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July 15, 2007

North American union plan headed to Congress in fall

Powerful think tank prepares report on benefits of integration between U.S., Mexico, Canada

WASHINGTON ­ A powerful think tank chaired by former Sen. Sam Nunn and guided by trustees including Richard Armitage, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Harold Brown, William Cohen and Henry Kissinger, is in the final stages of preparing a report to the White House and U.S. Congress on the benefits of integrating the U.S., Mexico and Canada into one political, economic and security bloc. The final report, published in English, Spanish and French, is scheduled for submission to all three governments by Sept. 30, according to the Center for Strategic & International Studies. CSIS boasts of playing a large role in the passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994 ­ a treaty that set in motion a political movement many believe resembles the early stages of the European Community on its way to becoming the European Union. "The results of the study will enable policymakers to make sound, strategic, long-range policy decisions about North America, with an emphasis on regional integration," explains Armand B. Peschard-Sverdrup, director of CSIS' Mexico Project. "Specifically, the project will focus on a detailed examination of future scenarios, which are based on current trends, and involve six areas of critical importance to the trilateral relationship: labor mobility, energy, the environment, security, competitiveness and border infrastructure and logistics." The data collected for the report is based on seven secret roundtable sessions involving between 21 and 45 people and conducted by CSIS. The participants are politicians, business people, labor leaders and academics from all three countries with equal representation. All of this is described in a CSIS report, "North American Future 2025 Project." "The free flow of people across national borders will undoubtedly continue throughout the world as well as in North America, as will the social, political and economic challenges that accompany this trend," says the report. "In order to remain competitive in the global economy, it is imperative for the twenty-first century North American labor market to possess the flexibility necessary to meet industrial labor demands on a transitional basis and in a way that responds to market forces." As WND reported last week, the controversial "Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007," which would grant millions of illegal aliens the right to stay in the U.S. under certain conditions, contains provisions for the acceleration of the Security and Prosperity Partnership, a plan for North American economic and defense integration with remarkable similarities to the CSIS plan. The bill, as worked out by Senate and White House negotiators, cites the SPP agreement signed by President Bush and his counterparts in Mexico and Canada March 23, 2005 ­ an agreement that has been criticized as a blueprint for building a European Union-style merger of the three countries of North America. "It is the sense of Congress that the United States and Mexico should accelerate the implementation of the Partnership for Prosperity to help generate economic growth and improve the standard of living in Mexico, which will lead to reduced migration," the draft legislation states on page 211 on the version time-stamped May 18, 2007 11:58 p.m. Since agreement on the major provisions of the bill was announced late last week, a firestorm of opposition has ignited across the country. Senators and representatives are reporting heavy volumes of phone calls and e-mails expressing outrage with the legislation they believe represents the largest "amnesty" program ever contemplated by the federal government. Meanwhile, while many continue to express skepticism about a plot to integrate North America along the lines of the European Union, WND reported last week that 14 years ago, one of world's most celebrated economists and management experts said it was already on the fast track ­ and nothing could stop it. Peter F. Drucker, in one of his dozens of best-selling books, "Post Capitalist Society," published in 1993, wrote that the European Community, the progenitor of the European Union, "triggered the attempt to create a North American economic community, built around the United States but integrating both Canada and Mexico into a common market." "So far this attempt is purely economic in its goal," wrote the Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. "But it can hardly remain so in the long run." Drucker describes in his book the worldwide trends toward globalization that were evident back then ­ the creation and empowerment of transnational organizations and institutions, international environmental goals regarding carbon dioxide and agreements to fight terrorism long before 9/11. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55830

Emergency detention plan: 'This way to the camps!'

Directive from Bush allows president extraordinary powers in national crisis

Halliburton's former engineering and construction subsidiary has a contingency contract with the Department of Homeland Security to construct detention facilities in the event of a national emergency, according to WND columnist Jerome Corsi. As Corsi reported last week, President Bush recently signed a little-reported National Security and Homeland Security Directive granting extraordinary powers to the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight. Houston-based KBR was awarded an initial $385 million contract in January 2006 for one year, with four one-year options extended into 2007. KBR held a previous emergency detention contract with ICE from 2000 to 2005. ICE spokeswoman Jamie Zuieback told Corsi the primary intent of the contract was to build temporary detention facilities that could be used in the event of a mass migration crisis, but she confirmed the facilities could be employed in national emergencies, including natural disasters. "The idea of the KBR contract is to support the Army Corp of Engineers in case we experienced a sudden mass immigration and we had to respond quickly," she said. "We would need immediate detention facilities in the form of temporary housing that would enable us to determine if the large numbers of illegal immigrants were political or economically motivated, or if they were criminals or terrorists." Corsi reported last week the May 9 directive signed by Bush concentrates an unprecedented amount of emergency authority in the office of the president, specifying the chief executive would have the authority to direct "National Essential Functions" of all federal state, local, territorial and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations in the event of a national emergency. The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy or government functions." The KBR contingency contract appears to give ICE the ability to have detention facilities constructed under the president's direction in response to a national emergency as declared under the new directive. ICE's Zuieback said she was not familiar with the directive, and at her request, Corsi e-mailed her the link to the White House's posting of the directive. The White House has not responded to a request for comment on the story about the directive. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55925

Bill paves way for Canada's 'disappearance'

Critics say country moving toward 'deep integration' with U.S.

Lawmakers in Canada appear to be paving the way for "deep integration" with the U.S. and Mexico with a proposed measure that advances the controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America promoted by the Bush administration, notes WND columnist Jerome Corsi... The conservative minority government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is pressing for "The Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement", which would enable a Canadian company to challenge laws in provinces that block the North American Free Trade Agreement. Murray Dobbin, a Vancouver author and journalist critical of SPP, argued in an article titled, "The Plan to Disappear Canada ­ 'Deep Integration' comes out of the shadows," the secretive trilateral bureaucratic working groups organized under the auspices of SPP are "harmonizing" virtually every important area of public policy with the U.S., including "defense, foreign policy, energy (they get security, we get greenhouse gases), culture, social policy, tax policy, drug testing and safety and much more." The proposed legislation would allow companies that believe provincial laws and regulations harm their NAFTA rights to demand up to $5 million in compensatory damages for each violation. When fully implemented, Dobbin argues, "TILMA would allow challenges to the location and size of commercial signs, environmental set-backs for developers, zoning, building height restrictions, pesticide bans, and green space requirements in urban areas. It also would allow challenges to restrictions on private health clinics, halt stricter rules for nursing homes and almost certainly overturn the current ban on junk food in British Columbia schools." The controversy over SPP broke into the mainstream in Canada last month when Tory Member of Parliament Leon Benoit walked out of a House of Commons International Trade Committee hearing in protest to a leftist professor who wanted to air his objections to "deep integration" with the U.S. The professor, Gordon Laxer of the University of Alberta, was about to explain to the committee his theory that SPP involves a U.S. grab of Canada's energy resources when Benoit adjourned the meeting and bolted out of the room, preventing the Canadian mainstream press from hearing and reporting the professor's arguments. Laxer, nevertheless, published his testimony in the nationally read Globe and Mail newspaper. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56332

