The Liberal Crusade

Do I think it is appropriate to burn the Koran? Although it is a perfectly legal freedom of expression in the United States, I do not believe that it is appropriate to do that. It is also not illegal for the Islamists to construct their victory mosque at ground zero either, but that too is not appropriate.

Both acts defy common human decency and respect. Loving your neighbor as yourself it is not.

What gets my dander up is the sudden new found liberal need to defend religion. Something most of them have spent their lives either avoiding or ridiculing. First they vigorously defended construction of the ground zero victory mosque as a freedom of religion issue. Now, with the same vigor, they condemn the potential desecration of an item important to one particular religion, in this case, burning the “Holy” Koran.

[Secretary of State Hillary] Clinton condemned the threat to burn the Quran during her remarks at a State Department dinner she hosted in observance of Iftar, the breaking of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

“I am heartened by the clear, unequivocal condemnation of this disrespectful, disgraceful act that has come from American religious leaders of all faiths,” Clinton said.

Where was our State Department champion of religious liberty and defender of religious symbols when a so-called artist urinated in a jar, placed a crucifix in his jar, photographed it and called it Piss Christ? It was a freedom of expression work of art paid for with $15,000 of your tax dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts so there is no point in getting all worked up about it. Did you also hear about the Holy Virgin Mary painting? It was a prize winner too.

The painting depicted a black African Mary surrounded by images from blaxploitation movies and close-ups of female genitalia cut from pornographic magazines, and elephant dung. These were formed into shapes reminiscent of the cherubim and seraphim commonly depicted in images of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption of Mary.

When our Secretary of State hosts a dinner in celebration of an important Christian observance like maybe Passion Week (okay, stop giggling), maybe she could grace us with her critique of Piss Christ or elephant dung Mary. Or, maybe she could give us her views on the treatment of Christians, Christianity or any other religion by Islam. She can start by reviewing her State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report 2009.

[In Saudi Arabia] Freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice.

Non-Muslims and many Muslims whose beliefs do not adhere to the Government’s interpretation of Islam must practice their religion in private and are vulnerable to discrimination, harassment, detention, and, deportation for noncitizens… Blasphemy is a crime punishable by long prison terms or, in some cases, death. Conversion by Muslims to another religion (apostasy) and proselytizing by non-Muslims are punishable by death under the Islamic laws adopted by the country, but there have been no confirmed reports of executions for either crime in recent years.

Planning a vacation to Saudi Arabia? Did you know that the Saudis confiscate Bibles too?

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as it is officially called, reportedly bans foreigners from bringing in Bibles, crucifixes, Stars of David and other religious non-Islamic items.

The heavily Muslim country threatens to confiscate them from foreign visitors along with other prohibited items such as narcotics, firearms and pornography, according to the web site of Saudi Arabian Airlines, the country’s national carrier.

What do you suppose they do with those items?

General Petraeus made a statement against burning the Koran. I can understand the General’s position. There is certainly no reason to give ones enemies any additional motivation to seek the company of 72 virgins. With all due respect, we do need the General to focus his attention on fighting the war and not on the antics of a whacko pastor of a 50 member church.

The General is joined in his concern of increasing danger now by the ground zero imam who threatened us if his victory mosque is not built where he wants it. The Muslim world will explode he says… I wonder if exploding Muslims will resemble the dancing Muslims seen in the “Arab street” on 09/11. I suppose I am beyond fearing Muslim explosions. I believe the remainder of the world, like me, is beginning to accept that as a normal attribute.

Did you know that in May 2009, members of the United States Military in Afghanistan had in their possession some Dari and Pashto language translations of the New Testament? The Bibles were sent through private mail to a service member from his Church in the United States. ABC News reported that after the story ran on Al Jazeera, the military confiscated the Bibles and burned them. The United States Military burned Bibles. No one kicked up a ruckus about that. Most people have probably never heard about it and there was nary a peep out of Mrs. Clinton about that “disrespectful, disgraceful act.”

“I can now confirm that the Bibles shown on Al Jazeera’s clip were, in fact, collected by the chaplains and later destroyed. They were never distributed,” spokeswoman Major Jennifer Willis said at Bagram air base, north of Kabul.” – Reuters May 5, 2009.

In contrast:

At Gitmo, personnel receive instructions: “Do not disrespect the Koran (let it touch the floor, kick it, step on it).” They must “handle the Koran as if it were a fragile piece of delicate art.” This means ensuring “that the Koran is not placed in offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet area.” Only Muslim chaplains and interpreters are actually supposed to touch a Koran, and then only if wearing clean latex gloves. Moreover: “Two hands will be used at all times when handling the Koran in a manner signaling respect and reverence.”

