Friday, June 30, 2006
WASHINGTON, June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on the United States and the international community to repudiate Israel's kidnapping of dozens of democratically-elected Palestinian officials and cabinet ministers, including the deputy prime minister. CAIR called Israel's hostage-taking a form of "state terror."
I got this from Janice, my favorite Jihad-butt-kicker.
One has to wonder if The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), who verbally supports Radical Islamic Terrorism, isn't also financing it. Their so-called Religion of Peace evidently relieves them of any moral obligation to condemn the murdering and kidnapping of Jews, but when you start messing with people they consider to be actual human beings, it gets them worked up.
Ark May Have Been Found
(June 29) - A team of Texas archaeologists believe they may have located the remains of Noah's Ark in Iran's Elburz mountain range.
"I can't imagine what it could be if it is not the Ark," said Arch Bonnema of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (B.A.S.E) Institute, a Christian archeology organization dedicated to looking for biblical artifacts.
Bonnema and the other B.A.S.E. Institute members hiked for seven hours in the mountains northwest of Tehran, climbing 13,000 feet before making the apparent discovery.
"We got up to this object, nestled in the side of a hill," said Robert Cornuke, a member of the B.A.S.E. Institute. "We found something that has my heart skipping a beat."
At first, they didn't dare to hope it was the biblical boat.
"It wasn't impressive at first," Cornuke said. "Certainly didn't think it to be Noah's Ark. But when we got close, we were amazed. It looked similar to wood."
In addition, some B.A.SE. members say, their discovery didn't look very distinctive.
"It looked like the deck of any boat today," Bonnema said.
The Bible places the Ark in the mountains of Ararat, a mountain range theologians believe spans hundreds of miles, which the team says is consistent with their find in Iran.
The Bible also describes the Ark's dimensions as being 300 cubits by 50 cubits -- about the size of a small aircraft carrier. The B.A.S.E. Institute's discovery is similar in size and scale.
The B.A.S.E. Institute's samples are being examined at labs in Texas and Florida. B.A.S.E officials concede that there would be no way to conclusively prove that their finding is actually Noah's Ark.
Even if tests indicated that this structure was the right age... Even if they found petrified animal droppings from a multitude of species... Even if they found a beam on which was carved, "Shem slept here," the world would still be skeptical of this fascinating piece of history. But I figure it this way; If You have the ability to "speak" a universe into existence, the events surrounding the ark do not present that much of a challenge.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
A Christian woman in Zimbabwe fervently prays for food to feed her hungry son. A Christian woman in Cincinnati fervently prays for guidance as to which color car to buy. A Christian man in China prays for courage to suffer persecution, while a Christian man in Denver prays for courage to face his boredom.
The main problem with being a Christian living in the United States is that we are blessed to the point of distraction. Most of us either regularly or occasionally thank God that we were born in this land... this country of the very rich, because we are genuinely grateful that we have never known hunger, need, or the point of the sword. But insulation from physical dangers, deprivations, and irritants can manifest itself in a dream-like state that leaves us detached from reality... and walking around as if our existence was about us, our creature comforts, and our little human ambitions. In the history of Christendom has there ever been a more distracted lot?
I believe that this is at least one reason why it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven. (Talk about an "Inconvenient Truth!")
Independence from the stresses of basic survival is indeed a blessing, but it is a gift that perpetuates self-reliance rather than faith, and leads to the gathering of luxuries and the laying up of retirement treasures in a world where physical needs are immediate and plentiful. We develop around us redundant financial safety systems lest a failure leaves us living below the level to which we are accustomed. Portfolio idolatry is a very seductive thing.
I tend to justify my ambitious retirement plan by reasoning that I will be able to help the Church even after I stop working... But it's really about me... It's about my financial security and my standard of living.
We need to remember that being counted among the rich is an awesome and grave responsibility... and a snare. When Jesus talked of judgment he talked of sheep and goats. The former cared for their fellow man. The latter did not.
Now I believe that we rich Christians living in the U.S. are every bit as covered by God's Grace as any persecuted, poor Christian around the world. But our responsibilities are very different. And somehow I feel the forgiving power of God's Grace assumes that, at the very least, He has our attention.
