Newslinks 11/21/10

November 21, 2010 at 11:23 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Obama’s Asia Trip Not Seen As a Success
(CNSNews.com)
– As he ended a 10-day visit to Asia, President Obama told reporters on Air Force One he believed that “all of Asia is eager for American engagement and leadership,” but his upbeat assessment sharply contrasted with the view of critics who have characterized the trip as disappointing – if not a downright failure.

Q&A With Virginia Attorney General: State’s Lawsuit Against Obamacare ‘Is Not About Health Insurance, It’s About Liberty’
(CNSNews.com)
– Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli told CNSNews.com that the lawsuit his state has filed against the health-care reform law signed by President Barack Obama in March is about preserving the liberty of individual Americans against a federal government that is over-reaching its legitimate constitutional authority.

Obama’s Claiming More Power Over Americans Than King George III, Says Virginia Attorney General
(CNSNews.com) – Virginia Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, who has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama last March, says Obama and the Congress that enacted that law–which mandates that individuals must buy government-approved health insurance plans–are seeking a power over the lives of Americans that even King George III did not claim to possess. Continue Reading Newslinks 11/21/10…

Newslinks 09/26/10

September 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Values Voters Pick Mike Pence Over Huckabee for President
Social conservatives at the Values Voter Summit have crowned a new top contender for president, though the winner of this year’s straw poll only edged out last year’s by two points.

Anti-Poverty Groups Sound Off Ahead of High-Level MDG Summit

Pope Expresses ‘Sorrow and Shame’ Over Child Abuse

ELCA Receives 3 Lesbian Ministers

Few Americans Think Glenn Beck Is Fit to Head Religious Mov’t

Wheaton College Installs New President Continue Reading Newslinks 09/26/10…

Newslinks 10/17/09

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Health Bill Would Make It Harder to Deduct Medical Expenses, but That Won’t Affect Middle Class, Democrat Claims
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– A Democratic member of the Senate Finance Committee claims that a provision of the Senate health-reform bill will not make it more difficult for middle-class Americans to deduct medical expenses on their tax returns. But Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) says that is because “most Americans” don’t itemize their income tax deductions.

Pro-Life Democrats May Block Health Bill If Pelosi Won’t Allow Vote on Abortion Funding Ban
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– Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, told CNSNews.com that Democrats who oppose government funding of abortion will try to block the health care reform bill from coming to a vote on the House floor unless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi allows a floor vote on an amendment that would explicitly prohibit abortion funding. “There are many of us Democrats in the House who are philosophically, legally, and morally opposed to public funding for abortions,” Stupak told CNSNews.com in a statement.

Scientists Rebut Claim That Man Causes Climate Change
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– A small group of determined scientists gathered in a Senate office building Friday to present evidence backing their claim that climate change is caused by nature, not man, and that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but the hope for a greener planet. Continue Reading Newslinks 10/17/09…

Teach Your Children Well

September 8, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Today, President Barack Obama gave a speech to a number of school children around the country for “President Barack Obama’s Back to School Event”. And while I didn’t hear the speech itself, I did read the transcript. If his teleprompter showed exactly the same thing as the transcript, then this speech wasn’t as political as it could have been. Somehow I have a hard time believing that he stuck to the script, seeing as he hasn’t done that yet. Adding to the controversy is the supposed lessons that were to go along with the speech. With all of this, I can’t help but be skeptical.

Even so, a quick read of the transcript shows a shallow but somewhat encouraging speech. The problems come when you look deeper and compare what he is saying to reality and to the president’s own agenda. From the beginning, the president plays on emotion (like he always does) to “touch” people. I wonder if the president realizes that the state the nation is in is “no picnic for any of us” and that everything he plans on doing will only make it worse.

His supposed purpose for the speech is to remind the kids of what’s expected of them. That they are to be responsible. He told them that they are responsible for their own future. Amazingly, I actually agree with the president on this point, but later on in the speech he tells the kids that the goverment is doing all it can to help. I find talk about responsibility pretty funny coming from a man who doesn’t seem to know what the word means (along with the words transparency, freedom, and justice). He tells the children they are responsible for their own education and if they fail, then they not only fail themselves, they fail the country. Maybe the president should start with his own responsibilities and actually fulfill those before he tries to tell others what they need to do. It is because the president has failed to be responsible that we are in the situation we’re in. He has already spent more money than all the other presidents combined and he hasn’t even been in office a year yet. Much of the money has been wasted and has failed to produce any positive effect on anything. The president has failed to be responsible to America by allowing the bills he supports (those meant to stave off “catastrophe”) to be rushed through Congress and avoiding any kind of debate on the issues. The bills have been passed in the dark of night by Congressmen (who are supposed to represent you and I) who didn’t read them at all (and at an average of 1000 pages each, who would want to?). How is that responsible? How does the president expect people to be responsible when he continues to push them to depend completely on the government for everything? On top of that, the man has taken vacations that would make Robin Leach jealous (some costing $35,000 a day!) on the taxpayer’s dollar! Tell me again how that is responsible when there are now millions of people without jobs and the economy is suffering?

He tells the children that if they want to have a good job and help the nation, they will have to work hard and train for it. How much training did Mr. Obama have for his job? Does Sal Alinsky’s book really teach the things that the president of a free republic needs to know? I doubt it… He then lists a number of jobs that they need an education for. If they want to be a doctor they will need an education. He fails to tell them that if his healthcare plan gets passed, there will be no need many doctors because the government will be deciding who gets to practice, what they get to practice, and where they get to practice. They will need an education to be a teacher. But, the president fails to tell the kids that teachers are so overworked and underpaid that it’s not funny. He doesn’t tell them that the public (government run) schools are so bad in many places that teachers fear for their lives. The teacher’s union doesn’t make things any better…Another job they’ll need an education for is police officer. What he forgot to tell the kids is that if they actually do their job, they will be labeled racists or worse (I mean, really, how many beer summits can the president have anyway?). Maybe they want to be nurses, architects, lawyers, or be part of the military. Out of the entire list, the only ones that may make money are the lawyers. There is a shortage of nurses, but in many places even those nurses who are working are having their hours cut because of the economy. Architects are feeling the crunch of the economy as well. And for those going into the military, he forgot to mention that he cut the defense budget. This means that the soldiers we have (and the new ones coming in) will have to do without more than they already do and still do the same job (reminds me of Pharoah taking away the straw…). All of this on top of the fact that they are fighting his war in Afghanistan.

He then tells the kids that their classes will help them get the skills they need to “meet our greatest challenges in the future”. They will need math and science to gain problem solving skills needed to find cures for AIDS and cancer. Of course, we need to ask if it is really science or if it is the evolutionary trash that they are talking about? Or maybe it’s the “climate change” pseudo-science? Not only that, he doesn’t tell them that their cures will be rationed to the people that the government determines are most needed and viable (which kind of ignores the whole Hippocratic oath doesn’t it?). They will also need these skills to develop “new energy technologies” (except nuclear power) and protect our environment (from things like global warming – oops! – I mean climate change). They will also need critical thinking skills from things like history and social studies to “fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and free”. What history will they be taught Mr. President? Will it be the revised one that removes much of the truth that liberals have been pushing for decades or will it be the true history of our country that includes the faith of the founders and their dependence on God? Will it be the one that shows how atrocious things get when the government takes control of things or will you leave those parts out because they don’t fit your agenda? Will is show how lazy and complacent people get when they depend on the government for everything or will the oversized, “big brother”, federal government be painted as the hero? Will they have to fight poverty by stealing from one who is successful (which could very well be them!) and giving it to someone who has no desire to do what it takes to acheive anything? He also tells the kids to develop their creativity and ingenuity so that they can start new companies and “boost our economy” but fails to tell them that his administration (and those like him) is destroying small businesses through taxation, legislation, and the erosion of the free market.

He tells the children that we need every single one of them to help solve our most difficult problems, but what about the millions of unborn children who were not fortunate enough to make it to school age because they were unwanted and aborted? Don’t we need them too? Don’t we need the senior citizens to teach up and coming generations what made this country great, how to live within their means, and what honor and integrity are; instead of pushing for “end of life care” and euthanasia to eliminate them (except the ones in Congress of course…)? He talks about the stuggles that many of the kids face but fails to admit government’s role in many of them. Are those situations tragic? Yes! Should they be addressed? Yes! But, it should be with something that works and the government isn’t that something.

He calls on each child to set goals for themselves and meet them. He doesn’t tell them that they’ll be fighting the government every step of the way. Maybe they’ll get involved in extracurricular activities or voluteer in the community (like with ACORN Mr. Obama?). Maybe they’ll stand up for those being bullied and teased because of who they are and what they look like (unless they’re Christians – because we can tolerate everyone but them…). The president says that he believes that every child deserves a safe environment to study and learn in (provided they make it out of the womb alive). I agree with the sentiment but I don’t think that a public school classroom is that place.

He tells the kids that being successful is hard (and it is) but they can do it if they persevere. He tells them that they shouldn’t let their failures define them. Instead they should learn from them. Sadly, his own words and actions don’t line up. He says that failures should teach us but completely ignores his own failures, continuously lies to defend them, or attacks those who point them out for what they are. His stimulus package just had to be passed  but it has failed to keep the unemployment rate below 8% (which was promised), it has failed to produce millions of “shovel ready” jobs to boost our economy(another promise), it wasn’t debated or put up for 5 days so the public could read it (still another promise), and it has failed to responsibly spend the taxpayers money (yet another promise). Not only that, it saddles the children he talked to with about $100,000 in debt before they can ever make a dime (and he’s not done yet). He claims that no one is born good at things, but he sure acts like he is (hence the Messiah title given to him by some of his followers).

