Demonic Iconography and American Sensibility

April 18, 2016

Bible readers know Damascus, Syria as the destination of the road on which Paul experienced his conversion.  About 150 miles north-east of Damascus lies the town of Palmyra, Syria. Palmyra is known as “the flower in the desert.”

Palmyra is now held by ISIS and it once held two historic monuments, one the Temple to the fertility god of Baal (or Bel), the other the Roman Arch of Triumph.  Both 2000 year old structures have been destroyed by the occupying ISIS.

An organization called the Institute for Digital Archaeology attempts to preserve the essence of archaeological sites that have been destroyed by war or natural disaster by using advanced digital technology.

Plans were made to build a replica of the entrance to the Baal Temple in New York City and in London.  Without explanation, the organization changed the projectfrom Palmyra’s Temple of Baal to the Roman Arch of Triumph.  No reason for the change was given.

The organizers may have been unaware that such an overt declaration of Baal (satanic) worship in New York City would have been a major affront to our Christian community.

In our world, imagery makes a profound and lasting statement.  A monument to Baal in New York would have sent a strong message about our culture and our times.

We need to thank our God today that America, at least for now, remains a Christian nation at its essence and in its iconography.


God bless America.

New Mexico Watchman

“Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars,
and I alone am left, and they seek my life”?   But what does the divine response say to him?
“I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”

Romans 11:3-4


Silencing Christianity in the Market Place:
An Interim Report
April 12, 2016

The success of the Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual Transgender (LGBT) rampage continues.  Simply put, we live in an era that has ushered in the end of religious freedom in favor of “gay rights.”  Any resistance to redefining the nation by a sexual perversion is considered an affront, resulting in the silencing of any Christian belief.

The current battles have moved from same-sex “marriage” to the letter T in LGBT – Transgenderism.  While homosexuals comprise only a small percentage of the population, transgenders are less than .01% of the population.  To be a member of the “oppressed transgender minority”, one need only to self-identify.  What follows is the “right” to enter the bathroom of your choice.  Any disagreement is considered discrimination and bigotry.

Note that:

  • Two states have passed have passed religious freedom legislation only to have the legislation vetoed by their governors (Georgia, South Dakota).
  • The Federal Government has forced one school district to comply with transgender demands (Illinois). This is just the start.
  • One state passed “religious freedom” legislation, then amended the bill into a “gay rights” law (Indiana).
  • One state has maintained its “bathroom bill” (North Carolina) but is now being threatened by the federal government with the defunding of several programs.
  • One city overturned its “bathroom bill” (Houston).
  • Only one state has enacted and maintained its “freedom of religion” bill (Mississippi).

The following are the highlights of the transgender agenda.

Bruce Jenner:  Win for the Transgender Community
April 2015  Bruce Jenner
, a 65 year old male who has been married 3 times and who has fathered 6 children, declares himself a woman.  Jenner, who won the decathlon Gold Medal in the 1976 Olympics, appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine under the title “Call Me Caitlyn.”

Outcome:  Jenner was praised for his “transition” and received ESPN’s Arthur Ash Award for Courage.

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
Complete Turn-Around: Now a “gay rights” law

July 2015  Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was legislation passed by the state legislature to allow Christians the “free exercise of religion” and to protect citizens against being “substantially burdened as a defense in legal proceedings.”

Outcome:  After a horrendous outcry from national and international businesses and athletic organizations, the legislation was amended, making it an anti-discrimination law favoring the LGBT community.  In other words, a complete turnaround occurred from the law’s original intent.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
Rejected by Voters After Being Labeled the “Bathroom Bill”

November 3, 2015  Dallas TX overwhelmingly rejected the city’s ordinance allowing men in women’s bathrooms (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance).  Houston’s City Council passed the legislation spearheaded by lesbian Mayor Annise Parker.  The locals forced the City to place it on the ballet but only after a Texas Supreme Court mandate.

