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Daily Devotions


If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.

If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.

If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.

If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward

Monday, January 18, 2010

ConservativeChristianRepublican-Report - 20100118


Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!

"My Comments"

There seems to be so much sleaze entwined within ACORN as an organization. Click on the “link” below, just to get a peek of ACORN in North Carolina as defined by “John William Pope Civitas Institute”. You may wish to seek out as to how ACORN may be entangled and/or operating fraudulently within (y)our own state!

Who, What, Where, When, and Why are (y)our taxes being contracted?

You must always understand elected majority members of the Democrat Party persist in support of ACORN, with (y)our tax monies they may mandate as legislated, wasted, and depleted; while maintaining and/or expanding higher tax rates. - oyh

A Single Seed Grows Many Branches: ACORN’s Web of Connections in North Carolina


"Daily Motivations"

"So whatever it is you want, need or desire or just like to have, you better try to get it now, 'cause this is the only time there is." -- Della Reese

"What saves a man is to take a step. Then another step." -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery

There is at least one point in the history of any company when you have to change dramatically to rise to the Next Level of performance. Miss that moment —and you start to decline. -- Andrew S. Grove

"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)

Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. (Psalm 91:7)

"Let your aim be certain and he dies," the chief commanded. The Indian warriors took aim and fired at the last remaining officer on horseback. Round after round after round screamed toward him. Twice they shot his horse out from underneath him. Four bullets tore through his coat. Over 700 of his comrades fell around him. They retreated in utter defeat. Yet the 23 year old lieutenant colonel remained unscathed, not a single mark on his skin.

Nine days later he wrote his brother, "...by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation...."

Thirty-four more years passed and this same George Washington became the first president of the United States of America after defeating the mightiest army on the face of the planet with a band of poorly disciplined soldiers who spent most of the war retreating from the enemy.

Is it any wonder he placed his hand on a Bible opened to Deuteronomy chapter 28 when he was first sworn into office? As he looked back at his own life he clearly understood that a sovereign God rules over the affairs of men and nations.

Do you sometimes think it's all up to you? Do you ever wonder if God is really in control? How do you think George Washington would have answered this question?

Your View of God Really Matters …

When you face daunting circumstances and the panic begins to rise in your throat and your pulse quickens, what do you do first:

a) Freeze?
b) Redouble your efforts?
c) Acknowledge that God is in control?

Your response says everything about how you really view God.

"The Patriot Post"

"The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest." --Thomas Jefferson

Pelosi lies about transparency

Editorial Exegesis

"Democratic leaders reportedly plan to forge a final reform bill behind closed doors. They should not be able to get away with hiding public policy from the public it will adversely affect. Both the House and Senate must pass identical bills before the president can sign the legislation into law. When differences pop up, as with separate health care bills, the legislation traditionally goes to a conference committee where lawmakers iron them out. The committees are made up of members from both chambers and often from both parties. The committee meetings have typically been conducted in public, as they should be. They can be moved out of public view only when a majority of conferees, in a vote in an open session, agree to hold closed meetings. House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, has called the Democrats' plan to bypass a conference committee a 'shady backroom deal.' An overstatement? Hardly. One House Democratic aide told a blogger that 'this process cuts out the Republicans.' The Democrats fear that if they follow the traditional route, the GOP could use the Senate filibuster rule to shut down the process of organizing the committee. Bypassing a conference committee also cuts out a public that will suffer losses from whatever monstrosity is produced by the cover of darkness. Americans stand to lose their power of choice over health care decisions and be stripped of a significant portion of their earnings to pay for a plan most don't want. They deserve to see in an open forum what is being done to them. Instead, they're likely to get whatever the Democrats want to force on them." -- Investor's Business Daily

The Demo-gogues

"There has never been a more open process for any legislation." -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the "transparency" of legislating the health care bill (The only thing transparent about the process is Democrats' motive to nationalize private health care.)

