Archive for March, 2009

Has Shari’a Law Come to Minnesota?

March 24, 2009

Recently it was reported in the state of Minnesota that Somali Muslims were successful in getting the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to agree to a program that would allow Minnesota Muslims to purchase homes with zero percent mortgages.  The reasoning offered by Muslim leaders to Minnesota authorities as to the need for such a home buying program was that Shari’a (Islamic) law prohibited Muslims from paying interest to buy homes, cars or any item that could be potentially financed.  But is this premise true?  Does Shari’a law prescribe Muslims to reject the payment of interest? (more…)

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Politicians’ AIG Outrage Rings Hollow

March 17, 2009

I’m not sure what is more sickening, the audacity of AIG in the midst of near bankruptcy to pay out $165 million in bonuses, or the politicians in Washington falling all over themselves rushing to the podium to proclaim their outrage over such bonuses.

Where was their outrage when they were freely using taxpayer billions to bailout the mis-managed corporate money-grabbers?  Where was their outrage when they gladly accepted their automatic raises as a reward for leading this country into the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression? (more…)

Is Islam God’s Choice to Purify the World?

March 16, 2009

Recently I attended a presentation entitled, “Is Islam in the Bible”, at a local church.  It was presented by Stephen Dickie, a self-published author of a little known book, Islam: God’s Forgotten Blessing.

It did not take me long to grow uncomfortable.  Not because of the topic of Islam but because of the biblical presumptions he presented.

Mr. Dickie was quick to put forth his own biblical interpretation that Islam was and is part of God’s design for the world. (more…)

Obama’s Ponzi Scheme

March 14, 2009

No doubt you have heard about the recent conviction of Bernard Madoff, the Wall Street guru who swindled an estimated $50 billion from investors around the world – many who were certainly smart enough to make their own fortunes but decided to turn the management of some or all of their fortunes over to Madoff.   Madoff in turn used a sophisticated Ponzi scheme to give investors the illusion of increased wealth. (more…)

The Precipitous Downward Spiral

March 9, 2009

I hate being the bearer of bad news, I really do.  But the tough reality is, that there is virtually no good news.  This “recession” is being compared by some to the steep recession of the early 1980s.   Time has a way of fogging our memories and coming up with the wrong comparisons.  George Santayana penned an often used quotation in his book, The Life of Reason (1905), that,  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (more…)