1. Most children go to public school. This automatically means it's better.2. Children who receive one-on-one homeschooling will learn more than others, giving them an unfair advantage in the marketplace. This is undemocratic.3. How can children learn to defend themselves unless they have to fight off bullies on a daily basis?4. Ridicule from other children, and the opportunity to join gangs and cliques, is important to the socialization process.5. Children in public schools can get more practice "Just Saying No" to drugs, cigarettes and alcohol.6. Continuous exposure to fluorescent lighting may have significant health benefits.7. Publicly asking permission to go to the bathroom teaches young people their place in society.8. The fashion industry depends upon the peer pressure that only public schools can generate.9. Public schools foster cultural literacy, passing on important traditions like the singing of "Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg..."10. Homeschooled children may not learn important office career skills, like how to sit still for six hours straight.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
The culture of death advances
By Patrick J. Buchanan
© 2009 Creators Syndicate, Inc
On Good Friday, as Terri Schiavo lay dying of thirst in Woodside Hospice, Gabriel Keys took her a cup of water. Gabriel was arrested, handcuffed and taken away.
Apparently, no one taught Gabriel that you do not disobey a judge's order, even to bring water to someone dying of thirst. As he is 10 years old, he is probably not yet conversant with the new morality, where a corporal work of mercy can be a crime. Perhaps his parents filled his mind with such subversive texts as, "Whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones, a cup of cold water" shall not lose eternal life.
Before this column appears, Terri Schiavo may well be dead. If so, another milestone will have been passed in the long retreat of Western Civilization from a Christian-rooted culture of life to the pagan culture of death of pre-Christian Rome.
For Terri Schiavo will not have died a natural death. She will have been put to death by the state. The coroner's report should read: This was a state-sanctioned killing of a woman because she was brain-damaged, and the method of execution was by starvation and denial of water. These are methods most of us would protest if imposed on the Beltway snipers.
Why did Florida put Terri Schiavo to death? Because that was the demand of a husband who refused to divorce her and denied her medical care, while he lived with another woman. Michael Schiavo is the ACLU poster boy for family values.
In the Old Testament, King Solomon ruled that the mother who had been willing to give up her baby to the woman who had kidnapped the child rather than see the baby cut in half should have the child. Our Florida Solomon ruled that the husband who wanted Terri dead should have custody of her, not the parents who wanted her alive.
"Should Congress have intervened?" is an issue that has divided conservatives. But conservatives are constitutionalists. Under the Constitution, no person may be deprived of life without due process of law. This has traditionally meant a trial of one's peers, proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a heinous crime and no cruel or unusual punishment. Though she committed no crime, Terri was put to death in a manner most decent men and women would not use to put a suffering animal out of its misery.
Most conservatives believe in a God who is the Author of Life and has given us the laws by which we must live. Among the first of these is that we must not shed innocent blood. For that is forbidden by the teachings of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and the laws of all the civilizations erected on these faiths. In all nations, killing of the innocent is the most despicable of crimes. Done on a vast scale, these are what were called at the Nuremberg trials, "crimes against humanity."
Americans must face a hard truth. The state of Florida put Terri Schiavo to death. Before Holy Week, she was neither dead nor dying. For 15 years, she had been cared for by nurses and visited by loving parents. She was not dying until the judge ordered her dead, by ordering her feeding tube removed. Then it has taken her nearly two weeks to die, as he blocked the reinsertion of the feeding tube and ordered police to prevent anyone from giving her water.
When the courts failed Terri, and Congress and the Florida Legislature failed Terri, the governor of Florida, who took an oath to defend the constitutional rights of Florida's citizens, should have taken custody of Terri, ordered the tube reinserted and let the federal courts proceed with the de novo hearing of the evidence, while Terri was still alive.
When Gov. John Peter Altgeld of Illinois came to believe that those convicted of murder in the infamous Haymarket Massacre of 1886 were innocent, that a judicial outrage had been committed, he pardoned them. "I am a dead man politically," he told Clarence Darrow.
