Acts & Facts – September 2006

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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN – Has Noah’s Ark Been Found in Iran?
IMPACT No. 399 – Dinosaurs vs. Birds: The Fossils Don’t Lie
BACK TO GENESIS (a) – What Other Doctrines Do You Ignore?
BACK TO GENESIS (b) – Hummingbirds at ICR
BACK TO GENESIS (c) – Out of Ararat?
BACK TO GENESIS (d) – SETI: Design in Spite of Itself
STEWARDSHIP – A Creationist Worldview
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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN: Has Noah’s Ark Been Found in Iran?

The Bible specifies that Noah’s Ark came to rest on "the mountains of Ararat" and that as the waters continued to drain, other mountain tops could be seen. No particular mountain is indicated, for "Ararat" (or Urartu) was the name of an ancient country.  

Read it at: http://www.icr.org/article/2908/


IMPACT No. 399 – Dinosaurs vs. Birds: The Fossils Don’t Lie

The term "Dinosauria" was first used in 1841 by Sir Richard Owen in an address to the British Association for the Advancement of Science, subsequently publishing the term in 1842.

Read it at: ht tp://www.icr.org/article/2902/


BACK TO GENESIS: BTG 213(a) – What Other Doctrines Do You Ignore?

Recently I was talking with an evangelical pastor about his view on creation. Please understand. Creation is not the only Biblical teaching I care about. There’s more to Christianity than creation. But often it signifies one’s attitude toward the Bible in general.

Read it at: http://www.icr.org/article/2904/


BACK TO GENESIS: BTG 213(b) – Hummingbirds at ICR

The staff at ICR trusts you enjoy the hummingbird picture taken outside a window of our main building. It was noticed months ago that an adult bird was weaving a nest on a palm frond.

Read it at: http://www.icr.org/article/2905/


BACK TO GENESIS: BTG 213(c) – Out of Ararat?

Paleoanthropologists are not usually known for shying away from discord, debate, or disagreement. Yet for several decades there has been near-unanimity on two fronts: (1) the so-called fact of evolution, and more specifically that, (2) an African ape, sometime in the last few million years, gave rise to the first African human.

Read it at: http://www.icr.org/article/2906/


BACK TO GENESIS: BTG 213(d) – SETI: Design in Spite of Itself

Researchers involved in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) use scientific equipment, collaborate with scientists, attend scientific conferences, publish scientific articles, and generally look and smell like scientists, lab coats and all. Most have degrees in science.

Read it at: http://www.icr.org/article/2907/


STEWARDSHIP: A Creationist Worldview

There is much talk today a bout developing a "Christian Worldview." Several well-known books and organizations offer a variety of intellectual challenges, motivational seminars, and leadership institutes intended to promote a resurgence of "Christian" thinking.
 
Read more at: http://www.icr.org/article/2900/


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A Thorn in the Side of Peace

Iran is a proud country with roots that date back to the earliest annals of human history, once reigning supreme as the heart of the Persian Empire.

Yet, today it is an Islamic fundamentalist state in the turbulent Middle East, one that commits serious human rights violations against even its own citizens. Iran is a state that sponsors terrorism, seeks the destruction of Israel and scorns her friend, the United States. It is important that we keep careful eyes on this dangerous enemy. Consider some of the unfriendly things Iran has done recently:

War by Proxy

Iran has fought against the US in Iraq by proxy. Iran has been promoting the terrorist insurgency in Iraq for quite awhile, despite the fact that the US knows about it. Former CIA Director Porter J. Goss told Congress in May 2005 about Iran‘s involvement in the Iraq insurgency. This August Brigadier General Michael Barbero spoke of the problem, noting at a Pentagon press conference, "I think it is irrefutable that Iran is responsible for training, funding and equipping some of these Shia extremist groups, and also providing advanced IED technology… And there is clear evidence of that."

Sustaining Terrorism

Iran has armed the terrorist group Hezbollah. In July, the U.S blocked an Iranian cargo plane on its way to Syria full of missiles and launchers. Hezbollah fired more than 800 rockets on northern Israel (with no consideration for the lives of civilians) during its spat with Israel in July. According CBS, "Israeli officials have claimed – and defense and Middle East analysts in Washington agree – that Hezbollah’s arsenal has increased in both size and range, with help from Iran. …rockets that hit cities deeper into Israel, like the ones that killed eight people in Haifa, are suspected of being a newer version of the Katyusha – most likely the Iranian-made mid-range Fajr-3 and Fajr-5."

