PRO-LIFERS PICKET NEA TEACHER CONVENTION
Washington, Christian Newswire, 7/5/12: Pro-Lifers Picket NEA Teacher Convention in DC: Soldier On Despite Storm Impact, Heat Wave, Eugenic-Racist and Sexist Remarks [Excerpts]—Pro-Life advocates successfully staged another peaceful picket demonstration outside the National Education Association’s convention in Washington, as scheduled on July 2, despite having their ranks moderated by the flooding, storm damage, and power outages afflicting the region.
“Most local pro-life activists from nearby Virginia and Maryland had to forego their plans to picket the NEA as they dealt with the disastrous effects of the violent weather. Some called to report being evacuated due to flooding and electrical blackouts or hindered by blocked and jammed roadways,” said organizer Bob Pawson, an NEA member teacher from Trenton, NJ.
Pro-lifers displayed posters stating: ‘Abortion Kills Teachers’ Careers;’ ‘Make NEA Abortion Neutral;’ ‘25 Abortions = 1 Lost Classroom;’ and ‘Save Babies, Save Your Jobs.’
Pawson said, “One NEA delegate unwittingly echoed the eugenic racism of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, by saying that abortion ‘results in higher quality students.’ Encouragingly, a few delegates did thank us for being there or discretely gave the thumbs-up sign.
“We joined NEA for collective bargaining; not to be bullied or misrepresented on moral, social, or political issues. NEA must repeal its ‘Family Planning’ resolution and other policies, out of respect for the diversity of 3.2 million members. NEA must totally disengage from abortion; become truly neutral and non-involved.”
EXPOSING THE VATICAN-ISLAM ALLIANCE
FrontPageMag.com 7/5/12: Exposing the Vatican-Islam Alliance [Excerpts]—The Roman Catholic Church hailed UNESCO’s decision to grant the world heritage status to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
The Palestinian agenda at UNESCO is the de-Judaization of the land of Israel by Islamicizing the holy sites....The Vatican already declared its support of waving a Palestinian flag over the Temple Mount in the heart of ancient Jerusalem. Next in line is Rachel’s Tomb near Bethlehem, Judaism’s third most holy site, which for millennia has served as a place of longing, pilgrimage and prayer for the Jewish people.
Many Catholic groups worldwide already embraced the Palestinian myth. Pax Christi, one of the most famous Catholic organizations, on its website, repeatedly calls the Jewish site a “mosque.” Then there is the Bethlehem University of the Holy Land, the only Vatican-run educational institution in the area....The Catholic University recently launched a project about Rachel’s Tomb. The document calls it “a historical religious site for followers of Christianity and Islam,” whose location is “on Palestinian lands.” The Vatican institution seems to ignore that all of Rachel’s Tomb belongs to Area C, which the Oslo Accords gave to Israeli jurisdiction. The tomb, the Catholic report says, “is also known by Muslims as the Bilal Ibn Rabah Mosque.” According to the Vatican university, the Jewish shrines are Arab treasures stolen by the Zionists and the Israelis are no more than invading colonizers.
CONFUSING THE CHURCH ON HOMOSEXUALITY
Christian Post, 7/2/12: Gay Bishop Commends LGBT Presbyterians for ‘Confusing’ the Church on Homosexuality [Excerpts]—The first openly gay bishop in The Episcopal Church recently praised pro-gay Presbyterians for creating “enormous confusion” and what he called “holy chaos” in their denomination over homosexuality.
“It was not that many years ago when our churches, yours and mine and most others, were absolutely certain what God thought of us...and because of your courageous work, there are a lot of confused people out there and that is a huge step forward,” Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire said Saturday during an event sponsored by More Light Presbyterians – a pro-LGBT group. During his half-hour talk, Robinson, who was consecrated in 2003, cited several passages in Scripture to defend homosexuality.
“Let’s take the Bible back from those who have taken it hostage,” he told the LGBT crowd. “You know, those are our Scriptures too.”
But Parker T. Williamson believes Robinson is twisting Scripture to show that God is OK with homosexuality. “Robinson’s takeaway bible distorts Scripture by omitting or ignoring ‘All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.’ He replaces it with entitlement language that has no place in the community of faith. Those whom the Lord has redeemed, who by God’s grace experience amended lives and whose lives the church recognizes as demonstrations of the Gospel, are called by the Lord to serve his church...”
CHILDREN DESTROY WORSHIPFUL ATMOSPHERE?
Scott Brown, Christian Post, 7/3/12: Children Destroy the Church’s Worshipful Atmosphere [Excerpts]—A radical idea has been embraced by some modern churches: “No kids allowed in the adult worship service.”
Having children in the adult worship service is too distracting for the parents, it is said, and it’s too boring for the kids.
One pastor, when asked what the purpose of Sunday school was, replied, “To keep the children out of our hair so we can worship.” This idea was taken to an extreme level at one church (to remain anonymous), when a man was asked to remove his children from the adult church service. When he chose to remain together as a family, he was handed the church’s written policy, which stated:
“We are happy you and your children have chosen to worship with us. Small children have short attention spans, so in order to maintain a worshipful atmosphere for all, please do not be offended if an usher asks you to step outside for a few moments should your child begin to disturb others around you. For your convenience, we also provide excellent childcare for all ages. If you would like to use this service, an usher will gladly assist you.”
Do we care more about our own space than we do about the personal discipleship of our children? Have we drifted to where we model our sanctuaries more after the peace and focus of a yoga club and inspiration of a rock concert...Do we narcissistically love our comforts more than we desire to embrace the difficult task of training up a mighty army of saints who would be willing to go to their death for their Savior?
This “children-are-a-disruption” attitude is not new. It was around even in Jesus’ day. Mark:10:13-16 records this: “And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.”