American News for May 7, 2008
- American News Commentary- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -Vol. 10, No. 17 May 7, 2008 © 2008- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -THANK YOUfor the warm reception you accordedthis revised version of our newsletter. Your messagessent to us at: american_news_2008@...were greatly appreciated. Please forward your issueto friends who might be interested in subscribing.Remember: there is never any subscription charge.THE POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS ARE BACK INTHE NEWS, AND THERE ARE OTHERITEMS OF INTEREST TO USFirst, lets consider the election issues:Thisweeks two primaries went somewhat as predicted,with Hillary Clinton barely taking a win in Indiana but with a much smaller margin of victory than allpredictions indicated by only 2 percentage points far less than the double-digit win she had expected tohave. And in North Carolina, Barack Obamas win wasby a larger margin than most had predicted, by about14 percentage points. From the two primaries Obama,had a total of about 1,505,000 votes against Clintons1,295,000 votes. But still with no sign of giving up byClinton, the race will continue through 6 more primaryelections before the campaign ends on June 3."Is a puzzlement."One recalls the words of YulBrynner in "The King and I" when trying to balancecandidate Hillary Clintons promise to end the war inIraq and bring the troops home, with her bellicosethreat to Iran that the US could "totally obliterate"them if they attacked Israel. Sounds more like JohnMcCain than McCain himself. The Iranian responsewas that her words were both "provocative andirresponsible," and were "a flagrant violation" ofthe UN charter whatever that means.And Indiana will continue in thenews, since atthis time each year the major church denominationshave their annual meetings. In mid-June the SouthernBaptist Convention, the nations largest Protestantchurch, will meet in Indianapolis. Then in July/Augustthe world-wide Anglican Communion will convene theevery-ten-year Lambeth Conference in Canterbury,at which time the divisions within the AmericanEpiscopal Church over the issues of homosexualitywill be a major topic for discussion. Just a week agothe United Methodist Church in America made itsdecision to maintain the language in its rules thathomosexual activity is "incompatible with Christianteaching." And on that subject, the PresbyterianChurch USA by action of its highest court, cleared theRev. Jane Adams Spahr of misconduct in performingsame-sex marriages on the grounds that unionsbetween two women are not marriages, and ruledthat the lower court "found Spahr guilty of doingthat which be definition cannot be done." Seems tobe a classic example of convoluted logic.TIME Magazine has done it again! This weeksissue (May 12) features the magazines fifth annuallist naming the "100 Most Influential People inthe World." The list is as remarkable for the namesincluded, as for those which are not included. As anexample, the only religious figures included are theDalai Lama, Bartholomew I of the Eastern OrthodoxChurch and Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Iraqi Islamic Shiite.No Protestant Christian, no Roman Catholic Pope. Attimes like this we miss Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell,James Kennedy and John Paul II. Included wasathlete Lance Armstrong, but no Tiger Woods. GeorgeMitchell but no Jimmy Carter. Hillary Clinton but noBill Clinton. Tony Blair but no Al Gore. And the onlyperson included in all five of TIMEs annual lists isOprah Winfrey. Of the 500 names in all those years,only 48 have been on the lists more than once. ButGeorge W. Bush and Chinas Hu Jintao have eachappeared 4 times, more than any other world leaders.Still, it would have been nice to think that one, justone, active Evangelical Christian Believer was of someinfluence in the world.If you would liketo have this newsletter deliveredto your email In-Box every Wednesday morning, justsend your request, along with your email address, to:With all the presidential election activity, haveyou ever wondered what kind of a person Americanpeople really want to be their leader? The AmericanBible Society commissioned a Zogby poll of likelyvoters, and discovered that the majority want onewho reflects Biblical ideals of leadership. Truth andand integrity were rated as most important. 60% favora candidate who follows the examples of leaders fromthe Bible. 78% viewed as positive a president citingScripture when addressing political positions. Nearlynearly 50% said they would not vote for a candidatewho did not believe in God. Overall, they want aleader who demonstrates accountability to God. Nota bad list to take into the voting booth on election day.A word from a Founding Father:"Suppose anation in some distant Region should take the Biblefor their only law book, and every member shouldregulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited;what a utopia, what a paradise would that Regionbe." John Adams, second President, and the firstto occupy the White House. During his first stay therehe wrote to his wife: "I pray Heaven to bestow thebest of Blessings on this House and all that shallhereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wisemen ever rule under this roof." (November, 1800)A few random thoughts . . .Dont ignore world demographics.The NationalPolicy Institute has blended the figures of fertilityrates with the various races and continents on ourplanet, and have come up with some interestingprojections for the year 2060. For example, in 1950whites represented 28% of the worlds populationand Africans represented 9%. In 2060, it is projectedthat those rates will remain about the same, but willbe reversed. People of African origin will represent25% of the worlds population, and those of Europeanorigin will represent 9.8%. Here in America theHispanic population will triple to 127 million andan erasure of the traditional border between the USand Mexico seems likely, with Mexico annexing thecurrent American Southwest. Since the year 2000whites have lost their former share of the voting agepopulation in California, dropping from 51.9% in2000 to about 47% in 2007. Remember Bob Dylanssong of the 60s: "The times they are a-changin."An example of "multicultural equivalency."Our State Department has yielded to pressure fromMuslim interests, and certain words are now banned.Included are terms like "Jihadist ...Islamic terrorist...Islamofascist...Islamo-facism...Holy warrior." Asimilar list of terms was distributed to diplomaticcircles in Britain and the European Union last year.We are waiting for the approved descriptive termfor suicide bombers; presumably the term "homicidebomber" would be considered offensive.It isnt just in Americathat the Boy Scouts havetrouble theyre also under attack in Great Britain,but not by the ACLU. There the British HumanistAssociation and the National Secular Society haveled the attack, but the grounds are the same inBritain the Scout Oath includes the pledge to "dotheir best to do their duty to God and the Queen."As in this country, the scouts in Britain are beinglabeled "discriminatory." Historically, both nationsused to put God first, but in the ongoing declineinto a secular society, the old beliefs have changed.Dont throw away your winter coats,at leastnot any time soon. And wherever Al Gore is, someoneshould call his attention to the fact that all his"Global Warming" followers have come face-to-facewith some contrary facts, as reported by ChristopherBooker in the London Telegraph on May 4. Note thesefew excerpts: "Two weeks ago, as North Americaemerged from its coldest and snowiest winter fordecades, the US National Climate Data Center ...issued a statement that snow cover in January onthe Eurasian land mass had been the most extensiveever recorded ... On April 24 the World Wildlife Fundpublished a study warning the Arctic sea ice wasmelting ...[but] by March the ice had recovered to14 million sq km, and that ice cover... was at itshighest level ever recorded ... At the same timeAntarctic sea ice cover was also at its highest-everlevel." So lets keep those winter coats handy!Time proven words to remember:"My concernis not whether God is on our side; my greatestconcern is to be on Gods side, for God is alwaysright." Abraham Lincoln\
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