Archive for April 26th, 2006

The Real Reason Gas Prices are High

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

OK, I’m going to take a moment to dispel some of the false information that is going on out there concerning why gas prices are so high. I’m not going to post a bunch of figures to back this up with right now because I’m very busy, but if quite a few people demand it, I will nail the figures down and add them later.
Here we go.

The reason that gas prices are up is because of the United State’s dependence of foreign oil.
Why are we dependent on foreign oil?
Because we refuse to do any significant drilling domestically and refuse to build new oil refineries.
Why do we refuse to do these things that would help us have enough gas to meet demand?
Because the politicians are afraid of stressing owls, foxes and caribou.
The environmental laws of this country make it virtually impossible to drill or add refinery capacity. In short, we have done this to ourselves.

I keep seeing headlines like “Bush Announces Gas Price Investigation” and “Democrats Quick to Jump on Bush for High Gas Prices”. This type of rot really gets my blood pressure up. All this is political hogwash and finger pointing.
We, the self-absorbed American public are to blame.

And Guess What?
It’s too late to do anything about it.
That’s right. Even if we started drilling and building today, it would take almost 2 years or more for it to even begin to make a difference.

Before you blame one party or the other, take a moment to check the voting record of your congressperson and senator. How did they vote on domestic drilling issues and environmental issues? Might be an eye opener.

If you can’t take the time to check out the facts, by the way, then you deserve to be paying at least $3.00 per gallon for gas.

Hispanic Attorney Says Using Term Illegal Alien Racial Slur

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “illegal” as: “not according to or authorized by law”. It goes on to define “alien” as: “relating, belonging, or owing allegiance to another country or government”.
Exactly how is it racist to use the correct terminology to describe someone’s immigration status. It’s amazing how far a liberal is willing to distort things in order to play the race card.

Appearing on KLIF Radio’s Gregg Knapp show, attorney Domingo Garcia said that using the terms illegal alien or illegal immigrant is a “racial slur”. Garcia said that those who use it, in reference to Hispanics, are racist.
Knapp advised Garcia that using the term “illegal aliens” or “illegal immigrants” is an accurate term applied to [their] legal vs. illegal status in the country and a true depiction of the fact that they are illegal. Garcia said: “Using words like illegal alien is like calling people derogatory names…like calling people nigger!”

Citizen-built border fence gains steam

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Until we close our borders, homeland security is a joke. Not only shouldn’t we reward illegal immigrant aliens with amnesty programs, but our borders must be closed and controlled.
What is really sad though is that we pay billions of dollars in taxes, yet our federal government, whose job it is to secure our borders, can’t get the job done without volunteers and private individuals footing the bill. I think I’ll ask for a refund.

Taking matters into their own hands, some activists are working to build a fence along the nearly 2,000-mile U.S. southern border – with or without government participation.
Using the slogan “American Citizens Securing the Borders Themselves,” The Border Fence Project hopes to raise enough money to build a fence along 90 percent of the U.S.-Mexico border that currently has no physical barrier.
According to the effort’s website, the “fencing solution” will include the use of near-wholesale raw materials and use volunteer labor to build the structure.
Leaders from both parties in Washington have been reluctant to advocate a fence along the entire border, with some saying a “virtual fence” using high-tech surveillance equipment and drones can do the job of stemming illegal immigration.
States the Border Fence Project website: “Because Washington officials have consistently shown apprehension and outright consternation of the idea of a complete fence, it is unlikely they will ever cooperate, assuming the public continues to vote for special-interest candidates. Furthermore, most estimates show that because of the inefficiency of government labor and high markup on raw materials, the cost is likely to run $9 billion, only 23 percent of the Department of Homeland Security annual budget, but enough to receive grief from the open-borders lobby.
“We know we the civilian volunteers, in cooperation with Minuteman-like groups already on the border, can do the job for 1/400 of that cost!”
The organization, led by Jim Wood of Running Springs, Calif., believes an effective fence can be built for between $1.50 and $4 a foot. It would consist of a barbed-wire fence guarded by “solar motion lights with sirens, other motion sensors, electronic sensors that determine if the wire has been cut and a television-camera-unit for up to every quarter-mile of fencing depending on landscape,” the site states.
Last week, Chris Simcox, leader of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a civilian border patrol group, said if the government was not going to build a fence, volunteers would do so.
”We’re going to show the federal government how easy it is to build these security fences, how inexpensively they can be built when built by private people and free enterprise,” Simcox told the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, an Arizona state lawmaker is proposing legislation to allow ranchers who lease state land along the border to build fencing on government property.
State Rep. Russell Pearce told KVOA-TV the bill is still being drafted.
“I’m interested in helping to do that,” Pearce said. “We don’t have authority over federal land but we do over state land.”
Simcox, who hopes to begin the fence project May 25, says he is supportive of the proposed legislation.
Minuteman spokeswoman Connie Hair called the response to the fence proposal unbelievable – “people wanting to donate, to help build a fence, people wanting a fence on their land,” according to AP.
Said Simcox on the Minuteman website: “We have chosen a fence design that is based on the Israeli fences in Gaza and on the West Bank that have cut terrorist attacks there by 95 percent or more. In order to be effective, a fence should not be easy to compromise by climbing over it with a ladder, cutting through it with wire cutters, ramming it with a vehicle, or tunneling under it undetected.”
The design includes a double fence with a six-foot trench on both sides and surveillance cameras. Simcox says the fence would cost no more than $150 a foot.
Border-area ranchers have long been active in opposing illegal immigration, since the entrants often vandalize their property and commit other crimes as they make their way north.
Meanwhile,, a leading organization in the effort to erect a fence, is hailing recent comments by Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., supporting a physical barrier on the border.
“A physical structure is obviously important. A wall in certain areas would be appropriate,” Clinton is quoted by the New York Daily News as saying.
“We commend Senator Clinton for supporting a secure physical barrier along our southern border,” said President Colin Hanna. “We welcome the opportunity to work with senators on both sides of the aisle to build consensus in favor of a state-of-the-art border fence.”

What bin Laden’s saying: It’s all-out war on civilians

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

That’s right people, the mouthpiece of islam, ol’ Osama himself, has just told all those self-proclaimed, peace lovin’ muslims out there, that you are now a target. Every American man, woman and child, young and old, is now fair game in “kill the infidel”. If even a fraction of the muslims around the world follow through on Osama’s invitation, then we could very well get a taste of what Israel faces every day.

