This past weekend the Democratic Party, to the surprise of no one, voted to add same-sex marriage to their official platform in their August convention. Barney Frank and other DNC committee members voted unanimously to present the homosexual "marriage" plank at the Democratic national convention. It will likely be adopted, but I suspect some Democrats will cut and run because they will fear their constituents are not as "evolved" as the President and the activists.
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
You may have seen the ads. They ran on a number of stations around the state of Washington this past Friday night during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.
It is Republican Senator Cheryl Pflug from conservative leaning Maple Valley and the 5th Legislative District, educating the state on the virtues of redefining marriage.
Brad Shannon, in an exclusive article for the News Tribune and the Olympian reminded us that Ms. Pflug, "Provided one of the key votes that passed a gay-marriage law in the Legislature this year."
Friday, July 27, 2012
You've heard about the firestorm of ridicule and retribution directed toward Chick-fil-A because of the religious beliefs of the owners---the Cathy family.
Interestingly, those administering the fire apparently haven't even read the interview that supposedly lit the fire, they are merely depending on reports from those with shared hatred toward the Christian view of marriage while igniting their own blowtorch with word and deed.
However, it may be backfiring on those homosexual activists who are seeking to do harm.
Make no mistake, the Cathy family has a history of believing, practicing and advocating biblical principles---including the sanctity of life and natural, traditional, biblical marriage. They have built a successful restaurant chain of 1600 stores with an annual revenue of $4 billion dollars. They have consistently treated every customer with Christian respect and dignity regardless of who they are or what they believe.
Homosexual "marriage" activists apparently didn't even read the interview before launching their attack on the Cathy family, demanding tolerance and inclusion.
Here's what happened. And what will likely happen over the coming weeks.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Someone has vandalized a pro-life pregnancy sign on a metro bus in Seattle by pasting a sticker over the bus sign and are now being praised by so-called pro-choice activists.
How should pro-life citizens respond?
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees' great once said, "If you come to a fork in the road, take it."
We're at a fork in the "values" road and some Christian leaders are trying to get you to "take it."
Thursday, July 19, 2012
It wouldn't be worth mentioning except that so many are wanting to use marriage for so many different self serving reasons.
People are "marrying" pets, groups of people, inanimate objects and of course others of the same sex.
Remember Babylonia Aivaz who earlier this year "married" a 107-year-old building on Capitol Hill in Seattle?
She said she was protesting the "neighborhood's gentrification." She also told the press the building she was "marrying" is a woman.
Now Angela Vogel earlier this week, "married" a "corporate person," trying to make the point that corporations aren't people. She is involved with the folks behind Seattle's Initiative 103. She didn't say if the "corporate person" is a man or woman.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers is offering "alternatives to church" programs and meetings during training at US military bases this summer.
One class is titled, "Letting Go of God."
They are introducing this program with the hope of normalizing the ideas, affirming their belief in non-belief, and gaining official recognition or acceptance, then making it a regular component in the military academies. That, of course, could lead to it becoming a part of the military presentations in high schools and college campus' as well as an accepted program on all military bases.
They say they are trying to create a more "welcoming" religious climate in the military.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A few weeks ago, the Seattle Times endorsed Rob McKenna for Governor of Washington State. Rarely do they endorse a Republican. Nor a social conservative.
In fact, the Times editorial board declined an endorsement of John Kosters for a congressional seat last election, saying he was highly qualified, but they couldn't endorse him because of his conservative social views, i.e., pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, etc.
So why McKenna? Apparently, in their mind, he doesn't stand where Kosters and most Christians and conservatives stand on those issues.
Monday, July 16, 2012
CNS News asked Dr. Haering, the director, if the condoms are for anyone who comes to the center, which could be age 12 to 19.
The answer: "Yes, that's correct."
This is another case of public education and its affiliates usurping parental rights.
This is yet another situation where if a child needs treatment for a minor illness, immunization, physical examination for sports, etc., or even to participate in sports, they must have parental consent.
However, the Teen Wellness Center provides health "education," behavior change counseling, pregnancy testing, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, so-called reproductive health services and mental health and substance abuse counseling---all without parental consent.
This center, as more are beginning to do, says publicly that they tell the children that abstinence is the best behavior, however their business model is built around indoctrination and parental exclusion.
When pressed, Haering told CNS, "If a minor comes in and prevention hasn't worked and they're already pregnant, Title X requires that we discuss the three options of parenting, of adoption services and of termination."
And, "We can't tell the parents."
Friday, July 13, 2012
Working off data from a recent PEW Report, Dr. Mark Gray has done some follow up and found some interesting and concerning trends.
Gray's work is focused on social scientific studies relating to the Catholic Church, but look what he discovered.
Interestingly, atheists do not successfully pass their beliefs, or lack there of, along to their children. Only about 30% of kids who grow up in an atheist household remain so when they become adults. Apparently people are converted to atheism as adults, not as children.
This is the lowest retention of any group studied.
Of those raised in atheist households, 30% are now affiliated with a Protestant denomination, 10% are Catholic, 2% are Jewish, 1% are Mormon and 1% are Pagan.
Gray found that 38% of those who grew up with no particular religious faith or belief system remains that way into adult life.
Here's the "Retention Rate" for youth in all religious groups:
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Rob McKenna, who wants to be Governor and wants conservative Christians to vote for him, once again raised eyebrows and questions.
Most people know McKenna is "pro-choice"---the preferred description for pro-abortion, but many thought he was soundly behind the effort to repeal Obamacare.
Evidently not. Although he was part of the group that sued to overturn it, he told a news conference in Seattle following the Supreme Court ruling to uphold it, he "opposed congressional efforts to repeal the law."
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Anna Goussiou and Gordon Watts, both University of Washington physicists, have been working with a large international group of physicists searching for the Higgs boson---the God Particle---the subatomic particle that they say gives life to the universe---the key to discovering the energy and origin of creation.
Last week, the director of the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), Rolf Heur, and the two leaders, Joe Incandela and Fabiola Gianotti of the worldwide effort, announced they are quite certain they have found the Higgs boson---the key to the universe.
Anna Goussiou told the Seattle Times, she wept when she heard the news.
Gianotti said, "Thanks Nature" for giving this discovery.
Incandela said, "This boson is a very profound thing we found. We're reaching into the fabric of the universe in a way we have never done before---we're way out on the edge."
As this news covered the world, some Christians have expressed concern that somehow the discovery could serve to undermine the Truth of God's Word, at least in the minds of some.
The physics aspect of this discovery is complex and multi-layered. I am a layman in these scientific matters and I suspect most of you are as well, but here are a couple of thoughts to consider as this news continues to be carried around the world.
1. The media.
2. The scientific community and the truth.
First, it's evident that some in the news media are already avoiding referring to this new discovery as the "God Particle". While the phrase was originally used by Nobel Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman, who was not a Christian, it has not generally been used by the scientific community, but often used by the media.
When this news broke, it was interesting to see the news media flee the descriptive phrase, "God Particle". None more quickly than the Seattle Times, even though the news media has used the phrase consistently since Lederman first used it.
The Los Angeles Times used the phrase.
Could it be that there is a sense in the media that this discovery may in fact affirm what Creation has told us for thousands of years? And if so, is the media already preparing their secular selves to be sure we separate church and universe?
Just a thought.
Secondly, as I said, most of us are laymen to this, but the more I follow this story about the energy source, the originator, the central creative power at the center of how the universe came to be, I'm thinking about a truth waiting to be discovered by those who seek the Truth.
Heur told the world last week, "We have a discovery." The LA Times explained it this way: "The idea is much like gravity and Isaac Newton's discovery of it; Gravity was there all the time before Newton explained it."
Which brings to mind an ancient account that has been there all the time. If scientists put aside their preconceived bias and pre-determined outcome beliefs, could it be that they may, as the Wise Men of Christmas fame, find the Truth? Could they discover that there is by design an Intelligent Being behind all this? Could they discover from their honest, open minded, unbiased research that their "Big Bang theory" still had to have an energizer--- an originator? And He sustains the Universe even now?
Incaldela said, "We are way out on the edge." Will they pull back in their search for the power behind the universe if they begin to see the Truth more clearly?
Ancient Scripture clearly teaches, "In the beginning God created the Heavens and the earth..." ( Gen. 1:1) It further teaches (John 1:1-3), "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made."
In Colossians 1:15-17 it is written, "He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the first born over creation. For by Him all things were created that are in Heaven and that are on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist."
When you come to that Truth, it puts the daily struggles in perspective, doesn't it?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Many who are friends of Faith and Freedom and stand for natural, traditional marriage put in endless volunteer hours gathering signatures for both R-74 and I-1192---a little over 80,000 for R-74 and about 60,000 for I-1192.
Others associated with other faith based organizations and churches did so as well.
Thank you and God bless you for your tireless effort.
R-74 easily made the November ballot. I-1192 has failed to do so.
Monday, July 09, 2012
The annual Seattle event, held this past weekend, is so important to Planned Parenthood that PP president, Cecile Richards, made the trip out to be a part of it.
The party is held annually in Seattle for "Planned Parenthood's Teen Council". The students who are involved in the council are called "the condom ladies."
Thursday, July 05, 2012
First redefine marriage, then redefine the family.
While Sen. Ed Murray and others have said it wasn't about marriage, each time he pushed through incremental legislation, he has been celebrated recently by the Governor, the press, progressives and the religious left for his courage in passing the law that redefines marriage in Washington state.
But is the" marriage" campaign only about marriage?
Now there's a bill to redefine parenthood.
Multiple legal parents.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
One of the most well known images of the Revolutionary War is the painting of General George Washington kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge.
Many have tried to discredit and discard the image, declaring it never happened.
I think it did. And here's why.
Isaac Potts, a pacifist Quaker, said he saw Washington kneeling in prayer. And it changed his life.
Here's how the story goes:
Monday, July 02, 2012
Much has been said and written since the Supreme Court upheld most all of Obamacare, aka, "The Affordable Care Act."
The Christian Medical Association is the nation's largest faith-based association of physicians.
They, as many in the medical community, religious community and citizens who value their freedoms, are disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling and are calling on Congress to fully repeal Obamacare.