Archive for May 2nd, 2006

Many Young Americans Unable to Find Louisiana on Map

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

And yet we can spend days indoctrinating our children on how wonderful the homosexual agenda is (even though it’s not) and hours writing about how they “feel” about math, or other subjects, instead of teaching them skills they need to survive in today’s world.
Our liberal education system has failed us completely.

WASHINGTON – Despite the wall-to-wall coverage of the damage from Hurricane Katrina, nearly one-third of young Americans recently polled couldn’t locate Louisiana on a map and nearly half were unable to identify Mississippi.
Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 fared even worse with foreign locations: six in 10 couldn’t find Iraq, according to a Roper poll conducted for National Geographic.
“Geographic illiteracy impacts our economic well-being, our relationships with other nations and the environment, and isolates us from the world,” National Geographic president John Fahey said in announcing a program to help remedy the problem. It’s hoping to enlist businesses, nonprofit groups and educators in a bid to improve geographic literacy.
Planned is a five-year, multimedia campaign called My Wonderful World that will target children 8 to 17. The goal is to motivate parents and educators to expand geographic offerings in school, at home and in their communities.
They will have their task cut out for them, judging by the results of the survey of 510 people interviewed in December and January.
Among the findings:

  • One-third of respondents couldn’t pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
  • Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
  • Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
  • Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
  • While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
  • While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel on a map of the Middle East.
  • Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
  • Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.

Joining in the effort to improve geographic knowledge will be the 4-H, American Federation of Teachers, Asia Society, Association of American Geographers, National Basketball Association, National Council of La Raza, National PTA, Smithsonian Institution and others.
“Geography exposes children and adults to diverse cultures, different ideas and the exchange of knowledge from around the world,” said Anna Marie Weselak, president of the National PTA. “This campaign will help make sure our children get their geography – so they can become familiar with other cultures during their school years and move comfortably and confidently in a global economy as adults.”

Walls of Jericho

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Then the LORD said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men.
March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.
Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets.
When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.”

Joshua 6:2-5 (New International Version)

Jesus Walks on the Water

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.
After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.
But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.
And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.
And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!”

Matthew 14:22-33 (New American Standard Bible)


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Homosexual Advocacy Group Launches Campaign Against Marriage Amendment

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

For every card they send, Christian congergations need to send ten. Church, we have the numbers and the voice, it’s time to put them to good use.

(CNSNews.com) – A homosexual advocacy group has launched a postcard campaign urging senators to vote no on the Federal Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Beginning Monday and ending on June 5, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is urging homosexual activists to join their month-long “Dear Senator” campaign by sending senators postcards, with the theme: “Dear Senator: All I want for Mother’s Day is for you to vote NO on the Federal Marriage Amendment …”
“A no vote on the Federal Marriage Amendment would be the best gift any parent could get this year for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day,” said Samuel Thoron, National President of PFLAG, in a press release. “This is literally giving the gift of fighting discrimination against our children — and there’s nothing a parent could want more.”
PFLAG characterized the Federal Marriage Amendment as “the first step in writing discrimination” into the U.S. Constitution “by denying marriage equality to same-sex individuals.”
In addition, the group plans to lobby congressmen on same-sex marriage and other issues affecting the homosexual community this week on Capitol Hill. They plan to take along family photos and make more than 30 visits during the day, followed by a reception on May 4.
“These visits are being made by PFLAG board members and Regional Directors — all volunteers — who represent the more than 200,000 members and supporters around the country,” said Thoron.
“Our legislators need to see that we believe in family values too, to see our photos of the people we do this for — and to understand why passing legislation that hurts our GLBT loved ones is wrong, is un-American and unacceptable,” said Thoron.
“Our families are everywhere, and we deserve equality,” said Thoron. “It is as simple as that. All of our children should have of equal treatment, equal protections and equal opportunities and our elected officials need to know it.”

Illegals Want ‘Special Rights,’ Not Civil Rights, Group Alleges

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

This article brings out an interesting question in my mind. Do illegal immigrants have civil rights? I know this sounds inflammatory, but think about it. Do non-citizens of a country have civil rights or are those only guaranteed to the legal citizens of this country? I honestly don’t know how the law reads on this subject and would like to hear your comments on the issue.
I will also say this. In no way can one compare the civil rights movement of the sixties with illegal immigrants demanding rights they are not entitled to.
One thing we can always count on is Jackson-Lee being an embarrassment.

(CNSNews.com) – Project 21, a conservative African American group, is arguing on this May Day that immigration reform protesters seeking a path to permanent residency are not asking for civil rights, but “special rights.”
Last month, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) called the controversy involving individuals who illegally emigrated from Mexico and Latin America to the U.S., the “civil rights issue of our time,” and compared it to the African American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
But, David Almasi, director of Project 21, disputed the claim by illegal immigrants, that they are treated like second class citizens. They are not citizens of any class, he said. “Civil rights is always something that people try to attach to things, to make [people] sympathetic and inoculate them from criticism,” Almasi told Cybercast News Service .
“Special rights are being assigned in the name of civil rights,” he added. “Back in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, you had people marching for equal rights, for the right to sit wherever they wanted, whereas now people are asking for the right to cut in line,” said Almasi.
He emphasized that there is no “correlation you can draw” between African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement and illegal immigrants.
But Jackson Lee charged that Congress debated her bill, which would have amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide undocumented aliens working in the U.S. a path to permanent residency, “as if they had no sense of humanity, no sense of family and no sense of what this country was built on.” Jackson Lee spoke on the syndicated radio program Democracy Now!
“African Americans came to this country not as documented citizens and did not obtain citizenship until very, very late, so I’m disappointed at the level of debate,” said Jackson Lee.
“My bill attempted to craft this as a civil rights issue, and that is, to give a sense of fairness to individuals who had been in this country and had worked and paid taxes and wanted to come from under the shadows,’ she added.

Measuring the Impact of the ‘Great American Boycott’

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

I really believe the “boycott” is going to hurt the illegal immigrant’s cause.
The way to address this issue to to first secure our boarders (something we need to do anyway) then we can deal with the rest later.

(CNSNews.com) – On the day when more than a million advocates of illegal immigration were estimated to be skipping work and boycotting American goods, consumer experts were unsure if the protests would be effective.
The National Immigrant Solidarity Network (NISN) and other pro-immigrant groups urged illegal immigrants and their supporters to stay home from work and school and to boycott American businesses May 1, calling it the “Great American Boycott of 2006.”
The goal of the protest, according to NISN, was to show “anti-immigrant politicians and hate-mongers” that illegal immigrants are vital to the United States economy. In addition to the calls for strikes and boycotts, rallies were held in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere.
Dr. Carl Horowitz, director of the Organized Labor Accountability Project of the conservative National Legal and Policy Center, was skeptical that the demonstrations would make much of a difference. “Our economy is just too big and diverse for any group, no matter how well organized, to have much of an impact,” he said.
Horowitz added that in order for a boycott to be successful, it would have to continue for a long period of time. “That could only be achieved by illegal immigrants returning to their home nations,” he said, “an idea many Americans would gladly support.”
Monroe Friedman, emeritus professor of psychology at Eastern Michigan University, told Cybercast News Service that calling the demonstration a boycott was inaccurate. “People are marching, they’re demonstrating, and we don’t really know how many of them are absent from work or got approved absences from work. We just know they’re out in the streets,” he said.
Friedman, the author of the book “Consumer Boycotts,” added, “I don’t see anyone that’s going to stores … checking to see whether people are buying things.
“There is a very, very emotional tone and character to the term boycott,” Friedman said. “It’s one of these buzzwords and I think the news media gets very excited and leaps upon it to use it as a headline word.” He said protest organizers might take advantage of the media’s eagerness to use the word “boycott” to describe events that don’t constitute a boycott.
Friedman said boycotts are “not one-day affairs but these are much longer in duration,” pointing to the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott led by Martin Luther King Jr., in the mid-1950s, which lasted more than a year.
The real purpose of the “Great American Boycott” is not to squeeze the U.S. economy, Friedman said, but “it’s really a day to call attention to … some of the concerns that immigrants have had over the years.”
Friedman declined to speculate on the impact of Monday’s events, saying that he thought the wisest approach would be to “wait and see” what happened during the demonstrations and whether people actually skipped work and stopped shopping.
Horowitz predicted that the day’s events would have “a limited effect.”
“There [will] be some anecdotes here or there of people not showing up for work and businesses not functioning at full capacity,” he said, “but in the main it’s going to have a marginal effect on our economy and that will send a signal to boycotters that future such actions aren’t in their best interest.”
Anti-Bush activists attempted a similar “boycott” on Jan. 20, 2005, the day of President Bush’s second inauguration. The boycott was intended as an anti-war message. Organizer David Livingstone told the Associated Press that he hoped pro-war corporations and politicians would lose money.
The NISN used Internet advertisements to emphasize its goal of showing the immigrants’ impact on the economy. If illegal immigrants are a drain on society, one of the ads claimed, “then during the day on May 1st the stock market will surge and the economy will boom. If not, we prove them wrong once and for all.”
The Dow Jones finished Monday down about 24 points and the NASDAQ was down about 18 points.
“The stock market can surge or fall for any number of reasons. You don’t need an illegal immigrant boycott to do that,” Horowitz said.
Protest organizers “want to fulfill their own prophesy,” he added. “They’ll set up a conclusion and then they’ll cherry pick the evidence that allegedly proves it.

