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Is A Real Star
What Is A Real
By Ben Stein
For many years Ben Stein has written
a biweekly column called "Monday
Night At Morton's." (Morton's
is a famous chain of Steakhouses known
to be frequented by movie stars and
famous people from around the globe.)
Now, Ben is terminating the column
to move on to other things in his
life. Reading his final column is
worth a few minutes of your time.
How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane
Luxury Be a Star in Today's World?
Ben Stein's Last Column...
As I begin to write
this, I "slug" it, as we
writers say, which means I put a heading
on top of the document to identify
it. This heading is "eonlineFINAL,"
and it gives me a shiver to write
it. I have been doing this column
for so long that I cannot even recall
when I started. Iloved writing this
column so much for so long I came
to believe it would never end.
It worked well for
a long time, but gradually, my changing
as a person and the world's change
have overtaken it. On a small scale,
Morton's, while better than ever,
attracts as many stars as it used
to. It still brings in the rich people
in droves and definitely some stars.
I saw Samuel L. Jackson there a few
days ago, and we had a nice visit,
and right before that, I saw and had
a splendid talk with Warren Beatty
in an elevator, in which we agreed
that Splendor in the Grass was a super
movie. But Morton's is not the star
galaxy it once was, though it probably
will be again.
Beyond that, a bigger
change has happened. I no longer think
Hollywood stars are terribly important.
They are uniformly pleasant, friendly
people, and they treat me better than
I deserve to be treated. But a man
or woman who makes a huge wage for
memorizing lines and reciting them
in front of a camera is no longer
my idea of a shining star we should
all look up to.
How can a man or
woman who makes an eight-figure wage
and lives in insane luxury really
be a star in today's world, if by
a "star" we mean someone
bright and powerful and attractive
as a role model? Real stars
are not riding around in the backs
of limousines or in Porsches or getting
trained in yoga or Pilates and eating
only raw fruit while they have Vietnamese
girls do their nails.
They can be interesting,
nice people, but they are not heroes
to me any longer. A real star is the
soldier of the 4th Infantry Division
who poked his head into a hole on
a farm near Tikrit, Iraq. He could
have been met by a bomb or a hail
of AK-47 bullets. Instead, he faced
abject Saddam Hussein and the gratitude
of all of the decent people of the
A real star is the
U.S. soldier who was sent to disarm
a bomb next to a road north of Baghdad.
He approached it, and the bomb went
off and killed him.
A real star, the
kind who haunts my memory night and
day, is the U.S. soldier in Baghdad
who saw a little girl playing with
a piece of unexploded ordnance on
a street near where he was guarding
a station. He pushed her aside and
threw himself on it just as it exploded.
He left a
family desolate in California and
a little girl alive in Baghdad.
The stars who deserve
media attention are not the ones who
have lavish weddings on TV but the
ones who patrol the streets of Mosul
even after two of their buddies were
murdered and their bodies battered
and stripped for the sin of trying
to protect Iraqis from terrorists.
We put couples with
incomes of $100 million a year on
the covers of our magazines. The noncoms
and officers who barely scrape by
on military pay but stand on guard
in Afghanistan and Iraq and on ships
and in submarines and near the Arctic
Circle are anonymous as they live
I am no longer comfortable
being a part of the system that has
such poor values, and I do not want
to perpetuate those values by pretending
that who is eating at Morton's is
a big subject.
There are plenty
of other stars in the American firmament...the
policemen and women who go off on
patrol in South Central and have no
idea if they will return alive; the
orderlies and paramedics who bring
in people who have been in terrible
accidents and prepare them for
surgery; the teachers and nurses who
throw their whole spirits into caring
for autistic children; the kind men
and women who work in hospices and
in cancer wards.
Think of each and
every fireman who was running up the
stairs at the World Trade Center as
the towers began to collapse. Now
you have my idea of a real hero.
I came to realize
that life lived to help others is
the only one that matters. This is
my highest and best use as a human.
I can put it another way. Years ago,
I realized I could never be as great
an actor as Olivier or as good a comic
as Steve Martin...or Martin Mull or
Fred Willard--or as good an economist
as Samuelson or Friedman or as good
a writer as Fitzgerald. Or even remotely
close to any of them.
But I could be a
devoted father to my son, husband
to my wife and, above all, a good
son to the parents who had done so
much for me. This came to be my main
task in life. I did it moderately
well with my son, pretty well with
my wife and well indeed with my parents
(with my sister's help). I cared for
and paid attention to them in their
declining years. I stayed with my
father as he got sick, went into extremis
and then into a coma and then entered
immortality with my sister and me
reading him the
This was the only
point at which my life touched the
lives of the soldiers in Iraq or the
firefighters in New York. I came to
realize that life lived to help others
is the only one that matters and that
it is my duty, in return for the lavish
life God has devolved upon me, to
help others He has placed in my path.
