Senseless killings and media overkillâ€¦ What can be said about the Virginia Tech massacre? Very little. What should be said? Even less. The lives of 32 innocents, chosen randomly and without purpose, are extinguished most brutally by a deeply disturbed gunman. With an event such as this, consisting of nothing but suffering and tragedy, the only important questions are those of theodicy, of divine justice. --syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.
Teen Sex and Poverty Are Inextricably Linked
Abstinence programs are reducing teen pregnancy, abortions and poverty.
Out-of-wedlock pregnancy has long been a sure route for high school girls to drop out of school and end up in poverty. Likewise, the far left has long considered that the solutions to teen pregnancy are (in order of preference): (1) school-based sex education and condom distribution, (2) federally funded abortion-on-demand, and (3) welfare benefits as a substitute for a husband and father.
Proving the axiom that we get more of what we pay for in terms of public policies based on the lefts solutions, the nation saw dramatic increases in teen pregnancies, a proliferation of federal grants to sex-ed providers, skyrocketing abortion rates, and burdensome taxes as the welfare rolls expanded. A whole industry developed to provide a rationale for the existence of poverty and to demand generous government income assistance (cash, food stamps, housing and medical care) for those mired in dependency. –by Janice Shaw Crouse, 03.22.06 as found at Concerned Women for Americas website, read the article here
Try to live your life so that you wouldn’t be afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. –Will Rogers
San Francisco Jeers Teenage Christians
The City by the Bay is fast becoming America’s most anti-religious and bigoted city.
For the second time in as many weeks, San Francisco was downright unfriendly to Christians. This time, it was teenagers. More than 25,000 evangelical Christian teens met in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday for a two-day rally at AT&T Park. The youth rally, Teen Mania’s “Battle Cry for a Generation,” focused on the sexualization of culture — and encouraged teens to stand for virtue.
Apparently that message was so repugnant to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors that it passed a resolution condemning the Christian youth rally as an “act of provocation.” The supervisors also called it an “anti-gay, anti-choice organization” that “aimed to negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.” –from an unknown source – submitted by Mark Zaveson, 03.27.06
Ingrates to their very souls
Some good news from Iraq: “U.S. and British forces freed one Briton and two Canadians early Thursday in a military operation, ending a four-month hostage drama in which an American among the group was shot to death and dumped on a Baghdad street earlier this month,” the Associated Press reports. The ex-hostages belong to the Christian Peacemaker Teams, a group that–well, let’s let the CPT explain for itself in a statement issued today:
“[The ex-hostages] were in Iraq to learn of the struggles facing the people in that country. They went, motivated by a passion for justice and peace to live out a nonviolent alternative in a nation wracked by armed conflict. They knew that their only protection was in the power of the love of God and of their Iraqi and international co-workers. We believe that the illegal occupation of Iraq by Multinational Forces is the root cause of the insecurity which led to this kidnapping and so much pain and suffering in Iraq. The occupation must end.
Today, in the face of this joyful news, our faith compels us to love our enemies even when they have committed acts which caused great hardship to our friends and sorrow to their families. . . .
We pray that Christians throughout the world will, in the same spirit, call for justice and for respect for the human rights of the thousands of Iraqis who are being detained illegally by the U.S. and British forces occupying Iraq. During these past months, we have tasted of the pain that has been the daily bread of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Why have our loved ones been taken? Where are they being held? Under what conditions? How are they? Will they be released? When?”
It’s not clear whom the CPT statement means by “our enemies.” But the only enemy they seem to recognize is the U.S. and its allies, whose “occupation” of Iraq is the “root cause” of the ex-hostages’ captivity, and whose detention of “thousands of Iraqis” they liken to their own kidnapping and (in one case) murder by terroristsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Only in Reuterville
“The strong Western response to a threatened death sentence for an Afghan convert to Christianity looks something like a mirror image of the Muslim reaction to the Prophet Mohammad caricatures printed in the European press,” Reuters “reports” from Rome:
There have been no riots or sackings of Afghan embassies, unlike the violence that marked the uproar in Muslim countries after the Danish cartoons were published, but the shock and mutual incomprehension expressed in both cases are similar.
