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Paul’s Charge to Timothy, a Charge to Us Also

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (New International Version)

In his closing to Timothy, Paul makes several points that are important for us to understand.

As Christians, we should expect that at some point in our lives, we will be persecuted for accepting and following Jesus. He told us this would happen. Paul reiterates that point here “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”. But Paul goes on to point out that “Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them” (the people who were persecuting him). When we trust in Jesus, He will rescue us from all sorts of problems when we trust in Him to do so.

Paul concludes with “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Here he points out the important point that the Bible is from God. God-breathed or inspired by Him, every letter of it is important to us in order to understand God’s will for us. Only by spending time in the Bible can a Christian be prepared for “evil men and impostors”, “deceiving and being deceived.”
But as Paul says, those who know “the holy Scriptures” will be “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Read your Bible. Know what it says, or at least how to find what it says about issues we face in the world today, and have faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!!

Christians, ‘Values Voters’ Reassured That Their Vote Is Critical

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Christians,
In this election it’s time to vote your Christian Values. I don’t agree with everything the President and Republicans have done, but when I look at the Democrats and what they stand for, there is just no way that I can support their party.
The quandary occurs when the Democrat candidate is a moderate and seems to indicate he/she will support the issues that are important to you. The problem with that logic is that, if elected, the Democrat will vote, into leadership positions, the very people who represent the core values of the Democratic Party (Kennedy, Pelosi and such) which are nothing like the values of the person you elected. The “moderate” voice of your Democrat candidate will be lost in the overwhelming voices of the liberal Democrats who control that party.
These very same leaders have made it very clear how they feel about abortion, gay marriage and Christians. Remember that they use the litmus test of abortions to decide if a person can be a Federal judge. They are all for gay marriage. As for Christians, they had no use for you, and in fact refer to us as “Fundies” and compared us to radical Islamic terrorist, up until last year when their advisors told them that they needed our vote to win, or at best to discourage us enough not to vote at all.
Please keep these things in mind when you go to vote next month. It’s not worth giving in on these moral and Christian issues in order to “punish” the Republicans. All it will be is a case of “cutting off your nose in order to spite your face”.

(AgapePress) – Do the vote and voice of one Christian really make a difference? Spokesmen for three pro-family groups believe strongly that they do — and one offers concrete examples of the positive change that can occur when thousands of those “single voices” band together to stand for what they believe in.

Dr. Kenyn Cureton serves as the vice president of church outreach for the Washington, DC-based Family Research Council. The family advocate believes it is time for those who are the Church to accept the challenge of the culture war in America and face up to their responsibility as believers. He advises, however, to do things in the proper sequence.

“We need to pray. We need to seek the face of God for our churches, for the government,” says Cureton. “And I believe the people of God, like never before, need to get on their knees.” And there is more to do after that, he says.

“After we’re on our knees in prayer, we need to get up on our feet and take a stand,” says Cureton. “We need to take a stand for the value of human life. We need to take a stand for the value of traditional marriage. And we need to take a stand for our religious freedom.”

The FRC spokesman feels the upcoming election will be crucial to the direction America takes over the next decade. And for that reason, says another Washington, DC-based activist, individuals need to pay close attention to the value of their single vote. Mike Mears, director of state legislative relations for Concerned Women for America, says those who find themselves wondering if their one vote makes a difference need to change their perspective.

“Your one vote [by itself] may not matter,” he says, “but other likeminded votes together matter a whole heck of a lot.”

Mears says history has shown that every vote counts. “In 2004, there were a couple of races, one in South Dakota — with John Thune barely beating Majority Leader Tom Daschle — where it was less than 400 votes between them,” he recalls. “So don’t tell me that your vote doesn’t matter.”

And every vote cast in the upcoming midterm elections is crucial, he says. “The Senate races seem to be very, very close — and, again, that’s where one vote very well may matter,” he urges. “We need every available values voter out there voting.”

According to Mears, when all of the “individual” votes are cast, the agenda of the nation will be finalized. There is more to this election, he says, than just the candidates.

Band Together and They Will Listen
Tim Wildmon is one pro-family leader who can attest to the difference that Christians’ votes and voices can make when it comes to social and moral issues. As president of the American Family Association, he has witnessed the enormous influence that thousands of unified voices can have on corporate conglomerates.

In a recent interview with Associated Press, Wildmon shared that, in his opinion, evangelical Christians can have enormous influence — whether it be on political or moral matters.

