Archive for June, 2006

Prayers for Ben’s Dad Answered!!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

I got an email this morning from Ben Rast about his dad. He is going to get to go home! It shows that when the Saints of God gather in prayer, God answers us. Here’s what Ben said:

“For all those who have been praying for my dad, I thank you as well. On Wednesday, Dad was lifeflighted to a hospital in Boise, Idaho, after having suffered a massive heart attack. There is damage to 50% of his heart, one artery was blocked, and there is a blood clot in his heart. Thanks to a network of Christian friends and family, there were soon literally hundreds of people praying for my dad, and God listened. Dad’s recovery has been what I would call miraculous. Today he was discharged from the hospital, and he was champing at the bit to go home. He’s going to have to take it easy for a while, and will need to faithfully take a laundry list of medications to control his heartrate, blood pressure, and hopefully dissolve the blood clot. I don’t think anyone expected him to be going home this soon. The chances his doctor initially gave for him to survive this heart attack were not nearly as high as I would have liked to hear. However, our Lord is faithful. Thanks so much for the prayers…”

Praise God!!
Please continue to keep Ben’s dad in your prayers.
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Parents’ Persistent Protest Pays Off; Clubs’ Flags Removed

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

What a good example, we have here, about the tactics of the homosexual activist.

(AgapePress) – A pro-family group is hailing the removal of a “homosexual pride” flag from the wall of a Michigan high school.
For almost two years, conservatives have been protesting the presence of a rainbow flag displayed by the Diversity Club at Howell High School. Students even formed a Traditional Values Club in response to the school’s allowance of homosexual activism on campus. Last Thursday (June 22) officials at the school took down the rainbow flag, the Christian flag displayed by the Traditional Values Club, and those of all other campus clubs.
Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, says public outcry forced school officials to reverse what he describes as “one of the most outrageous examples of political correctness ever seen in Michigan.”
“This rainbow flag, which is [a] universally recognized [gay pride symbol] … had been flying at Howell High since the day after the 2004 election, specifically to protest voter approval of a marriage protection amendment to our state constitution,” Glenn explains. “And when parents and students protested to the school board, the school board reacted by having a formal flag dedication ceremony for the so-called ‘gay pride’ flag.”
Now, says the AFA-Michigan spokesman, mounting public outcry has forced the school’s hand in what he describes as “a sad state of affairs.”
“I honestly think it got to the point where their sacred gay pride flag had to be sacrificed if that was the only way they could remove the Christian flag from Howell High,” says Glenn. “But the parent group that organized 18 months ago for the purpose of pressuring school officials to remove the gay pride flag from their school finally made their point, and finally succeeded.”
Under a revised policy, student clubs will be permitted to display their flags only at the time and place of their meetings. During the 18-month ordeal, the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy provided legal assistance to the Traditional Values Club.

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See our article “The Bible and Homosexuality”.

Pro-Family Activist Blasts Penn. Senate’s Civil Union Compromise

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

More news from the other “left” coast (the East Coast) on the attempt to advance the homosexual agenda.

(AgapePress) – The president of the American Family Association (AFA) of Pennsylvania says lawmakers in her state have voted to destroy traditional marriage. The pro-family group is decrying a move by Pennsylvania senators that weakened a proposed state marriage protection amendment by stripping from it a ban on civil unions.
Last week, the state Senate voted 38-12 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment protecting marriage but removed language prohibiting civil unions. That June 21 vote follows one earlier this month, in which Pennsylvania House members approved a proposed constitutional amendment that not only defines marriage as being between a man and a woman but also outlaws other domestic partnerships.
Because the amendments passed by the two houses are different, a voter referendum on the measure could be delayed by two years. But Diane Gramley, president of the AFA of Pennsylvania, says marriage is an essential issue and immediate steps need to be taken to protect it from redefinition.
“A marriage is the foundation of society,” Gramley asserts. “If we can’t see the need to protect that, then we are all in trouble, not only here in Pennsylvania but around the nation,” she says.
And contrary to the arguments of homosexual “marriage rights” advocates, Gramley insists that a constitutional marriage protection amendment is not about discrimination against people in same-sex relationships. “Homosexuals are free to live as they wish, but they are not free to demand that we redefine marriage and family,” she says.
The AFA of Pennsylvania spokeswoman believes homosexual activists view civil unions as a stepping stone to legalized same-sex marriage. She feels the state Senate, by passing a constitutional amendment that bans homosexual marriage but allows civil unions, has opened a door that homosexual activists will undoubtedly exploit to undermine traditional marriage.
Gramley says Pennsylvania senators have abandoned their Christian and pro-family constituents by supporting a constitutional amendment that would allow civil unions to be legalized. The amendment the Senate passed protects the word “marriage” but not the institution, the activist contends. For one-man, one-woman marriage truly to be protected, she says, any state marriage protection amendment must deal with both same-sex marriage and civil unions.

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See our article “The Bible and Homosexuality”.

‘Real Men’ Urged to Stand Between Children and Sex Industry

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Widespread acceptance of pornography is the byproduct of this countries fascination with sex. It is hardly possible to turn on the television, listen to the radio or read a magazine without some form of sexual innuendo staring you in the face. From the kid’s shows to the news, sex is pushed at us from every direction. I’ve commented on the dumbing down of American before. This follows the same rhetoric, in desensitizing Americans to morals, through the use of sex.
Having said all of that, the porn industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Our children cannot surf the internet without accidentally coming across these sites. Porn is destructive and immoral. I’m glad to see the initiative this group is taking to call on Dads to take a stand against porn and the exploitation of women and children it brings.

(AgapePress) – American men are being challenged through a new campaign to help fight child pornography and its harmful impact, and to come to the defense of the nation’s youth against an industry that seeks to exploit them.
Pornography is a multi-billion-dollar industry that exploits both women and children, from infants to teens, and preys on people’s prurient interests, typically those of men. Statistics indicate that every month, 32 million individuals visit an Internet porn site — and among all porn sites, one out of every five pornographic images is of a child. Add to that the fact that, according to the Center for Crimes Research, 20 percent of youth who use the Internet regularly have been sexually solicited or approached. Simply put, the business of commercial sexual exploitation is an aspect of a modern, technology-driven society that leaves no one untouched.
That is why an organization calling itself “The Defenders” is targeting men, urging them to lead the way and commit to defending women and children from the lucrative porn and sex trafficking industries. Chaplain Henry Rogers, who is involved in the effort, explains that the group is taking a two-pronged approach, attacking both the “sex-slave trade” and the pornography industry, an aspect with which he says “a lot of guys and teenage boys wrestle.”
Rogers says The Defenders recently kicked off an advertising campaign — consisting of both radio and TV spots — aimed at its target audience: men.
“The Defenders campaign was kicked off on Father’s Day …. It was introduced to bring this program to men in this country and to help them recognize that pornography is an issue in this country that we’ve got to make a decision about and to make a commitment to refuse to be involved in this industry,” the group spokesman says.
According to The Defenders’ website, the technology base available to children today — such Internet chat rooms and social networking websites — permit creation of “treasure mines” of youth profiles for sexual predators. Other factors aiding the explosion of commercial sexual exploitation of children include toleration of sex-oriented businesses in advertising and the breakup of the nuclear family.
The campaign asks men, through a series of announcements, to commit to refuse to use porn, to speak out against it, and to educate and protect women and children from the harmful effects of the commercial sexual exploitation industry. The NBC television network refused to run the spots, claiming pornography is legal in the U.S. The Defenders offered to alter the announcements to focus specifically on child pornography, but NBC did not respond.
The Defenders offers an online pledge for what it calls “real men” who vow not to tolerate the sexual exploitation of children, not to purchase pornography in any form, and not to buy sexual services.

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Former Lesbian Brings Ex-‘Gay’ Message to 2006 NEA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

The mere fact that this lady can get a space at the NEA annual meeting is, in itself, a miracle! (see my post here) I’m sure she is a constant thorn in the side of the homosexual activist. Remember, they want everyone to believe that homosexuality is normal and good. No one is supposed to be able to leave it behind, even if they want to. She certainly debunks that theory.

(AgapePress) – A former lesbian who now runs a Christian ministry in Minnesota will be holding the first ever ex-“gay” exhibit at the National Education Association Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Janet Boynes lived a lesbian lifestyle for 14 years but later turned her life over to Christ and is now spreading the message that there is hope for homosexuals through a relationship with Jesus. She will be joining members of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus at the NEA annual meeting and will have a display booth there promoting her outreach, Janet Boynes Ministries.
This meeting, scheduled to run from June 30 – July 5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, is the 144th Annual Meeting and 85th Representative Assembly of the NEA. Boynes’ exhibit will be the first ever ex-homosexual display at the powerful union’s national convention. Her attendance comes at the request of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus.
The former lesbian, now a born-again believer, strongly refutes claims that homosexuals cannot change. “Is it easy to come out of homosexuality? No, it’s not,” she acknowledges. “You hear a lot of people say, ‘I prayed to God. I prayed to God, and I just couldn’t come out.’ Well, you know what? It’s not easy to come out, but God can’t do it alone. You have to make some steps.”
Boynes’ own path out of homosexuality involved at one point moving in with a Christian family. “Everybody can’t do that,” she says, “but now I surround myself with healthy people.” Other homosexuals seeking freedom must take the steps Christ leads them to take; but she insists that even those who claim to have prayerfully tried but given up “can come out if they want. They just choose not to.”
The ministry founder’s desire is to see lives transformed at the 2006 NEA gathering. “My pure message will always be to anybody who is living a homosexual life or that’s struggling with it, or anybody that’s for it, that I just want to share the love of Christ,” she explains. “I don’t have to go in there with whips and chains and any bad attitudes, because I believe that the love of God will change somebody’s heart, but also will draw them to repentance.”
Boynes adds that she anticipates that she and other former homosexuals “will not be welcomed with open arms” at the NEA Annual Meeting. Nevertheless, she says she is confident that “God’s grace will hold” all of them.
The NEA’s Ex-Gay Educators Caucus was formed a number of years ago for the purpose of working to prevent discrimination and intolerance against formerly homosexual students, teachers, and their supporters, and to promote a safe environment for all diverse populations, including ex-homosexual education employees and questioning youth. The caucus also advocates alternatives to homosexuality in school curriculum to ensure diversity.

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See our article “The Bible and Homosexuality”.

70% of Israelis oppose West Bank withdrawal

Monday, June 26th, 2006

I sure hope Olmert listens to his people. This really says it all.

JERUSALEM – Seventy percent of Israelis oppose Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s planned withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, and most here who supported last summer’s evacuation of the Gaza Strip now say it was a bad idea, according to a poll released yesterday.
Olmert has been repeatedly claiming – including during speeches several times this past week – the majority of Israelis support his withdrawal plan, citing his election last March as a referendum on the proposed Judea and Samaria evacuation. Olmert’s Kadima Party won parliamentary ballots by a slim plurality.
Judea and Samaria is also commonly referred to as the West Bank. Olmert is seeking to withdraw from more than 95 percent of the territories, which are within rocket-firing range of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Israel’s international airport.
The poll, commissioned by a local company and supervised by American strategist Arthur Finkelstein, revealed 70 percent of the general Israeli population oppose a Judea and Samaria withdrawal. Some 65 to 70 percent of those who backed last summer’s Gaza evacuation now object to Olmert’s Judea and Samaria pullout plan.
In addition, the survey showed 70 percent of Israelis who backed the Gaza pullout would have been against it today.
Yesterday’s poll was the latest demonstrating dwindling support for the Judea and Samaria withdrawal and for Olmert’s government. Another poll commissioned by the Haaretz newspaper and released two weeks ago found only 35 percent of the Israeli public is pleased with Olmert’s performance as prime minister. Israeli leaders typically enjoy wide public support in the early stages of their terms.
Just this week, Olmert claimed several times the majority of Israelis back his government and its withdrawal plan.
At an address Wednesday to the Zionist Congress, a meeting of world Jewish leaders, Olmert, discussing his plan, stated, “I have absolutely no doubt that the majority of citizens of Israel will give me their support.”

Ummm…doesn’t look like it.

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Iranian president calls for strengthening relations with Turkey

Monday, June 26th, 2006

This all fits in with end-times predictions. If one reads the Bible, Iran (Persia) will be part of the alliance of Northern nations (Turkey included) that attack Israel.

Tehran, June 24 (KUNA) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on Saturday for the strengthening of Iranian-Turkish relations in all fields.
The presidential office said in a statement that Ahmadinejad described in a telephone call to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the two countries were tied through culture, history and religion.
Furthermore, he said that two countries played an important role on the regional and international levels, and stressed that they had to increase deliberations in order to consolidate international peace and security.
For his part, Erdogan expressed content with developments on the Iranian nuclear issue, noting that relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the upcoming visit of Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul to Tehran.
The Turkish Foreign Minister is expected to arrive in Tehran later tonight and is to hold talks with Iranian officials on issues of mutual concern.

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Bill Would Drop Lawyer Fee Damages in Religious Battles

Monday, June 26th, 2006

As many of you know, the ACLU uses judicial terrorism to keep religious displays out of public, especially around Christmas time. Many municipalities, when faced with the prospect of having to pay exorbitant legal fees to the ACLU if they were to loose the case, they choose not to stand up for their legal rights instead. A bill has been introduced to eliminate the payment of these legal fees in cases of litigation over religious expression. This would remove the “threat” from the ACLU’s arsenal. It’s also interesting to note, that in almost all the cases where municipalities did decide to fight the display question in court, the ACLU backed down. They know that they don’t have the law on their side. They are guilty of pure, unadulterated judicial terrorism.

(CNSNews.com) – The “Christmas tree wars,” fought each year over public religious displays often end up in court, but congressional legislation taken up recently by a House Judiciary subcommittee would prohibit damages and attorney fees from being awarded to plaintiffs in such First Amendment cases.
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of the conservative Liberty Counsel, testified in favor of the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (PERA). He later told Cybercast News Service that he does not “believe the opposition presented any reasonable arguments to not move forward with this bill. I think it’s a bill that should be passed and is long overdue.”
The battles over public religious displays, which happen year-round, but are more prevalent during the Christmas season, revolve around the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”
Civil libertarians often refer to the clause as “the constitutional separation of church and state,” words that do not actually appear in the Constitution. Conservatives believe the First Amendment gives them the right to practice their religion in public without interference from the government.
PERA (H.R. 2679), proposed by Rep. John Hostettler, (R-Ind.) would amend two federal laws (42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1988) that the congressman reportedly said are currently used by groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) “to extort behavior out of individuals.”
If PERA is not enacted, Staver said frivolous litigation by the ACLU will drain the funds that the federal government needs to spend on infrastructure and education.
Rees Lloyd, a former ACLU employee who went on to work as a judge advocate for the American Legion, also testified in favor of the bill; his written testimony stated that there is no need for the ACLU to have its attorney fees paid in religious display cases it challenges in court.
“As a former ACLU attorney, I know to a certainty that the ACLU’s litigation is carried out by staff attorneys, or by pro bono attorneys who are in fact precluded from receiving fees under the ACLU’s own policies,” said Lloyd.
He provided many instances in which he felt unjustified attorney fees were paid to the ACLU:
$1 million was given to the ACLU by the Dover, Pa., School Board in the “Dover Design Theory Case” when the ACLU claimed that teaching “intelligent design” alongside Darwinian Theory violated the Establishment Clause.
Another involved a Ten Commandments monument that was ordered removed from Alabama’s state judicial building in 2003. The ACLU and sister organizations received $500,000 in attorney fees.
Lloyd also cited the Redlands, Calif., City Council, which voted to remove the cross in 2005 from its City Seal because the ACLU threatened to sue. Lloyd said the only reason given for the vote was the fear that court-awarded attorney fees would take away taxpayer funds needed for city services.
Because the city could not afford to change all of the seals, employees who had badges — police, fire, emergency services — were called in and had holes drilled through the crosses of their badges to comply with the ACLU’s demands.
The threat of such attorney fees, according to Lloyd, “is having a chilling effect on the exercise of fundamental First Amendment rights.”
Staver added that “some government officials will back down whenever they are threatened by the ACLU, even though they are right, simply because the law is confusing and they don’t want to risk having to pay the ACLU’s attorney fees.”

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Abortion Survivor Counters Tribute to Planned Parenthood

Monday, June 26th, 2006

My hat is off to Representative Ted Harvey of the Colorado House of Representatives!!
I had to chuckle at the prowess of this man. Of course the liberals were more than happy celebrate and pat themselves on the back for having Gianna Jessen, a cerebral palsy sufferer, sing the Nation Anthem, to open their session. It really took them back, though, when it was noted that she was an abortion survivor. What really got them was that the session she opened was going to be used to celebrate Planned Parenthood (aka Abortions-2-Go).
You see, Gianna Jessen was subjected to a saline abortion halfway through the seventh month of her mom’s pregnancy (that’s approximately 83% of the way through the pregnancy). The saline solution acts as an acid and is supposed to burn the baby’s lungs and poison her system so badly that she dies in the womb. The body is then delivered through induced labor. In Ms. Jessen’s case, it failed and she was born alive. Oh yeah, by the way, the doctor thought she was dead and left her untreated for quite some time before someone noticed that she was alive. She now suffers from cerebral palsy and other ailments.
If you work at an abortion clinic or support them, I have to wonder what kind of person you are. The term “monster” comes to mind. Take a moment and look in the mirror and see if the title fits.

(CNSNews.com) – Abortion rights supporters in the Colorado House of Representatives are crying foul after a pro-life legislator introduced an abortion survivor before a celebration honoring Planned Parenthood.
When Republican Ted Harvey, the assistant minority leader in the Colorado House, learned on May 8 of legislation meant to honor Planned Parenthood’s Rocky Mountain branch, he says he was disgusted. He labeled Planned Parenthood’s record a “90-year legacy of genocide.”
Harvey attended a pro-life rally the weekend before the scheduled hearing on the bill and it was there that he met abortion survivor Gianna Jessen. Jessen’s biological mother was 17 years old and 7 1/2 months pregnant she went to a Planned Parenthood clinic to have a saline abortion.
The abortion failed and Jessen was born weighing two pounds and afflicted with cerebral palsy as a result of the complicated birth.
Harvey approached Jessen after hearing her story and asked her if she would sing the national anthem in the Colorado House on May 8.
“I never knew anything about her (before),” Harvey said. “I thought this was an incredibly divine opportunity to meet her and ask her to stay.”
Jessen agreed and Harvey introduced her to his colleagues as a “friend with cerebral palsy.” He asked Speaker Andrew Romanoff if Jessen could sing the national anthem and the speaker agreed.
During the song, Jessen lost her balance and leaned on Harvey for support. When she began to forget the words, saying that she was nervous, legislators and guests began to sing along with her.
After she was finished, the speaker, according to Harvey, stated, “Let us give her a hand not only for her performance today but also for her advocacy work,” for cerebral palsy.
Harvey also said a reporter for a Denver newspaper told Jessen that “her rendition captured the spirit of the national anthem more powerfully than any she had ever heard before.”
Harvey then gave a speech to formally introduce Jessen, but left out the details of her being an abortion survivor. Legislators cheered loudly, and House Majority Leader Alice Madden, who had introduced the bill honoring the Planned Parenthood chapter, approached Jessen to congratulate her for overcoming her difficulties with cerebral palsy.
Finally, Harvey began to tell of Jessen’s near-abortion. At that point, he says, the mood in the House shifted. Before he could finish, Romanoff silenced Harvey with the gavel, stating, according to Harvey, “Representative Harvey, I will allow you to continue your introduction but not for the purposes of debating a measure now pending before the House.”
Harvey says he replied, “Mr. Speaker, I understand. I just wanted to put a face to what we are celebrating today.”
While Harvey admits that he was “pushing the line to speak about legislation before the House,” he said it was important for him to show, through Jessen, that “every child in the womb is a human being.”
He says that the silence following his speech was “deafening” and that Madden would not speak to him for the rest of the day.
Madden is quoted in the Denver Post as saying, “I think it was amazingly rude to use a human being as an example of his personal politics.” She added that Harvey “embarrassed a guest in the House, which was just despicable, for his own means.”
Jessen, however, told the same paper that, “We need to discuss the humanity of it. I’m glad to be able to speak up for children in the womb. If abortion is about women’s rights, where were my rights?”

