Newslinks 02/21/08

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http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200802/CUL20080215c.html

UK Boy Scouts Under Fire for Oath Mentioning God

 Two secular humanist groups in Great Britain are trying to get the Boy Scouts to remove the part of the Scout Oath that involves duty to God. They also criticized the Scouts for not allowing adult leaders who are not believers. The organizations stated that the current position of the Boy Scouts is not in “the spirit” of Robert Baden-Powell who formed the organization. Since it’s creation by Robert Baden Powell, Scouting has been an influence on thousands (if not millions) of young men who need moral direction and growth. Both the British Boy Scouts and the Boy Scouts of America have done much to train young men on how to serve their country, community, family, and God. Scouting was started in a time when God was recognized for who He is in both the UK and America. Even the secular humanists fighting the Boy Scouts recognize the great service the organization does for their communities and their country. Once again, this seems like a weak attack on an organization because of its foundation in Judeo-Christian beliefs. There have been those who don’t believe in God as long as there have those that do. The secular humanists lament the fact that the Scouts are the only organization in some communities and because of this, they should weaken their stance.Why don’t the secular humanists start their own version of Scouting? I don’t know what they would base it on. Without the moral anchor found in the Christian beliefs, what would hold it together? Look at the Scout Oath and Law: Scout Oath: On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country (Queen); and to obey the Scout Law. To help others at all times, and to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Scout Law: A Scout is, trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  

God forbid we should teach generations of young men those horrendous qualities! And yet, we wonder why our countries are in the shape they’re in. It’s because we don’t have enough people teaching them the things that the Boy Scouts do! I am an Eagle Scout and I am proud to say that I support the Boy Scouts. Their stance on Judeo-Christian beliefs is what makes their organization successful. I applaud the Boy Scouts and I hope that they will continue their fight for the right to be inclusive and to stand on the beliefs that their organization was/is based on!

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2008/feb/08021512.html

Canadian Only Sentenced for Attempted Murder Despite Killing Unborn Child

 Charlene Knapp was four months pregnant when her then boyfriend Alan Bryan stabbed her 15 times in the stomach with a sword. Knapp survived the attack, but her unborn son did not. Bryan was sentenced to 15 years in jail, but was not sentenced in any way for the death of his son. Canadian lawmakers are trying to introduce a bill that would recognize the unborn as humans and victims when involved in crimes such as this. It’s about time Canada starts getting with the program. They have allowed this sort of thing for way too long and have desensitized generations from the horror of how the unborn are treated. I hope and pray that this will start a change in Canada that will help the Canadian people see the truth about the state that their country is in. 

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2008/feb/08021501.html

Catholics Cannot Vote for Politicians Who Support Abortion, Except for Morally Grave Reasons: Kentucky Bishops

 Kentucky Bishops of the Catholic Church have instructed that their parishioners cannot vote for any political candidates that support evils such as abortion, unless for morally grave reasons. They stated that anyone that votes for a candidate that supports evils like abortion would be guilty of cooperation in that evil and that they cannot vote for that person unless there is a “sufficiently grave reason” to vote for the candidate. This makes absolutely no sense to me. If someone is running for office and supports ANYTHING that goes against the truth found in the Bible, then Christians shouldn’t be voting for them anyway! When did the church as a whole decide that they can pick and choose what is true and what isn’t? Oh yeah…I forgot that it’s been happening since the early church…If you are a Christian, then before you vote, you need to look at where each person running for office stands and then compare that to the Bible. If it doesn’t line up, then you shouldn’t be voting for that person. Period.  

