Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Obama: tune-ups and air in your tires

On a recent campaign stop, Barack Obama said, ""We could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups."

Missouri senator Kit Bond responded saying, "Rural Missouri is suffering a gas price crisis and the best thing Senator Obama can come up with is more hot air, this time for your tires,"

I suppose you could argue that Obama was just talking about how we should conserve more energy, but the context was the Republican proposal to actually do something about the energy crisis by drilling offshore.

While Obama and the Democrats are currently blocking every attempt to produce our own oil the best Obama can come up with is to put more air in your tires and keep your car tuned!
(Not only does Obama make the oil crisis your fault by not conserving enough, but he is apparently so out of touch with the average man that he doesn't realise that cars don't need full tune-ups any more since they are now assisted by computers).

But let's help Obama out. I'm sure we could think of many ways to save oil. For example if everyone stopped idling their cars at fast food drive-thrus, or if everyone only went shopping once every two weeks, or if everyone moved closer to work, or if people stopped going to the lake on the weekends, we could save all kinds of oil!

Like Obama, we could come up with all kids of ifs to save oil, but in order for these ideas to be anything more than hot air, they have to be implemented and enforced. Maybe Obama could establish a tire police to do spot checks on your tire pressure!

Barack Obama is just not ready to be President of the United States!

Up your alley street fair

I hesitate to link to such graphic perversion but people must know that the politically correct image of nice Ozzy and Harriet homosexual couples is largely a smoke screen designed to help get the camel's nose in the tent. The tactic is working.

The gay rights movement is a very organized, powerful and vocal movement. If the Sodom & Gomorrah-like activities going on in the streets of San Francisco are merely a perversion of the larger "wholesome" gay rights movement, why don't we ever hear outrage by gay rights activists at the hijacking of their movement by the psychologically disturbed?

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Iran plans nuclear strike?

If you want a story about evil that is enough to give you nightmares, forget the Joker, just read this. It may be a bit far-fetched and sensationalized, but probably not entirely out of the realm of possiblity.

Do you really think Obama has the experience, knowledge, judgment and guts to be President in this kind of world?

Pastors afraid to preach

According to OneNewsNow a new book by a U.S. Senator says that "many Christians and their pastors are afraid to state their moral convictions about abortion, homosexuality, pornography, and other issues."

The article says that this senator is "urging clergy and people of faith to fearlessly proclaim what they believe is right for America."

I think the Senator is right. Since any attempt to call sin by its name is viewed by society as "hatred," many people don’t want their pastors to preach on sin and judgment. They are like the people in the days of the prophet Isaiah who said, “Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions” (Isaiah 30:10)

So many pastors just preach psycho-babble-feel-good-health-wealth-and prosperity messages, or they substitute preaching on biblical sins for new politically correct sins like the lack of environmental consciousness.

(For the biblically illiterate: Isaiah’s prophecies about the destruction of the nation came true).

McDonalds and homosexuality

From the American Family Association:
McDonald’s helped sponsor the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade. Want to see what McDonald’s considers worthy of support? Click here. (Warning: These photos are extremely offensive and graphic.)

AFA asked McDonald’s to remain neutral in the culture war. The company refused, stating they will continue to support the gay agenda including same-sex marriage. AFA has called for a boycott of McDonald’s restaurants.

Hmmm, I wonder why we never see pictures like this of gay pride parades on the evening news? All people ever see is the politically correct sanitized version.

Anyway, I support McDonald's freedom to use its money however it chooses. On the other hand, I agree with AFA. I would prefer that McDonald's remain neutral in the culture wars and stick to doing what they do best, making hamburgers. When they use money earned from the meals I buy to aggressively promote immoral behavior, I think I'll exercise my own freedom and take my business elsewhere.

Gays in George Washington’s military?

Americans for Truth provided an interesting insight into the congressional hearings about homosexuals in the military. Some of our congresspeople are trying “to read 21st-century political correctness back into American history.”

One congressman even quoted George Washington out of context in an effort to show that Washington would have approved of gays in the military. The article points out, however, that two men in Washington's army were tried and convicted for homosexual conduct and were “to be dismiss’d the service with infamy.”

According to a contemporary account, Washington “approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and Detestation of such Infamous Crimes orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the Army never to return . . .”

The article concludes saying, “If members of Congress and homosexual activists want to argue for repeal of the existing law in order to allow homosexuals to serve openly in the military, let them make their case. But it is sheer nonsense to claim that such an action would be anything but a radical deviation from the unbroken practice of the American military throughout our country’s history.”

Qur'an sura 36

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 36, is available on Hot Air.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cancer and health care in Oregon

Those who think the government should take more control of our health care would do well to look to Oregon as an example. An Oregon woman's cancer was in remission for about two years when it started coming back. Her doctor prescribed a medication that would slow the growth of the cancer and extend her life.

The woman received a letter from Oregon's state-run health care system saying, in effect, that they would not pay to extend her life but if she wanted to kill herself, they would cover that (I'm sure they said it more tactfully than this but the meaning was the same).

In a state-run health care system the funds will always be limited and so tough choices will have to be made. But let's not delude ourselves into thinking it will be compassionate.

I'd like to know if Barack Obama would have agreed with the state's decision.

Read the story on Hot Air.

The coming of Obamassiah

The coming of the Obamassiah:

And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

If you want to laugh out loud (or cry), you can read the rest of the story about this marvelous wonder which has come to pass, at TimesOnline (hat tip: John W.)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Killing in the name of Islam

According to a recent poll, almost 1/3rd the the Muslim students surveyed in Britain (not Iran, not Iraq, not Saudi Arabia, not Syria, but in Britain!) "believe killing in the name of Islam can be justified." (LGF, Jihad Watch).

So much for the tiny radical minority.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Obama's world

Wow! Obama spoke before an estimated 200,000 people in Germany! Impressive.

He spoke of how we must tear down "The walls between races and tribes; natives and immigrants; Christian and Muslim and Jew..." and how he wants to "build new bridges across the globe."

Obama wants to "stand with the vast majority of Muslims" (whom he assumes reject extremism) and to "renew the goal of a world without nuclear weapons" (sounds good but you have to wonder how that could ever be verified and what would happen when we've destroyed all of ours and find that Russia, China or Iran has hidden some of theirs--Obama's naiveté on this issue alone should be enough to disqualify him as President).