This is my highest and best use as
Faith is not believing
that God can. It is knowing that God
By Ben Stein
Have A DreamIn
Luther King, Jr. Lincoln Memorial,
Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 1963
Have A DreamIn
Video, Audio And Text
I am happy to join with you
today in what will go down in history
as the greatest demonstration for
freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great
American, in whose symbolic shadow
we stand today, signed the Emancipation
Proclamation. This momentous decree
came as a great beacon light of hope
to millions of Negro slaves who had
been seared in the flames of withering
injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak
to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the
Negro still is not free. One hundred
years later, the life of the Negro
is still sadly crippled by the manacles
of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
One hundred years later, the Negro
lives on a lonely island of poverty
in the midst of a vast ocean of material
prosperity. One hundred years later,
the Negro is still languished in the
corners of American society and finds
himself an exile in his own land.
And so we've come here today to dramatize
a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's
capital to cash a check. When the
architects of our republic wrote the
magnificent words of the Constitution
and the Declaration of Independence,
they were signing a promissory note
to which every American was to fall
heir. This note was a promise that
all men, yes, black men as well as
white men, would be guaranteed the
"unalienable Rights" of
"Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness." It is obvious
today that America has defaulted on
this promissory note, insofar as her
citizens of color are concerned. Instead
of honoring this sacred obligation,
America has given the Negro people
a bad check, a check which has come
back marked "insufficient funds."
But we refuse to believe that
the bank of justice is bankrupt. We
refuse to believe that there are insufficient
funds in the great vaults of opportunity
of this nation. And so, we've come
to cash this check, a check that will
give us upon demand the riches of
freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed
spot to remind America of the fierce
urgency of Now. This is no time to
engage in the luxury of cooling off
or to take the tranquilizing drug
of gradualism. Now is the time to
make real the promises of democracy.
Now is the time to rise from the dark
and desolate valley of segregation
to the sunlit path of racial justice.
Now is the time to lift our nation
from the quicksands of racial injustice
to the solid rock of brotherhood.
Now is the time to make justice a
reality for all of God's children.
It would be fatal for the nation
to overlook the urgency of the moment.
This sweltering summer of the Negro's
legitimate discontent will not pass
until there is an invigorating autumn
of freedom and equality. Nineteen
sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning.
And those who hope that the Negro
needed to blow off steam and will
now be content will have a rude awakening
if the nation returns to business
as usual. And there will be neither
rest nor tranquility in America until
the Negro is granted his citizenship
rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will
continue to shake the foundations
of our nation until the bright day
of justice emerges.
But there is something that I
must say to my people, who stand on
the warm threshold which leads into
the palace of justice: In the process
of gaining our rightful place, we
must not be guilty of wrongful deeds.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst
for freedom by drinking from the cup
of bitterness and hatred. We must
forever conduct our struggle on the
high plane of dignity and discipline.
We must not allow our creative protest
to degenerate into physical violence.
Again and again, we must rise to the
majestic heights of meeting physical
force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which
has engulfed the Negro community must
not lead us to a distrust of all white
people, for many of our white brothers,
as evidenced by their presence here
today, have come to realize that their
destiny is tied up with our destiny.
And they have come to realize that
their freedom is inextricably bound
to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the
pledge that we shall always march
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking
the devotees of civil rights, "When
will you be satisfied?" We can
never be satisfied as long as the
Negro is the victim of the unspeakable
horrors of police brutality. We can
never be satisfied as long as our
bodies, heavy with the fatigue of
travel, cannot gain lodging in the
motels of the highways and the hotels
of the cities. We cannot be satisfied
as long as a Negro in Mississippi
cannot vote and a Negro in New York
believes he has nothing for which
to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied,
and we will not be satisfied until
"justice rolls down like waters,
and righteousness like a mighty stream."¹
I am not unmindful that some of
you have come here out of great trials
and tribulations. Some of you have
come fresh from narrow jail cells.
And some of you have come from areas
where your quest -- quest for freedom
left you battered by the storms of
persecution and staggered by the winds
of police brutality. You have been
the veterans of creative suffering.
