Michael J. Behe, an associate professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., has written a
book titled Darwin's Black Box. Mr. Behe says, "[T]he long effort to get down to the basic building blocks of
life ends with this discovery: Those basic building blocks are anything but simple." Mr. Behe calls them
irreducibly complex. "Indeed, they are so complex that only one honest conclusion is possible-intelligent design
is some are in the background."
Mr. Behe shows how the mobility of cells, the clotting of blood, the immune system, and basic cellular
transportation systems within the body have all been systematically ignored by evolutionists at least with
reference to how such sophisticated systems ever got under way. Some of his scientific colleagues are accusing
Mr. Behe of all kinds of treasonous things, like being disrespectful toward scientists. Mr. Behe says that
intelligent design by no means requires the God of the Bible-or any God at all. It just requires intelligent design,
but no designer, especially if his name is God.
Newsweek (Sept. 16 and Nov. 4) is bending over backwards in an attempt to portray samesex marriages as
normal and wholesome. Pieces in the two referenced issues of the magazine allude to 3 or 4 situations in which
"two Moms" or "two Dads" are attempting to raise children. The focus is to present the "families" as normal. It
appears that the selected examples are atypical, or the full story is not told. The fundamental promiscuity of
homosexual behavior is ignored. Filthy practices by virtually all homosexuals are not discussed and therefore the
dangerous nature of the behavior is minimized. The faraboveaverage mortality rate of homosexuals is not
mentioned. The possible longterm bad effect on the children in this unnatural and perverted relationship is
unknown and that fact is not acknowledged. It appears that Newsweek is attempting to throw a mantle of
respectability over a sinful and unacceptable lifestyle.
President Clinton signed "The Defense of Marriage Act" legislation designed to prevent gay marriages. The law,
which passed Congress by overwhelming majorities in both houses, defines marriage in federal law as the union
of a man and a woman and stipulates that, contrary to the Constitution's "full faith and credit" clause, if one
state allows gay marriage, other states need not recognize the union.
Defense lawyer Sally Hoelzel, arguing her client, Deborah Zimmerman of Racine, Wis., is not guilty of attempted
homicide, said, "The alleged victim was not a human being." Miss Zimmerman is accused of trying to kill her
unborn daughter, Megan, by drinking alcohol heavily. The child, now six months old, survived, but is suffering
problems characteristic of fetal alcohol syndrome. Miss Zimmerman had threatened to the staff at a local
hospital that she would kill her baby by drinking. Lawyer Hoetzel in a CNN interview said, "Had she in fact
killed her unborn child, she would be exempt from prosecution. Under our abortion law, a mother can't be
Holes in the Head
Body piercing had its origin in the gay and sadomasochistic subculture, but it has seemingly entered the
mainstream. People stick metal objects through eyebrow, navel, tongue, and more private parts. Turns out this is
causing infection and can be fatal. At the very best it is dumb.
Weed and Ten
The rap group Crucial Conflict wears their faith on their sleeve in their latest album, The Final Tic. For all of
their profanityfilled numbers, they include a heartfelt anthem in which they thank Jesus Christ for his gift of
Church and State
Judge Roy Moore, Gadsden (AL), was sued by the ACLU to force him to remove the Ten Commandments
from his courtroom. Mr. Moore, with the backing of Alabama Governor Fob James and Attorney General Jeff
Sessions, is fighting the suit. The ACLU is also demanding that Mr. Moore and other Alabama judges stop
opening their sessions with a prayer. By the way, the Congress of the United States opens each session with
prayer and the ACLU has not sued the Federal Government-so far.
Thomas Passmore thought his right hand was possessed by the devil. Taking to heart the biblical command, "If
they right hand offend thee, cut it off," the Norfolk, Virginia native removed his hand with a circular saw. When
he was rushed to the hospital, he refused to give doctors consent to try to reattach the hand. Now Passmore
doesn't know how that nutty idea got into his head. He says the hospital should have ignored his commands and
reattached the hand anyway. Since they didn't, he's suing them for $3.35 million (Reason, Oct. 96).
I am applying for a job as youth minister.
Qualifications: Age 65; 45 years preaching experience in congregations from 6 to 600; raised 3 children; active
How I work: Require attendance to all Bible Study and Worship periods, and daily Bible reading. Gettogethers
in which youth are expected to memorize, quote scripture and comment on meaning. Also gettogethers for
maintenance on building (cleaning, painting, window washing, vacuuming, or anything that needs to be done).
Additional work, helping the elderly and infirm with housework, yardwork and errands. Require parents to
participate in at least half of work sessions and half of social sessions, as chaperons.
Expectations: Short term: rebelling and grumbling from teens, parents and elders. Long range: youth disciplined,
courteous, respectful, hard working and with good knowledge of God's Word.
If interested contact Ed Smithson (who speaks tongueincheek).
A Grim Reaper
Sara Pearsaul (Chicago Tribune, Dec. 6, 1996) wrote: "What worries me is that suicide is becoming somehow
acceptable through the ghoulish crusade of Jack Kevorkian. Even the terminology of the technique he
advocates, 'assisted suicide,' implies something positive, and the media reports that he 'helps' people die. Were
the words more weighted with the value of life, a 'physicianassisted suicide' might be better described as a