Sunday’s Newslinks – 01/31/10

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Brown victory prompts political tremors in California
California Republicans have joined other party faithful across the country in celebrating the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts and believe it will be the political stimulus the GOP needs heading into this Fall’s election.

Study: Sexting a growing and dangerous problem
Pew Research Center has released results of a survey on “sexting,” the practice mostly among youth of transmitting nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves via cell phone.

Airline clerk appeals UK rulings banning crucifix
A Christian woman is asking London’s High Court to force British Airways to admit it was wrong in demanding she stop wearing a crucifix at work.

Ten Commandments monument in place at Okla. bank
A Ten Commandments monument that supporters want to put on the lawn of an Oklahoma county courthouse has been installed outside a bank for the time being.
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Boys or men?

October 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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It seems that the definition of what it means to be a man has changed over the last 50 years. When I was growing up, a man was someone who worked hard to support his family, taught his children right and wrong, and disciplined them when they were misbehaving. Men were those who acted with honor, integrity, and dignity. They were protectors and role models and people looked up to them. They knew about sacrifice and were willing to do without so that family, friends, and even complete strangers could be helped. They married one woman for life and, barring death, stayed with her through everything; not just for the sake of the kids, but because he loved her. While this definition of a man still fits some, it seems to be a dying breed.

In America it is common now to see single mothers trying to eke out an existence on their own, working to support their kids and hardly having the time to spend with them to nurture and guide them. While there are the strange cases where the mothers don’t want a man around to help them (which I really can’t figure out…), a large percentage of them are due to the “man” leaving the woman and children to fend for themselves. Marriages are getting to be less common then they were and divorce is rampant (many due to “irreconcilable differences”). Now, “men” go around in fancy cars, designer clothes, and spend a lot of money in an effort to “get the girl” for a few weeks or months and when the newness wears off, they’re out. Some don’t even wait that long. They act like bigger versions of their high school selves with all the drama and tension.

When did men forget what it means to be a man?

Before someone gets mad at me, I’m not saying that all men that have nice cars, designer clothes, or spend a lot of money are boys in bigger bodies. Seriously though, when did men forget what it means to be a man? When did it become “cool” to leave the woman you professed to love yesterday for the new woman you met this morning? When did it become fashionable to leave the kids that need you so that you can go “do your own thing”? When did your word become so meaningless to you that you are willing to break your vows or walk out of a marriage? I just don’t get it. Look, I know that there have always been men that have been adulterers (the Bible shows me that). And I know that there have always been men that have requested divorces from their wives (the Bible tells me that too). I don’t recall there being much talk about what is currently going on though (and it’s not just America). The stories that I hear about many of the “men” in America are appalling. It’s like they’ve never grown up or learned to take responsibility for their actions. It’s like they are still back in high school playing all the little games that the kids play. And then there are the “men” who just don’t care. Where did this all start?

I actually think that I know when and where this all started, at least in America. This all started back in the early sixties when they began removing God from our public lives. When God and the Ten Commandments were removed from the schools, a number of troubling things started happening. Teen pregnacies rose by hundreds of percentage points. Sexually transmitted diseases rose too. Promiscuity and vulgarity weren’t far behind. I wonder how many people know that back in the early days of movies there were actually laws that prohibited the blasphemy of God’s name? They also prohibited profanity and other shameful things that have become commonplace in the “entertainment” industry. Because we removed God, He removed His hand and we’re reaping the results of that. Our kids are growing up in an increasingly immoral society. They are taught (and even raised) by immoral people who came from the same system. Back when it began, there were still reminants of the decency that comes from a fear of God. Now, those things are all but gone. Sins like homosexuality, pornography, fornication, and adultery are not only condoned, they’re celebrated (If that doesn’t sound like Romans 1 then I don’t know what does)! Greed and covetousness rule the political, industrial, and individual lives of many Americans. Murder is nothing to us anymore and to see that someone died is just another “normal” day.