Jeb Bush should have done the same thing, the right thing. He should have rescued Terri from the death sentence unjustly imposed upon her. If the court held him in contempt, so what? Who does not hold that Florida court in contempt?
From abortion on demand in 1973, to a right to die in Oregon, to a right to suicide in Holland, to involuntary euthanasia in the old folks homes on the old and dying continent of Europe, to America's death sentence for Terri Schiavo, the West advances steadily toward its own death.
As we find more and more justifications for ending life, we also find that not one Western nation has a native-born population that is growing. All are dying. Before century's end, the West ends, as T.S. Eliot wrote, "Not with a bang, but a whimper."
Its interesting that this same week, four years after Terri Schiavo's senseless death,Assisted Suicide is approved in several states, Harry Reid wants abortion covered under a National Socialized Healthcare plan, and Joe Biden is given an A-plus rating on his treatment of animals...("change" we can believe in?)...keith 1 Cor 13
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
by Dr. Greg Bahnse This article gives some great insights about today's culture...keith
March 25, 2009
All of Dr. Greg Bahnsen’s articles are reprinted here by the gracious permission of the Covenant Media Foundation
Newport Christian High School has something virtually unique among the various private, Christian schools around the country. It is an extraordinary feature of its required curriculum—a prerequisite for high school graduation which few other schools enforce. NCHS is unique in that it offers a philosophy course for its high school seniors.
There was a time when nearly every college and university required its students to take at least one introductory course in philosophy. Sadly, many colleges have lately altered such “old fashioned” notions about education and dropped their philosophy prerequisites for graduation. Not surprisingly, America’s colleges have been turning out graduates with little interest of proficiency in clear thinking, consistency, cogency, and depth of insight regarding a world-and-life-view. Those who graduate from Newport Christian High School are already a step ahead of many students from colleges which have amended their curriculum to suit the times.
But are they a step ahead with philosophy? An often abused test from the New Testament might suggest the opposite, at least upon first reading. In Colossians 2 Paul writes: “Beware lest there be anyone who robs you by means of his philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the elementary principles of the world, and not after Christ” (v. 8)—robs you, that is, of “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” which are deposited in Christ (v. 3). With this kind of warning in the New Testament, why would a Christian school want to require the study of philosophy? It might seem that we should rather avoid philosophy!
A closer and fairer reading of Paul in Colossians 2 will correct our misunderstanding, however. We notice, first, that Paul does not prohibit the study of philosophy; rather, he warns us about it. Likewise, parents will warn their teenagers about the dangers of driving, without prohibiting the use of the family car. Philosophy, like cars, can be used in a constructive or in a destructive manner. Paul warns against the destructive potential of philosophy.
Secondly, we notice, upon re-reading, that Paul’s warning is not directed against all philosophy, but instead against a particular kind of philosophy. Paul focuses attention on a certain kind of philosophy which is given an extended description: it is “vain deceit” (empty and misleading), follows “human tradition” (the accepted opinions of men), and is based on the “elementary principles of the world” (the presuppositions of those in rebellion against God). This is the kind of philosophy against which Paul warns the church. And well he should! Any philosophy which fits this description will indeed rob us of the treasures of knowledge in Christ.
So then, Paul warns us against worldly philosophy, which he has just described is this: it is not a philosophy which is “after Christ.” Christ was Paul’s life and love, the starting point of his thinking and goal of his behavior. Christ was central for Paul. Naturally, then, Paul could have nothing to do with a philosophy which was not according to Christ nor submissive to His holy Word.
Thus, we see that in addition to worldly philosophy there exists something which can be called “Christian philosophy”—philosophy which is “after Christ.” Although Colossians 2 warns believers about the destructive potential of any philosophy which is not according to Christ, this scripture actually explains why we must study philosophy.
We study philosophy in order to fulfill Paul’s command with greater efficiency and clarity. We study philosophy to make sure that our presuppositions regarding reality, knowledge, and ethics are truly Christ-honoring presuppositions. We study philosophy in order to see what kind of thinking we should not fall prey to in our culture. In short, we study philosophy to beware of misguided thinking and to commit ourselves to true thinking about man and the world.
So then, NCHS has a required course in philosophy. Even if there were no such course in philosophy, however, philosophy would still be taught at the school. Indeed, philosophy is being taught every day of the academic year at those schools which have no set philosophy course. Philosophy is always being taught, in every course in a school’s curriculum. You see, whatever the textbook or teacher in history, science, literature, math, foreign language, etc. says is a reflection of some kind of philosophical view of man, the world, reality, knowledge, and life. These attitudes and outlooks are always coming through, always being relied upon, always informing what is said. Every book and teacher communicates a philosophy indirectly.
Thus, philosophy is taught everywhere that students take classes, and it would, accordingly, be taught at NCHS even if there were no course on the subject. The difference at Newport Christian High is that we stop and take the time to reflect upon the philosophy which is always being implicitly communicated to our students. We believe that unless students take time to reflect upon major issues in philosophy (its presuppositions and implications), they will make philosophical decisions by default—without adequate awareness or intellectual responsibility.
Everyone does philosophy, for everyone comes to views of reality, knowledge, and ethics. The difference between “the philosopher” and the ordinary man in the street is simply one of degree. Everyone does philosophy, but not everyone attempts to do it well. At NCHS we want to stop and reflect on what we should think and do as Christians. We want to be explicit about our philosophy so that we can have greater assurance that we are doing philosophy well. Only then can we truly heed Paul’s warning to beware of worldly philosophy, for only then can we have a confidence that we have committed ourselves to a “Christian philosophy” instead.
Beware of philosophy! The best way to do so is to study it.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Activist Judge Orders Homeschool Mother to Put Kids in Public School
by Christian News Staff
March 23, 2009
RALEIGH, NC, (christiansunite.com) -- Venessa Mills is fighting a legal battle for the heart and soul of homeschooling in North Carolina. As reported on World Net Daily, on Friday, March 6, Judge Ned W. Mangum stripped her of the right to homeschool, and ordered her three children to enter public school.
Mills was forced to defend her right to homeschool during divorce proceedings brought on by her husband's unfaithfulness. Mr. Mills admitted, under oath, to repeatedly committing adultery. Even with abundant evidence showing the Mills children are well adjusted and well educated, Judge Mangum ruled overwhelmingly against Mrs. Mills on every point. He stated the children would do better in public school despite the fact that they are currently at or beyond their grade level. Evidence showed two children tested several grades ahead.
When issuing his verdict Judge Mangum stated his decision was not ideologically or religiously motivated. However, he told Mrs. Mills public school will "challenge the ideas you've taught them."
What has emerged is a picture of a clearly liberal judge imposing his beliefs and striking down traditional values. Mangum, a Democrat appointee, disregarded the facts of the case in favor of his own agenda. Such anti-conservative prejudice is increasingly legislated from the bench, and appears to be encouraged by the Democratic Obama administration.
Robyn Williams, friend and homeschool mother of four was present at the proceeding. "I have never seen such injustice and such a direct attack against homeschooling," said Williams. "This judge clearly took personal issue with Venessa's stance on education and faith, even though her children are doing great. If her right to homeschool can be taken away so easily, what will this mean for homeschoolers state wide, or even nationally?"
On March 24th lawmakers in North Carolina will be reminded of the sheer numbers of homeschoolers in their state. As students and their parents descend on the capitol, organizers of the Capital Fest 2009 field trip will show they have a voice in North Carolina legislation regarding education.
Williams is rallying homeschoolers from across the nation to fight back to defend their rights as Americans to educate their children. She feels the judge has been given a free hand to impose his personal opinions and needs to reexamine his decisions. Please subscribe to Robyn's blog and join the fight for protecting everyone's homeschool rights ( www.HSinjustice.com).
