Archive for January 25th, 2006

The Little Children and Jesus

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

And they were bringing even their babies to Him so that He would touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they began rebuking them.
But Jesus called for them, saying, “Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”

Luke 18:15-17 (New American Standard Bible)

Protesters See Mood Shift Against ‘Roe’

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Could the nation actually be waking up? Are they finally figuring out that abortion has been preverted so much that democrats use it as a test to determine if a justice can be appointed to a federal court? Maybe they are finally realizing that abortion does actually kill a living person.

Tens of thousands of abortion opponents held an upbeat rally on the cold, gray streets of downtown Washington yesterday and described what they see as a societal tide turning against the 33-year-old Roe v. Wade court decision that legalized the procedure.
Demonstrators at the annual March for Life said their movement has been buoyed by two recent Supreme Court nominees — one of them confirmed — who appear open to reconsidering the 1973 decision. They talked optimistically about how technological advances are producing clearer sonograms, which could make it harder to argue that a fetus is not a person.
And they noted yesterday’s large turnout of young people, who filled the march route along Constitution Avenue and lined the walls outside the Supreme Court in cheerleader jackets, black leather outfits with studs and T-shirts that read, “Abortion is Mean” and “Sex is good, the pill is not.”
“This is the beginning of the end. We’ll look back at some point soon and won’t believe that people were ever killing babies like it was nothing,” said Ryan McAlpin, 19, who came from Chicago with a group of friends.
The rally and march were the culmination of three days of antiabortion conferences and lobbying. Yesterday’s events began on the Mall, in front of the Smithsonian Castle, with speakers including Christian and Jewish religious leaders from across the country and Bobby Schindler, the brother of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman at the center of a right-to-die debate last year.
The march is held each year to protest the Supreme Court’s Jan. 22, 1973, decision that most laws against abortion violate a constitutional right to privacy. The first protest was in 1974 in Washington.
Stephen G. Peroutka, chairman of the National Pro-Life Action Center, one of the event’s sponsors, estimated the crowd size at 225,000 to 250,000 people, while D.C. police gave an estimate of 70,000.

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Mexican Military Invades United States

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

The Washington Post titled this article “Mexican drug run thwarted at border”, but as one reads the article, it is clear that the Mexican army is on the payroll of the Mexican drug lords and is now more than happy to cross our boarder to help them deliver their drugs. The last time I checked, it is considered an invasion when one sovereign nation sends troops into another. We did it to Afghanistan and Iraq to remove terrorist governments. Maybe we can “repell” this Mexican invasion and remove that corrupt terroist government as well.

U.S. law-enforcement authorities confronted several men in Mexican military uniforms and a camouflaged Humvee with .50-caliber machine guns who had crossed into Texas with suspected drug smugglers 50 miles southeast of El Paso, forcing an armed standoff along the Rio Grande, says a Texas sheriff.
Hudspeth County, Texas, Sheriff Arvin West said the incident began at 2:19 p.m. Monday when his deputies — working as part of an anti-drug smuggling enforcement initiative known as “Operation Linebacker” — pursued three SUVs spotted driving north from a border area along the Rio Grande near Interstate 10.
Sheriff West said the pursuit, which began near Sierra Blanca, Texas, ended for one of the vehicles when it blew out a tire and the driver fled. He said deputies seized 1,400 pounds of marijuana from that vehicle. As the southbound chase continued for the other two SUVs, he said the deputies and at least two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers who had joined in the pursuit encountered several men on the U.S. side of the border dressed in what he described as battle dress uniforms (BDUs). He said they “appeared to be soldiers, in a Humvee vehicle with what appeared to the officers as being .50-caliber machine guns.”
Sheriff West said one of the vehicles made it into Mexico, but the other got stuck in the river, where a group of men in civilian clothes offloaded what appeared to be bundles of marijuana. He said the truck was then set ablaze by the “soldiers.” No shots were fired and no injuries were reported during what amounted to an armed standoff at the border.
T.J. Bonner, a veteran Border Patrol agent and president of the National Border Patrol Council, yesterday called the incident “just another example of what we have been saying all along: This is a serious problem and it’s not going to go away.
“The U.S. government has got to put its foot down and take decisive action,” said Mr. Bonner, whose union represents all 10,000 of the agency’s non-supervisory personnel. “It would be nice if the Mexican government would address the problem, but it won’t even admit there is one.”
In November, the U.S. Border Patrol chased a dump truck full of marijuana in the same area when it also got stuck in the river seeking to return to Mexico. While Border Patrol agents sought to unload 3 tons of marijuana, the driver — who had fled — returned with a heavily armed group of men wearing Mexican military uniforms and carrying military-style weapons. The soldiers backed the agents away and bulldozed the truck back into Mexico.
Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff dismissed reports of possible Mexican military incursions into the United States as “overblown” and “scare tactics.” He said those involved in the crossings may have been dressed in military uniforms, “but they are just criminals, they are not military but they are wearing camouflage so someone may assume they are military.”
Mr. Chertoff also said a significant number of 216 confirmed incursions since 1996 were “innocent,” noting that police and military units in Mexico pursuing criminals “may step across the border because they do not know exactly where the line is.” Law-enforcement officials yesterday noted that the Texas-Mexico border is clearly marked by the Rio Grande.

