Amid all the agitation among the culturally and morally rootless for legalized "marriage" between members of the same gender (and in Holland, any number of members of either gender), social conservatives have been warning that the result would be this.
Well, it's happened.
Ok, so it's not legal. But given the logic behind the other trendy perversions of marriage, how long can that remain true in cases such as this one? Not long ago, they were illegal, too- and just as unthinkable.
Gay and plural "marriage" amount, not to the expansion of legal rights in new directions, but to the effective abolition of society's most basic institution. The bottom line is that the story to which this post links is no more absurd or perverse than the concept of a man "marrying" another man, or a woman marrying another woman- or a group of people of mixed gender somehow "marrying" each other.
It was New York sportswriter Franklin Pierce Adams who penned a poem paying tribute to a legendary Chicago Cubs double play combination which- some say even more than their play- ensured their baseball immortality.
The story is that Adams wrote a piece one day that his editor said was too short. To fill up space, he penned the lines which- more than anything else he ever wrote- helped make his mark in the chronicling of our national pastime- a poem entitled Baseball's Sad Lexicon:
These are the saddest of possible words:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
Tinker and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a Giant hit into a double-
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Tinker to Evers to Chance."
The "double" in question is a double play. There have been many Cub infields which have routinely turned opponents' hits into doubles of the other kind, too, but it was not to such a…
Whatever one thinks of American gun laws, might a Liberal inability to manage an increase in the kind of social problems which cause violence not also provide at least a partial explanation? And if Martin's Liberal government has failed so miserably in keeping Yankee shootin' irons out of the Dominion, isn't that, too, an argument against another Liberal government, rather than for one?
Either way, Paul Martin, it seems to me, might benefit from remembering that he's the incumbent in this race! Why, after all, would Canadians want to return a government so inept in protecting their nation from the baleful influence of that nation of gangsters and cowboys to the south?
Key line: "I don't see how anyone can, in good conscience, celebrate Christmas without opposing abortion."
Or with an ounce of logic, either. But then, this is an age which is big on neither logic nor conscience. Roe v. Wade could never have happened- or, having happened, long survived- in a country where either was highly esteemed.
Bonhoeffer's cut-to-the-chase argument stands as an unanswerable rebuke to all legalistic (and parenthetically illogical) quibbling about when human life begins (there can be no real doubt; where cell division, growth, and the expression of the genome are taking place, there is life- and where the species is Homo sapiens, by definition it is human life). You just can't get around it: even if one somehow concludes that a fetus does not represent a human life, it cannot be denied, once that process begins, that God intends one to come into being- and that morally, to …
In the wake of the legalization of "sex clubs" up there, Canadians may have to get used to something more than merely sexual tourism. A particularly noxious breed of sexual tourism may well be in the offing for our neighbo(u)rs to the North.
Given the recent legislation (marvelous public health measure, that, in the age of AIDS, btw), I would start worrying, were I a Canadian, lest "landed immigrant" soon become a slang term for "pedophile." Or will Canada merely become a vacation mecca for American child molesters?
When I was small- and growing up the child of generically Protestant parents who could accept neither the Christian Science nor the Roman Catholicism of their respective backgrounds, and had not yet stumbled upon Lutheranism- I always wondered about that "Feast of Stephen" mentioned in Good King Wenceslaus. Even then, I'd figured out that the Pogo version,
A biography of St. Wenceslaus, the Bohemian monarch whose piety inspired the carol, is found here.
It wasn't until much later that I realized that "the Feast of Stephen" referred to the day after Christmas, December 26, when the Church (somewhat arbitrarily) celebrates the martyrdom (and hence, the birthday into eternal life) of Stephen, Deacon and Martyr, whose story is told in Acts 6-8.
More enigmatic is another name by which this day is known, chiefly in Canada and Great Britain: "Boxing Day." I remember a conversat…
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. --John 1:14 (ESV)
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord…
Vlad the Inhaler has presided over the deployment of a new generation of Russian nuclear missles, pointedly said to be "capable of penetrating any prospective missle defense."
Though many conservatives disagreed, I've insisted for decades that Communism was an absurd, threadbare, self-refuting ideology which nobody in the Soviet Union, China, or elsewhere where it is the official ideology has truly believed since the early days of the Lenin and Mao regimes, or their regional equivalents. The real conflict, I suggested, was a geopolitical one between nation states over who was going to be the biggest kid on the block- or the biggest bloc on the block.
I seem to have been right. More and more, the euphoria over the end of the Cold War has given way, among the more realistic of us, to an understanding that none of the international dynamics have truly changed that much- except, perhaps, for the notion that simmering resentment against the United States among nations hitherto …
Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. --John 15: 20-21 (ESV)
There will be much talk in coming days about peace on earth and good will and such things in the Holy Land. But there will be little to back up the talk.
I'm not talking now about the ongoing hatred and fighting between Israelis and Palestinians. I'm talking about the fierce and virulent persecution of Palestinians by other Palestinians- specifically, of Palestinian Christians by Palestinian Muslims.