When it comes to "amounts," our time devoted to Him and our giving will be relative and diverse. But regardless of our station, I believe an active (not passive) course must be pursued in both our "seeking" and our "giving," and the latter will be a manifestation, perhaps a measure, of the former. I feel we are called to live simply and humbly so that our lives might be an example and an indication of the importance we place on this finite world as opposed to the "real" world yet to come.
But it all starts with a keen and ever-present awareness of who we are, and to Whom we belong. Our monetary wealth and our amazing wealth of leisure time are historically unique, so perhaps it is critically important to take a few moments and choose which kingdom and which world in which to invest our money, our time, and our attention. Taking stock will most likely leave you feeling very convicted and humbled... which is a very good place to start.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Skyepuppy has an interesting post comparing the mass graves found in Iraq to the Nazi death camp, Treblinka. You'll find it here:
...Always good reading from Skyepuppy.
It amazes me when I consider how bold and fearless Radical Muslims are when they deal with the U.S. and Israel. They don't fear us. Yet Saddam was able to hold them in check. I sometimes wonder if our "civilized" treatment of these uncivilized monsters precipitates, in the long run, more suffering on the Iraqi general public than did Saddam's brutality.
If we handled an uprising in Felusia by bombing Felusia until it was a swamp, how would it effect the quality of life elsewhere in Iraq?
If Israel actually fought the war they are in... (the elephant in the living room that they so artfully ignore) If they used the superior power they possess to crush pitilessly the pitiless monsters of Hamas... If they did what Hamas would do if they could... What would be the result?
We're not fighting Hitler's Germany. We're not even fighting King George's Redcoats. We are fighting "nice" against a medieval mentality that doesn't respond to "nice."
I can't see it happening, but I sometimes wonder if the medieval ugliness of Radical Islam was answered in kind... if we got "medieval" on Radical Islam, what would be the result?
With some people, you just can't be nice.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Yes, I've decided that as a public service I will give one tip to young bachelors each month. (Who better than I?) After all I've been on my own for a long long time and I've learned the ropes, mostly through trial and error. So here is my tip for June.
Don't Buy the House She Wants Until After the Wedding!
As the song says, There is many a change in a young girl's heart... and it usually leaves the young man screwed.
Just as a random example, consider the plight of the poor bachelor who lives in the above house. The poor sap. The poor, pathetic, stupid sap. He bought the house the girl wanted before the wedding, and before the ink was dry on the mortgage, she announced that she needed time to think about it. It's been three years and she is evidently still thinking about it. In fact, while she was thinking, she met someone else and married him. How nice.
Well, she can think all she wants, but now the poor pathetic stupid sap (the PPSS, as we say in Greentown) has 1 and 1/2 more bathrooms than he needs, three extra bedrooms, and a house payment that consumes his once plentiful "mad money." Is he bitter? ...Only when he thinks about it.
Don't let this happen to you!!!!!
But Mr Malott, my girlfriend is so good, sweet, and loving that she would never leave me in such dire straights!
Oh grow up. Dealing with women is like dealing with used car salesmen. You are going to get bludgeoned regardless... but if you are shrewd, you can control the bleeding.
Mr Malott, you paint a frightening picture, but I still need a companion! Surely all women can't be blood sucking, mercenary spawns of Satan?
Actually, they can. But with patience and a great deal of discipline, some are salvageable. Still, if all you need is a companion, a Labrador Retriever is best. Your first night with her won't be as interesting, but after two years together, she will still love you.
There. I hope that was helpful and uplifting. Come back next month when I will discuss "Saying and Writing Things that Women Find Charming" ...my specialty!
Friday, June 23, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Food just hasn't tasted good to me since yesterday. I can't seem to relax. There is a distraction and an edge to everything I do.
Yesterday afternoon I was listening to The Peter Heck Show as Mr Heck described how those two young soldiers were tortured and killed in Iraq... How their arms were twisted from their sockets and their eyes were gouged out... How they were emasculated... And had their hearts cut from their bodies. I stopped what I was doing and sat down.
It's difficult to hear these things and proceed through the day in quite the same way as before. These young men were working for me. I was paying their salary. They were just doing their jobs, and they were subjected to a horrible death.
