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State Takes 8-year-old Boy From His Family Because He Weighs 200

Attorney: Beware of the nanny state by Bill Bumpas OneNewsNow News of an 8-year-old boy being taken from his family because he weighs more than 200 pounds is leaving one conservative attorney concerned about government overstepping its bounds. Social workers removed the third-grader from his home in Cleveland, saying the mom was not doing enough to control his weight. Lawyers for the mother say authorities overreached and the boy is not in imminent danger. Matt Barber with Liberty Counsel Action tells OneNewsNow that everyone needs to be concerned with the "rampant obesity problem" among children, but that there also needs to be concern with

Discrimination or legitimate rejection? by Becky Yeh OneNewsNow A conservative activist in California says the U.S. Department of Justice has no constitutional authority to investigate whether city officials discriminated against Muslims. In 2010, the Lomita City Council turned down a request for the expansion of the Islamic Center of South Bay, stating that the extension would create traffic problems. However, the region's Muslim community suspects discrimination and claims that officials are in violation the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). So the U.S. Department of Justice has stepped in to investigate and has interviewed roughly a dozen individuals. Douglas V. Gibbs, a conservative radio talk show host and publisher of Political

what he calls "nanny-statism." "... Where there's not an instance [that] a child is in imminent danger of some kind of physical or sexual or severe psychological abuse that is objectively determined [and] the state subjectively begins to go in and just say Hey, we think that this kid is in long-term danger because he's eating too much and removing that child from the home, then we are getting to the point where the state is clearly abusing its authority and trampling parental rights and individual 4th Amendment liberties," says Barber. Ohio officials say this case is the first they can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

Pistachio, says city officials have a legitimate right to deny such a request. "The federal government doesn't have any right to dictate to a city what it can do regarding this issue," Gibbs argues. "So, in my opinion from a constitutional point of view, the United States Department of Justice has no constitutional authority to even open up this investigation; this is a local issue." Lomita city attorney Christi Hogin affirms that the Islamic Center of South Bay was seeking to make the worship center larger than the space permitted. Even so, the talk show host expects the U.S. Department of Justice to find officials guilty of discrimination. "They're going to decide that this city discriminated, and it's probably going to be filed against the city in one of the circuit courts," he predicts. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

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Continued from page 5 whom "God made" whose lifestyles or convictions Murray rejects? Murray observes that, "Whole Christian denominations have accepted and embraced the reality of LGBT believers within their ranks and in their leadership. Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, the United Church of Christ and Unitarians have formally accepted LGBT people within their denominations." What he fails to note is that these denominations (or the parts thereof that are gay-affirming) have also moved away from other historic biblical values and beliefs, meaning that their embrace of homosexuality should be seen as a sign of spiritual regress rather than progress. In similar fashion, he points to the large ideological gap "between those ages 18 to 29 and those ages 65 and older ... with younger Americans gravitating toward [LGBT] equality," without pointing out that surveys indicate that less than one percent of these young people have a biblical worldview. But all this is standard fare. It is his closing (mis)use of scripture that is so troubling. He writes: "Those who oppose equality can call it what they like, but the reality is that we are living in a society that has learned how to value LGBT people as they would others. That attitude doesn't rely on fear or lies, but on caring relationships and trust. It lives out the apostle

Culture Continued from page 2 is especially disappointed to see CBS advocating for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act "when CBS purports to be an objective news agency." But he decides the network's part in the lawsuit "kind of reveals them and really underscores and supports what we all know -that in the mainstream media ... liberal bias runs amok." And Barber points out that the companies' case runs against the grain in 30 states that have passed their own Defense of Marriage Acts to protect traditional marriage. As for Starbucks, the attorney notes that this is not the first time the coffeehouse chain has gotten involved in the culture war. "You know, there was a scandal a while back where they

