Archive for August 22nd, 2006

Gay Pride Back On in Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The gay pride parade that was originally scheduled for August in the Holy City of Jerusalem is being rescheduled for later this year. When I first heard about the original parade, I was outraged that these people would choose to defame God’s Holy City with their flamboyant perversions. Now, I am still outraged, but more than that, I am just plain sick of hearing about it. It is the goal of the homosexual agenda to do everything possible to say “In your face” to God and His people. And this is just another example of that. The people of Jerusalem made it very clear they were not welcome in August and I daresay they arent welcome at any other time.

More controversy? Jerusalem’s Open House for Pride and Tolerance has decided Sunday to hold a gay pride parade in the capital this year as well, GLBT portal Gogay has reported.

The decision was taken by a 5 to 1 vote during the Open House’s management committee meeting, which featured various community members who expressed their views on the subject. Most participants backed another parade in order to show they would not capitulate in the face of ultra-Orthodox and homophobic threats.

However, some participants did voice concern over the risks inherent in holding the parade, while others wondered whether the gay community has not lost its momentum.

Open House Director Hagai Elad said that the date for the next pride parade will be “set as soon as possible and be published following the completion of a brief process of checking the opportunities at our disposal in holding the parade.”

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In Search of a Happy Ending. . . by Jack Kinsella

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I understand that the movie ‘Old Yeller’ is available for sale on DVD. I saw ‘Old Yeller’ as a kid and it made me cry when Tim Considine’s character shot Old Yeller at the end.
I think I’ll buy it and watch it again. Maybe THIS time, it will have a happy ending. If not, I’ll go buy another copy from a different story and try watching that one. Maybe he won’t shoot the dog.

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In 1948, the combined forces of the Arab world converged on Israel following her declaration of statehood, vowing to annihilate the infant state while still in its crib.
The UN remained silent, fully expecting the Arab war machine to overrun the unarmed and unorganized Jewish state and put an end to the Jewish Question without having to endure another Adolf Hitler or another world war in order to accomplish it, while keeping a clear conscience in the meantime.
After all, the Germans were Europeans and Europe was much too cultured to countenance another Holocaust on its soil. On the other hand, the attacking forces in this case were all Arab Muslims. And killing Jews is what Arab Muslims do.
Nobody can blame them for that, anymore than one can blame a cat for killing mice. So the UN accepted Israel’s declaration, granted it admission to the UN, and sat back to enjoy the fireworks.
To the UN’s surprise, the ragtag Israeli Defense Forces beat back the combined armies of Transjordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Saudi Arabia and acquired an extra 2000 square miles of territory beyond that granted by the 1947 Partition Plan.
This forced the United Nations to impose a cease-fire on Israel, before the Israelis took over the whole durned Islamic Middle East.

In 1956, a new war between Israel and Egypt’s Gamal Abdul Nasser broke out after the armies of Jordan, Egypt and Syria were consolidated under Egyptian leadership in a second effort to eradicate the Jewish State.
Israel’s Operation Kadesh, commanded by Moshe Dayan, lasted less than a week; its forces reached the eastern bank of the Suez Canal in about 100 hours, seizing the Gaza Strip and nearly all the Sinai Peninsula.
Panicked, the UN General Assembly imposed a cease fire against Israel, forcing the Jewish State to give back all the territory it had gained during the second war of annihilation against the Jews in the space of eight years.
The hard-headed Israelis refused to surrender to the UN at first. It took several more resolutions and pressure from the United States before Israel withdrew in 1957 to its original, indefensible borders to wait for the next invasion.
Even then, the Jews wouldn’t withdraw without security guarantees, so the UN established a United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) to stand between Israel and the Arab world.
It took ten years before the Arab world sufficiently recovered to mount a third attempt to annihilate the Jews.

In June, 1967, when the Arab forces were fully prepared and Cairo has massed sufficient troops along Israel’s border, UNEF pulled out and let Jordan, Syria and Egypt have another go at them.
Six days later, Israel had destroyed the Arab Legion’s air force, kicked Syria off the Golan Heights, took back all of Jerusalem, threw Jordan out of the West Bank and took the Gaza Strip away from Egypt.
Israel’s annexation of Sinai, Gaza, Arab East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Golan Heights, shortened its land frontiers with Egypt and Jordan, removed the most heavily populated Jewish areas from direct Arab artillery range, and temporarily increased its strategic advantages.
Aghast, the United Nations imposed another ceasefire on Israel [Resolution 242] before the Islamic world’s war-making abilities were completely destroyed.

In 1973, Egypt tried again, supported by Syria and financed by Saudi Arabia. The sneak attack was scheduled for October 6, as Israeli forces were at home with their families celebrating Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
The UN’s major powers, including the US, Russians, French and the UK all knew of the attack several days in advance, but, in the spirit of fair play, let Israel discover it when Egyptian and Syrian tanks began rolling over Israel’s border cities.
When it became clear that, instead of being finally destroyed, the Israelis had started to win [again] the UN forced another ceasefire and stationed another UN force between Israel and the Arabs to oversee Israeli compliance. [Resolution 338]
The Arab governments finally realized that they couldn’t defeat Israel by conventional means, so they went underground, offering material support and training to Islamic terror groups, including Yasser Arafat’s al Fatah and later, to Hezbollah.

In the thirty years since, the UN has passed more resolutions ‘condemning’ Israel, ‘deploring’ Israel, ‘strongly condemning’ Israel, imposing conditions on Israel and subsequently ‘deeply regretting’ Israel for ignoring them than it has against the rest of the world combined.
Twenty-six percent of all UN resolutions passed by the General Assembly since 1948 expressly condemn Israel. Of the 175 resolutions passed between 1948 and 1991, 97 – more than half – were aimed at Israel. Four were against an Arab state.

A month ago, Hamas infiltrated Israeli territory, killing several Israeli soldiers and kidnapping one young Israeli corporal to hold hostage, demanding the release of 1200 Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli jails as ransom.
The following week, Hezbollah invaded from the north, killed eight Israeli soldiers and kidnapped two more, announcing its intention to ransom its hostages for terrorist prisoners held by Israel.

The United Nations approved a document entitled “International Convention Against the Taking of Hostages” in December, 1979. Article 1 of this document defines the crime:
“Any person who seizes or detains and threatens to kill, to injure or to continue to detain another person (hereinafter referred to as the “hostage”) in order to compel a third party, namely, a State, an international intergovernmental organization, a natural or juridical person, or a group of persons, to do or abstain from doing any act as an explicit or implicit condition for the release of the hostage commits the offence of taking of hostages (“hostage-taking”) within the meaning of this Convention.”
Article 3 expressly gives the state whose citizen was taken hostage carte blanche to do what is necessary to recover such hostages.
“The State Party in the territory of which the hostage is held by the offender shall take all measures it considers appropriate to ease the situation of the hostage, in particular, to secure his release and, after his release, to facilitate, when relevant, his departure.”
Since the UN has not invoked [or even alluded to] its own conventions on hostage taking, one can only conclude that, under UN rules, 1) an Israeli hostage is not a ‘person’ and, 2) Israel is not a ‘state’.
Therefore, Israeli military efforts aimed at recovering its hostages cannot be permitted. Consequently, UN Resolution 1701 imposing an Israeli ceasefire and withdrawal from Lebanon [without its hostages] passed the UN Security Council unanimously.

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Iran Delivers Decision on Nuclear Incentives Package

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that Tehran was ready to enter “serious negotiations” over its disputed nuclear program but did not say whether it was willing to suspend uranium enrichment — the key Western demand.

In other words, “our nukes are not quite ready to snuff out Israel, so having learned well from Sadam, we’ll just “negotiate” with the U.N. for another 11 years or until our nukes are ready to snuff out Israel, whichever date come first.”

“Iran is prepared as of Aug. 23rd to enter serious negotiations” with the countries that proposed the package, state-run television quoted Larijani as telling the envoys.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said in a statement that Iran’s response needed a “detailed and careful analysis” and vowed to remain “in open contact” with Larijani until the process is completed.

