Friday, July 31, 2009

Obama's accomplishments

My sister sent me this list a while back and I thought I would share it here. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend and may our Precious Lord be with you.

I found this interesting. It was written by someone with the name Squeakybones in a comment on a Fox news article. It's basically a list of what the idiot, we have for president, has done so far.


As of today his major accompolishments..

1. Offended the Queen of England.
2. Bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia.
3. Praised the Marxist Daniel Ortega.
4. Kissed Hugo Chavez on the cheek.
5. Endorsed the Socialist Evo Morales of Bolivia.
6. Announced we would meet with Iranians with no pre-conditions.
7. Gave away billions to AIG also without pre-conditions.
8. Expanded the bailouts.
9. Insulted everyone who has ever loved a Special Olympian.
10. Doubled our national debt.
11. Announced a termination of the space defense system the day after the North Koreans launched an ICBM. 12. Despite the urgings of his own CIA director and the prior 4 CIA directors, released information on intelligence gathering.
13. Accepted without public comment the fact that five of his cabinet members cheated on their taxes and two others withdrew after they couldn't take the heat.
14. Appointed a Homeland Security Chief who quickly identified as "dangers to the nation" groups including veterans of the military, and opponents to abortion on demand, and who ordered that the word "terrorism" no longer be used but instead referred to such acts as "man made disasters."
15. Circled the globe so he could openly apologize for America 's greatness.
16. Told the Mexican President that the violence in their country was because of us.
17. Politicized the census by moving it into the White House from its Department of Commerce origins.
18. Appointed as Attorney General the man who orchestrated the forced removal and expulsion from America to Cuba of a nine-year old whose mother died trying to bring him to a life of freedom in the United States.
19. Salutes as heroes three Navy SEALS who took down three terrorists who threatened one American life and the next day announces members of the Bush administration will likely stand trial for "torturing" a terrorist who had played a part in killing 3000 Americans.
20. Flew Air Force One over New York City .
21. Sent his National Defense Advisor to Europe to assure Europe that the US will no longer treat Israel in a special manner and they might be on their own with the Muslims.
22. Began the process of nationalizing the auto industry and the insurance industry.
23. Announced that for intents and purposes the health insurance industry will be nationalized.
The next 6 months could be mighty interesting!!!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Home Depot building a 'le-gay-cy' for children

Home Depot is helping to introduce children to the homosexual lifestyle.

The Nashville Gay Pride website notes that Home Depot contributed more than $5,000 to help finance the 2009 festival. The retailer also participated by conducting children's craft workshops at a special booth set up for them. The company has sponsored similar children's venues at pro-homosexual events in Atlanta, Kansas City, Durham, Portland, and San Diego.

Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel tells OneNewsNow the home improvement store is facilitating the exposure of children to sinful behavior.

"Out of some kind of notion of political correctness and being tolerant, Home Depot is contributing to all of this," he notes. "They're contributing to the corruption of children, and they need to answer for that."

Many parents are already outraged and are taking action, according to Barber. "I would tell parents to go tell Home Depot that they don't appreciate it and that if they continue it, they're going to take their business elsewhere," he adds.

Barber says that will help drive a message home to company officials that in the interest of political correctness, they are driving away business and alienating a large percentage of their customer base who do not appreciate children being exposed to debauchery.

Other corporate sponsors of the Nashville event included Southwest Airlines and Bridgestone Tires.




Please tell me why these companies feel compelled to support this particular group? Why not support ST. Luke's Hospital, homeless shelters, women's shelters, or give money to their local schools? Set up workshops in teaching children how to build things. They do not have to support a group that is geared towards deviancy and sexual immorality.


Shame.


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Monday, July 27, 2009

Taliban cracking down on Christians

The situation for Christians in Pakistan and Afghanistan appears to be worsening.

According to Open Doors USA, raids against Christians, carried out by the Taliban, have increased throughout Pakistan and Afghanistan. Dr. Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA, says the Taliban does not tolerate anyone who thinks or believes differently than they do. Christians are being evicted from their homes, he says, and some are being forced to convert to Islam or pay special taxes in exchange for protection.

Moeller says the situation for believers is often overlooked by politicians.

"This is a social situation, this is a religious liberty issue," he explains, "and these people on the ground are not allowing Christians to practice their faith.

"You know the classic stories of the Taliban imposing extreme rules in society," he continues. "Men obligated to grow their beards, women only allowed to go outside if they're covered literally from head to toe in a burqa. These are human rights and religious liberty issues."

