Well, there’s some good news from the last election: While many of us are very disappointed over many of the results from the Nov., 2008, election, here is some good news. Our friend Kim Wolf, a homeschool leader from Miami County, OH, reported the following statement from our friend Mark Stevenson, a homeschool leader from Stark County, OH. "I wanted to give you good news about Jeff Hardin, new member of the State Board of Education for the 10th District. Here is what he said about home schooling: ‘One of the goals of my term on the Ohio Board of Education is to turn the conversation away from charter schools and home schooling. That debate is over. They have a place in the Ohio educational system.’ In a conversation I had with him last night, Jeff said he will be our ‘toughest ally’ on the SBE. He wholeheartedly supports us." We lived in Ohio until we moved to Missouri in 2002 and began our homeschooling journey there, so this is welcome news indeed.
Now that the election is over, what will the leftist press do?: The mainstream media keep telling us that in spite of the proof of their liberal tilt they are still able to do their job without bias. Well, according to Jim Brown of OneNewsNow, a media analyst says MSNBC host Chris Matthews effectively admitted yesterday he was an unpaid member of Barack Obama’s press office. Matthews appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and was asked for his opinion about Congressman Rahm Emanuel’s initial public reluctance to accept the position as chief of staff for president-elect Obama. Emanuel has since accepted the post. During the MSNBC interview, a suggestion was made that there might be turmoil within the new Obama administration, but Matthews refused to get drawn into the conversation, instead saying that as a reporter he was unwilling to "question motives." Matthews: "Yeah, well, you know what? I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new presidency work, and I think that –. Scarborough: "Is that your job? You just talked about being a journalist!" Matthews: "Yeah, it is my job. My job is to help this country…because this country needs a successful presidency." Mark Finkelstein, a contributing editor at Newsbusters.org, believes Matthews is trying to accomplish two things, one being improving his ratings, which have risen the further to the left he goes. "[Matthews] has publicly stated that he is interested in running for the United States Senate from the state of Pennsylvania in 2010," says Finkelstein. "It’s the Arlen Specter seat — and this is, I believe, Chris Matthews attempting to position himself for that…to ingratiate himself first of all with Democratic leaders in the state of Pennsylvania, and then potentially also with the Democratic primary electorate." Finkelstein notes that panelists for MSNBC’s election night coverage, including former Democratic Congressman Harold Ford, were even teasing Matthews about his strong affinity for Pennsylvania politics. I have to ask–in 2000, what journalist would have been caught dead saying that he or she had a job to help this country and therefore felt an obligation to to see George Bush succeed?
Watch out–if it happens in California, it may start happening elsewhere too: Charlie Butts and Jody Brown of OneNewsNow reported that lawsuits are being filed to challenge Proposition 8, the voter initiative that overturned the California Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing homosexual "marriage." Supporters of traditional marriage conducted a successful petition drive to get it on the ballot in the Golden State. Homosexual activists could do the same — but, if successful, it would not go on the ballot for two to four years. Brad Dacus of the Sacramento based Pacific Justice Institute says there are two reasons why the courts are being used again. "They’re attempting once again, of course, to thwart the will of the voters of California by another lawsuit," says the attorney. "We at the Pacific Justice Institute will not take this lying down." Reason #2 — the composition of the California Supreme Court has not changed. As Dacus explains, the same justices that legalized homosexual marriage, albeit temporarily, will be the ones that would make a final decision on a lawsuit. "But if they decide to strike down this amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman; if they decide to do that after unilaterally redefining marriage themselves just a few months ago, …without question every one of them will be taken out of office," Dacus warns. The public, he believes, will not be satisfied with judicial activism a second time. On a related matter, pro-family activists in the Golden State reportedly are already working on another initiative. This one is education-related, and would give parents greater rights in protecting their children from controversial instruction relating to sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Passage of Prop. 8, says Dacus, was the "first battle in protecting the rights of parents who do not wish to have their children indoctrinated to accept lifestyles that violate their convictions of faith." Some have wondered why a homeschooling newsletter like this would contain so much information about the pro-homosexual and same-sex marriage movements. The main reason that so many have chosen to homeschool is that they do not want to have their children exposed to the radical pro-homosexual rights agenda that is being implemented in a lot of public schools. Also, if ithe pro-homosexual and anti-parental rights groups have their way to get more government control over homeschooling (and do not be deceived into thinking that a Democrat president and Congress will not try), they could pass laws that would require homeschool curricula to present homosexuality from a positive view or at least make any presentation of homosexuality in a negative way classified as "hate speech." Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty!