Bush to pressure Senate to revive U.N. sea treaty

Critics say it would put 70% of Earth under control of global bureaucracy

WASHINGTON ­ In a move that has already angered some of his most ardent supporters, President Bush has asked the Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate to revive a proposal for ratification of the United Nation's Law of the Sea Treaty, an international agreement defeated two years ago by Republican leadership in the upper house. Critics say ratification would compromise U.S. sovereignty and place 70 percent of the Earth's surface under the control of the U.N. ­ even providing for a "tax" that would be paid directly to the international body by companies mining in the world's oceans. The battle over the Law of the Sea Treaty first began 25 years ago, eventually being torpedoed by President Reagan. It resurfaced in 2004 under the sponsorship of Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and was successfully defeated by then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. President Bush announced his intention to seek reintroduction of LOST for ratification to a small group of trusted Republican grassroots organizers last week ­ an announcement that was met with horror and scorn. Eagle Forum leader Phyllis Schlafly, Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney, Leadership Institute President Morton Blackwell, Free Congress Foundation founder Paul Weyrich and leaders of the Heritage Foundation were quick to denounce the idea in forceful terms, calling on their members to begin lobbying the White House immediately. LOST has long had the support of environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council. It would establish rules governing the uses of the of the world's oceans ­ treating waters more than 200 nautical miles off coasts as the purview of a new international U.N. bureaucracy, the International Seabed Authority. The ISA would have the authority to set production controls for ocean mining, drilling and fishing, regulate ocean exploration, issue permits and settle disputes in its own new "court." Companies seeking to mine or fish would be required to apply for a permit, paying a royalty fee. Critics also point out the new U.N. agency would have the right to compete directly with private companies in those profit-making activities. The U.S. would have only one vote of 140 ­ and no veto power as it has on the U.N. Security Council. The Bush administration claims the initiative for reintroduction of the treaty comes from the military, which likes the 12-mile territorial limits it places on national claims to waters. Yet, critics point out international law already protects non-aggressive passage, including non-wartime activities of military ships. One of the main authors of LOST not only admired Karl Marx but was an ardent advocate of the Marxist-oriented New International Economic Order. Elisabeth Mann Borgese, a socialist who ran the World Federalists of Canada, played a critical role in crafting and promoting LOST, as WND reported in 2005. Borgese was hailed by her U.N. supporters as the "Mother of the Oceans" or "First Lady of the Oceans." She died in 2002. The youngest daughter of the German novelist Thomas Mann, Borgese openly favored world government, wrote for the left-wing The Nation magazine and was a member of a "Committee to Frame a World Constitution." She served as director of the International Center for Ocean Development and chairman of the International Oceans Institute at Dalhousie University in Canada. The U.N. Environment Program, UNEP, has said that Borgese recognized the oceans as "a possible test-bed for ideas she had developed concerning a common global constitution." Borgese received UNEP's "Environment Prize" in 1987 and was credited with organizing the conferences that "served to lay the foundation" for the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, according to Dalhousie University, which houses her archives. In a 1995 speech, pro-U.N. Democratic Sen. Claiborne Pell said Borgese's ideas were "embodied in the negotiated texts of the Law of the Sea Convention." Her ideas included recognizing the oceans as the "common heritage of mankind" and creating an International Seabed Authority to charge U.S. and foreign companies for the right to mine the ocean floor. In a January 1999 speech, Borgese declared, "The world ocean has been, and is, so to speak, our great laboratory for the making of a new world order." In an article titled, "The New International Economic Order and the Law of the Sea," she argued that the pact could "reinforce" the goals of the NIEO by giving Third World countries a role in managing access to the oceans. In a 1997 interview, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation broadcaster Philip Coulter asked Borgese about the collapse of Soviet-style communism and the triumph of the "elites." Borgese replied "there is a strong counter-trend. It's not called socialism, but it's called sustainable development, which calls ... for the eradication of poverty. There is that trend and that is the trend that I am working on." The concept of "sustainable development," considered a euphemism for socialism or communism, has been embraced in various pronouncements by the U.N. and even the U.S. government. In her book, "The Oceanic Circle: Governing the Seas as a Global Resource," she approvingly cites Karl Marx, the father of communism, as someone with "amazing foresight" about the problems faced by urban and rural societies. The book is available from the liberal Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. In an article co-authored with an international lawyer, Borgese noted how LOST stipulates that the oceans "shall be reserved for peaceful purposes" and that "any threat or use of force, inconsistent with the United Nations Charter, is prohibited." She argued LOST prohibits the ability of nuclear submarines from the U.S. and other nations to rove freely through the world's oceans. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55671

Judge wannabes refuse to endorse constitution

Questionnaire sought confirmation of support for state law of the land

None of the 19 candidates currently seeking appointment to fill a vacancy in the Idaho Supreme Court was willing to confirm support for a series of statements drawn directly from the state's constitution, according to the Idaho Values Alliance. The pro-family organization sent the candidates for the important judicial post a routine questionnaire asking whether they agreed or disagreed with a list of statements. For example, Question 1 asked whether the candidates would agree with the statement: "The Founders of the state of Idaho were grateful to God for our freedom." Not one candidate would respond to the questionnaire, even though the preamble to the state constitution says: "We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, to secure its blessings and promote our common welfare do establish this Constitution." Likewise, none of the candidates responded to the following statement: "All men have an inalienable right to enjoy and defend both life and liberty." The state constitution, in Article 1, Section 1, states: "All men are by nature free and equal, and have certain inalienable rights, among which are enjoying and defending life and liberty..." The questionnaire was nothing more than requests for affirmation ­ or disagreement ­ for the existing state constitution, a document every judge in Idaho swears an oath to uphold upon taking office. "One possibility is that the candidates didn't even recognize that these statements come word-for-word from the state constitution, which is pretty alarming," said Bryan Fischer, the executive director of the alliance. "The second possibility is that they did recognize them as coming from the constitution, but weren't willing to let the public know whether they agreed with it. That's even worse," he said. "The fact that not one candidate was willing to give the public this critical information will make the average observer wonder whether any of them are qualified for a seat on the bench," Fischer said. Significant public issues are pending in the state, and rulings from the state Supreme Court affect the life of every resident, he noted. "Whoever is appointed by the governor to the Supreme Court will take an oath to uphold the state constitution. The citizens have the right to know if candidates for that position know what's in it, and whether they will support it. It's worthless for them to say they will uphold the whole thing if they won't commit to upholding specific parts of it," Fischer said. Those not responding to the questionnaire were: Bart M. Davis, Myron Dan Gabbert Jr., Michael S. Gilmore, Ralph J. Gines, Hon. Joel D. Horton, Larry C. Hunter, Warren E. Jones, Debora K. Kristensen, Lynn M. Luker, Charles F. Peterson Jr., Kevin D. Setterlee, Gardner W. Skinner Jr., Marvin M. Smith, Hon. Kathryn A. Sticklen, Clive J. Strong, Mitchell E. Toryanski, Terrence R. White, Hon. R. Barry Wood and William F. Yost III, the alliance said. Question 4 asked the candidates to agree or disagree with the statement: "All political power is inherent in the people, not the courts." The state constitution specifies: "All political power is inherent in the people." Fischer said the role of judges in the law and umpires in baseball is similar. "The role of a judge, like an umpire, is not to make up the rules or change the rules he doesn't like, but to apply the rules that have been established by others," he said. "The first question league officials would ask a prospective umpire is whether he knows the rules of baseball and will agree to uphold them. If an umpire applicant doesn't know the rules or wouldn't be willing to openly admit he agrees with the 'three strikes and you're out' rule, for example, he wouldn't stand a chance of getting a job. "Why would we award a position on the most powerful judicial body in the state to someone who won't let us know if he even knows the state constitution or agrees with it?" Fischer asked. "When Judge Dan Eismann ran for a seat on the Idaho Supreme Court in 2000, he filled out a much more extensive questionnaire than this one. So these candidates can't hide behind the pretense that judicial rules don't allow them to return a judicial questionnaire. This naturally raises the question, why are these candidates so secretive? Why is this process so insular that the public cannot get any information at all about the judicial philosophy of the candidates?" The document also asked the candidates to agree or disagree with: "The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship should be forever guaranteed." That comes from Article I, Section 4: "The exercise and enjoyment of religious faith and worship shall forever be guaranteed..." They also were asked to agree or disagree with: "The people, not just the militia, should have the right to keep and bear arms." And in Article 1, Section 11, the state constitution declares: "The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged..." Still another request for agreement or disagreement: "The first concern of all good government should be the virtue and sobriety of the people, and the purity of the home." And from the constitution, Article III, Section 24: "The first concern of all good government is the virtue and sobriety of the people, and the purity of the home." The Idaho state constitution also recognizes that a marriage shall be only between a man and a woman, but Idaho residents don't know whether the judicial candidates agree with that or not. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55703

