Freedom of Speech Belong Back in the Church

On October 19, 2016 Father Larry Brito of Saint Anne Catholic Church in Santa Fe wrote a letter to his parishioners encouraging them to consider the Life issue in their voting.  Father Brito was subject to front page articles in both the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal.

That a pastor’s letter to his congregation should make the front page New Mexico’s newspapers is a reminder of how much government has encroached on churches, freedom of religion and free speech.  At this country’s founding, the citizenry relied on its pastors for guidance on politics and politicians.  “Election sermons” were expected and gave us the American Revolution.  This national tradition came to a manipulative end in 1954 when then-Senator Lyndon Johnson faced reelection and was opposed by two anticommunist nonprofits.  Without committee hearings, Johnson added language to the Tax Code prohibiting the nonprofits from opposing his candidacy.  Freedom of speech from the pulpit ended in 1954.  Churches still can “encourage participation” in elections with such things as voter registration and pastors can share their views, just not from the pulpit.

The first amendment reads in part, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech.  The Johnson amendment both limited the exercise of religion and eliminated free speech.  One candidate has vowed to end the prohibition.  That candidate deserves the vote of every person who practices a religion.

What Father Brito did for his congregation at Saint Anne was noteworthy, praiseworthy and necessary.  We need more, not less, of the same.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish:”
Proverbs 29:18a

Election 2016

New Mexico Watchman
Candidates for Political Office
November, 2016

The following are endorsement by the New Mexico Watchman for the
November 8, 2016 Election.

Presidency of the United States
X  Donald  J.Trump
    Hillary R. Clinton

Donald Trump is all the reprobate things that are said of him but the Democratic Platform supports every position American Christians should be against:  abortion, stem cell research, open borders etc.

United State Representative
X  Michael H. Romero
Ben R Lujan

Mr. Romero is probably the strongest candidate we’ve seen in years.  He is articulate,a strong Catholic and up on the issues.  His career has been in law enforcement and the military.

Secretary of State
X  Nora Espinos
    Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Ms. Espinos has been one of our strongest allies in the House of New Mexico’s Representatives and the attempted to introduce a bill on Religious Freedom last session.  She would bring integrity to the office.  Her career has been in education.

District Attorney
X  Yvonne M Chicoine
   Marco Peter Serna

Ms. Chicoine has broad experience in the legal field.  She has excellent experience  We discussed Ms. Chicoine’s spiritual journey.  She stated she is Catholic and that through her campaign, she is being called back to the church and to prayer.

X  Judith K Nakamura
 Michael E Vigil

It is with some reluctance that we endorse Ms. Nakamura.  When asked what church she attends she answered, “ I don’t.”  She spends weekends hiking.  Ms. Nakamura is an appointee of Governor Martinez.  She states her position on life as being pro-choice but will vote pro-life as that is her constituents’ position.

X  Stephen G French
    Julie J Vargas

We did not have a chance to talk to Mr. French about his religious conviction but found his run to be based on strong convictions of principles and experience in the court system.

Bonds Issues
Vote No

Politicians craft bonds for specific needs such as roads and water.  We are opposed to the constant flow of funds from the populace to the government.  As a consequence, we generally vote NO on all bond issues.

Submitted by

New Mexico Watchman

www.nmwatchman.com
(505) 470-8086

Samsung Profiling!

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a new cell phone that “self radicalizes” and spontaneously catches on fire.  Samsung has issued a recall on the Note 7.  In other words Samsung is profiling and detaining these phones.  They want them off the streets.  (You can disregard the phones that blow up in the office – That’s just work place violence.)  On the other hand there are a lot of good Galaxy Note 7 that are law abiding and don’t catch on fire.  The problem is we don’t’ know which they are.  If the Democrats were running Samsung their presidential candidate would be calling for a 500 percentage increase in number of Galaxy Note 7s while the Republican candidate would call for extreme vetting of the phones.  After all, you cannot condemn a whole cell phone model for the sake of a few self-radicalizing bad apples can you?

Values Voter Summit September 9, 2016

September 8-11, 2016, the Values Voter Summit 2016 was held in Washington DC.  On September 9, Presidential candidate Donald Trump spoke, outlining a seven point plan that was of special interest to the Christian community.  The following is a summation of his speech.

