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Paris Burns: DC Remains Too Cool

Posted by revkharma on November 16, 2015

Paris is burning, and DC is chilly. We have seen a well planned, well executed and devastating attack in Paris. Islamic fanatics have killed scores and it appears to be a direct result of the plans and achievements of the leaders of the West.
“Refugees” from Syria, and radicalized Europeans have struck in the heart of France with bloody results.
In the US, reaction is mixed. Our president has resolutely refused to change course, with his administration standing firm in their plans to import tens of thousands of those very same refugees.
After years of minimizing the role of ISIS, and refusing to even say ‘Islamic Terror’ President Obama on Friday, the day of the massacre, was quoted once more with noted ignorance, claiming that ISIS was now contained, and not a growing threat. At the gathering of world leaders, the American president was noticeably late for the formal gathering for a memorial moment of silence to honor the dead from the ISIS assault.
Even today, when pressed by media, President Obama has steadfastly refused to respond forcefully, with this the most telling exchange:

“CNN’s Jim Accosta said…’I guess the question is, and if you’ll forgive the language is”Why can’t we take out these bastards”?
Obama scoffed at the question: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of ‘American Leadership’ or America winning’ He said firmly”

Via Breitbart

 

This, then is pretty decisive and clear. This man, the president of the USA is NOT interested in victory by America.

Immediately following the attacks, Obama announced that he was releasing five Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo, including the man who was Osama Bin Laden’s body guard. He appears bent on  showing he cares more for Islamists than Americans.
Why is this? What can possibly be the answer?

Our president has sometimes been portrayed as being an islamist. He has denounced those who have questioned his Christian credentials. Recall the scrambling to rephrase and reframe this famous quote in an interview with George Stephanopolis, where he responded to a question with an answer about ” My Muslim Faith” ?  If in fact, Obama had been raised as a Muslim by his father, then later in life he became Christian, then according to the Sharia law, he is an apostate. If this were the case, he would be subject to death by true believers.  As it happens, there have not been calls for his death for this crime.  Yet he continues to show more concern for defaming Islam than defending Christianity.
Answers range from his leftist upbringing, racialist philosophy, to Al Taqiyya.
But, in truth, the answers are irrelevant. The truth, the facts, are plain enough. As long as he is in command, Obama will not lead, will not permit America to win. He has stated plainly such. He must be thwarted, his successor must be someone capable of reversing his damage.
Keep the Faith!
The Rev

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I don’t recognize my country today… or Has Carter been Reelected?

Posted by revkharma on September 13, 2012

I don’t recognize my country today.

The last few days have presented a clear and obvious choice. Our Embassies, sovereign territory placed within other nations, have been attacked and defiled. Our ambassador has been killed, along with several others in planned coordinated attacks on American facilities.

While the government of Mohammed Morsi permitted his thugs to invade the grounds of the American Embassy in Cairo, the US state department was issuing apologies to Islam, condemning those who would dare to ‘Hurt the feelings’ of Muslims anyplace in the world.

When a candidate for the office of president challenged the appropriateness of this apology, he was roundly criticized, not for saying something untrue or incorrect, but for ‘the timing’ of his statement. All this while the State dept. repeated and reissued the same statement even while the flag of our nation was being pulled down, set ablaze and replaced by a flag representing the very Al Qaeda groups which have attacked us repeatedly.

Following that atrocity in Egypt, Libyan ‘extremists’ assaulted the consulate and the American Ambassador. He and others were escorted to a ‘safe location’ by Libyan guards… apparently we had no US Marines available to protect the representative of the United States in a dangerous area…

Once ensconced in said safe location, the Libyan ‘protectors’ then took to the streets, to inform the ‘small band of extremists’ as to the location of the American delegation.

Upon this felicitous discovery, the Ambassador and his aides were murdered, and their bodies carried, as trophies, through the streets in jubilant celebration of the pinnacle of Arab Muslim civilization.

To this point, there have been as many differing explanations and causes given for the death of these people as questions about ‘the motives’ of the assault.

