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In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
He’s got the whole world in His hands …
Earth Day – it’s not about GW
It's hard to talk about climate change on the big screen without first alluding to the changing climate of Hollywood filmmaking. From Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth to the politically charged disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow, film has become a tool (occasionally a blunt, heavy one) for communicating urgent environmental warnings. Consequently, audiences tempted to drop 10 bucks on cute animals and majestic scenery are asking, "Will I be entertained or chastised?" …
Legislation not acted upon by governor was pocket vetoed on Apr 10. Vetoes are just as significant as bills signed into law since the Executive Branch is the last “check and balance.” The Governor vetoed 35 bills. http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legRpt/legactgov.aspx?year=09
A special session is rumored for sometime in Sep or Oct to readdress homosexual marriage so please sign up for alerts at www.tvacnm.com if you haven’t already. Alerts also include Congressional issues.
HB 265 NO GAS CHAMBER FOR
ANIMAL EUTHANASIA W. Ken Martinez
– HB 285, abolish death penalty – Governor signed (Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Gen 9:6). Why does preserving the lives of convicted criminals warrant worldwide attention, while millions of unborn babies are slaughtered each year?
Apr 13, 2009
Albuquerque Seminar on Cyber Stalking – Part I of II
Dialog with an Atheist – Part II of V
Conflict always provides an opportunity for dialog – if the opposing parties are willing. This legislative session was no exception, though most of the negative responses sent to CINews were just requests to unsubscribe. Thanks to those who sent positive responses of encouragement. There was a particularly fascinating dialog that developed with a willing opponent. It started with questions and ended with a verdict on religion in general – “religion is based on myth.”
“Jesus said to love your brother. PERIOD. Show me one word that Jesus spoke about this. His first command was for LOVE.
Gay people were created perfect in God's eyes. If we incorporate God's laws into our civil laws then we are no better than the Taliban and in effect, you are imposing your views on a free people. Pull the splinter out of your own eye first.” - John
Excellent! This is the debate that needs to occur between the factions.
We heard some of it on the floor of the NM Senate last Wed. The last time I heard of the Bible used on both sides like that
was in 1860 on the floor of Congress. The South argued from the Bible that slavery was ordained by God. The North argued from the Bible that slavery was an injustice. (Slavery, Sabbath, War, and Women by Swartley, 1983)
You are correct. Jesus himself never addressed the issue of homosexuality. The underlying assumption is that if Jesus did not speak to a certain behavior directly, it must not have been important. Jesus did not directly condemn incest or bestiality either. Can such practices be considered acceptable because Jesus was silent? The totality of evidence from the Hebrew Bible and the
New Testament - as well as from Jewish history and religion - demonstrates that the Scriptures unambiguously condemn homosexual acts. This divinely revealed understanding of human sexuality was deeply imbedded in the cultural and religious heritage of Jesus' day; any divergent teaching regarding marriage, family, and sexuality would have been regarded as scandalous and abhorrent. Had Jesus sanctioned homosexual behavior, one would have expected him to have explicitly stated so.
That He did not explicitly endorse homosexual behavior leads to no other conclusion than that He was fully in agreement with the Hebrew Scriptures and His Jewish heritage. Jesus, in fact, repeatedly affirmed the continuing relevance and authority of the moral law (Matt 5:17-18). The burden of proof falls on those who desire to show otherwise. Arguments from silence are groundless.
Even as Jesus did not directly talk about homosexuality, He clearly affirmed the Genesis teaching on the nature of human sexuality. When asked about divorce, Jesus declared the marriage covenant between man and woman as an unalterable and sacred union (Matt 19:4-6).
Jesus addressed the sin of adultery with compassion. He saved the woman but said "go and sin no more." (John 8:11) Love is not ignoring sin, but dealing with it. If love is based on feelings alone, then men who love to have sex with children, animals, dead people, close relatives, or many partners cannot be wrong or sinful.
I don't remember anything about homosexual behavior in the Garden of Eden (perfect creation) before the fall. Please refresh my memory on Genesis or is it silent? Perhaps we could assume that as soon as Adam and Eve had some children that they had sexual relations with them so they could fulfill their perfect homosexual desires that God had created within them [sarcasm]. Are you
suggesting there were children in the Garden of Eden? Again, the Bible is silent.