Obama says, "This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet" and he declares, "People of Berlin - people of the world - this is our moment. This is our time."

Really? Are people of Berlin and people of the world voting in this election? My cynical side can't help wondering whether the Obamassiah is running for President of the United States or aspiring to be the leader of a one-world govenement.

CNN and College Republicans

CNN recently interviewed some guy from the USC College Republicans who complained that they can't get many people to come out to the meetings. As it turns out, the guy never attends the College Republicans meetings and has never belonged to the group. CNN apparently just stopped the first person they could find who claimed to be a Republican (Hot Air).

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jerusalem, Islam and Obama

After promising an American Jewish group that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel, Barack Obama told another group that the future of Jerusalem should be negotiated with Palestinians. Since Jerusalem is the third most holy city in Islam (after Mecca and Medina) it might be helpful to know why Jerusalem is so holy to Palestinian Muslims.

The following citations come from The Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq. This is the very earliest biography of Muhammad in existence, written by a devout Muslim.

Ibn Ishaq says that according to Muhammad, Muhammad was sleeping in a mosque one night when “Gabriel came and stirred me with his foot” (182). Muhammad said that Gabriel then:

“brought me out to the door of the mosque and there was a white animal, half mule, half donkey, with wings on its sides with which it propelled its feet, putting down each forefoot at the limit of its sight and he mounted me on it (182).

They then went to Jerusalem and there Muhammad “found Abraham the friend of God, Moses, and Jesus assembled with a company of the prophets, and he prayed with them.” Muhammad then returned to Mecca, a roughly 1,500 mile round trip, all in one night.

Although Muhammad claimed to be in a mosque when Gabriel came with his winged half-mule, a woman named Umm Hani (not one of his wives) told a different story. She said that Muhammad

“went on no night journey except while he was in my house. He slept that night in my house. He prayed the final night prayer, then he slept and we slept” (184).

The next morning Muhammad told her how he had gone to Jerusalem overnight. She begged him not to tell anyone else because she knew they would mock him. When he refused to listen, she sent her black slave-girl to follow Muhammad to hear what he was saying.

When Muhammad told the people of his trip to Jerusalem, he was apparently saying that it was something that really happened and not just a vision, because many of the people said, “By God, this is a plain absurdity” (182). In fact, they considered the story so absurd that “Many Muslims gave up their faith” (183).

Some of them went to Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s closest associate, and asked what he thought of Muhammad now. Abu Bakr said, “If he says to then it is true” (183). One of Muhammad’s wives, A’isha, said that Muhammad’s “body remained where it was but God removed his spirit by night” (183).

So there you have it. That is the Muslim claim on Jerusalem as their third most holy city. So although the Jews had already lived in Jerusalem for a thousand years before Jesus was even born (And Jews were still living there 600 years later in the time of Muhammad), Obama thinks the Jews should negotiate part of Jerusalem away to become the capital of a Palestinian state.

Obama's "gaffes" and the media

Republican Vice President Dan Quayle was once helping with a spelling bee in a school in Trenton, New Jersey when he corrected a student for spelling potato without a final e. “Potatoe” is an outdated spelling, so the liberal press absolutely cooked Quayle’s goose for weeks over this triviality.

But when Barack Obama claims to be on the Senate Banking Committee (when he is not), or claims to have traveled through all 57 states, or talks about the “bomb” that was dropped on Pearl Harbor, or describes his philosophy of politics saying, “if they bring a knife, we’ll bring a gun”, the liberal press pretty much gives him a pass.

And they complain about Fox News being biased!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Obama and Senate Banking Committee

At a press conference in Sderot Israel today, Barack Obama said,
“Just this past week, we passed out of the out of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee - which is my committee - a bill to call for divestment from Iran as way of ratcheting up the pressure to ensure that they don’t obtain a nuclear weapon,” (CNN)
Sounds good--Except that Barack Obama is not a member of that committee! Is this just another in a growing list of "gaffes?" Or does Barack Obama have a serious problem when it comes to telling the truth?

Obama and Jerusalem: undivided?

Last month Barack Obama told a Jewish group that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel. The Jewish people might be forgiven for thinking that Barack Obama meant that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel.

Apparently, what Obama actually meant--according to his statements yesterday--was that the status of Jerusalem will need to be negotiated in future peace talks. In Obama's mind it is apparently possible for Jerusalem to be divided--into the capitals of Israel and a Palestinian state--and undivided at the same time.

Many people have not yet leared that Barack Obama will say anything to anyone in order to be elected.

Obama and health insurance

According to Dick Morris:
Obama has said, proudly and often, "I am going to give health insurance to 47 million Americans who are now without coverage." But are they "Americans?" That 47 million statistic includes illegal immigrants, who virtually all lack insurance. In fact, about one in four of those lacking insurance is here illegally. And they are, by far, the group most in need of health insurance.
I'd like to give them health insurance too. In fact, I'd like to give everyone in the world health insurance. The problem is that we'd go bankrupt doing it.

I don't know much about economics but it seems reasonably clear to me that when we can't even fund our own social security and medicaid programs, and not even all American citizens have health insurance, a program to give health insurance to everyone in the world who can manage to get into this country illegally, is a recipe for economic disaster.

It seems to me that Barack Obama will promise anything to anyone in order to get elected.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Obama and al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade

It can't possibly be true that the terrorist group, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade, is providing security for Barack Obama in Ramallah. can it? What kind of "in" does Barack Obama have with terrorists that he feels comfortable having them provide his security?

Education nightmare

Please read Michael Medved's short (3 paragraphs) post on the "national teachers union" "Nightmare vision for Education." Sounds like something the bureaucrats in the old Soviet Union would have been proud of!

Obama Love

Here is our "objective" mainstream media on the Obamassiah. And it doesn't even mention the fact that the New York Times recently ran an Op ed by Obama but refused to publish a response by McCain!

Islam is peace

Jihad Watch shows a picture of an "Islam is peace" ad on a New York subway and comments:
The ads are being paid for by the Islamic Circle of North America, which, as Marisol noted here, is one of the organizations listed in the infamous 1991 Muslim Brotherhood memo as participating in a "grand Jihad" aimed at "eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within...so that...God's religion is made victorious over all other religions."
Islam is all about peace......just as long as everyone is converted to Islam. Otherwise...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Abortionist charged with murder

According to OneNewsNow,

"A Massachusetts grand jury has indicted a former abortionist on a charge of involuntary murder in connection with the death of 22-year-old Laura Smith."