He says that the kids should be afraid to ask questions, but I can’t help but wonder if he set up an email where other kids could rat them out if the questions they asked were “fishy”? Why should the kids ask questions if they will only get the same tired “party line” or be reprimanded for actually disagreeing with the administration? He tells them to go to others to ask for help, but who should they go to Mr. Obama? You mention family, teachers, and coaches. Family would be best (if they have that option), but teachers don’t often have the time (or don’t have the right things to say) and coaches can get in severe trouble if they give what is deemed to be Christian advice (you know, that whole separation of church and state thing that’s not even in the Constitution…). He does mention counselors. Does this mean that he’s planning on setting up a new government department (there’s those shovel ready jobs!) so that kids can call an “anonymous” hotline for help?

He then tries to tie in history (which is something that he hasn’t been too good at) to his agenda, telling the kids that out country’s story is one of people who never quit when things got tough. They loved their country “too much to do anything less than their best”. I find it ironic that the people from 250 years ago he’s talking about were fighting against a bigger than life, tyrannical government that wanted to take away their individual liberties and freedoms (kinda like the current administration!) They fought oppressive government who failed to represent them and tried to tell them exactly what they could and couldn’t do. Not only did many of them fight for their freedom, many died for it too. How far have the American people fallen. Today, if the government offers us the same old thing in a shiny new wrapper, we jump all over it and seem to forget that they’ve continually lied to us for decades. Today, we don’t vote for elected officials based on character, honor, and integrity. Instead we vote for them based on party affiliation, charisma, and rhetoric. The people who were there 75 years ago overcame a Depression that was made worse by constant, ill-conceived government intervention by a government that was larger than it had ever been up to that point. It was a raw deal complete with numerous wasteful government programs (basically the ancestor of the current administration). They destroyed crops at a time when people were starving (and still do!). It destroyed the economy and the job market, leading many to commit suicide. The world war we fought was something that our nation didn’t need to be in and something that the president of the time (Woodrow Wilson) promised the country he would keep them out of. We may have changed the way we communicate, but unless we’re telling each other the truth, nothing has really changed.

So, what has the president contributed? He’s contributed to the national debt, mocked our nation, lied to the American people on numerous occasions, surrounded himself with people who promote everything that America has always been against, and enlarged the federal government to a size that defies the Constitution. He hasn’t solved any of the country’s current problems (it’s hard to do that when you’re always on vacation) and has added numerous new problems to the pile. If there is a president in the next 20/50/100 years, I hope that he sees this generation as the one who said they’ve had enough and turned back to God and the Constitution. Mr. Obama says that he’s trying to fix the classrooms but that’s not his job. He tells the kids to get serious, but he fails to do the same. He then adds what has become a cliche in America: “God bless you, and God bless America”. Which God are you talking about Mr. Obama? Is it the god of Islam? Is it one of the gods of Hinduism? Or is it the God of the Bible? If it’s the latter, then he is just deluding himself (or trying to delude us). Barack Obama neither knows or has seen the God of the Bible. If he really had, then the things that he does and says would be much, much different.

If we’re going to see true change in our country, we have to so something other than what we’ve always (recently) done. We have to go back to our moral foundations. We have to start living by the word of the Lord. We have to teach our children to fear God and obey what the Bible says. We have to restore the traditional (Biblical) family to its position of prominence in our nation. Proverbs says, “Train up your child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will never depart from it”. We’ve stopped training our children in the way they should go and we’re paying for it. We’ve have ignored God’s wisdom and it is now catching up to us. The only ones we have to blame are ourselves…

Design of the Week – Crossover – Hot

August 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s design is from Tulsa Tees. It’s pretty funny. The heat of summer is still around in the South. Although many who scream about global warming (I’m not PC enough to say “climate change”) don’t want to hear it, it’s actually cooler than it has been in awhile.

What’s funny about the shirt is the fact that, down South, you have to throw in the humidity. It’s never a dry heat down here. So, if you are looking for a hot (and steamy) time, you have to look down South.

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http://www.nanwrightart.com

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http://skeetzteez.blogspot.com/

http://www.shopkeeperdesigns.com

http://autismshowucare.blogspot.com

http://www.gocamelphotos.blogspot.com/

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Newslinks – 08/15/09

August 15, 2009 at 9:13 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Palin calls Obamacare evil
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin called President Barack Obama’s health plan “downright evil” Friday in her first online comments since leaving office, saying in a Facebook posting that he would create a “death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.

