Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bill Gates: World needs fewer people

Software billionaire Bill Gates, who previously has advocated the reduction of the human population through the use of vaccines, and his wife Melinda marked the 100th year since the First International Eugenics Congress in London with a “family planning” summit with abortionists and the United Nations.
The July 11 event, co-hosted by the United Kingdom Department for International Development, included organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International and the U.N. Populations Fund, as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Critics pointed out the summit was held 100 years after the July 1912 eugenics conference led by Leonard Darwin, the son of Charles Darwin, and dedicated to Darwin’s half-cousin Francis Galton.
Galton invented the term eugenics to promote the idea that strategic breeding would improve mankind.
According to Christian Voice, a ministry that analyzes current events and acts on Scriptural instructions for “a better way, God’s way,” the 1912 event promoted the “notion that economics can be improved by decreasing the surplus population,” based on the theories of Thomas Malthus.
The 17th century luminary suggested that the poor were “draining the world’s resources,” and a solution would be “to introduce policies specifically designed to bring death to large numbers of peasants.”
Christian Voice pointed out Malthus “encouraged poor people to move near swamps, because he knew that they would catch diseases there and begin dying off.”
The report noted that the 2012 summit “included no calls for forced sterilization, but Bill and Melinda Gates did pledge hundreds of millions of dollars to improve access to contraception in the developing world.”
Both Bill and Melinda Gates repeatedly have said there are too many people on earth.
“This was made explicit by Melinda Gates in 2011 when she commented that ‘government leaders … are now beginning to understand that providing access to contraceptives is a cost-effective way to foster economic growth,’” Christian Voice said.
Said the report: “So what exactly is the relation between contraception and economic growth? The connection is simple: fewer people = more resources.”
Controversial ideas, however, are not new to the Gates family. WND reported recently when Natural News said dozens of children in Malawi were vaccinated against measles at gunpoint.
The partner in the forced medication program? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, according to Natural News.
Two separate press reports said that the parents took the children into neighboring Mozambique to avoid Malawi’s announced mandatory measles vaccination program for various religious reasons. However, when the families returned home to Malawi, they found the medical providers and police had waited for them, and the children were forced to receive the vaccines.
The Christian Voice report said the parents and children belonged to the Zion and Atumwe churches and believed it was a violation of their religious principles to receive the shots.
According to the Christian Voice report, District Health Officer Medison Matchaya made sure the medics giving the shots had a police escort.
The link to the concept that fewer people would make the world better came when Gates suggested vaccines as one method of reducing the world’s population.
Gates made his remarks to the invitation-only Technology, Entertainment and Design 2010 Conference in Long Beach, Calif. His February address was titled “Innovating to Zero!”
He presented a speech on global warming, stating that CO2 emissions must be reduced to zero by 2050. Gates said every person on the planet puts out an average of about five tons of CO2 per year.
“Somehow we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero,” he said. “It’s been constantly going up. It’s only various economic changes that have even flattened it at all. So we have to go from rapidly rising to falling, and falling all the way to zero.”
Gates presented the following equation: CO2 (total population emitted CO2 per year) = P (people) x S (services per person) x E (average energy per service) x C (average CO2 emitted per unit of energy)
“Let’s look at each one of these and see how we can get this down to zero,” he said. “Probably one of these numbers is going to have to get pretty near to zero. That’s a fact from high school algebra.”
Discussing the “P,” or population portion of the equation, he stated, “Let’s take a look. First we got population. The world today has 6.8 billion people. That’s headed up to about 9 billion. Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent” [emphasis added].


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Headed Back to Iranian Court

The Iranian pastor who has spent more than 1,000 days in prison for his faith in Christ is headed back to court. Iranian authorities are demanding Youcef Nadarkhani face a judge in Iran on Sept. 8 to answer for "charges brought against him."
According to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), it's unclear if the charges are new or are connected to his apostasy conviction. Nadarkhani was convicted and sentenced to death for essentially becoming a Christian. When Iranian officials demanded that he recant his faith in Jesus Christ or die, he responded, "I cannot." He has been illegally imprisoned and separated from his wife and two boys since 2009.


FIRST-PERSON: Praying for revival in our families

EDITOR'S NOTE: This first-person is part of a series of first-persons Baptist Press will publish in anticipation of the 40/40 Prayer Vigil for Spiritual Revival and National Renewal. The 40/40 Prayer Vigil is an initiative of the North American Mission Board and Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission to encourage Southern Baptists and other evangelicals to pray for 40 days from Sept. 26 to Nov. 4. To learn more, visit www.4040prayer.com.

DALLAS (BP) -- "Prayer invites God into the equation." So states Mark Batterson in his book, "The Circle Maker." As we pray during this 40/40 Prayer Vigil, we are factoring God into the equation by praying for a fresh move of His Spirit among our families, our communities and our churches. We are not asking God for a revival of morality or virtue or even common sense. We desperately need His direct intervention in the spiritual condition of our land. Our nation is in crisis, and as followers of Christ, we are called to be vigilant in prayer for it (Colossians 4:2).

God instituted the family before He did the church or the nation -- it is the basic unit of society. As families go, so goes a nation. In light of that truth, it is no wonder that Christians are alarmed. If we look at the statistics, we see that divorce, substance abuse, the glorification of sexual promiscuity and all other societal ills have had a devastating effect on the American family -- Christian or not. While we pray for the upcoming national election specifically, we must remember that godly leaders are usually those who come from devout families, nurtured by parents who honor the Lord and intentionally train their children to pursue God's will for their lives.

