CINews – Oct 2009
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A Governor’s proclamation declares Nov 8-14 as Christian Heritage Week this year. The kick-off event is the Christian Heritage Speech Competition on Sat, Nov 7. Wed, Nov 4, is the deadline for registrations. Please join us in celebrating America’s Christian Heritage.
Worth celebrating? Some think not. Some would rather celebrate “Indigenous Day,” claiming the story of Columbus is a myth. Sounds typical of liberals these days who claim the Bible, creation, Noah’s flood, Jesus, and the Holocaust were mythical. So also would they claim our Christian Heritage is not true. However, the Bible and the Gospel were primary motivators for Christian explorers and settlers. Though not perfect (as none of us are), they believed the Bible and the Gospel would change the world. And so it did. Let their quotes speak for themselves.
Fundamentally, the battle is between a Christian world view and a humanistic worldview. To properly understand Columbus and others involved in the discovery and colonization of the Americas, we must view them in light of the world in which they lived. While Columbus had many shortcomings, his motives were most certainly Christian. Washington Irving writes of Christopher Columbus: "He was devoutly pious: religion mingled with the whole course of his thoughts and actions, and shone forth in his most private and unstudied writings. Whenever he made any great discovery, he celebrated it by solemn thanks to God. The voice of prayer and melody of praise rose from his ships when they first beheld the New World, and his first action on landing was to prostrate himself upon the earth and return thanksgivings. Every evening the Salve Regina and other vesper hymns were chanted by his crew, and masses were performed in the beautiful groves bordering the wild shores of this heathen land. All his great enterprises were undertaken in the name of the Holy Trinity, and he partook of the communion previous to embarkation. He was a firm believer in the efficacy of vows and penances and pilgrimages, and resorted to them in times of difficulty and danger. The religion thus deeply seated in his soul diffused a sober dignity and benign composure over his whole demeanor. His language was pure and guarded, and free from all imprecations, oaths and other irreverent expressions."1
Are all religions equal? Jesus didn’t think so. "I am the way, the truth, and the life!" Jesus answered. "Without me, no one can go to the Father. If you had known me, you would have known the Father. But from now on, you do know him, and you have seen him." Joh 14:6-7
Please keep Abq Mayor Elect Richard Berry and City Council members in your prayers.
Bonds were approved so we must pay interest on they purchase (like a credit card).
City Charter propositions were approved. All propositions appeared related to resolving conflict between the Mayor and City Council.
Abstinence Education – Sep 28 Update
Debate has been pushed back on the Title V abstinence amendment because of the immensity of amendments being considered by the Senate Finance Committee, but debate will pick back up this Tuesday. This issue needs to stay front and center. More calls are needed to Senator Bingaman's office this week to reinstate abstinence education! If you've called already, call again directly to his staff member and ask how he intends to vote as a member of the committee.
Can you make the calls again today and until the vote is taken? The same people can call again, but here’s the nuance:
[Last week's script: "I am calling to urge Senator Bingaman to stand with youth in our state by voting "yes" on Senator Hatch's amendment to continue Title V abstinence education funding to states. This amendment will be offered as a part of the Senate health care reform bill. Abstinence alleviates millions of dollars in health care costs related to teen sexual activity. Can we count on Senator Bingaman's support of the Hatch Abstinence Education amendment? Thank you."]
We can't let him forget that voters in NM care about abstinence education. We need at least 100 calls to go in again this week. Please help on this important vote! Thanks!
New Mexico Abstinence Education Coalition
Witness to the children in your neighborhood. ATS offers a Light-Up-The-Night Variety Pack. A large Harvest/Halloween Variety Pack with 5 each of 12 popular Halloween tracts. (60 total tracts per pack) Don’t let the evil of Halloween get you down. Light up the Night!