Bush makes power grab

President Bush, without so much as issuing a press statement, on May 9 signed a directive that granted near dictatorial powers to the office of the president in the event of a national emergency declared by the president. The "National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive," with the dual designation of NSPD-51, as a National Security Presidential Directive, and HSPD-20, as a Homeland Security Presidential Directive, establishes under the office of president a new National Continuity Coordinator. That job, as the document describes, is to make plans for "National Essential Functions" of all federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations to continue functioning under the president's directives in the event of a national emergency. The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions." When the president determines a catastrophic emergency has occurred, the president can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will emerge from the emergency with an "enduring constitutional government." Translated into layman's terms, when the president determines a national emergency has occurred, the president can declare to the office of the presidency powers usually assumed by dictators to direct any and all government and business activities until the emergency is declared over. Ironically, the directive sees no contradiction in the assumption of dictatorial powers by the president with the goal of maintaining constitutional continuity through an emergency. The directive specifies that the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism will be designated as the National Continuity Coordinator. Further established is a Continuity Policy Coordination Committee, chaired by a senior director from the Homeland Security Council staff, designated by the National Continuity Coordinator, to be "the main day-to-day forum for such policy coordination." ... The directive issued May 9 makes no attempt to reconcile the powers created there for the National Continuity Coordinator with the National Emergency Act. As specified by U.S. Code Title 50, Chapter 34, Subchapter II, Section 1621, the National Emergency Act allows that the president may declare a national emergency but requires that such proclamation "shall immediately be transmitted to the Congress and published in the Federal Register." A Congressional Research Service study notes that under the National Emergency Act, the president "may seize property, organize and control the means of production, seize commodities, assign military forces abroad, institute martial law, seize and control all transportation and communication, regulate the operation of private enterprise, restrict travel, and, in a variety of ways, control the lives of United States citizens." The CRS study notes that the National Emergency Act sets up congress as a balance empowered to "modify, rescind, or render dormant such delegated emergency authority," if Congress believes the president has acted inappropriately. NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 appears to supersede the National Emergency Act by creating the new position of National Continuity Coordinator without any specific act of Congress authorizing the position. NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 also makes no reference whatsoever to Congress. The language of the May 9 directive appears to negate any a requirement that the president submit to Congress a determination that a national emergency exists, suggesting instead that the powers of the executive order can be implemented without any congressional approval or oversight. Homeland Security spokesperson Russ Knocke affirmed that the Homeland Security Department will be implementing the requirements of NSPD-51/ HSPD-20 under Townsend's direction. The White House had no comment. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55824

Bush's detention facilities

Houston-based KBR, formerly the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Co., has a contingency contract in place with the Department of Homeland Security to construct detention facilities in the event of a national emergency. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, spokeswoman Jamie Zuieback confirmed yesterday in a telephone interview that the KBR contract for $385 million was awarded initially in January 2006 for a one-year base period with four one-year options. It has been extended into 2007. KBR held a previous emergency detention contract with ICE from 2000 to 2005. Zuieback told this writer the primary intent of the KBR contract was to build temporary detention facilities that could be used in the event of a mass migration across the border that required ICE to respond on a quick basis to an illegal-immigration crisis. "The idea of the KBR contract is to support the Army Corp of Engineers," Zuieback explained, "in case we experienced a sudden mass immigration and we had to respond quickly. We would need immediate detention facilities in the form of temporary housing that would enable us to determine if the large numbers of illegal immigrants were political or economically motivated, or if they were criminals or terrorists." Zuieback confirmed that the KBR contract for detention facilities could apply to national emergencies, including natural disasters. Several times, Zuieback insisted in the telephone interview that the KBR contract was a "contingency contract," specifying that detention facilities were to be built only when an immigration emergency or a national emergency, including a natural disaster, had been declared. Heather Browne, spokeswoman for KBR, also sent me an e-mail yesterday confirming KBR built a temporary facility in New Orleans that provided cantonment for up to 500 federal detention officers who were tasked with maintaining law and order during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last week, WND reported President Bush had signed May 9 a little-reported National Security and Homeland Security Directive (NSPD-51 and NSPD-20) that granted extraordinary powers to the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight. NSPD-51/HSPD-20, published on the White House website, rescinds Presidential Decision Directive 67 signed by Bill Clinton Oct. 21, 1998, and establishes a new White House office of the National Continuity Coordinator, a position now occupied by Frances Fragos Townsend, the assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Terrorism. The new directive concentrates an unprecedented amount of emergency authority in the office of the president, specifying that the president now has the authority to direct "National Essential Functions" of all federal state, local, territorial and tribal governments, as well as private sector organizations in the event of a national emergency. The directive loosely defines "catastrophic emergency" as "any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions." The KBR contingency contract appears to give ICE the ability to have detention facilities constructed under the president's direction in response to a national emergency as declared under NSPD-51/HSPD-20. The initial White House press release announcing the presidential directive included no background explanation of the directive or statement by the president. The press release merely posted NSPD-51/HSPD-20 on the White House website. Sections 23 and 24 of NSPD-51/HSPD-20 specify that Annex A and the classified Continuity Annexes are incorporated into the directive, even though they remain secret and are not available for examination as part of the published document. Still, Zuieback said she was not familiar with NSPD-51/HSPD-20. At her request, this writer e-mailed to her the White House website link to the directive posting. The White House declined comment on the initial WND story and has not yet responded to the story or to my previous column on the subject. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55923

Matt 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are you when {people} insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Lawmakers pass redefinition of 'sex'

Bill threatens references to 'mom,' 'dad' at school

In a move with national implications, California's state Senate passed a bill today that establishes a new definition for "sex," threatens references to "mom" and "dad" and could restrict the presentation of scientific evidence to students. The plan, SB 777, which actually would turn the state into a promoter for the homosexual lifestyle, is much like a bill approved by lawmakers last year but vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said adequate legal protections against discrimination already existed. The new measure passed on a 23-13 vote. For more than a year, advocates for the homosexual lifestyle repeatedly have pressed lawmakers in California ­ which wields national influence as the biggest purchaser of curriculum ­ to adopt their agenda. The new plan now goes to the state Assembly, which approved a similar plan in 2006. The newest legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Sheila James Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, a lesbian, would ban textbooks, references, teaching aids, activities, events, discussions, posters, announcements, workbooks and anything else within the public school system from anything that "reflects or promotes bias against" homosexuality, transgenders, bisexuals or those with "perceived" gender issues. "SB 777 is designed to transform our public schools into institutions that disregard all notions of the traditional family unit," said Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute. "This reverse discrimination is an outright attack on the religious and moral beliefs of California citizens." References to a "mother" and "father" in any school text appear to be threatened, because they could be interpreted as "reflecting" a bias against the "Partner 1" and "Partner 2" of same-sex lifestyles. Randy Thomasson, of the Campaign for Children and Families, said it's just wrong. "SB 777 requires textbooks, instructional materials and school-sponsored activities to positively portray cross-dressing, sex-change operations, homosexual 'marriages' and all aspects of homosexuality and bisexuality, including so-called 'gay history,'" he said. "Silence on these sexual lifestyles will not be allowed." Thomasson said the notion "of forcing children to support controversial sexual lifestyles is shocking and appalling to millions of fathers and mothers." "Parents don't want their children taught to become homosexual or bisexual or to wonder whether they need a sexchange operation. SB 777 will shatter the academic purpose of education by turning every government school into a sexual indoctrination center," he said. The current education code's definition of "sex," which reads, "'Sex' means the biological condition or quality of being a male or female human being," is eliminated. The new "gender" definition considers "a person's gender identity and gender related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically associated with the person's assigned sex at birth." The new mandate would be enforced by the attorneys of the California Department of Education, which would sue school districts that don't comply, Thomasson noted. England earlier warned of the ramifications nationwide, including a tailoring of textbooks by publishers to meet new censorship requirements in California, the largest purchaser of textbooks in the nation. No matter how traditional a community may be, school officials would find themselves faced with the same religious, moral and social biases instituted in California reflected in their textbooks, she warned. The Los Angeles district already has implemented many of the proposals in the legislation. Among the most obvious changes:

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Words such as "mom" and "dad" and "husband" and "wife" would have to be edited from all texts. Cheerleading and sports teams would have to be gender-neutral. Prom kings and queens would be banned, or if featured, would have to be gender neutral so that the king could be female and the queen male. Gender-neutral bathrooms could be required for those confused about their gender identity. A male who believes he really is female would be allowed into the women's restroom, and a woman believing herself a male would be allowed into a men's room. Even scientific information, such has statistics showing AIDS rates in the homosexual community or statistics relating to births or deaths among various cultural groups, could be banned.