Christian attorneys defend public prayer
An atheist organization is yet again opposing the practice of opening public meetings with prayer.

New ENDA bill ‘turns private sin into a public right’
Conservative Christian leader Robert Knight says a Senate bill that would ban job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity “turns private sin into a public right.”

Who’s behind the Internet Snitch Brigade?
If the White House is looking for “fishy” information in the healthcare debate, they could start by checking into President Obama’s own healthcare overlord.

Perspective: Seeking more than financial freedom
Why did we Hispanics come to the United States? For one thing, to experience freedom — something that is threatened by current Capitol Hill goings-on. Continue Reading Newslinks – 08/15/09…

Newslinks – 07/25/09

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 Sotomayor Hearings Wrap Up; Dems Press for Quick Vote
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor appeared headed for confirmation as the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court after Senate hearings ended Thursday.

Senate OKs Hate Crimes Amendment to Must-Pass Defense Bill

 Episcopal Head Clarifies Gay Ordination Resolution

 Survey: Megachurch Leaders See Themselves as Teachers, Not Pastors

 Grieving Community to Remember, Honor Slain Couple at Fla. Megachurch

 BGEA Set to Kick Off Youth-Geared ‘Rock the River’ Tour Continue Reading Newslinks – 07/25/09…

Newslinks 05/09/08

May 9, 2008 at 9:33 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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This week’s newslinks is shorter than normal. One reason is that there wasn’t as much news as was available in other weeks. Another is that some of it I would like to focus a little more attention on in the coming weeks (especially the “Evangelical Manifesto”).

 

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Perspectives/Default.aspx?id=94304

Fix my kid

 

(I usually don’t put editorials in the newslinks, but I wanted to write on this one…)

 

This editorial is about how many Christian parents see training their children in the ways of the Lord as taking them to church and Sunday School. According to the article, 70-75 per cent of the kids raised by Christian parents will not live for Jesus as adults. Why? If Christian parents are raising them, why do so many of them live their adult lives away from the Lord? According to the author, it happens for one of two reasons. Either we don’t have the truth of Jesus, or we’re not portraying it correctly. The author says that it’s the latter. The author says that we should be taking every opportunity to teach our children about living for God, and I agree. The saddest thing that a Christian parent can do for the kids is to have the truth and not give it to their children. Too often, Christians put the teaching of scripture off on “those who have been trained”.  They give them to the Sunday school teachers and pastors. This may be a news flash for some of you, but it is not the pastors or teachers who should be training our kids. It’s you! YOU should be teaching them the ways of the Lord and not just with your words. Your kids see how you live your life and whether you realize it or not, they are mimicking you. You can tell them all the scriptures you want, but if you don’t live it out in front of them, they mean absolutely nothing! What’s worse, we often don’t give our kids credit for being smart enough to catch on to us. We think that we’re getting away with living outside the Word and that we’re fooling our kids. The only ones we’re fooling are ourselves. Your kids know right from wrong and your teaching them that it’s ok to let God’s rules slide. Is it any wonder that they’re not following the Lord? You can blame it on the teachers and pastors all you want (and some of them are at fault for teaching to the kids like their 3 year olds), but ultimately it falls on the parents to make sure that their kids are taught the ways of the Lord!

 

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http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Default.aspx?id=94924

Documents unsealed in Kansas abortion case

 

In the ongoing battle against abortion in Kansas, documents from two lawsuits were recently unsealed and opened to the public for the first time. One lawsuit was by Planned Parenthood against former attorney general Phill Kline for mishandling patient files from two abortion clinics in Kansas. Edited versions of the files were allowed to be seen by Kline during his investigation into two PP abortion clinics. Three days before Kline left the office of AG (he lost his reelection bid), he had the documents forwarded to the Johnson County district attorney’s office. Not long after, Johnson County picked Kline to fill a vacancy as county prosecutor. PP says that Kline lost rights to the files when he lost his office. District Court Judge Richard Anderson said that he gave Kline permission to forward the documents on to “any other prosecutor Kline might work with”. To me, this shows just how desperate PP is to keep that information under wraps. Regardless of what PP thinks, Kline seems to have done nothing out of line. PP claims that he kept some of the records in a Rubbermaid container in his apartment before transferring them to the Johnson County office. Kline returned with the fact that he was not allowed a locked storage area in his office and that the office was wide open. PP just needs to realize that more and more people are finding out what is really happening behind closed doors and that people are disgusted by it. I hope that this is the beginning of the end for PP…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080505/32260.htm

E.U. Urges Religious Leaders to Boost Climate Change Fight

 

