Archive for November, 2005

Profile of a Christian Businessman

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

It’s getting harder these days to find business people who are not afraid to make their Christian values a part of their business operating procedures. One such man though is David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby.

One look at the company’s mission statement and hours of operation indicate an organization built around Christian values.

Their mission statement says:
In order to effectively serve our owners, employees, and customers the Board of Directors is committed to:
Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with Biblical principles.
Offering our customers an exceptional selection and unbeatable value.
Serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals, and nurture families.
Providing a return on the owners’ investment, sharing the Lord’s blessings with our employees, and investing in our community.
We believe that it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured. He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future.

Consider the store hours as well:
MONDAY through SATURDAY
Monday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Tuesday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Wednesday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Thursday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Friday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
ALL STORES CLOSED ON SUNDAY (emphasis mine -ed.)

Now it has to be somewhat of a financial sacrifice to be closed on Sundays, especially during the Christmas season, when your competition is not. I greatly respect them for taking this stand.

Although no company is perfect, it is good to see one who is not afraid to stand up for the Lord. Mr. Green and Hobby Lobby are a welcome addition to any community.

PJI Helps California Woman Secure Religious Accommodation at Work

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Agape Press reports a victory for our new sister in Christ, Isabel Mendoza, of Seal Beach, California, who became a Christian last summer.
After becoming a Christian, she asked her employer to change her work schedule so that she could attend church on Sunday mornings. Not only did they tell her no, they also told her she would have to take a vacation day in order to attend her own baptism.

From the article,
Mendoza contacted the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), a pro-family legal group, for assistance in the matter. Brad Dacus, president of the legal education, defense, and policy organization, says the client’s employer reversed its original decision not long after receiving a letter explaining what the law says about workers’ rights with regard to their religious expression.
“The current state of the law is that, unless there is proof of undue hardship, under both state and federal law an employer must take measures to see if an employee can be accommodated with regards to having religious days off, including having Sunday off to go to church,” Dacus says. “If employees like Ms. Mendoza are not protected, she would have to choose between keeping and practicing her Christian faith and her ability to have a job.”
While employers’ responsibilities to accommodate their workers’ religious expression can be a “difficult area to navigate,” the PJI spokesman admits, he adds that the law is unequivocal on this point. The statute “clearly says that, if the employer is not going to suffer an undue burden or hardship, [it must] reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs and convictions to practice their faith,” he asserts.
“In 99 percent of the circumstances, there’s no reason why an employer should not allow an employee to be able to have time off to go to church,” Dacus notes. But because the legal issues involved can be tricky for all parties concerned, he says PJI is glad to assist both employers and employees of faith who wish to understand their rights and opportunities in the workplace.

Read the rest of the article here.

It always does my heart good to see a Christian win out against tyranny. I also want to recognize the efforts of the Pacific Justice Institute in defending Ms. Mendoza. It’s important for us to continue to support these Godly organizations.

Supreme Court Hears Youth Abortion Case

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

OK, now look…
An underage child or a person other than the parents or legal guardian of a child cannot even get non-life threatening aid for a child at a hospital or doctor, so how on earth can the pro-death crowd justify giving a child an abortion without getting the parents permission for the procedure let alone not telling them??? This is just about as two faced as the liberals have ever been. It makes me mad.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday deciphered highly technical legal arguments over an abortion law in the most highly-watched case to come before the justices this term.
New Hampshire Attorney General
Kelly Ayotte told the nine high court justices that a lower court was wrong to strike down the entire parental notification statute based on its finding that three pieces of the act were unconstitutional. The provisions in question, two of which deal with pregnant underage girls seeking abortion in emergency situations, would only apply to a tiny fraction of them, Ayotte said.
The most contentious part of the act was its lack of an exception for an abortion without parental notification for a girl who finds herself in a medical crisis that is not immediately life-threatening.

Read the rest from Fox News here.