Sharia is already established as the fundamental legal principle in territories governed by the Palestinian Authority. The rape of women dressed in Western-style clothing is not only common, but condoned- and convictions for such crimes in Palestinian courts are almost impossi…
This, of course, is the country under whose present Liberal government it is legal for two men or two women to marry one another. Lest Prime Minister Paul Martin be thought a radical, however, it should be made clear that it is not legal in Canada for either men or women to marry outside their own species, or to marry inanimate objects.
Earth to Saddam! You admitted having those chemical weapons when you surrendered at the end of the first Gulf War. You'd even used them on your own people! You agreed to destroy them in the presence of UN inspectors.
When I lived in Springfield, Virginia, I'd encounter these folks every time I'd visit the Springfield Mall. They had (and at last report, still have) a table there, at which they give "stress tests" to unwary passers by- and try to use the "results" to "hook" them into their bizarre belief system.
A friend of mine, when he passes by, habitually points out to these visitors that they are being manipulated by a cult. The members of the cult do not like this. Neither does my friend's fiancee, who is familiar with the cult's fondness for suing people who criticize it.
During one period of time a while back when my schedule permitted, I fell into the habit of watching re-runs of the sometimes brilliant TV series Millennium, on late night TV. It was a great series during its first season- spooky, dramatic, thoughtful, and occasionally even funny. It made some plot changes which I did not consider an improvement …
I've observed before in my blog how amusing those with an animus toward Christianity (or even theism) tend to be when they carry that bias into the public square. Few of them are informed enough about their subject matter to discuss it intelligently (for that matter, few Christian laypeople these days are informed enough about their faith to discuss it intelligently, but that's another issue). They tend to wind up like the movie critic who concluded that Aslan in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe can't truly be a Christ figure because he starts out on top, whereas Jesus had to work his way up from the bottom (huh?). Almighty God- begotten of the Father from eternity- is the bottom?
I would have compared them to a Reformed or Mennonite theologian discussing Luther's doctrine of the Two Kingdoms, b…
Saddam Hussein says that he's been beaten and tortured by his American captors.
Which, of course- given the credibility and moral standing of this paragon of virtue- any objective person will instantly believe.
No, Saddam has not been mistreated in prison. Despite aberrations like Abu Ghraib, we- unlike people like Saddam- do not, as a general rule, go in for such things. And despite an understandable first reaction of "Poor baby,!" our military structures are sufficiently transparent that if there were an ounce of truth to what this poor, picked on human monster said, it would be impossible ultimately to conceal it.
Saddam couldn't even conceal such things when he was in charge of one of the most vicious totalitarian regimes in modern history.
The trouble, of course, is that the much-discussed "Arab street," which conducts its politics in the realm of paranoid fantasy, probably believes every word Saddam says. Better, in their eyes, to be a mass murderer who k…
Two years ago, the Chicago Cubs came within five outs of the World Series. There followed the next year a season of catastrophic injuries during which the team never got off of the starting block.
Then, their General Manager- Jim Hendry, who had in the past turned dross like Todd Hundley, Hee Seop Choi and Bobby Hill into gold like Eric Karros, Mark Grudzielanek, Aramis Ramirez and Derrek Lee- did something really, really dumb.
He had to get rid of Sammy Sosa, a player in steep decline who had become a clubhouse cancer. But no matter how long I live, I will never understand what possessed him to non-tender Moises Alou at the same time- and then, despite the deep pockets of the Tribune Corporation, not to adequately replace either. Instantly, the Cubs were effectively without an outfield- and, instantly, they lost any rational claim to being contenders.
The best Hendry could do for corner outfielders were Todd Hollandsworth and Jeromy Burnitz, both average- to- slightly- above- average o…
Any way you look at it, this is bad news for the partisan hate-mongers.
Even their anti-Bush rhetoric about Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 failed to make much of an impression with Freedom House, which did note what it regarded as a "looming problem" with the fairness of electoral districts in the U.S. (like, this is a new problem- or a partisan failing?). Apparently the quadrennial gambits, respectively, of trying to steal an election and then accusing the other side of doing that very thing when you get caught and stopped, and trying to create doubt about a decisive result about which no reasonable grounds for doubt could possibly exist, are not enough to convict one's opponents of electoral naughtiness in the eyes of Freedom House.
All in all, the message seems a vindication of the so-called Neo-Conservative world view: freedom is on the march- despite the best efforts of the Howard Deans and the Cindy Sheehans of this world.
1. I am descended from Henry Joy McCracken, the son of a prominent Presbyterian family in Belfast, and one of the founders (along with another Protestant patriot, Theobald Wolfe Tone) of an organization seeking the independence of Ireland, the United Irishmen. Wolfe Tone's 1798 rebellion was the first of the three great risings against British rule which ultimately led to the establishment of the Irish Free State 126 years later.
When the person who was supposed to lead military phase of the the 1798 rebellion in Ulster chickened out, McCracken stepped into the role himself, despite being seriously ill at the time. He led an attack on the city of Antrim, and actually captured it from the Brits, but was unable to retain it when the Lobsterbacks were reinforced.
Seeking to escape incognito to America, he was recognized, betrayed, and condemned to be hang…