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.
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 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."
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 …
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."
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…
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.
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…
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.