Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Statement on Disability and Oregon’s Physician-Assisted Suicide Law

Ever since the 1990s when Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act, I’ve been working to de-grease its slippery slope. Under the law, physicians may give lethal drugs to patients with terminal illnesses who want to end their lives. The law’s proponents have insisted it could only be offered to those who had 6 months or less to live, and was a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. But not so anymore.

The Oregon Health Authority (which studies and keeps records on the Death with Dignity Act) now says, “the law is best seen as a permissive law… it does not compel patients to have exhausted all treatment options, or to continue current treatment.… If the patient decides they don’t want treatment, that is their choice.” In an eerie tone, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said the law is “silent on whether the patient must exhaust all treatment options.”

This spells bad news for people with chronic conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or even diabetes. Many people with chronic conditions rely on medication or other supports to enable them to live for decades. But what if people with disabilities begin to despair of their condition? What if insurance runs out? Citing an example, the OHA said that if you are a diabetic in Oregon and decide to forgo insulin injections, you could qualify for a lethal prescription under the state’s physician-assisted suicide law.

It is true that no one with diabetes has yet taken advantage of this new interpretation of the law, but the door is now open, inviting any Oregonian despairing of his disabling condition to test the law’s new interpretation and request assisted suicide. Such cases are already successful in Canada and in Western Europe, showing how slick the slope is in Western industrialized nations.

This is one reason why I recently revised my book When Is It Right to Die? I wanted to give Christ-followers a keen understanding of the arguments surrounding physician-assisted suicide, as well as give them language for articulating a biblical worldview on life, no matter how disabled or elderly one’s life might be. People are not “better off dead than disabled,” and life is worth living until God decides it is time.

Christians can provide life-encouraging alternatives to assisted suicide by providing hands-on support to persons with disabilities who are despairing of their lives.

Christians can ascribe positive meaning to a person’s affliction, prevent social isolation, help them deal with depression, provide spiritual community, and, in short, be a friend. This is compassionate care; not the administration of lethal drugs.

In 1997 the US Supreme Court ruled that there was no inherent ‘right to die’ in the U.S. Constitution. But that did not stop states from creating legislation based on people’s perception of a “right” to die. Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent people with terminal illnesses. California, Colorado, Vermont and Washington also have enacted similar laws based on the Oregon model (Montana’s Supreme Court ruled that nothing in state law prevents physicians from helping terminally ill patients end their lives).

People who feel overwhelmed by their chronic medical conditions do not need assisted-suicide; they need treatment for depression, good pain management, social community, support, help, hope, and a purpose for living. Christians have the message that gives life meaning, and helps people grasp that life is worth living. I pray Christians will do all they can to expose the dangers behind this new and chilling interpretation of a terminal illness.

 

Taken from Joni’s Blog here.

Helping People with Gender Confusion: Conference Videos

This is from the September 11, 2018 Family Foundation Summit in Richmond, VA

If you want to have greater compassion and wisdom to help “transgender” people find the truth about their God-given gender, I encourage you to watch these videos which include the following speakers!!

Rosaria Butterfield, author of The Gospel Comes With a House Key, is a brilliant former life-long, radical, activist lesbian college professor who describes a beautiful transformation to a heterosexual female identity through the love and hospitality of a pastor and his wife who had her over for dinner for two years each week. They were friends. That friendship changed her life and now she is married to a pastor.

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, and author of When Harry Became Sally brought this subject into clearer focus with statistics and facts from the social sciences that opened our eyes to some new and helpful truths.

Bruce Ashford of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary addresses “Ministering in an Age of Gender Confusion”

Sean Maguire, Director of Grassroots for The Family Foundation, shares his personal testimony of growing up with same-sex attraction in a Christian family

Such Were Some of You: Here is a movie I found about the roots of homosexuality that also has some bearing on the transgender issues. It has testimonies of about 10 former gay & lesbian people that shed a lot of light on the roots of their struggles with sexual identity and sexual sins.

Watch the videos!

How ‘Cosmo’ Destroys Women—And Why We Need to Limit Its Reach

Let's Also thank Walmart for doing that!

A girl who feels her only value is her sexual appeal (not her intelligence, quick wit, or artistic talent, for example) and views herself as merely a thing to be used for other's gratification can experience low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders.
A girl who feels her only value is her sexual appeal (not her intelligence, quick wit, or artistic talent, for example) and views herself as merely a thing to be used for other’s gratification can experience low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders. (Ogutier/Pixabay/Public Domain)

Walmart has announced this week that Cosmopolitan magazine will no longer be flaunted to kids and adolescents in its checkout lines across the country.

This is welcome news for Victoria Hearst, founder of Cosmo Hurts Kids and the granddaughter of Cosmopolitan owner William Randolph Hearst.

It all began with a bad relationship.

In December 1995, Victoria Hearst was reeling from one when she said the sinner’s prayer and gave her life to Jesus.

Not only did Victoria let go of the relationship, she surrendered all of the plans she had for her life.

“God, I don’t know what I am doing anymore,” Victoria says on her website, recalling her prayer to the Lord. “You take the wheel. You drive. I’ll go wherever You lead.”

Fast forward to 2018.

The Lord has done a fruitful work in her life: Victoria is the founder and head of Praise Him Ministries, a non-denominational ministry that includes Praise Productions Christian Store and Ridgway Christian Center.

And, in her spare time and at her own expense, Victoria is on a crusade to get the word out about how Cosmopolitan‘s pornographic images and content are damaging to kids.

How Cosmo Lost Its Way

Victoria Hearst’s grandfather W.R. Hearst was the founder and head of the Hearst publishing empire until his death in 1951.

From humble beginnings with one newspaper—The San Francisco Examiner—in 1887, Hearst Communications has grown into a multifaceted corporation with 360 plus businesses.

One of its many media offerings is Cosmopolitan magazine.

In 1905, Victoria’s grandfather bought Cosmopolitan, then a family magazine devoted to women’s issues.

Victoria’s grandfather hired authors and journalists such as George Bernard Shaw to contribute to the magazine. A British playwright, Shaw wrote 62 plays over his lifetime and was the 1925 recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature.

However, revenue started to slide at the magazine after W.R. Hearst’s death.

Victoria recalls, “As a child, I heard my father, Randolph Hearst, discussing the situation with Hearst executives. Should they discontinue publication or try to keep it alive?”

In 1965, they hired Helen Gurley Brown, author of a popular 1962 novel encouraging women to be liberated sexually and financially to be chief editor … and it was all downhill from there.

“That is when a ‘first-class family magazine’ turned into a sex rag,” concludes Victoria.

Victoria’s father passed away in 2000 but became a born-again Christian prior to his death.

Meanwhile, Cosmo stayed on its course of sexually explicit content.

Protecting Kids and Her Grandfather’s Legacy

Seeing the total stripping of moral fabric from the once-revered magazine has spurred Victoria into action.

As she states on her website, “William Randolph Hearst was not a perfect man, but I am sure that he would NEVER have allowed Cosmopolitan to become the PORNOGRAPHIC magazine that it is today.”

What Victoria is after is not to destroy the magazine. Rather, she would like it labeled as “adult material” so that it cannot be sold to anyone under 18.

Targeting Young Girls

The content described is bad enough on its own. But consider the target market: “Cosmo seduces underage girls into reading the magazine by putting teen and ‘tween’ idols on the cover and by printing articles listing the best colleges to attend to have sex,” says Victoria.

Does all of this sound like something you’d want you middle-school aged daughter to read?

We thought not!

The covers of Cosmopolitan magazine are on visible display at checkout lines and news stand aisles at your local drug store, and grocery store, where adults and children can readily see them … over and over again.

The October 2017 issue proudly proclaimed to offer “76 Sex Secrets” and other questionable content, for example.

Part of a Broader Issue

It’s not just Cosmo. Virtually all media monitored in multiple studies gave “ample evidence of the sexualization of women,” according to a 2007 American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualiztion of Girls report.

