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Is This the Best We Got?

By Jeff Holder

Is this the best we got?

That’s the nagging thought in the minds of many conservatives as they survey the candidates who want to lead our country. We talk often about “electability” and “lesser of two evils” and “picking the best of the bunch.” And we almost believe it. But deep down inside, we want a strong American conservative leader. Because we hope that he or she could give us our country back.
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Patriotism, Morality and Spiritual Life

By Dr. Ted Baehr, Publisher, Movieguide(R)

Recently, I reviewed for www.movieguide.org a terrific DVD called AGENDA. The documentary presents a quote from Joseph Stalin from the 1930s“America’s. . . resistance is three fold, its patriotism, morality and spiritual life. If we can undermine these three areas, America will collapse from within.”

By the time I entered NYU School of Law in the early 1970s, I was a product of this campaign to undermine patriotism, morality and spiritual life that had captured the hearts and minds of the cultural Marxists and their fellow travelers, who were (as the Marxists intoned) useful idiots. Let me explain.
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WITHOUT GOD, THERE IS NO LIBERTY

By Sharon Sebastian

Government can suppress it, deride it, attempt to lay claim to it, but they cannot stop it. Talk show hosts are speaking of it, many are now calling for it and more Americans understand the necessity for it, whether they believe in it or not. There is an uprising, a movement, a need to return to God. From the founding of this great nation, our forefathers knew that our liberty and rights are gifts from our Creator.

“Can the liberties of a nation be sure when we remove their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people, that these liberties are a gift from God?Thomas Jefferson

Of late, talk show hosts such as Limbaugh, Beck, Levin, Larson, Gallagher, Cunningham and an array of others are now openly calling for a

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Police in Michigan Arrest Four Christians for Preaching Jesus Outside Public Arab Festival

Has Shariah Law from the Muslim terrorist nation of Iran come to the United States?

Eight white police officers in Dearborn, Mich. arrested four Christians Friday June 18 and confiscated their video camera for handing out copies of the Gospel of John from the New Testament at the 15th annual Dearborn Arab International Festival.

The mosque in Dearborn, Michigan is the largest in America.

Islamic Shariah Law used in Iran and developed from the Koran, the “bible” for Muslims, forbids Christians and Jews from talking to Muslims about their faith. It also forbids Muslims from converting to other faiths, usually on pain of death.

The United States government and other national governments and agencies around the world recognize Iran as a major supporter of Islamic terrorism. Terrorism is defined as the deliberate torture, murder and/or dismemberment of civilians for political, religious or other ideological reasons.

The four Christian missionaries were arrested barely three minutes after they began to peacefully distribute copies of the Gospel of John.

According to one of the four missionaries, the policemen told the group that they could only distribute the Gospel five whole blocks from the festival!!!

Happily, the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., one of the top legal teams defending religious and political rights in the U.S., has decided to defend the Christians arrested for allegedly disturbing the peace.

“These Christian missionaries were exercising their constitutional rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion, but apparently the Constitution carries little weight in Dearborn, where the Muslim population seems to dominate the political apparatus,” Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, said.

“The first thing [these] police officers did before making the arrests was to confiscate the video cameras in order to prevent a recording of what was actually happening,” Thompson added.

This situation in Dearborn is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable. It is also clearly unconstitutional, a frightening violation of the First Amendment.

Islam is an evil, violent ideology that doesn’t deserve to be labeled a religion. And, the Koran is an evil, intellectually confused and historically false diatribe against the Christian faith with a false, confused and irrational description of God and His divine attributes. It also contains a false description of the identity and teachings of Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh who died for our sins and rose from the dead to deliver us from evils and sins like the Koran, Islam, Shariah Law, and the Muslim-supporting leaders and police officials running the city of Dearborn.

To contact the Dearborn police and its city government to protest these arrests, please call (313) 943-2285 or write to the mayor at mayor@ci.dearborn.mi.us. To find out more information about or to support the Thomas More Law Center, please visit its website at www.thomasmore.org.

- Source:  WorldNetDaily, www.wnd.com, 06/22/10.

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Real American Church Attendance?

By D. Michael Lindsay

Pinpointing the number of Americans in weekly worship has vexed sociologists and pollsters for quite some time.  In 1993, an article by three prominent scholars appeared in the flagship sociology journal which suggested an argument similar to that of David Olson and Bob Smietana.  Using actual headcounts in worship instead of nationally-representative polls where people report how often they attend church, they suggested weekly worship attendance is closer to 20 percent of the adult population than the widely-reported 40 percent.

Since then, a number of experts have responded.  The debates have been intense, but in recent years, the following consensus has emerged:

Counting heads to estimate weekly worship service attendance is far less reliable than estimates based on survey responses.  Headcounts are more error-prone because there is more room for biases—from who does the counting, from when the headcounts are conducted, from who reports the headcounts, and from how exhaustive the headcounts are (such as whether midweek services are included).

In order for researchers to generalize headcounts to the entire adult population, they must be conducted as an exhaustive census or a representative sample.  Typically, headcounts are not statistically representative in terms of denomination, region of the country, or time of year.  Even weather patterns have to be included in the mix, which means headcounters have to devote incredible resources in order for their estimates to be accurate.  Most of the time, that does not happen.

The gold standard to assess whether survey estimates about church attendance are accurate is to see how well they predict the outcome of U.S. presidential elections, where we eventually learn the actual outcome.  Gallup and other survey firms use the same methods to predict presidential races as they use to estimate worship attendance.  And we know that people over-report voting as much as they over-report church attendance.  Hence, if Gallup estimates can successfully overcome that bias in predicting who will win the White House, we can be reasonably confident in their estimates about church attendance.  Gallup hasn’t missed a presidential race in sixty years, which is an impressive track record.

And yet, we know over-reported behavior is a problem.  Men over-report sexual adventures, and citizens claim to vote when they never actually show up on Election Day.  So also do Americans exaggerate church attendance.  Using a variety of cross-checks on reported behaviors, social scientists have concluded that Americans do over-report church attendance but not by much.  Instead of an over-reporting factor of 2 to 1 (which would make weekly church attendance around 20 percent), it is probably a margin of 1.3 to 1.  This makes weekly attendance figures somewhere between 30 and 35 percent of the U.S. adult population.

With these caveats in mind, social scientists continue to trust survey estimates of church attendance.  Pastors and church leaders should do the same.

Editor’s Note:  D. Michael Lindsay is a sociologist who specializes in issues surrounding leadership, religion, and culture. The author of several books, scholarly articles, and research reports, Lindsay has recently completed the first phase of the White House Fellows Project, which is the most systematic survey of top American leaders conducted in nearly forty years. This article is reprinted by permission.


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