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Planned Ground Zero mosque imam wants sharia law in AmericaANOINTING (Holy vessels Only): Families of Victims of 9/11 Reject Ground Zero Mosque
Families of Victims of 9/11 Reject Ground Zero Mosque
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I am reposting a very revealing and informative blog post by Patriot's Corner of 9/11 families rejecting the proposed mosque at ground zero with very good reason.
New York, May 24, 2010 — 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America (9/11 FSSA) adamantly rejects the plan for a mosque to be built atop a planned 15-story structure that would tower over the site where nearly 3,000 people were killed by Islamic terrorists.
According to the project’s leader, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the mosque and “Muslim-led community center” is to be called the Cordoba House, named after the historic period when the Islamic Caliphate in Cordoba ruled much of Europe and non-Muslims lived as second-class citizens under Islamic rule.
Victims’ families view the imam’s expressed plan to “leverage” the mosque’s proximity to Ground Zero to engage in proselytizing and to “grow the Muslim community,” as shockingly insensitive to the history of the site where their loved ones were slaughtered in the worst terrorist attack by extremist Muslims in America’s history; following the attack, 20,000 body parts were recovered in a nine-month operation to remove 1.8 million tons of rubble from Lower Manhattan.
“Imam Rauf is a Muslim cleric who, immediately after 9/11, blamed the attacks on U.S. treatment of Muslims, asserting that Osama Bin Ladin was ‘made in the U.S.A,’” said Debra Burlingame, co-founder of 9/11 FSSA, whose brother was the pilot of the American Airlines flight which was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. “We do not accept the Cordoba organization’s view that we need Imam Rauf to lecture us about religious tolerance in a city still dealing with the consequences of the attack that he claims we brought on ourselves.”
Last Monday, representatives of 9/11 FSSA met with Sharif El-Gamal, owner and CEO of Soho Properties, the corporation that purchased the two buildings where the mosque will be built at 43-45 Park Place, and asked him to name the investors in the mosque project. Mr. El-Gamal refused, citing the advice of his attorneys, stating that “this is private property” and that “we can build this ‘as of right.’” The property was purchased with $4.85 million in cash.
Imam Rauf is now publicly stating in a professionally-organized PR campaign that the building will be a community center, “not a mosque.” However, Mr. El-Gamal showed 9/11 FSSA members architectural renderings in which a mosque, located on the top floor of the 15-story building, would have a commanding view of the entire Ground Zero neighborhood.
Equally troubling is the fact that, while the stated purpose of the project is to engage in interfaith dialogue and cultural egalitarianism, Imam Rauf embraces Shariah, the Arabic word for Islamic law, a sociopolitical system of jurisprudence based upon the Koran which supersedes man-made law and which rejects the Constitutional doctrine of the separation of church and state. Islamic countries that embrace Shariah and political Islam are known for brutal policies that discriminate against women, gays, and religious minorities. Shariah law is entirely incompatible with the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment and would violate 1st Amendment protections of speech, assembly and the free exercise of religion.
We feel that the attempt to use our loved ones’ deaths and the painful legacy of 9/11 still felt by New Yorkers to engage in a campaign to reverse America’s core doctrine of religious freedom — and to do so under the guise of interfaith understanding — is a gross insult to the memory of those who were killed on that terrible day.
9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America asks concerned Americans — regardless of race, color, creed, or ethnic origin — to join us in denouncing this effort to chip away at America’s bedrock principle of religious freedom.
You may want to read this article: Planned Ground Zero mosque imam wants sharia law in America
GOAL-SETTING AND CORRESPONDING ACTION
Genesis 6:13-16; Luke 14:28-30
“I press toward the mark (goal) for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Setting goals is quite good but if an action (pressing towards it in Christ Jesus) is not taken, then the time spent, the effort made and the goal itself become useless. Before looking at goal-setting, we need to consider what a goal is. A goal can be said to be a projected state of affair that a person or a system plans or intends to achieve within a finite time. A goal ceases to be one if it is not set with an aim (A = I x M: A- Achievement is equal to I- Intelligence and Interest multiplied by M – Motivation). In our text above, the sole aim of building the ark was to save the lives of men and animals during the time of the earth’s flood. If the goal must be achieved, there must be some interest in that direction and some amount of intelligence as well. Also there must be some form of motivation, internal, external, personal or otherwise. If “Intelligence” is 100% and the motivation is zero (0) then achievement becomes zero (0). The percentage of Intelligence and motivation determine the level of achievement. That is why we are considering goal-setting today and the corresponding action to it.
We shall be looking at this topic under three sub-topics, namely, (1) Goal-setting ascertainment; (2) Goal-setting arrangement; (3) Goal-setting attainment.
1. GOAL-SETTING ASCERTAINMENT
Goal-setting ascertainment is all about knowing what goal-setting is. Our text above reveals an intention, the ability to sit down to plan and check for possible materials or resources to finish or carry out set goals. In a nutshell, goal-setting is the process of deciding on something you want, planning how to get it, and then working towards it.
Goal-setting helps you to make the goal clearer and the achievement better. Goal-setting is usually accompanied by specific objectives. Objectives are like smaller goals which actually lead one to the main goal. Therefore the various objectives that accompany a set goal must be S-M-A-R-T: Straightforward; Measurable; Attainable; Realistic and Time-framed (Adams and Grieder 2005). Brainstorming is a technique you can use to discover a number of different possible objectives for each goal.
Goals and objective setting are activities that sound deceptively simple when in actual fact they are tasks that can be quite difficult. They require a great deal of sincerity and honesty with oneself during the process. This is because pride and indiscipline can prevent you from choosing an attainable goal or working within the time-frame. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Generally, as a believer, goal-setting is like an activity which MUST BE planned, written down, checked and adhered to by the leading of the Spirit of God for maximum achievement.
2. GOAL-SETTING ARRANGEMENT.
Luke 14:28; Acts 6:2-4
Why set goals or make arrangement for it? The Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” If there is no plan or purpose when getting things done, then there will be frustration and failure. But a plan kept and followed will make one happy. Knowing (ascertaining) about goal-setting is good, but preparations (arrangement) should be made to achieve (attain) it. Since Goal-setting is a set activity, there must be an arrangement for it. It needs to be searched out, sincerely organized, success oriented and softly obeyed.
“Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business” (Acts 6:3). In this passage, we could see the plan or arrangement the Apostles made to search out men, sincerely organized them (no hidden agenda), and focused on success by their criteria. They also planned to appoint such over the work (immediate objective). With this, their primary aim – prayer, and the ministry of the word; will not be disturbed.
Before one can set desired goals, the following arrangements need to be made: 1. Be sure to get good knowledge about the goals and how to set them. 2. Think deeply about the knowledge got, the resources available to you, your ability and how it will both affect your present and future dreams (Proverbs 13:16). 3. Get godly counsels to help you in setting such goals (Proverbs 15:22). 4. Be sure to follow through diligently and patiently; not in haste but work with time. Try not to rush over goal setting because it will lead to failure at last (Proverbs 21:5). 5. God should be included in our goal setting with all submission and reverence (James 4:15). 6. You will need to write down a list of ideas, plans and possible suggestions which will form the basis for a well-written objective and corresponding action plan.
We shouldn’t set goals that can destroy our spiritual or physical wellbeing.
3. GOAL-SETTING ATTAINMENT.
Setting goals is one thing, attaining them is another. To attain set goals there must be corresponding action. A corresponding action is something that must be done in line with the well-written goals and objectives.
As said earlier, goal-setting is like an activity. Invariably, there should be activities that need to be performed to carry out set goals. When establishing a plan of action with respect to goal-setting, the following suggestions can be helpful:
• With the Major goal in mind and the various well-written objectives to support it, make a list of the activities that need to be performed to attain it.
• Seek godly counsels while making the list of activities that will help you attain the set goal.
• Select the activities that are most reasonable and write them down in a way that is well understood by you.
• You will now need to test each activity in line with the objective and the time (time of commencement and duration) set.
• Review the list of activities, and then choose the ones that suit you most. It must correspond with your ability, resources, time and major goal.
• Plan the actual activities to be undertaken to complete the action.
• Write them down. Try not to be rigid but be discipline. As one progresses, there will be need to change some activities, time and resources to meet the major goal.
• You may want to also score yourself on what you’ve done. Give yourself a gift or deny yourself of something for not successfully attaining an objective. That is part of motivation.
Once a goal and corresponding actions are set, they need to be monitored and progress needs to be evaluated on a regular basis so that changes can be made when appropriate. “Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing” (Philippians 3:16).
Monday, May 31, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
One of the cases is Charles McKaig, a 57 year old mail carrier. He was having chest pains. We took him to the office; put him on the tread mill, until he got his chest pain again. He was attached to an EKG. (Electrocardiogram/heart monitor), the EKG went haywire. We knew he had chest pains, but before we could stop the machine, he dropped dead.
But when he dropped dead, he had a very peculiar situation. He convulsed like most people do when they first die and the heart stops providing blood to the brain. His eyes rolled up, he turned blue, he stopped breathing. The nurse started an IV and I started an external heart massage. The strangest thing happened, when I stopped resuscitating to put in a pace maker.
When I came to, Dr. Rawlings said my hair was literally standing on end, and my eyes had already started dilating. I was absolutely scared to death, I was horrified.
My life was very normal, I partied a lot. I had joined a church at a young age, because of my parents. I really didn’t realize what church was about, or what accepting Christ was about.
Early one morning at work I had walked to the local clinic in my hometown. At that time I thought I might be having a heart attack. So then I met Dr. Rawlings. He kept me for about 3 or 4 days. And then he gave me a stress test. I remember while taking it I felt like I really wanted to get off, and that was the last thing I remember of that.
When I came to, Dr. Rawlings was giving me CPR, and he asked me what was the matter, because I was looking so scared. I told him that I had been to hell and I need help! He said to me, “keep your hell to yourself, I’m a doctor and I’m trying to save your life, you need a minister for that.” As he was giving me CPR, he was trying to install a pacemaker with the other hand. And I would fade out every so often, so then he would focus CPR again and bring me back.
I was soon floating in the air, watching what was going on, looking down. Whenever I would come back to my body, I kept asking, “Please help me, please help me, I don’t want to go back to hell.” Soon a nurse named Pam said, “He needs help, do something!” At that time, Dr. Rawlings told me to repeat this short prayer. “I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus, save my soul. Keep me alive. If I die, please keep me out of hell!”
After that, the other fading out experiences were very pleasant. I saw my stepmother, my mother. My mom passed away when I was about 5 months old. I never saw a photograph of her. My stepmother passed away about 10 years ago. I did not have any contact with them. All I could remember was that they kept their hands reached out to me.
I’ve heard it said that you couldn’t carry money with you, and when I was with my mother and stepmother, I saw they had no pockets. I know that sounds weird but I was trying to remember everything I saw.
After that, I remember walking down a lane that had colors on both sides, brilliant colors. I had a little experience in Art, but nobody, not ever Rembrandt could reproduce those colors, they were so bright. There was this light that surrounded me, I believe it was the Holy Spirit. It surrounded me and took care of me. I’ve never felt so good and so safe in my whole life.
After this was all over, I realized what really happened. It was a double conversion. Not only had this make-believe prayer converted this atheist on the floor, it had also converted this atheist doctor that was working on him. (Dr. Rawlings pointing toward himself) That is the only reason I can appear to you now, to tell you that there is a life after death. And it is NOT all good.
Most of you can tell the difference between simple fading, clinical death and biologic death. Take the case of Charles McKaig. He was on the treadmill and I could tell that he was in clinical death. He had a startled question on his face, he was about to ask the question and was looking dumbfounded at me. As he was walking on the treadmill I noticed that his heart had stopped and his breathing has stopped. He was still walking and talking for a minute or two before the lack of blood to the brain caused him to drop dead. He was dead and didn’t even know it. I should have told him.
Soon we started clinical death treatment, CPR. We started the heart up again, we started the breathing again and he came back. This was clearly clinical death. Now biologic death would have occurred if 4-6 minutes time had passed after clinical death. Because of the lack of oxygen to the brain, the brain cells die; they are the most sensitive cells in the body. Then rigor mortis sets in and the person becomes stiff as a board. And now we need resurrection, only God can do resurrection. We can only do resuscitation. Something we are permitted to do.