December 2011 Paul's wish for the Corinthians that someday we will know fully, even as we are fully known. It is a biblically informed reality that is helping to make the world a better place." What does Murray mean when he speaks of "the apostle Paul's wish for the Corinthians"? He is referring to 1 Corinthians 13:12, which is not a "wish" but rather a prophetic anticipation of what will happen when Jesus returns. At that time, Paul writes, "I shall know fully, even as I am fully known [by God]," in contrast with our present, earthly state, in which "we see in a mirror dimly" and "know in part." So, the glorious hope that we will know God fully at the second coming of Christ is twisted into a wish that we will get to know LGBT people better, thereby making the apostle Paul, arguably the strongest voice in the Bible against homosexual practice, into a gay advocate. This is what happens when GLAAD does theology. Would it be an overstatement to call this a perversion of the Scriptures? Dr. Michael Brown, a Jewish believer in Jesus, is a biblical scholar, apologist, worldwide speaker, and activist. He is the host of the nationally syndicated, talk radio program "Line of Fire," and he serves as president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, NC, as well as adjunct professor at a number of seminaries. He is the author of 20 books, most recently "A Queer Thing Happened to America." This column is printed with permission.

were putting pro-homosexual propaganda on some of their Starbucks coffee cups," he recalls. "There was an uproar, but now we see that Starbucks is again emboldened and again carrying the water for radical homosexual activist organizations." Barber contends that Starbucks needs to "get out of the business of pushing radical San Francisco-style social policies, and instead get about the business of making good coffee." Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is defending DOMA, upholding Congress' desire to promote mother-father homes, which a House brief describes as the "optimal unit for child-rearing." Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

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'Reducing secondary effects' of adult clubs by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow

"It's just really a homerun for Missouri and should be an earthquake that's felt not only throughout this region, but even nationally, how sound the courts have upheld this law." Phillip Cosby AFA of Kansas

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld a new state law that tightens its grip on the adult "entertainment" industry, and anti-pornography activists believe The Show Me State has set the standard for the rest of the nation. Phillip Cosby, director of the American Family Association of Kansas, says the vote on the

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restrictive law was unanimous, but the verdict reportedly shocked some adult club owners who have been fighting the restrictions for almost two years. "They must be closed at midnight; dancers must be six feet away from patrons, eliminating lap dances, couch dances," he reports on the stipulations. "There are no private VIP rooms where prostitution [is] encouraged, no minors can enter, no one that has a criminal background can work or own a sexuallyoriented business, and the list goes on." Further, nude dancing and the sale of alcoholic beverages are no longer permitted. At least one venue has closed since the rules went into effect,

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Christian town clerk wins by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow A town clerk in central New York who declined to issue samegender "marriage" licenses has won re-election. Residents of the small town of Ledyard, New York (population: 1,886) returned Rose Belforti to her job after controversy over her Christian stance against homosexual marriage. Belforti has held her position as town clerk for the last ten years.

Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, tells OneNewsNow that Beforti had a write-in opponent this time around. "Her opponent really tried to make her refusal to sign those same-sex marriage licenses the issue," he explains. "What got lost in the shuffle was that Ledyard has only issued four marriage licenses all year, as opposed to probably over a thousand dog licenses." Homosexual activists claimed

God, indisputable part of U.S. heritage by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow

A conservative attorney says conservatives are outraged by the Obama administration's objections to a plaque Mat Staver proposed for the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. With Rep. Bill Johnson's (ROhio) H.R. 2070 before the House, requesting the inclusion of President Franklin

Roosevelt's D-Day prayer, Robert Abbey, director of the Bureau of Land Management, says any inscription of the prayer would "dilute" the memorial's central message. But Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the proposed plaque would be similar to religious references posted at other monuments. "If you go to the Jefferson Memorial, three of the four quotes that are there reference God," the attorney notes. "And if you go to the Lincoln Memorial, there's a clear reference to God. Look at the Washington Monument, at the very top of the

