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Vol. 1 No.23                                                                                                                                 November 30, 2004

          From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough

Thought of the Day “If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of this land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.”  Daniel Webster


Planned Parenthood has done it again. The organization goes out of its way to offend Christians at this joyous and sacred time of the year.

For the 3rd. year running, America’s largest abortion provider is selling Christmas cards with the message “Choice on Earth” – as if the deaths of 1.3 million unborn children each year was something to celebrate, especially at a time when Christians recall the birth of another baby (one wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the manger).

Think of the monstrous implications of this sick slogan. Is Planned Parenthood saying Mary and Joseph had a right to abort the baby Jesus – that, rather than being ordained by God, his birth was a choice on the part of his parents?

But the Bible constantly reminds us that children are a gift from God – and not a decision on the mother’s part. In Psalms, King David says that God “knew me in the womb.”

It’s hard to imagine something more distasteful than Planned Parenthood’s desecration of Christmas – unless it’s the grisly work Planned Parenthood does, day in and day out.


The United States Supreme Court has refused to review the 2003 decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) mandating homosexual marriage in the Bay (Gay?) State.

Plaintiffs in the case included the vice president of the state’s Catholic Action League and 11 members of the Massachusetts legislature. They argued that the SJC’s edict denied the people of Massachusetts representative government, by taking a vital decision with long-term impact out of the hands of elected officials. Plaintiffs were ably represented by Liberty Counsel (

Despite the passage of 13 marriage amendments on state ballots this year, the Supreme Court has put the whims of un-elected judges above the express will of the American people. Most observers believe that had the Massachusetts constitution allowed citizens to vote on a marriage amendment this year, it too would have passed – overwhelmingly. Judges just don’t get it – which is why the time may have come to seriously consider impeaching the worst offenders.

The court’s action underscores the urgent need for an amendment to the United States Constitution to put an end to the travesty of gay “marriage,” once and for all. With an enhanced conservative majority in the next Congress, this must be the very first order of business.


In the November 23rd Patriot Pastor Alert, we commented on the violence at a November 19 Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers game, where one player actually ran into the stands and began punching fans.

If you think my comments then were unduly harsh, listen to those of Rev. Jesse Lee Petersen, a courageous African-American minister and the president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny).

Rev. Petersen says, “Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal should be banned from the league. They should also have criminal charges filed against them.”

Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen. The most serious charge contemplated by prosecutors – felony assault (punishable by up to 4 years in prison) – would be against the fan who threw a folding chair that hit several spectators.

Apparently, the charge contemplated against 6 foot-7 inch, 247-pound Artest (who literally pummeled fans after he was hit with a plastic cup) is misdemeanor assault and battery.

Peterson charges: “Players today are coddled from college all the way to the NBA. Most come from single-parent households without fathers. As a result, they’re angry and have no respect for themselves and anyone else.”

The savagery at the Pistons-Pacers game is another sign of a society in decline -- one that’s traded Christian values for an anything-goes celebrity culture.


Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard the California medical marijuana case. At issue is whether federal drug laws override (or preempt) the efforts of a state to allow marijuana to be used by patients.

California voters passed an initiative authorizing physicians to “prescribe” marijuana for patients with everything from cancer to chronic back pain. Like a number of states that have passed such initiatives, in California, the drug lobby (fueled by millions of dollars from billionaire leftists like George Soros) convinced a gullible public that medical marijuana is compassionate.

But the American Medical Association and almost every other reputable medical and scientific group is opposed to this fraud. In reality, it’s not about compassion for the sick and dying, but back-door legalization of a dangerous drug – the gateway to even more harmful substances (including cocaine and heroin) and a lifetime of addiction.

Bottom line: Marijuana isn’t medicine. Addiction isn’t compassionate. (At a press conference after the court heard oral arguments in the case, several parents who’d lost children to drugs testified.)

We hope the Supreme Court strikes a blow against the drug culture that is robbing our children of dignity. Those of us who minister in local churches are constantly called upon to pick up the pieces of lives destroyed by drugs.



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