Inland Empire Edition
Vol. 21, No. 9 September 2010 www.christianexaminer.com
Community Cal Thomas World
Cal Baptist coach, Ground Zero 10 die in Afghan
2 others killed in crash sum game attack on Christian
page 3 page 5 page 8
Prop. 8 unconstitutional
federal judge rules
But same-sex marriage blocked for 3 months
pending hearing by 9th Circuit appeals court
By Lori Arnold
SAN FRANCISCO — Gay mar-
riage, which was set to begin in
California on Aug. 18, will be de-
layed at least until Dec. 6 when the
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
will hear arguments on an appeal
ﬁled by supporters of Proposition
8. The order extending the stay was
issued Aug. 16, two days before it
was set to expire.
The appeal was ﬁled after U.S.
District Court Judge Vaughn Walk-
er overturned the voter-approved
state constitutional amendment
that limits marriage to one man
PHOTO BY MIKE LINKSVAYER/FLICKR
and one woman. Attorneys work-
PHOTO BY TREVER HOEHNE/HARVEST MINISTRIES U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker
ing for Protect Marriage ﬁled the overturned Proposition 8 on Aug. 4,
Evangelist Greg Laurie interviews musician Steven Curtis Chapman during the 2010 SoCal Harvest event. Both men,
appeal, saying the judge erred in saying it was unconstitutional.
who lost children to car accidents, shared their experiences during “An Evening of Hope.”
erasing the votes of seven million
California voters. The county of Imperial County appeal .............1
21st annual Harvest Crusade Imperial, located along the U.S.
Mexican border, east of San Diego
County, is also appealing saying
Commentary: A distorted
view of civil liberties .................4
draws 118,000 to Angel Stadium nearly 70 percent of its voters ap-
proved the measure.
Prop. 8 FAQs ............................6
Voices on Prop. 8 .....................7
Christian Examiner staff report event was “Hope,” which seemed listic outreach events around the Although Walker overturned
to strike a chord with Southland world.” the ban on same-sex marriage on ple’s conﬁdence in our elections
ANAHEIM — “Hope” was the residents. The crusade was hosted Drawing from his own experi- Aug. 4, he ordered a temporary and the right to vote itself.”
central message of the 21st an- by more than 300 local churches ence of grief and loss over the stay until the appeals court could In overturning Proposition 8, the
nual Southern California Harvest and supported by more than 6,000 death of his son, Christopher, in make a decision. His order was to judge said gays and lesbians have
Crusades with Greg Laurie, which volunteers. a 2008 car crash, evangelist Laurie have expired on Aug. 18, the same a constitutional right to marry the
drew more than 118,000 people to Spokeswoman Laura McGowan told the audience about the hope day gay and lesbian couples had person of their choice and in his
Angel Stadium over three nights, said that the crusades have been a they could ﬁnd in a relationship already lined up at county clerk ofﬁcial opinion, Walker wrote that
many of whom came seeking spiri- “mainstay in Southern California with Jesus Christ. ofﬁces up and down the state. the proposition—and its result-
tual answers. since 1990, and have drawn more “California voters spoke clearly ing constitutional amendment—
The theme for the Aug. 6 to 8 than 4.1 million people to evange- See CRUSADE, page 12 on Prop. 8, and we’re glad to see “unconstitutionally burdens the
their votes will remain valid while exercise of the fundamental right
the legal challenges work their way to marry and creates an irrational
up through the courts,” said Andy classiﬁcation on the basis of sexual
Bible Study Fellowship still providing Pugno, general counsel for Pro-
tectMarriage.com, the defendants
Walker, himself a homosexual,
everlasting spiritual romance with Jesus in the Perry v Schwarzenegger case.
“Invalidating the people’s vote
based on just one judge’s opinion
issued his ruling nearly eight
months after opening arguments
in the case were ﬁrst heard in his
By Patti Townley-Covert would not have been appropriate,
and would have shaken the peo- See PROP. 8, page 6
MONTCLAIR — Carrie Brad-
shaw, the lead character of
HBO’s “Sex and the City” dra-
matic sitcom, captivated fans of
her now-cancelled TV series. But
while it ran, viewers identiﬁed
with her incessant quest, which
she described in the series ﬁ-
nale: “I’m looking for love. Real
love. Ridiculous, inconvenient,
to appeal Prop. 8
consuming, can’t-live-without- Murrieta-based non-proﬁt religious
The lovelorn Carrie, like many
liberty organization to handle appeal
ﬁctional characters before her, By Lori Arnold an—during the November 2008
looked in all the wrong places. election.
But hundreds of men and women MURRIETA — The county of County ofﬁcials are seeking in-
in the Inland Empire have found Imperial, in the state’s most south- tervener status so that they can ap-
the perfect spiritual romance eastern corner, has ﬁled an appeal peal the Aug. 4 ruling by San Fran-
through a Bible study that began Greg and Wendy Wood act out their assigned roles at a recent Elks club mystery seeking to intervene on behalf of cisco Federal District Judge Vaughn
more than 50 years ago. night event. The couple often shares their faith and involvement with Bible Study Proposition 8 as it makes its way Walker, which overturned Proposi-
Fellowship while volunteering with the service organization.
After enduring internment in through the federal court system. tion 8.
a Japanese camp during World God’s direction, ﬁve women ment” described her response. Nearly 70 percent of voters from “Ultimately, the county is the sole
War II, A. Wetherell Johnson asked Johnson to teach them “I will not spoon-feed you,” Imperial County approved Proposi- governmental entity willing to defend
came to San Bernardino to re- from Colossians. Her autobi- tion 8—which deﬁnes marriage as
cuperate. While she waited for ography “Created for Commit- See BIBLE STUDY, page 3 between one man and one wom- See COUNTY, page 7
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Medical board accuses abortion doctor of homicide in patient death
a petition on Aug. 12 to revoke iner Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyav- Rutland’s license until it could
License revocation sought after the license of Lars Erick Hanson, agiswaran said Chen’s death was work through the lengthy process
coroner reverses ‘accidental’ ﬁnding the owner of the clinic. According
to the board’s website, it alleges
preventable and that the actions
of the doctors resulted in the
to ﬁnalize revocation. During
that hearing, a judge blocked
allegation to a previous com- Hanson violated the Medical “gross and wanton disregard for Rutland from doing abortions,
By Lori Arnold
plaint against Andrew Rutland Practice Act, as the “result of the well being of the patient.” but allowed him to continue of-
several weeks ago after the Los a fully investigated complaint ﬁce consultations.
SAN GABRIEL — The Medical
Angeles County Coroner’s Ofﬁce that has been referred to the Trail of allegations A month later Operation Res-
Board of California is seeking
reclassiﬁed Ying Chen’s death as Attorney General’s Ofﬁce for Operation Rescue, which has cue contacted the state board
to revoke the license of a San
a homicide in June. A revocation prosecution.” been monitoring Rutland’s activi- after discovering that Rutland
Gabriel physician, citing homi-
hearing on the license status is Both doctors are under re- ties, said the doctor has a long his- was continuing to administer
cidal actions in the death of an
scheduled for May. view following last year’s death tory of board discipline and other the abortion pill. Judge James
In addition, the board also ﬁled of Chen, following a second- problems. His medical license Ahler later amended his order
The board added the homicide
trimester abortion at the clinic. was revoked in 2003 for severing to allow Rutland to continue
According to ofﬁcials, the pro- a baby’s spinal column during a the chemical abortions, as long
Two separate prayer initiatives cedure was conducted at a dirty,
unlicensed acupuncture clinic
forceps delivery, then lying to
the parents by telling them that
as he did not engage in surgical
to usher in new school year in San Gabriel, where Rutland
is alleged to have administered
their baby suffered a stroke. The
baby later died. His license was Deﬂecting blame
By Lori Arnold an overdose of the anesthetic reinstated in 2007 and Rutland After the coroner reclassiﬁed
lidocaine to Chen. was placed on ﬁve years probation Chen’s death as a homicide, Rut-
SAN DIEGO — Hundreds of The reports indicated the doc- with the restriction that he oper- land sent a ﬁve-page letter to ﬁve
thousands of students worldwide are tor failed to recognize the symp- ate only under the supervision of U.S. Representatives, demanding
expected to usher in the new school toms of the overdose, leading to another physician. an investigation into “clandestine
year with the global See You at the cardiac arrest. The complaint But late last year, Operation collaborations of national anti-
Pole 2010 event, set for Sept. 22. In also alleges the medical forms Rescue discovered that Rutland abortion group organizations
addition, they will be joined by scores were not written in Chen’s lan- was violating his probation by and local antiabortion activists
of adults who will provide their own guage, that proper equipment performing abortions at a clinic with the Medical Board of Cali-
support through Bless Our Schools was not on site, the medical in Chula Vista, prompting a No- fornia.”