This looks like another case of an activist judge imposing his own beliefs on the judiciary process.Parents should have the right to decide what's best for their children, not the state.
I guess he needs to re-read the constitution, if he ever did in the first place. As part of the holiness movement, we have a history of using ballot and boycott...What's stopping us now?...After all, Paul tells us in Galations,"It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good..."Galations 4:18 NIV
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist; And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew; And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up." …Martin Niemoller
God bless...keith 1 Cor 13
Monday, March 23, 2009
Thu, Mar 19, 2009
By Matt Lewis
Mar 12th 2009 9:32AM
RNC Chairman Michael Steele responded to yesterday’s revelation that he told GQ that abortion should be an “individual choice” by issuing the following statement:
I am pro-life, always have been, always will be.
I tried to present why I am pro life while recognizing that my mother had a “choice” before deciding to put me up for adoption. I thank her every day for supporting life. The strength of the pro life movement lies in choosing life and sharing the wisdom of that choice with those who face difficult circumstances. They did that for my mother and I am here today because they did. In my view Roe vs. Wade was wrongly decided and should be repealed. I realize that there are good people in our party who disagree with me on this issue.
But the Republican Party is and will continue to be the party of life. I support our platform and its call for a Human Life Amendment. It is important that we stand up for the defenseless and that we continue to work to change the hearts and minds of our fellow countrymen so that we can welcome all children and protect them under the law.
We need to remember Michael Steele and all our Pro-life leaders in prayer, as the (drive-by) media almost always try to twist and distort what they say...keith 1 Cor 13
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This is doubtless the beginning of Obama’s fascist, “national civilian security force” he spoke of during the campaign. You can read the whole story here: http://wnd.com/index.php?f
It has already cleared the House and is headed to the Senate, where, as it happens, they are working on a similar, additional, bill that is being called the “Serve America” Act. Shockingly, 70 Republicans voted for the House bill, proving once again that most elected Republicans are tools and losers who will do whatever the Democrats want unless they are pressured otherwise.
Not amazingly, the Senate's Serve America Act is being sponsored by Ted Kennedy with RINO and useful idiot, Orrin Hatch in tow as a cosponsor.
Both of these bills MUST BE STOPPED! It’s hard to overstate how important this is.
Please call AND email your Senators (Democrat and Republican alike) and tell them to oppose the so-called GIVE Act that just passed the House, as well as the Serve America Act that’s being brewed up in the Senate.
As always, here is the contact info of all 100 Senators: http://www.senate.gov/gene
If you can, please also contact Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell and let him know he needs to get Republicans in lockstep on opposing this: http://mcconnell.senate.go
Lastly, I have listed below, the names of the sell-out Republicans in the House who voted for GIVE. If you want to give them a piece of your mind, you now know who they are. There is something very rotten that is stinking up the Republican Party, and it needs to be uprooted . . . and fast. Here’s where you can get contact info for House members: http://www.house.gov/house
Rep. Brian Bilbray [R, CA-50]
Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R, FL-9]
Rep. Mary Bono Mack [R, CA-45]
Rep. Virginia Brown-Waite [R, FL-5]
Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13]
Rep. Ken Calvert [R, CA-44]
Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4]
Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]
Rep. Shelley Capito [R, WV-2]
Rep. Bill Cassidy [R, LA-6]
Rep. Michael Castle [R, DE-0]
Rep. Tom Cole [R, OK-4]
Rep. Ander Crenshaw [R, FL-4]
Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15]
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart [R, FL-25]
Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart [R, FL-21]
Rep. Vernon Ehlers [R, MI-3]
Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8]
Rep. Jeffrey Fortenberry [R, NE-1]
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R, NJ-11]
Rep. Elton Gallegly [R, CA-24]
Rep. Jim Gerlach [R, PA-6]
Rep. Brett Guthrie [R, KY-2]
Rep. Dean Heller [R, NV-2]
Rep. Timothy Johnson [R, IL-15]
Rep. Peter King [R, NY-3]
Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10]
Rep. Leonard Lance [R, NJ-7]
Rep. Thomas Latham [R, IA-4]
Rep. Steven LaTourette [R, OH-14]
Rep. Christopher Lee [R, NY-26]
Rep. Jerry Lewis [R, CA-41]
Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2]
Rep. Frank Lucas [R, OK-3]
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter [R, MI-11]
Rep. John McHugh [R, NY-23]
Rep. Howard McKeon [R, CA-25]
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers [R, WA-5]
Rep. Candice Miller [R, MI-10]
Rep. Tim Murphy [R, PA-18]
Rep. Erik Paulsen [R, MN-3]
Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6]
Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19]
Rep. Adam Putnam [R, FL-12]
Rep. Dennis Rehberg [R, MT-0]
Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]
Rep. David Roe [R, TN-1]
Rep. Michael Rogers [R, MI-8]
Rep. Harold Rogers [R, KY-5]
Rep. Thomas Rooney [R, FL-16]
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R, FL-18]
Rep. Aaron Schock [R, IL-18]
Rep. John Shimkus [R, IL-19]
Rep. Michael Simpson [R, ID-2]
Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4]
Rep. Mark Souder [R, IN-3]
Rep. John Sullivan [R, OK-1]
Rep. Lee Terry [R, NE-2]
Rep. Glenn Thompson [R, PA-5]
Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R, OH-12]
Rep. Michael Turner [R, OH-3]
Rep. Frederick Upton [R, MI-6]
Rep. Greg Walden [R, OR-2]
Rep. Rob Wittman [R, VA-1]
Rep. Frank Wolf [R, VA-10]
Rep. Donald Young [R, AK-0]
Rep. C. W. Young [R, FL-10]
Notice that these RINO names are written in yellow??? Need I say more???
From my friend Pastor Ed Boston's Blog: Do The Right Thing
Monday, March 16, 2009
Gov. Sarah Palin will make a special guest appearance at the 2009 VCRTL Spring Banquet.
The Banquet is SOLD OUT at 2180 people. BUT, they will have a LIVE FEED into the Auditorium at the Centre. The entire evening will be simulcast in the auditorium.
Tickets for the LIVE FEED will be $16 each and will go on sale Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. through The Centre Box Office.
The phone number for the Centre Box office is (812) 435-5770.
There will not be a meal served, but the concession stand will be open for people to purchase food. There are 2500 seats available. They are planning to ask Gov. Palin to make a personal appearance to the people in the Auditorium after she finishes in the banquet hall, however no guarantees to this can be made at this time.
Please call The Centre and not VCRTL for tickets. Again the phone number for the Centre Box office is (812) 435-5770.
VCRTL Thanks Tri-State for making this a successful event!
I am personally praying that the Right to Life Movement is going to be a force to reckon with in 2010. God is raising up individuals as Governor Sarah Palin, Rev'd Dr. Jim Garlow of Skyline Wesleyan and Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who prays that will,"Never be silent, never be passive, never be forgetful, of the unborn, and never stop defending life..."We have definitely not seen the end of Gov. Palin. Amen!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
March 12, 2009
MEDIA ADVISORY, (christiansunite.com) -- Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union submits this statement regarding the anniversary of the decision of the Supreme Court/Dred Scott Case:
"One hundred and fifty seven years ago today Dred Scott, a black slave, petitioned the Supreme for his freedom, but was denied. In the case known as the Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court ruled that slaves--even freed slaves, and all their descendants, had no rights protected by the Constitution and that states had no right to abolish slavery.
The reasoning in Dred Scott and Roe v. Wade is nearly identical. In both cases the Court stripped all rights from a class of human beings and reduced them to nothing more than the property of others.
In the Dred Scott case of 1857 the Supreme Court said:
Dred Scott was not fully human. He was the property of his owner -- and therefore he had no rights at all. The Court stated that because
Dred Scott was not deemed "fully human", he could be bought, sold or even killed at the owner's discretion.
In the Roe v. Wade case of 1973 the Supreme Court said the same thing:
A baby is the property of his/her mother -- and that he/she is not fully human, therefore he/she has no rights at all. The Court stated that because an unborn baby is not deemed "fully human" he/she can be bought, sold or even killed at the mother's whim.
The Dred Scott Decision implied that even if slavery is cruel and degrading, slaves are not human and so their suffering is as ethically important or unimportant as the suffering of domestic animals and they do not have any rights that would justify the abolition of slavery.
There are also those heartless people today who say while abortion is cruel and gruesome, babies are not wanted, therefore their suffering is unimportant or even less important than the suffering of domestic animals and therefore do not have any rights that would justify ending the atrocity of abortion.
In the Court's eyes, unborn children are now the same "beings of an inferior order" that the justices considered Blacks to be over a century ago.
We must all come to realize that if we are the truly America that holds life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness so dear -- then we must obliterate the scourge of abortion from our midst otherwise we are no better than the those who perpetrate the conflict in Darfur, or any other country where human beings are enslaved, butchered or denied their rights just because they are meeker or weaker.
Day Gardner is the president of the National Black Pro- Life Union headquartered in Washington, DC. "
Sounds l ike they used the same old tired arguments in the slave industry as used in the abortion industry today. As my good friend in the ministry, Ryan Dillman and I were discussing, today it must be about education. The public tide against slavery didn't begin in England until William Wilberforce made people aware of what really happened on the slave ships. WE must do the same with the abortuaries...keith 1 Cor 13
Friday, March 13, 2009
What is The Presidential Prayer Team? Join with Pastor Ed's Prayer Patriots in prayer for our nation's leaders.
PPT is a non-profit, non-partisan ministry that was launched in 2001, seven days after the 9/11 attacks on America. With over three million participants worldwide, PPT is a well-respected grassroots effort to rekindle America’s rich cultural heritage of prayer. Leaders such as Franklin Graham, James Robison, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, and Joni Eareckson-Tada have endorsed this effort that is so vital to America’s future.
As Christians and Wesleyans we know that our nation is in great need of prayer and spiritual direction. As Wesleyans we have a heritage of thinking outside the box and using whatever means necessary to reach the lost and affect political and social change for the betterment of society. PPT is a great opportunity to intercede for our nation and its leaders. Pastor Ed Boston leads a local chapter and is also active with his blog radio, as well as pastoring a Wesleyan church. Click on the highlighted links or use my links section to check out these needed ministries...keith 1 Cor 13
Saturday, March 7, 2009
I was reading the Evansville Courier today and found this article on Willie Morse, who served as a "Buffalo Soldier" during WWII. Willie, who you see pictured on the right, is 81 years old now. His mother, who lived to be 101, came to America on a slave ship from Africa. The fact that we gave names like "Buffalo Soldier" to those who fought with us for our freedom is anathema to me.
This past November marked the first time in our history as a nation that we elected an African-American to the highest office in the land. This event shows we have come a long way since the days of slavery, the first time a human being was thought of as property at his owner's disposal in this nation. No, I don't agree with most of the President's social and economic policies. Our teleprompter in chief doesn't quite seem to "get it' when it comes to moral reform. But, we as Americans can be proud we have made some progress.
Darwinism and the "theory" of evolution have fueled many of the racist movements over the past couple of centuries. Just look at Hitler and others and all the evil associated with their ideas. I agree with Ken Ham,of Answers in Genesis Ministries. Race is actually a word favored mostly by evolutionists. I like his choice "people groups" far better. After all, unless we are from another planet, we all belong to the human race.
One of the most extreme examples of Darwinist racism is the story of Ota Benga. Ota Benga was a Congolese pygmie caught in the Congo and placed in a New York Zoo in 1906. He was placed in a cage for everyone's amusement. The movies "Quigley Down Under" and the recent "Australia" give an excellent portrayel how the Congolese and Aborigine people have been treated over the years.
