Saturday, March 25

Illegal Immigrants wearing out their welcome

Latino Pundit, I think, is reading into this all wrong. While he may be on that side of the debate, he is blind to what is going to happen. The reaction is going to be the opposite.
I find this all very interesting and inspiring. What more is I really wonder how Congress will act in the following week. Will they ignore all of this or reconsider? We shall see.
Glen Reynolds made a good point about the immigration debate and the mass protests we are seeing unfold. Here is your answer--they are making it easier for congress to come down harder against illegal immigration. They are bringing negative attention on themselves, and will only increase the fear-factor among the citizenry against illegals.
Illegal immigrants as individuals just trying to make a better life are sympathetic. Illegal immigrants as a mass movement making demands on the polity are considerably less so.
I wonder if all Latino immigrants will suffer discrimination and negative sentiments as a result of the actions of illegal immigrants. I, for one, will not be happy with this, and will put pressure on my congressman and Senators to act accordingly.

Michelle Malkin quotes Robert J. Samuelson on some common fallacies in the immigrant debate. I found them compelling and will be reading them more closely and adjusting my point of view accordingly.
Guest workers would mainly legalize today's vast inflows of illegal immigrants, with the same consequence: We'd be importing poverty. This isn't because these immigrants aren't hardworking; many are. Nor is it because they don't assimilate; many do. But they generally don't go home, assimilation is slow and the ranks of the poor are constantly replenished...
Her argument against those that say we are a nation of immigrants--an argument I have made, though I now think I have misused that idea. I should say, I have used it with a different meaning. Got to be careful with words.

We are not a nation of immigrants. We are first and foremost a nation of laws. The U.S. Constitution does not say that the paramount duty of government is to "Celebrate Diversity" or to "embrace multiculturalism" or to give "every willing worker" in the world a job. The Premable to the U.S. Constitution says the Constitution was established "to provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."

As our founding fathers recognized, fulfilling these fundamental duties is impossible without an orderly immigration and entrance system that discriminates in favor of those willing, as George Washington put it, to "get assimilated to our customs, measures, [and] laws."

Like I always say, assimilation and integration are a MUST! Pictures of mass protests, and people wrapped in Mexican flags shouting "Mexico, Mexico!" are clear evidence that this is not happening! I am an advocate for higher immigration quotas, or no quotas at all, done with proper security procedures, and our borders be 100% secured.

Here is the bottom line. Illegal immigrants broke the law. While some may argue that making it a felony is harsh, I say there must be consequences. I also say there must be prevention. What's the use of calling illegal immigration a felony, if we do not do everything possible to discourage the crime. It would be like saying we want to prevent theft, but we leave our doors unlocked at night. Not smart.

tags: Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Immigration, Illegal Aliens, Border Security, California

Some Republicans help Democrats defeat nonbinding personal investment accounts proposal

This is really to bad. I would like to know who are the Republicans that voted against it?
In a little-noticed vote last Thursday, the Senate went on record, apparently for the first time, against President Bush’s proposal to set up personal investment accounts under Social Security, with some unexpected Republicans helping a unified Democratic Caucus defeat the nonbinding proposal.

For Bloggers Covering the Latino/Hispanic world

I have started a new project to bring together Latino bloggers, or all bloggers covering Latino/Hispanic related topics.

TOP LATINO BLOGS

The top site is registered with Technorati and Truth Laid Bear, which means that each time a site is added, the aggregators are updated. It is my hope to bring together sites in this content category, either English or Spanish, where others can find.

If you are blogging about Latin America, exclusively about Immigration, or any other Latino related subject, OR if you are of South or Central American descent, from Spain, or the Caribbean, I hope you will sign up and ad your blog.

We're just starting up, so I could also use some help in spreading the word out.

Friday, March 24

Insane!

I am a son of immigrants. My parents are Cuban. But I am an American, born in the United States, and sworn loyal to my country. It is days like these that make life harder for people like me.

