The View from the Firehouse


The one thing that is universal in fire stations the world round, is usually late at night there is a deck of cards, a pot of coffee and two or three fire fighters sitting around solving the worlds problems. It’s just a shame that no one listens to us.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Changes

Will I've been doing some changes to my template, I'm still not done playing around with it, but I think it looks better. I've joined the Evangelical Aggregator and the Blogdom of God.

But the thing that I'm most excited about is being acppeted as a reviewer for Mind and Media. I will now receive books for free, all I have to do is read them and post my review. It should be alot of fun. I have also ask to become a reviewer at Blog Critics, but have yet to hear back from them.

I have also placed my gmail accont on the left sidebar. It is supposed to be pretected from spam by Whois Source, I'll let you know how it works. That reminds me I now have 50 invites if any one would like one drop me an email. Thats it for now God Bless.

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VOM Prayers for May 31, 2005

"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; just as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ."
(Philippians 1:3-8)


From The Voice of the Martyrs

Pray for BANGLADESH
BANGLADESH (ASSIST News Service)
According to Christian Freedom International, Kumkum Roy, who is living at an undisclosed safe house in Dhaka, is concerned that an attempt will be made to kidnap her and take her back to the man who initially abducted, beat and raped her. She is afraid that this time she will be killed. Her situation is all too common in Bangladesh, where women who have converted to Christianity are abducted, beat, raped and forced to marry and reconvert to Islam. Peter A. Khaleque, a former Bangladeshi police officer who converted to Christianity, is now working as a pastor. He is facing a possible prison sentence on trumped-up charges because he shared his faith with a Muslim driver. He is concerned that if he is sentenced to prison, his unprotected 12-year-old Christian daughter will be abducted, raped, beaten and forced to marry and convert to Islam. (Click here)

Pray our omnipotent Father will work in mighty power to protect these believers and all others who have left Islam for faith in Jesus Christ. Pray against any spirit of intimidation that would rob converts of the joy of their salvation. Pray the Holy Spirit will surprise many Bangladeshi Muslims with a revelation of how much they are loved by God.

Pray for INDIA
INDIA (Compass Direct)
Hindu extremists physically attacked 11 Christian families from Jamanya village in Jalgaon district, Maharashtra state, India, on May 15th and 16th. Village officials had summoned the families to a panchayat (community court) on May 15th, and asked them to renounce their faith. When the families refused, the men were beaten with heavy sticks and chased from the village. On the following day, the mob attacked the women and children; some children fainted after being beaten. Witnesses said the mob also tried to disrobe the women. Police are investigating the case, and local Christians say they will push for a resolution to the three years of hostility in the village.

Pray God will heal these victims quickly and give all of them, especially the children, His grace to forgive their attackers. Pray the Holy Spirit will shine the light of God's glory on this troubled village. Pray He will lead the Hindu extremists to repent of this brutal attack on their neighbors.

(Missions Insider)
On May 21st, in Andhra Pradesh state, a man's body was identified as that of a native missionary who had gone missing on May 19th. Though no one has yet been charged with the crime, many suspect Hindu extremists opposed to the spread of Christianity are behind it. For the safety of the murdered man's family, Christian Aid is not releasing his name. Apparently Brother D. left his house with gospel tracts early on May 19th. He never returned. On the morning of May 20th, local newspapers brought news of an unrecognized dead body some boys had found while playing on the outskirts of a nearby city. It was found that he was tortured with acid poured over his face and body. Whoever killed him put his body in a gunny sack and threw it outside the city into the bushes.

Pray God will use this tragic murder to His eternal glory. Pray He will comfort Brother D.'s grieving family with the assurance that he is safely home, rejoicing with the white-robed martyrs at the Throne of God. Pray the assailants will be found and brought to justice and repentance.

Pray for IRAN
IRAN (Compass Direct)
An Islamic court in southern Iran acquitted Christian lay pastor Hamid Pourmand on apostasy and proselytizing charges two days ago, declaring, "Under sharia (Islamic law), there are no charges against you." The judge at the May 28th hearing in Bandar-i Bushehr said he was acquitting Pourmand, a former Muslim who converted to Christianity 25 years ago, because he had "done nothing wrong" according to Islamic law. But the lay pastor has been sent back to Tehran's Evin Prison to serve out a three-year prison sentence still under appeal before the Supreme Court for a separate conviction, also linked to his religious conversion. During the weekend protests intensified in front of the Iranian Parliament demanding the release of prominent prisoners of conscience jailed with Pourmand at Evin Prison. (Click here)

Give thanks to God that Pourmand was acquitted on the apostasy and proselytizing charges. Pray God in His mercy will move the hearts of the Supreme Court judges to release him from the three-year sentence also. Pray that those still in prison for standing up for Jesus will take heart and trust God for their future.

Pray for MEXICO
MEXICO (Compass Direct)
On May 15th, Pastor Francisco Sanchez Gonzalez and church member Raul Bautista were arrested. The arrests came after a decision by the town assembly to "eradicate" evangelical Christians from the area. Local officials informed church members that they must renounce their evangelical faith and pay a fine of 1,000 pesos (approximately $110) by the end of May, or else their homes and the church's chapel will be torn down. Legal representatives of the evangelical church have asked state and federal authorities to intervene and see to it that the Cuateceometl Christians be allowed to worship freely, which is guaranteed in Mexico's constitution.

Pray our awesome God will work a miracle of His power and grace to bring the leadership in Cuateceometl to a deep, personal relationship with their Savior. Pray the Mexican government will recognize the lordship of Jesus over all their country. Pray Pastor Gonzalez and Raul Bautista will be witnesses of Jesus to everyone around them.

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Thanks for all you do

This Memorial Day be sure to thank a Vet. Rather past or present, wartime or peace, chances are they’ve endured allot to ensure we have the freedom that most of us take for granted. From being underpaid to being separated from love ones, lets never forget what they go through to assure that the United States of America remains the greatest country the world has ever known.

So to you that have or are still serving you have my up most respect. For those that have died serving our country, it saddens me that I will never have the opportunity to shake your hand and say job well done.

To those that are stationed in Iraq, all I can offer you are my prayers. A big part of me wishes that I was still serving, so that I could stand beside you and do my best to make sure you make it home too us.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Finaly someone gets it right

It's about time

(AgapePress) - A valedictorian at one Wisconsin high school did not have to hide her faith in Christ when it came to her recent graduation speech.

When Miriam Cattanach, valedictorian of the Class of 2005 of Spencer High School, submitted her graduation speech to school officials, they said any reference to religion, God, or Jesus must go. Miriam, a committed Christian, said in her speech that Christ is the hope for the future. But when administrators censored her speech, her family contacted Liberty Counsel in Florida.

After the legal group got involved, the school changed its tune, says Liberty Counsel (LC) president Mat Staver. "We wrote a letter to the school authorities and talked to them about what the Constitution says. We simply said that if they insist on censoring this religious message of her graduation speech, that it would be unconstitutional -- and we would have to file suit in court," Staver reports. "After considering this, they changed their mind."


It's only a shame it took a lawyer.

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Test

I just added a drop down menu and I'm test her out. So if anyone is reading this and has the time if you could tell if you find any problems with it. Also testing Haloscan

Thanks

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Friday, May 27, 2005

Frist guns, now knifes what's next rocks

When are people going to realize you can't ban away criminal intention. That's why they call them criminals.
It's time to ban long kitchen knives because they serve no good purpose except as weapons, write doctors in the British Medical Journal.

Need I say more, I didn't think so.

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Thursday, May 26, 2005

Venting

This just sickens me. Let me tell you why:

Authorities are investigating how a convicted rapist was allowed to serve as a foster parent to as many as 50 children before his past was discovered.

Let me tell how it happened, my guess is that New York state government, like most other states, doesn't police it's self. It's much easier to react to something, than to prevent it. Or the paper work went though so many peoples' hands that it got lost in the shuffle.

"We are treating this matter very seriously," he said. "Children's safety and well-being are always our top priority. Every child deserves to be protected from sexual predators."

Bull crap because if it was your top priority, it wouldn’t have happened.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies are also investigating whether Chaney broke New York law by not registering as a sex offender when he moved to the state, Lt. Michael Petersen said.

Hmm... Doh

In the TV interview, Chaney said he had not known he was required to register in New York, but did so recently after he received a warrant for failing to.

Not buying it.

Ok, I don't know Mr. Chaney, he may be a nice who made a mistake in is past. But the fact of the matter is the govt. is falling to protect the people.

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Stop the ACLU blogbrust

The ACLU will defend NAMBLA. But this little girl can’t sing Awesome God. What’s wrong with this picture?

This is the official statement of the ACLU

What the ACLU does advocate is robust freedom of speech for everyone. The lawsuit involved here, were it to succeed, would strike at the heart of freedom of speech. The case is based on a shocking murder. But the lawsuit says the crime is the responsibility not of those who committed the murder, but of someone who posted vile material on the Internet. The principle is as simple as it is central to true freedom of speech: those who do wrong are responsible for what they do; those who speak about it are not.



Basically they support a robust freedom of speech unless your of course violating the supposed separation of church and state clause.

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VOM-USA News & Prayer Update

Prayers for May 24, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs


"Help me, O Lord my God!
Oh, save me according to Your mercy,
That they may know that this is Your hand-
That You, Lord, have done it!"
(Psalm 109:26-27)



ERITREA (Compass Direct)
Pastor Oqbamichel Haimanot of the Kale Hiwot (Word of Life) Church, arrested four months ago at a wedding, has suffered a mental breakdown due to harsh physical and emotional mistreatment suffered during his confinement at the military training center in Sawa. The evangelical minister, arrested January 9th along with 64 church members, is one of 16 pastors and nearly 900 Eritrean Christians jailed for meeting to pray and worship without government approval. None of the prisoners has been charged in court or brought to trial. Eritrean Christians have expressed particular concern for "vulnerable prisoners." They include Orthodox Church leader Dr. Tekleab Mengisteab, who has been unable to obtain the medications for his diabetic condition, and Demoze Afwerki, 67, who heads Gideons International in Eritrea. (Click here)

Let's cry out to God for these suffering brothers just as if we ourselves were imprisoned with them. Pray Jesus will draw close to each one with His special comfort. Pray for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit to show the reality of God's love and mercy to the dictatorial authorities in Eritrea.


INDIA (Compass Direct)
A group of extremists of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) attacked and beat eight students from Beersheba Bible College of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God at Maraman, Chettimukku, on May 12th. The students were making their way on foot to attend a funeral when about 15 motor-cycle-mounted RSS members assaulted them with sharp weapons. All eight Beersheba students were treated for injuries at a district hospital in nearby Kozhencherry; three of them required hospitalization. Despite continuing RSS threats against the college, Beersheba principal Shibu Nalweli said the campus community has chosen to forgive the attackers and does not wish to press charges. However, local police have registered a criminal case against the 15 RSS members involved in the incident.

Give thanks and praise to God that all the students survived this attack. Thank Him also for the Christlike attitude of the campus community and their witness of what it means to be a Christian. Pray Jesus will move the attackers to seek the One whose followers have forgiven them.

(Compass Direct)
A right-wing Hindu group, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP or World Hindu Council), in Orissa, India, has threatened to launch a campaign for the dismissal of Christian government officers in response to an order granting equal rights to tribal Christians. Levinus Kindo, a Christian revenue officer, ordered the change in March before his retirement. Prior to the order's passage, Christian members of Scheduled Tribes were denied access to education and employment quotas provided for them. "It seems to me that people were taking advantage of the (Christian) Santhals by depriving them of these privileges, and that is why people are now raising their voices," Kindo said. The VHP has also objected to a campaign calling for equal rights for low-caste Hindus who convert to Christianity.

Pray Christians in Orissa will have the spirit of Christ toward those who are trying to bring down the Christian government officers. Pray Jesus will show Himself strong in obstructing political tactics that would harm believers. Pray the low-caste Hindus who convert to Christianity will abound with joy in their newfound status as sons of God.


SAUDI ARABIA (Compass Direct)
Five East African Christians arrested at a private Christian worship service three weeks ago are being refused access to visitors. Officers of the Mabahith internal security force told an expatriate friend who attempted to visit the three Ethiopians and two Eritreans last week at the Riyadh prison facility where they are jailed that the Christian prisoners would only be allowed visitors after one month. The muttawa (Islamic religious police) who raided the April 29th worship service and arrested the men have authority to detain suspects for only 24 hours. "However in practice, persons (are) held weeks or months and sometimes longer," the U.S. State Department's 2004 human rights report on Saudi Arabia notes.

Pray Jesus will surround these men with a sense of His loving presence. Pray our righteous God will prove Himself powerful in the release of these men. Pray Jesus will make Himself known to many Muslims throughout Saudi Arabia.


UPDATES JORDAN (VOM-Canada)
The Muslim brother of Siham Qandah, the Christian widow who had fought numerous court battles to have custody of her children, has appealed the court ruling last month removing him as guardian of Siham's children. According to Middle Eat Concern, Siham's lawyer has 10 days to submit counter arguments. It is expected that the judge will make a ruling without further hearings.

Pray God will move the heart of this judge to have compassion on Siham and courage to uphold the court ruling. Pray He will comfort and strengthen Siham and the children as they wait yet again. Pray the Lord will work a miracle of His grace to bring Siham's brother to repentance and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus.

IRAN (Compass Direct)
Last week Iranian Christian Hamid Pourmand left Tehran's Evin Prison by armored car, en route to his home city of Bandar-i Bushehr, to stand trial for his life before a sharia (Islamic) court. Some of Pourmand's relatives were allowed to see him briefly before his departure from Tehran, but the prisoner was not permitted to speak with them. Gazing at them silently, he mouthed the words, "Please pray for me." A colonel in the Iranian army who converted from Islam to Christianity 25 years ago, Pourmand faces execution by hanging under Iranian law for apostasy and proselytizing."

Pray God will give Pourmand courage and strength as he brings the light of Christ into his prison cell. Pray Christians worldwide will take to heart his plea to pray for him. Pray the court trial will bring Pourmand's release to the glory of God.

BENIN (Missions Insider)
Earlier this month VOM reported the kidnapping of two missionary children by voodooists. After careful negotiations by local Christians, police and the kidnappers, the children were released. The ministry leader heard that the abductors had taken the children to a dark area where he had been refused entry because the people accused him of interfering with their dark powers. As he continued praying, he went to that area. He was met by some Christians ministering in that area and was led to the home of a respected chief who was ill and near death. After seven minutes of prayer, the chief awoke from three days on his death bed, stood up and followed the evangelist as he preached, and people called on the name of God. Everyone there gave their lives to Jesus. A new church was started in that place.

Give heartfelt thanks to our God who can turn what the enemy meant for evil into good for His eternal glory. Pray the Lord will take away any trauma the children might suffer after this frightening experience and give them complete emotional and spiritual healing. Pray the voodooists who turned to Jesus will take root in their faith and be bold, leading many others to their Savior.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Things that make you go hmmm...

This is an very interesting article. Combine that what this, really makes you think.

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Thursday, May 12, 2005

4th anniversary

Today it has been four years married to the same woman. What can I say about the past four years, it hasn't always been easy, but if givien the choice I could not imagine going thourgh this life with anyone else. Zena has always been there for me when I've needed someone to belive in me. She has been loving and caring always thinking of others before herself.

No I don't think I could have made it these four years without her by my side, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with this wonderful woman.

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Prayers for May 10, 2005

"The Lord is King forever and ever;
The nations have perished out of His land.
Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear,
To do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
That the man of the earth may oppress no more"
(Psalm 10:16-18).


Prayers for May 10, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs Visit: Persecution.com
Pray for BENIN
BENIN (Missions Insider)
The whereabouts of two missionaries' children abducted in late April by voodooists in a rural area are still unknown. It is feared that the two children may be used as human sacrifices to a voodoo god. The children were taken when a local voodoo chief and his followers attacked the family during the night, beating the native missionary father and several other Christians, as well as destroying the village church building, the missionaries' house and several other converts' homes. The missionary, "Jeremie," and his wife, "Augustine," had been serving the Fon tribe for a year, winning 25 people, most from voodoo backgrounds, to the Lord and starting a small fellowship. Jeremie and three other Christians are in critical condition in a local hospital.

Pray God will protect these children from the evil plans of their abductors and return them to their parents. Pray the Lord will heal "Jeremie" and the others who were severely beaten. Pray the Holy Spirit will shed His powerful light on the spiritual darkness in that place.

Pray for INDIA
INDIA (Compass Direct)
A crowd of nearly 500 Hindu villagers attacked a house church in Mangalwarapete village, Karnataka state, India, on May 1st. Assailants molested some of the women among the 60 people present at the Sunday service and burned Bibles and other Christian literature. The mob beat Pastor Paulraj Raju of King Jesus Church until he bled profusely. His wife and an elder of the church were also seriously injured in the attack. According to Pastor Charles Isaac of the Evangelical Free Church Urban Movement of India, the attackers identified themselves as members of the Hindu fundamentalist group Bajrang Dal and the nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party. Raju, who is still in the hospital recovering from his injuries, was beaten by local people in January and later arrested by police on charges of attempting to convert Hindus.

Pray Jesus will touch Pastor Raju, his wife and the elder with His healing power. Pray they will have the grace to forgive their attackers. Pray for Hindus in India who are in bondage to many false gods.

(Mrs. Mercy Cinaraj)
VOM has received encouraging news from Mrs. Mercy Cinaraj, the wife of the pastor in Kerala who was attacked by a Hindu and Muslim mob in April. When the attackers were beating him and his assistant, Ciniraj knelt down and prayed to God to rescue him and forgive the attackers. After he was discharged from the hospital and was at home, five men came to visit him. Although his wife and children were afraid, Pastor Cinaraj invited them in and learned that they had been sent by a Hindu astrologer to ask his forgiveness. The attackers went to the astrologist after the daughter of one was knocked unconscious by lightning and another man's wife who witnessed this "went mad." They stayed at the Cinaraj home for five hours, and Pastor Cinaraj led them all to the Lord. Later they discovered that at the hour these men accepted Jesus as their Savior, the unconscious daughter opened her eyes for the first time.

Give thanks to God for these miracles of His mercy and grace. Pray the Lord will protect these new Christians and use them to further the spread of His glorious Kingdom.

Pray for NEPAL
NEPAL (Compass Direct)
Police arrested a Christian couple who manage an orphanage in Nepal, and charged them with forcibly converting minors. Babu and Sabitri Varghese were arrested on April 27th, after a disgruntled former employee stole a photo of an adult baptism and told the police that the couple was baptizing Hindu children. Local newspaper editors printed the photo and then demanded the Vargheses pay them 100,000 rupees ($2,300). When the couple refused, the paper printed calls for them to be jailed for six years. Babu, 36, and Sabitri, 32, are confined at separate police stations, while their children Blesson and Benson are being cared for by orphanage staff. Some observers fear the Nepali government may try to make an example of the couple to discourage Indian Christians from establishing charitable institutions in the country. (Click here)

As Babu and Sabitri are imprisoned separately, pray Jesus will surround each of them with His precious presence. Pray God will protect all Christian orphanages in Nepal. Pray those in authority will understand and appreciate the need for these orphanages in their troubled land.

Pray for SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA (Compass Direct)
One week after arresting 40 Pakistani Christians, Saudi Arabia's muttawa religious police broke into another private worship service of expatriate Christians, arresting five elders of a house church in Riyadh's central Al-Olaya district. High-ranking Muslim sheikhs reportedly took part in the April 29th raid on a congregation of 60 Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians who had gathered for prayer. The muttawa confiscated the worshippers' personal Bibles and one woman's cross necklace. Permitted telephone contact with their families during the initial fours days of their incarceration, the five elders have reportedly been transferred to prison facilities of the Ministry of Interior, where they are being held incommunicado.

Pray international pressure will be brought upon the Saudi government. Pray the Lord will protect and comfort all imprisoned for their faith in Jesus, giving them opportunities to share the Good News. Pray Saudi Muslims will hunger to know the Creator of the universe as their loving Father.

Pray for SRI LANKA
SRI LANKA (Compass Direct)
Asma Jahangir, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion or Belief, is presently in Sri Lanka to probe the issue of religious liberty. Jahangir met with members of Buddhist organizations who feel Western religious rights advocates fail to see the issue of conversion in its "proper Asian context." The Island newspaper quoted the country's highest-ranking Buddhist cleric as saying that anti-conversion legislation is an "urgent requirement, since Buddhists are being converted to other religions at an unprecedented rate." On May 4th, Jahangir met with members of the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL) and with several Christians who have suffered persecution. The NCEASL reiterated its commitment to work for a just solution to these problems through "dialogue and mutual understanding."

Give thanks to God that many Buddhists have turned to Christ. Pray God will use these meetings to convince the authorities that anti-conversion legislation will not be effective. Pray Christians in Sri Lanka will bring many more into God's Kingdom.

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aclu blog brust

"The ACLU, along with seven national organizations, participates in Right to Vote, a national coalition to end felony disfranchisement policies.



The ACLU is also conducting an ex-felon public education and mobilization campaign with affiliates in Georgia, New Jersey, North Carolina and Southern California, to educate ex-felons about their voting rights and to encourage them to vote".Per ACLU

First, let me ask you a question. Is voting a right or a privilege? If you look at the numerous rights listed in the Declaration of Independence, and the constitution itself, there is no mention of voting rights. For those who believe they have a "right to vote," here's a little history lesson.

"The American founders were well versed in the miseries of majority rule and of the historical failures of democracies.

So, they went about forming a government which would protect the rights of everyone, especially the minority, from the tyranny of mob rule (democracy).
We often forget in our time that those who created the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. government itself had been a distinct political minority for many years. They knew first hand how dangerous majority rule and democracies can be. They knew instinctively that when the mob gets rolling, the rights of individuals are of no consequence.

"Trial, we don't need no stinkin' trial! He's guilty, string him up!" They knew that in a democracy, no one's rights are secure and that sooner or later the majority would find a way to sack the treasury and bleed it dry. That's why they formed a representative republic. In a republic form of government, which we are guaranteed by the national and state constitutions, there must be a limited franchise to vote.