The latest tape from Osama bin Laden, aired by al-Jazeera Sunday, is a call upon all Muslims to take part in a new jihad against the United States, Israel and Europe that will include the killing of more civilians.
The al-Qaida leader said the American people, including women and children, have become fair targets because they continue to support the decisions of the Bush administration.
“The war is a responsibility between the people and the governments,” bin Laden said. “The war goes on and the [American] people are renewing their allegiance to its rulers and masters. They send their sons to armies to fight us and they continue their financial and moral support while our countries are burned, our houses are bombed and our people are killed.” In an exclusive interview with G2 Bulletin, Hamid Mir, the only journalist to interview bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in the wake of 9-11, said the issuance of the tape was necessitated by Europe’s rejection of al-Qaida’s offer of a truce two years ago, and the subsequent rejection of a similar truce that was offered to the United States.
Mir had predicted bin Laden’s imminent release of a message on al-Jazeera in a report published by G2 Bulletin and WND just days before.
“There was only one positive response from America,” according to Mir. “Douglas A. Borer wrote an article in The Christian Science Monitor on January 24, 2006, [in which] he argued that the British had made peace with the IRA and the U.S. had come to terms with Libya’s terror-sponsoring leader [Moammar] Gadhafi. Then why not al-Qaida? The American government said that talking to terrorists is not their policy.”
Mir contends this rejection has served to give rise to increased support for bin Laden throughout the Muslim world and widespread belief that the only recourse against alleged Western aggression is total war, including attacks on civilian populations.
Asked about the current opinion of bin Laden in the Muslim world, Mir said: “Osama bin Laden has become more popular only after 9-11. Incidents like the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib jail, the desecration of the holy Quran in Guantanamo Bay prisons, and then the publication of the blasphemous caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in Denmark spread a lot of hatred against the West in the Muslim world. This hatred is the real strength of Osama bin Laden.”
Mir believes that bin Laden has become the hero of anti-American Muslim youth by default.
“Many Muslims,” he says, “are of the view that America played a role in implementing the U.N. resolutions on East Timor. This Christian majority province of Indonesia got independence through the U.N., but the Muslim majority Kashmir area of India is denied the same right because the West is biased against the Muslims. Now, the Muslim youth is getting allergic [to] Islamic clerics who oppose al-Qaida. More than 1,500 tribal elders and Islamic clerics have been assassinated by pro-al-Qaida militants in the South Waziristan area of Pakistan in the past two years. These 1,500 elders and clerics cooperated with the Pakistan army and opposed the presence of foreign fighters in their area.”
He believes the issuance of the tape will result in a new wave of violence, particularly in Egypt and the Darfur province of Sudan.
“Bin Laden wants the West to send more troops into Darfur,” he claims, “and then the al-Qaida fighters in Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and other African countries will have an opportunity to test their jihadi spirits against the ‘enemies of Islam.'”
The Pakistani journalist claims bin Laden needs another Iraq in Africa to serve as a breeding ground for al-Qaida and a bleeding ground for American troops.
Mir further maintains that bin Laden remains in control of all aspects of al-Qaida and that al-Zawahiri, who has been called “the real brains” of the terrorist organization, only serves in a subservient role.
“Dr. Zawahiri was not aware about the 9-11 planning,” he says. “He was not present in the meeting of Osama and Mullah Omar, which took place in southern Afghanistan in August 2005. Suicide bombings in Afghanistan were approved by Mullah Omar in that meeting. How can Zawahiri be the brain of Osama? The real brain was Muhammad Atef who was killed in November 2001 in Ghazni by American predators. Osama himself has a very sharp mind. America has failed to nab him. The failure of America proves that Osama is clever.”
Concerning the present whereabouts of the elusive emir, Mir maintains that bin Laden found shelter in the frontier regions of Pakistan in the wake of the bombing of his mountain fortress at Tora Bora. Among the Pashtun tribes, bin Laden remained protected by the Islamic code of milmastia, which demands protection for fellow Muslims who seek shelter in their country – even if such shelter means risking their lives.
From 2002 to 2004, bin Laden spent most of his time in the valley of Dir, about 50 miles from the Afghan border on the Kunar Province. Dir remains within the Malakand Pass, the site of some of the fiercest skirmishes under the British Raj. A Pakistani fort still stands where the young Winston Churchill shot down rebels and received a citation for heroism. The fort is presently occupied by Maulvi Sufi Mohamad, an old and revered Muslim scholar, who maintains a Taliban-style rule of the area with public executions of adulterers, homosexuals, apostates and Christian infidels. It was an area in which bin Laden felt quite at home.
Despite the $25 million bounty the U.S. government placed on his head – a bounty that is proclaimed by thousands of Pashtu-language leaflets that are dropped by U.S. aircraft on a regular basis – bin Laden felt secure enough to travel to other parts of Pakistan, including periodic trips to Peshawar and the smuggler-infested bazaar town of Rabate J’ali, north of Zahedan, within the center of “the Devil’s Triangle,” the conjunction of the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.
In 2004, according to Mir, bin Laden resettled in the Kunar province of eastern Afghanistan, only to return to the tribal regions of Pakistan in 2005.
Mir maintains that bin Laden now regularly moves from both locations with little fear of capture. The Pakistani journalist says that his beliefs in this regard have been confirmed by Gen. Richard Myers and other leading American military officials.
Mir’s account of the present whereabouts of the elusive emir confirms an Aug. 6 report WND.

Conservatives Look to June Vote on Marriage Amendment

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Contact your congressperson or senator and let them know how you feel about this. Let’s protect the traditional family, which has been the sucessful building block of society for centuries.