School holiday an 'inyour-face' gesture by Bob Kellogg OneNewsNow

Some Massachusetts residents don't agree with a school district deciding to give students a day off in recognition of a Muslim holiday. Cambridge School superintendent Jeffrey Young initiated the day off, saying Eid

she was discriminating against them because of her religious beliefs. According to McGuire, activists also attacked her business. "... Rose Belforti is a cheese maker and they have been boycotting her business," he shares. "She's lost quite a bit of support for really her main staple, so this job was pretty important to her." In re-electing Belforti, McGuire says the residents of Ledyard took a stance for religious freedom as well. Belforti has given the task of issuing homosexual marriage licenses to another clerk. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

monument is a reference to God, giving glory to God." Staver contends that God is an indisputable part of the country's heritage, "and that's why you see it inscribed and memorialized in all of our buildings and sayings and songs and mottos. So, this clearly is not a separation of church and state issue; this is simply a decision by the Obama administration. It's a wrong decision," the Liberty Counsel founder argues. "It is an anti-historical and anti-JudeoChristian decision, and it ought to be reversed." Conservative and Republican members of Congress are reportedly outraged at the opposition to inclusion of the prayer, in which the 32nd president said: "Almighty God, our sons, pride of our nation this day have set upon the mighty endeavor, have struggled to preserve our republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity." Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

According to Brian Camenker of MassResistance, Young has a history of introducing radical ideas in the schools. "This is being done, I believe, as a gesture, as an in-your-face gesture, to offend people, much like many of the other things that

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Border Patrol agents pulled off-task

by some critics as "racial profiling," allowed agents to often catch illegal bordercrossers and potential terrorists before they reached the U.S. interior. In an interview with OneNewsNow, Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the new directive will make it much harder to catch smugglers. "They transport the illegal "They want illegal aliens all across the United immigration to continue as it States, and they do this through has been going on, and they the use of our transportation don't want to do anything system," he explains. "And that's why traditionally you that might disrupt it." have seen immigration Ira Mehlman enforcement personnel operating in these places. That by Chad Groening is one of the ways that they can OneNewsNow disrupt these smuggling An immigration enforcement operations that deliver people all across the United States." advocacy organization is But according to the FAIR outraged over the Department of Homeland Security's latest spokesman, the Obama directive the group says appears administration does not want to be nothing more such operations to stop. "They than an effort to aid want illegal illegal immigration. The Associated immigration to Press reported continue as it has recently the DHS been going on," issued a directive to he alleges. "And they don't want to U.S. Border Patrol field offices around do anything that the country, might disrupt it." instructing officers In Mehlman's to halt routine eyes, this new directive is checks at transportation hubs Ira Mehlman nothing more that are not than another "intelligence-driven." attempt by the Obama Until this new order, Border administration to defy U.S. Patrol officers were able to immigration law and conduct what they refer to as circumvent the will of Congress. "transportation checks" at airports and bus and train Copyright 2011 American Family News stations. These checks, described Network - Used by permission. Every year from now on, city schools will close for Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha, depending on which holiday falls within the school year. If both occur during the school calendar, the district will only close for one. Though the Islamic Society of Boston

many people have shared their outrage with him. "The hypocrisy and the double standard against Christians and other religious believers [have] gone hand-in-hand with everything that Jeffrey Young and his cohorts have done," he al-Adha, or the "Festival of laments. "So many of the Sacrifice," is in line with the district's values of "inclusion "The hypocrisy and the double standard against Christians things that they've done have offended Christians." and respect." The Cambridge and other religious believers have gone hand-in-hand with School committee School Committee approved everything that Jeffrey Young and his cohorts have done." members say they his effort last year, and Brian Camenker approved the day off last officials believe the year because of the size of November 7 holiday was the they've done and that he's been Cultural Center is "ecstatic" the district's Muslim population. first time a school district in the responsible for over the years," about the officials' decision, the state has ever scheduled a day to Copyright 2011 American Family News Camenker suspects. family values activist reports that Network - Used by permission. recognize an Islamic holy day.

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'Gay' rights activists confused about free speech Justice Institute (PJI) argues that Knox's comments cannot be classified as the "hate speech" that homosexual activists claim it to be. "What this teacher expressed was clearly not hate speech; it was simply expressing her moral and religious viewpoint about homosexuality and homosexual conduct," he contends. "That is something that people of faith should be able to express." And he warns that the real

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Porn and the church member by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow A study conducted by LifeWay Research reveals that pornography has adversely affected the lives of church members. The survey of a thousand American Protestant pastors shows that while most of them concur that viewing of porn has adversely affected members of their flocks, almost half are unable to estimate what percentage of those members actually view pornography. "A number of pastors were really unwilling to discuss the

topic, and 14 percent of them were not even willing to relate to how it has impacted the lives of their members," says LifeWay Research spokesman Scott McConnell. "But among those who did, 81 percent agreed that pornography has adversely affected the lives of their church members, including 42 percent who strongly agreed with that statement." Most of the pastors surveyed felt that less than 10 percent of their members are involved in pornography on a regular basis. But McConnell says it is important for people, including pastors, to understand the church

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A New Jersey teacher has political beliefs on your own been removed from the Facebook webpage is too classroom, pending an important to become yet another investigation of comments she casualty of the culture wars," the made on her personal Facebook attorney notes. page. And Dacus points out that the Viki Knox at Union Township Supreme Court has ruled for High School posted a statement decades that public expressions on her Facebook webpage that like the one Knox made on describes homosexuality as Facebook are clearly protected "perverted" and says it "breeds by the First Amendment. like cancer." But she was quickly reprimanded by the This follows a similar incident Though homosexual rights groups recognize her right school district after a parent in Florida where a "Teacher of to express her views, they forwarded it to an attorney. believe she has a the Year" was suspended and And following the post, a as a teacher group of "gay" right removed from his classroom for responsibility to be a role model for activists with Garden State making Facebook comments students. Equality demonstrated to Knox is on paid demand that the 49-year-old against homosexual "marriage.” administrative leave as the special education teacher be board investigates the fired, which could happen. situation and the teacher's This follows a similar incident issue in this situation is much alleged failure to enforce the larger than the possibility of a in Florida where a "Teacher of state's tough anti-bullying law. teacher losing her job. the Year" was suspended and "If this teacher loses, we all removed from his classroom for Copyright 2011 American Family lose. Whether we agree or making Facebook comments News Network - Used by permission. disagree with these views, the against homosexual "marriage.” right to state your religious or But Brad Dacus of the Pacific

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A gay activist butchers the Bible California

School district quickly reprimands teacher for describing homosexuality as "perverted" on her own Facebook webpage. by Bob Kellogg OneNewsNow

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is not immune to the problem. "Most studies that have dug in deeply on sexual issues do show church attendees are less likely to be caught up in some of those sinful activities," he acknowledges, "but it's still present. And so when it's so pervasive in our society today, it's important for us to be aware that it's going to be impacting some of the members of our churches." McConnell also tells OneNewsnow that the Bible provides God's plan for sexuality, and it is a message that the church needs to hear regularly, he points out, because church members are also hearing the culture speak in a direction contrary to biblical teaching. The survey, conducted in October 2010, addressed the estimated viewing habits of both men and women in congregations. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

Roger and John had many of the same beliefs, but some of their convictions were stronger than each others’ beliefs. Roger believed in what he referred to as “Soul Liberty” during his lifetime. He was also on the cutting edge of human rights. Roger would risk his life rather than submit to the religious authorities that used religion as a way to make people submit. However, John decided to go along with the religious authorities. Roger challenged the government and state-run churches, saying they had no right to dictate how the people were to worship. He challenged the Christians not to get too comfortable with state religion and to search out God for themselves. He said the state had no authority to impose religion on the people. Needless to say, Roger was not as popular with religious people during this time as John was. Roger took to task the civil authorities or anyone that allowed themselves to force any religious denomination on the people. He vowed worship was to be the choice of the people, and that there should be a separation of state and religion.

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Roger’s belief was not secular, but a strict belief to serve God by God’s covenants, not mankind’s laws. Roger believed there could not be forced conversions to Christianity. John Cotton was known as the shining star of the religion and state challenges, while Roger was ridiculed and took a stand against Cotton’s theory of the government’s help in the churches. John argued that there must be a hedge between them. Roger was sure that forcing religion would produce hypocrites. In 1682, Roger died, and no one seemed to acknowledge the loss, yet when John Cotton lay dying many came to sit in respect. Later, a new country looked to the words that Roger had spoken and written to be passed down. Words like “to swear to tell the truth, so help you God” and the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution, to name a few. This minister of God, Roger Williams, and his words influenced men like Thomas Jefferson and, a few years later, set the course for the American Constitution. How much has Christianity played a key role in this land? To remove true Christianity and its influence will bring about this country’s demise. May we not forget, so help us God! Mark is also the host of the Crosspoint radio program heard on KNEO 91.7 FM radio. He is a respected Christian leader, author, and public speaker. Email mtaylor@kneo.org Website www.kneo.org

"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints" [Jude 3].