It’s everywhere you turn—from TV shows to the Internet, to movies and music, and of course, in advertising. And it’s in video games and media that are popular with kids.

Women are objectified and sexualized, and a narrow view of physical beauty is endlessly paraded in front of all of us.

What does this do to girls?

When girls are constantly exposed to media images sexualizing women, it leads them to view themselves (and all women) as sexual objects. Their value becomes centered on physical appearance rather than on achievement or character.

A girl who feels her only value is her sexual appeal (not her intelligence, quick wit or artistic talent, for example) and views herself as merely a thing to be used for other’s gratification can experience low self-esteem, depression and eating disorders.

The APA report suggests that it may even affect their career choices. How many of these women will pursue an engineering career or aim to be a cancer researcher or the next great IT company founder rather than a supermodel?

What does this do to all of us?

Girls aren’t the only ones who suffer from this inescapable, near-constant exposure to a very narrow ideal of female attractiveness. It can also make it hard for men to both find a partner who meets this standard and to experience true intimacy with their spouse.

More far-reaching effects can include a rise in sexual aggression, sexism and even the demand for child pornography.

Enough Is Enough!

Now more than ever, our nation is desperate for weapons to combat the onslaught of pornography in our society.

Offering a total renewal of the mind that leads to a life of peace and freedom, the Conquer Series is a powerful cinematic series that is helping thousands of men overcome pornography.

“This series has helped change my life. The healing it has caused has revolutionized my relationship with my wife, kids, and people at church. I thank the Lord every day for this,” said Matthew Cook in his review of the Conquer Series. “The only thing I regret is not having this info 15 years ago.”

Teenagers aren’t too young, with parental guidance, to deal with this issue. Sandra Barnes says, “Thank you, guys, for making this program. My teenage sons have watched it and we have all learned so much!”

Tammy Miller from Canton, Ohio, agrees:

“I absolutely love this disc series!!! This is how good it is: our 19- and 17-yr. old sons exist in their phones-texting, listening to music. Not 15 minutes in, we saw them put down their phones, take the earbuds out of their ears and watch intensely. Each time we put in the DVDs, the phones went down and they watched and took in all what was being said…EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT series!”

The enemy wishes to destroy society through attacking us from all angles in the area of our sexuality. The Conquer Series will help you armor yourself and those you love for God in this increasing worldly battlefield we live in. 

This article originally appeared on the Conquer Series.Click here to order the Conquer Series today.

(Taken from this wonderful Charisma article.)

Patrick Trueman, president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Join a conversation to discuss a major legislative victory in Congress. Mar. 27 at Noon

I highly recommend joining this free, phone conference call. Few subjects need more attention in American today than this.  Sexual exploitation is destroying lives of young and old alike–the victims and the perpetrators are both being damaged for many years, if not for life, by this hideous, evil and sinful practice

Let’s pray and work to protect our communities–especially our girls!

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Winning the War on Sex Trafficking (against High Tech Opposition)

Join us in a conversation with Patrick Trueman, president of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, as we discuss a major legislative victory in Congress.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm (EDT)

Dial 515-739-1247; enter code 475246#

 

Something unthinkable just a year or two ago — something miraculous — has happened in Washington, D.C.  The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly last Wednesday, 97-2, to overturn a series of U.S. court cases that sheltered online sex traffickers like websites Backpage and craigslist.  In the most tortured reasoning, courts have ruled that those websites, and dozens more like them, had the right to promote sex trafficking and the federal and state governments could do little about it.

But the bill’s supporters, despite heavily funded opposition from Google and other top tech companies, prevailed, and the bill is going to the president’s desk, where he is expected to sign it.

Patrick Trueman is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993.

While at DOJ, Mr. Trueman supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography, and obscenity. He managed an office of twenty of prosecutors and support staff, and worked with the nation’s 93 United States Attorneys to initiate and coordinate federal prosecutions.