Ms. Smith "stopped breathing during an abortion and died." The abortion doctor had already lost his medical licence because of previous complaints.

Where is the outrage by those who were supposedly so concerned about all the imagined lives lost, before Roe v. Wade, due to back alley abortions?

The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand

Whatever your position on Iraq, you can find an Obama statement to support or oppose it. Do you oppose funding the troops? Obama's your guy. Do you support funding the troops? Obama's your guy. Want an immediate pull-out of troops? Obama's your guy. Want a calculated withdrawl of troops depending on the situation? Obama's your guy. This allows Obama to be whatever anyone wants him to be.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Obama birth certificate

I thought the controversy surrounding Barack Obama's birth certificate had been laid to rest once and for all. Apparently not.

Vennochi: The audacity of ego

Charles Krauthammer is not the only one who has noticed EgObamania. In the Boston Globe, Joan Vennochi writes:
Just like the Obama girl, Obama has a crush on Obama.

Barack Obama always was a larger-than-life candidate with a health ego. Now he’s turning into the A-Rod of politics. It’s all about him.

He’s giving his opponent something other than issues to attack him on: narcissism.
Please take time to read the rest of her short article, “The audacity of ego.”

Obama's "Audacity of Vanity"

Charles Krauthammer has written an outstading piece in the Washinton Post entitled, "The Audacity of Vanity." About Barack Obama he writes:
He lectures us that instead of worrying about immigrants learning English, "you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish" -- a language Obama does not speak. He further admonishes us on how "embarrassing" it is that Europeans are multilingual but "we go over to Europe, and all we can say is 'merci beaucoup.' " Obama speaks no French.

His fluent English does, however, feature many such admonitions, instructions and improvements. His wife assures us that PresidentObama will be a stern taskmaster: "Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism . . . that you come out of your isolation. . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed."

For the first few months of the campaign, the question about Obama was: Who is he? The question now is: Who does he think he is?
Please take time to read Krauthammer's short, but outstanding article.

Negotiating is not working

Please read Hugh Hewitt's short article entitled, "OK, We Tried. The Iranians Aren't Interested In Negotiating."

What do we do now? I suspect I know what Israel might do. My only question is whether we have the guts to help Israel.

Obama and the Siegessaule

Barack Obama has decided against speaking at the Brandenburg Gate in Germany, but has chosen another location instead: The Siegessäule monument. Originally designed as a monument to the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, the monument was moved to its present location--the location at which Obama is scheduled to speak--by Adolf Hitler.
Hitler didn’t just move the monument to its more central location. He had a taller column built for it as well, to emphasize its message of German military domination over Europe. He saw it as a message to Germans of their destiny — as well as to other Europeans as their destiny as well. It was never meant as a symbol of peaceful, multicultural co-existence (Ed Morrissey).

Qur'an sura 34 and 35

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, suras 34 and 35 are available on Hot Air.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Christian decapitates Muslim

Can you imagine a movie about a Buddhist decapitating a Muslim? Of course not. The very idea is rediculous. Of course, the idea of a Christian decapitating a Muslim is absurd also but that didn't keep some anti-Christian bigots at the BBC from airing a drama in which a Christian decapitates a Muslim. Read about it on Dhimmi Watch.

Barack Obama and 9/11

Eight days after 9/11 Barack Obama wrote an article explaining the cause as poverty and a "failure of empathy." LGF reproduces an excerpt from the article and then concludes:

Almost everything Obama wrote in this article was proven wrong. And he gave absolutely no consideration at all to the ideology of radical Islam, which is much more to blame than any imaginary “poverty” or “lack of empathy.”

And now he’s within reach of the presidency.

Please read the entire article at LGF.

Essentials of a Christian Worldview

Many people are under the impression that Christians are so divided on theology, there is hardly anything that unites them. I’ve often told my students that there is a basic core of Christian beliefs that unites Bible-believing Christians.

What I just found out is that this “core” is actually more extensive than I thought. For example, check out the 42 Articles of the essentials of a Christian Worldview. This document was produced by a coalition of “evangelical leaders from every major denominational and theological perspective…Anabaptist, Lutheran, Wesleyan, Calvinist and Arminian, charismatic and non-charismatic, covenant and dispensational theologians as well as premillennial, amillennial, and postmillennial theologians. They all agreed on these 42 articles.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Michelle Obama's $600 earrings

According to OneNewsNow:

“at a recent campaign stop” Michelle Obama “joked that a $600 tax rebate check from the government was only enough to buy ‘a pair of earrings.” She’s also “complained about the fact that she went to Harvard and actually had to pay for the tuition instead of it being paid for by a trust fund.”

Not only that but “earlier this year in Zanesville, Ohio, Mrs. Obama complained that she and her husband were spending as much as $10,000 a year on extra-curricular activities like dance and piano lessons for their two daughters.”

Poor baby! Let's start an "Obama fund" to help out with their hardships.

Obama and Pearl Harbor

Barack Obama, the man who didn't seem to know how many states were in the United States, now doesn't seem to know what happened at Pearl Harbor! I really don't understand how this could be dismissed as just a "gaffe."

The Pickens Plan

Gas prices got you down? Tired of "fighting wars over foreign oil?" Have you ever heard of T. Boone Pickens?

On Fox and Friends this morning Pickens said that for the last 40 years Congress (both parties) has failed miserably when it comes to energy policy. He's got that right (though in fairness, I think virtually every energy proposal Republicans have made in the last 40 years has been blocked by Democrats.

Drill for domestic oil? Democrats say no
Build more nuclear power plants? Democrats say no
Build more dams? Democrats say no
Use more coal? Democrats say no

In the Democratic world environmentalism trumps everything. And now we're paying over $4 per gallon and some say it could go to $5 before summer is over.

Anyway, Pickens is an oil man (worth 4 billion dollars) who has an environmentally friendly plan to get off oil. He's certainly got my attention. Please check out PickensPlan.Com and watch his short video.

Obama and Planned Parenthood

The following is from an FRC Action update:
A year ago today, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) stood before Planned Parenthood (PP)and vowed that his first priority as president would be to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA). According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, FOCA would "codify Roe v. Wade into law and guarantee a woman's right to choose in all 50 states."...If enacted, FOCA would obliterate hundreds of state laws that protect women, parents, children, and health care workers, while forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for millions of abortions. It would overturn commonsense laws like parental notification, conscience protections, abortion waiting periods, informed consent, and regulations for women's health...Obama's support of FOCA hits particularly close to home among African-Americans...While the NAACP national leadership and Sen. Obama stubbornly champion the abortion industry, groups like PP are profiting from the disproportionate number of black pregnancies that end inside their walls. Given the devastating effect of abortion on one in every two black pregnancies, shouldn't the NAACP be leading the charge against it?
Good question. Please read the entire article at FRC Action.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Jesse Jackson and the "n" word

On the way home from work today a local DJ commented on how Jesse Jackson--while waiting for an interview on FoxNews--was caught on an open mic describing Barack Obama using the "n" word. The DJ said, who would have believed that Jesse Jackson would stoop so low....

...that he would actually give an interview on Fox News!

Cute. But Al Sharpton was apparently not amused by Jackson's use of the "n" word. You can read about it at wcbstv.com.

Homosexuals and tolerance

A lesbian in Georgia went to a licenced counsellor seeking help on resolving a same-sex relationship problem. The counsellor happened to be a Christian whose religious convictions are opposed to homosexual behavior.

Rather than trying to convince the client that sexual relations with someone of the same sex is sin, the counsellor simply referred the client to another counsellor who was more sympathetic to same-sex relationships.

The lesbian returned the good will by filing a complaint against the Christian counsellor which resulted in the termination of the counsellor's employment (Alliance Defense Fund).

It seems that homosexuals who demand tolerance often need to practice what they preach.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Chuck Schumer’s bank panic

In a bank panic reminiscent of the Great Depression, the California Indymac Bank closed its doors recently. According to an article by Jerry Bowyer, “Schumer started sending letters to regulators attacking Indymac, questioning the financial viability of a bank which he had never examined.”

Then Schumer leaked his letters to the press which ran a story suggesting that Indymac was about to go under. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy and Indymac customers started withdrawing their money to the tune of 1.3 billion dollars.

Bower says, “So far about half their workforce has been laid off; and roughly 10,000 depositors are without full insurance coverage for their lost deposits. The shareholders have lost nearly everything.”

All thanks to Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer. Schumer is presumably no idiot. He had to know the potential consequences of releasing such a letter to the media. Please read the entire infuriating story in TownHall.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Obama and school vouchers

According to CNSNews:
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told a gathering of public school teachers he opposes school vouchers in contrast to Republican Sen. John McCain. On Sunday, Obama spoke to the American Federation of Teachers, via satellite, after the union of 1.4 million teachers and other public school staff endorsed the Illinois senator for president. Obama pledged he was against vouchers to send children to private schools.
Barack Obama is all about choice when it comes to killing unborn babies, but is solidly opposed to choice when it comes your choice of schools for your kids.

Obama and the surge

Barack Obama said today that he had no doubt the surge would work. And yet, Barack Obama was against the surge!

If we take Obama at his word that he had no doubt the surge would work, and yet he was against the surge, we must conclude that either Obama did not want America to have the victories provided by the surge (which would make him a traitor, wouldn't it?), or that he will just say anything to get elected.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Twiddling Thumbs on Gas Prices

From Freedomswatch: "It's now been two years since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Americans that Democrats had a commonsense solution to high gas prices. Average price per gallon when Democrats took control of Congress? $2.32. Now, as the price of gas reaches another record high of $4.11 per gallon (a 77% increase in the last two years!)"

The Gabriel Revelation

Last Monday I posted on the Gabriel Revelation, a tablet dating from before the time of Jesus which, according to Israel Knohl, refers to someone rising from the dead after three days. The tablet is hand written (not engraved) so the writing is very faded and illegible in places. Nevertheless, Ada Yardeni, an expert in ancient Hebrew inscriptions has provided a translation of the tablet for Biblical Archaeology Review.

See my previous post on Israel Knohl and the Gabriel Revelation.

Qur'an sura 33:21-73

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an, sura 33:21-73 is now available on Hot Air.

ICE terrorists?

According to Townhall commentator, Carol Plat Liebau, Barack Obama recently told the Hispanic group "LaRaza":
The system isn't working . . . when communities are terrorized by (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) immigration raids, when nursing mothers are torn from their babies, when children come home from school to find their parents missing. Ms. Liebau then asked, "Really? So what this means is that ICE officials, enforcing this country's immigration laws, are terrorists?" Please read her entire article on Townhall.
I find it interesting that many on the Left who are so opposed to enforcing our immigration laws, often seem to be the same ones who are so critical of Europeans who immigrated to America over 300 years ago.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Freedom from Religion

I’m still mulling over the “Imagine no Religion” billboards by the Freedom from Religion organization.

So imagine no Religion. Just imagine all the people who would no longer benefit from the money raised by Christian Aid Ministries ($211 million), Samaritan’s Purse ($237 million), Food for the Poor ($643 million), WorldVision ($804 million), Habitat for Humanity ($902 million) Feed the Children, ($958 million), Salvation Army ($3.1 billion), Catholic Charities ($3.1 billion, and, yes, the last two were billion with a B). And this doesn't count the the hundreds, if not thousands, of other smaller ministries, like homeless shelters, pregnancy centers and all the mission agencies which help the poor and sick.

I heard an atheist recently state that if we just gave up the idea of God, everyone would still give money to all these charities anyway. Unfortunatly, he demonstrates a profound misunderstanding of genuine Christianity. People who are truly Christian, don’t give money to charity because we think we are such good people.

On the contrary, we know we are not good people and that it is only because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we are accepted by God. The good that we do is out of gratitude for the grace God has shown to us. Without God, there is no guarantee at all that Christians would continue to give so generaously to strangers.

So go ahead. Imagine a world without religion. It's easy if you try. Just imagine what would happen to all the homeless, sick, poor, even starving people in the world if all the billions of dollars in Christian giving suddenly dried up.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Free Speech in Canada

This link was sent to me by Steve Boissoin, the Canadian pastor who has been prosecuted (or shall we say, persecuted) for what he wrote in a letter to his local newspaper.

