Vol. 1 No.29
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From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
PARENTS EVICTED FROM HIGH SCHOOL GAY DAY
In an earlier Patriot Pastor Alert, we told you of a high school
in Massachusetts that has an annual event called “To BGLAD:
Transgender, Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Awareness Day.” This is a
coercive, tax-funded celebration of perversion – in the name of
When two intrepid parents tried to film this year’s
“festivities,” the principal at Newton North High School warned
them that if they didn’t leave immediately, they would be
arrested for trespassing, and had police escort them out of the
Trespassing! This is a school the parents are forced to fund
with their tax dollars – a school that their children are forced
to attend. Often, students are subjected to these indoctrination
sessions without the knowledge or consent of parents.
“It’s against my religion. It’s morally wrong and forced in a
child’s face,” said Kim Cariani, the mother of two Newton North
students, who attempted to videotape the assembly. Brian
Camenker – a pro-family activist whose son is also a student at
the school – noted that BGLAD Day includes assemblies and
workshops with themes like “Out at the Old Ball Game,” and
“Color Me Queer.”
This insanity isn’t confined to the Bay State, home of Barney
Frank and same-sex marriage. In the name of diversity,
homosexual indoctrination is going on in public schools across
the country. The so-called gay rights movement is determined to
brainwash our children to accept perversion as normal – and to
shun, as dangerous bigots, those who find it in any way
As we salute the courage of Cariani and Camenker, let us
redouble our efforts to expose the campaign to sell sodomy to
America’s school children.
UNDER ASHCROFT, PORNOGRAPHY PROSECUTIONS LAG
Outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft is under assault. But
this time, the criticism comes not from the left, but from
Patrick A. Trueman was chief of the Justice Department’s Child
Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) under Presidents
Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Trueman says that when it comes to
prosecuting pornographers, the current occupant of the White
House “has a worse record in his first term than Clinton had.”
Trueman notes that in the past four years, CEOS has secured only
37 convictions. In part, the problem may lie with Ashcroft’s
choice to head the office – Andrew Oosterbaan, who was a deputy
at CEOS under Janet Reno.
John Ashcroft is a good Christian and a courageous public
servant who understands the corrosive effects of smut. In 2002,
the attorney general told a gathering in South Carolina: “This
multi-billion dollar industry with links to organized crime has
strewn its victims from coast to coast. Never before has so much
obscene material been available to minors.”
Regrettably, the people Ashcroft chose for CEOS don’t share his
commitment – for which he must accept responsibility. But
there’s blame to go around here. Conservative Christians assumed
that with one of our own as attorney general, there would be a
full-scale assault on the pornography plague.
The moral of this story: When it comes to politics, never assume
that your friends will do the right thing, absent ongoing
pressure. We won’t make this mistake with the next A.G.
FAITHLESS AMERICANS GROW
According to the American Religious Identification Survey 2001,
released by the Graduate Center of the City University of New
York, between 1990 and 2001, the number of Americans not
identifying with any religion nearly doubled – increasing from
14.3 million (8% of the population) to 29.4 million (14.1%).
Few of these are atheists, who constitute only 0.4% of the
American people. Rather, they’re individuals for whom concepts
like sin and salvation seem hopelessly outdated. Religion is
simply irrelevant to the lives they have fashioned for
themselves. Many will discover their error when it’s too late –
to their eternal regret.
The growth of disbelief is deeply disturbing. The same survey
tells us that the percentage of Christians in America declined
from 86% to 77% during the past decade.
In an increasingly secular culture – where our Christian
president feels compelled to wish his fellow Americans a “Happy
Holiday” – its all too easy for more and more of our people to
quietly and comfortably drift away from faith. Even 9/11
apparently had little impact on this trend.
Christians took comfort in the values vote in the past election
(the 22% who said they based their votes on traditional values).
The growing percentage of our people for whom religion is
irrelevant is the flip-side of this coin – and a storm warning.
As I’ve said before, America is urgently in need of revival –
for which we must continue to work and pray.
STUDY FINDS NETWORKS MOCK FAITHFUL
Undoubtedly, the culture plays a major role in growing
indifference toward religion. In our parents’ generation, movies
and television provided overwhelmingly positive depictions of
faith. Today, it’s exactly the opposite.
A new study by the Parents Television Council (PTC) and the
National Religious Broadcasters highlights this disturbing
According to the survey of 2,385 hours of prime-time
broadcasting, over a 12-month period (on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, UPN
and WB), there were 2,344 individual treatments of faith –
depictions of clergy, laity, religious institutions etc.
Among other findings, members of clergy (pastors, priests,
rabbis, etc) were depicted negatively 36.2% of the time, and
positively on only 14.6% of occasions. Devout laity came off
slightly better – 33.3% negative to 20.4% positive.
The worst offender was NBC, with 9.5 negative depictions of
faith for every positive treatment. NBC spokesman Allison
Gollust – who said she hadn’t seen the study – nevertheless
maintained: “Our programming reflects the diversity of our
audience, which averages more than 10 million viewers per night.
It is never our intention to appear – nor do we accept the
notion that we are – ‘anti-religious.’”
In fact, network television reflects the “diversity” of the
entertainment industry – which is overwhelmingly liberal,
feminist, pro-homosexual and anti-Christian. As the computer
programmers say – garbage in, garbage out.
If Christians are willing to take this lying down, shame on us.
A good place to begin the counter-offensive might be with a
boycott of NBC.
To see the complete survey, visit the Parents Television Council
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