Continue to work with the faith that
unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to
Alabama, go back to South Carolina,
go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana,
go back to the slums and ghettos of
our northern cities, knowing that
somehow this situation can and will
Let us not wallow in the valley
of despair, I say to you today, my
And so even though we face the
difficulties of today and tomorrow,
I still have a dream. It is a dream
deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this
nation will rise up and live out the
true meaning of its creed: "We
hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on
the red hills of Georgia, the sons
of former slaves and the sons of former
slave owners will be able to sit down
together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even
the state of Mississippi, a state
sweltering with the heat of injustice,
sweltering with the heat of oppression,
will be transformed into an oasis
of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little
children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the
color of their skin but by the content
of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down
in Alabama, with its vicious racists,
with its governor having his lips
dripping with the words of "interposition"
and "nullification" -- one
day right there in Alabama little
black boys and black girls will be
able to join hands with little white
boys and white girls as sisters and
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every
valley shall be exalted, and every
hill and mountain shall be made low,
the rough places will be made plain,
and the crooked places will be made
straight; "and the glory of the
Lord shall be revealed and all flesh
shall see it together."²
This is our hope, and this is
the faith that I go back to the South
With this faith, we will be able
to hew out of the mountain of despair
a stone of hope. With this faith,
we will be able to transform the jangling
discords of our nation into a beautiful
symphony of brotherhood. With this
faith, we will be able to work together,
to pray together, to struggle together,
to go to jail together, to stand up
for freedom together, knowing that
we will be free one day.
will be the day -- this will be the
day when all of God's children will
be able to sing with new meaning:
'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty,
of thee I sing.
my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's
mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America
is to be a great nation, this must
And so let
freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops
of New Hampshire.
ring from the mighty mountains of
ring from the heightening Alleghenies
ring from the snow-capped Rockies
ring from the curvaceous slopes of
ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
ring from every hill and molehill
mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we
allow freedom ring, when we let it
ring from every village and every
hamlet, from every state and every
city, we will be able to speed up
that day when all of God's children,
black men and white men, Jews and
Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics,
will be able to join hands and sing
in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
last! Free at last!
Almighty, we are free at last!
A Good Illustration For Us All Do
We Care About What Happens To Other's?
A mouse looked through the crack in
the wall to see the farmer and his
wife open a package. What food might
this contain? He was devastated to
discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse
proclaimed the warning. "There
is a mousetrap in the house! There
is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched,
raised her head and said, "Mr.
Mouse, I can tell this is a grave
concern to you, but it is of no consequence
to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told
him, "There is a mousetrap in
The pig sympathized, but said, "I
am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there
is nothing I can do about it but pray.
Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow. She said,
"Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for
you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house,
head down and dejected, to face the
farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard
throughout the house -- like the sound
of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what
was caught. In the darkness, she did
not see it was a venomous snake whose
tail the trap had caught. The snake
bit the farmer's wife. The farmer
rushed her to the hospital, and she
returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with
fresh chicken soup, so the farmer
took his hatchet to the farmyard for
the soup's main ingredient.
But his wife's sickness continued,
so friends and neighbors came to sit
with her around the clock. To feed
them, the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer's wife did not get well;
she died. So many people came for
her funeral, the farmer had the cow
slaughtered to provide enough meat
for all of them.
So, the next time you hear someone
is facing a problem and think it doesn't
concern you, -- remember -- when one
of us is threatened, we are all at
We are all involved in this journey
called life. We must keep an eye out
for one another and make an extra
effort to encourage one another.
Conversation With Phillip E. Johnson
By Jim Dailey
Generations of American schoolchildren
have been taught that Darwin's theory
of evolution is the explanation for
the origin of life -- regardless of
what they might have learned in Sunday
school. Yet according to law professor
and author Phillip E. Johnson, this
modern-day mantra of science classes
is little more than a dogma of materialism.
In his books "Defeating Darwinism
by Opening Minds," "Darwin
on Trial," "Reason in the
Balance" and others, Johnson
defends the truth with the intellectual
clout that earned him a prestigious
seat at the University of California,
Berkeley, yet with a humility that
can only come from knowing the Creator
one-on-one. Here, he talks candidly
with "Decision" on the topic
he is most passionate about -- dismantling
Q: The Ohio Board of Education
recently ruled that public schools
in that state can now discuss controversies
surrounding the theory of evolution.
Why do you think so many leading educators
fought to keep such debate out of
A: It's a good question. You would
think the Darwinists would be glad
to teach the controversy as a matter
of educational policy. According to
public opinion polls, most of the
nation has serious doubts about the
truth of the evolutionary theory.