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080215/31196.htm

Christian Poll: McCain Less Popular than Obama, Clinton

 A recent poll shows that only 9.1 percent of Christians support Republican frontrunner John McCain, while 26.3 percent support Barack Obama, 19.6 percent support Hillary Clinton, and 45 percent support Mike Huckabee. I think that this should be an indication of some good things and bad things. First, I think that the fact that 45.9 percent of Christians in this poll support someone who is pro-abortion and pro-homosexuality is ridiculous. Those things are clearly forbidden in the Bible and any Christian who truly follows scripture should know that. The fact that these same candidates are for “change” and “the working man” shouldn’t amount to a hill of beans. As Christians, we should be voting for people that support the Word of God as truth. We should be voting for people that uphold what we should be believing in. It also shows that Mike Huckabee has a lot of support that the newsmedia seems to overlook. As a Christian, I would encourage all believers to look at the issues from the standpoint of the Word of God and use the Bible to make your choice on who you vote for. To help with that, I’ve found a link to a Voter’s Guide put out by Wallbuilders. They have some wonderful articles and other items showing how our country was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. We cannot depend on the media to show us the truth of what choice to make. We have to depend on the Bible to do that! 

http://www.wallbuilders.com/downloads/newsletter/VotersGuide.pdf

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Politics/Default.aspx?id=67683

Bill Clinton goes on tirade against pro-life students

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XfmJeIJpns

 Former president Bill Clinton  went on a rampage when the question of the issue of life came up at a High School rally in Stuebenville Ohio recently. He accused the pro-life supporters of wanting to criminalize the women and doctors who take part in the abortion. Once again, it shows where he and his wife stand on the issue. Instead of taking the issue on honestly, they avoid it, dodge it, and rage against those who dare bring it up… 

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=67479

Pastor opposes ‘sex club’ at daughter’s high school

 A Washington state pastor has made his voice heard again. Pastor Ken Hutcherson has voice his discontent at the Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington for instituting a club that supports homosexuality and bisexuality. The club is supported by teachers and other school staff. It also holds a Day of Silence where students are encouraged not to speak in order to show their solidarity with homosexual students who have allegedly been persecuted. This is ridiculous. The fact that this is happening in a high school is just sad. As always, when someone speaks out against homosexuality (as pastor Hutcherson did on MLK Day), they and their children are targeted for harassment (Hutcherson had to remove his daughter from a class because of harassment by the pro-homosexual teacher). But, when it comes to supporting homosexuality and other things that are clearly against scripture, the schools are all for it…It’s truly sad and seems to give even more support for the Exodus going on in California and other states. 

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2008/feb/08021804.html

Jamaican Church Leaders Say Homosexuality Will Not Be Accepted As Normal

Many churches in the island country of Jamaica have recently voiced their stance on homosexuality. The leaders of many different churches on the island have said that they will not support homosexuality as normal despite heavy lobbying from pro-homosexual groups.

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2008/feb/08021803.html

NBA Star Charles Barkley Calls All Pro-Life Conservatives “Fake Christians”

 Charles Barkley stated that all conservative Christians are just “fake Christians” as far as he’s concerned in a recent interview with Wolf Blitzer. Barkely recently moved to Montgomery, Alabama and said that he has plans on running for governor of the state in 2014. He bases his view on one scripture: Matthew 7:1. He stated that he believes that Christians are not supposed to judge others for their beliefs, but that conservative Christians are wanting to be judge and jury. He said, “Jesus forbids judging by hypocritical double standards”. Ah…that great bastion of moral fortitude Charles Barkley. One sad thing about all of this is that he has found his way to the state where I live and is threatening to run for political office.  The saddest thing, though, is Mr. Barkley’s horrible mangling of scripture and his seeming lack of any knowledge of most of the New Testament. He supports his entire view on Matthew 7:1, the “judge not lest ye be judged” scripture. He obviously doesn’t understand hermeneutics or have a strong grasp of how to study the Bible. While the scripture does say that, it’s hardly meant the way that Mr. Barkley and others use it most often. Jesus says in John 7:24 that we should not judge by appearance, but by righteous judgment. If that is the case, then if flies in the face of Mr. Barkley’s interpretation of Matthew 7:1. Not only that, but over and over again Jesus, Paul, Peter, and other writers of the New Testament scriptures judge people and situations (Look at 1 Corinthians 6!). Where they somehow ignorant of Mr. Barkley’s understanding of scripture, or did they understand it the way that it was written? I think that this is sad that people would rather spend more time making scripture fit their presupposed notions of what is “right” and what Jesus “really meant” instead of studying the Word of God the way it was written and allowing it to change their lives…I hope that Mr. Barkley either finds the time to actually study the Word or finds another place to call home…


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