Vol. 1 No.21
From the Desk of Pastor Rick
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NBA BOXING MATCH – DECLINING
CIVILITY IN POST-CHRISTIAN AMERICA
Like me, you were probably shocked by
the brawl at the end of the Pistons-Pacers game last Friday.
After he was hit with a cup thrown by a fan, Indiana forward Ron
Artest charged into the stands and began punching Pistons’ fans.
For this barbarism, the NBA suspended Artest for the remainder
of the season. Penalties were also assessed against other
players involved in the fracas.
Though it’s unlikely to happen, Artest should be charged with
assault and, if convicted, sent to jail.
The behavior of athletic thugs becomes progressively more
outrageous. In 2003, two Yankees players beat a Red Sox
groundskeeper so severely that he sustained broken teeth and was
left with cleat marks on this body. For this, the players were
sentenced to community service.
The savagery we saw at the NBA game is yet another manifestation
of post-Christian America. When a society turns its back on God,
the jungle reasserts itself and animal behavior becomes the
Instead of good sportsmanship, we have “gangsta” athletes –
over-paid, over-indulged, over-grown children without
consciences or moral restraints.
SPECTER GETS JUDICIARY CHAIRMANSHIP,
CHRISTIANS GET CONSOLATION PRIZE
Despite an outpouring of opposition from right-to-lifers and
Christian activists, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter has
secured the support of his Republican colleagues for
chairmanship of the crucial Senate Judiciary Committee.
Specter created a furor the day after the election when he told
an interviewer that judicial nominees who did not believe Roe v.
Wade was “inviolate” could not be confirmed.
As a concession to the people who elected them, the GOP
leadership exacted a pledge from Specter that he would not block
conservative judges. (Specter, “I have not and would not use a
litmus test to deny confirmation to pro-life nominees.”)
While this commitment is better than nothing, it’s hard to
imagine a worse Republican to head the committee that vets
judicial nominees than Arlen Specter. For politicians,
principles are a campaign gimmick.
CHRISTIANS AT AIR FORCE
ACADEMY TOLD TO KEEP THEIR FAITH IN THE CLOSET
Cadets at the US Air Force Academy are
being warned not to share their faith. The administration now
considers overt expressions of faith to be a form of harassment.
While 90% of cadets come from Catholic or Protestant families,
apparently, some non-Christians feel intimidated by the exercise
of free-speech rights.
Among the coercion cited in a student-survey was the fact that
some cadets suggested that their squadron see “The Passion of
Christ” as a group. Also, some Christians are so insensitive as
to include Bible verses at the bottom of their e-mails.
Are we to believe that future officers -- trained to endure
physical and psychological torture -- are intimidated by an
invitation to a movie?
As of November 2, the academy has instituted a mandatory program
called Respecting the Spiritual Values of People, designed to
“sensitize” Christians. One administrator wanted to ban Bible
study groups in cadets’ rooms, but was overruled by the
Not everyone is sanguine about these moves. Congressman Joel
Hefley, whose district includes Colorado Springs, told a local
paper: “The motto of the nation cadets are trained to defend is
‘In God We Trust’. They are serving under a flag that we pledge
allegiance to under God. Religion does have a place at the
Last year, the Air Force Academy was rocked by allegations of
sexual assault against female cadets. (There were over 65
reported incidents.) The brass may not have figured it out, but
more Christianity might result in more sexual restraint and an
increase in civility.
a culture in moral free-fall, I suppose it was inevitable.
Several networks are looking at a proposed “reality-based”
series that encourages adultery.
The show would follow the lives of adulterous couples who met on
a Toronto-based website for husbands and wives who want to cheat
on their spouse. Reportedly, 280,000 people have joined the
“service,” since it went online two years ago.
In the latest sick twist on a degenerate culture, adultery
Family counselor Brett Williams told Fox News that “cheating”
websites are undermining families – hardly a revelation, but
indisputably true. “They’re basically destroying the fabric of
our society,” Williams told Fox. “Our society is built on family
units. Once that decays, we’re not going to have much of a
Yes, but in the entertainment industry, corporate profits based
on titillation invariably outweigh social responsibility. Both
NBC and HBO have indicated an interest in the sinful series.
We’ll keep you posted on developments here.
Have a happy and blessed
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