I don't have much confidence in the numbers cited. It's hard to track something that isn't really trackable. The claim is 12 Americans are killed daily by illegal aliens. Yet there are no federal stats. The numbers come from prisons and research.
If the numbers are true, more Americans are attacked and killed here then any other place in the world. That's a big "IF". I don't personally believe most people come here to kill and terrorize. Yet at the same time, when a person comes to this county under the cover of darkness, is banished to the shadows to exist by working for substandard wages and lives in hiding, desperation can drive people to violence and crime.
Other numbers in the article cite 20% of accidents involve a driver that does not have a license. Well duh! There is probably a good reason they don't have a license.
36% of illegals in prison have been arrested at least 5 times before. That astounds me. We arrest and re-arrest these people without deporting them.
I welcome all people who come here legally. People who are willing to work hard and pursue the American dream are needed in this country. However, if you come here illegally, you enter this country as a criminal. I don't care how nobel your intentions. Criminals commit crimes. So it should come as no surprise that a person who breaks one law could progress to breaking other laws or for some even murder.
Yesterday we had the AIR Awards. No we didn't win, but then again John & Stephanie had only been on the air for about a month by the deadline. Congrats to the Honzman who did win.
Also last night we hosted Point of Grace of a sold out show. It was great to meet so many nice people. So I had to back off of posting for a bit, but I am back at it.
That's the scoop.
Benedict began a four-day visit to Turkey, where he will seek to ease anger over his perceived criticism of Islam and mend a split with the world's Orthodox Christians.
Last week he was praising the terrorist country Syria. No he has tossed aside the issue of abortion. Mr. Warren will welcome Senator Barack Obama to his church on December 1, 2006.
Rick Warren is bringing Senator Obama to his church to speak for his Global Summit on AIDS and the church and to take an AIDS test in front of the cameras at a noon press conference. Senator Obama comes to Rick Warren's church believing that abortion should be kept, "safe and legal" but Wrren rolls out the red carpet.
When Barack Obama campaigned for the U.S. Senate in 2004, his wife wrote a fundraising letter for him that revealed his support of partial-birth abortion. She said Obama's position is that the "partial-birth abortion ban . . . is clearly unconstitutional and must be overturned." Support of partial-birth abortion goes a lot farther than the politicians who want abortion to be "safe and legal." Senator Obama actually supports the barbaric practice of allowing abortionists to kill babies by allowing them to be partially, born, their skulls punctured and their brains sucked out.
Further, he repeatedly opposed an anti-infanticide bill in the state of Illinois that only passed after he left. Killing a child at any stage of life is a violation of God's clear command, "Thou Shall Do No Murder". In addition,Obama's solution to the growing AIDS crisis has been and continues to be the widespread distribution of condoms, not chaste behavior as directed by the Bible.
Some big names have come out to oppose Rick Warren's decision to ignore Senator Obama's clear pro-death stance and invite him to Saddleback Church anyway. If Senator Obama cannot defend the most helpless citizens in our country, he has nothing to say to the AIDS crisis. You cannot fight one evil while justifying another. The evangelical church can provide no genuine help for those who suffer from AIDS if those involved do not first have their ethic of life firmly rooted in the Word of God. Accordingly, they call on Pastor Rick Warren to rescind his invitation to Senator Obama immediately. The millions of silent victims who have died because of the policies of leaders like Senator Obama demand a response from those who believe that life is a gift from God. The name of the seminar at which Senator Obama will be appearing is entitled, " We Must Work Together." No, Mr. Warren, Mr. Obama, we will never work with those can support the murder of babies in the womb.
I am much obliged to Bruce Delay, a talk-show host at KFAQ 1170 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for downloading the audio version of Rick Warren's YouTube video, recorded while in Syria.
Now, keep in mind, Warren has been telling the world he was misquoted by the Syrian press when he extolled the virtues of the totalitarian police state.
But before anyone questioned his statements, Warren's Saddleback Church had recorded him as he strolled down a Damascus street explaining what a peaceful and tolerant place Syria really is.
As soon as I hotlinked to the YouTube video last week and questioned Rick Warren about it, the church yanked it. I didn't have time to download a copy, but, thankfully, one johnny-on-the-spot talk-show host did. You may not be able to see it, but you can at least hear it.
San Francisco Chronicle
But the prelate gave no indication of the position the study takes or when a final pronouncement might be made.
Apparently he said something insulting about one of the Steelers players and the player took offense. The Steelers let Channel 4 know it wouldn't be able to count on their cooperation in the future. Channel 4 then settled the situation by dumping Madden.
This is the second time Channel 4 has bounced Madden. He had a commentary spot on their news a couple of years ago. The P-G forced him out of his weekly column over taste issues and City Paper dumped him when he turned in a column ripping Myron Cope.
It's all about the love.....
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We see it every day. It could be a family member, friend or co-worker.
Someone who once called the church their home, but who has drifted away from the faith.
The reasons are many. Some may feel they aren’t worthy to receive the sacraments or attend Mass regularly because of a mistake, guilt over a bad decision or an unfortunate life situation.
Maybe there was a disagreement with a member of the clergy, or a disagreement with church law.
Some leave for a few weeks, while others drift away for a few months or even years. Some may return after decades, while many will never return at all.
But like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, the church is always ready to embrace its lost sheep and welcome them back into the fold.
“Every parish and faith community in the diocese is always eager to welcome back Catholics who have drifted away,” said Father James Wehner, director of the Department for Evangelization and rector of St. Paul Seminary in Crafton.
Father Wehner said many people think they must be “saints” in order to celebrate the faith, attend Mass or receive the sacraments. When they aren’t, they sometimes drift away.
Father Wehner recommended three steps for those who wish to return. The first is going to confession.
“The sacrament of penance is a beautiful, simple and dignified experience of our merciful God,” he said. “Imagine, we do not have to wait until the after-life to know if our sins are forgiven.”
Father Wehner noted that the examination of conscience is a good way to prepare for the sacrament. It allows people to determine how they have sinned — through word, action, thought or omission.
He said the Ten Commandments are a helpful guide in the examination of conscience.
Father Wehner pointed out that another step is to attend Mass, even during the week. He noted that many people who return to the church find the weekday Mass to be a special part of their day.
A final step, he said, is to read the “United States Catechism for Adults,” published by the U.S. bishops. He described it as an easy read that explains the faith in practical language.
“I find that many people drift away from the church because of their misunderstanding of what the church actually teaches,” Father Wehner said. “When one learns the tenets of the Catholic faith, they really do discover how consistent and practical that faith is in our complex, pluralistic society. The understanding of church teaching is what brings many people back into the church.”
Father Wehner said those who have been away from the church for an extended period of time may find participation in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults to be a meaningful spiritual encounter. Every parish is required to sponsor an RCIA program as a means of receiving unbaptized, non-Catholics and fallen-away Catholics into the church. He noted that those who wish to participate in the RCIA process should contact their pastor to determine if it is appropriate. Father Wehner said there are also a number of diocesan-wide efforts for Catholics who want to join other Catholics in learning about the faith and how to share it.
He said thousands of men are connected to the Catholic Men’s Fellowship, a lay apostolate for men who want to study Scripture, share faith and learn how to evangelize. Their Web site is www.cmfpitt.org.
For Catholic women who are seeking ways to deepen their faith, he pointed to the Pittsburgh chapter of Magnificat. More information is available by contacting Father Kenneth Oldenski, the organization’s chaplain, at 724-444-1988.
Father Wehner noted that while parishes are eager to welcome back Catholics who have drifted away, they must have strategies in place to make it possible.
In his last pastoral letter to the church of Pittsburgh, then-Bishop Donald Wuerl posed five questions for parishes: How well are liturgies celebrated? Is the liturgical music participatory? Are programs well organized? Does the preaching reflect quality? Are lay ministries flourishing?
“The response and answers to some of these questions can form our parishes to be welcoming, worshipping and evangelizing communities,” Father Wehner said.
More information is available by calling the Department for Evangelization at 412-456-3048.
In the book, two male penguins raise a baby penguin. The story notes school district Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw wants the book to remain accessible to all children “though a panel she appointed suggested the book be moved and require parental permission to be checked out. The district's attorney said moving it might be construed as censorship.”