Why don't the educators want to address
those doubts seriously? They are afraid
to acknowledge that there are any
doubts that matter. Real scientists,
they say, believe without any doubt
in the theory of evolution. But in
Ohio we had petitions signed by dozens
of well-credentialed scientists saying
that this area of study should be
opened up to freedom of thought. Science
should not be committed to a dogma
-- much less a dogma that is in serious
trouble with the evidence -- but should
freely acknowledge areas of doubt
and should address them honestly.
Q: Through your books and lectures,
you've become known as someone who
has worked hard to bring together
different factions of the creationist
A: My policy is to concentrate
on the first issue: What scientific
evidence points toward or away from
the need for a Creator? Does the evidence
of science really show that Darwin's
force of natural selection is so powerful
that nature can do its own creating
and that there is no need for God?
That's the philosophical doctrine
the Darwinists propose, but my colleagues
and I have shown that it is not true.
The evidence, as opposed to the scientific
imperialism, points to the fact that
natural selection has no creative
power and that the Creator is very
much needed. So if we concentrate
on that issue first, then we can get
to other issues that are somewhat
divisive within the Christian world.
I have done that by saying, "Let's
be careful that we start with the
The best place to start is not
with Genesis 1 and the six days of
creation, arguing about how long those
days may have been. That immediately
gets people into an issue that divides
believers. The best place to start
is with the Scripture that teaches
the meaning of creation rather than
the timetable: "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God" (John
Q: That allows you to discuss
the bigger picture of creation.
A: Right. We ask, "What is
life, anyway? Is it just matter that
is changing by natural processes?"
No, that's not so at all. The biological
cell, for example, the fundamental
unit of biology, is a masterpiece
of miniaturized complexity so intricate
that it makes a super computer or
a spaceship look rather low-tech.
It's like a whole city with its own
energy transportation, its own fire
and police departments, its own hospital
-- all working together in marvelous
harmony. Obviously, there is some
intelligence in the cell. You might
call it a program that ties all this
together and keeps it working for
the common good of the organism. The
Darwinist theory has no explanation
for the origin of this cell. Even
the most eminent biologist will admit
that to you. So they are stopped right
at the beginning. They do claim that
you can make some changes in nature
by means of random variation or gene
mutation and natural selection --
the survival of the fittest. And,
within limits, that's true. Their
claim is not altogether false, but
it is true only at a very trivial
level. It doesn't explain any significant
change in the biological world.
Q: How, then, did our culture
accept such illogical reasoning as
definitive and true, so much so that
it became the mantra of science education?
A: To explain that, I would start
with another Scripture: "For
since the creation of the world God's
invisible qualities -- his eternal
power and divine nature -- have been
clearly seen, being understood from
what has been made, so that men are
without excuse" (Romans 1:20,
NIV). It is not that people don't
have clear pointers to the true God;
it is that they don't want to recognize
Him as God. They want to substitute
another god -- an idol -- that they
can control. An idol is simply a man-made
god, a man-controlled god.
Paul uses the example of little
figures of birds or beasts. In our
day, the idols tend to be theories
that come from the human mind. The
theory of evolution is the latest
fashion in idols. This myth of Darwinian
evolution has helped a certain class
of people to become wealthy and powerful
and to be able to control the whole
culture. They are mostly not scientists;
they are the rulers of science and
culture -- the ones who decide how
science will be presented to the public
through television and elite newspapers.
Science is extremely profitable to
them. That's why they spend all their
efforts and resources making sure
everybody believes their particular
creation story and no one is allowed
to consider another one. It also explains
why those of us who challenge that
power can expect not just a lot of
criticism but downright abuse.
Q: Describe the premise and process
of intelligent design.
A: The premise of intelligent
design is that the evidence of science,
understood impartially, points to
the need for an intelligence. This
is shown in two particular ways. First,
there is the irreducible complexity
of living organisms, like the biological
cell. This is best explained in the
book "Darwin's Black Box"
by my friend and colleague, biochemist
Michael Behe. He shows the incredible
complexity of each cell and the systems
that require many complex parts to
work. If you're missing one part,
you don't get an almost-perfect system;
you get no system at all. Any creative
process would have to produce everything
all at once. The Darwinian says that
you produce one thing that has some
function, and then you add on another
one and another and so on until you
get the complete cell. Each step is
supposedly superior to the last. But
irreducible complexity makes that
impossible. That is the first feature.
The second feature of living organisms
is that they contain what is known
as complex specific information. To
explain that, just think of a book
like an encyclopedia or a computer
program like Windows 98. Computer
programs don't write themselves; they
need computer engineers. A computer
program has a very complex set of
instructions. Richard Dawkins, the
arch Darwinist promoter and atheist,
admits forthrightly that a single
cell in your body has more information
in it than all the volumes of the
Encyclopedia Britannica put together.
