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Chrislam

In light of recent world events and the rise of ISIS, many people are confused about the differences between the actual teachings of Islam compared to Christianity. The first obvious contrast is Jesus taught love and forgiveness while the prophet Muhammad was a violent warrior who promoted conquest.

Here in America, there are over 3.5 million Muslims and the problem is with a minority of the overall Muslim population that has blended into our society with the goal of implementing acts of takeover or terror. Estimates suggest there are about 250,000 radicals who are faithfully and patiently working and waiting for the call to jihad. Another problem is very few “moderate” Muslims say anything to renounce acts of terror taking place around the world. One cannot help but wonder exactly where they stand. Where should America stand?

It is no secret the Obama administration has openly supported Islam since the president’s 2009 speech in Cairo. Ever since the “Arab Spring,” Sharia Law has been implemented in Islamic countries and the persecution of Christians has reached record levels. Few media outlets reported one year after President Obama released Abu Bakr al Baghdadi from an Iraqi jail, Baghdadi formed ISIS and they have been on a bloody rampage of nonstop terror, death, and evil ever since.

The following is a book excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA.

Both Christianity and Islam promote a standard of morality and doing good works, but the god of Islam is not the same as the living God of the Holy Bible. The Muslim holy book is called the Quran, which is an Arabic word that literally means “the recitation.” The Quran considers Jesus a prophet, but not the Son of God or Savior. Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross, but that he was assumed to heaven by Allah.

“Jesus is like Adam in the sight of Allah. Allah created him of dust and then said to him: ‘Be,’ and he was” (Quran 3:55, 58). In other words, [to Muslims] Jesus was a created being like us with no divine attributes. The Bible however, teaches:

In the beginning … The Word was with God … He [Jesus] was with God in the beginning; all things were created by Him and for Him (John 1:1; Colossians 1:16).

In the Muslim teachings of the end times, Jesus appears before Allah and is asked if He ever claimed to be Allah’s son; Jesus says no. Jesus then gets angry and helps the Muslim Messiah kill every remaining Jew and Christian. The Trinity is also not supported by Allah.

The Bible was written by at least forty different authors over a period of at least 1,500 years, and its unity and continuity are still apparent and cohesive. The Prophet Muhammad is said to have received divine revelation (recitations) from Allah over a period of twenty-three years. Since Muhammad could not read or write, he “recited” the contents of his revelation to fellow companions. They in turn memorized and recited it to the next generation. The companions eventually wrote down what was recited to them on animal skins and bones, large stones, and on big palm leaves.

There are contradictions in the Quran; at times Allah commands Muslims to love Jews and Christians and at other times calls for their death, if they do not convert to Islam. Because there are verses that teach peace, you may hear Islam referred to as a religion of peace. However, other instructions in the Quran order Muslims to kill all unbelievers, especially the more recent verses relating to Jews and Christians. What does a follower of Islam do when two instructions seem to contradict each other? This word is a pivotal key to unlocking the answer: abrogation.

Abrogation is a recurring theme whenever apparent conflicting verses of the Quran are discussed. It means to cancel, repeal, or officially revoke something. In this situation, the later or more recent verses calling for Holy War override earlier verses counseling tolerance or peace.

Committed followers of Islam will settle for nothing short of universal conversion and eventual death to all infidels.
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieved, so strike [them] upon the necks and strike from them every finger¬tip” (Quran 8:12). And, “Strike off the heads of the unbelievers, and after making a wide slaughter among them, carefully tie up the remaining captives” (Quran 47:4).

One may argue our God commands violence just like Allah does. We must distinguish between commands given to nations and instructions to individuals. In addition, killing while under command and submission to an army is very different than murdering someone as a private citizen. Though there were wars and plenty of violence in the Old Testament, God warned enemies of Israel about his holiness, his covenant, and he used people as his instrument of judgment in the world at the time. Jehovah God even put to death some of his own people who violated their covenant with him, but he never commands us to take our own revenge.

You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD (Leviticus 19:18).

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you… If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them (Luke 6:28, 32).

“And fight them until there is no fitnah [tumult, disorder, trial, test, unbelief] and until the religion, all of it, is for Allah. And if they cease – then indeed, Allah is Seeing of what they do” (Quran 8:39).

Islam is completely incompatible with a society such as America that values religious freedom. Islam will accept no other religions, no competing economic or political views and no legal system except Sharia Law which would outlaw Christianity. Islam teaches that good Muslims should lie to their enemies to win their confidence. Allah himself lies, and the teachings of the prophet Muhammad accuse Jesus of lying.

This may explain how Muslims have broken every peace treaty they have ever signed with Israel and other nations.

God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19).

Since many liberals, media, and progressives are hostile toward Christianity, they have blind support for Islam. They are either deceived, or they are part of the agenda to blot out the Judeo-Christian God from America. Islamic Law calls for potential death sentences for adulterers and homosexuals. Where are the gay protests of Muslims? Christianity teaches us to forgive, to love all men, and preach the gospel. We are to confront sin, but not hate the sinner. Islam also allows the treatment of women as property while Christianity teaches respect.Where are the feminist protests of Muslim women being oppressed or stoned?

Because Islam denies the deity of Jesus Christ, according to 1 John 4:1-3, it is a religion of antichrist. So, if the founder of Islam, Muham¬mad, was actually a false prophet who did not hear from the one true living God, then those who follow him are deceived. Furthermore, in the Quran it states they [Jews and Christians] are deluded and “may Allah destroy them” in Surah 9:30. This proves that to compare Islam to Christianity is like comparing oil and water.

Jesus did not come to earth to bring world peace (Matt. 10:34), and yet there are religious leaders in America preaching common ground with Islam hoping to unify all religions. Nowhere in the Bible does God encourage joining with other religions. On the contrary, He warns against it. It’s not that we shouldn’t evangelize people of other faiths, but typically the faith that bends and compromises is Christianity, leaving a diluted gospel. This doesn’t stop some from attempting to mix Christianity and Islam.

CHRISLAM

“Chrislam” is the idea that Muslims and Christians worship the same God and that there are similarities to unite around. We’ve already established this is impossible and that Allah is not the same as Jehovah God, YHWH. Though both Christianity and Islam have Abrahamic roots, and both religions promote morality, the similarities pretty much stop there. Teachings that line up with Chrislam gain popularity because tolerance has trumped truth in our modern culture. This is a small movement, but don’t be surprised if it gains popularity.

We are to separate ourselves from unbelievers and those who worship other gods:

Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partner¬ship have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? …or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:14-15).

Islam allows for lying and deception in order to advance their quest for world domination, so how can we work side by side with those who subscribe to what is called “Kitman,” the practice of deceiving infidels with half-truths? In countries not yet dominated by Islam, it only coexists with other religions because they have not been fully converted to Islam yet. We, however, believe salvation is by faith in Christ alone. Islam rejects this teaching.

I don’t care what evangelical leader backs this common ground movement. Conservative Christians must be loyal and obedient to the truth and the gospel of Jesus Christ and not be concerned with the approval of man. This does not mean we can’t love them and have a heart for the lost. It means we must be cautious about a religion that teaches Jesus was an apostle of Allah and not the only Son of God. John MacArthur explains:

“Islam today is the most powerful system on earth for the destruction of biblical truth and Christianity – thousands of Christians are dying under Islamic persecution, especially in the Middle East, Africa, Indonesia, and other parts of Asia. Clearly, Islam and Christianity are mutually exclusive. Both claim to be the only true way to God, but both cannot be right. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life.”

UNCOMMON GROUND

In October 2007, leaders of Islam came up with an open letter to leaders of the Christian faith in America called A Common Word Between Us and You calling for peace between Muslims and Christians and an understanding among both religions. They sought to emphasize two of the Ten Commandments; the love of god and the love of our neighbor. What’s wrong with that? Islamic leaders stated, “The future of the world depends on peace between Muslims and Christians.”

Not only is the world’s future in God’s hands, but the Bible teaches a very different future than other religions believe. Jesus warned about false prophets, wars, and nation rising against nation in the end times. It should also be noted that Islam means absolute “submission.” The Islamic model of the relationship between Allah and his followers is that of a master and servant. Christianity teaches that we are children of God and are privileged to call him our Father.

What did our best and brightest leaders do? Scholars from Yale Divinity School decided to respond to the letter from Islamic leaders by publishing a full page advertisement in the New York Times titled, “Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to A Common Word Between Us and You.” They promised to “work diligently together to reshape relations between our communities and our nations.”

The response includes Christian repentance over the mistreatment of Muslims and, yet, does not include any mention of differences between Allah and Yahweh! This leaves us with one of two conclusions: either these liberal evangelicals and scholars are confused and deceived about the teachings of Islam or they are complicit in the goal of a one-world government and the minimizing of Christianity. Muslims are taught that if they are a minority in any country or region, they may smile at the infidel, but never love him in their heart. Could the letter from Islamic leaders be just another way to try to win the trust of America?

The document’s signatories include many well-known church leaders as Leigh Anderson (President of the National Association of Evangelicals), Bill Hybels (Founder and Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church), Tony Jones (Emergent Village), Brian McLaren (Author, Speaker and Activist), Robert Schuller (The Crystal Cathedral), Rick Warren (Saddleback Church), and Jim Wallis (Sojourners, Red Letter Christians).

Having open dialogue about peace and love is fine, but Muslims seem to be fighting with just about every nation they have not conquered or dominated. They are killing one another in the Middle East, and they attack and kill non-Muslims across the globe. Since Ishmael, Abraham’s first son, was born outside of God’s perfect will to Abraham’s servant Hagar, the Lord said the birthright and inheritance would go to Isaac, the son of Abraham’s wife, Sarah. Muslims believe Abraham’s first son Ishmael deserved the inheritance which explains the constant fighting and strife in Islamic nations fulfilling God’s prophecy over Ishmael:

He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him. And he will live in hostility toward all his brothers (Genesis 16:12).

In the previous chapter in Genesis, God spoke to Abraham regarding his sons Ishmael and Isaac:

Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir (Genesis 15:4).

To respect each other is a good thing, but to focus on a few common teachings without looking seriously at major doctrines that are diametrically opposed to one another is misguided. May we remember our real enemy is Satan, and our struggle is a spiritual one so we need to pray for enemies of God to be saved. Lord, help us be more discerning and never be ashamed of the exclusive gospel of Jesus Christ – “the way, the truth, and the life.”

foolish infidels

illegal is a crime

 

One sign reads, “Illegal is a crime.” Another reads, “We are the future of America.” Many believe the Obama administration knows exactly what it is doing.

When the president signed an executive order two years ago enacting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and rolled out the red carpet for illegal aliens, did they not expect any of the problems we’re seeing today? Did our government not know that Central and South America were advertising that immigrants get a free pass in America? From the time Obama decided to implement that policy, there has been a substantial increase in the number of people that have crossed the border, including over 52,000 children in the last fiscal year according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

Didn’t the White House expect an increase of crime and disease, as well as the cost to taxpayers? It was reported last month the Senate approved a bill for $1 billion “to pay for social workers caring for the surge of children pouring across the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the humanitarian crisis is growing so quickly it’s outpacing the government’s ability to handle it.” America is a compassionate, generous country, but we have laws, a Constitution, freedom and protections for citizens, which are primary reasons people come here.

The difference today however, is rather than families sneaking over the border; immigrants are now being bussed in by the hundreds. There has always been violence in other countries so to say they are suddenly fleeing that violence is insulting to our intelligence.

The Obama administration is happy to step in with their solution to another self-inflicted problem or to an orchestrated crisis they don’t want to see go to waste. Two weeks agoNancy Pelosi said, “We are all Americans – north and south in this hemisphere,” urging us to see this as an opportunity, proving the end goal is amnesty and open borders. For those on the extreme Left, these are exciting times.

This didn’t happen overnight, but something must now be done – which was exactly the plan. Another problem is many illegals do not show up for their scheduled hearings. Instead, they simply blend in to our population and receive free health care, education, find some work for cash or get welfare.

We can explain the present crisis partly by reviewing some recent history. Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward were a married couple who were both professors at the Columbia University School of Social Work and not surprisingly, the two were members of Democratic Socialists of America. The couple implemented an agenda to destroy capitalism (now known as the Cloward-Piven Strategy) by birthing several radical organizations one after the other, including ACORN, with the help of Wade Rathke.

In the 1960s, Fox Piven gave traction to a strategy aiming to take down America’s economy by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands. A political strategy outlined in 1966, Fox Piven and Cloward called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of “a guaranteed annual income.” The couple’s most significant achievement was the “Motor Voter” act which was signed into law by Bill Clinton in 1993. Former White House staff economist, James Simpson writes:

“As we now know, ACORN was one of the chief drivers of high-risk mortgage lending that eventually led to the financial crisis. But the Motor Voter law was another component of the strategy. It created vast vulnerabilities in our electoral system, which ACORN then exploited.

“ACORN’s voter registration scandals throughout the U.S. are predictable fallout. The Motor Voter law has also been used to open another vulnerability in the system: the registration of vast numbers of illegal aliens, who then reliably vote Democrat. Herein lies the real reason Democrats are so anxious for open borders….”

Jump ahead to March 2012; Frances Fox Piven gave a lecture to students at the University of Connecticut touting Occupy Wall Street. Fox Piven believed the Occupy movement was in its second phase at the time, where the mob “threatens to shut down institutions.” OWS had moved into city neighborhoods and schools, and she predicted “action against the banks and corporations.” She was thrilled with a poll at the time showing about “half of the youngest age group polled, probably ages 15 to 25, saw no problems with socialism.”

Just three months later, June 2012, President Obama announced the United States would stop deporting hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants and gave them work permits instead. The administration side-stepped the country’s legislative process and Obama’s executive order (DACA) applied to those who came here before age sixteen and were under thirty. It became a massive money-making racquet for the drug cartels and the Mexican government as they have been charging thousands of dollars a head, and it is unthinkable the White House did not see this coming.

Now, after six years of leaving the borders open, the president is requesting $3.8 billion in emergency aid to deal with the problem he created! Presidential requests for supplemental appropriations usually come on the heels of natural disasters or other catastrophic events, not man-caused crises. Breitbart’s Daniel Horowitz writes:

“The answer to a raging fire is to first stop pouring on the gasoline. We need a change in policy, not more taxpayer funding to support the government-sponsored arson.”

The border could be closed if both political parties representing us had the will to follow through. Sadly, we might be hearing more of what many citizens of Murrieta, CA said when illegal immigrants were bussed to their town with no advance notice:

“The Obama administration is flooding our streets to force immigration reform.”

And that was the plan from the beginning.

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cracked ten-commandments

A recent Gallup poll reveals 74% of Americans think morals and ethics in society are getting worse. Not that we need another poll to announce what most of us already know, but it does make me wonder what the other 26% believe. A society’s moral decay and decline doesn’t just suddenly happen; it takes decades.

I’ll let you decide if America can be saved, but it is apparent many folks are either too busy or just don’t care. Apathy is killing us. If we were truly aware and concerned about the direction of the country, we’d be engaging in the battle. Instead, we’ve retreated. America’s founders knew it was vital for Christians to be the light leading the way and the salt preserving our society. As the church goes, so goes the nation.

This new poll is another cultural indicator proving we’ve become more tolerant of things we should not tolerate, such as sin. It is yet another reminder of how far we’ve declined and how we’ve chosen to look the other way. Moreover, progressives in America have taken things a step further. They’re not content with our growing acceptance of immorality; they’d like us to look at sin as normal and even good.

It’s no mistake as I was preparing to write this morning, I came across the same Scripture verse twice in five minutes. It is exactly what we see in America. Written as a warning sometime around 700 B.C., Isaiah 5:20 states:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

We have gone from the acceptance of evil to approval, and now to accommodation. Americans tolerate more immorality today than anytime in our history.

It shouldn’t surprise us unbelievers in a secular culture would have an appetite for sin, whether by approval or participation, but we’re seeing professing believers jump on the bandwagon as well. When Christians are not strong enough to resist the lies and lures of this age, we’re in trouble.

The poll shows different levels of tolerance and acceptance of premarital sex, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, homosexuality, polygamy, divorce, and having a child out of wedlock. Naturally, people are pretty much divided along spiritual lines (Christians and non-Christians), but this poll asked people their political affiliation. The survey found:

• 78% of Democrats approve of divorce while 60% of Republicans approve
• 77% of Dems approve of premarital sex as do 54% of Republicans
• 72% of Democrats approve of having a baby outside of wedlock; Repubs, 40%
• 71% of Democrats approve of homosexuality; 39% of Republicans approve
• 63% of Democrats approve of doctor-assisted suicide while 40% of Republicans do

And though acceptance of abortion is generally much higher for Democrats, in this poll;
• 59% approve of abortion while 28% of Republicans approve

One comparison I found interesting is more Democrats (51%) oppose buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur than opposing the murder of a baby in a mother’s womb (41%).

Why mention the political aspect? We need to understand though our system is imperfect, there is a clear contrast between the two main parties in America and our vote is our voice. Placing either political party over God and the Bible is idolatry and we need to return to voting biblically and responsibly for godliness over godlessness, and for character over compromise. Politics and laws also affect free speech and our ability to publicly preach the gospel.

Since we no longer resemble a Christian nation, what influenced people to practically support every sin in the Book? Is it simply because they want to avoid being called names? Perhaps in some cases, yes; but I believe there’s more. Let’s look at homosexuality for example.

A Pew Forum survey on media coverage a few years ago exposed in their reporting the media supported same-sex marriage 5 to 1, hoping perhaps the public would soon think it inevitable. This is not accidental bias, but purposeful. Surveys reveal the majority of journalists favor changing marriage laws in America compared to only 28% of the general public. More citizens today do support gays, lesbians, and even same-sex unions, but not reversing laws and marriage amendments.

For over two decades Hollywood and the media have executed a very effective PR campaign resulting in Americans completely overestimating how many homosexuals there are in the country. In 2011, Gallup asked people to guess the percent of gays and lesbians in the U.S. population. Ready? Young adults and women think the gay population is 30%, and a quarter of all Americans guessed upwards of 25% of the population are gay. The truth is gays and lesbians make up approximately three percent (that’s 3%) of the population.

Finally, most disappointing is the fact only 6% of Americans said the moral decline in America is the country’s most important problem. This reveals we’re in denial, apathetic, or living for the moment and for selfish ambitions rather than eternal things. You and I must return to Jesus Christ and live our faith accordingly before we can ever hope to impact our culture. It’s ironic; people spending time storing up treasures on an earth that is deteriorating.

God is patient with us, but His judgment is approaching whether we believe it or not, and His patience won’t last much longer.

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:10-13)

David Fiorazo is the author of  ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA

 

 

chicago

My wife and I were blessed with free tickets to see the band, Chicago, recently. We don’t get to many concerts so it was a special treat for us. Chicago has been around for nearly 50 years and in the last three decades, they’ve outlasted many other bands from the past as they continue touring and putting out new music from time to time. I was surprised by how many songs I knew in their two-hour concert.

Prior to the concert, I hadn’t thought much about their career success, the legacy they are leaving from their music, and what it must feel like to travel around the world performing before millions of fans that love your music.

But I went to bed that night unable to get a few of their songs out of my head. I’ll elaborate on this in a moment. It made me realize how important it is to read, speak, and repeatedly listen to things of eternal value such as the Word of God more frequently than we do anything else. The Lord was doing something in my heart, but I couldn’t pinpoint what would soon become obvious.

How many of the men in the band know Jesus Christ as their Lord? Also, when the world worships you, who do you worship? Do they have anyone higher than themselves to go to or do they not even feel the need to look to anything above themselves? People handle fame, wealth, and power differently. (Insert the band, artist, Hollywood actor, celebrity, professional sports team or athlete of your choice, etc. here.)

The next morning, I came across some Bible verses that were timely reminders for me including “keep yourselves from idols” as well as the instruction to set our hearts and minds “on things above, not on things on the earth.” (1 John 5:21, Colossians 3:2) These were batched in with a few other Scriptures I read such as:

“God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

I played drums for several decades and used to wonder what it would be like to have a career as a musician. Traveling the country as a drummer for three years in the 80s, I learned how addicting the fawning attention can be; the show, the autographs, screaming fans. I admit I used to idolize many professional bands, but as I watched Chicago perform the other night, I was content to be a spectator. They put on a quality concert and didn’t need gimmicks, special effects, or any shock factors to impress people. Road life is tough and these guys have been doing it for decades. It took me years, but I’m thankful I no longer idolize or covet the fame, success, or the possessions of others. It’s about time.

The record sales, concert revenue from ticket sales and merchandise, and song royalties must be amazing for successful bands. Looking at these things can cause us to feel discouraged or less significant, which is a good reminder to maintain a healthy view of money, remembering “the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

Finally, it took me another day to process why I was feeling so emotional about the whole experience, particularly the songs that were foremost in my mind. You see, my two older sisters bought lots of music growing up including the early Chicago albums, so I became quite familiar with their songs. Then it hit me: the music was nostalgic and brought me back to good times when life seemed happier, less stressful, and the country was a drastically different place than it is today. Times sure have changed.

Does anyone really know what time it is?

This may sound strange, but Chicago’s music reminds me of how brief this life can be, and how much I miss some family members that have died including a sister, my Dad, uncles, and grandparents. I also miss those summer days at our cottage in the 70s with my whole family while my sisters blasted their music loud enough for people across the lake to hear. I used to long for the ‘old days’ and wish we could magically go back to the good times we remember. This however, is not a biblical way to think because for Christians, the only direction in which we should be looking is up as we learn from the past and press on to what God now has for us.

Do not say, “Why is it that the former days were better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. Ecclesiastes 7:10

Our focus must now be on the task at hand: understanding our time is short and sharing the love of Christ with as many people as possible, including those we don’t know. God broke my heart for people I had never met – and this is a good thing.

Being in the front row during the concert was interesting. It seemed more personal as we made eye contact with several band members throughout the night. A few of the older members looked a bit tired toward the end, and I have a new respect for their perseverance. So now, I think about the guys in Chicago and, not knowing who or what their faith is in, I’m praying for their salvation.

A friend reminded me about how the early saints simply had Jesus and family; no social media, entertainment or other distractions that we have today, and they were so much more content, successfully impacting their world for Christ. For those of us that believe, are we disciplined in the use of our time, growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ so that we may point others to Him and speak the truth whenever possible? Is there anything else that really matters?

True success is only achieved by accepting God’s free gift of life in His presence. We all live forever; the question is on which side of eternity. I’d like to imagine the band Chicago as part of a massive orchestra worshiping the Lord in Heaven one day. I hope they all make the trip.

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

 

God save America

O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. Psalm 80:3

Many people wonder what has happened to our country. Out of frustration, some ask questions on social media about the moral decline in America: How did we get here? When did the erosion of our biblical values begin? How did we reach this point where this people, a nation under God, failed so miserably to keep His commandments and be effective witnesses for Christ? John R.W. Stott once said:

We should not ask ‘what’s wrong with this world?’ For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’ 

There are many ways to dissect the problems in our culture, and explanations are just as numerous. One observation is too many believers have backed out of culture, no longer being an influence while others have conformed to this world. So what’s the bottom line here?

The root of every moral failure, problem, and societal decline is sin. And in a culture in which sin is celebrated and promoted, God’s judgment is right around the corner.

A society that used to claim Christianity now allows the murder of 4,000 innocent babies a day – government approved and funded by our taxes. We have an irresponsible spending addiction and instead of cutting spending and paying down the national debt, government keeps spending what they do not have. Judges overrule the will of the people in many states that once voted to protect the definition of marriage, and homosexual activists continue to push their agenda in every part of our culture. The next step must necessarily be to silence the speech of Bible-believing Christians. God was kicked out, and His Word was banned from public schools that once promoted and valued its principles. Instead, they’ve ushered in sex education including the approval of sexual experimentation and government-funded distribution of condoms to young kids, promoted by Planned Parenthood.

We used to have it all, didn’t we? In such a blessed nation, it’s obviously very easy to take things for granted. It’s also easy to trust in our own strength, wealth, and accomplishments. We forget what it cost our founders and early American patriots to form this republic. Most importantly, we forget what it cost our Savior, Jesus Christ, to provide a way for us to be set free from sin and the chains of this temporary world.

We have also forgotten much of the history that has under-girded America and society’s tone has gone from spiritual to secular. We have gone from having a reverence for Almighty God to being complacent at best and hostile toward God at worst. Pride comes before a fall and this country is tumbling quickly.

Early in our history, practically every anthem, hymn, and song written within a 150-year period referenced Jesus Christ, God’s blessings, glory, gratitude, America’s beauty or religious freedom. For example, in 1861, after a visit to a Union Army camp, Julia Ward Howe wrote the poem that came to be called “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, the poem has become perhaps the best-known Civil War song, and is a well-loved American patriotic anthem. Here are the first and last verses:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword
His truth is marching on…

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free
While God is marching on.

Around this time, President Abraham Lincoln, perhaps one of the most well versed presidents in the Holy Bible, resided in the White House. In November 1863, he gave his now famous Thanksgiving proclamation in which he mentioned America’s need for softened hearts and appreciation of God’s providence. Lincoln encouraged all people of the United States to be grateful for the “year filled with blessings of fruitful fields” and to acknowledge the Lord saying, “No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.”

Earlier that year, President Lincoln, with full agreement and support of the U.S. Senate, declared a lesser known national day of fasting and prayer to God. Only 87 years after celebrating America’s independence and freedom as a nation, Lincoln saw that the country was showing signs of comfort and complacency which went hand in hand with spiritual apathy. As some Christians believe the terrorist attacks on 9-11-2001 were part of God’s judgment on America, Lincoln believed the civil war in America was God’s judgment on the nation for its sinfulness. Here is a partial text from Abraham Lincoln’s proclamation:

And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole People? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.[i]

Imagine what Lincoln or our founders would say if they could see America today. It’s time we get back to the basics.

Our nation reflects the Church and is suffering because we have grown lukewarm. Jesus is standing outside knocking on the door asking to be allowed back inside (Revelation 3:20). We must set an example for unbelievers by repenting of our individual sins and our apathy. We must then recommit our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and proclaim His truth to a dying culture regardless of current trends and the popularity of moral relativism. Next, we need to decide if we will live our lives seeking the approval of God or of man. Who are we serving right now, today? The choice is ours.

If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”   Joshua 24:15-16

 

 

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A CONDENSED CHRONOLOGICAL LOOK AT AMERICA’S MORAL DECLINE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

(*This is part four of four book excerpts from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA by David Fiorazo. Chapter 14 – The Last 50 Years in America. For decade by decade timelines from 1960, 1970-80, and 1990, see links on the bottom of this page.)

2000 – 2012

2000: The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing Civil Unions for same-sex couples.

2000: An AL Qaeda team in Aden, Yemen, use a motorboat filled with explosives to blow a hole in the side of the U.S.S. Cole, almost sinking the vessel and killing seventeen American sailors.

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2000: George W. Bush is elected the forty-third President of the United States and takes office in January 2001.

SEPTEMBER 11 – THE DAY THAT CHANGED AMERICA

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2001: Forever known as 9-11, TERRORISTS (already living in America) ATTACK AMERICA when nineteen Islamic fundamental­ists, identified as Al Qaeda terrorists, attack the United States killing 2,977 Americans by hijacking four fully fueled jetliners. Their plan was to crash them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol building. The fourth plane never made it to Washington as brave passengers overpowered the hijackers causing the plane to crash in a field in Pennsylvania. The well-planned terrorist attacks were part of a worldwide jihad against so-called “infidel” nations.

With the unanimous approval of Congress, the United States gov­ernment responded to the attacks by launching the “War on Terror.” America invaded Afghanistan to depose the Taliban regime that had provided a safe haven for al Qaeda, in an effort to prevent future attacks against American interests. A faction of liberals went along with the American Left, accusing the foreign policies of the United States for causing the 9-11 attacks. They believe Islamists hate America for its many sins, while many on the Right believe Islamists hate us for our many freedoms and success as capitalism. Others believe it is due to America’s support for Israel, another “infidel” nation.

 However, according to David Horowitz’ September 11 report on his Discover the Networks website, these views leave out a crucial reality. Yale University military historian, Mary Habeck, explains:

  • “Radical Muslims today base their war against non-believers on the Islamic sacred writings – particularly the Sira, which tells the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s life in chronologi­cal sequence.
  • “Jihadis pattern their thoughts and actions after those of Muhammad, who was not only the founder of Islam but also a brutal and most successful warrior.
  • “Islam’s inherent desire for conquest, and not any particular provocation (real or imagined) by some outside power, is the key to understanding why jihadis, such as the 9/11 hijackers, do what they do.”18

The impact of 9-11-2001 goes beyond the American economy, air­port security, and anti-terror measures. There were some positive cul­tural indicators: immediate expressions of patriotism including more Americans flying the flag and an increase in patriotic songs. More people spent quality time with family, and there was a temporary increase in church attendance. America was hurt, but not humbled by the attacks, and sadly, our unity lasted about nine months.

2003: Parent Television Counsel Members file 18,000 complaints about “F-word” airing during Golden Globes Broadcast. (U2’s Bono) FCC enforcement bureau finds the statement live on NBC “This is really, really f*ckin’ brilliant,” not indecent.

lawrence vs texas2003: In Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court voids state sod­omy laws, overturning an earlier Supreme Court ruling in Bowers v. Hardwick (1986). Lawrence’s attorneys cite Alfred Kinsey’s misleading statistics on homosexual sex! In the six to three ruling, the Court struck down the sodomy law in Texas and, by extension, invalidated sodomy laws in thirteen other states, making same-sex sexual activity legal in every U.S. state and territory.

2003: Renee Doyle, President of EdWatch, (Education for a Free Nation) reported in ‘Social and Emotional Learning’ that The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Science Founda­tion (NSF) announced the results of their $1.2 million tax-payer funded study. Believe it or not, the study essentially stated that traditionalists are mentally disturbed! Scholars from the Universities of Maryland, California at Berkeley (naturally), and Stanford had determined that social conservatives … suffer from ‘mental rigidity,’ ‘dogmatism,’ together with associated indicators for mental illness.”19

Author and columnist Linda Kimball said that political correctness is a “diabolically crafted idea.” Kimball wrote about Cultural Marx­ism, explaining:

“The strong suggestion here is that in order for one not to be thought of as racist or fascist, then one must not only be non­judgmental but must also embrace the ‘new’ moral absolutes: diversity, choice, sensitivity, sexual orientation, and tolerance. Political correctness is a Machiavellian psychological ‘command and control’ device. Its purpose is the imposition of uniformity in thought, speech, and behavior.”20

2004: Janet Jackson exposes her breast with the help of Justin Tim­berlake during the Super Bowl half time show to a national audience of over 140 million including more than 16 million children. It was claimed to be a “wardrobe malfunction.” More than 200,000 citizens file inde­cency complaints with the FCC about the Super Bowl half time show.

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2004: Degrassi: The Next Generation: When Manny (Cassie Steele) becomes pregnant and is nervous about becoming a teen mom, she decides to have an abortion despite her boyfriend’s desire to keep the baby. Her mother accompanies her to the clinic.

2004: Kinsey, starring Liam Neissen, is released and glosses over incriminating details of the radical sex experimentation techniques of anti-Christian, bisexual Alfred Kinsey. Hollywood loved it. Americans? Not so much.

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2005: Brokeback Mountain fails miserably at the Box Office, but the gay cowboy film is nominated for eight Academy Awards. Critics raved about it.

2005: FCC denies thirty-six indecency complaints filed by the Par­ents Television Council.

2006: Atheist with a mission, Richard Dawkins, attacks Christianity in his book The God Delusion.

2006: President Bush signs the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act into law on June 16.

2007: Al Gore produces An Inconvenient Truth documentary; a Brit­ish court determines Gore’s film contains at least eleven material false­hoods. The film is shown in public schools under the guise of scientific fact and truth instead of theory. It is a political work and promotes one side of the man-caused global warming argument.

2008: Milk, was released starring Sean Penn, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of gay-rights activist Harvey Milk. Hollywood loved the film, but the box office – not so much.

We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America! – Senator Barack Obama (most people did not believe he meant what he declared)

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2008: Barack Hussein Obama is elected the first black President of the United States. Aided by major support from the media, he is the first president in our history to be elected without having to provide his college records, transcripts, financial, or medical records. His associations and worldview completely ignored, entire periods of his life are missing from his biography. His average approval rating in the Illinois Senate was 51.8%.

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2009: A Gallop poll reveals just 32% say premarital sex is wrong and 60 percent say it was not. (In 1969, the same questions were asked and the poll had 68 percent of respondents saying premarital sex was wrong and 21 percent said it was not.)

newsweek decline2009: Newsweek proclaimed “The Decline and Fall of Christian America” on its cover. In Newsweek’s April 14 cover story, “The End of Christian America,” Editor Jon Meacham argues the falling numbers of self-identified Christians in America is a “good thing.” Meacham takes a “small detail, a point of comparison” from a 24-page summary of the 2009 American Religious Identification Survey and builds a feature story that may reflect as much about the liberal media as it does about “Christian America.”

2009: Rasmussen reports 88% of Americans believe the person known to history as Jesus Christ actually walked on the earth 2000 years ago – up five points from 2008. Eighty-two percent believe Jesus Christ was the Son of God who came to earth and died for our sins. Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead!21

2010: On NBC’s Friday Night Lights, after a one-night stand with Luke, tenth-grader Becky becomes pregnant at fifteen. She’s afraid to talk to her mother about it and goes to her guidance counselor, reads Planned Parenthood literature and has an abortion. There is little out­rage over the episode and many critics applauded it.

2010: Arizona v. U.S. Government – The Obama administration files a lawsuit against the state of Arizona, forbidding them from implement­ing their own state law to protect its citizens from violence, primarily as a result of drug cartels at the U.S./Mexico border! According to the Washington Times, the Justice Department brought the lawsuit to stop the new immigration enforcement law in Arizona, saying, “It violated the Constitution by trying to supersede federal law and by impairing illegal immigrants’ right to travel and conduct interstate commerce.”

brewer holder az lawSheriffs have asked the government for help because parts of Ari­zona are at the mercy of drug cartels. They have caused damage and destruction to the lives and property of farmers and ranchers, and have terrorized American citizens along the border. With the federal government having a sworn duty to protect its citizens, their solution was to put signs at the border warning travelers about the “Active drug and human smuggling area” characterized by “armed criminals” and speeding vehicles! You can’t make this stuff up.

“The federal government has posted signs along a major inter­state highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.”22

It is getting dangerous seventy-five miles from the Mexican bor­der – thirty miles from Phoenix. Arizona has cried out to the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but they gave them fifteen signs. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer con­demned what she called the federal government’s “continued failure to secure our international border.” In a recent campaign video posted to YouTube, Mrs. Brewer – standing in front of one of the signs – attacked the administration, calling the signs “an outrage” and telling President Obama to “Do your job. Secure our borders.”

2010: Over 46 million American people live below the poverty line in 2010. Remember Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and the billions of dollars that have since been spent to stop poverty?

food_stamps2011: A record 44.7 million people – or one in seven Americans – are on food stamps. In fiscal year 2011, the federal government spent more than $75 billion on food stamps, which provided an average monthly benefit of $133.85 a month. That’s up from $34.6 billion at the end of fiscal year 2008, when recipients collected an average benefit of $102.19.23 The Heritage Foundation says that spending on income-based programs, such as food stamps, has increased by one-third to $900 bil­lion under Obama. There are seventy such programs.

2011: Eighty percent of evangelical Christians from the age of twenty to twenty-nine have had premarital sex according to a study called National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. In the same poll, about 88% of all single young people in that age range have had sex. The difference between Christians and non-Christians is about eight percent. Even more startling, the findings also revealed that just 76% of evangelicals believe premarital sex is immoral!

2012: On HBO’s Girls, after the character Jessa reveals she’s pregnant, her friends make a big deal about attending the abortion appointment. As hours pass and Jessa doesn’t show up, her friends become angry and Hannah exclaims, “How could she ruin the beautiful abortion you threw?” Most notable about the episode is the sheer number of times it uses the word “abortion,” says Hilary Busis at Entertainment Weekly, as if it’s “trying to desensitize us to the word.” Girls used it eleven times; Sex and the City used it three times.24

2012: Vice President Joe Biden endorses same-sex marriage in an interview on NBC’s Meet the Press saying:

“I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marry­ing men, women marrying women and heterosexual men and women marrying one another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties…. I think ‘Will and Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.”25

Will and Grace educated America? This was obviously a political move in an election year to strengthen the liberal Democratic base and homosexual support.

2012: Barack Obama becomes the first president in United States history to openly support all forms of homosexuality, gay rights, gay adoptions, and civil unions.

2012: Democrats move to eradicate God from their Party platform and decide to remove all references of God during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. They take a vote to reconsider and the majority of Democrats boo!26

2012: AMERICANS DECIDED THE FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE UNITED STATES BY VOTING IN THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

Chapter Conclusion:

Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them (Proverbs 1:29-32).

Has America chosen to hate knowledge and to not fear the Lord? Is our complacency beyond cure? Are we at the point where God will not answer our cries? The Lord is a patient and compassionate God, but His anger won’t be held back forever. We must choose this day whether we will serve our culture or Christ. America once had God’s blessing and covering; His protection and His provision, but believers don’t read, study, and live the Bible like we used to over fifty years ago. God is no longer top priority.

Though the forces of evil and the agenda to blot out God in America are advancing, He is sovereign and in control of all things at all times. The gospel and our commission to share His message have not changed so it’s up to us from this point forward. It’s not always easy, but taking a stand for Jesus Christ can be rewarding. If not in this life, we are sure to be richly rewarded in the next. Martin Luther once said,

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.”

We are never fighting alone. When King Jehoshaphat and the people of Israel were outnumbered and facing impossible odds, they confessed their inability to the Lord and prayed to Him saying that their eyes were on Him. God responded by telling them the battle was His and to “go out and face them tomorrow and the Lord will be with you” (2 Chron. 20:12-17). God has our backs and He is trying to get through to us.

Author, evangelist and Reverend David Wilkerson (1931-2011) founded Teen Challenge ministries and World Challenge, Inc. He described how a loving parent gently shakes a sleeping child to wake him or her up. If the child doesn’t wake up, the shaking must become more firm. God is shaking up America right now.

“At first, He shook us very tenderly but now His shaking has become violent, because He has not succeeded in awakening us. The writer of Hebrews says: ‘Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven…. That [only] those things which cannot be shaken may remain’ (Hebrews 12:26-27). God is going to shake everything in sight so that He is revealed as the only unshakable power!”27

The signs of the times indicate we should have an extreme sense of urgency. God has given us commands, instruction and all the tools we need to do the work required of us. Let’s join the remnant of bold, committed Christians and not care about what people say, including those within the church who, because of their neutrality, may be con­victed by our actions. This may require some extra effort and perhaps a lifestyle change, but it will be worth it in the end, because our labor in the Lord is never in vain (1 Cor. 15:58).

“If by excessive labor we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master’s service, then glory be to God. We shall have so much less of earth and so much more of heaven. It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus. We are not to be living specimens of men in fine preservation, but living sacrifices [Rom. 12:1], whose lot is to be consumed.” – Charles Spurgeon

Christ is our future and our hope and He gives us purpose to live every day. We don’t know when our journey will end, but until the Lord returns, there will always be an agenda to blot out the God of Christianity. Will the church continue conforming to culture? It will depend on the choices individual believers make. It is my hope that I have exhorted you to live a more undaunted life in passionate pursuit of Truth. It is my prayer that we work to impact America together. You and I are here for such a time as this.

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

 

Click here for The 1990’s timeline of immorality

Click here for: The previous two decades: the 1970s & 1980s

Click Here for: The 1960′s and Introduction to chapter 14 in ERADICATE, The Last 50 Years in America

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A CONDENSED CHRONOLOGICAL LOOK AT AMERICA’S MORAL DECLINE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

1990s: A decade in which rebellion against God and the promotion of immorality advanced and was celebrated like no other time in history until that point. The church had little impact on America as pop culture and the entertainment industry pushed the limits of decency. Christian as well as the media seemed to look the other way during much of the Clinton presidency. Also, had prayer and the Bible not been removed from public schools decades earlier, the Columbine High School massacre may have been avoided. We’ll never know.

1991: The first lesbian kiss on network television occurs on L.A. Law which featured a prolonged kiss between two female lawyers.

1992: In a five to four decision, the Supreme Court rules a graduation prayer violated the Establishment Clause. At the disputed graduation, a Rabbi thanked God for the legacy of America where diversity is celebrated:

“O God, we are grateful for the learning which we have celebrated on this joyous commencement … we give thanks to you, Lord, for keeping us alive, sustaining us and allowing us to reach this special, happy occasion.”

The Bush administration agreed with the school board which argued the prayer did not demonstrate a religious endorsement. Regardless, the court ruled on benedictions and invocations: “Religious invocation … conveyed the message that district had given its endorsement to prayer and religion, so that school district was properly [prohibited] from including invocation.” Graham v. Central, 1985; Kay v. Douglas, 1986; Jager v. Douglas, 1989; Lee v. Weisman, 1992.

1993: With NYPD Blue, Steven Bochco launches network TV’s first R-rated primetime series. A quarter of ABC’s 225 affiliates preempt the first episode. NYPD Blue would also gain infamy as one of the first prime time network series to regularly show naked buttocks.

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1993: In the movie Philadelphia, Tom Hanks wins an Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of a homosexual man who dies from AIDS.

The 90s were the ”let the language fly” decade. According to the Parent’s Television Council, between 1993 and 1999, the first recorded use of these words took place on primetime television: “a**hole,” “screw,” “p*ss,” “d*ck,” “t*ts,” and bullsh*t. Also included in PTC’s ETS database, the word “sh*t” heard first on CBS’s Chicago Hope.13

1993: The first law established to protect lesbian/gay students in public schools. (MA)

1993: A group led by terrorist Ramzi Yousef tries to bring down the World Trade Center with a truck bomb. They kill six and wound a thousand. (Yousef’s uncle is none other than Khalid Sheikh Moham-med, the mastermind of 9/11.)

1993: “Black Hawk down” – Somali tribesmen shoot down U.S. helicopters, killing eighteen and wounding seventy-three. It was dis¬covered that those Somali tribesmen had received help from al Qaeda.

1994: The first school sanctioned gay-youth prom is held in Los Angeles.

SEINFELD and FRIENDSeinfeld had been influencing American culture for several years when…

1994: Friends Premiers on NBC and makes a ten-year run until 2004. According to TV Guide readers, Friends was the Best Comedy cast of all time, even beating Seinfeld. In the chapter on Hollywood, we already noted the high number of times in the series that the characters had sex. Another thing to note was the overused and disrespectful use of the expression “Oh – my – God,” which is still popular today. Friends was a trend-setter among youth and culture.

1995: Police in Manila uncover a plot by Ramzi Yousef to blow up a dozen U.S. airliners while they were flying over the Pacific.

1997: Norm MacDonald lets the f-word slip during SNL’s “Weekend Update.” He is not fired.

1997: Ellen DeGeneres becomes the first lesbian character to star in a lead role in a prime time series. During the fourth season of Ellen, DeGeneres “comes out” publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her bravery was celebrated, but the show was cancelled the next season.

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1997: Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. President to address a gay organization (Human Rights Campaign).

1997: New Hampshire and Maine pass gay rights laws.

1998: The FDA approves Pfizer’s Viagra as the first prescription drug for the treatment of male impotence, now known as “erectile dysfunction.” By 2003, Viagra would generate $1.9 billion in annual sales for Pfizer.

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1998: Will and Grace Premiers on NBC from 1998 through 2006. It features a main character who is homosexual and contains frequent references to gay sex.

1998: Usama Bin Laden and four others issued a self-styled fatwa, publicly declaring it is God’s decree that every Muslim should try his utmost to kill any American, military or civilian, anywhere in the world. It is a call for “Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders.”14

 

Clinton scandal

1998: America’s First Playboy President – Bill “I screwed up with that girl” Clinton and Monica Lewinsky dominate headlines. When the truth about the scandal comes out, the media basically rationalizes his behavior. Clinton also had issues with women back as Governor of Arkansas. In a PBS documentary, those closest to Clinton try warning him about his weakness toward young women.15

Marla Crider, a woman who worked with Mr. Clinton in Arkansas before he was president and had an affair with him, said that “he needed that kind of adoration” from women. When the Lewinski affair became public, Betsy Wright, Clinton’s political aide, said his staff was deeply upset because he had lied to them and lied ‘to a lot of people’.

When Gennifer Flowers came forward claiming to have had a twelve-year affair with Clinton, it was Hillary who revived his career by giving a TV interview in which she famously said she was going to ”stand by my man.” Paula Jones was another woman who went public, and Clinton settled with Jones for approximately $850,000. The Paula Jones case precipitated Clinton’s impeachment. Americans were very forgiving as Clinton remained popular and left office with a 65% approval rating.

clinton impeachedIn his 2005 book, The Marketing of Evil, WND editor David Kupelian talked about the influence of Clinton’s affairs and the epidemic of widespread, casual sex among young people known as “hooking up” – often with multiple partners.

“Turbocharged by President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s high-profile example – ‘If it’s okay for the president, it must be okay for me’ – middle and high school children are experimenting with sex in the bathroom stalls at school, behind the gym, and in the back of the school bus. Often the only way parents and school authorities find out is when confronted by an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease infecting large numbers of kids in the same social group.”16

 

1999: Columbine High School Massacre. On April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, two high-school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enact an all-out assault on Columbine High School during the middle of the day. Their plan was to kill hundreds of their peers by set¬ting bombs in the school cafeteria, but when the bombs didn’t go off, the two boys walked the hallways with pipe bombs, guns and knives and killed twelve students, one teacher, and themselves. They injured twenty-one more.

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How was it possible that no one had a clue about the two killers? They fooled friends, parents, and teachers. When they got caught breaking into a van, they also fooled, psychologists, cops and judges. According to journals, notes, and videos, Klebold and Harris left to be discovered, Klebold had been thinking of committing suicide as early as 1997, and they both had begun thinking about a large massacre as early as April 1998. One psychologist would later say, “These are kids with serious psychological problems.”17

Eric Harris wore a t-shirt with “Natural Selection” on the front. Natural selection is the process in nature by which, according to Darwin’s theory of evolution, only the organisms best adapted to their environment tend to survive. Klebold’s shirt said “Wrath.” There has been plenty of speculation about what led to their rampage, such as lax parenting, lax gun laws, progressive schooling, antidepressant drugs, hard rock music, violent video games (Doom), violent movies (Natural Born Killers), or Goth. Few have suggested pure satanic evil.

Videotapes, journals, guns and bombs in their rooms would have been easily found if the parents had looked. Harris even made a website with hateful epithets that could have been followed up on. The Columbine Massacre changed the way society looked at children and at schools. Violence was no longer just an after-school, inner-city activity. It could happen anywhere, but it may not have happened at all if God had not been blotted out of public schools decades earlier.

 

Click here for: the next decade, 2000 – 2012 and chapter 14 conclusion

Click here for: the previous two decades: the 1970s and 1980s

Click Here for:  the 1960′s and chapter Introduction to The Last 50 Years in America

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A CONDENSED CHRONOLOGICAL LOOK AT AMERICA’S MORAL DECLINE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

[The following excerpts are taken from the book, Eradicate: Blotting Out God In America, chapter 14, "The Last 50 Years in America." These selected events reveal the increase of immorality, secular progressive agendas, and the lack of Christian influence on our culture happening at the same time.]

1970s

1970: The EPA is created to enforce increasing number of environ¬mental protection laws and regulatory agencies. The first Earth Day protests take place.

1972: Abortion is addressed for the first time on television in the prime time sitcom Maude. In a two part episode entitled “Maude’s Dilemma” forty-five-year-old Maude Findlay (Beatrice Arthur) finds she is unexpectedly pregnant and chooses an abortion. Leading up to her decision, her daughter reminds her abortion is now legal. The episode draws millions of protest letters.

1973: In the Saturday Review of Education, radical feminist leader Gloria Steinem declares, “By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God.”

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AMERICA, YOU MAY NOW KILL YOUR BABIES

1973: Roe v. Wade – court makes final decision to legalize abortion in all states. This single, detrimental decision by seven unelected justices defines life and death via federal abortion policy in America. Invalidating 200 years of state law, the ruling is made on the naive basis claiming that “no one knows when life begins.” The judgments made in Roe v. Wade were argued based on a “right to privacy.”

1973: President Richard Nixon orders all remaining U.S. troops to leave Vietnam.

1974: After the Watergate scandal, Richard Nixon is the first US president forced to resign.

1975: First Uncensored Comedy Special HBO features Robert Klein exclaiming, “It’s subscription … we can say anything. Sh*t! How’d you like that? Sh*t!”

1976: State laws requiring parental or spousal consent for abortion are thrown out. Planned Parenthood challenges abortion regulations in Missouri. Abortion again makes its way to the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Danforth. Court decides that husbands have no say over their wives decision to abort, and parents have no say over their daughter’s decision to abort. In his dissent from this landmark opinion, Justice William Rehnquist argued that the State should recognize the husband’s interest in the life of his child and that this decision was “tantamount to the biological disenfranchisement of fathers.”

1976: Jonestown, Guyana Massacre. On November 18, 1978, “Peoples Temple” cult leader Jim Jones instructs his followers to commit “revolutionary suicide” by drinking cyanide-laced fruit punch. Many drink willingly while some drink by force. At the Jonestown compound in Guyana, 912 Peoples Temple members (276 of whom were children) died. Jim Jones died the same day from a gunshot wound to the head. Earlier, California Rep. Leo Ryan took reporters and a camera crew to Guyana to investigate suspicions that some people were being held against their will. Their visit went fine until Ryan offered to take a few people back to America with his team. While leaving, they were shot and killed near the plane on the air strip.

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Jim Jones envisioned a communist community and Jonestown was to be a utopia away from U.S. influence and under his control. He was simply a lying cult leader who manipulated sincere Americans who wanted a better life. He sought an isolated community where they could escape American capitalism and practice a more communal way of life.

According to CNN, Jones was a phony faith healer, and much of his money came in mail-order donations. Elderly members handed over their Social Security checks, working adults gave 25 percent of their wages to the church, and some signed over all their property. Government investigators would later find at least $10 million in Swiss banks, mainly in Panama. Another $1 million in cash was recovered in Jonestown. Jones, a leftist who had no formal theological training, based his ministry on a combination of religious and socialist philosophies.

1976: The Hyde Amendment is enacted. Congress adopts the first version of the legislation proposed by pro-life Congressman Henry Hyde (R-IL), barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.

1977: The ACLU opposes the Hyde Amendment claiming it unfairly targets low-income women and the amendment is revised. The original measure made no exceptions for cases of pregnancies that were the result of rape or incest or that threatened the lives of pregnant women. As a result, beginning in 1977 language was added to provide for such circumstances.

1978: Federal Communications Commission v. Pacifica Foundation – the “Seven Dirty Words” case. The Supreme Court holds that the government can constitutionally regulate indecent broadcasts. It came about when a father complained to the FCC about his son hearing George Carlin’s “Filthy words” routine one afternoon on the radio. The station received a letter of reprimand from the FCC. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the FCC action by a vote of 5 to 4, ruling the routine was “indecent but not obscene.” The Court stated the FCC had the authority to prohibit such broadcasts during hours when children were likely to be among the audience.

1979: The Iran Hostage Crisis – American Hostages are taken in Tehran. Islamic radicals take over the American embassy holding sixty-six Americans hostage for 444 days. The crisis was a diplomatic one between Iran and the United States over the support of the Iranian Revolution. President Carter called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy.” The crisis which followed this seizure created a near state of war, ruined Jimmy Carter’s presidency, and began an environment of hostility between America and Iran which continues to this day. In 1981, the hostages were formally released into United States custody shortly after the new American president, Ronald Reagan, was sworn into office.

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1980: Take the Ten Commandments down! In a five to four decision, the Supreme Court rules a Kentucky law, requiring the Ten Commandments to be posted, is unconstitutional. For years, the schools in Kentucky had copies of the Ten Commandments posted in the hallway. In the case Stone v. Graham, it was ruled: “If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey the Commandments … this … is not a permissible state objective.”

1981: “Music Television” – MTV launches an entirely unique new product that would be one of the biggest influences on American youth for twenty-five years. Having a profound influence on the music industry, fashion and pop culture, MTV’s moral influence on young people, including issues related to censorship and social activism, become subject of intense debate.

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  • In 1992, MTV started a pro-democracy campaign called Choose or Lose, to encourage millions of people to register to vote, and the channel hosted a town hall forum for then-candidate, Bill Clinton.10
  • In 2001, MTV’s hate crimes awareness campaign included airing a made-for-TV movie Anatomy of a Hate Crime, based on the 1998 murder of twenty-one-year old homosexual Matthew Shepard.
  • In 2005, the Parents Television Council released a study, MTV Smut Peddlers, which sought to expose MTV’s excessive sexual, profane, and violent content.
  • In 2010, a study by the GLADD found that of the 207.5 hours of prime time programming, 42% included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgendered people – the highest gay-friendly percentage ever.

1981: Gay-Related Immune Deficiency (GRID) identified by CDC (Later changed to “AIDS”).

1981: An Arkansas state law passes, mandating the teaching of Creation Science in schools. Equal time was to be given also to evolution. A legal action was mounted (McLean vs. Arkansas) to overturn the law. Scientists and many main-line Christian churches were pitted against conservative Christian groups. The law was declared unconstitutional.

1984: Berkeley, California becomes first city with a domestic partner law.

1984: President Ronald Reagan announces the “Mexico City Policy.” The Reagan Administration denies U.S. family planning funds to any overseas organizations that used their own private funds for abortion services, counseling, or referral.

1986: The first time the word “condom” is used in prime-time on the show Cagney & Lacey.

1986: The first openly lesbian couple is granted legal joint adoption (California).

1986: No more abortion restrictions whatsoever! In a five to four court decision in Thornburg v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, all restrictions on abortion were struck down. No more requirements to inform women about alternatives to abortion. No more requirement to: educate women about prenatal development, to inform women about the potential risks of abortion, to keep medical records of abortions, and no requirement that third trimester abortions be performed in such a way as to spare the life of the viable child. All these were argued to be violations of a woman’s right to privacy.11

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1987: The Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the National Education Association is established.

1987: The Last Temptation of Christ hits theaters. Like the novel, the film depicts the life of Jesus Christ and His struggle with various forms of temptation including fear, doubt, depression, and lust. The movie depicts Christ being tempted by imagining Himself engaged in sexual activities. Naturally, secular reviewers including Roger Ebert gave the film four stars out of five. Though the movie tanked at the box office, Martin Scorsese received an Oscar nomination for Best Director. In one offensive scene, Jesus and Mary Magdalene consummate their marriage.

1989: Seinfeld airs for the first time on NBC. The sitcom runs until 1998 and becomes a classic. In 2002, TV Guide named Seinfeld the greatest television program of all time. E! named it the “number 1 reason the ‘90s ruled.” The show had a dramatic impact on American culture. For example, in 2009, the episode on masturbation was ranked #1 on TV Guide’s list of “TV’s Top 100 Episodes of All Time.” The prevalent theme on Seinfeld was that life is pretty much meaningless or irrational. This is consistent with the philosophy of absurdism. The characters had an indifference to morality and never seemed to learn their lessons.

1989: Denmark is the first country to legalize same-sex marriage.

