Oct 30, 2011

Celebrate Halloween or Reformation Day?

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October 31st is celebrated as Halloween but it is also marked as the day that Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenberg Germany.

It was October 31, 1517 that marked the official beginning of the Protestant Reformation. However, several men such as John Wycliffe and John Huss laid much of the groundwork that helped inspire Martin Luther to challenge the papacy.

October is observed as Protestant Reformation month, which serves as an opportunity to better understand the people, issues and the influence the Reformation had on our society. I encourage everyone to take some time to study and reflect upon this highly influential event. I’m sure that in doing so you will truly find cause for celebration on this, and every other, October.

Christians need no longer question the observance of Halloween by trying to repackage or “Christianize” the occasion. Indeed, that was taken care of for us by our LORD through His workman, Martin Luther in 1517. Share this nugget of little known history with others and take this Halloween Reformation Day as a reminder and opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who may not know that their Hope rests in Him alone.

 
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Oct 27, 2011

Word of God Proclaimed to Wall Street Occupiers

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Repent America proclaimes the Gospel
While the "Occupy Wall Street" movement has been erupting in various cities across the country, RA has utilized the gatherings as opportunities to proclaim the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

One of the last commissions of Christ was to "[g]o ye therefore and teach all nations... teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20) During the Occupy protests, the ministry preached and addressed a number of topics raised by the occupiers from a Biblical standard.

Repent America recently preached to crowds outside of City Hall in Philadelphia and in Liberty Square in New York City as hundreds gathered to express their outrage against corporate greed, many of whom blatantly espoused socialist and communist views. The ministry exhorted the occupiers to realize the sin in their own hearts, for they must change and be born again just as much as those that they are protesting against. The ministry also explained that there must be a foundation for absolute truth to determine right from wrong, and that God's law is the standard. His law must govern our lives both individually and as a nation.
 
Please pray that the Lord will use these and future outreach efforts to encourage many to put their trust in Jesus Christ.

"But God said unto him, 'Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee; then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?' So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God." - Luke 12:20-21

 
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Oct 26, 2011

Day of prayer

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Lost Episodes: Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer
October 26, 2011



On Friday, October 26, 1781, the Journal of the Continental Congress reports that a committee, consisting of “Mr. Witherspoon, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Varnum, Mr. Sherman,” was appointed to prepare a recommendation for setting apart a day of public thanksgiving and prayer in light of the momentous victory over the British at Yorktown, which was agreed to as follows:


“Whereas, it hath pleased Almighty God, the supreme Disposer of all Events father of mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their important struggle for liberty, against the long continued efforts of a powerful nation: it is the duty of all ranks to observe and thankfully acknowledge the interpositions of his Providence in their behalf. Through the whole of the contest, from its first rise to this time, the influence of divine Providence may be clearly perceived in many signal instances…and in which, after the success of our allies by sea, a General of the first Rank, with his whole army, has been captured by the allied forces under the direction of our illustrious Commander in Chief.

It is therefore recommended to the several states to set apart the 13th day of December next, to be religiously observed as a Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer; that all the people may assemble on that day, with grateful hearts, to celebrate the praises of our gracious Benefactor; to confess our manifold sins; to offer up our most fervent supplications to the God of all grace, that it may please Him to pardon our offences, and incline our hearts for the future to keep all his laws; to comfort and relieve all our brethren who are in distress or captivity; to prosper our husbandmen, and give success to all engaged in lawful commerce; to impart wisdom and integrity to our counsellors, judgment and fortitude to our officers and soldiers; to protect and prosper our illustrious ally, and favor our united exertions for the speedy establishment of a safe, honorable and lasting peace; to bless all seminaries of learning; and cause the knowledge of God to cover the earth, as the waters cover the seas.”*
This proclamation was written by Rev. Dr. John Witherspoon, delegate from New Jersey, President of what is now Princeton, and a minister of the Gospel. The fact that Congress recommended that Americans set aside a “Day of Thanksgiving and Prayer” for their victory in the War for Independence is another lost episode in American history.


*Source Citation: Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1789, 34 vols., (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1907-37), 21:1074-76.

 
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Oct 24, 2011

From Secularism to Atheism to Socialism to …

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The changing landscape of America.

Current events have given us a glimpse into our future. The Occupy Wall Street movement is no exception. Though their message is not cohesive and varies widely, not only among individuals but also by location – one thing is clear. Their underlying message is wealth redistribution through entitlement and regulation, aka Socialism.

