Pro-homosexual book in Scholastic book fairs

From the Illinois Family Institute:

The famous — and soon to be infamous — Scholastic Books has decided to include the pro-homosexual book for 9-12 year-olds, Luv Ya Bunches, in its middle school book fairs. This troubling book is already in the Scholastic Book Club catalogue, which is distributed to elementary school children. 

Meaning that at the very least public school children will have the opportunity to buy this trash.

Thanks, WCIC!

No GOP proposals until now, AP claims from an alternate reality

The Associated Press, historically a great news service, tipped its hand Tuesday by letting through a story with wild-eyed inaccuracy, claiming in its lead that Republicans until now haven’t come up with any of their own health care proposals.

The story by Erica Werner says that

After months spent criticizing Democrats’ health overhaul plans, House Republicans have produced a draft proposal of their own. It’s much shorter and focuses on bringing down costs rather than extending coverage to nearly all Americans.

Actually, Republicans produced a “draft proposal of their own” as far back as May. That’s when Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, Rep. Devin Nunes of California and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin offered their own version of health care reform, “Patients’ Choice Act.” It was introduced in both houses of Congress on May 20, 2009. Another bill was later offered by Rep. Tom Price of Georgia.

In his Sept. 8 address to a joint session of Congress, Barack Obama claimed that Republicans hadn’t offered any alternatives. He did this while Republicans held up copies of their health care bills. The news media couldn’t ignore this, at least not then. Apparently, they’re back to ignoring it, at least in whatever world Werner and Obama live in.

The AP inaccuracy was a result of one of the following:

  • Werner really didn’t know that more than one GOP bill had been introduced, albeit ignored. In that case, what’s she doing writing about national policy debates?
  • She knew, but wanted to mislead her readers. Hard to believe, coming from the great AP, but possible.
  • The story was rewritten at the editing level and Werner’s name left on it.

At any rate, it’s hard to understand how such an inaccuracy survived the editing process. Everybody makes mistakes, but this is a doozy.

International Day of Prayer for my real heroes

At some point in my late 20s, I decided that I had three heroes: Roald Amundsen, the Swedish explorer who was first to read the South Pole; Bob Gibson, the Cardinals pitcher who had a fierce desire to win; and Bob Dylan, the best American poet of the 20th century (and the 21st, so far). You could probably throw in people like Golda Meir, the late prime minister of Israel, and Kenneth Starr, who bullheadedly led the prosecution of Bill Clinton.

And, after 2001, you could also include so many members of our police and fire departments.

I still admire these men and women for their accomplishments and courage, but my standard for “heroes” has changed.

Now my heroes are the Christians who endure persecution because they believe in Christ as savior and refuse to recant that belief. They end up in jails, prisons, torture chambers. They are beaten, raped, insulted. They are charged, enticed, lured. They are attacked, stalked, raided.

They are people like Asia Bibi, who was jailed in June 2009 after defending her faith to some Pakistani Muslim women.

They are people like Pastors Philip, Timothy and Siluvai Kumar who were injured when Hindu extremists barged in on a prayer meeting of 40 people and began beating Christians. (Also beaten were Pastor Philip’s pregnant wife and their 18-month-old daughter.)

They are people like  Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, Iranian Christians who are going to be charged with apostasy and “propagation of the gospel.” They have been in prison for months and are suffering from a variety of illnesses.

They are people like Christian human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since being hauled away from his home in February by Chinese police. Reports indicate that he is undergoing brutal torture.

The Lord has strongly blessed our and other nations with freedoms and material wealth. It is our job to share that material wealth with those who are being persecuted, and to pray for them on a daily basis.

We can start by observing the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, being observed this year on Sunday, Nov. 8 (or Nov. 7 if you’re a Sabbath keeper like me).

We can continue by staying up to date on the persecuted church at sites like the Voice of the Martyrs, Compass Direct News and many other support organizations (listed here). That way we know what to pray for.

We can send Action Paks through VOM.

We can write letters to imprisoned Christians, in their own languages, through PrisonerAlert.com.

But if we do nothing, we are in direct disobedience to Scripture, which commands us to “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (Hebrews 13:3, NASB).