Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Huckabee is 2012 GOP frontrunner in new Rasmussen poll

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is on Republican voters’ wish list for the 2012 election, according to an October 19 Rasmussen poll. The 2008 presidential candidate carried 44 percent of the telephone survey respondents with Mitt Romney at 39 percent. The problem is…where were these voters in 2008? Why was the prospect so gloomy that these men had to leave the race early?

How did Mike Huckabee—an avid, kind, fun-loving and sincere Christian—lose the 2008 primaries so quickly when many now see him as a viable 2012 contender? The problem comes when Christians trust their pocketbooks more than God.

In this reporter’s church experience over 22 years, the split between Democrats and Republicans in various church denominations is nearly 50/50. They continue to vote a certain way simply because “they always have” or “their families always have.” Should this determine who the next leader of the Free World is?

In 2008, the most common excuse from Christians for not choosing Huckabee was “I heard he wasn’t good for taxes in Arkansas.” And from churchgoing Obama voters it was, “Well, he’ll be good for the economy. I know he’s basically pro-choice, but maybe he’ll do the right thing for pro-life once he’s there.”

President Obama’s intents toward “pro-life” are now quite clear. Among his appointees to high government posts are:
-Kathleen Sebelius, Director of Health and Human Services. As Governor of Kansas, Sebelius vetoed pro-life bills from 2003-2007 including a bill to strengthen the ban on late-term abortion.
-Dawn Johnsen, Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel (Dept. of Justice), was former legal counsel for NARAL (now "Pro-Choice America").
-Ellen Moran, White House Communications Director, is a former executive director of Emily's List, an organization that funds and supports the election of only pro-choice Democratic women.
-David Hamilton, President Obama’s first federal pick for a judge (Seventh Circuit Court), whose record demonstrates a strictly anti-Bible, pro-choice stance.

The Oct. 21 Rasmussen Presidential Tracking Poll surveying various voters (not just Republicans) shows President Obama’s disapproval rating at forty percent to only 27 percent approval. This may be due to the dismal results of our desire for “Change” and the continuing economic downturn.

The bulk of companies that have closed and laid off American employees did so after the election, not under President Bush. This shows such a lack of confidence in the new President that these companies couldn’t even stay open for 3-6 months after the election to see what would happen. So much for voting our trust in the economy.

Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-20, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth…but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…” (6:19-20) and follows it closely with Matthew 6:33: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these things will be added [or given] to you.” When will Christians start voting for God instead of money?

Mike Huckabee has gained popularity this year with his new Fox-TV show “Huckabee.” His guests include well-known political personalities, and the few outspoken Hollywood conservatives like Chuck Norris and Jon Voigt who aren’t afraid to bring well-founded facts to the table about the new administration’s direction. Maybe this will help him in 2012.

As for all those undecided voters making up the huge disparity in Obama’s Rasmussen Poll popularity (33% undecided), they need to start growing some conviction and know their voting reasons instead of mindlessly following a crowd at the last minute.

This article was originally published at the Underground Online Magazine. Check out the Underground for your alternative e-news.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pornography isn't Victimless - Join the WRAP Campaign

The porn industry would have us believe that pornography is harmless and victimless – they even go so far as to say pornography “empowers” women. In a July 2009 CNBC special on porn, "Business of Pleasure," one female porn star says “I just treat it like any job.”

If porn takes no victims, we wouldn’t need “Victims of Pornography Month” in May each year, or “White Ribbons Against Pornography Week (WRAP)” – coming up Sunday, October 25 - Sunday, November 1, 2009. WRAP is sponsored by Morality in Media.

For decades, numerous reports have offered real statistics about porn’s victims:
-Ruined marriages from addiction to print porn and Internet porn;
-Abuse and violence after viewing porn videos;
-Addiction to porn in magazines leading to visiting strip clubs and extramarital affairs;
-Adult pornography leading to sexual exploitation of children and sex trafficking;
-Teens and children becoming addicted to porn found in parents’ and friends’ computers or magazines (roughly 93% of boys and 61% of girls have seen online porn);
-Clergy and youth leaders unable to resist the temptation of porn films in hotel rooms;
-Soft porn working its way toward hard porn in major movies and TV shows.
(Visit the Morality in Media website link above for evidence of these statements. Click on “Effects of Pornography” in the column at right side.)

Tweens and teens no longer see the harm in porn because “everyone’s posting nude pictures” on cell phones. Michael Leahy, author of Porn Nation – Conquering America’s #1 Addiction and a one-time porn addict, calls pornography the “crack cocaine of sexual addiction.”

