For Gay Rights Movement, a Key Setback
When Massachusetts became the first state to legalize gay marriage in November 2003, gay rights advocates imagined a chain reaction that would shake marriage laws until same-sex couples across the nation had the legal right to wed.
Nowhere did gay marriage seem like a natural fit more than New York, where the Stonewall uprising of 1969 provided inspiration for the gay rights movement and where a history of spirited progressivism had led some gay couples to envision their own weddings someday.
Yesterday’s court ruling against gay marriage was more than a legal rebuke, then – it came as a shocking insult to gay rights groups. Leaders said they were stunned by both the rejection and the decision’s language, which they saw as expressing more concern for the children of heterosexual couples than for the children of gay couples. They also took exception to the ruling’s description of homosexuality as a preference rather than an orientation… –excerpted from a news analysis article by Patrick Healy as submitted by Mark Zaveson, 07.07.06 from The New York Times.
California Pro-Gay Education Bill Stalls
Assembly delays vote on legislation after thousands of Golden Staters speak out against the teaching of “gay-positive” propaganda in public schools.
California lawmakers postponed a vote today on a dangerous bill which could force the state’s public schools to parrot gay propaganda when it comes to discussions about homosexuality – and outcry from family advocates appears to be the reason for the delay. –excerpted from an article by Pete Winn at the Focus on the Family website 06.29.06
The American Biblical Tradition
In 1911 the English-speaking world paused to mark the 300th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, with American political leaders foremost in the chorus of exaltation. To former president Theodore Roosevelt, this Bible translation was “the Magna Carta of the poor and the oppressed…the most democratic book in the world.” Soon-to-be president Woodrow Wilson said much the same thing: “The Bible (with its individual value of the human soul) is undoubtedly the book that has made democracy and been the source of all progress.”
Americans at the time mostly agreed with these sentiments, because the impact of the KJV was everywhere so obvious. It was obvious for business, with major firms like Harper & Brothers having risen to prominence on the back of its Bible publishing. It was obvious in the physical landscape and in many households because of the widespread use of Bible names for American places (95 variations on Salem) and the nation’s children (John, James, Sarah, Rebecca). It was obvious in literature, as with the memorable opening of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick: “Call me Ishmael.” And it was obvious in politics, with no occasion more memorable than March 4, 1865, when four quotations from the KJV framed Abraham Lincoln’s incomparable Second Inaugural Address: Genesis 3:19 (“wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces”); Matthew 18:7 (“woe unto the world because of offences!”); Matthew 7:1 (“judge not that we be not judged”); and Psalm 19:9 (“the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether”)…–excerpted from an opinion piece by Mark A. Noll 07.07.06 from The Wall Street Journal online, read the entire article here
Episcopalians Shaken by Division in Church
Their parish, which celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, is solid and strong. It has 3,000 members, a historic stone building in good repair and a well-loved minister.
But to the Episcopalians at St. Luke’s Parish in Darien, Conn., who gathered with their pastor to grapple with the past week’s news about their denomination, it was as if their solid stone church had been struck by an earthquake.
To them and to many Episcopalians around the country, the long-vulnerable fault line running under the Episcopal Church had cracked wide open in one week. Six traditionalist dioceses and some individual parishes announced plans to break from the Episcopal Church because they could not live with a church that permits an openly gay bishop and ceremonies for same-sex unions. —excerpted from an article by Laurie Goodstein in The New York Times, 07.02.06.
Just a reminder…
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life — no one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:6
Six Flags Muslim Only Day
Britain’s largest theme park will host a “Muslims only” day – and infidels are not welcome. This may be a new development in Britain, but it’s been happening in the US for years.
Starting in 2004, Six Flags Adventure Park in New Jersey has hosted annual “Muslim Adventure Days,” and each year the Islamic Circle of North America dishonestly attempts to promote it as a “Muslims Only” event–but most Americans won’t stand for this, and the park has had to issue clarifications to counteract the ICNA claims. –excerpted from an article found at www.littlegreenfootballs.com
An explanation as to how some religious and all non-religious folks got to where they are
From this state of perplexity I was relieved by the precious word of God. From reading and meditating upon it, I became convinced that God did love the whole world, and that the reason why he did not save all, was because of their unbelief: and that the reason why they believed not, was not because God did not exert his physical, almighty power in them to make them believe, but because they neglected and received not his testimony, given in the Word concerning His Son. —Barton W. Stone.
A skewed view?
Most movies present the world according to Hollywood (and the word became flesh–lots of flesh)–that the sex act is good in and of itself, that people should follow their feelings (which invariably will lead them to right conduct and happiness), that prayer is like throwing a penny in a wishing well, that God is within us, that God is love, that God makes no demands of us and that the followers of traditional religion are a bunch of uptight, puritanical, hypocritical killjoys. –Don Feder as found in The Patriot, at www.patriotpost.US 06-26
Virginia churches plan diocese exit
Correction: The Washington Times mischaracterized a meeting Wednesday between the Rev. Martyn Minns and Virginia Episcopal Bishop Peter J. Lee. Representatives of the Falls Church Episcopal and Truro Episcopal churches now say no final decision on leaving the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has been made.
Two of Northern Virginia’s largest and most historic Episcopal churches — Truro and the Falls Church — informed Virginia Bishop Peter J. Lee yesterday that they plan to leave the diocese and that as many as two dozen other parishes may follow suit. –excerpted from an article by Julia Duin, in The Washington Times 06.29.06