Archive for February, 2006

Americans Favor Israel

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

I blogged about this a week or so ago. It appears that Americans, as a whole, are starting to realize that Israel is not “evil incarnate” that the arab world and main stream media (MSM) want everyone to believe it is. The Gallup poll indicates that people who follow the events in the Middle East closely are more likely to favor the Israelis.

A Gallup poll shows that Americans are very pessimistic about Middle East peace, more sympathetic to Israel, and less favorable to the PA. Sympathy towards Israel increases with news-awareness.
The annual Gallup Poll on World Affairs was conducted on a random sampling of 1,002 adults on Feb. 6-9, some two weeks after the Hamas terrorist organization won power in the Palestinian Authority (PA). Some findings:

A plurality of Americans – 44% – believe the United States should conduct diplomatic relations with the PA only if Hamas recognizes Israel. Half that number believe the United States should deal with the PA regardless of its stance toward Israel, and one-quarter of Americans say the United States should not conduct any relations with the PA at all.
Ignorance on the Middle East conflict does not work to Israel’s advantage, according to Gallup. Americans who say they follow news about world affairs “very closely” are more likely to sympathize with the Israelis (66%) than Americans who follow foreign news only somewhat closely (59%) or who do not follow it closely (52%).
Americans are much less favorable to financial assistance to the PA than they are towards a diplomatic relationship. A majority, 57%, oppose giving any financial aid to the Palestinian Authority while Hamas is in power, while 30% would give aid if the PA recognizes Israel. Just 5% favor giving aid even if the PA does not recognize Israel.
Gallup also asked whether American sympathies lie more with the Israelis or with the Arabs of the Palestinian Authority. The numbers this year: 59% are with Israel, and only 15% with the PA. These figures represent one of the most lopsided margins in favor of the Israelis ever recorded by Gallup.
When not compared with each other, Israel received a “favorable” rating from 68% of Americans, and the PA received the same from 11%. Last year at this time, Israel received 69% approval, and the PA – 27%. This year’s readings are the most negative Gallup has found since it began asking about the Palestinian Authority in 2000, while last year’s were the most positive.
The poll found that Republicans (77%) are significantly more likely to sympathize with the Israelis than are Democrats (50%) or independents (50%).
By a 2-1 margin, Americans now say there will never come a time when Israel and the Arab nations will live in peace. The 65% to 32% split compares with a roughly 50-50 split last year.

British Pol Advises American Christians to Get Involved in Politics

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Many of us in the blogshere have felt that someday sermons, relating to homosexuality and other sins that are considered by society to be “normal” actions, will be outlawed. I know, at this time, that seems quite a stretch, but look how far things have come in that direction in just the last 10 years. Christians need to be active in the political arena if we are to keep our right to practice our faith as the Bible teaches.

(AgapePress) – A member of the British House of Lords has told the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) convention in Dallas that biblical preaching could be outlawed unless Christians become more politically active.
Recently the British Parliament nearly passed legislation that would have amended that nation’s Racial and Religious Hatred Bill and outlawed incitement to religious hatred. The measure lost by a single vote — the vote of Prime Minister Tony Blair, who left early, confident that the bill would pass without him.
John Taylor, a member of the House of Lords, spoke at this week’s NRB gathering in Texas. Taylor said passage of the bill could have led to pastors being arrested for so-called “hate speech.” Unless Christians take action, says Taylor, clergy in his country — as well as in the United States — could fall victim to such statutes, should they be enacted.
“There’s an old saying that things won’t change until people change,” Taylor says. “So we can moan about these [political] institutions and so forth, or we can basically get in there. We are called to be salt and light — so why don’t we take over the Senate and Congress and so forth?”
According to Taylor, Christians in Britain have virtually abandoned politics. He says there is a “kind of lethargy” in Christians that often causes them to retreat from the political arena, saying “Well, that’s politics; we don’t get involved in politics.” But try telling that to Muslims, he adds.
“There are Muslim Members of Parliament who are sponsored by mosques. They are there to preach Islam,” he says. “In the House of Lords, there’s a room where you can pray to Mecca — but there’s no room where you can pray to Christ.”
Taylor calls it a “miracle” that the prime minister was absent for the final vote. Earlier, members of Parliament had voted 288-278 to back the amendment to the bill.
A BBC report quotes one member of Parliament as saying “the government just failed to understand that they can’t take liberties with freedom of expression. This [vote] has showed … that we will stand up for freedom of expression.” That report notes this was only the second defeat of government-backed legislation in almost ten years.

Ohio Drops Science Education Standards Requiring Critical Analysis of Darwinism

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

One more time…Darwinism is a theory, not a fact, but a theory. Eveyone, all together now…Darwinism is a theory, not a fact.

(AgapePress) – Students in Ohio public schools will no longer be taught the controversy surrounding the theory of evolution. The Ohio Board of Education has voted to repeal both its “Critical Analysis of Evolution” lesson plan and the benchmark in the state science standards that required critical analysis of evolution.
Casey Luskin with the Seattle, Washington-based
Discovery Institute, a leading intelligent design think tank, says a group of Darwinists convinced members of the Ohio Board of Education that critiquing evolution is equivalent to bringing intelligent design or creationism into the classroom.
Somehow, the board members failed to recognize the fact that the original state-approved science standards “explicitly stated that the Ohio science standards did not require the teaching of intelligent design,” Luskin says. Still, he insists, the argument that critique of evolutionary theory must necessarily involve bringing religion into the classroom is a “Darwinist charade” that will not succeed forever.
After all, the Discovery Institute spokesman notes, evidence suggests the majority of Ohio citizens would prefer to see students across the state receive a balanced science education. A recent poll found 69 percent of Ohioans want the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory taught in schools.
“You would think that the board members would be sensitive to what the public wants and the fact that there are many legitimate scientific critiques of evolution that would be educationally beneficial for students to know about,” Luskin laments. “I just find it very unfortunate that a majority of the Ohio State Board of Education essentially did not recognize what the people of Ohio clearly want.”
Luskin believes the Ohio education officials were unfairly pressured and browbeaten into a bad decision by proponents of Darwinism. “In my opinion, what took place was the result of people who oppose objective evolution education using, basically, false fears and fear tactics to bully the board into dropping what is a very good policy,” he says.