Opponents say the attacks they have received make clear the priority homosexual advocacy groups have given the proposal... http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55852

Rom 1:26 - For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. Rom 1:28 - And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; {they are} gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.

'Marriage' to become museum piece

Critic says lawmakers' plan would 'functionally abolish' institution

A proposal that already has earned the support of state senators in California would make marriage a museum piece, effectively relegating the biblically-mandated institution to the same category of usefulness as the rotary-dial telephone, opponents say. "If S.B. 11 becomes the law, marriage will be functionally abolished," said Randy Thomasson, a spokesman for the Campaign for Children and Families. "Awarding marriage rights to people who shack up but refuse to get married is completely ridiculous." The plan that has been endorsed by the Democrat-controlled California State Senate is one promoted by a lesbian state senator, Carole Migden, of San Francisco. It would give an unmarried man and woman who are living together the rights of marriage, Thomasson said. It was approved by the Senate 22-13, with all Democrats in support and all Republicans opposed. The plan that gives all the rights of marriage to heterosexual "domestic partners" ages 18 and up now goes to the state Assembly, and if approved there, would go to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has not taken a position on the plan. "Why get married if you can get all the legal rights and benefits of marriage without being committed?" Thomasson asked. "This bad bill severely weakens the institution of marriage and will motivate unwed parents to remain uncommitted. We call upon Gov. Schwarzenegger to veto this nonsensical bill that robs marriage of its uniqueness and honor. "No one should get marriage rights unless they get married. S.B. 11 makes a mockery of this sacred institution," he said. Thomasson noted that not one Republican senator spoke against the bill during the floor session. "Once again, pro-family Californians are angry at the Democrat politicians for attacking marriage and deeply frustrated with the Republican legislators for not speaking up to defend the sacred institution of marriage," he said. "This is yet another wake-up call to why people who are financially blessed need to support the VoteYesMarriage.com amendment to protect marriage rights for marriage," said former Assemblyman Larry Bowler. "If VoteYesMarriage.com raises $2.5 million to qualify for the ballot, crazy bills like S.B. 11 will be defeated and marriage will be fully and permanently protected for one man and one woman." The move is seen as another step towards creating full-blown same-sex "marriage" licenses for homosexuals. That plan already has been proposed in A.B. 43 in the state Assembly. That group later voted 42-34 to pass A.B. 43, flouting the will of California voters by choosing to reject the 2000 initiative that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. "The arrogant majority in the California legislature have decided that they know better than the people by voting to force A.B. 43 on California," declared Karen England, Executive Director of Capitol Resource Institute. "The people of California clearly decided this issue when they passed Proposition 22. It is outrageous for legislators to waste time and money debating an issue that Californians have decided." Several lawmakers expressed their opposition to A.B. 43 by declaring their support for traditional marriage, England noted. "Assemblyman Chuck DeVore eloquently argued that this is not an issue of rights, but is a fundamental question of the purpose of marriage. Assemblyman Doug La Malfa expressed his dismay that there are no longer any institutions so sacred that they are untouchable by the liberal California legislature," her announcement said. Also speaking out against A.B. 43 were Assembly members Anthony Adams, Joel Anderson, Sharon Runner, Bill Maze, Mike Villines and Ted Gaines. "Especially alarming was the tone of lawmakers as they argued in favor of A.B. 43. The contempt lawmakers have for the constituents they supposedly represent is appalling," continued England. "Instead of respecting the decision voters made with the passage of Proposition 22, lawmakers chided them for being 'discriminatory' and 'bigoted.'" "Assemblywoman Laura Richardson declared that even if her constituents voted for Proposition 22, she must make the right decision and override their decision," CRI said. Officials have noted that A.B. 43 would violate the California Constitution, which specifically prohibits the Legislature from overturning voter-approved initiative statutes, such as Proposition 22, the Protection of Marriage Initiative, from seven years ago. Gov. Schwarzenegger has indicated he would veto A.B. 43 if it reaches his desk. But the other plan, if approved, would set up a formal recognition of "domestic partnerships," among heterosexual couples. It would not be much of a leap for the argument then to be made the same rules should apply to homosexuals. Migden in 1999 pushed through a bill allowing couples to "register" with the state as "domestic partners" already. A report in the Sacramento Bee said S.B. 11 would allow the heterosexual couples to file joint state income tax returns as well as provides access to other all state provisions normally provided to married couples. Midgen told the newspaper that it would be "fair" for California to "respond to the emerging new definition of marriage and family." http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56029

1 Cor 6:9 - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor {the} covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Rules 'hiding' trillions in debt

Liability $516,348 per U.S. household

The federal government recorded a $1.3 trillion loss last year -- far more than the official $248 billion deficit -- when corporate-style accounting standards are used, a USA TODAY analysis shows. The loss reflects a continued deterioration in the finances of Social Security and government retirement programs for civil servants and military personnel. The loss -- equal to $11,434 per household -- is more than Americans paid in income taxes in 2006. "We're on an unsustainable path and doing a great disservice to future generations," says Chris Chocola, a former Republican member of Congress from Indiana and corporate chief executive who is pushing for more accurate federal accounting. Modern accounting requires that corporations, state governments and local governments count expenses immediately when a transaction occurs, even if the payment will be made later. The federal government does not follow the rule, so promises for Social Security and Medicare don't show up when the government reports its financial condition. Bottom line: Taxpayers are now on the hook for a record $59.1 trillion in liabilities, a 2.3% increase from 2006. That amount is equal to $516,348 for every U.S. household. By comparison, U.S. households owe an average of $112,043 for mortgages, car loans, credit cards and all other debt combined. Unfunded promises made for Medicare, Social Security and federal retirement programs account for 85% of taxpayer liabilities. State and local government retirement plans account for much of the rest. This hidden debt is the amount taxpayers would have to pay immediately to cover government's financial obligations. Like a mortgage, it will cost more to repay the debt over time. Every U.S. household would have to pay about $31,000 a year to do so in 75 years. The Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which sets federal accounting standards, is considering requiring the government to adopt accounting rules similar to those for corporations. The change would move Social Security and Medicare onto the government's income statement and balance sheet, instead of keeping them separate. The White House and the Congressional Budget Office oppose the change, arguing that the programs are not true liabilities because government can cancel or cut them. Chad Stone, chief economist at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says it can be misleading to focus on the government's unfunded liabilities because Medicare's financial problems overwhelm the analysis. "There is a shortfall in Medicare and Medicaid that is potentially explosive, but that is related to overall trends in health care spending," he says. http://usatoday.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=USATODAY.com&expire=&urlID=22498576&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F% 2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fprintedition%2Fnews%2F20070529%2F1a_lede29.art.htm&partnerID=1660