Sunday, a Moms in Touch International personnel on staff, including vember visit by an inspector from He copied the letter to the U.S.
campaign, set for Sept. 19. Hanson, were not CPR certiﬁed the California Medical Board. Attorney General, State Attorney
Both events are designed to cover and that there was a “signiﬁcant” Rutland’s staff refused the inspec- General, both U.S. Senators,
teens and their spheres of inﬂuence delay in treatment, all contribut- tor’s request to review the clinic’s the ACLU, NAACP, as well as
with protective prayer. ing to Chen’s death six days later. records and stock of drugs. numerous feminist organiza-
This year marks the 20th anniversary Paramedics reported that when “Rutland has proven himself to tions and media superstar Oprah
for See You at the Pole, a student- they arrived, no one was caring be a dishonest man who presents Winfrey.
initiated and student-led movement for Chen. an ongoing danger to the public,” “Rutland complains his prob-
launched in Texas in 1990. The prayer A malpractice suit on behalf said Operation Rescue President lems are somehow the result of
campaign brings students to their of Chen’s two-year-old child has Troy Newman. an anti-abortion plot. He is upset
school ﬂagpoles to intercede for their also been ﬁled. “It was his own negligence that authorities would hold him
leaders, schools and families, asking Although Chen’s death was and attitude that he is above accountable to the law, but what
God to bring moral and spiritual awak- originally classiﬁed as accidental, the law that has landed him in he really wants is to be treated as
ening to their campuses. The students Young people pray during a See You at the case was reopened by the repeated trouble with the Medi- if no laws apply to him. People are
also look beyond themselves to offer the Pole event at their school. coroner’s ofﬁce, which reclassi- cal Board.” dying due to his shoddy work and
prayers for local, state and national participate in the Bless Our Schools ﬁed the death as a homicide. In In January, the medical board, Operation Rescue is proud of any
civic leaders. endeavor sponsored by Moms in Touch published reports, Los Angeles citing “gross negligence” asked small part we may have played in
“For 20 years, we have seen this day are asked to pray for both students County chief medical exam- for an emergency suspension of bringing him to justice.”
serve as a springboard for unity for and staff.
teenagers on their secondary and col- The actual vision on how the Moms
lege campuses,” said Paul Fleischmann,
president of the San Diego-based
National Network of Youth Ministries,
in Touch program can be initiated is left
to the sponsoring churches, but tools
are available on their website.
Christian comic artists ﬁnd plenty of
which coordinates the promotion.
In addition to the focus on prayer,
The singular goal of the 25-year-old
Moms in Touch prayer ministry is to
evangelism opportunities at ComicCon
the event is also designed to challenge gather women together to pray scrip- Christian Examiner staff report
youth to take leadership on their cam- turally and speciﬁcally for children
pus by ministering to their friends. and schools. Mothers in more than SAN DIEGO — ComicCon—the
Churches are encouraged to sup- 140 countries meet regularly. national exposition that, in the eyes of
port See You at the Pole by sponsoring
many Super Geeks, should be named
special “Campus Challenge Sunday” For more information, visit www. the eighth wonder of the world—be-
commissioning services for students MomsInTouch.org and look under came an evangelism breeding ground
and educators the weekend before the Bless Our Schools Sunday in July thanks to the efforts of the
the event. Free resources are available link. For more information about Christian Comic Arts Society.
online. the student initiative, visit www. “They come from all corners of the
Similarly, churches desiring to syatp.com. industry and represent a growing move-
ment to encourage Christian involve-
ment in the arts, and a vision for using
the art of comics to promote the cause
of Christ,” said Kevin Yong, one of the
organizers of the society’s event.
Members of the society, represent-
ing a growing niche in the comic book
industry, held seminars and distributed
hundreds of free comic-style tracts
throughout the four-day convention The Christian Comic Arts Society, which has hosted a booth at ComicCon for
in downtown San Diego. 14 years, offered selections that featured superheroes, Bible illustrations and
The group, founded in 1984 by Don adaptions, historical biographies and teen dramas.
Ensign, was created to help connect one-on-one fellowship, debate, and and a preview of the “Action Bible”
professional and amateur Christian evangelism among the thousands of by David C. Cook, a Genesis-to-Rev-
comic book enthusiasts for fellowship, fellow attendees at the convention. elation graphic novel adaptation of
mentoring and outreach. Fourteen In addition, dozens of Christian- the Bible by award-winning artist
years ago members of the group de- themed comic books, some making Sergio Cariello.
cided to capitalize on the networking their 2010 debut, were showcased, Even Voice of the Martyrs had its
opportunities at ComicCon, where demonstrating the diverse topics own title, the historical biography,
more than 120,000 people from across pursued by the artists. Among those “Hope Amid Horror.”
the country converge at the San Diego featured were traditional superhe- In addition to the ongoing out-
Convention Center to colorfully cel- roes offerings by Kurt Kolka’s “The reach at the San Diego convention,
ebrate all things sci-ﬁ. Cardinal,” Clint Deron Johnson’s the society is also partnering with
Each year the group hosts tables Matthew “Cross: Faith-Walker” and other Christians to expand similar
at the exhibitor hall and organizes the “Ragged Capes,” an anthology ministries into other comic conven-
panel discussions and workshops. by New Creation Now. tions, including the WonderCon in
This year’s panel discussions Comic adaptations of the Bible San Francisco, the Tuscon Comic-
covered the topics of spirituality in were also in abundance, ranging Con and PhoenixCon in Arizona,
comics, the long—and sometimes from the “Eyewitness” series by and the new Long Beach Comic-
controversial—history of Bible il- Headpress Publishers, the “Prov- Con coming to Southern California
lustration and adaptation into com- erbs & Parables” anthology by New Oct. 29 to 31.
ic book format. Creation, a new series of titles from
In between presentations, the ex- Kingstone Media spotlighting “Mo- To ﬁnd out more about the society,
hibit hall tables served as a hub for ses,” “Elijah,” “Noah” and others, visit www.christiancomicarts.com.
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BIBLE STUDY… Cal Baptist coach, 2 others killed in crash
Continued from page 1
A dozen CBU cross-country athletes are injured, hospitalized
she wrote. By Lori Arnold struck by a Ford Expedi- heading to Mammoth for
Instead, she asked questions tion, which carried the ﬁve a two-week camp. The ﬁve
about each Bible passage and RIVERSIDE — The fall semester San Diegans. Witnesses San Diego athletes were
required the women to write out at California Baptist University began said the SUV apparently heading home from the
their answers. Then, after they under a cloud of grief as faculty and lost control and crossed same camp.
shared what God gave them, students coped with the aftermath of a into oncoming traffic. Rice and her husband,
Johnson gave a lecture and sup- ﬁery crash near Bishop on Aug. 9 that After hitting the van, the Jason, are residents of
plied extensive notes. claimed the life of the school’s cheer- SUV erupted into ﬂames Corona. They have two
Class enrollment in what leading coach and injured 12 student and was struck by a third children, Joseph and
eventually became Bible Study athletes from the campus. car. Rice died at the scene. Caitlyn. According to
Fellowship International began Lynda Young studies God’s Word in The multi-car crash also left two San The injured CBU athletes PHOTO COURTESY OF KENTON her bio on the university
to multiply and a structure was preparation for teaching a small group. Diego teenagers dead and seriously were transported to area Cal Baptist coach
website, Rice began her
put in place that included well- burned three of their friends, all travel- hospitals with varying Wendy Rice was killed CBU duties in 2006 after
trained leaders, small groups, “I like recommending a study ing in an SUV. degrees of injury. Aug. 9 in ﬁery crash. working in a similar posi-
and a children’s program. Now that welcomes all different de- Killed in the crash were Wendy Rice, “We are deeply sad- tion at Corona del Mar
headquartered in San Antonio, nominations,” the Bible enthu- 35, the coach from CBU, and Natalie dened by this tragic event,” said Uni- High School. While there, she led the
Texas, BSF has spread through- siast said. “Plus, if someone I Nield and Amanda Post, both June versity President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. squad to the COA West Coast Open
out the Inland Empire—with know moves to a different state, graduates from Cathedral Catholic “We have lost a beloved member of Championship, the U.S. Spiritleaders
men’s and women’s classes from as long as a class is available, High School in San Diego. Derek our CBU family.” National Championship, the UCA West
Chino to Victorville to Temecu- that individual can pick up right Thomas, who also graduated from the No one in the two other CBU vans coast Championship, a second place
la—as well as around the world. where she left off.” school in June, was in critical condition was hurt. A passenger in the Subaru ﬁnish at the USA Nationals as well as
This in-depth study method cul- with severe burns over most of his body. was also hospitalized. many regional and state-level titles.
tivates such a vibrant relation- A real love Two other friends were also burned. “Our thoughts and prayers are with She also coached at Centennial
ship with Jesus Christ that lives Elizabeth Morin’s ardor for Jesus According to the university, Wendy those who lost loved ones in this ter- High School in Corona and Glendora
change forever. grew during her 14 years as a fellow- Rice, 35, was driving one of three vans rible accident and with those who were High, in nearby Los Angeles County.
ship class member and children’s carrying CBU cross-country athletes on injured,” Ellis said. “We pray for their Rice attended Azusa Paciﬁc University
A consuming love leader. When she returned to col- Highway 395 to a high-altitude training speedy and complete recovery.” from 1992-94 and in 2008 was working
Wendy Wood, of Montclair, lege for her bachelor’s degree, camp in Mammoth. The northbound According to the Riverside Press-En- to complete her bachelor’s in human
has been involved with BSF for Morin realized how the Bible study Econoline van she was driving was terprise, a total of 43 track athletes were development.
almost three decades. group had prepared her to accom-
“The consistency of each day’s plish her dreams.
homework taught me to focus “BSF impacted how I did school,
on what God wants to say to me especially when it came to writing
as an individual and how he papers,” she said. “The training in
wants me to apply His Word,” the children’s program taught me
she said. to craft engaging stories by using
Among the greatest treasures a speciﬁc beginning, middle and
of the fellowship, she said, was ending. I learned that a story needs
its emphasis on accountability. purpose, just as God’s Word has a
“Early on, I was placed in a purpose. ”
small group where I met my Once Morin, a resident of Up-
best friend,” Wood said. “We land, received her credential and
had similar occupations and, started teaching history, the fel-
based on what we learned about lowship’s beneﬁts compounded.
