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Newer Articles: After Nov. 1, 2000

Expert: 'Clinton Popularized Oral Sex for Teens'
Oct. 26, 2000 - According to Dr. Lynn Ponton, author of "The Sex Lives of Teenagers," President Clinton's actions and his redefinition of the word sex had a "tremendous" influence on teen sex habits.
Source: News Max (Story no longer online)


Grand Jury To Hear New Clinton Case
Aug. 17, 2000 - Independent Counsel Robert Ray (Ken Starr's replacement) is putting together a new grand jury to hear new evidence against President Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Ray has promised to determine whether or not the president should be indicted after he steps down in January.
Source: Capital Hill Blue (Story no longer online)

'Bible Too Violent for Kids'
Aug. 3, 2000 - Lawyers from Bavaria have asked the Family Minister of the German Government to re-classify the Bible as a book considered too dangerous for children because it contains "bloodthirsty and human rights-violating passages."
"It preaches genocide, racism, enmity towards Jews, gruesome executions for adulterers and homosexuals, the murder of one's own children and many other perversities," wrote Christian Sailer and Gert-Joachim Hetzel.
The Bible should remain on a lists of books unsuitable for children until the offending passages were removed, they argued.
Source: CNS News

What About the Harry Potter Books?
July 7, 2000 - In "The Trouble With Harry", a recent Focus on the Family article warns that there a strong anti-Christian elements in these best-selling books. (story no longer online)
An article from the Scripps Howard News Service entitled Not every Christian horrified by Harry Potter, indicates that some Christian commentators aren't sure yet what effect the books might have.
As in everything, be cautious and prayerful about what you let your children read.

Beware! Anti-Christian Jesus Seminar is Behind ABC's "Search for Jesus"
June 23, 2000 - A special report from Peter Jennings called the "Search For Jesus" won't be a Biblical approach. It will draw from the "scholarship" of the "Jesus Seminar" whose liberal membership doesn't believe the Bible is God's Word, and thinks that only 18% of Christ's words in the Bible were really said by Him.
Source: Dr. Ted Baehr Chairman, Christian Film and Television Commission - CBN (story no longer online)

School sued for 'trashing' Bibles
May 27, 2000 -By Jon E. Dougherty
A suit has been filed against the Lynn Lucas Middle School in Willis, Texas, because a teacher would not allow two teenage girls to carry their Bibles to school.
The suit alleges that teacher Sara Flottman, on seeing two teenage sisters carrying Bibles to a Saturday morning make-up class March 11, led both of them to the principal's office, threw the Bibles into the trash and declared, "We don't allow this garbage here."
Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)

Britain: Church 'will be dead in 40 years time'
Apr. 17, 2000 - An expert church analyst has predicted that the Christian Church in Britain , will be "dead and buried within 40 years." Attendance in the last decade has fallen 22 percent, to 7.5%, and by 2040 only 0.5 per cent of the population will attend Sunday services. At that time, all claims that Britain is a Christian nation will finally have to be given up.
There will be fewer clergy in Britain and websites will be mandatory for any churches that are serious about trying to stay afloat. There will be a boom in "cyberchurch" attendance as the faithful log on to the internet in search of spiritual answers not to be found in their local churches.
Source: Independent News- UK (Story no longer online)

Christians Addicted to Porn
Apr. 8, 2000 - The "bait and switch" technique lures many unsuspecting Christians to pornography on the Internet, and can lead to addiction and destruction of marriages and ministries.
Source: CBN
Kids Online: Protecting Your Children in Cyberspace

Rethinking The Sexual Revolution
April 4, 2000 - Breakpoint- Chuck Colson - Article about the death of Alex Comfort, best known as the author of "The Joy of Sex." Reflections on the devastation caused by the sexual revolution and the virtues of the Christian view of sex.
Source: Worthy News

God, The Devil, and Bob
Mar. 9, 2000 - Commentary by George Whitten, editor of Worthy News
NBC's new show is a blasphemous attack on the basics of Christianity, but Mr. Whitten suggests that we hold back our natural inclination to fight back in the normal, physical realm since this might be just what the network wants - free publicity. Instead, he suggests we respond with spiritual warfare. 2 Corinthians 10:3,4 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)"
Worthy News (Story no longer online)

Study:200,000 hooked on web porn
Feb. 29, 2000 - 20 million Internet users visit sexual sites every month, and it is estimated that 200,000 of them are addicted to pornography, spending over 11 hours per week visiting sexually oriented areas!
The study, conducted by psychologists at Stanford and Duquesne universities, appears in the March issue of the journal Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity.
Source: Washington Post

Clinton lacks 'right' stuff
Feb. 22, 2000 - President Clinton is ranked last among all U.S. Presidents in the area of morals, and receives low marks in other areas as well. The information is from in two separate C-SPAN surveys.
Ronald Reagan was ranked 11th overall, the highest of presidents of the past 20 years.
Source: WorldNetDaily - Julie Foster (Story no longer online)

Clergy endorses sexual declaration
Jan. 20, 2000 - 850 clergy and "religious workers" agreed to a declaration on morality, calling upon all faiths to "bless same-sex couples and allow gay and lesbian ministers."
The one-page statement was sponsored by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, or SIECUS, a group advocating sex education. It was being released at a news conference featuring John Buehrens and John Thomas, presidents respectively of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ.
About half of the signers were from the those two denominations and from the Reform and Reconstructionist branches of Judaism.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer online)

UN Convention On Organized Crime May Urge "Legalization" of Prostitution
Jan. 14, 2000 - Those in favor of the new standard are led by President Bill Clinton’s Interagency Council on Women, headed by Hillary Clinton. They want a distinction between “forced” and “voluntary” prostitution.
The Christian right and radical feminists are against this change. Christian conservatives William Bennett and Charles Colson have joined with radical feminists Gloria Steinem, Planned Parenthood head Gloria Feldt, and National Organization for Women president Patricia Ireland.
Source:ETWN News (Story no longer online)

Hate.com expands on the net
Jan. 12, 2000 - Racial hate is spread via the Internet, especially in the United States.
Source: BBC (Story no longer online)

British Churches Face Worst Attendance Decline Ever
Dec. 10, 1999 - In London, and across Britain, new billboards read "Religion is dead. God isn't religious - why should you be?" While 65 percent of Britons call themselves Christians, only 8 percent go to church.
The good news is that the billboards have been sponsored by "One Step Closer," an evangelical campaign designed to encourage churches to become more interesting to the people. The campaign has the backing of gospel singer Cliff Richard, who's version of the Lord's Prayer, sung to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne.," has reached the top spot on pop charts. Source: Maranatha Christian Journal (Story no longer online)

Bishop wants Church to pray to God the Mother
Nov. 4,1999 - The Bishop of Oxford, the Right Rev Richard Harries, is proposing that a prayer said in the middle of the Eucharist, refer to God as a "mother" who "tenderly gathers her children".
The prayer will be considered by the church Synod, but may face opposition. Source:Times Newspapers, Ltd.

Reform Chair Blasts Ventura
Oct. 1, 1999 - In a letter to Jessie Ventura, Reform Party Chairman Russ Verney, who is allied with the party founder Ross Perot, has called for his resignation from the Reform Party for remarks he made about religion and women. Source: ABCNews (Story no longer online)

Ventura Talks to Playboy Magazine
Oct. 1, 1999 - Minnesota's controversial wrestler-turned-governor reveals his approval of prostitution and his disdain of organized religion.
Ventura also blamed organized religion for the unpopularity of legalized prostitution, which he has said should be considered.
"Organized religion is a sham and a crutch for weak-minded people who need strength in numbers," he said. "It tells people to go out and stick their noses in other people's business."
The governor's spokesman, John Wodele, sought to clarify the comments, saying Ventura "was talking about extremists of the religious right who are often intolerant, and the governor cannot stand intolerance."
Source: Maranatha Christian Journal

Brooklyn Museum Funding Should Be Cut
Sept. 29, 1999 - By a unanimous vote, the Senate passed a non-binding resolution to cut funds for the Broklyn Museum of Art if the exhibit "Sensation" includes a picture of a feces-embellished Virgin Mary. Source: ABCNews (Story no longer online)

Prosecutions For Obscenity Drop On Clinton Watch
Sept. 29, 1999 - While pornography revenues soar, prosecutions decline in the war against smut.
The pornography industry in the United States has taken off in the past six years, from $3.9 billion in 1993 to more than $8 billion of sexually explicit material sold in 1998. Pornographic materials account for one-tenth of all commerce over the Internet - about $1 billion last year. There are estimated to be over one million pornographic sites currently operating on the Internet, catering to every imaginable sexual proclivity and fetish.
Producers of pornography are not deterred by existing laws because little is done to bring them to justice.
For example, according to Morality in Media, in 1992 the federal government prosecuted individuals or business 42 times under U.S. statutes 1460-1468 - which deal with obscenity - gaining convictions in 25 cases. By 1997 prosecutions had dropped to six with six convictions, each of them dealing with the sale of child pornography. The rate of obscenity cases that U.S. attorneys decline to prosecute has also risen, from 78 percent in 1992 to 83 percent in 1997.
Source: Maranatha Journal Online (Story no longer online)

Health experts say net nerds are sick people
Aug. 24, 1999 - As many as 10% of computer owners may spend four hours per day surfing the net. This is a dangerous trend and a serious new addiction.
Source: Sunday Times - Story no longer online.

Syphilis outbreak traced to Internet chat room
Aug. 23, 1999 - Following up a recent syphilis outbreak, San Francisco authorities discovered that the last seven homosexual men who contracted the disease all found their latest sexual partners at one chat room!
Source: Excite news/Reuters - - Story no longer online.

Another Arkansas miscarriage of justice
Aug. 11, 1999 - Joseph Farah comments on the verdict in the 'Train deaths" case: The jury found Pat Matrisiciana guilty of libel and fined him $500,000. Farah shows the injustice of the decision, and quotes Matrisiciana as saying that they could not find justice in Arkansas, and will continue the legal fight. (Story no longer online)

Fate of 'train deaths' case rests with jury
July 9, 1999 - A $16 million federal lawsuit against filmmaker Pat Matrisciana for supposedly defaming two law enforcement officers has gone to the jury for deliberation. Matrisciana produced the "Clinton Chronicles," and then later the video in question: "Obstruction of Justice: the Mena Connection." The video implicates the two Pulaski County sheriff deputies, Jay Campbell and Kirk Lane, in connection with the now-famous "Train-deaths" of two teenagers in 1987.
The defense suffered a severe setback when a key witness disappeared. Last seen Tuesday at noon -- with a "scared look" in his eyes -- Ronnie Godwin slipped quietly away from the federal courts building where it was expected he'd testify.
Source:Sara Foster column: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)

A Divorce At The Click Of A Mouse
July 29, 1999 - British couples can now obtain a divorce on the Internet. It's quick, cheap, and non-confrontational. Source: Sky News - Story no longer online

Parents Are Alarmed by an Unsettling New Fad in Middle Schools
July 8, 1999 - According to this front-page story in the Washington Post, parents in Arlington, VA were shocked to discover that a significant and growing number of middle school students were engaging in oral sex. The kids had no understanding of the health and emotional dangers involved.
When some parents tried to speak to their daughters, the girls shrugged off the significance of what they had done. "What's the big deal? President Clinton did it," one said.
Source: Washinton Post (Story no longer online)
It's a shame that we have to report stories like this, but when such alarming immoral behavior is printed on the front pages of one of the major newspapers, it certainly proves the point that we have fallen far from God's standards. Can Christians just ignore the truth?

Evangelicals suffer as Christian values fade in France
July 8, 1999 - In France, secularism and the occult reign. Evangelical Grace Church, a church of 200 in France is the equavalent of a mega church in the US, but it is considered a cult there, as are all Evangelicals, Pentecostals, and Charismatic Catholics. Louis DeMeo has been pastor there for 16 years.
Only about 8% of France’s professing Christians actively practice their faith, the lowest percentage in Western Europe, he said. About .5% of the country’s 60 million population, about 300,000 people, are evangelicals.
Source: Religion News Today (Story no longer online)

Ten Signs of a Culture's End
Article by Brad Keena listing the following trends that lead to the collapse of a culture:
1-A society which no longer worships or acknowledges God
2- Decline of the family
3- Society’s low view of life
4- The prevalence of base and immoral entertainment
5- Increase of violent crime among young people
6- Declining middle class
7- Insolvent government
8- A government that lives off of society’s moral decay
9- The ruling class loses its will
10- The failure of its people to see what is happening
Source: Cultural Dissadent (Story no longer online)

Fewer Americans Than Ever Getting Married-Study
July 3, 1999- 'The State of Our Unions: The Social Health of Marriage in America,' is a Rutgers University's National Marriage Project written by David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead. It claims that Americans have not given up on marriage as an ideal, but there has been a steep drop since 1960 in the number of couples who actually take the plunge.
According to the report, the number of marriages per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15 or older dropped to about 49.7 in 1996 versus 87.5 in 1960. At the same time, the number of unmarried couples living with each other rose to 4.2 million in 1998 versus 439,000 in 1960.
Source: Crosswalk News (Story no longer online)