That information is what coordinates
the activities of the cell. Now, you
know how impossible it would be to
produce an encyclopedia by mixing
letters at random until they came
together in a certain way.
Neither of these things can be
explained by the Darwinian theory.
They don't even try to explain them;
all they do is huff and puff and bluff
and say, "You're not allowed
to challenge our scientific fact."
This dogma is not science at all.
None of it has been demonstrated by
experiment, which is what would have
to happen for it to be truly scientific.
Q: How did God draw you to salvation
A: I became a Christian the way
most people do -- I was dissatisfied
with my life without Christ. I had
been happily married, I thought. But
then my marriage went bad. I was also
dissatisfied with my life as a professor
of law. I'm a pretty hard case; the
Lord had to work on me longer than
most people. I became a Christian,
even a very active one, and yet something
still wasn't complete. My Christian
conversion wasn't complete until I
suffered a debilitating stroke in
July 2001. That experience shattered
me. Lying in a hospital bed, I heard
a friend singing the hymn that says,
"on Christ the solid Rock I stand,"
and I wondered, "Am I really
standing with both feet on that solid
Rock? Maybe I still have one foot
on the shifting sand. Maybe I'm still
relying too heavily on my brain --
the brain that got me out of public
school into Harvard University, then
to the position of law clerk to the
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
and professor at the University of
California." I think that's what
I really relied on. But after the
stroke, I didn't know what was going
to become of me. Was I ever going
to be able to lecture or write again?
I had to determine where my ultimate
reliance was placed. Sometimes we
have to lose everything else before
we can really see where our Rock of
Q: At the pinnacle of your arguments
against Darwin's theory is the reality
that there is a Creator God whom we
A: Yes. Some people don't want
to see it because they are afraid
it would mean a loss of their power.
They want to be their own God. They
think that naturalism offers them
maximum power and freedom. It doesn't.
Romans 1:20 makes that very clear.
They turn away because they do not
want to honor the true God as God.
So they turn to gods of their own
making, false gods. That is what idolatry
is all about. Idolatry is what our
present culture is all about. Sex
is an idol and science is an idol.
When science becomes an idol, it's
always bad science, and that's what
Can A Glass Of Milk Do
GLASS OF MILK
One day, a poor boy who was selling
goods from door to door to pay his way
through school, found he had only one
thin dime left, and he was hungry.He
decided he would ask for a meal at the
next house. However, he lost his nerve
when a lovely young woman opened the
door. Instead of a meal he asked for
a drink of water. She thought he looked
hungry so brought him a large glass
of milk. He drank it slowly, and then
asked, How much do I owe you?
You don't owe me anything, she replied.
"Mother has taught us never to
accept pay for a kindness."
He said..... "Then I thank you
from my heart."
As Howard Kelly left that house, he
not only felt stronger physically, but
his faith in God and man was strong
also. He had been ready to give up and
Many year's later that same young woman
became critically ill. The local doctors
were baffled! They finally sent her
to the big city, where they called in
specialists to study her rare disease.
Dr. Howard Kelly was called in
for the consultation. When he heard
the name of the town she came from,
a strange light filled his eyes. Immediately
he rose and went down the hall of
the hospital to her room.
Dressed in his doctor's gown he
went in to see her. He recognized
her at once.
He went back to the consultation
room determined to do his best to
save her life. From that day he gave
special attention to her case.
After a long struggle, the battle
was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business
office to pass the final bill to him
for approval. He looked at it, then
something on the edge and the bill
was sent to her room. She feared to
open it, for she was sure it would
take the rest of her life to pay for
it all. Finally she looked, and something
caught her attention on the side of
the bill. She read these words.....
"Paid in full with one glass
of milk" (Signed) Dr. Howard
Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her
happy heart prayed:
"Thank You, God, that Your love
has spread broad through human hearts
There's a saying which goes something
Bread cast on the waters comes back
to you. The good deed you do today
may benefit you or someone you love
at the least expected time. If you
never see the deed again at least
you will have made the world a betterplace
- And, after all, isn't that what
life is all about?
Pass this story on today and do a
good deed for someone else
The hardest thing to learn in life
is which bridge to cross and which
GOOD FRIENDS ARE LIKE ANGELS,
YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE
THEM TO KNOW THEY ARE THERE
Implemented The One-Child Policy
China to Make Sex-Selective
Abortions a Crime
By Lindsay Beck
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is to outlaw
the selective abortion of female fetuses
to correct an imbalance in the ratio
of boys to girls that has grown since
a one-child policy was introduced
more than 20 years ago.
