by Evette Harris
Over this last week, I’ve noticed how many people seemed truly happy and excited about Christmas. People actually smiled and perked-up when told, “Merry Christmas,” or the elusive, “Happy Holidays.”
Men were holding doors for ladies and ladies were overheard talking about what they were going to cook for Christmas dinner. Children were all the more excited about Santa Claus and singing Jingle Bells in the school hallways.
I even let one guy bogart his way in front of me to the gas pump. I was non-plussed about it and was glad to give him the gift of pushing his way to the front of the line. Not a problem.
Just like we often need ‘Me time,’ or ‘Girls night out,’ as individuals, mothers, employees, etc., our nation needs a time-out, too. Nations are made up of many types of people and like people, nations have a personality and a culture that is constantly going, gets overworked, and downright tired.
Whether it’s Christmas or another national holiday, our nation needs these days as sort of a rest-stop on life’s road, to give pause for reflecting, prayer, and meditating about our nation’s purpose. We need to use this time corporately, as a country, to appreciate the people and material wealth with which we are blessed.
We need national holidays as a respite from all the evil and mayhem that take place on a daily basis. National holidays allow us to rest and regroup and gain perspective about our lives and how we fit into the larger scheme of life.
We need these days to remind us of others who may be less fortunate; others who are grieving, and others who are no longer here to celebrate and enjoy these time with us. We need Christmas and national holidays to be our national Sabbaths-days that we can respect and honor as Holy-days.
We need Christmas and national holidays to remind us to say, “THANKS.” Thanks for our families; thanks for our friends and our national provisions. Thanks for our country, our military, and our Constitution.
We live in tumultuous times and we often are so busy in our daily lives. We may attend our respective religious services, but when we, corporately, as a nation, are taking the time share similar beautiful thoughts with our families and friends on any given national holiday, what better way to honor the Ultimate Creator of our lives and our nation?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May God continue to bless these United States of America!
by Providence Crowder
Out of the many homicide statistics that anti-gun proponents would show us as evidence for the need for “strict” and “common sense” gun control, they fail to acknowledge that most all of these killings are committed by people with illegal guns. Gun control does not work for criminals because they never cared about gun laws in the first place. They will still have their guns, it’s the rest of us that will be disarmed.
A 2002 U.S. Justice Department study of 272,111 felons released from state prisons in 1994 found that within three years of their release, these former inmates had been charged with committing at least 2,871 new homicides, 2,444 new rapes, 3,151 other new sexual assaults, 2,362 new kidnappings, 21,245 new robberies, 54,604 new assaults, and 13,854 other new violent crimes. Sadly, there may have been more victims had armed citizens not deterred those criminals.
Legally-armed citizens have PROVEN to deter crime. A 1982 survey of male felons in 11 state prisons dispersed across the U.S. found that:
• 34% had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”
• 40% had decided not to commit a crime because they “knew or believed that the victim was carrying a gun”
• 69% personally knew other criminals who had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed victim”
Yet, the gun-control fanatics don’t care about these statistics. They forge on with their agenda despite clear evidence to the contrary. In some of the most crime-ridden cities in the U.S., strict gun control laws have been implemented with devastating results. (more…)
Guess our national leaders didn’t expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!
These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:
“Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.”The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain’s heart.”In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA – because I don’t believe that they are responsible for my daughter’s death.
Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel’s murder I would be their strongest opponent.
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy — it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You’ve stripped away our heritage,
You’ve outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question “Why?”
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
“Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation’s history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine’s tragedy occurs — politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
“As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA — I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter’s death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!”
– Darrell Scott
Do what the media did not – – let the nation hear this man’s speech. Please send this out to everyone you can.
(originator of this letter is unknown)
By Mack Rights
In case you’re a liberal who relies upon the liberal media for news, the other day, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appointed Conservative Tea Party Representative Tim Scott to replace Jim DeMint in the Senate. This is important because Representative Tim Scott is a black conservative, and the liberals are puking on themselves.
Liberals hate black conservatives. Black conservatives are what they consider to be “runaway slaves” who’ve escaped from their Democrat-Party Plantation. So some liberal named Adolph L. Reed Jr., over at the arch-liberal New York Times, had to write a screed titled, “The Puzzle of Black Republicans.” These are the key points of his article: “It obscures the fact that modern black Republicans have been more tokens than signs of progress… Mr. Scott’s background is… utterly at odds with the preferences of most black Americans. Mr. Scott has been staunchly anti-tax, anti-union and anti-abortion.”
This is the problem with liberals. They assume that blacks vote for the Democrat Party over 90% of the time because the Democrat Party has been good for them. The fact remains: the Democrat Party has been oppressing blacks since the party’s founding. Itis the party of slavery, segregation, the KKK, Jim Crow laws, the black genocide in the abortion mills and socialism. None of these sacraments of the Democrat Party had or have anything to do with lifting up the black man. (more…)