I’m sure glad that Mr. Chertoff”s “overblown”, “criminals…wearing camouflage” weren’t Mexican military. I guess the hummer with the top mounted .50 was just a pickup truck with a shotgun in the rack too. Wake up people!!!

Blogger.com Outage starting at 4:00 PM PST

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Blogger Status

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

We’ll be taking Blogger down on Wednesday the 25th at 4pm PST to fix a bit of a switch that’s gone wonky on us. The outage should last about 15 minutes. Blogger.com and Blog*Spot blogs will be inaccessible during this time.This repair will fix the problem that caused the brief outage last Friday night. We’re also using this down time as an opportunity to tune our databases for more efficient spam catching and deletion.

(This means you won’t be able to get to my blog during the outage. Thought you might want to know. -ed.)

Students ban Christians in row over gays

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Well, the homosexual topic is really showing up a lot in the news today. Here is an article from the Times Online in the U.K.

A UNIVERSITY Christian Union has been suspended and had its bank account frozen after refusing to open its membership to people of all religions.
The Christian Union, an evangelical student organisation, has instructed lawyers and is threatening court proceedings against the Birmingham Guild of Students.
The Birmingham Christian Union has more than 100 members who attend meetings regularly and has been functioning at the university for 76 years.
Members claim the actions have been taken against them after they refused on religious grounds to make “politically correct” changes to their charitable constitution, including explicitly mentioning people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered.
The Christian Union was advised that the use of the words “men” and “women” in the constitution were causing concern because they could be seen as excluding transsexual and transgendered people.
Difficulties arose after the organisation Christians in Sport, whose supporters include Jonathan Edwards, the Olympic gold medallist, attempted to book a room in the name of the Christian Union. After checking the union’s constitution, the Guild of Students objected to a number of clauses.
Andy Weatherley, Christian Union staff worker in Birmingham, said: “The guild insists the Christian Union constitution must be amended to include mandatory clauses, insisting on more control by the guild and open membership to those who would not call themselves Christians.”
At a recent guild meeting Matthew Crouch, of the Christian Union, appealed against derecognition. He said: “All guild members can attend our meeting but only members can vote,” but Stuart Mathers, a guild vice-president, said that all student groups have to follow guild council policy. Birmingham University Christian Union is affiliated to the University and Colleges’ Christian Fellowship. Pod Bhogal, its communications director, said: “We support the Birmingham Christian Union. We would not dream of telling a Muslim group or a political society how to elect their leaders or who could or could not become a member. The same applies to a Christian Union.”

Pro-Homosexual Support Costs Southern Baptist Congregation Its Affiliation

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

It seems to be a day filled with homosexual news. The Southern Baptist of Texas Convention continues to hold firm to Biblical truth and the fact that the Bible says homosexuality is a sin. I admire them for not caving into the falsehod of political correctness. Pray that they will always do so.

(AgapePress) – The executive board of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has broken off affiliation with a Baptist congregation over its apparent support of another church that welcomes and affirms homosexuals.
According to Baptist Press, the SBTC’s Credentials Committee met last month with the pastor of Faith Harbour Church of Baytown, which is near Houston. The committee was attempting to clarify Faith Harbour’s stance toward a church called Ekletos, whose congregation was being allowed to meet in the Baptist church’s facilities.
Ekletos has a female senior pastor, while the Southern Baptist Church’s position on women in ministry stipulates that women “participate equally with men in the priesthood of all believers” but “pastoral leadership is assigned to men.” Also, the Ekletos website says that church welcomes and affirms homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgendered people. Southern Baptists officially affirm that “God’s plan for marriage and sexual intimacy” is “one man, and one woman, for life” and that the Bible condemns homosexuality as sin and therefore “not a ‘valid alternative lifestyle.'”
SBTC chairman Joe Stewart is pastor of First Baptist Church of Littlefield in west Texas. He says the move to disassociate from Faith Harbor was not a decision the executive board made lightly. “Our goal in the whole process is biblical fellowship, and biblical fellowship is based on truth,” he explains.
“The scriptures tell us in First John that if we’re going to walk in the light ‘as He Himself is in the light,’ that we have fellowship with one another,” Stewart continues. “So we want to base fellowship on a lot of things. But really, the parameters for fellowship in scripture is truth.”
The SBTC executive board chairman says the denomination tried to resolve its differences with Faith Harbour’s leaders. “We took the steps of sitting down with them and trying to do the Matthew 18 thing — to bring some reconciliation — and asked for them to take some steps to do away with this.”
Despite these efforts, however, Faith Harbour officials refused to distance their church from the female led, homosexuality-affirming congregation sharing the use of its sanctuary. “Since they were not willing to do so and were not willing to remove Ekletos from their website or say that they didn’t affirm the homosexual lifestyle, we took the steps to go ahead and remove our affiliation with that church,” the convention spokesman says.
However, the possibility of reconciliation still exists. Stewart says the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention might renew its association with Faith Harbour if the church’s staff agree to follow the theological guidelines of the denomination.