“Christian conservatives are among the most committed in terms of their voting and in terms of their attention to the moral issues that they care about,” says the AFA president, “and they will stop shopping with companies they feel like are violating their religious or moral sensibilities.” And when hundreds of thousands of people join together, “then you can pack a punch,” he says.

Wildmon knows of what he speaks. He believes that an AFA-initiated boycott by nearly 600,000 Christians has contributed to Ford Motor Company’s financial crisis, and that an e-mail campaign in which 750,000 Christians responded helped convince NBC to cut Madonna’s mock crucifixion scene from her upcoming TV special. He explains that the boycott against Ford centers around a moral issue.

“If Ford continues to support the gay causes, then we will continue to boycott and they’ll continue to lose money — it’s as simple as that,” he states, adding that the automaker is eventually going to have to make a decision. “We’re not asking Ford to buy ads in Christianity Today or in the American Family Association Journal or to support Christian conservative causes,” he says. “We’re just asking them to be neutral in the culture war.”

And in the case of the Madonna broadcast on Thanksgiving Eve, Wildmon says NBC has responded to Christian pressure. “They did remove the scene inside that concert special where she mocks the crucifixion of Jesus Christ,” he says, “but … only after we asked our supporters to send e-mails and also contact their local NBC affiliate.”

In a similar fashion, the pro-family leader believes “values voters” will play a critical role in the outcome of the November 7 elections, in which traditional marriage (eight states) and an abortion ban (South Dakota) appear on voter ballots. Wildmon feels that despite recent media accounts of the conservative voting bloc being “discouraged,” such issues will bring out the values voters.

“I kind of doubt that Christian conservative voters will sit out the election,” he tells AP. “They may drop off some percentage, but I don’t think [to] a large percentage because there’s too much at stake in each election now in terms of the direction the country will take.”

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‘Holiday’ tree axed in favor of ‘Christmas’

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Hallelujah!! At last, people are finally figuring out there is nothing wrong or illegal about calling Christmas, “Christmas” and the associated items “Christmas _____” (fill in the blank).

City officials in Milwaukee, Wis., have uprooted a decade-long tradition and have decided to rechange the name of its “holiday tree” to a “Christmas tree.”

“Now sanity has prevailed,” Fox News host and “Culture Warrior” author Bill O’Reilly said last night, calling city officials “pinheads” for originally exchanging the name of the Christmas tree to holiday tree in 1995.

The 9-5 decision this week came after heated debate over religious tradition and political correctness at the Milwaukee Common Council.

“If we don’t have the fortitude to call the city’s Christmas tree what it is, then what do we have the fortitude to address as far as city issues?” asked Aldermen Jim Bohl.

He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the term “holiday tree” was a product of PC attitudes, since Jews and Muslims don’t recognize evergreens as holiday symbols.

“One man’s political correctness is another man’s inclusiveness and diversity,” Ald. Mike D’Amato said.

Their colleague on the council, Michael Murphy, responded evergreens don’t have any relation to the Christian faith, since they were pagan symbols that became mixed into early Christianity.

Mayor Tom Barrett indicated he’d approve the change to be rid of the “holiday tree” term, saying through a spokeswoman, “It is what it is – a Christmas tree – but what you call it doesn’t exclude anyone from enjoying it.”

The decision prompted both praise and scorn from groups monitoring the action.

“There is no reason other than religious hostility to call a Christmas tree anything other than a Christmas tree,” said Erik Stanley of the Florida-based Liberty Counsel. “When you try to cleanse Christmas of all religious references, you demonstrate hostility to Christmas.”

But Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said the resolution “sounds like a very Christian-centered and very backward thing” that is “excluding Jews and other non-Christians.” She said officials “just capitulated entirely to [talk-show host Bill] O’Reilly and Fox TV.”

Gaylor’s group files lawsuits against governments it believes violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment. She told the Journal Sentinel she doesn’t sue over Christmas trees, though, as they are not inherently religious symbols, adding, “The Bible tells people not to worship trees.”

In December 2002, WND detailed how the U.S. has become the new battleground for Christmas, as communities across the nation grapple with public mention of the federal holiday, while growing numbers of Americans – including fundamentalist Christians – are claiming Jesus Christ had nothing to do with the holiday.

Since then, there have been numerous Christmas-related controversies – not only among governments, but also in the business sector with companies such as Wal-Mart, Target and Lowe’s all coming under fire for their practices during the Christmas season.

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Another town gets tough on illegals

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

It’s a shame that local municipalities must foot the bills for this problem and take care of enforcement.

Another American town has decided to take matters into its own hands to help stop the invasion of illegal aliens into the U.S.

This time it’s Bridgeport, Pa., whose council has unanimously banned illegals from working or renting residences in the area.

The Illegal Immigration Relief Act came under fire from the Accion Communal Latino Americana de Montgomery County, which asked the council to reconsider the measure it calls divisive.

“It is obvious to me the ordinance could be used to foment an atmosphere of profiling,” its executive director, Eddie Cruz said.

He told the Times Herald of Norristown, Pa., that his group may file a legal challenge against the ordinance.

As WND reported in August, small cities frustrated by the federal government’s immigration policy are passing laws that make it harder for illegals to live and work in their communities.

Dozens of towns have followed the path of Hazelton, Pa., which passed an ordinance July 13 to deter housing owners from renting to illegals. Riverside, N.J., quickly passed a similar measure, which fines landlords $1,000 per day for renting to illegals and removes business licenses from employers who hire illegals.

Already, legal action has been taken by opponents who insist the new laws usurp federal authority.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, which is challenging Hazelton in court, says four communities have passed similar measures and another 17 are considering them, according to Stateline.org.

On the state level, legislatures have considered a record 550 pieces of immigration-related legislation and passed at least 77 new laws in 27 states, Stateline.org said, citing the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In Georgia, a massive immigration reform package passed in May sanctioned employers who hire illegals and anyone who offers them access to public services. Colorado’s legislature later passed similar measures.

In Pennsylvania, Hazelton Mayor Louis J. Barletta, an immigrant’s grandson, says he wants to make his town “the toughest place on illegal immigrants in America.”

“What I’m doing here is protecting the legal taxpayer of any race,” he told the Washington Post. “And I will get rid of the illegal people. It’s this simple: They must leave.”

While the law doesn’t take effect for another month, the Republican mayor already sees progress, according to the Post.

“I see illegal immigrants picking up and leaving — some Mexican restaurants say business is off 75 percent,” Barletta said. “The message is out there.”

Elsewhere:

* In Valley Park. Mo., earlier this month, landlords began evicting residents who don’t have legal status in the country.

Landis, N.C., unanimously passed an ordinance that requires residents to conduct business with the town in English only, the local Kannapolis Independent Tribune reported. Alderman James Furr said the reason for the ordinance is to get everyone on the same page.

“We want to welcome immigrants to Landis and want to understand them,” Furr said. “When someone comes before the board, I want to know them.”

* A nearby town, Mint Hill, N.C., is considering an ordinance that would go a step further, making English the official language but also punishing business owners that hire illegal workers or provide them services. Business owners would face loss of licenses for up to five years on the first offense, the Kannapolis Independent Tribune said.

In Escondido, Calif., city leaders voted 3-2 last week to draft an ordinance to punish people who provide jobs and housing to illegal immigrants.

Councilman Ed Gallo said the council’s charge is to “provide for the health and safety of the residents of Escondido. Is it wrong then to ask them to be here legally?”

Hispanics make up 42 percent of the town’s 142,000 people.

* In Farmers Branch, Texas, a city councilman plans to propose similar measures and also wants to stop publication of any documents in Spanish and eliminate subsidies for illegal immigrants in the city’s youth programs, according to KWTX-TV in Waco, Texas.

* In Riverside, N.J., the city council already has adjusted to court challenges, approving several amendments to reinforce an ordinance that bans hiring or housing illegal immigrants, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

* In Arcadia, Wisc., the new mayor, John Kimmel, is being accused of racism for plans to make English the official language and to create an “illegal alien task force” that would forward complaints to federal authorities and hold landlords accountable for renting to illegal immigrants, reported the Associated Press.

* The city council of Altoona, Pa., introduced an ordinance calling for fines and revocation of licenses for employers who hire illegal aliens and landlords who house them.

Officials there, however, will not include making English the official language because they fear it would not be legally defensible, the Altoona Mirror newspaper reported.

Councilman Ron Reidell said the ordinance is justifiable because illegal aliens “breaking the law sap our resources, and they show themselves unwilling to go through channels others have navigated at great expense and effort.”

Meanwhile, some employers themselves are cracking down on the hiring of illegals.

Companies in California are using the state’s unfair competition statutes to sue competitors, claiming their rivals gain an unfair advantage by hiring illegals at lower wages, without pensions or workers compensation.