I recently reviewed a study I did a few years ago on women in church history, from the first century to the 21st century. I was struck at how most of these women by far did not come to Christ as adults, but rather as children. From medieval mystics such as Catherine of Sienna and Joan of Arc to pastors' wives Katie Luther and Susanna Wesley, to missionaries and social workers such as Amanda Smith, Ann Judson, Amy Carmichael, Catherine Booth, Lottie Moon and Bertha Smith, they were nurtured in the faith at an early age.

Through the teaching and guidance of their parents they developed a social conscience and a determined desire to serve God unconditionally. This is the pattern we see in Scripture, parents integrating biblical principles and truths into their daily lives and family relationships (Deuteronomy 11:19).


Woman Rushed to Ohio Hospital After Botched Late-Term Abortion

New information coming to light only today shows a woman was apparantly rushed to the hospital in Dayton, Ohio following a botched late-term abortion that took place at the Women’s Med Center abortion clinic in Dayton.
Martin Haskell, who is credit with making the partial-birth abortion procedure a household name, runs the abortion facility that injured the woman.
According to local pro-life advocate who filmed emergency medical personnel rushing to the scene, paramedic loaded a female patient into an awaiting ambulance. Those activists confirmed that the abortion practitioner on duty that day was Roslyn Kade, a long-time associate of Haskell’s.
“How many women must be subjected to life-threatening complications before the Ohio Department of Health takes action? Women deserve to know that when they walk into one of Haskell’s clinics, they face the very real danger that they will be wheeled out on a gurney,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. “We call on the Ohio Medical Board to immediately act to protect women from Haskell’s dangerous late-term abortion operation.”
Newman said this is the fourth medical emergency recently documented at Haskell abortion clinics. In February, a woman was transported from Haskell’s Kettering clinic to a local hospital. In March, Haskell personally placed a 911 call from his clinic located in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville and was heard laughing at the dispatcher who offered emergency information.


Via Twitter, pastors connect with church, others

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- With social media sites like Twitter, pastors can easily connect with their church members or fellow preachers just by typing out a message and hitting "send."

But navigating the constant stream of Twitter and other social networks from the standpoint of a pastor can be challenging since those websites are targeted toward more casual content. However, many pastors throughout the country are using Twitter as a tool to encourage and further teach the Gospel.

Micah Fries, lead pastor at Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., said he tweets to share further thoughts on his sermons, so church members can continue to contemplate each week's message.

"I guess for me Twitter -- and Facebook to a similar degree -- is much like an extension of the pulpit," he said. "So I try to use it regularly during the week as a means of extending the sermon throughout the week."

But Fries does more than tweet Scripture references or sermon points. His Twitter feed includes day-to-day observations and comments on his family's activities. He said showing people both his professional and personal life is important because both aspects of life are intertwined.


Ariz. Woman Threatened With Citation for Handing Out Free Bottled Water

Rutherford Institute Defends Marine Arrested, Incarcerated in Psych Ward & Detained Indefinitely for Posting Political Views, Song Lyrics to Facebook

CHESTERFIELD, VA— The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a former Marine, 26-year-old Brandon Raub, who was arrested, detained indefinitely in a psych ward and forced to undergo psychological evaluations based solely on the controversial nature of lines from song lyrics, political messages and virtual card games which he posted to his private Facebook page. Although the FBI and Chesterfield County police have not charged Brandon Raub, a resident of Chesterfield County, Va., with committing any crime, they arrested Raub on Thursday, August 16, 2012, and transported him to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will due to alleged concerns that his Facebook posts were controversial and “terrorist in nature.” In a hearing held at the hospital, government officials disregarded Raub’s explanation that the Facebook posts were being interpreted out of context, sentencing him up to 30 days’ further confinement in a VA psych ward. In coming to Raub’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are challenging Raub’s arrest and forcible detention, as well as the government’s overt Facebook surveillance and violation of Raub’s First Amendment rights.
“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon. This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Brandon Raub is no different from the majority of Americans who use their private Facebook pages to post a variety of content, ranging from song lyrics and political hyperbole to trash talking their neighbors, friends and government leaders.”
Brandon Raub, a former Marine who has served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, was detained by FBI agents and police officers at his home in Chesterfield County based upon the nature of content posted to his Facebook page in recent months. Like many Facebook users, Raub uses his Facebook page to post songs lyrics and air his political opinions, as well as engage in virtual online games with other users. On Thursday, August 16, police and FBI agents arrived at Raub’s home, asking to speak with him about his Facebook posts. They did not provide Raub with a search warrant. Raub was cooperative and agreed to speak with them. Without providing any explanation, levying any charges against Raub or reading him his rights, law enforcement officials then handcuffed Raub and transported him first to the police headquarters, then to John Randolph Medical Center, where he was held against his will. Outraged onlookers filmed the arrest and posted the footage to YouTube. Law enforcement officials have stated in press reports that Raub was not arrested. However, as attorney John Whitehead points out, if the police have put handcuffs on you and you’re being held against your will, that qualifies as an arrest. In a hearing before a special justice on August 20, government officials again pointed to Raub’s Facebook posts as the sole reason for their concern and for his continued incarceration. Ignoring Raub’s explanations about the fact that the Facebook posts were being read out of context and his attorney’s First Amendment defense, the special justice agreed that Raub should be incarcerated at a VA hospital for up to 30 more days. Rutherford Institute attorneys are working to challenge Raub’s detention and the highly unconstitutional nature of the government’s actions.
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