Texas governor clears way for NAFTA superhighway

Vetoes legislation to delay big transportation corridor

The path has been cleared for the state of Texas to begin building the new Trans-Texas Corridor, a project that is designed to be four football fields wide, along Interstate 35 from Mexico to the Oklahoma border, according to a new report from WND columnist Jerome Corsi, the author of "The Late Great USA." The way was opened when Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, vetoed a series of proposals the Texas Legislature assembled to slow down the work on what is considered to be a key link in a continental NAFTA superhighway network. Perry's latest veto was of a plan to add a number of requirements to the Texas eminent-domain procedures, under which governments can grab and use private property. But, Corsi reported, Steven Anderson of the Institute for Justice's Castle Coalition, objected. He said Perry's action "left every home, farm, ranch and small-business owner vulnerable to the abuse of eminent domain." Earlier, Corsi reported, Perry vetoed a plan to impose a two-year moratorium on the TTC project. As WND previously reported, these measures were approved overwhelmingly by the Texas Legislature. On learning that Perry had vetoed the eminent-domain legislation, Corridor Watch, a public advocacy group that opposes the TTC project, responded immediately. "It sure didn't take TxDOT long to shake off the legislative session and resume their headlong rush to use every available loophole, exception and remaining authority to build toll roads and grant toll road concessions just as fast as possible," the organization said. Corridor Watch also noted that in the 49 bills Perry vetoed June 15 were measures that would have required TxDOT to consider using existing highway routes for future TTC routes and a bill that called on the Texas attorney general to study the impact of international agreements on Texas. An override of Perry's vetoes is unlikely, since the governor threatened to call a special session of the lawmakers to handle transportation issues if his veto fell by the wayside. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56309

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Mexico announces date for trucks to roll in U.S.

DOT signed undisclosed agreement setting terms for controversial project

With U.S. officials refusing to respond to key questions, Mexico announced the controversial truck demonstration project will begin July 15, with both Mexican trucks operating throughout the U.S. and American trucks allowed to travel south of the border. WND has obtained a copy in Spanish of a news release issued Tuesday reporting on a press conference given April 24 by Manuel Rodriguez Arrequi, an undersecretary of the Mexican Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, or SCT, the Mexican counterpart to the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the May 1 release, the Mexican Senate gave approval April 24 for the SCT to finalize negotiations with DOT to set the operating terms regarding what is now being called a "Cross-Border Demonstration Project." The news release also stated that as a result of a series of meetings held between April 19 and 27, an agreement had been signed between SCT head Luis Téllez and his counterpart, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters, formalizing the terms under which the project will be conducted. According to the press release, SCT and DOT have agreed that 25 permissions each will be given to U.S. trucking companies and Mexican companies to begin cross-border operations July 15. Subsequently, 25 additional permissions will be given in each country for additional trucking companies to begin cross-border operations, with the expectation that all 100 permissions will be issued in each country by Oct.15. Arrequi also told reporters that under the Cross-Border Demonstration Project, FAST/C-TPAT (Free and Secure Trade Program and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) lanes would be expanded for electronic cross-border truck traffic. WND previously reported a main goal of the Mexican truck test would be to see if Mexican trucks can enter the U.S. with electronic screening that would permit a 15-second border crossing. WND also has reported Peters' announcement that Mexican trucks would enter the U.S. under the test at the same time U.S. trucks were permitted to enter Mexico. Yet, WND can find no posting on the websites of either DOT or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the FMCSA, of any new agreement signed between SCT and DOT. WND reported Tuesday that DOT and FMCSA are refusing to return WND phone calls to answer questions, including whether a new signed agreement exists with Mexico to implement the Cross-Border Demonstration Project. WND also has reported the White House continues to press forward with the Mexican truck test, despite the apparent scrambling DOT and FMCSA have made to answer objections from the trucking industry, from Congress and from the public over the test since the initial Feb. 23 announcement. Key program elements remain cloudy. WND documented, for instance, that no criminal database exists on a national level in Mexico to verify Mexican drivers admitted in the test have no criminal basis. http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55535

Battle with feds brewing over 'superhighway'

Texas legislators overwhelmingly pass bill blocking construction

A battle between Texas and the Bush administration is brewing over construction of the Trans-Texas Corridor after the state legislature passed a two-year moratorium. The Texas House passed HB1892 Wednesday after the Senate last week approved an earlier version of the moratorium on a project some critics see as part of a "NAFTA superhighway" system and ties with Canada and Mexico that threaten U.S. sovereignty. The bill has been sent to Gov. Rick Perry for signature by May 14, but it passed with veto-proof margins of 27-4 in the Senate and 139-1 in the House. The Bush administration appears determined to fight the moratorium. WND reported last week FHWA Chief Counsel James D. Ray wrote a four-page letter to Michael Behrens, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, threatening the loss of federal highway funds if the legislature were to pass a two-year moratorium of the public-private partnership financed by Cintra, an investment consortium in Spain. WND previously has reported TTC-35, the nation's first NAFTA superhighway, is a four-football-field wide car-truck-train-pipeline toll road the Texas Department of Transportation plans to build parallel to Interstate 35 from Laredo, Texas, to the Texas-Oklahoma border south of Oklahoma City. TTC is a public-private-partnership heavily promoted on the FHWA website, largely because the corridor will be financed by Cintra, an investment consortium in Spain that will manage the toll road under a 50-year lease. On Tuesday, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, R­Texas, wrote to the Federal Highway Administration objecting to a threatening letter the agency recently wrote the Texas Department of Transportation. Hutchinson wrote J.Richard Capka, the FHWA administrator, charging that Ray's letter "placed a cloud over current actions being taken in the Texas Legislature." Hutchinson further wrote that as "someone who has worked to increase Texas' share of federal transportation dollars, I understand the need to make sure that Texas has all options to leverage funds." Hutchinson cautioned, "While the administration plays a valuable role in providing technical guidance and assistance for states considering legislation which may impact federal funds, there is a fine line between analysis and advocacy in those deliberations." Hutchinson invited Capka to take steps to remove the threatening impression caused by Ray's letter... http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=55534

114 congressmen: Why is DOT ignoring law?

Letter questions 'demonstration' opening roads to Mexican truckers

More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to President Bush, asking him why the Department of Transportation apparently is ignoring what the legislators want. The issue was raised by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who circulated the letter dealing with plans to hurry along with a "demonstration" project to allow Mexican truckers access to U.S. roads. Specifically, the letter raised concerns about federal agency actions ­ apparently despite what Congress wrote into the law. "The U.S. Congress and the American people seriously question the ability of Mexican motor carriers and drivers to adhere to our country's strict safety rules, as well as the administration's preparedness and willingness to ensure Mexican truck drivers obey our homeland security and immigration rules," said the letter. "As such, Congress mobilized to speak against it. Congress had already passed H.R. 1773, the 'Safe American Roads Act of 2007,' which passed overwhelmingly 411-3, and related language in P.L. 110-28, the FY07 supplemental appropriations act. Both pieces of legislation provided strict measures to ensure that the Department of Transportation and the pilot program would adhere to security guidelines and that an independent panel would assess their progress in ensuring American safety," the letter continued. "However, even after you signed the supplemental into law, the Department of Transportation arrogantly declared that these standards had already been met, that no independent assessment would be needed, and that the pilot program would proceed as planned," the members of Congress said. "If Congress believed that the provisions in the supplemental had already been met, then there would have been no need to incorporate such language. The Department of Transportation should not stand above the law." Joe Kasper, a legislative assistant to Hunter, told WND the 114 signatures on the letter make a statement to the president not to move forward with the cross-border trucking program right away. The proposed test, he said, "certainly presents safety and security risks" that need to be addressed. "From a safety perspective you have unregulated Mexican truckers and drivers entering the U.S. and freely operating on U.S. roadways. Their motor vehicle standards are not as strong as they are in the U.S., and you could have unfit motor vehicle traffic traveling on U.S. roadways," he said. As for security, "the concerns are abundantly clear. You can carry any type of contraband or illicit cargo into the United States already. The idea that you would add one more complication to the already porous border just doesn't make sense," he said. The letter from Hunter and others is telling the president to get it right, Kasper told WND. "The Cross-Border Demonstration Program would give Mexican truck drivers unfettered access to the United State without a demonstrable way to verify their identity, immigration status and length of stay in the United States," the letter said. "It is also unclear which law enforcement personnel have the responsibility, authority and training to check a Mexican driver's status and enforce compliance with the federal laws once they are in the United States." The letter warned the action would open "major loopholes" in law enforcement procedures. "We understand the administration's duty to adhere to our obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement, but this must never come before our duty to maintain the security and welfare of the American people," the letter said. Kasper said something as simple as language could create issues. A Mexican driver unfamiliar with English-language instructions on highways could create an unacceptable risk of accidents. "Mr. President, we understand your intention to fully implement the provisions of NAFTA by opening our southern border to commercial traffic. However, those interests should not be put ahead of our public safety, homeland security, and economic vitality. We strongly urge you to suspend plans for the Cross-Border Demonstration Program until these serious issues can be addressed," the letter concluded. As WND reported earlier, the White House has been pressing the Senate on the issue, seeking to derail the House-approved "Safe Roads" plan. Sources within the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation confirmed in background conversations that the panel has put on hold taking any action on the Safe American Roads Act of 2007, the bill the House passed May 15. At the encouragement of the White House, the senators on the transportation committee are taking the position that the requirements of the Safe American Roads Act were wrapped into the provisions of H.R. 2206, the Iraq supplemental funding bill, signed May 25 by President Bush. An unhappy Todd Spencer, executive director of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, believes the Bush administration "has preordained that the Mexican truck demonstration project will begin regardless who objects." "Simply put, the Bush administration has turned a tin ear to both the public and the Congress and there are no objections which can put a stop to the DOT plans," he told WND. http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56499

Planned Parenthood Reports Record Abortions, High Profits

(CNSNews.com) - Despite a drop in donations and the first fall in income from clinics in its history, the nation's biggest abortion provider made a high profit last year, thanks to the American taxpayer. Pro-lifers want this to stop. During its 2005-2006 fiscal year, the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions, attained a high profit of $55.8 million and received record taxpayer funding of $305.3 million. According to its annual report, income is divided roughly into three major categories: clinic income (fees charged to customers at clinics); donations (gifts from corporations, foundations and individuals); and taxpayer money (grants and contracts from federal, state and local government). For the year July 1, 2005, through June 30, 2006, Planned Parenthood received $345.1 million in clinic income, $305.3 million in taxpayer funding and $212.2 million in donations. Total income reached $902.8 million while total expenses came to $847.0 million, leaving a profit of $55.8 million. Numerous calls to Planned Parenthood offices in both New York City and Washington, D.C., seeking comment for this article, were not returned, but a statement on the organization's website says that the report "illustrates the achievements of an organization founded to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect women's health and safety." "During a year of great change and growth, and in a political climate of increasing assaults on sexual and reproductive rights and health, Planned Parenthood continued to make enormous strides toward protecting and strengthening the reproductive health and rights of women and men worldwide," the statement adds. Jim Sedlak, executive director of Stop Planned Parenthood (STOPP) International, told Cybercast News Service on Thursday that the flow of taxpayer dollars to the abortion provider "has to be stopped. Since our elected officials won't do their job, it's up to us." "Clearly, it was a good overall year for Planned Parenthood," he said. "Total income went up 2.4 percent, passing $900 million for the first time." At the same time, however, he said further analysis revealed "potential trouble spots" for the PPFA. The report showed that income from clinics was down about $1.5 million from the previous year -- the first such decline in the organization's 50-year history -- while donations also fell by $3.6 million. So why was Planned Parenthood able to report such a high profit? "The final category of Planned Parenthood revenue sources is you and me -- the American taxpayer," Sedlak said. He noted that the amount of taxpayer funding reported by PPFA exceeded that of the previous year by $32.6 million, or 12 percent. "The bottom line is that Planned Parenthood is losing donations, its clinic income is down, and you and I are being forced to pay more so the organization can kill our children through abortion and spread its perverted ideology throughout the land," Sedlak said. "Everyone is getting the message: Stay away from Planned Parenthood. Everyone, that is, except our elected officials," Sedlak stated. "Without the increase in taxpayer funds, Planned Parenthood would have had an overall decline in income this year." The jump in taxpayer funding to the PPFA also drew criticism from Douglas Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI). "This 'not-for-profit' entity ends every fiscal year with tens of millions of dollars in 'excess revenue over expenses,' which is known to regular people as 'profit,'" he said in a statement. Referring to the closing date of the latest annual report, Scott noted that "on June 30, 2006, PPFA had net assets valued at $839.8 million, of which $330.9 million was unrestricted and another $116.6 million was temporarily restricted." "This is essentially a savings account," he said. "The money is sitting in a bank and drawing interest that will further advance Planned Parenthood's deadly agenda." Ratio of abortions to adoptions Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, noted that while the PPFA reported carrying out a record number of abortions in 2005-2006, it "did not record a single adoption referral." In the previous year, PPFA reported 1,414 adoption referrals, which Sedlak said amounted to one adoption for every 180 abortions. The fact that the organization chose not to release a number for adoptions in the latest fiscal year, he said, meant that "we can only assume the number was so low that Planned Parenthood didn't want to embarrass itself by revealing it." "You will not find the word 'adoption' anywhere in the PPFA's 2005-2006 Annual Report," Scott observed... http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200706/CUL20070615a.html

In the 33 years since Abortion has been legalized, there have been approximately 48 to 50 MILLION abortions IN THE UNITED STATES

