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Making Mockery of Christianity

Posted by thelamp on April 20, 2007

They called it a “drill,” but police in Burlington, N. J., accomplished little more than inciting fear and divisiveness recently when they portrayed “Christian terrorists” during a school-safety exercise. The activity purportedly was designed to prepare students, faculty and administrators for reacting to emergency situations on school property.

So, here’s the scenario they concocted: two angry Christians storm a school and gun down several students. The reason for their rage? The gunmen came to get justice because one of their daughters had been expelled for praying before class. Yeah, right. Can anyone even imagine the fallout if the police had pretended to be gays angry about being denied the privilege of going to the homecoming dance?

Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, which is why emergency exercises should be based on realistic situations. The purpose is to allow those in authority to evaluate plans and procedures. Does anyone believe this is a realistic scenario? Burlington residents should be quivering in their boots right about now, if there is a plan or procedure for taking out Christians in public school hallways.

The characterization of Christians as gun-toting extremists is particularly disturbing. Yes, evangelical students have sought the right to pray, distribute faith-based literature and even sing a song of praise on school campuses. There is no record, however, of Christians taking a public school under seige as a means of securing their constitutional rights.

Youth raised on a steady diet of popular culture instead of the Bible can’t make such a claim. Think back to 1999, when the worst school massacre in U.S. history left 15 dead and 23 wounded at Columbine High School. The first to lose her life was a young lady who proclaimed her faith in God. This is reality.

Those who talk of tolerance are quick to create programs that make homosexuals comfortable and welcome in America’s public classrooms. Apparently, the secular world believes Christians don’t warrant the same compassion or courtesy.


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A Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

Posted by thelamp on March 17, 2007

What’s the difference between a baseball game and BattleCry, a passionate worship service for teens? Baseball fans attending a game in San Francisco can make as much noise as they want from the opening pitch to the last out of the game. When it comes to the joyful noise of teens worshiping, however, city officials prefer the sound of silence.

In anticipation of 22,000 teens gathering March 10 to reject pop culture and proclaim Christ as the leading influence in their lives, San Francisco authorities imposed a special noise restriction banning the use of sound systems before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. Although the event was scheduled to begin at 8 a.m., the attempt to stifle boisterous voices of youth praising God failed to discourage participants or derail the rally.

This was the second year Christian youths converged on San Francisco, but the city didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet. There was no official greeting from the mayor, who had been invited to welcome the youth to the city.

Thanks to management at a local radio station, KFAX 1100, a special morning worship service was broadcast from the BattleCry stage. This allowed participants and others to worship together despite the restriction on using the sound system at the stadium. Ron Luce, founder of TeenMania, which sponsored the massive two-day worship service, was justified in criticizing the last-minute ordinance. City officials, on the other hand, offered a lame defense of the restriction by pointing to complaints about early morning noise following the 2006 youth gathering. Christian residents of the city should be embarrassed about the less-than-hospitable reception for adolescent believers.

It’s hard enough to stand against peer pressure. Teens should not also have to endure disparate treatment from adults in positions of authority. The city’s mayor, Gavin Newsom, could have taken more leadership in making Christian visitors to his city feel welcome. Newsom is known for taking a stance. After all, he is the mayor who defied the state constitution in order to authorize same-sex marriages in San Francisco.

Of course, “faux” marriage is more popular politically than appeasing Christians. Keep in mind that last year the teens were treated so poorly in San Francisco that Newsom was prompted to issue a formal apology. The apology, though, didn’t exactly neutralize the resolution issued by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors condemning the youth rally for attempting to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” It seems the folks in San Francisco are willing to tolerate everything, except Christianity.

The powers that be in San Francisco are probably hoping that Luce and his followers will be too discouraged to come back. Retreat would be the easy way out. The Center for Moral Clarity encourages youth affiliated with BattleCry to endure the hindrances and continue fighting for the soul of the next generation. Christianity’s war against the secular influences that are polluting American culture will only be won by standing strong in the daily battles to embrace God.


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Grandma Shouldn’t Go to Prison for Witnessing

Posted by thelamp on February 16, 2007

The arrests of two septuagenarian grandmothers in Pennsylvania for spreading the Gospel illustrate the flaw and danger in “hate crimes laws.” Their witnessing was considered illegal under a state statute, which advances a growing movement toward criminalizing the expression of a person’s thoughts.

Isn’t this the reason America’s Founding Fathers added the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.

Lynda Beckman, a 70-year-old grandmother of 10, and Arlene Elshinnawy, a 75-year-old grandmother of three, were among 11 people arrested for sharing their faith on a Philadelphia sidewalk. There is something fundamentally wrong with a criminal justice system that would send these women to prison for 47 years for sharing Christ’s message of love and salvation.

“There are valid reasons to oppose the concept of ‘hate crimes.’ By definition, the prosecution of a case with a hate-crime specification is an attempt to punish people for their thoughts,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, president and founder of the Center for Moral Clarity. “How, exactly, do prosecutors know what is in a perpetrator’s mind? By their actions. I’d argue that the government should stick to punishing behavior, rather than attempting to discern the thoughts of its citizens.”

The most ominous part of the proposed federal hate crimes law is a provision that would establish a protected class of victims for people who engage in homosexual behavior or their political agenda. Christians today should be wary of liberal activists’ attempts to expand the federal definition of “hate crimes” in this fashion. It’s a particularly dangerous and offensive proposal that threatens the religious liberties of every man and woman of faith in this nation.

The spirit of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires state governments to provide “the equal protection of the laws” to all citizens. Yet, hate-crime legislation contradicts this purpose by effectively giving some victims – including homosexuals – special treatment.

Keep in mind that prisons across the nation are overflowing. Society surely won’t be any safer if evangelists are locked away in the cells that should be reserved for murders and other violent offenders.

It’s scary to think that Pennsylvania’s prescribed punishment for witnessing in public could become status quo across America. This will be the result if Congress were to pass H.R. 254 – the “hate crimes” bill, which is said to be on the “fast track” in the House Judiciary Committee. During the 109th Congress, only the determination of leaders loyal to values voters prevented the bill from becoming federal law.

The threat posed to Christians by this legislation is not exaggerated. Consider what’s happening in California. In 2004, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a similar bill. Under this new law, individuals can claim that someone expressing his or her deeply held beliefs – whether political or religious – presents an “intimidating” threat that is punishable. Penalties for violating the California law include criminal prosecution and fines up to $25,000, and get this: the fines are awarded to those bringing the accusation. This law is nothing less and nothing other than a form of legalized extortion!

Clearly, the intended result is to silence Christians. The gauntlet has been thrown before values voters once again. Once more Christians must rise to the challenge and defend their constitutional right to religious expression.

Click here to send an e-mail to Congress, asking your representatives and senators not to pass H.R. 254, the “hate crimes” bill.


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Florida Employees Win Right to Make Religious Donations

Posted by thelamp on February 16, 2007

Florida state employees are now allowed to now contribute to faith-based charities through the state’s Charitable Campaign. They had to fight for that right. A lawsuit filed in federal court on their behalf by the Christian Legal Society and Alliance Defense Fund was settled last week.

Attorneys for the pair of First Amendment-law coalitions defended the constitutional rights of state employees who are also Christians, as well as the rights of religious groups. Previously, Florida State Employees Charitable Campaign rules included restrictions preventing employees from giving to groups professing belief in God. This also put organizations in the untenable position of limiting their religious focus in order to benefit from the campaign.

One rule stated that an organization participating in the campaign “could not engage in any religious activities” or discriminate in its employment practices on the basis of religion. This restriction essentially prevented participating Christian groups from hiring according to their standard of belief.

The employees were justified in their legal action. As part of the settlement, authorities in charge of the charitable campaign have amended the regulations. Under a new agreement, religious charities will not be excluded from the campaign because of their viewpoints or activities, nor will their right to hire staff of their own choosing be restricted.

Such a result would not have been reached if Christians meekly accepted the disregard for their constitutional rights. This is a perfect example of how important it is for Christians to speak up in order to shape the culture in which they live.

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Censorship of Student Protest Leads to Lawsuit

Posted by thelamp on January 18, 2007

Bravo to the 13-year-old Arizona student who sued his principal for violating the teen’s First Amendment rights when he tried to protest abortion on the school campus.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defense Fund in Scottsdale, Arizona, have filed a complaint against Shenendehowa Central School District officials and Gowana Middle School’s principal on behalf of a student barred from expressing pro-life views during the national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, which is organized by the Stand True ministry of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The student is asking for a jury trial and permission to hold another silent protest and leaflet campaign at the school on Jan. 22, the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade court decision.

At school, the teen and two other students wore anti-abortion T-shirts, handed out flyers and wore red tape with the word LIFE across their mouths. Through court documents, they allege the school’s action against them was “humiliating and discriminatory.”

For example, in a school-wide announcement, the principal demanded that students who received a flier forfeit them to school officials. She allowed the student to remain silent, but prohibited him from telling anyone why, and forced him to remove a piece of red tape from his mouth that read “Life.” The principal allegedly said, “Students shouldn’t be thinking about issues like that at your age.” School officials had previously allowed students to engage in free expression on other controversial social issues.

At least a week before the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity was scheduled to take place, the mother of the pro-life student phoned the school district’s superintendent and spoke to a representative about her son’s plans. She left her name and phone number, but was not informed that the event violated any school or district policy.

“The First Amendment does not give school officials authority to pick and choose which speech is allowable and which is not,” said Pastor Parsley. “If a 13-year-old is mature enough to participate in sexual education courses, he certainly should be given the opportunity to express the biblical perspective on the subject.”

Students do not abandon their free speech rights when they step on school property. Frankly, the school’s actions were egregious. Young people should be encouraged to take a stand for righteousness.


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