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Vol. 2  No. 10                                                                                                                               March 09, 2005

From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough

Your Action Needed: Bills Filed in Congress to Help Schiavo

As we continued to follow the plight of Terry Schiavo, you now have the opportunity to get involved. Unless there is court or legislative intervention, the execution of the order by Pinellas County Judge George W. Greer to cause the death of Terri Schiavo by starvation and dehydration. Now is the time that you can express your beliefs to your Congressman and Senator.

The Incapacitated Person's Legal Protection Act (HR 1151 and S 539) would give Terri Schindler Schiavo and people in similar situations the same constitutional protection of due process as death-row inmates.

"This bill is not assuming a specific outcome for Terri Schiavo. It is not a right-to-life or a right-to-die issue," said Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.), who sponsored the bill in the Senate.

"It is a very narrowly written piece of legislation to ensure that in very select cases - where there is a judicial dispute about the perceived wishes of the incapacitated individual and a court ordered cessation of nutrition, hydration and medical treatment - that proper legal representation is provided for individuals who have no voice for themselves and whose lives hang in the balance," added Martinez.

A rally will be held this Sunday, March 13 at 3 pm on the steps of the Florida state old capitol in the capitol courtyard. Speakers at the event will include Ken Connor, a Florida attorney who defended Terri's Law for Gov. Jeb Bush; Robert and Mary Schindler, Terri's parents who have been fighting for over 7 years to defend their daughter's right to life; and Dr. Gary Cass, executive director of the Center for Reclaiming America. 

"This is both a life and death struggle for Terri Schiavo and a watershed fight for all disabled people," said Dr. Cass. "The prospect of a long, painful death from starvation and dehydration . . . sends an ominous signal to people with disabilities nationwide. No just society can allow such cruel and inhumane treatment to take place--especially on such a flimsy and ill-founded legal foundation."

We must continue to pray and work to fight the injustice that has been brought by a single judge’s inability to act upon the law.

The Ten Commandments and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount

In the light of the Texas and Kentucky Ten Commandments cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, state legislators have continued writing and debating bills in regards to posting religious texts.


The Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that allows for the public posting of religious texts including the Ten Commandments, the national motto “In God We Trust” and pronouncements from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount known as “The Beatitudes.” The vote came almost a week after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding the public display of the Ten Commandments.


Also on Tuesday, the Oklahoma House re-entered the debate over whether copies of the Ten Commandments should be posted in public buildings when it passed legislation authorizing their display.

The House, which has passed similar bills in the past, approved the legislation. The measure now goes to the Senate, where Ten Commandments bills have died in earlier legislatures.

And this Friday, all five Cherokee County Georgia commissioners will gather on the steps of the county courthouse in downtown Canton, to receive a special gift from local pastors — two 14-by-18-inch stone tablets etched with the full text of the Ten Commandments. All five of those commissioners will then vote Tuesday, they have said, to make sure those stone tablets are hung in a prominent place inside the building's rotunda.

"This country was founded on freedom of religion so people of all faiths could come to our shores and worship as they saw fit," Commission Chairman Mike Byrd told CitizenLink. "Separation of church and state, as intended by our founding fathers, was to prevent government from dictating what or how we worshipped, not to tell us that we could not have symbols of our religious beliefs in public view."

Finally, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune, pilots at the Idaho Caldwell Airport are placing Ten Commandments signs on their hangars in a show of support after a similar marker was removed from airport property.

The sign outside the airport office was taken down after pilot Bob Synoground expressed concerns to Airport Manager Curt Hawkins and Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas.

Pilots behind the effort to put up Ten Commandments signs say the signs are not to protest the removal of the display, but in support of the principles.

Not only should we support the display of the Ten Commandments, but also we should practice the principles set forth by the commandments.

Disney Joining the “Pro-Christian” Movement?


News sources are now reporting that one of Disney’s newest films, “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, is being specifically targeted to Christian audiences.

Disney has hired Motive Marketing, the public relations firm for “The Passion of the Christ”, to handle publicity for their new movie and has been billing this movie as a “’Passion of the Christ’ for kids.”  Disney has also held private meetings with various church groups in order to promote the religious aspects of their new film.


Maybe the success of The Passion can be a wakeup call for the media giants. The entertainment industry needs to understand that quality substance in a movie can sell better and is more important than the amount of sex and violence that can be fit into 83 minutes.

Your Participation is Requested – CONFRONTING THE JUDICIAL WAR ON FAITH

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 JCCCR. I am honored to be chairman of the organization's Executive Committee. The registration fee is $149. To register on-line, or for more details, go to

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