“Junk” DNA: Not so junky after all

The non-protein coding portion of DNA was thought for decades to be “junk” DNA, a useless by-product of Darwinian evolution.  Turns out that was wrong.  Really, really, very wrong.  See New book: Junk DNA junked … in favour of what? | Uncommon Descent.

The last sentence is a great response to those claiming that “God wouldn’t create things this way.”

Junk DNA was one of those ideas that just had to be true. Genome mapper and NIH head Francis Collins saw it as a slam dunk for his beloved Darwinism in his first book, The Language of God, (“Darwin’s theory predicts … That is exactly what is observed”) but seems to have changed his tune in his second, The Language of Life.

I’ll be interviewing Wells on the book next week, but in the meantime, two questions occur to me: To what extent did Darwinism cause the myth to be retained longer than it otherwise would be? Given that Darwinists must now be in search of another guiding myth, any idea out there which one it will be?

Now, one prediction:

Darwinists who used to point to all the alleged junk in DNA, as Collins did, will resort – seeing anything they don’t like – to saying God wouldn’t have done it that way” implying that, unlike the rest of us, they are on familiar terms with God, and cold take over the desk themselves on his lunch break, with no interruption in service.

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Are Tea party conservatives more racist than liberal socialist Democrats? Short answer: No.  Read it all.

Thus, in 2008 Republicans who believe that the government in Washington does too much have 10 times higher odds of not expressing racist views on the in-born ability question than the rest of the population (79-to-1 odds v. 7.9-to-1 odds).

Don’t donate money to Japan – Some provocative points about wise giving.  If discernment isn’t used then funds accumulate in the wrong places and can’t be spent on greater needs.  Organizations like World Vision do a great job of getting to tragedies right away with help, but they can do that because they had the money ahead of time.  I think it is better to give funds to organizations you trust and let them decide where to spend it.  Otherwise you end up with people just giving based on emotions, such as with 9/11, and it causes problems.

Pro-lifers / Christians who support Obama really disappoint me.  As I noted on a Facebook thread, Obama is the most pro-abortion President ever. He is pro-legalized abortion, pro-legalized partial-birth abortion, pro-legalized-if-the-baby-survives-the-abortion-it-is-OK-to-let-her-die and even pro-taxpayer-funded abortion (so pro-lifers will have no choice but to pay for abortions). Christians should oppose every one of those positions.

Why Does Mainstream Media Leave George Soros Alone? – I see lots of protests about the Koch brothers, whom I’d never heard of until recently.  But nothing in the MSM about Soros.  Soros even contributes to false teachers Jim “the Gospel is all about wealth redistributionWallis, though Wallis pretended he didn’t know about it.  Yeah, most leaders aren’t aware of multi-hundred thousand dollar donations to their organizations.

Wisconsin’s battle over the union label continues to resonate nationwide. Lefties complain about conservative funders David and Charles Koch in often obscene fashion, making juvenile plays on their last name and prank calls like troublesome children. The so-called mainstream media are heavily invested in that strategy, calling the Koch brothers some of the “biggest bankrollers” for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

It’s a theme that almost defies reason. The Kochs openly support things they believe in – especially free markets and limited government. To media types, those beliefs are suspect or even audacious. To the left, they’re criminal or anti-American. Both groups claim to question everything.

Everything, that is, except who funds the left. When that gets mentioned, there is either complete silence or cries of conspiracy at the mere mention of the name George Soros. Yet Soros has given billions around the globe for decades to push his own beliefs. His impact on liberal politics here in the U.S. is unparalleled.

CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs are good for some applications, such as outdoor lights that stay on a long time.  But they don’t save nearly as much energy if you have turn them on and off often.  And they are costly and potentially very dangerous.  The instructions for cleaning up after a break are ridiculous.  I doubt that anyone will follow them.

So why is the government forcing us to convert to them?  If they are so much better, why not trust the market to meet the needs of informed consumers?  Why kill jobs at plants making the regular light bulbs?

Michael Behe Hasn’t Been Refuted on the Flagellum – It is hard to believe that those who study the workings of the bacterial flagellum in detail still insist that it evolved.

Planned Parenthood helped abort my siblings: Pro-life video contest winner

I didn’t realize that disgraced womanizer Bob Packwood was an abortion rights champion.  How sad that the pro-legalized abortion women don’t see how people like Packwood use them.  If they can’t see that he cared about himself and not women, they are blind.

A good response to the “Intelligent Design is just religion in disguise” claim:

ID theory posits that some observations are best explained as the result of the acts of an intelligent agent.  The theory does not posit any particular agent and the agent need not be a deity.  It could, for example, be the aliens Dawkins speculated about in his interview with Ben Stein.

To be sure, many ID proponents believe the intelligent agent is God.  But that is a possible implication of the theory, not part of the theory itself.

Neo-Darwinian evolution (NDE) posits that unguided material forces are sufficient to produce all that we see and thus there is no need for a designer.  The obvious implication of the theory is that atheism is a valid scientific conclusion.  Again, Dawkins:  “Darwin made it possible to be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.”

Many proponents of NDE are atheists.  But atheism is a possible implication of the theory, not part of the theory itself.

You ask if we can declare ID to be religious because some people take ID and run with its implications in theological directions.  Well, a lot of people take NDE and run with its implications in theological directions.  (Atheism is nothing if not a “religous” position)

Tell you what, I am happy to call ID religious if you will also call NDE religious to the same extent.  Deal?

Rob Bell = false teacher

Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins, is full of false teachings about Christianity, primarily in saying that everyone ends up in Heaven regardless of how they respond to Jesus. I always had concerns about Bell’s teachings, but like many false teachers he started off a little more subtle and became more openly false.

In an interview on MSNBC he says that how we respond to Christ is “terribly” relevant and has a “tremendous bearing” while at the same time saying everyone goes to Heaven. He is disingenuous in saying that since some people disagree then all positions are correct. He is a typical passive-aggressive postmodern in acting like he’s just asking questions when he obviously has an agenda.

I highly recommend this review by Kevin DeYoung: God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins”. It is very thorough. I liked this excerpt noted at the Stand to Reason blog:

Over and over, Bell refers to the “staggering number” of people just like him, people who can’t believe the message they used to believe, people who want nothing to do with traditional Christianity, people who don’t want to leave the faith but can’t live in the faith they once embraced. I have no doubt there are many people like this inside and outside our churches. Some will leave the faith altogether. Others—and they are in the worse position—will opt for liberalism, which has always seen itself as a halfway house between conservative orthodoxy and secular disbelief.