OT (off topic):
The pro-abortion crowd has been giving states, who offer “Choose Life” license tags, fits. They say they have not been given equal time. OK then, I don’t have a problem with them having their “Choose Death” license tags. I’d say that would be a nice touch to their cars.

Restoring ‘Christmas’ — Lowe’s Axes ‘Holiday Trees’ Campaign

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005


Yeah!!! Score one for the Good Guys!!!

(AgapePress) – The president of a Mississippi-based pro-family group says he’s pleased that Lowe’s home improvement stores have stopped selling “holiday trees” and have changed to offering “Christmas trees.”
According to the
American Family Association (AFA), several major retailers have joined in a politically correct “push to ban” the use of the term “Christmas” in their advertising and in-store promotions. Included in that list, says AFA, are such major outlets as Kmart, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart, and Walgreens. Last week, the pro-family group brought to the attention of the public that another retailer — this time the home improvement retailer Lowe’s — appeared to have jumped on the bandwagon as well. AFA reported that instead of selling “Christmas trees,” Lowe’s was offering fresh-cut “holiday trees.” (See earlier story)
Following that revelation, “thousands of AFA supporters contacted Lowe’s to express their displeasure,” states an AFA press release — resulting in the retailer announcing it was going to refer to all its trees as Christmas trees “to ensure consistency of our message and to avoid confusion among our customers.” In addition, Lowe’s said it had removed a “Holiday Trees” banner from their storefronts.
Why make such a big deal about the advertising phraseology employed by retailers? AFA president Tim Wildmon responds.

Tim Wildmon”The secularization of Christmas is a serious problem, especially in the retail business today,” Wildmon says. “These big corporations are wanting to make money off people at Christmastime for celebrating Christmas, but they want to call it a ‘holiday season’ — they don’t want to identify it as Christmas because that might offend one or two percent of the American public.”
And since retailers are unable to remove “Christ” from “Christmas,” says the AFA president, many of are simply trying to do away with Christmas. Such “anti-Christian bias,” he adds, does not bode well with consumers.
“Companies who choose to abandon the national observance of Christmas are finding that Americans are not afraid to speak out with their pocketbooks,” he says. Last year the pro-family group called for a boycott of Federated Stores because the retailer had banned “Merry Christmas” in its advertising. But this year, “they are using ‘Merry Christmas,’” notes Wildmon.
AFA also reports that more than 400,000 individuals have signed an
online petition to stop retailers’ ban on the use of “Christmas.” The AFA leader says while this petition, which is being sent to retailers, likely will have no effect on company policies this year, it could affect things next year.
As for the Lowe’s announcement, Wildmon offers kudos, saying it is “good to know Lowe’s is a company that listens to their customers,” That quality, he says, is a “rarity in today’s politically correct retail market.”

Good for them. I wonder if any of the others will come around. Keep praying about this and putting what pressure you can on them to make the change.

Update:
Restoring ‘Christmas’ — Walgreen’s, Kroger Respond

(AgapePress) – You win some — and you lose some. That adage seems to apply appropriately to one group’s ongoing efforts to keep “Christ” in Christmas, at least on the retail front.
According to the founder of Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA), it is apparent that at least one retailer — Walgreen’s — has gotten the message that it is not in their best interest to continue avoiding use of the phrase “Merry Christmas” in its advertising campaigns and in-store promotions. Speaking earlier today (Dec. 1) on American Family Radio, Donald E. Wildmon said an AFA supporter had heard from Walgreen’s, indicating that although it is too late to change this season’s advertising materials, next year “things will be different.”
He says a consumer response representative with Walgreen’s is distributing a letter stating that “Next year, you can be assured our advertising will better incorporate ‘Christmas’ — and our holiday trees will be called Christmas trees.”

Read the rest here.

Philippians 4:6
New International Version (NIV)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Pennsylvania Sept. 11 Memorial Redesigned

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

For those of you who missed it, the image to the right was the original proposed design for the September 11th, Flight 93 Memorial in
Pennsylvania. They called it the “The Crescent of Embrace”. Now I don’t know about you, but if radical islamic terrorist had highjacked a flight with my relatives on it and we knew that the symbol of islam is the crescent, I would think that the last thing we would want a memorial to be shaped like would be a crescent. But that just me…or is it.

