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-US Air Force Will No Longer Need God’s Help?

by Dr. D ~ September 18th, 2014
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The US Air Force has now officially declared that God’s help is no longer necessary. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced Wednesday that effective immediately “so help me God” will no longer be a part of the required oath for enlisting or reenlisting in that branch of military service. Here’s the story from the Huffington Post:

According to USA Today, the Air Force faced pressure to change the policy from the American Humanist Association, which threatened to sue them on behalf of an airman who was not allowed to reenlist because he would not say the phrase. …

“We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,”  Sec. Lee said in the statement. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen’s rights are protected.”

Both the Army and the Navy allow soldiers and sailors to omit saying “so help me God” from their oaths when they enlist.

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Response: Another case where the USA is backing away from its traditional faith and unity in God the Creator.  Today diversity has become more important than unity in America. This makes sense in today’s American culture where faith in God is considered to be only one option among many.

I believe we will rue the day when we turned our back on the providence of God as a nation. According to George Washington there would not even be a country without the divine blessings and providence of the Creator. Even Thomas Jefferson acknowledged the hand of God in American history. But in this generation we are increasingly demanding that we go our own way and do our own thing without divine help.  God is now only an option.           *Top

-Bill Maher Defending Christianity?

by Dr. D ~ September 17th, 2014

Maher Attacks the PC ‘All Religions are the Same’ Line

Atheist Bill Maher is no friend of Christianity but even he has no patience for the PC nonsense being voiced by Charlie Rose that Christianity has radicals who think and act like ISIS and other Islamists:

…Maher said, “There are illiberal beliefs that are held by vast numbers of Muslim people that—“

Interrupting his guest again, Rose claimed a “vast number of Christians too” hold such beliefs.

“No, that’s not true. Not true,” Maher proclaimed. “Vast numbers of Christians do not believe that if you leave the Christian religion you should be killed for it. Vast numbers of Christians do not treat women as second class citizens. Vast numbers of Christians do not believe if you draw a picture of Jesus Christ you should get killed for it.”

When Rose asked Maher how he knows that “vast majorities of Muslims” actually “condone violence,” he said many Muslims “shout it.” He also cited a Pew poll conducted in Egypt previously that showed more than 80 percent of Muslims believe stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery.

“So, to claim that this religion is like other religions is just naive and plain wrong. It is not like other religions,” Maher added.

Response: I really do get tired of the equivalent ‘all religions are the same’ PC line. No- all religions are different and even within the world religions themselves there are various sects, beliefs, and practices. We cannot blame moderate peace loving Muslims for what ISIS is doing. Yet President Obama’s claim that it has nothing to do with Islam is ridiculous. If so then Muhammad and his followers were not Muslim. Historical reality should be acknowledged and never re-written to serve some current ideological notion.

There are a lot of things that Christians did in the past in name of their religion that was despicable. Yes there are some radicals today in Christianity but I do not see any of them beheading folks and killing them if they do not join the faith. At least not in this century and no current Christian leader condones the evil that was even done in the past in the supposed name of Christianity.            *Top

-San Francisco: A Feminist Contradiction- Supporting Sex Selection by Abortion?

by Dr. D ~ September 15th, 2014
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A resolution to do away with the ban on sex selection by abortion is being seriously considered in San Francisco CA. The measure was sponsored by the large Asian community but surprisingly it is also supported by major feminists in the city even though baby girls will undoubtedly be the victims of the change.

Here’s a link to an article on the issue from SFGate: “San Francisco feminism: It’s OK to abort girls

Response: I would have thought that the feminist radicals in SF City would be against the resolution. It would appear to me to be a contradiction for the feminists to support a measure that would increase the number of girl babies aborted in the city. I would have thought that they would have been against any measure that supported an historical de-valuing of the female gender. I always thought that feminists were for women’s rights and equality for females but I guess that only applies to adults and not babies? I guess abortion rights overrides everything else including equality and common sense?

Meanwhile the Asian community is calling the ban ‘racism’ because it targets their cultural affinity for male babies. Sometimes liberalism just makes no sense particularly the bay area extremist form.             *Top

-PC Views of Islam and ISIS Contradict Reality

by Dr. D ~ September 12th, 2014
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President Obama in his address to the nation concerning ISIS claimed that the actions of the so-called ‘Islamic State’ had nothing to do with Islam:

Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state.

This is not the first time that he has made such a statement trying to divorce IS/ISIS/ISIL from the Muslim religion and it will not be the last. He has a positive vision of the ‘religion of peace’ that may reflect some of his fanciful childhood memories along with some kind of PC notion of Islam that may square with how moderate Muslims in the USA hope it will become but has very little basis of reality in the majority of Muslim nations around the world. On the other hand he could rightly say that ISIS does not reflect the teaching and understanding of the vast majority of Muslims in America.