The world's oldest profession: "I don't know if there is a senator that doesn't have something in this bill that was important to them. And if they don't have something in it important to them, then it doesn't speak well of them." -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Godfather) on making offers that Democrats couldn't refuse

That's racist: "Why all this discord and discourtesy, all this unprecedented destructive action? All to break the momentum of our new young president. [Republicans] are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one." -- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) calling opponents of the health care bill racists

The BIG Lie on all counts: "I listened to you and took a common-sense approach to improve the bill. Now it lowers costs for families and small business, protects Medicare, finally guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and reduces the deficit. And it's not run by the government. I'm convinced this is right for Nebraska." -- Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) on voting for the health care bill after a grand show of playing hard to get

Principled Democrats? "They think I shouldn't be expressing my views on this bill until they get a chance to try to sell me the language [on an abortion compromise]. Well, I don't need anyone to sell me the language. I can read it. I've seen it. I've worked with it. I know what it says. I don't need to have a conference with the White House. I have the legislation in front of me here. ... A review of the Senate language indicates a dramatic shift in federal policy that would allow the federal government to subsidize insurance policies with abortion coverage. ... We're getting a lot of pressure not to say anything, to try to compromise this principle or belief. ... We are not just going to abandon it in the name of health care." -- Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI)

On the undi-bomber: "This was a screw up that could have been disastrous. We dodged a bullet but just barely. It was averted by brave individuals -- not because the system worked -- and that is not acceptable. While there will be a tendency for finger pointing, I will not tolerate it." -- Barack Obama, who tolerates the blame game well enough when his finger is forever pointed at George W. Bush

Savior of the world: "The most important thing we did this year was to ensure that the financial system did not collapse." -- Barack Obama

"Liberty Counsel"

Display with Ten Commandments Ruled Constitutional by Court of Appeals



We have good news to report in an important legal battle against the ACLU!

Today in the case of ACLU v. Grayson County, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor http://www.lc.org/media/9980/attachments/decision_ky_appeals_10_command_011410.pdf of a public display including the Ten Commandments, on the second floor of a Leitchfield, Kentucky courthouse.

Mat Staver presented the winning oral argument on behalf of Grayson County in April 2009. The case began in 2002 when the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the county and a federal judge ruled against the display. The display is identical to the displays at issue in the ACLU's lawsuits against McCreary and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky, which Mat argued at the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.

In 2005, this same appeals court upheld the same Ten Commandments display in Mercer County, KY, which Liberty Counsel also defended.

Since 2005, four federal courts of appeal have upheld Ten Commandments displays. Three of these four involve the same display that Liberty Counsel defended in this case. Since 2005, every federal court of appeals which has addressed Ten Commandments displays has upheld them.

In fact, the ACLU has not won a Ten Commandments case at the court of appeals level since 2005!

We do not expect the ACLU to appeal this case to the Supreme Court. The ACLU has been running from the Supreme Court since 2005 and have taken loss after loss on the Ten Commandments.

Pray that the Lord continues to bless Liberty Counsel as we continue to battle the ACLU in other cases.

Read our News Release http://www.lc.org/index.cfm?PID=14100&PRID=894 for more details.

Read the Appeals' Court Opinion here http://www.lc.org/media/9980/attachments/decision_ky_appeals_10_command_011410.pdf.

"The Web"

America Rising An Open Letter to Democrat Politicians


Demcare’s backroom Big Labor buyoff

By Michelle Malkin


Photoshop credit: American Power

Remember the proposed Dem tax on investment income to pay for the government health care takeover that I told you about the other day? http://michellemalkin.com/2010/01/12/screw-you-another-demcare-tax-scheme-to-punish-the-earners-producers/

Just a follow-up on the backroom deals being cut by Obama and his Big Labor thug-cronies, via The Foundry. http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/14/morning-bell-behind-closed-doors-unions-win-you-lose/ Here’s what the tax will pay for:

Yesterday, President Barack Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and nine other lawmakers met face-to-face for seven hours to resolve differences between the House and Senate health care bills. At the same time these talks were going on, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Service Employees International Union President Andy Stern and United Auto Workers President Ron Gettelfinger met with other Obama administration officials in a separate room in the White House. This all comes after these same labor leaders met personally with Speaker Pelosi yesterday, and after they met face-to-face with President Obama in the White House on Monday. Despite then-candidate Barack Obama’s explicit promises to the American people, absolutely none of these meetings were open to the public or televised on C-SPAN. In fact, Politico reports: “Those involved in the talks sought to keep details of their progress under wraps.”

