Mass. Lawmakers Set to Vote on Gay Marriage Boston (RNS) State legislators are scheduled to meet next Thursday (June 14) in a constitutional convention to vote on whether to place a referendum on the 2008 ballot that, if approved by voters, would ban future gay marriages. â€“from a news listing by Dan Ring for Religious News Service at the PBS Religion and Newsweekly website
Roe v. Wade… For Men?
They are calling it Roe v Wade for men. A group called the National Center for Men on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit claiming that men should have the same right to opt out of responsibility for an unwanted child that women have through abortion. The group is citing the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause in saying that fathers should have the legal right to not pay support for an unwanted child.
Women’s groups call that argument “ridiculous,” saying it would place the financial burden of raising a child solely on the mother. But the Center for Men says they just want reproductive law applied equally. –by Brit Hume, 03.09.06 from the Fox News Report (Fox News’ Aaron Bruns contributed to this report).
Bishop Robinson Update
The Scrapbook couldn’t help but notice that the Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, has entered a treatment center for alcoholism.
Ordinarily, such news doesn’t make the pages of the New York Times, or attract the attention of The Scrapbook. But Bishop Robinson, as the Times lead put it, is no typical clergyman. He is “the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church.” Although none of his colleagues had seen evidence of alcohol abuse, or knew of any “precipitating event” that would drive Bishop Robinson to seek treatment, he said in a message to his diocese that he has chosen “to deal with my increasing dependence on alcohol . . . which, for years, I have thought of as a failure of will or discipline on my part, rather than a disease over which my particular body simply has no control, except to stop drinking altogether.”
While we certainly wish Mr. Robinson well in his course of treatment, from the sound of things, he seems to have the therapeutic lingo down already.
Reflecting on the bishop’s surprise announcement, his assistant, the Rev. Tim Rich, said that “the pressure of the last three years has been immense.” Immense, perhaps, but also self-generated, since his appointment in 2003, which put the worldwide Anglican communion in an uproar, Bishop Robinson seems to have spent considerably more time making public appearances as the Gay Bishop than ministering to the spiritual needs of the 49 congregations in the New Hampshire diocese.
In the words of the New York Times, he has “marched in gay parades and received honors at conferences. In November, he traveled to England to meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, to debate at Oxford University, and be interviewed by the BBC.” If Bishop Robinson were to recline on The Scrapbook’s couch, we would suggest that he read his public message back to himself, substituting “being the Gay Bishop” wherever the words “alcohol” and “drinking” appear.
That may not be the kind of therapy he’s seeking, but it might remind him of the duties of a priest and bishop before the next parade invitation arrives.–from an article Al Gore, The Gay Bishop, and “Lost” by The Scrapbook in The Weekly Standard, Volume 011, Issue 23, 02.27.06
Gov. Rounds Signs Bill Banning Most S.D. Abortions
Sioux Falls, S.D. Ã¢â‚¬” Gov. Mike Rounds signed legislation Monday banning nearly all abortions in South Dakota, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform an abortion unless the procedure was necessary to save the woman’s life. It would make no exception for cases of rape or incest.
Planned Parenthood, which operates the state’s only abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, has pledged to challenge the measure in court.
Rounds issued a written statement saying he expects the law will be tied up in court for years and will not take effect unless the U.S. Supreme Court upholds it.
“In the history of the world, the true test of a civilization is how well people treat the most vulnerable and most helpless in their society. The sponsors and supporters of this bill believe that abortion is wrong because unborn children are the most vulnerable and most helpless persons in our society. I agree with them,” Rounds said in the statement.
The governor declined all media requests for interviews Monday.
The Legislature passed the bill last month after supporters argued that the recent appointment of conservative justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito have made the U.S. Supreme Court more likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.
South Dakota’s abortion ban is to take effect July 1, but a federal judge is likely to suspend it during a legal challenge…–from the Associated Press, as found at Foxnews.com 03.06.06 read the entire article here
Vicar refuses to forgive, steps down at parish
London — A female vicar whose daughter was killed in the London suicide bombings last year has stepped down from her parish role, saying she cannot and does not want to forgive the killers.
The Rev. Julie Nicholson said she made the difficult decision after her 24-year-old daughter, Jenny, died in the July 7 bombings on the underground transport network.
She said she could not reconcile her faith with the feelings of hatred she has toward the killers. –excerpted from an article by Kate Holton, Reuters News Agency, from The Washington Times 03.08.06
One-Way Free Speech in Schools
When it comes to preaching multiculturalism and politically correct social engineering in public schools, the Left are certainly the most vocal of free speech purists. On the other hand, the same people react with horror to the mere mention of religion or Conservative views in the same schools. Are there limits to free speech in schools, or not — and who gets to set those limits? Can teachers use public schools as soapboxes from which to preach their personal philosophy, whatever it may be? Should any religious or political views be banned from public schools — or only Christian and Conservative perspectives? Taxpayers have little or no control over the schools they pay for — and that’s the root of the problem. –excerpted from an article at Cavaliers Guardian Watchblog, 03.08.06 read the entire article here
Duties of the civil society
It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such homage and such only as he believes to be acceptable to him. This duty is precedent, both in order of time and in degree of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. –James Madison (Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, Circa 20 June 1785) as found at The Patriot Post 03.09.10
An Accelerated Curriculum of Ignorance
In days of old, when teaching right from wrong was the responsibility of parents, schools exclusively taught the basics and neither teachers nor parents could be charged with a crime if they disciplined unruly children, not only was a public education worth something, the country was a civilized place complete with ethics, morals and values. Today, the “village,” governmentally empowered to educate and look after our children, is producing arsonists and anarchists. Civility is nowhere to be found. Oh, happy day!
