Archive for March 8th, 2006

And You Will Be With Me

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing ” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves.
And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”
The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!”
Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”
But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

Luke 23:33-43 (New American Standard Bible)

Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”

John 11:24-27 (New American Standard Bible)

A Little Prayer with a Friend

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Re-Post: “Does Gay Prevention Hurt Teens?” from Rapture Alert

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Does Gay Prevention Hurt Teens?
by Michael G. Mickey
(3-7-06)

As I’m sure many of my readers recall, I’ve highlighted recently how easily the end times Christian can be deceived when he or she fails to dig into some of the hype presented by the liberal news media and seek out the truth of a matter. Such is the case in relation to an Associated Press story I found entitled “Report: Gay Prevention Programs Harm Teens.” While I have no genuine idea whether the AP’s intention was to make people think, based solely on its title, it’s harmful for certain programs to try to prevent teens from being gay, Exodus International being the sponsor of one such program, one could easily get that impression at a glance. Only when one digs into the article is it discovered that the report critical of gay prevention programs was prepared by homosexuals themselves, namely the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, which I think it’s fair to say has a certain bias in relation to the findings of its “report.” What the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute is engaging in, through the use of its report, has little to do with the welfare of teenagers and everything to do with warfare — against Christianity and, in particular, the Word of God! According to the AP article, the report indicates “some Christian-based gay prevention and treatment groups have used the First Amendment protection of religion to avoid sanctions by state health officials seeking to enforce regulations on counselors who offer therapy without a license.” How dare Bible-believing members of the clergy tell children that Almighty God has forbidden them from practicing sexual immorality, namely homosexuality, without being licensed therapists? Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman is quoted in the AP article as saying the activities of the clergy in guiding the moral lives of teenagers “deserves to be regulated.” What Foreman and the others involved in this insideous plot against the Word of God want is to stop Christians from telling children it is a sin to practice homosexuality, as well as keep clergymen from leading teenagers who’ve given themselves over to practicing homosexuality out of their sin and back into an obedient relationship with their Heavenly Father. Does gay prevention hurt teens? Not if we believe the Word of God! Throughout the Bible, we see time and time again that obedience to God’s will leads to blessing. Disobedience to God’s will, on the other hand, brings judgment, trouble, heartbreak, and, if left unchecked, eternal damnation. If there’s anything I hope the readers of my site are learning through my humble efforts, it’s this: Evil has a plan – one that intends to see the Word of God, the Gospel of JesusChrist, and the Church silenced by whatever means necessary. Whether it be through thinly-veiled deception designed to pull at the heart strings of Christians by implying their efforts to keep children free from sexual immorality actually harms them or outright warfare against the Word of God and men of God found in the body of the article, the battle between good and evil rages on here in these end times. Question: Do you, as a Christian, have any reservations whatsoever when it comes to calling a sin a sin, due to the efforts of darkness to make you feel bad for doing what God would have you to do, namely to uphold the teachings of His Word literally? I sincerely hope not, but if your answer to that question is yes, you have allowed yourself to enter into a dialogue with darkness and, having done so, brought yourself into a state of spiritual confusion. How do you repair that problem? Through repentance, study of the Word, living your life BY THE BOOK and telling others how to live their lives BY THE BOOK – God’s Book. James 5:20: Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. God bless Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, who himself found his way out of homosexuality and into God’s will and is heading a ministry comprised, at least partially, of others who’ve done the same – a much-needed ministry here in these end times where the world is beginning to look more and more like Sodom and Gomorrah. I pray God’s blessing be upon everyone at Exodus International and that their efforts will lead many teens, as well as adults, to repent of their sexual immorality and come to faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Those who do so, whether teenagers or adults, will not be harmed in the least as the future will demonstrate to be true. How can I say that without being a licensed therapist? Because that’s what God’s Word says and is true, no matter how many “reports” the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute may write to the contrary.

Pro-life Web directory launches

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Please consider bookmarking their site. One of the best ways Americans have for showing their support of something is with our money. Please support these businesses.

A new directory of pro-life businesses officially launches on the Internet today, hoping both to connect consumers with like-minded businesses and generate money for pro-life causes.
ProlifePages.com offers Web surfers means to search for businesses by state, zip code or keyword.
“Prolife America has long needed a mechanism that could help get pro-life people on the same page, on the local and national level,” said Steve Sanborn, ProlifePages president, in a statement. “A great way to aid that process is by focusing on what we already do as consumers and product and service providers.”
Sanborn says the company’s plan is to lead its audience – 55 percent of the nation, he says – to the directory while collecting “modest annual fees” for business listings.
“The vision is simple,” says Sanborn. “It’s someone needing new windows for a home, or a new car, or financial advice for investments or any of the everyday products and services we all want and need over and over again. Connecting with like-minded businesses can make a major difference for pro-life efforts.
“ProlifePages offers a beginning for changing how and where pro-life consumers look for the products and services they need – and how businesses view the power of the pro-life market. The connections are already there, they’re just not neatly arranged in an accessible online list for the world to see and share. That’s what ProlifePages.com is for.”
All company profits are donated to support pro-life charitable organizations – a fact Sanborn believes will be a strong incentive for Americans who oppose abortion to use the directory.
Said Jack Cashill, WND columnist and executive editor of the Midwest business magazine Ingram’s: “The pro-life majority has a tremendous amount of potential. This is a great way to capture that potential and turn it into something defined and effective.”
Noted Sanborn: “Fortunately, many pro-life consumers seem to know where not to shop, but there’s not much out there to tell us where to shop and whom to do business with.”
Revenue generated by ProlifePages.com will be distributed via the ProlifePages Charitable Fund to pro-life charities, particularly those that counsel expectant mothers, provide or wish to provide ultrasound services and work with adoption.

Palestinians bilked U.S. taxpayers out of millions?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

And somehow we are all surprised that slimy, pali terrorist would actually cheat the “great satan” out of millions of dollars?

Congress today will be presented with a new study that documents the Palestinians have inflated their population numbers by over 50 percent and that almost $3 billion in United States taxpayer funds may have been provided as aid to the Palestinians in part based on fraudulent data.
“American tax dollars and other international humanitarian aid have been based on inflated population numbers which have been accepted without question by governments and aid agencies. Our researchers pointed out that money has been spent to help Palestinians who were double-counted, never born or not present in the West Bank and Gaza,” Bennet Zimmerman, head of the new study, titled “Arab Population in the West Bank and Gaza,” told WND.
Zimmerman led a team of researchers who found Palestinians have inflated their population by close to 1.5 million, in some cases counting people in some cities twice. He was invited to testify today at a House International Relations Subcommittee on the Middle East chaired by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., probing U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Read the rest here.

Gospel Singer: There’s Way Out Of Being Gay

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Ah-Oh, the homosexual activist aren’t going to like this guy very much.
Notice how big an article Local 6 gave this story. Buried pretty deep in the web site too. Liberal media…gotta love ’em.

FREEPORT, N.Y. — Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin said he knows from personal experience that God offers an exit for people who don’t want to be gay.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, who pastors a church in New York, told Religion and Ethics Newsweekly that after being molested as a boy his “desires were toward men.”
But he said, “God gave me the wherewithal to get out of that and find out who I really am.”
“That’s how the change took place, the different scriptures in the Bible, his will being shown through the scriptures,” McClurkin said. “God walked me through it.”
McClurkin said that he tells others “who are looking for that exit” that God can “do it for them.”

Hamas Website Encourages Kids to Become Martyrs

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

My question to the world is this:
Where are the human rights organizations and their outcry against this form of child abuse? Why are they so silent?

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – A new Hamas website for children encourages them to become suicide bombers.
The homepage of Al-Fateh.net shows a cartoon of a girl using a slingshot to throw rocks, presumably against Israelis, and the website also offers stories about “martyrs,” said Palestinian Media Watch, an independent Israeli media watchdog.
In “Stories of the Shahids (martyrs),” the website on Tuesday mentioned Naseem Al Ja’abari, one of two suicide bombers who killed 16 people on public buses in the southern Israeli city of Beersheba in August 2004.
According to a translation provided by Palestinian Media Watch, Naseem’s mother describes her son’s merits and says when she heard of his death she “went to buy dates and candies for the people who came to congratulate [us].” She also sends her greetings to everyone who wants to become a martyr, Palestinian Media Watch said.
Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for suicide bombings that have left hundreds of Israelis and several Americans dead and wounded over the last 12 years, is set to take control of the Palestinian Authority government after sweeping wins in recent parliamentary elections.
Khaled Mashaal, the head of Hamas’ political bureau, said in an interview earlier this week that Hamas’ military wing” would not take part in the new Palestinian government, but instead would continue the struggle against Israel.
Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has said that no Hamas leader is immune to Israeli targeted strikes, not even Palestinian Prime Minister-designate Ismail Haniyeh.
“The moment Hamas chooses the path of terror, there is no question here of political or non-political [leadership],” Mofaz said in a radio interview on Tuesday. “This would be a terrorist leadership, and therefore none of its members would be immune,” he said.
Haniyeh, in response, said there is nothing new in the threats and that Palestinians would “rise above them.”
Two years ago, Israel killed Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in a targeted strike, and a month later his successor Abdul Aziz Rantissi was killed in a similar attack. Haniyeh escaped an earlier Israeli attempt to wipe out the entire Hamas leadership.
On Feb. 24, prime ministerial advisor Dr. Ra’anan Gissin told Cybercast News Service that Hamas parliamentarians would not be immune to counter-terror operations if they persisted in organizing terror attacks.
“It does not matter if someone has a political position or a VIP card, if he is involved in instigating, inciting or planning terror attacks — he can consider himself a target.”
Gissin spoke after Avi Dichter, the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet internal security services, said that Haniyeh could be a target.
“I see no situation in which Haniyeh enjoys immunity just because he is the prime minister,” Dichter said last month.
“In my eyes he was and remains a terrorist, whatever he does … If there is a terror attack and Israel decides to reply with a targeted assassination, Haniyeh will be a legitimate target, because Hamas cannot carry out an attack without the leadership’s consent,” Dichter was quoted as saying in an interview with the Hebrew daily Yediot Aharonot.

HBO’s Big Love

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

More of the same from hollywood.

Janet Parshall
Beyond the News

Those of us who have been outspoken defenders of traditional marriage – one man and one woman – have been predicting for some time that legalizing gay marriage would open the door to all sorts of new definitions of what does constitute marriage.
Turns out – we’re right. Now there’s a movement called polyamory, which means “many loves.” Its followers believe that the government has no right to restrict how consenting adults choose to define a family.
One polyamorist has relationships with a total of 12 men and women, which he calls co-lovers. The A.C.L.U. of Utah believes these groupings are protected constitutionally and more recently under the Lawrence decision.
Gay activists want America to buy into this agenda. Enter HBO and their new series Big Love, featuring a home improvement store owner in Salt Lake City who lives with his three wives and seven children.
People who believe in the true and historic definition of marriage must prepare for a long and difficult battle. But don’t expect HBO to be helping anytime soon.

Pastor Forced to Foot Bill for ‘Police Protection’ During Pro-Family Rally

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Just try to tell me there are not double standards when dealing with Christians…!!

(AgapePress) – A pro-family activist says it’s outrageous that a pastor was charged thousands of dollars for a police detail to protect those attending a Christian event from homosexual activists who were demonstrating outside.
Last month Tom Crouse, a pastor in Worcester, Massachusetts, held a pro-family, Christian event that focused on God’s design of heterosexuality and featured a “Mr. Heterosexual” contest. However, various homosexual groups attempted to force the event to be cancelled. When those efforts failed, about 100 pro-homosexual activists congregated in the streets outside the facility where the event was held.
But prior to allowing the Christian rally to take place in historic Mechanics Hall, local law enforcement authorities demanded that Crouse pay $6,200 up front to cover the costs for a police detail, equipment that would be used to search the attendees, and training for staff to operate the equipment. In contrast, according to a Massachusetts-based pro-family group, on the evening of the rally, police permitted the pro-homosexual demonstrators — who had announced their intentions days beforehand — to protest without a permit, blocked traffic to allow the demonstration, and did not charge the demonstrators any money for a police detail.
The group Article 8 Alliance reports that those entering the rally in Mechanics Hall were subjected to “airport-style security searches and other things which no other event at that hall ever requires.” Also featured during the event was Jonathan Owens, a 22-year-old former homosexual who shared his testimony how a relationship with Jesus Christ had led out of that lifestyle.
Alliance president Brian Camenker says Christians throughout the nation should be outraged and concerned.
“What happened inside was so harmless that even the gay activist newspaper said they couldn’t understand why they considered it such a big deal — but they did,” he says. Camenker explains what he perceives to be those activists’ rationale. “They don’t want the message that you can leave homosexuality or any discussion that criticizes the homosexual lifestyle to be allowed, and especially from a Christian perspective. This drives them crazy.”
Camenker explains that Christians in Massachusetts are often targeted by homosexual activists — and laments that if Christians choose not to stand up against those activists, it will only get worse. “This story hasn’t ended yet, believe me,” he says. “But this is the kind of infuriating thing that is happening in Massachusetts and is probably going to start happening around the country … when these gay activists decide that they want to close down Christian events that they don’t agree with.”
Approximately 250 people attended the event organized by Pastor Crouse. Participating in the pro-homosexual demonstration outside were Worcester Mayor Tim Murray, City Councilor Kate Toomey, and School Committee Member Joe O’Brien.