And just what deals were Big Labor, the leftist majorities in Congress and the Obama administration making behind closed doors? How to pay for President Obama’s likely $1 trillion health care plan without raising taxes on one of the President’s most loyal constituencies: labor unions. Specifically, Big Labor reportedly has struck a deal with health care negotiators to exempt union members from the 40% excise tax on high-priced health insurance premiums. By some estimates, the tax would hit one in four union members. Now Big Labor will get all of the big government health care spending they always wanted, but they will not have to pay for it.

And Obamacare’s Big Labor handouts don’t end there. The legislation also sets aside $5 billion to subsidize the costs of employer health benefits for early retirees. As Heritage fellow James Sherk notes, few nonunion employers, of course, pay pension and health benefits for workers to retire at 55. And then there’s the small business exemption from the employer mandate for businesses with less than 50 employees. At first this applied to all small businesses, but after aggressive lobbying by Big Labor, non-unionized construction businesses were unexempted. Big Labor lobbyists explicitly admitted they wanted to use Obamacare’s job-killing employer mandates as a competitive advantage to drive non-unionized firms out of business.

Most unethical, non-transparent, punitive Congress ever!

Vampires -- http://michellemalkin.com/2010/01/06/darkness-reigns-obama-and-the-vampire-congress/

More http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34859430/ns/politics-health_care_reform/ on the backroom deal:

Officials familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday that options being considered to lessen the impact on union members included raising the threshold at which the tax would be levied — it’s $23,000 for family plans in the Senate-passed bill — and exempting collective bargaining agreements negotiated before 2013 from the tax.

Under that scenario the tax wouldn’t hit until union contracts were renegotiated, delaying its impact on most union health plans until perhaps 2015 or 2016. There was also discussion of lessening the impact of the tax in high-cost regions of the country — where insurance premiums cost more — by imposing the tax on a sliding scale.

Obama and Democratic leaders spent all day Wednesday working intensely to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation, which would expand coverage to more than 30 million people now uninsured, bar insurers from denying coverage to people with medical problems, and attempt to rein in ruinous increases in health care costs.

Negotiators were to meet again Thursday at the White House, and Obama planned to go to Capitol Hill to make a personal appeal to House Democrats, who are being asked to make major concessions. Democratic bargainers were also considering seeking more money from drugmakers and other provider groups to help subsidize care for the uninsured.

Hide the Job Decline: $500k in Stimulus Funds to ClimateGate Professor

by Mike Flynn


The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (the Stimulus Bill) has been such an epic failure, that even the mainstream media has started to notice. The White House has tacitly acknowledged this and recently announced that it would no longer ‘count’ jobs ‘created or saved’ by the Stimulus. The basic problem is that the bulk of the spending went to programs or projects that have nothing to do with economic growth.

The latest example of this is a $500,000 grant to Michael Mann, Professor at Penn State University and unintended c0-star of the ClimateGate e-mail scandal. The leaked e-mails revealed collaboration among scientists to stifle dissenting views on the extent of man-made global warming.

Mann is also the creator of the “Hockey Stick” graph, which purported to show a sharp increase in recent temperatures. That work has been thoroughly discredited by researcher Stephen McIntyre. Yet, in June 2009, the National Science Foundation awarded Mann a three-year $500,000 to further study the climate’s response to human activity. According to the grant award:

The broader impacts involve supporting postdoctoral scholars and graduate students and contributing to the understanding of abrupt climate change.

So, the research is supposed to give us a better ‘understanding of abrupt climate change.’ Mind you, the research isn’t to determine whether there is abrupt climate change occurring. Given that Mann is known for using “tricks” to finesse his data, the National Science Foundation will not be pleased with the results.

