Archive for January 29th, 2009

“The First 72 Hours in Obama’s White House” by Chuck Colson

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

President Obama overturned the Mexico City policy, meaning that hundreds of millions of your tax dollars will go to groups that aggressively promote and perform abortions. In his inaugural address, the President said that he would free science from its restraints and restore it to its rightful place. Translate that to mean that taxpayers are going to be funding embryo-destructive research (despite the fact that all the successes in such research have come about using adult stem cells).

So it is very clear that the question of life and how we view it, which is central to everything, is on the table. And Christians must be compelled to defend the sanctity of life at every stage, from conception to natural death; it’s integral to the Gospel.

As the late Fr. Richard Neuhaus and I argued in an Evangelicals and Catholics Together document, “…Christians who support the legal license to kill the innocent… [must] consider whether they have not set themselves against the will of God and, to that extent, separated themselves from the company of Christian discipleship.” Strong words.

But the life issue is not just one cause out of many that conservative Christians are concerned with; it is the overriding, overarching issue, with implications for every other issue, as I will be discussing in the next few days.

As we watch the new administration unfold, we must be in constant prayer for our new leader, as the Bible commands. Now I know how politics work, I’m not naive, but the survival of our way of life is at stake. So we must be praying hard-fervently- that President Obama will listen to wise counselors—and then have the courage to do the right thing.

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“Suddenly Obama has Muslim Roots” by Steven Edwards

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

During the U.S presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s handlers vigourously pointed out his Christian faith whenever the misconception arose he may be Muslim (even though the politically correct response should have been his religion doesn’t matter).

The handlers also roundly denounced any conservative commentator who might mention (mischievously, admittedly) his Arabic middle name, Hussein.

They charged that such usage was “fear mongering.”

Once elected, however, he personally insisted on his middle name being spoken at his swearing-in ceremony.

And now – in a gesture to the Muslim world – he has not only granted the first sit-down interview of his presidency to a pan-Arab television network, but uses the occasion to gush about his Muslim ties.

“I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries,” Obama tells Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, which is based in Dubai.

Indeed, Obama’s Kenyan father, Barack Sr., was born into a Muslim family – though he became an atheist before arriving in Hawaii, where Obama Jr. was later born.

Obama also famously spent four years as a boy in Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country.

All that’s fine, except why was no one allowed to talk much about it before he snagged the Electoral College majority?

Obama’s unprecedented decision to shun American domestic networks over his first sit-down appeared aimed at sending a signal to the Muslim world that his administration marks a distinct break with that of George W. Bush.

Like we didn’t get that message from his pledge to close the detention camps at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba without so much as a plan for where he’ll transfer its terror suspects.

But much of the interview, broadcast Tuesday, offered troubling stuff for anyone who believes the West isn’t to blame for the Islamic world’s wrath.

Obama agreed with Melhem’s inference that Bush’s use of terms like “war on terror” and “Islamic fascism” demonized all Muslims.

“I think you’re making a very important point, and that is the language we use matters …” Obama said.

“We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name.”

True. But there was nothing particularly Bushist about the “war on terror” term, and a helpful Wikipedia entry explains how it dates at least to the 19th century.

Obama confirmed he intends to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital during the first 100 days of his presidency, but resisted Melhem’s bid to know which one.

Of course, the smart money is on the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, while you can pretty much rule out Baghdad.

“You’re going to see me following through with dealing with a drawdown of troops in Iraq, so that Iraqis can start taking more responsibility,” he said.

Obama explained he is going to educate people in both the United States and the Muslim world on how to get along.

“My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives,” he said.

“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”

So that’s the simple formula we’ve been we’ve been missing. Stay tuned to the new president for a couple of deftly worded, and theatrically delivered speeches – and centuries of Western-Islamic division will miraculously disappear.

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“Sorry for the Fringe on Top?” by Cheryl Felicia Rhoads

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I was listening to Bill Bennett’s radio show and this guy calls in, all upset that he voted for Barack Obama. So then the disgruntled caller was asked why he’d voted the way he did? The man – a white construction worker – replied he’d been angry and wanted to punish the Republicans.” But now it turns out he regrets having voted for Obama, due to that recent statement by the new administration’s Rob Reich…you know – the one about how they would NOT be helping white construction workers? This guy then admitted to Bennett, that he knew he’d been selfish in casting his vote. Yes, the construction worker confessed he ignored all warnings re: candidate Obama, because while punishing Republicans, he also felt that President Obama might help him personally. Hmmm…with all the concerns about Obama’s radical ties, etcselfish?

Do ya think?

This is annoying enough, but then there are those who were concerned during the election, but now seem even more upset by Obama’s less than bipartisan first week. Perhaps they’d lulled themselves into a false sense of security because Obama had a friendly meal over at George Will’s house?

Is anybody really surprised by Obama’s Gitmo order or his rescinding the New Mexico deal with funding for abortions? Is anyone stunned that the so-called “Stimulus package” is a Christmas wish list for Democrat constituencies? (Though in actuality, they’d reject the term “Christmas” They’d call it a “Holiday Wish List”)

At least Obama’s first Presidential interview as President reached out to the Christian Broadcast Network and Jewish Television (wait a sec…he didn’t do that) …he went on Arabic Television.

So now we watch with baited breath as not-so-healing leftist fringe goals are rolled out, like those trailers of coming attractions that completely wear you out – before the film that you’d hoped to see in the first place!

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