Est. May 2008

09 September, 2015

Just a Pinch of Incense

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about the case against Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who spent time in jail for refusing to sign same-sex mirage certificates. 

Why wouldn't she sign them?  She's a Christian, a fairly new convert, and she understood that by placing her name on those certificates she would be tacitly approving of SSM, something no Christian can do.

She had asked for accommodation for her faith, and was refused; the judge found her in contempt of court and jailed her because, in paraphrase of his words, a monetary punishment would not be enough to force her to obey (emphasis mine) his order.  And then, once she was incarcerated, he authorized (some say 'bullied') deputy clerks to sign the certificates in her stead.

Something which could – and should – have been done in the first place, as Michelle Davis, writing at Allen West's site, points out. 

In about AD 112, the Roman governor of the province of Bithynia and Pontus – Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (also known as Pliny the younger) – wrote to the Emperor Trajan. He had a bad case of Christians, and wanted to know what to do with the practitioners of the illegal sect.

Trajan's response was this:
You observed proper procedure, my dear Pliny, in sifting the cases of those who had been denounced to you as Christians. For it is not possible to lay down any general rule to serve as a kind of fixed standard. They are not to be sought out; if they are denounced and proved guilty, they are to be punished, with this reservation, that whoever denies that he is a Christian and really proves it--that is, by worshiping our gods--even though he was under suspicion in the past, shall obtain pardon through repentance. (emphasis mine)
Sound familiar?  Renounce your beliefs and prove it by burning some incense to the gods and you won't be punished.

Renounce your beliefs and prove it by signing these SSM certificates and you won't be punished.

Ms Davis refused to burn the incense; the Christian bakers, florists, photographers, B&B owners, and others refused also.

And they were punished.

Ms Davis' punishment ought to be a wake-up call to practicing Christians everywhere: persecution will increase.

And this is all far from over.

27 August, 2015

Behold the Lowly and Surprising Octopus

That would be the California two-spot version (the picture to the right), which was the subject of genetic research done by a combined team of scientists from the U.S., Germany, and Japan.

From the looks of it, 'their just-released findings present deep problems for the theory of evolution'.

How so?

29 July, 2015

Neutral Activities?

Can a Christian small-business owner or clerk provide a service for same-sex 'marriage' and not sin?  That's the question dealt with in the following article, which is actually two articles in one. 

Both articles answer the question, 'yes'; both suggest what I can only call 'deception' – self-deception.

28 July, 2015


During his trip to Africa, President Obama, speaking to the African Union in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, said:
"I actually think I'm a pretty good president. I believe if I ran again, I could win."

"But I can't," he added.
This statement of 'adherence' to Constitutional term limits for presidents is laughable coming from a man who's overstepped his Constitutional authority on so many occasions since his election in 2008.

But ... he can't run again?  Why not?  FDR did it, and managed a full three terms and two years into a fourth.  How?  National crisis, in particular, the run-up to World War II.

But, you say, we aren't facing anything like that.

I say, not yet.

Think about it.

The current Administration has entered into an 'agreement' with Iran which, from all accounts, is going to leave Iran the possessor of at least one nuclear ballistic missile in a very short time.  A nuclear Iran will be an emboldened Iran, and an emboldened Iran is an Iran which just might try to follow through on its 'Death to America' threats. 

If it does, we have a war ... and Mr. Obama has his excuse for running for a third term – just as FDR did.

Whether he'd win or not is debatable, even though a case can be made that it was the actions of his Administration which allowed – actually, gave – Iran the means to make intercontinental war.

Not so funny any more.

10 July, 2015

Checking the Sell By Date


For the past three days, at least three – maybe for – folks on my Facebook news feed have posted articles linking to a story from The Christian Post which tells us:
A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress.
Today, I saw the same thing pop up on some of the conservative sites I visit.  In every case, the impression is that this is just another example of the assault on religious liberty – particularly Christian liberty – that the Obergefell decision was predicted to cause.  For instance, one article begins with:
Remember, the gay lobby’s goal is not to be “accepted” and to otherwise be tolerant of everyone else’s views. Its goal is to destroy religious freedom and force everyone to tow their extremist rules. And here we see the next step in that crusade. A gay man in Michigan is now suing several Bible publishers because the book has “anti-gay” passages in it. Yes, folks, the gays now want the Bible either sanitized or banned.
And when you check the comments sections of both the articles and the Facebook postings, that's exactly how people are seeing it.

Problem is, it's wrong.  It's not a result of Obergefell, since the article all and sundry are breathlessly linking to was written, not on July 10, 2015, but on July 10, 2008, seven years ago.

And because whomever the first person was to post this article as an example of current religious-liberty assault didn't bother to read the publication date, and because everybody who subsequently linked to this article as proof of same didn't bother to read the original publication date, and because the vast majority of the people commenting on the articles and the Facebook postings seem to believe the link was published today rather than seven years ago, our Prog-lib opponents – you know, the ones we chide so often for not fact-checking their sources and for falling for obvious parodies –have just been handed a pretty good-sized stick to beat us over the head with: 'Seems the story was just too good to check, eh?  So desperate for this to be current you just went with it and didn't bother to check the publication date, eh?  Har, har, har, you bumpkins, you idiots, har, har, har.  Who's working out of Momma's basement now, eh?'

Check the dates on your sources, folks, or risk looking like fools.