Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A train in Spain

Back in 2004 terrorists bombed a train in Spain killing 191 people. Spain does not believe in the death penalty--not even if you kill 191 people--but they have other ways of getting "justice." The terrorists were recently given a sentence of 38,000 years in prison! Aren't you glad they weren't just given life in prison? A life sentence might have been less than 50 years.

I don't think it is "just" for mass murderers to get to lay around and watch TV for the rest of their lives at taxpayer expense.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Seeker sensitive churches

"If you are older than 40 the name Benjamin Spock is more than familiar. It was Spock that told an entire generation of parents to take it easy, don’t discipline your children and allow them to express themselves. Discipline, he told us, would warp a child’s fragile ego. Millions followed this guru of child development and he remained unchallenged among child rearing professionals. However, before his death Dr. Spock made an amazing discovery: he was wrong. In fact, he said:
We have reared a generation of brats. Parents aren't firm enough with their children for fear of losing their love or incurring their resentment. This is a cruel deprivation that we professionals have imposed on mothers and fathers. Of course, we did it with the best of intentions. We didn't realize until it was too late how our know-it-all attitude was undermining the self assurance of parents."

Another brilliant idea by the "progressives." Actually this is just the beginning of an article which says that an equally enlightening revelation has hit the founders of the "seeker sensitive" church movement. If you're interested in the emerging church movement, I highly recommend you read this article by Bob Burney on Townhall.

Islamic terrorism

Robert Spencer, discussing a recent interview with Elizabeth Holmes of the Wall Street Journal:
Elizabeth Holmes interviewed me at some length for this article, and I
explained to her that the linkage between Islam and terrorism did not come from
Republican presidential candidates, but from the terrorists themselves, who
consistently point to Islamic teachings to explain and justify their actions. If
we refuse to explore this, and to speak about it honestly, we are voluntarily
declining to make use of the only key that they themselves have given us to
understanding their own motives and goals. And without understanding the motives
and goals of an opponent, you cannot defeat him.

Does speaking of "Islamic terrorism" defame or demean all Muslims? Not unless speaking of "Italian fascism" classified all Italians as followers of Mussolini. In fact, if groups like CAIR really wanted to fight against the use of Islamic texts and teachings by jihad terrorists, they would not ignore that use, and criticize those who
note it, but would confront it head-on and develop comprehensive programs for
mosques and Islamic schools in America to teach against it.
Please read the entire post on Jihad Watch.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Socialized health care

Sometimes the Left makes it sound like our choices are between the horribly injust health care system of Capitalism and the wonderful utopian healthcare system of socialized medicine. Our system may need some fixing, but before you vote for more socialized health care, read today's post from Michelle Malkin.

The psychology of atheism

We've all heard of Signumd Freud's idea of how man creates a god in his own image to satisfy deep psychological needs. Mike Adams turns this on its head and provides a look into the possible psychological motives of some atheists (hmmm, I wonder if it also explains the psychological motives of some of the more irrational and angry responses to this blog :-)

Media scare

Click here for a Halloween media scare.

Huckabee on 9/11

Mike Huckabee on the chances of another 9/11 happening:
There's almost an inevitability, not just a possibility. It will happen
again. And it'll happen because we face an enemy that is not a nation-state that
can be contained within borders and boundaries, because their war is not about
borders and boundaries. Islamofascism is rooted in a theocratic Islamic jihadism
that seeks to destroy and annihilate every last one of us. It wants to establish
a complete Islamic theocracy across the world, and for that to happen it means
our culture has to be completely snuffed out. There's no peaceful co-existence,
there's no accommodation, there's no naïve nonsense that if we leave them alone
they leave us alone. This is a war someone will win and someone will lose.
Whoever perseveres and whoever has the strongest will, will in fact win, and
that's why we can't give up (WorldNetDaily).

I think Mike Huckabee gets it.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Qur'an 8:1-30

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 8: 1-30 is now available on Hot Air.

Criminally Insane

Yesterday CNN aired a program called, “Criminally Insane.” The program lamented the state of mental health care in America pointing out that at one time there were 900,000 people in mental hospitals, but there are now only about 50,000 due to the fact that states have shut down their mental hospitals (Of course, CNN didn’t bother to mention that shutting down these mental facilities was another one of the Left’s bright ideas back in the 70’s. Being on the Left means never having to say you’re sorry).

I agree with the CNN program: America does have a serious mental health crisis. While hospitals generally provide medical care to people without insurance, people with serious mental health issues are often just out of luck, and sometimes literally out on the streets.

I wish someone would make this a campaign issue. I for one would be willing to pay higher taxes to provide long term mental health care for those who need it.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Unprotected


UCLA psychiatrist, Dr. Miriam Grossman says she is seeing a significant increase in depression and suicidal thoughts among students, usually related in some way to our "hook-up" culture. Campus health centers give students all the instruction, supplies and encouragement to have "safe," attachment-free, casual sex, but according to Dr. Grossman, it is messing people up emotionally.


Friday, October 26, 2007

Erasing and rewriting history

The ten ammendments vs. the Ten Commandments: Read how the tour guides at the Supreme Court are rewriting history. Then read how the National Park service is erasing history.

World Vision aid to California

If you'd like to help the victims of California's fires, consider donating to WorldVision.

The Biden "stumble"

"Explaining why schools in Iowa are performing better than those in Washington, D.C.," Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden said "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four of five percent that are minorities. What is in Washington? So look, it goes back to what you start off with, what you're dealing with. When you have children coming from dysfunctional homes, when you have children coming from homes where there's no books, where the mother from the time they're born doesn't talk to them — as opposed to the mother in Iowa who's sitting out there and talks to them, the kid starts out with a 300 word larger vocabulary at age three. Half this education gap exists before the kid steps foot in the classroom" (Washington Post).

The Washington Post called this a "stumble." Wasn't Republican Senator Trent Lott run out of Congress for a similar "stumble?" Do you suppose all those on the Left who called for Lott's resignation will now call for Biden's resignation? Don't hold your breath.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Quote of the day

"People are selfish. And that's what they're doing is trying to save the planet for themselves to have a nicer place to live. They don't care about the planet in theory. They just care about having a comfortable place. And these people with the fires and the floods and everything, they overbuild, they put nature to the test and they get what's coming to them" (Comedian George Carlin).

Unbelievable!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Common Word for Muslims and Christians?

Some Muslims have extended an “olive branch” to Christians with a document entitled, “A Common Word between us and you.” It is based on the common commands in Islam and Christianity to Love God with all your heart and to love one’s neighbor (interestingly enough Judaism also affirms these commands yet the “olive branch” was not extended to Jews).

I’ve written before that Christians have more in common with truly moderate Muslims than we do with most secularists. The problem with this “Common Word” document however, is that it repeatedly makes reference to God who has “no associate” and “no partner.” Unfortunately, this is the Muslim denial that Jesus is the Son of God.

The Qur’an, Sura 17.39 says, “do not associate any other god with Allah lest you should be thrown into hell….” An earlier passage makes it clear that Muhammad is not just thinking of polytheism. Sura 5:72-73 says specifically that “whoever associates (others) with Allah…” will go to hell. It is clear that Muhammad is thinking about Christians here because in the same passage he says, that those who say, “God is Christ the son of Mary,” or that “God is one of Three” or that "God is a Trinity” are blasphemers and will go to hell.

So, Christians, all you have to do in order to sign this “Common Word” is to deny one of the fundamentals of the Christian faith—the deity of Jesus and the Triune nature of God. Of course, it is hard to understand how those who deny this can call themselves Christians at all.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hillary Uncensored

According to CNS News, the trailer to the film, "Hillary Uncensored--Banned by the Media" "was the most viewed video on Google Video for eight streight days (October 13-20). If you haven't seen it, check it out.

Monday, October 22, 2007

1.7 million have HIV infections

According to CNS News, “An estimated 1.7 million people have HIV infections, and there have been over 500,000 deaths from AIDS.” In addition, “For FY 2007, $23.4 billion dollars were allocated for fighting HIV/AIDS worldwide - $14 billion domestically. More than half of the money the government spends on AIDS is for care of AIDS patients through Medicaid and Medicare.”

And yet our public schools continue to push a homosexuality as a positive alternative lifestyle. I would understand public schools teaching that no one should be mocked or ridiculed because of their sexual orientation, but to actually promote a lifestyle which has a high risk of horrible death is not only cruel and inhuman, such promotion should be criminal!