It must have been that cheap movie; the clip was shown on YouTube. That’s why they attacked. Not because they want to extend their reach globally. So, in order to prevent them from attacking again, and to refute the statements of those who claim this is all about extending Sharia law in our modern world as it has been in their pre historic caliphate, many journalists have called out for the arrest and trial of a nominally Christian pastor who has supported the movie. He must be made to pay. We must curtail his right to speak, lest he offend some Islamic man of peace and drive him to behead someone in The Levant. We must implement the rules of Sharia in order to prove that the Islamofascists are not trying to implement the rules of Sharia.

Then our President makes his statement.

He uses one of his most useful collections of weasel words, telling us to “Make No mistake”

(This is a phrase he generally uses to ensure that we know he is about to make an intentional forced error)

“Justice will be done” Our president has promised that “Justice will be done”

This is step one. Justice, as in the Department of Justice. That great bastion of integrity and fairness which upon winning summary judgment against a group ( The New Black Panther Party) which used force to intimidate voters at polling places in Philadelphia, abandoned the case, and surrendered, dropping all charges against those who had just been convicted. That Standard Bearer of brilliance, which has stonewalled the investigation of the killing of a US agent by foreign nationals using guns purchased through a program managed by that very justice department, and denied by the head of that august body. That kind of justice.

Today after two devastating attacks, carried out on the eleventh day of September, (does that day ring any bells anyone??? Hello???) Our President, our leader, the most powerful man on the planet, has dispatched…….

The FBI to investigate and determine the motives of the attackers.

THE FREAKING FBI????? We are attacked by forces under the control of foreign governments, our representatives are murdered, our embassies defiled, our flag burned and REPLACED by the flag of our enemies, and we send in the cops???

Of course we will investigate, we will debate, and we will take an overt act of war and magically transmogrify it into an act of civil criminal disobedience, to be explained by root causes, and oppression by the evil conservative Christian right wing hate groups.

 Soon enough we will see that the attacks in Cairo and Ben Ghazi are actually the result of actions by Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and Paul Ryan, abetted of course by the Koch brothers, enabled by the Citizens United decision. The only way to prevent such attacks from happening again will be to suspend the first amendment, and permit the government to support and affirm the rights of Muslims to impose their will, to eliminate the second amendment to prevent ‘right wing terrorists’ from attacking us from within, and to ensure that Obama and his administration remain in power to protect us from the Israelis who are the real source of terror in the middle east.

Of course, that last paragraph is a farce, a parody of reality. Absurd words, meant to dramatize the reality which is much nicer and safer. It is, I promise, … or at least I pray it is.

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Just Watch the Right Distort Obama’s Guantanamo/al-Qaeda Remarks

Posted by brotherkharma on January 6, 2010

Warning – This is long (for me), meandering, and quite possibly incoherent. Please do not mistake this for an official White House briefing or proposed legislation.

It is amazing to me, although I thought I was finished being shocked by the left.  I Googled the phrase “Obama’s Guantanamo/al-Qaeda remarks” and it took me 10 minutes to find the actual remarks.  I had to search Whitehouse.gov to find the text of the speech.  All that came up on Google (at least the first 2 pages – which is all my attention span will allow me to look through) was the same silly blog being reposted all over the place.  The blog was “Just Watch the Right Distort Obama’s Guantanamo/al-Qaeda Remarks”.  They claim the President was saying Guantanamo was a propaganda and recruiting tool, and that the right has begun to twist his words.  The same way the head of Homeland Security had her words twisted by being quoted?  Maybe the same way Supreme Court nominees have their words twisted, by repeating them in their entirety with contextual explanation?   Now I’ll grant them that President Obama said:

“For over seven years, we have detained hundreds of people at Guantanamo…. There is also no question that Guantanamo set back the moral authority that is America’s strongest currency in the world.  Instead of building a durable framework for the struggle against al Qaeda that drew upon our deeply held values and traditions, our government was defending positions that undermined the rule of law.  …. Meanwhile, instead of serving as a tool to counter terrorism, Guantanamo became a symbol that helped al Qaeda recruit terrorists to its cause.  Indeed, the existence of Guantanamo likely created more terrorists around the world than it ever detained.”

The problem is he said that in May, 2009.  What he said in January of 2010 was:

“But make no mistake:  We will close Guantanamo prison, which has damaged our national security interests and become a tremendous recruiting tool for al Qaeda.  In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.  And, as I’ve always said, we will do so — we will close the prison in a manner that keeps the American people safe and secure.”

