The afternoon plenary session of the FRC Washington Briefing was called Lights, Camera, Values in Action.
It included speeches from Dr. Ted Baehr, president of MovieGuide, Brad Moore, president of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, John Shepherd, president of Mpower Pictures, Academy Award-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Ken Wales, the producer of Amazing Grace.
While a great deal of the movies coming out of Hollywood today are pure social rot, this session brought good news of family-friendly, wholesome productions that are coming out.
A coming sequel to "Chariots of Fire" was also announced at the session. Chariots of Fire was the award-winning 1981 movie about British runner who was a Christian running for God, and his religious convictions led him to refuse to run in a 100-meter heat in the Olympics.
Iranian-born actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, who has starred in the Fox television series "24," spoke about her new film "The Stoning of Soraya M." The movie is from a book by the same name by French-Iranian journalist Freidoune Sahebjam about the stoning in Iran of a young woman and mother when she was framed for infidelity.
The film is said to contain some difficult and disturbing parts but these were included not to be gratuitous, but to convey a powerful message.
The Gods of Liberalism Revisited
The lie hasn't changed, and we still fall for it as easily as ever. But how can we escape the snare?
Saturday, September 13, 2008
The afternoon plenary session of the FRC Washington Briefing was called Lights, Camera, Values in Action.
Americans United for Life has a list of the bloggers at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing.
You can check that out here to see the other bloggers I'm working with and check out their coverage as well.
By Marie Jon'
As the "drive-by-media" continues to look at every aspect of Sarah Palin's personal and religious life, they are digging themselves into a big hole, turning what they believe will cause her harm, to work for her good. If you take nothing else from this, remember this quote: Bitter Pennsylvanians "cling to their guns and religion." — Barack Obama
Reporters for CNN and other networks are not prepared to write honestly or objectively about matters of faith. These are people who view life from a much different perspective. They are not so naive to overlook that Christians from all denominations are offended by such things as CNN's hit piece about Gov. Palin's faith.
The mass media and the Obama camp want to paint a ridiculous picture of Christians who refuse to embrace progressive liberal doctrine. Atheist George Soros ingratiates leftist denominations with his money. The teachings of the "Religious Left" have little to do with the Gospel of the Holy Bible.
The National Council of Churches is unorthodox to say the least. Most of their churches promote homosexuality and abortion on demand. Senator Obama attended such a church for twenty years, a church with no moral constraints. The congregation's "faith" is fueled by angry, bigoted, anti-Semitic, anti-American, hate filled sermons.
It is apparent that the prejudiced media wants us to believe that a mainstream denomination such as the Assemblies of God can be compared to the church of "God Damn America." Pentecostals preach a traditional interpretation of the scriptures. There is no Marxist Black Liberation theology taught within their sanctuaries, nor any other quasi-political or racist dogma.
The vicious attacks by the DNC towards the Republican female Vice-Presidential candidate are overwhelming, and speak volumes about the Obama campaign. Their recent remarks more than smack of sexism. Obama continues to get a pass from the agenda-driven media who worships at the altar of liberalism. Our nation, however, was founded upon Judeo-Christian beliefs.
The preamble of our constitution states:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
Americans are becoming more and more aware that the people whose job it is to bring us the news have been politically in the tank for the far left wing of the Democrat Party. As shown by recent polls, their credibility with the public is falling.
It is pathetic that CNN would go to the Assemblies of God Church with a team of reporters and cameras for skullduggery. Sarah Palin now attends the Wasilla Bible Church. Her church, as well as all other Protestant Evangelical churches, are strong supporters of the state of Israel. No doubt that this further disqualifies Palin in the eyes of these Marxists.
Whether you are a Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopalian or Presbyterian, you understand biblical teachings, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
News Flash (no pun intended): Practicing Christians understand the WORD. We may differ in our style of worship, but that is where the difference stops.
Protestants, Catholics, Jews and Mormons — particularly in America — all have a heritage of faith that respects one another. We are tolerant of all religious beliefs. It is time for the media to do likewise.
Excerpts from CNNPolitics.com: Pastor: GOP may be downplaying Palin's religious beliefs
"WASILLA, Alaska (CNN) — For more than two decades, vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was a practicing Pentecostal." Sarah Palin asked church members to pray for $30 billion natural gas pipeline in Alaska.
"She belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God church in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. But though she attended the church from her teenage years to 2002, the Alaska governor hasn't talked much about her religion since joining the Republican ticket.
