EDITORIAL: Wave goodbye to Internet freedom

Washington Times Editorial
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Posted on LT for informational and research purposes only

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency’s chairman,Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will “preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet.” No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies.

With a straight face, Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the “freedom” of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web. Ordinarily, it would be appropriate at this point to supply an example from the proposed regulations illustrating the problem. Mr. Genachowski‘s draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped “non-public, for internal use only” to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for “openness.” Click here to read the rest of this article.

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“Former senior White House correspondent renews venom [against Israel and the Jews] at Arab conference”

Drew Zahn
WorldNet Daily

Helen Thomas, the former “dean” of the White House Press Corps who lost her position over a string of anti-Semitic comments, has spoken out again, this time claiming Hollywood, the White House, Wall Street and other American institutions are “owned by the Zionists” with an anti-Arab agenda.

In a speech to the Arab Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias at the Byblos Banquet Center in Dearborn, Mich., yesterday, Thomas addressed “the whole question of money involved in politics.”

“We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that,” Thomas said, according to a Detroit Free Press report. “Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth. We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

In an interview with the newspaper afterward, Thomas further said that “Arabs are not terrorists,” but instead blamed the 1977-elected Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin for “creating the modus operandi for terrorists.”

Thomas was a correspondent with United Press International for 57 years, an opinion columnist with Hearst Newspapers for 10 years and the senior White House reporter, covering every president since Eisenhower, until damaging comments earlier this year pushed her to retirement.

Thomas resigned in June after telling a rabbi on camera that Israelis should “get the h— out of Palestine” and “go home” to “Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.” Click here to continue reading.

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A Farewell to a Fellow Defender of the Faith – His Life, A Challenge to Believers

On October 24th, Gary Turnbull, a Lighthouse Trails and Understand the Times friend and defender of the faith, passed on to his eternal home in glory. Many of you may have known him. Gary continually spent his life encouraging the saints and often attended conferences where truth was being defended and proclaimed. Gary’s family asked Roger Oakland to speak at Gary’s memorial service. Whether you knew Gary or not, we think you will find Roger’s remarks quite challenging and thought-provoking.


Gary Turnbull Memorial – November 27, 2010

by Roger Oakland   

It is an honor and a blessing to be asked by Gary Turnbull’s family to share a few words at his memorial. As this is the first time that I have spoken to a public forum since May of 2009, I hope you will forgive me for reading most of what I want to share rather than speaking spontaneously. 

Gary and I were friends from the moment we first met when he came forward to speak with me at a conference I was speaking at in Chino Hills, August of 2005. Gary seemed excited about the message God had given me that day to warn the church about end times apostasy. 

From that time on we corresponded by e-mail and phone. He seemed to have the gift of calling me at the right time to encourage and lift me out of a deep hole. I did not know until yesterday that he was just two months younger than me. He seemed to me like he had had a life time of experience. His life was dedicated to exposing deception and promoting God’s Word. He often told me how lonely he was after his wife had gone to be with Jesus. 

Gary introduced me to members of his family on several occasions. His heart was to educate friends and relatives regarding the validity of Scripture. While at times, some would consider him bold and outspoken, I never did. 

I remember from our conversations how much Gary loved God’s Word. This was something he discovered later in his life. When he found Christ, he never looked back. He quickly discovered how the Bible was the answer for understanding our times and sometimes confront Christian leaders and tell them what he saw happening and where apostasy was headed….. 

Gary often went on weekend excursions to learn more about what the Bible said about end times, particularly Israel. I am sure he traveled to nearly every conference there was where the speakers were willing to stand up for Israel and confront end times apostasy in the church. I remember I saw him in Bend, OR, Syracuse, NY, Charlotte, NC, Chino Hills and Washington DC all in one year. He would call me and tell me about the churches that he had attended, some good, some not so good. When the pastors were on their way to becoming Purpose Driven, he would quietly move on or find a home Bible study where like-minded friends would study God’s Word together. 

On one occasion when I was on my way to London, England, in DC., Gary was more than willing to give me a tour of the White House, Smithsonian Institute, Washington Mall all in one morning. We even took in the ceremony when the Delhi Lama was on the steps of Congress just before he was to receive the Congressional Award for being a Tibetan Holy Man on American soil. While it was interesting, Gary and I were appalled. 

If I were to use the Scriptures to share with you what Gary believed, it would take too long for the time we have been allotted. However, I would like to mention a few like these: 

  • I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will give me on that Day, and not to me only but to all who loved His appearing.  Gary could see the finish line. This was one of his unique gifts. 

  

  • For by Grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Gary believed in the grace of God – a big God and a very small man – he did not support those who claimed they were doing the work of God but were caught up in deception. Gary, because of his gifts, had tremendous discernment and understood Satan’s plan for man was in direct opposition to the truth.