Now the phrase “explicit rationale for the formation of al Qaeda” seems to my untrained ears to mean the reason they are there.  If he wanted to say Guantanamo helped them recruit or helped raise sympathy in the Islamic world, I think he would have said it like that.  You know, the way he did in May.  Both speeches do a lot to tell you his mind set in dealing with this threat.  Following the “explicit rationale” comments, he went into detail on how he will address security.  The President warns us that al Qaeda is “constantly evolving and adapting their efforts to strike us”.  The White House site also says what I hope is a typo: “As they refine our tactics, we’ll enhance our defenses”.  People tell me I am overly critical of the President on this issue, so here I am going to rush to his side.  He did not mean that al Qaeda is refining our tactics! They are not wondering into the White House, uninvited, and offering their opinions.  I mean, no one gets in there like that!  The President promises us “smarter screening and security at airports, and investing in the technologies that might have detected the kind of explosives used on Christmas”.  Well, I am willing to help my country.  I have an old laptop that is kind of slow, a little buggy, and needs an external keyboard attached to it, but it can run e-mail, a web browser, and word.  I will happily provide this 21st Century anti-terror technology to the TSA so they can see if someone on multiple watch lists, buying a one way ticket in cash the day of the flight without a valid passport should be searched as thoroughly as I was the 3rd time I flew round trip from Philly to Colorado Springs in the same month.

In May, he really laid down the gauntlet.  In that speech he stated “We are indeed at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates”.  Hoo-rah! (Can’t you just hear R. Lee screaming that out maggot?) He followed it up with the caution on how to prosecute this war.  “But we must do so with an abiding confidence in the rule of law and due process; in checks and balances and accountability.”  Hoo-hah!

I don’t recall FDR demanding lawyers and checks and balances to combat the Nazi threat.  I do not recall a stirring speech to Congress promising to bring Admiral Yamamoto to justice.  I have spoken to many WWII vets, none of whom have ever issued a Miranda warning on the battlefield. But wait, he leans on some quasi historical precedent.  “…the decisions that were made over the last eight years established an ad hoc legal approach for fighting terrorism that was neither effective nor sustainable — a framework that failed to rely on our legal traditions and time-tested institutions…” .  Can anyone tell me what war the US waged with a reliance on “our legal traditions and time-tested institutions”?  The American Revoloution? No.  Civil War? Hmmmm, nope.  Either World War?  Don’t think so.  Wait!  I have it.  The closest we came was in Vietnam.  That’s the model we want to follow, right?

Well, if that didn’t strike fear in the hearts of our enemies, they did it today.  They revoked the Visa of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the man who tried to blow up 300 people on Christmas day.  12 days later, they revoked his visa.  The Administration is sending a STRONG Clear statement!  If you are a failed terrorist, we don’t want you here!  And Gitmo, which of course is the main reason that al-Qaeda flourishes on the Arabian Peninsula, will ABSOLUTELY be closed!  Sometime.  Soon.  Probably. We think, just don’t send them to Yemen.  Or to Illinois because we can’t afford to buy lights and a new fence at the vacant state prison – fiscal responsibility is part of the new change in Washington remember!

Now there are some who will point to the cooperation of the Yemen government as evidence that Obama is gaining support around the world.  It might seem like the approach to this as a legal issue and closure of Gitmo has garnered support in the Middle East.  However, let’s take a deeper look.  Since 2001, US military, not prosecutors, have driven the Taliban into the mountains.  They have ripped Saddam from power and wrought havoc on the terror organizations that attempted to move into Iraq.  The war was pushed away from our shores and towards the heart of Islamofascism.  But why the sudden support of Yemen?  There has also been support of the Saudis, who have launched air strikes against al-Qaeda on the Saudi/Yemeni border.  In August of 2009, for the first time in decades, there was an attempted assassination of a member of the Saudi Royal Family.  Al-Qaeda sent a suicide bomber tried to kill Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, assistant interior minister for security affairs, in his palace in Jeddah.  Somehow I think this is far more likely to cause Saudi and Yemeni cooperation than a guarantee that someday Gitmo will close and the threat to deport every failed terrorist.

