Archive for June 23rd, 2006

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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Christian Activists Shouted Down, Threatened at Philly’s Homosexual Rally

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Once again, the homosexual activists are threatening violence against people who disagree and who are vocal about the negative side of this lifestyle choice.
It’s sad that public officials are able to get away with turning a blind eye to this type of behavior. Earlier this week, I blogged about a couple who regularly witness peacefully in a Kansas City Transit Station (a public place). They were arrested for this, the charge being with trespassing and disorderly conduct.
Yet from this article, we have people, who are peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech, being threatened with violence, in front of police officers. The offenders (the homosexual activist) were not arrested or even told to move on.
Christians, we are going to see more and more of this going on.

(AgapePress) – The head of a Philadelphia-based Christian ministry says his group was targeted by a “lawless mob” of homosexuals at the city’s annual homosexual pride event — and that city police refused to enforce state laws against harassment and disorderly conduct at that time.
New video footage from Repent America shows homosexuals with the group “Anti-Racist Action” shouting profanities at RA director Michael Marcavage and even threatening him with physical violence in the presence of Philadelphia police officers. Members of the group also yelled “Christian fascists” at RA participants while ministering at the June 11 event.
Marcavage suggests the pro-homosexual groups participating in the event are getting special treatment.
“The Philadelphia police are not enforcing the law when it comes to harassment, when it comes to disorderly conduct — and, especially at the Pride Parade and Festival, we see floats that have obscene things taking place on them,” says Marcavage. “So they’re not even enforcing the open lewdness statute here in the state of Pennsylvania.”
The Philadelphia Police Department, he adds, is seemingly “turning a blind eye to whatever the homosexual groups are doing.”
According to the RA director, the homosexual group Anti-Racist Action has also engaged in unlawful behavior outside the homes of Repent America members.
“Well, it’s deeply grieving to see people embracing their sin,” he says in reference to the pro-homosexual activists. “And not only embracing their sin, but celebrating their sin — and then wanting to actually attack anyone who would tell them that this is a self-destructive lifestyle and that there is hope for you. And that’s really what our message is.”
While being shouted down by the homosexual activists, Marcavage calmly preached over a microphone: “You don’t get to heaven by being a good person. You don’t get to heaven by doing good things. We have all violated God’s law, and the only hope we have is found in Jesus Christ.”
Repent America is asking Christians in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to contact Philadelphia Police Department, asking Commissioner Sylvester Johnson to ensure that the laws be enforced.

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My article on what the Bible says about homosexuality.