( – Religious conservatives are trying to increase support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit marriage to the traditional one man, one woman concept. A vote on a Senate bill dealing with the amendment is expected to take place on June 6.
“The amendment is not against anyone. It’s to protect marriage,” said Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Roman Catholic archbishop for Philadelphia, during a conference call briefing on Tuesday. He added that the “institution of marriage is suffering.”
The legislation to prohibit homosexual marriage, most recently introduced by Republican Wayne Allard in the Senate and Republican Dan Lungren in the House, has been a favorite issue for religious conservatives for several years. But the legalization of homosexual marriage in Massachusetts and the gender non-specific policies of several other states plus the District of Columbia have increased the stakes of an already intense legal fight.
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which was signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton on Sept. 21, 1996, allows each state to prohibit same sex marriage and 45 states have done so, according to the pro-homosexual Human Rights Campaign, with either laws or state constitutional amendments.
Any amendment to the U.S. Constitution would require a two thirds passage in both the U.S. House and Senate. It would also need to be ratified by three fourths of the nation’s state legislatures, but the 45 states that have already banned homosexual marriage on the state level are seven more than the 38 that would be needed to amend the U.S. Constitution and enact a national ban.
However, the federal Constitution has been amended only five times since 1951. The most recent case — the 27th Amendment, dealing with the pay for senators and House members — was ratified on May 7, 1992, but had originally been proposed on Sept. 25, 1789.
The language of what is popularly known as the Federal Marriage Amendment states that “marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman.”
It further clarifies that “neither this Constitution, nor the Constitution of any State, nor State or Federal law, shall be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents thereof be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.”
The second clause of the amendment could eliminate the legal benefits of domestic partnerships and civil unions for heterosexual and homosexual couples. Vermont is the only state with legalized civil unions that apply to homosexuals.
Bishop Harry R. Jackson, senior pastor of the Hope Christian Church in Lanham, Md., said the various pro-homosexual policies around the country mean that marriage is being “devalued.”
“This devaluation needs to not spiral south,” he said, urging passage of the amendment.
Rigali argued that it is “not only a question of religious principles,” which he said “figure in prominently.”
“We’re talking also of the tenets of civilization for thousands of years,” he added.
However, Brad Luna, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, argued that “the Constitution provides equality for all Americans.” He told Cybercast News Service that the marriage amendment that conservatives want passed “would destroy that equality by re-writing the Constitution and treating one group of Americans different from others.”
Luna said Americans are not interested in such an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“Affordability of health care and the war in Iraq — those are the issues that they want the U.S. Senate and the Congress to be prioritizing as the top issues,” he said.
“This issue of the amendment ranks dead last on a list of priorities for voters,” said Luna.

Church Takes Stand for Sexual Morality, Outreach to Homosexuals

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Please pray for the homosexuals and the people who are trying to reach them. Pray that God will help the ones who are trying to leave this sinful and dangerous lifestyle behind.

(AgapePress) – First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, is taking a pro-active step to reach the homosexual community with the truth of the gospel. On Saturday, May 6, the church is hosting a one-day conference titled “More Than Words” (MTW). The conference is an event that features Tim Wilkins, founder of Cross Ministry in 1996 and creator of the MTW conference.
Wilkins himself left the homosexual lifestyle more than 20 years ago, so he is able to empathize with those who are trapped in homosexuality and feel there is no hope. Wilkins, his wife and three daughters live in North Carolina where Cross Ministry is based in Wake Forest.
“No one has ever been argued out of homosexuality,” said Wilkins. The focus of MTW is on building bridges to the homosexual community, offering hope and help for those who wish to leave the lifestyle. Wilkins said MTW wants to walk (versus talk) people out of homosexuality.
He is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in Ft Worth, Texas. He has spoken for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (Amsterdam 2000), at Saddleback Church, and at Christian and secular universities across the country. MTW conferences will be at Eagle Rock Church & Lakewood Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio, July 8-9; and at First Assembly of God in Raleigh, North Carolina, August 12. Over the past five years, Wilkins has conducted more than 30 MTW conferences.
“People do not consciously choose to be attracted to the same sex,” Wilkins said. “One of life’s mysteries is that we don’t get to choose what we are tempted by.” But Wilkins does make the distinction that acting on those attractions is a conscious choice and is sin, just as adultery is a sin.
Wilkins, whose articles and commentaries have been featured in numerous publications, was the first person ever to make a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) asking the convention to develop resources for reaching homosexuals with the gospel. Since that motion in 1997, literature has been created to evangelize homosexuals, numerous testimonies have been given at annual conventions, this area of ministry has been spotlighted at the 2003 and 2005 SBC annual meetings, an exhibit specific to reaching homosexuals has been featured at annual SBC conventions, and an SBC Task Force on Ministry to Homosexuals was created.
LifeWay Christian Resources, an arm of the SBC, has created The Way Out, a highly-identifiable name for this area of ministry. Some Southern Baptist seminaries have begun to recognize the need to specifically address this issue in training its students.
“Homosexuality crosses denominational lines and so does Cross Ministry,” Wilkins said. “Denominations that invite us include United Methodists, Assemblies of God, Independent Baptists, General Baptists, Lutherans, and Southern Baptists.”
Conference topics include: If a Friend Says “I’m gay”; Loving and Reaching the Gay Community; “What’s a Parent to Do?”; Untwisting “Gay Theology”; “They didn’t teach me this in Seminary!” and The Church: “Walking by Faith, not by Fright.”
Don Schmierer, author of An Ounce of Prevention: Preventing the Homosexual Condition in Today’s Youth, will also speak at the Dallas event. His book is the first ever dealing specifically with prevention. Schmierer speaks extensively around the world and has been involved in interpersonal ministry for more than 20 years.

Martyrs’ Children Suffer as Indonesia’s Anti-Christian Persecution Escalates

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Please join me in actively praying for the believers who are persecuted.

(AgapePress) – A ministry that was formed to increase awareness of the persecuted Church worldwide is helping orphans in Indonesia, one of many nations around the globe where Muslim persecution against Christians has increased dramatically in recent years.
Some of the children of Christians martyred for their faith in Indonesia become homeless, while others are often left with poor relatives who may or may not be able to care for their needs. For this reason, the Indonesian office of Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) established a safe house for orphans. Still, VOM’s Todd Nettleton notes, many of these orphans face an uncertain future.
“Children whose mother and father are killed by radical Muslims — what do they do? How do they continue to get their education?” Nettleton asks. The answer, he points out, is a well-meaning but frequently impractical generosity on the part of relatives.
“The Indonesian culture has a great love for children, and so it’s very common for family members to take in the orphans and to allow them to live with them,” the ministry spokesman says. “But obviously that’s a financial strain, and to continue your education costs money.”
Orphans that are taken in by family members may be wanted and loved, Nettleton asserts, but the care and education of these children are still expensive. “So if the family is very poor, that’s a very difficult thing,” he says. “And if there is no family, obviously that’s a difficult thing,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the persecution of Christians is ongoing, with government officials in Indonesia helping to drive the violence and intimidation tactics being used against the Church. In the past 12 months, VOM reports, dozens of Christian places of worship have been closed by government decree.
“I think that the radical Muslims have gained more and more political power,” Nettleton says, “and they have used that to pressure the government to support their efforts to close down the churches.”
Indonesia’s constitution purportedly guarantees religious freedom, and “the government talks a good game about religious freedom,” the VOM spokesman contends, “but more and more in the last 12 months, we’re seeing [that government officials] don’t actually step up to the plate and protect Christians.”
Voice of the Martyrs, headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is a non-profit, international and interdenominational organization that seeks to aid, support, and advocate for Christians who are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. The ministry also works to fulfill the Great Commission and to educate the world about ongoing persecution of believers all over the world.

North Carolina Christians Take a Stand, Evil Flees

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Come on Church, stand up for what you believe in. Take the Word of God to the streets. Present the Words of God’s Grace through Jesus to the unsaved. Contend for the Lord!

(AgapePress) – Christians in North Carolina have taken a stand against the pro-homosexual agenda — and they’re winning some of the battles.
Churches in the Charlotte area have taken on homosexual activists recently, and the results have been encouraging. Flip Benham of Operation Save America says he is elated. “As the Church comes out of the closet, we are finding out that many of the enemies of God are moving back into the closet,” he says.
A case in point, Benham says, was the recent cancellation of the “Charlotte Pride” parade, a springtime gathering that in past years has featured transvestite dancers, homosexual comedians, and vendor booths pushing sadomasochism (S&M) merchandise. He credits the activist members of Operation Save America and their supporters with the turnabout.
“They just got so fed up with us that many of them left,” he says. “And by the way, many of them came to know Christ through the witnessing of hundreds of Christians who came out in the street.”
In another example 900 Christians showed up at a school board meeting where a proposal for a homosexual club in a local high school was denied — because churches took a stand, says Benham.
“I hope that this sends a bright ray of hope out to our entire country that many of the battles can be won if we, the Church, will simply come out of the closet, come out of the four walls, and just live our faith out in the streets,” the ministry leader says.
The Bible is right, says Benham, adding that it is great to see the Church take a stand. “We’ve found out that it’s true that when the church of Jesus Christ arrives at the gates of hell, the gates of hell cannot prevail against it,” he exclaims.

Ten Commandments Ruling Hailed as Evidence of Tide Turning Against ACLU

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I sure hope this is true. I too have grown weary of hearing about this so-called “wall of separation” between church and state. Quite honestly, only someone, who’s agenda is an attempt to remove Christianity from the public square, could interpret the first amendment the way the ACLU and it’s ilk do.

(AgapePress) – Pro-family attorneys are hailing the decision of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a three-judge panel’s prior ruling allowing the Ten Commandments to remain on display at Kentucky’s Mercer County Courthouse.
Last December the Sixth Circuit panel unanimously ruled the Mercer County Ten Commandments display constitutional on the grounds that its purpose is historical rather than religious. The Sixth Circuit Court has jurisdiction over Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and Michigan.
In yesterday’s 19-5 vote by the full court, the majority of the judges refused to rehear the case of ACLU of Kentucky v. Mercer County, Kentucky, rejecting arguments by the American Civil Liberties Union that the Commandments display violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court’s ruling allows the panel’s previous decision to uphold the constitutionality of the display to stand.
According to an Associated Press report, in the December 2005 ruling the panel cited the fact that the courthouse’s biblical laws are displayed alongside replicas of nine other historic documents, including the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. The judges also noted that the font size is the same for all the documents, and no attempt was made to put the religious document at a higher level.
A dissenting judge on the Sixth Circuit Court argued that the Mercer County display was similar to two other Kentucky counties’ displays that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional last year. However, Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law & Justice, one of the legal groups representing Mercer County, says the full court’s ultimate decision demonstrates the majority’s belief “that its three-judge panel ruled correctly in upholding the constitutionality of this display.”
An ‘Important Defeat’ for Secularists, A ‘Great Victory’ for Religious Liberty
Yesterday’s ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court is “an important defeat,” Sekulow contends, both for the ACLU and for other groups “committed to removing our religious heritage and traditions from the public square.” If the case is appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, he adds, he and his group stand ready to defend the Ten Commandments display “and remain confident that the constitutionality of the display will prevail.”
Mercer County was also represented by Liberty Counsel, another legal organization that specializes in defending religious freedom. Mathew D. Staver, Liberty Counsel’s president and general counsel, is hailing the Sixth Circuit’s decision as a great victory that has begun to “turn the tide against the ACLU.”
The ACLU has been on what Staver calls a “search-and-destroy mission to remove all vestiges of our religious history from public view.” But whether that liberal civil liberties organization likes it or not, he asserts, “history is crystal clear that each one of the Ten Commandments played an important role in the founding of our system of law and government.”
The Liberty Counsel spokesman believes federal courts are beginning to reject extreme notions of the so-called separation of church and state. After all, he notes, the Sixth Circuit expressly rejected the ACLU’s “repeated reference” to the Establishment Clause, saying that this “extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome” and noting, “The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”
It is about time, Staver insists, that courts start interpreting the Constitution of the United States according to its original purpose. And with the recent changes of personnel on the nation’s highest court bench, he says, “the trend toward a more historical approach to the First Amendment is well under way.”
The original, three-judge panel in ACLU of Kentucky v. Mercer County adopted the reasoning of the Seventh Circuit Court in Books v. Elkhart County, an earlier Liberty Counsel case in which the court upheld an identical Ten Commandments display. Liberty Counsel notes that public displays of the biblical laws have enjoyed unprecedented favor in courts and legislatures since two Ten Commandments cases were argued at the Supreme Court last year.
Last week, the legal group notes, Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue signed House Bill 941, a law permitting the exhibit of the Ten Commandments as part of a “Foundations of American Law and Government” display in public buildings across the state. Liberty Counsel defended this same display last year before the U.S. Supreme Court, and two federal courts have upheld it in the past several months.
Likewise, on April 10, 2006, Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher signed a bill allowing the posting of the Ten Commandments. Meanwhile, the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, has upheld a stand-alone Ten Commandments monument.
Also, a federal district court in Toledo, Ohio, upheld a Commandments display that had been on the courthouse lawn for 50 years. So far, the ACLU has not asked the Supreme Court to review these cases. Liberty Counsel’s president believes the reason is obvious.
“The tide is turning against the ACLU’s war on the Ten Commandments,” Staver says. “The courts and history are working against the ACLU.”