Illegal immigration is wrong, a crime, and the most harmed are the immigrants themselves. Those who defend illegal immigration, or rationalize it with social or economic reasons, are just plain wrong. It divides families. It facilitates corruption and ineptitude in Latin American countries that are shoring up their weak economies on American dollars. Most importantly, illegal status of illegal immigrants discourages assimilation and integration. This has serious, negative, long term, social and economic consequences for the immigrant, and the immigrant's family.

The story that inspired this rant:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20060325/D8GIA4982.html

What concerns me most is the involvement of students--highschool kids! I wonder how much La Raza and MECHA had influence in these protests? Anyone look into whether the highschools of the students involved have MECHA club?

What will it take? What will get America to take this issue with the seriousness it takes? Are we going to wait until we have a full-blown, violent separatist movement? We might already be there, as it is!

Abdul Rahman Rally--Standing for Religious Freedom In Afghanistan

Update 2: (Newer updates on top) CitizenLink writes that "Western and Middle Eastern news agencies reported today that an Afghani Christian on trial for converting from Islam will apparently be released in the coming days." They had a feature story in today's email. Also, Michelle Malkin has more on this development.

I liked the quote on CitizenLink by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.
"It is clear that the Muslims are settling in all countries, including the United States, and they are expecting religious freedom where they are," he said. "But in many places where Muslims are in charge--especially in charge of the government--they are not granting those same freedoms.
He is right. This is not just about Abdul Rahman. This is about human rights for the Muslim world--rights they sure enjoy here in the United States.

Cam Edwards had some great observations regarding the Afgani constitution.

In looking over Afghanistan's constitution, I noticed a few things.

1- No right to keep and bear arms (yes, I look for these things)

2- Article 7 states "“The state shall abide by the UN charter, international treaties, international conventions that Afghanistan has signed, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

3- Article 58 establishes an Independent Human Rights Commission.

Now, if you'’re abiding by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, then Abdul Rahman should be freed immediately, because that document states "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."” (Article 18)


Update: Welcome to Hugh Hewitt (Thanks MK!) and La Shawn Barber readers.

Cam Edwards has more pictures, as well as Jeff Harrell and Tom Bridge. I got to meet Michelle Malkin for the first time, and chatted for a bit with Charmaine Yoest (who I met at the State of the Union Part at FRC some months ago). I'm liking living in D.C. simply because I enjoy seeing and experiencing the events--and writing about it from a first person account-- instead of just reading about it in the papers. I find it fun to be part of an Army of Davids.


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I just got back in from the Abdul Rahman event at the Afghanistan embassy. There was a nice group of people there. I counted about 50.

Reuters was there fishing for anti-Bush sentiments. It was patheticly obvious. How do these reporters do it?

So, the reporter kept asking question after question, trying to tilt the story to paint it as a defection on the right against Bush. We'll see what clips they use--I'm sure you will get something taken completely out of context.

I had my digital camera with me and got his picture here on the left. Someone said that NBC was there, as well as a couple other networks. I saw at least 4 cameras, though I was only able to identify Reuters.

Mary Katharine will be posting some quotes and has more of my pictures. Check it out.

There was someone with a awesome sign that said, "Even the ACLU doesn't hate Christians this much." I don't know who he was, but his web site is www.thepeoplescube.com, which I recognize as that blog that got blocked by Google China web site.



Tags: , Iraq, Bush, Politics, War, Afghanistan, News, Politik

Rally for Rahman

On my way to the Afghanistan embassy. I'll have pictures as soon as I can get back to my computer.

Thursday, March 23

Christianity in Afghanistan--The Abdul Rahman case.

Michelle Malkin has a round up on the Abdul Rahman case. There is going to be a rally tomorrow at noon. Keep this man in your prayers. Pray the Afghanistan officials will change their minds, and release Rahman. This will have long-term repercussions in regards to what sort of reform will happen in the middle east. If Christians are going to be killed for their faith, what sort of freedom are we building?
Please join us if you can (and if you can't, why not organize an event/prayer service/etc. in your own neighborhood?):

Friday March 24
Noon to 1pm
Outside the Afghan Embassy
2341 Wyoming Ave NW.
Washington DC

More action items at Freedom's Zone.

A former aide spills the dirt on Fidel Castro

HT: Drudge Report. You got to read this story.

