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Vol. 1 No.5                                                                                                                                   September 28, 2004

          From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough



On September 23, the Florida Supreme Court struck down Terri’s Law – which allowed Governor Jeb Bush to prevent Terri Schiavo from being starved to death. In 2000, her husband (who’s had two children with another woman) got a court order to have Terri’s feeding tubes removed.

With the courts determined to end the life of this brain-damaged woman – over the objections of her parents, who argue that their daughter is alert, responds to stimuli and could be helped with rehabilitation – the governor persuaded the legislature to give him the authority to prevent an act of medical murder.

The Florida court ruled that the law was a violation of the separation of powers – in other words, that the governor and legislature had usurped the authority of the judiciary. But judges themselves violate this principle morning, noon and night – by, in effect, legislating from the bench.


Last year, the Massachusetts high court ordered that state’s legislature to pass a law providing for gay marriage. During the 2000 election, the Florida Supreme Court itself  instructed state election officials to continue doing manual recounts of ballots, despite a 15-day deadline to report election results, provided by the state legislature.


It seems separation of powers is a red light to the legislative and executive branches, but a green light to the judiciary.



If elected, John Kerry would be the most gay-friendly president in history – more even than Bill Clinton. On September 24th, The Washington Blade, a gay newspaper in the nation’s capital, published an extensive interview in which the Democratic nominee (whose record the homosexual Human Rights Campaign describes as “stellar”) voiced enthusiastic support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and adding “sexual orientation” to federal Hate Crimes laws.


ENDA would force churches and Christian bookstores to hire open homosexuals. The Hate Crimes legislation gays are pushing could be used to persecute Christians for citing Biblical injunctions against homosexual conduct, on the grounds that this “hate speech” promotes acts of violence against gays.


The only point where Kerry departs from the radical homosexual agenda is in his refusal to endorse same-sex marriage. How serious he is here (as opposed to being politically expedient) may be seen in his vote against the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and his opposition Federal Marriage Amendment, when the latter was before the Senate in June. Kerry’s strategy is to pay lip service to traditional marriage, but oppose anything that would keep the courts from imposing same-sex marriage.


Senator Kerry not only flouts the teachings of his Church, but over 3,300 years of Judeo-Christian civilization. The interview can be read online at




Jay Power, who raises cattle and grain on his 1,000-acre farm southeast of Cleveland, recently decided to raise awareness of The Ten Commandments. With the help of friends, Power painted the Decalogue in giant letters on the side of his barn, 500 feet off State Highway 542.

Power, who describes himself as a nondenominational Christian, said the display is intended to increase knowledge of America’s spiritual heritage. “This is the most blessed nation there is,” Powell declared. “Look at what we’ve accomplished in only 200 years. It’s not because we’re more intelligent than other people; it’s because we were set up ‘Under God.’ That’s why we’re such a blessed nation.”


With that observation, Powell demonstrated that he’s more intelligent that the ACLU, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and many federal judges – who believe an acknowledgement of America’s spiritual roots (by such modest affirmations as the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance) is somehow tantamount to the establishment of a state church.


Farmer Power is fulfilling his obligation to be “salt and light.”



Late last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pledge Protection Act (H.R. 2028), which would block federal courts – including the Supreme Court – from ruling on the constitutionality of the ‘one nation under God” in The Pledge of Allegiance.

The measure was in response to the 2002 ruling of the 9th. Circuit Court of Appeals, that these words violate the First Amendment’s establishment clause. On appeal, the Supreme Court dismissed the case on a technicality –but declining to rule on the constitutional issue.

The House is to be commended for this action – though it should be noted that while 94% of House Republicans supported the measure, only 19% of Democrats voted for it.

It’s a closely guarded secret that, under the Constitution, Congress has the authority to withdraw jurisdiction from the federal courts on any issue, including marriage and public affirmation of God. Unlike a constitutional amendment, all it takes is a majority vote – and the will to brave the wrath of the liberal elite. On to the Senate!



This coming Thursday, September 30th, the House is scheduled to take up the Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (FMA) – H.J. Res. 106, sponsored by Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave.

While marriage amendments to state constitutions continue to triumph – most recently in Louisiana – only a Federal Marriage Amendment will keep the courts (state and federal) from mandating gay marriage.

The amendment needs two-thirds support (288 votes) to pass the House. Currently, the FMA has only 130 co-sponsors. To find out where your Congressman stands (for, against or undecided) go to the Focus on the Family CitizenLink website –, then click on “Urge House Members to Support Federal Marriage Amendment.

With only two days left before the House considers the FMA, lobbying is intense. Please contact your Congressman and demand a yes vote on the FMA. Urge members of your church to do the same. In the words of Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” If you don’t know your Congressman’s office number, you can reach him through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 225-3121.


The Federal Hate Crimes Bill (S.966), which passed the Senate, is still before a conference committee. The danger of such legislation may be seen in the case of Ake Green, the pastor of a Pentecostal congregation in Sweden. Pastor Green was jailed for a month for a sermon last year in which he called homosexuality “abnormal, a horrible cancerous tumor in the body of society,” and cited the Bible for support.

Gay activists maintain that any criticism of their “life-style” is hate speech which provokes hate crimes. There is a real danger that the legislation could be used to criminalize Christianity. Please call House Speaker Dennis Hastert (202-225-0600) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (202) 225-4000 and urge them to remove the Hate Crimes amendment from the Defense Department authorization act, currently before a conference committee.

If it passes, the gay movement will try to use it to create more Christian martyrs, like Pastor Ake Green.


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