PREPARED REMARKS BEFORE Stevenson Ranch Community Church on Sunday, February 13, 2005.
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This is a rough recording so the first thing you will here is Robert who is recording a time/date stamp. After that you will hear Senior Pastor Mike Valdez who is the first speaker, announcing Robert Colaco who is the second speaker, followed again by
Paster Valdez, at the end. There is background noise but the speakers are can be heard easily.
(This is the text of the announcement, but it is not an actual transcript, you can listen to the announcement as it was given by clicking on the link above.)
Thank you Senior Pastor Mike Valdez and Stevenson Ranch Community Church for your willingness to have your Church be salt and light in Los Angeles County.
I have perhaps a unique background. I was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1957 during violenence that saw shooting up of hospitals except the American hospital I was born in to parents that worked for the American Embassy there. My family legally immigrated
to the United States in 1969 and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 15 1/2 years old. I proudly took "The Pledge of Allegiance," and became a United States Citizen on the very same day on the day of our first President George
Washington's inaugural on April 30, okay 187 years later.
The second greatest hero to me personally next to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a king named Josiah. I would like to encourage you to read about him in 2 Chronicles chapters 34 and 35.
I would like to thank Pastor Mike for his generous offer to keep my remarks to eight minutes or less and I intend to do that, so I would like to encourage you to read about King Josiah on your own. King Josiah did what God directed him to do. I believe
it really ties into what is going on as far as the removal of the little cross from the Los Angeles County Seal and nationwide about our Christian heritage.
King Josiah was a rare King as to how he came into as a King as demonstrated by 2 Chronicles 33:21-23, page 438. It says of his predecessor in verse 22: "But he did evil in the sight of the LORD,"
Then Josiah came on the scene, as described in 2 Chronicles 34:01-03. The key is what is stated in verse 2: "And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord,"
They did all the practical steps as the Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 34:14-18. They gathered the money, they put it in the hands of the overseers to repair the temple.
Then Kind Josiah in 2 Chronicles 34:19 had an attitude change.
Our lives as those who fear God are a matter of practical steps and an attitude change.
We in the United States of America have been given by our founding fathers the opportunity to determine our very own destiny as far as practically every issue from a political basis.
One of the products that we have to communicate with the General Public are flyers called: "HAVE YOU BEEN LIED TO? (TM). The articles that are in that flyer have a theme of THE LIE. I would like to share the introductory section of an article that I
wrote and distributed on July 4th, 2000 to our Commentary and News Release List (TM) via email and has been on our website.
Patriotic Americans should not be involved in their government.
What would have happened to our country if 56 Americans did not get involved in their government on July 04, 1776? Their willingness to sign the Declaration of Independence, that most incredible document with final words of, “And for the support of this
declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor,” that statement cost them all more than we can imagine.
Was that statement that they signed: ..."we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor," easy? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!
As reported on July 04, 2000 on the 700 Club television program for example:
“Francis Lewis, the British captured his home and his wife, the hardship she endured during her captivity killed her, he is buried in an unmarked grave.”
“Carter Braxton, was a wealthy ship owner from Virginia. He saw his fleet destroyed by the British and his plantation set ablaze. Carter Braxton died with no money to his name.”
“Then there was John Hart. He was driven from his home and lived in caves for over a year. When he returned he found his wife dead, his thirteen (13) children gone, he never saw them again.”
“During the pivotal encounter here in Yorktown, Virginia, Thomas Nelson, Jr. another signer of the Declaration of Independence discovered that his beautiful home had been taken over by the British and being used as headquarters by their commander Lord
Cornwallace. Immediately upon learning of this he ordered artillery fire to fall on the home and because of this and other wartime sacrifices, Thomas Nelson Jr. died bankrupt.”
“In all, over a third of the men had their homes ravaged. Five were captured by the British and tortured as traitors. Nine fought with the American militia and died. Four lost their sons in battle. And practically every one of the signers suffered not
only heavy but in many cases debilitating financial losses.”
I challenge my patriotic friends in America to get involved in the government. I am not asking you to give up your wife. I am not asking you to give up your ships and property. I am not asking you to have your wife captured and for you never to see your
children again. I am not asking you to destroy your own beautiful home by your own command with artillery fire. I am not asking you to die bankrupt, but maybe the founding fathers might have.
As many of you might know in May 2004, the American Civil Liberties Union, AKA ACLU, sent a letter to Mike Antonovich, one of the 5 LA County Board of Supervisors , threatening to bring a lawsuit against you the Citizens of Los Angeles County, that is
you and I.
On June 1, 2004 the majority of Yvonne Braithwaite Burke, Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroskovsky voted against Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe, in a 3 to 2 to cave into the demands of the ACLU!
On Tuesday, June 8, 2004 about 3,000 people came down to the LA Board of Supervisors on a Tuesday to tell the majority to rethink their position. Only 1 out of 110 people who spoke was in favor of what the LA County Board of Supervisors had done. They
were Christian leaders, Community leaders, Political leaders and Citizens which spoke.
On Tuesday, June 15 Supervisors Antonovichs motion to make the issue go to the voters failed. I personally went down to speak to the supervisors and encourage them, to give you that vote, and they turned that down. The same majority voted to not give
you the option to vote.
I do not know what you can do today. Maybe you can do the simple acting of signing the petition to have the little cross that is in the Los Angeles County Seal not removed and for the seal to remain the way it has been since the year I was born in 1957.
Maybe you can sign our form to publicly endorse keeping the seal so that we can use and publish your Name Only as having done so, so that you can be a testimony to your friends, relatives, neighbors, co-workers and the general public of Los Angeles
County. Maybe you can do more as we give you that opportunity in our publicly endorse form.
You might be asking: who can sign this form? Any registered voter, registered to vote in Los Angeles County.
Whatever you can possibly do with about two weeks left and as of last Monday, February 7th our effort had 160,000 signatures out of the needed 341,212.
I would like to thank you in advance for doing what you can.
May God Bless You and may God Bless Los Angeles County.