Archive for September 14th, 2009

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:5-11 (New International Version)

Bible Ban Case May Go to Supreme Court

Monday, September 14th, 2009

The Institute is representing Donna Busch who was invited to read the Bible to her son’s class in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. John Whitehead, founder of The Rutherford Institute, summarizes the case, which began in October 2004.

“They had a week where the child in the kindergarten class could read their favorite book — and his favorite book was the Bible, and she wanted to read a few passages from the Psalms,” Whitehead explains. “It wasn’t anything about Jesus or whatever. It was one of those Psalms that talks about God, but it’s not overtly religious.”

Busch went to the school on the scheduled day, but ran into a problem upon arriving. “The principal actually met her at the school door, knew she was coming, and said she couldn’t bring the Bible in the school,” he says. “But [the principal] said they could go ahead and read from another book, a Halloween book — which many people consider Halloween a religious holiday because it deals with spirits and ghosts — but you couldn’t read from the Bible.”

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Thousands March in D.C. to Protest Obama Spending

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Obama and the Democrats better listen…

WASHINGTON – Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the president’s health care plan with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” and “I’m not your ATM.”

The line of protesters clogged several blocks near capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Demonstrators chanted “enough, enough” and “We the People.” Others yelled “You lie, you lie!” and “Pelosi has to go,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Throngs of people waved U.S. flags and held signs reading “Go Green Recycle Congress” and “I’m Not Your ATM.” Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of “judgment day” – Election Day 2010.

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Jennifer Rast at the Scriptorium had this to say:

The Tea Party protest in Washington D.C. today went beyond a huge success! It’s possibly the largest protest to ever rock the Capitol. Naturally, the MSM did it’s best to under report the events and then under estimate the number of protesters. When Democrats protest the numbers get grossly inflated, but when somewhere between several hundred thousand and a million or more protesters converge on Washington, the Press calls it “tens of thousands of people”. WHAT? More like tens of hundreds of thousands. Let us not be discouraged by the Lame Stream Media though. Obama got to fly over the “mob” of “astroturfers” he’s been whining about in every speech lately in Marine One, as he escaped to his own puny rally, and he got to see how huge the opposition to his socialism and over spending is.

Congress better be paying attention. The protest in D.C. was just one of 200 protests that took place around the country, all with equally gratifying turnout. Can you hear us now, Congress? I’m betting they did when the throngs of “Bible totin, clingin to their guns and religion” protesters shouted those words together at the conclusion of todays march on Washington. If they heard that thunderous roar from the streets, they would be wise to pay attention and remember who they work for.

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Second Temple Pilgrimage Route Uncovered

Monday, September 14th, 2009

I love Holy Land archeology. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

(IsraelNN.com) Archaeologists have uncovered a section of a stone-paved street with stairs which connected the Temple Mount with the Pool of Shiloach (Siloam). The section is about 550 meters south of the Temple Mount, and is believed to be the point at which pilgrims began to ascend by foot to the Temple during Second Temple times (516 BCE – 70 CE).

The archaeological dig at the location is being conducted by the Nature and Parks Authority, with the sponsorship of the Elad nonprofit organization. Prof. Roni Reich of Haifa University and Eli Shukrun of the Antiquities Authority are in charge of the excavation.

The existence of this section of the street has been known for over a hundred years, ever since it was first uncovered in the years 1894-97 by British archaeologists Frederick Bliss and Archibald Dickie, who were sponsored by the Palestine Exploration Fund. The two covered the street section with dirt when they completed the dig, for its protection. Additional sections of the street were uncovered and then covered again, in digs by Jones in 1937 and Kathleen Kenyon in 1961-67.

The street was Jerusalem’s central street, ascending northward from the north-western corner of the Pool of Shiloach. Another part of the street is exposed and runs across the western side of the Temple Mount.

The section uncovered in the present dig is a narrow strip, one to two meters wide, along the street’s western shoulder. The street is paved in familiar Second Temple style, in alternating narrow and wide steps.

Another section of street and a large drainage canal were uncovered nearby about two years ago.

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ACORN Fires More Officials for Helping ‘Pimp,’ ‘Prostitute’ in Washington Office

Monday, September 14th, 2009

Twice now the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) was caught in sting operations assisting people in setting up prostitution operations. It’s unbelievable that this organization is still getting federal tax dollars.

Two more ACORN officials were fired Friday after a second video surfaced showing staffers in the community organizers’ Washington office offering to help a man and woman posing as a pimp and prostitute acquire illegal home loans that would help them set up a brothel.

The firings came less than 24 hours after another pair of ACORN officials from the group’s Baltimore office were canned for instructing the “pimp” and “prostitute” how to falsify tax forms and seek illegal benefits for 13 “very young” girls from El Salvador that pair said they wanted to import to work as child prostitutes.

Both of the encounters were videotaped on a hidden camera wielded by 25-year-old independent filmmaker James O’Keefe, posing as the pimp — tapes that have ignited calls for investigations of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

The United States Census Director has sent a letter to the National Headquarters of ACORN notifying the group that it will no longer help work on the 2010 census.

The group’s leaders said Friday they were “appalled and angry” at what their staffers had done, but insisted the videos were part of a political “smear” campaign and not representative of the institution as a whole.

“But that does not excuse the behavior of the employees,” wrote ACORN’s president Alton Bennet and executive director Mike Shea. “We have fired them and are initiating an internal review of practices and reminding all staff of their obligation to uphold the highest legal and ethical standards.”

Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., called for a hearing to investigate ACORN’s tax filing assistance programs following the release of the videos he said suggested multiple incidents of tax fraud.

“In light of the apparent flagrant and willful attempts to suborn tax fraud, I … (am seeking) a hearing of the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee as soon as practicable to investigate ACORN’s activities,” he said Friday.

O’Keefe, the filmmaker, was accompanied by 20-year-old Hannah Giles, who posed as a prostitute. On a videotape of their visit to ACORN’s Washington’s office, they are seen receiving guidance to establish the woman as the sole proprietor of a bogus company to mask the nature of her business.

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