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In published remarks Tuesday, Mohammed Saeedi, the deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, had said Iran’s response to the package was “a comprehensive reply that can open the way for resumption of talks for a final agreement.”
Even so, Iran on Monday twice showed its determination to push ahead with its nuclear program. It turned away International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors from an underground site meant to shelter its uranium enrichment program from attack, and its top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared that Tehran will continue to pursue its nuclear activities.
The United States and some of its Western allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons. Tehran has denied the charges saying its nuclear program is merely aimed at generating electricity, not bombs.
The Islamic republic has repeatedly said it will never give up its right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel but has indicated it may temporarily suspend large-scale activities to ease tensions.

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Psalm 27, A Prayer for Israel

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Psalm 27 (King James Version)

תהילים 27

לְדָוִ֨ד ׀ יְהוָ֤ה ׀ אֹורִ֣י וְ֭יִשְׁעִי מִמִּ֣י אִירָ֑א יְהוָ֥ה מָֽעֹוז־חַ֝יַּ֗י מִמִּ֥י אֶפְחָֽד׃

בִּקְרֹ֤ב עָלַ֨י ׀ מְרֵעִים֮ לֶאֱכֹ֪ל אֶת־בְּשָׂ֫רִ֥י צָרַ֣י וְאֹיְבַ֣י לִ֑י הֵ֖מָּה כָשְׁל֣וּ וְנָפָֽלוּ׃

אִם־תַּחֲנֶ֬ה עָלַ֨י ׀ מַחֲנֶה֮ לֹֽא־יִירָ֪א לִ֫בִּ֥י אִם־תָּק֣וּם עָ֭לַי מִלְחָמָ֑ה בְּ֝זֹ֗את אֲנִ֣י בֹוטֵֽחַ׃

אַחַ֤ת ׀ שָׁאַ֣לְתִּי מֵֽאֵת־יְהוָה֮ אֹותָ֪הּ אֲבַ֫קֵּ֥שׁ שִׁבְתִּ֣י בְּבֵית־יְ֭הוָה כָּל־יְמֵ֣י חַיַּ֑י לַחֲזֹ֥ות בְּנֹֽעַם־יְ֝הוָ֗ה וּלְבַקֵּ֥ר בְּהֵיכָלֹֽו׃

כִּ֤י יִצְפְּנֵ֨נִי ׀ בְּסֻכֹּה֮ בְּיֹ֪ום רָ֫עָ֥ה יַ֭סְתִּרֵנִי בְּסֵ֣תֶר אָהֳלֹ֑ו בְּ֝צ֗וּר יְרֹומְמֵֽנִי׃

וְעַתָּ֨ה יָר֪וּם רֹאשִׁ֡י עַ֤ל אֹֽיְבַ֬י סְֽבִיבֹותַ֗י וְאֶזְבְּחָ֣ה בְ֭אָהֳלֹו זִבְחֵ֣י תְרוּעָ֑ה אָשִׁ֥ירָה וַ֝אֲזַמְּרָ֗ה לַיהוָֽה׃

שְׁמַע־יְהוָ֖ה קֹולִ֥י אֶקְרָ֗א וְחָנֵּ֥נִי וַעֲנֵֽנִי׃

לְךָ֤ ׀ אָמַ֣ר לִ֭בִּי בַּקְּשׁ֣וּ פָנָ֑י אֶת־פָּנֶ֖יךָ יְהוָ֣ה אֲבַקֵּֽשׁ׃

אַל־תַּסְתֵּ֬ר פָּנֶ֨יךָ ׀ מִמֶּנִּי֮ אַֽל־תַּט־בְּאַ֗ף עַ֫בְדֶּ֥ךָ עֶזְרָתִ֥י הָיִ֑יתָ אַֽל־תִּטְּשֵׁ֥נִי וְאַל־תַּֽ֝עַזְבֵ֗נִי אֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׁעִֽי׃

כִּי־אָבִ֣י וְאִמִּ֣י עֲזָב֑וּנִי וַֽיהוָ֣ה יַֽאַסְפֵֽנִי׃

הֹ֤ורֵ֥נִי יְהוָ֗ה דַּ֫רְכֶּ֥ךָ וּ֭נְחֵנִי בְּאֹ֣רַח מִישֹׁ֑ור לְ֝מַ֗עַן שֹׁורְרָֽי׃

אַֽל־תִּ֭תְּנֵנִי בְּנֶ֣פֶשׁ צָרָ֑י כִּ֥י קָֽמוּ־בִ֥י עֵֽדֵי־שֶׁ֝֗קֶר וִיפֵ֥חַ חָמָֽס׃