Actually, this particular grant is special, even by the low-bar set by other spending. Most of the Stimulus funds are simply wasted with no real impact on the overall economy. However, Mann’s “research” will presumably be used to further justify cap-and-trade legislation or other draconian regulatory actions. Either of these will have a very negative impact on the economy, retarding growth for years to come.

We may be paying for this $500,000 for a very long time.

Coakley and the Curling-Iron Rapist, Part II: Why Did it Take So Long to Press Charges?

Tomorrow, January 19, is “Election Day” for the people of Massachusetts to replace the late “Sen. Ted Kennedy. There seems to have been several cases “in question” to Democrat Party nominee Middlesex County DA Martha Coakley http://neoneocon.com/2010/01/14/martha-coakley-and-the-child-molesters/ , while it appears Republican Party nominee State Senator has a clean record http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/coakley_underes.html.

Martha Coakley Internal Senate Poll Losing to Scott Brown by 3 Points http://beforeitsnews.com/story/12244/Martha_Coakley_Internal_Senate_Poll_Losing_to_Scott_Brown_by_3_Points.html

It is most interesting as Martha Coakley had a TV advertisement which misspelled “Massachusetts” http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/01/nice-work-new-coakley-attack-ad-misspells-massachusetts/.
America will be watching this special election. - oyh

by Gary Hewson


Yesterday, I reported on the horrific rape http://bigjournalism.com/ghewson/2010/01/14/marthas-greatest-hits-the-things-the-democrats-would-like-you-to-forget-about-candidate-coakley/#more-5970 of a two-year old by Keith Winfield in 2005 in Massachusetts. Then-Middlesex County DA Martha Coakley failed to take action to bring charges against Mr. Winfield. Today, the story takes another turn. In part II of the Curling-Iron Rapist Case, let’s look at two of the key players in the case: The lawyer for the family of the raped toddler, Larry Frisoli, and his brother and legal partner, Frank Frisoli.

Larry Frisoli was a highly-respected and high profile http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2008/07/08/lawrence_w_frisoli_57_lawyer_pressed_lawsuits_for_family_in_curley_case/ lawyer who had handled the wrongful-death suit in the famous and horrifying Jeffrey Curley case, where an 8-year Jeffrey was savagely kidnapped off the street and brutally raped and murdered. Larry represented Jeffrey’s family, and won a symbolic $328 million wrongful death suite against the perpetrators in 2000. The perpetrators went to prison for life and were broke. That same year, Larry Frisoli was named “Lawyer of the Year” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Frisoli by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Attorney Larry Frisoli

Fast forward to 2005, when Larry Frisoli was called by the family of the raped toddler to represent them. After the mother of the raped toddler took the child to the hospital, the hospital notified DSS that the child had been molested and or abused. The DSS came to the parent’s home, and tried to take the child away; thinking the parents had perpetrated the crime. The parents called family friend and attorney Larry Frisoli to sort out the madness.

As we now know, and what seemed clear to Larry and his clients very early in the case, was that the child had been left in the care of Policeman Keith Winfield, the uncle of the child, the prior day. Officer Winfield, during his hour alone with his 23-month old niece, raped her with a hot curling iron.

Larry took the case and immediately took action to get Keith Winfield put away for his crimes. What he didn’t realize was that he was about to go against then Middlesex DA Martha Coakley, who for reasons I will allow readers to conclude from Frank Frisoli’s recounting of the facts and allegations in an email he provided to us today, would not bring charges against the Toddler Rapist and dragged the process out so long that her successor had to put Winfield away. Coakley allowed this toddler rapist to stay on the streets for over 2 years and she let him out of custody on No BAIL.

Larry Frisoli very quickly sensed there was something afoul with Coakley’s handling of the case: Larry had what seemed like an open and shut case against a public menace and monster, but Coakley’s office was moving at a snail’s pace and refused to take action against the officer after calling a grand jury.

Coakley’s handling of the incident was so alarming to Larry Frisoli, that he decided to run against her in the Massachusetts’ Attorney General race; solely due to his perceived mishandling of the case by DA Coakley.

