Friday, October 20, 2006

Happy 90th Birthday Planned Parenthood

Why am I smiling?

An estimated 43 Million children where murdered before they could celebrate their birthday.

PP has become the nations largest operator of abortion clinics, and the Worlds largest provider of abortions.

PP has promoted rampant promiscuity without even token commentary to abstinence or restraint.

PP has fought against virtually all limits to abortion, including: parental consent laws, informed consent laws, waiting period laws, and laws limiting abortion by term or age of the unborn.

PP is funded, largely, by our tax dollars. In 2004 $265.2M in tax funding went to Planned Parenthood.

Hat tip Y.A.C.R.W.B.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Thursday Theological Thinking

updated: 10-19-06 PM

We have Two Roads that point towards Heaven. Only one Road actually gets you there.

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

Getting to heaven is Not easy. Most will not make it.

Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.
"For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it."

21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.
Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'
23"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you;

There are Two types of foundations for our lives: Sand and Stone.

Matthew 7: 24-27 "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
25"And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
26"Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.
27"The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell--and great was its fall."

There are Two kinds of Fruit: Good and Bad

Matthew 7: 15-20 Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16"You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?
17"So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.
18"A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.
19"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20"So then, you will know them by their fruits.

No one is saved in Groups. Your eternity is personal. You, and you alone, will choose which gate you will enter.

There will be many people that 'loved' the Sermon on the Mount, in Hell.

Seek God's Truth with all your heart and strength! It will take that to Live, and a Bible.

Nothing else will be acceptable before God than the Righteousness of Christ, not your own!

Check your worldy wisdom, knowledge, desires, and pride at the gate of God's Kingdom.

May His will be done, not our own.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

An absurd miscarriage of what we have come to know as "separation of church and state."

I recalled this brillant gem and thought it worth posting again.
Attention Liberal Shoppers: Tissues can be found on aisle 6, next to the Do-It Yourself - fetus be gone Kits.

Source: Mark A. Rose, Right Minded:

To update the Right Minded column that ran on November 29, 2004, a federal judge has ruled that stickers proclaiming the fallibility of evolution must be removed from science textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia. The stickers were added after more than 2,000 parents complained the textbooks presented evolution as fact, without mentioning competing ideas about our origins, such as intelligent design.

Six parents and the American Civil Liberties Union sued, contending the disclaimers violated separation of church and state and unfairly singled out evolution from thousands of other scientific theories as suspect. The stickers read "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully and critically considered."

So more than 2,000 parents wanted the stickers, six didn't, and guess who won? Indeed, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper sided with the small minority, ruling the stickers represented an unconstitutional endorsement of religion.

In another case, atheist Michael Newdow, who successfully lobbied the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to strike the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance in 2002, most recently brought a suit to federal court to have prayer banned from President Bush's inauguration. Displaying the intolerance that has become the trademark of the anti-Christian left, Newdow claimed that hearing religious references in the inauguration would cause "irreparable damage" to him. (Advice to Michael Newdow: buy earplugs.)

Fortunately, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled against Newdow. But it's still ironic that liberals often throw out such lines as "with all the starving children and people without healthcare, I can't believe you're worried about (some conservative cause)." Yet liberals will crawl over the American landscape with a magnifying glass and a scrubbing pad looking for references to God. So I guess the proper retort here is "with all the starving children and people without healthcare, I can't believe you're worried about an inauguration prayer."

Or, to re-phrase a quote from Bill Clinton, "removing a prayer never created a job or educated a child, or helped a family make ends meet. Banning God never cleaned up a toxic waste dump or helped an elderly person."

Seriously, what these two cases illustrate -- among a much larger collection of like instances -- is an absurd miscarriage of what we have come to know as "separation of church and state." It's time for a refresher.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution begins "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." The first part is known as the Establishment Clause. The second part is known as the Free Exercise Clause. Overall, it's perhaps the most misinterpreted sixteen words in the entire Constitution.

When the Bill of Rights was written in 1789, several states had their own religions. The Establishment Clause was written to prevent Congress from establishing a national church, which would have trumped the various state churches. The words "separation of church and state" do not appear in the Constitution, explicitly or implicitly. That phrase was found in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists dated January 1, 1802.

The phrase "separation of church and state" wasn't introduced into American jurisprudence until 1947 by Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (Everson v. Board of Education). This was 158 years after Congress passed the Bill of Rights.

There are three elements to the Establishment Clause. They are: (1) Congress must (2) make a law that (3) establishes a religion. So let's apply the two aforementioned cases to the First Amendment under its proper context.

In the first case, regarding science textbooks in Cobb County, Georgia, Judge Cooper effectively threw out any challenges to evolution because they represented an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. Now, the Cobb County school board is not Congress, so right away the First Amendment does not apply.

In the second case, the President had prayer at his inauguration. Again, the President of the United States isn't Congress, so the First Amendment is not applicable. Michael Newdow's suit therefore didn't even deserve a ruling. It should have been thrown out because of its irrelevance to the First Amendment.

That individuals such as Michael Newdow even get attention from the press and the legal system illustrate the serious degree to which the Establishment Clause has been misapplied. That groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and especially their accomplices on the bench, have stretched the First Amendment far beyond its original meaning is the result of a judiciary that is far more intent on imposing its own beliefs than correctly interpreting the Constitution. What we have forgotten is that the court system is not the law of the land. The Constitution is.

Re-defining words is how the Establishment Clause has been misused to the point that "under God," textbook stickers, Ten Commandments plaques, and nativity scenes have all been declared unconstitutional in various places by various judges. Those who push for separation of church and state often produce quotes by our founders which supposedly conform to the present-day separationists' warped point-of-view. However, like nearly every other aspect of liberalism, separation of church and state is a concept that can be easily refuted by scrutinizing evidence and a careful definition of words.