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August 24, 2006
Volume 2, Number 28

In this Issue

1) Round Three in the Clone to Kill Battle in Missouri Next Monday Night
2) Politically Correct Diseases Pay Richly for all but the Diseased
3) Hotels are Cashing in with Pornography...but is it Legal...and is it Right?
4) To Pray or Not to Pray...In the Navy, That is the Question

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Round Three in the Clone to
Kill Battle in Missouri Next
Monday Night

I am writing this Rick Scarborough Report enroute to Kansas City, Missouri, where I will be addressing over 120 Catholic Priests and leadership of the Kansas City Missouri Diocese later today.  Bishop Finn has graciously requested that I challenge them to courageously lead their people to get truthful information regarding the proposed state amendment to the state constitution which purports to promote cures of diseases while denying that in fact the amendment will make cloning to kill legal.

As I have been reporting to you, the battle is getting increasing hostile as the forces that are driving this amendment are well connected, well funded and increasingly threatened by the fact that the Church is being awakened to the truth about this measure. Former U.S. Senator John Danforth and the current Governor, who is a Southern Baptist layman, are supporting the passage of the amendment.

On Monday evening, August 28, we will host our biggest rally to date, at the exciting Life Christian Church in Southwest St. Louis.  The church runs over 2500 on Sundays and has a growing ministry around the nation.  Pastor Rick Shelton has invited me to preach to the congregation this Sunday morning in prelude to the rally. 

Bott Radio Network is running adds to promote the rally and American Family Association and Focus on the Family are all partnering with us as we seek to simply tell the truth to the people and then let the people decide.  Yes, this is a political issue…but first and foremost this is a moral issue and therefore I am compelled to speak as a called man of God.

Dr. Alan Keyes, the Politician/Statesman, Dr. Shao-Chung Chang, the Professor/Scientist, and yours truly, the Preacher/Sermonizer, will all address this issue.  In addition, Catholic Archbishop Burke, of St. Louis, will address the audience and the pastors meeting that will precede the Rally.  We are expecting over 2000 for the rally and over 200 Pastors for the dinner.  Please make this event a major focus of your prayer life, as CNN has alerted us they will be sending a crew to cover the rally as will several local news agencies. 

We cannot tell the people how to vote, but we will surely tell them what they are voting for with this amendment, and that seems to make the left very angry.  Isn’t it revealing to note who the real censors are in this present generation!

Politically Correct Diseases Pay Richly for all but the Diseased 

The Washington Post recently reported that the U.N. vastly inflated the number of AIDS cases worldwide, especially in Africa. Since the time AIDS was diagnosed, the U.S. Government has spent $200 billion on AIDS. Despite all of this money, no cure or vaccine has been found. The Post followed with an editorial critical of the U.N. for exaggerating the AIDS problem, but it has not urged a reduction in global funding for the disease. 

If you’re wondering why, that would be “Politically Incorrect!”  In today’s world of political correctness, truth is always sacrificed on the altar of the current fad, whether in science or in medicine. 

Edward C. Green, Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS, and a member of the board of AIDS.org, said that, for years, "Calling attention to lower HIV infection rates in Africa can get one in trouble. One can be accused of not caring about Africans, about being in denial, or in extreme form, being a holocaust denier. In most reporting on African AIDS, there seems to be competition over who can paint the most catastrophic picture."

Some of the money raised to fight AIDS has been spent on big salaries. Focusing on the American Federation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), the FAIR Foundation says total compensation for its officers, directors, as well as other salaries, wages, pension and employee benefits came to $5,442,557 in 2004. Its CEO had a total compensation package of $320,134. I’m in the wrong profession!

And from what might be an eligible entry in the next edition of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” in 2001, Canada's National Post newspaper reported that the U.N. had spent $67,650 to pay for red window film used to create the impression of a giant AIDS red ribbon on the side of the 38-story headquarters building at night. This was supposed to demonstrate the world body's commitment to fighting the disease.  I wonder how many orphaned and infected children in Africa those dollars could have saved?

And as for ethics, consider the following information regarding Senator Frist, a likely candidate for president in 2008.  As reported by AP , "Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit." 

And the Republican Party wants to know why so many conservative Christian activists are discouraged going into the elections this fall!  As values voters, we are searching for men and women who practice the values we vote for.  Senator Frist has been a good friend of family values in the past, but his love affair with embryonic stem cell research and reports like this make one wonder.

* Source material from Cliff Kincaid of the AIM Report [email protected]

Hotels are Cashing in with Pornography
...but is it Legal...and is it Right?

