Sunday, March 27, 2005

Social Security, the Draft, Christian Persecution..and More

In a recent post on the economic consequences of mass immigration, I mentioned that I would address the argument made by some libertarians and other immithusiasts that more immigration can save Social Security. Well, Ed Rubenstein at VDARE has just addressed the issue. I may expand on Rubenstein's comments in the future, but I think he basically hits the salient points.

I've refrained from offering up my own comments on the Schiavo case as I can add nothing new that hasn't been said. I would direct your attention to a piece by Joe Sobran and another by Evangelical Libertarian economist William Anderson.

Some interesting thoughts from one of my favorite bloggers, Chad Degenhart, on cities. Baptist professor Mark Coppenger had some some similar musings recently on urban jungles.

Gary North with some insights on calling vs. occupation.

We don't hear much about the situation in Iraq these days, so here is some news. Iraq is swept up in a serious crime wave. The Star Tribune reports that, "In Baghdad alone, officials at the central morgue counted 8,035 deaths by unnatural causes in 2004, up from 6,012 the previous year when the United States invaded Iraq. In 2002, the final year of the Saddam Hussein's regime, the morgue examined about 1,800 bodies." There is also some concern that the country could divide into ethnic groups as "Sunni Muslim sheiks are publicly exhorting followers to strike with force against ethnic Kurds and Shi'ites, an escalation in rhetoric that could exacerbate the communal violence that already is shaking Iraq's ethnic communities."

Jay Matthews is a thoughtful journalist who covers educational issues for the Washington Post. Here he discusses the controversy over Intelligent Design and concludes, as a convinced Darwinists, that kids ought to be exposed to the heretical ideas of ID proponents.

Over at Counterpunch, Tom Reeves discusses the impending draft.

An atheist worries about Christian persecution in Iraq...and beyond, and wonders why fellow believers don't stick up for their own:

To this day, while Muslims stick up for their co-religionists, Christians — beyond a few charities — have given up such forms of discrimination. Dr Sookhdeo said: ‘The Muslims have an Ummah [the worldwide Muslim community] whereas Christians do not have Christendom. There is no Christian country that says, “We are Christian and we will help Christians.”’

As a liberal democrat atheist, I believe all persecuted people should be helped equally, irrespective of their religion. But the guilt-ridden West is ignoring people because of their religion. If non-Christians like me can sense the nonsense, how does it make Christians feel? And how are they going to react? The Christophobes worried about rising Christian fundamentalism in Britain should understand that it is a reaction to our double standards. And as long as our double standards exist, Christian fundamentalism will grow.


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