Monthly Archives: September 2010

And That Is What Some of You Were

Alleged comedian Bill Maher has been trying to wreck the candidacy of Christine O’Donnell by dredging an old clip from his old show where she said that she “dabbled into witchcraft” in high school.

I find myself wondering exactly what he’s trying to accomplish with this. Is he trying to alienate her from her base by trying to represent her as a kook or as someone a conservative or a Christian could not vote for? If so, Mr. Maher clearly doesn’t understand what Christianity is all about. Religiophobes on the left often make the mistake of thinking that the core of the Christian faith is a set of rules: a whole bunch of “thou shalts” and “thou shalt nots” (mostly the “thou shalt nots”). However, that’s not the core of Chrisitanity. The Christian faith is about redemption.

I Corinthians 6:9-10 gives a list of those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. It looks pretty dire.

9Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

However, the following verse comes in with redemption:

11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

The heart of Christianity is about relationship with Christ and redemption through Christ. If Mr. Maher thinks a shady past, or even a weird past would disqualify someone Biblically, then he should do his homework. The passages above were written by Saul of Tarsus, a Messianic Jew who had formerly sought to eradicate Christianity. Most people call him the Apostle Paul.

As far as the non-Christian Right is concerned, who doesn’t have things they’re not proud of in their past. The important thing is what has she learned from her past and who is she today.

(All Scripture quotations taken from the NIV)

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I Can’t Forget

I remember when the song “Have You Forgotten?” by Darryl Worley came out. The reaction from the leftists was predictable: “Of course we haven’t forgotten!”

In retrospect, I think they were right. They can’t forget that which they never learned.

On the other hand, I can’t forget. Though the impact on my life was minimal, I still felt like I had been punched in the gut (and I do know what that really feels like). My country was wounded. I doubt any of these pathetic trans-national, post-national, globalist, statist, progressive pigs know what that feels like.

Breathes there the man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned
From wandering on a foreign strand!
If such there breathe, go, mark him well;
For him no minstrel raptures swell;
High though his titles, proud his name,
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim
Despite those titles, power, and pelf,
The wretch, concentred all in self,
Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
And, doubly dying, shall go down
To the vile dust from whence he sprung,
Unwept, unhonored , and unsung.

from “The Lay of the Last Minstrel”
by Sir Walter Scott

As midnight approached, to bring in the 11th, I felt increasingly somber.

Nine years later, 9/11 still makes me feel like I had the breath knocked out of me. I made it through most of the day fine, but I’m not ashamed to say that I did weep once.

I remember. I will not forget. I can’t forget.

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Obama’s Religion

There has been furious debate over President Obama’s religion. Many people believe that the President is a Muslim. Others defend his claim that he is a Christian. Ann Coulter asserts that Obama is an atheist.

However, I believe that all of them are wrong. President Obama’s religion is Narcissism… his god is self. Barack Obama worships Barack Obama. Now, I’m not the first to point out Mr. Obama’s hyper-inflated ego, but I think this goes far beyond that. The pattern of behavior is clear. He is his own god.


Added 9/12/2010
Regarding Mr. Obama’s purported Christianity, if he is indeed something akin to a Christian, then he is a heretic. He has repeatedly spoken of “collective salvation.” This is not a Christian doctrine. He may be a deist or a theist, but he is not a Christian. This doctrine comes from “liberation theology” which is basically Karl Marx wearing a Jesus mask. I suppose you could call him a “Liberation Theologist.”

One of the central tenets of Christianity is humility. Certainly, anyone who is capable of enduring the limelight will have the appearance of arrogance, if not actual arrogance. However, I believe that the President’s behavior demonstrates something beyone mere vanity.

I think that Narcissism as a religion is more prevalent than most people would believe. There are many people whose self love goes beyond mere conceit to become the primary virtue in their own eyes. I would assert that many people in this egotistical age view their self-esteem as being one of the greatest things to be pursued. Certainly, egotism has always been among us, but our culture has been pushing self-esteem to an unhealthy extreme for decades now. Children are coddled and insulated from the real world. They are taught that their value comes from their opinion of themselves, rather than from their personhood. It was inevitable that we would have a President who embodied this fault sooner or later. It just happened to be Barack Obama.

I suppose it is possible that he suffers from mere vanity or even Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Certainly, I am not the first to observe that. Many power-hungry politicians and celebrities are narcissistic, at least to some degree. Our media-driven culture sees to that. The unconstitutional growth of government over the past century has also encouraged this phenomenon.


Added 9/13/2010
Just a few areas of arrogance off the top of my head:

President Obama has refused to release his academic record.
President Obama publically rebuked the Supreme Court in this year’s State of the Union Address, an unprecedented move.
President Obama will single out a specific opponent for attack. In theory, this is not unique to him, but he seems to be doing this with a greater frequency. He seems to be making the attacks personal, rather than based on a disagreement on policy. Also, he has chosen media opponents, such as Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for personal attack.
President Obama repeatedly blames George W. Bush even two years into his Presidency.
President Obama has also repeatedly referred to the deficit that he inherited from Bush while neglecting to mention that he voted for that spending while in the Senate. He also failed to mention that he has added to that deficit as President and doubled our national debt.


Added 7/11/2011

President Obama gave 41 speeches from January 1, 2009 to September 23, 2009. In those 41 speeches, he referred to himself 1,198 times. That’s yet another sign that points to his extreme egotism.

Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2009/09/23/dan-gainor-obama-speeches-ego/





Further resources:
Liberation Theology
Barack Obama – Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?
Wikipedia: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Google Health: Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Mayo Clinic: Narcissistic Personality Disorder

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Foreign Laws

This was the second half of my last post. However, I think it stands on its own better than as a part of that one, so here it is again:

The idea of using foreign laws to influence American court decisions has always been repulsive to me. Foreign laws are made by foreign leaders using foreign methods to meet foreign needs. While there are certainly elements common to all humanity, there are also regional variations based on geography, culture, and other factors that cannot allow a cookie-cutter mentality toward shaping laws. This applies within the 50 United States. What works in Maine might not necessarily work in Arizona. It applies even more so from one country to another. Foreign laws are also made by foreign legislatures whose methods might be illegal in the U.S. We are bound by our constitution, not foreign constitutions.

Foreign law might work for foreign countries, but it often goes against our laws, our traditions, our culture, our Constitution, and our liberty. If people want to adopt an idea from another country, let them put it before the Congress, or the state legislatures. Let our legislators study them, debate them, and modify them as necessary to meet our needs. Using foreign ideas to influence American court decisions thus bypassing the people’s elected representatives is a subversion of the sovereignty of the people and is (in my mind) close to treason.

Besides, it just doesn’t fit. The culture, economies, people, traditions, and constitutions of other countries are sufficiently different from ours to render them functionally incompatible. Trying to use foreign law to render court decisions in the U.S. is like trying to play Monopoly using the rules from Risk.

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