Returning home from a recent business trip, I flew over the city purported to have more churches per square mile than any other in America. As I gazed down sleepily at the numberless steeples checkering the landscape and dimly pondered their equivocal significance, I was suddenly startled awake by a strange transformation occurring before my incredulous eyes: The spires of the church buildings had morphed into so many cruciform chimneys belching skyward an almost palpable, smoke-like darkness.
Only the darkness wasn’t smoke. What I saw ascending to heaven from each sanctuary was praise—the grotesquely incongruous praise of Christians worshiping a God they fancied demanded no remorse and no repentance for doing precious little to stop the extermination of the most vulnerable of His children.
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If you’re as old as I am, you will recall: We swore we would never forget the German death camps. We swore we would never let them be rebuilt. We swore we would never let such a monstrously evil thing happen again. Not on our watch. No, not ever.
Hey, gals, want to avoid being raped? Put away that Lady Smith 38. No need for pepper spray. Self-defense classes? Not necessary. The solution is simple. The best defense against rape is to just cast away your “deeply troubling” Christianity and become a secularist slut.
So goes the advice of one Katie McDonough, Salon.com assistant editor, fertile fount of millennial wisdom and – well – and whatever else.
In an article published at Salon Feb. 20 titled, “The right’s warped ‘purity’ culture: 4 ways evangelical views of sex took over America,” Ms. McDonough provides an unvarnished glimpse into the profligate mind of the postmodern “progressive.” (Yes, you read that right. Purity is warped and biblical sexual morality has taken over America.)
In what amounts to little more than an anti-Christian hit piece on Patrick Henry College – or “God’s Harvard” as the evidently prone-position-prone journo pejoratively pokes – Ms. McDonough says that it’s time for American women to reject all those biblically imposed “gender complementarian” norms and do away with our “toxic purity culture” once and for all. (Because, just look around. That dang ol’ toxic purity is everywhere. What America really needs is more debauchery.)
Montana’s lone U.S. House member, Steve Daines, is serving his first term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. And there is absolutely no doubt that Daines will soon declare his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Max Baucus.
When Daines ran for the U.S. House seat in 2012, he had no political voting record, as he had not yet been elected to public office. He ran–as most Republicans do–as a “conservative.” His campaign slogan was “More Jobs–Less Government.” Sounds good, doesn’t it? Politicians’ slogans always sound good. Well, now Steve Daines has a voting record; and, so far, that record is only more of the same.
In the first place, if a politician (at any level) does not comprehend the existence of the so-called New World Order and the propensity of government to construct a police state, he or she is totally incapable of defending our liberties. In the second place, if the politician does not have a basic understanding of, and a commitment to, the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and U.S. Constitution, he or she is incapable of defending our liberties. And in the next place, unless the politician is truly honest, selfless, and without personal ambition, he or she is incapable of defending our liberties. I suppose we should also add the necessity of a politician having no skeletons in his or her closet that the enemies of freedom could use to intimidate and manipulate them with. That’s a tall order; I know. But it is exactly the lack of these qualities that has brought our country to the brink of ruin.
Often times we look at our world and see the big picture problems created by those who think they know more than the rest of us. These Yogi’s who believe they are “smarter than the average bear” think this justifies giving them taking control of the way we live our lives. They are convinced that if only we would listen to their wisdom, they could create their own version of heaven on earth. Unfortunately, what they give us turns out to be reminiscent of a place that is so much hotter.
C.S. Lewis wrote, “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” He understood that dictatorial decrees were not just wrong on a theoretical level, but wrong because they caused real pain to real live people.
One such person suffering at the cooperating hands of the state and medical community is a teenage girl named Justina Pelletier. Her story is beginning to make the rounds of some of the more reputable news sources. Without going into all the gory details, Justina was diagnosed and treated for mitochondrial disease, and for the past several years was living a relatively normal life. Then she had the misfortune of being admitted to Boston Children’s Hospital for a bout with the flu.
Louisville, KY—Yesterday activist federal district Judge John G. Heyburn II ruled that Kentucky must recognize the “marriages” of four couples who were “married” in other states and Canada, and, in so doing, struck down part of Kentucky’s marriage law, including its constitutional marriage amendment passed by 74 percent of the voters in 2004. The marriage amendment stated: “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Kentucky. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”
Recommended by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and nominated by George H.W. Bush, Judge Heyburn became a federal judge in 1992. Relying on Justice Kennedy’s 2013 majority opinion in United States v. Windsor, which struck down the section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined marriage for federal purposes, Judge Heyburn said he “cannot conceive of any reasons for enacting the [marriage] laws challenged here.” He discounted procreation or “responsible procreation” and child rearing as legitimate reasons for the marriage laws. He spoke of the law “evolving” and cited a dissent from Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes (who once wrote “Three generations of imbeciles are enough” as justification for the state forcibly sterilizing people), that “judges do and must legislate…” Judge Heyburn acknowledged that when courts go against something as fundamental as “traditional marriage,” “they risk some of the public’s acceptance.” He then tried to answer his own question: “How can a single judge interfere with that right?” In his failed attempt to address these issues, Judge Heyburn downplayed religious concerns and beliefs, saying again the law has “evolved” and pointing to three decisions from Justice Kennedy (Romer v. Evans, striking down Colorado’s law on homosexuality; Lawrence v. Texas, striking down Texas’s sodomy law; and Windsor, striking down part of the federal DOMA).
Without the accumulation of capital (i.e., savings), there is no capitalistic system. Liberal-progressive-socialism will have triumphed.
Liberal-progressive-socialism, adamantly opposed to the Judeo-Christian ethic of individual responsibility, focuses upon confiscating capital (savings) and redistributing it in order to control consumption.
In liberal-progressive-socialism’s Keynesian economic bible, consumption is the be-all and end-all of government economic policy. As we saw in the housing bubble that imploded in 2007 – 2008, government’s resources promoted going into debt to spend more than was being saved. Keynes, in fact, preached that saving causes economic recessions.
Until the administrations of Woodrow Wilson (1913 – 1921) and Franklin Roosevelt (1933 – 1945), when the liberal-progressive-socialist python began wrapping its strangling economic coils around American society, the prevailing ethic extolled personal hard work, thrift, and saving as the path to a better life. Empirical support for that ethos was readily at hand: the 19th century capitalist industrial revolutions in England and the United States had produced history’s greatest improvement, in the shortest time, of people’s standard of living.
I have always enjoyed sports. As a youngster, I played organized sports–even into college. Over the years, I played football, basketball, and baseball. I ran track. And I was on the high school wrestling team. Football and wrestling were my two favorite sports.
As an adult, I have always enjoyed watching college and professional sports on television. And on occasion, I enjoyed attending professional sporting events. Though I must admit that over the past several years, I have just about stopped watching sports on television–except I still enjoy watching NFL football and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament when I can (which isn’t too often, as I’m always working).
As a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan, I always root for the NFC champion in the Super Bowl. Accordingly, I was rooting for the Seattle Seahawks in the Big Game last Sunday evening. I predicted Seattle would win, because it has always been my observation that a great defense usually beats a great offense in a championship game–especially in pro football. Although, along with everyone else, I was surprised at how badly the Seahawks beat the Broncos.
Because I played sports growing up, I came to appreciate the positive attributes of organized athletics. Obviously, the physical conditioning and discipline required in athletics is an important element in the overall health of young people. I’m not sure how it is in public schools today, but when I was going to public school, one did not have to join the school’s sports team to receive physical conditioning. We had an organized physical regimen each and every semester–from grade school all the way up. It was called PE (Physical Education) class in those days, and it wasn’t play time. We had to work.
When Philip Seymour Hoffman jabbed that needle into his arm for the last time, he triggered a myriad of news stories and public displays of grief and adoration. He was a talented actor who reached the pinnacle of his profession when received an Oscar for his performance in the film, Capote.
There is much we can learn from these recent events in one of the high end neighborhoods of New York City. Among them is that the notoriety of his death does not make it any more tragic than if he had been an unknown teenager seduced by the momentary euphoria of a drug induced high. Here was a man at the top of his profession, yet there was obviously something amiss in his life that drove him to his path down the road of chemical escapism.
