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Texas Protects Students From Secularists’ Harassment

Posted by thelamp on June 18, 2007

Texas students will have greater freedom to express their religious views on school campuses under the Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act, a measure signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry on June 8.

Under the new law, religious beliefs expressed in homework, artwork and other assignments are to be judged by traditional academic standards. Students can’t be penalized or rewarded because of the religious content of their work.

Supporters say the measure is needed to protect students from censorship and school districts from lawsuits. There are plenty of cases to illustrate the degree of religious discrimination that exists in America’s public schools.

Perry earned the respect of many Christian parents in April when he acknowledged at a news conference that teens’ religious speech was quashed at public school. The governor cited examples of students being prohibited from wishing troops overseas a “Merry Christmas” or told they couldn’t distribute religious bracelets at recess.

Along with granting students freedom of religious expression, the new law also requires schools to establish a “limited public forum” at all school events in which students speak. Of course, schools will have to develop a neutral method for selecting pupils to speak at school events and graduation ceremonies, and officials must provide a written or oral disclaimer that the student’s speech was not endorsed by the school district.

It all seems like a lot of unnecessary machinations just to extend a basic right that’s already guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Still, Texas lawmakers should get a gold star for going the extra distance to make sure school is not a place where children are harassed by secularists who can’t respect Christian views.


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Bloodshed in Blacksburg: A Sign of the Times

Posted by thelamp on May 4, 2007

Horror and disbelief bewildered the nation Monday when a gunman unleashed his rage upon innocent students and faculty at Virginia Tech, turning the picturesque campus into the scene of the deadliest school shooting in American history.

Initial details as to what precipitated the massacre were sketchy and continue to unfold, but this much is known: when the rampage was over, 33 lives had come to an abrupt end. As the ripple effect of the tragedy spreads sorrow and anguish far beyond Blacksburg, a disquieting aura of deja vu hangs over the nation.

A Tech student being interviewed by a TV news reporter referred to the incident as “the college Columbine.” It’s tragically sad for America that this week’s violent outburst isn’t the first; it’s just the most recent, and for now – the most deadly.

In the eight years that have passed since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 15 people and wounded another 23 at Columbine High School in Colorado, there have been at least 22 similar slayings on school grounds in 16 states. Prior to Monday, the death toll stood at 35, with 31 people among the wounded.

“It’s all too common that by the time young people reach the tender age of 16, they’ve already killed thousands of people or creatures ‘virtually’ with realistic splatter and gore. Keep in mind that studies in neuroscience have shown that the human brain treats vividly imagined events and real ones almost identically,” said Pastor Parsley. “Thus, when the time comes to level a real gun at a real schoolmate, any tendency toward remorse or conscience will have been eliminated. They will already have ‘been there’ many times before.”

America is in desperate need of prayer. Bible-believing Christians know that there is a way to restore the sacred value human life holds.

“If my people, which are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14.

People of faith hold the key to transforming classrooms and other public places into the peaceful places they once were. At this pivotal moment in history, God’s children must step forward and become agents of change. If Christians fail to extend His love and compassion, anger and violence will decimate the nation.


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Interspecies Cloning is Udderly Wrong

Posted by thelamp on April 2, 2007

Roughly a dozen years ago, an animal biologist at Michigan State University inserted his own DNA into a cow’s egg. Although Jose Cibelli’s foolish attempt to play God didn’t spawn a new life form, the failed sci-fi experiment did give birth to a controversial technique known today as interspecies cloning.

Predictably, scientists have grown discontented with standing at the threshold of a “brave new world.” At least three teams of British researchers are eager to make the leap into the land of biological engineering and reproductive technology. The real-life ramifications of “advancing” science are certain to be more frightening than anything Aldous Huxley dreamed up for his futuristic novel.

Life on the cutting edge isn’t limited to Brits experimenting with bovine eggs. Esmail Zanjani, a professor at the University of Nevada, reportedly has created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs. The new animal has 15 percent human cells and 85 percent animal cells, and its evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being transplanted into humans one step closer.

Either way, injecting adult human cells into a sheep’s fetus or a cow’s egg, this new wave of research should do more than reignite debate over the morality of such experiments; it should jar Christians from their current state of ambivalence. Interspecies cloning is not a step forward. There is no doubt that genetic engineering defiles human dignity and promises to change life as we know it, which is hardly the gratitude God deserves for creating mankind and giving humans dominion over animals. Why would anyone even think about altering God’s unique, perfect design or his wonderful handiwork?

Scientists point to the lack of an ample supply of human eggs for embryonic stem-cell research as the catalyst for expanding cloning between humans and animals. The idea is to take DNA from patients sick with diseases like Alzheimer’s and fuse it with cow eggs that have had all their genetic material removed. Scientists expect the human DNA to trick the eggs into thinking they’re pregnant, and the development of life would begin. After about five days of growth, the cloned embryos would be destroyed and the stem cells extracted.