Outcome:  Win for the Community.  However, Houston is now being threatened by such efforts as a call to rescind the NFL Super Bowl which is scheduled to be played there in 2017.

Palatine Township High School 
Forced by the Federal Government to Accommodate a 12 y.o.
Boy in the Girl’s Shower

December 3, 2015  Palatine Township High School, a Chicago School District, had a Civil Rights Discrimination lawsuit filed against it demanding that a 12 year old transgender boy be allowed in the girl’s locker rooms.

Outcome:  Win for the Transgender
The Obama Administration, misrepresenting Title IX federal funding designed to insure the inclusion of girls in sports, interpreted the law as addressing gender discrimination and forced the school district to acquiesce.  Non-compliance would have resulted in the withdrawal of millions of federal dollars that fund athletic programs.  The school board had proposed a number of different measures as compromise solutions.  All were refused.  The boy is allowed in the girls’ locker room despite overwhelming objection from the community.  In a school district of 12,000 students, the Obama administration has forced the accommodation of one very disturbed 12 year old boy.

New Mexico Legislation is Introduced to Protect Religious Freedom

January 2016  Religious Freedom Legislation was introduced to “prevent discriminatory action by a person or a government agency in response to a person’s free exercise of religion.”

Outcome:  The legislation was vehemently attacked by Santa Fe’s homosexual mayor, Javier Gonzales, and the house minority leader, Brian Egolf.  It was not placed on the legislative agenda and was not debated.

South Dakota’s Bill Vetoed by Governor

March 1, 2016  The Governor of South DakotaDennis Daugaard, vetoed a bathroom bill passed by the Senate that would have required biologically-defined sex to determine bathrooms usage.
Outcome:  The governor, wishing to avoid an economic backlash, caved to the transgender agenda.

North Carolina Passes a “Bathroom Bill”
Disallowing Charlotte’s Ordinance to Allow Transgenders in Bathrooms

On March 23, 2016 North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory signed into law a “Bathroom Bill” that negates Charlotte’s February 20, 2016, bill that would have allowed transgenders into women’s bathrooms.

Outcome:  An enormous economic backlash has occurred with a reported 120 companies opposing the measure including PayPal, which cancelled a $3.6 million call center employing 400 people in Charlotte.  Popular rock star Bruce Springsteen announced he’d canceled a concert in the state.

Georgia’s Governor Vetoes Legislature’s “Religious Freedom”

March 28, 2016  Under tremendous economic pressure, Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal vetoed the state’s “Religious Freedom” legislation.  The law would have protected pastors and religious nonprofits that didn’t want to participate in same-sex marriage, while including modest protections for individuals and businesses.

Outcome:  The State Legislators are considering calling a special session to override the governor’s veto.

Mississippi Allows Churches, Businesses to Decline Services that
Violate Religious Beliefs

April 5, 2016 Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law legislation that allows churches, religious charities and privately held businesses to decline services to people if doing so would violate their religious beliefs on marriage and gender.

Outcome:  The state’s Attorney General has refused to defend the law, an impeachable offense.  The backlash has just begun.

In addition to New Mexico, states that have considered legislation have been Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

Please pray for the nation.

“Blessed are those who dwell in Your house;  They will still be praising You.”
Psalm 84: 4

FINAL REPORT: 2016 New Mexico State Legislative Session

The 2016 New Mexico State Legislative session ended today at noon.  If it demonstrated anything, it again showed that the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual community is well funded, well organized and mobilized.  The legislation offered by the Christian community was met with staunch, well organized opposition at every turn.

Three bills and a memorial were carefully watched by the Christian community.  The issues were religious freedom and opportunities to save the unborn.  Even a memorial with no binding legal authority calling for the collection of data was met with stringent and effective opposition.  Nothing from our side passed.

