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The Detroit News Continues Misinformation Campaign Over Stem Cell Research – great points by Stephen.  The media continually – and presumably deliberately – gets it wrong on stem cells.  Adult stem cell research doesn’t kill innocent human beings, so the many findings from them are attributed to generic “stem cell” research.  That way, the embryonic stem cell research (the kind that destroys human beings in the process) gets a halo effect.  That’s just one of many tricks they use to conflate the two and avoid the hard truths: Adult stem cells have resulted in many great findings without destroying human beings, while embryonic stem cells kill humans and have not had success.

Good points by Ray Comfort about a dying atheist (presumably Christopher Hitchens, but they apply to anyone in that situation) – Christianity doesn’t need “trophy converts.”  We’ve got all we need to share the truth of Jesus.  I hope Hitchens and many others have authentic conversions, but not so we can wave it at atheists as some sort of proof point.  The proof is that Jesus rose from the dead.

Turns out the firebomber of Democrat Russ Carnahan’s office was an ex-campaign worker and not a Republican or (gasp!) a Tea Partier.  The guilty party had a history of harassing Tea Party activists.  Anyone care to speculate if the media attention would have been different had the roles been reversed?

James Cameron, Mega-Climate Creationist, Chickens Out On Debate – yep.  What’s new?

Sponge Bob’s Your Uncle! – One more reason to put those “monkeys are X% similar to humans” stories in perspective.
The news is out: sea sponges share almost 70 percent of human genes.

If people want to debate the morality or effectiveness of the Iraq war I can understand that.  But too often numbers are made up on the fly and the is used as a scapegoat for anything.  If you want facts about what the Iraq war really cost (hint: not $3 trillion), read this.  Obama’s stimulus package cost $100 billion more than the whole war.

Aren’t these also the same folks who tell us how well JFK and LBJ ran the economy back in the roaring ’60s? During the eight years of 1961-69, 46% of all federal spending was on national defense. During President Bush’s eight years, defense spending did not even average 20% of federal outlays. Under JFK/LBJ, defense spending was 8%-9% of GDP. Under Bush, it was about 4%.

False teachers oppose “torture” but not abortion

False teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie wants Accounting for Torture but he and the fakes in the video are pro-abortion.  They not only think the procedure is moral but they think it is such a moral good that taxpayers should fund it.  They should all be required to review images of abortions each day.

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Some serious Christianity in action— Mike, a police officer, gives material and spiritual help to a prostitute addicted to heroin. 

The anti-war movement was really just the anti-President Bush movement — What other explanation is for their comparative silence now that Obama is President?  More here about the Code Pink hawks whose reasoning sounds similar to that given for the current Iraq strategy.  Of course, they hated those decisions.

“Tolerant” and “open minded” college student group votes 25-2-2 to ban pro-life speaker— The decision was bad enough, but look at the voting margin!   That type of not-so-free speech is coming soon to a country near you.  They are a self-parody, pretending to be open minded but trying to prevent the opposition from speaking. 

Update: Pro-abortionists arrested at pro-life event

Rich Karlgaard from Forbes is my favorite business columnist.  He writes a column and a blog and in addition to provocative business insights he deftly works in spiritual themes at times (not what you’d expect from a secular mag like Forbes).  Here’s a recent post where he highlights a video that he thought applied to business as well as the church.  I liked the video on its own merits but wanted to highlight how Rich just “happened” to pass along a Gospel presentation to an audience that wouldn’t normally hear it. 

P.S. The host in the video was John Ortberg, a terrific author.

Guest post: The Day of the Covenant

Welcome to another guest post, this one by Michael (aka Racing Boo).  I enjoy Michael’s thoughtful and often humorous comments so I asked him to do a guest post on a topic of his choice.  I hope you read and enjoy a fascinating look in to the history and politics of South Africa. 

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December 16 is a public holiday in South Africa, celebrated officially as such for more than a century. Today it is called the ‘Day of Reconciliation’, but for most of those years it was known as the ‘Day of the Covenant.’ It was on this day in 1838, on the banks of the Ncome River in what is now the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, that the Boer leader Andries Pretorius led the people under his protection and leadership in making a vow, binding on future generations. If God would deliver them from the attacking Zulu impis (fighting units), they would henceforth celebrate the day as a Sabbath, and build a church to honour his name.

The Boers were farmers (that is the literal meaning of the word) who had left the frontier farms of the Cape Colony to escape the British rule that was entrenched by the early 1800s, and the endless border wars with the native Xhosa. They were strict Calvinists, descended from French and Dutch settlers who had fled religious persecution in those countries during the preceding two centuries. The British had little time for them, and offered them no protection, so they took their cattle and all their possessions loaded into their ox wagons, which were houses on wheels, and began the trek northwards. That word, perhaps the only word from the Afrikaans language to make it into mainstream global English, means ‘to pull’ or ‘to move’ in the sense of moving from one area to another, in this case boldly going where no (white) man had gone before.