The European Union urged 20 of the world’s Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders to step up the battle against climate change. The leaders were in Brussels, Belgium to discuss how to fight climate change. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said churches, temples, and mosques all have a role to play in helping to save the planet. While I agree with the statement that Barroso made about churches having a role to play in saving the planet, it’s not the same one that Barroso, the EU, and many Christians seem to be focusing on. The “green” issue has exploded as many people try to stop “global warming”. This is ridiculous. The church does have a role to play in saving the planet. They need to be preaching the gospel! Both Pope Benedict and Bartholomew I have been praised for their aggressive efforts to “save the planet”. I have to ask what they’re doing about the preaching of the gospel though. The pope came to the US for about a week not too long ago, and I don’t recall one time where he preached the gospel. Bartholomew I is the leader of the Orthodox Church and says that the world needs to “repent and change their lifestyle in response to the threats posed by climate change”. The world needs to repent and change their lifestyle, but not in regard to climate change. I can’t help but wonder if both of these “religious leaders” remember what is causing the whole of creation to groan in the first place! It is SIN! (Romans 8:22) What about that? Aren’t we, as the body of Christ, supposed to be preaching the gospel to every creature and teaching them to observe all the things that Christ commanded us (Mark 16/Matt. 28)? While I’m all for doing what we can to protect the environment, when it becomes a religion of its own and takes a higher precedence than what God has set in His Word, something is wrong. The world needs to repent of its sin. If it were to do that, all the other things would take care of themselves…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080506/32262.htm

Chinese City Set to Become Bible Printing Capital of the World

 

Amity Printing Company, the only Chinese state approved Christian printing company, is set to open the largest Bible printing factory in the world in Nanjing, China. The facility will be able to print up to 12 million Bibles per year, which amounts to about 23 per second. This excites some as interest in Christianity grows in China, which is officially atheist. The largest religious group in China is Buddhism, but Christianity ranks second. The publishers also said that they are looking at releasing audio Bibles that people can listen to on their MP3 players. Does anyone else find this ironic? The world’s largest Bible printing factory isn’t found in a largely Christian nation, it’s found in China! While this news is broadcast, the Chinese government is cracking down on home churches in one area of the country (see below). This just strikes me as strange. I hope that good things come out of it, but I don’t know…

 

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Chinese gov’t continues crackdown

 

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Blasphemous Art Works Remain at Vienna Cathedral Gallery

 

While the picture depicting the Last Supper as a homosexual orgy has been removed, many of the paintings by self-proclaimed atheist Alfred Hdrlicka still remain in the Dommuseum art gallery attached to the Cathedral of St. Stephen in Vienna. Among the art that still remains is one picture of the scourging of Christ by a nude Roman soldier who is performing a lewd act on the body of Christ. The director, Dr. Bernhard Boehler, said that the international protest against the display of the artwork is akin to the furor raised by Muslim extremists in regard to the Dutch Mohammed cartoons. He also said that the works are “very provocative, problematic” and that “strong believers” would feel that they “might be blasphemous or obscene.” The lack of response from the Archbishop of Vienna has also surprised many people. The idea that “strong believers” would feel that the artwork is “blasphemous or obscene” tells me that the art director of the museum is not in that category. To compare this to the Dutch cartoons is ludicrous. The fact that the museum even allowed this tells me that they have no respect at all for the God they supposedly follow as a “Catholic institution”. This is disgusting and blasphemous and would be considered so by any real Christian. To allow this type of thing in a “Christian” museum is an abomination. The liberal “squishiness” of the art director, the Archibishop, and all of those who condone this goes directly against scripture and is SIN pure and simple…

 

Newslinks 04/11/08

April 11, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Georgia lawmakers escalate fight for water

 

As a drought continues to affect life in Georgia, lawmakers there have pushed a bid for the northern border of Georgia to be moved up, allowing the state access to the Tennessee river and much needed water. The Georgian House and Senate both passed a bill that would move the northern border of the state 1.1 miles north. This move would allow Georgia to tap into the Tennessee River and get water to pipe to Atlanta and other cities. There are also measures in place to file a lawsuit to force the issue if the negotiations fail. Supporters of the action say that they must “reassert our rightful claim to the border territories and the water of our shared Tennessee River”. Many are beginning to question the move and have begun to express concern for the measure. I hate it for Georgia. I know that the drought has been affecting them badly, but I don’t think that this is the answer. Tennessee’s border has been “off” for 200 years and no one felt the need to “reassert their claim” until now. This method of trying to answer the problem they’re having is shady and lowball. I see nothing but trouble for Georgia if they continue to push this tactic. The state sits next to the Atlantic Ocean. I wonder what would happen if they put as much energy into getting and purifying water from there as they are trying to change the border and steal water from the Tennessee River? No one doubts that they are facing troubles, but they need to stop trying play political games and have some common sense about this. It may be time for the leaders in the state to turn their eyes toward heaven and pray to God, which they should have been doing all along. God withheld rain from Israel for 3 ½ years by the word of the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17-18) because of the sin that the leaders were not only allowing but also promoting. Could this be the reason for the drought? I don’t know, but I pray that if it is, someone has the guts to stand up and do something about it…