It seems like the memorial has been redesigned after a grass roots protest (much of it from the blogshere). Of course the artist and related people couldn’t see the problem, but then we have learned to expect that.

The good news is that the design has been changed to a bowl instead of a cresent.
(I haven’t been able to find a picture of the new design yet).

Read the article here.

History Links:
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Another school censoring Christmas?

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

The Jackson County School System in Jefferson, Georgia has told their teachers and staff not to wear any religious pins and refrain from referring to a party as a “Christmas” party. They have also censored certain religious Christmas songs from its “winter” program, according to this article on WorldNetDaily.com.

The district has reportedly prohibited teachers from wearing “any pins, angels, crosses, clothing” that contain any religious connotation or affiliation, referring to any party as a “Christmas” party, or displaying a Bible in their rooms. ADF says the district has also removed certain religious Christmas songs from a “winter” concert and censored the word “God” from another song.

Alliance Defense Fund senior legal counsel David Cortman said “Jackson County school officials are attempting to prohibit teachers from expressing any religious aspect of Christmas,” Cortman stated in the letter. “Classroom decorations may no longer include nativity scenes and angels. Jackson County has gone so far as to prohibit the common greeting ‘Merry Christmas,’ and also now refers to the Christmas break as ‘Winter Break.’”

Says the attorney: “Many school districts aren’t trying to be difficult; they simply don’t know the facts about the law. The fear, disinformation and intimidation that the ACLU and other groups like them have promoted over the years with regard to religious expression on public property at Christmastime have led to such misconceptions. ADF desires to educate schools, teachers, and students on the truth about what the law really says.”

WorldNetDaily is conducting a poll to see how people feel about this issue.

Just one more attack against the Christian and OUR holiday, Christmas!!

Hat tip to Jack at Rapture Ready News

House Speaker: Call it a “Christmas Tree”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Jennifer at the Scriptorium found this article buried in the news.
See her comments below

11/30/2005
SPEAKER OF HOUSE FIGHTS TO CALL IT CHRISTMAS TREE
Filed under:
Christian News — Jennifer Rast @ 5:52 am
You know, there is only ONE holiday this time of year that is celebrated by buying a tree, decorating it, and putting it in your house. That one tree chopping, Christmas light hanging, gifts under the tree holiday is CHRISTMAS. Why do we have to call Christmas trees something they aren’t (a holiday tree – as if every holiday this time of year has a tree) just to avoid using a religious word in public? If Christmas offends you, then you’re an intolerant bigot, and you should practice what you undoubtedly preach every other day of the year.
At least someone in Congress
gets it. Is there an election year coming up? It’s strange to see a Republican acting like a Republican these days.

If it’s a spruce tree adorned with 10,000 lights and 5,000 ornaments displayed on the Capitol grounds in December, it’s a Christmas tree and that’s what it should be called, says House Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Hastert, R-Ill., in a letter to the Architect of the Capitol, recommended that the annual Capitol Holiday Tree, as it has been called the past several years, be renamed the Capitol Christmas Tree.
“I strongly urge that we return to this tradition and join the White House, countless other public institutions and millions of American families in celebrating the holiday season with a Christmas tree,” Hastert wrote to Architect Alan Hantman.
His office said the tree began to be referred to as the Holiday Tree in the 1990s. Spokesman Ron Bonjean said the reasons were unclear.
On Dec. 8 Hastert will flip the switch to light the tree, a 65-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico. On Tuesday workmen were erecting the tree on the West Front of the Capitol.

It’s not prevalent yet, but some people are starting to fight back at the anti-Christian Christmas bias in this country. Pray for them.

Original article.

Swedish pastor beats “hate crime” conviction

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

Hat Tip: Mark at Rapture Ready News.

