Archive for January 11th, 2007

744,000 Homeless in America

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Before we start taking care of illegal aliens, why not start helping out those who are homeless legal citizens?

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade. A little more than half were living in shelters, and nearly a quarter were chronically homeless, according to the report Wednesday by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, an advocacy group. A majority of the homeless were single adults, but about 41% were in families, the report said. The group compiled data collected by the Department of Housing and Urban Development from service providers throughout the country. It is the first national study on the number of homeless people since 1996. That study came up with a wide range for America’s homeless population: between 444,000 and 842,000. Counting people without permanent addresses, especially those living on the street, is an inexact process. But the new study is expected to provide a baseline to help measure progress on the issue. “Having this data brings all of us another step closer to understanding the scope and nature of homelessness in America, and establishing this baseline is an extremely challenging task,” HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson said. “Understanding homelessness is a necessary step to addressing it successfully.”

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American Weapons to be Used AGAINST the Jews

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

RAMALLAH – The United States, aided by Israel, over the last few weeks has provided 7,000 assault rifles and more than 1 million rounds of ammunition to militias associated with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party, senior Fatah militants told WND.
The arms were provided to bolster Fatah against rival Hamas factions, the Fatah militants said.

Fatah and Hamas have engaged in weeks of deadly firefights since Abbas last month called for new Palestinian elections in a move widely seen as an attempt to dismantle the Hamas-led PA.

Abu Yousuf, a Fatah militant from Abba’s Force 17 security forces, told WND while some of the weapons may be used in confrontations against Hamas, the bulk of the American arms would be utilized to “hit the Zionists.”

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New Findings Support Pro-Lifer Calls for Non-Embryonic Stem-Cell Research

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

(AgapePress) – An opponent of embryonic stem-cell research says a new report from U.S. scientists revealing the presence of pluripotent stem cells in amniotic fluid offers confirmation of what pro-life groups have been saying for years — that is, that advancing medical knowledge does not require the destruction of human embryos.

Researchers with Wake Forest University Medical School and Harvard Medical School have reported that they were able to extract stem cells from amniotic fluid donated by pregnant women and then turn the cells into several different tissue cell types including brain, liver, and bone tissue cells (see related story).

Pro-life, pro-family, and medical ethics groups are jointly hailing the new stem-cell study, the findings of which suggest these non-embryonic stem cells derived from amniotic fluid show great potential for usefulness in treating disease. Pro-life advocate Mark Crutcher, founder and president of Life Dynamics Incorporated, says he and other pro-lifers have been trying for years to get the message across that it is not necessary to kill a living human being in order to achieve benefits in medical science. “This just proves that we’re right,” he contends.

Crutcher says he finds it interesting that in the past the medical science community has not been able to demonstrate even “one single scientific breakthrough using embryonic stem cells.” All the breakthroughs that have taken place in therapeutic use of stem cells to treat disease have come through use of adult stem cells, he points out — not through embryonic stem-cell research, or ESCR.

“And yet,” the Life Dynamics spokesman observes, “the medical community and the media have been pushing embryonic stem cells as the be-all and end-all.” That is something he doubts will change, even in the wake of this latest research out of Harvard and Wake Forest University Medical School. (See earlier story)

Crutcher says the new research findings will not likely deter efforts by House Democrats to pass legislation expanding federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. These pro-ESCR lawmakers continue to tout embryonic stem-cell research, he says, even though these ethically problematic studies have yielded no cures for disease and have shown no likelihood of doing so in the near future.

But despite these facts, House Democrats “continue to push embryonic stem cells; and so there has to be some other agenda at play here,” Crutcher asserts. “And when you look at — in this case — the Democratic Party, which is completely owned — lock, stock, and barrel — by the abortion lobby in this country,” the pro-life advocate says, “you have to start looking at what the hidden agenda may be” — particularly, he adds, when the liberal lawmakers “continue to push things that have shown absolutely no promise for success.”

Dobson: Media Finally Getting the Message About Non-Embryonic Stem Cells
Meanwhile, Focus on the Family Action chairman Dr. James Dobson believes the new stem-cell study has become front page news precisely because the mainstream media has not previously told the truth about how promising non-embryonic stem-cell research is. “Instead, they’ve chosen to put their emphasis on promoting research that kills human beings in their tiniest form,” he says.

“Hopefully,” Dobson comments, “the facts that were brought to the fore [in the Harvard-Wake Forest researchers’ report] will influence the members of the House of Representatives to reject the expansion of federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research when the legislation comes up for a vote this week.” Because of the new research, the pro-family leader asserts, a tremendous opportunity now exists for “those of us who hold pro-life views to call for uncompromising support of research using sources that do not imperil preborn life.”