  1.  Repeal of the Johnson Amendment
    The Johnson Amendment is a 1954 change in to the U.S. tax code that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.  Then Senator Lyndon Johnson manipulated Congress into an amendment to a bill that disallowed non-profit organizations free speech rights by disallowing these organizations the voice to endorse politicians.  The result has been Pastors, Priests and Rabbis have been silenced for fear of loosing their tax exempt status.
  2. Repeal and Replace Obamacare
    Mr. Trump pointed out the failure of Obamacare on several levels.  Costs have not decreased, we didn’t get to keep our doctors, we didn’t get to keep our insurance.
  3. School Choice
    Mr. Trump pledged $20 billion toward school choice and pointed out that African American students are often placed in failing schools perpetuating the cycle of poverty.  He said he would support homeschooling, which instills pride in the student and supports religious values.
  4. Supreme Court Justices
    Mr. Trump pointed out that religious liberty has been sacrificed to this administration.  He said three to five Supreme Court judges could be appointed over that next few years.  He has announced a list of conservative judges he would appoint.
  5. Restoration of Relationship with Israel
    Mr. Trump pointed out the deteriorated relationship between the US and Israel and said he would see that our country would again support the nation of Israel
  6. National Security
    Mr. Trump pointed out North Korea’s advances in nuclear capability and the $1.7 billion in cash given to Iran.  Mr. Trump pointed out the disaster given the world by ISIS and the Obama-Clinton’s administrations fail to adequately address the issue.  He pointed out the “bleaching” of the Clinton emails and the destruction of 13 cell phones owned by Mrs. Clinton.
  7. The Economy
    Mr. Trump promised deep tax cuts for families and businesses along with support of American energy.  He promised a curtailment of regulations and a renegotiation of NAFTA.

In closing, Mr. Trump quoted 1 John 4:12-13:

No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

Protest the Harvey Milk Navy Ship

On August 19, 2016, the US Navy is naming a ship, an oiler, after a San Francisco homosexual who preyed on underage boys.  The naming is an insult to the many wonderful men and women who have served this nation and could be honored by such an acknowledgement.

The homosexual community is void of heroes and has used Harvey Milks as an early, high profile pedophile to further their agenda.  Everything from a comic book to an opera have been used to honor him despite his personal life that resulted in one of his victims committing suicide.

Please see and sign the petition below:

http://www.lcaction.cc/201667/share.asp?PID=47562330&ref_id=37557&NID=1

A Reason to Celebrate: New Mexico Pro-Life Won One

On June 30, 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against “Physician-Assisted-Suicide” or“Right to Die” in the Morris v. Brandenburg case. The headline could have read “Court Denies Physicians the Right to Kill Patients.” The vote was unanimous.

The case involved Aja Riggs, a woman who sought to kill herself with the drugs her physician would make available should her cancer, now in recession, return.  Always on the side of playing god, the ACLU called the decision not to allow her death “tragic news.”

Oral arguments that took place in the Supreme Court chambers on October 26, 2105 found the pro-death side amply prepared while the pro-life was not so. The lawyer representing the pro-life community was a former employee of Attorney General Gary King who brought the case forward.

In the Netherlands, where physician-assisted-suicide was first legalized, the taking of life has progressed from suicide for the terminally ill to the mentally ill and to infanticide.

New Mexico is the travel destination for abortions. The Pro-Life community is very grateful that our state will not become the killing field for elderly grandmothers and the infirm.

New Mexico Watchman
nmwatchman@comcast.net
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“A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant,And a time to pluck what is planted;”

WHAT IF PRAYER?

What if prayers were offered in every school across America for the police officers killed in Dallas TX last night?

What if we as a nation declared a day of mourning today?

What if instead of blaming guns for this national tragedy we blame the ethos of violence that results in the murder of 5 police officers?

What if every church in America were open today for prayer and fasting?

What if every black man in America went down on his knees and prayed that the tragic road this nation has taken would be averted and a new road filled with grace would be taken?

What if every white man in America went down on his knees and prayer that the tragic road this nation has taken would be averted and a new road filled with grace would be taken?

If then, would God bless America? 

New Mexico Watchman
www.nmwatchman.com

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

www.nmwatchman.org

“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.