It’s Against the Law in MA

General Laws of Massachusetts; Chapter 272, Section 36

Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.

That’s still on books there!

However, they have Senate Bill 938 to remedy that oversight and a few others as well — “SECTION 7. Section 36 of chapter 272 of the General Laws is hereby repealed.”

Keep an Eye on Him?

Reuters via Yahoo! News reports:

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is “The Most Influential Man in the World,” according to Esquire magazine.

The magazine has designated him as “the most powerful agent of change in the world” despite his lack of electoral standing and the fact he was laid low by a heart attack ahead of last year’s presidential election.

Since leaving office, Clinton has been so active that his post-presidency amounts to “a third term” for the Democrat who held the White House from 1992 to 2000, the magazine said. He has tackled global issues from AIDS, poverty and global warming to the recovery from last December’s Indian Ocean tsunami.

I wonder if this leads up to becoming General Secretary of the UN?

And after that…?

Should I care?

Childless — Just Like That

As we knew it would, time continues on. Late this afternoon (11-15-05) will be two weeks since the five Schrock children were killed in an auto wreck in Washington State.

Schrock-Helm 2005 Crash

As we knew it would, time continues on.

Late this afternoon will be two weeks since this happened:

Pronounced dead at the scene were Carmen Joy Schrock, 12; Jana Louise Schrock, 10; Corina Jean Schrock, 8; Jerrill Burdiette Schrock, 5, and Creig Allen Schrock, 2.

In the course of the subsequent week, I sent out four reports to email subscribers of The Roth Report.

The link above takes you to the first one. Here are links to the others:

Didn’t He Know the Risk?!

From The Washington Times this story of commitment:

A court sentenced a teacher to 40 months in prison and 750 lashes for “mocking religion” after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews, a Saudi newspaper reported yesterday.

Al-Madina newspaper said secondary-school teacher Mohammad al-Harbi, who will be flogged in public, was taken to court by his colleagues and students.

He was charged with promoting a “dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, discussing the Gospel and preventing students from leaving class to wash for prayer,” the newspaper said.

I wonder what this man’s testimony is.

Oh, and before anyone goes off on what the “religion of peace” does to its opponents, wait.

Remember the Crusades. Remember the Catholic-Protestant battles of not so long ago.

That said, I do believe there is a substantial spiritual and moral difference between genuine Islam and genuine Christianity.

The question for me is simple: Is my faith (and subsequent life) an accurate reflection of the Lord Jesus?

This Is Newsworthy?

I hear say there’s a war in progress in Iraq.

This morning I read part of a Reuters story at Yahoo! News:

An Iraqi Red Crescent doctor said on Saturday more than 50 bodies had been found in the rubble of a town near the Syrian border which U.S.-led troops swept through this week in an anti-insurgent offensive.

The headline for the story?

Bodies found after US Iraq offensive

What did Reuters expect would result from battle?

Having said that, I append the following.

Each of those deaths means a soul stood before his Maker to give account. I expect an extremely high percentage of those killed left this world headed for eternal torment.

Many of those deaths mean grief, agony, and anguish for someone here.

But I doubt those previous two paragraphs were what made the story newsworthy to Reuters.

But what about Mark Roth? Why should he care about Reuters’ motivation and agenda? Does he care about the dead, the dying, and the living any more/better than does Reuters?

Above all, love God!

since November 9, 2005