Wednesday, December 31, 2008


is back in style this year in the Middle East.

On Tuesday, Hamas legislators marked the Christmas season by passing a Shari'a criminal code for the Palestinian Authority. Among other things, it legalizes crucifixion.

Hamas's endorsement of nailing enemies of Islam to crosses came at the same time it renewed its jihad. Here, too, Hamas wanted to make sure that Christians didn't feel neglected as its fighters launched missiles at Jewish day care centers and schools. So on Wednesday, Hamas lobbed a mortar shell at the Erez crossing point into Israel just as a group of Gazan Christians were standing on line waiting to travel to Bethlehem for Christmas.

This from Caroline Glick at The Jerusalem Post.

The whole article is frustrating, but important. I have never understood why so many don't seem to take the words of world players like Ahmadinejad or Kim Jong Il seriously. When found to lie, the Western governments intensify negotiations. When told of their desire to destroy the West, it's freedoms and faith, the West's leaders refuse to understand, even spoken with such clarity. Does this come from arrogance? I don't know, but I certainly do not understand it.

Right now, many dear friends from our congregation are touring Israel. Please pray for their safety, and for wisdom, justice and mercy to overwhelm the foolishness, corruption and treachery so often on display in this world.

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