They soon encountered other indigenous tribes of the region, in particular the mighty Zulu nation, the ‘people of the sky.’ The Zulu king at the time was Dingane, who had come to power in 1828 after assassinating his famous and even more notorious half-brother Shaka. One of the Boer leaders, Piet Retief (my wife Nadia is a direct descendant of one of his daughters), left the area of the Tugela River in February 1838 in the hope that he could broker permanent boundaries for the Natal settlement with Dingane. At the royal kraal near present-day Eshowe, an agreement was signed, ceding land in return for the recovery of some 7000 head of cattle stolen by a rival local chief, Sekonyela. Dingane then invited Retief and his men (there were about 100 in total, including his son) to a feast, which lasted several days. They were obliged to leave their weapons outside the enclosure.

Dingane put on a military display for his guests, but the climax of this was not a friendly goodbye. From a nearby hilltop, during a sudden silence, Dingane raised his stick and shouted “Bulalan’ abathakathi!” – Kill the Wizards! There are eye-witness accounts from the Zulu side, as well as one Boer who managed to escape with his life as he had been left outside the kraal to guard the weapons. One can only imagine the fear and terror of that moment, enhanced by the ululating kikiza cry of the women. Retief was apparently the last to die, and he fought back to the last breath.

The reasons for this massacre (apart from Dingane’s treachery, that is) are the subject of much speculation. It is believed that Retief may have unwittingly broken an obscure tribal law by retaining some of the cattle recovered from Sekonyela. Another explanation is that on the night before the massacre, the Boers had rounded up some of their horses outside the kraal in preparation for departure the follwing day. Dingane would have heard the sounds of the hooves at night, and there was a belief that wizards of the white race rode on horses at night. Whatever the reasons, the white settlements of Natal were now in trouble. Dingane sent his impis to attack several encampments, including one at Weenen where 500 men, women and children were killed. The settlers then called for help from another Boer leader, Andries Pretorius, asking him to leave the Cape Colony and come to their aid against the Zulu.

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TV anchor’s baby defies terminal diagnosis 

Doctors diagnosed their son with holoprosencephaly, a severe malformation of the brain….

The doctors were WRONG!

I know several people who had similar things happen.  Sometimes the bad news really is bad.  Sometimes it isn’t.  Many doctors steer any potentially problem cases towards abortion to make sure they won’t get sued.  But don’t be like Dr. Nick Riviera of The Simpsons and say, “Just to be on the safe side, we better pull the plug.”

One of many reasons why a mother shouldn’t abort her baby with an adverse prenatal diagnosis is so she won’t be plagued with guilt and doubt the rest of her life when viewing heartwarming stories like the following. Note that abortion was recommended, standard eugenic protocol these days.

You can read and sign the Manhattan Declaration here

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family.

We are Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical Christians who have united at this hour to reaffirm fundamental truths about justice and the common good, and to call upon our fellow citizens, believers and non-believers alike, to join us in defending them. These truths are:

  1. the sanctity of human life
  2. the dignity of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife
  3. the rights of conscience and religious liberty.

Inasmuch as these truths are foundational to human dignity and the well-being of society, they are inviolable and non-negotiable. Because they are increasingly under assault from powerful forces in our culture, we are compelled today to speak out forcefully in their defense, and to commit ourselves to honoring them fully no matter what pressures are brought upon us and our institutions to abandon or compromise them. We make this commitment not as partisans of any political group but as followers of Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

For some concerns about this declaration, see this piece by James White.

My favorite Podcast: Stand to Reason.  Check it out and subscribe if you like it.

Obama breaks another promise.  He supported the good war in Afghanistan but has done nothing for almost a year.  Fred Thompson is right: At this point, Obama lost a winnable war.  Plenty of time for talk shows and trying to get the Olympics for Chicago, but no time to do his job as Commander in Chief.

Is your enemy’s enemy your friend?

This is a rerun from 2007.

sword.jpgYes, there are peace loving Muslims.  I know many of them personally.  This isn’t about them, it is about the Left’s irrational ignorance of the dangers of non-peace loving Muslims. 

There is a saying that your enemy’s enemy is your friend, meaning that if a third party hates your enemy then presumably you are on the same side or at least have some important things in common.

Yet it seems the Left has taken this idea to absurd heights.  They disdain Christianity and Islam is their pet religion.   The Democrats had a Muslim Imam lead them in prayer at their winter meeting.  This guy is a real hate monger and I have yet to hear any Democrats denounce him. 