But before we let Bell and others write the present story, we must remember that there are also a “staggering number” of young people who want the straight up, unvarnished truth. They want doctrinal edges and traditional orthodoxy. They want no-holds-barred preaching. They don’t want to leave traditional Christianity. They are ready to go deeper into it

Love Wins has ignited such a firestorm of controversy because it’s the current fissure point for a larger fault-line. As younger generations come up against an increasingly hostile cultural environment, they are breaking in one of two directions—back to robust orthodoxy (often Reformed) or back to liberalism. The neo-evangelical consensus is cracking up. Love Wins is simply one of many tremors.

Also see this by Pastor Timothy: Rob Bell: False Teacher… Worthless Pastor… Savage Wolf. It includes a link to a video where even an MSNBC reporter can see through Bell’s inconsistencies and addresses other false teachings by Bell.

But Mr. Bell would have us believe that eventually God’s love will win out and all those people in hell will be freed and invited into heaven. This ignores God’s eternal decrees of election (Ephesians 1:3-14). It makes God out to be me nothing more that a cosmic hand wringer who is hopeless with the lives of men on this side of glory. It also makes God out to be a liar for He would be contradicting His own word, which He cannot do. Poor Mr. Bell. He is trying so hard to be liked and make God likeable, that He makes God out to be a liar in the process. To make God out to be a liar is to show that the truth is not in us (1 John 1:10). Since this is true, the truth is not in Bell. He needs to repent.

I think that what Mr. Bell also needs to do is go into sales, selling used cars and quit trying to pass himself off as a pastor who cares. He does not care. He is very hateful towards those whom he pastors. He needs to be rebuked in the harshest terms, because he is leading his flock into everlasting punishment. I know, he is such a nice guy. And Satan presented himself as an angel of light too. Real pastors and those who love our Savior, get angry at guys like Bell. He truly is a savage wolf. What Bell does is wicked beyond hope.

The worst part is that Bell displays the typical postmodern / “emergent church” deceptiveness, pretending to just be asking questions when he is obviously pointing to concrete views of his. But this (sort of) gives him an out when challenged and it falsely paints his critics as being against asking questions. Questions are great, provided you give correct answers based on the Bible – which Bell doesn’t.

I heard that Bell’s book is #8 on the overall Amazon best seller list. Ugh. Too many of those claiming to be Christians in the U.S. have notoriously bad discernment when it comes to things like this.

This is a timeless theme:

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.

People love to hear that everyone goes to Heaven. Sort of takes away the need to evangelize and defend the faith, doesn’t it? Makes it lots easier to be loved by the world, doesn’t it?

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.

I’ll close with this from DeYoung:

Bad theology hurts real people. So of all the questions raised in the book, the most important question every reader must answer is this: is it true? Whatever you think of all the personalities involved on whatever side of the debate, that’s the one question that cannot be ignored. Is Love Wins true to the word of God? That’s the issue. Open a Bible, pray to God, listen to the faithful Christians of the past 2000 years, and answer the question for yourself.

Delight or deception, suffering or salvation—yes, even heaven or hell—may hang in the balance.

A terrific summary of politics in the U.S.

Via Oleg Atbashian Founder of ‘The Peoples Cube’: “The Current Truth About Socialism and The Unions” at Ironic Surrealism v3.0 -

America is capitalistic and greedy yet have of the population is subsidized.

Half of the population is subsidized yet they think they are victims.

They think they are victims yet their representatives run the government.

Their representatives run the government yet the poor keep getting poorer.

The poor keep getting poorer yet they have things people in other countries can only dream about.

They have all this stuff people in other countries can only dream about and yet they want America to be like those other countries.

I especially liked this one: “Their representatives run the government yet the poor keep getting poorer.”  Just look at inner cities and their schools.  Democrats have had virtual monopolies on their politics and education for over 50 years and what do they have to show for it?  Detroit, anyone?

It is always interesting to get the perspectives of those who lived under full-fledged Communism.  If only we had history classes in public schools that taught the truth about what Communism does to people.

Oleg Atbashian is a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR. Born and raised in Ukraine, he used to be a teacher, a translator, a worker, a freelance journalist, and at one time a propaganda artist, creating visual agitprop for the local Party committee in a Siberian town. In 1994, he emigrated to the USA hoping to live in a country that was ruled by reason and common sense. Ironically, he now lives in New York City. He is the creator of  ThePeoplesCube.com, a satirical website where he writes under the name of Red Square.

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Thought provoking post about recognizing and dealing with our anger.  This is a serious topic that challenges us all – at least if you hold to Jesus’ definition of unrighteous anger.  One of the questions posed:

Do you stretch and enlarge the category of anger so it includes you? I know a man who doesn’t think he is angry even though every hour or so he threatens to rip off someone’s head. His narrow definition of anger? An angry person actually rips off someone’s head. Since he only wants to rip off someone’s head, he isn’t angry.

Non-serious side note: It reminds me of Andy Bernard from The Office: “They’re sending me to management training.  Well, anger management training.”

Do taxpayers benefit from affirmative action in police and army hiring? Short answer: No.  This is just politically correct racism, which like many other PC actions can be unethical, expensive and deadly.

The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%. That’s the equivalent of an ‘F’ and a ‘D’.

“It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community,” said Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane. “It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation.”

Does political correctness provide good value for taxpayers? Shouldn’t taxpayers get the best candidate available? What about the people who will die in life and death situations, because the best candidate wasn’t chosen? Who suffers the most from the effects of political correctness?

Michael Moore is wrong again, on many levels.  As tempting as it is to think that if we just confiscate 100% of the wealth of the super-rich that we’ll fix our economy, there are actually some downsides.

The grand total of the combined net worth of every single one of America’s billionaires is roughly $1.3 trillion. It does indeed sound like a “ton of cash” until one considers that the 2011 deficit alone is $1.6 trillion. So, if the government were to simply confiscate the entire net worth of all of America’s billionaires, we’d still be $300 billion short of making up this year’s deficit.

That’s before we even get to dealing with the long-term debt of $14 trillion, which if you’re keeping score at home, is between 10 to 14 times the entire net worth of all of the country’s billionaires, combined. That includes the all-powerful Koch brothers ($40 billion between them), the all-powerful George Soros ($14.5 billion), all the Walton family (of the Wal-Mart fortune), Steve Jobs, Oprah (at a paltry $2.7 billion), the Google Founders, Michael Bloomberg, and the Mars family (of the candy bar empire).