Cops use handcuffs to choke free speech

Police keep arresting citizens despite court rulings to acquit

Pro-life protesters are taking their case to federal court because they claim York, Pa., police repeatedly violated their free speech rights while they were handing out tracts and preaching outside the city's Planned Parenthood clinic. John McTernan, Edward D. Snell, John Wood and Luanne Ferguson have filed a civil suit against York police for being "chilled, frustrated and deterred in the exercise of their First Amendment activities due to the city's policy of ignoring First Amendment rights." Their complaint states, "By denying plaintiffs the right to access public streets with other like-minded people, [York police] denied plaintiffs the right of assembly on account of the content of their message." Attorney Dennis Boyle represents the pro-life advocates in the case. "Essentially we have a series of arrests by the York City Police Department that have gone to the state, and the pro-life people have been found not guilty in the state court system," he said. "So we've filed a federal court suit to prevent these unlawful arrests from continuing. It is just the police officers basically trying to make life inconvenient for the pro-life people here." Chaplain John McTernan is a former federal agent and co-founder of the Christian police group International Cops for Christ. He told WND, "Since 1999 or 2000, York police's conduct has been outrageous toward pro-life advocates at the Planned Parenthood abortion center." McTernan cites incidents of abuse and complacency on the part of city police officers who are compensated by Planned Parenthood to work overtime shifts standing outside of the clinic. Uniformed officers are said to be paid $37.50 per hour, and they sign up for shifts on a volunteer basis. "They watched one woman get beaten. She had to be put in the hospital," McTernan said. "High speed cars have attempted to run us over. We have videos of most of it. They won't do anything." In one incident, McTernan said an 18-wheeler tried to run over John Holman, one of his fellow pro-life advocates. Holman jumped out of the way to avoid the truck and was arrested for criminal trespass after he landed on a strip of property the clinic claims to own, according to McTernan. They submitted a video of the incident to authorities, and the charges were later dropped. Ferguson is being charged with criminal trespassing after approaching the facility on a ramp that extends into the public sidewalk. A licensed surveyor visited the property and acknowledged that the ramp was, in fact, in the public right-of-way. "Last I spoke with her, the doctor said she was going to have to have an operation on her left arm because she suffered nerve damage from the arrest," McTernan said. McTernan wrote letters to Planned Parenthood and to Commissioner Mark L. Whitman in November 2006, notifying them that the clinic's entire ramp, porch, canopy and railings extend beyond the clinic's property line by nearly three feet into the public right-of-way. Attorney Dennis Boyle said he has provided the district attorney with evidence, including a certified survey report and two videos, showing the exact location of the arrest. In John McTernan v. City of York, a District Judge John E. Jones III ruled against McTernan and upheld Planned Parenthood's claim to the public property in front of the clinic. The case is being appealed, however, and the district attorney has decided to continue with criminal trespass charges against Ferguson. McTernan told WND another protester was attacked and hit over the head with a board by a pro-choice protestor. "She suffered injury to her neck as a result of this blow that she received, but yet, they trump up charges against us," he said. Another pro-life advocate, Ed Snell, was charged with disorderly conduct after attempting to hand tracts to pregnant women who were entering the clinic. The charges were later dropped. "Ed was injured during the arrest," McTernan said. "They ratcheted the cuffs on him real tight. He took pictures after the arrest and you could see the marks and swelling where they had cuffed him. He told them they were tight and they refused to do anything." In addition to allegedly turning a blind eye on assault, McTernan said police do not respond when children enter the clinics for abortions. He said some look as young as 13 years old. McTernan took pictures of the children to the district attorney and other authorities, but he said nothing has been done. "We point out how young they are, and the police refuse to do anything," he said. "You name it, and it is going on there. I've got DVDs of me standing in front of a police officer, pointing out the kids and saying 'look!' He asked me, 'Have you seen her birth certificate? Do you know how old she is?'" The city filed a civil suit against the pro-life advocates more than two years ago. McTernan said it attempted to evict protesters from public property surrounding the clinic. "They needed criminal cases to prove we were dangerous there," he told WND. "They had a civil suit against us and were trying to get an injunction for a bubble zone. They lost that. That went on for about two years. Then, there's an alley right next to the abortion clinic where we can get close to the people going in, and we can get close to the workers. They were trying to get convictions on us so they could get a court order keeping us off that alley. That was their objective." McTernan said even with his background as a federal agent, he is shocked at how York police have treated pro-life advocates. "The behavior of the York city police and the DA office is frightening," McTernan told WND. "In all of my travels, and talking to police as a chaplain, I have never seen such disrespect for the law and such patronizing. They're pursuing criminal prosecution on someone they know is innocent ­ in [Ferguson's] case, because her beliefs are pro-life." Officers in the police department declined to respond to WND's multiple requests for comment. http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56489

Atlanta officials declare Constitution-free zone

'Your message is not congruent,' so leave public property or be arrested

The city of Atlanta has created a Constitution-free zone on public property for this weekend's 2007 Atlanta Pride festival, according to pastors and lawyers who have been trying to secure an assurance that Christians' free-speech rights will be protected. "The Constitution does not apply in Piedmont Park this weekend," attorney Joel Thornton, of the International Human Rights Group told WND. "The city of Atlanta, whose attorneys I have been negotiating with for the past six months, has just sent me a letter saying that they 'will not be able to offer you or your client[s] any assistance in this matter,'" he said. The theme of the Piedmont Park event for Atlanta's "gay" community may be: "Our Rights, Your Rights, Human Rights," but the pastors have no doubts their Christian message will be silenced by the authority of the city's police force. An estimated 300,000 people from all areas of the country attend the festival, which is the culmination of Atlanta's "Gay" Pride month, an event welcoming "diversity," "tolerance" and "rights." But, said Thornton, "when officers of the Atlanta Police Department threaten to arrest Christians for sharing their faith at the event there will be nothing stopping them from keeping the Gospel message from being heard in this community." Thornton's conclusion is supported by the experiences of a number of pastors who at the 2006 event were restricted for delivering "incongruent" messages at the homosexual event. That scene was captured on videotape: (see link below). Dick Christensen said he and his small group of urban missionaries hadn't even unfurled their banners on the grassy knoll outside the festival gate a year ago before they were threatened with arrest. Atlanta Pride Committee Executive Director Donna Narducci approached Christensen with a personal security guard and an Atlanta police officer, asking him to move from his place outside of the public park. "It's not like we had banners and bullhorns," Christensen told WND. "I was just wearing an ordinary shirt, no buttons, and I'm confronted before I even begin to exercise my First Amendment right to free speech." "She was carrying a permit, and she said that I had to leave the public sidewalk surrounding the park," he recalled, "because, and I quote her, I was not 'carrying a message that is congruent with Atlanta Pride.' That is the reason I had to leave the public sidewalk or face arrest." "I do not want to be arrested for preaching the Gospel," Christensen responded, adding, "This is a public access/public street." "What happens if I don't move," Christensen asked. "The police officer stood nodding when Narducci said 'Yes, you will be arrested...'" he remembers. After the street ministry moved across the street, Christensen said they were "attacked" by festival attendees. "One of the more disorderly participants knocked down one of the preachers, attacked one of our banners and ripped it off the pole," he recalled. Christensen later found the exact permit Narducci referenced, which she had used to banish pastors from sidewalks surrounding the park. Upon reading the permit, Christensen said, "There was nothing there that excluded anyone carrying other messages or any person in general from entering the park. She was basically ad-libbing." Bill Adams, one of Christensen's fellow street pastors, also was threatened with arrest, but he feels he was targeted before the festival even began, primarily due to his efforts to rid the parade of female nudity. "This will be my sixth or seventh 'Pride' weekend," he said, "and every Saturday they have an official 'Dyke March.' Routinely, many of the women in the parade will be bare-chested, sometimes with 'pasties' on. There is visible, flagrant, unquestionable nudity." A friend of Adams' made a DVD of photos to document the nudity and obscene acts in violation of city and state indecency ordinances. After Adams and several of his compatriots appeared separately at city hall without success, they appeared en masse, asking the city to enforce its indecency ordinance at this year's rally. Adams said they were hoping to protect local families in the public park and ensure that lawless nudity would not again be protected as free expression. But according to Thornton, the city did not even admit it had an ordinance about indecency until Adams showed them the section where it could be found. After meeting with Robin Shahar, an open lesbian on the mayor's legal counsel staff, Imara Canady, of the cultural affairs office, and an Atlanta police sergeant, Adams realized the problem would come down to a skewed definition of decency. "The immediate response...was that Robin Shahar would not admit that topless women violated the indecency ordinance," he said. "They told me they weren't concerned, and that they certainly wouldn't put a stop to it. Their ultimate response was to do nothing." According to Georgia State Code, Section 16-6-8, "A person commits the offense of public indecency when he or she performs any of the following acts in a public place." The third act listed is "a lewd appearance in a state of partial or complete nudity." Atlanta City Ordinance Section 4, Section 106-129 regards as indecent exposure: "An exposure of one's genitals or one's breast, if female." But according to GLBT Liaison Officer Darlene Harris, indecency is "tricky" to define in Atlanta, as it technically only requires that part of the female breast be covered in public. Harris doesn't feel nudity was "a problem" last year, although she admits "there were a few isolated incidents." While she would not comment about last year's First Amendment violations, Harris assured WND that police protocol had changed. http://wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=56317

VeriChip Corporation Launches New Customer Support Initiative for Infant Protection