Where does this ideology come from? It originates as Secularism, that is to remove God from the public square and from any discussion related to public policy. After a generation or two Atheism becomes the worldview that is dominant I shaping ideology and policy. Out of this the culture is eager to embrace Socialism not realizing or ignoring the natural progression that has been demonstrated and proven many times throughout history.  

Former Atheist Peter Hitchens reminds his readers that Atheism and the political system it spawns – Socialism, comes at a great price to the 99% while catering to the elite.            

Peter Hitchens, brother of outspoken “New Atheist” Christopher Hitchens, is a British journalist and author of the book The Rage Against God, published in 2010. At age fifteen, young Peter set fire to his Bible on the playing field of his Cambridge boarding school and set out on a life of denying the existence of God.

Peter attributes his return to faith to seeing Socialism in practice during his years as a correspondent in Eastern Europe and in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. In his book, he describes what it was like for the Russian people who were living under the tyranny of godless Communism

 “Soviet citizens all knew life was like this. They knew the daily drudgery of finding anything decent to eat....They knew that if they wanted anesthetics at the dentist, or antibiotics at the hospital, or co-operation from their child’s teacher, or a holiday by the sea, they would need to bribe someone to get them. Even in Moscow, the show city of the Evil Empire, they knew that they dwelt in the suburbs of hell, that in mile after mile of mass-produced housing you would be hard put to find a single family untouched by divorce, that no mother reared her own children, that the schools taught lies, that secret government establishments leaked radiation into air and water. Fresh eggs were an event. ‘No’ meant ‘How much will you pay me?’ Rats were commonplace and played merrily among the trashcans of apartment blocks and in the entrances of railway terminals. Windows were filthy as a matter of course...

 “While most struggled to survive, a secret elite enjoyed great privilege - special living spaces, special hospitals with Western drugs and equipment, special schools in which their children were well taught in English, special waiting rooms in stations and airports, and special lanes along which the Politburo’s giant armored limousines roared at 90 miles an hour, shouldering aside anyone who dared get in the way. The elite had privileged access to good food, foreign travel and books, and the groveling servility of the organs of the state, which oppressed the common people and extorted money from them. This society, promoted by its leaders as an egalitarian utopia, was in truth one of the most unequal societies on earth.” ~ Peter Hitchens

Peter Hitchens describes life in Russia in the early 1990’s as harsh and dangerous. In 1990 there were 6.46 million abortions in the USSR and only 4.85 million live births.

Quote from Peter Hitchens’ book “The Rage Against God : how atheism led me to faith”

 
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Oct 22, 2011

Worldview Blinders

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There is a very good reason this blog is called Salt & Light Perspective

 
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Oct 20, 2011

Defend Social Values? Yes We Cain.

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After confusing some with his abortion comments, Herman Cain left little doubt where he stands on homosexuality during an interview with Piers Morgan. The surging Cain, who is polling either first or second in most national surveys, tackled the notion that people are "born gay" during his CNN hit on Wednesday.

Cain: I think it's a sin because of my biblical beliefs and, although people don't agree with me, I happen to think that it is a personal choice.

Morgan: ...[Y]ou believe people get to a certain age and say, I want to be homosexual?

Cain: Let me turn it around to you. What does science show? Show me evidence other than opinion and you might cause me to reconsider that...Where is the evidence?

Morgan: You're a commonsense guy. You genuinely believe that millions of Americans wake up in their late teens normally and go, you know what, I kind of fancy being a homosexual? You don't believe that, do you?

Cain: Piers, you haven't given me any evidence to believe otherwise.

Morgan: My gut instinct, Herman, tells me that it has to be a natural thing.

Cain: So it's your gut instinct versus my gut instincts. I respect their right to make that choice. You don't see me bashing them. I respect them to have the right to make that choice. I don't have to agree with it. That's all I'm saying.

Morgan: It would be like a gay person saying, Herman, you made a choice to be black.

Cain: You know that's not the case. You know I was born black.

Morgan: Maybe if they say that, they would find that offensive.

Cain: Piers, Piers. This doesn't wash off. I hate to burst your bubble.

It's encouraging to see candidates take principled stands on tough social issues. I recognize that in the same interview Cain had a confusing response to his stand on abortion. I'll be talking with Herman about the need for clarity on his stand for the sanctity of human life.

