Congress will soon have to, again, discuss and debate, the federal budget and debt ceiling—national crises which they “kicked down the road,” instead of solving in September. The truth is, these economic issues can not be solved without new attitudes and actions regarding basic social issues, like abortion, birthrates and marriage.
Significant factors are the consequences of abortion. Over 40 years of “abortion on demand” have depleted 53 million potential workers and tax payers, who are needed to finance the federal entitlement programs, like Social Security and Medicare, which account for the majority of our bloated federal government.
Congress needs to reform our taxes and regulations to encourage traditional marriage and children as well as to discourage the dirge of abortion, which has surged as a common means of birth control and cause of breast cancer.
Like their civilian counterparts, the religious faith of members of our Armed Forces cannot and should not be confined to a belief that is maintained only within one’s head, home, or place of worship. Yet, reports continue to surface of service personnel who are intimidated, ridiculed or otherwise discriminated against, due to their religious beliefs and practices.
Congress, over President Obama’s opposition, enacted conscience protections in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Now, eleven months later, the Department of Defense has yet to implement these policies and enforce the conscience protections for our military!
Of further concern is a growing lack of understanding for the importance of preserving the integrity (and even the continuance) of the chaplaincy.
Contact your elected federal officials to confirm their position and plans regarding conscience protections and even the Chaplaincy Corps, itself, in our nation’s military.
It hasn’t happened since 1888 and we are told it won’t happen again for 70,000 years! This year, Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah fall on the same day. Some are suggesting the double celebration could be dubbed Thanksgivukkah!
American Thanksgiving is set by presidential declaration, originally by Abraham Lincoln on the last Thursday of November and more recently by presidents on the fourth Thursday of the month. However, our Jewish friends observe an eight day holiday period known as Hanukkah, based a lunar calendar. It falls very early this year, coinciding with this year’s celebration of our U.S. Thanksgiving, on November 28.
Hanukkah, also known as the Feast of Dedication, celebrates the miraculous multiplication of lamp oil allowing the rededication of their Holy Temple in 160 B.C., after it was desecrated by a pagan conqueror. The Pilgrims fled from religious persecution and celebrated their first Thanksgiving in 1621, after surviving their first year in our land.
Religious freedoms are worth celebrating!
Recently Secretary of State Kerry and Vice President Biden presented a closed doors briefing with selected Senators, designed to put pressure on the Capital decision makers, to prevent them from placing new sanctions on Iran, while the Western G5+1 negotiations over the Iranian nuclear program continue.
Someone close to one of the senators has reported that “when ever anyone raised the issue of what Israel will think, Kerry cut them off and said ‘you have to ignore what Israel is telling you, stop listening to Israel on this matter’”.
Mr. Kerry should remember that Iran blatantly wants nuclear bombs to destroy the “Little Satan” Israel and the “Big Satan” USA. Our own national security is at risk, as well as Israel’s. Iran’s leaders have lied to the world over and over again.
Wisdom would tell us that we should not trust Iran now NOR forsake our commitments to Israel, our only democratic ally in the region.
Historically, most administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have been favorable toward Israel, so there has been little need for Congress to lead out in support of our embattled ally. That all changed under the Obama administration.
One of our programmers, Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, recently initiated their second educational tour of Israel, for key congressional leaders. They returned understanding that there are two main reasons for Americans to support Israel.
For a large number of Christians, there are religious reasons. We have the Jewish people to thank for our faith and we are instructed in Scripture to not only pray for the peace of Jerusalem, but we are told that those who bless Israel will be blessed.
Secondly, there are geo-political reasons to support Israel. Western solutions don’t have a good track record for Middle Eastern problems nor in stopping mad men wanting to annihilate our only democratic ally in the region.
America needs to stand with Israel!