It’s ironic that “evolved” liberal institutions of learning (such are our universities and increasingly, our high schools), complete with accelerated courses in the humanities, sociology and ethics, are increasingly producing graduates who have no ethics, no understanding of morality and no mastery of the skills that can reasonably be described as the basics of education.
Today’s focus is to instill in a child an undeserved, positive — dare I say “progressive” — self-esteem, moving away from the tenet that good self-esteem is earned by hard work and that success is achievable through that work ethic. George Washington’s Rules of Civility has been replaced with The Hitch-Hooker’s Guide to Applying a Condom as required reading in our classrooms and the “village” is okay with that.
There is, however, a price to pay when deference is given to narcissism and inflated self-esteem — not to mention inflated grades — over a solid, basic education and instilling a fundamental commitment to self-responsibility.
Three college students from Birmingham, Alabama were arrested recently and charged with setting nine churches on fire, burning each of them to the ground. The arson spree, which started February 3rd, terrorized both black congregations and white, depriving them all of the ability to gather in order to practice their faith.
(These boys (had) better hope that the prosecutor isn’t creative. The thought of multiple charges for violating the parishioners First Amendment rights to freely practice religion is quite enticing.)
In court papers that were filed at the time of their arrests, the three college students — two of them sophomores at Birmingham-Southern College, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church — described their acts of destruction as “a joke that got out of hand.”
Who in their right mind would find burning a church down to be funny? Adjusting the intelligence curve I will ask the question another way.
Who besides the mentally challenged, ignorant, pointy-hat wearers — and perhaps the more hate-filled human secularists — could possibly find burning down a house of worship, a place where people go to celebrate and enjoin in love for their fellow man, funny?
Humor is an odd thing. Just a few decades ago people used to prefer humor that was well crafted, witty and intelligent. Sure, there were fart jokes as well but by comparison they were sophomoric. It seems that three students from Alabama have redefined sophomoric humor.
Then there is the issue, still being mulled on the University of Washington campus, about whether or not a Medal of Honor recipient meets the “standards” of the UW’s student senators.
In debating whether or not Medal of Honor recipient and former POW Col. Greg “Pappy” Boyington was worthy of a statue in his honor on the UW campus, student senator Jill Edwards queried whether it was appropriate to “honor a person who killed other people.”
As a rule, I usually try to refrain from name-calling. Therefore I am taking this opportunity to state that I am about to use the word “twit” in its literal capacity: a foolishly annoying person.
One has to wonder how Ms. Edwards, a mindless twit for her statement and inability to understand any situation which does not directly affect her, would feel about a US soldier who shot dead an al Qaeda terrorist who was about to saw off her head? Or how she would feel about a police officer who shot dead a lunatic holding a gun to her head? Would she still be predisposed to asking such an incredibly ignorant question?
Of course, there are a few very large questions that we all should all be asking. How did our education system — the “village” — produce such incredible stupidity? How is it that college sophomores don’t know that burning down a church is wrong, especially in the South, given its history of hate-motivated church burnings? How is it that today’s university students don’t understand there are evil people in the world, people so filled with hate that they would slaughter in the name ideology, religion or both in the blink of an eye? How can it possibly be that allegedly educated minds are ignorant to the strength of character and selflessness, the shear courage demanded of the human soul, it takes to risk one’s life for another’s? How is it that the students of today are capable of denying honor to a person who is directly responsible for their freedom?
We have to ask ourselves how public education transformed itself from a system that produced some of the greatest thinkers in the history of the world to an institution dedicated to the promotion of multicultural globalism and anti-Americanism, catering to the lowest common denominator.
Then again, the answer is quite clear. Our “progressive” education system — the “village” — thinks that Jay Bennish is one hell of a teacher. –by Frank Salvato from The New Media Journal 03.10.06 (submitted by Mark Zaveson)
Say it aint so?
So, why Brokeback Mountain? For Hollywood’s fashionable elite, promoting heterosexual promiscuity and marital infidelity is passÃƒÂ©Ã¢â‚¬”those subjects are already prevalent in theater and TV entertainment. Instead, for the past decade, the glitterati have been advocating for the normalization of gender disorientation pathologyÃ¢â‚¬”the promotion of homosexual relationships as equivalent to those ordained by the laws of nature (not to mention every religion of the world). –from The Patriot Post 06-10 online 03.10.06 read the full remark here
A comment on how these things come about, how to avoid or deal with them and moreÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
But understand this that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it. Avoid such people. For among them are those who make their way into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and swayed by various impulses, who will listen to anybody and can never arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
As Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of corrupt mind and counterfeit faith; but they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings, what befell me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceivers and deceived.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. –the Apostle Pauls second letter to the disciple Timothy, chapter three – from the Revised Standard Version.
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson