Archive for November 2nd, 2006

Imitators of God

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

Ephesians 5 (New International Version)

In this passage, Paul tells us to be “imitators” of God. We are to exemplify the good that God has shown us, by staying away from the bad things in life. We are to live our lives as close to the example of Jesus as possible.
Love one another, as Jesus loves you. Do good in God’s eyes always. Follow His Word (the Bible) and do as He instructed us.
Jesus loves you and only wants the best for you. Trust in Him, try to live like Him and follow Him in every way possible.
He will bless you beyond all understanding!!

UNIFIL Patrol Takes Nights Off, UN Admits Hizbullah Arming

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

I guess that everyone has forgotten U.N. Resolution 1701 which expressly called fro the disarmament of Hezbollah and their removal from the southern region of Lebanon.
I really don’t want anyone to every try to tell me how important, honest and impartial the U.N. is. They are anything but.

Despite the 20,000 troops deployed in southern Lebanon, the United Nations admits that weapons smuggling from Syria continues unhindered. A German report finds UNIFIL does not patrol after dark.

Hizbullah terrorists are free to roam at night without fear of being identified by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to a report by the German paper Der Spiegel.

Spanish UNIFIL official Richard Ortax admitted to the paper that no patrols are carried out at night “because of the danger involved.” UNIFIL commanders said their function is to “observe changes in the behavior of the local population.”

One junior officer told Der Spiegel he was glad that his battalion had only left its camp once. “It’s absurd,” he said. “We landed here and set up our tent city, but since then we’ve only left the camp to drive around and to make sure that we’re seen.”

The report cites a long tradition of UNIFIL inaction, which it says allowed time for a Finnish contingent to construct a giant sauna and an Indian contingent to decorate its base with traditional Indian artwork.

The UNIFIL troops and the 14,000 Lebanese soldiers stationed in the region add up to a total of around 20,000 troops in the 18-by 31-mile region of southern Lebanon. Another 6,000 troops are still expected to arrive.

The United Nations itself has admitted that Syria was still successfully smuggling arms to the Hizbullah, which neither UNIFIL nor the Lebanese army plan to stop.

Israel has maintained overflights in the region in order to monitor and discourage the smuggling, yet UNIFIL officials condemn the continued Israeli maneuvers. The Lebanese army even attempted to shoot down Israeli fighter jets on Tuesday. France and the European Union have been accusing Israel of violating Resolution 1701 with its flights over Lebanon.

The current state of affairs has led Israeli officials to speak about “rethinking the implementation of Israel’s commitments” made in the context of the UN-brokered cease-fire.

The UN Security Council “noted with regret [that] non-Lebanese militias” in the country had not been disbanded or disarmed, an allusion to the Iranian and Syrian-backed Hizbullah. The statement on Tuesday was termed a “presidential statement,” which is the weakest of all available Security Council actions.

Following the meeting, UN envoy to the region Terje Roed-Larsen explicitly admitted that Syria was actively smuggling weapons into Lebanon. He said that Lebanese government officials “have stated publicly and also in conversations with us that there have been arms coming across the border into Lebanon.”

Roed-Larsen added that Syria itself does not deny the flow of weapons, claiming only that the arms are not being dispatched by the Syrian government. “The consistent position of the government of Syria has been that, ‘Yes, there might be arms smuggling over the border, but this is arms smuggling and the border is porous and very difficult to control,'” Roed-Larsen told reporters.

Roed-Larsen ducked UN responsibility for the smuggling, saying UN troops had not been asked by the Lebanese army to monitor the border.

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Sen. John Kerry Issues Quasi-Apology for Insulting Troops

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

There are two problems with this apology. He really did mean the comment that sparked the problem and he really didn’t mean the apology at all. As a matter of fact, I used the term “quasi-apology” in the title of this post becuase what he really offered wasn’t even an apology at all.

(CNSNews.com) – After two days of pressure from Republicans and even some Democrats, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on Wednesday issued an apology for comments he made Monday that appeared to insult American soldiers.

“I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop,” Kerry said in a statement posted on his website.

“I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member or American who was offended,” he said.

At a campaign appearance for California gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides Monday, Kerry told a group of young people that, “Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

Conservatives felt Kerry had insulted the troops by implying that they joined the military and went to Iraq because they were stupid. Several Republicans including Sen. John McCain and President Bush called on Kerry to apologize.

Even some Democrats, including Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York, called on Kerry to apologize, or at least to clarify his comments.

Kerry refused to apologize Tuesday, accusing “assorted right wing nut-jobs” of trying to smear him with a “text book Republican campaign tactic.”

He said his comment was a “botched joke” intended to insult President Bush.

In his statement Wednesday, Kerry continued his criticism of the Bush administration, saying that Republicans “would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues.”

Here is the text of Kerry’s full “apology”. Notice the little self serving politcal jab at the end. I’ll bold it so you can’t miss it.
This guy is something else. Why couldn’t he just apologize and be done with it? Also, why did it take three days for him to get around to doing it?

Statement of Senator John Kerry

As a combat veteran, I want to make it clear to anyone in uniform and to their loved ones: my poorly stated joke at a rally was not about, and never intended to refer to any troop.

I sincerely regret that my words were misinterpreted to wrongly imply anything negative about those in uniform, and I personally apologize to any service member, family member, or American who was offended.

It is clear the Republican Party would rather talk about anything but their failed security policy. I don’t want my verbal slip to be a diversion from the real issues. I will continue to fight for a change of course to provide real security for our country, and a winning strategy for our troops.

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Parents Urged to Make Effort to Combat Trend in Girls’ Sexualized Clothing

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

I consider this to be a big problem in today’s society. I shake my head in wonderment as many people ask “why are there so many sex crimes against children?” The people who commit these sex crimes are criminals, but I have to wonder if society’s “sexing” up of our children allows the criminal to “legitimize”, in their minds, the crimes they commit, which they might not commit otherwise.
With that said, I fully believe that a person has the right to dress any way they want, as long as they are properly covered. But why do we allow our children and teens to dress in a manner that could cause a criminal to single them out as a victim of a sexual crime? Doesn’t it make more sense to dress them somewhat conservative when they are young in order to protect them?
I think it does make sense.

(AgapePress) – An analyst with Concerned Women for America says the culture is putting the squeeze on the dress styles of young American females. Dr. Janice Crouse, senior fellow with CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, says from this week’s Halloween costumes to everyday dress, young women — including those as young as seven or eight — are being forced to buy skimpier clothes because of agendas from the liberal segments of society.

Crouse believes the reasoning behind the move toward more revealing apparel is simple: the ongoing sexualization of society. “There is an agenda, even in the fashion world, to pass along to our teenage girls the skimpy kind of clothing that the world considers appropriate and fashionable,” she says.

Acknowledging that it is extremely difficult for moms to find clothes for their pre-teen and teenage daughters that do not reflect the world’s sexualized approach in style, Crouse says it is still vital that the effort be made.

“I think it’s very important for us as parents to say, ‘We draw the line; we are not going to follow these kinds of trends,'” says the family advocate. She believes parents should start teaching children when they are toddlers that Christians do not indulge in the permissiveness of the culture around them.

“We need to instill in our little girls — and our little boys, as well — the necessity for modesty and the fact that we are separate from the world,” she says. “We are not of this world; instead, as Christians, we do have the necessity to reflect Christ in everything we do and say.”

The media, Hollywood, and alternative lifestyles all influence the fashion industry, Crouse says — and that is why it is difficult to find modest and attractive clothing for young girls. But avoiding indulgence in the sexualized culture demands that parents persevere in the quest, she says.

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Christian Dancers Win Religious Liberty Suit Against Calif. City Officials

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

Back on December 13th of last year, I blogged about a group of dancers called the ‘Jesus Christ Dancers’ who were banned from performing in a City of Chula Vista (California) holiday festival. As the dancers were about to take the stage, their act was cancelled because their shits identified the group and was considered to be “too religious”
The city has reached an out-of-court settlement with the group which will include “First Amendment training” to police officers and all other employees as well as pay damages and attorney’s fees.
I wish people could get it through their thick skulls that “exercising” our Christianity in the public forums are not an “establishment” of a state run religion. Refusing to allow Christians to “exercise” their religion in the public form IS a violation of the First Amendment.

(AgapePress) – The City of Chula Vista, California, will provide annual “First Amendment training” to police officers and all other employees as part of a lawsuit settlement. The suit was filed after the city prohibited a Christian dance performance in public.