A very important distinction on rights.  The word is thrown around far too lightly and usually ends up with someone’s true rights being trampled.

You see, it is the concept of rights that has been bastardized to the point that sycophantic statists now lay claim to other people’s property, their labor, and their money. Moreover, when collectivists don’t get their way, they boycott, they protest, they storm statehouses, and they threaten to kill those who would otherwise disagree.

To union thugs, village idiots, and other collectivists, there is mistaken belief that there is aright to: a job, a house, subsidized transportation, “free” abortions, ”free” health care, high-speed internet, collective bargaining for public unions, and [insert wanton desire here: ______].

There have been many who have debated the subject of Rights for centuries. However, this definition may be the clearest explanation of “rights” as it relates to action and inaction, or the difference between freedom and slavery:

The concept of a “right” pertains only to action—specifically, to freedom of action. It means freedom from physical compulsion, coercion or interference by other men.

Thus, for every individual, a right is the moral sanction of a positive—of his freedom to act on his own judgment, for his own goals, by his own voluntary, uncoerced choice. As to his neighbors, his rights impose no obligations on them except of a negative kind: to abstain from violating his rights.

There is a simple litmus test, based on the above, which is to ask a single question when being told that something is a right: At whose expense?

Obama Demands That Taxpayers Fund Sexual Pleasure Training for Girl Scouts – Planned Parenthood at work again.  It is sad to see that the Girl Scouts let them in.

Not surprisingly, false teaching ghouls couldn’t wait until the bodies in Japan were cold before using the tragedy to oppose nuclear energy: A Nuclear Nightmare: Why Japan Should Serve As A Lesson That Nuclear Power Is Not Viable.  Oh, the false teacher there says nukes are fine once the safety of the plants can be “fully guaranteed,” but those are weasel words meaning “never.”  Of course we want safe nuclear energy, but the protests and lawsuits have made this power more costly.  The global warming / climate change lobby is a farce, but even if it was true the Greens should embrace nuclear energy as a viable option.  What they really are is anti-people.  They know they’ll always have plenty of energy and in their hypocrisy they use it in abundance, but they deny it to developing countries and make it more expensive for the average person.  Oh, and they cost people jobs left and right.

Dead theory walking “highlights the many ways in which an intelligent design perspective is continuing to have increasingly more explanatory power in the investigation of “natural” systems, while underscoring the epic failure of the evolutionary paradigm to do likewise.”  Go read the whole top 10.

  • No.4: Anything to do with the bacterial flagellum gets my attention and this particular discovery is my favourite on the 2010 list. Despite all the literature we have on this nano-motor inferring its unnatural origin, Nature reported in August on the ability of the motor to undergo rapid changes to its shape while the flagellum is spinning at high speed, causing a rapid change in direction. Try doing that with a man-made motor. “A supplemental movie available free online from Nature shows this process in motion. … The task of explaining how these complex, synchronized biomechanical structures evolved by chance processes just got exceedingly more difficult.” By the way, did I mention this is an actual motor?
  • No.2: A second genetic code is discovered. Explaining one code via completely unguided means is problematic, but two? “The article seems to miss the obvious implication that more codes and algorithms imply more design.”
  • No.1: With respect to Richard Dawkins I’m sure, “new research reveals optimal design of the eye” that “open[s] up potentially fruitful areas for biomimetic research.” One might ask, if it’s so badly designed, as Dawkins would have us believe,[3] why are we trying to copy it?

Some important thoughts about the risks of being an outspoken pro-lifer (and by pro-lifer, I mean anti-abortion):

We are always told of reasons why we can’t speak up against abortion. If we speak in Church, we’re told it’s too political; if we speak in the political arena, we’re told it’s too religious. If we speak in the media we’re told it’s too disturbing; in the educational realm, it’s too disruptive. On the public streets, it’s too distressing for children; in the business world it’s too controversial, in the family it’s too divisive, and in social settings it’s just impolite. So if abortion is wrong, where do we go to say so?

The answer is we have to stop looking for a risk-free place to fight abortion, and speak up in all those arenas! There is a calculus in the heavens that says, “Greater love than this nobody has, than to lay down his life for his friends.” If we want to protect the unborn, let’s be willing to give our lives for them. Let’s stop counting the cost for ourselves if we speak up and start counting the cost for them if we are silent. The pro-life movement does not need a lot of people; it needs people who are willing to take a lot of risk.

Planned Parenthood Exposed.  Still waiting for the Left to decry the threats and bullying of people like this . . .

HT: All American Girl

Nice sendup of global warming. Hat tip: Vern Rigg Kaine

Yea for Wisconsin!

See Entitlement Rage: The Scene in Wisconsin When the Bill Passed | Verum Serum.

Watch the video.  Sure looks like a lot of angry white people.  Must be racists.  At least that was the meme about TEA Partiers.  Isn’t it odd that the mainstream media has ignored racial composition with this issue?

This is what happens when people get entitlements: They behave like that when you try to take away just a small portion of them.  Lessons learned: Don’t give them to begin with, because they are counterproductive.  Make sure you win when they use these violent and immature responses, otherwise you’ll encourage further bad behavior.

It is so sad that private sector people root for these spoiled government employees.  They are the ones driving up your taxes and giving you lousy service in return.  As noted separately, Texas — a non-union state — outscores Wisconsin on all student test scores when broken down by race.

Democrats own the unions, and unions own the Democrats.  Now is the time for any adults in government to curb public sector unions.

Oh, and about those Fleebaggers — if those were Republicans wouldn’t the Left be going on endlessly about dereliction of duty, etc.?  If the Republicans can’t milk the Wisconsin thing through 2012 they need to fire the whole marketing department.

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Love Wins – A Review of Rob Bell’s New Book – by Tim Challies, who actually read the book.  It confirms what Bell’s video hinted at: He’s a universalist (read: apostate / false teacher).  Do not follow him.  Hell is real, and it is for eternity.  Bell’s style is effective, but dishonest and tricky.

Good for Rand Paul:

“I find it really appalling and hypocritical, and I think there should be some self-examination from the administration on the idea that you favor a woman’s right to an abortion, but you don’t favor a woman or a man’s right to choose what kind of light bulb, what kind of dishwasher, what kind of washing machine…I really find it troubling this busybody nature that you want to come into my house, my bathroom, my bedroom, my kitchen, my laundry room.”

~Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on the Consumer Choice in Energy Committee Hearing, via Hot Air, March 10

Another video about NPR.  Defund them now. There are two types of NPR listeners: Those who know how biased NPR is and weren’t surprised or concerned about these revelations (other than that their “team” is now in trouble) and those who really thought NPR was unbiased.  The former are cynical hypocrites who have no legitimacy to enter the debate.  The jury is out on the latter.  Will they come to their senses?  (I suppose there is a 3rd category: Those who don’t know the details because they aren’t highlighted by the wildly biased media they consume.)

The Democrats’ Twitter town hall meeting got some interesting replies from both sides.  They are very telling about how each thinks.

Why are Democrats never warned to back away from the abortion issue as “too controversial”? – Great question by Jill Stanek.  With the poll numbers virtually identical, why do the Republicans let the Democrats’ sound bite influence them?  Even if it was controversial, who cares?  If the slaughter of human beings isn’t worth addressing then these people should get out of politics.

The Sheer Genius And Brilliance Of Flagellar Assembly – I almost feel sorry for the materialistic naturalist scientists who have to study these.  It must be terrible to go to work every day and have your worldview mocked by your field of study!

All-too-often those of a Darwinian persuasion are allowed to get away with the most outlandish of explanatory hypotheses in attempt to account for complex biochemical systems such as the flagellum. While these explanations may appear persuasive to the largely lay-audience, ill-aquainted with the sheer brilliance and design which undergirds these systems at the molecular level, closer inspection finds them wanting. Just as evolutionary “explanations” of the eye suddenly become inherently unpersuasive when one considers the remarkable biochemistry and molecular details of vision, so too do the purported “explanations” of the bacterial flagellum pale into triviality when one considers the biochemistry and molecular details undergirding its construction within the cell.

Great video on racism by AlfonZo Rachel – the hypocrisy on the Left is nauseating.

You can’t make up things like this:  Harry Reid called budget cuts proposed by Republicans “mean-spirited” in part because they would hurt an annual cowboy poetry festival in Nevada. This is why governing should be done by adults.  People like Reid think we need to borrow money that people who haven’t even been born will have to pay back to fund nonsense like this.

Glenn had some great quotes on ministry and discernment.  There are too many wimps in the church afraid to stand up for the truth.  Here’s my favorite from the list:

[A] truly biblical ministry must hold forth truths that are absolute… We must take an unmovable stance on all issues where the Bible speaks plainly… Sound doctrine divides, it confronts, it separates, it judges, it convicts, it reproves, it rebukes, it exhorts, it refutes error.  None of those things is very highly esteemed in modern thought.  But the health of the church depends on our holding firmly to the truth.

John MacArthur, Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will to Discern, p. 52

Will the Darwinists cower before Islam? Looks like they already are.

Schools Can Stop Bullying without Promoting Homosexuality or Gender Confusion — All you need is a simple and thoroughly enforced anti-bullying policy: If you physically or verbally harass other students on or off school grounds you will have swift and serious consequences. It doesn’t matter if you are bullying because they are gay/straight/fat/thin/smart/dumb/pretty/ugly/etc., or if it is just because you are a mean jerk.  The pro-LGBTQ groups pushing to get into schools are merely Trojan Horses aided and abetted by Democrats, and most recently the President, who is destroying the country with 40% of our spending being borrowed but thinks it is his job to stop school bullying.

Oh, and while we’re on the topic of bullying, I’ve noticed a lot of silence from the civility / anti-bullying crowd with respect to all the union activity.  Hypocrites.

Kudos to Touch ya Neighbor ministries for being willing to criticize the bad theology in many black churches:

Throughout my time in ministry I have only come across a hand full of black sound-bible teachers. Now this shouldn’t be taken as a slight to people, but it should sting enough to help people understand just how far the black church is from the word of God. The falling away from sound orthodox Christianity is becoming more apparent by the day. To me and many others, it seems like no one cares at all.

I had a pastor tell me once that he knew he needed to preach the bible and to feed the congregation, but he admitted the church didn’t want it. He admitted to purposely not teaching the bible to immature saints who only wanted to shout and dance and speak in unknown gibberish. The babes in Christ controlled the church rather than the supposed God-called leader. Do you not see the recipe for disaster?

Abby Johnson on defunding Planned Parenthood

Abby Johnson is a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic.  She resigned after viewing an ultrasound of an abortion.  In Defund Planned Parenthood she exposes many of the deceptions PP uses to maintain its funding.

Planned Parenthood has been misleading Congress and American taxpayers for many years. I know — I was part of the deception. For eight years I worked at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas, and for two of those years I was the clinic’s director.

Here are the ways Planned Parenthood is deceiving the public — and taxpayers — about what it does.

Deception No. 1: Taxpayer funds don’t go to pay for abortions. This defies common sense and basic logic; of course taxpayer money helps to finance abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood gets one-third of its annual budget from taxpayer funding, and it performed a total of more than 650,000 abortions in just 2008 and 2009 (the last year for which figures are available).

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As clinic director, I saw how money received by Planned Parenthood affiliate clinics all went into one pot at the end of the day — it isn’t divvied up and directed to specific services.

And while Planned Parenthood says abortions make up just 3 percent of its services, I found they used an sleight of hand, unbundling family planning services so each patient shows anywhere from five to 20 “visits” per appointment (12 packs of birth control would show up as 12 individual visits). It does the opposite for abortion visits, bundling them together so each appointment shows as one visit. This skews the numbers. You have an overwhelming number of “visits” for family planning compared to abortion, even though you may have seen the same number of patients.

Deception No. 2: Planned Parenthood wants to reduce the number of abortions in the United States. Nonsense. Its primary focus is abortion and it is big business. In 2009, Planned Parenthood had $1.1 billion, and $63 million left over after expenses (see page 29 of itsannual report).

No wonder Planned Parenthood has established an organization called the Consortium of Abortion Providers, the primary goal of which is to turn every nonabortion Planned Parenthood clinic into an abortion-providing clinic. Planned Parenthood also recently issued a directive mandating that all of its affiliates provide abortions by 2013.

Deception No. 3: Planned Parenthood’s highest priority is women’s health and safety. As referenced several times during the congressional debate about whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood, Live Action has documented numerous occasions in which Planned Parenthood staff have shown willingness to aid and abet self-identified sex traffickers and their professed exploitation of underage girls.

