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Vol. 1 No.8                                                                                                                                   October 7, 2004

          From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough


Ignoring the will of 78% of voters, on Tuesday, a state court judge threw out an amendment to the Louisiana constitution defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The amendment passed on September 18th., during the state’s primary election.

Judge William A. Morvant of the 19th. Judicial District Court ruled the amendment was “flawed” because it had more than one purpose – banning both gay marriage and civil unions. Judges will use any excuse to read their values into the law. Apparently, nothing will keep them from having their way – certainly not a little thing like democracy.

The case was brought by a homosexual group called Forum for Equality, which first tried to keep the measure off the ballot. Opponents of marriage protection have a standard operating procedure – do anything to prevent a popular vote on marriage. If that fails, do whatever it takes to have the results nullified.

The decision is under appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Some judges insist on riding roughshod over popular sovereignty. I pray the day never comes when the people of this country find it necessary to take recourse to the remedy set forth in the Declaration of Independence, which noted that, “Whenever government becomes destructive of these ends (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it….” That day will come, if we fail to use the power of the ballot – now --  to curb judicial tyranny.


By refusing to hear an appeal of a California decision, the United States Supreme Court let stand a ruling which forces that state’s Catholic Charities to provide birth control pills to employees, despite the fact that artificial contraception violates Catholic doctrine.

California has a law requiring employers to provide employee health insurance that covers contraceptive devices. The law contains an exception for churches, but not for religious charities. Dale Schowengerdt, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, which submitted a friend of court brief in this case, says: “Today contraception; tomorrow abortion.”

From the perspective of liberal judges, that much-vaunted wall of separation works in only one direction – Christians can’t use government to express their values, but politicians can use the state to force Christians to violate the tenets of their faith.

Christians can’t hide from the culture war. Neutrality is impossible. Either America will be brought back to the Godly principles of the Founders, or the ungodly will drive us into the catacombs.


Under threat of a lawsuit, Ohio State University has decided to allow religious groups on campus to decide their membership.

Like many colleges and universities, OSU has a so-called non-discrimination policy, which prohibits discrimination based on religion and “sexual-orientation.” The Christian Legal Society (CLS) was determined to be in violation of this code, for limiting its leadership to professing Christians whose lives reflect Biblical values.

CLS noted that its meetings are open to everyone – including non-Christians and those involved in a homosexual lifestyle. However, as a religious group, it wanted its leadership to reflect its principles.

Naturally, the University made no provision for freedom of conscience. An institution of higher learning apparently believed there was no Higher authority. Instead of free inquiry, students were expected to bow their heads and worship the prevailing dogma of non-discrimination.

Under threat of legal action, the school relented. At least at Ohio State University, Christians will be allowed to be Christians.



As we noted in an earlier Patriot Pastor Alert, Proctor and Gamble (makers of Tide detergent, Crest toothpaste and Pampers, among other products), has passionately embraced the homosexual agenda.

The company donated $10,000 to an effort to repeal a 1993 Cincinnati ordinance, passed by 62% of voters, which prevents the city from granting special rights to homosexuals.

Equally disturbing, the company places ads in gay publications which celebrate homosexuality. An ad for Downy Wrinkle Releaser shows what appears to be two men in bed together and clothing strewn on the floor. The headline reads: “You were more concerned with taking them off than folding them.” The ad, which ran in the gay newspaper Xtra, may be viewed (if you have a strong stomach) on the American Family Association website –

American Family Association has launched a boycott of Proctor and Gamble products. It’s urging Christians to: 1) Boycott P&G products 2) Call Chairman A.G. Lafley (513-983-1100) to express your concern with his companies policies 3) Register your participation in the boycott at and 4) and spread the word about P&G’s anti-family agenda and it’s support for the forces of degeneracy.


With less than three weeks to go before what could be the most important election in our lifetimes, voting by absentee ballot has already begun.

You don’t have to be away from home to take advantage of this option. Many states make liberal provision for absentee voting.  To find out who qualifies for using an absentee ballot, go to the website of your state’s secretary of state.


In a little more than two weeks, on October 15th, a Mayday for Marriage Rally will take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., from Noon to 3pm.

The non-partisan, inter-denominational gathering will be addressed by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council, Alan Chambers of Exodus International, and Dr. Richard Lamb of the Southern Baptist Convention, among other luminaries.

For more information, including registration and transportation for the rally, go to


Also on the Mall in Washington, an America for Jesus Rally will be held on October 22, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, with a Praise and Worship Celebration from 6:00 pm to Midnight.

The America for Jesus website ( has issued this clarion call: “On October 22, 2004, we will gather once again in Washington, D.C., at the word of the Lord, and call the body of Christ to a day of fasting and prayer, so that the Lord would hear our plea to heal and save our nation.”

I’ve been honored with an invitation to address this historic gathering. Expect more details in future Patriot Pastor Alerts.


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