The fact that our nation has thrown out its morals is the reason that we no longer see men being men. Now our many of the “men” in this nation are monsters, animals (which is what they’ve been taught through the evolutionary indoctrination they get from public school – so much for public schools being religion free…), or effeminate. They have become nothing like the men who used to be here. And the saddest part of all of this is the fact that more often than not, these same “men” are in the church! Some of them are actually leading “churches”. The church is full of men who let their sexual desires run rampant with no concern for themselves, the women, or God. It is full of boys in mens’ bodies who think they know what it means to be a man and are really nothing but a shadow of what they could (and should) be. It is filling up with “men” who love other “men”, “men” who have denied the way that God has defined them and chosen to let their depraved minds lead them down a path of sin. Marriages are torn apart by “men” who spend more time looking at pornography than they do with their wives trying to build their marriage up. Is it any wonder that our country is like it is when the “men” of the church are playing the roles they should be? I think that it’s somewhat amusing that there are many inside and outside the church who talk about what it means to be a man and each of them have their own definition. Oftentimes, these definitions contradict one another, but who cares right? I mean, as long as my definition of a man fits me and appeals to me, what else is there? What these “men” don’t realize is that it’s not their definition of what a man is that counts. The atheists, evolutionists, and secular humanists can talk all they want about how man is just a glorified monkey, but that definition isn’t true. Other’s talk about how a “man” is the one with the biggest house, the newest car, and the most money/toys; but that’s not the true definition of a man either. See, in our post-modern world, we’ve been taught that we can define everything however we see fit. If we don’t like something, we can redefine it. We see this is everything from public schools to the presidency. But that’s not how things work.

If something already has a definition, then that is how it is defined, whether I like it or not. A square is defined as a geometric shape with four sides that are all the same length. If I see a shape that has five sides then it’s not a square. If I see another that has four sides of differing lengths then that’s not a square either. The only things that are truly squares are those things that fit the definition of a square, regardless of how hard or how many times we try to redefine what a square is. The same is true for men. While we can try as hard as we want to define what a man is so that it suits us, if it doesn’t fit the true definition of a man, it’s not one. The true definition of a man is found nowhere else but in scripture. The Bible tells us exactly what a man is and what it’s not. If the “men” in our country don’t fit that definition then they aren’t men. Period. They can talk all they want, they can whine about it and how it’s not fair, but that doesn’t change the definition of a man. God has defined what man is and that’s that.

So what is a man? Here are some scriptures that will help make the definition of a man clear:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-7)

-Man is made in the image of God. This means that we are like Him in many ways. It also means that while we are in His image, we are not exactly like Him. Unlike what many of the prosperity preachers seem to think, we are not “little gods” or “god’s with a little ‘g'”. We cannot create anything from nothing. We can’t “speak things into existence” or command wind and waves like God can. We can be relational. We can communicate and even create.

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man.” (Gen. 9:6)

-Here we see that God values the life of man. If God values the lives of men (and women and children), then a true man will too. They will protect the innocent and the defenseless.

He humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord. (Deut. 8:3)

-Regardless of what some “scientists” and other mockers of God say, every person on the planet owes their very life to God. A true man knows this and respects God.

 Every man is to give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you. (Deut 16:17)

-A true man is generous. He gives as much as he is able to help those in need because he wants to. He doesn’t have to be forced to give or guilted into giving. He doesn’t hoard the things that he has because he knows that God has given them to him and can just as easily take them away (Job 1:21).

Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scoffers, but his delight is in the law of the Lord and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1)

-A true man will not give an ear to the wicked. He will keep himself from their schemes and the calamity that comes with them. He will not live his life in a way that will keep sinful man from coming to repentance. While he will be truthful and call things as they are, he will not mock or scoff like so many boys do. A true man meditates on the Law of God and keeps it in front of him day and night that he may not sin against the Lord.

What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! (Psalm 8:4-5)

-A true man recognizes his place and does not see himself any higher than he should. While confident, a true man is humble enough to see his shortcomings and admit them.

A man will not be established in wickedness, but the root of the righteous will not be moved. (Proverbs 12:3)

-A real man does not depend on wicked deeds or schemes to build his life. Instead, he does those things that are right in God’s eyes, knowing that it is these things that will keep him strong in the toughest trials and worst storms.

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just. (Proverbs 13:22)

-A true man thinks of his wife, children, and family before himself. He endeavors to leave his children better off than he was. He doesn’t do this just with material things because he knows that those things are fleeting. He leads his family in the way of the Lord, teaching them the things of God so that they spend their lives glorifying Him.

A good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. (Matt. 12:35)

-A true man knows that his heart is the source of evil things like murder, adultery, theft, fornication and other sins (Mark 7:21). He understand that his heart must be changed by God so that it will bring forth the good treasure that he and those around him need.

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;  as it is written, “The just man shall live by faith”. (Rom. 1:17) 

-A true man does not live by his intelligence alone. He knows that this is foolishness because his heart and mind can deceive him. Becasue of this, he lives by faith, not in himself, but in the truth as revealed to Him in the scriptures of the Bible. This faith is not blind, but is the 20/20 vision that he needs to see through the veil of lies the world weaves.

Blessed is the man who’s sin the Lord will not take into account. (Rom. 4:8)

-A true man knows that he is forgiven. He knows that no work that he has done has merited him the free gift of salvation (Eph. 2:8-9). He understands, through the cross, the manifold grace and mercy of God that has been directed toward a sinner like him.

When I was child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; but when I became a man, I did away with childish things. (1 Cor. 13:11)

-A true man knows that maturity is one of his hallmarks. He doesn’t think like a child. He thinks like a mature adult. He doesn’t use the reason that he used to because he’s grown up and gained knowledge and wisdom. He has respect for God and for others and because of this, he does away with childish speech, thinking, and reasoning.

Do not be deceived,  God is not mocked; whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. (Gal. 6:7)

-A true man is not deceived. He is honest about himself and others. He knows that his actions have effects not only in his life, but in the lives of those that he loves. He knows that his actions can hurt others and therefore strives to live like God calls him to live so that he blesses those around him.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)

-A true man understands that although he strives to live holy before God, trials come to test him and glorify God. He understands that others actions and choices can affect his life and takes everything that happens to him in light of the scriptures so that he can walk in righteousness.

While these scriptures are no exhaustive, they are an indication that the definition of a man does not come from anatomy alone. According to God’s definition, the definition of a man has nothing to do with the money that he makes or any other material thing. Instead, a man by God’s definition is so much more. The definition that the scriptures give for a man is not something that will be easy to live up to. It is something that will cause a man to choose difficult things and make him look at himself in the purest light. But a true man will make those choices becasue he loves God, loves his family, and loves the lost.

If our nation is to become a place that we desire our children to grow up in, then it will need men to act like men. The church needs the same thing. It is time for the “men” in church to grow up and stop playing. It is time for them to act like men as defined in scripture so that their children will grow up to do the same.

If you think that this is ust about men, you’re wrong. This is about women too. Women need to be women. They don’t need to try and fill the roles that men do. They have their own roles to fill and can find many graces and blessings in doing so. It won’t be until men are men and women are women (inside and outside the church) that things will truly change.

Play the man (or woman)!

Newslinks 04/05/08

April 5, 2008 at 8:48 am | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/mar/08032701.html

Survey Finds Pro-Homosexual Clubs at 96 Catholic Universities in the United States

 

According to data collected by Volunteers for the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) shows that 45% of the websites of 211 Catholic universities show that the universities have pro-homosexual groups on campus. The TFP says that the groups have caused the universities to take action against those who speak out against homosexuality. They even cite two different occasions where students were either kicked off of campus or threatened with expulsion for speaking out against homosexuality. They also say that those universities that have a history of pro-homosexual support have increased that support. For instance, Georgetown University has agreed to fully fund and build a center for homosexual students, hosts mock “weddings” for same sex couples, and offers benefits to the partners of homosexual staff and faculty. TFP is encouraging personal phone calls and letters to university heads to call on them to disband the groups. I don’t understand this. Even the Catholic Catechism speaks out against homosexuality but these universities have allowed pro-homosexual groups on campus. The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is an abomination (Lev. 18:22). Isn’t that enough? Why are the heads of these Catholic universities allowing something on campus that God is clearly against? Are they afraid of losing funding or do they not want to deal with the protests and other problems that “might” come from them not allowing the groups on campus?

 

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/mar/08032705.html

Pro-Life Investigators Charged for Evidence Removal, Abortionist Gets Slap on Wrist

 

The doctor who found the remains of intact fetuses in the dumpster behind an abortion clinic has been billed for their removal. The doctor said that she was willing to have the remains moved to the funeral home, but she wasn’t interested in paying for all of the biohazard material to be removed, which ended up costing over $1000. To add insult to injury, the abortionist running the clinic was not charged, even though he had the biohazardous remains in a public dumpster as well as private patient records. The only thing that Alberto Hodari has to do is retrain his staff on how to dispose of biohazardous material. This is disgusting. Not only is the clinic still open, the doctor running it has gotten off scot-free! In addition, he will now be bolder about his operation because he knows that the government won’t do anything about it! How little do the lives of children mean to us when we have intact fetal remains in the dumpster behind an abortion clinic and the murderer that put them there is free to continue killing innocent children.

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http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=/ForeignBureaus/archive/200803/FOR20080328a.html

Koran Film: ‘The Day Will Come When We Will Rule America’

 

Angry street demonstrations, diplomatic maneuvers, and allegations of blasphemy met the Internet release of a Dutch filmmakers view of Islam. The film shows violent images of Islamic terrorism along with verses from the Quran, Islamic priests endorsing terrorism, and newspaper headlines about radical Islam. The film met with early trouble when Dutch TV stations wouldn’t broadcast the film and the US based Internet Company that hosted the site for the film suspended the site, even though the site had no access to the content. Eventually, both versions of the film (English and Dutch) had been viewed over 5 million times. While the film was delayed, rumors of it being a hoax were circulated. It was thought that the filmmaker was trying to draw out responses from Islamic followers and Western governments will bend over backwards to comfort radical Muslim leaders. I think it’s sad that Westerners and Christians seem to be so naïve to believe what Muslim leaders say to them and ignore what they say to their followers and what the Quran says about non-Muslims. Many Western Muslims have a skewed view of Islam and what it says. I really don’t think that many of them understand what it really says and just follow it because it’s “cool”. Many verses in the Quran talk about what Muslims think of non-Muslims and how they are expected to treat “non-believers”.

 

 

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Keller receives death threats after posting anti-Muslim movie

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Attorney fears ‘prayer police’ could be reality in NY town

 

Greece, New York is being “encouraged” to set guidelines as to what are acceptable ways to start town council prayer meetings. The “encouragement” comes from the group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State on behalf of two residents, one who is a Jew and one who is an atheist. The leader of the group says that by opening the town meetings with Christian prayers makes “non-Christians feel like second-class citizens”. Joel Oster of the Alliance Defense Fund says that because the prayers are voluntary, the town cannot edit or control the content of the prayers without violating the Establishment Clause of the Bill of Rights. Oster also pointed out that the Supreme Court has already ruled that opening legislative sessions with prayer is constitutional. This is just another example of people who have nothing else to complain about. First, separation of church and state is unconstitutional to begin with. It’s not in there. To find it, you’ll have to look in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Dansbury Baptists. The fact that it’s supported under the Establishment Clause should be enough. The lawsuit shouldn’t even be going on…

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080329/31734.htm

Actress Kate Walsh Criticized for Blaming STD Rise on Abstinence Education

 

A doctor on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” and is on the board of directors for Planned Parenthood recently said that she believes that the rise in STDs among teenagers is the result of abstinence teaching. Because of these beliefs, she said that the government should cut all funding for abstinence education. Others disagreed with the actress and said that by removing abstinence education, you are removing one of the most effective methods of preventing teen pregnancy. That didn’t stop Kate Walsh from promoting her ideals on “The Early Show” and saying that teaching abstinence has utterly failed over the last ten years, even though statistics show that there has been 67% drop in teen pregnancies through abstinence teaching. Ok…maybe I’m just simple-minded. But does anyone else see this viewpoint as a little dense? Here we have someone blaming the problem of teen pregnancy and STDs on abstinence education! How would the rates rise if we’re teaching them not to have sexual relations at all? If anything is contributing to the STDs and teen pregnancy it is the images that our children see on TV, in print, and on billboards; including scenes like Walsh takes part in “Grey’s Anatomy”! Of course, no one wants themselves to blame for the moral depravity we see in younger generations. As a spokeswoman for PP, should we be surprised that Walsh is against abstinence? PP just recently released a website that promotes pornography and sexual promiscuity to 12 year-olds. What are you thinking Kate?

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080328/31725.htm

Bill Allowing Teachers to Question Evolution Advances

 

In a breath of fresh air, the Florida Senate recently passed a bill that will protect teachers who present theories that oppose the “sacred cow” of evolution. The Academic Freedom Act has been attacked by the 37 scientists who drafted the standards for the state board. The scientists claim that the act allows teachers to “inject religious beliefs into the science classroom”. Those who support the bill say that it won’t present religious beliefs, but that it will show scientific faults and inconsistencies in the “theory” of evolution. First, those who cry and moan for fear that our kids are going to be taught “religious beliefs” in the classroom if criticisms against evolution are allowed seem to conveniently forget that evolution is a humanistic, naturalistic set of beliefs that try to explain how everything that has come about without God. That would be atheism and that is a religious belief. There are many problems with the evolutionary hypothesis and those who support evolution know about them and yet they continue believing in evolution because to admit that evolution isn’t possible is to come face to face with the truth of God.

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http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080331/31741.htm

Texas Edu Board Approves Broad Bible Course Guidelines

 

The Texas Board of Education has passed a broad bill that allows Bible curriculums to be taught in state high schools as electives. The Board has decided that they will apply existing curriculum standards to the biblical classes. They are waiting for the Attorney General to clarify whether or not a high school will be required to offer the elective if 15 or more students sign up for it. The Board has decided to leave the choice of which curriculum will be taught up to each school. While there are those who oppose the effort, the curriculums are expected to be offered in the fall of 2009. First of all let me say KUDOS TO TEXAS! This is a HUGE step in the right direction and I know that Texas will be blessed by it. I do have a few concerns though. I realize that there are many teachers out there who are Bible believing Christians. But I wonder if the Board has any ideas on what kind of credentials and background the teacher of the elective course will have? While this is a great idea, it would be ridiculous to have a non-Christian teaching the Bible elective. That would defeat the purpose if you ask me. Also, will the Board be offering any suggestions as to Bible curriculums that the schools could use? Not that any of these would be forced, but I hope that they would offer some wonderful scripturally grounded teaching. I truly hope that this takes off and becomes the norm across the nation. We talk about how we desire to see the next generations do better than we are and this is the best way to do it. I can only hope that it not only happens in high schools, but that it becomes a reality for kids at all levels of education!

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http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/mar/08033105.html

Ronald McDonald Cozies Up To Homosexual Movement

 

The vice president of communications for the world’s largest fast food chain has been accepted onto the board of directors for The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Richard Ellis says that he’s “thrilled to join the NGLCC team and shares their passion”. While McDonald’s declined to comment on the appointment, they expressed their support for the homosexual agenda. I hate to see this happen for anyone, but McDonald’s is going to end up following Ford in its sales record. It just amazes me at how easily businesses make decisions like this. It saddens me to see this happening, and I can’t help but wonder what Ray Croc would think of this. While I’m sorry that McDonald’s has decided to do this and I will no longer be eating there, I am even sorrier about what will happen because of this choice…I encourage those of you who read this to let McDonald’s know where you stand by not supporting them and their encouragement of an unbiblical and unnatural ideal.

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http://www.onenewsnow.com/Headlines/Default.aspx?id=74137

Stunning report on the failure of public schools

 

Recent studies have shown that in many of America’s larger cities, less than 50% of high school students actually graduate. The statistics show that kids in city schools have a much lower rate than those in the suburbs do. Around 1.2 million students drop out annually around the US, which isn’t just a tragedy; it’s a “catastrophe” according to former Secretary of State Colin Powell. I can’t help but be saddened by this. I also can’t help but think about the fact that there are so many who tout the public school system over those who homeschool. Even when I was in school it seems that there was a lot of focus on taking tests. How many of these tests are necessary? Is it all for money? My understanding was that the amount of money a school received was based on the tests scores of the students. I am not sure if that is true, but if it is, it’s ridiculous. We spent more time taking tests than we did learning the things that we actually needed to be successful in society. And that was back then. I can only imagine what it’s like now. If there was more focus on actually teaching the kids what they need to know, they would contribute to our country’s growth and it would look a lot different. I know that the teachers aren’t to blame and I only hope that something changes for them too. But the school systems aren’t the only ones that are to blame. Many parents aren’t spending the time that these kids need to help them do well in school. I am in no way getting down on single parents who have to juggle many different things all at once. But, there are many who do have the time and don’t spend it helping their kids achieve. I pray that these statistics will help to bring about change in our public schools.

 

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Education analyst: Public school parents should have right to be choosy

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Obama Declares He Doesn’t Want His Children “Punished with a Baby”

 

Presidential hopeful Barack Obama recently made a comment that has riled up many people and could be taken as an insult by single mothers. Obama said that he has two daughters and will “teach them morals and values”. He then stated that “if they make a mistake, he doesn’t want them punished with a baby”. Many felt that the expression was the exact opposite of how America needs to see single mothers and their children. This, coupled with Obama’s statement about Terri Schiavo, seems to belie what Obama really believes inspite of all of his “Christian” rhetoric about hope and freedom. He expresses to potential voters ideals about hope, and then makes comments that show a lack of hope for a certain section of the community. He talks about “faith” but then says things that attack the faith of those who truly live by it. My first question to Obama would be why he believes that children are a punishment. Scripture says that children are a blessing. My second question would be this: if you’re going to “teach your kids morals and values” should you be expecting them to make mistakes? If you’re teaching them “morals and values” they shouldn’t be promiscuous. They won’t get an STD or get pregnant when they are teens or unwed. If this is “hope” and what our country has to look forward to with Obama as president, then our country is in serious trouble. Obama spends a lot of time talking out of both sides of his mouth and people are buying it!

 

 

 


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