Planned Parenthood of Central New Jersey was so embarrassed by office manager Amy Woodruff’s comments recorded by an undercover hidden camera that it had to fire her. She was clearly advising a self-professed sex trafficker on how and where to get abortions for his underage girls. New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow has asked for an investigation.

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Further, Planned Parenthood has adamantly opposed laws in nearly two dozen states that require clinic staff to show a woman a sonogram before the abortion takes place. So much for supporting informed choice.

Read it all.  Taxpayer funds should not support this organization.  If pro-legalized abortionists want to fund PP then they should donate just like pro-lifers donate to fund pregnancy care centers.

Bizarre “Christian” pro-legalized abortion logic

Periodic commenter “Poolman” shared his pro-legalized abortion rationale at another blog.  Not surprisingly, some atheist, pro-legalized abortion, bisexual / lesbian commenters really liked Poolman’s “religion,” even though they don’t appear to plan to convert to it or understand it.  They just throw out the word “love” with no context and that’s all they need.

It is amazing how hard pro-legalized abortionists will work to rationalize their positions.  Here are his comments.

Science and logic will all pass away. In the end it will be how well you loved.

I’m not sure how he thinks logic will pass away — though, on second thought, it seems to have passed away for some already.  And I doubt he ignores everything from science because it will “pass away.”  He just ignores it here to rationalize his pro-legalized abortion views.

And in the end it will be whether you repented and trusted in Jesus or not.

Oh, and ignoring the destruction of the weak and defenseless is the opposite of love.

I am confounded how so many fundamentalist “Christians” have come from atheism to doctrinalism. You trade one millstone for another. You need the cornerstone. You miss the whole point of why Jesus came to earth in the flesh. In essence you crucify Him daily with your ignorance. Oh, don’t get me wrong. You are intelligent and knowledgable, but ignorant of the true character of God. Love. A life of sacrifice and service to other humans already sharing the air on this planet. That’s our mission.

I’m not sure how objecting to the crushing and dismembering of innocent human beings is in opposition to that.  Just because the unborn humans don’t directly share the air on the planet he views them as fair game for unlimited destruction.  Wow, that’s a pretty bizarre take on Christianity and one of the most extreme legalistic positions I’ve seen to defend abortion.

He claims that he knows the true character of God and that I am ignorant of it.  Hmmm.  He claims that our service to others only applies to those outside the womb.  Got any Bible verses for that?  I didn’t realize God was against pre-natal care and was pro-legalized abortion.

And note how he throws the fundie label around.  He seems rather fundamental in his views.  Does that make him wrong?

“Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” (Galations 3:3)
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Ah, there came the random Bible verse generator he litters his comments with.  One day he may pick a winner and have one that applies in context.

Yes abortion kills a human and stops its potential contribution to this world. However, the spirit lives on.

Poolman doesn’t seem to see that by trivializing abortion so broadly that he does the same for murder outside the womb.  And he implies that the value of a human comes from her contribution, not by her nature as being created in the image of God.  That helps people rationalize the destruction of those outside the womb who aren’t “contributing” by the definition of those in power.

This world is not our home. The spirit is eternal, the flesh is temporary.

Yes, more temporary for some of us than others, because Christians like Poolman justify their destruction.  But what is the point of his comment?  Just because we’re here temporarily should we just sit around and be spiritual?  Of course not. He has a big list of things he thinks we should do, but protecting innocent unborn life isn’t one of them.

There are many more evils in this world that are done to humanity. Go spend some time in Palestine or Somalia.

So what?  Just because you think you’ve found a greater evil then you can’t deal with any allegedly lesser evils?  Are thousands of innocent human beings killed in Palestine every day?

Many parents there would consider it a blessing to have never had their children than to rather see them suffer the atrocities they have had to endure.

Notice how he conflates birth control with abortion.  Once conception occurs they have children – they are just small.  Using Poolman’s logic, they should just kill the kids outside the womb to avoid suffering.  Hey, who knows whether any child will suffer?  Does Poolman recommend we abort everyone just to be on the safe side?

Fix what you can with the resources you are given. Quit causing division and pronouncing judgment. Help educate and elevate those around you. Save the lost souls.

So we’re causing division and judging but he is not.  Check.  Ah, the hypocrisy.

If the unborn aren’t important enough to protect, why are they important enough to educate once they are outside the womb?  If we can’t educate them to protect innocent human life, why educate them on anything else?

Love covers a multitude of sins. They will know us by our love, one for another.

Yes, and unborn human beings count as “other,” as do the mothers who deserve better than people like Poolman encouraging them to abort.

Amen. Teach these kids all about sex and the consequences of sex early. We are so backward in this country. To teach our kids about sex and talk about it is taboo. Act like it’s dirty and doesn’t exist. But then to use it everyday in everyway to market product is hunky-dory. We have so perverted love and sex in this nation, IMHO. God help us!

Who said not to teach kids about sex?  The question is what to teach them and when.

It is sad when people like Poolman masquerade as teachers of authentic Christianity.  If the audience thinks they believe what Jesus taught but don’t recognize what that means then you haven’t shared the truth with them.

Reading the Bible in Context

This is a handout from a lesson I’ll be using with the high school kids at church.  I thought I’d share it here.  Tips welcomed!

The purpose is to give an overview of how to read the Bible, then focus on reading it in context.  I’ll address barriers to reading in context then give examples of commonly misused verses.  Finally, we’ll pick a chapter at random and show how well these techniques work.

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A simple and effective way to read the Bible – from James MacDonald’s “Walk in the Word” Podcasts

  • Read it – 1-3 chapters (less for doctrine, more for history)
  • Question it
    • What stands out to me? Why?
    • Is there an example for me to follow?
    • Is there an error for me to avoid?
    • Is there a duty for me to perform?
    • Is there a promise for me to claim?
    • Is there a sin for me to confess?
  • Plan it – make a plan for how you will use it
  • Pray it – pray scripture back to God
  • Share it – helps others, and helps us to remember it

How to read in context: Don’t just read a Bible verse (a great slogan and lesson from Stand to Reason). Always read at least a paragraph, and preferably a section or a chapter. Looking at what came before and after will help ensure you are getting the right meaning.

We should read it in the way the authors intended it, depending on the context and type of writing.  Examples:

  • When was it written?
  • Who was it written by / to?
  • Type of writing
    • History
    • Metaphor / illustrations / parables
    • Doctrine
    • Poetry
    • Figures of speech – i.e., exaggerations

Barriers to reading in context

We don’t like to admit we’ve made mistakes, so we hold onto bad interpretations.

  • Solution: Swallow your pride, get it right and remember to read in context next time. For the record, I have misused every verse in this lesson.
  • We have all been guilty of reading out of context. Some mistakes are more serious than others. Our choice is to dig in our heels and continue to use it incorrectly or humbly accept and use the correct teaching. As 2 Timothy 2:15 says, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.“

Fear of getting it wrong.

  • Reading in context isn’t that hard to do! Don’t be afraid of misinterpreting – just read surrounding passages and study notes.

We have an important point we want to make and we can’t use that verse for it any more.

  • Find another passage to prove the point you wanted to make.
  • If you can’t find another verse to support it, maybe your point isn’t valid or particularly important.

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Sample passages – the part in bold is what is frequently used out of context. Note how just reading a couple surrounding verses shows the real meaning.

 

Even one of the most famous verses ever gets misused. Not everyone goes to Heaven – only those who trust in Jesus.

John 3:16-18 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Philippians 4:13 is one of the most commonly misused passages. It isn’t about achieving great sporting victories or leaping tall buildings.

 

Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

 

You only have to go back ½ of one verse to get the context. Paul has a secret! A secret about what? A secret about how to be content in every situation. It is a great message – actually, much better than the typical application.

And another very commonly misused verse is Jeremiah 29:11. I see this abused on a regular basis in sermons, on t-shirts, signs, etc.

Jeremiah 29:1, 4, 10-11 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. . . . This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon . . . This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There is actually a great message in Jeremiah 29:11: God makes huge promises and keeps them. The Israelites had been taken into captivity because of their rebellion and worship of false gods, but God promised to bring them back. And He did. But He did not make a generic promise to all people and at all times to prosper them.

People even throw that verse at non-believers, but that would give them a false sense of security. God’s message to them is the opposite. If they don’t repent and believe, his plans for them are horrible!

If you want to encourage people, try Matthew 11:28-30 instead (Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.) That points them to Jesus.

Both Christians and non-Christians abuse Matthew 7:1. Jesus isn’t saying to never judge, He is saying not to judge hypocritically.

Matthew 7:1-5 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

People have used Matthew 5:39 to oppose capital punishment. But it is hard to turn the other cheek when you are dead, and it is unjust for the government to “turn the other cheek.” It would mean that we’d never punish anyone for anything.

Matthew 5:39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Christians often use Matthew 18:20 reflexively when talking about praying together, but is Jesus not there with you when you are by yourself?

Matthew 18:15–20 (ESV) If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. . . . And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.

The part in bold makes people squirm. Reading the whole passage helps put it in perspective. I doubt many wives will complain about husbands who love them as Christ loves the church.

Ephesians 5:22–33 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior . . . Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her . . . In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself . . . “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” . . . However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Malachi 3:8 gets misused a lot in stewardship campaigns. Robbing God?! That can’t be good. But it is not a New Testament concept (see 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.).

Malachi 3:6–10 “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Hey, I agree with Ron Schiller of NPR — UPDATED

Well at least one a couple things noted in NPR’s Ron Schiller admits NPR funding not needed. | RedState.  Looks like Ron got caught on camera saying what everyone suspected NPR was about.  Then he offered this up:

Well, frankly it is very clear that we would be better off in the long run without Federal funding.

[later, when asked whether NPR could survive without funding.]

NPR would definitely survive and most of the stations would survive.

I agree with those things, but I’ll bet his bosses are mad that he said them.  They’ve been playing the “oh, the humanity” card about potential de-funding.

Of course, I don’t agree with his elitist “only Liberals know what to do” and “TEA Partiers are racist” nonsense, his anti-Jewish sentiments, etc.

We should immediately remove their funding and their tax-exempt status.  Either that or make donations to Rush / Beck / the Republican party tax-deductible.

P.S. It is so easy to record people with audio or video.  Just be yourself all the time and you don’t have to fear things like this.  If people heard what I said about religion, Islam, abortion, the pro-gay lobby, etc. in private they’d be shocked — shocked!, I say — to find out that I say the same things in the same way as I do in public.  No wonder people like Schiller think we’re closet racists: They are such flaming hypocrites that they assume everyone else is.

UPDATE 1: More bad news for the Center for Public Broadcasting: CPB Skirting Law by Campaigning for Own Funding.  Ethics: You’re doin’ it wrong.

UPDATE 2: Juan Williams Responds to NPR Sting: ‘They Prostitute Themselves for Money’

“This was an act of incredible condescension,” said Williams. “The rank hypocrisy of his remarks was telling for me. They will say things to your face about how there’s no liberal orthodoxy at NPR, how they play it straight, but now you see it for what it is. They prostitute themselves for money.”

Williams said Schiller’s remarks about the Jews dominating the newspaper industry was “outright anti-Semitism,” and labeling Tea Party members “gun-toting” “racists” reveals “their real feelings.” This is how they talk in boardrooms and editorial meetings, explained Williams. “This is how they really feel.”

UPDATE 3: Hmmm . . . even though NPR insisted there wasn’t bias, they cut Ron loose early and then forced out Vivian.  Time to defund!

First, Vivian Schiller got her walking papers from NPR’s board.  Now Ron Schiller, who resigned effective immediately from his position at NPR yesterday in the wake of the undercover sting video, won’t get his position at the Aspen Institute after all.

UPDATE 4: Man oh man this just keeps getting better: More videos on the way!

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Attention young people who campaigned and voted for Obama: Don’t look surprised when employers don’t want to hire you because you’re unemployed.

Hey, I thought no one would be impacted by oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” — Homosexual Activists Target Jim Walder, Illinois B & B Owner, for Denying ‘Civil Unions’ Ceremony.  This is a typical tactic for them: Target Christians to sue then scare others into falling in line.

From the flying pigs department: Hey, I sort of agreed with false teacher Chuck “Jesus is not the only way” Currie on the topic of Democrat Fred PhelpsU.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor Of Westboro Baptist Church Right To Protest.  It was fun watching one false teacher attack another.

Phelps & Co. are awful, but restricting religious speech — even for those with teachings as false and despicable as Phelps and Currie — is dangerous and unconstitutional.

Chuck forgot to mention that Phelps is a Democrat, though.  Would have have missed that little point if Phelps was a Republican?

Hey, I thought the homosexual rights leading to pedophile rights argument was supposed to be a slippery slope fallacy?  Apparently not.

Sadly, this isn’t too surprising when homosexuality is deemed moral because it’s natural.

“Pedophilia is another “sexual orientation,” comparable to heterosexuality or homosexuality, according to expert testimony recently presented to the Canadian Parliament.” (http://online.worldmag.com/2011/03/04/pedophilia-as-a-sexual-orientation/)

It does demonstrate that the logical slippery slope argument that other sexual orientations will be reconsidered morally is not a fallacy, but true. When an argument supporting homosexuality is accepted, it can’t artificially be withdrawn when it makes logical sense to apply it elsewhere.

I found the pro-homosexuality arguments to more like cliffs than slippery slopes. Once you buy their fallacious reasoning you’ve gone off the cliff. On the way down you realize the other creepy things you’ve justified.

Yea!  Former Planned Parenthood Golden Gate affiliate closing all 5 clinics in Bay Area – Hey, maybe if they hadn’t spent 750k fighting parental notification bills they could have stayed open.  BTW, anyone who thinks parents shouldn’t know when their kids are going have a physically and psychologically dangerous operation to kill their grandkids needs a moral compass tune-up.  I knew one person who opposed parental notification because the kids might get hurt by the parents, but that logic would lead schools to never send report cards home, among other things.

Hey, I thought no one would be impacted by oxymoronic “same-sex marriage,” Part II: Homosexual and bisexual indoctrination in elementary school. I think I showed this a couple years back.  It is a good item to save for those claiming the LGBTQ lobby isn’t trying to indoctrinate kids as young as kindergarten.  This is so repulsive.  One of the underlying fallacies is that you have to do things like this to stop bullying.  But of course you can stop bullying without affirming destructive behaviors in those being bullied.  The guy giving the “hiding my shin” soccer example and pretending that sexual preferences are like physical body parts was ridiculous.

Planned Parenthood: “Killing 41% of NY City babies is not enough, so we need to attack pregnancy care centers!”

OK, the title is more of a paraphrase than a quote, but consider this:

On March 2 the New York City Council passed a hostile bill forcing pregnancy care centers to post signage that they do not commit abortions.

This despite the recent release of NYC health dept. statistics revealing that 14.5% of all US abortions are committed there annually, making it the nation’s abortion capital, and that 41% of all of Gotham’s babies are killed by abortion, with the number spiking to 60% of all African-American babies.

So the abortionists and the pro-abortion NY City Council have to go after crisis pregnancy centers.  They ignore PP’s infamous hiding of statutory rape and underage sex trafficking, of course, but have plenty of time and money to go after their enemies who might just persuade people against killing their unborn children.  They sure do fight for their market share!

Please see What “truth in advertising” signs should abortion clinics be forced to post? for some clever ideas on how to make the best of this.  Hey, if pregnancy centers have to put up signs, let’s add all sorts of things to them!  And why not force Planned Parenthood to put up honest signs about what they do and don’t offer?  Here’s a list of mine plus some from the comments section there.

Planned Parenthood will:

  • Crush and dismember your unborn child — for a large fee, of course.  Hey, we don’t give those away for free.
  • Hide statutory rape — no worries if you are 13 and your boyfriend is 28!  You can totally trust us on this one, and we — er, uh, our enemies — have the video and audio to prove it.
  • Hide underage sex trafficking, even for kids stolen from other countries.

Planned Parenthood will not:

  • Complete Options Counseling Unless Asked
  • Complete Information on Abortion Risks & Complications
  • Complete & Accurate Prenatal development
  • Prenatal Care
  • Adoption Information
  • Pregnancy & Parenting Classes/Support Services
  • Infertility Testing & Treatment
  • Counseling & Support Services Post-Abortion
  • Post-abortion trauma counseling (because we pretend it doesn’t exist!)

Pregnancy Care Centers, on the other hand can say they do not provide abortions, but do provide the following, all for free:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Ultrasounds
  • STD testing
  • Prenatal care
  • Parenting and life skills training
  • Post abortion trauma counseling
  • Referrals for adoption, domestic violence protection and more.

Read the whole post and the comments at Jill’s blog.

Roundup

U.S. appeals court: schools cannot ‘stifle criticism of homosexuality’ – some rare good news regarding the freedom of speech and freedom of religion.  Hope it doesn’t get overturned!

Why Is That Christian Dressed Up Like a Psychic? – great article about decision making and the will of God and how sloppy some Christians get when it comes to rationalizing decisions.  From the intro:

This is a pandemic problem in evangelical churches. How many times have you heard someone say, “God told me,” “God lead me,” “God laid it on my heart,” etc? One would think that these individuals heard the audible voice of God; but no, they base their statements on their feelings: a liver quiver, a gut assumption, butterflies, etc. The problem is that there is nowhere in the Bible where God spoke to anyone through their feelings… not one example. So, whenever these Christians make these statements, they have noauthority or example in Scripture to prove that God is speaking to them. They thus are playing the psychic.

Francis Collins Changes His Tune On “Junk DNA” – Hmmmm.  Turns out that “junk” DNA isn’t so junky after all.  Actually, we’ve known that for some time, but I’m glad to see Collins acknowledge it.  I hope he reconsiders his oxymoronic theistic evolution as well.  People like him are useful tools for the Darwinist crowd.  Just watch the movie  Expelled! and see how they patronize those who try to rationalize that God guided Darwinian evolution.

Question: How Can We Know One Belief Selected for By Evolution is Superior to Another?

. . .

Theist:  Let me get this straight.  According to you, religious belief has at least two characterizes:  (1) it is false; and (2) evolution selected for it.

EM [looking a little pale now, because he’s just figured out where this is going]:  Correct.

Theist:  You believe the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis [NDS] is true.

EM:  Of course.

Theist:  How do you know your belief in NDS is not another false belief that evolution has selected for?

. . .

Don’t buy the lie that because Texas has lower ACT/SAT scores than Wisconsin that a lack of unionized teachers is the reason.  First, the money quote:

To recap: white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin

Now, a little more background.

The point being, I suppose, is that unionized teachers stand as a thin chalk-stained line keeping Wisconsin from descending into the dystopian non-union educational hellscape of Texas. Interesting, if it wasn’t complete bullshit.

