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Support our Troops – Wear Red Every Friday

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

I got a forwarded email, and even if the account is not true, it does remind us that our troops deserve our complete support. They are all heroes.
I encourage everyone to get in the habit of wearing red on Fridays as a show of support for our troops.

Will you give this to my Daddy?

As a Company, Southwest Airlines is going to support ‘Red Fridays.’ Last week I was in Atlanta , Georgia attending a conference. While I was in the airport, returning home, I heard several people behind me beginning to clap and cheer. I immediately turned around and witnessed one of the greatest acts of patriotism I have ever seen.

Moving thru the terminal was a group of soldiers in their camos. As they began heading to their gate, everyone (well almost everyone) was abruptly to their feet with their hands waving and cheering.

When I saw the soldiers, probably 30-40 of them, being applauded and cheered for, it hit me. I’m not alone. I’m not the only red-blooded American who still loves this country and supports our troops and their families.

Of course I immediately stopped and began clapping for these young unsung heroes who are putting their lives on the line everyday for us so we can go to school, work and home without fear or reprisal.

Just when I thought I could not be more proud of my country or of our
service men and women, a young girl, not more than 6 or 7 years old, ran up to one of the male soldiers. He kneeled down and said ‘hi.’

The little girl then asked him if he would give something to her daddy for her.

The young soldier, who didn’t look any older than maybe 22 himself, said he would try and what did she want to give to her daddy. Then suddenly the little girl grabbed the neck of this soldier, gave him the biggest hug she could muster and then kissed him on the cheek.

The mother of the little girl, who said her daughter’s name was Courtney, told the young soldier that her husband was a Marine and had been in Iraq for 11 months now. As the mom was explaining how much her daughter Courtney missed her father, the young soldier began to tear up.

When this temporarily single mom was done explaining her situation, all of the soldiers huddled together for a brief second. Then one of the other servicemen pulled out a military-looking walkie-talkie. They started playing with the device and talking back and forth on it.

After about 10-15 seconds of this, the young soldier walked back over to Courtney, bent down and said this to her, ‘I spoke to your daddy and he told me to give this to you.’ He then hugged this little girl that he had just met and gave her a kiss on the cheek. He finished by saying ‘your daddy told me to tell you that he loves you more than anything and he is coming home very soon.’

The mom at this point was crying almost uncontrollably and as the young soldier stood to his feet, he saluted Courtney and her mom. I was standing no more than 6 feet away from this entire event.

As the soldiers began to leave, heading towards their gate, people resumed their applause. As I stood there applauding and looked around, there were very few dry eyes, including my own. That young soldier in one last act of selflessness, turned around and blew a kiss to Courtney with a tear rolling down his cheek.

We need to remember everyday all of our soldiers and their families and thank God for them and their sacrifices. At the end of the day, it’s good to be an American.

RED FRIDAYS —– Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the ‘silent majority’. We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers.

We are not organized, boisterous or over-bearing. We get no liberal media coverage on TV, to reflect our message or our opinions. Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops.

Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -and continues each and every Friday until the troops all come home, sending a deafening message that.. Every red-blooded American who supports our men and women afar will wear something red.

By word of mouth, press, TV — let’s make the United States on every Friday a sea of red much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers.

If every one of us who loves this country will share this with
acquaintances, co-workers, friends, and family. It will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once ‘silent’ majority is on their side more than ever; certainly more than the media lets on.

The first thing a soldier says when asked ‘What can we do to make things better for you?’ is…We need your support and your prayers.

Let’s get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example; and wear something red every Friday.

IF YOU AGREE — THEN SEND THIS ON.

IF YOU COULD CARE LESS THEN HIT THE DELETE BUTTON — IT IS YOUR CHOICE.

WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.

THEIR BLOOD RUNS RED—- SO WEAR RED! —

MAY GOD HELP AMERICA TO BECOME ONE NATION, UNDER GOD.

“Don’t Let Darwin Make a Monkey Out Of You” by Steve Maltz

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

There are plenty of things in this life that we accept as true. Sometimes we grow out of them as we grow up, as in the case of Father Christmas, the tooth fairy and a decent postal service. As we become more aware of the world around us, then some previously accepted truths are discarded. Yet some are not and we go through life believing the same old stuff mainly because nothing else has come along to teach us otherwise. This is fine as long as there’s some semblance of truth in what we’re believing, but there are some things that we may have been taught that were untrue because the world has moved on and better explanations have been put forward. This can be more important than you think.

