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Saturday, July 17, 2004

OpinionJournal - Featured Article: "In particular, Mr. Bond and Mr. Mfume have done a great disservice to our organization, and to the founders of the civil-rights movement, with their hateful and untruthful rhetoric about Republicans and President Bush. How ironic that they would direct this vitriol at a president who has appointed more African-Americans to high-profile posts, has committed more funds to fight AIDS in Africa, has championed minority homeownership, and has supported more trade and aid for African and Caribbean nations than any other administration.
"Through his education policies alone, President Bush has done more for the African-American community than any previous president, including the so-called first black president, Bill Clinton. That's a secret some black leaders may not want millions of African-American voters to know. But just ask the tens of thousands of parents who took advantage of the free choice and tutoring provisions under the first year of NCLB, the majority of whom were minorities. Poll after poll has shown that African-American parents support school choice, which is directly at odds with the NAACP's position on the issue."
If Rod Paige keeps it up, he will become my favorite black author. There is a bunch of them, and they don't fit into such organizations as the National Association of Liberal Colored People.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

New York Post Online Edition: postopinion: "Five days after the Senate Intelligence Committee stated flatly that Bush administration officials didn't pressure CIA analysts to spin intelligence reports on Iraq, an official inquiry chaired by the former chief of Britain's civil service has said the same about British intelligence and Prime Minister Tony Blair's government.
To sum up: Bush didn't lie. Blair didn't lie. "

Do Democrats lie? The party of Bill Clinton? hmmmm.
Wilson contradictions leave Democrat senators speechless: "The normally mild Roberts is harsh in his condemnation: ''Time and again, Joe Wilson told anyone who would listen that the president had lied to the American people, that the vice president had lied, and that he had 'debunked' the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. . . . [N]ot only did he NOT 'debunk' the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason to believe that it may be true.'' Roberts called it ''important'' for the committee to declare much of what Wilson said ''had no basis in fact.'' In response, Democrats were silent. "


Tuesday, July 13, 2004

"Neo-Darwinism is firmly accredited and highly regarded by science, though there is little direct evidence for it, because it beautifully fits into a mechanistic system of the universe and bears on a subject--the origin of man--which is of the utmost intrinsic interest." [Michael Polanyi. Personal Knowledge. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1958. Corrected edition 1962. 136.]

No six-day creationist could have said it any better, and Polanyi [Link to Polani Society website] was certainly not that, for he has greatly influenced "post-modern thought" and did much to free[I guess that's the word] the modern world of enlightenment assumptions.

But Polanyi's statement from the highly influential book cited above shows the prejudice of modern science. They WILL not have anything else but a mechanistic world; they WILL not have an anthropology except that which fits into such a world. God cannot and SHALL not exits in their world, unless He can be redefined in terms of their own assumptions. They are emotional about it because Neo-Darwinism fits "beautifully" into their system. Their delight is that of a youth who finds a bag of pot on the street, and goes on his way rejociing that all is right in his universe.

But what of the dark angels? [Revelation 7:1} What of those who hold the four winds of the earth and holds them back only because of the word of the One who holds the seal of the living God? How does He and them fit into the mechanistic universe? What mechanical system restrains these terrible winds?

Pr 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Jer 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

Na 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

[Also: Proverbs 30:4; Isaiah 17:13; Isaiah 41:16; Jeremiah 22:22]

But what did the writers of Scripture know? They were led by the Holy Spirit, not mechanistic assumptions.
The New York Times > Science > Will Compasses Point South?: "No matter what the new findings, the public has no reason to panic, scientists say. Even if a flip is imminent, it might take 2,000 years to mature. The last one took place 780,000 years ago, when Homo erectus was still learning how to make stone tools"
Hmm, let's see now. That means I have a bit of time to plan. My count is, assuming that all things will continue as they have from the foundation of the world [a dubious assumption, taking account of Scripture], I will be 780,070 years old when the next one occurs, again assuming that nothing catastrophic appears. I think I will not worry about it for the next 280,070 years. A cool half million years should give me enough time. [Side note: This Homo erectus fellow must have been something of a dolt. Imagine taking 780,000 years to develp stone tools into atomic bombs. We went from Model T's to Space Shuttles in less than a century.]

Sunday, July 11, 2004 - U.S. & World - Catholics Lament Churches Becoming Condos: "Others across the country have been torn down. Nevertheless, sale to a real-estate developer, even one who'll preserve religious relics, is little comfort for many Catholics."
It may be a shame, but only to sentiment. It is an idolatry to believe that God is present in any physical thing except by covenant and the ministry and sacraments. It is no more sacred to pray in a church building than in the field, unless the people of the Lord are gathered in that building according to the commands and ordinances of Christ. In fact, if the church is forced to meet in a field in order to worship God according to the First and Second Commandments, the presence of God will be manifest in the field where the saints are, rather than in ornate, rich, and luxurious churches where people have no more concept of spiritual worship than a pig does.

It is the heresy of objective mysticism, when the presence of God is sought in physical things. I loved the "Lord of the Rings" but it is objective mysticism after all. To take such things seriously is idolatry.

There are priests who care more about the relics, the statues, the carvings, the architecture than they do about the children of the congregation. Far better to raze the buildings and burn the idols than to rape the children. Anyone who has even a glimmer of spiritual light will see that, wouldn't they? It the buildings are sold for something useful [like paying off lawsuits], so much the better.


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