Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Stuff in the News

This pastor has wired up his sanctuary with high-speed Internet access. "The church has to move with the times and I wanted to make St John's a sanctuary for everyone, including business people with laptops and mobiles. I have no problem with people quietly sending an email or surfing the Internet in church, as long as they respect the church." Nothing like staying relevant.

Pro-family activists and Wiccans join hands. Thomas E. Jones and Tammy Bristol were "directed to take such steps as are needed to shelter Archer (their son) from involvement and observation of these non-mainstream religious beliefs and rituals." The "reverend" Barry Lynn said, "This is an absurd result, because in the eyes of the law being a pagan should be no different from being a Presbyterian." Micah Clark, executive director of the American Family Association of Indiana, said, "The parents have the right to raise their child in that faith, just as I have the right to raise my child in the Christian faith." You know, in a post-modern culture Christians are allowed a seat at the table, as long as they play nice with the Druids and become, by implication, polytheists. What does the Bible say?

Deut. 12:9-12
9"When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.

Ex. 15:18
18"You shall not permit a sorceress to live.

Just when you think maybe Democrats might be more responsible than the GOP--talk about a mean feat!--Charlie Rangel says that George Bush should be impeached...over his Social Security proposals.

This teacher was charged with violating a student 100 times. Did anyone mention his "sexual orientation?"

Darth Cheney says the insurgency is in its "last throes." Perhaps the veep can explain this. Iraqi guerrillas have become increasingly active, doubling the number of attacks since April.

With things going badly in Iraq, the various branches of the armed services are having difficultly meeting recruiting goals. As a consequence, we have an unholy alliance of egalitarian liberals, radical individualist libertarians, and imperious neoconservatives arguing that we can simply meet the need by turning to homosexuals and women.

Congressman Duncan Hunter offered up an amendment to the defense bill that would have required an act of Congress each time the Army wanted to open up new positions for women in combat zones. Hunter ultimately retreated and offered a milder amendment extending the requirement that the Army notify Congress of intent to expand women's roles in combat-zone jobs from the current 30 days to 60 days.

Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif., criticized the compromise, saying it "still greatly infringes upon the right of women to serve in combat alongside men."
"Libertarian" columnist Kathy Young (does this woman have a husband?) wrote, "The notion that women deserve special protection from violence is not just a male plot to keep women down, as many feminists charge; it is also an expression of sincere concern for women's well-being. But such chivalry is ultimately infantilizing. On the flip side, no society dedicated to the principle of fair play can demand that men treat women as equals in all other walks of life, and then tell men their lives are more expendable." Neocon imperialist Max Boot says that not only have women enhanced the military, but keeping homosexuals out of the ranks makes no sense, either. "Sooner or later," says Boot, "the U.S. military will follow the example of Australia, Britain and Israel and lift its ban on openly gay service members. In the struggle against Islamic fanatics, we can't afford to turn volunteers away." If only we could send Max to Mosul.

Christians who aren’t embarrassed by their Bibles might beg to differ with all of this nonsense and could point to numerous texts, including Deut. 22:5, where we read, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

The law obviously made reference to clothes, but the meaning is far broader. The intention is to maintain distinctions between the sexes. As R. J. Rushdoony said in commenting on the text, it “forbids imposing a man’s duties and tools on a woman, and a woman’s on a man. Its purpose is thus to maintain God’s fundamental order.” That fundamental order is hierarchical and, for lack of a better word, patriarchal, and you shouldn’t allow braying journalists to tell you otherwise.

The elimination and obliteration of distinctions between the sexes is rooted in rebellion against God’s order. Indeed, egalitarianism denies the very principle of order and attempts to arrange creation on its own terms. Equality thus becomes a philosophical and religious faith that demands the fidelity of every individual and institution.

The Scriptures are clear that there is a comprehensive pattern of differentiation between men and women. It is men who protect and lay down their lives for women, even as Christ died for the Church, and it is women who bear a responsibility as nurturers. In Joshua 1:14, we read that the “wives, young children, and livestock” of Israel remained on the other side of the Jordan River while the “fighting men” crossed the river to wage war against the Canaanites. Today, Christian men prefer to send their wives, sisters and daughters to die on foreign battlefields instead of fighting themselves.

Looks like the SBC convention is going to have to tackle the issue of public education, and role parents are to play in educating their children. Actually, I'm guessing the resolution gets buried by those unwilling to "offend."

Some time back, I reported on a study indicating that abortions had increased during the Bush presidency. It appears now that the data was incorrect. The research provided by the research arm of Planned Parenthood has made many pro-lifers feel a lot better. Baptist Press, rather than wondering if the GOP will do anything to stop the legally protected murder of unborn children, is really concerned that Howard Dean and John Kerry haven't corrected their prior statements on the matter. Keep up the good work, guys!


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