Anyway you evaluate them, the last couple of weeks have not been among
the best for our apprentice president. Looking back, there was his speech
to the joint session of Congress, (up to that time his 29th speech in
defense of his health care reform plan), designed to give a major boost to
that controversial proposal and ensure its immediate approval by his
Democrat controlled Congress. The speech was punctuated by
Representative Joe Wilson's shout of "You lie!" -- an appropriate remark
but expressed in an inappropriate setting. That speech did give him and
his plan a small, brief bounce in the approval ratings, but within 3 or 4
days the ratings were back down to pre-speech levels. All polls
continue to indicate that American voters do not really want or like this
reform plan, and certainly will not do so until they know what it actually

Then came his unprecedented TV media blitz -- his appearance on five
(count 'em: 5!) talk shows on Sunday (all except "fair and balanced" Fox
News) discussing Jimmy Carter's unfounded racism charge, and trying to
establish some legitimacy for his health reform proposal, each appearance
featuring soft, gently lobbed questions from admiring hosts, interrupted by
George Stephanopoulos' probing question forcing him to attempt to dance
nimbly around any believable answer. Over-all, no recordable bounce in
any ratings, and actually a waste of time, talent and network money.

Then it was time for his initial appearance at the UN. Maybe the problem
is that his teleprompters get stuck on one of two themes. When it is a
domestic speech, the teleprompter just repeats all the campaign rhetoric.
Then when it is a international speech, the teleprompter just repeats the
litany of apologies for everything America has ever done throughout our
history. This time at the UN it was the apology speech, and Obama
echoed his previous world speeches by highlighting what he thinks is
wrong with America. But this time it included an incredibly arrogant listing
of accomplishments during his 9 months as president -- never referring to
anything America has done, but always using the first person singular
pronoun, claiming credit for all the monumental things he has done.

There were frequent moments of applause. Why wouldn't there be?
Anyone who claims to have done so much good in such a short time
deserves applause and recognition. And of course he did gain some very
significant recognition from the very next speaker, Libyan President
Gadhafi who called him "our son," speaking with reference to his African
heritage from his father, and "my son," apparently speaking from a more
personal or ideological basis. He also urged America to make Obama
president for life.

And as for any bounce in the president's slumping approval ratings, the
polls have shown absolutely no improvement, and his daily approval rating
index declined by a few points, still well down into negative territory. It is
as commentator Monica Crowley expressed it, "The problem the
president faces is that he lacks credibility."

Concerning the UN appearance, the London Telegraph editorialized under
this heading, "The UN loves Barack Obama because he is weak" and
said, "Obama’s popularity at the UN boils down essentially to his
willingness to downplay American global power. He is the first
American president who has made an art form out of apologizing for the
United States... The Obama mantra appears to be – ask not what your
country can do for you, but what you can do to atone for your country."
The writer, Nile Gardiner, continued, "The president scores highly at the
UN for refusing to project American values and military might on the
world stage ... His appeasement of Iran, his bullying of Israel, his
surrender to Moscow, his call for a nuclear free world, his siding with
Marxists in Honduras, his talk of a climate change deal, have all won
him plaudits in the large number of UN member states ... Simply put,
Barack Obama is loved at the UN because he largely fails to advance
real American leadership. This is a dangerous strategy of decline that
will weaken US power and make her far more vulnerable to attack."

Or as Pamela Geller wrote in "Atlas Shrugged:" " I think the UN loves
Obama because they both share an ugly contempt for America."

Coming out of the UN meeting, President Obama attended the G20
Summit conference in Pittsburgh, PA, where nothing significant for the
rest of the world was accomplished, aside from more endless, meaningless
rhetoric, and another in the ongoing series of "warnings" to Iran, to which
President Ahmadinejad responded by asking that Obama apologize to
Iran, and then almost the next day test-launched intercontinental missiles.
Very few of the international "leaders" seem to take current events very
seriously. Because he does take them most seriously is the reason Israeli
Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech was the one meaningful highlight of the
UN meeting.