Moeller says Christians in Pakistan and Afghanistan need prayer. He also encourages Americans to be vocal about the injustices.

And yet, the Muslims claim to be a peaceful religion. Does this sound peaceful to you any of you?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Blue Like Play Dough blog tour

This book is about one thing, moms. The struggles that we endure,
the heartaches and the insecurity of how we are raising our children. Are we doing enough? Or not enough? Tricia Goyer's shares her very own personal experiences with raising three children, one in which she had as a teenager. So many things mimicked my own life with my two boys.

I must admit that there was one chapter that just made me so envious and quite honestly left my heart yearning. Tricia's beautiful relationship with her husband. He is a believer in Christ and they are a couple that prays together, they are truly one. I struggle with the fact that I am raising my boys, in a sense, alone. My husband is either working or playing on his computer and tends to ignore us. We attend church alone and pray alone.


This book inspired me to continue in my journey with my Savior. That I am not alone and I have all the help and love that I need to keep me strong and to keep going....This is a book about the wonderfu relationship that most moms share with God our Heavenly Father and the journey with Christ.

About the book: In the everyday stretch and squeeze of motherhood, Tricia Goyer often feels smooshed by the demands of life. In Blue Like Play Dough, she shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own. As her story unfolds, Tricia realizes that God has more in store for her than she has ever imagined possible.

Sure, life is messy and beset by doubts. But God keeps showing up in the most unlikely places–in a bowl of carrot soup, the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon, a woe-is me teen drama, or play dough in the hands of a child.

In Tricia’s transparent account, you’ll find understanding, laughter, and strength for your own story. And in the daily push and pull, you’ll learn to recognize the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.

Read an excerpt: http://triciagoyer.com/cmsdocuments/Blue_Like_Play_Dough_Prologue_CH_1.pdf


A note from Tricia: Are you a mommy who feels squeezed by Motherhood? Could God be shaping something beautiful in you?

In my new spiritual memoir, Blue Like Play Dough I invite women to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary! To learn to see God's hand lovingly at work in every aspect of your life---from laundry-folding to the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon.

And now I’m inviting YOU to come bring your stretched self and attend a fun Facebook Launch Party for Blue Like Play Dough! I know you’re busy (and tired) so I’m bringing the festivities to you! So grab your comfiest chair and slip away from that long To-Do list and join me for a two hour Play Dough Party. I’ll be sharing some of my mothering experiences (the good and the bad), hosting a fun trivia contest, giving away Mommy Play Dough Packs, answering questions, and getting to know YOU!

I’d be honored to have you as my guest – and to prove it I’ll be giving away 2 ginormous Mommy Play Dough Packs to two party attendees at random! The winners will be announced at the end of the party. Grab your friends and let’s party! oh, and don't forget your camera! Snap pictures during the party and upload them during the festivities. I'll be giving a prize away for the best photo!

So come join me on July 27th from 5-7 pm (PST)! Friend me on facebook and join the fun!

Get One, Give One Campaign (GO-GO)! (http://triciagoyer.com/gogo.html)

With the release of this book Tricia is also launching the Get One, Give One Campaign!

For every copy of Blue Like Play Dough purchased, she’ll donate a copy of My Life Unscripted or Generation NeXt Parenting to a pregnancy, teen or family support ministry (while supplies last).

All you have to do is buy a copy of Blue Like Play Dough on Christianbook, on Amazon, or at your local bookstore, and then go to Tricia's Go-Go page and fill out the form. EASY!

About the author: (shorter bio here)Using her own experiences as a teen mother, and leader of today’s generation, Tricia’s vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers and wives through her educational and inspirational speaking, workshops and books. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging extraordinary things with God’s help. Tricia expresses real life, real hope, for real women. Tricia is the author of 20+ books and has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Guideposts for Kids, Focus on the Family, Christian Parenting Today, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005.

In her fiction novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historical stories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research.

Each of her World War II and Spanish Civil War novels tell the inspiring stories of engaging characters—and a God whose hand is evident in the landscape of history and the obstacles of ordinary lives.

Tricia speaks to groups interested in these eras, with the intention of preserving and honoring the memory of the men and women who served.

She also speaks and conducts workshops for teens around the nation, and offers programs to assist teens and teen moms through Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, which she founded. Tricia is a frequent workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Convention.

Author website: http://www.triciagoyer.com/ watch a video and read the endorsements

Link to purchase the book: http://triciagoyer.com/store.html

I know you will be disappointed in this book. Trust me I read in less than three hours.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A bailout for the abortion industry?

A bill under the guise of reducing abortion could actually do the opposite.

LifeNews.com reports Congressmen Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), a former pro-lifer who abandoned his views and was subsequently kicked off the board of Democrats for Life of America, and Representative Rose DeLauro (D-Connecticut), a former staff of NARAL, have introduced a bill being touted as pro-life legislation but is being called a "bailout for the abortion industry." (More details)

According to Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee, the $647-million "Reducing the Need for Abortions Initiative" does not live up to its name.

"It's authored by a former leader of Emily's List, which is a major pro-abortion political action committee, and another Democratic congressman who has voted even for public funding of abortions," he notes. "The actual provisions of the bill -- once you get past the label -- would provide additional federal funding to groups like Planned Parenthood, the nation's major abortion-provider. So in summary, this is really a bill intended to provide political cover for pro-abortion politicians and financial gains for the abortion industry."

Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey) said pro-life lawmakers will not support the measure because federal funding will go to abortion centers where they "talk contraception" in one room and "kill your baby" in another. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin describes the bill's name as the "Orwellian title of the day."

Johnson says the bill provides yet another reason for people to contact Capitol Hill and urge congressional representatives to oppose federal funding of abortion.

Obama's threatening tone about pushing for this health bill reform almost sounds to me like a dictator, his way or the highway, regardless of what the people want or need.

It is not only morally wrong, but ethically wrong for Christian believers and conservatives to support a bill that condones infanticide. With this bill we, the taxpayers, will be forced to pay for abortions and physicians also will have no choice but to murder an innocent pre-born child, or they lose their jobs.

Does this not sound like a communist requisition?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Just sharing today...

I have to share something funny that happened last Wednesday to me.

So we are having bible study and the person sharing asked us, I am paraphrasing here, "Do you believe that if someone dies can they be brought back to life with prayer?" Well, immediately my friend, who is the pastor's wife, said, "YES!" at the same time I said, "NO!" She looked over at me and said, "YOU DON'T?!!!" Oh, my....what did I get myself into. So, basically I shocked the whole group and it lead to this whole discussion about the dead being resin by someone praying over them and the countless of miracles that have been documented, and so forth. I told them I had to see it to believe it. So, then my friend asked me, "Are you going to be like doubting Thomas?" and I looked over to her and said, "Yep, show me the money." I got a giggle behind me and a "LETICIA!" as well. LOL!

Anyhoo, I guess you could say that I am always saying something that shocks people at church. I am brutally honest and not ashamed to speak my mind. I blog, so what do you think?? I am very open about my opinions and I do not mind being corrected if I need it. I used to be shy and was very easily manipulated and intimidated by people, but I decided long ago, after surviving the many traumas of my life that I would never be influenced or afraid of people again. Don't get me wrong, I am not a troublemaker or out to shock people, but I am just being myself, and I am very well aware when to open my mouth and when to keep it shut.

Continuing....

After a while, I asked if I could "retract my answer." But the teacher said, "no, don't, I am sure a lot of people think it but are too scared to say it out loud."

So, then they brought up 1st Corinthians 15, which talks about the ressurection. So, then I felt convicted once I began to re-read it. I then again changed my mind. This is not talking about a dead person being brought back to life, it talks about believing that Jesus Christ died and was resurrected.... Anyone out there have a different interpretation? Let me know.

I welcome any input, as long as you are civil.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Ex-'gays' would suffer under 'hate crimes' law

A spokesman for an ex-"gay" group says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's successful move to attach hate crimes legislation to the Defense Authorization bill was a "filthy, sleazy tactic."

Former homosexual Greg Quinlan of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) says there is no need for the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act (S. 909), a bill he believes is based on a phony premise.

"Matthew Shepard was not murdered [in 1998] because of his homosexual orientation," the PFOX director points out. "He was murdered because of a drug deal gone bad -- and we need to stop the hyperbole. We need to stop lying to the American people and start telling the truth."

Quinlan believes the hate crimes bill will harm the ex-gay community.

"Every time now that I tell my testimony, talk about that change is possible, quote the science from the American Psychiatric Association, from the Human Genome Association, from professional organizations like N.A.R.T.H., I'm going to be persecuted," he argues. "The way this legislation reads, I could be arrested; I could be sued; I could be charged with a hate crime."

Hate crimes legislation, according to Quinlan, is "totally absurd" because it involves "taking a motive and making it a crime."


I really don't think I need to comment on this, it speaks quite well for itself.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Mysterious organic blobs found in Alaskan waters

Enormous blobs of thick, black, gooey biological material have been spotted drifting in the waters off Alaska's northern coast, and nobody is quite sure what they are.

Alaskan hunters first noticed the ooze early last week drifting miles offshore in the frigid arctic waters of the Chuckchi Sea, according to Anchorage Daily News. Local officials and the US Coast Guard flew in to investigate, and residents say they can't remember seeing anything like it before.

The mystery goo is blackish-brown, has hairy strands in it, and gives off an unusual odor, ADN reports. Officials from Alaska's North Slope Borough say they took a helicopter team to examine the goop from the air and saw a strand stretching nearly 15 miles long.

"It's certainly biological," US Coast Guard representative Terry Hasenauer told the paper. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristic of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter.

"It's definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it's some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism."

The Coast Guard's samples are being analyzed in Anchorage and results should be back next week, Hasenauer said. In the meantime, they're sticking to the story that it's probably some sort of algae and disappointingly not a creature from outer space bent on eating a small town in Pennsylvania.

"It's textbook for us to consider algae because of all the false reports of oil spills we've had in the past. It's one of the things that typically comes up when a report turns out not to be an oil spill after all," Hasenauer told ADN - but added, "there's all types of natural phenomena that it could be."

In the meantime, the substance appears to be staying away from shore for the most part and keeping its body count at a minimum. Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough's Planning and Community Services Department told the paper he saw some jellyfish tangled up in the goo and someone else retrieved bones and feathers from a dead goose.


"If it was something we'd seen before, we'd be able to say something about it," Brower said to the paper. "But we haven't... which prompted concerns from the local hunters and whaling captains."

Okay, does this not remind you of the episode, "The Raft" from The Creepshow 2 movie???? That was the first thing that popped into mind. I couldn't help but laugh.

If you don't remember, it was this big glop of goo that was floating in a lake and four teenagers wound up on a raft in the middle of the lake, this goop yanked one of the kids in (the first victim a girl) and begin to melt the kid.

This guy was the second victim. happened to all four of them and I just thought it was so comical. The acting was pretty bad. So, if you don't remember here is one scene. And feel free to laugh. OH, sorry about the last word. It is an expletive.



HAVE A GREAT AND BLESSED WEEKEND!!






Thursday, July 16, 2009

What are Dems hiding in healthcare bill?

A top Republican is accusing Democrats of censoring his attempt to criticize them on the House floor for breaking a rule that requires lawmakers be given at least 72 hours to read bills before voting on them.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) recently admitted that if every member of the House were required to read the Democrats' bill to create a new government-run healthcare entitlement program, the bill would receive very few votes. House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter (Texas) and fellow Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa) had planned to deliver special order speeches on Hoyer's statement, but Democrats voted to close the chamber early and end floor debate.

Congressman Carter says the healthcare legislation currently being marked up in three separate committees would never stand a chance of passing if lawmakers agreed to sign a pledge to read bills before voting on them.
"The bills that they are marking up right now are just portions of the healthcare bill. It hasn't been put together, so even if you were the smartest guy on earth, you wouldn't be able to figure out from the portions you are marking up what the new bill is going to look like because each subcommittee and committee is dealing with a different part of the medical bill," he explains.

"And then they're going to sew it all together in the eleventh hour and hand it to us about eight hours before we vote on it -- and that's what we were going to talk about. It keeps everything in the dark, and the question is 'what have they got to hide?'"

In the early morning hours on the day of the House vote on their cap-and-trade bill, Democrats dropped a 310-page amendment when Republicans members had not even seen the original bill.
Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee offers insight into what is buried in some healthcare legislation. He has noted that, among other things, two healthcare reform bills -- one in the House and one in the Senate -- could mean more abortions at taxpayers' expense. In addition, he says, the bills would nullify at least some state limitations on abortion.


How is it not bothering the people of the United States? The Dems are acting in subterfuge and we need to keep the pressure on them. This is NOT their nation, it DOES not belong to them. They are supposed to be representing the people and they are not. It is no longer "We the People." It is now, "We the Democrats." And to hell with anyone else.

This is unreal.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Pelosi Predicts Health Care Package Can Pass By August Recess

Despite a series of setbacks, House Democrats plan to introduce a health care reform package Tuesday with the goal of passing the bill before Congress leaves for the August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.

Pelosi stayed optimistic as President Obama called anew on his congressional allies to push through comprehensive health care reform.

"We have to roll out this program this week," Pelosi told reporters at a press conference. "We will be on schedule to pass this bill before we leave for the August recess."

Pelosi suggested the delay so far in rolling out their package was nothing to worry about, quipping: "Welcome to the legislative process. In case you haven't noticed, this is how it works."

The president, while naming his new surgeon general Monday, seemed to recognize that during his travels overseas the health care reform push developed significant complications. But he used that backdrop to strengthen his call for action.

"I just want to put everybody on notice, because there was a lot of chatter during the week that I was gone," he said. "We are going to get this done. Inaction is not an option."

To pay for the Democrats' trillion-dollar health care plan, New York Rep. Charlie Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on Friday called for new tax hikes on the wealthy.

Rangel estimated his proposal would generate $540 billion over 10 years and complement projected savings.

Under the plan, starting in 2011 individuals earning more than $280,000 a year, and couples making more than $350,000, would face a surtax on their adjusted gross income of 1 percent.

For individuals making over $400,000 a year, and couples making more than $500,000, the surtax would be even higher, though the exact percentage is unknown. It would be higher still for individuals making more than $800,000 a year, and couples clearing $1 million annually.

Rangel, D-N.Y., and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., were trying to sell the idea to Obama and administration officials who have distanced themselves from the idea. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called the idea one of many, a diplomatic way for the White House to put it at arms length.

Leading Democrats defended the plan, however, saying it only draws on wealthy Americans to finance the program and addresses concerns of fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

"To the extent that we can squeeze more out of the system for savings reduces the need for the (costs), but it will be at the high end, and not touch the middle class," Pelosi said. "We're trying to squeeze all the savings that we can out of this system first. And, rightfully so, many members in our caucus, including Blue Dogs, wants us to do that, and we share that view."

"We are asking about 1 or 2 percent of the American people who did really well under the Bush tax cuts to pay a little bit of a surcharge as we go through this transition," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md.

But almost instantly, Republicans, and even some Senate Democrats, recoiled from the Rangel plan, suggesting more trouble ahead for House Democrats.

"Raising taxes on a group of Americans -- the majority of which are business owners in this country -- during the worst recession in 25 years is a profoundly bad idea," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.

Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., also told ABC News' "This Week" that he thinks on the Senate side, "We're going to have a different approach."

FOX News' James Rosen and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

What does this say to me? That my husband and I are going to be slaves to the government and all of our hard earned money is going to pay for the healthcare of illegal aliens, people who shouldn't be on disability and women that keep having babies to collect welfare? While we, our family, are not going to be allowed to get treatment when we need it???

Please tell me how this is fair to hard-working Americans?



Thursday, July 9, 2009

LifeWay urged to remove books 'contrary to gospel'

A Southern Baptist pastor is urging LifeWay Christian Bookstores to remove a number of books from its shelves that he believes undermine key Christian doctrines.

Channing Kilgore, associate pastor of South Whitwell Baptist Church in Tennessee, introduced a motion at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting last month that called for LifeWay to remove books by teachers T.D. Jakes and John Hagee, any Catholic Bibles, 90 Minutes in Heaven, and The Shack.

SBC president Johnny Hunt ruled Kilgore's motion was not in order because it would have asked the convention to act like trustees. Kilgore says the books he wants removed from LifeWay stores are "contrary to the gospel" and the 2008 Baptist Faith and Message statement.

"For example, in The Shack, it's very unclear and muddled in a lot of its views on the Trinity, the role and person and work of Christ, and the way of salvation," Kilgore believes. "And in regards to T.D. Jakes, he will not come out and use classic, orthodox language in regards to the Trinity -- and that is a cornerstone doctrine of Christianity."

Kilgore notes that in 2005, LifeWay president Thom Rainer said that "LifeWay will not be a business, but a ministry to the church." However, Kilgore contends LifeWay is not ministering to the church by selling the books of "word of faith" teachers and authors who deny the Trinity.

I am frequent shopper at Lifeway Christian bookstore, and though, I may not agree with some of the books that they sell, no one has the right to tell them what they should or should not sell. If that were the case, then I would ask them to quit selling all bibles except for the KJV. This is not Nazi Germany, yet; and we, thank God still have the right to sell and buy what we choose.

