Archive for October, 2010

“GOP Candidate Jay Townsend Takes on Chuck Schumer in Debate for US Senate Seat” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

On Sunday evening, October 24th, GOP candidate Jay Townsend challenged incumbent Charles Schumer (D) for the coveted US Senate seat in New York in an hour long televised debate sponsored by the cable channel NY1. The debate was held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY and was carried on the YNN channel for upstate New York viewers.

Jay Townsend is a seasoned political consultant, small business owner from Hudson Valley, and a decidedly pro-Israel candidate. In a July 2010 interview Townsend told Israel National News, “I don’t believe that Israeli settlements are an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. That is patently ridiculous. I don’t believe that the creation of a Palestinian state will bring peace to this war torn region and I vehemently oppose the creation of a state that would represent an existential threat to Israel’s security. I would certainly support Israel’s right to defend herself against the Iranian nuclear threat because that is in America’s best interest. Over the last six months, Senator Schumer has held press conferences on such inane issues as airline baggage fees, the increase of salt in cheeseburgers, sunscreen and Facebook but he won’t utter a word of protest regarding the president’s treatment of Israel. His silence on the pressure Israel is facing from this administration and his silence on the Iranian nuclear threat has been deafening. Senators can make noise and they are indeed in a unique position to make such noise and I plan to do just that.”

During the head to head matchup, Townsend repeatedly ripped into the Democratic incumbent who is running for his third term in the Senate, saying Schumer’s record has been a disaster for New York. They took on hot button issues including the stimulus bill, financial regulation of Wall Street and the healthcare reform bill.

“The stimulus bill was a lie, and a fraud and a farce upon the American people. Senator Schumer, you sound like the sixth grader who keeps telling his teacher that his dog ate his homework”, Townsend said during the debate. He also charged Schumer with working in tandem with the Obama administration and selling out New York for the “Obama-Pelosi-Schumer agenda”. He said that Schumer was “so blinded by dreams of becoming Senate leader” that he voted for an early version of the health-care bill that shortchanged New York state by $1 billion so he could “curry favor” with fellow Democrats “who will then vote for him to become majority leader.”

Townsend also kept hammering away at the “Obamacare” healthcare reform bill that he said would “bankrupt the country.”

According to an October 12th report on the “Israel Matzav” blog, Senator Schumer is campaigning for Joe Sestak, a senatorial candidate from Pennsylvania who, according to the blog, “Took money from Soros Street (which wrote Richard Goldstone’s defense case and escorted him around Capitol Hill) and from CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) which the Democrats’ leader-in-waiting has deemed to have terrorist ties. Sestak may already be a dead duck. But what is Chuck Schumer, the great friend of Israel, doing with this guy? Schumer has had it both ways of late. He’s made heartfelt speeches to AIPAC and grumbled about Obama in the Jewish media, but when it comes to the national Democratic stage, he seems to jettison all those concerns. At some point, Schumer’s pro-Israel supporters may want a more consistent advocate for their cause.”

INN recently met with Jay Townsend who said of his support of Israel, “I look forward to working with those in New York State who also defend Israel’s right to exist and who realize that the security of the United States is dependent on Israel’s security. As an United States senator representing the great people of the state of New York, I consider this to be an issue of paramount importance and if I’m elected, I will make it a top priority while in the Senate.”

According to the latest Marist poll, Schumer leads Townsend by 28 percentage points among likely voters. The Townsend campaign has called on the entire electorate of New York State to come out to the polls on November 2nd to make their voices heard.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“SETTLEMENTS ARE NOT AN OBSTACLE TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST” by Fern Sidman

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Michael Faulkner

This may be the first time that the Rev. Michael Faulkner is running for elected office, but it is not the first time that Faulkner is running. If the name sounds at all familiar, especially to sports fans, it is because this passionate Christian evangelical minister is also a former NY Jets defensive lineman and has more than ample practice achieving his goals both on the gridiron and on the field of life.

Israel National News spoke with Rev. Faulkner (R) about his campaign to unseat his political rival, Charles Rangel (D-NY); a political icon who has spent the last 40 years representing the people of Manhattan’s 15th congressional district, which includes the upper West Side, Harlem and Washington Heights.

Rangel, the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has been the subject of media scrutiny as of late because of 13 violations of congressional ethics standards that were leveled against him by House investigators. The allegations include failure to report rental income from vacation property in the Dominican Republic and hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional income and assets on his financial disclosure statements. Other charges focused on Rangel’s use of congressional staff and stationery to raise money for a college center in New York named after him; accepting favors and benefits from the donors that may have influenced his congressional actions; use of a subsidized New York apartment as a campaign office instead of a residence; and misuse of the congressional free mail privilege.

“I am throwing my hat in the ring and running for Congress because I personally feel, as do my consituents, that greed and corruption is choking the life out of our government” said Faulkner. We are living during one of those times in history when people are saying enough is enough. We need representatives in Congress who do not have a personal agenda, but rather we must elect those who seek to solve the problems that government has imposed on the people. I have always believed that the highest calling is to serve the powerless and to speak for the voiceless,” he continued.

Rev. Faulkner’s position as pastor of the New Horizon Church in Harlem has allowed him to tune in to and gain a hands-on understanding of the issues effecting his constituency. Having received his ordination in December of 1991, Faulkner has rooted himself in the community he serves by leading the ministries specifically geared toward junior and senior high school students as well as managing the church’s programs for the homeless, the prison ministry and an HIV/AIDS program. During his tenure as a minister, numerous city and community outreach programs were conceived and implemented including the development of The Institute for Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to making future leaders of the city’s youth. He is a 1992-1993 Coro Leadership New York Fellow and has served as regional chaplain for the New York State Office of Family and Children Services, vice president for community government relations at King’s College and advisor to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a member of the Task Force on Police Community Relations and Commissioner for the City Charter Revision.

“The jobless rate is my community and others like it is staggering” said Faulkner. “My plan for creating jobs is based on something we call “Jobenomics” which is based on a book by economist Chuck Vollmer, with a goal of creating 20 million private sector jobs by the year 2020. The Jobenomics initiative is focused on teaching people to achieve personal freedom and dignity through finding and maintaining meaningful work. Jobenomics will provide mentoring from established coaches and successful individuals. We have also secured relationships with various lending institutions to assist qualified businesses to receive the microfinance loans to these small businesses which have been traditionally underserved by mainstream financial institutions”, declared Faulkner.