"This is definitely beyond their ability to build themselves," said Guy Ben-Ari, a senior fellow at the Center for International and Strategic Studies, "These are military grade. There is nothing secondhand or homemade about them."

Iran is also rearming Hezbollah after the ceasefire. Obviously there will be no real peace in the region if Hezbollah is allowed to load up and take aim at Israel once more. The U.S. State Department says Iran and Syria both "must stop arming Hezbollah." In late August, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said that Iran and Syria‘s support of Hezbollah "in the form of financing, training, and supply of armaments does not just perpetuate this crisis – it sustains it. Cutting off these supply lines, as mandated in [Resolution] 1701, is a matter that can no longer be ignored."

Nuclear Ambitions

Iran has continually refused to halt its uranium enrichment. This is of greatest concern. In fact, Iran‘s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, said that his country would expand its nuclear program. Monday, Kofi Annan’s visit to Iran ended with little more than an insistence by Iran that it will continue its nuclear program until there are discussions on the matter. (That, and Iran plans to hold a conference for Holocaust deniers.) In late August, the UN offered Iran a whole plateful of incentives to stop its nuclear endeavors. Iran responded by a saying a great deal – but nothing about halting its work on uranium enrichment.

Even if the UN decides to sanction Iran, sanctions will not suddenly make Iran a nation of peace, or make its leaders honest and open. Iran will continue with its nuclear program if nothing serious is done about it. That poses very real dangers for Israel and for the West. We know that Israel will not allow Iran to be nuclear, and so the situation grows more urgent.

Related Links:

 • Iran, the Festering Thorn (Reprinted Portions Used by Permission) – About
 • Iran Ignores UN Nuclear Resolution – ABC
 • Iran Snubs Annan on Uranium – AP
 • Syria, Iran Must Stop Arming Hezbollah, US Says – US State Dept
 • Hezbollah’s Rocket Science – CBS
 • Officials: US Blocked Missiles to Hezbollah – USA Today
 • Clear Evidence’ Iran is Arming, Training Iraqi Extremists – AFP


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Faith In The Classroom

This is an American article, but has relevance for New Zealand now.


The role of religion in public schools continues to be a hotly debated issue. Some public school teachers avoid the mere mention of religion in their classrooms because they are afraid of offending students, becoming the target of a lawsuit, or even losing their job. Other teachers would like to talk about religion, but don’t know what they are allowed to say and what would be considered "crossing the line." If you are among the many teachers, students, and parents who may have questions concerning religion in public schools, you may wish to take a moment to explore some of the resources available to you.

A publication by the First Amendment Center called Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools can be downloaded for free online (see link below). Finding Common Ground is a guidebook that explains teachers’ and students’ religious rights. It gives information concerning a wide variety of subjects such as equal access, judicial court rulings, and religious holidays. Below you will also find a link to the United States Department of Education Guidelines on Religious Expression in Public Schools.

Freedom of Speech

The Supreme Court has ruled that students retain their freedom of speech and expression when at school. According to the 1969 Supreme Court decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, a school may only silence students if they are actually disrupting school discipline. That is, a student’s freedom of expression does not give him or her the right to interrupt class. However, during free time, students are free to:

• Read their Bibles
• Talk to peers about religion and pray with their peers
• Wear clothing with Christian symbols and messages
• Pass out religious tracts

Equal Access

If a secondary public school receives any federal funding and if it allows any other non-curriculum clubs (like the chess club or the glee club) to form, then it must allow students to form Bible clubs or other religiously oriented organizations on campus, with the same rights to the facilities as other clubs. Religious clubs are guaranteed the right to official recognition, which means the school must offer them access to the school newspaper, bulletin boards, and the public announcement system et al. Religious clubs, however, must be student-initiated and student-led. The students may invite outside speakers, but the club must be organized and led by the students themselves.

Educational Opportunities

Because religion is such an integral part of history and politics and the human experience in general, it is a relevant topic in the classroom setting. Teachers and students are free to discuss different religions and the impact religion has had on society. While teachers must maintain a neutral position with the students, students are free to offer their own personal opinions on religious matters. [Teachers are free to discuss religious issues with their own peers outside of the classroom.]

