Sunday, July 26, 2009


Australian Government Official Says Muslims Who Want to Live by Sharia Law Not Welcome There.-Truth!

Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor appears to be an article that quotes the Australian Finance Minister as saying that immigrants who want to live in Australia need to live by Australian law, not the Sharia law of Islam. He is quoted as saying that Muslims to want to live by Sharia law are not welcome in Australia.

The Truth: The article quoted in the eRumor was written by Phil Mercer of the BBC and published in February, 2006. The remarks by the Australian Finance Minister Peter Costello were made in a speech on February 23, 2006 to the Sydney Institute. His speech was titled Worth Promoting, Worth Defending, Australian Citizenship, What it Means and How to Nurture it. In his speech he extolled the virtues of Australia and the necessity of adhering to Australian law. Then he added, "“But don't you think Australian Muslims – Muslims living in Australia – also have a responsibility to adhere to Australian law?” He went on to say "There is one law we are all expected to abide by. It is the law enacted by the Parliament under the Australian Constitution. If you can't accept that then you don't accept the fundamentals of what Australia is and what it stands for." He suggested that if someone wanted to live under Sharia law [law derived from the Koran], Saudia Arabia and Iran should be considered. Then he added, "Before becoming an Australian you will be asked to subscribe to certain values. If you have strong objections to those values don't come to Australia.Updated 8/15/06

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
A senior member of Australia's government has said Muslims who want to live by Islamic Sharia law are not
welcome in the country. The comments have stoked Muslim anger against the Australian government.
Australian Finance Minister Peter Costello said in aspeech late Thursday that immigrants must respect thecountry's laws and traditions. Costello singled out Muslims who wanted to live under Sharia law as not welcome in Australia.
In his speech on Australian citizenship, the minister said his remarks were directed at what he called a"small radical minority." "You don't have to swear at the football and eat a pie to be an Australian," he said, "but you do have believe in democracy, the rule of law and the rights and liberties of others."
Earlier this week Prime Minister John Howard alsoaddressed Islamic extremism, saying it violated Australia's principles. He pointed to contentious issues such as relations with non-Muslims and therights of women.
Australian Muslims have reacted with anger to both sets of comments. They accuse the government of beingde liberately inflammatory and divisive.
Keysar Trad, president of the Islamic Friendship Association of Australia, says Costello's comments are unnecessary. "He is singling out the Muslim communityagain," he said. "Rather than calling on all citizensto respect the law of the land and respect traditional values, he is making an inference in his comments that Muslims don't do that. Well, on the contrary, Muslims do respect the law of the land and do respect the values of this country."
There are around 300,000 Muslims in Australia.
Community leaders say racism toward this minority group has increased since the terrorist attacks in theUnited States in September 2001 and the bombings ont he Indonesian island of Bali a year later, in which Australian tourists were targeted.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Please, let's stop playing the race card and being prejudice before this country gets deeper into division. We are a country of multi-racial people. There are no pure African Americans, or one pure race of Latinos, or one pure race of Asians. It seems the closer we are in race the more we dislike eachother. Take for example the Muslims and Jews. We need to remember we are all sisters and brothers. We had one set of parents - Adam and Eve. We are all part of the human race. We have one creator who loves all his children.


Exodus 20:6 - "And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
Exodus 20:16 - "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Exodus 20:17 - "Thy shalt not covet they neighbor's house, those shalt not covet they neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbour's."

