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      Vol. 13, No. 23              December 2, 2009                © 2009
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      WE KEEP TRYING TO LINK politics with the mission of
      the Christian church, and to explain the political aspect, no
      one does it better than Thomas Sowell: "No one will really
      understand politics until they understand that politicians
      are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve
      their own problems - of which getting elected and re-elected
      are No. 1 and No. 2. Whatever is No. 3 is far behind."  As
      for the church aspect, Chuck Colson, whom we quoted in
      these words last week, has it right: "The Church needs to
      understand the urgency of the hour and do its duty."
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      IN THIS PERIOD BETWEEN THE TWO HOLIDAYS
      THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS, THERE IS
      ENCOURAGING EVIDENCE OF HOPE
       
      News-wise, this is a confusing, mixed-up time. Some idea
      of just how strange is the newsday in which we live and
      operate is evident in the headline grabbing stories of the day:
      two publicity seekers gate-crashing a White House bash . . .
      the world's top golfer in a one-car collision at 2:30 AM . . .
      Iran thumbs its nose at the rest of the world, one more time
      . . . etc. But out of all the possibilities, we will try to focus
      on those which best fit our overall purpose in commenting. 
       
      For good reasons, this is called the "Age of the Polls."
      In Christian circles the recent years might be called "The
      Age of the Manifestos." Looking back to 2007, a group of
      Islamic scholars addressed their treatise, "A Common Word
      between Us and You," to Christians all over the world. In
      answer, Yale Divinity School prepared a Christian response,
      "Loving God and Neighbor Together." They collected some
      300 signatories, including several nominal "Evangelicals." Of
      those, it was notable that the President of Wheaton College
      gave the matter second thought, and removed his name. Some
      other so-called Evangelicals were not as perceptive. But of
      that effort, little has been heard in the years since.
       
      Then in early May, 2008, a group of nominal "Evangelicals"
      prepared a 19 page document, "An Evangelical Manifesto,"
      with some 75 so-called "Evangelical leaders" as signatories. 
      Notable was the fact that Southern Baptists, certainly major
      Evangelical advocates, were excluded, as were other of the
      traditional Conservative pro-life and pro-family Evangelical
      voices. As with the Yale Divinity School document, little has
      been heard of this Manifesto since.
       
      Then in mid-May of 2008, a document, strongly supported
      by Southern Baptist leaders, appeared, called "The We Get
      It Declaration," directed in large measure at false assumptions
      concerning the global warming theory. The aim was to have
      as many as a million signatures, but like the others, little has
      been heard of this declaration since its introduction.
       
      Now the latest and most encouraging declaration has
      appeared and the immediate response has demonstrated at
      least two significant reactions: (1) The national situation
      is deteriorating so badly that something needs to be done,
      and (2) The Christian Church is beginning to realize that it
      needs to combat the decline in the nation's moral values.
       
      On November 20 the first 150 Evangelical leaders signed
      "The Manhattan  Declaration" immediately upon its
      announcement in Washington, D.C. With exposure only on
      the Internet -- the elite media has essentially ignored it --
      within 24 hours over 10,000 signatures had been added, and
      as of this date, less than two weeks after its introduction,
      nearly 250,000 signatures have been added, and that type of
      growth continues. So at last we have a statement by and for 
      Evangelicals, dealing with issues of concern to Evangelicals.
       
      A meaningful comment concerning the Declaration is
      from Dr. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist
      Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY: "I signed 'The
      Manhattan Declaration.' Indeed, I am among the original
      signatories to that statement ... Why?
       
      "There are several reasons, but they all come down to this
      -- I believe we are facing an inevitable and culture-
      determining decision on the three issues centrally identified
      in this statement. I also believe that we will experience a
      significant loss of Christian churches, denominations, and
      institutions in this process. There is every good reason to
      believe that the freedom to conduct Christian ministry
      according to Christian conviction is being subverted and
      denied before our eyes. I believe that the sanctity of human
      life, the integrity of marriage, and religious liberty are very
      much in danger at this very moment."
       
