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Vol. 2  No. 9                                                                                                                               March 3, 2005

From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough


The Spin continues on the SpongeBob Story

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family sent out a letter to his constituents yesterday in his continuing fight against media distortion of the truth.  This latest volley was fired by Fox News Channel talk-show host Bill O'Reilly when he used his "talking points" feature on Monday night (Feb. 28) to once again misreport the SpongeBob SquarePants issue, criticizing conservative "culture warriors" for allegedly saying that the popular children's cartoon character is gay.

"SpongeBob is a sponge. He's not cruising the bars in West Hollywood," O'Reilly said. "Culture warriors on both sides have got to get a grip. There's danger in fanatical policy. But paranoia makes a danger harder to illuminate. You won't be taken seriously if you cry wolf too often."

Dr. Dobson stated in his letter that O’Reilly’s “comments are a thinly veiled swipe at Focus on the Family based upon comments that have been widely misquoted in the media questioning the use of SpongeBob and other beloved children's characters in a "tolerance" video produced by a group with a history of advocating for pro-gay causes. Although O'Reilly's staff has been informed in writing that the "SpongeBob" controversy is based solely on media spin, the "No Spin Zone" can't seem to get its facts straight.”

In his letter, Dr. Dobson encourages us all to join in letting Mr. O’Reilly know you object to this kind of media distortion of the truth. You can find contact information here.  But remember, express your opinions as you think appropriate but please be respectful.

Death Sentence Issued by Judge for Terri Schiavo

This past Tuesday, the parents of Terri Schiavo, the Schindlers, were informed, through their Attorney David Gibbs, III that Judge George Greer of Pinellas-Pasco’s Sixth Judicial Circuit has denied, without access to hearing, motions filed by Terri Schiavo’s immediate family.

Judge Greer has stated that he will only consider motions from the Schindlers as they relate to the death process, which include but are not limited to a motion to allow Terri Schiavo to die at home instead of a Hospice facility, a motion for a Florida burial, and a motion allowing her immediate family uninterrupted access to her throughout the death process.

Once again, we find the actions of Judge Greer reprehensible and a clear denial of the due process rights afforded to Terri Schiavo under the law.

With new medical diagnosis protocols and new levels of rehabilitation protocols, Terri Schiavo’s adjudicated condition of ‘persistent vegetative state’ is no longer equitable and any responsible jurist would eagerly recognize and accommodate more thorough means of determining the disabled woman’s true condition – a condition that remains in great dispute.

Once again we see the behavior of another rogue judge with his refusal to hold the guardian accountable for violation of Florida’s guardian laws. The guardian has spent Terri Schiavo’s medical fund on representing his own legal interests, has denied her necessary medical services, and lives in open adultery with his girlfriend and their two.

This is another egregious example of justice denied. March 18 is the date that the Florida court has assigned to begin Terri’s death sentence through the slow and painful process of starvation. It is now time to petition Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the state legislature to take action to save Terri's life.  We must pray and to protect Terri from this death sentence.

Ten Commandments Sandblasted?

After reading some of yesterday’s Supreme Court arguments in regards to the Ten Commandment displays in public, I’m encouraged that the Court will probably not issue a decree that would cause the sandblasting of the marble frieze in their own courtroom.  Don’t expect an immediate decision though. It is expected that the court will spend some time deciding where to draw the line when it comes to Biblical text in public places. I’m sure the debate will continue in the news media for sometime.

A recent Associated Press poll indicated that three fourths of Americans surveyed believe that displays of the commandments should be allowed on government property. It would seem that the court of public opinion should factor greatly in the decision. Keep praying for this one, and remember. . .the First Amendment to the Constitution states: "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .If Congress shall make no laws regarding religion, then why is the Federal Court even considering this case?


Here is your opportunity to get involved! On April 7-8, a very special conference will take place at the Washington Marriott in Washington, D.C. – Confronting the Judicial War on Faith. The event is being sponsored by The Judeo-Christian Coalition for Constitutional Restoration. I am honored to be chairman of the Coalition's Executive Committee. The registration fee is $149. To register on-line, or for more details, go to

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