As your gag reflex relaxes just remember that it is okay to chuck Bibles into the incinerator, but Lord save you if you touch a Koran with bare infidel hands.

Do you know what the Afghan literacy rate is? It is 28 percent. Seven out of every 10 Afghans could not read the Koran even if they had one. So if we gave them Bibles they could not read those either. I recommend audio versions. The mullahs, who can read, however, can whip the illiterate masses into fanatical frenzies at will. That is why Dutch movie makers are murdered in the streets and people riot over cartoons.

How would they respond if someone dunked an elephant dung image of their profit into a jar of urine?

So there you have it. You can do just about whatever you like when it comes to Christianity or Judaism for that matter. You can ridicule Christians, desecrate their Christian symbols (or ban them from view) and destroy their Holy books with no outcry from the liberals. For some reason, though, you just cannot offend a Muslim’s sensibilities for fear that he might explode.

Maybe it is because when you offend Christians by doing such things, they do not explode. They only pray for your soul.

© 2010

Breaking: Rush Limbaugh and Barack Obama to Hold Policy Summit…

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions. – Proverbs 18:2 (NIV)

Do you like the way Proverbs hit you between the eyes like a blow delivered by a piece of dimension lumber? With a bazillion commentators piping in on every topic, self-included, and many of them backed with heavy doses of keyboard courage, it gets noisy these days. Everybody wants to be Rush Limbaugh. Most cannot. Ask Ed Schultz. There is little chance of the truth breaking through the racket, so we just settle in on the opinions with which we agree or we make up something else. That is a dangerous approach when the fate of the world’s freest nation is at stake.

I prefer the written word even if it does come to me most often in an electronic format. Reading it, rather than listening to a droning or whiney condescending dissertation of it, works better for me.

In our Internet driven world there is a gridlock of thoughts on the overhyped information superhighway. We have condensed most of those thoughts to one-liners – a headline, a sound bite or a snarky thoughtless comment.

I am as guilty as anyone else. If I am not hooked by the first couple of lines in the first paragraph, I usually move along to the reader’s comment section or the next headline altogether. That probably explains why some of you have already moved along from this offering. Had I started out by hammering on the politician or policy you most despise, you may have hung around for a little bit longer.

It is okay if you have moved on because writing in this form is akin to talking to yourself anyway – so I am saying it whether anyone is listening to it or not. I also occasionally answer myself and even carry on complete conversations – with myself. I even impress myself with what I consider flashes of my own brilliance. And I can do it without the benefit of my head pivoting as if on a swivel between dueling Teleprompters while I read someone else’s script.

If you skip ahead to the comments section generally offered in our new electronic media and then back up and read the article, it is obvious that many of the commentators do not read far beyond the headline. They comment about what other commentators commented about. Neither of which have much to do with the thoughts offered up in the original piece. It proves the adage that instructs if you spend less time talking and more time listening, no one will know how little it is that you actually know Chris Matthews. If only we could program that thought permanently into the brains of politicians. Smokin’ Joe Biden comes to mind.

Being a headline reader and snarky commentator more often than not leaves you standing nekkid (Appalachian-American dialect for naked.). Unable to defend your positions, you just keep making stuff up. You add one silly position atop another and continually build upon your well-established biases and borderline idiocy. Opinions supported by opinions. Imagine that. The old media comes to mind. And in deference to the second most powerful man in the world, so does Ol’ Joe again.

I believe headline reading is a national problem. It leads to headline thinking. That is thinking that rarely ventures below the surface. It is the only reasonable explanation for why we elected a slogan without substance to the Presidency of the United States. I Hope we can Change that in November. Can we? Yes we can!

Proverbs 23: 1-3 (NIV).

© 2010

Honor

I would lay down my life for America, but I cannot trifle with my honor. – John Paul Jones

On August 28, 2010, a man many of us are still trying to figure out who is clearly a media and marketing genius, Glenn Beck sponsored a rally at the Lincoln Memorial. He called it the Restoring Honor rally – a return to Faith, Hope and Charity (or Love). Many Americans attended. We will never be able to settle or agree on an actual number of attendees. So let’s just agree that it was a multitude and each of us can assign to that the number that pleases us.