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Conservative Anglicans Saddened by ECUSA’s Direction

Monday, June 26th, 2006

It is harder and harder these days to find fellowships that hold true to what the Bible says. So many denominations are accepting the world view and political correctness (see my article “‘Falling Away’ of the Church”). There are still a lot of people within the Episcopal church who are staying true to the Bible, Biblical Truth and Moral Absolutes. We need to pray for these brothers and sisters in Christ that their voices will be heard.

(AgapePress) – A conservative Anglican group is decrying what it believes are heretical teachings espoused by the female bishop elected to head the Episcopal Church USA.
Katharine Jefferts Schori was recently elected President Bishop of ECUSA after a stint in the Diocese of Nevada, where she supported allowing priests to “bless” same-sex unions. Schori, who claims homosexuality is inborn and thus not a sin, and that the Bible should not be taken literally, is the first female to lead the denomination.
Conservative Anglicans are expressing strong disapproval over Schori’s election to head the U.S. contingent of the worldwide Anglican Communion. Among those is Canon Daryl Fenton with the Anglican Communion Network (ACN), which includes ten conservative dioceses. Fenton says Schori’s revisionist theology is an affront to the majority of the 77-million-member Anglican Communion.
“Certainly our network of parishes and dioceses’ reaction was that the church had elected someone whose doctrines and beliefs were counter to historic faith, counter to biblical truth, and counter to the historic practice of the church,” states Fenton.
The ACN spokesman says Schori’s election is yet another indication that ECUSA does not intend to repent of its rejection of scripture, as well as a virtual “thumbing of the nose” at conservatives.
“We have voluntarily associated in the Episcopal Church in the USA, that’s true; but we have a great deal of local autonomy,” he explains. “So when this kind of thing happens, we’ve stood together as these ten dioceses, saying this is biblically wrong, historically wrong, morally wrong — and that’s why we’ve taken the stand we’ve taken, even though we’re quite a small minority.”
Pittsburgh Bishop Bob Duncan, moderator of the ACN, says although Schori’s election is troubling, “the decisive moment in contemporary Anglican history” was the Episcopal Church’s consecration of openly homosexual Bishop V. Gene Robinson.
Indeed, the debate within the Anglican Communion since Robinson’s approval in August 2003 has driven a wedge between ECUSA and the rest of the Anglican community, as well as between the two major factions within ECUSA. The American contingent wrapped up its General Convention in Ohio this week without coming close to meeting the demands of its own conservatives and other Anglicans across the globe. Duncan put it this way in a letter posted on the ACN website: “By almost every assessment the General Convention has embraced the course of ‘walking apart.'”
Associated Press points out that conservative congregations that may be considering leaving the Episcopal Church face the prospect of losing church property. But it is more likely, say some experts, that ECUSA’s membership will continue to erode, even as the American church becomes more alienated from Anglican traditionalists abroad. Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, of Rochester in England, was quoted as saying “virtually two religions” now exist between conservatives and liberals.

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Saddam Believes America Will Reinstate Him As Pres. of Iraq

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

It is difficult to type when you are laughing as hard as I am right now. It seems that Saddam Insane believes that America will want him reinstated as President of Iraq in order to “get us out of the mess we are in over there”. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, Saddam, but I dont believe that you will be President of anything again. (Well, maybe President of Death Row or the Hangman Society).

Saddam Hussein believes the Americans may reinstall him as president of Iraq, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Sunday, newsroom sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT.

Saddam Hussein has no illusions, his chief lawyer says. As he sits in his prison cell reading the Quran and writing poetry, he knows the inevitable is coming — a death sentence handed down by the Iraqi court trying him for crimes against humanity.

Yet Saddam refuses to submit to the fate that awaits him, Khalil al-Dulaimi, said, for he believes there is a way out:

President Bush will use the court’s sentence as leverage to try to persuade Saddam to tamp down the insurgency, he said, so desperate are the Americans to stanch their losses.

In his madness, Saddam believes the Americans might even reinstall him as president of Iraq!

“He’ll be the last resort; they’ll knock on his door,” al-Dulaimi said. “The United States will use this sentence to pressure Saddam to save it from its mess.”

Pastor “Roughed-Up” for Evangelizing at Mall

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

We seem to be hearing alot of this type of thing lately. A youth pastor in Sacramento faced charges for witnessing to people one-on-one at a local mall. So, now it is against the law to speak to people? If this is the case then I want those people who are trying to sell me a vacation to be arrested. This particular type of discrimination is more evidence that the return of Christ is close at hand. I expect that this will become a daily occurence and the charges will become more and more severe. It might just be that we in America will get a taste of what those in India and other non-Christian nations have had to suffer for years. I hope I am wrong, but I believe things are gonna get really bad for those of us who try to spread the Gospel.

Charges were dropped against a Sacramento-area youth pastor who was arrested while sharing his Christian faith one-on-one with shoppers at a mall.

Matthew Snatchko, who regularly takes a small group of youth from his church to the Galleria Mall in Roseville, Calif., said he was interrupted by a security guard May 8 while in the middle of a conversation.

Pointing out no one has ever complained of his activities at the mall, Snatchko told WND the guard demanded he leave because he was “walking around and talking to people.”

The pastor, 23, said he “kind of laughed,” insisting he wasn’t doing anything wrong, because “everyone else was walking around and talking as well.”

A second security guard then joined the encounter and informed Snatchko he was being placed under citizen’s arrest for “trespassing.” The pastor says he agreed to leave peacefully, but, instead, the guards grabbed him, roughly shoved him against a storefront window and handcuffed him tightly enough to draw blood. Snatchko later was taken to the police station where he was booked on charges of battery and trespassing.