BTW – if anyone is still reading this, I feel sorry for you but wanted you to know one more thing.  The reason I gave it the title I did was to hopefully get it in the mix of those other brain dead blogs that made me go on this rant.  Have a nice day and go J-E-T-S-Jets Jets JETS!!!!

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The Preferred Religion of America

Posted by revkharma on July 26, 2009

Over the last few years we have heard increasing debate as to the status of the United States of America as a ‘Christian Nation’. While touring the world and apologizing to sundry nations and aggrieved groups for the behavior of America throughout history. In his speech in Turkey in April President Obama stated flatly that

“We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation.We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

He “carefully calibrated” his language, but clearly has internalized the recent academic  ideals that the First Amendment bars all religion rather than preventing the Federal Government from banning them. While this has been debated, other events have transpired around the nation. The steady and incremental creep of Muslim Sharia has made strong and decisive advances into all areas of American society.  Killings of young women have been deemed ‘ Honor Killings’, a terrifying combination of words which should defy understanding. Various universities across the country are using state and student funds to install ‘ritual footbaths’ to allow Muslim students to perform explicitly religious acts funded by the Universities. In a startling contrast, Minneapolis Community and Technical College has plans to install such foot washing stations, while at the same time it prohibited campus coffee carts from playing Christmas Music. The New York Times detailed the foot bath issue in 2007.

Recently there was a coordinated move in March of that same year in Target Stores. It seems that groups of devout Muslim workers in Target stores began to refuse to process orders with merchandise containing pork. Target switched those workers to other jobs so as not to force even a small conflict with their professed beliefs. Likewise, cab drivers in Minneapolis who were of Somali Muslim origin were refusing to allow passengers in their cabs who they believed to be carrying liquor.

In each of these cases we see a creeping accommodation to the beliefs of Muslims and thier expressed religious beliefs.

With all this as a backdrop comes news from New York that a devout Catholic nurse, with her objections previously on file in writing was coerced into participating in an abortion at  Mt. Sinai hospital. The New York Post has details  here. It clearly is not difficult to see the contrast. The act of permitting someone to purchase pork products is not the same as being forced to consume them.  Allowing someone to carry a bottle of whisky is not the same as drinking it. Abortion has become a fundamental issue to Roman Catholics, and participation in the procedure is a grave moral issue to believers.  Yet the Obama administration has moved to dilute and overturn previously established ‘conscience clauses’ which provided protection for health workers who for reasons of faith refuse to engage in certain practices.

No, Mr. Obama is correct. The USA is no longer an explicitly Christian nation. We no longer draw our moral guidance from the principals of the Founders. While not all were devout Christians, they never the less drew guidance from ‘  Nature’s God’ and the Creator. Certainly they were not motivated by the ‘ pillars of Islam’. However, increasingly throughout the country, due to an overdone sensitivity to offending, we are allowing those who practice Islam to establish themselves and their faith and it’s rules in a preferred place in our culture. No, we are not a Christian nation. But absent someone paying attention and making an effort, we will slide slowly and unerringly into becoming a Muslim Nation. The Communists often were quoted as saying that the capitalists would sell the rope used to hang them.  Well, we are becoming so solicitous of those who would destroy our culture that we are willingly dismantling it for them.

The Rev

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Legacy

Posted by brotherkharma on July 15, 2009

Legacy.  It’s an odd word.  It used to mean, according to Merriam Webster, “a gift by will” or “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”.  Well, as with so many words, politicians have annihilated that as well.  Legacy now means the way today’s media would like historians to judge a current political figure.  Please don’t confuse this with their actual legacy, which is what they have transmitted to our culture and posterity.

Take for example, and I do hesitate to invoke the name, President Clinton.  I am not, in any way attempting to link the current administration to Clinton’s.  For one thing, Clinton was much better about doing a poll driven 180° policy turn and convincing a lot of people this was the original direction.  That brings me rambling along to something like making a point.  (I understand that is what I’m supposed to do with these blogs, go figure).  Enough time has passed that we can begin to honestly evaluate the Clinton legacy.

