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326 – Nov. 22 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


The growth in Virginia was almost breathtaking

November 22, 1755 – Sandy Creek Baptist Church, of Sandy Creek, North Carolina was constituted by Shubal Stearns and a total of eight families adding up to 16 members. The little flock built a meeting house and they rapidly grew to over six hundred under the leadership of Stearns and his brother-in-law Daniel Marshall and Joseph Breed who assisted him. The historian, George Washington Paschal has stated in his book, The History of the North Carolina Baptists that, “I make bold to say that these Separate Baptists have proved to be the most remarkable body of Christians America has known.” David L. Cummins continues, “I further agree with Paschal that had the Baptist cause in America continued under the domination of a strong Calvinism, such as the Particular Baptists advocated, Baptists would not have grown into such a force for God in our land.” It was a memorable day when the little group of Separate Baptists traveled to Sandy Creek, Guilford, County, N.C. Marshall was tireless in his efforts and was soon preaching in Virginia with tremendous results. In an early visit he baptized Dutton Lane, and he soon began to exhort. As a result, revival fell. Marshall at one time baptized 42. Samuel Harriss, who later became the leader of the Separate Baptists in Virginia, was also baptized by Marshall. The growth in Virginia was almost breathtaking, but so was the persecution by the Anglican state church that followed that swept many of the preachers into prison. In 17 years the Sandy Creek church was responsible for 42 churches and 125 Baptist ministers. Her branches reached out from the Chesapeake Bay eastward to the great river westward; and then to the Potomac northward, and to Georgia to the south. Stearns died at 71.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson/, pp. 486-88.

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Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students


by Jack Minor Email | Archive
Jack Minor is a former Marine who served under President Reagan. He has written hundreds of articles and has been interviewed about his work on multiple television and radio outlets. He is also a former pastor and has been acknowledged for his research ability in several books.
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Brushing aside privacy concerns by parents and civil rights activists, a Texas school district has gone live with a controversial program requiring all students to wear a locator radio chip that will enable officials to track their every move – or face expulsion.

At the beginning of the school year students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School within the Northside Independent School District were told their old student ID badges were no longer valid. During registration they were required to obtain new badges containing a radio frequency identification tracker chip.

Students refusing the chips were reportedly threatened with suspension, fines, or being involuntary transferred. Unlike chips used by retailers to track inventory which activate when scanned by a reader, these chips contain batteries and actively broadcast a continuous signal.

On October 1, the schools went live with a program to use the chips to track the exact locations of students using the badges. The badges would even be able to tell if a student in a classroom is in his seat or somewhere else in the room.

The district’s stated reason is to help obtain funding from the state by documenting the number of students who attend the school.

WOAI television reported district spokesman Pasqual Gonzalez said the two schools have a high rate of truancy, and the district could gain $2 million in state funding by improving attendance.

According to the San Antonio newspaper, the program is expected to cost the district $526,065 to implement with annual cost of $136,005 per year to continue running the program.

However, a counselor at the school told Steve Hernandez, a parent whose daughter Andrea is a sophomore at John Jay, that the district currently does not have any single person assigned to monitor the location of students or track the data.

“That destroys the argument that the purpose to track students for attendance purposes,” Hernandez said. “How are they supposed to safeguard privacy concerns if no one is responsible for its administration?”

The website ChipFreeSchools.com cites health concerns over the chips and includes a position paper from groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Big Brother Watch, Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, Constitutional Alliance, Freedom Force International, Friends of Privacy USA, the Identity Project and Privacy Activism said no students should be subjected to the “chipping” program “unless there is sufficient evidence of its safety and effectiveness.”

“Children should never be used as test subjects for technology, no matter what their socio-economic status. If schools choose to move forward without complete information and are willing to accept the associated liability, they should have provisions in place to adhere to the principles of fair information practices and respect individuals’ rights to opt out based on their conscientious and religious objections,” the statement said.

The paper said RFID tracking is dehumanizing, since it can “monitor how long a student or teacher spends in a bathroom stall.”

The plans also violate free speech and association, since the presence of a tracking device “could dissuade individuals from exercising their rights to freedom of thought, speech and association. For example, students might avoid seeking counsel when they know their RFID tags will document their presence at locations like counselor and School Resource Officer offices.”