Media ignores pro-family event

According to the Christian Newswire
"Yesterday, thousands of New Jersey citizens showed up on the Capitol steps
in Trenton to show their support for marriage between one man and one woman.
"Mainstream media" in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York were notified of the
marriage event, hosted by the New Jersey Family Policy Council, yet not one
member of the press showed up. When the press were contacted by phone for
confirmation that someone would attend the event to cover it, callers were met
with hostility about the subject matter by many members of the press."

If a couple dozen gay marriage supporters had been protesting, you can bet that it not only would have been on the evening news, but would have been filmed in such a way as to make it look like a big crowd.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Pelosi and Bhutto

This LGF link is pure satire, of course, but it does make me wonder, why doesn't the Left really think like this?

Woodstock Museum

In 1969 over 400,000 people gathered near Woodstock, NY in a massive festival of booze, sex and drugs. Hillary Clinton recently tried to earmark one million dollars of your tax dollars to help fund a Woodstock museum to commemorate this drunken sex-fest (FoxNews).

Considering all the broken marriages, STD’s, pain, and heartbreak resulting from the sexual revolution, and all the billions of dollars spent and thousands lives destroyed either directly or indirectly (e.g. robberies, prostitution or murders) because of drugs, isn’t it a bit insane to honor all this with a museum? Is this really the kind of message we want to send to future generations of young people? Are there no poverty-stricken people in New York who might be better able to use a million dollars? And finally, do we really want Hillary Clinton managing our money from the White House?

Quran 7:103-206

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 7:103-206 is now available at Hot Air.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

For the President's amusement

"But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement" (CBS; emphasis mine).

Unfortunately, we might understand a hateful and irrationally insane remark like this coming from the looney Left fringe like Michael Moore or Rosie O'Donnel, but this comes from a democratic congressman (Pete Stark) on the floor of the Congress! When Republicans objected, the Democratic majority refused to declare the staement out of bounds!

For much more, read Michelle Maklin. The real story here is not that Mr. Stark is a few cards short of a full deck, but that the Democrats continue to cover for him. Is this really the party you want controlling the White House?

Pleasing God

According to Katharine Jefferts Schori, the head of the Episcopal church, “the Scriptures should not be taken too literally. "We are not handed a rule book and said you must live this way, according to every jot and tittle of these rules." She added, "We're called to wrestle with our faith" (OneNewNow).

That’s funny. The New Testament is filled with commands to live in obedience to the Word of God. I can’t think of a single place where we are “called to wrestle with our faith.” Whenever one of these apostates say we shouldn’t take the Bible too literally, it is usually code for, “We don’t believe or obey this part.” For example, when Paul says, “the works of the flesh are…sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envies, drunkenness, orgies….” the problem isn’t literal vs. non-literal interpretation. The problem is that we are guilty!

I recently wrote an essay on New Testament commands and obedience. I’ve pasted part of it below:

Love for Christ is essential to sanctification because the Word of God ties genuine love for Jesus to obedience. Jesus taught, “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (Jn.14:15). He said that anyone who loves him “will keep my word” (Jn.14:23-24, cf. Jn. 15:10). In fact, according to John, “Whoever says I know him but does not keep his commandments is a liar…” (1 Jn. 2:4)!

It is impossible, however, to obey the Word of our Lord if we don’t know the Word—and it is through the Word of God that we are sanctified. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them in the truth; your Word is truth” (Jn.17:17). Paul says that Christ gave himself for his church “that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the Word” (Eph. 5:26, cf. Rom.12:2). The writer of Hebrews even implies that Christians who are not grounded in the Word of God are spiritually immature (Heb.5:13).

Being grounded in the Word of God means thoroughly knowing Scripture as well as you know your favorite movie—the one where you can describe all the scenes, identify the main actors, and quote many of the lines by heart!

James, the half-brother of Jesus and writer of the book of James, would insist, however, that that we are not sanctified simply by reading or hearing the Word alone, but by obeying it! James teaches that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17, 26) and that those who hear the Word of God but do not obey are like people who view their scruffy face in a mirror and walk away without doing anything about it. He says such people are deceiving themselves (Jas. 1:22-25).

