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Some Things Said… (May 06) (2)

Oregon student newspaper runs pictures of Jesus as a homosexual.

The Associated Students of the University of Oregon (ASUO) has refused to apologize for an obscene anti-Christian assault in the campus newspaper Insurgent.

The March edition of the Insurgent ran one of the strongest attacks on Christianity… The paper ran graphics depicting Jesus as a homosexual. One was a depiction of (an inappropriately displayed) naked Jesus on the cross… the other, titled Resurrection, showed a naked Jesus kissing another naked man (and depicting arousal)… –excerpted (and edited) from an e-mail from The American Family Association Action Alert, 05.19.06

Christ as commodity

Through the passing strange I fell
To the wide-eyed opposite
My agenda was hidden well
Now I don’t know where I left it

-Chagall Guevara

Modern “Christian music” is neither good music nor good Christianity. Musically it’s bland and derivative, lyrically it’s banal, and the general artistry is slightly below an intoxicated lemur clambering about a toy piano. Of course, most music of any sort isn’t very good, but the Christian variety has managed to secure a reputation for especial atrociousness. The reason is that the industry which produces it isn’t much interested in musical quality. Rather, it is by definition more concerned with spiritual content than auditory standards.

But despite this focus, the spiritual value of the products of the Christian music industry (henceforth the CMI) remains minimal. The primary reason is that the construct is inherently flawed. Mark Salomon of the band Stavesacre makes the case elegantly in his book Simplicity, explaining why he left the CMI, “Christianity as an industry is a conflict of interest.”

However, it’s also a profitable industry. And so we get Christianâ„¢ bookstores stuffed with Christianâ„¢ books (not just Bibles, theology, and devotionals, but Christianâ„¢ romances, and Christianâ„¢ action-adventure books, and Christianâ„¢ westerns…), Christianâ„¢ music, Christianâ„¢ movies, Christianâ„¢ clothing, Christianâ„¢ keychains, Christianâ„¢ action figures, and Christianâ„¢ nightlights. Christianity isn’t a religion; it’s a brand name… –excerpted from an article by Nathanael Blake at Townhall.com 05.12.06, read the entire article here

Same-Sex Marriage Amendment Is Struck Down by Georgia Judge

A state amendment banning same-sex marriage was struck down Tuesday by a judge who upheld the voters’ right to limit marriage to heterosexual couples but cited procedural flaws in the wording of the amendment, which was approved by more than three-quarters of voters.

The decision is one of the first successful challenges to a ban on same-sex marriage, one of a spate of similar amendments passed in 11 states in November 2004, said Jack Senterfitt, a senior staff lawyer in the Southern regional office of Lambda Legal, a national gay rights group.

Lambda Legal filed the suit along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Besides Georgia, 18 states have such laws, a spokeswoman for Lambda Legal said.

The Georgia amendment defined marriage as between a man and a woman, banned same-sex civil unions and said that same-sex unions performed in other states would not be recognized. The judge, Constance C. Russell of Fulton County Superior Court, ruled that the amendment violated Georgia’s single-subject rule, which limits each amendment put before voters to one topic… –excerpted from an article by Shaila Dewan in The New York Times 05.17.06 read the entire article here

Culture

Overwhelmingly, Americans loathe having their children exposed to profanity and sexual vulgarity every time they turn on the TV or radio. The networks don’t seem to care. In fact, they recently filed suit against the FCC over its decision to fine networks that ignored community standards of decency. In their view, nobody has a right to tell them what to do. Even during “family hour,” they insist on airing programs containing the “F” word. If parents don’t like it, too bad. This in-your-face attitude is indicative of how far our society has traveled along the path of radical individualism… Anything else can be restrained–smoking in public, driving without a seatbelt–all on the grounds that it’s good for society. But restrain sexual expression? No way–especially if it makes money… In reality, the networks are not declaring war on the FCC; they’re declaring war on our kids. Are we going to put up with it–or are we going to fight back? –Mark Earley, from The Patriot Post number 06-20 at www.patriotpost.us

Non-fictional words from a rich actor who pretends to be fictional common people, cartoon characters, or wizards.

I’ve often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. –Da Vinci Code actor Ian McKellen

(Sir Ian McKellen is old enough to know that he won’t be leaving this life either as Sir McKellen or as a homosexual. He’ll be leaving it just exactly like all the rest of us: and he perhaps sooner than some others. He would certainly be better served to read some of what he calls fiction, to see if it might be in his interests to review his thought processes and his choices before boarding that Long Black Train. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Ed.)