According to a slide show on CNN’s website’s STYLE section, the Old City of Jerusalem is “on the verge of extinction.” This is crazy. Clearly the reporters or website copywriters on this subject have never been there.
If they had, they would have seen that the Old City is probably the most protected heritage site in the Middle East. All religious sites are protected by law and freedom of religion. Even the most disputed of those, the Temple Mount, is under the control of the Muslim Waqf, under an agreement to maintain the status quo.
That the Old City is on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger is no excuse for its inclusion on CNN’s slideshow. As with many UN bodies, that status can be attributed to anti-Israel politics rather than reality. The Old City has been incorrectly listed as such for over three decades. And yet it stands–with thousands of Arabs, Jews and international tourists peacefully and safely walking its streets each day!
In fact, the biggest threat to the heritage of the Old City is from the Arab Muslims themselves, who have carried out unsupervised excavations on the Temple Mount, destroying many priceless antiquities in the process.
CNN has again bought into a lie, which often leads to violence. By carelessly repeating this outrageous nonsense, it may well lead to needless violence and deaths, again.
Jerusalem’s Old City is certainly not “on the verge of extinction.” CNN has no business claiming that it is. Contact CNN and challenge their poor use of words and biased inferences.
In the recent US Supreme Court ruling on marriage, the small majority (5:4) of the justices “legislated from the bench,” bypassed the Constitution, and created a “right” to same-sex “marriage”out of thin air. In doing so, they invalidated the decision of over 50 million voters and their elected officials, in the process.
Not only has this judicial activism thrown the historic definition of marriage aside, it has opened the doors to discrimination and possible persecution against those of us who believe in marriage as between one man and one woman. Before long, cases will be brought to penalize people and groups for not agreeing with the new, twisted view of marriage. In the process, Christian schools and other nonprofit and charitable groups, that refuse to go along, may lose their tax-exempt status.
The current Administration can be expected to be at the forefront of these attacks against your religious freedom. So, please, contact your Representative and both of your Senators and ask them to stand up for your rights of conscience, by supporting the recently introduced First Amendment Defense Act.
Sometimes the aggressive, ideologically-liberal Southern Poverty Law Center, seems less about poverty and more about preventing religious liberties. Such is the case when they use their multi-million-dollar stash of donated reserves to sue Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH)—alleging fraud for offering counseling for un-wanted same-sex confusion.
Under questioning in court by Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund President Charles Li Mandri, counsel for JONAH, Dr. Carol Bernstein, a New York University professor and an expert witness paid by the plaintiffs, conceded:
- Science has not determined the roots of sexual identity.
- Sexual orientation is fluid and mutable.
- People have the right to change their sexual behavior.
- If someone approaches a therapist about unwanted same-sex attraction, the therapist should not tell that person to simply self-identify as gay and ignore their wishes.
DNA confirms that we are biologically created as males or females. There is no confusion about that. And, God’s word tells believers that our bodies are temples where the Holy Spirit lives and are to be used to honor Him. (1 Corinthians 6:12-20).
When the matter of re-defining marriage was being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Solicitor General of the United States was asked whether a religious school could lose its tax-exempt status for upholding traditional values. He responded that “[i]t’s certainly going to be an issue.”
You see, those who believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman are increasingly having their religious liberties jeopardized and even forfeited, because many who reject and want to redefine marriage are actually intolerant of different ideas in a pluralistic society. Instead, they demand a “comply or else” agenda.
That is why the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate. As a federal non-discrimination act, it provides broad protections, including in the areas of federal contracts, grants, employment, and tax-exempt status.
Urge your federal representatives to vote for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA).
I recently returned from a week of vacation, as my wife and I traveled to visit one of our daughters and her family. In that one week, I was privileged to help baptize my 14-year-old granddaughter, celebrate my 16-year-old grandson’s birthday, and watch his older brother graduate from high school! I could not help but be a bit proud of their accomplishments and the Christ-honoring legacy they represent.
Legacy can mean a gift willed to someone, such as money or personal property. But it can also mean something passed on to someone for future use and blessing. It served its purpose or owner in the past and now is extended to serve a new owner or beneficiary, in the future. That is what I choose to think of our radio ministry. For the past 18 years, KTLW’s music and ministries have served thousands, but now our legacy can serve a new owner to expand its use and blessing to new thousands—and even more.
As I said in a recent letter to our faithful donors, we are planning a very special final program to air at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd, prior to our final sign off at 7 p.m.—18 years to the day since we started! We invite you to listen! After that, you can enjoy the Air1 format from the Educational Media Foundation, perhaps the premiere contemporary Christian music source in America!
Gary Curtis, General Manager
Worship On The Way Radio Network
My Gen Radio Network
Recently, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act! Now, we need to contact our Senators and urge them to likewise act to end the torture of little babies being dismembered, while feeling excruciating pain!
This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Americans, from all political persuasions, want to end the intense pain babies feel from late-term abortions.
As Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified before Congress:
“The human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or children.”
Please join me in urging our Senators to show non-partisan compassion on unborn babies, by cosponsoring and supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
As same-sex advocates prepare to celebrate a possible Supreme Court decision favoring “rights” to so-called “gay” marriage, Pope Francis has reminded us that children have a “right” to grow up with a mother and father in their family.
When the current Pope was a cardinal in Argentina in 2010, he declared the culture’s radical repudiation of natural, biblical marriage was a diabolical effort of “the Father of Lies” to “destroy God’s plan…and deceive the children of God.” He warned that “the lives of many children…will be discriminated against in advance and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God.” He further stated that what is “at stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts.”
This natural truth is hard for even selfish secularists to deny: Children have a “right” to grow up in a family, with an involved father and a mother!