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Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Proverbs 1:8 (NIV)
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NIV)
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)
Other Social Issues
(12/28/2018) The Arrogant Misery of Leftists. Very thought provoking, though short on answers. Good read.
(12/28/2018) How Compassionate is the Democrats’ Open-Borders Policy? Good article, and it covers more territory than the title implies.
(12/26/2018) The Media Was Still Unglued in 2018. I think it is a lot worse than the article states. It isn't just Trump the media is going after, it is all the values that have contributed to making America the greatest force for good in the world. If I may digress, the whole #MeToo movement should have been a signal that the traditional moral standards that we abandoned did, in fact, have merit. Does anyone in #MeToo or the media manage to come to this obvious conclusion? Of course not!
(12/25/2018) Poll Shows Millennials Think Obama Greater Than George Washington, America Never Great. Toss in that we are racist , sexist, etc. The problem is not the kids - this is what they are actually being taught. The problem is our schools, politicians and leaders. The indoctrination of our youth is proceeding according to plan and we are doing little to stop it.
(12/23/2018) Parents Are Being Groomed. Can they be so self unaware? Do they have a clue? The insanity our culture has descended to in the last decade defies imagination. Dare I bash Democrats again? Why not, though this goes for some in the GOP as well. If you would stand up against this, it would go nowhere. But Democrats are all about power, and if I may say, they are not for truth, justice and the America way. Not the American way that made us the greatest country on God's green earth.
(12/23/2018) Seriously? Out of everyone in Hollywood, TV Guide zeroes in on ‘problematic aspects’ of Chris Pratt. What is problematic about Christ Pratt, you might ask? He is a Christian and he hunts. It is not good for America that a significant portion of our population considers being a Christian to be a very bad thing.
(12/20/2018) Dennis Prager to Young Conservatives: ‘Everything the Left Touches, It Ruins.’ I agree with him 100%. Look at everything the Left has control of or has influence in, and they are all ruined or in the process of being ruined. Consider the following: the news media, academia and public education, entertainment, rule of law, tolerance (it is the Left, not the Right, that is intolerant), sports, science, even sex. I know I am forgetting a bunch. Everything the Left gets involved in, they turn political and thus begin to destroy. And they do it with a fervor that puts us evangelicals to shame.
(12/14/2018) Wanted: New Conservative Fighters. We could also use some new Christian "fighters," as well.
(12/14/2018) The Boy Scouts Weren’t Prepared for This. More on the Scouts.
(12/14/2018) Bankruptcy and the Boy Scouts. Sadly, I am afraid that the Boy Scouts are self-destructing. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are from my days as a Scout, and many of the skills I learned, I still use today. What a tragedy. But I am excusing what has happened to the Scouts. It was entirely predictable, but was done deliberately in the name of progressivism and political correctness. What is happening with the Scouts is what will be happening to American society as a whole if we keep letting the progressive "elites" have their way. End of rant.
(12/12/2018) Santa kneeling before Jesus 'too violent' for Facebook. All of our prominent social media is pushing an agenda and will use any grounds, no matter how flimsy, to do so. Their agenda? For starters, it is anti-conservative, anti-Christian and anti-Republican.
(12/09/2018) Don't Confuse Being Entertained with Being Happy. God is more important than entertainment.
(12/09/2018) Parents Furious Over Test Question Telling Kids Conservatives are ‘Angry Right-Wingers.’ Actually, I am a right-winger. The problem is that the test claims I am a bigot, sexist and xenophobe. While I am curious how parents and administrators would respond if those on the Left were criticized or attacked in their children's classroom, it doesn't seem to happen much because conservatives don't take it upon themselves to indoctrinate kids in public schools. Perhaps the lack of conservatives is a limiting factor.
(12/06/2018) ‘Veggie Tales’ Is Racist and Don’t Bring Home the Bacon. As an aside, it seems our colleges are spending vast amounts of time finding racism (and sexism, ...) everywhere rather than doing anything useful. Not only is this a huge waste of money and brains, it has a major negative impact on our country. We would all be incredibly better off it everyone spent their time trying to be a contributing member of society rather than wasting their time seeking out things to be offended by. To say nothing of the fact that the perpetually offended are unhappy people.