Vision America has given it’s complete support to a coalition of 13 conservative groups, including the Family Research Council and Concerned Women For America, who took out full-page ads in some editions of USA Today earlier this month urging the Justice Department and FBI to investigate whether some of the pay-per-view movies widely available in hotels violate federal and state obscenity laws.

The coalition also is trying to draw attention to CleanHotels.com, a directory of hotels and motels nationwide that pledge to exclude adult offerings from their in-room entertainment service.

Though porn is now cheaply and readily accessible on the Internet, and through many other outlets, the activists chose to target the hotel industry in part because of the well-known brands of corporations that cater to family vacationers as well as business travelers.

"These are places that you take your family — these are respectable institutions," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "Anything that brings porn into the mainstream is a concern. It just desensitizes people."

Precise statistics on in-room adult entertainment are hard to come by. By some estimates, adult movies are available in roughly 40 percent of the nation's hotels, representing more than 1.5 million rooms. Industry analysts suggest that these adult offerings generate 60 to 80 percent of total in-room entertainment revenue — several hundred million dollars a year.

The recent newspaper ad mentioned no hotel companies by name because of legal concerns, but it did target the two major suppliers of in-room adult movies — South Dakota-based LodgeNet and Denver-based Oncommand , a subsidiary of Liberty Media Corp. The ad accused both companies of distributing hardcore pornography to their hotel clients, and it provided a link to a list of X-rated movie titles.

Spokesmen for OnCommand and Liberty Media declined to comment on the ad, and LodgeNet's spokeswoman did not return calls seeking comment. However, top spokespeople for two of the biggest hotel chains, Hilton and Marriott, defended the policies that make adult movies widely available at their affiliated hotels.

Both Kathy Shepard of Hilton and Roger Conner of Marriott said the bulk of their hotels are operated by franchise-holders who make their own decisions about in-room programming. They made clear, however, that their companies consider adult movies to be an acceptable option because they can be ignored or blocked out by guests not wishing to view them.

"Really ultraconservative groups try to target the hotels in their zest to eliminate porn," Shepard said. "In their zest to have their personal morals prevail, they're eliminating choice for others."

Conner said none of the programming offered by Marriott is illegal, and he depicted adult movies as a standard part of today's hotel business.

"In-room movies are a revenue stream," he said. "This is a business matter."

The leader of the campaign against in-room porn is Phil Burress, who readily confesses that he is a former porn addict.  Now clean and forgiven by the grace of God, he heads the Cincinnati-based Citizens for Community Values.

He and his allies have had some success regionally, pressuring about 15 Ohio and Kentucky hotels to stop offering adult movies. But he says a nationwide pressure campaign would be difficult because nearly all the big hotel chains have similar policies — porn is available at some but not all of their affiliates.

Burress contends that the availability of in-room porn is making hotels more dangerous.

"As more and more of these (hardcore) titles become available, we're going to have sexual abuse cases coming out of the hotels," he said. "Hotels are just as dangerous as environments around strip joints and porn stores."

Burress said he was "cautiously optimistic" that Justice Department officials — whom he and other anti-porn leaders confer with periodically — would seriously consider investigating hotel-based pornography.

Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra said federal authorities are committed to toughening enforcement of obscenity laws, but he declined to comment on specific targets for investigations.

LodgeNet and OnCommand together provide in-room entertainment to more than 1.8 million hotel rooms in North America — with customers that include Sheraton, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Ritz-Carlton, Hyatt, Marriott and Ramada.

The standard in-room packages offered by LodgeNet and OnCommand include adult movies, but they have tried to accommodate hotels preferring a no-porn alternative, according to Shannon Sedgwick Davis, executive director of an association of hotels which don't offer adult movies to guests.

* Source material from Citizens for Community Values and Associated Press

To Pray of Not to Pray...In the Navy, That is the Question 

My good friend, Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, recently emailed me the following heart wrenching request.  I pray that as I include it to accentuate the urgency of your involvement, that I do not unwittingly cause him more pain.  I have found the Chaplain to be a genuinely Godly and committed Christian, who understands that he has an allegiance and commitment to Jesus Christ that trumps all other commitments, including the will and commands of his superiors in the Military.  If more Christians practiced this kind of Christianity, those who are attempting to drive Christ from the public sector wouldn’t be so emboldened. I am privileged to pass it on to you as I know that there are many who get this email alert who genuinely love our Lord and our Country and who will make the requested calls. 

Dr. Rick, this is Gordon James Klingenschmitt

In Jesus,
Chaplain K.


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