      And even Conservative political commentator Bill O'Reilly
      had this to say: "The Christian manifesto concludes with a
      call to arms and, some believe, a direct arrow aimed at the
      Obama administration: 'Unjust laws degrade human beings
      . . . They lack any power to bind in conscience. [Martin
      Luther] King's willingness to go to jail, rather than comply
      with legal injustice, was exemplary and inspiring.' And so,
      with the stroke of a pen, the Christian writers have turned
      the tables on those who say gay marriage and unfettered
      abortion are civil rights and, therefore, should be
      constitutionally protected."
       
      This Declaration, and the leadership which sponsored it,
      may prove to be the initial element in the Conservative/
      Evangelical breakthrough we have realized is necessary and
      for which we have been praying. To read it and sign, go to:
       
      This important development reminds us of the last real
      leader of Evangelicals, the late Jerry Falwell and his Moral
      Majority. Last week his son, Jonathan Falwell, said of his
      father's ministry, "Dad had lived his life in near continual
      controversy largely because he lived with what has been
      described as 'audacious  faith.'" What is needed today is a
      resurgence of that "audacious faith" by American Christians
      -- a faith that shaped the American Conservative movement,
      built one of the nation's truly great mega-churches, and the
      largest Evangelical university in the world. 
       
      This new Evangelical Declaration should be in our minds
      and guide our action as we look forward to Election Day,
      November 2, 2010 -- now just 335 days away. It must be
      our goal on that day to take a major step toward reclaiming
      this nation for God and the Christian faith as the Founding
      Fathers intended.
       
      Barack Obama has been called a "Crypto-Muslim,"
      but perhaps not everyone is familiar with the meaning of the
      term. One definition puts it this way: "Crypto-Islam is the
      term used to refer to one holding secret adherence to Islam,
      while publicly professing to be of another faith; people who
      practice Crypto-Islam are referred to as 'Crypto-Muslims.'"
      There are conflicting opinions as to the validity of the term as
      applied to Mr. Obama.
       
      Some believe that he is still a Muslim, despite his more than
      20 years of affiliation with Trinity United Church of Christ in
      Chicago. They may be correct, but what is lacking is positive
      evidence of that being true. We know that as a child he was
      reared in the Islamic faith, and any records of his conversion
      to the Christian faith are presumably held with the other
      undisclosed records of his past life, including his place of
      birth, his college and graduate school academic achievements,
      etc. His frequent and openly expressed admiration for Islam
      certainly lends credence to their opinion. 
       
      In that regard, this was not given much publicity in America,
      but as released by the White House was word that on the
      eve of America's Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, Mr. Obama
      sent greetings to Muslims who were celebrating Hajj, the
      annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Included in the president's
      greeting were these words: "Michelle and I would like to
      send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year,
      and to Muslims in America and around the world who are
      celebrating Eid-ul-Adha ... During Hajj, the world's 
      largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims
      from all walks of life ...will stand in prayer on Mount
      Arafat ... This year I am pleased that the Department of
      Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi
      Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of  H1N1
      during Hajj ... On behalf of the American people we would
      like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season."
       
      Those "American people," 84% of whom profess to be
      Christian, (although the president affirms that America is no
      longer a Christian nation) would be somewhat surprised that
      on their behalf greetings were extended to an anti-Christian
      religion, and as tax payers, those American citizens would
      be equally surprised to know that they were paying to help
      Saudi Arabia cope with swine flu, when here in this country
      the Obama administration has been unable to provide
      adequate serum to protect Americans against that disease.
       
      Two of our key law enforcement agencies came under
      the cloud of incompetence this week, sponsoring questions
      as to just how well prepared we are in this age of frequent
      outbursts of terrorism, even though that term is no longer
      "politically correct."  The FBI, long the role model for all
      law enforcement agencies, has been dubbed, "Fumbling
      Bureau of Incompetence," for their mishandling of all the
      evidences of the anti-American viewpoints of Major Nidal
      Malik Hasan, the accused murderer of 13 soldiers at Fort
      Hood. Hasan's extremism was so obvious that the FBI had
      identified e-mails between him and Anwar al-Aulaqi, a
      radical Muslim cleric with apparent ties to Osama bin Laden,
      but had decided not to conduct a full investigation.
       
      As syndicated columnist Herbert London noted, "Political
      correctness has insinuated itself into the analysis of the
      murders at Fort Hood." And he adds that it is apparently
      "far better to rationalize the atrocity by referring to the
      assailant, Major Nidal Hasan, as a deranged individual,
      rather than a radical Muslim intent on bloodshed."
       
      Equally under a cloud of incompetence  is the usually highly
      regarded US Secret Service, charged with the protection of
      every US president -- but who allowed two publicity seeking
      socialites to enter the formal state dinner honoring the Prime
      Minister of India, where they shook hands with President
      Obama. There was no invitation, clearance or valid reason
      for their presence -- a violation of procedure and protocol
      unprecedented in White House sponsored events. The US
      Secret Service is now under the Department of Homeland 
      Security, headed by Janet Napolitano. No comment.
       
      Things are different in Europe and the Middle East.
      Forty-five years ago, in 1946, Bob Dylan had a hit song,
      "The times they are a-changin." That can accurately describe
      events in Europe and the Middle East today. After Iran's
      President Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe Israel off the face
      of the earth, now Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is ready to
      abolish Switzerland and divide all of its its land among the
      neighboring countries. Gaddafi is prepared to present his
      plan when Libya takes over the year-long presidency of
      the U.N. general Assembly on September 15. His proposal
      in brief states: "It is formed of an Italian community that
      should return to Italy, another German community that
      should return to Germany, and a third French community
      that should return to France." Added to his dislike of the
      Swiss people is their recent vote by a 57% majority to ban
      minarets or towers on Muslim mosques in Switzerland. 
       
      Since we have apparently given up all manufacturing to
      China, and all cyber-world technology and service to India,
      perhaps here is a thought for our nation's economic future
      from the Father of our Country: "It will not be doubted,
      that with reference either to individual, or National
      Welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance. In
      proportion as Nations advance in population, and other
      circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more
      apparent; and renders the cultivation of the Soil more
      and more, an object of public patronage."
      -- George Washington, 1796
         
      Every week you thank us for printing the "one liners."
      Here are a few that you may like from this week's research:
      "The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out
      of other people's money.” (Margaret Thatcher)
       
      "It's not true that the only good terrorist is a dead terrorist.
      Even dead terrorists aren't good. But at least they're dead."
      (Ralph Peters, in the New York Post)
       
      "There is not a ray of sunshine in anything coming out of
      Washington. Yet, we keep electing the same old mental
      misfits, fakes, frauds and fools to positions of trust and
      leadership."  (Thomas D. Segel)
       
      "If you can't convince them, confuse them." (Harry Truman) 
       
      And others are saying . . .
      Cal Thomas: "Not all revolutions begin in the streets with
      tanks and guns. Some advance slowly, almost imperceptibly,
      until a nation is transformed and the public realizes too
      late that their freedoms are gone. Such is the revolution
      now taking place in America."
       
      Charles Krauthammer (on the current health reform bill):
      "The bill is irredeemable. It should not only be defeated.
      It should be immolated, its ashes scattered over the Senate
      swimming pool." 
       
      Constancio Asumen, Jr: "The fault ... is giving credibility to
      Al Gore. It was understandable that Bill Clinton would sell
      Gore as presidential timber. When he was picked for Vice
      President, I chalked it up to Clinton's attempt at getting a
      life insurance policy. With Al Gore in line for succession to
      the Oval Office, who was going to want to harm President
      William Jefferson Clinton?"
       
      Katie Couric: “Is the honeymoon over? Although President
      Obama has been in office less than a year, many Americans
      are growing disenchanted with his handling of the
      enormous problems he and the country are facing, from
      healthcare to unemployment to Afghanistan."
       
      As always, we offer a quote from a Founding Father as
      a reminder of the kind of nation this was intended to be:
      "It is the duty of every man to render to the Creator such
      homage, and such only, as he believes to be acceptable to
      him. This duty is precedent both in order of time and degree
      of obligation, to the claims of Civil Society. Before any man
      can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be
      considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe."
      -- James Madison, 1785
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