(12/06/2018) Republicans More Likely to be Happily Married Than Democrats, New Study Reveals. This is not surprising, since surveys show that conservatives are happier than liberals in general. The question remains: do happy people tend to be conservative or do conservative values lead to happiness? I'll go with the fact that religion (Christianity, in particular) is positively correlated with happiness. and religious people tend conservative.
(12/04/2018) Study shows liberals at UW believe conservatives are 'evil,' 'inhuman.' Well, that is what they are being taught.
(11/29/2018) Chick-Fil-A Not Welcome at Rider University. Or is it its Christianity that isn’t welcome? Well, "progressive" Christianity is certainly welcome. Actual biblical Christianity is obviously not.
(11/23/2018) Levin on Thanksgiving: No Thanks to Media, America Is a ‘Special Country.’ Yes, we are. There has never been a country like ours and there never will be. And if the Democrats have their way, neither will we for much longer.
(11/23/2018) A Thanksgiving Lesson: Remembering hard truths over self-gratifying myths.
(11/18/2018) GSU mandates 'all students' take 'diversity and inclusion' courses. Western Civ, out, indoctrination, in. Remember: everything that the Left gets enough control of, they turn political and ruin it.
(11/11/2018) Woman’s dad invites her to church. Her response was a definite overreaction. She called the police and accused him of harassment.
(11/08/2018) Why Do So Many Hollywood Elites Despise President Trump? Very insightful article. There is no need to limit it to "Hollywood Elites," however.
(11/08/2018) UGA ETHICS employee caught taking GOP signs. Those on the Left generally find it very easy to justify unethical behavior as being fully justified when exercised against "bad" people, namely conservatives, Republicans and committed Christians. Historical note: We paid $10 for a snazzy Bush sign back in 2004. We set it up well within our yard. It was stolen. That is a crime. I don't know if taking signs from the public right-of-way is a crime but it certainly is unethical. While I'm sure it has happened, I have never yet heard of an instance where Democrat signs have been taken. This certainly says a lot about the ethics of the Right vs the Left.
(11/01/2018) Pittsburgh and the Misplaced Anger of 'Liberal' Jews. I am trying to figure out who, exactly, has Trump encouraged people to hate? Has Trump encouraged people to hate Jews? Blacks? Hispanics? Women? Whoever? The only evidence is "dog whistles" which only the Left seems capable of hearing. But the Left is certainly spreading hate: against Trump, against Whites, against those that stray from the liberal plantation. Sad.
(10/30/2018) Actor James Cromwell backpedals after getting busted for ‘blood in the streets’ warning. Those on the Left threaten violence all the time, but it's OK cause they'll pretend they didn't mean it when called out.
(10/29/2018) The Sad, Sad Culture of Progressivism. Progressives are an unhappy lot, always finding things to be angry and bitter about. I believe that Dennis Prager is correct when he says that the key to happiness is gratitude. Progressives are sorely lacking.
(10/29/2018) Annals of “Liberals Destroy Everything They Touch,” Seattle Edition. The Left has gone a long way to destroying the news media, academia, entertainment, art, sex, religion and pretty much anything else they touch. How? By politicizing them and making progressive politics the driving force rather than truth, honesty, civility and basic human decency.
(10/27/2018) Obama Says Politicians Lying Is Something ‘We Have Not Seen Before.’ Good grief, lying is what politicians do, Obama being among the most proficient.
(10/25/2018) The Psychology of Progressive Hostility. I have a blog post on The Morality of Liberalism vs Conservatism. I've added a link to this article because it adds a lot to the topic. If you want to get a good understanding of how those on the Left think, and why they are so hostile to conservative ideas, read the blog post and linked references. They will explain a lot!
(10/24/2018) French President Emmanuel Macron Says Women Who Have Large Families are Uneducated. I think what he means is that they were not properly indoctrinated.
