Give a man enough rope and he'll hang himself ... Hitchens could rig a schooner with what he's been given.
Russell Moore links to and comments on Christopher Hitchens' cristophobic and incoherent diatribe at Slate (Jesus for President).You know the sort of thing very well: Jesus would have been a ‘human shield’ in Baghdad in 2003; the United States is the modern equivalent of the Roman Empire. It’s the usual ‘liberation theology’ drivel, whereby everybody except the inhabitants of the democratic West is supposed to abjure violence. (To the question of whether the plan to kill Hitler was moral or not, Claiborne cites no less an authority than the Führer’s own secretary to claim that “all hopes for peace were lost” after the 1944 attempt. That, as should be obvious even to the most flickering intelligence, was chiefly because the attempt was a failure. What an idiot!)”I'm not sure why the Brits let this bloke run loose, or why other countries like Canada and the US allow him access to their citizens.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
The plight of converts to Christianity in Muslim countries is well known. What is less known is the plight of Muslim converts to Christianity in Western Europe. Last week Dutch television broadcast a documentary which shows how former Muslims in the Netherlands are frequent victims of intimidation and violence.Organized or unprovoked violence against one group by another group (or on behalf of another group) is rooted deeply in fear, intended to intimidate a group's and its member's views ... to coerce actions and conform attitudes consistent with those of the attackers.
An ancillary objective is to intimidate those who might find comfort in the actions and attitudes of the victims before the attack.
The attacks in the BJ article are clearly Cristophobic with the intent of spreading fear of becoming a Christian and fear of Christianity itself.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Religulous. His conclusions are not so kind.
See CW's own review here.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Religious freedom experts criticized this week a United Nations anti-blasphemy resolution for most likely hindering Christian evangelism and spreading Sharia law.Here we have a patently pro-Muslim effort to silence all non-Muslim religions. Imagine this resolution being used against a Muslim cleric who calls for the Pope's assassination or against a Muslim cartoonist whose favorite theme is Jewish blood.
“This anti-blasphemy resolution is mostly seen to be putting a ‘chilling effect’ on Christian work and outreach around the world, and that is a very troubling development for us,” said Carol Moeller, president/CEO of Open Doors, according to Mission Network News.
The non-binding U.N. resolution was first introduced by Pakistan and the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the U.N. Human Rights Council in 1999. It was amended to include religions other than Islam, and has since passed every year.
In 2005, Yemen proposed a similar resolution before the General Assembly and now the 192-nation Assembly is set to vote on it again.
All that's needed is one complaint to bring down the wrath of the NGOs; radical Islam's threats and intimidations are taken seriously enough to allow for this kind of preferential treatment.
Globalism is the name, one-world religion is the game. The prince of the power of the air is still active in this age.
A systematic effort to rid Iraq of its Christian citizens has been going on since 2003 ...The most senior Catholic cleric in Iraq warned that Christians in his country face “liquidation” if the Iraqi government and the U.S. military do not step-up protection for religious minorities in Iraq.Iraq is a perfect example of the Butterfly Effect (the law of unintended consequences). Some of the people we had intended to aid through our overthrow of Saddam Hussein are the very people we have most disturbed,
“We are the target of a campaign of liquidation, a campaign of violence,” said Chaldean Archbishop Louis Sako, reported Agence France-Presse on Friday. “The objective is political.”
Sako’s comment comes after police reported earlier this week that seven Christians have been killed in separate attacks this month. Police found bullet-riddled bodies of seven Christians in October, with the latest body of a Christian day laborer found on Wednesday.
Since the U.S.-led Iraq war in 2003, more than 200 Christians have been killed, dozens of churches bombed, and more than half the Iraqi Christian population have left the country, according to the archbishop.“We believe it is the responsibility of Americans who occupy our country to protect Iraqis,” Sako said.One can not dogmatically insist cristophobia is at work here, but the Muslims certainly do fear and hate Christians, and teach others to fear them and hate them as well.
No! This is not entertainment!
This is in-your-face social commentary and personal opinion intended to cover up the ignorance and licentiousness of an animator.
Brent Bozell makes us aware of the garbage mind and heart of one Seth MacFarlane, who, though gifted by his creator with manifold artistic skills, chooses to ridicule the Giver by way of the gift ... something done by mental and spiritual pygmies for over 6,000 years.
According to Bozell ...On October 5, Fox’s Sunday night [Family Guy] cartoon debuted an episode titled "I Dream of Jesus," a play on "I Dream of Jeannie." Get it? Jesus is a fairy tale, like a genie in a bottle.Actually what follows degenerates rapidly, revealing the hurting soul in MacFarlane, where inner demons rage and in whom cristophobia manifests itself by ridiculing the object of his confliction.
The title character, Peter Griffin wanders into a record shop, where he finds Jesus Christ minding the store. Jesus lies to Peter, trying to deny who he is, until Peter threatens to urinate on the albums of Christian artist Amy Grant. Jesus comes clear on his identity and explains he came to Earth "just to get away from the family... my dad just quit smoking and he’s a little on edge." What follows is an entire story that chronicles, in rather amazing fashion, how this lying, slacker Jesus is even dumber than Peter, the greatest idiot on animated television today.
Having been a bone fide ridiculer in my past life, I sense MacFarlane was trying to pull something off that failed to happen ... too bad ridiculing the only good man to have ever existed was his long straw.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sam Harris is a self-promoting, nobody atheist who has been blessed by the Peter Principle ... elevated to "his level of incompetence"; only his benefactors have no idea he has been!
Writing in what used to be a worthy magazine, Harris declares John McCain's pick for Vice President a figment of imagination, a religious zealot of the first order, someone of such dysfunction that she is not worthy of our time.
So, I ask, why are Newsweek and the soon to be forgotten Sam Harris taking the time to mock her? We find the answer in another Peter principle ...One of the dangers of keeping Sarah Palin under wraps is this kind of hyperbolic diatribe! (see here also) Where is the danger for Harris' with his crapola, if he knows she won't be allowed to respond?Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming?
For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.2 Peter 3:3-7
I can't agree with all of Tim Graham's take on Harris' opinion of Palin because I don't see it in the same light ... with the same worldview!
Harris has a right to his opinion; it's the subtle, quasi-intellectual, cristophobic fear mongering which really bothers me (CRIB emphasis). Notice ...Her relative ignorance is guaranteed on these fronts and most others, not because she was put on the spot, or got nervous, or just happened to miss the newspaper on any given morning. Sarah Palin's ignorance is guaranteed because of how she has spent the past 44 years on earth.Excuse me? Who has Sam spent any quality time with regarding the "the past 44 years" of her life" Seriously, how does he know how she spent the past 44 years?
I care even more about the many things Palin thinks she knows but doesn't: like her conviction that the Biblical God consciously directs world events. Needless to say, she shares this belief with millions of Americans -- but we shouldn't be eager to give these people our nuclear codes, either.
Then there is this little slip: "her conviction that ... God ... directs world events." Add Harris' own admission "millions of Americans" share "this belief" with poor Sarah!
First, this has been shown and re-shown to have taken out of context. And, second, she never said or even implied anything near to this. But will Harris' hubris allow him to discuss it reasonably and rationally? No! It won't!
And "we" shouldn't? This wee slip of the tongue tells me that he believes he, the Newsweek shakers, and their mover-readers are all of one mind. Such arrogance!
And "these people"? What smug contempt for "millions of Americans"?
Harris and Newsweek are not just mocking Sarah Palin, they've called out, by Harris' own figures, millions of Americans. But they have no fear, not of Sarah's fellow Christians (recent history shows we don't fight back against this crapola) and not of the likes of Sam Harris or the editors of Newsweek (Romans 3:18).
Most reasonable people know intuitively what this means to the intelligentsia. And most public speakers/writers avoid it when speaking to or about any minority group: women, blacks, Jews, Muslims, etc. But not to Christians, especially Christian women.
Harris and Newsweek are both guilty of what they accuse Palin - of ignorance and of spending their lives in the wrong way, without God, and therefore not knowing him or what He has said!
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Sunday, September 21, 2008
The USA is not the only place where Christians feel their government is cristophobic.The Archbishop of York has spoken of Government ‘intolerance’ against Christian groups when it comes to funding community initiatives. [TCI]Of course the "separation of church and state" is enshrined in the left's mythological Constitution of the United States, where only hard fought victories are achieved through "faith based" efforts; no such ironclad and arbitrary barrier to government funding exists across the pond.
While faith remains a primary motivation for charitable and voluntary work in Britain, increasingly voluntary groups which have a Christian foundation are viewed as ‘tainted and unsuitable for receipt of funding’ by public bodies.
[Cranmer]... Dr Sentamu has noticed ‘a chill wind that blows around grant makers and managers of funds’ when they consider the plans of faith groups. He said: “We must resist any trend in national or local Government where the decision as to whether a solution works is not based on results, but upon the intolerance that sees a project motivated by faith as being tainted and unsuitable for receipt of funding. Rather there should be a recognition of the valuable work being carried out by groups motivated to serve the common good by a belief in dignity of all as God’s creatures in which his divine spark resides.”[Cranmer]So many volunteers have opted out of faith based work and so many organizations have given up under governmental cristophobic intolerance and disdain. This has resulted in many not receiving much needed care and service which might have been provided.Christian groups “are working at the coalface of pastoral care and social practice,” he said, “motivated by nothing more than their love of God and the love for their neighbour”.I'm not aware of the comparable American data, so I can't say with any certainty the contribution of our people and organizations. However, any reasonable analyst must admit it is a least as good per capita/dollar of contribution.
Many are working with the elderly, children and the disabled. Dr Sentamu said there are 22,000 religious charities helping people in England and Wales, while churchgoers contribute more than 23 million hours of voluntary service each year.[TCI]
More TCI ...
More Cranmer ...
Monday, September 15, 2008
In a nation which just institutionalized Sharia law it's surprising to hear the nation's public broadcasting authority is concerned about the boundaries of religious propriety.A successful Christian children’s author says he was refused appearances on the BBC because it couldn’t be “seen to be promoting Jesus”.As in most disputes, a debate continues as to the truth of Taylor's allegations.
G P Taylor’s first novel, Shadowmancer, spent 15 weeks at the top of the British book charts in 2003. His second book, Wormwood, sold 22,000 copies in one day.
Yet the author claims that invitations for appearances on the BBC stopped once producers found out he was a Christian.
“I had good relations with them until they realised that there were religious allegories in my stories,” he told The Sunday Telegraph.Taylor ... says that he has been the victim of political correctness that favours minority religions at the expense of Christianity, a claim the BBC denies. [...]
[The author] who gave up life as a parish priest after signing a £3.5 million publishing deal with Faber in 2004, believes the BBC began to shun him after he was described as the new C S Lewis – the Christian author who wrote The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, blasted the media for its religious intolerance and historical ignorance at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C."And I want to take a minute or two because I want to put in context how bad things have gotten in the elite media and how utterly alien from historic traditional American culture some elements of the elite media are and I'll let you decide for yourself as you watch them which people accurately fit this," Gingrich added. "But there's a secular, at a minimum skeptical to religion, at a maximum overtly hostile to religion bias in the mainstream media."I'd vote for overtly hostile.
Much more ...
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