Archive for January 13th, 2006

Poll: HS Seniors Liberal on Homosexuality, Conservative on Abortion

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Well, I can’t say this surprises me at all. The homosexual agenda has been cramed down our throats so long, via the media and school systems, this is what we have to look forward to. At least the news on abortion is not as bad. If you are curious what the Bible says about homosexuality, check out my post here.

(AgapePress) – A national poll of high school seniors shows the Class of 2006 is quite liberal on the issue of homosexuality — but conservative on issues surrounding abortion.
The
Hamilton College “Hot Button Issues” poll found that 75 percent of high school seniors back the legalization of same-sex “marriage” or civil unions. But two-thirds of seniors support restrictions on access to abortion. In addition, 70 percent of females in the Class of 2006 say they would not consider abortion if they became pregnant while in high school.
Hamilton College sociology professor Dr. Dennis Gilbert, whose students collaborated with Zogby International to conduct the survey, says he was surprised by the findings.
“On the one hand, 62 percent of them said that they thought Roe v. Wade was a good thing and they wouldn’t want to see it overturned,” Gilbert observes. “But when you start talking to them, you find most of them think abortion is immoral.”
The survey also found the majority of high school seniors do not believe that a woman who is poor and unable to afford another child should have a legal right to an abortion.
Dr. Gilbert notes that on another “hot button” issue — homosexual relationships — the strong support shown by the seniors differs greatly from the sentiments of the general adult population. The educator thinks he knows why.
“On the gay issue, I just think they’ve just grown up in a different time. There’s a lot more openness about being gay, and I don’t think it’s something that bothers most high school seniors,” the Cornell graduate says. “There’s a minority of maybe 20 percent who are quite resistant to this.”
The survey also found that three in four seniors oppose a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, and 63 percent support adoption by homosexual couples.

The Temptation of Jesus

Friday, January 13th, 2006


Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights, He then became hungry.
And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
But He answered and said, “It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'”
Then the devil took Him into the holy city and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘HE WILL COMMAND HIS ANGELS CONCERNING YOU’; and ‘ON their HANDS THEY WILL BEAR YOU UP, SO THAT YOU WILL NOT STRIKE YOUR FOOT AGAINST A STONE.'”
Jesus said to him, “On the other hand, it is written, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST.'”
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.'”
Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him.


Matthew 4:1-11 (New American Standard Bible)

Iran Threatens to Block Nuke Inspections

Friday, January 13th, 2006

What people are not understanding is that Iran is not the least bit afraid of the U.N. They saw Iraq, under Saddam, get away with 12 years of violations and when he was finally removed, it was the U.S. and our closest allies who did it, not the U.N. They saw years of U.N. infighting in order to get “approval” to make Saddam do what the resolutions called on him to do. Saddam was (is) a madman, but nothing compared to the current president of Iran.
So the U.N. can continue to pass resolutions and Iran will continue to make nukes. It will come down to either the United States, Britian or Israel putting themselves in harms way in order to make Iran stop. The U.N. and EU are paper tigers, complete pushovers and irrelevant.
This issue should be scaring a lot of people all over the world. Maybe after they detonate a nuke somewhere, the MSM might actually break in on the sporting events and sitcoms that people feel are more important then world events.

TEHRAN, Iran –
Iran threatened on Friday to block inspections of its nuclear sites if confronted by the U.N. Security Council over its atomic activities. The hard-line president reaffirmed his country’s intention to produce nuclear energy.
France, Britain and Germany quickly responded that they were not demanding sanctions against Tehran just yet.
On Thursday the three countries, backed by the United States, said that nuclear talks with Iran had reached a dead end after more than two years of acrimonious negotiations and the issue should be referred to the Security Council.
However, they refrained from calling on the 15-nation council to impose sanctions and said they remained open to more talks.
For her part, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said a “strong message” had to be sent to Tehran but said she was not ready to talk about what action should be taken to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iran responded Friday by saying that if it were confronted by the council, it would have to stop cooperating with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency’

