BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 1 /Christian Newswire/ — Biblical Family Advocates has been observing the illegal immigration movement that is bent on coming to America illegally without regard for the laws of America. They are asserting that “no human is illegal.”
But Biblical Family Advocates is concerned with this line of reasoning. Many well intentioned people seem to have forgotten to teach their children to obey the laws of the land as well as submitting to the governing authorities.
“It seems apparent to me that the children of illegal immigrants are being taught to do the very thing the Bible condemns. They are being taught to covet their neighbor’s goods and that stealing is justified if it benefits you. How will they teach their children to obey the laws of any nation when they justify lawlessness as a lifestyle? To take jobs, government funds and services from legal Americans is a form of stealing.” says Phil Magnan of Biblical Family Advocates. “They are taking from others what they do not own. This does not love your neighbor nor doing unto others as you would have done unto you.”
“Remarkably, if I were to break any laws of America or any country for that matter, I would expect to be punished and yet the illegal immigrant movement seems to have forgotten that point. They want to be a special class of people that can steal, covet and enjoy the fruits of America all in the name of self entitlement. But the worst thing about all of this is that the children are being taught that stealing and coveting are justifiable. And yet Jesus Christ Himself hated lawlessness. Their actions contradict the words of Romans 13 that says that we are to “submit to the governing authorities”. They are not obeying the governing laws of America. There is no question that the people of Mexico and other countries need compassion and help, but they should not try to justify their unlawful actions because their own government has failed them.”
Biblical Family Advocates, BFA, encourages all illegal immigrants of good conscience to reconsider the lessons they are teaching their children. But BFA also encourages the continued international work of Christians to compassionately ease the burden of foreign people’s worldwide. It is the hope of BFA that these people will one day experience greater prosperity as they call their own governments into account and call their own people to godly repentance. For without Christ, no people will truly be prosperous.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 1 /Christian Newswire/ — The Acton Institute’s annual search for America’s best charities is underway. The Samaritan Award is a national program which recognizes 10 U.S.-based charities that receive little to no government funding and affirm that effective charity is rooted in the unique dignity of the human person. The program awards one first place prize of $10,000 and second and third place prizes of $1,000 each.
The annual Samaritan Awards identifies programs that exemplify the key principles of effective compassion outlined in Dr. Marvin Olasky’s book, The Tragedy of American Compassion. These principles demonstrate accountability and transparency in the program and financial areas. The exceptional charities recognized by the Samaritan Award help individuals break the cycle of dependency by providing help that is direct, personal, and accountable.
All applicants for the award will be included in the online Samaritan Guide, a searchable database used by charities, community leaders, individual donors, corporate and foundation investors. The Guide is available to anyone without cost.
In addition, the 2007 Samaritan Award honorees, to be announced in late summer, will be profiled in a special edition of WORLD magazine and will receive national recognition.
Award applications are available online only from May 1-31, 2007. To find out more, please visit the Samaritan Guide at http://www.samaritanguide.com. Questions about the application may be directed to Karen Weber at (800) 345-2286 or email@example.com
The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical research and educational organization located in Grand Rapids. The Institute works internationally to “promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.” For more on the Acton Institute, please visit http://www.acton.org
WASHINGTON, May 3 /Christian Newswire/ — On this, the National Day of Prayer, a diverse coalition of Christian groups that joined forces to more effectively reach America’s youth issued the following statement, urgently calling young people across America to pray and fast on the first Friday of every month beginning June 1, 2007:
“Recognizing the challenges facing America’s youth, and the devastation that sexual immorality and moral relativism have had and are having on this generation of young people, we urge students to pursue sexual purity and to pray for their generation and for our nation (1 Cor 6:18). We the undersigned call upon students, Christian teachers and ministry leaders to join together on the first Friday of every month to pray and fast for our nation and for spiritual awakening among the youth of our nation (2 Chr 7:14).”
Family Research Council
Intercessors for America
Kentwood Community Church
Teen Mania Ministries
Victorious Life Church
Men for Nations
Karen Wheaton Ministries
The Witherspoon Fellowship
The Call USA
High Impact Leadership Coalition
Global Outreach Campus Ministries
Institute for Christian Legal Studies
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Youth Interceding for America
Wellington Boone Ministries
May 8, 2007
WASHINGTON, May 4 /Christian Newswire/ — Faith2Action will unveil plans today at the National Press Club for the continuing battle over expansion of federal hate crime laws. This battle is shifting to the U.S. Senate after passage of the bill H.R. 1592 by the U.S. House yesterday.
“We are very grateful to the President for the promise of a veto to protect our freedom of speech and religion, but we have much work ahead in the Senate, if we are to turn back this assault on our liberty for good,” declares Janet Folger, founder and president of Faith2Action.
Janet will unveil the strategy for the Senate this afternoon at a press conference hosted by Dr. Rick Scarborough, president of Vision America. The press conference will be held at 3:00 P.M. in the Murrow Room at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Other speakers at the press conference will include Dr. James Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family, and Phyllis Schlafly, the founder and president of Eagle Forum.
Faith2Action has recently spearheaded the national campaign featuring two grandmothers who were arrested for the so- called “hate crime” of sharing their faith on the public sidewalks and streets of Philadelphia. The ads have run on CNN nationally, and on FOX News in the Washington, D.C. market.
WASHINGTON, May 6 /Christian Newswire/ — One of the most influential newspapers in America published a column Friday about the National Day of Prayer observance that was an egregious attack on Christianity and an insult to Bible believers across the United States. Dana Milbank, a former White House correspondent for the Washington Post dishonestly distorted quotes and disregarded facts in order to denigrate events that celebrated free speech, religious liberty and the sacred beliefs of 240 million Americans.
In his “Washington Sketch” column titled “Dozens of Heads Were Bowed”, Milbank suggested that the 18th annual U. S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon was a flop because 600 chairs set up on the West Lawn of the Capitol were unoccupied at the time he visited the venue. Even though Milbank was informed that the chairs were in place for the event that followed, the Capital Region National Day of Prayer observance, he posited that the Marathon was a failure because it didn’t attract an audience. Had Milbank actually witnessed the late afternoon event, led by Dr. Corinthia Boone, an African-American woman with a vibrant ministry in Washington he would have seen every chair occupied with attendees united in praise, prayer and worship.
Milbank rhetorically asked, “Where was everybody?” but it was clear that he wasn’t interested in the answer. Had he taken the time to listen he would have heard about:
150 students who came from California, West Virginia and Florida to read the Bible aloud.
A man who traveled from Minneapolis to bring his 9- year-old daughter to show her how precious religious freedom is and how blessed Americans are to possess it.
Two Eagle Scouts and two Boy Scouts who traveled from Peoria to read the Bible at 4:00 in the morning.
Two elderly women who braved some of the most dangerous streets of inner city Washington to read the Bible at 1:00 AM.
A Christian youth choir of over 60 members who traveled from Riverside, CA to each read a portion of scripture then kneel to pray for the nation and its leaders. After that they quietly sang ‘God bless America’ while still on their knees in the shadow of the U. S. Capitol.
A woman who boarded a bus in New York City at 1:30 AM and rode all night in order to read the Bible in the only half- hour time slot that was available in the early morning. She said that she was honored to be able to read the book of Ruth and the lines about being brought to the kingdom for such a time as this.
A grandmother who drove from Pennsylvania to bring her granddaughter, age eleven, who had a strong desire to read the Bible aloud to the nation.
An 86-year-old woman who came every day to the Capitol in order to read her Bible aloud and stayed late into each night listening to the Words of God contained in the Bible and to kneel in prayer for her nation.
Bible believers from nations around the world that have no religious freedom who came to read the Scriptures aloud in their own languages – an act which would cause their incarceration and even torture in their native lands.
Many others around the world who heard the live Internet broadcast. A listener called from Europe during the broadcast to report that it was being heard and enjoyed in Seville, Spain.
Members of Congress from both parties who cherish religious freedom and the Word of God enough to humble themselves to read alongside ordinary citizens.
All came not to entertain a crowd, but to honor God’s Holy Word and to publicly acknowledge Him as sovereign. Instead of writing an accurate portrayal of the inspirational Bible reading that took place at the U. S. Capitol, Milbank launched into a personal attack on one of the many volunteers who tirelessly labored to stage the event with the apparent intent to disparage the entire celebration. Ironically, the Washington Post columnist posed a question that could only be interpreted as a deliberate effort to offend, but instead underscored a fundamental tenet of the Christian faith. Milbank focused on the moral failings of a former colleague, wondering how such a man could come to be associated with an organization that encourages public profession of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The hundreds of readers who spent 90 hours over five days reading the Bible at the event already knew the answer to that question and if Milbank had listened to any of them, he would have discovered it, too. Simply stated, the Bible is the true story of God’s love for humankind and His amazing plan of redemption from sin through the sacrifice, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Milbank could have benefited at the U. S. Capitol Bible Marathon if he had opened his ears and his heart to the words that were being read aloud.