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52 girls removed from Texas compound

 

By the end of the day Friday, 18 of the 52 girls taken into custody from the religious retreat owned by polygamist Warren Jeffs were put into state custody.  The girls ranged in age from six months to seventeen years old. The event occurred when a sixteen-year-old girl from the compound complained of physical abuse. Those put into state custody were the ones believed to have been abused or in risk of being abused. The event started on Thursday night when police searched the compound. They returned with a search warrant looking for records of the 16 year old giving birth and being married to a 50-year-old man. Those listed on the warrant were not named, but they were not found as of Friday night either. The religious retreat is on a 1700-acre former exotic game ranch. It belongs to the 150 members of the FLDS church who split from LDS church when the latter renounced polygamy in 1890. First, I hadn’t realized that the LDS church had renounced polygamy. Second, what were they thinking? While polygamy takes place in the Bible, God never condones it. From the beginning God made one man for one woman. Period. There are 150 people on this 1700-acre ranch and no one is concerned? This 16-year-old girl has been physically abused and supposedly married to a 50-year-old man. What is the deal?  This is a sad example of people making God into whatever they want and not following what He’s made clear. I pray that those girls are placed into homes where they will be raised as Christians and be taught who God really is…

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Ultrasound making in-roads in pro-life arena; So. Dakota latest to join

 

There are now 12 states that give a woman seeking an abortion the ability to see an ultrasound and hear a heartbeat (if possible) before going through with the procedure. South Dakota passed into legislation a bill making it a requirement for abortion facilities to show the ultrasound and listen for a heartbeat before going through with the procedure. The other 11 states that have this requirement are: Mississippi, Idaho, Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Louisiana. I see this as a wonderful thing! I hope that this movement gets more and more support from other states as well. This is the right thing to do. If these women see the baby and hear its heartbeat, they are much less likely to want an abortion. This doesn’t solve the problem of teen pregnancy nor does it address those who kill their children because they are “unwanted”, but it is a start in the right direction. The church needs to stand up and support these issues loudly. They also need to be looking for ways to offer biblical guidance and counsel for those in this situation. They also need to be more pro-active in teaching abstinence and fidelity.

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Congressmen Waffle on Dr. King’s ‘Moral Law’ View

 

The Cybercast News Service recently asked some congressmen what they thought of the statement Dr. Martin Luther King made in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. In the letter, King states, “A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law”. He also said that he agrees with Augustine and Thomas Aquinas that an ‘unjust law is no law at all’ and an ‘unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law’. When asked about whether he agreed or disagreed with the statement, Senator John Kerry said that he believed that morality was relative and that we all have the right to make individual decisions about our laws because that’s ‘what the Founding Fathers essentially did’. Republican Danny Davis said that he agrees with the statement and believes that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, so if we find something unjust, we have to change it”. He said that he believes that our laws should reflect God’s moral law, and that if something is immoral, then it certainly cannot be just. However, when asked if laws allowing same-sex “marriage” and abortion were immoral and should be disobeyed, he, too, said that morality was relative. THESE are the men that are helping to lead our nation? Senator Kerry says that he believes that we all have the right to make individual decisions about our laws. Ok, then next year, I decide not to pay taxes to the government. Let’s see how that goes over! To try and pull the Founding Fathers in as support for this is ridiculous. Our Founding Fathers overwhelmingly made it clear that our country was/is built on Judeo-Christian beliefs, including those based on God’s moral law. To say otherwise is to deny the history of our country. Congressman Davis says basically the same thing. He tries to throw in words about God and morality. He talks about if something is immoral, than it certainly cannot be just, but then goes on to say that morality is relative! How is that possible? If morality is relative, then nothing is unjust because, while it may not be morally correct for you, I may find it to be ok. And that’s what is happening in our nation today!!!! Our leaders are living their lives and guiding this nation down the path that states that “all things are relative” and at the same time calling for some semblance of morality because of the gross depravity of America. You can’t have it both ways! If you want “all things to be relative” then you will have anarchy and no ability to enforce laws because they’re all relative. If you want morality and justice, then you need to have absolute laws that are based on morality. To find those laws, you have to look in the Bible. There is no other religion or belief system that can supply morally sound laws that will provide justice to our nation. But, I have a hard time seeing this happen in Congress because it would mean that many of them would be jailed for doing immoral things! Our Founding Fathers knew what they were doing when they built this nation on the moral laws found in the scriptures. If our country is to ever see some semblance of hope and morality again, it will HAVE to come from our return to God and His standards!

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080407/31833.htm

Unchurched Prefer Cathedrals Over Contemporary Church Buildings

 

In a poll taken by LifeWay Research, a majority of unchurched people preferred the Gothic looking style of older churches and cathedrals to the modern looking churches that are being built. The study showed that this preference was almost 2-to-1 and was very high among the younger (ages 25-34) unchurched people. One person even said that modern churches look “cold”. The survey was conducted recently and considered unchurched people those who had not gone to church in the past six months except for holidays or special events. To me, this just reeks of one of the problems of modern Christianity. We spend so much time and effort building “appealing” buildings for nothing. All the modern looking, “high-tech” stuff just doesn’t mean anything to many people. Something else that strikes me as odd, but totally on par with modern Christianity, is the fact that this survey was asking unchurched people what they liked about church. This is the “seeker sensitive” movement in action! We ask non-Christians what they want out of church and then give it to them. I wonder how much money has been spent to get the church looking “just right” so that it will somehow “draw people in”. It’s like they have the “Field of Dreams” mindset. How about spending that money where it will actually help the “unchurched”. Spend the money on getting the truth of the gospel to them! Not just on Sunday morning or Wednesday night, but all the time! Not with “outreach events” or special “rock out, wild and ‘holy’” services. I’m talking about teaching the congregations to reach the lost with the truth of the gospel so that they don’t go to hell. THIS is what we should be spending money on, but unfortunately, the church seems to be so busy chasing the world and its fads that it doesn’t seem to care that hundreds and thousands of people are getting tossed to the curb. I can’t help but wonder if the people taking the survey actually tried to witness to the people they talked to…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080407/31829.htm

Black Baptist Leaders Call for Religious Tolerance for Presidential Hopefuls

 

The leaders of the three largest African American Baptist churches in America have stated that the personal faith, church attended, and pastors associated with shouldn’t affect how Americans vote for presidential candidates. They say that by using these attributes to determine our vote is to infringe upon their religious freedom. They also condemned the media for bringing the presidential candidates’ faith into the spotlight. They said, “Where Sens. Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barak Obama or any other candidate worships, how they interpret sacred Scripture, who they listen to preach the Good News of the Gospel, and their choice of denominational affiliation should not be at issue.”  I don’t see how this makes any sense. If they are truly people of faith (whether that faith is Christian or atheist – professed or otherwise), that faith is going to determine their decisions. If they are atheists, their atheistic views will color their decisions on the direction of the country that I live in. That DEFINITELY means something to me when I vote. Being a Christian, I’m not going to vote for people that are actively opposed to the morals and truth that I hold dear, even if they profess to be Christians. Not only that, if they are connected to someone who makes comments that are outrageous and offensive and don’t line up with the truth that I hold to, I would be apprehensive about voting for that person. Proverbs tells me that the companion of fools will suffer and that when I associate with people, they will affect me. Second, to say that I can’t vote for someone based on their religious beliefs is to infringe on my rights as an American. To have something like this come from those who lead churches just astounds me. These are men that are supposed to look at the Word as inerrant, infallible, and perfect. The Word is holy and is the first and final authority. They are the ones that are supposed to be leading others to the cross and teaching them the Word. What are they doing? To say that Christians shouldn’t look at whom presidential candidates associate with or how they interpret scripture (!!!!) is to ask the Christian to leave their beliefs at the door when they go to vote.

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/apr/08040712.html

Focus on the Family Adapts Programming Due to Canadian Sexual Orientation “Hate Crime” Laws

 

Because of a Canadian law that added sexual orientation to its list of groups protected from “hate crime speech”, Focus on the Family has been editing its programs before being broadcast to the Canadian listeners.  The Canadian Human Rights Commission, an rabid pro-homosexual group, has used this law to remove anyone who would speak out against homosexuality. Pastors have been fired for writing letters to the editor that promote the Christian view of homosexuality. Those who have refused to print pro-homosexual material have been fired also. A Bishop was taken before the council for speaking out against homosexuality, and a Catholic Magazine is also under scrutiny. Is this what America has to look forward to if the pro-homosexual agenda gets its way? They are already attacking anything that is openly against their views. They send death threats to those who speak out against them. They whine to lawmakers about the “unfair” treatment they receive and then use that same kind of treatment on Christians. America needs to take a good hard look at those nations who have no moral standard. Many of the European nations are like this. They have no standards and it shows. Look at the UK. They started out as a God fearing nation, and now, their church attendance is down to maybe 14%. They are passing laws that make absolutely no sense. Canada is the same way. They have very little moral thread to go by and it shows in who is allowed to do what with free reign. America has been an example to other nations for years. If we are to remain an example, then it’s high time we started obeying the moral laws that God laid down and live out our lives as examples of the truth of scripture!