As a son of Iowa, I’m no stranger to bragging about my home state’s ranking on various standardized test. Like Wisconsin we Iowans usually rank near the top of the heap on average ACT/SAT scores. We are usually joined there by Minnesota, Nebraska, and the various Dakotas; Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire…

… beginning to see a pattern? Perhaps because a state’s “average ACT/SAT” is, for all intents and purposes, a proxy for the percent of white people who live there. In fact, the lion’s share of state-to-state variance in test scores is accounted for by differences in ethnic composition. Minority students – regardless of state residence – tend to score lower than white students on standardized test, and the higher the proportion of minority students in a state the lower its overall test scores tend to be.

Please note: this has nothing to do with innate ability or aptitude. Quite to the contrary, I believe the test gap between minority students and white students can be attributed to differences in socioeconomic status. And poverty. And yes, racism. And yes, family structure. Whatever combination of reasons, the gap exists, and it’s mathematical sophistry to compare the combined average test scores in a state like Wisconsin (4% black, 4% Hispanic) with a state like Texas (12% black, 30% Hispanic).

Ann Coulter has a great summary of public sector unions.

As Obama rakes in historic campaign contributions from Wall Street money, liberals claim Republicans are beholden to “the rich.” However that may be, it is far more true, and far less remarked upon, that the Democratic Party is the party of public sector unions.

And now, the nation watches helplessly as public sector unions and their Democratic allies say to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Nice state you got there, governor. Be a shame if something bad happened to it.

For Democrats, the purpose of government is to generously provide jobs for people who otherwise couldn’t be hired — because their skills, attitude or sense of entitlement are considered undesirable in the private sector. And no, I’m not just talking about Barack Obama.

Democrats use taxpayer money to fund a government jobs program, impoverishing the middle class and harming the people allegedly helped by the programs — but creating a vast class of voters who owe their jobs to the Democrats.

This is a system designed to ratchet up costs. Look at the history of every entity where public employees have unionized, and you will find that not only are government workers paid more, but there are also a lot more of them doing a lot less useful work.

Kline accuses KS Supreme Court of obstructing justice to protect Tiller, Planned Parenthood – a serious miscarriage of justice is playing out in Kansas.  Lots of things haven’t been investigated:

What also came out during the trial was what the Supreme Court has never investigated to this day. While it desperately attempts to find unethical behavior on Kline’s part, it ignores actual potential violations of law on the part of state officials and abortion clinics (aside from illegal abortions and rape cover-ups):

1. Opening Kline’s mail, a federal offense: Documents Kline never requested but were sent to him at an incorrect address after he left the DA’s office and then returned, were opened by either the DA or AG and are currently being used against him in the ethics case.

2. Someone in AG Morrison’s office made a cd of all Kline’s abortion files and left it, along with some spreadsheets, on the desk of Tiller’s attorney, who kept them for over a year.

3. The Supreme Court ordered Kline to hand over all information he had obtained to AG Morrison on PPs nationwide.  This included evidence in prosecutions against PP in Ohio, videotapes from Lila Rose’s 1st video investigation of PP nationwide, and the names of PP employees who came forward to Kline from clinics around the country. Kline testified this prompted some of his sources to threaten litigation against him. But most importantly, “I’ve been told all that information was then turned over to attorneys for abortion clinics.”

Is Planned Parenthood still racist? You decide.  Their founder sure was.  The rate of abortions in the black community is 3x that of whites, and the taxpayer-funded abortions they lust after will make that ratio higher.

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1926: Margarat Sanger gives a lecture to the women’s auxiliary of the Klu Klux Klan

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Government can require foster parents to affirm homosexuality rules UK High Court – Coming soon to a country near you, thanks to false and/or poorly informed and/or wimpy Christians too afraid to even vote for the right things. The key question is in bold.  Political correctness – that is, saying things you know aren’t true in order to remain popular – is poison.

LONDON, Mon Feb 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A UK Christian couple fighting their local council adoption panel over a decision to bar them from providing foster care because of their faith and their unwillingness to affirm homosexuality, have lost their appeal to the High Court in London.

In February 2008, Eunice and Owen Johns of Derby filed suit against Derby City Council when they were refused for fostering because they said they would not talk to children about homosexuality as though it were an acceptable “lifestyle,” and that they would insist that children in their care accompany the family to church on Sundays.

“The law has been increasingly interpreted by Judges in a way which favours homosexual rights over freedom of conscience. Significant areas of public life are now becoming out of bounds to Christians who do not want to compromise their beliefs. If Christian morals are harmful to children and unacceptable to the State, then how many years do we have before natural children start being taken away from Christians?”

What does the Bible mean when it uses the word “faith” – this is a fairly simple but very important concept, as both believers and non-believers often get this foundational concept wrong.  It isn’t faith without evidence or in spite of evidence, it is faith based on evidence.

The Greek word behind “faith” in the NT is pistis. As a noun ,pistis is a word that was used as a technical rhetorical term for forensic proof.

Peter’s primary appeal [in Acts 2] here was threefold:

  1. He appealed to the evidence of the wonders and signsperformed by Jesus;
  2. he appealed to the empty tomb,
  3. and he appealed to fulfillment of OT prophecy.

In short, his appeals were evidentiary. One of course might wish to dispute the validity of the evidence, but in context this is beside the point. The point is that Peter grounded belief in Christianity on evidence — or, as the definition of pistis in Acts 17:31 would put it, proofs.

Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha – Kevin DeYoung makes some good points about the false teacher.

Illinois Teacher Salaries – Without Benefits! – Wow, they are even more overpaid than I thought!

Getting right to the point: Illinois’ top paid teacher in 2010 is high school Physical Education teacher, Mr. Mintz, who made $191,124, BEFORE BENEFITS. Second highest paid at another school is middle and high school English teacher, Mr Liesz making $189,219 BEFORE BENEFITS.

It gets worse from there.

Just a reminder: Unions rake in millions for Democrats – Follow. The. Money.  Union employees are pro-tax increases and get to pressure their bosses – who they just happen to contribute big $$ to – to give them great wages and benefits.  What could go wrong?

Union treasuries – filled by dues paid by union members – not only fund programs benefiting union members and their families. The money they collect also pays six-figure compensation packages for labor leaders and provides millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates.

And before anyone claims that big business owns the Republicans, go see who is getting record contributions from Wall Street (Hint: President Obama).