To do this, we will need to look at the “Webster” legacy, and the “Network” legacy.  First, the network legacy.  I will paraphrase a few things; sort of quote a source occasionally.  You know, real, hard hitting modern journalism.  There is a NY Times article, “Striking Strengths, Glaring Shortcomings”, that is one of many attempts to describe the former President as someone who tried really hard.  He had to overcome a public that just didn’t trust the executive branch after the 12 years before him.  They actually referred to his “modest domestic initiatives” in the same paragraph as “his effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system”.  They refer to his poll driven policies as navigating between the left and the right.  The gist of most of the major news outlets view of the administration is that he was a likeable guy, bad husband, and the only really practical person in Washington.  Their version of his legacy is that conservatives learned to move to the left because of him, and those who disagreed with his practical policies had to attack his personal life.  The impeachment was, after all, the result of Ken Starr being a pervert and a prude (with no explanation how you are both).

Watching some of the recent news of the day is what prompted me on this rambling.  I am seeing more of the true legacy.  To be fair, it is not all directly from the former President, but what I see is the result of both his actions and those who rushed to his defense.  In 1988, there were several prominent Democrats running for their party’s nomination.  In these pre-Clinton days, reports of Gary Hart’s affair on the yacht Monkey Business was more than enough to run him out of the race, and politics.   That same year, another Senator running for office was discovered to have plagiarized a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock, as well as a number of papers while in law school.  He was disgraced and withdrew from the race (although he did provide me with a good joke for my brother’s wedding toast) and was very quiet for a long time.  Now, in the post Clinton days, that man is Vice-President.  I look at the Governors of New York, New Jersey, and South Carolina and I hear people saying it’s their personal life.  In New York, Eliot Spitzer is actually being considered as a viable candidate.

We used to look for leaders, for people to inspire the nation to greatness.  I can’t stand to hear one more talking head tell me that our politicians are just like the rest of us.   That’s not leadership.  George Washington was not like the rest of us.  Most people would have taken the opportunity to become the first American King, or Emperor.  Why do we tolerate (and don’t get me started on the new definition of that word) mediocre leadership?  I see the messages battering my children that some sex is not sex, and anything you do in private is OK.  Spin is OK.  I’m sorry but spin is just a soft way to say lying through your teeth.  My kids have been told (not at home) that there are times in life when a little lie is the right thing to do.  Let me repeat that.  They have been told that sometimes a lie is the right thing to do.  As long as you avoid offending anyone, and spin it right, just say what you need to say and get past the situation.  Of course, if you botch it, there is a guaranteed fix.  If you actually do something that someone considers wrong, and get caught, you must apologize.  It should go something along the lines of “To the extent that anyone may have taken offense at what I said, although I never intended to offend them, I apologize.” Apologize for someone else’s actions too, while you’re at it.  Can’t hurt.

So in the end, I am trying to raise my kids to learn the lesson of the only legacy that truly matters.  I understand that this gets me labeled with all sorts of horrible titles, but I still do it.  It is a true legacy, a “gift transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past”.  The world has the legacy of Christ, handed directly down from Him through Saint Peter.  I will hitch my wagon to that, and let the others try to build on the media legacy.

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More on Notre Dame

Posted by revkharma on May 18, 2009

( Please make sure to read to the end of this post, as I have added a clarification that some have asked me for. Thanks! The Rev)

Note that I did not title this with any reference to the President of the United States. Despite the headlines this morning, the objections to the awarding of a degree were not an objection to President Barack Obama receiving a degree. There has been much written to imply that this is a political argument with President Obama’s views on abortion. Quite simply, this is not the case, or at least it is only a very small part. The issue is, and has been one of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and the requirement of Catholic institutions to adhere to such teachings. The Bishops in the United States, following the direction of the Pope, and the historic teachings of the Church, have directed that any institution which is affiliated with the Church MUST follow the teachings and doctrines of the Church. For some reason, this angers many academics, who deem this an infringement on their freedom. The problem with this is in a Roman Catholic Institution there are, and should be, regulations which conform to the teachings of the Church which chartered the university.