James is simply reflecting the teaching of Jesus who said that it was those who hear the Word of God and do it who are his mothers, brothers and sisters (Lk.8:21). In response to a woman who blessed him, Jesus said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it” (Lk.11:28). In fact, Jesus said that it was those who keep his Word who shall not see death (Jn.8:51-52, cf. Jn.8:31). Evangelicals rightly place a great deal of emphasis on Jesus’ command to go into all the world to make disciples but we don’t often hear as much about that fact that making disciples involves “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20). We are not really making disciples unless we are teaching people to obey Jesus.

What Jesus taught elsewhere about grace shows, however, that he was not thinking of salvation by works, but rather as Paul would later write, an “obedience that comes from faith” (Rom. 1:5; 16:26).

Throughout history some people have believed that Paul’s teaching on salvation by grace apart from works contradicted the teachings of Jesus and James on obedience, but this is not true. In a statement that looks like it could have come right out of the book of James, Paul writes, “It is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified (Rom. 2:13). In fact, many people might be surprised to learn how much emphasis Paul actually places on obedience. For example, roughly half of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians explains how we should live in obedience to God. Virtually the entire book of First Corinthians tells how Christians should live the Christian life; and in what may be regarded as the purpose statement for First Timothy, Paul writes, “I am writing these things to you so that…you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God” (1 Tim.3:14-15).

Paul went so far as to warn his readers that those who practiced such things as sexual immorality, homosexuality, adultery, idolatry, drunkenness, theft, and greed would not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor.6:9-11; cf. Gal.5:16-25). In fact, to his critics who said we should just live in sin to show how gracious God really is, Paul responded, “Their condemnation is just!” (Rom.3:8; cf. 6:1).

This emphasis on obedience is not just found in the teaching of Jesus, James and Paul (as if that weren’t enough) but appears throughout the entire New Testament. John, for example, wrote “…whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him” (Jn.3:36). The Book of Acts says God has given his Holy Spirit “to those who obey him” (Acts 5:32). The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus is “the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Heb.5:9) and both Peter and Jude absolutely lambaste “ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality” (Jude 4, cf. 2 Pet.2).

In other words, the Word of God is not some magic charm that works sanctification simply by meditating on a few verses and waiting for God to speak. Nor does it bring about sanctification even by rigorous scholarly study of the Hebrew and Greek text. Sanctification involves obedience to the Word of God.

Obedience, however, is not a popular topic in modern Christianity. In fact, anyone who would dare to preach biblical obedience too strongly is bound to be attacked as self-righteous, judgmental, and legalistic! The critic will insist that Christians are free from the law and that Christianity is not about rules and regulations but about relationship, compassion and community. The critic may point out that Jesus says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all” (Jn.6:63). That’s true, but Jesus immediately follows up with, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (Jn.6:63). The words of Jesus are “spirit and life.” Spirit and Word are not played off against each other but go hand in hand.

But doesn’t Paul say, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor.3:17). Doesn’t Paul insist that “we are released from the law…so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit” (Rom.7:6). Doesn’t he also say, “The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Cor.3:6). Isn’t Paul arguing that we are now free from the law and legalism?

Absolutely! But Paul was refuting the false notion that keeping rules, regulations or rituals can make us right before God. In Christ we are free from such legalism, but Paul never taught that we are free to live in sin. For example, in Romans Paul teaches that, “the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death,” but in the same letter Paul writes that those who are in the Spirit “put to death” the evil behaviors of the body (Rom.8:13).

Galatians is another letter in which Paul argues so fervently for our freedom from the law writing that we “were called to freedom,” but in practically the same breath he goes on to exhort, “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Paul ties the work of the Spirit to obedience saying “if we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Gal.5:13-26). Paul then closes his letter to the Galatians with extended exhortations to godly behavior and serious warnings against sin (Gal.5:16-6:10).