I've been uncomfortable with this guy and his purpose driven marketing for years. Warren, author of the best-selling "The Purpose-Driven Life," visited Syria this week and was quoted by official Syrian news agencies as saying the U.S. should have been holding dialogues with Damascus, that Syrian Muslims and Christians co-exist peacefully and the Syrian leadership is responsible for the nation's tolerance and stability.
In an e-mail to WND Editor Joseph Farah, who blasted Warren today in his daily column, Warren writes: "Joseph, why didn't you contact me first and discover the fact I said nothing of the sort? The trip was a favor to my next-door neighbor, had nothing to do with policy, and was done with the State Department's knowledge."
However, in a video posted on YouTube but removed today, titled "Building Bridges," Warren is shown walking down a Damascus street commenting on political and social life in Syria, saying Christians and Muslims get along with each other.
The reports from the official Syrian news agency included statements that:
"Pastor Warren hailed the religious coexistence, tolerance and stability that the Syrian society is enjoying due to the wise leadership of President al-Assad, asserting that he will convey the true image about Syria to the American people."
"Syria wants peace, and Muslims and Christians live in this country jointly and peacefully since more than a thousand years, and this is not new for Syria."
Warren told Syria's Islamic grand mufti there could be no peace in the region without Syria and 80 percent of Americans reject the U.S. administration's policies and actions in Iraq.
Warren made no apologies for putting himself in a position to be used by the police state. But he did say: "I also know that anyone who speaks publicly all the time, is bound to say something dumb every now and then. So I ask for your patience and forgiveness in advance because I’m sure it will happen! Every day I'm amazed that God uses someone as flawed as I am. You should be too. Just don't believe everything you read by bloggers or hear in the media."
I paused to cheer the democrats. (A rare occurence)
Hoyer won the No. 2 leadership job easily -- 149 to 86. But the showdown divided the Democratic House caucus only a week after the party won a majority of seats in the Congress that convenes in January. Before the caucus vote, a number of Democrats had complained that Pelosi and her allies used strong-arm tactics and threats to try to elect Murtha to the job.
Democrats this morning unanimously chose Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be the (strongarm) speaker of the House.
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I've talked a few times to Craig Gross. He and Mike Gross are the guys behind "XXXChurch". They are supposed to be out there fighting against porn. This is the ''ministry'' of XXXchurch. While they seem like a nice guys with good intentions, I think they have lost thier way. These "Pastors" have allowed the marketing to overwhelm the message.
First, let me say I don't believe either one of these men are qualified to be pastors. Today anyone can be a pastor. It doesn't take much. That's dangerous.
Their documentary ''Missionary Positions'' records this group attending a porn convention. We have entered this new era in which vulgarity is viewed as a legitimate method of ''outreach'' to the younger generations. What a mixed message.
There is no good way to explain my objections here so I hope I don't offend anyone by doing so. XXXChurch has a website that is using a cartoon of a male sex organ as its logo. Their slogan is, ''Find out if you have the balls to stop looking at porn.'' Is this really the best way to face this?
The Lord Jesus Christ did not send us out into the world to try to stop unsaved people from engaging in sinful conduct. I don't recall disciples erecting giant mock-ups of sex organs in an attempt to get laughs at the temples of Corinth so they could ''witness'' about Christ. They didn't hang out in the brothels with the prostitutes to try to lure them away from sinful sexual practices. They stood in the streets and in the synagogues and preached.
Man-made schemes and attempts at relevance in reaching people always lead to disaster. But we all seem to gaze in awe as the "purpose driven" parade goes marching by. Regardless of what they claim their good intentions are it doesn't take a genius to see this is out of control. Everone involved in this need to take a long hard look in the mirror before they make any pretense at Christian ministry. Otherwise they are only contributing to the darkness.
The Clear Channel board of directors agreed to a bid by the private equity firms Thomas H. Lee Partners and Bain Capital for $26.7 billion. Under the terms of the deal Clear Channel can negotiate with any firm offering more through January 5, but would have to pay a breakup fee. The deal still needs the approval of shareholders and regulators.
Not everyone is happy about this. Some of the biggest private equity groups are the target of a class action suit. One of the two deals that sparked the suit is Univision's sale to a group led by Haim Saban. And several of the "P.E." groups that are named - Blackstone and KKR - have been pursuing Clear Channel. The suit filed in New York alleges the plaintiffs conspired to keep selling prices down and thus shortchanged other shareholders.
But a bad idea loves company so joining in the festivities full-time this year is Soft Rock WSHH (99.7) who, historically, started playing one Christmas tune per hour on Thanksgiving Day and built up to their "36 Hours of Christmas."
The programming monkeys strike again!
The exact offers were not disclosed, but the bids were expected to be worth $36 to $37 a share, which would value Clear Channel at about $18 billion. As reported yesterday, the Blackstone team is considered the frontrunner because it was the first to approach Clear Channel. Despite the offers, it was still unclear last night whether the Mays family would definitely sell the Clear Channel business, which they built. It is possible that they could decide to continue running the company if the bids are not high enough. The board is expected to quickly review the bids and reach a decision as early as this week, says the Times.
One day after the election, Casey announced that one of his priorities in the Senate will be to secure passage of a federal hate crimes law that includes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." In a press released issued on November 8, Casey acknowledged that the nation's largest homosexual lobby group -- the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) -- had been a "tremendous help" during his campaign, calling the group's energy and commitment "extraordinary." He then stated he was looking forward to working with the HRC staff to advance hate crimes legislation.
(AgapePress) - The nation's largest Catholic university is under fire over its plan to host a conference aimed at expanding homosexuality-affirming teaching and curriculum on Catholic university campuses.
Next October DePaul University in Chicago will be hosting a two-day conference for professors and staff who are involved with "lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer" issues on Catholic campuses. The first "Out There" conference was held at Santa Clara University in 2005 and reportedly attracted 150 participants from more than 40 colleges and universities.
Benedict called the summit to examine the implications of the "disobedience" of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the Zambian prelate excommunicated in September for installing four married American men as bishops, the Vatican said Monday. Milingo himslef married a South Korean acupuncturist chosen for him by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church.
The Vatican stressed the meeting would not open a general discussion of the celibacy requirement but would only examine requests for dispensation made by priests wishing to marry and requests for readmission made by clergy who had married in recent years.
The nation's Catholic bishops adopted guidelines saying that those who minister to gay people should help them live chastely -- a document criticized by many gay Catholics but also by a group of conservative bishops who thought it should also exhort gay people to try to change their sexual orientation.
On another sexual issue, the bishops voted 220-11 without debate to approve a brochure for engaged couples that explains church teaching against artificial contraception and urges them to use natural family planning based on the woman's fertility cycle. But contraception figured heavily into a debate over a document on reception of communion, with the bishops rejecting an effort to name contraception as a reason to refrain from receiving communion.
Government lawyers introduced the study in court this month as the Justice Department seeks to revive the 1998 Child Online Protection Act, which required commercial Web sites to collect a credit card number or other proof of age before allowing Internet users to view material deemed "harmful to minors."
If I were the prince of darkness I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness, and I’d have a third of its real estate and four fifths of its population. But I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree: thee.
So I’d set about however necessary, to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first. I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve, “Do as you please.” To the young I would whisper that the Bible is a myth. I would convince them that man created God, instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is square. And the old I would teach to pray after me, “our father which art in Washington...”
And then I’d get organized: I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies, and visa versa. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families at war with themselves; churches at war with themselves; and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings, I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames.
If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellect, but neglect to discipline emotions; just let those run wild, until before you knew it you’d have to have drug-sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing; I’d have judges promoting pornography. Soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls—and church money.
If I were the devil I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil I’d take from those who have, and give to those who want it, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what’ll you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich.
I would caution against extremes, and hard work, and patriotism, and moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old fashioned—that swinging is more fun. That what you see on TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.
In other words, if I were the devil I would just keep on doing what he is doing.
Paul Harvey, March 16, 1993
At 10 a.m., confetti canons fired from the roof of the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs and the enthusiastic crowd flowed in. The casino in this small town a few miles east of Wilkes-Barre is the first of what are expected to be 14 casinos authorized in 2004.
On hand was Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll, who said she and Gov. Ed Rendell had worked several years to make casinos a reality in the state.
