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Time to challenge: Election 2012 - November 6 07/24/2012
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Time to challenge: Election 2012 - November 6.
Gary Kelly
July 20, 2012
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With President Obama promoting Marxism over capitalism, America’s military going gay, racial tensions being ignited, criminal acts becoming more violent, etc. it is time to challenge our status quo, you and me. If we choose to remain complacent and comfortable in our Facebook communities with “can’t fight city hall” attitudes, then it will be our children and grandchildren who will pay the price for being “we the sheeple” instead of “We the people.”
 
Since our elected officials are favoring “special interests” (I.E. campaign donors and supporters), let us begin to challenge individual voters, each other, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. with that task of proving our personal foundations before Election 2012. Is it the Constitution as intended or the Constitution as Obama would like to edit. Is it “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” or progressive political correctness, or live and let live, or “keep me out of it?” How will you answer your children and grandchildren after Election 2012?
 
For foundational starters, I offer the Gospel of John Quiz for you and for you to share. Very simple, starting with question 1 of 27, read each question while reading through the Gospel of John, looking for an answer. Once you have an answer, read the next question, etc. (Have had positive responses from schools and church groups across the globe.) The quiz can be found here: http://www.earstohear.net/Kingdom/quiz_john.html.
 
Once you have learned what this Gospel offers as a foundation, then perhaps you may also exhibit how Peter went from denying Christ to becoming emboldened in this foundation where Acts 4:13 declares: “Now when they (Sadducees, High Priest, and others) saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
 
Note the foundation means to be Holy as He is Holy, and adhering to God’s “righteousness,” not how the world redefines righteousness. Note also, for those who have ears to hear, the foundation provides for being holy as He is holy. Then perhaps as did America’s Founders declared we may also declare:
 
"Death is more eligible than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus Christ to submit to tyranny, but may make use of such power as God has given them to recover and support their liberties..." (The men of Marlborough, Massachusetts who took part in the Boston Tea Party)
 
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace." (Thomas Paine)
 
“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.” (Signers of the Declaration of Independence)
 
Do “we” have what it takes to restore the America to its foundation or do “we” remain spectators and watch the American Dream become a Marxist nightmare? What is this challenge worth to you?
 
Shameful, 72.5% of black children today are born out of wedlock 07/24/2012
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SHAMEFUL-
Some 72.5% of black children today are born out of wedlock.”
 
“In the entire recorded history of the planet, there has never been a greater voluntary child abandonment by their fathers than in black America today,”
 
By Pete Papaherakles
Chicago is experiencing an incredible surge in gangster violence that has experts wondering what exactly is going on. Gang violence is up 30% since last year, and the murder rate has skyrocketed by 37% since this time in 2011.
 
Not surprisingly, the majority of violence is being committed by black gang members, who are running wild in the Windy City, and so far there has been little the police can do.
 
Over the Independence Day weekend, 15 people were shot, some of whom were children. Previous weekends were much worse. On the weekend of June 16-17, 35 people were wounded, and seven killed. The previous weekend 40 Chicagoans were shot, and eight died. On Memorial Day weekend, 40 people were shot, and 10 died. By far the worst violence occurred on the weekend of March 17-18, when 49 people were shot and 10 people killed, including a six-year-old girl. So far this year, a whopping 279 people have been killed in Chicago, largely due to gang turf wars.
 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s answer to the problem has been to close down corner liquor stores and tear down abandoned buildings wheregang members hang out.
 
“You will not find shelter in the city of Chicago,” Emanuel proclaimed in a press conference that sounded more like political demagoguery than real, practical solutions.
In a recent TV interview Emanuel appeared to be talking like Al Pacino from the movie The Godfather. “You got two gangbangers,” he said. “One is standing next to a kid. Get away from that kid! Take your stuff to the alley. Don’t touch the children of Chicago.”
 
A major part of the problem is a shortage of police officers on the streets.“We’re in a manpower crunch,” said Fraternal Order of Police president Michael Shields.
 
A reason for this shortage of officers is that 1,000 retired officers were replaced by only 150 new ones. There are only 200 officers in Chicago’s gang enforcement unit to go up against an estimated 100K gang members in the city. Some 625 gangs are involved in 223 ongoing turf wars and vendettas.
Neither Emmanuel nor the police addressed why there are 100K gangsters in
Chicago in the first place.
 