What we can expect when the radical homosexual-rights people get their way: By the way, this is probably something that you will NEVER hear in the mainstream media. On Nov. 11, 2008, Bob Unruh of WorldNetDaily reported that worshippers at a Bible-teaching church in Lansing, MI, were stunned the previous Sunday when members of a pro-homosexual organization named Bash Back interrupted their service to fling propaganda and condoms around the sanctuary, drape a profane banner from the balcony, and feature two lesbians making out at the pulpit. According to a blog posting by Nick De Leeuw on Right Michigan, the Bash Back organization orchestrated a protest in front of Mount Hope Church to draw the church’s security staff away from the sanctuary. Then Bash Backers who had dressed up and mixed in with church worshippers took action. According to De Leeuw, "Prayer had just finished when men and women stood up in pockets across the congregation, on the main floor and in the balcony. "’Jesus was gay,’ they shouted among other profanities and blasphemies as they rushed the stage. Some forced their way through rows of women and kids to try to hang a profane banner from the balcony while others began tossing fliers into the air. Two women made their way to the pulpit and began to kiss," he wrote. According to the alternative Lansing City Pulse – which reported it was notified of the protest ahead of time and sent a reporter along instead of warning the church – the protesters also screamed at parishioners and pulled the church facility’s fire alarm. Printed material protesters distributed said, "We specialize in confronting homophobia, transphobia and every and all other forms of oppression." The report said Bash Back issued a statement today confirming it targeted Mount Hope, which has about 5,000 church participants, because it participates in "the repression of queers." "Mount Hope churchgoers were unclear as to what the purpose of the demonstration was," said a statement from David Williams, a spokesman for the church. "The leadership of Mount Hope Church does not attempt to identify the church as anti-homosexual, anti-choice, or right wing. The church does take the Bible at face value and believes what the Bible says to be the truth," Williams’ statement continued. "According to the Bible, Mount Hope Church believes homosexuality to be a sin, just as fornication, stealing, drunkenness, and lying are sins. No sin greater than the next. Mount Hope Church strives to follow Jesus’ example of loving the sinner but not the sin while helping people change their lives for God’s glory and their improved quality of life. Mount Hope Church also recognizes that to each person God grants freewill." De Leeuw reported "the ‘open minded’ and ‘tolerant’ liberals ran down the aisles and across the pews, hoping against hope to catch a ‘right winger’ on tape daring to push back (none did). "The church’s response? After things settled down, the blasphemy ended, the lewd props removed and the families safe from fear of additional men and women running into and past them the pastor took the stage and led the congregation in one more prayer … not for retribution, or divine justice or a celestial comeuppance (that’s what I’d have prayed for) but instead that the troubled individuals who’d just defiled the Lord’s house, so full of anger and hate, would know Jesus’ love in their lives and God’s peace that exceeds human understanding," De Leeuw wrote. The report comes just a day after video documentation of pro-homosexual protesters in California challenging a 69-year-old woman to a fight because she was affirming the biblical perspective of homosexuality. If the radical homosexual-rights folks get their way, what will they do to homeschooling parents who teach their children that homosexuality is a sin?