Government figures show 119 boys
are born in the world's most populous
country for every 100 girls, but Beijing
has set a goal of reversing the imbalance
by 2010, state media reported.
China implemented the one-child
policy in the early 1980s to curb
its massive population -- which officially
hit 1.3 billion Thursday -- but the
restrictions have bolstered a traditional
preference for baby boys.
"The government takes it
as an urgent task to correct the gender
imbalance of newborns," the official
Xinhua news agency quoted Zhang Weiqing,
minister in charge of the National
Population and Family Planning Commission,
as saying in an overnight report.
"As a new measure, the commission
will start drafting revisions to the
Criminal Law in order to effectively
ban fetus gender detection and selective
abortion other than for legitimate
medical purposes," Zhang said.
Sex-selective abortion is already
banned but technologies such as ultrasound
have made it easier to know a baby's
gender in advance, increasing the
chances for aborting girls.
Xinhua quoted experts as saying
criminalising the ban would be a more
effective deterrent. It gave no details
on what the possible punishments might
But demographers have said curbing
the gender imbalance is not simply
a case of cracking down on abortions,
pointing out that in poor, rural areas,
girls are often not cared for as well
as boys, resulting in higher infant-death
rates for girls.
Chinese traditionally prefer sons
because they are seen as more able
to provide for the family, to support
elderly parents and to carry on the
Daughters become members of their
husband's family when they marry.
The countryside is plastered with
slogans telling villagers that small
families are the road to happiness
and that daughters are just as good
as sons but there is little evidence
such sloganeering has changed the
preference for boys.
"The family plan is still
the most difficult job in the world,"
the Beijing News quoted Zhangas saying.
Despite a desire to curb the sex
imbalance and a relaxation in recent
years that allows rural families to
have two children if the first is
a girl, China has shown no sign of
abandoning the one-child policy and
cracks down on those who advocate
One such activist is Mao Hengfeng,
who was dismissed in 1988 from her
job at a Shanghai soap factory after
becoming pregnant a second time.
Last April, the Shanghai public
security bureau sentenced her to 18
months in a labor camp for campaigning
against the one-child policy.
U.S.-based Human Rights in China
said Tuesday she had since had her
sentence increased by three months.
Christian Channel Live On The Net
Since the Australian Christian
Channel (ACC) went to air on Easter
Sunday 1999 it has been available
via the Optus Cable TV network. With
the launch of its new live video streaming
service geography is no longer an
obstacle, ACC is now broadcasting
the gospel of Jesus across the nation
and around the world via its website.
ACC has drawn on the technical
expertise of Streamit and its long
term development partner Netpresence
to make this new venture a possibility.
Mark Thorn director of Streamit says,
Im so excited to work
with ACC on this project, it has been
a dream of mine for many years now
to see the Christian message get out
through the use of modern technologies
like video streaming.
The Video streaming service is
designed in such a way that users
on the slower dial up connections
can still watch the channel while
broadband users will be able to enjoy
a bigger and better quality picture.
General manager of ACC Neil Elliott
says There is such a wealth
of quality Christian programming on
the channel now. It is great that
people can be encouraged, challenged
or uplifted as often as they want
from wherever they are anywhere in
The ACC website www.acctv.com.au
is a significant part of ACCs
ministry and the two mediums compliment
each other. The website provides all
the information you would expect to
find like program schedules, news
letters and updates but there are
also a lot of other great tools and
resources like the daily news service,
devotions, online bible and a whole
ACC is committed to using the
different types of media to fulfil
its vision of Reaching Australia
for Jesus Christ. The exciting,
new live video streaming service is
just one of the developments that
God has opened up for the Australian
A man's daughter had asked
the local minister to come and
pray with her father. When the
minister arrived, he found the
man lying in bed with his head
propped up on two pillows. An
empty chair sat beside his bed.
The minister assumed that the
old fellow had been informed of
his visit. "I guess you were
expecting me, he said. 'No, who
are you?" said the father.
The minister told him his name
and then remarked, "I saw
the empty chair and I figured
you knew I was going to show up,"
"Oh yeah, the chair,"
said the bedridden man. "Would
you mind closing the door?"
Puzzled, the minister shut the
door. "I have never told
anyone this, not even my daughter,"
said the man.
"But all of my life
I have never known how to pray.
At church I used to hear the pastor
talk about prayer, but it went
right over my head." I abandoned
any attempt at prayer," the
old man continued, "until
one day four years ago, my best
friend said to me, "Johnny,
prayer is just a simple matter
of having a conversation with
Jesus. Here is what I suggest."