God’s authority over our lives, “Clearly deﬁning my purpose helps
my friend convinced me that me focus on the topic and moti-
our work should be dedicated vate students even in a subject they
to the Lord. Since then I’ve op- might have previously considered
erated on biblical principles. boring. In the children’s program,
They have built a business based we’d also learned to speak to chil-
on integrity. I’m so grateful for dren on their level and to work with
the work God provides, and challenge kids using positive rein-
that makes me love him all the forcement to promote good behav-
more.” ior. Knowing how to encourage par-
Appreciation, she said, makes ents makes a difference, too. These
Wood want to tell people about skills all equipped me to be a better
her Savior. teacher.”
“When my husband became
an ofﬁcer of the Ontario Elk’s A love that lasts
club, I joined the Elks’ Ladies. Rancho Cucamonga’s Lynda
For the past two years, it’s been Young retired from the fellowship a 1 to 10,000 pieces
my privilege to serve as their few years ago, after several decades
chaplain. And I’ve joined the of leadership. But her desire to
Ontario-Upland Lion’s Club. keep learning and applying God’s No job too small or too large
Being involved provides op- Word hasn’t changed, she said,
portunities for women to share adding that over the years the fel- Schools, Businesses, Churches
their problems and concerns lowship helped her to understand
with me. I also help with funer- how the Old and New Testament We can service anyone’s
als, which are especially stressful ﬁt together. She was also able to
for family and friends.” learn about “the fullness of our Embroidery and Silkscreening needs.
According to Wood, the fel- Sovereign God’s character, become
lowship gave her the courage to knowledgeable of Scripture’s major
speak about her beliefs. She now principles, and grasp the signiﬁ-
has the conﬁdence to explain the cance of the Holy Spirit’s power at
importance of a relationship with work in my life.”
Jesus and how a good Bible study Young said she also appreciates
can help that develop. how “the discipline of prayer has
become more than a shopping list
of my wants and needs. Almost ev-
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doing has been impacted by lessons
learned in BSF. It might be in the
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Prop. 8 overturned on distorted view of civil liberties
A historical ruling against people based slanderers nor swindlers will in-
by U.S. District Court
Chief Judge Vaughn
on their race, you also
can’t discriminate No other political decision herit the kingdom of God. And
that is what some of you were. But
Walker said Proposi- against people based you were washed, you were sancti-
tion 8 was unconstitu- on their sexual orien- ﬁed, you were justiﬁed in the name
tional … again over-
turning two separate
But choosing one’s
to change American of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the
Spirit of our God.”
votes by the people of personal sexual be-
California showing that
they want marriage to
havior isn’t the same
as what deﬁnes one’s
society even comes close Hope in Christ
Second, this is an opportunity
be between one man race. for us to be a light and a hope for
and one woman only.
This historic case
Craig Huey Redesigning society
based on this confu-
to the impact of this one. homosexuals. Through our words,
actions and attitudes, we can be
is now on its way to the liberal 9th sion—that a chosen sexual orienta- ambassadors for Christ—showing
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and tion is no different from the uncho- employees, Christian schools and Celebrities and well-known poli- God’s compassion and love for all
could eventually go to the U.S. Su- sen, unchangeable characteristic of bookstores, photographers, wed- ticians will grab media attention to people.
preme Court. race—is based on faulty and dan- ding-cake bakers, rental agencies denounce us. We can help them learn that
No other political decision to gerous reasoning. and other businesses—all of them Christian love and the Bible’s there is hope in Christ, and that
change American society even There are some things we don’t could be targets of ruinous law- truth will be distorted and ques- He can set free those who are
comes close to the impact of choose. No one can choose his or suits. tioned. trapped in homosexual bond-
this one. her race or height—any more than In New Mexico, Elaine Huguenin, We’ll be accused of being mean- age. That God can deliver them
This decision affects every mar- he or she can choose any gene. a professional wedding photogra- spirited for not letting two people from their homosexual sin as
riage law in America. All 45 states Whom we enter into a relation- pher, was ﬁned and found guilty of who are in love get married. He has done for so many oth-
that uphold traditional marriage ship with, however, is voluntary— discrimination for not wanting to ers.
are now in danger of having this in- it’s a matter of free will. photograph a lesbian wedding. Proper response It’s up to us to ensure that God’s
stitution overturned by judges. Homosexual behavior is a choice, And two doctors in San Diego Our response must be pa- truth and word are heard above all
By overturning the people’s vote, not a civil right. Race is not a choice, were sued for refusing to inseminate tient, loving and focused on the noise and rhetoric.
the judge has declared that this is and is a civil right. a lesbian woman. They referred her being pro-biblical marriage. Finally, pray for the appeal
not a republic—it is an oligarchy to another doctor. After she had We must not hesitate to tell the and for the next court decision.
ruled by judges. More speciﬁcally, Manufactured rights the child, she sued, winning her truth about the sin of homo- And, consider helping ﬁnancial-
it is ruled by judges who create law, Now, because of the court’s civil rights case that would force sexuality. But the issue is being ly in this expensive court ﬁght.
regardless of the will of the people. decision based on newly created the doctors to act against their own pro-marriage. Both Protect Marriage and Ad-
The Proposition 8 trial was bi- civil rights, our religious liberty freedom of conscience. As Christians, we must reject the vocates for Faith and Freedom
ased from the start, beginning with and freedom of speech are in media’s stereotyping of us as angry are working on the appeals and
Judge Walker…a homosexual him- danger. Christians targeted and hateful towards homosexuals. are in need of funding for the
self…creating a circus in his court- If this decision is not overturned, In the coming months, expect First, we recognize that we all are cause.
room, where Christianity and the watch for costly lawsuits to mount the media, politicians, various ex- sinners—and each of us needs to To contribute to the appeals, visit
church were on trial. against churches if they don’t allow perts and the homosexual lobby to be saved by grace through Christ’s www.protectmarriage.com or www.
The judge’s decision is redeﬁning homosexual weddings. frame the decision as a civil rights work on the cross. faith-freedom.com.
same-sex marriage as a civil right; And, watch out for more church- issue, not an issue to protect our so- 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 says: “Do
this new deﬁnition will radically es, religious organizations and pas- ciety and our kids, or to uphold the you not know that the wicked will Huey—an author, public speaker,
change our society. This is not a tors to grow increasingly reluctant beneﬁts and value of marriage. not inherit the kingdom of God? entrepreneur and businessowner—
civil rights issue; it’s an issue of to speak out against what they call For example: Do not be deceived: Neither the is the coordinator and speaker for
choice. Judge Walker based his the sin of homosexuality for fear of We’ll be labeled divisive, intoler- sexually immoral nor idolaters nor the California Election Forum. He
decision on a distorted view of accusations of hate speech, discrim- ant and hateful. adulterers nor male prostitutes nor has been heard on KBRT, KKLA and
civil liberties. ination and civil rights violations. Opposition to the sin of homo- homosexual offenders nor thieves KWVE and has appeared on FOX
Just as you can’t discriminate Plus, this will affect religious sexuality will be called bigoted. nor the greedy nor drunkards nor News and other TV programs.
A bad review for Anne Rice’s latest story
EP News Service tian. I’m out.” er. My conscience will indicates that she nev- the Torah—which includes the pro-
Revealing this dramatic plot-twist allow nothing else.” er fully came to grips hibition against homosexuality. At
While “Vampire Chronicle’s” on Facebook, Rice wrote that she Still, Rice wrote with who Jesus is. least a mother’s love would explain
author, Anne Rice, generated con- had abandoned Christianity be- the following day: the contradiction of believing Jesus
troversy when she renounced her cause, “It’s simply impossible for “My faith in Christ is Coming up short to be the Son of God while reject-
vampire ways and embraced Chris- me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, central to my life. My Although Rice be- ing his authority.
tianity in 1998, she created even hostile, disputatious, and deserv- conversion from a pes- lieves Jesus is the Son
greater controversy with the revela- edly infamous group. For 10 years, simistic atheist lost in of God, it is likely Pick-and-chose faith
tion that she “quit being a Chris- I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsid- a world I didn’t under- that she does not un- Rice has failed to grasp that we
stand, to an optimistic derstand the implica- cannot simply pick and choose
believer in a universe tions of what that fact what to believe about Jesus or the
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Re-education: It’s not just for tyrants anymore
When we wrote the ing now, “to provide chipped away at religious freedom.
last fall, we warned about
to gay men and lesbi- … in order to participate in Again, these two cases act as conﬁr-
mation: Julea Ward lost in a federal
“the decline in respect ans.” So they gave her district court case. While her law-
for religious values in the a choice: participation yers are hopeful of prevailing on
media, the academy and in a re-education plan public life, Christians are appeal, it’s far from assured.
political leadership.” or expulsion. These cases and others like them
An example of this That word “re-ed- are stark reminders of why we called
decline is on display
currently in Georgia.
ucation” may bring
to mind for you, as
being told to render to Caesar the Manhattan Declaration a “call
of Christian Conscience.” Contrary
Jennifer Keeton, who it does for me, what to what our enemies say, Christians
is a 24-year-old study-
ing for a master’s de-
Chuck Colson happened in Vietnam
and in China after the
that which belongs to God. aren’t out to impose their beliefs
on anybody—it’s the other way
gree in counseling at Augusta State Communists took over. And frankly, around.
