Get ready for TV-Turnoff Week - April 25-May 1, 2005! Put it on your schedule so you can plan for other activities. You may want to prepare the family for this event rather than announce it cold turkey on Monday, Apr 25. www.tvturnoff.org
PRAYER - I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and
for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life
in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight
of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto
the knowledge of the truth. I Tim 2:1-4
ENCOUNTER - And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. Luk 19:13
Christian Assoc of Parent Educators Annual Convention
Apr 21-23 at Calvary of Abq. Whether or not you homeschool, you can still benefit from the many workshops and speakers such as Mark Hamby, Bill Jack, and Jane Hoffman.
UNDERSTANDING - And of the children of Issachar, which were men
that had understanding of the time, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads
of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
I Chron 12:32
Abstinence Education - NM King Out of Control
Las Cruces Wings Prison Party April 23
NM Legislative Session 2005
When is Illegal, not Illegal?
Biblical Principle of Property, SJR10
Wear Red on Fridays to Show Support for our Troops
Obscenity, Art, or Advertising?
Iraqi Constitution Part IV
Friends of the Family including Tsunami Status
Abstinence Education - NM King Out of Control
What happens when the King is out of control? In a monarchy, this is a problem. In a democratic republic, there is accountability. Bill Richardson is the King of the NM Executive Branch. On Friday, Apr 8, the King's Secretary of Health, Michelle Grisham, went out of control. She made a public statement that abstinence education in NM mid and high schools will be terminated and the money used for other purposes (Abstinence-Only Not for High Schools, Abq Journal, 9 Apr 05). She is using power to suppress information vital to the health of NM youth. Laurel Edenburn and others from the NM Abstinence Education Coalition were on hand to counter Grisham's statement with factual information on abstinence education.
"We are continuing to fight the battle being waged against abstinence education in New Mexico by opponents both from within and outside the Department of Health. A small but vocal minority in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe offices of DOH have convinced the Secretary of Health to marginalize abstinence education by whatever means possible. Albuquerque remains a hot spot of opposition due primarily to attacks from a prominent Albuquerque Public School board member, Miguel Acosta, a DOH employee in District 1. Acosta, who has been working against Best Choice Educational Services, was also part of a DOH planning committee to establish the recently formed Medical Advisory Council. The APS Superintendent of schools asked for a recommendation from DOH of Game Plan/Navigator abstinence curricula in January. DOH responded by disregarding a "do recommend" review by its Abstinence Education Advisory Committee and allowing a member of the APS board to give his opinion about a committee which will evaluate those same materials, a second curriculum review committee established to "redo" the work of the first committee.
Some members of the committee have previously been working against these curricula prior to their appointment. Best Choice Educational Services in Albuquerque spoke to over 11,000 teens last year in the Albuquerque metro area, and other private condom-promoting organizations that are headquartered in Albuquerque want to end this dominant position and create conditions there which will discredit Best Choice and establish a climate favorable only to condom-based instruction. The Albuquerque School Board and Superintendent are complicit in this plan by refusing to exercise leadership in promoting their own policy that requires that abstinence be stressed in sexuality education instruction. Unfortunately, as Albuquerque goes so may the rest of the New Mexico communities follow that are currently promoting abstinence instruction among their youth. The New Mexico Abstinence Education Coalition is actively involved in efforts to protect abstinence education throughout our entire state. Please join us in this work by visiting our website to see how you can contribute (www.nmaec.org).
Head to Toe Conference on March 29-30-Despite a letter of complaint from NMAEC on January 21 and a phone call to Secretary Michelle Grisham, the Secretary chose to ignore all but one of the requests made to change session # 31 by Dr. Bruce Trigg entitled "When Abstinence Fails...." The offensive title was dropped, but he was allowed complete freedom to discredit and mischaracterize abstinence programs and to mislead conference attendees even though he is not familiar with all abstinence curricula used in NM and has never attended an abstinence educational presentation. The NM Grads organization was denied a spot on the conference agenda when they submitted a proposal focusing on abstinence strategies for pregnancy prevention. There were no abstinence sessions listed in the program. The conference was funded by the DOH School Health Unit and targeted school nurses, counselors, and social workers.