The link goes to an article written by Nigel Hannaford who has been a journalist for over 30 years and serves "on the editorial board of the Calgary Hearld. Mr. Hannaford writes,
Free speech is a core Canadian value, an essential element in a free and prosperous society, and it is significantly endangered by the growing body of unchallenged precedent that has been accumulated by an agendadriven HRC system. Canadians are becoming unsure of what words may safely be said and which may not. Debate on vital matters of public policy has been chilled, as valuable voices are silenced along with those of marginal utility.
Hate speech laws sound admirable at first, but they have a way (in Britain, Australia, Canada, etc.) of becomming anti-free-speech-laws. Americans would be foolish to think it can't happen here.

Friday, July 11, 2008

"A great evil was afoot"

Richard John Neuhaus describes when it first dawned on him that the philosophy underlying abortion was a great evil:
The culture of death is an idea before it is a deed. I expect many of us here, perhaps most of us here, can remember when we were first encountered by the idea. For me, it was in the 1960s when I was pastor of a very poor, very black, inner city parish in Brooklyn, New York. I had read that week an article by Ashley Montagu of Princeton University on what he called “A Life Worth Living.” He listed the qualifications for a life worth living: good health, a stable family, economic security, educational opportunity, the prospect of a satisfying career to realize the fullness of one’s potential. These were among the measures of what was called “a life worth living.”

And I remember vividly, as though it were yesterday, looking out the next Sunday morning at the congregation of St. John the Evangelist and seeing all those older faces creased by hardship endured and injustice afflicted, and yet radiating hope undimmed and love unconquered. And I saw that day the younger faces of children deprived of most, if not all, of those qualifications on Prof. Montagu’s list. And it struck methen, like a bolt of lightning, a bolt of lightning that illuminated our moral
and cultural moment, that Prof. Montagu and those of like mind believed that the
people of St. John the Evangelist—people whom I knew and had come to love as
people of faith and kindness and endurance and, by the grace of God, hope unvanquished—it struck me then that, by the criteria of the privileged and
enlightened, none of these my people had a life worth living. In that moment, I
knew that a great evil was afoot. The culture of death is an idea before it is a deed.
Please read his entire article in First Things. (Hat tip: Don B)

Lawsuit against Zondervan

According to WoodTV 8 in Grand Rapids, MI:

Christian publisher Zondervan is facing a $60 million federal lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and other homosexuals have suffered based on what the suit claims is a misinterpretation of the Bible.
The lawsuit centers on the translation of arsenokoitai in First Corinthians 6:9. Bradley Fowler, the man bringing the lawsuit, says “Zondervan Bibles published in 1982 and 1987 use the word homosexuals among a list of those who are "wicked" or "unrighteous" and won't inherit the kingdom of heaven.”

Fowler wants and apology and $60 million for his “emotional duress and mental instability.”

According to A Greek Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature by Walter Bauer, William Arndt, and F. Wilbur Gingrich (a standard Greek lexicon) “arsenokoites” (arsenokoitai is a plural form) is “a male who practices homosexuality.”

Paul may have coined this word from two words that appear together in Leviticus 20:13 of the Septuagint (an ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament which was popular in Paul’s time). It says, “Whoever shall lie with a male as with a woman, they have both committed abomination, let them die the death, they are guilty.”

From a scholarly perspective, Mr. Fowler’s complaint is groundless. From a First Amendment perspective the lawsuit should be groundless as well. It is not only disturbing that Zondervan has to defend itself against such a frivolous lawsuit, but it should be a concern to all Americans who believe in freedom that Mr. Fowler wants the government, i.e. the courts, to rule on what is acceptable in a Bible translation. (Hat tip: Mitch H.)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Is Obama padding his resume?

Barack Obama repeatedly refers to his 20 years in public service. Michael Medved analyzes that record and only comes up with about 12 1/2 years--and the vast majority of those were in the state or U.S. Senate.

Medved asks, "Why doesn't anyone in the mainstream media jump on this claim as an outrageous example of resume padding?

Good question. Read the article on Hot Air.

Imagine no religion

The Freedom from Religion foundation is now funding billboards in several cities that say “Imagine no Religion.”

Go ahead, imagine no religion. All you have to do is study Communism, since atheism is a foundation for Communism. The advertisement for The Black Book of Communism says,
As the death toll mounts—as many as 25 million in the former Soviet Union, 65 million in China, 1.7 million in Cambodia, and on and on—the authors systematically show how and why, wherever the millenarian ideology of Communism was established, it quickly led to crime, terror, and repression (Harvard University Press).

When people want to talk about atrocities committed by "Christians," one of the biggest examples is usually the Inquisition. Estimates for the number of people the Roman Catholic Church executed during the Inquisition range from 32,000 to 125, 000.

Even if we assume the higher figure is more accurate, and rounded the number of Inquisition deaths to 100,000, that would mean that in the 20th century alone, atheist-Communists killed about 1,000 people for every one person killed in the Inquisition !

So go ahead, imagine no religion. It’s easy if you try.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Obama and the FISA bill

Just last October, the Obama campaign issued the folowing statement: "To be clear: Barack will support a filibuster of any bill that includes retroactive immunity for telecommunications companies."

Today, not only did Barack Obama not fillibuster this bill, he actually voted in favor of the very bill his office promised he would so strongly oppose...including the provision for retroactive immunity.

When Barack Obama said he was going to be the candidate of change, I don't think his supporters realized that he was talking about how often he would change his mind.

Just to be clear: I don't understand why anyone believes anything Barack Obama says.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The "Obama two-step"

The impression that Barack Obama is a flip-flopper who changes his positions depending on his audience is not just Republican spin. Even a liberal Democrat is concerned about what he calls "the Obama two-step"! According to Bob Herbert,
...Senator Obama is not just tacking gently toward the center. He’s lurching right when it suits him, and he’s zigging with the kind of reckless abandon that’s guaranteed to cause disillusion, if not whiplash.
Read Herbert's article in the New York Times.

Same-sex parents

According to Christian Newswire:
Trayce L. Hansen, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, recently reviewed the available research on homosexually parented children and reports findings relevant to the same-sex marriage debate: Children raised by openly homosexual parents are more likely to engage in homosexual behavior themselves. And some self-described pro-homosexual researchers who uncovered such results attempted to conceal them by declaring that no differences were found.

"Well-intentioned utopians"

"Conservatives who will not vote for McCain are well-intentioned utopians." So says radio talk show host Dennis Prager. If you are conservative and need more reasons to support John McCain, read Mr. Prager's article, "Why I support John McCain."

Qur'an sura 33

Robert Spencer's commentary on the Qur'an sura 33:1-27 is now available on Hot Air.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Israel Knohl and the Gabriel Revelation

An article published yesterday in the New York Times about the discovery of an ancient stone tablet written in the first century B.C. is causing quite a stir on the internet. The text on this tablet draws from the Old Testament books of Daniel, Zechariah, and Haggai, and contains an apocalyptic vision from the angel Gabriel.

Although the text on the tablet was written (not engraved) and the text is so faded that many of the readings are illegible and disputed, one scholar named Israel Knohl insists that he can make out the readings.

Knohl says that this text contains a prophecy by the angel Gabriel to the “prince of princes” (cf. Daniel 8:25 where the Prince of Princes is apparently God). Knohl identifies this prince of princes as a commander in the Herodian army to whom Gabriel says “In three days you will know that evil will be defeated by justice” and “In three days you shall live, I, Gabriel, command you.” Another passage speaks of “blood and slaughter as pathways to justice.”

According to the New York Times article, Knohl thinks this tablet “should shake our basic view of Christianity.” Why does Israel Knohl think this? Probably because in 2002 Knohl wrote a book called, The Messiah before Jesus; The Suffering Servant of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

I reviewed this book for a library journal called CHOICE several years ago. In Knohl's book he argued that some hymns in the Dead Sea Scrolls describe an Essene messiah figure who claimed divine status and believed he was the suffering servant of Isaiah 53. Knohl argued that Jesus was influenced by this earlier “messiah” and expected to be rejected, killed and resurrected after three days.”

According to the New York Times article, Knohl’s “theory did not shake the world of Christology as he had hoped, partly because he had no textual evidence from before Jesus” (emphasis mine).

The New York Times has it wrong. Knohl believed that the Dead Sea Scrolls actually contain textual evidence for an Essene messiah figure even before the Gabriel tablet was discovered. The reason Knohl’s theory failed is because it flew in the face of what critical scholars had been teaching about Jesus for well over a hundred years.

According to most critical scholars, the Jesus of the New Testament was largely a creation of the early church. Radical Jesus' critics don’t even think that Jesus thought of himself as a messiah, much less a son of God.

When Knohl came along and said, in effect, yes, Jesus did think of himself as a messiah and a divine being, that didn’t fit well with critical scholarship and Knohl’s message was largely ignored. Knohl thinks that this stone tablet will confirm the theory he outlined in his earlier book. But would this tablet and Knohl’s theory shake the foundations of Christianity as many on the internet are already suggesting?

Let’s assume, for the sake of argument that this tablet turns out to be an authentic first century B.C. artifact. Let’s further assume that that Knohl’s speculative reconstruction of some practically illegible words is accurate, and that the text contains a prophecy based on the Book of Daniel about the future death and resurrection of a “prince of princes.”

Far from discrediting Christianity, it actually lends credibility to what we find in the Gospels. According to the Gospels, Jesus believed that his life’ and death were the fulfillment of Jewish Scriptures (Luke 22:37; 24:15-27). Although this was certainly not a widespread belief, why would it come as a great shock if we discovered that other Jews of that era also interpreted Old Testament prophecies in similar fashion?

But Knohl believes that Jesus patterned his ministry on this earlier “messiah” figure whom Knohl believes was a commander in Herod’s army. If we want to find a pattern for Jesus’ ministry, we might look to Ezekiel 34, Isaiah 53, Pslam 22 or Zechariah 9:9 and 12:10, but the idea that the Gospel writers were patterning their story of Jesus around a military hero is just silly.

Nevertheless, the internet is buzzing with stories of how this shakes the foundations of Christianity. Tim Etherington summed up the situation pretty well. He says, in effect, that on the one hand the critics generally argue that the idea of a dying and raising messiah was not part of the Jewish tradition of Jesus’ day so the Gospel writers must have made it up. On the other hand, Knohl and his internet followers come along and basically argue that since the prophecy about a resurrected hero was part of Jewish tradition, Jesus and/or the Gospel writers must have borrowed from it.

So regardless of whether a resurrected messiah was part of the Jewish tradition or not, the critics will try to spin the evidence against the Gospels. And given the fact that Knohl’s reading is based on a faded text, a broken tablet, and disputed speculative reconstructions of illegible words that, even if accurately reconstructed, would not damage Christianity in the least, the reaction by many on the internet to this tablet shows how desperate some people are to latch on to anything, regardless of how flimsy or silly, to give them an excuse to dismiss the claims of the New Testament writers.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

NBC Baby Borrowers

According to the Associated Press, there is a new reality show in the works called The Baby Borrowers. The show is intended to send the message, “Don’t get pregnant.”

In this show five 18-20 year old couples live together and take care of someone else’s baby or toddler for the 18 days of show production (Townhall). Don’t worry, nannies and paramedics will be standing by in case of emergency--but they can only intervene in the case of an emergency.

If someone bathes the baby in water that is too hot, or feeds the baby food that the baby can’t swallow, or suddenly looses control and shakes the baby (or toddler); isn't it comforting to know that paramedics will be there to treat the burns, choking or broken neck?

Does it really need to be said that babies and toddlers are not like lawnmowers or hedge trimmers that you might loan to a trusted neighbor? They are real people! Jan Hunt, director of Natural Child Project, wrote,
“Sudden removal from their parents and placement with strangers for long periods of time is from a baby's point of view no different than a kidnapping…It has been well-established that babies who suddenly lose their primary caregiver can quickly go into mourning and emotional depression."
I don’t care what the show’s message is. Anyone who voluntarily turns their child over to complete strangers for someone else's entertainment should be prosecuted for child abuse.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The source of freedom

In Townhall, Chuck Colson discusses the source of our freedom. Please take time to read is short but excellent article. Happy Fourth of July.

Jeremiah Wright and the Fourth of July

What does Barack Obama’s former pastor (now “under the bus”), think of the fourth of July? In his “Trumpet magazine” Jeremiah Wright wrote,

“What to the American slave is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham .  .  . your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless .  .  . your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings .  .  . mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy--a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. (Weekly Standard)
Back when America had slaves, slavery had been accepted practice for thousands of years by virtually every country on earth. In fact, just after America declared its independence, African Muslims were also enslaving Americans!