Unfortunately, Dana Milbank and the Washington Post instead chose to ridicule and mock Christians, an act that carries no earthy consequences and often little public reaction. In 2006, the Washington Post refused to print cartoons of the prophet Mohammed for fear of offending Muslims, but Milbank’s column shows that the newspaper considers Christians “fair game.”
Contact Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell at 202-334-7582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 3, 2007
The Pentagon and White House continue to argue that they
are not planning a war against Iran in spite of the
continuing buildup of naval forces in the Persian Gulf,
which will peak with the arrival of a third carrier group
at the end of May. The naval aviation and missile resources
available, which are not being used to support combat
operations in neighboring Iraq, far exceed any reasonable
level required to send Iran a warning or to reassure Gulf
Arab allies. The carrier concentration has even weakened
U.S. ability to respond militarily elsewhere, most
particularly in the Western Pacific, where an unpredictable
North Korea continues to pose a genuine threat. Multiple
carrier groups in the Persian Gulf can only mean that
another preemptive war, this time against Iran, is either
about to take place or is being viewed as a serious option.
Critics of an air and naval assault on Iran have provided
many good reasons why war between Washington and Tehran
would be a disaster for U.S. global interests, ranging
from a spike in oil prices to the unleashing of worldwide
terrorism. What is not being appreciated clearly either by
the media or policy-makers is the central dilemma in war
planning with Iran, which is the apparent lack of reliable
intelligence on Iranian intentions and capabilities.
Planning for war without good information has a surreal
quality, like a blind man trying to describe something
he cannot see, with guesses and “what-ifs” replacing
There has been a notable silence on Iran coming from the
intelligence community. Late in 2006, shortly before he
was forced to resign over his unwillingness to cook the
intelligence on Iran, Director of National Intelligence
John Negroponte responded to congressional criticism by
conceding that there were major deficiencies in what
information was being obtained about the Islamic Republic.
Since that time, a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran
has been stalled because of White House demands that the
product be more useful, i.e., demonstrative of Iranian
bad behavior and intentions. CIA analysis suggests that
it cannot be demonstrated that Tehran currently has a
nuclear weapons program, though the case either for or
against Iran rests on a paucity of information, not on a
solid understanding of what is going on inside the country
and among its leadership. On a purely practical level,
leaving moral and ethical considerations aside, until the
United States can answer key questions about Iran, includ-
ing its ability to retaliate, its terrorism resources, and
the nature and location of its nuclear program, no military
action should be contemplated.
The impending intelligence failure on Iran is very similar
to that which took place regarding Iraq, and for many of
the same reasons. From a practical point of view, it is
very difficult to spy on a country if you do not have an
embassy in its capital and also have an embargo or
sanctions in place that prohibit business relations. It
is even more difficult when that country has a very small
group of decision-makers that control all information care-
fully. Spy fiction notwithstanding, most effective agents
are volunteers who offer to provide their services,
whether for money or for idealism. Oleg Penkovsky, the
Russian who was the most important Western spy of the 20th
century, was an idealistic volunteer who had to make
several attempts to contact the British and American
embassies in Moscow before he finally succeeded. Put
simply, when the volunteer cannot reach you, you don’t have
any spies. It is reasonable to assume that America has very
few real spies inside Iran.
Politicians who are ignorant of the Middle East frequently
confuse advocacy with intelligence and allow the former to
become the basis for policy formulation, sometimes by
default. Lacking good intelligence resources, much so-
called information that is reaching policy-makers in
Washington comes from émigré groups and lobbyists with an
agenda – again very much like what happened in the lead-up
to the Iraq war. These groups are all interested in
emphasizing the threat from Iran, not in objective analysis
that might exonerate the mullahs.