During his 41 years as a lawyer, he litigated cases at all levels of the federal system, including at the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been an advisor to many municipalities on First Amendment law and has helped draft ordinances to end or curb the impact of sexually oriented businesses such as pornography shops, strip clubs, and related establishments. A recognized international expert, Mr. Trueman has traveled to Europe, South America, the Middle East, and other areas to speak about human trafficking or the effects of television sex and violence on the family.

As president of NCOSE, Patrick Trueman spearheads efforts to change corporate policies by publicizing a Dirty Dozen List. This aggressive project educates company executives, galvanizes public attention and spurs popular actions to defend human dignity. Under his leadership, NCOSE has produced policy improvements at a wide range of notable institutions, including Google, Wal-Mart, the Department of Justice, Verizon, the Federal Communications Commission and more.

In 2015, Mr. Trueman established the NCOSE Law Center, which serves as a resource for legal efforts to combat illegal pornography, sexually oriented businesses, and to bring innovative lawsuits against public institutions facilitating sexual exploitation. In 2010, he founded PornHarmsResearch.com to provide peer-reviewed research and talking points on the harms of pornography.

On a global level, Mr. Trueman leads NCOSE’s Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation, an international coalition that boasts nearly 300 organizations and academic experts who are committed to sharing strategies and resources for combating public & private harms caused by pornography.

Mr. Trueman served as chief of staff to a Member of the U.S. Congress. From 1976 to 1982, he was Executive Director and General Counsel to Americans United for Life, a national public interest law firm in Chicago.

He lives just outside Washington, D.C., and is married to Laura Clay Trueman.  Laura and Pat Trueman have three children:  Patrick, Claire and Elizabeth.

Please join us for this encouraging and informative discussion.

 

( All taken from the email newsletter of stand@standamerica.us)

 

 

Doris Wagner’s Deliverance Ministry

The Wife of Dr. Peter Wagner is a Gifted and Very Seasoned Minister of Deliverance--Especially With Leaders

Dear praying friends:
My big news is that I am planning on starting up a deliverance ministry once again after my return from Florida later on this month. Chuck Pierce has graciously given me a lovely little office at the Global Spheres building for that purpose.
I especially hope to minister to pastors and church leaders who have no safe place to go for ministry of this kind. I maintain total confidentiality.
I need your help in getting this word out. The only cases I hesitate to work with are mental cases, such as the DID, schizophrenia, and the like. There are people much more skilled than I to whom I refer such cases. However, God has gifted me in areas of addictions, lust, rejection, healing of memories, victimization. and ordinary bondages so rampant these days. I ask those who want prayer to fill out a questionnaire that gives me clues as to how to go about ministry. So I need people to contact me. My email is easy. Click here to email me.
Gratefully in Christ,

Doris
PS–I have known Dr. Wagner and Doris for decades. Dr. Waagner was one of my professors at Fuller Seminary. I highly recommend Doris!
You can read about how she ministers by getting her book, How to Cast Out Demons–A Beginner’s Guide. 

Christian Denominations in Virginia Need to Apologize to Virginia Tribes

For 20th Century Offenses

Leonard Crow Dog, a Lakota elder and highly-regarded activist, left, places his hand over Gen. Wesley Clark Jr.’s head during a forgiveness ceremony for veterans at the Four Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

 

I know some really good folks might not think so, but I respectfully disagree for several reasons:

1. I know of only two Christian apology services with Virginia Native Americans in the last 20 years: One at Williamsburg with the Spanish Ambassador and one at the 400th Anniversary of the Colony on the beach in Virginia Beach in 2007.  I was at the one on the beach that Rock Church hosted.  At the 2007 beach event, no specific offenses were repented of that I heard over the sound system. Pastor Marty O’Rourke washed Chief Ann Richardson’s feet as an act of repentance and honor.

The other one, at William and Mary, concerned the events surrounding the killing of the Spanish Jesuits by the tribe in February of 1671 and some other early events.  ( I was involved as an advisor in both apologies, by the way. This is something I have felt strongly about for many years. My book talks about that.)

No Christian leader or denomination has ever publicly apologized for what a Presbyterian Elder named Walter Plecker did. The hideous Plecker enforcement of the Racial Integrity Act of 1924 which he helped to draft effectively stripped Virginia Native Americans of their identity as Indians as they sought marriage licenses for 50 years. They could only register as white or black. Therefore, they all had to declare “Black” since they were not fully white. This law was an extension of the Virginia laws against mixed marriages  —another set of laws all Virginians should be ashamed of, too. White supremacists got them all passed. Plecker admired Hitler and wrote congratulatory letters to his staff. 

As a result of Plecker not allowing Indians to register as Indians, they cannot prove their ancestry. There are currently 566 federally recognized Indian tribes, only one of which are from Virginia–and that just got approved. The other 10 Virginia tribes have lost all the valuable federal benefits that the other 566 tribes have long enjoyed.

Walter Plecker was a physician, eugenicist and avowed white supremacist–and a devout Presbyterian Elder who helped start churches in Virginia. Most of the Virginia legislators and government officials who enforced these terrible laws would have claimed to be Christians in this Bible Belt state.  Hundreds of pastors and churches probably knew of these laws over the 50-year history of their enforcement.  Clearly, Christians have sinned against our Native American tribes in Virginia by using, encouraging or allowing such hateful laws to be passed and enforced for five decades.

I think that all the denominations that were here in Virginia during the 20th century need to take some responsibility for allowing or encouraging such laws. They never have…yet despite the Governor Mark Warner’s 2002 apology for these hideous laws, especially forced sterilization. 

The Canadian government and the Australian governments have both publically apologized for serious 20th-century offenses against their native tribes. Why not us?  Why not the Christain denominational leaders whose members perpetrated these awful offenses againts our tribes?

2.  I would bet that hardly any Christians in Hampton Roads knows of any public apologies to our tribes from Christian leaders.  Only a small number of people are aware of them. I think it would honor our tribes to have those previous apologies made very public.  I think it is somewhat hollow to honor VA tribes on April 17th in Richmond with a statue to our tribes without such public apologies from the state and from Christian denominations for the offenses we have committed against our tribes for 400 years. As you may recall, some Christian denominations and the State of Virginia did apologize for the slavery issue.

Many of my friends love our tribes and want to see them honored as they should be. The Jamestown Colony would probably not have survived with the food assistance of the Native Americans–some provided by the intercession of Pocahontas. Those tribes helped found America. For me, it is not only those motives but the principles of 2 Sam 21 that makes me sure that such public apologies need to be very public and detailed.

May God heal our state and nation even more through such acts of repentance! May our Virginia Tribes be able to bless our state and nation even more despite all we have done to injure them in the 20th century and before.

Virginia and our nation need the blessing of our Virginia tribes!  That’s the lesson of 2 Samuel 21.

Great Online Training to Heal the Sick and Hear the Voice of God

50% discount ends soon for January semester.

I have had tons of training in how to do the three main works of Jesus ( preach, heal, deliver from demons)—mainly from Dr. Randy Clark’s ministry ( Randy will be here in 2018 to train people in healing ministries).  But I am trying to draw closer to God and love people the way Jesus did with signs and wonders so I am excited to study and recommend Jason Chin to you as a resource to mature your ability to love people like Jesus did with words and deeds of Kingdom power.

It’s biblical and so effective to show people what a good God we know through signs and wonders!  Young people love this!!  Look at this video of teens getting rocked by the love and power of Jesus at Disneyland after being getting healed by 30-second prayers!  Why would we NOT want to learn how to cooperate with the God and do the works of Jesus like this?? Here is a set of healings that happened at our church in 2012. Jesus was glorified and people were healed of pain they had for years!  More and more churches in Hampton Roads are reporting healings through prayer in Jesus Name!  Go God!!

I highly recommend Jason Chin. He is on Youtube with lots of free training and has a great book & website out called Love Says Go. He also has this online school that looks really good—now with 50% discount for a week ( 50% DISCOUNT ENDS very soon). If you miss that, check out the book and Youtube videos.  🙂