CHRISTIAN LEADERS WANT OPRAH TO PUT GOD BACK I N TH E BOX
Despite her strict Baptist upbringing, Oprah Winfrey frequently features New Age spirituality on her popular daytime talk show, explaining that she “took God out of the box.” But Christian leaders, such as Cynthia Hale, founder of Ray of Hope Christian Church, and James Robison, cohost of the Christian talk show LifeToday, voice concerns that she is leading Christians astray. While Hale is a fan of Oprah’s, she wishes she’d return to the rules she grew up with: “Ifwe cannot [admit we sin], how do people recognize the fact that in and of ourselves we are depraved and doomed, exceptwe give our life to Christ and be saved?”
POLITICAL ELITES PICK ON SHERIFF ARPAIO; SLASHING IMMIGRATION TASK FORCE FUNDS
In May, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano signed an executive order cutting $1.6 million out of SheriffJoe Arpaio’s human smuggling task force budget. “To the extent that the sheriff is using state money to fund sweeps that were causing trepidation in the immigrant community, that state money will no longer be available,” she told reporters. Middle American News says Napolitano cut off the program “because it made illegal aliens fearful of arrest.”
In good populist fashion, the Newsfurther warns the move only “helps Arizona’s big commercial operations maintain a steady flow of cheap immigrant labor and promises to help swell the membership of radical Hispanic organizations after political power.”
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ON GUN SAFETY
Larry Pratt posits that those critical of private gun ownership are getting their facts wrong: more guns means less crime, not the other way around. Finding research to support his theories, he claims that firearms are used about 2.5 million times a year in self defense—almost always without having to be discharged. He urges victims to resist their attackers, warning that otherwise they are over twice as likely to get seriously injured or killed. In addition, Pratt supports children bringing guns to school since they only use them to “kill a squirrel or rabbit on the wayhome.” According to him, the real risk at stake is not danger to children, but rather a gun ban proposal that amounts to a subversive plot by the government to create dependence, and to expunge personal responsibility from the debate.
Source: “Making Our Neighborhoods Safe: A Fearful Policy ofZero Tolerancefor Firearms Does Not Provide Safety or Security; Only an Emphasis on Personal Responsibility Can Do That,” The New American, April 14, 2008.
AMIDST THE BURNING ASH OFTHE RAPTURE, A MESSAGE DELIVERED
For those awaiting the Rapture, a new web- site, Youvebeenleftbehind.com, allows you to store a message (for forty dollars a year) that will be sent to up to 62 loved ones six days after you are taken from the Earth. The message can contain anything from bank account numbers and passwords to a final letter begging family and friends to accept Christ before it’s too late. The website is perfect for those who are so confident of their own salvation that they expect to be whisked away to heaven while the rest of humanity burns on earth below.
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