by Dr. D ~ February 10th, 2014
In America are we raising a new generation of children that are mostly unfamiliar with the characters, stories, and teachings of the Bible?
Here’s an article from the UK Telegraph concluding that the Bible has all but disappeared from the lives of children in the UK.
It got me thinking. Aside from the Christian children who still attend Sunday school this may also be the case in America.
The Bible was once front and center in our schools. I remember when. Also, the Bible was once so immersed in the Western culture that most art, writing, and films were naturally filled with Biblically inspired images, themes, and characters. It was the touchstone of our culture and something that everyone was familiar with.
Not so much anymore.
Now if someone presents a character in a novel who has a vision for a bright future but goes through long years of trials and tribulations before becoming successful virtually ‘overnight’ few in the younger generation will catch on that this is a ‘Joseph’ character. If a lead in a movie fights against a new movement only to have an epiphany and ultimately become one of the new movement’s greatest leaders, and you called that one a type of ‘Paul’ many today would no longer know what you were talking about.
Fortunately there are two productions that give me some hope. First the highly successful series on the Bible last year brought many of those characters back into the family rooms of America. Then there is the upcoming major movie on Noah starring Russell Crowe. Regardless of the controversy of whether it is completely faithful to the Biblical record or not, if it is a success then more films on the Bible may be produced in the future.
It is true that when a successful movie comes along that was produced from a series of books like the Hunger Games those books become even more successful and gain millions of additional readers. I am hoping that the Bible series and movies like Noah will bring readers back to the Bible. For years the scriptures have provided Hollywood writers with themes and character types. It would be a wonderful turnabout if some successful Bible productions brought readers back to the text that once was the foundation of Western civilization. One can only hope. *Top
by Dr. D ~ February 8th, 2014
One of the very first things that Bill de Blasio proposed as the new mayor of New York City was to recognize a couple of Muslim holidays.
So under his plan city workers and the New York school teachers and students will have the Muslim holy days of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha off regardless of their own personal religion to the cost of millions to the city coffers. Here’s a link to an article by a Muslim lawyer questioning whether it is even Constitutional.
Response: I am a supporter of the freedom of all religions in America. I believe that it would be far better and more consistent to accommodate the religious holidays of all city workers, teachers, and students regardless of religion rather than making two Muslim holy days ‘official’ city holidays where everyone takes them off with pay. In effect this really does take the Muslim religion to another ‘official’ level in New York City.
Currently all across America the ACLU and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and others are suing local governments over the celebration of traditional religious holidays like Christmas (now called Winter break) and Easter (now referred to as Spring break) even though Christmas itself continues to be an official Federal holiday. Where is the ACLU and groups like the FFRF with this development? After all, the recognition of these two holidays will elevate Islam above some other major religions in the city with nearly as many adherents, like Hinduism.
To be consistent I would expect that they would challenge the Constitutionality of any newly recognized religious holidays since elevating the two Muslim holidays to a new ‘official’ level would end up costing the NY City government and the school system millions in time and money. However, I will not be holding my breath since those groups seem to be more intent upon restricting Christianity in America and undoubtedly want to avoid the charge of ‘Islamophobia’ if at all possible. *Top
by Dr. D ~ February 7th, 2014
To cross or not to cross? The Los Angeles County Supervisors have decided to cross the ACLU by putting a cross back into the county seal that contains meaningful representations of historical icons from the past.
For years the Los Angeles County seal has included a representation of the San Gabriel Mission. But what is a mission without a cross? After all, have you ever seen the San Gabriel Mission without a cross? What was left was a square non-descript building in the seal that no one could identify. So recently the Supervisors voted to put a cross back on top of the mission where it historically belongs.
Now lawsuits are flying once more from the ACLU and some supposed unidentified ‘religious’ leaders. Somehow putting the cross back on a historical representation of the San Gabriel Mission is a violation of Church & State? Somehow a representation of the past showing that the area had its origins in the founding of missions according to the ACLU and others: "favors the Christian religion over all other religions and divides County residents by religion and by adherence or non-adherence to religious beliefs."
<Read the whole LA Times article>
Response: The fact is that the LA basin was originally settled by natives and no one is disputing the ‘spiritual’ native representation right in the center of the seal. Since it is front and center maybe the seal is really ‘establishing’ native spirituality and religion over all others?
The Spanish came into the area with the building of Christian missions and founded Los Angeles and many communities in Southern California. Most of the names had religious connotations including Los Angeles and San Gabriel so maybe they should change the names of the cities and the county also if the Christian origins are sooooo very offensive. Regardless, taking the cross off an historical representation of a Christian mission is ridiculous and offensive all by itself. Either put it back on the building or take it out entirely. *Top
by Dr. D ~ February 6th, 2014
The abortion rate in 2013 was at the lowest in America since Roe v Wade.
Here’s the story from Citizen Link:
The abortion rate decreased — from 2008 to 2011 — and reached its lowest rate since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
The Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of the abortion industry, released the report Monday. Pro-lifers note that its finding coincides with other data reflecting a decrease in abortion over the last couple of years. They also note, though, the study’s lack of attribution to the significant increase in pro-life laws.
