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Don’t Let America Become a Disposable Society

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Terri Schiavo has gone to be with the Lord, but David Gibbs believes her right to live out God’s plan for her life should still spark passion in the hearts of Christians across the country. Gibbs – the lawyer who represented Shiavo’s parents in the fight to prevent their daughter’s husband from ending her life – is continuing his mission of speaking up for disabled patients.

There is no life unworthy to live, but Gibbs, who is the lead attorney for the Christian Law Association, worries America will become a “disposable society.” He has plenty of reason to be concerned.

“Technology has advanced much more rapidly than society’s discussion of moral issues about the sacred life God created, which has resulted in a generation of Christians who are easily swayed by empathy rather than moral standards and biblical principles,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity.

There was a time when young physicians made the following pledge: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” It’s part of the Hippocratic Oath.

Most American medical graduates no longer take the Hippocratic Oath, but a variety of other oaths, of which only 8 percent reject abortion and only 14 percent reject euthanasia. The trend represents less respect for the sanctity of life.

Consider this question: Who decided that individuals in a persistent vegetative state can be slowly dehydrated and starved to death? It wasn’t Congress. Nor was it the American Medical Association. It was decided by a 5-4 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gibbs is urging Christians to have the courage to challenge that decision.
Since ancient times, society assigned the task of saving life to physicians. If killing people was required, that task was given to executioners. Now these opposite roles are being confused.

In Oregon, the law allows doctors to prescribe lethal doses of controlled substances like morphine to patients who request it and are “terminally” ill – that is, they are expected to die in six months. Killing anyone is against God’s will. Every six months of life have value.

Each year, there are 1.5 times as many suicides in the United States as there are homicides. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not private acts. Rather, they involve one person facilitating the death of another. This is a matter of very public concern since it can lead to tremendous abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for the most vulnerable people among us.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about giving rights to the person who dies. Instead, the real issue is about changing public policy so that doctors or others can directly and intentionally end another person’s life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about the right to die. They are about the right to kill.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Times Magazine of London reported that Dignitas, a Swiss right-to-die organization, plans to create a chain of death centers “to end the lives of people with illnesses and mental conditions such as chronic depression.”

Bible believers must reject such inhumanity and restore medicine to its former healthy state of independent professionals dedicated to the well-being of individual patients.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Compromising Marriage in New Jersey

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Question: When is marriage not marriage? Answer: When the Bible is compromised, as it was last week in New Jersey.

Following a state Supreme Court decision that required the New Jersey legislature to provide equal treatment for same-gender couples, lawmakers passed a civil union bill on Dec. 14. The bill creates a new legal arrangement that provides the benefits and responsibilities of marriage, but isn’t called marriage.

“Some lawmakers consider the move a compromise, since the unions will not be called marriage. Instead, it’s a compromising move that further unravels the fabric of society,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “The word has been preserved, but the institution of marriage has been weakened at its foundation.”

Last week, New Jersey became the third state in the union – joining Vermont and Connecticut – to recognize civil unions with all of the privileges of marriage, while Massachusetts has fully legalized “faux” marriage.

The New Jersey bill passed the Assembly 56-19 and the Senate 23-12. The legislature’s overwhelming approval of a homosexual civil-unions bill has troubling ramifications for the Garden State and the entire nation. Legalization of same-sex marriage is just another step to eliminating all restrictions on sexuality and marriage as a whole. The words “husband” and “wife” are about to lose their meaning.

In the face of increasing immorality, Bible-believing Christians must continue preaching the Gospel to discourage other states from putting the stamp of approval on homosexual relationships. Christians should not be deterred from carrying out Christ’s command to be salt and light in their society. It is time for believers to be the children of God referenced in Romans 8, a people “led by the spirit of God” to take on evil influences in popular culture.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Second Chance Act Should be First Action in New Congress

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Everyone deserves a second chance. In January, Congress should make another attempt at helping former prisoners make a safe and successful reentry into society. In the Congress that just ended, the nation’s lawmakers let the first opportunity slip through their fingers, but it’s not too late to assist ex-prisoners as they find their way back into the world.

“In Matthew 25, Jesus instructed Christians to be involved in making disciples behind bars and helping those disciples as they come out of prison,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “That responsibility does not end with welcoming them back into society. We have to stretch out a hand, particularly to those who have been changed by Christ and need a church home, a Bible study group or a mentor. We must stand by them and help complete the spiritual transformation.”

More than 7 million men and women are incarcerated in state correctional facilities across the country. When their debt to society is paid, they’ll receive a few dollars and a bus ticket. At the most basic level, people aren’t consistently getting what they need to make a fresh start.

Without transportation, a place to live or a support network, it will be difficult for most of them to create any hope for a future. The Second Chance Act would provide increased federal support to state and local governments as well as non-profit organizations.

In the United States, nearly 650,000 people are released from prisons each year and almost two-thirds of them are re-arrested for committing felonies or serious misdemeanors. These statistics reveal that continuing care for prisoners is needed to stem the tide of recidivism – the rate at which former prisoners are arrested and sent back to prison.

The Second Chance Act focuses on reducing recidivism by helping ex-prisoners find jobs and housing, providing them with mental health and substance abuse help and strengthening families. Some of the components of the bill include:

  • Grants that focus on jobs and housing;
  • Grants for treating substance abuse and mental health issues;
  • A resource center for states, local governments, faith-based organizations, corrections and community organizations to collect and disseminate best practices and provide training and support around reentry; and
  • A federal interagency task force to identify programs and resources on reentry, identify ways to better collaborate, develops interagency initiatives and a national reentry research agenda.

Instead of pumping money into paying more guards and building new prisons, it’s time to invest in people.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Planned Parenthood is Shrinking

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Planned Parenthood is shrinking. If 2007 is anything like the year that’s ending, Christians can look forward to the trend continuing in the months ahead.

Although Planned Parenthood still operates the nation’s largest chain of abortion mills, Americans are rejecting Planned Parenthood and its agenda. Christians have reason to rejoice because Planned Parenthood clinics have been closing across the United States.

“Proponents of ‘choice’ have tried to make this an issue about ‘women’s rights,’ ‘freedom of choice’ and ‘reproductive rights.’ But clearly, the murdering of an innocent child is far more than a health issue or a civil right, and Christians are convincing the women in their lives about the heartlessness of abortion,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “No amount of spin can outweigh the fact that abortion ends the life of a baby growing inside its mother’s womb.”

The good news comes courtesy of the pro-life group American Life League. In an exclusive new study, the league reported last week that the number of Planned Parenthood clinics has plummeted to its lowest total in almost 20 years. Today the organization has 817 clinics; roughly the number it had in 1987. In its heyday, though, Planned Parenthood boasted 983 clinics. That was in 1995.

The state with the largest number of closings in 2006 was California, where Planned Parenthood shut down 18 express clinics in the San Diego area. California still has 97 clinics, the largest number for any state.

New York has the second-highest total of clinics, with 79. Texas comes in third with 77 after clinics were closed in Borger, Dumas and Cactus, while one opened in Sierra Blanca. All told, over the past 11 years, 121 abortion clinics have closed.

The result is pleasing in the sight of God: more children were allowed to live.

Source:  www.centerformoralclarity.net

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Spring Break Getting More Immoral

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

The Business Guild in Key West, Florida, announced it is taking Spring Break to a “whole new level” by hosting a Gay Spring Break aimed at college students. Steve Smith, president of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, said the event “will introduce the next generation of gay and lesbian tourists to events and facilities that specifically cater to them.”

The chairman for the Business Guild’s new event is promoting the spring bash as “one of the nation’s hottest gay parties.” It will feature six weeks of homosexual frolicking on the beach, dance parties, drag shows, men-only and women-only events, meet-and-greet receptions, contests and various recreational opportunities.

It’s bad enough that teens and very young adults are tempted to delve into promiscuous behavior through the allure of binge drinking and wild parties that have given the week its well-deserved depraved reputation. However, enticing and making money off desperate young people rather than offering them a wholesome respite from their studies is a new low for homosexual activists. Will they stop at nothing in their efforts to legitimize “alternative” lifestyles?

“Despite the fact that homosexuals tend to be better educated and have higher per capita incomes than the general population, those advantages are not translated into happiness,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Researchers uncovered the disturbing fact that gays turn toward drugs and alcohol in disproportionate numbers in an effort to ease their pains and drown their sorrows.”

What may seem like a tempting weekend could be the start of down-hill spiral, from which it could take years to recover. A simple bad choice of participating in “Gay Spring Break” could have long-lasting consequences.

The fact is, the homosexual world is rife with revolutionary rhetoric – and it has carefully mobilized itself to translate that rhetoric into action. Ready or not, here they come. The agenda is obvious.

Christian youth must not surrender. They must have the strength to fight this radical “cultural diversity.”

source: www.centerformoralclarity.net

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