Students may write papers on religious subjects, including the Bible. The Bible has had an enormous impact on history and literature and is an important book to know, even from a secular viewpoint. Literature from Shakespeare to Faulkner is full of allusions to the Bible, which can only be fully appreciated with a working knowledge of God’s Word.

Teachers

Teachers also retain their First Amendment rights at school, but at the same time represent the school while in the classroom and at school events. Therefore, public school teachers are not permitted to "force their religion" on students. However, teachers do have a lot of freedom to teach about religion for educational purposes. They may teach on comparative religions, including Christianity. They may discuss the impact religion has had on history and science and literature. They may even discuss religion with students one-on-one, if the student initiates and maintains the conversation and is not compelled to agree with the teacher’s position.

As school starts up again, continue to pray for those faithful teachers who are striving to teach students according to righteousness in the face of an increasingly liberal education establishment, and for those students who are willing to stand up for their faith and be a light to their peers rather than just going along with the crowd.

Related Links:

 • United States Department of Education Guidelines on Religious Expression in Public Schools – ACLJ
 • Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools – Freedom Forum
 • Train Up a Child: Home Schooling – Koinonia House
 • Armor for the Age of Deceit – MP3 Download – Koinonia House


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The Islamic Divide

The terms Shiite (Shia) and Sunni are heard often in stories about the Muslim world, but few people really know what they mean. Religion permeates every aspect of life in the Muslim world and understanding the differences between Shiites and Sunnis is important in understanding the complex geopolitics of the Middle East.

The division between Shiites and Sunnis began in the years immediately following the death of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of the Islamic faith. When Muhammad died in 632 AD there was a disagreement over who should succeed him as the political and religious leader of the Muslim world. One group of Muslims elected Abu Bakr, a close companion of Muhammad to be the caliph, or leader. However a smaller group believed that Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law, Ali ibn Abu Talib, was the rightful leader. The Muslims who believed that Abu Bakr should be Muhammad’s successor have come to be known as Sunni. Whereas the Muslims who felt Ali should have been the successor are now known as Shiite.

Abu Bakr was the first caliph, although Shiites considered him to be a usurper. He was succeeded by Umar ibn al-Khattab and Uthman ibn Affan, the second and third caliphs. In the year 656 AD, 24 years after the death of Muhammad, Uthman was murdered. After Uthman’s death Ali, whom Shiites had always considered the rightful leader, was finally elected to rule. Ali was opposed by Muhammad’s wife Aisha, the daughter of Abu Bakr. Aisha challenged his authority and criticized Ali for his lack of interest in bringing Uthman’s killers to justice. Aisha raised an army against Ali, which lead to the first Fitna, or Islamic civil war. Ali defeated Aisha at the Battle of Bassorah, also known as the Battle of the Camel. Ali’s reign was turbulent and he was assassinated in 661 AD.

Under the leadership of the first four caliphs (Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, and Ali), the political, social, and religious institutions of Islam were solidified. Islam spread far beyond the borders of the Arabian peninsula, east into the Persian empire, north into Byzantine territory, and west across northern Africa. After Ali’s death, however, Islamic unity splintered. Sunni Islam continued through the Umayyads and other dynasties that led to the powerful Ottoman and Mughal empires of the 15th to 20th Centuries. For Shiites, leadership was passed down through the Imams, who were believed to be divinely appointed from Muhammad’s family. The 12th and final Shiite Imam died in the late 9th Century. After several centuries a council was appointed to elect an Ayatollah, the supreme Shiite spiritual leader.

The divide between Shiite and Sunni Muslims began as a political one, but this ultimately led to some religious and theological differences. The divide between the two sects has grown over time. Shiites and Sunnis disagree on the identity of the Mahdi, the coming Islamic messiah. They also disagree on the interpretation of various key passages of the Quran and the hadith. The Quran (or Koran) is the Islamic holy scriptures – the word of Allah. While the hadith are teachings and traditions passed down from Muhammad – not divinely inspired nevertheless very significant. Yet while there are differences in beliefs, both Shiites and Sunnis share the main articles of faith – the five pillars of Islam – which are the testimony of faith, prayer, giving to charity, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Shiites and Sunnis are the two largest Islamic sub-groups. However there are other sects, as well as divisions within the two groups. Sunni Muslims make up the majority, approximately eighty-five percent, of Muslims all over the world – they are spread from North Africa to Asia. However large populations of Shiite Muslims live in Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India.

Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion, and is second in size only to Christianity, but the god of Islam and the God of the Bible are not one and the same. Allah is presented as unknowable and capricious, and is derived from the ancient pagan moon god. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob delights in making and keeping His promises. Jesus summarized the entire Law of Moses in two commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. Nowhere does the Koran make such a commandment. Although there are many peace-loving Muslims, study of the Islamic religion will reveal that true Islam is anything but a peaceful religion. Islam demands the utter destruction of all Jews, Christians, and anyone who refuses to convert to the Islamic faith. It is a warrior code that demands Muslims live and die by the sword.

The truth about Islam is exactly the opposite of what you will hear on the news. Many Americans believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. In public schools we teach our children a doctrine of tolerance, and in some schools students are even required to memorize passages of the Koran. While in comparison, Islamic children are taught that America is the Infidel. We are the enemy. When the towers came crashing down on September 11, 2001 and thousands of innocent people were killed, Muslims all over the world danced in the streets and praised the hijackers. Islamic terrorists are referred to in the West as radicals and extremists, while in the mid-east they are heralded by fundamentalists as martyrs and heroes, and the families of suicide bombers are rewarded monetary pensions. The disparity between the two perspectives is staggering, still Americans are not willing to face the truth about Islam.

[Editor’s note: This is a highly condensed overview of early Islamic history as it pertains to the division between Shiites and Sunnis. It is important to note that Islamic sects tend to disagree on many aspects of key historical events (one man’s hero is another’s villain). See the links below for more detailed information. Also, check out our briefing pack The Sword of Allah to learn more about the origins of the Islamic faith.]

Related Links:

 • Islam – CARM
 • What’s the Difference Between Shi’ah and Sunni? – Christianity Today
 • The Sword of Allah – MP3 Download – Koinonia House
 • A Legacy of Hate – MP3 Download – Koinonia House
 • Strategic Trends: The Rise of Islam – Koinonia House


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The World’s Tallest Building

The the worlds newest tallest building is about to be completed, looks amazing, should be safer than going to space to get a better view of earth

SPECIFICATIONS – BURJ DUBAI (DUBAI TOWER) AND DUBAI MALL, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Order year: 2003
Construction start: 2004
Project type: Mall, residential and retail facilities and world’s tallest skyscraper
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Estimated investment: Dh800 million (mall, residential and retail facilities); Dh3.9 billion (tower)
Completion: 2006 (mall); 2007 (tower)
Retail space: 5 million square ft
Shops: >1,000
Car parking: 16,000 spaces
Key Players: Sponsor EMAAR Properties PJSC
Lead contractors, designers, architects and engineers:
DC Architects PTE Limited, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Bauer Spezialtiefbau, Middle East Foundations, Turner Construction Corporation, Grocon, Lerch, Bates and Associates Incorporated

Image is from BBC comparing the biggest buildings,

You can’t say they don’t have a vision. Remarkably, the inspiration for the tower comes from – a flower. The Hymenocallis is a plant widely cultivated in Dubai, India and around the region. It’s harmonious structure is one of the organizing principles for the design.

The Foundation

Btw, some people are talking about CN Tower of Toronto not being in that comparison chart. CN Tower is not a building, its the tallest standing structure.

The Gospel In Genesis

This blew me away when I discovered it.  I hope it will impress you too.  Click here for the full reference.
 

Hebrew English
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow;
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or comfort.
 
So, the Old Testament patriachs names spell out the Gospel message: "Man (of) Sorrow (Jesus) (was) appointed mortal (made flesh) = The Blessed God Shall Come Down (to earth) Teaching.  His death shall bring the despairing rest and/or comfort."
 
Thanks to Chuck Missler for his intrepid research to uncover this treasure.
Thanks be to God Most High for making His plan known from the beginning and having a loving plan that includes you and me in it.

Kasrils – Minister of “Intelligence”?

 

September 4, 2006

Kasrils – Minister of "Intelligence"?

 

 

 

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South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils is well-known for his anti-Zionist views, which he regularly promotes in the pages of South African newspapers and beyond. Kasrils’ latest diatribe appears in the South African Mail & Guardian. Referring to the recent Lebanon conflict, Kasrils uses a clever sleight of hand to sum up his own feelings by quoting Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder:

We no longer recognize the state of Israel. We could not recognize the apartheid regime. We call child murderers ‘child murderers’. We do no t recognize the principle of a thousand Arab eyes for one Israeli eye.