Had the President been invited to give a commencement address, and perhaps a discussion on the issue of abortion, there would not be an objection.  Had he been speaking at a private college, unaffiliated with the Church, there would have been no objection. ( Note that when giving a similar address at Arizona State University, The President was not awarded an honorary degree)The issue of conflict arose with the awarding of an honorary doctorate to Barack Obama, a strong proponent of unrestricted abortion. This contravenes the direct teaching of the Church on abortion. Abortion is not merely another issue. For the Catholic Church, abortion is a grave moral evil. This cannot be understated. Facilitation of, support for, or public acquiescence to abortion is in a category entirely different than other disordered or sinful behaviors.  While there certainly are objections to the death penalty, and clearly Pope John Paul II opposed the Iraq War, however these issues are simply not in the same category.

All that discussion leads up to a major point, which is simply this: the focus of criticism was, and has been the University of Notre Dame, and the current president, Fr. Jenkins.  All attempts by various media outlets and even by President Obama himself to cast this as a political attack on his abortion views are incorrect, and perhaps an attempt to mobilize support for Mr. Obama and his policies. Father Jenkins also had a strong interest to shift the spotlight toward ‘intolerant abortion foes’ who were unwilling to engage in debate. This change of focus worked for all the parties involved.  Jenkins gets to appear the ever tolerant academic, oppressed by an intolerant Church, instead of a recalcitrant priest, disobeying a fundamental ruling by the Church he professes to follow. The President, instead of giving yet another commencement address can once more draw attention to himself as a noble fighter for freedom and women’s rights against the intolerant right, which will attack him everywhere.

The losers in the whole thing are  the Bishops who now have appear powerless to control a defiant university president who is willing to go his own way seemingly with impunity.  The students at Notre Dame had their graduation exercises hijacked by a wholly unnecessary and far too public controversy which could have been avoided merely had the one of the principle actors acted in a less self aggrandizing manner. Had Father Jenkins thought clearly he would have issued an invitation to give the address, without the additional step of bestowing an honorary degree. There may have been protests, but this is the American way. There would NOT have been such a conflict with the Church.  President Obama could have done something honorable, and upon seeing the unavoidable conflict, he could have issued a statement to the effect that he did not wish to tarnish the student’s graduation with such controversy, and moved on, perhaps returning for another speaking engagement, without the conflict. Neither man possessed the maturity, the grace, nor the respect for others such  an adult gesture requires. Both appear diminished by their quest to be center of a stage, strutting about claiming the role of victim, standing up to intolerance. Both showed remarkable intolerance, and a stunning lack of concern for the cost of their self promotion. 

********************* Addendum****************

Some have asked me to clarify just what is the difference between an ordinary injunction and ‘grave moral issue’ within the Church. I speak only as a layman, and if there is a theologian out there, I would ask for assistance and guidance. So, understand I am speaking from my own knowledge and understanding, here is as clear an explanation I can offer.
One way to illustrate could be this:
Driving on your local roads, you are bound by speed limits. They are posted with the force of law. Should you break that law, you will receive a ticket,and be send on your way, paying the fine, and having the infraction recorded on your license.
However, should you intentionally run down some innocent pedestrian the reaction will be significantly more harsh. You will be arrested and prosecuted for a serious crime.
Clearly there are some rules which are far more serious than others. One can debate the need for a speed limit of say, 40 mph, where the current speed is posted at 25mph. However there can be no debate over the seriousness of a law which which will prosecute you for willfully killing a pedestrian with intent.
Similarly, while there is internal debate on issues ranging from Just War theory to the death penalty to divorce, there is no debate permitted within the Catholic Church regarding the gravity of the moral instructions on abortion, and the requirement that the Church and it’s institutions and organizations should not provide any honors to those who promote abortion.

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

 

For a significantly more educated and eloquent discussion on this topic, take a few minutes and read this essay, by Father Jonathan Morris.  He speaks with far greater authority than I can claim.

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A Victory

Posted by revkharma on March 10, 2009

We talked about the bill in Connecticut to restrict the control of Roman Catholic parishes in that state. It seems that even the Democrat party is not immune from the backlash generated by their stupidity. The bill has been withdrawn. One thing to keep in mind is that this bill did not get stopped merely because it was wrong, nor because it was unconstitutional. This bill was withdrawn due to concerted effort and concentrated pressure from Americans who cared. I tip my hat to those in Connecticut who pulled the weight and made the noise to show they would not simply stand by  and surrender.