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Please Continue to Pray for Ben’s Dad

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

I got an email from Jennifer Rast at the Scriptorium and they are going to go to be with Ben’s dad. For those of you who didn’t know, He suffered a very bad heart attack and is in very serious condition. Please join me in praying for his quick recovery. Please also pray for Ben, Jen and their family.
Thanks and God Bless!
-Steve

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Re-Post: “It’s the Behavior, Stupid! — and Other Observations of a So-Called ‘Homophobe'” by J. Matt Barber

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

(AgapePress) – Whether you like him or not, Bayou Brat James Carville — notable Democratic Party strategist and Bill Clinton advisor — was appropriately credited for his pivotal role in helping to put the former adulterer-in-chief in the oval office back in 1992. Carville boiled down the theme of the Clinton candidacy to four simple words: “It’s the economy, stupid.” By focusing like a laser beam on the hot-button issue of the day (the economy) Carville helped Clinton to co-opt that issue and to make it his own.
The economy is always a major area of concern for most Americans from a fiscal standpoint; however, on the field of battle in today’s culture war, one of the most significant and contentious issues, particularly to people of faith, is the rapid destruction of traditional family values, liberty of conscience, and freedom of speech at the hands of leftist and secularists who condone, promote, and/or participate in dangerous, unhealthy, and traditionally shameful sexual behaviors.
Take it from someone who knows — for those who value the sanctity of marriage and respect the biblical model of human sexuality (one-man/one-woman within in the bounds of holy matrimony), it’s not a very safe time to publicly express those values and beliefs.
Unfortunately, the situation only promises to get worse as systematic religious discrimination, ironically wielded under the guise of a morally relative and all-encompassing notion of “tolerance,” continues to fix its strangle-hold on detractors of both the homosexual lifestyle and so-called “gay marriage.”
It’s becoming more and more commonplace …. People of faith, and anyone else who dares to speak out against sexual immorality, or to defend the time-honored definitions of marriage and family, are no longer just ostracized, but are frequently silenced through fear and intimidation, fired from their jobs, and in some cases, have even been jailed, beaten, or killed.
The latest example of such religious discrimination in today’s values depleted and amoral pop culture, involves Robert J. Smith who, by all accounts, was a well-respected and highly productive member of the Washington, DC Metro Board.
Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (a Republican) recently caved in to pressure by radical “gay” activists and fired Smith for engaging in public “hate-speech.” What did Smith say? In an interview on a local cable television program, while discussing so-called “homosexual marriage,” Smith replied to a speaker who asserted that homosexuals did not want the government interfering in their sex life. Smith countered by summing up his own Roman Catholic beliefs on the subject: “That’s fine, that’s fine,” said Smith, “… but that doesn’t mean that government should proffer a special place of entitlement within the laws of the United States for persons of sexual deviancy.”
Whoa … stop the presses! Call in the “hate” police! You mean Smith had the gall to refer to homosexual behavior as deviant? We should all demand he be shackled and dragged off to a “progressive” re-education camp and flogged with a rolled-up copy of The Advocate until he involuntarily blurts out … “Bible, bad — homo, good.”
Let’s consider Smith’s words for a moment, and the “hateful” and “intolerant” meaning behind those words. Deviancy is defined as “differing from a norm or from the accepted standard of society.” Have we actually reached the point where sodomy is considered “the norm” and “the accepted standard of society?” Well, according to Governor Ehrlich and his homosexual activist cohorts, not only have we reached that point, anyone who says otherwise is to be severely and summarily punished.
You want to talk about intolerance? What about tolerance for differing religious viewpoints? You want to talk about hate? The only hate we see here is the hateful, anti-Catholic actions of Ehrlich and his “gay” activist allies.
It’s of little consolation that Ehrlich’s actions in firing Smith are both clearly unconstitutional and grossly un-American. In today’s culture of liberal judicial activism, if Smith challenges his firing, the courts may very well let this act of blatant religious discrimination stand — but I hope I’m wrong.
It’s a travesty to be sure, but kudos to Smith for taking such a courageous and principled stand, and for verbalizing his beliefs, and the beliefs of millions of other Americans, in such a pointed and unequivocal fashion.
If there’s any thing positive to be gained from Smith’s ordeal, it’s this: In his public comments about homosexual marriage, Smith not only hit the nail on the head, he stumbled onto the much larger issue. Homosexuality is not a neutral status or state of being as typified by one’s membership in a suspect, minority class (such as being black or female). It’s about sexual deviancy. It’s about choosing to define one’s identity based upon with whom, and how, one elects to achieve sexual gratification — IT’S THE BEHAVIOR, STUPID!
Many pro-family organizations, conservative politicians, and clergymen seem to have surrendered — to have given up on addressing the negative moral, physical, and emotional implications of homosexual behavior — and have instead chosen to hunker down and play defense; to simply try to “defend” traditional marriage. “We’ve lost on the behavior issue, so let’s circle the wagons in defense of marriage,” is the attitude that seems to prevail. But just because a large portion of society has chosen to disregard the negative aspects of the homosexual lifestyle doesn’t mean that those negative lifestyle aspects shouldn’t continue to be challenged.
In the tradition of James Carville, perhaps it’s time that proponents of traditional marriage and sexual morality narrow the focus a bit. Perhaps it’s time to address — once again — the often mind-boggling moral and health-related pitfalls associated with the homosexual lifestyle.
It’s nothing personal. It’s not an attack on any individual person because of who that person is; but rather, it’s simply an honest and legitimate debate as to whether we should all be forced to accept and honor what that person chooses to do … whether we should have to view that behavior as good, moral, and praiseworthy despite thousands of years of Judeo/Christian tradition, and good-ole common sense that decidedly says it is not.
Come on, let’s call a spade, a spade — let’s call dangerous behavior, dangerous behavior — let’s call sin, sin. As they say, the best defense is a good offense, and it’s time to go on the offense … no matter how offensive it might be to those who don’t want to hear it.
It’s unfortunate that there hasn’t been more of an effort to debunk the “hate” and “intolerance” rhetoric and hyperbole bandied about by the left as they seek to quell all criticism of homosexual behavior. It’s time for blacks and other genuine minorities to take back the language of true civil rights, which has been hijacked by radical homosexual activists in an effort to further the fraudulent concept that any and all sexual behavior must be fully accepted without question, or those who refuse to accept that behavior have somehow committed a “hate crime” against those who choose to engage in that behavior.
It’s time to focus once again on behavior as we seek to protect the sanctity of marriage, and put to rest this ridiculous, oxymoronic, and androgynous counterfeit referred to as “same-sex” marriage.
People of faith should begin to beat the drum — to make it clear that to speak out against homosexual behavior is neither to “hate” nor to be “intolerant” of the people who engage in that behavior. In fact, the Judeo/Christian model is to love those persons, but to “hate” the sinful behavior in which they engage. It demands that we are “intolerant” of expressly sinful behavior. Again, it’s nothing personal. It’s the biblical model, and the Bible is an equal opportunity “discriminator.” The same goes for persons who engage in other sexual sin such as pedophilia, adultery, polygamy, or fornication.
I wonder …. Why don’t we see roving bands of angry, militant fornicators and adulterers marching in the streets demanding that we stop “hating” them and “tolerate” their sexual behaviors without question? I guess it’s probably just a matter of time. Why have we yet to hear about “pedophile pride,” “polygamy pride,” or “adulterer pride” in our public schools and corporate “diversity training?” I guess it’s just a matter of time. Finally, why have there been no pride parades for people who define their identity based upon a sexual penchant for Pigmies in pink bunny suits with jumper cables and a trapeze? I guess it’s just a matter of time.
It’s an uphill battle. The left has done a masterful job of selling the lie, of packaging the propaganda, neatly gift-wrapped with colorful words like “hate,” “intolerance,” “discrimination,” and “close-mindedness.” To the average person who formulates opinions based on crafty 30-second sound bites, it’s an easy lie to buy. Who wants to “hate?” I don’t. Who wants to be “intolerant?” I don’t. Who wants to be “closed-minded?” I don’t.
Maybe it’s time to push back a little, and to stop allowing the left to paint those who speak out against the homosexual lifestyle as “hateful and intolerant bigots,” with their broad rainbow brush of “enlightenment,” as Governor Ehrlich did to Robert Smith.
The irony is palpable. In his “post-firing” public statement, Governor Ehrlich — displaying a patent intolerance for Smith’s mainstream religious beliefs — actually had the audacity to say that Smith’s comments were “highly inappropriate, insensitive and unacceptable. They are in direct conflict to my administration’s commitment to … tolerance.”
It’s equally ironic that while defending homosexual behavior, proponents of that behavior — like Governor Ehrlich — will often shake their angry little fingers at people of faith and repeat Christ’s words when He said: “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” But curiously, they always seem to conveniently overlook the words Christ spoke in nearly the same breath to the prospective target of that first stone — that being … “Now go and sin no more.”

J. Matt Barber (jmattbarber@comcast.net) is a Republican strategist and a conservative, pro-family political consultant. He holds both a law degree and a Master of Arts in public policy from Regent University. Barber was an undefeated heavyweight professional boxer, a professional jazz drummer, and a 12-year veteran of the Army National Guard. He is a contributing editor for TheConservativeVoice.com, and a contributor to the Washington Times’ “Insight Magazine,” AmericanThinker.com, and a number of other top online and print publications. Barber is currently consulting as the corporate outreach director for Americans for Truth.

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Hamas: Islam will conquer U.S., Britain

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

If anyone is interested in what a slimy, pali terrorist has to say, here is the typical rant from one of them.

A new video on the website of the Palestinian terrorist and governing group Hamas promises the eventual defeat and subjugation of Western nations under Islam.
Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in the face of terrorist attacks is present as the prototype for future Israeli and Western behavior in the face of Islamic force, reports Palestinian Media Watch.
The video is a collection of statements by Hamas terrorist leader Yasser Ghalban, who was killed last week by Palestinians among ongoing internal fighting.
The video – which also refers to “our children being released from Guantanamo,” the U.S. terrorist detention facility – can be viewed here.
Ghalban declares, “We will rule the nations, by Allah’s will, the U.S.A. will be conquered, Israel will be conquered, Rome and Britain will be conquered … .”
Identifying itself as coming from the “Al-Qassam Brigades Media Office,” Hamas’ “military wing,” the leader states on the video:
“The Jihad for Allah … is the way of Truth and the way for salvation and the way which will lead us to crush the Jews and expel them from our country Palestine.
Just as the Jews ran from Gaza, the Americans will run from Iraq and Afghanistan and the Russians will run from Chechnya, and the Indian will run from Kashmir, and our children will be released from Guantanamo. The prisoners will be released by Allah’s will, not by peaceful means and not by agreements, but they will be released by the sword, they will be released by the gun.”
Palestinian Media Watch comments that the ideology expressed in the video is similar to the al-Qaida ideology, “anticipating battles with other religions throughout the world,” as seen in this example
Hamas, officially considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government, now governs the Palestinian Authority.
As WorldNetDaily reported last month, the Hamas’ children’s website included comic strips encouraging hatred of Israelis, who are defined as “evil Zionists.”
One strip featured two boys who come upon supposed toys in the street.
“Don’t take any of them!” warns one boy. “These are not toys, but booby-trapped bombs that will explode in the hands of those who touch them. They are placed here by the evil Zionists to kill innocent Palestinian children.”
The Hamas’ children’s website was launched in 2002, encouraging kids to follow the example of terrorist suicide bombers.

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Earth is hottest now in 2,000 years

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

But wait a minute! I thought that global warming was caused by the greenhouse gases produced by the industrialization of society. But that didn’t happen until the mid-1700. The scientists are saying this has been going on much longer. So then the conclusion we can draw from this study is that humans are NOT responsible for global warming?

It has been 2,000 years and possibly much longer since the Earth has run such a fever.
The National Academy of Sciences in the US, reaching that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by Congress, reported today that the “recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia.”
A panel of top climate scientists told politicians that the Earth is heating up and that “human activities are responsible for much of the recent warming.”
Their 155-page report said average global surface temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere rose about 1 degree Fahrenheit during the 20th century.
This is shown in boreholes, retreating glaciers and other evidence found in nature, said Gerald North, a geosciences professor at Texas A&M University who chaired the academy’s panel.
The report was requested in November by the chairman of the House Science Committee, Republican Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, to address naysayers who question whether global warming is a major threat.
Boehlert said today the report shows the value of having scientists advise Congress.
“There is nothing in this report that should raise any doubts about the broad scientific consensus on global climate change,” he said.
Other new research today showed that global warming produced about half of the extra hurricane-fuelled warmth in the North Atlantic in 2005, and natural cycles were a minor factor, according to Kevin Trenberth and Dennis Shea of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research, a research lab sponsored by the National Science Foundation and universities. Their study is being published by the American Geophysical Union.
The Bush administration has maintained that the threat is not severe enough to warrant new pollution controls that the White House says would have cost five million Americans their jobs.

You enviros can’t have it both ways, so which is it going to be? Either humans are the cause or are not the cause. Make up your minds!!

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‘End Times’ Religious Groups Want Apocalypse Soon

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

If you can get around the liberal, anti-Christian, “let’s make them all seem like wackos” tone of this article, it is interesting.
Two important points to remember:
1. Folks, God is going to send Jesus back when He is ready, and nothing we do down here is going to sway that date.
2. Having a staff writer of the LA Times, write an article on Christians is almost comical. The LA Times is very close to, if not the most liberal newspaper in the country. They are very rarely “kind” to the Christian viewpoint and attempt to make Christians look like radical idiots most of the time.

For thousands of years, prophets have predicted the end of the world. Today, various religious groups, using the latest technology, are trying to hasten it.
Their endgame is to speed the promised arrival of a messiah.
For some Christians this means laying the groundwork for Armageddon.
With that goal in mind, mega-church pastors recently met in Inglewood to polish strategies for using global communications and aircraft to transport missionaries to fulfill the Great Commission: to make every person on Earth aware of Jesus’ message. Doing so, they believe, will bring about the end, perhaps within two decades.
In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has a far different vision. As mayor of Tehran in 2004, he spent millions on improvements to make the city more welcoming for the return of a Muslim messiah known as the Mahdi, according to a recent report by the American Foreign Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank.
To the majority of Shiites, the Mahdi was the last of the prophet Muhammad’s true heirs, his 12 righteous descendants chosen by God to lead the faithful.
Ahmadinejad hopes to welcome the Mahdi to Tehran within two years.
Conversely, some Jewish groups in Jerusalem hope to clear the path for their own messiah by rebuilding a temple on a site now occupied by one of Islam’s holiest shrines.
Artisans have re-created priestly robes of white linen, gem-studded breastplates, silver trumpets and solid-gold menorahs to be used in the Holy Temple — along with two 6½-ton marble cornerstones for the building’s foundation.
Then there is Clyde Lott, a Mississippi revivalist preacher and cattle rancher. He is trying to raise a unique herd of red heifers to satisfy an obscure injunction in the Book of Numbers: the sacrifice of a blemish-free red heifer for purification rituals needed to pave the way for the messiah.
So far, only one of his cows has been verified by rabbis as worthy, meaning they failed to turn up even three white or black hairs on the animal’s body.
Linking these efforts is a belief that modern technologies and global communications have made it possible to induce completion of God’s plan within this generation.
Though there are myriad interpretations of how it will play out, the basic Christian apocalyptic countdown — as described by the Book of Revelation in the New Testament — is as follows:
Jews return to Israel after 2,000 years, the Holy Temple is rebuilt, billions of people perish during seven years of natural disasters and plagues, the antichrist arises and rules the world, the battle of Armageddon erupts in the vicinity of Israel, Jesus returns to defeat Satan’s armies and preside over Judgment Day.
Generations of Christians have hoped for the Second Coming of Jesus, said UCLA historian Eugen Weber, author of the 1999 book “Apocalypses: Prophecies, Cults and Millennial Beliefs Through the Ages.”
“And it’s always been an ultimately bloody hope, a slaughterhouse hope,” he added with a sigh. “What we have now in this global age is a vaster and bloodier-than-ever Wagnerian version. But, then, we are a very imaginative race.”
Apocalyptic movements are nothing new; even Christopher Columbus hoped to assist in the Great Commission by evangelizing New World inhabitants.
Some religious scholars saw apocalyptic fever rise as the year 2000 approached, and they expected it to subside after the millennium arrived without a hitch.
It didn’t. According to various polls, an estimated 40% of Americans believe that a sequence of events presaging the end times is already underway. Among the believers are pastors of some of the largest evangelical churches in America, who converged at Faith Central Bible Church in Inglewood in February to finalize plans to start 5 million new churches worldwide in 10 years.
“Jesus Christ commissioned his disciples to go to the ends of the Earth and tell everyone how they could achieve eternal life,” said James Davis, president of the Global Pastors Network’s “Billion Souls Initiative,” one of an estimated 2,000 initiatives worldwide designed to boost the Christian population.

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Mount Soledad Cross unconstitutional, according to 9th Circuit judges

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

No surprise here. Hey folks, aren’t y’all tired of this rogue court yet? Isn’t time to begin pressing your senators to begin impeachment proceedings on its members?
Time to kick the Cross issue up to the Supreme Court, where, I’m fairly confident, it will be overturned.

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to stay a federal judge’s order to remove the Mount Soledad Cross, which for decades has commemorated fallen American soldiers buried there.
As WorldNetDaily reported, U.S. District Judge Gordon Thompson ordered the city of San Diego to remove the 43-foot structure by Aug. 1 or face a fine of $5,000 a day. Thompson ruled the cross unconstitutional in 1991, but the case has remained in courts and become an issue of public policy.
The dispute was started by an atheist charging the cross – the centerpiece of a national war-veterans memorial – violates the so-called “separation of church and state.”
In its decision, however, the 9th Circuit scheduled oral arguments on the matter for the week of Oct. 16, weeks after the Cross is to be removed, noted the Thomas More Law Center, a national public-interest law firm that has battled to save the cross since 2004.
Richard Thompson, the Law Center’s president and chief counsel, commented on the recent order: “It is an outrage and insult not only to Christians, but people of all faiths, that this memorial site to our veterans and fallen war heroes would be desecrated by removal of a universally recognized symbol of sacrifice just because one atheist was upset about it.”
Thompson says a quick solution would be for the federal government to step in and take the land under its power of eminent domain, but “so far they have remained silent.”
Rob Muise, a Law Center trial counsel who has authored many of the pleadings in the case, said further action will be taken to preserve the cross.
“Friends, comrades, and family members of thousands of our fallen veterans have chosen the Mt. Soledad memorial as a place to honor and remember their fallen heroes,” he said. “As a former Marine officer and veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, I am sickened by the thought of the pain that these court decisions must be causing for these grieving families. Our veterans deserve better than this.”
In 2004, Congress paved the way for the cross to be preserved by designating the structure and the land on which it stands a national veterans memorial. The congressional action authorized the Department of the Interior to accept the property as a donation, to be administered under the National Park System.
Despite widespread support, however, the San Diego City Council declined to make the donation, prompting formation of a grass roots organization, “San Diegans for the Mt Soledad War Memorial,” headed by Jewish businessman Philip Thalheimer.
The group led a petition drive, obtaining more than 100,000 signatures calling on the council to reverse its decision. The council put the question to voters in a special election in which 76 percent chose to preserve the cross. State Court Judge Patricia Cowett, however, ruled proposition violated the California constitution. Her order is under appeal.
The American Family Association has launched a campaign asking citizens to send an e-mail to President Bush to effectively take “the case out of Judge Thompson’s hands” by signing an executive order transferring the land to the National Park Service.

