Archive for October 13th, 2010

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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