Rosie O’ Donnell Planning a Sitcom

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Flushed with the success at the Golden Globes, hollywood forages ahead with trying to stuff the homosexual agenda down America’s throats in the form of a sitcom by Rosie O’Donnell. Forget the fact that so far the gay movies have made very little money and most likely won’t. As long as hollywood has major awards to look at and fawn over, who needs reality. These hollywood people are soooo out of touch with mainstream America.

Rosie O’Donnell hit the Sundance Film Festival with a jolt of lightning yesterday, premiering her HBO documentary “All Aboard!” to a standing ovation in the huge Eccles Auditorium.
Afterward, Rosie told me she’s hard at work writing a sitcom pilot that sounds like gold to me. O’Donnell is partnering with famed novelist Alice Hoffman, a fellow Long Islander, to create a character for the former talk show host that will resemble the beloved late humorist Erma Bombeck. Hoffman is an interesting choice on Rosie’s part as a partner: she is highly regarded as a critical and commercial success. One of her books, “Practical Magic,” was turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman.
O’Donnell and Hoffman have got the gist of a good idea. “She’ll be a columnist for Newsday, and have a blended family at home,” Rosie says of her character. “Her ex-husband will have to move in with her, with his ten-year-old son from his most recent marriage.” But don’t think Rosie will shy away from gay pride. The main character will have lost her long-time lover to breast cancer, but speaks to her when she’s working on her column.
“I have a Sharon Gless-type in mind for the her,” Rosie said, “and Colin Quinn as the ex. But that’s just in the working stage.”
Considering the success of “Brokeback Mountain” and “Will & Grace,” Rosie’s idea sounds like a winner. Les Moonves, are you listening? Rosie has incredible comic timing; if the show can duplicate the kind of charm she showed in “Sleepless in Seattle” as Meg Ryan’s buddy, the the rest should be easy. O’Donnell, of course, would shoot the show in New York, close to her home.
And the idea of “new families” is what brought Rosie to Sundance along with her partner/wife Kelli Carpenter, their kids (Parker, Chelsea, Blake and Vivian), various family members and a lot of friends. “All Aboard” chronicles the maiden voyage in July 2005 of Rosie and Kelli’s vacation cruise for gay/mixed families
“All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise” will air on HBO on April 6th, directed by Shari Cookson, who is not gay. And that, of course, is the point. Even a cold-hearted cynic like yours truly can see that this film is not about gay or straight, but about people trying to form families in a society that does not support family life. If anything, “All Aboard!” is more about Americans trying to hold on to conventional values than any film has in a long time.
Yes, we do see lesbian and gay couples, but they aren’t having sex; there’s nothing more than hand holding going on. What we do see is parents raising children. The kids get to talk as much as the parents, and if you ever had any questions about whether children adopted by gay parents turn out to be gay, etc–your questions will be answered once and for all.
Cookson does not sugarcoat the difficulties of putting together such a cruise (on a rather large ship). When the group got to Nassau, the Bahamas, they were met by very vocal protesters who feared their family resort would turn into Fire Island or Key West just by mere association.
By the way, after the screening I got to see Rosie and Kelli with their kids at dinner. They were normal and fun in the way that all families are with kids that age. And I will tell you that we’re going to have to keep an eye on eight-year-old Chelsea, whom Rosie and Kelli adopted together. She’s a very articulate “cutey-patootey,” as Rosie would say, and ready for her own talk show.

Success of “Brokeback Mountain”?? To date, it has grossed $41.7 million, and this only after the golden goose awards hyped it. Compare this to “The Chronicles of Narnia” (a film with moral and Christian overtones) which has grossed $271.9 million. Both films have the same release date of December 9th, 2005.
(Stats courtesy of Box Office Guru. -ed.)

Blog Reader from Ghana Needs Bibles

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

This email showed up in the blog’s email today. I’m not sure how to get Bibles to this person. If you are moved to help and have the resources and knowledge of how to send some materials, please help them out.

“please am a new searcher of the words of the lord and a newly born again christian and have devoted my life to serve the Alimghty but i have no books and a bible that can help me know more about the lord so am on my knees brgging and crying for help from u to please send me some books of ur ministry and some materials that can help me know more about the lord and win more souls for him in this last days.please try and help me for i dont want to perish my body being the temple of the lord but i also want to win more souls for him so that i can have a place in the kingdom of heaven. please send me some books and a bible that i can use for attending church.please in humility am pleading with the ministry to please try and help me.
please my address is;
Blesssing Ofotsu
Box 261 weija-accra
Ghana
Blessing Ofotsu (shakur2plass@hotmail.com)