I was not able to attend, but I did hear much of it on television. The message I heard was that we can only restore our national honor by retuning to our Christian roots. What one hears often has much to do with where one stands in life. What message did you hear and what does it mean to you?

To me, the message I heard means that we must put our Faith back in God. Faith that He will do what He told us He would do and Hope that we as individuals and as a people will make it to salvation and the promised eternal life in Heaven. When Faith and Hope are realized what remains is Love – the constant in Christianity. (Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. – Luke 10-27 (NIV); And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13; We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 1:3)

I am neither theologian nor preacher. That is simply my understanding of the Christian trilogy of Faith, Hope and Charity (or Love depending on your interpretation). I thought that it was important to try to place it in the Biblical context from which it comes. The bottom line is that if you are not prepared to discuss yesterday’s message from Mr. Beck in that context, then you probably will neither understand nor accept it. Or conversely, I am standing all alone out in left field.

What exactly is honor? Years ago, I wrote the following:

Honor is a code we live by. It encompasses all our values and all that we do. When honor is a value, it means we will do what we say and live by the values we express as ours. It means we live by a code of dignity, integrity and pride. It also means that our personal integrity is maintained without any legal or other obligation. A code of honor is an uncompromising commitment to a way of life. – The Three Meter Zone

In the context of yesterday’s rally, if we are to restore our honor we must first decide what makes up the code by which we live. Our “American” code can be wrapped in one predominant phrase. In God we trust. If we truly believe that then Mr. Beck’s message is on target. If we claim that we are Christians, as statistics show the majority of Americans do, then we indeed should live by the values encompassed by that claim. Or, we should agree that we are not Christian.

Only God knows whether Mr. Beck’s message will have any resounding influence over the direction of our country. Time will tell.

Al Sharpton has accused Beck of trying to hijack the civil rights movement. That is a statement that will cause your drink of diet Pepsi to exit through your nose. Imagine the “Reverend” Sharpton accusing anyone of trying to hijack the civil rights movement.

Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, honor is not fitting for a fool. – Proverbs 26:1

What you can count on in the coming days is for that theme to be picked up by the liberal media, most of which view Christians a bigger threat than terrorist Islam. What else you can count on are senseless arguments about how many people actually attended, etc. All of it with the purpose of distorting or deflecting the conversation toward something other than the true message. You can also bet that public relations firms are collecting big fees as I type this for telling scared to death politicians how to spin their message so that it sounds like they were actually standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010 offering up a hearty Amen.

Vietnam veteran Dave Roever gave the closing prayer for the rally. He said to know what 8/28 really means, read Romans 8:28.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

God has blessed America. I agree with Mr. Beck. It is now time for America to bless God through our Faith, Hope and Charity.

© 2010

What are American Values?

What does America value?

Absurd proclamations are common these days. Often, the justification for them is a declaration that they represent our deepest held American values. Sound familiar? They declare this so emphatically that it puts the timid on the defensive and garners cheers from the sycophantic ignorant.

Who among us could possibly stand in opposition to anything that is born of our most cherished, deeply held American values – whatever they are or however they are defined? Who does not fear being labeled intolerant or declared disease ridden by a phobia of some sort should we demonstrate the audacity to question what those values really are or express disagreement with their self-proclaimed defenders?

That fear of labeling is why the most prevalent modern American value is political correctness. It is a value for certain. It is also a national suicidal tendency. But, it is just one.

Values are not just flowery phrases dropped into a conversation to justify ones position. Values are what drive us. Values equal action. What we know or think we know transfers to our hearts – how we feel about things – and that translates into our actions. So when most of us are declaring that something is an American value, all we are doing is sharing what we personally value and adding to it a little hope that everyone views the world as we do. That is why it is important to understand what it is that you value. What drives you? Only when we honestly understand ourselves can we ever hope to put our finger on what America values.

God given freedom and constitutionally protected rights are supposed to be the shield that protects us from a potentially tyrannical or abusive government that might try to take them from us. Our conflict is not that complicated. People, who wish to fundamentally transform our country and try to redefine our deepest held values, use our freedom and rights as weapons against us rather than as a shield of protection for us.

Do we value the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Is it a value of ours that all men were created equal? Do we value God given freedom that was endowed to us by our Creator? We think we do. We claim to. But do we really? Is what we value defined by the rights guaranteed to us by the United States Constitution as citizens?

Is the right to life an American value? If it is an American value, could we ever say that pro-choice is the opposite of pro-life? Is individual liberty an American value? If it was, would there be 30,000 people nearly rioting in Atlanta trying to get an application for government provided housing?