2006 Nat’l Day of Prayer Urges America to Honor God

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006

Be sure to take part in the National Day of Prayer on May 4th.

(AgapePress) – Fifty-four years ago the U.S. Congress established an annual day of prayer, and in 1988 designated that day should occur on the first Thursday of May each year. Predating either of those designations was a proclamation by the Continental Congress in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. But one critic believes the National Day of Prayer (NDP) has become a vehicle for Christian conservatives to promote what he categorizes as a “regressive” agenda.
The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer (May 4) is “America, Honor God” — a focus based on the Old Testament scripture found in 1 Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me, I will honor.” The observance in the nation’s capital will feature an address by well-known Christian author and pastor Dr. Henry Blackaby, and the song “America, Honor God” performed by Christian artist Rebecca St. James.
NDP chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson, says it is vital that “God’s people stand firmly in defense of the precepts He’s laid out in His Word” — particularly when society has rejected so many of the principle found in Scripture. For example, Mrs. Dobson has stated she would like people “to be praying about the institution of marriage, how God designed it.” Believers, she says, are engaged in a “cultural battle,” and only one thing will assure the success of their efforts: “consistent, fervent prayer for God’s intervention.”
Barry Lynn, the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, has trouble with that. He says Congress never should have established the event, and so he and his organization have launched a pre-emptive strike on this week’s National Day of Prayer. A press release from Americans United accuses “religious right leaders and politicians” of using NDP to “politicize religion and divide Americans.”
“James Dobson has shamelessly exploited [NDP] to advance his divisive political agenda,” says Lynn. “This merger of religion and politics is exactly what our nation’s founding fathers hoped to avoid.” AU’s executive director also accuses the Dobsons of intentionally excluding “millions of Americans who differ with the Religious Right’s narrow religious and political agenda.”
Mrs. Dobson, however, strikes a more positive note, suggesting that the national observance provides individuals the opportunity to humble themselves before the Almighty and to ask God “to forgive our collective rebellion against Him.” In addition, she encourages people to pray for the nation’s schools, the media, and governmental leaders — in the case of the latter, specifically asking God to grant those leaders wisdom for the challenges they face every day.
But Lynn says promoting prayer is a matter best left to houses of worship. “Most organizations that do prayer days are ones that want you to pray every day,” he tells Associated Press, “and those are called churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques.
“There’s no reason for the Congress to tell any of us who pray regularly anyway that we should pray longer, faster, or harder just because it’s the first Thursday in May,” Lynn says.

City Hall Meetings Tie-In with NDP
Despite Lynn’s objections to a National Day of Prayer, millions of Americans are expected to participate at the local level. According to the American Family Association, numerous city halls across the country will be the gathering place on Thursday for those interested in praying for the moral rebirth of America.
In coordination with the NDP, AFA is sponsoring its 15th annual Meet At City Hall from 12:20-12:40 p.m. During this 20-minute time span, people are encouraged to meet at their local city halls and publicly take a stand for the values on which America was founded. The Mississippi-based pro-family group encourages the involvement of public officials and administrators, local pastors, and church choirs.
“America desperately needs a moral rebirth,” says AFA founder and chairman Don Wildmon. “We need to implore God’s blessings on our country and ask Him to forgive our sinfulness and restore our moral perspective.”
Some Americans are not waiting until Thursday to proclaim God’s Word across the nation and solicit His guidance. On Capitol Hill this week, the entire Bible is being read aloud, from “In the beginning” to the final “Amen” of the Book of Revelation. The 17th annual National Bible Reading Marathon began Sunday evening on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol and continues non-stop for 90 hours, concluding Thursday on the National Day of Prayer. This year’s volunteer readers include children, clergy, and members of Congress.