International health experts express concern over unprecedented bird flu spread

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

If this continues to grow and mutate, it could be a very great concern for all of us.

GENEVA – International health experts have expressed concern over the unprecedented spread of bird flu from Asia to Europe and Africa, but said the spotlight is on Indonesia because of its continuing high infection rate among people and poultry.
Fourteen countries – from India to Nigeria and Egypt – have reported their first cases of birds infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu since the beginning of February, the World Health Organization said.
“It’s absolutely unprecedented,” WHO spokeswoman Maria Cheng told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We’ve never seen so many outbreaks of the same virus in so many different regions, and our concern obviously is that humans could potentially come into contact with birds infected with H5N1, which would mean populations worldwide are potentially at risk.”
WHO says it remains difficult for humans to catch H5N1. The agency has confirmed 170 human cases, including 92 deaths, since 2003 – mostly in east Asia. But WHO experts fear that the virus could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted from person to person, and that that could set off a flu pandemic.
Many of the locations of recent outbreaks were in Europe, where wild birds have tested positive for the disease. But poultry cases in India, Egypt and Nigeria are causing international health authorities more concern because of the close contact chickens and other domestic fowl can have with humans who keep them around their homes, increasing the chance of the disease jumping the species barrier.
“At the moment we don’t have very good information about how extensive these outbreaks are,” said Cheng. “Certainly cases like India and Egypt where population density is quite high and people tend to keep birds at home, that’s a concern.”

Read the rest here.

Mosque Attack Pushes Iraq Toward Civil War

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Amazing how far the “haters of democracy” will go in order to get what they want.

Insurgents posing as police destroyed the golden dome of one of Iraq’s holiest Shiite shrines Wednesday, setting off an unprecedented spasm of sectarian violence. Angry crowds thronged the streets, militiamen attacked Sunni mosques, and at least 19 people were killed.
On Thursday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blamed the United States and Israel for the destruction of a Shiite shrine’s golden dome in Iraq, saying it was the work of “defeated Zionists and occupiers.”
Speaking to a crowd of thousands on a tour of southwestern Iran, the president referred to the destruction of the Askariya mosque dome in Samarra on Wednesday, which the Iraqi government has blamed on insurgents.
“They invade the shrine and bomb there because they oppose God and justice,” Ahmadinejad said, referring to the U.S.-led multinational forces in Iraq.

Meanwhile, with the gleaming dome of the 1,200-year-old Askariya shrine reduced to rubble, some Shiites lashed out at the United States as partly to blame.
The violence _ many of the 90 attacks on Sunni mosques were carried out by Shiite militias _ seemed to push Iraq closer to all-out civil war than at any point in the three years since the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein.
Many leaders called for calm. “We are facing a major conspiracy that is targeting Iraq’s unity,” said President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd. “We should all stand hand in hand to prevent the danger of a civil war.”
President Bush pledged American help to restore the mosque after the bombing north of Baghdad, which dealt a severe blow to U.S. efforts to keep Iraq from falling deeper into sectarian violence.
“The terrorists in Iraq have again proven that they are enemies of all faiths and of all humanity,” Bush said. “The world must stand united against them, and steadfast behind the people of Iraq.”
British Prime Minister Tony Blair also condemned the bombing and pledged funds toward the shrine’s reconstruction.
U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and the top American commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, called the attack a deliberate attempt to foment sectarian strife and warned it was a “critical moment for Iraq.”
No one was reported wounded in the bombing of the shrine in Samarra.

Read the rest here.

‘Gospel of Judas’ to Be Published

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Take this one with a grain of salt. It would be interesting reading, but won’t change anything about how I feel about the Bible or Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.