House Bill 55: An Act Relating to Religious Freedom,” sponsored byRepresentatives David Gallegos and Nora Espinoza, was an attempt to address the overwhelming legal power the homosexual community has to force Christians of conscience into preforming services they find offensive.

Before the session began, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales, a homosexual, used the occasion of Martin Luther King Day to blast the bill.  That was followed by Santa FeSenator Brian Egolf’s press conference denouncing the bill as “hateful.”  Egolf called the bill “the last gasps of the failing opposition” to homosexual “equality.”  The bill was not heard this session.

Two bills were introduced by our stalwart Senator Bill Sharer from Farmington,Senate Bills 242 and 243.  Both bills placed a twenty week limitation on abortions. One bill, Senate Bill 243, was a “no exceptions to abortion” bill.  The other, Senate Bill 242, would have allowed exceptions for rape or incest.

Senator Sharer gave an impassioned presentation in defense of the bills, sharing photos of his healthy granddaughter born prematurely.  The irony was apparent whenSenator Jacob Candelaria and Senator Mimi Stewart made “pro-life” statements before they voted against the bills.  Senator Candelaria praised his single mother for having given him life, then voted against the life bill.  Mimi Stewart described the tragedy of birthing two sons whose lungs had not developed, then giving birth to her precious daughter before she voted “no.

Representative Rodney Montoya from Farmington proposed “House Memorial 101, to track the number of incidents of a child being born and showing signs of life after an abortion.”  The memorial sought only to gather data but was vehemently opposed by Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and other organizations.

In each of these cases, professionals in the anti-life lobby were present in large numbers.  Their latest technique in calling out supports is the use of “robo-calls,” computer generated telephone calls with outgoing messages only.

As for the pro-life side, calls for prayer and calls to attend the legislative session were emailed.  In each case the pro-life side was out-numbered by a very large margin.

It is incumbent on each and every Christian to continue to pray, as well as to discuss issues with elected representatives and amongst ourselves.  To change the tide of our times, new representatives are required at every level.  Change will come with prayer, knowing who we’re voting for, and voting.

New Mexico Alliance for Life Investigation

HB 275 A Result of New Mexico Alliance for Life Investigation 

Into UNM Health Sciences

 Center Policy for Babies Born Alive After Abortion Procedure

HB 275 will have first committee hearing on 
Thursday, February 4 in House Health Committee at 8:30 a.m. in Room 309, NM State Legislature
Pro-Life Leader
New Mexico Alliance for Life has worked with state leaders to introduce this ground breaking legislation and thanks Gov. Susana Martinez for messaging HB 275 “Require Medical Care for All Infants” and thanks to the bill sponsors Rep. Rod Montoya (R- Farmington)  and Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo). This bill will ensure infants who survive abortion attempts on their lives receive proper medical attention and are not left to die, or intentionally killed. The NMAFL-draft legislation provides oversight to ensure the federal Infant Born Alive Protection Act is adhered to but also ensures infants who survive abortions in New Mexico are provided proper medical care.  It is well documented that during abortion procedures, in particular late-term abortions infants are born alive and may survive–which spurred the passage of the Federal Infant Born Alive Protection Act in 2002, that grants these babies all the rights of a U.S. citizen under the law.
UNM’s late-term abortion clinic director, Eve Espey outlines protocols for infants born alive during abortion procedures.
As a part of New Mexico Alliance for Life’s ongoing investigative research, we have uncovered an infants born alive policy at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.  HB 275 is the direct result of our findings and recommendations in working with the Governor’s office and other state leaders to address this alarming issue, which currently has gone unchecked.
NMAFL has uncovered the University of New Mexico’s OB-GYN Dept. Director and UNM late- term abortion clinic director, Eve Espey outlines how infants show signs of life after late-term abortions but does not indicate how they are cared for.  What is truly alarming is the policy uncovered by NMAFL does not indicate how these babies are being cared for inside the abortion clinic or UNM Hospital–alive, crying, frightened and fighting for their lives.
 “The question is not a matter of “if” this is happening but when it does, what provisions are being provided to these babies born alive in abortion clinics across New Mexico?” said Elisa Martinez, executive director of NMAFL.   As exposed by NMAFL, Espey also set up the invalid contract with late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd which resulted in the disbanding of UNM resident training at his clinic.