This is the evil that Representative Murtha wants to back down from. This is the enemy that has drawn encouragement from the Democrat Leadership's constant attacks on the President and the war effort. These are the terrorists that the mainstream media insists on calling insurgents.
The problem with fighting in the Middle East is that the locals fear Radical Islam more than they fear us, so they are reluctant to help us. We fight civilized wars. Radical Islam tortures. We protect the innocent. They murder women and children. We fight to free. They fight to enslave.
It's time to kill this evil, and every moment of procrastination drives the cost higher. Every move by the Democrats that causes this Evil to question our resolve makes the battle harder and increases the risks for our soldiers.
We must not ignore this Evil because it will not be content with anything less than our destruction. Retreating from Iraq only moves the battle lines. They are coming and they must be stopped.
We will fight this Evil now, or it will eventually reign over us.
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Dan, Don't Let The Door Hit You On Your Way Out
I am pleased that CBS evidently has a sense of shame and a smidgen of business sense. Loses touch with reality and readily exercises bad judgement is a "bad thing" on a journalist's resume, even at CBS.
I thought that they would use the guy on 60 minutes or elsewhere, but credibility must be making a comeback... And when the audience can't look at your reporter without smirking, maybe it's time to put him out to pasture.
However I'm sure the network will not learn from its mistakes. They are on a mission to influence the world for liberal ideology, and ratings, fairness, and truth don't get in the way of the dedicated missionaries of the Left. Dan's low ratings were fine until he became an obvious embarrassment that even they could not ignore.
Good luck, Dan. I hear there's an opening on the Today Show.
Monday, June 19, 2006
On the Eighth Day, God Created Hammocks
And He saw that it was pretty darn good.
Here I am reading a book that my eldest nephew gave me to read. It's pretty good. I put this picture as my desktop display at work to remind myself that I will eventually be relaxing at home. Once in a while a breeze will come up and rock me just a bit. Is it heaven? Oh yes. Yes it is.
My Best Side
Here I am pressing the wrong button on my camera. I was taking (trying to take) a picture of myself in my hammock using my timer. I'm wearing my old-man-big-ol'-shorts.
You could see my legs more clearly but my rear end (not shown here) is blocking out the sun. Then again, the shadows give my legs the illusion of three dimensions. Why do men's butts get bigger in middle age? Then when they're in their 80's they get their Jr High butts back. It's a mystery. I must needs give pause to consider this.
Yes, I know... But I've been ignoring the news all weekend long. George B had a great week and I knew it could only be downhill from there. Sometimes it's good to let the rest of the world go by.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
In the Democrat Cloak Room..
Howard: (sigh) My mother warned me about weeks like this.
Joe: It's the best of times and the worst of times.
Howard: Uh huh... Well said Biden, but I think that's from A Tale of Two Cities.
Joe: Oh... Sorry...
Harry: It's not fair, you know. You work your fingers to the bone. You stay up half the night figuring just the right spin. You put in the time. You slander. You malign. You obstruct. You do everything right.
Ted: Life is like a bottle of scotch.... Uh... You uh get to the bottom of the bottle... Uh...
Nancy: Come on, guys! Cheer up! We just need to get our ideas out there! We should call a press conference and...
Howard: Politics turn on a dime. Things were looking great... Then al-Zarqawi gets nailed. Then President Bush looks Presidential going to meet with Iraqi leaders inside Iraq. Then Evil-Karl gets exonerated in our bogus Valerie Plame story. And I thought we finally had him. Who called off the dogs?
Robert: I have a little dog, a little Maltese dog, Billy Byrd.
Nancy: (sulking) You guys never listen to me when I talk.
Ted: Uh... Let's all head on over to the Hawk and Dove Bar. Uh... I'll drive.
Hillary: Great timing on the "Take America Back" Conference. We looked like a bunch of lame @#&$# unpatriotic idiots.
Nancy: It's like I'm not even here. I could say anything.
Harry: Our best stuff isn't working. The phone-tap accusations are going nowhere. I think the stupid fly-over hicks like having their phones tapped.
Nancy: I have Ebola Virus and I'm very contagious.
Howard: Our biggest problem is the war on terror. It's hard to throw a wrench into the thing and still look tough on terror. And if I hear another story about soldiers being applauded at an airport, I'll ralph my cookies. Of Course... I... I support the troops!
Everyone: (snickering) Mmm Hmm.
Joe: Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
Hillary: I think @#$%# Churchill already said that, Joe.
Joe: Oh... Sorry...
Harry: We definitely need to talk up the immigration thing. That gets the entire Republican base honked off and depressed.
Nancy: I'm not wearing a bra.
Howard: Immigration is good. It's a win-win strategy. The rednecks get mad and stay home this fall and we get more voters. Can you say muy bien?
Harry: I'm still depressed, Howard. What if the good news starts filtering out of Iraq? What if October comes and they get Bin Laden?
Nancy: You wanna lose that hand, Ted?
Hillary: Oooh... Don't even think it, Harry. If we win in Iraq, we lose in the fall. And we need an election win. We're starting to look like a bunch of @#$%# losers!
Robert: I have a little dog, a little Maltese dog, Billy Byrd.
Joe: If we win in Iraq, we lose in the fall. And we need...
Hillary: I just said that, Joe!
Joe: Oh... Sorry...
Harry: Yep... We need a win. The Judiciary is all we got.... And the press.... And John McCain...
Howard: Awe geez, here comes that nitwit Kerry.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
HONG KONG (AP) - The survival of the human race depends on its ability to find new homes elsewhere in the universe because there's an increasing risk that a disaster will destroy the Earth, world-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking said Tuesday.
The British astrophysicist told a news conference in Hong Kong that humans could have a permanent base on the moon in 20 years and a colony on Mars in the next 40 years.
"We won't find anywhere as nice as Earth unless we go to another star system," added Hawking, who arrived to a rock star's welcome.
"It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species," Hawking said. "Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of."
Let me go out on a limb here and guess that I'm not as smart as Mr Hawking. No... really.
Still, I have an opinion that I feel is as relevant as Mr. Hawking's. (Steve, as we call him in Greentown)
I see two possibilities here.
1. Earth and the human race are creations of God. Everything that happens is part of His plan. We need fear no meteor, disease, climate change, or bomb any more than we need fear death because... this ain't the party.
2. Earth and the human race are accidents in a universe that just happens to exist. So it really doesn't matter whether we ultimately survive. One way or another mankind will probably go the way of the dinosaurs so what does it matter when? And if we're just animals, does it matter at all?
It's fun to think about outposts on gamma beta 5. But I know in my heart that if it happens... It too will be just part of the plan.
Monday, June 12, 2006
David Carr writes in the New York Times:
"Godless," which is already doing gangbuster business according to the folks at Barnes & Noble, suggests that liberalism "is the doctrine that prompts otherwise seemingly sane people to propose teaching children how to masturbate, allowing gays to marry, releasing murderers from prison, and teaching children that they share a common ancestor with the earthworm."
Does she believe any of this stuff? I doubt she even knows. When I profiled Ms. Coulter a few years ago, I never figured out the line between her art and her artifice.
Her sincerity is beside the point as long as people keep taking the bait. All manner of televised talkfests, including "Today," welcome Ms. Coulter's pirate sensibilities back aboard whenever she has something to peddle, in part because seeing hate-speech pop out of a blonde who knows her way around a black cocktail dress makes for compelling viewing.
Without the total package, Ms. Coulter would be just one more nut living in Mom's basement. You can accuse her of cynicism all you want, but the fact that she is one of the leading political writers of our age says something about the rest of us.
Yes, Mr Carr, it suggests that there is a need for balance, a void which is being filled with the writings of Miss C. It suggests that there are people who reject what you evacuate and call truth, and appreciate a voice that boldly calls a spade... a spade.
Carr accuses Coulter of being a bomb thrower because like most liberals he prefers his Conservatives as whining, apologetic, simpering wussies... Well, anything "ineffective" would suit. Just imagine the kissing-up sycophancy of Dick Lugar, merged with the luke-warm "fire" of Bill Frist, mingled with the disloyal machinations of John McCain, and you have a "Conservative" that Liberals like Carr can live with.