As Wesleyans we can be proud that we were among the first to admit women and African-Americans to our colleges and universities. Wesley summed it up best in his qoute you find under his picture on this blogspot,"Where is the justice in inflicting the severist evils on those that have done us no wrong."
Yes, we have made some progress and should keep striving for that ideal of equality among everyone. In the process, let us not forget those living among us in their mother's womb, and pray that one day they will be given the same rights...keith 1 Cor 13
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who is also an OB/GYN, told CNSNews.com on Friday that many medical practitioners, including himself, will go to prison before agreeing to engage in medical practices they morally oppose, such as abortion.
Earlier that same day, the Obama administration had announced it was “reviewing” a Bush administration regulation known as the “conscience clause.” That Health and Human Services regulation protects health-care workers at federally funded institutions from having to engage in practices that violate their moral or religious beliefs. These practices include performing or referring abortions, performing sterilizations, or giving or receiving training in these practices.
Federal funding is widespread in the health care sector owing to such programs as Medicare, Medicaid, the newly expanded SCHIP insurance program for children, and the many billions in federal funds spent each year on medical research.
The Obama administration’s “review” is considered the precursor to rescinding the regulation.
“I think a lot of us will go to jail,” Coburn told CNSNews.com when asked what would happen if the administration reverses the policy. “Let’s see them prosecute the first one of us for not doing that.”
By that comment, Coburn meant that doctors, himself included, are willing to defy the law before agreeing to perform medical procedures that violate their conscience, a Coburn spokesman clarified.
My viewpoint:The Bible makes it clear (At least to us "fundamentalists") that God's law is greater than man's law. I have posted several articles on this topic lately. Those early Wesleyans were not silent on the slavery issue either. If we cannot trust our leaders on issues pertaining to life, then how can we trust them on anything else?...keith 1 Cor 13
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state.
But even though the "Death with Dignity" law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them.
Many doctors are hesitant to talk publicly about where they stand on the issue, said Dr. Tom Preston, a retired cardiologist and board member of Compassion & Choices, the group that campaigned for and supports the law.
"There are a lot of doctors, who in principle, would approve or don't mind this, but for a lot of social or professional reasons, they don't want to be involved," he said.
But Preston said discussions about end-of-life issues between doctor and patient will increase because of the new law, and he thinks that as time goes on more and more doctors who don't have a religious or philosophical opposition will be open to participating.
"It will be a cultural shift," he said.
A Cultural shift? I won't argue about that. With laws pending that would take away a doctors's moral choice in performing abortions, will they be forced to kill you also? In a nationized health care scenario would your life be worth saving to fit the bottom life of an overburdened, overtaxed system? "Mercy killing?"There is no mercy from a Christian's standpoint of eternal life with eternal consequences. Wesley taught that we should not neglect the poor. I agree. There is a difference between the church giving compassionate care and a government dictated system with humanistic standards. .Something to pray about...keith 1 Cor 13
Monday, March 2, 2009
After reading this article and others it causes me to realize that we more than ever before need to unite with our Catholic friends in defending life from conception. Early Wesleyans used the ballot box and boycott. We must do the same or account for it one day...Keith 1 Cor 13
(CNSNews.com) – In a letter made public on Monday, Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked President Barack Obama not to abandon the pro-life policies put into place during the Bush administration.
Those policies include a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, protection of federally funded health care providers who have a moral objection to abortion, and the reversal of the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits federal dollars being spent on abortion in foreign countries.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
In this world of R-rated entertainment and biased media, Paul Harvey was a refreshing voice on the airwaves. I join with President Bush in his sentiments:
"Laura and I are saddened by the death of Paul Harvey. Paul was a friendly and familiar voice in the lives of millions of Americans. His commentary entertained, enlightened, and informed. Laura and I are pleased to have known this fine man, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."
- Former President George W. Bush