Every time a poll is taken in a ‘moderate’ Muslim country the researchers end up being surprised with the results since the majority of Muslims still seem to support some of the more radical provisions of Sharia law such as amputations, beheadings, and death for unfaithful women. Most do not support the radical actions of ISIS but if only 1% do that is over 10 million and 10% is closer to reality which would bring the number to 100 million who may sympathize with the ISIS cause.

Fact is the vast majority of Muslims, even the moderate ones do not consider those who adhere to other religions to be ‘innocent’ they only disagree on whether infidels should be persuaded or compelled.

There is nothing that ISIS is doing that the original prophet Muhammad didn’t do and support during his lifetime. So was the founder of Islam really ‘Islamic’? According to President Obama’s PC notions of Islam maybe not since Muhammad had whole villages of innocent people killed if they refused to convert to Islam.            *Top

-9/11/14: Remembering When…

by Dr. D ~ September 11th, 2014

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13 years have passed but I still clearly remember where I was when I watched the two towers come down.

I was down stairs having breakfast when my wife called me upstairs to see something on the morning show. She said- “Come up here you have to see this!” I remember thinking that it was a really horrible accident until I saw a second plane hit the other tower and then I knew we were watching a world changing event. But I was not prepared for the horror of the towers actually coming down and killing thousands.

Thirteen 9/11 anniversaries have come and gone and there was a time when I thought we would be safe from terrorism in this country but now it seems to be rising up in our own midst with several hundred of our citizens reportedly in the so-called Islamic State fighting on the side of ISIS. Meanwhile traveling by Air will never be the same and it is really hard to remember how ignorant about radical Islam we all were before 9/11/01.

On the positive side- the 9/11 museum is now open and the Freedom Tower has replaced the big hole in the ground. May God continue to bless America and may Americans remember when but also remember to thank God for all of the blessing we do have and continue to experience.             *Top

-Saudi Arabia: 27 Arrested for Secretly Practicing Christianity in Home

by Dr. D ~ September 10th, 2014
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The Saudi religious police raided a home and arrested 27 people for secretly conducting a Bible study and Christian worship. Practicing any religion besides Islam is prohibited in Saudi Arabia with potential jail time or even physical beatings for violators. Here’s the story from The Blaze:

Saudi authorities raided a home Friday and arrested 27 people inside, accusing them of using the premises for Christian services, Saudi media reported.  …

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), with police backup, arrested those inside and seized Bibles and musical instruments.

“The Haia members who stormed the house found the men, women and children engaged in religious rituals in one of the rooms,” the Saudi Gazette reported.

Response: It will be interesting to see what actually happens to these folks especially the children. Christian caught in the past worshipping in their own homes have been subjected to lashes and prison.

Saudi Arabia is supposed to be an ally of the USA and most Americans do not realize how radical the Kingdom is when it comes to Islam and sharia law. At the dawn of another 9/11 anniversary it should be noted that al Qaeda started in Saudi Arabia and most of the 9/11 terrorists were from the Kingdom.

There is no religious freedom of any kind in the country. Some foreign workers over the years have gotten away with informal Bible studies and worship in their own homes within worker compounds. But those living in regular residential areas are subject to the religious police.

Some Westerners have even complained that their personal Bibles have been confiscated when flying into the country. However I have had friends in to past who worked for a while in the Kingdom and were able to bring their own religious material into the country and found other Christians to informally worship with in a home as long as they kept the numbers down to less than a dozen and weren’t too obvious.

In this case there were 27 folks along with instruments worshiping in a regular residential area. One of the neighbors turned them in and now they are facing some terrible consequences for their faith. Not nearly as severe as faced by Christians living in ISIS territory but serious persecution none the less.             *Top

-Another Battle Over the “In God We Trust” National Motto

by Dr. D ~ September 9th, 2014
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A Pennsylvania County Council would like to put up a plaque in the county courthouse featuring the national motto:

“In God We Trust”

Meanwhile an out of state atheist group and at least one local politician is objecting to the plan and insisting that the motto does not belong on public property:

“It is inappropriate for the County Council to adopt a proposal that would place ‘In God We Trust’ on the county’s courthouse,” Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor wrote in a September 3 letter to the council. “Statements about a god have no place in government buildings.”

Response: Another battle over the national motto.  So ‘statements about God have no place in government buildings?’ Makes we wonder if any of these FFRF folks have ever been to Washington DC and read the hundreds of references to God on the monuments and buildings at our national capitol including the Supreme Court building? Even the Jefferson monument has references to ‘the Creator’ made by one of the major heroes of the secularists.

Recently the Supreme Court ruled that prayers that mentioned God could continue to be given at government meetings so how can displaying the national motto on public buildings be unconstitutional? If so then the Supreme Court chambers and building itself would have to be remodeled or torn down. That is not going to happen anytime soon- hopefully.            *Top