The freedom of which Paul speaks is freedom from thinking we have to work or strive to be good enough to merit God’s justification, but for Paul, being called to “freedom” never means freedom to sin and never eliminates the need to walk by the Spirit in obedience to God.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly, however, that this teaching on obedience is not salvation by works but rather an “obedience that comes from faith” (Rom.1:5; 16:26). Just as a wood fire in the fireplace produces the byproduct of smoke in the chimney, so faith produces the works. Works do nothing to save us; they are simply the byproduct of a deep love for Christ working through the power of the Holy Sprit in obedience to the Word of God.

Unfortunately, there are no magic formulas for sanctification. Holiness is sometimes just hard work. For example, Paul says things like: “Do not let sin reign in your mortal body” (Rom.6:12), “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin” (Rom.6:13). Paul says that just as we once made our bodies available to impurity and wickedness, we must now make them “slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification” (Rom.6:19). There is really nothing mystical or mysterious about all this. Paul says just do it, or don’t do it as the case may be. We don’t have to contemplate it, pray about it or meditate on it! Just obey it!

Of course this is all very easy to write but often so very hard to obey. In fact, it is nearly impossible to preach or teach on biblical obedience without being painfully aware of how far we personally fall short. While sanctification can be a crisis experience, it is also a long progressive journey. On this journey, temptation can often seem overwhelming. We need to be constantly aware that our “adversary the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet.5:8) and that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil” (Eph.6:12).

Paul counsels that we should put on the “armor of God” including the “Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God” (Eph.6:17). We may need to be on the lookout for that “way of escape” Paul talks about (1 Cor.10:13) in order to avoid overwhelming temptation. Sometimes we may need to seek someone who will keep us accountable (Jas. 5:16). In more severe cases like, for example, obsessive-compulsive disorders involving sin, Christian psychotherapy or psychiatry may be helpful. When Jesus counseled plucking out an eye or chopping off a hand (Mt.5:29-30; 18:8-9), he was not teaching dismemberment, but as a good teacher he was using hyperbole to make memorable the principle that sin is extremely serious and should be avoided at all costs.

In any case, we always need to pray for the Sprit’s wisdom and power, and we certainly need to sincerely repent when we sin—and we will sin. John writes that “if we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 Jn.1:8). The biblical hall of fame is populated with repentant sinners: Moses the murderer, Samson the playboy, David the adulterer, Jonah the rebel, Peter the apostate, Paul the persecutor, etc. Being saved does not mean we never sin but it does mean that when we fall, we do not ignore the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, but sincerely repent and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, strive once again to live a life of obedience which is pleasing to God.

Last year, however, one of our chapel speakers argued forcefully that we should stop striving to please God since we are already accepted and pleasing in his sight. While this is true in a positional sense, it does not change the fact that walking in the Spirit in a life of sanctified behavior is pleasing to God.

Paul, for example, reminds the Thessalonians that he taught them how they “ought to walk and to please God” (1 Thess.4:1). Paul urges the Colossians to live their lives “in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (Col.1:10). He tells the Philippians that their sacrificial gift was “pleasing to God” (Phil.4:18). He tells Timothy that living a godly life “is pleasing in the sight of God…” (1 Tim.2:3; cf. 1 Tim.5:3-4). Similarly the author of Hebrews warns, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God” (Heb.13:16).

Contrary to the leader of the Episcopal Church, the New Testament has quite a bit to say about obeying the Word of God and living a life pleasing to God. She just doesn't like much of what it has to say.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hillary on wiretapping

If new allegations are true, while Hillary opposes wiretapping terrorists, she apparently thinks its OK to wiretap her political opponents:

Republicans are focusing on an allegation in a recent book by two Pulitzer
Prize-winning reporters, which suggests Clinton listened to a secretly recorded
conversation between political opponents.

In their book about Clinton’s rise to power, Her Way, Don Van Natta Jr., an investigative reporter at The New York Times, and Jeff Gerth, who spent 30 years as an investigative reporter at the paper, wrote: “…Hillary’s defense activities ranged from the inspirational to the microscopic to the down and dirty…. she listened to a secretly recorded audiotape of a phone conversation of Clinton critics plotting their next attack.“…Bill’s supporters monitored frequencies used by cell phones, and the tape was made during one of those monitoring sessions.”

A GOP official said, “Hillary Clinton’s campaign hypocrisy continues to know no bounds. It is rather unbelievable that Clinton would listen in to conversations being conducted by political opponents, but refuse to allow our intelligence agencies to listen in to conversations being conducted by terrorists as they plot and plan to kill
us (TheHill.com).