 
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Oct 19, 2011

What's the UN-problem?

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Oct 18, 2011

Indispensable Books

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Lost Episodes | Indispensable Book
October 18, 2011

American newspaper journalist Charles Dana died on October 17, 1897. In 1839, he had entered Harvard, but the impairment of his eyesight forced him to leave college in 1841, and caused him to abandon his intention of entering the ministry. He later served as editor-in-chief of the New York Sun, and under his management it became one of the largest and most influential newspapers in the country. Dana also served as Assistant Secretary of War during the Civil War. Regarding the essential tools for a journalist, Charles Dana declared to the Wisconsin Editorial Association:

“[T]here are some books that are absolutely indispensable to the kind of education that we are contemplating, and to the profession that we are now considering; and of all these, the most indispensable, the most useful, the one whose knowledge is most effective, is the Bible. There is no Book from which more valuable lessons can be learned. I am considering it now as a manual of utility, or professional preparation, and professional use for a journalist.

There is no Book whose style is more suggestive and more instructive, from which you learn more directly that sublime simplicity which never exaggerates, which recounts the greatest event with solemnity, of course, but without sentimentality or affection, none which you open with such confidence and lay down with such reverence; there is no Book like the Bible.

When you get into a controversy and want exactly the right answer, when you are looking for an expression, what is there that closes a dispute like a verse from the Bible? What is it that sets up the right principle for you, which pleads for a policy, for a cause, so much as the right passage of the Holy Scripture?”*
The fact that there actually was a major newspaper editor who had such great respect for the Bible and even advocated its use by fellow journalists is yet another lost episode in American history.

*Source Citation: Charles Dana, The Art of Newspaper Making: Three Lectures (New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1895), 48-49.

 
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Oct 17, 2011

Secret Disciples

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“Some of you who love the Lord have never yet told anybody. You are secret Christians—you hide away behind pillar and post. Oh, but God’s Word is very sweet to you, you say, as you eat your morsel of bread in the corner! So it is, but you would have another and a greater sweetness if you would come out and avow that you love the Lord! I am sure you would. In fact, there is many a child of God who never enjoys the full sweetness of religion because he has not had the courage to confess Christ before men. I wish that some of you halting ones, you who are much-afraid and fearing, would obey the whole of the Gospel. You know the Gospel—‘He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.’ ‘With the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’”1893, Sermon #2340

 
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Oct 16, 2011

Occupy...?

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Occupy Casper - October 15, 2011

Occupy Wall Street has gained momentum by holding demonstrations across the country. Wyoming is no exception. Casper was the site of the first Wyoming event held Saturday October 8th. That gathering was attended by just over 40 people. Some traveled from as far away as Laramie.

By the following week gatherings were planned and held in Cheyenne, Casper and Jackson on Saturday & Sunday, October 15th  – 16th, respectively.

Despite their attempt to distance themselves from any political Party or platform the vast majority are Democrat. As evidenced by many of the statements reported in the media the movement seems to be fueled by Liberal ideology or dogma.

The underlying message is wealth redistribution through entitlement and regulation. While their message is being honed to sound more like that of conservatism in an effort to achieve their means the conclusion, if successful, will be a loss of personal liberty through the expansion of government ushered in by a society who has turned away from God and embraced entitlement mindset. 


Indeed, the focus is on the financial system but the reality is that our current economy is the by-product of moral relativism – the breakdown of the moral ethic that gave birth to the greatest nation on earth.  

 
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Oct 13, 2011

Alternative Lifestyles

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What role for feelings?
By T.M. Moore | October 13, 2011

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

In the debate about alternative lifestyles Christians are often labeled as “hateful.” That is, because we take our stand on Scripture, and insist that, the “needs” of people or the findings of social science or the changing temper of the times notwithstanding, we must not overthrow the sexual, moral, and familial practices and institutions which have promoted Western freedom and flourishing for two thousand years – because we insist on this we are charged with trampling the feelings of others, and with being hateful and uncaring.

