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Chicago Public Schools, Obama OK sex education- for kindergarters!

The Chicago Public Schools have decided that kindergartners need sex education.

Not only that, but the President of the United States thinks it's a good idea.

Aside from the very lunacy of the idea, I have little doubt that this will be an opportunity for Big Brother to instruct our little ones on the moral equivalency of all types of sexual activity among consenting adults.


HT: Drudge

15 things you may be surprised to learn are 'racist.' I hope.

My mother told me the story of "The Boy Who Cried 'Wolf!'" when I was very small.  It teaches an important lesson about life: that overuse of alarming words quickly rob them of their capacity to alarm us.

Neither side in the current contentious- in fact, downright nasty- political climate bears complete blame for it, or for that matter is completely innocent. But it should be observed that when a term we should take very seriously- like "racism-" is devalued by overuse, we lose the capacity to call people's attention to things which ought to outrage them. This is a bad thing.

It also tends to create ill-will among those who are targeted by the misuse of such a word. Here is a list of 15 things which the American Left and their allies in the media have decided constitute "racism" since Barack Obama took office.

There is no doubt about it: the term has been so debased by overuse that it's lost much of what ought to be a very potent impact. …

Legal 'War of the Roses' breaks out anew over Richard III's re-interment

It was supposed to be a done deal. But distant relatives of King Richard III are challenging the decision to re-inter the much-maligned monarch in Leicester Cathedral.

There is a school of thought that says that Richard should be buried where he expressed a wish to be buried while he was still living: in York, where he was most at home and where he was always quite popular, and whose city records the day after he was killed bear the sorrowful- and under the circumstances, rather risky- entry, "It was shown to us by Sir John Spooner how King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was by great treason most pitifully slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this city."

Take that, Henry VII!

HT: Real Clear Religion

Sorry, Mr. President

Martin Luther King- great man that he was- was not in any way, shape or form comparable to Jesus.

And you aren't, either, Mr. President- no matter what the media tell you!

Nor- the NAACP to the contrary- was Dr. King's struggle comparable to the campaign for same-sex "marriage," Gov. O'Malley.

And here is an article in Human Events making much the same observation that I made a while back: the poignancy of an anniversary whose original meaning has been so grotesquely distorted by the Left.

Oh, that we had a president with a spine again!

Certainly SOMEBODY needs to have a long, stern talk with the Pakistanis.

First, Osama sets up housekeeping under their noses. And then this sort of thing can happen.

These are not the sort of people I personally consider friends, or sharers in our values. And this is not the sort of thing America should tolerate among those who want our support.

How far the Civl Rights Movement has fallen since the March on Washington!

There have been few issues in my lifetime that have been as clear cut- as obvious a confrontation between good and evil in which it was so clear which was the side of the angels- as the Civil Rights Movement of the 'Sixties. It was a great thing, back in 1963, to behold Dr. King standing there at the Lincoln Memorial at the conclusion of the March on Washington and giving his "I Have a Dream Speech." The 'Sixties would prove to be a decade of assassinations and riots and tragedy. Before it was over Dr. King himself would share the fate of the man at the feet of whose giant statue he spoke that day.

But there, in March of 1963, one knew that one was beholding a good kind of history. The country would never be the same- and for once in the 'Sixties, that was a good thing.

It's been downhill from there. Now, false charges of racism are the currency of the political Left, a trusty weapon to be pulled out whenever the Cause is threatened by politically incorrect …

Software can read your mind- to a point

Mind-reading.

It's the stuff of fantasy and science fiction, right?

Wrong. We already have software that enables those using it to know what we're looking at by measuring our brain waves.

1984 seems to have come thirty years late.

HT: Drudge

Ireland succumbs to the Culture of Death

Ireland held out for a long time, but it, too, has surrendered to the Culture of Death. The first legal abortion has been carried out in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

The Irish law seems much less draconian than Roe v. Wade. But the provision legalizing abortion where the mother is suicidal is, of course, an open door to anybody who wants an abortion badly enough to claim to be.

Oh. And one more thing: the article linked to above to the contrary, there is no such thing as an "emergency abortion."

HT: Drudge

There might just be a connection

It's a pattern being repeated over and over in every Christian denomination: African Presbyterians are firmly and resolutely upholding the Faith Once Delivered on issues like abortion and homosexuality, even while their American counterparts are falling all over themselves in an effort to repudiate it.

There's actually a small Anglican denomination in Virginia that was organized  under the supervision of an African bishop because he, at least, was more or less orthodox!