The first translation of an ancient, self-proclaimed “Gospel of Judas” will be published in late April, bringing to light what some scholars believe are the writings of an early Christian sect suppressed for supporting Jesus Christ’s infamous betrayer.If authentic, the manuscript could add to the understanding of Gnosticism, an unorthodox Christian theology denounced by the early church. The Roman Catholic Church is aware of the manuscript, which a Vatican historian calls “religious fantasy.”
According to scholars who have seen photographs of the brittle manuscript, it argues that Judas Iscariot was carrying out God’s will when he handed Christ over to his executioners. The manuscript could bring momentum to a broader academic movement that argues Judas has gotten a bum rap among both historians and theologians, as well as in popular culture.
The manuscript’s owner says he has cut a deal with the National Geographic Society to release the English translation with a multimedia splash after Easter.
Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, president of the Vatican’s Committee for Historical Science, called it “a product of religious fantasy.”
In an interview, he said the manuscript would not have any impact on church teaching.
“We welcome the (manuscript) like we welcome the critical study of any text of ancient literature,” Brandmuller said.
He said that despite some reports to the contrary, the drive to improve Judas’ reputation does not have the support of the Vatican.
“There is no campaign, no movement for the rehabilitation of the traitor of Jesus,” said Brandmuller.
Brushed onto 31 pages of papyrus in Coptic, an Egyptian script, the manuscript has become tattered after spending centuries buried beneath the sands of middle Egypt and decades on the gray market.
According to Mario Roberty, a Swiss lawyer who currently owns the manuscript, the document, known as a “codex,” has undergone restoration and translation by a team of researchers headed by the Swiss Coptic scholar Rodolphe Kasser.
“They’ve put each page under glass. It’s incredibly brittle and in bad shape,” Roberty said in a phone interview from Geneva.
Results of the research, Roberty said, will be released after Easter, when Christians around the world traditionally mark the official version of Christ’s death as told by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Roberty would not discuss the contents of the codex and a National Geographic spokeswoman in Washington, Mary Jeanne Jacobsen, would not comment at all. But scholars independently following the project have already begun to anticipate some of its findings.
Working from photographs of the codex, Charles Hedrick, a retired professor of Coptic studies at Missouri State University, has translated six pages of the manuscript into English, including the codex’s title “The Gospel of Judas.” Roberty confirmed that Hedrick’s photos were genuine
reproductions of the codex.
Some of the manuscript’s passages echo descriptions in the New Testament of Christ’s arrest, recalling how Roman authorities aimed to “seize (Christ) in the act of prayer” and how Judas “took some money and he delivered (Christ) over to them,” Hedrick said, quoting from his translation.
Although Judas cooperates in the arrest of Christ, Hedrick said, the codex does not depict him as a villain.
“Judas is not a bad guy in this text,” Hedrick said in an interview. “He is the good guy and he is serving God.”

Read the rest of the article here.

Jesus and the Miracles of Healing

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

And as Jesus returned, the people welcomed Him, for they had all been waiting for Him.
And there came a man named Jairus, and he was an official of the synagogue; and he fell at Jesus’ feet, and began to implore Him to come to his house; for he had an only daughter, about twelve years old, and she was dying.
But as He went, the crowds were pressing against Him.
And a woman who had a hemorrhage for twelve years, and could not be healed by anyone, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped.
And Jesus said, “Who is the one who touched Me?” And while they were all denying it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing in on You.”
But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.”
When the woman saw that she had not escaped notice, she came trembling and fell down before Him, and declared in the presence of all the people the reason why she had touched Him, and how she had been immediately healed.
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”

Luke 8:40-48 (New American Standard Bible)

Hamas tells Arabs: Eliminate Israel

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

And somehow this surprises people?

Confronted by confusion in the Arab world over its stance on Israel’s right to exist, Hamas Political Bureau deputy head Musa Abu Marzouq affirmed to an Egyptian interviewer that the terrorist group that won the recent Palestinian Authority elections believes the entire Jewish state must be eliminated.
In an appearance on Egypt’s Dream 2 channel, Marzouq was pressed by an interviewer who insisted Hamas says one thing in English to foreigners and another in Arabic to Palestinians.
Meanwhile, the head of Hamas’ Political Bureau, Khaled Mash’al, reiterated the group’s views of Israel in a visit to Sudan in which he was honored with a poetry reading in a meeting with local intellectuals. Abdallah Abu Qiqa’s poem declared: “We will unite the armies, and they will cry ‘Allah Akbar’ to Tony and to Bush.”
The Feb. 13 conversation in Egypt with Marzouq went like this, according a translation by the
Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI. [MEMRI provides a video excerpt of the interview here.

Read the rest here.

‘Hate crime’ victims:Young, poor, white

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Very interesting…Not what the ACLU and Rainbow what you to hear at all. I’m sure they will be coming out against the report in the near future with their “own” statistics.
I’ve always been against “hate” crime laws. They are too open to what people where “thinking” at the moment they committed the crime. Unless our law enforcement officials have somehow become clairvoyant and can “read” minds, they have no idea what the person was thinking.
God sees all crimes as “hate” crimes. They are all sin to him. If you read the Old Testament, you find page after page of directions from God as to how awful cirme is and how it is to be delt with. Jesus took it a step further by saying in Matthew 5:43-45:
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

WASHINGTON – The most likely victim of a hate crime in the U.S. is a poor, young, white, single urban dweller, according to an analysis of Justice Department statistics collected from between July 2000 and December 2003.
A November report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics detailing a study of 210,000 “hate crimes” a year during that period has gone virtually unreported by the U.S. press.
But it does contain some surprising numbers. While race is, by far, the No. 1 factor cited as the reason for hate crimes, blacks are slightly less likely to be victims and far more likely to be perpetrators, the statistics show.

As defined by the report, a collection of data compiled by the National Crime Victimization Survey and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, an ordinary crime becomes a hate crime when offenders choose a victim because of some characteristic – race, religion, ethnicity, religion or association – and provide evidence that hate prompted them to commit the crime.
The NCVS is a database of 77,600 nationally representative people interviewed every other year about their experience with crime, while the UCR data is based on law enforcement reports to the FBI.
About 56 percent of hate crimes were motivated, at least in part, by racial hatred, according to the study, and most were accompanied by violence.
While nine in 10,000 whites and nine in 10,000 Hispanics are victimized by hate crimes, only seven in 10,000 blacks are targets, according to the report.
“Generally, per capita rates of hate crime victimization do not appear to vary based upon victim’s gender, race, ethnicity or educational attainment,” says the report on all hate crimes reported by victims and police. “However, young people; those never married, separated or divorced; those with low incomes; and those living in urban areas did report experiencing hate crimes at higher rates.”
In fact, those between the ages of 17 and 20 were far more likely to be victims than in any other age group – with 16 incidents per 10,000 people. Those never married, with 16 incidents per 10,000, or separated or divorced, with 26 incidents per 10,000, were also much more likely to be victims of hate crimes. Those with incomes less than $25,000 faced worse odds of victimization, 13 per 10,000, as well as those in urban areas, also 13 per 10,000.
The report says 38 percent of all those reporting hate crimes said the attacker was black, and in 90 percent of those cases, the victim believed the offender’s motive was racial. In incidents involving white attackers, only 30 percent attribute the hate crime to race, while 20 percent attributed it to ethnicity.
The report says 40 percent of white hate crime victims were attacked by blacks, adding, “The small number of black hate crime victims precludes analysis of the race of persons who victimized them.”
The report by the Justice Department is the one most often cited by hate-crime experts as depicting the true national story. It shows the number of incidents is more than 15 times higher than FBI statistics alone reflect.