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The leading Iranian émigré group is the National Council of
Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which pretends to have a network
of independent sources within Iran but actually is largely
dependent on information from Israeli intelligence. The
“critical analysis” of events in Iran that reaches policy-
makers in Washington frequently comes from it and other
lobbying and advocacy groups such as the American Enterprise
Institute, the Hudson Institute, the Washington Institute
for Near East Policy, and the American Israel Public
Affairs Committee (AIPAC), all of which share an “Iran
agenda” that calls for regime change. AIPAC is known to be
the source of a position paper on Iran that most congress-
men rely on to shape their own views. Israel’s advocates,
including peripatetic politicians such as ex-Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu, make frequent visits to the United
States, where they have good access to the media and
potential supporters, to reinforce the case that Iran must
be dealt with forcefully.
There is also a tactical problem caused by poor
intelligence. Without good information, Iran’s nuclear
program becomes hard to target in a military sense, and
a massive air and sea attack might not even solve the
alleged problem. There are hundreds of known nuclear-
related targets in Iran, with many others still undiscover-
ed and hidden. Many of the sites are located in cities,
meaning that an attempt to take them out would result in
numerous civilian casualties. Iran has been preparing for
an American attack for some years, and there are reports
that many of the sites are deep underground and hardened
with layers of concrete, meaning that a genuine attempt
to completely destroy them could require tactical nuclear
weapons. The unilateral use of nuclear weapons by the U.S.
would change the world, and not for the better, as it would
let the genie out of the bottle and create the worst
possible precedent for other nuclear powers like India,
Pakistan, and Israel.
Poor intelligence also means that Iran’s capacity for
retaliation is unclear. If one of the purposes of war is
to inflict more damage on the enemy than the enemy inflicts
on you, it is essential to know your foe’s capabilities.
One possible retaliatory scenario considered to be likely
and currently being war-gamed by the Pentagon and the
intelligence agencies involves Iran’s stirring-up of its
Shi’ite co-religionists in neighboring Iraq against
American forces, cutting supply lines and making every
Iraqi neighborhood a safe haven for insurgents. Today’s
chaos in Baghdad would look positively benign in comparison
to the national uprising that would ensue.
Iran could also use its missiles and biological and
chemical weapons to strike against other U.S. forces in the
region, in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar. It could effectively
attack regional U.S. friends and allies such as the
Emirates, Kuwait, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. It might, for
example, call on the Shi’ite majority in Bahrain to rebel
and overthrow the Sunni emir, leading to an immediate loss
of the base for the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It almost certainly
would use Silkworm missiles and suicide boats to close the
narrow Straits of Hormuz, cutting off petroleum from the
entire Gulf region and driving oil up to $400 per barrel.
If it were really lucky, it could sink an American aircraft
Worldwide, Iran could have Hezbollah terrorist cells
believed to be underground in the United States and Europe
stage terrorist attacks. It could destabilize all of Asia
by assassinating Presidents Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and
Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, possibly resulting in an
Islamic Republic in Pakistan that would be armed both with
nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Attacking
Iran for the wrong reasons and with the same poor
intelligence that produced the Iraq catastrophe would cause
American influence and power to collapse throughout the
Middle East and central Asia, an extremely high price to
pay for ignorance.
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Bill Murray’s 1963 Case Ended Prayer in Schools; Today He Works to Restore It
WASHINGTON, May 3 /Christian Newswire/ — William “Bill” Murray, whose famous mother, Madelyn Murray O’Hare, used her son to legally end voluntary prayer in public schools in 1963, will return to the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon to participate in a National Day of Prayer service on the High Court’s front steps. Mr. Murray today heads the Religious Freedom Coalition and is the author of a new book, The Pledge: One Nation Under God (AMG Publishers).
Leading the National Day of Prayer event will be the Reverend Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK), an Evangelical minister and president of the National Clergy Council. Other participants include the Reverend Patrick J. Mahoney, a Presbyterian minister and director of the Christian Defense Coalition and Father Jay Longacre, a Catholic Priest and president of St. Thomas Ministries Foundation.
Rev. Schenck said, “It’s fitting for Mr. Murray to join us advocating for public prayer at precisely the spot where he once stood after his lawyers argued against it. Nobody knows this subject like Mr. Murray. He was used, abused and brainwashed into thinking prayer violated the Constitution. Now he uses his God-given genius to bring prayer back to schools and to all of American public life.”
The group of clergy and lay people will offer prayers for the nation followed by a news conference.
News Conference Details —
What: National Day of Prayer Observance in front of the U.S. Supreme Court
When: Thursday, May 3, 3:00 – 3:30 P.M.
Where: Sidewalk along front of West Steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, Washington, DC