By Your Side Program Sets New Standard in Support DELRAY BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VeriChip Corporation (Nasdaq:CHIP), a provider of RFID systems for healthcare and patient-related needs, announced today its wholly owned subsidiary, Xmark Corporation, launched the By Your SideTM program for its infant protection products at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Convention in Orlando, FL. The By Your Side program provides Xmark's infant protection customers with an unmatched level of support to ensure success with their Halo or Hugs infant protection system. It is Xmark's commitment that every customer will be successful with infant protection. The program has five main components: Implementation Support, Clinical Education, Parent Education, Public Relations and Continuing Clinical Support. Created with substantial input from current customers, industry experts and Xmark's clinical education staff, the program is designed to provide customers with close and continuing support throughout the product life cycle, from initial purchase to implementation to ongoing use. Speaking from the AWHONN Convention, Daniel A. Gunther, President and CEO of Xmark, said, "Xmark's dominance of the infant protection market is the result of listening closely to our customers and giving them products that work in their environment. The By Your Side program is the next step in our efforts to truly partner with our customers and provide the best possible infant protection. It's a commitment for the long term that none of our competitors have made." The AWHONN Convention is the nation's largest gathering of nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse executives in the field of maternal/child care. By launching the By Your Side program at the show, Xmark is reaching directly more than 2000 decision makers who drive the purchase of infant protection systems. Xmark's Halo system and Hugs system are part of its industry-leading portfolio of infant protection products. One out of every three infant protection systems in the United States is an Xmark product. For more information on Xmark's products, please contact 1-866-55­XMARK or email [email protected] Additional information can be found online at www.xmark.com. About Xmark Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Xmark is a wholly owned subsidiary of VeriChip Corporation. For over 25 years, Xmark Corporation has provided Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to identify, locate, and protect people and assets in healthcare environments. Its market-leading infant protection, wander prevention, personal duress, and asset tracking applications are trusted by over 5,000 healthcare institutions worldwide to keep individuals safe. Xmark products are installed and serviced through an international network of authorized dealers, backed by a dedicated technical services department at Xmark. All aspects of Xmark's business are certified to the ISO 9001 quality standard... http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20070625005101&newsLang=en

The Sanhedrin's peace initiative

Jewish group devoted to rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem to send letters to all world leaders, including Arab ones, inviting them to take part in project, attend conference on Temple Mount in Israel

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been gearing up for an Israeli offensive in recent months, is bound to be surprised by the peace feelers he is set to receive from Jerusalem soon. Without Saudi mediation or diplomatic procedures, the president will get a "Letter of Love and Peace", accompanied by a historic invitation to visit Jerusalem, from The Supreme Judicial Court of the Jewish People, better known as the Sanhedrin. After having tried their luck with the High Court of Justice and the government, the members of the Jewish group have set out on a new track in their struggle for the Temple Mount, aimed at rebuilding the Temple in the Jewish capital. In recent days, the group members have drafted a letter that will be translated into 70 languages and sent to all government institutions in the world, including "the sons of Esau and Ishmael" who do not hold diplomatic ties with Israel. Jews responsible for world peace - In the letter, the rabbis of the self-proclaimed Sanhedrin warn that the world is nearing a catastrophe, and write that the only way to bring peace among nations, states, and religions is by building a house for God, where Jews will worship, pray and offer up sacrifice, according to the vision of the prophets. The rabbis also call on the non-Jews to help the people of Israel fulfill their destiny and build the Temple, in order to prevent bloodshed across the globe. The letter will initially be translated into English, Spanish, Arabic, French and Farsi, and later also into Russian, Chinese and Japanese, and will include an invitation to world leaders to attend a conference dedicated to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem five months from now, during Succot. Prof Hillel Weiss of the Sanhedrin explained that the Torah and the prophets have tasked the Jewish people with the responsibility for world peace. He stressed that the group's project was to rebuild the Temple, not a "church for all nations," but added, "We have all descended from the same father, this is not another primitive and racist approach." http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3394231,00.html

WHAT HOLLY THINKS - The Second Beast Rises

A recent press release from the United Nations' secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, makes a startling statement. It says that the teachings of a 13th century, Persian poet--Maulana Rumi--capture the goals of the UN's "Alliance of Civilizations." As followers of FP know, the AoC is an initiative launched under the UN's previous secretary-general, Kofi Annan, to combat religious extremism and end the tensions that divide the Western and Muslim worlds. The UN realized it can never achieve its goal of creating a peaceful world unless it first achieves religious tolerance. It plans to focus its efforts on education, media, migration and youth. The AoC is being implemented under the framework of the "Euro-Mediterranean Partnership" and the "European Neighbourhood Policy" (both which seek to bring peace and stability to the Middle East) with a goal of extending the AoC globally. An AoC "High Representative," Jorge Sampaio (former president of Portugal), has been appointed to lead these efforts, and Javier Solana, the EU's High Representative, has endorsed the AoC. The UN's goal is for the AoC to become operational by the end of 2009--just in time for the middle of Daniel's 70th week in 2010 (if it, indeed, started Jan, 1, 2007). The emergence of the AoC is significant because it marked the beginning of a formal, spiritual agenda by the UN. And what are the UN's spiritual beliefs? According to the secretary-general, Ban, they can be found in the writings of Maulana Rumi, which you can read here. Ban goes so far as to call himself a "student" of Rumi. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey-co-sponsor of the AoC with Spain--told the UN General Assembly that spreading Rumi's message throughout the world "will greatly strengthen our efforts within the framework of the Alliance of Civilizations." Read his speech here. Turkey is currently sponoring an exhibit featuring Rumi's work at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Rumi taught that, originally, we were all part of God and, through spiritual enlightenment, we'll eventually make our way back to God. Like other Eastern and New Age teachings, Rumi taught that only when individuals attain inner peace--and don't discriminate against other beliefs--can they create a peaceful world. The core of all faiths, he taught, is love. His writings are attractive to the United Nations because they teach a "humanist philosophy and ... highlight the principles of tolerance, understanding and compassion," according to Ki-moon. Rumi's poems have gained a pop-culture following through recorded readings by celebrities, like Madonna's video "Bittersweet." Lyrics here. Rumi's poems are hard to understand, first, because--according to his followers-- he wrote them while in a mystical state. Also, they are translated from Persian. Yet, you can see his contradiction of Christian teachings in lines like these, found in his poem titled Divan-E Shams: The ignorant and the blind With insight are now wise and kind Surpass Jesus, put him behind And so we say, may it be so (From Rumi 21) Here, Rumi suggests that, on the path to enlightenment, people can pass up Jesus--who, in Eastern thinking, isn't the unique Son of God, but one of many people who have achieved a high level of enlightenment. In another line, Rumi seems to suggest that, once people achieve enlightenment--what he calls "resurrection grade"--they will have no need for belief in a biblical Judgment Day: In this world attained our resurrection grade Till thoughts of the other & Judgement Day fade (From Rumi 24) Rumi's teachings give us insights into the beliefs guiding the UN and its Alliance of Civilizations. Such beliefs mesh perfectly with the EU's secular humanistic philosophy. The bottom line in both Eastern and humanistic thinking is that human beings are God-though these teachings may have different ways of getting there. And, of course, the teaching that human beings can be like God is the same old lie Satan told Eve in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:5). This satanic teaching is, sadly, even being promoted within our own Christian quarters through the popular "Word-Faith Movement." My skin has crawled when I've heard Creflo Dollar blasphemously state on Christian television: "You are gods," while also denying the divinity of Christ. Watch him here. We know from Bible prophecy that the Antichrist also will hold to a type of this thinking. In the middle of Daniel's 70th week, he will go into the rebuilt Jewish temple and proclaim himself to be God (Daniel 11:36-37, 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). So, we can see how different non-Christian beliefs seem to be merging into the end-time false religious system that the Bible describes as "the beast from the earth" (Revelation 13:11-18). This false religious system will support the "beast from the sea" (the revival of the Roman Empire under the Antichrist, which appears to have risen in the European Union). It also will be responsible for the most violent persecution of God's people ever. Christians--with their beliefs about sin, judgment and Jesus as the only Savior--are going to be seen as hate mongers standing in the way of global unity. And those who are more fully "enlightened" or "evolved"--a word choice depending on whether their thinking is Eastern or secular humanistic--will be seen as humanity's true saviors. Students of Bible prophecy would do well to keep their eyes on the Alliance of Civilizations. http://fulfilledprophecy.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=27729 WWW.FULFILLEDPROPHECY.COM

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