Literacy Advance of Houston

When my wife was three, she heard her older siblings lamenting how awful it would be not to be able to read.  She chimed in, “Oh, it’s not so bad.”  That said, she has always had a passion for literacy and is now a librarian.

One of our favorite secular charities is Literacy Advance of Houston.  They do great work in helping improve lives and families.  Check ’em out.

The mission of Literacy Advance of Houston is to teach adults to read, write, and communicate in English so they can achieve their full potential as parents, workers, citizens, and community members.

Here is the story of Lester, who learned to read from the tutors at Literacy Advance.  He read this at a banquet where Barbara Bush spoke as well.

Celebration of Reading

by Lester Benton

Thank you, Mrs. Bush. I am very honored to be here tonight.

I have struggled with my reading since I was in elementary school right here in Houston. I was a pretty good student in math and science, but reading was always a problem for me.

I was labeled a slow learner when I was about 12 years old and put in an alternative school. The chance to learn stopped with that school where all we did was play games.

By the time I convinced my mother to help get me back into regular school, I was two years behind. I was moved along in high school and graduated, and I tried college—but it didn’t work out. All my life I was embarrassed about my reading and writing problems, and I hid them away as best I could.

But these problems affected my life in many ways, from my marriage to my ability to make a good living. I had low paying jobs for most of my life. My family always knew I had a problem and tried to help me. I always asked them for help with spelling and I relied on them to help me understand the meaning of words.  You see, for me, words were just words on paper. I couldn’t grasp the meaning of them when they were strung together.

And then, two things happened that changed my life. My sons, Kevin and Christopher helped me with reading as they were developing their own reading skills.

Two years ago, Christopher, when he was just 8 years old and in the third grade, was helping me with the meaning of some words. He said to me, “Dad, you are old, why can’t you read?”

I realized at that moment that I was going to go somewhere to find someone to help me.

I had always believed that I was smart enough to fix my problem if someone could help me figure it out. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I googled READING on the computer and began to search for help. And…I found it. I found Literacy Advance of Houston and in a very short time, after putting aside the embarrassment about my reading and writing, I was working with my first volunteer tutor.

Lucky for me, he was a Frenchman. He would say to me “you have to fall in love with the story”. One day, he had me read a section in a book and then write down what it meant to me. I read and I wrote—crossed it out, wrote it again and crossed it out. This continued until I finally wrote something that really made sense to me.

I realized I had just written the first paragraph I could remember. Tears came to my eyes, and I could not stop crying.

My second tutor, Pat McCracken, who is here tonight, has helped me make more progress in my reading skills. I finished reading my first book, “The Things They Carried” a wonderful book about soldiers in the Vietnam War by Tim O’Brien. I learned what it is like to “fall in love with a story”.

After all the years of struggling, my life has changed. I am taking courses at Houston Community College. I will get my degree, one course at a time. I have the best job I have ever had at Walgreens Distribution Center. I have been able to grow in my job because of my new skills and the confidence I have in myself.

Over the years, my wife and I encouraged our children to learn to read and to do the best they can in everything they do. My Children are here tonight — my sons, Kevin and Christopher, and one of our daughters, Jessica. Our other daughter, Elsa, who is studying to be a CPA, lives in Washington, DC. When Jessica was in high school her teachers called us in to tell us she was an exceptional student—I was afraid that meant she was in trouble. Jessica earned her degree in Chemical Engineering from RPI, and in June, she will receive her MBA from Stanford.

I hope you will allow me, the Proud Father, to ask my family to stand so I can introduce them to you.

In our City, there are thousands of people like me who have serious problems with reading and writing. I hope my experience will teach my children and others that it is never too late to learn and that you should never, ever give up.

I no longer feel the shame as I am able to read and write. I continue to push myself, and I know I can overcome any problem standing in my way.

I want to thank everyone at Literacy Advance for changing my life.

And I want to thank Barbara Bush and all of you here tonight who support the essential cause of Literacy.

Thank you very much.

Roundup

Praying the scriptures is a great idea.  If you aren’t sure what to pray you have 31,173 verses pre-approved by God.  Check out Alysa’s post about praying 1 Peter 5.

