September 2011

More Republicans Favoring "Gay" Marriage

The disturbing news is that public opinion in America is shifting in favor of same-sex marriage. The change that has taken place in America regarding this topic is truly staggering.   In 1996, Gallup found that 70 percent of Americans opposed it.   But a recent poll revealed that now 54% of Americans are in favor of same-sex marriage.

Many Republicans now favor “gay” marriage.  The Republicans’ problem is young voters.  70 percent of those under age 35 favor legalizing same-sex unions.  Many Republicans are no longer considered morally conservative, although they define themselves as fiscal conservatives.

The State acceptance of same sex marriage began in the Netherlands in 2001 and is now spreading around the world.   Same-sex marriage is now legally recognized in Argentina, Portugal, Canada, Belgium, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, South Africa and Sweden.  In America same-sex marriages are not recognized nationally, though same-sex couples can marry in six states and one district. 

According to exit polls in the last three presidential elections gays and lesbians made up just 3 percent of the electorate.  Yet Republican office holders are softening their stance on homosexual behavior for fear of losing votes—particularly young voters.  Many young voters have money and liberal views, although they call themselves Republicans.  Also, many Republicans running for office are courting Independents, the majority of whom favor gay marriage.

The hard truth is most who seek public office are quick to sell out on goodness if it will help them get elected to office.  God looks at so many of our national leaders and sees weak, selfish people, who care not at all for His laws. “I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one– Ezekiel 22:30.

Our national leaders should be crying out against our National Sins, and those who commit them.  Instead so many who seek public office embrace vile and destructive behavior.  There is no fear of God in the Land.

Steven LeBlanc

WHY ALL THIS BAD WEATHER?

Does God take a hand in our weather?

Don’t ask that question too loudly, it would be considered inappropriate.  However, people are starting to voice their concerns about the escalation of violent and destructive weather.  The reports of floods, droughts, tornadoes, and hurricanes are increasingly difficult to shrug off.

If you believe God’s word, you won’t ignore the problems of weather.  The violent weather and all other natural disasters are controlled by the hand of God, as you will see as you read on.  That does not mean that every spell of bad weather is brought by God.  But it is clear from the Bible, that God does use the weather for His purposes.  Right now the number one concern of all western nations is the economy.  When we hear the reports of billions of dollars of damage from weather episodes, it is clear the economy is affected by the weather.  It is obvious that good weather brings good crops, which make up a large segment of every country’s economy.  If a nation or region has a climate that supports agriculture, barring other offsetting problems, it will be a strong prosperous country.

The question is, where does good, crop producing weather come from?  The Bible makes it clear:

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God…The Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you.  The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give you the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand.  You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.  And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God…” (Deut 28:11-13)  Unfortunately, we are not, in many areas, seeing these blessings fall down upon us at this time.  It is quite the opposite.

When we look to Texas, we see a specific example of how agriculture is being affected by the weather this year.  The drought and resulting range fires occurring in Texas are being covered even by international media.  These fires have been powerful and destructive, killing people and destroying property.  However, few realize that there is a lasting effect from this combination of natural disasters.  The cattle industry is being severely damaged, not only in Texas but also in Oklahoma and the surrounding states.  Cattlemen are being forced to sell off cattle to the point that many will not have herds in the future.  The drought and fires are destroying pastures and grain.  According to business reports out of that area, the cattle industry may not recover for many years to come.  This will cause a large shortage of beef, which will mean much higher beef prices in the near future.  It is happening at a time when the world’s population is seeking more and more high quality food, especially beef.  The current drought stricken area is probably the largest beef producing area of the world, and it is being devastated.  This is not fulfilling the idea expressed in the above-quoted passage from Deuteronomy where it mentions an “increase of your livestock” for those who are obedient to God.     

In the Book of Job after hearing Job’s complaints about God, God asked Job these questions:

“Can you lift up your voice to the clouds so that an abundance of water may cover you?  Can you send out lightenings, that they may go and say to you, here we are?  Who has put wisdom in the mind?  Or who has given understanding to the heart?  Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps and the clods cling together?”  (Job 38:34-38) 

By asking these questions, God is opening Job’s mind as to who is in charge, not only of the weather, but also the entire universe.  It is a lesson the majority of mankind has never found the answer to.  After God’s questioning, and considering what Job’s blessed life had been like and how horrible it was when God removed those blessings, Job was left with only a humble response, “I know you can do everything, and that no purpose of yours can be withheld from you…Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand.”  (Job 42:1,3)  Those who do not think that God is in charge of the weather need to have their eyes opened, like Job did.

According to Bible prophecy, we are quickly approaching the return of Jesus Christ — a time when Christ will bring the nations to heel.  And he will use the weather to cause them to bend their knees before him. (Zech. 14:17-28)  When mankind is subdued by Christ, there will be a new and agriculture-related industry, the conversion of weapons to agricultural implements.  Plowshares for growing crops will be needed, and weapons of war will be converted into such tools. (Isaiah 2:4)   It is prophesied the rain will come in due season, and the huge abundance of crops to be harvested will be the challenge, not the struggle we currently face resulting from continual weather disasters.

China's first Aircraft Carrier

The most visible symbol of China’s rising military power is it’s first aircraft carrier. The carrier is a clear sign of China’s naval ambitions.

The giant, grey hulk of China’s newest warship, 60,000 tons of steel, sits at a dockside in the port of Dalian.  The huge carrier has been years in the making, and it is an unmistakable sign of China’s expanding military, and China’s desire to project Chinese power further beyond its borders.

China’s military is generally believed to be 20 years behind America’s in its development, but China is determined to catch up.  China is focusing on weapons designed to blunt US military power.  “An aircraft carrier is a symbol of the power of your navy,” says General Xu Guangyu, who used to serve in the PLA’s headquarters and is now retired. China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is the largest armed force in the world.  “China should at least be on the same level as other permanent members of the UN Security Council who have carriers.”

But it isn’t just one aircraft carrier. It’s three, of possibly five.  No sooner had the Defense Ministry admitted the existence of one carrier, sources confirmed the existence of two additional carriers being built in Shanghai. The addition of two indigenous carriers would put China in an entirely different class, since currently the United States is the only nation with more than two carriers in service.  These new developments reveal that China is interested in more than just territorial defense—they want to be seen as a superpower to be respected.

China is on course to build a modern military by 2020, a move that could threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon says. In the Pentagon’s annual report on China’s defense capability, the Pentagon said China had closed key technological gaps.  A main aim of the military development was to prevent possible US intervention in any conflict with Taiwan.

The PLA has also invested heavily in submarines. It is believed to be close to deploying the world’s first “carrier-killer” ballistic missile designed to sink aircraft carriers while they are maneuvering at sea up to 1,500km offshore, and it is building its own stealth fighter aircraft along with advanced carrier-based aircraft built from Russian designs. All of these can target US bases, US ships and US carriers in Asia.

America is increasingly being seen as the great sunset power, and China, the great sunrise power.

America's Most Urgent Problem

Marriage breakdown in America is ruining our nation. Where you see Divorce, Cohabitation (Living Together) and “hooking up” you also see a massive increase in women having children without the benefit of marriage. Last year, the U.S. illegitimacy rate had grown to 42 percent. In 1950 the rate of out of marriage births was just 4 percent.

The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock babies born last year and their unmarried mothers now look to the American tax-payer as their financial father. The consequences of this are staggering: As government becomes the financial provider for millions of children and mothers, it emboldens bureaucrats to tax its citizens even more (to provide the money necessary to take care of millions of non-married households stuck in poverty)—a vicious cycle.

7 out of 10 voting women who have children out of marriage vote Democratic; they simply view the Democratic Party as the party most likely to pay for their family needs. National and State welfare handouts cost taxpayers nearly one Trillion dollars last year—the largest percentage of welfare handouts subsidize non-marriage households. America spends more money every year funding non-married families, than we spend on National Defense and Homeland Security combined.

The clear truth is that marriage keeps a father in the home. Divorce, living together, same-sex marriage, hooking-up… these lifestyles result in children being born into households that are mostly without the biological father present in their children’s lives. Living together, no-fault divorce, “gay marriage” and abortion are vicious attacks against Fatherhood. Our culture and our government have become anti-marriage, anti-father.

No fault divorce that spread across the nation in the 1970s has placed government on the side of marriage breakdown. Feminist ideas devalue marriage and are hostile toward men. Many of our courts are heavily biased toward the feminist agenda. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asserted that the concept of husband-breadwinner and wife-homemaker “must be eliminated.”

Romans 1:28 describes most of our leader’s thinking in government, education, media and business: “And because they did not think it worthwhile to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong.”

The King James Bible calls it a reprobate mind and the Amplified Bible says that it is a base and condemned mind. Meaning that they are void of judgment and unable to discern or distinguish what is wise. A nation that “plays” at marriage is bound to collapse.

The destruction of the marriage bond, and lack of respect for the marriage covenant is our nation’s most pressing problem. But don’t expect to hear our leaders voice this shameful truth.

Steven LeBlanc

Immigration Debate Challenges German Tolerance of Minorities

Thilo Sarrazin is an unconventional figure. Until recently he had been a leading politician in the German Social Democratic Party and a member of the Executive Board of the German Bundesbank. Then in August last year, contrary to the modern German tradition of political correctness and tolerance, he published a book titled Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany does itself in), denouncing Germany’s post war immigration policy and declaring German multiculturalism failed, taking principal aim at Turkish Muslim immigrants.

The book has become the most successful German language book in the last decade. Before it had even appeared on shelves, 25,000 copies were pre-sold. As of May this year, 1.5 million copies had been sold. Chancellor Merkel reacted strongly against it, as did many politicians, calling it “unacceptable” and “injurious”. But politicians are in a quandary as to what to do – Mr Sarrazin enjoys approximately 50% support of the German population and 18% say they would vote for him if he were to form his own party.

Shortly after publication in September the Bundesbank asked the German President, Christian Wulff, to dismiss him, a move that Mr Sarrazin pre-empted by resigning despite his initial refusal to do so. Then his party began proceedings to expel him before the Arbitration Commission though the proceedings were ultimately discontinued in April this year.

Germany’s attitude of tolerance towards minorities, including immigrants, comes as an obvious reaction to the national horror of having let the Holocaust take place. In 1949 the new German Constitution came into force, which, recognised Germany’s Nazi past and thus included in its “Basic Law” far-reaching asylum rights which included a constitutionally guaranteed right to sue for asylum.

Following this throughout the 1960s strong immigration incentives were provided to foreigners as Germany tried to rebuild post World War II. However already by the early 1970s there was less demand for migrant workers and by the 1980s the government was actively trying to wind back immigration by offering repatriation with compensation to those guest workers who would take it. However take up was less than expected and by the 1990s the immigration debate had turned violent with neo-Nazi style attacks being launched against immigrants.

Though his target may not be Jewish people, it is the overwhelming similarity to the anti-semitic, Nazi propaganda in Mr Sarrazin’s own style and reasoning, and the German people’s susceptibility to its persuasion, that is alarming. For example, just as Hitler appealed to the idea of the higher intelligence of the German people, Sarrazin also employs this same ideal. He argues that the mere presence of immigrants from Turkey, the Middle East and Africa in the German education system is contributing to the dumbing down of German society.

He has also employed the highly provocative idea that German people are in the process of losing control over their country, being overrun by Arabs and Muslims who have higher birthrates claiming, “The Turks are taking over Germany exactly as the Kosovars took over Kosovo: via a higher birth rate.” Nazi propaganda also employed this idea where Germans were reminded of the struggle against foreign enemies and Jewish subversion in the lead up to controversial legislation. The propaganda then encouraged passivity and acceptance of the impending measures against Jews, as these appeared to depict the Nazi government as stepping in and “restoring order”.

In fact according to Der Spiegel there are 4 million Muslims in Germany of a total population of 82 million citizens. Somewhat ironically, his polemics may have excited the sort of political activism from Muslim German citizens that he is so fearful of. It seems since the publication of his book there has been a wave of political activism amongst Muslims who resent being stereotyped and who have begun to speak up.

In 2008 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Turks living in Germany: “No one can expect you to subject yourselves to assimilation, because assimilation is a crime against humanity.” What Prime Minister Erdogan is arguing against is the requirement for immigrants to replace all aspects of their Turkish cultural background with German culture. This is not a question of integrating as it is a question of becoming the same.

This may be at the heart of the issue as one American on the Der Spiegel discussion board remarked. After having come to the Netherlands, adopted the customs, passed all the language and cultural exams and become a Dutch citizen, he is still told by his Dutch compatriots that he will never be a “Dutchman”. If assimilation is what Germans are seeking, perhaps Mr Sarrazin’s book and the ensuing debate will bring that to light.

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