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I just switched from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome.  It is so much faster!  Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?!

25 Ways to Use the Kindle for Bible Study — I’ve been using the ESV Study Bible on my Kindle for several months.  It is very easy to navigate between the text and the study notes, or to look up passages.  This has many other tips as well.

Up to 1,200 Killed at One Hospital by British Version of ObamaCare

Up to 1,200 people lost their lives needlessly because Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust put government targets and cost-cutting ahead of patient care.

But none of the doctors, nurses and managers who failed them has suffered any formal sanction. Indeed, some have either retired on lucrative pensions or have swiftly found new jobs. Former chief executive Martin Yeates, who has since left with a £1million pension pot, six months’ salary and a reported £400,000 payoff, did not even give evidence to the inquiry which detailed the scale of the scandal…

All a-Twitter about abortion

Recently, Tampa native Angie Jackson decided to post her observations regarding her abortion on Twitter. Jackson tweeted (the use of which as a verb still disturbs me, but that is irrelevant) regular updates as the RU-486 (mifiprex) pills she took worked to terminate her pregnancy.

It is grossly apparent that Angie Jackson misses the crux of the debate.

Her appeal is largely to autonomy. The assumption that the unborn is not a human being is unmistakable.

“I am having an abortion…right now,” Jackson informs her audience.

“It’s basically like a miscarriage,” she says. She doesn’t clarify what she means, and such a claim demands clarification.  The terms “miscarriage” and “abortion” (as she is using it) exist on starkly different sides of a fence called “deliberate.”

“This is the best choice,” she says.

She’s right — if the unborn are not human.

“I just want to let everybody know that you too can have an abortion if you want one,” she says.

She’s right — if the unborn are not human.

“It’s okay.”

“It’s not shameful.”

She’s right — if the unborn are not human.

“It’s not killing a child.”

She’s right — if the unborn are not human.

Scientific fact: The unborn are human.  More here by Jill Stanek.

U.K. Religious Schools Forced to Promote Abortion, Homosexuality under Sex-Ed Bill — it is amazing how rapidly Western culture is careening downhill.  Freedom of speech?  What’s that?

Excerpts from the Purity Principle — great summary of the whole book by Randy Alcorn.  Highly recommended.

McLaren’s New Kind of Christianity Is Old and False

A good quote to keep in mind, courtesy of Above Every Name:

“To be holiest in evil times, is an indication of the truth of Grace. To profess religion when times favorite it, is no great matter. Almost all will court the Gospel Queen when she is hung with jewels. But to own the ways of God when they are decried and maligned, to love a persecuted truth – this evidences a vital principle of goodness. Dead fish swim downstream – living fish swim against it. To swim against the common stream of evil, shows grace to be alive.”

– Thomas Watson, The Great Gain of Godliness

Can people overcome homosexuality?  The conventional wisdom is that they can’t, but that is a lie from Satan.  Pastor Foster is gathering videos of men and women who have overcome.

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This quote from The Simpsons sums up the history of unions quite nicely:

Factory Worker (circa 1900): You can’t treat the working man this way! One day, we’ll form a union and get the fair and equitable treatment we deserve! Then we’ll go too far, and get corrupt and shiftless, and the Japanese will eat us alive!

Remember Planned Parenthood’s revenue is proportional to the number of abortions they perform, so they have every reason to lobby the Democrats to pass laws that allow Planned Parenthood to bypass parents and entice children as young as 10 into sexual activity. It’s all about the money.

Castro Regime Secretly Tapes Hollywood Liberals — ugh.  Will they change their views now that they know Fidel spied on them, or were they so effusive in their praise because they were blackmailed?

Listen to the Hollyweird elite gush with their love of the brutal communist dictator Fidel Castro, who took over a prosperous country and reduced it to a slave state so hellish that people take to shark-infested waters in inner-tubes to escape:

Jack Nicholson: “Fidel Castro is a genius! We spoke about everything. Castro is a humanist. Cuba is simply a paradise!”

Chevy Chase: “Socialism works. I think Cuba might prove that.”

Oliver Stone: “Castro is very selfless and moral, one of the world’s wisest men.”

Harry Belafonte: “If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro!”

Hitler was pro-abortion — as least for non-Aryans.  That reminds me of the pro-choicers who favor abortion to “prevent” children from being poor. 

“Landmark” abstinence education study

Read the whole thing: via Jill Stanek – Breaking from WaPo: “Landmark” abstinence ed study “could have major implications”.

The Washington Post posted a breakthrough story this afternoon about a “landmark” scientific study showing abstinence education works and comprehensive sex ed, well, not so much.

High points:

  • Study subjects were African-American students
  • Study controls and results were so airtight the Obama administration, which devised new rules to cutting abstinence ed from federal funding, admitted the new evidence may open the door for grants
  •  Study results were stark (33% of abstinence educated students had sex within 2 years vs. 52% who had comprehensive sex ed)
  • The new study involved 662 African-American students who were randomly assigned to go through 1 of 5 programs: An 8-hour curriculum that encouraged them to delay having sex; an 8-hour program focused on teaching safe sex; an 8- or 12-hour program that did both; or an 8-hour program focused on teaching the youngsters other ways to be healthy, such as eating well and exercising.

    Over the next two years, about 33% of the students who went through the abstinence program started having sex, compared to about 52% who were just taught safe sex. About 42% of the students who went through the comprehensive program started having sex, and about 47% of those who just learned about other ways to be healthy. The abstinence program had no negative effects on condom use, which has been a major criticism of the abstinence approach.

    A simple and accurate overview of Intelligent Design

    Many critics of Intelligent Design (deliberately?) mischaracterize it no matter how many times they are corrected.  Here is a good presentation of it by Douglas Axe.

    • Living things contain within their genomes large amounts of functional information. 
    • The only cause known to be capable of generating large amounts of functional information is intelligence. 
    • It is therefore reasonable to infer that the functional information in living things must have an intelligent source

    Here we have not a pronouncement but an argument based on evidence and logic.  It is perfectly fair to argue against it, of course, but it is hardly fair to dismiss it as dogma.

    Anyone claiming that ID is illogical is completely wrong and untrustworthy.  It is theoretically possible that ID isn’t true, but under no circumstances can someone fairly say that it is unreasonable to infer an intelligent source for large amounts of functional information.

    Hat tips: The Way the Ball Bounces and Wintery Knight.

    Darwin’s religious beliefs

    The conventional wisdom is that Charles Darwin was a Christian whose scientific discoveries led him away from God.  But does the evidence support that view? From Theist, Agnostic, Atheist: Will the Real Charles Darwin Please Stand Up?:

    Some , like Alberto Kornblihtt, rather naively claim, “Darwin believed in God and his body is buried in Westminster Abbey.”  The standard rendering of Charles Darwin’s faith, however, is that it was a slow imperceptible slide into unbelief. On that we have Darwin’s own word. On religious matters he said, “I found it more and more difficult, with free scope given to my imagination, to invent evidence which would suffice to convinced me. Thus disbelief crept over me at a very slow rate, but was at last complete. The rate was so slow that I felt no distress.”

    But if you read Darwin’s earlier writings you’ll discover that the statement in bold is almost certainly and deliberately false.

    This received canon notwithstanding, others are less convinced. Stanley Jaki has noted: “The publication in full of Darwin’s Early Notebooks forces one to conclude that in writing his Autobiography Darwin consciously lied when he claimed that he slowly, unconsciously slipped into agnosticism. He tried to protect his own family as well as the Victorian public from the shock of discovering that his Notebooks resounded with militant materialism. The chief target of the Notebooks is man’s mind, the ‘citadel,’ in Darwin’s words, which was to be conquered by his evolutionary theory if its materialism were to be victorious.”

    Go read the whole article.  It is quite compelling.

    Is Darwinian evolution compatible with theism? It surley was never intended to be and certainly never intended to be compatible with Christianity, though Darwin was more than willing to enlist religious allies on its behalf.

    . . .

    So Darwin’s cagey religious minimalism would almost surely have stumped everyone on “To Tell the Truth.” Depending on the question he could appear weakly agnostic or even theistic at times. It is only after looking carefully at his private notebooks and matching his early experiences with his later writings that a coherent pattern emerges. Once identified as an undogmatic atheist or an agnostic atheist the real Charles Darwin can then stand up.

    Even in Darwin’s day Liberal “Christians” rushed to support his views.  Darwin wanted his theory advanced by all means, so he accepted the support even while disbelieving in theistic evolution.

    Once the theory was accepted,” Wiker adds, “the theistic patina would be ground away by the hard, anti-theistic core of the argument.

    Go see the movie Expelled! and note how the Darwinists are still treating Liberal Christians as useful idiots in advancing their worldview.

    Whether Darwin was honest about the impact of his religious views on his science is irrelevant as to whether the evidence supports his overall theory (it doesn’t).  But it is useful to explode the myths perpetuated by false teachers who would rather preach on Darwin than Jesus. 

    While Darwinism doesn’t require atheism, atheism does require Darwinism.  That is why the New Atheists defend the Darwinian dogma with a ferocity that would make a stereotypical fundie Christian blush.

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    Headline: Teacher Steals IPOD in Public School–Student Laughs — we need more teachers like this.

    Amazing(ly bad) Leftist video shown to countless schoolkids — Lots of gross errors and unrestrained bias.  She’s like the alter ego of the crazy Texas guy on The Simpsons who lives to destroy the environment.  The problem is that he is a cartoon character and an obvious parody.  She is real and being shown by the authorities to your kids.

    But wait, there’s more: School Kids Taught to Praise Obama: Lyrics and Analysis — Super creepy.   This verse may sound familiar to you, though the original was about Jesus, the real Messiah.  “In his sight?!”  Think about this, people.  Teaching public school kids to praise Obama the same way church kids are taught to praise Jesus?

