Archive for May 22nd, 2007

‘Have Sex, Do Drugs,’ Speaker Tells Students

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

This content is a completely inappropriate thing to tell students. I can’t believe the school would have no idea what this person was going to talk about before he came on. Public education is slightly better than nothing.

A guest speaker at an assembly at Boulder High School in Colorado has told students as young as 14 to go have sex and use drugs, prompting school officials to say they will investigate.

The instructions came from Joel Becker, an associate clinical professor of psychology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

“I am going to encourage you to have sex and encourage you to use drugs appropriately,” Becker said during his appearance at the school as part of a recent panel sponsored by the University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs.

“Why I am going to take that position is because you are going to do it anyway,” he continued. “I think as a psychologist and health educator, it is more important to educate you in a direction that you might actually stick to. So, I am going to stay mostly on with the sex side because that is the area I know more about. I want to encourage you to all have healthy, sexual behavior.”

WND also has reported on similar assemblies that have been used by schools to promote homosexuality, including one where parents were banned from the event, and a second where WND reported school officials ordered their 14-year-old freshman class into a “gay” indoctrination seminar after having them sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to tell their parents.

The Boulder school review promise came from board members who were confronted by Boulder High sophomore Daphne White and her mother, Priscilla White, with their complaint about the event.

Priscilla White told board members it’s inappropriate for such a message to be delivered by a public school. She was reading excerpts of the presentation to the board when board President Helayne Jones told her to stop, because the language was inappropriate.

“The panel discussion was a completely irresponsible and dangerous invitation to Boulder High students to have sex and take drugs,” her daughter, Daphne, told the board.

No student should have been forced to be at that panel discussion, incoming Boulder Valley Supt. Chris King agreed.

The panel included Becker; Andree Gerhardt, a community engagement leader with Ernst & Young; Antonio Sacre, an LA-based performing artist, and Sanho Tree, of the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.

They were assembled for the discussion as part of the university’s Conference on World Affairs, which has been described as a forum for anything.

Conference leaders issued a statement, signed by conference director Jim Palmer and others, saying the panel members talked “candidly and sensibly to the high school audience, providing cautionary information about alcohol consumption, drugs, sexual issues and teens.”

The sophomore, Daphne, had been required to attend the panel called “STDs: Sex, Teens and Drugs,” and accused panel members of presenting one-sided views and discrediting abstinence.

The White family said the conference statement wasn’t even accurate.

“The panelists irresponsibly advised Boulder High students to have sex and use drugs,” the family responded. “Teenage abstinence was dismissed as an unwise choice and indicative of religious hang-ups.”

“It may be true that the Conference on World Affairs generally ‘fosters awareness of local, national and global citizenship and celebrates intellectual discussion and excellence.’ It did not in this case,” the family continued. “As Daphne suggested at the [recent] school board meeting, Boulder High School, the school district and the CWA should host an assembly at Boulder High for the student body. Hopefully the principal, the deputy superintendent, the board president and the director of the CWA would use the opportunity to offer Boulder High students some sound advice that is more consistent with what teens should hear from adults. They need to do it quickly, graduation is June 2.”

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Another State in India Set to Pass Anti-Conversion Legislation

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Continue to pray for persecuted Christians everywhere.

CWNews.com – India (MNN) — The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to enact an anti-conversion law in the northern state of Uttarakhand. Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C. Khanduri announced his government would introduce a law to ban “conversions with allurement or fraudulent means” in the upcoming session of the Assembly.

President of Open Doors USA Carl Moeller says this legislation is designed to do one thing. “These anti-conversion laws are strictly designed toward missionary activity. We’re monitoring this for the U.S. government, as well. We’re letting the State Department and the U.S. Commission on Religious Liberty know that our concerns for India’s religious freedoms are increasing.”

Hindu nationalists want to make it illegal for Christians to help people in Jesus’ name. “In mission work,” says Moeller, “just about all the time you’re bringing something to people who are in desperate need. And as you bring those things, you bring the Gospel. You bring the Good News of Jesus Christ, but this is exactly the kind of targets that are being addressed by this legislation.”

Moeller says Open Doors isn’t standing idly by. “What we’ve been doing most effectively in India is training the Christian church for the coming persecution and giving people the ability through our ‘Standing Strong Through the Storm’ seminars to be able to continue to be an effective witness despite the persecution.”

He knows why Christians are facing so many challenges. “[It’s] because the church is growing in so many of these areas recently, in the last few decades. That’s bringing the increased pressure from these radicalized groups.”

There are two ways to help believers in India, says Moeller. “People can help just by becoming aware, to pray and to become informed. The training programs that we have are projects that they can support.”

It’s a great resource for all believers. “It takes the lessons from other places around the world where persecution has come to the Christian community,” says Moeller, “and gives them the basic principles of the Bible in how to stand strong.”

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So How Did (Gore’s) An Inconvenient Truth Become Required Classroom Viewing?

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Very good question. Could it be our liberal education system?