"People's lives will be better" because some of the tax revenue is designed to offset property taxes for the elderly," Ms. Knoll said.
Huh? What? Elderly? Isn't that what the lottery is supposed to do? What about the rest of us that were promised that our property taxes would be cut by 30%. I'll be one of the elderly by the time we get any real property tax reform around here. I'll give you 50:1 that taxes go up before they go down. That's a SAFE BET!
"You cannot solve the nation's fiscal problems without increased revenues," declared Mr. Rubin, the Democratic Party's leading economic spokesman, in a speech last Thursday. He also took a crack at economic forecasting by noting that "I think if you were to increase taxes right now, you would have probably about zero negative effect on the economy." The economics and politics here are worth parsing.
AAAGGGGGHHHHH! Higher taxes do not equal increased revenue. What does it take to understand that? This is the same guy that opposed to the 2003 Bush tax cuts, which he predicted would bust the budget and do little for growth. The U.S. economy proceeded to grow by an average of nearly 4% a year for three years following mid-2003, until the recent slowdown due largely to the housing slump.
The Wall Street Journal says: Everyone makes mistakes, but raising taxes amid a housing decline doesn't sound like brilliant policy to us. Depending on inflation signals in the coming weeks, the Federal Reserve may not be done raising interest rates. The best hope for avoiding a recession next year and into 2008 is that strong corporate profits and the tight job market will lift business investment and consumer spending enough to offset the impact of tighter monetary policy.
We suspect that Mr. Rubin's real game here is politics. The Citigroup Inc. executive is part of Hillary Rodham Clinton's braintrust, and he and she would like nothing better than to coax Mr. Bush into raising taxes in the next two years. That would take the tax issue off the table in 2008, while splintering Republicans the way President George H.W. Bush's tax-hike deal with George Mitchell did going into 1992.
Everyone should read this article to know what's really going on.
Wall Street Journal
From the story: Men’s health advocates say that men are silently suffering through what may be a serious health crisis. “We keep throwing out lifestyle as an explanation for the differences in longevity, saying that men come in later for care and have unhealthy behaviors, but I’m not sure we really know the reason,” Dr. Porche said. “And we haven’t answered the question: Is there a biological determinant for why men die earlier than women?”
In a news release issued by the HRC on November 8th Bob Casey said, "HRC got behind my campaign early and has been a tremendous help. The energy and commitment they put behind our campaign was extraordinary. I look forward to working with HRC's incredible staff and membership, especially to advance hate crimes legislation in the Senate."
Casey ran on a pro-family, pro-life platform . . . it didn't take him long to reveal his true colors. In addition, the Federal Election Commission reveals that MoveOn.org, the far-left interest group, has "bundled" $168,591 for the Casey campaign. George Soros is one of the main contributors to MoveOn.org -- a political organization once described by The Washington Post as having "a vigorously liberal agenda."
Fidelis, a conservative Catholic organization, reported on February 27th that the Human Rights Campaign collected and donated $100,000 to Casey's campaign. They also report he received contributions from People for the American Way ($10,000), George Soros ($4,200), Hillary Rodham Clinton's PAC ($5,000) and MoveOn.org ($150,000).
What have we done??????????????
"We should start by reaffirming and demonstrating that the problem is not the Quran or the Torah or the Bible," Annan said in response to a report by the multinational group of scholars that sets out proposals to overcome the problem.
"Indeed, I have often said that the problem is never the faith, it is the faithful and how they behave towards each other."
When the "faithful" are told by their faith to kill others we have much more than a political problem.
Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.
Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law provides "universal jurisdiction" allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world.
Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, whom I've meet several times is about to resign. He says the decision was made over the summer and has nothing to do with the outcome of the election. OK fine, it has nothing to do with the election, but could there be another reason for his departure?
In the wake of corruption and scandals that cost the GOP dearly, accusations surrounding Mehlman's sexuality are flying. It's really none of anyone's business if the man is gay or not, but I must admit it would appear a bit hypocritical to promote the platform of the GOP if it is true. The question is do we have the right to know? A reporter thinks we do.
Ken Mehlman was asked directly if he is gay. To which he responded, "[You] have asked a question people shouldn't have to answer". Mehlman added that his sexual orientation, whatever it is, "changes nothing". Hhmmm....
These accusations started back in 2004, but recently Bill Maher went on CNN's "Larry King Live" claiming many chiefs of staff in Washington DC are homosexuals. When asked by King to name names, Maher threw out the name of no one less than GOP party leader Ken Mehlman. How Maher knows this was not asked by Larry King. CNN (which airs "Larry King Live" live, and then shows repeats through the night) quickly edited out Maher's accusation for the rebroadcasts, and even scrubbed the official CNN transcript.
What in the world is going on? Did CNN fear a lawsuit? Was Maher drunk off the democratic victory when he tossed out his claim?
I don't know what's true here and what's not. I'm not even sure if it really matters. What I do know is this.... The Republican party better get their house in order pronto. Say what you mean, mean what you say and put someone reliable at the gate. Trust is hard to earn but very easy to loose. The GOP has some serious earning to do. Don't tell me what you stand for, SHOW ME.
I'm going to try to shower some of this filth off........
"The Nativity Story," which opens in the United States and Italy on Dec. 1, will be screened at the Vatican's Pope Paul VI Hall on Nov. 26, Vatican officials said Friday.
The governor admitted yesterday that in a moment of weakness in February, he made a bet with his 26-year-old son, Jesse, while they were at the Philadelphia International Auto Show. Jesse Rendell said his father would win the election with more than 60 percent of the vote. Gov. Rendell said no way.
In front of them was "this beautiful teal Aston Martin convertible," Rendell said, so he took a gamble: if his son were right, he'd buy him the sleek British sports car.
Yesterday afternoon, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, the governor had 2,414,541 votes - or 60 percent.
A 2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage sports car retails at $110,000, according to the automotive Web site edmunds.com.
Rendell said yesterday that he would somehow have to make good on his promise - although he joked that he never said what year Aston he'd buy.
His wife, Midge - U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Marjorie O. Rendell - is currently negotiating a compromise.
Sen. Santorum was humble and gracious and I know in time the rest of Pennsylvania will realize the we all lost last night. He once told me that elections are not about winning, it's about speaking the truth and letting the people decide. He did just that.
Overall, there is a silver lining in this election cloud. Democrats, who historically have opposed the sanctity of life, the sanctity of marriage and the public acknowledgement of God, none-the-less chose some moral conservatives among their ranks.
A good sign was the seven clear victories on state amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, and the likely passage of another. Yet we still face another serious challenge. Having Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the house-- the third person in constitutional succession to the president--who is a radical pro-abortion, pro- homosexual agenda, European-like secularist does make the mission of cultural moral reform difficult.
In the end, our confidence is not in parties, politicians or judges and justices, but in a God who "changes not."
Many of you have been waiting for me to comment on the Ted Haggard story. I hesitate to just react without knowing the facts. At the same time it's an issue that can not be ignored.
Sadly yet another evangelical leader, this time an immensely influential one, has made with headlines blaring words like, “gay”, “prostitute” and “drugs”. The information continues to change. A short time ago it was an allegation and an outright denial. Family values organizations were using terms like “leftist smear job” and “character assassination”. Now there is an admission by Rev. Haggard that he contacted a gay prostitute for a massage and some methamphetamine. The family values groups are growing quieter.
Colorado Springs has had its share of gay church follies this week. Earlier, another evangelical pastor across town from Rev. Haggard's church stepped down after announcing to his congregation that he is actually, “gay”. Congregations facing these situations are being ripped apart, believers disillusioned, the followers of Christ mocked and ridiculed by the world and the foundation of Christian claims to moral authority shattered. So what went wrong here? How did one of the nation's most visible pastors and outspoken defenders of biblical marriage end up with a gay prostitute, at the very least, for a massage? How does a spiritual leader with all of the years of ministry and presumably, Bible study behind him, end up telling the world's media that he bought meth from a gay hooker because he was “curious”, as though he was an unsaved adolescent, and not a very bright one at that?