(10/21/2018) Cruz Supporters: Restaurant Owners, Staff ‘Verbally Attacked’ Us At Debate Watch Party. Well, Hillary says that they don't have to be civil to us until we let them win elections again, so ....
(10/19/2019) Democrats Aren't an Angry [M-Word] Because They're Violent for a Good Cause. This is sort of like it is OK for the Democrats to be intolerant of conservatives because they think conservatives are intolerant. More: Leftist Violence is a Natural Outgrowth of Authoritarian Ideology.
(10/19/2018) U.N.: 40 Percent of U.S. Births Occur Outside of Marriage. Welfare is probably the biggest contributing factor, but don't ignore the "sexual revolution," abortion, the LGBTetc. movement and the general coarsening of American culture. Is there any major institution in America today that active promotes the benefits of marriage? The benefits are many, yet even churches are not doing a job of publicly promoting marriage. I'm guessing that promoting traditional marriage will result in attacks from the SSM crew. Are we so timid?
(10/18/2018) Ole Miss Professor James Thomas: ‘Put Your Whole Damn Fingers’ in Republicans’ Meals. Apparently harassing Republicans in restaurants is not enough. Does this qualify as evil? It seems to me that we have quite a lot of evil going on in America today, but for all their declarations that Trump is evil, most of it is coming from the Left.
(10/18/2018) ‘I Stand for the Flag, I Kneel at the Cross’: PA Dem Forced to Resign After Facebook Posts Deemed Offensive. It should be pointed out that the posts were deemed offensive by Democrats. The message is simple. If you put your faith in Jesus Christ and believe in the Bible, and think that America is still the greatest country on God's green earth, then the Democrat party has no place for you.
(10/12/2018) The Left’s Religious War Against America. Good read.
(10/12/2018) Don't Look for Civility Unless Democrats Win in November. We won't have it then, either. Related: Yes, Democrats, It's a Mob.
(10/11/2018) “Mob rule” and false equivalence. The MSM is trying to pretend that the Right is just as guilty of "mobs" as the Left. No, the Tea Party did not behave in mob fashion at all. The MSM dreams that we would, as they kept reporting that we were always "on the verge" of violence. The only violence ever involved union thugs attacking Tea Partiers.
(10/07/2018) One Ford Narrative Too Many. This is a good article to put the whole Ford business behind us. No, Ford was not credible. But who wanted to be attacked for criticizing a "victim?" I originally thought that something traumatic must have happened to Ford way back then, and perhaps it did. But her narrative seemed very cobbled together and specifically designed to serve a purpose, not to shed light on the truth.
(10/07/2018) The Mean-Spirited Left. Read it and weep. Madison, Wisconsin city council voted to remove the grave marker for 140 Confederates who died there as POWs during the Civil War. The Left has made it very clear - they are willing to do anything to those that don't agree with them. Do not let them near the reins of power ever again.
(10/07/2018) Crazed leftist tweet about ruining Kavanaugh gives the left's game away. "Whatever happens, I'm just glad we ruined Bret Kavanaugh's life." OK, not everyone on the Left is evil, but this is evil and it is an attitude supported by many.
(10/03/2018) It's All Gone: The Democrats' Dead Ideals. May I suggest a more appropriate title? "The Democrats are a Bunch of Disgusting Slimeballs." And may I take a stab at clarifying the situation? Satan is hard at work trying to destroy the shining city on a hill (America), the destruction of which will leave the entire world in darkness. And the Father of Lies has a lot of willing allies.
(10/03/2018) Breaching the Field of Grievance Studies. Suffice it to say that taxpayers and other are paying outrageous salaries to professors who not only produce nothing but drivel for publication. If that were all, it would be bad enough. But what they write is a positively harmful, and they teach this nonsense as well. While we still have the STEM fields, and there a some good professors in the humanities, I would have to argue that outside of STEM, universities, on balance, are a net negative to American society and culture. And universities have already begun to politicize STEM.
(10/03/2018) Feminist Author Jill Filipovic Urges All Women to Divorce Republican Husbands. I've said it before and I'll say it again: those on the Left drag politics into every aspect of life and ruin every aspect as a result. We Christians ought to be "dragging" our Christian faith into every aspect of life in order to save every aspect. One of the biggest mistakes we make is to try to divide our lives into separate secular and sacred spheres.
(09/29/2019) Catholic University dean suspended after tweet about Kavanaugh accuser, deletes social media accounts. Note that there is nothing untrue or outrageous about his tweet. But this is what is happening in America and it is only going to get worse if we don't start taking it seriously and fight back.
(09/29/2018) How ‘Diversity Ideology’ Killed the University and Is Infecting America. This is a good interview.
(09/24/2018) The drive to sink Kavanaugh is liberal totalitarianism. From the article, this is a great definition of totalitarianism: The classical definition is a society where everything — ethical norms and moral principles and truth itself — is subjugated to political ends. For some time, it is obvious that progressives try to turn everything political. MSM - check. Academia - check. Entertainment - check. Science - check. The courts - check. Sex - check. Personal and family relationships - check. In fact, I cannot think of a single area that they are not trying to turn political. We evangelicals hopefully focus on Christ and God's truth. Progressives focus on politics.
(09/17/2018) Emmys host Michael Che makes joke about white people and Jesus. Why does this not surprise me? Of course, it makes me complicit since I don't complain.
(09/11/2018) Is the President a Bad Role Model for Children? This is a good Dennis Prager column. I would add that Trump is the first president I can recall that has made a serious effort to do what he said he would; that is, he has kept his promises. Trump the role model has quite a few positives as well as quite a few negatives. We are all a mixed bag.
(09/11/2018) Deplorables, Meet The Despicables. Is "Despicable" a fair characterization? In a word, yes.
(09/09/2018) Return of the Hypocrite. And many, many people are buying into a lot of lies. Aided and abetted by the MSM, of course.
(09/08/2018) Nike, Meet Barronelle Stutzman: She Believes in Something, She May Lose Everything. Well, the MSM, our elites and Nike probably think that serious Christians deserve to lose everything.
(08/30/2018) The Truth Will Set Us All Free. This involves the Mueller investigation, but genuine truth sets us free in all areas of life. Unfortunately, when we are being fed a bunch of lies, discerning just what is true and what is not is a difficult task.
(08/29/2018) Portland School Teachers Given “Social Justice” Guides – Praising Islam, Che Guevara, Black Panthers. If you think the headline sounds bad, the actual "guide" is even worse. If a guide were produced and given to teachers promoting traditional values and standards, people would probably lose their jobs. But the progressives have been pushing their agenda in the public schools with impunity.
(08/26/2018) Anthem-Avoiding High School in Ultraliberal Cali Gets POWERFUL Surprise. I think our elites have yet again made the mistake of thinking that most Americans agree with them when it comes to the anthem.
(08/23/2018) And They Wonder Why We're Angry. There are a lot of reasons to be angry. First and foremost is the fact that we have turned away from God - specifically his instruction and guidance. We have overridden God with our own "feelings" and with our "experts," who claim to know better than God. Anger is an appropriate response, if it is properly channeled.
(08/19/2018) Rahm Emanuel Comes Under Fire for Saying a Lack of Morals Behind Violence. I think that he has done a lousy job as mayor, but is it not sad that when he, or anyone, points out obvious truths like this, they are attacked? No wonder American culture continues of spiral down.
(08/13/2018) Restaurant Owner Says He Received Death Threats for Serving Jeff Sessions. It used to be that being a decent human being was considered to be a good thing. Now, apparently, being nasty and hateful and rude is considered to be a plus. That is, as long as you are nasty, hateful and rude to the right people.
(08/11/2018) Misunderstanding the world. Sad to say, our schools simply are doing a terrible job. I have to add that a lot of parents are doing the same. And a lot of our churches are not exactly doing great, either. In a nutshell, people are not basically good, but some societies / cultures do a better job at incentivizing the good and restraining the bad. But as Cat Stevens sang: "Oh baby, baby it's a wild world."
(08/06/2018) The Elites’ War on the Deplorables. If you haven't figured it out already, conservative evangelicals all qualify as "deplorable."
(08/05/2018) France Passes Law Making the 'Wolf Whistle' Illegal. I'm confused. I thought it was Christians who were trying to legally impose their values on everyone else. Consider the fact that pretty much every law involves "imposing a moral value," and that progressives are constantly demanding new laws. Draw your own conclusions.
(08/03/2018) 8 Insights From Heartland Reporter Salena Zito’s Book About Trump’s America. I think you'll enjoy this.
(08/01/2018) The Origins of Our Second Civil War. A Victor Davis Hanson article. Long but very worthwhile. Key line: "Religious and spiritual reawakening is crucial," but there is much, much more.
(08/01/2018) The Left's Ideas for Saving America's Soul Are Instead About Selling It. Good article. It is a response to an article on seven ways to save America's soul. Read the whole thing, but the first item being responded to is "abortion right must be supported" though abortions should be "legal and rare." "Rare" by having "quality sex education in school and easy access to contraceptives." There is so much wrong with this even if you don't consider abortion to be murder - or even wrong. We have had easy access to contraceptives for years - easy and inexpensive. How has that worked out? Quality sex education? The Left's idea of quality sex education includes such gems as homosexual sex and transsexuals are perfectly normal, that promiscuity is fine as long as it is "safe." If memory serves, studies show a negative correlation between such education in the public schools and reducing the pregnancy rate. More could be said about progressive's notion of "rare" and whether they even want to achieve it, much less whether their "methods" work.
(07/30/2018) Is America’s birth rate about to start booming? Well, it would be nice. We don't seem to have a problem in evangelical circles, but relying on immigrants - especially illegal ones - to keep the population from declining, is a recipe for disaster.
(07/28/2018) Virtue Signaling Is Now A Cheap, Prolific Substitute For Actual Virtue. That is because actual virtue is harder and it takes people longer to notice it. Some may not notice it at all.
(07/27/2018) Britain: Land of Lost Hope and Faded Glory? The state of Britain is sad. They are actively enabling Muslims to destroy their culture and virtually no one has the guts to try to do anything about it. Read it and weep.
(07/27/2018) A hatred ignored from the pulpit. I am a firm believer that the church - and I am referring only to those churches who actually preach the Bible - should become more activist in public affairs. But great care needs to be taken to stick to that which the Bible makes clear. One only need look at how the Left trots out the occasional Bible verse to support their completely non-biblical agenda. The Bible has a lot to say about male and female and homosexual and heterosexual relations. It says nothing about immigration and border walls.
(07/24/2018) Our under-incarceration problem, Atlanta edition. A 14 year-old committed armed robbery. After serving 2 1/2 years of a 15 year sentence, a judge freed him because prison wasn't "helping" him. There is more. Read the details. But at 17, he committed armed robbery and murder. The judge who (repeatedly) freed him should be held accountable. But we all know she won't be. When we are not held accountable for bad decisions, we continue to make bad decisions. As will this judge.
(07/17/2018) How Social Science Might Be Misunderstanding Conservatives. Even the author does some misunderstanding, though he at least recognizes the problem. The social sciences are dominated by liberals, and their biases cannot help but show in the way they frame their studies and present their questions. This is true no matter how hard they try to be fair. And many don't try to be fair at all. Those on the Left believe that conservatives are bad people and love to trot out "studies" that confirm their views. If the social sciences were dominated by conservatives, we'd still have the same problem, though I doubt conservatives would be as bad about deliberately producing biased studies.
(07/17/2018) CNN Panel Looks Off Camera, Starts Twitching When Asked to House Illegals. Funny thing, isn't it? When we are asked to actually bear the consequences of decisions we make or positions we advocate, we suddenly become more cautious. Our "experts," opinion leaders and many politicians advocate open borders and allowing all sort of people to come into America unvetted. They would never put them up in their own home - or immediate community - because they wouldn't want to take the risk or bear the cost. Risk and cost - that is for the little people, for the deplorables. Sigh. We may be starting to turn this country around, but we have a long way to go.
(07/13/2018) Study: Conservatives Are Happier Than Liberals. You've probably seen this before, but it bears repeating.