Faulkner takes issue with the Obama administration’s policy of entitlements and government bailouts. “I don’t believe in entitlements because I feel it diminishes the dignity and value of the American worker. The Talmud explains that the highest form of charity is to give in such a way as to affirm a person’s dignity, worth and value. This means that it is much more valuable to give a person a job, meaning a hand up, rather than a check for not working such as a hand out. I will support entrepreneurial initiatives in my community which expand economic opportunities, foster a path to economic self-reliance, and restore the promise of the American Dream”, he intoned.

As to the thorny issue of health care reform, Rev. Faulkner weighs in on his opinion of the Obamacare plan. “This bill was signed into law before any legislators had read it completely, which means they committed the American public and taxpayers to undisclosed and undetermined costs for benefits that will not be fully realized within 10 years”, says Faulkner. “The health care industry is extremely complex. The amount of federal controls and regulations that were added to this bill to ensure its enforcement are dangerous. I believe a great deal could have been accomplished with stronger tort reform and a deregulation of the interstate health insurance provision. Such deregulation would allow for competition between insurance companies, which would have eventually driven down the cost. We all now wait with baited breath for exactly what these costs will be to every American. This healthcare reform bill is detrimental to New Yorkers as it will cause the loss of thousands of jobs throughout the state and will be responsible for the closure of hundreds of community health care facilities including hospitals and nursing homes”, he said.

Rev. Faulkner tells INN that he is looking forward to speaking out and making a difference on issues pertaining to foreign affairs as well while in Congress. “Let’s make it abundantly clear. The pressure that Israel faces under the current administration has got to stop”, says Faulkner. “Look, I am a proud Zionist and not not ashamed to admit it. I am also a Christian evangelical and my total support is behind Israel because I am enjoined by scripture. I can tell you that millions of other Christian evangelicals feel the same way that I do. We have got to get the message out that the security of the United States is inextricably tied to Israel’s security and we have to do everything in our power to ensure that Israel’s security is not compromised”, he declared.

When asked about President Obama’s plans to compel the Netanyahu government to extend the freeze on settlement construction in Judea, Samaria and parts of East Jerusalem, Faulkner says, ‘I am tired of hearing the words ‘occupation’ and ‘return to 1967 borders’ when it comes to defining Israel because that simply is not the case. Israel is not an occupying power and thus anyone who says that Jewish settlement construction is an obstacle to peace in the Middle East is just using that as a smokescreen. The real obstacle to peace in that region are terrorists such as Hamas, Hezbollah and other Iranian proxies.”

As to Rev. Faulkner’s perspectives on the creation of a Palestinian state, he says, “The Palestinians could have had an independent state in the past but they didn’t come to the table. Israel has made territorial compromises and has proffered numerous peace proposals, only to be with resistance by those who really do not want peace. Any proposal for the creation of a Palestinian state must come from Israel and not the US and if such a state is established it must be demilitarized for security reasons.”

Expressing anger at the myopic view of the Obama administration as it pertains to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Faulkner says, “Obama has participated in the delegitimization of Israel through his maltreatment of our best friend and stalwart ally in the region. By doing so he helps to fuel feelings of anti-Semitism. Where does he come off meddling in the internal affairs of Israel? Doesn’t our president understand that our best hope for peace lies in solidifying our relationship with Israel rather than alienating her? Doesn’t he comprehend the fact that any attack on the Jewish people and their land will be the harbinger for attacks on Christians and other peoples of the Western world?”

Concerning the Iranian nuclear arms threat, Rev Faulkner is quite clear. “You cannot appease these people because they are driven to destroy the West. I don’t feel our president should be traveling to the Middle East and apologizing for America’s support for Israel. Iran and Syria must be taken to task for underwriting and hosting terrorism in the region and the US should make it clear that we will not negotiate with terrorists under any conditions.”

Citing the significance of the upcoming November 2nd mid-term elections, Rev. Faulkner makes a heartfelt appeal: “This is a most important and critical election that will help define the trajectory that our country, and the world for that matter, is taking. The Jewish people have the opportunity to help Israel through their participation in the electoral process. I look forward to working with my Jewish supporters to make our country stronger and better for future generations.”

Rev. Faulkner’s candidacy has received endorsements from FOX TV commentator Sean Hannity, the New Era Democrats, the Frederick Douglass Foundation, the East Harlem Concerned Pastors, Operation Black Storm, the Black Republicans PAC, the New York and National Right to Life parties, Newt Gingrich, the Republican Party of the State of New York, the Libertarian Party of the State of New York, Harold Augustus, West Harlem Senior Citizen Center, Howard Bernstein, West Harlem Senior Citizen Center, Apostle Edwards, One Way International Ministry, Yvonne Russell, Financial Network, Pastor Nelson, President, World International Chaplaincy, Pastor Debra L Smith, Christ Holiness Temple, Bishop Randall B. Gillis, Overseer, El Shaddei Church, Deacon Diaz, Calvary Baptist Church, Pastor Michael Bozwa, Zion Tabernacle and Chaplain Desiree Bernstien, United Chaplains of the State of New York.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“Turning Churches Against Israel” by Mark Tooley

Monday, October 25th, 2010

“With God on Our Side,” the new anti-Israel movie produced by an evangelical pastor and aimed at evangelical audiences, is touring America this month, with anti-Israel British Anglican priest Stephen Sizer in tow. On October 27, it was originally going to be screened in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, doubtless hoping to appeal to young evangelical Congressional staffers, whose numbers and influence likely will increase in the new Congress. Now, for whatever reason, it instead will screen at a Lutheran church on Capitol Hill.

The Evangelical Left is anxious to neutralize evangelicals as America’s typically most pro-Israel demographic, especially by focusing on the plight of Palestinian Christians, who are portrayed as victims exclusively of Israeli oppression. “With God on Our Side,” predictably, portrays pro-Israel Christians as mindless zealots indifferent to Palestinian suffering and exploiting Israeli Jews as merely tools for precipitating the Second Coming. Hapless quotes from Christian Zionists are contrasted with thoughtful articulations from Palestinian Christians and other pro-Palestinian advocates.