As one who probably has seen his work, but has no lasting recollection of witnessing it, I can’t say I felt the sense of loss as when Elvis Press, John Belushi or even Nick Adams left us. I must also confess that I am much more disturbed by the flag draped coffins coming back from the middle east than I am about the passing of an over-privileged member of the Hollywood elite. Hoffman was, after all, an actor who made his living pretending to be someone he was not. However, he was a fellow human being, created to do wonderful and amazing things. In this, I feel the same sense of loss I would feel for anyone who leaves us at an early age… particularly as a result of bad decisions.
All you need to know is that saving some of your income is bad; spending all of your income is good, even better if you go into debt to increase your spending.
Chairman Yellen, by all accounts, is a true-blue believer in the socialistic economic gospel propounded by John Maynard Keynes in his 1936 so-called general theory, of which the main points are:
First, economic recessions are caused by consumers spending too little.
It’s unclear how that comports with the rampant spending of borrowed money by consumers and deficit spending by the Federal government that led to the housing bubble and implosion of the financial markets.
Second, it’s better for academic intellectuals and bureaucratic experts to control the spending. As Bill Clinton said, he might have supported a tax cut, but the people would have spent the money on the wrong things. Ordinary taxpayers must be compelled to forego private medical insurance and enroll in ObamaCare; we can’t be allowed to use incandescent light bulbs; we must use more expensive, less efficient, and inconvenient “green” automobiles; we can’t be permitted to use much cheaper, more efficient, and less-polluting energy sources such as natural gas, petroleum, and coal; and we can’t choose our own kinds of foods and soft drinks.
A few years ago, Reuters News reported that a nationwide poll conducted of the Russian people found that former dictator Josef Stalin was voted the third most popular historical figure. Over one-third of the Russian population participated in the poll.
Can you imagine? Stalin just might be the greatest mass-murderer in human history. Estimates of the body count during Stalin’s reign of terror range anywhere from 20-60 million, and that doesn’t include the millions of people who were starved, imprisoned, and tortured but who didn’t die. Only China’s Mao Tse-tung rivals Stalin’s butchery. Then, again, many Chinese people still love Mao Tse-tung, too.
How is it that people can laud and honor tyrants and butchers? How can people so easily submit to slavery and despotism?
No tyrant rises to power calling himself a tyrant. Tyranny is never sold as tyranny. Every tyrannical regime of history considered itself to be patriotic and compassionate; and the people who supported and submitted to such regimes considered themselves to be patriotic and compassionate, as well. The police state is never called that by those who promote it; they call it “law and order,” “keeping the peace,” “protecting the homeland,” etc.
[The first part of this article was published yesterday… read it here.]
by David Theroux
According to a Radar Online source “with inside knowledge of the network’s machinations,” the New York Daily News has reported that “It’s an absolute disaster for A&E. . . . Now, it’s a standoff between the family and the network, who is going to blink first? There is no way Phil is going to apologize for his comments because he doesn’t think what he said is hateful or prejudice, it’s his religious beliefs. . . . A&E isn’t going to walk away from ‘Duck Dynasty,’ they can’t afford to do it. It’s just a matter of getting both sides to agree on how to move forward.”
And indeed this is exactly what has happened, even though GLAAD is not glad about A&E’s reversal, stating that “Phil Robertson should look African American and gay people in the eyes and hear about the hurtful impact of praising Jim Crow laws and comparing gay people to terrorists.” In response, Brietbart’s Warner Todd Huston has noted: “It is interesting that GLAAD put Robertson’s comments about African Americans first in its own statement about his comments on homosexuals. One might think that GLAAD feels it lost the battle on that issue and needed the cover of ‘racism’ to add heft to its complaints. Still, the statement takes Robertson’s comments out of context and mischaracterizes them. Robertson made no such claim that Jim Crow laws did not harm African Americans, nor did he ‘compare’ homosexuals to terrorists.”
Cultural “leftists” have been pursuing a campaign against Judeo-Christianity, traditional morality, gender identities, the nuclear family, limited constitutional government, free enterprise, the family, civility, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, and much more. In the name of “tolerance” and “diversity,” this campaign has sought to impose a “secular theocracy” to smother bourgeois values and coercively impose “progressive” culture on an unwilling public, and gender issues have become a key rallying point (see, for example, articles in the Wall Street Journal, National Catholic Register, Hartford Courant, Reuters, and Washington Times).
