THE CAPITOL HILL PRAYER ALERT
July 28, 2000
"The way of peace they
do not know; there is no justice in their paths. They have turned
them into crooked roads; no one who walks in them will know peace."
"Let everyone who is
Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
- After two weeks of intense negotiations at Camp David in
Maryland, the leaders of Israel and the Palestinians backed their
bags on Tuesday, July 25, and headed home. Returning to the White
House, President Clinton admitted failure to reach a peace agreement
"at this time." The major obstacle to the talks was
due to Arafat's refusal to accept anything less than absolute
control over the whole of the eastern section of Jerusalem.
- Facing an uncertain political future, Barak returned to Israel
to try to rebuild a fractured government. Taking into account
Barak and his aide's independent manner of negotiations during
the Camp David meetings, the Knesset is considering a bill that
would require a majority of parliament members to approve the
transfer to a non-Israeli authority of any area of Jerusalem.
- Palestinians were urged to leave their homes and line the
streets of Gaza to welcome Arafat, "the hero of peace, the
hero of war." It is expected that Palestinian protest will
escalate up to and through September 13, the day on which Arafat
has promised he will declare an independent Palestinian State
whether or not a peace accord is attained.
"Lord, we pray for the PEACE of JERUSALEM!
Thank You for watching over Your Holy City. And thank You for
hearing our prayers" (Ps 122:6; Is 62:1-7).
BUSH PICKS CHENEY
FOR VP SPOT
- On Tuesday, July 25, Republican presidential candidate George
W. Bush announced his running mate as former Defense Secretary
Richard B. Cheney. This news was greeted with great enthusiasm
from many conservative Republicans.
- National Right to Life Committee voting records indicate
that Dick Cheney scored 100% on life-related roll-call votes
while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from Wyoming
(1979-1988). He supported and voted for the Siljander Amendment
that stated "the term 'person' shall include unborn children
from the moment of conception" and was co-sponsor to the
"President [Reagan's] Pro-Life Bill" that declared
disagreement with Roe v. Wade.
- Ambassador Alan Keyes has expressed his support for the Bush/Cheney
ticket and has said he is dropping out of the race for the Republican
presidential nomination. Keyes told reporters he backs Bush's
choice of Cheney as running mate because Cheney's views on abortion
mirrored his own.
- Defense and foreign policy are strong points for former Defense
Secretary Dick Cheney and were major factors in guiding Bush's
decision. The Bush/Cheney ticket intends to make military preparedness,
declining morale in the armed services and deployment of an anti-missile
system major issues in their run for the White House.
- Even with many conservative and Christian leaders singing
their praises for Bush's VP choice, there are two critical areas
of concern that must be addressed: 1. Cheney's health (he has
had three mild heart attacks plus quadruple bypass surgery);
and 2. Cheney's stance on homosexual lifestyle (his 31 year-old
daughter lives an openly lesbian lifestyle). Reportedly, his
doctors have given Cheney a clear bill of health. And while he
is opposed to homosexuals serving in the military, outside of
military concerns he believes that one's sex life is no one's
"Almighty God, cause America
for Your Righteousness even in their politicians and leaders.
Cause this nation to DESIRE to be governed by those who are JUST and RULE IN THE FEAR
of the LORD.
the candidates as they have HONORED You" (1 Sam 2:30b; 2 Sam 2:2-4; Matt 5:6,
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