Anglican priest Stephen Sizer, prominently featured in the film, bewails Christian Zionism on his website: “Aspects of this belief system lead some Christians in the West to give uncritical support to Israeli government policies, even those that privilege Jews at the expense of Palestinians, leading to great suffering among Muslim and Christian Palestinians alike and threatening Israel’s security as a whole.”

Rev. Sizer essentially advocates a Helen Thomas sort of theology. His blog even acclaimed Thomas for exclaiming that Jews need to “get out of Palestine” and go back to Poland or wherever. “Bring it on,” Sizer enthused in response to Thomas’s promise to keep speaking out. He has further explained:

“With God on our Side” is a direct challenge to the foolish idea that Christian Zionism has any biblical or moral foundation. It is an oxymoron, as absurd as to suggest that biblical Christianity and apartheid are in any way compatible. The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa tried and failed and eventually repented. Would that Christian Zionists did the same.”

Sizer is incredulous that Christians would “justify on theological grounds the theft of land, the demolition of homes, the destruction of property, the creation of ghettos and the denial of fundamental human rights, in order to create what is increasingly becoming a racist state.” He insists in his blog that Christian support for Israel challenges “our understanding of the gospel, the centrality of the cross, the role of the church, and the nature of our missionary mandate, not least, to the beloved Jewish people.” And he deplores Christian Zionism as a “heresy conclusively refuted by the New Testament.” Sizer and “With God on our Side” are unwilling to accept that many evangelicals and other Christians have substantive reasons for supporting Israel other than a grimacing expectation of the End Times. Israel’s democracy, pro-Western stance, and resistance to Islamist terror are just a few reasons that many Americans, Christian or not, affirm Israel against its many enemies. But Sizer and his film are largely uninterested in the transgressions, and inferior human rights records, of Israel’s primary foes. Nor are they usually willing to critique radical Islam.

Read the rest of the article here.

“AFSI EMBARKS ON 30th CHIZUK MISSION TO ISRAEL” by Fern Sidman

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

When their plane touches down at Ben Gurion airport on Monday, October 25th, the members of Americans For a Safe Israel will have marked the beginning of their 30th “chizuk” mission to Israel. “We are thrilled to mark this special anniversary with what promises to be one of our most outstanding programs ever”, said Helen Freedman, executive director of AFSI.

AFSI was founded in 1970 as an American counterpart to the Land of Israel Movement, which asserted Israel’s right—historic, religious and legal– to the territories that were liberated from Jordanian control in the 1967. AFSI has argued consistently that a strong territorially defensible Israel is essential to U.S. security interests in the region and that “land for peace” is a delusional policy. AFSI plays a significant role as a major political support group for the Jewish communities of Judea, Samaria and the Golan and supports the right of Israelis, free from outside interference, to live, thrive and expand their communities in all of the Land of Israel.

Helen and Anita at Yesodot

The AFSI tour schedule leaves little room for rest as participants will be visiting such places as the Be’er Ganim Project in Nitzanim, the Katif Center, the new communities of Nitzan, Bnei Dekalim, Amatzia, and Neta in order to provide support and succor to those living there. Israel Danziger of Mishmeret Yesha will also be joining the tour and will provide crucial information and resource material on each settlement. An AFSI tour would not be complete without a visit to the beleaguered town of Sderot where tour members will meet with Alon Davidi of Ofek Chadash, Noam Bedein, Josh Hasten and Rabbi Fendel at the Hesder Yeshiva. They will also be touring the Halutzah region to visit Bnei Netzarim and Naveh, where Gush Katif expellees are building new homes.

“One of the organizations that we are so incredibly proud to meet and to pledge our support to are the Shomrim Chadashim, (the new Israeli guardsmen), who are down in the Negev volunteering their time to guard Jewish farm land and farmers from attacks by Beduin land grabbers”, said Freedman.

In an article written on March 26, 2010 entitled “Israel’s Unwavering Guardsmen” by Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, she speaks of this phenomenon by saying: “Over the past decade, Israeli Arabs have seized millions of dunams of state land. The dimensions of this phenomenon were spelled out in last year’s State Comptroller’s Report. While the local and international Left pillories Israel when the state tries to demolish a handful of the thousands of illegal Arab buildings in Jerusalem, what goes unmentioned is that by the end of 2007 there were more than 100,000 illegally built structures in Israel. The overwhelming majority were constructed on state land seized by Arab land thieves in the Negev and the Galilee. By the end of 2009, the number of illegal buildings grew to an estimated 150,000. The scope of the theft is so vast that the Comptroller’s Report referred to it as a “national scourge.”

Also joining the AFSI tour will be Aharon Pulver of the Israel Independence Fund (IIF), a non-political, philanthropic organization that dedicates itself to securing and organizing the necessary financial support for projects and institutions that serve as an important vehicle in the revival of the Zionist spirit in Israel.

The highlight of the AFSI tour will be a very special and deeply moving Shabbat in Hevron during Parshat Chaya Sara, where participants will retrace the steps of our forefathers and foremothers. The Friday night meal will be spent with Rabbi Waldman and the Hesder Yeshiva students and a special speaker connected to the Honenu legal organization will address the group after the seudah.

Tree Planting in the Shomront

The conclusion of the AFSI trip will be spent in Jerusalem as tour members will visit the Temple Mount with Rabbi Chaim Richman. Arieh King will lead a unique tour of Jerusalem’s threatened areas and Dan Luria of Ateret Cohanim in the Old City and Beit Yonatan will lead a tour of Kidmat Zion and other areas outside the Old City.

“It is our fervent hope and prayer that once again AFSI members can gain a more cogent understanding of the tragic realities facing our people in Israel and work to encourage, strengthen and support our brothers and sisters while fostering a deep and long lasting relationship”, said Freedman.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

“A CONVERSATION WITH JOEL POLLAK” by Fern Sidman

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Joel Pollak

As candidates from both sides of the aisle feverishly stump to achieve a victory in the upcoming November mid-term elections, pundits and opinion makers have been focusing on a small but highly significant race for Chicago’s 9th congressional district. It is in this suburban Chicago setting where political neophyte Joel B. Pollak (R) is seeking to unseat the incumbent, Rep.Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) who is running for her seventh term in congress.

