Vol. 1 No.5
From the Desk of Pastor Rick
TERRI’S LAW STRUCK DOWN
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
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
It seems separation of powers is a red
light to the legislative and executive branches, but a green light
to the judiciary.
KERRY’S GAY RIGHTS ADVOCACY
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
FARMER PLANTS SEEDS OF TEN COMMANDMENTS KNOWLEDGE
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.”
PLEDGE PROTECTION ACT
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’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!
ACTION THIS WEEK
HOUSE VOTE ON
FEDERAL MARRIAGE AMENDMENT ON THURSDAY
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
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.
FEDERAL HATE CRIMES LEGISLATION
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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