Update:
WordNetDaily has further details on this story:

A Massachusetts pastor who organized a pro-family event called “Mr. Heterosexual 2006 – A Celebration of God’s Design” is suing the city of Worcester for requiring him to pay for the cost of police protection – $6,200 – based on the city’s assumption protesters would show up.
Tom Crouse’s event took place at the renowned Mechanic’s Hall theater in Worcester without incident Saturday, but city officials had demanded prior to the event that he pay for security.
Mayor Tim Murray, the city’s Human Rights Commission and the City Manager’s Task Force released statements denouncing the event as “hateful” and “intolerant.”
Crouse is represented in the federal civil rights lawsuit by the Arizona-based public interest group Alliance Defense Fund.
“City government officials cannot charge a fee for free speech to take place in a private venue,” said ADF Senior Counsel Gary McCaleb. “Unfortunately, the city officials in Worcester are doing just that by forcing our client to pay thousands of dollars in security costs based on little more than fear that someone might protest.”
McCaleb asserted the silencing of speech based on negative reactions “is an unlawful ‘heckler’s veto,’ a form of censorship prohibited by the First Amendment.”
“The possibility that someone might protest does not give city officials the right to slap a fee on the speaker, essentially punishing him for other people’s reactions,” he said.
Crouse says his event is a response to a “Mr. Gay 2005” competition in San Diego. At a press conference, he insisted the event was not “gay-bashing or hate filled.”
The pastor hosts a weekly radio show, “Engaging Your World,” on a Worcester station.
‘Mr. Hetero’ mug sold by Pastor Tom Crouse
He has a section of his website devoted to “Mr. Hetero,” which sells related merchandise.
Crouse has been active in efforts to repeal Massachusetts’ same-sex marriage law. On the website of his church, Holland Congregational Church, he said he’s “thoroughly convinced if the people of Massachusetts get to vote they, like those from every other state, will vote for marriage to be defined as one man one woman.”
“The pro-gay movement is scared to death of the people being allowed to vote because they also know they do not have a hope if it goes to the people,” he said. “They know that what an activist judicial branch created, the legalization of gay marriage, the people will overturn.”
The bio on his site says, “In his 43 years, Tom has led a rock band, wrestled professionally, been a VP of marketing for a private payphone business conducting weekly seminars, owned his own business, and sold everything from lawn care to kitchen cabinets to industrial painting equipment.”
Crouse says he lived a wild, rebellious life until becoming a Christian in 1984.
“I tell kids whatever you do – sex, drugs, drinking – it won’t be enough,” he said. “Whatever it is it won’t satisfy you. There will be that emptiness that only Jesus Christ can fill. I know. I’ve been down all those other roads.”

Pro-Aborts Expected to Challenge South Dakota’s Abortion Ban

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Well, we all knew, including the people in the South Dakota government who started the whole thing, that the pro-death crowd would challenge this in court.
One thing I want you to understand, is that typically (and with most generalizations, I understand that not everyone is like this), the disposition of the pro-life crowd versus the pro-death are exact opposites. Little Green Footballs recently reported on a Pro-Life rally in California. I’ll see if I can run down the link later and post it here, or you can search for it over on the LGF website (see my link in the sidebar). What you will notice, that for the most part, as a whole, the Pro-Life people are non-violent, non-confrontational and generally a “better behaved” group of people then the pro-death crowd. Keep this in mind as you view pictures of protest and rallys while this court battle rages, and I think you will see what I’m talking about.

