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Is America a Christian Nation—the Sandra Fluke Controversy I write this under the date of March 6, 2012.

By now virtually everyone who follows the news at all has heard of Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University law student, who testified before a portion of Congress recently arguing that birth control pills should be covered by her employer's health care plan. She argued that it is just too expensive for students to purchase the pills on their own. As you know the President's health care plan has a contraception mandate in it requiring employers or their insurance companies to cover the cost of contraceptives. This has aroused a fight between the President and the leaders of the Catholic Church whose church doctrine opposes the use of contraceptives. They argue his mandate is a matter of the violation of the church and state relationship whereby the state is trying to force upon the church a requirement that they provide a service or pay for it that is directly contrary to their church doctrine while the President and his party argue it is a matter of a women's rights and health care. Rush Limbaugh, the well known conservative talk radio personality, got involved last week by calling Ms. Fluke a slut. Here is a part of Limbaugh's monologue quoted from the March 2nd ABC News Web Site online from the blog posted there by a Mary Bruce. "'What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute,' Limbaugh said Wednesday. 'She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We're the pimps.'" The President then became involved making a phone call to Ms. Fluke to offer his support to her, commending her for her testimony, and expressing his disappointment that she had been subjected to these personal attacks. I have written all of the above so you the reader have the necessary background information before you to see where I am coming from in the remarks I am about to make. First, I want to tell you what this article is not about it. It is not about the use of contraceptives. It is not about whether or not the government should mandate that health care plans cover contraceptives. It is not about the Catholic Church or any of its doctrines. It is not about Rush Limbaugh and whether or not he should have said what he said. What it is about is defending that which is scripturally indefensible, fornication. What kind of a country do we live in when we have national leaders that go to bat for unmarried college women, commending them, for basically committing fornication? Now I fully understand that some women have health issues that may require birth control pills for reasons other than birth control. I am fine with that but do not be misled or so naïve that you think that Ms. Fluke was advocating for that reason and for that small group of college age women that fit into that category. She had in mind birth control pills for college coeds who needed them for birth control pure and simple and

President Obama was not so naïve that he did not know that and yet his desire was to render support. Paul guided by the Holy Spirit said, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9 KJV) Paul spoke of these acts as being unrighteous (absolutely necessarily implied in what he said). He says those who do such things "shall not inherit the kingdom of God." He says in 1 Cor. 6:18, "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body." (KJV) Did you get that? The Bible calls fornication a sin. Now who is the worse—Rush Limbaugh for calling names or our national leaders whose desire it is to defend the indefensible-defend sin? God will decide. In an article entitled "Rush Limbaugh Apologies for Calling Sandra Fluke a 'Slut,'" dated Sat., Mar 3, 2012, by Dean Schabner and Matt Negrin on the ABC NEWS online site, President Obama is said to have called Ms. Fluke "to tell her that her parents should be proud of her for speaking out for women." I can tell you had that been my sister in the 1960's testifying before Congress, unmarried, a single college student, that she needed insurance coverage for her birth control pills I actually don't know what would have happened at home at our house but it would not have been pretty and "proud" is the last thing in the world my parents would have been President or no President. He would have counted for nothing and there would have been shame, not pride. It is past time to quit calling this country a Christian nation. It has aborted millions of babies (a holocaust), every year we have more and more states legalizing gay marriages which involve the sexual act the Bible refers to as an abomination (see Lev. 18:22), we are as a nation slowly but surely destroying God's definition of marriage, and now we think it is wonderful that a college student advocate for birth control for the purpose of fornication without fear of pregnancy and commend her for taking such a stand. As I write this piece I am 65 just having had a birthday about 3 weeks ago. I think back on the days of my childhood and youth and my how the morals of this country have changed. The big push toward massive national immorality came in my college years in the late 60's with the hippie generation, the sexual revolution, Woodstock, drugs, etc. I came from a very tiny rural community and graduated from high school in a class of 10 students. A big class for our community was 16 which is what the class ahead of me had. But, the point I want to make is I never knew of a single divorced couple who had kids in our school in all those years, not a one. Every child lived with their biological parents. I graduated from high school in 1965. Children today do not have parents. They have live ins, here today, gone tomorrow. It is mom's boy friend, not dad. It is dad's girlfriend, not mom. What a life we live today but I thought everything was suppose to get better with time. I thought it was called progress and was inevitable. Man was to be his own master. Maybe we just need a few

more laws passed by our legislatures or a few more mandates to make us what we ought to be. Maybe a little more ignoring of God would help (hope you recognize satire). This article was not written with the intent to condemn or attack Ms. Fluke. The truth is "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom. 3:23 KJV) Furthermore, if people would study up on the Greek word translated fornication (the Greek being the word porneia) they would quickly learn why most modern translations have dropped the word fornication and replaced it with the more general term "sexual immorality." Some want to argue that "sexual immorality" is too broad a term and covers too much ground for the Greek. That is wishful thinking and reflects a lack of in depth study. The best study I have ever come across on the subject is a 20 page article by Oscar Miles in Faith and Facts Quarterly, April 2008, Vol 36, Number 2, pages 36-56. It is a scholarly work with in depth research with 39 footnotes reflecting that research. The purpose of the last paragraph was just to make the point that there are a lot more people guilty of fornication (Greek "porneia") than ever thought they were. One does not have to be involved in the act of procreation to commit the sin for all sexual immorality is covered by the Greek word as accurately reflected by the more modern day Bible translations. People commit fornication, sexual immorality, who have no need of birth control pills. So the article is not about Ms. Fluke specifically or even about a particular sin or group of sins but it is about a so called Christian nation that has lost its way and no longer has any use for the Bible and whose desire is to become a secular state. It is about government and government officials who would not know what a sin was if it slapped them in the face and who promote sin and applaud it. We get what we want, what we desire. We also get to reap the consequences. People on the one hand do not want to obey God and want to ridicule his ridiculous and outdated commandments, as they see them, but on the other hand when tragedy strikes they want to think it could not possibly be God punishing this great righteous nation. It is foolish for a man to say any one event is an act of God in punishment of a nation for no man can know that. On the other hand is it not foolishness also to think God is just going to continue endlessly to put up with our sins? "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Psalm 9:17 NKJV) We have forgotten God in our morality and our government. We govern ourselves by the men and women we vote into office. We have no one to blame but ourselves for what happens to us as a nation. I hope I am not here when God decides the day has come for our punishment. We are surely not a righteous nation.