Voting in a republic is not a right, it is a privilege. The American founders then went one step further, and insisted that voting privileges be determined by each state legislature, not the national or federal government. It worked quite well for more than 100 years ... then came "reconstruction" after the U.S. vs. CSA conflict in the 1860s. That's when the socialist move for a "full democracy" began. It has flourished ever since, slowly but surely eroding the original guarantees of a republic form of government by planting ideas that every person has a "right to vote," simply ignoring constitutional restraints against such a notion."
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The 14th Amendment permits states to deny the vote "for participation in rebellion, or other crime." In 32 states convicted felons have the "privilege" to vote. Only 13 states now forbid convicted felons from voting, with just nine of these imposing lifetime bans. Two states, Vermont and Maine, even allow felons currently doing time to vote like any other citizen. The fact is that it isn't about the felon's "rights". What it comes down to is states rights.

Ignoring the fact that the ACLU is trampling on states rights for the moment, I will defend the decision of these states as deserving applause. Felons include murderers, rapists, and child molesters. Why should those who break the law have any right to vote for those who make and enforce the law? Why should convicted criminal have any say in who becomes sheriff or judge? And why stop at the "right" to vote? Why not restore a convicted murderer the right to own a gun?

Now, the subject of criminals serving time having some "right" to vote is just ludicrous to me. But when it comes to the subject of ex-prisoner felons being able to vote, it has to be approached with much more care.

Many believe that once a felon has served their time they have paid their price to society, and with their reinstated citizenship they should be given back it's full privileges including that of voting. In many cases the person has learned their lesson, and goes back into society to contribute positively, a truly changed individual for the better. And personally, I think people like this should regain their citizenship in full with all of it's benefits, including voting. But on the other hand, many come out of prison conditioned, and hardened, only to return to a life of crime...in many cases worse than before. In my opinion every citizen has a social contract with society, that once broken has also broken the trust of society. It really comes down to rehabilitation, and being given parole is not a true gauge to measure this by. I would have no problem giving ex-prisoner felons back their full citizen privileges after a specified period of time in which they commit no other felonies, and prove their good citizenship.

I know another argument from the left which states that laws denying formerly incarcerated criminals their "right" to vote is a remnant of the "old Jim Crow laws". These people believe the laws are racially motivated. They base their argument off of the statistics showing that almost one third of convicted felons are black.

Instead of confronting the fact that a grossly disproportionate percentage of crime is committed by black men, however, they twist it around and claim it is another example of institutionalized white racism. Of course, they conveniently leave out the fact that any convicted felon, despite their race, loses the right to vote in the states that forbid it.

If you think the disproportionate amount of blacks convicted of felonies is due to a flawed judicial system, I want argue with you. I also have qualms with our judicial system.

Despite all of the arguments, it all comes down to states' rights. If a state has decides to make part of the punishment of a felony the loss of their voting privileges permanently, or bear arms, this can not be infringed upon by the federal government, or the ACLU. Those who violate the rights of others have proven that they want the benefits of society without the burden of obeying its laws. They can hardly complain when a majority of their fellow citizens deny them the right to choose who make the laws. When one is convicted of a felony, they lose many rights and privileges. I definitely don't think incarcerated felons should be able to vote, as the ACLU does. And as far as them regaining those privileges once they finish their prison term....it shouldn't be unconditional or automatic the way the ACLU thinks.

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# Posted by Alyfireman :: 11:22 AM :: |
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Thursday, May 05, 2005

ACLU "Anti Christian"

Is the ACLU biased against the Christian religion; well let’s take a look at the evidence:

This “great protector of our civil rights” (all sarcasm intended) has yet to challenge any Muslim prayers that have now been mandated by many California public schools. For the ACLU, Islam is allowed but, Christianity is forbidden.
In its recent lawsuit against Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish School, the ACLU is calling for the fining and imprisonment of the school’s Board “for their calculated un-American and immoral conduct to embarrass, hinder or obstruct the court in the administration of justice." To the ACLU, God is now “un-American” and “immoral”. The first reason for this latest ACLU contempt charge is due to Shane Tycer (not a school employee) broadcasting a prayer (Christian of course…not Muslim) over the school’s public address system, before a basketball game. This flew in the face of a prior ACLU obtained court order (it’s easy for the ACLU to get these ‘court orders’ when judges are in its pockets), which disallows Christian prayer anywhere and anytime at the schools. artice


Public prayer at school-related functions is "un-American and immoral," contends ACLU of Louisiana's executive director, Joe Cook.
The school board's behavior in the incident is part of a "pattern and practice of disobeying the law in order to promote Christianity over other religions in public schools," the Louisiana ACLU maintained.article


Notice how Mr. Cook calls school prayer un- American. I’ll address that a little later.

The argument between Mr. Williams and the Stevens Creek School pertains to these historical documents’ references to the Judeo-Christian God. For many years, the leftist ACLU and [other] secularists and atheists have been in the process of working toward the dissolution of Christianity from the United States of America. One can debate the actual date when this process began but, most agree that the Engle decision in 1962 (in which SCOTUS removed prayer from the public schools’ classrooms) was a benchmark decision. However, my argument pertains to those who state that the ACLU is working toward removing all religion and religious reference from the public forum. Even Sean Hannity has continued to propagate this incorrect assumption and contention. The ACLU is not working toward dismantling all religions; only Christianity.
In California, a “mandate” has been put in place in the public school system that Islam shall and must be taught to students. Some have argued that this mandate does not exist. But, it does. Melanie Morgan (a California talk-show host) advises that when her son was in 7th grade he was not allowed to graduate to the 8th grade until he could recite and explain the Seven Pillars of Islam. If that is not a mandated public school requirement, nothing is. Although the command is that the Islamic religion must be studied, references to the Christian religion are not allowed. The ACLU has not objected to this. article


It amazes me how this 7th grader had to memorize the seven pillars of Islam. We already know what there reaction would be if he had to learn the Ten Commandments. Here’s one more:

Mainstream America is reeling with absolute shock from the politically correct decision of the University of North Carolina requiring incoming freshmen to read "Approaching the Qu-ran: The Early Revelations."
Apparently the sacred American Civil Liberties Union doctrines of the separation of church and state only apply to Christians and Jews. How else can you explain why the North Carolina ACLU went to court to support the University of North Carolina's mandatory reading assignment of the pro-Islam book for incoming freshmen?article


Nevertheless, Johnson says the ACLU and its allies routinely send out letters to school boards trying to discourage them from adopting the Bible class by implying that the NCBCPS curriculum is unconstitutional. "Of course," he adds, "they know it isn't true."article

Now that is only a few examples but it seems that it’s a pretty one sided attack on Christianity. John 15:18 says “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me first.” Jesus tells us that the world is going to hate us, so this should come as no surprise to us.

You would think that an organization that is sworn to uphold the bill of rights you would think that they would know what the founder had to say on the subject:
George Washington, the hero of the Revolution and the first President under the Constitution, added the pledge, "So help me God," to his inaugural oath, and then stooped to kiss the Bible as an affirmation of his submission to the King of kings and Lord of lords. He later asserted, "It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." [11]
John Adams, the second President, made no secret of the fact that he studied the Bible often and with diligence in order to discern the proper administration of a Christian society. He said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. So great is my veneration of the Bible that the earlier my children begin to read it, the more confident will be my hope that they will prove useful citizens of their country and respectful members of society." [12]
Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence and the third President, was also quite forthright in his acknowledgment of the necessity of a Christian foundation for this Republic. He said, "The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty. A student's perusal of the sacred volume will make him a better citizen, a better father, a better husband." [13]
Benjamin Franklin, the patriarch of the Constitutional Convention, said, "A nation of well informed men who have been taught to know the price of the rights which God has given them, cannot be enslaved." [14]
Andrew Jackson, the country's seventh President, read the Bible daily, and often referred to it as "the Rock on which our Republic rests." [15]
Noah Webster, the great author, educator, and lexicographer said that, "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws. All the miseries and evils which other nations suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible." [16]
Abraham Lincoln, President of the Union during the tumultuous days of the War Between the States, called the Bible "the best Gift God has ever given to man....But for it we could not know right from wrong." [17] He went on to say that, "It is the duty of nations, as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." [18]
U.S. Grant, the hero of Appomattox and eighteenth President, enjoined his fellow citizens to "Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet-anchor of your liberties; write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives. To the influence of this book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future." [19]
Theodore Roosevelt, the paradigm of American patriotism and President at the turn of the century said, "In this actual world, a churchless community, a community where men have abandoned and scoff at, or ignore their Christian duties, is a community on the rapid down-grade." [20]article


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# Posted by Alyfireman :: 8:25 AM :: |
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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

VOM-USA News & Prayer Update

"For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us, you also helping together in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the gift granted to us through many" (2 Corinthians 1:8-11).


Prayers for May 3, 2005
From The Voice of the Martyrs
The Voice of the Martyrs Visit: Persecution.com
Pray for BELARUS
BELARUS (Missions Insider)
Christian believers in Belarus continue to suffer under the most repressive religion law in Europe. All religious groups are required to register with the government, a process so difficult and exclusive that few groups are actually granted official status, without which they are not allowed to construct buildings. Even after registration, they are forbidden to function outside the town or city, within which they are registered. They are not allowed to preach publicly, and many churches must meet in secret. Meeting in an unused cowshed, New Life Church in Minsk, is being threatened with closure because the land is not designated for religious use. There is also growing concern about the political stability of the country under the repressive rule of President Lukashenko, who has censored the media and ruthlessly squashed opposition political parties.

Pray God will keep Belarusian Christians firm in their faith, knowing that He is their refuge and fortress. Pray President Lukashenko will turn to the One whose power is love.

Pray for IRAN
IRAN (Compass Direct)
Iranian authorities abandoned preliminary hearings against Christian convert Hamid Pourmand before an Islamic sharia court in Tehran last week, apparently after news of his trial leaked out to the international press. Officials informed the Protestant lay pastor's lawyer and family that he was being transferred to his home city of Bandar-i Bushehr to stand trial. Officials did not indicate when the prisoner would be moved or when his trial would begin. Pourmand, 47, was arrested by the Iranian security police last September for deserting Islam 25 years ago to become a Christian. A former colonel in the Iranian army, he was serving as lay pastor of an Assemblies of God congregation. He faces the death penalty for apostasy and proselytizing under Iranian law. "Hamid's wife and sons feel very alone now," an Iranian source told Compass. "They are isolated, without any source of income, and no place to go when summer comes." (Click here)

Pray international publicity regarding this trial will bring about Pourmand's release. Pray God will protect him in prison and draw near to keep him strong in his faith. Pray Christians will find ways of bringing physical, emotional and spiritual aid to Pourmand's wife and children.

Pray for LAOS
LAOS (Compass Direct)
The government of Laos has launched a new crackdown on Bru tribal Christians in southern Savannakhet. Twenty-four Bru Christians were arrested the last week of March. They were beaten, tied to a post under the hot sun, tortured with red ants and asked to sign documents renouncing their faith. Eventually, 22 of the believers—under great duress—signed the documents and were released. The other two remain in prison. Meanwhile, other Christians living in Muangphin district have been threatened with serious harm if they meet together for prayer or worship.

Pray our merciful Father will give peace of mind and comfort to the believers who renounced their faith. Pray He will provide opportunities for them to continue to share the Good News. Pray the two men still in prison will know the presence of Jesus with them to give them strength and courage.

Pray for SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA (VOM-Canada)
On April 22nd, several carloads of religious police surrounded a home in Riyadh, where 40 Pakistani Christians had gathered for a weekly prayer meeting. Everyone present, including women and children, was detained. All were released that evening with the exception of the owner of the house and the preacher. They were released two days later. The investigating police officer said that the church contained crosses, Christian literature and tapes. He stated the church was run by a Pakistani man who claimed to heal the sick, heard confessions, distributed communion and held prayer meetings. Officially, foreigners are allowed to worship in their own homes as long as they do not proselytize. Raids like this demonstrate that this freedom is not always allowed. (Click here)

Pray God will protect Christians in Saudi Arabia and allow them opportunities to share their faith. Pray they will have the strength to trust their victorious Savior. Pray the loving attitude of Saudi Christians will bring the reality of Jesus to those in this closed country who have never had the opportunity to learn of Him.

Pray for VIETNAM
VIETNAM (religionjournal.com)
According to Compass, Vietnam has promised to release Mennonite church worker Le Thi Hong Lien on April 30th, two months short of completing her one-year sentence on charges of opposing an officer performing official duties. On February 28th, Lien was transferred from prison to a mental hospital, apparently to help her recover from the abuse she endured in prison. The first time her parents visited her, they said she had lost her mind and did not recognize them. She has recently begun to recall acts of torture. She remembers drug injections, frequent and severe beatings, electric shock and food deprivation. She has trouble using her jaw, which was broken.

Give thanks to God that Lien has been released. Pray our compassionate Father will heal her body, mind and spirit. Pray God will deliver her guards from the darkness of their brutality into the light of Christ.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 5:58 AM :: |
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Sunday, May 01, 2005

I hate to sound like a pessimist but...

This post from Blogs for Terri is just one more example that shows that the world is comming to an end in a hurry. I don't understand how a hosptial can just look parents in the eye and say we aren't going to help your child anymore, have a nice life. So whats next, in a couple of years will I respond to a call of an elderly person having a heart attack a say sorry but according to my sop's(standard operating procedures) I can't help you. You would have died sooner of later anyway, have a nice life, whats left of it.

And where is the ACLU in all of this. I mean if they couldn't make a case for the hospital dening this child her basic right to life, after all they would do it for a death row inmate. Then surely they could make a case for the parents not being allowed to make the choice on rather there daughter lives or dies. But that whould be wishful thinking.

So lets keep this family in our prayers.

# Posted by Alyfireman :: 6:43 AM :: |
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