Phil Robertson’s Victory Over the Secular Theocracy
By David J. Theroux
Phil Robertson himself is certainly no lightweight. The Los Angeles Times has called him “a man of legendary individuality, who once passed up an opportunity to sign with the NFL because it might interfere with his hunting.” One of seven children raised in a log cabin in northern Louisiana with no electricity, bathtub, or toilet, Robertson grew up in a poor family living off garden fruits and vegetables; deer, squirrels, fish, and other animals that they hunted and fished; and the pigs, chickens, and cattle that they raised.
Nevertheless, in high school he became All-State in football, baseball, and track and received a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. At Tech, later football legend Terry Bradshaw was at the time benched as second-string to Robertson, who was star quarterback. And although Robertson chose to quit football in college for the freedom to hunt during duck season, he went on to receive a master’s degree in education, taught school, and became a commercial fisherman. In 1972, the young enterprising Robertson patented his first duck call and created the Duck Commander Company, which has been leveraged into today’s vast fortune and cultural phenomenon that includesDuck Dynasty. His autobiography Happy, Happy, Happy became a number oneNew York Times bestseller, and his new book for 2014, Phil-osophy, will share his philosophy of life, as he outlined in an interview before the release of his autobiography
My message is to get human beings to love God, love their neighbor and for the life of me I just don’t see the downside of human beings not being so mean to one another and actually care for one another and not steal from one another and not murder each other for their tennis shoes. That’s the message I have. . . . America and the world, we have a love problem. I’m trying to get people aware of that. A loving person is not going to pick up a spear or a knife because when the Ten Commandments were written it was before guns, and God was saying, “Look, quit murdering each other.” Now I’m just trying to say, “Folks, let’s try to love one another no matter what the color of their skin.”
Yesterday marked the 41st anniversary of the infamous US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which, in effect, legalized abortion-on-demand nationwide. The aftermath of this tragic ruling is the deaths of over 55 million innocent unborn babies. It is no hyperbole to say abortion-on-demand is America’s national holocaust. Think about it, every American citizen today, 41 years old or younger, has never known a country that respected and protected innocent human life in the womb.
Consider this, too: when Hitler’s Third Reich was at its zenith, the abortion rate in Germany was 40%. Guess what? The abortion rate in America today is right at 40%. In fact, statistically speaking, the most dangerous place to be in America is not in an automobile without wearing a seat belt, or on a commercial airliner with a potential terrorist on board, but in the womb of one’s mother.
Dr. Bernard Nathanson once headed America’s largest abortion clinic in New York City. He admitted superintending over the killing of 75,000 unborn babies. He later recanted his pro-abortion activity and wrote what may be the quintessential book defending an unborn child’s right to life, “Aborting America.” Dr. Nathanson said, “There is no longer serious doubt in my mind that human life exists within the womb from the very onset of pregnancy.”
The liberty movement lost another one of its patriarchs last Saturday. My friend, Jack McLamb, passed away. Without a doubt, Jack was one of the staunchest allies that liberty and constitutional government ever had. He was doing it and saying it a long time before most of us were even thinking about it. Jack was top shelf, one of the best. He will not be easily replaced.
Jack McLamb was a retired Phoenix, Arizona, police officer. He is still today the most decorated policeman in the State of Arizona. And just about every time that Jack would reference that honor, he would add, “I was also the most fired.” I think he was more proud of the second distinction than the first.
Jack McLamb was the originator of the “Officer Friendly” program where policemen would visit schoolchildren in the classroom. He was an Arizona Regional Police Academy Instructor and a hostage negotiator for the FBI. He was the publisher of “Aid & Abet” newsletter, and president of The American Citizens & Lawmen Association. He was also the author of Operation Vampire Killer 2000, which, in many respects, was years ahead of its time. Jack was an Oath Keeper and before Oath Keepers came along, Jack headed a national organization called Military and Police Against The New World Order. He was also a Vietnam veteran.
With A&E Network facing an avalanche of public protest and in just over one week of its decision to place family-patriarch Phil Robertson on “indefinite hiatus” from its megahit reality series Duck Dynasty, the network caved.
When the PC outrage industry went into high gear with an angry Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) demanding Robertson’s head regarding his comments on homosexuality in an article by Drew Magery in the January 2014 issue of GQ (the magazine commonly viewed as having branded the concept of “metrosexual”), A&E executives promptly suspended Robertson from the enormously popular, cable-TV program, and support for his suspension echoed throughout the conventional media with cries of his being “homophobic” and “antigay.”
In the article, when asked about his religious faith, Robertson noted that his own youthful debauchery was self-destructive and put his marriage on the rocks, and that these were reversed only by his conversion to Christianity. He added that he now considers sexual relations other than those between a man and woman in wedlock to be sinful. In so doing, Robertson did not support bans on homosexual advocacy or relations but instead paraphrased Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”
Just before Christmas of 1776, Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls”. Thus began an article he called The Crisis. He outlined the circumstances of the freedom seeking colonists and the obstacles and threats that lay all about them. These were critical times. The quest for liberty could have shriveled on the vine instead of producing the greatest nation on earth. We face a similar crisis today: will the United States regain the virtue and prosperity they once enjoyed, or will they be reduced to just another socialist state that sucks the economic and spiritual life out of the productive citizens?
While the American people are living through the nightmare of ObamaKare, the Obama regime is tightening its grip on so many others of our lives. Labor participation rate is the lowest it has been in years. People are being hemmed in by more and more intrusive regulations from the EPA, TSA, DHS and a host of other alphabet soup agencies.
Meanwhile Barack Hussein Obama is fanning the flames of racial hatred and division, telling his followers how much they have have suffered at the hands of the white oppressors. They are believing now, more than ever, that something must be done to redress… or even retaliate… for real or imagined wrongs.
Everywhere I go, I meet people who seem to believe that it’s all over, that there is no hope, that freedom is forever doomed. The doom and gloomers are omnipresent. But there is a great line in the newest version of the movie “Red Dawn” that should help put it all in perspective. One of the freedom fighters says, “I’m still breathing so, it’s not over.” I love that line. I feel exactly the same way.
There is no question that the forces of globalism and socialism have pretty much had their way over the past few decades. And with very few exceptions, we don’t have a lot of allies in Washington, D.C., and in most State capitals. For that matter, we don’t have a lot of allies on Wall Street or in most classrooms. But that doesn’t mean that it’s over: not by a long shot.
Freedom didn’t have a majority in 1775 and 1776, either. I doubt that one could find any time in history when the proponents of liberty were ever in a majority. Sam Adams may have said it best when he said, “It does not take a majority to prevail…but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”
Lesbian activist Masha Gessen tells the truth about the motives behind the drive for gay marriage. The reaction of the audience reveals much of the LGBT accepts the concept of the destruction of the marriage, and the traditional family. Ms Gessen, though completely off base in her thinking, is refreshing in her honesty. She is honest about her homosexuality. She is honest about her goals.
Political correctness prevents many from making anything of this revelation. Even churches that should know better are soft on this subject. To many pastors more concerned with numbers on Sunday morning, the thought of offending some congregants is beyond their comprehension. The nature of the gospel itself is that it is offensive to those who wish to continue in their sin. The question for these pastors is that is it more loving to tickle people’s ears with what they want to hear, or to give them the revealed truth we see in the Bible that calls this behavior an “abomination”.
The president’s panel on NSA reform gives us the worst of both of these worlds
During the 1920s, the American government secretly funded the “black chamber” to crack codes used by foreign governments. Upon hearing of the program, President Hoover’s new Secretary of State Henry Stimson famously proclaimed, “Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail”–and ended it. Stimson was not the only leader of his era determined to pretend the international arena was the domain of gentlemen: just one year earlier representatives from 62 nations (including the United States) signed the Kellogg-Briand pact, agreeing not use war to settle “disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be, which may arise among them.”
Seventy-five years later, the starry-eyed are still among us, albeit mugged by competing unrealities.
Edward Snowden and his sympathizers want to transcend the modern “Orwellian” nation-state and establish a hyper-individualistic new world order made up of billions of peaceful cosmopolitans. As Snowden put it in his Thoreau-like Christmas message: “Privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.” Christmas itself, of course, belies such a claim to radical autonomy. But leaving that aside, the most oppressive impositions on privacy do not come from government surveillance programs, at least as we’ve experienced them, but from enemies of peace, foreign and domestic–the very enemies such programs are meant to stop.
In clear violation of op-ed protocol, this week I’m suspending prose and having a little good, clean, limericky fun at liberals’ expense because – well, because they just make it so darn easy. (Warning: Some are bad and others worse. Side effects may include groaning, nausea, vomiting and involuntary eye-rolling.)
Here they are in no particular order. Happy New Year, and may God bless you in 2014! (Yes, you too, my liberal friends.)
There once was a fella named Phil,
With truisms liberals found shrill,
Though they cried for his head,
They got duck-slapped instead,
As old Phil just continues to chill.
On this, the eve of the day in which we commemorate Christ’s birth, I am reminded of a quote by John Quincy Adams. On July 4, 1837, he spoke these words:
“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day? … Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth. That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets six hundred years before?”
Adams was exactly right. In fact, the United States of America is the only nation in human history established by Christian people, founded upon Biblical Natural Law principles, and dedicated to the purpose of religious liberty. This truth is easily observed within America’s earliest history.
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,tbecause he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Watching this video of President Reagan’s Christmas message provided me with one more reminder of how far our country has fallen. The man loved our country and our values. He encouraged us to have the same feeling about this wonderful land.
Unfortunately, we now are led by those who cannot find happiness in America. There is no sense of love of country, only a dissatisfaction born of a lust for the possessions of those who have succeeded. It is accompanied by a drive to bring as much as possible under the control of the ruling class who believe they are so much smarter than the rest of us, even though many have never really left the halls of learning to accomplish anything of value.
As widely reported, Phil Robertson, the patriarch in A&E’s breakaway hit “Duck Dynasty,” recently ran a-fowl of homosexual pressure groups, ruffling “progressive” feathers throughout concentrated pockets of deep blue America. He remains suspended “indefinitely” for candidly summarizing, in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, the millennia-long “Love the sinner, hate the sin” biblical stance on homosexual practice.
“It seems like, to me, a vagina – as a man – would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me,” he bluntly opined. “I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!”
Dudes worldwide – save self-styled “gays,” Pajama Boy and a few liberal men actually rumored to be heterosexual – responded: “Eww! I know, right.”
“You know what I’m saying?” continued Robertson. “But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” he noted.
Salt Lake City, UT—This summer when the Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Liberty Counsel warned that the decision would lead to polygamy and religious intolerance. Homosexual activists, such as the LGBT news magazine, the Advocate, called Liberty Counsel’s warning “erroneous” and “hyperbolic.” Just six short months later, that warning has become prophetic.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, violating the free exercise of religion. Kody Brown and his four wives, on the TLC reality show Sister Wives, and other Mormons filed suit in July 2001 and then left Utah for Las Vegas.
It took Utah nearly 50 years to be admitted to the Union. The reason for the delay was polygamy. The Republican Party, which advocated natural family, said in its 1856 Party Platform that polygamy was “barbaric” and a “twin” of slavery. One of the conditions to admit Utah to the Union was that it ban polygamy and that such a ban be placed in its constitution. After Utah complied, it was admitted to the Union. Several other states in which polygamy was practiced were also required to ban polygamy as a condition to being admitted to the Union.
Phil Robertson has been kicked off Duck Dynasty indefinitely for speaking out against one of the ruling class’s sacred cows – the homosexual community. To make things worse, he even quoted one of the sources most despised by those who worshiping at the feet of big government – the Bible. It makes no difference to them that our creator made His views perfectly clear in I Corinthians 6:9-10:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
It is common for those who believe in little more than themselves and human wisdom to be critical of the church and Christian teachings. Piers Morgan even had the audacity comment that the anachronistic Catholic Church needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century – as if changing human values should bring about changes in the church’s teaching.
