Imagine Theres No Heaven
Of all the silly pop songs ever written, perhaps the silliest is John Lennons “Imagine.” “A wop bop a loo ram a lop bam boom” has more philosophical depth as a lyricÃ¢â‚¬”and indeed contributes more to the happiness of human societyÃ¢â‚¬”than Lennons thudding inanities, which are rendered truly inspiring only by being reduced to a one-word poster on a teenagers wall. Lennon, youll no doubt remember, asks us to imagine humanity without faith, countries, or possessions. With nothing to kill or die for, he promises, “the world will live as one.”
Now you may call me a dreamer, but it seems to me just such a world was imagined long before, in the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. There, aliens begin to transform the human race into Lennons world: a soulless army of automatons living as one without any of those bothersome passions that give rise to religions, nations, or private property. “Love, desire, ambition, faith,” one of the aliens intones, perfectly prefiguring Lennon, “without them, life is so simple.”
Of course, what the horror film considers, which the utopian song ignores, is the nature of the human beast. The dark side of our humanityÃ¢â‚¬”the killing, the greed, the injusticeÃ¢â‚¬”is exactly that: the dark side of our humanityÃ¢â‚¬”our love, our yearning, our loyaltyÃ¢â‚¬”everything that makes us what we are. You can have a perfect world, or you can have people to live in itÃ¢â‚¬”you cant have both. –excerpted from an article and book review by Andrew Klavan, posted at The Claremont Institute site, www.claremont.org 11.16.05
Kurt Vonnegut – Moonbat
One of the greatest living US writers has praised terrorists as “very brave people” and used drug culture slang to describe the “amazing high” suicide bombers must feel before blowing themselves up.
Kurt Vonnegut, author of the 1969 anti-war classic Slaughterhouse Five, made the provocative remarks during an interview in New York for his new book, Man Without a Country, a collection of writings critical of US President George W. Bush. Vonnegut, 83, has been a strong opponent of Mr Bush and the US-led war in Iraq, but until now has stopped short of defending terrorism.
But in discussing his views with The Weekend Australian, Vonnegut said it was “sweet and honourable” to die for what you believe in, and rejected the idea that terrorists were motivated by twisted religious beliefs.
“They are dying for their own self-respect,” he said. “Its a terrible thing to deprive someone of their self-respect. Its like your culture is nothing, your race is nothing, youre nothing.” –excerpted from an article at www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog 11.18.05
Just because you believe its right and trueÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. –Proverbs 14:12
Presbyterian Church Ordains Gay Minister – The denomination will soon consider the issue at its general assembly.
There’s an effort aimed for the next general assembly of The Presbyterian Church (USA) — known as PCUSA — that would allow individual presbyteries to decide whether to ordain homosexuals to the clergy. At least one presbytery has already ordained an openly gay minister.
The Rev. Joseph Gilmore, who presided at the ordination of openly gay Raymond Bagnuolo, said the members of South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., are feeling enormous pride. “The struggle around sexual justice is what I mean,” he said. “There’s been a long and protracted argument — it’s almost thirty years old.”
Gilmore told Family News in Focus that what the Bible may have to say about such ordinations no longer applies. “When the writers of the original sacred text — the Bible — wrote all those years ago, they thought the earth was flat. Am I obliged to think the earth is flat?” he asked. “They also thought that there was only one sexuality, and that was heterosexuality.”
Earl Tilford, a professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, a PCUSA school, called it another step in a long march to apostasy. “It started in 1967 when the Presbyterian Church decided that the Bible was not the word of God, but that it contains the Word of God — along with a lot of nice suggestions,” he said. –excerpted from an article at www.family.org 11.15.05
Church departs Virginia Diocese
South Riding Church, a small Episcopal mission of about 150 members in eastern Loudoun County, has become the first church to secede from the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
“Our church upholds the authority of Scripture, and the leadership of South Riding Church can no longer compromise our faith by remaining under the spiritual and jurisdictional authority of the Episcopal Church and this diocese,” said the Rev. J. Philip Ashey, pastor of South Riding. –by Julia Duin excerpted from her article in The Washington Times 11.16.05
Right v Wrong
Liberals stoutly maintain that a woman has a privacy right to kill her unborn child, that pornographers have a right to broadcast the most nauseating filth, that scummy traitors have a right to spit on the flag, that adults have a right to have sex with adolescents, and that two men or two women have a right to marry – but two individuals who gave a child life, who fed, clothed, sheltered and nurtured that child, have no right (constitutional or historical, explicit or implied) to control when, where and in what way they will be exposed to sex. And they wonder why, for normal people, “liberalism” has become a dirty word. –Don Feder
Liberties from God
And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? –Thomas Jefferson
These two quotes were found at www.federalist.com
Public Flogging for Bible Discussion
A Saudi schoolteacher who warned his students against the consequences of terrorism faces a public flogging and more than three years in prison after he discussed the Bible and praised Jews in class.
Saudi Arabias Al-Madina newspaper reports that Mohammad al-Harbi was charged with promoting a “dubious ideology, mocking religion, saying the Jews were right, [and] discussing the Gospel.” Saudi authorities say al-Harbis sentence of 40 months in jail and 50 lashes a week in the public square is fitting for blasphemy. But al-Harbi says the case was retribution from Islamic studies teachers who objected to his anti-terror teaching…and says hell appeal the sentence. – -by Brit Hume, excerpted from the Fox Report, 11.15.05 Ã¢â‚¬” Fox News Aaron Bruns contributed to the report.
Article contributed by Richard Vandagriff and Mark Zaveson