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. . . and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth
with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  Rev. 21:8b

September 2004

Dear friend of KHCS,

I don’t know about you, but I get irritated when I see blatant untruths in letters to the newspaper, in news magazines, or on TV.

For instance, you may have heard “right-wing fundamentalist Christians oppose stem-cell research.” Not true. Research using adult and placental stem cells is perfectly legitimate and is already is providing cures for many diseases and injuries. What I and many others oppose is in using stem cells from aborted babies. And even worse, cloning babies for the express purpose of killing them and “harvesting” their stem cells. This is wrong!

Then what about the “ban on stem cell research”? Sorry, there is no “ban.” The current administration simply refuses to use federal tax dollars (that’s yours and mine) to fund experiments using newly-acquired embryonic stem cells. Research using existing quantities of embryonic stem cells still qualifies for tax dollars. Any and all research using adult stem cells (bone marrow, etc) also may receive federal subsidies. That’s the truth.

How about this slice of baloney that I saw recently: “Pushing the ‘Defense of Marriage Act’ at this time is an obvious political ploy by a desperate president to placate the religious right wing of his party.” Wow! First of all, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was approved by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton on September 21, 1996.
This confused person must be thinking of the Federal Marriage Amendment. When DOMA was passed in 1996, some farsighted individuals believed that activist judges might eventually overturn this law. Therefore they suggested a constitutional amendment, which was introduced in the House over two years ago. Many well-known Christians and others felt that such an amendment would not not be appropriate or necessary.

But, when the mayor of San Francisco started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples (without legal authority to do so), and the state of Massachusetts decided to legalize “gay” marriages, it became obvious that DOMA’s days were numbered. Subsequently, President Bush announced his support for the Federal Marriage Amendment this past February 24.

Then there’s “The President lied when he said Saddam Hussein was attempting to buy uranium from Niger.” Actually, that’s not exactly what he said. Nonetheless, detractors may have missed the news item, “Senate study buttresses claims on uranium deal” (The Desert Sun, July 10, 2004, p. 2) which says that Iraq may indeed have been pursuing such a purchase. Not that it matters much, as Iraq already had 500 tons of “yellowcake” uranium, according to the same article.
And now for the really big whopper: “Bush wasn’t elected, he was selected by the Supreme Court.” No, what happened was the recount in a couple of Florida counties was being repeated again and again. Every ballot was counted, several times over. Title 3 of the United States Code requires that the results of the election be certified by December 12. The Florida Supreme Court said that the recount should continue in spite of what the law says. The U.S. Supreme Court simply chose to support the law as written.

But the point is, truthfulness is an important part of our Christian heritage. If we can’t trust other people to tell the truth, our whole society falls apart.

At the non-commercial ministry of KHCS, we make every effort to bring you programming that tells the truth. I hope you appreciate the effort we put into bringing you teaching and information you can trust.

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In His joy!

Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager