Thou Shalt Not Murder

Cross posted at Stubborn Things

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Corollary: Thou shalt not redefine murder in a pathetic attempt to pretend it isn’t murder.

Having done prison ministry for the last 8 years, I’ve met more murderers than the average person – including one who, post-redemption by Jesus, could honestly claim that he was “as friendly as a basketful of puppies.”  But that hasn’t made me go soft on crime.  I admit that I enjoy reminding anti-capital punishment folks that not only is capital punishment – properly applied – a biblical alternative, it was actually God’s idea (see Genesis 9 and Romans 13, among others).  And no, Jesus didn’t overturn it, but that’s a separate topic.

You might think that people would intuitively consider any kind of murder to be the most serious sin against God and neighbor.  Murder takes the life of an innocent human being, it kills an image-bearer of God, it usurps God’s sovereignty over life and death and it is a culmination of a host of other sins: lust, greed, covetousness, hate, anger, pride, etc.   How could we explain that away?  Yet people have been rationalizing it since Genesis 4.

Not only do people create gods in their own images, they create words and phrases in their own images, such as “same-sex marriage” (pure oxymoron) and “reproductive rights/health/etc.” (deadly and misleading euphemisms, because abortion kills a human being who has already been reproduced).  Even highly intelligent people like the authors of Freakonomics insist that murder rates have gone done over the centuries, conveniently ignoring that abortion is murder.  People are Romans 1 poster children, pretending to be anti-murder while suppressing the truth in unrighteousness.

I’ve even seen Christian pacifists support abortion.  One such activist was quote-mining some church fathers to develop a twisted appeal to pure pacifism but he ignored the clear accompanying admonitions against abortion.  What could be more violent than literally ripping off someone’s limbs and crushing her skull?   Yet with no hint of hypocrisy the pacifist opposed any abortion restrictions.

Then there are the Christian grandparents who pay for their grandchildren to be killed with deadly equivocations about how it is better to “ruin” one life than three – ignoring how the word is used just a little differently regarding the death of the preborn child than it would have been if he had been allowed to live.

The disabled are valued so little that it is now broadly considered a moral good to kill them in the womb and a moral evil to allow them to live.

It flows downhill from there.  When half of society considers it a moral good to be allowed to kill your child, why should we be surprised at anything else they come up with?

Part of the problem is worshiping government over God.  Even the writers of the The Simpsons understood this to a degree when they had Reverend Lovejoy say, “Once something has been approved by the government, it’s no longer immoral.”  They rationalize murder as being best for the rest of society (see abortion, or the Holocaust or the tens of millions killed by their Communist governments in the 20th century).  If you think the Leftists aren’t capable of trying to wipe out believers then you haven’t read The Gulag Archipelago.

The best solution is the authentic Gospel and making disciples.  That will transform hearts, minds and societies more than anything else.  It will drive out bad thinking and false religions.  But it starts with discipline – church discipline – which means getting rid of the wolves in sheep’s clothing running most major denominations.  The fault is actually with the Bible-believing Christians who let the wolves come in and take over.  They acted like they were being nice to allow alternate (read: apostate) viewpoints in the church, but they were really just being nice to themselves in the interest of avoiding controversy.  Sharing the truth of Jesus is not only the best way to make disciples but to transform societies for the better.  That will reduce murder and other sins more than anything else.  Absent a right view of the cross and the resurrection people will continue to do what is right in their own eyes.

And the Gospel is there for the salvation of those who have committed murder, including the hundreds of millions involved in the abortion process in some form.  I’ve seen God redeem murderers countless times in pregnancy center ministry and in prison ministry.  Jesus came with a perfect balance of grace and truth.  We have the truth on the seriousness of murder, the reality of murder, how to reduce murders and how to offer grace to those who have committed murder – and every other sin.

Transanity of the week: Transsexual wants surgical reversal

Via Transsexual Chelsea Attonley who had £10k surgery on NHS wants to be man again — This is the sort of thing we should expect in a culture that refuses to state the obvious about the LGBTQX agenda.

You’ll see the same thing in the U.S. soon.  After all, how can you deny this “necessary” surgery?  And the political correctness of it will drive fear into people so that things like this will get prioritized over real medical issues, veteran care, etc.

As tragic as this is, hopefully it will be a cautionary tale to others who want to mutilate themselves and to those cowards letting males go into public bathrooms with females.

Chelsea, now living in London, said: ‘I have always longed to be a woman, but no amount of surgery can give me an actual female body and I feel like I am living a lie.

‘It is exhausting putting on make-up and wearing heels all the time. Even then I don’t feel I look like a proper woman.

‘I suffered from depression and anxiety as a result of the hormones too.

‘I have realised it would be easier to stop fighting the way I look naturally and accept that I was born a man physically.’

Chelsea, who spoke on ITV’s This Morning earlier this year about Katie Price’s encouragement, says she does not feel guilty about asking the taxpayer to pay for her reversion.

‘Now I have decided I want to live as Matthew, I am desperate to have my FF-cup boobs removed,’ she said.

‘I can’t afford to have them done privately, so I am hoping to have the op on the NHS.

‘I can’t work at the moment because I am too upset after what I have been through.

‘I am considering having penis reconstruction too. I don’t feel bad about the NHS paying for the surgery as I don’t consider it a choice.

Chelsea Attonley: ‘Meeting Jordan inspired my transformation’

‘I need to have these operations for the sake of my mental health. I am lucky enough to live in a country where there is free health care.’

Chelsea, who changed her name by deed poll from Matthew in 2008 after a £5,000 boob job in Thailand partly funded by benefit money, says she gradually began having doubts about the sex change.

She said: ‘I thought the surgery would make me feel complete, but it didn’t.

‘I knew deep down that, even though I had had surgery, I had still been born a man.

‘But I tried my best to block out my feelings.’

Chelsea said living as a woman is exhausting.

‘No matter how much make-up I put on or how I dressed, I knew people would not know me as a real woman.

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Chelsea, now living in London, said: ‘I have always longed to be a woman, but no amount of surgery can give me an actual female body and I feel like I am living a lie’

‘It was draining to constantly think about how to walk and speak like a girl.

‘I was fighting a losing battle. When people found out about my past, they treated me like a liar and a fake. I suffered from anxiety and depression.’

She said she lost the support of her mother when she died from a heart attack.

She said : ‘I could not keep up the act of pretending to be a woman any more. It was making me miserable.

‘I had to go back to living as Matthew.’

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She said she had always struggled with her identity while growing up in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. As a child she would dress up in women’s clothes, and in her twenties she became a drag queen known as Miss Malibu

Chelsea has already had testosterone injections to begin her transition to becoming a man again.

She has also had testosterone injections to stimulate hair growth and has cut his hair.

She added: ‘If people criticise me for wanting treatment on the NHS, it does not bother me.

‘I know I need these changes to make me happy and no one should deny me that.’

The TaxPayers’ Alliance yesterday insisted the NHS should not be expected to pay out again.

Research director Alex Wild said: ‘The NHS must prioritise crucial frontline services over ridiculous vanity operations.

‘This whole saga has simply cost far too much. If the Health Service is to be properly funded, this sort of waste must be cut out.’

Another important point from the comments section:

“Dr. McHugh in a 1992 essay wrote about its long-term consequences: ‘Age accentuates the sad caricature of the sexually reassigned and saps their bravado. Some, pathetically, ask about re-reassignment.’”

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/356501/bradley-manning-not-woman-kevin-d-williamson

My dog did better on Economics tests than those on the Left

Note: The message here is more important than the title indicates.

I am not making this up: My dog once submitted a college test in Economics and passed.

OK, there is a little more to the story.