The city will also pay damages and attorney’s fees, to six young girls and their dance instructor who were prevented by a recreation supervisor from performing a dance routine at a holiday festival in December because of the Christian message on their tee shirts and their Christian-themed music.

The American Family Association Center for Law and Policy, which filed suit on the dancers’ behalf, reached the out-of-court settlement with Chula Vista. Senior Trial Attorney Brian Fahling said the agreement was a good outcome that shows municipalities that there are constitutional rights to religious expression, even in public forums.

“Oftentimes,” Fahling notes, public officials “act like it’s going to be a violation of the establishment clause if they let Christians perform in a community function.” But in fact, he says, “they are required under the Constitution to allow Christians to participate just like they would anybody else.”

The consent decree in the case states that the city violated the dance group’s rights under the establishment, free exercise, free speech, and equal protection clauses of the Constitution of the United States. Fahling notes that the City of Chula Vista was cooperative early on in correcting their mistake; however, he says the consent decree is important to make sure the terms of the settlement are carried out.

“In the absence of judicial supervision, it’s very easy to kind of slip back into the old habits again,” the AFA Law Center attorney observes. “So we wanted to ensure that that didn’t happen,” he explains, “because administrations change, and people come and go. It was important from our perspective to ensure that we had something memorialized.”

Violating the constitutional rights of the Christian dance troupe will cost the City of Chula Vista $31,000 in damages and attorney fees. The consent order entered in a San Diego federal court requires the payment and the annual First Amendment training for all city workers.

Fahling is pleased with the settlement, not only for his client’s sake but because of the message it sends to government officials and to people of faith whose free expression is being threatened or censored in the public square. When Christians stand up for their constitutional rights, the pro-family lawyer notes, everyone benefits.

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Original Post ‘Jesus Christ Dancers’ Asked Not to Perform at Holiday Festival Event.
Original Post Banned ‘Jesus Dancers’ file federal suit.

School ‘Ethics’ Group Punishes Student for Opposing Homosexual Adoption

Thursday, November 2nd, 2006

And the latest attack on Christian morals and values, brought to you by the homosexual agenda advancers in conjunction with the Missouri State University at Kansas City.

(AgapePress) – A social work student at Missouri State University has filed a lawsuit alleging the school required her to adopt a position in support of homosexual adoption as a precondition to getting her degree.

According to news reports, Dr. Frank Kaufman — an assistant professor in MSU’s School of Social Work on the Springfield campus and a member of the Faculty Senate at MSU — assigned his students a project promoting homosexual foster homes and adoption. The students were required to write and individually sign a letter to the Missouri legislature in support of homosexual adoption. Emily Brooker says she refused to sign the letter because of her religious convictions, and alleges she was punished for taking that stand.

Brooker says the school subjected her to a grievance hearing where school officials told her she had violated three of the “Standards of Essential Functioning in Social Work Education”: diversity, interpersonal skills, and professional behavior. The social work student is now suing the university for a violation of her First Amendment rights. Her attorney, David French with the Alliance Defense Fund, claims his client was interrogated for two-and-a-half hours by faculty members about the matter.

“She was brought into a hearing where she was denied any access to a recording of the hearing, any advocate in the hearing, and subjected to a grilling,” says French. The attorney says Brooker was asked questions like “Do you think I’m a sinner?” and “Do you think gays and lesbians are sinners?”

French describes the entire situation as “really an amazing case.” He explains that at the December 2005 hearing she was “punished, forced to undergo close monitoring for the rest of her career at the university, and forced to write things, again, that she disagreed with in order to graduate.”

The ADF attorney says many public universities are requiring student to adopt leftist positions in order to obtain a social work degree. “The social work programs are saying that, in order to be a social worker, in order to get a degree, you’re going to have to agree with the university’s stance on various issues,” he shares, “including issues regarding homosexual ‘marriage,’ including issues regarding the entire diversity-tolerance agenda.”

But French contends that a university is supposed to be a “marketplace of ideas” where educators should be tolerant of the opinions of both Christian and non-Christian students. “In an institution of higher learning,” he says, “students should be marked on the quality of their work — not discriminated against on the basis of their religious beliefs.”

French says Brooker wants her record cleared and is seeking compensation “after being vilified by the School of Social Work and undergoing personal humiliation.” The complaint in Brooker v. The Governors of Missouri State University was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southern Division.

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