Question: Is the intent of the DNC to replace black voters with Hispanic ones, as low-information pets of the party? Interesting analysis by Hillbuzz.

In 2008, Donna Brazile famously declared, during the presidential primaries, that the DNC no longer needed blue collar workers,  rural voters, senior citizens, or gay and Jewish voters, because the coalition they were building of blacks, college-aged first time voters, Hispanics, and women were enough to win national elections.  No one else need apply.

We wonder if Brazile’s candor didn’t leave out part of what’s going on — and that’s actually the DNC’s abandonment of blacks completely, replacing them as pets and dependents with newly imported Mexicans.

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We’ve long believed that Liberal-controlled public schools in cities like Chicago are deliberately kept so terrible that black students never learn the social, academic, or life skills to succeed in life — and are instead kept dependent on the government for their welfare.

New DNA Damage Repair Mechanism Must Have Arisen Early — the workings of DNA are endlessly fascinating, and typically make a mockery of neo-Darwinian evolution.

This conclusion that complexity comes early is often forced on evolutionists, in spite of the evolutionary expectations to the contrary.

Here’s something not to get excited about — the alleged discovery of Noah’s ark.

If it is the Ark, may it wake up the biblical sceptics . . . And if this is just another hoax, it’s no big deal. My salvation isn’t dependent on (or in need of) scientific confirmation of incidents in the Bible, but on my relationship with God. His reality confirms His Word.

Bonus graph:

Protection & pro-life

After I noted on another blog that pro-lifers protect the lives of the unborn, a “human rights activist” commenter responded:

Dawn of the Dead, Dawn of the Unborn, it’s the same nonsense.

Does that protection extend to females – who are ALREADY alive?

Of course I pointed out the scientific fact that the unborn are unique, living human beings.  I also replied as follows:

I don’t see what it proves to just say an argument is nonsense. Seems to me that non sequitors like “dawn of the dead” are less sensible than appeals to scientific facts and basic morality (i.e., you shouldn’t kill innocent human beings).

Re. protection to females: Of course protection extends to them if you are talking about saving the life of the mother. That is consistent with the pro-life ethic. If you are talking about the preference of the mother to have her unborn child killed — over half of whom are female — then that is a different story.

Females also need protection from the boyfriends and parents pressuring them to abort, which is very common.

And they need protection from statutory rapists, like those that Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics willfully and illegally hide in their zeal to make money.

An authentic human rights activist has plenty of work to do fighting the abortion industry.

In addition, consider how pro-legalized abortionists oppose these measures:

  • Parental notification laws — parents are the primary protection for children, and schools  can’t give an Advil to your child without permission.  But they can take her for an abortion?!
  • Informed consent — how can hiding information from women protect them?  Do pro-legalized abortionists thing women are too frail to handle the facts?
  • Option to see ultrasounds of what is about to be aborted — same as above.

And who funds crisis pregnancy centers with their own time and money to provide free services to women and families in need?  The pro-lifers, not the pro-legalized abortionists.  In fact, the pro-legalized abortionists consider pregnancy centers to be the enemy and fight them as much as they can.  No surprise, as we cut into their abortion profits.

Pro-lifers are the ones protecting women, not pro-legalized abortionists.

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The perfect summary of Che followers:

Should we velvetize the Bible’s hard truths to suit a culture that hates moral clarity? — Short answer: No.  Click for a great response from Charles Spurgeon.

Pastor Timothy has moved his blog home to WordPress, so be sure to update your favorites and/or blog readers with his new page.

John Stossel explains how environmentalism kills millions of people — DDT saves lives.  And why didn’t the opponents show up to debate?

Actress Janine Turner is a conservative and not afraid to speak out.  Yea for her!  Bring back Northern Exposure.

The use of images in the pro-life movement can be a controversial topic, but used appropriately I think they add a lot of value.  What could be more relevant than the truth about what the procedure in question accomplishes?  I didn’t get the precise quote as I heard it on a Podcast of Stand to Reason, but Greg Koukl quoted Melinda Penner saying that showing pictures of aborted human beings is a way for the victims to give their testimony.

A tale of 2 protests.  Watch and decide for yourself.  Also see New Video of Tea Party Protest, Still No N-Word.  Where is the retraction from the MSM?

Also note this reaction by the MSM:

  • Swastikas shown to protest President Bush = OK
  • Swastikas shown to protest President Obama = really, really bad
  • Swastikas shown to protest immigration laws = OK

A lousy way to keep your majority

Some people spout stereotypes so reflexively that they don’t even realize how they are contradicting themselves.

A commenter at the Sojourners blog was quick to play the “conservatives are racist” card and insisted that white conservatives are upset about losing our majority and are doing everything we can to fight to keep it.

Unfortunately for her, I pointed out the rate of abortions in the black community is triple that of whites (and the rate of Hispanics is double that of whites). Therefore, if we are so desperate to keep our majority we’d do the following:

  1. Oppose any restrictions to abortions
  2. Support taxpayer funded abortions, which are sure to increase those ratios
  3. Support Planned Parenthood, which targets minority communities

Of course, we do the opposite of those things. So we are either completely unaware that our behaviors are hastening our demise (eek!) or maybe — just maybe! — we aren’t racist after all. Perhaps we think it is immoral to kill innocent human beings of any skin color and we would gladly sacrifice our majority to save lives.

If any group is racist, wouldn’t it be the one supporting policies that result in non-whites being destroyed at rates faster than whites?

Defending conservative principles is not racist. Playing the race card instead of using facts and logic is racist.

Learn all about Planned Parenthood from a former clinic director

I encourage you to watch this interview with Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood Director.  She not only makes many excellent points, she does so in a truly winsome and attractive way.

Some highlights:

  • Planned Parenthood isn’t pro-choice, it is pro-abortion.  They counsel against adoptions and use high pressure tactics to get women to have abortions ASAP.
  • They avoid ultrasounds of abortions, even though they are safer.  (What happened to safe, legal and rare?)  Johnson left PP after she saw an abortion on an ultrasound.
  • When Johnson was a counselor, her supervisor got mad when people chose life.
  • Sidewalk counselors save lives!  There are countless stories of people alive today because those counselors made a difference.
  • The church needs to talk about abortion more.  It needs to be a safe place for people who have had abortions.
  • PP plans to do late-term abortions in Houston, but they are not telling people that . . . yet.
  • Protesters make a difference with clinic workers as well.  It is a reminder that what they are doing is wrong.

Jim Wallis distorts the Gospel, again

See Anti-Immigrant Law Passes in Arizona, ‘We Will Not Comply’ – Allison Johnson – God’s Politics Blog

While boo-hooing about the new Arizona law to address the huge problem of illegal aliens, the Sojourners blog does their usually distortion of the issue.

This law will make it illegal to love your neighbor in Arizona, and will force us to disobey Jesus and his gospel. We will not comply.”

Such hyperbole.  How is obeying the law to protect our borders not loving your neighbor?

How does following this law disobey the real Gospel?  The Gospel is the good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (1 Cor. 15).  Heck, this law doesn’t even violate Wallis’ made-up version of the Gospel, which he says is “all about wealth redistribution.”

This radical new measure, which crosses many moral and legal lines,

What legal lines does it cross?  And disobeying this law obviously crosses legal lines and they don’t have a problem with that.

Jim Wallis is a false teacher.

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This may come as a big shock to you regulars, but I really don’t like poetry.   But I do like this graph.  All poetry should be required to have footnotes explaining what it really means.

Pro-life stalwart Star Parker running for Congress — Yea!

I’ve often been approached to run for public office. However, I always deferred because I felt I could make the greatest difference delivering my message as a free agent, outside the formal structure of politics.

But things have changed and now I’ve decided to run… I’m challenging a Black Caucus incumbent in a district that political pundits rate “safe” for Democrats.

But this year no Democrat representing low income Americansshould feel safe peddling the same plantation policies that already have produced our broken schools, broken families, and broken spirits. Now they’re bringing these bankrupt ideas to the whole country.

Even CA Senator Barbara Boxer recently admitted that this year no seat is safe. Will we resign ourselves to an America where freedom and prosperity are distant memories and where 40% out-of-wedlock births and abortion as birth control are our new social norms?

I won’t. It’s why I’m stepping into this race.

Sharia Law in Action: Christians Imprisoned on Charge of Touching Qur’an Without Washing Hands — media treatment?  Almost zero.

Don’t be fooled by claims that GM paid off its loans — what a joke.  It was bad enough that they stiffed the previous stockholders to pay off the unions, but now this?

In other words, this is just a shell game. As Jim Vicevich points out, it’s akin to paying off your Visa credit card with your Mastercard — and then bragging about your financial condition. Taxpayers are still on the hook for GM. Nothing at all has changed.

Milton Friedman shows why capitalism is the economic view of grown-ups — Yep.

Tom Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite — Hat tip: Mark

This is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It’s a metaphor.

Last year it was British eco-explorer Pen Hadow and his two-person team who had to be flown out mid-stunt, after battling brutal sub-zero weather conditions that gave the team’s photographer frostbite.

The year before, eco-adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh was similarly thwarted.

He’d planned to kayak 1200km to the North Pole to raise awareness of how global warming had allegedly melted the ice sheet so badly that scientists warned the North Pole that summer could be ice-free.

No such luck. Pugh had to pull out, still 1000km from the finish, when a great barrier of sea ice blocked his route.

The year before gave even more farcical entertainment.

“Explorers and educators” Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen said they were off on what reporters described as “a historic 75-day expedition to the North Pole and beyond to raise awareness of global warming’s impact on the fragile Arctic”.

It turned out that what was fragile was not the Arctic but the alarmists, who had to call off their big trip not long after it started, when Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold drained their batteries.

Russian scientist says Arctic getting colder

An Arctic cold snap that began in 1998 could last for years, freezing the northern marine passage and making it impassable without icebreaking ships, said Oleg Pokrovsky of the Voeikov Main Geophysical Observatory.

Scientists who believe the climate is warming may have been misled by data from U.S. meteorological stations located in urban areas, where dense microclimates creates higher temperatures, RIA Novosti quoted Pokrovsky as saying.

With gay ruling, ECLA reaches full harlot status — the only bright side with these false teachers is that they have removed all subtlety.  They are pure, “In your face, God! We don’t care what the Bible says, except for the parts we like.” Anyone who follows them is being willfully led astray.

Speaking of false churches, here’s the latest from Bishop V. Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire

“There are so many other letters in the alphabet. There are so many other sexualities to be explored.” (saying it was time to move beyond speaking of “GLBT” orientations).

“Reproductive freedom” is one of those pro-legalized abortion terms that fails miserably.  It would appear to apply to birth control, not abortion, as abortion kills a human being that has been reproduced.  Don’t let the pro-aborts use that without pointing out the fallacy: If the mother and father hadn’t already reproduced, then abortion wouldn’t even be an option.

George Bush golfing = lazy & evil.  Barack Obama golfing = noble. Check.  No media bias to see here.  Move along, folks.

Arizona & common sense

Read Arizona: The Fourth Reich? : The Other McCain for some facts you won’t get from the mainstream media.

Let’s begin by invoking what I call the Sonny Bono Principle. The California Republican lawmaker (the brainier half of “Sonny and Cher”) was once asked to debate illegal immigration and memorably responded, “What’s to debate? It’s illegal.”

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Yet we are constantly told that the anybody who calls for stricter enforcement our Ted Kennedy-sponsored liberal immigration laws is a dangerous right-wing extremist — and probably a racist, to boot. (This phenomenon gave rise to what has become known as The Peter Brimelow Rule, which defines racist as “anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.”) All of which is nonsense, of course, and utterly ignores the horrifying impact that non-enforcement has on states like Arizona, which has been nearly overwhelmed by a tsunami of illegal immigration.

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Every time Americans have gotten a chance at an up-or-down vote on immigration, they’ve supported stricter enforcement, and yet politicians — especially Republican politicians — have gone out of their way to avoid framing the issue of illegal immigration in the kind of clear terms that would allow voters a chance to vote for what the majority really want: Strict enforcement of current law, enhanced border security, and aggressive measures to deport those now here illegally.

Predictably, false teacher Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistribution” Wallis and the Sojourners bunch can’t even bring themselves to accurately note that this is illegal immigration.  Using their logic, India and China could send boatload after boatload of people to the U.S. and we’d be obligated to take them all in, no questions asked, and provide food, clothes, education, health care, etc.  If Jim & Co. care that much about these people, I wonder how much of their own money they send to these poor countries now?

John McCain had a good response (though he’s waaaay late in offering it).  He and too many other Republicans have been too soft on this issue.

“If the president doesn’t like what the Arizona Legislature and governor may be doing, then I call on the president to immediately call for the dispatch of 3,000 National Guard troops to our border and mandate that 3,000 additional Border Patrol [officers] be sent to our border as well,” McCain said at a news conference Friday in downtown Phoenix, according to a report in the Arizona Republic.

“And that way, then the state of Arizona will not have to enact legislation which they have to do because of the federal government’s failure to carry out its responsibilities, which is to secure the borders.”

What is that to you?

The title is what Jesus said to Peter when he was questioning what would happen to the Apostle John.  Jesus had just told Peter that he would be martyred for his faith and instructed Peter to follow him.

(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who had been reclining at table close to him and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” (John 21:19–22, ESV)

I always liked how Jesus kept it simple: “You follow me!”  I only recently noticed that He had just said “Follow me” in the previous section.  The two statements make nice bookends highlighting our need to focus on him, not others.

The book of Jude

Have you ever heard of a false teacher preaching from the book of Jude? It isn’t likely, because Jude takes them to task.  It comes just before Revelation at the back of the Bible.

It is only a page, so just take a couple of minutes to read this and you will have completed a whole book of the Bible!

It was written by Jude (surprise!), one of Jesus’ half-brothers. He is modest in his introduction. He could have done the ultimate in name-dropping (“It’s me, Jesus’ brother . . .”).

The general theme of Jude is to avoid false teaching. He highlights past examples of false teaching and examples from his time then gives guidance on how to avoid it and achieve victory over it.

It is interesting that the church was only a few decades old and false teachers had already slipped in. Most of the New Testament letters correct false doctrine, and Jesus himself spent a lot of time blasting the false teachings of the Pharisees. More verses on the importance of sound doctrine and rooting out false teachers can be found here.

Jude highlights the doom of people without Christ, and encourages believers to persevere in their faith.

1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James,

To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

2 May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.

Judgment on False Teachers

3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

God is serious about sound teaching.  Many theological liberals mock the need for understanding scripture properly.  Ironically enough, that is more evidence of their credentials as wolves in sheep’s clothing.  The apostate denominations teaching all sorts of perversions are the same ones denying the deity and exclusivity of Jesus.  No surprise there.

5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. 6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day— 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.

I thought it was very interesting how the ESV said it was Jesus who saved the Israelites in Egypt.  Of course I know that Jesus is God and there are countless other verses to support that, but I didn’t know that the earliest and best manuscripts had “Jesus” instead of the less specific “Lord” in verse 5.

Verse 7 references the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah because of their sexual immorality and perversion. This and other Bible passages show how rampant, unrestrained homosexuality was the real sin of these towns, despite some revisionist claims that their real sin was inhospitality. It is true that inhospitality was a serious social error in those times, but God isn’t in the habit of annihilating multiple cities because humans violate their own customs. If you read the original account in Genesis 19 it is clear that to call the citizens’ behavior “inhospitality” would be a gross understatement.

8 Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” 10 But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively. 11 Woe to them! For they walked in the way of Cain and abandoned themselves for the sake of gain to Balaam’s error and perished in Korah’s rebellion. 12 These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted; 13 wild waves of the sea, casting up the foam of their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of utter darkness has been reserved forever.

Verse 11 has three references to Old Testament passages: Cain, who offered the wrong kind of worship to God and killed his brother out of jealousy, Balaam, who pretended to serve God out of greed and encouraged others to sin, and Korah, who rebelled directly against Moses and indirectly against God.

Verses 14-16 point out how serious rebellion is and how it will eventually be judged.

14 It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.” 16 These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud-mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage.

Note the repetition of  “ungodly” four times.

A Call to Persevere

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

The last section emphasizes perseverance, or staying the course. Living the Christian life can be very hard at times, but we can trust that everything works out for the best in the end. Focus on Christ and living for him and you won’t have any regrets.

This all applies today like it did 2,000 years ago.  Verse 21 emphasizes that Jesus brings us eternal life. Thanks be to God for that!

Doxology

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

That is magnificent ending to this short book.  Jesus will indeed present his followers as blameless before God.  That is the real Gospel: Jesus died for our sins and rose again.  He is the one true God who is over all things.

False teaching is rampant in the church today.  The cure is to be intimately familiar with the truth.  Study God’s word as much as you can, and be ready to share the truth in love.  Because eternity matters.

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Former Rolling Stone’s Child Lover Says Raise the Age of Consent — Bill Wyman = ick

Mandy Smith, the former child-lover and later wife of Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman, believes that the age of consent should be raised to 18 in order to protect young girls, who are emotionally vulnerable when it comes to sexual relationships at that age.

Looking back on her past, she said that she believed Wyman never “would have made a move if my dad had been around.”

Yes, it is important to have fathers around to protect children.

Remembering who caused the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac meltdown — Hint: Not Republicans.  Read it all and watch the videos — the regulations requested by the Republicans, the opposition by the Democrats, the money received by the Democrats (including Obama and Dodd).

Is Goldman Obama’s Enron? No, it’s worse

MSM Helps Create the Impression of Right Wing Violence — compare the reporting on the murders of late-term abortionist George Tiller and pro-lifer Jim Pouillon.  It wasn’t just the 20-to-1 difference in the volume of reporting but the content of the reporting, which largely lionized Tiller and acted as if Pouillon had it coming.

And it extends far beyond this story. Did you know that a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Arizona was burned out just before Christmas? Probably not since not a single major media outlet covered the story. But if someone sets fire to an abortion clinic you can bet it will be national news.

Speaking of violence, you might not be surprised about who made the threats that South Park creators will “probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh.” Hint: Not Tea-Partiers.

Captain Obvious says, “God does not need you to embellish your testimony”

Some people have dramatic experiences when converting to Christianity. Others, like me, got there in a less eventful but no less meaningful way. The question is, Where are you today — right now — saved or unsaved?

I’ve heard of many people who exaggerated their testimony about how they became Christians. They think that having a more dramatic conversion experience will help persuade more people to convert. They are missing a few key points:

  1. God is still big on that honesty thingy. Lying about your witness is not a spiritual gift. He can accomplish all He desires with the truth.
  2. One of the beauties of Christianity is how God brings so many types of people to him in so many different ways. If all the public testimonies have a flair for the dramatic, it causes people to unnecessarily question their own conversion.
  3. If/when people catch you lying it will harm the cause you are trying to advance.

An example of item 3 is Ergun Caner, a convert from Islam caught making repeated and significant embellishments to his testimony (see Caner Debacle Gaining National Attention). This is sad on many levels. His real testimony was powerful enough, but now he is dragging his life’s work through the mud with his defensiveness.

Really, just stick with the truth. The power is in God’s ability to regenerate you, not in your ability to present it in a dramatic way. Rejoice over that.

I finally found a Sojourners / “God’s Politics” blog post I agree with . . .

. . . but when I went to post an affirming comment I found out I was banned!  (the post was So, Am I a Reductionist? – Aaron Taylor – God’s Politics Blog)  They didn’t even offer an explanation, but it is pretty obvious what the reason was.

The Sojourners / God’s Politics blog moderator has the thinnest skin I’ve seen.  I was amazingly polite, yet firm, in pointing out their logical fallacies and how their pro-legalized abortion views are the opposite of social justice.  I pointed out how Wallis’ definition of the Gospel (“all about” wealth redistribution) disagree with what the Bible teachers — and ironically, the post I liked had the real definition of the Gospel.

I knew they taught a false gospel, but I’m disappointed that they are so gutless as to ban people who disagree with them.  Time after time I would follow the commenting guidelines while the “tolerant” progressive would get personal, make up “facts,” etc.

Pathetic hypocrites.