Read the rest here.

MSM Anti-Christian Bias In Full Force

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Jennifer at the Scriptorium has once again been able to show us the hypocracy of the main stream media (MSM) concerning their almost complete lack of coverage of muslim riots against Christians in Nigeria, that is until the Christians got tired of being targets and decided to standup for themselves. Suddenly, the MSM‘s find their voice and pronouce loud and clear:
“Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly”

Forget the fact that before this, we have to dig into the African press to even find mention of:
“Nigeria: Muhammad Cartoon Protests Spark Attacks on Christians” and Nigeria bans anti-cartoon protest”.

And facts like these are not reported in the MSM:
“At least 17 people, including a Catholic priest, were killed and 30 churches burned in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri when Muslims protesting cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad turned on local Christians” and “Matthew Gajere, in charge of St Rita’s Catholic Church, was burned to death by rioters inside his church”.

What we do hear from the MSM’s, at the bottom of the article, after talking about how bad the violence against the muslems has been:
“Saturday’s protest over the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in Maiduguri marked the first violent demonstrations over the issue in Nigeria. Police say at least 18 people, most of them Christians, died, and 30 churches were burned down. The Christian Association of Nigeria said at least 50 people were killed in the violence.”

But clearly written at the top of the article :
” Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there.”

So let me get this straight. Fifty Christians are killed and Thirty churches are destroyed, some with people burned to death inside, but this is not considered news worthy to the MSM’s. But take six muslims killed and two mosques burned and this is worthy of a headline of “Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly”.
Yup, leave it to our self proclaimed un-biased press to make sure the whole story comes out.
Give a me break!!

Homosexual Activists’ War Against Christianity

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Stay committed to Biblical Truth and Moral Obsolutes. Pray to God that He will show the homosexuals the sin of their lifestyle choices and protect the young ones from blindly accepting the homosexual agenda they are exposed to daily.
This is a long article, but worth reading.

(AgapePress) – “All churches who condemn us will be closed.” That was what Michael Swift, a “gay revolutionary,” declared in a February 1987 issue of the Gay Community News.
“Michael Swift” was a pseudonym, and the first line of the now-infamous homosexual rant — which was even reprinted in the Congressional Record — claimed that the entire piece was a “cruel fantasy” that explained “how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.”
The “dream” was filled with a nightmare scenario that seemed like something out of a fascist coup d’etat: “All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked …. [W]e shall make films about the love between heroic men …. The family unit — spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy and violence — will be abolished …. All churches who condemn us will be closed.”
As the article found its way into Christian publications, believers were horrified, and homosexual activists tried to make light of its contents, claiming that it was intended merely as a satire.
Not many Christians, however, saw the humor in Swift’s sentiments, such as the following: “We shall sodomize your sons …. We shall seduce them in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all-male clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together.”
Identifying the OpponentWhether or not the ravings of this “gay revolutionary” were intended as satire, what is striking is the remarkable success of the plan found within the article. Who can doubt that the legal system — especially following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawrence v. Texas (2003) striking down sodomy laws — has been brought to heel by gay activists? Or that Hollywood has freely committed its tremendous resources to the fight for homosexual legitimacy? Or that the family unit will virtually cease to exist in any traditional sense should gay adoption and same-sex “marriage” become legal everywhere?
While they claim to want only equal protection under law, the real agenda of homosexual activists is simple: the complete alteration of American society to fit the homosexual view of human sexuality, marriage and family.
This is not an overexaggeration. Paula Ettelbrick is former legal director of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and now executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Ettelbrick stated, “Being queer is more than setting up house, sleeping with a person of the same gender, and seeking state approval for doing so …. Being queer means pushing the parameters of sex, sexuality, and family, and in the process, transforming the very fabric of society …. We must keep our eyes on the goal … of radically reordering society’s views of reality.”
That is a pretty comprehensive goal, and activists face a daunting task if they hope to accomplish it. They must change the views of a culture that still remains somewhat anchored in the Judeo-Christian tradition, which considers homosexuality unnatural and sinful. For Ettelbrick and her ilk to convince the American people to change their mind on this issue, the foundation of our culture must be shifted to a new way of perceiving reality that rejects the Judeo-Christian view.
However, that leaves one major institution standing in the way: the Church. Christians who still hold to the Judeo-Christian views of human sexuality, marriage and family are called by religious faithfulness to resist the homosexual movement.
That makes Christians the enemy. In 1987 Steve Warren, a spokesman for the controversial homosexual group ACT UP, wrote an article for The Advocate, a magazine for the gay community. Titled “Warning to the Homophobes,” Warren spoke of “the mean-spirited nature of Judeo-Christian morality.”
Even in 1987, Warren felt that the homosexual movement could not be stopped. And as activists continued to find success, he promised that “we are going to force you [Christians] to recant everything you have believed or said about sexuality.”
Warren said the Bible, especially, would require a face-lift. “Finally, we will in all likelihood want to expunge a number of passages from your Scriptures and rewrite others,” he said, “eliminating preferential treatment of marriage and using words that will allow for homosexual interpretations of passages.”
Battle TacticsSo a homosexual utopia awaits these activists, if only they can deal with those pesky Christians. But if removing the obstacle of the Church is the strategy, what are the tactics through which this victory might be achieved?
That question was answered as far back as 1985, when in their article for Christopher Street, a gay magazine, Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen caused a sensation with their blueprint to “persuade straight America” to accept homosexuality. Their article was expanded into a book on the subject, the national number-one best seller After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s.
Kirk and Madsen focused the heart of their strategy on using the media as a propaganda tool in persuading the majority of Americans that gay is OK. But they also addressed the question of what to do with the hardened opposition — that is, at least in institutional terms, those following the “religious authority” of the Church. Gay activists, the authors said, should take a two-pronged approach to neutralizing the threat of a vigorous Christian-led opposition.
First, to “confound” what Kirk and Madsen called “the homophobia of true believers,” they suggested that gays “muddy the moral waters.” This would be accomplished in part by “publicizing support for gays by more moderate churches” and “raising theological objections of our own about conservative interpretations of biblical teachings.”
This has been done with amazing success in mainline Protestant denominations, such as in the Episcopal Church USA, United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Presbyterian Church USA. Homosexual activists in each of these major denominations have so clouded the issues regarding the biblical view of homosexuality as to threaten each with schism and ruin.
For those churches which resist the siren call to complete moral relativism, Kirk and Madsen submitted a secondary strategy. They suggested that gays “undermine the moral authority of homophobic churches by portraying them as antiquated backwaters, badly out of step with the times ….”
It should come as no surprise, therefore, when Christians see themselves portrayed on countless television shows as self-righteous bigots or hate-filled lunatics who simply refuse to accept the fact that things have changed in America.
Nevertheless, Kirk and Madsen knew that the religious authority of Christian denominations in the U.S. would be difficult to dispel; churches would therefore continue to act as a powerful braking mechanism on any momentum for the acceptance of the homosexual agenda. Kirk and Madsen understood, for example, that simply poking fun of “bigoted Southern ministers drooling with hysterical hatred” would not be enough.
Instead, they said, “Against the mighty pull of institutional Religion one must set the mightier draw of Science and Public Opinion (the shield and sword of that accursed ‘secular humanism’). Such an unholy alliance has worked well against churches before, on such topics as divorce and abortion.”
Thus Christians involved in this theater of the culture war have become accustomed to defending the Judeo-Christian view on sexuality against claims that science has “proven” that homosexuality is genetic. The same is true of the claim that all major mental health and medical professional groups have declared that being gay or lesbian is as natural as being left-handed. Such “scientific” claims have no doubt been instrumental in the dramatic shifts of American public opinion on this topic.
End GameBut beyond these tactics, Kirk and Madsen said plans must also be drawn up to deal with “the entrenched enemy,” which might persist in resisting even in the face of the preliminary schemes. They said: “At a later stage of the media campaign for gay rights — long after other gay ads have become commonplace — it will be time to get tough with remaining opponents. To be blunt, they must be vilified.”
Again, astute Christians who are paying attention to what is happening in our culture can already see this occurring. On high school and college campuses, for example, believers who dare to speak up against the homosexual agenda are being ridiculed and smeared. In corporations where they work, some Christians who refuse to acquiesce to the reigning pro-gay environment are reprimanded or fired.
Nor does it require prophetic insight to understand that churches will not be immune from coercion, either. In fact, gay and lesbian activists at the 1986 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights made this demand: “Institutions that discriminate against lesbian and gay people should be denied tax-exempt status.”
Is it conceivable that in the near future, churches could be threatened with the loss of their tax-exempt status if they refuse to hire a homosexual employee?
Some might scoff at such a threat, relying on the Constitutional protection of religion in the U.S. as a shield. But some homosexual activists seem to view religious liberty as an obstacle to be overcome. For example, lesbian lawyer Barbara Findlay predicted that “the legal struggle for queer rights will one day be a showdown between freedom of religion versus sexual orientation.”
If sexual orientation is ever enshrined as a protected status in federal and state laws, which right will win that showdown?
For the time being, activists can simply attempt to suppress religious free speech whenever the mood hits them.
For example, when a church in Boston hosted a 2005 conference with a message that Jesus can free gays and lesbians from that lifestyle, they were harassed and terrorized by hundreds of homosexual activists and sympathizers outside — while Boston police stood by and did nothing (See
related article).
Finally, if activists ever achieve their goal of having sexual orientation included in federal hate crime statutes, many pro-family groups fear such a moment will be a beachhead on the way to criminalizing “anti-gay” speech and thought.
In his article, Warren’s final warning should cause wise Christians to accurately discern the times in which we live: “We have captured the liberal establishment and the press. We have already beaten you on a number of battlefields. And we have the spirit of the age on our side. You have neither the faith nor the strength to fight us, so you might as well surrender now.”

Toon-o-pho-bia

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Jesus is Lord Online Dictionary
Main Entry: toon-o-pho-bia

Pronunciation: toon-o-‘fO-bE-&
Function: noun
Etymology: -phobia
: an exaggerated usually inexplicable, irrational and illogical fear of blasphemous line drawings and cartoons, resulting in random acts of violence, destruction and bloodshed against anything remotely perceived to be in any way related to, or in a perceived relationship with, the source of the drawings.

‘Emergency’ Bill Would Suspend UAE Port Deal

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

I have to split with the President on this one (and were border control and homeland security are concerned, we split often). There should be no way that we put an islamic country in charge of our ports…Period!!