JESUS SAID: Matthew 5:44 - "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
Matthew 19:19 - "Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thous shalt love they neighbour as thyself.
John 13:34 - "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Saturday, July 18, 2009


Joshua asks Christ the same question many are asking today. The Republicans will claim God is on their side, and some Democrats will claim God is on their side, but the answer is NAY. The real question is not which party God affiliates himself with, because as it is later stated, God is no respect of faces (he does not value one above another), but what party affiliates itself with God. Unfortunately, neither party can claim that they support God fully, and for this reason, it comes down to individuals, not parties. There are many aspects of the Political process that leave God out all together. The slander, mud slinging, back door dealings, and corruption that has become common in the political realm leave one dazed. This is simply more evidence that each candidate should be looked at on his or her merits, and personal position on each issue, not the letter listed beside their name. In many respects, George Washington was wise beyond his days when he suggested that there be no political parties, just individual candidates. This is how God views politics, he looks into the heart of the individual, not their party. However, can it be said that during any one point in history one party is closer to the path of God? Certainly God was not in favor of slavery, and in the same respect, he does not favor Gay Marriage or Abortion, so there is some merit to this point. All in all, I would have to say that God is not in favor of either party, and as I stated earlier, the question is, which party is in favor of God. From the looks of things, maybe God will abstain this time around.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


1. Cowardly - “The best thing to do when Christ and His church are criticized is to keep silent. Critics might get angry if you speak up, or you may make your freinds mad.”

2. Foolishness - I’ll try anything once.”

3. Popular - “Go ahead, everyone else is doing it.”

4. Indifference - “I’m tired after working all day and cannot attend church services.”

5. Deceit - “It makes no difference what one believes as long as he is sincere.”

6. Pride - “If I become a Christian, my friends will think I’ve become a religious fanatic. I don’t like to be laughed at.”

7. Foolishness - “ One drink will never hurt anybody.”

8. Excuses - I’m afraid to discuss the Bible with others. Anyway, they won’t listen.”

9. Apostasy - “What difference does it make whether we follow the New Testament or not?”

10. Heartache - “I have never cheated on my spouse before but everybody does. No one will ever find out about this one time.”

11. Hypocrisy - “When we go home from college on weekends, we go to church so the home folks will think we are faithful at school.”

12. Opinions - “One church is as good as another; therefore, attend the church of your choice, as long as it makes you feel good.”

2 Corinthians 2:11
“Least Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

John 8:44
“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth., because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

1 Corinthians 3:18“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.”

Friday, July 10, 2009

Thirteen Tips to Better sleep

1. Get up and go to bed at the same time each day, even on weekends. A regular sleep schedule helps you get better sleep and can even improve your mood.
2. Tidy up. Coming back to an unmade bed and messy room at night can be stressful. Which is the last thing you want when you're trying to wind down.

3. Create a sleep oasis. Is your bedroom calm and comfortable? Everything from the paint color on your walls to the quality of your pillow can affect your sleep.

4. Switch to decaf in the afternoon. It takes hours for the effects of caffeine to wear off, so try to have your last cup 6-8 hours before bedtime. Try peppermint or lemon tea for a pick-me-up that won't keep you up later.

5. Get some exercise. Working out regularly has been shown to help you sleep better and longer. Late afternoon is an ideal time. Before beginning or modifying an exercise program, consult with your doctor.

6. Stock up on bedtime snacks. Small portions of high-carb foods like bread or cereal, or foods that contain typtophan, like bananas, milk or peanuts can help induce sleep.

7. Leave work at work. Before you leave work, make a to-do list for tomorrow. It will help keep your mind clear when you're trying to sleep.
8. Take a warm bath. A bath can be a relaxing nighttime ritual. Just be sure to cool off before you get into bed. Cool temperature's are better to sleep.

9. Skip the nightcap. Alcoholic beverages may help you fall asleep: they also make it harder to stay asleep. Wind down with some herbal tea instead.

10. Don't work in bed. Or watch TV or eat or sort through your mail. Your bed should be associated only with sleep and relaxation.

11. Use the 30 minute rule. If you can't fall asleep within a half hour, get up. Go to another room and relax by reading or listening to music until you get sleepy.

12. Breath deep. If you can't sleep, try some deep breathing. Feel your stomach rise and fall. Count as you inhale . This helps you relax by placing your attention on your breath.

13. Say your prayers. It is a wonderful quite time to take advantage of communicating with the Lord God.

Author Unknown