Does the Left have bomb-throwers? Oh yes, and they're easy to spot. Just look for the guys on the Judiciary Committee with the "D" by their name.
Friday, June 09, 2006
June 10, 2031
by Emily Smith
In accordance with my great uncle's wishes I am writing the last post and closing out his blog. My Great Uncle Malott died last Monday at the age of 77 while chasing a rabbit from his garden. The modest funeral was attended by family members and scores of women who had recently realized the mistake they had made in rejecting my uncle's romantic overtures.
Though unappreciated and misunderstood throughout his life, I remember my Great Uncle Malott as the "smart and good looking one" in the family, though by the time of his death his ears had grown to the size of dinner plates. Though practically blind and using a walker, he still managed at this year's family Memorial Day barbecue to beat his nephews' sorry butts in croquet. What a man.
But he is dead now and I have things to do, so I need to crank this out quickly.
Yesterday in Washington President Juan Gonzales announced his support for making Spanish the official language of the Estados Unidos. Vice President Gutierrez and Secretary of Commerce Juanita Perez also spoke at the Garden del Roses ceremony. The President suggested that whites and other minorities should just "get over it" and learn espanol.
Across the Atlantic, the last European left Eurabia today, heading for Australia. Eurabian Prime Minister, Mohammed Hassunah hailed the event as the greatest in Eurabia since the burning of the Infidel's artwork outside the Louvre in 2015.
In Washington, the Supreme Court is expected to strike down the United States Constitution today for being "unconstitutional." In oral arguments proponents suggested that it was time to overturn the venerable old document since no one in Washington remembered what it said anyway. The Court hopes to make its ruling and then move on to formulating foreign policy and writing the Federal Budget for 2032.
The air was filled with rice and promises yesterday as the entire city of San Francisco got married. Since the Landmark Supreme Court "Anything Goes" Decision of 2012, many large groups of varying ages and species have taken their vows, but yesterday's nuptials were by far a record. The Episcopal Church hailed the event saying, "Marriage is such a quaint old tradition, and besides, this should really cut down on the adultery around here."
From his sick-bed in Berkeley California, Al Gore warned today that disaster will "arrive at any minute now" as Global Warming continues to threaten the world's climate. And with glaciers growing in the Arctic and cooler than normal temperatures spreading throughout the world, scientists continue to scramble for federal grants to study the cooling effects of Global Warming before it warms us into another Ice Age.
And finally, on a humorous note, during yesterday's Senate Judiciary Hearing, Senator Ted Kennedy's head was knocked off his shoulders when it was bumped by a careless intern. Kennedy, who died 10 years ago, is said to have remained silent after the incident, not wishing to comment. The Massachusetts Senator's corpse is expected to easily win re-election this fall.
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Is there any doubt as to what kind of Judge a President John McCain would nominate to the Supreme Court? Knowing that activist judges are in the process of turning the God-ordained institution of marriage into some kind of free-for-all with all the dignity of a Jerry Springer airing, our boy Johnny sidled up to the Democrats yesterday and voted against the institution that the Creator himself designed because... Johnny knows better.
I look at the Senate and wonder how this culture will survive. Just as with the illegal immigration issue, there is overwhelming, demonstrable support in this country for traditional marriage and yet the Senate blows it off and goes their own way. It's as if the Senate has forgotten that it was an election, not a coronation, that gave them their power.
King McCain and every other Senator that seeks to thwart the will of the people need to be removed from office.
Do you get the feeling that McCain and other RINOs would rather be "electioned" into the minority... than associated with conservatives and Christians? Is the glitz of Washington, the glamour of the Elites, the approval of the media, and the fashion of Hollywood just too alluring for these self-absorbed little men?
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
We Forget So Easily
"For it is the doom of men that they forget." Merlin, Excalibur 1981
Yesterday I was listening to Bill Bennett's Morning in America and was interested to know that the Muslim youths in Canada who had purchased the bomb-making materials, were not new immigrants from the Middle East. They were second and third generation individuals who should have been much more assimilated and "Western" in their thinking. They all evidently were associated with a certain Mosque.
It has been the argument of the Left that American Muslims need not be feared (or watched) because it was Middle Easterners that had perpetrated 9/11. But obviously radical Islam is an enemy that can influence and infect anyone in the faith.
With the Democrats defending the privacy rights of those who intend us harm, and the idiots like Charlie Sheen who suggest 9/11 was a conspiracy on the part of George Bush, I'm left wondering if we in this country have the will to prevail over those who take this war seriously... Those being the terrorists of radical Islam.
We live in troubling times and we on the Right pray that God will fix the world and its problems. But part of the "fix" that will keep it all from crumbling down, I believe, must be our vigilance in the midst of a disloyal, hedonistic, and forgetful nation.
Monday, June 05, 2006
California Democratic congressional candidate Francine Busby was caught on tape Thursday night exhorting illegal aliens in Escondido to vote for her in the race to fill the seat vacated by Randy "Duke” Cunningham, who was convicted last year of taking bribes.
According to the San Diego Union Tribune, many in the audience were Latinos who couldn't speak English. Toward the end of the meeting, a man asked in Spanish: "I want to help, but I don't have papers.”
"It was translated and Busby replied: 'Everybody can help, yeah, absolutely, you can all help. You don't need papers for voting, you don't need to be a registered voter to help.'”
Busby's GOP opponent, Brian Bilbray, immediately seized on her remarks:
"She's soliciting illegal aliens to campaign for her and it's on tape – this isn't exactly what you call the pinnacle of ethical campaign strategy," he told the Tribune. "I don't know how she shows her face."
The abbreviated version in all this is that Democrats and some Republicans want the Mexican people to have a say in who we elect to govern us... As long as it benefits them. No borders, no identity, no laws, no culture, no problem! Yep, keep the religious Right out of politics, but give the vote to illegal trespassers.
Two of the finest people I've ever known were a Mennonite couple.
In case you don't know what that is... find an Amish guy, set him next to a Baptist, figure the median lifestyle between the two, and that is what a Mennonite is. (At least that's the way they seemed when I was a kid) Anyway... The guy had been a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war and served in the medical services. All the time I knew him a hateful word never crossed his lips. He and his wife adopted a couple underprivileged black kids from the inner city. They contributed generously to charitable causes... were suspicious of capitalistic ventures and the American government... and if they voted, they voted Democrat. They were good. They were selfless. And they held no discernible allegiance to this country.
The Mennonite Central Committee (no, really... that's what it's called) has become politically active on the following issues: Central American Foreign Aid Bill, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban, Ecojustice in the Department of the Environment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Handgun Bill, UN Peacekeeping Funding, Health Care Reform, Environmental Justice.
Oh, and the guy doing the smuggling, feeding, housing... and generally facilitating illegal immigration into this country? ...There is a very good chance that the guy is Mennonite... The modern day "Underground Railroad."
Then at the other end of this spectrum that I'm calling the Religious Left, you have the United Church of Christ, whose web page says "God is still speaking." (which suggests that "God may be changing his mind") And who does their site quote? Jesus? Paul? ...No.
"Never place a period where God has placed a comma." -Gracie Allen
The UCC spawned the Reverend Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. (And suddenly everyone got the picture!)
I think I understand the Mennonite group, though not necessarily its "Central Committee." To them, God and Country ...is God diluted. They are to be the Good Samaritans, even if it means breaking a couple laws along the way. Military force is never justified because Jesus wouldn't choose a career in the Army. I too, cannot see Jesus holding an M-16, but I think if he had advocated the dismantling of all military forces, or even the prohibiting of his followers from joining the services, he would have said so. To my thinking, the Mennonites have honestly chosen a narrow interpretation of the Bible and they try to live by it. And their affection for Environmental Justice? No help. I don't even know what that means.
The second group, represented above by The United Church of Christ, is much less complex, but not any easier to understand. On a web site that might be run by a UCC member, and which appeals to non-believing liberals, I found this:
And so, our liberal friends, don't assume that all Christians are the enemy! Many of us detest the "Religious Right" even more than you do, because these fanatics are not only threatening our country, but our religion as well. Liberals need to recognize that there are Progressive Christians, and that such Christians can and should be among your most effective allies!
