The “theocracy” charge leveled at Republicans is just silly.
My observation is that the GOP field is more concerned with the social conservative determination to use government to deny equality to gays and lesbians and pregnancy choice rights to women.
However, neither of those issues threatens the economy or the republic.
I think the Left is correct in asserting that the social conservative agenda is identical to a promise to impose theocracy.
~ Cynthia Yockey, A Conservative Lesbian, September 3 (Hat tip for the quote: Jill Stanek)
Did you ever notice how China, the former Soviet Union and other communist countries with explicitly atheistic views all recognize(d) the timeless truth that marriage, by definition, is a union of one man and one woman? Implying that those who oppose government recognition of same-sex unions are trying to establish theocracies is ridiculous –unless you are claiming that atheistic, Christian-hating communists qualify as religious-right Christian extremists.
And are the anti-theocracy folks speaking out against Islam and Sharia law? The evidence is there in Europe and even in some areas in the U.S.
Also, we don’t oppose “pregnancy choice.” People have the right to birth control. What we oppose is crushing and dismembering innocent human beings after pregnancy occurs. Big difference.
20 Scripture-twisting techniques — A great list of what not to do when reading the Bible.
Rick Perry is right. As I’ve noted many times, Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Here are 5 definitions of Ponzi schemes that accurately describe it. A sample:
Finally, I think this one from the American Bar Association is my favorite:
A Ponzi scheme is a type of securities fraud where the promoter makes some sort of false or misleading statement about an investment (often including a guaranteed high rate of return) and pays off older investors with newer investor’s monies. Eventually, when the promoter can’t find any new investors, the scheme collapses.
Here’s a keeper for the next time Obama & Co. want to preach about civility. The hypocrisy is astounding. You’d think after their vicious, carefully choreographed blaming of Sarah Palin after the Arizona shootings that they’d at least pretend to follow their own advice for a while.
While Obama pretends that he’s interested in “respectful” political discourse we’ve seen a parade of Democrats indulging every manner of disrespectful political speech against Tea Partiers and Republicans. Just in the last few weeks we’ve the following:
- Vice President Biden saying that Republicans and Tea Partiers are “barbarians.”
- Teamsters President Hoffa Says Republicans are “sons a bitches” that should be “taken out.”
- Democrat Andre Carson Says Tea Partiers and Republicans want to start “lynching African Americans.”
- Democrat Maxine Waters says Tea Partiers can “go straight to hell.”
- Vice President Biden calls conservatives “terrorists.”
Stan on biblical slavery — an important read:
It is important to note, as I have multiple times, that biblical slavery is not the same thing as modern slavery. Consider this. Modern slavery has basically been 1) involuntary 2) for the economic advantage of the elite, 3) typically included mistreatment, 4) where slaves lived separately from their owners, 5) were considered property (and could be disposed of as with any property), 6) could not own property, and 7) were slaves forever.
Old Testament slavery was different. It was 1) normally voluntary 2) for the purpose of solving a debt problem 3) with strict rules against mistreatment. Typically, 4) slaves lived in the homes of their masters, 5) were not property, 6) could own property and, in fact were given property when released, and 7) were only in the position temporarily. Old Testament slavery wasn’t very much at all like the modern version.
Good question by Hillbuzz:
POLL: What term is more effective in describing the gay members of the Left’s goon squad: Gaystapo or GayGB? Those are both so good. It is a coin flip for me. I think the tags apply to anyone on the Left who advances the radical LGBTQ agenda.
This week’s “Why isn’t this a hot news item with the mainstream media?” entry: New study finds that choice to abort nearly doubles the risk of mental illness — Hey, what happened to the “safe” mantra?
Unions kill jobs. Lots of them.
Good reasons to use the ESV translation. I really like it.
5 thoughts on “Roundup”
I’m going to have to link to the Scripture-twisting in my next “Random” post.
I use “Gaystapo” – I hadn’t heard the “GayGB” before, but I like it.
Stan’s had some good articles like the one on slavery – I highly recommend them to any who haven’t seen them yet.
“Unions kill jobs” – DUH!
I like the NIV, but I have found that I like the HCSB better because while it is still a dynamic translation and hence more interpretive than a formal one, it is more formal than the NIV. When it comes to studying, a formal version is a must and I have found the ESV to be a good one.
I’ve read the NIV the most and nearly all the verses I’ve memorized come from it, so I’ll never give it up completely. I’ve shifted to the ESV for most things. I try not to be version snob, other than my “anything but the Message” theme.
My daughter found the HCSB and really likes it. She’ll be glad to know there is another fan out there!
My HCSB is “The Apologetics Study Bible.” It is great for quick reference when working the book table. I highly recommend it.
Neil, a man asks where God was on Sept 11, 2001. The answer of course, is that He was indeed there, but this man explores the question in a thought-provoking way: