Thursday, January 13, 2005

Holland is so Screwed Up!

by Steve Ray on January 13, 2005

On a recent trip to Jerusalem I struck up an intense conversation with a Dutch Doctor of Psychology who was in Jerusalem to access the Palestinian situation. He claimed the Israelis were terrorist and the implied the Palestinians could do no wrong. Bombing innocent civilians was involuntary and inevitable because of their persecution.

I argued that he was way lopsided in his thinking and doing a great disservice to the Palestinians and everyone else. I argued the best thing the Palestinians could do was to stop playing the victim card and bombing citizens and start working WITH Israel instead of AGAINST it. Israel is a strong and determined country and is going nowhere. The best thing for the next generation of Palestinians is to work with Israel for peace and to take part in the world’s economy. Terrorism has turned the world against them and decimated their population and hope for prosperity.

This Dutch doctor continued to criticize Israel and the USA with vitriolic accusations. I told him and the group that was with him that he had a lot of  nerve. I said, “You live in Holland, right?” He said, “Yes.”

So I said, “You have a lot of nerve criticizing Israel and the US when you live in the most screwed up country in the world. Go back and fix your own mess before you presume to tell us how to change our country.”

He was not pleased, but look at today’s news about Holland and decide for yourself.

Utrecht, Netherlands, Jan. 12 ( – UTRECHT, January 11, 2005 ( – The Royal Dutch Medical Association has concluded, after a three-year investigation, that Dutch doctors ought to be able to kill patients who are not ill but who are judged to be “suffering through living.”

The decision contradicts the Dutch Supreme Court that ruled in 2002 that patients may only request euthanasia if they have a “classifiable physical or mental condition,” and not if they are merely “tired of life.” The law however, does not require a medical condition, but only that a patient must be “suffering hopelessly and unbearably.” Pro-life activists have warned that such ambiguous language is an open door for new interpretations that would make the law a license to kill.

The new report says many Dutch doctors believe some cases of “suffering through living” could be judged “unbearable and hopeless.” 

For the rest of the articl, click here.


Beng is Back

by Steve Ray on January 13, 2005

Beng is a regular on my Message Board and was in Indonesia during the Tsunami. No one heard from him and feared the worst. But, he has just resurfaced with a report. To read Jimmy Akin’s Blog on Beng, click here. To read all the fear then rejoicing on my Message Board, click here. To read Beng’s comments, click here.


Tourists in Israel – Interesting Statistics

by Steve Ray on January 13, 2005

A survey conducted by the Geocartographic Institute on behalf of the Tourism Ministry revealed today that the Western Wall is still the most visited site by foreign tourists in Israel, HA’ARETZ reported. The findings are based on tourist visits during the first half of 2004.

According to the survey, 53 percent of all tourists visited the Western Wall in the first half of 2004. The second most visited site was the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem. Old Jaffa came third, followed by the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter, the Via Dolorosa, the Tower of David, Massada, and Caesarea.

The poll also reveals that 75 percent of tourists visited Israel independently, while 13 percent came on organized tours. Eighty percent of tourists said their trip to Israel was very good, or excellent.

On a scale of 1 to 5, the average score for overall satisfaction from a trip to Israel stood at 4.2. Ninety-five percent of tourists said they would encourage their friends to visit Israel, and 73 percent said they had no security concerns during their visit there.

Note from Steve: The 27 percent who must have claimed they did have security concerns probably did not have legitimate concerns, by which I mean they did not have any incidents or see anything to cause concern. They probably had concerns because of news stories over the last four years. I have taken many people to Israel over the last four years and though they expressed safety concerns before arriving in Israel, not one had a concern after being there. They said they expected bombs everywhere and were pleasantly surprised at how nice, modern, and sate it actually was in Israel.


“Passion of the Christ” Wins People’s Award!

January 13, 2005

  Please forward this to your family and friends! THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST WINS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Dear Steve, Because of you, and 400,809 other AFA Online supporters, The Passion of The Christ won first place in the CBS People’s Choice Awards. The film won in the drama movie category. The winners were announced […]

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