Archive for July 10th, 2006

Chechen Terror Leader Shamil Basayev Killed in Russia

Monday, July 10th, 2006

Score one more for the good guys (twenty years ago, if anyone had told me someday I’d be calling the Russians “good-guys”, I’d have told them they were crazy…terrorist make strange bedfellows) against the slimy terrorist.

MOSCOW — Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who claimed responsibility for modern Russia’s worst terrorist attacks, was killed Monday, Russia’s top intelligence official said.
Federal Security Service head Nikolai Patrushev told President Vladimir Putin that Basayev had been killed overnight in Ingushetia — a republic bordering Chechnya that was plagued by sporadic spillover violence from the separatist region. Patrushev’s meeting with Putin was shown on Russian state television.
Basayev, 41, claimed responsibility for some of Russia’s worst terror attacks, including the seizure of a Moscow theater in 2002 in which dozens of hostages and militants died, the 2004 school hostage taking in Beslan that killed 331, and the seizure of about 1,000 hostages at a hospital in Budyonnovsk that killed about 100.
Patrushev gave no details of the operation in his televised remarks, but an Ingush regional Interior Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, said Basayev had been killed while accompanying a truck filled with 220 pounds of dynamite that blew up in the Ingush village of Ekazhevo early Monday.

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Pro-Family Leaders Praise Ga., NY Courts’ Pro-Marriage Rulings

Monday, July 10th, 2006

And some victories for traditional families back east.

(AgapePress) – Pro-family groups are celebrating two court rulings on Thursday in New York and Georgia that turned aside bids by homosexuals to legalize same-sex “marriage.” While the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a referendum result banning homosexual marriage surprised few, many conservatives were both surprised and particularly pleased by the strong, pro-family wording of the New York court’s ruling.
In a 4-2 decision, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the state constitution guarantees no right to homosexual marriage, declaring that the New York constitution “does not compel recognition of marriages between members of the same sex” and that the question of whether such marriages should be recognized is an issue to be addressed by the Legislature. (See earlier story)
The New York Court of Appeals also stated that at least two grounds rationally support limiting marriage to one man and one woman, both of those grounds being “derived from the undisputed assumption that marriage is important to the welfare of children.” On the one hand, the court observed, marriage can be an “inducement” to heterosexual couples to remain in stable, long-term, child-bearing relationships; and secondly, “it is better, other things being equal, for children to grow up with both a mother and the father.”

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‘Walking’ Beats ‘Talking’ in Dealing with Homosexuality, Says Pastor

Monday, July 10th, 2006

We need to continue to pray for the people who have active access to homosexuals, and that they will be able to successfully bring the homosexuals out of the lifestyle they have choosen.

(AgapePress) – A former homosexual is teaching Christian audiences how to evangelize and disciple those caught in the destructive and sinful lifestyle of homosexuality.
North Carolina pastor Tim Wilkins is taking his one-day “More Than Words” conference to Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday (July 8 ). Next month (August 12), the conference goes to Raleigh, North Carolina. The conference is designed to help Christians understand homosexuality and learn how to help friends and family members dealing with the sin. Wilkins, who says he left homosexuality more than two decades ago, notes the focus is “walking versus talking people out of homosexuality.
“If talking changed things, everything would be changed. So our emphasis here is emphasizing that love — compassion grounded in the truth of God’s Word — is what sets people free,” says the founder of Cross Ministry. “And, as I say in many of the venues where I speak, no one has ever been argued out of homosexuality — and for that matter, no one has ever been argued into the kingdom of God.”
The pastor explains that he challenges “gay theology,” which he says is a reinterpretation of scripture to condone homosexuality. According to Wilkins, claiming that the Bible advocates homosexuality is equivalent to claiming that Tolstoy’s War and Peace is a musical comedy.
“The fact is that the Bible is very straightforward, very direct in prohibiting homosexuality,” Wilkins notes. “But the Bible is also direct in saying that ‘such were some of you.'”
In addition, says Wilkins, the Bible speaks clearly about freedom from homosexuality. “All across the country I am finding evangelical churches that are becoming much more receptive to and proactive in reaching men and women for Christ who are dealing with this,” he shares.
Wilkins says he tells Christian audiences that in just about every church there is a member — whether married or single, teenager or senior adult — who is struggling with same-sex attraction.

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