Archive for October 4th, 2006

Arnold Signs Bill Giving Homosexuals Rights of Marriage

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

I cannot say whether Governor Schwarzenegger fell to pressure from liberals in his state or whether he truly believes that gays should be allowed to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. What I can say is that he has let down the children of California by allowing the gay agenda to rule in his state. When traditional family values are abandoned you can be sure that the downfall of that society is sure to follow.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has given homosexuals in his state the rights of marriage, and has failed to fully protect school children from the “gay” agenda, according to those assessing the results of this year’s state legislature.

One weblog contributor described much of the work turned in as “lesbolation,” and many believe Schwarzenegger buckled under pressure from alternative lifestyle activists.

Schwarzenegger vetoed some pieces brought by lesbian lawmakers, providing a nominal amount of protection for the millions of Californians who hold to traditional values, but what he did sign will cause massive damage, pro-family organizations said.

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Bible-Spouting Group Plans to Picket Amish Funerals

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

OK, I’m not an expert on cults, but I am officially declaring the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, a cult. To call them a “Baptist Church” is akin to calling Madeleine Murray O’Hare an advocate of school prayer. These people are so far away from the teachings of Jesus and, for that matter, the Bible as a whole, to call them Christians is a slap in the face of our Lord, Jesus Christ and all who diligently follow Him.
I rebuke them and pray that God will open their eyes to the folly they are committing.

(CNSNews.com) – A Kansas-based group that says “God hates fags” plans to picket the funerals of the Amish girls killed by a disturbed man in Lancaster County, Pa.

The Westboro Baptist Church — described as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League — has made a name for itself by picketing the funerals of U.S. troops killed in Iraq. The troops are dying as punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality, the group says.

The Westboro group says the Amish school girls were “killed by a madman in punishment for Gov. Ed Rendell’s blasphemous sins against Westboro Baptist Church.

“Gov. Ed Rendell — speaking and acting in his official capacity to bind the State of Pennsylvania — slandered and mocked and ridiculed and condemned Westboro Baptist Church on national Fox TV,” the group says on its website.

“Rendell also revealed a conspiracy to employ the State’s police powers to destroy WBC in order to silence WBC’s Gospel message. Co-conspirators identified by Rendell included state officials, citizens, lawyers, legislators and media,” the website says.

Westboro Baptist Church said it is “continuing to pray for even worse punishment upon Pennsylvania.”

A number of states have passed laws to keep groups like Westboro away from grieving families at funerals, but last month, a federal judge ruled that a Kentucky law barring protests within 300 feet of military funerals and memorial services is too broad and may not be enforced.

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Bauer: Foley’s Failures Reminder of a Fallen World

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

(AgapePress) – Christians are being advised not to be so disgusted with the behavior of former Republican Congressman Mark Foley that they decide to stay home from the polls in November. In fact, Christian activist Gary Bauer says the scandal involving Foley is just further evidence that the pro-family agenda is needed desperately in America.

Several pro-family leaders are now saying it is clear why Mark Foley always refused to answer questions about his sexual orientation. Tony Perkins with Family Research Council says in light of Foley’s now revealed e-mails and messages to teenage male pages who had worked in the Capitol, “… it appears clear that Foley is a homosexual with a particular attraction to underage boys.” Adds Linda Harvey with Mission America, “… like many homosexual men, he likes young teen boys. We should pray for him that he gets a handle on this problem and refrains from harming any more kids.” Since resigning his congressional seat on Friday, the former Florida lawmaker has admitted himself to an alcoholic rehabilitation center.

Gary Bauer, chairman of the pro-family group American Values, describes some of the instant messages transmitted by Foley as “obscene and disgusting” — and says resignation was “the only appropriate response” for someone who has “abused the public trust.” He notes, however, that similar indiscretions among Democratic lawmakers in the past brought different results.

“In contrast, former Democrat Congressman Gerry Studds of Massachusetts remained in the House after admitting to homosexual conduct with a teenage page, and won re-election numerous times,” he points out. “[And] Representative Barney Frank [also of Massachusetts] was implicated in a homosexual prostitution scandal run out of his house and continues to be a leader in the Democrat Party today.”

Still, Bauer comments, the recent revelations about Congressman Foley should remind people that sin is an equal opportunity employer. “Hopefully, no Christian voter is under the illusion that the Democratic Party is full of sinners and the Republican Party is full of saints,” he says. “Both parties are full of sinners. Our faith teaches us that it’s a fallen world.”

But Bauer says when it comes to voting, the GOP platform supports the sanctity of life and traditional marriage, while liberal Democrats support same-sex “marriage” and abortion on demand. “Those differences remain the same,” he points out, “and in view of that, I would hope that the obvious disgusting behavior by this one Republican congressman would not affect turnout on election day.”

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Christian Film Facing the Giants Opens, Scores Big at the Box Office

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

I have not had a chance to see this film yet, but I am told that it is very good. I do recommend that you see it.

(AgapePress) – A movie made on a shoestring budget by a Georgia church ranked 12th at the box office in gross revenues this past weekend. Facing the Giants, a PG-rated film about faith, family, and football, grossed roughly $1.39 million across its debut weekend when it opened on 441 screens across the U.S.

Facing the Giants, released by Destination Films and Samuel Goldwyn Films, tells the story of a beleaguered, can’t-seem-to-win-for-losing high school football coach who finds — and helps his team find — inspiration from God to fight the giants of fear and defeat. And if its first weekend’s receipts are any indication, this stirring football drama is going to have a long, winning season at the box office.

Read AgapePress review of the movie

The congregation of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, financed Facing the Giants, collectively giving $100,000 for the making of the film, which features an all-volunteer cast. Associate pastor Alex Kendrick, Sherwood Baptist’s director of media ministry, not only co-wrote and directed the film, but also stars in the lead role.

Kendrick believes Hollywood is going to take notice of Giants’ strong opening weekend. He believes the movie’s box office success will send film industry officials the message “that this is the type of entertainment and the type of faith and morals and values that [moviegoers] want to support.”

And if that message is received, Kendrick contends, it will allow Sherwood Baptist Church to make more movies in the same vein as Facing the Giants and its earlier feature film (released on DVD), Flywheel. And the same time, he says, this pro-family theatrical film’s audience appeal will “encourage the production of more movies like it from others.”

The breakout Christian filmmaker says a big opening weekend makes a huge difference to entertainment executives and can help determine what kind of future it has both in theaters and in video rental stores. “When people go and support a movie opening weekend, it kind of gives the producers and the releasing studio an idea of what they like,” he says, “and the first two weekends give them an indication of how well a movie’s going to do.”

Based upon those numbers, Kendrick explains, film industry executives determine how widely to release a film, and how long to keep it in theaters. And a movie’s box office performance in its initial weeks can also help film companies decide how far to spread DVD distribution “and even … how many to make,” he says.

Facing the Giants seems to be off to an auspicious start after its promising premiere. Using a per-screen average, only three films in the top ten last weekend had a higher average; and four Hollywood films that played on more than 1,000 screens — including one that played on more than 2,000 screens — earned less overall than Kendrick’s film.

Boxofficeguru.com, a site that monitors movie openings, took note of the Christian movie, acknowledging its “respectable debut in moderate national release.” The website pointed out that, with its estimated $1.4 million gross from only 441 theaters, Facing the Giants came out with a nice $3,150 average; and the film is expected to pick up more theaters in the coming weeks.

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“Traitors to the Enlightenment” by Victor Davis Hanson

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

The first Western Enlightenment of the Greek fifth-century B.C. sought to explain natural phenomena through reason rather than superstition alone. Ethics were to be discussed in the realm of logic as well as religion. Much of what Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and the Sophists thought may today seem self-evident, if not at times nonsensical. But that century was the beginning of the uniquely Western attempt to bring to the human experience empiricism, self-criticism, irony, and tolerance in thinking.

The second European Enlightenment of the late 18th century followed from the earlier spirit of the Renaissance. For all the excesses and arrogance in its thinking that pure reason might itself dethrone religion — as if science could explain all the mysteries of the human condition — the Enlightenment nevertheless established the Western blueprint for a humane and ordered society.

But now all that hard-won effort of some 2,500 years is at risk. The new enemies of Reason are not the enraged democrats who executed Socrates, the Christian zealots who persecuted philosophers of heliocentricity, or the Nazis who burned books. No, they are a pampered and scared Western public that caves to barbarism — dwarves who sit on the shoulders of dead giants, and believe that their present exalted position is somehow related to their own cowardly sense of accommodation.

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Allies of Terrorist

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

“[If] you want to have a debate over how to fight and win the War on Terrorism, you’ll have to have it within the right. The left contributes nothing but proposals for surrender, appeasement, and passivity. As far as the war is concerned, that “D” next to a candidate’s name on the ballot stands for ‘defeat.'”

The Democratic Party Adds Nothing to the National Debate By Robert Tracinski


Beast of Burden

Cartoon courtesy of Cox and Forkum.