"Palin's former pastor, Tim McGraw, says that like many Pentecostal churches, some members speak in tongues, although he says he's never seen Palin do so. Church member Caroline Spangler told CNN, 'When the spirit comes on you, you utter things that nobody else can understand ... only God can understand what is coming out of our mouths.'
"Some Pentecostals from Assembly of God also believe in 'faith healing' and the 'end times' — a violent upheaval that they believe will deliver Jesus Christ's second coming'
"The McCain campaign says the governor doesn't consider herself Pentecostal.
"McGraw says Palin's Pentecostal roots may be being downplayed for a reason: 'I think there may be issues of belief that could be misunderstood or played upon by people that don't know.'
"When asked by CNN about Palin's beliefs, campaign spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton would only say the Republican vice presidential candidate has 'deep religious convictions.' candidate has "deep religious convictions." Watch how Palin's religious roots formed »" Full Article
The Democrat's reader email of the day is a rallying cry for the Obamanites to call radio programs and repeat: "Mrs. Palin needs to be reminded that Jesus Christ was a community organizer and Pontius Pilate was a governor." Johnatan Martin-Politico.com
Their latest talking points expose the lack of their constituent's knowledge about the role of Christ's earthly ministry. Christ came to redeem all mankind, not organize a Chicago community.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Democrats sent more than thirty lawyers and researchers to Alaska solely for the purpose of trying to find dirt on Sarah Palin. This effort and the media's attacks on Palin's religious beliefs will only further erode the Obama campaign.
I hope they keep up the good work.
Marie Jon' is a political/religious-based writer and founder of www.DrawingClose.org and www.PeoplePoliticallyRight.com — sister websites to RenewAmerica. Marie extends her hand of welcome; visit DrawingClose and receive your free gift of salvation by taking an online Bible study.
Marie's writings have appeared on many sites, including The New Media Journal, ChronWatch, and ABCNews, to name a few. Marie brings a refreshing and spirited point of view that is reflected in her writings. Marie is a nurse, a lay student of the Bible, and a patriot. She is an advocate for American troops serving abroad, as well as the Blue and Gold Star Mothers of America and their families. Marie enjoys Townhall.com radio, Rush Limbaugh, Bruce Elliott Saturdays 5AM-9AM EST and her friend Larry Elder.
We are learning more and more about the Gibson/Palen interview and it looks worse and worse for ABC and Mr. Gibson. Mark Levin has the transcript of the complete interview, including the portions edited out of the broadcast version. There were several statements and answers given by Mrs. Palen that showed her to be more confident, decisive and knowledgeable, particularly relating to foreign affairs, than the impression left from what we saw on our TVs.
The following are excerpts from the transcript at The Mark Levin Show. The parts that are in bold were edited from the broadcast version of the interview.
GIBSON: The Bush doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense, that we have the right to a preemptive strike against any other country that we think is going to attack us. Do you agree with that?
PALIN: I agree that a president’s job, when they swear in their oath to uphold our Constitution, their top priority is to defend the United States of America.
I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people.
GIBSON: Do we have a right to anticipatory self-defense? Do we have a right to make a preemptive strike again another country if we feel that country might strike us?
PALIN: Charlie, if there is legitimate and enough intelligence that tells us that a strike is imminent against American people, we have every right to defend our country. In fact, the president has the obligation, the duty to defend.
GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?
PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.
Sarah Palin on Russia:
We cannot repeat the Cold War. We are thankful that, under Reagan, we won the Cold War, without a shot fired, also. We’ve learned lessons from that in our relationship with Russia, previously the Soviet Union.
We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.
GIBSON: Would you favor putting Georgia and Ukraine in NATO?
PALIN: Ukraine, definitely, yes. Yes, and Georgia.
GIBSON: And you think it would be worth it to the United States, Georgia is worth it to the United States to go to war if Russia were to invade.
PALIN: What I think is that smaller democratic countries that are invaded by a larger power is something for us to be vigilant against. We have got to be cognizant of what the consequences are if a larger power is able to take over smaller democratic countries.
And we have got to be vigilant. We have got to show the support, in this case, for Georgia. The support that we can show is economic sanctions perhaps against Russia, if this is what it leads to.
It doesn’t have to lead to war and it doesn’t have to lead, as I said, to a Cold War, but economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, again, counting on our allies to help us do that in this mission of keeping our eye on Russia and Putin and some of his desire to control and to control much more than smaller democratic countries.
His mission, if it is to control energy supplies, also, coming from and through Russia, that’s a dangerous position for our world to be in, if we were to allow that to happen.
We know, of course, that the comments above were edited out for the sake of brevity and continuity, but it is unfortunate that the same comments portrayed Gov. Palen to be more articulate and informed than we might have known from this interview otherwise. Anybody remember Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas or Miguel Estrada? They had similar unfortunate press coverage a while back.
Alan Sears, President of the Alliance Defense Fund, was the last speaker of the morning session of the second day of the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing in D.C. today.
The ADF has a record of winning 3 of every 4 cases they work on.
Sears told the story of a couple who started a group for their school called "Praying Parents." This group met together for quite some time until the ACLU filed a lawsuit against them for using school facilities to pray, thus violating an imaginary wall of separation between church and state.
Sears said the war on religious freedom in America began with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), when it took on the responsibility for deciding who deserves civil liberties and who does not.
He said that after many years of relentless and successful assault on religious freedom by the ACLU, something is finally starting to change. They are starting to lose.
After the ADF was formed in the early to mid 1990s, a group of ministry leaders including Dr. James Dobson, Bill Bright, D. James Kennedy and others came together to form a plan to defend the religious freedom of Christian Americans from the ACLU's attacks. ADF has been tremendously successful despite being only a fraction of the size of the ACLU.
Sears said that the ACLU is mounting a new and aggressive campaign, but rather than defending the territory they've already gained, they're going after middle-America where so far they have made few inroads.
Sears also told the values voters about the upcoming ADF "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" on September 28. This is an initiative to take back the constitutional freedom taken away when a tax law was quietly submitted by Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and passed by congress which for the first time in American history muzzled America's pastors.
Sears said that if the IRS attempts to pursue pastors who speak out for or against political candidates on a moral basis on September 28, they will sue the IRS.
It's about time we asserted our God-given liberties and went on the offensive to defend and regain them in America!!! We've surrendered the gifts of liberty from God on the altar of government power for far too long. God bless the ADF!
Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition spoke at the Family Research Council Washington Briefing this morning.
Bishop Jackson said that Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech profoundly changed things in America. Jackson said at the time of the speech, that his father had been doing manual labor in a post office despite having an accounting degree. But a few years after Kings speech, his father became the head of personnel at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington D.C.
Jackson said that no matter who ends up in the White House later this year, God has a job for everyone present at the summit.
Jackson said that during the First Great Awakening in America, preaching began against slavery. It also followed in the Second Great Awakening of the 1800s. He said people began to realize that God's truth and social policy go hand-in-hand.
Expressing his disappointment with President George W. Bush's failure to lead the nation with solid moral direction, Jackson said we probably failed in thinking that all we had to do was get a praying president into the White House and everything would be alright.
Jackson said he believes being a Christian will make you a conservative, but being a conservative won't make you a Christian.
Jackson said there will be no political messiah, either Democrat or Republican; God's people will have to humble their hearts, work hard and pray harder.
I had to miss a lot of this session, so won't be providing any quotes or other written coverage.
However, here are a couple of pictures of two of the speakers. First is Dr. Alveda King, who is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Re. A.D. King and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Also featured is nurse and columnist Jill Stanek who exposed Barack Obama's defense of infanticide.
TV and radio talk show host Sean Hannity thrilled the crowd at the Family Research Council Washington Briefing this morning.
Sean said it was great to see so many good Americans there, clinging to their guns and Bibles.
Hannity said Barack Obama's brother lives on less than $1 a month in Africa, and since Barack Obama says we are our brother's keeper, he will send Obama's brother $1000 if Obama will give him his brother's address. Hannity said he would send Obama's brother $10,000 if Barack Obama would come on his show.
Hannity said we would look back on 2008 as the year journalism died. Hannity was referring to the Apollo-like speech given by Barack Obama at the DNC convention in Denver, and the total lack of media accountability.
He quoted other sources as saying the media is trying to rig this election and use their influence to get Obama elected.
Hannity said we heard more about the DUI of Todd Palin, Sarah Palin's husband, 22 years ago than we heard about Barack Obama's admission of snorting cocaine around that same time.
Hannity also mentioned Bill Ayers and his bombing of the U.S. Capitol, Pentagon and other buildings, and the fact that Obama is friends with him...and the fact that the media is very quiet on this topic.
He said that while Obama's wife Michelle has only recently been proud of her country for the first time, Hannity has long found cause to be proud of America for fighting back socialism across the world, for fighting communism, for fighting other despots like Saddam Hussein.
Hannity asked why Obama went to the Million Man March of Louis Farrakhan,why Obama opposed a bill that would have ended the killing of infants born alive after attempts to abort them, and why Michelle Obama thinks America is a mean country.
Hannity mentioned the Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin and how he tried to nail her on her quote about asking prayer for our soldiers in Iraq--and that Gibson misquoted her on that during the interview.
Hannity said he will be interviewing Palin next Tuesday.
Hannity also pointed out, like Newt Gingrich yesterday, that asking for God's protection and blessing on our troops is in keeping with the best traditions of American leaders--even liberal Democrat presidents of the past.
Apparently Democrats have also set up an "anonymous tip line" to take complaints on Governor Sarah Palin. I guess there is no solid answer to the question about Democrats: How low can they go?
Hannity asked: Can anyone name three accomplishments that qualify Barack Obama for president of the United States?
Admitting the Republican Party has made mistakes and spent way too much money, Hannity said the party is emerging a new party, and it is evidenced by Governor Bobby Jindal and his leadership during the recent hurricane and the Republican behavior during the hurricane.
Hannity called on the Republican party to be the party of national security, opposing appeasement, reining in growth of government, energy independence, free market solutions to health care, solve the Social Security/Medicare bankruptcy, and stand for traditional values for the benefit of our children.
Hannity closed by saying we don't just cling to our guns and religion; we humbly thank God for allowing us to live in the single greatest country in the world.
American Minute from William J. Federer
Just weeks after the British burned the U.S. Capitol, they set out for Baltimore.
On the way they caught an elderly physician of Upper Marlboro, Dr. William Beanes. The town feared Dr. Beanes would be hanged so they asked a young lawyer, Francis Scott Key, to sail with Colonel John Skinner under a flag of truce to the British flagship TONNANT and arrange a prisoner exchange.
Concerned their plans of attacking Baltimore would be revealed, the British placed Francis Scott Key and Colonel Skinner under armed guard aboard the H.M.S. SURPRISE, then on a sloop where they watched the night of SEPTEMBER 13, 1814, as Fort McHenry was bombarded.
The next morning, "through the dawn's early light," Key saw the flag still flying.
Elated, Key penned the Star-Spangled Banner, which states in the 4th verse: "O! thus be it ever when free men shall stand, Between their loved home and the war's desolation; Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n-rescued land, Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just; And this be our motto, 'In God is our trust!' And the star spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"
William J. Federer is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and president of Amerisearch, Inc, which is dedicated to researching our American heritage. The American Minute radio feature looks back at events in American history on the dates they occurred, is broadcast daily across the country and read by thousand on the internet.
Lila Rose, president of LiveAction, spoke this morning at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing.
Rose said she had gone undercover into Planned Parenthood clinics in California, posing as an underage girl, and took videos of those visits.
She said that after her covert videos were posted on YouTube, Planned Parenthood contacted her and demanded they be removed or they would initiate aggressive legal action against her without further warning.
Rose said she was told by Planned Parenthood to lie on her paperwork about her age and the circumstances of her pregnancy.
Apparently Planned Parenthood didn't want people to know about their illegal activity.
Rose said that many of the girls she talked to in abortion clinic waiting rooms had been the victims of sexual abuse, and felt abortion was their only choice. She said the irony of this situation is that this choice has a woman turning "against her own flesh and blood."
She and others made calls to Planned Parenthood clinics posing as racists who wanted to make donations to Planned Parenthood specifically intended to kill black children. Some of the reactions from Planned Parenthood included "Understandable" when they said there were too many black babies, and "I'm excited."
In recent weeks, YouTube has censored these videos and they are no longer available online. However, Rose showed some videos to the seminar attendees.
In one clip, she told the Planned Parenthood worker that she was 13 and the father was 31...but the worker said "I don't want to know" the ages. The worker then points out an out-of-state clinic to send the girl to in order to have an abortion. If this had been real, the worker would have been an accessory to allowing statutory rape to continue.
Rose said her generation is eager for change, and she hopes she lives to see a day when everyone is protected in America.
Gary Bauer of American Values was the second speaker today at the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing.
Gary Bauer said he's not surprised many foreigners like Hugo Chaves of Venezuela like Barack Obama. Bauer said if a foreign despot looks to America and sees someone supported by MoveOn.org and their ilk who is running against a war hero who loves his country, the one these despots would prefer is no surprise.
Bauer said we got an unscripted look at how Barack Obama when he said average Americans "cling to their guns and their religion" and are afraid of people who are different from them. Bauer said these things in San Francisco where people believe men should be able to "marry" men, and don't like the Boy Scouts. Bauer said that if the American people get to choose between San Francisco values and small town values, small town values will win every time.
Bauer said Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin best represents those values. He commended her decision to bring her son Trig into the world. He also commended her for the loving way Palin handled her daughter's teen pregnancy, and for their decision to give that child life.
He asked the important question: what is the purpose of our liberty? Do we just get to do what we want without consequence, or is it ordered liberty. Bauer said our liberties, as recognized by our founding document, come from God.
Bauer said that when Obama said it was "above his pay grade" to know when human life begins, he only proved that sitting in the White House is above his pay grade.
Bauer said that at such a time as this, the man we need in the White House is Senator John McCain.
Author William Bennett was the first speaker of the second day of the Family Research Council's Washington Briefing today.
Bennett had many kind words for Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Bennett said he would not criticize the situation with Sarah Palin's daughter. He said many people have had children who walked off the right path, and hopefully through love they return.
He did say that they made the right decision to give life to this child conceived in less than ideal circumstances, and for these young people to get married. But we must remain committed to working against the situation which led to this and try to prevent teen sex and teen pregnancy.
Bennett had hard words or Barack Obama. He said that when Obama was asked about evil in a recent interview, while he mentioned Darfur, he seems to see more evil in his own country than the evil America often fights abroad.
Bennett said that despite Obama's assertion that "We all put our country first," that is not true. Bennett said that some like Obama's friend Bill Ayers definitely do not put America first. Bennett said Obama was far too ambivalent about our country to become it's president. Bennett received a long and loud standing ovation to this.
Bennett said that while McCain has some criticisms of his country, he has no deep ambivalence about it. Bennett said McCain was not of two minds about his country, and is "his country's man."
The second day of the FRC Values Voter Summit 2008 is just getting started. In a few minutes, William Bennett will speak.
My laptop is feeling better today (for now), so posting will be easier than yesterday.
Had breakfast this morning at an Alliance Defense Fund-hosted event. These guys--the Christian answer to the ACLU--are doing great work!
Yesterday I got to meet with Senator John Thune (R-SD) in his office at the Capitol; what a GREAT representative South Dakota has in the U.S. Senate!
Last night I had dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House with Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, and his wife Lawana; Tom Minnery, Senior Vice President of Focus on the Family and his wife; and my friend Bob Fischer of Rapid City. Everything I have heard about Ruth's Chris is true: the steak was the best I've ever had, and the service was a joy!
Well, things are getting under way for the day, so I'll sign off for now on the personal notes.
BY STAR PARKER
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
COALITION ON URBAN RENEWAL & EDUCATION
Barney Frank isn't just another liberal. And he is much more than just an openly gay congressman. He is a powerful legislator who happens to be chairman of the House Financial Services Committee.
This makes Frank a central and influential player in government's response to the current mortgage crisis that has rocked our financial markets. The decisions that Frank, a Democrat, makes can put taxpayers on the hook for not just billions, but trillions of dollars. These are decisions that effect our pocketbooks but also our freedom. They influence the size and scope of government in the lives of every American citizen.
So, yes, I care a lot about what Barney Frank thinks, and how he thinks, on any subject that I know matters to him.
It's why I paid particular attention when Frank decided to join the liberal chorus attacking conservatives on the issue of John McCain's selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.
In an op-ed in his hometown paper, the Boston Globe, Frank portrays conservatives as small-minded and intolerant folk who are willing to hypocritically look the other way, and forgive where they normally would not forgive, in order to get one of their own into a position of power.
With regard to Palin's sister's divorce, and the pregnancy of her teenage daughter, "people of the right," according to Frank, "seek to impose strict standards on others, and blame them for falling short, while making exceptions for those close to them."
This, in contrast to liberals, who for Frank are honest about and realistic in addressing life's many challenges, and ready to forgive, at the drop of a hat, those who stray off the path.
In Frank's mind, liberalism is tantamount to respect and compassion. And conservatism amounts to intolerance and self-righteousness.
My guess is that Crystal Dixon, who I wrote about earlier this year, doesn't quite see the world as Barney Frank does.
Dixon, a black Christian woman, wrote an op-ed that was published in the Toledo Free Press, as a counter point to a pro-gay opinion column that had appeared in the paper. She challenged that column and expressed her sense, as a Christian, that homosexual behavior is unacceptable. She also challenged the premise equating unwillingness to accept homosexuality to racial discrimination ("I cannot wake up tomorrow morning and not be a black woman").
Dixon was fired from the administrative position she held at the University of Toledo for writing this column and expressing her views.
I'm not holding my breath waiting for Barney Frank to write an outraged column about the abrogation of Crystal Dixon's freedom. I'm not expecting much respect and compassion from the congressman for a woman who lost her job because she is a Christian and tired of sitting by quietly and passively as others force their counter-world view on her.
Barney Frank calls James Dobson "one of the leading advocates for imposing moral choices on the rest of us."
Frank introduced last year the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2007 making it a federal crime for an employer to deny employment to an individual because of their sexual orientation.
Dobson talks on the radio. Frank, a congressman, wields major political power and wants to pass legislation imposing his sense of right and wrong on every employer in America, and yet he sees Dobson as the threat to freedom.
As the many Americans who quietly go to church and unobtrusively raise their families have sat by quietly and passively over the years, left-wing activists such as Frank have hijacked our nation and our culture. Now that those who care about traditional values respond, they are called intolerant.
Initiatives to constitutionally define marriage as between a man and a woman have not come out of the blue. They are in response to left-wing inspired judicial activism that, if ignored, would result in homosexual marriage becoming a formal and legal reality in America.
Of course, conservatives are thrilled by the candidacy of Sarah Palin.
And, of course, Christians understand that to err is to be human. Forgiveness is a pillar of our faith.
We even forgive Barney Frank. Our only intolerance is toward his campaign to tear down the traditional values foundation of our country and replace them with his culture of nihilism.
Star Parker is president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal & Education and author of the new book White Ghetto: How Middle Class America Reflects Inner City Decay.
Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California. After receiving Christ, Star returned to college, received a BS degree in marketing and launched an urban Christian magazine. The 1992 Los Angeles riots destroyed her business, yet served as a springboard for her focus on faith and market-based alternatives to empower the lives of the poor.
Kirsten Powers is a columnist for the New York Post and a regular news analyst on Fox News, appearing frequently with Hannity & Colmes. She served in the Clinton administration as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Public Affairs and was press secretary for Andrew Coumo. It should come as no surprise then that Powers is a registered Democrat. In this column Ms. Powers assesses Gov. Palen’s performance with Charlie Gibson. I am impressed that she mostly gets it right and fairly assesses not only Palen, but Mr. Gibson, ABC News and other commentators.
BOTCHES MAR PALIN INTERVIEW
LAST night, Sarah Palin had her first big-time media interview with Charlie Gibson on ABC World News Tonight.
At times, Palin seemed to know less than she should. On the other hand, Gibson sometimes seemed to "know" things that just aren't so.
Her responses to Gibson's cross-examining seemed canned and rehearsed, a little like the answers you might give in a tough college interview. But that may be a result of the ham-fisted editing - which seemed to cut her off mid-thought on many answers. ABC should release the entire, unedited interview, so that Americans can judge her more fairly.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Charles Krauthammer at Town Hall has this:
WASHINGTON -- The Democrats are in a panic. In a presidential race that is impossible to lose, they are behind. Obama devotees are frantically giving advice. Tom Friedman tells him to "start slamming down some phones." Camille Paglia suggests, "be boring!"
Meanwhile, a posse of Democratic lawyers, mainstream reporters, lefty bloggers and various other Obamaphiles are scouring the vast tundra of Alaska for something, anything, to bring down Sarah Palin: her daughter's pregnancy, her ex-brother-in-law problem, her $60 per diem, and now her religion. (CNN reports -- news flash! -- that she apparently has never spoken in tongues.) Not since Henry II asked if no one would rid him of his turbulent priest, have so many so urgently volunteered for duty.
(full column linked above)
In last night’s interview by ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Gov. Palin is accused of “hubris” in the opening comments and set a tone for the remainder of the session. There was, indeed, considerable hubris seen in this interview, but Charlie Gibson was apparently oblivious to the source. I can’t imagine any candidate of either party being subjected to such treatment, but over-all Palin did pretty well with the questions asked. I just wish she had pressed Gibson to explain why he thought her acceptance of the VP nomination was arrogant and unreasonably prideful.
: exaggerated pride or self-confidence
“Hubris, sometimes spelled hybris (ancient Greek ὕβρις), is a term used in modern English to indicate overweening pride, self-confidence, superciliousness, or arrogance, often resulting in fatal retribution.”
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I've been saying for a long time that homosexuality is not only immoral, but a very unhealthy practice. It is fraught with disease, substance abuse, depression, suicide and domestic violence, among other things.
But now LifeSiteNews reports Simon Fanshawe, a British writer and broadcaster, has created a documentary called "The Trouble With Gay Men" after he became alarmed by the state of homosexual culture.
Among the things Fanshawe says:
"We're hooked on vanity, and regard older men with contempt. Despite AIDS we're still chasing the ultimate sexual high and what's more are determined to wreck ourselves on designer drugs. We're happy to assist the straight world in keeping alive the image of all gay men as limp-wristed queens."
