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Vol. 1 No.11                                                                                                                                   October 19, 2004

          From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough


Last Friday, October 15th, tens of thousands of Christians rallied for marriage on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event – Mayday for Marriage -- was organized as a protest to homosexual “marriage” and to support the pending Federal Marriage Amendment.

Under the direction of Pastor Ken Hutcherson, formerly a Seattle Seahawk, the rally heard from such notable leaders as Chuck Colson, Gary Bauer, Dr. James Dobson, Rabbi Daniel Lapin of Toward Tradition and Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.

Perkins called on America to return to an “understanding of the covenant of marriage.” Dr. Dobson said, “We are here because we believe in the institution of marriage.” And Rabbi Lapin urged those in attendance to “remember marriage at the voting booth.”

The rally was a challenge to the forces seeking to deconstruct the family and, in the process, radically remake our society.

Those who understand that marriage is more than a piece of paper issued by the state (or a way for activist judges to impose their social agenda on the nation) aren’t going away. Whatever happens in November, whatever some court decides, we will continue to demonstrate, educate and activate to maintain an institution established by God in His infinite wisdom.


The Federal Communications Commission has levied a $1.2-million fine against Fox News for indecency. Some 169 local FOX stations were fined $7,000 a piece for an episode of the series “Married by America,” which aired on April 7, 2003.

This sad excuse for voyeurism included scenes from various Las Vegas “bachelor and bachelorette parties,” including strippers and other gross behavior. This is what FOX and the other networks consider entertainment. And we wonder why the divorce rate is so high and so many children are becoming sexually active at such a tender age.

It’s good to see the FCC is finally beginning to take seriously its responsibility to police the airwaves. A license to broadcast is a trust. Those who pander to the public’s baser appetites to boost their profits deserve to have a bite taken out of wallets – and more.


In their ongoing assault on marriage, the courts have found an ally in the bureaucracy -- witness a decision of the New York State Retirement Board to treat gay marriages performed in Canada as the equivalent of authentic marriages. 

The board oversees retirement benefits for state employees. In an October 8 letter, Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi – whose office directs the state retirement system -- announced that henceforth employees “married” in Canada to their same-sex partners would get the same treatment (survivor benefits, etc.) as other married couples.

New York is one of a handful of states without a statutory or constitutional definition of marriage. On March 3, New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said the state’s comity law required it to recognize Canadian same-sex marriages, even though the Federal DOMA law, enacted in 1996, says it can ignore these arrangements.

The politicized decision of the New York State Retirement Board is reason for us to redouble our efforts for a federal marriage amendment.


          In September, Vision America was pleased to bestow honorary Patriot Pastor status on The Reverend Lewis H. How, of the Parish of St. George (Traditional Anglican Communion) in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

On September 24th, Rev. How informed the province’s registrar of vital statistics that he would no longer serve as its agent in registering marriages -- to protest the decision of Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court mandating gay marriage.

I recently received a very gracious letter from Rev. How, in response to our award. Here are a few excerpts:

“Thank you most sincerely for your act of Christian Kindness! I am deeply honored to have conferred upon me the status of Honorary Patriot Pastor. Although I am unworthy of your kindness, I accept it with gratitude in our common ministry of reconciliation in Christ. .  .”

“I concluded some while ago, as the clouds appeared on the horizon, that when the Province of Nova Scotia, where I live, legalized the travesty called same sex ‘marriage,’ a contradiction in terms, I would immediately return my government license for marriage registration. . . I still intend to solemnize marriages, but no longer recognize the government as a legitimate body with regard to marriage.” In so doing, Rev How noted, “I will be vulnerable to prosecution and imprisonment. So be it. Perhaps I should at that time apply to the United States for refugee of conscience status.” R.S.: But not in Massachusetts!

“You see I am not brave at all, rather I fear God and therefore haven’t any choice but to disobey my government in this matter. . . I can but render to Caesar that which is his and to God that which is His. When Caesar demands otherwise I am called upon to take up my cross and follow my Lord Jesus Christ.”

I am both honored and humbled to be associated with this courageous man of God, who should serve as an inspiration to Patriot Pastors everywhere, regardless of denomination or nationality.



The American Family Association is asking Christians to encourage their churches to participate in “One Hundred Percent Sunday,” on October 31, just two days before the election.

The goal is to get participating churches to turn out 100 percent of their registered voters in this year’s election. AFA is hoping to mobilize 100,000 churches for 100% participation. What a wonderful goal! If that happens, they’ll be no more talk of the apathetic Christian vote. For more information on this worthy project, including registering your church online, go to


This coming Friday, October 22nd, I’ll be joining Christians from across the United States on the Mall in Washington, D.C., for a day of prayer and fasting. The rally will run from 6am to 6pm, with a worship service extending to 10 that evening.

The principal organizer of this event, Bishop John Gimenez, pastor of Rock Church International in Virginia Beach, has issued a simple but eloquent call: “Our nation is in moral decline. From pornography and homosexuality to abortion and racism, this country is out of control. . . . While we have soldiers fighting in other lands to protect our freedom, Christians must be willing to defend our faith with humble prayer and fasting.”

The rally has been endorsed by over 100 of America’s most influential Christian leaders, including CBN founder Pat Robertson and Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

I’ll be leading the convocation sometime between 2 and 4 pm, and hope to see you there.

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