What is the basis for civil law? Is it majority? Then let the majority decide if homosexual marriage is right. Based on recent polls, a majority of people still support traditional marriage. California Votes Yes on Prop 8 http://www.protectmarriage.com/
Is it Biblical morality? We must carefully consider why we are changing our laws if we deviate from Biblical moral standards. Homosexuals are demanding the repeal of the First Amendment. They are demanding that conservatives set aside their religious convictions and endorse behavior that is an abomination unto God. They want to impose their views on a free people (to use your
words). They want to force photographers to photograph homosexual unions. They want to force taxpayers to pay for homosexual partner benefits. They want to force churches to stop preaching "hate speech" against homosexuality. They want to force taxpayers to fund research for a disease predominantly contracted by homosexuals and drug users.
The Taliban? Sodomy was decriminalized over a decade ago in every state. The Taliban kills homosexuals. Homosexuals are free to behave however they wish in the privacy of their own homes. Homosexuals are free to visit churches, experience the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and repent of their sinful behavior. They are free to engage counseling ministries to help them stop homosexual behavior (www.exodus-international.org). Does one "love" an alcoholic by encouraging his behavior? They should not be free to recruit children, adopt children, or be afforded the religious, social status of "marriage." That, my friend, is LOVE.
Jesus loved the woman who committed adultery enough to tell her not to do it any more.
Mat 18:6 - But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Origins Education – The NM Legislature is warming up to the idea of more than one “scientific” theory of origins since none of them can be proven with the scientific method. An updated copy of the NM Controversial Science Topics Education Bill has been posted on the website below. We have also added a page on science information that presently consists of four videos. They come from the Exploring Evolution and Icons of Evolution videos. More information will be added as we get permission to use it. Please check it out and tell your friends. Mike Edenburn www.originseducation.org
Life Envelope Project Update (formerly “Red Envelope Project”) - The original e-mail letter turned into a couple different websites supporting the project with hundreds of thousands of visitors. There was a day setup for Red Envelopes to be sent and we have received word from the White House mailroom that over 2 million envelopes were delivered after the March 31st Red Envelope Day! In an effort to keep the movement alive and going we have transferred the website into the LIFE Envelope Project to avoid a potential trademark problem. We are also looking to expand the project to send not just red envelopes but also baby blue (to represent an aborted baby boy), pink (to represent an aborted baby girl), and traditional white with red, pink, or blue writing (for ease of getting an envelope). It's now easier than ever to send the message on to our president, senators, representatives, and judges! www.redenvelopeproject.org
Ends Justifies the Means? – President Barack Obama’s Department of Education sat on a report chronicling the success of a school vouchers program until after Congress had voted not to continue the program. That’s the report from Deroy Murdock, a media fellow with the Hoover Institution, who exposes the subterfuge in an article published by National Review Online. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program allows 1,714 children — 90 percent of them black and 9 percent Hispanic — to receive up to $7,500 to attend a private or parochial school instead of a public school in the District of Columbia, which is widely believed to have one of the nation’s most troubled school districts. Since the program’s launch in 2004, 7,852 students have applied for these grants, and participants have been chosen by lottery. Obama — who said last year that “you do what works for the kids” — did not intervene as Congress scheduled the program’s end after the 2009-2010 academic year. “Now it emerges that Obama’s Department of Education possessed peer-reviewed, congressionally mandated, federally financed research proving this program’s success,” Murdock writes. “Though it demonstrates ‘what works for the kids,’ DOE hid this study until Congress squelched these children’s dreams.” An amendment in the Senate to rescue the vouchers program failed on March 10 by a vote of 39 to 58. The DOE finally released the report on April 3. Even then, DOE researchers were reportedly barred from discussing their findings. “You’d think we were talking about nuclear secrets, not about a taxpayer-funded pilot program,” An April 5 editorial in The Wall Street Journal reported. During the March 10 vote, 57 Democrats voted and 54 of them opposed the vouchers program. Why? Murdock suggested, “Follow the money,” and he pointed out that teachers’ unions shelled out $55,794,000 in political donations between 1999 and 2008, with 96 percent of the funds going to Democrats. The “winners” in the Senate vote, he added, are “the teachers’ unions, who hate school choice, hate vouchers, and don’t give a … about school kids when they threaten union pay, benefits, and control of classrooms.”
National Day of Prayer – May 7 – http://www.ndptf.org/home/index.cfm
- prayer guide download – http://www.ndptf.org/catalog/detail.cfm?Prod_ID=421&series=2&brand=27
- all NDP downloads - http://www.ndptf.org/catalog/index.cfm?brand=27
Albuquerque Mayor and City Council Election – Oct 6
- voter guides in work
- voter registration ends Sep 6
- absentee and early voting throughout Sep
Center for Traditional Family Values NM - http://www.traditionalvaluesnm.org
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