Rick gives a timely video message about our current economic situation.
By Rick Joyner
by Jennifer Mesko, editor
Oversight agency has unique opportunity to rein in Time Warner Inc.
Time Warner Inc. is seeking permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to spin off its cable division into a separate entity.
Since the FCC oversees the cable and satellite TV industries, this provides a perfect opportunity for concerned citizens to weigh in on the harm of pornography to individuals, families and society.
The FCC should be encouraged to find out how much money Time Warner is making from pay-per-view pornography, and request that the media giant get out of the porn business altogether — in exchange for spin-off approval.
A friend of mine forwarded the following argument to me:
The specific text is “no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”, and that’s more than just saying they can’t make a law concerning practice of religion. It also means they can’t establish one. If you base your argument against socialism on religion (or gay marriage, etc.) (presumably Christian), you simply don’t have an argument legally, because the passage of the law would be the establishment of a religion. And for me, a specific governement ethos isn’t immoral or moral. Only people can be.
This was my response:
This statement is wrong about the Religion Clause of the First Amendment. The Establishment clause prohibits Congress from either making a law establishing a national religion OR making a law that interfered with (at that time) state establishments of religion (Anglicanism in Virginia, etc.). To “establish” a religion meant that a particular denomination was made the official denomination of the government and supported by tax dollars and laws with more favorable treatment than other denominations.
“Establish” had a specific meaning. It certainly did not mean that a religious belief could not form the moral foundation of a law.
Let’s assume your friend’s premise is valid, though: that a religious belief motivating a particular law renders it unconstitutional. Many religions–Christian, Jewish, Muslim–oppose gay marriage. If Congress passes a law banning gay marriage, which religion has been established? All three (or more)? Your friend would have the courts checking the affiliations of any of the law’s supporters to make sure they are nothing but atheists.
Moreover, such a stance against religion would foster hostility toward religion over nonreligion, something your friend would have learned is not allowed under the Establishment Clause.
The U.S. Supreme Court expressly rejected this reasoning about religious correlation decades ago when it upheld Maryland’s Sunday Closing law in McGowan v. Maryland, 366 U.S. 420, 442 (1961):
“[T]he ‘Establishment’ Clause does not ban federal or state regulation of conduct whose reason or effect merely happens to coincide or harmonize with the tenets of some or all religions. In many instances, the Congress or state legislatures conclude that the general welfare of society, wholly apart from any religious considerations, demands such regulation. Thus, for temporal purposes, murder is illegal. And the fact that this agrees with the dictates of the Judaeo-Christian religions while it may disagree with others does not invalidate the regulation. So too with the questions of adultery and polygamy. Davis v. Beason, 133 U.S. 333, 10 S.Ct. 299, 33 L.Ed. 637; Reynolds v. United States,
98 U.S. 145 (1878). The same could be said of theft, fraud, etc., because those offenses were also proscribed in the Decalogue.”
The Foundation submitted a brief to a federal appeals court that addresses this argument in more detail here: http://www.morallaw.org/PDF/Selman%20v.%20Cobb%20County.pdf
Today we seem to be floating on a tattered raft of bad news, but this is a week for Thanksgiving, and it seems only right to note that for all the trouble we face, we live in the most blessed times in human history. We have the capacity to feed ourselves and the know-how to feed others, we live longer than any other generation ever (especially if we control the kind of excess that now, rather than want, shortens our lives), and we are able to transmit and share ideas with lightning speed around the world. Despair and panic, we know, can spread quickly, but so can words of consolation and redemption. This is also an extraordinary era for medicine. As we count our blessings this week, consider what one field – adult stem cell research and therapy – is accomplishing for human healing:
Liver Repair. Doctors at Imperial College, London, have shown treatment benefits from
using adult stem cells collected from the patients’ own blood to treat cirrhosis of the liver. Three of the nine patients treated showed almost complete repair after 12 weeks.
Cerebral Palsy. Duke University scientists have treated a young girl for cerebral palsy using her
umbilical cord blood, which the parents had saved. Two months after receiving her own stem cells, the girl is reported to have made a 50 percent recovery.
Windpipe Reconstruction. A Colombian woman whose windpipe was destroyed by tuberculosis received a transplant using donated tissue and her own adult stem cells to form the replacement organ. The international team that conducted the work included scientists in Italy and
the United Kingdom and surgeons in Spain. The surgery occurred in June, there is still no rejection of the new tissue, and she can now walk flights of stairs and go dancing.
Clinical Trial to Treat Heart Failure. The University of Utah is enrolling patients in a new clinical trial that uses their own bone marrow adult stem cells to treat two types of heart failure. The trial is the first of its kind for a condition, cardiomyopathy, which is not susceptible to other forms of treatment besides a heart transplant.
Healing for the Holidays
Knee Repairs for Ruggers. British scientists have used adult stem cells to develop the equivalent of a “living bandage” that can be applied to difficult-to-treat knee injuries caused by a torn meniscus. This ligament in the knee often suffers damage from sharp twisting motions such as those incurred in rugby and other sports. The adult stem cells are applied to a spongy collagen material and have proven capable of pulling together torn pieces of meniscal tissue.
Heart Valve Construction. German researchers have enjoyed success (not yet used in human trials) in building heart valves using the “scaffolding concept” and adult stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood. The scientist in charge of the research noted that the valves might be used to replace defective ones in children, perhaps even growing along with them and allowing them to avoid the multiple surgeries required by traditional valve replacement.
There are over 2,000 FDA-approved clinical trials underway in the U.S. deploying stem cells. All are using adult sources of these tissues. None involve the killing of embryos. Additionally, there are no FDA approved trials for stem cells derived from embryos.
Obama Appoints Abortion Activists to His Team
President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t wasted any time advancing his radical pro-abortion agenda.
Over the weekend, Obama appointed Ellen Moran, executive director of Emily’s List, as his White House communications director. Emily’s List is a group that spends hundreds of millions of dollars funding pro-abortion Democrat candidates. More
Election News Coverage Largely Ignored Religion by Jennifer Mesko, editor
‘The mainstream media are utterly clueless as to how to cover religious issues.’
Just 4 percent of the general election news coverage focused on religion. More than half of those stories dealt with Sen. Barack Obama, while 8.5 percent featured Sen. John McCain.
Social issues — including abortion, same-sex “marriage” and stem-cell research — accounted for less than 1 percent of campaign news overall.
These are some of the findings of a new study conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism and Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The study examined religion-focused election coverage in 48 news outlets between June 1 and Oct. 15.
Pray for spiritual awakening in the press and in our nation.