To be fair, this is in fact the posture we often strike in this debate. We seem always to be angry, storming around and heaping scorn on those who disagree with us. There is very little of the kind of soft and gentle answer or gracious and reverent speech that ought to characterize our participation in this public debate (Prov. 15:1; 2 Tim. 2:24-26; Col. 4:6; 1 Pet. 3:15). We demonize those who disagree with us rather than invite them into a thoughtful and reasoned discussion of the questions in this debate. And so, because we seem to be hateful, we set ourselves up for being labeled as such, and, in the process, effectively disqualify ourselves from a place at the table over this and many other matters of social policy and practice.

The moment feelings enter the debate, pretty much all bets are off. Human beings are not very good at keeping our feelings in check. On the Christian side we become defensive and self-righteous, and we denounce all those who disagree with our view or threaten the settled order. On the alternative lifestyles side, feelings are used either to create sympathy or to intimidate. The many media shots of smiling, caring, homosexual couples plays the feeling card in a way intended to say, “See this? Isn’t this what you’d want for any marriage relationship?” And in the public debate, feelings of outrage, anger, and resolution are intended to intimidate would-be opponents into silence. Such tactics have had remarkable success.

Certainly there is a place for feelings in this debate – feelings of deep conviction, moral certainty, compassionate understanding, love, forbearance, and urgency. But shall such feelings become yet another plank in the shaky foundation of public policy decision-making? The media, which largely supports the alternative lifestyles agenda, plays the feelings card continuously – in news reports, on the talk shows, and in prime time programming. As Neil Postman and others have argued, the media offer a powerful conduit into human emotion, bypassing reason and sound judgment to encourage actions based primarily on feelings. The experience of other societies in the previous century should warn us against yielding judgment to the power of emotion, whether fueled by high-powered rhetoric and spectacular public displays, lofty but false ideals, or an evening’s news or entertainment.

The Christian insists that we cannot trust mere feelings; their tendency is to deceive and mislead us. Instead, feelings must be made subject to right thinking, grounded in convictions that are true and reliable. If what we are feeling strays from the foundation of unchanging moral truth, then we must not alter the truth, but, instead, reconsider and reconstruct the feelings. No, our opponents in this debate won’t want to hear this, and probably won’t agree. But we must press the point all the more fervently and consistently, that, while feelings matter, and must be considered, they must not be the determining factor in matters of public policy.

We do not have to come across as hateful as we invite people to reflect on the reliability of feelings, or when we ask them to consider whether what they are feeling about this issue should be accepted as a sure foundation for promoting social change. And we should not hesitate to explain the sound teaching and common sense of Scripture with respect to the role of emotions in human life.

Download the series "Alternative Lifestyles." Click here: Alternative Lifestyles

For more insight to this topic, get the book, How Now Shall We Live?, by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey. Or read the article, “Family Values vs. Family Values,” by Charles Colson.

 
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Oct 12, 2011

The Supreme Birth Announcement

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Conservatives won a major victory in an arena that hasn't always been kind to the traditional family: the courts. Earlier this year, in the state of Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had weighed in on a decision with big implications for the definition of marriage.

A same-sex couple had been issued a birth certificate in New York that listed both partners as parents which, of course, is biologically impossible. When the men moved to Louisiana, they demanded that the local registrar give them a duplicate certificate. The registrar refused, pointing out that such a request would violate state law. In response, the homosexuals sued the state to force the recognition of their relationship on an official government document.

Although they won in the lower court, a majority of the full Fifth Circuit (with 16 judges sitting in on appeal) overturned the decision and upheld Louisiana's adoption law. They agreed that the statutes are reasonable means of promoting a stable and nurturing environment for children.

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court turned let the decision stand. By refusing to hear the case, the justices dealt a big blow to the Left's hopes of changing the rules of adoption and the mother-father norm.

 
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Oct 11, 2011

For Whom Our Constitution Was Made

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Lost Episodes | October 11, 2011


On October 11, 1798, President John Adams stated in a letter to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts:


"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." 1


Other nations have copied our Constitution almost verbatim but have not enjoyed our success. John Adams gives us the reason. Our Constitution only works if “We the People” are moral and virtuous, which only results from religious principle and practice. John Adam’s statement on the Constitution is another lost episode in American history.


1 Source Citation: Charles Francis Adams, ed., The Works of John Adams – Second President of the United States: with a Life of the Author, Notes, and Illustration, 10 vols., (Boston: Little, Brown, & Co., 1854), 9:228-229.

 
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Oct 8, 2011

Civility Matters

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Our oldest daughter and I attended a town-hall style forum titled, The definition of marriage and civil unions as they relate to couples’ sexual orientation. This forum was sponsored by The Wyoming Association of Churches as part of the Civility Matters Campaign in conjunction with the University of Wyoming.

It was interesting as well as civil. Some good points were made on both sides of the issue but as is often the case in discussions of this nature there wasn’t enough time and when the floor was opened to audience participation the focus was lost, for the most part.

The most interesting question asked was from a member of The Wyoming Association of Churches; he was also an organizer of the forum and a pastor of a UCC church in Sweetwater County. His question was; “why are we even talking about the Bible in this discussion?

This lone question spoke volumes as to the state of the church in Wyoming.

One of the most disheartening things that I observed is that while the majority of Wyomingites believe that marriage can only exist as the union of one man and one woman those who oppose that belief are far more engaged in advancing their belief in counterfeit “marriage”.

I applaud the two guest speakers, Rev. Bob Norris and Rev. Rodger McDaniel, for traveling from their homes, in Cheyenne, to Casper to engage in this sensitive and often divisive issue confronting our communities and churches today. I sincerely thank you both!

Click here to read a follow up discussion with Rev. Rodger McDaniel on our internet discussion forum Ephesians 4 Forum.

 
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Oct 7, 2011

Steve Jobs Changed the World: Adoption Changed His

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by Ryan Bomberger | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 10/6/11

The news hit me in the gut. I couldn’t believe I was seeing those few numbers, communicating his passing, beneath his photo: 1955-2011. Steve Jobs has, literally, changed the world. I’m typing this on my Mac, will check my emails and Twitter status on my iPad, and will stay in touch with everyone I love through my iPhone.
As a creative professional, his visionary work has helped my own visions become reality.
But his vision, his destiny and his ability to affect people, globally, may never have happened.  Jobs was adopted as a baby and loved by his parents, Clara and Paul Jobs. The baby they took into their hearts and home had a purpose in life that would be unleashed by the powerful act of adoption.

He began today’s revolutionary Apple company and has departed this world with a professional legacy that is awe-inspiring. The partially bitten apple represents the temptation that millions of us have been unable to avoid…waiting in day long lines for shiny objects that proved to us science fiction could be made reality by a creative genius. Jobs’ minimalistic approach delivered a multitude of near-perfect electronic devices.  From amber screens to full-color high definition, visually we’ve been changed by the adoption of Apple’s technology.
It’s amazing to me that, in 2011, especially among Christians, how foreign a concept adoption is. Adoption is the essence of salvation. There is no Christianity without adoption, in the spiritual sense. Yet, in the physical sense, it is rarely considered as an option. For those who are so passionately prolife, it is often the challenge thrown before us in our opposition to abortion, and rightfully so.
We have an opportunity to unleash purpose in a child waiting to be loved. I was one of those children back in 1971Steve Jobs was back in 1955. The beauty of possibility is that we all can play a role in helping to foster and encourage it.  Who knows what my children, both adopted and biological, will become? All I know is that loving them, unconditionally, will allow their God-given purpose to flourish.
The nation’s largest abortion chain, aborting 340 children for every 1 woman that is referred for adoption, is the antithesis to this purpose. Planned Parenthood celebrates their founder who believed that “we are paying for and even submitting to the dictates of an ever increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all.” Contrary to Margaret Sanger’s warped mentality that children are “marked when they’re born” as “diseased, delinquents, and felons”, none of us know the beautiful potential that every life possesses.
We celebrate human triumph over the seemingly insurmountable.
There are so many well-known adopted individuals that have impacted many of our lives in one way or another: Charles Dickens, George Washington Carver, Nat King Cole, Babe Ruth, Dave Thomas (Wendy’s), Bo Diddley (musician/performer), Dan O’Brien (Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist) and Faith Hill, just to name a few. Steve Jobs is among this list of infinite possibility. No matter the perceived worldly success of an adoptee, adoption is a loving act that transforms, not only the life of the child, but the entire family. And, sometimes, the world.

 
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Oct 6, 2011

New news publication launches in Cheyenne

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www.libertystorch.us
Liberty’s Torch is the brainchild of founder Bradley Harrington, former commentary columnist for Cheyenne’s Wyoming Tribune-Eagle. Liberty’s Torch first publication went into circulation Friday September 1st, 2011. The fledgling news paper begins as a monthly publication on the first Friday of every month, but hopes to shift to at least every two weeks, on the first and third Fridays of the month, as soon as possible.