It’s a start, and a good one to remember!

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

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Science and Politics: Deception and Dishonesty

Posted by revkharma on March 10, 2009

Our President took to the airwaves yesterday to shill for his new executive orders. He announced that he will ‘reverse the last administration’s restrictions on stem cell research.’ He also announced that his administration will not “elevate politics above science”. A clear and pointed jab at his predecessor in office. It seems that The Great and Powerful Obama believes that Science has been held hostage to political considerations, particularly on the issue of stem cell research. Obama and the media circus that followed these announcements have continued a massive and deceptive campaign designed to minimize the actual impact of past administrations, and maximize the deception and dishonesty presented to the American people.

First, the Bush Administration, after careful analysis, and consultation with scientific and ethics experts made a determination to provide federal funds for research using embryonic stem cell lines which were already in existence. (Find info about the actual policy here) This was the first time that any federal money was provided for any research using stem cells. The very first time ever. Yet, for some reason, the Obamites and the media continue to promote factual distortion in which they say The Bush Administration ‘restricted research’. There were never any federal restrictions, no executive orders, no laws promulgated, no department rulings which restricted or prohibited the use of any cells, from any source at any time during the Bush Administration. What the Bush rules did was provide guidelines for the distribution of new federal funds. Funds which had not been previously available.  As to the science, I urge anyone with just a few minutes time to look at the actual scientific literature regarding the use and efficacy of adult, pluripotent stem cells. Look into the generation of  teratomas in embryonic stem cell lines. So far today I have heard nearly a dozen references to the ‘potential cures for such diseases as diabetes, and Alzheimer’s’ on various news outlets. Any respectable scientist will acknowledge that this is purely speculation and not based on any sound science. I have written before on this topic, (here) and in more depth here.

As to the political distortion of science, one need not look any further than the ‘science’ behind global warming Global climate change.  Once the eminent geophysical research scientist political fraud Al Gore did his pioneering research, he declared that “The Science is settled” and no one would be allowed to disagree. Wait, I am mistaken, Gore’s ‘research’ amounts to a power point slide show of  pictures of sad polar bears floating on ice, and scare tactics about imminent destruction.  Yet, the Great and Powerful Obama, always concerned about elevating science above politics suppresses any dissenting voices. Of course, he’s only interested in true, pure science.

What is actually being promoted here is not science but what is increasingly being called ‘Scientism”. Essentially a religion which preaches dogma and permits no dissent.  I find it particularly interesting to see the shutting down of dissent from the party line of “Embryonic Stem Cells as miracle cure, and Global Climate Change is a Fact”, with the recent gathering of scientists at the Vatican to discuss evolution. Those who preach an actual religion (which apparently is to be suppressed in Connecticut) are more open and willing to engage in rational scientific discussion than the political powers in this country.

Scientism is a tool, useful to make political ideas carry the cachet of scientific fact. By draping their political theories in a cloud of scientific jargon, politicians can claim an unearned level of respectability and add weight to their ideas in order to confuse citizens and garner unwarranted support. The communists did the same thing with ‘Marxist theory’ and the Nazi’s did the same with genetic theories of the ‘Master Race’.

The government in power is willing to do just about anything to curtail individual liberty and expand the scope and reach of government power. The distortion and misuse of science is but one more bit of subterfuge do aid in their massive power grab.

I take no credit for any of the actual science, I merely read and follow. The government power mongers count on the fact that most Americans have been fatally mis-educated by the government run schools, and so remain ignorant of real science. They are counting on America to be distracted by the fear of the economic chaos which they continue to stir. The longer they can distract attention, and distort the truth, the further along the path to control they can lead those who are ignorant of the way we are headed. Before we know it, the road they are paving for us will lead us into a total submission to government care, and total reduction of liberty.

None of this can be taken in isolation. So much is happening all at once, and carefully being presented, one piece at a time that the pattern and scope of abuse and oppression is obvious. We ignore the warnings at the risk of the collapse of the republic which has brought the world more liberty than we could ever have had. We are on the brink, and being led by the High Priests of Scientism to follow their lead directly over the edge.

Keep the Faith!

