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Vol. 1 No.10                                                                                                                                   October 14, 2004

          From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough


On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court announced that it will consider the constitutionality of public displays of The Ten Commandments. The cases (from Texas and Kentucky) involve a stone monument on the grounds of a state capitol and framed copies of the Commandments posted in courthouses. A ruling is expected next spring.

 Unfortunately, four of the nine justices reflect liberalism’s longstanding bias against religious expression in public places. A fifth, Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, usually sides with the anti-religion bloc. 

Significantly, the Court chose to ignore Judge Roy Moore’s case – which was specifically framed on the constitutionality of Americans’ right to publicly acknowledge God.

While it’s encouraging that the Supreme Court will finally hear Ten Commandments cases (currently, federal appeals courts in different jurisdictions have issued conflicting rulings), it’s important to note that the Constitution exists independent of the whims of judges.

Whatever the Supreme Court ultimately decides, the First Amendment prohibits a national church, and nothing else. The federal judiciary has distorted the Amendment to arrive at the position that there can be no “co-mingling” of government and religion – a view that would have astounded and appalled the Founding Fathers.

The Ten Commandments is the foundation of the Western legal tradition. It is as much a part of America’s heritage as The Declaration of Independence or the Constitution itself. Whatever the justices decide next spring, they can’t re-write history. 


The secular media is finally getting the message: Christians will have a huge impact on this year’s election. In the past few days, both ABC News and USA Today have done features on the role faith will play in this year’s elections.

The USA Today piece notes that in the 2000 election there was a disappointing turnout among “conservative evangelicals.” (“The percentage of the electorate identified as ‘religious right’ declined from 17% in 1996 to 14% in 2000.”) Had that not occurred, the presidential election wouldn’t have even been close, let alone the squeaker it turned out to be.

Vision America has been working diligently to assure a different outcome this year. We’ve taken our message across this great country: For Christians, voting isn’t optional, but an obligation to God. We’ve also shown pastors how to conduct voter-registration drives and we’ve educated Christians on the issues that will shape our future.

The media is finally catching on.


Speaking of which, the October 18th issue of People Magazine has an extensive article on voter registration efforts, which includes a half-page feature on Vision America.

It reports that our networking with Patriot Pastors began in 1998, and that over 3,000 have been enlisted to date. It quotes Patriot Pastor David Nelson of the Smith Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Tatum, Texas. Pastor Nelson, an African-American, is described as “a life-long Democrat,” who says he came to a Vision America rally expecting to find “a bunch of Republicans sitting around talking about their money.”

Instead, he was informed, motivated and activated. (“I was inspired: It was like being on a football field, dressed out, and at kickoff time. I wanted in the game.”

I am humbled by such responses – and encouraged to redouble our efforts to bring America back to its spiritual roots.


The largest labor federation in America (600,000-strong) has come out against the Marriage amendment on the Michigan ballot. AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney claims the amendment would take away rights negotiated in union contracts and is unnecessary, as same-sex marriage is currently illegal in Michigan.

Both arguments are disingenuous. Gay marriage used to be illegal in Massachusetts too, until the Mass. Supreme Judicial Court, by a one-vote margin, in effect rewrote the state’s constitution. If enacted, the amendment would have no effect on private contracts, but would only apply to the legal definition of marriage.

Like so many institutions, most labor unions have been taken over by anti-family radicals who will use any excuse to advance their agenda, in complete disregard of the sentiments of the rank and file. (How many Teamsters support gay marriage, do you suppose?) 

For decades, brave men and women struggled to secure the rights of workers. They believed in their country, their families and their God. The AFL-CIO has betrayed them.



The Campaign for California Families is supporting a petition drive to keep the cross in the Los Angeles County seal. If they can collect 341,212 valid signatures by March 1, 2005, it will stop a scheme by the ACLU and three county supervisors to remove the cross, until the people vote.

The seal, which was designed in 1957, contains a small cross, to honor the Christian missionaries who helped establish the early settlement that became Los Angeles.

Patriot pastors and concerned Christians in or near LA County are urged to help gather signatures. Others may wish to contact The Campaign for California Families at (916) 443-1410 or at to find out what they can do to help. Pray for the success of the petition drive. If the ACLU and the liberal supervisors have their way, next, they'll want to change the county's name. After all, doesn't The Angels, violate their distorted view of the First Amendment?


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.


This Friday, October 15th, is the Mayday for Marriage rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. (noon to 3pm). Mayday is the international symbol for an impending disaster - which is exactly what gay marriage would mean to the institution of marriage and the family.

Distinguished speakers will include Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Rabbi Daniel Lapin and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention. For more information - including registration and transportation for the rally -- go to


Here's a message from my friend Bishop John Gimenez, National Chairman of America for Jesus - A Day of Fasting and Prayer for America (October 22nd, starting at noon, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.)

"I Timothy 2:1-2 commands us to pray for all in authority that we might lead Godly lives in peace. We also know that the God of our Covenant tells us that a nation that is in right standing before Him will defeat her enemies."

"We are honored to ask you to join our network of churches and a growing number of leaders across the Body of Christ for a time of fasting and prayer on the Mall, October 22, 2004 at 12pm."

I have been given the honor of speaking at this rally. I hope as many of you as possible will attend this historic event. For more information, go to


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