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-Making Human-Chimp Hybrids to Contradict The Bible?

by Dr. D ~ March 16th, 2018

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion… over all the earth…” -Gen. 1:26 (ESV)

A psychologist is pushing for the making of human-chimp hybrids in order to discount and overcome the Bible teaching that humans are unique and created to rule. From PJ Media:

…psychologist David Barash proposes that society should sanction the making of human-chimp hybrids. “… After all, human and chimp (or bonobo) share, by most estimates, roughly 99 percent of their nuclear DNA."

His main argument for pursuing the creation of a human-chimp hybrid is based on the belief that humans have an unwarranted belief that we are special creatures. As Barash puts it,

"Moreover, I propose that the fundamental take-home message of such creation would be to drive a stake into the heart of that destructive disinformation campaign of discontinuity, of human hegemony over all other living things."

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Response: I really don’t think that Barash or anyone else has really thought this thing through. Exactly what would it prove except that it could be done and probably shouldn’t have. Would the hybrid even be an actual new species if they could not reproduce? Scientifically ‘creating’ a new half human hybrid would not contradict what the Bible says about the place of humanity in God’s creation. Actually it would demonstrate it.

In the article, Barash is quoted as saying that a human-chimp hybrid would somehow combat racism. I am certain that the opposite would be the case with discrimination following a new half human target. Would the "humanzee" have anything close to human rights and citizenship or would they be the property of the scientists and companies who ‘created’ them or the servant/pet of any who later ‘bought’ them?

To be real, they would be costly to produce and take care of. Who’s going to pay for it all and what would they do and become? Servants, workers, soldiers, criminals, or pets? Does it really make any sense to create a new dependent underclass just to ‘prove’ that humans are nothing special but just another animal subject to evolution?

But what other animal on earth could do such a thing? ironically a ‘humanzee’ would not be the product of any kind of ‘natural selection’ but a  dependent scientific creation that would actually demonstrate humanity’s prowess and intelligent domination over the rest of creation. Just like God in the Bible said it should be.                *Top

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-Student Claiming Only Two Genders is Kicked Out of Class

by Dr. D ~ March 13th, 2018

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

**UPDATE: Student reinstated in the class along with an impartial observer.

A senior university student saying that there are only two genders was kicked out of a class he needed for graduation. From the Daily Wire:

Lake Ingle, a religious studies major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was kicked out of Professor Alison Downie’s Christianity class on February 28 for telling her that "biologists don’t agree that there’s more than two genders" and that the supposedly sexism-caused 23-cent "gender wage gap" is a myth. …

This did not sit well with the feminist professor. She booted Ingle from her class for his WrongThink and "referred him to the public university’s Academic Integrity Board (AIB)," reports Fox.

The class Ingle has been barred from is one he needs to pass by the end of the semester if he wishes to graduate in May.

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Response: Colleges and universities which use to champion free speech and a diversity of views are increasingly becoming places where only popular progressive ideas are tolerated. ‘Safe places’ are now maintained on many campuses which restrict any kind of ‘hate speech’ which is usually defined as viewpoints which do not square with the prevailing progressive majority notions. Traditional Christian views are increasingly assigned to this ‘hate’ designation.

The fact that the university administration backed the professor in this case shows how tenuous free speech and the exchange of differing views can be in our current institutions of ‘higher learning.’ Well at least at this school. Especially if in the sharing of different ideas and inconvenient evidence, facts are presented that challenge prevailing popular progressive activist notions and platitudes. It obviously doesn’t matter whether the student was right or wrong, he is condemned and guilty of ‘WrongThink’’ for contradicting the views of the professor.

In this case, the purveyor of the unpopular information and views was silenced and punished. It appears that as a result of his banishment from this class he will not be able to graduate in May. This injustice could be reversed by the Academic Integrity Board in a hearing on May 19. Nevertheless, that late of a date probably means that the student will not graduate at the end of the semester as originally planned.               *Top

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-Colleges Continue the Assault on Christian Student Groups

by Dr. D ~ March 12th, 2018

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Christian student groups continue to be challenged by new and expanded anti-discrimination and ‘inclusive’ rules on college and university campuses all across the country. In some cases Christian student groups are being kicked off campus because their group rules require leaders that are actually Christian believers who adhere to defined moral standards.

The latest problem for a Christian student group is brought to you by Harvard University. In this case the largest Christian fellowship on campus- HCFA has been put on probation after asking a leader to resign over a same-sex relationship.

If you carefully read the article about this case, according to the group the leader in question was actually dropped over ‘theological’ differences which call for chastity outside of marriage. One wonders if it would have been an issue at all if the leader that was dropped had been a heterosexual? My sense is that it wouldn’t have been.

Harvard University has also demanded that HCFA break the ties to it’s parent organizationChristian Union and define their own autonomous group rules that are more compatible with the university. Note that this Christian group is already rather progressive and accepts leaders from different sexual orientations as long as they are chaste. 

Another recent case involves a more conservative Christian student group- InterVarsity which was recently kicked off campus at Wayne State University in Michigan.  InterVarsity groups have been kicked off of many college campuses over their leadership policies which call for actual mature Christians who live according to Biblical moral standards.  Some colleges and universities are demanding that all student groups be ‘inclusive’ in their membership and leadership. InterVarsity will accept all comers but their leadership rules are a problem for many colleges including Wayne State university.

InterVarsity has been reinstated after they sued the university. Here’s a poignant observation made by the Becket Lawyers in the lawsuit:

"Wayne State — an arm of the Michigan State government — makes the remarkable claim that it violates university policies for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to choose only Christian leaders rather than Jewish, Muslim, or atheist ones," read the lawsuit.

"Wayne State rightly allows fraternities to have only male leaders, female athletic clubs to have only female leaders, and African-American clubs to have only African-American leaders. But Wayne State cannot then say it is wrong for a Christian club to have only Christian leaders."

The Becket lawyers also pointed out that the secular group on campus was allowed to choose secular folks as their leaders and also Muslim groups were allowed to choose only practicing Muslims as their leaders. Case made and InterVarsity re-instated.                *Top

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-Wisconsin: 5 Churches and a Christian Radio Station Sue Town Over New LGBT Ordinance

by Dr. D ~ March 6th, 2018

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Five Christian churches and a Christian radio station are suing the town of De Pere, Wisconsin over a new ordinance that may restrict religious freedom. From the Christian Post:

Last November, the city enacted an ordinance that bars discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation and other social classifiers like race and gender in areas such as housing, employment and public accommodation. …

The lawsuit claims that the De Pere ordinance does not specifically include protections for religious organizations and that the city government has made no assurances that a religious objection will be provided for faith-based institutions.

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Response: There are real concerns that the new ordinance may ultimately target conservative Christian churches and organizations forcing them to violate their Biblical beliefs. According to the article:

The organizations fear that the ordinance could force them to hire people that  don’t agree with the Bible’s teachings and also fear that it could force them to promote messages and events that don’t align with their faith, such as same-sex weddings.

Ironically these same issues were brought up before the US Supreme Court during their discussions over same-sex marriage. There were real concerns that legalizing gay marriage might lead to potential religious liberty problems for those who disagree because of religious teachings.

Now new ordinances are being passed all around the country adding LGBT to race, creed, gender, and disability to the local anti-discrimination laws. The problem is that religious liberty is now being compromised by some of these new expanded laws.

Many around the country have voiced their opinions that LGBT rights should trump religious freedom which they consider to be nothing more than an excuse to willfully discriminate. Others of us who are conservative Bible believing Christians believe that there should be exemptions made for religious freedom which is after all still specifically guaranteed by the First Amendment. That is what the lawsuits in this case are all about.               *Top

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-South Korea: One of the Largest Exporters of The Gospel

by Dr. D ~ February 28th, 2018

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South Korea has been hosting the 2018 Winter Olympics for the last two weeks. What many American and Western Christians do not realize, besides electronics and automobiles, South Korea is also one of the largest exporters of the Gospel with 27,436 Korean Christian missionaries serving in 170 countries. Some in places where Americans cannot legally go.

Also, at least 25% of the population in this Asian nation are Christians and even a greater percentage in the capital city of Seoul. From CBN News:

Today, Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has more megachurches than any other city in the world. In fact, six of the ten largest churches in the world are in South Korea.

In 2012, official government statistics put the number of Protestant churches at 77,000, more than three times the number of convenience stores in the country at that time.

The 1907 revival also gave birth to a powerful prayer and repentance movement that is still being felt to this day in the country.

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Christianity received its biggest initial boost in Korea from one of the greatest revivals ever in 1907 in the city of Pyongyang which is now the capitol of North Korea. A prayer and repentance movement that started in the revival still continues today with thousands of South Koreans going to church every day for early morning worship and prayer before going to work.

Unfortunately in Pyongyang today and in all of North Korea Christianity is outlawed. Nevertheless, The church continues underground in the North and missionaries from the Chinese Christian community and from South Korea continue to sneak their way into the North through China.

In contrast with all of the pageantry and the celebration of the media over the North Korean athletes joining with those from the South is the reality of Christians being killed, jailed, and tortured for their faith nearly every day in the North. In fact, North Korea heads nearly everyone’s list as the worst abuser of civil rights and religious freedom.  Regardless, unification continues to be in the hearts. dreams, and hopes of all Koreans in both the South and among their literal relatives in the North.             *Top

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-Wheaton College Wins Case Against Contraceptive and Abortifacient Mandate

by Dr. D ~ February 26th, 2018

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Wheaton College has won their legal battle against the HHS Contraceptive Mandate which was initiated by the Obama Administration. From the Christian Post:

Wheaton College has won a five-year battle to fulfill its Christian mission without having to provide services like the week-after pill and abortion-inducing drugs in its healthcare plans.

A district court judge has ruled that the government would violate federal civil rights laws if it forced the Illinois-based Christian liberal arts college to provide some services, which are required by the contraceptive mandate under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act, against its religious beliefs.

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Response: This is really good news for religious freedom and for Pro-Life supporters. The tide has turned against the HHS Contraceptive Mandate. Look for nearly all of the 100 or so cases to be ruled in favor of religious freedom.

Also note that President Trump has said that he and his administration will support the traditional understanding of religious freedom so rulings like this against Obama’s HHS Mandate will not be appealed.

Conservative Bible believing Christians should take note that the results of this case and the fact that it will not be appealed by the current administration supports the importance of voting even when you don’t necessarily whole heartedly support any of the candidates. Elections really do have consequences and real results.

If Hillary Clinton were president, the the HHS Contraceptive Mandate would undoubtedly continue to be enforced and appeals would follow any ruling in favor of religious liberty and pro-life. Fortunately freedom of religion, which is still under assault,  has nevertheless dodged a major bullet as a result of the last presidential election and this particular decision.               *Top

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