“Porn is protected by free speech” – myth becomes truth
The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment doesn't protect obscenity. But today’s “politically correct” philosophy says there are no absolute truths, nothing is right or wrong or good or bad, so "what is obscene" has become relative. Laws are thrown out in favor of doing what feels good and allowing others to do so because we mustn’t be judgmental.

Enforcement of U.S. Federal Obscenity Laws has long been declining in the name of free speech. Despite recent Harris Polls showing 75-77% of American adults would support efforts to enforce federal obscenity laws it still isn’t happening.

How can you help?
-Read some porn victim stories at the Victims of Pornography website.
-Participate in the WRAP campaign as an individual or with a church group (see details at the Morality in Media website's first right-bar link - “Wrap Campaign”).
-PRAY for victims of pornography and their families.
-PRAY for a miraculous downfall to the $100 billion porn industry.
-RESIST temptation and help your family to resist. Study Matthew 6:13, 26:41; Luke 22:46, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-3.

The original version of this post appeared here at The Underground Online Magazine. Come check out The Underground.

(This writer is not receiving any remuneration or compensation from organizations mentioned in this article.)
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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Abortion Amendments Won't Appear in Health Care Bill

This report has been combined with excerpts from “Abortion Amendments Voted Down” by writer Adam Fowler, used by permission.

Pro-life advocates have faced two defeats in Congress concerning taxpayer dollars going for abortion. Amendments to abortion wording in the new health care bill were voted down in the week of October 5, and the Baucus Bill passed muster this week.

Current law prohibits federal funds from being used for abortions except for rape, incest or the life of the mother. But the Baucus Bill will ensure that federal funds can be used to cover abortion by creating a different method of accounting. The method will permit taxpayer subsidies to go to private health plans that include abortion by giving those health plans the capability to label "private dollars" as those spent on abortions and "public dollars" as non-abortion dollars.

The first proposed abortion amendment would have inserted stronger language making it clear that abortion would never be covered under government-subsidized plans. The second amendment gave opt-out protections to health-care providers who object to providing certain procedures like abortion because of moral issues. Both amendments were voted down 13-10.

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Finance Committee member who proposed the funding amendment, argued that the vote against the amendment leaves a worrisome ambiguity in the law that could lead to taxpayer funding of abortion.

Broad-stroke laws often have far-reaching effects which are initially unintended—or are they? Fowler’s article concludes the Baucus Bill adds to concerns that health care reform will eventually lead to government-funded abortion, with or without a so-called “public” (meaning government) option.

According to Guttmacher Institute statistics, abortions due to rape, incest or health of the mother account for only 1.5-2% of all legal abortions. However, "health of the mother" is becoming more and more subjective. What constitutes "health" is left up to abortion providers and their patients. Former Surgeon General Everett C. Koop, along with a group called Physicians for Life, repeatedly testifies that abortion is the least safe way to save the life of a mother, and that Caesarean section delivery is always preferable.
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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Prostitution as a College Course - With Taxpayer Dollars

“The Sex Workers Art Show” is touring American colleges. Featuring self-professed prostitutes, nude dancers and pornographic film stars as "art," it's all funded with taxpayer dollars. In a National Review Online column, journalist Mona Charen states that the show has apparently appeared at the historic College of William and Mary four times already, and also toured Duke University.

William and Mary parents, alumni, students and ordinary taxpayers who found out about this were instrumental in approaching Virginia’s Congress while in session, to review the W&M school board.

This hasn’t stopped “The Sex Workers Art Show” and other erotic “educational” undertakings from entering American institutions of education. Concerned Women for America reports that Randall College—another Virginia school—recently took students to visit a brothel in Nevada and a topless show at a casino. Attendees reported that prostitution was linked to empowerment for women, with no explanation of how some women (and mere girls) are forced into prostitution and degraded by boyfriends, pimps or to support expensive drug habits.

At the Home page of “The Sex Workers Art Show,” it is apparent the program considers the oldest profession in the world to be a normal part of the service industry. After entering the site, it's obvious that the 2009 Tour page makes no bones about using the word “wh_re” to describe its performers.

Charen also cites reports about Boston University students publishing a sex-driven newspaper called Boink, and Yale students hold an event called SWAY (Sex Week at Yale) with the administration’s blessings.

The porn industry makes more money per year than all of American sports put together. From reality TV to the classroom to sex photos on their cell phones, students are bombarded with the theory that we are sexual beings who can’t have any control over our impulses. Living in a "Hooking-Up culture" (see previous post here), our kids may never know the pleasures of giving themselves to one person fully—emotionally and physically—and may be incapable of surrendering their lives to Christ as they learn that the Bible’s philosophies are outdated and insensitive to current societal needs.

Heaven forbid they should see this: “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22, NAS).

The original version of this article is posted at The Underground Online Magazine.
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