It was only though the efforts of white Christians--Wilberforce in Britain and others America--that the practice of slavery was eventually outlawed in the west, though there are rumors that it is still practiced in some Muslim countries.

Jeremiah Wright acts as if all white Americas are responsible for slavery when the fact is that many or our American ancestors, like mine, didn’t even come to America until after slavery had been abolished! Our families had absolutely nothing to do with American slavery!

Furthermore, just because some white Americans had descendants here in slavery days doesn’t mean those descendants were slave holders. There were many like John Adams (signer of the Declaration of Independence and second president, who never owned slaves and were always opposed to slavery.

The point is that you can’t look at a white American today and assume his or her descendants had something to do with slavery. So for Wright to pin slavery on white Americans today just because of the color of our skin is nothing less than racial bigotry and is no less despicable than the white Americans who hate black people for the color of their skin.

Unfortunately, Wright’s rhetoric actually works against Dr. King’s dream that people would one day “be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

But notice also that to Jeremiah Wright the 4th of July is “your celebration,” of “your national greatness,” i.e. your “swelling vanity”, and the celebrations consist of “your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgiving.”

Yours? Not his? Isn’t Jeremiah Wright an American too? Wright’s contempt and disgust for his own country could hardly be clearer. It almost sounds like he is renouncing his own citizenship.

And Barack Obama stayed in this man’s church for twenty years!!! No wonder Michelle Obama couldn't find anything about America to be proud of. She has been brainwashed.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

The Way of the Cell

I just finished reading a fascinating book called, The Way of the Cell; Molecules, Organisms and the Order of Life by Franklin M. Harold, emeritus professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Colorado State University. The book describes in detail the unbelievable complexity of life at the cellular level.

Dr. Harold pulls no punches in his rejection of Intelligent Design theory. He writes, “Let me, therefore, state unambiguously that I, like the vast majority of contemporary scientists, see the living world as wholly the product of natural causes…” (190).

Fifteen pages later he goes on to say,
“We should reject, as a matter of principle, the substitution of intelligent design for the dialogue of chance and necessity; but we must concede that there are presently no detailed Darwinian accounts of the evolution of any biochemical or cellular system, only a variety of wishful speculations” (205, emphasis mine).
As “a matter of principle”? Not as a matter of science? I find it amusing how atheists and some scientists pretend that they have “science” on their side while Christians have only faith (what they mean is “gullibility”). While I admire Dr. Harold’s honesty, I hardly think “wishful speculations” falls under the category of science. Dr. Harold goes on:
“Cell components as we know them are so thoroughly integrated that one can scarcely imagine how any one function could have arisen in the absence of the others. Genetic information can only be replicated and read out with the aid of enzyme proteins, which are themselves specified by those same genes. Energy is harnessed by means of enzymes whose production requires energy input. Darwinian evolution is at bottom the struggle among individuals defined by cell membranes, yet how could membranes and transport catalysts arise without genes, proteins and energy?(245)
Excellent questions! Dr. Harold chooses, as a matter of faith, to believe that it all came together by chance, natural laws, and natural selection. Many of us don’t have that much faith. We prefer to postulate a designer. Dr. Harold continues:
The origin of life is also a stubborn problem, with no solution in sight…Biology textbooks often include a chapter on how life may have arisen from non-life, and while responsible authors do not fail to underscore the difficulties and uncertainties, readers still come away with the impression that the answer is almost within our grasp…In reality, we may not be much closer to understanding genesis than A.I. Oparin and J.B.S. Haldane were in the 1930’s; and in the long run, science would be better off if we said so.” (235-236)
I agree. It would be better if many scientists, and especially the new atheists, had the kind of honesty and integrity that Franklin Harold exhibits. Finally, Dr. Harold writes:
“It would be agreeable to conclude this book with a cheery fanfare about science closing in, slowly but surely, on the ultimate mystery; but the time for rosy rhetoric is not at hand. The origin of life appears to me is incomprehensible as ever, a mater of wonder but not for explication” (251).
Amen!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Homosexuality and fascism

The folowing is an action alert from the FRC:

Stories of the homosexual lobby intimidating companies and individuals who stand up for man-woman marriage are becoming more and more common:

o In Massachusetts, during a petition drive to get a state marriage amendment on the ballot, homosexual activists called people who signed the petition and threatened them with lawsuits or worse.

0 Boston public school teachers were threatened with termination if they failed to portray so-called homosexual "marriage" in a positive light.

o Michigan's largest homosexual activist group says once marriage is legally redefined to include homosexual couples, business owners and even news media outlets that refuse to recognize such marriages should be jailed, or sued and "publicly slapped."

In California we are hearing similar stories, but now the intimidation tactics are being endorsed by one of the nation's largest unions -- the AFL-CIO. Homosexual advocates, with the powerful backing of national union leaders, are calling for a boycott of Bolthouse Farms, a California company that provides organic juices, lemonades, and smoothies to places like Whole Foods and other organic markets, simply because one of the minority owners donated money to the petition drive to put a marriage amendment on the ballot.

This is another harbinger of how homosexual activists want Christians who oppose homosexual "marriage" to be treated -- shut out of the public square with no recourse.

Please contact the national AFL-CIO to let it know such tactics are intolerable. As people of religious faith and moral conviction who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman -- we will not be silenced.

I might add that this is only the beginning if Barack Obama becomes President. Please go to the Family Research Council website and sign their petition.

Gay pride in Boston

Mass Resistance has posted pictures of one of Boston’s gay pride week events. This event was apparently tame compared to the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco. Even so, I agree with Mass Resistance that “Normal people wouldn't do any of this.”

Mass Resistance noted that “None of this was reported in any of the Boston area newspapers, TV networks, or radio stations - even though it was a very public event that blocked city streets for hours. Why?”

Could it be that the liberal media wants you to think that homosexuality is all about normal, everyday loving couples? Although such couples undoubtedly exist, showing parades like this one and the Folsom Street Fair would mess up their imaginary, politically correct image of homosexuality.

HIV, AIDS and sex in Uganda

Robert Knight wrote an excellent article on a success-tragedy story in Uganda.

In a nutshell, his article tells of how Uganda adopted an “ABC” approach to their HIV/AIDS epidemic (Abstinence, Be Faithful, Condoms as a last resort) and saw their HIV/AIDS rate plummet while other African countries using a condoms-only approach saw their rates remain high.

The purveyors political correctness and sexual obsession then got involved, undermined the abstinence/faithfulness campaign, and--you guessed it--the HIV/AIDS rates again went up.

Meanwhile, the media has been virtually silent about the story. “Abstinence works” apparently does not fit their agenda. Please read the entire article on TownHall.

Obama mortgage deal

Ed Morrissey writes,
Barack Obama’s home loan has more questionable aspects than just the Tony Rezko connections, according to the Washington Post. After ten years as a prominent Chicago politician and in his first year in the Senate, Obama got a $1.32 million loan below market rates without paying the normal extra fees — a rate which saved him $300 per month on his mortgage. Obama managed to do this despite the extraordinarily large mortgage and his lack of history with the lender:
Please Morrissey's entire article on Hot Air.

Gus Booth and the IRS

According to OneNewsNow, Pastor Gus Booth of Warroad Community Church in Warroad, Minnesota, could be in trouble with the Internal Revenue Service.

Booth preached a sermon encouraging his congregation to vote against Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama when Clinton was still actively in the Democratic presidential race. He used scripture to outline why both candidates were out of line for supporting abortion and homosexuality.

According to an IRS tax guide churches, "…must not participate in, or intervene in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office…"

Why, then, is it apparently OK with the IRS for Rick Warren to have candidate Barack Obama actually speak in his church, but not OK for Gus Booth to preach on biblical issues and tie them to specific political candidates?

And why does the IRS persecute Gus Booth but ignore Jeremiah Wright for over 20 years?
Stanley Kurtz commented on Jeremiah Wright’s “Trumpet” magazine saying,
While the majority of Trumpet's articles weave radical politics into a religious framework, some are purely political. For example, the April 2006 issue features a column entitled "Demand Impeachment Now!" The author pointedly refuses to call
Bush "president," merely referring to him as the "resident" of the White House
(and therefore as "Resident Bush"). Another piece taunts Vice President Cheney
for his shooting accident and ends, "America, it's time for regime change."
Neither piece has so much as a religious veneer. (WeeklyStandard)

Before 1776 Britain used taxes as a means of squelching free speech. The IRS has been allowed to do the same thing today. Not only is this selective enforcement of the IRS code unconstitutional, but the part of the tax code that threatens churches is itself unconstitutional and needs to be repealed.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Barack Obama and equal pay

According to CNSNews, last week In Albuquerque, N.M. Barack Obama was speaking about his committment to women saying,
"It starts with equal pay. Sixty-two percent of working women in America earn half or more than of their family's income. But women still earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2008. You'd think that Washington would be united it its determination to fight for equal pay."
The article pointed out, however, that:
While Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has vowed to make pay equity for women a top priority if elected president, an analysis of his Senate staff shows that women are outnumbered and out-paid by men. That is in contrast to Republican presidential candidate John McCain's Senate office, where women, for the most part, out-rank and are paid more than men.
I ask again: Why would anyone believe anything Barack Obama says?

3 Ways to Lower Gas Prices

Please take time to watch this video. Then sign the petition at:
http://www.americansolutions.com/actioncenter/petitions/?Guid=54ec6e43-75a8-445b-aa7b-346a1e096659

Obama's faith based initiatives

Barack Obama just announced his vision to expand George Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives which provide government support for religious-based charities.

According to the New York Times “Mr. Obama made clear, however, that he would work to ensure that charitable groups receiving government funds be carefully monitored to prevent them from using the money to proselytize and to prevent any religion-based discrimination against potential recipients or employees.” (emphasis mine)

I’ve never been a fan of President Bush’s Faith Based Initiatives. What the government funds, the government controls. And any “Christian” organization that is content to care only for physical needs at the expense of caring for spiritual needs, is not worthy of the name “Christian.”

(Hat tip to Professor Ed and Jamie D. for brining this to my attention).

Bush lied…

Five months before the Iraq War, the following speech was given:
"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members, though there is apparently no evidence of his involvement in the terrible events of September 11, 2001. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons. Should he succeed in that endeavor, he could alter the political and security landscape of the Middle East, which as we know all too well affects American security."
No, this speech was not given by George Bush or John McCain. This was a speech given on October 10, 2002 by Hillary Clinton. Similarly, on October 10, 2002, John Edwards, once a member of the Senate intelligence committee and one time Democratic Presidential candidate said,
"Saddam Hussein's regime represents a grave threat to America and our allies, including our vital ally, Israel. For more than two decades, Saddam Hussein has sought weapons of mass destruction through every available means. We know that
he has chemical and biological weapons. He has already used them against his
neighbors and his own people, and is trying to build more. We know that he is
doing everything he can to build nuclear weapons, and we know that each day he
gets closer to achieving that goal."
If Bush lied, so did Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and other Democrats. Please take time to read John Hawkins’ excellent articles about the other myths propagated by the Left: here and here.

Obama’s public housing

We’ve all heard of the hard work Barack Obama did for the poor in Chicago. The Boston Globe describes the scene today:

The squat brick buildings of Grove Parc Plaza, in a dense neighborhood that Barack Obama represented for eight years as a state senator, hold 504 apartment subsidized by the federal government for people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

But it’s not safe to live here.

About 99 of the units are vacant, many rendered uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage. Mice scamper through the halls. Battered mailboxes hang open. Sewage backs up into kitchen sinks. In 2006, federal inspectors graded the condition of the complex and 11 on a 100 point scale—a score so bad the buildings now face demolition.
This is not Barack Obama’s fault, of course. But it does illustrate what happens with various government projects, whether we’re talking about Social Security, Medicaid, VA hospitals or public housing.

It is hard to understand why Barack Obama would think that it would be a good thing to give government more control over health care or other social programs.

Alice Walker and feminism

Alice Walker, author of “The Color Purple” was one of the most prominent radical feminists of her generation. Charles Colson writes:
…Alice Walker’s brand of feminism was the kind that taught that “motherhood was bout the worst thing that could happen to a woman.” So says her daughter, Rebecca, who suffered the consequences of that thinking. In a recent london Daily Mail article, Rebecca Walker reflected on the neglect she experienced with her divorced father across the country and her mother too busy for her, frequently leaving her alone for long periods as a teenager. With her mother’s knowledge—and even support—Rebecca became sexually active at 13 and had an abortion at 14. She was well aware that her mother thought of her as a burden
Read Colson’s short article on The Legacy of Radical Feminism on Hot Air.