Carbon Chastity The First Commandment of the Church of the Environment I'm not a global warming believer. I'm not a global warming denier. I'm a global warming agnostic who believes instinctively that it can't be very good to pump lots of CO2 into the atmosphere but is equally convinced that those who presume to know exactly where that leads are talking through their hats.
Adoption, kids, and the gay agenda
In psychology, “projection” occurs when someone attributes to others his own unpleasant beliefs or motivations. It is projection, for instance, when a liar assumes that everyone he deals with is dishonest, or when a man tempted by adultery accuses his spouse of planning to deceive him. Projection occurs in the public arena as well, as when supporters of racial preferences label “racist” those who believe the law should be strictly colorblind.
A fresh example of projection arrived the other day by way of a news release from the Human Rights Campaign, one of the nation’s largest gay and lesbian political organizations.
On March 10, Catholic Charities of Boston had announced that it was being forced to shut down its highly regarded adoption services, since it could not in good conscience comply with the government’s demand that it place children for adoption with homosexual couples. Caught between the rock of Catholic teaching, which regards such adoptions as “gravely immoral,” and Massachusetts regulations, which bar adoption agencies from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, the Boston Archdiocese had hoped to obtain a waiver on religious-freedom grounds. But when legislative leaders refused to consider the request, the archdiocese was left with no option but to end a ministry it had been performing for a century.
Whereupon the Human Rights Campaign issued its news release. It was headlined “Boston Catholic Charities Puts Ugly Political Agenda Before Child Welfare,” and a more perfect illustration of psychological projection would be hard to imagine… –from an article at Townhall.com by Jeff Jacoby 03.16.06, find the complete article here
Homosexual men boost increase in syphilis rate
The syphilis rate among U.S. men soared 81 percent between 2000 and 2004, primarily as a result of increases in reported cases among homosexual males, federal health officials reported yesterday.
While the rate among men nearly doubled during that time — from 2.6 per 100,000 to 4.7 — the syphilis rate among women fell from 1.7 to 0.8 per 100,000 from 2000 to 2003. It remained stable in 2004, marking the end of a 13-year declineÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ –excerpted from an article by Joyce Howard Price, in The Washington Times, 03.17.06
In the end
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done, and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done. –C. S. Lewis
What most Americans understand
Most Americans intuitively understand that mothers and fathers are different, and that kids need both. Claiming that same sex couples can be married is claiming that sex is irrelevant to parenting. No one outside of a university really believes that. But an intuitive understanding is not good enough to sustain us through the arguments that are coming our way in the Culture Wars. We have to articulate what we believe and why. We have to understand that the very concept of gender and sex is under attack. –Jennifer Roback Morse, as quoted at The Patriot Post 06-11, 03.13.06
CWA Releases Crouse Poverty Report
New policies offer hope and a future for all those previously thought trapped by poverty
Concerned Women for Americas (CWAs) Beverly LaHaye Institute, the research arm of Concerned Women for America, released today a new report, Sex and the Underclass: Pregnancy and Poverty. The report documents how good policy breaks the vicious cycle of unwed childbearing and poverty.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, author of the report, said, “The old axiom held that the solution to poverty was abortion and government income assistance. Now, new policies offer hope and a future for all those previously thought trapped by poverty. A “realistic worldview has brought decreased teen sexual activity and, along with it, both the abortion rate and the unwed teen birthrate have decreased.”
Crouse added, “Amazingly, with the decline in the unwed black teen birthrate came a leveling off in the growth in the number of black female-headed households, a growth that heretofore had persisted for more than 20 years. At the same time, the poverty rate declined to a historic low. This turnaround is astounding; today black child poverty is lower than it ever was during the heyday of liberal social welfare policy.”
Crouse concluded, “With the birth of the American Creed of personal responsibility and self-reliance, millions in the so-called “underclass, millions of those written off by liberals as hopelessly in need of a government dole, have found jobs and are recovering the American dream of independence and self- respect.” –from the Concerned Women for America website, 03.15.06, submitted by Muriel McConnon, read the report here
Gay Activists Arrested at Regent University
Six young men and women participating in a traveling homosexual protest were taken into custody Tuesday after they strode past a line of Virginia Beach, Va., police officers onto Regent University property. Activists claimed it was an effort to dialogue with students on the Christian campus, while school officials said it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.
The demonstration took place next to a rain-wet six-lane thoroughfare at the tree-lined main entrance to the campus. The protesters held pamphlets that purported to tell “What the Bible Says — and Doesn’t Say — about Homosexuality.”
Each student who crossed the police line repeated for the TV cameras, “There are students across that line, and I want the chance to talk to them.” But it was clearly a media stunt: There were no students on the other side, just uniformed officers waiting to escort them to a squad car.