News Articles-The Albuquerque Journal recently ran two front page stories about this conference session. The March 31 article contains misinformation-that the Medical Review Council recommended that Best Choice Educational Services throw out its chapter on STDs. Best Choice's program, Make the Best Choice, is funded by a SPRANS grant and has never been reviewed by the Medical Review Council. They use this program in high schools and Game Plan in mid schools. Best Choice has never been instructed to modify its STD presentation because of a recommendation from the Medical Review Council.
In the April 1 article, Deborah Davis' statement that Gloria Bonner, the department's abstinence education program coordinator, also gave a presentation at the health conference this week, neglected to mention that this presentation was a panel discussion entitled "Sex in the County: New Mexico's Teens" and did not address abstinence specifically but rather gave statistics about chlamydia infection rates around the state and the location of teen pregnancy prevention sites, etc. Secretary Grisham is still perpetuating the myth that when "she ordered a review of some materials of abstinence educators...the review did find inaccurate information about STDs." Project Reality materials are the only ones with a completed review (the DOH Abstinence Education Advisory Committee), and all statements of fact in those materials were verified by independent sources (such as peer reviewed journals, etc.). In other words, no "inaccurate information" was noted. Even though Grisham's promise to "re-evaluate if (Trigg) was properly representing the department" sounds encouraging, it remains to be seen whether such an evaluation will reveal that he has completely mischaracterized abstinence programs funded by Title V and whether there will be any consequences for that.
Inspection of Records-NMAEC is inspecting records from the Department of Health. So far, a casual inspection reveals that the condom-based programs are not held to the same standards as the abstinence programs. Also there is no evaluation of these programs that shows that they have lowered teen pregnancy/birth/STD rates in New Mexico.
Petitions-Several groups and individuals around the state have sent in petitions to the Governor and the Secretary of Health supporting abstinence until marriage education and asking that the Secretary use Title V funds according to federal law. About 165 signatures were sent to the Governor along with a letter to him from NMAEC letting him know how the Secretary has suggested violating the law and asking him to direct her to use the funds as the law demands. He was told that the Administration for Children and Families (the administrator of Title V funds) was contacted; ACF responded that her proposals are "against the law." If you have not yet done so, please send in your petitions to both the Secretary and the Governor. If you have time, please attach a cover letter with them. Petitions are still available on the website: www.nmaec.org."
Will the Legislative branch hold the Executive branch accountable? Will the hierarchy of government established by Moses be effective? You can contact Heather Wilson by email or phone: 346-6781. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing." Edmund Burke
Las Cruces Wings Prison Party April 23
The first Wings Party at the Las Cruces Prison will be held on April 23. I need to know ASAP if you plan on being on the team. I will do a training for volunteers in Las Cruces on Monday, April 18, from 6:30 - 8:30 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 518 N. Alameda. 522-5121. Wings volunteers wear T-shirts into the prisons. T-shirts will be available for $10. Please let me know if this is a burden for you and we can work something out. Please invite members of your church, your church youth group, and your family to participate in this exciting ministry. Young people age 11 and older will be allowed to participate as long as they are an active member of their church AND they attend the Wings training.
Please email this message to others and I hope to see you in Las Cruces on April 18 and April 23. If you have been on a former Wings prison team, you do NOT need to attend a training, but please let me know you plan to be on the team. I will email you specific instructions about this party. People will car pool from Albuquerque on April 23, and if you are coming from other areas in the state, we will try to arrange car pooling for you too.
In His love and service,
Ann Edenfield, 291-6412
Wings Ministry Executive Director/Founder
NM Legislative Session 2005
Bills signed or vetoed by Gov Richardson. There are a number of bills with significant impact that warrant further attention in future issues of Principles CINews. Education continues to be a key area of attention. The Governor continues to exercise more and more control over education. If you win the hearts and minds of this generation, you control the next.
NM State Constitution, Art IV, Sec. 22. [Governor's approval or veto of bills.] Every bill passed by the legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor for approval. If he approves, he shall sign it, and deposit it with the secretary of state; otherwise, he shall return it to the house in which it originated, with his objections, which shall be entered at large upon the journal; and such bill shall not become a law unless thereafter approved by two-thirds of the members present and voting in each house by yea and nay vote entered upon its journal. Any bill not returned by the governor within three days, Sundays excepted, after being presented to him, shall become a law, whether signed by him or not, unless the legislature by adjournment prevent such return. Every bill presented to the governor during the last three days of the session shall be approved by him within twenty days after the adjournment and shall be by him immediately deposited with the secretary of state. Unless so approved and signed by him such bill shall not become a law. The governor may in like manner approve or disapprove any part or parts, item or items, of any bill appropriating money, and such parts or items approved shall become a law, and such as are disapproved shall be void unless passed over his veto, as herein provided. (As amended September 15, 1953.)
All bills are signed unless otherwise indicated. Memorials and resolutions do not require the Governor's approval.
Marriage & Family
HB335 Health Coverage for Unmarried Dependents. Richardson and majority of House and Senate declare marriage is irrelevant to life in NM. Do you want your tax dollars supporting relationships destructive to society? Vote for a definition of marriage NM Constitutional Amendment in 2006.
HB56 NO ACTION - CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT JUDGEMENT CHANGES
HB97 FAMILY PRESERVATION ACT
HB165 SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
HB410 INCOME TAX EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN TAXPAYERS
HB484 INCOME TAX CONTRIBUTION TO NATIONAL GUARD
HB555 CRIME VICTIM RESTITUTION AS PERMISSIBLE LIEN
HJM92 CHILD ABUSE ISSUES STUDY (homosexual parents)
SB589 FAMILY, INFANT, TODDLER PROGRAM INSURANCE
SB838 UNIFORM INTERSTATE FAMILY SUPPORT ACT
SB920 NO ACTION - UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR MILITARY RELOCATION
HB684 GAMBLING ADDICTION STUDY INCLUDING SUICIDE
SB973 VETOED - EXPAND NM LOTTERY GAMES
SJM50 NEEDS OF GRANDCHILDREN RAISED BY GRANDPARENTS
SB410 VETOED - Teach Effects of Alcohol & Drugs in Schools. Similar to abstinence education, informed consent, and intelligent design, the liberal establishment is opposed to providing youth with information about consequences and alternatives. House and Senate can override the Governor's veto.
HB139 NM HISTORY FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL GRADUATION
HB149 EXPAND MUSEUM BOARD OF REGENTS MEMBERSHIP
HB218 PUBLIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT DIVISIONS
HB268 CREATE NEW MEXICO GOVERNMENT EDUCATION FUND
HB275 PROHIBIT ALCOHOL ON SCHOOL PREMISES
HB337 PRE-KINDERGARTEN ACT Will reduce attendance at private day care centers. Will prohibit religious teaching. NM Legislators and Governor have betrayed the private day care businesses of NM.
HB382 ELECTRONIC RECORDING OF CUSTODIAL INTERVIEWS
HB510 CHARTER SCHOOL STANDARDS
HB745 HIGHER EDUCATION AS CABINET DEPARTMENT (Governor grabs for more control)
SB138 CORE SCHOOL CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK
SB435 CHILDREN'S CABINET ACT
SB582 [Prohibit] DENIAL OF COLLEGE BENEFITS TO IMMIGRANTS (see article below)
SB789 PROGRAM UNITS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
SJM74 LOTTERY SCHOLARSHIP STUDY COMMITTEE
SJM24 IMPROVE EDUCATION & STATE PARKS RELATIONSHIP
SJM25 "NEW MEXICO APPRENTICESHIP DAY"
SJM26 SHAKESPEARE GHOST TOWN AS STATE PARK
SJM29 EXAMINE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULA
SJM61 SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAMS IN ALL SCHOOLS
HJM23 CONTINUE TASK FORCE TO END HUNGER EFFORTS
Health & Safety
SB313 HIV & AIDS Commission; SB314 HIV & AIDS Act. Watch for greater taxpayer funded distribution of and information on condoms. NM DOH already hostile toward abstinence for marriage education. Highest incidence of HIV & AIDS in homosexual, multiple partner, and drug user behavior.
HB259 Native American representatives from a pueblo, an Apache tribe, the Navajo Nation and an urban Native American population for assessment of mental illness and substance abuse programs in NM.
SB157 NO ACTION - NATIVE AMERICAN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH COMMITTEE
HB183 PROTECTION OF GENETIC PRIVACY
HB282 INTERLOCKS FOR ALL DWI OFFENDERS
SB109 INTERLOCKS FOR JUVENILE DWI OFFENDERS
HB314 COUNSELING & THERAPY LICENSES & PRACTICE
HB440 MEDICAL PERSONNEL TO DOCUMENT DOMESTIC ABUSE (Planned Parenthood abortion clinics and under age girls)
HB477 MANDATE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS SCREENING
SB497 BITTERING AGENT IN ANTIFREEZE (animal protection)
HB613 NO ACTION - ALLOW EMERGENCY PRESCRIPTIVE DISPENSING
HB697 NO ACTION - THERAPEUTIC INTERCHANGE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
HB713 DISTRIBUTION OF RAPE DRUGS (morning after pill)
HB727 PAIN MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT CONDITIONS
HB828 AMBER ALERTS AS CELL PHONE TEXT MESSAGES
HB891 VETOED - CREATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY (Governor created this by executive order. Why did the legislative branch pass a bill? Has the Governor exceeded his authority?)
SB432 DANGEROUS DOG ACT
SB689 PRESCRIPTION DRUG DISCOUNT CARD PROGRAM (benefit to low-income elderly)
SB720 ELECTRONIC IDENTITY THEFT
SJM2 STUDY WAYS TO IMPROVE HEALTH OF YOUTH (watch out for "safe sex" programs)
SJM30 STUDY ESTABLISHING OFFICE OF WOMEN'S HEALTH (more abortion)
HB901 ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIPS
HB977 OBSERVANCE OF AMERICAN INDIAN DAY
HJM26 "CULTURAL & ETHNIC HERITAGE DAY"
HJM36 FIRST SATURDAY IN AUGUST AS "YOUTH DAY"
SJM49 "YOUTH DAY"
SB108 NO ACTION -SET PRIMARY ELECTION DATE
SB678 THIRD-PARTY ELECTION REGISTRATION AGENTS
SJM28 "RONALD REAGAN DAY" AT THE LEGISLATURE
SJM34 "COLONIAS DAY"
SJM58 "LOVE & SUPPORT YOUR LEGISLATOR DAY"
SJR10 PROTECTION OF RIGHT TO OWN PROPERTY, CA (see article below)
Repeals Art 2, Sec 22 of the NM Constitution
Sec. 22. [Alien landownership.] Until otherwise provided by law no alien, ineligible to citizenship under the laws of the United States, or corporation, copartnership or association, a majority of the stock or interest in which is owned or held by such aliens, shall acquire title, leasehold or other interest in or to real estate in New Mexico. (As amended September 20, 1921.) Why were aliens prohibited from buying land in NM at one time?
All bills can be viewed from http://legis.state.nm.us/BillFinder.asp.
When is Illegal not Illegal?
When is a door not a door. When it is a jar. So goes the age-old riddle. So can we give something a different name to change it from illegal to legal? Apparently we can. Side by side on page E3 of the Apr 9 Abq Journal, are two articles with opposite conclusions.
"Richardson Oks in-state tuition for illegal immigrants." The short title of SB582 at first looks consistent with federal law - "Denial of College Benefits to Immigrants." However, the full title of SB582 tells the real story - "Prohibiting Denial of Admission or Eligibility for Education Benefits on Account of Immigration Status."
"US deports 39 illegal immigrants; Group Found in Las Cruces Motel."
So do we give illegal immigrants tuition or do we deport them? If they're found on campus, give them tuition. If they're found in a motel, deport them. Sounds something like the twisted logic of abortion. If you kill a baby outside the womb, it's illegal murder. If you kill a baby inside the womb, it's legal abortion. When is illegal, not illegal? When the King says it is not (and we let him get away with it).
How far do we go in catering to people who do not learn the language of the land? In how many other countries could you sue if they didn't talk to you in your own language? "UNMH Sued Over Interpreters," Abq Journal, Apr 9, pg E1, reports "After working with the [UNM] hospital for eight years, the groups took the measure of last resort by filing a civil rights lawsuit claiming discrimination that results in unequal health care to non-English speaking people."
What are Biblical principles for a national language? God scattered the languages at Babel. Nations with unique language groups were established at the scattering of languages. Rom 13:1 says "there is no authority but of God; the authorities that exist are ordained by God." Nations have personalities and language is one of them. Citizens could vote for a multi-lingual government, but would it be in their best interest? Consider the implications of Matt 12:25 "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Language is divisive and costly.
Bottom line: should the public be required to fund interpreters for non-English speaking patients? We'd like to hear your views on this issue and your understanding of the application of Scripture in this area. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biblical Principle of Property, SJR10
Principles asked Stephen McDowell of Providence Foundation about the Biblical principle for citizen ownership of property. Few are aware that the meaning of the statement in the Declaration of Independence "pursuit of happiness" has to do with personal property. For some reason the NM Constitution has prohibited alien ownership of land. SJR10 will cause a public vote on a constitutional amendment to rescind Art 2, Sec 22 of the NM Constitution. Please give this some careful thought since you'll be voting on it as a NM Constitutional Amendment. Wonder what was the original purpose of Art 2, Sec 22. What would be the application of the principle of property in this situation?
Sec. 22. [Alien landownership.] Until otherwise provided by law no alien, ineligible to citizenship under the laws of the United States, or corporation, copartnership or association, a majority of the stock or interest in which is owned or held by such aliens, shall acquire title, leasehold or other interest in or to real estate in New Mexico. (As amended September 20, 1921.)
"Mark: quick response, without getting Scriptural references, etc., to your inquiry. For the covenant nation of Israel, and according to God's law for them, there were requirements that had to be met for people to benefit from membership in the covenant community. That is, while all foreigners living in Israel were protected under the laws of God, they did not all have access to the same benefits as covenant members (though foreigners could enter into covenant membership if they met certain conditions). Property rights applied to covenant members. Applying these Biblical principles, early Americans (certainly in colonial period; I do not know about in New Mexico [their laws may be rooted in their history, not wanting Mexico to regain control of this land that once belonged to them]) required any new people wanting to gain membership into their community to meet certain requirements. Meeting some requirements for membership is certainly Biblical. You should not get all the benefits of membership without meeting all the requirements."
Providence Foundation, 434-978-4535
PO Box 6759, Charlottesville, VA 22906
Wear Red on Fridays to Show Support for our Troops
from Pam Wolfe
This came to me via the families of some troops currently serving in Iraq. I think it is worth sharing. You will soon see a lot of people wearing Red on Fridays. The Americans who support our troops, are the silent majority. We are not "organized" to reflect who we are, or to reflect what our opinions are. Many Americans would like to start a grassroots movement using the membership of the Special Operations Association, Special Forces Associations, and all their friends, simply to recognize that Americans support our troops. Our idea of showing our solidarity and support for our troops is that every red-blooded American who supports our young men and women, WEAR SOMETHING RED on Fridays. Support our troops. We live in the land of the free because of the brave. For us, their blood runs red. God has truly blessed America.