Cloning and human embryonic stem-cell research are morally wrong. Furthermore, interspecies cloning is the most repugnant and reprehensible act that can occur in a petri dish. Biologically blending man and beast is not a matter for intellectual, academic debate. This is the Church’s call to action.

“We are living in a day of almost unimaginable scientific possibilities. Yet as a moral culture, we have never been in a weaker position to manage those possibilities responsibly,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “We must face the disturbing fact that technology is racing forward so quickly, policy makers and so-called bioethicists can’t possibly keep up.”

Properly understood, science is a natural extension of Christian faith. However, the faithful must be engaged with the broader culture to maintain the biblical influence as science progresses. When the church retreats into its religious enclaves, militant scientists are allowed to go on their wayward course undeterred. Christians must preserve the sanctity of life by guiding technology and medical research with moral discipline.


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Faith Is a Qualification

Posted by thelamp on March 24, 2007

The biblical philosophy for rearing kids is simple. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” instructs Proverbs 22:6. Unfortunately, America’s youngest pupils are being subliminally taught that God’s influence ought to be confined within the walls of a church sanctuary; and that dangerous lesson in secularism is being reinforced by Congress.

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Last week, on a 24-13 vote, the House Labor and Education Committee rejected a common-sense amendment to H.R. 1429, a bill reauthorizing Head Start – the popular federal early-childhood education program. The measure would have allowed churches and other groups receiving government funds to take religion into account when hiring teachers and other employees.

Since it was established in 1965, Head Start has always been open to faith-based providers. However, in 1972, federal law barred Head Start providers from hiring on the basis of religion. On several occasions, including during the 109th Congress, the House of Representatives has voted to remove this restriction. Each time, though, the Senate has blocked the bill from passing.

Those who erroneously believe church and state must exist as separately as oil and water claim it is unconstitutional for federal dollars to fund job discrimination. These folks are wrong; faith is a legitimate qualification for employment within any service provided by a religious organization.

Hiring men and women of like minds is essential to maintaining the nature and character of a faith-based program. Religious providers who want to participate in Head Start should not have to surrender their religious character in order to help give low-income children a solid start on their educational journeys.

Participating in the Head Start program gives Bible believers an avenue to make a vital contribution to local communities and the broader society. Putting up a roadblock here impedes underprivileged youngsters who could benefit from these valuable programs.

“This division between the secular and the spiritual, which so many Christians carry around today, is an artificial one. It is a distinction that is completely foreign to the thinking of Jesus, Paul or the founders of our nation,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “We have to bury, once and forever, the old myth that Christians must set their faith aside when they engage the broader culture. Nowhere is this more important than in programs that are molding the next generation.”

Contrary to the separationists’ argument, such a restrictive policy would violate the religious freedom of religious social-service providers by expecting them to follow the same rules as secular groups when they are receiving government funds. There’s historical precedence to support this perspective.

The landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act explicitly protects the rights of religious organizations to take religion into account in their hiring practices. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upheld the freedom to hire applicants with shared beliefs in a 1987 decision, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop v. Amos.

In that case, the nation’s highest court ruled that a “law is not unconstitutional simply because it allows churches to advance religion, which is their very purpose. For a law to have a forbidden ‘effect’ … it must be fair to say that the government itself has advanced religion through its own activities and influence.”

Once they enter the public educational system, children lose the privilege of praying together at school. They should not also be denied the guidance of instructors who believe in and follow the Lord merely because the program in which they are participating is wholly or partly funded by tax dollars.


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Different Bill, Same Concerns

Posted by thelamp on March 17, 2007

During February, the Center for Moral Clarity raised awareness among values voters regarding the David Ray Hate Crimes Prevention Act, H.R. 254 the “hate-crimes bill” and the potential persecution of Christians posed by its provisions. It must be true that misery loves company, because this objectionable legislation may soon have a companion: the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA).

First Amendment advocates with Capitol Hill connections believe that between the two, the LLEHCPA proposal may come to a vote first. Although it has yet to be introduced in the 110th Congress, the LLEHCPA has been approved separately in the House and the Senate on a number of occasions since 2000. Thankfully, until now final passage has been blocked by the House Republican leadership.

Considering the new composition of the House, people who oppose living by biblical standards are optimistic that some type of hate-crimes legislation will clear the legislature this session. The local law enforcement measure is a hate-crimes bill on steroids. If passed, it would do more harm than good.

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Like David’s Law, LLEHCPA would broaden federal hate-crimes laws to condone and promote homosexuality by establishing sexual orientation as an eligible category for protecting “victims.” One of the most basic precepts of American democracy is equality. There’s certainly no reason to abandon that objective now and extend special treatment to homosexuals.

The legislation would also make grants available to state and local communities to combat violent crimes committed by juveniles, train law enforcement officers, or to assist in state and local investigations and prosecutions of crimes motivated by bias. The thought police don’t need any more resources.

If Christians are bone weary of tip-toeing around socially accepted lifestyles that contradict Scripture, imagine the restrictions that will follow enactment of expanded hate-crime laws. We might as well kiss the Bill of Rights good-bye right now.


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