The aborted plan of Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, to burn copies of the Muslim Koran has received national and international attention that is far out of proportion with the proposed action. The media gives scant attention to the actions of any Christian minister, especially when the man in question serves a flock that reportedly consists of 50 souls. And yet Rev. Jones’ plan to burn the Koran generated such a storm of media attention that his proposed course of action may even have briefly eclipsed the notoriety of his famous high-school classmate, Rush Limbaugh.
On September 14, 2001, President George W. Bush declared a national emergency with respect to the terrorist attacks of three days earlier. The National Emergencies Act of 1976 requires the President to renew this state of emergency on an annual basis if he wishes it to remain in effect. Bush renewed it every year he was in office, and now President Barack Obama has extended it for the second time during his term.
On September 20, a meeting will convene at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to review progress made by member nations on the achievement of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The MDG were derived from the eight chapters of the United Nations Millennium Declaration signed in September 2000. The date set for complete and worldwide reaching of the eight goals is 2015.
At a September 4 “John Dennis for Congress” rally in San Francisco, Texas Congressman Ron Paul addressed the growing popularity of the state nullification movement. Dennis, a Republican, hopes to win the seat now held by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
In March of this year, Army Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Terrence Lakin announced his refusal to obey an order to serve in Afghanistan. With 17 years of service under his belt, and a spotless record that saw him receive numerous awards from the military including a Bronze Star earned for service during a previous tour of duty in Afghanistan, he decided to challenge Barack Obama’s qualifications to hold the high office of President of the United States.