That would be, among other things, the end of random inspections, said Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
“In case Iran is referred to the U.N. Security Council …, the government will be obliged to end all of its voluntary cooperation,” the television quoted Mottaki as saying.
Iran has been voluntarily allowing short-notice IAEA inspections since 2003.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed talk of possible sanctions and said Iran will “continue the path of production of the nuclear energy.”
“Iranian people do not allow foreigners to block their progress,” state-run radio quoted him as saying.
Last year Iran adopted a law requiring the government to block intrusive inspections of Iran’s facilities if the IAEA refers the Iranian program to the council.
The law also requires the Iranian government to resume all nuclear activities that it had stopped voluntarily, foremost among them enriching uranium.
France said Friday that it favors a step-by-step approach with Iran over its nuclear program and that any sanctions request at this stage would be premature.
“We, like our partners, like the British and the Germans, consider that this co-request for sanctions is premature for the moment,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said.
Germany also said that talk of sanctions against Iran is “premature.”
“For now, we want to consult with our partners — above all, to bring on board those who of course will be indispensable partners in Vienna at the IAEA and later in New York,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Jaeger said. The IAEA is based in Vienna.

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Sharon still not showing signs of waking from coma

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Continue to pray for Mr. Sharon.

Doctors at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem met Friday morning to discuss Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s neurological condition, which remains serious but stable.
However, some hospital sources have expressed concern that
Sharon still hasn’t woken up despite the gradual discontinuation of anesthesia over the last few days. The prime minister’s weight and the traces of anesthesia remaining in his system could be affecting the rate at which the prime minister comes out of his medically induced coma.
Sharon’s sons, Omri and Gilad, were at his bedside on Friday morning.
On Thursday, Sharon had a semi-permanent peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) placed in his arm at Hadassah-University Hospital in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem on Thursday evening. This will make it easier to give him infusions.

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Viewers’ Opinions on Controversial TV Show Apparently Being Heard

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Keep up the pressure on NBC to yank this terrible show. Avoid watching it and let the advertisers know that you won’t buy their products if they advertise during the show.

(AgapePress) – Grassroots e-mail campaigns directed at local NBC affiliates over a controversial television show are having a big impact.
Last Friday NBC aired the premiere episode of The Book of Daniel, a show that features a pill-popping Episcopal priest who has a drug-dealing daughter and a homosexual son. The
American Family Association (AFA), one of several pro-family groups voicing concern about the show’s depiction of Christianity, encouraged concerned Christians to e-mail local network affiliates, asking them not to air it. Since that time several stations have said they will not broadcast the show.
AFA president Tim Wildmon says local affiliates take viewers’ complaints seriously. “The most effective impact a citizen is going to have is with their local NBC affiliate,” Wildmon says. “Calling the network in New York or Los Angeles is not going to make a dent, honestly.”
That is why the local feedback is critical, he says. “People need to call their local NBC affiliate — that’s who is going to be most responsive to the citizens in their community,” Wildmon explains.
One of the NBC affiliates electing not to air the program is WTVA, which is located in Tupelo, Mississippi — the same community where AFA is based. WTVA reports it had received more than 1,500 e-mails and phone calls asking them not to air The Book of Daniel. Station officials said it was the largest viewer reaction to a program in the station’s history.
Wildmon points to that result as proof that grassroots e-mail campaigns are effective. “This is an extremely offensive program to Christians … very sacrilegious,” he explains. “It depicts Jesus in a very cartoonish manner — and so we’re very pleased every time we hear of another station dropping the show.”
And AFA will continue to push for Christians and others concerned about the program’s denigration of Christianity to let their voice be heard. Says Wildmon, bluntly: “Our objective at American Family Association is to kill the show The Book of Daniel, whether it’s getting NBC affiliates not to air it or having it to lose all its advertisers — we’re working in both directions.
According to AFA press statements, the series is in fact losing many advertisers. The group says three of the five advertisers on the premier — Chattern; Combe, Inc.; and H&R Block — have already announced they will no longer advertise on the program. At press time, Mazda and Burlington Coat Factory had not announced their decision in response to consumers’ requests they do the same.
An AFA spokesman says the widely hyped premier received a “dismal” 2.7 Nielson rating — an indication to corporate advertisers, he says, that the “healthy thing” to do is avoid the show.

Super Bowl Forces New Look at Sexy Ads

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Well, the over-sexual-ation of our society is everywhere. One very troubling spot it appears, that we as parents have very little control over, is in commercials. It is getting harder and harder to find channels our children can watch without them being exposed to overt sexual content.

Ever since Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, citizens and children’s advocacy organizations have called upon the FCC, broadcasters and even Congress to re-examine television content and the guidelines that rate it.
But one type of programming that is viewed by all audiences at all hours on every network has continued to escape regulation: commercials.
From Paris Hilton’s spicy burger ad to the ever-proliferating erectile dysfunction commercials, many parents have not been happy with recent television ads. And now, domain registering Web site
GoDaddy.com is fighting to reprise its controversial 2005 Super Bowl ad during this year’s upcoming game.

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According to GoDaddy.com President Bob Parsons’ personal blog, the company has agreed to purchase a 30-second spot in this year’s game on Feb. 5, but none of its submissions so far has passed ABC’s Standards and Practices department.
But Parsons promises the finished product will be true to the company’s style.
“It will be ‘GoDaddy-esque.’ In order to be ‘GoDaddy-esque,’ a commercial must be edgy, hot, slightly tasteless and just a touch inappropriate,” he said on his Web site.

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Also at the November decency forum, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., described himself in a statement as “a parent who has had to sit through uncomfortable Cialis commercials while watching television with my 7- and 4-year-old daughters.”
The ad Obama cited, for the erectile dysfunction medication Cialis, features snuggly moments between couples of all ages to the tune of The Ronnettes’ “Be My Baby.” And FDA regulations require medical ads to specify risks verbally, resulting in somewhat embarrassing dialogue.
“Cialis is only for men healthy enough for sexual activity … erections lasting longer than four hours, though rare, require immediate medical help,” the ad warns.
Obama is not alone in his discomfort over commericals like these.
“There I was, watching football,” wrote Tim Whyte, general manager of the Santa Clarita, Calif., newspaper The Signal, “and up pops a commercial for an erectile dysfunction drug. It’s not that the Levitra ad offended me. It didn’t. But cripes – sometimes my kid watches football with me.”
Whyte added, “Biggest problem was, just a few seconds into the commercial, she dropped the E-bomb: ‘Levitra,’ she said, ‘gives you that “strong, lasting erection” you’ve been looking for.’ OK parents, raise your hand if that line sends you into a panic.”

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The Council was also outraged in May when the now-infamous Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s ad – featuring Paris Hilton in a skimpy swimsuit and spike heels seductively washing a Bentley – aired during an 8 p.m. broadcast of “American Idol.”
“At this crucial time when broadcasters are under increased scrutiny by millions of parents who are fed up with current television content, we would think that the awareness would extend to advertisers,” the Council said in a statement.
“Instead, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s have done the opposite and are forcing American families to digest their filth. This is the ultimate example of corporate irresponsibility.”

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But product ads are not the only issue. Some parents also have a problem with commercials for adult-oriented TV shows.
“Networks may be putting the shows on later in the evening, but they are advertising those programs throughout the day,” Melissa Caldwell, director of research and publications for the Parents Television Council, told FOXNews.com.
“I’ve been watching CBS lately at home, and at 8 p.m. they were advertising “Close to Home,” a recent episode about married women who were call girls. I mean, who cares if the show itself gets a TV-14 rating if you’re watching a show with your kids and the ad for it pops up?”

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