Groups that oppose illegal immigration are helping finance the legal actions, the Associated Press reported, believing the tactic could prompt a wave of litigation across the country that would deter hiring of illegals.

Statistics compiled by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement show immigration law enforcement at work sites is limited. Last year, just 1,145 work site arrests were recorded, compared to 2,849 in fiscal 1999.

Federal borders agents in at least one sector also are taking initiative, cooperating with local governments to m make a 210-mile stretch along the Texas-Mexico border a “zero-tolerance zone” for illegals.

Rather than being immediately sent home, illegals caught in this area – surrounding Del Rio, Texas – are arrested, prosecuted and sometimes sentenced to prison before being formally deported, the AP reported.

Federal officials, in fact, have praised the effort as a creative combination of local and federal resources to curb illegal entry.

Other border sectors have not engaged in such a practice because of limited resources. In the Del Rio sector, however, authorities have found bed space elsewhere in the region and assigned federal agents to help prosecute cases, the AP said.

“There’s nothing we’re doing that wasn’t already on the books,” said Hilario Leal Jr., a supervisory Border Patrol agent in the Del Rio sector. “It’s nothing new. We just started enforcing the law.”

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“Why Christians Must Vote in This Election” By David Barton

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

(AgapePress) – Despite the remarkable progress made in recent weeks on pro-faith and pro-family issues, virtually all the mainstream media news about Washington politics has been almost completely negative. Apparently, the liberal media does not consider progress on traditional religious and moral values to be newsworthy, but only news about the Mark Foley scandal, being bogged down in Iraq, conservative voter discouragement, etc.

Unfortunately, highlighting the negative news while ignoring the substantial progress made in the culture war tends to disengage values voters (which, by the way, certainly might be part of the reason for their selective reporting). Nevertheless, many good bills have been signed into federal law in recent weeks:

The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act…

The Broadcast Decency Act…

The Fetal Farming Ban…

The Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act…

The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act…

The defunding of a $300 million grant to build a gay-lesbian center in Los Angeles.

The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act…

The Child Pornography Prevention Act…

The Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial Act…

There have also been many other good bills passed during this Congress, including bills strengthening faith-based programs, limiting judicial powers and thus restraining judicial activism, etc. Furthermore, there have been some very, very close “near misses.” For example:

The “Child Custody Protection Act” prohibits minor girls from being transported across state lines for an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. This bill passed the House twice this session, and the Senate once; yet, despite the 4-1 margin of support from the American public, the Senate has not held a Conference Committee with the House on this measure, thereby effectively killing the bill. If not for this procedural maneuver (by Democrats. -ed.), this bill would now be law.

The House passed a constitutional amendment to prevent flag desecration, and the vote in the Senate was 66-34 — one vote short of the two-thirds needed for final approval. This constitutional amendment would forever prohibit activist federal judges from addressing this issue.

The House voted (for the fourth time) to abolish the immoral Death Tax, and the Senate came within one vote of passing the repeal. Only 50 Senators are needed to rescind this outrageous anti-family tax, and 59 senators currently support the repeal; but the measure has been filibustered (by Democrats. -ed.), and the vote to break the filibuster failed by one vote as anti-family liberals hung together to keep the filibuster alive.

Furthermore, one of the most significant (and unheralded) successes in this Congress has been the confirmation of scores of strict-constructionists to the federal bench — an achievement that may be directly attributed to increased Christian voter activity in the past two elections. Over the last four years, Christian voter turnout increased 82 percent, and the result of that increase has been apparent in the changed composition of Congress.

For example, of the 94 freshmen elected to the House in those two elections, 61 were pro-life, pro-faith, and pro-family (i.e., about two-thirds of the new members). Similarly, of the 19 freshmen elected to the Senate during that time, 15 were pro-life, pro-faith, and pro-family (about 79 percent of new members). These new senators provided the margin of victory needed to confirm the appointment of two new strict-constructionist pro-life justices to the Supreme Court; and the Court has already begun to change, including this year’s decision reversing a pro-abortion policy implemented 25 years ago in 1981. In addition to these two justices, those senators have confirmed dozens of other strict-construction judges to the federal Courts of Appeal.

These are just some of the many pro-faith and pro-family measures that have recently passed through Congress — measures very encouraging to most Americans, but measures almost completely ignored by the national media. Nevertheless, be encouraged! Good things are happening! Therefore, encourage your friends in states across America to stay engaged in this election! The results of this year’s contest will determine whether America will keep moving forward in winning the culture war, or whether we will start retreating. Be active this election! Much is at stake!

In closing, while I’ve approached this article from a positive viewpoint, allow me to offer a thought for those who are better motivated by negatives than positives: What will Christians say to themselves (and to the Lord) if: (1) they don’t vote this election, (2) we lose pro-family champions in the House and Senate, (3) after the election, a Supreme Court justice announces his retirement (two-thirds of the Court is now older than 65), and (4) we no longer have the necessary votes to confirm a fifth strict-constructionist justice to the Supreme Court and thus begin bringing the culture war to its well-deserved demise? I certainly wouldn’t want to try to explain that one to my friends or family (or especially to the Lord!). Just a thought for those who might need additional motivation!

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“The Throw-Away Generation?” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

2nd Timothy 3:1-5 reads like a description of humanity today and it’s no coincidence as these are, as I continue to document, the last days:

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

As I prepare to update RaptureAlert.com on a near-daily basis as a form of worship of my God, as well as a testimonial to His Prophetic Truth, I often find myself snagged on a particular train of thought by the Holy Spirit.

Recently, I wrote a commentary on how crime is growing at an alarming pace. As disturbing as that topic is within itself, some of the information that commentary was based on struck a nerve within my soul that I haven’t been able to shake. As you read the following excerpts from an AOL story on the surge in crime growth presently underway, I want you to bear the passage of Scripture above in mind:

*In this culture, the report explains, “arguments over seemingly minor issues escalate to the retaliatory murder of additional people.” In Trenton, N.J., for instance, an argument between two girls escalated into seven separate shootings over 24 hours. One chief said he’s frustrated with homicides in his city, and noted that they seem to be committed without any apparent motive.

“They occur for no apparent rhyme or reason. They come up over the smallest issue,” Richmond, Calif., Police Chief Chris Magnus is quoted as saying.

*Some of the police chiefs blame the exacerbation of crime on a “thug mentality” that has been glamorized in music and movies. The sheriff of Las Vegas blames gangsta rap music and its effects on young people. An Arizona chief said some of our youth has become a “throw-away generation; nobody cares for them.”

*”It appears that today there is a lower valuation of human life,” Louisville, Ky., Mayor Jerry Abramson told the authors of the report.

What darkness has come upon this generation!

How, for example, can an argument between two girls escalate into not one but seven shootings taking place in the course of a single day? It could be because of the moral decay that’s eating away at our society, the result of way too many people being lovers of themselves and pleasures instead of lovers of God! It could be because many today have no respect or even fear of Almighty God, leading them to be fierce in temperament and lacking in self-control!

How can it be that murders are literally taking place with no apparent rhyme or reason and over the smallest of issues? It could be because people are prideful to the point that they’re highminded (tuphoo {toof-o’-o}in the original Greek), which essentially means that they’re blinded with pride or conceit to the point of stupidity!

What has happened in our world that our children find “thug mentality” an appealing quality for one to possess? In my high school youth, demonstrating one’s self to be a thug didn’t make you popular! If someone had walked up and down the halls of the school I attended rapping out the violent, hate-filled lyrics that are found in a lot of mainstream music today, I can honestly say that I believe someone of virtue (and I’m not referring to a member of the adult faculty of the school either) would’ve told them to turn that garbage off! And when I say told them to turn it off, that’s just what I mean! Where I come from, we didn’t take kindly to thuggish behavior, but that was a different era. Only a few short decades ago, things were so different! It’s little wonder when you think about it.

In 1962, due largely to the efforts of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair, prayer was banned from our public schools by the Supreme Court. Recent Supreme Court decisions continue to undermine our children being taught anything other than the lie of evolution as theorized by Charles Darwin, who is, unless he repented of his sins, in the same dark regions that Madalyn Murray O’Hair presently abides in, that, of course, being the case unless she miraculously repented of her sins before being murdered and sawed into pieces so small her body could only be identified by her prosthetic hip and dental records. And then there are the ramifications of 1973’s Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, which continues to curse our nation. Within all this we find why “it appears there is a lower valuation of human life” in our world today, as noted in the article by Louisville, Kentucky’s Mayor Jerry Abramson.

All of this is what happens when we strip God from our children’s consciousness in their formative school years! We create a “throw-away generation” that is so dark in spirit that all manner of wickedness is growing within it! It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Teach children that their worthiness to live or die is a matter of choice and not ordained by God and it lessens their self-worth. Teach them they’re the product of random chance as opposed to created by a loving God and watch as they collectively begin to see themselves as mere animals, just another member of the food chain! Teach them that God isn’t worthy of any serious consideration in school and watch darkness flood into their lives! What is darkness, after all, but an absence of light? Amen?

If the information from the AOL story linked above didn’t tear at your heart strings, how about this? An Agape Press story indicates that a recent survey finds that many of our youth today are “alarmingly dishonest.” Here are a few facts to consider from that piece, bearing in mind 2nd Timothy 3:1-5:

*62 percent of high school students admit they have lied to a teacher about something significant within the past 12 months.

*35 percent admit they have lied to a teacher about something significant two or more times in the past 12 months!

*30 percent of high school students say they have stolen from a store in the last year.

*Over 80 percent of high school students admit that they have lied to a parent in the last year.

*23 percent of high school students admit they have stolen something from a parent or other relative in the past 12 months.

Yes, this is what happens when we strip God – and the fear of God – from our children’s consciousness in their formative school years! But, to be sure, the moral decay we’re seeing in our world today isn’t by any means solely the result of God not being educationally instilled in our children’s earliest years of life in school! The spiritual “dummification” of our children continues right on into adulthood!

Once our children get out of elementary, middle and high school, where they are not allowed to be taught about God, they head off to college where, according to an American Family Association story, many of today’s colleges and universities undermine what Christian parents have tried to teach their children, utilizing programs that are “often characterized by vehement opposition to traditional beliefs and faith-based pro-family values.” As bad as that is for Christian parents to consider occurring to their hopefully well-grounded children, imagine how terribly destructive it is for a young person who has had no Christian influences in their life to go through ALL their educational years, even into adulthood, having nothing but a godless, “scientific” explanation for their existence being fed to their young, easily-manipulated minds! And we wonder why the world is in a mess and getting worse all the time? The powers and principalities holding the reins of power in our world today are effectively turning our children into emotional and spiritual zombies by feeding them a steady diet of secularism, moral relativism, political correctness, and tolerance! May God help us as Christians to see the tremendous evil all these things represent and motivate us to work with our young people, both those in our own households and those we encounter in our daily lives, to counter these spawns from hell!

Christian parents, rise up!

As Christian parents, we need to stand boldly against the lie of evolution by telling our children the truth concerning the origins of their existence and the consequences of them not bearing that in mind at all times! There is, after all, a heaven to gain and a hell to shun! May we stand strongly in opposition to moral relativism, political correctness and tolerance as guiding principles in our children’s lives, teaching them to cast aside the moral vagueness of our times and to embrace, yes embrace, a healthy fear of God that they might obey His commandments!

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Michael Mickey is the founder and lead contributor of the RaptureAlert.com website.
“Sounding the Alert that Jesus Christ is Coming Soon!”

New Jersey High Court Leaves Gay Marriage Rights to Legislature

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Somewhat of a misleading title from FoxNews. The court has basically uphead that gays can get married in New Jersey.

TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey’s Supreme Court has left it to the Legislature to decide the rules for gay couples who want to marry in the state.

In a 4-3 ruling Wednesday, the court said the state constitution gives same-sex couples the same civil rights afforded to heterosexual couples, but the lawmakers must decide how to grant those rights.

“The Legislature must either amend the marriage statutes to include same-sex couples or create a parallel statutory structure, which will provide for, on equal terms, the rights and benefits enjoyed and burdens and obligations borne by married couples,” the court held.

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Here’s more from Michelle Malkin:

Gotta go skim the opinion. Early reports on Fox suggested the court had ruled that nothing in the state constitution prevents gay marriage, but the part quoted by Instapundit says quite a bit more than that.

It sounds like they’ll let the legislature put whatever label they want on it — “marriage,” “civil unions,” etc. — but that the state’s equal protection clause requires that the incidents of marriage be made available to same-sex couples to the same degree as they are to straights.

Good news for the GOP? Probably no effect, I’d bet.

Update: Yup, that’s what they ruled — the legislature can either rewrite the marriage statute to include gays or they can leave marriage for straights and enact a separate civil union statute that grants gays the same rights as married couples.

