Thursday, November 30, 2006

Case #3-06-0924, Doe v. Wilson County School System

Source: God and Wilson County schools. Excellent Commentary!
posted September 29, 2006 by Mark Rose at Right Minded.

Well, it had to happen sooner or later. The ACLU is suing the Wilson County school system for religious activities at Lakeview Elementary in Mt. Juliet, thereby violating "separation of church and state."
  • Alleging that a Mt. Juliet elementary school Christmas play, a group of praying parents, a national prayer day and teacher-led prayer in class are among a range of religious activities that violate the separation of church and state, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a suit in federal court yesterday.

  • The suit was filed on behalf of two Old Hickory parents, who said the activities were "highly offensive" and subjected their young son - a kindergartener at the school last year - to "religious proselytizing."
  • "Religious freedom for everyone is jeopardized when public schools promote and endorse religious activities," ACLU-TN executive director Hedy Weinberg said in a news release. "In addition, the sponsorship of religious activities in Wilson County public schools broadcasts a divisive message to the religiously pluralistic community of Wilson County.

  • Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, the suit seeks a preliminary injunction, asking that defendants be stopped from engaging in any future, similar religious activities. It also seeks attorneys' fees and compensatory or nominal damages," for "emotional distress" and for the cost of homeschooling their son.

  • The suit says the religious activities led the parents to pull their son out of school to homeschool him.
A few points.

1. There is no separation of church and state. The First Amendment states, in part, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." A simple rendering of the English language refutes the concept of "separation of church and state." The Wilson County school system is not Congress, no laws have been made, and no religion has been established. Remember, the Bill of Rights was never intended as a restriction on individuals. It is a restriction on government that guarantees the civil liberties of individuals. By filing its lawsuit, the ACLU is attempting to enlist the government (the judiciary) to place restrictions on individuals. And if you want to argue the establishment clause, then I will argue the free exercise clause.

2. The ACLU is demanding that Lakeview Elementary end its Christmas play, its group of praying parents, recognition of the national day of prayer, and teacher-led prayer in class because of the wishes of one child's parents. Lakeview Elementary has an enrollment of 591 students, yet the school is expected to stop these things because of one student. What about the other 590 students?


  • School officials would not comment Thursday on the lawsuit, but several parents who were told of the legal action as they picked up their children from school said they stood behind the school in offering the religious activities.

  • "I think it's absurd that anybody would sue over that," said Donna Crowson, as she sat in line to pick up her two grandchildren at Lakeview. "They have a right to do that, I believe. The child doesn't have to participate. Parents don't have to participate."
  • Other parents said they were drawn to the school because of its Christian activities.
  • Mike and Cindy Davison, who have a kindergartner at the school, moved to Mt. Juliet from Davidson County eight years ago. The environment at Lakeview was a big factor in the decision, they said.

  • "As far as the curriculum and the environment and the staff, it's as close to a private school as you can get. I believe that goes along with the Christian theme they have," said Cindy Davison, who said her family reads the Bible every day.

3. The offended parents want retribution for the cost of homeschooling their child. That's odd, because there is a large and growing number of Christian parents who homeschool in order to avoid the secularism that pervades public school systems in the United States. I have yet to hear of one Christian parent suing a school district to recover the cost of homeschooling.

4. "But Mark," you ask, "what if it were a Muslim prayer instead of a Christian prayer?" That's not even a relevant question. We are not a Muslim community. We are a Christian community. That's not to say that every single resident of Mt. Juliet professes Christianity, but Christianity is the overwhelming religion of choice here, and Lakeview Elementary is simply reflecting the values of the community. Furthermore, if it were a Muslim prayer, I'm not convinced the ACLU would come after the school. After all, the ACLU isn't against religion. It's just against Christianity.

By the way, the Tennessean has excellent coverage of the story in today's paper:
Wilson County faces questions over religion in classroomProposed course in Wilson County uses Bible as only text, draws scrutiny

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Will God be at your Thanksgiving dinner table?

This Thanksgiving Day as we sit around watch football (4 games) and feed our faces, we may want to rememeber what President Lincoln said way back in 1863.

Unfortunately, in todays world many would find President Lincoln's words offensive. His words and such unrevised History will never be uttered in public schools across our nation. This day was actually a day of "Thanksgiving and Praise." Obviously, deleting the word 'Praise' makes sure God is not included in our celebratation. God, the original giver of all things, gone.

Not at my table. God will be first. All our thanks and praise is His and His alone! Thank you Lord for placing your gracious eternal hand on my life!

Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

Flier About 'Ex-Gays' Ignites Firestorm At School

NBC4 Reports: Nov 11, 2006.

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- A flier from a group called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX, has started a controversy in Silver Spring.

The flier was handed out during homeroom to students at Montgomery Blair High School.

News4's Miguel Almaguer reported that gay students at the high school said the group behind it is homophobic.

Once again, any discussion is out of the question. False accusations and name calling are more effective in silencing those who disagree.

The school said it had no choice but to pass it out.

Passing responsiblity is also popular among Godless liberal educators.

PFOX says it reaches out to gay teens offering unconditional love and support to homosexuals who want to become straight.

Promoting a way out of a gay lifestyle, the nonprofit group offers to expose teenagers to "ex-gay" people.

"What we're saying is that, if you have unwanted same-sex attraction -- and there is a difference -- then there are alternatives, and homosexual feelings can be overcome," said Regina Griggs of PFOX.

The one-page handout taken home by hundreds and thrown out by others created a firestorm on campus.

Administrators, faculty and students quickly blasted the group as an anti-gay, homophobic organization.

PFOX claims it's a resource for students.

Avi Edelman, president of the Gay Straight Student Alliance, said that message is a sham.

No Avi Edelman, the only 'sham' is your insistence that homosexuality be celebrated while keeping young people in the dark about how it destroys lives, both spiritually and physically.

Romans 1:26-27
Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.

Homosexuality is a symptom of fallen humanity. Paul is describing it as unnatural and unseemly. It has nothing to do with 'love' and it should never be celebrated or embraced as we would not any other deceptive lie or sin!

Penguins, dog vomit and human sexuality

By Gary DeMar
Read entire article here: WND

"And Tango Makes Three" is an illustrated children's book about two male penguins that raise a baby penguin. It's based on a true story of two male penguins in New York City's Central Park Zoo that "adopt" a fertilized egg and raise the chick as their own. Some concerned parents see the book as a homosexual propaganda piece and want it removed from the library's regular shelves. A parent would have to consent before his or her child could check out the book.

There's no doubt the book is being pushed as a homosexual primer to soften up young minds for the more scholarly propaganda. In "Biological Exuberance," author Bruce Bagemihl claims, "The world is, indeed, teeming with homosexual, bisexual and transgendered creatures of every stripe and feather. ... From the Southeastern Blueberry Bee of the United States to more than 130 different bird species worldwide, the 'birds and the bees,' literally, are queer."

Here's the premise: Whatever animals do in nature is natural. What's natural is normal. What's normal is moral. So if penguins engage in homosexual behavior, then that behavior must be natural, normal and moral. How can we mere mortals impose our rules of sexual behavior on what's natural in the animal kingdom? Homosexuals extrapolate that what animals do naturally in nature applies to what higher animals can do naturally without judgment. But the lower animal/higher animal model breaks down when other so-called natural behaviors in animals are considered. For example, the Bible states, "It has happened to them according to the true proverb, 'A dog returns to its own vomit' (Proverbs 26:11) and, 'A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.'" (2 Peter 2:22) Now, I would like to see the homosexual propagandists explain how these behaviors might explain the normality of animal behavior and its human parallels.

continue reading..

...Of course, given Darwinian assumptions, there is no way to condemn rape on moral grounds. The same could be said for homosexual behavior and everything else. If we are truly the products of evolution, then there can be no moral judgments about anything. So then, if the homosexuals want to use penguins as their moral model, then they need to take all animal behavior into consideration when they build their moral worldview. If we should follow the animal world regarding homosexual penguins and thereby regard human homosexual behavior as normal, then we must be consistent and follow the animal world regarding rape, eating our young and eating our neighbors – and decriminalize these behaviors as well.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Pentagon Changes Listing of Homosexuality as Mental Illness


Fox News Reports this: WASHINGTON — Pentagon guidelines that classified homosexuality as a mental disorder now put it among a list of conditions or "circumstances" that range from bed-wetting to fear of flying.

...The guidelines outline retirement or other discharge policies for service members with physical disabilities. The rules include sections that describes other specific conditions, circumstances and defects that also could lead to retirement, but are not physical disabilities.


Among the conditions are stammering or stuttering, dyslexia, sleepwalking, motion sickness, obesity, insect venom allergies and homosexuality.

Interesting. I wonder why they excluded Godless liberal from the list?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Joel Osteen's message...


Well, I just finished watching Joel Osteen again last tonight. What a great uplifting message he has! I see why so many flock to his sermons. It is, however, sad he is leading folks in the opposite direction of the true Biblical God. Joel's heart is in the right place I suspect, but unfortunately his message leaves way too many on the same well traveled path towards eternal Separation from God. Are we reminded enough times that more people will go to Hell than Heaven according to Jesus Christ Himself ? I don't think we are. All too many people thinking they are saved, yet an enemy of God even as they sit in church. False doctrine makes False converts to Christ. Even if they sit in church every Sunday, feed the hungry, help the poor, smile all day long, give more than 10% of their income, help those in need, make friends with everyone they meet, etc... There are others who are also very concerned with Osteen's message as I am, and why I write this.

A life in Christ, is dead to this world and all it has to offer. Do we think our 'good' acts make us a 'good' person in God's sight? Do we think our 'good' intentions make us 'good' in God's sight? Do we think we can actually earn God's favor? EARN God's favor, as Osteen teaches? Even after what Christ did on the cross for us? We should think again. We smell of sin's death before a God so Holy His mere shadow would blind and kill us. I wish Osteen would speak of that Biblical truth. God has only ONE ultimate thing in mind for us. It ain't got nothing to do with our earthly happiness, job, money, sex, friends, family etc... it is our salvation. That is not achieved by us saying or speaking the words "Christ is my savior and I accecpt Him". It is achieved by our heart being truly convicted by our sins, and a life changing faith in Christ for paying our due penalty of an eternal Death sentence in hell. Which we all deserve standing before an all Just Holy God as our Judge.

"Thank you Jesus!" should take on a new meaning, eh?

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

My Interview with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

A special Thank you to all my staff for making this interview possible on such short notice. I know I can be difficult at times, but you all made this possible and I thank you.

Date 11-13-06 8:30pm EST.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad enters the room and sits down across from me. We are at my home residence just 77 miles outside of Washington DC.

Mark: Welcome Mr. President, do I call you Mr. President or should I call you something else?

Ahmadinejad: What is that I smell? are you cooking here?

Mark: Ahh, I am not sure, 'hey honey! are you cooking something in the kitchen?"

inaduible screams from my wife. I think she said "what?!".

Ahmadinejad: Your house is very nice. Do all American live like this?

Mark: Humm, Man , I hope not! We are pretty ordinary folks Mr. President. But were pretty happy with what we have.

Ahmadinejad: So, why do you Americans and the Bush Devil hate my country so much?

Mark: You have said that Israel no longer had any reason to exist and would soon disappear. Your exact words, and I quote 'This regime, thanks to God, has lost the reason for its existence.'

Ahmadinejad: Is that a picture of Dolly Parton on your wall?

Mark: ahh, No. You also called Israeli leaders a "group of terrorists" . Why?

Ahmadinejad: I believe Dolly Parton's breast are an act of revenge against her husband! The whole world knows that the U.S. and Britain are enemies of the Iranian nation!

Mark: ok, but what about..

Ahmadinejad: No woman should bare her breasts in that manner! ever! Where did you get that picture? Please tell me where I may find one.

Mark: What picture?

Ahmadinejad: Do you mind if I smoke?

Mark: Well, I would prefer you didn't, maybe we could..

Ahmadinejad: Thank you.

Mark: ok, I guess you can smoke. You have said the Nazis' slaughter of 6 million Jews during World War II was a myth, and that Israel should be wiped off the map or moved to Germany or the United States. Do you really believe this?

Ahmadinejad: Tell me, where would a man like me meet someone like Britany Spears? Near here? I could make her happy woman, like no other man could.

Mark: Well then, ok. I suppose Hollywood.

Ahmadinejad: The Zionists and their protectors are the most detested people in all of humanity, and the hatred is increasing every day!

Mark: Who? people in Hollywood?

Ahmadinejad: The worse their crimes, the quicker they will fall!

Mark: What are we talking about here?

Ahmadinejad: I believe the German people are prisoners of the Holocaust. More than 60 million were killed in World War II . . . The question is: Why is it that only the Jews are at the center of attention

Mark: are you kidding me?

Ahmadinejad: Do you know Britney Spears?

Mark: no, not personally. Can we..

Ahmadinejad: Although the main solution is for the elimination of the Zionist regime, at this stage an immediate cease-fire must be implemented!

Mark: Alrighty then. Thank you for your time. I appreciate it.

Ahmadinejad: Can I have a Coke a Cola?

Mark: I have beer. Would you like a beer?

Ahmadinejad: the most detested people in all humanity

Mark: Who me? or the beer?

Ahmadinejad: They kill women and children, young and old. And, behind closed doors, they make plans for the advancement of their evil goals.

Mark: Thanks again!

All in all, I thought the interview went pretty well. He smelled kind of funny and he was a bit smug at times. He actually took with him all my Miller Lite. I thought that was a little rude. But he was my guest, so I let it slide.

Thanks again to all my staff! You guys and gals are just the best!

Revisionists Will Enter Through the Wide Gate

WND: By Bob Unruh© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Ten Commandments stunner: Feds lying at Supreme Court
Government tells modern visitors it's Bill of Rights being honored

Every argument before the U.S. Supreme Court and every opinion the justices deliver comes in the presence of the Ten Commandments, God's law given to Moses on a fire-scorched mountain, and now represented for the United States in the very artwork embedded in the high court structure.

In today's world of revisionist history, the proof comes through the work of a California pastor who visited the Supreme Court building recently when he was in Washington and was surprised that what the tour guides were telling him wasn't the same thing as what he was seeing.

Todd DuBord, pastor of the Lake Almanor Community Church in California, said he was traveling with his wife, Tracy, and was more than startled during recent visits to the courthouse and two other historic locations to discover the stories of the nation's heritage had been sterilized of Christian references.

His entire research compilation is available online.

...Further research produced information that in 1987 the building was designated a National Historic Landmark, and came under control of the U.S. Department of the Interior, and under the new management the handbook was rewritten in 1988. The Ten Commandments reference was left out of that edition, and nothing replaced it.

The next reference found said only the frieze "symbolizes early written laws" and then in 1999, the reference first appeared to that depiction being the "Ten Amendments to the Bill of Rights."

"The more I got into it (his research), the more I saw Christianity had been abandoned from history," he told WND.

When he asked, his recent tour guide denied there were any Ten Commandments representations in the Supreme Court building, he said.

Such denial, he said, left him stunned.

Mathew 7:15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Jeremiah 23:27 By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Matthew Shepard vs. Mary Stachowicz: Why Did AP Hype One Murder Victim and Ignore the Other?

The ugly truth is too much for most in the media to admit:
they would have cared a lot more about Mary Stachowicz
if she were “gay,”
and if her murderer, Nick Gutierrez, were not.

read story here.

Don't Close Your Blinds

Weekend In Box

The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war ..My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window.

He said "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?"

"I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses."
he replied.

"OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."

Our son giggled and said "OK."

"Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said.

"OK Dad, I'm pretending."

"Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and pretend you see Saddam come out of his house with his wife, he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are screaming and crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and they are afraid of their father. You see all of this, son....what do you do?"

"Dad?"

" What do you do son?"

"I'd call the police, Dad."

"OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations. They take your call. They listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?"

"Dad.......... but the police are supposed to help!"

My son starts to whine.

"They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says.


"But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims.


"I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children."

"Daddy...he kills them?"


"Yes son, he does. What do you do?"

"Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.

"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says.

"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!"


"WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry.

"OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him.

He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?"

"What Daddy?"

"He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?"

"Daddy..."

"WHAT DO YOU DO?" Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I'd close the blinds, Daddy."

My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him. "Why?"

"Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help people who needs them...and they won't help.... You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to close the blinds.... so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."

I start to cry. My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husband's questions and he says... "Son"

"Yes, Daddy."

"Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door... "WHAT DO YOU DO?"

My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: " I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"


I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs our son to his chest and hugs him tight, and says... " It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife, and his children and the old lady across the way .

You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before its too late" my husband whispers. THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen son, THAT is the greatest atrocity in the world. "YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT

EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!" BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS..."

GOD BLESS!!!!!!!!!!


Fw'd From:
Steven R Chandler, CMSgt

332 ELRS/Vehicle Management

Flight Balad Air Base, Iraq

Monday, November 06, 2006

Queer Theology Exposed

Absolutely awesome post by Christine at Talkwisdom!

It's long, but well worth it!

Early 20th-century author G.K. Chesterton once observed that when men refuse to believe in God (as Scripture reveals him), they don't believe in nothing, they believe in anything.

In Paul's view (which Chesterton shared) humankind are not atheists by nature, but worshippers. When people en masse become futile in thought and dark in heart, says Paul, and reject the concept of an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, holy, loving, and sometimes wrathful God, they don't cease to worship, they cast about for something else than God to worship.

Those who reject God, says Paul, begin the worship-"exchange" of God for something else with some kind of embodiment of things he created. In more primitive societies, people create and worship material images of animals, celestial bodies or other natural phenomena -- or idealized images of human beings themselves.

In more sophisticated societies, worship of creation may become more "intellectualized"; people may revere "the cosmos" or "the mind of man" or anything else awe-inspiring, but less threatening, than the omnipotent Deity Paul speaks of.

Almost inevitably, people trying to find the God-less object most worth of their reverence end their search with the highest natural manifestation of creation, humanity itself. (We might refer to this stage as discovering the essence of what's known today as secular humanism.)

In Paul's frame of reference, the highest of all created beings in spirit, intellect and authority is man. And, as Paul says elsewhere, his view is that the male gender possesses the higher authority of the two genders. Thus, Paul posits, when God-less human beings seek an ultimate being to worship other than God, they eventually conclude their search revering the most awe-inspiring and esthetically beautiful specimen(s) of humanity itself. At this point, Paul implies,"

God [gives] them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator -- who is forever praised. Amen" (vs. 24-26). In most cultures that have taken this direction, fervent admiration (approaching or encompassing) worship of human male and female forms becomes common.