June 2013

Persecution Alert

Iranian Court convicts six Christian converts.  Among the charges - spreading Christianity. (Which, in the Kingdom of God, is a badge of honor.)

NIce to See Christians In Action

Oklahoma pastor Terry Parker is being called a hero for putting himself in danger by blocking a knife-wielding man who held a toddler hostage at a Wal-Mart store in Midwest City. The pastor, who stood by the terrified mother, says, "God placed me there."

How's That Arab Spring Working Out?

Tens of thousands gather to protest Morsi's ouster in Egypt.

(We can root for the demonstrators. The new Egyptian government is a buddy to the Muslim Brotherhood and has been persecuting Coptic Christians and other minorities.)

DOJ Defunds Programs That Refer to God

In the case of the Young Marine program, chartered in 1965, the funding was cut off because the group features an oath that mentions "God." In the other case, it was because a program for at-risk youth featured a voluntary, student-led prayer session as one of its activities.

(Of course, what do we expect from a corrupt, politicized, secular DOJ?)

The Dark Ages Weren't So Dark

Scholar Adam Jones writes a brief note on how Christianity kept science alive during dark times.

Until recent times, Christianity and science were not enemies. In fact, the church was the only institution that kept science alive in Europe during those "dark ages," but things are different, now. People outside of the church sometimes try to use science to attack God, while some people within the church feel a need to antagonize the scientific community, feeling threatened by it.

Founders of the Christian religion would not have understood this opposition. It's time to remove the border in between faith and science and see how the two can help each other, once again.

Iraq War Reflection

A lot of Iraqis are very glad the United States overthrew Saddam Hussein.

So the Iraq war was, despite all that went wrong, a good thing; the "overwhelming majority" of Iraqis are (and presumably feel) better off because of it; and the fault for all that has gone wrong is ultimately with Iraqis themselves: It's a remarkable point of view to encounter in June 2013.

(I don't think it's all that remarkable. People do not like to live under tryanny.  Even though all their troubles the Iraqis no doubt appreciate the American military better than the majority of Democrats and uniersity professors.)

Immigration Problems

 T.A. Frank on why liberals (and the rest of us) should oppose the immigration bill: All in all, I became convinced that high levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans.  Far more important, high levels of illegal immigration—when you start to get into the millions, as we have—undermines unions and labor standards, lowers wages, heightens social tensions, strains state budgets, widens income inequality, subverts the rule of law, and exacerbates class divides. The effects go far beyond wages, because few undocumented workers earn enough to cover anything close to the cost of government services (such as education for their children) they require, and those services are most important to low-income Americans. In short, it’s an immense blow to America’s working class and poor.

(But most of the supporters care nothing about low-wage American workers or about illegal immigrants for that matter. They lust after the cheap votes of Latinos which, they believe, will keep the Democratic left in power for a half century.)

A Little More Freedom in the World

Canada repealed Section 13 law that criminalized politically incorrect speech. (If I'm not mistaken, this was used to harass and fined pastors who preached the gospel.

Canada just became a little more free. Congratulations to Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada for undoing a harmful policy enacted by the radical left.

Think We'll Get Some Answers?

Commitee chairman Darrell Issa suggested he is poised to call Lois Lerner back to Capitol Hill in the wake of a House Oversight Commitee vote on Friday that found she waived her Fifth Amendment right not to testify about the IRS’s targeting of tea-party groups.