Ashamed of Jesus at the National Day of Prayer The 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, Dr. Ravi Zacharias, is refusing to pray in the name of Jesus Christ in his prayer posted on the official NDP website. A receptionist with the National Day of Prayer in Colorado Springs stated that the Honorary Chairman's prayer does not include the name of Jesus so as not to offend the Jewish participants in the event, and that others are free to pray in Jesus name if they desireâ€¦ --excerpted from a Christian Newswire Media Advisory posted 4.24.08 and as submitted by Muriel McConnon.
Those who want to go directly to hell; they can follow capitalism. And those of us who want to build heaven here on earth; we will follow socialism. –Venezuela’s “president” Hugo Chavez, as submitted by Mark Zaveson
Washington state Senate votes for Planned Parenthood pleasing curriculum
Lawmakers in several states have launched an offensive to eliminate abstinence-only education. That campaign has advanced furthest in Washington.
The state Senate there passed a bill on Wednesday, 30-19, that will mandate all public schools teach Planned Parenthood-endorsed sex-ed curriculum that’s used in Seattle schools.
“We’re just sick about it,” Sen. Val Stevens told CitizenLink. “It’s probably the worst piece of legislation that we’ve passed in the 15 years I’ve been in the Legislature.”
The measure would specifically ban local districts from teaching the value of purity.
“The bill will eliminate the opportunity for the schools to teach abstinence education, unless they also present the ‘medically correct’ — as it is being called — curriculum that will be developed by the state superintendent of public instruction,” said Stevens, a Republican from Arlington.
LeAnna Benn, director of Spokane-based Teen-Aid, said the curriculum requires that students be taught about condoms and contraceptives. — excerpted from an article found at Focus on the Family’s Citizenlink online page 3.08.07 and submitted by Muriel McConnon.
Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff: “Homosexuality is Immoral”
General Pace is to be commended for publicly expressing the common sense values shared by the majority of Americans Marine General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed some refreshing and candid truths relative to homosexual behavior during a Chicago Tribune interview on Monday.
While defending the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, which allows homosexuals to serve in the armed forces as long as they keep their deviant sexual preferences and behaviors private, Pace compared homosexual acts to other acts of sexual immorality such as adultery and reaffirmed the reality that acceptance of open homosexual behavior in the military would amount to government sanctioning of immorality. He suggested it would be ill-advised and counterproductive at best.
“I believe homosexual acts between two individuals are immoral and that we should not condone immoral acts,” said Pace. “I do not believe the United States is well served by a policy that says it is OK to be immoral in any way.
“As an individual, I would not want [acceptance of homosexual behavior] to be our policy, just like I would not want it to be our policy that if we were to find out that so-and-so was sleeping with somebody else’s wife, that we would just look the other way, which we do not. We prosecute that kind of immoral behavior,” Pace told The Tribune. –excerpted from an article by J. Matt Barber as found at www.cwfa.org on 3/13/2007, read the rest of the article here
Two items from the religion of peace:
1.) FBI: Extremists Signing Up to Be School Bus Drivers
Washington (AP) – Members of extremist groups have signed up as school bus drivers in the United States, counterterrorism officials said Friday, in a cautionary bulletin to police. An FBI spokesman said “parents and children have nothing to fear.”
Asked about the alert notice, the FBI’s Rich Kolko said “there are no threats, no plots and no history leading us to believe there is any reason for concern,” although law enforcement agencies around the country were asked to watch out for kids’ safety.
The bulletin, parts of which were read to The Associated Press, did not say how often foreign extremists have sought to acquire licenses to drive school buses, or where. It was sent Friday as part of what officials said was a routine FBI and Homeland Security Department advisory to local law enforcement.
It noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them, according to a counterterrorism official who read parts of the document to The Associated Press. –from an AP posting found at www.jihadwatch.org 3.16.07
2.) Washington Post Writer Praises Extremist Islam
Islamic supremacism (sic) hits the pages of the Washington Post (again), as Genieve Abdo praises Hamas, Hizballah, the Muslim Brotherhood, and un-indicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Siraj Wahaj, and mocks and derides the Secular Islam Summit: A More Islamic Iran.
“Consider the facts: Islamic revivalism has spread across the globe in the past 30 years from the Middle East to parts of Africa. In Egypt, it is hard to find a woman on the street who does not wear a headscarf. Islamic political groups and movements are on the rise – from Hezbollah in Lebanon, to Hamas in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Even in the United States, more and more American Muslims, particularly the young, are embracing Islam and religious symbolism in ways their more secular, immigrant parents did not.
“I traveled to Florida to serve as the keynote speaker at an annual convention hosted by CAIR. On my way to the event, I spoke with Imam Siraj Wahaj, a charismatic intellectual from the Masjid Al-Taqwa in Brooklyn who has thousands of followers here and abroad. His words summarized the aspirations of mainstream Muslims in the United States and around the globe: “What we need to do is borrow those attributes from the West that we admire and reject those that we don’t. That is the wave of the future.”
“Already, signs support Imam Wahaj’s words. Muslims living in the West and those in the Islamic world are searching for this middle ground – one that fuses aspects of globalization with the Islamic tradition. For example, Muslim women have far greater access to higher education today than ever before. In Iran, there are more women than men in universities, a first in the country’s history. But as increasing numbers of Muslim women become more educated, majorities are becoming more religious while also taking part in what are called Islamic feminist movements, which stretch from Egypt to Turkey and Morocco…”–excerpted from an article found at www.littlegreenfootballs.com 03.16.07
Ashamed of the Gospel in Jamestown
Recent visitors to Jamestown, Va., say they were shocked and upset to discover that tour guides at the Jamestown Settlement and Museum were not allowed to acknowledge the existence of “religious” items such as the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer.
California pastor and researcher Todd DuBord told WorldNetDaily.com that visitors are being told the settlers came only to make money, with no mention of their commission to spread the Gospel on orders from King James I.
“The Virginia Charter for 1606, both empowering and governing the Jamestown settlement, was expressly rooted in the Great Commission of Holy Scripture,” said DuBord. “We were all appalled, and shared so with [the guide], especially understanding that this was an educational tour, on which students from across the country were being taught every week.” –from Focus on the Family, 3.15.07, as submitted by Mark Zaveson 03-14-2007
Gay Indoctrination Infuriates Chicago Parents
Mandatory class for freshmen includes section on accepting homosexuality.
Parents of freshmen at Chicago’s Deerfield High School say students are required to attend lectures on gay sexuality, and then sign a contract forbidding them to talk about it afterward.
Ellen Waltz’s son and his friends told her about the lectures — delivered by other students — and the contract.
“[They said,] ‘We had to sit there and listen to them tell us about their feelings and what it’s like to be gay,’ ” Waltz said. “They make them sign a contract stating that they won’t say anything that’s in the room.”
Lora Sue Hauser, a school-issues adviser for North Shore Student Advocacy, said a group of boys told her school officials threatened those who were reluctant to sign the contract.
“[They were told] ‘You will sign this or you will go to the dean,’ ” Hauser said.
Dr. Sue Hebson, vice-superintendent of the school district, told Family News in Focus that there is no contract. She also denied that the classroom discussions involve sexuality. “That’s not part of the conversation,” Hebson said. –by Steve Jordahl and Wendy Cloyd and found at Focus on the Family, 3.15.07 and submitted by Muriel McConnon.