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Partners in the Good Fight
Father Dave's Partner's Ezine
Partners in the Fight
When one man dreams, it is just a dream, but when we all dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.
Dom Helder Camara
It's good to be back with you again, in what is turning out to be a week of battles:
Human-rights activists on two little ships punch a hole through the siege of Gaza
Our friend Solomon Haumono knocks his opponent down (but not out).
Google knocks me flat!
I wrote to you last week about my Google trauma (and if you missed the email, read the story here), and I confess that it is going to take me a while to recover from this blow.
Even so, I am deeply grateful for all the expressions of support I received, and am especially grateful to those who decided to pitch in by upgrading their memberships at www.fighting-fathers.com
At any rate, there are bigger battles going on in our world at the moment that those I'm directly involved in, and none has given me more encouragement than the breaking of the Gaza siege.
Breaking the Siege
Despite anonymous death threats, elec-tronic jamming by the Israeli navy, and the ever-present danger of military confrontation, the SS Liberty and the SS Free Gaza made it past the blockade, safe to the shores of Gaza!
Amongst the pass-engers were an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor, a Catholic nun, and Tony Blair's sister-in-law. They brought with them medical supplies for the sick, and balloons for the children!
Even more important than the supplies though is the symbolic significance of the boats' arrival in breaking the siege from the outside, and opening up Gaza to the rest of the world! (Click the map to the right to get a full idea of the sea blockade). Hopefully the effects will be long-lasting.
The organisers now plan to use the boats to accompany Gazan fisherman out to sea, past the mandatory six-mile limit that has been imposed by the Israeli navy - a limitation that seems to have been designed only to damage the fishing industry of Gaza.
nb. if you can't see the video (above-left) click here
A very quick few highlights for you today:
My article entitled, "Why I Hate Google". I'm sure I don't need to explain that further.
An excellent if disturbing article by award-winning Palestinian journalist, Mohammed Omer, entitled, "Truth and Consequences Under the Israeli Occupation". This is Omer's personal testimony as to what happened to him when he tried to return to his homeland after travelling to London to receive a journalism award. This needs to be seen to be believed!
Some provocative and heart-rending discussion on the forum on the subject of abortion. I appreciate that not everyone will feel comfortable weighing in on this subject, but the thread is worth a serious read.
And I must mention one upcoming highlight - a Fighting Fathers phone conference I'm organising with my friend, Sheikh Mansour.
Some subscribers have been (understandably) upset by a short film that is currently going around the NET entitled, Fitna. Put together by Dutch politician, Geert Wilders, you can see it on YouTube here (though you'll need to prove you're over 18) or you can read about it in full in Wikipediahere.
The film presents a very disturbing picture of a united and militant Islamic world bent on destroying Western civilisation as we know it, and it is full of graphic and terrible images. Given the level of fear and suspicion that has been generated by the film, we thought it appropriate to discuss the issues in an open tele-conference, and I'm wanting to invite all Fighting Fathers members to participate.
If you'd like to be part of the tele-conference, please email me with three details:
I hope to make this happen in the next couple of weeks.
An Alien Woman
From Matthew Chapter 15: A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon." But Jesus did not answer her a word...
But she came and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, help me." And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."
This isn't the end of the story of course. Even so, it's one of the most disturbing passages in the Bible, as Jesus seems to rubbish this poor woman who comes to Him for help.
The story is sensitively unravelled by Dr Keith Mascord for us. Indeed, his is the best treatment of this text I have yet heard.
It was a magnificent event, with a strong contingent of our Youth Centre boys doing an exhuberant Tongan haka to welcome Sol to the ring.
Yet it wasn't the fight we expected from the big guy. With 14 fights and 14 wins via 14 knockouts, nobody expected the fight to go the distance.
Mind you, it was almost over in the first round. Sol knocked Cliff Couser down only moments from the end of the first round and if it hadn't been for the bell intervening, it might have been his shortest fight to date.
Yet Sol didn't seem to want it to end so quickly! He almost seemed to be carrying his opponent for rounds 2 and 3. If he was staging for a fourth round knockout though he made a tactical error, as Couser seemed to get his second wind around round 4 and seemed to get the best of round 5. And from there on it was always going to go the distance, though there was never any doubt about who the winner was.
So ... a good clean points win for Sol and an excellent experience for him to finally go a full eight rounds, even if it did tarnish his 100% knockout record. Equally importantly, he maintained his stature as a magnificent role model for all the young people who came to support him.
OK. I know I've got to let you go, but let me pass on one more quick thing:
I have a free book on offer, for anybody who would like to review it. 'Dissent over Descent' is a new book about the theory of 'Intelligent Design' and how it challenges Darwinism. It's been sent to me as a review copy for fighting-fathers.com
If you're willing to write something for the fighting-fathers.com review section, let me know and I'll mail this attractive hardcover book to your door at my expense. You'll need to be a full member of fighting-fathers.com though, as only full members can write reviews.
May the Lord bless and strengthen you for the work to which you have been called.