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Government can require foster parents to affirm homosexuality rules UK High Court – Coming soon to a country near you, thanks to false and/or poorly informed and/or wimpy Christians too afraid to even vote for the right things. The key question is in bold.  Political correctness – that is, saying things you know aren’t true in order to remain popular – is poison.

LONDON, Mon Feb 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A UK Christian couple fighting their local council adoption panel over a decision to bar them from providing foster care because of their faith and their unwillingness to affirm homosexuality, have lost their appeal to the High Court in London.

In February 2008, Eunice and Owen Johns of Derby filed suit against Derby City Council when they were refused for fostering because they said they would not talk to children about homosexuality as though it were an acceptable “lifestyle,” and that they would insist that children in their care accompany the family to church on Sundays.

“The law has been increasingly interpreted by Judges in a way which favours homosexual rights over freedom of conscience. Significant areas of public life are now becoming out of bounds to Christians who do not want to compromise their beliefs. If Christian morals are harmful to children and unacceptable to the State, then how many years do we have before natural children start being taken away from Christians?”

What does the Bible mean when it uses the word “faith” – this is a fairly simple but very important concept, as both believers and non-believers often get this foundational concept wrong.  It isn’t faith without evidence or in spite of evidence, it is faith based on evidence.

The Greek word behind “faith” in the NT is pistis. As a noun ,pistis is a word that was used as a technical rhetorical term for forensic proof.

Peter’s primary appeal [in Acts 2] here was threefold:

  1. He appealed to the evidence of the wonders and signsperformed by Jesus;
  2. he appealed to the empty tomb,
  3. and he appealed to fulfillment of OT prophecy.

In short, his appeals were evidentiary. One of course might wish to dispute the validity of the evidence, but in context this is beside the point. The point is that Peter grounded belief in Christianity on evidence — or, as the definition of pistis in Acts 17:31 would put it, proofs.

Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha – Kevin DeYoung makes some good points about the false teacher.

Illinois Teacher Salaries – Without Benefits! – Wow, they are even more overpaid than I thought!

Getting right to the point: Illinois’ top paid teacher in 2010 is high school Physical Education teacher, Mr. Mintz, who made $191,124, BEFORE BENEFITS. Second highest paid at another school is middle and high school English teacher, Mr Liesz making $189,219 BEFORE BENEFITS.

It gets worse from there.

Just a reminder: Unions rake in millions for Democrats – Follow. The. Money.  Union employees are pro-tax increases and get to pressure their bosses – who they just happen to contribute big $$ to – to give them great wages and benefits.  What could go wrong?

Union treasuries – filled by dues paid by union members – not only fund programs benefiting union members and their families. The money they collect also pays six-figure compensation packages for labor leaders and provides millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates.

And before anyone claims that big business owns the Republicans, go see who is getting record contributions from Wall Street (Hint: President Obama).

 

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Philadelphia Opera performs “random act of culture” (aka flash mob), singing “Hallelujah chorus” in Macy’s.  “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” in public?  Sweet.

Christian couple barred from having foster children –Just one of the many, many reasons that the debate about oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” really matters.  If sexual preferences are civil rights then you get decisions like this. If you have to teach the opposite of what God says to be able to be foster parents then that is yet another sign of how horrible Western culture has become.

The couple in the High Court test case, Eunice and Owen Johns, said Derby City Council’s fostering panel rejected them as carers because they would never tell children a homosexual lifestyle was acceptable.

Mrs Johns said: ‘The council said: “Do you know, you would have to tell them that it’s OK to be homosexual?”

‘But I said I couldn’t do that because my Christian beliefs won’t let me. Morally, I couldn’t do that. Spiritually I couldn’t do that.’

The Pentecostal Christian couple from Derby, who have fostered almost 20 children, are not homophobic, according to the Christian Legal Centre, which has taken up their case.

But they are against sex before marriage and do not recognise as marriage civil partnerships between gay couples.

P.S. If your church teaches that the Bible is “hate speech,” then it is not a church.

Palin: Do newspaper reporters read their own newspapers? – Apparently not.  It is amusing to see the Left try to dismiss Palin as being stupid, especially when she continually outsmarts them (uh, if she’s really stupid but she’s smarter than you then . . . ).  But name calling is easier than addressing the merits of arguments, eh?