    Hmm, hmm, hmm
    Barack Hussein Obama
    He said red, yellow, black, or white,
    All are equal in his sight

    Watch me Get the ACORN Lawsuit Dismissed in 15 Minutes (or Less) — ACORN just can’t get enough attention drawn to their failures so they are suing journalism heroes Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe.  Great move, ACORN.  More opportunities for the public to watch the videos.

    Nice job by Sarah Palin in laying out why conservatism is so preferable to Liberalism.

    We don’t believe that human nature is perfectible; we’re suspicious of government efforts to fix problems because often what it’s trying to fix is human nature, and that is impossible. It is what it is.

    Lack of government wasn’t the problem. Government policies were the problem. The marketplace didn’t fail. It became exactly as common sense would expect it to. The government ordered the loosening of lending standards. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates low. The government forced lending institutions to give loans to people who, as I say, couldn’t afford them. Speculators spotted new investment vehicles, jumped on board and rating agencies underestimated risks.

    Consistency isn’t his strong suit

    I haven’t fisked a post of unrepentent liar “Reverend” Chuck Currie lately, so here goes:

    Our nation’s fringe lunatic right-wing is fighting mad and charging the address is part of some massive socialist plot on the part of the White House. They should shut up.

    Too funny.  He says they should shut up, even while he’s complaining about them not wanting to have Obama’s propoganda plan played out.  (Again, I have no issues with the President speaking to students, it is the content, the accompanying materials and the lockstep reinforcement by liberal teachers that disturbs me).

    And of course, there is the usual name calling by Chuck.  How pathetic.  When I refer to Liberals I usually say something like, “Liberals.”  I don’t say, “Baby-killing, God-hating, Gun-confiscating, First Amendment-mocking, radical, lunatic, bat-sh** crazy, Commie, etc., etc.  Liberals.”   But maybe I should.  After all, if you call your ideological opponent enough names you must be correct — and Christian, too!

    But the funniest thing is to contrast his “shut up” command with his closing comment:

    Democracy only works when we are willing to listen.

    Got that?  According to Chuck, people who oppose Obama need to shut up because Democracy only works when we are willing to listen.

    The problem for Obama & Co. is that we listen too much.  We actually listened to what Van Jones said.  Either Obama didn’t know what Jones was about, which would have been bad, or Obama knew and didn’t care, which would be really bad.  Given that he threw Jones under the bus even though the MSM largely ignored the issue, I suspect that Obama knew Jones’ issues.

    We listen carefully and we draw conclusions.  But Chuck wants us to shut up with those conclusions.  How Democratic.

    More fun stuff in bold:

    Students ought to be able to hear their president speak without interference of reactionary political activists and right-wing radio talk show hosts who see plots behind every corner. And frankly, whoever the president is – Democrat or Republican – they deserve more respect.

    I fought hard to keep George W. Bush out of the White House in 2000 (when Al Gore won the popular vote but lost the Supreme Court decision) and in 2004. I fought even harder against his disastrous policies that have left America weakened economically and more at risk of terrorist attack.

    Seems that Chuck isn’t much of a student of history.  Bush left us more at risk of a terrorist attack?!  Heh.  Oh, and Al Gore lost the electoral vote, any way you count it, and we don’t elect Presidents based on the popular vote.  But Chuck wouldn’t let those pesky facts get in the way of a  good personal attack.

    Politicans break promises again, but you can totally trust them with your health care!

    Contracts for the Texas Tomorrow Fund, a prepaid tuition program, had clear commitments to pay refunds at current rates, but now they are reneging on that.  Therefore, if your child gets a scholarship, you’ll just get back your initial investment less fees.  So ten years later you can have less than you started with!

    Note the comical line from the board. 

    The board believes that the new refund policy is in the best interests of the plan in order to maximize the financial resources of the plan,” the board said in a letter to parents this month. The decision by the board, chaired by state Comptroller Susan Combs, is expected to save at least $60 million in refund payments.

    It helps maximize your financial resources by not paying your commitments?  No kidding.  Only we have these pesky things called contracts, not to mention honesty and integrity, whereby you are supposed to do what you promised.

    But your government can be trusted, right?  They would never change the rules after the game starts, would they?

    You can’t make this stuff up

    growing gone

    Be sure to read all the way to the part in bold below.  Read the whole article here. 

    A California mom says her public school administrators violated her daughter’s First Amendment rights when they ordered the seventh-grader to take off her pro-life T-shirt.

    Anna Amador has gone to court on behalf of her daughter, who she says was ordered by her principal to change her shirt on “National Pro-Life T-Shirt Day.” The shirt the girl was wearing displays two graphic pictures of a fetus growing in the womb.

    . . .

    One of the girl’s lawyers, Mark A. Thiel, said that the images on her shirt of a fetus in the womb were the same as those in her science textbooks. He said no student had complained about the shirt, and he said the girl’s parents were not called when the incident took place.

    The shirt is quite clever in taking pictures of growing human beings and pointing out how abortion makes them disappear. 

    The school thought the images were offensive (and they weren’t even images of abortion), but they don’t think abortion is offensive.  That’s just more evidence that it is an upside down, Romans 1 world.  Once again I thank God that Jesus came to turn it right-side up.

    Hat tip: Tony