This and another site I found talks quite a bit about the "Jefferson Bible" which is apparently handed out to new members of Congress. From the second site:
Jefferson cut out the virgin birth, all the miracles, including the most important one, the Resurrection, then pasted together what was left and called it The Philosophy of Jesus of Nazareth...
No, this guy wasn't being critical. According to him, the deletions were one of the virtues of this (I assume shorter) Bible.
I think this brings us to a basic understanding of this second group of the Religious Left... and these two quotes were chosen for two key words... "fanatics" and "miracles," which pretty much sums up the problem they have with us -the Religious Right.
They prefer a Jesus stripped of his miracles... stripped of his divinity, which allows them to make God in their image and pick and choose the teachings of Jesus that they like, and strike those that they don't. It's a heretical stance as old as creation... as old as the Garden when Eve was told she could be as great as God.
So now what's the reason for joining such a church ...a church with no Divine authority or Divine foundation? Well, I think it's like throwing salt over your shoulder for luck. It's trying to be relatively good (relative to the next guy) just in case there is really something up there. It's a way a liberal clergyman can stand up before a group and entertain them with his philosophy on life. It's singing "hymns" like "You'll Never Walk Alone," "I Believe," and "There's Got to Be a Morning After," and others that sound vaguely religious... but don't worship anyone. (Worship is reserved for the people who are being good and those standing in the pulpit.) It's sticking your toe in the tub and calling it a bath.
Fanatics worship. Fanatics are exclusive... just as the Bible excludes certain behavior. Fanatics re-arrange their lives, re-arrange their finances. They allow their faith to influence their policies... scary! Worst of all they don't hold Barry Lynn in awe... they attribute to him absolutely no authority... ouch!
Summing up... If what I found on the blogosphere is a true indication, the modern Mennonite (not to be confused with neighbors of mine who are the salt of the earth) is basically a "believing" Leftist who looks to the Bible to justify his politics. The UCC version of the Religious Left is basically a non-believing Leftist who uses portions of the Bible to justify his politics.
I like to think that the Religious Right reads the Bible, worships, and prays while developing a world-view and political stance. The hard part is being passionate about what's right, and at the same time loving those doing wrong.
Jesus said that if we followed Him the world would despise us. It's good to be despised.
Sunday, June 04, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
Once again it is time for Ventures into Deep Theology. So put your "deepest thinking" cap on. Here we go...
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bade thee feed
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made thee?
Dost thou know who made thee?
Little lamb, I'll tell thee;
Little lamb, I'll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Now take a deep breath and maybe a couple aspirin. You've earned it.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
I watch the evening news and I sometimes wonder how horrible it must be to live in a country where you can't even walk down the street without being shot or blown up.
But Andrew Walden writes for Front Page Mag:
Iraqi civilian death statistics complied by Rep. Steve King, R-IA, indicate that, contrary to the impression made on the evening news, Iraq actually has a lower civilian violent death rate than Washington, D.C., and pre-Katrina New Orleans.
King calculates an annualized Iraqi civilian death rate of 27.5 per 100,000 based on U.S. military and independent statistical sources.
As American leftists pretend to decry violence in Iraq, they celebrate the rise of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez. Ironically, Venezuela has 31.5 violent deaths per 100,000 –14.5 percent higher than Iraq. It is Chavez who is responsible for “killing tens of thousands of innocent people.”
In Washington, D.C., it is 45.9 violent deaths per 100,000. This means civilians living in Washington D.C.—home to many leftist operatives who spend all day scheming to undermine President Bush’s efforts in Iraq—are 63.5 percent less safe than Iraqi civilians.
Other American cities with higher violent civilian death rates than Iraq include:
Detroit: 41.8 per 100,000
Baltimore: 37.7 per 100,000
Atlanta: 34.9 per 100,000
St. Louis: 31.4 per 100,000
They are all overwhelmingly Democratic.
The American city with the highest civilian death rate was New Orleans before Katrina—with a staggering 53.1 deaths per 100,000—almost twice the death rate in Iraq. With no sense of irony, corrupt Louisiana Democrats blame Bush for the Katrina disaster.
I feel better now. I guess.
Maybe if George Bush was elected mayor of New Orleans the press would get off Iraq's back.