Gay men, he says, are so "hardwired" towards finding casual sexual encounters, some going as far as plastic implants to enhance their appearance, that finding genuine intimacy is "practically impossible."
"Vast amounts of our leisure time are organised around sex, straight or gay. But what gay men have done is organise our identity around sex. And that is corrosive. And to make things worse, promiscuity has become the norm."
The documentarian asks the proprietor of a gay sex bath house, "Paul", who had just related some graphic stories of group sexual encounters in the establishment, "Are we just swimming around in a sewer which we're just sort of saying is normal?"
The homosexual sex itself isn't the only danger:
"Unsafe" sex, he says, is not the only way in which gay men are self destructive. "If there's a new drug, gay men will find it and take it," he states.
Society is being terribly irresponsible in not only condoning this lifestyle, but celebrating it and legitimizing it.
There is no love involved in allowing fellow human beings to degrade themselves so.
Did you know that the language contained in the national motto of the United States and the Declaration of Independence are unconstitutional and violate the "separation of church and state"?
I didn't either, but that's what Principal Dawn Kastner of Westview High School in California told math teacher Bradley Johnson.
According to WorldNetDaily, Johnson has had a 7 feet by 2 feet banner in his classroom for 25 years that included the words "In God We Trust," "One Nation Under God," "God Bless America" and "God Shed His Grace On Thee," and a second banner which quoted the Declaration of Independence: "All Men Are Created Equal, They Are Endowed By Their Creator."
How such despicable and sectarian language could have been allowed all this time, we can only guess! So what if this language is in our national motto and our Declaration of Independence: they sound religious!
All kidding aside, it is either sad or despicable that a school principle would be so ignorant or malicious that they would fail to understand or honor our nation's history and heritage.
Contrary to modern assertions that a "separation of church and state" exists (there is no such language in the U.S. Constitution, our nation was set up to have neither a state-run church or a church-run state.
That is why the First Amendment says
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
That same First Amendment also goes on to condemn what this principle is trying to do
or prohibiting the free exercise thereof
While our founders understood the wisdom of avoiding a state church or official state religion, they by no means intended the public square to be devoid of religious and moral influence.
Exactly the opposite is true. Consider these facts and statements by the founders:
During the colonial period and for many years after the American Revolution, the New England Primer was the most-used textbook. This textbook was more full of Christian teaching than most religious texts today; check it out at the link above.
Gouverneur Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.”
Samuel Adams said, “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, united their endeavours to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.”
Benjamin Rush, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, “In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.”
Rush also said, "...the only foundation for...a republic is to be laid in Religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments."
Charles Carroll, another signer of the Declaration of Independence, said, "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."
James Wilson, a signer of the Declaration and one who helped write the Constitution, said, "Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine .... Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other."
That Declaration which these and more signed starts with the recognition of God, and that our freedoms and rights come from Him:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed
That Declaration also ends with a statement of "firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence."
John Witherspoon, another signer of the Declaration, said, "Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy to his country…God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy one may in the issue tend to the support and establishment of both."
Patrick Henry, the first governor of Virginia and one of the greatest proponents of independence, said, "The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone that renders us invincible."
We have Benjamin Franklin, one of the least religious of the founders, to thank for our still-standing tradition of opening congress and other government meetings in prayer when he said, during the drafting of the Constitution:
“…how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly appealing to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard and they were graciously answered… And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? or do we imagine that we no longer need his assistance?...I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth—that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better, than the Builders of Babel...We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages…I therefore beg leave to move—that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business…”
In his inaugural address, President George Washington said
...it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being who rules over the universe, who presides in the councils of nations, and whose providential aids can supply every human defect, that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a Government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes...No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States...the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained
When Washington was approached in 1779 by the Delaware Indians who wanted their children to be taught in American schools, he told them in 1779: "You do well to wish to learn our arts and our ways of life and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are. Congress will do everything they can to assist you in this wise intention."
John Jay, First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, "Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty...of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers."
Thomas Jefferson said, "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever."
Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, appointed by James Madison, said
We are not to attribute this [First Amendment] prohibition of a national religious establishment to an indifference to religion in general, and especially to Christianity (which none could hold in more reverence, than the framers of the Constitution)
He also said, "The real object of the [First A]mendment was not to countenance, much less to advance, Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects."
Story also tells us regarding the authority of the States, many of which had state churches: "The whole power over the subject of religion is left exclusively to the State governments to be acted upon according to their own sense of Justice and the State constitutions."
Noah Webster said, “In my view, the Christian Religion is the most import and and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…no truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
The Northwest Ordinance of 1787, one of the nation’s first important statutes, says in Article III: “Religion, morality and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
John Adams, our second president, said, “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”
He also said, "[W]e have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. . . . Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Adams also said, "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were…the general principles of Christianity."
Both James Wilson and Judge Story made it clear to us how to interpret laws and the Constitution: as they were intended.
Wilson said, "The first and governing maxim in the interpretation of a statute is to discover the meaning of those who made it."
Story said, "The first and fundamental rule in the interpretation of all instruments is to construe them according to the sense of the sense of the terms and intentions of the parties."
It's really not that hard to figure out. That is, unless you don't like what the law and the Constitution say, and you're looking for a way to get around what they say. Unless you're looking for a way to, um, rewrite history.
With education officials like the one who slammed the national motto and the Declaration of Independence, no wonder we're seeing so many "minds of mush" being produced by the education establishment who think the United States is a nation built on a total divorce between Christian values and the public square.
One might be tempted to overlook the ignorance of an average citizen, but such ignorance (or duplicity) on the part of a government official charged with the good education of American youth is reprehensible.
Fortunately, the Christian Post reports that San Diego federal judge Robert Benitez has upheld the teacher's display of these banners.
Some sanity yet remains not only in government, but most remarkably in our court system.
Herbert E. Meyer has a great piece at American Thinker on what he calls the decisive battle in the culture war.
Though the "mainstream" media pooh-poohs the reality that a war of cultures has been going on in the United States for about 50 years, it is undeniable to anyone with eyes to see.
It is really a type of civil war, though unlike the American Civil War of the 1800s, this one knows no geographical lines, though the "red state/blue state" demarcations do provide some reference. It is also not fought with bullets, bombs and cannon.
This civil war is one fought on the battlefield of the heart and mind. It is a civil war of philosophies and worldviews. And the casualties are staggering: about 50 million dead on the abortion front, countless others on the substance abuse front, untold suffering on the promiscuity/STD front, generational suffering on the work ethic/personal responsibility front, and still more going downward into eternity in the secularist assault on the Christian faith.
Though I admit my doubts, I hope Meyer is prescient in his statement that this may be the "decisive" battle, because decisive battles mark a turning point in a war, one that portends an end.
And of course, I hope the battle is decisive in favor of the Christian values upon which our great nation was founded.
Though Meyer's piece sheds insight on all this, I found it notable that he did a very good job of describing the two ideological camps in this culture war, along with the values and behaviors that define them:
On one side are the Traditionalists. We believe that church and State should be separate, but that religion should remain at the center of life. We are a Judeo-Christian culture, which means we consider those ten things on a tablet to be commandments, not suggestions. We believe that individuals are more important than groups, that families are more important than governments, that children should be raised by their parents rather than by a village, and that marriage is a sacred relationship between a man and a woman. We believe that rights must be balanced by responsibilities, that personal freedom is a privilege we must be careful not to abuse, and that the rule of law cannot be set aside when it becomes inconvenient.
We believe in economic liberty, property rights, and in giving purposeful and industrious entrepreneurs the elbowroom they need to start and run their businesses -- and thus create jobs for all the rest of us -- with a minimum of government interference. We recognize that people in other countries see things differently, and we are tolerant of their views. But we believe that despite its imperfections the United States is history's most blessed country, and when attacked we will defend this country with our lives.
On the other side of this culture war are the Left-Wing Liberals. They are uncomfortable with our traditions, with the inevitable inequalities of our free-market economy, and with our military power. They dislike our values, our morality, and our unabashed displays of patriotism. At first -- back in the 1960s -- they were content merely to develop and pursue their own radical culture within ours. They tuned out, turned to drugs, and pushed the level of sexual license to a point our country had never known. They were so distressed by our imperfections that they refused to recognize or celebrate our achievements.
Meyer's description continues, as does his overall analysis of the culture war. It is a highly recommended read.
Our enemy tries to lull us into capitulation with propaganda that the culture war is "just politics" and that our religious values should not speak to public policy issues. The ranks of those who would otherwise be defending right have been thinned considerably by these deceptions, but the battle is far from over.
If it is won by truth and good, as the Civil War was, then just as that victory brought greater freedom and good to all Americans, so will this one.
As was the Civil War of the 1800s was about good and evil, so is this current cultural "civil war." It is one we should not abandon; it is one we cannot afford to abandon.
Especially when, as Meyer hopes, the beginning of the end might just be in sight.