Andrea Hernandez has refused to wear the new badge citing religious and privacy concerns. She said that since the policy went into effect several students have engaged in civil disobedience by leaving their badges at home. However, Hernandez has been wearing her old badge to school in an attempt to have some form of ID.

While the district has not yet expelled any students for refusing to wear the badges, Hernandez has already faced consequences for her refusal to take the chip.

“About two weeks ago when I went to cast my vote for homecoming king and queen I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” she explained. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”

In an attempt to obtain legal help, Andrea’s father, Steve Hernandez reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union, but was rebuffed because organization officials didn’t feel Andrea’s religious concerns would advance their core mission.

In an email to Hernandez, Rebecca Robertson with the ACLU of Texas told him, “the ACLU of Texas will not be able to represent you or your daughter in this matter.”

In citing its reasons for refusing to take the case Robertson said among the factors they use to decide to take a case are whether it “has the potential to achieve broad and lasting advances in civil liberties” and as such, Andrea’s case does not apparently meet that threshold.

WND requests to the district for comment were not returned.

In an October 2 letter, Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo said he was willing to let Hernandez wear a badge without the chip, but then goes on to portray the issue as one of her refusing to wear any type of ID.

“We are simply asking your daughter to wear an ID badge as every other student and adult on the Jay campus is asked to do.”

Galindo went on to suggest there would be consequences if she did not agree to wear the new badge.

“I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.”

Steve Hernandez said the so-called accommodation actually came with other strings attached.

“He told me in a meeting that if my daughter would proudly wear her student ID card around her neck so everyone could see, he would be able to quietly remove her chip from her student ID card,” Hernandez explained. “He went on to say as part of the accommodation my daughter and I would have to agree to stop criticizing the program and publicly support … it. I told him that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong.”

Andrea Hernandez said that since she has begun taking the stand she has been surprised by how many students agree with her.

“On Monday a group of students came up to me in the lunch room asking me about the chips after they saw me appear on television,” she said. “I got the majority to understand there were legitimate reasons for not wearing the badge. Many of them thanked me, saying they were uncomfortable with wearing them, but were unsure how to explain why they should not have to wear them.”

She went on to say while some students have said they didn’t have a problem wearing the badges, she is not aware of any who enthusiastically support the program.

Heather Fazio, executive director of Texans for Accountable Government, said the district has not been willing to take steps to listen to parent’s concerns over the chips.

“The school board refuses to put it on the agenda or hold a forum where the matter can be debated publicly,” Fazio said. “Parents are allowed to speak to the board on any item not on the agenda, but the board is under no obligation to respond to what is being said. When we mentioned our concerns to them, they looked at us with indifference.”

Highlighting the dangers the chips pose to student privacy issues even while off campus, Fazio said she was able to get list containing the names and addresses of all of the students in the district by filing a Freedom of Information Request.

“After paying a $30 fee with the FOIA request I was able to get every student’s name and address,” Fazio explained. “Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere.”

Andrea says while the school has not yet taken any retaliatory action, she is concerned that there will come a time when they will decide to retaliate.

“It is just a matter of time before they write me up and expel me. This would put a big black mark on my record if this were to happen, but I don’t feel I should be punished for standing up for my religious rights and privacy issues.”

She said, “In order to get into the Science and Engineering Academy I had to have good grades, great attendance, and be in pre-AP [advanced placement] classes. I had to fill out an application and write an essay about why I would be a good student. Now they want to take the education that I have worked so hard for away from me because I refuse to wear a tracker.”

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School makes good on threat of ‘consequences’ for refusing to submit to ‘Mark of the Beast’ ID scheme

Aaron Dykes
Infowars.com
November 19, 2012

After months of protesting a policy requiring high school students to wear an RFID-enabled ID badge around their necks at all times, Andrea Hernandez is being involuntarily withdrawn from John Jay High School in San Antonio effective November 26th, according to a letter sent by the district that has now been made public.

The letter, sent on November 13, informs her father that the Smart ID program, which was phased in with the new school year, is now in “full implementation” and requires all students to comply by wearing the location-tracking badges.

Since Andrea Hernandez has refused to wear the badge, she is being withdrawn from the magnet school and her program at the Science and Engineering Academy, and instead will have to attend William Howard Taft HS, which is not currently involved in the ID scheme, unless she changes her position.

Civil liberties lawyers at the Rutherford Institute told Infowars.com that they are in the process of filing a temporary restraining order petition to prevent the school from kicking Hernandez out until further appeals can be made to resolve the matter. Representatives for John Jay did not return calls for comment by the time of publishing.

Andrea, backed by her family, has claimed the policy violates her religious beliefs and unduly infringes on her privacy. The controversial ID badge includes the photo and name of each student, a barcode tied to the student’s social security number, as well as an RFID chip which pinpoints the exact location of the individual student, including after hours and when the student leaves campus.

The battle over the IDs has been an ongoing saga. The Hernandez family has previously attended several school board meetings, organized protests and filed formal grievances with the district over the matter, and has been backed by numerous civil rights advocates.

Infowars reporters covered a protest that took place in early October, following up with appearances by the Hernandez family on the Alex Jones Show and the Infowars Nightly Newsprograms.

Texas Students Treated Like Cattle with Mandatory RFID Tags

In response to public outcry and pressure from rights groups, the school has offered to remove the battery and chip, but wouldn’t budge on mandating the ID. Their offer would also require the Hernandez family to end their criticism and agree to comply with and even tout the policy, something Andrea’s father Steve Hernandez finds unacceptable.

Steve Hernandez stated, “[A]s part of the accommodation my daughter and I would have to agree to stop criticizing the program and publicly support … it. I told [the Deputy Superintendent] that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong.”

Andrea has instead agreed to carry her original ID card, which was issued when she began at the school, and was told would be valid for her entire four years there.

But she has already been effectively punished for her non-compliance. She was not allowed to vote for Homecoming King & Queen because she didn’t have the proper identification, and has also been barred from some school functions. The school originally threatened to suspend, fine, or involuntarily transfer students who wouldn’t wear the ID once the program was fully instituted.

Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo vowed in October that the consequences would be worse if Andrea did not change her mind: “I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation,” Galindo wrote.

Hernandez’ case first made news back in August, when the school tried to impose the new technology at the start of the school year. John Jay HS, along with other participating schools, stands to receive $2 million dollars in state funding for a program supposedly instituted to reduce tardiness and truancy. However, Hernandez and other students only qualified for the magnate school by having good attendance, grades and test scores in the first place.

Christian Family Refuses Mandatory RFID Chip at Texas School

For many Christian families, including the Hernandez’, the mandatory policy is eerily close to the predictions of Revelations 13: 16-18, which warns of the Mark of the Beast:

16 He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17 and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[a] the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666. (New King James Version)

As such, the policy has also been considered a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right to free speech and freedom of religion. Many also consider it to be an unreasonable and unwarranted violation of privacy, protected under the Fourth Amendment.

Gov’t Bribing School Children with Candy to Wear RFID Chip

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325 – Nov. 21 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


The oppression of Baptists continued in CT until 1771

November 21, 1752 – Elisha Paine, was seized by the authorities of Windham, Connecticut, and imprisoned because he failed to pay a tax to the state church minister. In defending liberty of conscience…Baptists often had to remind Congregationalists of the time when the “shoe was on the other foot,” and their fathers suffered under papal authority and tyranny as well as from Rome’s child, the Church of England. Paine, in an eloquent speech reminded them of the “Golden Rule” and how he marveled at how soon they had forgotten the sword that drove their fathers into this land and now had taken hold of it as a jewel to kill their grandchildren. “O, that man could see how far this is from Christ’s rule! I believe the same people, who put this authority into the hands of Mr. Cogswell, their minister, to put me into prison for not paying him for preaching, would think it very hard for the church I belong to, and am pastor of, if they should be so unjustly taxed at; and yet I can see no other difference, only because the power is in his hands…and yet he hath taken from me by force two cows and one steer, and now my body held in prison only because the power is in his hands.” He compared the law of CT to Rome and referred to Ps. 94:20-22 – Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord is my defense; and my God is the rock of my refuge. five days later Paine was released from prison. The severe winter kept him from his family, who suffered much in an unfinished house for lack of his assistance. The oppression of Baptists continued in CT until 1771 when liberty prevailed over tyranny in the area of religious freedom.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson/ , pp. 485-86.