1989: Communism fails and the Berlin Wall comes crashing down, signaling the end of the Cold War. In Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1988 and 1989, communism falter and new exodus points are opened to East Germans who want to flee to the West. People are in shock that the borders are really open. Jennifer Roesnberg writes in The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall that there was a spontaneous and “huge celebration along the Berlin Wall with people hugging, kissing, singing, cheering, and crying.”12

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A CONDENSED CHRONOLOGICAL LOOK AT AMERICA’S MORAL DECLINE FROM A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE

[The following excerpts are taken from the book, Eradicate: Blotting Out God In America, chapter 14, "The Last 50 Years in America." These selected events reveal the increase of immorality and the lack of Christian influence on our culture happening at the same time.]

INTRODUCTION

By the end of this timeline you’ll see massive evidence of the fading impact of Christianity on American culture. The church is on life support. We’ve been examining how false teachings have led to a weakened witness for Jesus Christ. Because of our ineffectiveness, morals and values have eroded in America over many decades. So much has happened in the last fifty years that has shaped the United States; some events impacted our nation for the better while some chipped away at us for the worse.

America was a much friendlier, safer, and simpler place to live in 1962. Unlike the fast-paced, impersonal, high-tech, Internet age today, there was a sense of community. Churches, libraries, and playgrounds were always packed, and families spent plenty of time together.

The average price of a brand new house was $12,500. The Jetson’s premiered while The Flintstones cartoon was into its second full season on television. John F. Kennedy was still alive, and Johnny Carson took the seat for the first time as host of The Tonight Show. Elvis Presley’s big hit was “Return to Sender,” and if Americans weren’t twisting to Chubby Checker, they were doing “The Loco-Motion.” The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, was in theaters and a few of the top movies were Laurence of Arabia, The Miracle Worker, and West Side Story.

The Beach Boys also got their start in 1962 and surfed to success with their fun harmonies. The Isley Brothers recorded the original “Twist and Shout,” and in a decision that would prove fortuitous, Ringo Starr replaced the Beatles original drummer Pete Best. Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. People were more kind, optimistic, and hard working. The unemployment rate was 5.2%, and the average family income was $5,800 a year.

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Ninety percent of American households owned a television set, and Zenith marketed its first color TV with a 21-inch round screen! A gallon of gas was just 28 cents and a dozen eggs were 32 cents. The first K-Mart and the first Wal-Mart opened in 1962. An electric popcorn maker was $38.95, and a pair of roller skates cost $36. Dick Van Dyke and the Beverly Hillbillies were on television. Marilyn Monroe died, and Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man first appeared.

Families were still thriving, and many people even knew their neighbors! I remember in the early 70s, men from the neighborhood helping my dad paint and put a new roof on our home while my mom brought out cold lemonade, beer, or soda. In turn, when they needed a hand, Dad would be on a ladder working over on their house. We can honestly say those were happier times.

Unknown to most people, there were some well-established underground movements working to blot out God in America. Some past historical events were morally and spiritually devastating. We have fallen for creative rhetoric that would have us believe in nothing, but tolerate everything. I wonder how different things might be today if Christians had taken a stand or had put up a fight through the years. People of faith need to wake up fast.

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1962: Engle v. Vitale. This landmark ruling starts our selected timeline. Suddenly, after about 184 years of American history and progress, the court became concerned with reinterpreting the First Amendment. Why? Some parents of public school students complained that the voluntary prayer to “Almighty God” contradicted their religious beliefs. This was the [offending] school prayer:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”1

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The Court decided prayer in public schools breached the constitution’s wall of separation between church and state. Looking back now, we see that under the extremely liberal-leaning Warren Court in the 1950s and 1960s, secular progressives gained new ground. It’s crucial to remember presidents appoint justices and judges. The church did not resist, and the moral slide continued.

1962: The Beatles release their first single “Love Me Do” followed by “Please Please Me.” They would go on to be one of the biggest influences in the world on culture, entertainment and on the entire music industry.

1962: The American Law Institute (ALI) advocates for a change in national abortion laws. A panel of lawyers, scholars and jurists develop the “Model Penal Code on Abortion,” which recommends abortion be legal in cases of rape, incest, severe fetal defects, and when the women’s life or health was at risk.

1963: The Bible is kicked out of public schools. In this case, (Abington v. Schempp) the court ruled that no state law or school board could require the reading of Bible passages at the beginning of each school day. Edward Schempp, a Unitarian Universalist from Abington Township, Pennsylvania, filed suit against the School District. The school district appealed to the Supreme Court, and the case was consolidated with a similar Maryland case launched by Madalyn Murray.

1963: Militant activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair creates the group American Atheists. O’Hair was the mother of plaintiff William J. Murray III, in Murray v. Curlett. O’Hare took the school board of Baltimore to court for allowing prayer in school. Attorneys representing the school districts stated the purpose of Bible reading and prayer was to keep order in schools and provide a proper moral climate for students. Christian organizations were silent so the case went virtually uncontested before the Court. The Supreme Court ruled 8 to 1 in favor of abolishing school prayer and Bible reading in the public schools.

1963: Betty Friedan publishes The Feminine Mystique, frequently seen as beginning of modern women’s movement. In her book, Friedan examines and confronts the stay-at-home mom role for women. By doing so, Friedan awakens renewed discussion about roles for women in society, and this book becomes credited as one of the major influences of feminism.

1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22. Lee Harvey Oswald is arrested and two days later is shot and killed by Jack Ruby. It shocked America. This was just two years shy of the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Many didn’t believe it could happen again … and a nation mourned.

1964: The Beatles make their first trip to America drawing tens of thousands of fans to airports just to get a glimpse of the Fab Four. They are the first band in history to play at a baseball stadium, Shea Stadium in New York. Wherever they went from this point on, there were fans screaming, some fainting, and crowds barely being contained by police and security.

1964: The Beatles had twelve songs on the Billboard Top 100 chart. In April of that year, they held all five of the top five spots on the chart including “Can’t Buy Me Love” at number one –something that will most likely never happen again in music history.

1964-1968: President Lyndon Johnson launches his Great Society, establishing Medicare, Medicaid, The Housing Act, and dozens of other programs intended to lift Americans out of poverty. In his 1964 State of the Union speech, Johnson declared a War on Poverty. He and the Democrat-controlled congress funded programs that were supposed to provide a safety net for Americans and other programs such as the Food Stamp Program that were supposed to help hurting families in the nation. Congress also gave Johnson the green light to begin funding education and environmental programs. The era of big government spending was underway.

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In a 1965 speech, President Johnson said his Great Society “is a society where no child will go unfed, and no youngster will go unschooled.” The “War on Poverty” failed to help those who needed it the most and has piled massive debt on future generations. (In fiscal year 2011, the number of people receiving food stamps has soared to an average of 44.7 million, up 33% from fiscal year 2009 when President Obama’s stimulus act made it easier for childless, jobless adults to qualify for the program and increased the monthly benefit by about 15 %.)2

1965: Homosexual activists picket the White House and Pentagon. San Francisco’s first gay drag ball takes place; the first gay community center opens in San Francisco.

1965: Griswold v. Connecticut – the Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, Estelle Griswold, and her Medical Director are arrested and convicted for giving information, instruction, and other medical advice to married couples about birth control. After a series of appeals, the case lands before the U.S. Supreme Court. (Since 1879, Connecticut had a law against providing information on birth control and using drugs or instruments to prevent pregnancy.) The court nullified the Connecticut statute. Griswold v. Connecticut was a landmark case because it established that the U.S. Constitution guaranteed Americans the “right to privacy” even though this was not explicitly stated as such in the original document! The right to privacy set up a legal precedent that would be used in Roe v. Wade.3

1965 – 1969: VIETNAM – America officially enters the Vietnam War. Democratic President Lyndon Johnson sends over 200,000 troops to the conflict. His goal for U.S. involvement in Vietnam was not for the U.S. to win the war, but for U.S. troops to bolster South Vietnam’s defenses until South Vietnam could take over. By entering the Vietnam War without a goal to win, Johnson set the stage for future public and troop disappointment when the U.S. found themselves in a stalemate with the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong.

1965: Voting Rights Act is passed, authorizing direct federal intervention to enable blacks to vote. Muslim minister Malcolm X, also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz is assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam (Black Muslims) in New York City.4

1966: By August, The Beatles have sold 150 million records world¬wide in the last few years. Within nine months, the Beatles’ global gross would be $98 million in sales.

1966: Time Magazine celebrates Easter with cover story “Is God Dead?” William Hamilton, the leading radical theologian who helped influence the controversial Death of God movement during the 1960s was quoted by The Oregonian as saying, “We need to redefine Christianity as a possibility without the presence of God.” Hamilton wasn’t the only theologian with this view and others sought to construct “a post-theistic theology without the existence of an omnipotent God.” Episcopalian priest and religion professor at Temple University, Paul Van Buren, rejected God yet presented Jesus as a model human.5

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1967: The first gay campus group is formed at Columbia College in New York City.

1967: It’s the Summer of Love in San Francisco as the hippie movement becomes increasingly prominent. One hundred thousand hippies celebrate the sexual revolution which is known for “free love” (sex with no thought of consequence). During the Vietnam War, “make love, not war” is the motto.

1967: The Beatles release an innovative new album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. One of the most influential lines from the title track is “I get high with a little help from my friends.” With the Summer of Love in full swing, many assumed the song supported LSD, and drug use skyrocketed.6

1967: Bonnie and Clyde hits the theaters, shooting up the restrictive code that guarded movie violence for thirty-three years and launches a new era of American film.

1967: “The ‘New’ Social Studies” is published in the NEA Journal, describing the addition of sociology and social psychology curriculum in public schools.7

1968: Race riots erupt across the country. Black Panther Party members carry loaded weapons and numerous civil rights organizations take up the mantra “Black Power!” As a Baptist minister, Martin Luther King kept encouraging nonviolent protests in the Civil Rights Movement, but the movement was becoming divided.

Violence is what brought King back to Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was delayed due to a bomb threat for his flight in Atlanta before takeoff, but that night he gave his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech and again encouraged taking a nonviolent stand. King’s thoughts were on history, on his mission, and on his mortality as he said there are difficult days ahead, and he didn’t know what was going to happen. He concluded the speech saying:

“I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the Promised Land. And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”8

1968: Thirty-nine year old Martin Luther King is assassinated outside his second floor room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, April 4, at 6:01 PM, just after getting ready to go to dinner.

1968: The Beatles travel to Rishikesh, India, to study yoga and transcendental meditation (TM) with Hindu mystic Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. During their retreat, the Beatles, especially Lennon and Harrison, were looking for more ‘cosmic awareness’ and had been experimenting with LSD. Maharishi helped them process the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, who had died of a drug overdose. Joining the Beatles in India was Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra’s wife Mia Farrow, her sister Prudence Farrow, Yoko Ono, as well as several other celebrities. Prudence Farrow, a UC Berkeley graduate, went on to teach TM for thirty-seven years.

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The 1968 gathering in India, with all its high-powered celebrity, attracted a press following. The Saturday Evening Post ran a cover story on the trip in a May 1968 edition, having sent a reporter to go with the Beatles to Rishikesh. Because of this exposure, millions of people in America chose to follow their pop idols by experimenting with drugs, practicing TM or both. Epstein’s death, the Beatle’s world fame, lack of privacy, and that trip to India began a process of unraveling that would lead to the group’s demise. They would not perform another concert together. Today, people throughout society including many church leaders and Christians in America have been influenced by Hindu mysticism.

1968: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film rating system was instituted. One reason for its creation at the time was to have an alternative to the government doing the regulating of movie content. For decades, many other countries already had movie rating systems, but due to the increase of violence, “realism” portrayed in films, and some sexual content in the 1960’s, the United States had to implement a form of regulation. Further describing the changing times, Entertainment Weekly’s Mark Harris pointed out that the movie ratings system wasn’t designed for automated ticket purchasing. Harris explains:

“The ratings system was created at a time when American movie houses were single-screen venues with on-site managers, adult ushers, and a ticket saleslady who looked like your homeroom teacher. The rule that kids must be accompanied to R-rated movies by a ‘’parent or adult guardian’’ has always rested on the fiction that a fifteen-year-old can be ‘’protected’’ from distressing content by the presence of an eighteen-year-old. In the age of pay cable, online porn, and one-touch downloads, that’s preposterously quaint.”9

1968: U.S. troop numbers in Vietnam reach 540,000 in December.

1969: Republican President Richard Nixon is sworn in as the thirty-seventh American President on January 20. Nixon takes over the office of the presidency and within five months, Nixon orders the first of many U.S. troop withdrawals from Vietnam.

1969: Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Mission. America boasts the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by human beings on another planet were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. Americans celebrated the achievement with amazement.

1969: Woodstock! It was billed as “An Aquarian Exhibition: 3 Days of Peace and Music” in White Lake, New York, on rented dairy farmland August 15-17. Promoters expected 150 – 200,000 people, but during the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of nearly 500,000 concert-goers. Despite the thirty-minute lines for water, at least hour-long wait to use a toilet, and many lawsuits that would follow, the festival was a huge success overall.

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There were drugs, sex, rock and roll, and a lot of mud from the periods of rain. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in pop music history. Rolling Stone called it one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. Woodstock 1969 marked the peak for hippie counterculture. Their naive ideals of peace, love, tolerance, and unity resonated throughout the country at a time when Americans were divided over politics, race, religion, and war – not too different than today.

1969: In a Gallup poll, 68% of respondents said premarital sex was wrong and 21% said it was not. (By 2009, forty years later, in response to the same question only 32% said premarital sex was wrong and 60% said it was not wrong.)

 

 

 

 

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There is an abortion every 26 seconds in America, and shocking new statistics show the black and Hispanic populations taking the hit. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) numbers indicate the horrific fact that nearly 72% of black babies are aborted in Mississippi. Whites outnumber blacks in Mississippi 2-to-1, but white abortions make up 26% of the total.

In other heart-wrenching news, there are now more black babies aborted than born in New York City according to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Vital Statistics. The number of black abortions in NYC is over 42% while Hispanics are not far behind at 31%.

The abortion figures are more staggering when you consider 82% of New York City abortions were on black or Hispanic babies; in Georgia, 73% and in Texas, 64% of abortions were on minorities.

If the liberal media, Hollywood, and pro-abortion Democrats are truly concerned about protecting women, why is there no outcry? Is it because abortion is big business or because their hearts have been hardened? Since wombs are dangerous places for black babies, isn’t there a story on racism here? Margaret Sanger sure would be proud.

A few weeks ago, a circuit court in Illinois ordered Planned Parenthood to pay $2 million to the Chicago family of 24 year-old Tonya Reaves, a botched abortion victim, in a wrongful death settlement. Reaves died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 2012 after hemorrhaging at a Planned Parenthood clinic. She did not receive proper medical treatment and the autopsy showed Reaves suffered from an incomplete abortion.

Thomas More Society’s vice president and senior counsel, Peter Breen, stated:

“The fact that Planned Parenthood has been allowed to merely pay ‘hush money’ to the victim’s family without any further consequences is a slap in the face to every woman who walks through the doors of the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

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Another tragic abortion-related death took place after a counselor strongly advised 18-year-old Marla Cardamone to abort her baby. Marla died at a Pennsylvania hospital from complications. Her Mother, Deborah Cardamone vowed to expose the truth so at Marla’s viewing, Deborah Cardamone requested an open casket even though Marla’s face and body were still swollen. She hopes to raise awareness about the abortion industry and wants people to understand abortions may be legal, but are not always safe. (Graphic photos)

Also largely unreported is the fact that the anguish and trauma of abortions often cause women years of emotional pain, torment, and guilt. Many young women try to act normal and hide the fact that they are in physical or emotional pain, often experiencing severe trauma soon after receiving an abortion. Moreover, countless women have experienced increased alcohol or drug use, eating disorders, depression, nightmares, self-destructive behavior and suicidal thoughts or attempts.

Is it a coincidence approximately 78% of Planned Parenthood clinics are in minority communities? Abortion rates should cause us to wonder if the original vision and work of Margaret Sanger to reduce minorities is becoming a reality right before our eyes. Sanger spoke to the women’s auxiliary of the Ku Klux Klan in New Jersey in 1926 and just three years later, Sanger’s American Birth Control League laid the groundwork for her first clinic in Harlem.

Sanger worked closely with William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Col­ored People (NAACP). Prior to World War II, she was outspoken about her views on race, and used the influence of prominent blacks to reach the masses with her message. Du Bois was investigated by the FBI due to his socialist writings and later joined the Communist Party.

Du Bois helped Sanger with the “Negro Project,” for which Sanger invited black leaders includ­ing physicians, ministers and journalists, to form an advisory council to help direct the Harlem clinic and control births in the community. The prejudice blacks endured made their struggle even more difficult, which seemed to further justify reducing their population and restricting their reproduction. In his 1932 essay in Sanger’s Birth Control Review, Du Bois, wrote:

“The mass of ignorant Negroes still breed carelessly and disas­trously, so that the increase among Negroes, even more than the increase among whites, is from that part of the population least intelligent and fit, and least able to rear their children properly.”

What Adolf Hitler did to millions of Jews through eugenics and sterilization, Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger has dwarfed by pioneering a movement leading to the abortion of over one hundred million babies in the United States. Promoter of eugenics, Sanger is still celebrated by feminists and liberals today.

Margaret Sanger’s publication, The Birth Control Review, was founded in 1917 and through the years, she often published articles from eugenicists such as Ernst Rudin, a psychiatrist who worked as Adolf Hitler’s director of genetic sterilization and founded the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene (Germany’s racial purity program).

Ernst Rudin’s article, “Eugenic Sterilization: An Urgent Need,” was also published in 1932 in Sanger’s Birth Control Review journal. The fol­lowing year, Rudin drafted the Nazi Sterilization Law in Germany. Rudin publicly praised Hitler for making his “more than thirty-year-old dream a reality” by imposing “racial hygiene.” It was only one year after Sanger delivered her infamous Peace Plan that Hitler signed the Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring.

After World War II had concluded, the horrors of eugenics and Nazi atrocities were exposed. Sanger acted deceptively and quickly to distance herself and the Birth Control League from the Third Reich’s “Final Solution.” Her idea to change the name of her organization was a shrewd one because until that time, the birth control and the eugenics movements were nearly impossible to separate.

People such as Sanger’s grandson, Alexander, as well as Planned Parenthood presidents have stated they intend to carry on Margaret Sanger’s work.

Recent polls show over 80% of Americans favor significant restrictions on abortion, the pro-life movement is growing, and dozens of abortion restrictions have been passed in the last few years. However; restricting the murder of the unborn is not enough because the heart of mankind is bent toward evil and the promotion of promiscuity will only increase.

The battle can be summed up in three words: God or man? Is Jesus the Truth and the Word of God our ultimate authority? In our anti-Christian culture, the concepts of abstinence, morality, purity, and self-restraint are seldom found. We need to reach people with the message that every single life is a gift from God created in His image and has value. The battle begins with Life.

David Fiorazo is the author of ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA, which includes the chapter, “Planned Parenthood’s Buried History.”

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