Ross Murray's article on CNN's Religion Blog, entitled "My Take: Why Christians are embracing their LGBT neighbors," is the most recent in a steady stream of editorials and articles on liberal news outlets devoted to promoting a common theme: The Bible really doesn't speak against homosexual practice and enlightened Christians are recognizing this in ever increasing numbers. Although Murray repeats much of the standard rhetoric, he does distinguish himself by offering one of the more egregious applications of a scriptural passage I have seen in nearly 40 years of studying and teaching the Scriptures. But first a word of background. Murray is director of religion, faith and values at GLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. This is a gay activist organization which would better be called the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Disagreement, glaringly demonstrated in their petition earlier this year which called on CNN to stop inviting "anti-gay" guests on their network to offer opposing viewpoints. (Yes, this is the voice of "inclusion," "tolerance," "equality," and

"diversity.") In his article, Murray argues that while "there is still a variety of scriptural interpretations, an increasing number of Christians are reading scripture and understanding that God's design for the world includes LGBT people." Those who with agree with his position he dubs "good Christians"; those who differ are described as "vocal anti-gay activists" who are putting forth "vocal misinformation" and becoming "more shrill." This is GLAAD-talk at its biased best, and to decode the language used, you are "antigay" if for religious, moral, social, or any other reasons you do not affirm homosexuality, no matter how much you love LGBT people; you are "vocal" if you write, say, or post anything that GLAAD does not agree with (although those on the LGBT side can write, say, or post anything they want without being "vocal"); you are spreading "misinformation" if you have any scientific, academic, or theological differences with the gay activist mantras; and you become "more shrill" if you do not capitulate to gay activist pressure. And what is it that drives the views of the "vocal anti-gay activists" who by implication are not "good Christians"? It is

parents can kiss rights goodbye

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"fear" and "lies," since, in the logic of GLAAD, only fear and lies could cause a Biblebelieving Christian to think that God is not giddy about homosexual practice. In contrast, LGBT Christians "build up love and break down fear." As for the "good [straight] Christians," they are embracing LGBT people and their practices because they realize that "if God made them, then [they are] called to love and support them." But didn't God make everyone? Didn't he make the "vocal anti-gay activists" too? Then why does Murray disparage them? Why doesn't he feel "called to love and support them"? And aren't there others

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Truth about 'new' drilling by Chris Woodward OneNewsNow A not-for-profit research and analysis organization says President Obama is "backpedaling" from his initial proposal for offshore drilling, possibly to show his opposition to oil and gas exploration and production. The Obama administration released its first five-year offshore drilling plan last month, showing its strategy to open up "new" areas for drilling off Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. Still, Obama's plan withdraws leasing consideration from all of the Eastern Seaboard, something that Daniel Simmons, director of state and regulatory affairs at the Institute for Energy Research (IER), says is contrary to a pitch he made last year. "The president is backpedaling from what he had proposed in 2010. And even worse, when the

president came into office, all offshore areas were open for leasing. Near the end of President Bush's administration, they had opened all areas for potential leasing," Simmons recalls. "The Obama administration has come in now and has consistently reduced the amount of areas available for leasing." While the plan claims new areas off Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico would be open for drilling, the IER director points out that that is not exactly true. "If you look at it narrowly like that, sure -- that's the case. These areas had previously been opened, and they were shut down by the Obama administration, so it's tough to say that they're opening new areas," he explains. "These areas had not been leased to date, and that's a good thing. But when the president took office, all these areas were open for leasing. The

Daniel R. Simmons only restrictions have been put there by the Obama administration." Simmons adds that the only explanation he has for the administration's motive is that it is "ideologically opposed to oil and gas exploration and production." Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

A leading California profamily group says that this month is when parents in the Golden State will discover "how intrusive" a new anti-family law will be on their parental rights. S.B. 48, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), will take effect January 1, 2012 and mandate positive teachings of lesbian, "gay," bisexual, and transgender

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contributions to children of all ages. The Traditional Values Coalition (TVC) says all curricula will be affected by the law, so Benjamin Lopez, the group's legislative analyst, encourages parents to "very carefully" scrutinize the material their children will be bringing home, as it will likely be filled with "homosexual propaganda." "I think parents need to realize that it's important for them to take the time and sacrifice, to start going to their school districts and investigating and looking at the curriculum and the content in books, in manuals, and instructional materials," he suggests. According to Lopez, the Alameda Unified School District and the Oakland Unified School District have already begun talks about implementing a "gender identity discussion." "The school district up there has already printed materials on how they're going to teach young elementary kids that there's more to being just male [or] female -you can be one or the other, you can be both, [or] you can be neither," he reports. The TVC legislative analyst adds that the law will present alternate lifestyles to children in a positive light, which will open a Pandora's Box of further pro"gay" indoctrination. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

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why He came into the world. Nothing is more important than celebrating that precious gift from Heaven to the world! In the midst of all of the children’s Christmas toys, lavish gifts, and even in family strife, are opportunities to convey genuine love for each other, and the importance of giving of ourselves. It is a great time to teach others what Jesus said salvation in religious traditions by R.L. Beasley about how a Christian should of men, ceremonies, religious Evangelist/Beacon Editor love, live, and give each day. rituals, holy days, etc. Whether it’s the Christmas Through the ages, there has There are many holidays that season or not, our been much discussion are not forbidden in the life should not concerning whether or not Bible. Any holiday that does center around what Christians should celebrate not violate God's law and is we get, but it Christmas. merely an should be about The Bible is silent observance of what we give, on the tradition of respect, honor, or and how we give Christmas gratitude, is not it and our celebrations, and the forbidden. But again, motives should early church including we should be careful be pure in the Paul, Peter and the with Christmas, process. Jesus said anything we other New Testament because of all the do for His sake would be Apostles never taught covetousness involved on the subject of with it. Too many people rewarded, but He warned us not to be guided by selfish Christmas. There is no get excited about what considerations. He said, “Many record of believers during the they get, but not so much about first century ever observing what they give, if they give at all. that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first” [Matthew Christ's birth date, and most Lots of Christmas celebrations 19:30]. conclude that December 25 is not center around gifts, glitter, food, With that in mind, there are the day that Jesus was mistletoe, Santa a few basics that Jesus said born. Clause, parties Christians should have working But, I see nothing and the like. in their life. They are great wrong if Christians God is not nuggets of eternal truth that want to mark a day to glorified if we require the Spirit of God to remember the birth of give stuff to accomplish in our hearts, and Jesus, and the dynamic people they don’t they are great to share, and He represents to the need, or shower Christmas is a great time to do world and do it in a children with way that does not disgrace the more toys, and then put it all on a so. I would like to look at some examples. Lord. The gospel of Luke is a credit card. On the other hand, I Jesus told us that we were record of how God celebrated the see nothing wrong with giving a blessed when men reviled us, and day Jesus was born. He sent a practical gift to someone that persecuted us, and said all multitude of angels who were they can make good use of. praising God as they announced Therefore, I believe Christmas is manner of evil against us falsely, for His sake. He said if the birth of Jesus to a we couldn’t forgive number of shepherds. those who trespassed “Suddenly there was Whether it’s the Christmas against us neither would with the angel a God forgive us our season or not, our life should not multitude of the heavenly trespasses. Jesus said host praising God, and center around what we get, but it we were not only to love saying, Glory to God in should be about what we give, and those which loved us, the highest and on earth but to love our enemies peace, good will toward how we give it and our motives also. Our Lord told us men” [Luke 1:13-14]. should be pure in the process. to forgive and bless However, I think them that cursed us, and Christians should be Jesus said anything we do for His to pray for those which careful not to get swept sake would be rewarded, but He despitefully use us. up in all the secular These are spiritual things associated with warned us not to be guided by principles of the Christmas season selfish considerations. He said, Christianity that which has become a strengthen us and reflect commercialized bonanza “Many that are first shall be last; God’s righteousness, for business, and godless and the last shall be first.” and draw people to Him. celebrations. We should When we fall short of be equally cautious not Matthew 19:30 doing these things, to get caught up in idol God’s grace will help worship, false gods and us, if we ask Him for it. false religious practices, but ours a great time for parents and Whether it’s the Christmas is to stay focused on obedience grandparents to teach their season, or any other time, to the Lord and His word. families about unselfish giving. shouldn’t it be all about Jesus God is not looking for Holy First and foremost, we should Christ, and not about us? Worship; He is looking for Holy teach about the greatest of all God’s best to you and Worshipers, and Calvary made unselfish gifts, the birth of our yours! that possible in that there is no Lord and savior Jesus Christ and

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'Almighty God' gets go-ahead by Russ Jones OneNewsNow Now that a court has given its stamp of approval, Kentuckians can legally thank "Almighty God." A ruling by a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals favors two state actions thanking God. One of those actions came in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, when state lawmakers issued a finding stating "the safety and security of the commonwealth cannot be achieved apart from reliance on Almighty God." The other legislation that created the state Office of Homeland Security in 2006, required the executive director of that agency to acknowledge "dependence on Almighty God" in training manuals and on a wall plaque on the door of the operations center. Kent Ostrander of the Family Foundation of Kentucky explains that a lower court had ruled against the latter action, specifically, against a plaque

saying: "Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain." (Psalm 127:1) "There was a lawsuit by some atheists saying that they were trying to establish religion [by requiring the plaque]," he shares. "And in this case, the court of appeals ruled that that was just a part of the traditional American heritage, and that it's free for a government to say such a thing as 'God Almighty.'" Of the legislation, one of the judges wrote that it merely "seeks to recognize the historical reliance on God for protection" and does not advance religion. The Christian activist believes atheists are suggesting everyone has constitutionally guaranteed free speech, unless, of course, they are mentioning God. "That's normally the tenor," Ostrander comments. "And it's unfortunate because everybody's so hyper about giving someone an offense, and certainly we don't want to give anyone offense. "But just because someone's offended doesn't mean they have the right to take over other people's freedoms, and that's what is attempted every time these kinds of things are taken to court." Ostrander fully expects the decision to be appealed. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

Businesses have no business in culture war by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow

Matt Barber

Several major corporations, including CBS, Google, and Starbucks, have filed legal briefs asking the federal government to recognize homosexual "marriage." The companies ask the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a 2010 lower-court ruling in which Judge Joseph L. Tauro struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The friend-ofthe-court brief argues that DOMA forces businesses to discriminate against "gay"

employees. Matt Barber of Liberty Counsel Action finds it unfortunate to see the firms "alienate a large percentage of their customer base" by choosing sides in a very polarized culture war, and he

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NASA's confusion on intelligent design noted

New study on the family should shock the nation

Without marriage, 'everything else is weakened' Family Research Council spokesman warns that if churches do not actively work to reverse the trend, the downward slide will continue

by Becky Yeh OneNewsNow California correspondent

Pat Fagan

FRC spokesman

the weakest. It differs across ethnic groups, as the AfricanAmerican family is the weakest and the Asian-American is the birth, higher crime, and strongest. Fagan stresses that by Charlie Butts shortened longevity -- and the families with the best church OneNewsNow list goes on, he says. attendance are the strongest "The parental relationship, overall. A spokesman for the Family when it's in marriage, becomes "There is a reason why all Research Council (FRC) says the foundational social nations and all cultures over time his organization's new study on relationship in all of society," he protected marriage, and we're the family should shock the explains. "From that, all the rest beginning to see the reasons by nation. neglect," he concludes. The Marriage and "It's a crisis for our Religion Research "The parental relationship, when culture. We have to Institute's annual "Index figure out how to of Family Belonging it's in marriage, becomes the reverse it." and Rejection" shows foundational social relationship in If churches do not that only 45 percent of all of society. From that, all the rest actively work to reverse American children reach their 17th year breaks; without that, everything else the trend, he warns that the downward slide will with both their is weakened, everything." continue. Meanwhile, biological parents Pat Fagan the government has married (since before or provided more than $1 around the time of their breaks; without that, everything trillion to address the problems birth), while 55 percent do not. else is weakened -- everything." that result from the broken family. FRC spokesman Pat Fagan says Geographically, the Northeast broken families lead to lower Copyright 2011 American Family News has the strongest index of family educational performance, higher Network - Used by permission. belonging, while the South has poverty, higher out-of-wedlock

Refusal brings reward ... and retribution by Charlie Butts OneNewsNow Business is booming for a Des Moines cake-maker who took a stand for her faith when she was approached by a lesbian couple for a wedding cake. Victoria Childress, owner of Victoria's Cake Cottage, tells OneNewsNow the couple arrived for a taste testing. "But at that point I just said, I have to tell you that I'm a Christian, and because of my Christian convictions I cannot do your cake," she says. Childress has stated she did

not belittle the couple. In fact, she tells OneNewsNow that she provided the lesbians names of some bakeries that might be willing to assist them and that they thanked her for being honest with them. However, the two lesbians, Trina Vodraska and Janelle Sievers, told KCCI-TV afterwards they were shocked by the shop owner's refusal, reportedly describing it as "degrading." According to Childress, hateful messages eventually started pouring in, and not just from homosexuals and their supporters. "Well, actually I've gotten a lot of nasty comments from Christians who don't think that the stand I've taken is right," she shares. "They need to read the Book of Romans." She says if they do, they will

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fully understand what God thinks of sin, including homosexual sin. "You know, Christ is very clear. We are either for him or against him; we're not supposed to be lukewarm; we're either hot or we're cold," she says. "And there was never a question in my mind how I was supposed to handle this, never -- because he's everything to me." Homosexuals have launched a boycott of her shop, but Childress's business has only improved. Activists have threatened legal action, but so far no legal papers have been served. Same-gender "marriage" was legalized in Iowa April 3, 2009, by a unanimous state Supreme Court decision. Three members of that court have since been ousted by voters. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

An attorney says NASA had a "knee-jerk reaction" when it fired a Christian employee after he mentioned intelligent design. David Coppedge, a 14-year employee for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's mission to Saturn, was fired last year for handing out DVDs to coworkers that mentioned intelligent design. He was issued a written warning for "pushing his religion" on coworkers, charged with harassment, and finally demoted. When JPL veteran filed suit, the company fired him, claiming his termination was necessary to reduce the workforce due to budget problems. JPL filed a motion for

School staff defends right to voluntary prayer by Bob Kellogg OneNewsNow The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is defending the right of a Florida school's staff to participate in voluntary prayer before classes begin. Despite objections from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, ADF senior legal counsel David Cortman says voluntary faculty participation in a community-led prayer event before the start of school is protected by the First Amendment. “In fact, the Freedom From Religion Foundation turns the constitution on its head,” Cortman contends. “It basically argues that because someone is employed by the government,

summary judgment, and the court held oral arguments, but reversed a tentative ruling. In a final decision, the court denied the summary judgment motion, and a Los Angeles Superior Court judge sent the case to a jury. "The judge's ruling on the summary judgment indicates that there are some very strong arguments to be made in this case that JPL is acting on biased reports from coworkers, who were claiming that my client harassed them," says William J. Becker, Jr., the Los Angeles attorney representing Coppedge. "A jury would have to determine whether or not my client was discriminated against on the basis of religion." Becker tells OneNewsNow that the theory of intelligent design is often mistaken for creationism, and causes a knee-jerk reaction. "Intelligent design has nothing to do with the doctrine of creationism, and people often confuse it with creationism because the central argument of intelligent design is that there is scientific evidence to show that the universe, and life within it, did not evolve randomly," he explains. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

they somehow forfeit all their constitutional rights -- and that is simply not true.” The FFRF even objected to Principal Larry Davis's mention of the event in an internal newsletter. Only faculty and staff received the newsletter, not students. Cortman believes this is an indication of increased hostility toward religion, of which Christians should be aware. “These groups, such as the Freedom for Religion Foundation, are becoming more and more aggressive in their intolerance towards anything that is religious, and I think it’s something we all need to keep an eye on and stand up against,” he warns. The 17,000-member FFRF is based in Madison Wisconsin and claims to be dedicated to protecting the principle of separation of church and state. Copyright 2011 American Family News Network - Used by permission.

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