Click for Source Article
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – In a unanimous 5-0 decision, Sweden’s Supreme Court today acquitted a pastor of a “hate crime” for presenting the biblical view of homosexual behavior in a sermon. “Voicing one’s conscience is a fundamental human right,” said Alliance Defense Fund Chief Counsel Benjamin Bull. “This is a huge victory for religious liberty everywhere. In this contest between religious freedom and the radical homosexual agenda, religious freedom prevailed.” The pastor, Ake Green, received a one-month jail sentence last year under a Swedish “hate crimes” law that forbids criticism of those who participate in homosexual behavior. In February, the Goeta Appeals Court overturned the decision. The government appealed the case to the Swedish Supreme Court, but today it ruled that Green did not break the law. “As David slew Goliath, Ake Green slew the radical homosexual agenda in this case,” Bull said. “We can only hope this will deter other attempts to censor Christian ministers from delivering Bible-based messages against harmful homosexual conduct. Ake Green is a hero, and we are grateful for his stand and his perseverance.” Bull founded and then served for a number of years as director of a Europe-wide religious liberties legal organization based in Strasburg, France. He attended Green’s trial Nov. 9 as an international observer. In April, Bull met with Green in Geneva, Switzerland, and counseled him with regard to his rights and international law. ADF coordinated and funded the filing of friend-of-the-court briefs for the case as well as the translation of trial transcripts into English. Numerous international groups have used these ADF transcripts to prepare their friend-of-the-court briefs on Green’s behalf. A link to a transcript of Ake Green’s sermon can be found at www.akegreen.org.

Pray for our pastors everywhere in the world. I fear that more and more, the truth preached from the Bible about homosexuality will be labeled “hate speech”.

‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Still Leads Holiday TV Pack After 40 Years

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

I don’t know about you, but I grew up with these wonderful Christmas shows. Fox News reports that they are still very popular.

LOS ANGELES — Good grief, network executives said when they first saw Charles Schulz‘s “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“They thought it was too slow,” executive producer Lee Mendelson recalls being told by the powers-that-were at CBS in 1965.
But the special was an instant hit with critics and audiences. Forty years later, its ruminations on the spirit of Christmas, backed by a lilting jazz score by
Vince Guaraldi, remain fresh and affecting.
Schulz, the creator of
Charlie Brown and the rest of the “Peanuts” comic strip gang, never doubted that the program he’d written was good, Mendelson said. Schulz, who died in 2000, considered it his favorite of the “Peanuts” TV specials.
“I guess you can have an animated scene where you have a kid read from the Bible,” Mendelson said of the show, in which Charlie is depressed by the commercialization of Christmas until he is reminded of its unchanged meaning.
The sermon falls to Linus. “I can tell you what Christmas is about,” he says, recounting the story of Christ’s birth and ending with, “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, goodwill toward men.”

The rest of the article goes on to list a good portion of the Christmas shows that will be airing this season. I recommend printing the article and keeping it for future reference.
Let’s continue to support these wonderful Christmas Classics

Immanuel

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005












Isaiah 7:14 New International Version (NIV)
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you [
a] a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and [b] will call him Immanuel. [c]
Footnotes:
Isaiah 7:14 The Hebrew is plural.
Isaiah 7:14 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and he or and they
Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel means God with us .

Matthew 1:18-25 New International Version (NIV)
18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[
c] because he will save his people from their sins.”
22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23″The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel“[
d]—which means, “God with us.”
24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Footnotes:
Matthew 1:21 Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the LORD saves.
Matthew 1:23 Isaiah 7:14

‘Extinct’ Episcopal Parish Refuses to Hand Over Keys to Property

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

The division of the Episcopal Church over homosexuality is growing.

