From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
“The belief in a God All Powerful, wise and good, is so
essential to the moral order of the world and to the happiness
of man, that arguments which enforce it cannot be drawn from too
many sources nor adapted with too much solicitude to the
different characters and capacities impressed with it.” James
Madison, author of the First Amendment and fourth President of
the United States.
ATHEIST’S LATEST TARGET –
“CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS ACTS” AT PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION
As you may recall, Michael Newdow, the atheist father in
California, led the legal assault on God in The Pledge of
Allegiance. Besides renewing that battle, Newdow now has
petitioned a federal court to prevent the president from
“engaging in Christian religious acts” (i.e., prayers and other
forms of worship) at the January 20th. inauguration.
In 2002, the 9th. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Newdow’s
favor – holding that the words “in God we trust” in the Pledge
somehow constituted an establishment of religion under the First
Amendment, and thus the Pledge could not be said in public
schools (which the federal courts have turned into religion-free
The Supreme Court reversed on the grounds that Newdow (who did
not have custody of his daughter) lacked standing. The Court did
not rule on the merits of the case.
This encouraged Newdow to renew his unholy crusade, with eight
other atheist parents joining him as plaintiffs.
Newdow has become the Energizer Bunny of secular fundamentalism.
Now he’s asking a federal court to block prayers at the
inaugural. Would he also like to end the practice of the
president taking his oath of office on the Bible? You bet he
would…. And he and his ilk will succeed in removing the Bible
from all of our public ceremonies, if Christians continue to
peacefully slumber through the Culture Wars.
Since 1789, every presidential inauguration has included
supplications to the Almighty. But tradition means nothing to
the anti-faith jihadists. They are absolutely determined to
expunge all manifestations of faith from our public life. Our
40th. president, Ronald Reagan, put it well when he remarked
that America will be “One nation under God, or a nation gone
DEGENERACY AT THE
One of the official inaugural events may include a most
unwholesome element. According to The New York Times, the rapper
Kid Rock has been invited to “perform” at an inaugural youth
concert hosted by the president’s daughters.
Family advocates are up in arms, and rightly so.
This exhibitionist sings songs peppered with obscenities. In
1999, he was voted the “Sluttiest Male Celebrity” at MTV’s Video
Music Awards. Being voted the “sluttiest” by MTV is like being
voted most liberal by Ted Kennedy.
When the Kid performed during last year’s Super Bowl halftime
show, his antics were so disgusting that he and Janet Jackson
generated over half a million complaints to the FCC between
If this besotted exhibitionist, whose favorite word begins with
the letter F, is allowed on the stage at the youth concert, it
will be a national embarrassment and send an abominable message
to America’s youth.
WorldNet Daily reports that the White House is saying Kid Rock
hasn’t confirmed. Why he was ever invited in the first place is
I am saddened by the lack of sensitivity to Judeo-Christian
values on the part of whichever presidential aide dreamed up
this travesty. To add your voice to the growing volume of
complaints, you can call the White House comment line at (202)
HOPEFUL SIGN FROM THE
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court refused to hear an
appeal of a case challenging the constitutionality of a Florida
ban on homosexual adoptions. Does this mean the Court will
uphold the sanctity of marriage? While a hopeful sign, it’s
still anyone’s guess what the Court will do with marriage.
The Florida Legislature determined (wisely, I believe) that
children should be placed with married couples -- men and women,
mothers and fathers. Naturally, gay activists and their civil
libertarian allies challenged the sensible enactment.
On January 28, 2004, The 11th Circuit Appeals Court in Atlanta
held that the ban was a reasonable exercise of legislative
In its opinion, the Court explained: “We have found nothing in
the Constitution that forbids this policy judgment. Thus, any
argument that the Florida legislature was misguided in its
decision is one of legislative policy, not constitutional law.
The legislature is the proper forum for this debate, and we do
not sit as a super-legislature to award by judicial decree what
was not achievable by political consensus."
The author of that opinion should be the president’s first
Supreme Court nominee. The rationale for the 11th Circuit’s
decision is that sensible.
When the Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal of a lower
court decision it could be because it agrees with the ruling. Or
it might just be that the justices are so deeply divided on the
issue that they can’t even agree on whether the court should
take up the case.
And so, while the court’s action is to be applauded, it says
nothing about what it might do with a challenge to state bans on
gay marriage or the 1996 Federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Moreover, this ruling applies only to states in the 11th.
Circuit. Another Circuit could reach an entirely different
decision. Homosexual rights advocates are using children as
pawns. This makes the battle over marriage all the more crucial.
If homosexual marriage is ever established nationally, all state
bans on gay adoption would fall.
TAKE ACTION ON KID ROCK
As noted above, we need to flood the White House public-comment
line -- (202) 465-1111 -- with calls of protest. For Christians
to stand by silently while the inauguration of the man we
elected is sullied, would be worse than tragic.
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR MARRIAGE AMENDMENT
Senator Wayne Allard of Colorado is planning to reintroduce the
Federal Marriage Protection Amendment, perhaps as early as
January 24th. Shannon Royce of the Marriage Protection Project
is urging concerned Americans to write to their Senators and ask
them to become co-sponsors of what could be the most important
legislation of our lifetimes.
For a sample letter – as well as a list of Senators who
supported the amendment last year (and those newly elected) --
go to the Marriage Amendment Project’s website –