What happened next sent the Frisoli’s over the edge: Coakley’s campaign attacked Larry and said he was using the case to publicize his political ambitions and that Larry Frisoli had wanted to run all along. Larry went on to lose the race to Coakley and sadly passed away in 2008, but not before he put away Keith Winfield for life with the help of Coakleys’ successor: Gerry Leone.

And, so, in the words of the Larry’s brother, and the one person alive who has access to all of the files, facts, and timelines, I will let readers conclude what happened in this horrifying case. Why did it take so long for Coakley to take action? Why did Coakley push for no action by the grand jury? Why would she release a toddler rapist with no bail and let him walk the streets for 2 years? On no bail?

This email was recently sent out by Frank Frisoli to friends and colleagues in response to the January 6th Boston Globe article detailing the case and Coakley’s handling of it. The email is published here in its entirety with Frank’s permission:

Some Advice for the Republican National Committee

By Larrey Anderson


As a retired state senator, I have been in and out of politics most of my adult life. As a result, I have come to know, and have remained acquainted with, some fairly prominent members of the GOP and, in particular, the RNC. Because I have seen the inner workings of the RNC, I would like to offer the Republican National Committee some practical advice.

I want to set up my recommendations to the RNC by telling two stories about a couple of very different -- and high ranking -- former members. (I will change the names of these two people for reasons that will soon become obvious. I will call them RNC official Joe and RNC official Casey.)

RNC official Joe (a very high-ranking member) recently resigned his post after pleading guilty to stalking.

A lawyer, Joe pulled down close to seven figures a year for...doing nothing. Joe was a typical political hack. This wannabe politician spent thirty years behind the scenes, starting his "employment" for the GOP by becoming a state chairman for the Republican Party. Joe climbed his way up the RNC ladder. During his ascent, Joe acted as a part-time lobbyist, a part-time government "adviser," and eventually, a part-time stalker of a married woman. One newspaper reported:

[Among other positions,] he is administrator of the state Catastrophic Health Care Program, or CAT fund, and an attorney for ... Counties Risk Management Program, or ICRMP. [Joe's] work for government agencies brings his law firm more than $600,000 annually.

Unfortunately, Joe's sort of livelihood is not unusual among the people who run the RNC. These are people who love the limelight but know they either can't or don't want to make the effort to be elected to public office. The last thing they are interested in is finding a real job -- so they figure out how to survive in and milk the political system.

Let's move on to a more positive (yet sadder) story: RNC official Casey also recently resigned from the RNC -- but this was a very different (and unusual) situation. Casey grew up in the Midwest and worked in a small, family-owned store. Casey had a love of America, freedom, and our Constitution. Casey wanted to do something to help save America. Casey started at the bottom of the RNC, answering phones and fetching coffee for RNC officials like Joe.

Casey held no jobs outside the RNC, did no lobbying on the side, and rose to a prominent position under the last Bush administration through hard work and dedication. Casey was paid a moderate salary. Casey worked for the RNC because she believed that she could help make America a better country by being active in GOP politics at the highest level.

Casey decided to resign right after the last presidential election. She was deeply disturbed by the influx into the RNC of a whole new crop of Joes. These were mostly John McCain's people, who were intent on making the GOP a much bigger tent with such brilliant ideas as passing cap-and-trade legislation (to save the planet and entice "moderates" into the party) and granting amnesty as quickly as possible to millions of illegal immigrants (again, for the greater good of that ever-elusive bigger tent).

Casey had had enough. Disheartened and discouraged, she left the RNC.

Sadly enough, many loyal conservative Republicans feel the same about the GOP as Casey did about the RNC. In fact, a Rasmussen poll taken last month found this:

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Among Republican voters, 39% say they'd vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.
Remember, the "Tea Party" is not a real political party. Yet more Americans would vote for a non-existent Tea Party candidate than they would for a real, live Republican candidate.

We hear Republican Party apologists warn us all the time about the dangers of forming a third political party. Here is a newsflash for those people: Look at those Rasmussen numbers. The Republican Party already is a third political party. And it is running behind what is little more than a semi-organized group of (rightly and righteously) disgruntled patriots.

