Thought of the Day –
“True religion is the
foundation of society, the basis on which all true civil
government rests, and from which power derives its authority,
laws their efficacy, and both their sanction.”
WHO’S THE GRAND MARSHALL, THE
ongoing assault on Christmas, a religious float won’t be
allowed in Denver’s annual Parade of Lights this year. If that
wasn’t enough, the mayor has ordered city hall workers to stop
saying “Merry Christmas.” Is something in Denver’s water
supply inducing secularist hysteria?
Bible Chapel, Denver’s largest evangelical church, wanted to
enter a float with the message “Merry Christmas,” and a choir
singing Christmas carols. That’s too religious, according to
parade organizers! During the Christmas season, someone might
be offended by the celebration of Christmas.
At the same
time, the parade will include a tribute to homosexual Native
Americans (who could possibly be offended by that?), belly
dancers, Kung Fu performers and – of course – Santa Claus.
John Hickenlooper has ordered city employees to say “Happy
Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and
Civil Rights, is up in arms: “This is only the beginning of
the Christmas season and already the anti-Christmas crusade is
in high gear. In the name of ‘separation of church and state,’
they distort it. In the name of diversity, they crush it. In
the name of tolerance, they obliterate it. Which is why we
need to call them for what they are – cultural fascists.”
have said it better myself. There’s nothing sensitive,
tolerant or compassionate about banning manifestations of a
holiday/holy day that’s celebrated by 96% of the American
people. Rather, it’s part of an agenda to re-write our
country’s Christian history and purge Judeo-Christian morality
from our public life. There’s nothing ho-ho-ho about that.
MAKE THE YULETIDE GAY?
Church of Christ – a mainline, liberal denomination – is
airing 30-second television commercials touting its
show burly bouncers standing outside a church and deciding who
may enter. A narrator says: “Jesus didn’t turn people away.
Neither do we.” And, “like Jesus – the United Church of Christ
(UCC) seeks to welcome all people, regardless of ability, age,
race, economic circumstances or
This is a
deliberate distortion of the Gospels’ message. Jesus said, “Go
and sin no more,” not “do what you want.” He embraced the
sinner, not the sin.
I don’t know
of any Bible-faithful church that turns away homosexuals. As
pastors, we believe that those who’ve fallen are especially in
need of salvation. But, like Jesus, we don’t tell them to keep
sinning – that they can’t help themselves, that it’s their
nature, that their sinful behavior makes them a minority. Tens
of thousands of ex-homosexuals attest to the power of the Word
to cleanse and heal.
the national membership of the United Church of Christ has
plummeted from 2.1 million to 1.3 million. Does the leadership
of the UCC ever wonder why their church needs to spend $18
million advertising to fill the empty pews? People are looking
for a message of hope, not politically correct inclusiveness.
SENATE SWINGS TOWARD LIFE
in today’s New York Times (“Changing Senate Looks Better to
Abortion Foes”) highlights the latest liberal case of
post-election jitters – pro-lifers will have more allies in
the new Senate.
Dakota Senator Tom Daschle – practically a poster boy for
abortion on demand – will be replaced by John Thune, a staunch
pro-lifer. Senators-elect John Vitter (Louisiana) and Dr. Tom
Coburn (Oklahoma) also are committed to protecting the unborn.
Pro-Choice America considers 50 members of the new Senate to
be “anti-choice” (i.e. pro-life), 29 to be dogmatically
pro-abortion, and 21 to be somewhere in between. Fifty votes
isn’t quite a majority, but it could be with Vice President
Dick Cheney casting his vote to break a tie.
will come up early next year, including the proposed Unborn
Child Pain Awareness Act, which would require women seeking an
abortion after 20 weeks to be informed that Congress has
determined that unborn children feel pain – and to be offered
pain-relieving medication for the child.
abortion lobby continues to insist that the public is on their
side, polls tell a different story – how different depends on
how questions are phrased. In the latest New York Times/CBS
News Poll, 34% said abortion should be generally available,
44% want tighter restrictions, and 21 percent would ban
like partial-birth abortion, parental notification, informed
consent and fetal homicide laws, the American people come down
squarely on the side of life.
certainly wasn’t the only issue, in the last election,
millions of voters cast their ballots for candidates dedicated
to curtailing – or eliminating – the human carnage that’s a
stain on the soul of our nation.
FAIRNESS FOR BUSH JUDGES
American Center for Law and Justice has launched a “Petition
to End Judicial Filibusters.” Signers are demanding a change
in the Senate rules to prevent a filibuster of judicial
takes 60 votes to cut off a filibuster. In other words, 41
senators can block a vote on a candidate for the bench. That’s
undemocratic and a radical departure from the Senate’s
traditional role to advise and consent.
liberal Senators have prevented up-or-down votes on 10
nominees for the Court of Appeals. All were well-qualified and
highly regarded. Leaders of the filibuster effort said they
were “too extreme” (translation: they believe judges should
interpret the law, instead of making it).
currently takes 60 votes to invoke cloture, the Senate can
change its rules by a simply majority. The challenge will be
to give some Republicans the courage to do the right thing.
Rest assured the liberal media will present the move as
dictatorial -- when, in fact, it would end the tyranny of the
information about the Petition to End Judicial Filibusters,
visit the Center’s website –