December 16, 2004
From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
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MEDIA IGNORE BLACK
SUPPORT FOR MARRIAGE
Nowhere is media coverage more biased than on issues
touching on homosexuality. Reporters and editors go out
of their way to depict opponents of the militant
homosexual agenda as hate-crazed ignoramuses. When news
of this debate doesn’t fit the media worldview, it’s
Take a recent march in downtown Atlanta. The event was
organized by a black church with 25,000 members and led
by Reverend Bernice King, daughter of the late Reverend
Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, outside the Atlanta area,
the demonstration was virtually ignored by the
The reason? The African-American church members were
marching in support of traditional marriage. In
response, gay activists who lined the route called the
descendents of slaves – whose people endured decades of
segregation and worse – “bigots.”
If a dozen homosexuals held a protest at a Catholic
church, rest assured that in the media’s eyes, this
would have been big news. But when a people who’ve
suffered more than any other from the decline of the
family, stand up for a cause recently endorsed by voters
in 14 states, the media consider it a non-event.
It’s hardly surprising that more and more Americans are
getting their news from non-establishment sources – Fox
News, the Internet and radio talk shows. As the
establishment media demonstrated once again in the past
election, they are in the camp of those determined to
destroy the America Christians love.
CANDY CANES UNCENSORED
In a modest victory for religious freedom, the West
Bend, Wisconsin Joint School District reversed an
earlier decision and agreed to allow the distribution of
Christmas cards with a Christian message.
The cards, prepared by a club organized by Christian
students at the West Bend High School, explain the
origins of the candy cane – that the confection is
shaped like a “J” to represent Jesus, and the
alternating stripes of white and red symbolize the
Savior’s purity and the blood He shed for us on the
The cards were to be distributed by the
student-initiated and led group during non-classroom
time. Still, Principal Cassandra Schug and
Superintendent David Shapely initially decided the
greetings were “too religious” and banned their
Whereupon, Liberty Counsel (http://www.lc.org)
prepared a lawsuit that was scheduled to be filed on
December 14. Faced with this threat, the district
relented and allowed distribution of the cards.
It’s a pity that Christians need to threaten litigation
to vindicate their rights. Dogmatically secular
administrators are determined to purge any manifestation
of faith from the schools, even those allowed by the
During this holy season, there’s little peace in the
public schools, and even less good will for the
followers of Jesus.
CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL RETREATS
ON “MEDICAL CONFIDENTIALITY” FOR STUDENTS
California Attorney General Bill Lockyer reversed an
earlier position that public schools are required by law
to maintain confidentiality when students leave the
campus to seek abortions and medical treatment for AIDS
or psychiatric disorders.
The attorney general’s opinion is based on state laws
that emancipate minors for medical procedures.
Under intense public pressure generated by pro-family
groups like the Sacramento-based Capitol Research
Institute, Lockyer now says that while schools should
keep such information in confidence, they will not be
prosecuted for failure to do so.
What an incredible state of affairs. The chief
law-enforcement officer of our largest state believes
that if 14-year olds leave school to get an abortion or
be treated for a sexually transmitted disease, it’s none
of their parents’ business.
It’s one more fateful attack on parental rights, and a
major step toward making all children, in effect, wards
of the state. If such measures become the norm, the
family cannot long endure.
A Democrat, Lockyer is part of an anti-family coalition
that has made significant in-roads in the schools,
courts and legislatures. Its pernicious doctrines, which
seek to undermine the bedrock of our society, must be
exposed, decried and resisted.
PERSECUTION OF PHILLY CHRISTIANS WILL
A federal appeals court has refused to stop the
Philadelphia city prosecutor from prosecuting 11 area
Christians for engaging in the free exercise of their
On October 10th, the Philadelphia 11 witnessed at a
homosexual gathering – called an OutFest and supported
by public funding. They displayed banners with Bible
verses, prayed, sang and read from Scriptures.
The 11 were set upon by an angry mob of homosexuals
calling themselves the Pink Angels. Even though the
Christians complied with all police orders, they were
still arrested, spent a night in jail, and were charged
a variety of misdemeanors and felonies, including
criminal conspiracy, reckless endangerment, ethnic
intimidation (?), riot, failure to disperse and
disorderly conduct. If convicted on all counts, they
could face up to 47 years in prison.
Naturally, the Pink Angels – the real threat to public
order -- weren’t arrested or charged.
What transpired in Philadelphia may be contrasted to
what occurred at the Atlanta march. In Philadelphia,
Christians who were quietly protesting and reading from
their Bibles were thrown in jail, hauled before a judge
and charged with multiple offenses. In Atlanta,
homosexual agitators who harassed black Christians –
hurling insults at them – were in no way penalized.
Double standard? You bet.
These are dangerous times, my friends. Our opponents aim
at nothing less than banning Christianity. In the name
of tolerance, the police and courts have become
instruments for the suppression of Christian conscience.
Well, we’ve been in the catacombs before. It seems we’re
headed there again.
The Philadelphia 11 are represented by the American
Family Association’s Center for Law and Public Policy (http://www.afa.net/clp/)
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