National 'Day of Prayer, Fasting' Fails in House
June 30, 1999 - A resolution to recommend that national, state, and local leaders "call the people they serve to observe a day of solemn prayer, fasting and humiliation before God," failed to garner the two-thirds support necessary (275 in favor/ 140 opposed; 11 abstain). The bill was sponsored by Rep. Helen Chenoweth (R-Idaho). Source: Washington Post (Story no longer online)

God and Gore
June 28, 1999 - This article from World Magazine shows that Al Gore, who was a theological student for a year, is appealing to people of faith and faith based organizations (FBOs), but supported President Clinton in the Monica Lewenski affair, has become more committed to abortion, and raises other questions for evangelical Christians. Source: CBN News (Story no longer online)

Woman Leads Uphill Battle to Make Adultry a Crime
June 22, 1999 - Laura Onate Palacios, a real estate agent in Montebello, California, has started a campaign to obtain the necessary 400,000 names for a ballot initiative which would make adultry actually illegal. Source: LA Times (Story no longer online)

From 'Dad knows best' to "Dad's a loser' in 50 years
June 20 - Father's Day - This article in the Star Tribune laments the fact that television portrayal of fathers has shifted radically during the past 50 years.
A study of the prime-time offerings of the five major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and WB) has found that only five programs -- an average of one per network, all week long -- portray a father as competent and involved with his family.

The Maryland-based National Fatherhood Initiative found that viewers who turn on their sets at random -- even early in the evening, when the greatest number of children watch -- are 15 times more likely to find a show where "sex between unmarried adults is the recurrent and central theme than a show where responsible fatherhood is."
Source: Start Tribune (Story no longer online)

Library Association to Rethink Web Policy
May 15, 1999 - Dr. Laura Schlessinger and others have exposed the danger of the American Library Association's (ALA) Internet link to a web site called Go Ask Alice, on which teenage children may find information about "a variety of exotic sexual practices, including safe sex with animals and how to clean and maintain certain implements used in sadistic sexual encounters, among other things."
The board of the ALA will meet to consider the matter more fully.
Source: Free Daily

US army recruits witches to guard pagans' rights
May 14, 1999 - White witchcraft, also known as Wicca, and Paganism, has been recognized by the United States Army as a religion, and it has appointed chaplains to oversee pagan ceremonies on at least five bases.
A Pentagon spokesman said yesterday that there were believed to be at least 100 witches attending covens at Fort Hood, Texas, the army's largest base with more than 42,000 troops. So respectful has the army become of the pagan rites that security was increased at Fort Hood's Boy Scout camp, where covens are held.
Source: Electronic News (Story no longer online)

Wesleyan Brings Porn Into The Classroom
May 11, 1999 - From the Hartford Courant, May 8, 1999 - In Finals Day for a course called "Pornography: Writings of Prostitutes" the assignment was, "Just create your own work of pornography." The course is taught by a feminist at Wesleyan University. Source: Dr. Laura Letters and Faxes (Story no longer online)

CBS To Sue AFA Over Stern Comments?
May 7, 1999 - CBS has threatened the American Family Association with legal action if they will not remove the audio clip containing Howard Stern's sick comments.
"There were some really good-looking girls running out with their hands over their heads. "Did those kids (the suspects) try to have sex with any of the good-looking girls? They didn't even do that? "At least if you're going to kill yourself and kill all the kids, why wouldn't you have some sex? "If I was going to kill some people, I'd take them out with sex." [April 21, 1999]
Donald Wildmon of the AFA responded to CBS that they would have to sue them!
Source: Maranatha Journal (Story no longer online)

Drs. Dobson and Schlessinger: About Pedophilia
April 28, 1999 - Two of America’s foremost radio hosts, Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Laura Schlessinger, share their common passion for traditional moral values and discuss a recent report by the American Psychological Association that attempts to justify pedophilia.
They both agree that the "study" was very unscientific and is likely to do a great deal of harm to children.
Source: Focus on the Family (Story no longer online)

When the righteous do not stand
April 23, 1999 - In his weekly column on WorldNetDaily, Alan Keyes lauds the bravery of the girl who stood for Christ in the Littleton school massacre, and lost her life for her belief. He shows that people in positions of responsibility need to stand for what they know is right, especially for the right to life. He says:
The martyrdom of the young lady presents to us the truth about what we should be doing to counteract this cowardice. Many guns are pointed at us, and we need to imitate her courage in facing them down. Over here, a preacher won't speak out because he is afraid of losing his 501(c)3 status. Over there, a politician won't speak out because he is afraid that the Washington Post will call him a right-wing religious nut. Someone else won't bear witness in the family because he is afraid he will be considered unsophisticated, which is why another young person won't bear witness in the school, because then he won't be part of the "in" crowd.
Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)

Beware Of Marilyn Manson Fans
April 22, 1998 - In the light of the Colorado high school tragedy, parents should take action if their children are greatly influenced by Marilyn Manson's music. Read these articles about a controversy in Texas last December and January over the potential danger of young people who are influenced by Death Metal music and the Gothic life-style.