After all, the Focus on the Family Action spokesman emphasizes, “there are no clinical trials anywhere in the world where embryonic stem cells are being used in patients.” On the contrary, he notes, research using cells from non-embryonic sources such as bone marrow and umbilical cord blood have been used to treat at least 70 conditions. And now, Dobson adds, “similar therapies may be developed using cells from amniotic fluid.”

The Christian Medical Association, America’s largest faith-based association of doctors, is also hoping the stem-cell research findings reported this week will influence U.S. lawmakers, especially since Congress is currently considering legislation that parallels a bill previously vetoed by President Bush — a bill that would provide federal sanction for destroying human embryos.

Congress Asked to Respect Sanctity of Life, Fund Ethical Research
Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association, says his group is encouraging all members of Congress “to uphold respect for life while maximizing the investment of American tax dollars by investing in proven and promising stem-cell research that does not violate the conscience of many Americans.” The medical science community has learned that the ethical route to stem cells is also the most effective and most promising route, he notes.

“We have long known that unlike human embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells have been proven effective in treating … dozens of diseases,” Stevens explains. But on the other hand, he says, “We have long known that human embryonic stem cells are notoriously unstable and tend to form tumors.”

And now the Harvard-Wake Forest research has discovered that stem cells derived from a baby’s placenta and amniotic fluid appear to hold the same tissue-building potential once thought exclusive to human embryonic stem cells, the CMDA physician notes. He believes lawmakers owe it to U.S. taxpayers to take this new information into consideration.

“Americans’ resources should be used for ethical, effective and promising stem-cell research that does not violate ethical standards by killing human embryos,” Stevens emphasizes. He says the Christian Medical Association has publicly urged U.S. members of Congress to devote healthcare dollars to funding ethical, non-embryonic stem-cell research.

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Author Steyn Sees Potential for ‘New Dark Ages’

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

I’m telling y’all, there needs to be a “wake-up call” to Americans. I thought 9/11 would have done it, but apparently the majority of American are dense, so it’s probably going to take something as big if not bigger to get our attention.

(CNSNews.com) – Worldwide demographic shifts are working to the advantage of Islamic extremists, according to author and commentator Mark Steyn.

Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Steyn, author of “America Alone,” said foreign policy “realists” in the U.S. and Europe who seek to accommodate rather than confront Muslim radicals have bought into an “illusion of stability.”

At a time when much of the western world is experiencing “civilizational exhaustion,” Steyn said, the Muslim world is benefiting from significant population growth.

The G-8 nations, he said, have “given up on having children” while they acquiesce to a large influx of Muslim immigrants.

As a result of the demographic changes in Europe and parts of Asia, Steyn anticipates the Muslim world will have three reliable votes on the U.N. Security Council in the not too distant future. Furthermore, by 2050, Russia well may be a majority Muslim nation, he added.

In 1970, Steyn said, the developed world represented nearly 30 percent of the global population, in comparison to the Muslim world, which accounted for 15 percent.

By 2000, the developed world’s share of the global population had fallen to about 20 percent, and the Muslim world had increased to 20 percent, he said.

The demographic shifts are important, because although most Muslims dissociate themselves from terrorist acts, many share many of the objectives of extremists, including the desire to live under shari’a (Islamic law) in Europe, Canada and eventually the U.S., Steyn said.

While America currently “stands apart” from the demographic challenges facing much of the international community, its superpower status presents a special set of challenges, he said.

“A new Dark Ages” could take hold, unless the U.S. acts.

Steyn called for a more concerted effort to export genuine American values – those linked to economic strength and greater freedom – rather than simply promoting elements of American popular culture.

Steyn said the war in Iraq was just “one front in a larger struggle” and identified neighboring Iran as a major source of terrorist activity, claiming Tehran was funding both Sunni and Shia elements in Iraq.

“The mullahs do not fret about Iran not having an exit strategy from Iraq. It’s something American legislators do, not Iranian ones,” he said.

Steyn said he wrote his book in part as a rejoinder to what he terms “The Larry King School of Foreign Policy” which he described as “distinguished old people reminiscing about other distinguished old people.”

The panel discussions on the CNN talk program, which often feature a mix of U.S. senators and former secretaries of state, frequently yield foreign policy prescriptions that are ill-suited to the challenges of the present age, he said.

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Group Speaks For Churches but Pushes Liberal Agenda, Study Says

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

This is no surprise to us Bible believing, Bible studying Christians. The Bible clearly says that in the later days, that churches will adopt policies that are “easy on the ears”, but not keeping with what the Bible teaches. We are seeing that more and more as time goes on.