Wonder of wonders – congress, the house at least, passed a budget that the Democrat controlled Senate will probably pass. That fact tells us pretty much all we need to know about the bi-partisan deal. Paul Ryan, along with John Boehner and company are crowing loudly about how this deal will remove the threat of a government shutdown over budget issues for the next two years.
The continuing resolutions came up far too frequently for the liking of those more concerned with the continuation of the ever expanding government juggernaut than the direction in which it is headed. The recent “shutdown” frightened the Republican establishment and angered the donkeys. Democrats were angry that their beloved bureaucracies were hobbled without a functioning budget. Many Republicans were scared silly that people would blame them for missing out on essential government services. On the other hand, it may be they were also afraid that people would realize that not all these services are quite that essential. Whatever the reason, both parties worked, dare I say conspired, to be sure they could continue to rule over us.
What did we the people get from the deal? We got a budget that fully funds ObamaKare. Spending continues to increase. There are no tax cuts. We are told there is a net decrease in the deficit. Unfortunately that takes place years down the road… which means it will never happen. Of course, the Democrats say they didn’t get everything they wanted. When one has an insatiable appetite for frittering away the taxpayer money, one never gets everything they want. Republicans have put the kibosh on the likes of Ted Cruz – recently identified by as Rasmussen Poll as the world’s third most influential person – not Boehner, not McConnell, not Cantor. Cruz made them look bad, and ineffective as he stood firm during the recent shutdown. Perhaps they think they have neutered him and his fellow patriots by this ploy.
In March of 1836, a young man of twenty-three years of age took his sword out of its scabbard and drew a line in the sand in front of an old mission outside of San Antonio, Texas, and called on the men defending that mission who were willing to stay on the ramparts and face an opposing army more than ten times their number to signify their commitment by stepping across the line. Of course, the young man was William Barrett Travis and the old mission was the Alamo. He could not have known it then, but Travis’ line in the sand would forever become the benchmark by which all future acts of commitment would be measured. In a mystical way, but, then again, in very real way, Travis’ line in the sand is being drawn again. Oh, it may not be a line in dirt drawn by the point of a sword; it is a line in the hearts of men being drawn by the Spirit of God.
My last three columns generated more responses than any three columns I have ever written, and I have been writing this column for some fifteen years. At first, the responses were mostly negative and often vitriolic. But this past week, responses have been over 90% positive and very enthusiastic. I am confident that the manner in which these columns have brought out intense emotion and determination on both sides is a microcosm of what is happening nationally. A line in the sand for freedom is being drawn once again.
This line in the sand for freedom is separating people in a major way. And this is not necessarily a bad thing. In the same way that God commanded Abram to separate from his home and kin, so, too, the Spirit of God is separating people many times from their friends, their neighbors, their kinfolk, and, yes, their church families. I seem to recall that during the period of the early church, the conflict of principle forever separated the apostles Paul and Silas. And during America’s War for Independence, the conflict of principle separated Benjamin Franklin and his son William–as it did tens of thousands of others.
This column dated November 21, 2013, created a firestorm of outrage and venom from hundreds of pastors and Christians. It was a rude awakening for me, for sure. I have long maintained that the vast majority of today’s pastors and church members are smugly content in abject apathy and indifference. However, after the vehement reaction to the above-mentioned column, I can now state dogmatically that the problem is actually much, much worse than I realized. Today’s churchmen are not merely content to not being involved; they are absolutely committed to not being involved. It goes much deeper than apathy; it is apostasy.
My email inbox and mailbox filled with vitriolic rebukes from pastors and Christians. I was called just about every dirty name in the book and relegated to the depths of the damned–and those were the mild ones. At the heart of these feelings of contempt is the rejection of Natural Law. It’s not only that today’s pastors and Christians have not been taught the Biblical principles of Natural Law and, therefore, don’t understand it; today’s churchmen have developed a willful and stubborn conviction against Natural Law.
I will even go so far as to say that the majority of our pastors and church leaders today are monarchists at heart. The lack of instruction and understanding of the Biblical principles of Natural Law have created a generation of churchmen who are more than willing to submit to the unnatural laws of tyranny and oppression. Until two weeks ago, I didn’t truly comprehend the depth of this volitional slavery.
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