Texas "Crime Prevention" Group Calls for HOSPITALIZATION of Fans of Marilyn Manson, Gothic Music, and Death Metal Music
The article, which defends Marilyn Manson music, complains that a Fort Worth, Texas group called the Crime Prevention Resource Center (CPRC) is warning teachers and school officials to "closely monitor students who happen to be fans of Marilyn Manson or other 'gothic or 'death-metal' music."
This warning comes from:
The Crime Prevention Resource Center
Director, Ramon Jacquez
605 East Berry St. Suit #104
Fort Worth, TX 76110
PH: 817-314-7400
FAX: 817-314-7401
E-Mail: [email protected]

Delano Gilkey Replies To ROC and ROC Fires Back
Correspondence between the two opposing views

We will do more research about this. In any case, it's time for parents and school officials to wake up!

At Least 14 Dead In Colorado School
April 21, 1999 - Teen-agers killed students in Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado before taking their own lives yesterday. Reports of the number dead vary from 14 to 25, and the investigation was proceeding very slowly due to possible explosives left by the killers.
According to a Washington Post story, the students were part of a group of outcasts called the ``Trench Coat Mafia'' with neo-nazi and gothic views. They collected guns but had no history of violence. The event took place on Hitler's birthday. (Story no longer online)

Clinton Held In Contempt
April 13, 1999 - President Clinton was found guilty yesterday of Contempt of Court by Judge Susan Webber Wright, who tried (and dismissed) the Paula Jones case. She said:
"The record demonstrates by clear and convincing evidence that the President responded to plaintiff's questions by giving false, misleading and evasive answers that were designed to obstruct the judicial process."
The decision means that he must pay Jones' legal fees and could lose his right to practice law. It could also whet Ken Starr's appetite for a post-term perjury prosecution.
Source: Time Daily (Story no longer online)

The Last Taboo
Psychologists hail the benefits of pederasty
April 10, 1999 Issue of World Magazine Online - Ignoring the true implications of the effects of sexual relations between adults and children, some psychologists are trying to interpret the data to mean that this activity may have a beneficial effect on some minors. (Story no longer online)

Winning The Cultural War - Charlton Heston
Mar. 16, 1999 - Text of Heston's speech to Harvard Law School, Feb. 16, 1999. A challenge to have the courage to stand for what is right even if it means going against "political correctness." Source:WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)

The Bible Explains Today's Headlines
Mar. 9, 1999 - Henry Blackaby, author of the "Experiencing God" course, says that the world is experiencing God's judgment. His judgment is incremental, coming in "six or seven steps" to give people time to repent. Source: Religion News Today (Story no longer online)

Bill Would Protect Students Against Internet Porn
March, 1999 - New legislation will be proposed to the Senate by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, to require schools and libraries which receive federal subsidies for internet connections to install blocking or filtering software on computers used by children. Source:Computer News Daily/ N.Y. Times (Story no longer online)

ShadowGov.Com Protests Latest Clinton Scandal
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Feb. 26, 1999 - The group that burned $16,000 of O.J.Simpson's trophies and memorabilia to declare his guilt and call for reforms in the justice system, is now organizing protests in 200 cities across the country to develop awareness of the rape charges against President Clinton.

Arkansas Woman Claims Clinton Attack
Feb. 19, 1999 - Published accounts are now appearing of an alleged rape 20 years ago by then-Arkansas Attorney General, Bill Clinton. The Washington Post reports that the story was printed in the op-ed section of the Wall Street Journal. The woman, Juanita Broaddrick claims that her earlier denial of the event was false.
Also reported in:
Drudge Report - BROADDRICK EXPLOSION: CALLS FOR NBC NEWS PRESIDENT TO RESIGN
This story claims NBC covered up the story despite objections by their Lisa Meyers and Washington Bureau Chief Tim Russert,. The story will expire today, but there may be a follow-up in its place. (Story no longer online)

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