Yes – it sounds like I’m picking on Joel Osteen. Sounds like I’m even judging him. … So I’m not picking on Joel Osteen. I’m reminding us – all of us – that God really did leave us to take care of things for Him. Yes – with the Holy Spirit – but still with us as the physical beings allowing the Holy Spirit to work through us.
In the days of Noah, people were evil in their hearts. Tell me – how great is the evil in our hearts when even our talk of religion – what’s supposed to be our beliefs about God – turns into the kinds of things it is today? How much evil does it take for one Catholic to call another Catholic equal to a jihadist? How much evil does it take to have some Catholics call other Christians equal to a jihadist?
Like the United States, The People’s Republic of China has freedom of religion. It says so in the U S Constitution and in the PRC Regulations on Religious Affairs, so it must be true? Right? I mean – just look at the first amendment for the U. S. – 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. Surely all those laws we have that restrict and / or control what religions can say / do / believe can’t possibly go against this amendment. Can they? In the same way, Article 2 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs for China says – Citizens have freedom of religious belief. That must be equally as true as the one in the U S, right? Actually – they are pretty much equally true. One difference is that in the U S, we pass separate laws chipping away at the freedom of religion. In China, the Regulations of Religious Affairs document itself chips away at the freedom […]
This is – first and foremost – a law that targets innocent children.
Really, all of this is over minor children. It says that parents can’t engage in conversion therapy for their minor children (for who, again, the parents have responsibility – to both the government and God). However, when that minor child turns 18, they are free to get conversion therapy on their own.
our second amendment rights are sacrosanct Seriously? Sacrosanct? Do you realize what that means? I heard the statement – “Our second amendment rights are sacrosanct” this morning on the news. They were spoken by David Webb, a Sirius XM talk show host. I was shocked. But only for a moment. Then I remembered – people really do seem to believe this. I can’t help but wonder, do they know what that means? The number one definition of sacrosanct from dictionary.com is – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. In case I haven’t made the reference to sacrosanct and God clear enough – let’s look at the origin of the word – 1595-1605; < Latin sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred, saint Clear enough? Now, as usual, let’s look at all of the definitions for sacrosanct – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct. above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct. Again, we see, as usual – the word has been watered down over time. I’m actually surprised that the order isn’t different, with the […]
“(Justice Stephen) Breyer wrote that “the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.” Post Views: 56
“Tommy is the equivalent of a human child,” he told Wired. “He is a cognitive and extraordinarily complex being.” The quote is from Steven Wise, a Harvard Law Professor. Tommy is a chimpanzee. This is allegedly about whether or not chimps (and presumably other animals) can be held “against their will” and used in research. More details are available at these web sites: http://qz.com/388067/two-chimpanzees-have-been-officially-recognized-as-legal-persons/ http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-animals/2015/04/judge-s-ruling-grants-legal-right-research-chimps One judge did actually rule in favor of recognizing chimps as legal persons, until another judge wrote something about how wrong that decision was. Wrong – not by any moral standards, but by legal standards: “In our view, it is this incapability to bear any legal responsibilities and societal duties that renders it inappropriate to confer upon chimpanzees the legal right—such as the fundamental right to liberty protected by the writ of habeas corpus—that have been afforded to human beings,” judge Karen Peters wrote in the official opinion and order. That statement did nothing to overturn or even conflict with the views of Wise, the Harvard Professor who filed the writ of habeus corpus that got this whole thing started. In fact, Wise continues – “Chimpanzees are autonomous, self-determining beings. Why shouldn’t they be legal persons?” […]