NEW MARCH 16th CHAIRMAN'S REPORT ONLINE -In this issue: Radical imam says Sharia will replace Constitution / Terror attack on our troops in Germany / Congressman King stands firm / Atheists and leftists rally in support of Ground Zero Mosque / Christians in Egypt under attack / Romantic relationship leads to widespread violence / Can democracy survive in the Middle East?
THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND THE HAJJ - A Muslim woman goes to work for a school. Nine months later she announces that she must go on the Hajj, a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that is required only once in a lifetime. She demands her employer give her time off and then allow her to return to her job. The school system says no, and immediately Attorney General Holder, not a junior official but the head of the Justice Department himself, steps forward to force the school to accommodate her. Jews are forced to work on Saturday, and being a Christian is no excuse for taking off a Sunday, but a Muslim has the right to demand time off at any time to go to Mecca? This move is purely political.
AND IN ETHIOPIA? - Just this month, more than fifty churches in Ethiopia have been bombed or burned and hundreds of Christian homes destroyed (see international below). Although the president seems interested in any Muslims that may be "repressed," there is no evident concern at the White House for the continued slaughter of Christians in the Middle East and Africa.
72 HOUR WAIT BEFORE ABORTION - Thanks to South Dakota's Governor Dennis Daugaard for signing House Bill 1217 which was written primarily to stop coerced abortion, by requiring a 72 hour waiting period from the time an abortion agreement is signed until it is actually performed. National statistics show that 64% of women are coerced into having an abortion. Supporters of the abortion industry immediately filed lawsuits to prevent the law from going into effect.
HEAVEN'S RAIN - This week my wife and I attended a special screening of Heaven's Rain, a movie about Brooks Douglass and his sister Leslie, who grew up in the home of a Baptist missionary-pastor and his wife. On Oct. 15, 1979, Brooks opened the door of their modest family home to what he believed was a man in need. The man, a drugged-up drifter named Glen Ake, along with another man named Steven Hatch took the family hostage, continually assaulted 12 year old Leslie and then shot all four family members. Brooks and Leslie somehow survived. The movie is compelling, with a strong Christian message, but the funds are not available for distribution. There are showings of the film at some churches and other venues and I urge you to visit HeavensRain.com for scheduling.
NO 911 MOSQUE - Visit the RFC site dedicated to the Ground Zero mosque controversy at www.no911mosque.org
MISSIONARY KILLED IN JERUSALEM BOMB BLAST - Mary Jean Gardner, 59, of the Orkney Islands, Scotland was killed by a Muslim bomb planted at a bus stop in Jerusalem this week. She was a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and was studying Hebrew in Jerusalem and staying at the Home for Bible Translators. Previously she had served with a Wycliffe team in Togo, translating the New Testament into the Ife language. Miss Gardner was studying Hebrew in Jerusalem, hoping to return to Togo to translate the Old Testament. In addition to the murder of Jean Gardner, six Americans were among a total of fifty people wounded in the blast. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, took credit for the blast as well as numerous rockets fired into Israel in the last week.