"Sit down in a chair; place
an empty chair in front of you,
and in faith see Jesus on the
chair. It's not spooky because
he promised, 'I will be with you
always'. "Then just speak
to him in the same way you're
doing with me right now."
"So, I tried it and I've
liked it so much that I do it
a couple of hours every day. I'm
careful though If my daughter
saw me talking to an empty chair,
she'd either have a nervous breakdown
or send me off to the funny farm."
The minister was deeply moved
by the story and encouraged the
old man to continue on the journey.
Then he prayed with him, anointed
him with oil, and returned to
Two nights later the daughter
called to tell the minister that
her daddy had died that afternoon.
Did he die in peace?" he
asked. Yes, when I left the house
about two o'clock, he called me
over to his bedside, told me he
loved me and kissed me on the
cheek. When I got back from the
store an hour later, I found him
dead. But there was something
strange about his death. Apparently,
just before Daddy died, he leaned
over and rested his head on the
chair beside the bed. What do
you make of that?" The minister
wiped a tear from his eye and
said, "I wish we could all
go like that."
Prayer is one of the best
free gifts we receive. I asked
God for water, He gave me an ocean.
I asked God for a flower, He gave
me a garden.
I asked God for a friend, He gave
me all of YOU...
If God brings you to it, He will
bring you through it.
Happy moments, praise God.
Difficult moments, seek God.
Quiet moments, worship God.
Painful moments, trust God.
Every moment, thank God.
MAY THE LORD BLESS & KEEP
YOU SAFE & HUMBLE
of Life Opposed By Muslims?
by Rick Mathes
Last month I attended my annual
training session that's required for
maintaining my state prison security
clearance. During the training session
there was a presentation by three
speakers representing the Roman Catholic,
Protestant and Muslim faiths, who
explained each of their belief systems.
I was particularly interested
in what the Islamic Imam had to say.
The Imam gave a great presentation
of the basics of Islam, complete with
video. After the presentations, time
was provided for questions and answers.
When it was my turn, I directed
my question to the Imam and asked:
"Please, correct me if I'm wrong,
but I understand that most Imams and
clerics of Islam have declared a holy
jihad [Holy war] against the infidels
of the world. And, that by killing
an infidel, which is a command to
all Muslims, they are assured of a
place in heaven. If that's the case,
can you give me the definition of
There was no disagreement with
my statements and, without hesitation,
he replied, "Non-believers!"
I responded, "So, let me
make sure I have this straight. All
followers of Allah have been commanded
to kill everyone who is not of your
faith so they can go to Heaven. Is
The expression on his face changed
from one of authority and command
to that of a little boy who had just
gotten caught with his hand in the
cookie jar. He sheepishly replied,
I then stated, "Well, sir,
I have a real problem trying to imagine
Pope John Paul commanding all Catholics
to kill those of your faith or Dr.
Stanley ordering Protestants to do
the same in order to go toHeaven!"
The Imam was speechless. I
continued, "I also have problem
with being your friend when you and
your brother clerics are telling your
followers to kill me. Let me ask you
a question. Would you rather have
your Allah who tells you to kill me
in order to go to Heaven or my Jesus
who tells me to love you because I
am going to Heaven and He wants you
to be with me?" You could
have heard a pin drop as the Imam
hung his head in shame.
Senders words: Needless to
say, the organizers and/or promoters
of the 'Diversification' training
seminar were not happy with Rick's
way of dealing with the Islamic Imam
and exposing the truth about the Muslim's
beliefs. I think everyone in the US
should be required to read this, but
with the liberal justice system, liberal
media, and the ACLU, there is
no way this will be widely publicized.
Please pass this on to all your email
This is a true story and the
author, Rick Mathes, is a well known
leader in prison ministry.
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In
light of February's Black History Month,
one pro-life advocate says more attention
needs to be paid to how abortion exploits
black women and unfairly targets
the African-American community.
"Abortion is the number-one killer
of African Americans, killingmore Black
people than all other causes combined,"
Day Gardner,director, Black Americans
for Life, said at a press conference
"By the end of this very day, 1,200
Black babies -- the babiesthat ensure
our future -- will die," Gardner
African Americans make up 13 percent
of the population, yet African-American
women have more than 35% of all abortions
in the United States. The abortion rate
of Black women is three times
that of White women.
Gardner said the most recent census
shows that black Americansare not longer
the largest minority group in the United
States.She attributes that to the 14
million abortions ofAfrican-American
children since Roe v. Wade.
For years, pro-life groups have criticized
businesses for sometimes locating their
predominantly black communities.
