Archive for June, 2007

Free Speech Suspended

If you were in Atlanta this weekend, you may have been at risk of arrest for exercising your right to Free Speech. If you’re gay, you had nothing to worry about. If not, you would have been better off staying home.

Notice that while the left is constantly accusing Christians of trying to deny them their rights, it was the Christians who were muzzled. Not only that, but they underwent treatment that would have been considered torture if done to Islamic Terrorists.

Within minutes, five of the men were handcuffed and locked in a stainless steel paddy wagon across the street, where they would wait in 100-plus degree heat until they were paraded through an Atlanta precinct. Ball required medical attention after his stay in the steaming, unventilated paddy wagon, and recalls that the men were required to remain handcuffed even when they needed to use the restroom.

I think maybe before the Leftists in this country go pointing their fingers at Christians, they should make sure they are not guilty of that which they accuse their political adversaries of.

Of course double standards are par for the course when your political heroes are Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez.

The Scholarship of the Ignorant

“I wanna say that that [sic] Jesus told us that we would be judged by how we treat the least among us, and we shouldn’t really maybe call this ‘Socialized Medicine’; we should call it ‘Christianized Medicine’.” – Michael Moore on “The View” (Courtesy of Way of the Master Radio).

What an ignoramus!! It’s bad enough that this guy takes it upon himself to tell the world that Christians are stupid, but then to have the arrogance to make himself a Bible scholar to boot. Little bothers me about pagans more than when they rip on the Bible and Christians out of one side of their mouth and then give sermons on passages of the Bible that they think somehow got missed by Christians out the other side of their mouth.

Do Christians want everyone to be taken care of? Absolutely! Does that include medical care when it is needed? Absolutely. Does that mean that we advocate using the force of government to take money from some people – by force if necessary – in order to pay for health care for other people? Absolutely not!!! That was covered in the 8th Commandment: “though shalt not steal.” Hiring a politician to do your stealing makes you no less of a thief. Espousing a Robin Hood morality that encourages stealing from “the rich” and giving to the poor makes you no less of a thief.

Actually, Christian health care is what has been practiced for all of recent memory. Take a look at the list of hospitals in your local phone book. I bet you’ll find names like “St. Mary’s”, “Methodist Hospital,” and “Mercy Hospital.” The majority of hospitals in America are non-profit organizations and were started by Churches. If you need life-saving care, these hospitals will provide it. And they won’t send a government agent to my house to arrest me (and possibly kill me if I resist) if I refuse to pay for your care.

Sorry Michael Moore, show us the fruit of repentance and faith in Jesus as Savior. Until then, keep your big mouth shut about what you think Christianity is and does.

Christian Muslim Priest

At what point does a denomination become so apostate that they are excommunicated from the rest of Christendom? Just when I thought the Episcopalians couldn’t get any more screwed up than they are, Ann Holmes Redding, an Episcopal priest from Seattle has come out as being both “Christian” and Muslim.

Huh?

Yep, she is so lacking an understanding of either religion that she thinks she can be both.

Redding doesn’t feel she has to resolve all the contradictions. People within one religion can’t even agree on all the details, she said. “So why would I spend time to try to reconcile all of Christian belief with all of Islam?

“At the most basic level, I understand the two religions to be compatible. That’s all I need.”

But to excommunicate the entire denomination because of one crazy priest? Well, in my opinion it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back. These clowns seem to be in a contest to outdo each other in being less Christian and more rediculous than the last guy. Between the ordination of gay clergy and a gay bishop, distribution of communion by clowns, denial of every essential doctrine of Christianity, and now marrying Islam in their church, it seems they don’t want to be Christian any more. If the denomination as a whole wished to remain in fellowship with the rest of Christendom, they would heed Jude 3 and contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. They would disassociate themseves from these clowns and uphold sound doctrine. Instead, they seem to ignore it. At least the greater Anglican Union has been speaking out against this foolishness and begun movements towards cutting the Episcopalians off.

Redding’s situation is highly unusual. Officials at the national Episcopal Church headquarters said they are not aware of any other instance in which a priest has also been a believer in another faith. They said it’s up to the local bishop to decide whether such a priest could continue in that role.

Redding’s bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vincent Warner, says he accepts Redding as an Episcopal priest and a Muslim, and that he finds the interfaith possibilities exciting. Her announcement, first made through a story in her diocese’s newspaper, hasn’t caused much controversy yet, he said.

If they were to be taken seriously, not only would the priest be gone, but the bishop would be too.

Climate Change Insanity

George Bush is the American Left’s whipping boy. It doesn’t matter what goes wrong, great or small, the left assigns blame to George Bush.

On the global scale, the same can be said of “Global Warming”. The latest is the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan. That’s right, it isn’t the fact that murderous people wish to wipe out another group of people that is to blame, global warming is to blame. Actually, come to think of it, if allowed to explain further, it probably is George Bush’s fault since he is responsible for global warming.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon blames the ethnic and religious violence in Darfur on global warming and insists more conflicts of this kind are coming because of climate change.

Yet another reason why the U.N. is completely useless!

Just when you thought you’d heard it all….

Gouging the Tax Payer

I’ve been considering starting a grass-roots political movement to battle tax increases to fund government schools. Enrollment has been steady or declining, in the district I reside in, it has been declining since 1985, and for according to their 2006-2007 budget it was estimated that they would have 111 fewer students than the previous year. Regardless, they insist on more money. Across the country, this is not unusual. More and more parents are choosing private schools or are home schooling, and the government schools continue to insist that they need more money. Meanwhile the teachers unions remain the largest and most powerful political force in this country, and they ensure that their own retain their jobs regardless of productivity or the quality of their teaching, and make it nearly impossible to fire teachers that don’t perform. All this results in a declining quality of the education received from government schools.

A quick perusal of the 2006-2007 budget that is posted on the website of the district I reside in shows just how much money they brought in for the school year that just ended.

EXPENDITURE BUDGETS FOR ALL FUNDS
2006-2007 – $190,593,638

Marginal cost pupil units are projected at 15,829.

Student / teacher ratios range from 27.5 to 30.5 for the elementary schools, 21.5 for the middle schools and 25 for the high schools.

Doing a little extrapolating from those numbers, that’s a total per-pupil expenditure of $12,040.79 for the 2006-2007 school year. Per classroom expenditures for elementary school averages out to be between $331,121.68 and $367,244.04 – assuming that per-pupil expenditures are equal for all students regardless of what school in the district they attend or what grade they are in. For middle schools, the average is $258,876.95 and for high schools the average per classroom expenditure is $301,019.71 (A classroom being defined as one teacher and 27.5 – 30.5 students in the elementary level, 21.5 for middle school, and 25 for high school.)

Rumors are that they will be putting forth a bond or levy referendum this fall. With per-classroom expenditures hovering around $300,000 per year, and figuring that the buildings themselves are, for the most part, paid for (new construction accounted for 10% of the budget), I can’t see how they can possibly justify asking for more money. Give me $300K/year and 25-30 kids and I will make sure they are ready for the Ivy League by the time they are 18 years old.

That was maybe an hour’s worth of digging. With more time, I am sure I could find more damning numbers.

I really want to see a resource become available that would allow people to very quickly find out this kind of information for their own district, wherever they might be. I can’t imagine it would be hard to get bond and levy referendums voted down with this kind of information in the hands of the voters of any district. When you put it in per-classroom terms, it is clear that, if anything, the schools have far too much money, and even the most naive homeowner who only wishes the best for the kids in his neighborhood would have a hard time voting to raise his own taxes in this light.

Beggers CAN Be Choosers…

… at least according to the food banks in the Twin Cities metro area.