  

  • One Psalm that Gary always quoted was also one of my own favorites. In Psalms 118, David wrote: From my distress I called upon the name of the Lord; The Lord answered me and set me in a large place. The Lord is for me and I shall not fear; what can man do to me?… It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

These verses are only a few that give a glimpse of Gary’s life and his love for friends, relatives, and life. What I remember most about Gary can best be described by a portion of a transcript of a radio program that Gary inspired. This is how it goes:

The book of Jude is the shortest book in the Bible. However, we shouldn’t judge its brevity as a means of determining its importance in the canon of God’s Word. As well, Jude appears to be a preface to the book of Revelation. What should that tell us?   

The book of Revelation is the final book of the Bible. While there is a growing popular view among professing Christians that the book of Revelation describes historic events that have already occurred, there is a remnant that belong to the camp of believers who claim that many of the prophecies it contains are soon to be fulfilled.

 The language that John used to describe the supernatural vision given to him by God, foretells a judgment that lies just around the corner. This can be fully understood in light of the current events that are unfolding. 

 Further, remember the pattern of Scripture – when man chooses apostasy rather than being obedient to God, God warns and then brings judgment. It can be documented that apostasy is underway today on a global scale. Will God change His mind and ignore it? Not according to His past record. 

Then there is another important factor. Prophecy, like history, has a way of repeating itself. Events foretold by the biblical Old Testament prophets often had a twofold fulfillment – a near or partial fulfillment in the times in which they lived and then also a final fulfillment that occurred at another time in history. 

 So, what did Jude’s warning mean to the church then, and what does it means now?  Jude wrote his letter as a wake up call to the early church. The apostasy Jude was addressing, underway then, would only intensify. Jude was appealing to the church to “earnestly contend for the faith.” This was the faith that was “once and for all delivered” to the saints.  

No additions and nor deletions were allowed. The faith was THE FAITH. 

It was also evident that Jude was urgently calling for action. Sitting on the sidelines was not allowed. As Jesus said, if you were not for Him you were against Him. Standing up for the faith is not an option – it is obligatory.  

Now, here is the point. If Jude was calling the church to action and to contend for the faith then, what about his message being relevant for the church today – to do the same thing?  

 As we examine the language Jude used to wake up and warn the early church, there are some incredible parallels with regard to what is happening right now world wide. 

It was Gary’s conviction that the book of Jude is the message the church needs to hear today. While many are saying, such a message is too negative and Christians should only be known for what they are for and not what they are against, Gary could not and would not support ecumenical jargon that leads to a one world religion in the name of Jesus. 

 Remember, following the book of Jude is the book of Revelation. You see, it fits the pattern. 

 Gary planned on warning the church no matter what the critics said. 

Something tells me (the current events) that it won’t be long now. Can you hear the trumpet blowing? 

Gary, as many of you know, was greeted by Jesus when he departed this earth for His heavenly home. Jesus would have said, come up here my friend. I have a place prepared for you. Your work here on earth is complete. You are a good and faithful servant. Well done! You have finished the race. 

Pray….. and John 3: 16a 

The family wreath for Gary’s memorial has my favorite Scripture draped over it. This was the first thing I noticed when Myrna and I walked into the church. This was the verse that my dad had written in the front of my Bible when I was 9 years old. 

Although I memorized this verse as a child in Sunday School, it became real to me on the day I was saved, one February night in my living room in our home in Canada where I grew up. I read the verse in the very same room where my Dad wrote it in my Bible. The photo of my Dad sitting in a chair in that room with the Bible next to him is how I remember him the most. 

I know that if Gary was here he would want me to conclude my message this way using John: 3:16. I had already prepared this conclusion in my notes. 

Jesus died for you, right? John 3: 16 summarizes the Bible in one verse:  “For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him shall NOT perish, but have everlasting life = the gospel in one verse. 

Think about that! 

Jesus died for you. It is all about Him. He died for you… so that if you confess your sins with your mouth and believe on Him in your heart that God raised Him from the dead…. You WILL be SAVED? 

I thank the Turnbull family for giving me this opportunity to share from my heart in memory of a very dear friend who is now absent from the body, but present with the Lord.

  

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Contemplative Wheaton College Receives Special Honor From Tony Blair’s Interfaith Movement

From Sun-Times Media
The Wheaton Sun

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The Tony Blair Faith Foundation has announced that Wheaton College has become the first American Associate University of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s Faith and Globalization Initiative.

The Faith and Globalization Initiative is driven forward by a network of lead universities on every continent which undertake academic teaching and research to develop a deeper understanding of the relationship between faith and globalization.

The results help emerging leaders understand how faith motivates people, and analyzes the impact of religion on the modern world, according to foundation officials.

Drawing from the courses already developed by the current lead universities, Wheaton College, as an associate member of the initiative, will develop its own version of the course, approaching the topic of faith and globalization in accordance with the unique perspectives and traditions of the university.

Its participation will challenge thinking and ensure that the research and teaching of the faith and globalization course around the world maintains great depth, variety and quality, foundation leaders said.

The Faith and Globalization Initiative’s Lead Universities network includes Durham University in the United Kingdom, McGill University, the National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of Sierra Leone, Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, the University of Western Australia and Yale. Click here to continue reading this article.

Related:

UK Observer: “Blair courts controversial US pastor Rick Warren in bid to unite faiths”

Research on Wheaton’s contemplative propensities

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AP: Illinois House approves civil unions for homosexual couples

By CHRISTOPHER WILLS 
– The Associated Press
Out of house news story

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois lawmakers took a step toward offering legal recognition to gay couples Tuesday when the House narrowly voted to create civil unions that would carry some of the benefits and obligations of marriage.

Supporters presented it as an issue of basic fairness. Opponents argued it moves Illinois closer to legalizing same-sex marriages.

Democrats broke into applause after the 61-52 vote was final, giving the bill’s sponsor a standing ovation.

“It’s a matter of fairness. It’s a matter of respect. It’s a matter of equality,” said the sponsor, Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago.

State Reps. Robert Pritchard, R-Hinckley, and Ron Wait, R-Belvidere, voted against the measure, according to a vote total posted on the Illinois Legislature’s website. Both of their respective legislative districts include parts of DeKalb County.

Pritchard, who described the debate on the House floor Tuesday as thoughtful and emotional, said the issue comes down to what people feel are impacts on religious values. Click here to continue reading.

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The Second Great Evangelical Meltdown – The False Picture: Unmasking “Postmodernism”

by Richard Nathan

The Meltdown Series: This article is the second in a series about ongoing sea changes in Evangelicalism today. The series utilizes Scripture and church history in an attempt to clarify those issues that are tending to weaken, break down, and misdirect Evangelicalism. Even though the effects are obvious, the forces behind these changes are not. [See Part 1]

Paul’s hopes “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2-3

Introduction

The last article in this series laid a basic groundwork for understanding the current state of Evangelicalism. Many Christian leaders are saying that the crisis in Evangelicalism is the rising up of a new factor called postmodernism. This postmodern challenge is the reason they give for why the Church has to change and become more like the world. This article addresses that view and shows how it really misses the mark.

Pop Postmodernism

Nowadays the concept of “postmodernism” is in the air. It’s become almost a mantra to say something like “We’re entering a new period of culture surpassingly different from anything that came before.” Everyone talks about it, but any attempt to define it is an exercise in futility because postmodernism as a movement actually opposes definition. It’s like trying to define the indefinable (or trying to describe a doughnut hole)—yet ironically scholars use the term all the time.

Many intellectuals and some church leaders are saying that a word like “truth” that is supposed to apply in all times and in all ways is basically a way of thinking that is a product of the Enlightenment.(i) I intend to show that this is a distortion of the Bible and of history.

In actual fact, the concept of postmodernism is a faddish way of thinking and a kind of cartoon picture of history—a Marxist cartoon.

Here’s why.

First of all, the hidden heart of the concept of postmodernism is Marxism, which has always had a materialistic-historical focus that evaluates history on the basis of economics, technology, and class struggle. This will become clear as I explain the idea and influence of deconstructionism a little later.

Second, postmoderns say that all learning and knowledge are culture-bound. They describe the Enlightenment period as focused upon Rationalism,(ii) where abstract universal terms like “mankind,” “freedom,” etc. were used to explain reality. Postmoderns assume that these terms have a built-in limitation because they supposedly refer to everyone rather than to specific cultures, classes, groups, etc. Thus they think there could be no such thing as a universal guilt or salvation because that doesn’t take into account the individual or separate groups. Click here to continue reading.

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Bigotry and Hate of Southern Poverty Law Center Reaches New Depths

LTRP Note: Please also read our 2009 posting, Christian Organizations Falsely Labeled ‘Hate’ Groups

Courtesy CrossTalk Blog with Ingrid Schlueter

VISTA, Calif., Nov. 24, 2010 /Christian Newswire/ — The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a new list of “hate groups” that includes many highly regarded, mainstream Christian organizations because of their opposition to homosexuality.

“The Southern Poverty Law Center has utterly discredited themselves by this provocative attack on organizations that promote traditional family values,” said Rev. Gary L. Cass, of DefendChristians.Org, a ministry of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission.

“Labeling mainstream conservative organizations as ‘Hate groups’ is defamatory and is simply an intimidation tactic. We call on Congress to cut off their funding.”

“Defend Christians.Org will work to form a coalition of organizations to lobby Congress to withhold funds from SPLC. We will also demand Congress restrict Federal law enforcement from relying on the biased SPLC reports, like the discredited ‘Report on Right-Wing Extremism’ SPLC wrote for the Department of Homeland Security,” said Cass.
“The SPLC has been reduced to a far left propaganda organization that uses hype and hysteria to enrich a few liberal attorneys at taxpayer expense and has long out lived its usefulness,” said Cass.

The new SPLC “Hate Group” list has eighteen organizations including large, mainstream ministries like the American Family Association, Concerned Women for America, Coral Ridge Ministries, Liberty Council, Family Research Council, Traditional Values Coalition and the National Organization for Marriage.

Christian Newswire

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