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A man's car stalled on a country road.
When he got out to fix it, a cow
along and stopped beside him.

"Your trouble is probably in the carburetor,"
said the cow.

Startled, the man jumped back and ran
down the road until he met the
He told the farmer his story.

"Was it a large red cow with a brown spot
over the right eye?" asked the farmer.


"Oh, I wouldn't listen to Bessie," said the
Farmer. "She doesn't
know anything about

I don't watch the HBO series SEX AND THE CITY -- that graphic television show
depicting the supposedly glamorous sexual escapades of four single women in
New York. But enough people have told me about it that I'm glad I don't watch it.

Recently, in the excellent English magazine THE SPECTATOR, writer Mary Kenny
made an unusual observation: "SEX AND THE CITY means family values" read the
title of her article. You've got to be kidding, right? Explicit sex, graphic
language, glamorized promiscuity -- where do "family values" fit in there?

Well, the truth we can't not know, to use the title of J. Budziszewski's
recent book, can pop up in unexpected places -- particularly the truth about
human nature. We're made for one another, and men and women were created with
certain roles. And when we flout them, the way we're made will always come
back to haunt us.

For example, the fact that homosexuals desire marriage actually betrays the
"lifestyle" they extol. Of course they want to marry and have children --
they're human, and that's the way God made us. But two homosexuals "married"
can't do that, which is why marriage and homosexuality can never go together.
Gay "marriage" has always got to be a counterfeit, and gays know it.

"The 'forces of conservatism' always win in the end," writes Mary Kenny,
"because it is the natural order." Though moral Darwinists would say otherwise,
humans weren't meant to jump from mate to mate, or juggle multiple partners at
once, because sex is not a recreational act. It is not, says Kenny, that "brash,
competitive, and indeed consumerist" activity depicted on SEX AND THE CITY.
Rather, she goes on to say, it's one that "evokes in human beings something
both animal and transcendental."

Exactly. Sex is a procreational act, carrying the weight of life-bearing
potential. And it works to promote spousal unity -- it's not meant to fulfill
selfish desires, and if used for that end, it's ultimately unsatisfying.

And so when we see Samantha on the screen, the most uninhibited character in
the show, hopping from one sexual partner's bed to the next, writes Kenny,
we cringe. Nobody applauds such self-deprecation. Then there's Miranda, the
lawyer and now a single mother, finding fulfillment in motherhood and wanting
to cut back on her work to be with her child. She yearns for her child's
father and for the stability and commitment of marriage.

Charlotte, the erstwhile WASP who always wanted marriage, converts to Judaism
for her husband. And finally, Carrie, the center of the show, sums up the
futility of the sexually "liberated" single life when she remarked to a friend,
"I'm lonely. I'm really lonely." Later, at Charlotte's wedding, Carrie tells
her, "I wish I had a man strong enough to catch me when I stumble."

Two are better than one, as Ecclesiastes says. We weren't meant to be alone,
nor to give ourselves away to anyone and everyone. The way SEX AND THE CITY
is ending up illustrates this truth. It tried to portray the glamour of the
sexual libertine lifestyle, but it doesn't work -- even on TV.

Sooner or later human nature -- as created by God -- kicks in. And apparently
the writers of SEX AND THE CITY found that out.
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Unconstitutionally Effective
Shutting Down a Program that Works

June 13, 2006

Note: This commentary was delivered by Prison Fellowship President Mark Earley.

Just six days after a federal judge in Iowa declared an effective, faith-based program for prisoners unconstitutional, a private commission of leading criminal justice experts released a report detailing the sad state of America's prisons.

The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons observed that "what happens inside jails and prisons does not stay [there]. It comes home with prisoners." To combat violence inside the prisons, the Commission says, we need effective programming because "[h]ighly structured programs are proven to reduce misconduct in correctional facilities and to lower recidivism rates after release."

So why in heaven's name would a federal judge shut down a highly structured program for prisoners that has been proven to lower recidivism? Why? Because that program, the InnerChange Freedom Initiative, or IFI, a program launched by Prison Fellowship ten years ago, is based on the teachings of Jesus Christ.

You've heard me talk about IFI on "BreakPoint" in the past couple of weeks, how prisoners volunteer to participate, how they take educational classes and perform community service. I've also told you how independent studies have found that IFI drastically reduces recidivism rates.

None of that mattered to the federal judge, who ruled against Iowa, Prison Fellowship, and IFI in a lawsuit brought by none other than Barry Lynn and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Instead, the judge decided that IFI "coerced" prisoners into enrolling essentially because it offered them a quality program and the tools they need to succeed on the outside. As if drug treatment, job preparation, and general education are some kind of bait to lure unsuspecting prisoners into an evangelical Christian program where they could be converted!

But every single prisoner who testified at the trial admitted that he was not coerced into enrolling in the program. Nor are they coerced into staying in it or converting to Christianity.

To add injury to insult, the judge also ordered Prison Fellowship and IFI to repay Iowa $1.5 million—funds the state paid to IFI pursuant to a valid contract to perform needed services such as education and drug treatment.

Prison Fellowship and IFI will appeal the judge's ruling, and we certainly hope to be vindicated. And I should mention that the program will stay open during the appeals process.

But make no mistake—the judge's extreme and punitive ruling sends a clear message to any faith-based organization or church that provides needed social services: "Go away. Go away, even if your program is working and inmates are volunteering and asking for the services." That's the worst message any government could possibly send, especially as we look at our prison system and its 2.3 million inhabitants in need of transformation.

The Commission on Safety and Abuse in America 's Prisons concludes by saying, "We all bear responsibility for creating correctional institutions that are safe, humane, and productive. This is the moment to confront confinement in the United States."

Well, then it is certainly not the moment to exclude programs—faith-based or not—that offer "safe, humane, and productive" solutions.

And right now we desperately need your financial help to fight and win this battle. Can I count on you to help us today? Every gift you give today will go toward this court battle as together we take a stand for religious liberty here in this nation. Please call today with your donation at 1-877-322-5527. Or you can give a gift online. Thank you and God bless you for standing with us and for praying for us at this critical time.

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But these are written so that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the
Son of God, and that by believing in
Him you will have life. Jn 20:31

Seek the Lord while He may be found;
call on Him while He is near. Let the
wicked forsake his way and the evil
man his thoughts. Let him turn to the
Lord, and He will have mercy on him,
and to our God, for He will freely
pardon. "For My thoughts are not
your thoughts, neither are your ways
My ways," declares the Lord. "As the
heavens are higher than the earth, so
are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down
from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making
it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed
for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My
mouth: It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and
achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy and be led forth
in peace; the mountains and hills will
burst into song before you, and all the
trees of the field will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the
pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle
will grow. This will be for the Lord's
renown, for an everlasting sign, which
will not be destroyed." Is 55

O Lord, you have searched me and you
know me. You know when I sit and when
I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying
down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you know
it completely, O Lord. You hem me in -
behind and before; you have laid your
hand upon me. Such knowledge is too
wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where
can I flee from your presence? If I go up
to the heavens, you are there; if I make
my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide
me and the light become night around
me," even the darkness will not be dark
to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. For you
created my inmost being; you knit me
together in my mother's womb. I praise
you because I am fearfully and wonderfully
made; your works are wonderful, I know
that full well. My frame was not hidden
from you when I was made in the secret
place. When I was woven together in the
depths of the earth, your eyes saw my
unformed body. All the days ordained
for me were written in your book before
one of them came to be.

How precious to me are your thoughts,
O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would
outnumber the grains of sand. When
I awake, I am still with you. Search me,
O God, and know my heart; test me
and know my anxious thoughts. See
if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
Ps 139

But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up,
that I may show My power in you, and that My
Name may be declared in all the earth. Ex 9:16

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small:
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.
- - Isaac Watts

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