Evangelicalism is where medieval Roman Catholicism was just before that portentous day when Luther pounded his Theses to the door at Wittenburg. Like Rome, today's evangelical Christianity has become about political and temporal power. Similarly, systems and methods have replaced confidence in the Gospel. Church growth and marketing courses now trump Bible classes. Like the Roman church, the gathering in of money to build bigger and better church is a top priority. In place of medieval church relics and idols, we now have media celebrities and icons to follow after. Rather than do the painstaking and difficult work of daily ministering to a lowly flock, pastors today style themselves after celebrities, lusting after their power and their influence and craving what they believe is “success”. Now the slick, polished icons are falling. The foundation that so many thought was biblical and solid is now shifting. The church as a conservative political task force is faltering.There is confusion in the ranks.
I can't say this enough, don't invest in man. Invest in God. If we can't run our own lives and churches with integrity, we as Christians have nothing to tell the world. There are thousands of people who thought they were followng God, that are now left scratching their heads and wondering what went wrong. Judgment begins at the house of God.
Santorum's opponent, State Treasurer Bob Casey, Jr., led the incumbent Senator48.1-44.1%, according to the poll. "Senator Santorum has a history of closinghard at the end of his campaigns," said pollster Rod McCulloch. "It looks likethis campaign will be no different."
Treasurer Casey racks up his largest margin geographically in SoutheastPennsylvania, where he leads Senator Santorum 53.7%-37.1% in the regionencompassing Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
Senator Santorum, who racked up overwhelming majorities during his last electionin 2000 in Central and Northwestern Pennsylvania, is seeing some of thosevoters returning to the fold, according to the poll. The second term Senator leads in Central Pennsylvania (55.1-38.8%), South Central Pennsylvania(55.0-44.1%), Northeastern Pennsylvania (54.6%-38.1%), and NorthwesternPennsylvania (48.3%-41.4%).
In addition to the Philadelphia area, Treasurer Casey also leads Santorum in theSouthwestern Pennsylvania area surrounding Pittsburgh (49.5%-41.0%).
To close the gap with Casey, Santorum also needs his base of conservative voters to come home in large numbers. That appears to be happening, according to the poll, with 79.8% of Republican voters, and 91.0% of conservative Republican voters choosing the pro-life Senator over the pro-life State Treasurer.Santorum also leads among younger older voters over age 60 (46.0%-44.6%), andwhite voters (48.4%-43.9%). Casey leads among all other age groups, as well asamong voters who identify themselves as Independents (49.0%-39.3%), andAfrican-American voters (79.8%-14.6%).
The election, like many around the nation, will most likely be decided by whichparty can get their voters to the polls in higher numbers. While Santorumholds the big lead among Republicans, Casey offsets that by attracting asimilar percentage of Democratic voters (76.5%).
"This election is still Bob Casey, Jr.'s to lose," McCulloch said. "But Santorumhas now put himself in position for an upset."
In a first-ever trip of its kind, seven parents of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq traveled there to meet with other U.S. military troops, government leaders, and the Iraqi people. The trip was sponsored by Move America Forward, which is a non-profit organization “committed to supporting America’s efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”
This group of parents will be in Iraq through November 10, showing support for American troops and their mission in Iraq. Absent of criticism of the United States, our foreign policy, and the current administration, there is apparently little interest by the corporate media. Seven parents, NO protests, NO sit-ins, NO blaming America, NO demands for impeachment, no actors, NO MEDIA.
Cindy Sheehan had had this to say:
Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is meeting with evangelical leaders in an attempt to allay concerns about his faith as he ponders a presidential candidacy.
According to the Boston Globe, Romney met at his home last Thursday with about a dozen evangelicals, including conservative activist Gary Bauer, president of the group American Values, and Richard Land, a prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Two weeks earlier, Romney met with about a dozen Baptist pastors at a private club in Columbia, S.C. On Thursday he met with more Christian leaders at an activist's home in Greenville, S.C.
According to the Globe, the meetings have touched on several themes, participants say, but two topics being discussed are Romney's religious beliefs and how he should address his faith as the campaign progresses.
Romney's meetings with evangelicals, which are reminiscent of a similar effort by President Bush before he ran for president in 2000, take place as groups and individuals separate from Romney's political team are trying to improve the public perception of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Polls indicate that the religion is widely misunderstood and viewed skeptically by many in the United States.
WARNING: BAD IDEA IN PROGRESS!!!!!!