<Read the whole article>
Response: This is good news regardless of the reasons. The pro-life movement folks cite new abortion restricting laws across the country for the decline while the pro-abortion crowd blames it on a declining birth rate. Some even question whether the statistics are accurate since not all abortion clinics are required to report numbers.
Nevertheless the year to year stats can be compared and there is a definite decline showing that abortion is trending down in America. At the same time the most recent polls indicate that Americans are becoming far more ‘pro-life’ than they use to be. *Top
by Dr. D ~ February 5th, 2014
Facebook vs. the Bible: Which do Americans Turn to the most? Anyone following our current culture in anyway could easily answer that question. But what are the implications that can be drawn from it?
Nevertheless a writer from the Associated Press crunches a few numbers for us and seems to be implying that Facebook is more influential in American culture than the Bible. Here’s the story from the AP:
Facebook’s numbers are epic. More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people.
Facebook, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Tuesday, says worldwide it has 757 million daily active users. Of those 19 percent are in the U.S. and Canada, so that’s more than 143 million people checking Facebook daily.
The Bible used to be the go-to for statistics about reading, pre-digital age. A 2006 CBS News poll found 15 percent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily. There are about 267 million adults in the U.S. and Canada. That means about 40 million people reading the Bible daily.
<Read the whole article>
Response: This is really a bogus apples vs. oranges story. A few years ago one could have said the same thing about MySpace and newspapers. One could still make that claim when it comes to radio or TV. The AP writer crunches the numbers and seems to be implying something without ever really saying anything at all accept that lots of folks are using Facebook and it is the 10th anniversary of that site.
Fact is more Americans eat breakfast than read the Bible also but so what? Probably more drink coffee or soft drinks everyday but the statistics would be rather meaningless when it come to reading the Bible.
Folks have been reading the Bible for 2,000 years or so and even more when it comes to the Older Hebrew scriptures (OT). If you really want to compare the two in a more meaningful way just ask Americans which one they would choose if they had to give up one- Facebook or the Bible? Now that would give us some interesting cultural statistics.
Fact is, every day I look on my Facebook page there are at least one or more Bible verses quoted by my friends. So any given day that I turn to Facebook I also end up reading from the Bible at least one or more times. So even when I go onto Facebook the Bible still rules. *Top
HT: The Blaze
by Dr. D ~ February 4th, 2014
Here’s a story that most of the Obama supporting US media will not print or air. Incredibly it is from Time.com. Christian leaders from Syria have come to America to plead with President Obama and his administration to stop supporting the radical Jihadi rebels who are killing and persecuting Christians and destroying Christian villages and churches in the Syrian civil war. Here’s the Time story:
The stories told by five top Syrian Christian leaders about the horrors their churches are experiencing at the hands of Islamist extremists are biblical in their brutality. …
The bishops’ stories are difficult to independently verify, and the war’s death toll goes far beyond just Christian communities in Syria–more than 130,000 people have been killed since the fighting began, and at least two million others have fled the country. But they are emerging as part of a concerted push by Syrian Christians to get the U.S. to stop its support for rebel groups fighting Syrian president Bashar al Assad. “The US must change its politics and must choose the way of diplomacy and dialogue, not supporting rebels and calling them freedom fighters,” says Nalbandian.
The group is the first delegation of its kind to visit Washington since the crisis began three years ago, and its five members represent key different Christian communities in the country.
<Read the whole article>
Response: This is a no win situation and one Middle East mess we should have stayed out of. Assad’s regime is one of the worst but the Radical Islamists who are fighting him may even be worse.
How can we support Islamist rebel leaders that have made it plain that they will not tolerate democracy but plan to establish a totalitarian Islamic government which will not be friendly to the USA and our policies? Also a new regime which would offer even less rights and safety but more persecution for Christians? *Top
HT: Atlas Shrugs
by Dr. D ~ February 3rd, 2014
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said over the weekend that it would have been better if the American and British troops never came to his country. Basically he’s saying that it is time for us to leave and I certainly agree.
The same thing happened to the Russians years ago when they were trying to save a communist puppet government in the late 1970’s and a century or so ago to the colonial British when they sent an army to support regime change in the ruling of Afghanistan. It always begins with the in-coming army being hailed as saviors against some oppressive Afghan leadership and ends with the entire country unified and up in arms against the ‘outsiders.’
In this case we saved the Afghans from the severe rule of the Taliban but now 13 years later we have become the enemy and President Karzai is calling the Taliban ‘brothers.’ So we have come full circle and it is time to leave before the entire Afghan population rises up in unity against us. It is only a matter of time if you follow Afghan history and it will not end well for us.
Somebody needs to till President Obama that it is time to go. Make no mistake this is now his war and the one he politically chose as the ‘moral’ one over Iraq. It was under Obama that the troops increased from a support force to over a hundred thousand. Now like the Russians and the colonial British before us, we are becoming the enemy of the Afghan people at least from their perspective. Now even those like Karzai who we helped to put in power want us to go. Not only that, there are now current members of the Afghani Parliament openly and publically calling for jihad against the USA.
The hand writing is on the wall and our stubborn President needs to listen and respond to the Afghan people and leadership right now and not later before thousands more of our young men are killed in a hopeless war where nobody wants us anymore. Time to pray for our leaders to have the moral courage to pack it in but especially time to pray for our young men and women still serving in that unforgiving land. *Top