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Planned Parenthood Hopes for Ballot Victory, Plans Legal Challenge

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Ah Yes, the typical liberal response…it doesn’t matter if the majority of people say they don’t want something done (the liberal) way, the liberals will just push it into the liberal courts and make you do it anyway. You know that a liberal knows much better what you want then you do. You’re just way too stupid to know what is best for you. That’s why we have liberals and their court system. I mean really, who needs this democracy thing anyway? Liberals sure don’t. Did I mention that l have a pretty strong anti-liberal opinion?
As to the abortion issue, maybe people are waking up to the idea that abortion is murder and it should never be used as a form of birth control.

(CNSNews.com) – The president of the South Dakota branch of Planned Parenthood on Thursday promised that a referendum on the state’s controversial abortion ban in November would not be the last attempt to overturn it.
The state legislature in February passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade in 1973. The South Dakota law, when it goes into effect, will ban all abortions unless the mother’s life is at risk.
Planned Parenthood, the only abortion provider in the state, has gathered petition signatures to have the ban placed on the ballot in November to give Dakotans a chance to overturn it. But Sarah Stoesz, the president of Planned Parenthood’s South Dakota branch, said even if voters approve the ban, the group will take it to court.
At a panel discussion with abortion rights supporters in Washington, D.C., Stoesz said the pro-life movement passed the bill because “they understood that Planned Parenthood would challenge it in court and to create a vehicle to overturn Roe vs. Wade.”
“We chose this time, however, not to take the bait of the American Life League and the anti-reproductive rights movement,” Stoesz said, “and instead to bring the matter of the abortion ban in South Dakota to the people of the state of South Dakota.” If that fails, she added, a legal challenge will ensue.
Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, said Stoesz’s characterization of the law’s motive is inaccurate. “We know the legislators and the people in South Dakota who put this law forward,” he told Cybercast News Service. “They put it forward to save lives.”
“They’ve been trying for years,” Sedlak said of pro-life activists in South Dakota. “This is the year they got it through. Their whole motivation is to save the lives of babies and if it does go forward to the Supreme Court that will just be a plus to them.”
Stoesz said she is confident that voters will overturn the ban, but that if they approve it, Planned Parenthood will resort to legal challenges of the law “because we are committed to keeping our clinic open and committed to performing abortion care for women in South Dakota.”
Planned Parenthood operates two clinics in South Dakota, only one of which performs abortions. The group flies doctors in from neighboring states to perform the abortions because no doctors in the state are willing to perform them, according to Stoesz.
Sedlak said he thinks Planned Parenthood has “absolutely zero” chance of convincing voters to overturn the ban, pointing to South Dakota primary results in June. “Every legislator who supported the abortion ban and was challenged won their primary election,” he said, “and four legislators who were opposed to the abortion ban lost their primary elections.”
He called the primaries “a great indication of the fact that South Dakota people are pro-life and they are really excited about this ban.”
“We could lose, that’s true,” Stoesz said during the discussion. But, she added, “We must take this as an opportunity to build our movement.”
Sedlak said he thinks the referendum attempt signals “desperation time for Planned Parenthood.” He said pro-abortion groups are “seeing that state after state, across the country, is now emboldened by South Dakota’s move to start passing these laws. It’s the beginning of the end, and Planned Parenthood knows it.”

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Public Warned About NEA Measure Promoting ‘Diversity’ of Marriage Alternatives

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Here is more informaiton concerning the National Education Association’s (NEA) attempt to force school systems to endorse the homosexual agenda.

(AgapePress) – A conservative activist is concerned over a recent proposal to amend the National Education Association’s so-called “diversity” policy. She feels the proposal advocates same-sex “marriage” and polygamy and promotes the idea that these and other non-traditional sexual unions should be regarded as equivalent to traditional, one-man, one-woman marriage.
The proposal submitted for the National Education Association (NEA) annual convention, which begins on June 29 in Orlando, Florida, would add language to the group’s diversity policy, making changes many pro-family advocates find troubling. The suggested amendment states, among other things, that “legal rights and responsibilities with regard to medical decisions, taxes, inheritance, adoption, legal immigration, domestic partnerships, and civil unions and/or marriage belong to … diverse people and individuals,” regardless of their age, sexual orientation, or marital status.
Linda Harvey of the pro-family group Mission America believes this NEA proposal could radically change what U.S. school children are taught in classrooms across the country. “It’s basically saying any kind of legalized form of anything you’re going to call marriage is going to be okay with us,” she asserts, “and [that] we will want to, of course, promote that to our students and our faculty.”
Harvey calls the proposal “outrageous” and describes it as “simply one more radical move by the NEA to promote anything and everything out there that is immoral.” Adding the proposed language, she warns, “definitely would open the door to teaching that polygamy, common-law marriages, marriages [at] all ages” are all equally acceptable.
The Mission America representative says the proposed “diversity” policy amendments advocate “virtually any kind of definition you want to put on marriage” and then suggest, in effect, “that all of these different ‘diverse’ forms of unions would have to be presented to kids in an equal relationship to one another.” And with the NEA’s longtime involvement in pro-homosexual activism, she contends, the proposal will likely be approved.
Harvey says Christian teachers who pay dues to this powerful union should reconsider their investment in its efforts. She insists that amending the NEA’s diversity policy will only serve to further advance this powerful group’s liberal political agenda.

AFA ‘Outs’ the NEA’s Pro-Homosexual Diversity Resolution
The Tupelo, Mississippi-based American Family Association (AFA) notes that the NEA’s disturbing resolution endorsing homosexual “marriage” and other non-traditional unions has recently been pulled from the union’s website. Reportedly, that move followed in the wake of an alert issued by AFA to its supporters, announcing the resolution and its implications.
AFA chairman Donald Wildmon says the removal of the resolution from the NEA website has the educators union “catching the wrath” of homosexual activists. “The NEA was trying to sneak this resolution past teachers and administrators, as well as the general public,” he contends, “but they got caught.”
Wildmon says the NEA yanked the resolution from its Internet site within hours after the pro-family organization made the measure public. The teachers union did not return phone calls from AgapePress regarding the proposed amendment or its removal from the website after it was publicly exposed.
Nevertheless, the AFA spokesman says the liberal educators union is still expected to present the “diversity” proposal in favor of homosexual “marriage” and other alternative unions at its annual meeting next week. “The homosexual pressure groups are angry and will force NEA to present the resolution,” he asserts, “and we expect it will pass overwhelmingly.”
The NEA wants to promote homosexual marriage “in every avenue they have available, including textbooks, to all children at all age levels and without the permission or knowledge of parents,” Wildmon says, “and their plans will include every public school in America.”
For that reason, the pro-family leader adds, AFA encourages pro-family teachers and administrators to withdraw from NEA membership and join other educational associations more in tune with their beliefs.

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