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“Thankful For The Thorns”


Sandra felt as low as the heels of her crocks when she pulled open the florist shop door, against a November gust of wind. Her life had been as sweet as a spring breeze and then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a “minor” automobile accident stole her joy. This was Thanksgiving week and the time she should have delivered their infant son. She grieved over their loss. Troubles had multiplied. Her husband’s company “threatened” to transfer his job to a new location.

Her sister had called to say that she could not come for her long awaited holiday visit. What’s worse, Sandra’s friend suggested that Sandra’s grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. “She has no idea what I’m feeling,” thought Sandra with a shudder. “Thanksgiving? Thankful for what?” she wondered. “For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life, but took her child’s?”

“Good afternoon, can I help you?” Sandra was startled by the approach of the shop clerk.

“I… I need an arrangement,” stammered Sandra.

“For Thanksgiving? Do you want the beautiful, but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a customer favorite I call the ‘Thanksgiving Special’? I’m convinced that flowers tell stories,” she continued. “Are you looking for something that conveys ‘gratitude’ this Thanksgiving?”

“Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out. “In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.” Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the clerk said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”

Then the bell on the door rang, and the clerk greeted the new customer, “Hi, Barbara… let me get your order.” She excused herself and walked back to a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and what appeared to be long-stemmed, thorny roses – except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped. There were no flowers.

“Do you want these in a box?” asked the clerk. Sandra watched for the customer’s response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed. “Yes, please,” Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. “You’d think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again.”, she said, as she gently tapped her chest.

Sandra stammered, “Uh, that lady just left with, uh… she left with no flowers!”

“That’s right,” said the clerk. “I cut off the flowers. That’s the ‘Special’. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.”

“Oh, come on! You can’t tell me someone is willing to pay for that!” exclaimed Sandra.

“Barbara came into the shop three years ago, feeling much as you do, today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had just lost her father to cancer; the family business was failing; her son had gotten into drugs; and she was facing major surgery.”

“That same year, I had lost my husband,” continued the clerk. “For the first time in my life, I had to spend the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too much debt to allow any travel.”

“So what did you do?” asked Sandra. “I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly. “I’ve always thanked God for the good things in my life and I NEVER questioned Him why those GOOD things happened to me. But when the bad stuff hit, I cried out, “WHY? WHY Me?” It took time for me to learn that the dark times are important to our faith! I have always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of my life, but it took the thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort! You know, the Bible says that God comforts us when we’re afflicted, and from His consolation we learn to comfort others.”

Sandra sucked in her breath, as she thought about the thought that her friend had tried to tell her. “I guess the truth is, I don’t want comfort. I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God.”

Just then someone else walked in the shop. “Hey, Phil!” the clerk greeted the balding, rotund man.
“My wife sent me in to get our usual Thanksgiving arrangement… twelve thorny, long-stemmed stems!” laughed Phil as the clerk handed him a tissue wrapped arrangement from the refrigerator.

“Those are for your wife?” asked Sandra incredulously. “Do you mind telling me why she wants a bouquet that looks like that?”

“No… I’m glad you asked,” Phil replied. “Four years ago, my wife and I nearly divorced. After forty years, we were in a real mess, but with the Lord’s grace and guidance, we trudged through problem after problem. The Lord rescued our marriage. Jenny, here (the clerk) told me she kept a vase of rose stems to remind her of what she had learned from “thorny” times. That was good enough for me. I took home some of those stems. My wife and I decided to label each one for a specific “problem” and give thanks for what that problem taught us.” As Phil paid the clerk, he said to Sandra, “I highly recommend the Special!”

“I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life.” Sandra said to the clerk. “It’s all too… fresh.”

“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that the thorns make the roses more precious. We treasure God’s providential care more during trouble than at any other time. Remember that it was a crown of thorns that Jesus wore so we might know His love. Don’t resent the thorns.”

Tears rolled down Sandra’s cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on her resentment. “I’ll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.

“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a minute.”

“Thank you. What do I owe you?”

“Nothing. Nothing but a promise to allow God to heal your heart. The first year’s arrangement is always on me.” The clerk smiled and handed a card to Sandra. “I’ll attach this card to your arrangement, but maybe you would like to read it first.”

It read:
My God, I have never thanked You for my thorns. I have thanked You a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorns. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear; teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed closer to You along the path of pain. Show me that, through my tears, the colors of Your rainbow look much more brilliant.”

Praise Him for the roses; thank Him for the thorns.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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Rocket Hits Gush Etzion


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

A rocket exploded in an open area near an Arab village in Gush Etzion around 2:15 p.m. as sirens wailed in Jerusalem during another barrage of rockets and missiles unleashed by Hamas.

The missile exploded in an open area, and no one was injured. Minutes before the sirens rang out, an AFP correspondent in Gaza City reported hearing the loud report of an outgoing rocket.

The attack was claimed by Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, which said it had fired “an M75 rocket at the occupied city of Jerusalem.”

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who spent the past two days in Egypt, had been scheduled to hold talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman shortly after noon.

At least one missile was aimed at Jerusalem last week and reportedly exploded in an open area next to an Arab village in Gush Etzion, located south of the capital.

Shortly earlier on Tuesday, three rockets hit a kibbutz, critically wounding at least one person. The early warning siren system did not operate, and there are fears that several young people, possibly children, are trapped in debris.

A Grad missile demolished a Be’er Sheva home. A woman in the house took cover in the reinforced shelter in the house and escaped injury.

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Wurmser: Iran a Major Factor Behind Gaza/Israel Violence


November 19, 2012

LIGNET Senior Analyst David Wurmser says in a new interview that Iran’s support for Hamas is a major factor behind the hundreds of missiles fired on Israel from Gaza over the last week and that he believes pro-Iran Hamas factions could extend the violence. Intensified Western pressure to end the conflict, he says, could actually accelerate the timeline for an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Dr. David Wurmser, a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke to LIGNET Managing Editor Fred Fleitz via Skype from Tel Aviv early today. He says he had to duck for cover yesterday when air raid sirens were sounded and that he watched interceptor missiles from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system destroy two rockets fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza.

Wurmser says he believes the violence between Hamas and Israel began several weeks ago when an unknown party – Wurmser thinks it was Israel – destroyed a factory in Sudan that reportedly was being used by Iran to manufacture medium-range missiles to send to Hamas in Gaza.Wurmser says medium-range missiles fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are not easily made and were probably imported.He also notes that the Israeli’s attack on the Sudanese missile factory and the airstrikes on Gaza that began on November 14 are part of a deliberate Israeli strategy to destroy the Iranian base of support for Hamas.

Wurmser says pro-Iranian factions in Hamas are a key factor in determining how soon the violence will end. Wurmser says he believes Hamas wants a cease-fire even though it has so far laid down conditions that Israel will not accept. However, the crucial factor might be whether Hamas is guided by its pro-Egyptian factions that want the conflict to end or whether Hamas’ more radical pro-Iranian factions will prevail in pressing Hamas to continue the rocket attacks and resist a cease-fire.

Wurmser says he sees Egypt publicly playing to the Arab street in its rhetoric against Israel. Under the surface, however, Egypt wants to tamp down and end the violence.Wurmser says he believes recent events in Gaza took Egyptian officials off guard and that Egypt’s government is ill-prepared to deal with this crisis since the government is still consolidating its power.Maintaining U.S. aid and winning a large IMF loan are important factors motivating Egypt to try to end this conflict, according to Wurmser.

Wurmser sees both sides playing to end the current conflict to its advantage.He says he thinks Hamas will fire missiles until the last moment so it can claim victory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Wurmser, cannot afford to allow the violence to end in a way that just kicks the can down the road for violence to resume again in a few months. Wurmser also assesses that Netanyahu wants to avoid an inconclusive outcome like the one seen after the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and needs to end the Hamas rocket threat before he agrees to a cease-fire.

Wurmser says Israel might accelerate its timeline to invade Gaza so it can accomplish its objectives before it is forced by the West to agree to a cease-fire.Wurmser also fears that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system might run out of missiles, which would require Israeli forces to enter Gaza to take out missiles from the ground. So far, Wurmser says Israel has fired about 300 Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

November 19, 2012 10:00 EDT Update

The Israeli military ordered new widespread air strikes earlier today targeting locations all over Gaza, specifically guerilla sites linked to Hamas militants. Today marks the sixth day of clashes between Israel and Gaza with the death toll in Gaza reportedly reaching 94.

In response to sustained rocket attacks by Hamas yesterday, the Israeli military carried out a series of bombings across Gaza this morning. The missiles targeted around 80 Hamas sites in Gaza and left 18 people killed and over 30 more injured. Two field commanders from the Islamic Jihad faction of Hamas were among the casualties. The targeted sites included homes of Hamas militants, other militant-owned buildings, arms storage locations and police stations.

A Hamas official in Cairo said Israel must make the first move in ending hostilities and claimed Israel has asked for a cease-fire. Israeli officials rejected these statements.

International efforts intensified today to end the violence. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Hamas leaders offering to end Israeli airstrikes if the rocket attacks cease.

Hamas appears to be complicating peace efforts by demanding that Israel end its blockade of Gaza as a condition for agreeing to a cease-fire, a demand Israeli officials will not agree to.

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324 – Nov. 20 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


November 20, 1771 – Shubal Stearns died. It had only been 20 years since he had embraced Baptist principles and moved South from Boston where he had been influenced by the preaching of George Whitefield. He had labored among the “Separates” or “New Lights” as they were called then. So many of the Separates became Baptists that on occasion, Whitefield spoke against “rebaptism” of adults and argued for pedobaptism and in order to make it plain that the Baptists did not belong to his flock, he stated that many of his “chickens had become ducks.” Stearns left New England and stopped off at Opeckon, Berckley County, Virginia on his way to Sandy Creek, North Carolina in Guilford County. It was there under the pastoral care of John Garrard and Daniel Marshall, who would become Stearns Brother-in-law that he would become a Baptist. Because of restlessness and Indian raids, Stearns and a party of sixteen settled at Sandy Creek where they built a little meetinghouse shortly after arriving, and organized a Separate Baptist church with Shubal Stearns as pastor and Daniel Marshall and Joseph Breed as his assistants. The church soon expanded to 606 and began to expand into three other states. James Read, Samuel Harriss and Dutton Lane had great success in Virginia. Daniel Marshall traveled further south and planted churches in S.C., and Georgia and the Kiokee Baptist Church across the Savannah River, which was the first Baptist church of that state. Besides the home church, Stearns travelled a considerable distance in the country around, to assist in organizing and regulating the churches which he and his associates were instrumental in raising up. The spread of the gospel went forward in spite of the French and Indian War and the vast wilderness.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson /, pp. 483-85.

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It’s final in Ireland: Kids, gov’t rule in home over parents


Friday, November 16, 2012

Pro-family groups are going on the offensive to stop an incoming barrage of internationalists’ treaties as voters approve ballot measures on “children’s rights.”

The results are in … and parents in Ireland voted for their own defeat — conceding that they are not fit to make decisions about raising their own children. They effectively handed over their parental rights to their own children and the government Saturday, as the final poll results show this week that 57 percent– versus 43 percent — of Irish voters believe that “children’s rights” should usurp their own when making crucial decisions on the upbringing of Irish youth.

In another stride toward global governance, the United Nations brought Ireland under compliance with its mandate that allows for the state’s seizure of children via an amendment that voters approved into the Irish constitution. Only one-third of Irish voters showed up to cast their ballot on the measure, which was not only supported by every political party, but surprisingly by all children’s charities, as well.

But pro-family groups in America are more than concerned that what goes down in Ireland doesn’t stay in Ireland.

“The election results are going to require us to engage in both offensive and defensive tactics to preserve parental rights,” saysParentalrights.org president Michael P. Farris. “There is absolutely no doubt that the internationalists are going to push extremely hard for ratification of a whole series of treaties that will dramatically reorder the relationship between parents and children.”

And Farris promises that he will not let America sit down and bow to the dictates of the government as parents blindly stand by to watch their parental rights stripped before their very eyes.

“The nanny state will gain much ground under these treaties,” Farris adds. “We must do everything we can to stop their ratification — and we will continue to work very hard to push theParental Rights Amendment. Getting a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate will be a significant challenge over the next two years, and we may have to hope for a turnaround in 2014.”

To see what the U.S. government is already doing
to invade parental rights in the home,
watch “Overruled: Government Invasion of Your Parental Rights“

Luck of the Irish won’t help here

Opponents in Ireland campaigning to defeat the referendum propagated by the government to champion and “strengthen children’s rights” will attest that Irish parents will need a lot more than the luck of the Irish when they want to exercise their rights to raise their children the way they see fit. After a hard-fought, but unfruitful battle against the government’s drive to pass the measure for the amendment, the Alliance of Parents against the State argue that the United Nations will reign supreme over Irish law.

For more on the referendum and the
U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child treaty,
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“Irish parents giving away wrong rights?”

According to APS, voters have given the Irish government virtually unchecked authority to seize the nation’s youth when acting in the “best interests of children” — a term which it defines itself. The pro-family group says parents will be faced with the following new challenges due to Saturday’s results:

Your child can be placed for adoption against your will.
The State can decide to give birth control to children of any age, even if they are below the age of consent.
The State can bring children to other countries for abortions without parental consent, even if the child disagrees.
The U.N. and the EU can make any laws for children without consent of the Irish government if it wishes.
The State can decide … to vaccinate every child in Ireland, and the parent — and even the child — have no say in the matter.

APS also maintains that the legal system’s judges upholding the new laws work hand in hand with the State when it comes to child seizures, noting that their true interest is in covering themselves. The pro-family group points out that when children die under the state’s care, no one is held responsible, yet when false charges are brought against parents — who are acquitted — family courts still punish them and remove their children from their homes.

Shotgun measure

Many parents in Ireland are up in arms, as it seems as though their parental rights were virtually stripped overnight, as the wording of the amendment was only unveiled a few weeks ago, giving them an inadequate amount of time effectively counter the government’s massive fly-by-night campaign. It is further reported that the government was ordered by the Supreme Court of Ireland to tear down and remove its website that campaigned for the referendum’s passage — an alleged illegal cover-up that opponents are using as their central argument to reverse the voters’ passage.

And challengers to the amendment claim that the State’s campaign to ratify it was corrupt and misleading from the get-go.

“It has been a YES campaign from the beginning,” former European Parliament member from Ireland, Kathy Sinnott, told LifeSiteNews. “Everyone believes that in voting YES, they are protecting children, but they are really giving up their rights over their children. The government thinks that people are ready to buy their propaganda that changing the Constitution is about protecting children. Of course this is nonsense, because our Constitution already very strongly protects children.”

In fact, it takes protection to a whole new meaning … literally.

“Not only does the State take over parental authority, but all a parent has to do is ‘likely to fail’ in their responsibilities, as defined by the State, for the State to take control of the children,” Sinnott continued. “Everything, of course, is for the ‘best interest of the child,’ which according to the U.N. treaty, is decided by the State.”

And Sinnott further shared why the government’s intrusion is so fundamentally wrong.

“The reason why the family should have prior rights over children is because of the family bond, which is nature’s strategy for protecting children. This is the mother-child bond, the father-child bond, the mother-father bond, and the brother-sister bond. This bond is the source of what is really in the ‘best interest’ of the child. The State can never have this bond. By injecting themselves as controlling shareholder of every family in this country, the State is reversing this natural order.”

Just as many parents in Ireland failed to see the dire consequences of letting such a measure pass, pro-family groups in the U.S. fear that Americans will let the government on their own shores invade upon the rights of parents within their own homes. In fact, President Barack Obama is giving his full-fledged support for the U.S. judicial system to adopt the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child — the very treaty that Ireland’s new “children’s rights” amendment is based upon.

Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!

Wake-Up Herald

Publisher, Dr. Robert McCurry

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