam J'lem gay parade
Leaders of three Jerusalem-based Christian organizations issue statement saying parade is provocative ,Ynetnews.Three major Christian organizations based in Jerusalem issued a statement condemning the World Pride gay parade planned for the city in August.We do so out of our great love and respect for Jerusalem, the only city in the world that the Bible decrees as holy,read a statement signed by the Bridges For Peace, Christian Friends of Israel and the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.
The statement argued that organizers have planned the event in Jerusalem to provoke "those of biblical faith" and not because of the city's importance to the gay and lesbian community.The decision to hold this event in Jerusalem can only be seen as a calculated and confrontational act meant to provoke and offend those who adhere to timeless, biblical moral standards in the very place they hold most dear, the statement said.It continued: We stand in solidarity with the clear majority of Jerusalem residents who oppose this degradation of their city, and we urge the proper national and local authorities to reconsider the decision to allow the event to take place.
Jews, Arabs against parade
Meanwhile, earlier in the week leading American Rabbi Yehuda Levin organized a Jerusalem conference attended by both Jewish and Arab religious leaders who expressed their staunch objection to holding the Gay Pride Parade in the capital.Among the participants were Arab-Israeli sheik and MK Ibrahim Sarsur, Tekoa Rabbi Menachem Froman and Arab MK Abas Zkoor. The two leading Palestinian religious leaders, Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi and Sheikh Hamad Bitawi, were denied entry to Israel but phoned in their objection to holding the event in Jerusalem. During the conference Sarsur said “if they (gays) will dare to approach the Temple Mount during the parade – they will do so over our dead bodies, adding that “the Gay Pride Parade is an attack on Jerusalem that aims to damage the Islamic identity of young Arabs in the city.This attack is more venomous than the Zionist attack to make Jerusalem Jewish,he said.,(06.27.06, 23:52)
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries(DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
Marijuana use 'out of control’ worldwide: UN official,(AP)27 June 2006
WASHINGTON - Marijuana use worldwide is “out of control” because it grows everywhere, is in high demand and erroneously is considered by many to be harmless, a senior United Nations official said on Monday.Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, highlighted the marijuana problem at a news conference as he released his office’s 2006 World Drug Report.Marijuana, also known as cannabis, is a danger because it contains increasingly potent amounts of THC, a banned substance, Costa said.
While governments around the world generally have succeeded in containing use of heroin, cocaine and amphetamines, Costa said marijuana is a different story.Marijuana, he said, is out of control.It’s out of control in supply because it’s a weed; it grows everywhere. It’s out of control in demand because it’s erroneously considered a light drug.John Walters, head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, agreed that marijuana is a massive global problem.It’s not just a gateway, it is a dead end as well as an opening for many other people who go on and use other things, and are polydrug users. It has been for a long time,” said Walters, who joined Costa at the news conference.
The UN report released by Costa generally was upbeat, boasting gains - including that opium poppy cultivation was down 22 percent in 2005.On the negative side, the report found that cocaine use is reaching alarming levels in Western Europe.It attributed the decline in opium poppy cultivation to cutbacks in the three main source countries of illicit opium in the world: Afghanistan, Myanmar and Laos. Opium is the main ingredient for heroin.In Afghanistan, in 2005, opium poppy cultivation decreased for the first time since 2001, the report said. Still, it said, that country accounted for 89 percent of opium production worldwide.The State Department’s annual report on illicit drugs, issued in March, acknowledged that opium production is hampering democracy-building efforts in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s huge drug trade severely impacts efforts to rebuild the economy, develop a strong democratic government based on rule of law, and threatens regional stability, the report said.Despite the sharp decrease in the total area under cultivation in all opium-producing countries, the UN report said production was down only 5 percent due to more favorable weather conditions during the 2005 growing season in Afghanistan.The world’s supply of opium has shrunk, but in an unbalanced way, the study said.“Within a few years, Asia’s notorious Golden Triangle, once the world’s narcotics epicenter, could become opium-free. But in Afghanistan, while the area under opium cultivation decreased in 2005, the country’s drug situation remains vulnerable to reversal.
This could happen as early as 2006.Assessing the gamut of illicit drugs, from heroin to cocaine as well as marijuana, amphetamines and ecstasy, the report concluded: Drug control is working, and the world drug problem is being contained.Levels of drug cultivation and drug addiction are much lower than they were 100 years ago, it said.Even more importantly, in the past few years, worldwide efforts to reduce the threat posed by illicit drugs have effectively reversed a quarter-century-long rise in drug abuse that, if left unchecked, could have become a global pandemic,the report added.
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