Israel National News spoke with Mr. Pollak, a soft spoken 33 year-old Orthodox Jew and Harvard trained lawyer who decided to throw his hat in the political ring for the very first time. “I grew up in a traditional home but my parents and I became observant Jews and I learned first hand of the special significance that Israel holds for the Jewish people” says Pollak. “I love Israel – not just because it is my religious homeland, and not just because of my family roots there, but also because of the principle that it represents. The State of Israel stands for the idea that an oppressed people can take control of its own destiny, and build freedom and prosperity with nothing more than faith and hard work. It is the same idea that built America. That is why our two countries are so close, and will remain so,” he declares.

Pollak, a resident of Skokie, a predominantly Jewish Chicago suburb, says that he is running for Congress because there is a failure of leadership in Washington and that the concerns of his constituents are not being addressed by their current representative. “I’m outraged that Congress did not raise their voices in indignation over the fact that “war crimes” were committed against Israel during the Gaza flotilla debacle. Our government should demand accountability from those responsible for this attempted act of murder against Israeli soldiers and that includes Turkey and Iran. We must immediately reassess our relationship with Turkey and those countries who foster terrorism. Israel is facing existential perils that are graver than they ever were before and my opponent just does not understand that,” he intoned.

Mr. Pollak feels that the tendentious climate towards Israel that has been created by the Obama administration has given tacit approval for his opponent to voice her extreme leftist views on both domestic and foreign issues. The Weekly Standard has reported that “Rep.Jan Schakowsky is one of the top recipients of campaign cash from J Street, the far-left organization that opposes Israel at every opportunity. It turns out that J Street has taken $750,000 from George Soros, despite the earlier denials of J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami.”

Moreover, at a recent Schakowsky fundraiser in Chicago, Helen Thomas, the former doyenne of the White House press corps appeared as the featured speaker and guest. Thomas, a long time pro-Palestinian apologist, achieved notoriety this past May 27th when she told Rabbi David Nesenoff after a White House Jewish Heritage event that the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and went on to say that the Palestinian people “are occupied and it’s their land” and that Israelis should “go home” — to Poland, Germany, America “and everywhere else.” Commenting on this, Mr. Pollak said, “Rep. Schakowsky and her guests were well aware of Thomas’s record of anti-Israel rhetoric, and were invited to distance themselves from her views. None did. Instead, Rep. Schakowsky declared proudly of Thomas: “She’s so awesome!”

On domestic issues Mr. Pollak stands in stark contrast to his opponent who has virtually rubber stamped the Obama agenda of redistribution of wealth, entitlements, government bailouts and health care reform. “I will introduce laws to roll back government interference in the economy. With appropriate regulations in place, the government should divest itself of the large chunks of the banking, insurance and automotive sectors it recently took over. We need to send the right signals to workers and entrepreneurs that the U.S. is once again a nation committed to free enterprise, job creation and economic growth”, said Pollak.

Mr. Pollak added that he would lead the charge in Congress to change the current track of the Obama administration as it pertains to the economy and jobs. “I will oppose laws that hurt our economic recovery or destroy jobs. “Card Check,” for example, would violate workers’ rights and drive more businesses out of Illinois. Heavy new regulations such as Cap and Trade would wipe out jobs, raise energy costs and drive American industry overseas to high-polluting countries. We should fix the economy before creating new prohibitions or spending money on new entitlements.”

Pollak plans to make job creation his top priority and has outlined his platform by saying, “I will propose an investment tax credit to help businesses invest in new capital and create new jobs. I will also help job creation and small business by proposing lower business taxes and capital gains taxes, which are currently among the world’s highest. I will work hard to reduce the federal budget deficit, which is crowding out new investment and hurting future job growth.”

Mr, Pollak’s views appear to have mass appeal as his constituents are representative of all nationalities, religions and race. “One of the issues that is placing tremendous pressure on working families is educational choice for their children. I happen to believe that children from economically depressed homes deserve the same quality, high ranking education that children from affluent families receive. Parents should have the choice to send their children to private schools, be they secular or religious and we should institute a system of tuition tax credits that would benefit everyone”, he said.

On October 17th, Mr. Pollak received the endorsement of “To Protect Our Heritage” the Midwest’s oldest and largest bi-partisan, pro-Israel PAC. Their endorsement statement said of Pollak: “We are convinced that Joel Pollak will be a stronger advocate for the critical relationship between our country and Israel. In seeking out ways to strengthen the ties and protect Israel, he will be helping both nations.” Concerning Pollak’s opponent, TPOH expressed their thoughts by saying, “Problematic are Rep. Schakowsky’s strong ties with individuals and groups such as J Street. J Street has labeled itself as pro-Israel; however, its underlying mission has been revealed to be the weakening of bi-partisan Congressional support for Israel by, among other tactics, drawing away Democratic support for that relationship. Rep. Schakowsky, by her staunch support of J Street since its inception – and she has been a main if not the main beneficiary of J Street fundraising efforts – likely unwittingly threatens to make Israel a partisan issue between the two political parties.”

Mr. Pollak has also been endorsed by Harvard law school professor Alan Dershowitz who was a featured speaker at his fundraising event.

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Fern Sidman holds a B.A, in political science from Brooklyn College. She was the educational coordinator for the Betar Youth Movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was national director of the Jewish Defense League from 1983-1985. She was a researcher for several books written by Rabbi Meir Kahane, ZTK”L. She was the managing editor of the publication entitled, The Voice of Judea, and is a regular contributor to its web site. She is currently a writer and journalist living in New York City. Her articles have appeared in The Jewish Press, The Jewish Advocate, The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, and numerous Jewish and general web sites including, Front Page Magazine, Daniel Pipes and Michael Freund.
We are delighted to have Ms. Sidman as a regular contributor to the Jesus is Lord, A Worshipping Christian’s Blog.