Does the term ‘primal soup’ stir any brain cells? It was an experiment by Stanley Miller in the 1950s that claimed to produce life out of a ‘soup’ of chemicals placed into a container full of gases and energised with a swift bolt of electricity. The idea was that this combination reproduced the conditions all those millions of years ago on Earth when life first appeared and the experiment attempted to do the same thing in a laboratory. Remember it now? Still believe that it’s the best explanation of how life came to be? Think again.

This experiment has, for the last 20 or 30 years, been totally discredited by the scientific community, yet that little gem of information hasn’t filtered through to us, or to our education system. Objections include the fact that they made wrong assumptions about the gases and the amount of electricity that would have been needed to make it work. In other words they managed to get most of the experiment wrong. Doesn’t fill us with much confidence, does it? Yet some school textbooks still feature the experiment and, although others may feature it with a warning that it’s not the best fit for the data, it is included because the scientists haven’t found a better fit for the data and they had to provide some explanation that reflected their world view!

But there are deeper questions raised about the theory that life on Earth could have started in such a way. Such questions as where did we come from are answered these days by scientists following principles first proposed in the mid-nineteenth century by Charles Darwin under the all-encompassing umbrella of the Theory of Evolution. It has held sway ever since, with a firm grip on the hearts and minds of scientists the world over. Is that because it was a good theory? Not exactly. The problem is that it has been the only theory that science has come up with and, for many scientists, it has to be the only game in town because, for many of them, the alternative is unthinkable.

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Conservative Activist Infiltrates Anti-War Protests

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Love it!!

An Israeli-born engineer who became incensed at the intolerance of supposed “peace protests” decided to exercise his own free-speech rights and add a little balance to their gatherings.
Hear this Report

Kfir Alfia was living in San Francisco several years ago when he happened upon an anti-war demonstration. The patriotic American said he did not want to be left out, so he and a friend made some signs of their own and decided to participate in a future rally.

Alfia says one of their signs was a real indictment against war. It read: “Except for ending slavery, Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, war has never solved anything.” On the reverse side, it read: “Saddam only kills his own people. It’s none of our business.”

The sign he carried was little different than the other protestors as well, he explains. “The one that I had had a drawing of a Muslim woman in a burqa with a leash around her neck, and then underneath that it says ‘Protect Islamic property rights against Western imperialism. So no to war.’ And then on the back of that one — this was an answer to some of the communist groups — it said ‘Communism has only killed 100 million people. Let’s give it another chance.'”

Alfia says the reaction to their participation in the march was predictable. “Eventually the organizers tried to get us kicked out and they called the San Francisco police to try to remove us,” he recalls. “But we cited our constitutional right to be there just like they were, and the police department refused to remove us — and we managed to go throughout the whole march.”

Alfia says out of that first protest he co-founded Protest Warrior, an international organization that exposes the truth behind liberal protests.

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Kennedy Cramming Hate Crimes Into Defense Bill

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

It’s time to contact your senator again to voice your opposition about the “Hate Crimes” bill. Senator Kennedy, being bought and paid for by the homosexual activist, is introducing this bill, once again, but this time attached to funding for our military.
Let me revisit what this hate crimes bill, if passed, has the ability to cause:
It will open pastors and people like me, who are vocal about our opposition to homosexuality, to federal prosecution.
Now many of you are saying “C’mom, Steve, freedom of speech and expression of religion are Constitutionally protected rights”. That’s true. But that fact has not stopped the cities of Philadelphia, PA and Madison, WI from using local “hate crime” laws to prosecute Christians who were just exercising their first amendment rights to free speech and freedom to exercise their religion. Despite the fact that the Philadelphia case was thrown out, the people involved still had to spend time in jail and spend significant amounts of money in attorney fees to stop what never should have happened to begin with. In the case of the Madison man, he ended up settling out of court. All for obeying the first amendment.
The homosexual activist know that the only way they can advance their agenda is in the court system. They will use “judicial terror” to either prosecute “offenders” or threaten them beforehand with the threat of prosecution. Many Christians will not be able to afford the expense of defending themselves in court and will elect to remain silent.
Contact your senator today and urge them to oppose this bill.

Sen. Edward Kennedy’s “hate crimes” plan – feared by Christian leaders as a way to censor biblical condemnations of homosexuality – has been proposed as an amendment to a defense spending bill, a maneuver opponents are calling “shameless” and “manipulative.”

The Kennedy plan, which earlier was introduced as separate legislation, would classify gender and sexual orientation as specially protected classes of people under federal law. Opponents say it would require law enforcement personnel to become “thought police” to determine whether a crime already addressed by existing law could be prosecuted under an enhanced standard of “hate crime.”

The White House already has suggested the proposal is unneeded and a veto would be in order if it is approved. But Kennedy has proposed inserting it into the defense appropriations plan, which Bush wants to pass.

“The maneuver is one clearly calculated to put the president in the position of ending up vetoing a defense appropriation,” Mathew Staver of Liberty Counsel told WND.

Joe Glover of the Family Policy Network said the move is “shockingly manipulative.”

“It is a shameless attempt to push the homosexual agenda on the American people by exploiting American soldiers who are currently in harm’s way around the world,” he said.

Many dismiss the idea Christian pastors and others who oppose homosexual behavior on biblical grounds would end up being punished for their beliefs and thoughts, including the ACLU. The organization issued a statement endorsing the plan to amend the defense spending bill to include the hate crimes legislation.

“The serious problem of crime directed at members of society because of their race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability merits legislative action,” the ACLU said.

And the ACLU noted a clause protecting “free speech” in the proposal makes it clear it would be applied only to actual crimes, not thoughts.

However, WND columnist Janet Folger wrote the idea of arresting people for stating their religious beliefs that homosexuality is wrong is no longer something that “may” happen in the future.

“Here’s the Cliff Notes of what so called ‘hate crime’ legislation has already done IN AMERICA,” she wrote. “This is no longer up for debate. Here are the facts.”

  • Madison, Wisconsin. David Ott, a former homosexual, was arrested for a “hate crime” for sharing his testimony with a homosexual at a gas station. He faced a $10,000 fine and one year behind bars. Seven thousand dollars in legal fees later, [he] was ordered to attend re-education classes at the University of Wisconsin conducted by a lesbian.
  • St. Petersburg, Florida. Five Christians including two pastors were arrested at a homosexual rally for stepping onto the public sidewalk instead staying caged in their officially designated “free speech zone.”
  • Elmira, New York. The Elmira police arrested seven Christians for praying in a public park where a homosexual festival was getting started.
  • Crystal Lake, Illinois. Two 16 year old girls are facing felony “hate crime” charges for the content of their flyers.
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, and Linda Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10 (along with nine others), were arrested for sharing their faith on the public sidewalk.
  • Folger said the testimony from the grandmothers can be seen and heard at the Stop Hate Crimes Now website.

    “Just how many cases do we need to cite before America stands up and stops the bill that will criminalize Christianity?” she asked.

    “It will criminalize not just those willing to speak the truth and spread the Gospel in the public square, but those pastors, authors, radio hosts and anyone who ‘counsels, commands, induces or procures [the commission of a ‘hate crime’]’,” she said.

    Rev. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America, said the plan will “punish Christians for preaching certain biblical principles and lead to pastors being jailed in violation of their First Amendment rights as we have already witnessed in Europe.”

    A pastor in Europe already has served a prison term for preaching that the Bible condemns homosexuality.

    Scarborough said it is significant that the proposal to add the plan as an amendment “will bypass the Senate committee process, thereby denying significant debate on the legislation.”

    “If this bill passes, a pastor who preaches about homosexuality being sin could be prosecuted if someone who has heard his message commits a crime against a homosexual. The implications for conservative biblical pastors who have broadcast ministries are staggering. We cannot allow Christians to be dragged into court for simply fulfilling their biblical mandate of preaching the gospel,” said Scarborough, a Southern Baptist pastor who now is participating in a “70 Weeks to Save America” campaign.

    “It is clear the enemies of the cross are wickedly shrewd,” said Rusty Lee Thomas, of Elijah Ministries.

    Peter Sprigg, vice president for policy for the Family Research Council, said even with “speech protections” there are grave dangers.

    “We’ve seen it in states, with the Philadelphia 11, where they used ethnic intimidation laws. Intimidation is a broad term, it does not require any act of violence and intimidation is included in the definition of hate crime,” he told WND.

    “What we see and what we’ve seen repeatedly, when a crime occurs, the homosexual activists will inevitably blame it on the speech of people like us who oppose homosexual behavior,” he said.

    Sprigg cited the recent murder of a homosexual in California. Witnesses said the attackers were speaking Russian, so immediately nearby Slavic Christian churches came under suspicion, he said.

    Staver said a vote on the amendment could come as early as this week.

    “I think this bill is a significant threat, more so than most Americans realize,” he said.

    “I’ve seen situations where courts told mothers they cannot even expose their own children to teachings or messages that are ‘homophobic,'” he said “They construe anything that says homosexuality is wrong or immoral to be homophobic.”

    “Hate crimes legislation that includes sexual orientation is bad law because it criminalizes speech and does nothing to prevent violent crimes. All crimes are motivated by hate. Hate crimes laws will not be used to punish the perpetrator, but will be used to silence people of faith, religious groups, clergy, and those who support traditional moral values,” said Staver.

    The American Family Association earlier issued an “Action Alert” about the pending proposal.

    The Alliance Defense Fund, a leading advocate for freedom of speech in the U.S., analyzed the proposal and concluded “it is entirely constitutional for a person’s speech to be used to prove a crime was committed.”

    “And one’s speech (including reading materials, websites visited, sermons heard and preached) is particularly relevant when a component of the crime itself is politically incorrect motive,” the analysis said. “The chilling of speech that may result from such a regime is self-evident, whether the First Amendment is implicated or not.”

    Michael Marcavage of Repent America also has warned of the potential consequences.

    Former White House insider Chuck Colson, in his Breakpoint commentary, has labeled it a “Thought Crimes” plan.

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    Hillary Calls Claim of Felony ‘Fantasy’

    Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

    Lying again, or still as the case may be. And this is the person many want to lead this country? Sad, very sad.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton’s legal team denies a “smoking gun video” captures the New York Democrat and her campaign in the act of committing a felony, calling the assertion “pure fantasy” and “much ado about nothing.”

    As WND reported, the tape of a July 17, 2000, phone call was submitted as evidence to a California appeals court last month in a civil fraud suit by business mogul Peter Franklin Paul against the New York Democrat and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. WND reported in April that Paul charged the tape shows Sen. Clinton – despite denials throughout six years of investigation – taking an active role in the production of a lavish Hollywood fundraiser in August 2000 that eventually cost him nearly $2 million.

    Paul contends Sen. Clinton’s participation in soliciting performers and planning the event would make his more than $1.2 million in contributions a direct donation to her Senate campaign rather than to a joint fundraising committee, violating federal statutes that limit “hard money” contributions to a candidate to $2,000 per person. Knowingly accepting or soliciting $25,000 or more in a calendar year is a felony carrying a prison sentence of up to five years.

    The videotape was filed with the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles County as evidence in an appeal of an April 7, 2006, decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz granting Sen. Clinton her motion to be dismissed from the case based on the state’s anti-SLAPP law, which, under the First Amendment, protects politicians from frivolous lawsuits during their election campaigns.

    Paul’s attorneys have argued Sen. Clinton violated the federal code and, therefore, according to the law, would not be covered by the anti-SLAPP statute.

    In his April 2006 ruling, Munoz scheduled a trial to begin March 27 this year, but it was delayed when in September he ruled the discovery process – which likely would require the former president and his wife to testify under oath – could not proceed until the anti-SLAPP appeal is resolved.

    Paul maintains that whether or not Sen. Clinton is a defendant or material witness, his claim against the Clintons would not be affected. But he says he rejects the idea Sen. Clinton “should be released as a defendant through her abuse of the First Amendment protections” and “her perversion of the intent of the Anti-SLAPP law to protect poorly funded politicians from oppressive law suits.”

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    “Teaching Homosexuality to Kids” by Rebecca Hagelin

    Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

    Quick question: Who thinks there isn’t enough frank sexual information forced on today’s kids? Is the bar for acceptable sexual behavior still too high? You would think so when reading a recent Washington Post article titled “A More Candid Approach to Sex-Ed.”

    As many parents know, most sex-ed classes are already candid enough, thank you very much. The last thing we need is for anyone to spice them up or further complicate what should be a pretty simple subject. But that’s what schools in Montgomery County, Maryland plan to do by introducing lessons on homosexuality to 8th and 10th graders — lessons that serve to further the radical homosexual activist agenda.

    Those in 8th grade, for example, may be asked to ponder their “gender identity.” Is this the same thing as your actual gender, which should be, ummm, obvious by this time? No. Students are told that it’s “your identification of yourself as a man or a woman, based on the gender you feel to be inside.” You could be a boy trapped in a girl’s body, or vice versa. Or something in between, it seems. Since when did knowing one’s gender get so … difficult? My goodness, isn’t there enough out there to confuse our children without asking them to question whether they are really a boy or truly a girl? Have we gone mad?

    Whatever your true identity, though, you can bet it is “innate,” the 8th graders are told. To be certain they understand, the curriculum defines “innate” as “determined by factors present in an individual from birth.” In short, gays are born, not made, so “straights” can’t say homosexuality or bisexuality is wrong. (Does that apply to those who prefer bestiality or pedophilia? Just wondering …) What’s needed, then, is “tolerance,” which the curriculum says is “the ability to accept others’ differences and allow them to be who they are without expressing disapproval.” Does the same logic apply to other abnormal or harmful behaviors? Do we say, “Oh, so you’re an alcoholic — good for you!” Or, “Tendencies toward kleptomania? Well, don’t let me stand in your way!”? I think not.

    Students in 10th grade, meanwhile, read “coming out” stories from homosexuals, a bi-sexual and one “transgendered” individual. “Esperanza,” for example, tells them:

    “I’ve known for a long time that I am a lesbian. When I was a little girl, my grandfather would read me a bedtime story before I went to sleep. Sometimes, he would read fairy tales about a beautiful princess and a charming prince who fell in love, got married and lived happily ever after. When he read those stories, I knew that when I grew up, I would marry the beautiful princess, not the prince. I didn’t begin to realize until I was much older that these kinds of feelings made me different from the other girls at school.”

    The curriculum contains a nod to abstinence, which it correctly notes, is “the only 100 percent effective way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.” But this is one sentence tucked into an explicit “Condom Use Demonstration Lesson.” That’s right — a condom demonstration. Bet no one is sleeping through that class! But I do wonder what’s going on the minds of the girls and boys as they are forced to sit through such humiliating and degrading conversations and “instruction.” Do they think that adults expect them to behave like animals? Do their young, impressionable souls feel crushed at how little character we think they have? As I point out in my book, Home Invasion, and in my speeches nationwide, the underlying message our young people are getting is this: We adults believe you have no morals, no self-control, no courage, no conscience.

    We are teaching our children a lie — a lie that robs them of the joys of childhood and their best futures. Why shouldn’t we expect the very best from them? And why are we afraid to teach them the truth? We would never tell our little boys and girls to engage in “safe drug use” or to “smoke responsibly.” We don’t hesitate to put our foot down in other areas of life. So why should it be different when it comes to setting standards for sexual behavior?

    Besides, exposing kids to graphic sex-ed is just plain stupid. As the mother of two teenage boys, I’m amazed at the naivetè of those who believe that young men have the ability to listen to detailed discussions of condom usage and sexual activities in one class and then concentrate on such exciting topics as, say, algebra and chemistry in the next.

    Just as significant is what the Montgomery County sex curriculum doesn’t say. There’s no emphasis on the serious health risks associated with homosexual behavior. And, as the grassroots group Citizens for a Responsible Curriculum (CRC) notes, “Nowhere is abstinence or sex placed within the context of marriage. The word marriage is not mentioned in the 8th or the 10th grade lessons.” Not surprising, really: According to CRC, the 10th grade resource was developed by a homosexual advocacy group named Project 10, which is “dedicated to providing educational support services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth who attend public school campuses.”

    Not every school community is as bad as Montgomery County. But some are, and others fall somewhere in between. Do you know what your schools teach? If not, I encourage you to stop by and check out the sex ed curriculum over the summer. If it’s offensive to core values and decency, if it degrades your sons and daughters, do what the brave folks at CRC did and make your voice heard.

    As a parent, you have the right and responsibility to ensure that your children aren’t being bombarded or brainwashed by radical activists. The good folks at CRC can give you guidance on how to organize. Learn from others — you’re not alone.

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