The media’s describing this as a 4-3 decision, but that’s misleading. The three dissenters didn’t object to the main ruling that marriage rights should be extended to gay couples; on that point, it was 7-0. What they objected to is the fact that the court gave the legislature a choice of labels instead of forcing them to include gay unions under the rubric of “marriage.” I.e., the dissenters were even more radical than the majority.

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Keep in mind that when this issue has come before voters, traditional marriage has won hands down every time. The only way for gay marriage to have a chance is through liberal courts.

Why Johnny is reading Islamist propoganda

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

I’ve seen this firsthand in our textbooks here in Texas.

Islam is being taught in the nation’s public schools as a religion to be embraced because “organized Islamists have gained control of textbook content,” according to an organization that analyzes textbooks.

The American Textbook Council has concluded that the situation is the consequence of “the interplay of determined Islamic political activists, textbook editors, and multiculturally minded social studies curriculum planners.”

It has gone so far that correcting the situation now becomes a problem, because “educational publishers and educational organizations have bought into claims propounded by Islamists – and have themselves become agents of misinformation.”

That comes from Gilbert T. Sewall, who not only wrote the organization’s report on Islam and textbooks, but also generated a response to the flood of criticism he encountered.

William J. Bennetta, author of The Textbook Letter and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, also has documented dozens of instances of advocacy for or against a belief system, and has produced a list of books where the “religion preaching” leaves them “unfit for use.”

Indeed, Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes even has repeatedly expressed concern about the “privileging of Islam in the United States” and warns the stakes go well beyond 7th-grade texts. His opinion of Houghton Mifflin’s “Across the Centuries? Full of “apologetics” and “distortions.”

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“Textbook editors seem not to recognize that a school-related Islamic agenda in the U.S. uses multiculturalism as a device to guarantee a purely favorable and uncritical view of all things Muslim. At extremes, the report suggested, multiculturalism contributes to a form of peaceable cultural jihad meant to discredit or ‘problematize’ European civilization in favor of non-Western cultures,” he wrote.

The ATC describes itself as an independent national research organization set up in 1989 to review the history and social studies textbooks used in the nation’s schools.

Also contributing to the criticism is the work of Bennetta, whose conclusions are available at TextbookLeague.org. He finds that textbooks from a wide range of many of the best-known publishing houses used in public schools today simply shouldn’t be there.

“When we examine the textbooks that major publishers try to sell to public schools, we sometimes find fraudulent passages that function as instruments of religious indoctrination: Religious myths are depicted as accounts of real people and events, religious superstitions are depicted as matters of fact, and the origins of religious writings are obscured or are wrapped in outright lies,” Bennetta wrote.

“These passages of religious propaganda have been devised by individuals or groups that seek to use the public schools for spreading their own sectarian doctrines and for recruiting converts. In various cases, publishers evidently have accepted material from religious pressure groups and have put the material into textbooks, even though it is laden with blatant preaching, miracle-mongering and fake ‘history,'” he wrote.

Bennetta, who is equally adamant that no religious beliefs be included as preaching in textbooks, cites a Houghton Mifflin book “Across the Centuries” as having a lot of Muslim “propaganda.” He said the 1999 version has one thing an earlier edition didn’t: an apparent source.

Listed as a consultant is “Shabbir Mansuri, Founding Director, Council on Islamic Education, Fountain Valley, California.”

Bennetta said the CIE is “a conspicuous Muslim outfit that evidently specializes in inducing schoolbook-writers to sanitize and eulogize Islam, to retail Muslim religious claims as facts, to retail Muslim woo-woo as history, and to depict Islam as an amicable religion that resembles, and is compatible with, Judaism and Christianity.”

He said other texts and publishers for which he’s found a basis for criticism include “Human Heritage: A World History” by Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; “A Message of “Ancient Days” by Houghton Mifflin; “Across the Centuries” by Houghton Mifflin; “Heath World History: Perspectives on the Past” by McDougal Littell; “Ancient World” by McGraw-Hill School Division; “Making Thirteen Colonies” by Oxford University Press, “World History: Continuity and Change” by Holt, Rinehart and Winston; and “World Cultures: A Global Mosaic” by Prentice Hall, among others.

