Friday, August 27, 2010

Is the MSM devoid of Common Decency?

At least that's the headline I would like to see. Particularly in light of Time Magazine's recent cover asking if America is Islamophobic based on the opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque. Two thoughts sprang immediately to mind when I saw that cover. The first was: "Have they no decency?" and the second was" I hope so."

"Have they no decency?" was referring to the folks at Time magazine. There is no one I have spoken to, liberal or conservative who has said that Muslims should not have the right to worship as they please within Constitutional limits. There is also no one I have spoken to about this issue who is not outraged on the grounds of simple, human decency that Muslims want to put up a mosque so near to ground zero. The argument that this mosque is a way for Americans to learn more about and assimilate to Islam is almost as crude and obnoxious as putting up a giant gas chamber at Auschwitz to help Jewish people learn more about and assimilate to Nazism. The very name of the mosque, the Cordoba Initiative, sends a message of Islamic victory over America throughout the Muslim world. It is outrageous that anyone in their right mind could even suggest that this mosque is anything but indecent.

The mayor of New York should be ashamed. I wonder how much money is changing hands to get his approval for a mosque that is a grotesque mockery of the lives lost in the 9/11 attack. I must concede, however, that the very idea of this mosque has opened the eyes of many Americans to the inherent threat to our republic posed by the dictates of Islam and sharia law in particular.

That's why my second thought was"I hope so." Not because I hate Muslims, I do not. My own faith counts them equally as precious to God as any other person. Rather, "I hope so." because the religion of Islam contains within it, a financial and legal system which are diametrically opposed to our current system of government and has, as the object of it's faith, the conquest of the world for Islam.

I am not someone who will encourage Muslims to change or deny the basic tenets of their faith. I don't think that is realistic or ethical. I do, however, expect the followers of that religion to accept, without cavil, the logical consequences of holding to that faith.

Those consequences are:
  1. to be doubted, because your religion countenances lying;
  2. to have the legal and financial aspects of your faith to be inconvenient for or denied to you in this nation, because they are at odds with the fundamental principles upon which this nation was founded; and
  3. to be suspected of terrorism anywhere you go because the only sure way to a pleasant afterlife in your faith is through death in war or violent jihad.

I would no more expect Muslims to give up the violent aspects of jihad or the tenets of sharia than I would give up the blood of Jesus. My faith is consistent with the founding principles of this nation. The Muslim faith is not. There is no shame in opposing that which seeks to institute destruction and death in favor of that which seeks life and freedom. Perhaps this nation's MSM should take a good hard look at their Muslim brethren.

"But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
Then the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What need we any further witnesses?" ~Mark 14:61-63

Friday, August 13, 2010

Signs of the Times

Seen on S. Business Drive in Sheboygan , WI,
A picture really is worth a thousand words.
"An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked." ~ Prov 29:27

Thursday, August 5, 2010

How do we determine good character?

Warning to parents: This video contains mature language.
It's all well and good for me to talk about how we should be voting on character and values rather than party affiliation, but how do you determine what kind of character a candidate has or what values they hold?
Sometimes they make it easy for you. (I am still glad I don't live in the area where this young woman is running for office. If her electorate finds such a thing acceptable, I'm prtetty sure I wouldn't fit in.)

"Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the LORD, neither do they after their statutes, or after their ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the LORD commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;"~ 2 Kings 17:34

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dust in the Wind

The EPA wants to decrease the allowable levels of particulate matter in the air by half. Sounds good doesn't it? Keep the air fit to breathe and all that.

Unfortunately for Oklahoma farmers, such a change would result in fines for doing something as simple as driving down a dirt road to check on or get to their crops. If they raise cattle? Well they'd best have a way to keep them critters still, because too much milling around on the part of a herd of animals could also result in fines from the EPA on a dry day or in a dry year.

Why? Because the EPA wants to regulate dust as a pollutant.
Apparently common sense really isn't common.

" It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
For the LORD will not cast off for ever: "~Lam 3:26-31