I read The Shack, and I am probably the only person of all my friends that truly hated the book. I despised the way the author portrayed my Savior, the Holy Ghost and God himself. To make God into a WOMAN?!! No! Absolutely not. It is a horrid book and if wasn't a gift I would have chunked it. But it was so I feel obligated to keep it. I have no opinion about 90 Minutes in Heaven, but I firmly believe that once you cross the threshold of death, there is no return. I have never believed that people went to Heaven or hell and then came back to tell about it, again just my opinion. As for T.D. Jakes I lost all respect for him when he openly supported BHO. I love John Hagee, he is a man who sticks to his convictions regardless of what the media or people have to say, he actually was sued for speaking the truth.



Monday, July 6, 2009

Rick Warren calls for Christian-Muslim partnership

WASHINGTON, DC – Defying some of his fellow conservative Christian critics, one of the most prominent religious leaders in the country told several thousand American Muslims on Saturday that "the two largest faiths on the planet" must work together to combat stereotypes and solve global problems.

"Some problems are so big you have to team tackle them," evangelical megachurch pastor Rick Warren addressed the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Warren said Muslims and Christians should be partners in working to end what he calls "the five global giants" of war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy.

Warren, founder of Saddleback Community Church in Orange County, California, is the author of The Purpose Driven Life, which has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. His willingness to show support for U.S. Muslims is a huge gain for the community, which has endured intense scrutiny since 9/11.

A Southern Baptist, Warren has a record of upsetting fellow Christian conservatives by calling old-guard evangelical activists too partisan and narrowly focused. Ahead of his speech Saturday, bloggers who follow Warren had already denounced his appearance at the convention as cozying up to extremists.

Warren acknowledged the controversy during his 20-minute speech.

"It's easier to be an extremist of any kind because then you only have one group of people mad at you," he said. "But if you actually try to build relationships — like invite an evangelical pastor to your gathering — you'll get criticized for it. So will I."

In his speech, Warren also urged Muslims and Christians to speak out against stereotyping of any group and to respect each other even while disagreeing. Addressing Muslims who "have been in America for many generations now," he urged them to help "the newcomers learn what it means to be American."

Based in Plainfield, Indiana, ISNA is an umbrella organization for Muslim groups across the country. The annual convention, now in its 46th year, regularly draws more than 30,000 people for lectures, prayer, and socializing.

Many in the crowd were drawn to the session by prominent Muslim scholars such as Sheik Hamza Yusuf of the Zaytuna Institute in Berkeley, California.

Ann Zahra, 42, said she had never heard of Warren before Saturday but agreed with much of his speech. "The basics are the same," said Zahra, of McLean, Va. "No religion teaches cruelty or disrespect or hatred."

Mr. Warren is either confused or fallen off the the deep end of insanity. There is no way Christians will agree with Muslims and vice-versa. Muslims have a deep contempt for Christians and Jews. There cannot be common ground. We worship the true living God, Jehovah God. They worship Allah. Jesus Christ is the Messiah to every true born-again Christian. To the Muslims he is a prophet.

Warren needs to step down as a Christian minister or whatver he is, since he supports homosexuals and apparently, like BHO wants everyone to embrace Muslims and the religion of Islam.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

ACLU targets Gideons in Texas school case

The American Civil Liberties Union is investigating what it calls religious liberty violations in a Texas school district.

One of the complaints is that the Navasota school district permits the Gideons to distribute Bibles at its schools. Attorney Roger Byron of Liberty Legal Institute notes the Christian organization has been doing so for decades.

"There's absolutely nothing unconstitutional with the Gideons distributing Bibles in the schools, if that particular school district allows other organizations, secular or what have you, to distribute literature items in the school district," he points out.

Teachers have also been accused of participation in Christian extracurricular clubs. Byron says that is legal under very restricted circumstances. "Participation by any school official or school teacher is supposed to go no farther than custodial," he notes.

The ACLU also submitted a complaint about the display of crosses. If a teacher wants to wear a cross as a necklace, for example, it is legal, but the display of crosses otherwise is limited, Byron contends. "Whatever display they may be talking about, could it be seen by a reasonable person as the school endorsing a particular religion?" he asks.

Liberty Legal Institute is offering the district free legal assistance, while the ACLU complains the district is intentionally ignoring the First Amendment.


What is their problem? I wish they would go and crawl under a rock and never come back out. Don't they have anything better to do than to harrass Christians? There has to be something that can occupy their insignificant ignorant pea-brained minds. It is almost to the point that they are behaving like the gestapo. A Christian breathes and they have to file a lawsuit.

The Gideons have been distributing bibles way before those morons were even born, too bad their parents didn't abort them. Oops! Did I just say that?