(CNSNews.com) – A leading religious organization that “seeks to promote Christian unity” in the U.S. has yoked itself to liberal groups that now provide most of its funding and help it promote a liberal social and political agenda, a conservative group alleged Wednesday.

Among the groups funding the National Council of the Churches (NCC) are the liberal People for the American Way, Tides Foundation and “U.S. Action, whose president spoke at the 2005 convention of the Communist Party USA.,” according to a report released by the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy.

The study is entitled “Strange Yokefellows,” a combination of the saying that “politics makes strange bedfellows” and the biblical injunction that believers not be “unequally yoked” with those who don’t believe (2 Corinthians 6:14), IRD Vice President Alan Wisdom told Cybercast News Service.

Wisdom, co-author of the document, noted that the NCC has 45 million members from 35 denominations.

While most active church members hold moderate to conservative views on social and political issues, the NCC had increasingly received funding from secular foundations and other non-church organizations, he charged.

During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, the NCC received $1.75 million from member communions and, for the first time, slightly more – $1.76 million – from other groups.

In addition, donations from member churches have declined 40 percent since the 2000-2001 fiscal year, Wisdom said.

The NCC “really depends now more on the likes of the Tides Foundation and the Sierra Club than on the Reformed Church in America or the African Methodist Episcopal Church,” he said. It gets more funding “from the Ford Foundation than 32 of its 35 member denominations.”

“We found numerous common themes among the dozens of non-church entities from which the church council has recently sought or received funding,” said John Lomperis, co-author of the report.

“These groups have very little demonstrated interest in religion beyond recruiting faith communities to support their favored social and political causes,” Lomperis noted.

“There’s nothing wrong necessarily with accepting support from non-Christians if they understand what your mission is and support it and don’t steer you away from it,” Wisdom said. “The problem is when support from non-church organizations takes a Christian organization away from the gospel purposes for which it was established.”

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“That we forget God” by Michael G. Mickey

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

According to a Christian Monitor article, atheists are now challenging the religious right.

According to the article, seven organizations of nontheists – including atheists, freethinkers, humanists, and agnostics – began the Secular Coalition for America (SCA), a lobby seeking to increase the visibility and respectability of nontheistic viewpoints in the United States.

The Secular Coalition of America’s goal? Simply stated, it is that we forget God as a nation.

And then there’s this from the article (emphasis added mine):

Internet-based groups are also seeking to spread the atheist message, particularly among young adults. The Rational Response Squad (RRS) has chosen a provocative mode using the popular website YouTube. Their “blasphemy challenge” calls on young nonbelievers to create videos in which they renounce belief in the “sky God of Christianity” and upload it on the site; in return they’ll receive a free documentary DVD, “The God Who Wasn’t There,” which includes interviews with Dawkins, Harris, and others. RRS is publicizing its campaign on 25 popular teen websites.

The spirit of antichrist is run amok in our world today!

1st John 4:2-3:

Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Demonstrating the exact attitude the prophesied Antichrist himself will personify in the Tribulation Period to come, Richard Dawkins, author of the book “The God Delusion,” is quoted in the article as saying, “”I am attacking God, all gods, anything and everything supernatural, wherever and whenever they have been or will be invented.”

In Scripture, we see that the Antichrist to come will “exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.” (Daniel 11:36)

So, in this commentary, we see that those “seeking to increase the visibility and respectability of nontheistic viewpoints in the United States” are not just trying to earn a measure of respect for themselves and their viewpoints, their clear goal is to target the children of our land by spreading their anti-Christian intolerance on 25 popular teen websites. Those teens, Christians, should the Lord delay His coming, are the future Church. Thus, our mission is clear.

As the light of the world, the Church bears the responsibility to dispel darkness and that is precisely what we need to be doing in these final days.

Who, exactly, is most guilty of intolerance?

The argument most often used by those who oppose God is that we have been intolerant of them and their beliefs. This we are purportedly guilty of because we call the lost to come out of their sins in love and to accept God’s gift of salvation, which can only be obtained through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They, on the other hand, openly state, in a spirit that is anything but loving or conciliatory in any manner, that they are presently “attacking God” – and on every front they possibly can.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, is calling for a truce between those who hate God and believers, stating the following, “We’ve suffered enough from religious intolerance that the last thing the world needs is irreligious intolerance.”

While I don’t agree with Kristof’s suggestion that Christians are guilty of intolerance toward others, I wholly agree that Richard Dawkins and the Secular Coalition of America have an irreligious intolerance and a mission, which is to reach out to those most impressionable, our young people, and to hammer home a secular message to them so strongly that we, as a nation, should forget our God.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

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