Prosecution of Planned Parenthood OKed

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Another nail or two in the coffin of the infanticide industry.

The Kansas Supreme court is allowing a 107-count indictment against Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri to go forward.

It is a criminal case that began two district attorneys ago, the latter one being forced to resign amid a sex and abortion corruption scandal. Operation Rescue president Troy Newman is pleased with the final decision, but points out it has been six years since the investigation that led to the charges against the taxpayer-supported abortion provider.

“We’re hoping that once and for all, the respectability façade that Planned Parenthood has enjoyed over the years will be stripped from them and that they will be prosecuted for their crimes,” says the pro-life leader.

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“Grain Yields Takes a Sudden Turn for the Worse” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I use several guidelines to determine which news event should be the focus of my “Nearing Midnight” articles. One of the most important rules I follow is to pursue stories that can be supported with repeated examples. If prophecy is progressing, we’re to likely see it have an impact on a number of areas. Earlier this year, I reported on major earthquakes in Haiti and Argentina, and I referenced a list of similar strong quakes that had occurred over the past decade.

We are now seeing a trend in food production. All over the world, crop yields have suddenly declined. Fears of a global food crisis swept the world’s commodity markets as prices for staples such as corn, rice, and wheat have shot up. The U.S. government sparked a huge grain rally when it warned of dramatically lower supplies. For the first time since 1997, the U.S. corn stock is expected to drop below 1 billion bushels.

The source of the problem is a host of adverse weather events. What is amazing here is the sudden run of bad luck for nearly every key grain exporter. Here is a list:

* Pakistan — A huge flood has devastated its rice crop.
* European Union — Wet weather has cut barley production by 15 percent to the smallest level in more than 10 years.
* Russia — A severe drought reduced the nation’s wheat crop by 25 percent.
* U.S. — Corn production fell 3.4 percent from an already-lowered yield.
* U.S — Hot weather in the South reduced the rice crop by 5 percent to 11 million tons.
* Australia — Both pests and drought trimmed the nation’s wheat production.
* Brazil — Below-average rainfall pared yields by as much as 7.5 percent for the 2011 corn crop.

The fall in grain supplies has prompted countries such as Russia and Ukraine to impose export restrictions on grains. Big importers in the Middle East and North Africa have started to hoard supplies, which has further tightened the market.

Long-term factors are at work to keep supplies tight. Corn has also emerged as an important feed for livestock in China, India, and other parts of Asia. Families who for generations have raised cows, sheep, pigs, and poultry in their own backyards are buying meat from commercial producers working on an industrial scale and who use corn to fatten the animals. In China, a longer-term shift in diet has increased the demand for meat, stretching the country’s traditional self-sufficiency in corn. Beijing is set to import at least 1 million tons of the grain this year. (www.ft.com/cms/s/0/36deb566-d55e-11df-8e86-00144feabdc0.html)

A large part of our corn crop goes for fuel production. The ethanol industry now consumes 4.7 billion bushels, more than a third of the crop. Despite the fact that it takes more energy to make ethanol from grain than the combustion that ethanol produces, the farm lobby will make sure there is no change to the status quo.

It is extremely odd to have such wide-scale reduction in crop yield. Normally, a region that experiences a shortfall is balanced out by another with a surplus. The 2011 crop is going to be vital in restoring stability to the grain markets. If we have another bad year, we may face a global shortage the likes of which has not been seen since World War II.

The state of the grain supply is very important to Bible prophecy. The book of Revelation predicts a time will come when food will be very scarce. Any movement towards greater famine could be an indication that the rider on the black horse is getting ready to roll.

“When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come!’ And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!’” (Rev 6:5-6).

Unsaved people often ask me if they can have my car or money once we Christians are gone. I always tell them that it’s more likely that they will be rummaging through my kitchen cabinets looking for canned goods. A wiser choice for these folks would be to come to Christ and be ensured a seat at the great feast that will take place at the marriage supper of the Lamb.

“And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true words of God.’” (Rev. 19:9).

— Todd

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Pali Terrorist President Abbas: ‘We’ll Never Sign Agreement Recognizing Jewish State’

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Koran 47:36 says “Therefore do not falter or sue for peace when you have gained the upper hand.”

Periodically, the pali terrorist drop their guard and show their true colors. This statement came from the “moderate” Palestinian leader, whom Obama and company (and their predecessors) have pinned all their hopes.

Any peace agreement which requires the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state or an exchange of land is out of the question, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday.

In a Ramallah meeting with Hadash party Knesset members, Abbas said that it was now up to Israel to recognize a Palestinian state with 1967 borders, and that the PA had already recognised Israel back in 1993, thus negating the need for any further acknowledgment.

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Court Says San Diego Firefighters Cannot be Forced to Participate in Homosexual “Pride” Parades

Monday, October 18th, 2010

There are still some victories to be won against the homosexual activist.

Four San Diego firefighters filed suit against the city in 2009 and won in the case surrounding their forced participation in a 2007 “gay pride” parade. The city, however, appealed that decision — and Alliance Defense Fund attorney Joe Infranco tells OneNewsNow that the appellate court agreed Thursday with the lower court.

“[The court found] that they had been sexually harassed by the city’s compelling them to take part in a so-called ‘gay pride’ parade — and they said essentially the city of San Diego did not have a right to force these firefighters to take part,” the attorney summarizes.

In its ruling, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, Division One, stated “that the record contains substantial evidence to support a finding that the sexual harassment experienced by the Firefighters during the Pride Parade was severe and pervasive, thus altering the conditions of employment and creating a hostile or abusive work environment.”

“They were subject for three hours to hundreds and hundreds of lewd gestures [and] cat calls,” he explains. “They saw people gyrating and pantomiming sex acts, and wearing [sexually graphic] outfits and engaging in behavior…that would be embarrassing to discuss.”

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Defending Religious Students’ Civil Rights

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In hopes of protecting students from religious discrimination, two U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include religion to Title VI, which already prohibits discrimination based on “race, color, or national origin.”

Several incidents involving anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, and anti-Sikh epithets have recently been reported. They include slurs, obscenities, and even physical violence against students at American schools. So U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pennsylvania) and U.S. Congressman Brad Sherman (D-California) have proposed new legislation to protect students from such discrimination.