In 1994, the GOP promised us via the Contract with America a smaller, honest, and accountable federal government that would abide by the Constitution. We believed them and gave them majorities in both houses of Congress. Then, during their ten years in power, they gave us No Child Left Behind, Medicare drug entitlements, more than 10,000 pork-barrel projects, and (after they had lost their majorities) they even helped pass the first TARP bill. In short, they lied, and then they lied some more. Conservative Americans know this, and most conservatives do not trust the GOP anymore.

The numbers don't lie. Conservative Americans trust a politically nonexistent "Tea Party" more than they trust the politically stagnant GOP.

Here, then, is my advice for the Republican Party, and in particular, the RNC:

1) Get off K Street and get onto Main Street.

The Republican leadership launched the "K Street Project" shortly after the Party took control of the Congress in 1994. The idea was to pressure D.C. lobbyists to hire and contribute to the GOP, since the GOP was now the majority.

Apparently, no one in the GOP is smart enough to figure out that the lobbyists don't care about political parties or political ideologies -- they care about political power. As soon as the power of the GOP was seen as waning, the K Street gang jumped ship.

The big money is now tightly controlled by the Democrats, from payouts (actually a form of blackmail) from the TARP bills to outright bailouts of major industries.

In the meantime, Main-Street America has heated up. Tens of millions of Americans are demanding what I call "populist constitutionalism." We want lower taxes, less federal control and regulation of our lives, and a return to basic constitutional principles of real federal government. In short, we want both the 9th and 10th Amendments taken seriously and enforced.

The RNC has to greet Tea Party people with open arms, letting them know they are welcome in the GOP. Forget about trying to co-op the leadership and make them into insiders. This is a grassroots phenomenon, so the message must go throughout the GOP to make the new folks comfortable participating in Republican Party affairs.

As I have shown elsewhere, the GOP (and this includes the RNC) has a long history of awarding leadership positions to those who hang around the longest. In other words, it is a Joe, not a Casey, who has historically gotten the plum position at the GOP and the RNC. This cronyism has to stop...now.

2) Enough IPP already.

IPP stands for "Incumbent Protection Program." No institution in the world is better at "IPPing" than the RNC. Witness the GOP's endorsement and financing of Arlen Specter over...well, anybody. (No, I am not talking about the race of 2004 -- I am talking about less than one year ago.)

Perhaps the RNC has learned (by now) that Specter is a Democrat. But don't count on it. The RNC has a long history of "discouraging" primary opposition to incumbent Republicans. (Even worse, the RNC has discouraged opposition by conservatives to liberals anointed by the GOP.) This is part of the reason why people are leaving the GOP in droves for the nonexistent Tea Party. Better to have no menu at all than the one stale item offered so frequently on GOP menu.

If the GOP wants to remain alive (and thrive) it needs to promote, not discriminate against, non-incumbents running against the candidates ordained by it and the RNC establishments.

It turns out that the majority of Americans do want "hope and change." We just want it to start with the GOP.

"The e-mail Bag"

Looking for Mohammed


A Muslim dies and finds himself before the pearly gates. He is very excited, as all his life he has longed to meet the Prophet Mohammed.

Having arrived at the Gates of Heaven, he meets a man with a beard.- 'Are you Mohammed?' he asks 'No, my son. I am Peter. Mohammed is higher up' And he points to a ladder that rises into the clouds

Delighted that Mohammed should be higher than Peter, he climbs the ladder in great strides. He meets another bearded man. Full of hope, he asks again, 'Are you Mohammed?' 'No, I am Jesus.. Mohammed is higher up still'

Mohammed higher than Jesus! The poor man can hardly contain his delight and climbs and climbs, ever higher. Once again, he meets a man with a beard and repeats his question: 'Are You Mohammed?' 'No, I am Moses. Mohammed is higher still'

Exhausted but with heart full of joy, he continues to climb the ladder and, yet again, he meets a man with a beard. 'Are you Mohammed?' he gasps, as he is by now, totally out of breath from all his climbing.

'No, my son. I am God. But you look exhausted. Would you like a coffee?'

'Yes please, my Lord' God looks behind him, claps his hands and calls out,: 'Mohammed, two coffees, please'.

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