Actually, the two incidents look more like photographic images than mirror ones. In both cases it is Muslims who are employing or threatening violence against those who reject their religion. –the previous two items are by James Taranto, from The Wall Street Journal, Opinion Journal, 03.25.06 read the entire column here
Who will save Abdul Rahman?
Abdul Rahman is a man of faith. “I believe in the Holy Spirit. I believe in Christ. And I am a Christian,” he declared this week.
Unfortunately for Rahman, he was originally born a Muslim in Afghanistan — and he has been forced to defend his religious conversion in his home country’s court, where he now faces the death penalty for turning to Jesus. Despite the defeat of the totalitarian Taliban and the existence of a U.S.-backed “moderate” democratic government, it is a capital crime for Afghanis to openly embrace any religion other than Islam. Sharia law, embedded in the Afghan constitution, overrides its human rights provisions.
Rahman’s family has denounced him as mentally ill. Afghan officials are thirsting for his blood. “We will cut him into little pieces,” jail employee Hosnia Wafayosofi told the Chicago Tribune, as she “made a cutting motion with her hands.”
The Tribune reported that prosecutor Abdul Wasi demanded Rahman’s repentance and called him a traitor: “He is known as a microbe in society, and he should be cut off and removed from the rest of Muslim society and should be killed.” The country’s attorney general says Rahman should be hung. The judge handling the case, who has been photographed wielding Rahman’s Bible as evidence against him, threatens: “If he doesn’t regret his conversion, the punishment will be enforced on him. And the punishment is deathÃ¢â‚¬Â¦” –from an article by Michelle Malkin, as found at Townhall.com, 03.22.06 read the entire article here
(It was reported on Fox News yesterday that the Abdul Rahman has been released and is incommunicado, as the charges had been dropped. RAV)
The Best Things
The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. –Robert Louis Stevenson
What Feminism is
Feminists are anti-feminine. They reject hearth and home, procreation and childrearing (unless it’s done by ‘professionals’). They deny the maternal instinct. They condemn the feminine urge to nurture and to create a safe haven from the perils of modern life. (They also deny the male imperative to serve and protect.) Everything that’s distinctive about their sex, they abhor. Because they hate their nature, they are self-loathing. Most are miserableÃ¢â‚¬”and deservedly so.” –Don Feder 03.20.06 The Patriot Post, No. 06-12 read the rest here
School Cancels ‘Diversity’ Event To Avoid Including Ex-Gays
A Wisconsin high school has canceled “Diversity Day” rather than allow Christians and ex-gays to join the lineup of speakers.
Viroqua High School in Viroqua, Wis., planned to allow guests representing several religious and ethnic backgrounds — like Hmong, Jewish, Muslim, American-Indian, African-American, Latino and Buddhist. A homosexual couple and a transgendered person were also included — as was someone who is physically handicapped.
When Don Greven, the grandfather of a senior at the school, inquired as to why no Christians or ex-gays were invited to present, officials said the intent of the day was to introduce students to minorities and people with alternative lifestylesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ –from an article at Focus on the Family, 03.22.06
The search for the cinematic Jesus
Somewhere on my “to-do” list for the year — No. 116, No. 117 or something like that, right after “rearrange sock drawer” — is when I picked up Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” to ascertain, if possible, why a whacked-out account of Christian origins has earnest people debating the whacked-out implications.
The inevitable movie version, produced by Sony, comes out in May. We’re agog to know what people will think of seeing — not just reading about, but seeing — Jesus depicted marrying Mary Magdalene and having children with her, and a Catholic lay organization depicted murdering folks so as to keep the secret.