This might have something to do with the fact that the Church's growth in Africa is nothing short of explosive, while the rapidly shrinking American Church still hasn't figured out that selling out to the culture and mistaking salesmanship and gimmicks for evangelism is no substitute for standing for something and having something of substance to actually offer people.

One of my African roommates in seminary seriously suggested that in a generation his people would be sending missionaries to the United…

Pray for the Coptic Christians

The Islamofascists in Egypt continue to humiliate and persecute the Christian community.

The fight in the West to avoid the temptation to identify Islam as such with behavior like this is tough enough without the Egyptian Islamists acting like barbarians. Last night I watched a PBS special on the life of Mohammed which went to great lengths to emphasize how much both he and the Koran disapproved of this kind of thing.

This does not help.

In the meantime, while serious Christians in the West complain (and rightly so) about the disrespect, misrepresentation, and mockery to which they and the Faith are increasingly exposed by the ignorant and the bigoted, it provides a bit of perspective to be reminded that there are those whose cross is quite a bit heavier.

Who knows? It might even remind us that to be a Christian is to be called to bear the cross.

HT: Drudge

Good for them

A group of non-Muslim Swedish women have taken to wearing traditional Islamic headscarves in protest of the beating of a Muslim woman so attired.

The "hijab outcry" movement says that they believe that discrimination against Muslim women is "reason enough in a country where the number of reported hate crimes against Muslims is on the rise - and where women tie their headscarves extra tight so that it won't get ripped off - for the prime minister and other politicians to take action to stop the march of fascism."

While I personally have considerable difficulty with the entire concept of "hate crimes-" actions, not thoughts, ought to be the concern of the law- I very much sympathize with these women. Islamophobia has long since passed the point of rational distrust of radical Islamists in much of the Western world, and has become nothing more or less than a form of religious bigotry.

I see the "hijab outcry" movement as very much in the t…

Three members of unbeaten '72 Dolphins will boycott White House ceremony

Today at the White House, President Obama will honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins, the only team in NFL history to complete an entire undefeated season (the Bears twice went undefeated through the regular season only to lose in the championship game).

But three members of the team- Bob Kuechenberg, Manny Fernandez, and Jim Langer- will boycott the meeting because of  disagreements with the President on "real moral compass" issues.

The players say that they feel that they "don't belong" in this particular White House and wouldn't be comfortable going there, but went out of their way to be personally respectful of Mr. Obama and of his office.

I have mixed feelings. In their shoes, I would feel uncomfortable, too. But at the same time, I have a hunch that the distinction between the office and the policies of the man currently occupying it might cause me to go even though it might make me uncomfortable.

HT: Drudge

The facts about another king libeled by Shakespeare

The discovery several months ago of the remains of King Richard III- a good king who may or may not have killed the Princes in the Tower, but was certainly innocent of nearly all the other charges Shakespeare preferred against him- sparked renewed interest many quarters in the historical Richard, as opposed to the fictional one made famous by Tudor propagandists like Old Will.

Here are the historical facts about another king libeled by Shakespeare: Macbeth- who had as good a claim to the Scottish throne as King Duncan and who killed him not by sneaking into his bedroom at night, but in open battle.

HT: Real Clear History

All you really need to know about Scientology

I have a friend who can't resist pointing out to those attracted to a Scientology table at a local mall that it's run by a cult. The cult members are generally not amused. Neither is his wife, for that matter.

But anybody curious about Scientology- a "religion" started as a joke- need only consider its newest capital works project: an "Alien Space Cathedral and landing pad."

HT: Drudge

The Church's biggest problem, illustrated by a single article

This may be one of the most nakedly silly and destructive things I've ever read in a Christian publication.

It arises from the cardinal shibboleth of the Church today: the post-modern notion that somehow truth doesn't matter.

But if truth doesn't matter, neither does the One Who proclaimed Himself to be THE Way, THE Truth, and THE life. Post-modernism is the heresy behind every other false teaching the Church is afflicted with today. It's possible for Christians to disagree with charity. But it's not possible to hold that truth doesn't matter and still be a Christian.

HT: Real Clear Religion

Rahm for improvement

Chicago projects a budget shortfall of $1 billion by 2015.

Read the article linked to above for an important insight on why the City that Used To Work doesn't anymore.

"Chicago values," it seems, means taking care of da guys on da payroll whether the city can afford it or not. Perhaps Rahm Emanuel needs to worry a little less about bullying businessmen whose position on gay marriage he disagrees with and a little more about doing his job- even if it means cutting patronage.

HT: Drudge