Is it an American value that we were all created equally? If it was, would we more than 200 years later be fighting for equal outcomes? The good Lord placed us all here. We arrived with nothing. We will take nothing with us. Each of us chooses the path taken between arrival and departure. Our national focus does not seem to be on the creation.

I saw an ad on television this morning. It was a collection of people billed as national religious leaders. I must say, however, none of them were familiar to me. Basically the ad supported the ground zero mosque. Their position was that everyone should be allowed to pray. No one can argue with that deeply held American value. I am just curious about where this group of “national religious leaders” have been for all of these prayer banning years. Where were they recently when a group of students, in silent prayer, was kicked off the steps outside the Supreme Court of the United States?

When the press uses a constitutional right to pursue a political agenda, like the Journolistas, or when papers publish documents that endanger people and our national security is the right being used as a shield to protect those who exercise it or as a weapon?

The establishment clause clearly has the purpose of protecting the Church from the state and not the other way around. Its sole use for many years, however, has been as a weapon to expel any vestige of Christianity from public view. Not Islam, Buddhism or any other religion.

The protection of these freedoms and rights is so deeply ingrained in American society that we are slow to acknowledge it when they are being used against us as weapons to a devastating effect. It is time to say stop. There is a fundamental transformation that is needed in America. It is the one that draws a clear distinction between protecting rights and abusing them. Only when we can do that as a nation, will we know what America values.

©2010

Jumping the Shark

There comes a time. A point where the lingering thoughts you have held on to internally lest you offend friends and fair weather acquaintances must be cut loose. You know that you must rid your conscience of them otherwise your silence propagates the problem plus there is always the potential that your head might explode.

Our country is being led by a comic book character. He never existed until he was written into the story line to deliver a well-practiced speech at a national political convention. Oh, it had all the right words in it and sounded just swell, but for some reason it lacked the feel. It lacked heart. At least there is little proof of his existence before that speech as his handlers have spent millions to keep a lid on anything that might crack that window and reflect a little sunshine onto his past. He is a creation. He is the work of others and was drawn into our lives one story panel at a time until several issues later on a bleak morning in America, he became our President.

But, as usually happens with a bad script where the final episode was not written before the story was put into production, this one too is starting to take unintended turns. The most obvious is that although he appears in every panel of the comic book strip, his substance is as thin as the multi-colored pages on which his image rests. It is his creators and behind the scenes handlers that we should fear. Desperate people who want to keep their political power will take desperate measures. They will write dangerous maneuvers into the script to save their faltering figure head. They must find a way to salvage his legacy. Iran may want to duck.

His youthful communist and Muslim indoctrination is now well-documented. It is rare that one travels very far from life’s influential years and its influencers. That probably explains the relationships of today. A bigoted America hating “preacher”, the self admitted communist and terrorist in whose home his political career was launched, and other assorted communists, hippies and members of Students for a Democratic Society who surround him and are now charter members of his czardom. It likely explains his globetrotting apology tours. Probably explains why he was first out of the gate to state that a local police force acted stupidly while urging Americans not to jump to any conclusions when a Muslim nutcase screaming Allah Akbar shot and killed 13 Americans at Fort Hood. Of course questioning any of this does result in one being labeled a racist by his script writers. Everyone cowers at being called a racist by racists. It is a strange phenomenon.

Stupid starts to add up on you after a while. The apology tours were not good. Americans are like anyone else, they look for a leader who will stand up for them, not apologize for them. Spreading the wealth, we are not a Christian nation, when life begins is a concept above his pay grade, we are one of the world’s largest Muslim nations, bankrupt the coal industry, clinging to your guns and bibles, looking for some ass to kick, plug the damn hole…

Is the President nearing his jump the shark moment? He has traveled so far to the left that his typically professional left, as Mr. Gibbs refers to them, is now on his right. His polls are in the toilet. Congressional polls left the toilet long ago and are heading for the sewage treatment plant. The political future, if you can trust the political prognosticators, is not too bright if you are a Democrat. Now Mr. President has put his Presidential, and de facto Democratic, seal of approval on building a symbol of Islamic conquest at ground zero. America was once again flipped off and gut punched by a cartoon character.

When popularity has peaked and ratings are nearing toilet bowl ring level, jumping the shark to either raise the ratings or make them even more irrelevant cannot be too far behind. The question is can we survive it?

I am curious. Has anyone seen Colin Powell?

© 2010

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