Hoping to head off a Christian backlash, Sony has created two websites: here and here. The material features short commissioned essays by Christian writers opining on the novel’s plot. There’s additional information on the Bible and some material noting differences in the gospels’ accounts — Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Dan. The Gospel of Dan is now the hot property — 40 million copies sold — and not a patch on the four evangelists, but of course, they had a 2000-year head start. –from an article by Bill Murchison at Townhall.com 03.21.06 read the full article here
Fertility Clinics Are Seeking ‘Beautiful People’ to be Egg Donors
One ad in a campus newspaper at the University of California – Berkeley, seeks to recruit “attractive” women under age 29 who also possess a high level of intelligence to be egg donors at a fertility clinic, but critics are concerned that the mostly unregulated industry is akin to eugenics, USA Today reported.
Craigslist, a classified-ad Web site, publishes up to 150 ads requesting egg donors on any given day. Donors are almost always paid, and the payment is considered to be for their “time,” not their eggs. A donor can receive up to $10,000 for their time which includes hormone injections to stimulate egg production as well as the time it takes to extract the eggs.
Prospective parents then can shop for donors who appear to have attributes that they think will make the perfect child.
Debora Spar, a professor at Harvard Business School, said the $3 billion a year fertility business is creating an odd marketplace.
“We are selling children,” she said. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 10,000 babies a year are born from donated eggs.
ASRM said shopping for the perfect egg donor is “morally troubling” and parallel to eugenics — the pseudo-science of selectively breeding humans. –from Focus on the Family 03.20.06, the site is located here.
It’s time for Christians to be ‘offended’
Everyone is offended these days. Muslins… Jews… Atheists… Blacks… Hispanics… Homosexuals… Native Americans… You name it. The list goes on and on and on. In fact, we are not even surprised any more when lawsuits are filed and complaints are registered over “offenses” real or imagined.
Sultaana Freeman, a Muslim, was offended when she was told to show her face when having her Florida driver’s license picture taken. An Orlando judge ruled that Sultaana had to remove her veil. Sultaana sued, and last year, the Fifth District Court of Appeals agreed with the original ruling.
We can only assume that she is still offended.
In another absurd example, officials in Arapahoe County, Colorado, have threatened to fire Mike Gray, a county employee, if he doesn’t stop offending Hispanics. Gray, who has a lawn care business on the side, says that since some of his customers complained about the difficulty they had communicating with lawn care workers who could not speak English, he thought it would be good advertising to paint a sign on his equipment trailer that read, “Lawn services done with pride by an English-speaking American.” He also had the audacity to wear a baseball cap to work with the words “U.S. Border Patrol” across the front.
An official letter from Gray’s supervisor informed him that his conduct was “reprehensible and discriminatory to our non-English speaking and/or Hispanic workforce.” It went on to inform him: “You are in violation of guidelines which ensure a workplace free from harassment and sensitive to the diversity of employees. You are required to permanently remove your cap from the workplace. It is offensive and harassing. Your business sign, if on work premises, must be completely covered at all times. This behavior is inappropriate and any further incidents of this nature may result in further disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.”
No word on whether any of the offended Hispanics are in the country illegallyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ã¢â‚¬Â¦In his bestselling book, “Persecution,” David Limbaugh discusses the war against Christianity in the United States. In case after case, he tells of public schools committing blatant discrimination against Christians. Examples include banning Christmas while accommodating everything from Islamic Ramadan to Winter Solstice to Kwanzaa, the silly, contrived religion supposedly dating back to Africa.
At Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, site of the 1999 student massacre, ceramic tiles were placed above student lockers in tribute to those who died that day. Of the 2,100 tiles, 90 were systematically removed by school officials because they had messages written on them like “God is Love” and “4/20/99, Jesus wept.” These messages were deemed “objectionableÃ¢â‚¬Â¦”
These are just a few of the many examples of favoritism being shown to other beliefs, groups and creeds in our courts, schools and other institutions. Christ told His church to expect persecution from the world, but this is America, where equality and justice are constitutionally guaranteed. It is time for American Christians to be offended.Ã¢â‚¬”from an article by columnist Doug Patton 03.26.06, the full article is found here
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson