Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Sundry Musings

Sorry for the dearth of new material recently, but we've been passing various strains of illness around the house for the last three weeks.

Paul Proctor lays the smack down on Rick Warren.

According to Time Magazine, Rick Warren is “America's New People's Pastor.” Judging by the millions of PDL books sold and the thousands of churches that have embraced him, his programs and his accessories, I am inclined to agree.

YOU, my fellow Christian; whether you’re a preacher, a pastor, an evangelist, a church leader, teacher or simply a layman; after reading here what Pastor Warren wrote in The Ladies Home Journal, have an obligation to take a stand for Jesus Christ and His Word and warn others about Warren’s unbiblical teaching. If you do not, and just sit silent to save your ministry, church, career, family, friends or your own reputation then I would encourage you to re-read Matthew 16:24-26 one more time because he is leading people astray around the world in vast numbers and we are commanded to rebuke him for it with the Word of God and separate ourselves from him and his heresy if he does not repent.

Some Afghani's long for a return of the Taliban.

Chuck Baldwin wants to know if the Religious Right gullible, naïve, or willingly ignorant. Baldwin asks,

Practically everyone in Bush's cabinet is pro-abortion. Bush is the first president to authorize stem cell research...

President Bush has done nothing to remove abortifacients such as RU-486 from the shelves. He even supported the National Organization of Women (NOW) in their racketeering suit against Joe Scheidler and other pro-life advocates.

President Bush has approved millions of taxpayer dollars in funding for Planned Parenthood. He has authorized federal funding for abortion providers overseas to levels even higher than those authorized by President Bill Clinton!

Speaking of overseas funding for abortion, President Bush's $15 billion AIDS package provides payments to organizations that provide abortions including the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

President Bush even admitted his opposition to overturning Roe v Wade by stating emphatically, "there will be abortions. That's a reality." Of course, the President's wife Laura has also publicly said she is opposed to overturning Roe v Wade.

President Bush has repeatedly said that he has no litmus test on the life issue when it comes to appointing federal judges. Why does the Religious Right claim he intends to do something he has plainly and repeatedly denied? Again, are they gullible, naïve, or willingly ignorant?

Chuck, I'm afraid the answer is, D--all of the above.

Vox populi, vox dei, Al? I may post more about this later, but why on earth is Mohler praising Sharansky and berating George Kennan. Does Mohler believe the democratist pabulum spouted by Neocons?

The mother of a dead soldier has a question for Mr. Bush:

Why does Terry Schiavo deserve to live more than my son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan? Casey was misused and abused by his Commander-in-Chief and executive branch that boldly lied to the American public and the less gullible citizens of other countries about the reasons for the invasion of Iraq.

Casey was sent to Iraq to be killed by the same pack of cowards and murderers who so "valiantly" and tirelessly fought for the right for Ms. Schiavo to live! The green light for Casey’s murder was given by a Congress who expediently abrogated their constitutional rights to a president whose foreign policies are not based on reality or even loosely based on any kind of Christian moral values. Someone needs to give Congress basic lessons on the Constitution: Declaring War – YES; Meddling in a family's private tragedy – NO!!

As far as I am concerned, the amazing hypocrites in our Government are not making up for killing thousands of innocent Americans and Iraqis by passing emergency legislation to save one life. Every member of Bush’s executive branch (past and present) and every member of Congress who voted to give George the authority to invade Iraq have innocent blood on their hands. For the next State of the Union address, maybe the hypocrites in Congress should shamefacedly display blood soaked hands, instead of proudly wriggling fingers stained with ink to symbolize sham Iraqi elections. This shameful Congress should go back on vacation and go back to their home districts and look for people who have been devastated by the illegal occupation of Iraq.

The intrepid Paul Craig Roberts takes on immigration, outsourcing, and the burgeoning police state--all in one column.

Some libs are having second thoughts about Iraq, but Ilana Mercer is having none of it.

Pat Buchanan and Tom Fleming comment on the Schiavo case.

I hope to do some posting pertaining to immigration in the near future. If you haven't seen this brief discussion about the redistributive impact of mass immigration, check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Darrell,

The Shiavo thing leaves me with a very sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. Her soon-to-be realized death is nothing less than a murder. That this country cannot find a way to save this poor woman is more than a tragedy, it is an indictment. Every day that goes by, I am filled more and more with disgust for the people of the United States.

Buchanan's account of the history of German euthanasia and his identification of it with the attitudes of our elites is entirely apt. No one, repeat no one, seems to grasp the depth of meaning in the word human. Now if only we could get Buchanan out of that elephant suit he was wearing on election day, supporting as he did at the time the author of the deaths of over 100,000 persons in Iraq, one might begin to take his complaints on behalf of a culture of life seriously.

Chuck Baldwin is one of the very few figures in revivalist Christianity to have seen through the pro-life facade of George Bush. He is to be heartily commended for that. One does not forget easily the abandonment felt in 2001 with the Bush stem-cell outrage, the lying about his having kept his campaign promise and the syncophancy of the Dobsons and Colsons. Baldwin stood tall then and he has since.

John Lowell

12:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Darrell,

On the first pass through today's blog I took a quick look at Tom Fleming's piece and, seeing how long it was, promptly moved on. Now I can only mourn my
decision, moments later, to take a hard look at it on a second pass.

One wonders if Tom Fleming might find himself well placed in one of those Defense Department positions that oversee "renditions" in Egypt or Syria. Certainly, one senses in him a sufficiently well developed capacity for revenge to justify such an appointment. Either that or, perhaps better yet, the role of consigliere in some Mafia family where no murder goes unavenged. If the Spirit so easily detected in this man in any way can be called Holy, show me to a new Trinity quickly please. I mean the hatred just spits out of the guy, whether it's toward Cardinal Martini - not Martino as he imagines it - or in his off-putting contempt for the simple human dilema in which the Shiavos find themselves. To find himself better informed as to what
suitably might be called the pastoral requirement of the situation one suspects that Fleming would benefit from either larger sized underwear or a kind of thorough-going purgative. His is the analysis of the schlemeil, of the type that gives lectures on theology to the grieving at funerals.

I will be forever grateful that the Jesus that loved me out of a dreadful late adolescent/early adult life many years ago never once sought to revenge himself for the torrent of nails I'd driven into his hands. To imagine that either the justice of God or the spiritual condition of a victim of crime are served somehow by an equalling of the score shows only the most appalling ignorance of the reality of mercy or the character of the God that so liberally dispenses it. But you'd expect that kind of vacuousness in someone given instinctively to the intellectualization of concrete, right-in-front-of-you human sorrow, wouldn't you.

John Lowell

4:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I figured you would have something to contribute vis a vis Fleming's remarks. I don't think he can help--he's just a very grumpy man.

I am troubled on some level by the intervention of the state into family life, but it seems to me that Mr. Shiavo's adulterous actions preclude him from being recognized as a guardian with Terri's best interests at heart.

12:02 PM  

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