Go by and see Caturday.
Still much work to get done for VBS. We cannot set up most of the rooms until tomorrow night. We allow another small church to meet upstairs in our Sunday School building, and they will need those rooms for tomorrow’s service. So we have to wait till Sunday night to get the rooms ready. We’ll be having to carry a lot of tables and chairs up and down stairs, since Beth needs to have a downstairs room this year.
Beth’s ankle is getting stronger all the time. She did a lot of walking and standing today, without the crutch. She even went to Office Max to run some copies, although it was with the help of Candice, Jordan and Andy.
She said she’s starting to get a tan just from riding with the top down on her car.
Church workday. Cleaning, repairing, fixing lunch and setting up for VBS.
Military Study Ignores Homosexual Conduct
News outlets are reporting that a study by some retired military officers has concluded that the ban on homosexuals in the military should be lifted. However, this study is hardly impartial, given that its sponsor was the “Michael D. Palm Center.” Palm was a homosexual activist who died of AIDS, and the sole purpose of the center is to overturn the existing law on homosexuals in the military. Like most reports on the issue, this one blurs the distinction between Bill Clinton’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” compromise and the law adopted by Congress, which excludes homosexuals from the military altogether. Many of the problems the report describes result from the presence of homosexuals in the military due to the mistaken belief that they are “allowed to serve,” but not “openly,” when in fact they should never have been able to enlist. The authors assume that the sole reason for believing that homosexuals threaten “morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion” is the negative attitude of heterosexuals, when it is the actual conduct of homosexuals that is of greatest concern. Ironically, the military is already struggling with the problem of sexual harassment at the service academies. If this is a problem between the sexes, whose housing facilities are separate, it can only be multiplied when heterosexuals and homosexuals are forced to live together.
TIME: Gay Soldiers Don’t Hurt Unit Cohesion
TIME: Gay Soldiers Don’t Hurt Unit Cohesion
FRC Panel Studies Effects of Gay ‘Marriage’ on Religious Liberties
‘Churches (are) being forced or intimidated or threatened to perform same-sex “marriages.” ‘
SUMMARY: The Family Research Council hosted a panel discussion Thursday on how the California Supreme Courtís ruling on same-sex ìmarriageî threatens First Amendment rights and religious liberties.
The panel, California Same-Sex “Marriage:” The Impact on Religious Liberty, featured legal and policy experts representing both sides of the marriage debate.
Benjamin Bull, chief counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, said radical homosexual activists will use same-sex ìmarriageî to diminish the rights of Christians.
“Churches (are) being forced or intimidated or threatened to perform same-sex ‘marriages,’ even though it violates the basic tenets of the Church,” he said. “I believe that in time, any Christian organization – if they refuse to recognize same-sex ‘marriage’ – may lose their tax exemptions unless we reverse whatís happened in California.”
Massachusetts to Vote on Exporting Gay ‘Marriages’
‘It’s shameful that this state would try to push its radical social agenda on other states.’
In the coast-to-coast battle over marriage, Massachusetts appears ready to take the next shot.
Just two months after the California Supreme Court struck down a state law to allow homosexual couples from across the U.S. to “marry” there, Massachusetts is considering striking down one of its own marriage laws.
The Massachusetts Senate is expected to vote next week on a 1913 marriage law that prohibits out-of-state, homosexual couples from getting married within state borders. In 2004, the state’s highest court ordered same-sex “marriages” into law for residents.
Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute, said this is an attempt by activists to export gay “marriage” to the rest of the nation.
“It’s shameful that this state would try to push its radical social agenda on other states,” he said. “It will mean that 48 states will be under assault.”
Mona Passignano, state issues analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said states without a marriage amendment will be most vulnerable. But all states likely will face court battles.
“The court will have to decide if states that have already protected marriage as one man, one woman in their constitutions will have to recognize gay ‘marriage,’ ” she said. “This U.S. court decision that we will ultimately get to is going to be the Roe v. Wade decision for gay ‘marriage.’ ”
Jenny Tyree, associate marriage analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said homosexual activists and Massachusetts legislators are taking advantage of California’s decision to further their agenda.
“This is a last-ditch effort to transport gay ‘marriage’ to other states, in the event the California decision is overturned by the will of the people,” she said.
California voters will decide in November whether to amend their constitution to protect marriage as between one man and one woman.
The Massachusetts Senate is expected take up the legislation Tuesday; the House vote will follow. Gov. Deval Patrick has said he will sign the legislation.
Mineau urged people to pray.
“For Massachusetts right now, we need a lot of prayer,” he said. “We will do everything within our power, and with the Lord’s help, to resist this thing.”
Divorce Continues to Damage Kids, U.K. Study Shows
A decades-long U.K. study shows divorce remains damaging to children, despite a greater social acceptance.
The National Child Development Study tracks 17,000 people born in Britain during the same week in 1958. Comparing those individuals with those born years later, the study revealed those in both generations with divorced parents were more likely to suffer from depression and do poorer in school and careers than their peers. They also were more likely to go through a divorce of their own.
Jenny Tyree, associate marriage analyst at Focus on the Family Action, said the social acceptance of divorce doesn’t change a child’s need for a mom and a dad.
“This study adds to the mountain of evidence that children do best with their biological, married parents.” she said. “Yet, we’ve begun a new social experiment of gay ‘marriage’ and parenting that says it’s OK for a child to be motherless or fatherless.”
Life Garners Much Applause
While marriage is the topic du jour in Washington, yesterday the focus was on abortion. Looking for an issue that connects with voters? Republican presidential nominee John McCain found it yesterday when he talked about an issue personally important to him, protecting the unborn. When Senator McCain talked about economics to the Ohio crowd there was very little reaction; however, when he mentioned protecting the unborn, the senator received his first standing ovation of the night — similar to the applause he received earlier in the week when he broached the same subject. This is in sharp contrast to the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama, who is still receiving flak, this time from Kim Gandy of the National Organization for Women, for even suggesting that some late-term abortions should not be allowed. It wasn’t just presidential nominees talking about the life issue yesterday though as a group of passionate pro-life members of Congress took over the House floor last night to speak about public financing and subsidizing of abortion. The session was led by Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.), whom one speaker compared rightly to William Wilberforce, the British Member of Parliament who led England in abolishing the slave trade. Issues of Planned Parenthood’s deceptive practices, racism and complicity in cases of statutory rape were all brought up — as was the question how a billion dollar industry like Planned Parenthood can receive taxpayer subsidies. The speeches on the House floor were followed early this morning by a minority hearing in the Judiciary Committee highlighting how abortuaries lure young girls across state lines to get abortions without their parent’s knowledge, even though notification is required in the girl’s home state. Thanks to all who took a stand for life yesterday!
Man Sues Bible Publishers over Verses on Homosexuality
A Michigan man is suing Zondervan Publishing and Thomas Nelson Publishing, claiming biblical references to homosexuality as a sin violate his constitutional rights and have caused him emotional pain and mental instability.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler, 39, is seeking $60 million from Zondervan and $10 million from Thomas Nelson, The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press reported. He is representing himself in both claims.
Fowler claims the Bible has made him an outcast and contributed to physical discomfort and periods of “demoralization, chaos and bewilderment.”
“As frivolous as this case may sound, it’s an indicator of where the homosexual agenda is headed,” said Bruce Hausknecht, judicial analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “Ten years from now, this type of case won’t be humorous at all; we’ll see organizations like the ACLU dedicating resources to them because such ‘language’ will no longer be considered protected speech.
“Sweden, Canada and the U.K. are already prosecuting religious speech as ‘hate’ speech, as it relates to the biblical view of homosexuality.”
(Personally, I think this man already had a little “mental instability.”)
Planned Parenthood’s Denver Mega-Clinic Opens Three Months Early
A $6.3 million Planned Parenthood of the Rockies facility opened last week in Denver — three months ahead of schedule.
The three-story abortion clinic includes security-coded entrances, cameras, fences and bars on the windows.
Life advocates have gathered outside the site every day since construction began in November.
“Despite the best efforts of Denver’s pro-life community, it appears some preborn babies may die at this Planned Parenthood location,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action. “However, such tragic deaths will not go unnoticed or forgotten, as Denver pro-lifers have already demonstrated their commitment to provide a faithful witness for life at this location.”
Sen. Barack Obama, who recently garnered an endorsement from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will be in Denver in August to accept the Democratic presidential nomination.