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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Navy On Sonar Use

whaleFrom: The Desk of Ashley E. Herzog

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday that the Navy can use sonar in its exercises off the California coast — despite objections from environmental groups, who say that sonar is harmful to whales and other animals.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John Roberts said that national security was a more pressing concern than the well-being of marine mammals.

“Even if the plaintiffs have shown irreparable injury from the navy’s training exercises, any such injury is outweighed by the public interest and the navy’s interest in effective, realistic training of its sailors,” he wrote.

Personally, I cannot believe this was a 5-4 decision. Think about it. We have four people on the Supreme Court who would rather save whales than protect our country. These people respect all life but human life.

The Holy Spirit Gives Understanding

The Spirit exhibits to us the amazing love of Jesus to sinners; the wonders of His incarnation; the amiableness of His life on earth; the spotless purity of His character; the unparalleled sufferings of His life; the fruits of His death, resurrection; ascension, and intercession. (David Harsha, “The Savior’s Ascension”)

James Iredell: A Divine Institution

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James Iredell

“For my part, I am free and ready enough to declare that I think the Christian religion is a Divine institution; and I pray to God that I may never forget the precepts of His religion or suffer the appearance of an inconsistency in my principles and practice.” (US Supreme Court Justice, Attorney General of North Carolina, Ratifier of the US Constitution)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck Versus Reverend Jeremiah Wright

elisabethh1Last Sunday, in a sermon at his home church, Reverend Jeremiah Wright (former pastor to President-elect Obama) strongly criticized the media, including Elisabeth Hasselbeck – who he called “that dumb broad on ‘The View.'” Hasselbeck is an articulate conservative and one of the co-hosts of the morning TV show “The View.” Andrew Herrmann writes:

On the ABC show Monday, Hasselbeck — who has called Wright a “hate monger” who “hates America” — fired back. “By choosing those words, in my opinion, pretty much proves my points I’ve been making about him,” she said. “To call someone who jeremiahwright3simply disagrees with you a dumb broad is not only archaic but sexist.”

Hasselbeck also complained that Wright called her “a dizzy blond.” She said dryly, “I’m not a natural blond.”

Wright has likened U.S. foreign policy to the oppression by the Roman empire, using the phrase “garlic-nosed Italians,” which Hasselbeck said is similar to a slur against Jews. Again referring Sunday to ancient Rome, Wright said, “I know that dumb broad on the — what’s her name — ‘The View,’ don’t like that.”

Merry Christmas! Not!

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Quoting Michael Reagan:

“Christmas is once again upon us, and we can expect to witness countless new displays of the rampant secularization of what is meant to be a joyous celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Frankly I’m fed up with seeing federal, state and local governments, local and nationwide chain stores, and even the White House — which last year couldn’t call their Christmas Party a Christmas party — all of them giving in to the intimidation of a handful of secular progressives who loathe Christianity and any celebration associated with it. Despite the fact that close to 90 percent of all Americans are Christians — and that along with Easter, Christmas is one of the two most sacred days in the Christian calendar — we have allowed a tiny minority among us to turn Christ’s birthday celebration into a secular holiday devoid of any religious significance whatsoever. Merely to greet another by saying ‘Merry Christmas’ is now deemed politically incorrect and potentially offensive to non-Christians, and is thus taboo. Pity the poor store employee who dares to greet customers with this traditional salutation instead of uttering the meaningless ‘Happy Holiday.’ Municipalities large and small tremble in fear of being charged with violating the hallowed creed of separation of church and state if they allow the erection of a crèche or Christmas tree on city property, or dare to call the tree anything other than a ‘holiday’ tree. Obviously, any mention of the holiday’s correct title — Christmas — is absolutely verboten. It has long been clear that the sole official purpose of the so-called holiday season is to boost the economy with an orgy of buying Christmas presents from establishments which insult us by strenuously avoiding calling them Christmas gifts. … Have a Merry Christmas. And don’t be afraid to say that loud and clear to everyone.”

Have You Tried The Way Of The World?

I believe that truly godly people will tell you that the most wonderful thing in life is to enjoy the blessings of living life God’s way. It becomes a treasure to them that means everything. Whether circumstances are good or bad, nothing else compares. Knowing God is the supreme happiness.

Communion with God is the whole point of our lives. The essence of true Christianity is to know God. This cannot take place except through Jesus Christ. You will never arrive at God without Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus’ words are divine revelation. The truth about God matters. We must not rely on our own feelings which change from one moment to the next. We must have true knowledge of God through Jesus Christ. We must focus first on knowing the truth of God in order that we then see the truth about ourselves. We will only see our true needs when we enjoy the blessing of salvation. If you are outside of Christ, you will not see yourself clearly – as you really are.

Those who become aware of themselves in this way begin to recognize their dependence. They know their place of safety lies in Jesus Christ. They come to realize that the most precious thing in their life is their soul. The soul is eternal and we must commit its keeping to our God and Christ. Are you concerned about your soul?

Have you tried the way of the world and found it lacking? There is only one place in which you will find supreme happiness. That place is in the presence of God.

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