JFA at UNM
Justice for All revisited UNM last week. Returning accomplishes two goals – reach those new to the campus and refresh the memory of those who have seen it before. Just as with the ignorance of the holocaust and attempts to deny it even happened, JFA visually addresses the holocaust of the unborn. This is a visual culture that structures reality based on feelings. Allied soldiers marching into concentration camps could hardly believe the horror of what had been happening for years, right under the noses of German citizens. So too is the holocaust of the unborn occurring behind closed doors of clinics and hospitals. Pictures from the Nazi holocaust informed people around the world of its reality. “Humanity of the baby” is the fundamental principle challenging abortion and ignored or denied in every assault on pro-life efforts. Notice, the Daily Lobo did not print any of the abortion photos … or pictures of unborn babies. The knowledge of what we kill influences what we allow to live or die. There is a TV commercial where a couple youth in a car come upon a figure in the road and debate what it is. After a few seconds, they decide they don’t care … and hit the figure.
A Special Session of the NM Legislature will begin on Saturday 10/17 at noon. It will focus exclusively on the state’s financial deficit of $500M. Prior to the session’s commencement, from 10-10:30 AM, the Santa Fe Tea Party organization will hold a press conference inside the Roundhouse. Marita Noon from Citizens for Responsible Energy and Paul Gessing from the Rio
Grande Foundation are scheduled to speak. As more information becomes available, updates will be provided. Outside the capitol, supporters will line the street with signs encouraging fiscal responsibility. From 12:00-12:15 PM, Equality NM will attempt to circle the Roundhouse with supporters, forming an “engagement ring” to remind the NM Legislature of their desire for same-sex marriage in NM. Gov. Richardson has promised the January 2010 Legislative Session will debate domestic partnership (but could occur as early as the special session). SB12 failed 17-25 on the floor of the Senate, so unless the Governor thinks he can sway some votes, the homosexual marriage bill will likely wait until the next general session.
Abq Climate Action Plan (CAP)
Following the incorporation of community input, the plan will be submitted to City Council. CAP officials stated at the last Town Hall meeting in Aug that they expected the plan to be approved and implemented by Jan 2010. The CAP cost estimate was $2B. That averages about $4K per person in Abq (pop 500,000). An impact statement in the proposal said NM will receive more rain if nothing is done. Conclusion: If one believes in the religion of global warming, implementation of the CAP will drive precipitation from NM. If one does not believe in the religion of global warming, implementation of the CAP is a waste of $2B. The CAP includes conservation initiatives (e.g., community gardening) that should be separated from the controversial theory of human contribution to global warming. The CAP also engages in name-calling (laggards) for those who do not believe in the religion of global warming.
There is not near as much agreement on the effects of green house gasses as liberals want you to believe. Just one-out-of-three voters (34%) now believe global warming is caused by human activity, the lowest finding yet in Rasmussen Reports national surveying. However, a plurality (48%) of the Political Class believes humans are to blame.
The root of the controversy appears to lie with the time-frame of measurements and how much the earth has oscillated in temperature over thousands of years. Environmentalists quibble over a few degrees in a hundred years. Weathermen cannot accurately predict a five-day forecast, nonetheless a hundred year forecast.
Obama’s promises attack the sanctity of marriage – don’t ask, DOMA, hate crimes
By CHRISTINE SIMMONS (AP), 10/10/09
Obama reaffirms will end “don't ask, don't tell”
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama reaffirmed his campaign pledge to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military in a speech Saturday, but offered no timetable or specifics for acting on that promise. … Obama also pledged during the campaign to work for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. But lawyers in his administration defended the law in a court brief. White House aides said they were only doing their jobs to back a law that was already on the books. … Obama noted new hate-crimes legislation, which would make it a federal crime to “assault” people because of their sexual orientation. Approved by the House this week, Obama predicted it would pass the Senate and promised to sign it into law.
Eye on Israel
UN Security Council calls for nuclear disarmament
Israel News, 09.24.09, 16:48
The UN Security Council, at a historic summit meeting chaired by US President Barack Obama, unanimously approved a US-drafted resolution calling on nuclear weapons states to scrap their deadly arsenals. It is the fifth time the Security Council has met at the level of heads of state since it was established in 1946 and the first time a US president has chaired a meeting of the 15-nation elite panel. (Reuters)
Asking Israel to eliminate their nuclear capability is inviting their destruction. Islam nations that threaten the destruction of Israel will not eliminate their nukes. Just one step closer to the “end of the world” (Matt 24:3, et al). http://www.tribulation.com/gogmagog.htm
Israeli theology of war. Milhemet Mitzvah is a war of self-defense, one commanded by God. If Israel determines a sufficient threat to their existence, they will not hesitate to use any means necessary to eliminate the threat. Nuclear weapons ensure their survival in a hostile world.
Strategic Trends – Struggle for Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a holy city to three faiths: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. As such, the debate over who should control the city is more than just a political one; it is a battle over which god is God, and which religion is the truth. Centuries have passed since the founding of Jerusalem and, as Scripture has predicted, it has become a stumbling block for anyone who tries to pick it up.
Hometown Hero – Porn Blockade
Though not returning phone calls (883-7676) to give us the “rest of the story,” Bill has successfully opposed efforts to advertise pornography at 2520 Juan Tabo in Albuquerque. Notice the red blockade on top of the shorter building in the picture below. It blocks the sign on the taller building behind it. This is a school area and, as you can see in the foreground, a place where a lot of children frequent. Months ago, when children were seen congregating near the windows, local neighborhood associations tried unsuccessfully to get the porn business to cover their glass windows. It doesn’t do any good to petition the porn business (that only promotes their publicity), so Bill blocked their sign. Way to go, Bill!
Ardi – Evidence for Creation
Before Lucy came Ardi, new earliest hominid found
By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, AP Science Writer Randolph E. Schmid, Ap Science Writer Thu Oct 1, 6:33 pm ET WASHINGTON – The story of humankind is reaching back another million years as scientists learn more about "Ardi," a hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. The 110-pound, 4-foot female roamed forests a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. This older skeleton reverses the common wisdom of human evolution, said anthropologist C. Owen Lovejoy of Kent State University. Rather than humans evolving from an ancient chimp-like creature, the new find provides “evidence” [interpretation of the evidence] that
IDNet – The next discussion meeting on science and evidence for design in the universe will take place October 13 from 7-9 PM in room 2405 of the UNM Law School building, The meeting will focus on the feature of the fossil record known as the Cambrian Explosion, also referred to as “Darwin’s Dilemma.” We will view and discuss the recent documentary by that name from Illustra Media. Please join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion. In addition, a brief introduction will be given of the work of Doug Axe of the Biologic Institute, our featured guest speaker for the upcoming meeting on Jan 26.
The Creation Science Fellowship of New Mexico Monthly Meeting will be Tuesday, October 20th at Faith Bible Church (Moon & Central, SE corner), 7:00 PM. This month’s Speaker will be Art Cordoba presenting his investigations on Thermodynamics as it affects Creation before and after the Fall and its effects on the time parameter. This topic is still discussed among many scientists and Creationists and how it affects the operation of the physical Universe. Everyone is welcome to attend and ask any question you always wanted to ask Science Disciplined folks, who also believe the Bible and its Genesis Account exactly as written.
Love & Respect Relationship Conference coming to the Rio West Community Church in Rio Rancho on Friday and Saturday, October 23-24.
Ray Mondragon will present a 6 hour seminar on the 3 major issues of creation science, including a good introduction, creation vs. evolution, the universal Flood vs. historical geology, and young vs. old earth. It will be directed to both a youth and adult audience, with lots of powerpoint visuals. The following are the logistics:
Location - United Bible Fellowship Church: 4012 2nd St NW (between Griegos & Candelaria)
Time - 3 Sunday evenings: Oct 25, Nov 1 & 8, from 4:00-6:00 pm
Topics - Oct 25: Does it really matter? Introduction and Importance of Creation Science
Nov 1: Is not evolution a proven fact? Creation vs. Evolution
Nov 8: How could anyone believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old?
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