When my youngest daughter home-schooled her last two years of high school, the dogs would hang out with her all day.  Once when she was in the middle of an online Economics test he jumped on the bed, landed on the keyboard and submitted the partially completed test.  And he passed!  Fortunately, the folks at the school were good sports about the high-tech version of “the dog really ate my homework” story and re-opened the system so the that real student could complete the test (she got her usual 99 or so, as I recall).

But I offer that as a segue to remind people of an extremely important fact about basic economic principles, namely that those on the Left literally fail at them.  They aren’t just a little worse than Conservatives, they fail horribly and it drives their ideology.  The details are here, but note the results of a simple eight question Economics test given to those across the political spectrum:

Letter grade
Very Conservative 84% B
Libertarian 83% B
Conservative 79% C+
My dog 72% C
Moderate 54% F
Liberal 41% F
Progressive/very Liberal 34% F

Got that?  Progressives / very Liberal people only get a third of the questions right.  They could double their scores and still only get a D.  But the more conservative people are the better they do, with very Conservative people achieving a solid B.

Here’s an example of one of the questions:

Consider one of the economic propositions in the December 2008 poll: “Restrictions on housing development make housing less affordable.” People were asked if they: 1) strongly agree; 2) somewhat agree; 3) somewhat disagree; 4) strongly disagree; 5) are not sure.

Basic economics acknowledges that whatever redeeming features a restriction may have, it increases the cost of production and exchange, making goods and services less affordable. There may be exceptions to the general case, but they would be atypical.

In this case, percentage of conservatives answering incorrectly was 22.3%, very conservatives 17.6% and libertarians 15.7%. But the percentage of progressive/very liberals answering incorrectly was 67.6% and liberals 60.1%. The pattern was not an anomaly.

Do not let the handsome canine below cause you to miss the key takeaways:

  • Understanding these basic economics concepts is crucial to leading properly. Therefore, Leftists should not be in charge of government.  Or economics.  Or much of anything else.  If you can’t get the basic building blocks of society right then all you will do is create more problems.
  • As the good folks at Freaknomics will tell you, Economics isn’t just about seemingly arcane financial metrics.  It is about behavior and incentives.  If you don’t understand how the basics of human nature work then your worldview is doomed to poor decision making.
  • The Law of Unintended Consequences will bite you far worse than my dog ever would (Italian Greyhounds are amazingly friendly) but the truth is that most consequences of Leftist policies are easy to anticipate.  The “War on Poverty” is a perfect example.  It wasn’t just a colossal flop, it was a completely predictable colossal flop.  It has deeply harmed tens of millions of people. We need to undo it as quickly as possible.
  • This issue carries over to religion as well.  It is no surprise that Leftist Christian groups do much more harm than good.  False teachers don’t understand economics any better than they do the Bible.
  • All schools should host Junior Achievement classes.  These are proven to increase graduation rates and they teach critical life skills about budgeting, economics and more.  I taught them for 12 years and was continually impressed with their program.  You don’t need a PhD in Economics to understand the most important concepts.  Give me 30 minutes with a bunch of 7th graders and I will have them more fluent in basic economic principles like supply and demand than Congressional Democrats are.  And that isn’t an exaggeration.

The way people understand basic economic principles has an enormous influence on how well they will govern.  You should vote accordingly.  And if you love God and neighbor you won’t ignore how He wired the world.

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Economist Dog (TM), the hero of this story, could not be reached for comment.  He was on a conference call discussing how the demand for dog food is inelastic.   Also, he died last year.  We miss this special little guy!  He and his mate (pictured below) brought us countless blessings and good times and we thank God for that.

bluetooth dog

He also understood intellectual property rights and helped us earn a few $$ when this picture was used on a t-shirt sold by a large retailer.  But mostly he just chased squirrels and then sat on my lap and slept.  Backup Dog (TM) was equally loved but not quite as active.dogs

She was as cerebral as she looks here.