This bill will provide the necessary oversight to prevent another Kermit Gosnell, late-term abortionist convicted of three counts of murder who delivered babies who were still moving, whimpering or breathing, that he and his assistants “snipped” the newborns’ spines with scissors.  Or late-term abortionist Douglas

Karpen, whose former assistants accused him of killing “three to four born-alive babies a day by cutting their spinal cord, forcing instruments into the soft spots of their heads or even twisting their heads of their necks.”
Source_ UNM Second Trimester Pregnancy Termination
UNMHSC abortion born-alive protocols, There is no indication in this policy as to what basic life-saving attempts or other provisions made for the baby showing signs of life inside the UNM Hospital abortion clinic or other abortion clinics.
Rod Montoya
Rep. Rod Montoya  sponsor of HB 275 “Medical Care for All Infants” to protect survivors of late-term abortions
“This legislation supplements the federal Infant Born Alive Protection Act and ensures these babies receive the same proper care as any newborn. Due to the lack of any current regulation of the abortion industry in New Mexico there is no indication whether or not the existing law is being enforced since there is no accountability.  How can we expect any industry, like the abortion industry, to self-report against their own perceived self-interest?”
Elisa Martinez, executive director, NM Alliance for Life

“There is no reason for anyone to not support HB 275, a long overdue, common-sense protection for infants. The same late-term abortion procedures that can result in live births, employed by convicted late-term abortionist Gosnell, and Karpen are used by abortionists in New Mexico, including UNM’s Dr. Eve Espey and Curtis Boyd. Yet we have no way of knowing what care is given to these babies born alive, but we suspect not many leave New Mexico abortion clinics alive.”

–Elisa Martinez, NMAFL executive director. 
CDC Statistics On Babies Born Alive After Failed Abortions
In 2011, the CDC recorded 1,298 cases of infant death in the U.S. due to “Other perinatal conditions,” which includes ICD-10 category P96.4, death subsequent to a failed “termination of pregnancy.” Numbers have not been released for the particular category.  Currently there is no “reliable voluntary reporting of live birth” after abortion. Dr. Willard Cates, an expert on medical statistics who is chief of abortion surveillance for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, estimates that 400 to 500 abortion live births occur every year in the United States. Dr. Cates added, “No one is so naive as to think there is reliable voluntary reporting of live births in the present climate.” In other words, the number of babies born alive after abortions is actually much higher.
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM   
HB 275 hearing before the House Health Committee, room 309 .  Please be there by 8:00 am for seating.
10:30 AM – 12 noon   
Lobby Sen. Majority Leader Michael Sanchez Room 119 and your NM State Senator (find here) in support of both HB 275 and the Late-Term Abortion Ban- tell them you expect them to vote for the ban in committee and on the Senate floor.  More information to follow
12 noon    
Press Conference with NM State Legislators, New Mexico Alliance for Life and UNM Students for Life and more
About HB 275
HB 275 provides oversight measures and a special task force that will report to the legislature and Governor every year to monitor abortion clinics to ensure they are providing care to children that are born alive after a failed abortion attempt.  This includes medical care and nourishment for the victims who show signs of life after an abortion attempt and where their death is not imminent.
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Rally for Life:  Wednesday,
January 20, 2016

The “2016 Rally for Life sponsored by the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, will begin with a Mass at 12:00 noon at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis Assisi.


Prayer Gathering 

Will Be Held


12:30 p.m.

At 1:30 p.m. the Prayer Gathering will join the Life Procession around the plaza to the 

New Mexico State Capitol for the


(approx. 2:30 p.m.)

New Mexico Watchman

“Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them.”
Luke 18:15a

Religious Freedom in New Mexico Rally Friday, 1-15-2016

Religious Freedom in New Mexico 
Friday, January 15, 2016
As we all know, religious freedom, guaranteed by the first article in the United State Bill of Rights has been under fierce attack.   A bill has been introduced in the New Mexico State Legislature in anticipation of the 2016 session that protects religious freedom.  The session begins next Tuesday, January 19, 2016.
Representatives David Gallegos (R. Lea County) and Nora Espinoza (R. Chaves & Lincoln Counties) have introduced HB 55: An Act Relating to Religious Freedom.
You are invite you to a
for religious freedom at
New Beginnings Church
(3601 Montgomery Blvd. NE  Albuquerque, NM)
Friday, January 15, 2016
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
HB 55 amends the Human Rights Act to prohibit burdening the free exercise of religion and amends the New Mexico Religious Freedom Restoration Act to prevent any person or the state government from forcing a person of faith to provide goods or perform services that are in violation of that person’s faith.
Please pray for Reps. Gallegos and Espinoza, the rally, the legislative session and the success of this legislation
New Mexico Watchman
Contact information for the Rally:
New Beginnings Church
3601 Montgomery Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM

The Year in Review 2015 – The New Mexico Watchman

The year 2015 was a year of travail for the Christian community in this country.   It was the year homosexual “marriage” was codified into law and the President of the United States used the National Prayer Breakfast to berate Christians for not being Christian enough.  The following are some of major events in 2015 that were of interest to the Christian community.

1.  On June 26, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage.”  While legal precedent and adherence to the Constitution are foundational for the creation of new law and laws are the responsibility of the Congress, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote what appears to be an opening of a soap opera.  In evoking emotion rather than legal precedents, Justice Kennedy wrote:

“Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.
The Constitution grants them that right.”

Nowhere in the constitution is the “right” of two people of the same sex to marry addressed.

Resolution:  With only some specific clerical exceptions, same-sex “marriage” became “law” across the whole of the United States.  The homosexual community is now focusing on “discrimination” issues in housing and employment.

2.  Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Clerk and a Christian, was imprisoned for her faith.  Following the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex “marriage” County Clerk Davis refused to grant marriage licenses to anyone.  The ACLU sued Davis.  She was held in contempt of court and spent 5 days in jail, a landmark occurrence in which imprisonment for Christian belief took place.

Resolution:  Governor Matt Bevin issued an executive order removing all County Clerk names from Kentucky marriage licenses.

3.  Little Sisters of the Poor, a Roman Catholic organization that provides shelter for the poor and elderly, dissented from the requirement in Obamacare to provide birth control and abortifacients to Colorado employees.  The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals twice ruled against the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Resolution:  The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case in 2016.

4.  Houston lesbian mayor Annise Parker, along with a compliant city council, passed an ordinance requiring open restrooms and dressing rooms, allowing persons of either gender to use any bathroom or dressing room.  In an attempt to quell dissent, Mayor Parker subpoenaed

the sermons of Houston pastors.  A petition followed which Mayor Parker ignored, resulting in the Texas Supreme Court’s demand for the citizens’ right to vote.

Resolution:  On November 3, Houstonians voted overwhelmingly against the measure, voting 61%-39% against the ordinance.  The homosexual community has since launched a campaign to disallow Houston as the host city for the Super Bowl in 2017.

5.  Things did not fare well for the northern Illinois school district of Palatine Township.  The school district was faced with a transgender male student who insisted on using the girls locker room.  In an attempt to accommodate the boy, the  district went so far as to allow the boy entrance but erected a curtain for him.  That wasn’t good enough for the federal government.

Resolution:  The federal government reinterpreted Title IX funding which addresses gender inequality in sports to require the boy’s free access to the girls locker room.  Non-compliance would have resulted in millions of dollars of federal school funding being taken from the school system.