These folks don’t realize that mainline Islam hates them more than it hates conservatives and that practices in Muslim countries on nearly every issue make “extreme conservatives” look like Hillary on one of her more liberal days.  Consider the standard political and social positions in Muslim countries:

  • Pro-capital punishment (and I mean pro-capital punishment, with none of those inefficient appeals, concerns for cruel and unusual punishment, etc.)
  • Anti-abortion.  If you try opening a Planned Parenthood in Saudi Arabia the government would perform a 137th trimester abortion on you.  Yet Liberals think pro-lifers are anti-women (even though most of the pro-lifers I know are women . . . go figure) just for wanting women to be informed of medical risks before having abortions. 
  • Anti-gay  – While most orthodox Christians I know take a live-and-let-live approach to homosexuals (i.e., be friendly to all, but push back when it is getting crammed down our throats via public school indoctrination and government recognition of same-sex unions), Islam has a different approach: Kill them.  Now.
  • Muslims are the poster children for misogyny and chauvinism, yet the Left thinks Christians are holding women back?!  The Jimmy Carter-types of the Christian theological left have the audacity to criticize the Apostle Paul as being anti-women yet they are strangely silent on Islam.   
  • Heavy duty violence, torture, mayhem, etc. seems out of place with the pacifist leanings of the Left.  I think they actually believe that if Osama had nukes on 9/11 that he wouldn’t have used them.
  • The Left worships tolerance (albeit their backwards form of the word) and Islam is by far the least tolerant world religion. 
  • How about “separation of church and state?”  (I’m still trying to find that in the Constitution . . . it must be in there somewhere).  I laugh out loud over those claiming that Bush is trying to institute a theocracy. (He is?  Really?  Then he’s doing a horrible job of it.)  But meditate on Sharia law for a while and the fact that “separation of church and state” is a foreign concept in Muslim nations. 
  • How about free speech?  Consider what has happened in Europe.  Remember the cartoon episode, Theo Van Gogh and Ayann Hirsi Ali, among others. 
  • Public demonstrations are just a little different in Muslim countries.  Think you’d get away with spray-painting the capitol building in Iran?  Go ahead and try.  I’ll wait here.

Here’s some friendly advice for Liberals who loathe Christianity and therefore think Islam must be OK: Wake up.  They are just using you. 

The cartoon here says it well. 

Is your enemy’s enemy your friend?

 sword.jpgYes, there are peace loving Muslims.  I know many of them personally.  This isn’t about them, it is about the Left’s irrational ignorance of the dangers of non-peace loving Muslims. 

There is a saying that your enemy’s enemy is your friend, meaning that if a third party hates your enemy then presumably you are on the same side or at least have some important things in common.

Yet it seems the Left has taken this idea to absurd heights.  They disdain Christianity and Islam is their pet religion.   The Democrats had a Muslim Imam lead them in prayer at their winter meeting.  This guy is a real hate monger and I have yet to hear any Democrats denounce him. 

These folks don’t realize that mainline Islam hates them more than it hates conservatives and that practices in Muslim countries on nearly every issue make “extreme conservatives” look like Hillary on one of her more liberal days.  Consider the standard political and social positions in Muslim countries:

  • Pro-capital punishment (and I mean pro-capital punishment, with none of those inefficient appeals, concerns for cruel and unusual punishment, etc.)
  • Anti-abortion.  If you try opening a Planned Parenthood in Saudi Arabia the government would perform a 137th trimester abortion on you.  Yet Liberals think pro-lifers are anti-women (even though most of the pro-lifers I know are women . . . go figure) just for wanting women to be informed of medical risks before having abortions. 
  • Anti-gay  – While most orthodox Christians I know take a live-and-let-live approach to homosexuals (i.e., be friendly to all, but push back when it is getting crammed down our throats via public school indoctrination and government recognition of same-sex unions), Islam has a different approach: Kill them.  Now.
  • Muslims are the poster children for misogyny and chauvinism, yet the Left thinks Christians are holding women back?!  The Jimmy Carter-types of the Christian theological left have the audacity to criticize the Apostle Paul as being anti-women yet they are strangely silent on Islam.   
  • Heavy duty violence, torture, mayhem, etc. seems out of place with the pacifist leanings of the Left.  I think they actually believe that if Osama had nukes on 9/11 that he wouldn’t have used them.
  • The Left worships tolerance (albeit their backwards form of the word) and Islam is by far the least tolerant world religion. 
  • How about “separation of church and state?”  (I’m still trying to find that in the Constitution . . . it must be in there somewhere).  I laugh out loud over those claiming that Bush is trying to institute a theocracy. (He is?  Really?  Then he’s doing a horrible job of it.)  But meditate on Sharia law for a while and the fact that “separation of church and state” is a foreign concept in Muslim nations. 
  • How about free speech?  Consider what has happened in Europe.  Remember the cartoon episode, Theo Van Gogh and Ayann Hirsi Ali, among others. 
  • Public demonstrations are just a little different in Muslim countries.  Think you’d get away with spray-painting the capitol building in Iran?  Go ahead and try.  I’ll wait here.

Here’s some friendly advice for Liberals who loathe Christianity and therefore think Islam must be OK: Wake up.  They are just using you. 

The cartoon here says it well.