(AgapePress) – Pro-life advocates in South Dakota and around the country fully expect pro-abortion forces to file lawsuits challenging that state’s recently signed law banning abortions, thereby delaying enactment of the law and setting up a potential showdown in the Supreme Court. The sponsor of the legislation, along with the American Life League, is emphasizing the need for prayer as that more-than-likely battle looms.
South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds expects his state’s ban on abortion to be tied up in court for years to come — but that didn’t stop him Monday from signing into law a bill that directly challenges Roe v. Wade. HB 1215 makes it a crime for doctors in that state to perform an abortion unless it is necessary to save the woman’s life — and it makes no exception in cases of rape or incest. Physicians who violate the ban could face up to five years in prison.
The South Dakota chief executive may have had some other reservations about signing the bill. Rounds tells Associated Press that even with the recent addition of two conservative justices to the U.S. Supreme Court — which some interpret to mean increased chances the high court will someday overturn Roe — he thinks a more effective tactic would be to chip away at abortion a little bit at a time instead of a head-to-head confrontation with the landmark 1973 court decision.
“Personally I think [the Supreme Court] will be more interested in looking at different aspects of Roe v. Wade rather than the direct frontal assault,” the governor says, “but we’ll never know unless someone tries.”
Even without legal challenges to the measure, the abortion ban would not take effect until July. But only too willing to accommodate the governor’s prediction about such challenges are pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the leading provider of abortion services in the world, and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Elizabeth Toledo, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood, sees the obvious threat to Roe v. Wade. “This South Dakota bill is an attempt to criminalize abortion in South Dakota and ultimately nationwide,” she tells AP. “We intend to use every means that we can to stop the South Dakota law from actually being enacted.” And PP’s new president, Cecile Richards, reinforces that statement, vowing to “use all legal options available to prevent this law from taking effect.”
In an open letter to Planned Parenthood’s constituents, Richards acknowledges what she describes as “national implications” to the South Dakota ban on abortion. “I want to personally assure you that Planned Parenthood will continue to do everything in our power to protect our clients’ access to the reproductive health care services you need,” she states. PP operates the only abortion clinic in the state.
As for NARAL, it sees the law as part of a “larger anti-choice strategy” to overturn Roe. “Our opponents may be fired up over this latest victory,” the group says in a press release, “but we can’t let them achieve their goal of overturning Roe v. Wade.”

The Power of Prayer
The sponsor of the South Dakota legislation has a suggestion on how pro-lifers can endure the lawsuits that are likely forthcoming. “The prayers have to continue,” says Republican State Representative Roger Hunt. “The prayers have to be for all of those people who are involved in the judicial system. We need to make sure that all of the pro-life communities are praying for a decision that’s going to protect the unborn — but at the same time we need to pray for patience.”
The leader of American Life League, the nation’s largest grass-roots, pro-life educational organization, concurs with the call for prayer, adding that it expects any such challenges will eventually make it to the Supreme Court. If that happens, ALL’s Judie Brown says “we are praying that the U.S. Supreme Court will use this bill, and its definition of a human being, as a vehicle to declare the personhood of pre-born children in the womb beginning at fertilization.”
Brown also admonishes advocates for life to pray “that God will use the efforts of the people in South Dakota and other states to bring a full recognition of the personhood of every human being from its point of creation to its natural death.”
And while the ALL spokeswoman welcomes the South Dakota bill, Brown would likely disagree with Governor Rounds’ contention that it might be better to just chip away at Roe — or with anyone who might feel the timing is not right for the bill. “We firmly believe that it is the responsibility of the pro-life movement to always push as hard as possible for full protection of every baby in the womb,” she says.
“As much as we humans try to convince ourselves that we can determine the exact time when certain legislation should be passed, the reality is that it is God’s time that is important.”

Ready and Waiting
Meanwhile, crisis pregnancy centers in South Dakota and elsewhere stand ready to offer women alternatives to abortion. Leslee Unruh says the Alpha Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and 1,400 other crisis pregnancy centers nationwide are ready to provide alternatives to pregnant women once abortion is outlawed.
Unruh says she is excited that Governor Rounds has signed a law banning almost all abortions. “South Dakota is leading — we’re number one — we’re leading the rest of the country,” she says. “And something so exciting is that … there’s going to be equal rights for unborn children.”
Unruh, who founded the Alpha Center and also serves as president of the Sioux Falls-based Abstinence Clearinghouse, says many crisis pregnancy centers are led by women who regret their past abortions and hope to steer other women toward motherhood or adoption.
According to Family News In Focus, Unruh and her husband — a chiropractor who is also a pro-life advocate — have been the target of abortion advocates for their outspoken support for the abortion ban. She reports receiving threatening phone calls and hate mail, and even being mailed coat hangers by some who believe women will die from illegal abortions. In addition, the bodies of dead and decomposing animals have been dumped on the property where her husband’s clinic is located.
But FNIF reports Unruh is taking the threats in stride, and plans to use the coat hangers to hang up baby clothes in the Alpha Center.