(CNSNews.com) – With the issue gaining political traction in this election year, lawmakers in both parties are scrambling to criticize — and now to block — a deal that would give the United Arab Emirates control of major U.S. ports.
On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) will announce “emergency legislation” to block the $6.8 billion deal.
Dubai Ports World, a company that is owned and operated by the United Arab Emirates, is buying a British company that currently controls most operations at six ports on the East Coast, including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami and New Orleans.
The Department of Homeland Security screens a small percentage of the cargo coming in and out of those ports. But the port operator is responsible for the rest of the cargo, the port facility itself, and it also hires security personnel, Schumer and King noted.
They are among a growing number of lawmakers who object to having such critical functions being transferred to an Arab country, given concerns about terrorist infiltration.
The Bush administration considers the United Arab Emirates to be a key ally in the war on terror, but al Qaeda used its banking system to finance the 9/11 attacks, press reports said, and two of the 9/11 hijackers came from the U.A.E.
The port deal, which is supposed to be final on March 2, was approved by a U.S. government panel led by Treasury Secretary John Snow. The panel in question — the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. — includes representatives from 11 other federal agencies.
Such deals do not require congressional approval.

Read the rest here.

Update:
The president has threatened to veto the emergency bill.

The Cartoons that Shook the World

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Here is a link to a Little Green Footballs slideshow of the Danish cartoons that have the muslims all upset. Take a look if you dare.

Re-Post: Judith Apter Klinghoffer Blog at HNN

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS: OUR APPEASEMENT AND MSM SILENCE IS KILLING US

I know, I have written about this before. At that time a Nigerian left this comment on my site:
This REFUSAL of the press to mount a HUGE OUTCRY is GETTING US KILLED. . . . If they’d all come out in unison and HOWLED THEIR DISGUST, it might have quelled the riots and shamed the Muslims into ceasing this obscene behaviour. As it is, Muslims see nothing is going to happen to them for howling and they are going to up the ante. The REAL STORY IS THE PRESS REFUSAL TO COVER THIS. WHY?
Now, oh, my God, the machetes have come out. Remember Rwanda? Christians again are murdered in their churches.
You want really to cry? The poor Christians apparently knew what was coming and tried appeasement. On Feb. 3, the BBC reported:
Nigeria’s Christians back Muslims
An umbrella Nigerian Christian body based in the majority Muslim north has condemned the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Now they realize that it was the wrong move. As their appeasement has been interpreted as weakness. Indeed, the cartoons are used to further the goal of turning Nigeria into an Islamic state. The Nigerian Anglicans statement includes the following statement.
From all indications, it is very clear now that the sacrifices of the Christians in this country for peaceful co-existence with people of other faiths has been sadly misunderstood to be weakness.
We have for a long time now watched helplessly the killing, maiming and destruction of Christians and their property by Muslim fanatics and fundamentalists at the slightest or no provocation at all. We are not unaware of the fact that these religious extremists have the full backup and support of some influential Muslims who are yet to appreciate the value of peaceful co-existence.
That an incident in far away Denmark which does not claim to be representing Christianity could elicit such an unfortunate reaction here in Nigeria, leading to the destruction of Christian Churches, is not only embarrassing, but also disturbing and unfortunate.
It is no longer a hidden fact that a long standing agenda to make this Nigeria an Islamic nation is being surreptitiously pursued. The willingness of Muslim Youth to descend with violence on the innocent Christians from time to time is from all intents and purposes a design to actualize their dream.
Remember never again? Do you believe that only the victims of disease, famine and Western “imperialism” deserve your attention?
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The Ten Commandments

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance.
Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.”
Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.”
So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was.

Exodus 20:1-21 (New American Standard Bible)

500 doctoral scientists skeptical of Darwin

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Even here in conservative Texas, I’m told by a local grade school science teacher that Darwinian Theory is still taught as fact in the textbooks. It is a theory, just a theory, not a fact.

More than 500 scientists with doctoral degrees have signed a statement expressing skepticism about Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The statement, which includes endorsement by members of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Russian Academy of Sciences, was first published by the Seattle-based
Discovery Institute in 2001 to challenge statements about Darwinian evolution made in promoting PBS’s “Evolution” series.
The PBS promotion claimed “virtually every scientist in the world believes the theory to be true.”
“Darwinists continue to claim that no serious scientists doubt the theory and yet here are 500 scientists who are willing to make public their skepticism about the theory,” said John G. West, associate director of
Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture.
The institute is the leading promoter of the theory of Intelligent Design, which has been at the center of challenges in federal court over the teaching of evolution in public school classes. Advocates say it draws on recent discoveries in physics, biochemistry and related disciplines that indicate some features of the natural world are best explained as the product of an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection.
West said Darwinist “efforts to use the courts, the media and academic tenure committees to suppress dissent and stifle discussion are in fact fueling even more dissent and inspiring more scientists to ask to be added to the list.”
The statement, signed by 514 scientists, reads:
“We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”
West said the Discovery Institute was encouraged to launch a
website for the list because of the growing number of scientific dissenters.
“Darwin’s theory of evolution is the great white elephant of contemporary thought,” said David Berlinski, a signatory and mathematician and philosopher of science with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. “It is large, almost completely useless, and the object of superstitious awe.”
Other prominent signatories include U.S. National Academy of Sciences member Philip Skell, American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow Lyle Jensen, evolutionary biologist and textbook author Stanley Salthe; Smithsonian Institution evolutionary biologist and researcher at the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Biotechnology Information Richard von Sternberg, editor of Rivista di Biologia/Biology Forum – the oldest still published biology journal in the world – Giuseppe Sermonti and Russian Academy of Natural Sciences embryologist Lev Beloussov.
The list include 154 biologists, 76 chemists and 63 physicists. They hold doctorates in biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, computer science and related disciplines.
Many are professors or researchers at major universities and research institutions such as MIT, The Smithsonian, Cambridge University, UCLA, University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Ohio State University, University of Georgia and University of Washington.

