Archive for March 5th, 2008

Obama’s Bible Defense of Same-Sex Unions Wrong, Experts Say

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

(CNSNews.com) – In a stump speech at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, on Sunday, Sen. Barack Obama said his support for same-sex unions is rooted in the New Testament’s Sermon on the Mount, as reported by Cybercast News Service.

But theologians and other experts don’t agree on what Obama’s biblical reference meant.

“If he’s finding support for same-sex marriage from the Sermon on the Mount, he’s reading a different Bible than I’ve ever read,” Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy with the Christian Focus on the Family, told Cybercast News Service.

“I think Obama needs to grapple with the words of Jesus on the meaning of marriage,” Minnery said.

“Hasn’t he ever read Matthew 19:4 that the creator made the male and female? In other words, you cannot believe what Jesus said in Matthew and that Jesus endorsed same-sex marriage. It’s inconsistent,” Minnery said.

Rev. Jesse Peterson, founder and president of the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), told Cybercast News Service that it may be more a case of politics than theology that inspired Obama’s comments.

“When I first heard Obama comment on the Sermon on the Mount and homosexuality I couldn’t grasp any relationship between the two,” Peterson said.

“There is no correlation at all. The Sermon on the Mount is for the saints, and it explains their suffering and their reward as a result of suffering for what is right for Christ’s sake. It doesn’t give blessings or approval to homosexual unions,” he said.

“I think maybe Senator Obama came up with the wrong passage,” Peterson said. “Unless he is just trying to deceive the people. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, but he could be so desperate to win he’ll just say anything.”

But Tony Campolo – professor emeritus at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, ordained minister, spiritual adviser to Bill Clinton, and founder of the liberal Christian group, Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education – told Cybercast News Service that he thinks Obama’s reference to the Sermon on the Mount was meant to highlight the core message of the Christian faith.

“He’s saying, very carefully, that I personally believe that gay marriage is contrary to the teaching of Scripture,” said Campolo. “He’s very clear about that.

“He takes Paul (Romans 1:27) seriously, but he is saying ‘in my own ideology,’ Jesus is speaking to the needs of the poor, standing up against violence, opposing war, standing up against capital punishment. These are values that are pervasive in the Sermon on the Mount and in my politics, this is what I want to emphasize,” he said.

Minnery said he is familiar with Campolo and his Red Letter Christians, who put more stock in Christ’s teaching than the other teachings in the Bible, but biblical interpretation can only go so far, he said.

“I think (Obama) is taking one aspect of the Christian faith and going to ridiculous ends with it,” Minnery said. “Plainly, Jesus evoked one man and one woman as the meaning of marriage, and Tony Campolo and Barack Obama are trying to have it both ways.

“For example, Barack Obama says he’s for traditional marriage and yet he stands against the very thing that will preserve it, which is the Defense of Marriage Act,” said Minnery.

Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said it is a mistake for Obama to look to the Bible as a playbook for his political aspirations.

“It seems pretty bogus using (the Bible) to justify civil unions,” McCaffrey told Cybercast News Service. “He should be using secular reasons to back it up.

“He can search the whole Bible and not find anything that justifies gay marriage or same-sex unions,” she said.

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Poverty Report by ‘Left-Wingers’ Ignores Major Factors, Says Researcher

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Robert Rector, one of the country’s leading national experts on poverty, says a new report detailing the income and education gaps between black and white Americans ignores the three major causes of poverty.

A study recently released by the Eisenhower Foundation concludes that America has failed to meet the goal of President Lyndon Johnson’s Kerner Commission — a reduction in poverty, inequality, racial injustice, and crime. The report finds blacks are three times as likely and Hispanics twice as likely as whites to live in “deep poverty, below half the poverty line.” According to the report, black unemployment has continued to be twice as high as white unemployment over the past four decades. It also concludes that minorities receive longer prison sentences than whites for the same crimes.

According to Rector, the report completely ignores the three major causes of poverty. “One is that 69 percent of black children are born out of wedlock and those children are raised without a father in the home,” he says. “The second is lower levels of work and more welfare receipt; if you’re on welfare, [it] doesn’t pay enough for you to get out of poverty. The third is low levels of actual educational attainment — real math and verbal skills.” He argues that if adjustments are made for those three factors, white children and black children have exactly the same poverty rate.

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Climate Scientists Meet in NYC to Challenge Gore, U.N.

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Many scientist do not believe in man made global warming.

NEW YORK – Global warming is a natural process, not likely the result of human activities, argued more than 100 internationally prominent environmental scientists in papers presented at the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, which concluded here today.

The conference, organized by the Heartland Institute, sought to refute the contention promoted by Al Gore and the U.N. that there is an “established scientific consensus” that human beings are causing the earth to warm catastrophically. The event attracted more than 500 people, including scientists, economists, policy experts and members of the public from around the world.

“The purpose of the conference is to provide a platform for the hundreds of scientists, economists, and policy experts who dissent from the so-called ‘consensus’ on global warming,” said Joseph Bast, president of the Chicago-based Heartland Institute. “This is their chance to speak out.”

“Is global warming ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ as Vice President Al Gore charges, or a ‘Global Warming Swindle?’ Harriet Johnson, spokeswoman for the Heartland Institute asked in a statement distributed at the start of the three-day conference.

“The alarmists in the global warming debate have had their say – over and over again, in every newspaper in the country practically every day and in countless news reports and documentary films,” a notice on the Heartland Institute website proclaims. “But they have lost the debate.”

Environmental scientist S. Fred Singer kicked off the conference by releasing a report entitled, “Nature, Not Human Activity Rules the Climate,” summarizing a three-year international scientific research project conducted by the Nongovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or NIPCC, that Singer headed.

“There are many factors that affect the climate,” Singer told WND. “What we can now exclude by scientific evidence is the argument that greenhouse gases are an important factor in causing global warming.”

Singer and the NIPCC agree that global warming occurred in the 20th century, but disagree human activity is responsible. He argues instead that natural causes are likely to be the dominant cause of the scientifically observed global warming under discussion.

The NIPCC scientists contend the U.N. agenda “is largely hypothetical and not sustained by observations” driven by complex mathematical models.

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California Schools Teaching Communism

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Just when we think the liberal California education system can’t get any worse…

A new plan by a California lawmaker would allow schools to be used to promote the overthrow of the U.S. government, and let teachers in public district classrooms “inculcate in the mind of any pupil a preference for communism,” according to a traditional values advocacy organization.

“Just when we thought the indoctrination in California’s public schools couldn’t get any worse, state lawmakers introduce bills that will further brainwash innocent children,” said a statement from Capitol Resource Institute, a traditional values and family advocacy organization based in California.

“We’re in California. Of course it has a chance of succeeding,” CRI spokeswoman Karen England told WND. “These people get bolder and bolder every year.”

Her organization, along with several others, already has been battling over lawmakers’ orders, already placed in law, that public schools in the state teach nothing but positive messages about homosexuality, transsexuality, bisexuality and other alternative lifestyles.

Those plans are being challenged in court, by citizens’ attempts to place the issue on the 2008 election ballot and by family advocates who say the best option is for families to abandon public schools for private schools or other alternatives.

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Dozens of Missing Schoolchildren Feared Forced into Arranged Marriages

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

Dozens of children are missing from school amid fears they have been forced into arranged marriages, it was revealed yesterday.

In Bradford, 33 children remain “unaccounted for” after being off school for at least two months with no explanation.

The Government is also concerned about another 14 areas of the country where it is feared children under 16 could also be missing from school rolls.

The figures were disclosed yesterday by Children’s Minister Kevin Brennan during evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, which is investigating the controversial issue of forced marriages.

He revealed the results of worrying inquiries by officials in Bradford, a city with a substantial Asian population.

The national Forced Marriage Unit was set up three years ago to tackle the problem regarded as “an abuse of human rights and a form of domestic violence”.

Laws coming into force this summer will allow victims to obtain court injunctions against anyone trying to force them to marry.

A spokesman for the department of children, schools and families said there was no evidence the “missing” children had been forced into marriage but Bradford was an area where “a forced marriage problem has been reported”.

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