Now I am all for food banks. I love them! It puts charity where it belongs, in the private sector. We need more food banks and less food stamps. However, it is a bit ironic that rather than complaining that there isn’t enough food to meet the need, they are complaining about what kind of food is being donated. That tells me that we have officially won the war on poverty! When people have to eat chicken noodle soup rather than African fufu, it must mean that everyone is at least eating.

Many of the foods on their wishlist aren’t even available in the part of town that I live in. Or if they are, I haven’t been seeing them. I wouldn’t know where to find fufu, white gourd juice, or fish sauce. I also have no desire to drive in to the hippie food co-ops in North Minneapolis (not exactly the safest part of town) just to please the people benefitting from the food shelves. I also have no desire whatsoever to buy meat certified by the Muslim community. If they don’t want to eat the cream of mushroom soup I donated, they are free to try their hand at panhandling.

Darfur

I was just playing around with Google Earth, which if you haven’t toyed with you should. Tonight I noticed that they have a pretty detailed listing of destroyed villages in Darfur Sudan. It appears they have teamed up with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. You can zoom in and see villages that have clearly been burned to the ground.

I’m not a big supporter of politically correct awareness campaigns, so this post isn’t to jump on the bandwagon that Hollywood has been discovering recently. However, I do think Darfur is a case-study in the “Religion of Peace,” and I pray that the suffering of innocents there is minimized, if not stopped.

It’s definitely worth checking out.

Battling Illness, Boredom, and Tabloid TV

I was home sick over the weekend battling a cold. I left work early on Wednesday and was home Thursday and Friday. It gave me much more free time than I wanted, and was very boring. I felt best when sitting in front of the TV, but it got very very boring, and I’d tire very quickly if I tried to get up and do something more constructive.

What really annoyed me was that Fox news has really gone down hill in the few years since I was able to watch during the day more regularly. It used to be just a little annoying because they tended to recycle news every hour or two, but at least the news was news. Now they recycle it every 15 minutes, and only focus on one story in that 15 minutes. I happened to be home on a day when that news was Paris Hilton.

It amazes me that there is apparently nothing going on in the entire world worth talking about except Paris Hilton’s return to court.

I was quite glad that I had several shoes that I like to watch but haven’t had time to lately, and there was at least one whole season of each show that I wanted to catch up on. I was able to get through the entire last season of Stargate SG-1 in three days. Thankfully a box of books I had ordered from Amazon before I got sick showed up on Saturday, so I had an escape from my television-watching misery. I like Stargate, but 5-8 episodes in one day was a little much.

Looking back, I should have been reading more, even before the order showed up. I have been meaning to do some research on bad theology (“wolves in sheep’s clothing”) for several months, but need to actually read some books by people with especially bad theology. On the list is Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Brian McLaren with more to add to the list once I’m done with them. In fact, if you know of any well-known “Evangelicals” who like to teach man-centered theology, and could get through an entire sermon without quoting the Bible or taking it grossly out of context if they do, let me know. You can also add anyone who tries to “Christianize” paganism (contemplative prayer, yoga, labyrinths, etc.). I’ve been considering adding Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, and Dallas Willard to the list. Depending on how much stuff I get, and how much I can dive into, I’ll either do some good posts here or put it all in book format. That is all if I can find the time, and not waste it on television when I do find the time.

Vote With Your Dollars

Hollywood and God

Ray Comfort & Co. have put up a new site aimed at hitting Hollywood where it hurts when they resort to blasphemy in movies. I don’t tend to watch a lot of movies, but I like the idea. It’s quite appalling to me that the Left, including Hollywood, will walk on eggshells when it comes to Islam, and treat Buddhism and Hinduism with respect, but have no problem spitting in the face of Christianity. So let’s spit back. Don’t pay to see the movies that blaspheme our Lord! It’s best not to see them at all, but if you must see them at least don’t pay – check the DVD out at the library or use a code for a free rental at redbox or something.