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April 22, 2005

More on the Hawpe view of Justice Sunday

(See Kadnine's fine post for links and comments.)
Funny, Mr. Hawpe calls it a crusade, but I thought it was called Civil Rights. Let's see.

Freedom of religion? Check
Freedom of assembly? Check
Freedom of speech? Check
Freedom to seek redress of grievances? Check

Hmmm. I wonder what part of that Mr. Hawpe doesn't understand.

Actually, Mr. Hawpe does understand it. It's just that he and his ilk don't like it because they don't like some Christians. Oh, the Marxist "Christians" and their liberation theology are OK. And the social justice "Christians" are fine, too. But those uppity fundamentalists, those right-wingers? Nah, no use for those poor ignorant, unenlightened souls. (And BTW, if this an abuse of politics and religion, where was Mr. Hawpe's indignation when John Kerry was making the rounds of churches on Sunday mornings during the Presidential campaign?)

The Left's problem with Justice Sunday is that some Christians have moved out of the sphere of action the Left's view of Christianity allows. The namby-pamby version of Christianity they allow narrowly focuses on the "love" and "turn the other cheek" teachings of Christ to the exclusion of the teachings about the wrath of a righteous God upon Sin, and is not the Christianity of the Bible, but of liberal deconstructionists who neutered the Gospel to suit a social agenda. Kind of like the Left today.

Well, this is still the United States of America, there's still a Constitution, and the rights enumerated therein still apply to all the citizens, yes, even people of faith, and not just the ones that agree with Left Wing newspaper editors, Senators and seminarians.

If the members of Highview Baptist Church want to host a meeting and broadcast with Dr. Mohler, Dr. Dobson, and Mr. Colson, that's their right. If Senator Frist is invited to participate, that's their right. If the people who participate at the church and around the country via satellite can convice enough people to join their point of view, and they in turn can convince elected representives to listen to them, and changes in governance result from it, well gee whiz, that's just the way a representative democracy works.

So, with respect, my advice to Mr. Hawpe and all the others who are frothing at the mouth over this exercise of democracy is simply this.

Wipe the spittle from your chin. Suck it up. Get over it.
Of course, they won't.


April 19, 2005

I hope the Dems don't read this...

Of course, if the Dems did read this piece (Taking Faith Seriously: Contempt for religion cost Democrats more that votes.) by Mike Gecan, not enough would get it to make a difference. Just read the article to see what I mean.

Mr. Gecan's article shows a heart of America the Leftist elitists cannot countenance because of their snearing disdain for people of faith, indeed, for God.

April 5, 2005

Human Fallibility

Digital Video Recording, DVR, took all the fun out of the NCAA Tournament for me this year.

Well, I don't know much about basketball, so when I can see a foul, I figure the referees will be all over it. Now I understand that they can't see everything, but come on. Take the game last night. Using DVR, I can do my own slow-motion replays. Over and over, I saw obvious fouls committed where one or more of the referees were at least looking in the same direction. I rolled back the recording and looked at the slo-mo, and sure enough there was an obvious, sometiimes blatant foul.

I'm not talking about the subtle fouls, there isn't much subtle about basketball anymore. I'm talking about hacking, punching, pushing, and tripping. And while I'm on the subject, I was taught basketball was not a contact sport. What has happened to the game? I've seen street brawls where there was less contact.

I don't expect the referees to see everything, but is it too much to ask they control the game to keep it from being so physical? With all the pushing, hand-checking, etc. that goes on, I don't see how the refs can even figure out what to call a foul. They've also apparently forgotten how to count to three and how to call turning the ball over.

No, they can't see everything, but after watching some of the games from this tournament in slo-mo, I expect to see lines of college referees waiting for LASIK procedures. Maybe while they are standing there, they could review the rules of basketball and get the game back to something Naismith would recognize.

Catching up.

Well, Spring has sprung and I am finally getting over my pneumonia. Fits of hacking are confined to a couple of fairly predictable times a day and getting up to walk across the room no longer requires a rest stop. Also found is a clarity of mind that I had forgotten existed. (Or what passes for clarity in my case, reminds the Wonderful Wife.) So here are some observations about recent events.

Terry Schiavo
The most striking fact about this entire ordeal is the lack of generally accepted facts about the health of Ms. Schiavo. Ask five people about her condition and what was being done for her and you'd get seven different answers. The courts' greatest failure was not ordering an independent medical evaluation of Ms. Schiavo's condition before condemning her to death. I expect to see the fallout from this in State legistatures. Oh, and Michael Schiavo is a jerk of the first order.

Living Wills
My wife is an R.N. and has spent many years working in intensive care units. Her observations through the years have stopped me from signing a living will. What I would like done at age 50 may be radically different than what I would prefer at age 80. We tend to think of what we want done in those latter years, but an automobile accident tomorrow may activate conditions in a living will that might prohibit life-saving measures that are quite reasonable under the circumstances. I can't begin to think of all the different things that might happen, so I have chosen a renewable medical power-of-attorney that delineates who makes decisions when I can't. Since it has to be renewed, periodic revisions could reasonably be expected to avoid the estranged spouse issues we saw in Florida.

Red Lake School Shooting
This is an incident which wouldn't have been averted by any gun-control measure that isn't blatantly unconstitutional. The preoccupation so many have blaming guns for every shooting like this obscures the personal tragedies that cause them and the societal issues that contribute to them.

Officer Grignon killed in Louisville
Why was this young man on the street? The person(s) responsible for the officer's death are the ones that allowed the boy that pulled the trigger to remain at large. Breakdowns in the system are inevitable, but why do they happen so often?

Social Security and Taxes
It's broke. Fix it. I like privitization and I like the National Sales Tax, but I'm open to other ideas. Just don't say it doesn't need fixing.

The Pope's death.
I am not Roman Catholic, so I really don't understand it from that viewpoint, but I admire him for his stand against Communism and his role in promoting freedom in the former Soviet satellite states.

Alaska National Wildlife Refuge

Oil Prices.
My monthly gasoline bill has gone from about $70 to over $120. So we went to Iraq for the oil? Right. Just keep saying it, Moonbats, as the prices keep rising. So much for traveling this summer.

If I haven't made you made today, I'll try harder next time.