As part of Fidel and Raúl Castro's inner circle, Delfín Fernández learned titillating secrets -- everything from why the Cuban leader incinerates his dirty underwear to his cravings for pricey Spanish ham.

Oh, Fidel's former gofer confirms, too, the heftier ''secrets'' that Cuba experts have talked about for years: how the brothers assemble dossiers on foreign businessmen who want to invest in Cuba, for instance.

It's Fernández's knowledge about Fidel Castro's dirty laundry, though -- literally and figuratively -- that has made him a cause célbre in South Florida. No detail about the Castro brothers seems too small for sharing with the world.

Fernandez believes Raul will open up the Cuban economy and society, for the sake of getting rich. I don't know that this makes sense. I don't think there will be anywhere Raul will be able to hide, regardless.

Fernández paints Raúl Castro, who runs Cuba's armed forces and by extention much of its economy, as more practical and family oriented than his older brother, an analysis echoed by Latell in his book After Fidel.

''Raúl likes the money -- he has a transition plan,'' Fernández said. ``Fidel doesn't. I think Raúl would want to lead an economic transformation, and ultimately find a way to retire peacefully with his family with all the money he has stolen from the Cuban people over the years and taken out of the country.''

Feingold calls the terrorist surveillance program an impeachable offense

The Democrats are giving us a rallying call, and making sure voter turnout for the GOP is as high as it can get. I got this in an email from Ken Mehlman, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Feingold says that censure actually represents "moderation" and calls the terrorist surveillance program an impeachable offense. Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, fails to rule out impeachment if Democrats retake Congress. Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin is talking "high crimes and misdemeanors." And 31 House Democrats are calling for a committee to look into impeachment. Their leader? John Conyers, who would become House Judiciary Committee chairman under Democrat control.

The Democrats' plan for 2006? Take the House and Senate, and impeach the President. With our nation at war, is this the kind of Congress you want?
It's time to start putting the message out there in regards to what Democrat controlled House and Senate would mean! More abortions. Less security. Less leadership. More concessions to our enemies. More loss of sovereignty to the United Nations and other international organizations. Is that was America wants? I don't think so. I don't think it will happen.

Wednesday, March 22

Changes to Latino Issues -- Step 1

I posted a few weeks back about plans for changes to Latino Issues. Today I begin the first change--a move to my own domain. While I will continue publishing via Blogspot for a few more weeks, the new location is going to be www.josuesierra.net. Head on over now--I published all of my blog posts up to this date. I will begin permanently publishing at JosueSierra.net at the end of March.

So, if you keep a blogroll, I would appreciate it if you could update it by then. I will be updating my RSS feeds to reflect the change over the next two weeks.

I am hoping that by having my own server, eventually I can improve on the blog, and ad other features. Feel free to leave your feedback and thoughts on how I can make this easier on you all.

President Recomend Blogs as MSM Alternative

If you where watching the President today, I hope you noticed when he took a question from a woman whose husband had just served 13 months in Iraq.

She talked about how he had come home with positive stories and footage of the progress being made. The woman commented that the mainstream media refuses to tell the good stories and only focuses on the bad. Of course, the comment was met with thunderous applause from the audience. She asked the President how the stories of progress in Iraq will ever make it to the American public when the media refuses to show them.

The President’s answer: blogs! Here is the President’s quote:
“One of the things that we have to value is that that we do have a media… there’s blogs, there’s Internet, there’s all kinds of way to communicate which is literally changing the way people get their information and so if you’re concerned I would suggest that you reach out to some of the groups that are supporting the troops, that got internet sites and just keep the word moving.”
Expose The Left has the video here:

Who's going to contact this woman and get those videos up??

Blogburst/"carnival" in honor of Guillermo Fariñas

Fausta's Blog is calling on the Blogosphere to join in:
I propose a blogburst/"carnival" in honor of Guillermo Fariñas on March 29 next Sunday March 26. Your posts can be on the subject of freedom of expression, freedom of information, on Mr. Fariñas, and/or how did you find out about him: in the newspaper, cable or network TV, or the internet? Of course, you don't need to be Cuban (I'm not Cuban myself).

If you are interested in participating, please email me your post at faustaw-at-yahoo.com, and make sure to include "Guillermo Fariñas" in the subject line. The deadline for the entries is Monday March 27 this Friday, March 24.

Update Due to Mr. Fariñas' deteriorating condition, please note the new dates.
I'll be thinking through and posting mine later tonight or tomorrow.

50 DAYS: Mr. Fariñas Hunger Strike

From Val at BabaluBlog:
The last MSM news report on Mr. Fariñas, according to a Google news search, was five days ago.
This is right in our backyard. Val has a series you need to read.

Related posts:

Guillermo Fariñas in Critical Condition
Where do you get your news from?
Hunger strike gets more exposure.
Eyes of Truth
Take a Moment (petition)
Are you reading this?

A reader comments,

Fariñas will beconme the latest sacrificial victim on the altar of the MSM's love affair with fidel -- and nobody will know about save through us. This is why I feel as low as I do.

Posted by George L. Moneo at March 22, 2006 08:34 AM

I hope not. We cannot be discouraged. If he dies, his death must not be in vain. We must continue to rally for freedom around the world, and there is no better place to start than in Cuba.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

From Get Liberty News email:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

Ronald Reagan
This is true here, as it is true in Latin America. They easily forget. Let's hope we don't. Let's hope Latin American countries can learn.

Bush draws attention to Muslim-born Abdul Rahman

Spoke in defense of the universal right to freedom of religion! He is on Fox News right now. Turn on your TV. Michelle has more on the story.
3/22 morning update: Afghan officials are accusing Rahman of being mentally unfit. Watch him for yourself. Who is insane: Rahman or the jihadists who want to kill him?

Tuesday, March 21

Message to the Nativists: Enjoying the economy? Thank the Immigrants!

Report Shows Hispanics Are Opening Businesses Three Times Faster Than National Average

Again, its why we need sensible, secure border and immigration policy. It will allow the economy to continue growing.

RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman issued the following statement on today’s U.S. Census report showing Hispanic-owned businesses opening at a rate that is three times the national average.
“Today’s U.S. Census report reveals that in the midst of a strong economy, Hispanics are opening businesses three times faster than the national average. The incredible growth of Hispanic businesses is a testament to the spirit of entrepreneurship and the economic policies of President Bush and Republican leaders in Congress that encourage minority ownership.

This report further underscores the need to continue to pursue the Republican economic agenda that reduces tax burdens, reforms liability litigation, enables affordable health insurance, and allows Americans to break free from government barriers and realize the American Dream.”
On a more local scale, Hispanic PR Wire is reporting that "Hispanic-Owned Firms Increase 47 Percent in Fairfax County, Census Bureau Says; Fairfax Has Most Firms in Virginia; Sales Top $1 Billion in 2002"

Here is the story.
Fairfax County, VA--(HISPANIC PR WIRE - BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2006--The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that 7,302 Hispanic-owned businesses operated in Fairfax County in 2002, a 47.2 percent increase since 1997 when the last count was taken. The Fairfax County increase is larger than the 31 percent national increase noted by the Census Bureau. The results are among the latest findings of the 2002 Economic Census.

Fairfax County has the most Hispanic-owned firms in Virginia. Fairfax County accounts for about 38.5 percent of all the Hispanic-owned businesses in the Commonwealth and 25.2 percent of the Hispanic-owned businesses in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the Census Bureau reported.

The Census Bureau found that about 90 percent of Fairfax County's Hispanic-owned firms are sole proprietorships. Hispanic-owned firms in Fairfax County with employee payrolls totaled 727, a 4.8 percent increase since 1997. The 2002 number of firms with employees was 29.9 percent of the Virginia total and 22.6 percent of the Washington area total.
Tags: Politics, border, Terrorism, Homeland Security, MEXICO, Business, Bush,

Guillermo "Coco" Fariñas Barely Alive

Update: Read BabaluBlogs comments on the blogosphere's coverage of this story, and his reaction to Instapundit's comments about it.

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Keep this freedom fighter in your prayers. He is a one-man David fighting against the socialist Goliath. The rest of the blogosphere needs to join in and keep the attention on this story. The world has to long tolerated the inhumanities of Fidel Castro.

Cuba Net has more on the story. (Spanish)

La Ventanita has a moving commentary. I join him in thanking Pajamas Media, all the Cuban Bloggers, Reuters, CNN and some newspapers for carrying this story.
"Coco" as he is affectionately called by his family and friends, is now in his 50th day of his hunger strike. Fifty-days without solid food or water. A hunger strike that he undertook to demand from the Bearded Stooge his right to freely access the internet so he can continue his work as independent journalist and director of Cubanacan Press (Independent Cuban Press).
A special commendation has to go to La Ventanita for his relentless attention to this story. He has links to a series of posts on this issue. Make sure to get up to date.

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Ben Domenech blogging at Washington Post

Update: Ben just posted on the Toronto Star article about a study from the Journal of Research Into Personality. Good stuff.

They are trying to explain away the conservative movement as an anomaly--an abnormality. Such pride! Can't they just admit it--conservatives win elections because the conservative message resonates with more average Americans.

Ben Domenech, the co-founder of RedState.com, is now blogging at Washington Post. Check out his first post, and make sure to ad him to your blogroll. http://blog.washingtonpost.com/redamerica/

Good move by the Washington Post.

Minuteman Project Plans New Border Patrol

From the AP:

A controversial civilian border patrol group is planning a return to Arizona in two weeks to again confront the problem of illegal immigration.

Some say the original Minuteman Project conducted in April 2005 in Cochise County and a subsequent patrol in October brought increased national attention to the Arizona stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Regardless if you agree with their tactics or not, this is clear.
  1. American's are tired of our lack of effective border security and the lack of effective make-sense immigration policy.
  2. American's are tired of political correctness damaging our educational institutions.
  3. American's are tired of guests who abuse their welcome.
Rev. Robin Hoover
"The thing we objected to here is it brought out a lot of nativist sentiment and that's not America at its best," said the Rev. Robin Hoover, president of Tucson-based Humane Borders.
I agree, but this is not the Minutemen's fault. This is a result of pent-up frustrations as a result of inaction by our government. This is frustration at the political correctness that has driven our immigration policy for much to long.

The fact is that the Minutemen project is symptomatic of a broken immigration policy.
"If the Senate does not pass a border security bill soon, you are going to see our numbers double probably by the end of the summer," he said. "People are frustrated and I think this political process of coming to the border and setting up a lawn chair and saying, `We have the will to do it,' sends a strong message to Washington, D.C."
If our elected representatives want to promote healing, prevent the rise of racism and nativists, all they need to do is move quickly in enacting strong border security, effective enforcement of current immigration laws, and common sense labor laws that allows our economic labor needs to be met in a safe, legal way.
  1. Start punishing employers who break the law by openly hiring illegals.
  2. Start providing for proper legal way for workers to immigrate. Our quotas are not realistic in terms of our economic needs.
  3. Put a stop to multiculturalist PC policies that discourage or hamper integration and assimilation.
Like I said, regardless of what you think of the Minutemen project, you have to give them credit for bringing attention to the issue, and keeping the attention there. Perhaps history will acknowledge their contribution in saving us from a collapse as a result of years of lack of immigration policy and enforcement.

Monday, March 20

Richard Belzer and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Take of the Gloves!

This woman is awesome. As for Richard Belzer, I'd like to see him go out on the battle field. Mr. Belzer, there are no stunt-doubles in war. Fool! Check out the video here.

This man is an insult to the incredibly talented and skilled men & women in our armed forces. He resorts to insults and low-class language to defend his point.

Great job by Rep. Ros-Lehtinen in defending our men and women! Keep it up. Ever single soldier I have ever known, past generations and new generations, have been inredibly talented, intelligent, and capable men and women. They don't go into the military because they have no other choice. For Belzer to insult their intelligence only reveals his prejudice and ignorance.
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

According to actor and comedian Richard Belzer, American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are too uneducated to be expressing support for the U.S. military mission since they're just "19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job" and "they don't read twenty newspapers a day."

Belzer, who's best known as Detective John Munch on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Law & Order: Special Victim's Unit," is a frequent guest on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher." On one previous appearance, he threatened to walk off the set when told columnist Ann Coulter was also appearing, calling her a "fascist party doll." On Friday night's live broadcast, Belzer attacked claims by fellow guest Florida Congresswoman Ileanna Ros-Lehtinen's that U.S. soldiers continue to express support for the war.

In the lively exchange, captured by the website NewsBusters, Belzer dismisses Ros-Lehtinen accounts of meeting with troops in Iraq and their credibility as "bull----."

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: "Having been in Iraq a few times, and Afghanistan, having met the troops one-on-one with free reign and asking them what they're doing, they're saying 'We're proud of our mission, we know what we're doing over here. We don't want you guys in Washington to lose it over there'. And there is a great sense of determination that what they are doing is making a difference. And yes, it has been an important mission what we're doing ... come on."

Richard Belzer: "Yeah, come on. Our soldiers now are at ..."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Are a volunteer force, a volunteer force."

Belzer: "Okay, fine. No one questions the nobility and the honor that these men and woman who are serving and what they're doing. No one questions that. But now they're targets, they're not going out. Now they're just protecting each other and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not fair to have these people who volunteered their lives to protect our nation under false pretenses to now be a target ..."

[Loud applause for Belzer]

Ros-Lehtinen: "Ask them. Ask them if it's fair! Wait a minute, wait a minute. My stepson, wait a minute, my stepson ..."

Belzer: "That's bull----: Ask them! They're not .. they don't read twenty newspapers a day. They're under the threat of death every minute. They're not the best people to ask about the war because they're going to die any second."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Wait a minute! You are talking about my stepson, my stepson who just finished last week eight months of duty ..."

Belzer: "God bless your stepson. Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there. And God bless him."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Oh, you are though! You are though? Okay."

Belzer: "Well I have more time, I'm not there. My life is not under threat."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Thank you. Thank you. I'm glad."

Bill Maher: "I think the point he's trying to make is that a 19-year-old who is in that army because he probably couldn't find other employment ..."

Ros-Lehtinen: "He's a college graduate. He's a Marine officer. He volunteered for the Marines."

Belzer: "He's the exception for the rule."

Ros-Lehtinen: "He's not the exception for the rule. I've been there ..."

Belzer: "You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job ..."

Ros-Lehtinen: "Yeah, you know because you've been there and ..."

Belzer: "What, I don't f---ing read!? Don't do that!"

Maher [to Belzer]: "Woe, woe, woe. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. That ... Don't."

Belzer: "Pardon my French."

Maher: "Yes ... that was over the line and now you're going to lose ..."

Belzer: "It's this patronizing thing that people have about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together. You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war experts ..."

Maher: "You're going to lose even me like Michael Moore did when he came down on Charlton Heston in Columbine."

Belzer, a conspiracy theorist who once hosted several conspiracy-themed specials for the Sci-Fi Channel, is the author of the 1999 book, "UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe."
Tags:, , News, Current Affairs, Media, Iraq, Bush, Culture, Society

Sunday, March 19

Test of Freedom of Religion in Afghanistan

Michelle Malkin has a must-read on a Christian being tried for his faith in Afghanistan. This needs attention. Keep this man in your prayers. If religious freedom is not a part of the change in the middle east, then I suspect there hasn't been all that much change.

The Independent Online also had the story. The Seattle Post INtelligencer is covering the article (Afghan man prosecuted for converting) as well as Voice of America (Afghan Man Faces Execution After Converting to Christianity) and the Washington Post (Afghan Man Prosecuted for Converting).

Sunday Morning Church: Good for the soul

I had a nice time this morning visiting my wife's home church in Maryland. It has been one of the blessings of moving back to the mid-Atlantic--being able to visit the in-laws.

Grace Bible Chapel is where we got married over a year ago, so its always nice to be back. Small town life is so relaxing, when home-buying time comes, I hope we can get a little further out. Hope you all ejoyed your Sunday morning service or mass, and had your souls refreshed. Have a blessed weekend.