Gardner said abortion makes a certain
class of people "less thanhuman"
just as slavery made black Americans
seem less than human.
"Slavery -- a time when every black
man, woman, and child wasowned, considered
property like an animal. We struggled
andsurvived slavery ... and dreamed
of changing the future," Gardner
"I urge the African-American community
during Black History Month
Fun)The Face Of Jesus Illusion
Concentrate on the
4 dots in the middle of the picture
for about 30 sec's.
1. After looking
at the picture for about 30
your eyes, tilt your head back sligtly
and look with eyes closed. What
Do You See?
take a look at the wall and start
blinking your eyes.You will see a
circle of light, continue looking
at that circle.
What Do You See?
- Possible Phone Scams
Brian G. Fisher
Ontario Provincial Police
Regional Intelligence Coordinator
20 Rose St.
Regional Intelligence Officer
We actually received a call last
week from the 809
area code.The woman said "Hey,
this is Karen. Sorry I missed you-get
back to us quickly. Have something
important to tell you." Then
she repeated a phone
number beginning with 809. We did
Then this week, we received the
EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284 AND
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T.
DIAL AREA CODE 809
This one is being distributed all
over the US. This
is pretty scary, especially given
the way they try to get you tocall.
Be sure you read this and pass it
on to all your
friends and family so they don't
Don't respond to Emails, phone calls,
or web pages
which tell you to call an "809"
This is a very important issue of
because it alerts you to a scam
that is spreading
*extremely* quickly can easily cost
you $2400 or
more, and is difficult to avoid
unless you are aware of it.
We'd like to thank Verizon for bringing
to our attention. This scam has
also been identified by the National
Fraud Information and is costing
victims a lot of money. There are
lots of different permutations of
You will receive a message on your
machine or your pager, which asks
you to call a number beginning with
area code 809.
The reason you're asked to call
varies. It can be
to receive information about a family
member who has been ill, to tell
you someone has been arrested,
died,to let you know you have won
a wonderful prize, etc.
In each case, you are told to call
the 809 number
right away. Since there are so many
new area codes
these days, people unknowingly return
If you call from the US or Canada,
apparently be charged $2425 per-minute.
Or, you'll get a long recorded message.
is, they will try to keep you on
the phone as long as
possible to increase the charges.
when youget your phone bill, you'll
often be charged
more than $2410.00.
WHY IT WORKS:
The 809 area code is located in
the British Virgin
Islands Bahamas. The 809 area code
can be used as a "pay-per-call
"number, similar to 900 numbers
the USand Canada.
Since 809 is not in the US, it is
not covered by
U.S.regulations of 900 numbers,
which require that you benotified
and warned of charges and rates
involved when you call a pay-per-call"
There is also no requirement that
provide a time period during which
you may terminate the call without
Further, where as many U.S. and
Canadian homes that have900 number
blocking to avoid these kinds of
charges, do not work in preventing
calls to the 809 area code.
We recommend that no matter how
you get the
message, if you are asked to call
a number with an 809 area code that
you don't recognize just disregard
Be wary of email or calls asking
you to call an 809
area code number.
It's important to prevent becoming
a victim of this scam, since trying
to fight the charges afterwards
become a real nightmare. That's
because you did
actually make the call. If you complain,
local phone company and your long
will not want to get involved and
will most likely tell
you that they are simply providing
the billing for
the foreign company.
You'll end up dealing with a foreign
argues they have done nothing wrong.
Please forward this entire message
to your friends, family and
colleagues to help them become aware
of this scam.
Sandi Van Handel AT&T Field
(920) 687-904 .
Additional information can be obtained
AT&T Web Site
once was a rich man who was near
death. He was very grieved because
he had worked so hard for his
money and he wanted to be able
to take it with him to heaven.
So he began to pray that he might
be able to take some of his wealth
hears his plea and appears to
him. "Sorry, but you can't
take your wealth with you."
man implores the angel to speak
to God to see if He might bend
man continues to pray that his
wealth could follow him.
angel reappears and informs the
man that God had decided to allow
him to take one suitcase with
him. Overjoyed, the man gathers
his largest suitcase and fills
it with pure gold bars and places
it beside his bed.
afterward the man dies and shows
up at the Gates of Heaven to greet
St. Peter. Peter seeing the suitcase
says, "Hold on, you can't
bring that in here!" But,
the man explains to Peter that
he has permission and asks him
to verify his story with the Lord.
enough, Peter checks and comes
back saying, "You're right.
You are allowed one carry-on bag,
but I'm supposed to check its
contents before letting it through."
Peter opens the suitcase to inspect
items that the man found too precious
to leave behind and exclaims,