Back Camera

More guns = less crime

Via These Could Be Some Inconvenient Crime Statistics for Gun Control Advocates:

Chicago’s crime rate has dropped since Illinois became the 50th state in the nation to adopt a concealed carry law last year, the Washington Times reported.

A marksman sights in on a target during a class to qualify for an Illinois concealed carry permit on Feb. 14, 2014 in Posen, Illinois. Illinois became the final state to allow residents to carry a concealed weapon after they complete a 16-hour course. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Robberies are down 20 percent this year, according to Chicago Police Department statistics. Burglaries are also down 20 percent, while motor vehicle thefts are down 26 percent.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy attributed the decrease to “intelligent policing strategies” and said cops confiscated more than 1,300 illegal guns in the first quarter of the year.

But Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said it’s clear to him what’s driving the decrease — and it’s not the police. He said the department “hasn’t changed a single tactic.”

“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” Pearson told the Times.

Things would be even better if they would lower the cost of concealed carry permits.  It seems racist to keep guns out of the hands of poor Chicago minorities who need them the most.

Bonus good news: Texas School District’s Sign Is Almost Sure to Irk the Left: ‘Please Be Aware That the Staff at Argyle ISD Are…’ .  I’m glad that some school districts are doing the right things to protect students.

A great send-up of crony capitalism

This is a big part of what is wrong with politics.  The sad part is that those on the Left will think it only applies to those on the right.  But crony capitalists gladly pay off both sides to get what they want. The politicians and crony capitalists take our money and share it.  That’s it.

Fact: More government = more crony capitalism.  If you look to the government for all your solutions and want to give it more power, you are part of the problem.

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What Hillary should have said

Hillary Clinton cares about Hillary Clinton.  Not only was her response ridiculously delayed, but it was completely lacking in authenticity.

Pro-abortion Hillary should have changed this statement:
 
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.
To this one:
 
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white children in the womb were three times as likely to be killed via abortion as black children, instead of the other way around.
 
It would be a morbid coincidence if both rates are three times as high for blacks as for whites, but the first statement isn’t even true.  It was a false conclusion drawn from a poorly executed study.
 
And even if the first statement was true, which is worse, getting searched during a traffic stop or getting crushed and dismembered?  Yet which ones do Leftists [pretend to] care about more?

Home schooling / flexible schooling

OK, it took some time for me to arrive at this position, but I am now a huge fan of flexible schooling.  We did it the last two years of youngest daughter’s high school and wish we would have started earlier.  Technically it is home schooling, but with the mix of online courses and Home School Association classes it is really more like flexible schooling.

A few benefits:

  • You get the kids out of the cesspools that many public schools have become
  • Incredible flexibility for study time, volunteer activities and extracurricular activities.
  • Very small class sizes — smaller than even private schools.
  • You don’t have the gang, drug, fighting and other activities that even good school districts have.
  • It is a bargain compared to private schools.
  • Opportunities to develop excellent time management skills.  College won’t be as big of a transition, as kids will be used to managing their time.
  • Dual credit high school classes that cover high school and college requirements are the ultimate bargain.  Our community college system is already 1/5 of what the state schools charge and if your child hasn’t graduated high school the cost is even less.  You’ll spend more on books than tuition.

You need to be very intentional about getting the education and the socializing down. We know of a couple home schooled kids who meet the stereotype of not being socialized well (though that may have had nothing to do with where they were schooled), but countless more who are phenomenally well adjusted . It is a running joke with home schooling about that. These kids are out and about doing all sorts of things.

I know that we pay 100% of our property taxes and 100% of the extra costs of home schooling, and many people do the same to send their kids to private schools. You can just scan the cost / student in many areas (over $10,000 per student to get the current results) and see that something has gone horribly wrong with how we administer education.

We could do so much more with flexibile schooling by utilizing best-of-the-best recorded lessons, computer training/testing and having teachers do more tutoring than trying to give one-size-fits-all lessons to over 20 kids at once.  It would save big $$$ and get better results.