Mega Roundup

AP Bias: Name That Party Blasts Repubs, Leaves Dems Unnamed in Stories – same author identifies party affiliation for one side but not the other.  This is very common.

Obama flip-flops on health care mandates – now it IS a tax – When he adamantly said the requirement to buy insurance wasn’t a tax, what he really meant was that it was a tax.  Clear?  And you can totally trust everything else they promised about the bill none of them read.

Glenn on Unbiblical Catholic Sin, Purgatory and Indulgences – this is an important issue.  While I know many Catholics who don’t hold to these doctrines or are unaware of them, Catholic catechisms still teach un-biblical concepts of purgatory and indulgences.  For example:

Catechism, Para 1471: …“‘An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.’” ‘An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.’ The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.”

As Glenn notes:

Scripture tells us our sins are forgiven in Christ and that He paid the penalty for that sin. Since Christ was purged for our sin, there is no need of purgatory, and if there is no need for purgatory, then there is even less need for indulgences to pay for lessened time in purgatory.

The Wasp Evolution Forgot – interesting take on a wasp and its associated tree that both forgot to evolve for 34 million years or so.  It reminds me of an aquarium that had to change a sign about how some species had evolved over the years, until they found a specimen that was really old (200,000 years, I think).  “Oops, what we really meant to say was that it must have perfected itself long ago.”  Such is the way of tautologies.

Democrats Kill Free Checking Accounts – More counterproductive big government actions.  Now those of us who obey the rules get to pay the fees for those who overdraft their accounts.  Swell.  One more reason to join a Credit Union.  Either the Democrats didn’t see that consequence coming or they didn’t care.  Both are bad.

Christians Taken Away in Handcuffs, Cameras Confiscated, While Muslims Chant "Allahu Akhbar!" on US Soil – Amazing.  This isn’t the first time the 1st Amendment rights of Christians have been trampled at these public Islamic events.  More details here.

I tweeted from my phone late last night that David Wood, Nabeel Qureshi (Acts 17 Apologetics Ministry) and two other Christians were arrested and taken away in handcuffs by the Dearborn, MI police. . . . David and Nabeel have reported on their experience here, having been released after spending the night in the Dearborn jail (they will never deal with the stories of the persecution of the early church in the same way again, I assure you). I do hope proper legal representation will lead to a meaningful civil action that will re-establish the rule of law (not Sharia) in Dearborn. As long as their cameras are not tampered with or destroyed, that should be the result, if justice prevails.

But I ask my readers to consider well what would have happened had the situation been reversed. What if Muslims were dragged away in handcuffs to the jeering chants of "Hallelujah!"? What kind of response would have come from such an event? Would not CNN and all the rest be on the spot? How much violence would you expect to see? One wonders.

This should be front page news in every paper and the lead story on CNN and the like.  Don’t hold your breath.

Please watch this video from 2009.

The FCC has no good reason to regulate the Internet.  As Red State summarizes from this video, here are three good reasons they should leave it alone:

  1. There’s no actual need for them to regulate it.
  2. The FCC will just muck it up anyway.
  3. They FCC is mostly doing this to continue justifying their existence and expansion.

Unlike many other industries, the Internet has absolutely exploded and thrived without government control.  Does anyone really believe that once you give government power that they won’t abuse it?

Video by Ray Comfort — good example of what the average person believes and what the Bible teaches and how to navigate the conversation. 


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7 thoughts on “Mega Roundup

  1. Regarding “Democrats Kill Free Checking Accounts” – I forgot what the vote was on the CARD act, but I think there were R’s and D’s on the vote. Also, I just signed up for a free account at a local bank. There are (and always have been) strings attached to the “free” attribute.

    I think the effects (positive and negative) of this bill are overrated.

  2. That Islamic post was very troubling. I had to blog on it too. This really shows the dangers and mindset of the peaceful Islams living among us. The security in the video couldn’t wait to use force on these guys. I hope the Acts 17 guys get a good lawyer.

  3. I’m curious to know if that video of the security ever went to court as the Christian in the video claimed it would. If so; what was the outcome?

    Although, the security definitely seemed biased, it also seemed as if the Christians were going in looking for something biased just so they could catch it on video. Personally, I think that they should have handled it differently. I am not saying that they didn’t have a right to be there or ask questions; it just seemed as though they were looking for trouble. The whole thing was drawn out longer than it should have been if they truly were there “just to ask a question.”

    • Did you miss the part where the guy took the pamphlet from the Christian, a pamphlet the Christian picked up from one of the Muslim booths, then went to security and claimed that the Christian was handing out literature?? (They don’t allow that at this festival for some reason.)

      This was a setup. We can nitpick over the intentions of the film crew, or we can watch the video for what it is.

      • Yes, I did see that. I’m not saying that the Christians were wrong but that maybe they could have handled it differently.

        One possibly is that they could have turned off the cameras (which seemed to be the main problem) and maybe that would have allowed them to actually have a conversation with the security where they could explain what happened. Instead, they insisted that it was their right to have the cameras on, they made sure that they got faces documented of people who persecuted them, and insisted on proclaiming loudly how unjustly they were being treated. Would turning off the cameras have made a difference? Maybe not; there is no way of knowing for sure.

        Whether or not the Christians intentions were pure is not for me to say but as an observer of the video; I sensed a possible “holier than thou” attitude with them. I know from experience that this type of attitude does not lead people to Christ.

      • Well you are missing the main point. Would the same thing have happened if a group of muslims had brought cameras into a Christian gathering? I’ll go out on a limb and say no. The police would not have cared one bit, and as long as the Muslims were peaceful, as the CHristians in this video were, no one would have harassed them.

        Personally, since this happened 20 minutes from me, it scares me too death. Dearborn, MI has been a powder keg waiting to explode for years. As the Muslims get more bold and cry out for more Sharia law, I can see this problem only growing from there.

      • Don’t get me wrong. It saddens me that America has come to this point in this area among others. I think that I am going to be shocked about how bad things are in many areas of morality when I move back to the states this year.

        I am all for standing up for Christ and Christian views. I just think we should do it with humility.

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