Archive for February 6th, 2007

Children Bombarded With Online Porn

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

The internet is certainly a useful tool for learning, but parents need to be aware of the dangers of the internet as well. It is sad that our kids cant just sit down at the compute to play games or do research without having to see pornographic images.

(CBS/AP) More children and teens are being exposed to online pornography, mostly by accidentally viewing sexually explicit Web sites while surfing the Internet, researchers say.

Forty-two percent of Internet users aged 10 to 17 surveyed said they had seen online pornography in a recent 12-month span. Of those, 66 percent said they did not want to view the images and had not sought them out, University of New Hampshire researchers found. Their conclusions appear in February’s Pediatrics, due out Monday.

Parts of the study were released last November and found that one in seven had received “unwanted sexual solicitations or approaches in the past year.”

Some kids, like cyber-savvy 10-year-old Ryan Morano, already know how to cope, CBS News technology correspondent Daniel Sieberg reports.

“Something could pop up at any time,” Morano said. “And if you don’t have a pop-up blocker, you could be exposed to these bad pictures.”

Online pornography was defined in the study as images of naked people or people having sex.

“It’s so common now, who hasn’t seen something like that?” said Emily Duhovny, 17.

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Washington To Require Married Couples To Have Kids?

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

This has to be one of the most ignorant, ridiculous, things I have heard in all my life. An initiative in Washington by same-sex marriage proponents would require heterosexual couples to prove they are able to have children before getting a marriage license and actually have children within three years or else have their marriage anulled. This type of irrational behavior by same-sex advocates does nothing more than make a mockery of their ’cause’. I get that they are trying to prove a point, but the fact is that same-sex marriage is not just an issue of gay couple not being able to procreate. It is an issue of homosexuality being wrong in the eyes of God and in the eyes of the majority of men and women. If this werent the case, then it would be legal in all 50 states and completely accepted.

Romans 1:26-27
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

Jude 1:7
“In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.”

How much more clear can God be about homosexuality? How can anyone deny that God says homosexuality is a sin?

OLYMPIA, Wash. – An initiative filed by proponents of same-sex marriage would require heterosexual couples to have kids within three years or else have their marriage annulled.

Initiative 957 was filed by the Washington Defense of Marriage Alliance. That group was formed last summer after the state Supreme Court upheld Washington’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Under the initiative, marriage would be limited to men and women who are able to have children. Couples would be required to prove they can have children in order to get a marriage license, and if they did not have children within three years, their marriage would be subject to annulment.

All other marriages would be defined as “unrecognized” and people in those marriages would be ineligible to receive any marriage benefits.

“For many years, social conservatives have claimed that marriage exists solely for the purpose of procreation … The time has come for these conservatives to be dosed with their own medicine,” said WA-DOMA organizer Gregory Gadow in a printed statement. “If same-sex couples should be barred from marriage because they can not have children together, it follows that all couples who cannot or will not have children together should equally be barred from marriage.”

Supporters must gather more than 224,000 valid signatures by July 6 to put the initiative on the November ballot.

Opponents say the measure is another attack on traditional marriage, but supporters say the move is needed to have a discussion on the high court ruling.

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Student Given Failing Grade Because He Spoke Against Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

When liberals speak out about issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and stem-cell research, they are just ‘exercising free speech’. But, when those of us who are against those issues speak out, we are called hateful fundamental extremists.

Justin Boone is a senior high school student at Community Schools in Michigan. He contacted our office with a matter of serious constitutional concern. By all accounts, Justin is a first-rate student and wonderful citizen of his school. He is a member of the National Society of High School Scholars, an emergency room volunteer at a local hospital, and will be a student in the Honor Government class next semester. Moreover, to further demonstrate Justin’s academic ambitions, he is taking classes in Japanese and Mandarin Chinese at the local Michigan Community College. In short, Justin is a dedicated student and active citizen.

Last semester, Justin was enrolled in a course entitled “Law and Public Speaking.” As described in the student handbook, this course aims to “help students understand the legal system in America while given the opportunity to develop oral expression through practice.” One of the many purposes of the class is to help students “become more self-confident to function in a free society — even if they never make a public speech after they leave this course.”

Late last year, Justin and three other students presented their public speaking topic regarding the issue of same-sex marriage. This topic was approved ahead of time by Justin’s teachers. In preparing for and delivering their speeches, Justin and the other members of his group followed and fulfilled each and every guideline provided by their instructors. Justin initially selected the topic in question and served as the moderator for the group. As moderator, Justin introduced the topic and gave a brief summary of the points each member of the speech group was to deliver. Justin presented closing remarks as well.

The students covered the following areas in making their presentation:

1) Religious opposition to same-sex marriage;
2) Political opposition to same-sex marriage; and
3) Scientific evidence as it relates to same-sex marriage.

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(UK) Pupils Aged Five ‘Poisoned’ at Islamic School That ‘Teaches Hate’

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

This is happening here in the U.S. as well. But of course all we hear these days is “what radical Islamic problem?” and for those of us who choose to point it out, receiving the label of “Islamaphobe”. Talk about ignoring the elephant sitting in the middle of your living room. Time to wake up people.

An Islamic school is poisoning the minds of pupils with lessons in hate, a former teacher claims.

Colin Cook, 57, says textbooks used by children as young as five at the King Fahad Academy in Acton describe Jews as “repugnant” and “apes” and Christians as “pigs”.

Pupils have allegedly been heard saying they want to “kill Americans”, praising 9/11 and idolising Osama bin Laden as their “hero”.

There are fears that it could become a breeding ground for terrorists with Mr Cook warning: “The school could produce a dangerous harvest.”

Its sister school of the same name in Bonn has been singled out by the German intelligence services as a meeting place for activists linked to terrorism.

Mr Cook, a Muslim convert, taught English at the school for 19 years until he was sacked in December last year.

He claims he was fired after blowing the whistle on the school for covering up cheating by children in GCSE exams and is bringing a tribunal claim for unfair dismissal, race discrimination and victimisation.

He also alleges that when he complained to school management about the content of the curriculum and questioned whether it complied with British laws, he was told: “This is not England. It is Saudi Arabia”.

He said that the school was “very good” until the majority of British teachers left in 2005. He said: “Since then, there has been a move towards a pro-Saudi agenda.

“It is clearly racist and very divisive. I understand now why the pupils express anti-Western views at school. It is deeply immoral to put such ideas into the heads of young children.

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Scholars Mull Founders’ View of Religion in Public Life

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

The will of the Founding Fathers doesn’t really need people to mull it. All it requires is for people to read it. It then becomes evident that they were completely for religion in public life. They knew this country needed it and tried their best to let people know that while giving them the freedom to choose.
What the Founding Fathers failed to realize was just how evil people could become. I don’t think they ever considered for a moment that people would develop into what we have.
Take the abortion and gay marriage issues as examples. I promise you, that if the Founding Fathers had even guessed that we would legalize abortion and consider legalizing gay marriage, they would have written specifically against it. They believed that we would be like them, interested in keeping the moral fiber of the nation in place, and even though they were only men, it is safe to say that they were Godly men.
Gone is that day. And gone is their unique insight. Even in those “technologically challenged” times, they displayed a wisdom completely unknown today.
Scholars can “mull” all they want as to what the Founding Fathers meant for religion in public life, but all it takes is to pick up the documents called the “Constitution of the United States of America” and the “Bill of Rights” to find out exactly what they thought.
They were completely for religion in public life.

Virginia Beach (CNSNews.com) – America’s founding fathers championed a prominent public role for religion in politics that contrasts with the secular impulses dominating contemporary society, according to several scholars who took part in a symposium here honoring President Ronald Reagan.

George Washington “audaciously challenged the patriotism of those in society who sought to undermine religion or its public role,” argued Daniel Dreisbach, a professor in the school of public affairs at the American University.

Dreisbach told audience members at the seminar hosted by Regent University that Washington’s view of religion and its proper station in public life would greatly antagonize secular forces in America today.

“One can easily imagine the scorn the mainstream media would heap on the original George W,” he said.

Washington’s “Circular Letter” of 1783, announcing his resignation as commander and chief, and his “Farewell Address” in 1796 provide a complete picture of his “core political beliefs,” Dreisbach explained. Because he did not anticipate returning to public life as president, the two documents can be viewed as farewell statements to the nation.

Washington’s acknowledgements of God and divine intervention in the affairs of nations were not preserved for private musings or obscure missives – rather, they were central to his most important public addresses, Dreisbach said.

The “indispensable” role of religion in America’s constitutional order and its connection with public virtue were widely recognized by Washington and other prominent figures of his day, Dreisbach contended.

In Oct. 1782, for example, the Continental Congress issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that most likely was authored by John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian clergyman who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Dreisbach singled out a passage from Washington’s farewell address to bolster his point: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness — these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”

That portion of the speech is rarely invoked and often overlooked, Dreisbach observed.

“This is pretty stunning language,” he said. “He seems to be coming close to saying that if you’re undermining the public role of religion, you can’t call yourself a patriot — indeed, you may be a traitor to the polity.”

Some have speculated that Washington may have been referring to Thomas Jefferson, who is widely viewed as being less pious than many of the other founders.

But Jean Bethke Elshtain, a professor at the University of Chicago and another forum participant, noted that Jefferson — ironically — would be viewed today as someone with strong religious convictions.

Elshtain argued that the institutional separation of church and state should not be seen as justification for the secularization of society at large.

Other speakers included Hadley Arkes, author and Amherst College professor, who discussed the influence of natural law on America’s founding, its relationship with freedom and the “immutable” moral code that pre-exists civil society.

Arkes also discussed the rationale some federalists such as Alexander Hamilton had for opposing the inclusion of a Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Hamilton was reluctant to embrace the first ten amendments because he feared that explicitly writing them out would leave any unmentioned rights unprotected, he said.

The caliber of the presentations greatly impressed Josh Bachman, a first year law student at the university. “Keep feeding me the red meat,” he said. “The founders took deliberate steps to protect our natural rights and my generation needs to re-discover the philosophical roots of American exceptionalism.”

John Beutel, a government student, told Cybercast News Service he particularly enjoyed the lecture given by Michael Novak of the American Enterprise Institute, who highlighted the connection between Christian theology and the language used in early American documents, such as the Virginia Declaration of Rights .

Novak said the definition of religion used in the Virginia Declaration helped set tone for religious freedom, which was ultimately followed throughout the nation.

Holly Wagner, who is pursuing a master’s degree in communications and government, told Cybercast News Service she felt emboldened by the symposium, as she hopes to pursue career opportunities in agencies that are not necessarily receptive to Christian ideas, such as the United Nations.

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