Glenn’s commentary about the case of a 13 year old told by his school that he couldn’t fly a flag on his bike – not even on Veteran’s day!

This is the same school where earlier this year the Hispanic (read “Mexican”) kids were allowed to bring their Mexican flags to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, leading some American kids to bring in their American flags, resulting in “racial tension,” so the school officials are worried about a repeat of the “racial tension.”  So, rather than telling those kids supported by tax dollars of the USA that they don’t have a right not to be offended, the leftists at the school punish a kid who loves his country and honors those who served – and even died – to defend the rights of those kids who are offended by the flag of the country in which they live.

Only in the upside-down, politically-correct America are kids not allowed to be proud of their country by flying its flag.  Only in upside-down, politically-correct California are the rights of American children violated so as to protect a few kids from being “offended” by the symbol of the nation that supports them.

The Union should secede from California!

HHS falls short of pre-existing coverage prediction by … 97.8% – the title says it all.

Great rebuke of Joel Osteen.  Preach on, John!  Please watch it all.  Hat tip: Mark

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Hillbuzz on Ann Coulter: Priceless.  We live in strange times.  Here are some tidbits.

Now, for just a moment, appreciate the Bizarroworld we currently live in:

(1) We are gay guys in Boystown who, until 2008, detested Ann Coulter

(2) We are now reading Ann Coulter

(3) We agree with every damn word Ann Coulter says

(4) Sometimes, we think we’ve actually moved to the right of Ann Coulter

We’re still the same guys we always were, except that our eyes opened to the lies the DNC always sold us about Republicans and conservatives in general.

If the DNC has permanently alienated guys like us — who never in their lives thought they’d be reading and agreeing with Ann Coulter — then the Democrat Party is as good as Whig already.

The current Socialist-Democrat party has no moderates.  It is 100% lefty, baby.  And its PC-policies towards Muslims — those misunderstood murdering Care Bears — are going to get an awful lot of people killed, once the Religion of Peace stops sending its B-team to blow things up and dispatches operatives who know how to work clocks and who can successfully light their underoos and diapers on fire.

We now love Coulter so much, she just might make us straight.

David fired up his blog again — great stuff, especially for someone who just finished his first year of college!

I used to think that a triple-X domain for p*rn would help with that awful problem provided that it got it off the .com domain, as it would make it easier to filter bad sites.  But the efforts to make that happen go the wrong direction.  Too bad our gutless, paid-off politicians of both parties do nothing to enforce existing laws (kinda like the border situation).

Half of abortions done to foster care girls are by a judge’s order — Truly twisted.  Abortion is the opposite of justice.

Obama [Administration] Removed Faisal Shahzad From Terror Surveillance List Before Attack

Sources tell CBS News that would-be Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad appeared on a Department of Homeland Security travel lookout list – Traveler Enforcement Compliance System (TECS) –between 1999 and 2008 because he brought approximately $80,000 cash or cash instruments into the United States.

. . .

The person who killed 14 people at Ft Hood last fall was one such suspect whose JTTF investigation was suspiciously shut down around this time last year.

Our luck may run out soon . . .

Iran Gains Seat on UN Commission on the Status of Women. Obama Administration Silent — Fox, meet henhouse.  Why no complaints from the major feminist groups?  Is this another one of those Clinton-style things where as long as someone is pro-abortion the “feminists” will never criticize him?

At least 32 African-American Republicans running for Congress this year — Oops, someone forgot to tell them we’re racists.  Seriously, I hope the scales start tipping and more blacks realize that the Democrats have done nothing but hold them down for many decades.  Liberals are all for the “choices” that result in black abortion rates being three times as high as whites, but opposed to school choice that would help more blacks succeed.  That’s just one example of many.   Need more?  Go visit Detroit, the petri dish of Liberal politics, education and unions.

Excellent points by Pastor Timothy on Franklin Graham’s dis-invitation to the Pentagon.  I’m with Timothy on the National Day of Prayer (“meh”) but isn’t it sort of a “duh” statement for a Christian minister to think Islam is false?  If he thought Islam was true, wouldn’t he become a Muslim?  Are the Imams required to say Christianity is true?

Jesus and losers — excellent parenting advice