(AgapePress) – An Episcopal congregation in Rochester, New York, is determined to hold on to its property — despite being declared “extinct” by its diocese.
Bishop Jack McKelvy with the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester recently declared All Saints Episcopal Church “extinct” because of its opposition to the denomination’s homosexual rights agenda. But the attorney for the parish says it is “alive in Christ” — and anything but extinct.
While Bishop McKelvy wishes to take over the parish’s property, the parish claims the diocese has no legal right to do so. Attorney Raymond Dague, who will represent All Saints should the congregation be sued by the diocese, says McKelvey came down on the parish like a “SWAT team.”
“When the bishop came asking for the keys, we sent him packing with nothing but a handshake,” the attorney explains. “We were very polite. He brought his chancellor, meaning his head lawyer, with him, and we shook hands, we exchanged business cards.
“He asked for the keys to the church,” Dague continues. “He wanted possession of it, he wanted to install his pastor there. And we politely told him, ‘No, you’re not going to do that.’”
Dague says the standard under New York law does not allow the parish to be declared “extinct,” so he does not believe the diocese can seize the parish’s property through civil recourse. And while the dispute may eventually be hashed out in court, the attorney says he hopes that never happens.
“We’re not going to sue the bishop,” Dague says. “Will he sue us? Generally Christians are not supposed to be suing one another. I would hope that he would abide by that scriptural admonition — but I am a little bit concerned because there was a very thinly veiled threat that a lawsuit may be coming. It’s not coming from us.”
The Episcopal bishop of Connecticut recently seized the property of an orthodox parish in Bristol. That parish, along with five other like-minded congregations, has since sued the diocese.

Here are some of the background stories:
‘Father Bill’ Fights Battle Against Liberal Drift of Episcopal Church
He leads one of three Episcopal parishes in California that stood up against the consecration of an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire. After his church bolted from its diocese and aligned with the conservative Anglican Church in Uganda, a battle erupted with his former diocese concerning ownership of their buildings and other property.
Episcopal Parishes File Suit Against Bishop, Denomination’s Leader
Six orthodox Anglican parishes have filed a federal lawsuit alleging that their civil rights were violated by Connecticut’s bishop and the head of the Episcopal Church USA. The conflict stems from the 2003 consecration of openly homosexual Bishop V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.
Episcopal Bishop Facing Charges from Subordinate Congregations
Formal charges have been filed against the Episcopal bishop of Connecticut who seized the property and church records of an orthodox parish over the protest of its vestry and staff.
Bishop-Controlled Church Wants Control of Reins Again
A spokesman for an Episcopal church in Connecticut that was forcibly seized by its liberal bishop because of its opposition to homosexuality says members of the congregation want their building and property back.
Church of England’s Homosexual ‘Marriage’ Compromise Has Theologian Concerned
While the Episcopal Church USA continues to affirm and bless homosexual relationships, the Church of England is now allowing homosexual clergy to marry if they promise to abstain from sex
Dissenting Connecticut Clergy Contend for ECUSA’s Reform
The Episcopal Bishop of Connecticut is threatening to punish six priests who are at odds with his support for the Episcopal Church USA’s current positions on homosexual issues.
Pro-Aborts and Homosexual Bishop — Alliance Not Surprising, Says Family Advocate
Homosexual Episcopal bishop Vicki Gene Robinson was the keynote speaker at an “interfaith prayer breakfast” on Friday morning sponsored by the nation’s largest abortion provider. The New Hampshire bishop used the opportunity to praise Planned Parenthood for its efforts — and to go on the attack against America.
Conservative Episcopal Minority Submits to Windsor Report, Rejects Unrepentant ECUSA Bishops
A conservative Anglican bishop says the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church USA (ECUSA) has responded inadequately to a Church of England report that urged the denomination to repent for consecrating an openly homosexual bishop.
Top Stories of 2004: Episcopal Bishop Says Tolerance of Heresy Better Than Schism
In February, the Episcopal bishop of Virginia told his diocese’s annual meeting that it’s better to live with heresy than split the denomination over homosexuality.

I have to admit that I admire the folks who are standing up for Biblical Truth. In First Corinthians, Chapter 6, Paul addresses several issues with that church; how lawsuits among believers is handled and sexually immoral behavior. I really believe that the Bible cannot be more clear on these subjects. You either believe the Bible or you don’t. If you don’t then you subscribe to society’s viewpoint on homosexuality.
There is no middle ground on this on folks.

1 Corinthians 6:9 (New International Version)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders…

Read all of 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 here.

Tropical Storm EPSILON Public Advisory

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

My goodness it’s been a very busy tropical weather season and it’s still not over yet. At least this storm seems to be going in circles and probably won’t amount to much…I hope!!

000
WTNT34 KNHC 291505
TCPAT4
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM EPSILON ADVISORY NUMBER 1…CORRECTED
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
11 AM AST TUE NOV 29 2005
CORRECTED 28TH TO 26TH NAMED STORM
…TROPICAL STORM EPSILON…THE 26TH NAMED STORM OF THE 2005
ATLANTIC SEASON…FORMS OVER THE CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN…
AT 11 AM AST…1500Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EPSILON WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.6 NORTH… LONGITUDE 50.4 WEST OR ABOUT
845 MILES…1360 KM…EAST OF BERMUDA AND ABOUT 1395 MILES…2245
KM… WEST OF THE AZORES ISLANDS.
EPSILON IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 8 MPH…13 KM/HR…AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH… 75 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 200 MILES…325 KM
FROM THE CENTER… ESPECIALLY TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF THE CENTER.
THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB…29.32 INCHES.
REPEATING THE 11 AM AST POSITION…31.6 N… 50.4 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD…WEST NEAR 8 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED
WINDS… 45 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE… 993 MB.
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
AT 5 PM AST.
FORECASTER STEWART

Doesn’t the Bible say something about not knowing the seasons toward the time of his second coming? I’ll have to research that and see what I can find.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 New International Version (NIV)

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”
Luke 2:13-14 New International Version (NIV)

Courtesy of BibleGateway.com

Kansas Parents Want Books Removed from Curriculum

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

I wanted to link to this article to show just how far liberalism has penetrated our education system and just how far outside of the decision making process parents have been thrust.
The schools truly believe that parents have no right at all to decide what their children are taught. Schools are all knowing and all powerful where your children are concerned.

(AgapePress) – Concerned parents in one Kansas school district are seeking to get 14 books removed from high school reading lists because they contain obscenities, vulgar language, or sexually explicit material.
The effort is being led by parents with the group
Citizens for Literary Standards in Schools, which believes students in Blue Valley schools are being required to read some novels that are pornographic in nature. However, the Blue Valley Board of Education is refusing to remove the controversial books from the district’s high school curriculum.
Greg Motley, a spokesman for the parents group, says the board has a troubling moral worldview — “and they’re extremely sure that our worldview is not correct,” he adds.
Still, he encourages parents to take action on behalf of their children. “I think what it’s going to take for [the board] to get the message that they need to listen to parents, is for more parents [to make] a stand,” says Motley. “It’s going to take more parents opting their kids out of the classes that are requiring these books to be read.”
But according to the group spokesman, money may be the reason that some parents are hesitating to do anything. He says the economic climate in the community is such that some business-owning parents are taking a financial hit for publicly taking a stand against the books.
“It’s a very difficult line to draw in the sand to say I’m going to make my kid walk out of this classroom,” he says, “[because] I’m going to cause my kid to be ostracized by the group of peers that he values — and secondly, that my business might suffer because of the adverse publicity that I receive.”
Steve Abrams, chairman of the Kansas State Board of Education, recently stated that “superintendents and local boards of education in some districts continue to promulgate pornography as ‘literature,’ even though many parents have petitioned the local boards to remove the porn.” Motley says his group currently has 800 people on a petition saying the 14 books should be not read by any students in the Blue Valley School District.

Aside from new blood on Boards of Education, I’m not sure what parents can do. Even as a group, parents have no threat to levy at a school board other than drumming up enough support to have them voted out during the next election or perhaps a recall election.
The problem is, getting enough others parents concerned and involved to make a difference.

Pray long and hard for our Children!!

