Friday, October 19, 2007

Lots of Links

I've been busy and unmotivated of late. Hence no original content will be forthcoming. Hasn't someone already said it better anyway?

I love Chuck Baldwin. He is one of the few pastors willing to criticize the univeralism embraced by our ostensibly Christian president: "When a professing Christian President can openly acknowledge his belief in universalism and attack the supreme doctrine of Christianity, that Jesus Christ is the Creator-God become flesh, and there is not an uproar of protestation and denunciation from pulpits all over the country, the church is in a state of apostasy. And that is exactly what has taken place."

Here Baldwin criticizes Bob Jones' embrace of Mormon Mitt. He pulls no punches: "Christian leaders such as Bob Jones III have succumbed to the temptation to become glorified politicians. They surrendered their convictions thirty years ago when the old Moral Majority married the Republican Party. Ever since then, Republican politicians have made a living by making dupes out of the so-called Religious Right."

Here is more from the "lesser of two evils" crowd in the person of David Bahnsen, son of the great theologian, Greg Bahnsen. Davie commends Rudy's "courageous" defense of free trade, calls Ron Paul "morally confused" and thinks the great need of the hour is to defeat the Boogie Woman, Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately, I think there may actually be a large group of Coulterite/Hannitized/Limbaughfied "conservatives" who agree with such tripe.

In the presidential race, I see that Sam Brownback has folded up shop. Other campaigns will now vie for his seven supporters. The likely beneficiary is Mike Huckabee, who continues to get rave reviews from elite journalists and some of my deluded fellow homeschoolers. What continues to puzzle me, though, is the support that Rudy is receiving from "Christians." In a recent Gallup poll, a plurality of Republicans (27%) who attend church weekly chose Giuliani when asked their presidential preference. "Even more startling," writes Bob Novak, "was the result of interviews with adult voters without regard to party preference. Among churchgoing Catholics, Giuliani led with a plus-38 favorable rating (trailed by Sen. John McCain with a plus-29 and Clinton bringing up the rear with a minus-9). "

Richard Land approves of political polytheism and spews forth the myth of religious neutrality: "
Since our beginning as a nation, the American experiment has intertwined the religious character of its citizens with the religious neutrality of the state." Yes, that is why 3/4 of the states ratifying the Constitution had state-supported churches. He says that Winthrop is no role model for civil leadership because he didn't like democracy (long, painful sigh).

Not speaking specifically to Land's book, Doug Wilson disagrees: "Of course, because Christianity does favor the separation of church and state. But this is quite different than saying, to run a series of examples by you, that Christianity favors the separation of the Lordship of Jesus and state, or biblical morality and state, or God and state, or justice and state. I am enthusiastically in favor of separating ecclesiastical government from civil government. So was Machen. But that is a matter of government, and does not touch the question of how righteousness is to be defined in the civil realm at all...Getting souls into heaven apart from politics has been the unique American truncation. The most ardent evangelical lobbyist in DC is nothing compared to the millennium and a half of established churches, a practice which American Christians successfully rejected for the first time in the history of Christendom."

Reconstruction in Iraq (anyone remember why there needs to be reconstruction?) is moving at a tortoise-like pace. "'Improvement . . . is likely to be slow and will require years of steady engagement,' Stuart Bowen the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, told a House panel." Did you catch that? It's going to take years!

There are a number of reasons that my family homeschools, but the moral degradation of public schools is certainly one reason. Here is a middle school handing out birth control pills and condoms to students. Absolutely wicked.

The Russo-phobia of our political elites, especially among wicked neo-conservatives, is mystifying to me. The end of the "Cold War" provided an opportunity to embrace the largest nation on earth, a natural ally. What happened instead? Pat Buchanan answers: "
We moved NATO onto Russia's front porch, ignored her valid interests and concerns, and, with our "indispensable-nation" arrogance, treated her as a defeated power, as France treated Weimar Germany after Versailles. Who restarted the Cold War? Bush and the braying hegemonists he brought with him to power. Great empires and tiny minds go ill together."

Want to avoid WWIII? The president says the solution is to invade Iran. Well, yes, that makes sense.


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