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Atheist Group Attacks Schools in Tennessee, Mississippi Over Prayer at Athletic Events

Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on August 22, 2012

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has gained its reputation (and a tidy living for its employees) by suing school districts and municipalities over public prayer, has chosen schools in Mississippi and Tennessee as its latest targets. According to the Mississippi Press website, the Wisconsin-based atheist group has threatened all 151 Mississippi school superintendents with lawsuits if they allow prayer over public address systems during school football games. Last September the FFRF targeted Mississippi’s Jackson County school district over its inclusion of prayer at athletic and other school events, prompting the district to redouble its efforts to protect the free-speech guarantees of its students.

The Mississippi Press reported that in its letter to the superintendents, the FFRF “cited a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court case involving Santa Fe schools in which judges ruled that a policy permitting student-led and student-initiated prayer at public high school football games and other public school-sponsored events violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment.” The report noted that in an effort to address the continued FFRF assault on students in the state, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed the “Schoolchildren’s Religious Liberties Act,” which stipulates that each school district must treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint in the same manner that it treats his or her expression of a secular opinion. In addition, students must have the freedom to organize prayer groups, Bible studies, faith-based clubs, and other religious gatherings, and each school must establish policies for public forums that allow student speakers to express religious viewpoints at school events.

J.D Simpson, executive director of First Priority, a Christian ministry that reaches out to students in public and private schools, said that the issue boils down to First Amendment freedoms. “You can take away the microphone,” he said, “but you can’t take away our mouth. We still have the freedom of speech.”

According to one local television station reporting on the issue, a number of Mississippi school districts have substituted a moment of silence for official school-sponsored prayer at football games in the coming weeks. But some local pastors have taken the initiative to organize grassroots prayers at games. One of those pastors, Jim Burnett of Willow Pointe Church in Oak Grove, Mississippi, has organized with several other local pastors to have their congregations show up at games and recite the Lord’s Prayer aloud. “It’s very unsettling for society to make such threats and push God out of what He created,” Burnett said. “We are running a spiritual fever. We are sick. We are just morally getting farther and farther away from were we started.”

Meanwhile, in Tennessee the FFRF has targeted the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC), demanding that it put a halt to prayers before its home football games. According to the Associated Press, the atheist group sent a letter May 15 to the university’s chancellor, Roger Brown, warning the university that it must halt what FFRF spokesperson Annie Laurie Gaylor described as “unlawful university sponsorship of Christian prayer.”

The Chattanooga Times-Free Press reported that following receipt of the letter, UTC officials decided to allow the prayers to continue, prompting a follow-up letter from Gaylor. “Gaylor’s letter said a UTC football game attendee reported that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes delivered invocations at football games from the 2010 season until now,” reported the Chattanooga paper. The FFRF’s chief atheist informed the school: “It is our information and understanding that these prayers conclude with a reference to praying in the name of Jesus Christ.”

After dutifully citing the supposed legal precedents for demanding that the school cease its reverence for God, Gaylor pulled out her own copy of Scripture, challenging the UTC officials that “those who are not impressed by constitutional dictates might perhaps open their Bibles and peruse the Sermon on the Mount.” She then quoted Christ’s words from Matthew 6:5-6, to try to build a case that praying in public equals the sin of hypocrisy.

The FFRF also recruited some home-grown UTC atheists in an attempt to browbeat the university officials into obeying the group’s demands. “This is definitely an issue where religious minorities feel excluded because of the explicitly and only Christian nature of these prayers,” insisted UTC student Bryan Barkley of the university’s Secular Student Alliance, reading from the FFRF’s own talking points for the case. “We encourage anyone to call and just let [the UTC officials] know how they feel.”

A spokesman for UTC’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) insisted that it has provided the prayers for the school’s football games at the invitation of the school. “We’ve never pushed that or to do that,” said Jay Fowler, FCA’s director at the university. “We’re very thankful that we’ve had that opportunity. If the university continues to ask us to do [the prayers], we will be happy to.”

According to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, UTC officials are deciding how to respond to the FFRF’s threats.

Courtesy of  http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/faith-and-morals/item/12539-atheist-group-attacks-schools-in-tennessee-mississippi-over-prayer-at-athletic-events

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NBC’s ‘New Normal’ Gay Adoption Show Seeking to Further Redefine Marriage

Posted by goodnessofgod2010 on August 20, 2012

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Hollywood is once again promoting its own redefinition of marriage to society.

As more and more shows seek to take aim at promoting anti-Christian values, NBC has now entered the fray with “The New Normal”, a shows about a gay male couple who seek to adopt a baby and the single mom, who out of desperation for money chooses to be a surrogate mother for them. In addition to promoting homosexuality and gay marriage it also seeks to highlight abortion and the “dilemma” having an unwanted child can be. All this is just another step toward society’s rebellion against God and Biblical principles.
The show created by Ryan Murphy who is the creator and producer of the show Glee, which has promoted homosexuality among teenagers in graphic fashion and devoted an episode to mocking the Bible, is not hiding its stance that all morals and principles about the family should be thrown out of the window. As the show’s website states:

These days, families come in all forms – single dads, double moms, sperm donors, egg donors, one-night-stand donors… It’s 2012 and anything goes.
Bryan and David are a Beverly Hills couple and they have it all. Well, almost. With successful careers and a committed and loving partnership, the one thing missing is a baby. And just when they think the stars will never align, enter Goldie, an extraordinary young woman with a checkered past. A Midwestern waitress and single mother looking to escape her dead-end life and small-minded grandmother, Goldie decides to change everything and move to L.A. with her precocious eight-year-old daughter. Desperate and broke – but also fertile – Goldie quickly becomes the guys’ surrogate and quite possibly the girl of their dreams. Surrogate mother, surrogate family.

The idea that “anything goes” is a rallying cry for society as it seeks to remove any and all Godly principles and erase the idea of sin and immorality. The Bible prophesied that this would be the ultimate direction of the world:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. — Psalm 2:1-3

There is a great deal of rage against God in the unbelieving world. And why? Because of the desire to remove the “bands and cords” of The Lord, which are His laws declaring what is sinful. Homosexuality is a sin in the Bible and God, who invented marriage, intended it to be between one man and one woman, forever. As Jesus Christ stated:

But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. — Mark 10:6-9.

Jesus is God in the flesh. He is also The Word. So all scriptures are His Words. God said in Leviticus: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Leviticus 18:22. Jesus said “I and my Father are one.” So there is no separating God the Father’s Statements from Jesus Christ. And homosexuality is clearly a sin.

But instead of having an objective moral authority, which God has provided with the Bible, many in the gay rights movement have decided to make their own determination of right and wrong, replacing God’s order with their own designs.

In the city of Sodom, sexual morality was done away with. It was the “anything goes” society of the ancient world. And when Lot, the nephew of the Israelite patriarch Abraham and a God-fearing man, received two angels at his home as guests, the men of Sodom wasted no time revealing their agenda:

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. – Genesis 19:4-7.

Notice that in this passage that all the men of the city, young and old came together to perform illicit acts together with the male angels. Additionally, they were so brazen they wanted to do them publicly. This is the result of making your own morals and declaring things to be good that were once considered sin. It was just an open homosexual society with no boundaries. And this happens when people are willing to reject God’s ways for their own. If men can be with men, why not men and children? This is clearly going to be the next battleground as schools continue to promote sexual behavior to children as young as 5 in “sex-ed” classes. Larry Brinkin, an iconic gay rights activist who coined the term “domestic partner” was recently arrested for storing child pornography with children as young as 1-year-old. If anything goes, who is to say that this behavior or his alleged desire is wrong?

Such was the state of Sodom where there were clearly moral standards for intimacy being followed. What those men at Lot’s house did not know was that the two angels were coming to remove Lot and his family just before God would rain down destruction on Sodom and the city of Gomorrah destroying them forever with fire and brimstone, a foreshadow of the judgment we all face for sinful rebellion against God:

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. – Jude 1:7.

The Obama Effect: New Normalization of Homosexuality

Obama’s “Christian-based” support of gay marriage has given enormous momentum to the movement.

Certainly much of the momentum towards “the new Normal” was the announcement of the support for same-sex marriage by President Barak Obama. Obama, dubbed the “America’s First Gay President” by Newsweek Magazine, made history in announcing support for gay marriage and provided unprecedented legitimacy and momentum to those who want to change the definition of marriage. The President showed even more of the desire to throw off God’s and cords when he said it was his Christian faith that inspired him:

“This is something that, you know, we’ve talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do. And that is that, in the end the values that I care most deeply about and she cares most deeply about is how we treat other people and, I, you know, we are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others.

But, you know, when we think about our faith, the thing at root that we think about is, not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated. And I think that’s what we try to impart to our kids and that’s what motivates me as president and I figure the most consistent I can be in being true to those precepts, the better I’ll be as a dad and a husband and hopefully the better I’ll be as president.” (source)

Treating others the way you would want to be treated does not mean condoning the sinful rebellion of others. Obama also is a strong supporter of abortion and Planned Parenthood and has expressed that being pro-choice allows his daughters the ability to overcome the “mistake” of having a baby by aborting it, a theme the New Normal hits on as well (the unplanned daughter of the main character even asks her mother “what would you be if you didn’t have me?”)

As a “practicing Christian” the President should be aware that sin is at the root of humanity’s broken relationship with God and repentance and faith in Jesus Christ is the remedy. How can any Christian should any other person Christian love without sharing those truths?

As with the now-cancelled blasphemous ‘GCB’ show, that mocked Godly values, pray against shows like the New Normal. Additionally, pro-family group One Millions Moms, who led a successful boycott of NBC’s pornography-celebrating Playboy Club TV show (which was cancelled after just 3 weeks) is now doing a similar boycott against the New Normal.

The entertainment world is becoming more embedded in sinful rebellion by the day. And just like Sodom, Hollywood is pushing every boundary and incurring more of God’s wrath. Society will move in what directions it chooses but Christians should still feel no shame in proclaiming the Gospel of forgiveness in Jesus Christ and the joy of a life that seeks to follow God’s ways rather than throw them away. It is The Word of God that can change hearts and turn a rebellious spirit to a contrite one that seeks The Lord.

“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness..” — Joel 2:12-13.

Courtesy of   http://beginningandend.com/nbcs-new-normal-gay-adoption-show-seeking-to-further-redefine-marriage/

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