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To be Consistent, ACLU Should Take Up Arizona Case

16.03.2010 (7:32 pm) – Filed under: Christianity,Religion ::

Using the principle of separation of church and state, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has frequently taken on Christian groups in various cases meant to remove Christianity from the public square. In fact, the ACLU so often appears to be deliberately targeting Christianity that it has gone on record denying bias.

Now the town of Gilbert, Arizona has banned religious services in the homes of its residents. If the ACLU is indeed in the business of protecting Americans’ civil liberties, the group should take up the cause of the town’s Christians who have been barred from practicing their religious freedom in their own homes.

The Oasis of Truth church began meeting at Pastor Joe Sutherland’s house in November and rotated homes several times a week for Bible study and fellowship.

A Gilbert code compliance officer hit the church with a violation notice after seeing a sign near a road advertising a Sunday service.

A zoning administrator told the church that Bible studies, church leadership meetings and fellowship activities are not permitted in private homes.

It’s clear that the town’s law is unconstitutional. Indeed, the violation of the residents’ right to exercise their religion is much more egregious than virtually all of the semantic church/state conflicts the ACLU perpetuates every day. So much so, in fact, that if the group purports to be a defender of the constitution and the rights it guarantees, the ACLU must respond in favor of Christians in Gilbert with all of the force and bluster the watchdog group can muster. Anything less would be a hypocritical violation of the group’s publicly declared purpose.

Re: The Unambiguous Meaning of the Cross

08.10.2009 (7:27 pm) – Filed under: Christianity,Politics,Religion ::

Steve Benen finally gets something right when he says that the meaning of the cross the VFW put up in the New Mexico desert some 75 years ago is unambiguous.  Too bad he doesn’t have a clue that the crystal-clear meaning is the purpose and meaning of the country he lives in.

Doltish liberals like Benen have already caused the vet’s memorial to be covered over in plywood, a shameful action in itself, but their hatred of Christianity doesn’t stop there.

Take careful note of my word choices in that last sentence, for it is hatred that motivates the lefty-rads on this issue.  How can I be so certain?  Seems that a compromise has been offered such that 5 acres of currently private land would be exchanged for 1 acre around the cross in the Mojave.

The rejection of that offer by a San Francisco, California-based appeals court is itself sufficient to prove my point.  The uber-left makes themselves out to be the protectors of the Constitution in regard to church/state issues, but by refusing this reasonable compromise they demonstrate their true motivations: the banishment of Christianity from public view and ultimately from American life.

Wiley Drake Embarrasses Christians Again

09.06.2009 (9:40 pm) – Filed under: Christianity,Religion ::

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It’s been a few months since I first wrote about Wiley Drake, the uncouth pastor from Buena Park, California whose 15 minutes of fame came when he posited that God would strike Rick Warren down for daring to speak at President Obama’s inauguration.  Strangely, Warren seems to be doing just fine, thanks, and most Christians have forgotten about Drake and the the dead albatross he hung around our necks with his ridiculous pronouncement. 

Unfortunately it seems that run of good luck is over: the Drake has laid another, even more foul egg with which to stink up the good name of Christians everywhere.  This time he’s on record saying that he’s actively praying for Barack Obama to die.

[Alan Colmes] “So you’re praying for the death of the president of the United States?”

[Drake] “Yes.”

“You would like for the president of the United States to die?” Colmes asked once more.

“If he does not turn to God and does not turn his life around, I am asking God to enforce imprecatory prayers that are throughout the Scripture that would cause him death, that’s correct.”

A quick read of my original post would reveal a sort of cautious optimism about Barack Obama’s upcoming presidency.  I was then not fully jaded, hopeful that, despite what his radical supporters clamored for, Mr. Obama would stick to his promise to govern the whole country and not radically inject government into the business and personal lives of Americans.  I have been vastly disappointed in this vain hope, for it seems the audacity of hopelessness that drives Obama’s neo-liberalism is well on its way to being implemented nationwide. 

From the ill-advised bailouts of failing financial conglomerates to the nationalization of the auto industry liberalism helped destroy to the bloated, pork-laden budgets that make George W. Bush look like a miser, Barack Obama has already done many things wrong in his short presidency.  Moreover, virtually everything he stands for is equally wrong.

Nevertheless, for a self-defined Christian, particularly a so-called leader of men, to actively seek the death of a president who has done nothing to deserve such condemnation is outrageous, ridiculous, humiliating for the rest of the flock, bordering on the insane, and a grotesque insult to the Son of Man himself, who Drake purports to follow.

Desperado says:

I’ll make you a wager. I’ll bet you won’t hear Hannity and Limbaugh play this in an endless loop like they did the statements of Reverend Wright. Any takers?

To which I reply, why should they?  Are we in the middle of a presidential campaign and is the leading Republican candidate a decade-long follower of Wiley Drake?  No, making both the wager and its pro-Obama hyperbole meaningless.  Wright was a racist influence on the President of the United States; Wiley Drake is a fool who doesn’t deserve media attention.

To conclude, if you contribute money to Wiley Drake then you need to stop doing so.  Today, before he makes more trouble for the nation and for the brotherhood of Christians that frankly he has no more right to claim to be a part of than his former nemesis, one Dr. George Tiller.

Tolerance at Christmas in Israel

24.12.2008 (7:53 pm) – Filed under: Christianity,Islam,Israel ::

Merry Christmas! 

If you believe in that nonsense, that is.  CNSNews has this from Nazareth:

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As Nazareth’s Christians prepare to celebrate Christmas, they are playing down the appearance of a confrontational Islamic banner that challenges an elemental Christian belief.

Journalists visiting the city saw two large banners–one in English, one in Arabic–hanging in the plaza in front of the Basilica of the Annunciation, with a verse from the Koran (112:1-4) contradicting the New Testament proclamation that Jesus is the “only begotten” of God.

“In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, Say (O Muhammad): He is Allah, (the) One and Only. Allah, the Eternal, the Absolute. He begetteth not, nor was begotten, and there is none like unto him,” the banner reads.

Nothing like a little friendly tolerance on Christianity’s big day, is there? 

CNS goes on to say that Christians in Nazareth say that it’s no big deal.  That’s untrue, of course.  The truth or lies about the origins of Jesus is one of the two central questions of all time (the other being, “Where did humanity come from?”).

Publicly rejecting the fundamental basis for a religion, any religion, is hardly the action of people interested in peaceful relations.  Imagine the results of a reciprocal action by Christians in Mecca the day before Ramadan, if you can.

Peace be with you.