Ann Coulter and perfected Judaism

How can you tell when Ann Coulter is in trouble? Someone is usually offended whenever they see her lips move. The latest uproar came after she said that Christianity was perfected Judaism. For an intelligent discussion on this issue from an orthodox Jewish perspective, please take the time to read Dennis Prager's excellent short article on TownHall.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Hillary election fraud?

If you care about the future of this country, you've got to watch the video clip, "Hillary Uncensored." Someone has called this the largest election fraud in history....all caught on tape.

Gore, Gray and Global Warming

As everyone knows by now, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his movie on global warming. According to an article in the Washington Post, Bill Gray is not buying the global warming hype. We all know Al Gore, but who is Bill Gray? He’s been called “the World most famous hurricane expert.” He been working in meteorology for over 50 years, and has mentored many of the scientists in the field. He’s pretty confident in himself saying, “I don't think anybody in the world understands how the atmosphere functions better than me."

Dr. Gray’s view on global warming? He says, "I am of the opinion that this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people."

Qur'an 7:1-102

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 7:1-102 is now available on Hot Air.

Bill Gray on Global Warming

As everyone knows by now, Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize for his movie on global warming. According to an article in the Washington Post, Bill Gray is not buying the global warming hype. We all know Al Gore, but who is Bill Gray? He’s been called “the World most famous hurricane expert.” He been working in meteorology for over 50 years, and has mentored many of the scientists in the field. He’s pretty confident in himself saying, “I don't think anybody in the world understands how the atmosphere functions better than me."

Dr. Gray’s view on global warming? He says, "I am of the opinion that this is one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on the American people."

Sunday, October 14, 2007

CAIR and Hamas

CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) is America's foremost "moderate" Islamic organization. Some time ago terrorist expert Steven Emerson changed CAIR with receiving money from an organization linked to the terrorist group, Hamas. CAIR charged Emerson with lying and challenged him to produce evidence. Now, LGF provides the evidence.

Halloween

Some Wiccan's in Massachusetts are upset about a Halloween display portraying a witch being hanged.

I have a suggestion to avoid offending people. Let's just abolish Halloween. We have enough evil in America; we don't need a holiday to celebrate it.

Nuclear plant in Syria?

On September 23 Recliner Commentaries commented on an Israeli raid on Syria. LGF has an update.

Ramzi Yousef a Christian?

Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, claims to have converted from Islam to Christianity. When asked about this, the warden of the supermax prision in which Yousef resides said that Yousef must be playing games with someone (Jihad Watch).

Yousef could be playing games: Muslims are permitted to lie if it advances Islam. I can understand how a politician, for example, might claim to be Christian to get elected and to advance Islam from within, but I fail to see how claiming to be a Christian would help Yousef, who is serving a life sentance, would advance Islam in any way. I certainly hope the report is true.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Haditha and Al Qaeda

The Left was absolutely ruthless in their attacks on America for the slaughter in Haditha. Now it turns out that Haditha may have been a deliberate Al Qaeda plan to demonize America (See LGF).

Evangelicals for Romney

For an excellent argument in support of Mitt Romney for president, see Memo to Evangelicals.

Sex with pupils

SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 11 /Christian
Newswire
/ -- A male homosexual was the teacher most apt to have sex with his
pupils in a study encompassing 7 countries. Overall, 43% of teachers who made
the news for having sex with their pupils over the last 27 years engaged in
homosexuality. Homosexual teachers violated 1,925 (56%) of the 3,457
pupil-victims. Women were 11% of perpetrators, but a heterosexual female teacher
was least apt to have sex with pupils. Lexis-Nexis was searched from 1980
through 2006 uncovering 902 teachers who had sex with pupils. Teachers who
engaged in homosexuality constituted 63% of perpetrators in Ireland, 62% in New
Zealand, 60% in Canada, 54% in Scotland, 48% in Australia, 47% in England, and
35% in the U.S.

This is particularly significant because the homosexual population in these countries is undoubtedly much less than 35-63%. If 35-63% of the sex-with-pupils cases in public schools were perpretrated by Catholics, for example, I suspect that it would be national news.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Folsom Street Fair

Regarding the recent Folsom Street Fair, the Christian Newswire reports:
"As if the add itself isn't offensive enough," said, Matt Barber, CWA's Policy
Director for Cultural Issues, "we have photographic evidence that the San
Francisco government suspends indecency and child abuse laws for a day allowing
fair goers to parade the streets of San Francisco, fully nude, engaging in
illegal public sex while tax-payer funded police stand-by and do nothing.
Children are allowed to – and do – attend this event and are exposed to this
activity which is illegal child abuse” (ChristianNewswire).
The Gay rights movement tries very hard to present homosexuality as a normal, loving relationship. That may be true in some cases but I have seen the photos of the Folsom Street Fair (link on MichelleMalkin.com). I’m not sure “normal” would describe anything at this fair: The widespread public nudity, public masturbation, public blow-jobs, public sex-games, public genital fondling, public spankings/beatings, mock torture on crosses, Satanists, the sale of religious sex toys and people in sado-masochistic outfits and animal sex outfits (Have any of the mainline gay rights groups distanced themselves from this fair?)

The anti-religious bigotry and hatred at the Folsom Street Fair was as thick as manure. If any Christian event depicted homosexuals as offensively as this event portrayed Christian symbols, that event would be condemned by every media outlet in the country and the organizers would probably be charged with hate crimes. In fact, when homosexuality is added to hate crimes laws, what do you think will happen if you oppose one of these public sex-fests when it comes to your city?

I don’t think the people at this fair deserve our hatred. In my humble opinion, they are truly in need of serious psychological help. No longer considered symptomatic of mental illness, this behavior is promoted with tax dollars, allowed by the police, supported by big business, left alone by the media, and encouraged as an alternative lifestyle by state-funded public schools.

And anyone who tries to help those who want out of this perverted lifestyle is condemned as a hateful, homophobic bigot.

Qur'an 6:84-165

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, Sura 6:84-165 is now available on Hot Air.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Christian and Muslim fundamentalism

Some people, either ignorantly or maliciously, want to equate Christian fundamentalism with Muslim fundamentalism simply because the two phrases contain the word “fundamentalism.” Unfortunately, that’s a bit like trying to equate the “Hawaiian environment” with the “Death Valley environment” simply because both phrases contain the word “environment.”

Certainly there are similarities between Christian and Muslim fundamentalists. For example, both Christian and Muslim fundamentalists 1) Love God more than we love to live, 2) Take the Bible or Qur’an seriously (as opposed to dismissing miraculous or politically incorrect texts as symbolic narratives) and 3) Take obedience to God as revealed in the Bible or Qur’an very seriously.

The differences between Christian and Muslim fundamentalists, however, are huge. Examples of 21 differences are listed below beginning with the trivial:

21. Christian fundamentalists can wipe with either hand. Muslim fundamentalist specify which hand to use.

20. Christian fundamentalists can have pet dogs. Muslim fundamentalists think dogs are disgusting.

19. Christian fundamentalists can eat pork. Muslim fundamentalists cannot eat pork.

18. Christian fundamentalists can shake hands, hold hands, and even appropriately hug someone of the opposite sex. Muslim fundamentalists are not even supposed to shake hands with a non-family member of the opposite sex.

17. Christian fundamentalist women are expected to dress modestly, but may wear contemporary, fashionable clothing. Muslim fundamentalist women often wear a head covering (hijab) and a long, loosely fitting garment (Jilbab).

16. Christian fundamentalist men and women worship together side by side. Muslim fundamentalist men and women worship in separate spaces.

15. Lying is always considered sin for Christian fundamentalists. Lying is permitted in some circumstances for Muslim fundamentalists.

14. Christian fundamentalist missions provide food, clothing, education and medical care for the people of all nationalities and faiths. Muslim fundamentalist charities generally focus their attention on fellow Muslims.

13. Christian fundamentalists often take notes in their Bibles. In some countries, Muslim fundamentalists would execute someone for doing the same to the Qur’an.

12. Christian fundamentalist men can only have one wife. Fundamentalist Muslim men can have up to four wives at once.

11. Christian fundamentalists generally think divorce is sin. For Muslim fundamentalists, divorce is not necessarily a big deal.