On the July 16 O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly pointed out that this is all black crime. His guest, Fox News contributor Bernie Goldberg, put the whole problem in perspective: “In the entire recorded history of the planet, there has never been a greater voluntary child abandonment by their fathers than in black America today,” said Goldberg.
 
“Some 72.5% of black children today are born out of wedlock.
 
Blacks like to blame this on ‘racism.’ That is simply not true.
 
In 1940, when America was much more ‘racist,’ the out-of-wedlock black birthrate was only 19%. In 1965, with the civil rights movement, it rose to 25%. This coincided with the ‘Great Society,’ the welfare state. Since then the numbers have gone up geometrically. So, that’s what happened: The government became the father.”
 
Goldberg added that black politicians will not talk about this, blaming the problem on racism. White politicians also won’t touch the subject.
“Democrats will never speak honestly to black people, because white liberal guilt gets in the way, and Republicans don’t have the courage because they don’t want to be accused of being racists,” said Goldberg.
 
“Nothing will change in black America if you have 72.5% of children born out of wedlock.” 
 
Peter Papaherakles, a U.S. citizen since 1986, was born in Greece. He is AFP’s outreach director. If you would like to see AFP speakers at your rally, contact Pete at 202-544-5977.
 
Original story source; AFP 
 
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Harry Reid's great-great uncle hanged for horse stealing 07/21/2012
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Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889
 
The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:
 
THIS IS GOOD!
 
Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree.

She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

 
On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:

'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison in 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.
 

Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealing with the Montana railroad.
Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.
In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.
In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

Now THAT is how it's done, folks! That's REAL POLITICAL SPIN!
 
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Obama seems to have declared war on God Himself 07/17/2012
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JIM KELLY...
 
Obama seems to have declared war on God Himself
"One nation Under Government--Not Under God,"
 
 
by Rev. Austin Miles
This world has become a strange place for a religious person to live. As Helen Trautman, CEO of Results Unlimited in Pittsburgh lamented: "Muslims do not recognize Jews as God's Chosen People...Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah...Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian world, and Mormans do not recognize each other at the liquor store. There may be some Pentecostals in that mix as well.


Making it even more confusing, Obama seems to have declared war on God Himself. In a story published by Worth Reading (7/10/12by Phyllis Schlafly,founder of Eagle Forum. titled:  "One nation Under Government--Not Under God," it details  "Obama's record of hostility to religion that we have never before seen in any American president."

Orlean Koehle, President of California Eagle Forum, gathered even more details of Obama's war on God and America and forwarded them to us.
Prepare to be shocked as you see all of Obama's maneuvers to make America Godless and to see what he has accomplished for Marxism in a very short time:

Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on Biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on Biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of Biblical faith.
1. Acts of Hostility Toward People of Biblical Faith:
·         April 2008—Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren't like them.” [1]
·         February 2009—Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011. [2]
·         April 2009—When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus' name be covered when he is making his speech. [3]
·         May 2009—Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House. [4]
·         April 2009—In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three. [5]
·         October 19, 2010—Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence—an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions. [6]
·         November 2010—Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law. [7]
·         January 2011—After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court. [8]
·         February 2011—Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress. [9]
·         April 2011—For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring. [10]
·         August 2011—The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception. [11]
·         November 2011—Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial. [12]
·         November 2011—Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech. [13]
·         December 2011—The Obama administration denigrates other countries' religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights. [14]
·         January 2012—The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis. [15]
·         February 2012—The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion. [16]
2. Acts of Hostility from the Obama-led Military Toward People of Biblical Faith:
·         June 2011—The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery. [17]
·         August 2011—The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century AD—a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America). [18]
·         September 2011—Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains. [19]
·         September 2011—The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.” [20]
·         November 2011—The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity. [21]
·         November 2011—The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans. [22]
·         February 2012—The U.S. Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian. [23]
·         February 2012—The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei). [24]
·         February 2012—The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read. [25]
3. Acts of Hostility Toward Biblical Values:
·         January 2009—Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. [26]
·         January 2009—President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional. [27]
·         March 2009—The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. [28]
·         March 2009—Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research. [29]
·         March 2009—Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations. [30]
·         May 2009—The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. [31] He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets. [32]
·         May 2009—Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities. [33]
·         July 2009—The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [34]
·         September 16, 2009—The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.” [35]
·         July 2010—The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion. [36]
·         August 2010—The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs. [37]
·         September 2010—The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. [38]
·         February 2011—Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [39]
·         March 2011—The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls. [40]
·         July 2011—Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778. [41]
·         September 2011—The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. [42]
·         October 2011—The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion. [43]
4. Acts of Preferentialism for Islam:
·         May 2009—While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan. [44]
·         April 2010—Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community. [45]
·         April 2010—The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc. [46]
·         August 2010—Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity. [47]
·         August 2010—Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location. [48]
·         2010—While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional Biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha. [49]
·         October 2011—Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House. [50]
·         February 2012—The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U.S. military, [51] but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do. [52]
Many of these actions are literally unprecedented—this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward Biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.
Endnotes
[1] Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama: ‘They cling to guns or religion’," Christianity Today, April 13, 2008.
[
2] Aliza Marcus, "Obama to Lift ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Bloomberg, February 27, 2009; Sarah Pulliam Baily, "Obama Admin. Changes Bush ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers," Christianity Today, February 18, 2011.
[
3] Jim Lovino, "Jesus Missing From Obama’s Georgetown Speech," NBC Washington, April 17, 2009.
[
4] Johanna Neuman, “Obama end Bush-era National Prayer Day Service at White House," Los Angeles Times, May 7, 2009.
[
5] Chris McGreal, “Vatican vetoes Barack Obama’s nominees for U.S. Ambassador,” The Guardian, April 14, 2009.
[
6] Meredith Jessup, “Obama Continues to Omit ‘Creator’ From Declaration of Independence,” The Blaze, October 19, 2010.
[
7] "Remarks by the President at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia," The White House, November 10, 2010.
[
8] LadyImpactOhio, "Feds sued by Veterans to allow stolen Mojave Desert Cross to be rebuilt," Red State, January 14, 2011.
[
9] Marrianne Medlin, “Amid criticism, President Obama moves to fill vacant religious ambassador post,” Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2011; Thomas F. Farr, “Undefender of the Faith,” Foreign Policy, April 5, 2012.
[
10] Chris Johnson, “ENDA passage effort renewed with Senate introduction,” Washington Blade, April 15, 2011.
[
11] Chuck Donovan, “HHS’s New Health Guidelines Trample on Conscience,” Heritage Foundation, August 2, 2011.
[
12] Todd Starns, “Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial,” Fox News, November 4, 2011.
[
13] Joel Siegel, “Obama Omits God From Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics,” ABC News, November 25, 2011.
[
14] Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Remarks in Recognition of International Human Rights Day,” U.S. Department of State, December 6, 2011.
[
15] Ted Olson, “Church Wins Firing Case at Supreme Court,” Christianity Today, January 11, 2012.
[
16] Audrey Hudson, “Obama administration religious service for student loan forgiveness,” Human Events, February 15, 2012.
[
17] “Houston Veterans Claim Censorship of Prayers, Including Ban of ‘God’ and ‘Jesus’,” Fox News, June 29, 2011.
[
18] Jason Ukman, “Air Force suspends ethics course that used Bible passages that train missile launch officers,” Washington Post, August 2, 2011.
[
19] "Maintaining Government Neutrality Regarding Religion," Department of the Air Force, September 1, 2011.
[
20] "Wounded, Ill, and Injured Partners in Care Guidelines," Department of the Navy (accessed on February 29, 2012).
[
21] "Air Force Academy Backs Away from Christmas Charity," Fox News Radio, November 4, 2011.
[
22] Jenny Dean, "Air Force Academy adapts to pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans," Los Angeles Times, November 26, 2011.
[
23] Ken Blackwell, "Gen. Boykin Blocked At West Point," cnsnews.com, February 1, 2012.
[
24] Geoff Herbert, "Air Force unit removes 'God' from logo; lawmakers warn of 'dangerous precedent'," syracuse.com, February 9, 2012.
[
25] Todd Starnes, "Army Silences Catholic Chaplains," Fox News Radio, February 6, 2012.
[
26] Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles, "Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding," Reuters, January 23, 2009.
[
27] "Obama pick: Taxpayers must fund abortions," WND, January 27, 2009.
[
28] Steven Ertelt, "Pro-Life Groups Left Off Obama’s Health Care Summit List, Abortion Advocates OK," LifeNews, March 5, 2009.
[
29] "Obama Signs Order Lifting Restrictions on Stem Cell Research Funding," Fox News, March 9, 2009.
[
30] Steven Ertelt, "President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012.
[
31] Steven Ertelt, "Barack Obama’s Federal Budget Eliminates Funding for Abstinence-Only Education," LifeNews, May 8, 2009.
[
32] Steven Ertelt, "Obama Budget Funds Sex Ed Over Abstinence on 16-1 Margin," LifeNews, February 14, 2011.
[
33] Steven Ertelt, "Obama Admin Terrorism Dictionary Calls Pro-Life Advocates Violent, Racist," LifeNews, May 5, 2009.
[
34] "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies," The White House, June 17, 2009.
[
35] Matt Cover, "Obama’s EEOC Nominee: Society Should ‘Not Tolerate Private Beliefs’ That ‘Adversely Affect’ Homosexuals," cnsnews.com, January 18, 2010.
[
36] Tess Civantos, "White House Spent $23M of Taxpayer Money to Back Kenyan Constitution That Legalizes Abortion, GOP Reps Say," Fox News, July 22, 2010.
[
37] Steven Ertelt, "Obama, Congress Cut Funding for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study," LifeNews, August 26, 2010.
[
38] Steven Ertelt, "President Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record: A Pro-Life Compilation," LifeNews, February 11, 2012.
[
39] Brian Montopoli, "Obama administration will no longer defend DOMA," CBSNews, February 23, 2011.
[
40] Steven Ertelt, "Obama Admin Ignores Planned Parenthood Sex Trafficking Videos," LifeNews, March 2, 2011.
[
41] Elisabeth Bumiller, "Obama Ends ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Policy," New York Times, July 22, 2011.
[
42] Luis Martinez, "Will Same Sex Marriages Pose a Dilemma for Military Chaplains?," ABC News, October 12, 2011.
[
43] Jerry Markon, "Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups," Washington Post, October 31, 2011.
[
44] Alexander Mooney, "President Obama marks Ramadan," CNN, August 1, 2011.
[
45] "Franklin Graham Regrets Army's Decision to Rescind Invite to Pentagon Prayer Service," Fox News, April 22, 2010.
[
46] “Obama Bans Islam, Jihad From National Security Strategy Document,” Fox News, April 7, 2010; "Counterterror Adviser Defends Jihad as 'Legitimate Tenet of Islam'," Fox News, May 27, 2010; "'Islamic Radicalism' Nixed From Obama Document," CBSNews, April 7, 2010.
[
47] Chuck Norris, "President Obama: Muslim Missionary?," Townhall.com, August 17, 2010.
[
48] "Obama Comes Out in Favor of Allowing Mosque Near Ground Zero," Fox News, August 13, 2010; Pamela Geller, "Islamic Supremacism Trumps Christianity at Ground Zero,"American Thinker, July 21, 2011.
[
49] "WH Fails to Release Easter Proclamation," Fox Nation, April 25, 2011; "President Obama ignores most holy Christian holiday; AFA calls act intentional," American Family Association (accessed on February 29, 2012).
[
50] "Report: Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House," Big Peace (accessed on February 29, 2012).
[
51] "USA/Afghanistan-Islamophobia: Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning," International Islamic News Agency (accessed on February 29, 2012).
[
52] "Military burns unsolicited Bibles sent to Afghanistan," CNN, May 22, 2009.

Remember November--Take it seriously. Defenders of the faith, ARISE!. Print this out for reference. Thanks again to Orlean Koehle for alerting us.
 
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U.S. Should Rein in Lavish U.N. Salaries 07/17/2012
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U.S. Should Rein in Lavish U.N. Salaries
By Brett Schaefer
July 16, 2012
The International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) is currently meeting to recommend changes to the salaries and benefits for more than 80,000 United Nations employees and 14 other organizations participating in the United Nations common system.[1] The ICSC calculates that U.N. employees in the professional and higher grades in New York earn a net remuneration (take-home salary) that averages 29.5 percent higher than that of equivalent U.S. civil servant grades in Washington, D.C. Moreover, U.N. employees enjoy benefits that in many cases exceed those of U.S. civil servants.
The financial implications of these lavish salaries and benefits are significant for the member states that pay for the budgets of these organizations, since the large majority of these budgets are dedicated to salaries and benefits. As the largest contributor to the U.N. system, the U.S. should work with the other member states to immediately freeze U.N. salaries until they are equivalent to that of the U.S. civil service.
U.N. Compensation
The U.N. is comprised of 193 member states and is specifically charged by the U.N. charter to give “paramount consideration” in hiring staff to “the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity” while giving due regard to “the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible.” This presented a challenge to the U.N. when it was founded, because compensation varies greatly between member states.
When the U.N.’s predecessor, the League of Nations, grappled with the issue, it established the Noblemaire Committee,[2] named after its chair, which recommended the adoption of a compensation system equal to that of the British Empire—the highest paid civil service in the world at the time—because “if lower salaries had been offered, it would be impossible to obtain the services of Britishers of the required standing.… On the other hand, it would be difficult…to pay lower salaries for the same work to members of other nationalities.”[3]
This practice, known as the Noblemaire principle, was inherited by the U.N. and requires professional staff salaries to be determined by comparison to those of the civil service of the member state with the highest civil service pay levels. Since the U.N. was founded, this has been the U.S.
Complicating matters is that U.N. professional categories do not line up with U.S. civil service grades. The ICSC calculates equivalencies between the two as a basis for determining compensation—a process that inevitably involves subjective judgment. The ICSC itself reports that U.N. compensation significantly exceeds that of the U.S. equivalent. Specifically, the seven U.N. professional categories in New York receive net remuneration[4] between 27.7 percent and 40.4 percent higher than the net remuneration of U.S. federal employees based in Washington, D.C.[5]
On average, weighting for the number of U.N. employees in each category, U.N. net remuneration is 29.5 percent higher than that of their U.S. equivalent. The most numerous U.N. professional grade (called “P-4”) earned an average take-home salary in 2011 of $133,225, versus $104,353 for the U.S. equivalent.[6]
The ICSC calculates the cost-of-living differential between Washington and New York to be 12.7 percent. After applying this adjustment and weighting for the number of U.N. employees in each category, the ICSC calculates that U.N. net remuneration is 14.9 percent higher than the U.S. equivalent. However, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management calculates the locality pay differential in New York as only 3.6 percent. Using this 3.6 percent differential reveals that net remuneration for U.N. staff in New York is actually 25 percent higher than the U.S. equivalent even after adjusting for location.
Additionally, the U.N. applies the Noblemaire principle selectively to benefit U.N. staff. While the U.S. instituted a pay freeze for federal workers in 2011 and 2012, the U.N. approved a salary increase of nearly 3 percent last year.[7]
U.N. Benefits
The U.N. asserts that the pay discrepancy is necessary in order to compensate for “specific elements relating to expatriate service.”[8] But it is unclear why a premium above U.S. civil service salaries, the highest of any member state, is required. Indeed, U.N. net remuneration does not include the additional, incredibly generous benefits and allowances enjoyed by U.N. staff—many of which are specifically targeted to alleviate the challenges of expatriate service including:[9]

