Three federal judges on Friday threw out a federal law that would have forced public libraries to equip computers with software designed to block access to Internet pornography.
In a 195-page decision, the judges said the Children's Internet Protection Act went too far because it also blocking access to sites that contained protected speech.
"Any public library that adheres to CIPA's conditions will necessarily restrict patrons access to a substantial amount of protected speech in violation of the First Amendment," the judges wrote.
So in other words, it's more important to protect "Free Speech" than it is to protect children.
You're on the plane, and it has just completed takeoff and has leveled out at 30,000 feet.
Suddenly, a nervous-looking person starts making a commotion, shouting in a foreign language. What happens next?
You hope there is a Sky Marshall on board. What if there is not? Do you charge this person or persons and try to apprehend them until you land? Do you pray and hope everything works out and this is just a person who has an electrolyte imbalance?
I think each airline flying to/from or within the US should be required to include instructions on what to do if a situation such as this occurs inflight during their, "this is how you latch and unlatch your seatbelt" tips. Should we follow the flight attendant's lead? Should we shout loudly to confuse would-be terrorists, or be quiet so instructions can be heard? Should we stay seated or should we attack? Can we get on our cellphones to call for help, or would that mess up navigation/communication?
Same thing with incidents on the ground. There should be Public Service Announcements on all cable and network channels, educating the US population on what to do about suspicious packages or people and a coordinated 1-800 number to call for input. Perhaps there's already something like that now, and, if so, that information needs to be disseminated better!
Why are we not doing more to equip/educate the American population on thwarting attacks? Is that because most of us are content to sit on our Laurels and wait for the Government to take care of us?
I wanna know what I personally can do in case of a terrorist attack, and also what I need to look out for to thwart attacks.
Can Satan occupy/influence/"possess" a building (as opposed to a person)?
We were talking a lunch a few minutes ago about a local church that seems to have an "oppressive" atmosphere inside.
Could it be some of Satan's demons inhabiting the facility causing the oppressiveness, or do they only influence living beings?
What does the Bible have to say about this? (All quotes from the NIV);
Matthew 8:31, "The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs." Mark 16:9, "When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons."
I couldn't quickly find any passages relating to demons "possessing" an inanimate object, so I think the answer is, "No, demons cannot possess a building."
Therefore, the oppressive atmosphere at this church must either be demons influencing/possessing individuals in the congregation, or it's just a case of bad lighting and decades of remodeling funding deficits...
Anyone have any experience with entering a seemingly empty demonically oppressed facility/building?
We Christians need to get out of our exclusive Christian-only circles and breathe life into this dead world. Butt heads with those that don't hold our views. Rub salt in wounds, if needed. Offer a hand of encouragement to those that are hurting. Stand up, stand up for Jesus!
Now, do you not think I'm a little nervous about stepping out into the cold, cruel world? You'd better believe it!
Since my feet are on the Solid Rock of Christ, my future is secure, no matter what I venture in to. I will be OK. The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
We need to get the Light out! What better way to do that than to link to other non-Christian sites with the thought that they will reciprocate, and engage non-believers on message boards and chat rooms?
Reach out. Shake 'em up. Offer hope. Hit 'em between the eyes. Meekly and mildly, of course.
So, they say it's just a matter of time before homicide bombings begin in the U.S. I think that actions like that will not "kill enough people" or "create enough impact," and thus won't happen with the regularity that goes on in Israel.
But just the thought of it happening in your town, your mall, your shopping area, your arena, your stadium is frightening, isn't it?
That's exactly what anyone who would do such a thing would want: to strike fear into our hearts. We must be as diligent as possible, being as wise as serpents, but innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16).
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for God to protect the U.S. We have turned from Him, but if we turn back to Him, he will heal our land. He may not protect us from every homicide bombing or other act of terrorism, domestic or international, but if we turn back to Him, He will bless us tremendously.
I'm thrilled to find a comprehensive list of other Christian Bloggers online. You'll find it at Martin Roth's website.
Martin had a very interesting path to Christ that shows the love of the Lord and how He doesn't give up on us. Born to a Jewish father and Anglican mother, Martin wove his way through Buddhism, sake, the Japanese stock market and even karaoke, before landing firmly in an Australian Baptist church.
Isn't the Lord God wonderful?
He calls to us, gently, ever so calmly, through the storms, the drugs, the alcohol, the turmoil, the pain, the other religions to bring us to Him. He knocks gently, patiently.
Just crack the door of your heart open to Him. You don't even have to open it very wide. He welcomes you, desires daily fellowship with you!
We're baaaack! We had a wonderful, blessed time in the Algarve region of Portugal.
Our missionary hosts, Norman and Gunita Harrell, are committed servants of Christ and were splendid, patient, kind, caring and filled with hospitality as well as the Holy Spirit!
Our choir was attacked by Satan when he tried to bring several of us down with colds and flu-like symptoms, but through the grace of God and the prayers of those back home and in Portugal, we perservered and were able to sing at six different locations in the Algarve: Faro, Portimao, Olhao, Lagos, Loule and Alfandanga.
Thanks be to our Lord Jesus Christ who kept us safe and allowed us to encourage other believers as we were encouraged as well!
This was a trip that was muito bom (very good), and helped us walk closer with Jesus, who "me dá forca, gôzo, paz, propósito, esperança, vida eterna e amor" - gives me strength, joy, peace, purpose, hope, eternal life, and love.
So, why would I call myself "Narrow-Minded Simpleton," a moniker
that is usually launched with derision towards far-right Christian
"lunatics" who quote the Bible all the time and think there's only
one (simple) Way to Heaven?