The main area that we see the challenges has to do especially at the graduate school level with scheduling — especially scheduling that conflicts with Sabbath observance and the refusal of graduate programs to schedule courses on week nights and requiring students to attend Saturday classes against their religious beliefs as a condition of completing a professional degree program,” [Alan Reinach, executive director of the Church State Council] explains.

He believes Christian students are experiencing increased pressures to conform to academic perspectives that often conflict with their biblical convictions.

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Don’t-Ask Policy Is Halted By Judge

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Another step backwards for our military. There is a reason why the majority of military leaders are in favor of “Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell”.
A little note to the judge; good luck with getting the rank and file to follow your directive.

WASHINGTON—A federal judge ordered the military to stop enforcing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that has been used to discharge gay service members, putting at least a temporary halt to the 17-year-old policy.

Tuesday’s order by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips in Riverside, Calif., applies across the U.S. and would halt proceedings against service members suspected of violating the policy, which aims to bar openly gay people from the military.

The order poses a dilemma for the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress. They want to undo the 1993 law, but Senate Republicans blocked an effort last month to vote on a repeal.

The administration now must decide whether to appeal Judge Phillips’s ruling, which establishes by judicial fiat the result Democrats were seeking through legislative action. The Justice Department is generally obligated to defend laws passed by Congress, and an appeal is likely.

Congress is now in recess until after the midterm elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who favors repealing don’t ask, don’t tell, has said he wants to bring the issue up during the lame-duck session of Congress after the elections.

Judge Phillips ruled last month that the law violated the constitutional rights of service members. The case was brought by the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that supports gay rights.

The military has continued to discharge gay and lesbian service members this year—administrative procedures that the injunction will now halt. The military has resisted earlier attempts by Democrats in Congress to pass a temporary moratorium on discharges while a repeal is being considered.

The Justice Department and the Pentagon said they were studying the ruling.

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Commandments Need More Church Focus

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I couldn’t agree more. Many modern churches have fallen so far away from sound Biblical principals.

The Family Research Council (FRC) recently decided to make the Ten Commandment its focus in order to stress the necessity of God’s law in society. Kenyn Cureton, vice president for church ministries at the FRC, explains that a USA Today poll shows that 60 percent of Americans do not know five of the Ten Commandments.

“It is amazing what Americans do know by comparison. Seventy-four percent can name all three of the stooges: Moe, Larry and Curly. Thirty-five percent can recall all six kids from The Brady Bunch, and 25 percent can name all seven ingredients from McDonald’s Big Mac. But here’s the sad news — only 14 percent can name all Ten Commandments,” Cureton laments.

“President John Quincy Adams declared, ‘The Law given from Sinai was a civil and municipal, as well as a moral and religious code [that] contained many statutes of universal application. Law is essential to the existence of men and society,'” Cureton references.

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Westboro “Baptist” “Church” to Protest Jews in Brooklyn on Monday October 11th

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

This was supposed to post yesterday and for some reason it didn’t.

Fern Sidman advised me that the Satan driven, Westboro “Baptist” “Church” will be arriving in Brooklyn on Monday October 11th to picket Orthodox Jewish yeshivos.

As I’ve said many times in the past, for this group to call themselves “Christian” is like Satan calling himself a Christian. It just isn’t true. I rebuke this group in the strongest possible terms.

“Liberal Media Exposed–But Is It Too Late?” by Todd Strandberg

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The public is starting to wake up to the true nature of the liberal media. A new poll by the Gallup Organization finds that 57 percent of Americans say they have little or no trust in the mass media to report the news fully, accurately, and fairly. This is a far cry from 1970s, when more than 70 percent of the population thought the media was very trustworthy.

I’m glad to finally see the liberal media being regarded as a force that guides public opinion. One of the first articles I wrote for Rapture Ready was titled “Satan’s Little Helpers.” It should be a no-brainer that the devil would use the press to control the world:

Although Satan has a host of demonic angels throughout the world, there is one area from which the devil finds himself mostly restricted. Satan and company are spiritual beings, which makes them incapable of acting in this physical realm. Satan’s little helpers must be of flesh and bone. So this is where the need for human organizations comes in. In the nations where the devil has dictators in command, he can use them directly to control those countries. In the “free world,” Satan has found that the liberal media makes an effective tool with which to guide and control society.

For many years, I’ve been frustrated over the public’s inability to see how the liberal media twists the news to fit its left-wing agenda. How can we possibly hope to win the culture war when we have an agent who is constantly putting its own spin on reality?

Liberals are so dedicated to their cause that they will sacrifice everything for the liberal agenda. In 2004, Dan Rather destroyed his career as the anchor of CBS news with his effort to defame President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record. When a group of bloggers called into question the authenticity of these documents, the network was forced to retract its story. Rather admitted that the evidence was bogus, yet he had blindly believed the story in spite of its missing evidence.

CNN is probably the best example of liberal bias at work. At one time, CNN was the king of the roster. When Fox News came along, CNN lost 80 percent of its viewers. The demographic of the nation explains why: 60 percent of the population views itself at conservative, and people of the right are more likely to watch news.

What was CNN’s reaction to this mass exodus? Of course, it became all the more liberal. The few conservatives who were at the network were forced out. They did have a brief relapse when they hired Glenn Beck to host a show on its sister network’s “Headline News.” Beck left for Fox right when CNN said it was planning to remove one of his nightly telecasts.

CNN now has a whole new concept of what qualifies as conservative. I was reading a report about the Rick Sanchez scandal, and my eye caught a review of a new entry: “Parker Spitzer”–a prime-time talk show anchored by disgraced ex- New York governor Eliot Spitzer and conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. Since I had never heard of Parker, I looked her up on Wikipedia and found how only in CNN’s twisted world she could be seen as a conservative match for the liberal Eliot Spitzer:

On “Larry King Live,” she said of President Barack Obama: “I’m a big fan of Barack Obama as he came into office, and was not one of those Republicans who wanted him to do badly.”

Parker made news during the 2008 U.S. presidential election when she called on the Republican vice presidential nominee, Governor Sarah Palin, to step down from the party ticket.

She referred to evangelical Christians in another column as “gorillas,” “low-brows,” and “ooggedy-boogedy.”

The fractionalization of media is what has broken liberals’ stranglehold on news reporting. People can to turn to prophecy sites like Rapture Ready to find a resource that fits their end-time view. Today, I have so many sources for news that I don’t need to turn to the old media for information. The only reason I do watch liberal news is see how they are reporting events.

I’m not sure the downturn in people’s view of the liberal media is all that hopeful. The key factor at work here is that hard times have forced Americans to look for the source of our nations problems. There is no quick fix at this point. Liberals have polluted the minds of two, going on three, generations of our fellow citizens.

There is still some hope that next month’s election will turn things around in Washington DC, but I’m not holding my breath.

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:3-5).

— Todd

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Controversial CA Law Skirts Parents

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Nanny state, California, continues to cut parents out of parental decisions, somehow feeling they can raise your children better than you can.

Last week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law S.B. 543 — a bill which will allow students to be taken off-campus for mental health treatment without parental consent. Penny Harrington, legislative liaison for Concerned Women for America of California, says the bill will undermine the role and authority of parents over their children who are minors.

“We believe that the parents need to be involved [in that decision],” says Harrington. “Often children are very confused at this time of life for any number of reasons, and that’s why the parents — who have their [children’s] best interests at heart — need to be involved in their mental health, their physical health, and all the aspects of their children’s lives and education.”

According to Harrington, the bill — which has been pushed by many lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) groups — could promote alternate lifestyles as part of mental health treatment. The Christian activist believes those groups are pushing a radical agenda.

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Homosexual Survey Missing Objectivity

Friday, October 8th, 2010

More half-truths or outright lies from the homosexual activist.

According to a recent survey by a pro-homosexual organization, nine out of ten lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students said they experienced some form of harassment at school. But one education analyst is questioning the report’s credibility.

Candi Cushman, education analyst with Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, says the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) survey lacks objectivity.

“All of the data and the way it was interpreted was done by their own in-house activists,” Cushman points out. “The report lists four authors — all of whom are employed by GLSEN and who have been involved with GLSEN for many years, in many cases as volunteers in GLSEN’s local chapters.”

She also explains that the report does not offer a national representation of how bullying affects millions of students, because the survey does not comprise a sample of individuals across the spectrum.

“It’s a widely-recognized problem that surveys that rely on self-selection have the most risk of being unreliable and tainted because people that choose to participate, that self-select to participate, are usually highly motivated for a reason to do that,” the education analyst suggests.

Cushman believes GLSEN is using the survey to push its radical homosexual agenda in the public schools as it is working to incorporate homosexual and transgender themes throughout curricula in unrelated classes like math and English.

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Hezbollah Militants Training in Syria Missile Base

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Continue to watch the Middle East as more events point to Jesus’ return.

The Syrian army has a Scud missile base near Damascus, according to recent satellite photos. The photos also suggest that Hezbollah activists are being trained in the Scuds’ use at the base.

Reports that Syria may have given Hezbollah Scuds ratcheted up tensions between Jerusalem and Damascus about six months ago, according to foreign media.

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Court Decision Backs Obamacare But Opens Path to Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, October 8th, 2010

November is almost here. Remember how angry you are, about Obamacare, and how angry you are at those who imposed it on us, when you go to the polls next month. Vote them out.

A federal judge has concluded Congress can demand that Americans buy government-approved health insurance in the first ruling of its kind on Obamacare, but he also has opened a door for people to challenge the plan in court.

The ruling means the Supreme Court eventually could have the opportunity to decide whether Obamacare is constitutional and to redefine the scope of the Commerce Clause, which Washington now interprets as allowing such government requirements.

Since the Roosevelt administration, controversial Supreme Court interpretations of the clause have been used to broadly expand the powers of the federal government.

Detroit Federal District Judge George Caram Steeh ruled today that four Michigan plaintiffs and the Thomas More Law Center have standing to challenge the Health Care Reform Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

According to the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based law center, Steeh’s ruling means that the Supreme Court eventually will have the opportunity to decide whether the Commerce Clause grants the government the power to take control over the health care industry, a massive chunk of the American economy.

The law will impose at least 20 new taxes on the American public beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Starting in 2014, the act will require all Americans to purchase health care insurance policies whether they want health insurance or not.

Creating a single-payer national health care system remains a major agenda item for liberal Democrats, President Obama’s base of political support. The act does not create a single payer system immediately, but critics argue that some of its provisions are designed to induce private employers to terminate health coverage for their employees, forcing them to purchase health care through the federal government.

“Obamacare is one of the most oppressive measures in the history of our nation,” said TMLC President Richard Thompson. “It was not about reforming health care, but government seizure of unprecedented power over our lives. It transfers control of one-sixth of our nation’s economy to Washington bureaucrats, and it will add an estimated 16,000 to 20,000 additional IRS agents to monitor tax returns and records to determine compliance with the new regulations. We will continue to challenge it in the courts.”

The case challenged the basic premise by the government.

“Defendants argue that when plaintiffs sit at home and do not engage in the regulated economic activity, plaintiffs are in reality engaging in precisely the economic activity in which they have not engaged,” the brief said.

“We are led to believe that this imputed mental decision morphs into an activity that is defined by defendants as ‘the act not to purchase health insurance,'” the brief said. “But neither defendants nor Congress have the metaphysical power or authority to magically convert non-activity into activity.

“The congressional inferences, however, do not end here. Thus, once the imputed mental choice not to purchase health insurance is converted into an affirmative economic decision and this imputed decision somehow morphs into an actual act akin to purchasing something, only then does Congress impose the additional inferences that this individual belongs to a class of individuals who will (1) use the health care system and (2) nonetheless unfairly exploit the health care system by either not paying for health care or health insurance or by paying below market rates.

“In fact, the inferences here piled one on top of another do not consist of only a chain of inferred causal relationships, but per force begin with the metaphysical conversion of a non-act – an imputed decision – into a specific activity called ‘a choice regarding the method of payment,'” the brief argued.

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“The ‘Gay’ Deathstyle” by J. Matt Barber

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

One has to wonder if Reuters reporter Julie Steenhuysen will soon be joining the millions of other Americans relegated to Obama’s swelling unemployment lines. She evidently didn’t get the media memo last week and violated the goose-stepping left’s Orwellian requirement that we all adhere to obtuse notions of political correctness.

Having contracted a rare case of journalistic objectivity, Ms. Steenhuysen penned a story that dared to detail a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study on homosexuality.
The study exposed the jaw-dropping fact that one-in-five “gay” and “bisexual” men in American cities have been infected with HIV/Aids. Needless to say, this scandalous revelation completely blows out of the water, the left’s morally relative, propagandist line that homosexuality is “normal, natural and good.”

To believers, it’s never surprising when modern science serves to validate the transcendent truths found in Scripture (not that God’s truth needs validating.)

James 1:15 warns: “Then when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, brings forth death.”

Indeed, it seems the common moniker “homosexual lifestyle” has it exactly backwards. As opponents of the extremist “gay” lobby have long illustrated, homosexuality falls dead center within our nation’s burgeoning culture of death.

First, take that feminist rite of passage: abortion. Due to a national lack of sexual self-governance, in 2010 we find that – post Roe v. Wade – 50 million of God’s precious children have been slaughtered at Satan’s altar of euphemistic “choice.”

Moreover, millions of self-styled “gay” men have – as a direct result of homosexual conduct – died from AIDS, Syphilis, Hepatitis and all other forms of homosexually transmitted disease.

Romans 1:26-27, which Obama once comically called an “obscure passage in Romans,” addresses the homosexual deathstyle: “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”

It’s tragic when people yield to disordered sexual temptations that can literally kill them spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Nobody with any compassion enjoys watching others “[receive] in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” But a corollary to free will is living – or dying – with the choices we’ve made.

Another problem lies in the fact that far too many Christians have contributed to the dilemma by failing to speak truth, in love, on the issue of homosexuality (pastors with “gay” congregants and family members, I’m talking to you). Nobody likes to be unfairly labeled a hater, “homophobe” or bigot, but fear of such attacks offers no justification for failing to speak truth in love. There are even self-professed Christians today who inexcusably join in with the secular-left in affirming homosexual sin as a good thing. There’s a word for these types: apostate.

There’s no wiggle room here. If you defend or seek to justify homosexual conduct, you defy God. Not good. As I recall, He’s got a little something to say about “causing one of these little ones” to sin.

But even if you choose not to acknowledge biblical truth, you’re still left without excuse. As the CDC has once again verified, if you affirm or defend homosexual behavior as “normal, natural and good,” you also defy science. You’re on the wrong side of history, let alone reality.

What is it about this particular PC-protected practice that causes so many otherwise intelligent people to become blinded blathering buffoons?

Let’s say we had a group of people who defined their identity based upon a penchant for running headlong into brick walls. Oh, we’ll call them, “Wallies.” (Wally pride, baby!)

As significant percentages of Wallies began to drop dead, or suffer irreversible brain damage, do you suppose the left would demand tolerance for such behavior? Do you think they’d begin handing out bicycle helmets in elementary schools, telling kids to practice safe walling? With liberals, anything’s possible, but I’m more inclined to think that even the moonbat left might agree that people tending toward such behavior would be best served to simply avoid running headlong into walls altogether.

I don’t mean to be flip (okay, maybe a little flip) but can someone please tell me why on earth the left insists that we “tolerate” homosexual behavior while – as the CDC has once again confirmed – it continues to have results similar to brick walling?

We throw paper-thin latex condoms at kids who struggle with same-sex attraction and tell them: “You’re gay! Embrace who you are. Gay pride, baby!”

We push them out onto a paper-thin latex tightrope with a one-in-five chance they’ll plummet to their death.

What in the name of all things sacred are we doing? One-in-five with AIDS? Seriously? If five people got into a car and were told that one of them wasn’t going to survive the drive, how quickly do you suppose they’d scatter?

Unnatural behaviors beget natural consequences. Scripture admonishes: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

Do you consider yourself “gay” or lesbian? As untold thousands of ex-gays will tell you, you don’t have to be. It’s my most sincere prayer that going forward you’ll choose Christ over sin: Life over death.

You think sexual “freedom” makes you happy? You should experience the true freedom that comes through abiding in He who is “the way, the truth and the life.”

That’s liberation.

(If you struggle with unwanted same-sex attraction, please visit the Web site for Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX – www.pfox.org).

Matt Barber is an attorney concentrating in constitutional law. He is author of the book “The Right Hook – From the Ring to the Culture War” and serves as Director of Cultural Affairs with Liberty Counsel. Send comments to Matt at jmattbarber@comcast.net / Facebook.com/jmattbarber / Twitter @jmattbarber (This information is provided for identification purposes only.)

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Christianity a ‘Faded Memory’ for Most Young Britons

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”
1 Timothy 4:1-2

LONDON – Most young people in Britain consider Christianity irrelevant to their lives but they are not as hostile towards religion as their parents’ generation, researchers in the Church of England have found.

The researchers surveyed 300 young people from Generation Y – those born after 1982 – who had attended a Christian youth or community project. The five-year study looked at their faith in relation to Christianity and the impact of Christian youth and community work on their faith development.

It found that young people were more likely to put their faith in friends, their family or themselves than in God.

Sylvia Collins-Mayo, a sociologist of religion and one of the researchers behind the study, said: “For the majority, religion and spirituality was irrelevant for day-to-day living; our young people were not looking for answers to ultimate questions and showed little sign of ‘pick and mix’ spirituality.”

She said that young people only sought a religious perspective on “rare occasions” and that when they did, they often “made do” with a “very faded, inherited cultural memory of Christianity in the absence of anything else.”

This tended to be in times of difficulty, for example, after suffering a bereavement or illness in the family.

“In this respect they would sometimes pray in their bedrooms,” she said. “What is salutary for the Church is that generally young people seemed quite content with this situation, happy to get by with what little they knew about the Christian faith.”

The findings suggested that while Christian youth projects were an important source of support for young Christians, they had little impact on the faith of the non-churchgoers who took part in them.

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