    A rental subsidy of up to 80 percent of rent above a specified threshold.
    Higher salaries and allowances for U.N. employees with dependents.
    A dependant child allowance (under 18 or under 21 if attending school full-time) of $2,929, a secondary dependant allowance (sibling or parent) of $1,025, and enhanced allowances for disabled dependants.
    Education grants for staff serving outside their home country amounting to 75 percent of tuition, up to $32,255 per annum, payable through the fourth year of college up to the age of 25, and up to 100 percent reimbursement for boarding school for primary and secondary students.
    Travel expenses relating to the initial appointment, change of duty stations, family visitation separation of service, and home leave travel. Staff posted outside their home country are provided with paid travel to their home countries for themselves and their families biennially.
    A daily subsistence allowance during business travel and a half-rate daily subsistence allowance for traveling family members.
    Hardship and danger allowances for duty stations with difficult living conditions that can reach thousands of dollars each month.
    A mobility allowance when moved between duty stations, and paid expenses for shipping household goods and, in some cases, partial payment for shipping automobiles.
    Annual vacation of 30 days, 10 official holidays, 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, and four to eight weeks of paid paternity leave.
Many of these benefits exceed those provided by the U.S. federal government—in some cases, significantly. The extent of U.N. compensation is further illustrated by studies indicating that U.S. federal employees on average earn significantly more in salary and benefits than equivalently skilled U.S. private-sector workers.[10]
The Need to Rein in U.N. Compensation
Under the Noblemaire principle, the U.N. is supposed to base its compensation on that of the U.S. civil service. In reality, the U.N. provides more lavish salaries and benefits than those of equivalent American civil servants. This discrepancy poses significant, unjustified costs on member states, especially the U.S., which is the largest contributor to the U.N. system, providing $7.7 billion in FY 2010.[11] Personnel costs comprise 74 percent of the U.N. regular budget according to the U.S. Mission[12] and the budgets of most other U.N. organizations are similarly structured. To address this critical budgetary issue, the U.S. should:
    Demand an immediate pay freeze until U.N. net remuneration matches that of the U.S. civil service;
    Urge the General Assembly to instruct the ICSC to use the U.S. Office of Personnel Management locality pay adjustment for New York rather than its own cost-of-living calculations; and
    Have the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the Congressional Budget Office, or the Government Accountability Office periodically conduct its own comparative analysis of U.N. compensation versus that for U.S. federal workers, including establishing its own equivalencies and comparing total compensation combining salaries and benefits, as independent verification of the ICSC calculations.
Austerity at the U.N.
Fiscal prudence is always sound policy, but it is especially urgent in this era of tight budgets and financial crisis. Governments around the world have to implement austerity measures to meet budgetary necessity. As a composite of the world’s nations, the U.N. should not be insulated from this reality.
Brett D. Schaefer is Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, at The Heritage Foundation.
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[1]These are the International Labor Organization; the Food and Agriculture Organization; the U.N. Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; the International Civil Aviation Organization; the World Health Organization; the Universal Postal Union; the International Telecommunications Union; the World Meteorological Organization; the International Maritime Organization; the World Intellectual Property Organization; the International Atomic Energy Agency; the U.N. Industrial Development Organization; and the U.N. World Tourism Organization. While it has not formally accepted the statute of the commission, the International Fund for Agricultural Development participates in the commission.
[2]International Civil Service Commission, “Historical Study of the Noblemaire Principle,” July 2004, http://www.fsu.unlb.org/docs/related_documents/59CRP5.pdf (accessed July 16, 2012).
[3]Ibid.
[4]Essentially, this is take-home pay. In the case of the U.S., this is after-tax income. Except for U.S. citizens working at the U.N., all U.N. staff are exempt from domestic taxation. However, the U.N. does charge its employees a “staff assessment” that is applied on a progressive scale to income. Most of this staff assessment is credited against the dues of the member states. Since the U.S. taxes U.N. salaries, its share of the staff assessment is credited through the Tax Equalization Fund to the U.S. minus the taxes paid by U.S. citizens employed by the U.N. See Brett D. Schaefer, “The U.N. Should Pay What It Owes the U.S. from Its Tax Equalization Fund,” Heritage Foundation WebMemo No. 3052, November 8, 2010, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2010/11/the-un-should-pay-what-its-owes-the-us-from-its-tax-equalization-fund; and United Nations, “Assessment of Member States’ Contributions to the United Nations Regular Budget for 2012,” December 27, 2011, http://www.un.org/en/ga/contributions/budget.shtml (accessed July 16, 2012).
[5]United Nations, “Report of the International Civil Service Commission for 2011,” Annex VI, http://icsc.un.org/resources/pdfs/ar/AR2011.pdf (accessed July 16, 2012).
[6]Ibid.
[7]Ambassador Joseph M. Torsella, “Remarks on the Proposed UN Program Budget for 2012-13, before the Fifth (Administrative and Budgetary) Committee of the UN General Assembly,” U.S. Mission to the United Nations, October 27, 2011, http://usun.state.gov/briefing/statements/2011/176325.htm (accessed July 16, 2012).
[8]International Civil Service Commission, “United Nations Common System of Salaries, Allowances, and Benefits,” April 2012, http://icsc.un.org/resources/pdfs/sal/sabeng12.pdf (accessed July 16, 2012).
[9]Ibid.
[10]James Sherk, “Inflated Federal Pay: How Americans Are Overtaxed to Overpay the Civil Service,” Heritage Foundation Center for Data Analysis Report No. CDA10-05, July 7, 2010, http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/07/Inflated-Federal-Pay-How-Americans-Are-Overtaxed-to-Overpay-the-Civil-Service; and Andrew G. Biggs and Jason Richwine, “Comparing Federal and Private Sector Compensation,” American Enterprise Institute, June 8, 2011, http://www.aei.org/paper/100203 (accessed July 16, 2012).
[11]The Office of Management and Budget submits an annual report to Congress on U.S. contributions to the U.N. system. The most recent report was published in June 2011. Jacob J. Lew, “Annual Report on United States Contributions to the United Nations,” Office of Management and Budget, June 6, 2011, http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/legislative_reports/us_contributions_to_the_un_06062011.pdf (accessed July 16, 2012).
[12]Torsella, “Remarks on the Proposed UN Program Budget for 2012-13.”
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