Kasrils allows himself the license to project his own distorted view of Israel without taking responsibility, while failing to mention that Gaarder actually sought to distance himself from his original article that aroused high-level condemnation in Norway, where it was published.

In keeping with Kasrils’ non-recognition of Israel’s right to exist, he questions Jewish rights to their homeland while ignoring the fact that Jews had lived uninterrupted for hundreds of years before the first waves of mass immigration at the end of the 19th century. Kasrils falsely claims that "from the onset, Zionism aimed at the dispossession of the indigenous population so that Israel could become a wholly Je wish state." This, despite all the evidence to the contrary, including Israel’s 1 million Arab citizens currently living in the state with equal rights under the law to Israel’s Jewish population. 

Referring back to the 1947 UN Partition Plan, Kasrils claims that "Israel acquired the power, aid and resources to expand to 78% of the former territory", conveniently forgetting that this territory was actually acquired in wars of self-defense as a direct result of Arab attacks from those very territories.

Bizarrely, Kasrils also claims that "Lebanon, too, has been a part of Zionist annexation plans. Israel long regarded the Litani river to its north as its natural border…" and that Israel "still holds on to strategic farmland" despite the fact that the UN verified that Israel no longer occupied Lebanese territory following her withdrawal in 2000. Indeed, the Sunday Telegraph, referring to the Shebaa Farms, states that "Syria – which has long insisted that the disputed land is mostly Lebanese – refuses to demarcate the border between the two countries, as demanded by UN Security Resolution 1559, making it more difficult for a settlement to be reached. Some diplomats suspect that Damascus does not want to deprive Hezbollah of its original justification for its struggle with Israel."

After accusing Israel of "ethnic cleansing", Kasrils then employs a despicable moral equivalence:

We feel sorrow for those who died under rocket fire in Israel. But we do not blame Hizbullah or Palestinian resistance any more than we blamed South Africa liberation forces when civilians died. We blamed the racist policies of a corrupt government that cynically placed its own people in the line of danger.

Contending that Israel‘s leadership purposely placed its own citizens in danger to serve its own agenda, Kasrils claims that :

To them the terror of their own citizens, fleeing south or hiding in their bomb shelters, is an acceptable part of their cynical calculations.

Finally, employing the Nazi analogy as well as advocating for Israel to be treated in the same way as apartheid South Africa, Kasrils concludes:

Like Gaarder, we must call baby killers "baby killers" and declare that those using methods reminiscent of the Nazis be told that they are behaving like Nazis. May Israelis wake up and see reason, as happened in South Africa, and negotiate peace. And finally, yes, let us learn from what helped open white South African eyes: the combination of a just struggle reinforced by international solidarity utilising the weapons of boycott and sanctions.

See here for more on why Israel is not an "apartheid state".

Ronnie Kasrils’ extreme views could be dismissed were it not for his position as a member of the South African government with the ability to disseminate his one-sided and distorted hatred for Israel through the mainstream media, including outside his home state. Unfortunately, the Mail & Guardian is his latest platform.

Letters to the Mail & Guardian – letters@mg.co.za

STORM IN A TEACUP?

On 31 August, a Palestinian infiltrated the British Embassy in Tel Aviv, threatening to kill himself if he was not granted political asylum in the UK. According to the Jerusalem Post:

A tense six-hour standoff ended safely Thursday as police subdued the Palestinian. Police SWAT teams charged the man as he momentarily put down his pistol to eat food that had been brought to him. The pistol, police then discovered, was a toy….

British officials made an immediate decision to invite Israeli police to enter the embassy compound, which is considered sovereign British territory….

So, Israeli forces were invited into the compound, spent six hours trying to negotiate and then subdued the "gunman" with no shots fired or any injuries to police or the Palestinian. Yet, the Associated Press and the BBC published the story under the following headlines:

  • AP: Israeli Police Storm British Embassy
  • BBC: Commandos storm Tel Aviv embassy

A misleading headline can create a totally different perception, and in this case, presents another example of how Israel is portrayed as the active party or ‘aggressor’ irrespective of her role in the story. HonestReporting urges subscribers to be aware of this subtle yet insidious form of media bias.

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