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Muslim leader blames women for sex attacks

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Here’s a real eye opening comment from a representative of the so-called religion of “peace and tolerance” (aka Islam).
Apparently it’s a woman’s fault when a Muslim man rapes her. That’s right folks, Australia’s most senior Muslim cleric, says that if a woman goes without covering up her body, or wears makeup, she is just “asking” to be raped by Muslim men. You see, according to Islam, she is a “weapon of Satan”.
So now that you ladies are afforded the title of “demon spawn” by Muslims and equated to meat left in the sun too long, you better get those skirts lengthened down to your ankles, that plunging neckline up to your chin and put something over your head, or, as far as Muslim men are concerned, you’re going to have a great big bulls eye painted on you.
Can all of you see just what Islam is all about now? This is how Islam views women. Women are property of the Muslim man. If they get “uppity”, any man, not just their husband, can beat them. This is what will happen if Muslims are allowed to force their “values” into our societies.
Time to wake up before it’s too late.

THE nation’s most senior Muslim cleric has blamed immodestly dressed women who don’t wear Islamic headdress for being preyed on by men and likened them to abandoned “meat” that attracts voracious animals.

In a Ramadan sermon that has outraged Muslim women leaders, Sydney-based Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali also alluded to the infamous Sydney gang rapes, suggesting the attackers were not entirely to blame.

While not specifically referring to the rapes, brutal attacks on four women for which a group of young Lebanese men received long jail sentences, Sheik Hilali said there were women who “sway suggestively” and wore make-up and immodest dress … “and then you get a judge without mercy (rahma) and gives you 65 years”.

“But the problem, but the problem all began with who?” he asked.

The leader of the 2000 rapes in Sydney’s southwest, Bilal Skaf, a Muslim, was initially sentenced to 55 years’ jail, but later had the sentence reduced on appeal.

In the religious address on adultery to about 500 worshippers in Sydney last month, Sheik Hilali said: “If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park, or in the backyard without a cover, and the cats come and eat it … whose fault is it, the cats or the uncovered meat?

“The uncovered meat is the problem.”

The sheik then said: “If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.”

He said women were “weapons” used by “Satan” to control men.

“It is said in the state of zina (adultery), the responsibility falls 90 per cent of the time on the woman. Why? Because she possesses the weapon of enticement (igraa).”

Of course we have the standard mock “outrage” from the so-called “moderate” Muslims.

Muslim community leaders were yesterday outraged and offended by Sheik Hilali’s remarks, insisting the cleric was no longer worthy of his title as Australia’s mufti.

Young Muslim adviser Iktimal Hage-Ali – who does not wear a hijab – said the Islamic headdress was not a “tool” worn to prevent rape and sexual harassment. “It’s a symbol that readily identifies you as being Muslim, but just because you don’t wear the headscarf doesn’t mean that you’re considered fresh meat for sale,” the former member of John Howard’s Muslim advisory board told The Australian. “The onus should not be on the female to not attract attention, it should be on males to learn how to control themselves.”

Australia’s most prominent female Muslim leader, Aziza Abdel-Halim, said the hijab did not “detract or add to a person’s moral standards”, while Islamic Council of Victoria spokesman Waleed Ali said it was “ignorant and naive” for anyone to believe that a hijab could stop sexual assault.

“Anyone who is foolish enough to believe that there is a relationship between rape or unwelcome sexual interference and the failure to wear a hijab, clearly has no understanding of the nature of sexual crime,” he said.

Ms Hage-Ali said she was “disgusted and offended” by Shiek Hilali’s comments. “I find it very offensive that a man who considers himself as a mufti, a leader of Australia’s Muslims, can give comment that lacks intelligence and common sense.”

Followed by the usual “that’s only what I said, but it’s not what I really meant” mantra.

Yesterday, the mufti defended the sermon about “adultery and theft”, a recorded copy of which has been obtained and translated by The Australian.

Sheik Hilali said he only meant to refer to prostitutes as “meat” and not any scantily dressed woman with no hijab, despite him not mentioning the word prostitute during the 17-minute talk.

He told The Australian the message he intended to convey was: “If a woman who shows herself off, she is to blame … but a man should be able to control himself”. He said if a woman is “covered and respectful” she “demands respect from a man”. “But when she is cheap, she throws herself at the man and cheapens herself.”

Sheik Hilali also insisted his references to the Sydney gang rapes were to illustrate that Skaf was guilty and worthy of receiving such a harsh sentence.

Waleed Ali said Sheik Hilali was “normalising immoral sexual behaviour” by comparing women to meat and men to animals and entirely blaming women for being victims.

“It’s basically saying that the immoral response of men to women who are not fully covered is as natural and as inevitable as the response of an animal tempted by food,” he said.

“But (unlike animals) men are people who have moral responsibilities and the capability in engaging in moral action.”

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