Obscenity, Art, or Advertising?
Do you remember when our TV sets asked us which of two carefully coiffured models sported the real hair color? The answer, of course, was "Only her hairdresser knows for sure." Abq City Ordinance, Chap 11 (Morals & Conduct), Art 6 (Obscene Material), Sec 4 (Definitions), includes a four part definition of public obscenity. Does public nudity qualify as obscenity? The city says no. A letter from Abq City Councilor, Martin Heinrich, says the City cannot enforce the obscenity ordinance for public nudity at 3122 Central SE because (1) nudity is not sexual and (2) nudity is not violent. He also said the definition was established by the US Supreme Court and therefore cannot be changed. This may be more intimidation than factual.
The definition also refers to the average or reasonable person. It's a shame when public opinion determines morality instead of a standard. The ONLY reason humans are required to wear clothes is found in Genesis chapter three. Without this Judeo-Christian foundational principle, public decency is determined by public opinion. Is there enough Judeo-Christian influence left in our culture to stop public nudity or are we on an irrecoverable slide into a modern day Sodom & Gomorrah? If not, you can expect more nudity in public "art" and advertising.
The law is not even consistent. Abq City Ordinance Chap 11, Art 8, Sec 2 prohibits any kind of public nudity. Businesses are prohibited from displaying and selling nude magazines to children. Yet at 3122 Central SE, children are allowed to see nudity every day. If you disagree with the City's position on this issue, please contact Martin Heinrich or your City Councilor at 768-3100. A list of City Council email addresses is available at www.cabq.gov/council.
Is it obscenity, art, or advertising? Only the Bible knows for sure.
Iraqi Constitution Part IV
We examine the Iraqi Constitution for several reasons:
(1) It closely parallels the US Constitution
(2) Americans helped author the Iraqi Constitution
(3) The success of Iraq depends on its fundamental principles
CHAPTER TWO - FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
The individual has the right to security, education, health care, and social security. The Iraqi State and its governmental units, including the federal government, the regions, governorates, municipalities, and local administrations, within the limits of their resources and with due regard to other vital needs, shall strive to provide prosperity and employment opportunities to the people. [Notably missing is the Protestant work ethic. "If any would not work, neither should he eat." II Thess 3:10 Will Iraq become a socialist culture?]
(B) Police, investigators, or other governmental authorities may not violate the sanctity of private residences, [this is the principle of property described in article above] whether these authorities belong to the federal or regional governments, governorates, municipalities, or local administrations, unless a judge or investigating magistrate has issued a search warrant in accordance with applicable law on the basis of information provided by a sworn individual who knew that bearing false witness would render him liable to punishment. Extreme exigent circumstances, as determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, may justify a warrantless search, but such exigencies shall be narrowly construed. In the event that a warrantless search is carried out in the absence of an extreme exigent circumstance, the evidence so seized, and any other evidence found derivatively from such search, shall be inadmissible in connection with a criminal charge, unless the court determines that the person who carried out the warrantless search believed reasonably and in good faith that the search was in accordance with the law. [search & seizure]
"I've always felt that the executives in the entertainment industry are completely out of touch with the culture of most Americans. They're disconnected from the nation's character and religion." Gavin Polone, Executive Producer of Revelations, 9 Apr 05, Abq Journal
Marriage Protection Amendment
Eliminate no-fault divorce
Stop National ID Database
Ten Commandments in Public Places
Prayer in Public Schools
Hoax - Dr James Dobson is not involved with any petition against the FCC for prohibiting Bible reading on the air.
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