Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 12/5/13 at 2:36 PM | Michael Bresciani
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions” – Unknown
Flanked by dutiful reporters Barack Obama exclaimed to the American public on December 3, 2013, that as long he is President, the law, (ObamaCare) will not be repealed. Adding defiance to the legacy of lies and lawlessness raises the all-important question – has the authority of the legislative and judicial branches of our government been nullified and concentrated from henceforth in the president? Isn’t that a dictatorship?
Entire websites are engaged in compiling accurate lists of Obama’s lies, but since everything he says is on public record we already know that it wouldn’t require a forensic expert to prove he has repeatedly lied over the past five years.
His unilateral changes to the ObamaCare legislation have now raised a new concern – lawlessness. Could it be that the Harvard law professor does not know that only the legislature can modify laws they have previously passed? Or is it more likely that he just doesn’t care? FULL POST
Posted 12/4/13 at 4:34 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Nick Sorrentino
I love nature. People could accuse me of being a tree hugging hippie. I love forests, and deserts, and the wild and open ocean. The fewer people I see when I am out in the wilds the happier I am. I truly enjoy hiking, and surfing, and just being outside.
I am also a big fan of free markets. In fact I believe that free markets are “sustainable.” I think they are much more sustainable than today’s command and control economy. My pack backer friends think I’m nuts for this assertion, but as I look around I see over and over that the worst environmental disasters, both acute, and long term, are a result of governments and a lack of property rights not business and the free market.
There are thousands of examples of this, ranging from the government sanctioned limits of liability for underwater drillers which probably encouraged BP to drill where it never should have, to the Fukushima and Chernobyl disasters – both endeavors were sponsored by the state.
Or what about the Hoover Dam? This is held up by statists all over as an example of the good “big government” can do. A recent commercial for MSNBC had Rachael Maddow espousing the project as an example of a visionary works project. FULL POST
Posted 12/3/13 at 11:50 AM | American Life League
By Judie Brown
It is a sad moment in history when a government calls upon a lone woman to testify about contraception and attempts to tell the country she is representative of women. Where is the person they asked to testify about morality and about the sanctity of life? This deliberate attempt to alter morality and to squash the words and will of our Lord is becoming rampant today and the results are sickening. We must make our voices heard or this will not just be a fluke; it will be the norm.
Sandra Fluke was once a law student at Georgetown University. One day, in 2012, the Speaker of the House of Representatives—pro-abortion Catholic Nancy Pelosi—held a Congressional hearing specifically to hear testimony from one witness. That witness was Sandra Fluke. FULL POST
Posted 12/3/13 at 12:36 AM | Bindings: Reflections on Faith, Life, and Good Books
As I sit to write this little essay, I find myself being very hesitant to make myself this vulnerable. But the Lord has been nudging me for a couple of weeks now and I have put it off for one reason or another and finally admit I will have no peace until it is said. So if you’ll bear with me, I’d like to share my opinion—on the ‘Christmas Season issue’.
To me, Christmas is the MOST glorious season and holiday of the whole year! Yes, Easter is blessed and holy also, but none is as glorious as the birthday of our Savior and Lord. Yes, I know that many people have exploited the Holy Day by encouraging us to change it into a Santa holiday, but…it’s our own choice to make it what WE want it to be. I personally have never seen how Santa fits into it at all, so that little myth has no place in our family’s celebrations. In fact, when our oldest son was a small child a lady pointed to a Santa figurine and said, “Look, Nathan! Who’s that?” My small son looked at the funny plump fellow in his furry red suit a bit, then looked at me and said, ‘Mommy, do I know that man?’ I have to admit that she and I were both a bit shocked at his ignorance, but it made me realize how unimportant the whole Santa concept is. We’ve always enjoyed Christmas immensely, and Santa has no part of our celebration. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 3:42 PM | Alliance Defending Freedom
Sad to say, the coming of Christmas signals the coming of groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom from Religion Foundation, whose attorneys seem terrified at the prospect that someone, somewhere, might construe the celebrations of this season as having something remotely to do with Jesus Christ. In fact, these groups are so intimidating that in some cases, they don’t have to actually say anything at all to persuade school officials to accommodate their anti-Christmas agenda.
In Rock Hill, South Carolina, for instance, the band director at York Preparatory Academy, a public charter school, forbade his student musicians to perform “Joy To The World” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful” – after having given them the privilege of choosing what songs they would perform for the school’s “Winter Concert.” The students had already begun practicing the two carols they chose when the director announced that the school had received communication from an unidentified legal group warning them that the concert might be monitored, and the school might be sued, if traditional carols were performed. FULL POST
Posted 12/2/13 at 12:15 PM | Larry Dozier
Posted 12/2/13 at 11:46 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Nick Sorrentino
I have to say that I was saddened by Pope Francis’ recent assertion that “rampant capitalism” is a source of many of the world’s ills.
I say this as a former Catholic, who still appreciates the Church, and the spirit of Jesus which I think Pope Francis embodies (as far as I can see) to a much greater degree than Pope Benedict who was put to pasture for good reason. I believe that Francis has his heart in a good place, and that his efforts to reform the Church (to the degree he can) are long overdue.
I say this not as one who pays particular attention to the Vatican, but as a lay person who picks up bits and pieces of policy from the news. My general perception is not an informed one, but one of feel. I could be wrong with Francis.
But what is absolutely clear to me is that Francis is very wrong on his economics. Not only is he wrong, but his assertions are potentially dangerous, as he does not appear to understand the inherent justice – yes justice – of markets. He ( I believe unintentionally) gives fodder to the controllers of mammon, the denizens of the state. FULL POST
Posted 11/29/13 at 5:13 PM | CP Blogs
If you are visiting porn websites, the American government probably knows about it.
A document released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals that the National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting information on visits to pornographic sites to discredit inflammatory Muslim leaders.
The Huffington Post published part of the document here.
The NSA may also be monitoring who uses Internet sex sites such as Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder. The NSA could use this embarrassing information to pressure individuals into confessions.
The Atlantic is critical of this spying activity:
"If the history of the FBI and NSA teach us anything, it is that officials cannot be counted on to know the difference between legitimate surveillance and abuses of power." FULL POST
Posted 11/29/13 at 10:30 AM | Paul Louis Metzger |
I have come across a few answers as to why people call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.” One answer is that “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department based on the overwhelming and chaotic influx of traffic and pedestrian activity associated with Christmas shopping on the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving. "Black Friday" is also associated with the economic upturn involving the shopping cycle leading to Christmas where retailers turn from being in the red to going in the black and making profits.
I must confess that when I came across the first explanation, my mind went back to the "Malcolm X" movie where Detroid Red (later Malcolm X) is told in prison that “black” is always associated with negative factors and forces in the English language and white is associated with positive factors and forces. I am not claiming that the Philadelphia Police Department had such connotations in mind, but only that the term "black" has often been used for negative depictions. Given the negative connotations associated with the term, it is important to problematize the terms “white and black” and other colors in the economy, in Sunday School literature (where "black" is often associated with sin and evil and "white" with holiness and righteousness), and in our treatments of Christmas. As much as I like the movie “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, a remake of the movie would be best in living color—in other words, not so white and positively inclusive of black. Moreover, it would be a whole lot more positive and wholesome than the 1974 movie “Black Christmas," which was about the terrorizing of a sorority house during Christmas break (the same goes for the 2006 version). FULL POST
Posted 11/28/13 at 9:55 PM | Olabode Ososami
The concept of harvest in the Kingdom refers to salvation of souls but there is an underlying principle. God demands that labour and industry be exerted to precede increase … even though another principle establishes that it is God who gives the increase and increase may not necessarily be a derivative of labour. Still the ethic of work and diligent effort is always exalted in Christian traditions …John Wesley called it a toiling, a hard peculiar work (planting and watering) not always pleasing to the flesh.
Mat 9: 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
In the parable of the talents, Christ further helps us understand who will receive His well done…. Mat 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Here we see the diligent is given more – enriched with more talent and wealth even as the idle is disgraced. Diligent industry seems to be the hallmark of the one God sends to the field … FULL POST