Vol. 1 No.26
From the Desk of Pastor Rick
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BUSH BACKS TEN COMMANDMENTS
The Bush administration has filed a brief in The Ten
Commandments cases currently before the United States Supreme
In its brief, the Justice Department observes, “Official
acknowledgement and recognition of the Ten Commandments’
influence on American legal history comport with the
Establishment Clause.” They even comport with the court’s
current misinterpretation of the First Amendment’s Establishment
The case (expected to be heard next month) involves two Kentucky
counties that displayed framed copies of the Decalogue – along
with other historical documents – in their courthouses. The
Cincinnati-based 6th. U.S. Circuit Appeals Court ruled the
displays served a predominantly religious purpose, and so were
The truth of the Justice Department’s argument is all around us.
One small example may be seen in the Supreme Court Building
itself. Besides a mural of Moses delivering The Ten Commandments
tablets, on the door leading to the courtroom, the Roman
numerals one through ten are engraved, to represent the
America is blessed with a president who understands that the
laws of this country – including the Constitution – get
legitimacy only from God’s law.
THE TWELVE RULES OF CHRISTMAS
As a public service to harassed Christians, The Rutherford
Institute has published handy guidelines for the celebration of
Christmas -- in the public schools and the public square.
Increasingly, administrators are purging even the mildest
manifestations of Christmas from our schools, under the mistaken
belief that any religious expression violates the First
This is a gross distortion of Supreme Court rulings on the
For instance, the Institute notes that a school may not prohibit
written or spoken expressions of the significance of Christmas
(like a student’s T-shirt that says, “Jesus is the Reason for
the Season”), unless it can be shown that the message would
cause substantial disruption.
Schools may teach about the religious meaning of Christmas, as
long as the instruction is objective and stresses the holiday’s
historical or cultural significance, and isn’t intended to
promote Christian doctrine.
Public schools may include religious-themed Christmas music in
holiday programs, as long as songs relating to other holidays,
like Hanukkah, are also included.
Schools may not prevent students from distributing literature
about Christmas or invitations to church services, if they are
allowed to hand out other material not related to school
The guidelines in their entirety may be viewed online at
In disseminating the same, the Institute is performing an
Still, it’s unfortunate that -- to make constitutional muster --
Christmas must be treated as just another holiday, instead of
the only one celebrated by 96% of the American people at this
time of the year.
The Founding Fathers were guided by the faith that began on
Christmas Day. While they intended to establish freedom of
religion for all, the Founders viewed Christianity – the birth
of whose founder we will soon celebrate – as the undisputable
NEW SENATE MINORITY LEADER RENDERS AN OPINION
ON CLARENCE THOMAS
In a recent interview on “Meet the Press,” Senator Harry Reid of
Nevada, the incoming Senate Minority Leader, blasted Associate
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I think he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court,”
Reid declared. “I think his (Thomas’) opinions are poorly
written. I just don’t think he’s done a good job as a Supreme
While I’m sure Justice Thomas – who’s discussed as a successor
to Chief Justice William Rehnquist -- isn’t losing any sleep
over this assessment by constitutional scholar Harry Reid, the
Senator’s pronouncement is typical of his party’s arrogance and
blind allegiance to liberal dogma.
In the same vein, Reid said that over the past 4 years, “We have
approved 207 federal judges and turned down 10. The president
should be happy with what he’s gotten.”
But the 10 who weren’t approved were all for the crucial Court
of Appeals. (Most of those approved were for the far less
important District Court.) Moreover, most of the 10 weren’t
actually rejected. Reid and his colleagues, a minority of
Senators, prevented their names from reaching the floor, through
an unconstitutional filibuster.
The president should be forewarned: Democrats learned nothing
from the last election. He’ll have to fight for each of his more
important judicial nominees – especially his Supreme Court
Republicans should consider putting up billboards all over
Nevada with pictures of Tom Daschle (the last Minority Leader,
who was defeated this year) and the words: “It Could Happen To
TRUTH IN ADVERTISING?
Five Los Angeles television stations have wisely declined to air
an ad that transcend tasteless.
It features a lumpy red cartoon character called “Phil the
Sore,” who follows two men home together. When they part (as one
says, “Let’s do it again sometime”), Phil calls in his cousins
carrying boxes labeled “blindness,’ “brain-damage,” etc.
The ads were produced by Los Angeles County Department of
Health, which thought they were a terribly clever way to warn
homosexuals of the perils of syphilis – a disease that increased
almost 400% among gay men in Los Angeles, between 2000 and 2003.
By the way, that statistic says a lot.
Does anyone actually believe that a cartoon character is going
to teach restraint to homosexuals? Rather, the campaign is
intended to legitimize sodomy – with money from California
Promoting a so-called lifestyle that’s led to an explosion in
the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases? In Los Angeles,
they call it public health.
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