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for February 20th (Part 2)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Orwell’s Nightmare in View

Let me preface this commentary with the thought that when it comes to conspiracy theories and clandestine plots, you will find me among the last of those who observe these prophetic times to latch on to such fear-fetchings. Chattering about the Tri-lateral Commission, the Bilderbergers, the Council on Foreign Relations, or even Yale’s Skull and Bones –all talk of these things usually sends me veering from the cabal engaged in such rumination. The conspiracy to consider, so far as humanistic drive toward one-world government and the like is concerned, is that ongoing desire of Lucifer to put his throne above the Stars of God. Satan is the real conspiracy-maker!
We find his conspiracy-making within the following Scriptures.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isa. 14:12-14).
This is the conspiratorial evil conglomerate about whom we, as Christians, should be concerned. Here’s the familiar exhortation God gives us through the Apostle Paul:
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints…” (Eph. 6:11-18).
With all of that laid down as prerequisite to looking into our troubled times, we have to agree with many who believe that Orwellian developments continue apace. Satan is observably shaping the humanistic drive to return to Babel. George Orwell, of course, was the English writer most famous for his dark, futuristic novel, 1984.
The year was, as the novel’s title indicates—1984. At the time of the book’s release in 1947, Orwell’s fictional account portrayed a time quite in the future. Orwell’s story portrayed a world divided into dictatorships. The dictator that enslaved most of the western world involved –not surprisingly for an English writer of his time—England, and London, in particular. It is fascinating, therefore, that developments in our time involving governmental controls that might someday provide machinery of world-encompassing dictatorship, seem to be spawned in Great Britain.
We’ve mentioned a number of times in these commentaries the closed-circuit television (cct) technologies that have exploded, especially in Great Britain. London, as well as most larger cities in England, has become a prototype for the surveillance society of the future. Although his arrival is tardy, Orwell’s Big Brother approaches.
Government in the UK continues to march toward Orwell’s world, despite considerable opposition. We see the struggle in the following news excerpts:
“The Government comfortably survived the first of a series of crunch votes last night when MPs overturned an attempt by the House of Lords to make identity cards voluntary rather than compulsory… Government won the vote on the Identity Cards Bill by 310 to 279, a majority of 31. Twenty Labour MPs voted against the Government in the key first vote. The Government’s success in overturning the series of defeats inflicted by peers means that within two years people renewing or applying for passports will be required to have an ID card, at a cost of £93 for both documents” (London Telegraph 10 Feb, 2006, “ID cards in two years as rebellion defeated,” by George Jones and Brendan Carlin).
Great Britain now has in place a civil ban on anti-social behavior. This is supposed to assuage the more petty criminal activities, like minor theft, hooliganism, and rowdiness in general. Known as the ASBO (Anti-Social Behavior Order), it is being used to point fingers of anti-social behavior charges at anyone who disagrees with civil order within the state. This is not unlike Hitler’s Germany of the 1930s, whereby national socialism came into play in the hands of the Nazis, leading up to marginalizing anyone and everyone –including those holding to Judeo-Christian values from the Bible.
And, the Orwellian knot tightens, strangling what small degree of personal liberty remains in Great Britain. The noose snuffs the life from liberty, incrementally. Not unlike humanism and secularism has snuffed light from Christianity, which once shone brightly throughout Britannia.
So, seeing the Luciferian conspiracy grow to ever-increasing dimensions as of late, perhaps I should not be so quick to dismiss, out of hand, reports like this one I once would have viewed with a much greater degree of skepticism: “BERKELEY, Calif.–A Halliburton subsidiary has just received a $385 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security to provide ‘temporary detention and processing capabilities.’
The contract — announced Jan. 24 by the engineering and construction firm KBR — calls for preparing for ‘an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs’ in the event of other emergencies, such as ‘a natural disaster.’…No paper so far has discussed the possibility that detention centers could be used to detain American citizens if the Bush Administration were to declare martial law…” (“Homeland Security Contracts for Vast New Detention Camps,” New America Media, News Analysis/Commentary, Peter Dale Scott, Feb 08, 2006).
When considered alongside all of the other prophetic signals that the real Big Brother is on his way, there is good reason for us who name the name of Christ to look up and lift up our heads, for our redemption draws near (Luke 21:28).
–Terry

Re-Post: Nearing Midnight for February 20th (Part 1)

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

The Hunting of Dick Cheney

The Bible calls Satan the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). His evil will contaminates all aspects of life today–politics, music, entertainment, education, and even religion. The apostle Paul described Satan as the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2).
I don’t recall seeing the name “Lucifer” on the last election ballot. Obviously, his authority comes from the supernatural influence he has over the leaders of this world.
For years I’ve been pointing to the fact that the liberal media is the perfect servant for implementing the bidding of the Prince of Darkness. The press controls what gets reported as news, they can put any type of spin on world events, and they don’t have to worry about elections.
As you all probably know by now, Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot his friend, attorney Harry Whittington, while hunting for quail at a Texas ranch.
The White House news corps has been pounding the Bush Administration, demanding to learn every conceivable detail about Vice President Dick. The media’s fixation with the story can only be described as bizarre. I’m surprised they haven’t tried to interview the hunting dogs.
At every step, their obvious goal has been to make the story as negative as possible.
The press was the most upset about Cheney’s delay in reporting the event. But had Cheney made a statement to the press within a few minutes of the episode, I doubt it would have been any less of a circus.
Whenever I heard “the story just won’t go away,” it crossed my mind that the liberal media is its own obstacle in getting over the story. Of course, it continues by saying “The whole ordeal has weakened Mr. Cheney’s influence.” Says who? ABC asked whether damage control is probable. No, people are rioting in the streets and Cheney’s resignation is the only way to restore the peace.
The Washington news hounds have no special position in the information chain. They seem to think they are the fourth branch of government, with the executive, legislative, and judicial branches directly accountable to them.
The liberal media absolutely hates Mr. Cheney. He has slighted the press by choosing to stay out of the Washington limelight. When it comes to his personal life, the Vice President doesn’t think the press should know where he is, what he’s doing, or who he’s doing it with.
When Cheney finally addressed the incident, he chose to do it with Fox News host Brit Hume. Because Fox is the only conservative-leaning news network, the true media (liberal) had a fresh round of fits, and I personally had a good laugh. They demanded that the Vice President come clean by holding a news conference with them.
A month from now it’s highly unlikely that anything will remain of this story. I think the liberal media did its cause a disservice by stepping on stories that would have had a more damaging impact on the Bush Administration. I’m guessing that the media’s better judgment was simply displaced by the sheer pleasure reporters felt in being able to stick it to Cheney.
Mr. Whittington, the victim in this affair, thinks the whole uproar was overblown. After his discharge from a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, he said, “My family and I are deeply sorry for everything Vice President Cheney and his family have had to deal with.”
In the space of a week, we had a good opportunity to see how the Washington press corps twists news to fit its collective ideology. If you follow the liberal media enough, you would know that anyone who is its political friend would be treated in a different manner. The Rev. Jesse Jackson is one good example.
Until the day I leave this world, I will never forget how the liberal media handled the Jesse Jackson affair with a young staffer, Karin Stanford. The events stand as the greatest example of hypocrisy I’ve ever witnessed in my life.
While Clinton was going through his own adultery scandal, Jackson came to offer guidance, and he brought along Stanford, who was heavily pregnant with his love child. Money from his Rainbow Push Coalition was used to buy Stanford’s silence. The organization paid her $400,000 to relocate to California.
That shocking story only survived three days in the mainstream press. Today, the press seems to have no memory of Jackson’s affair. You would have to understand the liberal bias to explain why a minor hunting accident involving the Vice President could turn into an uproar going into its second week.
One of the reasons the world is sliding towards judgment is the fact that most people fail to see the small steps being taken to move us in that direction. Because the liberal media can hide behind the mask of “we’re-just-covering-the-news,” it can get away with its subtle plan of manipulation.
The liberal media will be a major player in the last days. As I have said before, when the Antichrist comes into power, the press will be tripping over itself to report his every word. The values that the press currently portrays will perfectly match the values of the forthcoming Antichrist. It will be love at first sight.
— Todd

Grandmother Gets Help Asserting Preschooler’s Right to Share His Faith

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Keep praying that more of this happens.

SAN DIEGO (AgapePress) – Thanks to the efforts of a persistent grandmother and advice from a pro-family legal group, a four-year-old student at a Head Start program in one Oregon city can now talk about his faith with classmates. An instructor had initially muzzled the youngster’s religious speech at school.
Recently, a four-year old, “Zachariah,” who attended a Head Start early childhood development program in Baker City, Oregon, was talking to a classmate during non-instructional time when a teacher overheard his comments about Christianity. The instructor proceeded to inform the child that he could not talk about religion at school, an action that prompted the boy’s grandmother to contact the
American Family Association Center for Law and Policy (AFA Law Center).
Steve Crampton is the AFA Law Center’s Chief Counsel and a specialist in constitutional law. He says many U.S. schools and other public educational institutions will, in an effort to avoid legal troubles, actually take steps that may put them on the wrong side of the law by infringing on students’ First Amendment freedoms.
In this case, Crampton notes, “The teacher was basically insinuating herself into a private conversation between Zachariah and one of his classmates. The over-zealousness on the part of this teacher is extraordinary, and I’m sure she thought she was doing a good deed, trying to protect the school. But, in fact, she was interfering with Zachariah’s own constitutional rights.”
Zachariah’s grandmother wrote to the attorneys at the AFA Law Center, explaining what had happened and requesting advice in preparation for a meeting with a teacher from the preschool program. In the pro-family legal group’s response, they let the concerned woman know that her grandson does indeed have the right to speak to his classmates about God, “providing of course that he does so in a manner that does not disrupt the normal academic exercises of the class.”
In his response, Crampton told the woman that the school was most probably “operating under the misimpression that the Establishment Clause, which bars the school from promoting religion, similarly prohibits your grandson from talking about God and promoting religion.” However, he noted, “The school is wrong. As the United States Supreme Court has observed, “[t]here is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion,” which the Constitution’s free Speech and free exercise clauses protect.
Once these facts were conveyed to the school, the AFA Law Center’s Chief Counsel says the matter was quickly resolved. He notes, “After we gave the grandmother a little steer on the law and explained that Zachariah was well within his constitutional rights to share his faith at school, the teacher visited. And now, the school has backed off and recognizes the right of Zachariah to talk about God at school during non-instructional times.
“Obviously,” Crampton adds, “like anybody else, he’s not going to be allowed to disrupt class; but it’s a tremendous victory.” He says officials at the boy’s school have apologized for their behavior and now understand that, according to the law, students can freely talk about their faith without fear of repercussion.