A friend suggested we pray for Sue Bradford. Let’s do that.
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 5:18 PM
To: Craig Smith
Subject: A prayer to share4
It sounds like Sue Bradford and others are using every tactic they can in what they perceive to be a good cause. They do see themselves as protecting weaker members of society and as championing a just cause. In the name of their cause they may be resorting to tactics that are less than honourable. However we need to remember not to join in and have any slanging match; our God has called us to repay evil and insult with blessing, to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who mistreat us.
So will you join with me in praying blessing on Sue Bradford?
Lord, we thank you for the freedom we have in this country to worship you and to have different points of view and different ideas of how to deal with problems and find solutions. Lord we are in disagreement with Sue Bradford about how to solve the dreadful problem of child abuse in this country. We bind ourselves to your will, your love and your desires. We pray your richest blessing on Sue Bradford and her friends. We pray blessing of good health, happiness and peace. We ask you to call her into your kingdom and we bind her to your will, your love and your desires. You are mighty, Lord, and we honour and worship you. Give us strength and wisdom to do your will, give us love and compassion for Sue and her friends. Let us be like Jesus in her life. Let us speak humbly and with love to all we meet. Let the power of your Spirit move hearts where argument fails. Let everything we do please you Lord. Give us strength and energy to do the job you have called us to do. In Jesus’ name we pray.
|1 Peter 3:9||Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.|
|Luke 6:28||bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.|
|Matthew 5:44||But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,|
Grab some tissues and read this incredible tribute to the late (Crocodile Hunter) Steve Irwin’s mum that Steve himself wrote.
Sue Bradford’s Bill to repeal Section 59 says this woman was violent and should have been charged with criminal assault for ruining her child Steve with her violent and humiliating methods of discipline.
Steve’s mum was buried with many honours and many tears from grateful people. Steve will be buried in the same way.
Bradford‘s Bill needs to be buried too….but for different reasons: it is totally detached from reality.
Our Home….Our Castle
This tribute can be found at: http://www.australiazoo.com.au/australia_zoo/index.html
(Click "Lyn Irwin Memorial Fund" on index at left)
Way, way back in February of 1962 I was born right fair smack on my Mum’s 20th birthday. Crikey! A birthday present she’ll never forget. The umbilical cord of our souls was never cut, to this very day I am connected to my Mum, I cry for her now, I’ll cry for her forever.
I know pain, I’ve been busted up, smashed up, hospitalised. My body has been traumatised and injured for over 40 years, but the pain of losing my Mum is unbearable and relentless. There is no medication – just tears.
I am crying so hard writing this that the paper on which I write is saturated. Oh God this hurts. My daughter Bindi came in one door as you went out another. My son baby Bob will never know you – here is real, fair dinkum pain.
You come to me in my dreams; your spirit is with every wedge tailed eagle; I feel your breath in the westerly wind, but most of all I see your genes in my princess Bindi and my baby boy Bob.
My Mum was killed in a car crash in the year 2000. She was the Mother Theresa of wildlife, a saint, and she will be remembered forever.
I loved my Mum more than anything in the world. She nurtured, protected, and loved me all my life. Lyn Irwin was a true "Australian Pioneer Woman", dedicating her entire life to the rehabilitation and conservation of both the wildlife and her family. Every single day she worked and toiled to save injured and orphaned joeys while maintaining a happy healthy Irwin clan.
Oh gosh! I miss you, Mum. I miss you every minute of every day, and the pain of losing you tears my heart out. But I’ll stay strong; I promise you I’ll stay strong – for it was you who taught me to be a "Wildlife Warrior".
You worked with me for thirty-eight years to help me become the man I am today. You suckled me, changed my nappy, packed me off to school, blessed me with a career that is my whole life, cried with me when my pet snake died, belted me with your shoe when I was really naughty, fought for me, protected me, pushed me forward when the going got tough, and raised me to fight for the preservation of wildlife until the day I die.
I’ve adopted your strength, your passion and enthusiasm, your dedication and commitment, and will honour your presence by continuing to push forward as hard and fast as I possibly can, to ensure the survival of our precious wildlife, the wilderness, and in essence, the human race. For without fresh water, trees, animals, and ecosystems, the world we know would not support human life; it would be an ugly, awful place. The spirit of Lynette Leslie Irwin, Lyn Irwin, my Mum, lives forever. Every time you see a sick, injured, orphaned animal, you’ll see Lyn. I love you; I miss you, I long to be reunited with you.
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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN – Has Noah’s Ark Been Found in Iran?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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."
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.
• 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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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
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.
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 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.
• 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 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.]
• 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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