From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
KID ROCK ON THE ROCKS – RAPPER
WON’T “PERFORM” AT INAUGURAL CONCERT
After an avalanche of criticism, generated by groups like
American Family Association and Traditional Values Coalition,
the White House announced that the rapper Kid Rock will not
perform at an inaugural concert hosted by the president’s
daughters, Barbara and Jenna.
In typical bureaucratic fashion, aides won’t confirm that Kid
Rock was invited to perform. They’re simply saying that he won’t
As we mentioned in our last Patriot Pastor Alert, this artist
(and I use the term advisedly) is notorious for the
obscenity-laced lyrics of his songs. The title of his 1990 debut
album, “Pimp of the Nation,” says it all.
Speaking of Kid Rock (AKA: Robert James Ritchie) earlier this
week, White House spokesman Tim Goeglein disclosed, “Based on
the lyrics that I have been told about . . . I can tell you that
the president would never endorse such lyrics or condone them.”
I don’t doubt that for a minute. What’s sad is that someone in a
“family values” administration would have had the brilliant idea
of having Ritchie perform in the first place. If John Kerry had
won the election, rest assured that no one in his entourage
would propose having Pat Boone sing the Star-Spangled Banner at
Clearly, we have much to do if we want to see revival in
America. To all those who called the White House public-comment
line to express their shock and outrage over Kid Rock . . .
PRESIDENT DISCUSSES HIS
In a wide-ranging discussion with reporters and editors at The
Washington Times, President Bush said he “doesn’t see how you
can be president without a relationship with the Lord.”
The president, who’s a Methodist, said he understands that
Americans come from many faith traditions, and he isn’t telling
anyone how to pray, or suggesting that the irreligious aren’t
patriotic. However, Mr. Bush observed, “I think more and more
people understand the importance of faith in their lives.
America is a remarkable place when it comes to religion and
faith. We had people come to our rallies specifically to say:
‘I’m here to pray for you, let you know I’m praying for you.’
And I was very grateful for that.”
The president also said he would move ahead with his faith-based
initiative, providing $1.2 billion in federal funding for
religious organizations that work with the poor and those with
Mr. Bush said that unlike many Christians, he does not see faith
under attack in this country. The president mentioned the
“backlash” over to attempts to take God out of the Pledge of
But because Christians are fighting back, does not mean that
Christians aren’t under attack. The secular left controls the
commanding heights of our culture – the news and entertainment
industries, public education, foundations, the medical and legal
professions and the like.
And how can Christians fight a judiciary determined to distort
the Constitution to force its values on us?
Christians have a friend in the White House. But at times
friends need to be reminded of the way the world works –
especially friends who reside in Washington.
PRESIDENT SAYS NO TO WOMEN
With four words, the president managed to reassure Americans who
are concerned about women being forced into combat roles – “No
to women in combat.”
In 1991, a blue-ribbon presidential commission strongly
recommended against turning women into warriors.
But when the Clintons came into office, they immediately put
women on combat ships and aircraft (as well as trying to allow
homosexuals to serve openly). The Clinton-istas are gone, but
their mind-set lingers.
Through various devices (like assigning women to combat support
units) the brass tries to get around a clear Congressional
mandate – the assignment of women in the military can not be
changed without its express approval.
Among other evils, allowing women in combat would subject them
to the horrors from which a civilized nation tries to protect
members of the gentler sex. Recall the female soldier taken
prisoner in the early days of the Iraq war, who was tortured and
raped by Saddam Hussein’s monsters. Does America want to see
more of that?
There is also the innate and unavoidable design of God that
prompts men naturally to want to protect women, which creates a
greater risk for men in combat when women are fighting alongside
them. (Israel discovered this in its 1948 War of Independence,
the only time it’s allowed women to fight.) Sanity and centuries
of tradition must prevail if American is to remain strong.
The president is right. Despite manpower shortages in the
military, principles rise above pragmatic considerations. If
America loses sight of its values (including the fundamental
differences between men and women, and the centrality of faith
and family), then what are we fight for?
INAUGURAL PRAYERS CLEARLY
As we noted in the last Patriot Pastor Alert, atheist Michael
Newdow is trying to get a federal court to block prayers at the
January 20th Inauguration.
A memo from The Alliance Defense Fund highlights the absurdity
of this move. ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence discloses,
“George Washington was inaugurated our first president several
months before the First Amendment became part of the
Constitution, yet he talked about God in his first inaugural
address, placed his hands on the Bible, added ‘so help me God’
to the presidential oath, and attended worship services as part
of his inaugural activities.”
It’s a matter of historical record that three days after passing
the Bill of Rights, including the much-misinterpreted First
Amendment, Congress approved a salary for a chaplain who would
offer a prayer for members at the opening of each session.
Judeo-Christian values are deeply embedded in America’s past.
Those who seek to confine Christian worship to church buildings
are historical revisionists, as well as anti-democratic.
CHARACTERS PROMOTE HOMOSEXUALITY
The cultural elite never misses an opportunity to indoctrinate
our children in its warped and twisted worldview.
The latest brainwashing device is a music video being
distributed to 61,000 schools across the country and featuring
cartoon characters like Sponge Bob, Barney and Dora the Explorer
among other well-known characters loved by children.
The video, based on the 1970s hit song “We Are Family,” includes
a lesson plan about “tolerance.” What the elite says we must
tolerate, the Bible calls an abomination.
Sure enough, when you go to the website of the We Are Family
http://www.wearefamilyfoundation.org (to which children are
driven by the video), there’s a tolerance pledge that kids are
urged to sign, which includes tolerance for those whose “sexual
identity . . . (is) different from my own.” Included is a link
to another site that supports “transgender and gender
The We Are Family Foundation is supported by FedEx, the Disney
Channel and other corporate cultural polluters. The propaganda
video will be broadcast on Nickelodeon, PBS and the Disney
Channel on March 11, to celebrate a proposed National We Are
“Tolerance” is one of those words (like gay) co-opted by the
secular left. They way they use it, “tolerance” means
“acceptance” and the suppression of opposing points of view. If
truth in advertising applied here, the project would be called:
National Acceptance of Perversion Day.