Those are issues affecting national or international affairs, but what
about issues which affect us as individual Christians? In our issue of June
24 we voiced the warning, "Be afraid ... be very much afraid." That
warning is even more timely today than it was just three months ago. Let
us tell you why. While the furor over the president's health care reform
proposal ("Obamacare") has occupied our attention, behind those scenes
other proposals are moving forward. We remember DOMA (Defense of
Marriage Act), passed by Congress and signed into law by President
Clinton on September 21, 1996. DOMA defines marriage as a legal union
between one man and one woman for purposes of all federal laws, and
provides that states need not recognize a marriage from another state if it is
between persons of the same sex. During his campaign candidate Obama
promised to repeal DOMA, and efforts in that direction are moving ahead.
Even Bill Clinton is now on board, either persuaded by the president's
political clout, or captivated by the BHO oratorical charm -- but he now
claims he was wrong, and is all in favor of same-sex marriage. That issue
is of serious concern to Christians.

In similar fashion, during his campaign, Obama promised to enact FOCA
(Freedom of Choice Act) which will greatly facilitate abortions. That is
also of serious concern to Christians. Right now, under the leadership of
homosexual and powerful Representative Barney Frank (D, MA), ENDA
(Employment Non Discrimination Act) is on the fast track. This bill,
among other provisions, will make it unlawful for Christian organizations
to deny employment for failure to meet certain standards -- for example,
an individual cannot be bypassed because of his or her sexual orientation.
Obviously of serious concern to Christians.

And not to comment on every bill offensive to Christians, but the "Hate
Crimes Prevention Act" (HR 1913) should be mentioned. Christian leaders
have mainly focused their attacks on the bill because it endangers the free
speech of pastors and any Christians who want to speak out against
homosexuality, based on Scriptural reasons. Those are just a few of the
potential laws awaiting action by Congress which are of serious concern
to all Christians. "Be afraid ... be very much afraid."

So what can we, as Christians, do about all this? Option #1, we can
sit back, chuckle at the anti-Obama cartoons, the insulting pictures and the
sarcastic poems we read, say "isn't it terrible!" and do nothing. The results
of that strategy are guaranteed: the situation will get worse. Or, as Option
#2, we can adopt a 3-fold strategy starting with (1) Pray for God to bless
America (even if the ACLU forbids) and ask Him to give wisdom to the
president and elected officials; (2) Actually contact our Congress people
in Washington (phone (202) 224-3121), and tell them what we want them
to do; (3) Begin working right now toward reclaiming America in the 2010
elections -- they're just a year away. It's an individual choice -- but make
no mistake: ANC is going to continue to beat this same drum, and not let
up on attempting to persuade our readers that America is worth salvaging,
and that the Church which Jesus established is the greatest possible force
to accomplish that goal.

This Founding Father had it right: "Political interest [can] never
separated in the long run from moral right ... 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, 1814

Some Random Afterthoughts . . .

Every now and then we think about ceasing this, but then we receive
messages from readers saying they enjoy our selection of "one liners" ...
"Most people are too busy earning a living to make any money."
(Joe Karbo)

"When is a Tax not a Tax? When Obama says it isn't." (Yid with Lid )

"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if
you must be without one, be without the strategy."
(General Norman Schwarzkopf)

"This president is starting to lie with disturbing regularity."
(L. Brent Bozell)

"During his first eight months in office, President Obama has sat down
for three times as many television interviews as his most recent two
predecessors combined." (New York Post)

"In less than a year, Leon Panetta's CIA has been reduced to irrelevance
and Panetta himself has either been ignored or emasculated by the very
folks who were supposed to be his biggest supporters." (S.E. Cupp)

This one is a bit longer -- but good. "There is a better explanation for the
growing opposition to President Obama. It has less to do with his
ethnicity than it does his credibility. Character, after all, is colorless."
(Cal Thomas)

Just what we have been saying: There is more bad news for the media
in a new poll from Sacred Heart University's Polling Institute which finds
that 83.6% of Americans (that's 5 out of 6) see the national news media
as "very or somewhat biased," and interestingly enough, 89.3% (nearly 9
out of 10) say the media were a strong factor in electing Barack Obama as
President last year. And according to the Sacred Heart poll, 67.9% of
Americans agreed with a statement that read: 'Old-style, traditionally
objective and fair journalism is dead.' Who would have guessed?