6.  Planned Parenthood was exposed as trafficking in baby body parts in a series of underground videos that began in July.  The California-based “Center for Medical Progress” took videos of Planned Parenthood executives negotiating payment, one commenting “I want a Lamborghini.”  The President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, appeared before a congressional committee in September stating that Planned Parenthood did not profit from the sale of body parts and that the films were “highly edited.”

Resolution:  Six states have voted to defund Planned Parenthood.  In September the House voted to defund Planned Parenthood.  The bill was not heard in the Senate.  President Obama said he would veto any bill defunding the organization.  In December an “Omnibus Spending Bill” was passed completely funding Planned Parenthood.

7.  Following the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead,  the New York Daily News tabloid ran a full page headline “God Isn’t Fixing This.”  Around the full page lettering were quotes from Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham, as well as House Speaker Paul Ryan regarding prayers for the victims.

Resolution:  God is Not Dead.

Also Noted:  Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Triathlon Gold Medalist, following breast implants, hair removal, two nose surgeries and hormone treatment, appeared on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the headline “Call Me Caitlyn.”  He was later awarded ESPN’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

       Please pray for our nation and our nations leadership in the year ahead.

New Mexico Watchman
January 6, 2016

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 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Galatians 6:7

Lessons from Houston: What the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Showed Us

The City of Houston, Texas on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, overwhelmingly rejected the city’s ordinance to allow men in women’s bathrooms.  The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was veiled as an equal rights bill for a number of groups, including transgenders.  The bill would have allowed men who “feel” like women to access women’s bathrooms.

Several realities can be taken from the success of this anti LGBT campaign.
They are as follows:

  1. A pro-“gay” agenda will always be well organized and well-funded
    The homosexual community managed to raise approximately $2.1 million to promote Houston’s Proposition 1 which included celebrity endorsement and pro-“gay” clergy support. The church community spent approximately $247,000 against the ordinance.  (Reports on amounts vary.)
  2. Sodomy as sin was preached from the pulpit, focusing the argument.
    The question most Christians answer “no” to is, “Have you ever heard a sermon describing sodomy as sin or abortion as murder?”  Ed Young from Second Baptist Church, Houston, reached national prominence by simply declaring from the pulpit that sodomy is sin.
  3. The overreach of the LGBT Community cannot be counted on for success in the future.
    The Mayor Parker and the LGBT community were reduced to insist that men in women’s bathrooms would never be a problem.  The ad portraying such a scenario was most effective.  (See
  1. The fight will be ongoing – The Boycott Houston attack began immediately.
    The LGBT community has called for a boycott of Houston. The boycott is comparable to the boycott of Indiana when that state passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act earlier this year.  The same people have asked the NFL to punish Houston by canceling the Super Bowl scheduled for Houston for 2017.
  2. The Obama administration will use the power of the Federal Government to support the LGBT community to include men in women’s bathrooms.
    At the same time voters in Houston were rejected the notion, the Obama administration mandated a Chicago area school district MUST allow a transgender boy into girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms. The 12,000 student school district must accommodate one very disturbed 12 year old boy by allowing access to all males into women’s bathrooms.
  3. God Answers Prayer
    Thank you for your prayers in support of a godly Houston.

Please pray for the City of Houston, Mayor Annise Parker, and President Obama and his adminstration.  Pray that the Lord’s grace will draw them to Him.

New Mexico Watchman
November 5, 2015

“Houston We Have a Problem” Texans Vote on Religious Liberty 11-13-15



The Issue:
Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2015, the city of Houston, Texas will decide the question, “Can a man, wearing a dress, legally use a women’s bathroom?

Lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s mayor since 2010, has managed to push the homosexual agenda on Texas’ largest city.  The ordinance entitled the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) has had the effect of giving superior rights to persons with gender identification issues, practicing homosexuals and transgenders

Mayor Parker has used the power of the ordinance to subpoena the sermons and private communications of Houston pastors who might be in opposition to her agenda.  A petition to recall the ordinance gathered 50,000 signatures.  Mayor Parker simply ignored the concerns and personalized the issue by stating that opposition to the ordinance “is about me.”

Not until the Texas Supreme Court required the Mayor’s compliance with the petition, was the issue put on the ballot.

The Ordinance:
The ordinance requires and allows the following:  1. Men in women’s bathrooms, shower rooms, and locker rooms – places of public accommodation.  2. Disallowance of any “religious or moral conviction” in serving the LGBT community.  They require, you comply – regardless of what you believe.  3. Criminalization of any anti-homosexual or transgender utterances (preacher sermons were subpoenaed under this aspect of the ordinance).  4. Not hiring or renting to a homosexual may result in legal prosecution.

America has always been defined by its moral core, its free markets and its religious freedoms.

If the City of Houston votes to end religious liberty in the heart of Texas it will be a bellwether for all Bible-believing churches across this great land.

Please pray for the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and salvation for Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker.

New Mexico Watchman

“…deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:13

The Making of an Amoral Society:  The New Mexico Supreme Court and Physician Assisted Suicide


The issue before the New Mexico Supreme Court yesterday, October 26, 2015, should have been  “Should New Mexico become the killing field for the terminally ill?  Instead, the question appeared to be “How can New Mexico become that killing field?”

The ACLU and the Disabled Rights Legal Center have asked the New Mexico Supreme Court to hold harmless any physician who makes available a lethal dose of medication to a mentally competent, terminally ill patient who is physically able to administer the death inducing potion themselves.  That is Physician Assisted Suicide.

Never considered by the court was the concept of a natural death.  A God-centered concept of life as a gift from God was not considered.

The New Mexico Supreme Court accepted the case of an Albuquerque cancer patient, Aja Riggs, who appeared healthy and invigorated at the hearing.  She is seeking the right to prematurely end her life with the help of her physician should her cancer, now in remission, return.

In January 2014, Albuquerque Judge Nan Nash sided with Riggs, writing, “This Court cannot envision a right more fundamental, more private or more integral to the liberty, safety and happiness of a New Mexican than the right of a competent, terminally ill patient to choose aid in dying.”  In other words,  “make yourself happy, kill yourself.”

Judge Nash’s decision was successfully challenged by then-Attorney General Gary King.  Heard by the State Court of Appeals, that court found that the ruling “Violates the doctrine of separation of powers by legalizing conduct that is designated to be a crime by the legislature.”

The Hearing:
The State’s lawyer, attorney Scott Fuqua, early relinquished any argument for life, stating that “Keeping the terminally ill alive is not in the interest of the state.”  Mr. Fuqua drew a laugh from the court when he admitted that he was there only as the result of his “former employment” with then Attorney General  Gary King.  His only argument in opposition to the Court’s action was a reiteration of the lower court’s argument that the issue should be legislated by the New Mexico State Legislature and not by the high court.  What followed was a discussion of “how to” as delineated in the states of Oregon and Montana, which have legislated and ruled in favor of physician assisted suicide respectively.

Comparisons were made to abortion and the States disregard for fetal life.  The State cares nothing for life in the womb, why should it care about the terminally ill?  The argument is that the State has proven disinterested in life at conception, why should it be concerned about life at its end?

The court room was packed with “right to die” advocates; outside experts came from out-of-state to help with the court presentation; the Justices appeared compliant; and the ACLU lawyer was animated and prepared but the State’s lawyer appeared lackadaisical, disinterested and unprepared.

Will we have suicide providers as we now have abortion providers?  

Once again New Mexico is on the precipice of allowing death to define our state.


Please pray that the New Mexico Supreme Court Justices will us give us a godly decision regarding Physician Assisted Suicide.

New Mexico Watchman

Thou shalt not kill.
Exodus 20:13