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Some Things Said… (March 08)

Obama’s mention of the Sermon on the Mount in justifying legal recognition of same-sex unions may have been a reference to the Golden Rule: “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” Or it may have been a reference to another famous line: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

The Sermon, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, includes the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, an endorsement of scriptural moral commandments (“anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven”), and condemnations of murder, divorce and adultery. It also includes a warning: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”

The passage from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, which Obama dismissed as “obscure,” discusses people who knew God but turned against him. —excerpted from a CNSNews.com story by Terence P. Jeffrey 3.03.08 as submitted by Mark Zaveson

N.J. Gov. to Sign Gay ‘Marriage’ Bill – After Election

He caters to homosexual activists but wants to avoid angering the majority of his state.

Gov. Jon Corzine wants to give New Jersey homosexuals the right to “marry,” but he has said he will wait until after the fall elections to sign any bill into law.

“Governor Corzine knows that the majority of New Jersey residents do not support same-sex ‘marriage,’ ” said Jenny Tyree, associate marriage analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “That’s likely why he is waiting until after the elections to push for the redefinition of marriage.”

Next year, however, may not be much better for such a drastic measure: The governor and the Legislature face re-election.
When Corzine ran for the U.S. Senate and when he initially ran for governor, he said he believed marriage was the union of a man and a woman.

“Governor Corzine has flipped on this position,” said Len Deo, president and executive director of the New Jersey Family Policy Council. “Now he’s starting to say he sees same-sex ‘marriage’ coming to New Jersey. Well, he doesn’t see it coming, he’s going to help bring it unless we can stand up and stop it.”… excerpted from an article by Devon Williams 2.20.08 at Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink e-page, as submitted by Muriel McConnon

Top ‘Gay’ Organization Comes Clean: ‘HIV is a Gay Disease’

In a public statement last Friday, Matt Foreman, outgoing Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, rattled the homosexual activist community by joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pro-family organizations and a growing number of homosexual activists willing to admit that homosexual behavior is both extremely high-risk and primarily responsible for the spread of HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

Addressing the topic of AIDS, Foreman drastically deviated from the “gay” lobby’s party line by admitting, “Internally, when these numbers come out, the ‘established’ gay community seems to have a collective shrug as if this isn’t our problem. Folks, with 70 percent of the people in this country living with HIV being gay or bi, we cannot deny that HIV is a gay disease. We have to own that and face up to that.”… excerpted from a Christian Newswire article that appeared on the Concerned Women of America’s website, as submitted by Muriel McConnon.

Court Drops Case of ‘Peeping Tom’ in Target; Says Victim Was Not in Private Place

A man accused of using a camera to take pictures under the skirt of an unsuspecting 16-year-old girl at a Tulsa store did not commit a crime, a state appeals court has ruled.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals voted 4-1 in favor of Riccardo Gino Ferrante, who was arrested in 2006 for situating a camera underneath the girl’s skirt at a Target store and taking photographs.

Ferrante, now 34, was charged under a “Peeping Tom” statute that requires the victim to be “in a place where there is a right to a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Testimony indicated he followed the girl, knelt down behind her and placed the camera under her skirt.

In January 2007, Tulsa County District Judge Tom Gillert ordered Ferrante’s felony charge dismissed. That was based upon a determination that “the person photographed was not in a place where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy,” according to the appellate ruling issued last week.

The District Attorney’s Office had appealed Gillert’s ruling to the Court of Criminal Appeals. “We agree with the district court’s analysis,” stated the opinion written by Appeals Judge Charles Johnson, with Judges Charles Chapel, David Lewis and Arlene Johnson concurring.

In a dissent, Appeals Judge Gary Lumpkin wrote that “what this decision does is state to women who desire to wear dresses that there is no expectation of privacy as to what they have covered with their dress.”

“In other words, it is open season for peeping Toms in public places who want to look under a woman’s dress,” Lumpkin wrote. He said he found the majority’s finding of no reasonable expectation of privacy “interesting and disturbing.”

Assistant District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said he will explore the possibility of getting the Legislature to change the law. “We certainly are going to seek to amend this statute to criminalize what we consider to be outrageous conduct,” he said. — excerpted from an Associated Press article, 3.12.08 and as submitted by Mark Zaveson.