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Human Rights of Christians in Palestinian Society

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Justus Reid Weiner

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

On the heels of the Gaza disengagement, which was intended to empower the Palestinian Authority to improve the lives of its people, few journalists have reported on the acutely trying times facing the Christians residing in areas “governed” by the Palestinian Authority. In his book, Professor Weiner, Scholar in Residence at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, provides an in-depth look into the nearly uninterrupted persecution of Christians throughout the decade since the Oslo peace process began.

Living amidst a xenophobic Muslim population plagued by endemic violence bordering on anarchy, the Christians have shrunk to less than 1.7 percent of the population in the Palestinian areas. “Tens of thousands have abandoned their holy sites and ancestral properties to live abroad, while those who remain do so as a beleaguered and dwindling minority,” Weiner said.

“Their plight is, in part, attributable to the adoption of Muslim religious law (Sharia) in the Constitution of the Palestinian Authority. Moreover, the Christians have been abandoned by their religious leaders who, instead of protecting them, have chosen to curry favor with the Palestinian leadership.” Professor Weiner’s book reveals and analyzes why this persecution – largely ignored by the international community, the media, and even the human rights organizations – has metastasized to the extent that it threatens the very existence of this 2000-year-old community.

Professor Weiner earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law and is a member of the Israel and New York Bar Associations. Weiner previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Boston University Law School. Currently he teaches courses on international and comparative law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His scholarship has appeared in leading law journals and intellectual magazines.

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Persecution of Palestinian Christians by Palestinian Muslims

Persecution of Palestinian Christians by Palestinian Muslims

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December 12, 2013 · 8:55 pm

New Movie About Mother Teresa

Megan Fox plays Mother Teresa!

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September 16, 2013 · 1:47 am

Real Christianity and Jewish People

Too often Christianity and the Bible are used and to justify malice toward people based on race, religion or sexual orientation, when in reality not only are such usages perversions of what is really being said in scripture by both selectively choosing text and then twisting the text’s true meaning, but bigotry toward gays, Jews and people of different racial and ethnic groups is forbidden to Christians.

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September 15, 2013 · 8:50 pm

Real Christianity and Gay People

Catholic priest Father James Martin, S.J., describes real Christianity’s approach toward gay people and even details how hatred of gay people is un-Christian.

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September 15, 2013 · 5:52 am

Pope Francis Offers to Baptize Child of Single Mother

I love Pope Francis!
This should serve as an example for everyone to what real Christianity is!

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September 6, 2013 · 12:28 am

Hateful Life and Violent Death of an Atheist Leader

What to say, really, when viewing the demented rise and even more demented fall of someone who, in a healthier culture than ours, would never had been dispensed the power and privilege she flaunted and abused?

Atheist leader Madelyn Murray O’Haire was given money, fame and power for her activism, which dealt less with making things better for her community and more with attacking religious people, calling them stupid for believing in God and mocking the Pope.

Ironically, after she became the leader of an Atheist organization and the most famous Atheist in America, she would mirror the arrogance, bullying, corruption, egomania, intolerance and bad behavior of the worst of televisions evangelists.

I hate to say this, but I feel like her tactic of going on TV talk shows and acting outrageously for fame and fortune could lead one to believe she was “ahead of her time.”

Another aspect of the documentary is that one of her sons became a Christian and started a Christian political action group, therefore, becoming a commander for the other side in the war against religion that she waged all of her life.

(Note: When I say that she “waged” war on religion, I do not think all Atheist activists wage war with Theists, but just most, instead, fight battles over religion being in public life, such as city-sponsored Nativity scenes. Most Atheists do not insult people who believe differently than they do. She built a career out of mocking and insulting religion.)

Her ugly, hateful life ended in an ugly, violent death.

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September 2, 2013 · 5:19 am

Woody Allen and Rev. Billy Graham

It is so nice to see a discussion with a Christian and an Atheist/Agnostic, which is so civilized and cordial, without the malice, shouting and name-calling, which have become the standard on TV political shows.
For a time early in his career, Woody Allen had a TV talk show. In this clip, he speaks with the Evangelical leader Rev. Billy Graham. In a calm, friendly discussion, both men politely disagree, and both show themselves to be very intelligent and very witty.
Also, it is noteworthy how Graham represents himself and his staunch Fundamentalist views intelligently, not screeching that those who disagree with him will burn in Hell, but explaining his view of how God set up rules for us to live by, so we can have good lives, and that when we go against what God says, such as through sexual promiscuity, we bring problems for ourselves.

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August 31, 2013 · 5:32 pm

Open Letter to Christian Broadcaster Todd Friel: Your Words Wound Adoptive Families

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 Dear Sir:

 My name is D.E. Cantor, and I am an adoption activist and writer. I am writing to express my disappointment and disagreement with the Aug. 1, 2013, Youtube clip of the “Wretched TV” broadcast, “Wretched: Adoption’s Quiet Secret” in which you assert that children exhibiting bad behavior to an “extreme” extent are predominantly adopted. I would like to categorically state at this point that because I am not a subscriber to the Internet broadcast, I was unable to see the complete show.

Mark Massey, an executive director of from the Victory Academy for Boys, a private school described on their website as a “Christian therapeutic school for boys ages 12-17,” asserts that the issues with identity, which are common for adopted children, are the cause of the psychological and behavioral problems of sixty percent of the boys sent to the school.

While you do reference that the nature of the Christian families may bias this surprisingly large percentage and that all families are different, the discussion takes a disturbing turn toward elaborating that these psychological and behavioral problems are standard in adopted families.

To be clear, the vast majority of children in treatment centers for substance abuse problems and mental health issues, schools for those with behavioral difficulties and within the juvenile justice system are not adopted. The vast majority of adults who are or were the tenants of jails, prisons and mental hospitals were not adopted as children.

Also, let us be clear on another point. While there have been studies that indicated a significant difference in the correlation of childhood difficulties or adult outcomes for children of other demographics, such as those of single parents, or of differing economic statuses, there has never been a significant study showing a significant difference in the correlation between adoption and those difficulties and outcomes. Or, in other words, studies have shown a notable difference in percentages concerning high school graduation between children of single mothers and those in two-parent homes, studies have not shown such a difference between adopted children and those raised by their biological parents. While such correlations, when they are observed to occur, do not prove causation, and pundits can argue what factors enable or disable the completion of high school or other outcomes, for adopted children no such correlations exist.

You are correct in your assertion that devout Christians adopt children more than other people. I pray that you have not dissuaded them from doing so.

Cordially,

D. E. Cantor

(The Youtube clip mentioned in the article is at http://youtu.be/llst2J_C6Tk.) 

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