Speaking of the media: two unreported prayer meetings: the first
mid-afternoon, September 21, in Times Square in the heart of Manhattan.
The organizers, Times Square Church, had hoped for and expected
15,000 for this 3rd annual event -- but their expectations were completely
overturned when the attendance reached -- by "official" estimates --
between 40,000 and 60,000, with the consensus favoring the higher figure.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke to the crowd -- but the
media completely ignored it. Successful Christian events just don't meet
the standards of the liberal news media.

The second was the Muslim day of prayer at the US Capitol in
Washington on September 25. The organizers had predicted 50,000 . . .
and all day long, as people began arriving, the TV networks reported that
"tens of thousands" were assembling. The media obviously wanted
something to look good alongside the one million or more at the
Conservative, anti-Obamacare rally in the same area on September 12. But
when the final report was in, the news releases told the story: "nearly 3000
attend Muslim prayer rally in Washington." The media ignored it,
because it failed to produce the non-Christian impact that makes headlines.

Remember the old one: "Don't rain on my parade" ... Up above
a big
military parade in Tehran on Tuesday, Sept. 22, as the Iranian president
declared Iran's armed forces would "chop off the hands" of any power
daring to attack his country, two air force jets collided in mid-air. One was
Iran's only airborne warning and control system (AWACS) for
coordinating long-distance aerial operations. Ooooops ...

A statistic we have been expecting to read; now, suddenly, here
it is.
"Rome/Basel, 26.09.2009/APD According to recent information
provided by the Vatican, Muslims now outnumber Catholics worldwide.
At the end of 2008, there were 1.280 billion Muslims and 1.165 billion
Catholics, reported Vittorio Formenti, director of the head office for
statistics of the Roman Catholic Church. The Italian newspaper 'Il
Tempo' stated that the number of Christians worldwide totals 2.145
billion. The figure for Muslims was not divided into Shia and Sunni or
other Muslim communities. Formenti also said that the approximate
figure for Muslims is estimated upon the birth rate in Muslim countries.
It is supposed that someone who is born in a Muslim country, is
automatically Muslim." (Courtesy R.A. Williams, Australia)

Al Gore's "Global Warming" theory hit again: Claims for the
validity of the Global Warming theory are based on decades of data on the
world's temperature. However, for years anyone who requested access to
this data were told they weren't "qualified" to see it. Now, no one can see
it because the data supposedly has been "lost." Translation: "The dog ate
the global warming reports." But Al isn't a complete loser -- our generous
government gave him a half billion of our tax dollars to help him start a
"green" sports car factory in Scandinavia -- the car to sell for about
$90,000, obviously something everyone needs.

That song taught to first graders in New Jersey schools is strongly
reminiscent of the indoctrination of youth in North Korea, communist
China, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany. It seems to be a revision
of the old hymn, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the
world," but the new words are: "He said we must be fair today. Equal
work means equal pay. Barack Hussein Obama. He said red, yellow,
black or white, all are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama."

An important and enduring Founding Father quote: "We have
government armed with power capable of contending with human
passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge,
or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a
whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral
and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any
other." -- John Adams, 1798

[spotted what follows on the web]

[It's still legal - and always God-honoring - to air messages like the following. (See Ezekiel 3:18-19.) In light of government backing of raunchy behavior (such offenders were even executed in early America!), maybe the separation we really need is the "separation of raunch and state"!]

In Luke 17 in the New Testament, Jesus said that one of the big "signs" that will happen shortly before His return to earth as Judge will be a repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19 for details). So gays are actually helping to fulfill this same worldwide "sign" (and making the Bible even more believable!) and thus hurrying up the return of the Judge! They are accomplishing what many preachers haven't accomplished! Gays couldn't have accomplished this by just coming out of closets into bedrooms. Instead, they invented new architecture - you know, closets opening on to Main Streets where little kids would be able to watch naked men having sex with each other at festivals in places like San Francisco (where their underground saint - San Andreas - may soon get a big jolt out of what's going on over his head!). Thanks, gays, for figuring out how to bring back our resurrected Saviour even quicker! [See also "Obama Avoids Bible Verses" and "David Letterman's Hate, etc." on Google.]
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