This video was posted on Steven Curtis Chapman’s website. This is Maria, his daughter that died yesterday.
MySpace really ticked me off. Yesterday Bethany posted the very same pictures of her ankle incisions that I posted here. MySpace deleted the picture because it was “inappropriate.” It “violated their terms.” She wrote to them about it.
So….I fired off an email to MySpace. I went to a bunch of MySpace sites that have nude photos on them, and sent them in the email. I asked them to explain to me how nude photos of homosexuals are allowed to stay online, but a single pic of 2 healing surgical incisions is inappropriate.
They have a really screwed up view of what’s appropriate and what’s not.
On another subject, our youth/music minister called me to say one of our members is moving back here from North Carolina, after her Army husband decided he did not want to be married anymore. They have one child, and another on the way in 2 months. And they just bought a house in NC. I suspect this may be the result of problems he is having after having been in Iraq 4 times now. So please pray for this couple. The children need both parents.
War Bill Supplements Planned Parenthood
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has a funny way of expressing his appreciation for our troops this Memorial Day. Rather than honoring our soldiers with the funding they need, the Senate is stuffing the war supplemental bill with pro-abortion paybacks for groups like Planned Parenthood. By fattening up the legislation with controversial earmarks, the leadership has not only jeopardized the timetable for the bill’s passage but raised the possibility that it will not pass at all. Despite the urgent needs of our servicemen, Reid and his liberal allies are more concerned about funding the war against the unborn than the war in Iraq. The bill is rolling in pork, including a provision that would give groups like Planned Parenthood a big discount on contraceptives and Plan B, which can act as an abortifacient. It would also be a massive cash cow for university health centers, which would also be eligible for a discount on such drugs. Keep in mind that these clinics already make profits on the pills when they mark them up for resale. Nor are many of the recipients suffering in the financial department, thanks to a hefty investment of your hard-earned tax dollars. So the $165 billion question is: What does any of this have to do with Iraq? Absolutely nothing. Reid’s personal political agenda is exposing our active-duty troops to new risks as they wait on Congress to duke out the abortion provisions. The bill is bloated with millions of dollars in other unnecessary pet projects for infrastructure, health care, NASA, and more. Until Democrats put their anti-war vendetta aside and both parties rein in spending, the supplemental faces failure on the floor or due to the President’s veto pen. Contact your Senators today and remind them that this is no time to make a political statement. Now is the time to support our troops!
Court Rewrites Law to Beat the Ban
Yesterday, a federal circuit court in Virginia struck down that state’s ban on partial-birth abortion, despite the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court last year upheld the federal ban on this gruesome procedure. This is a troubling decision that speaks to America’s ongoing problem with judicial arrogance. Virginia has been trying to ban partial-birth abortion for years. Its law was already struck down once, and yesterday the Fourth Circuit, by a 2 to 1 vote, said it was still unconstitutional, this time because it might be used against an abortionist who started a legal abortion and then accidentally performed a partial-birth abortion. Judge Niemeyer in dissent scoffed at such an implausible claim and pointed out that hypothetical challenges like this one are no longer acceptable according to the Supreme Court. Part of the strength of last year’s Supreme Court ruling was its insistence that abortionists bring real cases with real facts when challenging an abortion law. But the Fourth Circuit ignored this admonition and overturned the will of Virginians on the basis of a hypothetical claim from the abortion industry. We urge the Commonwealth to seek review of this activist decision that thumbs its nose at both the people of Virginia and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wedding Crashers Good for Business, Says Gov.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) seems to be enjoying all of the publicity the state’s Supreme Court ruling is bringing to California. To a room full of reporters, Schwarzenegger crudely suggested that gay “marriage” may be a way for California’s tourist industry to make a fast buck. “I’m wishing everyone good luck with their marriages, and I hope that California’s economy is booming because everyone is going to come here and get married.” The audience laughed, but values voters are finding more arrogance in his statement than humor. Gay “marriage” may be a boon for business in the short-term, but accelerating the breakdown of the family will cost Americans billions more in the long run. Last month, researchers found that what happens to the family has big implications for federal and state spending. Each year, the government has to fork over $112 billion dollars in welfare, anti-poverty programs, criminal justice costs, and remedial education just to pay for the decline of marriage. That’s nothing compared to what California’s marriage mayhem will mean to taxpayers if a voter initiative to reverse this ruling does not pass this November.
Colorado Legislation ‘Tramples Religious Freedoms’
All ‘public accommodations,’ including restrooms, would be opened to men, women, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgendered individuals.
The next time you visit Colorado, you may run into members of the opposite sex when you use a public restroom.
Under a bill sitting on Gov. Bill Ritter’s desk, all “public accommodations” must be open to men, women, bisexuals, transsexuals and “transgendered” individuals.
Senate Bill 200 adds religion and sexual orientation to state nondiscrimination statutes. Supporters claim the bill will prevent discrimination; in reality, the bill endangers religious freedom by opening the door for the state to punish any person or organization — including small and home-based businesses — that refuses, for religious or other moral reasons, to offer or sell goods or services to homosexuals, bisexuals, ‘transgendered’ and transsexual individuals.
Focus on the Family Action began airing radio ads today to inform Coloradans about this over-reaching bill.
SB 200 would apply to all “public accommodations” in Colorado — including gender-specific public restrooms in shopping malls, movie theaters and churches, and public locker rooms in athletic facilities, which would suddenly be required to permit equal access to men, women and cross-dressers. Churches, mosques and synagogues would be exempt.
“With SB 200, we no longer have two ‘sexes,’ ” said Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “We enter a brave new world with a myriad of ‘sexual orientations.’ This bill, unfortunately, is in keeping with a national effort by ‘transgender’ advocacy organizations to accomplish an open-bathroom policy.”
Hausknecht said sexual predators can be expected to use this law as “cover” as they search for their next victims — in any public bathroom they come across.
“SB 200 threatens public safety and tramples religious freedoms,” he said. “This bill needs to be vetoed and sent back to the Legislature with instructions to come back next session with something that all Coloradans can be proud of.”
If you live in Colorado, please call and e-mailGov. Bill Ritter today and ask him to veto SB 200. On the e-mail form, select “Share Your Opinion” from the drop-down menu. If you live outside Colorado, you can stay up to date on legislation in your state through your Family Policy Council.