First it was his world history class. Then he saw it in his economics class. And his world issues class. And his environment class. In total, 18-year-old McKenzie, a Northern Ontario high schooler, says he has had the film An Inconvenient Truth shown to him by four different teachers this year.

“I really don’t understand why they keep showing it,” says McKenzie (his parents asked that his last name not be used). “I’ve spoken to the principal about it, and he said that teachers are instructed to present it as a debate. But every time we’ve seen it, well, one teacher said this is basically a two-sided debate, but this movie really gives you the best idea of what’s going on.”

McKenzie says he has educated himself enough about both sides of the climate- change controversy to know that the Al Gore movie is too one-sided to be taught as fact. Even scientists who back Mr. Gore’s message admit they’re uncomfortable with liberties the politician takes with “science” in the film. But, McKenzie says most of his classmates are credulous. His teachers are not much more discerning. “They don’t know there’s another side to the argument,” he says. McKenzie’s mother was outraged to find out that Mr. Gore’s film was being presented as fact in her son’s classroom. “This is just being poured into kids’ brains instead of letting them know there’s a debate going on,” she says. “An educational system falls down when they start taking one side.”

But Mr. Gore’s filmed climate-change lecture is showing up in classrooms across Canada, frequently unaccompanied by critical analysis or a discussion of competing theories. “One of the teachers at my kid’s school showed it and he even said ahead of time, ‘There is some propaganda in this,’ ” says Tim Patterson, a Carleton University earth sciences professor. “I said to him, ‘You even knew this was a propaganda film, and you still showed it in your classroom?’ ” The weirdest part: It was the gym teacher.

If you have children in junior or high school, there is a good chance they have been shown An Inconvenient Truth in school–or they will be soon.

Last month, Vancouver’s Tides Canada Foundation and a local eco-friendly courier firm teamed up to buy DVD copies for every public high school in B.C. Climate Learning, a non-profit Vancouver outfit, is a third of the way to raising the $68,000 it needs to buy copies of the film for every high school in the country, after just weeks of campaigning.

“I think it’s important for high schools to have this film,” says Will Cole-Hamilton, the group’s director.

“Our objective is to get them into schools by September.”

Two weeks ago, 900 students from grade 7 to 12 in Ontario’s Halton Region were treated to a screening — sponsored by ethanol producer SunOpta Inc. — with a second showing scheduled at a Georgetown high school this Wednesday.

SunOpta has donated 60 copies of the DVD and the book version of An Inconvenient Truth to public and Catholic schools as a resource.

After showing the film to students, a London, Ont., board launched a contest for kids to win tickets to hear Mr. Gore address a fundraiser this month, by making their own environmental videos.

Earthcare Canada, an energy consultant sponsored group, is working with the Ottawa-Carlton school board and one in Belleville, Ont., to raise awareness about energy conservation. The Gore movie is one of the materials it suggests as a teaching resource.

“We would definitely recommend it and make them aware that it is there, and then how to use it,” says Earthcare’s executive director Rose-Marie Batley.

“I get e-mail from parents all across the country about this, in Calgary, B.C., Ontario,” says Albert Jacobs, the founder of Friends of Science, a Calgarybased group that promotes alternative theories to climate change.

“They say my kid has been exposed to this stuff which is totally one-sided and totally wrong and we want them to see the other side.”

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Iranian Police Beat “Improperly” Clad Women

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

The Muslim Thugacrats in Iran continue to oppress their women, for the “hideous” crime of dressing “improperly”. Now ticketing them is no longer satisfactory. Taking them to the police station is no good. Now they have began to beat them in public.
Nothing like the public forum to make an example of someone in order to keep the ignorant masses in line.

The Iranian blogosphere is all over this…Will America ignore this brutality??????????

What, with our 30 second attention span and the mainstream media refusing to show anything that could even give a hint of support to the president and any policy he’s ever touched? Not in a million years. You poor Iranians aren’t even on our radar scope. I am so sorry about that. You pro democracy Iranians deserve America’s support.

See pictures at The Memri Blog, Gateway Pundit and Kamangir blog (warning, images are graphic).

Syrian Pro-Democracy Activists to Nancy Pelosi: “Thanks a Bunch…NOT!!”

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempt to discredit the president, by visiting Syria to engage in unauthorized back door diplomacy, has had a very serious side affect for the struggling pro-democracy activist working in that country.
By not doing her homework about the situation in Syria and willing to do anything in order undercut the president, pro-democracy people in Syria have at best been set back years in their efforts and at worse could loose their lives.
Thanks for Nothing, Nancy!!

DAMASCUS, SYRIA—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Syria last month, and the related question of whether or not the U.S. should formally re-engage this Baathist republic, remains as controversial a topic on the streets of Damascus as it was in the days afterwards among Beltway bloggers. And, perverse as it may seem to some American liberals, it is the Syrians who are most sympathetic to their progressive values who have been most critical of Ms. Pelosi’s attempts to begin a dialogue with Syria’s government.

Many Syrian dissidents and pro-democracy activists have privately expressed dismay at Ms. Pelosi’s message of friendship to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They say that Ms. Pelosi’s visit, no matter how well-intentioned, has effectively pulled the rug out from under them, critically damaging their efforts to create momentum for reform from within.

“Pelosi’s visit made the regime feel that Americans were divided on how to deal with Syria,” said a Damascus-based women’s-rights activist who, like five other activists interviewed for this article, asked that his name be withheld because he feared punishment. “This sends a message to the regime that the pressure is off, that it can do what it likes.”

It has certainly seemed that way in the weeks since Ms. Pelosi’s departure, during which time the government has imprisoned Kurdish opposition figures while maintaining travel and work bans on political activists. …

Even Syrians outside the inner circle of activists seem shaken by the conviction, shortly after Ms. Pelosi’s return to Washington, of Syria’s best-known human-rights lawyer, Anwar al-Bunni. Mr. al-Bunni was convicted of “spreading information that could weaken national morale” and “joining an international organization without proper authorization,” for which he was given a five-year prison sentence.

Mr. al-Bunni is a slight, nervous-looking man, a tireless polymath who, aside from his work defending scores of political prisoners, has helped to found a center offering training in human rights, and has drafted a new constitution for Syria. Last year, he invited a handful of foreign reporters to his home to show them his proposed new constitution, and waved his hands excitedly as he outlined his ideas about what a democratic transition in Syria might look like, how potential power-sharing arguments among Syria’s many ethnic and religious groups could be anticipated and solved.

But Syria’s would-be Thomas Jefferson is in the infamous Adra prison now, and he is known to have been tortured.

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Letter from Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron Concerning Their Recent Debate

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

Thank you so much for the many encouraging emails regarding the New York atheist debate. Your kind words meant a lot to Kirk and me. The following is typical:

“Thanks so much for your debate on ABC’s Nightline. I watched several portions on the website, and our radio station is promoting your “way of the master” website now too. Praise the Lord for the words that you shared which were VERY eye-opening and revealing and had a huge world-wide audience . . . I KNOW many lives are being reached through your commitment to Christ, and this opportunity which you knocked out of the ballpark.” D.P. (WA).

While most have understood why we did this debate, there have been a number of Christian arm-chair quarterbacks who are publicly saying that we miserably failed–calling it “the way of the disaster,” and saying that we went into the debate totally unprepared. There have also been accusations from Christians and atheists saying that I didn’t keep my word. For those of you that have read what our critics are saying, I would like to address these issues.

Our primary goal in doing the debate was to preach the gospel to the countless people who would be watching in their homes, because it is the gospel that is “the power of God unto salvation” (see Romans 1:16). I have noticed that often Christian apologists present wonderful arguments at debates that sweep the floor with their opponents, but they fail to preach “Christ and Him crucified.” So our strategy was that we would first present clear and solid evidence of God’s existence through creation (Romans 1:20 says that creation is what leaves the world without excuse), and then focus on preaching the moral Law and the gospel. Again, our primary goal was to preach the gospel and then (where possible) support our preaching with apologetics, reason, logic, with a loving demeanor. That is what we tried to do.

We studied hard, but we had no idea what they would throw at us. So we prepared ourselves to give rational answers to questions such as why the Old Testament says to cut the hand off a woman who interferes in a fight between her husband and another man, why God told Joshua to kill every Canaanite man, woman, and child, why God condoned slavery and even the beating of slaves, why a rebellious youth was to be stoned to death, etc. We were also ready to answer questions about anthropomorphic statements in the Bible, Scripture’s use of hyperbole, geocentricity, who it was who imprisoned Galileo and was behind the crusades and the Spanish inquisition, and a lot more. We thought we had all the bases covered, but one or two came out of left field for which we hadn’t prepared–about “entropy” and whether or not the universe is eternal. Ironically, I have faced thousands of questions from heckler’s over the years, and it was the first time I had heard that question. (I have a book coming out in a couple of months called, The Atheist Delusion, which addresses each of these questions).

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There seems to be some confusion about the structure of the debate. A press release headline was changed, stating this would be a “Bible-less debate.” That was never the case. In fact, I provided Brian (the atheist) with a copy of my outline some time before the debate. He knew that I would begin by demonstrating God’s existence without using the Bible or faith (ie. creation proves there is a Creator). He then knew that I would then open up the Ten Commandments (ie. conscience proves there is a moral law and thus a Law Giver). Finally, he also knew that I would end with the gospel. He knew I planned to move from a presentation of the general evidence of God to specific proof about Jesus Christ. So it greatly puzzled us that Brian feigned “shock” when he heard it.

Despite these accusations, I am deeply thankful to God that the full gospel was preached on ABC’s Home Page (they get 19 million visitors each month), and it is still going out all over the Internet, and will do for years to come. What an incredible opportunity we were given. Only eternity will tell what took place.

Thank you for your prayers.

Until the nets are full,
Ray Comfort

As usual, there was a different set of rules and (higher) standards for the Christians to adhere than what was expected of the atheist. By not knowing what questions the atheist would ask, but providing them with an outline of their (Ray and Kirk) arguments well in advance.

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