NEW May 27, 2010 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT NOW ONLINE- The May 27, 2010 Chairman's Report is now available online. This issue contains: Obama's Morocco problem / Frank Wolf demands action as Christians deported from Morocco / Can anyone in the Obama Administration read? / Democrat congressmen stand and applaud foreign president who attacks a US state / Parental rights laws to be handed down by UN? / ACLU hate speech and the Mojave cross desecration View PDF Version
CONVERSION STILL AGAINST THE LAW - Here in Jordan converting from Islam to any other religion is still against the law. Those who aid or "proselytize" converting from Islam to Christianity can face long prison sentences. Birth certificates indicate if a child is born into a Christian or Muslim home and while the national ID card can be changed from Christian to Muslim, it cannot be changed from Muslim to Christian.
REALLY CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT - The Religious Freedom Coalition is here in Jordan to inspect and assist ministries we support in Jordan. Unfortunately I cannot go into many details or show photos on the Internet. I can say that the new water system in the camp facility we installed for the summer is working well and that we participated in a large Christian Youth gathering. We also inspected relief operations for Iraqi Christian refugees.
THE OIL SPILL - Although in the Middle East, I have been watching in just total awe as President Obama fumbles the oil spill in the Gulf. From day one Obama has used his bully pulpit to attack and cast blame for the spill rather than to take action. While he may think that stopping all drilling in the Gulf is action, the people realize it does nothing to clean up the current mess. The problem is Obama's total lack of executive job experience. His background is all academic in nature, where the job is to analyze and blame, not to take action. Even the liberals attacked his latest speech this week, The left leaning Los Angeles Times wrote about Obama's speech, "There's a pipe spewing a gazillion gobs of oil into the gulf, so let's build more windmills," and far left Keith Olbermann on MSNBC said, "It was a great speech if you were on another planet for the last 57 days". Obama just doesn't get it. As the chief executive it is his job to fix problems not cast blame at others.
Three Christian "leaders" who have personal interests and special privileges in Morocco, held a news conference trying to spread the tale that yes, those who operate orphanages are criminals and Morocco is a great place for foreign Christians. These "leaders" were: Rev. Rob Schenck, president, the National Clergy Council; Rev. Kenneth Barney, senior pastor, New Antioch Baptist Church, Randallstown, Maryland; and "Rev." Harry Thomas, president, Come Alive Ministries International and producer of Friendship Fest, Marrakech, Morocco.
CONGRESSMEN DEFEND ISRAEL - The Congressional Israel Allies Caucus held a press conference on June 16th to respond to those, including the Obama Administration, that are calling for investigations and sanctions against Israel. The caucus was represented by co-chairmen, Congressmen Elliot Engel (D-NY) and Mike Pence (R-IN) who were joined by Congressmen Ted Poe (R-TX), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (VA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV) and Pete King (R-NY). About 40 members of the media were in attendance. Republican Whip Eric Cantor said, "Any reports that I have heard over the last 24 hours that indicate that our administration is somehow complicit in an effort to push out a UN resolution calling for and international investigation of the flotilla headed for Gaza is an outrage. We're here not only to urge this administration to veto any such resolution but to stand up, speak out in opposition to such right now." See Cantor statement.
OUR JUNE MISSION TO JORDAN - I am currently in the Middle East as part of a Religious Freedom Coalition mission to Iraqi Christian refugees. Funds are still needed for the medical portion of our mission as additional drugs are being shipped next Wednesday to this area. ALL FUNDS RECEIVED AT THIS INTERNET SITE THIS WEEK WILL BE USED FOR THE JUNE MISSION. DONATE HERE