ל̣ׄוּלֵ̣֗ׄא̣ׄ הֶ֭אֱמַנְתִּי לִרְאֹ֥ות בְּֽטוּב־יְהוָ֗ה בְּאֶ֣רֶץ חַיִּֽים׃

קַוֵּ֗ה אֶל־יְה֫וָ֥ה חֲ֭זַק וְיַאֲמֵ֣ץ לִבֶּ֑ךָ וְ֝קַוֵּ֗ה אֶל־יְהוָֽה׃

(The Westminster Leningrad Codex)

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Still standing: Court declares Oklahoma Ten Commandments display constitutional

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The court once again agreed that the First Ammendment does still actually exist and is still a valid part of the U.S. Constitution.
(See my article “What Does the U.S. Constitution Actually Say About Religion?“)

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — A federal court today agreed with the arguments of ADF attorneys and determined that a Ten Commandments monument erected with private funds on a county courthouse lawn is constitutional, thwarting a legal challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union.
“Even the ACLU would have to admit that abstaining from lying, cheating, and stealing are ideals that all Americans should value,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kevin Theriot. “The morals set forth in the Ten Commandments have been a vital part of American values throughout history. The government’s acknowledgment of this historical fact does not create a constitutional crisis.”
The ACLU had originally submitted a motion to the court requesting that its name be held in confidentiality so that the public and any jury would not know that it was behind the suit. The request became moot when the case went to trial without a jury. A copy of the ACLU’s motion is available at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/ACLURequest.pdf.
Mike Bush, a resident of Haskell County, raised $2,000 in private funds to pay for the monument, which was approved by county officials for display. The county has allowed citizens to erect monuments in the area for many years. The courthouse lawn area includes three memorials to veterans of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Korean War; an Unmarked Graves monument; a Choctaw Indian Tribe Monument; two benches commemorating the high school graduating classes of 1954 and 1955; and 150 personalized message bricks on the sidewalk leading to the courthouse’s front steps.
“Haskell County officials acted within the law when they allowed the display of this Ten Commandments monument,” said Theriot. “The monument is historically important and does not represent the furtherance of any religion by the county. The court wisely denied the ACLU’s attempt to erase the Ten Commandments out of American history.”
Judge Ronald White of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma wrote in the opinion issued today, “The Monument does not violate the Establishment Clause and may remain on the courthouse lawn, peacefully and passively resting among the other monuments under the stars.” The full text of the ruling in the case, Green v. Board of County Commissioners of the County of Haskell, can be read at www.telladf.org/UserDocs/HaskellOpinion.pdf.
ADF-funded victories involving Ten Commandments monuments include ACLU of Nebraska v. City of Plattsmouth and Van Orden v. Perry.
ADF is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

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School kids appear in homosexual parade

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

The homosexual activist will probably say “so what’s the big deal? They are endorsing “diversity.”
Here’s the big deal:
“Did the teachers miss the man who marched down the street giving out goodies while only wearing a g-string? Did they overlook the car filled with men that advertised for RentBoy, a male escort service?”

Elementary-age students have marched in a homosexual pride event under the banner of a San Diego public school, amidst triple-X rated behavior by “gay” activists, according to a Christian blogger who reports daily to 7,000 people.
James Hartline, who issues “Action Alerts” in response to situations in the city, said he was shocked by the “immoral” actions.
“In one of the most appalling displays of gross disregard for the safety of young children, the San Diego City School system allowed a number of small children to march inside of the San Diego Gay Pride parade under the banner of one of its schools,” he said.
That, despite the fact, “that these children were brought into the midst of a number of businesses promoting pornography and nearly nude men and women in graphic sexualized demonstrations.”
Hartline told WorldNetDaily that he lived as a homosexual for many years, but left that lifestyle choice after becoming a Christian seven years ago. He now watches with trepidition the activities of the community where he used to live.

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Annan, Not Israel, to Decide on Makeup of Peacekeeping Force

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Well of course the totally corrupt, terrorist loving, Jew hating Annan will decide who gets to be peacekeepers. And of course he’ll choose Jew hating countries with no diplomatic ties to Israel to lead a force which is under mandate to disarm their brothers in arms, the terrorist organization Hezbollah. As if that’s going to happen. All we can expect is “peacekeepers” sitting down with terrorist for coffee, while new arms and supplies flow steadily to Hezbollah from Iran via Syria.

(CNSNews.com) – A new row is brewing between Israel and the United Nations over which of the U.N.’s member-states should be eligible to contribute troops to a mission to keep the peace between Israel and Shi’ite terrorists in Lebanon.
Countries that do not recognize and have diplomatic relations with Israel should not participate in a beefed-up UNIFIL mission in Lebanon, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government declared.
But U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s spokesman, asked during a briefing in New York Monday whether recognition of Israel was a criterion for participation, replied that the composition of the force was a decision that “belongs to the secretary-general.”
The U.N. is looking for a mix of European and Muslim nations to make up the 15,000-strong force mandated by Security Council resolution 1701. It wants at least 3,500 of those new peacekeepers to be in place by Sept. 2.
Both Israel and Lebanon have welcomed an offer by Italy to lead the force — following an unexpected show of reluctance from France — but offers from Muslim countries are producing unease in Jerusalem.
Of the few countries that are offering sizeable troop contingents — Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh, all Muslim — do not have diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.

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Peacekeeping Force Won’t Help, May Hurt, Israel, Analyst Says

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I guess it’s going to be a day of “dah’s”, so here goes…well dah!! Ya think? (heavy on the sarcasm). Having peacekeepers who will not enforce the U.N. mandate to disarm Hezbollah and on top of that hail from Islamic countries with no diplomatic ties to Israel may be a problem? Ya think? (more sarcasm) Now take into account that most of these governments of these Islamic nations support the teaching of their people that Israel is supposed to be wiped from the face of the earth. “Peacekeeping Force Won’t Help, May Hurt, Israel”? Well Duh!!

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – The deployment of an international force in southern Lebanon could strengthen Hizballah and even pave the way for an al Qaeda presence in southern Lebanon, and therefore Israel should abandon the idea, a senior Israeli lawmaker said.
According to United Nations Security Council resolution 1701, up to 15,000 international forces are supposed to be deployed in southern Lebanon to help the Lebanese army take control of an area long overrun with Hizballah – a “state within a state,” President Bush has called it.
President Bush on Monday said the international force must be given “robust rules of engagement” and deployed “as quickly as possible to secure the peace.”
But Dr. Yuval Steinitz, former head of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said the new force is likely to cause more problems in the long term than it solves – and he said Israel should abandon the idea altogether.

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Steinitz said Israel should be even more skeptical of such a force this time – if it includes Muslim countries that don’t have diplomatic relations with Israel.
So far, both Israel and Lebanon have welcomed an Italian offer to lead the force, but there has been very little response from other Western nations. But three countries that were among the first to offer troops are the Muslim countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh – none of which have diplomatic ties with Israel.

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“In any case, they [the force] are not going to dismantle the Hizballah,” said Steinitz. He said it is not in Israel’s interest to have countries like that more involved in the conflict.

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‘Evolution’ Study Implies U.S. Science Education Lagging Behind Europe

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I still maintain that all evolutionist failed statistics. Now granted, I didn’t enjoy statistics class, but at least I finished it and got a decent grade too. That apparently is more then the so-called “experts” on evolution in the biology field have done.
I’m in the process of preparing an article, on evolution, for our web site. I know I won’t get all the numbers exact by memory, but I want to make this point:
If one takes just 20 of the amino acids necessary to make a “simple cell”, the change of them randomly forming in the correct order to make this simple cell is statistically akin to setting off a bomb in a type setters shop and having all the type come down in the exact order to form the unabridged dictionary. Now figure in the fact that it actually takes over 200 amino acids to form human cells and we are made up of millions of cells working in conjunction with each other.
This brings the probability of humans forming by accident as close to statistical impossibility as to be said to be totally impossible. How evolutionist ignore this is completely beyond me.
A college biology professor once told me that in examining DNA, that all humans have exactly the same DNA except for a couple at the end (I’m paraphrasing…I’m an electronics engineer, not a biologist, so someone who does understand it better may have to chime in and give us specifics). He was attempting to use this as an example of all humans coming from a common source, or evolving from something. In my mind I said, “Well duh, of course we are from the same source. They were named Adam and Eve. You can find their account in the Book of Genesis in the Bible”.
If “lagging” means that I don’t endorse a flawed theory with little proof, then I’m more than happy to be “lagging”.

(AgapePress) – The president and CEO of a creation apologetics group says the U.S. is ahead, not behind, in science, as claimed by a recent worldwide study on belief in evolution.
A researcher from Michigan State University studied beliefs about evolution in 34 countries, including the United States. The study found that in most European countries, at least 80 percent of adults believe in evolution. However, in the U.S. only about 40 percent were whole-hearted believers in Darwin’s theory — and 39 percent called it “absolutely false.”
Jon Miller, the MSU researcher who conducted the study, attributes his findings, in part, to the influence of what he calls “fundamentalist religious beliefs on attitude toward evolution [and] pro-life attitudes” as well as the politicization of the evolution issue in America. Miller observes that “… individuals who hold a strong belief in a personal God — and who pray frequently — were significantly less likely to view evolution as probably or definitely true than adults with less conservative religious views.” He also blames a “lack of genetic literacy” among American adults.
The team conducting the study indicates that overall, this is a bad sign for American science education, suggesting it indicates current science instruction is not “effective.” But Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis sees it differently. Ham says it is really a sign of good things in the U.S.
“[Americans are] actually ahead of the curve because they’re really taking real observational science into account and understanding that the science of genetics does not confirm that man evolved from ape-like creatures,” explains the Christian apologist.
And as to the implication that American science education is lagging? “One of my interpretations of this particular study is this,” say Ham. “In America, people have been exposed to different views and exposed to the observational science — real science that you can observe in the present.”
Ham says people in the U.S. have been exposed to more critical thinking about evolution and are no longer just believing in it without question. “They’ve been exposed to that to see that there is evidence that confirms the Bible’s history is true,” he says.
In addition, Ham says the U.S. should be encouraged that people are thinking critically about evolution because that encourages more study that will likely continue to cast doubt on the theory of evolution.

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Pro-Homosexual Legislation Nearing Approval in Golden State

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

Continue to pray that Gov. Schwarzenegger will veto this legislation.

(AgapePress) – California lawmakers could vote today on a bill that, if approved, would force all public school teachers to give a biased message about homosexuality to students as young as five years old. Pro-family activists in the Golden State are being encouraged to voice their opposition to the measure, one of two pro-homosexual education bills that have been working their way through the legislative process in Sacramento.
Under SB 1437, all instructional materials, school-sponsored activities, and textbooks would be required to portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, and homosexuality and bisexuality in a positive manner. In short, it would forbid public schools from teaching anything that portrays homosexuals in a negative light.
Randy Thomasson with the Campaign for Children and Families (CCF) says the bill is another step in the effort by homosexual activists and their supporters to infiltrate public schools. “We don’t need sexual indoctrination centers,” he says in reference to schools under the legislation, should it become law. “We need real schools that teach real academics and leave this values stuff to parents to teach at home.”
Another bill, SB 1441, is already on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s desk. It would forbid recipients of government funding from portraying homosexuality, bisexuality, and transsexuality in a negative light. According to Thomasson, this measure would create conflict between church and state because it would require faith-based organizations — should they wish to remain eligible for certain funds — to contradict deeply held beliefs. The CCF leader recalls one state legislator who supports SB 1441 as saying religious institutions would have to “work that out.”
Thomasson claims that puts such institutions in a tough spot. “[T]here’s no way to ‘work that out’ except by religious colleges abandoning their biblical standards on sexuality,” he states. “We call upon Governor Schwarzenegger to veto SB 1441 to keep the big nose of government out of religion … [to] veto this religion-squashing bill.”
For either or both bills to have any chance of being vetoes, Thomasson says state lawmakers must hear from concerned Christians. “Sitting on the sidelines is being part of the problem,” he says, clearly implying that too many believers have been silent as the bills were being debated and considered. “You actually have to pick up the phone and make a difference.”
And lest those outside the Golden State think their states are immune from the influence of the outcome of these bills, Thomasson issues a solemn warning: “As California goes, so goes the nation — so don’t think this doesn’t affect you.”

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