10. For Christian fundamentalist men to beat their wives is considered sin. Muslim fundamentalist men are allowed to beat their wives.

9. Christian fundamentalists oppose state interference in the church. Muslim fundamentalists believe there should be no separation between Islamic religion and state.

8. While many Christian fundamentalists support Christians in political leadership, they would strongly oppose the idea of any church body governing the state. Muslim fundamentalists believe there should be no separation between Islamic religion and state.

7. Christian fundamentalists tend to be strong supporters of Israel, esteeming the Jews as God’s chosen people, and seeing modern Israel as a continuation of biblical Judea/Samaria/Galilee. Muslim fundamentalists tend to hate Jews and deny Israel’s right even to exist.

6. Christian fundamentalists are commanded to love unbelievers and even their enemies. Muslim fundamentalists have no such requirement and generally hate their enemies.

5. Christian fundamentalists in America support the Constitution of the United States. Many Muslim fundamentalists cannot support some freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

4. Christian fundamentalists are never in danger of being killed for changing religion. Muslim fundamentalists believe that departing from Islam should be punishable by death.

3. While many Christian fundamentalists believe they may use force or even kill in self-defense or in defense of someone else, the idea of honor killings, or killing over the desecration of a Bible, or the blaspheming of Jesus are foreign to fundamentalist Christianity. In some Islamic countries, Muslim fundamentalists engage in honor killings and even kill over alleged desecration of the Qur’an or blaspheming of Muhammad.

2. For Christian fundamentalists, martyrdom never means dying while killing for one’s faith. For Muslim fundamentalists martyrdom often involves killing for one’s faith.

1. Christian fundamentalists have no doctrine of violent jihad—Fighting in order to spread the faith is foreign to fundamentalist Christianity. Muslim fundamentalists are under obligation to bring the world into submission to Allah, peaceful if possible, violently if necessary.

Of course exceptions can be found for all generalizations, and some of the above depends on how we define Christian and Muslim fundamentalism, but any way you slice it, the differences in numbers 1, 2 and 3 alone still truly are enormous.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Obama and nukes

According to an article in the Associated Press, Barack Obama wants to eliminate nuclear weapons:
The United States shouldn't unilaterally disarm, he said, but it must work
with other nations to phase out weapons and control atomic material.

"Here's what I'll say as president: 'America seeks a world in which there
are no nuclear weapons,'" Obama said.

Wouldn't we all like to live in a world in which there were no nuclear weapons? Unfortunately, now that Pandora's box is open, it is a fantasy to think we would be safer to scrap our nuclear weapons. It would be impossible to ensure that all nuclear weapons and material had been elilminated, but but once ours were gone, we would be at the mercy of our enemies.

Barack Obama's naiveté makes him a very dangerous candidate. (hat tip: Jason)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Tolerance, Democrat style

In a recent debate Democratic candidates John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were told about some parents in Massachusetts who were outraged when they learned that a story promoting same-sex marriage had been read to their second-grade children in school. When asked if they would be comfortable if this story was part of their children’s curriculum, Edwards said, "Yes, absolutely." Obama agreed and Clinton said, “I really respect what both John and Barack said."

The question is, do Hillary or her colleagues respect the views of the enormous number of Americans who feel so strongly that same-sex behavior is wrong? The answer is no! Make no mistake about it, for all their hot air about tolerance, the Left cares only about tolerance for the positions they support.

In the Massachusetts case, if the Left really believed in tolerance, they would be saying that because Americans have such strongly divided positions on this issue, students should not be taught that one view is right and the other is wrong. Instead, students should be taught that the beauty of America is that we have the freedom to disagree, but that we should respect the rights of people to hold views different than ours, and we should not attempt to hurt them, either by violence, or by calling them offensive names like “fag” or “homophobe.”

The truth, however, is that tolerance is only a ruse used by the Left to impose their agenda on everyone else. The Left doesn’t want tolerance in the public schools. They want the state to use the public school system to forcibly indoctrinate children to accept the Left’s view that homosexual behavior is right, and that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigoted, hateful, homophobe.

This is not tolerance. It is the beginning of a journey toward fascism.

Qur'an 6:1-83

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 6:1-83 is now available on HotAir.