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/apr/08040711.html

Blasphemous Works Removed from Atheist’s Exhibition in Vienna Cathedral Museum

 

As Marxist and self proclaimed atheist Alfred Hrdlicka recently celebrated his 80th birthday, his homoerotic portrayal of “The Last Supper” as a homosexual orgy was exhibited in a museum connected with the Catholic Church. The museum’s curator said that he saw no blasphemy in depicting Christ as a homosexual. In response to the flood of calls and expressions of outrage, the museum removed the offensive artwork. The office of Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said that the removal has nothing to do with censorship, but with “reverence for the sacred”. The office also said, “It is also an act of respect towards those believers who feel this portrayal offended and provoked them in their deepest religious sensitivity.” I know that I’m not the only one who is flabbergasted by this, but I have to wonder what those in leadership in Vienna were thinking. They haven’t really spoken out against the artwork. Instead they’ve just mildly placated those who take their faith and their Savior seriously. The fact that it was even allowed in the first place leads me to wonder what kind of view they have of Christ. The man who painted the works is an atheist, so why were they shown in a Catholic museum? I’m sure they didn’t just keep everything covered and hang it up and then unveil it, so they had to have seen the disgusting images beforehand. Were they not offended? Were they not disgusted? Obviously not. Instead, having seen the works, they still decided to show them to the public. How deep is their “religious sensitivity” if they can go through all of that and still be ok with it? What kind of Jesus have they created that would allow them to have no conviction against hanging up artwork that portrays the Son of God as a homosexual? They obviously do not follow the Jesus of scripture. If they did, then this repulsive work would never have been considered in the first place. If they did, they would have honestly and truthfully apologized for allowing it to even be shown at all. What is Jesus to them if they will do something like this? This just boggles my mind…

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PTC applauds NBC for returning to ‘family hour’

 

The Parents Television Council recently applauded NBC for determining to promote the “family hour” from 8:00-9:00 PM each night. They have given a partial list of the programs that will be available at this time, including Chuck, Biggest Loser, Knight Rider, and Deal or No Deal. The PTC applauds NBC for recognizing the growing hunger for family-friendly programming and movies. The PTC believes that NBC’s profits will increase during the family friendly hour. Are any of the programs listed actually family friendly? Do they promote family values and moral tenets that we desperately need in this country? I don’t think they do. When I think of family friendly stuff, I think of “Andy Griffith” and “The Cosby Show”. I think of things that had no cussing, no gratuitous sex or violence and were good for kids to watch. I would love to see variety shows return as well. Things like Red Skelton had. I love the older programs. Some of them were a little risqué but they weren’t near what is available for kids to watch now. The things that are on “prime time” and “family hour” nowadays weren’t on until after the 11:00 o’clock news when I was growing up…

 

 

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Glass Particles in the Sky Studied As ‘Global Warming’ Fix

 

Government scientists are looking at sending glass particles into the upper atmosphere in order to “dampen” the effects of global warming. Others say that while it’s an interesting idea, it could cause more harm than good. The glass microspheres would be shot into the sky in hopes that they would contain some of the carbon dioxide and reflect some of the sunlight that is believed to cause global warming. Leave it to the government to spend thousands (if not millions) of dollars to find an answer to a problem that we don’t have. It’s fascinating to me how many people will trust science just because they have explained how some things work. Science is very rarely sure of anything. Instead of spending money on the global warming “phenomenon” that doesn’t exist, how about we put that money toward other things that will actually help our nation?

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Obama, Clinton to headline forum on ‘pressing moral issues’

 

The group Faith in Public Life (FPL) is sponsoring “The Compassion Forum” this Sunday on CNN. During the forum, Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will each have 40 minutes to speak about a myriad of topics including poverty, AIDS, global warming, abortion, and others. The director of FPL says that she hopes that the discussions about abortion will get “beyond the divisiveness and get to work”. She says that from what she’s heard from both Senators attending the forum is that they would like to see a lot less abortions. According to the director, the issues that many younger evangelicals are getting fired up about are climate change, poverty and global AIDS. I guess that means that I’m not one of the young evangelicals…its funny how people can hear the same words and come away with different meanings. The director says that she sees that both Senators want fewer abortions. I don’t see that at all. I see the opposite. The fact that they support abortion at all should say something. The issues that our country should really be worried about are the moral ones. Climate change isn’t what’s important, but it seems that many younger Christians are “going green”. Abortion is the murder of children and should be condemned and outlawed across the board. The moral decay of our society is much more important than whether or not the temperature is going up or down a few degrees. The things that our country needs to worry about are being pushed under the rug and more popular issues with “flash” are taking their place. We need to get our priorities straight or it’s not really going to matter whether or not the climate changes. If America continues on the path that it currently walks, God’s judgment of this nation is going to make climate change look insignificant…

 


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