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In God We Trust

Posted by thelamp on July 31, 2006

Friday, July 28, 2006
Proclamation: 50th Anniversary Of Our National Motto
“In God We Trust,” 2006

By The President Of The United States of America

A Proclomation

On the 50th anniversary of our national motto, “In God We Trust,” we reflect on these words that guide millions of Americans, recognize the blessings of the Creator, and offer our thanks for His great gift of liberty.

From its earliest days, the United States has been a Nation of faith. During the War of 1812, as the morning light revealed that the battle-torn American flag still flew above Fort McHenry, Francis Scott Key penned, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust!'” His poem became our National Anthem, reminding generations of Americans to “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.” On July 30, 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the law officially establishing “In God We Trust” as our national motto.

Today, our country stands strong as a beacon of religious freedom. Our citizens, whatever their faith or background, worship freely and millions answer the universal call to love their neighbor and serve a cause greater than self.

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of our national motto and remember with thanksgiving God’s mercies throughout our history, we recognize a divine plan that stands above all human plans and continue to seek His will.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2006, as the 50th Anniversary of our National Motto, “In God We Trust.” I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand six, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.


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Finally, A Move for Federal School Vouchers

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 Lost amidst higher-profile news stories last week was a promising proposal to let poor children escape under-performing public schools and get the education they deserve at public expense.

Under the bill, the vouchers would go mainly to students in poor schools that have failed to meet progress goals for five consecutive years or more. Parents would get $4,000 per year to put toward private-school tuition or a public school outside their local district.

The bill isn’t likely to see action in the current session of Congress, which ends in December. It’s likely to resurface, however, in 2007, perhaps as part of the expected renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Naturally, the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, is against the idea. Its president, Reg Weaver, said the plan threatens “the basic right of every child to attend a quality public school.”

If Weaver was right, of course, there would be no need for vouchers – but he’s wrong, because the need is abundantly clear. School children and their parents should not be forced to accept an inferior education because of where they live. Parents should have an acceptable alternative for their children’s education – both for the kids’ sake and so that public schools would have the accountability that competition provides.


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ACLU Sues to Continue Gay-Baiting Protests

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

 The American Civil Liberties Union is involved in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to block a Missouri law regulating protests at funerals. Unfortunately, they’re on the wrong side of the issue – they’re supporting the rights of the protestors, not the grieving families the law protects.

The law regulates picketing and other protests near churches, funeral homes and other areas where funerals take place, from an hour before the funeral begins to an hour after it ends. It responds to the tactics of a Kansas-based church which claims that God is allowing U.S. soldiers and others to die as retribution for this nation’s tolerance of homosexuals. Several other states have similar laws, and in May President Bush signed a federal law barring protests at national cemeteries.

The ACLU is carrying water for the church on this issue, claiming that the Missouri law tries to block its free speech based on the content of its message. It wants the federal court to rule that the ban is unconstitutional.

In fact, funeral protest laws don’t prevent anyone from voicing their views, no matter how unbiblical or morally repugnant. They do, however, regulate the time, place and manner of such speech, as numerous other laws do. In this case, the law gives consideration to the families and friends of a lost loved one. They should be able to grieve in peace without interruption and harassment by a group seeking to advance its own political agenda.

It will be up to Missouri’s governor, Matt Blunt, and attorney general, Jay Nixon, to defend the civil liberties of the families this law was designed to protect.


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Now We Know Who’s For Marriage and Who Isn’t

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

It may take several more attempts to pass the federal Marriage Protection Amendment in Congress before it’s sent to the states for ratification. This summer’s votes in the House and Senate, though unsuccessful for advocates of traditional marriage, were useful because they forced every member of Congress to take a stand that many of them will have to defend before the Nov. 7 election.

The House of Representatives failed to pass their version of the MPA last week. The vote was 236 votes in favor, 187 votes against, one vote of “present” and nine Members of Congress not voting. It would have taken 282 votes in favor to approve the amendment. To find out how your Member of Congress voted on the amendment, click here.

In June, the Senate defeated a measure to cut off debate on the amendment. That vote was 49 in favor, 48 against and three not voting, with 60 votes in favor required to call for a vote on the amendment itself. A record of that vote is available here.

Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity, said the time is right for the MPA, even if Congress hasn’t gotten the message yet. “The people are ahead of their leaders on this issue,” he added. “The good news is that all of those legislators who voted against marriage will have to listen to their constituents for a few months before most of them stand for re-election. I’m praying that some of those who don’t see the need for this amendment will have their eyes opened before this issue comes to a vote again.”

When voters have had a chance to endorse marriage as the union of one man and one woman, they have done so 20 out of 20 times. This fall, six more states will vote on constitutional amendments for marriage. They are Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Here are websites for groups supporting this fall’s state marriage amendments. Click on them to learn more about the issue in your state, and to get involved in the effort to protect marriage!

Thanks for making a difference on this vital issue!


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Remember Why Israel’s Fighting

Posted by thelamp on July 27, 2006

It’s hard to imagine anyone who wants the fighting in southern Lebanon and northern Israel to continue – especially the Israeli government. As the fighting enters its third week, advocates of a cease-fire seemingly forget one important fact: Hezbollah started this war. Israel has both the right and responsibility to end it.

Now more than ever, Israel needs the righteous support of the Body of Christ in this nation. To send an e-mail to your U.S. Senators and Member of Congress in support of Israel, click here.

Last month, Pastor Rod Parsley, president & founder of the Center for Moral Clairty, presented the dynamic message “Iran & Israel: Impending Apocalypse.” It’s a timely look at the Middle East from a biblical perspective, and is available for a gift of any size to CMC.

To make an online donation to CMC and receive the DVD, click here. If you’d prefer to send a check, please download this printable response form.

Lebanon has become the unwilling site of this war. Hezbollah, an Islamic terrorist organization, initiated the conflict July 12 when it kidnapped two Israeli soldiers. Israel has spared no effort to retrieve its soldiers and incapacitate Hezbollah – and in many quarters, has been thanked by calls for a cease-fire, an action that would only give the terrorists an opportunity to regroup and plan new strategy against Israel.

Thankfully, U.S. leaders have consistently shown a clear view of the situation. President Bush, in his weekly radio address July 22, noted that Syria and Iran have been Hezbollah’s primary sponsors. He has asked Israel to do everything possible to minimize the loss of innocent lives, and Israel has responded by urging an evacuation of southern Lebanon, where Hezbollah reportedly hides its arsenal in civilian neighborhoods. Reports also state that Israel’s military will be distributing relief supplies to Lebanese citizens under the supervision of the Red Cross.

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice was headed to the Middle East at the beginning of this week. So far she’s saying all the right things about Hezbollah, not Israel, being the source of this war. CMC believes it’s important that U.S. policy continue to recognize that Israel is acting in self-defense, much the way American citizens would expect its government to respond to threats against it.

Last week, Pastor Parsley was among more than 3,500 evangelical leaders who came to Washington to speak to Congress and the U.S. Senate about Israel’s security, as part of Christians United for Israel’s inaugural summit meeting. Pastor Parsley is a national director of CUFI, which was founded earlier this year by Dr. John Hagee.

“This event was planned five months ago,” said Pastor Parsley. “It wasn’t conceived as a response to Israel’s defense against attacks by radical Islamic terrorists, but God’s sovereign timing made our meetings with Members of Congress even more effective.”

CMC urges its members and all believers to contacting their Member of Congress and U.S. Senators about the need for America to stand with Israel while it is at war. An e-mail to contact legislators is available here.

To help you better understand the conflict in the Middle East, CMC is offering a prophetic message from Pastor Rod Parsley, “Iran & Iraq: Impending Apocalypse,” for your gift of any size. Won’t you consider a generous gift to allow CMC to keep advocating for Israel’s security? Click here to make an online donation. If you’d prefer to mail a check, download this printable response form.

Thanks for your righteous action on Israel’s behalf! For more information about Christians United for Israel, a grassroots organization of evangelicals, click here.


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