And Even the Rocks Will Pray

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

My wife sent this to me this morning (Thank You, Sweetheart!!). It’s one of those really cool pictures you have to turn your head to see. It’s pretty cool the way they did it. Take a look.

For those of you who slept on the pillow wrong last night, I’ll turn it for you.


37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” Luke 19:37-40

One of My Favorites

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20
New International Version (NIV)


Don’t let this be you!!

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14:6

How to know Jesus.

Texas-Like Commandments Monument Under Attack in Sooner State

Monday, November 28th, 2005

The Anti Christian Litigation Union, I mean the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is at it again. Even though they’ve been handed a defeat on this issue in Texas, they’re going to try it in Oklahoma.

(AgapePress) – The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against another city over a public display of the Ten Commandments as part of a historical exhibit.
Last November officials in Haskell County, Oklahoma, erected a marble monument depicting the Ten Commandments on one side, with the Mayflower Compact on the other. The monument sits in Stigler, Oklahoma, the seat of Haskell County. Now the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking removal of the monument. The suit, Green v. Haskell County, was filed on behalf of Stigler resident Jim Green, a disabled 68-year-old veteran, who claims the monument constitutes government interference in individuals’ religious freedoms.
“[W]hen the government starts dictating what religious ideas are ‘right,’ it interferes with a person’s choice,” Green said in a statement released in connection with the lawsuit. He contends that placement of the monument near the courthouse “sends the message that if you don’t subscribe to this specific thought, you will have no access to the government.”
The Ten Commandments display sits on county grounds along with other memorials dedicated to those who died in the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
Erik Stanley is with
Liberty Counsel, which is representing the county. He says the ACLU is fighting a tough battle in light of last summer’s Supreme Court ruling over a similar monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds in Austin.

Erik Stanley”The ACLU is going to argue that because the [Haskell County] monument was erected only a year ago that it’s different than Texas because Texas’s monument has been on the Texas state capitol grounds for about 40 years,” the Liberty Counsel attorney says.
According to Stanely, Supreme Court Associate” Justice John Paul Stevens provided the swing vote in the Texas case. “[Stevens said] that basically because the monument had been there for 40 years it was constitutional — that was really the only ground that he decided the case on,” Stanley explains. “So that’s going to be the battle.”
But the lawyer insists that Haskell County’s public display of the Decalogue will be defended.
“We are going to argue that this Ten Commandments is constitutional,” he says. “That if Texas is allowed to have on its state capitol grounds a monument that is essentially identical to what Haskell County has, then Haskell County should be able to have the exact same monument on its grounds.”
Stanley contends that there should be no “constitutional distinction” between the two monuments. “We’re going to take this case up,” he adds, “and if we have to, we’ll take it to the U.S. Supreme Court in order to clarify this issue.”
Liberty Counsel represents more than a dozen governmental displays that include the Ten Commandments.

OK, so the only difference they can find is how long the display has been in place. I sure hope congress can put a stop to these people filing frivolous law suits.
See the Stop the ACLU website.
The Ten Commandments.

Update:
Man-Fish was kind enough to send me this link to the American Center for Law and Justice.
They are kinda like the anti-ACLU :-) Take some time to view their site.
Also drop by and say “hello” to Man-Fish at his blog.