Liberty’s Torch has an online presence as well. The web address is www.libertystorch.us. I welcome this newcomer to print news media in Wyoming and encourage folks to add this publication to their menu of news sources. My hope is that Bradley Harrington’s periodical will help to restore journalism in Wyoming to uphold the integrity Wyomingites once knew and continue to expect.

 
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Oct 5, 2011

The President That Couldn't Shoot Straight

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Since introducing his American Jobs Act, also known as Stimulus II, President Obama has been repeating the mantra that his bill should get passed "right way." At a speech in Washington State on September 29th he said; "Congress should pass this bill right away...make it happen right now." During his weekly radio address on October 1st he said, "It is time for Congress to get its act together and pass this jobs bill so I can sign it into law." Just yesterday he said, "...at least put this jobs bill up for a vote so that the entire country knows exactly where every Member of Congress stands."

Wanting to give the President a fair shake, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went to the Senate floor and asked for a vote on the President's bill. The response he got from the leader of the President's own party in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was a resounding no followed by, "Right away is a relative term. I object." Reid knows that his Democratic colleagues oppose the President's bill as well, seeing it not as a jobs creator but a career killer. The President, who once swore he would campaign against anyone who opposes his bill, didn't blame Senator Reid but instead attacked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) by name in a campaign-type speech in Dallas yesterday. Pointing the finger at Cantor, the President is apparently hoping to direct attention away from the fact that his own bill is so bad it can't muster support from his own party.

 
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Oct 4, 2011

The 0.2% Solution - Crunching the Same-Sex Numbers

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By: Chuck Colson Published: October 4, 2011 7:57 AM

While gay rights activists insist on the need for same-sex “marriage,” the 2010 Census tells a shockingly different story.

The pressure to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples keeps increasing. The impression is given that thousands upon thousands of gays and lesbians are unable to do the one thing they want to do more than anything else: That is, have a wedding.

As if to prove the point, the US Census Bureau announced that it would be counting same-sex households in the 2010 Census. In August the Bureau announced that there are nearly a million. I was surprised by the small number.

But this past week, they reduced their estimate of same sex couple households by nearly thirty percent. In fact, it turns out that there are fewer than 650,000. That’s about six tenths of one percent of total US households.

But an even greater shocker for me was the number of same-sex married households. Gay marriage is legal in six jurisdictions. In Massachusetts, it’s been the law since 2004. Same-sex couples can get married, for example, in Massachusetts and Washington, DC, and live anywhere because nobody’s enforcing DOMA anymore in view of litigation. And yet there are only 131,729 households headed by a married same-sex couples. That’s two-tenths of one percent of married households. Talk about the tail wagging the dog!

This census data exposes the two biggest myths created about gay marriage.

The first is that there’s a huge demand for it. No way! In fact, there’s hardly any demand at all. Gay couples are not lined up at city halls hoping for a marriage license.

The second myth is the so-called “marriage equity” argument: That this is just another civil rights movement. Are you going to tell me that it was possible to fuel the civil rights movement with 646,000 couples, when only 131,000 had a real stake in it? It’s laughable.

I have never believed that gays wanted to marry. Their behavior by its very nature is too promiscuous. Gay relationships are for the most part sexually open rather than exclusive.

For us to redefine marriage thereby altering thousands of years of human history, ignoring all of the benefits marriage offers to individuals, cultures, civilizations and — above all — children, for the sake of 646,000 same-sex households only 131,000 of which are married, it’s madness.

Gays and lesbians don’t want marriage; they want their sexual choices affirmed as normal and moral. And that’s what’s behind the blacklisting, boycotting, and suing anybody who even questions homosexuality. They don’t want anyone telling them that how they live is morally problematic. Gays are actively trying to destroy marriage and will take away our freedom of speech and religion in order to do it.

Does this take the church off the hook? No. For years we have helped deconstruct marriage, winking at cohabitation and allowing easy divorce. We’ve allowed politicians to pass bad divorce laws and to loosen the moral standards surrounding marriage. Now it’s all coming back to haunt us. But our job is to rebuild marriage as a sacred institution and to stand our ground and defend it, come what may, from what appears to be a small, tiny, minority.

The Williams Institute: Wyoming: 1,147 same-sex couples, including 28 percent raising children

 
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