Jimmy Carter and â€˜The Eldersâ€™ To mark his 89th birthday, former South African President Nelson Mandela announced the launch of a global Council of Elders, a group boasting the alleged sagacity of nearly a thousand yearsâ€™ life experience and the belief that it can save the world. Backed in part by the resoundingly effective United Nations, â€œThe Eldersâ€ is the brainchild of businessman Richard Branson and musician Peter Gabriel.
Democrats Go On Record In Support Of Homosexual Marriage
Democratic National Committee (DNC) spokesman Danien LaVera says the DNC has developed a five-point plan to help homosexuals block any legislation which prohibits homosexual marriage, and to push homosexual marriage.
The first successful effort occurred in Illinois where the Democrats helped the activists keep the marriage protection law off the ballot in that state, including a donation of $10,000.
LaVera said the DNC strongly opposes efforts to ban homosexual marriage by amending the federal or state constitutions and that the Democratic party plans to step up efforts to promote pro-homosexual marriage bills in several states.
Democratic parties in eight states have already adopted platforms endorsing homosexual marriage bills. They include New York, California, Washington, Iowa, Alaska, Colorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii. –excerpted from an e-mail by Donald E. Wildman of the American Family Association 10.27.06.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government…
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. –history professor Alexander Tyler discoursing on the Athenian State, as recorded in 1787 at the University of Edinburgh, contributed by Muriel McConnon.
Saints, sinners and bigots
When my mother died at the grand old age of 91 she left behind a long letter to her children, filled with loving reflections and one exhortation. “I think if I had one wish for all of you other than a long and healthy life,” she wrote, “it would be that you give the grandchildren a little religion. Something that has lasted for over 6,000 years has to have something going for it.”
She knew that her assimilated Jewish family was tempted by the secular culture. At the end of her long life she was puzzled by how difficult it had become for the generation following hers to integrate religious faith into their lives.
Whether Jewish or Christian, organized religion has fallen on hard times. Millions of Americans attend synagogue, church and cathedral services every week, but even among the devout; God is less integrated into daily life than in earlier generations.
The Founding Fathers, tutored intellectually and sometimes theologically in the Judeo-Christian tradition, counted on the wall separating church and state to insulate religion. This would allow the faithful to go about their business of spreading their good news freely. Skeptics would always assert their prejudices in the public square, but intolerance would be exposed as bigotry. –excerpted from an article by Suzanne Fields found at Townhall.com, 10.26.06 read the entire article here
ECI: Evangelical Christians Impolitic?
The Hewlett Foundation’s answer to global warming? Abort babies.
In February, 85 prominent evangelicals signed the “Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI)” which is the “Christian” response to the supposed global warming problem. The document claims that “climate change is happening and is being caused mainly by human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels.” The ECI predicts that “millions of people could die in this century because of climate change.” Today, with a total of 97 signatures, this initiative includes mega-church pastor and author Rick Warren, former President of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) Leith Anderson, and Christianity Today editor David Neff.
Interestingly, one of the biggest donors to the ECI is the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, known for its unabashed and overt support for abortion. The willingness of the Hewlett Foundation to contribute $475,000 to an evangelical initiative begs the question, “Why?” Would the Hewlett Foundation fund an evangelical initiative without trying to further its own agenda in the process?
A recent report jointly released by the respected Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) and the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty (AI), posits that the real motivation behind the Hewlett Foundation’s contribution is to promote population control and abortion-on-demand.
The Hewlett Foundation states on its Web site, “As populations have grown in size and affluence, so too has the negative impact on the environment caused by their greater fossil-fuel use. The real energy crisis is not that the world will run out of fossil fuels, but that the capacity of the environment to absorb pollution will be – and in some case, has already been – exhausted.”
The IRD/AI paper argues that the initiative’s failure to address population control indicates that “…the ECI signers seem naively unaware that such dystopic interpretations of human activity are often tied to and derived from campaigns to reduce the human population. This connection is not a coincidence. Population control is official doctrine for many environmental groups just as it is in certain circles of the U.N.” It goes on to say that “…these Evangelical leaders who in good faith associated themselves with the ECI are being exploited by organizations that not only deny their biblically-based value system, but hold such beliefs in contempt.” –excerpted from an article by Lindsay Randall at the Concerned Women for America website, 10.27.06 read the entire article here
Some holy words from the Religion of Peace(?)
An immunity from God and His Apostle to those with whom ye are in league among the polytheistic Arabs (those who join gods with God). Go ye therefore at large in the land for four months; but know that God ye shall not weaken and those that believe not God will God will put to shame. And a proclamation on the part of God and His Apostle to the people on the day of the Great Pilgrimage, that God is free from any engagement with the votaries of other gods with God as is his Apostle! If therefore ye turn back to God, it will be better for you: but if ye turn back, then know that ye shall not weaken God, announce thou a grievous punishment.
But this concerneth not those polytheists with whom ye are in league, and who shall afterward in no way have failed you, nor aided anyone against you. Observe therefore, engagement with them through the whole time of their treaty: for God loveth those who fear him.
And when the sacred months are passed, kill those who join other gods with God wherever ye shall find them, and seize them, besiege them, and lay for them with every kind of ambush. But if they shall convert, and observe prayer, and pay the obligatory alms, then let them go their way, for God is gracious, merciful. –the Koran, Sura IX, at-Taubah: Repentance, 1 — 5. From the Standard English translation by J. M. Rodwell, as suggested by Mark Zaveson.
Some words in contrast from that not-to-be-tolerated evil religion — AKA Christianity(?)
These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
“Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. And when you go into a household, greet it. If the household is worthy, let your peace come upon it. But if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Day of Judgment than for that city!
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. And you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
“Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. “And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.
“But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!
“Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’ And ‘a man’s foes will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
“He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward. And he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones only a cup of cold water in the name of a disciple, assuredly, I say to you, he shall by no means lose his reward.”–Matthew 10:5-42, the charge by Jesus to his apostles as he sent them out during his ministry.