The Rev

 

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–URGENT–First Amendment Under Attack

Posted by revkharma on March 9, 2009

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Submitted 9/25/1789. Adopted, 12/15/1791)

 

That seems pretty clear to me.  No law prohibiting the free exercise of religion. I don’t see any weasel words. I don’t see any hidden, dependant clauses. Nothing I can see  gives an option to restrict the freedom if someone does not like the way a religious group handles their finances. But—

 

There is a bit of legislation under consideration in Connecticut which will allow the state of Connecticut to dictate the terms and ororganization under which the Roman Catholic Church may operate.  I heard of this earlier, and simply did not believe what I heard. I thought for sure that it was being misrepresented. I thought for certain that this was going to turn out to be an ‘Urban Legend”.

Well I was wrong: This bill Number 1098 specifies the form and the makeup of the corporate board which is required for any Catholic parish in the state. Specifically it targets representative of the Diocese, preventing the Church hierarchy from holding voting seats. This  cannot be seen as anything other than the State of Connecticut interfering directly in the free exercise of a religious organization. While this bill specifically and directly targets one particular church, it can, and certainly will be used as a template to aggressively pursue the extinction of any Independence any churches hold within the state. If anyone in Connecticut can explain this to me in a way which casts it as anything other than insidious, I’d like to hear from  them.  Clearly this must not stand. even if you don’t live there, all Americans have a stake in repelling this face on assault on one of the most cherished freedoms in American history. Call, write, fax everyone you can find in Connecticut to stop this.

Keep the Faith!  ( and work to keep it FREE!)

The Rev

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Faith and Science, a Personal Essay

Posted by revkharma on March 3, 2009

I was asked to read this, and think it is worth reading. While most of what is posted here revolves on hot button issues  in the world of politics, this is another issue entirely. Let me know what you think.

Keep the Faith

The Rev

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My father was probably the most devout man I knew. His piety and faith were both inspiring and a stumbling block to me. The inspiration is obvious, a man of such easy intelligence who never discarded the depths of faith in God and belief in Jesus as His Son, our Savior. The stumbling block may be tougher to understand, unless you are a boy, trying to be like Dad. I felt I could never achieve such heights, nor such certainty and sure knowledge as he possessed.

Dad was a man of science.He had a PhD  and a constantly challenging inquisitive mind which made him both a font of knowledge to me and a goad, encouraging and tasking me to aspire to learn, to study, to explore. There was always a book at hand, somewhere to make a point. Even as a child, if the time arose where I could cite a source to back my opinion, and provide evidence, than Dad would acknowledge the accuracy of my statement, even as it might refute something I had previously been taught, even if by himself.

As I grew and learned, I discovered, as most sons will, that Dad did not know everything, and he was beset by the same doubts and frailties and weaknesses which afflict most men. We had occasional conversations on various matters, as breezy as football and dating, as deep as science and faith. I recall one conversation, which has always lingered in my memories. My father revealed to me that early in his career, in the early 1960’s that he was often challenged on two sides. One would challenge his bona fides as a ‘true scientist’ as he was a devout Roman Catholic. From the other side he would be questioned on the verity of his faith, as he worked in the field of science, which challenged religious faith and dogma. He maintained relentlessly that there was, and could not be a conflict. Science and Faith were equally important, and need not contradicted each other.

I began to realize that I was quite fortunate in my upbringing and education. I was never given an either/or position. I don’t recall ever having to choose faith or reason. I seem to have always believed that as God created the world, the universe, well, everything, then the very laws of the universe were God’s laws.  Recall that natural law theory teaches that the natural law is inscribed in man’s very heart. We are born seeking God, and are not complete until we are with Him. Recall Augustine’s Confession “ Our hearts are restless until they rest in thee O Lord” We are created, as is all else, with the inscription of God’s Hand upon us. If God created the laws, then science, the search for, and study of those laws cannot be opposed to faith. It must, in fact be part, and a fundamental part of that faith. Paul Davies, in his 1995 Templeton Prize address covered much of this both more completely and more eloquently than I could aspire to. I encourage you to read it.  It was printed in First Things, in August/September 1995. I commend that journal to anyone.

Continue reading the whole thing here:

 

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