University, has been threatened it should bring it to mind. Keeton ate counseling program for refus- Ward could have spent decades More and more, in order to par-
with expulsion. The grounds for would need to do remedial reading, ing to “change her religious beliefs counseling people without the is- ticipate in public life, Christians are
the threatened expulsion are not complete with written assignments about homosexual behavior.” Like sue ever coming up. being told to render to Caesar that
poor grades or misconduct—they on how the reading affected her Keeton, Julea Ward was ordered to Yet, their beliefs about homo- which belongs to God. So please
are Keeton’s beliefs. beliefs; she would also be required enter a “remediation” program de- sexuality have become the sole cri- join us, that we might take a stand
Speciﬁcally, they are Keeton’s to “work,” and I’m quoting, “to in- signed to change her beliefs about terion by which their ﬁtness to be together, that this is something we
beliefs about the morality of ho- crease (her) exposure and interac- same-sex relationships. counselors is being judged. The will never do.
mosexuality. In written assignments tions with gay populations,” includ- In both cases, there was no evi- word for this: ideology. For more information on
and classroom discussions, Keeton ing but not limited to attendance at dence their beliefs interfered with In the Manhattan Declaration the declaration, visit www.
has said that people’s sexual con- Gay Pride parades. their ability to counsel others—the we pointed out that the trampling manhattandeclaration.org.
duct is “the result of accountable, All that’s missing is working in concerns were, at most, theoreti- of religious liberty is being led by
personal choices,” and not “a state the rice paddies. cal. people who insist that there is some © 2010 Prison Fellowship. Re-
of being.” Keeton’s case isn’t unique: last What’s more, homosexuals are a right to engage in immoral sexual printed with permission. “Break-
These statements caused ofﬁcials year, Eastern Michigan University tiny minority of the people needing practices. We also pointed out that Point with Chuck Colson” is a
to question “her ability,” I’m quot- dismissed a student from its gradu- counseling services. Keeton and “a growing body of case law” has radio ministry of Prison Fellowship.
Ground Zero sum game
After months of dithering by the Muslim nations, Muslims in America ing Muslims how tol- or anti-Muslim. But have considered the comments of
White House about the “Ground are free to practice their faith. The erant America is when those who would cre- Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-Ariﬁ
Zero Mosque” in lower Manhat- issue is whether they use that freedom it comes to Islam. ate more Ground Ze- on Egypt’s Al-Rahma TV, July 19,
tan, President Obama endorsed to ultimately undermine freedom for In an interview roes are not debating 2010:
the project at an Iftar dinner. The people of different faiths, or no faith. posted on Hadielis- themselves, at least “Devotion to Jihad for the sake of
president said, “...as a citizen, and It isn’t America’s obligation to demon- lam.com and trans- not in a way that would Allah, and the desire to shed blood,
as president, I believe that Muslims strate our tolerance, as if by doing so lated into English by minimize the threat to smash skulls, and to sever limbs
have the same right to practice those within Islam who wish to destroy Walid Shoebat, a for- America and the rest for the sake of Allah and in defense
their religion as anyone else in this us will ultimately transform into reli- mer Palestinian ter- of the West faces. They of His religion, is, undoubtedly, an
country. That includes the right to gious pluralists. It is their obligation rorist and Christian believe they have Allah honor for the believer. ... The Ko-
build a place of worship and a com- to demonstrate their own tolerance in convert, who became on their side and mar- ranic verses that deal with ﬁghting
munity center on private property the face of much evidence of Islamic a U.S. citizen, Rauf Cal Thomas tyrdom and heaven the inﬁdels and conquering their
in lower Manhattan, in accordance intolerance and violence by radicals. reveals his goal. Shoe- as their goal. How do countries say that they should con-
with local laws and ordinances.” No less an authority on the sub- bat explains that what Rauf wants is “inﬁdel” diplomats, Jews, Christians vert to Islam, pay the jizya poll tax,
After a torrent of criticism, the ject than the State Department’s to use “peaceful means,” including and secularists negotiate with such or be killed. If the Muslims had im-
president a day later tried clarify- own “ambassador” to Islamic na- lobbying governments and estab- a mindset? plemented this, we would not have
ing what he meant. “I was not com- tions, Feisal Abdul Rauf, offers valu- lishing charities, to incrementally In a statement prior to the Iftar reached the humiliation in which
menting and I will not comment on able insight. Rauf is the founder of establish what he calls the original dinner, President Obama said such we ﬁnd ourselves today.”
the wisdom of making the decision Park51, the proposed Ground Zero Islamic State worldwide as it once events “remind us of the principles That’s reality, not wishful think-
to put a mosque there,” he said, “I cultural center, and a self-professed was in Arabia. This consists of the that we hold in common, and Is- ing. This is what we’re up against
was commenting very speciﬁcally moderate who refuses to describe principles of Sharia law, including lam’s role in advancing justice, with the Ground Zero project and
on the right that people have that Hamas as a terrorist group, though the stoning of adulterers and the progress, tolerance and the dignity with the rapid immigration of radi-
dates back to our founding. That’s the State Department does. The decapitation of “inﬁdels” (non- of all human beings.” Unfortunate- cal Muslims. All the pronounce-
what our country’s about.” same Hamas who’s co-founder Muslims) everywhere, including in ly, the president didn’t give any ex- ments to the contrary won’t make
Yes, America was founded on the Mahmoud al-Zahar declared, “We America. amples of where such principles are it otherwise.
principles of religious freedom, but have to build everywhere!” Yet Rauf We debate among ourselves being practiced now in much of the
practicing religion isn’t the issue. is traveling to the Middle East at about this issue, trying to persuade Muslim world. © 2010 Tribune Media Services
Unlike Christians and Jews in most taxpayer expense, supposedly tell- each other we aren’t intolerant Perhaps the president should Inc.
Be sensitive to the name of Jesus their website addresses with words Reader response appreciated
I’m writing to express a comment
regarding the August 2010 issue of
the Christian Examiner in which
you hyphenated the name Jesus in
that directly pertain to our Chris-
tian faith. Words such as Chris-
tian, etc. They are doing this as a
sign of respect and also because
Thank you for publishing “Chil-
dren ≠ Widgets,” my commentary
about at-risk children. in your June
edition. I’ve received many compli-
an article that appeared under the websites are not “case” sensitive. ments on the piece.
headline “John Wooden’s last max- It is my prayerful hope that other Most importantly, the edito-
im: love God and love others.” Christian publications would begin rial helped to raise awareness
A number of years ago the using this method as well. about the needs of at-risk kids—
Lord placed a personal convic- Paul Sugalski and perhaps it even inspired
tion upon my heart that the name Chula Vista, Calif. some of your faith-based read-
of Jesus should not be hyphen- ers to consider becoming fos-
ated because it is the name that Killing baby girls in India ter or adoptive parents. That’s
is above every other name. And it When I read the article priceless to us.
is the name at which every knee “Christians ﬁght infant killing Donald A. Verleur II
shall bow. And because there is no in India,” (August 2010), I was CEO, Olive Crest
other name written under heaven absolutely horriﬁed. It’s terrible Santa Ana, Calif.
by which men might be saved. what is happening to baby girls
It is for this reason that I’ve in India. Inmate grateful for newspaper
come to believe that the name Does the group doing this minis- Greetings in the blessed name
of Jesus should never be hyphen- try have an American contact? of our Lord and Savior Jesus
ated, but rather, it should be kept I would like very much to help Christ.
intact and whole; preserving the them on a monthly basis. Any infor- I am in prison in Texas and
integrity of this most precious mation you could provide would be you’ve been sending me the
name—the name of the Lord Je- greatly appreciated. Christian Examiner for some time
sus. Annamaria Villegas now. I look forward to receiving Represented by Mark Larson Media Services, Inc.
In closing, I would like to share Riverside, Calif. it each month and enjoy reading
one last comment with you in and discussing your insightful
regard to your ﬁne newspapers. Editor’s note: The ministry highlighted articles. Thank you very much
I’ve noticed a growing number of in the story was the Southern Baptist World for this blessing. Phone: (619) 579-0967 • Email: email@example.com
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transform the debate over marriage
Continued from page 1
Although supporters anticipated
that the court would likely rule
FAQs on Prop. 8, California’s
courtroom. In his ruling Walker
agreed with the plaintiffs’ argu-
ment for the need to redeﬁne
against them at this level, Ron
Prentice, chairman of Protect Mar-
riage, said that he was surprised by
contested marriage amendment
traditional marriage. Walker’s reasoning. Why a federal case? California constitutional amendment that borders San Diego County, Arizona
“Plaintiffs seek to have the state “It was incredibly strident,” Opponents of Proposition 8 ﬁled declaring marriage as between one and Mexico. Nearly 70 percent of the
recognize their committed rela- Prentice said, adding that the judge suit in state court immediately after man and one woman violated the U.S. county’s voters approved Proposition
tionships, and plaintiffs’ relation- tried to equate the desire of same- the Nov. 2008 election seeking to Constitution’s due process and equal 8 at the ballot box. Granting of an ap-
ships are consistent with the core of sex marriage with the civil rights block the voter-approved constitutional protection rights of gays and lesbians peal, however, is not automatic. The
the history, tradition and practice discrimination facing interracial amendment. In May 2009, the Califor- by treating traditional marriage as 9th Circuit court must ﬁrst determine
of marriage in the United States,” couples in the ’60s and ’70s. “I was nia Supreme Court ruled 6-1 that the “superior to same-sex couples.” “Plain- if the parties have legal standing to
the judge wrote. actually surprised by his rationale. amendment was constitutional, but it tiffs seek to have the state recognize ﬁle an appeal. Typically, the governor
Rick Jacobs of Courage Cam- He felt there was no rational basis also upheld the estimated 18,000 same- their committed relationships, and and the state attorney general would
paign Institute, an online organiz- for protecting the institution of sex marriages that were performed plaintiffs’ relationships are consistent represent the voters’ interest in this
ing network that promotes gay and marriage as between only a man during a six-month window when the with the core of the history, tradition case, but attorneys for both Gov. Arnold
lesbians rights, lauded the ruling in and a woman.” marriages were legal. Days before the and practice of marriage in the United Schwarzenegger and Attorney General
an e-blast distributed shortly after California voters had approved California Supreme Court ruling was States,” the judge wrote in his ruling. Jerry Brown have declined to present
its release. the amendment in November released, however, a separate lawsuit an active defense of the proposition.
“Judge Walker’s federal court 2008 by a margin of 52 percent was ﬁled in federal court, alleging the What are the repercussions? In fact, Brown wrote his own argument
decision is an historic milestone to 48 percent. Opponents imme- measure violated the U.S. Constitu- Walker, in overturning the will seeking the measure’s repeal, while
in the ﬁght for full equality, but diately ﬁled suit in state court to tion. Using the federal court system of California voters, became the Schwarzenegger opted to remain
it is only a ﬁrst step: The decision block its implementation, but the was an unusual tactic, though, because ﬁrst federal judge to rule there is neutral in the matter.
will inevitably be appealed to the California Supreme Court upheld marriage has always been considered a federal constitutional right for
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth the constitutional amendment by a states’ rights issue. The federal case, same-sex marriage. Three other How will this impact families?
Circuit and all the way to the U.S. a 6-1 vote. Perry v. Schwarzenegger, was the one states have legalized same-sex mar- From the beginning, supporters
Supreme Court,” wrote Jacobs, who It was then that two plaintiffs ﬁled presided over by U.S. District Judge riage by court order—Iowa, Con- of Proposition 8 argued that chang-
also vowed to launch an “unprec- a federal lawsuit against the state Vaughn Walker. necticut, Massachusetts—but all ing the deﬁnition of marriage would
edented online storytelling project amendment, and it is expected that were done through the state, not erode parental and religious rights by
to bring the Prop. 8 trial into the the case will eventually wind its way What did Walker decide? federal, judicial systems. The case is making gay marriage a societal norm.
lives of the American people and to the Supreme Court. In his ruling, Walker decided that the now being appealed to the 9th U.S. In supporting their claims, Protect
Circuit Court of Appeals, which has Marriage pointed to educational code
legal jurisdiction over nine West- changes made in other states where
ern states: California, Arizona, Ne- same-sex marriage was allowed. In
vada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, those states, homosexuality is taught as
Montana, Hawaii and Alaska. A a mainstream lifestyle and parents have
randomly selected panel of three no legal right to opt their children out
judges will hear the case. Attorneys of such teachings. Said Brian Brown,
representing Proposition 8 said the president of the National Organiza-
case could take anywhere from six tion for Marriage, “The goal of this
months to a year to conclude. movement is to use the law to reshape
the culture so that disagreement with
What about the their views on sex and marriage gets
U.S. Supreme Court? stigmatized and repressed like bigotry.
Whichever way the 9th Circuit court Children will be taught, whether par-
rules, the losing party has vowed to ents like it or not, that traditional faith
appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. communities’ views on marriage are
Unlike lower court appeals, an appeal based on hatred and bigotry.”
to the U.S. Supreme Court is not au-
tomatic. The court must ﬁrst agree to What about religious liberty?
hear the case, which is likely consid- Another concern of Proposition 8
ering the national implications of the supporters, especially among evangel-
matter. The court generally hears its ical pastors, was the fear they could be
cases each fall and then issues rulings forced to perform same-sex marriag-
for that session over the late spring es or be prohibited from speaking or
and summer. preaching against homosexuality. Al-
If Walker’s legal reasoning and rul- though several states have clearly in-
ing is upheld by the U.S. Supreme cluded language protecting churches
Court, then marriage would be re- from performing same-sex marriages,
deﬁned not only in California but those exemptions could easily be re-
also nationwide, reversing statutes pealed by the same legislatures that
and constitutional amendments in approved same-sex marriage to be-
all 45 states that deﬁne marriage as gin with. In addition, Walker’s own
between one man and one woman. ruling seemed to trump the rights of
That’s been the goal of gay marriage gays and lesbians over religious rights
supporters for years. In 2004, after 11 when he wrote: “Religious beliefs
states passed marriage amendments that gay and lesbian relationships are
on Election Day, Matt Foreman, then- sinful or inferior to heterosexual re-
executive director of the National lationships harm gays and lesbians.”
Gay and Lesbian Task Force, told the He included in his decision Southern
Associated Press: “This issue is going Baptist resolutions on gay marriage
to be resolved by the U.S. Supreme (2003) and homosexuality (1999), as
Court, and it’s not going to give a well as statements on homosexuality
(expletive) what these state constitu- from the Roman Catholic Church,
tions say.” Evangelical Presbyterian Church,
Free Methodist Church, Lutheran
Who will appeal? Church-Missouri Synod, and the Or-
The appeal was ﬁled by the Alliance thodox Church of America. All of the
Defense Fund on behalf of Protect Mar- denominations point to Scripture in
riage, which sponsored Proposition 8. calling homosexuality sinful.
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Voices… Speaking out about Prop. 8
The only thing more troubling Rights to freedom of religion in forced is not a true love or relation- hope for all sinners is in Romans to how we live. Christians have
than our own elected representa- court. ship. It is then bondage. A true love 8:1-15, John 3:15-16, and I John to die to self. We have to let go
tives blatantly disrespecting our It is because we can’t even argue or relationship can only be found 1:9. The Lord’s answer to Perga- of things pleasurable to us. We
democratic process and disenfran- these points, but instead can only in a willingness to surrender one’s mus and Thyatira was to repent cannot compromise.”
chising the electorate is the un- argue whether it is fair and equal, rights to another and to allow the and overcome. He demands the At home and at work, I continue
known direction in which same-sex that we are losing. It is not about other to do as that one sees ﬁt. same today. Pastor Mike MacIn- to promote traditional marriage,
marriage will lead us. equality or fairness. It is about right The Lord allows people to tosh of Horizon Christian Fellow- based on God’s Holy Word.
Will we as Americans be willing to and wrong and about honoring choose their own ways. It is their ship states, “We are all witnesses— Judith Randall, LMFT
allow ourselves to be forced into a God. As President Lincoln said, choice. Does it break my heart that either good or bad—according Poway, Calif.
one-sided contract of tolerance and “they are calling for the righteous so many will go against their Cre-
be compelled by a very small faction of to repent, not the sinners.” ator? You betcha. However, that is
society to literally change the composi-
tion of the American family, as well as
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It’s no wonder America is slip- to think the way I do. Just as God Jesus purchased redemption se habla español
ping away. Christians need to start does not force people into a rela- on that cross. He did not pay that
arguing again in the civic arena, the tionship with Him, neither can I price for us to sin. His blood was
right and wrong of homosexuality. force others into a right relation- shed to forgive, set us free from
We need to start arguing again the
violation of our First Amendment
ship with their Creator.
A love or relationship that is
the bondage of sin, and put us in
a right relationship with Him. The STOP CREDITORS
8 have said they are outraged that Proposition 8 ruling concurrently.
COUNTY… a single judge could wipe out the If granted standing, the county
Continued from page 1 votes of seven million California ofﬁcials plan to challenge Walker’s
voters who approved the measure. rationale for overturning the voter-
a constitutional amendment that was “We will ﬁght hard on behalf of approved law. LOW
overwhelmingly supported by the the voters of this state to ensure “Moral disapproval alone is an
voters in the county of Imperial, ” that their votes on this initiative, improper basis on which to deny Bill Consolidation FEE
said Jennifer Monk, associate general and future initiatives, are respected rights to gay men and lesbians… Pay much LESS than you owe
counsel of Advocates for Faith and by the judiciary,” said Robert Tyler, [b]ecause Proposition 8 disadvan- You Can Have a
Freedom, which is representing the general counsel and founder of the tages gays and lesbians without any STOP Fresh Start in Life
county. “Voters deserve to have the Murrieta-based religious rights le- rational justiﬁcation, Proposition 8 Credit Card Bills
highest court of the land decide the fate gal association. violates the Equal Protection Clause Wage Garnish I was a pastor for 17 years,
Tyler said his clients decided to of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Bill Collectors and I know that good people can
of their votes and the constitutionality
of Proposition 8.” ﬁle an appeal with the 9th U.S. Cir- the judge wrote in his opinion. Foreclosure have serious ﬁnancial problems.
cuit Court of Appeals after Walker Monk, however, vehemently dis- Back Rent
In ﬁling the appeal, county repre-
sentatives said they were committed denied them standing in the case. agreed with Walker’s ﬁnding. Judgment I can help you!
to preserving democratic principles Standing is a legal term meaning “California voters absolutely have Lawsuit Christian Attorney
and rebufﬁng arguments that disre- a party has a vested stake or inter- the right to vote pursuant to their Repo
gard the fundamental right to vote. est in the outcome of the case. The religious and moral beliefs,” she IRS Stephen Brittain
“By the people, for the people attorney went on to say that it’s said. “Judge Walker’s determination
and of the people,” said County Su- imperative the county is allowed that Proposition 8 lacked a rational
pervisor Wally Leimgruber. “Demo- to intervene in the case since the basis is contrary to both well-estab-
cratic principles are at stake and it plaintiffs have argued that Protect lished precedent and democratic DAY / EVE / SAT
is important for governmental rep- Marriage and the ofﬁcial propo- principles.”
resentatives to defend the interests
of the people who elected them.”
nents of Proposition 8 lack standing
to move the case forward. Tyler said For more information, visit www.
Many supporters of Proposition the county will also appeal Walker’s faith-freedom.com/in-the-courts. www.stephenbrittain.com
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Christian aid group
attacked in Afghanistan
10 members of 12-member team killed
By Scott Noble Two other Afghan members of travel out of remote areas and get
the team, Said Yasin and Saﬁul- medical care, but the women …
BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan lah, survived the attack. for them it’s [because of cultural
— The aid group included 12 The aid group was an effort reasons] not possible to really move
people—men and women from of the International Assistance around.”
different countries who wanted to Mission (IAM), a Christian or- A female nurse was also needed
provide eye care and other impor- ganization that has worked in for this particular aid mission
tant medical treatments to some Afghanistan since 1966, assist- because men—for cultural
of the poorest and most isolated ing the country with health and reasons—cannot treat women,
people in Afghanistan. The trip economic development. according to Frans.
they had embarked on was difﬁcult; The group that was attacked— Dr. Tom Little of Delmar, New
the group had to scale mountains the Nuristan Eye Camp team—had York, recruited Dr. Karen Woo
many thousands of feet high and received permission from local from the UK who was willing to
camp in tents in inhospitable areas government authorities to oper- make the trip and help treat vari-
to reach the people most in need ate in the area in which they were ous medical problems of women.
of aid. attacked. In addition, Little, who Frans said © MATT BROWN 2010
Yet the 12-member team, which “These are eye camps,” said was “a pioneer of this program,” Dr. Tom Little, left, who was killed in the attack, was described as a ‘pioneer of
included six Americans, one Brit- Dirk Frans, executive director of also recruited Dr. Tom Grams, this program’ to assist Afghans with eye care.
on, one German and four Afghans, IAM in a phone interview from a dentist originally from Park
remained committed to reaching Afghanistan. “We’ve been doing Rapids, Minn., thus giving the international partners because Prior to the mid-1960s, “so
and serving the Afghan people. them for many years. The people team the ability to treat various six Americans, a Briton, a Ger- much of mission work was con-
On Thursday, Aug. 5, while here [in Afghanistan] have more medical problems. man were killed. Those nations nected to colonialism,” he said.
returning from their mission, than average trouble with their Frans said IAM only sponsors have an interest in ﬁnding out “So missionaries went under
the aid workers were attacked, eyes for various reasons. That is these eye clinics once every two what happened.” the protection of colonial gov-
resulting in the deaths of 10 of what we’re known for, that is what years because of how extensively Frans believes the attack “was ernments. They weren’t always
them. we’ve done for 44 years; that is it must prepare for them. an isolated incident, a sort of complicit with colonial policies,
Killed in the attack were Tom what we’re still doing.” “It’s always somewhat difﬁcult opportunistic attack related to but they nevertheless were there
Little, 61, the team’s leader and In addition to eye care, IAM to compose the team because we speciﬁc local circumstances that under their protection.”
optometrist of New York; Dan also provides a mental health must [get] specialists, and they do not apply to other areas.” The attack in Afghanistan and
Terry, 63, from Wisconsin; Cheryl care program, community devel- must be able to actually make Incidences like the attack on the loss of life will alter the future
Beckett, 32, from Ohio; Brian opment programs, an institute the trip,” he said. the Nuristan Eye Camp team work of IAM.
Carderelli, 25, from Virginia; of leadership development, an The Taliban has claimed re- highlight the dangers of mission- “In the area of eye care, we will
Tom Grams, 51, from Colorado; energy renewal program and sponsibility for the attack, but no ary and aid work. While blatant deﬁnitely have to change because
Glenn Lapp, 20, from Penn- English language help. Some of motive has yet been ofﬁcially de- and deadly attacks like the one we had four international volun-
sylvania; Mahram Ali, 50, from the programs focus speciﬁcally termined, according to Frans. in Afghanistan are rare, workers teers on this program, and two
Afghanistan; Jawed, 24, from on women. “There is an ofﬁcial investiga- are still faced with numerous of them have now been killed,”
Afghanistan; Daniela Beyer, 35, “It’s particularly the women tion going on by the Ministry of challenges in the ﬁeld. Frans said. “Tom [Little] was the
from Germany and Karen Woo who don’t have access to medical Interiors,” he said. “I understand Dr. Garry Morgan, professor most experienced person. He was a
from Britain. care,” said Frans. “The men can they are being assisted by their of Intercultural Studies at North- pioneer of this program. He would
western College in St. Paul, who always push the envelope, do things
also served for many years with that haven’t been done before.
World Venture in Kenya, doesn’t With him gone, we will simply have
believe there are more challenges to review the program.”
today in the ﬁeld for missionaries Tragedies like this demon-
and aid workers than there were strate the dangers involved with
25 or 50 years ago—just different missionary and aid work. Suf-
challenges. fering often accompanies these
“Statistically, it’s not even more endeavors.
Annual Respect Life Banquet dangerous now, but the dangers
are different,” he said. “Being
“Jesus did not shy away from
talking about suffering,” White-
killed in Afghanistan is headline man said. “Suffering is part and
Friday, October 22, 2010 news. Dying of malaria 50 years parcel of following Him. If you’re
ago was not uncommon but going to be a follower of Jesus,
6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Participation Opportunities didn’t make the front pages.” suffering goes with it.”
Dr. Darrell Whiteman believes But along with the suffering
Rancho Community Church there are more challenges for comes Christ’s promise—and the
31300 Rancho Community Way, Temecula missionaries and aid workers comfort it provides—that He will
in the ﬁeld today. Whiteman, be with us to the end of the age.
who is vice president, Mission “The primary comfort,” Mor-
Personnel and Preparation, and gan said, “comes from knowing
resident missiologist at The Mis- God is in control, persecution is
Music To DONATE ITEMS sion Society and also former dean expected and faithfulness will be
of the E. Stanley Jones School of rewarded.”
World Mission and Evangelism
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change in the ﬁeld that began in and its work in Afghanistan, visit
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The Nuristan Eye Camp team had to travel long distances to remote areas of
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The changing landscape of foreign missions
Does recent attack dissuade future missionaries from taking the ﬁeld? The Upper Room
By Scott Noble of missionaries from the nonwest- Finally, the rise of non-Christian re- presents
ern world.” ligions, technology and globalization
BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan —
The recent attack in Afghanistan
Whiteman believes the “drying
up” of ﬁnancial resources is a major
have changed the playing ﬁeld.
Morgan said, “The growth and An evening with
that left 10 members of the 12-mem- factor in the changing landscape of vitality of many of the non-Christian
ber mission aid team dead will have
an effect on the future work of the
overseas mission work. Denomina-
tional boards used to be the major
world religions” has resulted in
new challenges. “Globalization has
International Assistance Mission, sponsors of missionaries and actually given the followers of these religions
according to Dirk Frans, executive paid their salaries. This is no longer unprecedented wealth, education
director of the group that spon- the case, and Whiteman said it is cur- and, through the Internet, access
sored the aid mission. They will rently taking the average missionary to humanity. In a sense, the ‘playing Free Buffet Dinner
have to reassess their eye care out- 18-24 months—or even longer—to ﬁeld’ that used to be tilted strongly Saturday, September 11
reach, since two of the four interna- raise the requisite amount of sup- in Christianity’s favor is much more
tional volunteers from this mission port before they can move to their level now,” he said.
were killed in the attack. particular mission ﬁeld. Missionaries also have to deal at The Upper Room in Irvine
Some might argue that events Another factor that has played a with the challenges of attaining vi-
like this have other, far-reaching role in this changing landscape is sas in restricted countries, a chal-
consequences that can ultimately the view of missionaries. lenge made even more difﬁcult in
prevent others from going to the “In my day,” Whiteman said, the post-colonial age, according to The Upper Room is an independent coffee-house ministry.
mission ﬁeld. “missionaries were at the top of the Morgan.
However, Dr. Garry Morgan, spiritual pyramid. I don’t think that’s Regardless of the challenges and Reservations are required as space is limited. Please RSVP
professor of Intercultural Studies at the case at all anymore. I think there the changing landscape of mission- for this event at info@TheUpperRoomPresents.com, or by
Northwestern College in St. Paul, is a pervasive attitude throughout ary work, Morgan and Whiteman calling (949) 939-4971.
who also served for many years with our culture that missionaries are no believe it’s important to rely upon
World Venture in Kenya, believes longer viewed as saints doing good. Christ’s promise in Scripture: suf- For more information please visit our website
events like this can actually have the Instead, they are viewed as people fering and challenges may come,
opposite effect. who are trying to force their religion but He has promised to be with us www.TheUpperRoomPresents.com
“Historically, events like this have on somebody else.” to the end of the age.
had the opposite effect, e.g. the ﬁve
men martyred in Ecuador 50 years
ago resulted in a new surge of mis-
sionary applicants,” he said. “While
it’s too soon to say for sure, the in- THE SOUND OF WAR THE SOUND OF PROCLAMATION THE SOUND OF PRAISE
dications are that this will continue
to be the case.”
Dr. Darrell Whiteman, who is
vice president, Mission Personnel
and Preparation, and resident mis-
siologist at The Mission Society and
also former dean of the E. Stanley
Jones School of World Mission and
Evangelism at Asbury Theological 2010 Aglow International U.S. National Conference
Seminary in Wilmore, Ky., believes October 1 - 3, 2010
the recent attack might impact the
number of people choosing over- San Jose McEnery Convention Center
seas mission work. However, White- San Jose, CA
man said, “If an event like that
freaks them out or makes them less
committed, then they aren’t spiri-
tually or emotionally prepared to
begin with.” Jane Hansen Hoyt
Ja Mary Forsythe
In addition, the last several
decades have witnessed a shift in
“Faith tested becomes the
“F “The Lord is longing
the number of missionaries going tr
triumphant, sure sound of to establish you in
overseas, which has complicated the victory reverberating in the
v what you have merely
overall picture. e
earth. Come, be part of experienced.”
Whiteman said there has been
“an almost precipitous decline in th
the number of missionaries from
North America and Europe over
the last 25 years. At the same time,
there has been a dramatic increase
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Training begins for vocalist Chuck Butler, the dad of Chris August
potential foster parents
HEMET — Rancho Jireh Foster
Switchfoot’s Chad Butler, as well as
John and Lisa Wickham, parents
of both musically gifted Phil and
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Seminar on grief Crosswalk Church
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Making a splash
855-3780. “Starry Night”
with Jonah Living faith at work
REDLANDS — The biblical story IRVINE — The Faith at Work In-
of a man swallowed by a whale will ternational Conference will be held
be presented from a fresh perspec- 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 Concordia
tive in the LifeHouse Theater Advocates for Faith & Freedom
University CU Center.
premier performance of “Pursued: presents
Main themes to be explored at
A Jonah Story.” the conference are how to rethink
The production, on stage your work life from God’s perspec-
through Sept. 19, explores a dam- tive, be equipped to apply biblical
aged man from a different time and principles to your work, learn how
place whose dramatic odyssey and Annual Fundraising Gala & Auction
you are called by God to fulﬁll His
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the ancient prophet, Jonah. hundreds of other Christians and Saturday, October 16
Performances are 7:30 p.m. view your work as a calling and
Fridays, 2:15 and 7:30 Saturdays service to the Lord.
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officer for Tradition Capital
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Palmdale Amphitheater. Headline for Working Women—A Daily
acts include Big Daddy Weave, We are also looking for companies and individuals to become sponsors or to donate
Inspiration to Live a Successful auction items for this event. Contact Lori Sanada for more information.
BarlowGirl and Aaron Shust. and Balanced Life” and Bill Peel,
Additional entertainment will be president of Foundations for Liv-
provided by local and bi-national ing and www.24sevenfaith.com,
artists. Other planned activities in- and author of “Going Public with
clude a prayer wall and tent, a chil- Your Faith,” a small group DVD
dren’s area, compassion ministries, curriculum published by Focus on
vendors and concessionaires. the Family.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 The center is located at 1530
at the gate. Youth tickets, for teens Concordia West.
13 to 19, are $5. Children 12 and Tickets, which include breakfast
under will be admitted free. and lunch, are $30 or $50 for re-
For more information, call (661) served seating. Unemployed guests
265-6069. will be admitted for $10. Pastors
will be admitted free.
Parable returns for For more information, send an
reunion concert e-mail to jessica@faithandworklife.
org or call (714) 718-9773.
SANTA ANA — Parable, one
of the top ground-breaking Con-
temporary Christian Rock bands Outreach to Muslims
of the ’70s will appear in concert GARDEN GROVE — The Minis-
at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Calvary try to Muslims Network will hold an
Costa Mesa. outreach at the Garden Grove Ara-
The band is doing a series of bic Festival on Sept. 24 to 26.
Southern California concerts this The outreach is part of a multi-
fall and will be at North Coast pronged emphasis of the ministry,
Calvary Chapel in San Diego on which also provides training ses-
Oct. 22. sions in how to reach Muslim ad-
Parable recorded and toured herents.
from Los Angeles to London, and For years, volunteers from the
with two best-selling albums un- Tustin-based group have reached
der their belt, they are reuniting out to Muslims at various Arabic
the whole group for the two-hour festivals across the country.
concerts. For more information, call Pastor
Band members include lead George Saieg at (714) 391-0463.
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Evangelical leaders issue national
call for 40-day ‘Pray & Act’ campaign
Christian Examiner staff report
EL CAJON — Pray & Act, a
Supporting leaders and organizations
broad-based coalition of Chris- The national Pray & Act campaign is a joint venture embraced by
tian leaders, is calling for a 40- numerous national ministries, including Che Ahn, Harvest Inter-
Associate and Bachelor Degrees day national fast for life, mar- national Ministry; Vonette Bright, co-founder, Campus Crusade for
Biblical Studies & Ministry Development Focus riage and religious freedom in Christ, International; Bishop Keith Butler, founding pastor, Word
advance of the November mid- of Faith International Christian Center; Jim Daly, president & CEO,
Theology, Bible Languages, & Ministry Courses term election. Focus on the Family; Lou Engle, The Call to Conscience and The
Affordable Tuition & Excellence in Education The focus of the fast will be the Call; Father Joseph Fessio, editor-in-chief, Ignatius Press, San Fran-
three foundational principles, cisco; Maggie Gallagher, National Organization for Marriage; Profes-
Day / Evening Classes Monday - Thursday which organizers said are under sor Robert George, Princeton University; Professor Timothy George,
Extension Course in Riverside cultural attack: the sanctity of dean, Beeson Divinity School; Jack Hayford, founder and chancellor,
human life in all stages and condi- The King’s College and Seminary; Mike Huckabee, former governor
tions; the sacredness of marriage of Arkansas and host of The Mike Huckabee Show; Bishop Harry
Fall Quarter Begins September 13th as the covenantal union of hus- Jackson Jr., High Impact Church Coalition; Cindy Jacobs, Generals of
band and wife and the right to Intercession; Dr. Alveda King, Silent No More Awareness Campaign;
Call or write for a free catalog! religious liberty and respect for Richard Land, The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, SBC;
conscience. Ron Luce, founder, Teen Mania & Battle Cry; Bishop Richard Malone,
951-333-2594 In an Aug. 15 letter by Jim
Garlow—lead pastor of La Mesa’s
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland (Maine); Eva Muntean & Dolo-
res Meehan, co-founders, West Coast Walk for Life, San Francisco;
Skyline Church and chairman of Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America; Tony Perkins, Family
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” - II Tim 2:15 ReAL, or Renewing American Research Council; James Robison, Life Outreach, International; Sam-
Leadership, a national organiza- uel Rodriguez, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference;
tion that promotes Judeo-Chris- Alan Sears, Alliance Defense Fund; Chuck Stetson, Let’s Strengthen
tian values—the Christian leader Marriage Campaign; Steve Strang, publisher, Charisma Magazine and
asked pastors to mobilize their Tim Wildmon, American Family Association.
churches for the Sept. 20 to Oct.
30 campaign. In addition to the ditional marriage and religious tion, media, and arts, entertain-
fast-and-prayer component, the liberty, while calling Christians ment and professional sports.
intercessory project will include to adhere ﬁrmly to their convic- “For these reasons, we call on
four webcasts, set for Sept. 4, 12, tions in all three areas. all faithful Christians to join us
19 and Oct. 30. “These principles are moral in the ﬁght to defend life, pro-
“The foundational moral treasures of our civilization.” tect and revitalize marriage,
principles of life, marriage and George said. “They have played and preserve religious liberty
conscience need to be preached indispensable roles in preserv- and the rights of conscience,”
in our churches, afﬁrmed in our ing the great experiment in he said.
daily conversations, and demon- republican government and Organizers of the national
strated in our private decisions ordered liberty bequeathed to fast said the prayer emphasis
and our personal lives,” Gar- us by the founders of our na- will be placed on righteousness
low wrote. “They must become tion. Yet in our time they have as found in Joel 2 and authen-
a guiding force in every local, come under severe assault. tic biblical compassion as high-
state and national election— Abortion, embryo-destructive lighted in Isaiah 58.
year after year—including this research, assisted suicide and While many will embark on
year’s election. In fact, they euthanasia threaten the sanctity a liquid diet for the 40-day fast,
need to be supported in every- of life. Marriage, already deeply ofﬁcials suggest that people
thing we do and say, and in the
Introducing Kylee way we live.”
wounded by a culture of inﬁdel-
ity and divorce, is now at risk
participate as God directs them.