Regent was the second stop for the Equality Ride, a bus full of protesters backed by the gay-advocacy group Soulforce. The group has plans to visit 19 Christian colleges and military academies that they say discriminate against homosexuals through policies that preclude sexual immorality. –excerpted from an article at Citizenlink by Wendy Cloyd, 03.15.06, read the full article here
Astronomers Find the Earliest Signs Yet of a Violent Baby Universe
Using data from a new map of the baby universe, astronomers said yesterday that they had seen deep into the Big Bang, and had gotten their first detailed hint of what was going on less than a trillionth of a second after time began.
The results, they said, validated a key prediction of the speculative but popular cosmic theory known as inflation about the distribution of matter and energy in the Big Bang. The theory holds that during its first moments, the universe, fueled by an anti-gravitational field, underwent a violent growth spurt, ballooning from submicroscopic to astronomical size in the blink of an eye.
“It amazes me that we can say anything about the universe in the first trillionth of a second,” said Charles L. Bennett, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University and the leader of the group that reported the results yesterday. “It appears that the infant universe had the kind of growth spurt that would alarm any mom or dad.” The map was produced by a NASA satellite known as the Wilkinson Microwave
Anisotropy Probe that has been circling the Earth at a point on the other side of the Moon since 2001, recording faint emanations of microwaves thought to be the remnants of the Big Bang. –from an article by Dennis Overbye in The New York Times 03.17.06
(So everything just appears to have gone from absolute nothingness and into the greatest big something replete with both mass and energy all in less than a nanosecond. Whats hard to believe about any of that? The shills for science are highly educated and way too smart to try to put one over on us simple groundlings. But, if this latest farce is to be accepted as the truth, what exactly is so unbelievable about creation? Ah, I sense a Nobel Prize lurking out on the not-so-far distant horizon; of course its not fully formed yet. Is there a Nobel Prize for balderdash? RAV)
Blurring the lines – And now, polygamy.
With the sweetly titled HBO series “Big Love,” polygamy comes out of the closet. Under the headline “Polygamists, Unite!” Newsweek informs us of “polygamy activists emerging in the wake of the gay-marriage movement.” Says one evangelical Christian big lover: “Polygamy rights is the next civil-rights battle.”
Polygamy used to be stereotyped as the province of secretive Mormons, primitive Africans and profligate Arabs. With “Big Love” it moves to suburbia as a mere alternative lifestyle.
As Newsweek notes, these stirrings for the mainstreaming of polygamy (or, more accurately, polyamory) have their roots in the increasing legitimization of gay marriage. In an essay 10 years ago, I pointed out that it is utterly logical for polygamy rights to follow gay rights. After all, if traditional marriage is defined as the union of (1) two people of (2) opposite gender, and if, as gay marriage advocates insist, the gender requirement is nothing but prejudice, exclusion and an arbitrary denial of one’s autonomous choices in love, then the first requirement — the number restriction (two and only two) — is a similarly arbitrary, discriminatory and indefensible denial of individual choice. –excerpted from an article by Charles Krauthammer, syndicated columnist, 03.17.06, as it appeared at Townhall.com, read the entire article here
Sowing and reaping
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. –the Apostle Paul to the church at Galatia (6:7, 8)
Houses of Worship
Bullying the Pulpits – The IRS threatens church leaders who talk about politics.
Earlier this year, 31 Ohio pastors called down the most powerful force they could find against two of their fellow church leaders in Columbus. No, it wasn’t God–but close.
In a complaint filed with the Internal Revenue Service, the pastors alleged that the Rev. Russell Johnson and the Rev. Rod Parsley crossed the line into advocacy over the past year by preaching on political topics, initiating a voter registration drive and associating with Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican who is now running for governor… –excerpted from an article by Brendan Miniter, in The Wall Street Journals Opinion Journal, 03.13.06
Hamas Leader: We could make peace with Israel one day
Jerusalem Ã¢â‚¬” The incoming Palestinian prime minister has suggested Hamas could one day make peace with Israel, but undercut the gesture by demanding Israel first recognize a Palestinian state within boundaries the Israelis reject.
Israel dismissed the comments by Ismail Haniyeh as doubletalk.
Asked in an interview with CBS News broadcast Thursday if he could foresee a day when he would be invited to sign a peace agreement with Israel, Haniyeh replied, “Let’s hope so.”
But his Islamic militant group, which won Palestinian parliamentary elections in a landslide in January, has rebuffed Israel’s conditions for talks, namely, that the group disarm and recognize the Jewish state’s right to existÃ¢â‚¬Â¦–from the Associated Press as reported at Fox News.com 03.17.06
(Question: Do pigs fly? RAV)
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson