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Monday, March 02, 2009


Obama and Aid to Faith-based Organizations

Violation of First Amendment ? * War Crimes and Israel

While not a Born Again Christian like his predecessor, President Obama had been quite open about his position on matters of faith.

To his credit, on January 20, 2009, during his inaugural , Barack Obama said:
He is a practising Christian. In today's America it would be unthinkable to expect a "non-believer" to be elected to public office. Jews are an exception but people of other faiths -- Hindus, Buddhists, or ( perish the thought) a Muslim contender would have small chance.

Obama is playing his cards to woo the faithful of different religious groups. Whether he would benefit from it in the long term is to be seen.

What is disturbing is his decision to continue with a Bush-era practice -- faith-based community initiatives.

Susan Jacoby in NY Times:
Ms. Jacoby concluded her article by stating:

Sacred cash cow is very apt. We can rest assured that there will be no lack of organizations lining up to milk it.

International Criminal Court

The news that the ICC is "considering" whether the Palestinian Authority meets the requirements to be eligible to bring war crimes charges against Israeli troops is a good sign. Whether or not Israelis stand on the dock, what they did in Gaza is being exposed.

Peter Beaumont, Guardian
The international criminal court is considering whether the Palestinian Authority is "enough like a state" for it to bring a case alleging that Israeli troops committed war crimes in the recent assault on Gaza.

The deliberations would potentially open the way to putting Israeli military commanders in the dock at The Hague over the campaign, which claimed more than 1,300 lives, and set an important precedent for the court over what cases it can hear.


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