For instance, some may prefer
Garlow, a key leader in the of being redeﬁned and decon- to fast out other distractions be-
Proposition 8 campaign, has structed. The right of conscien- sides food.
Kylee will help you: become a national spokesman
Dial calls Check email Return calls
tious refusal to participate or be The ACT element of the cam-
on culture issues impacting the implicated in immoral actions, paign is to focus on “Afﬁrming
Answer calls Send text messages Return voicemail church. Joining him in issuing
Check voicemail Screen calls Answer email be they crimes against life or the Basics” by signing the Man-
the national call is Chuck Col- marriage, is increasingly placed hattan Declaration, “Conform-
Just tell Kylee what to do and it’s done! son, founder of Prison Fellow- in jeopardy.” ing Our Lives,” by serving oth-
ship and Breakpoint, as well as ers through compassionate acts
Dr. Robbie George, professor The seven spheres and “Transforming the Culture”
While keeping your hands on the wheel! at Princeton University, who Because of the threat, Garlow by speaking out on cultural is-
Independent marketing director in your area was one of numerous writers of said it was imperative for believ- sues and voting for individuals
Pat Butler, Regional Marketing Director the Manhattan Declaration. Re- ers to focus on “seven spheres of and measures that afﬁrm the
leased last November, the Man- cultural inﬂuence:” the home, three foundational principles.
hattan Declaration, a 4,700-word the church, civil government,
document that speaks in de- including the law and military, For more information on the ef-
fense of the sanctity of life, tra- business and technology, educa- fort, visit www.prayandact.com.
CRUSADE… stores and redeems what He takes
away. There are no words for the
connections made to the live
Harvest HD webcast—more than
Continued from page 1 pain of loss, but our hope is in the double the previous record for
resurrection. Emmanuel, God is cyber attendance. In addition, 768
This message of hope culminat- with us.” webcast viewers ﬁlled out online
ed on Sunday with a ﬁrst-of-its-kind Chapman and MercyMe took the cards indicating that they prayed
program called, “An Evening of stage to perform music that reﬂect- with Laurie to make a commitment
Hope,” where a capacity crowd of ed the theme of the weekend and, of faith.
48,000 listened to Laurie discuss is- as he did each night of the Harvest Video-podcasts and blog ac-
sues of pain, suffering and loss with Crusade, Laurie concluded the counts of each message were also
psychologist and author Dr. James Sunday evening program with an made available, as well as “behind-
Dobson and Grammy Award-win- invitation for those in attendance the-scenes” updates from Greg Lau-
ning musician Steven Curtis Chap- to walk onto the outﬁeld of Angel rie on Twitter and on Facebook.
man, who experienced the death of Stadium to put their faith in Christ. And, for the ﬁrst time, Harvest
his youngest daughter, Maria Sue, Over the course of the weekend, implemented a texting feature that
two years ago. Chapman’s daughter 11,789 people did just that. allowed cell phone users to receive
was killed in a tragic car accident in In addition to performances updates about the Harvest Crusade
the family’s driveway. from Steven Curtis Chapman and throughout the weekend.
Addressing the pain of loss that MercyMe, the 2010 Southern Cali- Laurie, who founded the evan-
eventually everyone will go through, fornia Harvest also featured music gelistic Harvest Crusade events in
Laurie asked the crowd, “Why do from David Crowder Band, Crystal 1990, also serves as senior pastor of
bad things happen? The answer is Lewis, Phil Wickham, Sanctus Real, Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riv-
this.” After a pause he said, “I don’t OC Supertones, Revive and The erside, one of the largest churches
know. But as Christians, we do not Katinas. in the U.S.
sorrow as those who have no hope Apart from the crowds gathered
because we will see our loved ones at Angel Stadium, people from Each evening of the Harvest
again. If you are a Christian, you 47 countries around the world Crusade is archived and available
are reassured by that hope.” watched the 2010 Southern Cali- online. For more information, visit
Chapman later added, “God re- fornia Harvest live, with 290,000 www.harvest.org.
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Federal accreditation that there would be guidelines, in public school activities. T.J. but about giving the government ‘Anti-Bullying’ act
benchmarks, standard, and Schmidt, an attorney with the the power to override decisions of
plan threatens requirements against which Home School Legal Defense parents when their choices differ introduced in U.S.
academic freedom the state would then measure Association, said home-school from (those) favored by the pro- Senate
WASHINGTON, D. C. (EP) the performance of colleges students would have to follow gressivelLeft,” said Michael Farris, WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) —
— The Department of Educa- and universities—all to decide the same academic and athletic president of parentalrights.org. The Safe Schools Improvement
tion is considering proposed whether or not they wish to guidelines, as required by the That’s why Sen. Jim DeM- Act—which was introduced in
regulatory changes that would take adverse action,” Armstrong Louisiana law. int, R-S.C., has introduced a August by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.—
alter the accreditation pro- said. “There’s nothing that would resolution that asks the Senate deﬁnes bullying as hostile conduct
cess—and, quite possibly, limit The proposed regulations give them an advantage,” not to ratify the U.N. proposal based on someone’s actual or per-
the academic freedom of pri- could take effect as early as No- Schmidt said. “They’re still as it “undermines traditional ceived sexual orientation or gender
vate institutions. vember. bound by the same limits as any principles of law in the United identity, among other attributes.
Up to now, colleges and uni- other student.” States, regarding parents and Casey’s bill mirrors the one
versities—public and private— Home-school students children.” introduced in the U.S. House by
have been accredited by region-
banned from public Bill seeks to stop DeMint’s resolution says “the Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. A
al associations. United Kingdom was found to spokesman for the Gay, Lesbian
According to Bill Armstrong, school sports U.N. plan to limit U.S. be in violation of the Conven- and Straight Education Network—
president of Colorado Christian MONROE, La. (EP) — Five parental rights tion … for allowing parents to an activist group founded by
University, the proposed feder- Ouachita Parish high schools WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP) exercise a right to opt their chil- controversial “Safe School” Czar
al regulations would establish a have banned home-schoolers — U.S. senators are under pres- dren out of sex education cours- Kevin Jennings—called the bill
state authorization process. from participating in athletic sure to ratify a U.N. treaty that es in the public schools, without “our biggest priority right now on
“This new notion is really a programs—despite a law re- could give government the last a prior government review of a federal level.”
government takeover of the pri- cently signed by Gov. Bobby word on parenting decisions. the wishes of the child.” The passage of the bill would
vate educational sector.” Jindal that gives these students The U.N. Convention on the So far, SR 519 has at least 30 likely open the door to teaching
Armstrong says the regula- the chance to play public school Rights of the Child is a measure co-sponsors. It would only take about homosexuality as early as
tions may intervene in areas, sports. that purports to protect chil- 34 senators to stop ratiﬁcation kindergarten. And it would lay the
such as teaching methods and The law leaves it up to princi- dren’s freedom of religion and of the treaty. foundation for codifying sexual
course content—changing the pals to make the local decision. privacy. orientation and gender identity
nature of Christian colleges. Twenty-two states allow home- Critics however say the measure as protected classes.
“It seems as if this means school students to participate is not “about giving children rights,
Ofﬁcial audits reveal
fraudulent billing by
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (EP) —
Planned Parenthood providers
have over-billed the federal
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
government millions of dollars,
has ruled that memorial crosses according to three separate audits
for a dozen highway patrol ofﬁcers, conducted by the U.S. Inspector
including this one for trooper William General for the Department of
Antoniewicz, are unconstitutional. Health and Human Services. The
reports were released in August by
Highway memorial New Jersey Right to Life.
The audits, conducted between
crosses illegal 2001 and 2005, found that nearly
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. — Four- $3 million should have been re-
teen highway crosses, paid for with funded to the government.
private money and commemorating Marie Tasy, the executive direc-
fallen Utah Highway Patrol troop- tor of New Jersey Right to Life, said
ers, are unconstitutional, according proper billing is a systemic prob-
to a federal appeals court. lem with Planned Parenthood.
The ruling, issued Aug. 18 by the According to the audits, clinics
10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, improperly billed everything
said the crosses violated the U.S. from prescription medications
Constitution by implying a state en- to outpatient services. “They have
dorsement or preference of a cer- a history of abusing the system,”
tain religion. she said. “They should not be
The latest decision reverses a low- getting funded by the state or
er court ruling in 2007, which said federal government. All money
the crosses conveyed a secular mes- is fungible, and we know that the
sage about memorials and did not money is being used and directed
directly represent public endorse- for abortion—even though they
ment of religion. claim it’s not.”
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