Elderly Prop. 8 supporter roughed up, filing charges: I hate to keep harping on this subject but Allie Martin and Charlie Butts of OneNewsNow reported on 11/14/2008 that an elderly California woman will file charges against homosexuals who attacked her during a protest against the passage of Proposition 8. On Friday, 11/7, homosexual activists and their supporters gathered at the Palm Springs City Hall, protesting voter approved Prop. 8, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Phyllis Burgess went to the rally, and carried a Styrofoam cross through the crowd. As ABC affiliate KESQ-TV carried that rally live, homosexuals surrounded the 69-year-old woman, began pushing her, reportedly spit on her, and grabbed the cross from her arms and threw it on the ground. Burgess remained calm throughout the melee. "I was really so overflowing with peacefulness in my heart that I just couldn’t see this," she says. "It wasn’t in my mind, it really wasn’t." Initially, Burgess said she did not want to file charges, but changed her mind after authorities encouraged her to do so. She says she went to the rally "just to get my remarks across at my city hall, where I have lived for 30 years." She adds: "If it takes endangerment, should that stop me? I’m a senior — we respect elder abuse in this city." Police are reviewing video in hopes of identifying suspects. Charges would be assault and vandalism, both misdemeanors. I had heard about this from WorldNetDaily as reported in the previous news item. I realize that not all homosexuals are like this, but it is evident that this kind of flagrant and even violent activity seems to be increasing among them. OneNewsNow asked if a group of Christians had reacted in this fashion to opponents of traditional marriage, would the incident be reported differently by the media? Randy Thomasson of the Campaign for Children and Families says the attack on Burgess is one of many incidents in California directed at supporters of traditional marriage. He notes that, among the rage and shouting displayed at the rally, protestors also used the "n-word" against black people. But you never hear things about like this in the mainstream media! Pat Boone made an interesting comment about this on World Net Daily. "What kind of twisted freaks would take out their fury at being denied special privileges on a defenseless older woman who probably had absolutely nothing to do with their issue? I’ll tell you what kind of twisted freaks – furious homosexual activists."
One thing more on this subject–and it’s a little scary!: The following does NOT come from some "right wing" news source like One News Now or World Net Daily but from Time Magazine, the poster child for the leftist mainstream media itself. Ever since a slim majority outlawed gay marriage in California (editor’s note: actually, the majority voted FOR defining marriage as it has been traditionally and universally defined, as being between a man and a woman, WSW), opponents have waged national protests and petitions, urging the judicial system to reconsider the results of the Nov. 4 referendum. A National Protest Against Prop 8 has been organized by JoinTheImpact.com. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which opponents say donated more than $20 million to the Yes on 8 campaign, has already become a focus of protests, with demonstrators gathered around Mormon temples not only in California but across the country. The Mormon Church is not the only group being singled out for criticism. African-Americans, 70% of whom voted yes on Proposition 8, according to a CNN exit poll, have become a target. According to eyewitness reports published on the Internet, racial epithets have been used against African-Americans at protests in California, directed even at blacks who are fighting to repeal Proposition 8. Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, admitted, "In any fight, there will be people who say things they shouldn’t say." In addition to protests, homosexual activists have begun publishing lists online exposing individuals and organizations who have donated money in support of Proposition 8. On AntiGayBlacklist.com, individuals who gave money toward Proposition 8 are publicized, with readers urged not to patronize their businesses or services. Dentists, accountants, veterinarians and the like who gave a few thousand dollars to the cause are listed alongside major donors like the Container Supply Co., Inc. of Garden Grove, Calif., which gave $250,000. (Editor’s note: Of course, the radical homosexual rights people have a right to boycott anyone they wish, but for a group who likes to tar and feather all their oppostion as being characterized by hate, one can surely see the hate oozing out of them in this matter. WSW.) The negative publicity is having effects on both companies and individuals. Scott Eckern, artistic director of the California Musical Theatre in Sacramento, whose $1,000 donation was listed on ElectionTrack, chose to resign from his post this week to protect the theater from public criticism. Meanwhile, lists of donors to Proposition 8, once trumpeted on the Yes on 8 Web site, have been taken down to protect individuals from harassment. "It’s really awful," says Frank Schubert, campaign manager for Yes on Proposition 8. "No matter what you think of Proposition 8, we ought to respect people’s right to participate in the political process. It strikes me as quite ironic that a group of people who demand tolerance and who claim to be for civil rights are so willing to be intolerant and trample on other people’s civil rights." Maybe they will target homeschoolers next!