PETA Tells Kids to Run From Daddy

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Just to show how low some people and groups will go, PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) has really gone over the edge. The are publishing a comic book that demonizes fathers as homicidal maniacs.
Who are the maniac fathers killing? Fish. For food. Like people have done for thousands of years.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, has begun a campaign to scare children into becoming vegetarians.
The group, which formed to stop animal testing of consumer products but made its name by attacking women in fur coats with fake blood, is producing comic books that portray fathers as homicidal maniacs.
The handout, titled “Your Daddy Kills Animals,” features a grinning lunatic gutting a fish, and warns kids to keep their puppies and kittens away from Dad because he’s “hooked on killing.”
Click on the video box above to watch a report by FOX News’ William LaJeunesse.
“PETA is trying as hard as it can to portray the ordinary angler as a demonic, sadistic, cruel killer. This is what PETA does – it paints caricatures of ordinary people to try to convince the rest of us that we shouldn’t want to emulate them,” said
David Martosko, of the industry lobbying group Center for Consumer Freedom.
But PETA insists that its comic is not outlandish.
“The scientific facts are that fish feel pain in the same way as dogs and cats. It’s no more acceptable to hook a fish through the mouth and drag them into your boat and slice them in half than it would be to do the exact same thing to a dog or a cat,” said
Bruce Friedrich, vegan campaign coordinator for PETA.
Publicity stunts are nothing new for PETA, which has run ads featuring naked women in cages and people dressed in animal suits warning about the dangers of eating meat. But some critics feel the kid-targeted campaign goes too far.
“This is traumatizing kids by the thousands. There’s going to be long-term psychological damage from these kids being exposed to the material that PETA puts in front of them on a regular basis,” Martosko said.
But, Friedrich countered, “They can certainly find stuff that is more in your face on the Internet, more in your face on Saturday morning cartoons. We don’t need to shelter our kids quite that much.”
The pamphlet follows a previous one that painted Mom as a “chicken killer.” PETA claims its only goal is to reduce meat consumption by changing children’s eating habits. Critics insist alienating children from their parents isn’t in anyone’s best interests – human or animal.

Hummm…all this fuss over fish. Seems to me there was a man I know of who fished. One day a guy came by and added to his job description. “I will make you a fisher of men”. He said. I wonder how he and that wonderful man he follows would feel about being called homicidal maniacs”?

Matthew 4:18-22 New International Version (NIV)
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Georgia Baptists Initiate Break with Mercer Univ.

Monday, November 28th, 2005

It’s good to see a group that is not afraid to put it’s money where it’s mouth is.

(AgapePress) – Southern Baptists in Georgia are disassociating themselves from a historically Baptist school that employs two Christianity professors and several other faculty members who support homosexual student activism on campus.
By a 98 percent vote, the
Georgia Baptist Convention recently decided to sever ties with Mercer University in Atlanta because of the school’s endorsement of the homosexual lifestyle. The school hosted a “gay pride” event whose supporters reportedly included faculty and members from the school’s Department of Christianity. If the Convention votes in a similar fashion next November, Mercer will no longer be considered a Georgia Baptist school or receive $3.5 million a year in funding from the Convention.
Dr. Tony Romans is the pastor of North Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta. He says theological liberals are at home in an academic setting — and likely could not survive in the pulpit.
“A lot of the men who go through seminary and get the academic training who are liberal in their theology cannot make it as a pastor in most of the local churches,” Romans exclaims. “They can’t go to their pulpit and preach that liberal theology; the people won’t stand for it.”
To support his point, he notes that pastors’ sermons in “even the most liberal congregations [that] vote in a liberal way on a lot of issues” are not as “overtly liberal as some of these types of things are.”
Part of the problem at Mercer, he explains, is that the Georgia Baptist Convention has been prevented from determining who is nominated to the school’s board of trustees. “Basically Mercer has a board that is self-perpetuating in that sense,” Romans says.
“So the ideology that has come to the campus, as we’ve seen through these recent events, just demonstrates that the people who are leading that institution do not share the historical Baptist roots or the historical Baptist beliefs that we as Georgia Baptists do.”
Romans recommends that Georgia Baptists who want their college-age children to receive a solid Christian education consider schools like Shorter College in Rome and Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon. Mercer currently has approximately 7,000 students.

To take away 3.5 million is no small thing. The school might want to reconsider how it portrays itself. Especially to the people providing the funding.

Supreme Court Marble Facade Crumbles

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Here’s a little humor for today. As much as I dislike the decisions the Supreme Court has been handing down recently, the byline “Supreme Court Crumbles” caught my eye, but I didn’t think it would be literately. :-)

Anyway, the building had some problems today, but no one was hurt.

Is God trying to tell them something?? ;-)

Read about it here.


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