Archive for May 5th, 2007

ABC Reschedules Christian vs. Atheist Debate

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

A few days ago, I told you about a debate to be held between Ray Comfort/Kirk Cameron and the founders of the ‘Blashpemy Challenge’. ABC has resceduled this debate so that you can watch the face off Wednesday, May 9 at 2 p.m. on ABC News Now, and on Nightline at 11:35 p.m.

Why are Kirk Cameron, a preacher, and two self-proclaimed atheists coming together in a church this weekend? Because Cameron and preacher Ray Comfort claim that they “can prove the existence of God.”

They’ll take on the atheists in the first “Nightline Face Off,” a debate to be moderated by “Nightline” anchor Martin Bashir.

Following the Way of the Master
As Mike Seaver, the oldest son in the smash hit sitcom “Growing Pains,” actor Kirk Cameron could make audiences roll with laughter. But now he wants to bring them to the Lord. And he’s deadly serious.

In March 2006, “Nightline” profiled the Way of the Master, a Christian ministry headed by Cameron and itinerant preacher Ray Comfort. Operating as a charitable trust, its intention is to educate and equip the church to preach the message of Christianity to nonbelievers. Cameron says he is motivated by a literal fear of hell.

“I believe the Scriptures teach that there’s a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said,” he explained. “And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell.”

The Way of the Master has a weekly television show for which Comfort and Cameron literally hit the streets in the name of Jesus, challenging nonbelievers that their sins against God will lead directly to hell.

“On the Day of Judgment,” Comfort tells one man on the streets of New York, “God will see you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. You have sinned against God. You need his forgiveness.”

On occasions, things go badly wrong and the pair are attacked by members of the public. Comfort recalled one incident, saying, “While I was preaching the Gospel a gentleman came up and he started spitting on me. And he spat quite a few times.” Comfort says he simply remained calm and moved on.

Neither Comfort nor Cameron has theological degrees nor any kind of formal training. But Cameron says he’s convinced his new career is vitally important.

“I have no authority. I am simply trying to be faithful to the God who saved me, who changed me and who has commissioned me to tell you and those who are watching this interview … about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that it has the power to change people’s hearts.”

The Rational Response Squad
“There isn’t any good reason to believe in God,” so says Brian Sapient, a member of the Rational Response Squad, a group of atheists “Nightline” profiled in January.

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Drastic Rise in Syphillis Among Homosexual Men

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Here at Jesus is Lord, we are condemned by homosexuals for calling homosexuality what it really is — sin. Forget for a minute that God says it is wrong, and look at the statistics. In 2000, the rate of syphillis among gay/bisexual men was 7%, in 2005 it was more than 60%. Regardless of how you feel morally about homosexuality, these numbers should shock you.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Syphilis has risen sharply among gay and bisexual men in the United States this decade, driving up the country’s rate for the disease and placing these men at higher risk for AIDS, federal health officials say.

Since dropping to the lowest level on record in 2000, the U.S. rate of syphilis, a sexually transmitted bacterial disease, has risen steadily, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said on Friday.

The rate rose five years in a row through 2005, the most recent year for which the CDC had figures.

Gay and bisexual men accounted for 7 percent of syphilis cases in 2000 but more than 60 percent in 2005, CDC experts estimated.

“The most devastating consequence of this increase in syphilis cases would be an increase in the rates of HIV infection,” said Dr. Khalil Ghanem of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

“Syphilis and HIV have a close, deadly symbiotic relationship.”

CDC epidemiologist Dr. James Heffelfinger said syphilis, like many other sexually transmitted diseases, raises the likelihood of infection by or transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS.

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Kurdish Teenager Stoned to Death for Dating Sunni Boy

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

When will people realize that Muslims are not peaceful. This girl was stoned to death and her own family members called it an “honor killing”.

A 17-year-old girl has been stoned to death in Iraq because she loved a teenage boy of the wrong religion.

As a horrifying video of the stoning went out on the Internet, the British arm of Amnesty International condemned the death of Du’a Khalil Aswad as “an abhorrent murder” and demanded that her killers be brought to justice.

Reports from Iraq said a local security force witnessed the incident, but did nothing to try to stop it. Now her boyfriend is in hiding in fear for his life.

Miss Aswad, a member of a minority Kurdish religious group called Yezidi, was condemned to death as an “honour killing” by other men in her family and hardline religious leaders because of her relationship with the Sunni Muslim boy.

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Famous Atheist’s Son Joins In National Day of Prayer

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

Madelyn Murray O’Hare spent her life trying to keep God out of public places. Her son was brainwashed to believe that public prayer was a violation of the constitution. Now a Christian, Bill Murray, is using his knowledge of the atheist viewpoint to bring people to Christ. The Devil used his mother in trying to harm the cause of Christ, but God is using Bill Murray for the good of the Kingdom.

William “Bill” Murray, whose famous mother, Madelyn Murray O’Hare, used her son to legally end voluntary prayer in public schools in 1963, was on the schedule to return to the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, May 3rd, to participate in a National Day of Prayer service on the High Court’s front steps. Mr. Murray today heads the Religious Freedom Coalition, and is the author of a new book, The Pledge: One Nation Under God (AMG Publishers).

Joining William Murray at the National Day of Prayer event is Reverend Rob Schenck, an Evangelical minister and president of the National Clergy Council. Other participants include the Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney, a Presbyterian minister and director of the Christian Defense Coalition and Father Jay Longacre, a Catholic Priest and president of St. Thomas Ministries Foundation.

Rev. Schenck said, “It’s fitting for Mr. Murray to join us advocating for public prayer at precisely the spot where he once stood after his lawyers argued against it. Nobody knows this subject like Mr. Murray. He was used, abused and brainwashed into thinking prayer violated the Constitution. Now he uses his God-given genius to bring prayer back to schools and to all of American public life.”

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