Archive for July, 2006
Peace in the Middle East? Is it even possible? As you know if you are a religious person from reading the Bible you have a sense of what has been going on in the Middle East for thousands of years. The UN’s decision to create the Israeli state after World War II in 1948 is part of the problem that has led to continuous violence in the Middle East. Displacing the Palestinians when Israel was given statehood was not a good idea, granted Palestine was not a recognized state but you still cannot deny that people where living in what is current day Israel and these people were the Palestinians. A couple facts that I want to share with you. At the turn of the century the Jewish population in Israel was about 60k compared to 730k Arabs. With the advent of Israel the population stands today at 3.5 million Jews and 3.2 million Arabs. So the Palestinians feel like they are being pushed out. The fact that most Arabs are Muslims, practioners of Islam and most Jews are of the Jewish faith creates a further divide amongst the groups. And the biggest thing I think is the United States constant meddling in the affairs of others has created this problem. Prior to Israel being granted statehood in 1948 the stream of Jews to the region had been increasing, the Aliyah or “immigration of Jews to Israel” picked up during the first and second World War due to the persecution of Jews in Europe. Both Jews and Arabs trace there lineage back to Abraham of the Bible who’s two sons Ishmael and Isaac became the divergent paths of two groups who really are cousins. Isaac the father of the Jewish faith and Ishmael the father of the faith of Islam. Now both groups look to this passage in Genesis
Genesis: ch 12: v 7: And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
So the fact that Abram or Abrahams seed was Isaac and Ishmael, which seed was the land for? Followers of Islam say Ishmael the firstborn son. Well as a Christian, someone who believes in Christ and the salvation he afforded us and all who come to the Lord through him we place our faith in the Bible and believe that the divine lineage of Christ was through the Jewish descendants or children of Isaac. And that is where the problem persists. Now how do you tell a group of people that there religion is wrong and yours or another groups is right, you can’t. There’s a saying “Don’t talk Politics or Religion” nothing gets people more riled up then those two topics and really to me you could remove politics and simply say religion. So as the US backs Israel we create new enemies everyday in people based on religious background. What is the answer?
Ok I live in Southern California and we have an enormous illegal immigrant problem here. I for one am totally against illegal immigration but mind you not against LEGAL immigration. And contrary to what people want you to believe that people who are against illegal immigration are racist it has nothing to do with racism at all. We have laws in this country and they should be followed. Am I for deporting 11 million illegal immigrants hell naw that is not even a viable option in my opinion but we should close the border and make sure that the illegal immigrants here become documented and that all future immigrants become documented. That being said I watched a program last night that dealt with this issue it was on the FX network a show called “30 Days” The show is the the brain child of Morgan Spurlock the man who previously brought us “Super Size Me“. The premise of the show is simple Spurlock takes people or participates himself in living like someone else for 30 days, a reality show version of “Walk a day in my shoes”. So in this particular episode he takes a member of the Minuteman organization, who is himself a legal immigrant from Cuba and places him with an illegal immigrant family from Mexico who now resides in Los Angeles. Now I know I am totally against illegal immigrants but after watching this show you get a real sense off how this family (it was a beautiful family too the kind of people that work hard, care about themselves and others and was very religious) simply wanted a better life for themselves. When faced with conditions they lived in here in the US you know they are being exploited and it’s a shame but then there was a twist to the show, the minuteman (Frank) went to Mexico to visit the brother and family of the father of the illegal immigrant family. Whoa is all I can say, the situation in Mexico was a dayum shame. The poverty level in the USA is a step up from what the family would have experienced in Mexico. I would have to say it opened my eyes in that we have to look at this in more then just numbers and try to find a solution that not only follows the law but also comes from our Savior who teaches us to love your fellow man as you would your self. No one can look at the way these people would have to live in there country and have a heart and say “Lets send them back to that”. Hopefully we will get a leader in this country that will sit down and roll up his sleeves and really bring the discussion to the American people and hammer out a real solution to the problem, until then check your local listings and be sure to catch this show when it airs again it was touching.
Ok it happens again and it never ceases to amaze me you woudl think things that are common sense would just be completed and lets move on but off course if you talk to any of the people in public office there response is “Well ther’s a process that has to be followed”, “He has to have his day in court”. Now you tell me, picture this scenario a man walks into a police station, goes up to the duty desk and tells the officer there that he has killed four women and then produces a severed breast out of his shirt pocket. Ok now how fast can you say “LIFE IN PRISON” well obviously not fast enough because do you know it took seven years for this man to get convicted here read the whole story.
Now I don’t know if your for or against the Death penalty and I’m not going to go into it now but this guy was so obviously guilty why would it take seven years to convict him. Either the system is royally screwed or there are just so many people awaiting trial that the system is overly backlogged. Anyway it’s a sad story, and hopefully the family of the victims can find some peace now that he has been convicted.